Tuesday, April 12, 2011

MANGO + Marie Claire Event

Sweater: Basic; Top: Urban Outfitters; Skirt: Agaci; Knee high socks: Cotton On; Knee High Boots: Chinese Laundry; Bag: Forever 21; Photos by: DJ Lan and Chandamheer*

A few weeks ago, I decided to request some time off work, so I could indulge in a little getaway back down to Los Angeles. I remember being extremely anxious on Thursday, while at work, as I counted down the hours, minutes, and seconds until I would be driving down to my former city. Finally, the day came, and at 5:00 AM sharp, I got into my Honda, swung by my friend's house, and off we went, driving as the sun rose and the sky went from dark to light. Now, I normally don't leave quite that early when I drive back and forth from NorCal to SoCal or vice versa, however, one major reason I decided to return to LA was because I needed to pick up my diploma on campus before the office closed in the early afternoon. I know what you're thinking -- don't they just send those to you? Yeah, well, I was pretty adamant about NOT paying the stupid $10 fee to get a piece of cardstock sent to me via the postal service. One, because I feel like the least they could do is send us alumni our own hard-earned diplomas FO' FREE, considering we, oh, I don't know, paid thousands and thousands of dollars in astronomical fees for four years, and two, don't OTHER schools send their diplomas out for free? Ah, but I digress. Long story short, my excuses to go to LA were (in no particular order) 1. to pick up my diploma 2. rekindle my Bruin love and terrorize the streets of Westwood with my college buddies and 3. get away for just long enough to come back to San Francisco feeling refreshed. So, you can imagine just how serendipitous it was when I discovered that one of my favorite bloggers, Natalie of Natalie Off Duty was hosting an event for Mango + Marie Claire in Santa Monica. I was thrilled at the thought of finally being able to meet some of the most talented and beautifully stylish Los Angeles fashion bloggers.

Barry the Bartender kept the champagne flowing all night long. *
Trying on some Mango items! What do you think of this look?
DJ snapped this photo of the stylish Mckenzie of The Fitting and Julie of Sincerely Jules. So sad I didn't get to personally meet you two, BUT I'm like 99% sure that I went to college with Mckenzie. Girl, were we not in FAST together?!
Natalie graced us with her lovely voice and  performed a few songs for us. *
Two of the sweetest gals ever -- Rebecca of Style with Benefits and Melanie of Wrecked Stellar
It was so nice to chat with Dylana of Color Me Nana! We discovered that not only did we both graduate from UCLA, but we were practically in the same major. We definitely need to discuss our favorite English professor(s) + classes + books soon!
I had to stop Shea (Left) of Cheyenne Meets Chanel and her friend, because they were just too cute! *
I seem to keep finding myself at Marie Claire events! *
Another shot of the gorgeous Natalie. Thank you for hosting such a fun event! *

Attending this event was such a great start to my LA getaway weekend! It's always awesome to meet other people who have such common interests and are just as passionate about blogging as you are. I definitely hope to meet with more blogger buddies in the future! Stay tuned for more on my trip to LA!


  1. Yay! Love your post & pics! SO great to finally meet... and you are too sweet! Hope you had fun at the show afterwards too. Stay in touch!

    xx, becs

  2. This looks like such fun! So glad you got to get a little getaway in, and better yet, with fashion bloggers at a fashion event! Thanks for sharing the photogs.


  3. I totally love your style. great blog!

    ps. I would like to invite you to the first giveaway on blog!


  4. Great post..lovely photos..I actually attended the one in NYC..check it out.

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

  5. what a fun event! everyone looks so stylish; yourself included. looks like we swapped places this weekend. i went from la to sf & vice versa. xx

  6. You look fantastic! And I love the little look you threw together while shopping too.

    Looks like a great event- wish I was there! xx

  7. I'm right there with you on the diploma thing - if my school had charged me to send it, I would have driven back down to Eugene and picked it up myself too!

    The event looks like it was a lot of fun! I absolutely love the Mango shorts your tried on - super cute!


  8. I remember you mentioning about this on twitter that you would be heading over to my hood!! Lol, I mean my neck of the woods!!!

    It looks like you enjoyed yourself, and heard it was an amazing event!!!

    p.s. thanks for the comment. Totally missed ya blog!! :)


  9. look at all you stylish girls! looks like good times finally meeting those you see on screen everyday :)

  10. Looks like one bangin' event! Shopping with champagne, a dangerous combo, albeit highly addicting I'm sure! You look super chic and can't believe Nat is a musician...I'll look up her stuff now, thanks for sharing hun!


    Haute Khuuture Blog

  11. SO jealous that you got to go to the event! Looks like it was so much fun! Love everyone's outfit... so fab!

  12. Wow, this looks like SUCH a fun event! It's always nice when there are blogger events to meet people who share the same passion for blogging :)

    <3 kris&kel

  13. Your pics are beautiful!

    looks like you had fun :)
    love your blog, so cute!

    if you follow, I'll follow back! :)

    please check out mine,



  14. hiii!!

    such a cute post!!!!!! So sad we didn't get to meet :( hopefully next time we can and we'll chat, snap and dance! omg did that just rhyme? lol

    you look adorable!



  15. Looks like you had fun and got to meet all these amazing and beautiful people.

    I've always wanted to come to SF. Maybe when that happens, you'll show me around...?

  16. I just have to say you are a very lucky girl!!living on L.A. and the day you went back had an awesome event to attend is very very nice beieve me!!:D:D
    About the diploma i don't know how you exactly get it on USA but i have to say it's about the same sh** here too!!
    Keep looking gorgeous and continue to share love for fashion!!

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  18. you look gorgeous as usual!! you met sooo many fabulous bloggers, im so jealous haha! that looked like such greta fun :D

  19. this looks like such a fun event - i LOVE natalie's blog!

    also, all of these folks are so stylish, i'm dying over the glittery litas :)

  20. So amazing! The event looks fabulous!!! I love Natalie!!! You have a great blog, I am now following!!! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)


  21. looks like so much fun! i wish i could travel to la


  22. That seemed like so much fun! Great photos & chic outfit as usual!

  23. aw fun! i almost went to this but i ended up going to newport beach that night. and yes, LA is always so fun! where are you living now? xx

  24. love the post babe! it was so nice to meet you!
    shea marie

  25. thanks for sharing the event. Looks like super fun!

  26. look like a fabulous time. i need to take a trip down there soon...

  27. awww man, and I was at soccer practice all the way out in Pasadena =(

    I meannnnn, soccer was fun but I'm sad I had to miss out! Thanks for sharing photos though!


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