Polka Dots For Summer

I am so happy I can wear dresses everyday again! Specially midi style, they are so fun to wear! And Target has been coming up with new and exciting collaborations with some of my favorite brands. Like this dress I’m wearing, it’s from the Who What Wear collection that was launched for Target Style. A couple of weeks ago I got invited to preview the new line and I fell in love with every piece! It’s beautiful, affordable and perfect for Summer!

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I know I don’t wear polka dots that often, but I just loved this design! The off the shoulder detail and midi length caught my eye right away, so I’ve been practically living in this dress ever since. And I can’t wait to show you all the pretty pieces I got!

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What I wore:

Bardot Mini Dress from Who What Wear | The Spencer Boater Hat from Lack Of Color

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

Spring Getaway Look

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Wearing light colors and fabrics, spending my days outside enjoying the sun, it makes my days so much better! Plus it’s finally the perfect weather for wearing rompers again and you already know how much I loved them. Like this one from Bishop & Young. The print is very subtle and beautiful and the colors complement each other perfectly. I’m in love with it! And it’s the perfect piece to pack on a little weekend getaway. Keep reading to find more key pieces to pack…

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One of my best friends Melissa  , helped me take these amazing photos and do my makeup. We had the best time driving around and findings cute spots to shoot, hanging out all day and having sushi <3 (our favorite thing to do!) It was just a really great day. And I love how these turned out! She’s a great photographer and makeup artist. Right now she is working on getting an account focussed on her creative side, so I’ll share it with you guys when it’s ready so you can check her amazing work!

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Now, about achieving the perfect little “getaway look”. Here are 4 simple steps you can follow:

  1. Get a statement piece. In this case the hat would be mine, I like covering my face from the sun as much as I can. Plus it makes the outfit more interesting!
  2. Finding a cute but comfortable look. Loose clothes always help get those vacation vibes going. Plus you will be able to enjoy your trip better!
  3. Go light on the accessories. Just find a couple pieces that go with most of your outfits, that way you can mix and layer as you go. Gorjana always have the cutest!
  4. Comfortable shoes without sacrificing style! I always find that wedges are the perfect travel shoe. They give you the height but you can still walk in them all day and not get tired. Plus they work perfect day or night, so you save space! Win-win situation, right?

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Photography & Makeup by: @meltyblahblah 

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What I wore:

Romper by Bishop & Young | Hat by Lack of Colours  |

Necklaces by Gorjana Here and Here

I had the best time shooting this look, so I hope you guys liked it! What are your go to’s when you travel? Let me know below! And as always thank you for reading.

xo Erika

The Little White Dress

Summer is always the most awaited season! Specially here living in SoCal, people tend to gather more often since its so nice out and life just gets more fun. I really love it, but I also find myself missing my favourite little black dresses. There’s just something about Summer that makes me feels like the LBD is not quite right. But what about last-minute events, drinks with the girls or date night with your guy! I never realised how much I relied on it. So I did a little hunt and I have found the perfect summer version! It has cap sleeves and open fishnet insets to accent the waist line, but the thing I loved the most was the crew neckline. Honestly, the last thing you want it is a low neckline when the dress is already short, so this was exactly was I was looking for!

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I also love the mix of fabrics on this dress, I think it makes it more fun! I paired it with nude stilettos, wore my hair wavy for effect and I’m ready for a fun evening out <3

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* All photos by Ryan Chua // Instagram: @ryanbyryanchua Check him out, he’s the best!

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What I wore:

Fishnet & Lace Body-Con Dress from Topshop | Lace-Up Faux Suede Stilettos from Forever21 

What about you guys, what’s your  last-minute Summer go to? I would love to know.

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

 

Repurpose Your Clothes

Hi guys!

                This week I’m filling you with flowers! I know its been cloudy and this is what people call June gloom but all I see is flowers everywhere! So to me life is pretty beautiful these days 🙂 I’ve been going jogging around my neighbourhood lately because lets face it, with summer so close I need to get back in shape! But anyways, this is how I came across this gorgeous little road. It’s the perfect in-between from Spring to Summer, so of course I took advantage of it!

