Outfit // Red, White, & Blue

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Happy belated 4th of July to my fellow American friends out there! It isn't too late to say that, is it? And it definitely isn't too late for a little patriotic outfit post, right? :) Of course, it was my goal to actually post this on the 4th of July, but you know... Things happen and holidays are busy! We had a great weekend, from start to finish. We went to the movies, I spent the day at the pool with my gal pals, we went out for drinks with friends, went to two different BBQs, watched fireworks, and watched the women's World Cup! It was quite the wonderful, busy weekend and I am sad that it is over. The last few weeks have been pretty great and have been filled with lots of summer fun! Hopefully I'll eventually get around to talking about it a bit more, but for now here's an outfit post featuring my cute pup as a special guest :)red white & blue, patriotic, 4th of July, USA, vintage, rockabilly, style, ootd, pin up, gingham, eshakti
With any holiday or event, I always love to plan out the most perfect outfit to go along with it. When I saw this beautiful blue gingham dress on eShakti, I knew I had to have it for the 4th of July. It is such a great dress to add a little American spirit and will be great for pretty much any occasion outside of that as well! Aside from the print, what I love about this dress is the fact that I got it for only $20, with shipping! I have discovered that there are many eShakti coupon codes out there that will help you get great quality dresses at a steal. I even ordered two more dresses at the same price. Oops! Can't pass up a deal like that though! ;)
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I like how this dress ties in the front to create a cute little bow detail. It can also be tied in the back for some variation, but I prefer it tied in the front for myself.red white & blue, patriotic, 4th of July, USA, vintage, rockabilly, style, ootd, pin up, gingham, eshakti
I absolutely love the way this dress fits me and the nice shape that it gives me. I'm not gonna lie, I feel pretty great about myself in this particular dress and that never hurts! Gingham has recently become one of my favorite patterns and blue has always been one of the best colors on me since it brings out my eyes.red white & blue, patriotic, 4th of July, USA, vintage, rockabilly, style, ootd, pin up, gingham, eshaktiblue-dress-7red white & blue, patriotic, 4th of July, USA, vintage, rockabilly, style, ootd, pin up, gingham, eshakti
I don't know if Marly has ever been featured in an outfit post, but I think he has been enjoying being in the spotlight a bit more on the blog :) He is definitely a cute sidekick! I just wish that I had something patriotic for him to wear as well!red white & blue, patriotic, 4th of July, USA, vintage, rockabilly, style, ootd, pin up, gingham, eshaktired white & blue, patriotic, 4th of July, USA, vintage, rockabilly, style, ootd, pin up, gingham, eshakti
This week is going to be another busy, but good one! I have work, school, and will be heading down to San Diego to spend a week with my family. I am really looking forward to relaxing and hopefully going to the beach! I will also be heading up to LA for a day while I'm there for a fundraiser, so I will have to pick out the perfect outfit for that ;)

How was your holiday weekend? Do you have any fun summer plans?

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Dress // eShakti
Sandals // Target
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Play Time with Chewy

I suppose we are starting these week off with my Marly as the star! When he is just that cute, why wouldn't he be the star anyway?? ;)
June was a pretty good month for my pup! I was home quite a bit during the day so we were able to spend some extra time together, he got to go on a nice hike and some long walks, and he got a special package just for him in the mail!
As you saw from my last post, Marly got some treats in the mail from Chewy, but they were also kind enough to send him a new toy to play with! What more could he really need in one package?chewy-toy-4
As much as I love to be able to let him run around and play outside, sometimes we need to keep play time inside. We also currently live in a condo without a yard, so having a nice variety of quality toys to entertain him with is important to me. I like to keep him as active as I can!chewy-toy-5
I often have a tough time finding toys that are durable enough to withstand my pup's rough play. He loves to chew on every single toy, especially if they have stuffing inside them. He can destroy those in just one day! And then there is a blizzard of white fuzz all around the house and stuck to his mouth for me to clean up. Not the most ideal waste of money! He has one specific toy that we have had for a couple years that he absolutely loves and that has been the only one to stick around for a while. So, I knew that he could use another fun toy to jazz things up a bit and hoped that this one would be strong enough to resist his wrath.chewy-toy-6chewy-toy-7
So far this KONG Squeezz Ball with Handle toy has been holding up really well! It is nice that there are a few ways to play with it since it has a rope, ball, and handle. I can throw it around the house for him to chase down and can also use the handle to play tug-o-war. Marly has never actually been interested in playing tug-o-war before, so I was pleasantly surprised that he likes to with this toy! chewy-toy-8chewy-toy-9
It is also kind of nice for him to have this tough rope to chew on because I think it is good for his teeth. I have tried to give him those dental chews in the past, but he doesn't like them and just ends up finding a spot in the house to hide them instead of chewing on them. So, I figure that the rope must be rubbing the plaque and stuff off, right? Better than nothing I suppose!chewy-toy-10
I know it is a total fur mom thing to do, but I can't help but gush about how dang cute my little furry boy is. I mean, how could you not love that handsome pup? :)

Thanks Chewy for the great new toy!

