Just For The Night

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Karina Grimaldi dress via The Stylist LA;  Enzo Angiolina heels via Nordstrom Rack;  Clutch via Nordstrom Rack;  Michael Kors watch

When I moved down to Orange County from LA three years ago, I held onto all of my cocktail dresses, dressy tops, and higher than high heels for a while, but after cleaning out my closet a few hundred times, those pieces have pretty much dwindled to nothing.  I just don’t have much of a need for them here.  “Hi!  Here for the beach BBQ in my Parker dress and killer heels!”  Nope, it just doesn’t work.  For the rare occasions when I need something a little bit fancy, like last Sunday’s Oscars festivities, I’m super happy that I stumbled upon The Stylist LA and even more stoked that the owner Emily is a no-BS type of gal who knows exactly which of her dresses will work for me.  It’s quick and painless, and I leave with something that I’ll love, even if it’s just for the night.  And slowly but surely, that heel collection is really coming back strong.  “But, I NEED these…”  Again, don’t tell Eric.  Happy weekend, pretty ladies – hope you spend it in style.  Even if that means sweatpants style.


Happiness Is…

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Today I’m sharing some things that really made my days this week.  Sometimes happiness is just that perfect afternoon coffee and a few minutes to yourself.  I recently discovered this Starbucks Pour Over (I’ve been living in the dark ages), and it’s amazing, so great when you only need one cup.  And just about as easy as making a cup of tea.  And sometimes happiness comes in the first signs of spring, even if that first swimsuit makes you cringe a little.  (Just how many hours a day is the gym actually open?)  What are some things that made you happy this week?


Shoes, More Shoes

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Riller & Fount dress;  Madden Girl heels (c/o) DSW;  H&M clutch and jewelry

Today’s look is a continuation of Monday’s DSW shoe love, and the second pair I’m styling is one that I know I’ll be wearing the crap out of.  I’ve got a few pairs of shoes, but a floral lace-up pair is just what I’ve been missing apparently.  With a Grecian-style wrap dress and killer jewels, they’re icing on the well-styled cake.  I already have plans for these with a favorite pair of black ripped skinnies and a white fitted tee.  Feel me?

I’m quickly running out of shoe storage space, but man, a couple of new pairs can really breathe new life into your closet.  And DSW makes it so easy to find the perfect pair.  After all, the shoes say it all.


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

Nightly Skin Routine

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I’ve talked about it here before, but one of my biggest skincare concerns remains dark circles and bags under my eyes.  I’m guilty of not getting enough sleep, and I pretty much never drink enough water in a day.  (I know, I know.  It’s still a work in progress.)  I’ve shared my current morning routine here and an absolute favorite new product that I’ve recently added, but today I’m turning my sights to my nighttime essentials.  While it’s certainly nothing ground-breaking, it’s a simple routine that I can actually commit to.

I’m addicted to makeup remover towelettes, and Neutrogena’s are my favorite.  They’re soft and moisturizing, and no matter what my day or evening entailed, these ensure that I’ll actually remove my makeup.  (Baby steps.)  Recently I finally tried out Cetaphil’s Daily Cleanser, the drug store find that dermatologists and skincare junkies have been raving about for years, and I must say, I can see why.  I don’t know why I was so tardy for this party, but for now, I’m here to stay.  At about $10, it’s kind of a no-brainer.

And finally, there are those pesky undereyes.  When I heard about the Eye Eraser from Michael Todd Organics, I was skeptical but figured I’d give it a shot.  It’s a little pen-shaped device that combines a sonic micro massage with gentle warming to help reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles.  It also helps with the absorption of eye serums and wrinkle creams, and if you’re going to spend the money on them, you might as well make sure they actually make it into your skin, right?  I’ve used the Eye Eraser combined with their Anti-Aging Serum for about three weeks now, and I can definitely see a difference in the skin under my eyes.  (Enough for a few more than normal sunglass-free posts around here lately.)

For now, these are my tried and true favorites, but I’d love to know – what are some of the nightly essentials you swear by?


The Shoes Say It All

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Nordstrom skirt;  Ann Taylor LOFT blouse;  NastyGal blazer (available here in burgundy, black, ivory, and navy);  Jessica Simpson heels (c/o) DSW;  Forever 21 bag;  Ray-Ban sunglassesNecklace, , link bracelet, cuff bracelet (c/o) Lalo + Rae

Last night rounded out the end of Awards’ Season with the Oscars, and this year did not disappoint. While I could go on and on about the fashions this season, (Umm, hellooo, J.Lo!) I’m all about taking red carpet style and translating it to real life. And for me, that’s all about the colors, the jewels, and mostly the shoes. Whether you’re wearing a priceless gown or simple jeans and a tee, a fabulous pair of heels can make any outfit. (To this point, I’m kind of a shoe hoarder. Don’t tell Eric I admitted that. Seriously, don’t.) This week I’m taking two pairs from DSW for a spin, and I’m mildly obsessed.

