Chic & Sleek

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Been running around like a mad woman lately but somehow keeping my cool. Work has been increasingly busy, which is always a good thing. As you may know, I absolutely LOVE my job. What is my job? I am the West Coast Director for a digital advertising company. It is fun, challenging and keeps me constantly on the hunt for the latest digital trends.  

ONLY one issue with being so busy is that Fashion Month happens to be around the corner. What does that mean? It means the September Vogue issue comes out and fashion lines present their Spring collections at their fashion shows. The first up is NYFW on September 7th! Somehow I am going to take some time off of work and try to go have a blast at fashion week. I am a wee bit attached to my job so letting go is so hard!

I am thoroughly looking forward to attending some of the shows and plan to be backstage for a few of them, so get ready for some awesome snaps as I take you backstage with me. My bffs will be there with me so I am pretty excited to share the fun with them all that week. Are we friends on Insta and Snap? If so, you will be in for a treat!

In addition to being there, I want to take you through all the behind the scenes prep it takes to get to fashion week. Whether that be showroom visits, styling outfits, packing tips, working brand's reps to rock their latest collections during this media-heavy week. There is A LOT that goes into it and although I am a bit overwhelmed, I think I've totally got this!

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CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW CHIC THIS OUTFIT IS HERE??? OK I will stop...but this top is only $15 and it looks like a gazillion. I swear, my friends, you can make a cheapo item look so good by pairing it with the right items. Exhibit A..ME Here :) Just don't look at me at night...I wear old college T's and boxers. Tres-not-so-chic. 

xo

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Photographer: @selwyn.ramos

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Slip Society

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Slip dresses have been a huge hit lately. At first I was totally against them thinking I would look like I was walking in the streets in lingerie and look like a 2-cent hooks but then I found the right balance to rocking them. 

Here I wore it with a denim jacket and chunky midi-heels. The mid-sized heel makes it less hooks and more chic. The denim jacket allows the look to look more casual. I have also worn a slip-dress with a tight cropped t-shirt and that looks cute too! To dress this up, wear single strap chunky heels and a black cape blazer over it and you will be killing it at night. It will look very Gigi Hadid, and she is my absolute fave btw!

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Photographer: @selwyn.ramos

Fall Feels

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Fall is around the corner and I am really feelin' the feels for a perfect throw over blazer. I decided to pick out my favorite camel colored blazers to share with you to prep for the season. Although in some areas, like Southern CA, the season shows up for one month and magically becomes 80-degrees again. But if you are going to survive that one month of the chills (which is NOTHING compared to the East Coast), then you better look damn cute. 

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Photographer: @tienphotographer

Fall's Must Have Blazers and Things

Bohemian Vibes

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Have you ever found a dress that made you want to do the samba the minute you put it on? Or at least thought you would samba because let's be real, I do not know how to samba but I felt like I could after I tried this on. I love the sheer, yet covered accents to this dress. It makes it sexy but makes you feel comfortable and covered in all the right spots.

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I really am into the bohemian vibes the bell sleeves of this dress gives off. Absolute perfection for a beach day, brunch or even a date. Personally, I want to wear this at the Coldplay concert this weekend. Is anybody else going? 

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In the pictures where there is a lot of movement, it is due to the fact that I was actually dancing and acting like a complete dweeb while storming the Newport Beach streets with my very talented photographer friend @tienphotographer. I am surprised sometimes why he still talks to me, but I am convinced because I have a better personality than other chicas he shoots with. He may beg to disagree, but ignore him. Hi Tien!

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My roots grow out every 4-5 weeks and it drives me a little nuts but my poor bleached out hair needs a break. Some ask me how I survive the constant bleaching and I think my best advice is to leave conditioner in your hair every other shower. Your hair needs those nutrients, so don't just wash them out. Let them soak in! I will do a whole post on my regimen soon.

xo

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Photographer: @tienphotographer

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Back to the Beach

I am back, for a little bit. Back in sunny Orange County and living that suburbia life. I would be lying if I said I did not miss the city. Although I am here for a short bit for work/family, I am already craving my city routine. I strangely felt more productive there and worked at least 3 hours longer than I normally do. Must be the fast-paced environment?

The one thing I love about being home, other than seeing my family and friends, is the weather and the beach. I have missed sand between my toes and just going for long walks watching a ton of dogs running into the water. The ocean has this really calming effect that you do not really find in the city, so I guess I will make the most of my time back here.

