WFM #HelloBeauty Shopping Guide

Am I the only one currently trying to get out of my winter funk? Style and beauty in the colder months is really minimal for me. After the excitement of layers and fall colors dies down, I actually just stick to black pieces and beauty becomes more about simply keeping my skin and hair hydrated. I won't lie, at a certain point I actually just consciously decide to  hibernate from anything that requires me to do my hair or make up. LOL I know, #noshame. You all know a lot of you do the same. Don't lie to me. LOL. This year has been especially harsh on my beauty routine. Anyone else suffer some wacky changes with all this wacky weather? Well I got some super exciting news for all of you that will hopefully help you find some spring style feels. For this coming month of March I will be joining two other amazing bloggers, The Beauty Vanity (Make-Up Expert) and Honey Ghee & Me ( Healthy Living Expert), to showcase Whole Foods Market's Spring Beauty Sale. Thus we have teamed up with Whole Foods Market to share with you our personal favorite products. This means you will be able to walk into any WFM, from the Peninsula to Monterey County, and shop our #HelloBeauty picks. To kick-off this month of spring beauty style we are hosting a #HelloBeauty party on March 5th in Santa Clara and you are all invited! The first 100 registered guest will be receiving an awesome goodie bag so make sure to RSVP! Register HERE! I hope to see you there! XOXO! 

P.S. I have shared some of my picks above for those of you who are eager to get your spring style shopping started a little early!

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!

Shop The Look

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!