So happy to celebrating this year with TWO mama’s ❤ I’m very blessed and grateful for them.
So happy to celebrating this year with TWO mama’s ❤ I’m very blessed and grateful for them.
Everyday I hear more bad news about the East Coast. Snow, Storms, Wind and below freezing temps… As a Californian, I can’t imagine that kind of cold! Winter in LA is a medium weight jacket that can still be paired with heels and a t-shirt. Here’s an inspiration board for Stylish Winter Wear even in the coldest of temperatures…
And if you’re REALLY daring~ “Fashion over Function” right?
(all images from Pinterest)
WHERE can I buy these sequin pants?? Love this outfit and all the fun that it brings. The ruffles in the top with a subtle/sparkly necklace is the perfect touch.
LOVE this option for new years!
Here’s my second option for new years eve. This doesn’t photograph as pretty as the gold dress, but it’s still such a gorgeous/elegant option!! I think I’d do the same makeup/hair as the gold dress for this one as with outfit #1.
Accessorized this outfit with…
Pim + Larkin Necklace, BCBG Clutch, DV Black Heels
Dress (click here)~ this is on sale too now!! Darn it…but at least you guys can get it for less!
Can’t wait for NYE ❤
I’m thinking I could pair this with hot pink lipstick and some romantic hair? =)
Paired the dress with a beaded black necklace (can’t remember where I got it), black BCBG clutch, bebe heels.
Dress (click here). It’s on sale right now!! I totally bought it before then (boo) but at least you can get it for a discount now!
I am…to put it mildly…OBSESSED with Piperlime. I am such a huge online shopping addict. It’s sad really…I NEVER go to the malls anymore which would probably be a more useful and productive way to spend my time (burn calories and only buy what looks good).
ANYWAYY…here are a few pieces that I’m seriously lusting after this Winter!
I have Amazon prime and probably buy something from this site no less than 1x per week. This site is seriously the most incredible .com site EVER. You can buy groceries, books, household goods, craft supplies, clothes, shoes, makeup…EVERYTHING. I swear someday they’ll sell lumbar and delivery it within 2 days. If I could only shop on one site for the rest of my life, Amazon would be it. As an Amazon Prime member, I get free 2-day shipping and it’s just SO EASY to get stuff in a flash. Shopping in LA is so hard with traffic/parking that I rely heavily on prime shipping. My coworkers say that as Mom’s, they buy all their baby stuff through Amazon so that they don’t have to go to a store with a screaming baby (just the hassle of traveling with the baby is avoided). AND returns are really easy!
My go-to site for all clothes, shoes, jewelry, purses, etc. I even go here for GIFTS! It’s just so easy to order from there because I completely TRUST the brand, the items sold on the site AND you can return it for free. I have a banana republic luxe card and I get free shipping on all the orders as well. Shopping with Piperlime/Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy/Athletica is SO easy. Plus, shipping is FAST.
Asos is a site that I go to for everything I can’t find on #1 and #2. Shipping and Returns are fast and free. There are THOUSANDS of products on this site and everything is incredibly trendy and fair priced. I don’t trust everything on this site the way I trust Piperlime, but I’m never afraid to order since I can easily return what I don’t like.
If you’re not used to shopping online or are afraid of it~ start with these three sites! They really make the buying/returning experience easy and each company comes with really superb customer service if you need help. =)
xoxoxo Happy Holiday Shopping!
In my early 20s, I was ALL ABOUT the loud, flashy earrings. I mean the bigger and more obnoxious the better. I liked my hair big, makeup bright, and earrings the size of saucers. As a late 20s (almost 30) gal, I’ve started to wear more flashy studs. I dress up casual outfits for work with statement studs or pair a LBD with big earrings. I’ve found that fancy studs are WAY more versatile. Plus, since they’re not as obvious, you can wear them more often that flashy dangling earrings.
Here are three I ordered from Piperlime. Unfortunately, I only liked the Sabine earrings. The others just weren’t as cute in person as they were online. Or at least they didn’t look good on me. The Banana Earrings were TOO unique, which meant that I couldn’t get a lot of wear out of them, and the Tinley Road earrings were gorgeous but a little too mature for me.
