Welcome to my rebranded blog! It’s still a work in progress but if you take a look around, you will see things have changed. For example, my boutique is a lot more visible and will be soon filled with the products featured in my posts. There will also be a lot more artisan products, like this gorgeous suede fringe clutch purse handmade in Italy.
I’m not going to start this post and pretend that there’s not an adorable furry guest in the photo who needs to approve all of my makeup remover picks, like this one from Neutrogena. That’s Apollo, and he always has to make a debut when I take product shots. In fact, this was moments before he knocked everything down. But this was too cute not to share. Plus, he’s a pro at resting and knows what to do to avoid aging while you sleep.
OK, maybe he doesn’t.
I often get questions about my hair care routine, so I thought I would write a post about it in case you were wondering too. As you can tell from all of my pictures, I have a lot of hair. What many people don’t know is that it’s actually really curly. I don’t usually wear it natural because my curls drop quickly no matter what I do. It’s a combination of it naturally not holding curls well and all of the stuff I’ve done to it over the years. It just falls flat.
Chic, sexy and comfortable? It’s possible, my friends. It is possible. You know I’m all about modern, clean and effortless style. I don’t like a lot of fuss. You don’t need to do a lot to make the most out of your look. You just need to know what works for your body, curate your personal closet essentials and take it from there. Style is something you exude when you feel good about what you’re wearing – the fit, colors, design, silhouette, and so on.
If you’ve ever been part of organizing a conference (or any large multi-day event, really) then I don’t need to tell you what the last few months have been like. Lots of long work days filled with spreadsheets, deadlines and approvals with lots and lots of updates and changes in between. It’s about getting things done well and quickly, making sure every sponsor is happy and ensuring that guests will have the best experience possible. With 31 sponsors and 450 attendees on their way, everything had to run smoothly for our third annual #WeAllGrow Summit. I’m proud to say, it did. From the food, accommodations at Hotel Maya, speakers, keynotes and suites, there was something for everyone.
It’s crunch time as we prepare for our 3rd annual #WeAllGrow Summit! I still have not picked out all of my outfits for this three day event starting on March 1st. One thing is for sure, I will need to wear flats because heels are just not smart for conferences if you’re spending the whole day on your feet like me (trust me, my feet hated me last year). I know, I know. I wore them here and here. But I wasn’t working those events. When you’re attending, you can throw on your diva heels. When you’re working, comfort is priority.
Can I just wear a poncho for the next few months? They’re always my go-to this time of year. During these months, LA tends to be cloudy and rainy, work is on overload as we prep for our conference and I’m usually working on several freelance projects. I love this Stitchfix two-in-one off the shoulder number. Dadly it’s already sold out, and I didn’t see many like to choose from. I hope they bring it back. My friends and I joke around about caftans and ponchos being a must as you get older. I have no qualms channeling my inner Mrs. Roper. With every year that goes by, I’m totally appreciating the ease and style of draping fabrics.
I’m about to show my age right now, but every time I see the words Love Letter I think of (and sing) Giggles’ song. Not familiar with it? OK. Moving on.
Babble recently invited my fiancé and I to write and read a love letter to one another in honor of Valentine’s Day along with several other couples. I love the way the video turned out. The couple that’s been married for 60 years melts my heart.
Like I mentioned in this post, I’m going to share a lot more of what we eat and do around these parts to feed our soul. I also want to share how we keep it all as simple as possible. Unless it’s a special event or a weekend cooking with the family, our everyday meals need to be manageable with a touch of a garlic, a dash of salt and 100% gluten-free.
We’re a busy family so there is not always a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. But we make sure to stock up on fresh veggies and herbs for quick meals throughout the week. One of our favorite dishes these days is this pesto chicken gluten-free pasta with asparagus and tomatoes.
Let me tell you, it’s not an easy thing to stick to when TMJ symptoms come creeping in. But I’ve been trying. A little over a week ago, I kinked up my neck on the couch waiting for my son to get home from a party. I must’ve slumped over in exhaustion. Well, when I got up the room was spinning. All I could say was “Darn it! Not again!”. I thought I rid myself of this awful symptom. It was so annoying, but I was determined to not let it get the best of me. It’s transient and all part of the healing process. Between my orthotic, chiropractic appointments and physical therapy, my body is shifting and trying to find its ideal position. I really cannot do more than what I’m already doing. When a symptom pops up, I acknowledge it, take a deep breath and try not to let it take a hold of me.
Hey, OK, you’re here, you can settle down. It’s all good.
I love statement necklaces and chandelier earrings, but there’s also much to be said about delicate jewelry. Sometimes it’s all you need to add a touch of sophistication to your outfit.