random photos from 2018 that have nothing to do with this post.. hehe
Hi guys 🙂
I really wanted to do a post about the first month of 2019. I feel like January really sets the tone for the rest of year, are you with me? This is when we have a fresh start, and it can be applied to so many different aspects of our lives, for example in our careers, with our moods/attitudes, relationships, habits, etc. In terms of my career, I think the best word to describe my approach to 2019 is proactive. And so far, the first half of January has been just that.
Lately I’ve been very adamant about being and staying organized, and it’s already working wonders for me. In 2018 I was a little all over the place with keeping track of payments for photoshoots + campaigns. I had a system of tracking, but it wasn’t efficient enough for me. I needed something that could provide me with more info that was accessible in a matter of seconds. That’s why I made payment trackers. One for my modeling shoots, and one for my campaigns. I’m talkin’ good ‘ole Excel spreadsheets, color-coded in pink, loaded with info. I started logging everything from January 1st on, and I cannot tell you how much of a help it has been already. Just by creating a simple spreadsheet (that took literally 10 minutes to set up), I can see how much money I’m making, which payments are past-due, if I’ve sent the invoices, and a bunch of other info. For someone like me who is their own boss running their own show, this is l i f e – c h a n g i n g.
What’s one way you guys are setting the tone for 2019?
We are moving FAST with the wedding plans. Madi got engaged a few weeks ago, and we are already trying on dresses! She wants to have the wedding in late summer / early fall, so she kind of has to act quickly in terms of planning. This past Saturday she invited her sisters, mom, and two best friends (Amanda and I) to try on dresses at this beautiful bridal store in Newport Beach called Casablanca Bridal.
She tried on a total of 5 or 6 dresses, and each one was different than the last, and they all looked SO GOOD. We were all like ”oh no… this is going to be harder than we thought”. Towards the end of our hour and a half long appointment, we could narrow it down to two different styles. One was more elegant and bridal, and the other was more sexy. She doesn’t have her wedding venue secured, and the venue does play a role in deciding which dress to get, so she was torn. She took down the info of both dresses so she can always go back and try them on again.
This was my first time wedding dress shopping with a friend, and it made me realize how hard it actually is! One day I will be trying them on, trying to narrow it down to my favorites. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but it doesn’t help that I’m naturally indecisive when it comes to things like this. Nothing to worry about now though… I’ll leave that to Madi hehe 🙂
Hangin with my momma today! She is very into graphic tees at the moment and her jaw dropped on the floor when she saw this QUEEN band shirt at Nordstrom haha. All I hear is a loud gasp and it’s my mom staring at the t-shirt with googley eyes!! I laughed so hard! You can see her level of excitement, taking the t-shirt out of the bag while we’re sitting down at the cafe. Tonight she’s going to a birthday dinner and she’s wearing a graphic tee that says “Girls Night Out”. She is such a classic haha 🙂
By the way, we bought matching graphic tees that say “I love New York” LOL.
Okay so my closet is not the prettiest thing to look at, but who’s is?? (Besides those dream closets we think of…. one day, one day). Either way, I wanted to show you guys what my current closet organization strategy is. It’s simple. Categories, bins, and constant upkeep.
I separate different areas of my closet into different categories. For example, on my ”jean rack” I have different categories for each shelf. Near the top, you’ll find jeans that I wear regularly, then towards the bottom you’ll find more ”crazy” pants. Checkered denim, cargo pants, flare jeans, etc. I’m not neurotic about keeping it perfectly separate, it’s kind of just a casual order. I have to re-do the organization every couple months. Also, I feel like this one’s a no-brainer, but separating your closet into a jacket section, dress section, tops, pants, etc. I somewhat color coordinate my dress and top sections.
BINS. Thanks to one of you guys, I found out that IKEA actually sells clips for the lids to stay on the bins! This actually sounds more annoying to me than the lids sliding off haha. I use my bins regularly so I can’t keep clipping and unclipping… but it would work for a bin that you don’t necessarily use that often. As you can see in the photos, I put my workout bras, panties, sweaters, hats, bikinis, crop tops, and tights into different bins on the top shelf of my closet. I find this is the best way to store small items that don’t fold easily/nicely.
Constant upkeep is key to making your closet feel like a nice display of your things, instead of an overcrowded mess. I give away clothes regularly (but this is also because I keep adding a lot of new clothes to my closet… someone who doesn’t add that often probably shouldn’t clean out so often). I also try not to ignore the things I see that seem annoying to deal with. A lonely sock on the floor, a bag filled with random items, you get the point. Keeping my closet neat and clean is no easy task, but it feels so much better when it’s tidy!
Do you guys have any must-do advice for organizing your closet? If so, do tell.
Here’s a sneak peek of oooone of the bikinis I got yesterday on my bikini spree! It’s a textured black, and it’s very simple and sexy. The top is itty bitty (perfect for me) and the bottoms have a little more coverage in the back. I have tons of random black tops and random black bottoms, but now I have a great matching set.
