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JustFab pants and jacket (c/o);  H&M topHeelsBotkier bag (c/o);  Ray-Ban Aviator

If you’ve ever heard someone in photography talking about Golden Hour, I’m pretty sure this is exactly the lighting they’re gushing about.  And for good reason.  Lately this lightweight pants and bomber jacket situation has been a go-to for events, and it was perfect for a dinner earlier this week.  It’s part of JustFab’s new clothing collection, is comfy as hell, and rings in under $100 for the set.  Winner, winner.  We’re spending this weekend in Laughlin, NV celebrating Eric’s 30th, and if you’ve ever been to Laughlin, you know it’ll be a crazy one.  Follow along on Instagram for snaps of what should be an interesting weekend.  Happy Friday, everyone!


Little White Dresses

Little White Dresses 1. Olive & Oak Embroidered Romper  2. Alli K Petal Scoop Back Dress  3. Piperlime Lace Tee Dress  4. Piperlime Floral Lace Dress  5. Wells Grace Sheer Panel Shift  6. Wren Off Shoulder Dress  7. Piperlime Lace Boat Neck Dress  8. Piperlime Embellished Tank Dress  9. Piperlime Lace Jeweled Dress  10. Piperlime Lace Garden Dress

Need a white dress? Who doesn’t, really.  Whether you’ve got bridal showers and bachelorette festivities on the horizon (heyyyy), a fun girls’ night out (lookin’ at you, #8), or just want to add a couple of great summer options to your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with these little white dresses.  The best part?  They’re all on super sale right now at Piperlime.  Take 40% off of already discounted prices with code “SALEONSALE” because sadly, Piperlime is shutting down at the end of this month.  I’m pretty much inconsolable about it.  But my pain is your gain, so shop these little pretties quick because the 40% off is only good through today (4/23).


Venice Canals

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East & Lo jumpsuit (c/o);  Forever 21 kimonoSofft wedges (c/o);  GiGi New York bucket bag and iPhone case (c/o);  Prima Donna necklaceRay-Ban aviator

    A couple of weeks ago I finally got to check out the canals in Venice Beach, and I can’t believe I never made it there sooner.  Not that it’s some huge attraction to see, but I lived in LA for five years and pretty much never knew this area existed.  (What the?)  It’s such a cute little section of Venice, and I so enjoyed taking a stroll around in my favorite onesie pajamas jumpsuit.  This knit jumper is just about as soft as it gets without being actual pajamas, and by pairing it with a breezy kimono and my new favorite cushion-y wedges (seriously, so comfortable), I was pretty much in PJ heaven.  Comfy?  You betcha.  Just rolled out of bed?  I think not.


Pesky Dark Circles

Dark Circles 1. 3Lab “M” Cream  2. Michael Todd Knu Anti Age Serum  3. Skin Owl eye+ Concentrate  4. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-Ing Concealer  5. bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener  6. Glamglow Brightmud Eye Treatment  7. Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream  8. Olay Total Effects Eye Brightening CC Cream  9. bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer  10. Olay Fresh Effects Bright on Schedule Eye Cream

Recently a family member reached out about getting rid of dark circles, and my first thought was, “You and me both, sister.”  The obvious answers here are “Drink more water!” and “Get more sleep!”, but sometimes you need a little extra help.  Luckily these days there are tons of great products to help cover (or even better, fix) those pesky dark circles, and I’ve gotten the chance to try quite a few of them.  Through gift bags and blogger loot and maybe a little bit through my own addiction to trying out new beauty products, I’ve slathered on all of the products above and think they’re all pretty worthwhile.  It just depends on what you’re willing to spend and what you’re looking for.  Personally I like a good eye treatment at night (1, 2, 3, and 6 above).  For mornings, I love some sort of brightening cream (#7 is a clear winner here to me) followed by an undereye concealer that focuses on lightening (#5 is amazing).  So if you can’t get those 8 recommended hours (Guilty!), try lightening up the dark circles with something from this list.  Anything from your regimen that I’m missing out on?


Snake Shift

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Dress (c/o) Cheeky Peach;  Old Navy vest (jacket version);  Report booties;  Tory Burch clutch (similar);  Itchelita necklace (c/o);  Henri Bendel sunglassesNordstrom hat

How was everyone’s weekend?  On Saturday we visited a couple of friends in LA and spent the afternoon at Malibu Wines, which did not disappoint.  It was a beautiful day with good wine, live music, and amazing people watching.  Seriously.  So good.  Later we had dinner at The Misfit, and I’m pretty much still full.  (If you get the chance to go, you MUST get the Crispy Polenta appetizer.  MUST.)  Overall it was a great weekend with friends, and I’m a little bummed that it’s Monday now.  But it’s a new day and a new week so here’s a new look coming right ‘atcha.  This little snake-print shift from The Cheeky Peach is such an easy day to night dress, and paired with favorite peep-toe booties, it’s perfect for spring’s chilly nights here.  (Check out the Cheeky Peach for tons of other great spring styles!)  Hope everyone has a great week!


