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 🙂

 

MELLOW WEEKEND AHEAD

beach cover up from Tortuga Cover Ups [HERE]

Hi guys 🙂

I’m off to Mammoth tomorrow morning with Rudy and I’m already dreading the car ride.  It should take about six hours or so to get up there and I’ve just been living in the car lately so it just seems like a difficult task at the moment.  I’m going to have him drive though, so it won’t be too bad.  We’re having a little romantic getaway up in the mountains for Labor Day Weekend.  We’re planning on hiking, seeing waterfalls, fishing, making dinners at the cabin, having romantic wine nights, etc.  It sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend after two big wedding weekends!

I’ve never been up in the mountains during the summer time so it will be a new experience for me.  Rudy’s been a bunch during the summer so he can show me around and take us on fun little adventures.  His parents have a house up there that’s why he’s been so many times!  I really want to try mountain biking… have you guys done it?

A SPECIAL MOMENT… THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING!

UGH!  This weekend was so special my heart is exploding!  I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for my best friend Amanda, who’s now officially married!

I really wanted something special for us to do the morning of her wedding, so I came up with the idea to create a video of sweet messages, funny clips, and all photos of all of us!  I’m SO happy I did, because it was a very sweet moment.  In the beginning of the video, it started with different clips of us impersonating Amanda, then it switched over to our sentimental messages, then to old videos and photos from college.  She loved it!

PS how cute are our matching pajamas and slippers?!  Amanda gave each of us a little gift on the night of the rehearsal dinner, which included our wedding morning outfits and a thoughtful card 🙂

I was a little worried about showing the video RIGHT after we finished hair and makeup (imagine if we all cried our makeup off!) but we were all pretty good at catching the tears before they messed up our face haha.

I’ll be showing more and more photos from the wedding as I get them, btw!  Everything was p e r f e c t .