Monday, July 14, 2014

Style File: LBD


It's been about 7 years since I last purchased an all-around LBD. I know, shocking since you would think my closet would be filled with at least a dozen, given my monochromatic ensembles. However, separates are my main choice for everyday staples. I've only recently ventured into more feminine dresses and skirts because thankfully, the style these days is minimalist, sleek and fuss-free. 

I've been keeping an eye out for a shift that I can dress up or down and most importantly be comfortable in. This one by COS is perfect. It has a relaxed fit and timeless simple details like the subtle wrap effect and convenient pockets. Here I've paired it with heels (recent bargain find) for date night, but it can easily be dressed down with a pair of sneakers or (gasp) Birkenstocks for easy day wear.


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DRESS:  COS   |   PURSE:  PHILLIP LIM |   HEELS ALDO (such a steal)  |   NECKLACE: JENNIFER MEYER |  
 LIPS: CHANEL (PASSION)

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

In The Kitchen: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie


I've been on a huge smoothie kick lately. Our bills for juice shops and smoothie stops are a bit ridiculous. To feed my addiction, improve our healthy meal options at home, and save some time and money- we jumped on the bandwagon and purchased a good blender. After comparing a handful of different brands and models, we decided on the Nutri Ninja from Target (used their convenient online order and in-store pick-up feature!). It beat the others hands down in terms of the 5 C's:

1. Compact - Small footprint and vessels. We didn't need a party size mixer.
2. Convenient - We love how we can blend and go without having to transfer the smoothie to another container. The travel lids are perfect. There aren't any clunky knobs or fancy settings. 
3. Construction - Blades and motor are top notch. Crushes ice and frozen fruit together like a dream.
4. Cleanability - No big bulky things to wash, minimal parts that can get lost! All dishwasher safe.
5. Cost - At only $89.99, it's a great bargain. We were considering a $600 blender, but after asking lots of friends and reading a million reviews, felt it was unnecessary.

We haven't had the blender that long, but I've already discovered a few family favorites. First up is my own: Chocolate Peanut Butter (vegan and guilt free!). Okay, so this isn't the most nutrient packed. But it is loaded with a chock full of fiber and protein, has very little added sugar and curbs my sweet tooth cravings. It is sooo yummy!



GUILT FREE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE
Makes 1 serving

1 banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 C crushed ice
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1 TBSP peanut butter
1 TSP chia seeds (optional)
1/2 C vanilla flavored coconut milk
1 TSP organic raw coconut sugar (optional)
A pinch of freshly ground sea salt

Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend till you reach the desired consistency. I prefer thicker smoothies, so I increase the ice and add the coconut milk until it's perfect.

Tips: 
All the ingredients are available at Trader Joe's (our fave!) 

You can experiment and add your own boosts (fiber, protein, maybe even some spinach or kale, etc)

Cut, slice and freeze your bananas when they are ripe. If you're  not a fan of bananas, do not worry - you don't taste them! Its pure chocolate peanut butter goodness.

You can swap out the coconut milk for greek yogurt but I prefer the milk since I'm not a fan of the tart taste the yogurt gives off with the chocolate and peanut butter. Another good alternative is almond milk.

You can eliminate the coco sugar or adjust to your preference. I prefer this over any other sweetener, and it's a healthier alternative to white sugar. I'm not an anti-sugar mom - a little bit here and there is perfectly fine.

I prepare and freeze all the fruit beforehand and store them in individual servings in small ziplock bags.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

Style File: Stripes



Enjoyed a fun San Francisco Bay cruise with the hubby for his company's work event a few days ago! This is typical summer in SF - bright and beautiful but still quite chilly! I'm not one to complain since I get more use out of my winter investment pieces. 

I always feel my best when I'm dressed comfortably chic in closet classics that withstand the test of time. Sneakers, capris, and stripes - the formula for the perfect summer ensemble! A bright red lip adds the perfect pop of color to this neutral look.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you are having a fabulous start to the week.

SHIRT:  COS   |   PANTS:  J CREW (Minnie pants, mine are 4 years old!)  |   PURSE CELINE  |   SNEAKERS: CONVERSE (new fave all white leather)  |  COAT: HM (Currently on sale)   |   WATCH:  LARSSON AND JENNINGS  |   SUNGLASSES: CELINE   |  LIPS: COVER GIRL (new fave, Hot Passion)

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Friday, June 6, 2014

COS // Converse


My fave ensemble taking me into the weekend.


CLASSICS


No better way to end a trip than to come home to my little one, lots of hugs and kisses..... and a few online scores! I picked up this perfect stripe tee (and a handful of other closet classics)  from COS during their recent US launch (25% off your first order, free shipping until June 30). I can always count on their modern lines, quality, fit and great price point. While I'm ecstatic I don't have to shop through the UK website anymore, I'm hoping they'll open up shop in SF soon!

