Posted on

Victoria Beckham x Target : Top 7 Pieces & Pricing

Victoria Beckham x Target

I just checked out the Victoria Beckham x Target collection and I am in love. Like, seriously, take my money already!  The collection is super refined and sleek, perfect for the modern women.  I love the colors; they are all very wearable…a lot of black and white in the collection but also several bright and vibrant pieces for those who love color.  I’m a sucker for classics mixed with statement or bolder pieces.

Price Point, On Point

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love designer collaborations!  It’s a great way to add some designer pieces to your collection without breaking the bank.  In the past, I’ve been disappointed with the pricing of other chain retailers’ collaborations because a majority of the items were over $70 with some pieces costing hundreds of dollars!  WTF?!? I thought brand collaborations were supposed to make pieces that were more affordable.  Luckily, that was not the case with this collection!

Victoria Beckham and Target did good with the pricing for this collection, a majority of the pieces are priced around $25-$35.

Top 7 Pieces with Pricing

(pricing in USD as of 4/05/2017)

Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress – $35

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

Orange Pleated Culotte –  $40

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

Fuchsia Twill Flared Trouser –  $40

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

Calla Lily Wide Leg Pant –  $40

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

Bee Print Scarf with Marigold Trim – $20

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

Calla Lily Button Down Top – $30

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

This top would look so good paired with some jeans for a chic and stylish day look or a pair of dress pants or pencil skirt for work.

Gingham Twill Peplum Blouse –  $30

Victoria Beckham x Target. Photo: Target

Day to Night Styling Tips & Ideas

This collection would work great for any occasion.  You can easily wear this collection to work and look like the fabulous fashion-forward girl boss that you are or pair the collection with more casual items (i.e. jeans, a cap, or your favorite pair of sneakers) for a day or athleticleasure look.  Toss on a pair of heels and some lipstick and instantly take the collection to an evening look.

Collection Release Date

The Victoria Beckham x Target collection drops on Sunday, April 9, 2017 so mark your calendars!  I know where I’m going to be this Sunday 😉

 

 

Posted on

Nashville Murals

Nashville, TN

If you are in Nashville and are looking for some photo opportunities, be sure to check out the murals around town.  I love it when towns have murals because the murals give you a glimpse into each neighborhood’s essence.  During a trip to TN I was able to get a couple of shots with the  “I Believe in Nashville” mural and the turquoise and white striped wall by Draper James which is directly across from the “I Believe in Nashville” mural.  Please note that there are multiple locations for the “I Believe in Nashville” mural so if you are trying to go to a specific one, be sure to look up the address beforehand.

A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory photo in front of the “I Believe in Nashville” mural.

Of course I had to get a few shots by the Draper James striped wall.

I’m a sucker for jumping shots so I had to get one in during my Nashville trip.  😉

A candid of me and bae 🙂

The Outfit

One of the things I always do before picking my outfit for a certain day or event is checking the weather beforehand.  I want to feel comfortable in whatever I wear and that is hard to do when you aren’t dressed for the weather and are freezing because it is too cold or sweaty because it is too hot.  The weather was sunny with some clouds so I decided to go with a cami that would look good alone or paired with a jacket.  I decided on the velvet moto jacket because it was lightweight and I could easily stuff it in a purse or tie it around my waist.  I paired the cami moto jacket combo with some back knee slit skinnies and a small black crossbody bag.

Shop the Look

Satin Cami

Best Night Ever Mauve Satin Top

Knee-Slit Skinny Jeans

Practice Makes Perfect Black High-Waisted Skinny Jeans

Moto Jacket

Like Lovers Rusty Rose Velvet Moto Jacket
Blank NYC Backhanded Olive Green Suede Leather Moto Jacket
Tough Girl Black Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

Heels

Cassia Black Embroidered Lace-Up Heels
Angela Black Suede Lace-Up Heels

Black Crossbody Bag

Chanel Wallet on Chain Quilted Lambskin
Saint Laurent Classic Duffle Toy Bag Python Embossed Leather
Chanel CC Accordion Flap Bag Python LargeFendi Peekaboo Handbag Leather MicroChanel Timeless Wallet on Chain Caviar

Gold Necklace

 Ettika Cutting Edge Gold Rhinestone Necklace

Aviator Sunglasses

 Perverse Solid Gold Mirrored Aviator SunglassesPerverse Bronson Gold Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Posted on

