The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most world renowned aquariums in on the planet. We were able to carve some time out of our busy schedule to go to the aquarium and see all that it had to offer. I enjoyed the jellyfish exhibit the most. It was staged almost like an art exhibit, unbelievable creatures and fantastic opportunities to learn more about the sea. We were also able to see a feeding in the million gallon tank, it was so fascinating to see Blue Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Sardines up close.
I knew we would be doing a lot of walking around so I tried to dress appropriately for the occasion. I wore my favorite Columbia Skort, Striped Top, and my favorite animal print New Balance sneaks. I dragged my Vivienne Westwood Sunnies and Halston bag along. I have always found that when you are traveling and planning on tourist activities, build your outfit from your shoes up. That way everything flows and your feet are comfortable for the long haul. I started with some statement sneaks, and then a sporty skort and relaxed top. I was happy and comfortable all day.
Lets talk about my beauty routine, specifically my go to makeup routine for everyday(almost). Two years ago I watched a beauty tutorial on highlighting and contouring, and I was HOOKED. I immediately ran out to the nearest Ulta and dropped a chunk of change on everything I was going to need to help my very round face appear sculpted and contoured. Let me tell you I was NOT GOOD at highlighting and contouring. It was so hard and I had a lot of trial and error looks before I got some different products, new brushes and I was able to make Fetch happen FINALLY! (P.S. That is a Mean Girls reference, look it up).
Products that have been a game changer for my beauty routine would be, a beauty blender,liquid eyeliner, and a good highlighting stick.The beauty industry is constantly evolving and getting better, so its ALWAYS a good idea to pop into a good beauty store and chat with an expert on what is new and popular. I am not married to any of the the products that I use (except my mascara) so when I run out of a product I OFTEN get something different.
The hardest part about highlighting and contouring is BLENDING, my go to spots to contour are right under my cheek bones, along my jawline and along my hairline. Contouring is to create a shadow, for a round face you want to create definition, and you want your face to fade into your hairline. Creating that shadow is different for every face, no two people will contour in the exact same areas using the same amount of product. I contour from the ear to under the apples of my cheeks. I apply my bronzer before I apply my blush, this helps with blending and it helps you to shape your blush.
My go to places for highlighting are along the top of my cheek bone, down the middle of my nose and my chin. Much more than that and you start to look really shiny(NOT CUTE). You want to draw light to the features you want to be seen, so when highlighting think “What do I want noticed on my face” this mentality keeps you from highlighting your entire face lol.
Lets break down what products I use and why. Starting from the top!
Clinique Stay Matte Powder– 24.00 Powder that works great as a topper for foundation and concealer, or can stand on its own for a light makeup day. *If you have acne put concealer on first under this powder*
They’re Real Mascara from Benefit– 24.00 This is HANDS DOWN the best mascara ever, believe me I am not married to any of my beauty products. BUT this one I just keep coming back to. AH-MAZING.
Clinique Liquid Eyeliner(Similar)- 19.50 This is a great starter liquid eyeliner. Goes on smooth and stays ALL DAY! I am planning a switch to gel eyeliner but haven’t decided on a brand yet. Whats your favorite?
Maybelline Master Conceal- 7.50 I don’t usually go for drug store brand cosmetics but I read about this one and its really a great buy. Truth moment- I ran out of concealer (Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer) I was in a pinch for time and scooped this up. I am a use it till its gone kinda girl so as long as its working I am going to use it up.
Cargo Bronzer– 29.00 So amazing, this bronzer lasts FOREVER, I am starting to run low and I am going to make the jump to Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, I love Cargo but I had the opportunity to try out Bronze Goddess and its unbelievable.
NOW I ALREADY KNOW what you are thinking, that is a shit load of money to spend on makeup. My response, you only get one face. Its worth it to invest in yourself. But you already know that.
I hope you enjoyed the little peak into my beauty routine. My advice if you want to highlight and contour. Put your face on everyday, DO IT. It takes practice and you really need to get to know the products that you are working with. PLUS, you look FIERCE everyday.
Pebble Beach and Carmel, have you ever been there? Located in the Monterey Bay area Pebble Beach hosts the Concourse D’ Elegance during the Rolex Reunion. We were not planning on attending this event but we did sneak out to Pebble Beach a few days prior.
One of the most beautiful beaches on earth, Carmel beach and the views from Pebble Beach are renowned across the globe. We sat and had a glass of crisp white wine at the main house before going for a walk around the area. NOW I am not a golfer. But this is a course I would hit some balls at. Unbelievably beautiful, and with cool temperatures this place seems like heaven on earth.
