My 2016 Blog Highlights

Oh 2016 you were quite a year! On a blog and personal front I would say that it has been a good, productive and thought-provoking year.

Among my biggest accomplishments this year, I feel like I finally struck a work-blog-life balance which is the main struggle I have had since launching this blog. I have always had a 40 hour+ career and I always felt very unstable when it came to my time management. In 2014 we bought a house and started planning our wedding, 2015 was all wedding planning and now 2016 I finally felt like I could finally focus on the things I love.

Blog Highlights:

My Latina Magazine feature! Seeing myself in a magazine that I grew up reading and that I identify with was awesome! Going to Barnes & Noble and opening up a Latina Magazine to a picture of me was truly an eye watering experience. They even gave my husband photo credit which was super sweet!
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Semi-Dressed up NYE Outfit

Leave it up to me to sneak in one more outfit before the year end (hee hee)! In the past I have given glam NYE outfit ideas (herehere and here) but today I'm going to do a casual yet dressed up take since this the vibe I'll be doing this year. If I decide to dress it up more last minute, I will pair the top half with these ava trousers from cabi clothing and voila!
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End of Year Beauty Products GIVEAWAY!

Christmas may be over but it doesn't mean that gift-giving has! I have thoroughly enjoyed Pixi by Petra beauty products in the last few months as I would pick up some of their items at my local Target. Then, the kind people from Pixi started sending me some of their gorgeous beauty products to play with and I found that some I already had! So in the spirit of sharing, I compiled my favorites that just so happened to add up to about $197 worth of beauty products to give away to one of you who have been so supportive of my blog in 2016! I know many of you are outside of the U.S. so I have made this giveaway open worldwide!

 These are great for every day looks to those nights when you want to add sparkle to your eyeshadow!
Giveaway includes everything pictured (valued at $197):

If you want to purchase any of these products now, I have linked them up below (click & shop)!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter where the more ways you follow, the better chance you have of winning this prize!

This Giveaway will run until 11:59pm PST January 6, 2017 and is open worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter's random.org, verified, and contacted via email! Winner will have 24 hours from the email to claim prize, if not a new winner will be chosen.

 Please Note: This giveaway is not sponsored, administered or endorsed by Pixi, however they provided items for my personal use. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Lil bits of Chic of responsibility, and agree to terms of use. No purchase necessary. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

☮ & ♥,



Little Red Dress for Afternoon Tea

We are T-2 until Christmas and today I bring you a festive lil red dress that I wore for an elegant afternoon tea with fellow San Diego fashion bloggers Kali, Jenna and Kara at the beautifully decorated Fairmont Grand Del Mar!

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Holiday Home Decor 2016

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree... Holiday decorating is a must in our house, a tradition that was instilled by my mom and I adopted ever since I moved out (see my the Tiffany & Co., Luxe goldish or Ocean themed trees of years past). This year I went with silver and gold with touches of faux fur! (Side Note: I did a mini tour on Snapchat and on Instastories, see it before it expires!)
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Chic Gray Sweater

This week is meant to flood you and the web with Holiday Inspired this and that (which trust me, I’ve been enjoying and will shamelessly resume at the next post), BUT today I bring you a chic Fall/Winter Outfit ft. this lovely off the shoulder sweater from Chicwish! I also want to thank any of you who have been participating in the Holiday giveaways! There are still 2 open (here and here) with another one on the way! This is just a small token of my appreciation for all of your continued support!
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Dessange Paris Review and GIVEAWAY!

If you have been following me this year you know my hair has drastically changed in 2016. In a one year period, I went from having black hair to three stages of blonde and now I’m working my way back to brunette! Needless to say, I put my hair through a lot, but it also means that I had to step up my haircare game!

Some of the products that I steered to were the Dessange Paris Salon Color Restore Collection which can be found exclusively at Target. Dessange products are like sophisticated hairdressing expertise in a bottle and the best part is they are affordable! 
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Classic Holiday Outfit AND GIVEAWAY!

Now that we are down to 2 weeks until Christmas, I'm turning the holiday vibes up a notch up with a classic holiday Look and a giveaway (at the end of this post) in collaboration with JCPenney

I feel like I checked off the festive requirements with this outfit that I chose from Liz Claiborne (exclusively sold at JCPenney): pops of red- check! metallic dress- check! gold glitter- ding ding ding! JCPenney has a variety of on-trend, high quality pieces, that are affordable (which is music to my ears during this shopping season)! 
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Holiday Gift Ideas with The Headquarters

Today I bring you some San Diego gift ideas with one of my favorite local shopping centers, The Headquarters at Seaport Village. I was recently invited to tour a few of the stores located inside and see some of their hottest gift ideas for this season! Below I have listed gift each ideas from each store- I love that we covered all sorts of gifts from kids to ladies, to anyone who enjoys cheese or chocolate and more!
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Faux Fur and LBD Holiday Look

Just in time for the weekend, I bring you a glam outfit for the Holidays or even thereafter (NYE or a cocktail party)! You can also add tights for warmth, but since on this day San Diego was still sort of warm I was a rebel and went without. 
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Master Makeup Class with L’Oréal

When I received the invitation to learn from celebrity make-up artist Claudia Betancur during a Master Makeup Class with L’Oréal in L.A., I excitedly said YES! As you can tell my blog is primarily fashion, but I also love beauty and although I don't consider myself an expert (just yet), I'm eager to learn tips & tricks especially from talented gurus like Claudia.
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Red Knit Sweater Outfit

Want to be festive in one simple swoop? A red knit sweater will do the trick! I especially love that this one is over-sized and slouchy which makes me want to pair it with leggings and curl up on the couch. In this outfit, I added a tartan scarf that helps tame down the red but still looks Holiday-ready! It's a great outfit to do your Christmas Shopping or to have a coffee with friends!

Talking about Christmas shopping (which I still have to do much of - eek!), I provided 3 gift ideas in the affordable-luxurious range in this month's issue of Pacific Magazine, read it here! or if you're in San Diego grab your copy locally!
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