Tie Dye by the Water

TOP: Target  |  JEANS: Asos  |  BAG: Ted Baker London  |  SCRUNCHIE: Anthropologie (similar)  |  BELT: Thrifted
          I feel like I am stuck in a styling rut.  I think I wear mom jeans too often.  I wear one of my three pairs most days of the week.  They just make a lot of my outfits look the same.  Of course I like how they look, I just get in the habit of wearing jean and shirt combos.  I guess it doesn't help that it's been pretty chilly.  It's too cold to wear skirts or dresses.  Also, it feels weird wearing tights in a warm climate.  If you have any ideas for alternatives for jeans, let me know.  
          I do really like this outfit.  I found this shirt in the sale section at Target recently.  You can't really tell but it is kind of tie dyed.  I really needed some more long sleeve shirts that aren't sweaters.  It's nice because it's not too heavy and you can layer it.  It's actually cropped but I managed to tuck it in because it's a little long.  I have linked it, if you want to check it out.  

Basic Orange Sweater

SWEATER: H&M  |  JEANS: H&M  |  EARRINGS: Local Eclectic  |  SUNGLASSES: Shein 
          I normally don't like orange so much but something about this color always attracts me.  It's kind of a mac and cheese orange but I think it's really pretty.  I got this sweater for Christmas and it's a really good casual sweater to throw on when I am feeling lazy.  I also got these earrings for Christmas, from my husband.  I love them because they are gold and opal.  Opals have always been my favorite stone.  They are just so beautiful.  They are from Local Eclectic.  This is my favorite jewelry store.  I am pretty much obsessed with everything they sell.  It's all really good quality as well!  If you haven't been to the site, I recommend checking it out.  It's where I bought my temporary wedding ring.  

Gingham Sweater

JEANS: Target  |  SWEATER: H&M  |  BOOTS: T.J. Maxx  |  BACKPACK: Ted Baker London  |  HEADBAND: H&M
           I bought this cute sweater on Black Friday from H&M.  I think I got it for around $6, because I had additional discounts. I think it is super cute.  I love the preppy look of it, especially with the pearl headband.  I also got this backpack recently as a gift to myself for getting the job I really wanted.  I promised myself I'd pick out a new bag if when I got a new job.  I currently work as a Sample Coordinator for Nordstrom Rack/Hautelook.  I work in the studio where the photos are taken for the website. 
           I wore this outfit last weekend to San Diego.  We went to hang out at some of our favorite spots.  We visited Balboa Park, La Jolla Cove, and Cabrillo National Monument.  Balboa Park was super crowded because there was a Holiday food festival going on but we were able to get around some of the crowds.  It's one of my favorite city parks that I have ever been to.  

2019 Was the Best Year

Here are some of the reasons 2019 was the best year of my life so far!
 At the beginning of the year I flew home to Indiana.  
It was to celebrate my sister's wedding.
We went whale watching and saw whales!
We went to the Lake Elsinore Poppy Fields and they were incredible.
We took a road trip to Big Sur,
and my husband and I got married.  
 We went to Kauai on our honeymoon and saw the Na'Pali Coast, which was my number 1 travel goal of my life.  
The second part of the honeymoon was Maui, which was also amazing!
Then we went on a little weekend trip to Death Valley National Park
I flew back to Chicago/Indiana for my own wedding reception.  
It was a really fun and busy week. 
We did a day trip in San Diego.
I saw my first major surf competition, the U.S. Open of Surfing.  
We took a spontaneous trip to Joshua Tree National Park and camped for a night under the stars. 
 We went to a lot of really amazing beaches, including my favorites in Laguna Beach.  
 We spent four days in Yosemite National Park.  We hiked the Mist Trail and it was one of the best hikes of my life. 
 We did a day trip to Big Bear Lake to see the Autumn leaves. 
 I went to Disneyland for my 31st birthday.  It was a perfect b-day. 
I got my first job really working in fashion.  I work as a sample coordinator for Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook.  
We took another Day trip to San Diego and went back to La Jolla Cove. 
My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary together on NYE.  We have been together the entire decade! We have almost been married a year. 

100K Page Views

HEADBAND: H&M  |   SWEATER: Max Studio (T.J. Maxx)
          I know 100,000 page views isn't many for a lot of bloggers.  Some people get that many in a month and a lot of people are way past that.  But for me, it's something to be proud of.  I've worked really hard with being consistent with my blog posts for years.  Honestly, it's only because I love it.  I'm not trying to make money or just get noticed.  I try to blog about what I want and only collaborate with brands that I am interested in.  It's just nice to feel like people are actually listening when you write, even when you stick to topics only you like.  When I first started my blog I would get excited if I got a few views per post, but mostly felt like I was talking to nobody.  Of course I would love my blog to grow and keep at it, but even if I stopped tomorrow I would be happy with the progress I made.  It seems like the perfect time to meet this little goal because of the new year coming up.  2019 was an amazing year, but 2020 could be even better.  I'm super thankful to every person that has clicked on my blog in the past.  Thank you to all of my readers!

Taylor Swift Merch

T-SHIRT: Taylorswift.com  |  SWEATER: Forever 21  |  NECKLACE: Souvenir from Hawaii  |  SUNGLASSES: Zero UV  |  LEGGINGS: Forever 21
          I bought this t-shirt when Taylor's album Lover came out.  It came with a digital copy and I really wanted a cute t-shirt.  It turns out that the sizes are enormous and it fits like a dress.  I got a size medium because I thought it might shrink and not fit.  There's no chance of that happening!  I didn't want to go through the trouble of trying to return it because I had already downloaded the album.  Also, if I got a size small it wouldn't fit properly as a t-shirt or a dress.  Sometimes I just wear it super casually with leggings for a comfy outfit.  This day we went to the Bosla Chica Ecological Reserve.  It's a protected place near my apartment that has a ton of wildlife (mostly birds).  You can walk for miles across boardwalks and bridges and it's fun to see all of the different types of birds.  It's a nice way to get some exercise.  

Christmas Tree Updates 2019

Compass (also available on Amazon) from Anthropologie.  I bought it for myself with birthday money.  
Smokey the Bear ornament made of wood.  This came from Big Bear Lake but kind of represents all of our trips to State and National Parks.  
This is a piñata from Target, but represents when we went to Mexico together.  
This is a tiny Mickey Mouse hat that came from Disneyland.  I got it when I went for my birthday.  
This one is from Yosemite National Park.  We hiked the Mist Trail and found this ornament that has the hike one it!
This adorable pineapple came from Kauai, Hawaii when we went on our honeymoon.  
We bought this from a tiny boutique in Maui, about halfway through the Road to Hana (also on our honeymoon).
We've had the same Christmas Tree theme for the past 3 years and I think we plan on keeping it forever.  I've spoken about it before, but if you don't know, our theme is travel.  Whenever we go on a trip we try to buy an ornament from that place.  I think this is the perfect tree theme because it is super meaningful and memorable, but also gives the tree a theme and keeps it cohesive.  You get to buy a souvenir from places but don't have a bunch of useless clutter.  I also have more general ornaments that relate to travel or buy ones that represent a place we went to when we couldn't find one.  Here are some of my favorite new ones we got this past year.  I think we bought 11 new ones, these are just my favorites.  Some other changes we made to the tree this year is that we got a bigger star and a tree skirt.  The star is from Target and the skirt is from Home Goods.