Friday, April 24, 2015

STATUS: LBD + GIVEAWAY


This week the sweeties over at little boutique AprilMarin sent me a great shift dress to sport this season. The perfect LBD for Spring/Summer. I love it. It's one-size only but as you can see in the photos, it's a forgiving dress. Totally casual with the perfect hint of sexy evoked by the off-the-shoulder style. 



So....WHO wants to WIN their own adorable "Grace" dress?

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ALL THOUGHTS & OPINIONS ARE MINE.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Natalini Flowers by Crispy - San Francisco

Natalini Flowers....if you follow the blog on its various social media platforms, then you've undoubtedly seen me post all sorts of amazing flower arrangements I've received from Crispy, the floral genius behind Natalini Flowers.

Over the past year my new friend Crispy has teamed up with me, providing me with beautiful flowers for photo shoots, projects, parties, holidays and just because :)

I cannot tell you what a delight it is to receive one of her expertly arranged bouquets. So, I thought with Spring in the air, why not show off ALL the beautiful flower arrangements Crispy has made for me over the past year! One of my small ways of saying thank you AND most importantly getting the word out about her fabulous customer service.

Natalini Flowers by Crispy delivers all over the San Francisco Bay Area so be sure to check out her website and give them a call for your floral needs....and yes, she makes the most magical flower crowns too....


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THANK YOU CRISPY!! XO



Monday, April 13, 2015

A little Spring Swag Bag Giveaway



Who doesn't love a good swag bag? This one is filled with a few different goodies I wanted to share with you to refresh your style as you head into Spring and Summer.

WIN ALL THIS.....



HAIR: DevaCurl shampoo + conditioner + dry shampoo samples. ALL 100% sulfate, paraben, silicone free. ALL are available for purchase online at Peninsula Beauty by clicking HERE.



NAILS: Zoya nude nail polish color "Chantal". Available for purchase by clicking HERE.



FACE: COOLA spf 30 unscented, organic sunscreen samples for face + body. Available for purchase by clicking HERE.


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             Dermalogica spf 50 sun protection for face + body with After sun repair samples. ALL available for purchase by clicking HERE.



WARDROBE: $25 gift card to Le Tote + turquoise necklace.



MIND: "The Woman I Wanted to Be" a book by designer and all-around fashion icon, Diane von Furstenberg. Available for purchase by clicking HERE




ENTER SPRING SWAG BAG GIVEAWAY!

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This giveaway was sponsored in part by Peninsula Beauty Boutiques & Salons

No International Entrants please. USA entries only. I approve of all products presented here. Thank you for your support and good luck!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Read. It's good for you.


I don't read books on a kindle. I actually read the physical books. I like the smell of them. The feel of the crisp pages on your fingertips. The gratification of turning a page and reaching a new chapter. And recently I found color-coding my little collection highly satisfying. I blame Pinterest.

Recently I was asked for suggestions for reading material. So, without further ado, here are a few books I've read and found amusing or interesting or funny or something I felt I could relate to in some form or another. From autobiographies to fiction to thrillers...here's what I recommend. 


1.

"IF YOU HAVE TO CRY, GO OUTSIDE. AND OTHER THINGS YOUR MOTHER NEVER TOLD YOU." 

BY KELLY CUTRONE

Over the past few years, a lot of fashion industry professionals have taken to the literary word to inspire and well, to tell us HOW they made it. They take us through the tough times. The ever-sensational tales from when they invariably interned for this designer or that PR company. And finally finish with the wisdom that all their years of experience have taught them.

I've read a few of these types of books...well, some I've read and others I gave up on mid-way. But one has stuck out. Struck a chord. And that would be Cutrone's infamous, "If You Have To Cry Go Outside and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You." 

After I read this book I found myself inspired by her advice. I think it was after reading Cutrone's sage and blunt words that I got into blogging full-time. Her stories are true and her memories of life before she was the dreaded leader of People's Rev are insightful. Basically she worked fucking hard but also had some great luck with the people she met and worked for. Kelly Cutrone is known for telling it how it is and she makes no exemptions with her book. She doesn't ramble. You don't get bored (as I found myself doing with other books in this genre). What I gathered from this book: Success doesn't come easy and it's something you constantly strive for. And it's not going to be easy. You're going to have to give up things. And keep the tears at bay when the world seems like it's caving in on you. Cutrone easily feeds your drive with her hard, go-getter attitude.

If the fashion industry makes your world go round. Read this. You won't regret it. It's been a few years, but I might just read this one again. Because it's worth it.


2.

"SMART WOMEN"

BY JUDY BLUME

Such an oldie but such a goodie....and maybe I say that because I read it while I was busting through a divorce?? I dunno. But what I do know, divorcee or not, this is a great read. It was juicy. It was hectic. It was scandalous. And I couldn't put it down. And I didn't put it down till I finished it. I mean this is a Judy Blume novel we're talking about. Anyone getting a sense of nostalgia? Or are you wigging out because you've realized that you have to be of a certain age to remember Judy Blume books...lol...

