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Hello – I took a break from blogging last week as I had too many things going on, from early morning meetings to Dr. appointments, and so on.  Sorry for the brief hiatus!

Now that the weather has gotten chillier here for us in the (South) Bay Area, and literally in a New York minute, guess what’s on top of my fall wishlist?  A coat!  To me, it’s so important to have a top layer that you really love, not only to keep you warm of course, but it’s the layer that you wear everyday as you step out the door.  Along with the right shoe and handbag, the right coat is an essential.

Above are coats that I’m coveting right now all in simple colors and styles.  They’re also readily accessible from some of my favorite brands and are reasonably priced.  What’s on your fall wishlist and do you have any must-haves on your list?  Happy shopping!

Coat 1 – Emerson Fry / Coat 2 – Club Monaco / Coat 3 – Banana Republic

 

 

Biking to Pebble Beach

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One of the best ways to get around and to get to know Carmel is bike riding around the area.  Instead of driving the 17-mile drive, we decided to bike!  We went up along the coast from Carmel to Carmel River Beach to Pebble Beach and almost made it to Spanish Bay, but called it a day after we had been biking for several hours.  It was a gorgeous day and we even saw a glimpse of a college golf tournament while lunching at the Pebble Beach Lodge (amazing food and views).  All in all, it was the perfect day.

 

Sweater – Banana Republic (similar here) / Shirt – Gap (similar here) / Leggings – Club Monaco (similar here) / Sneaker – Nike for J.Crew / Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

On Vacation

Hope everyone had the merriest Christmas and spent lots of quality time and laughs with your loved ones!  I know I did.  I am currently still in LA enjoying the sun rays and ocean views from our hotel.  How great is this view?

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I wore this outfit on Christmas Eve.  A bright red-orange cropped pant was my starting piece and I added a creme button down and two-toned heels to complete the look.  The pants were surprisingly super comfy and stretched at the waist to fit all the food I ate!

Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

I’m Dreaming of a Winter White Christmas

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When you think about it, there is color everywhere during the holiday season: reds, greens, golds, silvers (on Christmas trees, party decor, gift wrapping, etc).  How beautiful is an all-white outfit?  One of the best times of the year to wear white is during the winter months.  After all, we do have a term ‘winter white’ dedicated to wearing white when it’s cold outside!

To me, an all-white ensemble conjures a dreamy, romantic holiday.  I would accessorize with silver or gold jewelry and to add a little luxe, throw in some sequins.  Something to try for a Christmas dinner-for-two with you and your main squeeze!

Bag / Sequin Top / Trousers / Skirt / Vest / Dress / Flats / Earrings / Bracelets

8 days until Christmas…

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There are 8 days left until Christmas!  How is everyone’s shopping and holiday party hopping going?  Waking up this morning, I found a TON of emails and messages alerting me to all the sales going on right now.  If you’re an online shopper, you have a couple of days left to ship gifts before the 25th!  Below is a round of holiday sales that I’ve found:

J.Crew’s holiday sale ends today.  30% off every purchase and free shipping.  3 days left for standard holiday delivery.

Quincy’s 30% off sale ends this Wednesday, 12/19.  Code: HOLIDAY30.

Banana Republic has a 30% off sale online and in-stores until 12/18.  Code: BR48HOUR.

Gap has a 35% off your purchase sale, ending today, 12/17.  Code: GAPGIVE.

Piperlime has up to 50% off.  It’s part of their twice-yearly clearance.  Extra 20% off on sweaters, ending today.  Code: COZY.

Madewell has a 30% off sale on all purchases online and in-stores.  Free shipping on all orders.  Code: MERRY.

Club Monaco: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced styles. Online only.  Code: GIFT30.  Until 12/19, regular offer of free “economy” shipping has been upgraded to free “Standard Ground Shipping”.

Ann Taylor: 50% off full-priced tops and sweaters.  Code: TOPS.  Take extra 25% off sales styles, no code needed.

Happy Shopping!

Gift Guide: For Your Girlfriends

ImageWith two weeks (and counting!) until the big Christmas Day, I am dedicating this week to gift guides for the various special and VIP people in your life.  Let’s start with gifts for your girlfriends, from BFFs to co-workers.  Have you started shopping yet??

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Stila lip set from Sephora

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Tory Burch wrap bracelet

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Wristlet from Club Monaco

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Set of champagne flutes from Crate & Barrel

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Taschen Guide Book Set at Anthropologie

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Fortune Turtle Bowls from Wisteria

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Estee Lauder nail polish set

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Flash bobbi set from Ban.do

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Quilted vest from J.Crew

California Cool

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Hat (old): boutique store in Chicago, Cardigan: J. Crew (similar here), Shirt: Club Monaco, Leggings: Uniqlo, Shoes: Bloomingdales, Bag: Botkier (different colors here, and here), Bracelet: David Yurman

This was a weekend outfit I threw together at the last minute to run errands.  Since it was recently pouring cats and dogs in the Bay area, I took the chance to pull out a beanie.  I’ve been in the mood for cool blues, purples, and burgundy lately so these pictures definitely speak to that.  I love the warm, buttery color of the bag.  Makes the look all the more interesting!

Hot Days // Cool Nights

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It’s been a mixed bag of weather lately where the days are sunny and warm and the nights are cool.  Here are two outfits I wore these last few days.  In the top outfit I am showcasing an old leather jacket I’ve had for several years.  The bright blue packs a punch of color against the stripes and jeans. I’m also wearing one of my favorite low(er) heels from Zara.  Here’s a close-up image:

ImageI recently bought a pair of TOMS wedges (my first!) in red canvas and I’ve found myself wearing it with everything…from jean shorts to ankle pants to skirts.  In the bottom outfit, I paired the wedges with some cutoff shorts.  Best of all, there are other colors to choose from, black canvas, ivory linen, denim, just to name a few.  It is true: TOMS wedges are SUPER comfortable!

Top outfit: leather jacket (no name), Club Monaco striped shirt, Zara jeans, Zara shoes

Bottom outfit: TOMS wedges, old jean shorts, Ann Taylor white top (older season)

A Little Lace

TGI…Thursday.  I have a friend who makes Thursdays her ‘official date night’ with her husband.  Both people work long hours during the week (he travels pretty much the whole week, while she’s a product manager at a start-up during the day and manages a non-profit on the side).  No matter how busy they’ve been all week, they will reserve Thursday nights for dinner and (usually) a movie.

The perfect outfit?  Nothing speaks more romance than a little lace.  I’ve been loving what Club Monaco is offering this fall and right now, this diamond shirt speaks wonders.  Pair it with a brighter full skirt (think blue or pink) and you’re golden for date night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Monaco shirt, J.Crew skirt, Christian Louboutin shoes