For this post I wanted to mix a casual look with dressy items. I have a closet full of dresses but usually once you wear them a few times you feel like you can’t repeat (or at least I do) so I often turn a night-outfit into a day one! Take this v neck camisole dress for example, the fabric comes in a soft shimmer pink, has a lower back and comes with spaghetti straps. I’ve worn this with high sleek heels and a night clutch but I wanted to make it “new” again, so instead I added an oversized denim jacket and my favourite Adidas and just like that I have a new look! I absolutely love wearing something  “glam” on week days and this is how I get away with it and not look overdressed. Try it! You will see there is no need to be shopping every week if you repurpose your wardrobe. Plus its really fun to do!

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Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and as always thanks so much for reading!

xo Erika

 

 

Fashion Blogging: Tips, Tricks and The Truth Behind It

Hi guys!

            Lately I’ve been reading a lot about blogging, other blogger’s experience in the industry, how they started and how they continue to grow. We all have a different thing we bring to the table, different styles, we come from a different background and I find it very interesting! So I got inspired and would like to share what’s worked for me. I am NO expert but when I first started blogging almost a year ago, I wished there was someone out there who could give me real tips on how to do it. So every month I’ll try to share little tips and tricks I’ve learned and help you grow.

For starters let me say that its not as glamorous as it seems! Your job as a fashion blogger is to inspire people, to show them how to style current trends and to make it seem effortless. When there’s nothing effortless about it. Truth is, I always end up changing in my car in between shoots, I put myself out there every single day and reach out to others and I will spend a considerable amount of time taking the perfect photo with the right angle and light in the hope to inspire others. But even after that, when it comes to Instagram we all use apps and tricks to enhance our photos, so these are the ones I use:

| EDITING |

  • PicsArt: I love it! Easy to use and somehow at the end of editing, the quality of your photo magically improves. I use this one a lot. Then..
  • Facetune: I use this one to whiten photos, I hate it when I have white details in my photo and they came out yellow. So use the whiten brush. Also you can smooth skin which makes it look a little more professional. DO NOT OVER DO IT. You don’t want to look fake and honestly, perfect is boring so just use it only when necessary.
  • VSCO: I use this one to plan my future Instagram posts. If you go to library, they have the same layout as Instagram so it makes it easier for me to see if my next photo will go with the aesthetic of my feed.
  • Retouch: I use this one a lot because I shoot in dirty LA all the time and no matter how careful you are, when going through photos I always end up seeing dark spots on the ground and it bothers me like you wouldn’t believe. So I use clone stamp and brush to clean it up or clone any part of the wall that gives me trouble.

And yes I do this with almost every single photo on my feed.

| ENGAGEMENT |

But that is not enough. Posting a pretty photo is just step one. You need to have real engagement with your followers. Don’t be lazy, if people take the time to write a comment on your photo (blog or social media accounts) then show appreciation and answer them. I get busy and sometimes I’ll take a while to reply but I try to do it as much as I can. Also don’t just say ”Aw Cute” and expect people to care. If you are leaving a comment, say something real and show your personality! Its an opportunity to show them who yo are. Remember, people can always tell when you’re being fake so go for real engagement. Another thing I’ve learned is that you shouldn’t be afraid to ask people questions! If I like the way someone edited their blog post or have a photography question, I’ll email them and in a respectful and honest way, I will compliment their work and ask any questions I may have. Most of the time people get back to me and are truly happy to see that their work and effort is not going unnoticed, so don’t be shy.

| NETWORKING |

Everyone and I do mean everyone should care about this. But specially if you’re starting out because you should definitely reach out to local bloggers around you, again don’t be shy! Thats the first thing I did. Go to events in your community and when you do, don’t spend the entire time in a corner staring at your phone, TALK to people. I’ve met some of my best friends this way; you need to get your name out there. Hey, Im an introvert so trust me I know how hard and intimidating it can be, BUT once you start it becomes so much easier! Now I don’t even think about it. I love meeting new and talented people, it inspires me.

