French Dressing- Holiday Outfit Idea

I am over sequins and velvet.  Please don’t get me wrong.  As a Latina, I love both, but this holiday season I am giving them a rest.

Christmas Eve dinner requires an elegant, yet relaxed outfit this year.  We are dining out at casual restaurant with friends and family.  After a stressful few weeks leading up to the Big Event, I am ready to kick back enjoy myself.

This week I found “the outfit” for on one of my favorite sites, whowhatwear.com.  The title, What a French Girl Wears to a Holiday Party,  immediately caught my eye.  I love everything French.  This includes fashion, food, cosmetics, and the list goes on and on.  The look was fuss-free and chic.

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PHOTO: Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com

The “Get The Look” picks were great, but I was looking to incorporate less expensive options and some pieces I already owned.  After literally tearing apart my closet, making a donation pile, and taking a break with a glass of wine, I found what I was looking for.

 

From my closet I found these pieces:

 

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Mason Legging, bcbgmaxaziria, revolve.com, $138.

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b.tempt’d by Wacoal Women’s Lace Kiss Bralette, wacoal-america.com, $18.

 

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Surplice Top with Mandarin Collar, amazon.com, $69

 

My only purchase was the top.  I can accessorize this outfit with any black pumps or booties and a chained purse.

Happy Holidays!

Topping It Off: Finding the Perfect Beanie

Northern California is downright frosty right now.  Even my dog, Biggie Smalls, is wearing a knitted jacket.  Since I hate being cold, I have to make some serious additions to my wardrobe.  Therefore, I begin the search for quintessential beanie.

I quickly realized I had to narrow down exactly what I was looking for in the ultimate beanie.  Slouchy or tight-fitting?  Patterned or not?  Wool or acrylic?  Affordable or luxe?  After lots of fun research, I limited my list to my five favorites.  These beanies cover all my current moods; from comical to chic to classic.  And they are all budget friendly.

Now that I think of it, I may need to add all five beanies to my wish list!

 

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1. Aritzia, Community, Epulo Floppy Hat, $35.

2. ASOS,  Fine Knit Faux Fur Pom Beanie with Slogan, $18.04

3. Azalea, Mohair Beanie, Mohair Beanie, $39.

4. Everlane, The Wool-Cashmere Beanie, $38.

5. Free People, Back to Basics Chunky Knit Beanie, $38.

 

 

Do or Dye

This girl who loves to goes shopping but can never find exactly what I am looking for.  I suppose that is why I got into fashion.  I get an exact image in my head and that is what I want. All I remember was being a little girl and begging for a glue gun.  Going to the fabric store is like Christmas for me.  All the glitter, fringe, fabric, and buttons still inspire me to no end.

As I searched the aisles at almost every retailer in Downtown San Francisco, I came across the almost perfect velvet dress.  I was hunting for an above the knee, interesting neckline, budget friendly, casual, black velvet dress.  I found it at Forever21!  But the color was blush.

The story does not end here my friends, because I did exactly what I did when I was ten.  I went to the drugstore and found some good, old-fashioned RIT Dye.  And so I ran home to work on my new project.  Reading the directions I quickly realized it said not to use the dye on polyester.  Being the rebel I am, I did it anyway.  Although it did not turn black, I did get a great dusty, mauvey rose that I love!  I can’t wait to wear it.

 

P.S.  The dress in the Forever21 photo is not the exact dress.  It was only available in-store.  The dress pictured is pretty close.

Getting Crafty at Once Around

I am so excited to announce that my favorite art store, Once Around, has re-opened.  It has now relocated to Downtown Mill Valley, California at 75 Throckmorton Avenue.  The shop is back thanks to new owner Louise Dockstader.  I recently met Louise on a rainy afternoon at the new location at the Town Square.  Louise also loved the original Once Around located on Miller Avenue. She wanted to continue the wonderful tradition of a sweet place to come together and create.

Once Around carries many of your crafting needs. They have paper goods, doo-dads, pens, pencils, yarns, paints, ribbons, stamps, equipment, and lots more.  The staff is super enthusiastic and helpful.  You will find inspiration and grab lots of goodies.  I found some wonderful washi tape, small shells, big stamps, fun ink pads, metallic pens, and stock tags for an upcoming Mermaid party.

