Fashion, Lifestyle

Say Yes to Local Boutiques

Some of my favorite stores are found off the beaten path. Locally owned boutiques are often the best! Not only do they offer something different from your typical off the rack items found in every day department stores, but often times you get to connect with whoever actually owns the store making for a much more personable shopping experience. Why would you want to go somewhere to buy something that everyone else is going to have? I’d rather not if I can help it. If you’re in Portland, OR or NYC or LOVE to shop online, you should check out the below two stores!

  1. Breighela James Boutique

They describe themselves as an eclectic boutique, and I would expect nothing less considering they’re based in Portland. When I walked into this store after a stressful day of working, all my problems instantly melted away. The number of quirky, fun, fashion forward pieces this boutique offers is amazing! And what’s even better is that they carry local Portland designers as well. I felt like I got the full “hipster” experience when I walked into the store. And the customer service can’t be beat, nothing like the feeling of shopping with an old friend. AND I liked that they carried XS, being a petite female finding things in my size can often times be a problem!

Shop them on instagram @brieghelajamesboutique


Photograph: One of Breighela James Boutique’s Carried Items, Rogue:Minx – Anne Velvet Suspender Shorts in Copper. (T-Shirt not from BJB)

2. Brooklyn Bleu

Coined Fierce. Fabulous. Fun. Brooklyn Bleu is everything you would want from your vintage shopping experience. Located in the famed Artists and Fleas shopping community in Chelsea and Soho, Brooklyn Bleu knows how to compete with trends. But funny enough, they aren’t competing at all because they’re in a league of their own. With pieces from collections they’ve named re.fresh, dainty, gatsby, and statement, you’re sure to find something that fits your style without the clutter of some other vintage stores. They truly offer something for everyone and in a wide range of prices too. From jewelry to clothing to purses whatever piece you choose will be truly unique and help you take a step back through time in whatever moment you choose to be fierce, fabulous, or fun.

Shop them on instagram @brooklynbleuny

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Photograph: Earrings are from the Dainty Collection (1970s). Necklace is from the Gatsby Collection (1940s-1960s).


Xo, Kelli @kellithinks on instagram




“All the Essentials and Then Some for Under $40”

Need to replace all your make-up at once but don’t have at least $200 to spend? Don’t worry you aren’t alone. Although I LOVE my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow definer, I decided to look into the VERY affordable brand e.l.f. and I was not disappointed.

Check out the products I used below…


  1. Beautifully Bare Cheeky Glow – Soft Rose – $4
  2. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum SPF 25 – Medium/Dark – $8
  3. Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara – $3
  4. Kohl Eyeliner – $3
  5. Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palette – Berry – $6
  6. Shape & Stay Brow Pencil – $2
  7. Instant Lift Brow Pencil – Deep Brown – $2
  8. Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow – Toast – $3
  9. Beautifully Bare Glowing Eyeshadow – Naked Rose – $8

All of this comes to less then $40 ($39) online (Free Shipping on Orders over $25 – A $4.95 discount). What a steal. And as you can see from the photo below, everything looks flawless. I was able to capture my normal make-up routine with no problem!!

And the products feel great! Everything felt light and like I was wearing nothing. And I have to say I’m in LOVE with the Matte to Shimmer Lip Transformer Palette in Berry. It’s my new MUST HAVE to carry in my purse. EVERYWHERE.

What’s your new favorite e.l.f. product? Would love to hear from you and see your looks! Comment Below.


Beauty, Lifestyle

“Vanities in Small Spaces”

Apartment living can be tough, especially when you don’t have a lot of space to create a cute vanity area for all of your favorite make-up and facial products. BUT, it’s not impossible to create a cute space working with what you have. With a little creativity, you can have any space looking truly unique and fit to be a vanity area anyone would envy. Here are a couple of things  I did to create the space below.

  1. Stenciling. Washable Paint and Stencils go a long way in apartment living. I decided to write “Hello Beautiful” as a simple reminder that you’re beautiful just the way you are. Although make-up is great to enhance your natural beauty, it’s there for just that. Enhancing. True beauty lies within.
  2. Flowers and Greenery. To give the small area a more homey feeling and a pop of color with the pink peonies.
  3. Make-Up Organizer. On top of it being aesthetically pleasing, having the gold make-up organizer on the counter is perfect for easy access to products I use on a daily basis. It also keeps things neat and tidy.
  4. Rose Gold Mason Jar. Perfect for overflow make-up brushes, and once again very pretty to look at.
  5. Aromatherapy Diffuser. Love having this in my vanity area while getting ready in the mornings. I’ve been using a lavender scent to have a nice calming scent to start my day.
  6. Mini Chalkboard. Wanted to have a board where I could write daily affirmations that I could change more frequently then the paint on the mirror. “Be a Dreamer” seemed like a good one to start with. 🙂

“How To Do LA in 24 Hrs…”

Although I live in Los Angeles, often times I forget that I’m in one of the most famous tourist cities in the US. That is until one of my travel friends I met while in Greece came in to town for 24 Hours. Then I was all about making sure she had The BEST 24 Hours in LA. She is a solo traveler like myself, so I wanted to make things as easy for her as possible until I could meet up with her.

Read on to see how you should conquer  LA if you only have 24 Hrs to spend in this star studded city.

1st Thing: Ditch Your Luggage!

Drop it off at whatever hotel you’re staying at.

Side Note: I suggest staying in Santa Monica if you can. It’s close to LAX and you’ll be able to drop your luggage without going out of your way. (If you prefer to stay in Hollywood, that’s okay too! We’ll actually start our day here.)

Or if you prefer to not have to deal with dragging around your HUGE suitcase you could always drop it at LAX Luggage Storage and put everything you need in a backpack for the day. After all, you’re only here for a day.

