Monday, October 5, 2015

WHAT I WORE // Sequin Dream

My friend and I went to the Santa Monica Pier to take some photos and catch up. Despite the Southern California temperatures cooling down, and the holiday season starting, the foot traffic has refused to let up on the West Coast. We've been having an unusually warm summer/fall this year so it doesn't surprise me that people are still coming in hordes. I can't really talk though. I'm only a local because I've been here for five years from my Ohio move, but I'm still starting to get that grumpy "go home" mentality when the tourism doesn't drop off. Well either way, I got this skirt hanging in my closet and it was pretty much the perfect piece to get illuminated by all the pier lights!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WHAT I WORE // Weekend Tacos Date

Taco date as in dinner with a friend. Not to be confused with going on a date with a taco; although you shouldn't put it past me. Add a margarita and the entire two seasons of Silicon Valley and that sounds like my kind of night. Dinner for one? Mexican food is probably 99.8% of the reason I moved to Southern California. The cuisine here is unbeatable for obvious reasons. I overindulge in cheese, which is terrible for my lactose-intolerance. So, it made total sense that I ordered two dump-truck sized cheese enchiladas for just myself this past weekend. That all being said, wear comfortable clothes when you're planning on eating a meal big enough for a family of six.

I've worn this tunic as a dress before (with shorts) but after so many people asking my where my pants were, I started wearing something longer out of annoyance (dang, they got me!). One thing my tall friends know is that not every dress is actually a dress. Due to height, most things become a tunic.  Or a shirt. Or a crop top. *grumble*

A leather jacket always dresses up an outfit, to me. I found this terra-cotta-colored gem in Inglewood and quickly snatched it up when I saw someone eyeballing it. HA! To the victor go the spoils. Speaking of spoils, I realized most of this outfit was gifted or thrifted. I'm a big fan of that; having clothing that is given a second life. One, ironically I'm a "style" blogger that hates spending money/being called a "consumer"; and two, I am starting to take awareness of where the items (food, clothing, etc.) in my life are coming from way more seriously. Ha, I know I'm saying this with a Forever21 shirt on, but overall I'm slowly minimizing how often I purchase from "fast fashion" companies. Next? ...groceries ...home goods. Being conscious is a never-ending responsibility I'm willing to take on if it means a better life for others. If companies are going to call me a consumer, I may as well become a smart one.

Sigh, baby steps.

Man, who would've thought that Mexican food can inspire such deep conversation? My friend and I also talked about where I wanted this blog to go; because to be honest, I don't know what the hell I'm writing about anymore on DAVY. Yes, it's inspired by certain topics; but they've been hard to document or do lately (excuses, mainly). The sporadic writing should really hint at that. It's not that I don't like writing/creating anymore; I feel paralyzed more than anything. Creative conversations, like this weekend with friends, really ignite passion again. By the way folks, if you're excited about something it's a sign you're onto something. I know I am overflowing creatively. It's the execution that I get caught up in. I'm not going to say I can't finish a project to completion, but it is a challenge for me. Mainly due to excitement and FOMO of a new one. I'll definitely write a bigger post on this because it's been brewing for a long time!

What kind of conversations do you love having with friends? 

White Button-down Shirtdress - Forever21 (similar)
Snakeskin Booties - Unknown label, Thrifted (similar)
Charcoal Moto Jeans - c/o Cottonon
Leather Jacket - Wilson's Leather, Thrifted (similar)
Bucket Purse - Unknown label, Thrifted (similar)
Sunglasses - Rayban Wayfarer

All photos by Juliana Johnson

Monday, June 1, 2015

BEAUTY & STYLE // Daily Make-Up Routine

My routine isn't anything special, most of it comes from a drugstore, but despite that I love make-up. On a daily basis I wear a few products, in pretty neutral colors. Most of my decision comes from the fact I never know when I'll be sweating or in the water at any given point in the day. But give me bronzer, a glow, glossed lip etc. and I'll be happy! Special occasions or a decision to grab a drink in public will sometimes give me an excuse to swipe on eyeliner and a color shadow/lipstick. Ha!

Since my everyday routine you see here is very elementary, I use clean fingers for most creams, concealers, etc. Eyeshadows are applied with a soft brush for a light sweeping. Powder and bronzer is applied with a powder brush.

