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Beach Therapy

“It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy.” – Amy Dykens

Heels on high rocky surfaces like these are kinda not recommended. :)

[Photos by NR]
Top (used as cover-up): Express dolman blouse
Swimwear: H&M
Necklace: Kate Spade Delacorte Floral, Givenchy Pine Street, Givenchy Crystal Station
Bracelets: Forever21 Friendship, Kate Spade, ASOS spikes, DIY wrap bracelets
Shoes: Charles David, Hat: Victoria’s Secret, Glasses: Christian Dior

Who does not love the beach? It is a place of healing and joy. The sun embraces us in its warmth and the sound of the ocean heals the heart, mind, and soul.

This weekend was finally warm enough for some beach time. NR and I took the windy road through Santa Cruz and drove down the coast until we reach the scenic “17 mile drive” at Pacific Grove. We ended up on the beautiful Pebble Beach where we spent the morning soaking in some sun and listened to the beautiful sound of the waves. If you ever visit Northern California, the 17 mile scenic drive is a must!

Continuation of our mini road trip later this week…Enjoy your Monday! xo.


“Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Photos by NR]
Dress: Alice + Olivia pleated maxi dress (old/sold out, similar at 80% off here!
Shoes: Charles David
Bracelets: Cuffs from Bloomingdales
Glasses: Prada

On days when I can’t decide what “outfit” to put together, my maxi dress always come to the rescue! It’s cute, chic, comfy, not to mention easy and efficient! Throw it on and you instantly look darling (plus if you don’t feel like shaving, who would know? :)

Stacey Bendt Eisner, designer and founder of Alice + Olivia is no stranger to girlie, flowy pleats!  There’s something about the flowy-elegance meet relaxed-sophistication of this green pleated maxi dress that makes me feel like a princess every time I put it on. Definitely a favorite of mine in 2011 and will for sure be a repeat this summer….

Readers: What’s Your Take on Maxi Dresses? Do you Love them or Hate them?

Satelite Heart

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.” -William Shakespeare, Hamlet

[Photos by NR]
Dress: BCBGeneration Strapless Overlay Dress
Shoes: Charles David
Necklace and Bracelet (Matching): T. Tahari Goldstone Disc from Lord & Taylor
Earrings: Kate Spade

Last weekend, NR and I went to a location in Stanford (Palo Alto) called “The Dish” to capture the beautiful sunset and take pictures in this romantic cream BCBGeneration overlay dress, paired with T. Tahari necklace and bracelet to add a P.O.C. (pop of color). When we arrived at the bottom of the hill, the sun was quickly disappearing behind the mountains. Sadly we still missed the sun but managed to capture the evanescent beauty of the sunset…which made for beautiful lighting in our pictures.

Sunny Delight

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

[Photos by NR]
Top: Poplin Twist Front Halter Blouse from BCBGMAXAZRIA (similar here)
Skirt: H&M
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Swing Black Shoulder Bag
Hat: Straw Fedora (similar here)
Shoes: Charles David
Cage Ring: H&M

I came across this “sunny” flared skirt from H&M the other day and was immediately in love. As you can see, I can’t get enough of bright colors these days. The only problem was it was slightly loose in the waist. Too lazy to pull out the sewing machine and didn’t want to wait 4 days for my seamstress to fix the problem (I’m an Aries, and we are very impatient), I decided to do a quick D-I-Y. A needle, thread, a pair of scissors, an iron and 7 minutes was all that was needed to slim and turn this baby from a size 4 into a 2!

Tutorial: How to change the size of your skirt in a few short steps