What To Wear To a Late Summer or Early Fall Wedding

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As I recently mentioned, Matt and I are headed on a road trip this month for my best friend since 6th grade's wedding (hooray, Roxanne and Lele!). The wedding is outside of Denver, Colorado during that spectacular late summer/early fall. This time of year is personally my favorite for a wedding - buuut it also can be difficult to dress for as a guest. Therefore, today I am sharing some ideas of what you can wear if you have any upcoming nuptial celebrations and aren't sure what to wear for those 80-degree daytime and 60-degree evening weather days. All you have to do is bring a nice jacket or sweater to layer on once the sunsets (and the party begins)!

Side note: These picks would also work well for a rehearsal dinner outfit too if you're a part of the bridal party and wearing a bridesmaid dress on the actual big day.

Casual outdoor wedding

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Conservative wedding

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Fancier affair

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What is your go-to look for a late summer/early fall wedding? I mean, obviously a simple white dress is always a hit for a wedding guest to wear. Can't go wrong with a classic! (Kiiiidding. Please don't kill me, brides.)

PS: The road trip up to Colorado is sure to be stunning. We're making stops in Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Denver, Santa Fe, and Phoenix so be sure to follow along on IG @alliegee319 to see all the sights!

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Transitioning Your Wardrobe From Summer To Fall

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Happy (practically) fall! This time of year is always welcomed in my book. I love that we start to wake up to those crisp mornings, the daytime warms up, and then it's back to chilly evenings all within 24 hours. As lovely as summertime may be, autumn is by far my preferred season. No matter where I've lived throughout my life, this time of year has always been my favorite. The only downfall each September? Determining how to best utilize my wardrobe when it's cool early on in the days but hot by noon. That's where flowy sleeveless tops, distressed cropped jeans, ankle boots, and the like (AKA pretty much the exact outfit in today's post) come in the save the day! Breezy for the rising afternoon temps but super easy to add on a cardigan for the nighttime 💁

Flowy rust print top with lace detail: Target

Guess light wash ripped girlfriend jeans (also seen here, here & here): Macy's

Perforated cut out heeled ankle boots: Target

Wooden clutch (also seen herehere & here): c/o UncommonGoods

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

Speaking of love and autumn, Matt and I are headed on a big road trip soon with the pups! We are headed up to my BFF's wedding in Colorado (YAY! - more on that to come), where the fall "ViBeZ" should be flowing! I am so ready for the cooler weather, leaves changing, and warm cups of coffee out on the front porch. Basic? Sure. Do I care? Absolutely not ;)

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5 Easy Ways to Veganize Your Everyday Life

Thursday, September 6, 2018

As I've previously mentioned, it took me 14 years to go vegetarian, and then another nearly 14 years after that to go vegan. That being said, I truly, fully, deeply understand the need for some of us to go plant-based in steps. Therefore, today I am sharing some simple ways to "veganize" your daily life because any progress forward is better than none at all!

1.) Stop buying clothing, furniture, etc. that contains animal byproducts

For me, my first step into vegandom was going plant-based in my diet. Shortly after I followed suit in my entire lifestyle by only purchasing cruelty-free items and the like. This included no longer buying leather, suede, etc. Today's faux versions of these materials are just as pretty and last a long time - but best of all, they don't involve animals being skinned and killed!

2.) Purchase only cruelty-free products

Certain products, such as cosmetics and cleaning supplies, conduct tests on animals. These tests are extremely painful (and totally unnecessary). You can vote with your dollar each time you shop by no longer supporting the companies who partake in these outdated practices. *Looking for an easy way to see which brands are cruelty-free? Use the Logical Harmony website to check in a matter of seconds!*

3.) Switch out meat and dairy products for substitutes

I get it. Meat and cheese products taste good to a lot of people. But when you actually think about the fact that they come from innocent bodies, we quickly realize that is gross and directly causes extensive harm (and in the case of meat, death) to the animals they come from. If you're not ready to totally transition to a plant-based diet, start with just a day or two per week, such as Meatless Mondays or eating veg only on the weekends. There are so many delicious and affordable "fake" meats, milk, cheeses, ice creams, butter, and even eggs (!) these days that contribute to less suffering of animals and our planet. Some of the easiest to find crowd favorite brands include Gardein, Follow Your Heart, So Delicious, Miyoko's Creamery, and even Trader Joe's! (See some of my personal go-tos here and here.)

4.) Support your local veg-friendly businesses

Even if you're not totally vegan yet you can still patron your local plant-based and cruelty-free companies! Show your support for their animal saving missions by spending your hard-earned money at their establishments. My all-time favorite restaurants have been the vegan spots we've discovered in Southern California. (See some of our most visited here. I am serious - their food is better than any I've ever had in my lifetime. And all the better that they don't pay for any suffering in their supply chain!)

5.) To all my fellow Californians: Vote YES on Prop 12 in the November election!

This one isn't necessarily about veganizing your life; however, I included it since it is a super simple way to help improve the welfare of certain farm animals. You can learn more about this ballot measure here.

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Have you been thinking of cutting back on your meat and/or dairy intake? If so, what's your advice to help it stick? If not, what's holding you back? (You can do it!)

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Coral Relief | Tank + Boyfriend Jeans + Espadrille Wedges

Monday, August 27, 2018

Hey! How is your late summer going so far? The tourists are starting to clear out in La Jolla which means the beaches are much less crowded. This weekend Matt and I took advantage of the perfect weather by hitting up La Jolla Cove. There are tons of seals and sea lions who live in the area so we grabbed some snorkel gear to check them out in their natural habitat. It was my second time snorkeling there but this time the sea lions were so active. They would swim up within just a few feet of us. They are shockingly HUGE up close though, and we didn't want to bother them of course; therefore, we would watch them play underwater from a short distance away. It was downright magical. I can't wait to go back out there before the water gets too cold again. Long live San Diego life!

