Old Navy – Gray & Army Green Sweaters
J. Crew – Bracelets, Sequin Top, Army Green Skirt
Madewell – Gray Collared Shirt Dress
JCPenney – Black Fur Vest
American Eagle – Brown Fur Vest
Express – Gold Necklace
Black Friday. The first official shopping day of the holiday season turned into a full-fledged weekend of discount shopping. My visits to J.Crew, Express, Madewell, Forever 21, Old Navy, American Eagle and JCPenney were quite successful. Between my coupons, the stores existing sales and additional discounts, everything was a minimum of 40 % off the original price tag. Here are some treasures from my 72 hour adventure!
MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art). A visit to MOCA and its surrounding’s will brighten your mood and spark the creative spirit. Carolina, being the art enthusiast she is, always serves as my guide as we make our way through the MOCA’s downtown Grand location. Although our interpretation of the art and our experience at the museum may be different, anytime either of us needs a pick me up or we need to get out of suburbia, we can always agree on an LA excursion to the museum.
If you can make the trip to LA, we highly recommend visiting the MOCA’s downtown locations for some take your breath away moments. A trip to Little Tokyo for some sushi and the Grand Central Market will make your day even brighter!
Something I cannot get enough of is the neon trend. I am lovin’ me some neon pink, yellow, green – I could go on forever! And while I understand this is a trend, I have always had a great love affair with the fluorescent pink. My parents can confirm this love by showing off my neon pink, yellow, green and purple New Kids on The Block paraphernalia. I know, I know, I look a bit young for that kind of NKOTB lovin’, but I was 5, and all I can say is Jordan Knight rocked my world!
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with scouring fantastical design blogs for any kind of neon decor inspiration. And, while many of these inspirations have been pinned onto the Para Nuestra “Dream” Casa board, I was able to find a project para ahora! A fabulous neon pink coffee table is in our very near future. I was inspired by the below and after a few questions over to Bailey, my interior designer bestie, I was ready to get started. Look for an update on this project in the next few weeks.
Our living room lives off of a neutral color scheme. The BF can attest, I am definitely a girl in love with a good neutral and a pop of color or pattern. Spray painting our white coffee table hot pink should give the living room the pop of color it needs. The BF has give his seal of approval, let’s hope little man Lucius does as well.
These images came from a post on Sadie & Stella
that I found my coffee table in on and Pinterest
. As you can see, pink is still one of my favorite fluros.
It’s time to give the good old dining area turned office space a make-over. Since I’m in an apartment and can’t make too many holes in the wall or wall paper additions, I’ll be sprucing up my desk, storage and wall space. After scoping out the lovely selection of design blogs, I’ve decided a bit of color and innovative storage space will aid in creating the aesthetic I’m dreaming of.
Step 1 A new desk; I’m currently looking at this lovely from West Elm.
Step 2 Styling my bookshelf/storage space from Ikea.
Step 3 Put up some colorful frames and bulletin boards.
Step 4 Magnetic knife mounts to display inspirational magazine pages.
Step 5 Enjoy!
Marquee Day Club
The Vegas craving. Every few months I launch into full blown lusting for Las Vegas mode. The Vegas I love and the traditional Vegas experience are two completely different things; gambling and eating at fine dining establishments are not part of my typical excursion.
The Vegas I love consists of putting together a Vegas outfit, Vegas make-up, big Vegas hair and going dancing until the wee hours of the morning. The bigger the hair, the better! I love to dance, and there’s something about a Vegas nightclub, and the beat of the music pounding against the walls that makes a night on the town in Vegas like nothing else.
I’ve been longing to stay at The Cosmopolitan, so I have decided I must make this a reality. It’s a rather new hotel in the Las Vegas City Center. The decor is absolutely stunning! The Cosmopolitan is a luxury resort that combines a classy aesthetic with just the right amount of sparkle. The Chandelier bar in the hotel is the definition of a stunner, I’ve never seen such a lovely space in Vegas it’s def a must see.
I have always been fascinated by films. When I was a little girl, I would beg my parents to let me watch movies over and over again. I can not tell you how many times I watched The Little Mermaid and The Lion King on VHS. Ever since I was young, I have had a love for films. It was like deep down, I knew, that films would be one of the things I would be most passionate about in life. I have never grown out of my desire to watch a film over and over again. I still do it till this day. Whenever I need a refresher on what I love in life, or if I just need to watch something beautiful, a movie never ceases to amaze me.
Tonight I saw the movie, Like Crazy. To be honest, I am not quite sure of the release date or the name of the actors, but I can tell you this – it is by far one of my favorite movies of this year. The story is about Jacob and Anna, and takes place back and forth from the US and the UK. It is a story about insanely passionate love told in the tone of harsh reality. The way their love stems from such a pure and natural state, to where it ends up is, one of the most realistic situations I have seen in a movie thus far. Not like I don’t like happy endings, but one thing I have noticed about myself is that I am tired of the corny happy endings that really make no sense in life. I love watching a situation people can relate to. In addition to its naturalistic nature, the direction of the movie completed this aesthetic value.
I believe in solid endings. The ending alone defines the strength of a film. In this particular movie, the ending successfully captured the overall message of the struggles love can bring. The lack of dialogue in the closing scene, the depth of their emotions and the intensity of their eyes speak louder than any dialogue could have. And the music, this final piece was pivitol in evoking the final emotion from the audience. I truly loved the end to this movie, I think it could stand alone and be admired for what it is.
And so, there are infinite situations when it comes to matters of the heart. In this particular situation, distance is what broke them apart but also, brought them back together.
Asos Jacket, Rachel Zoe, Sanctuary, Nordstrom, Forever 21, Michael Kors
I’m happy to report that we’re finally experiencing some Fall weather here in Southern California! Well, as Fall as we’ll get in this climate zone.
Faux fur is obvi a total trend for Fall. A fur vest breathes life to any old sweater, jean and boot combination. It is seriously one of my all time favorite pieces to wear, and I’ll even try and push wearing these beauties all the way through to Spring. The great thing about these is they’re available at pretty much every price point, making them an accesible must have item for Fall!
Tom Binns – Slap Dash Swarovski Crystal Bib Necklace
Last night I started to collect images of necklaces for the post I had planned for today. I perused the usual character of sites and then I hit net-a-porter.com and my hear skipped a beat. I love it when this happens! The feeling of awe always takes my breath away and a surge of obsessed emotions flood through my body from my head to my toes.
Obsessed is a term my sister and I often use whenever we come across anything that sends our senses into sensory overload. And, this necklace by Tom Binns, with its glorious Swarovski crystals and neon brights was just pure perfection. Sometimes the BF starts to worry about me due to the multiple obsession episodes I incur on a daily basis; I just like to think I have a passion for life.
So, this post went from featuring a set of necklaces I found inspiring to spotlighting the one and only neon Swarovski encrusted beauty!