Must have Mondays

Baby Doves

{our doves are back}

Embracing Natural Waves

{embracing my natural waves}

Tea Set up

{enjoying a more formal tea one afternoon}

Art Piece Made Entirely Out of Puzzel Pieces

{this art piece is made entirely out of puzzle pieces – incredible}

Neon Nikes

{latest purchase & the most comfortable shoes I own – plus the orange neon instantly makes me happy}

Saturday I’m moving into a new apartment. In addition to being extremely excited, there’s a lot of stress and anxiety that comes with the move. So many decisions on what to pack, what is needed versus what I want, not to mention how to decorate each room. One of the major pluses is all the decor and furniture shopping. I might be obsessing – just a little – but there’s a big rush in finding 6 Restoration Hardware chairs all for under $100 along with this awesome find, that I am/have been most definitely obsessing over. Happy Monday! xxxooo

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Pretty in Pink

Pretty Pink Dress with nude accents

{Banana Republic Dress (on sale!), Seasonal Whispers Bracelets, DIY Hand Chain, J.Crew Wedges (30% off!), Essie “To Buy or Not To Buy” Polish}

DIY Delicate Hand Chain Rose Gold Pearl Earrings Pretty in Pink

With spring’s light color palette and summer’s animated hues on there way, I’ve been wearing rose gold accent pieces with every outfit. The golden tint is a perfect compliment to a tan almost blending right into the skin with that touch of sparkle. Plus, they are easy to reach for because they go with (literally) everything. Combined with other shades of gold jewerly or in addition to silver embellishments on your clothes, the sky is the limit. Have a great weekend! xxxooo

Must have Mondays

Dinner{dinner one night last week}

Easter bunny cake{our traditional Easter bunny cake}

Malibu Winery{enjoyed spontaneous wine drinking at Malibu wines over the weekend}

Spring Pastels{spring pastels – Essie’s “to buy or not to buy”}

The Getty

{an enjoyable day checking out Ansel Adams exhibit at The Getty}

It’s been roughly 9 years or so since I last visited The Getty Museum. As an art major you would assume that I go as often as I can to all the museums in LA. Of course there are the typical excuses of my culture  laziness – too much traffic, I’m tired from all my weekly driving, crowds annoy me, tickets are costly, etc. So this Saturday when we went to see Ansel Adams exhibit I was reminded of how much I enjoy walking around admiring the beautiful artwork. I plugged in headphones, drowning out the large crowds with soft music, just walking around in my own little world – it was great! Now I will have to make a more conscience effort to visit museums on a more regular basis. Happy Monday! xxxooo

Cuts and Collars

Cuts + Collars {Cashmere Sweater, Collared Shirt – similar here, Banana Republic Jeans, Office Booties}Jeweled Neckline

Pairing distressed jeans with a sophisticated top is one of my go to uniforms. Not only is it the perfect balance between chic and casual, but it’s also extremely comfortable (which is always a must to me). Whether I’m dressing it up with heels for a date night or running around doing errands with ballet flats, this combination is easy to throw on and go. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Happy Easter/Passover! xxxooo

Booties + Cut Jeans  Banana Republic Cut Jeans

Must have Mondays: Tecate Mission

 Crossing the border

{crossing the border on foot}

Cows roaming near by

{next to San Juan Bosco Orphanage cows & horses roam}

Futball game

{along with all the work, many games of “football” were played}

Guest dorms repainted

{the guest dorms we fixed up and painted}

Camp fire

{bonfire and group singing to finish the trip}

Fear. Along with many other people in the world, I allow fear to control too many of my decisions. Lately it’s been traveling to foreign places that are out of my comfort zone. This weekend along with 16 other young adults, I went to Tecate, Mexico with my church and two other fellowships to help out a local orphanage, San Juan Bosco. All my preconceptions could not have been more wrong than they were for this trip. The amazing resilience and joy these children have given their situation is what touched me the most. It is trips like these that make you reevaluate what’s important in your life and encourage you to make the most of this one life. All of this in a matter of three days does a lot to a person’s soul. So today, on your busy Monday take some time to really appreciate even the smallest things that we normally take for granted. xxxooo