Top: Recycled Karma (love this, this & this) | Skinnies: Topshop | Birkenstocks (here & here) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban (also here & here) | Backpack: Artesanias Lillo | | Necklaces: Gifted, Blee Inara | Earrings: Gifted | Watch: Michael Kors (love this & this) | Bracelets: ASOS, Stella & Dot (here & here) | Rings: Gifted | Lippie: MAC “Brave” + “Velvet Teddy” + Liner: MAC “Whirl” | Nails: OPI “Mod About You”
Today is officially the last day of summer for me since I am going to be starting a new job tomorrow! I’m going to be working for Shop Priceless, and I’m eager to begin working somewhere that I can explore my creative side with fashion while also continuing to pursue my passion for writing!
On another note, my AKC Yorkshire terrier, Lola, (featured as my valentine here) is currently pregnant with three puppies! We bred her with another handsome yorkie back in June and she is 59 days pregnant, so she’s going to have them any day now! My husband, Todd, is going to work from home so someone is there just in case she has them during the day, but I’m praying she has them when I come home from work because I want to be a part of it! I’m pumped because this will be my first time witnessing an animal of any kind giving birth! I have always wanted to breed puppies since I was little and envied my friends who had litters of puppies at their house that they could play with and help raise! I think it is going to be such a rewarding experience, and I hope I can find owners who are ready to receive the same type of unconditional love and affection from the puppies that my little yorkie has shown me these past two years! I am 100% a crazy dog lady, and proud of it!
Top: Topshop (love this) | Jeans: J Brand | Necklace: Kate Spade (similar), Stella & Dot | Sunnies: Quay | Shoes: Plomo
There is just something so magical about an all-white outfit. I love when I see it on other people and yet I never really tried it myself so I decided to go for it and I am definitely going to do it more often. Also, I can’t get enough of braids! Fishtails, French braids, Dutch braids, etc. They are my go-to on work days, second day hair, damaged hair, healthy hair, long hair, short hair, a date night… the list could go on and on! And with so many tutorials our there, the possibilities are endless! What style of braid can you not get enough of?
Romper: Hinge | Sandals: Free People | Sunnies: YSL (similar) | Bag: Longchamp | Necklaces: House of Harlow, Bip & Bop | Earrings: Towne + Reese | Watch: Michael Kors (similar) | Bracelets: Stella & Dot (also here) Lippie: MAC “Velvet Teddy” + Liner: MAC “Whirl” | Nails: OPI “Mod About You”
Denim and turquoise are the quintessential Western accessories. As Arizonans, we are lucky to have so much access to authentic Native American turquoise in many regions throughout the state. Which is how I have come to collect several pieces within the span of 24 years. My brother-in-law is Navajo, and one of my rings was actually made by his grandfather. It has an intricate floral and leaf design in the sterling silver and the turquoise takes on a unique shade of teal. My tiny turquoise earrings were a gift from my own grandpa after his trip to Sedona, and the other dark blue turquoise ring is from a visit in Greer. My turquoise jewelry are my treasures, each of them tells a story, contains a memory and a holds feeling. All of them tie me to my native state, and give me pride when I put them on.
You know what else I treasure? This unbelievably comfortable chambray romper. It’s so soft and light-weight, which is a relief because these rising temperatures wouldn’t comply with anything heavier. I love the rope drawstring waist too because I will never object to any form of waist cinching since I wasn’t blessed with the longest of torsos and I’m not 5’10”. So I’ll take any chance I can get to accentuate it, otherwise I’m drowning in yards of fabric. Speaking of waist cinchers, have any of you tried those waist trainers? I am tempted to try them but then I hear the horror stories of how it can cause your organs to shift with potentially dangerous consequences. Yeah, I think I’ll stick to my belts and drawstrings for now.