From the top left…
Got these two Necklaces from Piperlime and they were super gorg. One is from Tinley Road and I believe the second is from Pim + Larkin.
LOVED both of them and found that they matched everything in my closet. I could wear it with a collard shirt & crew neck sweater or with a cocktail dress. I wore the necklace on the left in Vegas this past weekend and I can already tell these beauties will be staples in my closet this fall/winter!
I know…I’m super late again on my updates. Here’s the update from two weekends ago (11/21-11/26ish).
I’m OBSESSED with tamales. Markel’s work had a guy come through and sell a pack of 3 homemade ones and he brought some home for dinner. ❤ YUMMM
Two weeks ago our small group had a big thai food + game night. My bff and I merged our small groups together and this was our first official meeting as a new group.
Thai Boom in Culver City/Palms is BEYOND amazing. You have to try it if you haven’t!
We played a game called “mike-boo” or as some other people know it as “salad bowl“. It’s SUPER fun but I get a little TOO competitive… >.< I always have to keep my temper in check when we’re fighting for points. lol.
GORGEOUS view of westwood! I’ve been going to training courses for UCLA and this was the view on Friday. It was a bit chilly and gloomy~~ but still so beautiful.
Friday night, Markel and I got free tickets to see the Lakers vs Warriors. SO MUCH FUN. We did a little pre-drinking and started the night excited to be out and doing something special.
LOVE stadium fooood~~ *droool *
We got free tacos!! Every time the Lakers score above 100 points, the audience get free tacos! hehe
My outfit of the night ❤
Saturday I spent the day with my lovely Aemy ❤ We’ve been trying to plan a get together for a while and Saturday ended was an entire day of funnn ❤ We started with a bottemless mimosa brunch at Overland Cafe in Culver City. After two bottles of champagne…we knew the day would be amazing ❤ hehe
In the afternoon we snacked, drank some wine and painted out nails! =) Another girlfriend of ours came over it was quite the afternoon party of reality shows and girl time.
Later in the evening the girls + our sig O’s went to the Disneyland Hotel to witness and celebrate the most amazing proposal ever. There were a lot of tears, laughs, and toasts!
Markel LOVES Earl of Sandwich. He was dyyyying to grab dinner here =P
Christmas is everywhere! LOVE the holidays~~
The newly engaged lady!
We ate dinner at Earl of Sandwich in downtown Disney and Markel bought me this amazing Minnie Mouse Hat! =) xoxo
I LOVE MY HAT!
Sunday was LIFE CHANGING for the Blair Family =) Here’s a longer post about Lucy: Click here
My friend from College is a Vet! He was kind enough to go with us to adopt Little Lucy Blair. =)
Her temporary home until we got her crate (it was a collapsible toy chest). We bought this little Dinosaur for her and it’s become her new best friend. When Lucy first started playing with it, the dinosaur used to win a lot. >.< But now that Lucy’s older, she dominates their play sessions. ❤
It was SO AMAZING to bring little Lucy into our family. I pray that she’ll be with us for 10, 12, 15+ years!
oh man, such a long post!! I have an even LONGER one coming for the Thanksgiving Weekend!! xoxo
I bought these earrings in March 2013 and I literally wear them with EVERTHING. They are classy and sassy enough for work and dinners with the girls. ♥
Im a HUGE Kate Spade fan with purses, clothes, shoes…and her jewelry doesn’t disappoint! I tend to have sensitive ears, so a lot of Forever 21 earrings hurt my ears. However, these gorgeous studs don’t irritate my skin at all!
I’ve gotten so many compliments with these earrings~ And the best part? They come in a variety of colors too!!
I just bought these items below and have been loving them! I’ve worn them for the last few days and really love the quality of the items. Sometimes the fabric/stitching quality is pretty lacking at F21, so you have to be careful of the things you pick! Here are some great pieces I picked up for fall =)
This gorgeous sweater in dark red/maroon
These in Navy Blue
This was the absolute perfect weekend. After weeks of running around like crazy people, Markel and I finally had 1 weekend of almost nothing. =)
Friday, I met up with a friend who was proposing the next day! (eek!!) We went over some last minute details at Susina Bakery in Beverly Hills. BEST latte I’ve ever had and the most amazing white chocolate cake!
