12.31.2014

Bye 2014, Countdown to 2015

Another year coming to a close and it's bittersweet because 2014 brought so many big changes in my life, two of them being huge life changes, getting asked for my hand in marriage and then buying our starter home together. I know that typically as fashion bloggers we can choose to put a wall and keep it all fashion, but I like sharing my life beyond the outfits because I'm sure someone out there can relate and in essence, that makes me feel better connected with you all.
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12.29.2014

NYE Glam Look

If you are celebrating the good bye of 2014 and welcoming 2015 in glamour, today I bring you an outfit idea featuring one of my favorite dresses from Nicole Miller. Nicole Miller fit a woman's body like a glove and I love that this one has ruching in the mid section to forgive those Christmas lbs (for us Mexicans it's the tamale lbs! I had like a gazillion of those)

Sleeves on any of your NYE dresses or nights out this winter will allow you to refrain from wearing a coat by keeping you warm and hence not dealing with a coat check. Then there is the design, this one I chose from Nicole Miller has a gold foil print that makes it unique and not an average LBD. Matched with a pop or red lips and you are set to dance the night away and countdown to 2015!
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12.27.2014

Pink Iridescence

This coat has definitely brought my pink obsession to the forefront as I continue to wear it almost every other day! For most cases I wear it with jeans (like I did here), but today I wanted to wear it dressed up paired with this iridescent dress from River Island that I have been saving for this season (since I bought it during their Summer Sale). I love iridescent pieces because they shimmer in different colors depending on the angle and since this piece shimmers in pink, gold and silver, it was the perfect piece to pair with the coat especially during this Holiday season, speaking of which, this dress is so forgiving! Instead of going with black heels, I paired it with nude to keep the outfit completely light in color. This is also perfect for NYE if you want to stand out in a room full of black dresses :) but don't get me wrong, I will be back with a black outfit NYE option!

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12.12.2014

Getting Holiday Ready with Neutrogena

Please note that this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect, this post was created and written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and express my personal views and opinions.
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11.26.2014

Gift Guide and CARE giving with H&M

It may not be past Thanksgiving yet, but there is no denying that the holiday season is upon us and gift-givers everywhere are starting to prepare. Today I bring you an affordable gift guide for EVERYONE in your family from H&M ( kids, men, ladies, even home decor), but wait... what if I told you, you can shop AND contribute to a good cause?

This year, the H&M Conscious Foundation will support the organization CARE—a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty by working alongside women and girls to help them develop business opportunities to generate income, gain power and enhance self-esteem.

This season you can shop while contributing to this great cause as H&M has created CARE gift labels, which will be sold in stores across the world.  For every set of CARE labels sold, the H&M Conscious Foundation will donate double the sales price to the CARE organization. 
Pau


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11.24.2014

Rakani Watch and Ray-ban Sunglasses GIVEAWAY!

Happy Monday and beginning of the Thanksgiving Week festivities! Unfortunately, my current moving situation has thrown a wrench into my outfit posts, but I'm so happy to have lined up this awesome giveaway with a great group of bloggers!

In this giveaway, one lucky winner will any RAKANI designer watch (below $250) of their choice AND a pair of Ray-ban aviator sunglasses ($150 Retail value) from Sunglasses Shop- a prize worth a total of $400!! To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter below. 


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11.17.2014

Chic "Will you be my Bridesmaid?" Cards

One of the funnest parts for me in the beginning stages of wedding planning was asking the best ladies of my life to be a part of our wedding party. I took to Pinterest and wedding blogs looking for cute ideas, and I decided it would be best if I purchased individually customizable cards since I have a Matron of Honor, a Maid of Honor and bridesmaids.

It took me a week to decide where to customize the cards, I almost placed an order with Etsy, but then I discovered Paperless Post and loved that I could design the card myself. I was able to design the card from one of their bridesmaid party templates, but with the ability to customize the font (color, size, type), deciding on the type of paper I wanted and being able to purchase the cards individually (vs. minimum 10 of each). After playing around with the fonts, I composed a little fun poem to pose the question and here is the end result:
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During my bridesmaid card research, I also founds some adorable ones that almost made the cut! Here are the runner ups:
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Next up, planning a Bridesmaids Brunch where I will share the colors, my vision and get my girls together... of course I will share pictures of that! 

