Travel: Big Sur Road Trip

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This weekend I traveled up the coast a few hours to Big Sur for a weekend of camping, hiking- and let’s be honest: s’mores eating.  Our trip included four tents, three (adorably color coordinated black and white) dogs, two nights of laughter and starry skies, and one fabulously successful proposal!

Our time was rather limited so we had to make the most of it. Here are a few of my recommendations for a weekend adventure in Big Sur.

  • Visit: McWay Falls (pictured above.) It’s an iconic view of the Big Sur coast- don’t miss the beautiful blue water and jagged coast line- it’s what your Instagram has been missing!
  • Stay: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  We spent two nights in the south campground here and it was absolutely lovely.  Shady and quiet, this park offers a ton of camp sites, a few great trails to explore, and a nice lodge if you need to escape from nature for a quick cup of coffee
  • Explore: Jade Cove Beach. This stop on Highway One offers stunning mountain and sea views and a chance to hunt for jade on the rocky beaches.  Apparently most of the green colored rocks are actually serpentine, not real jade, but a girl can dream right? Pictured in the second set of pictures below- P.S. my nail color here is Essie’s Carry On and it has been my go to this Fall!

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Here are a few of my camping essentials.  After all, what is an adventure without the right outfit? 

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Plaid Shirt: JCrew; Scarf: Madewell; Boots: Asos; Jacket: Patagonia; Denim: Gap; Hat: Wool and the Gang via Madewell; Lips: Vaseline Rosy Lips (loving this right now for a tiny pop of color!); Backpack: Herschel






Sundress Denial


Dress: Forever21, Shoes: Mossimo, Scarf: Turkish streetcart

I’m playing around with the idea that if I pair a scarf with my favorite sundress it can pretend it’s a fall outfit. It’s November and 80 degrees out so I’m trying to stay true to my love of fall fashion without dying of heat. I’m normally not crazy about floral prints but I love how graphic this one is, and honestly anytime there is an interesting back I’m sold! I may or may not have gotten several comments about the shortness of this dress, but sometimes you just have to be bold and hope for the best! (i.e. no wind)

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So what do you think, does this pass as fall or should I fly back to flannel? 

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Sundress Denial

Ace of Lace

I used to think the only appropriate time for sneakers was never.  Man was I wrong.  Lately I have been daydreaming of the bold design, fun colors, and- let’s face it- comfort that really only seem appropriate in an old fashioned lace up shoe situation.

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I don’t know guys maybe I’ve been sucked in by these enviable adorable street style images (P.S. click through for links!), or maybe working at an active wear brand is getting into my head, but I’m starting to rethink my footwear game.  Especially after I saw that Mary Katrantzou is collaborating with Adidas on a collection of fresh sportswear and shoes, out this month.  Christmas present anyone?

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Mary Katrantzou for Adidas via

Check out a few of my other picks for fun kicks below! I’d love to pair any of these with black jeans or an oversize dress and then hop on my bike and zip off to work (in semi-appropriate style!)
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So what do you think about this track shoe trend?  Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments!

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Ace of Lace

Holding on to fall

IMG_2375 Well it looks like we have approximately 3 days of nice weather left before the cold hits so I’m squeezing in every last drop of bare legs. It was the perfect day for a couple of work appointments, and then an impromptu cupcake date! You guys, I made this skirt about 5 months ago and it still makes me squeal a little every time I get to wear it. I always love tying my button downs as well because it gives a more defined waist and adds an interesting little sculptural element.

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: RAW Designs(me), Boots: Michael Antonio, Glasses: Bershka, Vintage Find, Cupcake: Butterfinger

Holding on to fall

Laura’s Got Style…?

tumblr_n81naqL8ve1t7z5mbo1_1280-1Let’s get this confession out of the way right off the bat.  My ideal outfit is a comfy, crazy printed dress and no shoes. While it’s true I love all things luxurious (think silk, think embroidery, think lovely soft leather) I’ve always felt more comfortable working near the glamour than living in it.

