Today's look combines a few things that I really love: mixed prints, wide-brimmed hats, a bold handbag, and a really great, statement jewelry line, UNO de 50. Originally designed as a line with only fifty of each piece created (hence the name), UNO de 50 offers a huge selection of tough chic jewelry in silver and jewel tones. (On a side note, the earrings above make me wish I could actually wear earrings. Sigh.) Anywho, you want to know what's better than discovering a new favorite jewelry line? Celebrating that line with a little party and a few other bloggers. This Friday, from 6:30 to 9:00 at UNO de 50 at Fashion Island, join me, Donna, Joann, and Melanee for light refreshments, mixing and mingling, and viewing our favorite pieces from the line. (Plus, shop your favorites with 10% off.) One lucky reader will win the night's raffle of the best-selling Ibiza bracelet
(worth $145). Hope to see everyone Friday night!xoxo
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Ohh, the tummy ache. Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving like many Americans, surrounded by family and friends and way too much food. We spent the day with my family in Louisiana, and somehow I survived two gigantic meals (with little self-control). With all the craziness of catching up on work, travel, and preparing this and that, sometimes I forget to relax and remember the best part of the holiday season. I'm reminded how incredibly lucky I am to have such a supportive family, an equally supportive and loving boyfriend, a job that I love, and readers like you who make it possible. I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving with family, food, and lots of love. And if you're shopping today, then Happy Black Friday! (My personal fave? Head over to the Gap
for 50% off of everything in store. Everything.) xoxo
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.
Weatherman's predicting rain and gloom for the rest of the week, and I pretty much couldn't be happier. Time to pull out the sweaters and leather and fur (oh my!) and get ready for the holiday season. I can't believe that Thanksgiving is already next week, and we're kicking our celebration off a little early with a neighborhood potluck tonight. These leather pants (last seen here
) just get better and better with each wear, and paired with a cozy sweater, they've been a go-to look lately. I picked up this fur stole a few seasons ago, and every time I pull it out I wonder why I don't wear it more. A pair of flats, aviators, and a holds-everything (and I mean everything) bag, and I'm out the door. There are approximately five million things to do before tonight's dinner, and I'm on the clock, people! Hope everyone is having a great week! xoxo
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There are probably about a million methods to online shopping, and recently I noticed a definite method of my own. I browse around, adding anything and everything (usually in multiple colors and sizes) to my cart. (I may have a little problem with indecision from time to time. Or perhaps it's just a shopping problem. Not quite sure.) It's my favorite form of procrastination, really, and a serious problem when I'm on any kind of deadline. After shopping every department and hitting the sale section as a final measure, I head to my shopping cart to start making the decisions. This is the hard part, of course, and additional procrastination from anything else in life is required.
The other night while killing a few hours over on the VAULT website (a real problem recently), I noticed a little trend going on in my overstuffed shopping cart. Apparently, I've got a little thing for snake prints. The tote bags above really rock my socks, and I must admit, mine was delivered to my door yesterday. It's the perfect size for schlepping half the things I own through an airport (usually the case), or, in all seriousness, it's ideal for my laptop, camera, and random other flight necessities. I can't wait to break it in for Thanksgiving. For a night out, nothing spices up basic black better than a snake-print clutch (or peep-toe heels or sleek cuff). For a casual day look, a printed scarf or faux snake belt adds a little something extra. Want to add a little something extra to your winter wardrobe? Head over to VAULT and do a little cart-filling of your own. Happy shopping!
P.S. - Don't forget to check out VAULT's blog for more great finds!
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Things lately have been...busy. In a sort of "can't come up for air", "can't believe I missed that email", "can't wait for the weekend" sort of way. And also in a "can't believe I have this opportunity", "can't believe this is my life" kind of way. I've been blessed with so many great projects in the works, and on top of that, the holidays are coming up. It's my absolute favorite time of year, and yesterday I got to step back and remember that for a bit. We did a little impromptu shopping for Christmas decorations, and after hurrying home to start decorating (a smidge early, I'll admit), I can't wait for the weeks ahead. I was also reminded that I'm so fortunate to live only a couple blocks from the beach. When things start to pile up, there's really nothing better than taking in a beach sunset and enjoying a little wind in your hair. (And perhaps a jog after your hat that's now flying down the beach...but I digress.) As the holidays approach, I hope everyone can remember to take a step back and appreciate the good around them. Here's hoping your week is off to a great start! xoxo
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Dinner with GLAM and Sauza Sparkling Margaritas
So in love with this Ripley Rader
sequin jumpsuit. And her studio is pretty rad as well.
Dinner and girl gab with Jenn
A very sparkly bar
Gifts for the white elephant exchange
Last night I attended A Sparkling Soiree
hosted by GLAM
and Sauza Sparkling Margaritas
, and as usual with GLAM
, the night did not disappoint. The fete was held at the Petit Ermitage hotel
, a little gem in West Hollywood with the most amazing rooftop situation. On the menu for the evening: an amazing salmon and steak dinner, Sauza Sparkling Margaritas, an ice cream sundae bar (complete with edible glitter), and plenty of time for chit chat. We ended the evening with a fun white elephant gift exchange, and it was so fun seeing girls eying (and stealing!) each other's gifts. The dress code for the night was "Dress to Dazzle", and there's pretty much nothing more dazzling than one of Ripley Rader's sequined jumpsuits
. I met the line's adorable designer back in the spring, and she's a total doll. Yesterday I swung by her amazing studio in Los Angeles (which I totally did not want to leave) and scooped up this beautiful number for the evening. I'm so bummed that I don't have better pictures of it, but below are a few favorites from her collection. (If you aren't really a sequin kind of gal, her basic pieces are pretty much anything but basic and very much beautiful.) I felt like a million bucks in that jumpsuit, and really, shouldn't all of our clothes make us feel that way? Thanks so much to GLAM and Sauza for having me, to Ripley Rader for dressing me, and hope everyone has an amazing weekend! xoxo
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. xoxo
Ease your winter wardrobe into spring without sacrificing warmth by focusing on the color palette. A nice neutral sweater (love the back zip detailing on this one) lightens up tough coated denim, especially when paired with nude pumps and a two-tone nude clutch. Finish the look with a colorful collar, delicate shades and a few scattered rings. How are you prepping your wardrobe for spring?
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If you're looking for a way to spice up your skinnies on a dull old weekday, I'd say a few sequined stripes are a pretty safe bet. Even better? Layer on a little (faux) fur for good measure. (Yesterday was a windy one, so please excuse my baby-fine toddler hair gone wild.) Is it just me, or do "short weeks" have a way of feeling a bit long sometimes? Happy Thursday, everyone; we're almost there!