My fashion goals basically = becoming a cartoon in real life. I think fashion should be fun with a sense of humor and a huge dose of imagination… or honestly whatever the hell makes you feel good. Because being colorful, cartoonish and a little bit ridiculous makes me feel good I am ALWAYS on the hunt for brands that are whimsical and don’t take themselves too seriously. So imagine how stoked I was when I stumbled upon JumpFromPaper on Instagram a couple of years ago.
The 2D colorful bags they make are pretty much my ideal accessory and I’m not alone!
After everyone figures out that their eyes aren’t deceiving them, (or that I didn’t just draw on a piece of paper and stick it to my back) the first thing they want to know is where I got my backpack from.
I revisited my time as a moody 90’s teenager (looks like not much has changed)
and twirled back to the 70’s (over a decade before I was born but definitely an era I can dig)
As someone who has OCD I’ve always been somewhat terrified by the idea of using stuff that belonged to someone else. I would hear stories from friends who happened upon these amazing vintage finds. But before I could allow myself to be seduced by tales of five dollar frocks and kitschy cuteness, I would always be snatched back to “reality” by the thought of what kind of animal-hoarder hell those items had previously lived in before being donated or plucked from an estate sale. Did I mention that I also have a slightly overactive imagination?
But still, in the back of my mind, I always knew that there was this whole other magical world of fashion that was waiting for me. If only I could just muster up the courage (and enough hand sanitizer) to take the plunge.
A purple haired (depending on when you meet her) spunky vintage maven and creator of the vintage marketplace app Whurl. Whurl can be described as kind ofa reverse eBay for vintage lovers! Not only can you both buy and sell items on the app, but you can harness the power of Whurl’s growing supportive online community to help you find the vintage items of your dreams by simply posting an image!Sam has become my official vintage guru by slowly introducing me to pieces via Whurl and somehow its all been working! The true test (of both her patience and my willingness to stretch myself for cute clothes) will be coming soon when Sam and I finally go thrifting IRL!
For now, I was so intrigued by this world of old and new that I decided to share this journey with all of you. I know for many of you who don’t have my germaphobe issues, one of the barriers to shopping vintage has been the sizing. Thats another thing I love about Sam, she’s committed to sharing her love for vintage clothes with everyone and has been really working hard to achieve greater size diversity on Whurl.
So we hung out at her home (which is basically a vintage wonderland) and did a cute little lookbook (sneak peek above) featuring some pieces from Whurl. We also did a haul and giveaway that you won’t want to miss! Most of the items are available for purchase and many of them of are plus size!
I recently had a chance to try out popular plus size shopping subscription service Gwynnie Bee! So naturally I did a video talking about the experience and trying on some of my favorite clothes from the website. You can head to my Youtube channel to subscribe or scroll down to check out the video below.
While there were definitely a couple of misses, I am happy to say that there were some pieces that I really fell in love with!
The first was this adorable dress from City Chic! While I ended up ordering the wrong size, I loved it so much that it being a tad big didn’t really stop me from putting on sparkly flats and twirling around DTLA.
This is a great dress for everything from a sunny garden wedding to a night on the town with your favorite date. And I’m obsessed with this amazing Ray Necklace by my friend Mr.Kate! Its the perfect simple piece to pair with a dress like this.
Of course I’ve been dying to find a reason to rock my chill pill bag, and it pairs perfectly with my Kate Spade flats (snagged those 3 years ago)
The other look that I really loved was this flirty little A-line number by Alice & You.
I paired this with baby pink shoes and bag to bring out the pretty floral print.
Another really great summery day time option. I would rock this to a nice brunch or afternoon tea! I could also see this as being a cute option to wear if you worked in an office.
I’m obsessed with the bow collar and belled sleeve!
If you liked these dresses,I picked out a few others that you might dig!
Rompers are probably one of my favorite things to wear, especially during the summer!
Except for the awkward being topless moment when you have to hit the ladies rooms, I would say its one of the easiest trends to incorporate into your wardrobe. I am always on the hunt for a cute romper! But as I’ve learned on my hunt, there is definitely an art to picking the perfect one for your body type.
I have tried a few this season and this one from Fashion to Figure is definitely a favorite! It meets all the criteria for a great summer romper that will be flattering on many!
1. Itslightweight without being sheer.
2. Versatile, You can wear it three ways (my favorite is off the shoulder.)
3. It has an elasticized waistand is very comfy
4. it comes in 3 colors
5. It’s the perfect length AND it has pockets!
So FTF totally isn’t paying me to make this post btw lol…I just love sharing when I find something really cute! If you have a favorite romper this summer, please share in the comments!
A few weeks ago, I found myself covered in head to toe Hello Kitty, twirling in front of a photographer and having one of those “I can’t believe this is part of my job” moments. I have been obsessed with Hello Kitty ever since I was like 5yrs old, so of course I totally did a happy dance when Torrid asked me to help launch their HK collection.
Here is a behind the scenes look at my photoshoot for Hello Kitty X Torrid and some of my favorite looks from the collection!
Everything is so cute and playful but there’s totally something for everyone!
When I decided to cut back on refined carbs and sugar a few weeks ago, I totally forgot that National Donut Day was right around corner! I clearly didn’t think this thing all the way through, as I have been totally inundated with donuts today!
Well, I am determined to get in on the fun one way or another! I have found that the best way to avoid eating tons of sugary dough is by spending some ;)! So this time I am getting my sugar fix by shopping all the super sweet donut inspired clothes and accessories on the internets.
