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Sometimes it feels like social media has taken over the world. Don’t get me wrong – I use social media all the time and rely it on everyday as a blogger. But as they say, every rose has its thorn. And social media can be a thorny little guy. Ask anyone about their opinion on social media and you’ll get an opinionated answer. To some it’s the best thing ever, to others it’s the devil. As someone who has been on both sides, I’m coming out in defense of social media (with a few caveats, of course).

In Defense of Social Media | by The Luxi Look

Let’s talk about the obvious cons of social media.

Shorter attention spans. Using social media programs our brains to constantly feel the urge to check in on our accounts and see the notifications we’re receiving. This 60 Minutes segment blew my mind – our phones are actually programmed to be addictive.

– It cultivates and rewards narcissismStudies are actually linking social media usage to narcissism. It can especially have a huge impact on teenagers in their developing years. High school is tough enough, but now there’s the added pressure of living the “perfect life” where every moment is captured and shown to the world. Which leads me to my next point…

It’s not real life. You shouldn’t compare to your behind to scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. It’s easy to forget sometimes, but social media is NOT real life. No one is showing 100% of their life on social media and they are most likely leaving out a lot of the negative stuff. Still, it’s hard not to look at an image and think – why can’t I look like that? / why can’t I live that life? / why can’t I have that?

Social media can lead to insecurityConstantly being bombarded with images of people’s perfect, happy lives can be tough on your own self esteem. After all, comparison is the thief of joy. Especially when the comparison is being done through the screen.

– You end up living your life through the screen. Isn’t it more important to be present and enjoy the moment we are in with the people we care about? When did going to concerts and festivals become all about taking the perfect shot and Snapchat story instead of enjoying the music? Why do we care so much about curating our life to share with others?

– Fake news. Enough said.

In Defense of Social Media | by The Luxi Look

I totally get it. Social media can be all consuming. But I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. Before I started a blog, I think I posted to my personal Instagram account once a month, max. I didn’t care about my social media accounts and I never thought about posting photos at optimal times or curating the perfect feed. Until you’ve walked a mile (or more) in someone else’s shoes, you have no idea what it’s like to be them. After blogging for over a year, here are my arguments in defense of social media.

Social media can be tough on our self esteem and productivity. But I think it also fills some holes and can be used for good. Which can be really, really cool.

In Defense of Social Media | by The Luxi Look

Why I’m in defense of social media:

At the most basic level: social media connects us. It connects individuals, groups, brands, and businesses around the world. It allows us to stay in touch with the people we care about, interact with strangers that share similar interests, learn about new brands and trends, and meet new people.

The start of Myspace and then the introduction of Facebook allowed us to stay in touch with people near and far. The discovery aspect of Instagram has changed the way we consume content, learn, shop, and in general live our lives. With the rise of each new platform comes innovation in the way we conduct business and live our lives and, in many ways, benefits all of us.

+ Small businesses have grown. Social media marketing is often times the only form of marketing small businesses can afford. With the rise of tools such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, businesses are able to be created with nothing more than a social media strategy. I know several small business owners that rely entirely on word of mouth and a social strategy in order to grow. It’s crazy to think that many people depend on social media for their livelihood, but it’s an incredibly powerful tool that allows business owners to market and put their product in front of people that may have otherwise never heard of their brand. That’s pretty freaking awesome.

+ Artists have a platform to share their work and jobs have been created.  Bloggers obviously benefit tremendously from social media. But there are entire industries that have been propped up by the rise of social media. And now there are so many forums for everyone to share their art – whether it’s written, visual, audio, whatever.

+ Creative art and news are more accessible. It’s so much easier to discover new content and creators thanks to social media. It’s opened up a world of possibilities and completely democratized the way content is created. Social media is one of the engine that fuels creatives, small business, and brands. It allows breaking news and information to travel across the entire world quickly. We’re all more plugged in than ever – and while there are some downsides to that – there are some cool benefits as well.

What are your thoughts on social media?

xx, Amy

In Defense of Social Media | by The Luxi Look

sweater: minkpink | shorts: redone

 

Let’s have a little career chat. Specifically around success. We always hear about why it’s important to have a one year plan, five year plan, ten year plan. It’s great to be goal oriented – but keep in mind that goals change. My definition of success today is different than what it was five years ago. I’m sure if I was married with kids, it would be even more different. The way you define success is also probably very different from me. Point being: no two people share the exact same definition of success.

