Dear Grandma, thank you for my 4 ft tall jewelry box

Dear Grandma, thank you for my 4 ft tall jewelry box

Kenneth Jay Lane cross necklace

Many many years ago for Christmas my grandma got me and my sisters each a 4 ft tall jewelry box. At the time I only had Libby Lu jewelry pieces. She had also gotten us some really fine gold and silver pieces, but I’ve always been more into costume and statement pieces so regrettably those have never made it past the bottom drawer. Maybe one day I’ll develop a taste for the finer pieces the jewelry world has to offer, and God help my bank account when that day comes. Either way, I’m beyond grateful my Grandma thought ahead to this time in my life when I am now OBSESSED with jewelry!

Needless to say I have always been a costume jewelry junky. I was talking to one of my friends yesterday who reminded me how excited I was the day I came home with my first large pave crystal encrusted Tarina Tarantino necklace. “God that thing was ugly” he exclaimed, but I till this day loved that piece and all my statement pieces!

These past few weeks I have become hopelessly devoted to gold pieces. It all started with me realizing my jewelry collection lacked this color scheme, so I started with some gold bangles, then a simple gold ring then some necklaces and now I feel as though I can officially devote a whole drawer of my jewelry box to the color! And have sub categories too! Too any of my fellow OCD fashionistas you completely who completely understand this concept, I appreciate you’re passion for keeping the closet organized and I applaud you.

Cheetah ring $8 from Charming Charley

Cheetah ring $8 from Charming Charlie

Now, I can’t help but continue to add to my collection. Recently I’ve added this black enamel and more then likely rhodium plated Kenneth Jay Lane cross. And to add more funk and spirit to any outfit I could not pass up on this amazing cheetah ring only $8 from one of my new favorite jewelry stops Charming Charlie. And of course, I have officially become that girl who wants to sing from the high heavens with Julie Andrews my love for my boyfriend. And since I am no where near the Swiss Alps, a gold initial necklace featuring my Boo’s initials will suffice. I figure this is a nice alternative to the infamous “I love my boyfriend” shirt.

Urban Outfitters "C" necklace ($16) for my beloved Christopher <3

Urban Outfitters “C” necklace ($16) for my beloved Christopher ❤

Perhaps it’s time I move on to silver. After all I just got a silver ring and some matching earrings, but no necklace to go with. Looks like this girl has to go on another shopping adventure!

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The Lab: Costa Mesa’s Hipster Haven

The Lab: Costa Mesa's Hipster Haven

First of all, to my former editor who used to talk about the lab and which my response was I knew exactly what he was talking about. I lied. And I’m sorry. I had always heard of the Lab, but never actually ventured out. Never before had I known what greatness I was missing out on!

On the mission for a pair of knee high gladiator sandals, and assured that Urban Outfitters had them (based on their website. Apparently just because something says online only does not mean that just because something does not have that disclaimer it is exclusive for the web as well.) Nonetheless, I figured what better place to look then the Lab.

Little did I know that this place is a Hipsters heaven! There’s little second hand shops, Buffalo Exchange (a place I will never ever shop, solely because they were only going to offer me $50 for a brand new pair of Christian Louboutins. Taking advantage of poor fashionistas is not ok in my book) and a couple of other hipster chic boutiques.

Urban Outfitters, was ok. I see it has potential as it had a lot of floor space, but the shoe racks were literally empty. And considering I was on a mission for shoes, to say this was a disappointment is an understatement. I will cut a little slack though considering Coachella just ended about a month ago. Regardless, they had a little bit of everything except my gladiator sandals, and I’m glad I got the chance to try on some accessories I had been eying. In the jewelry section I stumbled upon some ridiculously cute wire rings, in various shapes, and words. The one that came home with me was a cute little wire ring that spelled out “Bella.” Since my dog’s name is Bella, how could I pass that up? And alas, I have been on a less then aggressive mission for a center ring. Truthfully I’ve been trying to save up for a Loud Love center ring embellished with a few diamonds, but a $6 knock off will suffice in the mean time.

I'm a slaaaave. For fashion. (If you missed the Britney reference I'm sorry but we can't be friends.) Chanel top from Gloss Boutique by JC Inc. Bracelets by Saks. Rings by Urban Outfitters.

I’m a slaaaave. For fashion. (If you missed the Britney reference I’m sorry but we can’t be friends.) Chanel top from Gloss Boutique by JC Inc. Bracelets by Saks. Rings by Urban Outfitters.

There is literally so much eye candy in this little shopping center built by hipsters and artists it’s ridiculous. I’ve never had so much fun with photo ops on a shopping experience in my life! Well, except for maybe Rodeo Dr. but that’s a whole other level of fun. Some stores I did not stay in very long for fear of the smell of hemp seeping permanently in to my pours. Others, I practically ran in compelled by none other then provocative window displays. One such was the display in front of Gloss Boutique. Not only do they display their shoes in books (I literally died a little and went to a heaven where all book nerds have fabulous, amazing shoes.) The item that made me squeal with joy was a cute Chanel Logo, distressed pink logo tank by JC Inc. I all but told the sales associate to wrap it up and put it in the bag!

