Monday, September 22, 2014

LONDON FALL

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London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down — I spent the bulk of my time on this trip in London living like a local because I have a friend who calls this great city home for the time being. I did get to play tourist a bit, and I have to say the London Bridge was my least favorite tourist attraction. And that's of all tourist attractions, not just in London. Ha! It pretty much looks like an overpass you wouldn't give a second thought to. But it does have one redeeming factor — you get great views of the Tower Bridge which is an absolute beauty! I mean, it's baby blue. How can it not be great? 
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On another note, HAPPY FALL! I love everything about this season; the colors, the weather, the fashion, everything! 
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My trench coat, which was my right hand "accessory" on this trip, is a staple for fall, as are tights with dresses and skirts and of course boots and scarves.
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**Simply Chic Travel Tip: London**
I'm a natural planner. I am starting to go with the flow more, but in a big city like London, it's good to have a plan and map your days out. I also recommend an international data plan, because there were a few times Google Maps would have been very useful and free WIFI wasn't as abundant as it was last year when I was in Greece. 
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Alas, I leave you with the London Bridge. What do you think?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE IN PARIS?

I found myself in this lovely city for the second time, and as they say, "Paris is always a good idea". People talk so much crap about Paris and I don't know why. Haters. Rolling up on the Eiffel Tower, and the Louve and the Arc de Tripmphe will never get old to me. I told myself I won't go back because there is so much more of the world I want to see, but something tells me this won't be the last time I'll find myself in this city. 
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Two of the main reasons I wanted to go back to Paris this time are because I wanted to shoot it for the blog, and I wanted to see the Love Locks bridge which wasn't around when I went in 2007. So clearly it only made sense to do my blog shoot on the bridge. Enjoy the pics!
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I bought this skirt for work,  but when I was trying on clothes and deciding what I wanted to pack, I knew I had to wear this in Paris. It could have been -10° or 100°, I was going to make this look work. It was so—dare I say—Parisian! Maybe not so much with the sneakers, but I'm no dummy. Comfy shoes are a must when travelling.
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WEARING: gap sweater (SWEATER), ann taylor loft skirt (CUTE OPTION), scarf from dsw, xoxo leopard sneakers (SIMILAR), zara trench

**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Paris**
When you are at the Eiffel Tower, there are several vendors selling ice cream (the same kind I think). Get some. It's so delicious. Also, I did not go up the Eiffel Tower this time, but from what I hear you have to buy advance tickets now. If you can't go up, don't fret. The views of the city are better from the Arc de Triomphe. Just be prepared to walk up 284 stairs! It's worth every step. 
  
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BIRTHDAY (JUMP)SUIT II

Can I just tell you that I scored this pink snake print jumpsuit for $13 at Marshall's?! Talk about a steal! It could have been, $43 $33 and I would have bought it and thought to myself "this is a great deal", so $13?? Wow! As my grandmother would say, you can't beat that with an egg beater. 
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And speaking of deals, I don't remember exactly what I paid for THIS bag (currently under $150), but she came in under what I budgeted for a nice black bag. I kid you not, I searched for years for the right bag at the right price and finally, I found her!
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On another note, I'm headed to 3 countries in 5 days! Talk about a whirlwind. I won't be posting while I'm away, but as always you can join me on my trip via INSTAGRAM! Toodles! 

WEARING: snake print jumpsuit from marshall's (INC INTERNATIONAL SNAKESKIN JUMPSUITVINCE CAMUTO PRINTED COWL NECK JUMPSUIT), FURLA PAPER MOON SAFFIANO TOTE BAG on sale for under $150, free style revolution denim jacket (BDG DENIM JACKET TOM'S AVIATORS c/o, DAVID YURMAN RING
WORN TO: wine tasting at ROSENBLUM CELLARS, & dinner at CHOP BAR for my birthday celebration part 2
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WORK IT

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I swore up and down that I would never work in a business casual office. In fact, at one point I didn't take a second round interview because the office (people, ambiance, outfits) was too stiff for me. Welllllllllllll guess what? Times have changed and so have I, and I've taken a new job at a company with a business casual dress code!
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I was nervous and excited because on the one hand I thought that meant I would have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe but on the other hand — guilt free shopping! Turns out a lot of what I have in my closet will work for a business casual environment,  prime example being what I am wearing in this post. 
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Aside from these new babies, which I bought as my comfy commuter & office pumps (ha!) and my statement necklace I won in a giveaway, nothing here is new or was bought for my new work wardrobe.
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I didn't wear this exact look to work but with a slightly dressier pair of black pants I certainly could, and this would be considered business casual (in my mind at least). At the end of the day, I still work in eCommerce/corporate retail/fashion and I think bringing your own style to business casual is totally acceptable. Over on IG, I'm calling it #officechic. 


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BIRTHDAY (JUMP)SUIT

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Well kids, if you follow me on INSTAGRAM you already know, this past weekend was my birthday weekend and this is what I wore on Friday night — just me and my birthday (jump)suit! Last year when I turned 30, I wanted so badly to wear a jumpsuit and I couldn't find the right one anywhere. Now, they are taking over my closest (wait for my next post) but this one just felt right for 31! 

WEARING: zara jumpsuit (similar fabulous options 1,2,3) j crew necklace (J. CREW CRYSTAL SPIKE NECKLACE), prada heels (GOOD OPTION FOR FALL), MAC REBEL LIPSTICK
WORN TO: dinner at EUREKA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, followed by partying at THE CELLAR

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Monday, August 4, 2014

OLD LADY CHIC

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Fisherman on my feet, searsucker on my head, Hawaiian print on my back — it doesn't get more old lady than this.

WEARING: j. crew cap (MONOGRAM OPTION), nordstom necklace, OLD NAVY BLUE HAWAIIAN SHIRTGAP 1969 LEGGING JEANSCROWN VINTAGE BABS SANDAL
WORN TO: my church picnic

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Monday, July 28, 2014

BEACHY CLEAN

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I love the Bay Area and Northern California, but we are definitely in short supply of warm beaches, and if you live in San Francisco, warm weather in general.  I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but because of the mild temps, we have warm blood. If the forecast says 65 and sunny that means bring out the short shorts and tank tops because it's gonna be hot ;) On this particular day my journey started at a very chilly 6:00 a.m., so I left the daisy dukes and bikini top at home and opted for a maxi skirt and crocheted sweater instead.



WEARING: gap sweater (OASAP YELLOW CROCHETED SWEATER, urban outfitters skirt (SIMILAR,SIMILAR), furla bag (VERY SIMILAR), nordstrom necklace
WORN TO: Carmel by the Sea (SEE PICS OF CARMEL HERE)
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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.