Ashlyn’D: cute or cooky?

I feel like I’ve been hiding under a rock since I just found out about these out there and creative clutches! My coworkers literally stared and just gasped that I didn’t know what these exotic looking &  fun clutches were! With cute glittery clear box clutches and animal designs, Ashlyn’D’s  diverse clutches can be used for both home decor, a evening clutch and even a jewelry box! I recently snagged the fish design on sale and am in love! After a couple of days of contemplating whether I should buy it, I thought why not? It will look amazing on my desk as a jewelry holder and indeed it does! Below are pics of my fave Ashlyn’D clutches! The unique style will definitely get you noticed on the streets or will spice up your bedroom as decor!

Check out these rad clutches here!

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Sneak Peek of mine as a jewelry box, how cute is this?!

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Furnishing Fun

I just moved into my new apartment about two weeks ago and have had so much fun furnishing the new place! The place is much spacier than my old apartment and has a much lighter & brighter atmosphere thanks to its openness and many windows! It’s so funny cause recently instead of trying to shop for myself (clothes,shoes, etc.), I think of shopping for my apartment. That’s when you know you have officially entered adulthood…haha
My long time dream was to always be a interior designer just because I love to browse and find unique pieces that I can decorate my living spaces with. I recently found this website called Joss & Main that has the cutest home decor & furniture. Needless to say I ordered a bunch of things and am so excited to have them shipped! The website features events that professional interior designers curate and also ones that the company pairs into fun categories. Recently I shopped from their Boho and Feminine event which had a lot of frill, fluff, sparkle, earthy colors, and fringe! The pieces you find on here I guarantee you wouldn’t find at a Pier 1 or Crate & Barrel.

Go check it out and tell me what you think! Meanwhile, check out some of my orders that I am OBSESSED with!

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The end result, love <3
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Fave End of Season Sale!!!

Although it’s been going on for the past month and a half now, I couldn’t resist to share one of my fave sales of the season! LF boutiques all across America are having their seasonal 60% off sale! Many cute rompers, dresses, shorts, and crop tops to hunt for in their massive piles of cute clothing! Recently I bought so many cute new flats, sandals, and heels because shoes are I feel the best bargain! Literally got a pair of Jeffrey Campbell sandals for 28 dollars! Not only that, but their accessories are to die for! The style is very cute, girly but can also be switched to hipster and edgy! This boutique suits the 16-early 20 year old crowd the best! Below are some snapshots of some  cute outfits from the store!

Which one is your fave?

 

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Healthy Eats: Acai Addiction

Being in Europe for so long  made me miss all that good “healthy” LA food that’s available at sidewalk cafes and mini smoothie/juice bars! One of the main things I noticed in central Europe was the lack of juices, pre-made fruit bowls, and most importantly acai bowls! Acai bowls have been my thing for a while but it absolutely killed me when I couldn’t find one anywhere in the hot humid climate of Hungary! When I got back I automatically went and got an Acai bowl from my favorite organic juice bar, Sunlife Organics. I literally indulged in it so much upon arriving that I had it almost every day! However, after switching it up and going to Juice Crafters and Nekter juice bar I wanted to make my own at home! Naturally, it’ll cost less and yield more per serving so it’s worth the try!

The recipe I tried I made by myself! No measurements needed just as much of whatever you like and want most of! I put a handful of chopped/frozen bananas, frozen acai berries, strawberries, and blueberries. I added a splash of coconut water and organic apple juice that I juiced myself then pureed the frozen fruits with the liquids! I didn’t add much liquids just enough for the acai mix to have a thick consistency! After, I topped it with fresh bananas, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, and a tad bit of granola that I bought from Whole Foods! Unfortunately I was in a rush so I didn’t have the opportunity to take a picture, but take my word for it because it was AMAZING!

 But if you are one that doesn’t count the kitchen as your forte, below I have included my top 3 fave bowls that you can find in West LA!

