Inspired by a Glam Living Room

Today, I’m really excited to share with you all a peek into how my fashion style reflects in a living room. I’m a big fan of interior design shows and home decor in general, so when Modani challenged me to infuse my style in a room I was beyond giddy to give this challenge a try. My style has changed so much over the years from wearing vintage and girly pieces to a more minimal and tailored look as I approached my mid-thirties. I was really excited to see what I come up with and to my surprise it was an interior that reflects the new me I’m becoming.

I chose the Black Phantom Sofa as the focal point of my living room board from Modani’s modern sofas collection. Once that piece was selected I could see my vision for the whole room. I went with a modern glam theme with black, silver and white as my main colors. I love the simplicity of those colors, but also the fact that adding fun patterns and sequined pieces can make the whole living room look for more alive. The pieces I selected are below, let me know what you think of my living room design board on the comments.
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black floor lamp / white table lamp / charcoal rug / mirror / Paris art print / home pillow / vase / chevron throw pillow / metallic throw pillow / Diptyque candle / love pillows / silver throw pillow / candle / black phantom sofa / silver armchair / suitcases / coffee table /notebook

If you like any of the Modani pieces I featured you can check them out at their modern furniture stores in person or through the virtual tours of each showroom.

7 Winter Looks That I’m Loving Right Now

It finally feels like fall in SoCal with rainy days and cold nights being a regular thing for the past few weeks. Since I had to put my flip flops and maxi dresses away for awhile,  I’ve been pinning and researching head-to-toe looks to inspired my winter wardrobe. I narrowed it down to seven looks from casual to work chic that are perfect for cold weather outings. Here are the winter looks that I’m loving right now.

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Winter White Weekend Look

Happy Friday guys! I’ve not been blogging much lately. I’m trying to get as much work done as possible by my Christmas break. This month I have to write 50 articles and leave two social media campaigns ready before I can spend the holidays with my family. I’m working diligently on that everyday, since the month begin.

Even though things are extremely busy on my end, I still miss blogging and especially styling looks to share here on the blog. Today, I put together a weekend look that is casual, but makes you look effortless.
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My favorite thing about this look is the feminine color palette. The blush and white colors are a pretty and unexpected combo for winter. I also love how you can take the look from reading a fun book with a yummy hot drink to running weekend errands while still looking stylish and put together. It’s my favorite weekend look so far!

=Shop The Look=
1-White Sweater: $71, Mango
2-White Jeans: $145, STYLEBOP
3-Cross Body Bag: $55, Mango
4-Stud Earrings: $6, Charlotte Russe
5-Pink Lipstick: $75, Yves Saint Laurent
6-Bangles: $18, Aldo
7-Animal Print Flats: $41, 6pm

Photo Credit: EstiloDF

Interview With Me Over at The Kewl Shop

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Hello Guys! I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things after taking a mini break from work and blogging. Over the break, I was interviewed by The Kewl Shop about blogging and I also share other personal tidbits. I enjoy remembering why I started blogging and what my favorite parts of it is. Anyhow, here is my interview on the The Kewl Shop blog for you to read.

One Bridesmaid Dress, Style Two Ways

Recently, I was asked by Weddington Way to style a look for their November Style Challenge. Styling is one of my favorite hobbies, so I jumped at the chance to partake in this. For the challenge, I have to style a bridesmaid dress two ways. First for a wedding and then for a weekend outing. I chose a navy cocktail dress from their collection, because I love how navy looks amazing on all skin tones and the extra sophistication the color gives to the dress. Check out below how I style the dress for both occasions and let me know which one you like best.

For a Wedding:
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Steve Madden nude heels / Diane Von Furstenberg beige clutch / Kate Spade square bracelet / Kate Spade 14k earrings / AERIN coral lipstick / Weddington Way dress

For a Night Out
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Wool blend trench coat / Diane Von Furstenberg suede pumps / Rebecca Minkoff red purse / River Island cocktail ring / Sole Society bangle bracelet / Black stud earrings / Gucci red lipstick / Weddington Way dress

A big thank you to Weddington Way for including me in this challenge! You can find more gorgeous bridesmaid dresses for your wedding on their site!

be Delectable + EOS, a perfect pairing for the holidays!

