I've been traveling a lot lately between warm and cold weather spots. While packing for these trips is always hard to organize, the easiest way to be prepared is light layers. Piecing together outfits with lighter pieces, like this combo here, not only has me covered but gives me the chance to combine textures and colors.

While sticking to mostly earth tones for fall is my go-to, I always like to try different textures to make an almost basic outfit a little more interesting. Cashmere is just about the best thing to invest in during the chillier months. It's one of those layers that can be transitional depending on how you layer but will always be on trend every season. Speaking of investments, a leather jacket is vital. For me, this one from Diesel [similar one here] has been an addiction for years and only gets better with wear. I put together a few of my favorite layering pieces below so feel free to scroll through and combine your own style! 

With the holiday season fast approaching – yea, I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year again either – I’m always looking for some cool gadgets that I can gift to some of my best friends and even myself. While everyone has their own style and wish-lists, I always try to find those universal tools that will make every days tasks easier and quicker! I mean, we’re all in a rush aren’t we!?

For me, shaving is one of those weekly tasks that I always have to schedule out. It’s never just a quick few minutes and instead always turns into a step by step process I have to take in order to not only stay on schedule, but to do properly. Thankfully, this week I was introduced to the Panasonic ARC5 Premium 5-Blade Electric Shaver, which is beautifully designed to give an efficient, close shave in a matter of minutes… Cutting out all that prep time that always annoys me! 

It’s built with shaving sensor technology that detects your personal hair density and adjusts the motors speed accordingly giving you a better shave without those annoying pulls that some electric shavers give. The 5-blade system is made up of super sharp Nanotech™ blades combined with a foil pattern guard that is designed to catch each hair as it passes the surface. If that’s not enough, it’s even waterproof so you can really utilize your shower time when getting ready for a busy day without losing any benefits of a clean, close shave!

If you’re like me and completely addicted to Amazon, the Panasonic Arc5 is available for purchase there which is where I do most of my daily shopping for some super quick shipping and some great deals! Definitely head over to Panasonic to check out all the cool features this tool has to offer though. It’s an investment worth getting into!

This post done in collaboration with Panasonic | All words an opinions are my own

In my continued collaboration with Rogaine, we decided to take a little break from talking about hair-loss. No matter big or small, thinning hair is an issue every single person faces, as we get older. We all see signs of some level of hair loss due to shrinking follicles – it’s in all of our DNA! It’s inevitable but not impossible to prevent if you catch the signs soon enough. As you may have seen in my previous Rogaine posts, the #1 dermatologist-recommended hair regrowth brand is the answer to so many of our hair-loss issues and has been proven to work. No other topical treatment has been proven to work better for fuller, thicker hair rejuvenation!

While our DNA determines so many of our physical features, it does not have to define who we are as individuals. ‘Defying Your DNA’ with Rogaine is especially important to me because we all need some outside words of encouragement and so many of you have reached out to me asking about my workout regimen. A regimen that not only helps me feel physically healthy, but also mentally.

For me, fitness is exactly how I defy my DNA. No amount of DNA can stop us from reaching our fitness goals. No matter if it’s losing or gaining weight, being in professional athlete-level form, or even just wanting to feel healthier, our fitness goals are our own and no one else’s. Growing up I was never particularly athletic. While I joined in on many sports, I never utilized fitness and the benefits that come along with it. No matter your hereditary background, fitness can help us all become a better version of ourselves be it physical or mental. Today, I’ve learned that working out can help me to become physically stronger [I never was able to get those biceps I wanted back in high school lol] but also more focused mentally. Just getting some form of exercise every day, my mood is boosted which keeps my mind focused on the days tasks and even long-term goals. It even helps get my energy level consistent throughout the day… which is definitely my favorite part and a huge reason why I get to the gym daily. Today, I know I defy my DNA and only my own motivation can stop me.

I remind myself of all of this every day when building up the determination to working out but some great tunes always help with that extra push I need! I like to update my workout play-lists weekly to keep me motivated so follow me on Spotify HERE and check back every week to get some great new tunes! In the mean time, enjoy this weeks below… I hope it helps you as much as it does me!!

This post sponsored by Rogaine | All words and opinions are my own

This post sponsored by Zappos and Steve Madden. All words are my own.

