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Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

Venice is one of my favorite neighborhoods to hang out in LA… I love the relaxed, laid back vibes and how close the neighborhood is to the ocean. I’m not the only one, Venice is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of LA! It’s easy to see why this beach side community is so desirable to live in. It’s an eclectic mix of surfers and beach lovers, hippies, techies, and entrepreneurs with an incredible food, music, and art scene.

As much as I love hanging out in Venice, it also happens to be one of my favorite neighborhoods to shoot in. Aside from the usual suspects (the boardwalk, Abbot Kinney), I love heading off the main roads and into the neighborhoods. Each street is unique and you never know what hidden gem is around the corner!

Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

These photos were taken wandering off Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It’s amazing how you go from the busiest street to a quiet tropical oasis in minutes. The houses in Venice have so much character, if you’re ever in the neighborhood take some time to wander and get lost.

See full outfit details below : ). Jumpsuit is from Haute and Borrowed, but I linked similar styles below. I’m thinking of doing a neighborhood guide to Venice – lmk if you guys want to see!

xx, Amy

jumpsuit: similar | necklace: sticks + stones | sunnies: pared | bag: similar

Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look
Venice Vibes | by The Luxi Look

This weekend marks three years since I moved to Los Angeles! Growing up and going to school in the Midwest, it never occurred to me that I would end up on the west coast. Moving out here for a new job and a relatively new relationship required a huge leap of faith in myself and the unknown, something that is very hard for me to do. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from this experience living in LA, which has become one of the most important and best decisions I’ve made so far, it’s the importance of learning to trust your gut and intuition.

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Building a life and living in a new city is never easy, and adjusting to living in LA was difficult, to say the least. I missed my family and friends, a city that I had grown to love, and routine that felt familiar and comfortable. Making new friends in a new city, learning the ins and outs of a new industry, and adjusting to LA traffic took time and a lot of concerted effort. But three years later, I have a hard time imagining myself living anywhere else. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the lifestyle of Southern California – I love the slower pace, emphasis on wellness, and creativity of Los Angeles. Every sunset or glance up at palm trees reminds me how lucky I am to call this place home. I truly do wake up every morning feeling grateful for the life I have and the opportunities I’ve been presented.

Trust your gut, follow your heart, you are where you’re supposed to be. We hear it all the time. It’s easy to discount our instinct, but it turns out the saying “trust your gut” has actual roots in science. Our stomachs are filled with neurotransmitters, so many in fact that it is actually called our second brain. Those butterflies you’re feeling in your stomach? They shouldn’t be ignored. You know that feeling when you’re taking a multiple choice test and you’re stuck between two answers? Usually, the answer you’re inclined to choose first is the right one. Isn’t it funny how that works? I’ve always been more logic driven and rational, but trusting my instinct and going with my intuition has been one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as I get older – I’ve found that it’s usually right and onto something.

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

Three Years Living in LA | by The Luxi Look

When’s the last time your trusted your gut on something? Are you more the type of person that lays out all of the facts before making a decision, or do you tend to trust your instinct?

xx, Amy

dress: vicisimilar | bag: similar | hat: lack of color | shoes: similar

Mondays can be a reaaaal bitch. Don’t get me wrong, I love starting the week feeling refreshed and ready to go. New week, new goals – am I right? However, with those new goals comes a laundry list of things to do. Raise your hand if you’re as obsessed with making lists as I am. Now raise your hand if you struggle with getting everything on said list done. If you’re still a little groggy from the weekend, it can be hard as hell to motivate yourself to even begin to tackle your to-do list. It’s a seriously daunting task!

How to Tackle Your To-Do List | by The Luxi Look

 

Here are the best ways to tackle your to-do list to have the most productive week ever.

Time block. This is probably one of the best productivity tools I’ve discovered. I am the biggest fan of time blocking. It really forces you to focus on the task at hand and nothing else. Short bursts of effort work well for me. 100% concentration for 20-30 min chunks, and then a 5-minute break. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll work for longer or shorter periods of time, and adjust my breaks accordingly. With that said, time blocking works best if you’re not being distracted by anything else.

