Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Back To School Guide


Academic Calendar Paper Source/Case Paper Source/Bow Flats Kate Spade/Tote Madewell
Kate Spade Pencils Paper Source/Sunglasses Toms

Back-To-School season is upon us! I love this time of the year because although I am not a student anymore, I still prep for another work year in the same way. So whether your heading back to class or are simply re-vamping your home office space, like moi, shop for tools that are not only stylish but that also set you up for success. Teaming up with Santana Row this month, I have put together the perfect Back-To-School Shopping guide with pieces for your wardrobe as well as for your desk area.

Paper Source is a must stop at The Row for Back-To-School items. Full of quirky and cute stuff, my number one item to buy is their large academic calendar, which is ideal for keeping track of projects. New accessories are also a great way to make the seasonal transition a bit more fun instead of daunting. Consider a new phone case and how about some sunnies from TOMS?! Not only are they fabulously chic, but they are part of TOMS One for One program, which gives one person eyesight when one pair of glasses is purchased. I recently got to try some pairs on at the TOMS X Santana Row Fall Preview event and let me tell you they were amazing. TOMS currently has an adorable cart at Santana Row's Park Valencia, but it will only be there for a limited time so make sure to stop by and enjoy 20% off! Lastly for the girl-on-the-go, grab a versatile tote and some statement flats, Kate Spade even has some sweet sneakers, and presto you are ready for that 9 to 5 school and or work schedule. Happy Shopping Gals!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beach Babe Vibes


One of my favorite pieces this summer has been hands down a vintage straw tote I picked up at a local estate sale. On repeat, its nod to beach babe vibes has made it the perfect accessory to pair with my bright summer pallet. The first time I took it for a spin, I paired it with an amazing designer vintage scarf I nabbed at a Kuzak's Closet sale and some thrifted sunnies. Pre-loved galore, I love mixing and matching pieces with character!
 


Dress Urban Outfitters/ Scarf Vintage via Kuzak's Closet/ Sunglasses Black & Brown
Shoes Vince Camuto/ Tote Vintage


Hair Bigsby House

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mixology 101: Tequila Thyme Lemonade


Nothing says summer afternoon more than lemonade! After dabbling in lemonade popsicles earlier this season (see here), mixing up a lemonade libation is another fun alternative to enjoying this childhood favorite. 

The Tequila Thyme Lemonade is a signature drink at the Garden Court Hotel's Summer Pop-Up Bar.  It is very simple to whip up, yet packs a powerful tart punch that is very refreshing. What I like to think of as the Tequila version of the Old Fashioned, this drink is a great option instead of the typical summer Margarita, which can get very sweet and boozy. Cheers to the last days of summer! 


Make sure to stop by the Garden Court Hotel's Summer Pop-Up Bar, which is open every Friday at 5:00pm until the end of August !

Ingredients:

Fresh Thyme
Lemons
Simple Syrup
Silver Tequila
Cold Water

Recipe:

1. Add 3 thyme sprigs and 2 lemon wedges into a glass cup
2. Add .5 - 1 oz of simple syrup and muddle ingredients directly in the glass
3. Add ice
4. Add 3 oz of silver Tequila and 1 oz of cold water
5. Stir


Garden Court Hotel

520 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 322-9000


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hairstyle: Scarf Bun


I cannot believe the summer is already coming to an end! A whirlwind of changes, the last two months have been full of great new opportunities that I am so excited to see grow. Although they have required me to let go of the blog for a bit, I am super excited to finally get back to all you pretties and start to share my style escapades again.

Thus not wanting to say good-bye to summer just yet, I worked with Bigsby House to create a easy scarf knot perfect for those last days at the beach. As always with any hair-do, but particularly with a messy bun, you want to start with dry and "set" hair for great hold. Once prepped, simply gather your hair and tie it up into a high bun, accessorizing it with your favorite scarf. Voila! Make sure to stay tuned for the full look. I will be sharing a vintage bag I have had on repeat this summer.


Vintage Scarf Kuzak's Closet / Sunnies Black & Brown

Bigsby House
1070 Park Ave.
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 279-5900

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lemonade Berry Popsicles


I am so excited Fourth Of July is already here! Ready from some sun and possibly swimming over the long holiday weekend, there is no better way to kick off the summer celebration than with a festive dessert. Really loving no bake recipes right now, I collaborated with Fresh & Easy to make a simple and sweet dessert, Lemonade Berry Popsicles. When shopping for my ingredients I had so much fun exploring my local Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. I discovered that not only did it have an easy, yet tasty pre-made selection, but it also had a bevy of fresh fruits and vegetables, with an organic option.


For my recipe I wanted to stay in red, white and blue theme, so I took home organic strawberries, blueberries and pure squeezed lemonade. Fresh & Easy actually has a couple of yummy lemonade options, I suggest their Pure Squeezed Lemonade that has just enough tang and tart. I also decided not to do layered pops, pureeing the fruit. I wanted the chunky pieces of fruit look to pop in contrast to the white juice. Perfect popsicles to enjoy while watching fireworks, you can even add a dash of alcohol to the recipe for some adult fun.


Ingredients:

1. Fresh & Easy Pure Squeezed Lemonade
2. Fresh & Easy Organic Strawberries
3. Fresh & Easy Blueberries

Instructions:
 
1. Go to your local Fresh & Easy for all your ingredients
2. Prepare fruits by washing and cutting them to desired size
3. Pour Lemonade into popsicle mold
4. Distribute fruits evenly into the popsicle mold
5. Cut and place a plastic wrap cover onto top of mold
6. Poke popsicle sticks into place through plastic wrap
7. Freeze over night


Located in CA, NV, or AZ, check out the Fresh & Easy site to locate a store near you! 
This article is sponsored by Fresh & Easy