Friday, December 19, 2014

the darkest days

It's not a surprise that everyone goes through up's and down's in their lives - moments that you feel like you can never get through, moments that you wish you could hold onto forever. For me, the greatest escape and the best way for me to heal from something painful is traveling. A new adventure is not only a distraction, but it's a learning experience with endless opportunities to learn about yourself. Hours in the car force you to live with yourself, beautiful moments in a foreign place force you to appreciate life when you feel like you can't. 

An adventure doesn't have to be an expensive vacation with a new wardrobe and pricey meals and hotel rooms. It can be a one nighter or even a day trip to somewhere you've never been. If you feel like you need to get away, it's not as difficult as it seems. Just do it! Seriously, though.

This particular trip did exactly what I had explained and I was accompanied by a friend that gave me not only great advice, but a great distraction that taught me that I'll be absolutely OK without what I had lost. What's your remedy to harsh realities?

Dress: Forever 21
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Yellow Box
Hat: Brandy Melville

Monday, December 15, 2014

bundle in black

Well, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I officially have gone to the dark side. I have a few more posts in the queue with blonde hair, so be patient :)

A few weeks ago I went on a road trip with my lovely friend Crystal. We headed to Antelope Canyon, the #1 destination on my bucket list, and did a whole ton of driving. I know I've said it before, but I love a good road trip, and I love a good road trip partner even more. 

The temps got down to an unexpected 28 degrees and I was the furthest thing from prepared. We stayed in the car with the heat on until we got south enough to hit 50 degrees. I'm heading home to Ohio in a few days and I can already tell you I'm NOT excited for cold weather! I am, however, way too excited to see my family and friends. I wish I could drag them all back to California with me!

Jacket: H&M
Sweater: H&M
Scarf: Conversation Pieces
Jeans: H&M (self destructed)
Boots: Yellow Box
Sunglasses: Hoof & the Horn

Thursday, December 11, 2014

purple haze

Life isn't always in black and white, and sometimes that's OK. Like answers, outfits are easiest to figure out if you just go with the simple solution. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to add a little color and variety. I'm guilty of going straight to the black, white, and grey in my closet first when I'm getting dressed in the morning. Though it takes more thought and work, a little color never hurt nobody.

This royal blue jacket does just the trick by turning an otherwise boring outfit into something edgy and exciting. Would you wear a loud jacket like this one?

Top & Jacket: Forever 21
Jeans: American Apparel
Boots: Yellow Box
Sunglasses: Hoof & the Horn