Which leads me to my second tip…

Turn off social media. Nothing kills productivity faster than checking your phone or social media. If you’re serious about getting things done, turn your phone on airplane mode. Use a website blocker or browser extension to prevent yourself from using social media or browsing the web.

Do the hardest task first. Who’s guilty of doing the easiest tasks first, checking them off our list, and then getting stumped by the harder stuff after? If you do the challenging stuff first, the rest of your tasks will be completed in a breeze! This might be a bit of a personal preference, but I always like to get the tough stuff out of the way first.

Set realistic expectations. What does your to-do list look like? Be honest with yourself – is it full of little tasks and errands that you can get done quickly (laundry, cleaning, running to the drugstore, etc.) or is it more substantial? Maybe you’re studying for a big exam or applying for jobs or school. These tasks take time and a lot of concerted effort – don’t be upset or disappointed if you can’t get it all done in one go.

Depending on how ambitious you’re feeling, try to set one to three tasks a day that you HAVE to get done. Start small and work your way up. For example – some days, I make my main tasks 1. working out, 2. writing a new blog post, and 3. meditating for 10 minutes. Other days, it can be cleaning for 15 minutes and reading 20 pages of a book. It changes every day. Point being, mix it up and keep it spicy (can a to-do list be spicy?).

Some of the things on my to-do list this week? Work on my content calendar for the next month (any posts you’re dying to see?), visit the flea market for some home decor, organize my closet, and possiblyyy a trip to Ikea if I’m feeling REALLY ambitious.

How to Tackle Your To-Do List | by The Luxi Look

How to Tackle Your To-Do List | by The Luxi Look

Speaking of organizing my closet – do you remember this dress from Arrive Clothing? I am so obsessed with everything in the collection, I had to scoop up another piece to add to my closet. This romper is everything I want in a summer outfit – floral, ruffles, and cut out details. And yes, I am still following my rule of getting rid of a piece when I get buy something new.

Check out some of my favorite Arrive pieces below (love how they make so many different pieces with the same print!). I’m off to catch up on Game of Thrones xx

romper: arrive | bag: gucci | sunnies: ray-ban | shoes: similar

This post was sponsored and written in partnership with Lulus. As always, all opinions are my own. So excited to partner with Lulus to bring you another post today! Let’s talk about something very, very important for those of us with a 9 to 5 – office attire. (Freelancers, you’re off the hook!). For most of us with a corporate job, there is a range of acceptable dress codes to follow for office style. As a general rule of thumb you want to look put together and professional – never sloppy or inappropriate. I still remember my first suit I bought in college for job interviews, and how I went shopping for work clothes for my internships and my first full-time job out of school.

To be completely honest, work clothes aren’t my favorite. Especially if you’re fortunate enough to have a more laid back dress code (which I’ve noticed almost everywhere in Los Angeles!), spending a ton of money on office attire isn’t ideal. My suggestion would be to build a capsule wardrobe for the office and mix and match. Even when I had my more business professional wardrobe for consulting, I stuck to a foundation of a handful of dress pants and pencil skirts, blouses, cardigans, and blazers. Keep it simple, stupid.

Luckily, Lulus offers a range of clothes that are perfect for the office but won’t break the bank. And even if you’re not a pencil skirt or slacks kind of gal, don’t worry! Lulus has you covered.

A classic black blazer is a MUST, as are silk tops in a variety of colors – I try to stock my closet with one in every color, but a good neutral base is essential! Think white, gray, black, nude, navy. You can’t go wrong with a neutral wardrobe foundation for the office. I don’t wear slacks anymore (sorry not sorry) because I’m lucky enough to get away with jeans and more casual pants in the office, but leather leggings are a good alternative if you can find a pair that isn’t too tight.

See below for complete details on my outfit from Lulus “Office Chic” section.

