Thursday, December 31, 2015

NYE Glittery Hair Roots

The glittering trend has been all over the internet, glitter brows, beards and even hair! This NYE, I thought glittery roots would be a nice little pop of sparkle for the New Year countdown. Pair this hair with neutral makeup and a more subtle outfit. It's super simple to do! Just bear in mind, glitter gets everywhere, so be sure to wash it out before you go to bed otherwise you'll have glitter in your sheets for days!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Black Plaid + Son of a Gun

black plaid shirt dress

Happy 1st day of winter! I love going up to LA on the weekend for adventures. I get to find cool gems like these unicorn-esk wings all over the city and get to eat delicious meals. This is how we do winter in Cali. I can still wear dresses and pair them with over the knee boots to make them winter appropriate. I snagged this black plaid shirt-dress from the recent Obey Warehouse sale and I've linked it below. These are my favorite boots that you keep seeing in my posts from Forever 21. They're sold out, but there's a chance they will restock them. Here's some similar ones. My purse is the Selma from Michael Kors.  

I want to share my wonderful dining experience at Son of a Gun. Ever since hearing this was the seafood sister restaurant to Animal, I've had this on my "to try" list of bookmarks on Yelp. This is a small plates menu so we ordered 4 dishes to the 2 of us and that ended up being the perfect amount of food for lunch. Keep reading to see the deliciousness.

Son of a Gun Hamachi
This Hamachi dish was the perfect start to the meal. It was light and full of flavor. I love the sweet, salty and slight spice to it. I could eat this everyday if I had the option!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Threads: Printed Dress and Over the Knee Boots

pink wall printed dress over the knee boots

I've been dying to take photos in front of the amazing pink wall. This beauty is located on Melrose in Los Angeles and is the amazing Paul Smith store. You will constantly see others stopping for a quick photo shoot here also. I'm wearing this pretty printed dress from Zara. These are my favorite over the knee boots right now and are genuine suede and from Forever 21 (they're currently sold out, but they may restock, I've included similar options below). Scroll through to see more from this look.

Get the look:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Holiday Shimmer

It's Treat Yourself Tuesday! Today I'm featuring my round up of some shimmering outfits and accessories. It's the holidays and it's time to sparkle!

Shimmering Outfits

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sun Basket Organic Meal Delivery Review + Get $35 off!

 Sun Basket 3 meals free

I love cooking at home and trying new recipes. When I heard about Sun Basket and their healthy meal kit service that delivers organic ingredients and easy gourmet recipes to your door each week, I was very excited! I couldn't wait to try them out and share my review. I was lucky enough to have Sun Basket send me 3 recipes to try. This did not alter my review of the service, and the opinions expressed below are of my own.

Try Sun Basket today! Get $35 off Sun Basket meals! Fresh organic ingredients and easy recipes delivered, with Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Over the knee boots at The Broad

I recently visited the Broad Museum (pronounced like road) in Los Angeles. This museum just opened up a few months ago and I saw a flood of photos all over instgram that I couldnt wait to check it out for myself! Here's an outfit post for the day and a recap/review, keep reading...

Dress is H&M (no longer available,similar here, here, here), Over the knee boots are Forever 21 (sold out but similar here, here, here), tote bag is Nordstrom

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Easy Brown Butter Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These brown butter pecan cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are super easy to make and will absolutely impress your friends! I've taken a few shortcuts here to make this super easy to accomplish when you have no time. We're using a boxed cake mix to start us off and adding some extras to amp it up. Keep reading for the how to.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Updated:: Cyber Monday Round Up

After a long day of prepping for thanksgiving dinner, stuffing ourselves with yummy food and spending time with loved ones... it's not time to shop! Black Friday is here and cyber monday is right around the corner. Check out all the deals from some of my favorite retailers. Also... check out this funny Black Friday Movie trailer via Buzzfeed.  

Shopbop — Save up to 25% with code GOBIG15. And now through Nov. 30., spend $250+ and save 15%; spend $500+ and save 20%; and spend $1,000+ and save 25%.

Macy's — Take 20% off with code CYBER and enjoy free shipping over $25

Nordstrom — On Cyber Monday, take up to 40% off on top women's shoe brands! Plus, enjoy free shipping and free returns; valid Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

Nasty Gal - up to 50% off for Cyber Monday.

