San Diego, CA
Style Vibes: Comfy, Casual & Undone
5′ 9″ | No Curves | Jeans 28 | Size 8-ish
Mama of a toddler + 2 cats
Hello From Sunny San Diego!
I’m always on the hunt for oversized, loose and casual pieces that can go from morning coffee to a day at the beach, and I’m an avid collector of the perfect drapey sweatshirt. I believe high quality basics are the best foundation to any wardrobe, and prefer a messier/undone look over a tailored + classy one in every way. Free People, Reformation, and Jenni Kayne rank among some of my top fave brands to shop!
A little about my shape which may help when getting an idea visually of the pieces I’m wearing: I’m tall with long legs, very straight framed and pretty much lack all curves (just call me SpongeBob Squarepants). Sizing doesn’t make any sense across brands, but I typically prefer mediums-larges in tops, and range anywhere from 27-29 in bottoms. As for shoes? I rock between a size 9.5 & 10. If you ever have specific questions, sizing or anything else, please always feel free to send a DM on Instagram!
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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids, etc.
I’ve gone back and forth between California and Michigan my whole life, but have recently settled down in San Diego with my best friend (aka The Hubs, or Paul) and our wild(ly wonderful) toddler boy. I’ve been a full-time traveling wedding photographer for the past decade but have slowly been throttling back since having a kid.
Three words to describe your personal style. Go.
Bahhh, why are 3 words so hard, though?
1) Undone (aka a bit messy)
2) Casual (athleisure fits are my favorite)
3) Comfy (aka oversized + high quality)
Who are your style icons? How do you integrate those tastes into your own wardrobe if at all?
Mary-Kate & Ashley: the queens of breaking the rules and wearing everything oversized. Their boldness for wearing whatever they truly love despite the trends, while making risky statements such as rocking socks with sandals years before it was considered socially cool, makes them forerunners, and are just two reasons I’m always religiously paying attention to their influence. They have been my fashion icons since I was a kid asking for their entire Walmart clothing line for Christmas and birthday gifts, and the reason I often look to break any fashion rules or molds myself. But also, Princess Diana’s off-duty look is my forever mood; her ability to style bike shorts, sweatshirts and sneakers while making it look perfectly put-together was (and is) major goals.
How has your personal style changed during your pregnancy?
Wow, pregnancy made it rough for me to get dressed (or even enjoy clothes at all). I wasn’t able to seamlessly merge my normal closet with my changing belly like I thought I could (people on the internet make it sound so easy), but once I finally “gave in” and grabbed a few maternity-specific items (or even just a few new items that made me feel confident) it was so much more – FUN! These jeans and this pair of leggings were two maternity lifesavers.
What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.)
It’s a fleece jacket from Free People. I own multiple colors and wear one nearly every day, whether just over my workout gear to head to the gym, to throw on when my kid wants to play outside, and even just as a sweatshirt indoors when I’m cold. It comes in the most incredible colors, has convenient pockets, and, well, is just perfect.
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge height from an Instagram or blog post – SO…how tall are you?
5’9” and some change. Technically just a tick under 5’10” but it feels cheating to round up when referring to height.
Your top three beauty products?
1) A stronghold gel to brush through my eyebrows (+ brow pomade… if I have good brows, I can conquer the day).
2) A clean, dewy tinted moisturizer with SPF.
3) Lip gloss/balm/oil – I practically hoard them. My current go-to is this one.
What drew you to blogging and when did you start?
Honestly, I think I was just born into the generation of blogging — but it used to be all about online diaries. LiveJournal, DeadJournal, Blogger — you name it, I had one. I remember looking over my mom’s shoulder at Ree Drummond’s blog (aka: The Pioneer Woman) who was the first real example I had of someone going after lifestyle blogging; detailing her life in words and images for all of us to follow along and fall in love with. It was equally so strange and so captivating. From that point on, many WordPress accounts were created for seasons in my life (oh, how I wish I could remember all their URL’s) — but it was always just a fun creative outlet, never anything I devoted time or serious energy into. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Shana for photography a few years back, and that turned into frequent shoots for both Shana and Scotti. To have the opportunity to now contribute to this blog myself feels like the most rad honor!
What does a typical day look like? How do you manage your time vs. blogging (or work)?
Wow, having a baby changes everything. While I used to, admittedly, be a workaholic and live at my desk, I now happily “clock out” and set some good boundaries so I can spend time with my family. My husband is also self-employed, so we are both able to be involved with every parenting aspect equally, having the ability to set schedules where we split time to allow one another to go work as needed. It’s definitely a balancing act that ebbs and flows.
What did you dream of being when you were young?
A photographer for National Geographic (I mean, weddings are kind of close…).
What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?
Never say never!!