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3 Spring Looks To Try This Weekend!

Apr
29

If want to try something new this weekend but need inspiration–you’re in luck, because I found three different looks that you could be wearing this weekend!  They’re all different but perfect for spring days (and nights).  Make sure to let me know which spring look is your fave!

1. Florals X Denim

Eiza Gonzalez nailed the floral look when she chose a brightly colored top to compliment her low rise jeans.  The turtleneck detail is chic and perfectly balances the peek of stomach showing while the short sleeves will keep you cool this spring.  I love the bright colors of the flowers on her top and you can purchase a similar look here at Asos.com for only $63.  Bright blue sunglasses will always give your outfit that cool element and is a great way to add color to any look.  Blue sunglasses is a definite must have this spring and summer! Check out these blue mirror Ray Bans! Finally, her blue colored lace up boots at that edgy element while still providing comfort.  Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you have to put your boots away–it is a simple way to made your look edgy!

Eiza Gonzalez Floral Top Jeans Boots Simple Spring Look Style

2. Overalls X White Tee

This is such a classic look! Kate Bosworth is all about simplicity, and what’s more perfect than this blue denim and a white t-shirt?  The classic combo gets an updated twist–flared 1970s style overalls.  While the style might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a timeless look that will always be stylish.  I love how she paired it with a high neck white t-shirt, which perfectly compliments the shape of the overalls.  She added classic sunnies and darker beige sandals with a lighter toned purse.  Her overalls are by Frame Denim, and can be purchased here for $299.

Kate Bosworth Overalls White Top Style

3. All Black Tank and Trousers

This is such an effortless combo that can be worn as an OOTN or date look.  Kate Hudson paired a slinky, fitted black spaghetti strapped top with high waisted trousers, adding a simple belt.  The red lips gives the entire outfit an elegant vibe.  The shape of the top is not something I’ve seen as a night out look but when you tuck the shirt in and add the belt, it transform the top to night out fancy.  This is a good look to try when you’re going for sleek and sophisticated.  The two toned clutch is a great detail to finish off the look.  If you want a super fitted look like Kate’s and can’t find a similar top, try wearing a bodysuit with a similar neckline.  Asos makes a great bodysuit that looks nearly identical to Kate’t top–and it’s only $18!

Kate Hudson All Black Spagetti Strap Top Tank Trousers Belt Simple OOTN Look Style

 

Which look is your favorite?  Tell me below!

3 Ways to Wear a Chambray Top

Apr
27

Style Inspired: Bella Hadid’s Coachella Look

Apr
26

Bella Hadid always tends to put together outfits that screams laidback chic and while at Coachella 2015, she did not disappoint!  One of her outfits really stood out to me and it’s so easy to recreate! Take a look at her amazing outfit from this year’s Coachella:

Photo Credit: Emily Knecht for Vogue

Photo Credit: Emily Knecht for Vogue

Bella’s outfit is a great look to recreate this spring/summer.  What I love most about the look is how, even though she’s wearing shorts and a strappyy bodysuit, she’s really not showing that much skin because of the cover up.  The cover up makes the look really wearable and something you could easily wear out and about without feeling uncomfortable or exposed.

The key to her look is the cover up, which is actually dress!  The exact item is called the ‘Rex’ dress by Stone Cold Fox.  You can purchase the white dress with button detailing for $387. It’s a great addition to your wardrobe because you can wear it like Bella or wear it like a dress.

Misguided has a similar bodysuit as Bella’s for $30.  She’s also wearing vintage Levi’s denim shorts, and there are a couple of similar one’s on Asos’ marketplace.  To purchase a similar belt, check out his western looking one on Asos.com for only $18.

