Weekend Reading #41

1. How to combat your anxiety.

2. These drinks are causing you bloating.

3. Foods to avoid before bed.

4. How much you should tip hotel housekeeping.

5. Ways to be happier.

6. Skincare tips from the pros.

7. Gotta try this chickpea cauliflower curry.

8. Skin cancer prevention tips.

9. Mistakes and lessons from your twenties.

10. Queer Eye season 2 is coming and I am PUMPED!

 

Also, Nordstrom is having their half-yearly sale! Here are some of my favorites from the sale if you guys want to shop my picks below!

 

Summer Reading List

summer reading list

Okay, this is kind of sad to admit but after I graduated college I stopped reading books. I used to be such a book nerd growing up (my bed frame was a bookcase!). But ever since I could remember I haven’t been able to finish a book. I’d get major ADD and read about half of a book then just forget about it. That was until recently. I’ve finished two books in the past couple of months, which I know isn’t a lot but for me it is! Now I’m on a reading kick so I wanted to share with you guys what I’ve read and what I’m about to read!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: This book came out a while ago but after watching Aziz’s comedy specials I had to give this a try. This book is pretty educational considering Aziz is a comedian. He goes to different places around the world and studies how people date, both in the past and present. If you’re currently trying to navigate this terrible dating world we live in, like me, then definitely give this book a read! It’s got some pretty interesting insight.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman: If you know me by now you know I’m obsessed with the Bachelor. Obsessed is in understatement. As soon as I heard this book was coming out I had to pre-order it. This goes behind the scenes of the Bachelor from even before it’s inception. It’s an easy read and highly entertaining!

Kintsugi Wellness by Candice Kumai: I heard about Candice through The Skinny Confidential podcast. Listening to her speak about this book immediately made me go out on Amazon and purchase it. I just started reading it the other day so I can’t say much about it yet but I can’t wait to continue reading it. It’s part a self-help, acceptance book and part a cook book. There’s a matcha chocolate chip cookie recipe in there I CAN’T WAIT to try!

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: This book is something my dad purchased for me while I was struggling hard with my anxiety (thanks Dad!). I have a really hard time on focusing on the present so hopefully this book will help!

What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #40

1. How your social life impacts your mental health.

2. Ladies, it’s time to start tracking your wins.

3. According to science, some of your friends don’t actually like you.

4. Get rid of belly bloat, fast.

5. These airlines have the most leg room.

6. These houseplants will help clean your air.

7. Sandra Oh, keeping it real. BTW I’m obsessed with her new show Killing Eve, go watch it!

8. How to get over friendship insecurity.

9. These photos show how different LA and NY really are.

10. Hopefully this will put a smile on your face like it did mine.

 

 

Spring Clean Your Closet

clean your closet

Hi my name is Esther and I am a hoarder. Sadly, kind of true. One good thing about my latest move is that I got a chance to go through my closet and clean out bags and bags full of things. It’s spring cleaning time so I wanted to share with you guys some of my tips of how to edit down that closet.

Okay, first things first: Create three piles – Donate, Sell and Toss

These are the items you should pull out of your closet to place in these piles.

1. Anything you haven’t worn in a year – If you haven’t worn something in the past year, chances are you probably won’t really wear it again. Be honest with yourself. If it’s in good condition put it in the sell or donate pile, if it’s not toss it.

2. Items with tags still on them – Unless you just bought something within the past month that you haven’t worn yet, if you still have the tags on chances are you won’t be wearing that item. I found a couple items that still had tags on them for YEARS. I was always saving it for that “special” moment to wear the item, but let’s be real…that moment will never come.

3. Old bras and underwear – You know what I’m talking about. We all have those bras with the underwire coming out, or underwear with holes in them. Get rid of them.

4. Anything with holes in them – TOSS. That old pair of jeans with the button missing that you’ve been saying for years you’ll fix…you won’t. Give it up and just toss it.

5. Freebie items – Those shirts you got from that random event you went to, or that ugly old t-shirt your ex-boyfriend gave you on his last trip. Get rid of it. There’s really no “sentimental” value in holding onto these things. They’re just taking up space and you’ll never wear them.

