Thursday, February 27, 2014

OOTD: Pink and Cobalt Blue + $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Hi Ladies,
Happy Thursday..the weekend's almost here! Ready to do a little shopping on Saturday? If so, I've got a site you have to checkout: Before I Shop (BIS). Their goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make the most of your shopping experience:

  • Current sales
  • Product reviews
  • Outfit Inspiration
"Every day people" provide the product reviews, so if you find a Brand Contributor with your body type and style, you can just buy what they buy! :) Personally, I love scrolling through the different outfits to see how people have styled items from the stores I love.

In addition to being a user, I am currently a Brand Contributor and am teaming up with them to give away a $50 gift card to a Before I Shop store of your choice:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Giveaway will run until Thursday 3/6/14 12am MST and I will announce the winner within 2 days. 

Here are a few reviews I did:

And now back to the post... :)

I couldn't get as close as I would've liked but I wanted to show you this simple nail design. I dabbed the 'Spoiled' polish near the base of my nail. Then dabbed Nicole's near the top (it has larger flakes). Then dabbed a little more 'Spoiled' at the bottom and spread it to the tip. The effect is a sort of glittery-ombre look. (You can buy both of these polishes at the drugstore.) Enjoy!
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Monday, February 24, 2014

3 Ways to Style a Wrap Dress + The Liebster Award!

Curvy, Petite Outfit Ideas | Professional and Casual-Chic Fashion and Style Inspiration | 3 Ways to Style a Wrap Dress

Hi Ladies,
Who doesn't love the simplicity and flattery of a wrap dress? It's great to throw on when you have nothing to wear, but unfortunately it comes with a few challenges to work through. Never fear! Here's my guide to overcoming them:

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Few Days in So Cal!

Hi Ladies,
Sorry, it took me so long to post this. My mom and I took a road trip to San Diego and Santa Monica for NYE. We had a wonderful time and I want to share our favorite experiences. This post focuses on two of my favorite and fashion!

What We Ate:

I had a Mollette with vegetarian chorizo. I am not vegetarian and could not see how anything could hold up to real chorizo...however, this was delicious! They use a black bean spread and make their own bread...fantastic...especially for about $6. My mom got the quiche and it looked really good too...more cheese than egg. :)

Do yourself a favor and go here...I could take up an entire 2 pages writing about them, but I will try to be concise. Their slogan says it all: "eclectic cuisine of small plates infused with chocolate, vanilla or caramel". Think sweet and savory.
 spiced pumpkin french toast - not too sweet, but came with syrup if you want it. Filled with pumpkin cream cheese and some sort of cream. Also sprinkled with candied ginger...mmmm.

 garlic parmesan biscuits

avocado benedict - comes with a burnt carmel hollandaise sauce, which i know sounds weird on eggs benedict, but it was really subtle. This is now my favorite eggs benedict in the world!

basil mimosa...basil makes everything better!

A great place to eat when you are doing the rounds at the Nordstrom in Santa Monica. This is one of Nordstrom's specialty restaurants and features tapas. I've eaten here the past 3 times I was in L.A. and everything I've ordered has been delicious.

Asian Latin fusion...tapas and small plates...the drinks and entres are always great! Our favorites were spicy jumbo crab guacamole and tempura asparagus tacos. I would've had pictures, but got distracted when the food came. :( I highly reccomed checking out their "all you can eat" tapas brunch which includes brunch cocktails!

What I Wore:
This was my favorite outfit!

Pearls/ Rhinestone Necklace/ Top (old, Limited)/ Pants/ Shoes

Where We Stayed:
We stayed in a stunning hotel in Santa Monica: The Shore Hotel.

I highly recommend it for couples...checkout the picture below:
Yes, the entire wall dividing the bedroom and bathroom is made of you a clear shot of the shower and toilet. My mom and I stared at each other in horror until the bell hop explained that you can lower a shade for privacy. :) Thank goodness!

Question: Where have you traveled lately?

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Hi Ladies,
I am a girly-girl, but I'm not a big pink wearer. Maybe it's because I'm petite and don't want to look too cutesy, but something about it is speaking to me this season! Therefore, in honor of V-Day and  because pink is a happy color, I've done a spread from Banana Republic w/ cute pink dresses and accessories for your special day. (Looking for the perfect perfume to compliment your outfit? here.)

I also wanted to give an update on week 2 of my Chow Locally experience. (What is it? click hereWhy am I sharing these so-so pictures of obviously non-gourmet food? Well...I want to share my adventures as I finally do what the doctor ordered and eat more vegetables! I signed up for this vegetable delivery service on a whim when I saw the flyer on a table at work. It's only $23 bucks a month and they deliver to my local food store, so I thought...if it's in my kitchen, then i'll have to eat it! I also hope that you will share your recipes and tips with me. :) (This is not a sponsored post.)

Week 2's Box
This has turned out to be my favorite box, because I've made so many delicious things! Plus the cabbage, romaine, grape fruit, oranges and potatoes last forever!

Collard Greens - Yum! Great recipe and soooo simple.

Honey Glazed Radishes - If you like glazed'll love this. (I do not like glazed carrots...oh well, at least the picture was pretty) recipe

Roasted Cesar Salad - Good...kind of like kale chips but more moist (recipe). 

Citrus Cheesecake - I've bought all the ingredients, but haven't cooked it yet, so I'll let you know next week! (recipe)

Finally, I wanted to share an update on Mary's trial. My little one is now in kitty reform school awaiting trial for her home invasion "incident". (For more details, click here.)  If you are interested in contributing to her legal fund, go to 

(This is a kitties were harmed in the making of this post. She is actually sitting in a kitty tree and I have no idea why she is looking so pitiful and forlorn...she must have known I was going to write about her.  :) )

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Monday, February 10, 2014

OOTD: Pussy Bows Galore!

Hi Ladies,
I loooove these pants from Gap! Bright colors cheer me up and these are so comfortable to sit in. Did I mention that Gap makes them every season in a new fun color? (Right now it's cobalt blue.)

So, I've paired these pants with another favorite of mine: Bow Neck blouses (aka. Pussy Bow blouses). There were a couple fit issues that I had with this outfit, as I always do since I"m only 5'2":
1. I shortened the pants.
2. I took in the sides of the blouse for a more fitted look.
3. When I originally did a single loop with the hung down too far (see pic). This will probably look good on a tall person, but not on me. So, I looped the the bottom tie over the knot a few times so it would be shorter. I would also try to copy how Gap styled the knot: (see pic).

Thanks for visiting with me today! I hope you have a week full of outfits that make you smile. :)

(For more bright inspiration, see January Shopping Haul)

Click on pictures below to buy. (Similar items have been substituted for shoes and bracelet.)
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rocks Box Review (Plus a side of Chow Locally)

Hi Ladies,
It's Wednesday...hump day! Only two more days until friends, shopping and happy hours take over our lives. So, to get the fun started early, I want to answer two important questions: should you rent jewelry and should you let someone who you don't know and has never met you select said jewelry? Let's find out!

My 1st Rocksbox: