Over The Hills (And Far Away)

Best Hollywood Sign Photo SpotDress,  City Chic.  (Also available in purple.)   Sunglasses,  Prada.  (Affordable version here.)   Shoes,  San Antonio Shoemakers.  (Similar here.)

For the second part of my California series I wanted to share a “hidden” gem I discovered.

Since it was James’ first time in California, one of the things he wanted to do was see the Hollywood sign up close.  However, we were on a bit of a time crunch trying to fit everything in, so hiking trails to get to the sign was out of the question.  After doing some extensive research online (while waiting for the Main Street Electrical Parade to start at Disneyland…) I found the best Hollywood sign view that required zero hiking.



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Back Home

Prada Studded SunglassesSunglasses,  Prada.  (Similar here, Affordable here.)   Cardigan,  Asos.  (Similar here, and here.)   Dress,  Forever 21.  (Similar here, and here.)   Shoes,  Jeffrey Campbell.   Bag,   Henri Bendel.

Considering temperatures have been in the mid-twenties the past two days in NYC, it feels like these photos were taken months ago.  However, in reality, it’s been less than a week since I was in California!

Although I love having adventures—traveling to new places and seeing new things—there is nothing I find more relaxing than going back home to California for vacation.  Being back is like letting out a huge sigh of relief.  I get to see my family, savor the nice weather, and enjoy a more relaxed pace than the go-go-go I’ve become accustomed to in the city.



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The Best 4th Of July Sales

Best 4th of July Sales

Although summer just started—it’s practically mid-summer sale season!

Since all of the fall items are going to start hitting stores within the next few weeks, retailers are getting rid of spring and summer pieces perfect for wearing now.  This 4th of July weekend has some major sales going on.  It’s an especially great time to stock up on summer sandals, swimwear, and accessories!

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Vacation (All I Ever Wanted)

Velvet Blazer, Asos Stripe Dress, Over the Knee BootsDress,  Asos.   Blazer,  Free People.  (More sizes here.)   Necklace,  Anthropologie.  (Sold out, similar style here.)   Boots,  Stuart Weitzman.  (Budget friendly version here.)

First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

I spent mine with my family. We hung out, watched basketball, ate too much food, drank margaritas, and overall had a relaxing time together.

Second, I just wanted to say that there are few greater joys than being able to step out of the house wearing whatever you want during the end of December.


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Garden Party

Saint Laurent Sac de Jour, Chanel SunglassesDress,  DVF.  (More sizes here & similar style here.)  Shoes,  Joie.  Bag,  Saint Laurent.  Sunglasses,  Chanel.

Confession:  The title “Garden Party” is a tad misleading since I am the least fashionable hostess walking this big blue Earth…

…But my parties will blow your canapés, calligraphy nameplates, and striped straws out of the water.

It’s my philosophy that all a party really needs to be a success is the right mix of laid back people, great music, and some brown liquor.  The rest will take care of itself.

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Home For The Holidays


I might be showing my age by saying this, but remember the opening scene of Almost Famous?  The movie starts with a car driving through the palm tree lined streets of suburban LA while the Chipmunks’ Christmas song is playing.

The reason I bring this up is because I never realized, until I rewatched that scene a few years ago, how absurd my Christmas memories must seem to a good majority of the northern hemisphere.  While most are cozied up by the fire place and watching the snow, I’m trying to be festive in a sweater while it’s 80 degrees outside.  One year it even hit 90 and I tried wearing a cashmere turtleneck and tweed skirt.

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Indian Summer

Tigerlily Fringe Kimono Dress

Weather in Southern California is always warm relative to most of the US, but this week was really, really ridiculously warm.  On Thanksgiving it was nearly 90 degrees in some parts of Orange County!  Needless to say, this was a sharp change from the mini blizzard that delayed my flight 4 hours on Wednesday night.

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Cold Day in the Sun

The best part of winter?  Coats.  The worst part of winter?  Coats.

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As an NYC transplant who grew up in California, I have a love-hate relationship with outerwear.  My first winter in the city, I was super excited to wear a real coat for the first time.  I bought a ridiculous cashmere Saint John coat with an oversized fox fur collar.  Gorgeous?  Yes.  Practical?  No.

I looked really cool though.

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