 & ,
Pau



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11.14.2014

Reworking my Closet: White Button Up

Happy Fri-yay Friends! Before I get to the fashion let me just share that it's been an insane month culminating this week with the close of escrow on our new house being today! Any of you who are homeowners I'm sure understand when I say- WHOA, that was intense! From offers, to approvals, to inspections, to walk through's- it's a month of being on pins and needles, but now we are so happy and ready to start a new chapter in our lives! Our new home will need a lot of TLC and I'm excited to share some home decor posts with y'all especially as I decorate my new home office!

Back to the fashion, now more than ever, in an effort to save money, reworking my closet is essential! I also never knew how essential a white button up was until I wore this one from Tommy Hilfiger which is of great quality and very soft (vs. other white button ups that tend to be stiff). Here are 3 ways to style a button up:
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1. Under a coat (Details here) | 2. Paired with a printed bottom (Details here) 3. Layered under a sweater (Details here)

I hope to resume my normal outfit posting schedule soon! Don't forget I have TWO giveaways going on right now: one $25 Starbucks gift card on Instagram (ending at 5pm PST) here, and the other the L'Oreal Youth Code Line (valued $100+) ending at midnight (here). As always, thank you for your support!


☮ & ,
Pau

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11.13.2014

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula

Please note that this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect, this post was created and written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and express my personal views and opinions.

As Winter nears, so does its cold elements (brrrr) and whether you are indoors or outdoors your skin gets affected. For me, my hands always take the brunt with signs of chapping and cracking due to the winds, heater, cleaning, running, etc.


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11.09.2014

Beauty Bit: Youth Code by L'Oréal Paris {GIVEAWAY}

Please note that this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with L'Oréal Paris and Latina Bloggers Connect, this post was written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and expresses my personal views and opinions.


In today's "Beauty Bit" installment, I get to merge two of my favorite topics, beauty and women empowerment thanks to L'Oréal Paris #PorqueTuLoVales campaign.

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My beauty journey started at a very young age and was heavily influenced by my Latina roots. My skin has always been of an olive tone and for the most part was very cooperative with my many make-up experiments over the years, however as I got older I realized that it started becoming less forgiving.


I notice that my skin goes through phases, from dry to oily, new freckles, dark spots, texture changes and imperfections all of which as a proud Latina woman I have always embraced, but after educating myself about products that help me in rewinding the skin clock I have quickly adopted them into my regimen with the benefit that this will enhance my Mexican skin attributes.


To tackle my oily skin situation, especially as I sit in an office for over 8 hours without many opportunities to wash my face or tame the oil,  I use the L'Oréal's Youth Code Texture Perfector Regimen which will also minimize the look of pores and improves skin texture.

Step 1: After washing my face, I treat my skin with the Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate which starts tightening my pores and works on my fine lines. You know those worry lines that as women we develop as we try to be Superwomen? Yes, those!



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11.07.2014

Boot Up {Collab}

It was only a matter a time that I brought these over-the-knee beauties out again (last seen here)! Today they have come out to play not only to celebrate Fall, but for a collaboration with 3 other gorgeous fashion bloggers who are also showing you how you can bring your boots out to play (see their fab looks below).

Over the Knee Boots, aside from keeping your legs warm can really sexify an outfit. Every time I put these on, they inspire me to strut!
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Check out the blogs for these lovely ladies for different ideas on how to style your boots! 
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11.05.2014

Plaid and Jeans

Lately I have been so drawn to red plaid, a pattern that I usually reserve for the Christmas season, but when styled with jeans and black booties like I did below, it may look like a casual outfit with edge.

I recently picked up this piece while perusing my local Forever 21, which made me realize that the best part about shopping in-store is that you are not influenced by the styling that you see online, which is why when I picked up this "dress" I totally thought it was a top and wore it as such!
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11.03.2014

Good bye October, Hello November!

As we approach the second to last month of the year, I can't help but start to analyze my year so far. It's been a year full of highs (engagement and potential home purchase) and a few lows (losing loved ones), but it's been the best year for my blog so far.

There is so much that I still want to do and achieve but one thing is for certain, my style has continued to evolve and expand. Case and point, this outfit recap- coats, dresses, prints, colors- one word to describe it, variety.
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Hope you have a great month!
☮ & ,
Pau

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10.31.2014

Upcoming Fashion Gala: Heels2Heal ft. Nicole Miller

On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, San Diego will have one of its most fashionable nights with a Gala for a great cause! "Heels2Heal" will bring a taste of Fashion Week to San Diego with a runway show by renowned New York City designer Nicole Miller who will be at the event showcasing her Spring 2015 collection.

