Monday, January 30, 2017

Styling a Button Up Casually

Old Navy button up shirt

Last week I kicked off my three-part series, for lack of a better term, that will showcase one shirt, three ways. My first style was a buttoned-up business look, and today I have a casual outfit. All three looks feature a classic blouse from Old Navy, probably something similar to that we all have in our closets already. So this outfit can pretty easily be copied!

Old Navy button up shirt
Styling an Old Navy button-up shirt
Felt Fedora
Styling an Old Navy button-up shirt
Casual Old Navy button-up shirt

Um, how ridiculous are the three different browns I'm wearing? Please just ignore that tiny detail. I actually grabbed the wrong purse so I should've been only minimally mismatched ha.

Next week I have a bit of a funky, Valentine's Day look that incorporates this button up. So be sure to stop by to check it out!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Crushin' on Red & Pink

It's never too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day, amirite?! So in the spirit of all things love, here are a few red and pink items that I am currently crushing on. I'll take one of each please and thank you!

Valentine's Day Lust

  Watch  |  Mug  |  Throw Pillow  |  Converse  |  Lipstick  |  Wallet  |  Candle  |  Scarf

Do you have any VDay plans? Since I'm single I'd love to live vicariously through you! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

All Business Button Up

Old Navy button-up shirt

I recently bought this Old Navy button-up top and am finding ways to incorporate it into varying outfits. Today I'm showcasing how I styled it for a professional look. Throw a blazer over it and add some heals and you're set for a big meeting or interview.

This pretty light blue blouse is super comfy and feels, and looks, almost like a chambray. Bonus: it's currently on sale for $19. There are many similar Old Navy tops in the same price range so you're sure to find a style that fits you just right.

Old Navy button-up shirt
Styling a button-up blouse
Styling a classic button-up top
Classic button-up
Outfit details
Styling a button-up shirt
Fashionable business attire

Are you a fan of the classic button-up shirt or do you prefer to go a little more trendy? If you lean to the latter, stay tuned because I'll be styling this top three different ways over the next few weeks.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wrightwood Mountain Snow Day

Mt. High Ski Resort
Snow Day
Wrightwood, CA
Wrightwood Mountain

While most of the country has received feet of snow, I'm just over here in Southern California dreaming about flurries. Despite the lack of winter in LA and Orange Counties, we do get snow in our local mountains. This year we're had a bunch of rain (well, a lot for our drought-ridden state) and a lot of snow. A few weeks ago I made my way up to Wrightwood Mountain for a snow day. The last time I'd seen real snow was during my high school senior trip in 2001! I've been snowboarding, but with our lack of rain, we usually have fake snow on the slopes. So I was way overdue.

While it wasn't much compared to what most are used to, it was still fun to play in the snow and crisp air!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Whale Watching With Harbor Breeze Cruises

Gray Whale Tail

I recently had the amazing opportunity to go whale watching with Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises. A small group from the media set out and had the best morning on the ocean. The weather was beautiful and the sea life came out to play!

When whale watching, it's pretty normal to see dolphins since they love playing in boats' wakes. On this particular morning there were a bunch of common dolphins swimming along with the boat. No matter how many times I see dolphins, it never ceases to amazing me just how smart and playful they are!

Common Dolphins Playing
Common Dolphin

And then it happened - we saw a gray whale migrating with it's calf. November through May, they start in Alaska and make their way down to the warmer waters of Mexico to court and have babies. This mom hadn't quite made it all the way south before giving birth and the Aquarium specialists thought the calf was about a week old. What a treat! It was pretty awe-inspiring to see such majestic creatures and have experts from Aquarium of the Pacific on hand to explain what we were seeing and to answer our questions.

Along with the whales were a group of friendly dolphins joining them on part of their journey. Again, dolphins are the best!

Migrating Gray Whales
Gray Whale Water Spout
Gray Whale in Long Beach, CA
Gray Whale Swimming With Dolphins

I was really impressed with Harbor Breeze Cruises. Their luxury catamarans were designed with whale watching in mind and have stadium seating that allows more people to sit outside compared to most whale watching boats. Plus, the set up provides optimal views.

Also, their experienced captains and expert naturalists are trained by Aquarium of the Pacific so they know what to look for and how to behave around sea life. I really appreciate that they follow the law of keeping a distance between the boat and whales. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a boat can not interrupt whales. That means they must stay at least 100 yards away, not get in their path or change their direction, etc. That's really important and traveling with Harbor Breeze Cruises, you can rest assured that you are experiencing wildlife without disturbing it.

Harbor Breeze Cruises
Harbor Breeze Cruises

Right now is the perfect time to go whale watching. The waters are so active at this time of year that you have a good chance of spotting whales. And if you don't, you can count on the friendly dolphins! It is a little chilly out on the water but if you bundle up you'll be just fine. Head over to their site to book a tour. Or better yet - book a whale watching tour that includes admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The two are right next to each other and a combo ticket is only $49.95 for adults, $33.95 for children, and $45.95 for seniors.

I've been to the Aquarium twice in the last few months and love it there. So many cool creatures and you can get your hands dirty - literally - touching sharks, sting rays, starfish, and more. Make a day out of it and get to Long Beach for a day at the aquarium and on a whale watching tour!

Gray Whale Tail