We’re headed to Palm Springs this weekend for Mandi’s Bachelorette Weekend and getting more and more excited with every day. Mandi and I have honestly been talking about this for months and when I found out that we were going to Palm Springs, I was ecstatic. It’s my first time! It’s also going to be extremely hot. There’s no doubt that we’ll be spending a lot of our time poolside, but what’s a pool party without inflatables, right? It seems like every pool party I’ve seen this year has had a smattering of assorted inflatables and my favorite ones? The ones that look like food! I believe we’ve got a partially bitten donut coming with us (you know the one we’re talking about!) but here are a few other ones that we wish we could take along too! Don’t be caught without one of these this summer or you’ll be experiencing FOMO.
Swimsuit season is just around the corner and Revolve’s latest 5×5 Swim Project has gotten us excited for it all week. The project highlights five different swimsuit brands paired with five top influencers as part of the collaboration. If you follow Revolve’s Instagram then you may have been seeing the swimsuits modeled all week on location in beautiful Jamaica. We’re actually headed to Palm Springs this weekend for the long weekend and seeing these swimsuits makes us wish we had a couple of these earlier!
Photos by Revolve. To view the entire collection and to purchase, click here!
With the ongoing rain that has been happening all day today, we’re pretty much having the coziest Saturday ever! I’m not sure if this is something that I adopted when I was in Seattle or if it was here, but every time it rains at night, I’m always craving a warm dessert. We didn’t make this French chocolate mousse because – let’s be real here – I know nothing about baking desserts, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting it! We’ve also got the candles burning and a scary movie on in the background. But how are all of you spending your Saturday? I know most of my friends are binge watching House of Cards and us? Well, we’re headed to New York next week so we’re trying to take it real easy because Mandi has promised me miles and miles of walking all over the city!
There’s one guy friend every year that comes to me – sweat forming on his forehead and completely overwhelmed with the pressures of having to buy his girl a Valentine’s Day present. You would think that by your 20’s you would’ve nailed this already. Wrong. It’s okay though, I don’t mind helping out my boys because of course, we know this holiday like the back of our hand. As a girl myself and a girl that loves gifts, when I put myself into this situation as the receiver, it seems fairly easy. However, I recognize that some girls just aren’t like me and might be expecting more so the only way to really write this gift guide is just to share all the things that I would want! Don’t worry – I’ll include some variety so hopefully one of these things will land you in good graces.
In the month of January, we were all about “treating ourselves” so if you peruse this post, you may notice a lot more pampering than usual and we don’t really mind it! Why shouldn’t we deserve all of these things. Also while writing this, I’m realizing that these would make some pretty great Valentine’s Day gifts as well! *wink wink
It isn’t. But I’m headed to Puerta Vallarta at the end of the month to celebrate one of my favorite girls getting married in 2016 and after assessing what I would be packing with me, I realized that I could probably use a few more swimsuits. It’s been awhile since I’ve actually been on a vacation like this or a beach – which is absurd right, cause I live in California? I didn’t think that I’d be able to find anything that I’d like right now much less know of any retailers having their collections out, but we’re in luck! Last year, we were really into cut-outs in swimsuits, but this year, we’re kind of gravitating towards something a little different. So here are a few things I’ve had my eye on and maybe you can all help me pick out one or two that you like best so we can get it ready for Mexico!
I wanted to take some time today to share with you all a really great present for the special people in your life. If this book looks familiar, it’s because you may have noticed that I featured it in my Christmas Wish List for 2015. While I didn’t receive it as a present this year, I did gift it to my mother who I thought would enjoy documenting her 2016 in lists and what’s important to her so that she can look back on it someday.
We’re so happy to be promoting 52 Lists Project because not only is it sold out in stores nationwide and backordered on Amazon because it’s selling like hotcakes, but it was also written by Moorea Seal who is the owner of one of my favorite boutiques back home in Seattle. Anyone remember this post from the summer when I stopped by her shop for the first time and fell in looooove?!
The journal is beautiful. I can’t get over all of the pictures I’ve seen on Instagram in which it has been featured. I also can’t wait until I can snag one for myself (if I’m ever going to be able to get one!) Heads up – all my girlfriends can look forward to getting this as a present this year for their birthdays.
