City Views + New Year Goals

The New Year always brings some sort of Zen into our lives or at least every year it does to mine. I feel a sense of peace, love all around and excitement for the new adventures ahead! I have many plans for this year and even thought there are limitations I am still dealing with, I won’t let it hold me back.

Last year was a tough one for me, I constantly felt frustrated with the things I can’t control, but I know all good things take time and God has His own plan, so I will focus on the good, have faith and keep my head up <3

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I also want to get back to what originally interested me in blogging and get in touch with my creative side! When I first stared I wanted to inspire others to explore the beautiful places around them and to express their style regardless of the opinions of others. To meet other creative people and celebrate their work and to stay close to what I really love, fashion. So there are many things I will be adding to this blog and in many ways get back to it’s roots! I am very excited to make some fun changes around here.

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So stick around and enjoy the journey with me. I look forward to what this year will bring and I want to share every piece of it with you. I am also planing some trips thought the year so to all my international people, I might even ask for your recommendations!!

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For now here are some details on the outfit I wore. I love the contrast of both red and black together and with the holiday seasons I couldn’t help myself! I truly enjoyed wearing this one and there are some new posts coming up so keep an eye out.

*UPDATE: Also I hadn’t realized, but many of my posts were “hidden” under the Admin Only view option (facepalm reaction). I clearly need some tech help over here but I am slowly working on getting them back to view.

What I wore:

Captain’s Cap from Wyeth | Red Velvet Jacket from Boohoo |

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Until next time,

xo Erika

My Winter Go To: Sweater Dress

I am happy to finally be wearing cozy clothes very single week! Being in LA the weather had been so crazy… hot one day, rainy the next, then cold but only to go back to warm again. But it’s finally feeling like Christmas time!! So of course I’ve been living in sweater dresses almost every day now <3

I got this knit cold shoulder dress from Minusey, a website with a ‘high end fashion’ look that is really fun to wear. The dress is very chunky so it definitely keeps me warm, which I love! I will say that I wish the fabric was a bit softer but it didn’t bother me through out the day, so definitely not a deal breaker for me. Plus the design is so cute!

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What I wore:

 Knit Dress from Minusey | Ankle Boots and Handbag from Zara

I truly hope you are all enjoying this time of year and are very happy with your loved ones <3  The year is almost over, make it count!!

Thanks so much for reading,

xo Erika

Fall Transition No. 1

As you can see Im still obsessing over Blush tones, so this time I wanted to pair it with a Black & White look. Its a simple but clean look that works for day or night! The jacket and flats are from Zara and the dress is from a company called SheIn that I found through Instagram. I like it because every time I go on their website they always have a million different looks to chose from, sort of like Forever 21 where you feel like there’s 100 new styles everyday but SheIn is even cheaper! Its fast fashion done right. I’ve been loving it so I thought I would share it with you guys.

Back to the outfit though.. It all started a few weeks ago when I found these intricate blush flats, they are not exactly my type (problem) but I thought they were so cute! You see, when I go shopping, I usually like doing it “by looks” that is I make sure that everything Im buying goes well together, I buy “outfits” not just 1 item at a time or randoms. Of course when I get home I will mix and match with my closet a hundred different ways, BUT on those days when I don’t have time to put a look together or I simply don’t feel inspired, I already have full looks that I can just throw on really quick and just go. Its a little trick that has saved me hours and hours of frustration from not knowing what to wear. And I will specially do this when I see a piece of clothing or accessory I wouldn’t normally wear but still want, why? Because by pairing it with something right then and there, I avoid having an item in my closet that I will never dare to wear. Which is what happened with these shoes! I broke my own rule and bought them on their own, so of course since its not quite my style, when I got home I didn’t like them with anything, so frustrating. I was considering returning them when my SheIn dress arrived a couple of days after, I got so happy! Does anyone else get as excited as I do for clothes arriving in the mail?? My obsession with fashion can be easily mocked, I know! But Im used to it 🙂 Anyways, I had been looking for the perfect transition dress for Fall and when I saw the stripes on this one I had to have it! Its the perfect fit-fabric and I love how the details begin from the waist down because it makes it look like a two piece, which I always love! In the end, my impulsive shoe buy worked out perfect <3 but next time you go shopping try doing it by outfits, you will see what I mean and shopping will never be the same!

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What I wore:

Black & White Striped A Line Dress by SheIn | Nude Pink Double Crepe Blazer by Zara | D’Orsay Shoes by Zara

I think this dress is sold out but I’ve linked more striped dresses below and they are all under $25.00 <3  Click on the image to be directed:

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Does anyone else have shopping rituals they abide by? I would love to hear other people’s tricks to smart shopping! If you do please let me know on the comments below:)
As always thank you for reading!

xo Erika

Blush For Fall

Being caught in between the end of Summer and beginning of Fall leaves me wearing light dresses with ankle boots, but I don’t mind it at all! I do however wish I was living in NYC to be able to wear all the fun season clothes, specially now for Fashion Week! Has anyone else been following any of the runways? I am on high just watching these first ones, can’t wait for my favorite ones to come! But for now I am wearing one of my favoite colors these days blush and light grey. Simple and casual, but also just the right combo to get me through the day.

