Thursday, July 24, 2014

wearing: my los angeles style

Great news! I survived my first trip to LA without getting arrested for stalking a celebrity!

I'll have a whole post of all the fun things I did coming up, but first I thought I'd do a round-up of some of my outfits. 

I swore it'd be easy to have all these awesome outfit pics around the city, but I did most of my traveling alone, and when I wasn't, I was too busy having fun to pause for a photoshoot. These will have to do, my dears. 

Before we get started, I'd like to point out that each outfit is under $50 total and I'm hella proud of that.

For traveling TO the city: 


If you're ever traveling- WEAR A MAXI. It's the most comfortable thing ever and you'll feel like you're naked under a blanket while trying to sleep on a plane. 
-Dress from TJ Maxx
-sandals from Papaya
-all brown jewelry from BlueLans
-entire outfit cost under $35. 


Day of meetings and exploring: 


I wanted to look fun but not show too much for my meeting, and this tank is one of my new go-to's! 
-tank from TJ Maxx
-pants from H&M [for $5!!]
-sandals from Charlotte Russe
-earrings from BlueLans
-sunglasses from the streets of LA

For a night out at the clurb: 


I was a bit shocked by how cold it gets in LA as soon as the sun goes down! My legs are meaty enough to handle it, but my arms freeze, so this worked! It's 100% see-through lace in the back, and I thought the wedges were fun to roughen up the lace/gold earrings. [Even though I still have a love/hate relationship with these shoes]
-top and shorts from Forever21

For Disneyland: 


Disney [or any theme park] calls for something comfortable, but fun. I decided to try a little monochromatic look with some blingage. 
-gold studs and necklace from BlueLans
-top from Ross
-shorts [that are a light coral/pink color] from H&M
-sandals from Charlotte Russe

I stressed for a long time trying to come up with really stylish outfits to bring, but I didn't even wear most of this. It's true that anything goes in Los Angeles, but the biggest lesson I learned/did not prepare for was to always have a jacket ready to go once 8:00 hits. Now it makes sense why the celebs are always wearing long sleeves or pants even though the weather is always nice there.

Also... no matter what you wear, you'll probably look better than any celebs you stumble upon... but more on that later.

love,
elizabethany

Monday, July 14, 2014

new vox box: all for weddings!

I took a quiz on Influenster at the beginning of the summer to see if I'd be a good fit for a box, and they knew exactly which one to send me! I'm so obsessed with everything they sent in the "Vow VoxBox."

This wedding season is my craziest yet, as I've mentioned, and I'm traveling to see four couples tie the knot. They sent me the essentials!



  • Pure Silk shaving cream: I've never been one to use shaving cream. I typically use an Intuition razor, so I don't need it, but those are becoming more and more expensive, so I have switched... but still never thought about getting shaving cream. This stuff is the bomb. I tried it on only one leg at first, and definitely got more moisture on the leg and a closer shave. Bonus: it smells fantastic. 
  • ecotools Pure complexion facial sponge: I've been trying to get my acne under control lately, so I was pumped to try this. I don't think it helped my face any, but I used it on my body for exfoliation and it was great for that. Also made my shave even smoother on my legs because of the exfoliation first. 
  • Olay degenerist luminous perfecting cream: I'm still using Clean & Clear moisturizer because I'm a teenager at heart [which is probably having something to do with the acne...] but this stuff makes me feel like a whole new woman. It doesn't agree with my psoriasis patches and pretty much rolls right off of those areas, and it also doesn't love being combined with my BB cream, but it's great for days I go bare faced. 
  • Tide to go stain remover: Does this need an explanation? I'm a messy girl who doesn't like washing her cheap clothes. Of course this is a godsend. 
  • Sally Hansen Salon nail polish: Something blue! While the shade is very different than anything I have ever worn, it's definitely pretty, and this brand is great. Definitely an exciting item to get. 
They're all full size, and they're all free as long as I talk about them.... so I'm even more happy with Influenster right now. I don't always go out and buy the free things I receive once I run out, but I'll be stocking up on 60% of this stuff for a long time. 

love,
elizabethany


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

what ya wearin 4th of july 2014

I am more than excited to bring back "What Ya Wearin" for holidays! So I hope you always remember to send me your pictures on special occasions... and what better fashion holiday than the 4th of July?!?!

Let's get our 'Merica on.

@kmartin9 had the perfect "time to get star spangled hammered" tank and bandana on, and I'm also loving all of her friends' outfits!

 A red bandana is all you need sometimes, as @ameliasullivan shows.

How awesome is @justjem24's entire ensemble?! The shirt, the headband, YES GIRL.

Have you ever seen more epically-American shirts than these on @shayna1532, @kmay703 and friends.

@laceyy_peterson even got her pups involved!

I am loving the fringe and skirt combo on @angie__i, and all of her friends!

She's got the American tank, but I mostly love @rodecvt's make-up!

I don't think I could be any more obsessed with @layne_xox's skirt than I am.

