BK and CK in DTown LA

I Am Anti Girl | Heart Los Angeles Street Art in Downtown LA

Anti Girl Heart Los Angeles Street Art in Downtown LA

Last weekend/week CK was in town visiting and we of course made a few trips up to LA. We used to always take fun day trips like this when she lived in CA, so it was so much fun to relive the old days. Taking it back old school meant visiting our favorites in downtown and stopping by some new scenery.

We started the day out at Handsome Coffee Roaster and then took a fun little walk around the art district neighborhood. Lucky for us, we stumbled across some super cute LA street art by Anti Girl. I’ve definitely seen her work on Instagram, so I was super stoked to see it in my person. After our little walk around we of course then made our way to our usual lunch spot Urth Caffe, and enjoyed some good coffee, chats and food. It was such a lovely day that ended with CK surprising her friend at her Improv show and some delish Mexican food. We definitely miss CK, but we know she’s living life to the fullest in the best city that ever did exist!

While we would love to see her every weekend and even every day, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. In our family, we see life as an opportunity to strive and take risks to LIVE life, and don’t believe in just going through the motions. I know CK misses us just like we miss her, but we’ll always be there for her, whether it’s near or far cheering her on in her journey. For us, we’re the happiest when she’s embracing everything life has to offer. She’s growing up and we’re quite proud of the life she’s building for herself. CK’s still young, so at the moment the distance and the struggles of becoming a young adult are all to apparent, but one thing I do know is that five years from now all of these experiences, steps and tests will make sense, and she’ll look back and smile and know she has no regrets.

The Bridge | Downtown LA

Downtown LA Bridge

Pesto Chicken Sandwich at Urth Caffe

CK’s Urth Caffe Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Urth Caffe Pizza Catona

My Urth Caffe Pizza Catona

Steve Madden ‘Real’ Love Pump | Look Three – Tomboy Chic

Urban Renewal Overal Dress + Nude Strappy Pumps Forever 21 Beanie | Urban Renewal Overal Dress | H&M Striped Basic Tank | Nude Steve Madden ‘Real’ Love Pumps

How to Wear Nude Strappy Pumps

Time for the last installment of How To Wear Strappy Nude Pumps. These, along with wedge sneakers, have been my favorite trend shoes of 2013. You can basically wear both of these shoes to pretty much any occasion and with any look. I know some of you are thinking it’s just not possible, but I really believe it is. It’s all about embracing it! Don’t forget to check Look one and Two.

I was totally inspired by my urban renewal overall dress and thought why not pair them with these fancy pumps…and then add in the beanie to give a little bit of a boyish edge. It’s definitely not a look for everyone, but for me this is totally something I’d wear, in fact I wore it out to dinner the other night!  How to Style a Vintage Overall Dress

Urban Renewal Overall Dress Outfit Inspiration How to Wear Steve Madden Real Love Pumps

Photos by Glitter and Grace

Steve Madden ‘Real’ Love Pump | Look Two – Date Night

Date Night: Sequin Skirt + Steve Madden Real Love Strappy Sandals Black Long Sleeve Top | Sequin Skirt | Steve Madden Real Love Nude Strappy Sandals

As I said in Part 1 of this series, I’m a firm believer in making your favorite pair of shoes work with pretty much any outfit and for every occasion. For Look 2, I paired my nude strappy sandals with a sequin skirt and long black sweater. This is something I would wear out to date night, to dinner or the movies. Sequins dress it up, but the simple black top and nude heels tone the skirt down enough for a casual night on the town. Too many sequins and glitz, and you’ll end up looking like you’ve mistaken your hometown for Las Vegas!

Date Night Look: Rose Gold Sequin Skirt + Black Long Sleeve Tunic How to Wear: Steve Madden Real Love Strappy Nude Heels

Photos by Glitter and Grace

Steve Madden ‘Real’ Love Pump | Look One – Casual Chic

Steve Madden Real Love Heels in Nude | Casual Chic Look

Striped Zara Dolman Sweater | DIY Levi’s Cut-Off Denim Shorts | Nude Steve Madden Real Love Pumps

I am a huge believer in wearing your favorite pair of shoes to any event. So long as you’re not hiking up a mountain or walking 3 miles, I believe that based on the look you put together, you can wear your favorite pair of heels for any occasion. These nude strappy Steve Madden Real Love heels have become an instant favorite in my closet. For quite some time I’d wished for the Zara sandals to fit me, but I finally accepted the fact that I was between a 6.5 and 7 and this shoe just wasn’t going to work for me. I went out on a quest for the perfect strappy sandals and I found these beauties at Nordstrom. Now, I’m not going to lie – they’re not the most comfortable shoes. BUT I love how they look, and I honestly feel like they work with any look; whether it’s day or night.

In Look One, I’m pairing the pumps with a striped sweater and cut-off shorts. I feel like the heels really pump the outfit up and give it the most perfect casual chic feel. I’d wear this out shopping, or to lunch with the girls. I’ll post the rest of one pair of heels three ways later this week!

