boho dress (c/o) | denim vest (c/o)
‘gimmie the guac’ tee (c/o) | white halter bralette (c/o)
I’ve always had the biggest love/hate relationship with going back to school at the end of every summer. However, the biggest ‘love’ aspect for me has definitely been getting to go ‘back to school shopping’. I remember in high school, picking out a first day of school outfit was always something that got me super excited to wrap up summer!
Struggling to find the perfect ‘first day of school outfit’? You can’t go wrong with an easy summer-to-fall transition look. I paired this breezy, boho dress with a denim vest and booties- just to add a touch of fall to this summery frock. As a college student, I love to add dresses to my wardrobe. They make for the perfect go-to piece for gamedays, dinners, and anything in between. You can totally take your favorite summer dresses into fall by layering. I personally love denim jackets, denim vests, and crochet cardigans as key layering pieces. If your style is more on the casual and comfy side, graphic tees are a must. I fell in love with this sassy ‘gimmie the guac’ tee (any other HUGE guac fans up in here?), and I just couldn’t resist picking it up. I paired it with flowy black shorts and flatforms, but you could totally pair it with jeans + sandals for an easy, but cute look!
Let me know what you are looking forward to this school year!
P.S. Here are a few more ‘back to school’ pieces from AE that I loovvee:
lace up sandals (I own these!)
open knit sweater
classic denim jacket
ribbed hi neck dress
drapey burnout tee
‘taco’ pocket tshirt
Thank you American Eagle x ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!
Hello friends! The yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a shopping addict’s favorite time of year. For me specifically, it’s the best time to get some last-minute summer goodies & stock up on fall time essentials. Summer is my favorite clothing season, but as fall approaches, I can’t suppress my excitement for autumn shoes- specifically booties. I headed to the Nordstrom in Palo Alto on a mission to find these booties (pictured above). And boy, do I love them so, so much. They are not only comfortable, but I find myself pairing them with everything from flowy shorts and breezy swing dresses. Come fall, they will be the perfect with my long sleeve rompers and denim basics.
Here are some pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that I have been loovvinngg:
reversible bikini top // elisa pendant necklace // off shoulder chambray dress // twist front top (love it in black) // over the knee boots // ‘avery’ crossbody bag // ankle leggings
Along with my new fave kicks & wish-list picks [definitely did not mean for that to rhyme lol], here are some of my other Nordstrom Anniversary Sale pieces I have had my eye on:
1. tropical yellow pillow, yellow accent pillow, pink pillow | 2. NARS cheek palette | 3. flamingo pool float | 4. “happy camper” graphic tee | 5. chestnut suede booties, cutout booties, taupe booties (pictured above)
grilled peach + goat cheese
cutest mom ever!
my dad waits in line for some BBQ
fresh berries for the week
pink maxi dress (0n sale!) | sandals | necklace (linked similar)
Happy Wednesday! If you live in/are visiting the Bay Area on a Sunday, the Presidio Picnic is an absolute must-do in the summer time. My parents were in town this weekend, so I had to drag them to my favorite semi hidden-gem in the city, the Presidio Picnic. With tons of local food trucks, a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a bustling, charming atmosphere, this outdoor picnic is the perfect way to enjoy your Sunday! My favorite food truck? Grilled Cheez Guy. If you’re a grown-adult, grilled cheese addict like me, you’ll be in heaven!
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necklace (sold out; linked similar) // layered crop top
red paisley dress // sandals // denim jacket (linked similar)
Hello, hello! It is most definitely past midnight here in California, but alas, I am awake. This weekend, my parents came to visit me in Northern California! We had a wonderful Saturday biking the Golden Gate Bridge with friends, exploring Sausalito, and enjoying sushi. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. I am so grateful that my parents got to finally come visit me this summer, and we had such a blast in San Francisco!
P.S. riding a bike is much harder than it looks!
sunflower romper // sunflower headwrap // converse
Happy Friday! I love a good matchy-matchy outfit. Matching set outfits? Yes please. Matching headband + romper? Why not?! When I spotted this sunflower print head wrap, I knew it would be a fun accessory to pair with my most-loved romper! There’s something about a playful sunflower print that screams ‘summer’.
crop top (similar, cheaper dupe here) // star shorts // liquid lipstick (in ‘kitten heels‘) // necklace (similar) // red star sweater (shown on my mom- sold out, linked similar)
Hello, hello! I hope that you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! The 4th of July is definitely one of my very favorite holidays of the year. It was so nice to spend the weekend in Laguna with my family, eating hamburgers and exploring the city! My parents are going to be in the bay area this weekend, so it will be really nice to enjoy two weekends in a row with them.
