Light & Bright: Embroidered Top + Cutoffs + Espadrilles

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Almost The Weekend (AKA "Friday")! Matt and I are headed on a road trip up to L.A. today. We are going to see my very favorite singer's concert at The Hollywood Bowl: Jason Mraz! I am so excited. I love his concerts and we've never been to The Hollywood Bowl before. It's also Matt's first time ever going to Los Angeles, so if you have any recommendations, please let us know (especially any and all must-visit vegan restaurants)!

Free People pink lace bralette: c/o Shopbop

White flowy tank with embroidery detail: Marshalls

Light wash cutoff jean shorts (also seen here, herehere): Old Navy

Navy blue and white polka dot flat espadrilles (also seen herehere): Old Navy

Gold chevron drop earrings (also seen here): Nordstrom Rack

Neon yellow crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): Target

Surprise three-day weekends are such a treat, aren't they? Especially when they involve a road trip and a concert, baby! Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alliegee319) if you want to see some Jason Mraz concert Insta Stories 😊

What are you up to this weekend?

Red-dy To Go: Off-The-Shoulder Dress + Espadrille Flats + Crossbody Bag

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy last day of spring! This week is an exciting one for a few reasons. First, it's the first official day of summer tomorrow. (Woo hoo!) Then I am chopping off 8 inches of my hair to donate. (Ahh!) Then Matt and I are headed on a road trip to L.A. (Yay!) And finally, we're going to the Jason Mraz concert at The Hollywood Bowl. (HOORAY!) This is one of those weeks that I am just so giddy for -- but also admittedly very nervous too, because I am pretty scared to have shorter hair again. I haven't had my hair above my shoulders since, like, 2009! 😳

Red off-the-shoulder dress: ASOS

Nude skinny braided belt (also seen here): Forever 21

Black and white espadrille flat slip-ons (also seen here): American Eagle

Turquoise statement necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o Mourning Dove

Multicolored stone cuff bracelet (also seen here & here): Charming Charlie

Neon yellow crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): Target

Are you celebrating or dreading the beginning of summertime? Having spent the last four summers in Phoenix, this is the first time in many years that I am actually excited for this season. (And for my Arizona pals who are currently dealing with 120-degree temps, I feel for you. Our home is open to you to come visit anytime!)

Florals? For spring? Ground-breaking: Army Jacket + Crop Top + Ripped Jeans + Sandals

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happiest of Fridays to you! There are only a few more days until the official start of summer, isn't that crazy to think? Even though it feels like it's been summertime for awhile now (sorry that you always get skipped over early, spring), I am excited about the real kickoff of the season. I'm ready to grill out with veggie burgers by the pool for 4th of July, swim in the ocean that will finally warm up (well, not that it makes a huge difference since the Pacific is always bone-chillingly cold), and spend the extra long days out in the sun. Le sigh... Summer lovin', indeed!

Olive green military jacket (also seen here, herehere): Old Navy
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Multicolored floral print ruffled crop top: Nordstrom Rack
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Light wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target
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Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

Nude and gold studded flat t-strap sandals (also seen here): Old Navy
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Tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Jeffrey Bay

Neon yellow crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): Target

Turquoise stone necklace (also seen here): c/o Buddha Blossom Jewels

Gold bracelet: Target

What are your summer plans? Are you going on a vacation? Matt and I are probably going to stay put this summer for a variety of reasons. Normally I would be bummed, but I feel like we still have so much to explore in our new home of Southern California alone! I mean, Matt's never even been to Los Angeles before. (But that actually changes next week, because we are headed to L.A. for the Jason Mraz birthday concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Ah, I am so excited!! Which reminds me, if you're not already following along on Instagram @alliegee319, I recommend doing so so you can catch some of the concert fun!)

The Best Vegan Products At Trader Joe's

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Update: Yes, I am still vegan. I used to think going vegan would be one of the more difficult life decisions I would ever make and stick to. It turns out this is far from reality. I've now been entirely plant-based for almost 6 months, and I have to say it so much simpler than I made it out to be in my head for so many years. One thing that makes it so easy? TRADER JOE'S. It is by far my favorite grocery store - and not just because it has the best inexpensive fresh flowers (although that certainly doesn't hurt). The reason I really, truly love T.J.'s? They have so many on-purpose vegan products, as well as plenty of "accidentally vegan" items! Below are my current favorite snacks for those who are vegan or are just trying to incorporate a little more cruelty-free into their diet. (And yes, you will quickly catch on that "delicious junk food" is the theme for these picks.)

1. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
So tasty by themselves as a treat, on top of shakes and desserts, OR even melted down for chocolate-covered strawberries!

2. Reduced Guilt Pita Chips With Sea Salt
These are so crunchy! I love them paired with hummus for a quick snack.

Image via Trader Joe's

3. Brownie Crisp
Just as with the choco chips mentioned above, I love breaking these up into small bits and spreading their cocoa goodness on cashew milk ice cream!

