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Berry Picking and Gingham

July 26, 2017

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Berry picking season is in full swing! I think almost all berries are in season right now, and our local u-pick farm has tons! Berry picking is probably one of my favorite summer activities. I love spending any time I can outdoors, and this is something that we don’t get to do on the regular.

Usually, my whole family goes picking but this year I got to make a double date out of it. My boyfriend had never been before so we went and invited some of his close friends. He thought paying to pick fruit and help someone else’s farm out seemed silly, but afterward he was totally on board! He said it was more fun than he thought it was going to be; which made me pleased. This little day activity was the first time he had the roll of blogger boyfriend/photographer, and I think the photos came out pretty good! We’ll see how he does growing into the roll ;P

Since we were berry picking as a double date I didn’t want to wear my boots like last year. I had purchased this top on sale actually intending to wear it in Canada and just never did. When I started searching for a berry picking outfit this top was totally perfect! I’m so glad I didn’t shoot it while traveling because gingham is seriously perfect for this! (I actually just noticed I even wore gingham last year too…opps!) I was a little nervous wearing my pink tennis shoes while picking the Ollalie berries since they stain, but I walked away just fine! It was seriously such a fun day!

Top: J Crew Factory
Shorts: Old Navy (last seen here)
Shoes: Old Navy


Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation Review

July 19, 2017

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation

Influenster recently sent me a complimentary Laura Mercier Vox Box featuring their newest foundation: The Flawless Fusion Foundation. Being that I have oily acne prone skin I am so picky about my foundation! I don’t like any cakey, but full coverage is a must! I also really need coverage that stays on all day and doesn’t melt away. Nothing is worse than seeing yourself halfway through the day and wondering where the heck your make up went. 

The description that the Flawless Fusion Foundation has is pretty impressive, and I was curious to try it out and see if it actually proved to be true. The card that it came with said that it was a long wearing foundation that was weightless, had 15 hour wear, a matte finish, oil free, and transfer resistant. All of these are some pretty high things to claim. I mean transfer resistant alone is a big plus!

I’ve bene using The Flawless Fusion Foundation for a little over a week now, and man am I impressed! I don’t have to pump out very much (about two pumps) to get the coverage that I love. It goes on so thin and I don’t even feel like I’m wearing make up. It’s hard for me to describe it, but it just feels so soft during application. It dries pretty fast so I do have to buff it in quickly. I usually work check to check, then forehead down. So once I apply it to my skin I buff in quickly and make sure it’s blended well before heading to the next area. The coverage is definitely matte, and I don’t feel like it disappears as the day continues. Seriously, so impressed by this stuff!

I received the shade 2N2 Linen. It’s a little more bronze than I am, which totally works for summer, but I may have to go down a shade in winter.

Thank you Influenster and Laura Mercier for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Dresses For Summer Weddings Under $30

July 19, 2017

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Summer wedding season has been here, and I’ve already attended some. Wedding season is seriously my favorite! I love seeing everyones different styles and dresses. I’ve always loved weddings, and even more so after working as a wedding planner last year. Seeing my own friends get married, or people I actually know is way more heart warming. It’s so much fun supporting people on their big day.

Being that I have multiple weddings on the books already I’ve rounded up some of my favorite dresses that you could wear as a guest! All of the dresses are under $30 too!

Lately, I’ve been loving layering a leather jacket over my dresses. I am always cold, so going to a wedding without a sweater or jacket is seriously not an option!

What do you normally wear when you go to weddings?


Canada Photo Diary Part 2

July 12, 2017

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If you missed Canada Part 1 go ahead and click here. Some of the other places that we visited was Niagara Falls in Goldstream Provincial Park. It was a super easy walk to the waterfall, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. We stopped there and ate lunch in the park as well.

Another place we visited was the butterfly gardens. This was so incredible. They also had a bug exhibit, which was not even close to as cool as the butterflies. You’re in this huge room and there is butterflies everywhere! They are flying all around you. None of them really landed on you, but there was this cool bird that climbed up and gave us kisses.

One of the last things we did in Canada was visit Hatley Castle. The castle has been used in Xmen and I believe Deadpool. What’s really cool about the castle is that it’s actually a university and theres classrooms. I couldn’t imagine going to school in such a cool building. The bummer was that when classes are in session you can’t tour it. So we didn’t get to go inside :( They do have amazing gardens we got to walk through.