"Smart Women" came into my life when I desperately needed a good distraction. Reading about another woman's trials and tribulations of the heart (albeit fictional) gave me some conviction in my own matters of the heart.


3.

"REVERSAL OF FORTUNE"

BY ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ

So, once upon a time, I was going to school to become a laaaaaw-yer! Crazy right? As a criminal justice major I read anything from A Civil Action to the adventures of Bonnie & Clyde. But one book really grabbed my full attention. Think what you want of the infamous attorney Alan Dershowitz...he's currently been in some unfavorable news. But ever the legal mind, Dershowitz is just as adamant of his own innocence as he was of the innocence of client Claus Von Bulow in the book, "Reversal of Fortune"


By the way, this legal madness was made into a movie starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. Crazy movie, but as always the book grabs your mind and takes it for a ride. Did he do it or did he not do it? That is the ultimate question. "Reversal of Fortune" is based on the true-life tale of the mysterious circumstances that surrounded the death of British heiress & socialite Sunny Von Bulow. This was an excellent read, if you're into real crime.


4.

"DRINKING & TWEETING AND OTHER BRANDI BLUNDERS"

BY BRANDI GLANVILLE

Don't judge a book by its cover...or it's author? So, this may seem like a random choice. What can I say? I'm a die-hard fan of Bravo's Real Housewives brand. It's sickeningly delightful; Beverly Hills and New York City being my favorites....okay, so anyway. Brandi Glanville. She's an odd choice for me admittedly. But her book surprised me. It was almost as if she was talking to you, like a girlfriend, confiding all the happy, sad and just down-right tough times she went through...if you don't know what I'm referring to you're probably not into pop culture and this book would have little interest to you...lol...but for those who know this completely useless information (as I do) Brandi walks us through her highly-publicized divorce from some dude not worth naming. The only reason this was "highly-publicized" was because he left her for country crooner Leann Rimes. Oh brother.

I really liked this book. WHY?? Because it seriously made me laugh. Brandi uses unapologetic comedy to relieve her stress and anxiety and the crazy things she says and does. Her immaturity is admittedly entertaining. And while at times it's a tad heart-breaking reading the tale of a wife, a mother scorned, she just makes you laugh. She "writes" how she talks, and I can appreciate that. It's an incredibly easy read. And funny! 

SIDE NOTE: I read, or at best I tried to read Carole Radziwill's book. Well, it's actually blog posts she kept during the filming of season 5 of the Real Housewives of New York City, compiled into a book form.....was this a bad idea?? My thoughts are unfortunately yes. Not sure what I expected but she's an accredited journalist and author so ummmm.....why was this so hard to read?! It fails to grab and hold your attention. It's dull. It's lifeless. I was bored and couldn't finish it. Please. don't. tell. her....lol...


5.

"THE COLLECTOR"

BY JOHN FOWLES

Basically. I was scared. No aliens or science fiction involved. No ghosts. And I think that's what irk'd me the most about this thriller. It happens in real life. A woman is stalked, kidnapped and held captive in her captor's home. But this tale is told from the perpetrator's view which makes it all the more chilling. 

If you like warm and fuzzy, then this is not for you. It's different. It's uncomfortable. It may cause some anxiety. But it's like a car crash. You want to look away, and you can't. So, you keep reading.


6.

"THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS"

BY GEORGIA DURANTE

True-life accounts of a girl who basically found herself in a world of shit being tied to the mob. Georgia Durante pens a suspenseful story of her life escaping everyone from her destructive and abusive husband to the mob and FBI. Her pretty face compelled her modeling career but it also concealed all the madness surrounding her.

I thought this was a wild ride. I think I had watched a documentary on tv at one time about Durante and it perked my interest enough to google her and buy her book. It's not a happy story but it's a true story.

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There you have it. If you're looking for something different to read, that's my small list for now. Let me know what you think! Have you read any of the ones I mentioned above? Discuss...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Alicia Klein


It's always nice to introduce a new handbag into your wardrobe each season. I was lucky enough to receive my Spring handbag from SF Bay Area designer, Alicia Klein.

At first I wasn't sure how I would style the "Colette" into my days, but I realized pretty quickly this little statement piece works well with me...side note: as a SF Bay Area native, this red/gold bag shows plenty of 49er pride, no? This fabulous little piece retails for $225 and is also available in black & white.








CHECK OUT THE "COLETTE" BAG & OTHER ALICIA KLEIN ITEMS BY CLICKING HERE!


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A little throwback? Here are photos from the first bag I ever received from Alicia Klein when we worked together back in August 2012, almost 3 years ago!





This awesome red croc-embossed, doctor's bag is the "Gayle Jr." and she's available in 3 different colors! Retails for $295.

I think it's safe to say that thanks to Alicia Klein I am on top of the handbag game this Spring.




THIS POST HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY ALICIA KLEIN.
ALL THOUGHTS & OPINIONS ARE MINE.