January 30, 2015

HAUTE SNEAKERS

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Lately, I have been searching for the perfect pair of cute casual sneakers for walking and the gym. I hope to incorporate them with casual outfits this year too. I love a bright sneaker with black jeans or leggings and an oversized sweater. Add on some cool shades and you are one haute chick! I ordered these and these and am trying to decide between the two, what do you think? 

Also, have you heard about the Kate Spade Saturday x New Balance collaboration ?? So cool! 


Have a great weekend! Tomorrow, I am headed to Atlanta to kick off a 50th birthday celebration week for both of my parents! Follow along via Instagram to peek at what we are up to all next week.



January 29, 2015

Byer California: Part 2

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super ciccio glasses, stila beso lipstick, double pearl earrings
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byer california skirt ℅ | topshop shirt {sold out but similar here} | hm coat {similar here} | nine west pumps 3.1 phillip lim pashli satchel pearl 360 earrings super ciccio glasses {sunglasses version here

stila 'beso' lipstick + mac 'redd' lip pencil | tarte blush in 'exposed' | nars bronzing powder in "laguna

For the second part of the Byer California work wear basics feature I paired their chic pencil skirt with some white lace and my geek chic "Jenna Lyons" glasses by Super. I like pairing feminine lace with jet black and a bold red lip. It says, "I'm fun, but I'm here to do business." This skirt is high waisted with cute buttons on the front. I love it with a longer crop top or crop sweater. Check out the Byer Basics package which includes a blazer, dress pants, button up, and this pencil skirt for just $98.




What are your go-to work wear essentials? I always have loved Nine West pumps because they are so comfortable and budget friendly. If I wear them every week or multiple times a week, I am really hard on my heels.

January 27, 2015

Byer California: Part 1

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byer california blazer ℅ | byer california shirt  | byer california pants  | nine west leopard pumps | rebecca minkoff mini mab tote | gorjana bracelet  | gorjana circle necklace | michael kors watch | ray ban aviators

stila 'beso' lipstick + mac 'redd' lip pencil | tarte blush in 'exposed' | nars bronzing powder in "laguna

Work attire should be classic with a pop of your own personality. It is so important to look polished at the office because it truly elevates your career. However unfair that may seem it is a fact. Byer California has a cool new bundle of work wear basics that I recently took for a test run. These are affordable pieces that are perfect for a new graduate or someone who is looking to build a classic work wardrobe on a budget. Plus they come in an adorable package. A perfect gift for you or your favorite working girl. Check out the complete package here, and it's only $98 for all 4 pieces.





Hope you are KILLING it at work this week, have a good one!

January 23, 2015

PINK POP

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Today, I thought I would share a fun Valentine's Day makeup look with you. I really like pink and red together and thought I would try a hot pink lip with a smokey eye and dewy skin. Very cool girl Valentine's Day vs. the traditional romantic makeup.

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I love finding great makeup at the drugstore, it takes me back to the days of running out for a face mask packet, magazine, candy, and a little makeup haul in high school and college and I always check out the makeup aisles to see whats new. When I found this perfect hot pink Maybelline lipstick I was practically giddy. I mean it's $5.99 right now!! This lipstick is also a stain so as it wears off you still have a pop of color on your lips.

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For a pretty smokey eye, I love to use the Too Faced Neutral Eye Palette with MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack and Benefit They're Real mascara. Of course you also need a dewy glow which I achieve by using NARS Albatross highlighting powder followed by Benefit Watts Up.

And there you have it, a cool girl makeup look for Valentine's Day! Perfect for a more casual dinner date or night out with the girls. PS I am so obsessed with these earrings, I want to wear them everywhere!




January 21, 2015

NEW NAVY

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lob haircut, brunette short hair flip
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karen zambos dress ℅ Le Tote {on SALE here!} | camel coat via zara {similar here} | hue tights | zara d'orsay pumps {similar here| prada bag {budget friendlier here| una ascent ring  | gorjana earrings

manna kadar lip locked in "all of you" + mac lip pencil in "boldly bare" | tarte blush in 'exposed' | nars bronzing powder in "lagunamac fluidline eyeliner in blacktrack + stila stay all day liquid liner   


Hello friends, it's been awhile hasn't it? I feel like I should apologize and then again I don't. I just haven't been in the mood to blog lately. I've called it the after holiday burnout. Or maybe it has nothing to do with the holidays at all, just regular 'ole burnout. So what have I been doing during all of this luxurious time off from blogging? Well, I ran the half marathon, cut my hair again + got some highlights (should I go even lighter??), I've been putting more into work (my day job), I read Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects and just started Wild by Cheryl Strayed, online dream house shopping (we are thinking about buying this year), cleaning and purging our condo of all clutter (a work in progress), trying to figure out how to not diet but loose the 6 pounds I put on over the holidays....pretty normal run of the mill stuff and it's been nice I must say. I needed the break. 

I have worn this dress twice to work and have gotten so many compliments. It's the perfect winter work dress and it's on sale here so scoop it up before it's gone! Le Tote sent it over to me and I think I am going to hang on to this one. So what's new with you? How is January going for you so far? 



January 7, 2015

OXFORDS & LOAFERS FOR 2015

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Lately, I have been enamored with oxfords and loafers. I had my eye on them this Fall but didnt pull the trigger. Now as I plan for 2015 I see them being worn for both work and play. I'm thinking black ankle pants and a sweater and black skinny jeans with a cool tee and shades! Luckily there are more and more options popping up. I chose my favorites for you in case you are also looking for the perfect pair. P.S. if you end up buying this pair that I am dying over, please send me a picture of how you styled them!





Have a great one!

January 6, 2015

CHOP CHOP

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New Year, new hair! I decided to start off 2015 with a new shorter 'do after recently becoming obsessed with all the #abovetheshoulder haircuts I have been seeing via Nine Zero One stylists in LA. I am a person who likes change (for example, I like to move, I know so weird) and after analyzing weather my face is too round for a shorter cut I decided I could pull it off. I visited my stylist at Suite B in Solana Beach, Scott Molnar and told him what I had in mind. Collarbone length, a tad longer in the front, tons of piecey layers, and some golden highlights. He did such a great job designing this new 'do for me. The cut was so great that I woke up like this. That's right, I didn't touch my hair with a curling iron or blow dryer for these pictures, just ruffled it and it was done.

I went to bed with a straight piecey style and woke up with waves galore. This, up until now, has always been a negative aspect to having curly hair. I have to start over every morning because the curls make their appearance overnight. I am optimistic that with my new cut, I may be able to give my hair a break and have fun with a wavy voluminous style like the one I woke up with! 


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If you are looking to achieve thicker, more workable strands I highly recommend this leave in plumping treatment. I spritz it on after my leave in conditioner, comb it through and it lasts 2-3 shampoos. It gives instant thickness and plump to your hair and smells great!

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eyeshadow in 'tempting'// lipstick in 'cherish'// lipliner in 'boldly bare'// eyeliner// nails // highlighter


And my new favorite hair product is one that Scott introduced me to by Bumble and Bumble called Dryspun Finish thickening spray. If dry shampoo and volumizing spray had a baby this would be that love child. I love that unlike dry shampoo it is colorless, that means no white powder residue. It is super airy and instantly gives your hair a non-greasy texture and lift. I used this when I had my hair done and a day later my hair was not greasy and still had TONS of texture and volume. Seriously obsessed. I can't wait to show you how it looks straight. 

What are your hair aspirations this season? I am working at mastering the hair flip, I think it's so California cool! 

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