Valentine’s Day XOXO

So Valentine’s Day is officially 16 days away! Can you believe it?! The year is already zooming by, and I’m still here trying to remember to write 2018 not 2017… Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be this crazy, stressful day where you drive yourself or your partner nuts on where to go. Or which crazy restaurant to book reservations at 3 months prior to… w h at ?!

Valentine’s can be any cozy, cute, fun, crazy, adventurous, day you want it to be. It’s a personal thing with you and your gf, bf, wifey, hubby, friends and family! Dressing for Valentine’s Day is really dependent on you and your personal style. Some hate the color pink or even red, so you do you girl! I LOVE red so any excuse to wear it more, I’m in!

Do you have your #ootd ready for Feb 14th?! If not, don’t worry I got you covered and have been hovering over the internet to find some cute pieces for every date! Whether you’re doing a girls brunch, dinner with bae, beach day, etc there’s endless options for you. Below are some amazing pieces from a few of my favorite brands, enjoy!

 

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If you’re looking for a little more of a high street, designer look. Who What Wear offers some fab-u-lous options! There’s a wide range of styles and price points listed, so go ahead and take your pick! I’m currently obsessing over these three below…  Check these babies out!

 

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You can find this sexy Alexander McQueen number here

 

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I mean can we all take a second and just appreciate the floral love in this dress?! I’m obsessed with it! You can pair this with an awesome pair of sexy strappy heels, or go with a more simple sandal. You can find this darling Proenza Schouler here.

 

 

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You can never go wrong from a classic D&G dress, especially in red!

 

I hope you guys got some great inspiration from my finds for this V-day. I did a bit of shopping myself from Revolve, that red jumpsuit is a MUST have and you can wear it so many times all year long!

 

Happy Monday loves!

XOXO,

S

The New Year is here! Welcome 2018!

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Wow I still can’t really believe we’re here in 2018!! I remember back when it was Summer, and I’d joke with my fiance about “oh there’s 5 months until Christmas, are you ready?!” Now look at us! It’s January 4th and we’re off to a great start. I’ll be writing more on my blog as the time goes by on helpful tips on how to start your year and plan each month accordingly.

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If you follow my Instagram, I posted a picture of a quote that one of my favorite bloggers Kait (@kaitness) posted earlier for the new year. I love her mindset and way of encouraging others that what they’re going through is normal and okay. She’s one of the most realistic bloggers out there today and I absolutely love that! Here’s to #transparency!

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While 2017 wasn’t fully an amazing year that made me go WOW! It did have some great moments for me and I enjoyed it. I did have struggles, bad days, rough moments that made me question some things in my life, unexpected events, etc. Those not so great moments, although were bad at the time, really helped me grow and transition into who I am today! Those events lead you to feel stronger, and more powerful today. I remember as we were getting closer to new years, so many posts were going up about how 2017 sucked, how it was the worst year, people cussing at it like it was a person… While I do understand that in life we have some pretty unexpected things that get thrown at us, things we can’t fully control. People get fired, sicknesses arise out of the blue, money becomes tight, breakups happen, family issues, the list can go on sadly. BUT! I believe the year, day, any moment is really what you make out of it. It’s really up to you and how you can transform such a rough time to a beautiful outcome. I’m all about building up others in life, and helping them see the strength and potential in themselves.

Throughout my college years at FIDM, and the 6 years after that in retail and fashion, I saw and met so many different people. Everyone had such different characteristics, and qualities than me and I liked that. I loved meeting new people and getting close as friends to help one another. I met some great co-workers through work whom I loved sharing my low points with to get their advice and vice versa. I enjoyed being a shoulder to lean on and trying to show the strength of that person to them. What happens to us out of the blue sometimes isn’t in our control, but what we do after that is. You can try to be optimistic and turn your life around or just be upset and blame the world for everything. How we react to those situations shows a lot about someone and how they take on their lives. No matter the situation whether it was a breakup, losing your job, a loved one passing away, you can get yourself back up. Some people like to lean on friends and family, some people love to go out and travel to their favorite place of peace and serenity. Some people get a fire burning in them to strike back and try harder, for example losing that job makes someone more hungry to refresh their resume and hit the ground running! You have the power and capability, you just gotta get up and do it!

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I’ve been through quite a few ups and downs throughout my life, and I know there will be more to come. The thing that always gets me through is being optimistic and having close family and friends to help me along the way. I always try to the see the better side of a crappy situation. The second something goes south, I start brainstorming what can I do to fix this and make it a better outcome? Who can I ask for advice? What’s the right thing to do to turn this around? Optimism has been my best friend ever since I was a kid. I was told no, and “you can’t do this” so many times. The thing that kept me going was the drive in me. I chose to not let any of those people get to me or hold me down. I got so much joy out of showing my doubters that I can and I will accomplish whatever it was at that moment. I still do! Even in your adult years, you will meet people or work with people who will doubt you and say no you can’t do that. For me, that’s the greatest challenge to hear. I get joy to show them what I can do, and how great I will be at it.

