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    Liebster Award

    I’m deeply honored to announce that yesterday I was nominated for the Liebster Award by bloggers Lau and Aleksia. The Liebster is an award given by bloggers, to other bloggers with less than 200 followers. The Liebster award is meant to give recognition to new bloggers, and encourage the blogger community to discover new blogs and support each other. If you accept the award, you are required to thank the nominating blogger(s) and award 11 Liebster awards to your favorite blogs with less than 200 followers.

    In case you were wondering, the word Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest or dearest. 

    Here are links to Lau and Aleksia’s blogs:
    deckinplaid.blogspot.com
    laurazampou.wordpress.com

    Here are the rules:
    You have to link back to the person who nominated you
    You have to answer 11 questions from the person  who had nominated you
    You have to make 11 questions for the persons that you are nominating
    You have to nominate 11 blogs with a little bit more or less than 200 followers (bloglovin) to answer your questions 
    You are not allowed to nominate the person who nominated you
    Finally, you must let the people know that they have been nominated

    Here are my answers to Aleksia’s Questions: 

    1. What’s your favourite fashion account to follow?
    I have several accounts that I love to follow, and they are all very different. I really like Keiko Lynn, M Loves M, Sincerely Jules and a Beautiful Mess. 

    2. Who is your style inspiration
    My biggest style inspiration is my Mother. I used to admire the way that she dressed growing up, and she has had a tremendous influence on my personal style. In terms of celebrities, I really like Rachel Bilson’s style and Cara Delevingne’s Style. 

    3. Favourite colour?
    My favorite colors are rose pink and teal. 

    4. Most desired tote of Spring/Summer 2014?
    I don’t have a particular item that I want from any upcoming Spring/Summer collection. I like to buy things that I know that I will keep forever and I’ve been really wanting to invest in a leather satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company for quite a while.

    5. What is your most favourite place you’ve been to?
    I made a weekend trip to Portugal while I was studying abroad in Spain, and I loved visiting the cities of Lisbon and Sintra. Both cities were very lively and beautiful, and the people there were so warm and welcoming. I loved visiting the Pena Palace in Sintra because it was straight out of a storybook. 

    6. What’s the longest time you’ve been on an airplane?
    I don’t know about the exact time I’ve spent on an airplane. But, when I was flying back home from my semester abroad in Spain, I was in and out of airports for at least 18 hours. 

    7. What do you do for a living?
    I work for a nonprofit and do marketing and fundraising for a living. Giving back to my community and inspiring social change are two things that are very important to me; I am extremely fortunate to be able to have a job that allows me to work towards improving my community. 

    8. What two things would you take to a deserted island with you?
    I would take a huge beach umbrella and a good book to read. I don’t think either of those items will really help me survive on a deserted island, but I’ll at least enjoy some of my time while I’m there.

    9. What’s your favourite movie?
    I can’t really say that I have a favorite movie. I am very fidgety, and find it hard to sit down for more than an hour and focus on one thing. I hardly ever go to a movie theater. And, when I do, I end up walking out in the middle of a film screening and playing arcade games in the lobby of the theater.  

    10. Grunge or prim and proper?
    I would say that my style is prim and proper with a hint of grunge. My style is very girly, but I like to incorporate pieces that are a bit more edgy every once in a while. 

    11. Where’s your next destination trip this year?
    I wouldn’t quite describe this as a destination trip, but my next trip is to Austin to visit my friend Carly. I’m super excited! I’ve never been to Austin and I’m told that it’s a pretty awesome city.

    Here are my answers to Lau’s questions: 

    1. What’s the most stupid thing you’ve ever done?
    Hmmm. It’s hard to pick just one thing. 

    2. What is your favorite garment?
    I really love sweaters and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I have this floral and polka dot printed sweater from Zara that I just love! I also own a really cute sparkly sweater from Madewell; it is very simple and girly at the same time.
    3. What is your Favorite brand?
    Madewell always comes out with really cool collections each season, and I also really like Free People. 
    4. Classy or Urban?
    Why choose?
    5. Which pizza do you prefer?
     Hawaiian
    6. Favorite Victoria Secrets model?
    Lily Aldridge is gorgeous and I love her hair!
    7. What is your favorite candy?
    CHOCOLATE!
    8. What is your favorite book?
    I was an English major in college, so it is really hard for me to answer this question. The last book that I read that I really enjoyed was IQ84 by Haruki Murakami. Although the book is pretty lengthy, it was a very engaging and easy read.
    9. Describe your favorite shoe?
    My favorite pair of shoes are a pair of simple, black leather combat boots. I loved that they were so comfortable and that I could pretty much wear them with anything I own. Unfortunately, I no longer own these boots because I wore them every day for two years straight. 
    10. Favorite fashion magazine?
    I can’t really say that I have a favorite fashion magazine. As much as I love clothes and dressing up, I try not to look at fashion magazines too much. I find advertising in magazines to be too problematic at times, so I don’t like leafing through them. I also don’t really like browsing through magazines because I prefer that my style be influenced by things that I truly like, instead of what is in style at the moment. 
    11. If you were an animal or a fantasy creature what would you be?
    Unicorn! Most people that I know are surprised when I say that because it totally doesn’t align with my sarcastic personality. 