After our little pow wow, I picked up Mulberry Pizza for dinner with Markel. A romantic dinner for two ❤ We’ve been craving New York Style Pizza all week and it we FINALLY filled that craving. Mulberry has 5 locations in southern California and…boy…it is FANTASTIC.
We spent the night hanging out, talking, drinking, watching a movie and spending much needed 1:1 time together. For the first time in a long time, it felt like we were 23 again having a super fun night together. Usually we’re so exhausted that we go straight to bed or watch a few shows in silence~ destressing from our week.
I guess Mulberry Pizza + wine + netflix is exactly what the doctor ordered =)
After the proposal, we walked along the canals and went to Canali cafe on Washington Blvd. We all celebrated together in one big group and just got to really love the newly engaged couple. ❤ Canali was aiite, but only because I hated our 1 waiter. The chai latte was amazing and I loved Markel’s meatball sandwich and my tofu sandwich.
My adorable hubby. xoxo as we waited for our food. ❤
We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping for our Halloween party. ❤ We had lots of fun eating, drinking and carving pumpkins!
We made the most delicious Hallo-Tini’s =) They tasted like orange creamsicles and you couldn’t even taste the alcohol! SOOOOOOOO deliiiiic xoxo
Our dear friend also made homemade whoopie pies that were TO DIE FOR.
ANDDDD for the grand dessert finale, another friend brought Big Man Bakes Cupcakes!!
(I was so hungry I forgot to take pictures of the real food…oops! lol)
Party decorations! =) This is the first time I’ve ever used the spider web decorations and it was the perfect touch! I’m definitely buying them again next year. ❤
Pumpkin Carving! =)
My pumpkin has a perm. LOL
What I would look like at my mom’s age! hahaha Biggest Korean Perm for the girl that LOVES volume in her hair. LOL
Sunday has been the best day to unwind from the weekend and just relax. We woke up this morning and named it Markel’s day. We did only relaxing things. =) He’s been working so hard the past few weeks…MONTHS really… that today was all about him!
My au natural makeup look for today~
Today was the day that our good friends moved into our building!! We are SO EXCIIIIITED!! xoxo Can’t wait for the fun to commence! ❤
Markel and I grabbed brunch at Doughland a block away (we’re trying to walk more and explore our ‘hood). This restaurant was a great surprise. The food was SUPER good, the service was impeccable and the hefe beer was aaamaaazingggg. Markel and I have totally decided that this was our new “spot” for weekend brunches, dinners, and weekday happy hours! =)
Coming home from brunch =) our last pic of the day. xo
We spent the rest of the day/night watching football (Markel) and Sons of Anarchy (me). There are so many TV series’ that I’ve been dying to watch lately!!
This past weekend was really chill. Markel was gone in San Diego for 3 days, so I had some nice quiet time since Thursday. I had Friday off, so I spent the day sleeping/relaxing (I was under the weather) and then Saturday was the first time I left the apartment. =)
Here are my thursday/Friday/Saturday Morning pics…
Pumpkin Crossaints from Trader Joe’s!
Decorated the apartment with these little pumpkins ❤
Dyed my hair–didn’t turn out great
Saturday I went to two events: Housewarming + Birthday Dinner. Both were so much funnnnnn
Here is handsome Ethan below <3 He‘s the first baby to be born in my group of friends and well…we spent 3 hours obsessing over every blink, smile, bite of food, and diaper change. He was SUCH a great baby~~ so happy and calm. I hope my first is as good as he is!
The ladies of the night ❤ Didn’t take pictures of the boys, they were too busy watching football.
Seafood Pad thai
The ladies ❤ The boys were too shy to be on camera.
Sunday was a huge day. Sunday was Markel’s grandmother’s memorial service. Grandma Cordaro LOVED chocolate. So in her honor, there was a big chocolate bar! YUMMMMM
The lunch spread for 50+ guests
The Blair, Cordaro, Reynolds, Hussey and Rafter family =)
Isn’t this doggie SO ADORABLE??
