A Touch of Plaid

It is no secret that I am mad for plaid.  My collection of plaid shoes is growing and I had to have these heels.  I styled them with my lace pants from last year that are available this year (I may add the red version to the mix) and my velvet blazer, white t-shirt and a tartan pouch (also available in this smaller size).  This scarf is a great way to add a pop of plaid and if you are not into heels these flats are so easy to wear with everything!

I am adding this adorable eye mask to my gifts for a touch of tartan and this umbrella makes a great gift. On my list are these PJs.  My family has been fighting over this cozy plaid throw, so I ordered two more.

Eye Mask / PJs / Throw / Umbrella


Flats / Sneakers / Heels


Velvet Blazer



Tartan Pouch

Lace Pants

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Half Dip Edition

My nails may be half dipped, but I am one hundred percent in holiday mode.  The house is decorated, the shopping is underway and the holiday cards are in the mail.  I did a special post last night on how easy they were.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Model Clicks” and “Take Me To Thread” by Essie Gel Couture.  The wear of this polish is similar to gel without the gel process.  Be sure to use the special top coat.

Items in the photos include:

Bow Pump here and here

Floral Dress

Leopard Pouch (medium and large)

Ted Baker Floral Dress

Gucci Mule in Leopard

Guitar Blazer

Tweed Coat

Pink Faux Fur Stole

Foulard Top

Tapestry Flats

Striped Tunic

Velvet Sneakers

Missoni Cape

Floral Blazer

Plaid Shirt

Custom Pouch

Plaid Sneakers

Happy Monday!




Holiday Cards Made Easy

Have you done a holiday card yet?  Minted makes it so easy.  The CYBERMONDAY deals are here and you can save up to 25% through November 30, 2017 at 9 AM with code CM17.

If you decide to make a purchase through any of my links, Minted will pay me a commission for it. This doesn’t cost you anything additional.

Even if you have not yet taken your photo you can purchase a design.  They have so many designs to choose from.  I have so much fun each year trying out my photos in various designs. The back of my card from 2015 is above.

I got my cards in the mail today (they came fast, even with standard shipping). All I had to do was stuff the envelopes and attach a stamp.  The address assistant is so easy to use.  I am able to log in and make changes throughout the year when I receive a change of address or add someone new.  You can upload from excel or word.

You can even create custom stamps.

Here is a glimpse of my 2017 card:


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Happy Holidays!



Plaid Between the Lines

Plaid shoes really do go with everything.  I wore plaid shoes from a few years ago with a striped shirt and jeans to go see Santa in 80 degrees last weekend.  My current dilemma is how many is too many? I have been collecting at least one pair a year for the last few years and I get a lot of wear out of them for several months a year.  This year there are several pairs I am considering including this pair with a blue velvet ankle strap (below and 40% off!), this fun pair and this pair of heels (also 40% off).


Top also in plaid


Shoes – older style.  Similar J. Crew Factory version here for less than $50!  Also this brand new style that is 40% off (along with almost everything else at J. Crew with code THANKU through November 26, 2017).

These booties are fun too.

Happy Shopping!



PS – Madewell denim is normally excluded from any discounts, but you can use DONTSTRESS for 25% off everything – including this high-rise boy jean (that I have featured here and here) and this slim straight jean (that I featured here).  The code DONTSTRESS is valid through November 26, 2017.

Casual Plaid

I am preparing for the holiday with a casual plaid ensemble.  I just got these plaid sneakers in the mail and it was a great mail day!  They are selling fast, so don’t miss out.  I styled them with a plaid shirt, pom-pom sweatshirt, denim and a custom clutch (which makes a great gift under $100).  Check back on Friday for more of my plaid shoe picks.


Stewart Plaid Shirt

Pom-pom Sweatshirt

Plaid SeeVees

Denim (similar here)

Custom Canvas Clutch (so many options for this bag including stripes and this fun love design)

Sunglasses (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!



Rainbow Smiles

There is a lot to be happy about.  It is almost Thanksgiving vacation.  We have family visiting for the holiday.  We are having another heatwave (which I have decided to enjoy instead of being annoyed).  So today I am “Up Beat” and rainbows.  Why not?

I styled this “Up Beat” t-shirt with a velvet blazer, denim, tweed flats and a tropical clutch.


Velvet Blazer





Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Pine Cone Edition

“Some of my friends at school say Santa is not real.” says my seven year old.

My heart stops and my stomach drops until he says, “But I KNOW he is real.  I usually get everything I ask for and I have seen him and he looks exactly the same each year.” I sigh internally with relief and thank The Grove Los Angeles for having such an awesome Santa (that is the same guy every year).

