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I have been contributing to the Crossroads Trading Co blog weekly for the past couple of months. Have you been keeping up?

This week I shared my four favorites tips for cleaning out your closet, inspired by the newly released Crossroads summer buying guide! Be sure to check out the blog, and catch up if you’ve been slacking!

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Apparently I don’t like looking directly into the camera! It must mean that I am becoming a real blogger, right? Just like having my jacket on my shoulders. What an annoying blogger habit, huh? Hey, I read forums, I know the snark surrounding bloggers. No one actally wears their jacket on their shoulders in real life, do they? Well, I do sometimes. Maybe not for a long period of time; possibly from the car to the door if it’s chilly. I get it, bloggers have some silly habits: jackets on shoulders, pretend walking, writing about their life like they crap roses and sunshine. I try not to commit any of those faux paus, but sometimes, it really is the best way to show off an outfit.

It’s all silly really. Who cares if someone takes a picture of an outfit on a day they didn’t actually wear it, kind of, sort of like this one. The one I stay away from is photoshop. Not only because I have no idea how to use photoshop, but because that’s just a lie; to your readers and yourself! I color my photos (on an iPhone app nonetheless, so cool, so professonal), but every little freckle is all me. It can be kind of hilarious to see how far some bloggers go. I don’t need to name names. It’s obvious enough. It’s also obvious it stems from deep self esteem issues. If you’re reading this: You. Are. Beautiful.

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// Jacket and Skirt: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Top: HauteLook // Boots: Thrifted via Salvation Army // Necklace: Forever 21 // Turban Headband: (available here) c/o Crossroads Trading Co //

Does anyone else ready snarky blogger comments? Is it terrible that I do? It’s an addiction! I don’t chime in often because, really, there’s no reason to be mean to someone you don’t know for such supercifical reasons, but as a blogger sometimes I can take some advice from these readers, even if they aren’t talking about me specifically. That’s right, my blog isn’t cool enough to be talked about. Dude, I am all sorts of sick if I want my blog to be snarked on.

What are your favorite blogger faux paus?

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Currently listening to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Outloud” single on repeat. This was the song for our first dance at the wedding and I often listen to it on repeat for an embarassing amount of time. It makes me smile to remember our first dance. It was perfect. We took two dance classes and did exactly zero planned steps. We probably did about 3 dips because it was the only move we knew.

I also already miss my husband and I’ve only been away for a day. Super sappy, right.

I am, however, enjoying the real Fall weather in Nor Cal. Definitely not where I wore this outfit. I would have froze!

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It’s Christmas time again! Yes, we still have to get through Thanksgiving, and I love Thanksgiving; it’s my second favorite holiday! But Christmas is my favorite thing ever! Christmas starts super early for me and I know I get super annoying to most people around me, but now everyone has pretty much accepted that the Christmas season starts before Thanksgiving. The Grove in LA is one of my favorite places during the Christmas season! The lights, the tree, the (fake) snow; it’s all so pretty!

We were going to go to The Grove’s Christmas tree lighting this weekend, but since we were not interested in any of the performers and we did not want to get there super early for just a chance to see these performers we did not care about, so we decided to wait and went Monday night. Sorry for the dark photos; I don’t normally do night photos, but I really love these ones because of all the Christmas lights. I definitely am in favor of the little white lights being a year around decoration. It makes city streets so much prettier!

Also, we saw Tom Bergeron at dinner and pretended to take a front facing selfie to get the darkest, blurriest picture of him to send to my mom. I’m cool.

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// Dress: c/o Crossroads Trading Co // Jacket: Heart Clothing Boutique // Hat & Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co //

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I am headed home for Thanksgiving tomorrow! I know it is a bit early, but David is burried in work until Thanksgiving, so I thought it might be easier for me to stay out of his way by simply not being here. I have not visited home since the wedding, which was almost three months ago and that is quite a while for me, so I am super excited to see my family and my friends! We still have not had a chance to go through all the wedding photos and share them with anyone, so I am planning to force get together with my mom and sister and gush over them!