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At the forefront of the dessert beauty trend, be Delectable from Cake Beauty is renowned for its natural and good-for-you delectably-scented hand creams and luxurious body products. To make this holiday season even sweeter, be Delectable offers a luscious array of new limited-edition sets, perfect for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, sure to delight friends and family. All are exclusive at Kohl’s and under $20, ranging in price from $12.00 – $18.00.

And making natural beauty news, the innovative natural brand has come together with renowned fellow green brand Evolution of Smooth (EOS) for a perfect holiday pairing, packed with shea butter! The Be your sweetest & smoothest from lips to fingertips set, includes the best-selling be Delectable strawberry & cream hand cream, a red carpet and celebrity favorite and EOS’s wildly popular lip balm in sweet mint, a wonderfully nourishing winter must have.

“It was only natural (no pun intended) to join forces with EOS for holiday”, says Cake Beauty founder, Heather Reier. “be Delectable is a huge fan of the entire Evolution of Smooth collection, and by pairing both of our hydrating best sellers  together, we are offering the ultimate must-have for winter hydration ‘from lips to fingertips’.”

Sexy shimmer is also new this season. be Delectable’s irresistible The Big Holiday Get Together set includes a limited edition shimmering Sweet Mint & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion that gives soft, seasonal shimmer while keeping the body  soft, moisturized and glowing for every party and celebration.

Gifts for All-Natural Holiday Happiness:
Be Your Sweetest & Smoothest From Lips to Fingertips Set – $14.00
This tempting combination includes a be Delectable ultra nourishing hand cream in the brand’s bestselling strawberry & cream scent with a hydrating sweet mint EOS lip balm. Formulated with up to 95% natural ingredients including coconut oil,  aloe vera, and shea butter. They are free of parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, GMO’s, mineral oil, petrolatum, gluten and triclosan – and are not tested on animals.

The Big Holiday Get-Together Set – $18.00
Give your beautiful bod the luxury treatment with this triple moisture body lotion sampler gift set sweetened with a special bonus – a limited edition shimmering Sweet Mint & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion. This beautiful body lotion is blended  with nourishing shea butter, rejuvenating coconut oil and soothing aloe vera, and comes in four delicious flavors: coconut & cream, strawberry & cream, lemon & cream, and vanilla and cream. They’re formulated with up to 95% natural ingredients  and free of parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, GMO’s, mineral oil, petrolatum, gluten and triclosan – and is not tested on animals.

Classic be Delectable Gift Kits available for the holidays include:

be Delectable Hair & Body Mist Set – $14.00
Like nothing else you’ve seen. Decadent Hair & Body Mist is a new essential – whether to spritz on after yoga or on the way to after-work drinks. Blended with real fruit extract and aloe vera, it’s non-drying, won’t stain clothing and is a great  alternative to traditional fragrance options. All four of the scents are perfectly balanced and work as well for day as for night.

be Delectable Hand Cream Set – $14.00
These beautifully ultra nourishing Hand Creams are made with the highest quality ingredients, including the purest Shea butter and coconut oil. They help nourish and soften the skin and cuticles to keep hands looking beautiful. Never greasy, be  Delectable hand cream absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling light and smooth.

be Delectable Mini-Set Trios -$12.00
Delightful travel sized body wash, body mist and body lotion, they are perfect for those on the go. Available in one of four delicious be Delectable flavors: strawberry & cream, lemon & cream, coconut & cream, and vanilla & cream.

Coveted Shoes: Brown Riding Boots

The Shoes: Vince Camuto ‘Kadia’ Riding Boot from Nordstrom.

Price: $160

Why I Love It: I’m on the market for some new brown riding boots. This pair is just what I’m looking for. They go with everything and are budget friendly.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by Nordstrom}

Do What You Love: Waves of Attire

I’m a huge fan of fashion trucks, so I was very excited to interview Katie of Waves of Attire. Her beach chic fashion truck focuses on SoCal style. It’s the perfect place to score cute maxi dresses, fun tees, and all things bohemian and summer inspired.