Gap , Banana Republic, Old Navy- 40% off everything - use code: BESTCYBER

J.Crew — Take 30% off your purchase, including stuff that is never on sale! Plus, 40% off hundreds of styles and 40% off all sale styles in stores and online. Use code MONDAY.

J Crew Factory - 50% off everything, plus 15% off additional and free shipping - this is the perfect time to get that statement necklace for your holiday parties, use code TODAYONLY.

Anthropologie — 25% off sale with code EXTRAGOOD plus free shipping.

Asos - 20% off everything with code CYBER plus free shipping wold wide thru Dec. 1.

Sephora: Limited edition beauty sets.

Ulta: Various Deals under $10, $20 and $30

Urban Outfitters: $15 off $75, $50 off $150 for Cyber Monday.

Tobi - 50% off sitewide with code thankful50 until Nov. 30.

Steve Madden - 35% off plus free shipping with code CYBER. Additional 30% off clearance items.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 ideas to up your Thanksgiving tablescape game

T-Day is 1 day away! Here's 5 last minute ideas to up your tablescape game. Thank you for reading and checking out this post. I'm thankful this year for all of you! Happy Thanksgiving!

1.) Make it personal - put down a paper runner and plot out your tablescape and guest seating.
via HonestlyYum 

2.) Add some seasonal produce - bring in pumpkins, gourds and other season produce to make an awesome centerpiece.
via EllaClaireInspired 
3. Keep it light - use leaf or feather shapes to create name tags for your guests.
via PaperSource 
4. List it out - If you're having a more formal dining setting, make menus for your guests so they can see everything that they will be enjoying!

5. Make it shine - When in doubt, add some gold. Spray paint those leftover pumpkins from Halloween you didn't carve, I know we still have some.
via Pinterest

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Easy Marble Print Nails

I've been loving marble print on everything lately. I love having fun with my nails, so I thought I would test out this marble look for my nail art. It's easy, so here's your quick how to... feel free to play with any color combo you like. I wanted to keep this monochromatic so I did black and white. I was inspired from this tutorial. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

5 Recipes to try this Weekend for the Ultimate Brunch

Now that it's finally cooled down here in So Cal, it's time to warm up that kitchen with some new recipes! I love brunch on the weekends because it's a nice relaxed meal to spend with your friends or family. Here's 5 recipes to try this weekend for the ultimate brunch!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sweater Weather

sweater weather

With the temperatures dropping, all i want to do is throw on some leggings and a nice comfy sweater. It's definitely becoming sweater weather and these are my picks for the fall and winter months ahead.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Black and Bling + Philz Coffee

What I love about LA is how around every corner, there seems to be cool wall art like this that provides the perfect #ootd backdrop. This outfit is what I call casual black and bling. I love to wear simple jersey dresses and dress it up with accessories like I did here. 

I decided to wear this very bold sparkly necklace to punch up this outfit. Mirina Collections has amazing statement necklaces that are all hand made. Use my coupon code: THREADS20 to get 20% off your entire order sitewide on http://www.mirinacollections.com/.

So one of my favorite places to stop and get coffee is Philz Coffee. This coffee shop is orginally from San Fransisco, and they currently have 2 locations in LA - Downtown and Santa Monica. They make their coffee's one cup at a time, and you can really taste the quality. What they're known for, and what I always have to get, is the mint mojtio iced coffee. It's refreshing, minty, creamy and sweet. Something about this magical drink that puts me in such a good mood. I couldn't bear to put my drink down, so it because my accessory in this style post.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Black & Lace

Threads N Breads: Black and Lace

I sure do love my black clothes. What I love about this dress is that even though it's black, it's still interesting with the different fabric textures which make it unique and flirty. It's a very vampy style and hugs in all the right places. Scroll thru for more photos from this shoot! This dress is no longer available, but here's some similar styles (1, 2, 3).  The shoes are Lola Shoetique.

Threads N Breads: Black and Lace

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Desk Envy

Desk Envy

I've been obsessing lately with a bunch of desk envy pictures on Pinterest and all over the interwebs. I've been trying to gather some inspiration to spruce up my own work space at home and at work. I think surrounding yourself with pretty things can help to keep you motivated and focused. I'm loving lots of gold accents and such.

