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Swimsuit Season

May 24, 2017

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Just beachin' it

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It’s officially swim suit season. I think it’s hit the nation as a whole, but I apologize if you’re in a state where the sun hasn’t quite come out yet. It is really out here in So Cal. We have been in the 90’s the last few days, and are coming close to 100. I also feel like once Memorial Day comes it’s summer. June is almost here and Memorial Day just kicks off the barbecues.

This past weekend my family spent a day at the beach and it was so lovely! The sun was out, and the water wasn’t too cold. I even went for a swim! Not too deep though, if you’ve seen our news we’ve had a lot of shark sightings along our coast recently. Waist deep is about as far as I’ll go for now.

With Memorial Day right around the corner I thought I would round up some of my favorite affordable swim suit picks! Scroll through the widget below and let me know where you get your favorite suits from. Swim suit shopping can be so difficult, and finding a good suit can be tricky. I tend to stay toward the same silhouette, but lately I’ve been on the hunt for a great one piece. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Garage Sale Finds

May 23, 2017

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Garage saling is seriously one of my favorite things to do. It’s been something my mom and I have done so many times over the years. To us it’s like treasure hunting, and it’s so fun! I know it’s not for everyone and you really do have to be okay with digging through other people’s junk but for us it’s awesome! I’ve gotten some great pieces of clothing over the years. When my sister and I were younger it was also a great way for my family to save money on clothes for us.

A few weeks ago, one of the historical districts in our city did a district wide garage sale. A lot of the streets get involved and there’s tons of garage sales! We pretty much just park and walk up and down the streets looking for great buys. We always love when we find other young women who are selling clothes. Those are the best sales! Especially when they just want to get rid of their clothes and will give you a great deal if you make a pile. I scored this Nectar Clothing top from one of the sales we hit up. I thought it was so cute with the buttons down the back too.

These short sleeve button up shirts seem to be everywhere right now and while they are cute, I still kind of feel a bit masculine in them. Which is so strange, I know! They just remind me of borrowing a man’s short sleeve shirt. I don’t know what it is, even with the extra little details. Does anyone else feel this way?

Travel

Paris Apartment Airbnb Review

May 17, 2017

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Hello and welcome to another episode of Mariah want’s to go back to Paris…but really can I go back now?

If you’ve been following along with my Europe travel posts than this is no surprise to you. I just fell in love with Paris. The entire trip was just magical. While we were there we gave everyone a little mini snapchat or instagram tour of the airbnb that we stayed in. The apartment was just darling! We totally scored with such a perfect place to stay. The apartment is located in the 15th arrondissement, and is about a ten minute walk to the Eiffel Tower.

When we were trying to decide where we wanted to stay in Paris everyone told us to look in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements. Those locations are most centralized and a lot of tourist attractions are there. However, I knew we only had 2 nights in the city, and I did not want to miss the Eiffel Tower sparkling. I mean I was going to Paris, and the tower was high up on my bucket list of things to see and adore. I did a lot of research to make sure staying over by the tower was still safe, near public transit, and food.

We ended up staying in the most adorable apartment ever! We never met our host, Marie, but her brother-in-law let us in. The check in was super easy, and the apartment was clean, spacious, and comfortable. When I was looking at places to stay I knew I wanted a place with a lift! Climbing up flights of stairs with luggage is never fun. The building had a super small lift, but it worked and that’s really all that mattered. Some other amenities that Marie’s place had were a washer and wifi; two other things that were important to us. Another serious perk was that you could see the top of the Eiffel Tower from the kitchen window. I don’t have a picture to include in the post, but you can see a mini tour in the below video and the view from the kitchen window.

Airbnb was the first place I looked when trying to find a place to stay. My family has stayed in them before in New York as well as Boston so the concept wasn’t foreign to me. I knew it would be different since I was going overseas this time, but I wasn’t too worried. Here are a few tips to consider when looking for an airbnb to stay in:

Look for a place with multiple reviews.

