Monday, January 12, 2015

Stella McCartney - Serious Style hits Stanford Shopping Center


After a mimosa-filled brunch at Max's yesterday afternoon, bestie and I decided to go introduce ourselves to the newest kid on the block.

Stella McCartney moved in to Stanford Shopping Center last month, ushering in some serious style to the South Bay. Stella could have easily planted her roots in San Francisco or obnoxious Santana Row in San Jose. But she wisely selected Palo Alto and I have to say, I'm definitely a new fan.













This was my first experience with Stella McCartney.
And it was marvelous. Love at first sight.

Style that is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Stella is shaking things up in Palo Alto.

Major thank you's to Mary for welcoming us into their fabulous new outpost and allowing us to play dress-up and dream a little dream...

And thank you to my partner in fashionable crime, Kim Dao, for snapping away while I pranced around in the most delicious McCartney pieces. 


Check out the NEW Stella McCartney store located within Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, across from Macy's.


XO

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Necessary Clothing. So necessary.


Latest obsession? Necessary Clothing. 

Bumped into this trendy little gem last September whilst shopping with my auntie in New York.

Best. Find. Ever.

Talk about shopping and saving! I love everything from Necessary Clothing. Trendy clothes that definitely don't break the bank...because trends come and trends go...so dropping lot's of cash on clothes that are hot today and not so much tomorrow won't be an issue at Necessary Clothing. More importantly, I have no complaints thus far with the quality of everything I've purchased. Most times, "you get what you pay for" doesn't always mean a good thing. But I couldn't be more happy with my budding NC wardrobe.

Check out their website. So much good stuff. They definitely got me to step out of my box a little. Here are some of the outfits I've scooped from Necessary Clothing.





HAVE FUN SHOPPING & SAVING WITH NECESSARY CLOTHING!

WWW.NECESSARYCLOTHING.COM


Saturday, January 3, 2015

These boots were made for walkin' or runnin'...seriously.



Purchased during the Cyber Monday madness of sales, these boots by a company called 'The Flexx' are my new go-to's. Soft, buttery leather. The top folds over as pictured above OR rolls up to completely cover the knees. Extremely comfortable and durable. But most importantly low-profile and chic. I could literally run around the block in these, no problem. They're THAT comfortable. I had never heard of 'The Flexx' before now, but Nordstrom seems to carry quite a selection of their shoes. This particular style is the "Senator" and they can be purchased by clicking HERE! They're popular, so only a few sizes are still available. Although I got mine while they were on sale, their current price is $239 and worth every cent.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Adios 2014! It's been real.






2014....can't say I'm going to miss ya.

I'm more than ready to welcome in 2015.

A new year...a new chapter for me in more ways than one.

My home is getting a much-needed face-lift. Built sometime in the 40s and practically untouched since then, my amazing parents are setting me up with a brand new kitchen, bathroom, new living room sliding doors and fresh paint throughout...fresh paint for my home and metaphorically speaking, fresh paint for my new life as a single lady.

For those of you mystified, my husband and I separated and divorced in November. Not an easy decision by any means, especially after 10 years together, 6 of those married. And so, here I go...embarking on a new life. 31 and single for the first time since my freshman year of college!

It's hard to remember what life was like before I was attached to someone and admittedly, I'm excited. Excited NOW....because 3-4 months ago, excitement was surely not my frame of mind. Divorce frightened me. Saddened me. Depressed me. And even though it was my decision to go through this big change, I went through all the stages a divorcee typically goes through. You wonder if you're making the right moves. You worry about regrets. You wonder what everyone will think. You grieve over the chapter of your life you're closing.

I've decided I'm going to be happy. Happy and healthy with a new perspective on life. Everything I've done and everything I do is shaping the person I'm still becoming and my experiences, the good and the bad, are all essential to who I am and who I will be.

I'm so thankful. No. Beyond thankful. For my parents. For my aunt Esther and Uncle Tony. For my dearest friends, Kim, Rachel and Karen who all have been my rock, keeping me grounded and sane. The advice. The words of wisdom. The truth. The comfort. The support. The love. The understanding.

