Friday, December 15, 2017

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

It's the holidays, and what better way to show some love than to bake some goodies to share with loved ones. Today, I'm doing a virtual cookie swap with some talented blogger babes. Make sure to check out each of their cookies at the end of this post!

If you've ever been to Levain Bakery in New York, you'll recognize this sweet treat. After trying this amazing cookie, I knew I had to figure out a way to recreate this at home since I live all the way on the other side of the country! I've tried quite a few other copycat recipes and have made some adjustments and adapted them for my own version. These are giant decadent cookies with an ooey gooey center. Scroll all the way down if you want to see how to make them!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Sales

It's not even Black Friday yet, and there are so many deals live already! I've rounded up some of my favorite deals out there for this week and I'll continue to update as more sales go live.

The Songbird Collection - 40% OFF w/ code TURKEY

ASOS - 30% off everything w/ code EPIC30

ANN TAYLOR - 50% off everything with code: THANKFUL

ALL SAINTS - Up to 40% off everything

BOOHOO - Take 50% off everything!

J CREW - Take 40% off everything with code THANKU

NORDSTROM - Cyber Monday at NORDSTROM! Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns.

OLD NAVY- 50% Off Everything

REVOLVE - Take up to 50% off sale styles

SAM EDELMAN - 30% Off sitewide with code: SAMSGIVING

SHOPBOP - Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 at Shopbop!

TOPSHOP - Save up to 50% off + Free Worldwide Shipping

URBAN OUTFITTERS - BOGO 50% off everything

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 10, 2017

What to buy during the Sephora VIB Sale

What to buy during the Sephora VIB Sale

It's that time of year again! The Sephora VIB sale is here! It's every beauty junkie's favorite time of year! Depending on your Sephora Beauty Insider status, VIB members can take 15% or 20% off everything!

If you haven't already signed up for Sephora's rewards program, here's how it works: being a Beauty Insider is free, VIB members spend $350 per year, and Rouge members spend $1,000 per year. Depending on your level, you could get gifts, free beauty classes, makeovers, free shipping, and invites to events.

Check out my picks for what to buy during the sale below!
1. Everyday Beauty Essentials - stock up on best sellers and your staple makeup products
2. Skincare Must-Haves - Pamper your skin for winter with top rated products
3. Gift Sets to give or keep - Start your holiday shopping! Gift Sets are perfect to gift as is or break up for multiple gifts!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Overnight Oxygen Eye Mask | VIIcode Skin Care Review

Overnight Oxygen Eye Mask | VIIcode Skin Care Review

I’ve got baggage… not the baggage you’re thinking of, but under eye baggage. I’m an avid eye cream user, and cannot live without my concealer. I’ll try any product that will help to diminish the puffiness and dark circles underneath my eyes. I’ve been trying out these O2 Oxygen Repair overnight eyemasks by VIIcode Skin Care. These masks are different from other eye masks I’ve tried previously because they are an 8-hour overnight treatment.

This post is in collaboration with VIIcode Skin Care. All opinions are of course my own. Products c/o VIIcode Skin Care. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a commission for any purchases made through these links.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Black Long Sleeved Dress at the Pumpkin Patch

To me, fall is all about Halloween and visiting a pumpkin patch to get into the fall spirit. As a kid, my mom would always take my friends and me to the pumpkin patch after school. I have fond memories of going every year, so I've made it my own tradition to visit a pumpkin patch every year before Halloween.

Dress: Lucca Couture (c/o the brand)
Shoes: Sam Edelman Mules (50% off!)
Bag: Moda Luxe Studded Crossbody (c/o the brand) To save money use code "THRDS&BRDS15%"

Shop this look

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Night Time Skincare Relaxation with Measurable Difference

I recently discovered Measurable Difference, an affordable LA-based makeup and skincare company. They have a variety of things from lip products to facemasks and bath bombs. Keep reading to see what products and my review! If you want to try out any of these products, use code 25MINDY for 25% off plus free shipping!

