10 Basics To Revamp Your Spring 2014 Wardrobe

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring is in the air and lately I've been busy editing, and adding to, my clients wardrobes to reflect the change in seasons.  Everyone, myself included, is eager to shed layers and embrace the warming temperatures with open arms.  
While Spring '14 trends (think skate shoes, mules, off-the-shoulder tops/dresses..) and colors (orange, pink and cool pastels..) are great to incorporate subtly, it always comes down to well thought out basics that best transition a wardrobe from season to season.
Oftentimes I find people focus their energy on finding that one perfect "wow" piece - it makes a great statement for a moment but doesn't translate into long term or repeated wear.  I'm fully on board with the occasional "wow" piece but typically my main objective is buying classic basics with staying power.
Below I've curated 10 effortless basics (in two price ranges), many of which I own, that I feel will help jumpstart any tired spring wardrobe.  



TOTES: Céline Spring '14 Cabas Phantom Tote (available at select Celine boutiques & Barneys stores) Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote















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Rustic Modern: Animal Skulls + Contemporary Decor

Friday, February 28, 2014

While on vacation we took a day trip to Todos Santos, a true little Mexican village approximately an hour and a half from Cabo, at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. Todos Santos is home to a handful of local artisan shops and it was here that I wandered into a store and spotted several real bull skulls hanging on the wall.  In North America, it's harder to come across the real deal when it comes to animal skulls (unless you have access to a farm or ranch) therefore synthetic reproductions are typically the route most people take when utilizing them within decor.   
My taste is decidedly modern when it comes to interior design but I love infusing organic and natural elements into minimalist spaces.  I like how it contributes warmth and/or bohemia to the starkness and simplistic feel of contemporary environments.
Adding a weathered animal skull to a bright modern room is an interesting and beautiful contrast of old and new.  It adds character and texture and I love that the bull skull I found in Mexico will have a fun backstory that goes a long with it :)
Today my mind once again wanders to decorating my dream home.  Below, some modern/rustic pieces I love as well as my inspiration photos for design:

MY TAKE ON RUSTIC MODERN



Petrified Wood Stool: Jayson Home Petrified Wood Stool
Bull Skull: Faux Bull Skull & real bull skulls available online at Ebay.com - I like this one.


INSPIRATION FILE: Animal Skulls + Contemporary Decor










Photo Credit: houzz.com, tumblr.com


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Insta Vacation: Cabo San Lucas & Palm Springs

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We just returned from 8 heavenly days of vacation (part with our kids and part without) and while it's wonderful to be home and settle back into our busy routines, looking at photos of our time away makes me nostalgic for lazy days spent by the beach.
I personally think that having a planned getaway on the horizon, be it a simple quiet dinner alone with your babe, or a fun girls weekend, is essential for keeping the balance in everyday living.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a luxurious vacation to a far off destination, but it's amazing what wonders a few hours of respite from a hectic weekday can do for your overall peace of mind.
The anticipation of a break, for the fun plans ahead, is the carrot that I sometimes chase amidst the chaos of a busy work week or the many sleepless nights with young children.  Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the smiles of my happy kids but I will concede that this Mama also finds her happiness in a skinny margarita, the loud crash of waves on a beach, a good book, and a whole lotta sun ;)

Below, some vacation looks & snapshots of our time away:





Loved our stay at the beautiful LAS VENTANAS Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico



My beach reads included 'The Silent Wife' by A. Harrison and also 'Drinking & Tweeting' by Brandy Glanville...so off side but shamefully entertaining!






Melissa Odabash Emma Straw & Turquoise Bead Hat, Alice by Temperley Gisel Embroidered Maxi Dress (no longer available online), Gucci Rubber Sandals (link in previous photo)



We took a sailboat cruise out whale watching (wearing Surf Gypsy Crochet Swim Cover Up Shorts, Melissa Odabash hat *see previous photos for link*, Melanie Auld Earrings & LNA Racer Back Tank)

...and this happened...!