(Future Posts to Come on Best Hotels to stay at on any Travel Budget in Los Angeles and links to every place I mention at the bottom of the post)

2nd Thing: Make Your Way to Hollywood!

Here are three easy ways to make your way into Hollywood on any travel budget.

  1. UberX or Lyft
  2. SuperShuttle (Or Similar Group Passenger Shuttles)
  3. Bus to Metro. (From Terminal 1 You can take the LAX2US bus. There are no stops, it’s a direct shot! And from there (Union Station) you can take the Red Line to Hollywood and Highland, the center of all the action!)

Now that you’re in the center of Hollywood, here are some things you MUST do while in the area.

  1. Walk the Walk of Fame – There’s just something iconic about seeing the Stars on Hollywood Blvd. Find your Favorite Celebs and take a pic! This a great do it yourself picture opportunity (Put your feet slightly on the star and snap a pic from above).
  2. Visit  Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Put Your Hands and Feet Where Iconic Celebs Have and Experience all the history of Hollywood!
  3. Take a pic in front of the iconic El Capitan Theatre –  I know this sounds silly, but you’ll want to the theatre is eye catching! (For my single ladies, maybe find a hot guy to take the pic for you? You can do this at any of the locations you’ll be visiting today, all your travel photos can’t be selfies, AND LA has no shortage of HOT Guys!)
  4. View the Hollywood Sign from the Hollywood and Highland Center –  And browse for a bit while you’re there!
  5. Do lunch by the pool and make sure you explore the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel! –  If you end up not staying in Santa Monica, I do highly suggest staying at this hotel! Side Note: This was Marilyn Monroe’s Hotel of Choice.
  6. Take in the Views at The Griffith Observatory – You can’t leave the Hollywood Area without taking in these gorgeous view AND seeing one of the iconic spots from La La Land.

Bonus Thing to Do:

Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships (Ever wonder where those fluffy stuffed animal gifts he gave you go to live after your relationship is over? You’ve guessed it, here! All my single ladies, have fun!)

Third Thing: Make Your Way back to  Santa Monica!

  1. Visit the Pier – No matter what time of year, the pier is sure to bring you joy! From games to rides (Ferris Wheel!!) and carnival type foods you won’t regret coming here to take in the Ocean Breeze.
  2. Bike to Venice Beach – Make your way to the quirkiness of Venice Beach and get in a bit of exercise at the same time. When you’re done taking in the vendors and performers, relax on the beach for a bit, you’ve earned it!

4th Thing: Get Ready for a Night on the Town!

(For this article I’m taking you out in Downtown LA, so you get to experience more of LA. In later articles, I’ll show you the best restaurants and nightlife in other cities around Los Angeles)


Grand Central Market – This “Food Court” has everything you might want to eat. Don’t worry you won’t find a McDonald’s here. Only Yummy, Trendy, Budget Friendly Food!

Bottega LouieCome for the Food and Stay for Desserts! Important thing to remember, they don’t take reservations BUT it’s worth the wait!

Perch – You won’t be disappointed with the food and views at this French inspired restaurant! This is a great place to eat and then start your night off right with cocktails (and maybe there will be live music on the night you’re there too!).


EightyTwo – The “perfect” low key atmosphere, great drinks, video games, and music for dancing! What more could a girl ask for??

The Edison – Step back in time to a different era, just make sure you wore the one LBD you packed (strict dress code!). But you’ll love the 40s Flapper Vibe and Burlesque Dancers!

The Standard – If you really want to experience EVERYTHING LA, this is the spot to do it! Make sure you’ve dressed LA Trendy and be prepared to take in The Scene.

5th Thing : Go back to your hotel, try to get a little rest so that you don’t miss your flight in the AM!

Before you head to the airport, grab a cup of coffee at one of the many trendy coffee bars and sit on the sand of Santa Monica Beach one last time.  This is one of the best ways to start your day before you continue with the rest of your travels!

This is how I would do LA if I had 24 Hrs to spend here, if you would do it differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

Links to all the places I spoke about below:


“Your Solo Traveling Selfie Solution…Barcelona”

One of the biggest problems I have with solo traveling, even though I love it, is with how to take a decent photo without it being a selfie!

The only way to really take a non selfie is by finding someone that you can use…”Well, if you take one of me, I’ll take one of you!” on.

Or sometimes, you get lucky and there’s an older couple who says…”Sweetie, do you want your picture taken? We can take it for you!”. Usually with that though, as good intentioned as they may be, your photos don’t turn out exactly how you want them. And you can’t really ask them to take 25 photos just so you can get the perfect one.

Last year, when I visited Barcelona, I found a solution to my too many travel selfies problem! It’s really quite brilliant actually.

A Tour of the City AND Your Very Own Personal Photographer who takes photos of you at all the best tourist spots!

So, one of my favorite things to do when visiting any city is to Trip Advisor it and see what the best things in the city are to do and this particular tour called  Photo Shoot Tours (Link At Bottom) popped up. I was soo in! What girl doesn’t love getting her photo taken?

I decided to do the Gothic District Photo Shoot Tour. It was great! I learned the cliff notes and then some of this historic area. AND I got my picture taken in front of all the hot spots. My tour guide was knowledgeable and more importantly a great photographer! I would definitely do this again and I recommend everyone to take this tour if they can!

A Few Words Of Advice if you end up taking this particular tour…

  • Book a Morning Slot! It was so nice to not have to deal with HUGE tourists crowds.
  • Come Camera Ready (Hair and Make-up Done). Yes you’re on a tour, but these photos will come out Insta Worthy and Print and Frame in Your House Worthy too!
  • Strike a Pose and have fun! You’re on vacation, enjoy every minute of it!

What other cities besides Barcelona have you done photo shoot tours in?

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Photos From the Tour: