Monday, April 30, 2012

A Colorful Creation

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Life has been pretty crazy busy lately... so busy that I'm tired just thinking about it all. Also, I cannot believe that tomorrow is the first day of May! Crazy how time just zooms on by. I have a ton of posts and things to share with you, but you'll have to excuse my slow blogging as I adjust to this busy bee lifestyle that has recently come upon me. For now, hope you will enjoy these bright snaps!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Hot Hot Heat: Coachella 2012

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If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I won a ticket to Coachella for weekend two. I had three short days to plan a whirlwind adventure to the desert, and even now, I still can't believe how it all worked out! Many of my friends went during weekend one and reported rain, cold weather, and wind. I checked the forecast before packing, but nothing could have prepared me for the hottest Coachella weekend in history. 106 degrees. Yes, you read that right. 106 degree weather in the DESERT. It was so hot, that halfway through day two, my shorts and pants didn't fit anymore! No joke. I also think I spent $80 on just water, haha. All in all, Coachella was a great experience. I met some wonderful people and discovered some amazing music. My favorite sets from the weekend were The Black Keys on day one, Miike Snow on day two, and Lissie on day three. I also discovered First Aid Kit and you must check out their music if you haven't heard of them. Anyways, here are some fun photos from my time in the desert. Stay tuned for more posts with Coachella style snaps :)

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A very special thank you to Dylana of Color Me Nana and H&M for providing me with my VIP ticket to Coachella 2012!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DailyBuzz Style April 9x9: Statement Necklace Style Challenge

Thanks to our friends at Accessorize who made this style challenge possible and are the sponsors of this post. To check out their complete line of jewelry, please visit: http://us.accessorize.com/.

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When your wrists haven't grown since the age of five and your fingers are like long string beans, you learn fast that bracelets and rings will almost never make it as a part of your daily ensemble. While this is a hard thing to accept, given the latest "arm party" trend, you learn to cope and work with what you've got. Thankfully for gals like me, there are statement necklaces to be had, and boy, do I love to have them. This beautiful bold necklace by Accesorize was sent to me as a part of DailyBuzz Style's April 9x9 Styling Challenge. I was thrilled when I received it because I kept thinking about all the ways I could wear it. For the challenge, I decided to style my new necklace with my favorite new ombré button up c/o Crash and Burn, a gold skirt from Forever 21, a white boyfriend blazer from Nordstrom, a bag from Urban Outfitters and quilted black flats by Steve Madden. I love how the ombré shirt matches with the clouds in the sky, the necklace compliments the gold skirt, and the bag and flats finish the outfit off. Often times, an outfit is amazing on its own, but once you add a statement necklace, like the one above, it makes your clothes come together in a different way.

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Necklace: c/o Accesorize & Daily Buzz Style; Button up: c/o Crash & Burn; Skirt: Forever 21; Flats: Steve Madden; Blazer: Nordstrom; Bag: Urban Outfitters

I want to give a special thanks to DailyBuzz Style for giving me the opportunity to be featured in this month's challenge! Also, I know it seems like I fell off the face of the planet last week, but I was terribly busy with work, planning a last minute trip to Coachella, filming a special campaign project, and am just now getting back into real life, ha! Promise to be better in the weeks to come. Lots of good things coming your way, so I am excited to share!!

Finally, if you like my necklace (and why wouldn't you?) and want one for your own collection, enjoy 20% OFF the Accessorize shop when you enter the code: LAUNCHUSA20 at checkout. Offer good until May 5th! I hope you all enjoyed the way I styled my statement necklace!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Blue Crush

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Is it just me, or does my hair seem to have already grown out quite a bit since my cut? I feel like it will be long again in no time! Maybe it's time to start thinking about what to do next... Anyhoo, here are some quick snaps of a dress that I've been getting a lot of wear out of. Excuse the first shot where it looks like I have a tummy poof! I love the simplicity of the dress --the chunky stripes, the classic colors, and the skinny belt. While I can see myself wearing it in many ways (fun collared shirt underneath, sweater over top, layered outerwear), this is probably the way you'll see me wear it most. The shoes were a gift from LuLu's and they are easily one of my favorite pairs at the moment. They're not just easy on the eyes either! The chunky platform makes these sky high babies fairly comfortable, so they're easy on my feet! This week is a really busy one for me, but I'm excited to share with you what's going on when I can. Until then, hope you all have a great start to the week!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Food Friday: KBBQ

Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ 3821 West 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90020
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There are so few things in life better than all you can eat establishments, especially when you are a foodie. Imagine: all you can eat salad, kimchi, kimchi fried rice, and 19 different types of meat for $20! The sunny Saturday afternoon I was there, the wait was about 30 minutes or so, maybe even a little longer. For some, this might be long, but I assure you, it's definitely worth it if you are in the mood for some delicious KBBQ with all the fixings.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

AK Vintage SF Trunk Show

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Ever since Dietch PR first introduced me to her jewelry, I have been a big, big fan of Anna Korte's line, AK Vintage. So, when Dietch told me she'd be hosting a trunk show in San Francisco, I penciled it in my calendar and eagerly awaited meeting the creative mind behind one of my favorite jewelry lines. It was so great spending a Saturday afternoon chatting with Anna and getting to know her. We talked about everything from her life in Portland and the inspiration behind her latest line, to random childhood stories and food. For those unfamiliar with AK Vintage, Anna's handcrafted  jewelry is made from sustainable parts, along with vintage leather and other vintage findings. It's amazing how Anna transforms simple geometric shapes into intricate, eye-catching pieces. Another thing that I really love is how each piece has a unique, vintage-charm feel. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more from Anna, and I hope that you will all stop by her site and check out her amazing pieces!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wisdom Wednesday

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." -- Arthur Ashe
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You never know when the moment is going to hit you. What moment? The moment that lives in your dreams. The moment that changes everything. The moment. So, while you are busy dreaming up that moment, dream up your drafts on how you will get there and how you will make darn sure that once it arrives, you are ready, in every single way, to take it. And not just take it. Take it; run with it; make it yours. Success is such a loaded word, as I've often discussed. But, one component of being successful is being confident. Successful people know, confidently (and not cockily), that their dreams aren't just dreams...they are realities waiting to happen. And how are they so sure? Because, they're not just waiting for their dreams to happen. They are working towards those dreams each and every day, planting the seeds, making them grow, slowly, but surely. Successful people are confident that they are going to make things happen. Confident people are prepared to make things happen. And what about the "luck" factor? Well, really, what is "luck?" It's opportunity meeting preparation. The moment that changes everything often only comes once. You have to be confident in your abilities to seize the moment, but more importantly, you must be prepared enough to handle it once it is there.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easy Does It

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Jeans: c/o Levi's, Tweed Jacket: Nordstrom; Heels: Nine West; Blouse: Gifted Vintage; Necklace & Bag: Forever 21; Photos by: Punam 

I'm still a bit sick, which is just the pits, but I think I'm finally at the end of it. It's been a long week of cough syrup, orange juice, lots and lots of tea, cough drops, tissues, and chicken noodle soup... oh yeah, and lots of rest. I've been so busy running around that I think my body just wanted to send me a message to take it easy. Message accepted. I can't say I enjoy being sick, but I do enjoy the rest factor. Here are some outfit snaps taken last weekend right before my cold hit. Simple outfit for a simple Saturday. Lots of fun posts to share with you in the next few weeks, which includes more outfits, a giveaway or two, and some exciting news. Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with family and friends.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Night with NET-A-PORTER

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Tunic: Forever 21; Leggings: H&;M; Blazer: Nordstrom; Boots: Jessica Simpson

Last Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to attend a swanky soiree hosted by Refinery 29 & NET-A-PORTER at Chambers Eat + Drink. It was a delightful evening filled with designer-inspired cocktails (an Alexander McQueen or Gucci, anyone?), delicious bites, and some of San Francisco's beloved bloggers. Meeting and chatting with Nicole and Allison of NET-A-PORTER was such a treat! Aside from learning a little more about the site, we were all able to get to know one another, which is always nice. For those of you who don't know too much about the website, NET-A-PORTER, which launched in 2000, is a luxury site that allows you to purchase the high-fashion clothing and accessory items you see in editorial pieces and always wonder about. If you haven't already, you should definitely check it out and look through online issues of their magazine. I do have to warn you, however, that you'll probably want just about everything on there!


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wisdom Wednesday

“When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.” -- Plato
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Today's post is going to be a short one. I'm a bit under the weather and any minute now, the two spoonfuls of Tylenol cold & flu cough syrup I took will set in before I have enough time to write a coherent post. In any case, today's wisdom is a just a simple reminder to live a life you will be proud of when it's time to look back on it. In the end, I truly believe it won't matter where you went to college, what kind of job you had, how much money you made, or what kind of stuff you had. What will matter is the content of your character and how you treated others. So, live a kind life. I guarantee that when you are kind, good things will always come your way.  No one forgets a kind heart.

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