Nike shoes- they're really cool.

Nike shoes- they’re really cool.

There were a few pop up shops. Like a Nike shoe shop that sells shoes right out of a refrigerator. I guess they’re trying to say Nike shoes are cool? Literally. And this cute little jewelry shop that caught my attention because they had a sign that said “Shiny things this way.” Apparently I have to make a second trip because the designer has yet made a batch of initial rings.

My old boss used to always say I'm like a raccoon. Always distracted by shiny things.

My old boss used to always say I’m like a raccoon. Always distracted by shiny things.

Even the line waiting for the valet was fun! Whoever doesn’t take the time to take a picture in front of a colorful barn is seriously disturbed, and takes life way too seriously.

Somewhere over the barn wall, I was wearing my favorite Equipment top, leather shorts and Chanel sandals.

Somewhere over the barn wall, I was wearing my favorite Equipment top, leather shorts and Chanel sandals.

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Shades

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Style

My favorite sunglasses, my purple baroque frames by Prada

In case you have not heard, us So. Cal folks have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine these past couple days. Dear Mr. Sun, won’t you stay awhile? We have missed you oh so very much.

While, enjoying the sunshine means a variety of things for fashion, one of my favorite summer essentials are sunglasses. To be truthful, I don’t think I own one pair of actual, traditional black sunglasses. Everything I own is either dramatic frames in the shape of apples, cat eyes, hello kitty cat eyes, or dramatic baroque design a la’ Prada. Even my black Chanel sunglasses had a lace design on the frames.

Last summer I invested in one of the most classic, traditional glasses (by my collection’s standards anyways.) A pair of leather embellished Choloe’ aviators. And much to my surprise I loved them! Almost makes me want to invest in more classic looking glasses…almost. Side note and friendly word of advice for fellow consumers who also may have purchased this style, the screw that connects the leather to the glasses ALWAYS falls out. Working in retail, these are a pair of glasses that always seems to come with issues. Nothing that can’t be solved though. Any sunglass place should sell extra screws to solve this problem, or if you are like me and don’t have the patience to do this yourself, hold on to the card that comes in the sunglass case that shows certification of authenticity, and according to the manufacturer they will fix the problem.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Every summer, I bedazzle a new pair of sunglasses. I miss my cherry red ones that I gave to one of my besties, but she looks fab in them. Perhaps, I’ll bedazzle my favorite Apple rimmed glasses (literally these are in the shape of bright red apples.)

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

Other must haves on my sunglass list are a floral pair of Dolce and Gabana’s, some House of Harlow cat eyes, white baroque Paradas, and maybe a black framed Chanel pair. If I’m going to finally do classic, what better way then to go Chanel. Ooo, and for days when I’m feeling a little crazy, Urban Outfitters has some really fun metal laced framed glasses.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

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House of Harlow 1960 Sunny Daisies Sunglasses available at Amazon.com

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18

Is it summer yet?

Is it summer yet?

Ashley Tisdale was one of the pioneers in the fringed *L Space bikini top last summer

Ok, this So. Cal gal has had enough of being cold. I have pretty dresses and cute tanks in my closet that are getting tired of just hanging around. And I’m tired of the rain.

Last weekend it was 80 degrees! I had friends that were lounging on the sunny beaches in January (one of the many reasons I will never ever leave Cali.) But that wonderful weather got me thinking, about what to start shopping for for this summers uniform for lounging by the pool.

I must admit, last year the bar was set when Ashley Tisdale was spotted wearing an *L Space fringed neon yellow bikini on the beaches in Malibu to celebrate her birthday. Did I immediately want one? Heck yes!

*L Space fringed bikini, available at Urban Outfitters in multiple colors starting at $73.

*L Space fringed bikini, available at Urban Outfitters in multiple colors starting at $73.

I’ve actually LOVED these bikini’s ever since I saw them on the runway 2 summers ago at OC Weekly’s annual summer soiree event. But leave it to one of my favorite trend setters to convince me this *L Space piece is not only to die for, but a must have. Also a friendly reminder that summer is not too far away and I should have started hitting the gym hard like yesterday!

Style tips to keep in mind when shopping for a swim suit.

1. Keep it classy, not trashy.
2. Have fun with it! I personally love to mix and match pieces. And let’s face it swim suits can get to be pretty expensive. For example, the piece that is haunting my summer dreams is the fringed bikini top which starts at a price point of about $73 (available at Urbanoutfitters.com.) However, keep in mind H&M usually starts their swim suits off at a price point of about $5! Why not invest in an uber cute top and then get multiple bottoms from a more economical friendly retailer? The pros of this? Not only will you have a one of a kind piece, but you’ll also be able to invest in multiple pieces to change up the look!

Last summer I bedazzled a pink bikini from Victoria Secret to make sure my piece was unique and one of a kind. Ugh, is it summer yet?

Last summer I bedazzled a pink bikini from Victoria Secret to make sure my piece was unique and one of a kind. Ugh, is it summer yet?

Rain rain go away. Or on second thought, hang around until I can afford to invest in one of these cute pieces.