New kicks! I've been searching for classic all-white sneakers for a while now. Considered these leather ones and these canvas ones, but stumbled upon these on sale. Monochromatic Converse in white leather - yes please.


SALE SEASON



Semi Annual Sales are all I look forward to this time of year. While each week prices will continue to drop, you may want to snag those items on your must-have list. Sizes are almost gone for those coveted Wangs and Saint Laurents. Tip: It pays to shop in-store as well. Certain brands like Celine aren't available online. My top 5 destinations:

Barney's
Net A Porter
Saks Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom


 Thanks for dropping by! I hope you have a great weekend! 


TEE:  COS by HM  |   JEANS:  J BRAND |   SNEAKERS:  CONVERSE  |    SUNGLASSES: CELINE
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Style File: Lucy Paris


Back to the daily grind, kind of. I am battling major jet lag at the moment after our Asian Maycation. Thankfully I planned ahead. Because it usually takes me at least one week to recover from traveling, I am taking a few days off before I head back to work. However,  I've still been busy - running errands (3 weeks worth!), attending to Natalie and her last few days of school, and nursing my poor hubby, who's been in and out of the hospital and clinics since our last two days in Japan (photos above actually taken at our hospital parking lot!). He's currently fighting a bad infection that resulted in minor surgery. At the moment he is doing great and is back at work. Praying he doesn't have any more complications and recovers quickly! 

On a lighter note.....Recently discovered: Lucy Paris. I scored this wrap skirt on sale at Bloomingdale's, and I have worn it almost every other day. That says a lot considering I am more comfortable in jeans or pants. The brand aesthetic is modern and feminine with a touch of edge - all at a very affordable price point. 


Thank you for dropping by! I hope you are having a fabulous week.

SWEATSHIRT:  HM   |   SKIRT:  LUCY PARIS , VIA BLOOMINGDALE'S |   PURSE CELINE  |   HEELS : CELINE  |  WATCH:  LARSSON AND JENNINGS  |   SUNGLASSES: CELINE


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Insta Life


What I intended to post before our trip. Work and a ton of prep kept me extremely busy, but our MAYcation certainly made up for it (and then some). Will be sharing some Philippines/Japan photos soon! 

01 BRANDING. Booth display from the recent Old Navy event.
02 MADELINE WEINRIB showroom at the SF Design Center. Need those doors in our home.
03 MAIDEN LANE. My favorite little street in San Francisco. It was a gorgeous day.
04 NIKE AIR MAX THEA. New in (similar here). Rag and Bone Jeans (similar here).
05 BLOOMS from the backyard.
06 PHOTO SHOOT. The office space I helped Esla Events style and design. 
07 MASTER UPHOLSTERER at my uncle's new shop. Taking on a project with him, really excited!
08 PACKING for our 3-week MAYcation. I think I did a pretty good job of bringing only the necessities! 
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Beauty Talk: bareMinerals//BARESKIN


The best complement to any outfit is a fresh face. I've been a BareMinerals junkie for almost 10 years - pretty much since I started wearing makeup. On  most days I wear a tinted moisturizer. I reserve makeup for events, nights out or days I really really need it. While I've briefly strayed a couple of times and tried cream and liquid foundations by other prestige and high end brands,  nothing could replace their powder formulas. Nothing came close to the natural look and feel of their products. I believe in great skincare and aiming to look good without makeup, so their whole philosophy of improving skin over time rather than just masking it is exactly what I live by. I feel like my skin has grown up with Bareminerals. I started out with their original foundation, then graduated to their Ready line of pressed powders in my late 20's - when I felt hydration was more of a factor. And now I'm 30. Finally crossed over to using liquid foundation - because I waited till the perfect one came along. 




I've been using this for almost two weeks now, and I couldn't be more thrilled! It is light, super natural and just looks like beautiful BareSkin. The finish is satiny and just right, not too matte. Plus- this photographs really really well.  As always, their shade range is excellent, and in one go I got my perfect match - Bare Nude. The brush is a dream and applies the makeup perfectly. As with all their products, a little goes a long long way. I get excited and look forward to getting ready because application is easy, quick, and feels like a spa treatment. The formula has brightening properties and SPF plus no parabens, oil, or silicone. Yup. Pure perfection in a little bottle. BareMinerals is releasing this wonder makeup next week, available at Sephora.

Up close and personal. Taking off my sunnies for a moment.


My everyday makeup essentials by bareMinerals: Correcting Concealer   |   READY Touch up Veil   |  Jack of All Trades tinted lip balm (For Keeps)  |  BareSkin serum foundation  |   Perfecting Face brush   |   Full Face brush (for mineral veil)   |  Lasting Line eyeliner  |   Frame and define eyebrow styler  |  Lash Domination mascara

Be sure to check out this revolutionary foundation, which hits stores on May 1st! Thanks for dropping by!


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