Vest Dressed

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Vest: c/o: West47th//Booties: Old//Ponte Pants: Old Navy//Bodysuit: ASOS
Sunnies: Free People//Watch: Michael Kors// Earrings: Banana Republic

How do you take a basic all black outfit to the next level? Easy! Find a piece that stands out against the rest. Look for pieces that are classic and can be worn in a variety of different pieces.

Let's talk about this vest. This is the perfect vest for all seasons. Not only can we dress it up, we can always dress it down. I paired it with a basic all black outfit because I knew black would really make the color pop. Another great thing about this vest is that it is a great transition piece. It will be "summer" here in Southern California for quite some time, so this is the perfect piece to start wearing when the weather cools down. Not to mention it is chic AF!! I've already planned on wearing it to work and out on the weekends...on the weekends I think I'll pair it with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt or a tank top.

Sometimes just by adding one simple piece to a basic outfit changes the entire feel and look you're going for. Don't be afraid to try something new or something that's slightly different than what you normally wear to change things up. 
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Fall Transition Dress

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dress: c/o West47th (Use Code Glamazon10 for 10% off) // Sandals: Sam Edelman//
Watch: Michael Kors//Earrings: Banana Republic//Bracelets: Old

If you live anywhere on the west coast you are probably thinking the same thing I'm thinking, "When will this heat wave be over?!" Personally, I'm waiting for this heatwave to be over so I can pull out all of my fall clothes. I am so ready to cozy up in my apartment with a blanket. I am completely over walking in, turning on the AC or sitting in front of a fan. I'll be honest and say Los Angeles doesn't really have a fall season let alone any other season besides hot and hotter but I would like to think that I could change my wardrobe to a different set of colors...at least. For fall I like to pull clothes that have darker more muted colors. Although the weather may still be warm I'd at least like to feel like I am in the fall season just by changing my color scheme a little bit.

So let's take this dress for example. It's perfect for fall season because the color scheme is right on point! It's perfect for Los Angeles fall season because its off the shoulder! It's perfect for me because the dress is completely fun and flirty!

If I'm not able to fully transition into fall season by wearing sweaters and long jackets, then I will definitely be looking for pieces that fit into my idea of what the fall color palette should be. I found my first front runner! 
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Re-Purposed in Red

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dress: c/o Nina Cheyenne//Visor: H&M//Sneakers: Old (similar here and here

What do you do when you have a dress that's perfect for going out but you want to wear it for something else?

This is often a problem I run into! I have plenty of dresses in my wardrobe, for work and for going out but not very many casual dresses. So I need to find a way to re-purpose my dressier dresses and the dresses that are more suited for the club. You know, what we call the "Freak Em' Dress" or what my neighbor calls the "Go Get Em' Dress"!

So take this stress from Nina Cheyenne, it's perfect for going out for a night on the town with the girls. It's been so hot lately in L.A. so I'm usually at home in the evening sitting underneath a fan or in front of the air condition. Going out just hasn't been top priority. I still want to look cute when I go out during the day, or meet my friends for lunch, so in this instance I traded a pair of heels for a pair of slide on sneakers and put a visor on. That simple! I still feel sexy and chic but without all of the effort of getting super dressed up to go out on the town. Plus, it was super easy to throw on. Nothing beats pulling on a dress over your head, sliding on shoes, and running out the door! 

I definitely plan on re-purposing this dress for a night on the town but for now this is going to be my new day time weekend dress!
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Classic Luxury

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dress: Old (Similar HERE) //Scarf: Versace//Sandals: Report// Earrings: Forever21 
Sunglasses: LeSpecs

So there has always been some controversy around having luxury items. I use the term controversy because some people love it and some people are not interested at all. I happen to love it! However, I like to have luxury items within reason. I don't need every single designer bag or the hottest pair of shoes, but I do appreciate having a few classic pieces in my wardrobe that can be paired with anything and will stand the test of time.

Take this scarf for example. It is a classic Versace scarf that can be paired with anything. Which is why I love it. This dress was less than $30 from Target and I've had it for years! So when I paired it with this designer scarf the outfit completely changed. Honestly, the real reason I wore the scarf with this dress was because I was going into the Duomo in Milan and had to have my shoulders covered! They really make you follow the rules in Italy! 

