Fringe Everything

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Payless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

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Similar skirt; cabi tank and jacket; Payless heels (c/o); Bag; Sunglasses

If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s fringe and more fringe. You can imagine my excitement when I found these fun fringed kicks at Payless recently for under $20. Seriously. So excited that I actually bought them in black too. I couldn’t decide which color I wanted, so Kathleen had to smack some sense in me. “Umm, they’re $15. Get both, #YOLO!” Done and done. I picked these up in-store and scooped up the black version online. They’re crazy comfortable and feel so much more expensive than they actually are. Pair them with a skirt, with skinnies, with a sweater dress… The outfit possibilities are, like, endless. Check out Payless on Pinterest for more styles.


Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Payless, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

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Express Sale

express sale 1. Black Lace-Up Pointed Flat  2. Embellished Head Wrap  3. Ostrich Feather Fringe Mini Skirt  4. V-Neck Long Sleeved Trapeze Dress  5. Faux Fur Convertible Clutch  6. Faceted Bead Tassel Bracelet  7. Studded Fringe Heel  8. Ivory Cowl Neck Sweater Dress  9. Ivory Plaid Blanket Scarf  10. Fringed Hard Case Clutch  11. Faux Suede Over-the-Knee Flat Boot

This morning I shared the current Shopbop sale with you guys, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few more sale picks this afternoon.  This time I’m rounding up my favorites from Express where the entire site is 50% off.  Whaaaat?!  I know, girl.  Sweater dresses, denim, boots, cocktail dresses, and everything in between.  There are finds for the guys in your life too.  No need to wait until Black Friday – shop this sale starting now before the pieces you want most are gone.  Happy sale week!


Shopbop’s Winter Sale

Shopbop Winter Sale 1. Rebecca Minkoff Aliz Small Tote  2. Wayf Flannel Shirt Dress  3. Plush Plaid Texting Mittens  4. Kempner Metallic Lounge Pants  5. Sam Edelman Suede Pumps  6. Sam Edelman Belinda Suede Fringe Boots  7. Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviator  8. Knot Sisters Binkers Dress  9. Ariel Gordon Delicate Heart Ring  10. C/MEO Collective Night Rider Dress  11. Kate Spade New York Bangle Set  12. Tory Burch Robinson Adjustable Mini Bag

Well it’s Turkey Week Tuesday, and Shopbop is giving everyone a head start on the Black Friday shopping.  (Because who really wants to wait until Friday when your food coma is in full effect?  Not me, friend.)  Their “Buy More, Save More” sale starts right now, and you don’t want to miss out.  You can use the code for new arrivals, sale steals, and anything in between.  Get the deets below.  Happy shopping!


Shopbop Sale

Pantene Strong

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I’ve mentioned my love of Pantene products quite a few times here in the past, and today I’m partnering with them once again to share some of my beauty, fashion and lifestyle regimens that keep me feeling strong and beautiful.  For my overall strength and well-being, there’s nothing I love more than Pilates at Core Reform Pilates, and I’ve made it (pretty much) a part of my daily weekday routine.  It’s the only workout that I don’t dread, and it’s become the best way to kick off my day.  I try to go every morning (work permitting), and once I do, it’s that much easier to make healthy choices throughout my day.  I recently discovered Jan’s Health Bar and am now obsessed – it’s the perfect post-workout juice or lunch stop.  We’ll call that one a weekly routine, although some weeks it tends to be more of a daily habit.  On Sundays, it’s a cheat day, and I take full advantage of takeout-and-vino nights on the couch with my main squeeze.  Life’s about balance, right?

In this blogging world, it can be SO easy to look at other bloggers’ successes or campaigns and feel the need to compare myself.  I constantly have to remind myself that it’s not a competition and to take a minute to just be thankful for how far I’ve come.  I’ve made so many wonderful friends through this job, and it’s definitely become a priority to set aside some girlfriend time to chat and catch up.  Kathleen and I (above) recently ventured over to Tanaka Farms for the necessary pumpkin patch visit.  We were admittedly slightly overdressed for the occasion (and the weather), but that’s fine.  We can laugh at ourselves.  And we do…often.

And finally for the beauty routine.  It all starts with the basics – shampoo and conditioner. I’ve used Pantene for years, and right now I’m all about Pantene’s Daily Moisture Renewal regimen. It’s a brand I trust and a product that just really works, and my hair feels stronger and more moisturized than probably ever before. I sleep with a braid every night to avoid tangles, and when my hair is feeling a little dry, I’ll leave some of the conditioner in overnight and rinse in the morning. I still torture my strands with blowouts and heat styling, but by paying attention to the basics and by using Pantene’s Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner to keep my hair strong and hydrated, I don’t really stress about it. It’s all about balance, right?

What are some of the daily, weekly, or monthly routines keeping you sane, strong, and beautiful?



Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Pantene, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Holiday Style: Capes

Holiday Capes 1. Speaking Sequins Cape Blazer  2. Colarless Woven Cape  3. Small Things V-Neck Shift  4. Gretchen Cape Dress  5. Seneca Plaid Moto Cape  6. Janae Crepe Cape

If there’s one trend with a little holiday staying power, it’s the cape, and right now, the pickings are good.  From the basic outerwear capes to caped blazers, blouses, and dresses, there are casual and dressed-up options for just about any budget.  Don’t see the one meant for you above?  Scroll through the additional picks below.  Here’s hoping one of these gives you a holiday superpower.