David will meet me in Sacramento the day before Thanksgiving, so we will still be spending the holiday together! My mom’s family comes into town and stays with us just that one day/night. We usually spend the day playing games with football in the background and at night my mom and aunt do the whole Black Friday thing whenever it happens to start that year, while the” kids” (who are all over 21 now) and dads, usually stay home with movies and finish all the pie. I think this year we may be spending some time at my brother’s bar Thanksgiving night, since my youngest cousin is finally 21!

My favorite part of Thanksgiving – besides all the food, family, love, blah blah – is our white elephant tradition. My mom and aunt gather up silly gifts for us to do a white elephant gift exchange each year. I don’t think anything is usually over $5, and they are the weirdest things they can find. One thing that comes to my mind is the “chicken poo” chapstick. Super yummy, right? Every year since this started, we have had a rubber fruit cake loaf and whoever gets it has to bring it back the next year!

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

 

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I actually have a list of other Christmas trees to go visit this year, including the, apparently, tallest Christmas tree in the country at the Citadel Outlets. It is 40-feet taller than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City!

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Why, oh why, when I am the most busy do I feel that I want to take on even more? Is it because I become busy, check things off my list, get things done and reveal in the satisfaction of it so much that I want even more? Probably. Luckily, I know my limits and even though I have found a few more interests, I am still only focusing on getting through wedding planning and the wedding. Three weeks to go. Three. Weeks. It’s a bit mind boggling to me! What I am supposed to do and talk about after it’s over? I suppose that’s where these new found hobbies will be able to come into play!

David and I had a mid-week lunch date to, what else, talk about some wedding details! I threw on this day time little black dress from Cali Free to beat the So Cal heat.

After lunch, David thought he saw Ceelo Green walk into a restaurant and although we had already eaten, we were a bit curious to confirm his suspicions and we walked in. Once we were in and we realized it was literally us and Ceelo, we decided to save face we had to grab a drink!

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// Dress: c/o  Cali Free // Shirt, Purse & Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Shoes: Urban Outfitters //

I totally felt out of practice taking outfit photos! I have kind of put this little blog on the back burner the last month to really focus on getting my wedding planned. I’ve missed it! It not only gives me an excuse to get dressed, because come on, I’d live in pajamas if it was appropriate, but it’s the comradery of the blogging community that is so fun!

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After lunch I spent the rest of the day running errands. Getting married reminds me that I am actually an adult and it has made me want to keep a presentable home and become more organized. My number one thing to do to feeling more organized is cleaning out my closet! I do it several times a year and of course stop by Crossroads Trading Co to sell my clothes for either a bit of cash or trade, if I have a shopping itch! Now, I don’t even have to go to Crossroads to sell my clothes! Have you heard that Crossroads now offers a Sell By Mail option? You simply request a bag from their website, fill it up with your clothes and send it back, postage free! You can still choose to receive cash or trade, and if you want the clothes that don’t sell back, you can have them send it back for a small fee, or they will donate the rest for you. It’s such a great option for those who are busy, or who may not have a Crossroads near them.

Click the photo below to request your free mail in bag from the Crossroads site!

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Mid day cocktails are definitely not a bad idea!
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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography.

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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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If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I took a short road trip with my Crossroads Style Council blogger babes up to Sonoma to attend part of the annual Crossroads Camp for all Crossroads Trading Co managers. And if you don’t follow me on social media, what’s up with that? Let’s be friends!

We drove up to Sonoma early Tuesday morning, coffee being our first stop of course, and arrived late that afternoon. We were a bit behind scheduled when we arrived (how many times can you imagine we had to make pit stops with seven girls drinking coffee all morning?) so we were ushered straight to the blogger panel where we discussed the Crossroads Trading brand, company, and shared our personal Crossroads love stories. After the panel, we were able to freshen up a bit and mingle with the wonderful Crossroads staff over wine and a locally resourced, organic dinner! I’ve always known from my experiences in store that the Crossroads staff were all lovely people, but this trip really cemented what great people work for this company!

After dinner, the style council hosted some DIY stations and then we went to our hotel to pass out from our exhausting day!

Here are a few ton of pictures from the trip!

