Reason for the Season: Red Velvet (& it’s not cake)

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, because phew life has been crazy y’all. I’ll be sharing more about ALL my chaos as well as what I have in store for the new year later on this month.
So I wanted to do a lunch break quickie. I’m blabbing about my (still) favorite trend ever: VELVET BABY! Last season – I shared all of my favorite crushed blush velvet flats, this year I’ve amped it up to my fave merlot/maroon/burgundy velvet boots scootin booties – YAS. Get ready to sleigh the holidays, velvet style (yes I mean slay, I’m a terrible jokster okay? But you know you’re laughing LOL).

Whether you’re on a budget or have some cash to blow, I’ve linked a few of my faves below as well as what’s pictured!

PICTURED: Public Desire, Size 8 (TTS) Over-the-knee western style boot in beautiful Bordeaux hue. Best part? The chunky-style heel, making them comfortable for any part of your day. Even BETTER than best part? They are ON A CRAAAZZZYYY sale! 25 % off and already under $50!! #WINWIN GET EM GIRL

  • But how do I wear them? Here’s how! :::
    • work: plaid shirt dress (midi style), silver hoops, natural makeup with winged eyeliner & nude gloss
    • casual: heather grey chunky sweater dress (boyfriend style), black choker, olive eye makeup, lashes & pinky-nude gloss
    • play: black mesh bodysuit, black denim mini, smoky eye (browns bc I’m blue-eyed), winged liner and a creamy satin merlot lipstick.

MY RUNNER-UP: YEEZY, Size 8 (TTS, but narrow by the toes) ankle booties in a gorgeous oxblood-red with a pointed toe and lace-up front. Talk about a sassy twist on a stiletto! While these are the pricier pick, they’re also 30% off!! You’re welcome. (No Code Necessary). NEED YOU NOW

  • Style how-to:
    • work: (I’d personally wear these to work): black ribbed turtleneck-style body suit with a midi denim pencil skirt, minimal jewerlry, hair pulled back in a bun, with natural makeup and nude gloss (let the shoes stand out girl!)
    • casual: let’s be real there’s nothing casual about these, but if you want a Carrie Bradshaw moment at your local grocer, throw on some stylish black joggers and cropped nude sweater top, no jewelry, minimal makeup, pony tail and nude gloss (when in doubt – always nude gloss)
    • play: go all-out! Leather bodysuit with a corset style body con dress and tulle skirt overlay. Just add highlighter, lashes, and a dark wine gloss for some shine.

THE BOOTIE THAT’S SOLD OUT 3X TWO SEASONS IN A ROW AND IS HANDS DOWN MY MOST FAVORITE:  3.1 Phillip Lim (the bootie God), size 8 (TTS) booties with zipper in this incredible Syrah color and black block heel w/ gold detail. Also on sale!! And in stock WOO – 31% off!! ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

  • But what do you wear with it?
    • work: easy breezy – black gauchos with a crisp white button down top with ruffle sleeves, natural makeup and brownish-gold gloss to accent the gold detail in the bootie with gold stud earrings
    • casual: casual turned so simple – black skinnies with oversized, off-the-shoulder chunky cableknit sweater, hair in a high-top messy bun, winged liner, pinky-nude gloss and light blush
    • play: stylish black skinny leg overalls with a white mesh undershirt w/ polka dot detail, hair pulled back into a tight bun, with a nude- beige matte gloss

THE AFFORDABLE DUPE: since most of us don’t have $500 to blow on a pair of booties (maybe you do and good for you!) Here are my almost identical- 3.1 Phillip Lim dupes that I personally own and ADORE. Steve Madden “GAZE” in Size 8 (TTS) Burgundy bootie with side zipper and under $80! DO THE HAPPY DANCE.

I could keep the list going, because I’m slightly obsessed with anything lace-up and velvet and then at the same time it’s like magic. And there is no such thing as too much of a good thing – but I think these four booties pretty much sum up the best of the best for what you need this holiday – and into spring (because yes you can wear velvet in spring…).