Enjoy! :)

Sunlife Organics:

Although the OG will always be Malibu, they have opened new locations in Calabassas and Thousand Oaks! Perfect for those in the valley! The Brazilian bowl with strawberries, acai, bananas, and blueberries is to die for!

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Juice Crafters:

My second fave! I love their original Acai Bowl, it’s humongous and definitely very filling even for a lunch! Although I frequent the Brentwood location there’s also locations in Downtown LA & Newport! The I <3 LA sticker on the Acai Bowl is also so adorbs and it constantly reminds you of the healthy lifestyle one needs to maintain in the city!

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This being the cheapest and most exotic due to it’s neon pink color is definitely something that will make you feel like your in tropical paradise! The pitaya bowl is so unique and it is combined with pineapple which definitely gives the taste of summer vacay! Also, they have locations all over California so you can find one close to you!

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A Younger Generation Zara?

For those who are in that middle point in their lives, those that have not quite yet reached adulthood but have definitely grown out of the teen phase, Zara’s Inditex group has launched a young, fresh, and affordable line! Stradivarius, the younger sister of Zara’s chain stores, has opened flagship stores in many countries across Europe! Stradivarius offers fashion for those between the ages of 16-25! It has much more vibrant, playful, and youthful cuts, colors, and patterns as their clothing regime! So if you have a little sis that loves the Zara style but has no where to wear it just yet, suggest Stradivarius for something more age appropriate!

Click here to check out all the cute clothes! (P.S. there’s a summer sale going on at the moment!!! :) )

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Boomin’ in Belgium: Bruges

In honor of the Belgian soccer win last night, I found it all the more appropriate to showcase the country’s beautiful town of Bruges in my blog! Although I was there in the beginning of the year, January to be exact (one of the coldest months), it was still like a storybook wonderland. Everything just seemed to revolve around the concept of love, old european architecture, and chocolate!

Below, I’ll share some travel pics and ideas of what one can do during their stay in Bruges! Enjoy :)

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When in Bruges (wait scratch that) ..When in BELGIUM, one has to try their amazing Belgian Waffles! The dough is so much more different and fluffy, there are also little cubes of sugar in the small squares of the waffle! I tried all the different flavors, but by far the best was the plain with powdered sugar and dulce de leche! The chocolate one just seemed too rich and overbearing, but don’t get me wrong that was AHH-mazing too!

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One of the fun activities to do while in Bruges is to check out a brewery! I went to Prinsor Pills and it was very interesting to see how the beers are made! At the end of the hour long tour you even get a complimentary beer!

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Aside from being known for their  beer and waffles, Belgium has the most amazing chocolate! I could not stop eating it all up, there were so many kinds! In addition, I was there right before Valentines day, and as a single seeing all those heart shaped chocolate boxes you know I was prone to over-indulging! Nonetheless, the chocolate art was magnificent! Check out this statue of an angel entirely crafted from milk chocolate!

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Since Belgium is known for having the best beer and chocolate, why not mix the two?

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If chocolate, beer, or waffles don’t tickle your fancy I recommend having some good old Dutch flemish stew! The flemish stew fries on the outdoor carts are to die for (especially if you add a dollop of garlic sauce)! Also, the normal stews (without fries that is) are amazing as well! They are made out of different meats like chicken, beef, and even rabbit! An optional other “must try” meal would be a croquet! Belgians are known for eating this and ham & cheese sandwiches on the regular, usually for a quick and filling lunch!

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Aside from food & drinks….Belgium has beautiful churches and one of them is known to carry a vile of Jesus’ blood! You can pay to see it up close for a quick minute, it’s actually quite an interesting thing to experience!

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Another must see is the Belfry tower! Go to the top, check out the ringing of the bell and look over a beautiful view of the small Belgian city!

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All in all, just walking around Bruges is fun on its own! You see so much in this small city and the great thing is you can’t even get lost because the whole city is like a huge circle! Everything is very close to one another and the dreamy storybook like feel makes you enjoy the city even more!

