Finally, a Monday I am excited about! I don’t know about you, but a three day work week sounds beyond thrilling if you ask me hehe :p I spent the weekend putting together some amazing gift guides for ya’ll – ICYMI check them out HERE + I began putting together some great looks for the holiday season! One look I shared last week is perfect for Thanksgiving with friends or family + today’s look is another great option for Thanksgiving wear as well.
I will be staying in LA for Turkey Day this year…which gives me extra time to take advantage of some great Black Friday + Cyber Monday steals + deals (which are starting even earlier this year, leaving more time to shop)! I will put together a full guide by Thursday so you can shop after your yummy feast (oh how I love turkey + stuffing).
One Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale I am excited to shop is Old Navy’s! While I am not sure of what their promo will be yet – it is always a good one year after year. Old Navy has been one of my favorite go-to stores for head to toe style at an affordable price point for years now. Whether it is their chic outerwear, on trend shoes or cozy knits + sweaters, Old Navy always has what I am looking for…including what to wear for the holiday season or how they like to call it, HoliYAYs!
One of my current favorites of the season is this fall fresh look I put together thanks to great styles at Old Navy.
I have always been ‘mad for plaid‘ so when I spotted this plaid button down top in a soft washed fabric I knew I needed it! What I love about this blouse is that you can wear it various ways. Since I decided to pair it with this suede button up skirt, I felt tying it in the front would add a little ‘somethin somethin‘ to the look 😉
I also styled it loose with a pair of jeans + heeled booties (stay tuned for that look). This skirt is something I typically wouldn’t have went for but I decided to give it a shot + I am so glad I did! It comes in maroon, navy + a camel hue – all great options for fall occasions + get-togethers.
Velvet is all the rage this season! From dresses, to bags, to blouses + even shoes…this material is my favorite since it is festive for the holidays + is so chic to style.
I’ve always felt that Old Navy had the best selection of ‘on trend’ shoes for an affordable price, and these velvet ankle strap sandals are no exception. These babies are under $35 + come in maroon, black + leopardprint. Style them with jeans, skirts, dresses + more…the best part? They are comfortable!!
Since I always like to throw in a designer bag with my look to mix + match high and low, I paired this look with my Chanel.
Let the countdown begin!Thanksgiving is just days away + that means time to come up with exciting topics to chat about at dinner with family and/or friends + most importantly what to wear! I am getting myself on track with healthy eating + portion control this season, so what better way to be mindful of what you are eating on Turkey Day than by wearing skinny jeans that will be sure to let ya know when you’ve had enough stuffing for one night hehe :p
I had to dress up the jeans with a little hint of orange because I always think ‘orange‘ when I think Thanksgiving. The perfect top? This ruffle asymmetrical sweater from Pleione. It is cozy, stylish + isn’t too dressy for a family lounge session after dinner but also isn’t too sloppy to be seated next to grandma at the dining room table haha…
These jeans are super comfy because they are a jegging like material but they also button so they give ya the warning when chowing down on delicious turkey.
If you are in a cooler place for the holidays, this top is great to layer with a faux fur vest as well! When I was in NY I always opted for a vest because…why not right? 😉
This Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis bag is my obsession + I highly recommend it to be on your holiday wish list however tracking this beauty down is a bit of a challenge because it is currently a year long wait list for it (no joke) haha However they have similar styles available now at certain LV locations.
These nude ankle strap heels are amazing. Not only do they match with everything but they are great for dressed up or casual occasions.
My sunnies are from Diff Eyewear! I have been dying to try out their sunnies so when these beauties got sent my way I was beyond excited! These ones will be on sale for Black Friday so be sure to snag yours as a ‘gift to you‘ next weekend!
