Monthly Archives: December 2015

Holiday ready in a LBD!

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It’s almost that time folks!! Less than 2-weeks left until the frenzy is over – admit it, you know its quite the frenzy. During the days and weeks leading up to the holidays most of us are attending some sort of parties, whether it is a ‘friendschrismukkah’ or a work holiday party you absolutely have to have that go-to dress to pull out of your closet. That’s what LBD’s are all about, am I right?! They are the ultimate closet staple for all your special events.

I wore this number to my boyfriend’s work holiday party (my company doesn’t have one because I live remotely, so I have to live through his- haha). The dress is a tad bit more on the conservative side, but perfect for a work related function. The leather bottom tones the lace down a notch which is definitely more my style. All hail a touch of leather in everything and anything! 🙂

Now to the big question, who has completed all of their Xmas shopping? I’ve been a total procrastinator, for legitimate reasons though. A big one is because my job is at its peak right now so it’s keeping me extra busy and too tired to shop (I know, can you believe it), but another is because I can’t stand the mall crowds – Ughhhh I’d rather see the dentist than fight the LA crowds during holiday nightmare. I’d say we can all be glad for online shopping!

Enjoy your week!

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Dress: Last year style from Trina Turk, similar here, here, here, and LOVING this fun dress.
Clutch: Old. Similar here and here
Pumps: Louise Et Cie ‘Hermosah
Watch: Michele Watch Deco in two-tone
Earrings: c/o Manic Trout, wearing “Amara” earrings. Use code dddiaries for 20% off!
Fur Scarf: c/o Worn Foxtrot circle scarf. Supports refugee women at Catholic Charities in Forth Worth.

Casual Days

Sometimes you just gotta go casual, or almost all the time.

I have to be honest, as much as I love dressing up (and most of my posts have been some type of dressed up), there is nothing I love more than being casual and comfortable. You’ll find me in outfits like this one almost every weekend, but that’s what weekends are for, right? All of us have some type of job we have to report to every day of the week and for the majority that job requires you to get dressed up or at least not show up looking homeless. So, once the weekend hits all bets are off! 🙂 Don’t wash that hair, put your stretchy pants on, and binge on Netflix. Just kidding…that sounds quite nice but I almost never end up doing exactly that. I typically use my weekends to run errands, work on ze blog, and maybe squeeze in some yoga or the gym.

I bought this top at H&M and I LOVE it! It is not too thick and feels extra soft; it’s also longer in the back and has a slit along the sides for extra comfort. As you can see most of the colors are already sold out so I will likely snag the gray, beige, and black before they are all gone. I had to point out the sweater, but if you are curious about the rest of the outfit check out the bottom of this post.

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One last thing…as I was sorting through my photos to use for this blog post, I got a great laugh. I thought I would share the not so glamorous world of blogging with you and provide you with a laugh as well. As some of you know, I dont have a professional photographer and my boyfriend takes all the pictures posted on this blog. While he is amazing and supportive, he has absolutely no photography experience and sadly for him I am a die hard perfectionist. Thus, he grudgingly ends up having to take what feels like a million shots until I can choose the top five or six that I can use for a post. Thank you B! During this photo shoot I tried to do the cliche “mid jump” photo for you all. Let’s just say it didn’t turn out so well and I had to give up on it. Below is one of my attempts (of the many I deleted). Hey, ya gotta be able to laugh at yourself!

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Happy Hump day!

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Top: H&M
Jeans: Banana Republic, almost sold out but similar and on my ‘wish’ list here
Booties: Sold out. Similar here, on ‘wish’ list here
Bag: Goyard. Some colors currently available on Gilt, otherwise visit Goyard for store locator.
Watch: Michele Deco Two-tone

Holiday Gift Guide – Under $100 & Giveaway

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Happy Friday! Below you will find my holiday gift guide (for practically anyone) at $100 or less. These are great for co-workers, sisters, moms….you get the picture. 🙂

kai Gift Bag • $98
Chronicle Books ‘The History of Modern Fashion’ Book • $85
Dior Beauty Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm NM Beauty Award Finalist 2015 • $33
Charbonnel et Walker Fine Sea Salt Chocolates & Truffles • $40
Jo Malone London Jo Malone TM Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Candle • $85
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Creme de Corps’ Collection ($91 Value) • $66
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Eye Mask • $80
Argento Vivo Personalized Small 3-Initial Letter Monogram Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusive) • $98
Kate Spade New York Dot Shaker • $50
UGG ® Australia ‘Fashion Shorty’ Tech Glove • $100
Nordstrom at Home Brushed Throw with Pompoms • $78
Gift Boutique RABLABS Pedra Coasters • $68

To top off this awesome Friday, I have also partnered with a few fellow bloggers to give you an amazing giveaway! We’re giving one precious follower a gift package consisting of a brand spanking new 13.5″ Macbook Air and a set of Kate Spade tote bag and wallet all worth approximately $1,800! There are 118 ways to enter! See below for details:

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Macbook Air + Kate Spade

How to Rock the Monochromatic Outfit!

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We definitely can’t doubt that the monochromatic look has been ‘in style’ all year round! What better time to rock it than this Fall! I pulled my look together by combining pieces that were already in my closet, no shopping required.

The thing is, we are creatures of habit, and I bet if you were to take a deep look into your closet right this moment, you would notice that you consistently veer to THAT color. Whatever THAT color might be (just don’t pick black), you likely have a variation of shades to put together a monochromatic outfit. For me, THAT color has been green (olive green to be more precise). I don’t know what it is this Fall season but I am loving everything green. Maybe because it relates so well to winter, or the fact that olive is a huge trend right now.

Nonetheless, follow the steps below to create the perfect monochromatic outfit:

1. Take a look at your closet and find which color combination you have most of (this was the way that I combined my outfit). You can also choose to start with one main piece, such as a jacket or skirt, and then work around that piece – This may require shopping if you do not have enough variations of one single color. Different textures and shapes are welcome, the main rule here is to keep the color consistent but feel free to play around with pattern or shade of color.

2. Once you have chosen either a few monochromatic pieces from your closet, assemble them on your bed and play around with ideas to see which combinations will form the best possible outfit. Fashion is about personality and comfort, thus you have to love your outfit before you walk out of that door to start your day!

3. Add accessories! This is where you can (and should) step out of your monochromatic color and add a personal touch to the outfit. I wouldn’t over accessorize, keep it simple because you want your outfit to take the lead – not your accessories.

4. Shoes – they do not need to match your outfit. I played it safe here with black as it is very easy to match with anything.

Good luck!!

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Skirt: Old from H&M. Similar style here. Loving this, and this leather skirt.
Top: Topshop, select colors available.
Leather Jacket: Similar at $100 here, similar at $275 from Theory here.
Pumps: Old Ivanka Trump, similar here.
Clutch: Chelsea28, similar here, and here.