Friday Faves

Friday Favorites Did you know that today is National Malbec Day?  Neither did I, but who am I to skip such an important holiday?  Come 5 o’clock you can find me celebrating with this bottle from Speak Wines.  It’s a local Orange County company bottling a delicious red, and the bottles are just so cute.  Because when you stop and look around, this life IS pretty amazing.IMG_9080 - Version 2The most beautiful treats from Sugarfina arrived just in time for tax day this week, so of course, I ate…like…a lot.IMG_9125 If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the new Sophie Simmons Collection from Diamondere is your new BFFL.  Follow along on Instagram as I take over their account.IMG_2915 New ring obsessions from Marcia Moran.  I love discovering new (or new to me) jewelry brands, and this one is a good one.  I’m obsessed with her rings, and the stack above rarely left my hand this week.

Happy Friday, people!  Time to rescue the cork from a bottle of wine and do a little happy dance because the weekend is here at last.  This weekend Eric and I are heading up to LA to see a couple of friends, and I’m so excited to finally check out Malibu Wines.  I’ve heard so many great things about it and can’t wait to see for myself.  Today I’m recapping a few things that helped to make my week.  What’s making you smile this Friday?


Floral Pants: Day to Night

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Day Look: LC Lauren Conrad floral pants (c/o) Kohl’s;  LC Lauren Conrad Ruffled Top (c/o) Kohl’s;  Gap denim jacketSofft wedges (c/o);  Sam Edelman fringe bagKendra Scott necklaceRay-Ban sunglasses

Night Look: LC Lauren Conrad floral pants (c/o) Kohl’s;  Simply Vera by Vera Wang tank (c/o) Kohl’s;  H&M leather jacket;  Rebecca Minkoff bagSimilar heels

Hey, hey, gals!  Today I’m teaming up with Kohl’s to bring you a little taste of (what else) florals for spring.  Now I know what you’re thinking.  “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”  But hold the phone.  Can you think of a more significant, fun, or just all around pretty print for spring?  I think not.  So say hello to your inner flower child and just go with me here.

With spring’s nicer weather and longer days, it seems like the weekday events, dinners, and after-work drinks with friends and colleagues kick into full swing.  While I’m not complaining (Hi, happy hour!), it does help to have a few wardrobe staples lined up that easily transition from day to night, and tapered floral pants can easily do the trick.  I picked these up recently at Kohl’s and was surprised by how versatile they are.  For day, pair them with a lightweight blouse, denim jacket, and sandals or wedges (these are SO comfortable for all day wear), and once the sun goes down, switch to heels, an embellished tank, and leather jacket.  So while you may have a few floral pieces in your current repertoire, if you don’t have a great pair of floral pants, get on it, girl!  Happy shopping, and here’s hoping everyone is having a great week.


Disclosure: This look is brought to you by Kohl’s, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Favorite Red Lipsticks

Favorite Red Lipstick 1. Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Dragon Girl  2. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69  3. Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard  4. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Striking  5. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Live It Up  6. Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Rich Ruby  7. NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red

Last night I rediscovered and wore the first red lipstick that I ever purchased, and coincidentally, it’s still one of my absolute favorite reds to wear.  (Nars Dragon Girl, #1 above)  Inspired by the evening and my current hoarder-sized collection of red lipsticks, I decided to round up and share a few of my favorites.  They range in price and finishes (I usually go with matte), but, by rule, I always, always pair them with a liner.  (My go-to is “69” from Urban Decay.)  Whether you’re testing the waters or looking for a new everyday favorite, I’d definitely recommend checking out my favorites above.  Any great reds that I’m missing out on?


Spring Refresh With T.J.Maxx

Disclosure: Compensation for this post was provided by T.J. Maxx via Mode Media, but all opinions expressed are solely my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.
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Romper and studded sandals via T.J. Maxx

Well, over the past couple of weeks here Spring has sprung and sandal season is upon us, so get your pedicure right, girl.  I’ve always been someone who looks forward to fall fashion the most, but living at the beach, there’s really nothing better than the warm spring and summer months and the seasonal pieces that go along with them.  Recently I headed to T.J. Maxx (hands-down, my go-to for wardrobe updates) for a little spring refresh, and my first stop was definitely the shoe department.  I live in flat sandals and the occasional wedge during spring, and my local T.J. Maxx had a full selection of each.  I finally decided on this studded pair and seriously haven’t taken them off since.  (Get ready to see these way too much on the blog in the coming months…)  On my way to the register, I saw this romper and (hello!) had to take it home.  It was the last one left and happened to be in my size.  It’s the reason I love T.J. Maxx: the thrill of what you’ll find.  You can go twice in the same week and see an entirely different selection.  (Perhaps that’s the shopaholic in me?)  Regardless, if you haven’t stopped in lately, it’s definitely worth taking a peek;  you never know what you’ll find.


Becca Swimwear

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Becca swimsuit, skirt, kimono (c/o);  Prima Donna hat (c/o);  Ray-Ban sunglasses; Tkees flip flops

A couple of weeks ago we had our first real taste of summer here, and I must say, it was pretty great.  There’s really nothing like a day at the beach to make you forget about the workweek and anything else weighing on your mind.  It’s why during the summer months here I pretty much live in a swimsuit.  Every year I stock up on a few go-to suits, and over the past couple of years, they’ve all been Becca.  I seriously, seriously just love their suits.  They offer a ton of styles, prints, and colors for all sizes, including those of us who need a little more coverage on top, and they won’t break the bank.  Every print has matching coverup options, and let’s be honest, I can’t resist a good coverup or caftan.  Give me a sheer muumuu or kimono and I’m one happy girl!  What are some of your go-to swimsuit brands?


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