November 15, 2017
photos by roxana baker photography
Like I mentioned in my last post, moving back to Utah has been quite the adjustment. One day you think you’ve got it all figured out, and the next day everything comes crashing down. Some of the things I thought I wanted weren’t truly making me happy. I thought that moving on without these things was going to be like climbing Mount Everest with a one hundred pound backpack weighing me down. Maybe it will be a hike, but it will be a beautiful one! When people say “life is tough”, I agree! There are so many thoughts going through my head, so many emotions that I am feeling and trying to embrace. There have been people who have made me feel like embracing these emotions is not okay, or to feel a certain way is wrong. But those people are wrong. Feel every emotion. Learn from them. Be sad. It’s okay to cry. Life is meant for growing. Being uncomfortable. Being wrong. Making mistakes. But I recently decided it was time for me to face my doubts. I have a lot of them. I give myself pep talks on the daily, you guys. Although everyday brings different experiences and different emotions, we need to remember that there is so much to be grateful for. On days where I throw myself pity parties, I try to take a step back and remember the amazing things and people God has blessed me with. I didn’t mean for this to be a soft and saucy post, but being back and rekindling relationships, making the most out of my time, doing the things that are important to ME, all of it is changing my outlook day by day. Anyway…
I’ve just been scooting along for the past little while and had been in talks with the amazing Laurel from Piper and Scoot. Can we talk about what a Girl Boss she is?! #goals. I am so happy we finally got the time to collab and show off one of my most fave dresses they have right now! I wore this to church with cute chunky black heels and got so many compliments! Because my dress was being coveted, I wanted to find a way to wear it as a day look. For now, this is the best that I could come up with! Very easy BUT so cute AND perfect for Fall. How would you style it?
hat: brandy melville (similar here) | lip butter: NYX | booties: zara (similar here) | dress: piper and scoot
Trousers for the Win
November 1, 2017
photos by roxana baker photography
I so wish I had a cool Halloween post for you guys. I see all of these amazing bloggers with cool makeup and awesome costumes, but I didn’t get creative this year! I’ll try to keep up next year.
You guys…this shoot, to this day, is one of my favorites! My babe Roxana KILLED IT. Killed. It. I do have a confession: I’m honestly afraid to wear any pants that are NOT skinny jeans. I remember the first time I wore skinny jeans and I thought I looked like a tree trunk. I HATED THEM. Now, I have a hard time buying anything else. I took a small risk tho. I bought two pairs of pants that are not denim and not skinny…and HOLY SHIZ I am glad I did. These pants should have a place in everyone’s closet. I’ve seen these styled a few ways too. I’m sure you all have. I’m just hoping on this train late. For example: Hello Fashion Blog styled it this summer with a tank. Super cute, right? Anyway, kinda loving pants like this and I am sure I will be posting more of them. What pants are your fave? Share the love and fill me in on all your secrets!
| pants: zara (similar here and here) | turtle neck: zara (similar here) | heels: nine west |
Change in the Weather
October 29, 2017
I am sitting in my kitchen. I have two long sleeve shirts on. I am wearing my warmest sweatpants. Oh, and don’t think for a second that I do not have socks on. cuz I do. So yes, I’m just here thinking to myself “WHAT DID I DO?!” Yep. It’s real. I moved back to Utah.
It’s in the hundreds in LA and my crazy self has ended up back in Utah where the weather is showing me no love. I am not going to lie, I would do anything to be laying by the pool, sipping a sparkling Bai (Bolivia Black Cherry to be specific), and listening to the jams and playing games with my friends!
There is nothing better than the California weather, but in my case, I think this spontaneous change may end up being beneficial in the long run. Change is hard. It’s so uncomfortable. Leaving the life you’ve built, your friends, your loved ones, basically everything that is familiar, and having to start over…it’s intimidating. Hard. Scary. but we ALL know… “There is no growth in the comfort zone.” How often do we take chances? How often do you say to yourself, “What am I doing with my life? I wish I could be doing ____. I am bored with what I am doing.” I know we ALL think it. I know I think about it way too much. But I am doing it. I am making change. I am taking risks. I am going to do my best to do what makes ME happy. Like this blog. I probably have like one reader (my mom), but its my outlet. It was left in the dust because I was trying to stay afloat with my California life. But I love it. It makes ME happy. I am going to do it for ME! Push aside those who hate, who discourage, who make you think that you are not capable of doing what YOU want to do. Because you are more than capable!
