MONDAY MANIFESTATIONS

Happy Monday guys 🙂 I hope you’re all having a great start to the week.  I had kind of a weird day today.. I felt sort of sick to my stomach, emotional, with no appetite. I know stress is a bit of the reason (I have a lot going on right now with work), combined with Rudy going back down to OC after spending the weekend together (and Sara was down in OC as well).  Some days I just don’t like being at my place by myself, you know?

I wanted to talk to you guys about the story behind these photos.  Sara took these of me at one of my favorite home decor stores in Venice.  I’ve always loved the vibe in there… it’s always sunny and bright, with tons of hanging plants and reflecting mirrors.  It was always a place that made me happy.

Sara and I were in there the other week and she was taking photos of me in front of this beautiful mirrored door, & I was really feeling the vibe.  Then suddenly a girl walks by and says, ”I’m really tired of all this lifestyle blogger shit” loud enough so we could noticeably hear it.  It kind of caught me off guard, but I was also kind of hurt by it.  Why would she need to say that? And so loud that I could hear it?  MID SHOOT.  What’s the point of purposely hurting someone’s feelings like that?  She’ll never know I’ve been working as a blogger for 9+ years, and how she just basically discredited my job as if it were some horrible ”trend”.

I know I shouldn’t take it so personally, and I’m not dwelling on it, but I just wanted to bring it up here on the blog in case one of you guys have ever dealt with someone discrediting something you love to do.

I’m glad I had Sara there with me so we could kind of ”shrug it off” together.  Today I had a random thought, but as I’m writing this post I realize it fits in perfectly with the message I’m trying to relay.  As I was tidying up my room, I thought, ”I’m going to make more of a conscious effort to increase the positivity in my thoughts and actions”.  Not letting the small stuff bug me as much as it sometimes does.  Looking at the glass half full more often.  Consciously counting my blessings in my head each day. Expressing gratitude each day.  Loving more, and laughing more!  Sometimes stress and anxiety can affect my mood, but having these thoughts help me get back on track to being the better version of myself.

To me, the mindset is so important.  Having a positive mindset can do amazing things for my life.  I’m trying to minimize the negative thoughts and maximize the positive thoughts in a conscious way until it becomes a natural, subconscious habit. Monday manifestations!

dress: Winona Australia  // bracelet and hoops: Gabriel & Co.

RAINBOW

rainbow pants: Vibe Apparel // top: Guess // bag: Salar Milano // glasses: DIFF eyewear

Hi guys!

I’m having quite the moment with these rainbow pants.  FOR REAL they feel like butter on your legs… they’re that soft!  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have them in 3 different prints.  O b s e s s e d.

Hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend 🙂 I’m looking forward to a relaxing Sunday… What are your plans for the day?

POOL PARTY WITH BLOGGERS WHO BRUNCH

Guess what?! I’m hosting a pool party together with Soluna Swim and Bloggers Who Brunch next weekend, and the invite is open for you guys to come! Where my So Cal people at?!

It’s going to be a lot of fun—drinks, food, mingling, pool, and music! Come and hang with Sara and I, and two of our other favorite influencers, Payton Sartain from Hustle & Halcyon, and Kristen Ritchie from High End Hippie.

The RSVP list is filling up quick and there’s a limited amount of spots, so if you’re local to the OC or LA area, don’t wait to put your name on the list!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!!!!

Cannot waiiiiit 🙂

BRIGHT LIKE SUNSHINE

dress: NYLA [CLICK HERE] // shoes: Tony Bianco [CLICK HERE, on sale for $20] // purse: Strathberry [only available in tan color, CLICK HERE]

It’s been a minute since I’ve worn a daytime dress like this—one that makes you feel pretty and put together as soon as you put it on.  I think there’s also something about the color yellow that instantly makes me happy.  So, maybe this is my perfect dress? Haha.

I just finished speaking on a podcast about 30 minutes ago (!) and we talked all things business and blogging realness.  It gives me such an adrenaline rush! I LOVE podcasts and have been listening to them a lot lately– mostly in the car when I have longer drives.   This is the second podcast that I’ve guested, and I’m hungry to do more!

We discussed the following topics:

–how I got into blogging (I’m sure most of you know!)

–starting a clothing brand

–balancing different jobs

–working with brands

–blogging, then vs. now

–staying confident through the ups and downs

The podcast is called Swipe Up, and it’s hosted by a totally business savvy, sweet girl named Katherine McDermott. My episode will be live on September 24th and I’ll post the link for you guys on that day!

On another note, I’ll be posting the link to the podcast I did a couple weeks ago with Peter Jumrovkowski from the I Love Success Podcast in another upcoming post!

MY CRUNCHY (& PACKED WITH FLAVOR) TUNA SALAD RECIPE

My healthy go-to lunch that’s easy and quick— it’s the perfect option when you don’t have much time but you want something homemade…. TUNA SALAD.

