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Is it just me or does anyone else feel like summer is just getting started in OC?!

Ok, honestly, I haven’t even had a lot of time to head down to the beach these days, but for the rest of you who get to take advantage of these sunny days, make sure you get yourself some rad shade from Beach Brella to look hot and stay cool on the sand (see what I did there?)!

The Las Brisas Beach Umbrella is one of my favorites, but there are 5 more super cute designs to pick from, and they all come in their own easy and adorable bag. I always keep a pair of sandals, beach towel, and now my Beach Brella in my trunk for whenever I can get the chance to run down to the water! And trust me when I tell you how light it is to carry and easy to pop up and down! If you’re anything like me, thats a big deal!

The best part about it all, I’m all about supporting our local shops and designers, and Beach Brella is founded and designed by one of our very own Laguna Beach locals! You can get yours online HERE or stop by one of our local shops to pick yours up this weekend ≑≑

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“My Brella’s are a reflection of what I value most in life; enjoying a healthy, balanced lifestyle where we work hard but always make time to put our toes in the sand.”

-Shelley Arends, Beach Brella founder

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| Wildly Evie + 16th Colony |

I had the chance to be a part of a really rad project for Hanger Shortage and 16th Colony. Renee Rogers, the creative and beautiful mind behind 16th Colony, asked me to take her around Newport Beach in her amazing designs while she made my life look like a movie with her camera! To say we had a lot of fun that day is definitely an understatement.

Click here to check out the full feature on 16th Colony

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≑Aloha≑ ↠↞ Family Vacation to Maui, HI

So last month I was lucky enough to travel to Maui, HI with my family (aka “The Team”) for some much needed time together with the plan to wrap up our trip with a fabulous wedding for a dear sweet friend of ours!

Aside from the absolutely beautiful scenery, I had the chance to experience some amazing things- even overcoming some fears- with the people I love the most. Of course I’m going to share some rad pics of my favorite swim suits (purchased in Lahaina Town), my favorite go-to romper and the perfect outfit for a Hawaiin hike.

Keep scrolling and you’ll get a few more pics that are fun and personal of my time with the fam! I know I tend to keep my life a little more private, but I couldn’t resist sharing these ♡ Enjoy!

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Rip Curl Bikini:: bottoms (similar), top (similar)

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Style Society Boutique Romper

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Teeki Yoga Pants

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Volcom Triangle Bikini Top

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Amuse Society Loungewear Pants

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Alright guys, I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life, but my flight to Maui was probably THE BEST flight ever!

Made the decision to fly out of San Diego and as soon as I got on the plane I recognized our flight attendant. He was so rad and hooked my family and I up with free drinks and the first class treatment- I mean can it get any better than that?

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So mama hooked it up with the sweetest diggs at Puamana in Lahaina, HI. With the ocean right in front of our patio, down the street from Lahaina Town, it was the perfect spot to say the least. The brother brought a fun lawn game, we had friends over for BBQs and we started every day having our breakfast and coffee on the patio and watched every sunset with a drink in our hand.

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Between hikes, beach, or even pool time, we had the perfect combination of activities and down time just soaking up the Hawaiian sun and taking in the killer views. Side note, how cute is my nephew? Pretty damn adorable!

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Ok guys, I am PETRIFIED of heights! But my sisters got me on a zip-line and it was AHHH-MAZING! The best way to see Hawaii is from above and this was about as high as I could get. If you’re in Hawaii, you need to zip-line, trust me!

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The Team

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Thanks for being so amazing Maui! Aloha! ≑≑≑

 

 

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Girl Party + Pacific City

Sundays are the perfect day to catch up, and I’m finally getting to this post that is wayyy overdue! So if you haven’t already heard about or come across Girl Party on Instagram yet, then trust me when I tell you you need to check them out, like right now! Not only do they have amazing deals, but they have the cutest clothes! I’d have to say my favorite’s are the pink fringe jacket and boyfriend jeans. I basically spent the entire weekend in Girl Party!

image3-7 Side note, has anyone gone to the new Pacific City in Huntington Beach? Ohhh my gosh I LOVE it! So many great restaurants to check out, killer views of the beach, and of course my favorite, the one and only Equinox lives there too! I had the chance to check out Ways & Means Oyster House with some friends and it was so cool inside! I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to try the oysters but I was told they were pretty great. And if you are a fellow blogger, you will die over the different wall backdrops for photo ops (you get it, haha!)

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|Stevie Sister Spring 2016|

Hey guys, so I am LOVING this warm weather and I’m getting so excited for summer! Bring on the fun tops, floral prints, and flowy dresses! The new Stevie Sisters collection is pretty much the perfect wardrobe for spring/summer and a little tropical vacation I’ll be taking in a couple of months! I had some fun shooting some pieces with my sweet friend and local model, miss Christine Baracco, who posed for their gorgeous Spring 2016 Lookbook <3

Be sure to check on their site steviesister.com or, if you’re local, stop by Modern Romance in Fashion Island!

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| Knot Sisters Sale |

Alright guys I’m really excited because one of my favorites is having a killer sale right now! Click here for the Knot Sisters online sale and stock up on some great outfits and accessories! Also, don’t forget to check out what’s new in their collection! Side note, is anyone else ready for summer?

