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 🙂
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.
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Knee-Slit Skinny Jeans
Black Crossbody Bag
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.
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.
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My favorite seasons for fashion has got to be spring and summer. I love colorful and/or fun & funky things and those are generally best suited for spring and summer. 3D Floral accents on bags are so on trend this season; all the major designers have it incorporated into their collections. I seriously cannot wait to cop a bag with 3D floral accents. Below are some bags with 3D Floral Accents for any budget.
Fendi – Peekaboo Mini Allover Flowers Satchel Bag
Valentino – Mini Lock Floral-Appliqué Leather Shoulder Bag
How cute are the allover floral appliques on this bag?!? The daintiness from the floral appliqués is offset by the bag’s Rock stud details which are very Valentino.
Dolce & Gabbana – Dolce Box Crystal Flower Satchel BagDolce & Gabbana also got in on the 3D floral accent trend with their crystal flower satchel. I’ve also been seeing box satchels make a comeback so keep an eye out.
ZAC Zac Posen – Eartha Soft Top Handle SatchelI love the Eartha bags as they are very reminiscent of a lot of popular luxury bags and can be considered an affordable dupe for the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag. Zac Posen did not disappoint when he introduced the laser-cut leather floral appliqués to his iconic bag. I seriously cannot get enough of this bag and the price-point makes this bag even more appealing. The Zac Posen Eartha bag comes in 2 sizes, the original which is a mid-sized handbag and a mini and lucky for us, both sizes are available with the floral appliqués! The mini with floral appliqués retails for just under $300 and the regular version retails for under $300.Read More Here
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Rebecca Minkoff – Love CrossbodyRebecca Minkoff bags are known for their stylish and often bold designs. If you get a Minkoff bag, you know you are getting a statement piece that is moderately priced and of high quality. This bag also comes in 2 sizes, the regular size which retails for under ~$350 and the mini which retails for under $250. Both sizes come with detachable shoulder strap so this bag can be worn as a clutch, shoulder bag, or crossbody. Hooray for versatility!
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I’ve been yearning for a structured top-handle bag as most of my bags are either crossbody bags or slouchier top-handles. I hate having to switch out bags so it’s crucial that the bag go with everything and can easily transition from day to night or casual to dressy. The only bags that came to mind that fit the bill were expensive high-end brands such as Celine, Fendi, Givenchy, or Luis Vuitton. Being a handbag enthusiast on a budget, I wanted to find affordable versions of the expensive high-end brands but were still stylish and of quality so I took to Nordstroms online to scour their top-handle selection and that’s when I came across the Zac Posen Eartha bag. This bag looks amazing and very reminiscent of many of the popular luxury designer bags such as the Celine Trapeze Bag, or the Fendi 3 Jours Mini Leather Satchel Bag, or Salvatore Ferragamo’s Sofia Medium Colorblock Leather Satchel.
The Zac Posen Eartha bag just screams class with it’s smooth leather and classic structured shape. The rolled leather top-handle and gold-toned hardware makes this piece feminine and dainty. The bag features a flap top with flip-lock clasp which helps keeps the contents of your bag secure.
The Zac Posen Eartha bag comes in 2 sizes, the original which is a mid-sized handbag and a mini which is very reminiscent of Phillip Lim’s Mini Pashli bag. Both sizes come with detachable shoulder strap which makes the bag versatile. You can wear it as a top-handle, shoulder bag, or crossbody which can serve to easily transition the bag from look to look. It can be worn as a crossbody for a more casual look or as a top-handle or shoulder bag if you are going for more polished or professional look.
The Celine Trapeze retails for over ~$2,700, the Fendi 3 Jours retails for over ~$2,600, and the Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag retails for ~$2,500; prices vary by style and color combination. Brand new Zac Posen Eartha bags retail for under $500 and I’ve seen the bag available on discounted stores such as Nordstrom Rack or Off Fifth for under $350.
Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia
Fendi 3 Jours aka Trois Jours
If you’ve ever wanted the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, or Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag then you should seriously consider the Zac Posen Eartha bag as it is very reminiscent of the Celine Trapeze, Fendi 3 Jours, and Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag for a fraction of the price.
The weather in San Diego has been a bit colder than usual so I finally got a chance to wear the long sleeve knit sweater that I had purchased in SoHo over the holidays. I figured the open-stitching wasn’t going to shield me from the wind so I decided to layer up and toss on a large poncho scarf. Poncho scarves are seriously so awesome; they keep you warm, are super cozy, and go with practically everything especially if the print or design isn’t too busy. I leave a black poncho scarf at work as a backup for days when I forget to bring a jacket and it is unusually cold in the office. If you work in an office with multiple thermostats that people are constantly changing, you definitely should have this handy…office/work-life, you know what I’m talking about 😉 Poncho scarves are seriously so clutch!
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I haven’t gotten a chance to explore Encinitas much since it’s a bit further north than my usual commute but the few times that I have been there have been very nice. The beach and coast are so picturesque, it seriously looks like something out of a postcard. The town is pretty mellow with a bunch of restaurants and neat shops lined up along Highway 101 which runs through town. Another added bonus is that it’s just a short drive to numerous Carlsbad attractions such as the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the Flower Fields, Legoland, etc!
I was first introduced to Phillip Lim when I heard about his much anticipated collaboration with Target 2 years ago. I recall looking through the Phillip Lim X Target collection and obsessing over the yellow and grey mini bags which were a dupe for Phillip Lim’s famous Pashli Mini Satchel. The bag was sold out everywhere but I was able to find it in grey at a Target in the middle of nowhere in Indiana during a work trip. I was so stoked, I bought it and wore it everyday until it fell apart, literally! I loved that it had a detachable strap which enabled me to wear it as a crossbody or tote bag. I also loved the side zipper which allowed me to unzip and expand the sides to create extra space; it was truly a versatile bag and I loved that!
After that bag died, I started to research the non-Target collabo version but just couldn’t pull the trigger on the purchase due to it’s luxury pricetag but have always yearned for a similar bag. I wanted something that was compact and had a zippered top so my belongings didn’t fall out, zippered expandable sides for added space when needed, and detachable strap so I could wear it as a crossbody or shoulder bag so I was extremely stoked when I found Rebecca Minkoff’s Side Zip MAB tote bag! This bag was very reminiscent of Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel but for 1/3 the price! I love Rebecca Minkoff bags, the quality is awesome with their genuine and supple leather and quality hardware…you can tell a lot about the quality of a handbag based on it’s zippers.
Like Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel which is available in 2 sizes: the Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel (10″H x 12.5″W x 4″D) and the Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel(6.5″H x 8.5″W x 3″D); the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote also has 2 size options: the Rebecca Minkoff Medium Side Zip MAB Tote (11.5″ H x 14″ W x 3.755″ D) and the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote Mini (8″ H x 7.25 W x 3.5″ D). Stylistically, the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB tote is very similar to Phillip Lim’s Pashli bag…they both are squarish in shape, have zippered expandable sides and top handles. The Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB tote has a front flap pocket which is reminiscent of the Pashli’s top flap which has a push-lock closure. Phillip Lim’s Pashli top flap is fashionable but not quite as functional, the bag is a bit inconvenient in that the top flap is between the two top handles and you have take off the bag to open it to get to it’s contents. The Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB tote on the other hand does not have this problem, you can easy get to it’s contents by simply unzipping the bag & you don’t even have to remove the bag to do that! So when it comes to the comparison for the 2 bags, I’d have to say that the Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB has Phillip Lim’s Pashli beat; not only is it 1/3 the price of the Phillip Lim’s Pashli Satchel but it is more functional and just as stylish!