Okay, now that you’ve pulled out those items from your closet here is what you do with those piles of clothes.

Donate: There are many places you can donate your gently used clothes to such as Good Will, Salvation Army or local churches. If you drive around your town you might also see those red donation bins in parking lots that make it super easy to just drop your donation bag off. Some charities will even come and pick up your donations straight from your house. If you itemize your tax deductions, be sure to record what you are donating!

Sell: This is one of my favorite things to do because it’s fun, and you get some extra cash out of it.

For designer clothes I suggest you sell to TheRealReal. It’s super easy, they will send you a prepaid shipping label. You send them your items and if they accept it, they will then sell your clothes for you. You get to keep 55% of the sale price and TheRealReal keeps 45%.

ThredUp is another way to sell clothes online. These items don’t have to be designer, but not all items will be accepted. You can choose to donate the unaccepted items which will then be recycled. Win win.

Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell your items right from the comfort of your house. This requires the most work because you have to take the pictures and ship the items out yourself, but you also get to choose the selling price which you don’t get to do with the other services. I love using Poshmark for items such as jewelry because it’s easy and convenient.

Toss. Self explanatory. Throw it out.

There you guys have it! Happy cleaning!

 

My Favorite Places to Shop for Home Decor

shop home decor

As some of you may know, I just recently moved into a new apartment. A new apartment, means lots of home decor shopping. I absolutely LOVE home decor shopping but there are so many different places to go to that it can be kind of overwhelming. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite shops and items so that you can shop them if you’re looking for some cute home decor!

Anthropologie

Seriously my favorite place to shop. They honestly have THE CUTEST things. If I had an endless amount of cash, which sadly I don’t, I would spend it all at Anthro.

Target

I don’t know how because Target isn’t the most expensive store, but I swear all my money goes there. Their home collection, especially the new Opalhouse one has such amazing pieces.


World Market

If you’re looking for boho chic items, go check out World Market. I’m obsessed with their kitchen items!

West Elm

For a little higher end items, such as furniture or kitchen gear, I really love West Elm. They have such classic items with a modern twist.


Where are your favorite places to shop for home decor? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #39

1. Benefits of collagen, something I add to my morning coffee!

2. Meal prep ideas to save time.

3. No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake…yes please.

4. Need to make this salad, it looks so YUM!

5. Travel essentials the pros swear by.

6. One minute self-care rituals by some amazing ladies.

7. Tips for those of us that suffer from insomnia.

8. The restorative power of an all-women getaway weekend. 

9. How to get over that friendship insecurity as an adult.

10. Could you be experiencing a quarter life crisis?

 

Chilly Spring Outfit

Jacket: Blank NYC // Shirt: Brandy Melville {similar} // Jeans: Rag and Bone // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Shoes: Steve Madden {similar}

Last month I went to Charleston for my birthday weekend. While we were there the weather was still quite chilly. It’s warmed up in Los Angeles, but I know some places are still cold. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite chilly weather spring outfit. I never used to be a turtleneck kind of girl, but this shirt has made me a convert. Not only is it super comfortable, but it’s very chic tucked into any pair of jeans.

Speaking of jeans, this is my first pair of Rag and Bone denim jeans and I would live in them if I could. They are SO comfortable. Especially for being high waisted. I feel like suck you in at all the right places, but aren’t super tight to the point of no return. If you’re looking for new jeans, definitely check these out.

spring outfit

Gingham Mini Skirt

Gingham Mini Skirt: Boohoo // Bodysuit: Boohoo // Bag: Gucci // Shoes: ASOS // Earrings: BaubleBar [ON SALE!]  // Ring: Monica Vinader

What a week it has been ya’ll. I’m in the process of moving apartments so I’ve been spending the past week packing up all my things. Who knew I had so much stuff. Well actually, I kind of did. I’m sort of a hoarder. Not like the TV show Hoarders status but I definitely have a hard time getting rid of things. I’ve seriously found things I didn’t even know I had. It’s been a good way to get some spring cleaning done, but let me tell you it is S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L. I’ve gotten rid of bags and bags of things. Not only that but I am going to Vegas tomorrow for a Bachelorette party so I’ve been trying to get everything done before I leave. Vegas is seriously one of my favorite places on earth so I’m excited to go and celebrate my friend Sarah’s engagement! Also, we’re going to see Magic Mike on Saturday and I can. not. wait.