Let the holidays begin!




I Bet You Think This Post is About Me

Well, that’s because it is. Over the past year of starting my blog I realized I have never done an about me post where I share things you all may not know about me. There’s a lot you probably don’t know – but I’ll list the top 25 to keep it short (you know because I’m so interesting I would need more? J/k).

  1. I was born in Clarksville, Tennessee and lived there until I was 6.
  2. I grew up in Wisconsin & went to college in Missouri 
  3. I started college as a chemistry major.. and ended up in public relations (that’s a story for another day)
  4. I use to work in entertainment advertising as my big girl job then recently transitioned to beauty branding 
  5. I danced for 8 years and played soccer for 15 years up into college before I got injured too badly to play any longer
  6. I have an older brother .. who lives in Idaho.. we’re polar opposites
  7. I use to eat my cereal dry with milk on the side because I hate soggy food and I use to eat too slow
  8. I am deathly allergic to mushrooms 
  9. The first time I ever went surfing was in Hawaii and I got coral stuck in my shin
  10. I’ve never been to NYC (but that’s changing VERY soon!)
  11. I love running long distance and try to run 5 miles 4x a week
  12. I use to want to be a painter when I grew up – I don’t paint anymore
  13. Hospitals terrify me – mainly the smell, the blood and the white walls
  14. I have 2 tattoos 🌊➰
  15. I am a natural blonde – but have colored my hair every hue of brown from dark brown to black/brown, auburn, Burgundy, strawberry blonde and platinum blonde
  16. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be fish tacos
  17. I could eat guacamole with a spoon, (not could, but I do do this)
  18. Mexican food is my favorite, but Italian is a VERYYY close #2
  19. I lived in Milan, Italy for a semester and it was the best time of my life
  20. I love corgis – my Instagram feed is mainly designer shoes, corgi puppies and exotic beaches
  21. If I could live anywhere it would be in Italy by the coast 
  22. My #1 travel destination is Egypt to scuba dive in the Red Sea. Egyptian culture and history has always really interested me and I really hope to go someday when it’s safer. Portugal, Indonesia, Greece, Croatia, Uruguay and Morocco are close runner-ups.
  23. My biggest pet peeve is messy tooth brushers – I cannot be in the bathroom with someone brushing their teeth, it actually makes me nauseous.
  24. I use to be a Taco Bell Brand manager and was known as the Taco Bell girl. Everyone wanted me for my free taco coupons… 
  25. My parents almost named me Valerie. I love that name, but I do NOT look like a Valerie. And yes, my birth name is Abigail. & my dad calls me Missy (no clue why).

Want to know more or know more about one of the 25 things about me? Comment below or on my post on Instagram!

PS – my awesome handmade tribal earrings were made in Ecuador, fave gift from my Papa on his travels ❣️ 

Have a happy day loves, xx.

The Bamboo Diaries with JORD Watches

I don’t know about you, but summer is hands down my favorite season of the year, even though I live in Southern California where it’s summer for about 7 months out of the year. Growing up in Wisconsin, summer was much more precious since it only lasted about 3 months (if you’re lucky) before the leaves changed color then suddenly everything froze over.

But enough about freezing cold weather, I am writing to share my new favorite summer accessory that I am absolutely obsessed with – my wooden JORD watch with a turquoise face. Awhile back, I wrote about my love for turquoise – so when JORD sent me this beauty I couldn’t help but gush with excitement.

The first time I wore it out I got SO many compliments – and everyone said it was such a unique watch and “just my style”. I have a very specific style, which may seem strange to some, but I am picky about what I wear and I am always drawn to the easy, breezy, California girl, boho style. Don’t get me wrong, I can take on the LBD, and so can this watch.

My new JORD watch has become a staple to my summer style, and will easily wear it year round. Whether I am hanging out in the city, cruising the coast, bronzing in the sun or dressing up for date night with my honey – I let time get away from me, but my JORD watch keeps me on time.

There’s something catchy about classic simplicity and subtle sophistication – the way the soft wood creates a nude palette sandy brown but with a pop of color in the face of the watch, it couldn’t be more versatile without being boring. Not a turquoise fan? This wooden watch also comes in a gorgeous coral hue as well as rose gold face when you shop Women’s watches. Men have a choice from wooden watch with wooden face or a darker wood with a black face – which you can see when you shop Men’s watches.


Want a watch of your own or looking for a cool engraved gift? Enter my giveaway for your chance to win a JORD watch of your choice!

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Have a happy summer loves, and let me know if you need help entering the giveaway or deciding which watch to pick for your style preferences! Only one lucky winner, but every entry guarantees you a $25 discount code once the contest ends 9/03! One entry per person. #myjord

Wooden Wrist Watch

Red, White and Bombshell!

Even though my website is currently under construction and looking a little rough, I really wanted to share some of my favorite styles for one of my favorite holidays as well as traditions I’ve experienced over the years, across three states, all for the 4th of July! There’s nothing I love more than having an excuse to dress up, get friends together, BBQ and hang outside with music and games. The 4th of July is also one of the very few times I wear red, I honestly think it’s a hard color to pull off and pair just right (but who can go wrong with a simple tank and cut off jean shorts? No one).

Growing up in Wisconsin – it was tradition to watch the fireworks at the gazebo in Fond du Lac, then when we moved to Sheboygan, the tradition was Lake Michigan with the huge bonfire and fireworks show – not to mention BBQ’ing at a friends beforehand with – you guessed it – bratwurst, cheese curds and some Blue Moon or Bud light (#TWM = total Wisconsin move).

Going to college in Missouri – it was tradition to go to Lake of the Ozarks, stay at a cute lake cabin with the girls and bar hop to all the little lake bars! Not to mention cliff diving, tubing and watching fireworks from a friend’s boat.

Moving to Los Angeles – it’s a popular choice to head down to the infamous Newport Beach, where they have a parade and slew of beach house and rooftop parties all along the peninsula, you can hop from house to house and probably run into someone you know every time! Not to mention, it’s a blast to watch the fireworks from the beach, and see them reflect on the ocean at night. Then, it’s off to the bars on the Strand! (This will be my second year doing this!)

So – in addition to all the traditions – I wanted to share some simple styles you can easily throw together last minute – and possibly already have in your closet!

Top: Solana Halter top in Ruby Rose, Cabana Anna Swim, $84.99
– what’s fun about this look is it’s actually a swim suit bandeau top that can also be worn as a crop top when paired with highwaisted shorts or skirt! And, you’re already ready to jump into the beach, pool, river, or lake!
Bottoms: High waisted shorts (these are last season Zara – but I’ve linked a dupe!) Boho Short in Breakup Blue, Nobody Demin – Revolve, $149

Bombshell Red Favorites:

  • Clayton Top with lace and pom pom details by Tularosa, shop: Revolve, $103
    • I’d pair this with high waisted shorts, same as in “Pictured”!
  • Button-detailed quilted red denim high waisted shorts by Pierre Balmain, shop: net-a-porter, $325 (50% off!!)
    • I’d pair this with a white tucked in tank top for simplicity
  • Off-the-shoulder blouse tank with open shoulders and ties, Amazon Style, $8
    • I’d pair this with a fun denim mini for midriff coverage
  • Cora Embroidered Minidress by Free People, shop: Nordstrom, $148
    • **I’m overall obsessed with this Minidress – Free People is one of my FAVORITE brands, and worth the price – their quality is incredible.
  • Wilson Tie Top in Bonfire Crisp, shop: Show Me Your Mumu, $118
    • So simple, and transitional, pair it with some cute white shorts during the day, then slip into denim midi and wedges for a cute-casual evening!

