April Vibes

Oh man, I’m so late, we’re already nearly half way into the month! Better late than never, I suppose (how many times have I used that excuse?).

I’m really inspired by color this month. April is technically the first full month of spring, but it’s practically the start of summer here in LA. And color is giving me all the happy spring time feelz.

I hope you find some lovely inspiration for this month! Here’s what’s catching my eye and inspiring me for April :

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I was never a shopaholic, or the type of person to use retail therapy to get myself out of a funk. Being a middle child, I often received hand-me-downs; I loved them, but I suppose because of it, I never truly developed my own personal style. Until recently, I just saw clothes as a necessity and not much else. A few years ago, I came to the realization that I had a wardrobe full of items I didn’t like wearing. I felt like my clothes didn’t suit me anymore; they felt juvenile and unfashionable. They didn’t express my personal style. In fact I didn’t know what my personal style was. But it certainly wasn’t being conveyed by the clothes hanging in my closet.

Then I discovered the coveted CAPSULE WARDROBE. It seemed to have all the answers I was looking for! A limited and curated collection of clothing items that looked great together and made you feel great wearing it.

I was hooked.


I obsessively started making lists of all the clothes I would have to make the perfect capsule wardrobe. But when you’re not really sure what your personal style is, that’s pretty hard. My lists from 2 years ago look very different to what I would have written 2 days ago. I kept on making lists to make sure I would only have items to make the PERFECT capsule wardrobe.

But perfect never happened.

It’s been a few years and I still haven’t committed to my own official capsule wardrobe. I just never felt like I had the perfect capsule wardrobe hanging in my closet or that I was “ready”.

BUT, I’ve used the concepts of capsule wardrobes, along with the help of blogs like Unfancy and Into Mind, to guide me, and I now have a set of clothes that I love to wear.

For me, the goal of the capsule wardrobe wasn’t to help me curb a shopping addiction, or limit the amount of clothes I owned. Instead, I used it as a tool to help me define my personal style. I wouldn’t say my wardrobe is perfect, but I definitely feel much more confident in my clothes.


Since I’m not trying to kick a bad shopping habit, I took the principles of a capsule wardrobe, and used in a way that suited me. Here’s my take on the project, as well as a few “rules” that I broke.

  1. You can only have 30 pieces : Since my goal isn’t to limit my shopping or curb impulsive buys, I never felt the need to stick to a strict number.
  2. Those pieces include shoes, bags, and accessories : I’ve never owned a lot of these items, so again I wouldn’t see the need to limit myself. I’m not the type to go crazy over bags anyways (although I know I would buy too many pairs of shoes if my wallet would permit it).
  3. You need to change out your clothes every season : I live in Southern California; I can wear sleeveless tops in December. We don’t really experience extreme seasons, so I don’t feel much need to switch out clothes every 3 months.
  4. You can’t go shopping until the change of a new season : As a college student with a part time job, I don’t necessarily have the luxury of buying a mass of clothes all at once. I try to make a list of things I need/want, and keep my eye open for those items when my wallet permits (thrift stores are great for this!).

Have you been bitten by the capsule wardrobe bug? Do you have a capsule wardrobe? Or have you wanted one but haven’t been able to commit to one like me? Let me know in the comments below 💕




Last week I had the absolute pleasure of having my picture taken by none other than Christine. She’s a real sweetheart with a love for cameras, and I couldn’t say no when she offered to snap some pics of me.

We drove around Long Beach looking for cool spots, talking about edible weeds that grow in alley ways, hitting up some thrift stores, and sipping on some drinks from Portfolio (coffee for her, tea for me).

I’ve been a fan of her YouTube channel and have been watching her content for the longest. Some of the big reasons why I loved her channel, other than the fact that her content is seriously #goals, was that she 1) Lived in Long Beach and 2) We had (nearly) the same name (I’ve yet to meet another Chrystene, but Christine is close enough). One day, after learning our full names (first, middle, AND last) are weirdly similar (like, cosmically similar), I messaged her on Instagram and we’ve been friends since.


As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really grown to appreciate Southern California more and more. I didn’t know anything but SoCal, so I didn’t realize how diverse everything is here. Seeing it through other people’s eyes (on Instagram or YouTube) made me want to explore and experience more around here. It’s certainly not as glitzy and glamorous as some idealize it to be (have you seen LA? Like, really?), but we’ve definitely got a lot of cool sh*t to see and do around here.

Long Beach will always have a special place in my heart, although that sentiment goes out the window when the parking is particularly sh*tty (seriously, parking can be worse than LA).


Learning to feel comfortable in front of the camera has been a process. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% there, but I’m certainly trying.