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Waves of Attire | Katie Skala | www.wavesofattire.com

Tell me how and when everything started.
My mom and I saw a few mobile fashion trucks while out one day, and having already worked in the fashion industry for a few years, she thought this would be a great venture. I of course had some beginners self doubt, but with the help and support I soon realized we could actually do it!! We found the truck on Craigslist the next week and spent the summer building the inside out. We launched just 4 sort months later and have been going full speed ahead ever since.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a business owner?
I have always liked the idea of being my own boss! My mother is a small business owner and having grown up in that environment, I truly saw the struggles and rewards to having your own business. I’ve always been a very driven person, but with this economy, it was hard to find something I loved and could see myself turning into a tangible career. I’ll be the first to admit that it took me some time to stumble upon this great idea of owning and operating a mobile business! With the help of my mom and sister, it all became a reality and I even brought my sister on as a partner!

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Where do you get your inspiration for your fashion truck?
I get my inspiration from growing up by the beach in southern California. There is a great surf culture here and it’s very easy to get lured in and attracted to the lifestyle. I have always loved the effortless fashion beachy girls have and wanted to mimic that feeling and style in my mobile boutique.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
I would tell anyone wanting to start their own mobile business to not let any obstacles or curveballs get in their way. There will be struggles and everyday you will learn something new, but that’s the best part about owning a business that’s yours! It’s 100% up to you if it fails or succeeds! If you won’t let it fail and are willing to work your butt off, no matter the time of day and even if you’re on vacation, the rewards can be amazing! Embrace every moment and appreciate the growth!

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What makes your fashion truck unique?
Well, the obvious is the fact that we are mobile! We offer an easy and convenient way to shop in an inviting and cozy environment. We are the only mobile fashion truck for the beachy California shopper and the first truck to carry major brands – Rip Curl and Element Eden! Plus, you can’t beat our amazing and affordable price point!

How would you describe your personal style?
I consider my style to be extremely easy going, highly beach inspired with a touch of chic! I am a sucker for a maxi dress and any type of kimono or flannel I can get my hands on! My favorite outfit is jeans, sandals, a basic tee, and a gorgeous color lip. I love the beach and am highly influenced by the beautiful simplicity.

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What’s next for your company?
The next step for Waves of Attire is a store front! Ideally, the truck and store would both be able to run at the same time, with the truck continuing its mobile presence around college campuses and community events. But, for right now I am enjoying the growth and development of the business becoming a name customers know or have seen driving around. There’s nothing more exciting than the open road and riding each wave that comes our way!

Fill Your Stockings With BREAKUPS TO MAKEUP

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Breakups to Makeup, known for its smart and chic accessories featuring cosmetic–‐related slogans, announces an exciting addition to the holiday market with the introduction of Breakups to Makeup compacts. Measuring in at just about two inches, these compacts feature classic Breakups to Makeup catch-phrases, such as “I May Not Be Perfect, But My Makeup Is,” and “This Is New York City: Our Makeup Needs To Look Good.” Ideal gifts for any makeup enthusiast, these pocket-sized compacts include a magnifying mirror on one side and a regular mirror on the other.

Along with the introduction of the compacts, Breakups to Makeup will be expanding its campaign by also announcing the first of many products to be presented in Spanish. Launching the campaign in Spanish will be a compact featuring the best-selling “Amor Me Crio Lipstick Me Salvo” or “Love Raised Me, Lipstick Saved Me” slogan. Breakups to Makeup plans to ultimately make all of its signature products available in both English and Spanish.

“As makeup artists, makeup is our form of art. It is our outlet and our release. No matter what we are going through in life it is the reason why we get out of bed. Makeup is a true form of art that let’s us not only express ourselves, but also makes others happy,” says Breakups to Makeup founder Angelique Velez. “Personally, going through difficult times in my own life (ahem, a breakup), makeup literally saved me and served as my outlet to devote my time and energy. Many people don’t understand that makeup to us is not “just” a product, but our creative outlet. I wanted to spread this message in a quirky way, hence the birth of B2M.”

Breakups to Makeup compacts will retail for $10 , and will be available starting November 17, 2014 on www.breakupstomakeup.com and select retail outlets and virtual aisles throughout the US.

Coveted Shoes: Zebra Print Pumps

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The Shoes: Zebra-print ankle-wrap pumps from Neiman Marcus.

Price: $130

Why I Love It: Great for work and all the fun parties happening this upcoming holiday season.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by Neiman Marcus}

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