Zara pants; Nordstrom sweater; Zara scarf; Clava bag (c/o) VAULT; BCBGeneration booties; Henri Bendel sunglasses; C.Wonder bracelet; Gorjana rings; Besame Cosmetics lipstick in Cherry Red (c/o) Wantable
Yesterday we made the trek from California to Louisiana to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with my family, and it's so good to be home. (I'm already well-fed and well-rested, and it's only day one and a half.) For trips home, or any trips through the airport really, it's always a balance of finding something to wear that's comfortable and at least a little bit styled. (Not to mention that on an airplane, I will always freeze.) It can be hard to look decent while schlepping your crap from terminal to terminal (I'm a pretty bad over-packer), but with this season's slouchy pants, it's all a little easier. An oversized sweater and my new favorite scarf finished off the look. And as for the bag... it's a sweet little bottomless hole that fit my computer, camera, mass amounts of chargers, a couple of magazines, and pretty much a million other things - just what I need for a flight. Plus, I love the two-toned leather and snake-print of the bag. It's one of those bags that I know I'll have around for years, and it was a pretty sweet VAULT find. If you're traveling this week, hope your travels are safe, free of smelly plane neighbors, and in the end, are filled with family and friends. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by VAULT, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.
Photos thanks to the sassy and fabulous Jenna of The Over-Analyst
Nordstrom sweater and skirt; The Limited cape; Hue tights; Booties via T.J.Maxx; Madewell scarf; Julie Vos necklaces and bracelet; Gorjana rings; Ray-Ban sunglasses
The second day of Lucky FABB is always a bit more laidback than the first. The first-day networking, tweeting, mad Instagramming, and brand experiences have died down, and the day is broken into small groups taking in targeted subjects. For the first time, Lucky FABB actually took it to the Condenast building, and lucky for me, I caught a glimpse of the Anna Wintour. (In case you live under a fashion rock, Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and she may or may not be the inspiration behind The Devil Wears Prada. Yep, that Anna Wintour.) She stared at me and a few other bloggers like fashion roadkill, and I didn't even care because at the end of the day, she saw me. Me in all my Nordstrom B.P. Department glory. It was a thrill. A thrill that I got to share over lunch with a few of my favorite people who just so happen to have kick-ass blogs: Jenna of The Over-Analyst, Danielle of LouWhatWear, and Beth of Seersucker + Saddles. Meet them, love them, follow along.
After the conference wrapped, a few of us grabbed our very large swag bags (chiropractor needed) and headed to Bryant Park. It's one of those places that really makes me love New York, and we snapped a couple of outfit pictures before a glass (or two) of wine. I'm really into perforated leather these days, and this skirt was a steal of a find. Add a sweater, cape, snood, tights, and booties, it's comfy, warm and cozy. The next day, after sleeping through my alarm and missing my flight (the first time I've done that ever), I met up with Ashley of Side Smile Style and Lauren of PR Blonde for a little last-day shopping and coffee before heading back to California. (And after an hour in Aritzia, the missed-my-flight blues completely vanished.) Overall it was such an amazing trip, and I can't wait for the next Lucky FABB. The overall takeaway from the conference? "It's cool to be nice." And if Eva Chen (seriously cool girl and Lucky Magazine's editor-in-chief) says so, it is so.
Express dress (old); Margaret O'Leary sweater (c/o); Urban Outfitters socks; Report boots; OK1984 necklace (c/o); Ray-Ban aviators
Definitely did not want to leave this spot
Jacket via T.J.Maxx
Enjoying a glass of wine with a view
Taking in the scenery in Sedona
The Lodge at The North Rim
After Thursday's YOUphoria event with Nordstrom, the boyfriend and I took off on a little road trip for a couple days. The fine folks over at Cadillac provided us with a sweet SRX, so we hit the road in comfort and style. (Seriously, it was nice.) On Friday we headed up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is one of our favorite places to visit. If you've never been to the North Rim, it really is a must-see. The weather and scenery are much different from the South Rim, and the accommodations are my favorite. There's a comfy, cozy lodge with amazing back patio areas for taking in the Canyon, and everyone stays in little log cabins. Since it's a national park, everything is pretty affordable but also usually booked up far in advance. (If you live close enough, there are usually day-of cancellations, which is how we scored an awesome cabin.) On Saturday morning we headed south to Sedona, Arizona, another one of our favorite places to visit. It's true what they say: there really is something about Sedona. It's so peaceful, and the city is really beautiful. From there, we headed out to Scottsdale for the final night of our trip. I hadn't been before, so I was excited to see the city. We checked into The Saguaro Hotel, which I loved. Everything was so bright and cheerful, and the pool was pretty hard to beat. After a delicious lunch at the hotel's Distrito Restaurant, we started the LONG drive back. We got home overfed and pretty pooped, but it was SO worth it. We had an amazing long weekend, and I already can't wait to plan our next road trip. (Thanks so much to Cadillac for hooking us up with a ride and inspiring our little get-away!)
