Love Sparkles

Happy Valentine's Day Loves! SO many reasons to be happy for on this day we celebrate love. I know many aren't too crazy about this holiday, with all its commercialized madness but I personally think that Valentine's day does not have to be about romance. I use it as a great excuse to just say a simple thank you to family and friends who have shown me what it means to be loved. Some years I have taken my mother flowers. Others I have mailed Valentines to long distance friends. My most recent favorite V-Day act was dropping off some heart-shaped balloons for my nieces at their High School. I remember as a young girl seeing friends get roses from their boyfriends during school lunch and feeling pretty crummy. Thus I just felt like letting them know that a boyfriend is not necessarily needed to celebrate Valentine's Day. I guess what I'm trying to say is that on a day that might be easy to get caught up in all the over-the-top romance (or lack there of) take the time and think about reaching out to someone in your life that might just need a little reminder that they are loved. You may be surprised at how a little sparkle of love can go a long way. 

Still don't have a look or gift for tonight? Find this whole ensemble, including this darling succulent, at the recently opened Anthropologie & Co. in Palo Alto. 


photography Yasmin Roohi

Joie X Herradura

It was so much fun when I recently co-hosted a Herradura Happy Hour with my blogger bff Grace of My Style & Grace in SF. I threw on a simple fall floral for the day in the city (see and shop my full look visit my pervious post HERE) Whenever I trek to San Francisco although jeans and a shirt might seem the obvious choice, I like the idea of something less constricted for romping around town. My babe Grace I thus car pooled up and I had to make our first stop my favorite coffee shop in the Mission, Sightglass Coffee. With the wind destroying our hair and  by default Instagram dreams we then head over to  play dress-up with Joie's Fall line, while sipping on some Herradura Margaritas... I mean can a Girls Night Out get any better?! I have one word. TACOS. lol. Yes we ended the night indeed with tacos. XOXO! 

photography Melissa De Mata

Flirty Ruffle

Shirt Dress Crossroads Trading Co. // Sneakers Converse // Sunnies Target 
Vintage Bucket Bag Coach via Crossroads Trading Co.

I love a good shirt dress. Easy to throw on and layer, it is a great foundation piece for fall. When looking for this particular article this season, shop for dresses with en trend Victorian details, like moody floral prints and flirty ruffles. For a casual look, pair the piece with some classic sneakers and denim jacket. I went with this laid back ensemble for an evening of shopping in the city with some SF Bay Area blogger babes. Stay tuned to an event recap coming next week! Thinking about re-working this ensemble for a more dressed-up look, I am considering adding a chic neck scarf, some chunky heels and maybe a sweet hat. What do you think? XO!

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photography Melissa De Mata

2016 Fall Coat Guide

As you know I am a big fan of shopping investment pieces at the start of a new season. Thus with fall finally here and layering style super essential, investing in the right outerwear is key to streamlining your autumn wardrobe. Helping you sift through this seasons coat trends, I partnered with Marimekko to create a coat shopping guide and find you the right investment piece for this fall.

If simple and classic is your pace, the minimalist trend is still going strong. Consider updating a peacoat look with oversized shapes, raw edges, sculpted bodices. The key to shopping this trend is fit. In other words, minimalist does not mean baggy. Shop for a piece that is tailored to your height and shape. This will ensure you will look sleek and not sloppy. Shop this trend via the Marimekko VIKI coat. If you like to play with texture, shearling made a major comeback in the 2016 fall fashion week runway. Not just limited to lapels and lining anymore, this typically retro style material got an urban chic makeover. The key to doing this trend is shopping for it in neutral hues that keep the stylish shag from looking like you are wearing a tacky rug. Shop this trend via the Marimekko YVETTE coat. If you love color and print like me, moody florals and graphic shapes in bright and bold pallets are fair game this season. An ode to summer and spring, shop for fall 2016 pantone hues like Spicy Mustard, Airy Blue, and Bodacious. Shop the trend via Marimekko KATJUSKA coat.

Making your coat shopping even sweeter, now through October 18, Marimekko  is collecting gently used coats at their NYC, Boston, Cambridge and Palo Alto stores. The coats will be donated to those in need ahead of winter’s cooling temperatures. With a donation, customers will receive $75 off a new Marimekko jacket/coat, valid through November 19. Stay tuned to the blog to see my fall coat style! XO! 

Floral Mini

skirt F21 shop HERE // denim button up Savers // sunnies Target 

I have been utterly tired of this lingering warm spell over California. I know its a little whiny of me for I am quiet blessed here on the west coast when it comes to weather, but can you blame me for just wanting to indulge in some fall feels?!? As crisp chill finally set in this past weekend, I started to sort through my wardrobe for some transitional looks. Fall style is really all about transitional pieces. You really just can't just chop it up to throwing on the latest coat or boot trend once the first leaves turn yellow, it requires a patient warm to cold weather wardrobe process. That process starts for me by dipping into fall pallets and patterns. I recently picked up this Forever 21 mini, in both black and blush. Only $12, its warm taupe accents and victorian floral vibes are understated fall trends that lend themselves to ushering the new season. 

Helping me celebrate the start of the fall season, I met up with local SF blogger babe Grace, from My Style & Grace, for a s'mores in style date at Verge Restaurant. This tasty seasonal treat includes sinful Ghirardelli chocolate squares and marshmallows, made in-house, in both lemon and bourbon flavors, which are served to your table with a s’mores-ready fire pot. Available for a limited time, make sure to check-out this insta-worthy seasonal dessert before its gone! Happy Fall!!!

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photography Grace Jeramie