Feminine Ruffles

August 8, 2016

Feminine Ruffles
Have you ever been excited to be on the road without knowing the destination?  Last weekend, Tom and I hit the road towards Santa Barbara as part 2 of my birthday celebration.  Since Tom plans almost all of our shorter road trips, I didn’t know what to expect when we hit the road, but half the fun is not knowing what little surprises will pop up along the way.

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When I first wore off the shoulder, Spain was the first country I thought of.  After all, they are famous for Flamenco, a beautiful style of dance.  I have been so obsessed with the off the shoulder trend this season.  I had worn them the year before, but with so many great options now, I’m always gravitating towards these ultra feminine pieces.  The large frill on this one made me apprehensive when I first tried it on, but when styled with a great pair of distressed denim and a nice pair of heels, I instantly fell in love.  It’s so girly and so effortless.

After much exploration for the day, we ended the evening at the Four Seasons Hotel.  We dined on the patio facing the beach as the sun went down and finished with a really nice chocolate molten cake.

While I didn’t travel out of country this year for a long celebration, it was as perfect as any other one I had.  It’s more important to live in the moment and enjoy all the special surprises life brings us.  I hope you all have an incredible adventure this week.  One that brings pleasant surprises and lots of laughter!

If you enjoyed this post, please leave me a comment below.  Have you ever travelled without knowing where you’d be next?  What is your favourite local spot? I’d love to hear.

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Xo,

Miki

Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ.

Outfit: Top by SheIn available here. Bag by See by Chloe (old). Jeans by Paige Denim. Perplex lace up heels in black here, similar grey ones here. Sunglasses by Asos available here.

Thank you SheIn for sponsoring this post. 

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74 Comments

  • Reply Candace August 8, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Girl, I am in love with that blouse! The larger ruffle detailing is so chic. Glad you enjoyed your getaway. I love spur of the moment trips 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    • Reply miki August 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      I love the large ruffle. I think I’m a little obsessed now. 🙂 Thanks so much, Candace!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Vanessa August 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I love road trips, and happy belated birthday! I’m a leo too! Oh, and you look stunning, Miki! I love your top!!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Reply miki August 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks so much! Ohh, Happy Birthday! I hope you had an incredible day with loved ones!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Adi August 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Great shots!! You look amazing!

    Adi xx
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    http://www.instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

  • Reply Kavya August 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Oh so cool!! Love road trips! Happy belated birthday, love! You look absolutely beautiful. That ruffled top is so gorgeous on you! <3

  • Reply Anya Dryagina August 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Blouse is just amazing! Beautiful summer image and wonderful photo!
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  • Reply Foxmystyle - Beauty, Grooming,Editorial Blog August 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    You look lovely, dear!

    xo
    http://www.foxmystyle.com // Skincare Blog Philippines
    Good day!

  • Reply Christine Kong August 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    So much to love about this outfit from the off the shoulder top to the white denim and those amazing heels and fun sunnies! I am surprised you didn’t know where you were headed but dressed perfectly for the occasion! Santa Barbara is such a great town to explore and feel peaceful in. What a beautiful birthday experience! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      I kind of just let Tom plan. We generally reciprocate. I always love getaways for birthdays. I’m not into the big birthday she-bang anymore and it’s just so much fun to surprise someone else. Santa Barbara was definitely beautiful! Must go back. Thanks so much!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Lauren Owens August 9, 2016 at 12:13 am

    So amazing photos, you look so beautiful dear!
    xo

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Lauren!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Violette August 9, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Love this top! The food looks delicisous and pretty place!

    http://violettedaily.com/

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Santa Barbara is definitely a pretty spot. I can’t wait to go back! Thanks so much, Violette!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Rachelle August 9, 2016 at 2:57 am

    this blouse is gorgeous, love this look.

    xo
    PinkSole

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Obsessed with OTS right now. Thanks Rachelle!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Elisha August 9, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I really love off shoulders. I never get tired of wearing them really. Anyways, loving your outfit babe! You look so stunning with it!

    Elisha | http://loveelisha.net

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Me neither! I’m obsessed with OTS. Thanks Elisha!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Neha August 9, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Lovely clicks and Gorgeous U my babe…xoxo, Neha
    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks Neha! So sweet of you.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Dora Toubanaki August 9, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Love the outfits! This top is dreamy!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      So sweet of you. Thanks so much, Dora!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Molly X August 9, 2016 at 3:55 am

    So good!
    http://mollyx.com.au/
    xx Molly

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Molly!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Jamie August 9, 2016 at 7:24 am

    this looks incredible! I am hungry now 🙂
    xxo
    Jamie
    http://www.jamieeverafter.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      lol That’s hilarious.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply The Fashion Folks August 9, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Sounds like a lovely stop at the road trip, Santa Barbara looks so lovely! And love the off shoulder top! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks a bunch!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Kait Elizabeth August 9, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Love love love this amazing top! Hugs, Kait
    http://www.makeminemaroon.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      I love it too. It’s on repeat. I think I wear it at least once a week now. ? Thanks so much!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply danielle August 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

    adore your photos and this look is so cute!

    http://www.avecdanielle.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much Danielle! The hubs does a great job photographing, right?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Missy May August 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Happy birthday to you, beautiful! Wishing you all the best. You look amazing! Off-shoulders are so classy, but sexy. Great photos! 🙂

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Aw, thanks so much! OTS are so great for any age, aren’t they? Feminine, but not too sexy. ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Sharon Wu August 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

    These ruffles are SO fun! I love this entire look from head to toe. Stunning as usual <3 xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      I agree! I must have addictive personality because I keep getting ruffles now. lol Thanks Sharon!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Luci's Morsels August 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    What a great post, Miki! You look fabulous in all your shots, the photos are awesome! Road trips are such fun!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks Luci! So glad you enjoyed the post. I can’t take credit for the photos. The hubs does a great job photographing, right?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Dadie Bradshaw August 9, 2016 at 11:45 am

    So beautiful, love all these pic!