The event will be held in a gorgeous private estate in La Jolla, accompanied by San Diego's finest food and music. There will be a silent auction and a highly anticipated live auction featuring exclusive international getaways and adventures!

The money raised at this year's event will help San Diego Youth Services provide direct financial and emotional assistance to improve the lives of homeless, runaway, abused and at risk children. This organization is very near and dear to me as my future mother-in-law Laura is a Community Outreach Specialist and my future sister-in-law Jess is a Prevention Specialist with the school based suicide prevention program called "HERE now". Both are extremely passionate about what they do, and listening to their stories over the years exemplifies how amazing this organization is in aiding our community.

Purchase your tickets to the "Heel2Heel" event here

If you are unable to attend or are not in the San Diego area, a "would like to donate" option is available. Every dollar is greatly appreciated as it counts towards the future of our youth in need!!


Wondering what to wear? Cocktail to Formal attire is recommended. Here are some ideas ft. Nicole Miller:



For more information, please email events@heels2heal.org or call (858) 208-0270.

Don't forget to follow:

☮ & ,
Pau

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10.29.2014

Athleti-chic

When I (and my poor feet) need to take a break from heels, it doesn't necessarily mean it's also a break from fashion. As recently as New York Fashion Week, world-renowned fashionistas were spotted wearing sneakers, I'll give you a moment to gasp- yes sneakers! Although I wouldn't necessarily wear sneakers to fashion week, it did inspire me to incorporate sneakers into my outfits. 

When I received this cool athlethic, yet chic "Dash" jacket from CAbi, I instantly knew that this would be the perfect time to bring in my new hot pink kicks for an all over athletic chic vibe.
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10.27.2014

Fall Tribal

A recent cool-off here in San Diego finally allowed me to play with some Fall pieces I have been anxiously waiting to wear and coincidentally they all went together like puzzle pieces! Obviously, it wasn't rocket science since most of the pieces are black, but I do love that they all have a tribal slash boho vibe to it, down to the Naughty Monkey booties with cute cutout details

Since metallic tattoos were oh so popular during Summer (paired with bikinis and what not) I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show that these Dream Tats can transition into Fall by replacing actual jewelry!
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10.24.2014

Houndstooth for H&M Opening

Happy Friday!!! Can you tell I'm excited? Yesterday, I had the honor yet again to be a Style Consultant and host a twitter giveaway at the Grand Opening of the H&M located inside the new Outlets at the Border! To host my duties, I picked out this dress their location and added the H&M signature color red as a pop of color against the dress. **Update: Sadly, I dropped my camera right before these pictures were taken, hence the blurryness *sad face*! Upon realizing it, I had to run to Best Buy to get a new lense and I was back in business!**
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10.21.2014

Join me at Grand Opening of H&M Outlets at the Border!

I'm still riding off of that high from participating in last week's amazing H&M Opening at Parkway Plaza (read my recap here), and I'm so excited to announce that H&M is opening another store in our lovely city!

Join me this Thursday October 23, 2014 at the grand opening of H&M in the Outlets at the Border located in San Ysidro! The doors to the store open at 10am, but as I learned in my previous H&M opening experience, most of the fun happens beforehand!
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10.20.2014

Embellished Sweatshirt

Last week was full of work deadlines, my H&M event, topped with big life decisions like bridesmaids cards and house hunting, so when it came time to dress up for our SD Style Bloggers' Meet Up on Saturday this embellished cropped pullover from H&M was the perfect item for a tired gal like me because it made me feel both chic and comfortable!
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10.17.2014

Fall Black & White + H&M Opening Pics!

My black and white obsession continues well into Fall and yesterday while shopping at the new H&M in Parkway Plaza, I gravitated towards all of their black and white pieces! For my opening day look I opted for something more casual to be out there talking to the crowd and walking around the store (details of that below).
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10.14.2014

Join me at H&M's Opening in Parkway Plaza this Thursday!

Being a huge fan of H&M, I can remember a time a few years ago when I had to drive up to my "nearest" location in Los Angeles to stock up on those great essential and cool pieces that H&M offers.

Fast forward to present day, California has become one of H&M's strongest markets causing beautiful H&M locations to sprout all over San Diego and lucky for us, a new 20,000 square foot H&M location will open this Thursday October 16, 2014 at noon at Parkway Plaza and YOU are invited to join me at the opening day festivities that will be filled with lots of prizes!
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10.10.2014

Fall Accessories Giveaway!!