After visiting Canada we took the ferry into Seattle. I didn’t take very many photos from there since we were only in the city for two days. You can check out the video below though!


Canada Photo Diary Part 1

July 10, 2017

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Hello Friends! It’s been too long. If you follow me on instagram then you know I was in Canada before the fourth. While I totally planned on having posts go up while I was gone I totally slacked and didn’t schedule anything. I know, blogger fail! But here I am back and ready to get things on schedule!

My family vacation this year was to Victoria, Canada and Seattle, Washington. We flew into Vancouver and took a little hopper plane from there to Victoria. This was my first time in Canada and taking a small propeller plane. That is an experience! We spent 5 days in Canada then took the ferry from there to Seattle where we spent about 4 days. I didn’t focus much on blog posts from this vacation, but I did do a mini vlog (similar to my Europe ones) and I think a photo round up is gonna happen.

All of these photos are from our first few days in Victoria, Canada. We visited the Butchart Gardens which was so incredibly beautiful! It’s massive and has been around for about a century. I thought it was also really cool to see actual peony bushes! We can’t really grow them in California and the Butchart Gardens had tons!

Another one of the things we did (which I think was my favorite part of the trip) was whale watching. And not just grey whales that we in So Cal see all the time. We saw Orcas!! It was so cool! One actually swam right toward us and went under our boat. You can see it in the video below. It was so crazy! We were so blessed to get to see two pods that day. If you are visiting Victoria, Canada whale watching is my huge recommendation! We went out on this tiny little blow up zodiac boat. At first I was really nervous, but it honestly wasn’t scary at all and a lot of fun!

Stay tuned for the rest of the photos from the trip this week, and you can watch the vlog below.


Drugstore Mascara’s I’m Loving

July 5, 2017

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Mascara is a beauty product that I just don’t think I could go without. The difference a coat of mascara can make is huge! It can help you go from tired eyes to looking awake with just a few flicks of the wand. I am super picky about my mascara! I usually go for mascara that gives me volume, and spreads out my lashes, and am not at all a fan of anything clumpy. I also like to make sure that the mascara doesn’t flake off throughout the day. All of those points usually help me narrow down my options. I thought I’d share some of my recent drugstore mascara finds that I’m loving.

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

Now this mascara is one I am sure you have heard people rave about before. And yes, I am going to rave about it too. I rarely branch out from Maybelline when shopping mascara at the drugstore. Yet, I couldn’t resist trying out this mascara and seeing if the hype was actually totally right. Well…it is! This stuff is amazing! I know they also have a primer, but I haven’t tried that. This mascara totally volumizes your lashes, and leaves them looking really thick. I haven’t found it to be clumpy at all. Totally love this stuff, and am on the band wagon to buy it again!

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Mascara

Now onto my love of all things Maybelline mascara. The Colossal is just a good tride and true buy. If you are ever unsure and in a hurry picking this baby up off the shelf is a good go to. My mom and sister have used this one before as well and I know they feel the same. It gives you volume, but can be a little thick. I’ve noticed that it does have to dry all the way before I can do anything else.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I just recently purchased the Lash Sensational. A few bloggers I follow have mentioned it, so I thought I’d branch out and try it. The wand itself is a little different with the curve that it has. I usually go for a straight full wand, since I feel like that is what gives me the most volume. However, this one totally fans out my lashes! I am still learning the best way to use the curved wand, and I think it is something that if you haven’t used before you have to get used to. Yet, on the days when I feel like I get it right my lashes look amazing!

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara

The Rocket is a mascara I have bought a few times. I like the waterproof formula over the regular one so this is just about the only waterproof mascara I ever buy. I don’t wear it often because of that, but it’s my go to when I know I’m going to be in the water, or crying. I’ve worn this to weddings, the beach, and even pool parties. It doesn’t flake or run at all! I do however, feel like I need the heavy duty remover to get the stuff off at the end of the day.
Have you used any of these? What are some go to mascara’s you love? I always love hearing other’s suggestions!


July 2017 Free Wallpaper

July 2, 2017

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Happy first weekend in July! I have literally no excuse as to why there hasn’t been a blog post up. Yes, I have been traveling but I shot stuff before I left and just never got it ready. #badblogger My apologies! I promise we shall be back to regular programming.

Here is the link for the July desktop wallpaper, and click here for the mobile one.