Here's are some tips when buying luxury items: 

1) Look for pieces that are classic and will always be in style. Although trends are great for the time being, having pieces that are truly classic will make your purchase worth it. I have two aunts who have designer bags from 1983 that they still carry today! Specifically, one has the classic Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 and the other has a classic Gucci Boston Bag that everybody is fighting to get their hands today. When both of them made the purchases it was still considered a luxury purchase, but $500 in 1983 is a lot better then the $1700 or more today. But you get my point right? Buy a luxury item you can keep forever.

2) If you ever have the chance to travel internationally take advantage of the currency exchange. All of my luxury pieces I've bought internationally. Sometimes the cost of purchasing the item outside of the U.S. is totally worth the money you save. Plus you get a vacation out of it and your taxes back at customs! Do your research before you go and calculate the cost of your item. I have saved so much money over the years by purchasing internationally. 

3) Don't be afraid to buy something  pre-loved. There are a lot of  sellers who have items that may peak your interest. Always look for a good condition pre-loved item if you can. A lot of times the item will be listed much cheaper than you planned to spend. There are many ways to save money when purchasing luxury items so look for things that have been pre-loved to save some coins! 

Buying luxury items will always be a thing. So, look for ways to make classic purchases on items you will have forever.
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Summertime Sweater

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Shorts: Old Navy//Sweater: BP. Nordstrom//Sandals: //Sunnies: Le Specs//Bag: Jackie Robbins Leather + Jewelry // Earrings: BaubleBar

Even though it's almost 100 degrees outside I still decided to put on a sweater today. I knew I would be up early going to church, then  to brunch with my girlfriends, and ending the day at the Skirball Center for the Jim Henson exhibit.

Since museums and churches are always cold I knew a sweater would be a good choice. I bought this sweater from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I purposely bought it two sizes too big. In Southern California it's always hot and rarely necessary to wear sweaters, so I figured having a sweater that was off the shoulder would be the most effective. I mean a sweater in LA is purely for style and not function. 

I decided to pair it with an old pair of shorts from Old Navy, a pair of fabulous statement earrings from BaubleBar, and my new sunnies from Le Specs, which I also bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Here's the thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. A lot of people think they're getting regular items on sale, but in reality what you're getting the upcoming fall season at a 30%- 40% discount. Ideally this would be perfect for fall but we all know that Southern California doesn't have a true fall season. We have not so hot, kind of hot, and super hot!

I also purchased the same sweater in a really pretty yellow, and I'm hoping I get to wear them both throughout summer and into fall. If I decide to not wear them off-the-shoulder then I can easily put a lace camisole underneath.  Plus, I don't need everybody see my bra!
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Italian Adventure: Venice and Milan

Monday, July 30, 2018

The last leg of my Italian Adventure was Venice and Milan in a 48 hour period. It was a marathon! 
After our time in Sorrento I was well rested and ready to complete the trip by seeing Venice and Milan. We knew we weren't going to have a lot of time, so we planned activities for each day.
We got up early on our last morning in Sorrento and took a car to Naples. Then from Naples we flew to Venice. It was such an easy flight...about an hour or so.

Once we arrived in Venice we were off! We took the shuttle from the the airport to the train station close to the center of town. Since Venice is a very small island there are no cars allowed. The shuttle dropped us off near the train station and we walked to our hotel. Now, let me explain something to you. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. But what you don't realize is that you have to WALK WITH YOUR LUGGAGE THROUGH THE CITY until you find your hotel. So there we were walking through allies, through the streets, up and down stairs, and over the canals until we find our hotel.
We had previously scheduled a tour of Murano and Burano so we were in quite a hurry to get to the pickup spot. Murano is where you go to see the glass-blowing factory. It is beautiful however, glass figurines is a very specific taste that doesn't really fit the aesthetic of my apartment. But it was very interesting to see. We also went to Burano on the second half of our tour. Burano is a very cute and quaint little town with brightly colored painted buildings. I loved that they painted the buildings and homes all the different colors so fishermen coming in could see  through the fog! So cool, right?! There were old gelato shops and restaurants all throughout this little town that were amazing. We of course stopped to get gelato...it was so hot! It was absolutely beautiful. 

