Eat Pray Wear Love

Easy Travel Style

Back in the Springs after a whirlwind of a trip! I didn't talk much about it on here, because we went out to Cali to surprise my grandma for her 80th birthday, and I didn't want her to find out. That being said, I still documented it all on Insta

We started the weekend out in Venice and spent the afternoon walking around Abbot Kinney and biking on the beach, before meeting up with my girl Jenna from Visions of Vogue. Our hubbies came with, and it was the best blind-double-date. I just love them!

Saturday morning we headed to Bakersfield (my hometown) in our covertible that Turo let us borrow (more on that later). It was so great getting to not only surprise my grandma, but to get to share my hometown with Bran. It was his first time seeing where I grew up, so that was a lot of fun for me, for sure. I especially loved all the family and close friends I got to see. 

Since it was a quick weekend trip, I knew I had to pack light, so I reached out to Sole Society in hopes of a weekend bag that would work, and this one fit the bill.

When it comes to travel style, there is really only one thing in mind...comfort. I don't normally wear shorts, but one thing is for certain, I will always have a long sleeve (or 3/4 sleeve) on. Plane temps are just too unpredictable. Another thing I struggle with is wearing open toed shoes on a plane. I don't know why, but it just grosses me out. Whenever I can, I opt for closed toe shoes, like these booties. Honestly, these are so comfy! I love how they are tighter at the ankle and best of all... they come in 6 colors!

I've got a big party planned this weekend, and SO much to do, so things will probably be quiet around the blog for the rest of the week. Don't worry though, you know you can always see what's going on over on IG. Have a fabulous week lovers!

Booties, c/o Sole Society / Bag, c/o Sole Society / Shorts / Belt / Top - similar linked below


Weekend Style + Spotlight Weekly Link Up

It's that special time of year (and by special, I mean frustrating!) where it's still hot, but I refuse to buy summer clothes. I've been stocking up on plenty of fall items, in anticipation of what to come, but buying summery items just doesn't make sense, with autumnal weather so close to come. All that changed when I laid eyes on this playsuit, and it's not hard to see why.
You all know I'm a huge OTS fan, and when you mix that with a maxi-meets-romper playsuit, I'm done. I'm ready to book a flight to Venice stat! (Psst...see what I mean over on snapchat: leah_behr)

Speaking of things I'm huge fans of, let's talk about Sole Society. Seriously, don't know what I would do without this brand. I can't even tell you how many bags and shoes I have from them, and this tote and fringe sandals are the newest addition. This tote is such a great transitional piece for fall, just like these sandals. Wear them now, wear them later. It all works.

By the way, I'm co-hosting the Spotlight Weekly Link-Up, this week. This week we are talking weekend style. I can't wait to see what you link up!

LINK-UP GUIDELINES:

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: Elle from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin'. and our guest host, Leah of Eat Pray Wear Love on Bloglovin'(The first three links in the link-up.)

2. Use the button provided on Larissa or Jacqueline's side bar or link back to the link-up on your blog.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!


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Playsuit / Shoes, c/o / Bag, c/o / Hat


Blog Advice

Lately I've met with a few local gals that want to start blogs, and they asked me to share some insight on everything I've learned, so far. It's been fun getting to share some knowledge with them (especially the things I wish someone had told me when I started!), and I love seeing their excitement in developing this passion. 

It's hard to believe, but I've been blogging for almost 4 years now, so it's safe to say I've learned some things along the way. The direction of EPWL took a sharp turn from the hodge-podge that it used to be, and it's pretty much all fashion, all the time now. (In addition to beauty, travel guides and occasional recipe.) If you're curious about the way things used to go down over here, these are my first few posts. It's funny, because I used to post mostly recipes and, as you can see, my most recent recipe post was 8 months ago, so...OMG, how things have changed! (Something that has stayed on my site from the beginning though, is this prayer request tab. For some reason, I don't get the requests that I used to, but it's important to me to keep it a part of this page.)

I think for the first two years of blogging, it's safe to say I had no idea what I was doing, or really even WHY I was doing it. Sometimes I still question the "why" because it's easy to feel like I'm burning the candle at both ends, but as Brandon often reminds me, this is my passion. The whole reason I started this blog was to have a creative outlet. And, although its course has changed, and with it, the demands, what keeps me rooted and committed to continue, is that I truly LOVE this space. I love the community I have developed with all of you, I deeply appreciate your support, and at the end of the day, I love this blog. It's easy to get caught up in the numbers game and comparing yourself to other (more successful) bloggers, but at the end of the day, if that's what you're in it for, you are in it for the wrong reasons.

