The holidays are all about playing dress up so my first inclination when shopping the closet is to find the piece that moves me the most. In this case, the frock with the girliest twirls and the bounciest body takes the cake. 

Merry Christmas!!!

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Just wanted to wish you all a splendid holiday season with your loved ones. 
Thank you to all my readers for another year of fun and fabulosity!!!
I appreciate you more than you know and am soooo grateful for this opportunity to connect around the world!


Food Porn Friday | Bleu Restaurant and Lounge | Westminster

My idea of a perfect date includes dinner and dancing, followed by a super romantic late night session granted he lasts past the dessert. He usually doesn't (yes, we're THAT old!) which makes the dinner portion much more central in distinguishing whether or not this was a successful date night or a total disaster. That's why I rely on random nights at Bleu Restaurant and lounge to fulfill my carnal needs for overconsumption. 

Coming Up Roses

Getting over a cough/cold combo and attending a string of holiday shindigs is seriously what Christmas is all about right?? My go-to ensembles always include something warm and fuzzy like this fabulous faux fur coat (first seen HERE) and easy-peasy pants action since these parties are always hosted at my friends' pads where first-hand comfort is KEY! 

Trend Spotting | Plush Pink Velvet

I remember a time when I abhorred pastel palettes like they were the pneumonic plague to my brightly-colored closet. Seemingly saturated colors that fell ill to a virus that stripped them of a once vibrant core and now destined to be dull forever. 

Haute Shop | Pal + Smith

South Coast is finally coming up these days. If you're a designer living in the OC metro area, you're probably driving out to Laguna's or LA's Design Center at least every other week to specify for clients (I know I am). It's taxing having to traverse over the river and through the woods for one-stop shopping (not to mention quite pricy with those growing gas bills), but things are seeming to look up Pac. Coasters! SoCo has recently acquired Pal + Smith at the OC Mart MIX and I couldn't be more delighted! 

Trend Spotting | Snake Print

The trick to pulling off animal print is styling in small dosages. A little python can go a long way so keep ensembles in muted palettes and allow the print to take center stage while a contrasting mix of textures become the supporting cast. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thank you thank you thank you to all my stylish readers for your continued support, your good vibes, your daily interaction, and mostly for keeping this community buzzing and alive! I'm grateful for this opportunity to engage in the art of digital media and thank my lucky stars every day that I have this forum to do just that. From the bottom of my heart, you guys ROCK!! 

To all my US readers, 
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! 


Harvesting Thanks

Can't believe it's Thanksgiving week already! So much to be thankful for this year but really I'm most grateful to be spending it with family and friends. Something about the holiday season that puts me in a more festive mood than usual. 

Night Shift

I've seriously been clubbing since I started high school.
Well, back then they called it "flyer parties" but hey, any chance I got to get dolled up and decked out, I was IN like Flynn. 

Trend Spotting | Haute Halloween

No matter how I treat it, black and orange seem to be the trickiest combo to decorate with. Mix in some creepy cobwebs, howling ghosts, witches and warlocks, why you've got yourself one spooktacular party y'all...For like, one day out of the year. What about the other 364 days, you ask? 

Jazzy Fresh

Spent Sunday night dining by candlelight, listening to some jazzy tunes while vintage Marilyn saunters on the tube . It's not often I get together with my favorite faces on a school night, so I reserved this playful pajama-inspired romper to get me into the mood, while outta the boud'. 

New and Notable | Nordstrom Rack Redux

I'm as much a label whore as the next Cali girl, but where we probably differ is that I like my labels chic, but cheap. I cannot recall EVER spending full price for top of the line merchandise, especially when I can seriously exclaim that South Coast Metro's Nordstrom Rack is by far, THE BEST IN ALL THE LAND!!! {And believe you me, I've ransacked every Rack from South County to Seattle, and everywhere in between} A quickie afternoon jaunt yielded all of the below: 

House of Blues

Happy Monday loveys! Hope your week's off to a spectacularly sunny start since SoCal obviously has NO idea that it's autumn already. 80deg today with not a cloud in sight. Yay for those who love themselves a summer fling, boooooo for me whose ready for layers already! 

Apartments with LSD

Sometimes a space is so absolutely seamless, you needn't do much to help elevate it to superstar status. A little brick, a little mortar, and a whole lotta real estate to entertain your plus 100 peeps on any given weekend. 

