Spring Has (Almost) Sprung | Jean Jacket + Lace-Up Dress + Riding Boots

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Friday! Let me start off by apologizing for my unexpectedly prolonged absence. Last week I was vacationing in Florida with my family. Of course we were visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and let. me. tell. YOU. The newer Diagon Alley area in Universal Orlando is something to be seen, my friends. It is SO fun and I highly recommend checking it out if you're ever in Florida. The only downside to the entire trip? Trying to eat vegan at an amusement park. Oh my lawd, there are so few options for us plant-based peeps. Thankfully though my mom realized Amazon Prime Now delivered to our hotel, so I just ordered all the vegan snacks they offered and then brought them into the parks with me. (So if you are vegan and do plan to go, just make sure you plan ahead. Also would a blog post on how I managed to make it work interest anyone? If so, I'll write it... aaand if not, I won't.) Anyway, then I returned home to Cali and straight to work it was. And that is why I've been MIA recently -- but I'm back today with this early spring-like OOTD!

Denim jacket (also seen here, here & here): Kohl's
[similar - on sale!]

Z Supply olive green lace-up dress: Shopbop

Lace knee-high white socks (also seen here & here): DSW

Madewell cognac flat riding boots (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop
[similar - 30% off!]

Black and white southwestern print tote bag: Old Navy

Gold hoop stud earrings (also seen here, here, and here): c/o Happiness Boutique

Gold "Hello" cuff bracelet (also seen here & here): Old Navy
[similar - on sale!]

Black oversized "Ruby" sunglasses (also seen here & here): DIFF Eyewear

Does anyone else feel like 2018 is just flying right past? I do. How are we already halfway through February? Every time I look at the calendar I can't believe that's the actual date. 2018 is shaping up to be one of the fastest years of my life so far, but I'm excited for what's in store!

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Going Green As A Family

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

As a family it can be difficult to go green overnight, despite knowing how important it is that our planet is looked after. Since watching things like Blue Planet II, hearing about recent changes in the news (like the banning of plastic straws for example), etc., it’s apparent that our environment is finally starting to come to the forefront.

When you have children, it’s easy to see how much waste you create as a household. There are the endless diapers, toys, and pieces of individually wrapped food packaging that remind us every day of the size of our household waste. So what can we change at home? How can we make a difference, kids or no kids?

Any reduction in waste is great, and worth doing, but it’s not really possible to have a waste-free life. BUT if everyone reduced their waste it could make a massive change. So here are some tips that hopefully you’ll be able to implement, make into regular habits, and make your family greener for the future.

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Shake up your shopping

Shopping is a big issue when it comes to waste. There’s the packaging, the plastic bags, and even the transportation you use to get there.
  1. Buy in bulk when you can to prevent buying individually wrapped items.
  2. Buy loose items where you can. Packing loose vegetables in a reusable tote bag rather than taking a disposable bag will prevent you taking more plastic home. 
  3. Take your own shopping bags. A good tip to help you remember is to leave some reusable bags in your car or your handbag so you always have one or two with you. 

Support Green Businesses

There are many green companies around that you could support. For example, there are companies that make toothbrushes out of recycled materials instead of plastic, or companies like Shiply that carpool deliveries to reduce emissions.Take a look at the companies you use regularly that you think could perhaps benefit from being greener and see if you can make the switch. 

Say no to unnecessary plastic

Do you really need a straw in your drink? If not, consider asking for no straw when you’re eating out. Do you really need a plastic bag for a tiny purchase from the supermarket that can easily fit in your pocket? Get into the habit of saying "No thanks" and over time you’ll prevent a lot of plastic from being thrown away and ending up in our oceans.

Fix, don’t replace

As clothing and electronics get cheaper, it’s easy to throw something away when it’s damaged or there’s an upgrade available. Try where you can to fix things rather than replace, like clothes that can be resized or reused, or shoes that can be re-heeled or stitched. Giving an item a second life could save you a lot of money and teaches your family to savour what they have. If you can’t feasibly have something fixed, make sure you consider recycling it responsibly.

