Monday, July 21, 2014

CARMEL BY THE SEA

I recently took an impromptu day trip to Carmel California and I was so impressed with the beautiful beach and the quaint town that I thought I'd share some of my pictures from the trip. Enjoy! 

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Early morning overcast skies only add to the beauty of this beach.
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The sand is white, smooth and pebble free, but beware of the kelp and flies that come with it! 
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This grey and white bungalow is a house after my heart! Can you imagine sitting in that rocking chair and looking at...
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this view everyday?
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Art in the form of a tree.
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Did I mention this town is quaint? 

I didn't get a chance to do one of my favorite things in life while in Carmel...EAT. But I did in Monterey. 
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Lots of fresh seafood at Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf if you're into that sort of thing.
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Lots of candy and other goodies if you're not. 
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I personally recommend the clam chowder and hot crab sandwich at OLD FISHERMAN'S GROTTO.

Monday, July 14, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR: TO THE CLUB

I’m a once a quarter/special occasion party girl mainly because I am high maintenance when it comes to clubbing. I don’t want to wait in line. I want a place to put my purse and rest my feet. I don’t want to wave my hand for 10 minutes trying to get the bartenders attention and I don’t want to get bumped into as people pretend they don’t see my 5’2” petite frame. So the only way to avoid all of this is bottle service and we know that can get pricey, so as I said to start, I’m a once a quarter/special occasion party girl.
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For this reason, I typically don’t buy “club clothes”. For what I do on the weekends, (lounges, dinners, day parties etc.) I don’t need a special wardrobe. So when I saw this dress on the clearance rack at Urban Outfitters, I almost left it.  But I’m so glad I didn’t! Nearly a year after I bought it, I dug it out of my closet (still in the bag) for my friend’s birthday party and I kinda love it! 

WEARING: urban outfitters dress, thrifted bag, dolce vita heels, mac rebel lipstick 
WORN TO: party,party,party

let's get social
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Monday, July 7, 2014

7th OF JULY

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Happy 7th of July!! Did you have a fun long weekend? I certainly did — perfect mix of fun, relaxation, and some outlet shopping. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the 238th birthday of our great nation than to help the economy with some retail therapy. 
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O by the way, how do you like the new hair? Her name is YASMINE, she's a quick weave/half wig and I love her :)

WEARING: h&m blazer (J CREW NAVY BLAZER UNDER$100), thrifted blouse, (love THIS navy/white option) GAP 1969 LEGGING JEANS, jean michel cazabat pumps (FABULOUS OPTION), macy's necklace, kenneth cole watch, target cap (recently purchased this J. CREW SEERSUCKER BASEBALL CAP)
WORN TO: dinner at JASMINE BLOSSOM

let's get social
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Monday, June 30, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR: CHURCH

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Oooops! I took and unplanned week off from the blog. Summer happens.

Hopefully you kept up with me on INSTAGRAM in the interim where I gave you a play by play of "The Weekend in The Life", #simplychicweekend and of course showed you what I was wearing.

This weekend was another busy one: dinner, concert, after party, picnic, birthday party, movies, SundayFunday day party, but not before I went to CHURCH of course. No matter how busy/tired/sleepy I am there's always time for church.

How has the summer been treating you so far?
WEARING: old navy dress and blouse, sam edelman sandals, francesca's necklace, thrifted belt and clutch
WORN TO: church

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ETHNIC

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I was working on this post Sunday night to go live on Monday and I was too sleepy to say anything interesting so I said, "I'll just work on it tomorrow after work and post it first thing Tuesday morning". Well guess what? It's Monday after work and I'm hungry and sleepy and still don't have anything profound to say, so...Happy Tuesday! #bloggerconfessions

WEARING: h&m blouse (SIMILAR,SIMILAR) and tank, ANGIE ETHNIC PRINT SHORTS , j crew factory necklace (SIMILAR),  BCBGENERATION BLAYNE WEDGES
WORN: out and about on a #sundayfunday

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Monday, June 9, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR: CASUAL FRIDAY

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When you work in an office that is already casual, what do you do on Casual Fridays? For me, typically I don't do anything different, with the exception of the days I have enough energy for a Friday post work rendezvous, and then I "dress up".  But, on this particular Friday, I did do something different. I wore Converse (gasp)! 
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Converse/sneakers in the office — is it ever ok? I say yes, when A) your office is already casual and B) they are PINK!

WEARING: f21 sweater, thrifted skirt, converse, necklace from macy's, michael kors bag
WORN TO: work

let's get social
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Monday, June 2, 2014

DRESSY DRESS

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I've been doing a lot of shopping in my closet lately. Between booking my big  vacay for the summer and purchasing 10th row tickets to see Jay & Bey, I'm having to tightening the purse strings a bit. With that said, I pulled this oldie but goodie out of my closet for a Mother's Day luncheon. Typically I use any excuse to buy a new dress, but I made the smart decision and did the total opposite by wearing something that's been with me for more than 5 years. 

Do you have a favorite oldie but goodie? 

WEARING: anthropologie dress, bebe leather jacket, prada heels, thrifted belt
WORN TO: mother's day lunch at SEQUOYA COUNTRY CLUB

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3 THINGS

I'm wearing 3 things in this post I absolutely love. Can you guess what they are??

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Yep, printed pants, trench coat and pumps. These are 3 things essential to my simple chicness.
 The trench is timeless and classic and when you pair it with funky pants and a sexy pump, especially one in leopard, you can't really go wrong. Honorable mention goes to my white blouse. I own a ton of them, but not enough. Go figure.

WEARING: zara trench & blouse, gap printed pants (GAP TROPICAL PRINTED JEANS), DOONEY & BOURKE DILLEN (now under $300),JEAN MICHEL CAZABAT EMMA PUMPS, thrifted necklaces
WORN TO: drinks at LAKE CHALET & SOMAR