Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Year in Review.. The Good, The Bad and a Super Cool Jumper...

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What a day.. The last day of every year is quite wonderful isn't it!  It's a time where we all get a chance to look back and see all we have accomplished, the mistakes we made, the walls we encountered and the ones we torn down.   I know for me sometimes it's really hard to see my life as I am standing in the middle of it and this year was no different.  But looking back I see it all.

I had a really cool outfit post lined up all about what to wear on New Years Eve and how to wear it..(hence the shiny photo's)   But as I was coming to the end of writing it I felt the overwhelming urge to write about my year instead.  The good and the bad of it.  Not just the great moments on Instagram.. because lets face it looking at all of our Insta's it would seem that we all live rock star lives.  And I adore that.. but for this last post of 2013 I wanted to let you all in just a bit more.

I had an absolutely crazy year that

Monday, December 30, 2013

Making Healthy Cocktails with Health Ade Kombucha...

Heading into the new year we all have those pesky resolutions...  To loose weight.  To exercise.  To not be judgmental.  To shop less.  To be healthy.. et cetera et cetera.  No matter if we stick to our resolutions or not we at least all want to start off on the right foot.   But how do you do that when most of us will wake up New Years day with drinks and mostly innocent debauchery (wink wink) under our belt?

I say baby steps.   Start with a healthy cocktail.  Okay I know the words healthy and cocktail do not exactly go together..

But alas.. I have teamed up with the folks over at Health Ade Kombucha to test out some healthy cocktails that are sure to make your New Years Eve a hit..  and not hit you so hard on New Years Day.

First lets chat Kombucha..

What is it...and why?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fashion Friday.. Giggles and Smiles Can Make Your Day..

 The Look
Top & Pants: Gypsy 05 c/o
Bag & studded bracelet: Ted Rossi c/o
Booties: Shoemint
Ring bracelet: Micha Designs c/o
Necklace: Punky Bunny Designs c/o
Coat: BB Dakota c/o
There are those times in life where the universe decides to remind you that you are taking it all too seriously.  I was in such a mood when this shoot started...just ask Jason my photographer..  Poor guy was getting the brunt of it..  and then the universe decided to let me know that I was taking the woes of the day all to darn serious.

Here's the story..

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS... it's all about giving JOY..




joy |joi|
noun
a feeling of great pleasure and happiness: 


Before I get started here I want to take a moment to THANK each and every one of you who have come to my blog day in and day out.  Giving me your constant support brings mountains of  JOY into my life everyday. 

I can't believe it's been a whole year since we celebrated last Christmas...

 .....And today the concept of JOY is in my heart..  

I love the fact that there are two words that encompass this amazing word...


JOY & ENJOY

Today is about giving JOY to those you love and today is about ENJOYING those you love.

Enjoying the moment.  Enjoying the day.  Enjoying the  love ones and friends that are in your life.  

...but none of the above can be fully achieved without first GIVING..

GIVING JOY 

..to those you love.   To those who love you.  To complete strangers.. and most of all to yourself.

Give a little JOY today and it will be enough to last you thorough out all of next year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY
JOY...
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Outfit Tuesday: Enjoy The Little Things

 The Look
Blazer & Booties: Boohoo
Sweatshirt: FreshTops
Sunnies: D&G c/o
Necklace: Stella & Dot  c/o
With just one day left until Christmas Day I thought why not 

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fashion Friday...The get up

  The Look
Pants & Sweater: Beckley by Mellissa c/o
Top: Roland Mouret 
Clutch, Ring & Necklace: Stella & Dot c/o
Sunnies: Burberry c/o Luxottica
Pumps: Schutz
I wore this get up to a sweet little shopping event I hosted last week at the Beckley Boutique on West 3rd street.  If there is one thing I absolutely adore more than a great cup of French Hot chocolate is

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day to Night Hair Styles w/ PopSugar, Pantene and Me... (Video)

I am super excited to share with you guys a video I did with the oh so amazing PopSugar and the super fabulous hair care line Pantene.  Last month you may have spied on instagram that I was at the Popsugar studios filming a secret project.. and here it is.  

Pantene, PopSugar and I thought I would be awesome to share with  you gals simple tips to take your hair from day to night using the Pantene relaxed and natural hair care line.  Now since I wear my hair mostly straight we enlisted my girl Ashley Blaine Featherson from the super cute show Hello Cupid to rep the ladies who mostly wear their hair natural.  

