Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Shirt Dress for any occasion

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Who is ready for some fun this Halloween weekend? I can’t believe we are quickly flying into November and the holidays are upon us (my favorite time because it’s totally okay to just eat all the cookies and cakes you want). Also a time to remind ourselves how blessed we are – more on that later.

I spent this past weekend with my friend Melanie at the Digital Influencer lab presented by the FAB Counsel. I got to hear a great blogger speak, Elizabeth Keene from A Keene Sense of Style. That and getting to spend some time with my friend Mel (Something Dashing) were about the highlights of Saturday. On Sunday I cleaned my whole apartment, I literally went into maniac zone for about 3 hours. Does anyone else do that? I don’t particularly like to clean so I let it get quite messy for about two weeks or so and then I freak out and get OCD about cleaning every corner of the apartment. Only for it to get dirty again….and the cycle repeats – haha

My outfit is from the event over the weekend, I wasn’t sure what to wear that was both professional and stylish. Then I thought, bam, you can’t go wrong with a shirt dress! I’ve had this sweet number for a few months, and it is unfortunately sold out now, but not to worry…I found a few great shirt dresses out there! LOFT currently has some great one’s and they are on sale too.

Hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween! I may or may not be a skeleton.

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Dress: Classiques Entier via Nordstrom (old), very similar here, here, and here. Two of my personal favorites from LOFT here and here.
Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Watch: Michele Deco Two-tone
Handbag: Zara

Casual Friday with Madewell

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I haven’t had a Friday post in a while, so I decided to create a casual outfit featuring Madewell to take you all into the weekend! Who doesn’t love Madewell!? It is the perfect brand to look towards when you want to find something that is both casual, comfortable, high quality, and classic.

Cheers to the weekend!

Leather skirts and pink walls

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When it comes to fall, I love leather everything! Leather jackets, leather pants, leather skirts, leather tops! Leather or well designed faux leather, both work for me. 🙂

Naturally, I had to feature this leather H&M skirt for you as it is a great peace for work or a fun party. You can dress it with tights, boots, and a chunky sweater for the winter or you can dress it with heels and a blouse for the office. I’ve had the skirt for about 2 years and the color is perfect for fall! If you’ve noticed, maroon is still a big color for this season – not to mention it looks nice with this pink wall.

Since this exact skirt is no longer available, I found a few great options for you all! Wowza, there were so many great pieces out there that I couldn’t just pick one or two. My favorite is this A-line skirt in green. So gorgeous! J.O.A always has such great skirts, they are one of my favorite brands. If you prefer a pencil skirt, this one also by J.O.A is a great “little black leather pencil skirt”. It would look amazing with a white blouse.

I found two favorites in maroon as well, this pleated skirt is perfect. Or even better is this Blank NYC skirt with button details!

Also love this neutral color, it goes with everything and can be worn into spring. Last but not least, who can ignore a fun FRINGE leather skirt?? This skirt is playful and well priced for a fashion trend!

To pair with your future leather skirt, I picked out a few neck tie blouses. I’m loving those lately and they are everywhere! Another great piece to wear to the office either tucked into a skirt or a pair of pants/jeans. My favorite blouse is this one!

Now that the outfit planning and shopping is out of the way, what is everyone doing this weekend? I went to a Luke Bryan concert this past weekend with my close friend Melanie from Something Dashing. We had such a great time and Luke was total eye candy! This weekend I am planning on relaxing and I will be attending the Digital Influencer Lab in Santa Monica.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Tory Burch and Ipad mini Giveaway!

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Happy ‘Almost weekend’! I have another great giveaway to get you all through the rest of the week. 🙂

A group of bloggers and I teamed up for this cool prize. We are giving one lucky follower a gift package consisting of a gold Ipad Mini, authentic Tory Burch tote bag, Tory Burch shoulder bag and a Tory Burch wallet, all valued at approximately $1,900! You can enter by following as many bloggers as you want on the Gleam widget below. Each follow is an entry into the contest and a better chance of winning. Good luck!

