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You may be wondering where I’ve been these last few weeks! Maybe you saw my update on Instagram, but in case you haven’t heard the news- I’ve finally opened up my own little online shop! I had to steal these overalls and bag for an outfit post to share the news.

Owning a shop is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid. I remember playing “store” at my grandma’s house with fake money and products.. I even caught my mom shoplifting once! Haha :)

If you ask me to describe Black Cactus Boutique, well I’d say that so far it’s a collection of California-casual combined with chic rock n’ roll.

I also have a bit of an obsession with anything metallic, sequined, embroidered, or mod looking – so you’ll probably see a bit of that in the shop, too. Ultimately, it’s my goal to sell quality and wearable vintage/designer pieces because that’s what I look for when I shop vintage.

Outfit Details:

Vintage LL Bean Overalls from Black Cactus Boutique / Vintage Bag from Black Cactus Boutique / Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses / Clogs from Old Navy

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(Pssst… I’m having a GRAND OPENING SALE! Take 25% off everything in my Etsy store now until Sunday with coupon code HURRAY. Lots of items have already sold but I’m planning to add a ton more this week so make sure you follow me on my Black Cactus Insta account for updates.)

One year older

March 5, 2015 · 3 comments

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(photos by Melissa de Mata)

Well, here I am. Another year older and still blogging away. Do I look old to you?! 28 is so close to 30 isn’t it? EEK! What are your thoughts on turning or being over the 30 hill? So far, I still feel like 28 is any different than 27. I actually thought that I was 28 the whole time I was 27… people would ask me how old I was and I would literally say that I was 28 haha. Since I’m writing this blog post, I am in total reflection mode. So much has happened in this last year and you’re going to have to hear about it whether you like it or not!

This year: I had a job, I left a job, I learned to play guitar, I started a band, started an eBay store, reconnected with good friends and am [kind of] figuring it out as I go along (or am I?). I’m still not sure yet. Not having a 9 to 5 is scary… but somehow I know that it’s going to be okay. I’ve been to a few interviews (like 5 jeeeez) and though it was a rewarding experience to almost “get the job,” I didn’t. No offers from any of them. Yeah rejection sucks. But… maybe they are doing me a favor. Maybe the perfect fit is just around the corner.

All of this extra time has really forced me to actually look deeper. What do I want to do? Where do I really want to work? I’ve always had a passion for starting my own business so now I’m kind of going down that path. Maybe I’m just a hopeless dreamer, but I really feel like everyone has a special purpose in life, and we all contribute in one way or another. Luckily, I love this blog so I am half way to getting there.

For my b-day I did a birthday brunch since I LOVE BRUNCH and just had an overall spectacular day.. or should I say week? If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Outfit Details:
Coat: Zara (similar one here) / Dress: Forever21 / Shoes: Zara (similar ones here) / Bag: Kate Spade (similar one here)/ Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave








(All photos taken by the talented Melissa de Mata)

Fashion and Fringe

Wednesday Words

February 25, 2015 · 0 comments

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Sometimes it’s tough to get the day started, am I right? I find that it always helps to have a mini routine when you wake up. What works for me is, before I even check my email or Instagram, I get up and make myself a cup of coffee. I’m not even that much of a coffee person – but for some reason it’s the habit of making it that gets my day started. While the coffee is brewing, I sit down to make a to-do list. I always write at the top of my list, “Today is going to be a great day.” I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I read an article on Muse.com that really changed the way I wrote and completed my morning to-do lists.

The article explains that there are many benefits to writing your goals and tasks for the day down – if you follow one rule.

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Perfect Red Coat

February 20, 2015 · 1 comment

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Sometimes all you need to feel put together is a tailored coat and a pair of heels. That’s probably why I own way too many coats! My coat closet barely opens now… it is stuffed to the max. I totally scored on this perfectly tailored red pea-coat from Mercy Vintage. It is vintage Calvin Klein and in my favorite shade of lipstick red. I saw it hanging on the rack, and didn’t even think twice when I bought it. SO GLAD I didn’t leave this one behind.

Normally I’m not really a fan of wearing black and red together, somehow I always think it comes off too goth or trendy. I think the trick to pulling off black and red is to pair it with white. I threw on my Madewell white collared shirt and instantly felt chic. Are there any other recommendations you have for wearing red and black?

Melissa shot these of me when the sun was out shining! I love how the red really pops in the light.

What I’m Wearing:
Coat- Vintage Calvin Klein from Mercy Vintage, similar one here / Madewell Ripped Jeans / Zara heels / Madewell Glasglow Satchel / Celine Sunglasses






Photos by Melissa de Mata

Fashion and Fringe

Best Basics

February 18, 2015 · 0 comments

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Photography makes such a difference, doesn’t it? That is why this HAS to be one of my favorite outfit posts… ever! The talented Melissa de Mata snapped these photos of me during our little trip to the Ferry Building for coffee.  I love how beautiful the lighting is in these photos and how she captured it. Days like these always seem to remind me of summer. It’s one of the perks of living in California.  Seriously, where else can you be walkin’ around in a t-shirt and jeans in February!?

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Wednesday Words

February 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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I agree with this completely and frankly love this quote. If you are currently in a transitional phase (like me),  it’s always good to remind yourself of this. Life always finds a way somehow. Sometimes it’s exactly what you planned and other times it’s the complete opposite.
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I love any excuse to get dressed up, so when StyleLend contacted me about doing a Valentine’s Day feature with them, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! Being a girl who’s never had the reason or the budget to buy a designer dress, it was actually my first time I had ever even tried on a dress from Chanel or Prada. Normally a designer price tag makes me too nervous to warrant a dress try-on! Not with StyleLend. With StyleLend, you can rent designer dresses for up to a week at a fraction of the retail price. I’m not even kidding you guys! This Karen Millen dress that I am wearing retails at originally $400 but you can rent it for $48. The Chanel dress I tried on was probably $1000 but you can rent it for only $90. How cool is that!? Why spend a ton of money if you are only ever going to wear a dress once anyway?

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Ripped Jeans Love

February 6, 2015 · 2 comments

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My friend Sarah and I are goofballs and we never miss an opportunity to take photos of “cute things”. This yellow rose bush was no exception! What started out as a bagel and coffee run, turned into a little mini photo-op. I’m inspired by the fact that this outfit post was unplanned – I feel like you don’t see a lot of fashion bloggers posting about what they’re wearing in their “real life.” I think I might need to do that more…

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Women and Startups
(from top left: Lisa Sugar Co-Founder of PopSugar, Diane Von Furstenburg Founder of DVF, Sophia Amoruso Founder of NastyGal, Arianna Huffington Founder of Huffington Post, Leura Spielman CEO of Laurel & Wolf and Tamara Mack, Co-Founder of MACK)

I went to a cool event last week, called “Are Startups the New Interior Designers?” where I met and heard from five talented CEO’s and co-founders of some new startups on the market. Although the discussion was mostly about how the Interior Design industry is changing, what really struck me about the event was the fact that 4 out of the 5 people on the panel were actually… women.

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5 Basic Tops Every Girl Needs
Staring at your closet with no idea what to wear this morning? Well it may be time to adjust your dressing strategy. Keep these 5 easy wardrobe “no-brainers” on hand and you’ll be out the door in minutes.
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