Thursday, September 15, 2016

Coming soon...

I am so excited to get to share some exciting news with all of my wonderful followers and readers of The South Coast Movement...

First, let me start off by giving you a little backstory. When I first created this blog, it was fully intentional for it to be just a part time hobby. I had been reading and following blogs since graduating college, and the one thing I always loved about reading about other bloggers and their life and experiences was that I walked away feeling inspired, motivated, and excited to try new things. Whether that meant traveling to a new exotic destination or trying out a new coffee shop down the street, I loved the positive vibe and connection I made with each of the writers I followed. Since high school, I always had a love and passion for clothes and fashion, and I had really started creating my own style and felt passionate about staying true to that and maintaing a positive way in which I carried myself and lived life. In college is where I truly solidified that way of life, and I stayed passionate about always striving to want and work hard to get everything that life has to offer. In college, I had a few different passions, I loved my major of Psychology and Child Development and was very passionate about living my life to work as an advocate for children; but, I also happened to be in the clothing retail industry and I loved that as well. Ultimately, my career path took me down the route of working with children. I always wanted fashion to remain 'fun' for me, as it was truly a hobby to follow trends and designers, so it made complete sense for me to follow my heart and work for and with children. After college, I took some time to figure out what I wanted to do with my career, I spent a year doing child/family therapy, and in the end found myself gravitating back to my career in preschool which I had also done while in college. Again, I followed my heart, taught for a few years, and eventually worked my way up into teaching and management in preschool. That was my life. My students, my job, and my role in each child's life was my heart and soul, I loved what I did and I was so proud of my work. But even then, something was always missing. 

After Darshan and I got married (almost five years ago, wow!), we decided to hold off on having children and put our focus into building our careers, our business, and traveling as much as possible. We are pretty proud of the fact that we visited 6 countries in 2 years; when we said we wanted to travel, we meant it! As I mentioned previously, I loved what I did for work, I loved the life and foundation I was building with my husband, I was excited for kids (but not quite ready for one), but something else was still always missing. 

I would get messages, texts, emails, and comments on my social media pages from friends and strangers all the time asking where I got certain clothing items I was wearing. Family and friends would frequently call me or message me for style advice - what stores to shop at for certain items, what to wear to an interview, concerts, etc. - you name it, I was always getting asked fashion advice. People would come to our house and ask where I got decor pieces, I would get so many sweet compliments on interior, and I truly never even realized the impression I was making on others. Once D and I started traveling, the comments and questions came flooding in even more, I had made my Instagram public so I would get comments from brands about reposting some of my images, and more and more people were telling me I should create a space where I could just share everything for everyone to see in one spot. That is where blogging came in. Again, I had already been following a couple of bloggers and loved how they inspired me, so one day I had a very long and serious talk with Darshan and mentioned how I was thinking about starting a blog of my own; the reaction I got was not what I expected. I thought he was going to think it was silly (as it is SO out of character for me to like being in the spotlight) and I didn't think he would see the purpose... but instead, HE was so excited and told me it was something I should have done WAY earlier!! As always, he was truly the extra push I needed to try something new that I was a little bit scared of. One thing led to another, and within just a few months, The South Coast Movement was created. 

I finally had that side hobby I hadn't even realized I needed. I had an outlet, something to free up my pent up creative ideas, and something I felt so excited and passionate about that made me feel like I was truly doing something good and bringing some positivity to the internet world. The name 'The South Coast Movement' was created by Darshan, we had this idea of creating a space and an impact, a 'movement' in our life, other people's life, and our community. We were new business owners, I worked with the youth in our community, and at the time, it made sense and sounded cool. 

Fast forward two years later, and that super fun and amazing hobby has become a super fun and amazing side gig. Between tracking and documenting my pregnancy, sharing mine and Darshan's travel diaries, sharing my style and fashion tips, and paving my way through the blogging world as a new mom and sharing that journey in an open forum, I have been so fortunate to connect and grow my brand and build up readers and followers which I never imaged would be possible. I started this blog for family, friends, and truly just myself as a means of having an 'online journal' that I hoped would inspire maybe a couple of people along the way; but so far what I have obtained is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. This blog, my baby, is my heart, my journey, and my passion. It keeps me fueled, restores my motivation when it is running low, and allows me to connect with so many other amazing people in this industry who inspire me daily. For that I am thankful. 

With this growing blog, and the idea and desires to spread my passion and help it to grow even more, I recently decided to expand my content. With that comes The South Coast Movement facelift. I am so excited to share that with the work of my amazing and close friend Janell of JCO Web Design, I will be relaunching a new website soon... the new website will have so many amazing new features: shop tabs, category tabs, basically everything to make browsing my blog SO MUCH MORE reader friendly, hallelujah for that! Also, one more BIG announcement... The South Coast Movement will now be

South Coast Style

Yup, along with a new website, layout, design, and hopefully more inspiring posts, I decided to do a complete overhaul and changed my name to fit more with my personal and blog style. Why? Because it is something I have been wanting to do for a loooong time, it is more 'me' and more definitive of everything I share - my style, my South Coast Style. 