Stylish Beanies, A Windy Day Hair Solution

 

nashville parthenon steps

I fell in love with this embellished beanie as soon as I put it on.  To be honest, I had my doubts when I first saw it hanging amongst the other winter hats adorned with it’s giant pearl and gold toned balls but I had never seen anything like it before so I knew I just had to try it on and I am glad I did because I love it!  A stylish beanie, who knew?!?

parthenon

Beanies are a great way to tame your hair and stay stylish on windy days…or days when you just don’t feel like doing your hair.

nashville parthenon

nashville parthenon details

It was especially windy when I went to the Nashville Parthenon.  Do these images look familiar?  It’s probably because you’ve seen it before!  It is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

columns 1

Beanies aren’t just for the fellas’ anymore; ladies, you can rock them too!  Beanies aren’t just for winter either, they are great all year round!  There are so many styles of beanies, thick ones, thin one, in addition to countless colors, patterns, decorations, and embellishments; there is a beanie for everyone no matter the season or what your style is or what type of vibe you are trying to achieve with your look.

nashville parthenon steps 1

 

Not sure where to start on your search for the perfect windy day hair solution?  Well, I did all the hard work for you.  I recently did a post of my top 7 winter hats (READ HERE) where you can find some cute and stylish beanies for any season or if you simply want to cut to the chase & get your own then click  SHOP HATS NOW

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Posted on

Top 7 Winter Hat Styles

Living in San Diego, we miss out on all the fun things that come along with seasonal changes like transitioning to winter clothing.  I may not need heavy coats or gloves in San Diego but I can definitely do some hats and beanies for winter!  Make sure you pick a style that you feel comfortable in because hats are eyecatching!  Be sure to strut your stuff and rock that hat!

I am feeling hats and beanies at the moment and am excited to share my top 7 favorite winter hat styles!  I am also looking forward to styling some outfits and looks with some of these hats 🙂

 

Wide Brim Round Porkpie Hats

black-wide-brim-hat burgundy-wide-brim-hats grey-wide-brim-hats

Wide Brim Fedora Hats

wool-fedora-hat-pecan-tan

 

Beanies with Pom Poms

blush-pink-beanie-with-fur-pom-pomblack-beanie-with-fur-pom-pom

 

Jeweled / Bedazzled Beanies

bling-beanie-gray bling-beanie-black

Jeweled / Bedazzled Knit Headbands

bling-knit-headband-blackbling-knit-headband-ivorybling-knit-headband-navy

Cap with Pom Pom

fur-pom-pom-baseball-cap-black-sidefur-pom-pom-baseball-cap-grey-side

Fur Caps

fur-cap-coffee-brownfur-cap-wine-red

Posted on

Salvation Mountain Roadtrip

I’ve always seen pictures of Salvation Mountain and just assumed that it was going to be really far from me but it’s actually just a few hours away!  About an hour away from Palm Springs & totally driveable!  The drive is actually kind of serene and tranquil especially if you are driving on an off day.  I love passing through the windmills and the Salton Sea, the views are breathtaking.

1-the-road-to-salvation-mountain

2-passing-salton-sea

3-salvation-mountain

4-salvation-mountain-close-up

6-salvation-mountain

I knew that Salvation Mountain would be very bright and colorful so I wanted to wear something contrasting so I would pop a bit more in the pictures.  I decided to go with a long dark grey maxi dress with black floral print.  I paired the dress with a pair of black moto boots, a black wide rimmed hat, blue/green mirrored sunglasses, and my absolute favorite python embossed handbag.  There’s just something about dark maxi’s for fall that remind me of a fall harvest so it seemed appropriate, lol.

5-salvation-mountain

7-salvation-mountain

8-salvation-mountain

9-salvation-mountain

10-salvation-mountain

11-salvation-mountain

12-salvation-mountain

13-salvation-mountain

 

Shop Hats Now

Shop Sunnies Now

Shop Boots Now

Shop Lace Fans Now

Posted on

Moto Boots and a Girly Dress

3

6

Dresses are just so girly, so sometimes I feel the need to balance the girly-ness with contrasting dark edgy pieces; it also adds a bit of mystery and sass to any outfit.  How cute is this casual floral dress?  I love the layered flared sleeves that sway in the wind and make you feel all dainty!  To be honest, I was going to go the traditional route and pair this casual girly floral dress with some cute tan ankle boots for a causal cali boho-y western vibe, but my friend suggested that I pair it with a leather jacket.  I was hesitant and sceptical at first because it didn’t look right when I visualized it in my head but when I tried it on and added these black moto boots, I loved it!  I mean what says edgy more than moto boots?  Am I right?  Motorcycle or “Moto” boots for short are just so bad (the good kind of bad) & I love it!