ASOS is having a SALE ON SALE ON SALE! I shopped this morning and found some great picks that will work now and into cooler temperatures. I have featured my personal favorites but there are so many options and great items that are part of the sale.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out ASOS Curve now is the time to get some great clothing at a fantastic price.
Hi from the road! The last couple of days I have been touring around the Monterey Bay area. I was in town for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and was able to tour around town and the track. Unbelievable cars, and scenery made for a fun and interesting weekend. Now, you may be thinking what is this curvy girl doing at the races? Well, I will tell you. My family is in the race car business, my parents travel around the world racing cars and every year they make the trip to Monterey and EVERY YEAR I wish I could go. BUT this year, I did get to go and it was a blast.
The central California coast is BEAUTIFUL and a very mild temperature. Its cool at night, and warm during the day. So what do you wear in this type of weather? Layers. At the track you are walking a lot, so practical shoes are a must. I went with my favorite New Balance sneaks, that I got on Amazon for a fantastic deal!
Staying true to my comfortable and practical sense of style I reached for a button up chambray shirt and some leggings. I prefer my hair down and loose as general rule, and of course my new sunglasses had to be out for the world to see. The track is a very casual atmosphere, so I fit right in with the crowd.
This year the Ford Shelby Mustang was honored, what a beautiful piece of machinery. It was a blast seeing all the different types of cars, some dating back to the pre-war era. I personally love the races themselves. The competition and the speed is very exciting! This track is particularly beautiful because it is tucked into the mountains.
Blondes really do have more fun! Look for more posts on my fantastic Monterey experience soon!
Los Angeles is the first stop on my big summer adventure. What a fantastic couple of days running all over LA with my bestie, she took off after high school and moved to LA 8 years ago. She has become an International model and has been seen on the big and small screen. With our love of fashion, horses, and histories in common we have always stayed connected. We make a point to see each other (face to face) once each year, whether that is on a vacation, her visiting the mitten, or me coming to Hollywood. Our goal each year is to have some time together. We have been lucky this year, with a fishing trip to the Keys and now my trip to LA.
Our theme this trip was fashion, specifically seeing it all from high end couture(Rodeo Drive), all the way to the thrift stores on the cool kids end of town(Fairfax) and everything in between(Melrose). I had some blogger goals for this trip as well, I wanted to find the infamous pink blogger wall, and go thrifting. I achieved both of those goals, yay me!
LA has super dry heat, not like Michigan AT ALL, it can be 80 degrees and you would think it was 70 because there is no humidity here. I packed my trusty maxi dresses, because I knew I would be warm, and I knew I wanted to be comfortable and on trend for summer. You know that I am all about dressing for comfort and trend, my favorite Maxi dress was the perfect companion for the adventures of the day. NOW, you know that I preach about using and reusing your favorite fashion pieces, so don’t get all pissy pants because I have already posted about this fabulous Loft dress. I KNOW that a blog post exists out there of me in this dress, but listen this dress has never seen these walls or this state before. AND my accessories are different so THERE!
Isn’t this wall mural FANTASTIC! This beauty is on Fairfax on the side of a Kosher Bakery building. I noticed it as we were walking to a fantastic little thrift shop.
This beauty was directly across the parking lot from the mouse mural, and I just loved the stark white with the print! The wall is also on Fairfax.
I mean, fashion blogger bucket list item can be checked off. The infamous pink blogger wall, so pink and so fantastic in every way. So we had fun with the wall for awhile. This loft dress is just loving this wall.
After we left the wall, we decided to hike down to the end of Melrose and window shop our way back to the car. WELL THEN we “stumbled” across the Vivienne Westwood Flagship store.
AND THEN…BAAM this happens. PINK Vivienne Westwood sunnies
Statement sunnies from Vivienne Westwood called to me and I answered. So freaking beautiful and fun. This perfect little accessory adds some more sass to my regular look. I am in love.
A good pair of Sunnies can last you years, and these babies will be coveted and adored from now until forever. I am a BIG believer in investing in quality pieces that you will use everyday. Examples include- Sunnies (obviously), bags, makeup, hair tools, bras.
I am already dreaming of cool Fall afternoons, and bonfires at night! Fall is my favorite season, I love riding in the Fall, I got married in the Fall and fashion does not disappoint in the Autumn! I have already started my Fall wish list, and I can’t wait to start shopping and working on getting these great pieces to mix in with my already kick ass wardrobe from years past!
My style takes a slight turn in the cooler months, I lean harder on structured fabrics, and layers. In the summer, I am flowy one layer girl. I love boho styles and I am ALL about fabrics that don’t cling. Autumn weather brings out the “Preppy” side of my fashion personality. I am big on vests, and structured shirts. I ALWAYS have a scarf on, and I love riding boots and comfy wedge booties.
