velvet dress // gray coat similar // gray boots similar // sunglasses

2017 was one of growth and change and blessings! I am overwhelmed and grateful my blog took out family to many places this year from Vail to Four Seasons Westlake, to Carlsbad and Legoland to Miami and Mexico. I got to work with some awesome brands and learned a lot. I’m sharing 5 things I’ve learned in 2017 below:

5 Things I learned in 2017

Be Honest

It’s ok to face your weaknesses – facing them is the first step to change. 

Worry is Futile

Find people to help you who have a different skill set than you

Be kind, always!!


What have you learned? I’d love to know!

Don’t forget to shop the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale – it ends tomorrow – my blush heels I always wear are on sale and this top I have in white and bought my mom in black. Sizes are limited.


When I think about what I’m most comfortable in, denim, a graphic tee, booties, and a cool jacket is always a go-to combo. It’s easy yet fashionable, which is how I like to think of my style. Part mom, part fashion girl.


As fall rolls around, I live in that combination. I’m very excited for all things velvet this season, and as blazers are more popular than ever, I’ve had fun mixing different versions into my outfits. When I first saw this chartreuse velvet jacket, I fell in love, even though the color might seem hard to style. I’ve personally always been attracted to unique statement pieces, and a color like this fits the bill. Paired down with ripped denim and a neutral graphic t-shirt, and the outfit instantly becomes California cool – a vibe I’m always into.


And because I can’t get enough of red at the moment, I mixed in two splashes to make the look feel even more like me. Fashion is supposed to be fun, and I’m all about an unexpected combination – whether colors, prints, whatever. My black booties didn’t do enough to compliment this jacket, but the red ones made the entire outfit feel more edgy and cool. A very effortless “I just threw this on but it works” kind of look, right?


I’ve already talked about adding pops of red into your wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to mix it with other hard-to-wear pieces. And do me a favor and see how red looks instead of reaching for neutral accessories on autopilot. Sometimes meshing the unexpected is the perfect combination!

More red boots from around the web:

denim jean // graphic tee similar // red boots similar // velvet blazer // earrings










Calling all pink lovers, I’m loving all things velvet, and pink is no exception. I love playing with one color, many textures and countless shades. Practically speaking, later, this tank and coat can later be paired with black jeans for a casual holiday party. This outfit is a testimony to the fact that three pieces (tank, skirt and coat) are all under $70, and can be luxed up with choice luxury accessories. Violà! Pink on a budget.

velvet pleated skirt :: pink heels  :: pink coat :: velvet tank :: Hermès belt :: sunnies 

shop my instagrams directly by clicking the image




Tis’ the season for velvet and plaid. The hottest combinations this holiday, and did I mention the skirt is $53? I’m loving it layered with a camel coat for an added neutral accent. I’d wear this to a holiday party or lunch with a friend. If this week’s weather continues, I’ll ditch the coat. Happy layering!

plaid skirt ASOS (tall version) similar BURBERRY :: velvet top SANCTUARY :: boots VINCE CAMUTO :: camel coat TOPSHOP





As we all know, velvet is as hot as Malibu in October. HOT. While we love it because it plays with the light, we wear it because it feels like the coziest throw pillow. No joke. No wonder we’re all going gaga for velvet. Well, I am no exception. Here, I styled it with leather coated jeans, and midi brown boots. At a cool $148, its a great buy. I’ve already worn it three times in two days. How’s that for cost per wear?

velvet buttondown ANTHROPOLOGIE

dress version ANTHROPOLOGIE :: jeans AG JEANS (go down in size)

boots TOPSHOP similar and similar ::

shalice-109shalice-140shalice-115 shalice-106 shalice-112shalice-116velvet heels ASOS (under $50):: dress STORETS (under $70) :: bomber jacket ASOS (under $50)::

If you buy anything this week in October, make sure it’s velvet. It’s the hottest material and worn best with basics you already have in your closet: a white dress, or denim on denim. See my previous post on affordable frayed jeans. I love that the heel is low enough so I can run to school pick-up when I’m late. True story. If one has to be late, at least arrive in velvet, yes? High fives all around for sporting fall’s hottest trend a little under the $50 mark, leaving some wiggle room to go crazy Halloween costumes. More of that coming soon.


Meanwhile, check out my new shop page located on the home page  to see my latest purchases and what I’m wearing. Happy Monday!