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L to R: Kristin // Amelia // Micaela // Mary // Leah // Yours Truly // Grasie // Beth

These girls are simply amazing! Honestly, I was a bit intimidated leading up to this trip; these bloggers are established and are big names in the blogger industry. I am a very small fish in a very big, complicated pond compared to them. I was nervous about what I would say on the panel, what I should wear, what I would even talk about with these girls. It turns out it was all for not, because although I was the only one who didn’t personally know anyone in this group, I was embraced and from the first minute of these girls, I felt like I belonged. We got along so well! I did not even notice until more than halfway into our eight hour car ride that we had not even turned on music yet because we were talking so much! Thanks to Beth, we played a pretty epic questions game. What is said in the Crossroads Style Council car, stays in the car! Don’t be fooled by bloggers, or at least this group: these ladies have so much knowledge, depth, warmth, kindness, and are so much fun!

Also, I need a tan. Like, yesterday.

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Pit stops are for Instagram moments.

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// Dress: Thrifted via Buffalo Exchange // Hat, belt bag, + boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters //

Isn’t it funny how random diners in the middle of nowhere ending up being the best?

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When we finally arrived to Westerbeke Ranch, it was the most gorgeous place I’ve been to! The difference between Southern California and Northern California is mind blowing. I am definitely proud to be a Nor Cal girl!

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Getting to share our thoughts and opinions about Crossroads straight to those who have control was a really great experience! I think we as a group had really great and exciting ideas to pass along to the managers!

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We hosted four DIY stations for the Crossroads managers after dinner.

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I attempted to distress a denim jacket with Beth’s guidance; once I put it through the washer and dryer, if it is successful, I will be sure to share it with you!

Graphic tee photo stolen from Kristin’s Instagram.

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After we hosted our DIY stations, we went straight to bed! It was a long day!

I am now sitting here, wearing my Crossroads Camp 2014 tee, wishing I was back in beautiful wine country with these ladies! I look forward to the next blogger adventure!

I will be sharing the outfit I wore the night of the festivities in my next outfit post! Until then, I will be working on that tan.

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Last Friday I was able to attend Lucky FABB with the Crossroads Trading Co team. Since this was my first time going to the conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect and since I am Procastinating Patty over here, I barely did any research to prepare. I wasn’t even sure what I needed to prepare for. I was mostly worried about what to wear. I was going to be surrounded by beauty and fashion bloggers, and even if I have a so-called style blog, I don’t find myself very stylish, fashionable, or knowledgable about either. And beauty? Um, my makeup routine consists of mascara. I spent a whole five minutes Googling past Lucky FABB photos and decided to throw on a basic uniform of black with a bit of flannel.

What I was prepared for though, was for some good old fashioned note taking. I think I was the only one with a notebook and pen versus a laptop or iPad. I still kick it old school. I was particularly excited for the “Grow Your Traffic/SEO Checklist” seminar. I know squat about anything that has to do with web sites and computers, so it was really interesting to find out that the basics are not all that hard. I’ll have to re-evaluate once I actually try to put some of the tips into practice!

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I did not expect to absolutely fall in love with Coco Rocha. The last panel was Coco Rocha and Eva Chen, the Editor in Chief of Lucky Magazine. Honestly, I didn’t know anything about her, but she won me over in the 45 minutes that she was on stage. Besides all of the shallow traits she has; comppletely gorgeous, perfect smile, legs for miles, she’s also incredibly intelligent. She speaks about the fair treatment of models  and is outspoken about the eating disorders among those in the industry.

Also, that afternoon affirmed my love for Nicole Richie even if I could only see her lavender top bun from my seat.

Adoring the manicure I got during Lucky FABB from Top Coat!

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I did drag around David’s camera all day in my backpack and took about 7 photos. So, totally worth it.

Of course that meant I re-created the outfit for proper photos. That and I pretty much wear it once a week anyway. Am I the only blogger too shy to ask a hotel full of bloggers to take outfit photos for me?

The answer is most likely yes.

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This was my view during most of the panels. Not bad in person, but doesn’t really capture in a photo, which is why I kept the camera tucked away the majority of the time.

This is the one photo I asked someone to take. I am clearly uncomfortable, even though person there takes blog photos.

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Thank you again to the Crossroads team for taking me to Lucky FABB. There was so much valuable information and I really am hoping that I am motivated enough to put it to good use!

p.s. No makeup mornings.

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