The first is a killer pair in fuchsia suede, and while they could easily pair with the rows of black clothing in my closet, I love partnering them with an equally bold jacket for a color-blocked effect. The skirt, blouse, and jacket here have all been in my closet for a couple of seasons, but with a fresh pair of kicks, they’re suddenly brand new.  Stay tuned this week for look (and shoes) #2 from DSW!


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

Little Blue Dress

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 Photos by Zachary Epstein;  Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty;  Creative Direction by Rachael Dickens of OC Style Report

Amanda Uprichard dress via Bardot OCLulu’s heelsPurpose JewelryMichael Kors Bradshaw watch

 Today I’m sharing look numero dos from my morning with OC Style Report, and this little blue number is a real show-stopper.  I actually stopped by the Amanda Uprichard booth yesterday at the ENK Show in Vegas, and without looking at any signage, I immediately knew what brand it was.  The colors, Duke, the colors!  The pieces in her collection truly make a statement, and this little belted wrap dress is no exception.  As I recall, it was the last one left at Bardot OC, so run, don’t walk.  Here’s hoping your Thursday feels more like a Friday.


Wedding Wednesdays: The Venue

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I started this blog a few years ago as a place where I could share a little style advice and put together virtual outfits for readers.  Over the years, it’s evolved into something very personal, a place where, along with outfits of the day, I’ve shared my own stories, travel, and mini milestones.  This year I’ll be planning our wedding, so I figured what better place to share aspects of that process than right here with you.  Hopefully, you don’t mind terribly.

I knew from the beginning that the venue would be the one detail that would make everything else fall into place.  Eric and I had just been to our friends’ wedding in Hawaii, so immediately, I thought I’d like to do a destination wedding.  I thought about Florida or Mexico, then did some serious searching in Big Sur, our favorite spot.  In the end though, home is where the heart is, and New Orleans just seemed right.  (Both of our families were voting for New Orleans from the beginning, it just took me a little while to come around.)

We looked at two venues in New Orleans, and we knew hands-down that the Riverview Room was the place for us.  It has an amazing rooftop overlooking the city for the ceremony, and inside will be perfect for the reception.  It’s open and airy with four different balconies for guests who want to step outside.  The reception will be served buffet-style, a Southern tradition at weddings that I love.  (No rules!  Eat when you want, dance when you want!)  With the venue booked and the date set (April of 2016!), I can’t wait to see the rest of the details fall into place.


Riverview Room TerraceImage via The Riverview Room

OC Style Report

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Photos by Zachary Epstein;  Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty;  Creative Direction by Rachael Dickens of OC Style Report

Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent tunic via Bardot OCJanessa Leone hat via Bardot OC; DV booties via Shop Modern RomancePurpose Jewelry

A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to shoot with OC Style Report, and it was pretty much my favorite kind of morning ever.  I started the day getting glammed up by Dee from Swell Beauty and headed off to the Anaheim Packing District, basically a foodie’s dream place.  I spent the morning surrounded by the rad gals of OC Style Report (and Zachary) and amazing clothing from local boutiques Bardot OC and Modern Romance.  (I’m still drooling over the Janessa Leone hat in the photos above.)  After exploring the space and shooting a few looks, we ended the morning with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.  Does it get any better?  I think not.  Today I’m sharing one of those looks, and stay tuned this week for more of the outfits just dying to empty my wallet.


Leopard and Stripes and So Much Love

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Dittos boyfriend jeans (c/o);  East & Lo sweater (c/o);  Old Navy vest (jacket version);  Halogen heels (also love these);  Rebecca Minkoff bagMichael Kors watch

Y’all, this weekend was amazing.  Eric and I spent a few days in Louisiana last week for my cousin’s wedding.  We got to hang out, drink (too much) wine, and eat everything (cajun) in sight with a few of my favorite family members, and somewhere in between we managed to book our wedding venue (more on that later in the week).  We headed back to California on Saturday and got home in time for a little Valentine’s Day sushi.  It was low-key and perfect and followed by a Sunday lunch with friends.  I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am to share this crazy life with the one I love and hope that you guys had a love-filled weekend as well.  And hopefully, you’re starting off the week with a vacation Monday.  Hands up if you plan on being in your pajamas at noon!  (Slowly raises hand…)  Here’s lookin’ at you, Presidents’ Day.


Happy Valentine’s Day

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Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

BCBG dress;  JustFab heelsRovi Moss bagRay-Ban sunglasses;  Kristin Perry cuff

Happy Valentine’s weekend to all the lovers out there.  And to all the single gals, here’s to an amazing night out with the girls.  We’ll be spending our evening tonight celebrating my cousin’s wedding, and I can think of no better way to kick off our Valentine’s day weekend.  Tomorrow we head back to California, and I’m looking forward to a lazy Sunday spent by the beach.  Whatever your plans, hope you’re surrounded by love this weekend!


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