Nail Polish Colors Iโ€™m Loving

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Out of the jukebox, Pin me pink, Saved by the belle, Baguette me not

I remember as a little girl my mom would always take my sister and I to go get our nails done when she’d go and that’s one of the best memories I have with them. I still go every now and then to get my nails done with my mom when we have time off together. Lately however, I haven’t had much free time to go pamper myself so I’ve been doing my nails myself. Although I wish I could be getting my nails done, I’ve been loving switching up my manicure every week to these gorgeous shades. I’m a neutral shade kinda gal but I love switching it up from time to time. I really had spring and summer in mind when I bought these shades and I’m obsessed.

Happy Friday! I’m so excited for a little bit of down time this weekend with family after having such a busy work week. I hope you all have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

xoxo, Liz

 

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Spring Workout Look

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Workout Tank, Leggings, Shoes, Sunglasses

If you know me then you know there’s no two things I love more than food and workout clothes haha. I may be a fashion blogger but if you ever catch me out and about, I’m always in workout clothes looking like I’m either going to the gym or I just left, but chances are I probably haven’t gone. In reality I haven’t been to the gym in weeks and I’m so bummed about it but I’m not doing anything to change that. Recently though I’ve been eyeing so many cute spring workout pieces that I’m hopeful will finally get me into the mood to workout.

I typically always go to the gym in baggy shirts which make me feel ugly and even bigger than what I am. So to change that I’ve been wanting tank tops to wear and I found this super cute one at Old Navy for less than $15. The material is super nice and breathable plus it’s true to size.

My leggings are from Sams Club and I love them so much! I got them in black and this green color and the material is so buttery soft for them only being $13.

White shoes have been all the rage recently so I knew I wanted to add a pair to my shoe collection this spring. I found these Nikes a few weeks ago and I’m obsessed with the bright white color. They’re super comfy and run true to size.

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If you wear earbuds to workout but hate carrying them around, I found the perfect ‘case’ for them! I have AirPods and I’m always worried I might lose them because of their size so I found the cutest case for them. I just got it at Bath & Body Works and they fit perfectly. It was less than $5 and I love that they have a clip so I can connect it to my keys. This one unfortunately isn’t online but these other ones are super cute too.

xoxo, Liz

Pop Of Blue

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Dress, Headband, Sandals,ย Sunglasses

I’ve been searching for a really nice white dress for this season and I finally found it! I got this dress last week at Gap. Unfortunately it’s only online in navy blue but I’m hoping they’ll stock the white soon.

I wanted to wear pink accessories so I threw on my new adorable pearl headband. It’s been trending everywhere so I knew I wanted to try it out. I found it on Amazon for less than $1 and I can’t believe I got it for that cheap. It’s not on Prime but the shipping was only $2 and I received it within two weeks. I paired it with my pink sandals and pink bag and my look was complete.

Yesterday was Mothers Day so I spent the day with my sisters, our mom, and grandma. It was such a beautiful day and perfect for shopping. I couldn’t help but get some photos in at Warby Parker and their stunning store front. That bright blue is amazing and totally stands out.ย 

xoxo, Liz

Cinco De Mayo In LA

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Happy Monday loves! Yesterday Isaac, Nicole and I went to Los Angeles to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and it was so much fun. We went shopping at The Grove, taught Nicole how to thrift shop, and ended off our day with tacos from Teddy’s Red Tacos.ย 

For my outfit I didn’t have anything super festive for the holiday but I had this super cute smocked rainbow top sitting in my closet and I thought it’d be perfect. The day was chilly and it actually rained towards the end of the day so I’m glad I wore these jeans and not these shorts. I paired my look with my white sandals and it turned out cute and festive.

I’m wishing you all a beautiful week โ™ฅ

xoxo, Liz

What I Got At The Sephora Sale

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Jeans, Sunglasses, Glow Serum, Pore Stick, Skin Tint

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Sephora sale started yesterday and you can save 10-20% off any products depending on what type of Beauty Insider you are. If you’re not signed up (I can’t recommend it enough!) here is the link to sign up so you can shop and save 10% off your purchase via in store or online. Oh and the birthday gift options make it oh so worth it.

I went today since I had a gift card I’ve been wanting to use plus what better time than when they’re having a sale ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m starting to get really into skincare lately so I wanted to try out some new products that focus on helping my skin glow. I picked up this glow serum, this pore stick, this skin tint and I can’t wait to try them all out. My favorite thing about Sephora is that they have an amazing return policy so for instance if a product doesn’t work for you or wrong shade, etc. they will take it back and give you a full refund as long as you have your receipt and it’s no more than halfway used.ย 

The sale ends this Monday 5/6 so there is still time to shop the sale if you haven’t already!