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A Peak Inside My Home for the Holidays

So I absolutely LOVE decorating my house for Christmas! I love being cozy on the couch with hot chocolate, the Christmas tree lit, the fireplace going, and a Christmas movie to top of the perfect winter night. Call me crazy but I love how the lights look at night in my house so I’ll leave them up as long as I can (basically until it’s the second or third week of January and people start thinking I’m crazy)! With Christmas right around the corner, here’s a little peak inside my home and how we love to get all snuggly and obnoxiously cute around the house during the holidays! Oh and on a side note, if you never got a chance to read my feature on This Girl Nicole’s blog last year, meet my sweet Aussie pup, Maximus. Maxi-boy for short <3

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Holiday Gift Guide: My favorite gifts from Anthropologie

I’d like to think I’m a pretty good gift giver. Maybe it’s a little selfish of me but at the end of the day I want the person who’s getting the gift to love me the most for getting them the coolest gift ever! So here’s the deal, I needed to get a Christmas gift for someone (who’s name shall remain anonymous because it’s for Secret Santa!) and I swear I spent over an hour in Anthropologie- true story. I wandered around trying to pick the perfect gift for them. I would pick something up, walk around with it, put it back and then repeat the process with a different item. I wanted everything, I just couldn’t decide on one thing! Something else I do when picking out gifts is think of if it would be something that I would want. And I’d like to think I have pretty good taste! I actually have quite a few things around my house from Anthropologie so I finally made the executive decision to get her something that I also have and know is super cute and they will love and get great use out of! With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of of my favorite Anthropologie gifts I’ve gotten and would be a great holiday gift for someone you love this season!

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Alright, so if you’re anything like me, you are so particular with your home and everything from the refrigerator to the coffee table books are organized perfectly! I shouldn’t even be telling people this, but its embarrassing how organized and clean I like to keep my refrigerator and even dirty tennis shoes need to be aligned perfectly by the front door. Enter, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I LOVE this book guys. Since I’ve been in my new place, this book has been great and given me some good inspiration and ideas, not to mention it’s a cute addition to my decorative bookshelf! Anthropologie has TONS of great books and would make a perfect gift this season.

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These coasters though! I actually was gifted these a couple of Christmas’ ago and absolutely love them! They come in a few different rad colors and can totally be mixed and matched.

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Peronsonally I think clothes and accessories are tough gifts to give to someone because you never know if it will fit or if they will even wear them! Well that and that’s the kid of stuff they would just get for themselves. But if you know their style and something they could get great use out of, I think something fun for around the house is a great gift!

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Here’s a couple more killer gift ideas from Anthro! Happy shopping people!

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Favorite Waves 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Alright guys, Christmas is right around the corner and I’m super excited to share with you some awesome gift ideas for the holidays this year! I’ve teamed up with The Surfboard Man and to share some of our favorite things with you! Here’s a few of my top picks but check out the full Favorite Waves 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for more rad gift ideas!

First of all, no girl has ever had too many bikinis, and this top and reversible bottoms by Rue Stiic Swimwear are so cute and fit super well! Not to mention this gold St. Christopher Surf Necklace that I basically wear every day. Side note, it looks really cool paired with my gold cross.

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If you’re anything like me, you shop for anything but the basics. This V-Neck T by Rue Stiic  is the perfect not-so-basic basic Tee. I’ve seriously worn it with boots and my leather jacket, and then the next day I work it with cut-offs on the beach. Trust me when I say every girls needs this top in their life.

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Alright so this is a GREAT stocking stuffer. Say it with me people, “PHONE CHARGERS!” If I’m not losing my charger, I’m breaking it, and these Eastern Collective Lightning Cables are pretty darn durable and the bright colors are hard to miss! Get them! I promise they won’t disappoint!

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If you like my top picks, then you definitely want to check out the full Favorite Waves 2015 Holiday Gift Guide over on The Surfboard Man blog and get to shopping people!

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Chicago

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share my first post on my blog with my trip to Chicago! So here’s how it all went down, I got a call from my best friend letting me know that she might have to go to Chicago for a work conference and asked if I was down to meet her there. Luckily I had the free time and whats even more great is you can totally find cheap flights from LA to Chicago (major plus). I hopped on a plane to leave my little beach and off to Chicago I went!

Now I was only there for a few days and the bestie was busy with her conference during the day, but I had so much fun exploring the windy city solo. I figured out that all you need is a great pair of boots, leather jacket and a killer play list to wander Magnificent Mile and believe me when I say I never felt so cool (no lie). I love doing the whole local thing, like wandering the random streets, finding random coffee shops and making small talk with people, but I also did the obvious tourist stuff. And can we walk about the architecture? Its like the best combination of old and new.

I have to say my all time favorite part of the trip was the night life. Bestie and I had some of the best Italian food we have ever had in our lives- and thats saying a lot coming from two spaghetti connoisseurs. RPM Italian was a must and trust when I say it did not disappoint. We checked out the scene from an Irish pub to one of the best night clubs in town! We even ran into some old friends from home that moved to the city which was pretty cute!

I seriously loved Chicago guys. I was only there for a few days and I’m already planning my next trip back over there!

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