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Holiday Shopping and Gift Guide

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Holiday Shopping can be a drag, I know… But you’re gift giving to the ones you love, SO, make the most of it.  I always try to get my shopping done in 2 days.  I split up the mall shopping with the specialty stores and anything I forget or need last minute, I buy online.  Besides, everyone is giving away 2 day shipping, so why not!?

If i know I will be shopping for awhile, I always wear a cute, comfortable outfit. It’s been chilly in San Diego so I layered my lightweight tee with a jacket and scarf.  San Diego always feels like summer time even when its chilly so I opted for a resort style with mixed prints.  *2014 TREND ALERT* Bell bottoms are back and even stronger this 2014.  I think they missed their mark this past summer.  The bells were way too ‘that 70s show’ and the white wash made everyone except the Mary Kate look a-likes look HUGE.  This year they were done right.  I love this light retro pant.  The extra long inseam adds height to lengthen the leg and adds a slimming effect.  I love the 2 inch hem detail that gives a little bit of edginess.  I am crushing over these lightweight long sleeve undershirts by BCBG Max Azria.  They go with everything, they’re perfect for layering a sweater or jacket. This pretty printed tee accented the navy stripe in my jacket.  This season is all about mixing prints.  Don’t be scared, just go for it!  I grabbed one of my favorite scarves to match the simple flower detail in my top. Last but not least, I wore a neutral bag and nude pumps.  Now bring on the SHOPPING!!

xo

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Jacket: BCBG / Jeans: Jbrand / Tee: BCBG / Scarf: Terracotta NYC / Bag: Gucci / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Aviators: West Coast Eyewear

GIFTGUIDE

Sometimes gift giving is one of the hardest things to do.  Especially when you need to shop for that person who has everything! UGH! So, first and foremost.  Get to know who you’re shopping for.  If its your barista at Starbucks who happens to always have your drink ready right after you pay, while everyone else in front of you just gives you the evil eye.. Opt for a tasty treat and a funny Holiday card.  I’d go with something non traditional like red and green macaroons!  They’re tasty, pretty and not chocolate Santas.

If your gift giving to a close friend, buy her something she will use and get a kick out of.  My bff is a social media QUEEN!  She tags a hashtag… You know, one of those! Anyway, I found an adorable sequin make-up pouch, could be used as a mini clutch that reads.. “#HASHTAG F#CK YOU” Perfect, easy, not that expensive and I can add little girlie things into the bag.  Starbucks gift card, lip gloss, and a girls night out coupon.. (Must be redeemable before January 31, 2014.)

If you are a guy searching for the ultimate gift to buy your babe.. And you won’t go broke in the process, buy her a classic Chanel bag. TRUST ME, you will be a KING in her eyes. Chanel is timeless, it never goes out of style, she will have it until she’s an old lady so thats why you should buy it for her. Not to mention, you will be the best boyfriend ever and get the seal of approval by all her girlfriends.  (Guys, get in good with the girlfriends, it will make your life easier.)

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Shopping for your sister or mom, the important ladies in your life…  Rituals is one of the best most inexpensive products you can buy. They are smell-good body products providing the most luxurious feel.  Perfume, candles, and beauty gadgets are always a good choice too! All of these products are available at Cos Bar in La Jolla.

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Aloha in Clover Canyon

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All I can say is I’m so, soooo, sorry I’ve been so MIA.  I got the travel bug and kinda haven’t stopped! I’m definitely not complaining! Ok, so this last minute trip to Maui ended up being so relaxing.  Just a little FYI: Hawaii fashion really consists of a bikini and well, a bikini.. You really belong in the ocean or sun bathing with a Mai-Tai in hand…

I promised myself I’d have at least one cute night. Plus, I’ve been dying to wear my new Clover Canyon skirt from resort 2014…

I opted for a very chic yet played down look. Hawaii is so casual, so I went with a printed pencil skirt and spaghetti strap silk tank.
It felt like summer, so I wore my favorite laser cut nude pumps and a basic black bag.
I decided not to accessorize to avoid looking overdressed. Simplicity is key when wearing an extreme print. Don’t be one of those girls that just over does it. It’s like that lady who sprayed 5 sprays of perfume too many. YUCK!

If possible grab a statement skirt this spring/ summer. You will wear it with EVERYTHING. Clover Canyon some how gets it right every-time. Dump your drab pencil skirt and invest in something eye catching. Printed skirts are on everyone’s radar this spring. So get it while it’s haute!

-Hawaii packing tip-
*Pack extra swimsuits not extra outfits.
*If you have to, bring 1 pair of high heels.
*You won’t wear half of what you pack, so leave room in your suitcase for some gifts. My top 2 gifts to buy…  Maui babe bronzing lotion (it’s the best by far) and some chocolate covered macadamia nuts. A Maui must!

Xo

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 Skirt: Clover Canyon / Tank: Equipment / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bag: Pradathe champagne blonde in maui

Summer Sunset

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So today’s outfit post is from an early-August evening, watching a beautiful summer sunset over the cove before drinks with friends (hope you guys don’t mind the blast from the past). This BCBG Nixon jacket is beyond COOL… and since most San Diego nights require a jacket, I’ll wear this year-round. Here I am raving about it in Locale magazine. (I’m a little obsessed.) BCBG just knows how to do prints and jackets! They never disappoint.

A James Perse tee and my Jbrand Nash Boyfriend Shorts were the natural choice for me with this jacket. And since I love the idea of mixing prints, (it’s a way of showing your personality and creativity) I toted my Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily bag. Last but not least, I rocked these turquoise Zara heels to complete my outfit. They’ll take any look to another level!

(P.S. Make sure to check out tomorrow’s post.. Giveaway alert!)

xo

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Jacket: BCBG Nixon Jacket/ Shorts: Jbrand Nash Short / Tank: James Perse / Shoes: Zara / Handbag: Dolce & Gabanna Miss Sicily bag / Sunglasses: West Coast Eyewear

Under-dressed and Distressed

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I had to head to a last minute dinner meeting with a celeb client of mine for an upcoming project she’s working on.   Super excited btw!!  I had on my boyfriend shorts with a casual v neck tee and espadrilles.  Obviously couldn’t show up to a dinner meeting in my slouchy look but was limited on time.  I stuck with the boyfriend… The boyfriend short can be a tricky piece to pull off, but if done right it can make your look so unique and effortless. Since it’s meant to be SUPER over sized and slouchy, I normally pair it with a fitted top and detailed jacket.  In this case, I was feeling a little tom-boyish.  This symmetrical blouse added balance to these disoriented shorts. lol.  I really wanted to try something new yet still keep a feminine approach.  The ruffled stilettos and tasseled clutch created a styled outfit with edge and grace.  I love the contrast created by the bagginess of the distressed boyfriend short with the streamlined accessories.  And of course I added a pretty pink lip.

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Top: Zara / Short: Jbrand Boyfriend Nash / Clutch: BCBG / Shoes: Christian Louboutin /  Sunglasses: West Coast Eyewear / Watch: Chanel