Cu-LOVE

posted on: 7.31.2014

Culove

Spring/summer 2014 has brought quite a plethora of trend revivals: Birkenstocks, chokers, backpacks, palazzo pants, Adidas, and even Tevas! I suppose crazier things have happened in the fashion world. With all these trends from my past flooding into this season's styles with such force I am beginning to grow tired of their presence, except for one...the culotte. I had a deep connection with bermuda shorts my sophomore year of high school and these are their classier more flattering cousin. Surprisingly I have yet to treat myself to a pair of these fluid trousers, but don't you worry, it is bound to happen. What do you all think of this pant? CuLove, CuLike, CuNoThanks? OK, now I am even annoying myself.

Check out more from my Trend Talk series here!

The Sunday Routine

posted on: 7.29.2014

Pants: Gap, Sandals: Madewell, Bag: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

Sundays in Santa Barbara are my favorite, aside from the inevitability of Monday. The weekenders slowly trickle back to their hometowns, SB natives sleep in, and Erik and I partake in our Sunday routine. We lounge in bed until until Erik's hunger can no longer be silenced, after a light breakfast we walk to our favorite coffee shop and treat ourselves to whole milk cappuccinos, occasionally we partake in a bit of window shopping on State Street, then finally settle in our small yet cozy home once again. We relax and/or piddle in silence, paint, read, cook whatever it is, we are together and that is more than enough. 

In truth, Sundays like this only come around every month or so as we always seem to be off doing something somewhere. Yet, it is their rarity that makes me treasure them that much more. 

On that note, cheers to surviving Monday.

Weekend Inspiration

posted on: 7.28.2014

Dear Human: You’ve got it all wrong.
You didn’t come here to master unconditional love.
That is where you came from and where you’ll return.
You came here to learn personal love.
Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love.
Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love.
Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling.
Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often.
You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are.
You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.
And then to rise again into remembering.
But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.
Love, in truth, doesn’t need ANY other adjectives.
It doesn’t require modifiers.
It doesn’t require the condition of perfection.
It only asks that you show up. And do your best.
That you stay present and feel fully.
That you shine and fly and laugh and cry
and hurt and heal and fall and get back up
and play and work and live and die as YOU.
It’s enough. It’s Plenty.

-Courtney Walsh

*Shout out to my friend Emmy for sending me this moving quote!

salt in my hair

posted on: 7.17.2014

After this post I couldn't take it anymore and I booked Erik and I tickets to Belize! I am officially getting my tropical vacation this summer. Normally I enjoy about 3 weeks of summer before I am ready for Fall to begin, but this year I have made it a point (in the words of Sheryl crow) to soak up the sun. In addition to a tropical adventure, below I have listed my sunny season bucket list:

-take several sunset ocean swims (see above)
-enjoy a bonfire or a beach BBQ
-go on a desert river trip
-surf (an old hobby I'd like to revisit)
-tan, no judgement please
-listen to lots and lots of reggae
-rock no makeup for a week
-drink fruity cocktails by the pool
-eat s'mores :)
-sneak wine into a movie theatre with friends
-finish a large painting
-read 2 books for pleasure
-put lemon in my hair for natural highlights
-go fishing, sailing and snorkeling (3 in one)
-fall asleep on a hammock

The photos are from my instagram and don't forget to enter this giveaway!

Wanderlust

posted on: 7.14.2014

I seldom use that term, wanderlust, but I am craving a jungle adventure. All I can think about are tropical birds, hyper-green flora, crystal clear waters and for some reasons sloths. Somebody bring me back to reality, or book me a vacation...that works too ;).

Wrap it

posted on: 7.10.2014

I am game for the current silk scarf revival, however the cowboy neck wrap doesn't exactly fit my neck to shoulder ratio. As a happy alternative I reverted back to the classic head scarf and actually quite enjoyed the end result. What do you all think? Head scarf, neck scarf, no scarf?

camisa bonita

posted on: 7.07.2014

Top: c/o eShakti, Sandals: Zara (old similar here), Purse: c/o Nowistyle

As of recently I have a new found fascination with Southern California's Central American cultural influence. So when I saw the shirt above from eShakti I knew it I had to have it. One of the great things about eShakti is that they customize their beautiful clothing to fit your body perfectly. The fabric is soft and you can immediately tell that they take special care in the creation of their product. Be sure to check out some of their awesome new items here!

I have teamed up with eShakti to offer two of my readers $25 gift cards, and all of my readers 10% off any purchase when using this code: mjeanbs.

To enter the giveaway:
1. Please share in the comment section your favorite item from eShatki.
2. Like their Facebook account and/or follow their Pinterest.
3. Add me on Bloglovin' if you haven't already.

Finished? Ok you are in like flin! I will announce the winners on July 20th.

Please note: the promocode is valid from 07.07.14 - 08.08.14 and the giveaway is available to US and Canada residents only.

*This post is a product review, all opinions are my own.