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How do you make your family life greener?

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Casual To The Core | Cardigan + Tank + Ripped Jeans + Converse

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Happy February! We've been having some unseasonably warm weather here in San Diego lately, but that hasn't stopped me from dressing like it's California winter (AKA jeans and a light sweater). If you couldn't tell by most of my outfit posts on this here blog, I like to dress casually. Like, it's who I am at the core. If you ever see me out and about, more than likely I'll be wearing something exactly like today's OOTD. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit - and comfort.

As I've mentioned before, I've been using Kenra hair products for years. They're a high-quality, cruelty-free brand that I've come to depend on. Most recently I've been using: the Moisturizing ShampooMoisturizing ConditionerPerfect Blowout 5Volume Mousse Extra 17, and Volume Dry Shampoo (all of which you can purchase at Ulta). The combination keeps my hair soft, more manageable, and lets it air dry into these waves.

Gray chunky knit cardigan (also seen here): Target

Green and white striped mock turtleneck tank top: Anthropologie

Light washed distressed skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star gray low top sneakers (also seen here, here & here): Journey's
[similar - on sale!]

Black oversized "Ruby" sunglasses (also seen here): DIFF Eyewear

Gold bar pendant necklace (also seen here & here): Nordstrom
[similar - on sale!]

Black crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): Target

I'm headed to Florida next week for a quick trip to see my family (and the expanded Harry Potter World)! I can't wait to spend time with them in the magical place that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter... while wearing pretty much this exact outfit the entire time ;)

What are you up to this fine February?

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Must Visit San Diego Vegan Spots

Friday, January 26, 2018

Here in Southern California, we are blessed with an evergrowing number of vegan and vegan-friendly businesses. It seems almost every month there is word of a new veg restaurant, or special menu, or food truck opening up somewhere in our area. Having previously lived in cities with less-than-stellar numbers of plant-based places, I do realize how fortunate we are in San Diego. Thus, I thought I would share my favorite vegan spots today. Whether you live here or are planning a visit, are a veg head or are not, like food or are head over heels for it, you need to check out these places ASAP.

Second Nature

This restaurant recently opened up a few miles south of us in North Pacific Beach. It's a totally vegetarian and vegan menu, the ambiance is so cozy, and the patio is dog-friendly! (Get their vegan caesar salad and thank me later.)

Don Carlos Taco Shop

Don Carlos is walking distance from Matt and me, so we end up here more often than we probably should. It also is not vegan, but they have plenty of options. Our go-to order is the veggie burrito with black beans, no cheese, add fries. Mmmmmmmm.

Plant Power Fast Food

I've discussed Plant Power previously, but damnit, it's so good it deserves more praise. They have a huge menu ranging from raw tacos to the colossal "Big Zac" burger - all of which are 100% vegan. (PS: If you visit their locations in Ocean Beach or Encinitas during the fall, make sure to try their pumpkin milkshake. Best I've ever had in my life!)

Ranchos Cocina

This Mexican restaurant is not vegan, but the amount of plant-based options on their (seriously extensive) menu is borderline overwhelming. It's SO delicious, though, and the price is right.

Native Foods

This is a chain, but their chicken and waffles is MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE. If I could physically live on one food item for the rest of my days, this dish would be it. Plus, the rest of their food is (almost as) amazing, too. If you ever visit a city that has a Native Foods, SPRINT to the nearest one.

Donna Jean

After months of hearing about it nonstop, I finally tried Donna Jean for the first time ever a few weeks ago. They're famous for their mac and cheese - and for good reason. It is the closest to "real" macaroni and cheese I've ever eaten. SO TASTY. Get yourself to this San Diego plant-based staple as soon as you possibly can.

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San Diego County has so many more delicious vegan places, but these are just some of my personal favorites. This list is just the beginning - I still have so many to try, too! What's your favorite plant-based place? Anywhere in San Diego I need to try, like, yesterday?

Now I'm off to gorge myself after all this food talk.

