Stuff I Love

Mother’s Day Gifts

Something Sweet!

Give Mom something sweet for Mother’s Day that tells her you love her whether she eats it, wears it, or shows it off, but get to it, times a wasting.

Engrave a Message

An inspiration bangle from Red Envelope, $100

A catchall for jewels

Give a place to set the jewelry you buy her like this LOVE dish from The Brick Kiln, $12 on Etsy.com

Wear the Love

Blue Nile pendant XO necklaces, $41-42

Mom Decor

Tell her with decor from Alexandra Ferguson, $69-109

Puzzle Me

Paloma’s Nest customizable puzzle, $44 You choose what kind of love message they have to decipher.

Great Treats

Give her a fortune cookies filled with love notes, gift certificates for pedicures, a massage, take out meals and even some time off from the kids. Curly Birds on Etsy, $8-17

Photo Memories
Capture all your memories in a custom designed family frame from Personalization Mall, $30

You Make Her Dinner!

Time to finally make mom dinner. Get the instructions, recipe and ingredients from Destination Dinners, $18

YUM!

Custom yummy cookies for mom from Katie’s Creative Bakery, $11-40 from Etsy.com

And then of course there is always a gift at the top of every gal’s list, A MASSAGE! One of our favorites in Los Angeles is Arcona in Santa Monica.

April 30th, 2012 by Ali

Eco Fashion & Accessories

With Earth Day approaching, it gives me a chance to explore many of the designers that are producing clothing and accessories with an eco-conscious approach.  Here are some of my favorite finds.

H&M‘s Conscious Collection

Beau Soleil’s Beau Athens, ultimate Greek Goddess dress made from 100% bamboo, $195

Mika Organic spiral shell dress, $245

Dalia MacPhee‘s one shoulder vegan dress, $278

Edun fitted blazer, $348

Mountain Khaki’s Meadowlark organic tee, $29.95

Levi’s Water<Less Curve ankle skinny jeans, $68

Beyond Skin cute & sassy vegan Retro 70’s style wedge Siam red Haiti print, $277.38

Hovey Lee Ocean Life collection reclaimed brass starfish bracelet, $135

Heather Belle Audrey fold over bag, $325

Beau Soleil bag, $55

April 16th, 2012 by Ali

Spring Fashion Finds That Save You $1,000

As a stylist I’ve become adept at disseminating trends quickly and pulling together a variety of looks based on variables like price point, body size and shape and even for specific audiences. Through that I’ve also become a very savvy shopper whether online or in a store.

Given the challenge of putting together four head to toe looks, accessories included for under $700 I headed to TJ Maxx & Marshalls. And when I tallied the numbers, I came in at $699 and saved an additional $1,000 by not shopping at department stores.

Striped top, $25  Pink skirt, 80   Two tone flats, $40   Black wristlet bag, $25  Polka dot scarf, $7

Floral top, $70  White jeans, $17  Cross body bag, $30  Flats, $30

Jean jacket, $130  Striped dress, $40  Metallic top siders $30,  Burgundy clutch, $20

Ethnic print tank, $15  Black skirt, $70  Black striped wedges, $40  Raffia tote, $30

April 10th, 2012 by Ali

70’s Phone from Long Beach Antiques Market

A visit to the Long Beach Antiques Market like any big outdoor market can be hit or miss. But it’s always a chance to see eye catching art, collectible jewelry, some great furniture and some bad plus plenty of junk from a Ronald McDonald head that now looks like the lead of Kiss to fishing trophies.

While we went looking for a console for our new house we came home with a hip 70’s phone. I’ve been transported back to an episode of The Rockford Files. I’m waiting for Jim Rockford to call so we can tackle the next investigation.

February 21st, 2012 by Ali

Top Styles from J. Crew

Are you a J. Crew junkie like me? Always looking through the catalog, breezing through the store to spot something new to possibly add to your wardrobe? Well, these are a few of my favorite style cravings from the latest looks from J. Crew.

I may skip hearts when it’s in jewelry, but in a top and skirt like this J. Crew matching set, it’s chic.

Denim done right. I’ll skip the cutoffs, but the denim blazer creates a balance of relaxed cool yet acceptable business attire.

I am mesmerized by stripes and these have me hooked. Yellow is tough, it can drain your face of color. But when the color is not next to your face a skinny jean like these is much easier to wear.

 

Prints, please. Slimming, feminine and irresistible with a belted waist and a wrist of bracelets or a big beaded necklace. J. Crew dresses help relieve gals of a stuffy corporate office.

February 15th, 2012 by Ali

My Beauty Routine. A Peek in my Vanity.

Covering both beauty and fashion means I try lots of products and look at lots of clothes. Which leads to being asked many times about my favorite beauty products and designers.

We recently moved into a new house which means new places to put my beauty supplies and new tricks for organization. I’m excited to have more drawers, cabinets and storage. Here’s a peek at just two of my beauty cabinets.

These are my two go-to places every morning and night.

