Polka Dots and Glitter

IMG_8438Last up in this 3 part series? How to style this dress for 80 degrees and sunny!

IMG_8459California loves air conditioning inside, but we love to spend our time outdoors, so layers will always be critical.  I continue to be obsessed with this military jacket, and love its light feel but ability to warm you up! If you haven’t bought one yet… get on it!

IMG_8443I also love to embrace the dichotomy of super feminine and masculine simultaneously, and feel like glitter sandals with a military jacket does just the trick!

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Accessories will always have a place in my heart… some of my staples are incorporated into this look – my GiGi cross body bag and my Chanel sunglasses.

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Date Night Dressing

IMG_9133I love a dress that can go from day to night… and I think it’s safe to say this one fits the bill!

IMG_9135Whether you have a girls night or a hot date, this dress works wonderfully with a motorcycle jacket and strappy heels.

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Zara Jacket, Zara Dress, BCBG Heels, J.Crew Bangles

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Layer Dressing

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80 degrees one day then rain the next? This weather has been so confusing lately, and I’ve learned layers are key.

IMG_8229This week I am going to show a few ways to wear this Zara dress that I’ve been loving lately.  First weather scenario? 70 and cloudy.

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Sweater/Necklace/Dress (as skirt)/Booties/PurseIMG_8223IMG_8206

I love the idea of wearing a dress as a skirt, but find a lot of styles are tough to do so with.  This drop-waisted skirt makes it easy to throw a sweater over and still have some shape.

IMG_8232 IMG_8254I also have been LOVING this giraffe necklace.  I have had it in my shopping cart for months and finally pulled the trigger… I highly recommend J.Crew Factory’s jewelry selection if you ever are looking for inexpensive finds. I also picked this one up and love it!

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Booties are another great option for cooler weather… I had some back-up sandals packed in my purse in case the weather changed.  Never hurts to be prepared!

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Stay tuned this week for some more ideas on how to style this versatile dress! IMG_8247

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Picnic Party

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One of my biggest pet peeves is when the weather report reads that the weather is going to be amazing all week, EXCEPT Saturday and Sunday.  Luckily, this particular weekend was just the opposite.  After some showers and clouds, the skies parted for sunny, 80 degree weather.  And what better way to celebrate than with a picnic?!

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We grabbed some of our favorite people and made our way up to our favorite, local winery – Testarossa. We were able to wine taste, sun bathe and picnic… all at the same time!! Does it get any better?

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Here was our menu:

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I am a HUGE proponent of no dairy/mayo based foods at picnics.  Between the sun and lack of refrigeration, the whole thing freaks me out, so we did a lot of olive oil based items. Even the sandwiches went sans mayo, using pesto instead!  In warm weather the key is having light yet satiating menu items.

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Skinny Chi Cocktail

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A Chi Chi is a popular Hawaiian cocktail… but with cream of coconut, vanilla ice cream and blue curaçao the calories really add up.  Luckily one of my favorite restaurants – Honu, has created a low calorie and equally delicious option!

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Skinny Chi

  • 1.5 oz coconut vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz coconut water
  • .5 fresh lime sour
  • .5 oz Malibu Black
  • fresh pineapple
  1. Muddle pineapple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add pineapple juice, coconut water, lime sour and coconut vodka to shaker.
  3. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into ice filled glass and top with Malibu Black floater.
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