Check out some more photos from Bella’s instagram in this amazing look!  Tell me what you think of her outfit below!

bye bye cheller…bacon crew is out ✌️

A photo posted by bella hadid (@bellahadid) on

 

  Such dorksgoodnight chellers⚡️⚡️   A photo posted by bella hadid (@bellahadid) on

Travel Diaries: Cafe Gratitude in Downtown Los Angeles

Apr
22

Cafe Gratitude, Downtown Los Angeles- 

300 S Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

On Sunday, I decided to venture out to the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles to eat at the brand new Cafe Gratitude.  I’ve been to the Cafe Gratitude in Venice many times but the downtown location opened a few weeks ago and I really wanted to check it out.

The Arts District is actually the Eastern side of Downtown LA.  It used to be the industrial sector of LA, and so a lot of the apartments and businesses took over those buildings.  It’s so beautiful to me–it’s a mixture of the past, with all of those industrial builidngs, and the present, with the graffiti and art everywhere.  It is such a creative area of LA and definitely a hidden gem.

The first thing I noticed was that there was an actual parking lot for Cafe Gratitude, and you don’t have to pay!  This is huge in LA, because 99% of the time there is no parking, only metered street or garage parking, and you have to pay for.  This parking lot was free–which was a great surprise.  I went with my sister and my friend and much to our surprise, it was almost completely empty. We arrived at 11 am on a Sunday–and it seems like that is the perfect time.  We were immediately seated at our table.   The whole restaurant had a great look to it–white and wood detailing–very clean and pretty.

Cafe Gratitude

Our waitress was amazing!  She was so patient with us even though we were so indecisive.  I ended up ordering the “Open Hearted”–two gluten free buckwheat-flax pancakes. I added cashew whipped cream and fresh fruit and an iced almond milk coffee.  It was so good!  The pancakes were so tasty and light. The cashew whip was the perfect sweet topping.  One of the best vegan pancakes I’ve ever had!  I was so full!

My sister ordered the “Extraordinary,” which is a vegan BLT burger, with coconut bacon, romaine, tomatoes, and a chipotle cashew aioli sauce.  It came with a coleslaw on the side.  She told me the sandwich was absolutely delicious and the coconut bacon tasted good.  My sis and I have actually never had bacon and never will so for her to tell me the vegan coconut bacon was good is something I did not expect.  She said it just tasted like crispy coconut and gave the sandwich a tang of sweetness, which she loved.  The burger was on focaccia-type bread and it looked so soft and fluffy.  She also ordered the iced almond milk coffee.

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My friend ordered the “Fruitful” smoothie, which had things like banana, dates, vanilla and orange juice in it. She also ordered the “Humble,” their Indian curry bowl.  It had red lentil dal, spinach, yams with a spicy mint chutney. You can choose between quinoa or brown rice.  She told me both the smoothie and meal were amazing!

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Although it can be pricey, it is worth it! The food is all organic so it makes sense the prices are a little higher.  My pancakes were $13 but it made me full for several hours.  I think our final bill was $58 (not counting tip of course 🙂 ) but I think the price is fair, considering how everything was high quality organic dishes.

The neighborhood around Cafe Gratitude is definitely worth exploring–I didn’t have time to explore, but the next time I come, I have to do a little tour.  So if you’re ever in the area, make sure to check out Cafe Gratitude in downtown LA.  I absolutely recommend it!

Here are some more photos from the restaurant and the area around it:

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Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Behati Prinsloo

Apr
21

Behati Prinsloo is a supermodel, a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and the wife of hottie Adam Levine.  On top of that she has the coolest style–it’s a little rocker, a little boho, a little edgy–but always effortless.  The Namibian-born model is the queen of casual chic but knows exactly how to rock a look at an event.  Read on to find out 6 style tricks from the ever stylish Behati Prinsloo.

1. Concert Tees

Behati is a big fan of concert tees, a piece that will always make your look edgy.  She gives off the laid back rocker vibe with her concert tee by wearing it with shorts, chelsea boots, a gold choker and blue tinted sunglasses.  The flannel around the waist really finishes off the look, making it very 1990’s grunge chic.

