Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 Holiday Style Guide

Puri Sequined Chiffon Gown/Glass Bead Embellished Nadia Earrings/Kaiss Minuadiere Clutch

Holiday outfits are always about getting that touch of twinkle just right and this season I have partnered with Santana Row to bring you two glitz worthy looks from Calypso St. Barth.

Glitter, Metallics, and crystals are all favorites of mine when adding sparkle to any look. For a classic night time holiday event, consider a little black dress with some detailed shimmer, like beading or jewels. Dress the look up or down with accessories. I love the idea of an up do with statement earrings for dressed-up glam style.      

When attending a more casual festivity, consider having a little bit more fun, incorporating some shine into a two piece ensemble. Sequined skirts or even pants give a modern twist to the typical holiday outfit. Make sure to keep the look streamlined by sticking to a more neutral color pallet for mixing color and prints into this concept can take you from chic to childlike fast.

All items can be found at Santana Row‘s Calypso St Barth

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Going Plaid

Plaid had me at HELLO this fall season. Inspired by its variety of patterns and prints, I was beaming when I recently found the perfect plaid pieces at Uniqlo

When shopping for plaid, the main thing to remember is fit. Plaid pieces will drown a silhouette if the item is too big in both pattern and size. Items like, button ups and jackets should always be a tailored cut, for the contrast between the masculine lumber jack print with the feminine fit will keep your look modern and current. If you prefer a more casual and comfy ensemble, go with an over sized scarf or cape, creating a simple yet statement look (Blogger crush Carlina from Allergic to Vanilla rocked a cape on point, See Here!). For my outfit, I loved the idea of mixing plaid prints. I had reservations at first about a plaid down vest, but I am glad the boy convinced me to get it.  For a trend I hated back in the 90's, now I can't stop seeing this look everywhere and I am kinda in love. Also the fact that it actually keeps me super warm helps too. 

Uniqlo is now open at the Great Mall and I definitely think I might have to go back for a fabulous plaid cape so stay tuned!

Plaid Ultra Light Down Vest c/o Uniqlo shop HERE 
Plaid Button Up c/o Uniqlo shop HERE
Vintage Purse via Kuzak's Closet
f21 Faux Leather Skirt via Crossroads Trading Co.
 Rings via H&M/ Heels via Vince Camuto

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blood Orange Margarita

Happy Halloween! The weekend of goblins and ghouls is here and I am ready to play a little dress-up. Halloween hasn't always been a favorite holiday of mine. It could be the fact that my mother, for most of my middle school life, poked two holes in a white bed sheet and threw it over my head, claiming I made for a perfectly reasonable ghost but I digress. Over the last few years I have finally come embrace All Hallow's Eve, particularly the Mexican tradition of  Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) on November 1st & 2nd. 

A nod to the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, this year I whipped up a tart treat worthy of the fiesta, the Blood Orange Margarita. I actually love Margaritas but  have recently stopped drinking them for they can get too sweet due to artificial mixes full of sugar. Thus looking for a substitute to the typical margarita recipe, I partnered up with Whole Foods, finding a natural sweetening alternative from RIPE Bar Juice. Cold-pressed and fresh, RIPE Agave Margarita (Agave Lime Sour) is an ideal organic cocktail mixer that uses 100% Agave Nectar for its flavor. I used it in my recipe to replace the lime juice and simple syrup and it was delish! To give the recipe an extra "craft" cocktail twist, pun intended, I made red Margarita salt. Simply pour a handful of store bought Margarita salt into a zip lock bag, add two drops of red food coloring into the bag and shake. POOF! ABRACADABRA! You have red Margarita salt. So if your looking for a libation to follow the candy and costumes this bloody recipe will do just the trick!


Sliver Tequila
Grand Mariner
RIPE Agave Margarita 
Blood Oranges
Red Margarita Salt


1. Prep cocktail glass, pressing lime juice on rim and then dip rim into red Margarita salt
2. Pour 1.5 oz of silver tequila into shaker
3. Add 1 oz of Grand Mariner 
4. Add 2 oz RIPE Agave Margarita Bar Juice
3. Add 1.5 oz of fresh Blood Orange juice
4. Add ice
5. Shake well and pour into salt garnished glass

Monday, September 29, 2014

Indian Summer

We are going through an indian summer in California right now and to say I am having a love hate relationship with this weather would be an understatement. Don't get me wrong, I do love the lingering evening warmth. I just really miss the fall rain and are itching to wear my vintage sweaters.

Styling some looks for this weather has been a challenge. Helping my fashion feat, Calyso St. Barth has some darling fall pieces that are great for this transitional time. I mean, how fun is the print on this dress?! Thus looking to highlight the pattern, I paired the piece with some vintage neutral accessories, including a sweet hat! I took this look for a spin to a fun event at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo. Exploring local liquor distributors, Hanger 1 Vodka and No. 209 Gin , I was treated to a fabulous afternoon of tasting. This tasting was only one of many events offered by the hotel on a monthly basis. Their next event is Quattro' Berfest featuring yummy beer and brats (see more details here)! Happy Fall Folks!

Dress c/o Calypso St. Bart/ Vintage Shoes via Kuzak's Closet
Vintage Hat via Happy Dragon Thrift Shop/ Vintage Purse via Kuzak's Closet

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!