The day of the memorial service was our 6 month anniversary. Since we didn’t get to celebrate, or just take a moment to remember it~ we did so on Monday. =)
This week was so busy that I didn’t get a chance to update until now. And now…it’s already the weekend! I seriously hope to sleep in and just do a lot of resting with Markel. ❤
This weekend was eventful and uneventful all at the same time. I had to work for part of it, and the rest of the time…I overindulged in spirits =P. I didn’t take very many pictures, but here are the ones I have.
Friday Night, we met up with our favorite friend in Echo Park and ate at Masa’s. This was the best chicago style pizza I’ve ever had! Plus, the gnocchi, caesar salad and bread were…out of this world. ❤ I can’t wait to go back and try more things on the menu!
Amazing bread + Caesar Salad
Meat Lovers Deep Dish Pizza *drooooooooooooool *
Gnocchi with mushrooms, peas and bacon
Drinks! To help ease us into the weekend and let us forget our stressful work weeks.
After dinner we walked around the new lake in Echo Park and it was GORGEOUS. I want to go back during the day or morning to check it out fully~ I had no idea this event existed in Echo Park!
Downtown Skyline. My camera phone did not do this view justice.
Lily pads! They were everywhere and it was so pretty to see it at night~
The Boys ❤
Saturday Markel and I went to the UCLA football game. It was a crazy day and we didn’t get to tailgate like normal~ but it was nice to cheer on the team!
Wearing a new lipstick color =)
My first time making Pollack Soup ❤
Sunday I had to work…so there were no pictures of our Fall BBQ. But these are my weekend pics. This upcoming weekend is a 3-day-er for me, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Happy Hump Day All!
Went through my phone and found more Maui pics! xoxo Seeing these photos…I seriously can’t WAIT to go back!!
there was a stingray family of 4!! i’ve never seen mike run down to the beach SO FAST before. while most people were jumping out of the water (it looked like 4 sharks at first), there was one crazy couple that stayed in the water and let the stingrays swim around them (dumbasses…)
Our first round of drinks!
our first meal~~ while waiting for our room to be ready
Free bottle of champagne was sent to us from the hotel ❤
Our snacks =)
Breakfast on our lanai~~ coffee + mimosas. hehe
isn’t our view GORGEOUS??
Black Sand Beach (road to hana)
Markel’s awesome photo skills…
caves! it would have been cave DIVING, but i wouldn’t let markel do it. the water was so stagnant it seemed like he’d catch a bacterial infection or something… >.<
beautiful views ❤
I want to go back =( Maui was so magical… and the food left a permanent impression in my brain and on my tastebuds. *droool *
Best honeymoon spot everrr
This weekend was…AWESOME. I went out on Friday night for my friend’s birthday and then I spent the rest of the weekend resting and catching up with my bff who moved to Sacramento this summer. I was feeling super under the weather last week and exhausted from LIFE. So over the weekend I kept to myself and relaxed at home.
Friday: Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar + The Virigl
It was my beautiful friend’s birthday party on Friday and it was SO MUCH FUN.
My favorite earrings from Banana Republic
The rest of the weekend I literally did nothing but relax… I really needed the down time. We sold some wedding items which was lovely, and then received some cool canvas prints we ordered. =)
For this upcoming weekend, Markel and I planned on doing NOTHING~~ but that quickly ended. We have plans Thurs-Sunday. LOL I guess we jinxed ourselves huh?
Oops, totally forgot to post these from a few months before! The last and final post of the wedding ❤
This day feels soOOOOoo long ago. I can’t believe we got married and are currently living a newlywed life…so weird! lol Feels like yesterday when Markel and I met and were having a blast as early 20-somethings. But 5+ years later…here we are as a married couple. ❤
To check out the other parts of our wedding…
I love looking at Pinterest to help me decide what new items I want to buy or give me ideas on how I should repurpose some older items in my closet. Here ares one of my favorite looks that can transition from summer to fall and be my new fall staples.
I ordered knuckle rings from Etsy recently (post here) and they finally arrived in the mail! They were so teeny tiny that I was sure they wouldn’t even fit.
I like them a lot. I haven’t worn them or tested them out~ but just trying them on was adorable. The service was fast, efficient, and I would purchase with the vendor again.