Friday, April 29, 2011

Get Off My Bumster

Bumster (buhm-ster): A British reference to ones "booty" or butt. 

As I sat on my "Bumster" watching the royal wedding all morning (Thanks Cheryl!) this nail polish seemed perfect to have on today.  I am loving this creamy mustard yellow, one coat was almost enough, but two coats made it perfect! 

Oh boy, I am predicting a complete crash and burn later this afternoon. 

Happy Royal Friday Everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tickled Pink

I am usually not one to wear pastel colors (black and grey are my colors of choice), but I just could not pass up this checked blouse from J. Crew, as it was on the sale rack and it was the last one in my size.  A sign from the heavens don't you think? 

Anyone excited to watch the royal wedding? I have been a royal watcher ever since I was a kid and I really want to get up at 2 a.m. (hubby thinks I am nuts!) to watch all the pomp and circumstance.  I have my formal pj's and tiara to wear and will be drinking a spot of tea cocoa in my best china.    Cheerio.

Top- J. Crew
Shoes- Simply Vera Wang
Jeans- Paige Denim
Jacket- Trouve for Nordstrom
Necklace- Forever 21

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Excuse me but is that a tablecloth you are wearing? Why yes, yes it is.  It is true I am wearning a vintage tablecloth that was made into a wrap skirt.  How crazy and cool is that?  Now, I can have a fancy lunch on my lap.

Blouse- J. Crew
Skirt- Unknown (purchased at Barbarella)
Shoes- Simply Vera Wang
Brooches- Vintage

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pitching a Tent

Well I must admit I have never pitched a tent in my life so I am not giving any camping advice here. I am talking about cute tent dresses. This princess does not sleep outside unless it is on a lounge chair at the beach with drink in hand (yes, I can sleep and drink at the same time.. tee hee).

Tent dresses and all their billowy fabric is relaxed and quite feminine, but some might be afraid of its shapeless appearance. Try pairing your dress with a cute belt to nip everything into place. Go an extra step and add a whisper-thin cardigan to feel a little more elegant. Today I went with my kelly green shoes and striped cardi as I was feeling a bit adventurous this morning. Next time I am thinking about losing the cardi and wearing a cute straw hat and flip flops for a casual beachy feel. 

Nice bucket in the background.

Dress- Thakoon for Target
Cardi- J. Crew
Shoes- Miz Mooz

The dress shown without a cardi.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Eye of the Tiger

After having a lovely weekend, dinner with good friend's on Friday night, a bridal shower on Saturday and Easter festivities on Sunday. This weekend was all was all about the food.  Today, I got back too it!  I had been a bit lazy last week and managed not to get in a single work out (naughty). I decided that sleeping in was much more important.   Eye of the tiger baby, I will loose those last few pounds of my weight loss goal! Swim suit season is fast approaching... Ugh. 

Dress- Modcloth
Simply Vera Wang Car Coat
Shoes- UO
Belt- Anthropologie

Champagne before dinner... YUM!

Easter Tulips

Friday, April 22, 2011

An Ode to J. Crew

When I walk through J. Crew's doors
I see skirts, tops and dresses galore.

As I pause and take it all in
my wallet is thinking oh this is the end.

As I leave with packages in hand
another successful trip has been had.

Skirt, Top, Necklace and Flower Pin- J. Crew
Shoes- Bronx

Also, I am participating in Modly Chic's FBFF.  Katy Rose blogger of Modly Chic is celebrating the first anniversary of her Fashion Beauty Friend Friday and she is posing the same set of questions that everyone answered this week a year ago. 

Today's topic is Inspiration. 

1. Which celebrity (celebrities) do you look to for fashion inspiration?

There are so many celebrites that have such style, here are a few that I look too and alway love what they are wearing:

Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow for classic/contemporary casual looks;
Nicole Richie for a Bohemian chic look (she rocks some great outfits);
Gwen Stefani for funky fun ( I wish I could pull off her look). 
Diane Kruger and Sarah Jessica Parker for there bold style (They know how to make an entrance).

2. When it comes to your own personal style, what inspires you?

Well its no secret that I love J. Crew, hence today's post.  I look to the stylings of anything Jenna Lyons (She rocks!) Clothing catalogs are another source of inspiration for me, I love to look at the pretty outfits that are perfectly put together. Lastly, all those fabulous style bloggers out there. I get such inspiration from all of you and have so many favorites that I love to follow and take away so many wonderful ideas and you all get me excited about fashion.  Thanks for that!  

3. How do you hope to inspire your readers?

I just try to post what I love.  I enjoy sharing a little bit of myself and what I find is fun. I hope that I can inspire someone just as I have received so much inspiration from all of the other bloggers out there.

