What I Love Most About Summer

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I think we can all agree that today's blog post title is very fitting for a 4th-grade homework assignment. But ya know what? It's perfectly sunny and warm out today so I'm feelin' extra excited for the upcoming summer season. Thus, in the name of summer lovin', I'm sharing some of my favorite aspects of these fine months to come.

Black ruffled off-the-shoulder one-piece swimsuit: c/o PinkBlush
Who else is psyched that one-pieces are "back"? 🙋 My bathing suit collection has been steadily growing since moving to the beach and one-pieces have definitely come front and center. This one is so classic that it would also work as a bodysuit to go out in public in if you're into that sorta thing. Count me in!

Print shorts (also seen here and here): Forever 21

Wide-brimmed straw sun hat with black ribbon detail (also seen here, here & here): Target

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1. Longer days for the win 🙌

I may be a night owl but that doesn't mean I can't obsess over the length of days. I am happiest when the sun is setting after 8 PM - it means more time for activities!!

2. Windows wide open every day and every night 💨

And I mean this both in the car and in the house! Something you may not know about Southern California is that a lot of places don't have central air conditioning. Case in point: our house. So come June, we've got all of our windows busted wide open with the ocean air surrounding us and it's my very favorite.

3. Trips to the beach, but of course 🐬

June means it's finally warm enough to go to the beach all the damn time. Although it's pretty much never warm enough to comfortably jump into the waters of the Pacific Ocean, summer is the one time of year that you can actually stick your feet in and be grateful for its coolness.

4. Is there a better time for trips than between June 21 through September 22? No, there is not. 🚗

I've got a long list of people and places I need to see. Thankfully summer is the perfect time to do so - including my sister and niece coming to see us and my best friend's bachelorette party and wedding!

5. The sounds that surround us 💞

Does anyone else ever miss the sounds of the soft wind and birds in the trees during the colder months? I know it's cheesy but I really do take notice when the noises come back when it starts to heat back up!

6. Outdoor events are king 🌴

Picnics, concerts, movies on the lawn, hikes, cookouts, farmers markets... they're all outside. They're all fun. They're all I wanna do.

7. The holidays are some of the very best of the year 💥

I mean, let's be honest, there are multiple long weekends which I think we can all agree automatically takes summer up a notch compared to other seasons. Plus, we get to grill out (veggie burgers and corn on the cob, of course) for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, etc, etc, etc.

8. Dresses all day, every day 👗

There is nothing easier to wear than a sundress, in my humble opinion. They're comfortable and cute, and I will never get enough. Thanks to summer, we can wear them every dang day!

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What's your favorite part about summa, summa, summatime?

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Bow Out | Jacket + Tank Dress + Espadrille Slides

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy Monday! We had the most beautiful spring weekend here in San Diego! It was pure perfection. Matt and I spent as many hours as we possibly could outdoors, enjoying the weather with the dogs. Yesterday really was my favorite type of day. We walked down to get coffee from one of our favorite local coffee shops and then headed up a hill to get a good view of the ocean. We happened upon a park and had the whole place to ourselves to just post up on a picnic table and take in the sights of our stunning city and coastline. We have lived here for over a year and a half now but we both have to pinch ourselves at least once a month that we actually ended up here. It's our own dream come true, and spring always reminds me even more so!

Tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen herehere & here): Jeffrey Bay

Olive green cropped military jacket (also seen here, here & here): Forever 21

Gray tank dress: Old Navy
[similar - on sale!]

Not Rated blue bow slide flat espadrille sandals: Zappos

Gold half-moon necklace (also seen here): c/o Happiness Boutique

Wooden clutch (also seen here, here & here): c/o UncommonGoods
[similar - more than half off!]

Madewell gold circle ring (also seen here): Shopbop

Gold cuff bracelets (also seen here, here & here): Shopbop and c/o oNecklace - on sale!

14K gold X earrings: c/o AUrate New York
These new AUrate gold earrings are my absolute favorite staple accessory! I've been wearing them nearly every day since I got them. Another reason I love this brand aside from all of their gorgeous jewelry? They are ethically sourced, use real gold, made in NYC, and they give back to kids in need. Now that is my kind of company!

This is the first time I've worn a dress in a bit... and oh my gosh, my legs were PASTY. I decided it's officially time to start using sunless tanner for the first time in my life because I am not a fan of sunbathing and the skin damage that comes with it. Since I'm also not liking the translucent look on me, I feel like this is a solid compromise (with myself). I'm just hoping it doesn't come out orange and/or streaky. Wish me luck!

