Golden Hour // OOTD

Life is a constant adventure, filled with the unknown. We run around day to day never truly understanding what's to come with the passing of each second. For instance, Fred & I went out to shoot some photos for my outfit of the day. Little did I know I was going to get cut by glass as I posed vainly for a photo. 

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california fashion blogger

In my head I imagined careless teenagers throwing their empty beer glass bottles against the rocks, leaving millions of glass shards out for someone to kill themselves with. A minuscule piece of glass pricked my finger, causing a surprising amount of burgundy blood to stream out. I wiped away the blood with a napkin & we moved on to a new location.

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california fashion blogger

My blog is a place of realness. You get the honest-to-goodness Carmen. Sometimes it's hard to get to know a person through their words or photos, so I'd like to be more expressive, more articulate in 2016. This is the real life behind the scenes experience of a blogger. Glamorous, right? Anyhoo, the damage was minimal & life moves on. The blood clots, a scab forms, & the world still turns.

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california fashion blogger

The sun was low & setting, creating a naturally majestic lighting. Oh yes, that magic hour. I'm all about it. It looked like nature's version of photo editing. Everything was gorgeous. Your skin looked healthier. The earth appeared greener. The smiles of everyone who passed into the rays of light grew into a full blown grin.

california fashion blogger

california fashion blogger

The light hit my face, my necklace, my cardigan, & genuinely made me feel freaking fabulous. The Labradorite & Moonstone Necklace* from Michelle Smith Collection has become one of my most prized possessions as far as jewelry is concerned. This handmade rosary-style necklace garners compliment after compliment. I genuinely adore it & wear it regularly.

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california fashion blogger
Coat: H&M (similar) // Cardigan: Thrifted (similar) // Dress: Thrifted (similar) // Necklace: Michelle Smith Collection* // Pants: Hue (exact) // Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (similar)
I feel like this entire outfit is the essence of me, mixing casual pieces with glamorous details. I've always been the girl who enjoys being low-key & it has only been recently where I found another layer of myself. I like quality, expensive pieces or experiences as long as they bring something positive & joyous to my life. Like I said, life is a constant adventure & you learn something new every day, even if it's about yourself.

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california fashion blogger

Despite the glass, which symbolizes the negatives in life, there's always something to look forward to right around the corner — be it self-realization, reflection, or even a happy circumstance. You just have to keep chugging along in the train that is life. There is absolutely no way to know the name of your destination or how long it takes to get there. All we know is that we're going somewhere.

california fashion blogger

california fashion blogger

I'm in a happy, golden place in my life. Of course there's always room for improvement; I could definitely eat healthier, exercise more, & just be a better person all around. Generally speaking, I feel like I'm on the right path. So my question to you is where do you want to go? Where do you see yourself going in 2016 & beyond? What does it take to get there?  :]

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* Disclaimer: The Labradorite & Moonstone Necklace was received complimentary from Michelle Smith Collection in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]

29 comments

  1. This is such a wonderful post, I really admire your honesty and the way you portray things just as they are. You look wonderful in the light, and your outfit- as always, is so cute!

    My Lovelier Days

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  2. Beautiful photo's! You look amazing!

    Abigail | BLUSH & NOISE

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  3. That necklace is so beautiful. Love its dainty & vintage feel. I feel like I really get to know you when I read your posts, and that is so, so refreshing :)

    Xo Melissa
    Cherish & Bloom

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  4. The golden hour truly is beautiful. Great look, you look beautiful!

    besos,
    M
    The Flower Duet

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  5. The necklace is very nice on you. Pretty girl. Love your post.


    Michelle Smith

    www.michellesmithcollection.com/

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  6. Gorgeous photos!! Love your beautiful dress!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  7. Love the touch of pastel in your outfit. Thanks for commenting on Qing's Style. I hope you always keep in touch!

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  8. The blog should be about you, and honestly your life. Mine is. But my is axcatcly about fashion and I don't write much about what it's really happening in my life. I just don't want to open so much to the random ppl.
    Best, Claudia.

    Lovely necklace.

    CGRABOWSKA's Instagram

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  9. You're right about the lighting - it's stunning! Great look too, I love the necklace. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful pics!! definitely the perfect time to shoot outdoors. Love your outfit!

    ~Krisztina
    http://www.krisztinawilliams.com

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  11. What beautiful outdoor shots! Love this!

    www.sprinklesandsaturdays.com

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  12. You look stunning in this outfit! Also the whole setting with the golden hour of the day is just amazing! I feel so great about my life right now, too. I´m really trying to be my best self this year after the last one had some big downs. I´m not expecting 2016 to be the year of my life, though, just a generally nice one would be enough.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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  13. Such a beautiful look! I love your black coat that you threw over your dress. It is perfection. XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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  14. Very cute. I love that dainty little necklace so much!

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

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  15. Lovely Look!

    http://www.simplethingsbyjok.com/

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  16. Loved your post, I also think a blog should portray our real life and our real appearance ! Love your look, the peach cardigan is so cute

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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  17. That cardigan is so cute! Love the little pearl/flowery details on it :)
    Super cute look!
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  18. Beautiful lighting! I love the necklace against the details on your cardigan, so lovely! Glad to hear we get the real deal :) there's no point editing EVERYTHING out! Honesty makes things so much more alive! Hope your finger is better!! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

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  19. I appreciate honesty and you're right no one knows where they'll end up but we all know we're going somewhere. I feel like my vision for where I want to go is becoming really clear and I feel a lot of creative energy so I'm happy to work towards and with that.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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  20. Such a cute look! Love the print on that top!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  21. This was such a joy of a post to read! I love how different it was and each paragraph was interesting, insightful and made me smile ^_^ I love hearing when people are at a golden stage in their lives! It makes me excited for when I reach that, although I'm not complaining because I'm probably at a silver point in mine - starting to excise again this year has been a huge mood booster!
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

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  22. Looking gorgeous Carmen!

    X

    Anjelique

    http://www.anjelique.com.au | snapchat: anjeliquetv

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  23. This is such an amazing post, not only for this lovely outfit but also in everything you write!
    You look gorgeous girl x

    Camy xx
    www.osiarah.com

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  24. Golden hour is always so beautiful! I love your outfit, the lipstick you're wearing suits you so well. Very beautifully written post!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  25. Well the locations for the shoot are so so breautiful and cheers to being real.I also never retouch my photos.That's the real me and its great that you also embrace realness.Love your shoes
    sophieatieno.com

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  26. Your shoes are awesome. I love the mix of style...you look beautiful!

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  27. I love the fur coat! I really need one of those!


    Ash | Liakada

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