Jun 29, 2012

R29 Shops

The brilliant minds behind one of my favorite style websites, Refinery29, have just launched a new e-commerce site called R29 Shops. The R29 Shops will be showcasing a variety of amazing designers and brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Erin Fetherston, and Clare Vivier, among others. The brands will be available through custom collaborations, mini boutiques, vouchers, and more. "In growing our commerce, we're thinking about our readers every step of the way and how products can be framed more effectively," says editor-in-chief, Christene Berberich. Are you as excited as I am?! My first purchase will be a voucher for Erin Fetherston's online boutique. I have a feeling this will be the first of many purchases from the R29 Shops. Happy shopping, luvies!

Latest and Greatest: Bec and Bridge

I did a little shopping at my favorite boutique, Edith Hart, while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago. I found some seriously incredible pieces including my new favorite dress from Bec and Bridge. I plan on wearing it tomorrow night for a romantic birthday dinner for the hubby. We're heading out to Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental which is the place where he proposed two years ago this July 4th (insert super smiley face here). I'll be sure to take pictures and give you all a quick recap of the honey's birthday celebration on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend!
Bec and Bridge

Jun 28, 2012

Honey's Birthday

I've always been one to think that buying men's clothing or accessories is HARD work. Men don't want/need/obsess over as many things as women do so the options are a bit more limited. However, for Kenny's birthday this year I wanted to get him something he really wanted. I set off with a big task and think that I succeeded. I got him something that not only he needs, but he also has been wanting for the past few months - a suit! Yes, a suit. And here are some other ideas for those of you out there looking for a gift for your honey.

Honey's Birthday

Jun 27, 2012

Wednesday Craving: Lauren Jeans Co.

Lauren Jeans Co.

I had been looking everywhere for a simple chambray dress and finally found the perfect one. I know, I know. It doesn't look great in this picture, but it's super cute in person! It also hugs the body in all the right places so I'm a BIG fan. 
p.s. I shortened the hem a bit and tada! - perfection!

Getaway Recap: Puerto Rico

I can't even tell you how great it was to see my family and friends after so long. The wedding was a blast and I got to spend some quality time with every one of my closest friends. The weather also cooperated (it didn't rain once!) so Kenny and I got to enjoy some time outdoors. The only hiccup was that our return flight was cancelled due to Debbie (the hurricane that's currently stationed in FL) and we had to get on a 6am flight yesterday to be able to make it back to work on time (not fun). Now, it's back to reality.
With the bride to be at the rehearsal dinner. Dress: Shoshanna, Shoes: Ivanka Trump, Clutch: vintage.
Night out with friends. Dress: Paper Crown from Edith Hart, Vest: J.Crew, Shoes: Coach (sold out, similar), Clutch: J.Crew, Bracelets: Edith Hart c/o, Soria Z Jewelry c/o,  By Erin Gordon.
Wedding time! Dress: Hoss Intropia, Necklace: vintage, Earrings: Marcia Budet, Shoes: Jimmy Choo.
With the girls.
Perfect sunset view from the reception site: the marina in Old San Juan.
The boys.
A Sunday afternoon stroll on the beach.

Jun 26, 2012

Smoky Eyes

The smoky eye effect is my go-to look for a special occasion. I've always liked to highlight my eyes instead of my lips since I feel like the whole red or bright pink pout does not work well with my coloring. However, to achieve a classy smoky eye look takes time and lots of practice. Throughout the years I've tried very many products, eye shadows, and eye liners, but the following have become my smoky eye essentials.

Smoky Eyes

Jun 20, 2012

En Route: Puerto Rico

I haven't seen my parents in over six months so right now I can hardly contain my excitement. I am en route to Puerto Rico to spend some much needed quality time with the family and celebrate a dear friends wedding on Saturday. I'll be back on Monday with a recap and some updates, but, as always, you can find sneak peeks if you follow me on Instagram. 
Au revior!

Jun 19, 2012

Denim Love

I've had a slight denim obsession lately. Chambray shirts in several different styles, the usual denim cut-off shorts, a new denim vest, my old but oh so loved denim jacket and now a new chambray dress. Yes, a lot of denim in this gal's closet. But why not? It's casual, versatile, and a classic staple. What's there not to love? Denim is everywhere this season and I'm in love.