Recommendation: Before going to Bruges I recommend watching the movie “In Bruges” with Colin Farrell because it will be brought up multiple times throughout the trip! Even during city tours the tour guides tend to show you areas where the movie was filmed!

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Try This: BRONDE

Bronde, well it basically reminds me of the word “BRONZE” which is synonymous with the summer, the beach, and margaritas poolside.  Naturally, Bronde is a clever word for the combination of blonde and brunette creating a bronzed looking color for hair. Not only is this becoming one of the latest hair trends, especially after being introduced by hair megabrand L’Oreal for S/S 2014, but it also is a great look for brightening and warming up your summer glow for the season! This look is amazing for those with a paler complexion to get a bit of a  darker hue without looking washed out and for those with more olive skin tones to lighten up without looking bleached or unnatural! Bronde is amazing for creating a warmer tone and sun kissed summer look! It is perfect for those of us who are addicted to the California girl look!

Bronde has been around for many years but has just been globally recognized as one of the summers most coveted hair colours!

Below are some celebs rocking some bronde hues, get inspired and maybe even book a trip to your salon after this blog post! :)

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Kim K. switched her dark locks for a brighter color to achieve a summer glow!

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Ashley Greene opts for a lighter bronde shade.

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Lauren Conrad’s honey color based bronde hair is the epitome of California girl!

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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is also infamous for having her dirty blonde-esque bronde hair!

 

Summer Roaming in Milan

I love Italy, but I love Milan all the more! The whole essence of the city is fashion oriented with “strada’s” that lead you either down a road of boutiques & shops or ones that will lead you down to a hidden Italian church or ancient Roman ruin. Milan is a very popular tourist hot spot, but when traveling to the outskirts of the city one can feel the cosmopolitan charm whilst feeling the true Italian culture. Although Milan is a pretty expensive city to vacation in, it is one worth not missing out on. A 4-5 day trip is more than enough for one to explore the city and see all the sights. Plus, don’t forget to stay for the weekend! The street markets are usually on every Saturday & Sunday and are filled with very interesting goodies!

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The Common Place for the Apartment Complex, filled with flowers and beauty.

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Naturally, one has to check out the Duomo of Milan. It’s beautiful Gothic architecture is not one to be missed. While your at it, be a true tourist and sip a mimosa or champs at their nearby cafeteria/cafe  that is located just steps away from the left wing of the Dome and bask in its beauty and atmosphere! (Safe tip: Cover UP! They will not let you in in a spaghetti strap, I was forced to throw on my stylish leather jacket even though it was 30 degrees Celsius outdoors!)

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When in Italy you have to rent a Vespa! It’s an Italian tradition to ride one around the town while exploring the city. It’ll get you everywhere faster but you do need to watch out for those crazy drivers! They’re not as patient as you may think ;)

Once you have your Vespa ready, make sure to walk around the small side streets of Milan and venture around mini boutiques with specialty clothing, Mom & Pop’s pizza restaurants, historical architecture (like the arch I found while shopping on a mini side street pictured above), and mini Gelateria’s. Safe to say, I have never in all of Italy found a gelateria that I was not satisfied with!

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FORMAGGIO, FORMAGGIO, FORMAGGIO! I am basically like a mouse because I am addicted to cheese! Hence, Italy is always my foodie escape haven because I can’t get enough of their different cheeses! These rounds of cheese I found in one of the specialty stores caught my eye and nonetheless reminded me of the Lizzie McGuire movie haha. After our morning cheese break I decided to hit the street market on Saturday morning with my aunt for some organic and all natural fruits and veggies!

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Some light and colorful foods are essential to keep you running on a hot summers day in Milan!

And when you get sick of eating one too many gelato, try some yogurt with berries and strawberry sauce. It basically tasted the same everywhere I ordered it, but the taste is to die for and I crave it constantly till this day!


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Some sight seeing at the Castello Sforzessco and statues, entrance hallway, and ancient Roman tiger carvings in an abandoned school outside the city center. It was so interesting to see and experience what it could have been like as a student in the Roman times with the high ceilings, sculptures in the hallway, and plaza like entrance.