Image via She Finds

4. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
This is my favorite to use in place of coffee creamer! It's sweet, thick, and perfect for a splash of taste for my morning cup o' joe.

Image via Fit Girl Food

5. Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
This may be made out of soy, but it is SO creamy. (Plus it is super affordable compared to other dairy-free ice cream brands.)

Image via Trader Joe's

6. Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai
Caffeine and vegan? Two words that make my heart very happy (as well as my tired brain).

Image via Trader Joe's

7. Marshmallows
VEGAN MARSHMALLOWS?! As in, no gelatin? And they're under $3 for a bag? AND they actually taste good? Alert the S'mores Gods, because everyone's favorite summertime fireside dessert is still on the menu, baby!

Image via Trader Joe's

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I know I just devoted a whole post to a grocery store, but if you are recently vegan or are trying to become more cruelty-free in your diet, I hope this can be helpful on your next shopping trip. (Side note: You should totally consider buying your regular groceries here, too. Personally, we get our normal grocery supplies at TJ's - organic fruits and veggies, pasta, coffee, wine, etc. - and our bill is so much cheaper than other stores!) Plus, although most of Trader Joe's products are even labelled as "vegan" or "vegetarian" (which is so helpful and thank you so much for doing it, Trader Joe's. Like, seriously thank you), there are those few yumm-o "accidentally vegan" items that I don't want to you to miss out on! Besides, it is never fun being the person blocking the aisle, looking up ingredients on your phone to check what is or isn't safe for you to consume when you're avoiding animal products.

Trust me. I speak from much personal experience.

Now go forth and enjoy all the vegan chocolatey goodness out there!

Crop To It Then: Knit Top + White Jeans + Lace-Up Sandals

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Happy Sunday to all! How was your weekend? Matt and I spent ours the way we typically have since moving to San Diego: exploring new neighborhoods and getting outdoors as much as possible. Due to this spending time outside by the windy beach, today's outfit post features my knottiest hair to date (as seen below). 💁 

Contrary to actual, real fashion bloggers, I do not plan "outfit shoots." What is standard for ol' LunaVida posts is the following: I put on clothing that I am going to wear for that entire day's activities and then I live my actual life. Only then, at the end of the day and if I remember (and if Matt is in a good enough mood to be willing to), we will take three minutes to shoot a few pictures of said outfit. (And even though I've been doing this for 4.5 years now, I still seek out to a corner where no one in public can see me and I die of embarrassment anytime a car drives by and sees me looking like an idiot posing by some flowers.) And now you know why my outfit posts often involve less than perfect hair/makeup/etc (not as though I possess those skills anyway). It's because I usually forget until the "lewk" has already been lived in for 6+ hours. 😬

Black knit crop top with side zippers: ASOS
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White fringed skinny jeans with zipper detail: c/o PinkBlush
I've always been afraid of wearing white pants (I was scared of dropping stuff on them - which is still a fear of mine since I am very clumsy... - and that they would be unflattering). This pair is my very first ever, and I looove them! These jeans are so dang comfy, they have the best stretch, and I love the zippers on the ankles. (My advice if you plan to get yourself a pair though is to size down. They run a little big in my opinion.)

Fuchsia lace-up flat sandals: Old Navy
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Silver and tortoiseshell aviator sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Silver "A" initial necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o Sivado Studio

LC Lauren Conrad long silver arrow necklace: Kohl's

Silver hammered cuff bracelet (also seen here, here & here): Souvenir from our trip to Greece

Even though my hair may be a mess in today's post, I am very pleased with the fact that my sandals match the bougainvillea so well. (And it was totally a happy accident that we didn't even realize!)

What were you up to this weekend?

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Flower Child: Off-The-Shoulder Top + Ripped Jeans + Sandals

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hi there! If you've ever lived in California you've probably heard the terms "May Gray" and "June Gloom." These are very accurate sayings indeed. During the beginning of summer, we do get some sun peeking through for a few hours a day, but the majority is pretty gloomy. The general consensus seems to be that most Southern Californians are not fans of this time of year. Matt and I came from The Valley of The Sun (Phoenix) and The Sunshine State (Florida), though; therefore, we have had our fair share of sunny days, and we are all for this change of weather before the heat of summer officially rears its head. (Then again, talk to me come the end of June and see if I'm still a fan of these gray days - or if I am ready for blue skies like everyone else.)

White lace off-the-shoulder top (also seen here, here & here): H&M
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Light wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target
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Brown studded ankle strap sandals (also seen here & here): Old Navy
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Tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Jeffrey Bay

Gold hoop drop earrings with pink tassels (also seen here): Target

Urban Expressions vegan weaved crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): DSW

Multicolored stone cuff bracelet (also seen here): Charming Charlie

This combination of an off-the-shoulder top and some type of distressed denim has already turned into my summertime go-to outfit (see most recent outfit post here for further proof). Which articles of clothing do you find yourself turning to time after time this month?

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