You are incredible, smart, strong, beautiful, and worth it. I will be the one to tell you, you CAN do it! You got this. Stay focused, driven, and dedicated and it will come to you. Nothing comes easy, or immediately. Remember that! Here are a few things that can really help boost you up and get you going for 2018.

 

  1. Get Organized
Printable planner from Etsy!

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Being organized and having a planner/journal to schedule events and jot down notes is a must for me!

     2. Plan Ahead and Schedule things

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     3. Make Time for YOU!

4. Stay Positive and Optimistic

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I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s a bit more of a personal topic but I really wanted to share some of my own experiences and tips with you. Sometimes in the midst of all the craziness we need to stop and smell the roses, no really. Smell them! Be the best version of yourself, be humble, help build others up, and run towards your goals with arms wide open! 2018 is going to be a great one, I know it!

 

XOXO,

S

Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!

We’re officially in Holiday mode, and 24 days away from Christmas!!! Where did the year go?! I’m not complaining though, I’m obsessed with the festive lights and decorations.

Have you been shopping for your loved ones with all these Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales?! I’m totally guilty of doing some damage myself, there’s always so many great deals. This year I also dedicated some time for shopping for things that I personally needed. Home appliances and decor, some lounge/cozy clothes, intimates, a warm coat. I’m pretty proud of myself for starting my shopping early and getting everyone in my family covered. December in general is such a crazy busy month for me because I have so many birthdays in my family, and then it’s immediately hit by Christmas. Before you know it, BAM it’s New Years! Anyone else feel me on this?

Haven’t done much shopping yet? Or just quite haven’t found the right gift? Don’t fret! I got you covered with some awesome finds below. Gifts for her, him, and even your pets!

While some of those crazy Thanksgiving sales are done, there are still LOTS of sales happening online and in store. I prefer online shopping though, do you?

Calling all Beauty lovers!

Below is where your heaven is…

SEPHORA

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This set is amazing and it includes 24-piece eyeshadow palette, warm and cool toned blushes, two universal bronzers, and a pearlescent highlighter in all of their newer shades. It’s got your eyes, cheeks, and lips covered! It’s currently $59 and valued at $433, um wow what a steal! Interested?

 

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Ri Ri lovers! This is such a great value set with a set of trio stix. Two are to conceal and contour and one is shimmer to highlight those perfect little features. Super light weight formula makes it easy to throw on without feeling gunky. It’s currently $54 on Sephora!

 

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Do your makeup looks like a b-o-s-s! This is Tarte’s LIMITED EDITION set which is amazing! Look at all those shades and pigments, insert drool emoji. Lips, eyes, and face will be looking flawless with this set. It’s only $58 valued at $336! Santa, I’ve been good this year! 

 

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#tooglamtogiveadamn brush holder set of five vegan, and cruelty free brushes in a pretty limited edition print. Yes yes yes!

This set contains:
– Cheek brush
– Complexion brush
– Highlighter brush
– Shading eyeshadow brush
– Blending eyeshadow brush

This is a perfect gift for yourself, and loved ones. I can say that I definitely purchased this one for myself, I mean a friend. Only $44, thanks Sephora! 

 

Gifts for HIM:

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Great for unisex, and home gifts as well! 

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Pantograph engraved glass with 24 carat gold rim and initial for your special man, or lady! Heck I want one in my initial! Find this at Anthropologie for only $18!

 

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Gifts for the bar! Cheers!

These are some of my favorite finds I put into a collage, I mean look at these stunners! From beer crafting books, to beer glasses, to decorative bottle openers, Anthropologie has got you covered this season. These are great gift alternatives to clothes, as most guys find them boring. I know mine does, so I always look for other cool ideas that he can use daily and get more out of it.

 

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Precious Agate Cheese Board $168

Agate Coffee Scoop $14

Celestial Coaster Set $40

 

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For the beard-y boys! 😉

Beau Brummell Cedarwood Beard Oil Conditioner $22

The Refinery Shave Oil $44

 

Gifts for the Fur-ends!

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Find all these great Holiday outfits, cozy clothes, beds, treats and more here at Petco!

 

Meowy Christmas!

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Great finds for your furry little friends, with some promotions happening at Petco. Check them out here! 