Denim Love

Jun 18, 2012

Chambray Polka Dots

Our weekend in Newport was perfect even though it went by in the blink of an eye. Saturday night we had a cookout for Mrs. K's birthday and then went out to some bars. I decided this chambray polka dots button down needed to come out with me. It's the softest and most comfy shirt you'll ever own. Seriously.
How were your weekends?

Shirt: J.Crew, Jeans: GAP, Bag: J.Crew (on sale in stores), Shoes: Steve Madden (old), Necklace: Jessie James, Bracelets: Eleven11 c/o, vintage, Soria Z. Jewelry c/o.

Introducing Beauty and The Feast

Allie, the voice behind the San Diego based blog Beauty and The Feast, is seriously awesome. She writes a little bit of everything, but my favorite are her recipes and travel posts. She considers herself to have the travel bug and her adventure stories are stupendous. She's also given me more than enough reasons to want to visit San Diego stat. Her series called "Inspired by Locals" is where she shares some of her favorite restaurants and cafes in San Diego. Trust me, you'll want to bookmark and/or favorite each of these posts for your next trip to the West Coast. Anyway, cutting to the chase, Allie is now advertising here on Fashion Truffles and it's a true honor that she chose FT! Welcome Allie!

Jun 15, 2012

Newport Packing List

This Father's Day weekend we're headed to Newport, Rhode Island. My best friend's in-laws have a beautiful house there and Kenny and I always make sure to reserve our Newport weekends ahead of time. We've now been more times than I can count and we love it! It's a beautiful, very New England-y town filled with cute shops, cafes, and a dazzling beach so it's always a very welcome escape from the city. 
Have a great weekend, luvies! 

Newport, RI

Jun 14, 2012

Outfit: Father's Day Lunch

I haven't been home to celebrate Father's Day with my dad in a few years (insert sad face here), but Kenny and I usually end up going out for brunch/lunch by ourselves. It's a good excuse to get dressed up and head out to a yummy restaurant, wouldn't you agree? This year we'll be in Newport Beach, RI with M&S so I want to make my outfit a colorful one and wear my new Ralph Lauren heels that I'm sort of obsessed with. You know, there's nothing wrong with dressing up on Sundays! What are your plans for Father's Day?

Father's Day Lunch

Jun 13, 2012

Hump Day Craving: Toms

I immediately fell in love when I saw these beauties. The price, the cause, and the style - score three for Toms.

Something For Every Kind Of Dad

It's always hard for me to pick gifts for my dad. I don't want to give him the usual dress shirt or tie, but something more unique and more him. You know what I mean? This year I decided to categorize my gifts because there's something out there for every kind of dad. My dad is a huge fan of watches so I think that's a safe bet for me. What kind of category does your dad fall under?
Father's Day

Jun 12, 2012

Playful Summer

I've always been a big fan of orange and white hues for summer. Especially if you have a good tan going (or are a firm believer of self-tanning lotions like I am!) What's more playful and summery than a pair of white short shorts, pretty nude sandals, and a soft, thin cashmere knit?! Nothing, I say...

Playful Summer

Acne cashmere sweater, $288, Joe's jean shorts, $98, Cocobelle flat shoes, $135, Chan Luu wrap bracelet, $215, Chloé vintage sunglasses, $356, Yves saint laurent lipstick, £24

Now, on a special side note - I want to introduce you all to Alexandra Safran of The Beauty and The Feast! If you're anything like me then I know you love finding new fun blogs to visit! Alexandra's blog is full of easy recipes, lifestyle inspiration, and a new (and favorite of mine!) series dedicated to her favorite San Diego small businesses. Brilliant, right? Exactly.

Jun 11, 2012

Touring Chicago

It was pretty hot in Chicago this weekend so I decided to go with a silky Joie dress that's quickly becoming one of my favorites. I paired it with my go-to J.Crew denim vest to add a bit of edge to the outfit. Oh, and please note the large bag by my feet. I had a blast shopping at Edith Hart and can't wait to go back! Seriously, if you're in the area you must pop in and say hi to Morgan and Madeline.