Behati Prinsloo Rocker Chic Style Flannel Shirt Denim Shorts Boots

The supermodel takes the concert tee to the next level by pairing it with a black mini skirt.  She keeps the look pretty simple, pairing the t-shirt with black sneakers and bag.  Follow her lead and bring a chambray top as a jacket in case it gets cool at night.  The skirt and concert tee combo is very rocker chic and you can definitely wear this on a night out!

Behati Prinsloo Rocker T Shirt Black Skirt Tennis Shoes Style

2.Black X Chambray

When in doubt, wear all black and pair it with a light wash chambray top.  In the first photo, Behati is wearing a black top and jeans, topped with her chambray top and a couple of necklaces.  She loves 1990’s style and this look is definitely inspired by that decade.

Behati Prinsloo Chambray Top Black Jeans Style

She keeps the theme of black and blue in the second look as well.  A black crop top and mini skirt, along with knee high black socks and tennis shoes.  This time she has the chambray around the waist and she added a backwards black baseball cap. This look is the epitome of cool girl and so easy to recreate!  This is probably one of my favorite looks because it makes a black mini skirt so casual and daytime!

Behati Prinsloo Black Crop Top Shirt Chambray Top Hat Style

3. Flannel

Behati loves flannel–a lot of these looks pictured here have flannel incorporated in the outfit!  Flannel always reminds me of grunge, rock and Kurt Cobain–it’s a piece that will always make your look effortlessly cool and edgy.  For Behati, she loves wearing it with ripped denim, a black top and a choker.  The flannel adds color to the look and paired with the maroon Doc Martens–1990’s perfection!

Behati Prinsloo Flannel Shirt Ripped Jeans Style

4.The New T-Shirt and Jeans Combo

A grey t-shirt and white jeans is the new classic–it’s modern, fresh and two classic colors.  The combo is spring/summer ready and perfect for parties, dates, night outs or school.  The soft grey color tone of the top is a must have basic piece for any wardrobe, and the white jeans and pumps are items that can be used over and over again in many different ways. Notice that Behati kept her accessories to a minimum, opting for a a few gold bangles and a tiny necklace–for this look minimalism is key!

Behati Prinsloo Gray T Shirt White Jeans White Pumps Style

 5. Maxi Dress Casual

A maxi dress is usually reserved for fancier events and often paired with heels, but Behati decided to do the exact opposite-and it works!  She paired her grey maxi with a cropped leather jacket, sneakers and hat–very boho casual here.  The simple grey and black combo is complimented with a gold dangling necklace, watch and earrings.  This is more of a boho/rocker hybrid look and adding the sneakers keeps the look from being too feminine.  Keep in mind that she chose a maxi dress that is made with a more clingy/bodycon type of material, which is key, because it’s paired with a loose jacket and sneakers.

Behati Prinsloo Grey Maxi Dress Jacket Style

 6. Menswear Inspired OOTN

This menswear inspired onto is all about balance–she chose a fitted black crop top and paired it with loose trousers. The belt is a good addition, not just to hold up the pants of course, but to add a gold detail to the entire look.  She paired it with black flat boots and handbag.  She kept her makeup and hair simple, which goes perfectly with the menswear inspired look.  The crop top really makes the look sexy but the high neck of it keeps the look from being to revealing.

Behati Prinsloo Black Crop Top Mens Inspired Wear Trousers Style

 

Which look is your favorite?  Mine is the all black crop top and skirt with the chambray top!! I will definitely be recreating that look soon!

Product Review: Nars Concealer

Apr
19

narsI have major dark circles around my eyes…it’s really discolored and sunken in.  I have been on the hunt for a concealer to cover my dark circles for a while because, well no one wants to look like they haven’t slept in a month! 🙂  I tried several different types, including MAC and Makeup Forever–which did cover the discoloration but it didn’t take away that sunken in look.  I looked tired in photos when I used those concealers.  I heard about Nars’ radiant creamy concealer and decided to try it out.

