Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Boho Floral Romper

With the weather warming up and longer days on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about staple pieces for your spring wardrobe!  One of my favorite styles to wear this time of year is the romper.  This light blue/grey floral romper made by ASTR is the perfect choice.  I adore the bell shape long sleeves and tie front plunging neckline.  It's cinched at the waist for a feminine silhouette and the lightweight rayon fabric makes it very airy and comfortable.  

If you're like me, time is of the essence when getting ready in the morning.  I have an hour for myself and an hour to get my kids ready, breakfast made, lunches packed, and everyone off to school and/or work!   Rompers make dressing super easy and effortless!  Just pick your shoes and accessories and you're done!  I'm not much of a planner...I wish I could do a better job at that as I probably wouldn't spend so much time staring at my closet trying to decide what to wear everyday!

I decided to style this outfit with a bohemian vibe wearing my gold leaf headband found here and these brown Paul Green sandals.   Here are a few other romper styles I am currently obsessed with here, here, and here.   I also think these sandals here or here would be perfect alternatives!   

Thanks for visiting!



Friday, February 19, 2016

Elephant Romper

We experienced some fabulous warm spring weather this past week.  The temperatures reached up into the high 70’s so I immediately took this short window of opportunity to pull out this fun elephant print romper by Angie Clothes and my open toe sandals!  I am a big fan of bohemian prints and textures and when I saw this elephant print motif I knew I had to have it!  Did you know that in China, India, and Africa, the elephant is a symbol for power, dignity, intelligence, and peace?

This romper is super comfortable and lightweight which makes it a perfect option for the warmer months to come!  I love the rust colored crochet trim around the bottom of the shorts which adds a little bohemian flair and texture.  I added a crescent moon necklace such as this one here or here and this gold leaf headband to accessorize and achieve an overall boho chic look. 

This romper comes in a few other colors and patterns.  I really love this one here, here, and here.  Rompers are a great addition to your warmer weather wardrobe.  They are simple to accessorize and require minimal effort and planning!  Just pick out your accessories and you are ready to go! 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Red Floral Dress

Location: Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

We had some glimpses of warm spring weather over the last week here in the San Francisco Bay Area and I love any opportunity I can get to throw on a dress and go bare legs!  This red floral fit and flare dress by Calvin Klein fit the bill perfectly for our day out visiting the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.  

Museum History:
The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris.  It first opened its doors to the public in 1894 and was known as the "Leland Stanford Junior Museum".  Privately founded by the Stanford family, the museum exhibited a general collection of art from around the globe.  By the turn of the century, it was the largest privately-owned museum in the world.  The building itself is an architectural tour de force with a rich history of growth, success, and devastating setbacks caused by the catastrophic San Francisco earthquakes of 1906 and 1989.  The earthquakes caused irreparable damage to many of the art collections and the museum was badly damaged in both events causing it to periodically close down to the public.

Today, the museum is thriving, reconstructed, and revitalized thanks to art enthusiasts in the surrounding community, volunteers, and the dedication of Stanford University faculty and staff.  In 1999, it reopened as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.  If you’re planning a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoy visual art, I would highly suggest adding this to your list of things to do.  The admission is free and the art collections are magnificent.

As you may know, I am a big fan of Calvin Klein dresses.  I recently wore a few other CK dresses in these posts herehere, and here.   I picked out this dress back in November and thought it would be perfect for the holidays.  I love the fit and flare sleeveless style which is extremely versatile for all seasons.  The trick is to add layers in the winter, such as tights and a trench coat.  In the warmer months of spring you can wear it alone with a cute pair of sandals or heels like I did for this particular warm day.  I kept my accessories to a minimum bringing along my black leather Kate Spade handbag  found here and wearing my favorite black bow heels. I have my eyes on a few other Calvin Klein dresses for spring.  I currently have these ones in my shopping cart here, here, and here.

I hope you all enjoyed the President’s Day holiday and were able to get out and do something interesting or fun!  There are so many places to visit in our local area so I am trying to make it a point to get out with the family and explore as much as possible!




Monday, February 15, 2016

Top 10 Swimwear Trends for 2016

Location: Pajaro Dunes
Swimsuit c/o Infinity Boutique//Photo by Brianna Wurz
I know it's a little too cold out still to think about swimwear.  The thought of putting on a swimsuit while I still have several pounds of winter weight to shed off makes me cringe a little!  Not to mention that trying on a swimsuit with pale and stubbly legs is not exactly a great experience!  However, I am planning a warm weather spring getaway with my family so now if the time to start getting in shape and shopping for some new swimwear!  
Swimsuits have definitely evolved over the last 50+ years and the styles have changed dramatically from decade to decade. There are a lot of new trends popping up as well as some old classics that are coming back into style.  I am seeing a few style trends emerge this year in swimwear.  I thought I would share the top 10 trends from my perspective as well as my favorite picks in each category! 

