Phew, I survived Coachella again!
Foray hosted a 16 bedroom estate filled with fashion bloggers, along with a 200+ person event on Friday, April 14th. Margo and Me, Kaitlynn Carter, Thrifts and Threads, Michelle Take Aim, Hunt For Styles, Evelina, Xenia Overdose, and Becca Tilley are just some of the bloggers that stayed at the house. It was great spending time with girls in the industry and getting to know them better!
Most house guests arrived on Thursday evening just before our "welcome dinner", catered by Chef V. Veronica was our chef for the weekend and she cooked the most delicious, healthy meals to keep us fueled at Coachella.
L'Oreal Paris was Foray's headline sponsor for the weekend, so they set up a "glam lounge" for house guests to get their hair + makeup done all weekend long...major life savor! UK retailer, boohoo, set up a "revolving closet" at the estate, where girls could pick out outfits every day.
After the chaos we made our way to the festival grounds on Friday. Some of my favorite sets that night were Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, and Travis Scott - so bummed I missed Sampha and Glass Animals! The festival seemed quieter on Friday compared to the past few years I have been...
On Saturday, Foray x Funboy hosted a fiesta brunch, complete with a mariachi band. The massive buffet and a good laugh from the band was a perfect hangover cure. We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the pool and recovering. Before the festival, we stopped by the Victoria's Secret Oasis to say hello to some friends and stock up on some goodies! Around 5pm, a group of us headed to the festival to catch the sunset. We spent most of our time at Rose Garden and The VIP bar where you literally ran into everyone! Majid Jordan, DJ Snake, Future, and Martin Garrix were some of my favs that night. We topped off the night at Neon Carnival and danced the night away.
Let's be real - Sunday I was dead. Two full days of nonstop socializing, dancing, and singing. I was totally beat...but we had to do one last day! We made it out one final time to see Galantis, New Order, DJ Khaled, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar.
I am so thankful for the team I work with at Foray. We are a small startup, so it's very rewarding to see growth and success after all of the blood, sweat, and tears go into planning such an extravagent weekend! Until next year, Coachella!
Floral two piece set // CINQ A SEPT
Sandals // SOLE SOCIETY
Sequin pants // TOPSHOP
Swim // FORAY COLLECTION
Ahhhh, Coachella we meet again. This is my 5th year in a row heading to the desert and I couldn't be more excited. Coachella style can definitely have a bad stigma attached to it, but trust me - it can be done tastefully! I'm focusing this year on comfort and easy pieces with an edge.
You can check out a small feature I did with Time Out LA HERE about festival style, and also read about what other LA bloggers are packing this year :)
Writing down a few tips, because this ain't my first rodeo:
Make sure you're not wearing too many trends in one look, pick one!
Chill on the prints.
Make sure your outfit is photogenic. Obviously ;)
Wear comfortable ankle boots to the festival, your feet will thank you.
Buy something that is out of your style comfort zone and rock it.
Bring a bandana for the evening, it usually gets windy/dusty at night.
The process of actually getting into the festival is crazy, even if you're VIP. The path to the entrance is longggggg, but they have bike pedicabs to make things quicker. Bring cash!!
Pack a portable charger. This one from SONIX is amazing.
Go to the festival 5pm-midnight. I never go a full day, it's way too much for me!
Pick a general meeting spot in case you loose anyone.
Leave a little before the last headline act. The Uber Lounge can be a NIGHTMARE if you're there at at rush hour.
SEE YA IN THE DESERT XX
A chic, comfortable weekend look featuring the new collection from one of my favorite brands, Elizabeth and James.
Official product links will be updated once the pieces become available online! xx
TOP // Elizabeth & James (similar here)
PANTS // Elizabeth & James (similar here)
EARRINGS // Rachel Zoe (similar here)
SHOES // Chinese Laundry
SHOP THE LOOK
Cartagena is one of the most picturesque and culturally inspiring cities I have ever visited. Colombia has been on my bucket list for a long time and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit! What's not to love? Colorfully painted streets, historic architecture, warm weather, and the lively energy of the city as a whole. Many people worry that Colombia is not a safe tourism destination, but I felt completely safe and had the most incredible experience while visiting. I HIGHLY recommend looking into booking a trip! A little about my stay...
Foray partnered with the brand Maaji for this getaway, hosting a group of bloggers to help bring awareness to the brand. Jill Wallace, Nicole Isaacs, Julia Friedman, Racquel Natasha, Kaitlynn Carter, and myself all came along for the journey. Maaji is a Colombian based resort & activewear label known for their reversible swimwear and bright, colorful prints. I was a fan of the brand before, but knowing the roots and the kind people behind the brand made me fall in love with it even more.
We stayed in a beautiful 4 bedroom villa right in the heart of old town Cartagena, complete with a dreamy rooftop lounge. Unfortunately, this house is not available for booking, but I've listed a few alternative recommendations below!
SHOP CARTAGENA STYLE
The Maaji team organized a full itinerary of activities for us to experience while we were in Cartagena. It was an awesome benefit to have local knowledge from the team for the best spots in town. I've included some of my favorite places below!
