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Happy hump day! This week is crawling along, but that’s totally alright with me! I’m finally back to being healthy! I was so sick last week; I slept for about 3 days straight and that seemed to do the trick. Unfortunately, it looks like David might have caught my bug, so we’re hoping the same helps him.

We’re heading out of town this weekend for a family reunion of some sorts. Every year we do what we refer to as “second Christmas” with my mom’s family in January. My mom’s side of the family is a bit scattered so it’s the one time of year that we are all able to get together. I think my favorite part is just listening to my mom and her sisters tell stories; It never fails that everyone ends up in tears from laughter, even if we’ve heard the stories or jokes before. Also, it’s a second Christmas. What’s better than Christmas? A second one. True.

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// Jacket, Top, Sunglasses, & Bag : via Crossroads Trading Co // Jeans: Urban Outfitters // Boots: Nordstrom // Hat: Vintage //

Did you catch my Snapchat (@crossroadsstyle) takeover for Crossroads on Sunday? If not, you must not be following me on social media; Check out the links above or below (obviously shameless self promotion for the win) and be sure to follow for updates. If you did, you would recognize this outfit and know that we went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. It was our first time there, and actually, my first time out of the house in a few days after my hibernation, and it felt really nice to get dressed and be a real human again. Too bad we didn’t  need anything, because I fell in love with a couple things; It’s always the furniture that gets me!

Honestly, I like the Melrose Trading Post better. It’s smaller, which I like because I can see everything in one trip. The Rose Bowl just has more space for more crap. We were just getting to the good stuff when everyone started packing up, so I could be too quick to judge just yet.

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We didn’t spend too much time at the flea market. We slept in and took our time getting there and it closed earlier than we expected. I ended up falling asleep in the car on the way home, so clearly good times were had. Also, clearly I am getting old when I can’t handle a 30 minute drive without falling asleep.

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I was so deliriously happy with the rain in So Cal this weekend! While everyone else was complaining, I was running to my windows every time I saw the lightening flash and heard the thunder shake our windows. This weekend was spent running errands and giving our apartment a good deep cleaning. We spent Saturday night indulging in a Top Chef catch up marathon, listening to the rain, and ordering in food. So simple, and so perfect.

We may have had ourselves a little rain storm, but it was still super warm out! I love this denim mini skirt I picked up from Crossroads and have so many things to pair it with, but started with this flowy blouse from SheIn for the perfect casual weekend outfit.

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Untitled// Top: c/o SheIn.com // Skirt: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Hat: Free People //

Towards the end of our photo session, we got caught in some more wind and the beginning of some more rain. I wasn’t complaining!

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I hope you are enjoying your week! I can’t believe it’s almost August! Why does the time go by so much faster the older you get? I am trying to find a way to slow down and enjoy the moment, instead of thinking what’s coming ahead and missing the present.

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Getting dressed and realizing that I’ve ended up head to toe in Crossroads finds, thrifted or new merchandise, happens a lot. It’s definitely my first stop, whether I’m looking for something specific or just have an urge to shop. It’s a place that I can go that I don’t have to worry about looking at the price tag and being disappointed and then depressed that I have to leave it behind. I could gush all day!

I’ve worn this outfit multiple times, and it might look familiar because I wore it to the Crossroads Spring Social shopping party a month or so ago and shared some photos on Instagram. It came back into the rotation and I remembered that I never took proper photos!

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// Top, Skirt, Boots + Sunglasses: Found via Crossroads Trading Co //

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Also, I think you need to know that the Backstreet Boys documentary is now on Netflix, so you’re running out of excuses to not see it. It’s that simple.

This is me just thinking about watching it. For real. Except at this exact moment, I really am watching it. We don’t really need to explain how happy it makes me, because I’d like you to think I’m a bit more normal than I really am.