During the afternoon I went by the docks to check out the pretty boats and to grab a sando at Sessions Newport Beach. They are my favorite place to get a quality brekky sando or one for lunch. Since I had a low-key day planned, I wore this casual striped romper and paired it with slides. The cloth is super light but not see-through light (thank goodness). My slides, you may have seen all over Instagram. These are my go-to babies and have so far traveled to quite a few states and countries!

Photographer: @tienphotographer

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Journey with Javvy to Palm Springs: the Most Epic 30th Birthday Party at the Le Parker Meridien

Ok..so it happened. I turned the big 3-0. SHIT! Was I stressed? Worried? Feeling fossil-ish? Feeling like my body would just go downhill from here? Feeling like I should be married with 2 kids with a white picket fence and obv two super adorable golden retrievers? Yes. All of those thoughts went through my head. But you know what else went through my mind? How society has shaped me to feel this way and you know what? F society, I am not going to be put into the box you have perfectly wrapped for me. Why? Because nobody should and I have so much more to offer than that.

Instead of dreading the 3-0 I started celebrating it and thinking of things I wanted to achieve before thirty/while thirty and going after them. So I built my list and magically things have serendipitously fallen into place to align with my goals. Life can be cool like that sometimes. But some items are a work in progress.

Some of the items on my list:

NYC- check. Lifelong dream achieved. 

Learn how to speak French- working on it

Travel- NYC counts :) and more more exciting places are in the pipeline.  

Pay off my debt- YASSSSSS!! DONE

Try not to get in more debt- eeek but these designer sample sales are too hard to resist. Treat Yo-Self!

Get closer with my parents- strangely being away has brought us closer. A nice mutual love and respect has grown. We already had it but it has definitely flourished.

Be selfish sometimes- Yes..necessary. Treat Yo-Self

Eat healthier- ok so I was off to a better start earlier this year. Being in NYC has caused me to dive into pastas and pizza like they were going out of style. Oh and Gelato. Lots and lots of it! Part of my Treat Yo-Self mantra. 

Heal- I was injured last year and it really took a toll on my confidence, happiness and overall well being. I have spent countless hours going to doctors appointments and physical therapy appointments trying to heal my neck injury and it has been a struggle. I miss being fit and toned. But I am staying positive that in time I will get better. Cross your fingers for me.

Simpler style- trying to buy more classic pieces instead of spending all my cash on fast fashion items

Be a leader- In all avenues, but mainly with work. I love my job and I am constantly looking for ways I can be better at what I do.

#bday goals 30th birthday party- yep it happened and it was MAGICAL!

Ok now let's jump into my 30th birthday because my boyfriend worked with my bff to plan an ultimate #bdaygoals party. It was truly a dream come true and these pictures do not do it an ounce of justice.

It started as a weekend getaway with my closest friends in Palm Springs. Eric asked me what I wanted and I said, cake, the Parker hotel, schmores, cake, more cake and gold balloons. Well he did that and so much more. He worked with Linz and they sent out an itinerary to everyone of what to expect. They actually had physical itinerary cards printed. SO beautiful. The plan was for everyone to lay out at the Parker Le Meridien all day, have a champagne toast in our suite and then head to Eight 4 Nine restaurant for a private dinner party. Oh and end the night with more champs and schmores around a firepit. Can you say #bdaygoals or what?

My favorite part (other than the amaze hotel) had to be the dinner. I walked into the gorgeous private dining room at Eight 4 Nine restaurant and it was perfectly decorated. The actual restaurant decor is fantastic, and the added personalized elements for my birthday just made it off the charts perfection. The table was decorated with 10 frames filled with my baby photos        (was kind of cute with my mushroom cut/sumo wrestler face/rolls), square vases filled with peonies and hydrangeas, customized set menus with my birthday details on it, personalized itinerary and J A V V Y gold balloons. The other really special thing he did was work with Over the Rainbow Desserts to make me a "allergy friendly cake". I am highly allergic to all things in standard cakes and always end up eating some disgusting faux cake or cupcake from an allergy specialty shop. Well, this place made me the most delicious fluffy vanilla cream cake stuffed with fresh raspberries. Everyone said it was the best cake they have ever had and guess what? It was dairy, nut and corn free. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone going to the desert.