“Wasn’t is so nice of Santa to put together the hot wheels ultimate garage last year, so it was ready to go in the morning?”  he continues.  “I am ready to make my list.”  I start typing it into the notes in my phone:

BB-8 Robot
Cozmo Robot
Mach 1
Alexa “for the go”
Icee maker
Kitchen Aid Mini Stand Mixer
Sensor lights for the backyard for the raccons
Two pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate
Big Eraser
Star Wars Water Bottle
Swiss Army Knife (TSA Approved)

“Take a look at the list and take off the things that are easy for you to get.  I will only ask Santa for the things that are harder.  That will make your shopping easier.” My eyes start to tear up and I fight them back.  I want to freeze this moment in time.

We brought the list to Santa this weekend.  Santa told him no one had asked for a calculator in a while.

This week’s mani is both festive and nostalgic.  The pine cone reminds me of my own childhood on the Monterey Peninsula and all the huge pine trees.  I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, but I am enjoying every second of Santa magic now.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Gris Obscur“, “Cavaliere” and “Emeraude” by Chanel.

Items in the photos include:

Star Sweater

Velvet Mule

Windowpane Sweater

Gold and Black Shimmer Top

Studded Denim Jacket

Camo Monogrammed Clutch

Red Dress

Army Jacket with Peplum Tweed

Floral Top

Poof Sleeve Plaid Blazer

Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt

Camo Puffer Jacket

Metallic Dot Skinny Jeans

Tweed Jacket

Patent T-Strap Wingtip

Heart Blouse

Faux Fur Slippers

Leopard Print Coat

Multi-color Tweed Jacket

Camo Tee

Striped Tee with Embroidered Dots

Happy Monday!



Camo and Monograms

My go with everything leopard clutch needs a rest once in awhile.  Meet my new neutral clutch in camo from Parker Thatch.  It has already been on steady repeat in less than a week. I styled it with a Liberty print shirt, denim and my orange driving shoes. I also love the clutch in this navy striped version.

The mimi tote from Parker Thatch in camo is definitely on my list.  I just need to decide which way to personalize it (white large letters, HAPPY or letters with kiss.) The totes and clutches are made in California and are so fun to customize.

Also on my list from Parker Thatch are a monogrammed sweatshirt in gray or white and a striped shirt.  Santa, I hope you are reading this.


Liberty Print Shirt

Camo Clutch



Happy Shopping!




Stars in the Spotlight

I wished upon a star for cozy, navy blue cashmere.  J. Crew granted  my wish with this adorable year-round kaleidoscope star sweater.  The everyday cashmere line is well priced and the styles are adorable.  I also love thisthis and this (in so many great colors!).

I styled the sweater with denimtweed flats and a gold clutch.  I also love this gold clutch with tassel.  My new camo clutch is another great option.  It’s coming to the blog  on Friday.



Shoes c/o also available here

Gold Clutch  (I also love this one from Parker Thatch with the tassel)


Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Red Dot Edition

I finally gave in.  I was visiting my parents this past weekend and they needed help with their tree.  I sent my husband a photo of my son and I working on the tree and when we got home he had gotten all of our holiday stuff out.  So I did not one, but two trees this weekend.  The house feels so cozy and it is nice feeling like I am ahead of the game, at least for now.  It’s only a matter of time before we start listening to the holiday station on sirius/xm.

I’m holding out on holiday themed manis for a a little longer.  This week I went with a light pink and red dot.  I thought it would coordinate with all the plaid starting to make the scene.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture.  This polish has gel wear-ability while still being regular polish.  It is finished by this topcoat.

Gucci Fur Slippers

Striped Polo Sweater

Spectra Fringed Caridgan

Chambray Shirt with Embroidered Hearts

Beaded Clutch

Pink and White Striped Shirt

Plaid Jacket

Faux Fur Striped Stole

Snake Mule

Studded Red Plaid Shirt

Studded Floral Sneaker

Floral Silk Dress

Faux Fur Pom

Wool Leopard Topcoat

Metallic Silk Blouse

Striped Pajama Bottoms

Crewcuts Pink Floral Dress

Glitter Clutch

Cashmere Heart Beanie

Star Print Top, Dress, and Skirt

Tory Burch Pink Gemini Link Tote

Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

Long Cardigan

Pink Jacket

Plaid Ruffle Shirt

Equipment Floral Blouse

Kimono Sweater

Happy Monday!