Check out some of my favorite donut picks bellow, as well as links to where you can find this adorable donut pool float in lots of colors.
Long long ago, before I dawned rainbow hair and became my true unicorn self, I wore a whole lot of brown…. No seriously ask my husband. I was all about that boho life! My apartment was beige, my clothes were varying shades of neutrals with random pops of color and a sprinklingof tribal prints.I guess you could say I was extremely colorful “on the inside”, but I wasn’t quite ready to fully express myself.
Those days are clearly behind me and I now have a rainbow wardrobe to match my hair! And if you follow me on social media you know that my love for all things colorful is only matched by my love for all things cute! Enter this adorable brown bear bag from Modcloth! (I am literally squealing as I type!)
I was so smitten with this cute little cub that I had to find shoes to match… and before I knew it I was pulling together a very brown outfit in its honor.
Inspired by memories of my earth-tone clad past and this cute little bag, I decided to keep going and pick out some out some of my favorite neutral pieces to share! Shop my look and the rest of my neutral style picks below!
I was reborn 5 springs ago. April 2011 is when I entered treatment for bulimia and began the journey of becoming myself. At the time, I didn’t really know that my life would change so drastically. I honestly didn’t believe that I would be alive for very much longer because I had given up… fortunately for me, the people in my life hadn’t.
Recovery is the hardest thing that I have ever done and continue to do, but the rewards have been immeasurable. As I’ve shared recently, I still struggle all the time with so many things. But the difference is that now I face my challenges openly and honestly and without shame, as the woman that I have always wanted to be. If you are struggling with an eating disorder (whether you have began recovery or not) please don’t give up on yourself. You are important. You are not alone. Your struggle is not shameful, it is human and therefore beautiful. You are worthy of acceptance and love from everyone and most importantly from yourself… And I pray that you find your spring. ?
I am a huge dork and I pretty much always have been. Maybe thats the reason why I’ve always had a hard time making girlfriend. People assume that I’m cool and then I open my mouth, awkwardness ensues and its over lol. I seem to have the same experience over and over again living and working in LA amongst digital influencers and industry people… which honestly tends to leave me feeling like I don’t quite fit (probably because I don’t). But this is why I love the internet! It is a place where dorky awkward girls like me, who really just want to have fun, go to Disneyland and eat cotton candy, can meet other people with a similar outlook on life 🙂
Thats exactly whathappened last Wednesday.I took my Instagram relationship with Izzy (@Izzy_Jacqueline ) to the next level and started texting. We’d been having all of these near misses IRL at various events, so I thought… Hey, we obviously like the same stuff, lets hang out on purpose. She then informed me that her and some other girls from Insta were all meeting at Disneyland and invited me to join!
I was a little apprehensive. I mean people are weird… I’m weird… drop all that weirdness off in the middle Disneyland and who knows what could happen. To balance out my dorkiness, I invited my friend (and Studio Mucci photographer) Lauren to come along. Lauren and I also needed to meet up to work on a project so it all kind of came together perfectly.
Despite my initial anxiety, we all seemed to get on immediately. Everyone was just so sweet!
(I posted this to snapchat moments after Lauren and I joined the group)
And then we took like a million photos which was pretty fun! My husband is a great sport and will tolerate my incessant photo taking, but these girls were just like me… all about getting the shot!
We had so much fun! I totally felt like I was hanging out with girls I’ve known for years!And on the car ride home I found out that every single one of these adorable, fun, interesting womenthat I’d been having a ball with all day were loyal Studio Mucci customers (which made me a little emotional)! Needless to say, we’ve already made plans to do more fun things together. Follow along with our adventures on Instagram under #DREAMYGIRLGANG (cute name right?)
The moral of the story here is… YES! It is a good idea to make friends on the internet. I mean I kind of knew this already (I met my husband online over 10 years ago). I have honestly made so many amazing friends online from all over the world and if geography wasn’t a factor my girl gang would be even bigger!
Heres a little more about these cool chicks and their cute outfits!
Meet Izzy Jacqueline! She’s the cute blonde in the middle serving palm leaf realness ;)! I learned (via her adorable accent) that she is Chicago native who just recently moved to the west coast. You can find her blog at www.izzyjacqueline.com and follow her on Instagram @izzy_jacqueline. Shop her outfit below!
Meet Jessica Gochman! She is the designer of all of the adorable ears we all wore! (They are my favorite for fun photo shoots!) She is also a fellow Wildfox enthusiast :). You can find her ears at www.shophouseofmouse.etsy.com and check her out on Instagram @shophouseofmouse. Shop her outfit below!
This is Karen Pagtama Hickman and she is just the sweetest! When she’s not busy being a TV producer on some of your favorite reality shows, she makes the cutest pins and accessories! Find out more about her at www.littlesweetthing.com and on Instagram @littlesweetkaren. Her cute dress is from Unique Vintage, shop the rest of her look below 🙂
Jenna Fields is an true LA girl who loves retro clothes, tons of color and has a passion for sweets! Find out more about her colorful life @circusofcakes on Instagram and shop her look below!
Meet Tisha, who I am pretty sure is actually Minnie Mouse in real life! Find out more about her world filled with cute retro dresses and Disneyland excursions on Instagram @teamsparkle and shop her look below!
If you read this blog or follow me on social media, then you already know this little sunflower, but I’ll introduce you again! Lauren Comes is part of the Studio Mucci and Disney family which makes her twice as magical in my opinion. See what she’s been up to on Instagram @sunflowerdiaries and shop her outfit below!
Lauren also documented our adventures on her new vlog! check it out and be sure to subscribe!