Gingham Mini Skirt

A brand I have been loving lately is Boohoo. I got both the bodysuit and skirt from Boohoo for under $50! I highly recommend getting a bodysuit like this to wear under tight skirts. This gingham mini skirt will be in full rotation for me this spring and summer. You can buy Boohoo from their website directly like I did with this skirt, or you can also get it on ASOS.

Boohoo

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

DailyLook March Unboxing

It’s that time again! Another DailyLook Unboxing! DailyLook has revamped their box with this gorgeous blue box with a bow. It feels like you’re opening up a present. They really are elevating our style with their new box! Okay, let’s see what was in this month’s box!

Halter Cami Top – $79: I LOVE a good halter top. I think it’s so sexy to show off the shoulders, especially in the warmer months. Plus this pink color is the perfect pop of color. I will definitely be wearing this out a lot! KEEP

V Neck Stripe Long Sleeve Romper – $84: Rompers are great to throw on when you’re not sure what to wear. I really did like this romper but it was too big on me. RETURN

Make You Mine Wrap Knit Dress – $88: This wrap dress was so pretty! I love the blush color, and wrap dresses are so flattering. It was a little too low cut on me but I almost kept this because it was so pretty on. RETURN

MINKPINK Club Culture Tee Dress – $33.95: This was a super casual dress and I love the brand MINKPINK. I’m just not a huge pattern person so this was just not my style. RETURN

Knit Top with Tiered Sleeves – $79: LOVE! This was my favorite item from the box. I look a fabulous sleeve. This sweater is perfect for work, but is also cute enough to wear on a date or night out! Plus it’s super comfortable to wear and I love the neutral tan color! KEEP

Hudston Barbara High Waist Raw Hem Super Skinny Jeans – $195: Black high waisted denim is what I wear 75% of the time. So of course I had to keep this pair because it’s exactly what I wear all the time. Plus these jeans are super comfortable for high waisted which can be hard to find sometimes. KEEP

Floral Print Tie Blouse – $78: This was a super cute blouse. I almost kept this as well. I love the bell sleeves on this and the silk material. If I wasn’t in between moving apartments and trying to downsize my closet I definitely would have kept this. RETURN

Sarai L/S Bell Sleeve Top – $69: This was a super cute sweater that I also almost kept. I have so many similar grey sweaters like this so ultimately I decided to pass. RETURN

ONE by One Teaspoon Dusty Bandits Denim Shorts – $62.95: I love denim shorts but for me I love a more fitted pair. These were unfortunately too baggy for me. But I have friends who would love this look! If you like the baggy oversized shorts, these are the pair for you. RETURN

Zina L/S Tie Back Off Shoulder Top – $69: This was a super cute off the shoulder top with a pretty bow tie on the back. I decided against keeping it because it was a little too loose on me and kept falling off. RETURN

DailyLook

Gorjana Hoop Earrings – $65: I love Gorjana jewelry! They have amazing quality stuff and these hoops are super cute. I’ve been on a jewelry ban myself because I have so much at home so I decided to pass on these. RETURN

There you guys have it! My DailyLook box for the month of March! I absolutely LOVE the new packaging DailyLook put together. It is such a cute touch to elevate the whole experience of getting a monthly box. To get more information, or to get your own box check out DailyLook here.

This post is in collaboration with DailyLook, all opinions are my own.

Weekend Reading #38

1. 30 things to do at home for free.

2. How long are you contagious for?

3. The best way to ride out turbulence.

4. Who has better prices, Wayfair or Overstock?

5. Healthy food that practically never expire.

6. The best yoga poses for anxiety.

7. This home decor is seriously goals.

8. Kitchen organization hack using this cheap item.

9. Carson Daly opens up about his struggle with anxiety.

10. I want to fly Emirates after reading this!