Top (old): Glam Envy//Shorts: Old Navy//Sandals: Report//Hat: J.Crew
Sunnies: Quay//Handbag: JustFab

After the tour we headed back to Venice and we each explored the city on her own. I walked up and down the streets and looked in the shops and restaurants. It was nice to see how people live in the small little city. It's definitely very touristy, but I enjoyed the time that I was there. One day was plenty.
The next morning we got up had breakfast and made our way to the train station. Milan was my last city in Italy and I was looking forward to it. Milan is the fashion capital of the world so I was super excited to see how the locals lived. Were they going to be completely decked out and high-end fashion? Or would they be very casual and undercover with their labels? 

When we arrived to Milan we walked to our hotel from the train station. Again, we were early so we dropped off our bags. The receptionist at the hotel was amazing. He knew we were too early to check in so he took our bags then drew a map of the city showing us where to go. 

The first stop on our adventure in Milan was the Duomo Di Milano. It was beautiful. Throughout the trip we saw so many beautiful churches and cathedrals, however this cathedral was breathtaking. There were so many amazing pieces of art and an enormous crucifix at the top center of the cathedral. It literally brought tears to my eyes because it was so stunning and so breathtaking. Unfortunately it was covered by a big screen so I could only see a portion of it. However, with what I saw I was stunned and amazed.
We each walked around the Duomo Di Milano on our own then met up at the exit. Once we were each finished we made our way to the mall. 

Now like I said before, when you're Milan you are expecting to see nothing but high end luxury shops. That is exactly what we saw! there was Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, and Prada.  You name it...the gang was all there! And honestly if I could afford to shop at each of those stores, in one session I definitely would! There's something about having luxury items that just makes you feel so special. One day I'll do a post on why I prefer buying luxury items outside of the U.S. They're always a great investment and I always look for ways to save money when I'm making the investment!
We also found a cute pastry and coffee shop to sit in and have a a cup of coffee. With all the walking we did it was nice to sit and relax for a while. We each knew we were going to be walking even more. so this rest was much needed. Plus I think this was the first time we sat to reflect on the time  we spent together over the last 10 days. Milan was my last stop, but my two friends were off to Paris for an additional three days.
Ending my Italian Adventure in Milan was perfect. It was low-key and casual everywhere we went. We even had amazing Chinese food at a restaurant that also serves Italian food? I think by the end of the trip we were a bit tired of pasta so we looked for something that offered pasta as well as something else. It was odd but it was definitely delicious!

Here is some advice when it comes to traveling.
  1. Plan ahead. It was important for us to make sure we had tickets to museums. We also paid for each of our tours prior to arriving. This will save time and you'll have something to do each day! 
  2. Try to pack as lightly as possible or find a place where you can do your laundry. Nobody wants to carry around all that luggage and you will definitely end up buying things to bring home. Make sure there's room in your luggage for the items you'll be bringing back. Hopefully it's not dirty laundry.
  3. Plan time for downtime. When you take a long trip you'll definitely want to squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible. Too much sightseeing can be very exhausting, so plan time to relax. 
  4. Don't be afraid to leave the group and do things on your own. There is something to be said for exploring and taking an experience for yourself. We all experience life differently so give yourself time to do so. 
  5. Try to live like a local! Don't be afraid to talk to people and ask for recommendations for restaurants or activities. No one can give you better advice on what to do in a foreign city like a local! Plus, most people love seeing others enjoying their city. 

Traveling to Italy for 10 days was definitely a long trip to be away from home. I wouldn't change it for the world. There's something inside me that has a strong desire to see every inch of the Earth. This was definitely my chance to cross a additional country off my list. I'm so happy with my decision to go and I'm very much looking forward to my next trip...wherever that'll be!
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Italian Adventure: Sunshine in Sorrento

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dress: Forever21//Hat: J. Crew//Sandals: Report//Hip Bag: Jackie Robbins Leather

The third leg of our Italian Adventure was in Sorrento. Sorrento is a quaint little town in the south of Italy, also known as the Amalfi Coast. We took the train from Rome to Naples then took the Circumvesuiana down to Sorrento. Once we arrived in Sorrento we were in the land of rest and relaxation! I was the most excited about this leg of the trip because we had done so much in Rome. In Rome we literally ran ourselves ragged.
 