I decided to switch hats, because #whynot ?




I’m a big fan of farmer’s markets, where I can support local growers and get in-season, sustainable produce (I know, how LA girl of me).

Long Beach has a scattering of markets throughout the weeks, and I hadn’t been to this one in ages. I came mostly to hunt for any end-of-the-season persimmons I could snap up, and luckily there was one vendor who had some! They were soft and a little beaten up, but I picked up a half dozen firm fruits to satiate my persimmon craving.


I also picked up some golden beets, dinosaur kale, and broccoli (3 for $5!) while I was there. Veggies are my favorite.

I’ll have to start coming to farmer’s market’s more frequently, if for no other reason than to sample free apples and pomegranate juice.


  • Denim Jacket : Target
  • Lace up Top : H&M
  • High Waisted skinnies : Levi’s
  • Leather Chelsea Boots : Dorothy Perkins
  • Market Basket : Givaway, via Alyssa Cates
  • Bandanna : Old
  • Cat Eye Sunglasses: Amazon



Even if you don’t buy into the “new year, new me” BS, it’s hard to deny that January 1st often feels like a fresh start for the upcoming year. I know people usually say something along the lines of “can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer!”. But a new year won’t automatically bring you happiness, opportunities, or success; you still have to work hard and kick a$$ to achieve your goals. That being said, I’m going to take advantage of the beginning of a new calendar to get my priorities in order.

Here are some of the things I’m vibing for the month of January, including DIY’s I want to tackle, outfits I’m loving, uplifting ideas, and goals I aim to complete. Think of it as my mood board for the month.


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A year can seem like such a long span of time, and yet it goes by so quickly! As I look back on this year, I see my successes and regrets. There are so many amazing things I got to experience this year, and yet there are things I wish I had actually done, but didn’t (for one reason or another).

Instead of dwelling on the negatives of 2016, I want to use them as an opportunity to improve in 2017. Here are some of my goals and aspirations for the new year:

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1. SHARE MORE HERE ON LEAFVEINS. My goal is to share, inspire, and create a community for other like minded, creative babes, or anyone looking for some inspiration

2. MAKE, MAKE, MAKE. I’m a creative at heart, and I’m sorry to say I’ve been neglecting my artistic side for too long. I love making, drawing, painting, and and I intend to do much more creating in the new year

3. SAY YES TO OPPORTUNITIES. I want to grow more as a person, and I want to take on more opportunities that help me to do so

4. PROCRASTINATE LESS. I am SO guilty of procrastinating, and it has led to a number of late nights cramming for exams or last minute scrambles to finish assignments. It took me 20+ to (hopefully) finally learn my lesson

5 . RECORD MORE. I have terrible memory, and one of the best things I started to do this year is to post more on Instagram to help me not only share my (mis)adventures, but catalog events with pictures and captions. I want 2017 to be full of more shared memories.

To end on a positive look, here are some of the amazing things I got to do and experience this year:

  1. Witness the Superbloom at Death Valley
  2. Have my 6th birthday!! (I’m a leap baby)
  3. Celebrate 5 years together with my boyfriend
  4. Finally visit the LA arboretum and solidify in my mind that I want to be an Environmentalist
  5. Worked as an intern for an LA based Environmental nonprofit over the summer
  6. Walk amongst giants in Sequoia National Park
  7. Have one of my best friends return from his 3+ years in the Marines
  8. Meet a handful of YouTubers/content creators/creative babes who I really respect and whose content I love
  9. Go to FYF (Fuck Yeah Fest) in LA where we saw LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Todd Terje, Peter Bjorn and John, Mac Demarco, and other amazing musicians
  10. Finish my second to last semester before earning my Bachelors in Ecology and Environmental Science

Here’s to the end of another year, and the hopeful beginnings of a new one. Happy New Year!!




How about a bit of wreath inspo to get the holiday spirit rolling? These modern, minimal wreaths make my heart a flutter. They’re great because they can be made for Christmas, or honestly for any time of the year.

Feel free to get creative with the foliage, too! Pine is a classic, but try using eucalyptus, olive, magnolia, sage, lavender, boxwood, or even araucaria (monkey puzzle). They can all provide lovely texture a bit different from the usual conifer leaves. You could absolutely buy the leaves, but I’m a big advocate of free plants! Look outside in your garden, or ask your friends if you could forage in their yard.


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Who said a wreath needs to be a circle? These angular wreaths look so darling, and are quite easy to make.

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If you’d rather go with a traditional circular wreath, try spicing it up; use a metal hoop and leave some of it exposed. It adds a very sculptural, artistic effect.

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