Details + Styling | Striped Sweater + Denim Cut-Offs Casual Chic | One Pair of Heels Three Ways Casual Chic Look | Striped Sweater, Denim Cut-Offs and Strappy Heels Strappy Steve Madden Nude Pumps

Photos by Glitter and Grace

The Wedding

Brooklyn Bridge Wedding A Bowery Hotel Bride Brooklyn Bride Park Wedding | The Skyline Wedding Day Doggie Attendant We’re waiting for our lovely photos to be edited by our amazing photography Jake Murphy of JBM Wedding Photography, but in the meantime I wanted to post a few of the amazing polaroids he took. Jake arrived with a vintage polaroid camera that looked like a prop, but it still works and took stunning photos. I love the grainy look and soft lighting of these images, I feel they totally look like overly edited instagram shots.

I cannot wait to see the whole slew of images! Until we do receive them enjoy these polaroids, and check out this post for more of the day deets!

My Favorite Summer Dress

Free People Trapeze Dress | Summer Style Sessions Free People Trapeze Dress in Cream | Sleeveless Gray Hoodie | Zara Heels

I can’t believe it’s almost August, where did the Summer go!?!? I purchased this Free People Trapeze Voile dress a few years ago and it’s always in heavy rotation. It’s perfect as a layering piece in the dead of winter and is thin enough to work as a bikini cover up as well. I love looking for versatile pieces to add to my closet collection. I can honestly say I recommend this dress hands down!

Voile and Lace Trapeze Slip in Cream | My Favorite Summer Dress Free People Trapeze Dress Photos by Glitter and Grace


It Happened

A Wedding at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

Last week on Sunday, Jon, Lucius and I became a family! Looking back I don’t think the day could have been any more magical or perfect. Nothing went wrong and I didn’t even feel an ounce of stress. Everyone was right when they told me to have the wedding that we wanted. We both can’t believe what a dream the day was, and were so happy we were able to share the day with our family and closest friends!

We had a beautiful ceremony at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which for me is one of the most beautiful back drops in life. From the park, you’re able to see the statue of liberty, downtown skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. I mean, it’s the most breathtaking view! We were so pleased that one of my bestest childhood friends, Aseye, was able to officiate the ceremony and it was AMAZING. It was so special to hear the words she wrote about Jon and I, and it made the ceremony that much more personal.

After the ceremony Jon and I took photos on the Brooklyn Bridge and throughout DUMBO, and I CANNOT wait to see the photos! Jake of JBM Wedding Photography was spectacular. He showed us a few shots of us on the bridge and I just about died! I can’t wait to show all the photos with you guys!

We followed the ceremony up with a beautiful intimate dinner in the Wine Room of Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. Everything about this hotel just screams old school NYC which is exactly what we wanted. The room’s amazing decor and beautiful candelabras created a elegant setting. When we had initially picked the venue I had seen it in the daylight, so I was blown away when I first walked into the room with Jon. The candlelight and beautiful flowers my friends had put together amped the room up to a whole another level!

I can’t wait to share more photos with you all! It’s so fun being married, we still can’t believe how wonderful our wedding week was.

Summertime Vests

Summertime DIY Vest | The Kina's Blog Cotton On Striped Shirt + Sleeveless Shirt/Vest | American Eagle White Denim Shorts | All Saints Canvas Booties

It’s definitely been hot in so cal these past few weeks, but even though the temperature has spiked I just can’t get rid of my need to wear a vest. I love layering on an additional piece to my outfit, so lately I’ve been utilizing my sleeveless shirts and turning them into faux vests. They’re much lighter than the traditional vest and still give you the same look and feel! Try it, I know you’ll love it!

Summer Stripes and White Shorts How to Wear White Shorts | The Kina's Blog Summertime Stripes and White Cut Off Denim

Photos by Glitter and Grace


How to Organize your Kitchen Cabinets | Ikea Style

Ikea Cupboard and Drawer Plate Organization

I pinned this image to my “Para Nuestra Casa Now” board on Pinterest and it’s gotten so many re-pins I figured I should create a post that at least helps direct people in the right direction. While haven’t been able to find these exact plate holders online, I have a strong inkling they’re only available in stores, I was able to track down this set of kitchen organization tools.

If you look online the Rationell Series and Grundtal Series seem to have some great dividers, containers and organizational tools for your kitchen. I started buying plate stackers and dividers from Ikea and ever since I did, my cupboards are more organized and I find myself utilizing all of my plates and bowls. Before I was lazy and I’d only use the plates on the top of a stack or those towards the front of the cabinet.

Do yourself a favor and organize that ish. You’ll get the use you should be getting from all of your dishwear.

White Shorts

Summertime Casual Chic | White Denim + Strappy Sandals


Gray Oversize Longsleeve Tee | White American Eagle Shorts | Zara Heels

I’ve always been a big fan of shorts and heels. For me the most perfect casual chic Summertime look almost always means a pair of shorts and heels. Whether the shorts are black, blue or white means nothing – grab any pair of shorts and some strappy heels and you’ve got yourself a fabulous look. I’ll admit, I’ll even wear a similar look to the grocery store because this look always lifts my spirits. My one rule is: if I skimp on the bottom I don’t skimp on the top. Balance your look out, pair shorts and heels with plain tee or long sleeve or muted pumps and shorts with a more flashy sequiny top. Feel it out. If it feels confused or too flashy, take it off and try again. I promise you, shorts and heels can become your go-to casual chic look!

Summertime Casual Chic | White Denim + Gray Details + Styling | Casual Summer Looks Outfit Details | Turquoise + Neutrals Casual Chic Summertime Staples Photos by the lovely Glitter and Grace