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Wish-Fall Thinking

Hello and welcome back to those of you still reading whenever I decide to resurrect this little ol' blog! Yes, it's been some time, but I'm happy to say that I have officially survived Black Friday/Cyber Monday and am still alive and blogging occasionally. Working in e-commerce, the past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy, but it's finally (almost) over. Now, I have more time to focus on my own Christmas shopping and trying to not buy myself everything in sight. Actually, I don't really have a choice. I had to get my brakes fixed right before Thanksgiving, and it was not cheap, which means my shopping habits right now are more about trying to squeeze in as many Christmas presents as possible and less about buying those cute dresses I'm eyeing on sale. 

Regardless of car issues, I'm still enjoying with little fall weather we get and getting excited for the holidays. It's been getting slightly cooler here for the most part, and I am loving being able to wear tights and boots again whenever the weather allows. My favorite part though? Decorating for Christmas. Jon and I spent the other night blasting Christmas music while hanging up our Christmas lights and decorating our TINY tree. Believe it or not, Jon has a weird obsession with candles, so our place has been smelling extra comforting as well lately. My favorite scent by far is vanilla, which is why I was so excited to try The Body Shop's new vanilla pumpkin line as well. I'm not usually a big lotion person, but I can't get enough of this hand cream. It smells so good and like fall in a bottle. Even if we don't quite get fall weather, I can least pretend when everything smells so much like the season at home! 

Etsy Favorites #62: Disneyland Edition

As you all well know, ever since I got my annual pass, I can't help but have Disney fever. It's so magical, especially during this time of year, that I can't help but be annoying about it. I'm spending the day at the parks today with some friends, so I figured it seemed appropriate to do a Disney edition of Etsy Favorites, especially considering that going to Disneyland all of the time makes me what to buy all of the cute Disney things. Can you blame me?

This Steamboat Willie circle skirt from Andy's Eye Candy is basically all of my dreams come true.

Collar Game Changer

Hello, and welcome to my regularly scheduled "once every couple of weeks" post! Now that it finally is starting to feel like fall some days, I'm in full cardigan mode. Most importantly, though, I added a couple of collars from Magnus Clothing Co. to my collar collection, and I feel like they've really helped step up my wardrobe. I've been following Magnus on Instagram for a while, and I was so excited to see her launch the line recently. As a self-proclaimed collar obsessive, a line of detachable collars is a dream come true for me. I'm constantly putting my collared tops under my dresses, but having detachable collars is a total game changers. I have quite a few pieces that are too thin to wear shirts under, so it's seriously helpful to be able to just add a collar easily. This post is in no way sponsored, I just really love these collars. I got two, but I definitely plan on getting more. 

I wore this to go see my brother's new place on Saturday and work on a project with him that I'm super excited about. I can't wait to share more soon hopefully. The rest of my weekend was relaxed and filled with watching Bob's Burgers and going antiquing with Jon, which is pretty much my ideal weekend. Everything else is business as usual: working a ton, rewatching Futurama, and still thinking about Stranger Things. Things are boring around here, but in a good way. As usual.

Four Outfits With Novelty Vinca Jewelry

T-Shirt: Daisy Natives via Hello Holiday / Skirt: Modcloth / Ice Cream Earrings: c/o Vinca (exact)

When I was in jr. high, I had a strong obsession with big earrings. I lived for pairs from Claire's, and the longer they were, the better. Of course, I eventually got older and the trends I liked when I was 13 no longer seemed cool. Over the years, my taste in jewelry has gone through a number of incarnations. I went through my "pile on as much possible" phase, my "wear a million rings at all times" phase, my "statement necklace only" phase, and my "dainty gold jewelry" phase, among others. Lately, I haven't been wearing much at all and have been leaning more toward scarves and such, but I think I'm finally ready to jump back on the big earring train.

Of course, it helps getting the opportunity to try it out with adorable pairs from Vinca, an awesome women-run small business out of Austin. They kindly let me choose some AMAZING jewelry, and I couldn't help but style them all immediately. The ice cream earrings are clearly my favorite (especially after seeing them at the Museum of Ice Cream), but keep reading to see how I styled my other pieces. It's not every day you get jewelry that matches all of your true passions: ice cream, eggs, dogs, and french fries.

(P.S. Don't forget to check out my Orange County photo locations guide!)

My Favorite Orange County Outfit Photo Locations

I've been searching online for more places to take photos in Orange County when I realized...why don't I just create the thing I've been looking for? One of my favorite Insta-friends who always cheers up my feed, Penny Darling, did a post like this on her favorite walls in her area recently, and I couldn't help but be inspired. I always enjoy learning more about where my favorite bloggers take their photos, so I think it's time I share the stories behind my photos too.

Of course, Orange County is a big place. Many of my photos have been taken in my neighborhood (or my parents' or brother's houses) and while I love the places I've found in the area, I could never cover the entire county. I'm sure there are a million other places I've never been to, despite being close by. So consider this a working list. These are the places that have worked best for me, but I'm excited to keep finding more to add to it.

Psst, locals: click the title of each locations for directions

You've heard me talk about Balboa Island before, no doubt. It's the most quintessential Southern California spot, in my opinion, and it's the first place I bring out of town visitors. Yes, pretty much all of the beaches around here are amazing, but Balboa is exactly what you think of when you think of California. You take a ferry to get the island, there are little local tourists shops, palm trees line the streets, there are multiple frozen banana stands and salt water taffy stores... it's perfect. There are a million beautiful houses and buildings to take photos in front of, but none of them beat the infamous pier. 

Possibly my absolute favorite place in the area, I grew up wandering around historic Old Towne Orange, or as it's often known, The Orange Circle. Filled with old buildings, antique stores, and some seriously amazing food, I spent most of my weekends looking at old things there in high school, and I've never stopped coming back. It's right up the street from my dad's restaurant and I freelanced for a paper about the area for about two years, so it holds a special place in my heart. It also is an incredible place for photos. You could walk almost anywhere in the Circle and stumble upon a cute spot. Brick walls and cute shops are in abundance here. Some of my favorite places to take photos are the sides of random buildings (first photo), the fountain in the center of the circle (second), an alley way (third), and the back of the public library (fourth). 

Santa Ana has not necessarily been known for being the nicest area, but the downtown area has really been revitalized in recent years. My friend Lori who used to take my photos brought me here a couple of years ago for pictures, and I've loved using it for photos. I found the mural (first photo) when I was looking for a rainbow staircase (the gate to get to it was locked) and stumbled across this alley behind Native Son; the blue door is the back of a restaurant (second), and the pink door (third) is a donut shop! 

I surprisingly don't have a ton of photos from downtown Fullerton, despite it being one of my favorite places to hang out. My brother and sister-in-law live right up the street, so I've spent a lot of the time in the area. The courtyard where the California wall lives (first photo) is a true treasure, and Dripp Coffee (second) is a seriously adorable. 

I've been using this location a lot recently, and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. The Gardenwalk is an outdoor shopping/dining center right next to Disneyland, and they recent hired a bunch of artists to paint a TON of cool walls. It's an Instagram dream come true. The lighting always happens to be good at the plant wall I've featured a couple of times, but I'm hoping to get some good shade at the Sara M. Lyons wall next time I go. I took some photos of Jessica in front of it when she visited, and it's almost too good. 

I'll be honest, I had basically no opinion on Garden Grove until I moved here. Now that I do, though, I can safely say that it's filled with cute little spots that make for great photo locations. Most of my photos these days are taken in my sweet neighborhood, but I also walk across the street to the little downtown area for photos pretty often. The best spot by far is the local theater that has not one, but two great spots on its walls. Half of its side wall is this weird as hell mural, and the other half is this painted this great rust color. Yep, these two spots are actually the same wall!

Growing up in Anaheim Hills, I spent a lot of time in this huge park not far from my house. Despite living elsewhere now, I can't help but go back to Yorba Regional Park every so often. 

For nature photos, the best spot in the area has to be the Fullerton Arboretum. It's better than a park, but still free and full of trees, cacti, flowers, and other various plants. It's so pretty that one of my best friends got married there a couple of years ago, which makes it even more special to me.