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What I wore:

Blush High Neck Bodycon Dress from Skylark | Ankle Booties from H&M

 I am in love with these tones right now, they go with pretty much everything and they are both great colors to transition from day to night! So you will probably see me wear them more often in the next few weeks. Hope you liked this outfit and as always thanks for reading!

xo Erika

Sail Away With Me

I can’t believe Summer is basically over! I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, partly because I don’t have ac in my home and partly because I miss wearing my beautiful boot collection (can’t help it, sorry). But now that its around the corner, I figured I would welcome the new season with a “Sail Away With Me”.. to Fall-post.

I’ve been reflecting about how time keeps going by so fast and thinking about how many steps we’ve actually taken to move forward with our dreams. It’s easy to get distracted with life, I know I’ve been there a few times! But I don’t want to lose focus, I want to always keep moving forward. A new season always brings a fresh start and we should make the most of it, right? However, if you’re not feeling the drive think about how much your life can change in a year. For example, when I thought about how much mine has changed from exactly a year ago, I felt unbelievably happy! Not because everything went by so smoothly, on the contrary.. I made big life decisions about where I wanted to live, had some health issues to deal with, then had personal decisions involving my family, but then more happy things came along! For instance I had to get serious about how far I wanted to take this blog, which to me was very exciting. Also a guy with the kindest heart came into my life, he later became my boyfriend and is now someone I love very very much. I look at this entire year and I can’t help but feel very grateful, for the good things and the bad! All of this in one little year so think about the possibilities if we only focus and work towards what we want, the rest always find its way:)

So whether it’s a new challenge or an exciting new path for the blog, I want to welcome all change I want to make the most out of what’s left of this year and it will be okay because I will be wearing a beautiful hat on my head to keep me grounded and beautiful boots to take me where I want to go, all in style of course! A girl has to look nice even when she’s busy. Now, my wardrobe won’t change dramatically next week because lets face it.. I live in sunny So Cal. But in the coming posts I will be talking about transition looks, the must-have items for Fall, more blogging tips and many more fun things! So follow along..

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To welcome Fall season I decided to wear a white jacket and my favorite brown leather booties. I like pairing these with white shorts to balance out the look, I think it keeps it more casual and adding a straw hat makes it more fun!

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Get this look:

The Spencer Boater by Lack of Color | White Jacket by Zara similar Here and Here | Brown Leather Booties by Forever21 but similar Here and  Here

Sorry about the long post this week <3  But I hope you found a bit of inspiration in it and that you will make the rest of this year count!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

 

 

 

Effortlessly Cool

Denim and a white Tee is the  definition of effortlessly cool. It’s a classic that has survived over decades and decades of fashion trends and that I believe will continue to be part of our wardrobe for many more years to come! The key to this look is to find the perfect fit in your denim and my go to of course is Levi’s. No matter what body type you have this iconic brand has most likely made the right fit for you, you just have to hunt a little but that’s the fun part! Next is to find the right Tee to pair it with, I like my T-shirts as soft as they can be and not too baggy. My absolute favorites come from this brand called AMVI, they are vintage inspired high quality basics and let me tell you I love them!! I first found out about them when I first started blogging last year, they sent me a couple of their basics to try out and I became obsessed. I even bought my boyfriend a couple because they are so comfy to wear, the quality is so good and that is 100% my true feelings about the brand. Of course you can pair it with any white Tee you know and love:) The point is get the right fit for you.

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I am wearing the high-waisted, straight leg with classic wash and raw hem Levi’s. I specially loved that last part because the raw edges make it more interesting! And since I was going with the classics, I could not forget my favorite Raybans as well. You’ve seen me wear these way too many times but I cannot get over them, sorry!

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You can get the look here:

Levi’s High Rise Jeans  | White Alex Jersey V-Neck | Gold Green Classic G-15 Ray-Ban | Pointy Toe Pumps 

Ad a winged eyeliner, some lipstick and a smile and you’re good to go! Hope you guys are having a great week and as always thank you for reading!

xo Erika

Midi For Summer

With this Summer heat I try to make the most out of wearing dresses. It’s so much easier to slip on a dress and head out the door than to style a whole jeans, or short and top combo am I right? Besides, sooner than we think Fall will be here and it will be all about layering. So for a while now I’ve been obsessed with midi length everything! Whether its dresses or skirts, I feel like it’s the most flattering look and so easy to wear. The midi is the dressier version of the maxi dress, which I also love and will be posting about soon! But the trick to this style is to wear it with heels so it helps balance out the height issue. If you are short wear it with very delicate scrappy heels, if you’re tall you can get away with a chunkier heel like mine. Take a look!

