Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Go To Pieces for Winter/Fall

Go To Pieces for Winter/Fall

Cordoroy pants
$38 -

Jeffrey Campbell spiked boots
£140 -

Aldo jewelry
$12 -

American Apparel circle scarve
$28 -

Prada retro shades
$205 -

Black and maaaaybe some brown are my colors when it starts to get chilly.  Maybe because it's so slimming and makes me feel like a wintery, dark, stormy night...I don't know!  But I love it!!  Above are my recent faves and I rarely leave the house without at least one of the following items.  The moto jacket by bebe and the Jeffrey Campbell spiked boots are recent acquisitions that I have just fallen head over heels for.  

I love to layer during Fall and Winter because of the fickle weather here in California.  Layers keep me warm but I can peel them off if the weather becomes warm all of a sudden (it does happen!).  That is why if I'm going to talk about at least one of the pieces above, it would be the jacket.  The bebe moto jacket is great because it's not thick and bulky.  It is thin and perfect for layering on top of a long cami or tunic or even a blouse.  I also love the cropped nature of this jacket because large, bulky jackets tend to make me look larger and shorter than I really am.  Cropped jackets, when paired with longer blouses inside, help elongate your torso.

I love love love HUE's corduroy leggings.  I have them in black, brown, and forest green.  They are super comfy and they keep me WARM!!  They dress up any outfit because of their slight metallic sheen.  I've even worn them underneath dresses to keep away the chill.  I really recommend getting them in every color!

Kate Spade...  What more can I say about a brand that epitomizes classic femininity?  Their Gold Coast MaryAnne in black is the most versatile handbag.  Because of its roomy interior, I love using it for work.  Holds my iPad along with my everyday essentials and some paperwork as well.  It has a slight metallic sheen so it translates well to a "going out" bag.  It's classic shape and quality craftsmanship are sure to remain in style for years to come.

You may notice that I'm mixing pieces that are feminine, like the quilted kate spade purse and semi-transparent blouse, with edgier pieces, like the spiked boots and moto jacket.  There's just something about mixing soft feminine pieces with a hard rock edge that makes it look so chic.  Don't get me wrong, you can go full on feminine or full on rocker but sometimes it just looks like too much or overwhelming.  When I do a little bit of both it comes out just right.  If you throw in some pearls or bows, my favorite accessories, that would make it even better!  :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vegas Vacation

I'm really fortunate that I've been in a position to own a timeshare. I work really hard and it's wonderful to be able to take a really nice vacation away. I chose to go to Vegas for some much needed shopping, show and people watching.

Of course, any time you go to this city you have to take pictures. I've posted one of the pictures I took. If you click on it, it will take you to my photography website where you'll find the others. I really hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Another Celebrity Makes a Mockery of Marriage

Kim Kardashian Files for Divorce from Kris Humphries

Photo by Kalumba2009
After a whirlwind romance, an extravagant and gaudy engagement ring (20+ carats!), and an ostentatious to the point of vulgar reality show wedding, Kim Kardashian files for divorce.  She divorces her husband only 72 days after exchanging vows.  VOWS.  Apparently the woman doesn't know the meaning of that word.  She's just another one of a long line of celebrities who go through marriages as if they're trying on pair after pair of shoes to see which look and fit better.

Marriage and relationships take a lot of work.  It isn't a "fairy tale" nor is it guaranteed to have a happy ending.  It may take going to counseling, doing a trial separation, talking, compromising.  I'm not so old-fashioned that I don't believe in divorce.  However, I do believe that it is the last alternative and only used if you've exhausted all other possibilities.  Obviously, 72 days is not enough to come to that conclusion.

I just find it disappointing that these celebrities can get married and divorced on a whim and no one is protesting that they are devaluing the meaning of marriage.  On the other hand I have friends and family who may want to enter into this union to create a family of their own, to show their love for one another, but can't because a portion of the U.S. population considers it a sin and have elected politicians who take their religion into account when making decisions about our city, state, and country.  I believe in love at first sight, falling in love, and the potential for happily ever after (I am a romantic after all, even if it's a practical type of romantic).  But my head is not in the clouds and my feet are planted firmly in the ground.  My husband and I know that we have to constantly strive for peace in our household.  Our alpha personalities clash at times but I just read something recently that we've learned, through all our arguing, to apply to our marriage: "Apologizing does not always mean that you're wrong and the other person is right.  It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego."