Fest Season: Coachella Fashion Trends

Ahhhh! What I would do to be back in warm weather wearing cut offs and sandals listening to some of my fave bands! My friends back home keep raving about Coachella and are anxiously anticipating for the music fests arrival in 2 weeks! Although I do love being here in Europe, I still kind of miss that pre-festival season “get ready” stage that consists of shopping, pre-parties, and of course those delish Pressed Juicery cleanses. Anywhooooo, I will vicariously live through everyone that’s going! But first, I thought I would share some of my fave celeb inspired Coachella fashion trends throughout the last couple of years!

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Crisp White

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Nothing screams spring more than white! Wear your favorite crisp white linen tee for a more put together look. Tuck it into some high waisted shorts or  in some floral lace print shorts. Match with dark brown booties like Rosie H.W. and get ready to party!

CooCoo for Crochet

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Short Floral Dress

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Well this one is pretty obvs. Short floral dress for spring? Groundbreaking…
Pair with some cute booties or sandals and make sure to pile on the bangles or match it with a long statement necklace(s)! Twirl your dress all night while your jamming out to your fave artists!

Bright Neon Lights

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Bright cutoff shirts, bright colored tops! Even pastels count as bright for me! I’ve been seeing a lot of bright mint colors as well as shades of lilac and light purples all over stores for spring! These highlighter pink cut offs Alessandra is rocking would def be a staple! Note how her head scarf and sunnies match as well? That is what I call cute dedication to your outfit!

P.S, Never be afraid to overload on accessories for Coachella, the more the better!

MY ULTIMATE FAVE:

The Band Shirt

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My go to outfit even if not for a music fest= Dark band shirt, Cut off Shorts, Big Sunglasses, Floppy Hat, and Black booties or for spring black mule heels!

What’s your fave festival style or trend?

Store Profile: Planet Blue

One thing I miss about being back home in California is all the laid back, boho inspired, thin and loose clothing that I can wear during late winter/early spring months! It’s so easy to just throw on a quick black maxi dress with a leather jacket and sandals instead of having to layer on multiple shirts, a jacket, and scarf just to keep warm! When back home, my go-to boutique has to be Planet Blue. I stop by their Santa Monica/Venice location way too often and love picking up cute flimsy tees and dresses from their Blue Life line. Planet Blue tends to have very casual yet comfy pieces that you can play around with and dress up for a night out or just simply wear to the beach for the day. I love their store cause they not only have their own brand, but they also carry other favorites such as Indah, Stone Cold Fox, For Love and Lemons, and Vanessa Mooney just to name a few! After taking a look at their clothing make sure to check out their jewelry section that is filled with many long dangly necklaces and chunky rings that are all very boho inspired! PB does a great job at giving their customers updated with their latest styling techniques through their blog, so make sure to check it out for some tips on how to piece your outfit together!

This place is  a must  for anyone trying to shop in the Los Angeles area! Very California Cool…

Here are a couple of my faves I’ve been eyeing through some online shopping:

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Pair this with some gladiator sandals and kimono for a boho look, shawl for a relaxed look, or leather jacket for an edgy look!

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Naven Twiggy Dress

Going clubbing or for a night out with your girls? This simple dress comes in black, red, and this electric blue and is sure to strike with elegance, structure, and poise!

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Blue Life Haley Top

This top is a must have! I am addicted to mine that is in a light blue/purple tie dye pattern! The fit is very loose and the crossover bodice V neck line is all the more flattering! It also gives a laid back hippy feel with the bell sleeves!

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Blue Life Placket Striped Caftan

Nothing describes Malibu beach attire better than this tunic!  The stripes and the desert shaded color combo with lace up detail is very California Cool!

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Liberty Garden Scarf Slouch Pant

Nothing screams boho than these scarf pattern inspired pants! Other than being super comfy they are very easy to dress up! Planet Blue has a great selection of pants if you’re looking to wear something other than jeans all the time! I pair my slouch pants with a simple and loose white tank , a long necklace, and some chunky rings, maybe I throw a neutral colored hat on and BOOM outfit complete!