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I think I’m growing a unicorn horn. This is just based on the ginormous zit in between my eyes. I guess it’s safe to say that it is fairly obvious I don’t photoshop any of my blog photos. I don’t even have photoshop. David tried to teach me once on his Mac, so that I could take over the color correcting duties he so graciously handled for me, and I was over it in about 10 minutes. Technoloy is not my forte. All my photos are now color corrected on an app on my phone. That’s enough technology for me to handle.

In other news: I am an old lady.

I wore this get up ( <— see!), for a Sunday of Christmas errands with David. Errands are not my favorite thing to do, I am sure a statement many would echo, but come Christmas time, I love nothing more than running around town trying to get everything checked off my list. I think half the reason is that everything is decorated so beautifully this time of year!

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// Jeans, Top, Sunglasses + Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Plum Blue Open Coat: c/o Crossroads Trading Co // Hat: Urban Outfitters

Weekend errands definitely call for comfort: boyfriend jeans and no makeup embody comfort!

Last Friday we decorated our Christmas tree and I commented that we should get some ornaments on clearance after Christmas to start building up our collection; the majority of our ornaments now are just balls from the 99 Cent Store, so classy. During our errand run, David surprised me with a new Christmas tradition: Each year, we will buy each other new Christmas tree ornaments and gift them on the night we decorate the tree. It was such a sweet gesture because he knows how crazy about Chrismas I am, and he tolerates a lot of cheesy Christmas movies, tree lighting celebrations, and Christmas music from me this time of year.

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The most cheese-tastic part of the whole story? We went to Hallmark and took turns picking out ornaments alone and when we exchanged them, it turns out we picked out the exact same ornament for each other for the exact same reason (an inside joke)! So sweet, it hurts! We ended up exchanging one of them since we each had also picked a second one just in case. Here is a photo of our first two ornaments! The one we both picked out was the ginerbread cookie and milk ornament. We exchanged mine and I gave him my second choice of the drummer.

it’s really exciting to begin to start our own traditions now that we’re married!

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Is everyone ready for Christmas? It’s still a bit early (for me, anyway!), but I tend to get most of my gifts online so that I’m able to get the best deal, so I’m about halfway done with shopping, I think. I also happen to be a bit crazy and add last minute, unecessary details here and there the few days leading up to Christmas because I’m worried someone won’t get exactly everything on their wish list. I am trying my hardest not to do that this year, I’m on a bit of a budget and I’m such a tight wad as it is, but Christmas brings out my festive side and sometimes I don’t even realize what I’m doing.

I am trying a bit of DIY this year for the first time. If it’s successful, I will be sure to share! I can’t say too much because people may read this blog who will be receivers. Most likely, the few out there who visit every so often aren’t any of my family members, but I wouldn’t want to spoil any surprises!

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When I don’t know what to wear, this jump suit inevitably pops into my mind. It’s so easy! One piece, matches any accessories, done. The only thing is that I have to basically have to get naked to use the restroom, but that’s what doors are for, right? It is a little awkward in a public stall, though, with the slits in the door frames and you’re so paranoid everyone sneaks a peak in when they pass by.

And my blog has come down to discusssing what type of clothing is the least functional for restroom uses. Seeking Style, everyone!

Wrost transition ever: Look at my jacket! I picked up this floral bomber at Crossroads Trading Co and I throw it on whenever I can. I am so in love with it!

My friend Michele took these photos for me the other day and I now notice, I am in various stages of jacket undress in them. It starts out completely on and ends up every way you can wear a jacket. And it really is how it ends up; it’s super chilly in the mornings but gets so warm by the afternoons, and I am prone to being cold everywhere, so I always have a sweater or jacket. If it’s not on, I tie it around my waist or I’m holding onto it.

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     // Jump Suit: LA Fashion District // Jacket + Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Shoes: Target //

I feel like I’m wearing pajamas when I wear this jump suit and that is fine by me! Clothing has to be comfortable. I don’t want to spend all day tugging and rearranging myself. Shoes are the exception. I hate to say it, but I’m totally a girl when it comes to shoes and I will stuff my feet into uncomfortable shoes if I have to!

