Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My Life In Yoga Pants


Photo Credit// Stephanie Fantasize
Top// Lorna Jane 
Yoga Pants//Lululemon
Shoes//Nike
Yoga pants are plentiful in my closet, and make me smile almost as much as cupcakes. While I clearly LOVE clothing, I almost never want to get dressed. I am an extremely lazy human being, I usually consider myself a lazy overachiever. I do just enough in life to be considered an over achiever...but really not a thing more. I love to sleep, I love to lay on my couch with my purple fuzzy Z Gallerie blanket, and I love to drink tea... those activities literally equal a perfect day in my mind (and i'll do this all while wearing yoga pants). I'm not the kind of girl that will do my hair and makeup and get all dressed up to make a trip to whole foods, go to a study group, or even to a movie.


Each time I buy a new pair of yoga pants, a sports bra, or a top I usually call my mom up on the phone as i'm walking out of the store with a renewed sense of excitement and commitment to my physical well-being. I just know as I'm handing over my credit card that I'll start making daily trips to Equinox and weekly trips to Runyon, I'll ask for a fitbit for my birthday and start keeping track of how many steps I take everyday. About an hour into wearing my new purchase...I know that none of that will happen. If you live in the LA area and you wanna drag me out to Runyon or a yoga class let me know! I've been walking a few miles a few days a week...so I'm starting to get there! I know i'm not going to have a fast metabolism forever. 


I became oddly obsessed with this bird while I was taking pictures and took like 50 of him


After I spent all day Saturday with Mallory from BadWolf Brunch I had a dinner date with my bestie Stephanie and a girlie sleepover at my apartment. We figured the only way to spend our Sunday was to head down to Malibu, grab a quick lunch at the Malibu Kitchen (their carmel apple bar is LITERALLY everything, I kid you not) and head to Zuma beach to take pictures and walk around. Obviously one of the best parts about being besties is sharing clothes and not caring what we look like around each other! So we decided it was a yoga pants kinda day, which worked out perfectly for me because i'd been wanting to do a post about this. She happened to not bring any clothes with her so I dressed her in a few of my favorites! 
 
Photo Credit//Me!
Yoga Pants// Lululemon
Sports Bra// Lululemon
Shoes//Nike

Here are some of my favorite looks you can shop! 

Yoga Pants

  Sports Bras


Tank Tops



But really guys if you live in the LA area and you wanna take a yoga class with me or go to Runyon let me know!

-Xoxo Becca 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Girls Day

I can't think of a better way I could have spent my Saturday than with one of my besties at the ban.do pop up event in West Hollywood. Mallory from BadWolf Brunch ( a must read blog if you love all things geekychic) and I missed the popup event Ban.do had before the holidays, so when we saw on Instagram that they were having another one, we knew there was no way we could miss it! I also received my second grad school interview invite this week, so it was clearly time for me to celebrate and splurge a bit! I picked up a few coffee tumblers, some pens, a phone charger, and a key chain, and a goodie bag full of wonderful surprises! It's possible I went a little crazy...(oops...sorry not sorry).

Can I just move into the ban.do house? Cupcakes, confetti, and goodies?! What more can you ask for?


It's been on the warmer side lately in LA (80 degrees on Saturday), but I refuse to fully give into summer clothes. It's winter we should be wearing coats, and boots, and fun wintery things.  So I compromised and opted for a cozy slouchy MinkPink sweater I bought from Prism and a pair of Blank NYC faux leather shorts. Such a great look for day or night. 

Photographer// Mallory Thomasson
Sweater// MinkPink White Waffle 
Shorts// Blank NYC (on sale from $88 to $47!)
Bag// Marcy by Marc Jacobs

After splurging a bit at ban.do we walked over to Pinches Taco's for some nourishment (I was a newbie there and ordered a fish taco and chicken taco, so yummy!), and then the highlight of my entire week happened! As we were strolling back towards the car....I met Hamlet the Pig (@hamlet_the_piggy) from instagram!! If you know me at all you know I am obsessed with this pig. I show people pictures of her everyday. I dream of owning my own pig and naming him Thermopolis and getting him a sweet pup for a best friend....one day. 
Best Day Ever!!!

If anyone has an adorable pig in the LA area that needs a pig sitter... let me know. 

-Xoxo Becca 





































Friday, January 23, 2015

Reflections



This post is a little different then my typical style posts.... because well I'm not in any of the pictures and it's not focused on fashion at all! I often feel like i'm missing one key thing that every other style blogger seems to have mastered, a handy dandy photographer. I don't have a boyfriend, husband, or friend who is a free lance photographer that can trot around the  globe with me taking pictures of me while I compensate them with brownies and cupcakes. I also haven't mastered (or remotely figured out) how to take my own style pictures using my camera or phone on a timer. As a result, I don't blog nearly as much as I'd like too. I also feel like I have so many other things besides fashion that i'd love to talk about and share that don't seem to blend in so well with my style posts. 

One of my absolute favorite things to do is go out to eat! Food makes me happy. It also gives me an excuse to get out of my yoga pants and into something cute, and it's a great way to socialize because we all need to eat at some point (I also don't really know how to cook...though i'm working on it). So I might start reviewing new places I try, especially dessert and coffee spots! Is that something you guys would be interested in?

