Cyber Monday

November 30, 2015

There are way too many good deals online today! And this is just the start of sale season. I've sifted through a few of my favorite sites, and sharing what caught my eye. These would all be perfect for gifting, or as a little #treatyourself bonus! Click on each item below to get the scoop. Don't forget to enter any applicable discount codes (BESTCYBER for Banana Republic and GAP, SHOPATWORK for Madewell). Most of my Black Friday picks from this post are still deeply discounted, so be sure to check them out as well. I hope you had a great long holiday weekend!

Click on each item to shop

Black Friday

November 27, 2015

Before the chill arrived, I had been living in this off-shoulder top (last seen here). I love it so much, I'm thinking of ways to wear it throughout winter. Maybe layered on top of a turtleneck or button down blouse? Versatile pieces like this add so much life to my wardrobe. Grab it at Modern Citizen here, where they have a spend more, gift more event happening now.

We are thoroughly enjoying our laid-back holiday weekend at home. Yesterday I hosted a Thanksgiving lunch for my husband's side of the family and then spent the evening at my sister's place. I had ambitious goals to get up early to catch the sales today, but sleep won the battle. These days, I prefer to shop online in my PJ's and avoid the crowds. Here are a few steals and deals I have my eyes on:

Thanks so much for dropping by and for all the encouragement and support throughout the years! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend.

Modern Citizen top. J.Crew trousers (old, similar here). Steve Madden heels. Chanel purse. Necklace thanks to Soko.


November 22, 2015

Casual, comfortable and cozy. There's nothing like a good throw-on and go ensemble. I've been wearing this versatile tunic sweater non stop - it pairs effortlessly as a top with flares and heels, skinnies and thigh high boots, or worn alone as a casual dress (a bonus since I'm borderline petite!). Looking forward to lots of family time this coming week. This relaxed look is surely going to be on repeat throughout the holiday season. 

Thanks for dropping by and have a great week!

Banana Republic sweater (sold out in black but this Olive is a great alternative!). Adidas sneakers. Mansur Gavriel bag. Dior sunglasses

Sweater Dress

November 18, 2015

This year I've made huge strides in incorporating more easy breezy dresses and skirts into my wardrobe. Now that the temperatures have drastically dropped, I've been reaching for cozy knit versions that are versatile enough to wear with sneakers, boots or heels. When the chill is out of control, I add Uniqlo's "Heattech" tights and these over-the-knee boots into the mix.

I've been scoring major deals at theRealReal, my guilty little pleasure. These Aquazzura booties were my most recent find. The trick to shopping consignment is to have a list of items you need (or want!) handy. That way you don't get too excited and pull the trigger on something just because it's deeply discounted. For items that aren't on the top of my list, I simply add them to my "obsessed" file and keep an eye on them until prices drop. I highly recommend signing up for their "First Look" program, where you get early access to their latest sales and new arrivals. Also, it pays to visit brick and mortar shops to try on specific designer shoes and clothes you are hunting down. Getting the size and fit right avoids a lot of wasted time shipping and returning what doesn't work.

I've got a busy two weeks ahead finishing up work and prepping for all the holiday festivities! Really excited to spend a lot of down time with family and friends.

Thanks so much for dropping by and hope you are having a fabulous week!

Forever21 sweater dress and leather jacket.  Chanel purse. Aquazzura booties (via TheRealReal). Dior sunglasses.


November 10, 2015

Right after we took these photos, the temperatures dropped significantly and it's full-on sweater and coat season here in SF. We're definitely enjoying the crisp weather and bundling up in our coziest fall faves. 

I picked up this military jacket on sale recently and couldn't be more thrilled about its versatility. It's the perfect layering piece on top of chunky sweaters in the fall and winter, or dresses and shorts during the spring. Two huge details that won me over - the generous pockets (sometimes I can't be bothered to carry a purse), and the attached belt (I get frustrated fumbling with belts that come off and need constant adjusting). Love how it looks extra feminine and flatters the figure when cinched!

Holiday sale shopping is in full swing - I feel like the huge promotions happen earlier and earlier each year! 

  • Recently picked up these flats and these boots on sale at Saks' spend more save more promotion (hurry, this ends 11/11!). 
  • Neiman Marcus also has a similar promo going on - spend more save more. 
  • Nordstrom has 40% off fall styles until 11/15.
  • Bloomingdales up to 25% off Friends and Family
  • Intermix 48-hour flash sale, up to 40% (eyeing this dress)

Thanks for dropping by and have a great rest of the week!

Wilfred jacket (similar one by Isabel Marant on sale here). Forever21 dress (under $20!!) . Aquazzura heels via theRealReal (available here). Dior sunglasses.

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November 06, 2015

While I adore my uniforms, the downside is that it gets too comfortable and I stop being creative. So once in a while (when I have ample time), I make a conscious effort to veer away from my tried-and-true staples. Thankfully these days - anything goes. This transitional outfit was just as comfortable as my regular work attire, yet it definitely felt fresh. For chillier days, I plan on layering a slim fit turtleneck underneath the dress. The best part? I already had everything I needed for this new look. 

What new combos have you tried for fall lately? Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful weekend!

HM dress (old, similar here). J.Crew trousers. Steve Madden heels. Dior sunglasses.

New In: Beauty

November 01, 2015

I can't say that I'm a beauty junkie. While I love my Sephora and experimenting with lip colors, my makeup in general stays the same. I know somethings going to stick with me forever if I hit pan or empty an entire bottle, which doesn't happen too often.

On a whim, I decided to try Honest Beauty for the first time ever while shooting images for this post. I didn't think it would make a lasting impression on me since I've been let down by lots of "all natural" makeup brands. It's extremely difficult to find safe and healthy beauty products. My skin tends to freak out when there is any oil, talc, fragrance, chemical sunscreens, or silicones (pretty much the entire ingredient list in high-end performance makeup). I've always sworn by BareMinerals, and continue to use their Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer daily since I prefer lighter coverage. It's a godsend for anyone who wants that all-in-one product.

Curiosity got the best of me and I felt like giving Jessica Alba's new makeup line a go. No silicones, oils, artificial or potentially toxic ingredients? Worth a shot. I'm wearing Honest Beauty's  Everything Oil Free Tinted Moisutrizer in Honestly Nectar, as well as the Concealer Duo in Balanced Beige. In all honesty? I'm blown away by the quality, performance and value. This tinted moisturizer provides pretty full coverage, I actually consider it a foundation. The down side is that it's extremely thick and a bit hard to apply with fingers - probably due to the titanium dioxide (a physical sunscreen). Spreadability aside, this still falls into my top 3 face products at the moment. I won't be replacing my BareMinerals, but Honest's is a great alternative for nights out, or when I need additional help. SO thrilled to finally have found a "foundation" my skin loves that also looks great in photos. I also have to mention that the concealer is equally amazing - no creasing or caking and a fantastic color match.

Another product I'm absolutely loving is Glossier's Boy Brow (I'm wearing the black shade). After filling in sparse areas with eyebrow powder, I use a light hand to fluff up and set  my brows for a natural and well-groomed look. On busy days when I don't have much time to glam up (which is like, everyday)- as long as my eyes and eyebrows are defined, I look and feel polished.  

What products are you loving lately? Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!

V drop necklace thanks to Soko. Boy Brow thanks to Glossier. Modern Citizen top.