The Proper Lace & Time: Faux Leather Jacket + Cold Shoulder Top + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Booties

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Hey! Who all attended a Women's March this weekend? Matt and I took part in the Women's March in downtown San Diego on Saturday, and it was so powerful. Despite what your political beliefs are (as we are all allowed to hold our own, of course), I hope you can see and celebrate the beauty of [gigantic] groups of not only females, but the men who support them, coming together in peace, unity, and love. Personally, after months of feeling borderline hopeless and uncharacteristically negative (and fearful) about the future of our country, it was incredibly inspiring and downright motivational to be surrounded by people from all walks of life, ages, abilities, and experiences. And not only in our own nation, but across the whole world, millions of people came together, unified for a positive common cause. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.





Dark brown vegan leather moto jacket (also seen here, herehere): Old Navy
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Multicolored print cold shoulder blouse with lace detail: Target
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Light wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here): Target
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Carlos by Carlos Santana nude ankle booties (also seen here, herehere): Famous Footwear
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For those who did participate in the Women's March on Washington or one of the hundreds of Sister Marches, how was your protest experience? I would LOVE to hear from you.

Maybe one day I will write a whole detailed post on my particular experience taking part in the Women's March and my hopes moving forward. Would you be interested in reading that? I know this blog doesn't focus on politics, and I don't want to offend anyone, but I think it may be cool to share. (I do struggle with how much is appropriate to share though since, yes, it is obviously my blog; however, as we were taught during Childhood Manners 101, we must tread lightly when it comes to discussing politics...) Please let me know how you feel either way, though! :)

Regardless of your political stance, country of origin, religious beliefs, ability or not to tell fortunes while juggling, etc. I hope we can all see eye-to-eye on human rights one day. Because if we can't see eye-to-eye on basic rights for all of Earth's inhabitants, it sure will be hard to move forward - which is something I think we all know we have the power to do, and must continue to work towards every day.


Don't forget to enter the teeth whitening kit giveaway!
(It is super easy to enter, and it ends in one week!)


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How I Whitened My Teeth At Home: Teeth Whitening Giveaway & Review with Smile Brilliant

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Hi there! Since I moved to Southern California, I bet so many people [read: maybe two, tops] assumed my skin would get tanner, my hair would get blonder, and my teeth would get whiter. Well, seeing as my skin is pretty fair, a tan just signifies the oncoming danger of wrinkles for me. As for blonde hair? See previous fair complexion example; thus, blonde just would not work for me. But whiter teeth? That I can get down with. And due to my love of the finer things in life (being coffee, tea, and wine), my teeth have become pretty stained in my adult life. (And come on, no one likes coffee stained teeth, right?) Honestly no matter where I live, I would want whiter teeth, which is why I am so excited to share my partnership with Smile Brilliant in today's post!


If you're like me and have wanted to try a teeth whitening kit for awhile but were way too scared, then I highly recommend trying out Smile Brilliant. (For me personally, I was nervous about my already extremely sensitive teeth permanently feeling like I was biting into ice cream for the rest of my days. I also had night terrors of turning into Ross from the episode where he gets his teeth whitened and they literally glow. Dramatic? Yes. Unrealistic? Sure. A real fear of mine? Uh. Ya.)




Of course I expected my teeth to be whiter at the end of the process (that is what "teeth whitening" generally does after all...), but I can't believe how natural it looks after just 10 at-home sessions.

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As I mentioned previously though, I was terrified about actually starting the teeth whitening process; however, my anxiety was set aside when I read the detailed instructions and information before I started my at-home treatment. Just as Smile Brilliant warned, I did have sensitivity for the first few times (I made sure to only wear my trays for 45-60 minutes for the first few sessions, just to be safe - and I religiously used the lifesaving desensitizing gel!). I also saw the white marks on my teeth from my braces many years ago [Thanks a lot, teenage orthodontia. No, seriously. Thank you. My teeth were jacked before you.] that they warned could temporarily brighten. I would've straight up freeeaked if they hadn't mentioned it, but Smile Brilliant is tho-rough, my friends.


If you're thinking about whitening your teeth at home, read Smile Brilliant's "7 Things To Know Before Buying Teeth Whitening" and watch this video to show you how it all works. They'll help put any nerves at ease.



My experience with Smile Brilliant was fantastic from beginning to end. From the amazing customer service, to the super quick shipping of my custom fitted teeth whitening trays, and finally with the actual results, I cannot recommend this company enough. (Plus, it's vegan!)

Luckily for LunaVida readers, Smile Brilliant is giving you the chance to win a teeth whitening kit of your own! One winner will win a $139 credit for a T3 sensitive kit with trays.

Enter to win here!
(Giveaway ends two weeks from today)


 You can also receive 5% off from Smile Brilliant with coupon code "lunavidablog"

[PS: How many times can I say "teeth" in one post?]


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This post was in partnership with Smile Brilliant. All thoughts expressed are 100% my own opinions and text.

Winter Wear: Sweater + Scarf + Skinny Jeans + Boots

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Happy 2017 (and, for those who celebrate, Merry First Post of LunaVida in the New Year)! Matt and I spent Day #1 of 2017 in Idyllwild. It's a small town about two hours away from San Diego, and it was full of thick fog [see photos below] and snooow. We hadn't seen real snow in years; thus, we decided to take a road trip up to the mountains for the day to do some winter wonderland snowman building and hike with our dogs. (Matt even did a polar plunge in the creek there!!!) It was the perfect way to kick off the New Year.