Photos thanks to Sierra and Brie Cross
H&M dress; random cardigan; BDG vest; Nine West booties via Nordstrom; JustFab bag (c/o); Ray-Ban aviators; Gorjana rings, bracelet, and necklace (c/o); Michael Kors watch
As I mentioned yesterday, I spent the past couple of days in Seattle for a blogger panel with Nordstrom along with Devon, Sierra, and Mara. The trip was definitely short but sweet, and it was really great discussing style blogs with some of the fabulous folks at Nordstrom and Glam Media. After the panel, we headed to Nordstrom for a little shopping (obviously) where I purchased my first bold red lipstick, well, ever, thanks to a little prodding from Sierra and the lovely Brie from Nordstrom's PR team. (You can check out the post-red-lip shot here. You like?) Overall it was an amazing first time in Seattle, and although I didn't want to leave, it's nice to be home just in time for the weekend. Happy Friday, everyone!
Pictures just really don't do this city justice
Seattle selfies at The Gap, trying to decide if I needthese wedges.
Really beautiful happy hour at the Edgewater Hotel (If you ever have the chance, highly recommend a stay here.)
Post-manicure: short and nude, just like I like them
This week I'm spending a couple of days in Seattle for a blogger panel with Nordstrom and Glam Media. I'll be in really good company for the panel (with Mara, Devon, and Sierra), but yesterday I was on my own to explore Downtown Seattle. The city is really beautiful, and I've decided that I must come back when I can stay for a few nights. Above are a few Instagram shots from yesterday, and there are more to come (so follow along!). Hope everyone is having a great week!
Fun striped TOMS for summer
Hanging out with mom for Mother's Day - enter to win a scarf like this one from Subtle Luxury below!
This weekend I got to spend three days in Catalina Island with my parents and Eric. Since my parents live in Louisiana, I don't get to see them that often, so it's always nice when we can spend a little time together. We definitely took full advantage of what the Island had to offer and stayed pretty busy riding off-road Segways, zip-lining, walking the city, and trying out as many of the local restaurants as possible. It was an amazing long weekend, and I'm so glad I got to spend Mother's Day with my mom. How was everyone else's weekend?
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Sweater: BCBG Max Azria; Cape: The Limited; Leggings: Topshop; Boots: Report; Bag: H&M; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Necklace: Forever 21; Watch: Michael Kors; Bracelets: C. Wonder, (c/o) Piperlme, Sugar Boutique; Rings: (c/o) Gorjana
On our way out of Louisiana yesterday the weather finally started to feel like winter, so I was happy that I packed this cozy cocoon-like sweater that had been buried in my closet for a couple years. Paired with leggings, flat boots and a new winter cape, it was the perfect sweater for flight delays, missed connections, an eventual airport rerouting and an overall long day of travel. In the end, it's great to be back, and I'm looking forward to a laidback weekend. Hope everyone is having a great week so far!
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Top: (c/o) LA Made; Jeans: Henry & Belle; Loafers: Nine West (c/o) Piperlime; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Necklace: Sabine (c/o) Piperlime; Handbag: Beirn; Bracelets: Lorren Bell, Vita Fede, Sabine (c/o) Piperlime, Big Sur Gift Shop, (c/o) Harmony L; Watch: Michael Kors
For the second day of our roadtrip, we headed up through Big Sur and stopped at Nepenthe for lunch, a cocktail and some seriously spectacular views. (If you ever find yourself around Big Sur, I highly recommend stopping here for a Shrimp BLT and a potent mug of "Super Cider".) The altitude and constant fog made for a pretty chilly morning, so I went with a favorite pair of skinnies (Henry & Belle makes one of the most comfortable pairs I've tried) and an ultra-soft, shoulder-baring thermal by LA Made. A few hours and several pitstops later, we finally made it up to San Francisco and had a great time in the city. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Dress: Riller & Fount; Sneakers: Necessary Clothing (Similar); Jacket: Express Design Studio; Necklace: (c/o) by boe; Bracelets: Lorren Bell (c/o) Threadflip, Zad, Sabine (c/o) Piperlime; Vita Fede, (c/o) Harmony L; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: (c/o) Bombom Jewelry; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
This weekend we took a little roadtrip up the coast from Newport Beach to San Francisco. On the first day we had lunch in Santa Barbara, stopped for an impromptu roadside driving break in a tiny farm town and finally settled for the night at an oceanside inn in the beautiful and charming town of Cambria. (If you ever have the chance, a night or two in Cambria is SO worth the drive, and dinner at the Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant is an absolute must. We definitely plan on making the trip again in the future.) A favorite Riller & Fount LBD and wedge sneakers were the perfect comfortable-meets-chic car companions for the drive. All in all the weekend was amazing, but it is so nice to be home. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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