Diet Coke Clutch: (available here) | Skinnydip Coin Purse: (similar here) | Natasha Couture Clutch: (available here, similar here) | Temple Print, Mermaid Print & Cacti Print: RARDesign
Isn’t it fabulous to have talented friends? My friend, Rea Rowles, custom-made these darling gold-foiled prints for me and I can’t wait to hang them up. I already have a place for them in my pretend home-office which will be decorated girly and glamorous and there’s nothing my manly husband can do about it. She has a variety of prints to choose from in her Etsy shop, like this one of the Arizona temple, and can foil them in gold, rose gold or mint green and cut them to fit your frame too! I wanted a cacti print foiled in rose gold, and she came up with the print above and it turned out exactly how I wanted! And of course I wanted something mermaid-y, so she found this majestic design and foiled it gold and it’s absolutely perfect! She’s essentially a magical artist who can make your wildest creative dreams come true. Check out her shop, RARDesign, or text/call her at 480-208-2044, to get your own foiled prints and tell her Justine from The Desert Mermaids sent you.
Speaking of mermaids, I saw this seashell coin purse from Skinnydip while browsing Nordstrom, and my inner mermaid squealed with glee. Then I saw Marina Diamandis (whose name is the coolest I’ve encountered on planet Earth) from Marina & the Diamonds had it on in her Instagram and I clicked as quickly as my fingers could go to get this baby in my shopping cart. Good thing because it sold out immediately after just about everywhere! But I did find this one at ASOS, which is equally as adorable and a cross body! And how cute is this iPhone case from the same brand?
So I’ve given up Diet Coke, and no it’s not for Lent. I’m trying to cut out all soda from my diet for the umpteenth time. I figured it’s probably not normal to know what my stomach will look like four months with child, but thanks to bloating caused by carbonation, I do. I chalked it up as my body’s way of telling me it’s time to say sayonara to the can of diabetes. But why must things taste so good when they are so bad? In order to ween me off the caffeine withdrawals, I’m just going to buy all of the Diet Coke/Coca Cola memorabilia I can. Just because I can’t drink it, doesn’t mean I can’t wear it, right? This Diet Coke clutch is an exact replica of the real deal, minus the guilt, and I’m lovin’ it. Oh, and the saying, “All that glitters is gold,” rings true with this clutch from Natasha Couture. My love for glitter is like Peter Pan, and I shall never grow out it, ever.
Towel: Urban Outfitters (love this & this) | Sunnies: Free People | Sunnies Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Headphones: Frends (love these & these!) | Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen (LOVE THIS ONE TOO!) | Banana Boat Tanning Oil
Cover-Up: Wildfox (similar) | Bikini Top: Bikini Lab | Bikini Bottom: Bikini Lab | Sunnies: Free People | Hair & Wrist Elastic: Anthropologie (similar) | Neck Tattoo: Flash Tattoos | Towel: Urban Outfitters (love this & this) | Headphones: Frends (OBSESSED WITH THESE & THESE!) | Lippie: MAC “Ruby Woo” + Liner: MAC “Boldy Bare” | Nails: China Glaze “Sweet Hook” + Essie “Bikini So Teeny”
This is the last batch of California photos for me. Krystal braided my hair for these photos we took on Laguna Beach, she’s a braiding wizard I tell you! This is hands down my favorite hairstyle for a beach or pool day, just make sure to protect your part with sunscreen! I used Hawaiian Tropic, a brand I’ve been keen on for a while now, especially this one with the shimmer effect! It makes your skin look flawless and sparkly in the sun, kind of like a vampire from Twilight, but better. But NOTHING smells more like summer to me than Banana Boat tanning oil with its coconut, banana and carrot extract! I’ve been buying this stuff for years, and I’m convinced nothing can complete at that price point. I dig a good rainbow bikini, and this one by Bikini Lab was a saucy mix between candy striper and ’70s roller disco babe! I love the flutter detail and the bow cut-out on the back, the devil is in the details folks.
Nothing is quite as relaxing as listening to the waves rolling in on the shore, but when you’re at a crowded beach, you need some help drowning out the conversations around you. Cue the headphones, another beach necessity! Have you guys heard of Frends? I’ve been seeing this brand everywhere, and it’s no wonder why! They produce quality sound AND look cool with the simple and sleek designs. I’m sort of obsessing over these, plus they come complete with a pair of BaubleBar earrings! However, in keeping with the technicolor theme here, these oil slicked babies also hold a place in my heart. I hope you enjoyed my beach attire and thanks for reading! 🙂