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Monday, January 18, 2016

Visit to Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

Our family visited the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena last weekend.  Not only was the art in the museum incredibly beautiful, but the outdoors were stunning, too.  

My favorite piece in the museum is a sculpture by Edgar Degas:  Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, 1878-81:

Visit to Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year's Day 2016 / Son's Birthday Dinner

I wore this outfit to my son's 12th birthday dinner on New Year's Day at his favorite Chinese restaurant here in town.  I swear by these KUT From the Kloth 'Diana' corduroy skinnies which are on sale for $45.90 at Nordstrom. They are the only pants that really keep me warm in our "cold" SoCal weather.  During this photo shoot it was 44°F.  I was shivering!  I'm really loving winter white lately.  I just learned that the KUT From the Kloth site has some exclusive colors.  I hope more of my size becomes available.  This C By Bloomingdale's Dip-Dye cashmere sweater was seen on "General Hospital" recently in a different color, so I'll be making a post on that soon. 

New Year's Day 2016

C by Bloomingdale's Dip-Dye Crewneck Cashmere Sweater, Nude Into Fiesta Pink

KUT From the Kloth 'Diana' Corduroy Skinny Pants, New Ivory

Tory Burch 'Reva' Ballet Flat, Saharan Gold (2015 - no longer available) / similar option in Pewter / in Copper

kate spade 'in a twinkling' - pavé idiom bangle, silver/clear 
kate spade 'make me blush' - pave idiom bangle, rose gold/clear

Anna Beck Designs 'Bali' Wire-Rimmed Dish Earrings, Rose Gold/Silver (no longer available) / current option in gold / in silver

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Eve 2015

The number one hotel in San Diego, the Fairmont Grand Hotel Del Mar has kindly asked me to share my take on an outfit to wear at their Grand New Year’s Eve Party. I am so excited such a fabulous hotel has asked for my input. 

I chose a classic black sleeveless knit dress so I can easily move and dance for my New Year's Eve party outfit. My favorite details of this dress are the dots that change into stripes. My husband also noticed that the dots in the dress reminded him of bubbles in a champagne glass. (The rosé champagne I'm drinking is Sophora, in case you were wondering.  It's a big hit at parties.)

Since it has been rather chilly here in Southern California in the evenings, I needed to purchase a warm wool coat. I've always wanted a grey coat, so I opted for this Calvin Klein belted coat. This has been a great choice for me this winter!

A good dose of sparkle and shine is always needed for New Year's Eve, so I decided on sparkly accessories. I went with pavé silver teardrop shaped pavé silver teardrop shaped earrings which complement the dots and stripes in the dress. I wanted my shoes to be shiny, and black patent heels seemed to fit the bill. This Trina Turk Exclusive metallic ruby red clutch gives me both color and shine.

My dear friend K gave me this beautiful silver kate spade charmed bracelet. There are two types of bows on the chain, and it is just adorable. The hanging bows seem to also complement the dots and stripes in my dress. I paired this bracelet with two different silver bracelets to add a bit more texture to my overall look. I am definitely happy with my little arm party! (bracelet 2 / bracelet 3)

I hope you, my readers, had an awesome 2015. Cheers to a fabulous 2016!

I would be so grateful to spend New Year's Eve at The Fairmont Grand Hotel Del Mar next year. Thank you to The Fairmont Grand Hotel Del Mar for asking me to write an outfit post inspired by your fabulous New Year's Eve party event.

New Year's Eve 2015

Alice + Olivia 'Dena' Two-Tone Knit Pleated Dress, Black/Cream

Trina Turk 'Gemma' Clutch, Ruby w/ Gold Hardware - Trina Turk Exclusive 

Nadri Pave Teardrop Earrings, Silver
kate spade new york 'charmed' charm bracelet, silver (no longer availabe) / current option - I love this!
kate spade 'idiom' bangle, silver/clear
Nadri 'Bombe' Pavé Hinged Bangle, Hematite

kate spade new york 'licorice too' pump, black patent

Calvin Klein Belted 3-Button Wool Coat, Tin

NARS 'Iconic Color' Nail Polish, Pastorale (Rose Gold)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

TV Copycat Sam Morgan of General Hospital

December 14, 2014 episode - "Sam Morgan" of General Hospital wore this Free People 'Woodman' green and black plaid flannel shirt with contrasting navy and light blue floral print cuffs.  Thanks once again to imasoapfan blog for the photo. It's a shame it's taken me a year to blog this!  The contrasting cuffs made me want to hunt down this shirt like there was no tomorrow.  

