A couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of doing a photoshoot with Zemina of Z Bella Photography. I had seen her work over the years through several mutual friends but we had never officially met in person. We decided to meet at a local popular coffee shop and as soon as we found each other (apparently there are two locations across the street from each other), we both laughed and said it felt like we were going on a first date! Social media is funny because you feel like you know someone even though all we see are glimpses into people’s lives. To be completely honest, I don’t usually enjoy having my photograph taken by anyone other than myself (tripod/remote) because my smile is never natural, my poses are stiff and I am extremely picky about lighting/angles. But Zemina immediately made me feel at ease and four hours later, I didn’t want the photo shoot to end. Yes, we spent FOUR HOURS shooting all over Encinitas. It was actually the best day ever. And I hadn’t even seen the photos yet. I am blown away by her talent. And not to sound in love with myself, but I am IN LOVE with how the photos turned out!

We actually shot several different outfits but as I mentioned last month, I have partnered with Fabletics again to share some of their newest styles with you. I am wearing the “Corinna” outfit that is/was available in the February options. For the record, I NEVER wear just a sports bra to work out. Like, ever. But this sports bra was just TOO pretty not to share. It is also double layered so it really holds you up & in. The matching leggings have the same lace detailing & zippers (love!) and I adore the soft peachy/pink color. If it works on my pale skin, I can only imagine how great it looks on olive tone/tan skin!

SIZING INFO: I’m wearing an XS in both the sports bra & pants and a size small in the jacket. I am 5’6 and 120lbs for reference. I have hips and wear a size 27 in jeans. I personally feel they offer vanity sizing and recommend you size down if you like your pants to really suck you in like I do. I’m loving this powerhold material. To learn more about how Fabletics works or to purchase the look I’m wearing, click here. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!

Disclaimer: Outfit is c/o Fabletics. All opinions are my own.

Last month I attended cabi’s bi-annual scoop event and was kindly gifted this Ricardo Beverly Hills luggage & tote. My first inclination was to go with a basic grey or black but I was just drawn to the rich violet & cognac combo! It was actually the perfect size for my overnight getaway and will be coming with me to Catalina in April! The tote is fabulous because it has a padded laptop compartment and plenty of room for any items that you need quick and easy access to while traveling. Bonus that it’s cute enough to carry even when your not traveling. I added my own gold tassel keychain to give it a personal touch. And the suitcase has tons of compartments, a TSA compliant combination lock and even more fabulous is the snap in/out TSA-friendly pouch that can easily be thrown in your carry-on luggage for on-board access. I am down for any & all things that make traveling more convenient!

P.S. I was not asked to review this luggage but I love it so much and know you will too so had to share. It’s truly that great. In my opinion, of course.

Outfit Details:
by the way. Wrap Dress (sold out)
Low-top Old Skool Vans
Forever 21 Hat (similar)
Luggage & Tote c/o Ricardo Beverly Hills
Erin Fader Double Medallion Necklace

I recently had a reader email me asking me how I do my makeup & what products I use. So Diane…this one is for you!

I am a Taurus. Which might have something to do with the fact that I am a TOTAL creature of habit. Or maybe one has nothing to do with the other (which is probably more likely). But I digress. My point is that I like to keep things consistent and I don’t care much for change. So it’s probably no shock that I wear the exact same natural makeup look every.single.day. And for date night, all I do is add a little contour/highlight. If I’m feeling REALLY crazy, I might do a little liner. But even that is very rare. Oh, and I’ve been wearing the same lipstick color since high school. It did get discontinued a few times over the years but I always found a dupe.

Before I apply my makeup, I always use Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Eye Cream and CeraVe AM lotion w/ SPF. It only has SPF30 in it, but my foundation has SPF50 so I feel ok about my coverage although if you have a good recommendation for a stand alone SPF that works well under makeup, I am all ears!

It Cosmetics CC Cream (in Light): I use one full pump (for full coverage) and use my fingers to apply it all over my face. I prefer using my fingers over a brush/sponge because it just applies so much smoother and you waste less product.

It Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube Concealer (in Light): I just dab concealer in the inner corner of my eyes with a brush and then I dab it with my ring finger to blend it in even more.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder (in Translucent): I dust this all over my face…especially my t-zone and upper eye lids. I have droopy upper lids so they always seem to stick (ugh) and this helps.

Chanel Foundation Powder (in 22 Beige Rose): I apply a light dusting of this all over my face but to be honest, I am looking to change my powder. And the only reason is because Chanel DISCONTINUES products like nobody’s business. LITERALLY. EVERY SINGLE TIME I find a powder in a color and formula I like…they change the color and name, etc. and it makes me crazy. LOL.

Nars Blush (in Orgasm): I like a natural blush and from what I’ve seen, this blush looks great on all skin tones.

L’Oreal Voluminous Eyelash Primer: I don’t know how I lived without mascara primer before I found this. It REALLY thickens your lashes. I don’t know if you are supposed to curl your lashes before or after using it but I always curl first.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara (original): HANDS DOWN…the best drug store mascara. It is the only mascara I use.

Lancome Liner (in Bronzelle): I’ve been wearing this liner since high school. It is THE BEST nude color ever.

L’Oreal Lipstick (in Fairest Nude): I’ve been wearing this color for years.

Benefit Sugarbomb Lip Gloss (sold out or discontinued) : Every time I fall in love with a gloss, they discontinue it! So my gloss is always changing. But the MOST important thing is that it isn’t sticky. I despise sticky gloss. This one is very smooth.

Urban Decay Brow Box Eye Brow Powder (in Honey Pot): I am not good at doing my brows and am pretty much stuck with the shape I was born with. So I just use a powder to fill them in a bit.

So that’s it, folks! One of these days, maybe I’ll be brave enough to shoot a tutorial video. But I’ve been saying that for 8 years so I wouldn’t hold my breath. Ha!

Last week I was invited by one of my friends, Danielle of City Girl Gone Mom to her home for an early GALentine’s brunch with Erin Condren. If you’re not familiar with Erin Condren products…I promise you will FALL IN LOVE. But first…my outfit. I snapped my outfit pics at home before I went to the event because lately my outfits haven’t been all that Insta-worthy. Not that this one is but I do love my new off the shoulder sweater. =) And these are my favorite white jeans of all time. They are from American Eagle and hide the lumps and bumps SO MUCH better than any of the designer white jeans I’ve ever owned. Also…make sure you scroll down for pics/details of the fabulous event!

All of the fabulous San Diego bloggers at the event! I don’t make it to as many events as I would like to since most meet-ups are downtown SD, so it was lovely to be able to hang with these beautiful mama’s just minutes from my home!

Delicious fruit, smoothies & waffles c/o Naturally Zuzu. Oh em gee…I’ve never followed a food account on Instagram before but her creations are not only healthy, they’re BEAUTIFUL! You must follow her!

I fell in love with the donut display…OBVI!

Carly of The Preggers Pantry, Zuzu of Naturally Zuzu & Danielle of City Girl Gone Mom.

My personalized Erin Condren Life Planner.

I love how these fine-tip markers write! Allows for plenty of room if you have more than one event to fit on your calendar! They are actually dual tipped but I prefer the extra fine tip!

Thank you so much to Danielle for including me in this special event!

My Outfit Details:
American Eagle Jeans
MinkPink Sweater c/o Shopbop
Rebecca Minkoff Saddle Bag
KDB Mules
Tom Ford Sunglasses



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