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. While I may have been compensated in some way, all views and opinions are my own.


A Hiking Treat

Hello, hello! I know it has been quite a while since I have last posted here! There has been a lot happening these past few weeks and I needed to take a little break because of it all. I will talk about it more later this week hopefully, but for now, here is a look at a recent hike we took!hike-chewy-2
Living on the SF Peninsula, we are pretty fortunate to have both the ocean and the bay near by. It is a luxury I definitely feel like I take for granted sometimes! When we can, we try to take advantage of all that the Peninsula and Bay Area has to offer, especially hiking trails! There are so many different parks and trails to choose from, and I like to try new ones out when we can.  hike-chewy-3
Last weekend, we were blessed with some pretty wonderful summer weather, so we decided to make the most of the beautiful Saturday morning and find a new place for a hike. I remembered a place I had driven by several times and had been wanting to check out, so we headed there! One thing I enjoyed about this particular trail was that we got to enjoy the quiet hills around us while also getting a lovely ocean view.hike-chewy-5hike-chewy-6
Marly is such a good little hiker. He absolutely loves going for any walk, but especially enjoys when we take a drive to a place we can take a longer walk and where he can be free to roam off leash. It's always nice for him to get to let loose and adventure! Plus, I know it is good to keep him active and we don't always have time during the week to talk him as much as we should, so I try to give him something a little extra on the weekends.hike-chewy-7hike-chewy-8
What's a hike without a snack stop?! Dai and I just munched on some rosemary roasted almonds, but Marly really lucked out on this adventure with some yummy Nature's Recipe treats from Chewy! Chewy is an online retail store that specializes in selling numerous cat and dog food brands, as well as toys and other pet supplies. It is nice to have one go-to site that can quickly accommodate all the needs I have for my boy! hike-chewy-9
He absolutely loved these lamb flavored dog-approved nuggets and couldn't get enough of them! Marly can sometimes be finicky about the kinds of treats that he likes. He enjoys the flavors of most, but is not always a fan of the texture/hardness. Whenever I give him biscuit type treats, he generally just ends up hunting for a spot around the house to hide it for later (which he will forget about and will never return for). It is really quite cute to see him spend 10 minutes or so walking around the house, crying, with a treat in his mouth while he looks for just the perfect spot. It usually ends up in a corner behind some wires or between couch cushions ;)hike-chewy-10
As entertaining as that routine is for me to witness, it doesn't actually make for a very good treat for him! When we got the opportunity to test out some products from Chewy, I knew that I wanted to get a new type of treat for Marly to enjoy. I chose these Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Lamb Recipe Chewy Treats because just from the name of them, I knew they would be perfect for my pup. They really do have just the right amount of softness to them and Marly Boy just gobbles them up.hike-chewy-11
These particular treats are actually pretty nice for training as well, since you can easily break them up into smaller pieces as little rewards for listening to commands. That way, you can get some training practice in and keep the treats comin' for your pup, without over-feeding him too many. I try to have Marly brush up on his basic commands every once in a while and even teach him new things, like "shake," which he recently picked up! Who said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks?! Marly is only 10 though, which no matter what anyone says, is definitely not old! :) (I don't want to talk about it...)hike-chewy-12hike-chewy-13
As we are officially in summer weather now, I am really looking forward to taking more hikes and long walks! It is always good for us to get some exercise and I love being able to do it with my precious pup.

Big thanks to Chewy for sending us the perfect treat to take along on the go! Marly definitely appreciates it and loved getting something for himself in the mail!

Do you like hiking? What snacks do you usually bring along for yourself and your pup if you have one?

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. While I may have been compensated in some way, all views and opinions are my own.


Blogging & Perfection

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Sometimes when I sit down to brainstorm an editorial calendar for the month, it can be pretty daunting. I am ambitious and want to fill most of the holes on my calendar page with wonderful, meaningful content. I have "blog worthy" adventures planned that likely won't happen. There are DIYs jotted down, brainstorms for potential outfits to photograph, and even a recipe or two thrown in. Along with all the other "life" tidbits I like to think that maybe, just maybe people like reading about. When the month starts off, I'm like "Yeah, I got this!" In my head, I definitely have the time, energy, and drive to whip out post after post, spread it all across social media, and leave thoughtful comments on others' blogs to make new friends. In reality, however, that's not usually what happens.