Filled with many of my favorites from Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone (GetSuper.com) and Perricone MD (Perriconemd.com) products like Sun Kissed and Cold Plasma to Moisturizing Activator and 3 Minute Miracle (a genius product that let’s me skip regular pricey facials). I switch my routine based on my skin’s needs, which can happen monthly due to weather, stress and travel. The  Clarisonic has helped me avoid the flaky skin that can happen in winter and if you haven’t tried them, Brushpicks are brilliant for a quick teeth cleaning. I keep a small tube of them in my bag at all times.  And while I have an array of nail polish colors from Essie in another drawer, I keep my go-to colors like pale pinks for my fingers and deeper tones for my toes, handy for when I’m running out the door to the salon or to pack in my suitcase.

And with cabinets below my sink I had to come up with ways to see all my products and reach them easily. Solution? Real Simple organizers from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They were meant for the office, but they work well in my bathroom. Cups and apothecary glassware keep my brushes, mascaras, eye shadows and lip glosses tidy, while the sections in the “box” keep it all compartmentalized. This box slides like a drawer making it easy for me to see what I have and get to it each morning without being messy. Each brush performs a job whether it be applying concealer, powder or blush. And some of my must have cosmetics include NYX and Dior mascara, Laura Mercier loose powder, Benefit and Origins concealers, Urban Decay All Nighter for long TV shoot days, blush from Makeup For Ever and Lorac plus plenty of eyeshadow choices from Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown and Sue Devitt.

February 12th, 2012 by Ali

Anti-Valentine’s Day Gifts & Ideas

No beau? No problem. Sick of the icky-sweet candy hearts and teddy bears that pop up all over the place as gift ideas? Ban it. Lingerie that no one can wear? Don’t bother.

Avoid the overpriced dinners for two on Valentine’s Day and instead revel in the anti-Valentine’s Day fun that you can enjoy instead.

Anti-Valentine’s Day t-shirt or for any time of year you’re just sick of hearing another friend’s love story. Etsy.com, $15

Have an ex you’d like to release a little pent up energy on? Have the team at Able and Baker studio create a “Hate Pinata” for you. info@ableandbakerstudio.com

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February 6th, 2012 by Ali

Valentine’s Day Gifts – Love, Love, Love

For me, Valentine’s Day is just as good a time to pop some bubbly and make a delicious meal or order delivery. What we skip? Reservations. Like New Year’s Eve, we like to avoid the overpriced “special” menu.

When it comes to gifts I suggest both the stereotypical jewelry and chocolate to some off the beaten path.

Whip it Good!

You can read the idea of whipped cream for Valentine’s Day as naughty or nice. You decide. If you’ve ever tried fresh whipped cream, you know that no preservative-laden grocery variety can match the sweet, creamy peaks you get with the real thing. But if you’re daunted by the thought of hand-whipping your own topping, fear not. We’ve found a gadget that does the work for you. The iSi Easy Whip produces twice the volume of hand whipping — one pint of liquid yields about five pints of whipped cream — in seconds. Isi Easy Whip, $49.95 TheDailyGrommet.com

Small World

Sorta silly. Kind of quirky. What’s so special about a glass vessel, a pile of rocks, some plant life and a little figurine or two? I’m not exactly sure where the magic comes from, but the combination is totally endearing. Maybe it’s the tiny people. Twig Terrariums, $50 TheDailyGrommet.com

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February 1st, 2012 by Ali

Fashionable Walls with Chic Wallpaper by de Joode Design

So into fashion you wish you could decorate your walls with it? Ever wonder what a stylish photo might look if replicated into thousands of small images?  Why wonder when you can see how fashion photography under the designs of de Joode Design has invented ways to cover entire walls full of charming, rhythmic patterns.

When you first walk into a room you see a powerful design, move closer and you see fashion models in various poses showing off the glamour and sophistication of fashion photography. Four different collections are currently available at Soonsalon.com including these photos of her Les Hors D’Oeuvres collection featuring such delicious names as Angel Cake, Honey Pie, Strawberry Souffle and Petit Fours.


January 3rd, 2012 by Ali

New Mezzmer Eyewear-You be the Judge

Buying new glasses can be stressful. You try on countless pairs in the store, ask a few salespeople for their opinions and still feel rushed to make a decision. Wouldn’t if be so much nicer to try them on in your own home or outdoors or just anywhere that’s not in a store?  And not feel like you’ve got 20 minutes to make a decision about something as important about what’s on your face?

Well, Mezzmer eyewear came up with a fantastic solution. They have their own collection for women and men and you get to choose five to try at home for free for 30 days. You choose your samples, they send to you in a lovely box and you show off to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, UPS guy and when you decide just send back the samples for free and order your favorite pair online. And every pair is only $99. SWEET!

So here are the five I’m debating between. Please forgive the bad lighting, glare, not being all gussied up and not being at the best angle, but hey, I was out for coffee with my guy pal, Jordan and figured we’d have you help me make a decision.  (And the Shelley sample was a little crooked-oops.) So please comment on your favorite pair.

King                                                                                        Audrey


Speakeasy                                                                           Halliday

 Shelley

November 3rd, 2011 by Ali