Flower Child

One of the really cool things about my professional career is I have been blessed with opportunities to experience Southern California. In addition to expanding my network and meeting countless amazing and just overall wonderful people, I’ve also been introduced to destinations I only thought possible in movies and dreams. The desert led me to Salvation Mountain, and today to a San Diego gem.

My “time” in San Diego was amazing. If it wasn’t for the traffic and a better opportunity career wise in the IE I would have re-considered staying. But alas, in addition to leaving behind peers I consider family, and the lovely SD Style Bloggers I also left with some amazing travel tips for exploring. I knew San Diego was lovely far before I ever explored behind a keyboard and the hash tags. But never had I dreamed a beautiful destination existed. The dream. The wonderful dream in which I am referring to is a little ol’ place called the Flower Fields. Nestled along the hillsides in Carlsbad is a place that has provided equally magical memories for several of my friends and family members. How I have lived my whole life in Southern California and only just found out about this place just 2 years ago, truly baffles me. Naturally, the minute I found out about the Flower Fields, I started making plans to go but as things sometimes go, timing never worked out and next thing you know it’s May and the season’s over.

Today though, the stars aligned and it just worked out to take the one hour drive. My boyfriend joined me on the adventure, and aided as my photographer for the day. I was just a tad concerned the weather would be cold but it couldn’t have been a more lovely day.  While I did work this outfit to work with a coat, the second I pulled into the parking lot and stepped outside, I knew it would not be needed. Which was a sigh of relief actually because one of my favorite details about this Free People ensemble is the lace on the sleeves.

And that perhaps is one of my favorite things about being a So Cal Fashionista. The ability to work an outfit to cater to a sudden fluctuation in weather. While I never was able to master trig, this was truly a talent that I have been able to utilize. Why is Fashion 101 not a subject in High School? Anyways, if you ever find yourself with time, and a sense of adventure, I strongly recommend the Flower Fields. Not only are there endless photo opportunities, but the serenity of the flowers blowing in the wind combined with the majesty of the ocean view, it makes for a truly spiritual experience. Well worth the 2 year wait and I can’t wait to go back!

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Style Me Feb: February Style Challenge Part 1

Happy February all! And happy it’s been! I’ve stepped up to the plate and accepted (well nobody really challenged me except myself) a Style Challenge for the month of February. Initiated by fellow fashion blogger, Hilary Rushford there is a theme each day. Which can I tell you is extremely helpful and so much fun! I always enjoy putting outfits together but now that each day is a theme, I can actually pre-game an outfit, complete with accessories and shoes and kill it! It’s almost like every day is Valentines Day except instead of just focuses on fashion there’s also days for beauty and accessories as well. For example, one day was “Bold Kissable Lips.” That’s one thing I have neglected on this blog which is a shame and if my mother were around would probably nag at me until I fixed it. That woman loved her lip liner as much she loved her children, and was known to have perfectly colored and lined lips at all times. Recently I went to dinner with my Aunt Sharon, and wouldn’t you know it we both felt obligated to have our best and brightest lipstick on so as to make her proud. If impacting someones fashion/ beauty choices even a decade after your death isn’t being a trend setter well than heck I don’t know what is! But, again, that’s why I’m super stoked for this month’s fashion challenge because it’s actually challenging me to explore parts of fashion that I have not dedicated nearly as much attention to as they deserve. Only half way through and I already know I need to step up my accessory and lip game (thanks to mom and Kylie Jenner I know lip liner is no longer an option.)

There is a catch though with this challenge. You have to make it work with pieces that you already own! Which again is a challenge from the accessory front because for some reason most of my jewelry pieces have decided to break on me. So annoying and a pain to get fixed. But alas, a true fashionista makes everything work. 90’s kids might remember that infamous scene in the “Lizzie Mcguire Movie” where Lizzie’s arch nemesis Kate Sanders humiliates her at graduation in front of the entire student body by calling her “an outfit repeater.” That scene plays in my subconscious whenever I get ready in the morning. Yes. My biggest fear in life is being wardrobe shamed by a real life Kate Sanders and getting publicly humiliated for wearing the same outfit twice. But, that’s when switching tops with bottoms and changing your shoes, or the bag you accessorize it with comes in handy. Accessories are not only a girls best friend but a reputation saver as well. Thank you accessories!

Below are some of the highlights from the challenge thus far. Stay tuned for more!

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Lady In Red & My Lady Like Waist: BCBG Romper. Saks Belt. Prada Sunnies. Heels: Kate Spade

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            “A Darling Dress” Dress: En Creme Sunnies: Miu Miu Necklace: Saks Heels: Kate Spade

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“Bold Kissable Lips” Dress: Free People Hat: H&M Necklace: Vintage Forever 21 Flats: Miu Miu

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                        Sweater: Wildfox Couture Skirt: H&M Sunnies: Miu Miu Heels: Prada

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My “Jean Genes” : Beanie: Saks Grey Label Jean Shorts: Seven For All Mankind Shoes: Bakers Sunnies: Ray Ban Arrow Necklace: Tiffany and Co.

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When You Have to Ask Yourself: What Would Suri Cruise Do?

Dress: Free People Shoes: Chloe Necklace: Saks Sunnies: Dolce and Gabbana Hat: H&M

Dress: Free People Shoes: Chloe Necklace: Saks Sunnies: Dolce and Gabbana Hat: H&M

When your best friend texts you and says the evenings plans involve a cute dress, you can either (a) head to the mall and invest in a new ensemble or (b) think to yourself what would Suri Cruise do? Ok, I guess Suri would opt obviously for choice  (a) but fortunately for me I have a closet full of cute girly dresses that are totally suitable for a “cute dress” occasion. Truthfully, I’ve finally run out of room in my closet so I need to start limiting my mall trips to really important occasions.

The best part of cute dresses is you, the wearer are completely in control of how cute you want to make it. I asked my BFF on a scale of cute to glam how was I to style my dress? Her response? LOL! That response alone told me to save my ruffly Zac Posen for Target dress for another night (an oldie but a goodie when it comes to my favorite dresses that I own.) When in doubt I suppose it’s best to go with a signature style. Pink, lace, girly and two of my favorite labels later I had an outfit that was totes appropriate for the occasion. Simple yet girly. Pink, and perfect! While I hate being an outfit repeater, I love an opportunity to re-work an old fav. And in this case I simply incorporated some of my faces to make an epic outfit!

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