October 20, 2014

Halloween Costume Idea: New Girl

new girl jessica day halloween costume idea

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mustache mug// clip board// pencil

We're getting close to Halloween so I thought I would bring you another costume idea! I absolutely adore Jessica Day from New Girl. She has such a fun wardrobe and is completely endearing. I think this would be a great costume this year! What do you think? Have you chosen your costume yet?

Thanks for stopping by, have a great Monday! 

October 17, 2014

Highlighting & Contouring: A Video Tutorial

Best Highlighting and Contouring Video Tutorial

Happy Friday! Today, I have posted my second makeup tutorial video on my new YouTube channel to show you how I contour and highlight to create the illusion of cheekbones. I have a pretty soft, round face, so I need a little help to create this illusion. Let me know what you think!

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Be sure to follow my YouTube channel to stay up to date on new makeup tutorials. Have a great weekend!

October 15, 2014

Haute Sale Alert: Shopbop Friends & Family

Today, I am sharing my favorites from the Shopbop Friends and Family Sale! 
Simply click on any image above to shop and let me know what you have scooped up. This is one of the best sales of the year with all of those long coveted handbags, shoes, jeans, sunglasses and chic accessories finally 25% off. 

Use code FAMILY25 at checkout to save 25% off your entire purchase!

Some brand exclusions apply. Sale ends October 16th.

Happy shopping!!

October 14, 2014

FWSD: Day Three

fashion week san diego, pearl tribal earrings, makeup
retro-modern oufit, street style, fashion week san diego, pink midi skirt
gorjana gold jewelry, pearl tribal earrings
gorjana gold rings, gorjana bracelets
karen walker sunglasses, pink full midi skirt, christian louboutin pigalle pumps
karen walker super duper strength sunglasses, gorjana jewelry
zara kimono top, zara full midi skirt, prada bag
pink full skirt, kimono sleeve blouse, karen walker sunglasses, christian louboutin heels
christian louboutin nude pigalle 100mm pumps

zara kimono sleeve top {similar here} | zara dusty rose midi skirt {similar here} | christian louboutin pigalle pumps{budget friendly here} | prada bag {similar to prada} | baublebar 360 pearl earrings | gorjana roya ring ℅ | gorjana fatima necklace ℅ | gorjana marin cuff ℅ |gorjana teardrop cuff ℅ | gorjana necklace + baublebar necklace | karen walker sunglasses

nars madere lipstick + bobbi brown pastel lipgloss| nars surabaya eyeshadow duo | bobbi brown eyeliner | tarte blush in exposed | tarte bb cream {worn as base} + mac studio fix powder 

The last night of shows was my favorite at FWSD this year because of a few reasons. 1) I had Dave along with me and he is always a great date, 2) the theme was "Gowns, Jewels, Avant Garde, and Couture" which are really fetching words to me, and 3) I got to wear this really pretty vintage meets modern outfit that I was saving for just this occasion!

On the photography front, Dave is a really good photographer so he was a big help. I was also starting to get more used to using the Canon 60D with the 50mm 1.2L lens. I love the sharp images and smooth blurred background this pair allows! I had the f stop all the way down to 1.2-1.6 on these images and they still turned out pretty clear with only a little blur if I was teetering haha. When people photograph me they always comment on how I can't stay still. I am always moving my hands, brushing hair out of my face, or sidestepping.

Anyways, thank you for reading along, I hope you enjoyed a little inside peek at FWSD 2014!

Here are a few of my favorite looks from the finale runway show:

dulce alexandra fashion week san diego 2014
san diego fashion week 2014 runway
dulce alexandra fashion week san diego 2014
dulce alexandra fashion week san diego 2014

Hope you have a great day!

October 13, 2014


halloween costume ideas, disney halloween costume
A sneak peek at my Halloween Costume this year thanks to AMI for sending it over and for the $50 Giftcard Giveaway! Click here to see if you are the lucky winner and email me so I can get this right over to you. Please note all costume orders will need to be placed by October 17th in order to get it to you by Halloween! Don't delay!

I will have at least one more costume idea for you in the near future and also a makeup tutorial on my costume makeup so stay tuned.