1.  The Monokini:  I have always gravitated to two piece swimwear because I am rather tall (5'10) and have a very long torso!  However, I am really loving the idea of the monokini...its essentially a one piece but has cut outs that make it look like a two piece suit!  This style is very popular right now and I can't wait to try a few of these on!  I have my eyes on this one here, here, and here.  Which is your favorite?
2. Bohemian: this look is very popular this season not only in clothing but also in swimwear.  For those of you not familiar with the term "Bohemian", you can think of it as romantic, free-spirited, nomadic, or hippie.  This style includes a lot of texture - fringe, lace, crochet, suede, etc.  Check out some of my favorite "boho-chic" swim styles here, here, and here.
3.  Retro: I have always been a fan of 50's and 60's fashion.  It's simple, elegant, and classy.  I am seeing a lot of retro inspired swimsuits and can't wait to try these fun and eye catching styles.  Grab a cute pair of colored sunglasses, some red lipstick, and grab your floatie!  What do you think of these beauties here, here, and here?
4.  Ethically Inspired Prints: These unique, colorful, and patterned prints are currently making a wave in the fashion world and these patterns have also transcended to swimwear motifs.  Some of the most common ethnically inspired  prints we see in fashion are Ikat, African, Ganado, and Chinle,  Here are a few of my favorite ethnically inspired swimsuits here, here and here.
5.  Black & White: these colors on their own or mixed together will always be a timeless, sleek, and classic look.  A black and white swimsuit is like haveing a LBD.  It's a closet staple that every lady must have.  Take a peek at my favorite black and white styles here, here, and here.
6.  Gingham: this is one of my favorite patterns to wear throughout the year.  Gingham can be described as a check pattern with two colors - white plus another bold color such as blue, pink, red, or yellow which are the most common ones we see.  Gingham is the perfect print for any picnic or pool party you attend this spring and summer!  If you are a lover of gingham print, you will die over these swimsuits I found here- top,  here - bottom, here, and here!
7 & 8.  Stripes or Polka Dots: As far as I can remember, stripes and polka dots  have always been in fashion, so I don't think this is a new trend.  However, just like the classic look of black and white, these are must have patterns in your wardrobe - including your swimwear!  What do you think of these striped ones here, here, and here?  I also found a few cute polka dot swimsuits here, here, and here!  Super cute, right?
9.  Floral: I don't know about you, but I am always busting out the floral pattern as soon as the temps rise above 60 degrees F. after spring!  These beautiful floral swimsuits here, here, and here are colorful, cheerful, and a welcome pattern after the freezing cold temps in winter don't you think?
and finally, one last note worthy trend to mention is....

10.  Ruffles: the delicate and romantic look of ruffles is a style that has remained in swimwear design for many many years.  Here are a few of my personal favorite ruffle adorned swimsuits  here, here, and here.
What is your favorite swimsuit style?  With so many adorable looks to choose from, it will be hard to narrow down which ones I finally decide on!  One thing is for sure...it's time to get to the gym and these surely are a source of inspiration!

Happy Day!



Monday, February 1, 2016

Hollywood Movie Glam Home Decor

My taste in home décor has definitely evolved over the years and now I find myself leaning towards more modern and minimalist style.  Mid-century modern style has always been a favorite look of mine.  It’s my dream to someday purchase a 1950’s fixer upper and restore it to its original beauty and glory, adding bright pops of color in every room!  It’s a cheerful and playful style but very much sophisticated.

I found these vintage cotton candy pink mid-century modern club chairs and just fell in love.  I always wanted a pink sofa but getting these accent chairs may be a great compromise.  Here are a few other pink beauties you may love just as much here and here.  I went with a Hollywood movie glam theme in my design below.  Cinematography is actually a personal interest of mine and I majored in film and television production in college.  I always try to add home décor that reflects my personality and/or interests – then you have a story to tell about it!  here are some of my favorite cinema inspired accents that would be perfect for a home theater or any movie designed room here, here, and here!

Mid-century modern is always bright and colorful with the use of paint, wallpaper, accents, and art.  Here are a few of my favorite wall art pieces that would go perfectly in any retro styled room here, here, and here.

Happy Decorating,