Happy Friday Fashionable Friends! I have been talking so much about Fall lately that it's time I got y'all in on the fun! I have put together 3 gorgeous accessories (that together retail over $100) to give away to one lucky winner (maybe you!). Use the Rafflecopter below to enter where the more ways you follow, the better chance you have of winning this prize! Good Luck!

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1. Melie Bianco Purse (retail $83)
2. Statement Earrings
3. Star Capwell necklace


This Giveaway will run until 11:59pm Thursday October 23, 2014 and is open to participants worldwide (You can also find more international giveaways at: www.osvojito.com). The winner will be announced the Monday thereafter and contacted via email! 

☮ & ,
Pau

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10.08.2014

Leopard Jacket

We can't discuss Fall without talking about leopard, the print that is synonymous with the season. Well for us leopard lovers, CAbi took it to the next level by making this all leopard "Estate Jacket" in a classic swing collar silhouette.

I incorporated this beauty in this Fall uniform of sorts and folded back the collar for a more laid back look. I can't wait to layer this coat over a simple LBD as this jacket brings the chicness to any outfit!
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10.06.2014

Little Heatwave Dress

Just when I thought Fall was here, our Summer in San Diego was unofficially extended with this heatwave! We had beach weather (can't complain) over the weekend with the temp hitting about 80 degrees and sunshine in full effect. 

When it came time to dress up to attend the #HHM Latina panel at Macy's, I couldn't even fathom wearing jeans, so I opted for this lightweight, mixed print shift dress and semi-glammed it up with these gold heels. Lightweight printed dresses are good to have on hand when the weather throws you a heatwave curve ball!
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10.02.2014

Cozy Knit Sweater

As I think of what every woman needs this Fall and Winter (an elegant coat, faux fur vest, hat) I get excited when I think about the comfiest piece on the list- a cozy knit sweater. It evokes that feeling of Fall, making me want to curl up with a cup of pumpkin spice latte.

Well, this "Joy Sweater" from CAbi is not only comfy and gorgeous, but it's long (for those days when you want to pair with leggings), it has pockets (because we all love pockets) and the stitching is superb all around the trim. This piece along with the other Fall items I've been showcasing will definitely be in heavy rotation this season and so will those darn lattes!
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9.30.2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Macy's

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's Hispanic Heritage. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, which for a proud Latina like me is something worth celebrating! Lucky for me and fashionistas in general, Macy’s is bringing together 3 stylish and accomplished Latinas: Actress/Singer Jasmine Villegas, former fashion director for People en Español Kika Rocha and fashion blogger behind Sincerely Jules, Julie Sariñana for a panel that is sure to be inspiring and interactive.

Their next stop is right here in my hometown of San Diego this Saturday October 4, 2014 at 2 pm at the Macy's located in Fashion Valley and you're invited! Yours truly will be on hand as a social correspondent and of course, as a fan.
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Following what is sure to be a great discussion about fashion and culture, enjoy a live performance by Jasmine V, a special fashion presentation and potentially meet the influencers themselves! If you are in the San Diego area, make sure to come on by! If you are not, check out to see if there is a stop near youFor more details about this event click here. Hope to see you there!
Saturday Oct. 4 at 2 pm
Macy's Fashion Valley
(7007 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108)


☮ & ,
Pau

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9.29.2014

Good bye September, Hello October!

Whoa, September was an exciting and busy month, but October is not looking too shabby either! On a fashion note, I have definitely made the transition into outerwear and booties with more of that on it's way (big thanks to CAbi for stocking me up on outerwear).
See full outfits here: 
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On a personal note, nothing has really changed in the balancing act front. I still continue to juggle with my career, this blog, wedding planning, fitness, etc, sometimes feeling like I'm in one of those Chuck E Cheese ball pits, but above all feeling BLESSED. 

Since Thursday I've been doing family activities every single day- from being the secret photographer when my cousin proposed to his girlfriend, to celebrating my mom's birthday, to a baby shower to taking my niece to the Demi Lovato concert... as tired as I feel today, my heart is full and grateful. I think it's important to share with you that aside from sharing the surface outfits, I put a lot of heart into this with the goal that this right here (my blog) is a happy zone for anyone who stops on by!

My question to you is ... What makes you happy?

☮ & ,
Pau

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9.25.2014

Black Faux Fur Vest

Unlike my previous pretty in pastel outfit, where I wore an unexpected piece for Fall and Winter, today's look is a quintessential Fall look featuring this "Infinite" faux fur vest from CAbi. One great feature about this vest is that it's not the typical "makes you look big" kind of vest due to the shagginess only being on the front and a minimalist ponte back.

