Life Update: Explaining the Hiatus

I can but also cannot believe that a whole entire month has passed since my last blog post! My life has been going through something of a transition phase which has made it hard to keep up with my internet life. But, I am feeling cautiously optimistic that I will be able to get back into the swing of things soon. For anyone who is nosy about why I haven't been as active online lately, keep reading!

About six weeks ago, I started having back pain following a rear-end accident. Since then, I've been seeing a chiropractor, which helped at times, but overall the pain has not gone away. I would have days where it was manageable, but also some days where it would really interfere with my life and felt quite debilitating, to the point where dealing with the pain left me very unmotivated to accomplish even simple things. On this particular day that these photos were taken, the pain was not too bad, but I remember being unable to finish my lunch at a restaurant because sitting was causing me too much discomfort. Often times, sitting or standing for long periods would cause me to have intense aches and pains. Other days, I would feel nearly okay, (for example, I was on vacation in Hawaii and for the most part felt great, if only life could always be a vacation!) but then I would sneeze and the pain in my spine would be worse than ever before. On one such day I called my chiropractor for an emergency appointment and he suggested that I get an MRI because sneezes that cause back pain are often a sign of herniated discs.

The MRI revealed that I do in fact have bulging discs which are pressing upon my spinal canal and causing me pain. So now we've identified the problem and I'm excited to get started on the path to recovery so I can finally put this behind me! The bummer is that bulging discs don't really heal, but physical therapy is usually enough to get rid of the pain for most people.

In other news, my fiancé and I finally set a date to elope after being engaged for well over a year. It's stressful enough for me just planning a little elopement, so I can't even imagine what other brides go through! I know some people talk about how their wedding day was the best day of their life, but to me it always seemed like it would be just stressful throwing a big party and having to worry about all of your 250 guests having a good time, so I've always wanted to do something really small and simple. Or rather, small but epic in its own way, haha. Anyway, it's finally going down in less than two months, and I will definitely share more details once it happens! I've got a laundry list of things to take care of before then, including planning a little mini-moon, and hopefully ridding myself of this horrible back pain before the big day.

Lastly, the third reason I haven't been keeping up with blogging is that I actually haven't really been shopping much lately. That's partially because most of my money is going to other things right now (a real bummer), but also because I'm feeling very uninspired by all the trends I'm seeing around me. Nothing is feeling very "fresh" if you know what I mean. Also, as I embark on this next stage in my life, I find myself rethinking who I want to be and how I want to dress for that role. I guess you could call it a style-identity crisis. Some of the things in my closet are starting to feel a bit too juvenile, so a clean-out is definitely in order!

A big thank you to everyone who cares enough to keep up with this blog and actually read this post! I am definitely making it a priority to start churning out more blog posts for you soon.

Outfit details: Ruffled blouse, Wayf (similar here). Frumpy jeans, Topshop. Platform espadrilles, Pull & Bear (last season). Straw basket bag, Zara (only $30!)

Spring Sneakers

Floral dresses and sneakers always seem like such a perfect pairing for spring. It's such a feminine and yet, not too frilly combo; not to mention, extremely comfortable and it can take you anywhere! Since Adidas Superstars are everywhere again, it makes sense for KSwiss to have a revival too. Love that these come in a fresh pastel color that is so perfect for spring.

Floral slip dress, Free People. Long cardigan, Zaful. Grey "Gstadd Neu Sleek" sneakers, c/o KSwiss. Marmont mini crossbody 2.0 in Velvet, Gucci (available for pre-order here).

The Biggest Denim Trend for Spring

Hands down, the biggest trend in denim this season has got to be embroidered jeans, particularly floral motifs. However, since I've been trying to spend more of my money on things I'll love and wear for a long time as opposed to trendy items I will likely only wear for a season, I figured I would pass on this trend. Yet when I spotted this super cute pair from Abercrombie & Fitch, and they were super affordable to boot, I couldn't resist. You all know how I love my mom jeans so it feels really nice to have a special "fun" pair. Linked some other beautiful embroidered options below!

Embroidered mom jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch. Pleated tee, Banana Republic. Long cardigan, Sole Society. Mules, New Look. Mini GG Marmont in velvet, Gucci.

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That Spring Feeling

It's finally starting to warm up in LA! Personally I really enjoyed that we actually had some winter weather this year so I'm a bit bummed about it to be honest. But, with all the spring stuff in stores right now, at least I can get excited about dressing for spring! Naturally I'm kicking off the season with a floral print. It's not groundbreaking, I know. It's not exactly fresh either, but cold-shoulder, off-shoulder, ruffles, and any kind of statement sleeve are big trends again this season. What are you excited to wear this spring?

Floral ruffled cold-shoulder top, c/o Sans Souci. Wedgie Icon fit jeans in Coyote Desert, Levi's. Boucle cardigan, Free People. Bow flat mules, Zara. Mini mini bucket in Brandy, Mansur Gavriel. Suede wrap choker necklace, Jules Smith.

Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

3 Quick Hikes at Joshua Tree

The unexpected thing about Joshua Tree is it's size--it's actually bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! So driving in and around the park takes up a surprising amount of time. But, a lot of the trails are short and easy--more "nature trails" rather than actual hikes, which allow you to experience a lot of the park's features without requiring a whole lot of time. We only had a few hours before it got dark so we only got to check out three trails, but I feel like we saw a lot--would definitely recommend these if you only have a half day to spend at the park.

Arch Rock

Arch Rock is a short, not even half-mile there-and-back trail that mostly features a bunch of cool, prehistoric-looking rocks. Walking around here totally made me feel like I was on the set of The Flintstones or something. The trail starts at White Tank campground and the main feature is a cool, arch-shaped rock. I wasn't brave enough to climb onto it so here is a picture of my fiancé being a goof.

Cholla Cactus Garden

You can see chollas all over the park, but nowhere so magnificent at the Cholla Cactus Garden. The coolest time to see them is when the sun is lower in the sky, because it kind of illuminates them and gives them a nice glow. The trail isn't too exciting but it's a nice place to take some pictures. In the spring, you do have to worry about bees pollinating.

Wall Street Mill - Wonderland of Rocks Ruins

We actually walked around in circles before finding this place, and barely got there before it got dark. It's right off of the Wall Street Mill trail, so we parked at the Barker Dam lot. The instructions I found online on how to get there said it was only about a-tenth of the way into the trail, which is why I kept thinking we had passed it. But we had started on the trail from the paved parking lot. There's actually a dirt overfill lot that is much closer to the ruins. And if you start on the Wall Street Mill trail from that parking lot, you only have to walk a few minutes before seeing a trail off to the left that leads to the ruins. The trail is quite wide and well-traversed so you can't really miss it. And you can even see the ruins from the main trail. Not really sure what this building used to be (someone told us it was possibly an old dairy house), but the ruins are pretty cool!

Joshua Tree, California, USA

Desert Vibes

Took another trip out to Joshua Tree recently, and the second visit was possibly even more magical than the first. LA is definitely lucky to be just a short two-hour drive from this special place. It often gets quite chilly during winter in the high desert, even snowing sometimes (still preferable to a desert summer in my opinion--except that the Milky Way is best viewed during the summer) but we were blessed with perfect, cool weather. We stayed in a cute little Airbnb cabin on rural land with jackrabbits and roadrunners and this glorious Joshua Tree right in front. At night we took advantage of the prime view of the stars and tried shooting some star trails!

Long cardigan, Sole Society (sold out). Denim camp shirt, Madewell (old). White tank top, Fabletics. Olive fedora, H&M. Black skinny jeans, Gap. El Paso ankle boot, Minnetonka.