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What I wore: 

Open Back Dress by Urban Outfitters $59.00 

Similar Heels & Bag:

Whisky Coloured Block Heels by Zara $39.99 | Brown Leather Crossbody by Zara $29.90

Whichever way you decide to style it, I am a firm believer that this is your best friend this Summer! You can see me wear the midi style in previous posts like Here and Here. As you can tell, I’m a fan <3 What about you guys, what are your style go to’s this Season? I would love to know.

Thank you for reading,

xo Erika

Belts + My Favorites

This Summer I’ve been loving belts, I have them in every color! But last week I found this beautiful white leather one at Planet Blue’s new Newport Beach location and I had to have it! I love the black and brown belts but this one caught my eye because of how thin it is, therefore the double buckles don’t make me feel too chunky. Personally I’m a firm believer that accessorising your outfit is the key to make it interesting and doing it with belts can make it a lot more fun! Honestly, its things like this that can make an outfit go from simple to stylish. So whether it’s a romper, dress or your favorite jeans, a belt will always go perfect with it!

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I paired it with all black because I love the contrast but feel free to mix it up! A white belt will pretty much go with everything. But if you’re not feeling the white, at the bottom I’ve shared some of my favorite belts of the season <3 Take a look..

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I also wanted to share that I have a found a great photographer to work with! 🙂 To me it is extremely important to feel comfortable with the person I shoot so I feel very happy to have met such a kind and driven  person:) All these photos were taken by Ryan, check him out! Ryan Chua 

What I wore:

Black Romper from Planet Blue | White Scarlet Belt Bone from Love Strength 

Favorite belts right now:

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BTB Two – Buckle Belt from Forever21 $48.00  Skinny Double Buckle from Revolve $190

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Skinny Western Belt from Asos $11.50       Iverson Leather from Show Me Your Mumu $60

What are your favorites lately?

Thanks 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

 

5 Blogging Resources

Hi Guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some tips and resources I use on my blog, so I thought I decided I would dedicate this week’s post to just that!

  1. Tools for your BlogCreative Market.  I use this website for their Fonts, I LOVE them! They are really easy to install and are not expensive. They also have Themes, Graphics and Plug-ins.  They have it all! By the way.. the font I use for my “XO ERIKA”at the bottom of my blog posts was bought from this site. I usually pay $8 per font, this one was $16 but I also used it for my business cards and pretty much everything else so it was worth it! Here’s the link if you want to check it out.
  2. Tracking your Social MediaIconosquare.  Some of you might have heard of this site before and yes its just as great as they say! You can use it to track your Instagram statistics. From your hashtags, the best times a day to post, your engagement, it basically gives you full control. It’s a great tool to use whether you needed it for personal reasons or business like creating your Media Kit. They have a 7-day free trial so I would recommend you check it out to see if it’s a right match for your needs.
  3. Improve your mind with Books: This is a great way to stay motivated! And you should never stop learning so I’m sharing some of the authors I love:                                    –Malcolm Gladwell is my favourite right now! I read Outliers: The Story of Success and loved it. He talks about the pattern behind brilliant software billionaires, athletes, musicians and how their backgrounds, family and culture led them to be successful in each of their industries. After reading it I immediately bought The Tipping Point. Now this one talks about how some trends, ideas and social behaviours can sky-rocket and explains the reasons behind this sudden success. Both books are really helpful for anyone! But they have really helped me understand this Blogging/Fashion Industry. I highly recommend them!                                                                                                              –Garance Doré brings you a candid view on her career as one of the first bloggers out there. In Love Style Life she shares stories on life, style and truth behind the fashion industry. It’s not a Pulitzer winning book by any means, it’s a fun book read. BUT what I truly loved about it her witty unapologetic style of writing. She is brutally honest, she’s not full of herself (like 90% of the books in this category are) and has truly impeccable style. A true gem in this industry. I read this book on my last vacation and fell in love with her journey.
  4. Links: Bitly I rely on this website all the time! If there is something I hate seeing is long endless links on profiles. And with Bitly you can easily shorten your links for any platform. They also provide measure and optimization services on your audience and marketing strategies. But I mostly use it for links.
  5. Engage with your Readers: ConvertKit . This is the only one I havent fully tried. But now that I’m thinking of jumping on email lists I am dying to put this website to work! I have done a lot of reasearch and this one seems to be the best fit. From what I’ve seen so far its pretty easy to use and holds the reputation for the best marketing service out there. But what really did it for me was that it was created by a Blogger for Bloggers.

 

 

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I hope you found these helpful!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika