Getty, Getty, Getty, Getty rockin' everywhere

My family's trip to visit me earlier this month fell smack dab in the middle of June gloom. Despite the somewhat shitty weather, we went to the Getty Villa and Getty Museum to check out some art and see some stunning views of LA. Even with the fog, the city of angels is quite the looker!

This is one of those posts where I want to write more and want to post more photos... but if I went past this point I'm not sure where I would stop. Therefore, I'll leave you with a have a good week and happy Monday!

top: forever 21, skirt: forever 21, jacket: j. crew factory (similar by aeo), shoes: mel


Here's Santa Barbara post numero dos, along with a mini highlight of what I saw:

Stearns Wharf: It was totally touristy, but still worth the visit. You get beautiful views of the entire marina plus the city with the mountains looming in the background. We grabbed snacks from the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company which wasn't as impressive. The crab was good but the fried calamari and shrimp was seriously lacking.
Shoreline Park: All the gratuitous beach pictures you see are from Shoreline Park + the attached beach. It was by far the best part of my trip. After parking for free (because who doesn't like free parking), you descend down a zillion stairs and step onto the most beautiful beach.
State St: Because I like cute, touristy, downtown places.
Los Agaves: Pretty sure this is the most reviewed restaurant in Santa Barbara on yelp, and for good reason. It's delicious Mexican food with speedy service and a plentiful salsa bar. Plus, when we went for dinner we had no problem finding street parking since most of the other local businesses are closed at night.

P.s the post title is in reference to an episode of Psych, which coincidentally takes place in Santa Barbara.

dress: free people, sandals: forever 21 (similar by topshop)

the long bob

I've been contemplating a short haircut for the longest time (I even wrote this post about it back in 2013), and last Friday I finally did it! It was a pretty spontaneous decision. I made the call after waking up, went to the salon that afternoon, and left with 9+ inches chopped off!

In my Saturday morning just-woke-up haze, I spent a few moments wondering where the h*ll all my hair had gone. My hair hasn't been this short since elementary school so I pretty much feel like a new person. At the end of the day I'm glad I finally went for it since I got to donate my hair to Pantene's beautiful lengths campaign. I won't go into too many details as I imagine many people have already heard about the campaign-- but basically you donate 8+ inches of hair to be made into free wigs for cancer patients. If you want to learn more about the program click here :)

Since this is all new to me, I haven't really figured out how to style it properly. I want that tousled "I just spent the day at the beach" look...but have yet to achieve it. On the plus side, it's the perfect excuse to try a bunch of new hair products! If you have any tips or product recommendations it would be much appreciated!

crop top: forever 21, skirt: asos, lips: revlon matte balm stain in sultry (applied very lightly)

On an unrelated note, if you've been waiting for an affordable button down denim mini skirt (that's a mouthful), forever 21 just released one on their site! I couldn't resist the less than $20 price tag and hastily ordered it in both colors (ignoring the fact I already have a similar blue one by asos...) I have yet to receive them but I've got high hopes! You can buy it here :)

Sundays in SoCal

One of my absolute favorite things about living in LA is being able to explore the countless farmers' markets around the city. Rain or shine, all throughout the year, you can get fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies and tasty treats and chat with the vendors to learn more about all different types of foods. Needless to say, it was necessary to take my family to the Brentwood farmers' market bright and (not so) early Sunday morning while they were in town. Even though parking was a b*tch, it was totally worth it to share with them the total SoCal farmers' market experience.

Side note: if you happen to live or visit LA and want to learn more about the numerous farmers' market, click here for a guide published by LA weekly which tells you all the dates, locations, and times of the different' markets.

After eating lunch and picking up some snacks at the market, we headed up the coast to Santa Barbara. We spent some time admiring the Spanish colonial architecture around town and renting a tandem bike by the pier. By the time we got to the beach it was already high tide and much of the coastline had been swallowed by the ocean. Still, I was mesmerized by its beauty!

top: free people, shorts: bdg @ urban outfitters, sandals: free people

Brentwood Farmers' Market

Santa Barbara

overalls undone

Confession: more often than not, I wear my overalls undone. That's just the way I roll.

overalls: h&m, turtleneck top: asos, shoes: adidas (also at nordstrom)

inspired by: @brittanybathgate

Instagram is without a doubt many blogger's favorite social media platform. It's definitely mine. Besides from following bloggers and brands you already love, it's also a great resource for finding new sources of inspiration. One of my new-ish favorite instagram accounts is @brittanybathgate's (who blogs over at style & wellbeing.)

Her style is so minimalistic chic, and she can work a pair of culottes like no other. Besides for her enviable style, I follow her because 1) most of her clothes are from the high street 2) she's always rocking flat shoes. (I'm terrible with heels so I love when I find a blogger who mostly wears flats.) She also always responds to questions in her comments section, which I appreciate since it seems to be rarer and rarer amongst bigger bloggers these days (sadly enough.)

Who are some of your favorite instagrammers?

Ps. here's a peek at some of my recent favorite posts from her:

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Stan, Stan, he's the man

After being rebooted last year, these Adidas Stan Smith sneakers have been a street style favorite ever since. I was content at admiring them from afar because dishing out $75 for a pair of sneakers is a bit pricey for me. Also, as an extremely indecisive person, I couldn't decide if I wanted superstars or Stan Smiths more. But at the beginning of January I decided to bite the bullet when Urban Outfitters was having a $15 off $75 purchase. It was like the shopping deities were telling me, "buy these shoes now, you must." (Apparently the gods of shopping talk like Yoda.)

Yeah, unfortunately that did not pan out. But here I am, six months and six pairs of Stan Smiths later, and I finally have a pair that fit! It's been a long journey but I've finally made it-- high fiving a million angels!

On the shoes themselves, they're so classic. Even with the green I'm determined to wear them with everything-- long skirts, short skirts, shorts, jeans, whatever. In the summer I imagine they would be perfect with a bright, floral dress for that whole girly but sporty juxtaposition kinda thing. Size wise they definitely run big and are accommodating for wider feet. During the mini photo shoot I had (I was just so excited to finally receive them) I didn't feel any discomfort or potential blisters forming.

J. crew seems to carry them but the sizes are very limited. Or you could pre-order them for later this June at Nordstrom, or later this summer at Urban Outfitters.

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