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Wanted to share something positive today, as it has been somewhat of a somber week. Music is the great uniter, and I know the right tune can make my mood do a quick 180. This playlist was made in Bali, adding as our adventure went along. The vibe is surf-y, mellow, mid tempo songs, with worldwide influence. Please enjoy …and remember to spread the positive vibes ❤

Alina Baraz-Fantasy

Bonobo-Antenna

Shamanic Dub-Ayahuasca

Birdy-Skinny Love

Crayon-Give You Up (Darius Remix)

Prince Lincoln-Bell Rock

Kungs-Don’t You Know

Dune-Blue Window

Fania All Stars-Peanuts

Overjoy-Like a Wave

Stick Figure-Fire On the Horizon

Los Cafres-Barrilete

Listen Here

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Mesh Crop Top-Varley | Printed Jersey Bra-The Upside | Leopard Dri-FIT Bra-Nike | Cutout Leggings-Varley | Agave Lip Mask-Bite Beauty | Media Player Armband-Adidas by Stella McCartney | Divine Lines Water Bottle-Zazzle | Oil Slick Headphones-Frends | Quilted Patent Tote-MZ Wallace | Free 5.0 Mesh Sneakers-Nike | Quilted Microfiber Yoga Mat-No Ka’oi

Ever notice that when you look good you feel good? Conversely, The same is true. When you feel good, you look good. It’s a healthy cycle that feels amazing when you’re in a good rhythm, but that’s easier said than done.  I’m always more motivated to get in the gym/run outside/do yoga (and such public exercises) when I’ve got gear that fits well, and looks cool. Naturally, I choose mostly black, because when investing in more expensive workout clothes, I like to think that the more basic, the more versatile they will be. Black leggings will go with everything, and are obviously more flattering. A neutral bra with a cute print is the same. I’m averse to the neon/reflective and totally nauseating workout clothes making a comeback, because the last thing I want to do is stick out like a traffic sign in the middle of the gym. If you’ve ever made the long walk from the cardio room through the weights to the locker room, you know your tight-ass pants can leave you feeling like, for lack of a better term, a piece of meat. I’m not trying to call attention to myself at the gym in LA, where that walk feels more like the last judgement…I’m keeping things on the DL. My last tip is that it’s important to purchase pieces that that translate from gym to everyday outings, and ones that can be used for other activities besides sports. In So-Cal, its completely appropriate to wear a cute pair of cut out leggings (shown above), with a nicer comfy tee and cute bralette, outside of the gym. Add an oversized tote that doubles as a grocery bag and you’re set. It’s comfy-chic, and looks effortless…because it was. 

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Who needs an excuse to make margaritas?! I’ve never had any trouble coming up with one, but if you really need a reason, today is Cinco de Mayo! I started making these a few years back and they were a hit with mis amigas, and are SO easy, so I decided to share the love here. They key is gauging the heat level of when infusing the tequila…I like it HOT, so keep all the seeds, and let it sit for about 24 hrs. The fun part of these is the straining method…a French press! The process of French pressing your coffee is super fun and we decided to apply that to another fun beverage…tequila. Enjoy these responsibly and ¡Salud!

 

Ingredients:

-Silver Tequila (we used Espolon)
-7 Cups Grapefruit Juice
-5 Large Jalapeños
-5 Limes (reserve one for garnish)
-1/3 Cup Honey
-1/3 Cup Filtered Water
-Margarita Salt

*Note: This process takes a couple of days…So plan your party accordingly!

 

Instructions:

To infuse the tequila: Wash and slice jalapeños, place half in French press. Pour half of the tequila over the jalapeños and cover with saran wrap, refrigerate remaining jalapeños. Leave mixture in French press on counter for at least 8 hours per batch…just remember the longer you let it set, the hotter it will get! When you are ready to strain tequila, place lid on French press and press down just like you would with coffee. Pour off tequila and place in freezer while you make the 2nd batch (we just used the original tequila bottle for storage).

To make the margaritas: Heat honey with water in a small sauce pot to create a simple syrup. Let cool. In a pitcher combine grapefruit juice, 2 1/2 cups of the tequila, and the juice of four limes. Stir together. Add in simple syrup and ice. Salt the rims of your favorite glasses and serve immediately.