This post is in collaboration with Measurable Difference. All opinions are of course my own. This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a commission for any purchases made through these links. Products c/o Measurable Difference.

My days are usually very busy with working full time and working on my blog and side business. At the end of the day, I've been trying to make time for myself to wind down and relax. This Jasmine and Calendula sleeping oil really caught my attention. It is Innovative skincare treatment, blended with Jasmine and Calendula with soothing properties that work while you sleep. They claim that it regenerates and softens skin, makes it supple while soothing and calming skin. Provides relief of stress to skin, contains anti-aging ingredients.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

6 Fall Shoe Trends with the Outlets at Orange

Fall is officially here! And that means shopping to update my wardrobe for some cooler temps - boots, sneakers and more flats! I've partners with the The Outlets at Orange , formerly known as The Block. It is home to the largest selection of shoe brands, value, and variety for the entire family. From new athletic shoes for casual wear or the gym, to a night out with the girls in designer heels, The Outlets at Orange has a shoe that will fit every occasion, gender, and age – all at extraordinary savings.

This post is in collaboration with the Outlets of Orange. All opinions are of course my own. This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a commission for any purchases made through these links.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Transitioning Summer Outfits to Fall: Grey Denim Jacket

Now that it's Fall, I'm trying to extend my summer outfits as long as I can as the weather gets cooler. The easiest way to achieve Fall Style is to throw a jacket on your summer outfit. I lived in tanks and skirts/shorts throughout summer, so adding a denim jacket seemed perfect for fall. I love this dark grey denim jacket with embroidery on the sleeves. I customized the look of my jacket by adding some enamel pins. I also paired this look with some white sneakers to keep it casual. You could also pair it with some ankle boots to make it look less casual. 

This post contains affiliate links, this means I may get a commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How I maintain my gray hair with oVertone

[ad] This post is in collaboration with oVertone, but all opinions are my own. Thank you oVertone for providing the product for review purposes. 

Ever since transforming my hair to a balayage black to silver, aka ombre gray, I've been trying to find a way to extend the color of my hair. Having unnaturally color hair fades so fast! I love experimenting with my hair. I've previously had bright red Ariel Hair and a dusty rose ombre also. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend sales

Labor Day Weekend is here! And not only does that mean no work or school, that means lots of sales. I'm rounding up some of the best sales* for the end of Summer. It's a perfect time to get your back to school shopping on!

*This post contains affiliate links. This doesn't cost you anything, and means I may receive a commission if you purchase using my links helping to support my blog.

The Songbird Collection
If you didn't know, I own an online jewelry boutique called The Songbird Collection! Save 30% on your entire purchase with code LABORDAY until Monday. Deals starting at $5 with free shipping to anywhere in the US.

Ann Taylor
50% off select full priced items & additional 50% off sale items.

50% off everything with code: AMERICANBABE

Up to 60% Off!

Clear the rack with 25% off clearance items including these floaties!

Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty is back and starts Sunday! This is one of my favorite events of the season because you can save up to 50% on some of Ulta's best beauty products! Check out the calendar here.

Buy 1 Get 1 free on clearance items

Up to 60% off plus free shipping.

Shop Sale picks

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweet Polka Dots | SheIn

On weekends, I love getting together with friends to explore new restaurants and places to hang out. It was one of my friends birthdays, and this sweet little polka dot romper* was the perfect "going out" outfit. I love outfits like this for the weekend because they're one piece, and easy to throw on to look put together! This ruffled trim polka dot romper is only $21! It has a darling little tie front where I tied a bow, but could also be tied to leave long strands for a more open look. I opted for flats to make it more casual since I knew we were going to be walking around Downtown LA and wore my trust large blush tote that fits everything inside.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

3 Summer Must-Haves | Zaful

Summer seems to be flying by so fast! I wanted to share some of my favorite must-have items for summer. I've been loving easy-to-wear dresses, two piece sets and all different kinds of bikinis!