Rebecca Minkoff Side Zip MAB Tote Mini
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Rebecca Minkoff Medium Side Zip MAB Tote
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“Putty”/Off White buy here
“Almond”/Tan buy here
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I’ve been on a search for the perfect everyday small leather mini bag that has a top handle and strap attachment that I could carry as a shoulder bag or crossbody. I wanted something that was timeless that I could wear everyday and was also appropriate for work. The search had proven to be more difficult than I had anticipated as all the bags that fit my criteria were either really expensive luxury handbags or cheap looking, low quality plastic-y faux leather 🙁 I don’t mind faux leather as long as it’s done well but I hate that faux leather eventually deteriorates and starts to flake and peel. I would rather pay a little more for real leather as it will last a lot longer.
I searched my favorite bag brands and various department stores and didn’t find what I was looking for so I tried to think of other brands that I don’t normally think of that had quality leather handbags that were not outrageously priced and I remembered that little leather duck, Dooney & Bourke! I went to the Dooney & Bourke website and found the Verona Small Elisa!
Verona Small Elisa
The Verona Small Elisa was small, structured, and timeless; definitely a bag I could wear for years & years! The colorblocking added a more modern and stylistic feel to the bag and I loved that it was available in 12 colors and not just the typical standard colors; there was an olive green color (“olive”), a deep purple color (“aubergine”), a deep teal color (“hunter”), a muted true red color (“wine”), and my absolute favorite, a muted royal blue color named “ocean”. I wanted it and I wanted it ASAP but the bag was backordered and has been backordered for weeks, so sad =( I even went to several department stores and called the local Dooney outlet but none of them had the Verona Small Elisa in “ocean”. I’ll keep an eye our for you, Verona Small Elisa!
Verona Elisa Satchel (larger than the “Verona Small Elisa”)
Cats on Things!
Cat shirts instantly put a smile on anyone’s face and lightens up any mood. Who doesn’t love cats?!?! Especially dj-ing and dancing cats who are getting the party started! So fetch! Too hot for shortsleeve shorts? Cut off the sleeves and go sleeveless, homemade tanks rock!
Detail shots of my blue snakeskin strappy heels by Chinese Laundry. I love the way the heel looks almost mermaid-like when the sun hits it!
Chinese Laundry Heels
Blue Strappy Heels
Cat Tank Top
Gold Spiked Necklace
Black Skinny Jeans
Tom Ford Rock Vintage Wayfarer Sunglasses
The last few days have been cloudier and colder than usual in San Diego so I decided to layer up and toss on a longsleeve shirt and my faux fur vest and hit the beach for a few photos. I paired a graphic white longsleeve top with a black and white faux fur vest. I love how this outfit easily transitions from a casual and edgy day look with the vest open to expose the graphics on the inner tee to a bit more fabulous evening look when the vest is buttoned up.
I love these clear heeled black booties by Free Press. I found these babies at Nordstrom Rack, aka “the Rack” (lol), for forty bucks, woohoo!
I decided to use my red patent leather clutch with this outfit to offset all the black and white from my outfit. I picked up this clutch at the Tory Burch outlet at Woodbury Commons in New York for almost half off retail! Woodbury Commons is probably the East Coast equivalent to the West Coast’s Cabazon Outlets close to Palm Springs but with higher end brands such as Celine, Tom Ford, etc. Getting to Woodbury Commons was quite a bit of a task, it’s about a 1.5-2hr drive from Manhattan and was super crowded even on a rainy weekday. It’s not uncommon to see hoards of tourists lugging around their giant wheeled luggage in search of discount priced high end luxury brands. I love shopping and deals as much as any other person but bringing wheeled luggage to the store is just taking shopping to the next level.
zara jeans (here)
faux fur vest (similar here and here)
striped sunglasses (similar here and here)
longsleeved graphic tee
silver knot ring
free press clear heeled black booties
tory burch red patent leather clutch (similar here)