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend โ™ฅ

xoxo, Liz

Day In Laguna Beach

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Since my last beach trip, I’ve been dying to go back so when I found out Isaac and I had Saturday off from work, I quickly suggested a beach day. We decided on Laguna beach and it was gorgeous. However, we left and went to our favorite place; Newport! We always go to Corona Del Mar so that’s why we originally wanted to switch it up but when we got to Laguna, it was so hard to find parking plus we both needed to use the restroom badly and there were no bathrooms. So we ended up turning back and going to our favorite beach.ย 

We soaked up the sun and dipped our feet in the water (which was freezing btw) and just had fun. I did get a bit sunburnt since it was gloomy but it’s not too bad thankfully.ย 

After the beach I really wanted ice cream so we made a pit stop at Atomic Creamery in Fashion Island. I’ve been following their page on Instagram for the longest but we never got a chance to stop by and try it out so it was a must for me to try it out yesterday. I’m so glad we went because it was so freaking good plus the decor and theming is perfect. If you guys are in the area of Newport or Laguna, definitely stop by and try it out.ย 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and week ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I’d also like to thank you all for the love on Friday’s post. It was hard to write but I’m glad I was able to write out how I’ve felt over the situation.

xoxo, Liz

How I’ve Dealt With Grief

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Over the course of six months I’ve dealt with a new feeling I’ve never felt before and that’s grief. I haven’t been very open the past six months since losing my brother and while it often hurts me a lot I’ve found comfort in masking my feelings. However, in doing this I’ve built up lots of anger, sadness, and questions. Of course this is no good way to accept death and begin to move past it. To backtrack I’ll share how I found out, whats happened since, and how I’ve been able to overcome this tremendous sadness.

October 26th…

As I look back on this day, never would I have imagined that something so awful would happen to my brother that would end up costing him his life. It was a normal Friday for my family and I, my parents were out of work, I had just gotten home from the gym and my mom asked if I wanted to go shopping with her. I said yes and off we went shopping. While doing this, we split up and I went my way and she went hers. When we met up to leave, my mom showed me a shirt she bought for my brother Jacob for Christmas. Genuinely I was surprised my mom was already thinking about Christmas gifts and especially a gift for Jacob, because every year she would always wait until the last minute and scramble on what gifts to get him. We got home and parted ways to go to sleep.

October 27th…

What started off as a normal morning of letting out our dog Chloe to use the restroom and feeding her turned into a day I don’t ever want to relive. I woke up and began brushing my teeth when I heard someone ring the doorbell at around 8:30 a.m. Immediately our dogs began barking and I heard my mom answer the door. A man asked for the parents of Jacob Rodriguez. My mom rushed to put our dogs away and she went and grabbed my dad to come out to the formal living room to speak with the man. To this day the one thing that I’ll live with forever is hearing the story of what happened to my brother. I was in complete disbelief and I remember my mouth being open because of the state of shock I went into. My parents immediately began to cry so I came into the room and finished talking with the man about what our next steps were. My dad walked away crying uncontrollably. His son, his best friend, his everything died. To this day what makes me most sad is knowing the pain my parents have in their hearts forever from losing their son. When the man left, my mom and I began crying together and we went into their bedroom. We all sat there on the bed crying and holding each other. We made calls and I had to tell my sisters and my other brother. Everyone immediately came over and tears were just being shed uncontrollably.ย 

As I was still in shock over what happened, I wanted to know what exactly happened to Jacob. The man that delivered the news and basically ruined the rest of our lives as we knew it, told us he had been involved in a car accident which also involved another person which was a female. I called the detectives number and in a horrific shock I found out what exactly happened. My heart immediately fell into my stomach and I felt sick. I won’t exactly share what happened but I’ll leave this here.

In the days after this, I was just numb. I wanted to escape from this hell that had been put upon us. Just when everything in our lives was going amazing, something so devastating happened. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, but why this? Why did Jacob have to make this awful decision that took his life and an innocent persons life? My brother was the sweetest most caring person. He was funny and got along with everyone. He loved his rescue animals with all of his heart. So why him?

Of course we’ll never know why my brother did what he did and although the pain of not knowing haunts us everyday, it’s best that we don’t know. Having to “move on” has been so difficult. We brought in his animals which consists of two dogs, Teddy and Zuko, and one cat, Kiwi. They have been the biggest blessings out of the whole situation. When I look at them I cry because they’ll never know why Jacob never came back home.ย 

A few weeks after we laid him to rest I had to work 10-5 at my job all alone. This day we had awful rainy weather so of course it was empty at my work. I was bored from not having any human interaction so I began remembering things from the past. Because of the weather I remembered back to New Years Eve of 2014 when we woke up to Jacob banging on our dads bedroom door saying, “dad it’s snowing outside!” Nicole and I woke up so fast because we were so excited that it was snowing and we didn’t care that it was 3 in the morning. So outside we went as siblings playing in the fresh snow that was falling in Temecula of all places. We used beach boogie boards as sleds and made snow angels on the street. That’s a memory I’ll never forget as it’s one of my favorites. But as I thought back to that moment, I felt so alone and empty when suddenly the song that played at Jacobs funeral in his slideshow began playing on the stores speakers. I instantly started crying and I knew I wasn’t alone.

For two months I cried every day on my drive home because going home didn’t feel like home anymore.

I used to find the formal living room couches to be so comfortable and the best place to relax and take a nap. But now that room feels cold and the couches are hard. I hate that room. That room will always be the room where we found out what happened to Jacob.

Over time we’ve found peace in this situation. The holidays without him were probably the most difficult. We’ve accepted his death and have began to move forward but we still keep his memory alive everyday. We light a candle everyday in his honor that never runs out.ย 

I miss him so much everyday and I know one day we’ll all be reunited again as a family.

xoxo, Liz