Showing posts from March, 2014

In The Secret Garden With Macy's

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Spring is in the air and I've had the pleasure of attending some really fun events to celebrate and welcome in the change in seasons. Macy's has really gone all out to bring excitement to the season by hosting several in store events to get customers excited about all they have to offer and to just enhance their shopping experience starting with the Clinton Kelly event I posted about last week.

This past weekend was no exception and the weather made it all the more enticing to get out and celebrate the spring! On Friday, the Pasadena Macy's Cosmetic department hosted a special viewing of the Macy's Bouquet of the day and a floral painting party!
Saturday the Home department was offering decorating demonstrations featuring the Lenox Butterfly Meadow Collection and a floral arra…

Luck Be A FABB Lady

In less than a week I'll be attending the 3rd annual LuckyFABB West conference at the swanky SLS hotel in Beverly Hills and while I'm somewhat panicked about what I'm going to wear (hello, stylish fashion bloggers with designer pieces. I'm a suburban mom with a limited budget) I'm also REALLY excited.
Last year I was definitely a ball of nerves not knowing what to expect and only knowing one or two people in real life. I remember being stressed about what to wear and how long it was going to take me to get there and not really being able to enjoy the first day because I kept feeling like I had to get back home and "be there" for my family (side note: they were totally fine without me) and I sort of rushed through the first day.

This being my first fashion and beauty blogger conference I had no idea what to expect in terms of content and attendees. I knew everyone would be super fashionable and rocking the latest trends while I was coming off of just havin…

Talking Trends With Clinton Kelly

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

 I'd be lying if I said I didn't do a little dance when the email came through about attending the Spring Trends event at Macy's with Clinton Kelly this past Saturday. I've been watching "What Not To Wear" for the last 10 years and it's been a longtime dream of mine to go on the show just so I could go shopping with Clinton and Stacy and get some styling advice. So you can imagine that I jumped at the chance to meet him in person while he talked about some of this Spring's hottest trends and hosted a fashion show to give ideas on how to put them together and offer styling tips to those in attendance.
I was over the moon. Fortunately, I arrived early as it was standing room only and being 'press' meant I got to sit front and center while my style guru was a mere foot…

How I Learned To Taste Wine Like a Pro

Three weeks ago I mentioned that I attended a private tasting for the new BevMo! store opening in Riverside and that I learned quite a bit about wine tasting as well as what the store has to offer. Today I want to share some of those tasting tips.
It's no secret I like my wine. If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen a couple hundred photos of my #winethirty shenanigans. But really, I have a minimal idea of what I'm drinking. We've gone to the L.A. wine festival for the last two years and while I've discovered a lot more brands and varieties, I never really understood why I liked what I liked and why certain wines tasted better with particular foods.

For instance, I know you're generally supposed to pair white wines with lighter foods (chicken, fish, some pastas) and red wines with things like steak but who knew what else to pair it with? Not me.
Enter Wilfred and his magnificent palate. The BevMo! team put together a delightful flight of wines for …

Personal Style Meets Home Style

When I'm not cruising the racks of my local Nordstrom Rack or perusing the online wares of ASOS, you can find me wandering the aisles of HomeGoods and IKEA for design inspiration.
I've spent a lot of time working on honing my personal style in my closet but not as much when it comes to home decor. Partly because we are renting and our digs have been cool but temporary. We enjoyed living in our previous two homes but they never really felt like "ours". When D and I first moved in together we were in our 20's with no real sense of how to decorate and not much money. Most of our furniture was a hodge podge of what we each brought from our previous dwellings and I sort of worked with what we had and tried to brighten it up with no real feel for what I was doing.
Fast forward a few years to when I had my very first solo apartment and it was all girly all the time. Purple + pink as far as the eye could see with touches of blue and green for good measure.
IKEA was my g…

Moving is giving me Muffin Top

Moving is without a doubt one of the most stressful events you can go through in life. Its doesn't matter if you're moving across the country, the state or just a few streets over. It's pretty much a pain in the ass all around. I've done it at least 10 times (college and whatnot) and this time was definitely the smoothest. There were still some minor hiccups but that's to be expected and I was thoroughly prepared (sort of) for all the random issues that could possibly arise.
What I didn't count on was what moving was going to do to my waistline. Moving is giving me a muffin top y'all. And that's just not cool.
See, I was super prepared with meal plans leading up to the move out date but then sort of slacked off the weekend we moved in. It was hamburgers, hot wings and pizza for days. And let's not forget lunch. We had to eat something while we unpacked the kitchen and Chick-fil-A is so close by and their fries are SO GOOD.

It was days before I had a…