April 15, 2015

Coachella Inspo for Summer Fashion

Conveniently occurring in the Spring, Coachella (which started last weekend and continues this weekend) always inspires me for summer and vacation fashion. It is one of those events that not only celebrates warm weather fashion, but it flaunts it. And living in an area with cold winters, it is a welcome reminder that summer and more vacay trips are right around the corner! So whether or not you are able to attend Coachella or are just following it on the internet, instagram etc., it's time to get summer ready...

(photo credit: top photo via harpersbazaar.com)

First, let's start with this gorgeous hand bracelet from Kendra Scott. It's boho-chic which epitomizes the fashion looks typical of Coachella. But it's also elegant and delicate, and would be a stunning accessory to many other types of outfit looks. Since my own personal style is more minimal and I tend to lean toward more structured and covered up looks, love this bracelet for its more subtle edgy and boho style.

Some other Coachella inspired outfit pieces I'm loving now. Click on the individual photo or 'shop the post' below for the deets...

And of course you can't forget your sunglasses. I'm obsessed with Ray-Ban sunnies, because they are lightweight, have an adjustable nose bridge, and they are a classic! Get them mirrored for that extra summertime/vacation look.

Since the original aviator style doesn't work for a lot of face shapes, especially ones with small bridges like mine(!), I have the more rounded 'New Classic'.
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Happy Wednesday!

April 12, 2015

Adidas Superstar Originals for Old School Cool

Currently obsessed with these Adidas Superstar Originals. An old school classic, they are as cool as ever and an easy way to add chic to a casual, daytime look. This week I'll be planning my vacation for the summer and will definitely add these to my packing list!!


top photo: via WWD.com (Simpson Kim)

April 2, 2015

Must-Have: The Bucket Bag

A bag trend still going on strong for Spring 2015, the bucket bag is a must-have bag silhouette this season and into the Fall. Fashion-forward as well as classic, the bucket bag is a practical blend of a structured and slouchy shape in one bag.

The three gorgeous bags above are from Mansur Gavriel. On my wish list, these bags are probably responsible for sparking the bucket bag craze which started last year. So it's no surprise that they sell out almost as fast as they become available! Fortunately, there are many other fabulous bucket bags in a range of colors and embellishments/details to choose from. Below are my 9 picks to get on the trend for this season. Click on the image for details:


Happy Thursday!

March 25, 2015

Today's Beauty Pick - Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum

Trish McEvoy - Beauty Booster - Serum - Skincare
I never really believed the importance of a serum until I tried Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster Serums. These are amazing.

First of all, both contain hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring chemical compound in your body) which is supposed to be a substance short of miraculous to attract and retain moisture. The eye serum promises to decrease the appearance of fine lines, darkness, and puffiness while hydrating, brightening, and firming the under-eye skin. I’m not sure it actually does all of these things in a measurable or long-term way, but one thing in particular I did notice was that the puffiness under my eyes diminished more than I have ever seen it before. And I have tried tons of eye treatments and moisturizers formulated to reduce puffiness. For this result alone, I’m hooked. Also, my under-eye skin looks instantly hydrated and brighter right after applying the serum. Love the Beauty Booster Serum for the face because it’s an effective way to moisturize/hydrate dry spots without globbing on moisturizer which will just make your makeup slide off. A godsend this past winter! Also, it’s very light and didn’t make me break out (very important for me!). But my favorite use of the face serum was to pat it on in the middle of the day or before going out at night to “refresh” the skin and make-up.

The serums are a bit pricey, but you really only need a few drops so they should last awhile. For me, especially with the incredibly cold winter we had, worth the investment!

Also included in my photo is a House of Harlow cuff and Ily Couture 360ยบ studs, 2 jewelry accessories I love and that I’m wearing nowadays. Get the deets and shop them below!

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Hope you're having a great week! -xo

March 17, 2015

My Juice Cleanse Experience: What I didn't expect...

Last month, I finally tried a juice cleanse. Not the hard core 21 or 10 day cleanse, but a more realistic(is it?) and beginner-friendly 3 day cleanse. To be honest, I didn’t do a lot a research before deciding to do a cleanse.  A friend recommended it as a way to detox from unhealthy eating habits and to hopefully kickstart a healthier way of eating. Since processed foods and pastries have always been a major food group in my diet :), I thought a juice cleanse may be a great way the help me achieve my New Year’s resolution to eat more healthy. My friend actually gave me the cleanse idea 2 years ago, but since it was hard for me to even imagine juicing for one day, I never got farther than “hmmm, that sounds interesting, maybe I’ll try it”. Fast forward to the end of January in the midst of the cold and snow, and feeling sluggish. I saw an offer from Gilt City to try a BluePrint 3-day cleanse at almost 25% off. In one of those ‘today is the first day of the rest of your life” moods, I bought it without hesitation. (Btw, I had already heard a lot of great things about Blue Print and know many people who have tried it, so I guess that made the decision a little easier…)

So it wasn’t the experience I thought it would be. I thought I would be hangry (hungry+angry for those of you who are lucky to not be familiar with this condition:)), weak and starving, but actually I felt energized and really alert. Ok, I did feel hungry at various times during the day, but it was more that I missed biting on solid food and having my coffee(no coffee during a cleanse)/snack breaks. Also, you’re “allowed” to have certain solid foods like celery or avocado if you really feel that you can’t make it through. Of course, I’m not saying t hat a juice cleanse is for everyone, but for me, it forced me to get real. I can get through the day without coffee, and a lot of my mid-afternoon lethargy may actually be from a huge lunch and is not always from lack of sleep… Bummer!

These results were not completely surprising though since I had previously heard of similar experiences, but what I didn’t expect was how it affected my body for several days after the cleanse. I didn’t realize that you couldn’t just go back to eating regular food without a major stomach ache. You have to ease into it (they give guidelines), and it wasn’t until about day 4 of the post-cleanse when I could go back to regular food. So no big dinner event, etc. planned right after your cleanse unless you plan on not eating! Another result I didn’t expect was that I became a bit dehydrated even after drinking a ton of water and juice, and my skin(mostly on my face) would slough off for a few days post-cleanse. Not a big deal except this happened right before fashion week, so I went to my first event of the week with super dry and peel-y skin. Not a good look. Last but not least, I lost weight. I expected to lose some water weight, but I dropped to a number I hadn’t seen since before my first child(I have 2 kids), although I definitely do not recommend a juice cleanse solely for weight loss as it can be temporary and not a long-term solution on its own.

Not sure I would do a 3day cleanse again, but I realized that I have more willpower than I thought I did and am more motivated than ever to have a cleaner diet. Those juices were delicious!

March 11, 2015

Via Spiga - Spring 2015

Fashion-forward with high-end quality at more affordable price points, I have been a fan of Via Spiga shoes for years. And even with many of their previous and current season shoes sitting in my shoe closet right now, I'm still particularly excited about their new styles for spring 2015. These images are from their spring 2015 ad campaign featuring model Hilary Rhoda.

A hot trend, the gladiator sandal is a must-buy for spring/summer 2015. Love the Sumner flat gladiator sandal shown in the first image, but since I don't often wear completely flat shoes, love how the ones below are a modified version of the gladiator style with a heel!

A gorgeous studded wedge heel which would be perfect to take on vacation. Right?...

 Also love the military inspired look of these sandals...

Classic yet on-trend with some edgy detail, Via Spiga's shoes for spring 2015 make a standout collection.

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image source: courtesy of Via Spiga (photographer- Sharif Hamza)