How Do you Define Success? | by The Luxi Look

How do you define success?

You guys, the quarter life crisis is real. Talking to my college friends and other people in their mid to late twenties, I quickly realized we are all kind of in the same boat. While it was comforting learning I’m not alone in not knowing what I want to do for the rest of my life, it still didn’t answer any of my own internal questions.

Lately I’ve been thinking about my career and the path I’m on. We recently took a “personality test” at work (similar to Myers Briggs) and I learned that my personality shows strong preferences for several different working styles and traits. While you shouldn’t take the results of these tests as gospel, it did do a lot in helping explain why I’m always so damn indecisive. Especially when it comes to my career.

I work a corporate job and I’ve always loved working. I know the 9-to-5 life isn’t for everyone, but in my early to mid twenties, the stability and routine was right for me. Getting solid work experience and learning a lot was very important to me. Now, I find myself asking “what’s next?” constantly and not knowing the answer. At the same time, I love blogging and would love to invest more time and energy into it. There are SO many posts I want to work on but I’ve felt restricted because of my schedule and time. With that said – I’ve never felt even close to being ready to pull the trigger and go all in on the blog. It’s not the right move for me. So in the meantime, I told myself I’d do it all and figure it out along the way. It’s been quite the journey filled with its own ups and downs.

How Do you Define Success? | by The Luxi Look

If you’re going through something similar, I highly recommend this reading. It’s a little lengthy but I really enjoyed the framework presented for thinking about success. I know it might sound silly to have a framework for success, but hear me out! By filling out your own personal “kaleidoscope,” you may find that you’re putting too much or too little emphasis on one area of your life, which may be why you are feeling unbalanced or stressed.

The authors write:

“…many people assume success requires a winner-takes-all approach. They believe that success depends on putting all your energy into achieving one goal, be it a single-minded focus on your job or a commitment to being the best soccer mom in your community. But no matter how noble, one goal can’t satisfy all of a person’s complex needs and desires, as the examples at the beginning of the article demonstrate. The same holds true for the goals of a business.”

We all have different definitions of success, because we all have different goals. We’re never driving towards just one goal – we have goals in all aspects of our life, be it personal, professional, financial.

How Do you Define Success? | by The Luxi Look

What the article gets into is the idea of enduring success.

“We were interested in real, enduring success—where getting what you want has rewards that are sustainable for you and those you care about. This type of attainment delivers a sense of legitimacy and importance; its satisfactions endure far beyond the momentary rewards of a bonus or a new position. Lasting success is emotionally renewing, not anxiety provoking.”

The key is lasting success.

How Do you Define Success? | by The Luxi Look

What is lasting success made of?

Happiness  – feeling pleasure or contentment about your life

Achievement – accomplishments that measure up against goals you have strived for

Significance – feeling like you’ve made a positive impact on the people you care about

Legacy – a way to establish your values or accomplishments so as to help others find future success

While I can’t say I’ve figured it all out, I will say sitting down and thinking long and hard about my own goals and how I define success has been helpful in guiding me towards the right next step. By thinking about these components of lasting success – happiness, achievement, significance, and legacy – and defining them in my own terms – I find myself much more comfortable with the path that I’m currently on (and know what areas I may need some work in!)

SO. Please share – how do you define success?

Have a wonderful weekend!! I’ll be shooting some new recipes (including some summer cocktails!) that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon. xx

How Do you Define Success? | by The Luxi Look

How Do you Define Success? | by The Luxi Look

Another Coachella has come and gone. Every year, the festival is a completely new and different experience. It’s hard to condense three jam packed days into one post, so here are some of the highlights of my weekend and all the details on what I wore.

Coachella Day  1

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Straight to the festival! Dressing for the actual festival is always tricky because of the desert climate. It can be SO hot during the day but then temperatures plummet as soon as the sun goes down. For this reason, it’s important to 1. stay hydrated and 2. dress in layers! I cannot stress this enough. I have a slight tickle in my throat today so I wasn’t entirely safe from the post Coachella blues. But I am convinced that bringing a denim jacket (I think I’ve worn this one from Blank NYC almost every day since I’ve gotten it) saved me from a worse fate ; ).

top: similar | shorts: similar | denim jacket: blank nyc | shoes: timberland

backpack and jewelry: sticks + stones | sunnies: ray-ban

Coachella Day 2

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Byron Bay

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look with Savvy Javvy and Minimal Major