And I can't forget my dog Willy...the only "man" in my life for the time being...thank God for a pooch to snuggle with...he's my favorite partner in crime and been right at my side through it all. 

Thank YOU to those of you who have been following the blog since day 1. Your comments and messages via social media put a smile on my face and keep me inspired to keep doing what I do. It's tough to keep me down in the dumps for long. It's just not me. I've always been determined and inspired and I plan on keeping it up! Onward and upward my friends because it can only get better from this point on.

So, ADIOS 2014 and CHEERS to 2015 and the journey. And Happy New Year to you all!
Much love always,

XO



My fabulous lace top/skirt combo is from Necessary Clothing. A super trendy BUT super cost-friendly shop I discovered in New York and happily am able to shop online from my home in California.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Playing with color








Fall is arguably the most beautiful, the most colorful time of the year. I know my East coast readers are probably effing hate me right now. 65 is cold to me. I wore leggings beneath this lace maxi dress to keep me warm & cozy. A black leather jacket instantly transitioned a Summer maxi dress right into Fall. These colors are amazing...I've been getting messages asking me WHAT am I using for my "no-fuss" makeup and HOW is my hair pink today and back to blond-ish tomorrow??

ANSWERS


Scunci hair chalk I found at CVS for around $7. The chalk glides onto your hair so much easier by using these little straightener-looking tools. The chalk pops in and out, depending on what colors you want to use. SO easy. AND THE BEST PART. It's chalk. It washes out in the shower. Done and done.

However, before you get carried away coloring your hair, BRUSH it. Curl it. Whatever. Style it however you want it. Then make sure you use a good amount of hair spray to make your hair more coarse, allowing the chalk to adhere better. I use Bumble & Bumble hair spray and Dry shamps. 

Some tips.....
Just like any hair styles, fresh, out-of-the-shower-and-just-blow-dryed hair is not going to be the best for hair chalking. I usually do this hair style 2-3 days having gone w/out washing my hair. YES. I go as long as possible without washing my hair because it's GOOD for your hair. Your hair's natural oils are good for it AND for hair chalking.

I use the dry shamps 1st and then liberally spray that hair spray around, everywhere. Where ever I want hair chalk, I spray.

AND since my hair is both dark brown and blonde (love the ombre trend) I can honestly tell you that the hair chalk color really only looks THAT awesome on the blonde part of my hair. Which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. So, my fellow brunettes, you can give it a try but you'll probably end up just as disappointed as my sister was when she tried it out on her brown locks. So, in this case, blondes really do have more fun.

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA TARGET ($5)





MAKEUP STUFF....

Very rarely do I use foundation. I'm always afraid it's clogging the shit out of my pores whenever I'm wearing it. However, when I do use foundation, I've been prone to use Oxygen Wow & Fake-up by Benefit.

Bronzer & Blush....I'm the ultimate cliche by using "Laguna" & "Orgasm" from NARS.

To go with my pink hair yesterday, I used new fave "Vanessa" lipstick also by NARS with a clear, mirror-shine gloss by Bobbi Brown on top. I ONLY wear this gloss on a still day. Wind you say? Keep the gloss away. Otherwise my hair will be a permanent fixture on my mouth. 

Eye liner is always a bitch for me. Seriously. I'm talking liquid liner. But I recently found one I'm not screaming at. Revlon's liquid liner. Keeping me sane and my flick's on point.

The easiest smokey eye ever can be achieved just by using "Voluminous Smoldering" Eyeliner by Loreal. I use it in grey. It's a chubby pencil and the grey color is perfect.

Makeup Forever...where have you been all my life? New fave. So far I'm a big fan of their lipsticks and now their mascara.




For my every day pout? It's all about those darker hues. Take it back 90s style...no, not the hair. Dark lips are always a good idea...I use Fresh Sugar lip balm in plum with a dab of Burt's Bees new lip gloss in "starry night".


Hope that answers some questions.

Have fun with color this Fall!

XO