4. Outside the realm of fashion who/what inspires you?
My grandmother loved shoes (heels especially) and jewelry.  She inspired me to follow in her fashion footsteps.  Miss you Grams!

5. And since Idol is ending… Which songs inspire you?
There are too many songs to count.  I get inspiration from anything and everything. Though anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Prince fan, but his fashion is not something I could carry off. That is a style all his own.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning

See what happens when you clean things up a bit, you find a jean skirt that has been hiding for years.  Another thing I found, dust bunnies under the bed. 

Skirt- Paper Denim and Cloth
Top- H&M
Necklace- Express
Shoes- Modcloth

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Things I Love- Tarte Cheek Stain

I am loving my Tarte cheek stain in Tickled these days. The water-based gel tint gives me a natural glowy flush finish.  It is like someone just pinched my cheeks.

The stick is easy to use and there are so many great colors.  I am looking to pick out something peachy for the summer.  The amount of pressure you use determines the lightness or darkness of the color and lasts all day!

Give Tarte a try, I think you will love it as much as I do. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Latest eBay Purchases

I have been searching for some bold necklaces to add to some of my favorite sundresses for my trip to cabo this summer. Found these fun Stella & Dot numbers that will be just perfect for playing in the sun. Can you tell I am eager to go on this trip. Is it July yet?  Next up, the perfect little white dress. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

You Com-Pleat Me

Pleated skirts are in the forefront these days along with the midi and have become some of my new favorite pieces of late.

There are so many ways to rock pleated skirts this season! Have you had a chance to try?

Just got back into town after a fun week with girlfriends on a road trip to southern California.  Sunny beaches, shopping, touring the sites, being silly, margaritas, Prince concert at the Forum and lunching at Chateau Marmont.  I am happy to be back to a normal schedule and catching up with all of you.  How are you doing?  Anything new?

Skirt- Modcloth ($57.99)
Top- Purchased at Hallelu
Shoes- Steve Madden (Now on sale $69.95)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Stripes Take Two

I have been in a stripe mood of late.  There are so many patterns to choose from this season.  Breton stripes, nautical stripes, skinny stripes, wide stripes, based toned to bold and electric.  What is your favorite stripe pattern these days?

Happy Friday!

Sweater- J. Crew
Jeans- Paige Denim
Shoes- Simply Vera Wang
Necklace- J. Crew
A sign of spring.  Survived the hail storm last night.

Had a huge hail storm in San Jose last night, chunks still
on the ground this morning.  This never happens!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stripe It To Me

Yes, I am wearing two stripe patterns today. Yes, the hubby looked at me this morning and said "Where's Carldo?" Yes, it started raining again (Ugh).  Yes, your calendar is not fooling you, its only Thursday.

I may have layers of stripes on today as I was feeling a bit silly, but who cares I am feeling oh so good.

Dress- Libertine for Target
Sweater- J. Crew
Blazer- Gap
Tights- Simply Vera Wang
Booties- UO
Bag- Mulberry for Target

Harlo and Blitz watching the hubby take my picture.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What I Want Wednesday- Butterflies

I am looking to add to my wardrobe a whimsical butterfly patterned piece. So fun and flirty a MUST have. 

Here are a few things I am eyeing:

1. Asos- French Connection Butterfly Print Sundress
2. Bluefly- Daughters of the Revolution Silk Print Maxi
3. Endless- Love Peace and Hope ring

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Peachy Keen

I really love the this peachy midi skirt that I have just added to my wardrobe. Boy oh boy has H&M had some great stuff the last few weeks. Wonderful spring colors!

I do love the floor-sweeping maxi as it is dramatic and is so easy to wear, but this midi is fresh and the silhouette is a nice change. The length is just perfect for this weather and appropriate for the office. I leave the maxis for the weekend. The midi skirt trend this season seems to have particularly embraced pleats, which certainly add a sense of structure and movement to an otherwise stiff shape that has been known in the past. Can be tricky to wear for some people but I suggest wearing your midi worn right at the waist, with a tucked-in or cropped tops for balance.

Skirt- H&M
Top- H&M
Shoes- Michael Kors
Belt- J. Crew

Cherry tree is coming along nicely. Can't wait for those delish cherries!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dreaming of Cabo

Day dreaming about my trip to Cabo in 3 months (from today!)   It just can not get here fast enough.  Beautiful views, yummy drinks, great friends, and wonderful food await me.  Hurry Cabo San Lucas, Hurry!

I bought these cute shorts for the trip.  Is it too early to start thinking about what to bring? 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Casual Friday- Birds of a Feather

Warm Weather + Cute Bird Patterned Top + End of the Work Week = Casual Friday

Happy Friday!

Waterfall top- Nordstrom - Hinge $88.00
Jeans- Old Gap
Tank- Old Navy
Shoes- Old Via Spiga
Necklace- Lee Angel