Friday, April 18, 2014

Beauty Bash 2014


So happy to announce that I will be one of ten ladies hosting Santana Row's 2014 Beauty Bash. Showcasing denim trends at the Diesel store, make sure to come by to talk some fashion and browse their Spring collection! Get your tickets here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pleated


Wore this to The City this week to a much needed rendezvous with two of my favorite gal pals. We caught up on our fashion and life projects, including all their trials and tribulations. Its crazy, the highs and lows that creative processes can take you. I've been on a wave of emotions lately, at times all in and fully ready to multi-task tons of ideas and then suddenly all I really want to do is lay on my couch with my pup and watch Sex and The City re-runs... actually I lie... HGTV is my poison of choice. Nevertheless my current journey of inspiration has been quiet an eye opener and having recently started to collaborate with more individuals, on my blog, it has led me to realize creativity is all about the journey and I should probably be worried if I wasn't restless or even worse just "satisfied". I guess this train of thought has also trickled into the bigger idea of  my LIFE journey for I have been thinking a lot about how my 20's are almost in my rear view mirror. Taking trips down memory lane have been nostalgic, yet interestingly I am re-discovering my love of things I once thought dormant, like writing poetry, even if its for my eyes only. A departure from my normal blog posts, I hope you didn't mind the small detour into my personal insights. Stay tuned as I will be sharing some exciting events I will be hosting in the next month soon!


Top: J. Crew
Purse: Vintage Coach
Skirt: Jason Wu for Target
Sandals: Vintage

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Oh My Daisy


Whenever music festival season rolls around I always find myself wanting to dabble in all the frayed denim, strappy sandals and floral details. Thus  I was so excited when I saw Daisy prints making a festival style statement this spring. Snatching the perfect Daisy top at Crossroads Trading Co., I accessorized it with a modern milk braid (see full Bigsby House hair feature here) and an amazing vintage necklace. A pop of seasonal pastel, I added some baby blue kicks for some city girl flair.

 
Top: Crossroads Trading Co.
Necklace: Vintage
Sunglasses: Peter Pilotto for Target
Purse: Vintage Dooney & Burke
Shoes: Zara (shop here)
 
Hair: Bigsby House
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mixology 101: State Of Grace

  
April showers bring May flowers. Spring is one of my favorite seasons for it is prime time for "ladies who brunch" happy hours. Thus looking for an alternative to the classic mimosa, I was so excited to make a perfect brunch time drink, the "State Of Grace", with local downtown San Jose craft cocktail bar 55 South. Pink and pretty, this drink is perfect for those upcoming champagne celebrations like Easter and Mother's Day.
 
55 South's "State Of Grace" is a unique balance of citrus layers and raspberry sweetness. It  has a fun fizz with the taste of a spritzer, yet without loosing its punch.  Some tips from the head mixologist and co-owner Eric, when muddling raspberries make sure to not crush the seeds. Raspberry seeds have a bitter taste when crushed and it will make your drink taste sour. Also, this drink is best poured double strained as to catch all the seeds. A tip from me, shake shake and shake. Shaking this drink is essential to create that smooth finish and balanced taste. Happy Brunching Y'all!
 

 
Ingredients:
 
Raspberries
Vodka
Simple Syrup
St. Germaine
Champagne
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Orange Juice
 
Recipe:
 
1. Muddle raspberries in mixer
2. Pour 1 1/2 ounce of Vodka
3. Add 1/2 ounce simple syrup
4. Add 1/2 ounce St. Germaine
5. Add 1/4 ounce each of orange, lime & lemon juice
6. Add ice and shake well
7. Pour then top off with a splash of champagne
 
 
55 South
 
55 S 1st St.
 San Jose, CA. 95113  
(408) 288-6000
 
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hairstyle: Milk Maid Braid


I love the idea of braided hairstyles for spring. Full proof for day time adventures, a Milk Maid braid is an easy up-do alternative that can give a classic t-shirt look a boho-chic touch or a fun floral top some quirky edge.

The key to perfect a Milk Maid braid is creating the right hair texture as to set the hair for ultimate hold. Thus starting with day-old washed hair, or older, is ideal but not necessary for the same texture can also be created with great products. If your situation is the later, proceed to add hair paste and hairspray to your mane, then blow dry it while combing the products through the hair. Follow this by curling the hair and then brushing the curl out. Curling it will help with the fly-away hair ends. Adding even more textured layers, separate your hair into sections and then use shampoo hairspray underneath each layer. Part hair down the middle and braid each section into two equal parts, securing each of the ends with a clear rubber band. When you're done with both braids, criss-cross the braids across your head and tuck the ends under each braid. Pin to secure. End with a finishing hairspray for extra hold. For my look, Bigsby House's hair artist Lisa gave the Milk Maid do a modern flair, choosing to use upside down French braids instead of the common pigtail braids, given my shorter coif.


Stay tuned for the full look!

Product List:
Kevin Murphy Undressed
Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray
Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair
Kevin Murphy Supergoo
Kevin Murphy Session Spray

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