Friday Faves: A Full Makeover

Today’s “Friday Faves” post is a little longer than the last, mainly because it’s combining two weeks of favorites in to one! 

A little back story as to why:: Last week, I took some much needed time for R&R with Andrew (after having a really rough week – particularly Friday!) and decided to let myself off the hook for my scheduled post.  Through my blogging journey, I’ve discovered that my path to success is driven by listening to my own needs and allowing myself space to “let myself down” or not meet my self-induced, super-high expectations.  It’s been such a great chance to get to know myself and develop a healthy relationship with stress and my body! 

So now that you know you have a bunch to look forward to and why, let’s get the party started! 

I’ve had such a great time the past few weeks shopping for the new season, updating my tech equipment, and pushing myself to get fit that there’s a huge variety in my favorites this time around.


Let’s start with the device that makes all of my blogging dreams come true – The iPhone!  Not many of you know (because I couldn’t snap, call, or text), but I was in Dallas two weeks ago for a wedding.  While there, I dropped my phone and the screen died. Like immediately. Into a million little pieces.  I wasn’t upset though… Why?  Because I was still sporting the iPhone 6 16G in white and I seriously deserved an upgrade after that trauma.  I could only have 100 photos, NO music, and 3 videos on my phone at any given time.

CONVENTIENTLY!!! The new iPhone 7 was released the day after I got back to Denver!  Of course I decided to go with the rose gold one with 220-something GB of data.  I don’t even know what to do with all the extra memory space, but I love it!  The phone is definitely my favorite version yet.  The button isn’t as bad as people are making it seem; it still feels like a button when you push it and the sensitivity makes it so much easier to handle!   

A few other things I really like about the phone?  The camera – IT’S AMAZING!  I don’t even carry my DSLR camera anymore.  I also really like the Bluetooth headphone capability and haven’t missed the headphone jack.  The last thing I love about my new phone is MY CASE.  A huge shout out to Kate Spade for the party case – the new phone really is worth celebrating!  Shop my case here.


I was so excited for mail day this past Tuesday that when the package came I almost hugged the mailman!  These new Tory Burch sunglasses are absolutely going to be a fall favorite this season.  The yellow ear pieces are the perfect color of mustard and the turtle shell frames are everything.  I love that big lenses with pointed frames are coming back (along with chokers and wide-legged pants!).  I feel like I am reliving 3 different generations middle school experiences! 

The best part, I got them from a wonderful store in Dallas, Carlens Luxury Optical.  They always have the best prices.  If you are on the market for some new shades, give them a call or stop by their store – They are offering 20% OFF to anyone who mentions The Novice Native sent them… in case you didn’t realize, that’s a lot off a pair of sunnies!  They are located in Dallas off of HW75 (Central Expressway) & Park Ln or you can visit their website here.


This week’s fashion find is a two-for-one special!    

I had such a wonderful response to my date night outfit this past week, mainly the jeans, that I decided to feature them today.  They are SO comfy and definitely a FAVE in my closet.  To be honest, I’ve had them for 2 years and still wear them every chance I get…. So where do the magic jeans come from?  Express!  They aren’t selling this color anymore, but I found a darker version of them HERE !

My second obsession this week is this Blanket Scarf.  I have completely jumped on the scarf train.  They are so soft and definitely big enough to keep your neck warm.  I would have to say that my favorite part about this particular scarf is its ability to act like a blanket when I’m really cold; I can take it off my neck, unfold it, and wrap it around my shoulders like a blanket… Needless to say, it’s been properly named. 

(photos by Alex_Takes_Photos IG:: @alex_takes_photos)


Last on today’s list, but certainly not least, is my new tool in battling the effects of my car accident.  I had so many questions about my accident after posting about getting Botox that I decided to share another tool I’ve used to help with the muscle tension and spasms related to whiplash. 