More Boots to Love

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Happy Friday, everyone!  Today, I’m rounding out the week with a little more boot love (and looks to love, in general) from good ol’ Target.  (Did you check out yesterday’s post?)  I’m telling you, if you haven’t checked out the boot selection this year at Target, you’re seriously missing out.  The fringe booties in the first look are so fun and add a great boho touch to any look.  Plus, I’m just freaking obsessed with the poncho.  Lose the poncho and switch out the fringe booties for the black over-the-knee pair, and you’ve got a totally different look that’s perfect for going from day to night.  The best part?  Both pairs in today’s post are under $50.  Score.  Which boot look is your favorite?


Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Target, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.


Find your style @TargetStyle.

Boots of the Day

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If you’ve stopped by the blog a time or two, you know I’ve got a little thing for boots and booties.  More like a big thing, actually.  And this season, I’ve found some of my absolute favorite pairs at Target.  The two styles I wear the most are over-the-knee and ankle boots, and when I found these two pairs on, my heart skipped a beat.  The over-the-knee burgundy pair is such a showstopper, and worn with the pleated burgundy dress, it’s a ladylike, monochromatic look that I love.  They look and feel like a high-end pair, but at around $70, they won’t break the bank.

The ankle booties are a total classic.  They’re sleek and sophisticated – perfect for dressing up a little black shift dress.  The neck detailing on this shift makes it a great option for any upcoming holiday parties, and the entire look will cost you about $65.  Total steal.  But my boot spree didn’t stop here.  Check back tomorrow for two more head-to-toe Target Style looks.


Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Target, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Photos thanks to Taylor Cole


Find your style @TargetStyle.

Shearling Vest

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Here in Southern California, we’ve been so lucky to actually enjoy a little fall weather lately (it’s been AH-mazing!), but I’m not fooled.  I don’t think we’ve had our last taste of heat wave for the year.  Enter, this vest.  This shearling vest is as soft as a poodle and so much more versatile than you might think.  For the warm days, it’s perfect for giving a leather skirt and t-shirt look an extra dose of fall, and for the colder times, it’s so good layered over a sweater.  I love the big floppy collar and, of course, the pockets.  It’s part of the new Madden Girl at Kohl’s collection, is currently on sale, and is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  At around $50, you don’t want to miss out on this one.  Happy hump day, people!


Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

Holiday Style Under $100

1. BB Dakota April Dress  2. Vince Camuto Large Statement Ring  3. Ombre Glitter Pump  4. Topshop Rupa Snake Sandals  5. Rhinestone Bracelet  6. BB Dakota Rhianna Fit and Flare Lace Dress  7. Adelyn Rae Sequin Wrap Slip Dress  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pave Ball Earrings  9. Inge Christopher Minaudiere  10. Spring Street Metal Bangles  11. Suede Sandals  12. Wayf Blouson Dress

The holiday invites have started to roll in, and with them, that since of “Oh crap, what do I wear.”  Well don’t fret, my pet, because over the next few weeks, I’ll be rounding up some of the best holiday styles for every party, fiesta, and shindig in your future.  And today, I’m kicking things off with a full list under $100.  So whether edgy leather is your style or sweet lace is more your flavor, there’s something here with your name on it.  And if you’re in the mood for a real steal, go ahead and click on number 3.  Happy shopping!


New Orleans Stay-Cation

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Last month I headed home to Louisiana for a few days and actually got to spend most of those days in New Orleans.  (I grew up about an hour outside of New Orleans, so it isn’t very often that we actually spend the night there.)  I spent the first half of my stay with Eric and our parents working out a few wedding details, enjoying the city’s street performers, and eating ALL of the food.  We stayed at Hotel Mazarin, also our hotel for our wedding, and it was the perfect location.

For the second half of my stay, I met up with Jenn and enjoyed a little stay-cation at the International House Hotel.  The hotel was perfect, and the city views from the penthouse rooms are so beautiful.  The downstairs bar area was quirky and fun with amazing live music on Tuesday nights.  (Seriously – the music was so good.)  There’s no shortage of good food or entertainment in New Orleans, but here are a few standouts from the trip.

Court of Two Sisters:  This is an iconic spot that to me is a must-visit.  If the weather is nice, it’s the perfect place to dine outside under a canopy of trees.  The real standout here though is the service.  We had just gotten to New Orleans, and I was really craving red beans and rice (my favorite.)  Unfortunately red beans and rice aren’t on the menu at Court of Two Sisters, but I asked our waiter if they had it just in case.  Y’all – he brought me red beans from a sister restaurant before my meal came.  It’s something I’ll never forget.

Cafe Beignet:  I’m sure 100 people have told you that if you go to New Orleans, you have to go to Cafe Du Monde, but personally, I’m a Cafe Beignet fan.  The beignets are so good, and I love their quaint little courtyard.

District Donuts:  Well, these are just delicious.

Salon by Sucre:  Professing my love for this spot here.

Tableau:  This place was SO good!  They have great house wines “on tap”, and the food!  I got the Eggs Hussard which was basically Eggs Benedict with Filet Mignon.  So, there’s that.

Pier 24:  Two words: red beans.  I know, I know – again with the red beans.  New Orleans style red beans is just something that no one does right in California, so I eat it as much as possible when I’m home.  We loved this Bourbon Street place and actually decided to have our rehearsal dinner here.

Overall it was an amazing trip filled with good food, a few drinks, and good music.  A huge thank you to the International House Hotel for the stay, and can’t wait to visit again.  What are some of your favorite spots in New Orleans?


Photos thanks to Kristina Britt Photography;  Makeup thanks to Ashley Sievert

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