It was a such a fun day..  I can't wait to do it again!!  
Click the READ MORE button below to see behind the seems photo's and to watch me and my girl Ashley in action..

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Outfit Tuesday...Silk, Fur & Golden Leopards...

 The Look
Top & Pants: Gypsy 05 c/o
Faux Fur: Naven Similar
Shoes: Puma c/o ON SALE
Phone case & Bracelets: Brahmin c/o
Necklace & Bag: Stella & Dot c/o

Well it's official.. L.A. weather is completely Bipolar.  Super emotional.  A bit testy and constantly from one end of the spectrum to the other.  For that reason you gotta LOVE it!  This week it's in the 80's  last week it was in the 50's.  What's a girl to do but just play along.  

So I thought I would mix it up with a super light weight silk top and bottoms and a super heavy faux fur.  After all faux fur in 80 degrees is perfectly logical when you have a vast understanding that it will drop to 60 degrees that night..  Plus,

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Christmas Wish List... Here's to the Pretty Things..


With just 9 days left before Christmas and my last gift guide of the season being all about pretty.. I thought I would take my Christmas wish list and share it with you.  With pretty gifts ranging in price from $7.99 to $300 bucks there is a  gift for all

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fashion Friday.. Velvet Crush..



 The Look
Velvet Leggings: Audra c/o
Sunnies: D&G c/o
Necklace & Bracelet: Micha Designs c/o
Booties: Jean Michel Cazabat
Sweater: Zara
Bag: Vintage
Earrings: Call it Spring c/o on sale for $7.98
I recently came across a photo of myself at a junior high school dance.   In said photo I was wearing a dress.  A crushed velvet body con black dress that had a velvet rose smack dab in the middle of the scooped neckline.  Sounds atrocious right?   Actually it was kind of cute.  I remember

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Holiday Reasons to Run to Georgetown Cupcake..

There is something about a box of really well decorated cupcakes that will perk up any day.  So with the holidays here and in full swing gift giving is at the top of every one's minds.   Now we all love to get our sweaters and trinkets and journals and sweet little stocking stuffers that come with having friends and family.. but the sweet gift of a cupcake seems to trump them all.

I was sitting home yesterday.. emailing.. and getting ready for a meeting when my buzzer rang and in walked a man with dozen Georgetown Holiday cupcakes.  Hallelujah!!   Let the holiday sugar binging begin.   I thanked the man, grabbed the box, called my neighbor, poured a tall glass of Almond milk and proceeded ascend to cupcake heaven. 

Okay.. so now that you know I am a bit on the wacky side (well actually I'm pretty sure you guys already knew that)..  I give you....

12 reasons to head to a Georgetown Cupcake shop near you


1. Chocolate Egg Nog: Valrhona chocolate egg nog infused-cupcake topped with a nutmeg-infused vanilla cream cheese frosting and a fondant snowflake

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Cozy Gift Guide


I am definitely one of those gals who absolutely loves when I get cozy gifts during the holidays.  Cozy gifts are the awesome kind that you can take right out of the box and start having all kinds of fun with right away.  

I have assembled some super cool COZY gifts that everyone on your list will appreciate.   I mean come on.. how awesome would it be to get a yummy tin of peppermint hot chocolate..

In order from left to right...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Outfit Tuesday... Hope & Bows (Holiday)

 The Look
Sweater: Ylin
Trousers: Michael Stars c/o
Shoes: Zara
Jewelry: Daniel Espanoza

If there is anything I absolutely love about each year coming to and end are the prospects and possibilities that are to come with a brand new one.  The idea that you can take the all the emotions, good times, fun,  fast times and most of all the HOPE that you carried all year and bring it right into the new year with you.

Often time the end of a year brings with it the energy that you can phase out and erase all the bad of the year before and start new..  But guess what.. you can also

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gift Guide.. 12 Goodies For the Beauty Obsessed on Your List..

There is nothing like the gift of beauty.. and lucky for all us beauty lovers there are tons of super sweet  gifts to give and get this holiday season.  Gift sets, books, make up and crafty tools are all on my list, so I thought it only right to share some of my favorites with you.  This group of luxe gifts will make them look like a million without you having to spend a million.

