Archive for August, 2011

I have always been a fan of animal print.  It can take any plain outfit and make it sassy.  So imagine my excitement when it hit the runway and is showing up EVERYWHERE for Fall!  I am trying to contain myself and not buy everything (I don’t want to look like a cat…obviously) but there is no way I will let Fall pass me by without picking up a few pieces.  Here are just a few that I REALLY like…

House of Harlow 1960 Natalia

Rachel Zoe Sleeveless Panther Print Halter Dress

Weatherproof Faux Fur Coat

Elizabeth and James Leather Trim Pencil Skirt

J. Crew Leopard Print Scarf

Via Zap2It

As I sit here and waste watch 2 hours of Bachelor Pad, I cannot help but continue to ask myself questions.  I thought I would share what is constantly running through my mind while I watch.

1. Why did Jake pick Vienna?

2. How much alcohol is actually consumed each day?

3. Do the contracts state you need to be half naked at all times?

4. Why can’t Kasey clear his throat?

5. How does Chris Harrison keep a straight face?

6. Really, why did Jake pick Vienna?

7. Does the show provide all the bikinis?

8. Why hasn’t Melissa read the book He Is Just Not That Into You yet?  Oh yea, and why is she CRAZY?!   

9. How many sexual positions can the show come up with, disguised as games?

10. Is cereal the only food provided?

And the final question I ask myself while watching this show is….


Today marks the last day of Summer vacation.  Tomorrow our world returns to it’s regular scheduled programming.  No more sleeping in and lazy pool days.  It is crazy how fast this summer went.  I am still shocked that I have a first grader in the house, along with my middle man turning 4 and a Baby Girl who is running around, talking and has taken over as Queen Bee around here.  They have grown up so much in the last three months and it has been exhausting exciting to watch.  Cheers to (what was) a fabulous summer and good luck to everyone this Fall!

And no, I did not leave out my oldest on purpose.  Do you know how hard it is to get a picture of all three of them right now, smiling and looking at the camera, all at the same time?  Near impossible.  I am no miracle worker.

Yes, I know I live in Southern California.  Yes, I understand that in this climate you do not need much more than a sweater or light weight jacket to make it through winter.  But you know what?  I don’t care and it does not stop me from embracing winter wardrobes as if I lived in New York in the middle of December.  My favorite of the winter wardrobes are capes.  I ADORE.  I asked my husband for a cape last Christmas and even though he looked at me like I was insane, he still delivered this Burberry Brit beauty Christmas morning.

Truth be told, he actually delivered a different Burberry cape that morning and I just had to make quick trip to the store for the one I really wanted.  That is besides the point though.  I am obsessed with it and the photos just do not do it justice.  Have I worn it a ton?  No, but I pull it out whenever the weather allows.  
I was so excited to open up the September issue of InStyle and see that capes are back for another season and there are some gorgeous ones out there.  From Net-a-Porter to Zara, they are everywhere.  Here is this year’s Burberry Brit cape that I am loving but am trying to see how I can justify having two (black and grey are different right?  And what about buttons and toggles?  Totally different)….
Burberry Horn Toggle Wool Cape

If you were curious at all as to where my love for fashion comes from, look no further than your local Nordstrom.  When I was in-between jobs in my early 20’s, I started working at Nordstrom as a salesgirl and over the next two years moved into being the manager of the Savvy department at Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza.  If not for the weekends and holidays away from the family, I would have worked there forever.  It was incredibly fun.  Beyond fashion, I also learned a few other things while there.  Here are my Top 10…

10. Everything is on sale when you have an employee discount.

9. Making friends with the salespeople of designer shoes is a MUST.  They will find all the designer shoes in your size, EXTREMELY marked down (plus discount!)

8. It really is possible to spend your entire paycheck on clothes.

7. If it is slow, you can play “dress up” in Celine and McQueen (thanks to Designer Collections being right behind you)

6. You will never step foot in a mall on “Black Friday” after having to work it.

5. Managing the largest Savvy in the company means LOTS of free clothes

4. You will meet designers (some before they become well known) thanks to personal appearances (I still have the Robert Rodriguez outfit I wore when I met him for the first time and he was just launching his line and I will always remember my fashion conversation with Zac Posen in Designer Collections)

3. It is entirely possible to go to work in one outfit and come home in another

2. Anything less than the highest level of customer service is unacceptable (I still live this way and refuse restaurants and stores when the service has not met my expectations)

1. Expensive taste can be learned within minutes (perhaps seconds).

Miss you Nordstrom!  But don’t worry, you still take a TON of my money!

Back in April I pulled out Jill Zarin’s (Real Housewives of New York) Macaroon recipe from my People magazine.  I came across it this weekend and realized I had never put them to the test.  I decided to make them for dessert Saturday night and OH MY DELISH!  They were amazing.

Jill Zarin’s Macaroons
People Magazine, April 18, 2011 

2 (14-oz) bags sweetened flaked coconut
1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract (Mexican vanilla preferred)
3/4 lb. (12-oz) bittersweet chocolate, melted

1. Preheat over to 325 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.

3. Press dough into a soup spoon or small ice cream scoop and release onto the baking sheet.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven; let cool.

5. Dip one side of each macaroon in melted chocolate and place on a tray lined with wax paper.

6. Refrigerate 20 minutes before serving.

If you follow me on twitter, then you will know that a couple weeks ago, I made an impulse purchase of this TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Riley Skirt.  I had written about it here and have been keeping an eye on it.  While casually perusing ShopBop, I noticed it was on sale so I snatched it up (just in time too because it sold out the next day).  I opted for the Charcoal color so that it could be worn into Fall with boots and a sweater.  Here it is making its debut this past Sunday.

Everything else?
Sunglasses – Marc by Marc Jacobs (via Rue LaLa)
Earrings – Forever 21
Necklace – Banana Republic
Tank – H&M
Watch – Michael Kors
Clutch – Tory Burch
Shoes –  I am not wearing any. Sorry, it was nice outside and I was lazy

This week the hubby did date night up a bit and we headed over to the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel for dinner at Raya, thanks to Travel Zoo’s local deals.  He purchased a three course meal at this sassy restaurant to give it a try.  I am SO glad he did!

Not only was the view spectacular, but the food and drinks were fantastic.  I did not want to look like a tourist (believe me, there were plenty of them), so I did not bring the fancy camera along but took some secret pictures on my iphone.  Here is a few.  I wish I would have gotten more but I was too distracted by all the food to even think about getting pictures of it.

Got there right at sunset, and had to zoom past the
two people actually sitting at this table

The menu!

Food, wine, good company.  What else do you need?


We had a fantastic time and will definitely be back.  If you have not checked out Travel Zoo’s local deals, I would highly recommend it.  Such a great way to try something new!

Remember my royal blue Rag and Bone jean’s I wrote about here?  I continue to love the colored denim trend and was very excited to see Rag and Bone bring out new colors for Fall.

Skinny Corduroy Pants

Corduroy Elephant Bell Pants

Denim Legging
LOVE these!

For those of you who were not ready to embrace the extremely bright colors of the Spring collections, this is the perfect (more mild) way to introduce some color into your denim collection.