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

OK – now that you’re dressed for success, let’s talk about success in and out of the office. Setting concrete goals and creating a personal growth plan is so important for tracking and measuring self-development.

Let’s talk about self-development.

I’m not perfect. No one is. I don’t aim for perfection, but I am always looking for ways to improve myself and be a better person. We all are! Whether we are aware of it or not, we are constantly changing and growing. Sometimes it is a result of circumstance and experience, other times it is intentional. I am all about intentional self-development. It’s also a quality I love to see in other people. My boyfriend has built his career around self-development. Many of my best friends are always trying to learn and grow. Wanting to focus on self-development is awesome! This can happen in many ways. Sometimes self-development is about learning a new skill or improving an existing one. Maybe you want to be a better cook, learn to speak a new language, or pick up a new hobby.

Self-development can also be around more intangible qualities – how to become a better person. Maybe you want to be kinder, more patient, or generous. You might want to travel to experience more cultures and be more empathetic or open minded. Or maybe you want to dedicate your time to volunteering or mentoring. Whatever aspect of yourself you want to focus on, there are options for self-development!

What is personal growth?

Although every individual’s definition of success is different, we are all on a lifelong journey to become the best version of ourselves. The first thing to do is define what success means to you and identify the areas you want to improve in. Personal growth then becomes the process we go through to understand and continually improve ourselves. Again, this can look different for everyone! My definition of success and goals for personal growth may look very different from yours. My vision and goals for personal growth have changed tremendously in even the past year!

If you’re not sure where to begin, think about areas for personal growth. These can be professional, social, mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical. What are the areas you want to improve in?

What is a personal growth plan?

There’s no such thing as being too prepared! Not saying you should plan out every second of your life, but it doesn’t hurt to have a vision and a plan to achieve your goals. My favorite podcast lately has been “How I Built This” and the other day I heard a quote that I absolutely loved: “luck is the intersection of opportunity and preparedness.”

How I’m going about thinking of my own personal growth plan: journaling, goal setting, reading, and talking to as many people as possible.

Have you ever thought about a personal growth plan? Any resources or tips you found helpful?

xx, Amy

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

Office Style with Lulus + Creating a Personal Growth Plan | by The Luxi Look

top: lulus | blazer: lulus | leggings: free people from lulus

bag: lulus | shoes: steve madden from lulus

 

One trend I’m looking forward to bringing into the new season with me is metallic shoes. If you haven’t noticed yet, all things metallic are having a moment, and they’re here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Knowing myself, I anticipate wearing metallic shoes for a year or so before moving on to another trend. When I want to test out a super trendy piece, I always start low and look to fast fashion sites for inspiration. Public Desire always hits the nail on the head with the latest trends for less, and this pair of silver boots is perfect for fall.

(Did I mention they’re only $60 and go with everything?)

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

I love a good ankle boot and plan on wearing these ones with dresses, shorts, and denim. This drape-y, oversized blazer has been an easy throw on and go piece for the office, but I’ve been wearing it outside of work as well. I really love the way the hem hits slightly below my denim shorts.

If you’re unsure of how to style metallic shoes (go for boots, sneakers, or a good slide/mule for fall!), it’s really simple. Keep the rest of the outfit neutral and let the shoes be the highlight of your look!

On that note, I’ve been trying to minimize my wardrobe (thinking a clothing rack that keeps all of my most regularly worn pieces of the season in sight may help?). So for every new piece that comes into the closet, at least one needs to go. Not always the easiest thing to do, but my boyfriend loves it (ha!). Now that I have these boots in my closet, I’m looking for something to purge and thinking of more ways to style them. Stay tuned for a full fall trend report coming soon!

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

Shop my favorite metallic shoes below:

blazer: grana

(use code AMYxGRANA for 10% off + free shipping worldwide)

top: bailey 44 | shorts: redone | belt: b-low the belt |

shoes: public desire | backpack: sticks + stones | sunnies: raen

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

Fall Trend Alert: Metallic Shoes by The Luxi Look

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