If you guys know me, you know I love Malibu! That’s why when Foray Collective invited me to stay at their Malibu house for a few days, I said Y-E-S without hesitation. For those of you who don’t know, Foray Collective is a platform for us gals to check out new designers and get inspo from our favorite fashion bloggers + style influencers. Foray works with all of my favorite bloggers, and I’m so stoked that they included me in their “emerging influencer” lineup for a little Malibu staycation. Keep scrollin’ for the four-one-one on the trip plus a new VLOG!
The first thing I want to tell y’all about my staycation with Foray is how freakin’ nice everyone was! The Foray girls [ Lauren, Tiana, Kaitlynn + Kelsey ] are all major babes and super successful, plus they couldn’t have been sweeter. In the *blogging world* I’ve heard stories not feeling welcome or a part of “the group” on trips, events, etc. so I was a bit nervous. Turns out, there was absolutely no reason to be! Along with the Foray girls, there was a group of us bloggers plus a few photographers, a “house mom” who looked after the house and made sure we were taken care of, a bartender [ obviously we loooooved her ] and probably countless others behind the scenes that made our stay AMAZING. After just two days I felt right at home and was definitely ready to move in…wishful thinking!
Soooo let’s talk about the house itself. You’ll get a full tour if you watch my VLOG [ click here! click here! ], but long story short…the house was gorgeous. Payton and I shared a room, and when we walked in, our bed was covered in goodies from Foray and so many of our favorite brands. They gifted us dresses from Flynn Skye and Spell Byron Bay, sunnies from Wildfox and coconut oil goodness from Kopari! The house sits on Broad Beach in Malibu and could not be more beautiful. There was a pool, a hammock, a huge deck where we had cocktails and dinner…oh, and did I mention the backyard is the Pacific ocean?! Yeah, that too.
We spent our days doing a few photoshoots, but mostly laying in the sun, swimmin’ and eating snacks [ you’ll see the snack spread in the VLOG. Let’s just say it was mine + Payton’s favorite part of the whole trip. We had the most delicious home cooked dinner on night number one and definitely took advantage of the bar we had all to ourselves! We went out to a little karaoke spot in Malibu [ yes, you guys, I do sometimes venture out in the nighttime hours ] and spent the night watching drunk, happy people sing their hearts out. What’s better than that?
The last day was dedicated to shooting all the pretty pieces that Foray had gifted us! In the morning, we had hair + makeup people come to the house. I don’t wear makeup that often and was a little freaked that I’d end up lookin’ like a clown, but it turned out super simple and understated! I’ll credit all the sponsors, brands, hair + makeup peeps, etc. at the bottom of this post 🙂
For our last night, we each got to pick out something from Barefoot Dreams to keep us warm at night. Because Malibu can get so cold. **the Chicagoan in me is rolling her eyes right now**
Anyway, we snuggled up and took some group photos and a few ridiculous selfies as pictured above. Then we headed to a local Malibu restaurant where I had the yummiest Mediterranean food of my life. Stacks on stacks of pita bread…yes please! We finished out the night with a few drinks by the beach aaaand in the morning it was a quick [ but amazing ] massage on the balcony back to reality. We were bummed to go home but left feeling so happy + grateful with lots of new friends and new clothes 🙂
Faithful the Brand
Spell and the Gypsy
Lauren Alexandra Photography
EC Style Bar [ makeup ]
Prete Beauty [ hair ]
Zeel [ in home massages ]
Don Julio Tequila
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my profile on Foray HERE!