Keep reading for more pin-worthy inspiration. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Off the Grid

Treat yourself tuesday: off the grid

It's Tuesday! And that means it's time to treat yourself to a little something something. I'm currently obsessing with grid patterns for clothes. I love how clean the print looks and how it gives off a sophisticated look. The black and white monochromatic palette works perfectly for Fall. See my picks below for dresses, tops and bottoms all in the classic pattern. Would you rock one of these pieces?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Threads :: 5 Fall Essentials

5 Fall Essentials

Fall is here! Although, it feels like the heat wave is still coming at us here in Southern California. Here are five essentials for the Fall season. These pieces can easily pair with some of your favorite summer items to make the transition easier to sweater weather.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Must Have Makeup Palettes

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Must Have Makeup Palettes

It's Treat Yourself Tuesday and this week I'm featuring some must have makeup palettes. Ulta just released a 20% off coupon that makes this the perfect time to check out some new makeup. Although prestige brands are excluded, you can still use the 20% off coupon on so many things in their store, including NYX!  Get the 20% OFF Ulta coupon. Now's the time to stock up! Makeup palettes are a great way to get the best bang for your buck. They allow for you to create multiple looks and are just so pretty to collect. Which of these have you tried?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Treat yourself: Shoesday Tuesday

It's Shoesday Tuesday! It's also, treat yourself Tuesday! Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite shoes that I've been eyeing. Lots of lace ups and pieces that will easily transition to Fall. Lots of range in budget also to fit your wallet. What kind of shoes have you been eyeing?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Threads :: Leaf me alone

So, I know it's been a while since I've done a threads post! I really need to make time for these outfit posts! Today's threads look is a two piece leaf print coordinating set from LuLu*s. I've been obsessed with 2 piece sets lately. I love the fun and sophisticaled look that comes out of a matching two piece set. This leaf print one is really fun to wear on night out, or break up the set for a more casual look. The top is an open back halter, and the bottoms are shorts that flow to look like a skirt. I paired this outfit with black lace up wedges from Lola Shoetique (also located in Santee Alley in Fashion District). Scroll thru for more from this look.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Nordstrom Sale Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Everyone loves a good sale, and the Nordstrom one is here in perfect timing to update your wardrobe for a new season. Here's a round up of my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that starts July 17th and runs until Aug 3rd! If you're a cardholder, early access started on July 9th so you can get your shopping on now. If you're not a cardholder, you can get a sneak peek at what's going to be on sale starting Friday. Don't snooze on this sale because these are markdowns on NEW Fall items, not last season's sale items. Get your back to school shopping done, start some early holiday shopping or get your wardrobe ready for the new season! Here's my round up of picks for bags, shoes, and clothing. Time to treat yourself!


Friday, July 10, 2015

My Ultimate Summer List

Summer is official on, and here's my ultimate summer list of things to do! Longer days and warmer weather always puts me in adventure mode. What are you up to this summer?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ulta Haul: Must-have NXY products

So... Ulta has a huge 40% off sale on all NYX products. I love NYX products because they are high quality products at drug store prices. I may have gone a little overboard on my haul, but I wanted to share with some of you some of my must have products from NYX so you can take advantage of this sale! It's valid till this Sat 7/4. Usually when they have a huge sale, it means new products are coming out, so that's something to look forward to! What's also great about Ulta, is that they have usually have a coupon you can use to save a bit of money. Also, if you don't like the product or it's the wrong shade, you can return it for a refund, no questions asked.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mini Key Lime Pie Bites Recipe

I wanted to make some small bite sized pies for Father's day last weekend, so I thought that little mini key limes pie bites would be perfect. I adapted this recipe I found on Bon Appetit for this little baking project. I love this recipe because it uses coconut oil in place of some of the butter to give a nice tropical flavor. It also uses greek yogurt in the whipped topping to give that perfect tart flavor.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Forever: Swimmies

via weheartit
Summer is upon us and I can't wait to get to the beach to get my swim on! Good weather just puts me in a good mood, as I'm sure it does for you! Here are my picks for the cutest swimmies out there! Here's hoping summer lasts forever!  

