Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Classics


When in doubt, stick to the classics. Here is a daytime look for you guys featuring a combination of my favorite, timeless styles: a chic, off the shoulder top, some nude heels, and a touch of Louis Vuitton. I actually hadn't worn this bag out in a while, so it's about time I gave it some much needed attention. This was my first ever designer handbag and it's still in great condition 9 years later, so I really should wear it out more often! Louis Vuitton will always be a major classic, which is essentially why I decided to pair it with a few other staple pieces as well. For example, you can also never go wrong with a nice fitting pair of blue jeans. They're an amazingly versatile garment, and I think it's pretty silly when people assume that they're exclusive to plain, casual outfits only. Throw on a killer top, some heels and a fabulous bag and there is nothing plain about what you've got going on. 

On a bit of a side note, I got super lucky when ordering this top online. Unbeknownst to me, the day I decided to buy this was also the day in which H&M decided to put on a pretty rad sale. This top dropped from $17 to $9.99, which couldn't have been any more perfect since I couldn't decide between getting either the black or white top So with the new sale price, I ended up buying both for just about the original price of one. A shopaholic's dream come true, no?

xo,
Sydney






Outfit Details

Top: H&M
Jeans: PacSun
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Bag: Louis Vuitton

Friday, February 26, 2016

My Avocado Toast Recipe


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll probably know by now that I am lover of all things breakfast/ brunch related. It's hands down my favorite meal of the day, and I'm very thankful to live in a city where I can go out and feast on some of the tastiest ones out there. But just as much as I love going out to eat, I also love cooking it at home. Few things make me happier than a lazy morning in filled with coffee, a tasty meal and some Netflix. I actually used to work in a deli where I would make a whole menu of breakfast items all the time, so a lot of it comes back to use when I make myself food as well. Breakfast burritos, sandwiches, omelettes, scrambles....all that good stuff.

One of my personal favorites is avocado toast. LA really loves their avocado toast, and there is a whole myriad of places around town where you can get some pretty amazing versions of it. The Butcher's Dog in Venice is definitely one of my favorites - I especially love their avocado toast eggs benedict, which is literally two of my favorite breakfast dishes combined. As amazing as it all is, however, nothing makes me more satisfied than the version I make for myself at home. It's super easy, quick and you don't even have to get out of your pajamas! Oh, and it's delicious too. 

Here is a very simple yet tasty recipe for avocado toast. Hope you guys like it just as much as I do!

Ingredients
-Sourdough bread (I prefer a loaf with thick slices)
-1 avocado
-Crushed red pepper
-Black pepper
-1-2 eggs, depending on how hungry you are
-Tapatio for extra flavor (Optional)

Directions
1. Get a small saucepan of water and put it on to boil.

2. While the water is heating up, get two pieces of bread and toast them. The loaf that I get has HUGE slices, so I'll either take one slice and cut it in half or pick two smaller slices.

3. Once toasted to a nice golden-brown color, slice open your avocado and evenly spread it over the pieces of toast.

4. After it's applied, sprinkle both crushed red pepper and black pepper on it. I personally think freshly cracked black pepper tastes the best on this. You can also add salt if you'd like, but I usually don't.

5. By this point, the water in the saucepan should either be boiling or close to it. Once boiling, take a spoon and carefully swirl the water around until there is a mini whirlpool in the saucepan. Once that's going, crack your first egg directly into the pot. It should naturally swirl around with the water, but it helps to keep swirling it with the spoon afterwords as well. Make sure to not break the yolk in the process! The swirling is meant to poach the egg, and you should begin to see it form into a soft, white ball shape. It's usually good after a minute or two, but keep it in longer if you prefer a firmer yolk (you can get an idea of how firm it is by very gently touching it with the spoon).

6. Once it's cooked to your liking, carefully scoop out the egg (and just the egg. Avoid scooping out any water) with the spoon. Put it onto a separate plate and make sure that any excess water that may be on it has come off. Soggy toast is the worst, so this is an important thing to take note of! Very gently pat dry with a paper towel if necessary. After this, you can either repeat the poaching process with another egg or stick with just one.  If you're poaching two eggs, simply put them on the pieces of toast once they're cooked and dried off. If you're only doing one egg, cut the egg in half after poaching/ drying and place the halves on each piece of toast. Some yolk will probably come out onto the plate after cutting it, so I usually take the edge of the spoon and scrape this yolk onto the toast.