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Fringe Benefits | Poncho Cardigan + High-waisted Denim + Ankle Boots

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hey guys! After what has felt like the quickest weeks of my life, here I am comin' at ya with the second LunaVida outfit post of 2018... finally. I know, I know. It took me a long time. But I have a good excuse - and that is due to the fact that I haven't worn a real outfit or "gotten ready" in well, weeks. 😳  Seriously, it's been a hot minute since I did anything other than put my hair up in a topknot. (Full disclosure: I actually didn't even do my hair this day these photos were taken. The waves are the result of a braid that was slept in overnight. Really though, who has the time to curl their hair these days anyhow?)

Navy blue knit fringe poncho cardigan: c/o PinkBlush
THIS CARDIGAN IS SO DAMN SOFT. I couldn't believe it was a real article of clothing when I took it out of the package. It feels like wrapping yourself up in your coziest blanket - but you can actually go out in public wearing it!

Gray tank top (also seen here, here & here): Target

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): J.Crew

Kensie high-waisted skinny jeans: Marshalls

Splendid LA gray ankle boots (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop

Silver pendant necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique

Hammered silver bangle (also seen here, here & here): Souvenir from our trip to Greece

Wooden clutch (also seen here, here & here): c/o Uncommon Goods

What have you been up to these first few weeks of January? I've mostly been a'workin' (and trying - keyword - to keep my house semi-in order), hence the lack of blog posts. (Sorry!) I'm still trying to find some balance within this new year but I guess isn't that usually the case with life as an adult?

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8 Goals For 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Did anyone else just now realize it's 2018? We are almost two weeks into the new year and I am just now feeling like I can take a second to stop and breathe. That said, I've been really behind in the resolution arena. I've been racking my brain and couldn't narrow what I want to accomplish this year down to only one main resolution; therefore, I decided to craft a list of 8 goals for 2018 (in no particular order).

1. Actually take the time out to travel with Matt

Matt and I love to travel, but we rarely get to take a vacation together. This is due to the fact that we have two cats and two dogs (one of whom is... difficult and can't be trusted with any old pet sitter). We hate to leave them behind, so it seems like one of us usually stays home with them while the other goes back home to visit family, attend weddings, etc. I realized how long it's been since we were able to take an actual vacation together and it bummed me out. So this year, a trip has to happen.

2. Spend more time with my family

Moving to California was a lifelong goal of mine; however, the downside of living in SoCal is that I am super far from my family back in Ohio. I have two young nieces in Cincinnati who I want to see grow up, and I have to make sure I can get home more often to do so.

3. See our out-of-town friends more often

Having moved around the country so much, Matt and I have been blessed to make friends in each city we've lived in. This is great because we've been #blessed with some many amazing relationships. The unfortunate part is that also means we are split all across the world, which makes seeing each other a rare occurrence. This year I want to make more of an effort to better plan trips to spend time with as many of these pals as possible.

4. Help get the ballot initiative we are currently working on onto the California ballot (and then voted "YES" in November!)

If you didn't know, I am working on a campaign to get a bill on the 2018 California ballot that will help prevent cruelty to animals on factory farms. This is a dream come true because my #1 professional and personal goals revolve around reducing the suffering of farmed animals. We have to get 600,000 signatures across the state by late April, and then it gets on the ballot to be voted on. I am so motivated to help however I can to make this happen because when this passes it'll be the biggest legislation ever passed in the name of farm animals!

5. Take the time for self-care

Believe it or not, but I am incredibly low maintenance. I know this may shock some of you, seeing as I have a "fashion" blog. But really, there is nothing I like more than wearing sweatpants and no makeup. I can count the number of times I blowdry my hair in an entire year on one hand. I will go weeks without using a styling tool, on the reg. Even though I've always liked clothes, I've never been super into "beauty." That said, I am turning 29 this year and it's probably time I become a real adult. (It had to happen at some point, I suppose.) In my head, real adults actually take the time out to take care of themselves. I need to do this, big time. I need to make myself actually schedule the yoga classes, book the hair appointments (especially since 28 seemingly was the year my head decided gray was the new brunette), get in the habit of going to the doctor more than once a decade, stop feeling guilty for spending money on myself, and take advantage of the beautiful weather here and get out in nature for those hikes I've been missing.