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Recipe :: Easy Cappuccino Souffle

Easy Cappuccino Souffle

One of my favorite desserts is Souffle. I've always wanted to try to make my own at home, but was intimidated by all those scenes in movies where the souffle deflates. Luckily, I've found an easy way to make easy cappuccino souffle at home with some pintrest research. :)

You just need about 30 minutes, and you could be enjoying a warm, cappuccino souffle at home that is also gluten free! My favorite way to enjoy this is with a light dusting of powdered sugar and a big scoop of freshly whipped cream. You could also top with some fresh fruit and a scoop of vnilla ice cream.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Birch Box SoHo

On my recent trip to New York City, I stopped into the Birch Box flagship store in Soho.  I've always been a fan of subscription boxes, but have yet to try Birch Box. Subscription boxes are a great way to try new products without committing to a full size. The Birch Box store is set up similar to other makeup stores like Sephora and Ulta on a smaller scale. They have full sized products for sale and also themed Birch Boxes that would make great gifts.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Favorite Phone Apps

Hi Friends! I'm constantly on my phone so I thought I would share some of my favorite apps that I use on a daily basis. Hopefully you'll check these apps out and see if you will benefit from their use. Let me know what apps you use that I should check out also!

Photo Apps: 
  • VSCOcam - I love VSCO for editing. Their filters and photo editing options are much nicer than instagram's. I usually edit my photos in VSCO before I put it into instagram. 
  • Moldive - I use this app for collaging multiple photos into one. This app makes it easy to move the frames around on your gridded photos and also adjust the width of the frame lines. 
  • Squaready - This is what I use to make my photos that I don't want to crop ready for instagram. It allows you to add a background to your photo to make it a square without cropping. I prefer to keep my background white to keep my photo clean in instagram, but there's also an option for a blurred background which I've seen look nice also. 
  • Canva - This app is good for designing photos. I use this sometimes when I'm creating graphics for my blog posts on the go when I'm not near my laptop. There's lots of great layouts that you can customize with your own photos and words. It makes designing easy for anyone!
Productivity Apps:
  • Sunrise Calendar - I like the overall interface of this calendar a lot better than the standard Apple on my iphone.  It can be synced to your Google Calendar and even Exchange! 
  • Wunderlist - If you're a list person, Wunderlist is awesome! You can also invite others to your lists so they can add items or check things off. I use this with my roommates for things we need for the house and groceries. It makes trips to Costco super easy!
  • Tinyscan - If you ever need to scan documents, this is an awesome app. It helps to scan your documents without the use of a traditional scanner. I've also even used this to scan some of my caligraphy to clean up in photoshop after to use for projects. 
  • Waze - This is the best navigation app hands down! It uses data from other users to give you the quickest route and will automatically reroute if there's a faster way based on other people's driving times. There are alerts that pop up to warn you about a car accident, police or even construction up ahead. Also, now that Google owns this, the search function is even better. You can easily search for restaurants and other businesses to add to your trip. 
  • Duolingo - You can learn a language in no time! They make learning a language similar to a game so it's makes it fun. I've been trying to brush up on my Spanish and even trying to learn some basic French!
Financial Apps:

  • Mint - This app is great for you to get an overall view of all your accounts. You can even set budgets for different categories to see what you're spending each month.
  • Splitwise - This is great for splitting shared expenses between roommates or close friends or even your significant other. You all add your individual expenses and let it know how to split up the changes and it will automatically calculate and consolidate who owes who at the end of the month so you arent sending a bunch of different people money. It really makes paying for rent and utilities a breeze.

What are your favorite apps? Let me know! :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bedding you can dream in

If you are looking for a change to your bedroom, without completely remodeling, changing your bedding can be an easy way to change the overall look. You can go for an effortless Boho look by mixing prints. Texture is also a fun way to keep your bed looking interesting yet still comfy. Lastly, small unexpected details and embellishments make your bed really look unique. Here's some of my favorite bedding ideas out there right now :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Recipe: Momofuku Milk Bar Corn Cookies

I love the Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. It's a must visit when I go to New York and my absolute favorite thing from there is the Corn Cookie. Because, corn, duh! My friend brought a gift back for me from her recent visit - some corn powder from their shop - a necessary ingredient to making the corn cookie. Apparently, the chefs at Milk Bar make freeze-dried corn powder by grinding freeze-dried corn. You can find freeze-dried corn at Whole Foods. David Chang loves to use freeze dried ingredients because it carries lots of flavor. Just smelling the corn powder was heavenly. I love corn! They also sell the corn cookie mix and other mixes online and in their stores so you can make Milk Bar goodies at home.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring Beauty Trends

Spring Beauty Trends

I recently went to the Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show at South Coast Plaza. It was a great event that started bright and early. I was very excited to see what they would show as far as spring beauty trends for this season.

