Trending: Stripes

Stripes! Stripes! and more Stripes! A classic print to play with for spring, stripes are sure making quiet the trendy come back. Sometimes hard to wear, look for clothes that have vertical stripes, for an elongated look. If your still not convinced try some statement accessories. I mean, how cute are those sunnies!?!?
For a look, on my take on stripes, see here

Lovely In Lace

Wore this little lace number for Valentine's day lunch. I had originally planned to keep this look fairly monochromatic, but then choosing to make the red lace the focus of the ensemble, I paired the piece with some fun printed accessories, in some neutral tones. For a final touch of Parisian love, I added my dainty "amour" bracelet, which is a favorite local find from Ibiss Boutique (see here) in Willow Glen.

A beautiful 70 degrees, here in California, the weather made it a perfect day to soak up some sun with some loved ones. I had my heart set on the pup joining me for these outfit pictures, but let me tell you he blatantly refused. I even tried to coerce him with treats and he still was not having it. My true blue Valentine, who loves me everyday of the year, not just on the 14th, I guess I can let this one slide!
Dress: Wet Seal (buy here), Pumps: Aldo (also seen here)
 Clutch: J.Crew (also seen here and here)
"Amour" Bracelet: Ibiss Boutique

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Gimme some sugar! Valentine's is always a great excuse to bake up a sugary treat for your loved ones. Yet, an easy day to get carried away with all the fluff, keep your recipe simple and sweet instead. Remember, it's the thought that counts! 
I went with a quick sugar cookie recipe (see here). Playing with all different size hearts, I also filled some with delish strawberry jam, au Francias, Bonne Maman. The hardest part of this dessert repertoire was baking the cookies to their appropriate timing. If you leave them in too long, even just for a few more seconds than required, they become uber hard and brittle. I suggest that at the 8 minute mark, make a quick check of how baked the bottom side of the cookie is. The bottom needs to barely be turning brown, if so take it out to cool. Also note that the cookies with the cut-outs do cook quicker than their counterparts. Hope your day of love is lovely!
For another strawberry recipe, with a mexican twist, see here

Black & White

Obsessed would be an understatement when I tell you about my head over heels relationship I am having with this Spring's black and white trend. I was pinning away (see here) and I found myself enamored with all the runway looks that juxtaposed, quiet effortlessly, the "it" color combo of the season. Not one to have much white in her closet, but ready to jump in head first, I even decided that an all-white mani might be a fun alternative and now I cannot get enough of this nail epiphany.
For my outfit, I decided to not just wear the color combo, but also have fun with some mixed prints. Keeping it classic, I played it safe with some stripes and polka dots. For the shoes, I tried on a couple of my black pairs, but they just didn't do the trick. Thus I was very excited when I scored these grey pumps at TJMaxx. Story of my life, I walked in for some dessert spoons, I walked out with some heels. Nevertheless, at a bargain, they go quite nicely if I do say so myself. XOXO.

Top: f21, Skirt: Vintage
Pumps: Nine West via TJMaxx
Clutch: f21