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When I posted about the Crossroads Camp 2014, I mentioned that the style counil led four DIY stations for the Crossroads managers. Beth and I led the DIY distressed denim DIY table. When I say “Beth and I”, I mean Beth because I’ve only attempted to distress denim once and was very unsuccessful. Distressing denim is probably the easiest clothing DIY and I failed. I tried to redeem myseld with Beth’s instruction and I think I did pretty well! I may have gone a bit overboard, but I think the jacket turned out really cool! When Crossroads first sent me this yellow denim jacket, I was a little wary about the color, and then I found out how amazing it pairs with navy blue, or makes black pop, but since distressing the jacket, I have fallen in love!

My mom took these photos when I was visiting home. It is way too cute watching her take outfit photos! And isn’t her garden the cutest?!

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// Denim jacket: c/o Crossroads Trading Co // Top: Forever 21 // Shorts: Melrose Trading Post // Belt: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Hat: Marshalls //

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I feel a bit urban cowgirl latey, and was too excited to find this belt at Crossroads the other day. You may be seeing a lot of it! I feel like this may be a repeat outfit the rest of the summer!

My mom is not a bad photographer, huh? Now I have no excuses to fall behind on outfit posts when I am in Sacramento!

Distressing denim is super easy!

Materials:

  • 1. Denim piece: jeans, vest, jacket, anything you are interested in distressing
  • 2. Exacto knife
  • 3. Plastic cutting board

Technique:  Make swift incisions against the grain on the denim, wherever you want your denim to be torn. Afterwards, throw it in the washer and dryer and it should be ready to wear! The more you wear it and wash it, the looser the distressing will be. I would recommend that the first time you wash and dry the item, to do it on its own so you don’t get little pieces on other clothing.

This is what the jacket looked like after distressing and before washing. Check out Beth’s DIY tutorial on distressing denim! She is the expert!

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Have you had success DIYing distressed denim? What is your favorite DIY? I would love to start DIYing reguarly!

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Thanks again to my Momma for taking these photos for me!

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With our upcoming wedding being in Sacramento while we live in Los Angeles, I have been coming up to Sacramento a bit more often and staying just a little longer more than usual. When I am in my usual routine, I visit the gym 5-6 times a week and take my favorite group classes and maybe do a bit of running as well, but I don’t have access to a gym when I am home, because I am not about to pay for two gym memberships. I know there are gym memberships that allow you to use any of the locations in the state, or even country, and I wish I could afford one of those gyms, but my local Los Angeles gym is only $20 a month and I’ve really found classes and instructors that I enjoy and that is worth much more than unlimited access during traveling. I need the comradery to stay motivated!

Now that I have gone off on a tagent, my point is: it can be difficult to stick to a regular work out schedule when you are traveling and don’t have access to a gym. I have a not so secret solution for you, though!

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BodyRockTV  // The Daily HIIT 

BodyRock TV provides daily workouts and 21 day, 30 day, and 60 day real time work out challenges. Sometimes the workouts in the challenges are just 12 minutes long.  I know you have 12 minutes a day! When I am following these challenges, I usually stack them and do about five in a row to make up a full hour or more of a bootcamp type class. There is equipment involved in the videos, like the sandbag or equalizer bar, but I just typically use two hand held weights instead. They are also very good at showing alternate ways to do the exercises if you need moderations or do not have the equipment. The HIIT: Hight Intensity Interval Training module is typically followed in their work out routines, which is the real secret of faster results. This is my favorite type of training. Stagnant exercises and long form running are much too boring for me!  In addition to workouts, if you follow their Facebook page or blog, you have access to extra tips and health topic discussions.

And let me tell you, doing a 12 minute workout does raise your heart rate and get you warm, but doing five rounds of these work outs can be killer! When I follow these videos, challenges and other daily workouts, I see results pretty quickly and even some definition in my abs, which is really difficult for me to achieve. You can find the workouts at the BodyRock TV web site, YouTube page, and Pinterest.

There are actually some advantages of having to work out at home, or at a park: you get to customize your work out and not be intimidated by others around you! Best of all, it’s free!

If you travel often, cannot afford a gym, or only have the 12 random minutes in a day to work out, I highly suggest checking out BodyRock TV and giving it a chance. No one every regrets a work out, especially not a 12 minute one!