I can not wait to share the link and launch with all of you soon!!! For now, I will be focused on the back-end side of building the new site. Follow me along on Instagram for more daily inspiration and for up to date information on the new site and the rest of my social media channels, @southcoaststyleoc.

I hope you will continue to follow me along on this exciting journey. My hope is to continue to bring you new, fun, and engaging content that will inspire and generate positivity. I can not wait to see where this journey takes me, and I am thankful to each one of my readers for always being the biggest motivators in it all for me!

For you, I am thankful...

With love,

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Style on SALE

Last week here, I shared 5 fall trends you must have for fall 2016. Well, since Nordstrom kicked off their summer clearance sale where many of their summer pieces are now 40% off, I thought it would be great to thumb through and find some great fall transitional pieces for you. What I found was even better than I expected - so many great sweaters, classic tops, denim, flats and booties, all great for fall, for less than $50; everything else (booties, flats, accessories) are less than $100!! So many fantastic deals going on.

I picked out items that will be great for layering or even by themselves once it cools down, and everything is in the most on-trend colors for the season: burnt orange, burgundy, grey, beige, and of course black. Some of these tanks will look great under a cute leather jacket, and these sweaters are so cute solo or will look great with a button down underneath. I also love layering sweaters over your summer dresses with some cute booties, so perfect for that 'in-between' weather. I will be sure to share some styled looks with some of these tips, but for now, be sure stock up while you can!

With love,

Thursday, September 1, 2016

hat daze

tie back top || flare denim || wedges || hat is old, similar here || bag is old, similar here

Some days are just hat days... and September has me feeling cheeky ;)

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

With love,

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

5 Trends You Need in 2016

tee is old, similar here || pants || backpack || sneakers

As promised last week I wanted to share with you how I styled the same chic joggers in two different ways; one dressy and one casual. You are definitely most likely to see my rocking my cute summer joggers with sandals or sneakers, so this look feels more easy to achieve for everyone. This is such an easy 'mom look' but most importantly, you aren't trading style for comfort because as great as this look is for casual summer days, I love that it is also still on trend for fall. Cool sneakers are such a must-have and can be worn with virtually everything. I have been wanting the perfect chic all white, classic sneaker, and these Stan Smith Adidas were perfect for me!

When it comes to must-have pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe, 2016 has a lot to offer — from classic silhouettes to feminine details and modern twists on all-time favorites, this year’s trends ensure there is something in the lineup that every fashionista out there will love. For ensembles that are instantly chic and of-the-moment (in this season and the next), add these five trends to your fashion arsenal.

Very much a part of the 70s-inspired throwback the fashion world is currently experiencing, matching separates — such as the pantsuit — are undergoing a makeover for 2016, transforming them from a dowdy don’t into a definite do. As Style Caster notes, the new power suit is slim, stylish, and often colorful, making it just as suitable for a night out as it is for the boardroom.

Versatile, chic, and surprisingly wearable, the mule is a classic shoe that has enjoyed a bit of an update this season. While the sandal-style mule is still a go-to, silhouettes now include everything from oxford-inspired mules to the flat mule (ideal for girls on the go). For inspiration, browse Lyst’s gallery of on-trend heels, which includes a design to suit every occasion and a mule (or two) that is sure to take your footwear collection to new heights.

Split Front Skinnies
Love them or hate them, skinny jeans reign supreme as the top denim silhouette season after season. And while the standard pair of skinnies are a staple in every fashion-conscious gal’s closet, there’s no reason you can’t switch it up every now and again. For an extra-chic take on the skinny jean, The Zoe Report suggests trying a split-front style – the subtle design detail will elevate your average denim to add a bit of pizzazz to any ensemble.

Classic White Sneakers
Proving sneakers aren’t just for the gym, 2016 has transformed the work-out essential into a versatile shoe that can be worn anywhere — whether that means strolling through the park or grabbing a bite to eat with friends. Choose a trainer in a crisp, white hue and proceed to pair with a knit midi-dress, denim cut-offs, kick flare jeans, or a pair of polished cream culottes for a more elegant twist.

Ruffled Dresses
Romantic, flirty, and just a little ethereal, ruffles instantly create an eye-catching ensemble, especially when paired with a feminine silhouette, such as a dress. According to Glamour, dramatic, beautiful, cascading ruffles are a must-have for anyone with a penchant for luxury or drama — making them the ideal accent for a night out or an evening soiree. Look for the ladylike detail on a dress for a bold finish or, for a more subtle effect, opt for a ruffled blouse.