7

9

11 10

12

Don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment by pairing seemingly opposite or mismatched pieces to create your own unique look that helps describe who you are and your unique style.

 

Check out my recent article on my favorite fall boots, which are stylish and affordable! Click Here, Read Me

Posted on

Top Boots for Fall

Stylish and Affordable Fall Boots

When one thinks of fall, one thinks “sweater season.” The boot is just as essential as the sweater is to your fall fashion wardrobe.  Living in SoCal, it never gets cold enough to wear knee high boots so I tend to go towards the ankle boots.  Maybe you live in the colder areas that actually have seasons and want a pair of knee high boots, there are boots to fit every type of style you’re rockin’ or any weather conditions you live in.  I love how easily boots can transition from season to season; especially if you get a beautiful brown boot that ages to perfection! Rock those bad boys during festival season in the spring and rock those same babies when fall comes around.

I love cute boots but it seems like I can never find any cute ones that don’t cost hundreds of dollars.  So I scoured the interwebs and found these cute, stylish, and, best of all, affordable boots for your viewing (& shopping) pleasure, enjoy!

 

Knee High Heeled Boot
knee-high-heeled-boot-blackknee-high-heeled-boot-taupe

The knee high heeled boot for those going for a sexier sultry vibe.

 

Knee High Low Heel Boot

 

nine-west-single-stap-boot-dark-brownnine-west-double-stap-boot-dark-brownnine-west-harness-boot-black

The knee high low heel boot for those going for a preppier look.

 

Mid Calf Boot

faux-python-bootsvelvet-mid-calf-boots-midnight-blue

The mid calf boot for those going for a bit more refined look than the casual vibe.

Ankle Heeled Moto Boot

moto-ankle-boot-black moto-ankle-boot-dark-tan

The ankle heeled moto boot for an edgier / rocker vibe.

Ankle Heeled Boot

ankle-boot-black-rivets

The ankle heeled boot for those who desire to a trendy casual look.

Ankle Low Heel Boot

low-ankle-boot-black-faux-suedelow-ankle-boot-cognac-faux-suedelow-ankle-boot-doe-tan-faux-suede

The ankle flat or low heel boot look is great for those going for a relaxed, casual look.

 

Ways to Cut Costs on Cute Fall Boots

One of the easiest ways to cut costs and still get cute stylish boots is to go to retailers or websites that sell past season items at significantly marked down-prices.  A couple of examples of these types of stores are Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc.  Another option is outlet malls which also carry past season marked down items.

Because the items at these stores are usually from a few seasons ago, you should try to avoid items that were so overly trendy at the time that now they’re obviously past season.  The best way to avoid this budget shopping pitfall is to pick more timeless and classic pieces.  This can include the color (hot neon colors were really big 3 or 4 years ago, if you wore that today and weren’t at a rave, you’d just look ridiculously outdated :X Sorry!!), prints, design elements /embellishments, frills (think fringe, beaded fringe, ruffles, etc.), a particular cut or style (gaucho pants, cargo shorts, pucca shell necklaces…you get the point).  To avoid this, stick to neutral colors such as black, white, navy, brown, grey, and splashes of color like red, royal blue, bold yellow, etc. to add some color in your life.

Another way to cut costs on cute fall boots is to get faux leather or faux suede boots which gives the appearance of real leather or real suede except at a fraction of the price.  Another added benefit of the faux leather and faux suede options are that they are animal friendly!

There are boots for every fashionista at any budget!

