LA by Diana - Personal Style blog by Diana Marks: May 2015

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May 28, 2015

The Power of a Muscle Car: All New Ford Mustang

I know, I know. This post is long overdue. I've been teasing you guys with this car on my socials for a while now, and finally I have time to tell you more about my Ford Mustang experience. I got to drive the car for about a week and frankly, I have grown quite attached to it :) 
At first, I was a little intimidated to test the car, since I always thought that it was a masculine car, but boy, was I wrong. Even though it's still a true power car, it now has all new sophisticated design and very user friendly interface and ergonomics. It's very easy to operate, extremely safe and most importantly just cool (435 horsepower is no joke)! I felt confident and powerful driving the car around and catching so many looks from the people around ;) The Mustang illuminates class, power and control and drives like a world class sports car for a fraction of a price. Seriously, it's a true statement! 
Since the car is all about freedom, confidence and comfort, so was my look. A daring sweatshirt (I agree with the statement on it by the way ;)), comfy shorts and ankle boots are all you need to look cool without even trying - same goes for the fabulous Mustang!

May 22, 2015

Classy in Black and White and Memorial Day Sale

Memorial day weekend is finally here and I am so excited for sales that are happening everywhere all weekend long! My particular interest is my favorite Lulu's, which is celebrating this weekend by having a HUGE sale with items up to 50% off!!! Check out the amazing selection HERE - I literally want to buy everything now! The sale ends on Monday, May 25th, at 11:59PST. On that Monday (May 25th) Lulu's will be shipping everything for free in celebration of Memorial day! Check out their sale category HERE. The dress I am wearing here is also available - I am so obsessed with it - it's affordable but so gorgeous and well made!

May 21, 2015

Target Loves Everybody


This post is promoted by Target
When Target asked me to discuss this topic, I immediately jumped on board since it's an ongoing battle for me and, I am sure, many other women. We are talking about confidence during swim season. Target is on a quest to encourage confidence and excitement this summer by celebrating every body type with a variety of swimsuits in styles, sizes and shapes that fit everyone.
Let's talk real. We all have our insecurities when it comes to a beach body. The first time I approached this topic on the blog was two years ago (read here), but not much has changed since then. Except for the fact that I learned that the right fit of swimsuit is the key determinant of your confidence on the beach. I usually spend days looking for a perfect swimsuit and try countless options (whether it's shopping online or in store). My body is pear-shaped (no matter how much I hate it, so I might as well start loving it :) ) and therefore picking the right swimsuit that accentuates my advantages and hides my flaws is extremely important. After trying countless swimsuit options at my local Target, I found this one - it highlights my body's natural curves and, most importantly, hides the widest part of the body with a little mini skirt, making it appear more proportional. I love the retro theme of the swimsuit - it's definitely one of my favorites.
But now that I have invested so much time and money finding the right swimsuit, I don't need to limit myself to the beach any more. There are countless layering options incorporating my swimsuit into a variety of summer looks. I can style it with pants and skirts, and even throw a blazer on top of it for a professional office look. But my favorite look so far is the one below. It is a perfect one for a classy weekend shopping stroll, a nice mid-summer brunch or a romantic July date. The swimsuit therefore is a centerpiece for any occasion ;)
Love your bodies, stay confident and have fun this swim season with Target ;)

May 17, 2015

Princess in Pink

There are some dresses that immediately make you feel like a real princess. This one from Maje is one of them - full skirt, beautiful texture and gorgeous pastel pink color came together in a stunning piece. I am definitely in love with it. Happy Sunday!

May 15, 2015

A Pop of Color

Sometimes color-popping doesn't necessarily have to come from clothing. I was wearing this all-white look the other day and decided to create a pop of color not even with accessory, but with a useful thing - a bottle of water that I carry with me anyways :) Happy Friday!

May 11, 2015

Pineapple Mood

I have been obsessing with Ily Couture's Pineapple tops and this one is my favorite! It's so fun and so easy to style. Went with extremely ripped boyfriend jeans with busted knees and fun sunnies. Added Ily Couture's necklace and other golden accessories for a touch of glam. Happy Monday!

May 4, 2015

Let's Cook: healthy, easy and delicious!

Most of you are probably aware that I don't cook. At all. My wildest cooking achievements are boiling rice, making an omelette and making two-ingredient pancakes. I am a great smoothie chef though, but that's another story ;)
But recently things have changed. Ever since I have partnered up with Blue Apron and tried out their service, I think I might have discovered my new passion. Not for cooking in general though, but definitely for cooking with Blue Apron.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this subscription meal planning service, each week they deliver farm-fresh ingredients in exactly the right proportions straight to your doorstep. The ingredients come in a refrigerated box with a step by step cooking guide of your meal. What's even more exciting is that their meals never repeat themselves, which means that every time you get a box, there is a meal you've never had before. It definitely saves a lot of planning time, creativity, grocery shopping and waste from unused ingredients. Moreover, they offer a large selection of recipes on their site, and are always adding new dishes to their menu every week. I am already eyeing to try a few other recipes form their site, particularly Swedish Style Turkey Meatballs. They look so delicious!
With free shipping, no commitment (you can skip and cancel the service any time!) and shipping to over 80% of the country, it's definitely a service to try! By the way, you can try your first 2 meals for FREE: just click HERE and join!
The meal that I am showcasing today is Almond-Crusted Cod with Coconut Rice and Ginger Spinach