I use a few cremes, all very easily found at your drugstore or Target. Nivea Moisturizing Creme (in the big blue glass tub) is one of the first beauty products I was ever introduced to, by my mother. She has used it since she was 17 and is just NOW getting wrinkles. It's also a pretty good dopple-ganger for some more expensive cremes. So save your money and celebrate! Since it is so heavy, I use it sparingly as a night creme for my face, neck and chest. During the day I use Clean & Clear's Dual Action moisturizer and a small eye creme my mother bought for me at a TJ MAXX. If you don't hit up Marshalls or TJ MAXX for beauty cremes, you're missing out. Especially keep an eye out for the Polish-made cremes as a majority are cruelty-free! I recently have been trying to take better care of my skin, concerning suncare, and have picked up Banana Boat's Sunless Tanning Lotion for the winter time (we've been getting little sun, unfortunately).

Besides starting with a clean face, I prep my face with a BB cream like L'Oreal's Magic Skin BB cream. Sweet baby Jesus, this was the first BB cream I ever tried and I'm in love with it. It comes out neutral like a sunscreen and then matches your skin color. Love how beautifully matte it makes your skin. If I need to cover up any spots with concealer, I'll use NYX's concealer jar (no pictured) or L'Oreal's Visible Lift Blur foundation. The NYX concealer is not my favorite, it's a rather oily/slick feeling formula on my skin. Finishing up with my base, I'll use NYX's Rouge Cream Blush in either 'Natural' or 'Boho Chic' (not pictured) or Milani's Baked Blush in 'Luminoso'. It is quite a comparison to the absurdly expensive NARS 'Orgasm', so I suggest you give it a try. If I decide to skip the blush for the day, I'll use Milani's XL Bronzer and NYX's Liquid Illuminator on all my key sun spots to amp up any glow I have.

I have extremely sensitive eyes that water constantly. More specifically I have a weirdo left-eye (not in the cool TLC way) that waters at the drop of a hat. The only eyeliner that I found smudgeproof is Milani's Infinite liquid eyeliner. I don't wear it every day, but this has been my go-to since my college years. I haven't found a better waterproof mascara than L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara. I was really pleasantly surprised by Miss Manga, so I'd advise checking it out! If I really want to splurge, I will always stand by my choice of Diorshow Blackout (not pictured).

I don't wear eyeshadow everyday. The one product I will stand by, however, is Smashbox's eyeshadow in 'ASAP'. Apparently it was a limited edition color and I spend all my extra time on finding this kick ass color. NYX (surprise, surprise) has come extremely close to replicating this shade, so worst case scenario I'll be safe from shanking someone for the last morsel of make-up. A really cool and basic trick I use, is to use white eyeliner (mine is MAC's Eye Kohl in 'Fascinating') to make myself look more awake or done up than I am. I tried to hop on the bold brow train a bit ago, but I soon realized that manicured brows aren't really my thing. For now I usually go over my brows with eyebrow wax/hairspray and brush the stray hairs into place; while plucking the lone rangers on the outskirts.

Another area I go pretty natural in is the lip area. I have fuller lips so I like to usually only play them up on night's out. Otherwise, I will go with NYX's Matte Lip Cream in 'Stockholm' or 'Cairo'. To top it it off I'll swipe some Rosebud salve or lipbalm. I've recently found Make Up Academy's glosses and colors at CVS; so the natural nude is a favorite of mine as well when I want a more opaque gloss color.

Honestly, as much as I love dolling myself up; having make up on really doesn't break or make my day. It's a fun thing to play with, that's it! There are days when I go completely naked and carefree. Let your skin breathe and embrace your natural beauty. When you are comfortable in your own skin; that confidence and joy is the best beauty statement you can make (cue 'aw' sounds).

What about you, have you tried any of these brands or products? What is your routine like?


Disclaimer: I am not paid by any of these companies to promote or write about their product. I am purely writing out of my own experiences and all purchases were made by me. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

WHAT I WORE // Free + Sunny Vibes

Los Angeles is finally getting the sunny weather it's known for! I'm sipping on cold brew coffee like it's my job (can we talk about this holographic cup?!) and getting ready for the beach. My word, what am I talking about? It's always beach season here, even when it's 45 degrees out. Regardless, I am stoked to not have to wear a winter wetsuit, jacket or anything else during the day. These destroyed shorts are my own DIY doing and are one of my favorite articles of clothing. Denim is never going to die when it comes to my closet. Yup, you can pry it from my cold dead hands - y'hurr?