Posted on

Kenzo H&M Review: Top Picks & Prices

I was really excited when I first found out about the H&M collaboration with Kenzo late last year.  I mean, who doesn’t love big brands at affordable prices?  The full collection consists of 95 individual pieces: outerwear, dresses, tops, bottoms (shirts, jeans, pj bottoms), some footwear (fuzzy tiger striped sandals and rubber galoshes), and accessories (hats, gloves, sunglasses, socks, etc).

jungle-longsleeve-model

Honestly, I was hoping that the collection would be a lot more “wearable”.  Most of the piece are pretty “out there,” very eccentric…there’s a lot of prints, bold colors, and ruffles.  I’m all about animal prints & flare but the combination of tiger print and bright bold colors is just a bit much all at once.  Also, I was quite surprise by the price-point on some of these items, many were over $99!  Have you been to H&M lately?  Almost everything at H&M  is under $50, and that’s the nice stuff, so I was really hoping that the pricing would be more on par with H&M’s normal prices but, obviously, with a little bit of a Kenzo premium markup.  At these prices, you probably won’t find me lining up outside my local H&M store on November 3rd but I’m certainly not above checking out the clearance racks a few months from now.  There are several pieces that I like but I don’t know that I’d go as far to say I love any of the pieces :X  Sorry, not sorry!

longsleeve-model

 

Anywho, here are my top picks from the collection with prices, enjoy!
tee
sunglasses longsleevewhite-longsleeve

 

read more about Kenzo here 🙂

Posted on

Salton Sea – CA Desert

salton-sea-2

I’ve seen amazing pictures of the Salton Sea but have never personally been so I was super stoked when I found out it was conveniently located just a short drive east between San Diego and Palm Springs.  Needless to say, I had to make stop at the Salton Sea on my way home from my recent Palm Springs trip.  We went on a Monday and it was an absolute ghost town with the exception of the park ranger who drove by periodically; even the visitor’s center was closed.  Apparently, August is one of the hottest months to be in the desert with temperatures upward of 110°F, it was 115°F to be exact!  If you’re planning a trip to the Salton Sea or desert, definitely make sure you bring a lot of fluids with you especially if you’re going during the hotter months.

salton-sea-3

As I walked towards the water, I was greeted by piles and piles of dead dried out fish about 10 feet away from the water’s edge.  It was kind of a crazy sight to see and just goes to show just how hot it gets in the area.

salton-sea-4salton-sea-5salton-sea-6salton-sea-7salton-sea-8 salton-sea-9 Overall, I’m really happy to have finally made a trip out to the Salton Sea.  The views were incredible and absolutely breathtaking.  Along with the emptiness of the Salton Sean was a sense of peacefulness and serenity.  The Salton Sea is definitely worth enduring the heat for so check it out if you ever get a chance 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on

Nassau Bahamas Vacation Getaway

So everyone is going on their summer vacations and I’m over here like, 3 more days of work until the weekend comes.  I love vacationing during non-peak seasons/months, it’s not as busy and I don’t have to deal with huge crowds, long wait times, or high hotel rates…what’s there not to love?  Oh yeah, the vacation FOMO you get when everyone is traveling and having fun on their summer vacations and you’re stuck at work.  If I can’t be on vacation, I can at least reminisce!  I have a bunch of vacation pictures that I haven’t posted from a few vacations so I’ve decided that I’m going to do a couple of posts on them 🙂

Here are some shots from my short trip to Nassau during my Bahamas birthday cruise several months ago.Nassau Bahamas

The blue waters and cute lighthouse reminds me of a postcard you’d get from your vacationing friend.  When I think of Nassau, this image always comes to mind.  If you’re ever in Nassau, you can find this spot by walking past Senior Frog’s towards the beach just beyond all the restaurants and buildings and before the brightly colored stands on the beach.

1_0851How often do you see bright crayon-colored buildings when you’re out and about?  Not often enough, I bet.  I love fun, festive things with lots of character!
1_0800You can’t go to a white sand beach and not write in the sand so here’s my obligatory sand drawing, sorry for the cheesiness!
Black Romper in NassauI love wearing rompers as opposed to swim cover-ups when I’m out at the beach.  Swim cover-ups often have a undergarment-y feel to them; most of the time they aren’t a stand alone piece and are sheer!  Rompers are extremely versatile, you can slip it off and hit the beach, then slip it back on and grab lunch or hit up some stores without looking like a tourist in your wet sheer swim cover-up at the souvenir shop.Clubmaster Sunnies in Nassau1_0728a1_0930

 

If you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed at work, you should definitely take a vacation.  Even if you can’t take the vacation right away, just the act of planning it and having that getaway to look forward to will put you in a slightly more positive mood.  Let’s face it, how can be made if you’re going to be going on vacation soon?