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Streets in Milano are beautiful, especially when you walk past vibrant flower shops with cute window displays!

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and of course this one fashion advertisement caught my eye…

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Sunday morning we met the nicest old men at the street market that specialized in old stamps from all across Europe, Africa, Asia, & America. These vendors, collectors, and hobbyists also showcased old photos of all the different regions of Italy and ancient postcards written from all over the world.

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The Milano Scala (Opera House) is a must see as well as the many government buildings around it! The Milano Parks are also filled with vibrancy and life with dogs running every where, people playing soccer, and many just chilling outside on the grass enjoying their day!

Spritz Away with My Favorite Go-To Summer Scents

From all the great scents there is to choose from at the perfume counter at any Department Store or Sephora , I always find myself in confusion to which one I should choose! I personally love switching up  my scent upon season and tend to go for: lighter florally scents during the spring, fruity scents for the summer, warmer scents for the fall, and sweeter & stronger scents for the winter! With all of that said, summertime is my favorite season to shop for perfumes because the light hearted scents of my summer fragrances make me all the more energetic and ready to start my day upon the spritzes on my pulse points! This post was created to give you a little sneak peek into what I consider my top 5 favorite summer scents to get me going for those endless summer days!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh:

This is my current fragrance that I ended up picking up at the Duty Free Store in Barcelona! I love this scent because it’s so fresh and light, yet stays for a long time! The most noticeable scents within this fragrance are that  of grapefruit, raspberry  & jasmine!  The fruity mixture makes me feel all the more invigorated! Marc Jacobs has such a knack for bringing out the fearless/carefree child in everyone and this is what this perfume perfectly resembles!

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Moschino Hippy Fizz:

Before finding this at a Douglass store in Hungary, I never even knew Moschino had such a variety of youthful & flirty fragrances! The name alone captured my attention since I love the Boho/Hippy fashion and lifestyle. Hippy Fizz is more citrusy than all the other fragrances. It also has hints of raspberry and magnolia to give it a fruity/flowery power combo! This is great for a day out at the park for a picnic!

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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue:

This is a classic! Althouhg a lot of people wear it, I still love the fresh yet memorable scent that this fragrance leaves behind. This perfume has a crisp ting to its already citrusy/woody scent. Also, who could resist those hot ads that you see for this fragrance as you flip through your magazine? Kind of reminds me of yachting by a Greek Island!

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Issey Miyake L’Eau D”Issey:

Very subtle, feminine, and barely noticeable. This scent is very low key with its more flowery smell combined with hints of rose water. If you are looking for something that will just give you an extra boost without that memorability or “OOMPH” I recommend this fragrance by Miyake. The original “L’Eau D’Issey” is perfect for when your just planning a casual day yet still want a little pleasant smell.

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Chanel Chance Eau Tendre:

Well , maybe this should be considered more of a classic than the Light Blue. No lie, everyone loves Chanel! The Eau Tendre fragrance of Chance is perfect for the summer since the aroma isn’t too heavy. It doesn’t have the overbearing strength (grandma like effect) of all the other Chanel perfumes yet still resembles the Chanel elegance through it’s lighter notes of grapefruit and jasmine. This scent is for those of us who fantasize about skipping down the streets of Paris with a bouquet of flowers in your hand! :)

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Vibrance, In a City that Never Sleeps

Nope not New York, but good guess! Barcelona is a city that never sleeps, let alone I feel like all cities within Spain are radiating with energy, passion for life, and vibrance! The colors, the architecture, & the culture alone just pops at you. The fun, loud, & carefree people just add to the feeling, which is a huge bonus! The mood in Spain is unbelievable and safe to say very inspirational. Never for a day did I think, “Wow, this is boring…take me somewhere else”. I mean I guess it’s pretty natural, I mean they are the country that includes our fave island Ibiza! ;)

Here’s some photo inspo from my trips to Madrid/Barcelona:

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