Valentines Day dinner with our favorite travel companions, Alex & Melanie Auld.  Mel looking beautiful in a poppy colored BCBG dress and I wore a pink tie dyed LoveShackFancy dress I snagged from Shopbop last month at 50% off :)  Unfortunately the pink is sold out online but other color options can be found HERE



Pretty florals everywhere - blending in with the scenery wearing this dress by Australian line Shakuhachi.



My favorite tropical wear color combination: coral & turquoise was worn with Christian Louboutin Nude Patent Arakna SandalsGypsy05 Miyoshi Silk Tube Dress, Ippolita Gold & Turquoise bangle - this exact style is no longer available, similar style found HERE & Melanie Auld Turquoise & Druzy Earrings



Another Shopbop sale find was this bright & gorgeous Dannijo Mallory necklace. Presently only available online HERE






We took a family trip after Mexico to the desert - it was our first time there and we loved Palm Springs!
THE PARKER is laid back and modern with a 'retro-cool-bohemian' vibe.  Decor is eclectic and fun with chic amenities like Hermès soap in their restrooms.  Old Hollywood photos decorate the hotel and well worn fashion, and retro glam coffee table books adorn the dressers of the suites.  It didn't feel too 'upscale' or adult for children, in fact there is a small separate pool for families. Our kids especially loved the resorts signature lemonade :)

Adiós paradise ~ until next time..






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Pretty Little Underthings

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

With Valentines Day on the horizon, the subject of lingerie has popped up in conversation several times between myself and various girlfriends.  I will honestly admit that lingerie isn't an aspect of my wardrobe that I tend to splurge on.  I'd much rather invest in a new handbag, pair of shoes or whatever else has caught my eye at the moment.  This is not to say that the appeal of these lacy underthings is lost on me. I fully understand why women want to wear them and why men appreciate them doing so ;)  
Visually, I veer more towards lingerie that walks the line between subtle and sexy, intricate yet not over the top.  It's a fine line.  A bright pop of color upon minimal lace, interesting strap placement or peek-a-boo detailing paired with a cozy cashmere robe, slung loosely off the shoulder. A classic polished outfit hiding a provocative bustier underneath...these are things I find compelling.
This Valentines Day if you're planning on surprising your fella don't just pick something you think he'd like - opt for something you feel beautiful in as well.  He'll appreciate your confidence more than anything :)

Below, my picks for Valentines Day lingerie and some looks that I find inspiring:







Peacock Blue & Black Underwire Bra & Lace Thong Set: Elle Macpherson Intimates For You Underwire Bra & Elle Macpherson Intimates For You Thong
Black Lace Underwire Bra & Thong Set With Wrap Strap Detailing: Agent Provocateur Sandra Bra & Thong
Blood Red Nail Polish: NARS Nail Polish in China Town


INSPIRATION PHOTOS: PRETTY LITTLE UNDERTHINGS











Photo Credit: letanaka.tumblr.com, pinterest.com, tumblr.com




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Bejeweled Beach

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Come January, many people are itching for a warm weather Winter getaway. Personally, the countdown for my trip to Mexico has begun and the next few weeks cannot pass quickly enough.  I'm craving some r & r and a little adult time! It's so refreshing to have brief respite from daily routines, work commitments and the ever present demands of little children - as much as I'm obsessed with them ;)
For me, the beach is my favorite place to be and yields the most zen-like atmosphere.  My mind has been wandering towards the limited wardrobe I aspire (aspire being the operative word) to pack consisting only of swimwear, breezy maxi dresses and gauzy coverups.  In my mind, beach wear at is best is conceptualized through minimal clothing, accented with textural layers of refined bohemian inspired jewels or accessories offering subtle organic glam.  That's my dreamy combination anyways!
Below, some images that have caught my eye and inspired me as of late, as well as my shopping picks for achieving a chic, accessorized beach glam look.














Images via pinterest.com, vogue.com, tumblr.com

STYLE, CAFFEINATED: SHOPPING PICKS



Bracelet stack, top to bottom:

Nude Rubber Sandals: Gucci Katina Sandals







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