Life Hack: The Men Are Hiding Things.

One thing I've learned when evolving into my own style is, who cares what section you're shopping in. Really. Who the fuck cares. Explore.

One of the best fashion and/or life "hacks" that I'm a believer in is shopping in the men's section. Excuse me, why must they insist on hiding such great finds in there? Rude. I'm over here with my long torso just wishing things would fit me properly, swimming in a sea of crop tops and capped-sleeve tee land. Not a fun place to be. It's constricting. 

Let me run you through some simple outfits that I personally love that all include a MEN'S item of clothing. You wouldn't have noticed if I didn't point it out. Oddly enough after putting them together, they all happened to be from H&M. So, there's a nudge in the right direction...  ;)

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A crewneck sweatshirt that's actually long enough for me and able to go over my hands? I'm a hand hider. Guilty. It's hard to find these days. Even our crewnecks here on the shop are unisex because women's are just a joke (size wise).


Now, I fully understand why some girls like the smaller tees, the tight fitting shape, I understand. If you've got it flaunt it. Who am I to tell you not to buy it? For me, I don't personally wear "oversized" tees to hide my shape, I just love the casual style of it, man. I mean, even the most simplest of tasks like tucking in the front of your tee in your skinny jeans makes a look 30x more put together and/or "styled". I don't know how that's a thing but IT'S A THING. It's a thing that I denied for a long time and eventually gave in and understood. 

Everyone's style is different and that's what makes them, well, them. Embrace the fuck out of that. I will never tell you to do otherwise. I'm just sharing my shopping secrets, from me to you, in case you're always having a hard time. I find that when people try and find something I tagged online... they can't find it, well because most likely it was found in the men's section. See what I mean?! They're hoarding the good shit over there. Selfish bastards. Who needs to spend extra money on a women's "oversized tee" when you can pay a fraction of the price right over in the other section?! Am'i'right ladies.

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My hands are just so happy, tucked in their little sleeve home. Toasty. You can't do this with women's thermals... and if you do, the second you reach up to grab something or hug someone, it creeps up your stomach. *eye roll*


I guess my whole thing is simplicity. Fake it til' you make it, in a sense that... you look put together and styled but you're also stupid comfortable and hey, you saved money. That sounds like a huge win to me. There's nothing that says you can't shop in any section you want. You might be surprised at what you find. 

I've been on the hunt for a distressed hooded cardigan that wasn't paper thin for MONTHS. Turns out, again, I was looking in the wrong section. Men's XS. Fits like a damn dream. I live in this jacket. AND IT'S GOT POCKETS!


Before I keep rambling on and on and on, I think you see my point. This is also something most girls probably already know, I'm completely aware of that. But hey, it's something I live by... and it's something I needed to share. Don't let them steal the good shit, ladies. There's a whole 'nother world out there. Unite and conquer. 

What's 'Out Of Stock' Isn't Always Gone Forever.

As much as I do like the rare opportunities I have time to roam around a shopping mall by myself with actual money to spend; I prefer to shop behind my computer screen. It's much more convenient and I can do proper research before making a final decision. I always feel pressured to "quick, make a decision!" when I'm standing in a store staring at one item like Uhhhhhhh. Plus, the rush of bookmarking tracking numbers is undeniable, no? Just me? Probably. 

One thing I've noticed when shopping at places like Forever 21 is that they switch styles in and out SO quickly. You could snag a coat on their site one day and 3 weeks later it will be sold out and no longer exist and never come back. *poof. It's very rare I actually get that email, "Your item is back in stock!" I never hold my breath with that shit. 

My quick tip to you: If you see something on their site that strikes your fancy, buy it. I wouldn't wait longer than a week. You might never see it again. Most of the comments I get on Instagram are, "You got that at Forever 21? I don't see it on the site." It's probably because I purchased it over a month ago. 

And then I'm like, 

...this also goes for sites such as GoJane and Boohoo.

But if for some reason you're not fast enough and what you wanted is now gone, there are other solutions. Listen to this.

+Story time.

A little over a week ago I was on a serious hunt for these Jeffrey Campbell Tripoli boots I found in a photo online. Completely sold out on every shoe website I could find. There was a pair I spotted on Depop but they weren't in my size. I did google image searches, Polyvore, you name it, I couldn't find a pair anywhere. I saw that Kohl's was selling a knock off version for half the price but here we are again, not in my size. I started googling how they looked, searching every adjective you could think of. "Black, cutout, buckle, boot, pointed toe, distressed, ankle" EVERYTHING.

