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Back to Joshua Tree National Park

9:40:00 AM Andrea Ryan 2 Comments


T-SHIRT: Forever 21  |  SHORTS: Zaful  |  SHOES: Target  |  SUNGLASSES: Asos
           We went back to Joshua Tree National Park the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  We went there when we visited California two years ago (before we lived here).  When we went the first time we got there too late and were only able to see a little bit before the sun went down, so we've been wanting to come back.  We hardly got to see anything.  This trip was much more eventful because we got to go on actual hikes and see a lot of the main attractions.  I still want to go for a third time and see more.  It was a really fun day!










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How to Have an Amazing Summer

10:09:00 AM Andrea Ryan 0 Comments

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!



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Tie Front T-Shirt

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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!

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Alternative Wedding Dress Shops

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          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.  















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Moons & Stars

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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.  

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