Sunday, September 7, 2014

Falling Right Back Into Step

One of the best parts about being back in California, aside from the amazing weather, is that I have been able to reconnect with quite a few old friends.

I've been very lucky to have forged some AMAZING, without a doubt, life-long friendships throughout every stage of my life, but there is just something about the friends who have known you since before you knew yourself.
They watched you go through all the crazy stuff, helped you out when you were in a jam and in all likelihood helped you get into the jam in the first place.

But no matter how long it has been, when they walk in the room, it feels as though it has been 5 minutes since you saw them last.  

My heart is definitely happy.

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Do you have friends like these in your life?  
Give them a hug if they are near or a call if they are far.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NYFW: Kate Spade Presentation - September 5th, 2014

As I talked about in my post the other day, I was really looking forward to seeing photos from the 
Kate Spade presentation on Friday.  And they did not disappoint!

A few things were part of my Fashion Week Favorites but here are a few more looks that caught my eye.

The garden-themed decor

This blue and white striped bag would make a great summer beach tote

What a fun dress for a dinner outside with friends

While I like this white eyelet dress, 
I'm curious how the sleeves would look in real life 

It might take a bit of confidence to pull off this skirt, 
but it is just so bright and sunny

I like the top here and think it would look nice with 
slim pants & heels as part of a work look

I'm a little weary about the skin-baring nature of this one but I do like it as a set.  
Definitely going to be looking at the skirt when it comes to stores.

What do you think of the collection?

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Favorites - New York Fashion Week

All of this week's favorites are from the first two days of NY Fashion Week.  
It was difficult to narrow it down! But not surprisingly, most of the images came from some of my favorite blogs and sites.  Click on the links and follow them across their social networks for more fun stuff.

The list could go on and on . . . .

Favorite Models Having Fun
Trina Turk via Elizabeth Holmes
Instagram - eholmeswsj

Favorite Selfie
Jacey Duprie at the Harpers Bazaar party
{Her site has such fashion, travel & lifestyle inspiration: Damsel In Dior}
Instagram - damselindior

Favorite Shoes
Kate Spade via Mackenzie Horan
{Check out her boutique/blog Design Darling}
Instagram - mackenziehoran

Favorite Bag
Kate Spade via Carly
{She had me at Live Your Dreams}
Instagram - carly

Favorite Nails
Kate Spade via Mixed Makeup
Instagram - mixedmakeup

Favorite Street Style
Cara McLeay in a dress by Marciano. #love
{The most beautiful pictures & ridiculous #hairenvy: A Fashion Love Affair}
Instagram - carajourdan

Favorite Formal Look
Monique Lhuillier via stylealdrin
Instagram - stylealdrin

Favorite "Wish I Was There"
Harper's Bazaar Party via Branda Diaz de la Vega
Instagram - brendlv
And I'm sure I'll have a whole new list of favorites tomorrow. . . . . 

All photos property of respective Instagram owners. I share them as an act of admiration but if there are objections please email me and I will take them down.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kate Spade New Arrivals

While I love pouring over all of the recaps and photos from Fashion Week, it's hard to believe that we are already talking about the Spring of 2015!  And it kills me that all of the amazing looks won't be in stores for another 6 months. . . .even though it will be here before we know it. #timeflies 

But on the eve of the Kate Spade Spring 2015 presentation, I was thinking about the new arrivals that I can get my hands on now.  

I've always been a fan of Kate Spade, from my first grey structured bag {so '90s!} to the new dress that I get the most compliments on of anything in my wardrobe BY FAR.

There hasn't been a lot over the past few years that I haven't liked.  And in the most recent collections, I love the way she combines structure, femininity and color.  And did I mention her frequent use of bows?!

A few things on my wish list this Fall:

Finishing Touch Polka Dot Bangle

Fluted Boucle Dress

Deco Blossom Studs

Sleeveless Scallop Top

Not sure I can pull this one off or that I'll have use for it in California, but I like the idea . . . 
Shanghai Stitched Bow Cloche

I'm even a sucker for their office supplies! 
Bow Paper Clips

 These will add a great accent to any outfit 
Licorice Glitter Heels

Holiday parties anyone?!
Open Back Silk Mini Dress

And now, back to constantly refreshing Instagram for peeks of everything 
going on in New York. . . 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New York Fashion Week - Fall 2014

I've never been lucky enough to go to any of the fashion week shows but twice a year I live vicariously through the various blogs and recaps of all of the excitement in New York.

This fall, I'm looking forward to quite a few shows:

Trina Turk - September 5th

Lacoste - September 6th

Carolina Herrera - September 8th

Tommy Hilfiger - September 8th

Donna Karan New York - September 8th

Tory Burch - September 9th

J. Crew - September 9th

Jenny Packham - September 9th

Ralph Lauren - September 11th

You can check out their bios and pictures of some of their past fashion week shows on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week website along with all the latest news.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Part 2: Balboa Island

One of my favorite places to spend a lazy weekend afternoon is Balboa Island.  There is a great main street and the island is just the right size to make for a nice walk around the perimeter.  

And did I mention the houses?!? They are incredible!

Such a nice house. . . ruined with one flag. . . . Go Bears!!

The sea lions have taken over