Mammoth Vibes

IMG_7944If you had to choose ONE place in the entire world to go to with a snap of a finger, whenever you needed to unwind, where would it be?

My answer would be Mammoth, hands down. I am sure some of you already knew that based on older posts. Whenever I have an ounce of time, I always make an effort to travel there. I have so much history and so many memories there because Mammoth was a staple family vacationing spot every summer growing up.

We all lead such busy lives, where we are constantly hustling from one enterprise to another. It is extremely important to TREAT YO SELF, every once in a while. Mammoth is my treat. I am completely and utterly in love with this near perfect place.

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At Home Inspo Canvases

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Last weekend was my beautiful friend Brittney’s birthday! It was so much fun! We had the best girl’s day that started with a hike through a forest oasis of super-tall trees and waterfalls. Afterwards, we headed back to her place and painted inspirational life quotes on canvases. It was so relaxing and fun to just forget the real world, sip beer, and paint!

Brittney bought canvases at JoAnn’s fabrics for less than $7 a pack (talk afforadable!), and threw around some fun paints, glitters, and metallic pens for us to craft with. It was the perfect afternoon! We chatted about upcoming weddings (why are all of my friends getting engaged?! CRAZY!), ate salad, watched How to Get Away With Murder, and were pretty much as girlie as it gets! Such a fun afternoon, and definitely one to replicate for any east-coasters stuck in the snow! Check out our photos below for some inspiration! Think mason jars, Martha Stewart glitter, and salad-while-you-paint (aka.. excuse the salad bowl remnants in our shots! Girls gotta eat!)

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^^ My canvas? “Friends, lovers, and glasses of wine. 3 things that should never be counted.” AMEN SISTAS! (+ a little teal glitter heart – it looks like a blob here because I was waiting for the glitter to dry!)

Below: Pic from our hike! How pretty is that waterfall!?

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Travel Diary: Morocco

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Just a few colorful photos from my trip to Morocco! I love looking back at these with an appreciation for the beautiful culture, colorful homes, and delicious foods! Time to start thinking about my next adventure…

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↑↑↑ Ahhh those tiles!! So inspired, I’m hunting for something similar for my new bathroom!! Where are you favorite adventure spots?? I need suggestions! Share below :)

On the Road: Wanderlust

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Wanderlust (n): a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Often times, people associate travel as a form of escape – those who like to travel, are essentially running away from something. As Halfsies, we feel that those who have a strong desire to travel or explore, are not running away, but searching for something. Quite possibly searching for themselves. I guess our entire life is based on little moments of self-identity, but travel and exploration can really uncover a side of ourselves or the world, that we never knew existed.

Grab some friends, clothes, a camera, and jump in the car. You never know what you will find.

On our road trip to Mammoth, we were lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful scenery – fields, open roads, ranches, and abandoned churches and buildings. We captured these graceful and alluring places, Halfsies Style…which is a photoshoot, obviously!

Take a glimpse into our spontaneous ‘On the Road: Wanderlust’ photoshoot. See how you can encompass summer pieces into fall outfits, with the use of flannels, cut-offs, denim jackets, sun hats, florals, maxis, boots, and fringe! You will also be exposed to our favorite term, “shoulder it”. Enjoy!


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London’s Look (London, Like the City): Urban Outfitters Flannel  /  F21 Cut-Offs / Tilly’s Felt Fedora
Get the Look:  Flannel Shirt; Denim Cut-Offs; Felt Fedora 

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Cardigan / Mossimo Lace Dress / Mossimo Felt Fedora / Steve Madden Boots
Get the Look: Long Cardigan; White Lace Dress; Felt FedoraKnee High Boots

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Larissa’s Look: Flannel (from Paris) / American Vintage Fringe Top / Thrift Cut-Offs  / Menatonka Boots
Get the Look: Fringe Crop Top; Cut-Off Shorts; Flannel Shirt; Necklace; Fringe Boots

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Star Slip /  Jeffrey Campbell Rumble Boot
Larissa’s Look: Everly Maxi Dress / Free People Necklace
London’s Look: Free People Lavina Midi Dress / Free People Feather Necklace / Mossimo Fringe Boots
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Click here to see more photos from our Wanderlust shoot!