6. Make "tidying up" a habit

Growing up, when I heard the term "tidy up" it was an automatic eye-roll from me. I was never a slob per se (germs gross me out) but I have never been super clean at home. My work desk? Organized to a tee. My home life, though? Far from it. I want to change that as I head into the last year of my 20s. I read that you should always do a task that takes under 60 seconds right away, no matter what it is. Those little tasks add up, so getting them done with quickly makes a difference throughout the day. I've been trying to incorporate that and it's already helped in my tidiness. (Obviously I need to do much more than just that, though, so if you have any tips, please share!)

7. Read more

This kind of goes along with the lack of making time for self-care in my life, but it deserves its own goal. I used to enjoy reading, but then working full-time came into my life, and out reading went. I need to prioritize better so that I can actually finish a book that I start. (I'm lookin' at you, The Casual Vacancy, all alone on my nightstand for the past six months.)

8. Learn to cook better - and do it more frequently

When I first went vegan, I was forced to start cooking more than I ever had before. I wish the cooking bit had stuck, but then life got busier - aaand I discovered the treasure trove of delicious plant-based restaurants San Diego has to offer. This year, however, I would like to get back to the kitchen and making healthier meals at home again. I know it's better for me and saves money, but somehow I still end up eating out multiple times a week. I gosta change that pronto!

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These are just the first things that popped up into my head when I thought of what I want for 2018, but there are plenty more shakin' around in my head. (For instance, I didn't even get to the long list of goals for this here blog!)

What about you? What are your goals/resolutions/hopes/dreams/wishes/aspirations for the new year?

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Blue Hues | Crewneck Sweatshirt + Raw Hem Jeans + Converse

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy First Sunday of 2018! I hope your end of 2017 and beginning of the new year have been amazing. Personally, the end of 2017 was downright awful for Matt and me. We had an emergency occur after Christmas and are still dealing with it now. (We're fine, though, and we'll be fine - promise.) Thankfully though, even with the bad moments, I'm constantly reminded of how lucky we are and have been. I find that when I consciously change my perspective from "Woe is me" to "Whoa it could be so much worse" I can reset a bit better. That said, unfortunately, there's no denying that bad things will always happen. But how we choose to view and then deal with these issues that arise can be the best lesson of all. So here's to 2018 and all the lessons to be learned and all the good times to be had!

Sky blue crewneck sweatshirt (also seen here): Old Navy
[similar - on sale!]

Black and white striped tank top (also seen here & here): Forever 21

Dark wash raw hem jeans: c/o PinkBlush
These jeans are so comfortable and have the perfect amount of stretch to them. Plus, the distressed looks and raw hem make them "Oh my god, sew on-trend!" (Please tell me you read this in a 1990s Valley Girl voice like I did.) Seriously though, they've already become my new go-to pants for weekend errand running.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star gray low top sneakers (also seen here, here & here): Journeys

Reversible black and white print infinity scarf: Old Navy

Rebecca Minkoff "Mini Avery" black tote handbag (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop

Black oversized "Ruby" sunglasses: via DIFF Charitable Eyewear

What are your hopes for the New Year? Did you set any resolutions? I haven't set any yet and I'm still trying to figure out my intention for the year to come. Last year, rather than resolutions, I instead did a self-chosen "Word of the Year" which was nourishment. I chose this because I wanted to focus more on better providing in every aspect of my life with more, from the basic diet and exercise so many of us emphasize on January 1st, all the way to my friendships and nourishing them no matter how far apart we may be. Since my brain has been a bit more scattered than usual the past week and a half, I haven't found the energy or time to sit down and really think about 2018 yet. I know that I need to though, so as soon I am feeling back to semi-normal again, I fully intend to get back at it and make 2018 the best yet!

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