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. 

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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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Holiday Look for the Office

Holiday parties are well underway and I have many Holiday outfit ideas coming for you! Today I'm zeroing in on the good ol' work Holiday party! It's funny how there are so many different types of Holiday parties, from the fun ugly Christmas sweater party to more elegant affairs, each one calling for their own type of outfit. To me, a work function is an extension of what you wear in the office just up a few notches.
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Casual Christmas+ Best of Cyber Monday Sales

Happy Cyber Monday! While I didn't shop in-store on Black Friday I have definitely been taking advantage of the online deals, especially today as some of them got even better! At the end of this post I have included the best of Cyber Monday Sales - the ones that have wow'd me! One of them being Old Navy, I mean 50% off everything?! In this look, I'm wearing their jeans which have been such a comfortable surprise, so I ended up getting two more pairs for, wait for it.... $15!

This was my look to pick out our Christmas tree, I know it may seem early, but I want to enjoy my efforts decking out the tree longer! fa la la la!! Make sure to tune in on Snapchat and Instastories as I decorate!
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Best Black Friday Sales Round up

It's officially Black Friday and to make it as easy as possible for us all (because you know I'll be up in the sales), I have rounded up my favorites down below! Links to the stores and codes are listed for you to see what deals are worth checking out! I myself am going to do some online shopping while I sing "where you lead, I will follow" at the top of my lungs (Gilmore Girls' fans know what I'm talking about). So sit back, relax, watch Gilmore Girls (or not) and shop away because this is the time to buy all those things you've had your eye on for yourself (because you totally deserve it) and for your loved ones!
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Blogsgiving at CUSP Restaurant

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! It is a day of gathering, good food and a grateful heart, and one thing is for sure, I’m THANKFUL for all of you and anyone who has supported my blog in any way! Something else I’m thankful for? Fellow San Diego bloggers who have become friends and local restaurants like CUSP who welcomed us with open arms to host our first Blogsgiving!!

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Cancun Travel Diary

I'm totally shifting from my Thanksgiving and Holiday blog post groove to bring you my Cancun Travel Diary! After a stressful week at work, the husband and I decided to pull the trigger and book a last minute trip to Cancun Mexico for some relaxation and sight-seeing.

We stayed for about 5 days, with the first 3 days spent by the pool and beach with drinks in our hands and NO PHONES! The last 2 days we did day trips to Chichen Itza and Xcaret which were at the top of our list.
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cabi Fashion Experience

You've seen me attend cabi Scoop and visit the cabi headquarters during cabi Blogger Day, but I hadn't experienced the magic of what thousands of women across the country encounter when they attend a cabi stylist's presentation in a home environment- a cabi Fashion Experience! Luckily I was able to attend one here in San Diego thanks to Jenna, a very gracious hostess, who had Amy, a fabulous cabi stylist, giving the presentation at her house (read more down below).
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Holiday Beauty Look with The Body Shop

With Holiday parties already starting to take over our social calendars, it's time to prep not only our outfits but our beauty looks! In honor of The Body Shop's grand opening here in San Diego's Westfield UTC on November 17th, I've gathered some of my favorite and new products from the brand to give you a Holiday Beauty look idea!
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Fashionable AND Comfortable Heels GIVEAWAY!

Happy Monday! As we tackle yet another work week, today I wanted to focus in on one of the dilemmas that us ladies face when dressing up for work: comfortable shoes. For many years I have thought that comfort had to be sacrificed for my attire to look sleek in heels and I'm not going to lie, I would tend to go straight for the flats because the last thing I want is achy feet especially after an 8 hour work day until ... I was introduced to the LS Revolution Catwalk Pump.

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How to host a Tailgate Party

One of the best parts of attending a sporting event is the tailgate par-tay and thanks to Toyota I had the chance to host my own lil' shindig for the SDSU vs. Hawaii game! 

First thing needed to put on a good tailgate party is a spacious vehicle, in this case Toyota hooked it up with a Toyota 4runner from their fleet that served as seating, shade and became a cool meeting point for my guests.
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Touches of Olive

It's November and I'm not going to hold myself back from indulging in fall colors, textures and boots any longer and neither should you! Every time I shot fall looks while the real temperature was Summer-like I would think "am I getting ahead of myself?" or "are people ready for this yet?" and now as I plan for the Holidays, I'm having those same thoughts. I'm the fashion blogger equivalent of that store you walk into in October and they have the Christmas stuff out, but in my defense I'm just really giddy about embracing the seasons! Even though they say San Diego doesn't have "seasons", I beg to differ when it comes to fashion. No matter what the temperature, I'll be out in my seasonal clothes!
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Pre-Holiday Sparkle

