frills + thrills: JUNE

happy monday, yall!
i know we usually gripe about mondays. i mean, there’s about 5,000 different sassy sayings to back us up. but recently i’ve been taking a different mental approach to monday. why not choose to look at monday as a fresh start, a new battle to conquer or a new goal to crush, perhaps?
it’s funny, just the other day as i was driving to a coffee shop in downtown santa monica to get some work done, i passed a mural of abraham lincoln & his quote,
“most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
so this monday i challenge you to make your mind up to be POSITIVE. go put on your big girl panties, get yourself a strong cup of coffee & HUSTLE.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY, YALL!
since we’re having a positive outlook on monday, i thought i’d share a little round up five frills & thrills i’ve been loving for the month of june. it’s been awhile since i’ve done a “frills & thrills” post, so if you’re new here i’ll clue you in! from now on at the end of every month (fingers crossed) i’ll be sharing five little frills or thrills (like things/places/activities/etc.) that have brought me joy in some way during that month. whether it be a new garment, a favorite coffee shop, website, or maybe some new dish i tried at a local restaurant.
( and yes, i know it’s 10 days into july…next month i’ll try to be a little bit more punctual. )
sooooooo let’s jump on in!

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today’s look..the art of being a loner.

i survived week one, y’all!
well, not that i thought i wouldn’t survive. i mean it’s not like i’m roughing it and working for some crazy person. i’ve been so incredibly blessed to live in such a nice place with such wonderful people and to work with an absolutely amazing woman.
i could go on and on about all i learned this week and things i did, but i’ll spare you. 😉
(but if you do want to hear all about it let’s go get coffee, give me a ring, OH! or be my penpal.)
i will clue you in on one thing i’m learning though: the art of being a loner.
okay, that sounds so pitiful, but i promise you it’s not! i cherish “em time” and to know that a lot of this summer will be just that makes me SO excited.
i love adventuring on my own when i get the chance. coming from college where i’m constantly surrounded by dear friends, & my precious boyfriend, to the bustling city of los angeles where i only truly know four people, i just had to kind of adapt to making it on my own. so much selfgrowth and discovery can happen when you are pushed out of your comfort zone. you find out what YOU believe in, what your faith is rooted in, what your true passions are. and i’m quite looking forward to that.
(sidenote: i’m not even going to talk about getting lonely, because loneliness sucks. absolutely sucks, but you learn that it’s only temporary. okay, moving on…)
so yeah, maybe i’ll be doing a lot on my own, learning to be a loner, and who knows maybe i’ll make some friends along the way. in the end, i know that the lord has big plans for this summer and that by the end of it my relationship with him will be the strongest it’s ever been, my love for bud will be 10x greater (distance makes the heart grow fonder, yanno?) & i will be an all around better me than before.
so here’s to the art of being a loner!
as for today’s look, the adventures are just beginning, y’all!! these gorgeous photos were taken up in montecito, california earlier this week by my new friend/boss lady #2/photographer kat hennessey (she is FAB, y’all, so go give her a follow), and i’m obsessed.
/ dress: so so old (similar here) / belt: vince camuto / booties: forever21 (similar here & here) /

today’s look..here’s to new adventures!

hello lovebugs all the way from sunny LA!
i have officially started my internship with the wonderful kait from Madly Mignon this week, and even though we are only two days in i can tell you it is going to be one heck of an amazing summer. sidenote, if you haven’t ever read kait’s blog you NEED to. this woman is unbelieveable! aside from being a fierce, #girlboss role model, she is also one of the brightest shining lights for the lord i’ve ever met. i cannot wait to spend this summer (and hopefully many years to come) in her mentorship.
now, you’re probably thinking, “wow, em! sounds like you are off to a great start!”
and yes as of monday i am, but let me tell you this was the hardest thing i’ve ever had to do. ever since i accepted this internship i’ve been nothing but excited. it wasn’t until the semester came to an end that leaving became all too real. yes i’ve been other places far from home on my “own” (new york, europe, spring break trips, etc.), but nothing like this. as i said goodbye to the people i love the most one by one, wanting to stay out here got harder and harder. i suck at goodbyes, even if it’s only for a few months. i don’t think i’ve ever cried so much in one week. lol
but then somehow after my first day going insanely well (despite my nerves), i was filled with overwhelming peace. like god was just saying “my daughter, i’ve got you. just lean on me. i’ll see you through.”
how is god working in your life this week?
i am so excited to continue this new journey, and so thankful kait has taken me under her wing! be prepared for updates as the summer continues!
PS: for someone who doesn’t wear yellow, i’ve been wearing this new madewell top quite a bit recently. maybe it’s an outward expression of the los angeles sunshine? haha
/ top: madewell / shorts: vintage / sandals: target / sunnies: c/o madewell /