More crop tops and appropriate colored dresses with @_lalalyndsey

Doesn't get more AMURICAN than @thedjty's outfit

@Bradlisan was the only one to send nails this year! But they're goooddd. 

Loving all the DIYness of @britterz09's outfit!

@kbabayyy and her man went all BSpears and JT on us with the matching outfits, and I'm so not mad at it.

DAY. DRUNK. FOR. AMERICA. YES, @ksnedegar.

And her sis @amsnedegar did a red scarf right, with a dress and a blue tank/white shorts!

I think this is the best submission for a WYW post I've ever gotten and ever will. PROPS, @meganspiveyy

@merrmerrbear deserves some props too for these DIY shoes!

Loving @canadiancutieee06's hair... and dog.

And @its_foreign_yoshi put on his fancy pants for the special occasion!

As for me, I spent most of the day in the studio, but I did get to go to a BBQ for a couple hours beforehand. Decided to bust out my handydandy American flag scarf as a shirt, and the skater skirt that you've probably seen me wear at least a dozen times.

-scarf from Jane.com
-skirt from ASOS
-sandals from GoJane
-earrings from BlueLans and Charlotte Russe
-bracelets from BlueLans
-must have fanny pack from an event


I should have taken a picture from the back, but all I did was tie the scarf in a knot and tuck the ends into my bra around the side. I think I'll be doing this a lot more with my scarves.

BONUS, in case you missed this from my Instagram... my USA outfit from earlier in the week.

-same scarf as above
-tank from F21

Thanks for another fun WYW day, and sorry for the delay in getting it posted! Turns out I need emergency mouth surgery for "bone deconstruction" this week. Yay.

love,
elizabethany

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

wearing: baby pink

The Kane Show announced that they were throwing a baby shower for Danni at a casino with Ed Sheeran and I was trying to figure out ways to make my way in. Then... magic happened... my boss demanded that I arrange my schedule so that I could be there yesterday. 

Oh.. okay... I'll see what I can do. 

It was really awesome. Being in any environment with a bunch of listeners is always my favorite ever [even though two out of the three times someone knew me, it was because of the Real World days], but being around the Kane Show and my new Baltimore team made me feel a part of the fam even more.

Enough words, more pictures... I know.

All of us Z on-air peeps on stage to announce the game. 

How gorgeous is she?!

I wish I would have actually pulled out my good camera instead of only using my phone for Instagram... but they are a seriously adorable couple. 


Doing big thangs for charity.

Ed was crazy good, and really personable with all the listeners. Videos over he-uh. 


People kept telling me to relax, but when I'm in work mode, I'm in it. Pictures x a million! INSTAGRAM. NOW. HASHTAG. @(#$*&@$(*#

But I was genuinely honored to be there for the moment, event, day... and I'm super impressed with my team for making it happen and happen with greatness. 

Now some outfit details. I had to go with pink for the baby girl 2.0 Danni's having! I wanted to do 100% pink, but I couldn't find a top in a shade of pink that went with this skirt at all. I'm happy with it. 

-skirt and lace tank from TJ Maxx
-necklace from BlueLans
-shoes from Charlotte Russe
-earrings from Forever21


I love that the skirt is longer even if I have it at my rib cage... it's appropriate for anything! And the pleats make it more fancy. Did I mention it was $10?! The entire outfit was under $40. Holler. back. 

love,
elizabethany

Monday, June 30, 2014

recipe: southwest turkey lettuce wraps

For the first time in my entire long life, I'm going to the west coast!!!! Los Angeles has been calling my name and I can't believe it's finally happening. [I also can't believe it's happening in Ellen's off season. Guess I'll have to make another trip ASAP.]

Anyway... an LA trip calls for an LA diet. Meat and veggies, with some carbs in the morning. I'm gonna have to get a little creative.

After discovering that romaine lettuce is only 50 cents more than iceburg in the city and way better for wraps, I've been making all sorts of lettuce wraps. My favorite so far: This southwestern take on ground turkey.

[It's always sad to eat alone, in the studio, and with paper/plastic utensils, but deliciousness makes it better.]

What you need: 
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes/green chiles [as someone who hates tomatoes, I really do love this so much]
  • ~3 tbs of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 can of corn
  • cilantro [I put quite a bit of dried cilantro in because I love it. Fresh would be even better.]
  • lettuce for wrapping

What you should do:

  1. Cook the turkey and taco seasoning in skillet for about two minutes to get the flavor going in there. 
  2. Add in salsa and tomatoes/chiles, then corn. Cook until turkey is no longer pink. 
  3. Drain grease and add in a couple spoonfuls of greek yogurt to make it more creamy. 
  4. Scoop some into lettuce and enjoy.
Lettuce wraps are not only delicious and super healthy for you, but the easiest and quickest thing I can make. It takes me 10 minutes tops to make this and be out the door. Plus, this fed me for two nights [and with proper "portion sizes," probably should have lasted another night]. It holds well over a few days, too. 

If you have any favorite lettuce wrap recipes, help a girl out! I might be sharing a lot of them coming up.

love,
elizabethany



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