Monday

Top 21 Spring Vacation Essentials

I've scoured the internet for the cutest vacation style pieces for Spring 2019. Click on each for info...You're Welcome :)

Tuesday

Top 5 Mistakes When Buying Clothes Online

Today I'm talking about online shopping fails.

What to do when you want to shop for clothing online but are afraid of making returns? Well I have some ideas and suggestions that are sure to create a purchase worth keeping. Sometimes it's inevitable, but there are some key mistakes people make that almost always guarantee an annoying return that can be such a hassle. Here are the top online shopping mistakes people make, and what to do about them so you can hit the big blue button with confidence:)

1. Not paying attention to how the item lays on the model: Does this model have your body type?  Does she wear the same size as you? Likely not, although I'm sure for some of you it's possible.


Here is one example: What can you tell from this picture?
-You can't see the models curves: This is great if that's what you want, however, you need to keep in mind that she is taller than average and has a small bust. 
-This sweater covers her bum all the way down to her thigh. On a person of average height or petite this could really swallow you whole and go down to mid hamstring or farther.
-If you have a large bust, this will drape much differently on your body. 

 2. Not paying attention to the models coloring and features. Have you ever noticed how so many websites only put the brunettes in really hard angles and sharp prints? They also love to put brunettes in high contrast colors like black and whites, while they will put blondes in softer colors like blush or the universally flattering all white. The people in charge usually know what they are doing (they want to sell the hell out of their clothes) so look at their strategy for who they choose to model certain looks. If your blonde and the blonde in the photo looks washed out, chances are you will too. And since they are trying to show this item in the best possible light, my guess is that MOST people will look washed out. 
Takeaway: Look for the models that have similar coloring and your color choice will likely be a success!

3. Not knowing your measurements or size most often worn. Sounds silly, but a lot of people don't really know what size they most often wear in certain brands. 


4. Not doing an inventory of the clothing items you already have in your closet. This is huge. What items look best on you and why? Do you like long and flowy, or curve hugging dresses? What hemline do you wear the most often? Knowing what you gravitate toward in your own closet will help make a purchase that will get worn time and time again.


5. Not reading the item description in full. You may miss out on important keywords like sheer, or runs small,  that would be hard to notice in the online photo. Most sites have suitable keywords in their descriptions if you take the time to look.

Avoid these top online shopping mistakes and you will be able to create a closet full of amazing pieces that get worn  over and over again!

Monday

Top Rainy Day Fashion Trends & Essentials: How to Wear Rain Boots and More

What are good outfits to wear on a rainy day? What are some cozy items to have that make a rainy day wonderful?! Scroll down to see

Los Angeles is having a wet spell! I never thought I'd say this, but its been raining nonstop here. And its COLD! What better thing to do than to stay inside and sip tea while you shop online right?! A girl can dream anyway. I've rounded up the best items to keep your feet warm, your heart warm and your soul filled with a beat-the-blues kind of glee that only happens when you follow natures prompting (the rain, hello) and take care of yourself.  Also, I picked a few different boots and my favorite way to wear them is with black leggings and a tunic, or coat...they can look cute with skinny jeans but be careful not to wear baggy, bootcut jeans.



Sunday

Winter Looks 2019: Add a Pop of Red

This New Year has got me wanting to push the limits a little more...or better yet, a lot more. When I lived in New York I used to have way more fun with fashion. Over the past few years, my flare has died down a bit. Most people around me might disagree but whether its motherhood or getting older or the fact that I live in a sleepier part of LA, SOMETHING pulled me away from my funkier style. 

To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with where I live. It's easy to wear the mom uniform here of jeans and a shirt or workout clothes all day (and really what better way to inspire a quick trip to the gym?) But I just simply FEEL better and more like myself when I dress up and when I find clothes that most people around me likely wont wear (even if that brings on some looks). I mean I did have an older lady stare non-stop at my sequined booties the other day, and I'm pretty sure she didn't like them! Lol, it made me laugh though and brought me a sense of euphoria. Whats better than that? (See how easy I am to please?)

I'm not saying that the above picks are all wild and crazy, but I feel like red is my color this year and I want to have more fun with the way I dress. I also want that boldness to spread into my life. I want to take risks and push myself to do what scares me. Last year was a hard year and on the inside I retreated into a state of fear, anxiety and vulnerability and I need to snap out of that. 

So why not start with the color red? Baby steps right?!! LOL

I love the above jacket so much, I had to feature it alone! I need it in my life!

2019 is gonna be a great year!!

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Monday

Ready For New Years

Hi guys! Been busy busy busy over here getting ready for Christmas, New Years and packing for an upcoming trip... somewhere tropical!! I have been super attracted to anything glittery, so looks like I am all stocked up on fun New Years Eve accessories.
These earrings are all around my favorite. They are the perfect size, super big, but not overbearing.....

I normally wouldnt pick this nail color but now I think I'll wear it even after the holidays...

Anine Bing has the cutest boots ever! Everyone in my part of town seems to have the red ones, so I'm so happy I got the sparkly, glittery, no way you can miss these, blinding booties. And I LOVE them!


So there you have a few of my favorite sparkley things! Enjoy:)
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Saturday

How to Set the Perfect Holiday Table

Easy Steps For Setting a Table
My Christmas table is set and all ready for some fun, laughter, yummy food and the creation of warm fuzzy memories. Speaking of warm and fuzzy, how awesome is my fur table runner?!!
I loved creating this look for my dining table so I'm sharing with you guys my tips for a really wow table setting...