CARTAGENA CITY GUIDE
Cartagena Villa (10 bedrooms, great for groups)
Casa Los Suenos Villa (5 bedrooms)
Private Villa (5 bedrooms)
Colonial Style Villa (7 bedrooms)
Oceanside Villa (5 bedrooms, beautiful rooftop lounge and pool area)
Casa Pombo (10 bedrooms, great for special occasion)
El Kilo - Cute decor with gorgeous marble bar and great drinks.
Mistura - Peruvian Japanese food + music.
Juan del Mar - Amazing street entertainment and shows while dining outside in the plaza. Order every kind of pizza!
Pasteleria Mila - The best desserts in town. Try the cuatro leches.
Epoca Cafe - Cute, casual cafe to grab a coffee or lunch.
Crepes & Waffles - Casual dining, ice cream & juices.
St. Dom - Discover local Colombia designers. The store carries both women's & mens clothing and accessories. Everything is SO cute.
Street Shopping - For local souvenirs.
NH Galeria - High end fashion, art, and interior design.
Lucy Jewelry - For Emeralds! Columbia is the world's largest producer.
Abaco Liberia & Cafe - Books on the best art, photography, and architecture in Cartagena.
I will DEFINITELY be coming back to Colombia soon and hope to visit the city of Bogata. The people, the weather, the culture....Colombia you have my heart forever!
You can shop all looks from the trip HERE on Foray. Please leave any comments or questions below. Happy to help with travel recs xx
Ah Cabo, you never disappoint! Growing up in Southern California, Mexico has become my go to destination for a quick, beachy getaway.
I recently stayed at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas with Becca Tilley and Kaitlynn Carter for a last minute getaway. The hotel was gracious enough to host us for the weekend and we had the best experience staying there. My room was one of their newly renovated casitas that had a beautiful view, complete with a jacuzzi on our balcony. Can you say dreamy!?
The service at Esperanza is 5-star and the staff goes above and beyond expectations to make you feel special. The hotel grounds are spacious, peaceful, and luxurious - perfect for a special occasion or relaxing girl's weekend! There are also a a variety restaurants on the property that service fresh and local cuisine. We quickly became friends with the executive chef, Guillermo who cooked the most amazing meals every night!
There are a ton of activities to do around the resort and in town. We especially enjoyed beach yoga, spa massages, tequila tasting, and camel riding. Yes, camel riding - hah! I have to say this was the highlight of our trip because we were laughing uncontrollably the entire time.
We also checked out Esperanza's newly opened property, Chileno Bay. The vibe is a little more modern and laid back compared to Esperanza's classic, luxury feel. The clean, all white design and Instagram worthy bar are just a few of the things that draw in a hip crowd. This hotel just opened, but I have a feeling I'll be seeing it all over Instagram real soon!
Thinking of planning a trip to Cabo soon? DO IT! Here are a few of my recommendations:
PS - When you book the "Bed & Breakfast Package", you will receive a complimentary margarita welcome amenity and a $100 spa credit! To book, call (855)-661-7800 and mention my name to receive these extra perks!
Spring, I'm ready for you!!! We had one 80 degree day in LA this week, and I was convinced SS17 was already here. I went on an excessive Pinterest spree, pinning all of my favorite trends that I'm eager to incorporate into my closet this season. Since I was inspired, I wiped my closet clean of all winter gear - probably will regret that in a few days....eeeek! I'm loving the refreshing and neutral palette, which is a heavy contrast from fall's punk/street style obsession. What trends are you guys looking forward to this spring?
Trend Forecast: feminine frills, tops with volume, neutral lace, extra large earrings, fun shaped bags, oversized waist belts, paper bag waist trousers
SS17 Colors: pale dogwood, hazelnut, kale green
SHOP SS 17'
Park City, round 2! Foray Collective made their annual trip to Park City for Sundance Film Festival this year and it was an absolute blast. We rented a cozy Air BNB in Heber and hosted Becca Tilley, Marianna Hewitt, and Brittany Xavier (aka Thrifts and Threads). Kaitlynn Carter, Sophie Elkus, and Witney Carson were also in town for the weekend, so we were able to hang with them a bunch too!
Sundance is a crazy time in Park City. Main Street is filled with chaos and industry people buzzing around town. We made our way to handful events like the Robert Redford Sundance Kickoff Party, Nylon x Dream Hotels Event, Tone it Up Wellness Lounge, TAO Pop Up, and Chefdance. We also visited the Midway Ice Castle Park which is an absolute MUST to go see. The Montage Deer Valley also has a cute s'mores station set up everyday at 4:30pm that is open to the public.
It was snowing hard every day which made for amazing photos, but man, it was a hassle getting around town. We had some good laughs trying to navigate the snow - where is a guy when you need one?!!
Foray will definitely be coming back next year (and hopefully seeing more movies!) I'm already missing our cozy cabin and all of my girls! 'Til next year....
