Thursday, September 27, 2012

Stud!

The search ended when I finally laid my eyes on the vest that I have been on the hunt for quite some time. A studded detail one from no other than forever 21 on the streets of Seattle! I felt ultra rocker on my night on the town with my best friend!!










top & vest: forever 21. pants: Topshop. shoes: Jessica Simpson. clutch: vintage find


*I'll be in Washington, DC the rest of the week with lots of goodness to share with you so stay tuned!!!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spicy Monkey :)

A few months ago I blogged about this amazing organization, The Ronan Thompson Foundation. I wanted to help and bring awareness to this terrible thing called cancer. I have been spreading the Ro love and my mom has been giving out bracelets to our family/ friends! I have followed along the blog of Maya Thompson and heard about her for quite some time (thanks to my madre who has followed her since she was in NYC with Ronan some years ago). You may have heard more about Ronan in the news lately, two weeks ago the Stand up to Cancer televised special which brings entertainment celebs together featured a song for Ronan by Taylor Swift. A beautiful yet emotional song about a blue eyed boy who dies from cancer and the lyrics stem from his momma Maya's blog! You can download the song via Itunes and the proceeds support the Rockstar Ronan foundation! (The song sky rocketed to #1 on itunes-- go download it!!!!) Last Thursday, Maya held a small trunk show to showcases her newest hobby to keep her mind busy - jewelry making!!(and all proceeds also go to her foundation). Her dreams of building a research center  downtown Phoenix are amazing and inspirational. She recently won a Chase Community Giving grant of $50K by fellow supporters who voted daily on facebook and  that award will go towards her foundation.

Spread the word and order your bracelets and tee-shirts online and watch this video below! Dell will donate $1 to every view to pediatric cancer ( click here )











Here are some I picked up from the trunk show!







Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sometimes you just need a little home

This past weekend I was home in San Diego and enjoyed the sunshine, beach and some good old SD food :) Here is Saturdays styled look while walking through our backyard canyon!








top: Mens Obey. shorts: Target Mossimo. sunglasses: a small boutique at Banbridge Island. shoes: Toms. bracelets: Rockstar Ronan!





Monday, September 24, 2012

Penny Talk !

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and great start to your Monday! I have been obsessed with cheetah print nail designs for quite some time now. I have tried to perfect the print and even visited the ladies at the nail salon, but no one can compete with what Pinterest had to offer. For my anniversary in July my hubby- to-be came home with some fun nail art supplies ( still a kid at heart). I decided to take a whim at the print, which turns out not to be that hard after all! I think you just need to actually be more messy than neat! Here is my easy take at the print.

I start with this awesome Deborah Lippman  fast track kit that I picked up at Barney s a couple month's ago. I begin with the '2 second nail primer'. Then apply the 'fast girls quick dry base coat'. Follow up with 2 coats of Essie's Penny Talk. Allow this to dry and use  the 'addicted to speed top coat'. I wait for this to set and dry then start on my design. I love how the top coat feels almost like gel top coats from the salon! 

I'm using a simple black nail art polish pen by Sally Hansen! Create easy thick dots of penny talk and surround them with black circles. I cant say have perfected it but I'm still working on my fun cheetah print!






the finished product!








Friday, September 21, 2012

Touring Seattle !

Its Friday and Im excited to share more from touring the beautiful yet sometimes smelly city of Seattle. If you have not had the chance to visit, it is a mix (in my opinion) of New York meets San Francisco! I loved the market near the pier and the small boutique shops! Here are my top 5 favorite places while visiting- and a wrap of my trip!!! If you ever have the chance I think its worth a trip to visit the city!

1. The Seattle Great Wheel: Newly built, this ferris wheel resembles the London Eye. The line was short and we enjoyed a moment to relax and kick up our feet in an air conditioned compartment for about 30 minutes.  You get great views as if you are in a helicopter and touring the city!

2. Pike Street and Public Market: I mentioned previously about the amazing foods down at the market. The market has all local vendors selling food, jewelry, fish and my favorite part --- beautiful flower arrangments. If i lived closer I would visit this market on the weekends because the bundles of flowers are only $5!

3. Seattle Duck Tours: This hilarious adventure starts out in a truck shaped like the mouth of  duck. The bus then turns into a boat as you embark onto lake Union. A fun tour that shows you most all of Seattle even where Sleepless and Seattle was filmed!

4. Pine Street - We stayed at the corner of 8th and Pine at the Hyatt Olive 8 hotel. An eco- friendly resort. At the bottom of the hill we enjoyed pine street  stores like Nordstroms, Barneys, Forever 21 and Tiffanys.

5. Banbridge Island: A short ferry ride to a small island off the coast of Seattle. We landed on the island after reading this beautiful novel by author Sarah Jio - The Violets of March. A quite, quaint town that had super cute antique shops!

Sleepless in Seattle was filmed here!



Beechers Cheese =]


If you have read 50 Shades of Grey :)


Duck Tour



Gum Wall

Ferry ride to Banbridge Island

Neat Building




Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall must have: Boots!

I love that Arizona is still facing 90 degree weather as we embark on fall. I'm excited to have a bit of cooler weather here in the valley in the upcoming months (hopefully by the end of next month)! To me, you know fall is approaching when the pumpkins are out at the grocery store and Starbucks brings back their famous, pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin loaf bread!!! I'm excited to break out the chunky sweaters, layer on the pieces and score some new boots!!! Here are some of my favorite steve madden boot finds -- I'll have to add a pair to my fall wardrobe soon!







Steve Madden boots found here






Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Taste of Seattle!

As a foodie I have to share with you my top 5  favorite places I tried this past weekend! I flew up Thursday with the madre to meet up  with my bff from New York V, who was in Seattle on business and my older sister Erin, who lives a short distance from the city. We all agreed that we wanted to steer clear of any chain restaurants that we could enjoy at home.

1. Pikes Place Chowder: Holy bread bowl, this place is located in the public market and is nestled between a bunch of little stores. The long line outside had us all excited to try the best chowder in town!!


2. Beecher's Handmade Cheese: The mouse in me who loves cheese could not get enough of this place! They have tons of home made cheeses with a mini factory! They even serve home made mac & cheese!



3. Mistral Kitchen: Our waiter at Vessel bar told us to check out this place for dessert! Best dessert and the most delicious moscato I have ever tasted!!!



4.  Cafe Nola: We stumbled upon this little cafe while on Banbridge Island. A must try is the Crab Sandwich melt!! So tasty and fresh!!





5. Elliot's Oyster House: This spot is located on the pier near the new ferris wheel! We opted for outside seating since it was a beautiful sunny day. We enjoyed the crab cakes and lobster corn chowder!!!







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