Now is the time do be brave! Make changes. Do what makes YOU happy, and if you don’t know what that is, take leaps of faith and figure out what it is. I’m still trying to figure out what REALLY makes me happy. I am learning new things everyday. I face challenges that are taking me to people I need to meet. Places I need to go. Am I struggling? Yep! Am I growing? I sure hope so. Have I already met people who are helping me get to where I need to be? You bet! God is good.
And that’s my little shhhpill.
Now about this swimsuit. I should have posted this a long time ago. But I am terrible at keeping up on here! That’s going to change. One day…haha Anyway, this swimsuit is one of my fave finds. Unfortunately, I found it one the sale rack at Aerie and it was the ONLY ONE left. And get this…it was too big! But I wanted it so bad that I bought it, took it to the tailor, and she worked her magic! If you are somewhere warm, I hope you are enjoying every second of it! Catch some rays for me and send some warm weather my way!
| swimming suit: aerie (similar here) |
Workin on my Fitness
August 1, 2017
Photography by Brooke Scheurn Photo
Bra: Nike | Pants: Nike (similar) | Shoes: Nike
Okay, I am terrible. I can’t believe the last time I posted on here was in Feb! I was so pumped and motivated to keep up! I guess life gets in the way. All that matters is that…I am still here and still trying to do this blog thing! This time around, I am not going to stress and I am just going to have fun and share whatever my heart desires.
Anyway…I MADE A BIG CHANGE. Well..a big change in my eyes! For the last year I was training at a boxing gym. I would go almost every day! I was obsessed. Still am. But after a while I wasn’t seeing much change in my body. So, I did what scares me, and made a change! I decided to put that money I was spending on the boxing gym towards personal training with my fave Chiheb Soumer. Yes, there is boxing still involved! I was nervous from going to boxing class every day to only working out 3 times a week. In all honesty, I feel SO much better! I feel stronger and quicker and it’s only been 3 1/2 weeks since our first session. Wanna know what makes it extra fun? It’s a GROUP session. Which means I get to workout with my girls! Nothing better than having them there to motivate and push me. I can’t wait to see how we all feel a couple of months from now!
Long story short…I have a love-hate relationship with change. For some reason I always crave it. Sometimes I am not happy with it, but most times it makes ya stronger in one way or another!
What’s your go-to work out?
run like no one is watching
February 15, 2017
So, I have a confession. I usually stay away from looking at fitness Instagram accounts, because I find myself counting the flaws that I think I have, but lately I have been searching around Pinterest and Instagram to decide how I am going to attain a healthier lifestyle. There are SO many good accounts out there! It is incredible. But there is one problem that I have…I go through this crazy mind game. This is what I mean:
#1. I think “I am so ready to be healthy and get fit!”
#2. I then think “Where do I even start?”
(then I start looking at Instagram for different work outs and food ideas)
#3. Then I start to workout and eat healthy and then I don’t see results within the first two to three weeks…
(obviously that’s not a ton of time! Duh Paige…it takes longer than that)
#4. Every account I come across, I see this person who seems to be simply flawless and who
has it all together. So then I start to doubt a little bit.
#5. I then start to get super overwhelmed and think there is NO WAY I can make this happen for myself.
(I would ever look that good. Even if I never ate again!)
#6. Then there I am…back on my couch at midnight eating cookies. hahaha
This has been my process for a really long time! I think that I am starting to find ways to be motivated by myself and not by others, and that is really helping me! I personally want to feel and look good, and only I can make myself feel that way. So, with all of that being said, I want to know how you all are keeping healthy. What are your favorite healthy snacks? Are you on a diet that you love? I see lots of people “counting their macros”. Are you doing that? I am currently obsessed with boxing. It’s the only thing that gets me to the gym! So with that being said, what work out classes do you love?
