My Instagram is About to Get a Loooot Prettier... [Life Update]

Monday, August 22, 2016


Remember when I said Matt and I had some big life news to share? Well... the time has come to share with everyone... !!!


We are moving to Southern California next month.

Yes, really. We are moving (again). It's been a lifelong dream of mine to one day live in California (and Matt has also fallen under its spell... because, honestly, who can resist SoCal?). And from the day we moved to Arizona, we've always known that we would end up in Southern California. The weather, the views, the air -- it all just makes our souls so happy.

So after a lot of serendipitous instances and life choice discussions over the past few weeks, all signs seemed to be pointing west to Cali. Matt and I are both SO EXCITED to start this next chapter of our lives. We have had the absolute best 3+ years here in Phoenix, and we will miss everyone more than we can even begin to say.

But the timing just feels right. So we're doing it. We are jumping in head first.

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If you have any recommendations in San Diego County (beaches, parks, hiking trails, restaurants, bomb ass coffee shops, etc), please reach out to me!

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PS: Okay, be honest. How many of you expected me to say our big news was that we eloped secretly and/or were pregnant? I would bet at least 94% of you initially thought that ;)

PPS: As we continue on with our job/apartment/new life in general searches, please forgive me if LunaVida posts are a little more sporadic than usual. I apologize in advance, but I will be back ASAP -- and I promise that the photos are about to get a LOT more beautifully beach-y!


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How Clutch: Denim Jacket + Peplum Top + Shorts + Sandals

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Hello, and happy Sunday! When did it become mid-August? Didn't summer just start a few hours ago? This is by far the fastest summer of my life, but that is just fine by me. I'm not one to wish my life away, but I do wish 100+ degree weather away. And, as I mentioned previously, Matt and I have some exciting changes coming our way; therefore, every spare minute that we have seems to be focused around planning for it. In a few shorts weeks, I can share -- and I just can't wait!!!






Dark wash jean jacket (also seen here, here & here): Kohl's
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Light pink printed peplum tank top: Old Navy
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Black distressed cutoff denim shorts (also seen here): Gap
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White cutout heeled sandals (also seen here): DSW
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24K gold monogrammed ring (also seen herehere): c/o oNecklace

Fitbit accessory (also seen here): c/o Bytten

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






Are people already talking about the "autumn chill in the morning air" where you are? If so, count me as a Jelly Nelly, because I want Halloween, hot coffees, and scarves! Gimme all the "basic betch" favorites already!


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Floral Frenzy: Romper + Wedges + Sunglasses

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Hello there! How are things going for you so far in August? Last week, things were going prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ayyy good for us Phoenicians... This is because we finally got rain. Real, stormy, wet rain that lasted for more than a few minutes. In turn, it actually cooled down outside to about 100 degrees (which, at this point in summer, is a gorgeous day to us). I definitely got spoiled, because this weekend it climbed back up to 109 degrees -- and I can already feel myself melting away quickly. If I really do melt into a human puddle then I suppose it's just another example of "survival of the fittest" ... and it's all my fault, because I haven't worked out once this summer.






House of Harlow 1960 multicolored floral print romper with tassel detail: c/o Shopbop
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Brown espadrille wedges with ankle strap (also seen herehere): Gap
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24K gold "A" initial bar necklace (also seen herehere & here): c/o oNecklace


14K gold "A" cuff bracelet (also seen here, here & here): c/o Blue Sunflowers

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


Oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy







I'm not going to lie to you: this romper was the single most difficult article of clothing that I have ever put on before. But it's so damn cute that the struggle was worth it. I mean, let's be honest here: we've all suffered for beautiful items of clothing before, amirite?


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Gypsy Lady: Jacket + Tank + Shorts + Espadrille Wedges

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Happy Sunday! I apologize for my extreme lack of posts lately; however, Matt and I have been veryyy busy planning for a big, upcoming life change. I'm not quite ready to share what that change is just yet -- but soon enough! (In the meantime, though, I will be wearing this flowy, embroidered jacket as much as I possibly can without people judging me for repeating it every other day. I mean, come on, who can blame me? It has pretty embroidery and tassels?! Gimme, gimme!)






Black and white embroidered open-front flowy jacket with tassels: Target
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Light grey tank top: Old Navy
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Cuffed denim shorts (also seen herehere): JCPenney
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White strappy espadrille wedges: Old Navy
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Gold hoop drop earrings: DSW

Pearl gold link bracelet (also seen here, here & here): The Shine Project




Can you believe today is the last day of July already? [Site note: happy birthday, Harry Potter!] I feel like we were just celebrating (or dreading, if you are a desert-dweller) the first day of summer. In a few shorts weeks, we will all be wrapped up in our sweaters, scarves, and boots... Ah, sweet, sweet autumn.


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Carlsbad Casual: Cold Shoulder Dress + Jacket + Rebecca Minkoff Handbag + Sandals

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


I'm baaack! Late last night, Matt and I returned from our long weekend in Southern California. We visited our friend in San Diego County and spent some time in Carlsbad and Pacific Beach. We had never been to Carlsbad before, and it's safe to say that Matt and I both fell in love with the quaint beach town. Everything about it is just utterly charming. (Plus, it was 74 degrees - in comparison to the 105+ degrees of Phoenix.) I can't wait to go back!






Green military jacket (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
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Muticolored printed cold shoulder dress with tassels: American Eagle Outfitters
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Nude and gold studded flat t-strap sandals: Old Navy
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Rebecca Minkoff "Mini Avery" black tote handbag (also seen here): c/o Shopbop

Tortoiseshell oversized sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): c/o Polette

Turquoise stone gold ring: Nordstrom Rack








There is only one downside to a trip to the beach... and that, of course, is the possibility of getting a sunburn. I haven't had a sunburn since I was a kid (I am usually religious about sunscreen). That all changed this weekend, however, because during an overcast day spent outside in Pacific Beach, I didn't realize just how much UV exposure I was getting... Consequently, I am now (still) as red as a cherry tomato - and more fearful of skin damage and wrinkles more than ever! The funny part, though, is that this cold shoulder dress is what I was wearing -- which means I have the most amazing [trendy] farmers tan ever. (Also, let my forgetfulness serve as a reminder to you all: wear your SPF 30+ every damn day, kids - no matter how un-sunny it may be!)


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