Something Blue:

  • Lilly Lady Dress in classic polka dot  navy blue, Auguste The Label, $159
    • **Hands down one of my favorite dresses I’ve come across lately – it’s fun, sassy and classy! Pair with some heeled sandals or wedges!
  • Yakura flouncy Gingham one-shoulder cropped top by Viva Aviva, shop: Saks Fifth Avenue, $88.50
    • I can’t help but dive into the Gingham trend happening this summer – it has such an old fashioned sexiness to it, especially with this gorgeous ruffle off the shoulder crop top! Pair with some light wash denim shorts, or be bold and go with a mustard color and camel wedges! (and of course a tassel-pom pom tote is always a great accessory)
  • Vienna Mornings Wrap Blouse in blue stripes, shop: 12th Tribe, $68
    • I’m not usually a fan of stripes whatsoever… but this fun, flouncy wrap blouse is SO chic with the sassy off-the-shoulderness.

Darling Denim Picks: 

  • Stone Washed Scallops Embroidery Shorts in Light Blue by Red Valentino, shop: Luxury Zappos, $197
    • Scalloped detail – need I say more?
  • High-waisted Blue Note shorts w/ red & black embroidery and fringed cuffs, Blank Denim, shop: Shopbop, $61.60 (30% off!)
    • I am always a fan of embroidery – I think it’s a fun yet simple way to flair up any old pair of shorts/jeans.
  • MOTO Wrap denim skirt in light blue faded wash, shop: TopShop, $60.00
    • Because who doesn’t love moto style? And light wash denim? YES PLEASE.

Party-Worthy Sunnies:

  • Cat eye (my fave): Quay Australia My Girl oversized sunnies in Tortoise, Quay, $55
  • Circles: Crap Eyewear, The Tuff Patrol Gold sunglasses, LuLus, $78
  • Aviator: Gucci aviators w/ crosshatching details w/ chic metal, Nordstrom Rack, $120
  • Colored lense: Diff Cruz Matte Gold frame Pink Mirror lens, Diff Eyewear, $60

Comment below on what your favorite pieces are and tell me about your 4th of July traditions!! I can’t wait to put glitter stars on my face, watch the parade, and eat a red, white and blue cupcake (because someone always brings patriotic cupcakes – aka ME!!)

Have fun and stay safe loves!



Make a Spring Statement

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am SO ready for the doom and gloom of winter to be over – and I’m in California, so you know it’s bad (just kidding – my parents are still getting snowed on in Wisconsin, sorry mom and dad).

What better way to swing into spring than trading in your scarves for fun statement necklaces! I’ve listed a few of my favorites right now – including the silver version of the gold necklace I am wearing (pictured) – as well as what top I would pair each with! Don’t be afraid to pair these statement pieces with fun prints, stripes or textures – it makes for a fun yet effortless outfit – and there’s a small chance someone else will be wearing the same combination.


EXEMPLARY SILVER STATEMENT NECKLACE, LuLu’s, $29 – featuring engraved charms and a thick antiqued silver chain. Necklace measures 17″ around with a 2″ extender chain.
PAIR IT WITH: Sheer Truffles Blouse with flouncy sleeves in Creme Dot, For Love & Lemons, $99

ADJUSTABLE GOLDEN CHAIN W/ DETAILS, Zara, $19.90 – features a thin chain with adjustable fastening and front circular attached ring details.
PAIR IT WITH: Signature Plaid off-the-shoulder button up in Flame, Revolve, $268

TASSEL STATION STATEMENT NECKLACE – Petal White, Lele Sadoughi, $495 – features 1920’s inspired look with twisted rope and 14-karat yellow gold-plated brass, three center stations with mixed crystals, beads and tassel trim.
PAIR IT WITH: Semi-Sheer Sunflower printed top w/ frilled cuff sleeves in black/white, Zara, $22.90

NOMADIC STATEMENT NECKLACE, Lulu Frost, $145 – featuring dye chalcedony beads, malachite, lapis and howlite cabochon accents, tassel stations, sub chain and lobster clasp closure.
PAIR IT WITH: Lace Collar Blouse in Off-White, H&M, $49.99

