Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dots and Daisies

It has been a whirlwind of travel alongside a handful of events for me the last 3 months and boy what fun it has been. San Diego, Austin, Atlanta and LA. Restaurant previews, style shows, dog meet-ups. If you follow me on Instagram (@LivingInVogue) you already got a peak at the places I was lucky enough to visit and some of the cute things that came home with me. I think the thing that I really love the most about travel, and just exploring in general, is how it always helps me grow taste wise. From architecture to local food flavors, I love looking for style inspiration everywhere and in everything! I allow it to guide me to try new colors and cuts, as well as new textures and prints. 

This mod mini and these strappy sandals were both travel finds. I scored the shoes at a local thrift shop in Austin, The Family Thrift Store, located on South Congress Ave. Taking note from all the fabulously curated local vintage shops, I was totally in search of items mostly saturated in earth tones with a very boho-chic Austin vibe. Thus when I spotted the sandals they were a no brainer especially because they were only $2. I found the dress in LA at the always faithful Crossroads Trading Co. on Venture Ave. A sucker for any Daisy print, its retro vibe had me at Hello. 

I streamlined the whole look with some of my go-to items. Yet by far, I think my best outfit accessory was Mr. Oliver. Recently introduced to Benni Barker, I am smitten over their cute collection of dog bow ties. I must say Mr. Oliver matched my dress flawlessly in his Navy Pin Dot number (shop it HERE). Quiet the ham in front of the camera, stay tuned to see two more looks Mr. Oliver has in store for you!

Bowtie Benni Barker 
Mod Mini Crossroads Trading Company 
Vintage Rings Alameda Pointe Fair
Shoes Family Thrift Store 
Coach Clutch Black and Brown

I wore this ensemble to an amazing restaurant preview at local Los Gatos Toll House Hotel. Relaunching its menu and look, VERGE restaurant and lounge treated guests to some delish craft cocktails, as well as some scrumptious small bites. A beautiful set-up and stellar service, I cannot wait to go back for another Green Tea Macha Fizz this sunny season! Happy almost summer pretties.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Staycation Mom 

I don't know whether its the early warm weather or just that I am obsessed with the season's style trends, but for my 2015 Mother's Day guide I have summer travel on my mind! Whether you are shopping for a mom or you are a mom and just treating yourself this Mother's Day, I have teamed up with Santana Row to bring you some perfect presents with summer style flair!

For the new mom who might be planning a local "staycation", why not get her some gifts worthy of making her daily routine a little more glam. I personally love the idea of gifting these Annieglass Dishes paired with Kate Spade's MOM necklace. Not only is the necklace a classic piece that can be dressed up or dressed down, but how cute will it look displayed in one of these heart shaped pretties with some other everyday baubles. LOVE! Annieglass is a new store at The Row and its selection of luxury tableware is must shop. For that around-town mom, a fun tote and cute water bottle are a great gift set. Vera Bradley has an amazing selection of totes, which can grow from a diaper bag to a weekend trip purse. I am also pretty smitten on this Soda and Scotch top as a simple but sweet present. "You are my MAISON" translated to "You are my HOME", how fitting of a gift for any mom. Home is where the heart is and if your like me my mom is my heart! 

Vacation Mom 

For that mom ready to take flight, consider gifting summer travel essentials that don't sacrifice style for function. How sweet is Paper Source's "Make Everyday An Adventure" makeup bag, paired with Kate Spade's "Ready For Departure" passport holder. WANT! If you are looking for a statement present, Letarte has a bevy of chic beach style dresses with en trend tassel and embroidery details.

Santana Row will also be hosting a number of Mother's Day Dining restaurant specials so make sure to check that out.

With a couple of summer trips in my future I think I might need all of these. I mean dog moms are real moms too you know! LOL. Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Summer Dreamin

Hello lovelies! Warm weather is brewin in California and its got me majorly crushing on en trend tropical hues and prints. I am so in love with this spring/summer season's color pallet. A mix of subtle brights, pale pastels and earthy neutrals, making a look pop is definitely taking an understated cool approach in 2015. For my look, I paired a quirky aqua blue crop top with a simple maxi skirt, adding woven accessories for a casual feel. Wearing this outfit to Sunday brunch, I found it only fitting to incorporate some sparkle with a sweet vintage brooch.  Stay cool Cali!

Top H&M
Vintage Purse Kuzak's Closet
Skirt Goodwill
Vintage Sandals Kuzak's Closet

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Bar Cart Style

See the Full Teased Mixology Post HERE

Spring time is definitely my favorite cocktail season! From citrus flavor infusions to floral hints, spring libations are not only fun to drink but look at as well. Thus inspired by two of my most popular spring craft cocktails that have been part of my Mixology Series, I partnered up with Chairish to bring you my bar cart essentials.

When entertaining, cocktail making tools can make or break your happy hour. Therefore two of my musts in my bar cart are a cocktail shaker and an ice bucket. I love all the styles and sizes cocktail shakers and ice buckets can come in, yet be very careful to not pick one just because its fun, instead consider its functionality as well. For example, I personally have a simple silver bucket that works when putting champagne on ice and a separate stylish bucket for guests to use for filling glasses. Speaking of stylish, one of my favorite items in Chairish Barware section had to be their Pineapple Ice Bucket. I mean I am obsessed!! Very en trend this spring to summer, pineapple touches are a great way to add a chic touch to your bar cart this season. 

See the full State Of Grace Mixology Post HERE

Correct use of cocktail glasses is also a big do on my list. Helping to not only serve the drink correctly but also add some style to your craft I recommend two sets of glasses in your bar cart. One set should be for shaken drinks like a Martini. The other set should be for stirred drinks like a Collins. Matchy matchy sets can overwhelm a bar cart so stick to sets that marry each other through details like gold rims or colors. With a bevy of vintage glass beauties, Chairish has an amazing selection of drink ware sets that can be mixed and matched that will give a bar cart a unique and uniform look. 


Friday, April 10, 2015

Flower Child

Last year I loved the way I was able to style this same top for festival season (see here) so you can imagine how excited I was when I found a similar skirt at Crossroads Trading Company, giving this look new life! Your really can't ever go wrong with florals for spring and this year matching sets are a must do trend. 

Top Crossroads Trading Company
Skirt Crossroads Trading Company
Vintage Hat Happy Dragon Los Gatos
Vintage Purse Goodwill
Kitten Heels Goodwill