Perfect Blazer

How to Find the Perfect Blazer

In my second post for my segment Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe, I will discuss the closet staple; the perfect blazer.  I’ve always loved the way the perfect blazer can pull together an otherwise ho-hum outfit.  It can make a low-key casual outfit infinitely more stylish.  The perfect blazer is also a great piece to help you transition into fall, you can easily wear a favorite summer outfit and throw on a blazer to get wear out of it as you move into fall.  I got my first blazer in New York City, shortly after graduating from college, it was a fitted black corduroy blazer.   Now corduroy is a casual fabric, but in the right color it can look more formal.    I must mention that I am talking about a blazer and not a jacket that is part of a 2 piece suit, which can often be worn as a blazer.  I will often wear the jacket of a 2 piece suit without the suit skirt or pants, but I have about 5 stand alone blazers in cotton and wool to suit my mood and any outfit.

Know your budget and stick to it.

I said this in my last post about classic black pumps, you need to stay within your budget.  If your budget is $150, find the blazer best you can for that price.… Read Full Post

black pumps

Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe: Black Pumps

I’m starting a new segment on my blog called “Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe”, where I will discuss staple, classic wardrobe pieces that you will have for years.  One major wardrobe classic are black pumps.  I got my first high-end pair of simple black pumps in 2007 and I still have them.  I’m wearing them here:

 

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I’m wearing my classic Manolo Blahnik pumps that I’ve had since 2007.

 

How do you keep your high-end items looking great for years?  Check out my How to Recondition a Leather Handbag for tips, these tips can be used for anything leather from shoes, belts and handbags.  Here are my tips for finding the right black pumps:

          • Know your budget and stick to it.

             If your budget is $150, find the best shoe you can for that price.  I would suggest going to online stores like The Outnet and Saks Off 5th.  There you can find higher end pieces at a reduced price.  Here are some options at $150 and under:

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Guess What? Labor Day is Not the End of Summer

That’s right, Labor Day is not the end of summer, well officially that is.  Many of us are used to thinking of Labor Day as the end of summer, because the weather can change and many summery things close down.  When I lived in New York City it certainly started feeling like fall shortly after Labor Day, so I started to think of it as the end of the summer season. That is not the case in Los Angeles where it can often be hotter in September then it is in August, weird right??   Today’s high in Los Angeles is supposed to be 81° degrees and it’s supposed to be 82° New York City.  So if it looks like summer, feels like summer and acts like summer then it’s still summer… SO let’s celebrate summer!  

Summer has always been my favorite season, this goes back to my school days. I never liked school that much (what kid does?) so I was always excited when I was out of school and always a little bummed when I had to go back.  Even if you live in a colder climate than Los Angeles, I have some tips to make sure that you celebrate every last drop of summer and good weather while it lasts.… Read Full Post

paso robles

A Weekend in Paso Robles- What Not to Miss

So if you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I love to go wine tasting. In addition to going to the Santa Ynez Valley I also like to go to Paso Robles which is 3 to 4 hours away from Los Angeles.  When we go to Paso Robles we usually spend 2-3 days, after that my husband and I are over wine tasting.  That’s why I also give suggestions on other things to in the area besides wine tasting. So, here is my list of things to do when you’re in Paso Robles for 48 to 72 hours:

Where to Stay in Paso Robles

  • La Bellasera Hotel Every time we’ve been to Paso Robles we stay at La Bellasera, it’s centrally located and has nice amenities.  They call it a “luxury hotel”, but I feel that it’s a solid 3.5 star hotel.  If you don’t want to venture out for dinner after a long day of wine tasting, the Enoteca Restaurant on site has a great menu.

Where to Eat Breakfast 

  • Vics Café is our only go to spot for breakfast. We stumbled upon this restaurant on our first morning in Paso, 3 years ago. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they have gluten-free toast (I’m gluten free) as an option for breakfast.
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Beauty Favorites

My Current Beauty Favorites

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite beauty products that I currently use all the time and cannot see myself living without anytime soon. I always seem to have conversations with my girlfriends about skin care and products that we’re currently loving.  These 3 items recently came up in conversation and I wanted to make sure that you know about them too.  

My Beauty Favorites

Neocutis Eye Balm-I love this eye cream! I was having trouble with dryness under my eyes leading to some creepiness.  I mentioned it to my dermatologist and she suggested this eye cream and it’s what she actually uses too.  A friend who literally looks 15 years younger than she is recently mentioned that she hated the creepiness under her eyes, so I told her about this products and she’s a believer now too.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat– I love simple one coat wonder to strengthen your nails.  Sometimes my nails peel and this is one of the best products I’ve found to fix the problem.    I like to have my nails done but I hate the time it takes to do your nails yourself or to go get a manicure. With this product, all you have to do is put on one coat and it stays for a whole week and your nails look clean and fresh.… Read Full Post