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Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Springs

Sunday, June 19, 2016

I feel like summer is the perfect time to take a load off, take a long vacation and just REALLY relax. At least for me, it seems to be one of the only times in the year where I force myself to disconnect a bit from my 'always at my side' phone and 'never be more than a few hours without' laptop. While I rarely take more than two-three days off at a time (hi, my name is brenda + I'm a workaholic), even disconnecting for two or three days is the perfect opportunity for me to just zen out and think about nothing. 

For me, summer always starts Memorial Day weekend when my boyfriend and I head to Palm Springs for the long weekend to sit poolside at the Ace Hotel. It's the perfect place to sit, do absolutely NOTHING and enjoy tropical drinks and tasty snacks while you flip through that stack of magazines you've been meaning to go through for months now.


The 90 degree weather gave me the best opportunity to pull out a new Lilly Pulitzer favorite. Lilly and summer seem to go together hand in hand and whenever I'm in a Lilly dress, no matter where I am, it makes me feel as if I was sitting in an adirondack chair in Nantucket enjoying the summer sun. Now that's a bit of magic, especially if I'm sitting in an overly air-conditioned desk chair in my office.


The Ace is perfect for those looking to spend a few days doing absolutely nothing. With amazing room service, a gym, a spa, a puppy park and two different pools you're pretty much set for everything you might need. We always go for a room with a small private deck with a fireplace so we can eat room service on our little patio, enjoying the warm air. 




Seriously, I never wanted to leave. 



The Valli Printed Shift Dress in Resort White La Via Loca was the perfect dress to wear to brunch on our last day in Palm Springs. I was worried that the 4 might not fit over my kinda large chest, but as I put it on, any worries were erased. It did a great job of hugging my body and the slight v-neck showed a hint of cleavage without showing too much.

Like so many Lilly dresses, I just couldn't get over how much I love the print. That, and the fact that it was a seersucker like fabric had me sold the minute I slipped it on.


Take it Off Makeup Remover

Friday, May 20, 2016

I feel like there are a million and one new makeup removing wipes available now than the last time I looked. When I first discovered them, it just seemed like the best 'lazy girl' way to remove ALL of your makeup without having to go through 25 cotton pads at once. Now they have different scents, hydrating one, gentle ones, even biodegradable ones! I recently went out and bought a bunch of different makeup remover wipe backs from different brands to test out which ones would become my new go to. Check out some of the ones I'm trying below!



Seersucker Dress

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Once May finally hits, I feel like I can start storing all my winter clothes and start to pull out all of my warm weather favorites. I've definitely been online shopping like it's the middle of Summer so my sundresses are in huge supply right now. 

I think one of my newest favorite dresses is from this designer that I just discovered called Southern fRock. Their style totally reminds me of Lilly Pulitzer and it just makes me love that much more. I've never owned a seersucker dress before and now I can't imagine life without at least one. It's so light and breathable that it makes it perfect for any super hot day where you feel like you might get a little bit sweaty. 




I loved the vertical stripes and the fit and flare style was perfect for brunching about town. 



I think another reason I've been in love with this dress is the pockets! YES, how do dresses exist today that don't have pockets. It makes it so much easier to carry my phone and favorite lip color of the moment when I have a small pocket to throw it into. 


Dress (1, 2, 3, 4) // Kate Spade Purse // Tieks // Sunnies


Winetasting in Sonoma

Sunday, May 15, 2016

With the weather feeling more like a chilly February instead of mid May (WHICH IT IS),  I've been taking any excuse I can find to get out of the city and warm up my bones somewhere with a few more rays of sunshine.

Enter Sonoma. My sister, ever the fan of her red wines, has joined a couple wine clubs in the area and needed a partner in crime to head up there to pick up her seasonal shipment. So obviously, I pulled out my best wine-tasting dress, wedges and fav. pair of sunnies, ready to sip some vino and soak up some sun.  




Because it was so sunny and warm at the vineyard, I didn't really need a heavy jacket so I opted for a light jean jacket from Old Navy. I paired it with a dress that is from one of my new favorite brands, Mink Pink. This wrap up front dress was light and airy, making it perfect for the sunny weather, and has a snap front closure so I didn't need to worry about showing off too much.


The vineyard we ended up at was Trattore Farms. Not only do they have a  beautiful space and yummy wines, but they also make some BOMB olive oil. I'm not kidding, they're ridiculously good and they have a million different combinations. My two favorite are the blood orange olive oil and the jalapeƱo infused olive oil. It was a great opportunity to restock my supply.



MinkPink Striped Romper

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I've definitely been stocking up some warm weather essentials for my spring/summer closet. And this weekend's 70+ weather gave me the perfect excuse to pull out one of my new favorite pieces and parade around. Stripes, blue and pockets, oh my!





When it comes to all things striped, my closet is chock full and I can never seem to get enough. Add a little bit of my favorite color (BLUE) and a few pockets and I can tell that this romper will definitely be a part of my daily uniform.






Spring Lipsticks

Monday, April 11, 2016

When the weather starts to get warm or, in San Francisco, less cold, I find myself itching to switch up every item in my makeup bag. I opt for brighter blushes, fun new shadows and a slew of new lip colors. Wallet, beware. I'm going for bolder, brighter, longer lasting shades that can work a full day and still look amazing. 

I could tell I had been on a major lipstick splurging kick recently when I found myself desperately needing an organizer in which I could stack and see (finally!) all the new shades I had. I went for this inexpensive option on Amazon and I'm already loving it. I finally can see all of my lip colors, have space for a few of my favorite skincare items and can also store a few of my favorite eyeshadow palettes in one place. I find that I'm actually going for more and more diversity in my daily looks because I can finally see more of what I own, including a million and one different and new lipstick shades. I've definitely been opting more to pinker shades, both bright and muted, transitioning to darker berry for nights out and long lasting tints for days that I already know are going to be long with little to no chance for a lipstick touchup. 

Check out a few lipstick shades that I have been using and loving lately while I celebrate all things Spring:

Blue Spotted Romper

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I think I may have gone a little romper crazy lately, but when it comes to a comfy look that's also got some serious style, they're my easiest go to look. Rue La La has become my new go to for all things online shopping. When it comes to spiffing up my wardrobe, with a full time and crazy work schedule, it's almost impossible for me to find the time to set aside to hit the mall and scour through the racks for some one of a kind finds, but Rue La La has been making it so easy for me. I already have my sizes saved in the app which seriously cuts down on the time it takes for me to find an item I like and quickly get it before it's gone. One of my first and favorite finds was this Eight Sixty Surplice Romper. 


The long sleeves make it totally work appropriate (yay for start up life!) and it even has a snap button closure to keep my cleavage in check. It also gets serious bonus points for having pockets to stash my phone and lipstick in. The fun polka dot print just makes it so much more vibrant and a serious mix up from my usual striped dresses or solid prints. 





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