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

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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!

48 Hours in Charleston

Two weekends ago, I went to Charleston, SC for my birthday. I had never been to Charleston before but I’ve been curious about it since becoming obsessed with Southern Charm. Shep or Austen, if you’re single…call me. It looks like such a charming and quant town and I’ve been seeing more and more people travel there lately. I couldn’t wait to go. We only spent 48 hours in Charleston, but it was definitely enough to get a lot of things in! Here are some of the places I would recommend going if you are visiting Charleston for a short weekend trip.

To Do

Rainbow Row: Rainbow Row is located in downtown Charleston. It’s got the most beautiful painted buildings (picture above and below). This is a photographers dream. It’s absolutely stunning.

Magnolia Plantation: Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown, this plantation is worth the drive. They have stunning landscape and gardens. You can take tours of the plantation or just walk around like we did.

King Street: Now this is kind of generic because King St. runs pretty much all throughout Charleston but it’s got the best shopping. It’s such a cute street with tons of different places to stop in and shop, or eat.

Ride a Rickshaw: When you’re walking down the streets of Charleston, you’ll notice a bunch of guys on bikes driving people around town. We took two rickshaw rides during our stay and not only was it super fun but it was a great way to see the town.

Eat and Drink

The Gin Joint: This was one of my favorite spots we went to. It’s a small hole in the wall dive bar. They have this drink called the Bartender’s Choice where you choose two words from a list and the bartender makes you whatever he wants. I highly recommend this, it’s super fun to do. They also had DELICIOUS bar food. The pretzels were amazing.

Cannon Green: This was my favorite brunch spot. Not only is it visually stunning, the food was incredible. They had this banana bread that we shared and it was seriously to die for. They also had a DJ spinning tunes on Sunday, and they give you cute little cards to request a song. The extra touch did not go unnoticed!

Restoration Rooftop Bar: We stopped by here after a long day of walking for a drink and snacks. They had delicious cocktails and the most yummy cheese board.

Black Tap Coffee: I’m obsessed with Julia from Gal Meets Glam and she recommended this coffee place so I had to go. I got a brown sugar iced latte and it was SO SO good. I’m still dreaming about it.

48 hours in Charleston

Overall, my trip to Charleston was such a blast. I would love to visit the city again and explore some more! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite spots so I can add them on the list for next time!

Birthday Lunch at the Polo Lounge

Top: Zara {similar} // Pants: Frame Denim // Shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Stylst // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Happy Friday everyone! I know I normally post a weekend reading on Fridays, but this week I wanted to switch it up a little bit. Monday was my birthday and so I just wanted to post my outfit from my birthday lunch yesterday! BTW if ya’ll are looking for some comfy heels, these Sam Edelman heels are seriously the most comfortable heels I have ever worn!

First off, I wanted to thank all of my family and friends for celebrating my birthday with me! I’m officially 27 now! I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified LOL. I kicked off my birthday weekend in Charleston with my two good friends. It was my first time in Charleston and I had such a blast! I’ll be doing a post next week about my trip, so stay tuned for that! When I got back from Charleston, I celebrated with my roommates and also my coworkers. My one coworker got me a clay replica of Baguette, and it’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Can’t wait to put it in my new apartment!

This weekend I’m going to be keeping it pretty low key and just hang out with some friends. It’s also Baggy’s birthday on Sunday (she’s turning 3!) so we’ll have a little celebration at home for that. What are you guys up to this weekend?

birthday lunch

Off The Shoulder Dress

Dress: Express // Shoes: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Earrings: Anthropologie {similar} // Rings: Monica Vinader, Anita Ko {similar} and BaubleBar

The other day I was FaceTiming with my mom while wearing this off the shoulder dress (as I normally do to see the puppies, duh) and she asked “did you get that dress for half off cause it’s missing a sleeve”. LOL old people humor. But for real, I got this dress from Express for not that much (it’s on sale right now for $50!). I’m really trying to dress up more in 2018, as I sit here writing this post dressed like a hobo…don’t judge me it’s freezing in LA right now. Dresses are the easiest way to dress up (pun intended) and look put together without putting in much effort.

Also, I’m going to Charleston this weekend for my birthday, woot woot! I seriously CAN NOT wait! Be sure to follow me on instagram @esthercollins because I will be posting a ton during my trip, showing you guys what I am doing! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite places that I should check out. I’ve never been before so I am stoked!

off the shoulder dress

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Weekend Reading #37

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1. Love advice all women should hear.

2. Easy meals to make for one person.

3. Star Alliance will help you to never miss a connecting flight again.

4. These things will scientifically make you happier.

5. Have dating apps killed romance? (I say yes.)

6. What to eat for stress and anxiety.

7. Target vs. Costco.

8. Secrets from flight attendants.

9. This jewelry line is actually genius!

10. Beautiful and healthy bowls to make this week.

 

Comfy Work Wear

work wear

Bodysuit: ASOS // Blazer: ASOS // Pants: ASOS // Shoes: Boohoo [on sale!] // Bag: Gucci // Rings: Monica Vinader and Anita Ko

Can I be real with you guys? I hate business attire for girls. Now some girls can really pull it off and look hot aka Meghan Markle on Suits (she can do no wrong). But whenever I try to wear a business suit, I look and feel frumpy. That’s why when I saw this matching blazer and pant suit set on ASOS I had to get it. It was super chic and one of the few business looking outfits that I thought, hey I think I can pull that off. Not to mention it’s a super soft material that makes you feel like you’re wearing pajamas. Because let’s be real, no one likes to wear stiff clothing.

I’m seriously obsessed with this outfit. It’s the perfect thing to wear to work where you look super put together (and cute!) and still comfortable. I’ve already gotten a bunch of compliments with this outfit. The shoes are also my new faves. I’ll be honest, they’re not the most comfortable to wear all day but they are pretty damn cute! I love that pointed toe shoes are coming back in style. It really helps to elevate an outfit.

What outfits do you guys like to wear for a business look? I’m always in need of some new work clothes so let me know in the comments below!

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Weekend Reading #36

Shirt: Zara // Jeans: American Eagle // Shoes: Boohoo // Earrings: BaubleBar [on sale!!] // Bag: Gucci

1. These coffee bars will make you want one in your home.

2. How to wash your jeans.

3. Housewarming gift ideas.

4. I need to make this Fusilli alla Vodka asap!

5. How Charleston became a world class culinary capital.

6. Stylish ways to organize your shoes.

7. High protein breakfasts for weight loss – might try one of these for dinner tonight!

8. The best healthy places to travel to in 2018.

9. Ben and Jerry’s just launched a lighter, healthier ice cream and I can’t wait to try it!

10. Brilliant tech travel hacks!

 

The Ultimate Breakup Playlist

breakup

Music heals the soul. It really does. As some of you may know, I recently went through a pretty rough breakup. A breakup sucks. Sometimes after a breakup you don’t know what to do or where to turn to in order to feel better. Music for me was a huge savior. It helped to pull me out of some really dark times. Listening to the lyrics of these songs gave me something to relate to. When you’re going through a rough time, sometimes all you need is to know that you are not alone in what you are feeling.

Over the past few months I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of songs. The first two months after my breakup, I probably listened to this playlist everyday on repeat. Now I only listen to it every once in a while. I love each and every single one of these songs because they really describe every post-breakup feeling. From sadness, to anger, to I love you, to I hate you and everything else in between.

This is my ultimate breakup playlist; I’ve Done Love.