With love,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Oatmeal Muffins

This morning I woke up thinking I wanted to try something new to serve Rajan for breakfast. I have shared before how he is a very picky eater and that we do Occupation Therapy for his sensory sensitivity, so I am always looking for new foods to try out and introduce him to. Bread textures can always go one of two ways with him, the softer breads he usually tends to be ok with, but anything more crispy and toasty he is not a fan of. He used to love oatmeal a ton, and I am not sure if he got burned out on having it or if his preference for it changed, but lately he refuses oatmeal anytime I offer it to him, even if it is mixed with fruit. I thought I would try to look up some easy-to-throw-together recipes that have oatmeal in them and came across this super easy Oatmeal Muffin recipe. I already had all of the ingredients in my pantry and thought if I replaced a couple of items with some healthier options that this would make a great breakfast item for Raj; and since muffins are more soft I thought he may even really enjoy them!

The verdict... he LOVED them!!! Such a major mom-score there. I was so happy and excited that I found another food we can add to the list, its been tough not feeding him the same things over and over again, he is growing pretty tired of his regular meals. 

I wanted to share the recipe here with my substitutions. I didn't change much except for replacing the regular ingredients with some organic ones... 
(original recipe found here)

- 1 cup milk
(since this was for Raj I used organic whole milk so it would be more fatty)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
(can be substituted with applesauce or puree banana)
- 1 cup all purpose flour 
(I replaced with organic whole wheat flour)
- 1/4 cup white sugar 
(or organic sugar cane)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda 
(I was out so I used 3 teaspoons of baking powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

In a small bowl, combine milk and oats. Soak for 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl, beat together egg and oil; stir in oatmeal mixture. In a third bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

Next time I might get bold and add some mini chocolate chips or raisins, what a treat that will be for him!

Bon app├ętit!
(don't mind our messy morning hair)

Hope your little ones (or you) enjoy them as much as we did!

With love,

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

dress c/o, sold out, similar styles sold here || white tote c/o || shoes, similar here

I have been squeezing in as many white outfits and accessories as possible over the last few weeks because I know fall is creeping up on us quickly. Even thought we all know it will still be warm in California for a few more weeks, it is fun to think about how next weekend is Labor Day which technically means the end of white. Honestly, I know no one follows the 'don't wear white after Labor Day' rule, I especially don't, but this is a super summery style dress so I am trying to get a ton of use for it now!

Anyone remember the brand Kipling from our school days?! I totally remember having a mini backpack back in the day from their brand, and I was so excited to have reconnected with the brand recently. I LOVE this vanilla colored tote and love it paired with virtually anything. It has been so nice to use as a diaper bag, its big enough to fit all of our essentials but not too heavy or bulky so it doesn't get in the way when I am chasing Raj down aisles at the store. The quality of the Kipling bags are so great, and they are easy to keep clean, and stains and smudges wipe right off. This is definitely a great investment bag, I love this style, and I also picked up a mini backpack from their line which I have also been rotating out with this one! 

 Anyone else trying squeeze in all of your white ensembles before Labor Day? I am totally a supporter of pretty winter whites so I refuse to say farewell quite yet... that is definitely the California girl in me!

With love,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Summer Still in Full Effect

top || pants || shoes, sold out, similar here

I have been well aware that so many of my peers have started sharing some gorgeous Fall style inspiration, and while I love everything I am seeing so far in Fall trends... my heart is not ready to let summer go. It is August, and if we are being real here, this is California... we won't be seeing anything even remotely close to fall weather for at least another two months! Honestly, I am ok with that, I am still in summer mode and my style lately is 100% proof of that. I snagged these adorable pants a few weeks ago and they have since gone on sale, they were already a phenomenal deal to begin with, but now they are less than $16, whaaaat! The quality is pretty great for the price, they are super comfortable, but the quality is nice enough to wear for a dressier occasion like I styled it here. They run true to size, there is an elastic waistband so they are a pretty safe bet.

These are honestly the best interchangeable pants I have, they looked so wonderful over the weekend for brunch paired with this gorgeous OTS blouse (also an insane steal) and heels, but to stay I wore this look with heels all day would not be true. I actually went home and switched this look up to run some errands, I threw on some sneakers and a tee and loved the look just as much. Next week I will be sharing those pictures with you because I thought as much as I write about how easy it is to change the look of an item, I better start showing it!

I am so excited to share that I am currently in the process of some HUGE changes here on the blog... I am doing my best to always provide the best content I can, and in doing so, when I see some things need to be updated, I am sure to make that happen; be sure to check back for some major improvements soon!! I can't share too much yet, but it is exciting to be on this journey and I look forward to sharing some exciting things with you over the next month!

This look the first of two ways with part two coming to you next week, 
be sure to check back for it!

With love,