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Indigo Dreams

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Lace Romper | Sacred Stacked Necklace | Jennie Tee | Levis C&T Jean

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It was such a blast shooting with Free People for the Indigo Shop a few weeks back. A dreamy Malibu at sunset was a picturesque backdrop for the tonal blue/denim/neutral pieces. The amazing Amanda Julca captured the scenes beautifully, utilizing the sea spray and naturally occurring orbs of light that helped grasp the feeling of that moment, and freeze them in a photograph. I felt honored to have been included in a shoot showcasing the natural beauty of my new home here in Southern California, not to mention with a company whom I’ve loved for years. After the shoot was done, I paused a moment  to take in the sunset and be quiet for a bit. I got little emotional while I internalized that I was in a place I’ve always wanted to be, and a part of something truly creative (not to mention fully powered by a team of incredible Women). It was a day that allowed me to acknowledge and appreciate that I’m on the right path, and that there are a few angels up there steering me in the right direction.

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Festival Fashion

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Cutwork Strappy Tank | Strappy Back Bra | Lacey Denim Cutoffs | Metal Belt Arm Band Duo | Joe Boot | Bleeker Bucket Bag

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Has it really been a year??? When Coachella rolls around I’m always astonished at how fast time goes by. We’ve been in LA for a year now. Crazy. Apparently there have been a few upgrades this year like actual bathrooms, and a new app that includes a “friend finder” as well as a way to organize set times. Coachella is obviously a music festival, but its equally about the fashion. I always seem to opt for the biker-chic look, which includes boots, that for me, are a crucial part of survival. Pair with a comfy pair of cut-offs, and add the fancy/girly on top with a cutout crop that has sexy tie details. Every girl wants to look good, but don’t let your appearance take over the whole weekend, if you plan ahead, you wont have to focus on that. Remember, it’s all about the dancing, frolicking, ferris wheel rides, and only a little about taking pictures. Check out last years style post here, and a Festival Vest DIY here, and stay tuned for an upcoming Festival Survival Guide on Thursday…

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A-Frame House-McKean Studio | Zig Zag Bikini-Marysia Swim | Palm Temporary Tattoos-Goldfish Kiss x Flash Tat | Joplin Fringe Clutch-Cleobella | Salted Pretzel Dark Chocolate Bar-Compartes  | Holly Sunglasses-Illesteva | Precleanse Wipes-Dermalogica | Solar Defense Booster-Dermalogica | Beverly Hills Phone Case-Sonix Cases | Hangover Primer-Too Faced | Inflatable Flamingo Beer Floaties-Oriental Trading | Classic Panama Hat-Sensi Studio

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 We’re headed to Palm Springs for the weekend… 20 girls, and a house complete with island and lazy river. Lets just say we’re rolling spring break and bachelorette bash all into one, and for this you need to come prepared. Bikini game better be on point, because lets be honest, were not leaving that house. Sun protection is crucial (the weather forecast is 100 degrees friday and saturday) I love Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF 50, which you can easily add to your foundation or wear alone. Oversized sunnies like these Illesteva’s are your best friend…and let’s not forget a hat (this Panama hat will always be a classic wardrobe staple). Inflatable flamingo drink holders will be our pool companions, along with the floating beer pong table. Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes are awesome for when you don’t feel like taking off your makeup before bed, and Too Faced Hangover RX primer, wakes up your eyes and helps you to look refreshed for brunch the morning after. Desert bound…

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This playlist is all over the map…it features some of my faves from the upcoming South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin. Beginning with some bluesy rock from Austin based Black Joe Lewis, all his tracks will get you movin’, it’s hard to choose just one. Dent May as recommended by my singer/songwriter cuz Kat, of Kat Myers and the Buzzards, will get you steppin. A sexy song from Nikki Lane, what else? The kind you want to listen to in a smoky dive bar whilst playing pool. I think my favorite line from that track “People say and people do, and there’s a difference between the two” Ain’t that the truth. Preach, girl. Then moving on to a track from up and coming artists Hey Rocco, hailing from South Carolina, and describing their genre as “Disney Grunge.” Their track “Santa Fe” is catchy and Melodic, and who doesn’t love a double clap? Got to hang with the boys in the band the other day, nice guys. A pretty cool cover of White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” by Zella Day. Ending in some funky dub-step by Griz.