7. Sprinkle one last dash of black pepper onto the tops of the eggs, and you're good to go. If you're a spicy food fanatic like I am, grab a bottle of Tapatio for extra flavoring as well.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February Air



When you're both a full-time student and a blogger, you constantly find yourself searching for the best way to manage these demanding schedules. Every now and then, it involves bringing them together! I took this shoot literally right after getting out of my legal communication class, strategically hiding my not-as-fashionable notebook out of these shots. Thankfully, my campus is picturesque to begin with and perfect for doing a shoot, making it easy to get these pictures done right as the sun went down. 

As you can tell, we experimented a bit with golden hour lighting. I personally think the glare in some of these shots looks really neat, but I definitely made sure to feature some without it so that you can actually get a good view of the outfit itself haha. 

This lace-up dress is incredibly breezy and comfortable, making it perfect for the warm weather we've been experiencing again. It's from my favorite boutique in San Diego, Mimi & Red, and I actually got it on a visit down to SD last month. I think every time I visit there from now on, I'm going to make sure to give Mimi & Red a visit and leave with something cute. I wanted this piece to stand out on its own, so I kept everything else simple. Minimal gold jewelry, nude ankle strap heels and a matching black Michael Kors satchel completed the outfit in a chic and sleek manner.

And yes, to all my fellow Lights fans out there, the title of this post is indeed a reference to one of her first hits February Air. I love Lights, and am still waiting on the day that she comes back to LA so I can finally see her live. I've been a fan of her's for a good 10 years now and I still can't believe I haven't seen her in concert yet! I'm sure once I do, there will be plenty of happy tears shed. One day...

xo,
Sydney








Outfit Details

Dress: Mimi & Red
Shoes: Target
Bag: Michael Kors
Watch: Michael Kors

Friday, February 12, 2016

Golden Hour Glow


There are few things I enjoy more than having great food with great company - all while rocking an outfit I love. This past weekend was just that! Last Friday night, my friend and I went to go see The Revenant (which was pretty good but also quite gruesome) and then went on a 1:00 am excursion to my favorite 24 hour donut spot, DK's Donuts. The next day, my boyfriend and I went out to Venice and had a lovely afternoon getting brunch at Gjusta, drinks at a spot along the boardwalk, and taking a nice long walk around the area. We ended up in Santa Monica to shoot this look, which we also managed to do right at my favorite time of the day: golden hour~ Afterwards, we got some more drinks at Areal on Main Street and then ended the night back in Venice with tacos and french fries at Komodo. If you're in the LA area and have yet to try any of these places out, do so now! You'll thank me later. 

For this look, I wanted to rock something light and casual with a bit of edge. This off-the-shoulder dress was the perfect choice for a day out, and it can easily transition into a night look as well. I've always been a fan of this style, and maaay or may not have gone on a bit of an off-the-shoulder shopping binge the other day. Regardless, expect to see this style continue to show up in upcoming posts.  My OTK boots added the level of edge that I was aiming for, and they paired just right with my Michael Kors satchel. Lastly, I threw on my ChloĆ© shades because, well, they're my favorite and I love them. Good enough reason, right? 

xo,
Sydney










Outfit Details 

Dress: Forever 21 (Similar)
Bag: Michael Kors (Similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Azil Boutique

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sweater Weather


Here is another cozy/ cold weather look I shot a few weeks ago in Santa Monica. I've been absolutely obsessed with this oversized turtleneck sweater from H&M: it's probably one of the coziest pieces I own and it's equally just as stylish! I really do love when clothing works out like that. Paired with my favorite OTK boots from Public Desire, it all comes together to create this super cozy outfit perfect for those chillier days out. Another way I like to keep warm (and also keep my boots standing up) is by wearing thigh high socks underneath for some extra insulation. This is probably the longest cold weather streak I've experienced in LA so far! Even though its only been about a year and a half since I moved here, I've gotten really accustomed to the warm climate and am definitely not as used to cold weather now as I used to be. Thankfully, it's meant to warm up again this weekend. :) 

I've actually been meaning to post this look for well over a week now, so my apologies for the delay! I had four midterms over these past two weeks (three of which were all in one week) so my school schedule has been a bit hectic. But now that those are done, I can have a bit of a breather and get back to blogging business. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend ahead of them! Anybody watching the Super Bowl? It's actually pretty cool because this year it's happening close to my hometown (Santa Cruz), so I can only imagine how crazy it must be getting up there. I'm honestly not a football fan lol but since it's such a huge occasion and everybody is celebrating, I'll plan on joining in. Mainly for the ridiculous amounts of buffalo wings, chips + guac, and other delicious, greasy Super Bowl goodness. 

xo,
Sydney











Outfit Details

Sweater: H&M (Similar)

Bag: Michael Kors