My-my how the time flies right?! As my husband and I are putting away the Halloween decor, I am secretly excited that the next box of decor we will be bringing out will be Holiday! *woop, woop* I'm a huuuuge Holiday decor enthusiast and if my social calendar for November was any indication, it's going to be a busy holiday season. While mentally preparing for the season, I was excited to find this gorgeous dress at La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique that has touches silver, gold and sparkle without being too over the top- I like to call it a subdued Holiday look. I have also listed some holiday dresses I have my eye on right below in case you are like me (getting ahead of ourselves when it comes to Holiday- if you can't beat it join it right?)
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Girly Fall Outfit

Happy Halloween! Unfortunately (or fortunately for some of you) there is nothing scary about today's outfit, it's actually quite the opposite! What do you get when you want to be girly in fall? This outfit that features a flowy floral top and these over the knee boots that I know I've been repeating too much lately (eek!) I also have been wanting to play with the blush and burgundy color combo this season because it oozes fall girlyness and elegance so this is my first take on it (more to come).

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Casual with a touch of glam

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing yet another look I styled in collaboration with La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique. I was going the casual route UNTIL I saw these gold Christian Louboutin in their shelves and decided to add touched of the gold to the outfit (see all of the details below).
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How to rock a Statement Top

I feel like 2016 is the year of the sleeves - from bell sleeves to off the shoulder sleeves to these unique sleeves below that I'm not quite sure what to call other than "statement sleeves". Needless to say, I'm a sucker for a good sleeve and a statement top where you really don't need to do anything other than pair it with a good jean. Even though the top itself makes the whole outfit pop, I somehow managed to squeeze in another one of my fave trends, this choker and it felt like it went together like a puzzle piece.

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Burberry Trench Coat and Hermes Kelly

Happy Friday! Oh my, I've been anxiously waiting for the weekend! Today I'm showing another look from my collaboration with La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique. The first piece I pulled from their racks was this gorgeous Burberry trench which I instantly envisioned with these boot. And then... my heart stopped when I spotted this Hermes Kelly Bag in their display! Both are timeless luxurious pieces that be found inside the treasure trove that is La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique!
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Classic in Black and White

Coming back from a week long in Cancun is not easy, but a good #hustle outfit always makes it a little better especially when it's composed of Chanel & Louboutin! Today I'm bringing you one of my looks in collaboration with La Femme Chic Consignment BoutiqueNavigating inside La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique is like striking gold over and over, it is a treasure trove of brand name and luxury "loved" items at a much lower price. Better yet, I have a coupon code just for my readers down below!
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Happy Friday!! As you read this, future me will be poolside in Cancun enjoying some much needed time off, a piña colada and a good book (current me writing this simply can't wait). Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat which is where I will be posting updates! And in case you still don't follow me on either (what are you waiting for?!), here are some insta-lately moments going beyond the caption!
It's been quite a fun Summer into Fall, here's a bit of what I've been up to! 

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Location: Qualcomm Stadium
At the Chargers vs Saints game where the devastating Charger losses just keep comin', but as I told my husband, remember the good times we had until they fumbled the ball twice.
Wearing: Chargers cap (here) | cabi t-shirt | Old Navy jeans (here)

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Location: Del Mar Racetrack
At the Del Mar Racetrack on a warm Saturday afternoon, hence the crochet dress and sandals! It's fun to go on the non-opening day because it's so much more chil!!
Wearing: Marshalls crochet dress | Heels (here) | Sunglasses (similar)

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Location: Pigment
You've probably seen this location all over the San Diego blogs because this place is truly a blogger's dream with props and the perfect photo backgrounds all around!
Wearing: Chicwish Dress as a top (here) | Old Navy Jeans (here) | Shoedazzle wedges (sold out)

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Location: Porto Vista rooftop for Ziur Designs fall fashion show
Can you spot my name in the step & repeat? My friend Jessica debuted her fall jewelry collection in a beautiful fashion and trunk show! Her pieces are very unique and handmade by her with high quality gems. You can check out her collection here!

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Wearing: Pink Chanel purse  | Red Chanel Purse
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When this showed up at my doorstep I almost passed out (in a good way). MAC sent over the 24 shades from their new Liptensity line (that I will review in a couple of weeks, still testing all of the colors out). 
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So far my favories are smoked almond and marsala. These lipsticks are creamy and highly pigmented! Shop ALL 24 shades here! Stay tuned as I blog my review on them!

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In other beauty 'gram news, I was invited to a class by L'OREAL in LA (full blog post to come), although I will cover my recap very soon I just wanted to show you this marvelous view from the venue and their pinterest-worthy drinks - popsicle in my champagne? yes please!

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Location: Los Angeles

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