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PS: I also received this AUrate gold stackable ring that you will see in future posts. It's another piece that I can't stop wearing. And since it's so classic and sturdy, I plan to keep it in rotation for many, many years to come 😍

How To Get Through The Midday Slump

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Over the years, I've worked active jobs, cubicle jobs, and from home with this here blog, but one thing they all share is this: getting sleepy in the afternoon. We all know that dreaded 3 PM slump. You know the one - when you are back from lunch and you aren't sure whether or not drinking the second (or third... or fourth...) cup of coffee of the day to get through the rest of your work is worth the risk of being antsy as all get out at 11 PM. That is the midday rut many of us experience.

Since it's been dreary and rainy in San Diego today, it feels extra appropriate to share some tips I've learned along the way for how to get through that late afternoon slump. 😴

Arrow mirrors: Target | Himalayan salt lamp: Amazon

Take ten minutes to get outside

Whether you work in an office building or you work from home, get outdoors. It can be extremely helpful to spend a little time outside when that midafternoon tiredness hits. When I'm working from home, I like to leash up the dogs and take them around the block. Smelling fresh air and seeing the sun always hits the reset button for the remainder of my day.

Drink your caffeine but do it a bit earlier in the day than usual

As previously mentioned, a lot of us tend to run to the coffee pot when we start to feel drained. By setting a cut-off time earlier than we may be used to, such as 2 PM, you can get the jolt of energy you're looking for without hindering your sleep later in the evening.

Utilize essential oils

I am not fully on the oil train, as I know many people are, so I can't pretend to know much at all about them. I do, however, use peppermint oil for waking myself up. When I need to stay alert but I feel my eyelids slippin', I reach for peppermint oil. I like to put a few drops along my temples and behind my ears. It's so pungent and does a great job at waking me up in an all natural way. (Be careful of putting it too close to your eyes though because I've definitely done that before and it made my eyes tear up like crazy!)

Do some light stretching

Have you ever taken a yoga class and afterward you feel not only so limber but extremely energized? Take a note out of the yogi's notebook and do some easy stretches when you're feeling sleepy. Getting a little bit of blood flowing can help you feel more awake.

Surround yourself with what makes you happy

Whether I am in a 4x4 cube or my home office (I use that term lightly since mine is just a desk and chair set up in a corner of our tiny 700 sq. ft. house), I have always found it super helpful to make my space feel cozy and comfortable. Personally, I prefer to place pictures of past travels, family, and friends and fresh greenery everywhere I can within eyesight. When I need to take a quick break from staring at the screen after 5+ hours, it's much nicer to avert my eyes to something I find pleasant. It reenergizes me and keeps me going!

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How do you get through the midday rut? Please share your tips, too!

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Wish I Could Come But I'll Be Home With My Cat | Tee + Skinny Jeans + Jacket + Slides

Monday, April 23, 2018

Hi there! Who else is a borderline recluse homebody? For as long as I can remember, I've always been the type who prefers to stay home rather than "going out." Honestly? I don't particularly like crowds of people - and I really pride myself on creating a cozy space in my homes. (There have been a lot of homes over the years, thanks to the fact that I am a millennial. #ForeverRenter) Thankfully I found a partner who also loves staying in with our fur kids as much as I do. This is all to say that I kinda feel like the t-shirt in today's post was created specifically for me. (It wasn't.) 🙆 Because at the end of the day, I do wish I could come but I will most certainly be home with my cats.

"Wish I Could Come But I'll Be Home With My Cat" white t-shirt: The Daily Tay

Olive green military jacket (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Light-wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target

Black satin frayed crossband slide sandals: Target - 20% off with code 'SHOES" for a limited time!

Madewell gold circle ring (also seen here & here): Shopbop

24K gold personalized roman numeral cuff bracelet (also seen here): c/o oNecklace - on sale!

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

Do you enjoy hittin' the town? I do about twice a year. Other than that though? On any given Saturday night, you can most likely find Matt, our babes, and me sittin' on our couch binge-watching the newest Netflix docu-series and eating vegan food. (Just the way I like it!!)

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Trip Tips | How to Travel as a Vegan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Who else has the itch to travel now that those beautiful spring temps have finally arrived? 🙋 This time of year makes me wish adult spring breaks and annual summer vacations were a real thing. And speaking of needing a trip, I previously wrote a tiny bit about my experience of traveling to Harry Potter World as a vegan and the difficulties that can arise - if you don't plan ahead. I asked if anyone would want a blog post about how to travel as a vegan and the answer was "Uh... sure?" so here we are! Gaze below for the wisdom of a little over a year 1,000 suns.

