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Monday, July 22, 2013

Dot Sweater with Bold Necklace

Tonight my family decided to have dinner out at the golf course near our house.  We love the food there and the atmosphere is beautiful.

Awhile back I received an email from J. Crew Factory showing a bold statement necklace against a simple polka-dotted sweater.  I wish I could find this email so I can share J. Crew Factory's photo.  No luck.

I've been on the lookout to copy their suggested look.  I think I did it.  At least I tried.

It's been so humid lately I have no desire to use my hairdryer or flat iron. I haven't worn my hair like this for 15 or so years.

 My boys love to dress nicely for restaurants.  Gap long sleeve shirts and khakis.

T is so serious!

Golf Course Dinner Outfit:

Factory polka-dot pullover / SMALL / NAVY MINT DOT -
kate spade DOUBLE EXPOSURE NECKLACE, green/navy/gold -
Blue Essence Twill Ankle Skinny Jeans, white -
Paul Green 'Leslie' Sandal, brown -
Tory Burch 'Louiisa' Top Handle Satchel, Tan -
Seasonal Whispers Crystal & Metal Bangles, emerald green - birthday gift from amazing friends

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Makeover at NARS Counter

I decided to clean my makeup brushes on a day that really wasn't ideal since I was going out to dinner later that night.  I cleaned them anyway because I knew if I didn't do it then I'd keep putting it off.  So of course they were not going to be dry in time.  I decided to go get my makeup done at the NARS counter at my local Nordstrom.  I love this brand of cosmetics.  I was given a small sample tube of an amazing product a few months ago:  Nars Illuminator.    I recently purchased the stick version, which I like better than the tube.  Some of the colors have uh, interesting names....

Here are some photos of my makeover taken by the amazing Nars sales associate, T.

NARS products used:

'Pure Radiant' Tinted Moisturizer (don't know the shade used, most likely the second to lightest one)
'Illuminator' in Orgasm
Beauty Exclusive for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale- 'Voulez Vous' Cheek and Eye Palette
'Pro Prime' Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base
'Larger Than Life' Long Wear Pencil Eyeliner in Santa Monica Blvd (white)
'Stylo' Liquid Eyliner in Carpates
'Larger Than Life' Volumizing Mascara in Black
Lip Gloss (might be Wonder or Ophelia)

The Stylo liquid eyeliner is the best liquid eyeliner I have ever used.  I can't believe how easy it is to apply.  Previously I was using the Laura Mercier cake eyeliner which you have to wet and use a separate brush.  It never looked right.  The NARS one is excellent, I highly recommend it.  I know this post sounds like it is sponsored by NARS, but it isn't.  I just wanted to share my great experience.

Edited to Add:  I forgot and just added the white eyeliner.  She said it is used on the inside rims of my lower eyelids to open up my eyes.  I think it works pretty well!

Date Night Outift:

Trouvé Textured Sheer Cap Sleeve Top, ROSE- PORCELAIN -
Hinge Jersey Tank, ROSE- PORCELAIN -
Alexis Bittar 'Elements - Siyabona' Fern Long Station Necklace, PEARL (My husband picked this necklace for my birthday!  He did a good job)
Blue Essence Twill Ankle Skinny Jeans, black -
Cole Haan 'Carma Air' OT Sling Back, Roccia Snake print - Nordstrom Rack

Monday, July 8, 2013

Resort & Redbook Magazine

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity of having dinner at a Newport Coast resort.  I thought I'd try my new favorite printed tote as a bold statement paired with a simple black tee and white denim for a resort wear feel.

Resort Wear Outfit

Trouvé Textured Sheer Cap Sleeve Top, Black -
Blue Essence Skinny Ankle Jeans, White -
Alexis Bittar 'Miss Havisham' Medium Crystal Encrusted Earrings, Gunmetal -
Macy's bracelet, Clear Red - Macy's
Cole Haan 'Air Carma OT', Sandalwood -
Milly 'Tribal' Canvas Tote - green/red combo - Nordstrom

I am excited beyond belief to share that Redbook Magazine featured me along with other fashion bloggers wearing printed shorts for the August 2013 issue.   A few months ago they contacted me saying they like my blog and fashion, but they can't find any photos of me wearing printed shorts.  So guess what I did?  Of course I went out and hunted down a pair of printed shorts.  It was challenging to find bermuda length printed shorts, as I bought the one and only pair offered at

Here I am below on the right bottom corner:

Thank you to Beverly Like Hills for providing this photo AND for coming with me on the emergency shopping trip to find this amazing coral blazer to wear with the printed shorts. The caption says, "A straight, knee-length pair is very sleek in California."

Below is the original photo I sent Redbook.

Redbook Magazine, August 2013 Issue, Printed Shorts Outfit

Vince Camuto Diamond Jacquard Bermuda Shorts, Rich Black -
Trouvé Double Scoop Linen-Blend Tee, White -
Gap Pique Academy Blazer, Fire Coral - Gap
Stuart Weitzman 'Excise' Slingback Wedge, Black Patent -
Alexis Bittar Small Donut Lucite Pendant Necklace, Gold
kate spade 'keswick caning' lever back earrings, white - kate spade
Tory Burch 'Louiisa' Top Handle Satchel, Tan -

Please see my friend Beverly Like Hills featured in the right bottom corner in the photo below as she was also featured in this same Redbook Magazine issue for her amazing, stylish glasses!  Beverly, you look incredible!  Thank you so much Redbook Magazine for including me and my friend in your magazine.