I always love traveling between busy work weeks. As much as I love being in Los Angeles, it’s always nice to leave the hustle and get into some more laid back environments and experience some changes in weather. That’s why I was so excited to book a last minute trip to North Carolina to get a real feel for fall up in the Blue Ridge Mountains! 

Seeing as how I’ve gotten rid of most of my fall-wear, I was super excited to partner with Zappos and Steve Madden for this trip! With fast, free shipping, I knew I wouldn’t have any issues with getting my new Steve Madden Aziz Boots in time for the trip… a much needed pair for fall!

If you ever travel to North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a must! Beautiful fall foliage, breathtaking hikes, and some delicious food and drinks will instantly draw you in. I visited the Biltmore Estate which was a summer house for the Vanderbilt family over a hundred years ago. I spent the entire day trekking the palatial grounds in my Steve Maddens to really put them to the test. 

The results – comfort and style with every step! I love the rich colors of tan leather, which will only get better with ware. Either dressed up or dressed down, these guys are super versatile which is always important to me when purchasing footwear. Definitely head over to Zappos.com and see the huge assortment of Steve Madden kicks and get prepped for any season, occasion, and adventure! 

I’ve been a huge fan of Armani Exchange for as long as I could remember. Even as far back as elementary school I can remember shopping the gear and feeling so cool styling up the pieces. They’ve always been the consistent cool factor that I’ve aspired to have even until today. That’s why I’m super excited to partner with the brand and Macy’s to showcase their latest capsule collection only available in Macy’s stores and Macy’s online!

With some serious rocker vibes, the collection has a full range of tees, denim, and outerwear to outfit you from head to toe. I love the bolt and star details throughout the collection pieces. The Lightning Stretch Bomber is what first caught my eye so I used it as an anchor for the entire outfit. Contrasted with a cool metal lightning Graphic-Print Tee and some Ripped Jeans for some texture and I was set. The collection is all so cohesive so choosing items that created one cool outfit was a no brainer and are easily all interchangeable to mix and match. The Hidden Laces Sneaks, Armani Exchange too of course, are almost sold out so definitely get into them ASAP!

This post done in collaboration with Macy’s // All words and opinions are my own

It's been nothing but heatwave after heatwave here in Los Angeles! As much as I love summer, I'm not about this 104 degree weather. Seems like all I've done this week is figure out how to stay indoors with the minimal amount of sun on my skin... and honestly, I've been so productive because of it. Those emails I've been replying to thanks you global warming!

I discovered these shades from my Canadian friends that all have such cool style. It was no surprise when I found out one of them actually owns the brand they were all styling. Still brand new, Blank and Blue has both apparel and accessories and even though they're Canadian, they give some cool Cali vibes that I've given into since moving West. These shades I'm wearing are the 'Extra Sunny Aviator Sunglasses' but make sure you check out everything the brand has to offer over on their site! Things are selling out fast so hurry! 

Anyone else remember the 'normcore' trend around this time a couple years ago?! It was one of those obvious trends that we all fell guilty of contributing to on those lazier style days. For some reason, it just kind of stuck with me since, for the most part, I don't love branded clothing... I meeean, unless it's some of my favorite Gucci tees I've been rockin' over the last few months.

 'Normcore' is just so easy to pull off and while it may have a negative sound to it, I can't help but love the basic, modern style. Cos is one of my go-tos when it comes to basics. Great knit polos, perfectly fitted tees in a wide range of colors, and some less than skinny pants and denim make up the collections that launch every season. Your one-stop 'normcore' shop that'll make the trend cool again! Check out some of the latest from the brand or if you're around LA, hit up their newly open DTLA Store!

Just a couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel with ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian Nations - for their celebration of unifying fifty years ago! The countries included in this union are Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Lao, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam.  By unifying, these countries are not only helping to promote travel throughout the region, but they are also propelling economic growth, social progress, and regional peace. 

During my ten days of travel I got to experience Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia and everything each unique country has to offer. Each was so completely different and gave me a great perspective of influence, history, culture, and how each society is living and has been growing into who they are today. Our first stop... Lombok, Indonesia!

Qunci Villas Sengigi

Boat ride to Gili Islands
Hiking Merese View Point
Mawun Bay
Autore Pearl Farm

Qua Mediterranean at Qunci Villas
Gili Sudak island for fresh fish