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Monday, October 24, 2011

Firebrand Media Fashion Show

Last Friday night I had the incredible opportunity to attend a fashion show hosted by Firebrand Media which is the company that runs Laguna Beach Magazine and Newport Beach Magazine.  The proceeds from the silent auction went to SchoolPower, a non-profit education foundation to benefit Laguna Beach public schools.  The runway show featured fashions from La Perla, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Mikimoto retailers of South Coast Plaza.  The runway show was absolutely amazing!!

Style Underdog picked out this navy sequins dress for me for our Blogger Meetup in Las Vegas last March.  I love this dress so much, I absolutely fell in love with the navy color.  I wish this dress were about two inches longer though, then I could do without the leggings.  I really, really wish I did not have to wear them, but I am uncomfortable with how short it is.

Fashion Show Outfit
I•N•C International Concepts 'Vintage Glamour' sequin crewneck dress, navy - Macy's
Nordstrom leggings, black -
Cole Haan 'Air Carma' OT pump, black patent - Nordstrom
Calvin Klein frame clutch, coral -
Natasha 'Barrie' bangles, silver - Nordstrom Trend Accessories Dept
Natasha drop hoop earrings, silver - Nordstrom Trend Accessories Dept

My dear friend A and I in the lobby after the show.   Her husband picked out this beautiful top.  Isn't it amazing?  I love this top on A.

A's Fashion Show Outfit:
Mark + James (Badgley Mischka) sequin asymmetrical tunic blouse, silver/gray - Nieman Marcus
Hue leggings, black - Marshall's
Jessica Simpson 'Milana' peep-toe pumps, black patent – Nordstrom
Nordstrom Crystal Collection earrings, silver - Nordstrom
Nadri bangle bracelet, silver – Nordstrom

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Chicago Trip

School started for the boys and things have been so busy.  Much too busy to even think about trying to get photographed.... sheesh!  It's been way too long since I've last posted.  I've been wanting to share my photos of what I wore on our trip to Chicago at the end of August.  We decided to visit Chicago to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  I couldn't get us a non-stop flight out of Orange County using miles for the week of our official anniversary, so I made the sacrifice of not being there on our actual anniversary and booked for the following week.  It actually worked out very well.  We celebrated on our real anniversary the previous week by staying at a hotel for a night locally, and then we had the following week to look forward for our eight day trip to Chicago.  Here are some of the outfits I wore.

Hotel Lobby Outfit:
ECI 'Paper Lace' blouse, Lavender - Nordstrom
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'City Shorts', White - Nordstrom Rack
Lauren Jeans Co. 'Tamara Classic' denim jacket, Nolita Wash -
Tory Burch 'Reva' flat, Metallic Silver - Nordstrom
Alfani two-toned cuff bracelet, hematite & silver - Macy's

Enjoying a "Cheezborger, Cheezborger! No fries, Chips! No Pepsi, Coke!" at the Billy Goat Tavern.  The classic SNL sketch was based on this restaurant.

 I wish I would have remembered to get a better shot of me in this navy draped dress I wore on the first of our two nights out without the kids.  We went to dinner at a very old school Chicago steakhouse with my husband's clients who live in Chicago during the summers.  Below is the stock photo of the dress.  I wore it with clear & silver chandelier earrings and copper croc pumps.  A lot of booze here at this table!  I was the wimpy one here and wanted the Baileys.
 Anrthropologie 'Whirligig' Dress, Navy - Anthropologie

Me and my boys in front of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Hyde Park.

Robie House Outfit:
True Grit contrast panel button-down shirt, Mint Green - Nordstrom
Not Your Daughter's Jeans denim bermuda, Resin Wash -
Sรถfft 'Montera' Sandal, Patent Brown - 
Argento Vivo 'Teardrop Dome Lace' Earrings, Silver -

Probably my favorite outfit of the trip.  Hotel bathrobes for the entire family!  SO nice and cozy.

Frank Lloyd Wright House & Studio in Oak Park Outfit:
INC crinkle skirt, Gray - Macy's
Shimera horizontal striped tank, Gray & White -
Lauren Jeans Co. denim jacket, Nolita Wash -
Cole Haan 'Air Olivia', Golden Yellow Snake Print -
Nordstrom crinkle leather handbag, khaki -

Second date night out, again I didn't get properly photographed.  I wore this dress the previous week for our official tenth anniversary night out.

Shockingly, my husband agreed to go with me to Harpo just so I could stand in front of the studio and have myself photographed in front of the building. 

No Oprah Winfrey Show for me.  I was three months too late.  The last show taped in May, I showed up in August.

No Oprah Winfrey Show Outfit, Our Last Day in Chicago:
Filtre tee w/ navy & gray twist embroidery, Lavender - Nordstrom
Shimera tank, White -
7 For All Mankind Mid Rise Bootcut jeans, Rinse Wash - Macy's
Land's End rain jacket, yellow - Land's End @Sears
Bo'em 'Adelle' sandal, Silver -