TV Copycat "Sam Morgan" of General Hosptial

Free People 'Woodman' Plaid Shirt, Washed Black (from 2014 Free People Exclusive, no longer available) / one available in XS on / similar current option / similar current option

7 For All Mankind  High-Rise Ankle Skinny, Malibu Coast (no longer available) / similar current option in Tried & True Blue (on sale at amazon) 

kate spade 'cedar street harmony - medium', offshore/laguna (no longer availble) / current colors

Friday, December 4, 2015

Anna Beck Jewelry Designer Becky Hosmer at Nordstrom

Last night my friends and I went to the Customer Rewards Night holiday party at Nordstrom in Mission Viejo.  It was an exciting event for me as I had the amazing opportunity to meet my favorite fashion jewelry designer of Anna Beck jewelry, Becky Hosmer.  Her trunk show was fabulous.  Pieces usually only available at her boutique in Los Angeles and were available at Nordstrom for this event.  Unfortunately, I forgot to wear my Anna Beck ring.  I was so bummed, but I was so excited to purchase these beautiful silver earrings.  I will wear them in a post very soon.  My friend Shawn noticed Becky and I are wearing very similar shoes and definitely the same color!

These Nordstrom parties are super fun, and I enjoy them every year.   Appetizers are passed around, free booze is served, a DJ plays music, and you earn 10 Nordstrom points per $1 spent to get you those Nordstrom Notes faster.

Nordstrom Holiday Party 2015

Becky Hosmer is wearing Anna Beck 'Gili' Long Station Necklace in gold/silver / see all bracelets/cuffs Becky is wearing at / see all rings Becky is wearing at  Sign up at to get on the list for great promotion codes and updates. 

Curious How Becky came up with the name Anna Beck?  See the following interview from, an online store that sells Anna Beck jewelry. 

SMU: Where did the name Anna Beck come from?
Becky: It’s a play on my first and middle names. Anne is my middle name and though my first name is Rebecca, friends call me Beck. I flipped them around for something that sounds sweet and simple.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015.  A quiet evening at home.  My husband cooks.  I am forever thankful.

Thanksgiving 2015

Charter Club Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, Heather Brioche
7 For All Mankind Mid-Rise Skinny Contour, Cranberry
Alexis Bittar 'Miss Havisham' Scuplted Aura Teardrop Leverback Earrings, Rose Gold
Anna Beck 'Gili' Disc Ring (Nordstrom Exclusive - no longer available) - call Anna Beck Designs in LA to special order / similar optioncurrent Anna Beck rings
kate spade 'willa' flat, black
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Lady Nini' Chain Link Bracelet Watch, 35mm, Rose Gold/ Tortoise (no longer available) / current similar option

Thursday, November 26, 2015

TV Copycat Maxie Jones of General Hospital

"Maxie Jones" of General Hospital wore this spearmint green cardigan on the November 11, 2015 episode. Thank you once again to the incredible imasoapfan blog for the photo below. I got this J. Crew cardigan on sale plus a great promo code from I attempted to achieve Maxie's look by layering my own necklaces. I also tried leaving more buttons opened as Maxie does here, but I didn't like it as much on me.

TV Copycat "Maxie Jones" of GH

J. Crew Collection Cashmere Cardigan, Spearmint Sprig (unfortunately is sold out)  / 21 more colors 
Halogen ® Long Layering Tank, White
kate spade 'licorice too' pumps, black suede
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Lady Nini' Chain Link Bracelet Watch, 35mm, Rose Gold/ Tortoise (no longer available) / similar current option 
kate spade 'cedar street harmony - medium', offshore/laguna (no longer availble) / current colors (check out vivid snapdragon - super cute with the fuchsia handles!) additional current color