 

There are so many options for gift giving this season, and some don’t even need to be popular items. Donating food, toys, and warm clothes are great ways of giving. I make sure each year to help donate to as much as I can personally afford. This past year I have donated well over 10 bags of old furniture, and clothing to help others who are in need. Volunteering at your nearest shelter is also a great way to give back. This season is all about love and giving and it’s a great way to put your own personal touch of warmth to it. I hope you enjoyed my finds for gifts, and would love to hear if any of you have these items/have purchased them.

Happy Holidays loves!

 

XO,

S

Faux fur-enzy!

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Faux fur has been a special treat to fashion for many years now. But! It’s finally becoming a more popular option and style. You can literally see faux fur everywhere these days, it’s quite fashionably hot or shall I say haute! Faux fur used to be seen as a less desirable option years ago, and was mainly worn by vegans. With today’s day and age of knowledge and new technology, many people are saying buh-bye to real fur and going f-a-u-x!

I personally am ecstatic about this and have loved so many brands that use faux fur instead of real. With so much great technology and advances in creating these synthetics, nowadays you can barely tell a part a faux from a real fur. That’s why many brands (with still some supporting real fur, shame) have made the switch over.

Prada back in 2007 was one of the firsts to take a charge towards the synthetic movement. Ms. Prada herself claimed she was ‘bored’ with real fur and in her 2007 Fall/Winter collection she put tons of faux fur in there. Many people couldn’t even tell the difference! PETA Europe was so excited over this that they sent Miuccia Prada a bouquet of roses. Anna Sui has been fully embracing the faux fur look for a couple of years now. She has some amazing pieces with her unique twists to all things faux. Check out her Fall Winter collections, they’re gorgeous. 

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Chanel also supports the faux fur movement! Master of haute couture, Karl Lagerfeld said “You cannot fake chic, but you can be chic and fake fur” Go Karl! In 2010 he surprised all his guests at his Ice Wonderland show in Paris with faux fur on everything! From coats, to separates, bags, boots, you name it. See all the gorgeous pieces from the collection here.

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I’ve linked some of my favorite brands and their faux fur coats and vests that are super popular this Fall & Winter!

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These two beauties are from Free People and they have AMAZING VEGAN coats and jackets!! They have some great options for under $200, so you don’t have to go broke trying to look cute.

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H&M also has some amazing coat options, whether it’s a long, cropped, feathery, puffy, furry coat you’re looking for. I personally love the feathery and printed styles!

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Oh and ladies, don’t forget your faux fur vests! I’ve linked these cozy and stylish ones from Nordstrom and some are even on sale!! Get it girl. Great as a gift for loved ones, or yourself duh.

I want to buy all colors, and prints!! Let me know what you guys think, are you into faux fur? And if so, fur coats or vests? I prefer coats, they suit me better than a vest. Happy Saturday loves!

 

XO,

S

Hats, caps and more hats!

It’s finally cooler here in LA, and temperatures have dropped to digits that we haven’t had in a LONG time! Although, compared to the east coast this weather isn’t cold, but it’s a blessing from the triple digits we had! While I’m a huge lover of the sun and summer heat, I will confess that it is nice to be able to open the window and get a refreshing breeze. I also forgot what it was like to be able to layer, rather than trying to find the lightest t-shirt or dress to throw on and not melt away in.

One of my newest obsessions this year and season, is hats! While I do love a lot of different styles, my main one at the moment is the Cabby hat!! I’ve mainly heard them being called Cabby hats growing up, but they go by so many names all over the world! So depending on where you come from/are used to, you may call them Baker boy caps, Flat caps, Fisherman hats, Newsboy hats, Poor Boy hats, and more. You can literally google it and see how many different names there are for this gorgeous and versatile cap.

I love following trends and always getting a good find/deal on any piece I own. I’m a sucker for new styles, whether it has embellishments, embroidery, or some cool effect to it. I’m sure there are more out there like me, right? Check out some of my favorites below! I’ve linked four of my favorite brands caps and they’re all so cute and on trend!

  1. FOREVER 21

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These Forever 21 options are all such cute cabby’s!! I personally love all the red and maroons were seeing this season. Don’t you?! These are all so affordable and on trend, they’ll dress up any outfit you wear. Most are even under $20 which is fabulous compared to some that I’ve seen higher up in the $100-$250 range, which for me is a bit much for a hat. Each hat is made of different materials and some are a combination of polyester, wool, nylon, cotton, etc. Find these adorable cabby’s here!