The statement on this sweatshirt is a perfect statement for me. “Run like no one is watching.” I think I run a little funny, so I always pretend like no one is watching, or I get self-conscious! haha YOU GUYS…H&M pulled through this season with their workout gear! Their stuff is sooooo good. The sweatshirt in this look is a suede fabric. SUEDE! (see link below) So cool. Everywhere I go with this sweatshirt on, I get compliments. And the bra too. I have never had a matching gym outfit until this last month. Now I am kind of obsessed with trying to find matching looks. If you are anything like me, have cute outfits makes you get your booty to the gym, right?!
Anyway, I hope some of you comment and give me your feedback. I would love to hear from you all.
photos by roxana b photography
sports bra: h&m
February 13, 2017
Hi! Just wanted to quickly share a booty workout I came across and decided to try. Yes, I found this on Pinterest. Yes, I am working on getting a nice booty. Yes, I really tried these works outs below. AND YES, I am very sore!
I have a little clip of me trying out this workout on my Instagram Story right…NOW. Hopefully I can get some videos up on my Instagram wall in the future! Side note – I couldn’t even do the “pistol squats.” Like what?! I’m not that legit yet. Another side note, because I couldn’t do the pistol squats, I tried to make the “single leg bridge” a little more difficult by using an exercise ball (see seen in my Instagram Story). If you miss my Instagram Story, instead of having my foot rest on the ground, I am balancing it on the exercise ball. Working the core and the booty at the same time! It was rough! Anyway…anyone want to jump on this “nice booty” train with me?! Or do any of you have any good work outs for me to try? I am all ears.
February 10, 2017
It’s finally the weekend, and I am ready to get in my comfy clothes and do all the things that my week doesn’t allow me to do! This weekend I have made it a goal to not only get some good work outs in, but to also come up with a fun plan to share cool work outs I come across, yummy food I inhale, clothing that needs to live in my closet, etc. (like I mentioned in one of my previous posts) If you follow me on Instagram, I have been posting little workouts here and there on my story, but I am curious to know if I were to post videos and such on my feed, if that would be something people would enjoy. Right now my feed is quite professional (meaning I try and keep my photos high quality), but I kind of want to be able to post some real life things! Thoughts? Lot’s of back and forth going through my head right now. Help!
I also want to know how you all are staying in shape. What work outs do you enjoy? What do you eat? Can anyone teach me how to cook? You know, all of the important things.
Enough with my ramble. I will let you all get to your fun Friday night plans!
photos by samantha stapley photography
sweatshirt: nordstrom + nike
leggings: nordstrom + nike
Roses and Ruffles
February 7, 2017
I am so sad, because I waited to long to share this look with you all! I cannot find the product on Zara’s website, so I don’t have links for you today. #fail
BUT I wanted to give you a little something to get you inspired for your Valentine’s Day look. This isn’t as fancy as the “perfect red dress” that I styled in my last post, but it is dressy enough for a nice dinner date/event.
For all of you that like to keep it some what casual and cozy…stay tuned. One more Valentine’s inspired post is comin!
Photos by Roxana Baker Photography
it’s time to “stretch” myself
February 3, 2017
Photos by Samantha Stapley Photography
Adidas Sweatshirt: Urban Outfitters | Similar Here
Pants: Mono B | Similar Here and Here
Bra: Lululemon | Similar Here and Here
Tennis Shoes: Finish Line + Adidas Ultra Boosts
Lady in Red
February 2, 2017
It’s FEBRUARY! The month of love, treats, red, and everything sappy!
And if you know me…I LOVE TREATS!
and love. 🙂
Wanna know what I am loving most right now? Both this dress and these heels are on sale! What whaaaat. You are welcome. (see links below)
If you are planning on a romantic Valentines Day with your man or even your girlfriends, this is a classy and simple look to turn heads. You guys. This dress is everything! It is slimming. It is classy cut with the ruffle on the front, yet spiced and edgy with the cut out on the back. It is modest. I have never found the perfect red dress for Valentines Day, but this year I think I did!
For those of you who like to keep Valentines Day more comfy and casual, I have more ideas coming for you soon! Stay tuned lovers.
Photos by Roxana Baker Photography
Dress: H&M | on sale!
Shoes: DSW (BCBG) | on sale!