California Girl

“We’ve been on the run
Driving in the sun
Looking out for number 1
California here we come
Right back where we started from”

I’ve been keeping really busy since we moved to Los Angeles at the beginning of the year. If you’ve been paying attention on social media, you’ll notice I have been working on a lot of creative projects. I love how LA fosters creativity and collaboration.

The brand Pinkblush recently reached out to me to collaborate. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of them. They offer straight sizes and plus sizes as well as maternity. They are focusing on expanding their plus size options and getting the word out. I went through their website and was impressed with some of the cute pieces they had. I was a little nervous about sizing initially when I checked their sizing chart. They have a similar run to Forever 21, which is junior’s sizing.

 

 

 

I decided on this off the shoulder top because I don’t own anything like it. I love all shades of pink, and really liked the idea of the neckline with my pink bralette. They ended up matching perfectly. I paired it with a wet look pencil and some bold shoes.

Pink is my favorite color but I don’t wear it nearly enough. I love the soft pink color paired with the romance of an off the shoulder neckline. This top is oversized on the website but the 3X was pretty fitted on me (I usually wear a 4X.) I liked it tucked into this pencil skirt but I would also wear it tied up with some cute jeans or a skater skirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also sent me this casual dress. I ordered the 3X and it was a little small so I will probably wear it as a tunic in the future. To be fair, I am a 4X in women’s so I think overall the sizing is true junior’s sizing. This dress would be really roomy on someone that wears a 20. And this print is great for festival season. It’s really soft and stretchy, so I can definitely make it work for me.

I do like that they list the models stats on each listing so you can compare the fit on her with how it will fit on your body.

The most exciting part of this collaboration is that Pinkblush has offered a $50 gift card to one of my followers! In order to enter, please follow me on instagram here. I will be outlining how to enter there.

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La Vie en Rose

One of the first things I said in the new year was that I planned on being much more visible in 2017. Well, here I am, about as visible as I can be. I have spent a lot of time down in Orange County with Corissa of fat girl flow and she took these photos of me.

Nothing is centering to me quite like the ocean. When I need to take a step back and reset, there’s nothing like it. There is something so humbling and calming about standing next to the water and remembering how big the world around you is.

I’ve spent a lot of my life being insecure about the size of my thighs, but I’ve come to really love and appreciate them. In the coming year, I want to apologize less and feel freer to really express my style.

When I saw this outfit, I knew it had to be mine. I love sheer, and I know I always will. The skirt (found here) is really daring but now that we live in Southern California, the weather allows for less coverage. The sheer rose top (found here) is something out of my 90’s dreams.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like me then virtual window shopping is a pastime of yours. I was searching online for unique gift ideas and decided I would put together a guide of lovely things that might brighten up the day of your loved ones. I was aiming more towards small gifts for stylish friends under $60. I ended up choosing items from etsy sellers because I was looking to spotlight makers. Take a peak and let me know what you think. If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments!

Marble everything, please. I, like many, have had a love of marble print lately. I did some marble print pieces at knockout pdx this past September in my collection because I can’t get enough. It’s timeless and chic. Plus, it’s so fun to mix prints. These pouches (found here) come in a choice of white or black with the option to monogram. Hello! I feel like having a monogram pouch is a level of adult I would like to reach.

Planters are a great gift for your loved one with a green thumb. Personally, I am still working on my ability to keep a plant alive for more than a few months but so far, succulents are the way to go. These lovely handmade succulent planters (found here) are sure to brighten up your friend’s office or home. It’s a unique gift, that will last. I especially love the roughness of a handmade ceramic item. It’s delicate and unique.

Flower crowns have been everywhere for a few years but your friend needs something better: a CRYSTAL crown. This crystal tiara is customizable as far as the wiring option. You can even do a rose gold. It’s just what is needed to get through these cold Winter months as the beautiful ice queen we all deserve to be. Snag it here.

Have a friend that loves Drake? Or just never calls you on your cell phone anymore? This banner is perfect for them. Find it here. You can also check out the shops other banners if this one isn’t what you’re looking for.

I’m not actually sure why I don’t own this pin yet, are you? Pink champagne with overflowing bubbles? CHECK. Grab this cute and affordable pin for your best bubbly babes here.

Oh. My. God. How cute is this ring holder/catch all dish? I had my eye on a similar dish on asos which sold out. Luckily, you can find almost anything on etsy. Bonus: you’ll be buying from the maker directly! This is such a sweet and thoughtful gift. Check it out here.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found some goodies.

Xx

Jessica

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