Quick story…. I remember the first time I attended an event by myself. It was Create and Cultivate last year. I was supposed to go with a blogger friend and in the end she couldn’t make it. Did I miss the event?? NO. I had only been blogging for 3 months, was under 500 followers on Instagram and still figuring things out. But I decided I wanted to meet people that were doing the same thing I was doing, so I didn’t get intimidated and went. I mean I was still a little nervous because it was a huge event and there were some serious bloggers there. But to my surprise, from the moment I parked and started walking over I had already met 4 bloggers, easy as that. And as the day went on I got so many business cards (of course I followed up), met so many interesting people and got to meet my favorites like Aimee Song from Song Of Style, Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam and Devon from Devon Rachel. They gave me some of the best advise I’ve ever gotten and it was nice to find out that they were some of the nicest and most down to earth women I’ve ever met.

It’s still January, the beginning of the year so get out your calendars and mark down every single event you can find! Trust me its the best way to connect with people so you dont want to miss out.

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Next time I’ll get more into detail with things I’ve learned over this past year. For now I leave you with my season transitional look. But check out 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging post if you are looking for more tips on how to blog.

Winter in Newport Beach is actually pretty nice so I couldn’t help but go with this midi cutout romper and favorite mules. I love the light colors for this time of year and Im preparing for Spring so light fabric, light hues and light everything!

What I wore:

White Cutout Midi Jumpsuit from Zara | Brown Mules from Zara | Suspended Crystal Bracelet from The Peach Box and Latch Bangle out of stock but similar Here | Brown Leather Bag from Zara | All found on Sale <3

I had the best time shooting this look, I hope you guys like it! Also feel free to ask me any questions below. As always thank you for reading,

Love, Erika

Travel Diary 1: Punta de Mita

Hi guys!

     Excited its Friday?? I know I am. Ever since I got back from my last trip I’ve been working non stop on new photoshoots, designing for a new project that Im planning to launch next year and trying to keep up with this season’s demands. I truly enjoy what I do, but sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming so its nice to have the weekend back;)

Also I am very excited to share with you details from this last trip. I traveled to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City for Thanksgiving. It was rushed but definitely worth it! I spent 1o days just visiting family and friends, which I was really grateful for, specially this time of year. And of course as a good blogger I had to plan a few photoshoots here and there to show you my beautiful Mexico. This location is Punta de Mita, a 40 minute drive from Puerto Vallarta. Its known for its surfing spots and your best bet at finding more private beaches;) The weather was so nice that all I needed was a beach coverup and my favorite swimsuit. And since its winter time and the view was this beautiful, I decided to go for an all black outfit to make it stand out. A little tip I’ve learned whenever I travel, let the location be part of your look. But anyways, I’ve known Merrilee’s Swimwear for a while now and love their designs, I have them in every color. And I just recently discovered PilyQ Swimwear, Im so happy I did! Their lace coverup is surprisingly soft and its so beautifully detailed that of course I fell in love with it. Let me know what you guys think..

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What I wore:

Black Noah Tunic from PilyQ Swimwear | Black Swimsuit from Merrilee’s Swimwear

As the year comes to an end, I am grateful to see that even though I had my ups and downs it really was an amazing year. I’ve learned a lot and I am getting organized so I can start the next year full of energy and work hard on my next projects. Im very excited for the new things to come! Hope everyone’s weekend is fun and I’ll be posting more of this trip so follow along for more..

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika.

Happy Mothers Day! 

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I just want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful women in our lives. Sisters, moms, aunts, grandmas and friends, to all of you that inspire us everyday I wish you the best! Im not lucky enough to spend the day with my mom (we live so far away) but to all of you that can I hope you have a wonderful time together! Enjoy your day ladies <3

Love, Erika

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