PARK CITY GUIDE
Shop the trip on FORAY: http://bit.ly/SHOPSundance2017
Photography + Video by Nicole Moser
I admit it, I don't cook. As much as I'd like to, I just can't seem to justify cooking for myself every day. Living alone has it's perks, but meal prep isn't one of them! When it comes to lunch and dinner, I always stress where/what to eat and eventually decide on getting takeout (not the most cost effective option!) Ok - so I want to save $$ by not eating out, but going to the market ends up being just as (if not more) expensive. What is the solution?! Meal delivery from The Ranch Daily.
I am a HUGE fan of vegan food, so when The Ranch Daily asked if I wanted to try their 1 week plan, I was super excited. The Ranch is Malibu's famous wellness retreat which recently launched The Ranch Daily. The delivery plan comes with with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 snacks conveniently at your doorstep every morning in a cooler. Meals are freshly packed less than 24 hours before you receive them and are ready to eat - no cooking required! Everything from The Ranch Daily kitchen is vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, and organic as well.
Not into vegan food? Don't worry. With dishes like brown rice marinara pasta + savory lentil walnut meatballs, your vegan phobia will be gone in an instant. I finished every meal feeling full and satisfied from plant based proteins.
The site also has delivery preferences, allowing you to customize your delivery (which many other meal delivery sites don't do!)
You can check out the sample menu HERE to view current meals. I really enjoyed my experience with The Ranch Daily, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to eat wholesome, healthy meals at ease. I've documented a few of my favorite dishes and snacks below. Let me know if you have any questions or comments! :)
Next to skincare, good foundation is a EVERYTHING. I have to say, I've tried almost every foundation (thank you Ulta + Sephora for murdering me of my time and money) and I wanted to do a post to share my top 5 to save you the hassle. In my experience, these are the BEST foundations that deliver a flawless complexion. What are your go-to foundations? Comment your favorites below!
1. IT! Cosmetics // Your Skin But Butter CC+ Cream with SPF 50
This is my #1 choice for every day foundation. A sales person at Ultra recommended it to me after I told her that I have extremely sensitive skin, but still like a good amount of coverage. The finish is luminous and it covers up much more than typical BB or CC cream. The fact that it has SPF 50 is awesome too! It really is your skin, but better. I use the medium shade and apply it with the IT! Cosmetics foundation brush.
2. Bare Minerals // bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20
A tone correcting foundation and hydrating skin care serum in one. This foundation is super lightweight with adjustable coverage. I like to use this during colder months when my skin is dull and needs a dewy brightness. My shade is Bare Natural 07.
3. Lancome // Teint Idole Ultra 24h Long Wear Foundation
The best foundation for a night out. It's an oil-free, long wearing foundation with a velvety-matte finish (which is great for photos!) It's full coverage but without feeling heavy or cakey. My skin feels SUPER smooth after using this and it also helps with redness. I use shade 330 Bisque N.
A long lasting foundation with a thicker texture. It has a matte finish, good coverage, and is paraben + sulfate free. I like to use this one in the summer when my skin is oily. My shade is Light/Medium Beige.
5. Makeup Forever // Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
An HD foundation developed specifically for the film and TV industry's harsh lighting. If you plan to be on camera or be photographed, this is the foundation to use! It has a medium, buildable coverage that is 100% natural. Makeup Forever also has a great variety of shades. I use the shade 120 Soft Sand.
2016, what a year you have been. Ups, downs, and upside downs, I can truly say this has been a year of growth and realization for me.
Every December I make a list of personal goals to help expand my perspective and become a better version of myself. This year I've partnered with Express to share with you a few of mine for 2017! What are your resolutions? Comment below!
Discover a hobby. Playing piano & taking dance classes. I played piano and did ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap growing up - I'm making myself get back into it!!
Go to the beach. At least once a week to reflect.
Travel to a new country. Austria, in August.
Try something weird. TBD...
Be present. In every moment, stop thinking ahead. Put the phone down!
Be decisive. Things won't work unless you make them work. Speak up, take action, express your feelings. Don't be passive, don't wait.
Think with an open mind. Be optimistic & more sensitive to other people's perspective.
Be selective. Of who, where and how I spend my time. Only put myself in situations I truly want to be in.
Learn a different language. Italian.
Remind loved ones of their importance. With thoughtful gestures, or verbally.
Find... The perfect skincare routine.
Cook. One really amazing meal.
The white sweater tank that I am wearing is SO comfy and it's also a great transitional piece into spring. I'm also loving the fit on the distressed jeans (I've been wearing these almost every day since I got them!) Hellooo 2017 uniform.
Here's to a great year ahead!! xx
I am always on the hunt for a great, every day handbag. Usually, I find it difficult to come across one that is timeless, seasonally transitional, and well made. I recently came across UK handbag designer Radley London that I want to share with you guys!
I'm not really into designer purses with logos everywhere, so when I discovered this brand that has classic, minimalist designs I was hooked. The tan grab bag I'm wearing is spacious enough to throw in all of my goods while still looking polished. It also fastens with a magnetic closure at the top which is AMAZING - seriously, why doesn't every bag have this?!