My daughters and I are looking forward to making more crafts and memories here.

Stylish Thanksgiving Outfits- From Cute to Chic

Holidays can be stressful enough with all the planning and preparations.  So let’s make it easier for you with some Thanksgiving outfit inspiration.  Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, food, and fun!

I have two options for getting it just right for your plans.  Are you hanging with friends, going to a big family gathering or dinner somewhere special?  I went browsing at one of my favorite boutiques, Viva Diva, and had a lot of fun.

Michael Stars hat $68., Free People leggings $48., Lucky Brand booties $128., David Aubrey necklace $74., Signorelli sweatshirt $68.

Steve Madden booties $134., Urban Expressions handbag $60., Heather Kahn necklace $56., Greylin Collections faux fur jacket $136.fullsizerender-2fullsizerender-3

Friday Reads

I have been sick with a cold for almost two weeks.  After binge watching a few new shows, (Better Things and The Crown), I am ready for some new books.  My sister, Christine and I have been swapping titles to keep me feeling inspired.  I started out with fashion books of course.  I love looking at beautiful designs and daydreaming a bit.  First up; Harper’s BAZAAR Greatest Hits.  Here you get lovely essays by artists such as, Patti Smith alongside photographs by legends like  Peter Lindbergh.  It is a win-win with this book, allowing your imagination run away with you while taking a stroll down memory lane.  I tried to mix up my hit list by adding a autobiography.  I chose the one and only, Bruce Springsteen Born To Run.  I got a chance to see Springsteen perform at Circus Maximus in Rome this summer.  It was truly magical.  Realizing I did not know much about him besides the usual gossip, I dove right in.  As an artist, I truly enjoy learning about how an artist approaches their craft.  And the photos as amazing.

I asked my sister to add to this list which I will be posting shortly.  In the meantime, do you have any suggestions to add to the list?  If so, comment down below.  I would love to hear from you.

TBT to The Vatican City

This summer the entire family, plus Ama (our Puerto Rican nickname for Grandma) went to Italy.  We had an amazing time together.  Food, fun, and festivities for everyone!  One of the first stops was a visit The Vatican City with Ama. (My husband and the kids opted for a bike ride through the ancient city and ruins.)  My Mom, has always wanted to see it up close and personal, so we booked an early morning tour. Ama and I made it to all the main sites; St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican Museums and the Vatican gardens. We also made lots of new friends from all over the world.  Everyone exchanged travel tips, favorite escapades, and top restaurants, of course.  After tons of history, art, and unbelievable beauty, we were exhausted.  We immediately beelined it to a cafe to regroup and recharge!  Mom and I were ready to plan the next adventure in Rome. And hopefully, it involves some serious shopping.

 

 

 

New Work and Inspiration

I am so happy to announce I am current working with Small Businesses as a Social Media Consultant.  I had no idea how much I would love this part of the business.  Working on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have inspired me to take a fresh look photograph, writing, and socializing!  Making new friends and connections has really pushed to try new things.  I find myself taking photography classes, try new recipes,and yes, working on this blog.

Feel free to follow along on Instagram, to see what I am up too.  Anchor and Hope SF,   Jersey SF, Salt House SF, Town Hall SF.  My personal Instagram account is here.  Lots of new, exciting things coming up….so stay tuned!

Photo Credit:  Kelly Puleio

Dress Me Up

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective is now open at the De Young Museum.  I had a chance to go to the Press Preview last week.  What a treat!  I took my time exploring the many galleries, stopping at each piece in awe.   André Leon Talley lovingly curated an exquisite retrospective of de la Renta’s career.  Talley created beautiful rooms with subtle lighting and glamorous decor.  With over 130 pieces from the de la Renta archives, the designer’s personal collection, private lenders, and the museums Fine Arts costume collection, there is something for everybody to enjoy.

Photos:  Diane Mateo

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André Leon Talley spoke about his friendship with Oscar de la Renta and the exhibit.IMG_3099

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