Here's the details of this event:
The event ticket was $20 - which could be used toward any purchases as a Nordstrom gift card. Everyone at the event received a tote bag with some wonderful goodies. There was also snacks and coffee and jamba juice provided! The event started with a fun runway show that featured great spring fashions and of course amazing makeup. Each makeup line came out after the show for a few minutes and talked about new products that fit within the spring trends.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SoapBox Shampoo and Conditioner VoxBox Review

SoapBox is an amazing company that donates a month’s supply of clean water to a community in need with every item you buy. Soap=Hope. I love that this company believes in giving back too!

I recently received a VoxBox featuring SoapBox hair care products from Influenster. I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes. I was not compensated for this and the opinions and statements below are my own. I've done a review for a product I received through Influenster before - see my previous review here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $100

Mother's Day is coming up. This year it is on May 10th, so don't forget! Now's the time to plan that Mother's day brunch with the family and here's some gift ideas for Mom under $100.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Cleaning: Makeup Shelf-life

When to throw makeup away

It's officially Spring and it's time to clean! I'm working on cleaning out all my old and unused makeup this week. Pin this image below for a handy guide on Makeup Shelf-life. When do you need to let it go and toss it? It's important to consistently toss old makeup because bacteria can grow and that's no good for your health. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March ipsy Glam Bag

It's time for this Month's IPSY Bag reveal and review! This month's theme is Floral Fantasy, just in time for Spring. I'm loving the bag it came with, it's so bright and cute. IPSY is a subscription makeup bag that is personalized to your tastes (based on a personality quiz) that I get every month for only $10! It's so affordable, and you get to try new products! Read about last month's bag here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Threads :: Happy Spring Florals

Happy Friday! It is officially the first day of spring! It's time to shed those layers and opt for something lighter and flirtier. I love the femininity of a good floral print. I also love that lace can be translated from winter to spring in lighter and brighter colors. Here's some of the threads I've been eyeing for some happy spring florals. :) Would you wear any of these? What have you been eyeing with a floral print?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hairspiration: Mermaids and Unicorns

Happy Friday! I love that the latest trend of hair has gone toward candy colored hair reminiscent of mermaids, unicorns and My Little Pony. I've always dreamed of having baby pink or lavender hair, too bad I work in a corporate office and would never be able to get away with that. A few years ago, I did have Ariel red hair and although I miss it sometimes, I do not miss the maintenance. It takes a lot of work to keep your hair looking beautiful and vibrant. I thought I'd share some of my favorite hairspiration images and tips for if you want to have fun bright colored hair like this. What color would you rock? 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thai Turkey Larb

Thai Turkey Larb

I love Thai food because of it's bold sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors. I wanted to try out one of my favorite dishes to order at home with a healthy twist. Larb in the U.S. is a minced meat dish (usually chicken,beef or pork) that is cooked and served with lettuce or cabbage to wrap. I had some ground turkey and thought it would make a great option to use as the protein in a larb dish. The original recipe I found is from here. Read on below for how to make this delicious healthy dish!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ClassPass OC Info + Review

ClassPass OC

Many of you may have seen me post about ClassPass recently, so I thought I'd do a little post to provide some more info. I've be trying this out for the month of February, so check out my social media for updates on my adventures with the ClassPass.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Forever 21 and Target Mini Haul

I wanted to share some items from mini-haul from Forever 21 and Target! I love buying accessories from F21 because they are so affordable. I love wearing bows in my hair, I think it adds a cute feminine touch to any look. These bows were a steal at only $1.80 each (links below). The little earring set was $3.90. Two card sets from Target were $1 each from the dollar section. I love when I find pretty things like this there, but we all know it can be dangerous and add up fast. What have you found lately in the dollar section or at F21?

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Cook and Serve Spaghetti Squash

How to cook and serve Spaghetti Squash

So you've decided to tackle that new year's resolution to eat healthier. Spaghetti squash is a great way to substitute the carbs in your favorite pasta recipe for a healthier alternative. Here's a 101 on how to cook and serve Spaghetti Squash.

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