On Tuesday’s I wear pink or maybe it’s just anytime I am at Peggy Porschen in London hehe ♥
I am sure you saw this little pink slice of heaven all over my Instagram story when I was in London last month (if you missed it, don’t worry – this post is pink filled to the max + will make you want to hop on a plane to London right now!) Before I headed off to London I made a thourough list of all the places I wanted to visit AND a list of all the places I wanted to shoot new outfit photos at…a place that made it to the top of both lists? Yep, you guessed it, Peggy Porschen, the home of the cutest insta photo spot + delicious treats (which naturally I had to try in between shots) + a great place to people watch as passerby’s looked at me like a looney for taking endless photos of my white tweed jacket with faux fur trim while my photographer was stopping traffic to get the ‘insta worthy shot‘ lol The things we do for the blog + social media #TheStruggleIsReal :p
I am BEYOND obsessed with this girly look: 1) because it involves my brand new Chanel I purchased in Paris the day before AND 2) it includes pink, tweed + faux fur…what else does a fashion obsessed gal need in life? Am I right? 😉
The jacket makes such a statement and matched perfectly with the feminine design of the cafe along with my pink skater skirt. I broke up the light colors with hints of black from my bodysuit, shoes + bag.
I loved wearing this bodysuit with skirts around London since it doesn’t ride up, sucks everything in haha and it is really comfy no matter what you style it with. I was always terrified of bodysuits (the thought of having to take it off to go to the bathroom scared me haha) but I got over it + I am SO glad I did.
In between snapping photos, my photographer and I had to try some yummy treats that Peggy Porschen is well known for. One of their signature cupcakes is this beauty below (sorry guys but I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me but I assure ya it was delicious).
Fun Fact: I am not a coffee drinker, so anytime I have coffee in a photo, it was purchased for that sole purpose…the photo 😉 haha That was the case with this cup that had to be snapped because who doesn’t love lips in their coffee?!
My shoes + bag are timeless classics. Black never goes out of style…neither does Chanel or a chic pair of heels…this outfit happens to have both!
These black ankle strap heels are currently on sale at Nordstrom + are a MUST HAVE for every wardrobe. Mix + match them with any look you are going for no matter how dressy or casual…they literally go with everything.
Ready to sip on a ‘lip’ covered latte at this pink cafe? Me too! London here I come…well in another month (December can’t come soon enough) ♥
Time flies by so fast when it comes to the fall + the holiday season. Crazy to think Thanksgiving is just weeks away, followed by Black Friday shopping + prepping for holiday parties and gatherings! One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is planning holiday parties. Whether it is an office party, a family gathering or a larger event, there is so much to do + so little time. Luckily, I am teaming up with BasicInvite.com today to share how easy it is the create custom holiday party invitations + photo cards with just a few simple clicks!
When it comes to throwing a great party, the invitation is pretty much the first impression of what is to come…the pressure is on, and what better way to do that than creating a custom theme or design that suits your style while having over 180 different colors to choose from along with various envelope designs + foil accents to add a little glitz + glam!
What I love about Basic Invite is that the site is easy to navigate + there is just so much room for creativity. With over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs, you are bound to find something personal to you that will stand out amongst the typical store bought cards shared throughout the season.
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print + feel (paper quality is key) before they have to place a final order. Now this is something I think is genius, nothing is worse than ordering something online (especially a bulk order of custom invitations or cards) + them not coming out as expected. By being able to order a sample, it makes the process seamless + guarantees satisfaction so every order is a happy order…one less thing to worry about this holiday season 😉
While I will be in London this holiday season, I am tempted to order holiday cards just because they are so pretty! From the chic fonts, to the creative details, Basic Invite has everything you need for spreading joy this season.
As if the amazing cards aren’t enough, Basic Invite also has an address capturing service which allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social platform to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account + can then be selected during the design process so each individual card + envelope is customized. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no extra cost on all Christmas card orders! Woohoo! (The less I have to handwrite the better hehe…I have the sloppiest handwriting ever :p)
I don’t know about you, but I have always been one for treats over tricks hehe 😉 My idea of the perfect treat? A new outfit of course! One of my favorite treats is receiving packages from Tobi.com. They have everything I am looking for no matter what the occasion…including this tiered skater dress!
I am not one to dress up for Halloween but maybe I will go as a blogger this year haha (imagine) 😉 Whether you are trick or treating or heading to a party tonight, a LBD (especially a skater dress) is always a good idea. Simply style it with some platform heeled sandals like these beauties from Seven Dials and you are ready to go!
I love the flared sleeves on this dress + the deep v style. It is great to wear on date night or for a night out with the gals.
The cotton material is super comfy and what I love most about Tobi is that they always have the best sales, which for a girl who loves a bargain, is always a win.
Plus, online shopping to me is always a ‘treat‘ because when the order arrives at your doorstep it feels like a present haha even though you ordered it…it still is a exciting surprise when it arrives!