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I cannot help but laugh when someone besides David takes my outfit photos. I feel so awkward and silly when it’s anyone else. The proof is in the photos!

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What is your favorite statement piece?

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Photos by my good friend Michele!

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Life is about to get busy. I just realized that I am out of town or booked solid for the next 5 weeks. What??

I am currently on a train heading up to Sacramento for a couple weeks of wedding planning. The first weekend, David will join me for some food and cake tasting and meeting with the photographer and florist (who is my lovely cousin!). The next weekend, my co-Maid of Honor will join me and we will be doing hair and make up trials and hopefully finalizing dresses for her and my sister. I may  or may not have planned this trip in conjunction with the Backstreet Boys tour, so we will also be seeing them up there as well!

When I get back to LA, it is time for more Backstreet Boy fun in LA and then in Vegas! The next week is my BFF’s birthday in San Diego and the week after is mine and David’s 8 year anniversary and his birthday, the big 3-0!

Phew!

We are about 100 or so days away from this wedding. Is it freak out time yet? I feel like freaking out right about now. We don’t even have a DJ booked. Oops! Yet somehow, I also almost feel like it’s all going to come together the way we want it to. Am I being too optimistic?

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// Top: Shop Cuffs // Pants: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co (Free People) // Shoes: ModCloth // Backpack: Claire’s// Sunglass: Urban Outfitters // Cuff: My Mom //

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See how else I have styled these pants!

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Now that I am back health wise, it is time to buckle down and get into full bridal mode: mentally and physically. I need suggestions, all of them! Does anyone have any recommendations for workouts, training guides, bridal bootcamps, etc? My dress is strapless and I am looking to tone my arms up. You can’t show up to gun fight without guns, if you know what I mean! I’m sure no one does, but that the norm.

I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself, I want to enjoy this time and the day of course, but I also want to look and feel my best. I need to get back on that Seeking Health train and hold myself accountable!

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This is my summer hair in case anyone was wondering. I have too much hair and no talent for taming it in the heat. My sister makes fun of me because you’re not suppose to see the bobby pins. I think people know my hair does not naturally stay this way. Or do you? either way, I’m ok with it.

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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography.

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I told you What I Thrifted would be back! I did almost forget, but since we are still within the first week of March, I give myself a pass for being a bit late posting my February finds. My internet has been down a few days as well, and that makes blogging very difficult. There is only so many hours I can spend at Panera or Starbucks mooching internet and refilling my tea!

I have been in a bit of a thrift break. Not necessarily on purpose or because of a self imposed ban, just out of lack of time, funds, and inspiration. It did feel really good to go with my Crossroads gift card and being able to treat myself a bit!

All of my February finds were found at Crossroads Trading Co on Melrose in Los Angeles. I didn’t find much, but I do think I found some really fun pieces!

I got my stripes covered!

Top, $8.50 // Bottoms, $20

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And I got my color and my prints covered!

Bottoms, $18.50 // Palazzo Pants, $18.50

Do this pants look familiar? They are a little lighter in natural light!

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Speaking of finding fun things, I discovered a photo studio in downtown LA that has open studio time twice a month for models, photographers, makeup artists and stylists. David and I decided to try it out last night and it was so much fun! They have at least 10 different types of sets and set ups. These photos were taken on the white backdrop, which is why they look like stock photos. We were there for a few hours and actually shot photos for five upcoming blog posts! I think we found a good solution for when our schedules may not sync up for photos; I can plan upcoming posts and we can bang a bunch out in one night.

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I do prefer taking my photos more naturally, the day I am actually wearing the outfit, but when you don’t have time, you have to make time! It’s nice to know we will have a back up plan when we need one!

How do you maintain your blog posts when your schedule with your “photographer” does not sync or there are extreme weather conditions that make it difficult to shoot outdoors?

All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography.

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