June 29, 2011

The Backpack's BIG ComeBACK.

Good news ladies, It seems as though the days of boring boyish backpacks are over.  I used to get so frustrated because I felt like even my most feminine and dainty outfits were spoiled by the masculinity of the JanSport backpack, which dominated the backpack industry for my whole junior high and high school career.  In high school, I finally gave up and opted for large bags to throw all of my goods in.  While these tote bags where infinitely more fashionable than your typical plain backpack, they left me with a sore shoulder (something that my chiropractor dad definitely did not approve of).  I am happy to say, however, that backpack market seems to be expanding and brands like Obey and Billabong are making comfortable and practical backpacks that won't sacrifice your personal style.

Deux Lux canvas backpack, $69
Obey tote handbag, $59
Ecote canvas backpack, $68
Billabong canvas backpack, $46
Dannijo woven bag, £249
Roxy canvas backpack, $46
Dusen Dusen printed backpack, $135
Roxy backpack, $44
ASOS canvas backpack, £35

June 28, 2011


Here is a perfect outfit combination to wear while exploring the streets of Boston, Massachusetts or for a 4th of July picnic (the 4th is less than a week away. Can you believe that?!).  The denim blue, peachy red, and off white shoes have a patriotic feel that won't make you feel like a walking American flag.  

Peacock dress
£32 - peacocks.co.uk

ALDO short heels
$30 - aldoshoes.com

June 25, 2011

Just what you needed to hear.

Have you ever had the experience of stumbling upon a random passage or book of the Bible and realizing that it was exactly what you needed to hear at that very moment?  And you know it was a God thing, and not just a coincidence, because there was no rhyme or reason to your reading that passage other than just feeling prompted to.

We all know the story a Jonah and the whale.  Boy runs from God.  Boy gets swallowed by whale.  Boy lives and then obeys.  Its the go to story to teach little kids in Sunday School and I'd probably heard it taught 20 times in Sunday School.  For me it has never been a book of the Bible that I felt compelled to read in my personal Bible study time because I thought that I already got it.  I was wrong.

Sometimes it is so easy to just stay in our comfort zones...  Surrounding ourselves with people we like (and who like us), living in a familiar place, and doing things that we are used to doing. The problem with this is that we can't expect to grow if we are living in this zone of comfort.  I am learning that the easiest thing isn't necessarily the best thing.  We experience true spiritual growth when we are challenged are forced to face our insecurities because it is in these times that we have to cling to the Lord for comfort, courage, and wisdom.  As we see his faithfulness and plan unfold, we see His character and just how much he loves us.

"God is our refuge and strength and very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea."
— Psalms 46:12

June 23, 2011

One Year Anniversary.

Photo Credit: LoveDetour
Exactly one year ago today I had the crazy idea of starting a blog.  One hundred and six posts later and I am somehow still finding things to blab about.  Who would have thought?!  This blog has been a true blessing in my life.  It has allowed me keep the creative juices flowing, meet some lovely bloggers (who inspire me daily), and keep a record of the things that fill my day.  If you read this blog (All three of you...  One of those being my mom.  haha)  then I thank you for coming along with me on this journey!

June 22, 2011

DIY: Fruits of the Spirit Rocks.

Here's what you'll need...
Here is the final result...
1. Write out the words in pencil first and then go over them in marker.
2. You could also put a coat of clear sealer over the top to add a sheen.
This would especially be a good idea if you plan to leave your rocks outside. 

June 21, 2011

School is out for summer.

Normally I would feel pretty guilty about taking two weeks off from blogging.  However, it has been a very busy two weeks!  Fear not though because in these two weeks I have acquired quite a bit of creativity and inspiration that I can't wait to share with you in the coming months! In the meantime, here are some snap shots of highlights from the last few weeks of summer.  
Celebrating my 19th Birthday!
Hiking to see some of God's beautiful creations!
(Maroon Bells in CO.  Absolutely breathtaking!)
Visiting Arches National Park in Utah
(Thats me and brother under the arch!)

      I also...
  • Finished my first year of college at UCLA!
  • Stayed at a Swiss chalet in the Colorado Rockies for a week with some of my very favorite people
  • Did a LOT of thrifting and bought what is quite possibly my favorite clothing item ever (its so good I have to save its unveiling for another post!)
  • Ate at the famous J-Bar at the Jerome Hotel in Aspen.
  • Had fried ice cream that just might compete with the fried ice cream from Ensenada, Mexico that I have been raving about for the last three years.
  • Went to Arches National Park in Utah... incredible.
And so the summer begins...

June 19, 2011

Father's Day.

Happy Fathers Day to...
my fellow adventurer, ski buddy, and friend!  
Love you Pops!

June 6, 2011

I can see...

Lake Tahoe-Summer 2010
I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I've got one more final left (my easiest one), and three shifts of work and then I am out of here!  It has been sad seeing saying goodbye to friends as they have trickled off to head home after finishing finals but I must say that I READY FOR SUMMER!  Ready for family vacations, reunions with friends from home, going to the beach, drinking berry smoothies that I can only make at home (with our nifty magic bullet blender), to eat fruit straight off the fruit trees in our yard, ready to have fires in our outdoor fire place, to play with my labs and meet the newest addition to the Gustin Family Zoo (a new kitty named Josie), ready to take four o'clock naps on my bed at home with the sunshine pouring in only to wake up to a wonderful dinner prepared my my mama.  Oh boy am I ready! 

June 2, 2011

Summer Nights.

Up until recently, I had always been quite skeptical about the infamous maxi dress. However, I think the next addition to my summer wardrobe may just be a maxi dress. Paired with a jean jacket and circle scarf and you have the perfect outfit for cool summer nights.
Summer Nights

Current Elliott polka dot jacket
$298 - nordstrom.com

Languid Paisley Maxi Dress
$148 - anthropologie.com

Forever21 open toe shoes
$19 - forever21.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors studded clutch
$250 - net-a-porter.com

Dorothy Perkins turquoise bangle
12 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

Sheer shawl
$15 - modcloth.com

June 1, 2011


A few weekends ago, I got to indulge my love of food and outdoor vendors at the farmer's market next to The Grove in Los Angeles.  (I mentioned my love of street vendors, markets, and swap meets here.)  There is something so special about purchasing groceries at an outdoor market.  The enticing smells, the colorful displays, the diverse array of people.  I love it all.  The market was full of vibrant produce, roasted nuts, and decadent desserts.  Surprisingly, my only purchase was a carton of perfectly ripe black berries which made my yogurt, banana, and granola breakfasts extra special for the week.  Perhaps I would have bought more tasty treats if I hadn't just come from The Griddle Cafe on Sunset, where I consumed a generous helping of "Banana Nana" pancakes and eggs benedict.  All the more reason to make another visit to the farmer's market in the near future!