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look with Savvy Javvy and Minimal Major

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look with Savvy Javvy and Minimal Major and Glamarosh

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look with Savvy Javvy and Minimal Major

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look wearing Spell Designs, Sticks + Stones, Sunday Somewhere

Spent the weekend without my Instagram husband in tow, what’s a blogger to do when she’s without her better half behind the lens? In all seriousness, I’m super happy and grateful I was able to snag some shots at The Zoe Report’s ZOEasis hanging with my girls Roshni, Madison, and Javvy. I was also able to meet up with one of my favorites photographers, Jordan, to sneak in a couple shots in the desert. Apologies for the lack of festival shots, I promise there will be more next year!

dress: spell | bag and necklace: sticks + stones

sunnies: sunday somewhere (<< how cool are these?!)

Coachella Day 3

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look Wearing Hot as Hell Queen for a Day

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look Hair by R+Co

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look Wearing Hot as Hell Queen for a Day

Coachella 2017 by The Luxi Look Wearing Hot as Hell Queen for a Day

The last day was a short one for me. I skipped out on the festival to stop by the Galore Brunch with R+Co before driving home – I had work Monday morning and to be honest was exhausted after two days of the festival… #old. For those of you going to Weekend 2, hope you found some outfit inspo from Weekend 1! The looks this year were killer. Until next time, Coachella!

dress: hot-as-hell | sunnies: pared | shoes: steve madden

Question for you – what are you wearing for Easter?

If you DO celebrate Easter – there’s still time to get the perfect outfit! And even if you don’t, maybe you’re looking for the perfect springtime outfit for any occasion.

I got you covered.

My picks for Easter? Flirty, floral, feminine. But honestly, you’ll wear them through the summer. Also, Revolve also gets it and always hooks you up with free 2-day shipping. LOVE.

Shop the perfect pieces for Easter below.

Delicate Nude Off the Shoulder Dress

When it comes to shopping, I want everything from Lovers + Friends. This little nude number is no exception. Blush pink looks good on EVERYONE – when you get into neutrals you can sometimes run into colors that make you look sick, but blush is super flattering on everyone. Not to mention the delicate details and adjustable waist, which is ideal for an indulgent Easter brunch ; ).

Perfect Pieces for Easter by The Luxi Look

Floral Jumpsuit

First things first, Minkpink is killing it this spring – they never disappoint with their fun pieces! I love this pink jumpsuit because it’s still appropriate for family gatherings but can be easily dressed up or down with a denim or leather jacket. Total win.

Mustard Romper

I don’t know about you, but I could not be more into the color MUSTARD at the moment. This mustard romper is a fun way to incorporate the trendy color without being too over the top. Pair with flats or heels and you’re dressed for any occasion.

Yellow Springtime Dress

When I think Easter, I think of Easter eggs (and chocolate, duh). This J.O.A dress totally belongs on this list of perfect pieces for Easter. Yellow, floral, and with a cold shoulder detail. Checks all the boxes for an ideal Easter weekend look.

The Perfect Daytime LWD

Every spring or summer, without fail, I hunt for the perfect LWD. If you’re looking as well – the search is over. This LWD can be worn to church, at Easter brunch, or just hangin’ with the girls this spring. Also perfect for any bridal events you may have coming up : ).

Perfect Pieces for Easter by The Luxi Look

Printed Midi Dress

Getting major European summer vacation vibes from this dress! The midi length balances out the slit. And can we talk about that print?! Totally to die for. You can wear it this weekend, or take it with you to the South of France or the Amalfi Coast this summer…

Summer Slip

Still very into slip dresses. Always an easy, chic choice for any event. This printed version can be worn day or night, I like it paired with strappy sandals or heels.

Have a great Easter weekend babes, and hope to see some of you in the desert for Coachella!

xx, Amy

A couple weeks ago, I willingly woke up at 5am on a Saturday to embark on a day trip with two of my girlfriends, Linda and Mire. We were in search of the super bloom (eruption of wildflowers!) that has been covering Southern California (and hoping to snag a few pics along the way). We found the most beautiful flower fields, but what I took away from the day was discovering the beauty of spontaneity, slowing down, and collaborating.

Being an incredibly structured person, the way the day unfolded was very different from my typical weekend.

