Friday, March 27, 2015

Think Pink! Friday Edition!


I've had a lot of energy the past few days and it's been hard to sit on the computer. I feel the need to be busy with a project or something. When I get that itch, and I'm not sure what to do, I head to the closet. It's always very calming to declutter and purge and take stock.  I noticed I have added a lot of pink to the closet in the past year, in shoes and in clothing. Pink makes me happy and well why not have it in the house as well? 

Pink seems unconventional outside of a girl's room, but it's gaining wider acceptance throughout the home as it's cozy, happy and flattering. It also is a terrific foil to so many other colors such as golds, grays and tans which it punches up. In combination with peach, red and other warm tones it's got pizazz.


I've collected some of these great pink images for a while and have been thinking of adding pink in some part of the home. Maybe my bedroom with gold, (if the Max can stand it,) or possibly even outdoors in pillows and umbrellas. Here's some pink to think on...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My Makeover at Halo- A Blow Dry Bar

 I'm ready for a change when spring arrives. You know I feel so done with winter and all that. So when I got an opportunity to have a makeover at the new, Halo-A Blow Dry Bar, I jumped at the chance! Last week I headed over to the bright and chic Los Altos location.


  Even better, my friend Adrienne Shubin, blogess of The Rich Life(on a budget), did it with me!

We both needed to get pretty for an evening event so it was a perfect timing.

Adrienne said let's be brave and do before shots so here you have us!
(Notice I'm not blowing this one up.)

First we had our hair washed with some beautifully scented shampoo.  I like that they use very high-end hair products like Renee Furterer, Oribe, and Seven. (I do think good hair products make a difference!)


My stylist Rocio starting on my blow-out. My hair never felt over-dried or pulled-just relaxing and she was extremely gentle. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Teal Tones & Spring Inspiration

Hello! Hope you all had a happy weekend. We have apparently moved in summer here in California and spring just got bypassed. I had a very exciting last week (coming next), so I spent some down time this weekend working on my home. I noticed I've gotten this thing where I keep adding teal or yellow pieces and they look quite good together. Bright and cheering you know?


Succulents cannot be beat for houseplants. They pretty much grow themselves.

I have had browns and neutrals in my family room so added a few pillows... 


Seemed to do the job of brightening things for spring (or SUMMER as it seems.)

I moved them from the living room below, where there are pops of teal, and neutrals.

Also a few cellos hanging around.. My son!

I love this heart pillow I got a while back. This yellow leopard I found a TJ Maxx.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Whole Food's Beauty Week Starts Today!

Whole Food's Beauty Week starts today -March 18-24. It's a super time to stop into to your local and check out all the beauty products and learn about new ones. I am loyal to many of the wonderful products they sell including Weleda, Giovanni, Dr Hauschka, and many others.  I think it's terrific  that Whole Foods has high standards for all their beauty products and does not allow animal testing as well as 50 questionable ingredients that are commonly used in the industry.


This Saturday for the first time ever, Whole Foods will be offering a special 'Hello Beauty' bag for $18 (a $60 value.) This very cute organic bag made by RIJIGreen, a inspiring company dedicated to ending human trafficking. The bags are made by survivors.

The bag includes:

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream

Gabriel Mascara

Giovanni 2chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk Ultra-Repair Shampoo

Pacifica Eye Shadow Duo or Lipstick 

 I'm excited to try these products. Already I use some Derma E lotions, love Pacifica's makeup and Trilogy is from New Zealand and is wonderful plant-based products.

Each bag may vary by store, and is only available while supplies last beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Also starting Friday March 20- 22, all facial care will be 25% off, a good time to stock up on your favorites.

We just had another fun Whole Food's Beauty Night in February for bloggers at the Campbell Whole Body store which is one of my favorite places to get lost in. It's huge!...Talk about a beauty treasure trove. We bloggers got to try out some healthy hair products..

