Lady in Red

Valentine's Day is around the corner making it the perfect time of year to wear the "it" color, red. Street style stars know that to capture the camera they need to stand out from the crowd, making head to toe red fashions a popular trend and I'm craving all things red from boots to suits. 

Red Outerwear

Bring on the heat in the cold with a bold red coat. For the chic set a red cape is a dream come true and for those with a more rebellious style a red moto jacket is the way to go.  A trench coat is a must have closet staple so try donning red trench for a flirty take on the classic coat. 

Red Boots and Bags

Dip your toe into the color du jour and step into a pair of red boots. Whether patent leather booties or sock boots, a red shoe makes your feet do the talking and the walking;). 

Red Suits and Jumpsuits

I'm always on the lookout for a showstopping red jumpsuit but recently red suits have made a play for my heart. Pair a red blazer with a graphic concert tee to look like rock royalty or go for shades of red from head to toe for a new take on power suiting. 


Sephora Secrets: 10 Tips for Shopping at Sephora

Sephora beauty store

I have a confession to make; I am a Sephora addict. If I have a bad day, I go to Sephora. If I have something to celebrate, I go to Sephora. When I get paid... Well, you get the point;). While earning my coveted VIB Rouge status, I've learned a few Sephora money saving tips and shopping hacks to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for beauty and makeup products. 

Sephora Secrets & Shopping Tips for Saving Money

1.) Two Words, BEAUTY INSIDER - Sephora’s Beauty Insiderrewards program is free to sign up and let’s you earn points for perks such as a birthday gift and special savings. Those that spend $350 and $1k annually at Sephora qualify for VIB (Very Important Beauty insider) and VIB Rouge status for even more goodies like free 2-day shipping and free makeovers.

Sephora Beauty Insider rewards program

2.) Rewards Gifts  - Did you know your Beauty Insider points never expire? That’s right! So save up for a gift set you really want (like a coveted Nars set that runs out within hours of arriving). Better yet, you don’t have to make a purchase to use your points! Just head up to the cash register for your Beauty Insider freebie and be on your way.

3.) Sales -Mark your calendars now. Sephora has two annual sales - April and November - which give beauty insider members 10%-20% off everything in the store! Other than that, sales are slim but occasional “Beauty Steals” are usually located at the end of a row of products. Also - If you did purchase an item within 2 weeks of before it went on sale, Sephora will refund the difference.

sephora sale

4.) Samples, samples, samples! - Do NOT leave a Sephora without taking home your fare share of free samples. Employees don’t mind making samples of products and customers are allowed up to three per section (that means 3 samples of fragrance, 3 of beauty, 3 of skincare…). If you don’t remember while you shop, ask for samples at checkout where they have a variety for gifting cosmetic crazy customers.

5.) Beauty Deals - It may be hard to find, but Sephora’s BeautyDeals page online is well worth the search! It shows all the promo offers available and has great high-end delux free samples. If you have your heart set on multiple samples just buy your paid for products in multiple orders to load up on the freebies. 

Sephora beauty deals

6.) Free Makeovers - Get your beat on! Sephora offers free 15 minute mini-makeovers that focus on one feature such as a smoky eye or bold lip. For those that want a complete overhaul, a full (45 minute) makeover is free with a $50 purchase and anytime for Rouge members! If you’re going to an event, make sure to book a reservation online – appointments fill up fast during holiday and wedding seasons.

7.) Returns - Don’t like your new lipstick shade? Don’t worry, because Sephora will return anything bought from the store even if the product is almost all used. No receipt? No problem – you can make a return for store credit as long as you have an ID (and if you do have the receipt receive a dull refund to original payment).

8.) Perfume Sample Sets - If there is a fragrance you like in a Sephora perfume sampler set, buy it! The sample sets are $55 and give you a coupon for a FREE FULL SIZE BOTTLE of one of the fragrances included.

Sephora perfume sample set

9.) Beauty Classes -Learn to do your makeup like a pro! Sephora offers free “Beauty Classes” at select locations nationwide. The classes range from 45-90 minutes and class topics cover everything from applying false eyelashes to contour and highlighting.