This series of tools is a product of RAD ROLLER.  They are a Denver-based company who create rollers and massage tools that tailor to smaller areas.  If you need an example, the photo above shows me rolling a very small area of my neck without hurting other areas or pulling my hair!  I was introduced to them at a Lululemon event a few months ago and fell in love with their products. (p.s. that's where my leggings are from)

The tiny rollers and balls have been life savers, significantly reducing the number of massages I’ve received since beginning to use them.  I “roll out” my tension spots on a daily basis and use the balls on pressure points I was trained help with overall well-being.  My hands are the primary place I use them, as I spend a lot of time writing and typing.  They provide a ton of relief when I’m starting to feel fatigued.  You can check them out here, and feel free to ask me any questions!! 

My full set of tools HERE

Don't Put Away Your Favorite White Pants!

“No white after Labor Day!”  -- Ever heard that saying? 

If so, I have some news for you! 

Since the news is both good and bad, I’ll give you the good news first.  It’s not a thing anymore – white after Labor Day is completely acceptable.  Now, that doesn’t mean that you can just wear white however you please, there is still a few rules to follow... but I’ll help you navigate them! 

The bad news? You can’t associate with the person who taught you that saying anymore.  They clearly don’t have your best interests at heart. So, say a quick goodbye to your grandmother and pack your bags for better living!

White is one of my FAVORITE fall colors.  Actually, if I’m being honest… It’s one of my favorite colors all year round.  However, during the fall season, the presence of white in an outfit helps to distinguish it from the later trends of the year – winter.  Incorporating white into your ensemble is a great way to keep you look fresh and light, while still allowing you to add seasonal colors like mustard and wine. 

Pairing the white with the right combination is key.  If you try and add too bold of a color to your white pants, you may end up looking mismatched.  To give you an example, I’ve paired my favorite white relaxed-skinny jeans with a neutral charcoal blouse.  This combination allows me to pull in the warmer tones of the fall trends, without going too dark and conflicting. 

Adding a wine colored clutch, in a suede fabric, pulls in another seasonal color, but the fabric helps to make that transition soft!  If I had gone with a harsher bag composition, I would have changed my pants from a distressed/relaxed style to a sleeker style, or a slack looking pant with a crease.  I also chose a lip color in the same family as the bag!  That was a personal preference, mainly because the lipstick is one of my favs (look for my review on it this Friday!!)

To finish off the perfect “fall-white”, I incorporated another neutral color in my shoes.  The beige suede bootie pulls in the neutral tone of the blouse and the texture of the clutch.  This finishing touch allowed my look to come full circle and look polished, complete, and ready for the season ahead!



Photo Credit : Noah Berg Photography (@noahbergphotography)

Long Locks of Golden Sunshine : HERE

Lipstick: HERE (use code "REBECCA" for a discount)

Bootie: Sam Edleman |  Pants: Express | Top: Inspyre Boutique

Shopping Can be Community Service!

I love living in Denver!  I feel like I'm in the center of the "think tank" world  -- every day, I meet new business owners with a passion for making a difference in a new and innovative way.  The passion is contagious and I feel like people here just love collaborating/becoming better together.   Recently, I came across a company I couldn't help but LOVE.  

Liberty USA is a jewelry company based out Denver that aims to assimilate Refugees from all over the world.  Their passion and purpose make them undeniably amazing, but on top of that... Their jewelry is one of a kind.  It's dainty and beautiful!  

The classic, simple looks are perfect for everyone and the knowledge that your purchase helps someone who truly needs all the support they can get it is inspiriting.  I could rave all day about them... but no one tells their story better than they do.  Watch my interview with them below to see why I fell in love with this company! 

** Support the cause:  Purchase your pieces here**

Wait. You got BOTOX?!

It may surprise most of you, but I recently turned to BOTOX to solve a few of my medical needs.  

First things first, let’s get the elephant out of the room! Yes, part of the draw for me was the added bonus of fine-line relief and elasticity retention.  However, the main reason I sought treatment was to help relieve the pain I experience from migraines.

As many of you know, Andrew and I were in a car accident in May of 2014.  In that accident, I suffered several injuries, including a neck injury and a concussion that left me bed ridden for 9 days.  I never understood the severity of concussions until having one myself, so I was floored to learn the long term impact on the brain and cognitive process.  I had never in my life had a migraine before the accident, but after the healing process began, I started experiencing them more and more frequently.  They have continued to get worse, as time has passed, and have become more frequent in Denver’s ever changing climate (mostly tied to the barometric pressure).

