How to Choose a Classic Wedge Shoe

I love a good wedge…..shoe that is, but the salad isn’t bad either. I always have several wedges in my shoe wardrobe because they are beautiful AND practical. What else would you wear to an outdoor event, especially if it’s on grass such as a wedding or graduation?  

I think that wedges are classics, they don’t go out of style.  Even if you don’t see them in every fashion magazine one season, they will come roaring back the next.  According to Wikipedia:

“Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. This design dates back to ancient Greece…..Wedgies for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s.”

There are also health benefits to wearing a wedge shoe….who knew!?!? According to Leaf.tv:

“Women wear heels to make the legs look longer, to make the body look thinner and to improve posture. Wedge heels offer more support than stilettos or high heels. Balance is easier on a wedge, reducing the number of falls that accompany high heels.

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Where to see the Spring Super Bloom in Southern California

So spring is certainly showing its beauty in Southern California, the spring super bloom is in full swing.  As you may know from my Instagram, I love flowers and I’ve found some great locations to see some of these impressive blooms.  I wanted to make sure to share them with you, so that you have a chance to check out the spring super bloom before it ends. 

I would highly recommend that you check out the Flower Fields in Carlsbad California. According to Wikipedia:

The Flower Fields is a flower garden found on the Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California. It opens up once a year in spring from March 1 through May 10.

Here is a link to the Flower Fields website for more information.  

Here are some photos from my trip to The Flower Fields:

I would also recommend going to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.    According to Wikipedia:

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a state-protected reserve of California, harboring the most consistent blooms of California poppies, the state flower.  The reserve is open to visitors year-round. The visitors center will open March 1 and remain open through May 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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revamp your desk

Simple Ways to Revamp Your Desk

On today’s blog I am sharing some photos and video of how to revamp your desk. My desk is located in my bedroom and I often work from home and this is where I do it. My desk was very functional and utilitarian and had no pretty spaces. I decided that it was really hindering my creativity and free-flowing thoughts and I wanted to make a change. 
 

The Simple 3 Step Plan to Revamp Your Desk

  1. De-clutter– remove all unnecessary items off the desk and move papers and files to a filing cabinet.
  2. Cable Management– get a cord/ cable keeper and use zip ties to organize the cables behind the desk.
  3. Add Inspiring Pieces– What’s inspiring to me, may not be inspiring to you.  Find what makes you happy, you can often find these items in other areas of your house, like I did.  

The desk is actually from IKEA, I purchased it four years ago and it has served me very well.  I also worked for quite a while to manage the cords and cables behind the desk. As you can see from the before picture and the after picture it made such a huge difference.

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Recondition a Leather Handbag

How to Recondition a Leather Handbag

This week in my first installment of Buy Less, Buy Better segment of my blog, I am going to show you how to Recondition a Leather Handbag, I’m going to be using a Chanel handbag that I’ve had for over 10 years. I decided to use my favorite bag so that you don’t have to worry whether my technique will hurt your favorite handbag.   When you purchase an expensive handbag, you want to have it looking fabulous for years to come.  If you take care of your handbags and re-condition them, they will look great for years.

 

Here is my steps step-by-step guide on how to recondition a leather handbag or you can check out the video below (all links to my favorite products are listed below the video):

  1. Clean any dirt or dust of the bag, I like this Leather Shampoo from Leather Spa.
  2. Apply leather conditioner (I like the one from Leather Spa) to the bag with a soft cloth or a paper towel, as I used in the video. Be sure to get every nook and cranny including the inside (if it’s leather that is). 
  3. Let it dry for a few minutes then use a soft horse hair brush and/or clean soft cloth to buff the handbag and add shine.
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How to Buy Less

How to Buy Less, Buy Better!

I’m starting a new segment of my blog and Youtube Channel, “Buy Less, Buy Better“.  Please note that this is not another “Style for Less” blog.  I’ve always gravitated towards a more classic style, which honestly makes it easier to buy less.  I like to keep things classic, which can be a bit boring to some, but I like the ease of it and that you always look put together.  It’s taken me a while to hone my style.  I tried many fashion fads in my teens and 20’s but unfortunately my body is not made for many trends.  At this point of my life I feel like I’ve found my sweet-spot as far as my style goes.  I have a more athletic, hourglass figure; I have curvier thighs, a butt and boobs.  I always feel best when I show off my curves rather than hide them.  If I wear pants, I like skinny jeans.  If I wear a shirt or dress, I like ones that shows my waist, etc. Most trendy clothes, IMHO are designed for skinny little things without many curves. If you know your body, trying to force yourself in to the latest trend can be a disaster…and then you toss out the cheap, trendy clothes and move on the the next trend.… Read Full Post