There were just way too many necklaces and accessories to choose from so click on this link to view all the goodies, Enjoy! :)

Quickie Euro-Playlist

Here are some songs I’m currently listening to! They are all  European inspired and will definitely will get  you in the party mood! Enjoy :)

Nora En Pure- Come With Me

Stromae- Papaoutai

Mark Sixma- Character

London Grammar- Hey Now (Dot Major Remix)

Klangkarussell- Sonnentanz

Finnebassen- Touching Me

Handbags On the Go

For all us busy gals that need to stuff everything into a tote bag, I wanted to share these two super cute, chic, and affordable handbags that will last through all the seasons and that I am currently “wanting”! Handbags are my favorite statement pieces. You can dress up a simple & plain outfit  by just wearing one classic and elegant handbag. Recently I’ve been on the go visiting different European cities, taking in all different types of art & museums, and trying to study a new language while still completing school work; it can get a little exhausting. One thing I noticed is that having a medium sized bag with many different compartments can be the solution for someone who’s constantly on the go. I used to think that all you need is one huge hobo bag that you throw everything into and just zip up and go, but all the clutter actually causes for much more havoc. I’m sure no one wants to have an anxiety attack when  trying to find their metro pass in a huge purse as the ticket checker is about to approach you. Being organized and keeping everything safely stowed away in all different compartments of your handbag will create for a much pleasant travel experience. Also, who wouldn’t want to invest in  a piece that looks fab year round?

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Pour La Victoire Yves Alsace Medium Tote

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Sophie Hulme Textured Leather Tote

Brand to Watch

Anine Bing has got to be one of my new favorite brands! I had just discovered her line a couple of months ago and have been hooked on the simple/casual ready to wear daily pieces. I love how she incorporates a bunch of leather and neutral colors into her clothing yet still keeps it simple to where you can either wear it during the day or dress it up for a night out!

One of my favorite products from her brand has to be her jean line. Her jeans are skinny fit and flatter my body so well! They don’t bunch at the bottom and they are skin tight from the top to bottom! They mesh perfectly while wearing boots and look polished when wearing heels! She has different washes and colors but my favorite is her indigo wash with the zipper detailing. The zippers are on the froont side right above the pockets which gives it a unique look without being too dramatically different or unusual. Her jeans fit great even after a bunch of washes and I have been literally wearing them at least twice a week! They have become one of my new favorites along with my Rag and Bone jeans love affair!

My fave pairs are these ones in used blue and charcoal (with the zippered pockets)

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Also, her leather biker jacket is to die for! It gives a sexy edgy, don’t mess with me vibe while being ultra feminine and clean cut!

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Oh yeah, and don’t forget about those studded booties either! I’ve been lusting after these for the longest time! Such a great staple to wear with anything!

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What do you think of her clothing line? (Comment Below :) )

 

DM Drugstore Beauty Finds

I love shopping for new things that aren’t available in the states, even if they are from a foreign drugstore! All the new brands and products are just so exciting to go through, however can be overwhelming sometimes not knowing what to choose and what products work best! There’s so many different amazing products out there that I just wanna buy everything and try them all! This weekend I did a little shopping at a popular European drugstore called DM and bought a couple of necessities that caught my eye. I bought brands that I wouldn’t be able to purchase back home and anxiously tried them out! Everything I bought ended up being great quality and I am very satisfied with all my cheap buys! Sometimes it’s hard to conform to new products that you haven’t used before, but it’s always great to try new things! As a girl, I understand that makeup, skincare, and hair care shopping can be tough when you don’t have the right product that’s fit you but it’s always worth it to just try something that looks and sounds appealing! You may never know, unless you try!
(P.S. Please don’t mind my horrible nail polish application! I am used to getting my nails done at salons so whenever I “try” to paint my own nails I tend to rush and it just becomes a mess haha! #AlexProblems)

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These products all bought from DM are a couple of my “must buys”!

