How to Have an Amazing Summer

Summer is officially in less than a month.  I know it's still a little early for this post but it's always good to be prepared! Ever since I can remember I would make a bucket list for every summer.  It helps ensure you have plenty of fun things to do.  
1.  Have a picnic.  I will be doing this plenty because I just found the cutest picnic basket from Home Goods! It's shaped like a watermelon.  
2. Try baking something just out of your comfort zone.  You may surprise yourself with your skills.  
3.  Plan a roadtrip.  Even if you don't have a lot of money it can be done.  You can just go on a little weekend trip.  Camping is a super cheap way to make this happen.  Some of my favorite summer memories were made on road trips.  Just go somewhere you have always wanted to go or love visiting.  
4.  Spend plenty of time outside.  This is the best part about summer.  You can be outside longer and there is so much more sunlight.  You can go to the beach, go for a hike, or just sit in the yard (or a park).  I always feel super satisfied after a long day outside.  
5.  Have a super intense spa day.  Whatever that means for you, just take some time to relax.  I love taking baths with bath bombs and epsom salt.  Masks are also nice to use.  
6.  Throw a surprise party for somebody.  These are always fun and it's a nice thing to do.  
7.  Do some shopping at a farmers market.  They usually only happen in the summer so make a goal to go to one.  
8.  Attend a festival or concert.  This is also a very summer-esque thing to do and they are so fun.  
9.  Spend time with animals.  Whether that means going to a zoo or just teaching your pet a new trick, animals can be very realizing.  You could even stop by an animal shelter.  
10.  Try making ice-cream.  I used to have an ice cream maker that I got for a pretty affordable price from Walmart.  I used to make ice cream all the time in the summer.  You can make any flavor that pops into your head and it's really fun.  If you don't have or want to buy an ice-cream maker there are ways of making it without one.  Just look up a recipe!



Tie Front T-Shirt

TOP: Asos  |  JEANS: Forever 21  |  SHOES: Meijer  |  BAG: Topshop  |  SUNGLASSES: Asos
          These flowers are everywhere in Southern California.  I literally see them everywhere.  I don't know what they are called, but they are so pretty.  They range in color from red to light pink.  I thought they would look so cute against my new red and white striped t-shirt.  This top is from Pull & Bear, from Asos.  I love the way it ties in the front.  It is just so cool but also casual.  It was also very affordable.  I've already worn it twice in two days!

Alternative Wedding Dress Shops

          I decided to put together a little post about alternative places to get a wedding dress, other than a traditional bridal boutique.  I feel like there are more options than ever and with the astronomical expense of weddings, it can't hurt to cut costs where you can.  For those of you who don't know I am currently engaged and planning my wedding.  I have considered all of these options but have decided to design my dress myself.  I just can't seem to find the perfect dress at an acceptable cost.  Everything that I really like, i'd still have to put more money into to make it cooler and i'd have to do alterations.  When you went to school for fashion design it just makes sense to design it yourself.  
          I seriously considered getting my dress from here.  They have some really pretty and whimsical dresses at relatively affordable prices.  I've shopped on the website several times and have been to the boutique in Chicago twice.  One visit was for a sample sale and the second time I made an appointment.   My experience at the boutique was really great.  You get to go through and pick out the dresses you like.  Then you try them on in your own secluded room.  They also give you complementary wine.  I wouldn't recommend going to the sample sale because it was super crowded and they didn't have many dresses.  The boutique in Chicago is the only store specifically dedicated to BHLDN Bridal.  To try dresses on in other cities, you have to go to an Anthropologie store.  If I hadn't decided to make my dress, I'd probably be getting it from BHLDN. 
          T.J.Maxx now sells wedding dresses online.  Although I don't especially like any at the moment, they get new ones pretty often.  They never really have a huge selection but if you are on a tight budget it may be a good option.  
          I absolutely love Needle & Thread dresses.  They recently started a bridal collection.  This first dress is my favorite.  I think it is so beautiful.  I love the level of detail that these dresses have.  They are a bit difficult to get your hands on in the U.S. but many department stores sell them online.  
          Asos recently started doing bridal as well.  Most of the dresses are pretty casual for my taste but if you are having a simple wedding and are just looking for a white dress, you should check it out.  
          I am new to this shop but I think a lot of the dresses are really pretty.  The price range is a little higher  but they look like really good quality.  
          Shopbop is a good place to shop for dresses from different brands.  They usually have some good options of Marchesa Notte and other designers that you may have not heard of.  
          Another brand that is new to bridal is Ted Baker.  I think they are only for sale in the UK so far but perhaps you can get them shipped to the United States.  If the website doesn't do it, I know there are companies that will ship things that are only for sale in other countries to your country.  Sorry, I don't remember any of the company names.  
          Etsy is always a fun place to look for dresses.  It's good to support small designers and there are some really pretty dresses.  It's also a good place to get very unique or custom dresses.  
          Shopstyle is a really good place to shop for anything but it's especially good for bridal because you can compare several different online stores with one search.  If you are looking for a specific style or item, you can just search it and it will bring up that item from different stores.  