The worst thing about being sick is all of the things that you can’t eat. Since I’m currently home and sick over Christmas break, my parents have got me on a strict diet that includes no dairy, no butter, no sweets of any kind, and nothing that will make me even sicker. I realize I did this to myself so they’re really not to blame, but it’s torture! I’ve been having a very heavy craving for duck pate on toast – 25 year old me is so refined these days! – and not having it over the holidays is kind of a huge bummer. I haven’t even made it into the city yet to have all of my favorite meals. Happy holidays to sick little ‘ol me! Current status: starving.
Can I just say this? I don’t like New Year’s very much. I think the holiday (if you can even call it that) is completely overrated. There’s so much pressure to have plans and do something very extravagant and as I’m getting older, that’s just not something that I want to do. I just want to have a nice meal and chill. Except this year, we have a Gatsby’s themed party to attend so that’s more exciting than any other day. Last year though, my friends and I spent almost $100 on tickets to see Mayer Hawthorne at some club in San Francisco. Now I love Mayer Hawthorne, but I didn’t love this event. It was crowded, a little bit uncomfortable, and just not worth the money we paid for it. Whatever the case, we’re not going to slum it for New Year’s Day so you won’t be seeing us in leggings or sweats so here are some last minute grabs for whatever event you’re going to.
I don’t know how it began, but a couple of months ago, my team had found out that another team upstairs had been getting into puzzles. Not wanting to feel left out, we started a friendly competition. It didn’t last long because the other team got bored with their puzzles, but our team had kept on going. We are now on our 3rd puzzle together so when I stumbled upon this one of a vinyl collection on Cool Material, I felt like it was screaming my name. I really did debate purchasing it for a good minute. I was never really into puzzles as a kid, but I still remember seeing stores at the mall that were just dedicated to them. I used to wonder who would go into these stores, now I realize it’s 25-year old me.
Earlier this summer, I came across an Instagram shot from one of my former favorite bloggers, Noel Duan, who posted THIS. I was in LA visiting Gelesia at the time and as soon as we saw these branded/customized sandals, we were in love. You know that emoji with the hearts as eyes? That’s the expression we both had. I couldn’t believe that I could actually own a pair of sandals that could say “Katie” on one foot and “Yow Yow!” on the other. That’s not crazy is it?
So we did some digging and when I say digging, I really mean the only thing we care about is how much these cost. The sandal itself is $240. The customization is probably another story. I probably could’ve included this in my Christmas Wish List post, but I thought it deserved it’s own because they are fantastic.
What do you think? Is it worth it to splurge on these adorable Pam Left Pam Right sandals? I mean… we have worked really hard this year…
Jimmy Choo – Lilyth 120 – $665
Being 25 has changed me. I know so because this year I asked Kevin for very practical gifts that I actually need including luggage with wheels for my travels and a new laptop sleeve because I’ve spilt too many liquids on my old one. I also need a pair of earbuds to replace my old ones. Next year, I’ll be asking for a new vacuum, cushions, sheets, and aromatherapy sticks. Who are we kidding? We’ll take those now! Actually this year’s Christmas wish list is probably the most diverse that I’ve created so let’s just enjoy this alright?
Talulah Manhattan Pant – $65
I paid a visit to my favorite retailer, Aritzia, a few weeks ago and I was surprised to see that their store was stocked front to back with the most beautiful and stunning velvety pieces. I wasn’t a 90’s child that wore a lot of velvet back in the day. I might have owned one piece of clothing in the fabric and I can for sure say that it wasn’t a favorite because it’s completely not memorable to me today. I had my reservations at first, but as I started making my way through the store, my hesitation turned into curiosity and then very quickly to lust for this very soft and romantic piece of fabric. Are any of you excited to be wearing velvet in 2016?! Maybe you just need a little push… here are 5 pieces from Aritzia to get you started:
Shangri-la Bra – $52
We are VERY excited to be sharing some of the things we’ve been wanting all of November. This post is basically a holiday dressing post pt. 2 though. Hope ya don’t mind! For December, we’ll be gearing up for our upcoming gift guides instead of doing our usual “Closet” post.