I hurried to Sephora and bought it in Shade 4 (called “Ginger”) and tried it on–immediate coverage!  It makes me look rested, bright eyed and no dark circles!  It took away that sunken look and lasted all day.  I learned that I had to, using the wand, “paint” the concealer under each eye and then let it sit there for about 5-7 minutes without blending yet.  I usually apply it, let it sit to dry a bit and then do my contouring and blush.  Once it’s semi-dry, I use a concealer brush to blend it in.  By leaving it to set for a few minutes, it makes the product more likely to stay on and not just get swiped away when you brush it in.  I used Sephora’s eye concealer brush to blend it in.

Before concealer

Before Nars concealer (lighting is not perfect sorry–no filters)

 

Once I blend, I go again a second time to make sure I have complete coverage.  I add in a little tiny swipe more on the lower portion of my eye socket once more for safe measure.  I leave it on again for about 5-7 minutes and then blend with my blush.  I have noticed that as the day goes on, sometimes it starts to “wrinkle” a bit and I just have to smooth it out with a finger.  Once I do that, it still looks great!  I am currently looking for a good setting powder for my concealer so if you have have recommendations, please let me know!

This is pretty pricey for a small bottle–I bought it for $29 from Sephora and it lasts about 2-3 months.  The concealer photographs really well and beautifully bounces off light, making your face look pretty darn flawless.  It really brightens the eye area and just makes you look really refreshed.

After putting on the Nars concealer in natural light (no filters, no editing)

After putting on the Nars concealer in natural light (no filters)

Bottom Line:

I would absolutely recommend the Nars radiant creamy concealer, a definite must have!  Use a good concealer brush or a beauty blender to effectively blend in the product, but make sure to leave it on the skin for a few minutes to set before blending.

You can find the product at many stores, but I purchased it from Sephora.  It’s also available on Nascosmetics.com and Nordstrom.

 

What I Wore: 4/16/2015

Apr
17

Hi! Here’s a look at what I wore yesterday–a really simple outfit for a warm day in LA.

Forever 21 Crop Top: similar

Vest-got it a long time ago from Macy’s: similar

American Apparel Denim Shorts

Timberland Boots

Sarah Chloe ‘S’ Initial Necklace

F21 Arm Cuff similar

Choker similar 

That black band on my other hand is a Fitbit Charge btw 🙂

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xoxo
Sarah

3 Sandals You Need in Your Closet!

Apr
15

It’s that time for springtime sandals!  The weather is warmer, which means it’s time to paint your toenails bright colors.  In the meantime, check out these three sandals you need in your closet!  If you want to purchase, click on the title and it will link you to the items.

1. Zara High Heel Strappy Slingback Sandals ($79.90)

Zara High Heel Strappy Slingback Sandals

Zara High Heel Strappy Slingback Sandals

 

Instead of wearing black or nude heels, try a bright heel like these gorgeous Zara ones. You can wear them many ways–with jeans, a dress, shorts–it will look good with everything.  You can also pair it with patterned pieces.  The delicate lacing detail is so unique and will definitely be a wow factor to any outfit.

2. Steve Madden ‘Surfside Platform Sandal ($79.95)

Steve Madden Surfsid Platform Sandal

Steve Madden Surfside Platform Sandal

These shoes will be a go to sandal for the spring and summer!  It’s gives off a retro vibe–very ’90s grunge. These are a great addition to your wardrobe.  They are timeless and chic so you will definitely plenty of use from these gorgeous sandals.

3. Topshop ‘Heatbeat’ Lizard Embossed Sandal ($45)

Topshop Heartbeat Lizard Embossed Sandal

Topshop Heartbeat Lizard Embossed Sandal

The design of the sandals will brighten up any outfit and are a must have!  They can dress up any outfit and make it look so chic.  The nude and lizard pattern is such a great combo that will always be in style.

Which one is your favorite? Share below!