These painful, debilitating headaches always leave me frustrated and feeling hopeless.  You can imagine my disbelief when a girl friend of mine mentioned that I should consider BOTOX as a remedy. 

Never the less, my curiosity got the best of me and I started researching injection specialist in the Denver area.  Thankfully, I came across Taylor Campbell, with Restorative Injectables!  I met her for a free consultation and immediately felt as ease!  She went over her bio, which included her experience as a Nurse Practitioner and extensive training in facial aesthetic nonsurgical treatments.  She explained the muscles system in my face that were causing my migraines, and also explained my worsening “11’s” between my eyes!  After that appointment, I knew that if I was going to try BOTOX, Taylor would be the one to administer my shots. 

After a lot of deliberation, and research, I felt that BOTOX was a great option for me.  One of the biggest things I considered in my decision was the fact that BOTOX isn’t permanent… if I hated it, or it didn’t work for me, I didn’t have to do it again.  So, I made my appointment.

When I arrived, I had schedule 2 hours for my appointment.  I felt silly when I was leaving 20 minutes later.  The procedure was painless, quick, and I was completely comfortable.  I couldn’t have imagined it could go more smoothly. 

How did things turn out for me?  I HAVEN’T HAD A MIGRAINE IN 6 WEEKS!!!!!  I couldn’t be happier with the product, with Taylor, or with my natural looking non-wrinkled forehead.  If you’ve been considering BOTOX, whether it be for migraines, cosmetic, or simply curiosity… You have to give Taylor a call!


Restorative Injectables by Taylor Campbell


88 Inverness Circle East, A105

Englewood, Colorado 80112

Schedule an appointment today: (405) 620-4575



All photos by Noah Berg Photography (@noahbergphotography)

Weekend Update, Fall Finds, and 4K Giveaway!!

Photo Credit: Alex Martinex (@alex_takes_photos)

Photo Credit: Alex Martinex (@alex_takes_photos)

Happy Tuesday, guys! 

I hope you had an amazing weekend and enjoyed the holiday as much as I did -- Today, I’m going to change up my post a little bit.  I’m going back to my diary roots and chatting about my weekend before I give you the full run down on this awesome transitional ensemble that’s perfect for a new season!  THEN, I’ll be announcing my next give away — I promise you won’t want to miss it!

The Weekend

My holiday weekend started Thursday evening with a home cooked meal Andrew and I prepared together.  Staying home and making a delicious meal together is one of our favorite Date Night activities! 

Friday was quite different, as I spend the day in collaboration meetings and working from Blackeye Coffee with my other half, Hannah (from Styled by Hannah Moon).  We quickly realized that mimosas at 2:00 weren’t going to make themselves, so we decided to take the work party back to my house and turn it up a notch.  If you missed the snapchats, consider yourself lucky! 

Saturday was started off a bit hazy, but quickly made headline in the weekend line up with awesome seats to the Colorado Rockies game!  Sadly, they were able to pull off a "W", but the French fries at the stadium were on point! 

Sunday, Andrew’s parents came to town.  We had a wonderful visit and enjoyed a delicious meal at Cholon, in my opinion, Denver’s best Asian fusion restaurant.  The food was artistic, tasty, and so much fun to eat! 

Monday, we headed over to Unser Karting & Events for some high speed racing.  We had a blast as we barreled down the track at speeds close to 45 mph!  It was a great way to spend the day visiting and laughing at my grandma speeds. 

The Wardrobe Run Down

Now let’s chat what the holiday weekend means for you, your closet, and sanity! 

Fall is an awesome season to break out the sweaters, layers, and natural dark colors, but done incorrectly, you could be swimming in your clothes.  Since we aren’t quite to bone chilling mornings, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to take it one step at a time!  The first step to avoiding that dreaded frumpy look is slowly adding heavier, darker pieces to you summer look.  It will keep you feeling light, but tying in the shift in color palette! 

