Monday, September 22, 2014

{GBF Style | Falling4Lulu*s Work Florals}

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photos by Kate Doherty

floral shift dress {Lulu*s c/o}
heels {Lulu*s c/o}
tote {Lulu*s c/o}

This week, I'm teaming up with Lulu*s and my girls MelaneeAnnette, and Whitney to share our favorite fall trends and to help you get fall ready for every fabulous occasion. First up is the fall work outfit! With florals in full bloom this season, I decided to pair a soft floral printed shift dress with a work apropos tote and cut out sandals. It can be easily layered with a blazer for a more business look or dressed down with a denim jacket for happy hour festivities.

To help you get Fall ready, enter to win $150 from Lulu*s!  Follow @lulus on Instagram and share your favorite fall trend or outfit with hashtag #Falling4Lulus. At the end of this week, we'll pick our favorite to step into fall in style with Lulu*s.

Keep your eyes peeled as I'll be sharing other fall trends throughout the week!

{live fabulously}


Friday, September 19, 2014

{GBF Style | Stripped}

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photos by Jenna Bechtholt

lace bra {Cosabella}
floral overalls {Flynn Skye}
purse {vintage Celine}
flats {YRU}

The LA heat wave (and last night's marathon sesh of my favorite new show Naked and Afraid) compels me to strip down to just my bra. If it were socially acceptable to wear less, I would. Much love to my friends at Cosabella for making bras that double as tops! 

I haven't been blogging as much lately. It isn't due to lack of content or motivation. Rather, there's so much I want to share but don't even know where to start. I'm on the cusp of experiencing moments that will change everything but at the moment, I can't divulge anything. If life were an EDM song, this would be the pulse right before the bass drops. Or the part right before Steve Aoki cakes the audience. Either way, I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass no treble...

Have a joyous weekend!

{live fabulously}


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}
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}