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}

Razzle Dazzle Throughout the Holiday Season & New Year’s Eve

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Now is the time we all shift our gears to holiday planning, preparing, and partying. As we make travel plans, cooking plans, and search for gift ideas on the top of a lot of minds is the annual end of year question of: what am I going to wear?

Years turn, and the one thing most people try to do every year is not look the same as last. How can we reinvent ourselves this season? Show our friends, family, and others how much we’ve evolved our personal style as well as personality?

One sure way is to try out what’s new! There’s always a new trend in beauty and fashion that’s either oh-so right or oh-so wrong. Push out of your comfort level and take your holiday look up a notch this season!

Here’s an idea: if you’re the type to never wear a smoky eye, then search on YouTube for videos to guide your new smoky eye look that will dazzle everyone at the party. Maybe you’re the queen of a smoked out eye, then give your eyes (and everyone else’s) a break and go for a classic beauty look this holiday. Gold or champagne shadow with a burgundy or red lip screams holiday classic.

Stay safe and try a new nail art design, mix matte and glossy polishes to dazzle your digits. Accessorize! Many women never wear a sparkly hair clip or floral headband. The perfect accessory can transform your holiday outfit to show your newfound fashionista side.

This holiday as we appreciate the past year, family and friends who surround us, let us also appreciate all we can create ourselves to be.

 

Source: beautypress.com

Local Treasures: Kisstletoe

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Happy Friday friends! Today, I’m sharing with you guys a quirky concept that could make the perfect little one-of-a-kind gift. San Diego-based mother and daughter company Kisstletoe sells handcrafted necklace pendants with REAL MISTLETOE encased in resin for Holiday kisses all season long.

The mistletoe comes from the Laguna and Cuyamaca mountains in San Diego. They harvest it, dry it and preserve it in resin. Kisstletoe has three collections: Royal Crown: Gold pendants echoing back to Victorian England where the mistletoe kiss originates; Silver Kiss Collection: Silver pendants with a delightful KISS ME charm or pretty silver leaf; Pine Forest Collection: Antique finish pendants with a more rustic, traditional feel. Each pendant comes on a 30″ matching chain with lobster clasp and 2″ extender. It’s pretty long, but adjustable. A portion of sales are donated to The Malala Fund that focuses on empowering girls.

I tried out the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” pendant from their Pine Forest Collection and absolutely love my necklace and pendant. It was package in a very cute and festive little bag that made the experience even more special. The necklace I selected is vintage inspired and the glass ball pendant comes with a Christmas tree charm and white bead. It’s the perfect pick me up for the upcoming holiday season!

For more gorgeous accessories visit the shop: Kisstletoe

Happy shopping lovelies!

Fall Layered Style Challenge

I was asked by ModCloth to put together an outfit that showcases my autumn layered style. Well…we haven’t had much of an autumn in San Diego yet, but last week we had a few rainy days and nights where a jacket was needed. This is a great challenge for me, since I’m always looking for transitional pieces that can work for the crazy SoCal weather. I took inspiration from my pinterest fall/winter board and browsed ModCloth’s sweaters section to come up with an outfit that can be my layered, but comfy fall uniform.
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As I was saying before the weather in San Diego is very spontaneous. In the morning, it can be 50 degrees and then almost 90 by lunch time. An outfit like the one above is perfect for this type of crazy weather and you can take layers off as the day gets warmer.

You can find more cozy cardigans for fall on ModCloth’s site!

=Get the Look=

Red top
$30 – modcloth.com

Camisole top
$15 – modcloth.com

Drapey cardigan
$75 – modcloth.com

Blue jeans
$80 – citychiconline.com

Black ankle boots
$35 – forever21.com

Sole Society black crossbody bag
$55 – solesociety.com

Flower earrings
$10 – modcloth.com

Octopus jewelry
$13 – modcloth.com

Rag bone floppy hat
$195 – neimanmarcus.com

 

A big thank you to ModCloth for including me in this fun layering challenge!

Coveted Shoes: Riding Boots

The Shoes: Brown riding boots from Amazon.

Price: $87

Why I Love It: Riding boots go with everything from skinny jeans to leggings or a cute dress with tights. They look their best when your bare leg is not showing. I’m looking to upgrade mine and this pair from Amazon is perfect.

Happy Tuesday Shoes Day!

{photo by Amazon}

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