A Preppy Purple Outfit



1. Schoolboy Blazer — J.Crew $99.99  |  2. Stripe Scarf — Nordstrom $28  |  3. AJ Morgan Reading Glasses — Nordstrom $42  |  4. Essie “No More Film” Nail Polish — Ulta $8  |  5. Miami Beach Watch — Nordstrom $195  |  6. Luba Heels — Ruche $62.99  |  7. Wine Date Pleated Skirt — Ruche $34.99


New Year’s Eve Style

I am usually not a fan of New Year’s Eve but this year Santa brought me a dazzling dress to wear and I couldn’t wait to give it a twirl. There’s something about the end and the beginning coming together that just calls for a bit of glitz, glam, sparkle and shimmer, don’t you think? I planned out a festive outfit with blush, golds and silver, along with some comfy accents like fringe boots (it’s never too early to start adding to my Dear Santa list!) and an oversized chunky knit shawl-collar sweater.

New Year's Eve Outfit

1. Pixie Ballet Shimmery High-Low Dress – Ruche $42.99 | 2. Sparkle & Shine Jumbo Bobbi (Rose Gold & Gold) — Ban.do $20 | 3. Double Trouble Headwrap (Blush/Rose) – Ban.do $65 | 4. Vintage Heiress Earrings — Ruche 12.99 | 5. Dallas Fringe Ankle Boots — Ruche $42.99 | 6. Earthly Riches Bangle Set — Ruche $16.99 | 7. Metallic Fishnets — Forever 21 $5.80

But here’s the thing: I didn’t wear it. This is what I actually wore on New Year’s Eve:


Ha! The comfiest, warmest outfit I could possibly put together. BFOTB and I had a great time lounging around with our husbands, watching tv, drinking prosecco, and eating popcorn and cookies. Best. New. Year’s. Ever. And just my style!

Did you send 2012 out in style?

Cozy Up to Fur

There’s something about winter (though we don’t quite have winter in California, do we?) that just calls for fur, I think.  I found an awesome pillow at Home Goods the other day – a brownish gray fur on one side and velvet on the other. And I had to have it. Had to. It’s on my couch now in all its soft, cozy, calming awesomeness.  Baxter under one arm, my fur pillow under the other.  And, I realized (how crazy that sounds, yes) that I’ve got a bit of a thing for fur.  Mrs. Mercado and I swooned over the chic but casual fur throw from west elm, I’ve always loved the little white throw from Ikea that you see in nurseries and on at-home office chairs all over Pinterest and Apartment Therapy, and then Target Does It Again kept taking photos of a white faux fur coat that I just had to go out and buy despite the fact that I feel a bit Russian when wearing it (and Mumbles thinks I look like a pretty Chewbacca so sadly, I returned it).  Also, my mother has some gorgeous real fur coats (inherited from my Grammy) that I might someday have the gumption to wear and at the Long Beach Flea Market a few weeks ago I noticed a lot of sellers had vintage coats and stoles and wraps that lots of ladies were happily taking them home.  So yeah, I’ve got faux fur on the brain faux sure. (see what I did there?!)

From coats to hoodies to boots, throws and pillows…how do you feel about fur?

faux fur roundup

1. Sam Edelman Faux Fur Walking Coat – Nordstrom $200  |  2. City of Lights Faux Fur Wrap – Ruche $34.99  |  3. Wildcat Coat – JCrew Crewcuts $178  |  4. Mossimo Faux Fur Coat – Target $49.99  |  5. Faux Fur Vest – Banana Republic $125  |  6. Merona Single-Breasted Coat with Fur Collar – Target $79.99  | 7. Fox Grey Fur Decorative Pillow Set of 2 – Overstock $84.99  |  8. Tejn Faux Sheepskin – Ikea $9.99

Splurge vs. Steal: Bow & Mesh Rings

I’ve been coveting this dainty silver bow ring from Tiffany’s for quite some time and was delighted to find a similar little treasure today, a new arrival from my favorite local boutique Ruche.  The Tiffany ring design comes in different styles such as gold and with diamonds but the least expensive is the sterling silver at $250, compared to the budget find of $13.99. Then, to my surprise, I noticed that they also have this charming mesh ring, comparable to the uber popular Tiffany Somerset ring.   Of course, if you’re looking for something to last forever, it might be worth the investment to go the Tiffany route but either way — what darling gifts!

Tiffany & Co. Twist Bow Ring ($250)  |  Ruche Graceful Bow Ring ($13.99)

Tiffany & Co. Somerset Ring ($1,850)  |  Ruche Orion Mesh Ring ($12.99)