New Look for Summer!

There’s something about Summer that makes us all want a bit of change. Sometimes the goal is a more fit body, others is to adopt a new hobby under the sun and sometimes we just want a little makeover! You see I’ve worn my hair long for almost 10 years and I thought it was about time to try something new. So last week I decided to cut half of it off and I am loving it! I feel more light and fresh, it takes me literally half the time to get ready (which I’m sure my boyfriend appreciates) and I feel like a brand new Me!

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If you follow me on Instagram you might have also seen I got eyelash extensions.  They are so long and full and most importantly so convenient! Most days I just get up, put on moisturizer/sunblock and I’m ready to go!

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If any of you are looking for a new look, I would recommend taking it easy. For example, my hairstylist first cut half way to where I wanted and when we knew I would feel okay with the length, we kept cutting off more. She worked her way up slowly until we got right below the shoulders, which is the length I wanted and was so happy with it! Also I brought a ton of pictures of styles that I liked and went to someone I knew I could trust. It’s a big change for anyone but so worth the try!

Here’s what I wore:

Lemon Print Cami Dress by Forever21  | Nash Embossed Clutch by Hammit | MAU Australia Sandals 

What about you guys? Does anyone have any plans, goals or wishes for Summer that you are working on? I’d love to know!

As always thank you 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

Bomber Jacket Yes Or No?

This summer I am very open to try new styles! I want to give my closet a a bit of a spin and this Spring/Summer Bomber Jackets have made a surprising come back. And I say surprising because I never and I do mean literally NEVER thought I would try this trend. Bomber jackets always bothered me to be honest but with the thought in mind of trying something new and getting out of my comfort zone for you guys, I’ thought I would give it a try! And guess what?? I loved it. It’s such a lovely and fun look to wear. I particularly loved this one because of the flower print which you guys know I’m all up for and the lines along the sleeves are a nice touch!

Bomber jackets have gone from a bulky silhouette with heavy fabrics, to a more slim style with more delicate materials. You see them in silks and satins or with prints like mine. And how you style it is up to you! You can either throw it on top of a little black dress for a night out or you can style it the way I wore it, with your favourite jeans and sleek heels. The point is to make it your own. I added a bright pink lipstick to keep it fun and I’m ready to go.

 

 

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I want to know what you guys think. Are you a fan of this jacket or do you think it should go to the back of your closets? Let me know on the comments below..

As always thank you for reading!

xo Erika

The Perfect Summer Dress

Hi Guys!

      Summer official began this Monday June 20 and to welcome it I wanted to post the Perfect Summer Dress! I honestly live in dresses. I love them and I have blogged about this obsession before.. I just love their comfort and feminine aspect to them. So no matter if its long, short or midi, I adore them all!

Now, I am very very sad to say that this past week I’ve lost not one, but two photo shoot sessions. I had uploaded the sets to my MacBook Pro at the same time and when finished I hit delete from my Camera only to find that they actually never saved to my computer! You have no idea how sad I was to realise this. It was a lot of work to have deleted and I had actually loved these photos! Luckily I had saved a couple to my iPhone for IG posts, however if the quality is a bit off I apologise for it!! It won’t happen again. The second look I will have to re-shoot, but oh well these things happen.

Now back to today’s look…

I thought long before choosing this dress as my Summer intro. I wanted something fun but not your typical bright coloured dress, I didnt want anything too short or a maxi dress. I wanted something different, so when I came across this one I absolutely fell in love with it! Its not the usual white summer dress because it has the slim vertical stripes, but it doesnt make me think “nautical look” and its midi length which is perfect! And I love the little cutout-bow tie detail in front. It is by far my best investment of the season because I know I will be wearing this ALL summer long.  I DID NOT GET PAID TO POST THIS LOOK. I truly 100% love it, its by ASTR and bought it at Nordstrom with my own money. So trust me when I say its really lovely to wear 🙂 I paired it gold accesoires and my favorite heels of this season. They are my peep toe strappy heels in 3 color way from Zara. Again really affordable and I thought the play of lines on these would look great with the ones from my dress, so this is it! Simple but beautiful, great for summer season…

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What are your thoughts on this look? Love? Hate? Let me know what you think on the comments below! And as always thank you 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