I've been in a running competition with my co-workers and as much as I f*cking hate running, my legs and body have been thanking me for it. I really am starting to love my legs! We, as a team, are trying to run 100 miles by July 4th and I am about 27 miles in (I'll be at 33 hopefully by tomorrow). In the past I had a lot of problems with body image and my weight. Having an eating disorder (at any point in your life) affects you way after the storm has passed. Even though you may be "normal" in your eating habits now, negative thoughts from the past try to ruin your progress. This year and last I really have taken my health into account and have consciously scolded myself when I was being mean/unfair to myself. I've done small things, like being kind to myself, to things like cleaning my Instagram; if I follow someone for their body, I unfollow. It actually helps when you don't have that constant comparison!

I've always been interested in what I ate, so it only made sense that I made sure that it made my body healthy and fueled it. Okay, so I won't lie I had both Taco Bell AND In-n-Out this week (I blame my boss) but I try not to indulge all the time. And if I do, I work my ass off to get back to where I was before ...and I don't beat myself up about it. It's about moderation and being in good overall health. I'm also 27 and don't have the time to be overly-concerned with "being brave" about my weight. It's so boring. Let's forget our ages, weights, heights, etc. and just enjoy ourselves in this life!

These platforms were on sale at Free People's website for Memorial Day and I snatched up a pair for an extra 20% off. They're still available within their sale section. Every time I go on that website, I want to spend every cent I have. Definitely have to muster some willpower! I'm quite tall with flats on, 6 foot even, but I don't think there needs to be any restraint when it comes to wearing what you want. I love wearing higher shoes, chunky heels and the like. 1970s platforms are my jam; and these have that bohemian influence I gravitate to. Not to mention, the modest height makes this pair something you can wear on the daily. Pair them with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans or skirts. They really do go with everything.

Necklace - Forever21 (similar)
Percy Clog - Free People
Cut-off jeans - American Eagle, Thrifted (similar)
Polka Dot Tee - Unknown label, Thrifted
Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters (similar)
Belt - Vintage, c/o of my Momma
Awesome holographic cup - Starbucks

All photos by Juliana Johnson

Friday, May 1, 2015

ON THE ROAD // Yosemite Car Camping

"Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. Nowhere will you find more company of a soothing peace-be-still kind. Your animal fellow beings, so seldom regarded in civilization, and every rock-brow and mountain, stream, and lake, and every plant soon come to be regarded as brothers; even one learns to like the storms and clouds and tireless winds. This one noble park is big enough and rich enough for a whole life of study and aesthetic enjoyment. It is good for everybody, no matter how benumbed with care, encrusted with a mail of business habits like a tree with bark. None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree." – John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)
I've finally reached a place that took me 4.5 years to visit. I booked a car camping spot back in January for Lower Pines in Yosemite National Park. The drive from LA was an easy (albeit, a bit boring) 4-5 hour drive. How did it take this long to get here! My friends, Alyce & Bronco, came with me (what an awesome couple). I drove through the Sequoia National Forest on the way to the entrance and decided that this weekend was one where I wanted to look at things with new eyes. How long has it been since we really looked at things with wonder and curiosity? When life hands you the same thing day in and day out, there is an ache for newness & non redundancy.

Driving through the Sequioas, the road was winding and spotted with shade. The Ponderosa Pines seem to be presently shooting up from the ground to the sky above. I expected to feel a rumble at any moment and see a pine skyrocketing up in its full form. Not going to lie, the photos from this trip are minimal and not too impressive. Not only did I try to take the time to try to be fully present, but I also dropped the new camera I was borrowing (sobbing emoji). Needless to say, I was rather frightened to take it out and use it (and I was feeling crummy about how I would break the news when I got back home).

National Parks week was just last week and I'm glad I was able to appreciate one of the most beautiful sites in the west this month. Car camping was super easy and a really great way to have a "home" base if you've never been to the park. Lower Pines is close to everything that you imagine when you think Yosemite; so I definitely suggest that area (especially by the river!). We were able to walk to Vernal Falls, making it about a 5 mile round trip. We relaxed by cooking dinner, journaling, drinking A LOT of whiskey and tequila (don't judge) and taking photos of the glistening beauty around us. The only word I could think of when I though of Yosemite National Park was "majesty". Have you ever just seen something so much bigger than yourself that you were in awe? Leaving such a grand place was tough and the ride home was just depressing. I'm taking it as a sign for a different future.

Backpacking trip anyone?