TIPS FOR SETTING A STUNNING HOLIDAY TABLE

1. Pick your colors. I tend to go with one or two or I incorporate different shades of the same color. Here I use all sorts of brazes, rose golds and golds combined with cream. 

2. LAYER! I cant stress this enough: layer the sh!@ out of your linens if you want the table to be warm, cozy and totally unique.
      *Here I use two different placemats. One larger, square cork placemat and then one linen mat placed vertically down the middle of the lower mat. I also use two different table runners. The larger one on the bottom and the soft, fuzzy fur on top.
       *The key to layering is whatever you layer needs to be different sizes and textures.

3. Get creative: Use garlands, tree ornaments, pine cones, or any other non tradition table items. I added the ball ornament garland below on my table last year, and this year went for the glittery twig garland. 
        *Accessories should be placed organically. Zigzag your garland around vases or other accessories.
        *Be sure to use odd numbers of other knickknacks like pine cones or ornaments or whatever other item you choose. 

4. Add a natural element: Flowers are the common go-to here, and I love them, but pine cones, twigs, leaves or branches are a great addition to any holiday table as well.

5. Don't forget napkin rings! They add so much to the setting and are super easy. Many people just use folded napkins but napkin rings are jewelry for your table. IMO they are absolutely necessary!

6. Play around with everything a few times. I walk by and change or adjust things as time goes on. 




Okay, so now for the shopping! Below are some items that will help you create a table similar to mine. Have fun:)


Wednesday

Not All I Want For Christmas but its a Start!

Sharing my Christmas list...for my husband to see especially;)

So many fun items to choose from, and I could probably just keep on making lists! But at some point, I gotta get to finishing up wrapping my kids gifts and getting my husband something special!

Am I the only one who gets sidetracked like this?!!

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Thursday

New Napa Hotspot and What I Wore

Restoration Hardware actually has a restaurant and its as yummy as it is chic and glamorous...Located in Yountville, which is a town in Napa Valley, it is one of the hottest new dining spots! 

The decor is really killer! But then, what do you expect if you are gonna dine at a place that is known for home decor. The chandeliers and indoor greenery make it super unique and ultra swanky. 

Believe it or not, I was pretty casual for a lunch there. Cute casual is what I like to call it. It was a cold rainy day in Napa and plaid with fur felt particularly appropriate on this day:)


A closer look at the boots: I cannot stress enough the importance of a great furry boot in a place like Napa this time of year:)

And heres a great photo of the tasting room, which I sadly didnt get to go to...image via SF Eater, but I will make it a goal to get there one of these days because the space is absolutely dreamy and I can easily see myself knocking back a few in these incredible surroundings!

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Wednesday

The Best Bloomingdales Friends and Family Deals of 2018

This 25% off Friends and Family Sale at  Bloomingdales couldn't come at a better time this year! So many great items for Christmas gifts, entertaining, holiday outfits and cold weather accessories that it's hard to choose just a few. Here's the best of the best, a curated list of the coolest, chicest, most fun items the friends and family sale has to offer! Click on the picture to take you to the item!



So get shopping and click on the pictures before the sale is over December 9th!

Saturday

Top Holiday Gifts for the Girl who Loves Glam


Wow, how is it already the holidays? Here I am, VOWING  to myself that this year will be different. This year I will not be stressed. This year I will SHOP EARLY, and this year I will be that annoying girl at parties who grins wickedly when asked "Are you ready for the Holidays?" and says "I've done all my shopping, planning and wrapping and now I'm just enjoying." How super annoying is that girl anyway? I'll be that girl you want to throw your glass of champagne at, except you wont do it because you're a nice person you are one of my readers and you sincerely would never want to waist even a drop of champs;)
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So without further ado, I have a fun little list of glam gifts for your best friend, your sister, your mamma, yourself. Or for that girl who's super girly and loves anything that sparkles.
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1. This sweater is soft and cozy but has a little sparkly sheen to it. I love it with denim or black leather...or even white!
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2. This sweet little ornament is the perfect addition to a box of chocolates or a gift card. Shows you still put thought into her gift and every time she hangs it she will think of you.
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3. I feel the same about this cocktail shaker. Perfect companion to a gift card or to another small gift, and its super cute and fun for the girl who makes her own drinks.
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4. These paperclip earrings are so unique and special. A little bit of edge and a little bit of sparkle.
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5. I LOVE this sparkly belt! Mainly for the same reasons I love jewelry. when you've got nothing to wear, or no time to decide, throw it on with a tee and jeans and you instantly have a cool outfit.
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6. Liquid Crime Diamond Dew is a favorite of mine for holiday makeup. Its got a beautiful glow, is cruelty free and can be worn I eyes, lips, cheeks or body.
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7. I'm a sucker for pretty notebooks. The prettier the better. And the more of a chance that I will record important information, journal, write to do lists, or even use it just to be creative. This sequined journal is a far cry from some boring drugstore notepad, which I'd likely never use. 

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8. What to get the girl who works out in the morning then runs errands after? These leggings are so cool, I'd want to wear them ALL DAY. Probably chicer than most any outfit I'd have in my closet anyway, they'd be the perfect pants to put on to inspire a trip to the gym!
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9. When all else fails, a pair of sparkly shoes never fails! And these shoes not only have a cool bow you tie in the back of the ankle, they are stacked so they are a heck of a lot more comfortable than a regular heel!

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