Spring & Summer Colors 2018

As the spring season approaches I thought I would add a list of popular colors. The colors shown on the list here are colors that I’ve noticed in retail and department stores thus far. I’ve also incorperated a few color trends that I’ve seen from runway previews by a few brands from NYFW 2018.

Pastels: The Easter Egg colors are making a big wave this spring. While pastel’s are normally loved this time of year becasue of there resemblence to the floral undertones. However this season pastel colors have been even more subdue tone. The lighter pastel hughes provide a softer spring look.

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Sunshine Yellow –

Ruby Ice Blue-

Moda Bella Solid Ruby Ice

Light Lavender-

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Green Translucent-

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Peach Marigold-

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Bright: Another color trend is bright colors. The bright colors reminensce the blue sky and green grass. They play into the summer vibe and sunny weather.

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Buttercup Yellow-

Rosco E-Colour #643 1/4 Mustard Yellow (48"x25' Roll)

Sky Blue-

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Cranberry Pink-

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Sea Green-

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Lush Lavender-

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List of Popular Australian Wildlife Centers

Recently, several of Australia’s wildlife creatures have been struggling with a virus.  The majority of the species that have been infected are those that belong to the macropod family. These animals are typically marsupial animals. The main species that have been targeted are the Red and Grey Kangaroo’s; particularly the joeys.

The virus’ origin is still a mystery. Symptoms started to appear in late December 2017.  It has picked up gain in February 2018. The recent spike has also moved over to Wallabies, as well. Several of the observed joeys in sanctuaries or rescues have been reported to show flu-like symptoms. On a more sever side the kangaroo’s often revealed signs of massive internal hemorrhaging. Yet, no disease or detected bacteria is indicating what the mystery virus is.

On top of this detrimental virus there is now an increase in wild animal shootings. Along with that, unauthorized euthanasia are also occurring. Many locals don’t know what do to with the sick animals. So, they often take matters into their own hands.

Due to the lack of knowledge many result to termination of the macropods. All of wich can further harm an animal instead of relieving their pain. Several joeys have survived so-called “death blows”. When found by another the proper termination of that animal didn’t occur so the joey was further injured.

To avoid further sufferings of these sick animals I’ve listed some steps and organizations for one to reach out to. So, I have listed popular wildlife centers in Australia that can help further assist if you see an injured or sick animal.

  1. WIRES– Wires is Australia’s largest wildlife organization. They have over 27 branches across the country and our continually seeking the betterment of the nation’s animals. They offer a rescue line, report, and app. All of which can be utilized to help save an animal. To support or contact this organization call:  +1-300- 094 -737.
  2. Wildcare Australia– Is a non-profit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of the area’s natural wildlife. It is located in South-east Queensland and has 24 contact available. Wildcare Australia’s aim to release healthy animals back into the wild and educate the public. To support of contact this organization call: +1-075-5527-2444.
  3. Wildlife Rescue At Australia’s Zoos–  Another way to secure the safety of a young animal is to contact your local zoo for wildlife support. Several of the zoos have an animal rescue team with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians attached to the program. To support or contact a rescue unit call:  +1-300-369-652.
  4. Darling Range Wildlife Shelter: Is a volunteer based rehabilitation shelter. They have a 24 hour hotline. The purpose is to release animals back into the wild after rehabilitation. To support or contact this organization call: +1-08-9394-0885.

Also more information about macropods can be found under the animals & travel sections of my blog.


I was in Tampa for some travel checkpoints at the airport. So, I decided to get brunch after I completed my morning tasks.

Normally, when I’m in Tampa I frequent Hyde Park or Bayshore Boulevard. This area typically has neet restaurants,  up and coming food busses, and trendy stands. The center was fashioned to mimic the likes of Central Park and Fifth Avenue in New York. Due to the chic landscape and friendly people, I often consider it the only part of Florida I tolerate.

However, today I ventured away from the likeness of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Bar Taco, Four Green Fields to a more residential favorite. Datz is known in the area for its craft beers, specialty treats, and comfort foods. So, I opted to try it out for Brunch.

Luckily for me, it was an instant hit. The place had indie decorations; from wine chandeliers to fairy light bar stools. Outside they had several ecliptic sayings with food backgrounds.

Particularly, they had an adorable painting perfect for instagram photos. The wall was adorned with doughnuts, bacon, and cherries as cats were scattered across the wall. It was to cute not to pass taking a photo by, even though I wasn’t dressed for the occasion.

Datz, was a great little deli too. Besides the cute atmosphere the restaurant also had amazing food. They made delicious pancakes that were cooked into perfection. Similarly they had fluffy omelets and wonderful cheesy grits. It was an amazing try for brunch.

Hair Accessories

While I often write about staple wardrobe apparel items I often neglect the vital importance of accessories in influencing your seasonal choices. Due to spring being a time of joy and the reemergence of sunshine it is necessary to let the climate sway your style.

With all the floral, stripes, plaid, pastel, and bright patterns and colors floating around its nice to tie in a few minimal accessories. In the fall and winter I normally push flashier accessories like scarves, beanies, gloves, thicker necklaces, bold hair ties, and larger bags. Yet, this seasons trends tend to be softer in make so they call for a more subdue look.

Last week I wrote on hats for the summer and how the pair nicely with jumpsuits and rompers. So, I thought I would incorporate another lively option. As everything is now regrown and reaching full bloom, the flowers are in full swing. This scenic landscaping is easy to incorperate into your outfit.

In the past flower crowns have been a huge summer trend. But, that style has peaked in 2014, so a new floral accessories needed to become a primary contender. Luckily the hit product is flower clips. They come in all types from roses to lilies. Additionally, the clips are marketed in different fabrics from sequins to felt.

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I’ve seen them all across Claire’s, H&M, and Gap. At each store they have been cost effecient. Personally, I purchase mine at H&M; where I get a three pack for a $2.00 usd. H&M  frequently has sales on their hair accessories in stores, so its often under the $2.00 usd.

Add a feminine touch with these feather & fabric rose hair clips. | H&M Pastels

To utilize your flower, you just simply find a clip that matches your outfit then fascinate it. Primarily these clips work well with being fixed inbetween to bobby pins. Likewise they serve the same function.

In the outfit below I pulled my hair back into two parts. I then clipped each side back with two bobby pins. Then I added two flower clips to my major part line then one to the minor side part. This created a floral arrangment that matched not only the flowers in my top, yet the ones growing outside.


Rompers 2018!

While  jumpsuits are all the rave this summer, rompers are still making waves. Rompers should hold a coveted spot in your closet for warm weather must haves. The shorter version of a jumpsuit  still has a fashion impact this season.

Notably, rompers are the ideal summer outfit. They come in adorable resort wear styles that can showcase your back, legs, and arms. The one stop outfit comes in all desired styles for each body type;  strapless,  long sleeve, high neck, low-cut, extended neckline, thick short trim, bodycon, spaghetti strapped, double strap, off the shoulders, keyhole shape, tie knot, and the other endless opportunities. So, the romper can form to your fashion protocol and still keep your cool for the summer.

Rompers also compatible for many scenarios. The romper can mesh into any dress code. Formals to beach bungalows the romper can fit the scene. This clothing product is designed to be the comfiest or stylish outfit out there. You can dress it up or down, and add key accessories to enhance your look.  Notably, I’ve seen several sorority sisters where sequins rompers to our formals, and a few celebs rock the romper on red carpets. Likewise,  the romper is normally acclaimed for its ready to go look.

For this clothing attire I work a jungle palm tree printed romper. It has spaghetti straps with a higher neckline. The shorts were more flowy and mid-thigh range. The print was tropical and a great pattern for resort wear.


Summer/Spring Straw Hats 2018

The perfect accessory doesn’t have to be an embellished handbag or bejewelled choker. Instead they can be something as simple as a hat. Particularly, the summer favorite straw hats. This is a great accessory for the warmer seasons.

A straw hat is a classic spring/summer staple. These hats are perfect for the heat-giving off uv protection and shade. Not only do straw hats provide ample coverage from the sun, but they provide opportunities to match your outfit.

The straw hat as been a southern couture item for decades. A current trend has been to add darling sayings in cursive text on the back brim off the hat. An Italian trend has been to adorn the hat with a cut piece of ribbon adding a girly flair.  Other styles included attaching flowers into the upper part of the hat. Notably, each trend is an elegant way to accessorize during the seasons’ fervency.

In similar fashion, the brim of the hat can correspond with an outfit. For an instance a floppy hat could be desired for pool side lounging or a brunch attire. Likewise, a shorter and more rounded brim will pair nicely with a less formal look of a skirt and dress. Either brim length can complete an outfit.

I utilized this straw hat trend when I went to the lake today. I wore a cute vegan suede skirt with a t-shirt. The casual look was topped with my straw hat. I choose one I had acquired in Florence a few years ago. It has a more rounded brim and tailored creme ribbon attached to it. The chic hat pair nicely with my TOMS wedges. The hat also provided a cute way to stay cool as I strolled around.

Wine Wall DIY

Growing up in southern California I am well accustomed to good wines. With wineries all around its easy for the delightful beverage to become an adored focus for household hosting and tasting.

Since my family are all red wine enthusiast, preferably  cCabernet Sauvignon and left bank Bordeaux, we decided to commemorate our love. In my family’s florida home we decided to build a wine wall. A wall filled with decorative wine crate labels.

A wine wall host all the casings of former wine bottles. We took the decorative labels of each crate that we’d ordered or brought home in the past. My family then collected around 250 of the crates for the wine wall. After we cut the casing down to the decorative side of the box or wooden crate. We then purchased support beams and filler wood pieces.

Next we placed the support beams around the door frames we wanted covered. We then nailed them. Following, that we then nailed each decorate side panel onto the wall with in the corresponding space from the beams. In the left over space we then nailed filler pieces of wood to cover the wall.

Once the wall was covered and nailed we then added furnishing accents to the wine wall. We bought wood stained in a hickory and steel grey colors to stain the wood. We then painted the filler pieces, lightly staining them. This clashed nicely with the different colored crates.

After the staining dried we then had a lovely custom wine wall. This wall is a great piece for welcoming guest into our family home.