Tory Burch + iPad Gold Mini Part 2

Big Bear Lake, California

I recently spent the first weekend of October at Big Bear Lake, and as promised, I will share a little bit about my trip and recommend a few activities and restaurants for you all. First of all let me say, I had the BEST time of my life! Life was getting to a point where it was just too hectic and I needed to get away – if you live in LA you know what I’m talking about. I was itching for nature and quiet – that small town feel with absolutely no traffic and super nice people. Luckily, it exists about 2.5 hours outside of LA – yipee there is hope!

We arrived on Thursday 9/30 late in the night, which was sort of a bad idea/thrill at the same time. I didn’t realize that we needed to climb almost 7,000 feet in elevation in complete pitch dark. Think winding roads all the way up with fog and bad visibility. It was both spooky and exciting at the same time, luckily there is no snow at this time of the year so we survived. We received our cabin through an auction, but it is also available on Cool Cabins for daily rentals. I have nothing but amazing things to say about the cabin, it had more than enough room and the location was perfect! Better yet, Marcus the owner was so accommodating and easy to work with when booking. Below are a few pics:

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On Friday we had a helicopter tour booked to see the community from above. I HIGHLY recommend this tour to new visitors, especially on your first day! Our tour was short but sweet, and can be found through the Helicopter Big Bear website if you look for “Tour Juliet”. They have different tour lengths and ranges, and their pricing is great.

Here is a quick clip I took of our tour, yes I am a little ADD on this ride (definitely wouldn’t make a good camera man) but I was so excited so I had to tape all around! Can you imagine the tour with snowfall? I definitely want to come back in the winter to do this!

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On Saturday we had a few fun activities that are an absolute must as well! If you come up to Big Bear during the non-winter months, definitely go FISHING! It was so relaxing and so much fun! We used Lucky Bear Fishing Charters and they were absolutely amazing! You’ll mostly be fishing for rainbow trout. Mike and Trish are the boat owners and you can truly tell they love their sport. They even stayed an extra hour and a half out on the water for us! Some pics below:
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As you can see, this post is quite different from my typical outfit posts. I have absolutely no make up on, I did not wash my hair that morning (hence the cap) and I’m totally dressed down. Oh, and don’t mind that booty that creeped into my last photo. Anyways, it felt awesome to escape for a little bit and change my wardrobe to comfy sweaters and UGG boots!

Another must-do activity while at Big Bear is the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain. If you want to feel like a kid again, you totally need to go down this bob-sled style slide. For $6 per ride, you also get a nice view while taking the chairlift ride up.

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Our Saturday night ended at Oktoberfest which was a ton of fun! Great food, beer, and music! If you are visiting Big Bear around late September or any time in October, this is another must stop. Unfortunately I had a bit too much beer and forgot to take any other photos beside the one below with my friend Kristine 🙂 Clearly were very happy about our full beers.

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Last but not least, I have two food recommendations for you all. We only ate out at two restaurants and both were DELICIOUS!

Himalayan Big Bear – Had Indian and Nepalese food. They have great lunch specials

Grizzly Manor Cafe – Famous for their breakfast. The line can be rather long on weekend mornings but it moves quickly. Pancakes are a must because they are the size of your face!

Hope you all enjoyed reading about our Big Bear trip! What is your favorite weekend getaway in California? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

Because I match this wall…

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I know some of you are probably thinking “why is she posting a maxi in October!?” Well, it’s because California STILL hasn’t realized its October and because this wall is worth posting! This is my last summer look though, I promise! I wore this maxi a few weeks ago to a BBQ. It was a Nordstrom Sale purchase, but I found one more color offering for you available. Yea, I know, you’re probably looking for that perfect maxi for Fall – haha. Hey, some of us might be shopping for spring/summer waaay early.

If you’re curious about this wall, it is cool for pictures and can be found in Venice on one of the side streets in Abbot Kinney.

Now that we are all summer’ed out, I will have a post about my trip to Big Bear coming soon, as well as a cute outfit post perfect for the office. Stay tuned!

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DRESS: Nordstrom sale purchase, exact same dress with different color pattern here
NECKLACE: Received via Rocksbox, sign up HERE
SHOES: Tory Burch Miller
SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker, wearing a less expensive version here, and here
CLUTCH: Purchase from this summer, sold out