    Kisses, DadieB. ~
    dadiebradshaw.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Dadie! ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Emily August 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I love your outfit and your trip sounds amazing! I love the Spanish style in Santa Barbara as well. Happy belated birthday!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Such a pretty place, isn’t it? Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and for the lovely comment!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Jessi Malay August 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Such great photos and I love the heels!

    XO, Jessi
    http://www.mywhiteT.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks Jessi!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Tessy August 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    You look amazing!!! lovely outfit..Thanks for sharing

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks Tessy. Glad you enjoyed the post!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Jessie August 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Love the top and the shoes!
    They look so gorgeous on you!

    xx
    Jessie
    http://www.4evajessie.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Jessie!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Susanne - Bag at you August 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    You look so beautiful!! I would love to visit Santa Barbara as your pictures just look amazing! My husband took me to LA for my birthday!! Aren’t birthday-travel-weekends the best?! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      I love birthday travel weekends! I’ve been doing them almost every year for probably a decade. They’re so much fun! 🙂 Can’t get enough. I hope you enjoyed LA! Thanks so much!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply DEMELER August 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    looks so gorgeous on you!
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Fay August 10, 2016 at 2:34 am

    I really like your look and especially your top.!!!
    xoxo
    Fay

    http://faythisway.blogspot.gr/

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Fay! Loving this top too!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Lora August 10, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Your top is so cute! And the food made me really hungry right now!

    xoxo, Lora | http://www.cherrycolastyle.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Haha Thanks. The food was actually really good!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Jalisa August 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I love the idea of a spontaneous day with that special someone, it’s so romantic and I honestly can’t think of a more romantic place than The Four Seasons! It’s a place my hubby and I have celebrated a few of our anniversaries, so special. Regardless of location, their standards are so eye and so I’m sure you had an amazing experience! The food looks so good and so does the ambiance. You, in fact, do look like you’re somewhere in Spain 🙂 I love that top and you look beautiful as always! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have an amazing day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      It totally has some Spanish touches, right?! I don’t think I live spontaneously on my own as well as I do with my hubs. He makes it so much fun. Four Seasons is such a great spot for anniversaries for sure! Thank you so much, Jalisa!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Face to Curls August 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Happy birthday to you! Your off shoulder top is just amazing Miki! Santa Barbara looks so lovely! Great pics. Thanks for sharing! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks Ann-Marie!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Kelsie Galis August 10, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Loved this outfit on you! I’m a huge fan of ruffles too, can’t seem to get enough! We actually just went to Santa Barbara last weekend too! Its such a cute beach town.

    -Kelsie
    http://www.designlifediaires.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      I loved it! We must go back for a girl’s weekend! Thanks!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Dee August 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Looks like you guys had a ton of fun, I love the idea of spontaneous trips! And this outfit is so perfect for a getaway, the off-the shoulder trend is so chic, and the ruffles on this one look so fun!

    Dee
    http://www.urbanchicblvd.com/

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      I do too. I only really do them with Tom. It’s just so much fun with him. Plus, I can’t get lost in a car lol I’ll constantly be trying to figure out how to get back on track haha. Thanks Dee!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Margaret August 10, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    The tiles tho! They are so pretty! I love your photos! Interesting of you to relate off-shoulder to Flamingo! But did you learn how to dance while you are there? ahahha

    xo Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com | http://www.facebook.com/maleemaleehong

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Haha, no, I didn’t learn Flamenco, but I did learn to salsa dance when I was in high school. I also went for group lessons for a few seasons out of university and used to go to salsa clubs a few times a month. I stopped, so I lost most of it. My hubs and I have also tried one tango lesson, but that’s it. Spain is a huge influence for my husband, and I am familiar with with some of the Spanish influence through my experience in Latin dance and travels to Spain and Cuba. 🙂

      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply BeautiliciousD August 11, 2016 at 2:58 am

    That top is simply so beautiful *-* I cant…. <3

    http://www.beautiliciousd.blogspot.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Aw, thanks so much.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Sheree August 11, 2016 at 3:02 am

    This look is beautiful!! I am in love with the dramatic ruffles and those clear heels! Hope you have a day as lovely as you are.

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks so much Sheree!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Gitta August 12, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Gorgeous pictures 🙂 As a European I really loved Santa Barbara. Definitely have to get back there 🙂

    x Gitta // http://www.gittawitzel.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Yes you do! I love it there. Thanks a bunch!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Reply Vanessa August 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Loving this beautiful collection of images and also that gorgeous top! I’ve been looking for a good OTS ruffle top and this one is so cute!
    Vanessa
    http://www.theretropenguin.com

    • Reply miki August 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks Vanessa! I love this one and highly recommend it. It’s so affordable too!
      Xo,
      Miki

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