Moons & Stars

TOP: H&M (similar top) (similar skirt) |  SANDALS: Forever 21
          I found this top in the sale section at H&M.  I love the whole star, moon/zodiac trend.  For me it's really more than a trend.  I've always loved anything relating to outer space.  I think it's incredibly interesting and translates into fashion really well.  This top is just so adorable.  The fabric and style are just so perfect.  Last fall when this trend was really huge, I wanted something with a print like this, but never got around to getting one.  I'm really excited to continue wearing this top, especially in the fall.  

Returning to Pelican Cove Park

T-SHIRT: Forever 21 |  JEANS: Asos  |  SHOES: Target  |  SUNGLASSES: T.J. Maxx
Today my fiancé and I went for a walk at Pelican Cove Park in Ranchos Palos Verdes.  This was our fourth time there.  I think it's my favorite local spot to go hiking because it is so beautiful.  There is a trail along the coast with a cave at the end.  It also has a lighthouse, trails through a cactus farm, tide pools, and a beach.  It's just a really nice spot to spend some time.  We've been doing a lot of little day trips lately because we have been looking for spots to get married.  This place is in the running but it probably won't be here.  I have blogged about this place once before and I wanted to do it again when the sun was out.  If you aren't seen my first post, you should check it out!

Spring Wishlist 2018

          Hey guys.  It's been a while since I have blogged because I am sick but I really want to get up a new post.  I've decided to talk about some of the items for spring that I have been lusting over.  Sadly Polyvore is no long a thing so I am just going to be using pictures from websites.  I used to make my wishlists on Polyvore.com.  These are a few items that I have had my eye on.
I've been looking for affordable rose gold sandals for about three years.  Not sure how comfy these are but they are really cute. 
I love these.  Scallops are one of my favorite fashion details (even though they aren't the most trendy anymore).  I just love them.  These look so classy and summer-y!
Local Eclectic has sooo many dreamy jewelry pieces.  I've been wanting this one for a while.  Opals are my favorite stones.  It's also my birthstone.  
I think this dress is really cute.  It's totally my style.  Too bad I don't have any occasion to wear it to.  
I love this dress.  It looks perfect for spring/summer.  It would be fun to wear this pretty much anywhere.  
I am in love with this bag! I've been waiting it since it first came out on Tedbaker.com.  I think it's absolutely perfect.  The shape and crackle texture of the leather is so unique.  Ted Baker is one of my absolute favorite brands.  
I love the shape of these sunnies.  They look like they could go with any outfit.  If you haven't checked out Zero UV then you really should.  They are my favorite place to get sunglasses because there are so many styles to choose from.  






Balboa Park

TOP: Forever 21  |  SHORTS: Target (alternative women shorts)  |  PURSE: Topshop  |  SANDALS: Forever 21  |  SUNGLASSES: Marshall's  |  CHOKER & RING: Rocksbox (Use code: fancyfashioncastlexoxo for first month free!)
           I really want to start this post by saying that I did not plan to pair this top with these shorts.  I think it would look better with denim shorts but I don't have any that fit.  I went wearing my mom jeans and brought these shorts in case it got too hot.  It was super hot out so I had to change.  I still like the outfit, i'd just prefer it with denim shorts.  
          My fiancé and I went to San Diego yesterday to start looking for some spots to get married.  We are thinking about having a private ceremony (just us) in California.  Then we would go back to my hometown for the reception.  There are so many amazing places in California and we aren't sure where we want to get married.  We have just been visiting some places that look pretty.  Yesterday we went to Balboa Park, Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs, and Torrey Pines State Park.  These pictures were taken at Balboa Park.  Balboa Park is seriously amazing.  It's so huge and has a ton to do.  There are incredible plants and buildings everywhere.  It's where the San Diego Zoo is located.  I don't think we will get married there but I highly suggest visiting.