Let me know what you did for the 4th of July!
my mom hated this candid photo, but I love it so much because they look so happy.
“Beach or mountains?“, my mom asked my dad as we made the hike up the hill after watching last night’s gorgeous seaside sunset. “Beach. 100%”, my dad answered with no hesitation at all. “Same! Definitely beach”, I told them. “Nobody asked you, Mackenzie. We all already knew that one!”.
If I could live at the beach every day, salt in my hair, watching a gorgeous sunset every evening, I would be the world’s most content human-being. I am so thankful for summer nights spent with views of the ocean and great conversations with my favorite people.
P.S. how cute are my parents?! #goals
Hello friends & happy Sunday (wait, is it Sunday already? Weekends fly by so quickly). This weekend, I am with my family in Laguna beach to celebrate the 4th of July! We spent our first day here catching some rays and enjoying margaritas. It’s been a month since I have seen my parents, so it’s always nice getting to spend quality time with them & catching up!
I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! Let me know what your plans are for the holiday weekend.
Ahh summertime. Days filled with spontaneous road-trips, fresh strawberries, breezy maxi dresses, and sassy pool-side gems. If summer lasted forever, I would be one happy girl. I wish these warm days never had to end. During summertime, I love to stock up on easy-to-throw-on frocks and statement steals (can we swoon over this circle beach towel for 5 seconds?!). I personally think this gorgeous, red and blue maxi dress would be perfect for any summer night occasion. It’s incredibly flattering and comfy, and people were asking all day where I got it. Upcoming Fourth of July BBQ? You definitely can not go wrong with an easy graphic tank paired with little shorts. I love how my sister, Alexandra, knotted the tank at the waist for a laid back look! As for beachwear, I am all about the one-piece trend. This graphic one is perfect for your next vacay or lake-day getaway!
red/blue floral maxi dress
‘desert highway’ graphic tank
watermelon beach ball (on sale) // beach towel
watermelon beach ball (on sale) // printed beach towel
‘sun seeker’ one piece swimsuit (size small)
printed beach towel
watermelon beach ball // one piece swimsuit // printed beach towel
Big thanks to Modcloth & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post! I had so much fun snapping my favorite summer looks for Fourth of July weekend!
p.s. here are a few other Modcloth goodies I have been coveting lately:
[desert glow lamp]
[pink & green resort dress]
[‘here comes the sun’ beach hat]
[palm tree sunglasses]
[flamingo pool float]
[cactus graphic tank]
[palm print jewelry dish]
[brown beach dream dresses]
[cactus midi dress]
[red maxi dress]
Mackenzie vs. the wind
My long-time BFF, Taylor
My family friend, Sheryl, ‘photo-bombing’ my picture
Golden Gate Bridge
*Trying not to crash the boat*
“On Saturdays, we sail”. Okay. Maybe not eveerryy Saturday (though a girl can dream), but on this particular Saturday morning, a few friends and I sailed off from Berkeley to the beautiful, dreamy island of Angel. Angel Island is a charming, seaside destination with the most breathtaking views. When I think of the perfect morning, I would definitely picture this one. Wind in my hair, bay water breezes, and good friends. I don’t think it gets better than this. Today, I realized how incredibly grateful I am. How grateful I am to have amazing friends out here in California that are so encouraging and inspiring. How grateful I am to have the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place that allows me to embrace God’s beautiful creation. Life is incredible and wonderful, and so often, we take it for granted.
“Can you believe we have about a month left here”, my bestie since 6th grade asked me today as we our sail boat pulled up to the shores of Angel Island. “I am in denial”. I am not ready to leave Northern California in August. Not even a little bit, and I tear up thinking about the fact that this perfect summer will have to come to in an end. For now though, I am taking full advantage of every day and every second. My goal this summer has been to ‘break out of my comfort zone‘. I am a creature of habit, and I love the familiar and the comfortable and the safe. It can be scary to do things that are ‘out of your comfort zone’, but those bold and daring adventures are what provide us with the fullest experiences and the most unforgettable memories.
*End emotional diary entry*. Long story short, friends, California rocks.