Burgundy plaid infinity scarf (also seen here): Old Navy

Gray and white striped oversized sweater: Target

Dark wash skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Gap
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Gray knee-high knit socks (also seen here): JCPenney

Madewell cognac flat riding boots (also seen here & here): c/o Shopbop
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How did you spend New Year's Eve/Day? Have you ever been to Idyllwild? Hoping your first week of 2017 has been downright perfection - and that your resolutions are sticking!


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Plans for New Year's Eve? I Just Want to Hang with My Dog: T-Shirt + Cardigan + Blanket Scarf + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Boots

Friday, December 30, 2016


Hello and happy Last LunaVida Post of 2016! What are your plans for bidding 2016 adieu? Matt and I tend to do the same thing for New Year's Eve each year, which is my favorite thing of all to do: hang out with our pets -- just as the shirt in today's post states. Matt and I are through and through homebodies, so our ideal night consists of each other (blech, I know, I know), cuddles with the pups and cats, and maybe poppin' some champagne if we're feeling ca-razy. Sounds like the ideal way to usher in 2017 to me!









Teal oversized open front cardigan (also seen here & here): Nordstrom Rack
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Gray "I just want to hang out with my dog" graphic t-shirt: The Daily Tay via Etsy
A portion of the profits from this shirt go to help shelter animals! And that makes my cold, dead heart so happy.

Brown belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap
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Light wash distressed jeans: Target
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Carlos by Carlos Santana nude ankle booties (also seen here, here & here): Famous Footwear
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Multicolored plaid blanket scarf (also seen here): Target
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Tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here): Jeffrey Bay






Did you all have a good holiday? Matt and I relaxed, ate a veggie feast, hiked with the dogs on the beach, and relaxed some more. And being the fantastic beyond incredible life partner [how stupid does the term "boyfriend" sound after being with someone for 9+ years?] that he is, Matt even surprised me with a brand new Macbook Air for Christmas! My old Macbook had been running so slowly for a hawt minute, and even after many attempts at fixing it, it was making everything take 5x as long to do. I couldn't believe he managed to pull off a surprise like this though - I cried even! I am currently typing this post on said laptop, and my goodness, what an improvement! THANK YOU, MATTY! [Insert all the heart eye emojis]

Wishing you all a happy End of 2016 and Welcoming of 2017! Be safe, have fun, and all the other stuff parents tell us to do on NYE. See you next year! < -- Everyone's No one's favorite joke ever.


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Casual for Christmas: Sweater + Military Jacket + Leggings + Riding Boots + Beanie

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Happiest of (almost) Christmas weekends to you! I can't wait for the long holiday weekend. Matt and I plan to spend Christmas at home, cuddled up with our pets, which is my favorite way to spend any day. We will probably take the pups down to Del Mar Dog Beach (which, if you are local to San Diego and haven't been before, you totally need to go even if you don't have a dog, because it's the cutest, sandy, canine-filled galaxy we all wish for). The Del Mar Dog Beach is actually the particular place where today's blog post photos were taken. And a little behind the scenes? Right after we took these pictures, we went to walk the dogs on the beach... and almost immediately a huge storm blew in, and we all got rained on - completely drenched to the bone. It was the best ever.




Tortoiseshell sunglasses: Jeffrey Bay

Olive green army jacket (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
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Beige and black striped oversized tunic knit sweater: Old Navy
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Black leggings: Via my sister ;)

Gray knee-high knit socks: DSW

Burgundy flat riding boots (also seen here, here & here): Target
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Gold geometric triangle necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o Style Lately

Gold stacking rings (also seen here): c/o Blue Sunflowers





What are your plans for the holidays? Wishing you all season's greetings and I hope that no matter which holiday you are celebrating that you are surrounded by those you love the most!


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Make 'Em Sweat[shirt]: Graphic Sweatshirt + Skinny Jeans + Ankle Booties + Crossbody Bag

Friday, December 16, 2016


Happy Friday! Has anyone else had the craziest December already? As I mentioned before, I was in Savannah, Georgia last week to throw my best friend a bachelorette party. Have you ever been to Savannah? It is so much fun, and such a great place for a bachelorette weekend! We went to a speakeasy, ate delicious food all weekend, went on a ghost hunting bar crawl, and soaked in all the gorgeous historic homes. It was such a cool place to celebrate our very favorite bride. (If you are looking to plan a getaway for a bachelorette, I highly recommend Savannah. Plus, the weather is pretty warm for December!)






"Hello there" pink and white graphic sweatshirt: Old Navy
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Grey tank top: Forever 21

Hudson dark wash skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop
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Splendid LA grey ankle booties (also seen herehere): c/o Shopbop
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Urban Expressions turquoise crossbody purse (also seen here & here): DSW










Can you believe Christmas is coming up so quickly?! Having been in and out of San Diego the past few weeks, I am looking forward to doing all the holidays things with Matt this weekend. We have so many festive plans in store and I can't wait! What are you up to between now and Christmas?


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