*This post was in collaboration with Zaful and the products were provided for review purposes. The opinions stated are of course my own. Zaful is a fast fashion website that sells affordable trendy items.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Must-have home items | Nordstrom Sale

Rounding up my picks of the best home decor from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This is the perfect time to redecorate with this season items before they go back up in price on August 6. There are so many good things from bedding, to kitchen goodies and even items for your vanity. I'm still obsessed with marble everything, gold and rose gold, natural wood and blush tones for my home decor. Did you get anything amazing from the sale? I'd love to know! 

  nordstrom giftcard giveaway
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dressing Room Try-Ons: Jackets

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! I recently did a dressing room diaries over on my Instagram instastories (follow me in case you aren't already!) If you're not familiar, this sale is when all the NEW Fall season items are on sale for only a few weeks, and then the prices go back up to normal. There are deep discounts, and items run out fast! Last week, early access started for card holders, but the sale goes public on the July 21. I featured 5 fall must-haves in my last post, and in this post, I'm focusing on jackets! Jackets are the easiest way to transition Summer outfits to Fall. I'll still be rocking dresses and shorts in the Fall, but with a jacket on top in case, it gets chilly. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Fall Must-Haves | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

Even though it's triple digits outside, Fall is just around the corner! Every year, one of my favorite stores, Nordstrom has a huge anniversary sale! These are markdowns on NEW Fall items, not last season's sale items. Get your back to school shopping done, start some early holiday shopping or get your wardrobe ready for the new season! I wanted to share 5 Fall season must-haves featuring items from the Nordstrom Sale.

 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Preview

Everyone loves a good sale, and the Nordstrom one is here in perfect timing to update your wardrobe for a new season. If you're a cardholder, early access started today July 13 and runs through July 20. You can also preview what's going to be on sale if you don't have the card so you can prep for when it opens up to everyone. Public access to the sale starts July 21 and ends August 6. Don't snooze on this big sale, things will sell out fast! 

These are the 5 must have things for the Fall season. 
(click on the item above to shop it directly)

1. Embellished tops are not going away anytime soon! Frills and ruffles are here to stay in our wardrobes! This tie-front one comes in 3 colors!
2. Shoes: As the weather starts to cool down, mules, slides, and boots make a come back in our lives. These slip-on styles make it easy to transition our summer outfits to fall.
3. Totes: Big bags usually disappear from our lives during the hot summer months. With Fall, we totes see these carry-all totes coming back in our lives to carry any extra layers needed for the cooler months. 
4. Fitted Denim: I can't even think of wearing pants right now with the heat, but with fall coming back, we're opting for form fitting jeans that still shows off that summer bod. These coveted Good American jeans from Khloe Kardashian are actually on sale!
5. Athleisure: We're all about the comfort and looking put together while doing it. This dressed-down look is a weekend uniform. Obsessed with the rose gold details on this sneaker.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Style: Ice Cream Top Two Ways

Summer is here! As you may know, I'm a really big foodie, and I especially love ice cream. When I saw this ice cream print top, I knew I had to have it. I got it from the Zara sale, but it's all sold out now :( I've linked some similar tops here and here. I wanted to show how you can pick one statement top and style it two ways for summer!

I've really been into statement earrings lately. How cute are these Grey Ombre Ball Drop Earrings? You can use my affiliate code THREADSNBREADS to save 20% on these making them only $12! You can also shop my Layered Necklace and save using the same promo code from The Songbird Collection.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Most-Wanted Pool Party Floats

Summertime is here, and that means pool parties! I've been so obsessed with all the fun pool floaties that have come out. From doughtnuts, to pizza, there's really a pool float for anybody's personality. Personally, as a foodie, I totally gravitate towards all the fun food related floats. But there' really so many other ones out there like: unicorns, pineapples and even beer pong set ups! Which of these most-wanted pool party floats would you want?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

White Cold Shoulder Dress

I've been loving the look of cold shoulders and bold sleeves on tops and dresses lately. This dress really caught my eye because of the statement sleeves and cold-shoulders. I'm normally very clumsy and split on myself a lot, so I tend to stay away from all white. This dress was too cute to pass up in white though, it really shows off the ruffle detail. This dress is super affordable at $15 and is from SheIn, which is a fast fashion online retailer.  They have lots of trendy pieces with decent quality. If you're looking to try out a trend like lantern sleeves, cold-shoulders or even embroidered details without a lot of investment, this would be the best place to shop. My #1 tip from ordering is to review the sizing chart to make sure you order the right size to your body measurements.  