Speaking of bikinis, I did a major clean out today. I got rid of all of the bikinis I never wear and organized the ones I do have into small little bundles inside my clear Ikea storage bin. I LIVE for those IKEA storage bins. They are perfect to store bikinis, crop tops, workout bras, etc. and they all fit on the top shelf of my closet. It’s been a life saver in terms of organization. The only thing I get annoyed of is how the lids don’t close properly?! They slide right off! The only time I use the lid is if I’m stacking the bins, then it stays. I feel like IKEA should get on that, right? Do you guys use clear storage bins in your closet for organization?
Holy crap guys—- are you seeing this?! Tonight we had the most orange, fiery sunset that I ever remember seeing. I had a meeting with a fit model agency in downtown Manhattan Beach, and as soon as I got out I looked at the sky and knew there was about to be an epic sunset. I walked to my car, dropped off my laptop, walked into Starbucks for a chai latte, and strolled down to the pier to watch the surfers and the sun, both gliding down the water beautifully.
It was a perfect evening actually– alone to myself— observing, thinking, watching everything around me. I’ve realized it’s when I’m alone that I’m best at taking everything in.. it’s also great for productivity and self-improvement… I love it.
[BUT it also can be dangerous when there’s no one there to tell you NO when you go on a shopping spree!!] On the way back up to my car, I saw something sparkly in the corner of my eye. It was a rhinestone top and skirt set (LOL) so I walked into this bikini store. Next thing you know I’m trying on alllllll the bikinis and end up spending way more money than I wanted to. Do you guys want to see which bikinis I got? Let me know in the comments!
….AND SAY HELLO TO A SOFT, SUPPLE, KISSABLE POUT
Seriously you guys… I’m so happy I waited to do this post, because I can confidently say I have finally found the holy grail of lip treatments. I’ve been telling you guys over the years about my dry lips, and what I use to help them. For me, it seems like I would find something that would work great for a few weeks, and then after awhile my lips were back to being chapped. I was always on the hunt for something that A) I didn’t have to re-apply every 30 minutes, B) didn’t leave a sticky, gross residue, and C) leaves a sheer, shimmery gloss instead of a thick, ointment-looking sheen.
SO a few months ago when I kept seeing this pink lip mask all over instagram, I got really curious. Other bloggers were talking about how great it was, and the reviews online were great, so I had to get my hands on one. It’s called the Lip Sleeping Mask from Laneige, and it comes with a small, cute applicator. The directions say to apply it at night but I do it both at night and in the morning. I let my lips absorb the mask, so I never ”take it off”.
For real though, this stuff is incredible! I can’t say enough about how much better my lips feel because of it. They feel baby soft and smooth to the touch. No dry, flaky skin. Not anymore!
My second favorite lip balm is the one from Kiehl’s, and I specifically like the cranberry one. It’s light, hydrating, and I love the smell.
My third favorite is Aussie Papaw, which is 100% fermented papaya. I discovered this stuff in Australia last year and I fell in love. I bought like 6 bottles, and just had Madi bring me back some more from her recent trip there. I’m a papaw fanatic. I have one in my bathroom, one for my purse, one at Rudy’s, one in my gym bag, etc. It’s also great for bug bites and rashes!
I linked the three lip treatments below if you guys want to check them out further 🙂
I usually go to the market during the week, but today was a very productive Sunday so I thought I might as well get my groceries for the week!
I’m planning on making chicken and cheese enchiladas tomorrow. Hopefully the mini tortillas I got aren’t too small haha. I also discovered how amazing Harmless Harvest coconut water is?!! I know I’m pretty late to the game but wow it tastes like it’s straight from the coconut! And it’s pink (naturally because of the antioxidants) so it’s yummy AND cute.
I’m also planning on making Persian cucumber yogurt, which is my favorite thing to snack on or add to a meal. I got the packet of spices at the Persian market last week with my mama.
My goal of the week: not let any of this food go to waste!
A cozy Friday night in… just what we needed! I cam over to Rudy’s house greeted by this bouquet of gorgeous flowers for our anniversary.
We got Thai food, took a bubble bath, planned some upcoming trips, and he drew on his surfboard that I got him for Christmas! He’s not yet done, but it already looks so good. He’s very talented in drawing, unlike me haha. The fish and the butterfly have special meaning to us, so I came up with the idea to put them together, and this is how he drew it! I can’t wait until he puts the colors on it 🙂
We’re both feeling a little sick so we’re going to bed and getting some rest (even though it’s 2 am as I’m writing this haha… time flies when you’re watching movies). Night friends!
Im still putting together the New Orleans guide for you guys, so in the meantime here’s a glimpse of what I looked like today (while I was shooting for a jewelry campaign). The sunshine was so strong and warm. The winter nights in OC and LA are cold (for our standards) but some of our winter days feel like summer!
I got this beautiful hat for Christmas, but unfortunately it’s too small. I guess this style runs small (it’s called the Sierra Gold from Lack of Color). The only thing is that they’re based in Australia, so swapping out this one for a bigger size is going to be a hassle, and costly. It’s so cute though!
my white lace dress is from By Malina