Edit to add: After today’s HIIT sesson! Red faced, sweat pouring down and already sore.

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Let me know if you check it out and if you’re interested, maybe we can form a little motivation group and go through a challenge together!

When you travel, do you try to keep up with your normal work out routine? Do you have any tips or tricks?

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Happy Monday!

David and I spent this weekend in Sacramento working on some wedding details. We went out to the site yesterday, you can see a bit of the location in these photos, and met with the DJ and took some measurements of the area. It was a 105 degrees yesterday, and we were feeling it! After we spent the afternoon in the sun, we sought out some iced coffee and tea and air conditioning!

We are definitely getting all of our little details figured out, bit by bit. The invitations went out in the mail late last week, so it’s for real now!

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// Dress: Free People // Sandals: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co //

Isn’t this the most perfect little summer dress?

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We are planning to have a laid back, fun wedding and one of my favorite parts will be this “jumping pillow”. Imagine an adult bounce house, that can hold 20 adults at once, built into the ground.

Someone will most likely sprain an ankle or throw up, but who else has had this at a wedding? It will be something to talk about!

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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography.

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I hope everyone in the States had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! The best part about any holiday for me is my family coming and spending time together. We had a smaller crowd than normal, but I had just as much fun this year as each past year. We attempted to fry our own corn dogs and mini candy bars, had some tasty sangria, and enjoyed a private fireworks show in our backyard hosted by my ever entertaining Dad and cousin.

I realized I do not own any red clothing, so I was a bit out of the color scheme for the holiday, instead wearing maroon, white and blue. It is the thought that counts!

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// Top: Urban Outfitters // Shorts: Melrose Trading Post // Denim Shirt: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Hat: Free People // Bra: c/o Triangl // Sunglasses: Nordstrom //

I cannot get this shirt untied from around my waist. It’s impossible. I’m stuck in the 90s and I don’t care. Also, my shorts are a little too short and it was a family party, so since I was already a bit risqué (or, naked as my Dad referred to me) on the top, it also helped to cover up a bit more. As much as I could bare in the high 90 degree heat, anyway! Style and function!

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How did you celebrate holidays? Do you tend to keep them family events or to make plans with friends? Holidays have always been family-centric for me, probably because I grew up close in proximity to the majority of my family, so it has always been easy for us to get together for all the major holidays. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, my friends and I usually celebrate either a couple days before or after with our own party, which is nice because I get to share the holidays with friends and make those days last a little bit longer! I am a holiday whore, so any excuse to drag them out, I will use it. Repeatedly!

Fried candy bars, guns, family, and my dad jumping through fireworks. Can’t get more American than that!

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p.s. My second billboard for the California Family Fitness 2014 campaign is up all around Sacramento! My totally realistic and not stupid goal at all is the climb up to the ledge and sit on the billboard next to myself and take a selfie with my billboard. The next billboard will be up in September, so I have a couple months to build up the nerve to try to get up there. It will never happen.

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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography.

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Another day, another train ride!

I am homeward bound to Sacramento for the 4th of July holiday and a bit of wedding planning! My Grandpa’s birthday is the 4th of July and with such a large family (my Dad grew up with 9 brothers and sisters!), we have always had a family 4th party; we’ve always joked that he is so loved that the whole country celebrates his birthday! This is the first year that he is not with us on this day and it will be a bit hard not to see him, but we are continuing the family celebration in his honor. It is very much a casual backyard BBQ potluck with a small backyard fireworks show, hosted by my Dad who is the most entertaining person I know. It has always been one of my favorite holidays!

David was kind enough to snap these photos for me when he was dropping me off at the bus this morning. I had a different post planned for today that for timing reasons, we could not shoot for, so since we had about 10 minutes to wait for the bus, we snapped these quickly! This is my typical go to kind of outfit, especially with traveling, notice the layers! Nothing special or to write home about, but so comfortable and so typically just me.

These were taken on my very outdate iPhone camera and edited in Afterlight on the bus. I usually use a bit more of faded, vintage filters on my Instagram, but not my blog posts. This is a bit of a different look than what this blog is used to, but I love the old, faded look!