My version is crunchy, flavorful, and has a lot of pickle flavor from the cornichons. You can scoop it onto crackers like me, or put it between two slices of bread and add cheese for a yummy tuna melt. It’s pretty freakin good, and after most of my peeps on instagram requested a recipe for this, I’m serving it up right here on the blog!

What You’ll Need:

2 5 oz. cans of Albacore tuna

6-8 cornichons, chopped (the cute little pickled cucumbers)

1 small red shallot, finely chopped

4 green onions, chopped

handful of fresh parsley sprigs, chopped

salt and pepper

In a medium mixing bowl, empty both tuna cans and separate the chunks with a fork. Add cornichons, green onion, and shallot, mix together.  Mix in the chopped parsley.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Top with a few sprigs of parsley and crackers. Store the leftovers in tupperware in the fridge to snack on for the next two days.  Enjoy!

New Favorite App

As a 24 year old, I’m already experiencing the feeling of being out of touch with the latest technology… (HELP!) I can barely keep up with the new apps coming out!! One of my friends had a really cool edit on one of her photos so I left a comment asking what app she used and one of her followers told me 🙂

The app is called Huji, and it gives a film look to your photos, with blue tones and bold saturation. I love the little numbers in the corners too… it reminds me of my childhood photos!

The app is free, but if you want to upload photos from your camera roll (instead of taking the photo on the app) then it’s $1.99 (or $.99, I forgot haha). I balled out and invested the dough because I’d rather not take photos in the app.

What’s your favorite photo editing app at the moment?

GUESS WHO’S BACK?

Both our outfits are from Avocado Activewear

Yay!  Sara’s back from Burning Man and I’m back from my mini vacations (Mammoth & San Diego) so we are finally reunited in Venice and it feels great.  Right now we’re cooking Mexican— we’re making chicken fajita bowls.  I wish you guys could smell our apartment right now… it smells like fresh cilantro and lime.. my mouth is watering as we speak.

I’m a little hesitant towards eating meat right now though… I really messed up my digestive system in Mammoth.  I was eating probably 10X more meat than I usually eat (I usually don’t have that much meat in my diet) and my stomach just freaked out because of it.  Any time I have a change in my diet, my stomach panics and my digestion just comes to a complete stop.  The bloat is REAL.

Anyone else deal with this?  Do you guys have any tricks or natural remedies to get your digestive system back on track once it falls off the wagon?  I know a good amount of preventative measures, like taking those probiotic gummies, trying to stay away from slow-digesting foods like meat, and drinking tons of water, but what about when you need to FIX a struggling digestive system (without taking laxatives lol)?!  I’ve always had a sensitive belly so you would think I’d have this figured out by now… haha.

The Road Less Traveled

Hi guys!

I just realized one of my blog posts from this weekend didn’t publish, so I will repost that tomorrow!

But side note— OMG. You guys have no idea what our car ride back to OC was like today.  Think the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland— on 738281 steroids!!! It was INTENSE.

The traffic was dead stop, one lane, for miles and miles. We were probably moving 5 feet every 30 seconds… is that like .01 mile per hour? Anyway, you get the point— slooooowly making our way back to OC.

Then we saw some people going on a dirt road off into the distance. We didn’t know where it led to, or if it led to an undrivable road, but we decided to veer off the highway and just go for the mystery dirt road route.

It was SO SCARY!!! I wish I could post the video on here right now, but you’ll get to see it later (I filmed it 🙂 ).  We were charging up hills, dodging boulders, oh geez. I wish you guys could see my worried face haha.

After 20 minutes of non-stop, car bouncing, extreme off-roading, we finally found a turn to go back to the main road, and we were so relieved! I think both of us were secretly panicking (maybe I wasn’t so secret haha) that the road would lead to nowhere.

Beyond the memory of this roller coaster ride, we got to share this beautiful sunset over the mountains 🙂 Now we’re back in OC and so ready for bed! I have a modeling job at 7 am so I have to get some rest! Goodnight 🙂

GO FISH

This is the perfect display in photos of how our first day in Mammoth was.  Fishing our hearts out (note that we caught 0 fish haha), off roading in the jeep, and eating as much carbs as we could after 5 hours on the river.  We were STARVING haha.  It was kind of a bummer that we didn’t catch any fish, so we tried again this morning and still no luck.  Some nibbles here and there, but no bites!

Today was one of the best days I’ve had in a while!  We went hiking down to Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls.  Pictures coming tomorrow 🙂

WE’VE ARRIVED TO OUR GETAWAY!

We made it! We drove up to Mammoth this morning around 11:30 am and arrived around 5.  We got the house alll to ourselves and I cannot wait for our weekend together!

First thing we did when we got into town was hit the market.  We made a homemade dinner of grilled chicken with roasted veggies (it was BOMB) and tomorrow we might do a pot roast in the slow cooker.  We’re going fishing tomorrow so it can cook while we’re away 🙂