I've put together a look book of beauty goodies

The Holiday Gift Shop is Open..

Holiday Shop
The Stuff She Likes Holiday Shop is open..  Lust worthy items that are are perfect for everyone on your list.  Throughout the holiday season I'll be posting super specific gift guides that will cover all your holiday needs.  I know I am one for gifting others as well as gifting myself.. hey it's been a long amazing year and we all deserve it a little treat!

The shop will be up through the end of 2013.  Just look to your right-------->  Yep right there in the side bar.. Click that photo anytime and visit the holiday gift shop. I'll be adding goodies daily.   Browse, buy or just gather inspiration for your list.  
  
 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Fashion Friday.. Holiday Day to Night with Ease..plus 15% off Gypsy 05

 The Look
Sweater: Darling
Pants: Gypsy 05 c/o (15% discount code STUFFSHELIKES)
Gloves: Echo Design c/o
Shoes: Forever 21
Jewelry: Daniel Espinoza c/o
Bag: Rovi Moss
Sunnies: Miu Miu c/o Luxotica

Holiday season in in full swing and today I am officially kicking off the Stuff She Likes holiday series with some Mexican Hot chocolate and a look that will take you from shopping to your holiday cocktail party with ease.

Printed trousers...Studded sweaters and Echo Friendly peplum gloves keeps the cold out and the hot style in!

.and to start off this post Gypsy 05 is offering Stuff She Like readers a 15% site wide discount code good through December 20th.. Head over to the site and enter the code STUFFSHELIKES at checkout.

With this look you can go from day to night without changing a thing..  Subtle enough

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blogger Baby... Holiday w/Wendy Bellisimo for JCPenney

The Look

About a month ago in the midst of a super packed day I got dressed, swiped on some bright lipstick grabbed my red carry all and headed out to Malibu for a preview of Wendy Bellissimo's new collection for JCPenney.  Now for me this was quite odd.   I am a blogger and I do go to lots of previews and events.. but this one was centred around babies?   Baby fashion to be exact...and I have to tell you....I fell in love!  Plush, luxe gorgeous

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cozy up with my Michael Stars Holiday Gift Guide




When Michael Stars asked me to pick out my five must have items from their super cool seriously luxe Holiday collection I jumped at the chance.  Not only am I obsessed with Micheal Stars these days but I have been a fan for years.   I can't tell you how many of those metallic baby tee's I owned back in the day.   

So Micheal Stars and I  partnered up and I have to tell you it was so super hard narrowing it down to five pieces.  Plush sweaters, super cool metallic moto jackets,  sequins, lace and comfy trousers all make for the perfect gifts for those you love and if you are anything like me.. for yourself.

Click HERE to shop my must have Michael Stars Holiday pieces. 

Micheal Stars Holiday..

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

OUTFIT TUESDAY.. My Great Grandmothers Coat..

 The Look
Jeans: Goldsign c/o
Coat & Bag: Vintage
Booties: Jean Michel Cazabat
Necklace: Capwell & Co c/o
Watch: La Mer Collections c/o
Earrings: Stella & Bow c/o
Last week I was visiting my Grandmother Mamie Hansberry and mid visit she said I am going to go into the garage and get you something.  10 minutes later she returned with this beautiful Lord & Taylor coat that belong to her mother Nannie.. Bought sometime in the late 40's early 50's.  I could not believe my eyes.  Beautiful and in perfect condition. 

I can't quite describe the feeling I got when I slipped on this super heavy beautifully made coat.  I felt empowered.. I felt happy...I felt like I was touching a part of my family history that I had never touched before.  Not to mention that my great grandma had amazing taste! 

I could not wait to wear it.. 

There is

Monday, December 2, 2013

Beauty Post.. Metallic Eyes & Velvet Lips.. using your finger..

Shop the products in the post below

Cream shadows have always been a favorite of mine..and the latest crop of Metallic cream shadows are beautiful, electrifying and simply off the charts!  Pigmented just right to give a gilded look that is buildable and stays put.  Come on .. we all hate those clumpy creases that can live on our lids when creams shadows are in use.

Okay so..
All you need is your finger and a little imagination.   Sounds dirty I know...

Anyhow..

Here's how to achieve this simple yet striking look.

Apply foundation, concealer and
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