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// Top: Nordstrom Rack // Jeans + Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Hat: Free People // Denim Top + Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co //

Apparently I was going for a bit of an urban cowboy look. And I am totally down with that.

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Now to get back to watching the new Kate + 8 TLC special on this train. Yes, you read that right! my love of docu-reality TV will never fade.

p.s. Happiest of birthdays to my baby sister! She may be younger, but I look up to her as an inspiration!

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What I thought was going to be a typical boring Sunday, an extra shift at work and maybe finalizing some wedding registry items, turned out to be a really nice date night at The Americana in Glendale.

 We went to pick out wedding bands yesterday afternoon and I only had to try on one to know! I had to leave my engagement ring to be cleaned and fixed; I have a habit of spinning my ring with my thumb since it is a tad too big and it has morphed it a bit so it’s more of an oval than a circle. Oops! I have been reaching to spin the ring ever since I left it behind. I remember when I first got the ring and it took so long to to get used to wearing it everyday, and not it is weird not to have it on even for one day!

After ring shopping, we walked around looking at the men’s wedding bands, and possible men’s suit options; our efforts weren’t as successful as we hoped with those. We shopped a bit, had dinner and then saw Chef, the new movie with Jon Favreau. I love any show or movie about food. I love to eat food, look at food, smell food, and watch people make food. I’m a bit obsessed with food! I’m glad we ate before we saw the movie, or else I’d have left starving and craving all the wrong types of food!

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// Dress: c/o Cali Free  // Vest: H&M // Sandals: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Sunglasses: Nordstrom // Necklace: Brandy Melville // Purse: Gift //

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Maxi dresses are still the best go to; so easy! I’ve been looking for a T-shirt dress, long or short, and I am so happy with this one from Cali Free!

What is your summer go to uniform? The first place I look when I’m out shopping is the dresses and specifically maxi dresses. I like to find ones with interesting cuts or shapes, so it doesn’t look like I’m just wearing a sheet, which I would be fine with me, but I like variety too! The slits up this dress make it more unique and a bit, dare I say, sexy; although I wouldn’t wear it in the wind!

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I like taking photos when we are out and about, to switch it up from the same old back ally, but it can get a bit embarassing in a busy public space like The Americana.  Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself a get through it! Ah, blogger problems!

I cannot pass a Free People without going inside!

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p.s. Happy happy happy dirty 30 birthday to my big brother! He definitely has not lost his charm!

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Here is my second look for the evening festivities of the Crossroads Camp 2014!

I am in love with this romper. I’ve accumulated a few rompers recently. When they first became a trend a while back, I could not for the life of me find any that fit me correctly; I gave up, thinking I was just a bit too tall. No one needs an extra toe if you catch my drift. And then I found this beauty on the clearance rack of Urban Outfitters. The clasp in the back is broken so I have to use a safety pin to close it, but I normally have my hair down and it was about 80 percent off, so I deal.

The night of the Crossroads Camp was full of great food and wine, great company, and fabulous DIYs!

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// Romper: Urban Outfitters // Hat + Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Jacket: c/o Crossroads Trading Co //

I bet if I didn’t mention the safety pin, you wouldn’t have even noticed!

I know I said it in the first post, but I am so thankful that I was able to go on this trip, as short as it was. I met amazing people and felt that I was really able to break out of my shell. I am not normally a reserved person with friends and family, but when I am in groups of people I don’t know, I can be pretty quiet and feel awkward. I was a bit nervous about the road trip portion of the trip; being in a car with six other girls I never met, but it was so much fun. I felt like I belonged and we all got along fantastically!

Dinner was wonderful, it was all organic and locally sourced. We then moved on to some DIY stations and helped the Crossroads Trading Co team with some fun projects! On a whim, I decided to distress the jacket I was wearing! Below is what it looked like after I attacked it with an exacto knife. I haven’t had a chance to throw it in the wash yet, but I am excited to share it with you after it is completed!

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Thank you for teaching me the ways of denim distressing, Beth!

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I think the picture below shows just how much I love pockets; this is my frustrated reaction to not knowing what to do with my hands when I don’t have pockets.

So attractive.

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Thank you to Micaela of Drifter & the Gypsy for taking these photos!

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