On the Road: Wanderlust

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Wanderlust (n): a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

Often times, people associate travel as a form of escape – those who like to travel, are essentially running away from something. As Halfsies, we feel that those who have a strong desire to travel or explore, are not running away, but searching for something. Quite possibly searching for themselves. I guess our entire life is based on little moments of self-identity, but travel and exploration can really uncover a side of ourselves or the world, that we never knew existed.

Grab some friends, clothes, a camera, and jump in the car. You never know what you will find.

On our road trip to Mammoth, we were lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful scenery – fields, open roads, ranches, and abandoned churches and buildings. We captured these graceful and alluring places, Halfsies Style…which is a photoshoot, obviously!

Take a glimpse into our spontaneous ‘On the Road: Wanderlust’ photoshoot. See how you can encompass summer pieces into fall outfits, with the use of flannels, cut-offs, denim jackets, sun hats, florals, maxis, boots, and fringe! You will also be exposed to our favorite term, “shoulder it”. Enjoy!


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London’s Look (London, Like the City): Urban Outfitters Flannel  /  F21 Cut-Offs / Tilly’s Felt Fedora
Get the Look:  Flannel Shirt; Denim Cut-Offs; Felt Fedora 

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Cardigan / Mossimo Lace Dress / Mossimo Felt Fedora / Steve Madden Boots
Get the Look: Long Cardigan; White Lace Dress; Felt FedoraKnee High Boots

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Larissa’s Look: Flannel (from Paris) / American Vintage Fringe Top / Thrift Cut-Offs  / Menatonka Boots
Get the Look: Fringe Crop Top; Cut-Off Shorts; Flannel Shirt; Necklace; Fringe Boots

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Eryn’s Look: Free People Star Slip /  Jeffrey Campbell Rumble Boot
Larissa’s Look: Everly Maxi Dress / Free People Necklace
London’s Look: Free People Lavina Midi Dress / Free People Feather Necklace / Mossimo Fringe Boots
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Click here to see more photos from our Wanderlust shoot!

Birthday Weekend in Mammoth

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Life is all about making the most of our time. It is important to take time to explore, relax, laugh, dance, and cultivate creativity. For me, the best time to do this is on the weekends. It is my time to reset, breathe, and shake off the work week. This past weekend was a little more vital than the rest, being that it was my birthday. The only obvious way to celebrate was to take a road trip to one of my favorite places, with some of my favorite babes.

The reason why I love Mammoth is because it is so beautiful, peaceful, and as weird as this sounds, non-judgmental. The people and the atmosphere give off such good vibes, and it feels so rejuvenating to spend time there. The entire weekend was perfect, from the weather to the random adventures and people we came across.

I don’t want to give Mammoth all the credit, because it does help when you have beautiful/perfect humans to enjoy it with. They make those moments and the time you spend in places like these, worthwhile. They complete those moments. Tie them together.

I’ll stop with the sappy talk now and let you enjoy the photos! Cheers!

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Road Trip Playlist: Mammoth

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The below playlist is for our mini road trip to Mammoth this coming weekend. It contains folky, indie, country, soulful music, which I feel are staples for a Mammoth trip. Nothing like listening to some Johnnyswim and The Civil Wars, while making my way through the Eastern Sierra! Check it out!

Leave a comment with some of your favorite Road Trip songs that we could add to our list!

Travel Diary: Chicago

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I spent Labor Day Weekend in the Windy City, and naturally ate and drank my way through town! Read on for some of my favorite restaurants & activities!!