That brings me to my first piece of blog advice...
1. Passion - It is the sole reason you should be blogging. I don't care if you are writing about food, fashion, or about all the cute faces your cat makes. If you feel passionate about your work, the rest will fall into place. And when the going gets tough, it will be the only thing that keeps you going.

2. Networking - It's my second piece of advice for a reason. The number one way to grow your blog is to visit other blogs and engage (aka GENUINELY comment) with other bloggers. The same applies for Instagram, by the way. If you like, comment, and follow fellow bloggers, chances are they will like, comment and follow you back.  

3. Design - Your blog is a digital representation of you. It's essentially your first impression, so take some time to make sure that your blog design (and Instagram feed) represents your personality, and is visually putting your best foot forward.

4. Ask - If you want to work with brands, just ask them. I recommend starting with smaller boutiques if you are just starting out, and contacting them to feature product. As soon as you have a portfolio of work, start charging for your posts. Your time should be worth it to you, and your influence is worth a lot to brands. (Insider tip: if you aren't sure where to get PR contact info, places like Fohr Card are great for connecting you with brands. Otherwise, you can search their website for their PR contact info, or head to google to find it.)

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on blogging and any advice you have/tips you have learned along the way.

By the way, I've had this cami for a while, and it continues to be one of my smartest purchases. It's good quality,  goes with everything, and best of all...it's only $30. It's everything I can do not to spend all my money snatching it up in all 11 colors.


Cami (comes in 11 colors!) / Skirt, c/o Chicwish (similar below) / Flats (old) / Bag / Bracelet - similar


Tie Dye Dress

To say it was a fun weekend is an understatement. We worked a little bit, but mostly spent a lot of time hanging with family and friends. Sunday, Brandon and I tried out a new coffee shop that is located within a renovated school. Here in Colorado Springs, it's a popular idea to take an old abandoned school and renovate it to make it beautiful, then fill it with restaurants, bars, etc. We grabbed a cold brew at Building Three Coffee Roasters (it was delish) then walked about the school exploring a bit. Everything about this place was insta-worthy

This Sage Threads Co tie dye dress is the cutest, and it was perfect for a warm summer day of running around. The material is so lightweight (don't worry it comes with a slip underneath, so it's not sheer) and the tie dye pattern is so fun! I got so many compliments on it, AND these fringe sandals. (Last seen here.)



Not sure if you caught it, but I took insta stories for a test drive over the weekend. We went on a city wide scavenger hunt yesterday, for a great friend's 30th birthday. Our team killed it and I documented the whole thing on Instagram stories. I'm still on the fence about whether or not I should do Instagram stories full time or stick to snapchat, so I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

Dress, c/o Sage Threads Co / Shoes, c/o Sole Society / Earrings, c/o / Bag (sold out) - super similar


Bows On My Toes


Never in my life did I think I would be so in love with a kitten heel, but that all changed after I laid eyes on these from Banana Republic. I'm crazy over the oversized bow on the toe, and the suede material is such a great quality! Best of all, they are uber comfy! (I'm sure the low heel has something to do with that.) I'm fairly certain this is the sexiest kitten heel I have ever laid eyes on (and the boy thinks so, too). 


It's crazy to think it's already time to start thinking about fall fashion, but low and behold, fall's almost here. One of the biggest signs of autumn nearing is that the mornings get colder and colder here. Has anyone else noticed that? Part of me is like, "really mother nature...slow down" and another part is so basic that I'm in eager anticipation of all things fall. (Long live pumpkin spice and blanket scarves!) Either way, I love to stock up on fall sweaters around this time, and I especially love oversized options, like this

By the way, these shoes and all other full priced items are currently 40% off! Happy shopping!

Shoes, c/o / Jeans (old) / Shirt (comes in 4 colors and is only $28!) / Sweater / Bag, c/o


Bow Bustier

Presents, cars, and tops alike, are all better with a bow on them, don't you think? Take this top for example. Super cute on its own, but the bow front just sets it off. 

I was a little skeptical to order this at first, because I've never been a midriff kind of girl. Blame it on always being the "bigger" girl in my group of friends growing up, but those insecurities definitely followed me into adulthood, and I've just never felt the confidence to rock a bare tummy. Enter this high waisted skort. I don't care how much  I work out now, I always have me some love handles, so anything with a high waist is a dear friend of mine - especially when rocking a midriff top. (I swear to you, I am not as skinny as these images make me look! Thank you, Chicwish!)

Bow Bustier, c/o / Denim Skort, c/o / Shoes, c/o (sold out) - similar