Happy spring shopping loves, xx

Sincerely, Ss


The Sweater of the Season


From the tundra of Wisconsin to the streets of Milan and the beaches of Los Angeles, I have almost nailed versatile and dynamic fashion down to a science. Being able to maintain a simple style without losing your own personal touch is a sense one has to develop. Whether you are more of the classic type, trendsetter, or boho-luxe babe, you should always take the style you’re imagining and adapt it to your lifestyle. After growing up in the Midwest, there is nothing more comforting than the perfect staple sweater, but with a twist (or as I would call it, functional fashion). From cable knits to turtle necks, dolman sleeves to hi-low hems, and belle sleeves to scalloped edges – there is one style that I have become absolutely obsessed with ever since I tried it on…and let’s just say it laces up nicely.


You may be asking yourself – if you live in Los Angeles, why do you need a (truly warm) sweater? While LA has been rather chilly this “winter” – the real reason was for my very first trip to the mountains people rave about in Mammoth Lake. Before I spent a weekend on the gorgeous, snow-covered slopes of this Swedish looking town, I had to do some serious pre-packing for the colder temperatures. Having been away from Wisconsin for nearly 8 years and have been in Los Angeles for 3 years by now, my wardrobe lacks serious winter weather gear and mainly consists of bikinis and gladiator sandals. From needing an actual waterproof snow jacket to fitted snow pants, warm boots – it was an adventure I wasn’t quite packed for. Who knew fleece lined leggings were a thing (and awesome)?

However, amidst my packing madness – I made sure to have some cute and cozy sweaters on hand for post-snowboarding coffees, fireplace dinners and pre-hot tub lounging (you know, the important stuff).

Here I am going to share with you how I styled my favorite versatile sweater this season for both a day in the city and a day in the mountains from Resolute Boutique. I’ll also include some of my essential winter accessories like scarves, hats and sunnies by ZeroUV (the sun is SO bright when you have snow reflecting off of everything).

First and foremost – if you are going to go on a snow-bunny-filled weekend, you need to start your packing and planning about 2 weeks in advance, should you need to order anything offline. My biggest piece of advice is to overpack, wear too many layers and buy gloves with wrist guards! I say that with my whole heart due to my unfortunate mishap at the bottom of my second slope where my board got a mind of it’s own and I fell and fractured my wrist.

Since I fractured my wrist, I got to spend some time exploring this bustling little town and learned that Mammoth Lakes also has some of thee cutest coffee shops and restaurants, I didn’t even feel like I was in California anymore. It resembled more of a small European town in Switzerland or Scandinavia  with all of the dark wood lodges, tall Evergreen trees and mile high piles of snow (no joke there was at least 5-7 feet of snow surrounding us).

GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS: Business in the front – party in the back


One of my favorite things about my beige Resolute Boutique Winona Sweater is that it’s actually very warm without being bulky (between you and me, I didn’t have any layers on underneath in this picture…Shhh!).

If you are going for the super cozy, during-the-day look where you may be walking around outside or sitting out on a patio for lunch and don’t want to keep your winter jacket on, you can stay warm with the ties facing the backside with a cute scarf in the front. Don’t be afraid to mix in a pattern – like a fun bonbon scarf or infinity cable knit scarf – with this easy-to-pair neutral beige color.

Above, I’ve paired Resolute Boutique Winona Sweater with classic Levi jeans (because they fit my booty best) with the most comfortable MukLuk slippers – perfect for lounging by the fireplace with a glass of wine (or whiskey, whatever your poison may be).

Business in the front, party in the back! Here we still have the ties in the back, paired with black destroyed skinnies and a choker with waves for days hitting the shoulders. Throw on a cute pair of navy velvet booties and wa-la! The sweater becomes a nightlife outfit, and who doesn’t want to wear a cozy sweater out on the town instead of a thin little satin number (even though sometimes satin is required ;))

If you’re not in danger of snow – and it’s a chilly morning in LA – pair the sweater with these TO-DIE-FOR leopard print Dolce & Gabbana flats or a unique embroidered bootie (like these Rebecca Minkoff Bojana booties that I am obsessed with).