Coral and white striped tank top: Old Navy

Light wash cropped boyfriend jeans (also seen here): Old Navy via my sister 😉
[similar - 40% off!]

Cognac espadrille wedges (also seen here, here & here): Gap
[similar - currently on sale!]

Silver hoop earrings (also seen here, here & here): c/o Happiness Boutique

Silver crescent necklace: c/o Happiness Boutique

Long silver bar pendant necklace (also seen here): c/o Happiness Boutique

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

What's on your end of summer bucket list? Or are you so over the heat that you're just focusing on your fall to-do list? (I totally get it, if so. Even though I am loving the beach time, we have had some crisper mornings lately and it makes me oh-so-ready for autumn.)

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9 Items Every Vegan Kitchen Needs

Monday, August 20, 2018

Before Matt and I went vegan, the majority of our kitchen cabinets were hand-me-downs from my mom (thanks for always lookin' out, Mom!). We never really invested our own money in kitchenware because honestly, we didn't cook more than twice a week most of the time. Since going plant-based (and just having to grow up in general 😉) we've started preparing our meals at home quite a bit more. Now that we are [junior] chefs, we have picked up a few kitchen items that have become staples for us for most of the recipes we create. Some of them are probably pretty apparent and some of them really aren't but all have been so helpful; therefore, today I thought I'd share our vegan kitchen must-haves!

Recipe for Spinach Ravioli Soup featured in the above photo found here

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1. Masher

This one is straightforward. But it's perfect for mashed potatoes, avocado smashing, etc. Simple but necessary!

2. Plates that are also kind of bowls (obviously I don't know the real name for them)

I am probably very behind the times but I saw these floating around on Instagram featuring prettily plated meals. Now that we have them, these things have been one of my favorite adult purchases. I am an admittedly accident-prone person and that includes staining my clothes like a toddler. This may sound ridiculous but the lipped edges of these hybrid-plate-bowl-type-things mean fewer spills on my shirt while also being able to fit a large amount of food. That's a win to me!

3. Citrus juicer

The number of limes we go through now that we are plant-based is shocking. (Probably not shocking to the average person but it is to me because I never imagined being the type of person who sprinkles a bit of lime on practically everything.) The amount of juice that comes out from these contraptions versus just using your hands is insane. Totally worth the $8 investment!

4. Avocado scoop

I don't know about you but my lawd, we eat a lot of avocados in our home. It's our vegan version of "bread and butter." That said, I mainly make a lot of guacamole (would anyone want my recipe? Not to brag but it has been said ... by my partner ... that it's "the best in the world"). That means I am constantly scooping avocados and this simple tool does the trick.

5. TPU cutting board

We don't have a dishwasher in our house so we hand wash everything. The smooth flexible surface of this specific cutting board has been a Godsend for easy cleanup. Plus it still looks brand new after almost two years - no nicks at all!

6. NutriBullet blender

We use this so much that Matt even bought a second one to bring to work with him to have on hand at his desk. (👈 Dead serious) I use it to make frothy coffee drinks in the morning, fruit smoothies for an afternoon snack, and to make milkshakes at night for dessert. It barely takes up any cabinet space too! And though it may be tiny, it is definitely powerful.

7. Pots with strainer lids

These may or may not remind you of college. It doesn't matter though because they are so handy! We boil a lot of water --a lot, a lot it feels like-- and these let us skip a step. Plus it's one less dirty dish to wash! (Every single dish matters when you hand wash, I'm telling you.)

8. Reusable straws

We have a set of glass straws but I've heard good things about the metal ones too. I use these to drink coffee (both iced and hot so I don't stain my teeth), smoothies, teas, etc.

9. Guac-Lock container

Matt purchased this and at first, I thought he'd bought a "Made For TV" product. After using it one time though, I became its #1 fan! As I mentioned above, I love to make guacamole. This guy keeps it fresh for days, especially compared to a normal Tupperware that lets it oxidize after a few hours.

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What are your most used kitchen items? Are there any seemingly obvious ones that I missed?

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Stay Cool | Top + Cutoffs + Espadrilles

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Whew, baby! Who else is still experiencing heatwaves where they live? Here in San Diego, we are definitely still in the midst of summer weather which generally isn't too extreme overall -- buuut when you don't have air conditioning (we don't), it gets a wee bit toasty! That's why I've been living in breezy tops, shorts, and open-toe shoes for pretty much any and all happenings for the past few months. It's getting me through these higher-than-usual Southern California temps! (Kinda sorta)

Olive green and white striped mock turtleneck tank top (also seen here): Anthropologie
[similar - on sale!]

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

White strappy espadrille wedges (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

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

Silver cuff bracelets (also seen here, here & here): Souvenir from Greece and gifted

Silver "Alta" FitBit band: Via my mom 😊

Silver hoop earrings (also seen here): c/o Happiness Boutique

Long silver pendant necklace (also seen here): c/o Happiness Boutique

Oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here): Marshalls
[similar - currently 50% off!]

As I'm sure we all know lightweight, breathable fabrics are a must during the summer. That being said, even with the lightest of materials we can't always stop the perspiration from a-comin'. That's when we can depend on sweat-wicking products, such as this Knix shirt, to keep us feeling fresh ta death no matter how high the thermometer (or more likely, our cell phones) reads.

What are your favorite ways to stay cool during the hot, hot, hot months? Do you stick to dresses day in and day out? And/or do you simply stick to the indoors and wait for fall's blissful arrival? 😉 Either way, stay cool!

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