Disclaimer: Thank you SheIn for providing these products for this feature. All opinions are of course my own.

Outfit details:
Round Sunnies (Similar here and here)
Printed Clutch (Similar here)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Museum of Ice Cream LA

The Museum of Ice Cream first popped up in New York last year. When I saw the photos from the event, I knew I needed to check it out when it came to Los Angeles. The pop-up interactive museum event is located in the LA Arts District and is the hottest ticket in town. It's sold out until August currently, but maybe if you sign up for the newsletter, you'll be notified if they release additional tickets.

Getting these tickets were like buying tickets for Coachella, there was a virtual waiting room and everything the day tickets were released. You had a time limit to pick your tickets once you were let in, and those who took too long missed out on scoring the times they wanted. Luckily, I was able to get in and get the tickets to visit this Instagram-worthy place. Keep reading to see all the photos and details from my event.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Embroidered Rose Tshirt and SheIn Review

I've been obsessed with the look of embroidered details in clothes and accessories, and I love that there's so many pieces out there that incorporate the fun detail. This shirt and shorts are from SheIn, which is a fast fashion online retailer.  They have lots of trendy pieces, so if you're looking to try out a trendy without a lot of investment, I would try one of these pieces!

Discalimer: Thank you SheIn for providing these products for this feature. All opinions are of course my own.

Outfit Details:
Rose Embroidered Shirt
Distressed Shorts
Choker - use code THREADSNBREADS for discount at checkout
Platform Oxford Shoes (Similar)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Irvine Finally has a Food Hall at TRADE

We finally have a food hall in Irvine! TRADE Food Hall brings a variety of food concepts and a central bar to orange county. This food hall truly has something for everyone. 

The list of restaurants includes: 
Pig Pen Delicacy - porky deliciousness, and home of the mac and cheese bun
Portside Fish Co. - Fresh Seafood
Sweet Combforts - Waffle pops and specialty shakes
Dos Chinos - Latin American Fusion 
Megadon - Hawaiian Japanese Bowls
Two Birds - Chicken 2 ways - bird in hand sandwhichs and bird in a bag - regular fried chicken. 
Gyro King - Gyros and Mediterranean food
Butterleaf - Vegetarian food for non-vegetarians
Center Hub Bar - signature cocktails 

The grand opening is tomorrrow, May 13 at noon!
TRADE is located at: 
2222 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Monday — Thursday
8am — 9pm
Friday — Sunday
8am — 10pm

Friday, April 28, 2017

Desert X | Art in the Desert

Desert X

Sometimes, you will find art in the most unlikely places. When I went to the desert for Coachella recently, I went to visit some of the art installations that were a part of the Desert X experience. Until April 30th, the Coachella Valley and the desert landscape becomes a curated exhibition of emerging artists. These are spread out, and you will need to drive from place to place. Most of the locations are open from Dawn till dusk, but check on the website or visit the Desert X Hub for the hours of each installation.

Desert X Hub at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is where you can pick up a catalog and map, shop Desert X merchandise, and artists' books, and visit with Desert X volunteers and staff to learn more about Desert X.

The Hub at Ace Hotel & Swim Club is now located in the lobby.
Open Thursday - Monday: 12pm - 4pm.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Coachella Style + Tips

Coachella is right around the corner! One of my favorite parts about attending music festivals is planning my outfits. With 3 full days of music and art, you could have lots of different looks each day! Below are some different styles for Coachella, and how you can get the looks. How are you dressing up? Keep reading for my tips!