We took a cab from the town center up to our bed & breakfast , Via Gallone. Our bread and breakfast was breathtaking. When you walked in you were greeted by lemon trees, lime trees, and gardenias! The air was filled with citrus and floral fragrance. When we got to our room we were greatly surprised to see that it was much bigger than the small hotel rooms we were staying in before. We unpacked a few things showered and we were off to explore.

Sorrento is a small town, so everything is walkable. We walked down the hill to town and explored. We looked in the shops, scoped out gelato places to try, and made our way to dinner. We had dinner at a beautiful restaurant on the water. The wine was cold and delicious, and our meals were amazing! Not to mention the service was so wonderful. It's almost as if the natives of Sorrento know that they live in Paradise, so they transfer a kind a welcoming energy to all the visitors.
 On our second day in Sorrento, which was really our first official full day, we had a tour to Capri planned. We got up early had a small breakfast and headed to the pickup spot. Unfortunately, the tour bus forgot to pick us up, so we had to call. They sent a Private Car to take us to the dock where we would take a boat from Sorrento to Capri. The good news in this situation was that we missed the big boat, so we got to take a private boat from Sorrento to Capri. Being on a boat with myself and two friends was so much fun! What an experience to be on a small dingy jetting across the Tyrrhenian Sea.
 
We arrived in Capri and met up with the rest of the tour. We explored Anacapri, which is stunning. The views from the top of this island are amazing. Yes, it is a hike, but it is well worth it. We explored Anacapri and all of the shops. We found the most fabulous sandal maker while we were there too. 
Il Sandalo Caprese, is a small handmade sandal shop in Anacapri. Salvadatore Pandolfi has had his shop since the early 60s. He has made sandals for icons like Jacqueline Kennedy, Sophia Loren, and Brigitte Bardot. When I realized that I got to pick the leather and design the shoes myself I was super excited. Not to mention they imprinted my initials on the sandals so they are just for me! I decided to go with a very simple design of a gold straps and a brown strap across the top of my foot. Just being inside the sandal shop was such a cool experience. The process is so simple:
1.       You choose your design
2.       They measure your foot
3.       They tell you to come back within 30 minutes
4.       They finish making the shoe while it's on your foot.
 
It's that simple! Meeting Salvatore and the rest of the staff was so amazing. We were only there for a short time and all the staff were so kind. If I ever get a chance to go back to Capri, that they first place I will visit! Just to see Salvatore again.

After the sandal shop we headed down the hill and explored the rest of Capri. Capri is filled with shops and views better simply breathtaking. We had frozen lemonade as we took in these amazing views. Honestly, now I know why celebrities are often in Capri. It is simply stunning! When you look out into the Tyrrhenian Sea you see nothing but blue water and clear skies.
 
On the final portion of our tour we went to see the three limestone rocks...or shall I say boulders. These rocks are over 200 years old. They have been in countless movies and commercials. So being there was again part of a dream. This is often the image shown when people speak of Capri.
On our last full day, we spent the day relaxing by the water. The Italian Riviera is known for having beautiful views and cliffs that you can lay on and soak up the sun. Now I clearly don't need to work on my tan however, just being outside and relaxing was what I needed. We made our way to the Baths of Queen Giovanna. We hiked all the way up the hill from our bed & breakfast then down the hill to this hidden cave where this shallow body of water is. It was nice to go and see however it wasn't something that we could stay at all day. There was no space to lay down. After the baths we made our way back up the hill to a beautiful cliff where we were able to look out at the Tyrrhenian Sea. We laid there for a few hours and Sany.Delight even jumped off the cliff into the water. It looked fun, but I wasn’t about to do it!
Swimsuit: WEST47th//Headband: Zara//Sunnies: Quay Australia //Earrings: Banana Republic 

The time in Sorrento was amazing. Whenever anybody ask me about this trip, the first thing I say was “Sorrento was my favorite!” I'm not unhappy about the time we spent in Florence, Rome, and the other cities however being in Sorrento just felt comfortable. It felt like home and I was supposed to be there. I’m looking forward to the time when I can go back.  
Dress: Forever21//Hat: J. Crew//Sandals: Report//Hip Bag: Jackie Robbins Leather//Sunnies: Quay Australia 
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