Finally, a few days later I came across a pair on Poshmark that looked perfect, obviously a knock off brand, labeled under "super cute open back boots". How did I even find that?! Anyways, my color, my size, I had to have them... and I saved $242. Can you see the difference? Yeah, neither can I.

Jeffrey Campbell: $259.00

Jeffrey Campbell: $259.00

Sacred Heart Dupe: $17

Sacred Heart Dupe: $17


Just when you think something is unfindable... Boom. This is why I love Depop, Poshmark and all those other second-hand selling apps. It gives you that ounce of hope that what you want may still be out there and will be even more affordable than you could imagine. I'm definitely not one to be whiney about name brand items. Oh, you made the same looking sweater for a quarter of the price? Give it to me now! 

*Some people don't like shopping second hand... but I have one question for you - WHY? You're buying directly from a human and even better, you're helping another human make some extra money. You're adopting. You're adopting cute things from other cute people and c'mon, who doesn't like to do that? 

Dress: Depop Purchase

Dress: Depop Purchase

Depop: @Girrlscout

Depop: @Girrlscout

This post is not sponsored by anyone - I've just been extremely impressed with Depop as a seller and as a buyer in the past few weeks and I wanted to share my thoughts and feels. It's always nice to have a win when you're on the hunt for a specific item and everyone loves a comeback story. So don't ever have a panic attack when that item you had in your shopping bag is no longer in stock, there is hope and it's probably cheaper.

If you wanna check out my Depop closet, click here. 

Happy Hump Day, loves. ;) 

NTYLS + A Blogger's Challenge

I've been working with NTYLS for a few months now and I've been loving them. We hit it off immediately and everything they stand for... I will gladly stand behind. The most adorable ladies with the most powerful message. I can dig it. :)

For those of you that are scratching your heads, NTYLS stands for Note To Your Little Sister. If you want to know more about their background, Click Here.


I was given a fun challenge. I love challenges. Two dresses, two looks. Day/Night. Here's what I've come up with, just going off of things I had in my own closet already. Keeping it very simple!

Dress 1 - Courney Maxi Dress // Day Look

Literally anything paired with a simple leather jacket can be day OR night, in my opinion. I pretty much live in leather jackets, you can ask Spencer, he will vouch. It will literally DAY anything you got. Not even kidding you. 

Accessories for this look include:

 

Dress 2 - Ashley Dress // Day Look

Again, with the leather jacket. I swear by it. This is a very flashy dress when worn without a jacket, in order to make it day, you have to cover the right parts of it. I like saving dramatic details for night time, maybe that's just me, but it's more fancy I think. 

  • Accessories used for this look are the same as above. 

Dress 1 - Courtney Maxi Dress // Night Look

Simply put... jacket off and some sexy skin-showing shoes later and you're ready for the night. I instantly felt ready to grab dinner with my man when I switched into night gear. You can also put your hair up with this look to show more shoulder if yours is longer. Me, I don't really have much of a choice. ;) 

Accessories for this look include: 

 

Dress 2 - Ashley Dress // Night Look

This dress. Bam. Night and day in itself when you remove the jacket, didn't I tell you? This dress also has a back scoop neck. To die for. I wanted to make sure I used the same accessories and just changed minor details in order to make the world of a difference. The right shoes always go a long way. I wore this dress just walking around downtown with a jacket, the second I took it off I felt almost Vegas-ready. 

  • Accessories used for this look are the same as above. 

Dressing up or down a dress, romper, etc is quite simple if you don't overdo it. Don't overthink it. Some people underestimate just how easy it can be when you pair something with a simple jacket or a day shoe. I think some people stray from semi-flashy pieces because they think "well when in the hell would I wear that?" I'm here to tell you you can wear it whenever you damn well want to! hehe

Thank you NTYLS for not only selling amazing shit but giving me this challenge. It's fun to switch it up sometimes. Bring it on! 

Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase on NTYLS with my code: GIRRLSCOUTVIP

Happy Tuesday!

Underneath It All (not the No Doubt song)

I've been wanting to write this blog post for awhile now because it was a constant struggle for me and I've recently figured out the best solution for it. Listen up.