       2. URBAN OUTFITTERS

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Urban Outfitters has some adorable caps, which on their site they call Fisherman caps! Their caps are a bit pricier than the Forever 21 options, but they are just as fabulous and hit the trend spot on! I mean look at that mustard!! The mustard cap (bottom left) goes for $42.00 and also comes in a cool grey (top right) Most of these styles are of wool and polyester combinations, and you can spot clean them! Haaay. Check them out here!

       3. ASOS

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Asos is one of my top favorite shopping sites. I mean who doesn’t love a late night of scrolling through hundreds of amazing pieces and drooling over everything your heart desires. Maybe there’s a glass of wine included in this activity as well, maybe. Scrolling through their styles, I did notice some were a bit pricier than most caps I’ve seen. But! They do have some options that are lower, starting around $19 and go up to about $72. I personally love anything red or that awesome olive green you see on the bottom left. They’re obviously so popular for Fall/Winter. Find these styles and more right here!

       4. MACY’S

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My final brand is, Macy’s! Macy’s has some amazing, detailed styles of these caps. They have great color options and styles for Fall and Winter. Some of the brands featured in my collage are Nine West, and August Hats. They range from different brands and prices, but some go for about $20-$30 which is great for staying on budget and still looking stylish without breaking the bank! What’s even better about their prices is that they currently have a sale going on with special savings on most styles AND you can even use the code ‘SAVEBIG’ for an extra 20% off! How great is that?! The sale ends 11/12/17 so get shopping! You can find these fab pieces here!

I hope you guys enjoyed some of my finds, and are drooling over them just as much as I am! I have been obsessing over these caps for a long time now and they’re very on trend this season. I remember even up until about a year ago they were very male driven in fashion, and in the British culture. But! Now they’re moving to women’s fashion in all shapes and sizes and I’m absolutely loooooooving it! Many are under $20 which is such a grea find for an awesome staple piece this season!  I wish I had all the money in the world and closet space to buy them all! Don’t you?! Let me know what you guys think below in the comments.

XO,

S

Oh hello there!

Hello there loves! Here it is, my own blog with this name that I have spent so much time brainstorming and contemplating. I guess I should start off by introducing myself to you so you can get to know me a bit better. My name is Stephanie, hence why this is the Adventures of S, get it? heh. I’m going to give some fun facts about myself, who I am, what I’ve done and what fun stuff you can expect from me!

I used to blog many years ago, but with a whole different name and story. I used to do a lot of designing and created bracelets/jewelry. So for that I had my own website, blog, Instagram and Twitter pages. It was great and so much fun while I was finishing off fashion school. I went to FIDM here in Los Angeles, and creating jewelry was a fun hobby I enjoyed until after graduation when I went into working retail full-time. I graduated with my degree in Visual Communications, which is my favorite major ever! I learned such a huge variety of skills like graphic design, fashion styling, trend forecasting, window displays, visual merchandising and more! I feel like within those 2 years I literally learned 4 different majors and it was perfect when I went into retail and eventually became a manager of my own store! I LOVED having my own store, my own space where I got to customize and lead my own team. Visual Merchandising was one of my all time favorite things to do, it still is actually. I loved getting in the newest season collections and using style guides to design the floor with everything beautifully merchandised to perfection. Surely soon enough I started working full-time in retail, all day every day. Retail and my job took over my life and any free time I had. I became addicted to learning and growing as a person and a manager.  When I did have a couple of hours after work, all I wanted to do was eat and go to bed. I was exhausted and drained after each day but I felt so good and productive because I knew the things I did that day benefited the store and team.

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So, after taking some time off from all the craziness and closing down my old pages and blog I couldn’t stay away any longer! I have always had a HUGE passion for fashion and the industries’ impact. As a kid I was obsessed with clothes, jewelry, pretty much anything related to fashion. At 5 years old I’d be modifying and creating new clothes for my Barbie’s from extra fabrics and toilet paper. I’d be cutting and coloring their hair in all sorts of funky ways to create looks that I simply had in my mind. My parents told me they already knew by that age what a fashionista I’d grow to be, lol. Sure enough, fashion school was the only choice for me after high school and I had no doubt about it.

 

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As I continue to grow and write this lovely blog of mine, you’ll get to know me and some of my passions better. I’m so excited for what’s to come and share it with you all! I created my Instagram page before I got the time to round-up my blog so please go ahead and check me out @adventures.of.s I post about my every day adventures whether it’s grabbing my favorite, a cup of coffee, shopping, my ootd, yummy food, and any other fun events that happen in my day-to-day life. So click that awesome blue ‘follow’ button and let’s be friends! I love meeting and connecting with new people, especially friends from the LA area. So don’t be afraid to send me a comment or DM, let’s connect! Have a beautiful day, and if you’re in LA enjoy this cooler-gloomy weather!

Love,

S