Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{GBF Style | Quiet Beauty}

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photos by Kate Doherty

floral dress {Cynthia Rowley}
heels { Jessica Simpson via Macy's}
purse {Treesje c/p}
necklace {Sole Society c/o}
sunglasses {Sole Society "Jilly"}
watch {Guess}

With the sweltering heat simmering at an uncomfortable boil in LA, I'm reminded of a recent "hot as hell" moment that's now frozen in time through the lens of the talented Kate Doherty.  A few weeks ago, I was in San Diego for a brief but memorable weekender. To save duffel space, I packed light and teamed up with Kohl's to use their measuring guide to find the perfect one bra fits all...occasions. On the drive back from an extravagant night of experiencing haute cuisine at the Fashion Week San Diego Culinary Couture event, Kate and I glimpsed an empty field filled with outfit photo potential. We screech the brakes, crookedly park on the side of the road as I rip off my white tee to change into a photo worthy outfit revealing my Maidenform Demi T-shirt bra from Kohl's. Cars zoom by unaware of the free peep show. We get out of the car and kick up a storm of dirt on our trek to the field. When we get there, we discover its unexpected unfolding into a breathtaking and expansive view of the mountains. It's sublime. It's majestic. Bracing the heat and the unrelenting sun, we snap away with caution as neither blogger nor photographer are keen on disrupting the quiet beauty that encircles us.

{live fabulously}


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

{GBF Style | The Never Ending Summer}

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photos by Stephanie Soo

bathing suit {Anne Cole via swimsuitsdirect.com}
chambray shirt dress {Julie Brown c/o}
sandals {BC Footwear "Off The Cuff" c/o | in nude}
sunnies {Sole Society "Jilly"}
watch {Tokyo Bay c/o}

I'm still in denial summer is over which is why I spent Sunday afternoon on the beach in my Anne Cole twisted bandeau bikini from SwimSuits Direct admiring oceanscape and reflecting on a season that shined with unforgettable moments. I lived most of June on the road seeking, understanding, and spreading joy. The trip was fulfilling but also filled out my waist line and chipmunk cheeks as I ate with reckless abandon. It was difficult to stick to healthy eating habits on the road as good eats flowed in every direction (Portland, I'm talking about you!). When I got back, I felt lethargic and bloated and knew adjustments had to be made.

After doing some research, I incorporated three things that really helped me feel healthy again. I started taking HUM Daily Cleanse tablets to clear my body of toxins. Made from vegan ingredients, the supplements deflated the bloating without any harsh side effects. I also joined ClassPass, a fitness membership where I can pick and visit ten studio classes at participating fitness studios every month. It's great for people who can't stand the generic gym and crave different fitness routines. There's a $25 penalty if I don't show up to a class which incentivized my commitment.

The last thing I did was buy a slow cooker. Notorious for eating out almost every day as my unpredictable schedule clashes with having a cooking schedule, the slow cooker was an easy fix as I could put together healthy vegetable stews and soups in a matter of minutes using Foodily, the Google of recipes.

The healthy adjustments weren't motivated by weight loss. In fact, I haven't weighed myself all summer. It was about feeling good again. After all, isn't that the root of why we want to look good?

{live fabulously}


Monday, September 8, 2014

{GBF Fall Trend | How to Wear Culottes}

When culottes surfaced earlier in the Spring, I cut it out of my style file as it reminded me of gaucho pants, a trend I attempted and failed miserably to pull off a few years ago. However, after seeing its styling power in editorials and street style looks, I'm warming up to its sartorial appeal. It's a fresh and versatile summer to fall transition piece that can work both day and night with two minors caveats. One, unless you're six feet tall, wear heels! Two, it's a trend, not a staple so there's no need to take out a second mortgage to rock the look. I've found some fab culotte options that hover under $100 (at the end of the post!).

Layer it with a slinky trench coat, luxe fitted tee, or a silk blouse. Stay away from voluminous tops as boxy proportions will overpower and create a dumpy silhouette.
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Pair culottes with a silk tank, fitted top, or juxtapose its inherent masculine vibe with a sweet blouse.
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{live fabulously}


Friday, September 5, 2014

{GBF Style | Clutch The Moment

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Rent the Runway evening gown Catherine Deane
 photos by Joyce Yung Photography

dress {Catherine Deane via Rent The Runway}
heels {Justfab c/o}
clutch {T.J. Maxx c/o}
headband {Doloris Petunia}
ring {Tacori}
earrings {Nicole by Nicole Miller}
bracelet {Erickson Beamon}

Happy Friday! I'm en route to Seattle for a weekend of bacherlorette mayhem. Okay, knowing my girls, it will most likely be an eating mayhem as we all love to eat our way through new cities. Follow my Instagram to experience sinful Seattle food porn!

The maid of honor requested we all wear black on our two nights of Seattle GNOs so I'll be bringing my T.J. Maxx colbalt blue clutch, an evening accessory that first made its debut at The Emmy's. The pop of color will light up any black ensemble and the metallic texture is perfect for the dressy nights out on the town celebrating my friend's impending wedded bliss. It also happens to be the first piece of accessory in my closet to make its transition from summer to fall, a style testament to its staying power!

Have a great weekend!

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{live fabulously}


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{GBF Style | And The Beat Goes On}

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photos by Jenna Bechtholt

floral maxi dress {boohoo.com}
heels {Shoedazzle}

Last weekend was lived in Grand Park Downtown LA at the Made in America festival where I fell in love with the artists' love for music. Imagine Dragons mesmerized as every note was played with depth, artistry, and unbridled passion while Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer, and Weezer captivated in their immersion of divine talent. And then there's Kanye who's always fun to watch as he embodies the true meaning of theatrics. While driving to K-town Sunday night to cool down with some patbingsoo after two days of nonstop moving, swaying, jumping, and dancing, I get a text from my brother. "I'm still alive," it reads. He was at Burning Man. Festival fever runs in the family.

In between the sweaty sets, we noshed on the most amazing rice balls from Mama Musubi while outfit watching. Festival fashion is its own style genre as each outfit thoroughly embodies music revelers' uninhibited expression of their inner boho spirit. Seemingly an exercise in freestylin', picking out the perfect festival outfit requires astute and deliberate consideration of weather, music genre, and venue location as each festival is uniquely seeped in its own culture. I recently took Boohoo's "which festival are you" quiz to discover which festival aligns with my personality (Coachella, duh!) and accompanying outfits that work best for the festival (floral maxi dress). Take the quiz below to discover where your festival style roams free!

Which Festival Are You?
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