You know when you're out shopping, especially this time of year, when those glorious little white sundresses come out to play. I'm a sucker for baby doll dresses in white, paired with sandals or ankle books Ahhhhhhh! It's definitely a thing of mine. But my biggest struggle was trying it on and going "Yep, you can see RIGHT through this." and I never buy them. Unless you wear a bathing suit underneath and head to the beach or the pool, everyone's gonna see your Tuesday knickers and that nude bra you try so hard to camouflage into your skin. But it doesn't work, it's there, and I feel it ruins the dress. I found the best solution that will literally work for everyone... not even kidding. 

Now... I've purchased slips, nude mini skirts and dress slips (which do work!) but when you have a booty like mine, it just rides up when I walk and then everyone gets a free show by the end of the sidewalk. I was constantly pulling it down and adjusting myself that it wasn't worth it anymore. 

And then I found these babies on Forever 21...

Now here's the best part about these rompers... they are $6.90 EACH. CHYEAH.

They were listed under the shapewear section, but I don't believe they are thick enough material to be compared to something like Spanx where you can't breath but look bangin'. It held me in and slimmed me out a bit, but I wouldn't rely on this for full shapewear, just my two cents. BUT, they did make it possible for me to stock up on white dresses, and I even bought the black one to wear under black lace. Until now I've been wearing shorts and a tank top under my lace dresses and now it's so easy. Ugh, life saved.

There is one con though, I have to admit. God only knows I want to rip my hair out when I have to go to the restroom with these on, especially under a dress. That's the only downside. I stand there and go, "Shit.." and I basically have to either get my straps off underneath the dress or strip down entirely. It's a process, but beauty is pain.

I will be dehydrated but god damnit I'll look cute doing it! 

 

In Tunic With The Times Dress - Ivory: Tobi

category: casual dresses // tobi.com

Nude Romper: Forever 21

category: shapewear

Leather Harness: DIY 

Photos by: Baldwin Media Photography

"It's like a crochet potato sack and I love it" - Me

Hooray! A fashion post! Finally.. 

If you remember way back when I began this blog, I did a fashion related post about rompers. Girls with long torso's and baby makin' hips just don't work well with rompers, pantsuits, bodysuits, etc etc. I know the struggle. Well, while I have found some rompers every now and then that are cute and fit, when I get to washing them... it all goes down the drain. It's a sad sad day. It shrinks into an XS.

Well, behold.. I found the most perfect romper.. Everyone who follows me on Instagram already knows about my obsession, but I thought I'd go a little more public with it. You know, make it official. Faceb...Um, Blog official. Sure.

Photo by: Baldwin Media Photography

Photo by: Baldwin Media Photography

*choir singing* 

I stumbled upon this on my weekly rummage through Forever 21, because you all know that store is my guilty pleasure. I was obviously hesitant because it's a romper so I double and triple checked the length to make sure it would fit... and I bought a small and waited patiently. 

It arrived. I put it on. And I think I literally kept it on for 3 days. (Obviously not 72 hours straight... but you catch my drift) I had to have more. I immediately went online and bought the other two colors available. An olive green color and a light blue/periwinkle color. Random, right? 

I'm hoping they come out in other colors, but until then, I have my 3 favorite staple pieces and I'm summer ready. Not only are they super comfortable, but they go.. with.. everything.. and just like the title of this post says, "It's like a crochet potato sack and I love it" 

There's no hip/waist elastic and the straps are adjustable. They aren't sheer or see through so you don't have to worry about your goodies showing. A simple bralette underneath, a long necklace, some Dr. Martins and I'm good to go. 

I have washed these since I bought them. In the wash, don't dry. Air dry hanging up. It got a little tighter but in all honesty... It fit me better after I washed it, so that's a definite plus! I wasn't expecting that. :P

Best part, they were only $20 each... You can find them here. (You might wanna hurry because they will go fast and I'm not sure when they will ever come back if they leave.) 

Anywho, just wanted to share. Enjoy your Monday my lovelies. :)

 

All About That Affordable Valentine's Day

I'm not really all about the Valentine's Day "holiday". I've also never really had a 'successful' one, whatever that means.. except for 2010 when I bought my car... that was my gift to me from me. All of the other times were blah or nothing was done to make it special. I don't really expect much anymore; I wouldn't categorize myself as high maintenance or prissy where I expect fancy jewelry or really anything at all. expensive jewelry makes me nervous, too much pressure around my neck, buy me a hefty burrito or a steak instead. 

