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Breaking In The New BevMo!

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We all know that I like my cocktails (if you don't check the blog name yo'). In the last few years I have gotten more interested in wine as it's not as hard hitting as say a margarita and because of that growing interest I have attended The L.A. Wine Festival two years in a row which has only helped to increase my growing palate. So while I feel like I know what I like and what I don't, I don't always understand why I like certain wines when paired with particular foods or why I like them less by themselves.
Enter BevMo! In honor of their 151st store grand opening in Riverside last week I was invited to attend a private tasting with their Cellar Master ; Wilfred Wong along with several other bloggers.
I was more than jazzed as I love to learn more about what I'm drinking and I've been day dreaming about hosting a wine tasting once we get settled into the new digs.


Wilfred is a gem , he has been in the business for over 40 years and is responsible for managi…

Dining Room Dilemma

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While I'm still in full OCD packing mode I've been making time for flights of fancy (mostly while I should be packing) and am trying to plan the layout of our furniture. Our new space is full of good light and inspiring design ideas so I've had no problem turning to my Pinterest boards for inspiration and literal translations of what's going on in my head and I'm really excited about all the possibilities.
There is so much that can be done but I know in my heart where I want to start (everywhere) and that is with the dining room. I have so much trouble with this space.

About a year or so ago we inherited the dining set from my parents house and I was over the moon about it. It's older than I am and sturdy (my two year-old is no match for this construction) with great details. But I despise the color. Ever since we obtained it I've dreamed of painting it a glossy black so it's more "nuetral" and then doing some fabulous fabric for the seat cush…

Mommy Chic Monday: Black , White & Red All Over

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending a private tasting event for the new BevMo store opening in Riverside (more details to come later this week) and I was scrambling on what to wear.
It also happened to be Baby Ninja's 2nd birthday so I was a bit of a mess and it was a short day and my hair is out of control and in great need of a trip to the salon. So you can imagine my fluster as I pored over my closet in hopes that something would jump out at me. Jeans were kind of a given but what to wear on top and what to do with my hair??? Oh the unnecessary stress I create when styling my looks.


Two days prior I had made a trip to my local Nordstrom Rack and scored a fabulous pair of pants and while there I had spied a few great dressy/casual tops that I knew would be just perfect paired with some torn denim. Not too fussy but still stylish enough for a happy hour event. Also, because I knew I would be in the car for at least 45 minutes I didn't want anything that would wrinkle to…

Mommy Chic Monday : My Celeb Style Muses

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When we talk about fashion and style I feel like the two get interchanged a lot when they are actually quite different. Fashion is what comes down the runway and is sold in stores. Style is something much more personal all together. It's how you put the fashion together that gives it style. And I have said several times, I am not a "fashion blogger" per se. I'm more about showcasing my personal style. The growth and the process I go through when picking pieces/outfits and how they fit into my current season of life.
It only took me about 32 years to really discover and then hone my own personal style and I have Pinterest to thank for much of that. Sure, I've always known what I liked and what I was drawn to, but ever since the discovery of Pinterest (and therein Polyvore) I finally have a compilation of style muses who personify those likes. When scrolling through my boards I can see how far I've come and the evolution of my personal tastes as my involvement …

Friday Happy Hour: Valentine's Edition

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So I've decided to bring back "Happy Hour" on Friday's and post my favorite links, images and posts of the week but I'm not sure if this is going to be a weekly thing or every other week. We'll see how it goes. As I said earlier in the week, we've been on the hunt for new digs and we finally found a place we ALL liked and will be moving in approximately 14 days. Yep. 14 days. And I've only gotten 11 boxes packed so far. Who's awesome? This, girl. So while my OCD has been sent into hyperdrive, my procrastination is also in full effect. #timesbeingageminisucks
But whatever, it will all come together right?

In other news, I don't know if I shared on here but I recently became a contributing writer for MommyNoire! I'm so excited! There's something really awesome about seeing your byline on another site and knowing your words are reaching a whole new audience! I hope you'll take a moment to head over and check out my other work!
Here ar…

Gyp Set Go Kimono Crush

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I've already decided on my summer uniform. We know it's going to be hot as blazes but I pretty much always want to look cute and put together , even when I'm melting and I've found the perfect piece to keep it cool & casual. Upgraded from plain cut-offs and a tank I've decided to incorporate the uber hip kimono into my summer (and winter) staples.
I've been into the look for awhile but was kind of meh about the whole thing until Melinda came over and showed me how to maximize my scarf and make it into a kimono and I was like SOLD! All summer long. I am here for it! I can totally see myself rockin' this look from now until well....it actually gets cold again! And the way the weather has been lately I don't forsee that to be much of an issue so I'm all about it. I will be wearing my kimono's with ankle boots and shorts, jeans and sandals and pretty much everything in between!



The kimono is kind of like a godsend for me. The perfect cross betwe…

Mommy Chic Monday : Cell Phone Diaries

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I've been kind of a bad bad personal style blogger as of late. I haven't posted a legit daily style outfit post in weeks and it's not because I haven't been getting dressed. I have. In fact I've kind of loved my outfits as of late, but I am knee deep in the 'find a place to live in 30 days' drama and it's kind of affecting my shooting schedule. So I thought I'd do a small recap of some of my favorite OOTD's from Instagram. Because you know #instagramatemyblog and all that.
Being a mama to an incredibly active toddler boy is a horse of a different color and getting dressed each day can be a challenge. Not the actual choice to get dressed because that's happening. But the whole what do I wear dilemma. I have to consider things like the weather, activities, errands and his tendency to throw food when he's over it. Thankfully he does most of the major throwing at dinner.
My friend posted last Friday about this similar dilemma and as I was r…

Winter's Tale" Prize Pack" SweepStakes

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With love in the air and Valentine's on the horizon it seems only fitting that I offer up a prize pack for  the new film WINTER'S TALE. The Love Story, which hits theaters this Valentine's Day stars Colin Farrell ("Total Recal") , Jessica Brown Findlay ("Downton Abbey") ,William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, and Ocar winners Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind) and Russel Crowe ("Gladiator").

Set in a mythic New York City spanning more than a century, "WINTER'S TALE" is a story of miracles, crossed destinies and the age old battle between good and evil.


http://www.winterstalemovie.com/

Entering the contest is quite simple: Watch the WINTER'S TALE trailer and answering the following movie question in the widget below.









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There will be 1 Grand Prize winner who's goodies will include:

WINTER'S TALE candle in blue velvet bagWINTER'S TALE ladies henley shirtWINTER'S TALE magazine tote(Admit Two) -…

Redefining What Beauty Is With a Selfie

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I love when my friends share links on Facebook and will, for the most part, take the time to watch them (provided they aren't super long) and happily share the love. Most are pee your pants funny (Hello Vin Diesel and thank you for the giggle) but quite a few have touched the very center of my soul and I'm compelled to comment.
Such was the case with Dr. Deborah Cohan, the surgeon about to undergo a double mastectomy who had a Beyonce dance party in the O.R. It was beautifully heart-wrenching and so full of zest for life, gratitude for where she was and joy. The timing couldn't have been better as my own mother had just begun her own bout with chemo and I couldn't help but cry to see the grace that this woman had when about to undertake such a huge moment in her life.
However, yesterday was slightly different. I had a ton of work I needed to finish and was behind deadline but I sat back and watched the most beautiful campaign entitled by Dove to reclaim and redefine wh…