Orange Printed Romper

ROMPER: C/MEO COLLECTIVE WEDGES: STEVE MADDEN | HANDBAG: LOUIS VUITTON NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR (I wear this with everything!) EARRINGS: KENDRA SCOTT 

As soon as I saw this romper, I knew it had to be mine! I don’t own anything like it, and it makes such a beautiful statement piece! I normally don’t go for orange, but it was calling my name!

Photo Credit: Paige Michelle Photography

 I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! I’ve been so excited to share this look with you. I ordered this romper from Revolve, and it has since sold out. However, I did find it in a couple sizes on another website! I thought it was so cute online, but it was much more beautiful in person. I think my favorite part about it are the sleeves! They are very exaggerated, but I think they make the look more unique.

I couldn’t help but pair my favorite wedges with this. The cognac color paired perfectly with the bright orange! I typically go with minimal accessories, so I added my favorite layering necklace and a pair of rose gold earrings. I think this is the perfect look for summer, especially if you’re rocking a nice tan!

In other news, I was notified last week that I am now a member of rewardStyle! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I already announced this. Basically, this means that if you download the liketoknowit app, then you can screenshot or “like” my photos to directly shop my looks! This was a huge goal of mine, so it was exciting to receive the news!

Embroidered Off The Shoulder Dress

DRESS: Free People | SUNGLASSES: DIFF (use code: DIFFCASEY for 25% off) | WEDGES: Steve Madden | NECKLACE: BaubleBar | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton

If you are looking for the perfect dress for summer, I’ve got you covered. This off the shoulder dress from Free People is everything you could want. It’s so comfortable (definitely one of those dresses you can easily throw on and go) and it has pockets! Off the shoulder dresses are really on trend at the moment and I can’t get enough of them. I’m obsessed with the neon embroidery on this one, it’s beautiful!

 Photo Credit: Paige Michelle Photography

I just have to acknowledge that today marks TWO YEARS that I’ve been blogging. It seems like just yesterday I decided to take a leap of faith and attempt to make this thing work. While it appears as though a lot of fashion bloggers have a “picture perfect” life, I can assure you that’s not the case. I have had many ups and downs along this journey.

For about a year and a half, I experienced essentially no growth on my Instagram or blog. As stupid as it sounds, it really discouraged me. I began to wonder if I was wasting my time. A few weeks ago, I finally hit 10K followers on my Instagram. For me, it was a huge milestone. It showed that my hard work was finally being noticed, but let me emphasize this – numbers do not matter.

If you blog in the hopes that you will make it big, you’re not doing it for the right reason. I started this blog two years ago for myself. There were times I wondered if anyone other than me or my family read my posts, but they made me happy, so it didn’t matter. People I knew would make snide remarks because they didn’t understand it, but it made me happy. To me, that’s what it all boils down to.. does it make you happy?

Another issue I struggled with was comparison. I would compare myself to other bloggers who had been blogging for much less time than myself and had far surpassed my success. There will always be someone out there with better content, more followers, more likes, and more engagement than you.. and that’s just the way it is. If you get so wrapped up in someone else’s life, you’ll miss out on your own.

But here I am.. two years later (this sounds far more dramatic that it actually is lol) I can genuinely say I am a better person because of blogging. I know that seems ridiculous, but let me explain. Blogging has truly helped me express myself. It’s opened a lot of doors for me and presented me with opportunities that I’m very grateful for. It has allowed me to overcome anxieties. It’s introduced me to people and friends I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I have become so much more confident in myself because of it.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me, whether that be from the beginning… or two weeks ago. I’ve enjoyed seeing myself grow along with this blog, and I hope you have too!

Bartaco Nashville

Bartaco was so kind to reach out to me and invite me to take part in their #bartacosecret campaign! Every so often, Bartaco introduces a “secret taco” to their menu that can only be ordered for a short period of time. In May they released their 10th secret taco – the crispy soft shell crab taco!

I started off with a mojito – my go-to drink whenever I go to Bartaco! You also can’t go wrong with their sangria, it’s great! I’ve yet to try their margaritas, but those are their signature drink, and definitely next on my list!

Before trying out the secret taco, we chowed down on some chips and guac, which is an absolute must whenever you go to Bartaco!

The shrimp taco is my all time fav, but the secret taco is not far behind! Initially, I was a little unsure since I had never tried soft shell crab before, but I was thoroughly impressed!

The staff was so kind to also bring out a favorite of mine – the shrimp “banh mi” taco, along with one of their personal recommendations – tuna poke. I’ve always overlooked it on the menu, but I’m looking forward to trying it again!

Last, but definitely not least was dessert! I’ve tried their churros and key lime pie before, so I decided to test out their gelato.. no regrets!

I want to send a huge thank you to the staff at Bartaco Nashville for being so kind and accommodating!

DRESS: LOFT SHOES: Steve Madden | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott (similar)

Photo Credit: Logan Jernigan

California Dreamin’: Venice Beach, Santa Monica, & Malibu

Quick pitstop in Koreatown before heading to Venice Beach

Venice Fishing Pier

riding bikes along the Venice Beach bike path to Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

Riding the Pacific Wheel

Checking out 3rd Street Promenade

My beautiful mom and I on Zuma Beach in Malibu

eating dinner in Malibu

back in LA for dessert – macaron ice cream sandwiches, yum!