This is the first year where it feels different. in a good way. It's also very rare when a guy gives a flying fuck about Valentine's Day and making it something. Spencer wants to do something so, I'm leaving it up to him because he knows I'm cool with whatever.. just spending time together is good enough for me. sorry, that was cheesy. but what I do know is I'ma look damn cute for whatever it is. Any excuse to dress up is alright with me.

I'm completely notorious for online bargain shopping.. I will fill up my shopping carts to the brim and weed stuff out over time in order to get the most bang for my buck. So when it comes to holiday's or whatever, I try my best to keep the outfit spending to a minimum and leave more room for gifts/food/things that are more important. 

Being into fashion, it tends to be difficult doing this BUT I finagled my way around the internet this year to come up with a pretty adorable Valentine's Day outfit for under $60.00, if that doesn't make your heart race, pffffffft you're on the wrong blog honey.


Here's my final outfit purchase. I'll list some other cute affordable dresses underneath. Just for funzies. 

 

 

 

Red T-shirt dress, $12.90

Forever 21

 

 

 

 

Faux Leather Charm Choker, $7.90

Forever 21

 

 

 

 

Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties, $32.90

Forever 21

 

Outfit total = $55.00 aka the biggest steal, ever.

i also may have a forever 21 problem. no shame.


For those of you needing some clothing ideas, I thought I'd give you a helpful hand. Here are some cute dresses under $50 that could literally be worn for any occasion and i would totally purchase. Dresses are allowed to be worn more than once, think big picture, people.

 

 

 

 

Heart Cut-out Dress, $40.00 >>

Pacsun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<< Sandy Dress, On Sale Right Now, $34.00

Nastygal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies Night Tank Dress, $48.00 >>

Threadsence


These are just 3 of my favorites. Some good dress stores that are reasonably priced are...


P.S. If you're looking for the best gift for you and your significant other, my favorite "Love You, Fuck Me" pillowcases (& all of the others) from Said The King are 14% off until Feb 15th. Hurry!

Use my code: LOVEGIRRLSCOUT

With your purchase you'll also receive a personalized valentine from Spence and I. :) 


I hope I helped a bit for those of you who were struggling to find something cute, simple and affordable for this love-filled, overly-hyped "holiday". 

On behalf of Spence and I, we're sending you all our love ... Thank you so much for following me and my completely unorganized crazy life. You're all saints. I appreciate every single one of you. *single tear rolls down cheek

Black On Black On Lace.

Every girl loves lace, don't lie. 

I was eyeballing this piece online for weeks before I ran into it in person and caved. God did I not regret that decision. This baby completes me. I've been recently getting into midi skirts/dresses. Naturally because normal skater skirts don't fit me as well as I wish they did... that damn booty. But midi skirts are perfect. (I'll do a full blog post on the subject, I promise)

Just like statement necklaces complete an outfit, so do statement dresses. Statement jackets. Statement hats. It's a thing. 

Get this look:

Photos taken by: Baldwin Media Photography


Seeing Red.

You know those bright bold colors just get me. They hear me, they understand. 

There's probably nothing I love more than a solid color skater dress. I think I have one in every single color. Dress it up (like so) or dress it down with a flannel and boots. As much as I love throwing on jeans and a t-shirt, I will always feel most comfortable in a casual little dress. 

This was actually my look for Thanksgiving. I felt like Christmas the entire time. *facepalm* but no regrets.

Own it, Michelle.

Get this look:

Red Skater Dress // forever21

Gold Necklace // forever21

Black Cutout Platform Heels // jeffrey campbell

35mm Gold.

There's nothing I love more than gritty, old fashioned semi-out of focus film photographs. Okay, maybe a few things, but not much. Spencer just recently hit up a local camera show in downtown Anaheim and snatched a pretty Welta 35mm baby from the 1940's. Unsure if it even worked or if the expired film from Walmart he rolled would even come out, we took our chances.

I'm so glad that we did.

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

It’s how we see the world that keeps the darkness beyond at bay. Keeps it from pouring through and devouring us. I think all of us might know that, way down deep.
— Unknown
35mm Welta

35mm Welta

The whole reason I got into photography was because of film. Fifteen years old basically closed my eyes and chose an elective. Best choice I ever made. It makes me sad that many schools these days don't have it as a choice. I'd love to have my own dark room, hold on while I dream. 