    These are the blogs that I’m nominating:
    1. http://ashleymadelines.blogspot.com/
    2. http://www.ceylaroux.com 
    3. http://carissaavellana.blogspot.com
    4. http://takecomfortproject.wordpress.com
    5. http://thebrilliantflaw.blogspot.com
    6. http://styledbypaloma.blogspot.com
    7. hellokiarra.blogspot.com
    8. fabulouswithheart.blogspot.com
    9. http://www.blushingbelle.net
    10. http://sashabowmanshops.wordpress.com
    11. http://iatenoodlesforbreakfast.blogspot.nl

    These are my questions for my nominees:

    1. What inspired you to start blogging?
    2. If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
    3. What is your favorite place to visit?
    4. Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
    5. What is the last book that you read and how did you like it?
    6.  What is your favorite hobby?
    7. What is your favorite food?
    8. What is your favorite item in your wardrobe.
    9. Describe your personal style.
    10. What is one of your goals for 2014?
    11. Name one thing that you can’t live without.

    Outfit, Travel

    Los Angeles Arts District

    Photos by: Laura Nolan

    Outfit Details:

    H&M Sunglasses
    Ruche Dress (No longer on the site)
    Victoria’s Secret Sweater (Old)
    ASOS Leather Belt (Old)
    Anne Klein Satchel
    MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
    My best friend Laura visited me this past weekend, and we decided to make a trip down to the Los Angeles Arts District. Because we’ve been friends for so long, we have definitely fallen into a routine and always frequent the same places. Therefore, a trip to the Arts District was a great way for us to change things up a bit.

    The Pie Hole

    While we were in the Arts District, Laura and I decided to stop by The Pie Hole. It’s definitely a great place to visit if you consider yourself a pie lover. Although I don’t usually like pie, my Chocolate Crostata was to die for! Laura let me sample her Earl Grey Tea pie and it was equally delicious. It is really funny because our meal at The Pie Hole pretty much set up the scene for the rest of our weekend. We pretty much lived off of dessert and coffee for the next two days.
    Since Laura was volunteering as my photographer for the weekend, we thought that it would only be fair that I do the same for her. Laura is a certified yoga instructor, and is participating in an eight-day yoga challenge on Instagram in which she has to document a different pose each day. The Los Angeles Arts District provided the perfect backdrop for me to take pictures of her striking some awesome yoga poses. I’m always amazed at how strong and flexible she is, mostly because I could never dream of doing half the things she does. I really hope she wins!
    This was my favorite mural that I saw that day in the Arts District. It’s right next to Wurstkuche. I love how it almost looks like a pencil and water color painting.
    The Los Angeles Arts District is so beautiful! It was really hard not to upload all my pictures because I wanted to document everything I saw. It was also such a beautiful day to explore the area. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m so excited that I can finally wear layers. I got the grandpa sweater that I’m wearing from Victoria’s Secret about two years ago, and it is my favorite layering piece. It is extremely cozy and comfortable. Furthermore, I would go as far as to describe it as a very stylish blanket.
    Although I have visited the Los Angeles Arts District several times, it was nice to really take the time to explore the area a bit more. More importantly, it was wonderful having the opportunity to do so with my best friend. I’m really looking forward to having more adventures around L.A., and hopefully even getting out of the city to visit friends next time that I get a chance.
    Outfit, Travel

    A Stroll through Downtown Pomona

     

     

     

     

     

    Photos by: Ashley Madeline

    Outfit Details:
    Denim Jacket (old)
    Free People Dress (similar here)
    Target Flats
    This past year, I have been thinking a lot about my physical and mental health and have even taken the extra step to implement self-care activities into my daily life. One of these activities is my daily walk that I take with my coworkers during our lunch hour. Getting out of the office has been a great way for me to take a break from my work, get some fresh air and enjoy the outside world. I’m lucky enough to work near Downtown Pomona which hosts both the Arts Colony and Antique Row. It’s such a vibrant part of town, and it’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll because there is beautiful artwork anywhere that you turn.My favorite piece of art in Downtown Pomona is this beautiful mural that can be found next to La Bomba Vintage on 2nd Street. You probably can’t tell from the picture that this was a very cloudy day because the mural just brightens up everything around it.

    Speaking of cloudy days, I’m so glad that it’s finally sweater weather in California!  I love it when it gets cold outside because I feel like I’ve suddenly inherited a new wardrobe. I’ve been meaning to wear this long-sleeved lace dress from Free People for a while, but I hadn’t had the opportunity until now because of the endless Summer in SoCal. This dress can be little too dressy for work (or taking a leisurely stroll through town), so I paired it with a denim jacket and black tights to tone it down a bit.

    I really hope that I am able to enjoy this sweater weather for a while longer. As much as I enjoy my daily walks, they can be unbearable in extremely hot weather. And as I said before, I’m really just looking forward to be able to implement layers into my daily wardrobe.

    P.S. These beautiful photos were taken by my wonderful coworker Ashley Madeline. She has a new blog about her Etsy shop which you can check out here.