Monday, March 16, 2015

Why I ♥ Trina Turk

There are a lot of choices in this world, especially when it comes to clothes. That's why I appreciate designers like California's Trina Turk. As I try to buy less in this world, I want to buy unique and special as well as good quality. That is the hallmark of a Trina Turk garment- beautiful details you won't find in mass produced clothes, unique colors and fabrics, and above all- superior workmanship. That is why I loved our event on Thursday. It made me proud to partner with such a wonderful company. It didn't hurt that the clothing was beyond gorgeous!

Thursday I spent the day helping customers find and mix many looks with the Spring II Collection at the Burlingame Trina Turk store. We had the best time and many just stopped in to check it out and try a few things on. After four hours in the store I decided that I loved the clothes and much more. Trina Turk comes out with 11 new collections a year, so the Burlingame location is always fresh with new items and their customers love. The clothes tend to move pretty fast here.

Above I am wearing the Patsy dress I chose and it's also in the center window display.
Something about the very cool fabric and the darling ball trim on the bottom made it so whimsical. I just love it!

Planning what I was going to wear with my dress..You can see the neat fabric design.


 It flatters, and my friend and blogger Jennifer of A Well Styled Life looked great in it too...

I love that most of the dresses are lined which makes them feel and look great.


 Elizabeth of The Vintage Contessa came by and also tried on some new things from the collection. Elizabeth looks amazing in vibrant colors.


She knows her unique look and bought these Viva la Vida pants and also got this great Anissa  dress below, which she plans on wearing as a top piece. Love Elizabeth's style! She adds her own special twist to everything with great accessories and pieces like these.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Join Me for a Style Event at Trina Turk!


Today I got the opportunity to see the gorgeous Spring II collection from Trina Turk at the beautiful Northern California flagship store in Burlingame. Next Thursday I'm hosting a special style event there from 1-4. You can see the new collection and get 20% off any full priced items in store, including swim!  It's a perfect time to get a frock for that special event coming up or just see what Trina's clothes are all about and try on a few looks.

The Peggy dress has the loveliest fabric and embellishments!

I have written previously about Trina, who is from San Jose and a native California girl. I love that her clothes embody the California lifestyle and really are made in California. The quality of the clothes and fabrics is fantastic. They have a uniqueness to them that gives them an enduring appeal. I could imagine collecting these pretty pieces to wear over a lifetime. It's rare to see garments made so well in today's world.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Chat

 I'm dedicating this post to my mom today. I'm missing my dear mama this morning very much. We would always go over all the Oscar dresses together the next day. Mom always knew what looked classic and beautiful. I'm thankful for her impeccable taste and all the years we watched together. My dad and I both agreed mom would have loved Jennifer Hudson's simple chic dress the most. 

Jennifer Hudson really was perfection in the is simply elegant Romona Keveza.


This was a different Oscars. Neil Patrick Harris did a fine job, but wasn't particularly funny. It was a more serious show as many of the nominated films gave attention to causes like Alzheimer's, ALS, civil rights and unsung and maligned heroes like Alan Turing. I was hoeing Boyhood would win and was surprised about Birdman. I also loved Wild and The Imitation Game. Wish I saw Selma and a few of the others.. Still hoping too.

 On the red carpet Reese Witherspoon started a little movement to get interviewers to ask some 'real' questions about actor's films and their careers instead of just who they were wearing.



Reese's Instagram she used to start this.


Lena Dunham joined in with this Tweet as did many others. 



 I agree as it's all about promoting designers and I'd much rather know about the person and their journey to this point. Reese's #ASKHERMORE  produced better interviews on the carpet though to be honest they are always phony and a bit gushy to me. I still miss Joan Rivers!!

Highlights of the show were the musical numbers- Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music, and Common and John Legend's wonderful performance of 'Glory' from Selma. The rest was a little dry.

Here's my own picks for best looks this year....

Naomi Watt's look reminded me of Jean Harlow and was chic and fun.