Monday, September 22, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
DRESS | For Love and Lemons Antigua Mini Dress

I have only just realized that my blog is over a year old already and it seems like it was just yesterday I started this thing (when it was really in 2011). I hope to continue to do this for years to come and hopefully make it more than it currently is in the future.
On to the outfit: if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen that I already wore this dress from For Love and Lemons  on our last night in Hawaii almost three weeks ago. I was terribly worried that the x-small wouldn't fit, but I guess that feeling should've only came to me after dinner. Let's just say I couldn't have dessert and almost had to sit in the car all the way to Waikiki, a la Kendall Jenner in her Topshop dress. Worth every second though. 
What would you guys like to see more on here? I love when I get feedback so I know at least one soul out there is taking their time to read this blog.
Thanks for reading, babes. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
TOP | Asos
JACKET | Nasty Gal Collection (old)
JEANS | 7 For All Mankind 
HEELS | (old)

It's the weekend, and what better way to welcome it than with a 70s-inspired shag jacket? It might still be in the high 80s, but for the full four hours that it rained yesterday, this could've been a good idea. 
What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
CROP TOP | Forever 21
DENIM BUTTON-UP | Forever 21 (old)
SKIRT | Volcom (old)
HEELS | Brian Atwood (old)
CLUTCH | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

This week has flown by, and I couldn't have been more ecstatic. It's time for the weekend, and along with that is time with Alex, friends, and a bunch of murderous episodes on Investigation Discovery (I'm probably the biggest ID fan you'll ever meet). Oh, and I also can't wait to see Zoey, though she may annoy me, she is pretty hilarious and I know I can't help but enjoy all the crazy things she does. 
In another note, for this post I finally got to document an outfit I've been waiting to try out: a button-up over a long skirt. Ever since I bought this slit skirt from Volcom, I only wore it once and decided it was too long to keep wearing, so my mother-in-law actually helped fix it for me, and I love it even more. It is seriously the definition of perfection with this weather, especially since it's so lightweight and the slits end pretty high above on my legs. 
Would you ever try this combination?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
TOP | Brandy Melville (Tuanne)
SKORT | Bethany Mota Collection at Aeropostale

I feel as if the week is going by extremely slow this time around, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in some parts of San Diego. The only thing even coming close to being related to fall is the Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. Don't get me wrong, I like crop tops and cut-out dresses just like the next girl, but I've had it. 
How's the weather where you're at? Hope it's a much more pleasant experience than it is in Souther California at the moment. xx
(Instagram: @esmirnatapia)

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
TOP | Brandy Melville (Nadine)
JEANS | 7 For All Mankind (style Josefina Feminine Boyfriend)
SHOES | (old)

Yesterday we took a little ride to a place I've been wanting to shoot for a while now in El Centro, about 15 minutes from Calexico, and it was as perfect up close as it had always been from my car driving by. The time was about 5:15pm, the sun was starting to set, and besides the fact that I was wearing my comfortable platforms, it took about 5 minutes to walk from where we parked to the train. Might I also add that it was over 100 degrees and giant red ants everywhere, but when you're in the mood to shoot, you endure anything to get that "just right" photo. Did you like the results just as much as I did? 
Happy Sunday! xx
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
TOP | *Courtesy of JYJZ
SHORTS | Bethany Mota Collection at Aeropostale
SHOES | Chiara Ferragni Collection
BAG | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac

I am usually not a fan of ruffled shorts, especially semi-sheer ones, but when I saw the pineapple print on these, I bought them on the spot. The best part? They were only $10! They are not great for taking anywhere but the beach really, so I knew I'd wear them for sure in Hawaii. And let's not even begin with the shoes. THE SHOES. I've been dying for some Chiara Ferragni flats ever since she first came out with her flats collection (which are the only constant pairs every season), and though she has expanded her designs, I've always wanted the eye ones. I love the comfort of the insole and overall end product of it. It was pretty pricey (about $290), but I think that so far they have proved they're well-worth the price. It also reassures my purchase decision when I constantly get complemented when I have them on. I hope to buy another pair (or two!) in the future! Gorg!
Now how about that Mini Mac apparently every blogger has? I needed a staple black purse that would hold more items than the ones I already had, and versatile enough to take from day to night with any outfit. Score!
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Monday, September 08, 2014


Photos by Alex Salcedo
COMPLETE OUTFIT | *Courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters

Although I am still not in  my right mind just yet, I am back and settled into regular life after Hawaii. It was a crazy morning- after waking up late and wobbling into work (more on that story in my vacation post!), I finally got the chance to go to Starbucks for a Passion Tea Lemonade, which I ordered every single day I was there. Stay tuned for that post (I am hoping) this weekend! Can't wait to share photos of a place so dear to my heart.
On another note, this post is a little collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters, in which I am sporting a different way to wear Joggers! It isn't nearly close enough to being cool here in the west coast, so this complete ensemble can probably wait just a bit longer to be re-worn. If taken apart, you can definitely wear the joggers and tank with a simple pair of sneakers for a great day lounging around, tying the denim button-up around your waist just in case it gets cooler, or throw on this amazing two-tone jacket over a great little LBD and booties to take on the night. Either way, I promise you'll look your very best!
Instagram me @esmirnatapia for some sweet nostalgic photos from my vacation. I don't know when I'll stop posting about it, but I can bet you it's not anytime soon!