To give you an idea of my psycho habits: I keep lists everywhere – on my phone, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Excel on my laptop – and if it’s trackable, I’m writing it down. This includes my hour by hour schedule, food diary, workout log, yearly goals, finances, etc. – bullet journaling has been a lifesaver. I typically plan everything out in advance and feel incredibly thrilled when I check off everything on my to-do list that day.

But I’m learning (trying) to be more open to spontaneity. To let things just come and not plan out every minute of my life.

In my experience, the best things happen when you least expect them. When you’re – surprise, surprise – spontaneous. 

Carrizzo Plains Superbloom | by The Luxi Look

Carizzo Flower Fields Superbloom by The Luxi Look

The beauty of spontaneity.

There’s something to be said about packing up your bags, driving with no real end destination in mind, and stumbling upon exactly what you were looking for. Taking a moment to breathe in the beauty of your surroundings and not be rushed to run to the next thing or task on your checklist for the day. Typically when I shoot photos for the blog, I like to shoot as efficiently as possible.

But the purpose of this day was not to push out as many looks in an hour as possible – it was to slow down, enjoy good company, and capture moments when inspiration hit. A very different way of thinking for me.

The day wasn’t planned, there was no agenda or to-do list. Well, there was one – to find flowers.

The Beauty of Spontaneity, Slowing Down, and Collaborations by The Luxi Look

Carizzo Flower Fields Superbloom by The Luxi Look

We headed up to Carrizzo Plains (near San Luis Obispo) to see the super bloom, which was absolutely breathtaking. If you have time over the next week or two to visit, I highly recommend you do so – the fields are stunning and the super bloom is only expected to last a little while longer.

Lesson learned – it’s ok to not plan out your entire day or week. In fact, sometimes it might be encouraged. You don’t want your schedule to be so planned out and rigid that you don’t have any free time to say yes to rare and exciting experiences or opportunities that may present themselves. (I say this as I have my next week already blocked off on my Google calendar… need to work on this more).

The Beauty of Spontaneity, Slowing Down, and Collaborations by The Luxi Look Wearing Flair the Label

The Beauty of Spontaneity, Slowing Down, and Collaborations by The Luxi Look Wearing Flair the Label

The beauty of slowing down.

As with anything in life, there are pros and cons to operating at 100 mph. One of them being, sometimes you miss out on the little things. Slowing down my pace during this trip showed me how good it can feel to not be sprinting all the time. Especially when it comes to art and creativity. I’ll admit, I have a much greater appreciation for creativity than before (I blame my corporate background ; )).

Oh – and how gorgeous are these pieces? Linda and I are both wearing pieces from the upcoming spring collection from Flair the Label. I’m wearing the Emma dress and Linda is wearing the Marianne Lace Jumpsuit. I seriously want everything in this collection!

One thing I really want to be more conscious of is buying from fast fashion. It’s hard to resist the super on-trend pieces from Zara or Forever 21, but after learning about all of the hard work it goes into launching an independent brand and creating a single season’s collection, I am going to make a concerted effort to support more small, local designers – Flair being one of them.

Flair the Label Emma Dress by The Luxi Look

Flair the Label Emma Dress by The Luxi Look

The beauty of collaborations.

As a blogger, there is so much to learn from working with brands, big or small, and other individuals. Los Angeles is built upon Hollywood and the city has no shortage of creatives. For me, it’s truly such a treat to work with other brands and individuals and learn from them. It’s allowed me to develop and continue to hone a set of skills I haven’t been able to in the corporate world. I’m not always the most conceptual person, but I totally feed off of the creativity and energy of those around me. People that work in a creative space in their day to day have a lot to offer to those of us that tend to be more structured and by the books : ).

I can’t think of any careers where you can become successful by operating entirely on your own in a vacuum. Collaborations can often be the key to success – you know the phrase “it’s not about who you know, but what you know”? There’s a lot of truth in there. But collaborations should be viewed as more than a transaction – they’re opportunities to learn from one another and grow together. There’s so much we can do to work together and empower one another – and that’s why this trip was so fulfilling. Oh, and the super bloom was totally worth it!

xx, Amy

linda’s jumpsuit: flair the label | my dress: flair the label

The Beauty of Spontaneity, Slowing Down, and Collaborations by The Luxi Look Wearing Flair the Label

The Beauty of Spontaneity, Slowing Down, and Collaborations by The Luxi Look Wearing Flair the Label

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