Food Porn Friday | Picca Peruvian Cantina | Los Angeles

Modern Peruvian tapas meets Neo-Japanese techniques in a swanky little pop-up shop.
Trendy, urban interior made even more intriguing with the floor to ceiling graffiti art depicting the hillside charm of Peru with a little LA twist. An all too familiar statement seeing as how Pico Blvd. is strewn with South American cuisine and culture from the hood to the BeverlyWood. You definitely get a strong sense of place here with Picca, where neighborhood charm only adds to its appeal. 

Trend Spotting | Hunter Green

I remember sporting this authentic army green jacket to my eighth grade graduation and was immediately disrobed before even stepping foot into the auditorium. My teachers literally yanked my "avante-garde" choice straight from my back while I shouted "...but it's TRENDY!" while watching the fashion police haul it away. Military influenced, army green with feminine ruffles...maybe. Army green camouflage veteran jacket straight from my gf's father's closet of memorabilia, size XL...notsomuch. 

Missoni Mania

I'm sure by now y'all have got tons of crazy Missoni for Target stories to share. Mine is/was/still uneventful to say the least. After having followed online horror stories of peeps carrying out cartfuls at a time and subsequently marking up piece by piece and re-selling on eBay at thousand percent markups, I knew I'd stay away for my neighborhood Tarjays for as long as I can. 

Lemonade and Leopard

I love discovering new-to-me eateries and lunch spots in LA. Since the bf and I worked all Saturday morning, it was only fitting that we treat ourselves to a light and yummy lunch complete with veranda dining (my fave!), pretty posh peeps (so LA!), and a buffet of ice cold tangy beverages to boot (decisions, decisions!). 

Food Porn Friday | Red Envelope Dinner

It sure does pay to have foodie friends y'all. You know how I know I've leveled up? When I've been summoned to attend a hush-hush secret gastro-society where Le Cordon Bleu- trained chefs personally whip up some of their most elusive dishes that literally took months to master and minutes to make. 

Trend Spotting | Gray Matter

Nothing like waking up to an early a.m. earthquake to get your morning started off right
I swear us SoCal babies barely move a muscle for anything under 6.0. Kinda scary, but tremors like these often stimulate the part of my cerebral cortex that propels voluntary movements from static to startling. 

Winter Kate

I've been a huge fan of Nicole Richie since first seeing her strut her stuff on "The Simple Life" whilst leaving a poor Paris Hilton in her saucy little shadow. 

Food Porn Friday | Koto Sushi | Foothill Ranch

Yes, again...for like the 5th time now, but only the 3rd time Koto's been featured on the blog (first two times HERE and HERE). We keep coming back because my good friend Daena is in cahoots with the Chef so he always hooks us up...like BIG TIME...and we're never served the same thing TWICE!...So if you're ever in South O.C., give Chef Miki a call and let him at it.

Trend Spotting | Tangerine and Turquoise

One of the most classic color combinations gets a modern update with saturated hues and tons of blinged-out baubles. One of my most favorite wedding ensembles and definitely one of the least expensive to date. Thrifted vintage dress $10...Vintage clutch $10...Vintage belt $5...Jeffrey Campbell platforms: gifted. St. Thomas necklace $50. St. Thomas cuff $25. All together approximately $100??? 

Food Porn Friday | The Crosby | DTSA

This post is looooooong overdue. We had the pleasure of re-visiting The Crosby last month after a not so favorable first time where a party of 40+ yielded lots of pre-made fried food plus salty sea monsters that were out to get me. You know how I feel about my sodium intake man...salt does NOT always equal flavor! With that said, thank god I gave it another go 'round for a specialty dinner prepared by the talented (and too too generous) Executive Chef Aron Habiger who not only redeemed the restaurant, but totally makes me want to book a private party there for my next event. Such gorgeous presentations, made with love, handled with care. Here's the lowdown peeps, plate by plate.

Scenes from Annie and John's Summer Wedding Soireé

Remember that bachelorette party I planned HERE and that beautiful bridal shower I attended HERE? Well, our gorgeous bachelorette finally got hitched last weekend and of course we celebrated with tons of booze in a blinged-out venue surrounded by Bolsa's hottest babes (that's right Skittles, I'm talkin' to you!!) and what seemed like a never-ending festivity of food and fun!

Leopard Print Mix

I always joke that leopard is my favorite color.
A amalgamation of all things haute and luxe, its organically graphic pattern easily renders leopard the single most wearable item in my closet and home. Every gal NEEDS to own at least 1 spotted piece, be it a skirt (I've got like 5), jeans/tights, dress (again like 5), blouse, purse, pillow...there is nothing your feline friend can't perfectly pair up with. In this case, YES even butterflies! 

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