Every day, I scroll through my Bloglovin' feed and often wonder how other bloggers seem to "have it all together" and if I will ever be one of those types of bloggers. Each post is published bright and early in the morning so it can receive maximum amounts of attention throughout the day, while I am over here at 9pm getting "today's" post written and have not even given tomorrow's a thought, though my trusty calendar tells me what's supposed to be up. Don't even get me started on the photos of pretty flower bouquets, perfectly staged work spaces with that signature cup of coffee at arm's reach, and pristinely organized homes that have just the right amount of eclectic-ness to them. I love all of these photos and they truly make me happy to see ordinary parts of life looking so beautiful, but the reality is that is not what my day to day life looks like. And then I wonder if I should feel sad about it.

Before this turns into a rambling post, let me just say this: I love blogging, I really do. It has been such a blessing in my life and a fun hobby for me to do in my spare time. For a hobby, it takes up a lot of my time, actually. It has been a great creative outlet that has tremendously challenged me in different ways. I've met wonderful people that I consider to be my closest friends and that sometimes know more about me than my "real-life" friends. I am constantly inspired by the people or things I read and it has encouraged me to strive to be my best self. The blog world is a very rewarding community to be a part of and is one that I am not sure I will ever want to remove myself from.

Though with it's many great qualities, there are definitely a few that are not so pretty: jealousy, comparison, and the need to be (or at least appear to be) perfect. I know that we have all felt these at one point or another while reading someone's blog. Let's be honest. Her blog design is so perfect. Why doesn't mine look like that? Wow, she's going on another trip?? Must be nice. I would love to be able to afford to have my house look like hers. And how is it so clean? I wish I had her closet and her body. She doesn't know how lucky she is. How does she have so many followers? Aren't I just as good as her? And so on and so forth.

I am sure I am not alone in this and that this is something that many of you fellow bloggers or simply blog readers can relate to. It is awful to feel this way towards other people or about your own life, when you should be celebrating their successes and being thankful for your own. I can't help but think about some of these things when I sit down to write a new post or plan future posts. Along with that, it is really interesting how blogging has mostly become a place of "planned" out things or sponsored things with the hopes of somehow gaining major success, instead of just writing from the heart when you feel moved to do so. In the blog world, what even is success? Is it x amount of followers? Is it loads of comments on each post? Is it free, expensive things from companies? Or being paid to write posts? Is it being the "star" of blogging events?

I will not pretend that I have never been tempted by these very same things or have worked towards some of these things. I have and, really, I probably continue to do so simply because it is fun for me. I am not under the illusion that my blog will somehow "make it big" and will be my biggest source of income. Sure, that would be nice, but that's not likely to happen and not even necessarily what I want (although I will take all the free dresses people want to give me, let's be real).

I guess, what I am trying to say with all of these thoughts is this: bloggers are people, and people are not perfect. There is also no need to pretend to be perfect all of the time. Life is messy, people are messy. What does matter, though, is your heart and being genuine and authentic. That is what matters. The rest is extra. Icing on the cake.

What are your thoughts about blogging and perfection? Do you ever get bummed out by the competition, jealousy, or comparison?

As a last little note, I want to mention that I am not hating on any types of bloggers. Everyone should and can just do their thing. I just want to add a few thoughts into the mix about how we, as bloggers and people, shouldn't feel pressure to be better than anyone but ourselves and should do our best to lift each other up <3


Life + Links // 02

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Happy, happy Friday! Another week has come and gone, and it is now really starting to feel a lot more like summer! The past couple days have been sunny and really warm, and I love it! Time to go swimming and break out those sun dresses :)

Here are some random life happenings and some links for you all!
+ This week I have been trying to take more walks with Marly and it has been so nice! Gosh, I just love him and love sunny walks with him.
+ Dai gave me a Fitbit Charge (#gfperks) and I really like it! I already had a Fitbit One, but I think I prefer the Charge. I thought it would bother me to have it on my wrist, so I am pleasantly surprised.
+ This San Francisco hilltop wedding is just perfection.
+ I'm starting a summer class at a community college I have never attended before next week. It should be fun, but I'm not looking forward to the commute since it is kind of far.
+ The other day my nanny kids graduated from middle school and elementary school. It was precious and we went out to lunch afterward to celebrate.
+ I'm trying to make some travel plans for the summer, but unfortunately it looks like Dai won't really be able to take any time off because of his new job. I'm definitely happy for him, but it is kind of a bummer!
+ I love this list of "perfect Japanese words you need in your life."
+ I really want to take a road trip somewhere! Just get in the car and go... Or even fly somewhere. San Diego, Vegas.... Wherever!
+ Our softball team made the playoffs! It really isn't a big deal, but it will be fun haha.
+ I just really feel like I need this in my life.
+ My friend is getting married in just over two weeks! It is pretty crazy, but I'm excited for her! I'm sort of in charge of some of the decor things, so I have to get on that.
+ Tonight I'm going to a Latin club with my two friends who are actually Latina, so it should be interesting to say the least... Only white girl in the house, holla!
+ This list of things that happen when you're in a relationship with your best friend is pretty cute.
+ I ordered this bathing suit last week and then found out that they were doing a better deal the day after I had ordered it and this week too. So, I called customer service and they were so nice about it and I ended up getting an even better deal. Woohoo! Also, I hate bathing suits, so I hope this one works out.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Do you have any plans? Are you getting excited about summer?