Some really great places may be new listings, but I always feel more comfortable when I know other people have stayed there and had good experiences.

Stay in places where you have the whole apartment or house to yourself.

This is a personal preference, but a safer option. I think it would be so weird to stay in someone’s house you don’t know with the person there. Plus for this vacation it was just me and my other girl friend who were traveling. There was no way we, as two girls, were going to share an apartment with anyone we didn’t know!

Know what amenities you need.

Like I mentioned above I knew I preferred a place with a lift, and there was no way I could do without wifi. The washer was an added plus, but we could have cared less about the tv. Airbnb makes it really easy to see what a place has and doesn’t have. Just make sure you thoroughly check it out before you rent.

Overall, I love airbnb and would totally recommend it to anyone! We totally fell in love with Marie’s apartment and we even considered extending our time there because we loved it so much. If you’re visiting Paris anytime soon you should definitely stay in her place!

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My First Off-The-Shoulder Top

May 15, 2017

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Y’all I have been such a bad blogger lately! This last week I was just so unprepared. Balancing my many random jobs, my friends, and trying to stay on a consistent work out routine has been trickier than normal. I forget that I do so much, and when I add someone or something else into my schedule something else has to take the hit. Lately, I feel like I’m either a really great blogger or a really great business woman. In April I felt like I was really on top of blogging, but last week man did I fail! I had a lot of design work to do and blogging fell to the way side. Some time management really needs to happen!

Off-the-shoulder tops, we all know them, we all love them, and we all see them everywhere. I mean everywhere! OTS items are incredibly trendy right now. I’m not always the girl on trendy. While I do like to be trendy, some trends I just can’t get behind. This is the first off-the-shoulder top I’ve owned. I now own two…yup…just two. For awhile I wasn’t sure how I felt about them, and I wasn’t sure how I would look in them. I bought this floral one from Old Navy when I was collaborating with them a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure about it when I tried it on in the store, but I’ve worn it twice now and I’m digging it. I think I can get behind the OTS trend.

P.S. Say hello to Molly! If you watch my snapchat or instastories than you’ve definitely already seen her. She’s my parents fairly new puppy, and she’s just the cutest. My dad brought her along for the blog shoot and I just had to include her!

Top: C/O Old Navy
Jeans: Hollister
Shoes: Marshalls

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Spring Work Wear

May 4, 2017

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There are so many great spring and summer pieces right now! I feel like I could consistently go on a shopping spree and find new things ever week. My bank account however would not be too happy with me doing that…so only a few pieces here and there have been ordered. I mean I couldn’t resist the J Crew Factory sale. Also, I just love all of the trends right now! They are right up my alley. Gingham is super in, all the peplums, and ruffles. It all just makes my little girly southern heart happy. Right now I am on the hunt for a great gingham dress. If you spot one send the link my way!

It really feels like summer in Southern California now. It’s been in the 80’s or higher the last few weeks. It’s time to break out all the dresses, skirts, and light clothing for work. Of course I am reaching for my colored pants like normal. I scored this top in one of the Forever 21 sale sections a few weeks ago. I think I got it for $2! I feel like the sale sections in F21 are such an overwhelming place. It’s always a mess, and to find anything good you really have to dig for it. I have to be in the right mood when heading to shop there.

Happy Thursday friends! I hope you all have an amazing weekend.

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Hollister
Boots: Franco Sarto
Purse: Target

Travel

Palace of Versailles

May 2, 2017

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I’ve started to see people’s photos who have visited the Palace of Versailles now, and the gardens are wayyy more beautiful now that there are leaves on the trees and everything is blooming. I think that is something I have to go back and see next time. Everything in bloom, and everything so green.

J Crew Factory Flash Sale

May 1, 2017

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They have some super cute things right now, and some great finds for spring! These pattern pants would be perfect for the office this summer, not to mention this big block blue skirt. Also if you’re looking for your summer swim suit don’t miss out on this gingham one piece! It’s such a good deal for a suit!

Here’s some more of my picks: