Changes

November 30, 2014
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Several months ago, I realized I outgrew my blog design. I wanted a new look for this “Internet home” because it just didn’t feel like me anymore. I started this blog about two years ago and a lot has changed since then, in myself and my life. Making the decision to change the blog was a natural and easy one, but actually revamping the blog took me a while.

After that long while, I finally buckled down and spent a whole weekend giving this blog a makeover while binge-watching How I Met Your Mother. What you see now is the product of that weekend (with maybe some minor edits to come). This new design has been live for a couple weeks, but I only decided to write a blog post about it now because change has been a pretty prominent theme in my life recently. Continue Reading…

Unboxing POPSUGAR’s November Must Have Box

November 24, 2014

This morning, I wanted to share PopSugar’s November Must Have Box. I get so excited whenever my box arrives in the mail because it always comes as an unexpected surprise. November’s box included The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel, G.H. Creators Chicago Mixed Popped Corn, Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery, K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream, Wine Glass Winter, and Sorial Saffiano Wallet on a Chain.

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My favorite item from the box is The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel. Hello! Creator of the cronut? I’ll admit I didn’t get a chance to try one while I was in New York, but I can imagine it would be filled with fluffy goodness. I’m not usually one for baking, but The Secret Recipes is challenging me to give it a try. I think it’s the perfect cookbook to have for the winter holidays.

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I also loved the stationary that came in this box. It gives me an excuse to write notes to send off to friends and family.

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If you’re interested in getting  your own Must Have Box every month, click here and use the code “NOV14SELECT” by December 2nd to get $10 off a 3-month subscription.

Disclaimer: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Personal Microderm Review

October 21, 2014

A few months ago, I was asked to review the Personal Microderm device, an at-home replacement for microdermabrasion treatments. I was a bit hesitant because I had never reviewed a sponsored product before. I didn’t know what it would mean for the direction of my blog. (But that’s a whole ‘nother story!) After doing some research, I couldn’t resist. I became excited at the opportunity to give the PMD a try.

I’ve been using the PMD for about a month now and have seen improvements in the texture of my skin. But the main reason I wanted to try the PMD? To get rid of all my scars and blemishes that were a result of my constant need to pick at my zits! Horrible, I know… but I just can’t help it! I’ve been looking for a solution that will get rid of my discoloration and even out my skin tone, so I’m excited to see how much further the PMD can help my skin improve. And of course, I’ll share my progress here on the blog.

Wanna know what else I thought of the PMD? Check out my review video below, where I’ll also show you how I use the PMD and give you a mini-lesson on microdermabrasion. If you have any questions I didn’t answer about the PMD, leave me a comment!

If you want to give the PMD a try, feel free to use discount code “andsaltwater” to get 25% off your PMD on their website. ‘Til next time!

FTC: The video was sponsored but all opinions are my own!

Edge of Sunset

October 18, 2014

I’m so behind on posts, it’s not even funny. But, this does mean that I’ll have lots of (great) posts coming up, like this one for instance! Back in August, my friend Eric Bravo and I teamed up to do a shoot together for the first time. I would say it was pretty experimental.

I had been following photographer Chuck Lang on Instagram and shared this with Eric, so that’s the kind of vibe we were going for. We improvised a lot and played around with the different environments around us. I have to say, the photos turned out amazing! Eric understood the serene tone I was looking for and got some really amazing shots.

Below are just some of my favorites from the shoot. (The last one is my absolute fave!) These photos are a little different from my usual fashion and outfit posts, but I really wanted to try something different and more editorial-like, so I hope you can vibe with me on these.

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I saved the best for last, wouldn’t you agree? How Eric got this shot… I have no idea, but everything aligned perfectly for this one in my opinion. Just look at that sunset!

Go check out more of Eric’s work on his website or Instagram. He’s super creative and crazy talented. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work with him before he makes it big!

Point Bonita Photo Diary

August 11, 2014

My Point Bonita photo diary is finally here! This post is long overdue. I always wanted to share my photos from this mini adventure but for some reason, I could never sit myself down to write about it until now.

Everything about Point Bonita was so beautiful and I just happened to stumble upon it through a Google search. I was looking for an adventurous place to explore and have always wanted to visit a lighthouse. They just seem so mysterious and mystical to me, which completely draws me in. Maybe it’s that whole “light in the dark” kind of thing?

Surprisingly, the best part of the trip wasn’t seeing the lighthouse. It was everything that led up to it. The views were amazing and the “hike” up to the lighthouse was a ton of fun. Keep reading to see what I’m talking about!

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This is the bridge everyone has to cross if they want to get to the lighthouse. It was terrifying because there is nothing below you but ocean and rock. It also swayed a bit when the winds blew so I was really nervous walking across, but it was worth it!

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There’s also a short tunnel you have to walk through to get to the bridge. No lamps, whatsoever, but the sunlight (or what little of it shone through the fog) was enough to light the way to the other side. I don’t think I’ve ever walked through a tunnel, so it was really incredible imagining how it was made through this huge mountain. Call me paranoid, but I was a little scared it could collapse or cave in!

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It was extremely foggy that day so I was a little sad that I couldn’t see the ocean as much, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was like this all the time.

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If you love to sightsee and want to get in tune with nature, you have to visit Point Bonita, especially if you’re from the Bay! It’s just a little bit north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. I know for a fact that my photos don’t do it justice, and the fog robbed me of an even better sightseeing experience, so I’ll definitely be going back one day.

Summer Lookbook | Denim Outfits

July 28, 2014

I’m so excited to share this summer lookbook with you all. In this video, I show you how I styled five of my favorite denim pieces in this scorching, hot weather. I absolutely love denim because it’s so versatile and looks good with pretty much everything.

Another reason I’m excited? This is probably my favorite lookbook thus far. I started making this video with butcher paper taped to my bedroom walls. And with a little imagination, some inspiration from Nylon, and nights spent hard at work, this was what I came up with!

I hope you like this lookbook just as much as I do. Let me know what you think in the comments, and help a sista out by sharing the video! 😉

Ready, Set, Summer

July 1, 2014

Since summer started, I’ve had this itch to go on some crazy, adventurous road trip across the US. Driving endlessly without worry and going wherever the road will take me. Does this mean I’ve grown tired of my daily routine? Definitely maybe. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have the survival or planning skills for something like that yet. So in the meantime, I decided to turn this itch into inspiration, and the end result is this look right here.

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This cheetah-print jacket is another item I took from my mom’s vintage closet. With every piece I find of hers, I get a glimpse into her past and younger self. It’s always mixed in with my own imagination of what her life was like. I can always ask her, but I’ll never really know.

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I love this jacket’s tough look and boxy silhouette. It has a masculine shape but very feminine features, from the lacing that runs down the sleeves to its bold cheetah print. There are so many amazing details on this jacket. These photos just don’t do it justice.

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If I were to leave tomorrow for a spontaneous road trip, this would be my perfect day one outfit. Sturdy boots for walking, light top and shorts to keep me cool, and a thick jacket for warmth if the wind starts blowing. Can you tell I’ve seen way too many movies? They’ve all made me crave a romanticized version of life.

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Hope you enjoyed the looks from this post. I teamed up with isabellaxbach to create this concept and had so much fun because it cured my itch for a short while. If you want to see more of this look, check out my “fashion diary” entry below.

Although it’s not technically a road trip, I’ll be going to the east coast for the first time next week, and I can’t wait to share my adventures with you all on this blog. Talk to you all soon!

Photography by isabellaxbach

POPSUGAR Must Have Box for June

June 30, 2014

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A few months ago, I was invited to be a part of the POPSUGAR Select program, which I gladly accepted. Last month, POPSUGAR Select chose me as one of their bloggers of the week. I was beyond excited to be featured on their front page. Then earlier this month, I received their monthly subscription Must Have box filled with great products to try. POPSUGAR sure knows how to welcome a girl!

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June’s Must Have box was inspired by summer vibes, and included essentials that were perfect for a chill day at the beach or a backyard barbecue. Since this is the first and only Must Have box I received, I can’t give an accurate review of their monthly subscription, but I will say my favorite item from this box has to be the Turkish-T beach towel. It’s cute, classic, and chic. I love how lightweight it is, making it fuss-free to carry in a beach bag. It can also double as a wrap or cover-up. I’m also excited to use my Native Union gift card to get a case for my iPad!

You can get your hands on POPSUGAR’s Must Have box by purchasing a monthly subscription here. The lovely people at POPSUGAR gave me a discount code to share with you all too. Use JUNESELECT10 today to get $10 off a 3-month subscription.

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POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Window Dressing

June 18, 2014

I’ve been loving the look of two piece sets lately. They make it so effortless to look elegant and put together. This is the first time I’ve worn this windowpane set as a whole and I love how sophisticated and complete it looks. I also love that I can mix and match with other items in my closet.

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The windowpane pattern is eye-catching and definitely draws some attention. It really makes you stand out in a crowd. I love the boxy frame of the top and the skirt’s ability to add some serious curves to the look. (Although, you probably can’t tell from the pictures.)

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And of course, I had to throw on my favorite pair of black heels to complete the look.

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I love how two piece sets make such a strong statement and a bold look. I can’t wait to get my hands on more. Let me know how you feel about two piece sets in the comments!

This outfit definitely falls in line with the sophisticated jetsetter concept and lifestyle I’ve been feeling lately. You can check out my last blog post or the video below to see how I explored this concept.

Photography by Ryan Chua

Animal Instinct

June 13, 2014

It feels so good to be blogging again! I feel like I’ve just been constantly on the move during this past month and a half. (If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have an idea of what I’m talking about.) I went from camping at Big Sur one weekend to New Orleans the next, followed by a trip to LA for Generation Beauty. I went to a couple concerts and on a nature adventure to Point Bonita. (A photo diary entry coming soon on that!) Living life has been really fun but I’ve missed having time to just sit and write.

I am so excited because I have quite a number of posts coming up (which means, no more false promises)! Recently, I collaborated with fashion and street style photographer, Ryan Chua, who helped me bring my “girl-on-the-go” concept to life. This is just the first set of many from our shoot together.

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I think my style, as of late, has been influenced by the busy lifestyle I’ve had these past couple of months. This outfit makes me feel bold and sophisticated. It definitely brings out my more confident side, which is so fitting for my current situation. With my travels came a lot of first-time experiences that really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to be more independent. Before going to New Orleans, I had never been on a flight for more than an hour and I had to fly completely on my own. (I’ve only flown four times!) The South is also quite different from my home in California, so it was such a culture shock!

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I loved putting this outfit together because mixing the mohair-like texture with the leopard pattern was really fun. I would wear this look again (or a similar one!) for a night out with my girlfriends. And maybe it’s just me, but these shoes from DailyLook are a lot more comfortable than you may think! I love how it can add a new level of chic to an outfit.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post and my little analysis of how my style was influenced by some changes and crazy adventures lately. It just goes to show you that so many things can influence your personal style and clothing choice. This outfit definitely shows the stronger side of my personality. Before I went off on my travels, I was a lot more lax and had more of a boho style, but I love to mix it up!

If you’d like a sneak peek of the next outfit posts to come, check out my lookbook video below. I’m also doing a beauty giveaway, so watch until the very end to see how you can enter. And don’t forget to check out Ryan’s blog to see more of his amazing work. I honestly can’t wait to share our other photo sets with you.