Friday Thoughts

Friday, May 12, 2017

I have never liked skirts on myself, but I found this one for under $20 and thought I would give it a try!  Ruffle sleeves are the real favorite here though, let's be honest. I have been loving tops with texture and volume lately! They can totally turn a boring outfit around with that small detail. 

I honestly haven't felt like blogging in a little while. This is mainly due to my chronic migraines, and when I am in horrible pain for most of the week it is really hard to get it together and be productive with my blog. However, I figured instead of being absent maybe I should share my experience. Who knows? Maybe by sharing the millions different things I have tried for my chronic pain, it can help someone else out there. I am constantly researching how to treat chronic migraines, and unfortunately for us sufferers, there is no cure. The whole experience of dealing with chronic migraines is almost as emotionally draining as it is physically draining. Anyone who deals with chronic pain can probably agree! Stay tuned for a post coming soon all about how I deal with my pain. I would love to hear from other people who share the same experience! 

Happy Friday! 


April Beauty Favorites

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I totally skipped my March Beauty Favorites last month, but I have some great favs to share with you all this month! As you probably know if you have been reading my blog for a while, I try to stick to products on the natural side,  and I definitely found some great ones this time around. 

I have been pretty obsessed with essential oils for a long time now, but recently it has been taken up a notch. I got a diffuser this past month and it is officially the coolest thing ever. You know you are officially old when things like crock pots and essential oil diffusers excite you, kids! Really though, peppermint oil saves my life when I have a headache, lavender helps me to calm the heck down,  and all the other ones are just amazing too. I am totally a hippy-dippy kinda gal when it comes to medicine and healing, so I totally believe in the natural powers of these little oils! 

This lotion smells sooooo good and it melts into your skin so easily! You those lotions where it feels like you have to rub them into your skin for 20 minutes before the white layer finally goes away? Yeah this isn't one of those. This lotion smells so fresh, melts into your skin, and is made from natural ingredients. Amazing! 

I use face masks at least three times a week, and my favorite kind are the ones that don't harden on your face. This one from Pacifica has green tea in to to wake you up and I definitely think it works! My skin looks way less puffy after I use it and it washes off super easy because it doesn't harden! Pacifica is another brand that is pretty natural and made from good ingredients! 

I was given this as a gift, and it has done wonders for my skin! I have always used oils on my skin, but had never tried Maracuja oil until now. I highly recommend! My skin seriously feels so hydrated and glowing from this stuff! I just use about a pump of it after I wash my face before bed. 

Best lip balm ever you guys! I have used different flavors of this brand before but never the Menthol, and it is totally my new favorite! A little mint lip balm is never a bad thing! :) 

I found this lip gloss and TJMaxx and it is such a great shade for when you are running out the door, or when you don't want to wear a ton of makeup (which is me like 99% of the time!). It has just a hint of color, which is perfect for a natural look, especially during Spring and Summer! 


Mustard Seed

Thursday, April 27, 2017

headband:Free People   top:Free People   shorts:American Eagle   shoes:Madden Girl   bag:Tilly's  

(photos: Tiana Marie Photography)

How gorgeous is this mustard seed field? There are fields of this stuff everywhere in Oxnard and Ventura right now and it makes the perfect backdrop for Spring photos! While taking these photos, another car pulled up and we thought they were people telling us we weren't allowed to be in the field. It turns out, it was just more people coming to take photos with the mustard seed! Fun fact: In junior high school, I was in the play A Midsummer Nights Dream, and I played a fairy named Mustardseed! Good times lol

I bought this adorable top last summer while on a trip to Portland! It's from Free People, and I got it on sale, but they always have cute, little tops like this, so I am sure they have something similar available now. These sunny photos makes me so excited for summer! I can't wait for perfect beach weather.


Boho Black

Thursday, April 20, 2017

hat:Free People   top:Forever21   necklace:Forever21   shorts:American Eagle   shoes:Tilly's

It's almost the weekend! I feel like this week went by really fast, which is always nice. I have been working like 6 days a week at my regular job, which is great, and then fitting in my other projects and side jobs when I can, so I have been feeling a bit stressed this week. I am the type of person who always feels like they need to be doing something, or working on a project, or making something, etc. You get the idea. So now that I work from home, I wake up early in the morning to work-out, then work at my full-time job until the evening. As soon as I am done for the day with that job, I find myself instantly transitioning into another project or freelance job and falling asleep on the couch every night. (Wow I just made myself sound super cool) Needless to say, I need to work on clocking out for the day and finding balance! 
Anybody else on the struggle bus with me on this one? haha

This is definitely an outfit I would wear to Coachella if I ever went! I think it's super cute and boho. I love doing an all black outfit but mixing pattern and texture, as I have mentioned 100 times before! I added some little gems by my eyebrow just for fun, which I would totally wear for a festival, but would probably make them more dramatic because you can hardly see them in these photos. As you can tell, I have never been to a festival! lol 

What are your plans for the weekend? It is supposed to be nice and sunny here at the beach!


Easter Weekend

Saturday, April 15, 2017

hat:Free People (similar)   dress:One Love Clothing      sandals:Blowfish (similar)   purse:Free People

(photos by Tiana Maria Photography)

Is anybody else totally in love with floral maxi dresses? They are so perfect for any spring occasion! I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear this one on Easter to church and then to my grandma's house for lunch with the fam! I mean it totally looks like I should be holding a baby chick or a lamb, right?! (haha!) Anyway, I went casual with this dress and paired it with my new favorite sandals and oldie-but-goodie hat from Free People! This was one of those hats that I was like "Hmmm, should I buy this? I feel like I might wear it once or twice and never wear it again." I seriously wear it all the time, so it was definitely a good purchase!

I hope you all have a great Easter weekend! Easter is such a special time of hope, and I wanted to share a special memory with you all.

Three years ago, almost to the date, I chose to give my life to Jesus and be baptized. This decision came right in the middle of probably the most difficult few years in my life so far, and I am so thankful that God grabbed ahold of my heart and pulled me near to him. I needed Him so bad to get through those few years, and He was there, right there with me. As I write this I am in tears, not of sadness, but of joy, as I think about how different my life would be right now if I did not understand God's love for me. I want you all to know that if you are lost, wandering, hopeless, tired, sad, whatever it might be, you can find hope in Jesus.



Graphic Tee + Kicks

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cardigan:Forever21  Tee:Forever21  Jeans:Free People  Shoes:Target

(photos by Tiana Marie Photography)

Happy Saturday! I have officially completed my first month of my new job, working at home, and I am really happy with it. I feel like I have a little routine down now where I can get my workout in before I start working in the mornings, which makes me feel so much more productive during the day! So far working at home has been awesome.

These photos were taken a while ago, but I still wanted to post them because I love this outfit! The shoes in particular. They're from Target, and are seriously SO comfortable!
I will have some cute, Spring looks to share with you all soon!



All Black Everything

Monday, March 20, 2017

sweater:H&M(similar)  pants:Free People  boots:Indigo Rd.

(photos by Tiana Marie Photography)

Happy First Day of Spring! It has been cold and foggy at the beach lately, and we are expecting rain this week, but hopefully our Spring weather is on its way! I still have a few cold weather outfits that I want to share with you all, so I hope you don't mind.
All black is definitely an easy go-to outfit, but mixing in some type of texture or detail makes your outfit so much more fun! I don't know if you guys are sick of seeing these boots yet, but I honestly wear them with everything!

Just a quick post for today! I hope you all have a great week!