This look is exactly that.  It’s light and perfect for warmer afternoons, but the suede, black skirt is the exact transitional piece everyone should own.  The heavier fabric and dark color smooth the choppy mixing that can sometimes happen in season change.  Note the thin crop top and chunkier bootie; they balance the look.  Had I chosen a heavier top, that drab, bulky, overpowering fall look would have been in full swing.  On the same note, a strappy heal or flat would have done the opposite – it would have pulled the look too far back and started looking too summery. 

Keep these quick tips in mind when styling your transitional look – you’re going to look fabulous!

The Giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce that I have finally hit 4,000 followers on Instagram!  I am so thankful for all of my followers and the collaborations that make me successful, so I have decided to thank you all in a different kind of way. 

This week, I’ll be rolling out a new giveaway on The Novice Native.  One lucky follower and a friend will be going on a shopping spree, compliments of moi!  Each winner will be sent $100 gift card to Nordstrom to help fill out their fall wardrobe.  In just a few days, on Instagram, I’ll be posting a photo with specific instructions on how to enter – unlimited entries are accepted!  Check out @the_novice_native over the next few days for your chance to win!

If you don’t have Instagram, I don’t want to exclude you, so sign up for my email newsletter and I’ll be sending you a link to enter!! 

Thank you again for making The Novice Native everything that it is.  I wouldn’t be here without you all!



Understanding Affiliate Programs:: What You Need to Know About and ShopStyle

“What in the world are all those crazy links I see on people’s Instagram posts?”

As a blogger, I get this question all the time!  The short version of the answer to that question is: “It’s an embedded hyperlink that allows you to shop a blogger’s look directly from your email!”  However, the short answer is sometimes just as confusing as the idea itself!  Ugh!  So, I thought I would take some time and explain what exactly they mean, and how you (as everyday fashionistas with real lives) can benefit from them!

Let’s start with the big picture.  The only thing those weird, shortened links mean is that the blogger or individual you follow has an “affiliate account” with one of two companies!  ShopStyle and are the two brand accounts that professionals often work with! 

But what is an affiliate account?  It is an online hub with several retailers participating (including Nordstrom, Free People, and Sam Edleman) that bloggers become a member of.  It’s a way for bloggers to monetize their looks and helps generate an income from people shopping their looks.  If you’ve ever wondered how bloggers make a living, this is it!  Still not sure what it is?  Here’s a breakdown:

Basically, bloggers post pictures in their clothes, snaps of decorations in their house, or create “wish lists” of their fashionable wants and they post them on social media for you to see and share!  They make money (a small commission) from you purchasing the same items they are wearing.  It’s a way for them to be a social influencer, in a sense! 

But how do you (the lover of those adorable shoes) shop the look or items?  It’s easy!  You sign up for a consumer account.  Don’t freak- you don’t have to sign your life away and all of your personal information is kept in your wallet when you enroll!  All you do is give them your Instagram handle (example: mine would be @the_novice_native) and your email address… They do the rest! 

Once signed up, when you “like” or “<3” a photo on Instagram that has an affiliate link, you are sent an email with all of the products you see in the image.  You aren’t obligated to buy them… It just makes it easy for you to keep track of items you’ve loved in one place where you can find them again, in case you wanted to wait until payday! 

If you ever wanted to see all of the items you’ve liked, all you have to do is sign into your account on their website.  Your profile would have all of the items you’ve liked in one place, making it easy to shop those looks at any time after liking them!

Another place you can see affiliate links is in a blog post… Like this one!  :) Often times, a blogger will add photos or links of the items in the post directly to the content.  They look like ads/photos, but they are actually linked to their individual accounts to keep track of referrals! 

So now that you’ve got a full understanding of the whole “affiliate world,” I know you are dying to sign up!  You have nothing to lose (and you know it’s not scary anymore)..  so let’s get started:: 

*NOTE* You will want to sign up with both sites, as bloggers often use one or the other--  Nobody likes to miss out!

All photos beautifully captured (and left unedited) by Alex Martinez of @Alex_Takes_Photos