10.) Value Sets - Sephora Value Sets are a legit deal and can save you a pretty penny! From makeup palettes to nail polish sets to skin care essentials, don't miss Sephora's value and gift sets to either try out something new or restock your go-to beauty products! Shop some of my favorite Sephora value sets:

Closet Envy: Get Racked

clothing rack fashion

No doors, no problem.  Closed closets are fine for storing the majority of your wardrobe, but bring special items that deserve display out into the open and rack'em up! Clothes racks are practically a prerequisite among the fashion set for styling oneself. I mean, how could one possibly pack for fashion week without being able to clearly edit à la Rachel Zoe?!

Use an open clothing rack to help organize your outfits for the week or to remind you of special pieces you want to wear. Pair a rack next to a large mirror for some drama or even use it as a room divider like the converted Italian flour mill below did. 

open closet, interiors
open closet, clothing rack

clothing rack fashion
open closet

If you are looking for a clothes rack for yourself, check out this garment rack with shoe shelf, for a space saver try this folding rack, or go for a more design oriented approach with this industrial chic clothes rack

**Images via Glitter Guide, Passions for Fashion, Pinterest, Instagram


National Velvet

Velvet Street Style

Is anybody else having a case of the chills? It is cold outside in California (relatively speaking), and I'm craving clothing in cozy velvet fabric. Rich in look and by feel, but not necessarily by price, velvet makes a chic statement and adds dimension to outfits for both day and night. 

Although often associated with the holidays, there is still plenty of time to wear luxe Velvet fashions before retiring them for warmer weather. Take a tip from street style stars and combine velvet fashions with items associated with warmer months such as shorts or sandals. Another way to make this fab feeling fabric stay in fashion through the start of spring is to look for items in lighter colors, like this velvet midi skirt or incorporate the trend through your accessories like these blush velvet loafers



Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech Gifts for Men!

Cool Tech Gifts for Guys
Gadgets and gizmos and bits and bobs, holiday season is the perfect time gift your guy with the latest and greatest technology. Whether you are looking for a stocking stuffer such as an iPhone case or a big ticket item such as hover board, for men who like to stay up one step ahead, tech gifts are the way to go. 


1. IMOTO HOVER BOARD:  Looking for a great tech gift for guys? Look no further than a hover board! It combines athleticism, technology and fun in one sleek package. 

2. APPLE WATCH: Keep the man in your life on time and up to date with the latest and greatest in watches, the Apple watch! For those that want a smart watch without the steep price tag, check out the Pebble Smartwatch

3. USB CUFFLINKS: For the sophisticated techie,  brilliant businessman and James Bond in training, USB cuff links make a functional and fashionable gift.

4. POLAROID MOBILE PHOTO PRINTER: Instant gratification and tech toys unite with Polaroids mobile phone printer!  Great for guys and gals another fun idea is this mini instant camera and for the hipster in your life look no further than a Vintage Polaroid Camera Kit

5. THE NORTH FACE TECH GLOVES: Because what's the point of keeping him warm if he can't text you back, damn it?!

6. PAPARRAZI DRONE: Flying drones are a fun tech toy gift for men of all ages! For those more advanced gift a mini camera drone and for big spenders check out this flying drone.

7. IPHONE 6 WALLET CASE: For the man whose head is lost in code, gift a smartphone wallet case so that he only has one thing to forget;).

8. OCULUS RIFT VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET: When I walked in one evening and saw my husband at our dining room table with an Oculus mask on I didn't know whether to laugh or run. Regardless, for tech toy lovers young and old, the Oculus is a win! If you're on a budget check out this other Virtual Reality Headset.

9. BEATS BY DRE EARBUDS: For guys who like their music, give the gift of some luxury earbuds so he rock out at work in comfort. If the man your shopping for is more of an over-the-ear kinda guy, these wood headphones offer as big of a fashion statement as they do sound.  

10. JBL WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER: Give the party guy in your life a gift he can enjoy at home and on the go, a portable wireless bluetooth speaker!

Check out more Holiday Gift Guide HERE!