Coachella Styles

Boho Chic: Crochet, Fringe and Florals

Coachella Boho Style
Choker, Top, Bag, Shorts 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Get Baked in OC | Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has finally landed in Orange County! Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is originally from San Francisco, and I did get to visit their shop the last time I was there. I fell in love with the aesthetic and their stuffed donuts. They're known for the cruffin (a cross between a croissant and muffin) that I still have not been able to try. They make a limited amount each day, and they run out fast! Hopefully with this location being closer to where I live, I'll finally be able to try one!

I was excited to be invited to their OC location's media preview event. The service counter is located inside of the Union Market in Tustin at The District. They have the same cool all-white tile walls and on point branding. Around the corner, they had in neon "KALE SUCKS".  The other locations in SF, LA and Seoul all have signs that read "I Got Baked In San Francisco" or the respective city, so I was really hoping to see a "I Got Baked in Orange County". We'll see if they end up changing out the sign.

The OC location's Grand Opening is Saturday, 2/25, 8AM-Sell Out. They are also having an exclusive collab Matcha Donut with Milk Box Bar available Saturday Grand Opening Day only. The bakehouse is located inside of Union Market, 2493 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 9278.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ice Cream Sweater + Top Ice Cream Places

Being a huge foodie, I love when I find fun pieces of clothing that incorporate food. When I found this pom pom ice cream sweater, I knew I needed to have it. I love how cute and kawaii it is, and I'm totally obsessed with ice cream. It's my go-to dessert after a meal and my social activity of choice to spend time catching up with friends. In this post, I'm also sharing some of my favorite places to get ice cream in Orange County, so keep reading.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Galentine's Day Celebration with Style Collective Sisters

PC: @goirishphotog
I got to meet up my Style Collective Sisters this weekend for a Galentine's Day celebration! Our festive Valentine’s celebration was held at Shade Hotel, Redondo Beach. Located in the beautiful Redondo Beach marina, there’s no more perfect venue to toast with my Style Collective sisters in high style. Set along the waterfront, this brand new property captures the essence of the South bay vibe. Relaxed and family friendly, this is one hotel that has perfected the customer service experience. Greeting us with a warm welcome and a sparkling champagne toast, the staff at The Shade embodies the essence of hospitality.  Sea Level, offers both waterfront dining or a casual bar with views of the marina. Light, bright and cozy, Sea Level bar is a great place for a casual evening. 

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to Dress up Sweater Weather Basics

Sweater weather is the best. I love to wear warm cozy knits and having an excuse to cuddle up with blankets. When it's cool out, one of my go-to outfits consists of basics like denim and a cozy knit sweater. I love this off-the-shoulder sweater with the fold-over detail. I'm wearing some of my favorite jeans, which surprisingly are from Old Navy! I have found that their rockstar denim line fits like a dream and is super affordable. I may or may not have bought 3 pairs for myself. This sweater weather basic outfit can easily be dressed up with some fun shoes and unique accessories.

Outfit Details

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Affordable At-Home Teeth Whitening | Smile Brilliant Review

With blogging and constantly taking photos, I've always been a bit insecure about my teeth. After finally straightening my teeth with braces a few years ago, my next thing to tackle was whitening my teeth. I truly believe that your smile is the best accessory. I've always want to try an at home whitening system for my smile, so when Smile Brilliant * reached out to me for a review, I was excited to try it! I love drinking coffee and I know that most of the things I eat and drink definitely contribute to stains on my teeth. I've tried white stripes previously, but I never followed through with them because I hated the way they felt on my teeth. They would get all slimy and slide around so gave them away!

Keep reading for a change to win a whitening kit of your own!
For 5% off your purchase, use code: threadsnbreads5

Monday, January 9, 2017

Austin Travel Guide: Sights to See (part 1)

Greetings from Austin Postcard Mural
I had been wanting to visit Austin, Texas for a bit now. I've never been to Texas before this trip, and I had heard from friends what great food there was, and that there is a really cool hipster art and music scene. I loved exploring the capital of Texas and the unique sights and yummy eats! This is part 1 of my travel guide featuring the different sights to see. Part 2 will have the different food spots to try!

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