Mani Monday – Christmas Edition

We are celebrating Christmas today and I can’t wait to watch my son open his presents.  At press time, he put himself to bed early, said no to dessert and declined the opportunity to open one present on Christmas Eve.  I remember being so excited and begging to open just one.  I stayed up all night waiting for Santa when I was six years old and my poor mom got thirty minutes of sleep.  My son’s self regulation and restraint never cease to amaze me.

I am so excited for tomorrow, I hope I can sleep.  Maybe just one more episode of The Crown…

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Lace Me Up” by Essie Gel Couture.

A couple of items in the photos that I wear over and over again:

Stewart Plaid Shirt

Camo Jeans (so comfy and on sale!)

Happy Holiday Monday!





After a marathon wrapping session tonight with my seven year old assistant, I think I am almost done.  As we were wrapping and wrapping he said “We should put a sign outside and offer to do wrapping for the neighborhood.”  “I am glad you enjoy it so much.  I think this is enough for me.”  His excitement and sweetness about Christmas is so fun and heart warming.  When we were going over our menu for Christmas Eve he said “We need to eat early.  Everyone needs to be asleep by 7, so Santa can come.”  He turns 8 in 2018 and this may be the last year he wholeheartedly believes.  I am savoring every moment.

I wholeheartedly believe in incorporating plaid in every holiday season look.  This look is a bit more subtle with a black watch shirt, houndstooth bomber jacket, denim, sparkly shoes and a simple navy clutch. Another fun and casual way to wear plaid is with this tartan ruffle sweatshirt I have my eye on.  Santa, can you hear me?


Houndstooth Bomber Jacket

Black Watch Plaid Shirt

Medium Pouch (with monogram)


Shoes (older style these, these and these would also look great)

Happy Shopping!



Gone to the Dogs

This is not the first time Cupcake, my puggle, has crashed a flatlay shoot.  She once moved a cashmere sweater up on to the bed for a luxurious nap.  She was very intrigued with this particular shoot and perhaps a bit jealous of the sequined terrier.  This t-shirt is a great way to add a little casual holiday sparkle.  She also may have wanted to add a touch of leopard to the look.  Cupcake (CC) has been switching between her leopard bandana and a plaid one.

I styled the t-shirt with black denim, a navy pouch and plaid shoes (it may be time to admit I have a plaid shoe addiction).  These shoes had been sold out and I recently found them in my size.  I will link a couple of similar options below as inventory seems to change daily.




Plaid Flats (also here) Similar here and  here

Black Denim

Cupcake’s Bandana

Striped Canvas Bag (hanging in background)

Happy Shopping!



Holiday Pattern Mix

My plaid shoes get a workout from November through January and even make appearances year round.  This year I have loved mixing them with camo.  This clutch has been my most reached for bag as I head out the door and I have paired it with everything.  I am even considering a second one with this sparkly stripe. My camo jacket that I featured here has been a fun way to mix with plaid along with my faux fur leopard coat (a bargain from Gap).


Saint James Tee

Camo Clutch


Plaid Shoes (similar here, here, here and here)

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Abstract Candy Cane Edition

I am 99% done with my holiday shopping.  My son and I saw our fifth annual Nutcracker this weekend and also managed to bake two batches of cut out Christmas cookies.  This week I am looking forward to my son’s Christmas concert, a few holiday parties and dinners.  My nails are in the holiday spirit with an abstract candy cane.  I love wearing darker colors on my nails this time of year.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & JuneHoliday .  The color is “Beauty Marked” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items featured in the photos include:

Pottery Barn Kids Pajamas in kid and adult sizes

Tartan Blazer

Plaid Shoes



Floral Blouse

Striped Shirt with “Love More”

Striped Blazer

Vertical Striped Silk Blouse

Striped Sweater

Moncler Vest

Striped Clutch

Burberry Scarf

Sequin Dress

Striped Pajamas


Multi-plaid Top

Happy Monday!




Mad for Plaid

I am all in when it comes to plaid.  I love the the tuxedo details on this blazer and could not resist matching my heels.  I kept it high/low with my new favorite vintage straight denim.  If you have been frustrated with distressed holes that continue to grow, these are for you.  They are patched underneath.

I updated my makeup with a few products by Chanel.  Including: a neutral eye shadow palette (Les Beiges) that I am already using more colors than the beige (they made the lightest color twice as large as the other colors – brilliant!).  I am also wearing the mimosa light creating base, blush (elegance)brow pencil (blond dore), eyeliner (feuilles) , volume mascara (black), lip liner (nude) and a new color (light rose) of my favorite long-wearing lip color.


Tartan Blazer (also here)

Tartan Heels (also here)


Metallic Pouch

Black Drapey Tee (similar here and here)

When I get home from a night out you will find me in any combination of these slippers, pajamas and scarves after removing all my makeup with my Eve Lom Cleanser.


Leopard Fuzzy Slippers / Black Watch Pajamas / Leopard Stole

Red Moccasins / Tartan Plaid Pajamas / Tartan Scarf

Happy Shopping!



A Few of My Favorite Things…

Plaid, leopard, stripes and camo are a few of my favorite things.  I usually have at least two of them represented.  These plaid shoes have potential to wear well after the holidays.  I styled them with this adorable leopard tee (with a navy collar), denim, cashmere cardigan and custom pouch.

These plaid, leopard and tortoise home accents are perfect for the holidays and beyond.


Plaid Tray / Leopard Box / Leopard Tray / Leopard Vases / Tartan Candles / Tortoise Trays


Cashmere Cardigan

Leopard Tee

Plaid Flats


Custom Canvas Pouch (so many customize-able options)

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Snowflake Edition

“I want to see real snow this year.” said my seven year old.  “You have seen snow at The Grove and the Santa Barbara Zoo.” I replied.  “That is artificial snow.  I want to see the real stuff.”

The next day he complains about being “freezing”.  I think it must have been a chilly 62 degrees.  Thank goodness I got him this adorable Star Wars camo puffer jacket at The Gap.  I have been staying cozy in this faux fur leopard coat.  I wore it nonstop this past weekend and featured it here. For now, we will settle for not quite freezing temperatures and snowflakes on my nails.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Caviar Bar” by Essie Gel Couture, “Set in Stones” by Essie and “Alpine Snow” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

Velvet Blazer

Plaid Pouch

Plaid Heels

White Lace Crepe Dress

Jeweled Blazer

Plaid Shirt

Blue Camo T-Shirt

Cropped Sequin Top

Reindeer Print Shirt

Shirred Top

Striped Mule Heel

Striped Sweater

Leopard and Plaid Pillows

Camo Jacket

Glitter Mule

Beaded Denim Jacket

Sequined Heel

Midnight Blue Beaded Sweater Dress

Skull Flats

Silk Blouse

Happy Monday!



The Countdown

December is here!  Did you know the number of advent Sundays until Christmas seems shorter this year?  The fourth one is on Christmas Eve.  So the countdown of shopping days is on.  Hanukkah is only 11 days away!  I am excited to break out our advent calendars tonight (Hot Wheels and Lego).  I may treat myself this one or this one.

Plaid is part of just about every one of my outfits these days.  For this look I styled my plaid shoes from last year (these and these would also look great) with this pink tee, denim and the coziest sweater.  I think this striped bag would complete the casual look perfectly .  I hope Santa follows my blog.




Denim similar here

Shoes (older style) these and these would work great

Happy Shopping!



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!