Outfit // Chiffon & The Art of Coffee Dates

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For the past several days, the weather has been pretty beautiful. It has been really nice to finally break out some of my warmer weather clothing, like skirts and sandals! Today, however, I woke up to rain. Rain. You can imagine my disappointment, even though I am well aware that California desperately needs any water it can get. So, today is not one of those days, but I am hopeful that actual summer weather will return soon! Especially since I have a new bathing suit on the way :)
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Sunday was one of those lovely days and we took advantage of it by venturing to the downtown area near our house to shoot some photos and have a coffee date! I must say, not too long ago, Dai was really bad at coffee dates. Of course, he was always great company, but he just wasn't very good about being patient while we sat together and drank our coffees. He was ready to quickly move on to the next activity and didn't understand why we couldn't just get out of there. Boys. They just don't get the art of coffee dates! I like to take my time and chat or even have a "working" coffee date where we each work on our own projects while we enjoying each other's company. But now... But now, he is much better at it! We can stay for a while, talk, and spend some time working on our things. I love going for coffee with him, and now it is even better :)outfit, style, retro, vintage, casual, girly, forever 21, gap, target style, sandals, ootdoutfit, style, retro, vintage, casual, girly, forever 21, gap, target style, sandals, ootd
This particular outfit seemed like the perfect match for our slow Sunday. Lately I have been loving this soft pink chiffon skirt because it is so feminine and light-weight! It flows so nicely and you'll never believe where/how much I got it from--on sale at the Gap outlet for $6!! I know! Pretty crazy. There was also a grey one, so you know I definitely snagged that one too ;) outfit, style, retro, vintage, casual, girly, forever 21, gap, target style, sandals, ootdoutfit, style, retro, vintage, casual, girly, forever 21, gap, target style, sandals, ootd
I have always liked hats, but this one is particularly special to me. It is just so classic and versatile. I stop myself from throwing it with nearly every outfit. To be honest, Dai doesn't even really like it! What?! Like, how could you not just love this hat? He says its embarrassing when I wear it because people look at us, and I'm just like "Don't you like being with that girl that's getting all the head turns?" ;) But really, he told me that he didn't think it went with this outfit and I told him he's crazy because it goes with EVERYTHING. And I'm pretty stubborn, so there's that :)outfit, style, retro, vintage, casual, girly, forever 21, gap, target style, sandals, ootd
On a different note, I'm still loving these gold glitter sandals! I think these babies are going to take me pretty far. Also, it's nice to wear a simple, comfy t-shirt sometimes and I really like how they (and a jean jacket) can add a level of casualness to balance out a fancier piece, like this skirt.
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It has been pretty fun putting together more outfit photos lately and I hope you all have enjoyed it! I have been exploring my style a bit more and really trying to add pieces that fit into it better. I don't know, I guess I just like all the things! There aren't any rules, right? ;)

So, one bummer that happened last weekend was that Dai and Marly were in a car accident. They are both fine and the crash itself was fairly minor, but Dai's car looks pretty bad and we aren't sure yet if the insurance company will want to fix it or total it. Either way, though, it is kind of sad because Dai loves his little, bright yellow car :( I guess it just may be time to move on!

At any rate, it's been a fairly good week so far! There's been some time to relax, I went out for a girls night with friends, I've taken a few walks with my Marly, I've caught up on The Bachelorette (it just gets worse and worse, but I still watch it), Pretty Little Liars is back, work has been more mellow than it has been the past month, and we are going out with one of our favorite friends tonight! And the weekend is already filled with fun plans!

Do you like the more frequent style posts? What are your thoughts about your own style?

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Skirt // Gap Outlet
Top // Target
Sandals // Target
Jean Jacket // American Eagle
Belt // Gap
Bag // Kate Spade
Hat // Forever 21
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