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.
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.
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.
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.
How is it possible for a frayed hem to look chic? I spent my childhood avoiding it (because in the 80s we either cuffed our jeans or had the hem sewn), and now I’m wearing them with heels. Who knew? It’s kind of like the poncho trend. Oh, and the gaucho one. Reliving my youth one garment at a time.
Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate Los Angeles winters. I was one of those native New Yorkers who missed the feeling of real seasons, magical snowfall and the chance to bundle up in a nice warm coat. After my last few visits to the east during winter, I converted. Yea, no. My blood can longer handle it. I actually really love that I can get away with wearing a sweater coat all season long if I chose to. I still love snowfall, but I don’t miss the day after!
I typically share my more dressier looks on the blog because, well, I actually don’t have a real reason why. I guess I felt that if I was going to go out of my way to shoot pics, it should be more of an occasion. It’s been tricky fitting in shoots, work, parenting and life all in one week. But as the team grows bigger at my day job, I’ve been able to have more creative time in the evenings and weekends for my own passions.
Instead of going over what I want to do in 2017, I decided to come up with a word that embodies the way I want to feel. After a year of health issues coming and going, I can certainly say that the “ups” were the best in my life. I loved the days when I felt spirited, alive, inspired and sexy. the word that best encompasses the way I want to feel is vivacious.
Receiving a “Mal de Ojo” bracelet or azabache (typically has a black bead or hand) when you’re a baby is a tradition in my family. I still have the ones my grandmother gave me and the one she gave my son. The bracelet is intended to protect you from anyone who is envious or wants to inflict pain or harm on you. This belief goes back over 3,000 to ancient Greece and Rome, and is a symbol in many religions.
The evil eye amulet is supposed to offset negative energy by staring back at it.