Dress: Joie, Vest: J.Crew, Shoes: J.Crew (old), Bag: YSL, Necklace: Ippolita, Sunnies: Ray Ban, Bracelets: Hermes, Eleven11 c/o, Soria Z. Jewelry c/o, vintage, Charriol.

Weekend Recap: Chicago

This weekend went by in the blink of an eye. Chicago treated us wonderfully! The weather was perfect - sunny and warm - and I got to meet some ladies I had been dying to meet for some time. We wined and dined, shopped, toured the city, and accomplished all we had set out to do in our less than 48 hour stay in the Windy City. Here are some highlights...
Morgan, Alex, Julia, Siera, Alex, and I at dinner at Sunda.
Best tacos in Bucktown!
Unreal mac and cheese from Hot Chocolate. 
Morgan and I at Edith Hart - my favorite store in Chicago! (can't wait to share with you all I bought!)
The Bean
I look very excited, but I was seriously melting at this point.
A quick architectural boat tour. 
Drinks before dinner at Vivo with the beautiful sun setting in the background.

Jun 8, 2012

Chicago Packing List

I'm seriously ecstatic because I am right now en route to Chicago!! Yes, I'm trying it again and hopefully no storm or flight cancellations this time around. I have a weekend full of fun ahead - a blogger's happy hour (think Taylor, Liz, Julia, Alex, Shari, Danielle, Madison, Ashley and I all together!), dinner with some of my favorite gals including Morgan (have you heard me talk about Edith Hart - previously The Edit?!) and Siera who I have never met in person (crazy, I know!), a neat architecture boat tour, reservations for a yummy brunch at RL, and some shopping in Bucktown. I'm telling you - I'm ecstatic. My packing list is extensive, but I managed to fit everything into a small carry-on (wow!) and I'll be back on Monday with a full recap and tons of pictures. If you can't wait for Monday then just follow me on Instagram where I'll be sure to keep you all in the loop. Happy weekend, luvies!

Where to: Chicago

Jun 7, 2012

Travel Truffle: Germany

Michele Bonan, renowned Italian architect, designed the Heidelberg Suites boutique hotel. which consists of two 19th century villas and a newer building. The outside facade is classic and sophisticated, but be prepared to be transported to a more contemporary world once inside. Each suite is decorated with Italian inspired sculptures which give the rooms an artsy, fun vibe. Extra plus - the views of the Neckar River are breathtaking!

Who's coming with me?!

Jun 6, 2012

Wednesday Snack Time Craving: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia always has flattering, easy to wear dresses at good prices and that's more or less why I love the brand. It never fails me. Whenever I'm in a rush to look for a last minute outfit I know I will stop by the store and be in good hands. This dress comes in a large array of colors, but I'm drawn toward this summery orange print.

Bright Summer Nights

I'm loving all the bright colors I'm seeing everywhere these days. One of my favorite parts of going out for a night on the town is getting all dolled up. The right bright pieces and fun accessories make for a great (and pretty perfect) summer outfit. 
p.s. I really need to make this J.Crew clutch (on sale now!) and Tibi top part of my summer closet asap.

Bright Summer Nights

Jun 5, 2012

Romper Wonder

I wasn't a big fan at first. I felt a little disproportionate when wearing these cute adult onesies, but I was wrong. They're playful, comfy, and all the rage. The romper has become a classic summer staple and designers everywhere are getting on this trend. You can pick and choose your style - printed, simple, tied around the waist, strapless - you name it and it's out there! Are you jumping on the romper bandwagon?!

Jun 4, 2012

Cool Sunday

This weekend was so much fun. We got to celebrate being done with exams and spent some great quality time with some of our closest friends. The weather cooperated too - perfect sun and warmth - so we headed to Brooklyn for a nice little BBQ. These new pants from Ann Taylor have proven to be an amazing investment (and a $27 investment since I got them on sale!) They're cool, soft, comfy, and floral! 
Pants: Ann Taylor (on sale!), Shirt: J.Crew (on sale!), Shoes: ShoeMint, Bag: YSL, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Bracelets: Eleven11 c/o, Hermes, Soria Z. Jewelry c/o.