Don’t want to wear a scarf? This sweater is perfect to pair with a chic gold choker or even splash of turquoise tear drop earrings (pictured) or fun tassel dangler earrings (a current jewelry trend I am obsessed with) – it wouldn’t be a Sea Salt + Stilettos post without a turquoise tie-in ;). All jewelry is from Bauble Bar!

Wanting to add some girly flair? One of my fave style babes Stiletto Beats paired her staple beige chunky sweater beautifully with a gorgeous tapestry skirt.

Want to keep it classic? My other fave fashionista Carrie Bradshaw Lied paired her cozy cashmere perfectly with an elegant blush fringe style scarf.

Below, I kept it simple with my True Religion jean jeggings in dark blue, over-the-ankle olive Steve Madden booties, and turquoise tear-drop earrings (tagged above).


Want the sweater-of-the-season in your closet? Just visit Resolute Boutique online and use code ABBY10 for $10 off at checkout!

Have a great Friday loves, XX

Sincerely, Ss

Blushing for More (Velvet)

Happy Friday! Wanted to do a short and sweet post today about this shoe I am IN LOVE with right now. It’s no secret that I have been absolutely obsessed with the velvet trend this season, and I fully intend to keep it going.

With the new year in full swing, and Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite blushing pink velvet heels currently taking over my closet. These beauties are the perfect substitute for a usual patent leather or red suede pump. However, don’t worry – I’ll be covering all of my favorite red and merlot show-stopper shoes and dresses closer to February. Because what girl doesn’t need a little red dress or pair of heels to wear for her someone special .. even if that means showing up as one of the ‘women in red’ for the Bachelor premiere (too soon? HA).

For a classic, ankle strap pumpPictured Above, is one of my most favorite shoe brands (besides Aquazurra, Schutz and Valentino) – Gianvito Rossi. I shamefully have this shoe in both blush and burgundy! It’s the Lorraine pump by Gianvito Rossi in Blush or Burgundy, $760



For a shorter, fun and chunky heel – Check out DAINNA-V by Steve Madden in Pink, currently on sale for $53.98 ! #score

This would be so easy to pair with a comfortable pair of jeans for a leisurely walk around the city or to wear as a fun twist to your brunch date with the girls! No blisters allowed 😉


For a sassy stiletto – Let me point out this gorgeous Barely There Skinny Stiletto by MISSGUIDED, in Pale Pink, under $50!!

Looking for something to spice up an outfit for a  night out? Pair these blushing beauties with a chic black crop and midi skirt set or black denim with a grey or white body suit. Grab an embellished clutch and your OOTN is complete!

For a fun and flirty flat
– I am SWOONING over this luscious Christy bee embellished velvet flat by Aquazurra in Dusty Pink, currently on sale for $500 ! #slayyy

I could LIVE in these glistening Aquazurra flats with all the cute little details, even a little gold block heel. I’d pair them with a fun white skater dress or even some washed out dark grey skinnies w/ a black belt and T-shirt!


For a playful vintage slip-on – Walk on clouds in the Saachi Charlise Appliqué Slide by Anthropologie in Rusty Mauve Velvet, $128

Whether you’re walking around the house, running to the grocery or going to a coffee date, these slip-ons will add instant glam without losing any comfort. With the ultra-chic vintage appeal and fun textured details, people will think you spent TONS on this adorable slip-on, when really it was a STEAL.



Speaking of Valentine’s Day – coming soon – I’ll be talking about what you should (and shouldn’t) wear to your special date from fun crop top / skirt sets to classic fitted midi’s in red, black and merlot – I’ll have each and every style you can imagine covered! Not to mention I’ll be sure to tell you how to accessorize. I am a firm believer that it’s all in the details 🙂

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Christmas and New Years. Xx

Sincerely, Ss