Happy Monday!

October 10, 2014

FWSD: Day Two

fashion week san diego
christian louboutin pigalle, gold bodycon skirt, karen walker sunglasses
karen walker sunglasses, gorjana gold jewelry, prada saffiano
fashion week san diego street style
gorjana-griffin jewelry
christian louboutin pigalle pump, white blazer with gold zips
white blazer with gold zips, gold bodycon skirt, christian louboutin pigalle pumps, fashion week san diego

zara blazer {love this peplum version!} | banana republic cami | cream and gold bodycon pencil skirt | christian louboutin pigalle pumps{budget friendly here} | prada bag {similar to prada} | gorjana roya ring ℅ | gorjana fatima necklace ℅ | gorjana marin cuff ℅ | similar gorjana lariat necklace | karen walker sunglasses

mac half n half lipstick| too faced neutral eye palette

Day 2 of Fashion Week San Diego was a little more fun than day 1 because it was FRIDAY (!) and I was in a better groove. There was more energy and more beautiful pieces to check out. My very fun friend Courtney joined me and also took these photos! Thank you Courtney! I had more luck with my photography on day 2 which was surprising since I had just received the Canon 60D that day from BorrowLenses and just threw on the 50mm 1.2L to see what I could get out of it. The 60D is a super fast and super sharp body which I definitely appreciated. I think the pictures came out pretty great considering the super low light conditions both outside and in. The sunset was so gorgeous that night (see my instagram) and we were able to get some pretty colors in as it was going down.

The theme for the shows was gentleman and ladies so it was fun to look at some cute menswear and also really beautiful dresses. Let me also mention the bodycon skirt I am wearing - it is so comfortable and seriously flattering. At only $38 I think you need it in your closet for Fall/Winter. It's pretty thick so its warm and it kind of hugs you in all the right places plus keeps its shape perfectly. A special thank you to Gorjana for sending over some gorgeous jewelry for me to wear Friday night! Gorjana pieces are perfect for layering so check them out here and here!

Here are a few of my favorites:

danh ta fashion week san diego
danh ta fashion week san diego
danh ta fashion week san diego
bine and bas menswear, fashion week san diego
bine and bas menswear, fashion week san diego
bine and bas menswear, san diego fashion week

Have a great weekend! **DO NOT FORGET to enter the $50 AMI giftcard contest to get your Halloween Costume, today is the last day to enter, winner will be announced on Monday!

October 8, 2014

FWSD: Day One

fashion week san diego outfit, sequin top, faux leather pencil skirt
sequin top via piperlime, gorjana roya ring, celine tote
maybelline pink pop lipstick, green sequin top, celine bag, gorjana roya ring
green sequin top, faux leather skirt, celine tote, enzo angiolini booties

sister jane sequin blouse | blank nyx faux leather pencil skirt | enzo angiolini presly booties{ this season's version here} | celine bag {similar to celine} | gorjana roya ring ℅ | 

maybelline colorsensational vivids lipstick in 'pink pop'| tarte bb cream tinted primer and moisturizer + SPF30 + primer in light | mac eyeshadow in 'brun'

Day one of San Diego Fashion Week was very busy since it was on a Thursday night. Rushing after work to get ready and get downtown in time + traffic is not an easy feat. Luckily my good friend Megan came with me and helped snap a few photos as the sun was going down (we almost didn't make it, it was pretty dark). This top is so much fun and I liked pairing it with hot pink lipstick. It was a toss up between this one and the top you see here but I chose the green (my favorite color :) naturally).

I was messing with my camera settings under very low light Thursday night and I wasn't very happy with the way my 5D Mark II and the 50mm 1.2L (which I borrowed from Borrow Lenses to test out) were working under these conditions. It seems like my 5D isn't very good at capturing super fast movements so a lot of the photos were blurry since the models were walking down the runway. It is most likely user error since the 5D is a real deal professional camera but I tell you, photography is a never-ending learning curve. I feel like each time I take pictures is a trial and error session. Do you feel that way too? I think just simply trying out a new lens takes some time to figure out.