I'm also really interested in topics of mental health and well being, so I'd love to talk about self-care, mental health issues, relationships, and if you guys want to email me questions or ask advice I could answer those questions weekly. 

I want Leather.Lace.&Cupcakes to be a platform I can consistently write on, be inspired by, and challenged by. I envision it slowly (very) turning into a lifestyle blog versus a purely personal style blog. We will see though! I just wanted to bring it up since it's been on my mind, and see what you guys think! Don't be shy I really want to know. You don't have to comment below, you can email me if you'd like instead! I would also love to meet some fellow bloggers in the area, so if you live in Los Angeles or near by and you'd love to grab brunch, lunch, coffee, or shop and take pictures also let me know that!

The last few days i've been taking early morning drives to Malibu to walk around on the beach and drink my coffee. I find driving to be extremely cathartic ( I don't even mind traffic, call me crazy) and the best place for me to gather my thoughts and make sense of what's going on in my life and the world. Every time I take the drive to Malibu I am suddenly overwhelmed with gratitude. In the midst of stress and chaos, school problems, job struggles, relationship issues, it's sooo easy to forget all of the wonderful things we DO have going for us. I absolutely was struggling with that issue earlier in the week, but now find myself smiling because I have sooo much to be thankful for! God has a wonderful plan for me, I don't have to worry about that at all, what I need to do is work on trusting in that. I can absolutely say that is plan is not always my plan, but it will always be better then my plan! 

Here are some of the pictures I took on my walks! 



-Xoxo Becca















Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Necessities: Bags

January Necessities: Bags

Kate spade handbag
$298 revolveclothing.com


River Island beige shoulder bag
$38 - riverisland.com


Brown purse
$3295 piperlime.gap.com


Rebecca Minkoff envelope clutch bag
$130 - nordstrom.com


3 1 Phillip Lim satchel purse
 $3935 boutique1.com


Forever 21 black clutch
 $20 forever21.com 


Kelly katie bag
$50 dsw.com



Rebecca Minkoff beige purse
 $195 rebeccaminkoff.com




The waiting game is very tough for me. I'm an absolute planner. I have backup plans for my backup backup backup plans. So not knowing where I'm going to be living next year, not knowing if i'm going to be in school, or really anything about how my life is going to look next year is a bit tough. I know that God has an amazing plan for me and I try my best to trust in that and to be attentive to what he is telling me, because his plan is not always my plan but it's ALWAYS better then my plan.

After purse shopping for my mom for Christmas, bags have constantly been on my mind. I don't buy bags very often at all and when I do they are usually very cheap bags. I've just never had the desire to spend so much money on one thing no matter how beautiful.  However, I decided that IF I get into a graduate school program, i'm gonna go a little crazy and make a big purse purchase! Maybe a Celine, or a 3.1 Phillip Lim? Anywho I put this little collage together of purses that have currently caught my eye. We don't always have tons of money to spend on something like this so I have bags under $100, mid-range bags, and ultra luxury bags to shop!

Do you guys like to set up rewards for your self after you've accomplished something big or challenging?! What's the last reward you treated your self to?

-Xoxo Becca

P.S. I finally added an About Me page!

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Unpacking Game

Mesh Top// LF Robertson Blvd
Bralette// Victoria's Secret Pink
Skirt// Windsor Navy Plaid Sweater Skirt c/o
Shoes// The Blonde Salad X Steve Madden ( on sale from $149.50 to $44.98!)
Coin Purse// LF Robertson

 Why do you always need a vacation after you go on a vacation?! Whenever I come back from a trip whether it's someplace like Hawaii or London (this time Quebec City) I need multiple days to learn to function like a real human being again. One of the most dreaded things about returning from a vacation is the process of unpacking. I put it off for dayyyssss, and the longer I put it off the worse I feel and the more anxiety I get. So lately when I unpack I tend to place dress up. I try to figure out new ways to wear things in my suitcase with things I didn't bring along with me. It clearly does not shorten the unpacking process, and often causes my room to become a disaster for a few hours, but it does make the process a little more bearable and I come out of it with some great new looks! While I started this trips unpacking process I took my Blonde Salad X Steve Madden shoes out of my suitcase (why I thought they would be appropriate for 0 degree weather is beyond me) and realized that I have never actually worn these shoes...and I bought them last year. I decided that I absolutely needed to find a cute outfit to wear them with! My goal was also to make sure the outfit was appropriate daytime wear, because I tend to become a homebody at night and don't go out that often. I paired the shoes first with my cozy Navy Plaid Sweater Skirt from Windsor  , and  began trying to straighten up a mess in one of my closets which led me to the white mesh top I picked out. I love this outfit because it's easy and comfortable but left me not looking like a homeless person. You could easily wear this out on a lunch date, a coffee meeting, or even a shopping trip. I could also see myself swapping out the white mesh top for a cute leather crop top and wearing this out on a Friday night.

I'm trying to come up with some new post ideas for the new year, is there anything you guys would love to see?! You can comment below, email me, or find me on instagram @leather.lace.andcupcakes and send me a message.

-Xoxo Becca