The more I see Spencer play around with all these different cameras makes me want to get back into it more... and it makes me love him more, actually. He never ceases to amaze me. Who knew two photographers would work so well together. but that's for another blog post... ;) 

This post is also featuring my dear internet friend's new clothing brand Three Leaves Co. I've known Annmarie for years. She's followed my silly mixed up life and I've followed her sweet adorable one.  (It's true.) It's also quite unreal the connection you can make with people without ever meeting face to face. We will meet some day soon though, I swear on it. Some of my closest friends I've met that way. She is the sweetest soul.

I'm stoked for her and her new brand and I gotta say, this tank is probably the softest one I now own. Jackpot. Go check out her shop and follow her on the Instagrams: @threeleavesco


Mtns Tank // Three Leaves Co

Black under shirt // NastyGal

Leather leggings // Forever 21

Maroon pea coat // H&M

Suede cutout platforms // Jeffrey Campbell

All photos taken by: Baldwin Media Photography

Pastel Perfect

There's something about layering that's just so comforting. Even though this isn't a "winter" at all, because let's be honest this is southern California we're talking about... that doesn't mean layers are out of the question. I'm all for it! I surrender to layers, give me all of them, I am not worthy.

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I will never turn down anything that's fringe, lace or "strappy".. and this, my friends, is all three.

I think I'm in heaven. 

You'll rarely find me in super bright colors and/or flashy floral outfits, it's not really a thing for me. Same with pink, her and I don't get along so well. But when it comes to pastels and soft colors, I'm in love... tha's what I'm talkin' 'bout. 


Floral slip-dress // forever21

Bralette // urban outfitters

Knee high socks // Target

Combat boots // GoJane

White fringe kimono // topknotgoods

 

All Photos by: Baldwin Media Photography

Cabin Fever.

Breathe in that mountain air.

I grew up my entire life having a cabin up in Big Bear... it's my home away from home. The past two years we haven't had one... and I feel a bit empty. But Spencer and I took a day trip over the weekend because it needs to feel like winter, damnit! Thanks a lot California. It was so crisp and so heavenly. We didn't want to leave.

Sometimes color block outfits are best. When you're in a place as pretty as Big Bear, you can't clutter yourself with patterns and polka dots. It's all about being a 'warm ball of cuddles' as I say. That's what I strive to be. Spencer knows. ;) 

I'm definitely a mountain girl. Give me immaculate views and hikes all the way to the top, please. I vow to forever make my house as cozy and cabin-y as possible because I just love that feel. 


Get this same outfit:

jacket // nordstroms

knit long sleeve top // forever 21

dark blue skinny jeggings // forever 21

floral tennies // vans

hourglass knit beanie // moderneband store  

reader glasses // amazon

 

Photos by: Baldwin Media Photography

No Thanks.

There's nothing that I love more than sassy passive aggressive t-shirts. They're just, so, me

I'm sure you will end up seeing 90% of mine throughout my blogging lifetime. I will gladly show them off. ;) 

A garter belt and thigh highs will always spice up an outfit, I'll never say no. It's a simple way to make an outfit pop and be different. Just have to make sure they aren't necessarily fishnet material as that tends to come off rather halloween costume/go-go dancer.

You can get thigh high socks virtually anywhere and they don't have to be tights. It's Fall and it's a great way to still wear dresses and skirts yet keep your legs warm at the same time. 

Go big or go home. 

"No Thanks" t-shirt // forever21

Burnt Orange Skater Skirt // forever21

Garter Belt & Thigh Highs // fredericks

Black High-Tops // vans

All Photos Taken by Baldwin Media Photography

Don't Be Scared. Sincerely, Velvet

I think people are afraid of crushed velvet; they think it's super fancy or impossible to match. 

I will respectfully disagree. Now please scroll down, I'll make this short and sweet.

I wouldn't let different materials like leather, velvet, and mesh frighten you. They match with more than you think they do and you don't need some edgy haircut to pull it off... or tattoos and a nose ring. I have 5 different velvet items in my closet and it doesn't need to be date night to wear them. ;) Just own it. You got this.


Striped crop top // www.forever21.com 

Blue Double-Slit Velvet Maxi Skirt // www.forever21.com

Statement Necklace // www.forever21.com 

Sandals // www.target.com 

All photos taken by Baldwin Media Photography