So can I just move in? That’s what I was saying the entire time I was exploring the ‘Reimagined‘ Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa this week! From the delicious dishes specially curated by Chef Paul at the Citrus & Palm Restaurant, to the relaxing ‘rain massage’ at The Well Spa, to the amazing pool + comfy room…I felt like I was at an island oasis and the best part? It is only 2 hours away from LA and the hustle and bustle of the city!
Indian Wells is my favorite place to go to on the weekends when I want to just unwind + rejuvenate…finding the perfect place to do that is always a challenge but with the great amenities at the Miramonte, you will be in good hands.
When I arrived this adorable macaroon cactus was waiting for me in my room (if you know me, you know I love some macaroons – I am a slight Ladurée addict hehe). I love the thoughtful details a resort thinks about to make the guests’ stay that much better, this was a sweet way to start my trip before heading to a 6 course dinner at their newly renovated Citrus & Palm Restaurant.
From steak to seafood to delicious dessert, the Citrus & Palm Restaurant is a 5 star restaurant without having to leave the resort and when you are on vacation, that is exactly what you need…good food, good times + not leaving your oasis! What I thought was so cool about Chef Paul and the curated menu at the restaurant is that he incorporates citrus flavors from the resort grounds to include in the dishes. Also, all of the dishes are made with healthy ingredients making them that much more delicious because they don’t have the guilt factor you usually get when eating well when you are away 😉
Speaking of food, these are the yummy Lemon Panna Cotta Pancakes topped with berries that I had one morning thanks to the amazing room service at Miramonte. These pancakes are ones I am STILL dreaming over because they were so so good…like beyond delicious I kid you not 😉
After enjoying the delicious meals it was time to hit my favorite place…the spa!
The Well Spa was beyond relaxing and I tried out their ‘rain massage‘ which included aroma therapy and elixirs being dripped up and down my spine during the massage. The spa mixes holistic practices with relaxing moments making you feel like a new woman when you leave. The spa also has a eucalyptus steam room, a salt water pool and shaded cabanas making it the ultimate place to spend your day relaxing (which is exactly what I did following my massage).
After the spa I headed to the pool which had some of the cutest pool floats I ever did see! ICYMI – I am obsessed with pool floats and color so these beauties were the perfect touch for an afternoon swim!
Whether it is splashing around or laying out and working on your tan, Miramonte has everything you need for a peaceful getaway!
Happy Monday Babes ♥ I feel like I am finally getting back into the groove when it comes to blogging. Between traveling and transitioning into an exciting new job (ICYMI I am finally working at a place where my creativity + ideas are well appreciated + can actually be executed – it is BEYOND thrilling + satisfying hehe) I have been slacking a bit on the blog front – it is hard to balance everything…let me tell ya :p BUT slowly but surely I am throwing myself back into my passion – my blog!
Something I realized while experiencing London with Mike, is that if you told me a year ago I would be traveling outside the country with someone who is the ying to my yang I would never have believed you. I was always stuck in this state of mind of ‘work work work‘ which got me to where I am today however it never made me feel fulfilled. I always dreamed of being at a job that provided me a work/life balance, a place where I was happy and encouraged to speak up + a place where I can let my true talents shine. I thought I found that place at my previous company however I was in for a shocking surprise. In light of all the work place harassment that is coming to the surface in various industries, it is important to know that while a lot of hostile work environments come from sexual harassment (Harvey Weinstein is beyond repulsive + the fact that he got away with his grotesque treatment of women for so long is astonishing) harassment comes in all shapes and sizes…from men + women. Sometimes harassment isn’t an inappropriate gesture or encounter, sometimes it is simply verbal + can really shake someone to their core.
Let me start by saying this (pre-face this is a bit of a personal post), I have been passionate about social media + influencer marketing since I began my career 5 years ago. I worked my a** off to get to where I am today, to build up a network of influencers who always have my back + support every journey I take, a network of colleagues that always jump to help me anyway they can and a passion that has (and still is) my driving force to always do better than the day before. One of the worst moments I have ever encountered in my career was realizing that ‘Mean Girls’ aren’t just an issue teen girls deal with in middle school + high school…the reality is that even as an adult ‘Mean Girls’ are still out there – pretty crazy considering we are in a time all about female empowerment, raising each other up, supporting each other etc.
