Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mad for Plaid

Anyone else mad for plaid? Plaid is such a versatile pattern and a classic staple for fall. I'm loving this plaid top from Gray Monroe that goes with so many different looks.  I've been loving to pattern mix this season so I paired this plaid top with my favorite leopard clutch which you can find here. I styled this gorgeous plaid top three different ways. For a casual look, I paired it with my favorite Vince Camuto suede over the knee boots. I love that it instantly elevates the look while still looking effortlessly chic. For a night out, I paired the top with my favorite leopard print pumps by Via Spiga which are similar here and here. I also added my faux leather jacket by Blank NYC.  I love that pattern mixing is such a fun trend this season. My absolute favorite look is pairing the plaid top with my suede button-down skirt which is similar here & here. I love the boho-chic 70s inspired look that is definitely a big trend this season. Which is your favorite look? How do you wear plaid? 

Thank you Gray Monroe for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 
Outfit details: Iris Plaid Top c/o Gray Monroe// Joe Distressed denim similar here & here//Blank NYC faux leather jacket//Oliver Peoples Sunglasses affordable option here//Leopard Print Clutch c/o Gray Monroe//Via Spiga Leopard-Print pumps similar here & here//Choker Forever 21 similar here

Outfit details: Vince Camuto "Melaya Boots" // See above for the rest of the outfit details

Outfit details: Suede skirt (0ld) similar here & here// Rebecca Minkoff  "Love" Crossbody Bag// Get the rest of the outfit details above.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Style Challenge

Can you believe fall is officially here tomorrow? Apparently, the weather man didn't get the memo here in San Diego, since it still feels like summer. It's been super hot & humid with lots of rain. I'm anxiously waiting for fall because I love everything associated with it from the changing leaves, crisp weather, to pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie. It is also a great time to layer and wear my favorite fall trends. I can't think of a better way to jumpstart fall than with a fun style challenge. If you are new to style challenges, this is the best one to start. You can also read all about style challenges on this post.

For the month of October, we are kicking off a fun style challenge that will help you gain inspiration for  dressing up for the fall weather. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people and friends along the way. The best part is you can win prizes for playing. We are giving away two $50 gift cards to the store of your choice.  Winning is super easy. All you have to do is follow ALL hosts (see poster below) and follow the prompt. It is as simple as that.

We are kicking off week 1 with our favorite color palettes for fall-burgundy, mustard & olive. Show us how you style these colors for a chance to win. Week 2 is all about leopard, florals and plaid which are definite must have for this season. Week 3 is all about denim, leather & suede and finally, the last week is my personal favorite-chokers, booties or scarves. The challenge starts Monday, October 3 and will end on Friday, October 28th. Each week will be a different prompt that will start Monday & end on Friday. We can't wait to have you join us. Make sure to hashtag #thisorthatoctoberremix so that we can see all your fabulous looks. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are having a great week.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Finding the Perfect Balance

What is finding the perfect balance mean? I wish I could give you a one size fits all answer to this question. For me, finding a balance is trying to juggle my family, kids, job, and my interests. I wish I could tell you that I figured it all out. Trust me, I am still trying to learn and juggle it all. I mean who doesn't want everything. I've learned to prioritize what's important and make time in my life for things that I love, like blogging and fashion. Here are some tips that I learned through the years that help me not only find balance in my life but to take time and enjoy it too. 

1.Prioritize what's important. 
Make a small do-able list. I am still learning with this one. I've learned that sometimes we make our to-do list so long that it seems impossible to finish it all and then, & causes a reverse effect of adding more stress because we feel like we have failed. Therefore, I make a realistic list of what I can do and what's most urgent and check it off. There are things on your list that make take days to complete. For those tasks, I suggest creating a smaller list so that you can check off things that you have completed. Trust me, you will feel better and more accomplished.

2. Make Time for yourself ("Me" Time)
"Me" time is so important, especially for moms. It can be an hour getting a mani or pedi, hanging out with your girlfriends, shopping, vegging out in front of the TV, sleeping in whatever that makes you happy is your "me" time. Honestly, taking an hour away just to get a pedicure from the kids really helps me reboot and re-energize.

3. Yoga/Stretching

Even though I'm not the most flexible person in the world, I have always loved yoga and stretching. I've learned to love yoga even more now that I'm a mom because it is the only quiet time I get from the kids. Yoga is also a great time to unwind and clear your mind from stress or thinking about your to-do list.  I highly recommend that you take at least an hour or fifteen minutes to unwind. Stretch out and just unwind. Trust me it works wonders. 

4. Date Nights with your spouse/significant other
Date nights are so important in every aspect of a relationship. I feel like it is even more important when you have kids. It's so easy to get caught up with the kids that you forget about your significant other. My husband and I try to do date nights at least once a month to reconnect with each other. It is such a great way to bond with your partner without having the kids' scream while you are trying to have a conversation.

5. Make time for things that you love. 
As I mentioned before, fashion and blogging are one of my favorite hobbies. I try to make time so that I can blog and share outfit ideas to share with each and one of you. I find that when you make time for things you love it makes you much happier. Life is short. You have to do things that make YOU happy. 

What are some things that you do to help you find balance in your busy life? I would love to hear your tips and tricks. I hope you are enjoying your weekend! 

Outfit details: Zella Zip Up (old) similar here and here//Zella leggings similar here and here //Nike Frees similar here & here// Pineapple Mat c/o of Wild Arrow 



Monday, September 5, 2016

The Perfect Transitional Dress for Fall

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I had such a great time this weekend visiting my sister and her family in Camarillo, California. I haven't seen my niece in months and it was so nice to see her. She even took a few steps while I was there. It was so nice to see my boys interact with her. I also got to spend some time with my sister which is alway so nice. We went shopping of course and took advantage of some Labor Day weekend sales. Because I knew I was going to do a lot of walking, I wanted to wear something super cute and comfy. I decided to wear this gorgeous boho dress by Simply Coco Boutique. They have such cutest boho-chic styles. I love that you can wear this dress now and into fall. For a fall look, I would pair this dress with my favorite Vince Camuto "Melaya Boots" that I got at the Nordstrom Sale. I honestly think it is worth the full price. The quality and fit of the boots are amazing. I also layered it with my favorite faux leather jacket by Blank NYC faux leather jacket. I also pair this look with these super chic Ray-Bans which are perfect for fall & winter. I finished the look with my super comfy Tory Burch Miller which I want in every color because they are so versatile. My favorite part of this look is my red Gucci purse which is definitely a splurge, but I think it is worth every penny. It instantly elevates any outfit post and the perfect to add color to any look. It also comes in 6 beautiful colors. 

I hope you are enjoying this long weekend. I'm looking forward to doing some online shopping today & relaxing with the family. A big congrats to @sannibuns for winning the grand prize for #thisorthataugust remix.  Please DM @mixandmatchmel to claim your prize. Melissa & I will be taking a break for September to spend time with our family. We will be back in October. Thank you to everyone that participated last month. We are inspired by all your looks and can't wait to have you join us again in October for a fun fall challenge that you won't want to miss. Thanks for stopping by!

Outfit details:THML tunic dress c/o Simply Coco Boutique//Gucci Disco Bag in Red//Raybans//Tory Burch Miller//Blank NYC faux leather jacket


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