2. J Crew Gingham Shirt- The classic Gingham shirt, I am big flannel lover but I have never tried Gingham, that is changing this year.
3. J Crew Vest– The Pinterest dream vest, I have many quality vests but I have ALWAYS wanted one of these. This year, I plan on finally purchasing one and wearing the heck out of it!
4. Black Watch– I am looking to expand my watch collection this Fall, and get out of my Michael Kors box. I will be shopping for a new Watch brand to purchase from this fall!
5. Leopard Clutch– Ok for realsies I have been pining away for a leopard clutch for quite some time. With the changing of the seasons, I am going TO FIND MY CLUTCH! Its going to happen.
6. Brown Riding Boots WIDE CALF– I wear the cootie out of my riding boots in the Fall, and every year I go on the hunt to replace a pair that are just a little to rough to make it through another season. This year I need a new pair of brown boots.
7. Chance by Chanel– I fail at perfume, just this spring I fell in love with a Calvin Klein perfume and now I am wanting to expand my library of scents.
8. Stretchy Skinnies– Who doesn’t need more skinnies that are comfy and riding boot ready? Seriously.
9. Patagonia Long Sleeve- The ultimate outdoor comfy shirt, that also happens to be a brand that is on trend in a big way right now! S.N. I don’t give a shit that its a mens shirt. Whatev!
I know I have preached on C&C before about how curvy girls need a fashion uniform, and my fall style rings home with my philosophy on knowing what works for your body and shopping for pieces that will intermix with what you already have.
Are you ready for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Witches Brew wine, and Haunted Houses yet?
One of the most figure flattering styles to try this summer is the A-line skirt. Universally flattering the A-line skirt is fitted at the hips and gradually opens down to the hem, this type of skirt is great for defining a waist and then forgiving your hip and thigh area. What I love about this type of skirt, is how easy and comfortable they are. You feel instantly chic, and this skirt keeps you covered and cool for whatever you might be up to.
I paired this particular A-Line skirt with a chambray(because I am obsessed) that I cinched to give even more waist definition. I added a statement necklace for some sparkle! Comfy wedges give me some height and dress up the whole look. I have also worn this skirt with a black top, and sandals, I just love how easy it is to wear.
If you don’t have one in your closet, consider it. They can be found at really any price point, and in many different stores. The skirt that I am wearing is from Loft. But I will be sharing some of my favorites with you.
Finally home from a fun week in middle Tennessee, we(my Mom, Grandmother and myself)were able to see some beautiful horses, eat great food, and explore the city of Murfreesboro TN. We came to this city to show horses and little did we know there was a National park sitting right under our noses.
I feel like we should get some horsey stuff out of the way before we dig into this great learning experience.
My Mom/Bestie and I have two Tennessee Walking Horses that we show across the Midwest and South. We love our two horses and we love to train and compete together. Each year we travel to middle Tennessee to a big championship horse show for a week. We ride everyday, compete against amazing horses and just in general have what is known as a “Showcation” (horse show vacation).
Callie and I before a class, I FREAKING LOVE my new show top!!!
This year we switched it up a bit and decided to try and explore a little more, instead of being so focused on our horses that we don’t get to experience the area.
With this new adventurous spirit in mind, I pushed to go driving around and see some sights. That is when we stumbled across this rich piece of American history I didn’t even know existed where we were showing horses.
This National Battlefield memorializes the battle that took place during the American Civil war on December 31, 1862. What an unbelievable place.
The National Parks service has turned this historic piece of land into a park for people to enjoy, there were miles of beautiful groomed trails to enjoy
Lets talk what I wore on this little adventure.
When it is HOT AS HELL out and I know I am going to be hiking around and exploring, I go for clothing that is going to keep me cool, be functional, and be cute.
Temperature Factor, skort and a t-shirt and sandals, I am good to go!
Functionality is the back bone of this look, my chacos are keeping me cool and the thick sole is protecting my feet. A cross body bag makes it so that I am hands free, AND added bonus this is a bag that is cloth so if it does get dirty I can just wash it. My skort is accommodating to my bigger hips, but has added coverage and support with the shorts that are hidden underneath. Just a basic t-shirt that I am not going to baby rounds out this look nicely. Of course I am going to have my favorite sunnies and a big ol watch for some added sass.
Cute factor- My t-shirt is fitted but not tight so that it is breathable but still figure flattering, and my it says “Damn it feels good to be a Michigangster.” Its fun, it represents me well and the coloring is very flattering for my skin tone. Ray-Bans are always on trend, and my Vera bag is a standout as a trendy piece as well.