This one is a bit bittersweet. In Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda, there are a handful of hills that overlook the cities that people refer to as "top of the world." This one, located in an empty lot in an insanely expensive Yorba Linda neighborhood, was always my favorite. Unfortunately, it has since been overrun with weeds and has been fenced off. Still, I've managed to sneak into a few other spots on that hill that are almost as good. P.S. this neighborhood is famous for having an enormous white house that sits on top the hill. It went up for sale a few years ago so there are photos online of the interior, and it's completely ridiculous.

Old Town Tustin

When I lived in Tustin, I often walked downtown to this area. Like all of the other downtown areas on this list, it has great brick walls and cute apartments that I want to live in.

Another HUGE park in the area, this one stretches for miles and is gorgeous. Not to mention that killer bridge. 

Talk about a random find. I've only taken photos here once, but I'm itching to go back. I drove by this middle school with color block walls in Orange one day, and I drove back to take photos on a weekend. It's just another example of how great locations are the last place you'd expect. 

And of course...


I got my pass pretty recently and I almost always go when at night when it's too dark for photos so I haven't gotten a chance to take too many here, but I can't ignore the fact that one of the most famous photo locations in the world is right down the street from me. I'm proud of all of the hidden gem of locations I've found, but nothing can ever beat the happiest place on earth.

As I said, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great OC locations. Are you an Orange County local who has a favorite spot? Or do you have any tips for finding great spots in your hometown?

Watermelon Fall

Oh, oops, is it supposed to be fall? Let me just break out my blanket scarf and knee high boots in this crisp 90 DEGREE weather. I know I complain about the heat every damn year, so I'm trying to embrace it for once. It's not that I necessarily like the heat, but I feel like I really found my style this summer. I had a lot more fun with color, tried new brands, and picked up some solid pieces that I think I'll have for a while. I normally would never say this in any other year, but well, I'm not ready for fall clothes. Don't get me wrong, it would be nice to throw on some tights and not melt in my cardigans, but have you seen this watermelon dress? I can't wait to wear this sucker all year long.

I don't have much to say today, since once again my entire life is mostly devoted to work. I do get to see my friend Katie tonight at Disneyland while she and her husband are in town from Washington, so I'm pretty pumped about that. I also finished watching The Golden Girls finally, so there's that. Any suggestions for long running series that I should watch next? I'm pretty set on finally tacking one of the Star Trek series next, but I'm open to suggestions!


It's kind of funny; I spent so long wearing darker and neutral colors, but now that I've been wearing so many brighter tones, I've actually been struggling with how to wear the less colorful items in my closet. Case in point: this olive Apricity dress. It's one of my absolute favorite pieces, but I hadn't been wearing it lately at all. I adore this olive green color, but for some reason, I had really been struggling with styling it. Suddenly, none of my cardigans or shoes seemed to go with it, and I was letting it collect dust. Despite the fact that's been 80-90 degrees every day, I decided that now that's it's "fall," it was the perfect excuse to put this dress to good use again. Turns out, this cardigan was made for it all along. Of course, it doesn't hurt to see it against one of my favorite colorful walls...

I wore this to go to my parents' house with Jon and my siblings last night, and it was great to be able to be there after the fires that happened last week. My parents live extremely close to wear the Orange County one was happening (where I grew up in Anaheim Hills), and they got evacuated for a day. They were fortunate enough to be safe and have no damage to their house, but many near them and far too many people in Northern California were not quite as lucky. While I'm extremely grateful that no one I know was hurt or lost their house, it definitely puts things into perspective.

Other than seeing my family, it was a pretty laid back weekend. Our friend, Greg, was in town from Washington for a wedding, and he stayed with us for a few days. I got to see some old friends when he had a little get together at a local bar, and it was nice spending some quality time with him before I dropped him off at the airport. He's technically Jon's best friend, but he and I have been close since high school as well, so I'm so happy that Jon and I share a place now that we can offer to our friends when they need somewhere to crash. I often hate that we still live in Orange County, but I have to admit, it works out pretty nicely that all of our friends who have moved away will always end up coming back to visit.