A basic black faux fur vest lends itself to so many styling options (trust me it will be a recurring layering piece this season), but since it's still warm out I decided to bare the legs and I must admit that I was having a mini Kate Hudson in the movie "Almost Famous" moment.
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9.23.2014

Pastel Fall/Winter Coat

It's officially Fall! Time to start thinking about great outerwear like cozy knits and trench coats, but when you think of Fall, I'm sure pastels are not the first hues that come to mind. 

Enter CAbi's "tuscadero coat", the perfect pastel pink coat that I fell in love with (and judging by the comments on my sneek peak on instagram so did many of you). With a cute bow detail and gold buttons, this coat makes any outfit girly and sophisticated.
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9.22.2014

Beauty Bit: #NeutrogenaBelleza

Please note that this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Neutrogena and Latina Bloggers Connect, this post was created and written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and express my personal views and opinions.

With all of the weather changes that we have been experiencing lately, my skin relies on products to enhance and get it looking fresh on the daily.

Whether it is to bear the heatwave that we've had in San Diego or the upcoming cool off from Fall, this trio of products has me covered: Neutrogena® Visibly Even® Foaming Cleanser, Neutrogena® Visibly Even® Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, and Neutrogena® Visibly Even® BB Cream SPF 30. They all contain Essential Soy®, a natural skin brightener that helps to improve overall radiance and even out skin tone.

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9.17.2014

#PurplePurse Campaign

Please note that this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation and Latina Bloggers Connect, this post was created and written by me for lilbitsofchic.com and express my personal views and opinions.

Obviously, as a fashion blogger I try to keep it light-hearted around here with fun outfits, beauty and lifestyle related posts, but behind the scenes I am a woman who loves thought provoking conversation. One year ago, I lent my voice and blog to discussing the #PurplePurse campaign and what a purple purse symbolized (read it here)- it raises domestic violence awareness, a topic that for many is taboo specifically when it comes to the financial traps that an abuser creates.

This year I decided to join in the conversation again to reiterate that the importance of having these conversations and to elaborate on recognizing how financial abuse plays a huge part in why abused women stay in those terrible relationships.

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9.15.2014

Pre-Fall Styld.by Session

Last week our local GAP in Fashion Valley invited a few of us style bloggers and stylists to preview their Fall collection and put our styling skills to the test by creating looks using their newest items.

Look 1: A cozy knit is synonymous with Fall and this one specifically was so comfortable and long, perfect to go over leggings, or in this case Gap's 1969 Legging Jeans that are thick like jeans but stretchy like leggings (a great combo for da curves!)
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9.12.2014

Matching Crop & Skirt

Here comes another crop top and this time in the form of a matching separate! I previously mentioned my hesitance with crop tops in this previous post, but I'm starting to slowly embrace their boldness (especially as I continue putting time in the gym). I have, however, been sticking to the more covered up ones that only allow me to show a sliver of skin, but if those are still too risqué for you, I previously wrote this post about how to partake in the matching separates look with these layered dresses.

I picked up this crop top & skirt cohesive set from an ASOS sale (aren't those sales the best?), and since it has since sold out I have included a round up of some of my current favorite matching sets below that are on my wishlist!
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9.10.2014

Football + Fashion {Collab}

Fashion and football, two totally opposite subjects but two totally fun ones! With the start of the football season (and the disappearance of my fiance and men all across the nation), today I have teamed up with 3 fabulous style bloggers to show you our team spirit using what we know best- fashion!

I love that none of us wore jerseys, but kept with the color theme and gave our outfits a sporty vibe. I dressed in my Charger-esque colors and gear on the day of our first game which sadly didn't go as I would have wished, but that's football for you, you never know what you're going to get!

Check out these stylish ladies for more details on their looks: Melissa from Sweet Style By Melissa representing the NY Giants, Daisy from Daisy's Fashion Garden representing the Oakland Raiders, and Jea from DaintyJea representing the Patriots.
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9.08.2014

Glimpse of Fall

San Diego weather hit 80 degrees this weekend to abruptly remind me that it's not Fall yet, BUT last week while attending the Grand Opening of Don Chido in downtown, a brisk evening allowed me to dabble in a couple of my favorite transitional pieces- these leopard skinny jeans and these cut out booties. Might I add that cutout booties are perfect in this time of transition because it's a hybrid of a fresh heel and a covered up bootie!
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