Millennium Park

A trip to Millennium Park is obligatory when in Chicago! The Buckingham Fountains and the famous “Bean” are must-dos every time I’m in Chicago, and are always worth it for the amazing photo ops!

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The Signature Room at the top of the Hancock Tower

Love the Signature Lounge, because it’s free to get to the top of the Hancock! Instead of paying $20 to go to the observatory deck, you can go to the bar level and spend that money on delicious mojitos and snacks!! Eat and drink while enjoying breathtaking views of the city.

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The Purple Pig

This place is wine / cheese / cold cut heaven! It took us two hours to get a table for seven (beware: the restaurant doesn’t accept reservations!). There’s a cute patio where you can wait, so be prepared to grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the ambience!

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Eataly

Eataly is a combination of Costco and Italy. If you’ve ever been to Italy, you walk into Eataly and realize that it’s a much cleaner, more organized version of every Italian street market! There are various restaurants, shops, and wine / cheese / meat stations throughout the two-story Costco-like warehouse. Basically, it’s the best place ever!! (DOUBLE BONUSES – It’s just down the street from TopShop ANDDDD you can finish your night at the Nutella station!!!) 

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The RIver Boat Tours

We did the Architectural River Boat Tour, which is a 75 minute tour on the river that explains the history of Chicago through it’s impressive architecture! No matter the time of day, it’s lovely to sit atop the boat, sip some vino, and enjoy the sunshine and the breezes of Lake Michigan!

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Wrigley Field

Historic Wrigley Field is worth a visit, even if you can’t get tickets to a game! We sat outside at a bar across the street and cheered with the stands every time there was a homer!! Such a fun part of town, it’s hard NOT to be a bandwagon Cubs fan!

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Pequod’s Deep Dish Pizza

You can’t leave Chicago without eating deep dish (at least a few times!). Pequod’s is the best because they — GASP — never wash their skillets. That’s right, they wipe their pans down but they never wash them! This creates a deliciously sweet caramelized layer on the crust.  The sweet + savory combo is unreal and way too delicious.

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Suffice it to say that my trip to Chicago was a foodie experience. When combined with lots of vino and my very best friends, the city has become one of my favorites! (Just don’t bring this Cali girl there in the Winter, PLEASE!!).

What sites did I miss in the Windy City??! Share below!

Travel Diary: Spain

After 2 weeks in Spain, I feel like I’m on a high of sangria & sunshine! If you’re planning an upcoming visit to Southern Spain (if you’re not, you should be!), I hope you visit some of my favorite spots! These are MUST-DO, MUST-VISIT places in beautiful Andalusia.

»RONDA, SPAIN«

This little gem of a town is set in the hills of Spain and is known as the “White City” overlooking the Gorge El Tajo. The most famous bridge in town is absolutely breath-taking, and is over 100 meters tall (that’s like a 30 story building!!). You can have a drink at a cafe or stay in a hotel that sits on the cliffs overlooking the gorge and the beautiful bridge. Make sure to stop at the museum inside of the bride for a more detailed look!

Have a picnic in the Alameda Park and catch the view of endless rolling hills and vineyards! There’s also a historic bull ring in Ronda with a small museum to visit.

This town is GORGEOUS and definitely one of my favorites in Spain. There are endless tiny cobblestone roads to explore, littered with cafes and shops. Ronda is must when you’re in Spain!

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»GIBRALTAR«

When you’re this close to Gibraltar, there’s no excuse not to visit! There’s a gondola line that can take you to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, where you’ll see views of Africa. Beware of the f*@$* crazy monkeys (Barbary macaques) that have taken over the rock – they’re completely desensitized to humans and will jump on you and steal your snacks!

If you have time, stop to see St Michael’s Cave, the Apes’ Den, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish castle, Military Heritage Centre, the 100-tonne supergun and the ‘Gibraltar: A City Under Siege’ exhibition. This is a FULL DAY with TONSSSS of walking (but worth every step!).