Come to My Party-Black Joe Lewis
Born Too Late-Dent May
All or Nothin-Nikki Lane
Ego-Tove Stryke
Danger in the Club-Palma Violets
Absence Heard, Presence Felt-Quantic
The Love You’re Given-Jack Garratt
Santa Fe-Hey Rocco
Modern Jesus-Portugal the Man
Seven Nation Army-Zella Day
Kaleidoscope-Badbadnotgood
In the Summer-Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Funk Party-Griz

Follow the playlist here

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Wild Heart Vegan Hobo– Free People | Oh Valencia Caftan-Free People | Metal Cones-Crazy Crow | Buckskin-Similar Here | Concho-Similar Here

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Festival season is upon us and I’ve definitely been noticing the influx of new accessory trends. Leather is big, and edgy is taking over the bohemian vibe. Harnesses, Bolo’s, Chained Belts, and of course, fringe. It’s biker chic and I dig it. I was inspired by all of the concho’s and fringe that I’ve been seeing and decided to crate a hybrid purse bolo. Once you have the supplies, this guy takes about 15 minutes to make…tops. It adds jingle and flair to any handbag. Tips for this project: Match your piece of leather as closely to your bag as possible (grain/color). You also must have a bag that had detachable/adjustable straps unless you want to build your bolo around the strap…convertible crossbody’s are perfect for this!

Materials:

Leather of your choice (I used buckskin, you can opt for a vegan leather though)
Metal Cones
Concho Charm
Scissors
Jewelry pliers with smooth finish (no crimps) for clamping cones

Directions:

Smooth out your leather and measure the piece to whatever length you want, making sure the width of the cut will fit when threaded through the concho. Cut the piece making sure you completely close the scissors when cutting, meaning the end of the scissors come together completely (this will prevent the leather from fraying). Once you have your ribbon of leather, fold it in half on itself making sure the ends line up, and thread through the concho. Once you have the concho in place, cut the fringe from the bottom of the ribbon, using the same technique with the scissors. Make sure the fringe is the correct width for insertion in the metal cones, no too thin, not too thick. Once all fringe is cut, thread the cones onto each piece of fringe rolling the leather in between your fingers of one hand, and twisting the cone onto said fringe with your other hand. Thread all cones before crimping, so you can line up the cones evenly. Make sure the edge of the fringe is not sticking out of the bottom of the cone, if so just slightly pull cones down so they are even again. Using the pliers, gently crimp the top of the cone where the leather meets the cone. Do this on all pieces and voila!

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Urban Cowgirl

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Bravestarr Harness | Old West Denim Short | Morning Light Top | Indio Boot | Buffalo Nickel Leather Hat

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You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

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white winter halesRazor Bracelet-Alexander McQueen | White Ballpoint Pen-Poppin | Triple X Lipgloss-Nars | Nirvana White Rollerball-Elizabeth and James | Nirvana White Compact– Elizabeth and James | Taylor Headphones-Frends | Studded Padlock Bucket Bag-Alexander McQueen | Juice Pack Air-Mophie | Nail Polish-RGB | Pencil Case-Delfonics | Nylon Hairbrush-Mason Pearson

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I’ve never been a fan of the “no white after Labor Day” rule, which doesn’t even apply anymore, and love a crisp pop of white in the form of an accessory any time of the year. We’re headed to Colorado this weekend, and snow is on the forecast so I’ve complied a list of my fave winter white accessories. Above are a few musts (and a couple lusts…McQueen bag I’m looking at you) that are perfect travel companions. This razor bracelet is on my list, and coming in at $88, is an affordable McQueen accessory in contrast to aforementioned bucket bag. RGB’s nail lacquers are formaldehyde, toluene, and dbp, free and is quite possibly the easiest accessory change-up you can make. Nirvana White perfume by Elizabeth and James has hints of peony, muguet, and musk, and is understated but still fragrant. I love carrying the rollerball in my purse (it’s portable and meets TSA guidelines), but if you prefer no liquid, a solid perfume is also available. Good headphones are completely necessary for waiting at your gate, as well as blocking out the screaming baby in aisle 6. I love these Frends headphones bc they are noise blocking even if you don’t want to listen to music (perfect for napping). Mophie Juice Pack phone case doubles your phone’s battery life, and is great especially if you cant find anywhere in the terminal to plug in your phone. A mini brush (Mason Pearson the best), good pen (Poppin gel pen-also amazing), and a small pouch by Delfonics to keep your odds and ends organized are also helpful.

 

 

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