Thursday, May 31, 2012

Skull Candy

 Top: Poetry
Shorts: BCBGeneration
Shoes: More for Me from Chinese Laundry
Rings: Forever/Henri Bendel
Sunnies: Ray Ban

Finally...some shorts weather! Let me tell you I have a drawer full of shorts and skirts that are tired of being neglected! So I decided to break out my favorite maroon denim cutoffs from BCBGeneration with this sheer blouse by Poetry. I seriously have been looking forever for a cute skull print blouse that won't break the bank (I am doing my best to bargain shop these days) and was so relieved when I found this one for only $25! Steal!

I paired my outfit with these booties from Chinese Laundry. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw the sample! I love the thick stitching detail and the rich cognac color! They seriously look good with everything!

Just a quick post today! Stay tuned for more!
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spring Shoe Spectacular

Spring Shoe Spectacular in Albuquerque, New Mexico

This was one of the biggest shoe floors I have ever seen! This was only half of it!

Chinese Laundry Selection

My travel essentials: Gossip magazine (the airport is the perfect excuse/place to read these things), fashion magazines, scarf (doubles as a pillow), notebook for inspiration, ipod, gum, chapstick, MAC lipgloss, Daisy by Marc Jacobs travel size solid perfume.

Arm candy: Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, Pretzel bracelet from BCBGeneration (did you know pretzels our a sign of devotion? My friend has the other half)

Finger candy: Rings from BCBGeneration & Vince Camuto

Easy shoes to slip on and off: Chinese Laundry Big Bang
I swear I didn't mean to disappear! Last week I caught the flu and was swamped at work so I didn't get the chance to blog at all :( I am trying to catch up and going on a blogging schedule to keep me on track!

Anyways I got to go on my first business day trip on Saturday to Albuquerque, New Mexico. You see I wear many hats at Chinese Laundry. I work in the Marketing department which already covers so many different facets. One day I can just be doing all our social media, another day I will be maintaing the website, and another day I will help cast models for a fashion show. The jobs truly do vary and I find myself doing something new each week. So, this past Saturday I got to be a sales rep for the day.

Dillards is a relatively new account for Chinese Laundry so we are definitely trying to build our relationship with them. So when they invited us to their 2nd annual Spring Shoe Spectacular we knew we had to be there. Our sales rep had got the dates mixed up and the other half of our team were attending a celebrity baby shower we were hosting (cough Kristin Cavallari cough) so they asked me if I would like to go in his place. Of course I jumped at the opportunity!  Yes it was on a Saturday but who can say no to a free trip and a new experience.

I flew out of LAX at 7am Saturday so I had to be up at 4am (not my ideal Saturday wake up time) and got into New Mexico around 10am. I was surprised how big the shoe floor was! We don't have many Dillards around us so it definitely caught me off guard. I was there to help pump up our brand to the employees and customers. We have a smaller selection at Dillard's so it was definitely important to let the customers know who we are and what we are all about. I got a lot of positive feedback and a lot of compliments on my shoes :) I got a chance to meet the other vendors and talk about their business as well. This trip definitely wanted to me look further into a sales rep position!

As you can see, I did not post a full body outfit shot. It was a long 13 hour day for me and personally was so exhausted after everything that you wouldn't want to see what I looked like! My outfit was really simple, I wanted to be comfortable for my flight, yet still look cute and professional. I opted for a boyfriend sheer teal button down with a pair of liquid leggings (worn in a previous post) with my favorite pair of platform sandals, the Big Bang from no one other than Chinese Laundry!

The day went by so fast and was so tiresome but in the end it was an amazing experience and I learned
a lot :)

I promise not to disappear again! I have a lot more posts to share with you!
Stay tuned!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Great Escape

View from the Endless Summer Bar & Grill

The most delicious potato skins
(Why does food look so much better once you take a picture?)

Santa Barbara Harbor

Dress: Boutique
Denim vest: BCBGeneration
Boots: Steve Madden
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Heart Necklace: Forever 21
Bag: H&M
Rings: Forever 21/Vince Camuto

So I don't know if you have caught on yet but I spend every weekend in Santa Barbara (The boy... his name is Jacob moved there for work). I call it my escape. Santa Barbara is beautiful, I absolutely love it. It's relaxing, the food is amazing and the scenery is breathtaking. Not to mention he lives 2 minutes from downtown and about 10 minutes (depending on how fast I walk) to the beach. What's not to love? It's nice to get out of LA/OC... it's such a change of pace.

This past Sunday, the weather was warm enough to wear a dress. The weather varies so much (and I definitely do not trust those weather reporters), I seriously have to pack outfit options for every possible situation. Since Jacob is new to the area as well, we tend to explore new areas of Santa Barbara each weekend. This past weekend was the Harbor.

I decided to wear this crochet strapless dress that I found at this random boutique I discovered by my house  (you can say it's like a forever 21 but they have brands that are usually carried in boutiques for A LOT less) and layered it with my all time favorite denim vest from BCBGeneration. I should have got a closer shot but it also has these silver studs on cute. We did a lot of walking this day so I opted for these cognac boots from Steve Madden. I seriously got these over 2 years ago and they are outlasting all of my other pairs. I did have to get them resoled, but was definitely worth it since these are one of my go-to's. I have wanted this handbag ever since I saw it at H&M, I wear my Marc Jacobs and my Tory bags to death, so once I see a cute everyday bag, I need it, not to mention it was a bargain.

Off I go to Santa Barbara today...a shorter visit this time but still a great escape.
I plan on blogging a lot more...more like 5 days a week. So stay tuned!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chapter 1

This past weekend I went to my future stepsister, Shauna's bridal shower. Before we get into details, can I please tell you how happy I am to have another girl in the family? Let me just say I have 7 brothers and I am the only girl (besides my mom) and just completely out numbered. 

I am a sucker for weddings and am really excited for this one. Shauna and Ben are one of those couples that you look at and you just know that they are completely made for each other and they make you want what they have. I am so excited to share this next chapter of their lives. So where was this bridal shower at? Well naturally the gastropub was called Chapter 1.

 Flower jars covered the tables with different pictures of them. Cute idea right?

Prosciutto crustinis, mac & cheese torte and mini scotch die for

Mimosa bar with pomegranate, guava, pineapple and orange juice. I obviously had to sample them all!

Kept the champagne flowing

Shauna & I 

So, I don't know if was the champagne or I was just distracted the whole day but just now realized that I do not have a full body outfit shot. Hey it was all about the bride right?
Sheer Slit Maxi Dress : Forever 21 
Denim Jacket: Borrowed
Belt: Nordstrom

Feather necklace: BCBGeneration
Owl Ring: San Fran 
Bangles: BCBGeneration
I also wore a basic pair of brown 2" heel boots (which I am sure you will see in a future post) from Cathy Jean to complete my look. 

It was a very successful bridal shower and I cannot wait for the wedding. It's going to be at a nature center, there is going to be food trucks, her dress is going to be amazing and I am so excited to have her in our family. 

Stay tuned for more!