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»SEVILLA«

Sevilla is cultural overload and worth way more than one day of your time! Make sure to visit the Cathedral, which is the third largest in Europe. It’s full of artifacts and incredible architecture, so allocate at least 2 hours to see the entire thing.

Other must-sees include the  Plaza de Espana, the Alcazar Palace, the Plaza de Toros, and one of the many Arab baths!

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»GRANADA«

Granada is such a fun city to just stroll around and explore! Make sure you’re ready to WALK, because the Alhambra Fortress is one of Granada’s main attractions! The fortress is full of patios and gardens and culture! It’s super picturesque and a great place to take photos! When you’re done, stop at St Nicolas Point. Make sure to see the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, and the Great Mosque. If you want to shop, walk along the tiny street of Alcaiceria to find tourist shops and souvenirs.

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»MARBELLA«

Marbella is a BABE of a town. It’s the chicest beach town around and is THE party scene of Andalusia. I had more fun here than I ever would have thought. This town is Spain’s best kept secret — it’s the beachier, more laid-back Barcelona of Spain! Don’t plan to go out before midnight, and make sure you’re ready to fiesta until past 4am!

Marbella also has gorgeous beaches where you can rent cabanas / beach chairs for a few euros! The food is to die for, and if you’re trying to shop for some haute couture, Louis V, Dior, Hermes, Ferragamo, and all their friends basically line the sand. Heaven on earth?

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»MALAGA«

Super cute city with great history. Stop at the Moorish Fortress, and go to see Picasso’s house! The Cathedral is gorgeous (aren’t they all?) and is lined by adorable squares where you can grab a beer and listen to street musicians.

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»MOROCCO«

(You can take a ferry across from several locations in Spain! Read more about my trip to Morocco in a separate post, coming soon!)

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»BOLONIA BEACH«

AWESOME TURQUOISE WATER!! But beware, this beach is pretty windy and the waves are much bigger than those on the Mediterranean side.

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»NERJA«

Love this little beach city! It’s known for sitting on beautiful ocean side cliffs. There are so many small private beaches that you have to take a little bus down the cliffs to reach the most exclusive among them! When you’re there, rent a small sail boat and get lost at sea.

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»TORREMOLINOS«

Noteworthy beach! Check it out if you have time.

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»CADIZ«

Another beautiful beach city! The ruins are super cool and the cathedral is gorgeous, but spend most of your time at the beach.

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 I’m basically ready to become a professional adventurer! My trip to Spain consisted of new sites and experiences every single day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! What I’d do to be back on my €6 floatie, dozing in the midst of the Mediterranean, sangria in hand.

Where did you spend your summer holiday!? Where should Halfsies go next?? Share below!! 

LA Arts District Flea Market

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE hunting for treasures. Flea markets & farmers markets have quick become my favorite places to visit on the weekends due to their super low-key, earthy, peaceful vibes. I’ve been frequenting the Brentwood Farmers Market forever but just went to the downtown LA Arts District Flea Market for the first time and was so impressed that I couldn’t help but share!

The Arts District Flea Market is as artsy-crazy as the Arts District itself. The market is hosted inside a warehouse in DTLA, and stepping foot inside is like stepping foot into vintage wonderland. If you’re looking for an impossible-to-find antique fridge, typewriter, sewing machine, table, lamp….. ETC! this is your place.

There’s also a whole mess of eclectic art, jewelry, clothing, and home decor! Prices are a little higher than an average flea market, but considering the quality of the gems you find here, I’d say it’s well worth it!

Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, the Arts District Flea Market is a ton of fun to stop by and walk around! There’s music, a super fun crowd, and occasionally there are games to play too! (Check out the vintage arcade basketball set below!). When you’re done at the market, go have dinner at one of the many eateries in the Industrial / Arts Districts of DTLA.

The market is open 11AM – 7PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Happy treasure hunting!!

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