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I love Schwarzkopf products! I would always stock up whenever I came to Europe! I’m so happy to be using them again! The products all smell amazing and they give your hair a nice glossy shine! This finishing spray gives lackluster hair a bit of volume and shine! I usually spritz this on after showering on damp hair or if my hairs a bit dry after styling!
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This P2 Perfect Lips Overnight Serum caught my eye the minute I took a look at the makeup section! I recently just ran out of my Blistex lip balm and was in need for something moisturizing for my lips! This overnight repair does miracles and smells amazing! It makes your lips super soft and I have noticed my lips don’t get as chapped out in the cold as easily after applying it nightly!
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This Matte Bronzing Powder by Catrice is very subtle! I usually use the NARS Laguna back home but I feel that is too shimmery and heavy for the winter here in Germany. This bronzer gives just the right amount of glow without looking too fake. I literally swipe it on the apples of my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin and I am ready to go! The powder is great cause it spreads evenly and doesn’t blotch atop foundation!

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One of my fave fashion designers/bloggers Anine Bing posted of this product recently and when I saw it at DM I just had to buy it! This foundation is super light weight and is super moisturizing. This foundations is a CC cream and all you can feel is the moisturizing factor it has on your skin. It feels as if your not even wearing makeup, yet it gives you a nice glossy glow! A must have for those that have dry and/or normal skin!
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This Long & Swing mascara by Manhattan looked promising because of it’s tiny thick bottle! I usually tend to gravitate towards mascara that volumizes more then lengthens (cause I already have pretty long lashes) and this mascara definitely does the trick! The brush is very thick and is curved which gives extra volume and emphasis to your brow. The mascara stays and I believe is waterproof! I had an easy time applying and there was no smudging!
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Last but certainly not least, I had to buy some Vitamin C tablets. These tablets dissolve in your water and they taste amazing! It has a citrusy orange flavor! One tablet a day will hopefully keep those pesky little colds and coughs away!
#StayHealthy :)

My Top 2 Winter Skin Care Must Haves

Being in Germany, the cold weather has definitely taken a toll on my skin. My skin feels less hydrated and a bit dry due to the cold climate and high intensities of the winds! Before leaving L.A. I was told to apply moisturizer religiously to keep my skin in mint fresh condition and to keep it looking healthy and hydrated! My favorite two products that I use on a nightly basis come from back home from one of the best spas in L.A., Veronica’s Spa and Skin Care Center in Malibu.

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I apply the 24k Gold Moisturizer every night as well as use it as a primer for when I put my makeup on in the morning. I use a little dime size amount and massage it onto my face or blend it with my foundation to keep my skin looking healthy and sparkling! A little goes a veryyyyy long way with this product and it should last you for a good couple of months! The 24k Gold flakes in the serum strengthen elasticity and firmness within the skin while the oils do a great job of moisturizing and providing for a smooth surface layer. The 24k gold also hides appearances of lines, wrinkles and brightens the skin. The smell of it is so amazing, it’s a mixture of sweet almond, jojoba, evening primrose, and roman chamomile oil!  I literally feel like I just walked out of a spa after putting it on!

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Veronica’s 24K Gold Serum

My second must have is the V Peptide Cream. Veronica already had the peptide serum which I loved and used every night around my eyes, but she combined her Antioxidant Cream with her Peptide Serum to create this amazing product! This product has been my savior while traveling because it reduces under eye puffiness and promotes circulation which I currently have due to my lack of sleep! This cream protects against enviorenmental aggressors (a must have for those in LA) and supports collagen synthesis while hydrating. This cream is so pleasant, I love the consistency and texture! It feels amazing when on, not too heavy but not too thin just the right feeling and did I mention it smells like fresh cucumbers? :)

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V Peptide Eye Cream

I have provided the direct links so you can buy these products online if my post has intrigued you! They are great products and something that I swear by and use every single night!!!