As a design student I spent a lot of time cultivating a design aesthetic without taking the time to consider what my personal style was all about. The result is a crazy closet mash up.  Look inside and you will find a pinch of print (a large pinch,) a foundation of white and black basics, and a few coveted items (my great grandma’s costume necklace, a beaded handbag, that navy lace dress, my mom’s old 70’s denim jacket with the little mushrooms embroidered on the pocket.)

What are my fashion influences?  Well, these are the facts:

  • I was born and raised in a small town in eastern NC.  Easter dresses (and hats and gloves,) peter pan collars, and well stocked dress up closets were my bread and butter.  As were sparkly bathing suits, acid wash hand me down denim, and jelly sandals.
  • My college years were spent in Raleigh NC learning about all things fiber and fashion.  Cue an uptick in black, uptight, designer-esq looks that mark a definite phase in my fashion history.  Peppered, of course, with all the necessary “going out” outfits and my staple- desperately tired, flannel heavy looks.
  • My most stylish moments you ask?  A tie between the time Becca and I went as “the universe” for Halloween and the to-die-for beaded dress I haggled down to my price range and wore to my first ever fashion show.  See photographs below.
  • Recently, I’ve relocated to another planet.  That planet is Southern California.  My major struggles here center around whether red lipstick is “too much” for daytime and if it is acceptable to wear cut off shorts to work.

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So I guess you might describe my style as prim southern girl meets designer aspirations meets laid back Californian lifestyle.

Here’s another confession:  I’m no fashion guru. I’m just a normal girl trying to find my inner style sweet spot.  If you read along I can’t always promise it will be glamourous.  I can, however, promise that I will- without shame- try all the crazy hats, hot pink lipsticks, and be-feathered items I come across and write about all the awkward and maybe (just maybe) fashionable moments that ensue.

Top Image: Fly Art; Bottom Images: My own

Laura’s Got Style…?

Becks: Here we go.


Style for me started with glamour. There was nothing better for me as a kid than dragging my mom through the evening wear section of Belks every time we set foot in the mall, or carefully selecting my sparkly princess outfit for halloween each year. (around age 6 I ran out of princesses I liked and wound up being a bunny princess… the ultimate in glamour) As I grew older fashion was something that never left me, and though I grew out of my love of glitter cowboy boots (really) the one thing that has always stayed with me is the desire for something unique.

Finding your style is so difficult! Sure, I went through a tiny skater phase fueled mostly by Avril Lavigne and teenage angst, ( I am convinced every girl from the 90’s has at least once tried to wear a tie with their shirt- don’t lie) and a boho phase that consisted of exactly 4 flowy neon skirts from forever 21. But as I left for college I began for the first time to pick out pieces that truly felt like me.

So what is my style now you ask? Well, I’m still working on it. As of right now I would say it’s a mix of urban staples with some really elegant, tailored, and architectural pieces.

I love:                                                             I hate:

Jewel tones                                                   Hi-low dresses

Anything gold                                               Elastic waists

Leather, oh how I love leather                  Horizontal stripes

I love the glamour of a truly dramatic outfit, which is a little funny because I would never describe myself as glamorous. Maybe this is my way of battling the awkwardness of everyday life. Sure I’m still going to trip over my own feet and make awkward eye contact with strangers in Starbucks, but you know what? At least I’m going to look fabulous doing it.  And isn’t that really the beauty of fashion? If I can dress as the elegant and put together person I want the world to see me as, I’m halfway there.

Becks: Here we go.

Sunshine and Sunflowers

I love sunflowers- just ask Becka! So this little smocked top number pretty much screamed my name from the racks of one of our (many) local thrift stores.  A little alteration and it’s a perfect easy dress for the sunshine-ey Southern California November we’ve been having.  I paired this with a denim jacket for a night out and dressed it up with a pop of red in the lipstick and sandals.  But it seems to work just as well paired with my trusty bright turquoise backpack and mirrored sunglasses for weekend errand running.

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I have to say I am a little weirded out by this whole sundress two weeks before Thanksgiving thing- but I think its something I can get used to!

Dress: My own, via Ventura Goodwill; Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target; Backpack: Patagonia; Sunglasses: Target