What I experienced was something that taught me a lot about the type of business woman I am + will forever be…real. For the past year I worked with an amazing team of people that taught me so much, helped me grow + showed me what an asset I am to any team…what I also learned + experienced for the first time was the ‘boss’ who validates themselves by bringing others down – sounds familiar right? (Regina George didn’t remain in high school let me tell ya haha). I didn’t realize this was a common occurrence until I read a few Forbes articles on the subject. Turns out that even though we get older, that doesn’t necessarily mean we grow up.
Maybe some of you have experienced a boss or supervisor trying to bring you down + can relate to my story and if not, I really hope it is something you never have to go through since it feels like a personal attack on your work ethic + passion…it sucks. After being at my last job for a good amount of time, a moment happened that will be stuck in my mind forever – it was a moment where I learned who I was, it was the moment I vowed to work for a team (and boss) that had more respect for me and appreciation for all the work I do, it was a moment I grew. I won’t go into too much detail but I was told that I had to be ‘put in my place‘, amongst other things – taking jabs about the job I have been doing etc. I sat there in shock – here I am an eager, hard working employee whose boss (that preaches female empowerment + being a ‘boss lady’) is telling me that basically there is in fact a ‘glass ceiling’ and there I was hitting it. I never thought much of the other comments + behavior that had been thrown my way since I started there, but it all felt like it has culminating to this moment. I instantly felt a pit in my stomach and sat there not knowing how to react. Still months later I think back to that day + am mad at myself for not speaking up, for not saying this is wrong for one female to tear another female down + for not just walking away right there but instead I pulled myself together, spoke to my family and Mike and it became clear to me that ‘her’ goal was to try and break me…that was something I refused to let happen.
I had watched this boss chew girls up and spit them out, now I have heard plenty of horror stories about Anna Wintour (my idol haha) + other powerful women but at the end of the day it isn’t a personal and vindictive attack, it’s business – what I experienced was different. Over the course of a year I saw various females at this company be spoken to in a condescending manner, told they weren’t ‘good enough’ and basically harassed in order to encourage them to quit or lead them to being joyous when it came to getting fired. Watching this (and living this) day in + day out made me sick to my stomach and I would tell my parents + friends, I don’t understand why someone acts like that, I don’t understand what provokes someone to insist on tearing others down. Well…as they say, you live + you learn, I learned from that boss (who thought the world of herself – let me tell ya haha) that no matter what position I am in, my morals + integrity will stay in tact, I will also treat others the way I would like to be treated (it’s funny – pretty sure I learned that from a ‘Barney’s Best Manner’s’ video as a child haha the saying still rings true no matter how old you are) :p
During that tumultuous time, I was loosing my passion for blogging, my career…everything I cherished so much about myself. It is crazy how one person can have that effect on you, but it happens. Fast forward to the day I walked out that door (knowing that I was off to a new company that fought for me and wanted me) I finally felt free. I got home, began packing for London, called Mike and literally said ‘I am free’. Life is too short to be anything but happy and when that plane landed in London + I saw Mike for the first time in months all the pain I was experiencing from loosing myself for a moment went away. I felt whole again, I felt invigorated again + I felt passion for what I love to do again.
All in all this story (other than getting this off my chest finally) is meant to show that harassment comes in all forms, there isn’t a textbook definition + so many people experience it on a daily basis in their work environments by both men + women. While I am not sure if there is a sure fire way to stop it, a simple start is to treat others with humility + respect…try it, it doesn’t cost a penny extra 😉
This outfit was shot the day after I landed in London, I was carefree, finally happy + couldn’t believe I was actually in LONDON!!!
My dress is from ShopTheMint one of my fav online retailers however I linked to some similar styles since it is currently sold out. As for my moto jacket, it was my go-to throughout my trip since it was easy to layer on any outfit while exploring the various tourist destinations (I even wore it around Paris).
I LIVED in these Yosi Samra ballet flats. I didn’t realize how much walking there was in London (very similar to NYC which I haven’t been back to in over a year haha) so while I wanted to rock my cute heels + boots everyday, these flats were more realistic + the gold color matched with everything!
I also rocked my Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis daily since it was such an easy crossbody bag to wear around town AND have enough room for my multiple phone chargers haha and makeup :p