Plan ahead - first and foremost

This probably seems pretty obvious; however, if not for my mom, I wouldn't have planned nearly enough for our Orlando trip a few months ago. I would've just winged it, assuming I'd be fine - in which case I would've been pretty unsatisfied with my food options the entire time. We didn't have a car while in Florida and we were staying on property at Universal Studios; therefore traveling anywhere to get food would have cost more since we'd have to hail a Lyft every time. Thanks though to the wisdom granted only to mothers it seems, my own suggested using Amazon Prime Now. It offered cheap delivery and plenty of plant-based snack options. This service ended up saving the day because after researching online for vegan options actually sold in the amusement park, I realized they were pretty bleak for a whole day extravaganza. (High praises to Mom and Amazon!)

Look at all your options (AKA vegan-ize pre-offered items on the menu)

Sometimes you may be at a chain restaurant, for example, and assume there is nothing for you on the menu. Do a little research on a vegan's BFF -- Google, of course -- and see what you can do to make your own menu items. Oftentimes it's as simple as asking for no butter on the potatoes or substituting tomatoes for the cheese.

Download the Happy Cow app

This is an app I have on my phone that I forget about all too often even though it's pretty much a Godsend lifesaver. (Okay, that's a hyperbole but it is super helpful all the same.) You pay a one-time fee (I believe it was $4.99) and then have unlimited access to it. In my opinion, it is 100% worth the minuscule investment. You can open the app wherever you are and see what veg-friendly options are in the area, as well as reviews and people's recommendations. The minimum effort in return for maximum convenience factor makes it the perfect plant-based travel companion.

Pack as many snacks as if you have a cranky toddler in tow that you need to bribe to behave

If you're hopping on a plane for your trip you can almost always count on airline food to be... less than vegan-friendly. That said, if you're like me and need to eat every few hours to avoid getting hangry, make certain to pack yourself plenty of snacks in your carry-on luggage. (One of my personal favorite go-tos is vegan jerky. This brand is SO GOOD.) *Pro tip: Be sure to leave enough food for your travels back, too. (I struggle with the self-control this takes if I'm being honest with you... I love me some snacks.)

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So there you have it - my vegan travel tips! Seeing as I have only been plant-based since January 2017, I haven't taken a ton of trips yet; thus, this is the small amount of knowledge I've gained so far. If you have any of your own tips to share (especially for international travel), please share in the comments!

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Pastel Pink | Wrap Dress + Stacked Heels + Clutch

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hey there! When did it get to be mid-April? I ask this because, if you didn't know, for the past six months I've been working on a ballot measure that aims to reduce the suffering of animals on factory farms. We are so close to our goal and only have a few days left, so it's both a very exciting and exhausting time! After this phase, it makes it onto the California ballot in November. After that? It changes the world for the better, people! I'm incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to work with this amazing group of human beings, and I'm so excited to see our future unfold to be less cruel. 💚

Blush pink ruffled wrap dress with bell-sleeves: c/o PinkBlush
Breaking News: After years of gazing lovingly at them from afar, I finally tried out wrap dresses. (I know what you're thinking. And yes. I am so, so brave.) This blush pink was perfect for spring so I couldn't resist. And boy oh boy, am I glad I went for it because this dress is going to be a new go-to.
How perfect would it be for spring weddings?! Pretty darn perfect, that's how.

Report nude strappy stacked heel sandals (also seen here, here & here): Famous Footwear
[similar - on sale!]

24K gold customized roman numeral cuff bracelet (also seen here): c/o oNecklace

Madewell gold circle ring (also seen here): Shopbop

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

Gold half moon necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique

(This is WAY off topic now but... Remember when I said I colored my hair for the first time ever? Well, this here is the first ever LunaVida post featuring said new hair! I can't imagine going back now. Every hairdo I do now automatically looks more interesting. Why oh why did I wait so long to bayalage?!)

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Casual & Converse | Cardigan + Tank + Skinny Jeans + Sneakers

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hi! As I'm sure you are aware, we are well into spring at this point; therefore, this outfit post may very well be the last featuring a sweater for a while. 😱 (Boo though, because I actually like that we can still wear sweaters right now. However, I suppose that would be a different story if we were still dealing with a "real" winter in April...) I will say, though, that I am super excited for what this next season of life has in store over the coming months!

Rare cameo by Kingsley (Hi, sweet boy!)

Gray chunky knit cardigan (also seen here & here): Target

Coral "Born to roam" graphic print tie-up tank: Ross

Kensie dark wash high-waisted skinny jeans (also seen here): Marshalls

Blue Converse Chuck Taylor All Star "Shoreline" slip-on sneakers: DSW - on sale!

Silver triangle hoop drop earrings (also seen here, here & here): Target

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

As my top today alludes, this lady is ready for a warm-weather road trip. Matt and I have actually never been further north in California than LA. We keep saying we need to plan a trip up the coast and see Big Sur, Yosemite, all the famous pretty lakes, our friends up in San Francisco, etc, etc, etc. This state has so much to offer but, even 1.5 years in of living here, we find ourselves still exploring our own city's gems!

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