Friday was our last full day in LA, and probably the day I was most excited for! We were going to be visiting three different places, so we had a full day ahead of us. Before making our way to Venice Beach (stop #1), we decided to make a detour to Koreatown for donuts. I was very excited about this because California Donuts was on my list, but I really didn’t think we would have time for it. I ordered a chocolate strawberry and pink sprinkle donut. Let me tell you, Krispy Kreme has nothing on these donuts! They are worth the hype!

With our donuts ordered, we merged onto the dreaded 405 (which wasn’t as bad as I anticipated) and made our way to Venice Beach. It was around 10:30am when we arrived. Once we had parked, we walked down the Venice Fishing Pier (already full of fishermen!). We just took in the surroundings and watched some surfers for a while.

Next, we made a Starbucks run (always necessary lol) before renting our bikes. If you ever visit Venice Beach, I 100% recommend renting bikes and riding to Santa Monica. Besides purchasing my handbag on Rodeo, this was my favorite experience of our trip. On one side of you is the beach and on the other side is the boardwalk. The bike ride took about 20 minutes to get to Santa Monica, but I could’ve ridden all day!

Once we made it to Santa Monica, we snapped a few pictures before checking out the Santa Monica Pier. It honestly reminded me of something off of Rocket Power (shoutout to you if you remember that show!). Oddly enough, I am terrified of Ferris Wheels, but I feel like you have to ride the Pacific Wheel if you go to Santa Monica. The view was absolutely beautiful.

At this point, we were starving. We ate lunch in Santa Monica at a restaurant called Lemonade. It was probably my favorite meal of the entire trip! We then walked around 3rd Street Promenade, which is a very popular shopping area of Santa Monica. After walking around for a while, we made the drive to Malibu (about a 30 minute drive). I will say that my biggest regret of the trip was rushing to get to Malibu because we missed big things in Venice Beach.

We drove along the Pacific Coast Highway (a must if you get the chance!) to Malibu. Once we arrived, we stopped off at Zuma Beach, which was absolutely beautiful! We relaxed for a little while before heading to dinner for our reservation. Our reservations were at Malibu Farm, which is located on the Malibu Pier. They are a farm-to-table restaurant and pride themselves on providing locally sourced and organic food. Even if the food isn’t up your alley, the view alone would be worth it! After dinner, we made the drive back to LA for a little snack. We went to Milk, a really cool ice cream place. I got a fruity pebbles macaron ice cream sandwich (that’s a mouthful, right?). It was delicious, and the perfect ending to the perfect day!

California Dreamin’: Palm Springs & Joshua Tree

all the rooms are different colors, we ended up in one of the yellow rooms!

TOP: Buddy Love

One of the most iconic houses in Palm Springs – it has its own Instagram account and hashtag!

Our view at breakfast

I loved trying local coffee places on our trip – this one was my absolute favorite!

Cacti were blooming out everywhere!!

Barker Dam

Skull Rock

Cholla Cactus Garden

On Thursday morning, we had an early start (as usual). We didn’t have a whole lot of time in Palm Springs, so we wanted to make sure that we utilized the time we did have. The first thing on the agenda was pictures. We stayed at The Saguaro, which is the coolest and most colorful hotel I’ve ever been to, so pictures were necessary haha. We shot a few around the hotel and pool before checking out.

Our next stop was the infamous house with the pink door. As I mentioned above, it’s one of the most well-known homes in Palm Springs. It’s become such a popular place for tourists to snap pics that the owners run an Instagram account for it. It might seem crazy, but the house really is beautiful. I really appreciate architecture and design, and the homes in Palm Springs are stunning! If you’re ever in the area, I definitely recommend checking it out!!

At this point, we were absolutely starving! We had heard that Cheeky’s was the place to go for breakfast, and that was obvious. The line was out the door, so we decided to ride around and see where we ended up. We came across this place called Mod Cafe. We loved this place. The food, the service, and the view were all amazing! Next door was a coffee shop called Koffi. I love trying local coffee places on trips, so I decided to check it out. Let me tell you, out of every coffee place we went to on our trip, this one was my fav! Try this place out if you get the chance!

Next on the agenda was Joshua Tree, so we picked up a few snacks and supplies before hitting the road. The drive was supposed to be about an hour, but due to an issue with our car navigation (that took us in the opposite direction!) – it ended up taking us two hours. It was worth the wait though! Joshua Tree is unlike any place I’ve ever been before. It was absolutely beautiful!

Most of the day was spent driving through the park and stopping off at different attractions. Since we were only here for a few hours, we had to be selective where we pulled off at. Some of the places we were able to see include Barker Dam (about a mile hike), Skull Rock, and the Cholla Cactus Garden. All of these were worth seeing, especially Barker Dam! Unfortunately, we missed Arch Rock, which is one of the most popular stops.

My mom heard that when you come to Joshua Tree, you have to stay until it gets dark because it is one of the best places for stargazing. You get such a clear view of the Milky Way and the stars look unreal. I wish I had pictures, but you have to have serious camera equipment to capture it. Google “Joshua Tree at night” to see what I mean. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. After enjoying the view for a while, we made the journey back to West Hollywood, with a quick pitstop at In-N-Out of course!

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