What are your favorite skin care products? [Comment Below:)]

My Signature Winter Piece/ Winter Inspired Outfit

So many of you might have some trouble finding out what to wear in the winter time when it’s freezing or below 0 outside! Well I know I did when I got to Germany! I hate layering clothes cause I feel suffocated and I hate to wear multiple layers of things because I feel like it weighs my body down. Whenever I wear my super warm feels like a 10 lb. jacket I feel like my shoulders are gonna break off and whenever I wear three socks at once and try to stuff them in my little boots or booties I feel like they will just not budge and my feet are gonna explode! So, with all this cold weather comes struggles but I still don’t feel like you should give up any part of your style just because it’s cold out! I think you should search and incorporate very cute stylish pieces that are warm and hard to find into your every day look! I stick to one jacket I bought at Topshop back in the states because so far I have not seen one that has caught my eye as much as this one has and that actually can keep warm as well! Below is my cute outfit of the day that I have worn with  simply my jacket over it to keep me warm in this frigid German January days….

What is your signature warm staple piece for winter?

My Signature Piece:

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Coat: Topshop Textured Fur Collar Biker Coat (no longer available)

Similar: Topshop Furry Check Biker Coat (now on sale!)

I love Topshops Coat and the Biker coat is a must have for every winter closet! Make sure you get a woolen one to keep yah warm! :)

Outfit of the Day:

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Hat: H&M Sunglasses: Prada Blazer: H&M Tank Top: Zara Jeans: J Brand Boots: Zara

Things to Check Out in Northern Germany

BRR, boy is it freezing here! Honestly, living here for a week has showed me how spoiled we are back home in California! Anyways, this weekend I ended up taking a trip to the territory of Eifel within the Northern German region! This being my first trip in Northern Germany, did not know how to dress and was freezing 99.9% of the weekend! (Side note: Gloves, Beanies, Scarves, HUGE Furry Jackets are your friend, and do not forget those thick pairs of leggings under your jeans!)

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In Eifel there is a little village called Monreal and it is beautiful! It reminds me of a Hansel and Gretel tale! I was walking through the quaint and quiet streets and felt so at peace! Crossing little bridges with tiny creeks I felt like I was on some movie set! It just honestly felt so bizarre since we don’t come across such sights in America!

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Nonetheless, while at my stay in Monreal I ended up staying the night in a winery. At the winery I tried three different types of famous German Weissweines (white wine) and had a type of Gluhweine (warmed up wine) that had melted sugar and a couple of shots of rum mixed with orange juice and herbs (mostly cinnamon). It was amazing and I could not get enough, shockingly I didn’t feel the alcohol one bit, all I felt was a cozy comforting feeling in my tummy!

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The Gluhweine was called “Feuerzangenbowle” and it was heated directly above a fire in a little pot with a huge cone of sugar over a strainer that would let the sugar slowly melt from the firing heat of the rum being constantly slowly poured onto the cone. The sugar would melt into the wine and once all the sugar was gone it was time for everyone to start to drink up! Zum Wohl!!

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Don’t be fooled, this ain’t no cup of coffee ;)

A Day in Germany

Although I just currently started living in North Western Germany, I have been enjoying my first couple of days here! I’ve had amazing food, amazing drinks, and had an amazing time checking out shops, scenery, and architecture!

Today I wandered around and found the cutest Catholic church on a street corner in the city of Bonn! It was very unusual considering I was shopping and searching for some cute new jackets( since its literally 4 degrees Celsius), but when I saw the church from the exterior I decided to take a quick peek in and came across such beautiful decor that is very different from the churches I’m used to seeing in other European countries like Italy and Hungary. And obviously, very different from America! haha

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IMG_2930Last but not least, found this iPhone cover that made me laugh! German fashion/style does not refuse to stop surprising me! GET THE LONDON LOOK? lol

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