Then I go to the room and the Parker so graciously gave me a bottle of champagne and some treats but Eric was a gem and decorated the room with flowers, Veuve and cake. Oh and my GFs also brought me gorgeous flowers and a sweet note, so that was on the table of goodies. YASSS. All the things I wanted! Let's just say when speech time came around, I broke into a legit ugly cry and there were zero F's given. Tears of joy should never warrant feeling bad for crying! So basically...he killed it. So did my bff Linz by getting this thing moving and putting on her planning hat and championed Eric into making this all happen. She also had the itineraries made as a gift to me. LOVE her. Also LOVE all my dearest friends who came to celebrate my fossilness!

I am just going to stop blabbing and let you see the pictures for yourself. 

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NYC Streetstyle: Rugged Chic

Walking through the Meatpacking District today in some cute distressed jeans, silky and cool tops to bear the heat and these amazing city approved chunky heels. 

I tend to come through the Meatpacking District to grab lunch or dinner with the girls. Love grabbing dinner here because it is an easy walk back to the house and there are some great bars in the area.

Some of my favorites:

Lunch:

Los Tacos- super cheap and amazing. Try not to go at lunch hour because the line is crazy. I promise you, some of the best tacos you will try in your lifetime! It is located in the Chelsea Market. Sounds commercial, but I swear it is amazing!

Fig and Olive- total NYC staple that is great for a business lunch or to meet a bf 

Dinner:

La Sirena- perfect date night or girls night dinner spot. Close to the Standard Hotel.

Catch- my favorite place as you can have dinner and then go up to the roof for a little dancing later :)

Hope you enjoyed some of my quick reccos! Have a fabulous day loves.

xo

Photographer: @selwyn.ramos

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Brooklyn Streetstyle

Hello DUMBO! I found my favorite place in the city to escape to on the weekend. It is the perfect place to get the best views of the city. If you go early enough in the morning it is quiet and really relaxing to just sit by the water and look over this gorgeous city.

On the weekend I try to keep my outfits casual and comfy so I paired this off the shoulder top with some high waisted denim. The top is super cute and flowy so you get a nice breeze next to your tatas. They will be thanking you in the midst of the NYC humidity if you are here, or well anywhere with humidity. 

I do love a good fringe purse and this one crossbody bag I got is my go-to bag for the weekends. It is perfect from day to night, so I highly suggest it. Heels? Chunky. I would not have them any other way in this city.

Photographer: @selwyn.ramos

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Street Style: High Approachable Fashion

We all view high fashion as something untouchable, unapproachable and unaffordable. But there are so many ways you can mix and match approachable items with some high fashion staples and get a killer Italian Vogue look straight from an editorial. Just a little friendlier on your wallet. 

I strive to mix high and mid priced items as extremely low priced items ("fast-fashion" pieces) , will go quickly out of style or will diminish after a couple times in the wash. Try going after brands that have stood a true test of time and that you will know the item you purchase could be worn multiple times in different ways. 

A brand that is a go-to for me is Banana Republic, as I can find some great basics, a staple blazer, nice shoes and a killer dress and not completely cry at the price tag. My suggestion is for you to find a brand that speaks to your inner fashion soul and go get yourself a few fiery pieces to upgrade your closet.

For my look here I took a Banana Republic sheer blouse that was black and white print and shook it up a bit with a loud opposite patterned blazer by a designer I love, Prabal Garung. I wore some leather shorts as my solid color for the piece and the other solid, yet LOUD color I chose, were these fuchsia heels to match my blazer. I love how comfy the heels are, which make them perfect for the half a mile I usually walk to get over to the Meat Packing district for dinner and drinks at night! Let's just say, Carrie Bradshaw would have approved this look.

On that note, which Sex in the City character are you?

xo

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Journey with Javvy to Bahamas: Nassau Travel Guide

Touchdown Bahamas for the 4th of July weekend! Luckily, I came with a crew of 13 people who have been going to the Bahamas every year for the past ten years. I knew our itinerary would be filled with the best restaurants and activities and I could not wait to experience it myself and then share it with you all!

Places to Stay

$$$: Atlantis- Try to stay here as this is the epicenter of entertainment in Nassau, but if it is too expensive, at least book one night so you get your daypass for all of the rides and it can last you for a couple of days. (I did not tell you that!)

$$: AirBnb- we happened to stay at a vacation home owned by some friends that came with us. This vacation home was built to look like a Bahamian castle and it was located on a secluded beach.

Places to eat

Brunch/Lunch: 

Atlantis- Any restaurant or poolside cafe at the hotel

Nesbitts- so delicious. Lots of locals!

 

Dinner:

Olives restaurant- Italian restaurant located in the Atlantis that has delicious grouper, salmon and the pasta dishes were tasty too. I would eat here over Nobu as I am a bigger fan of the Nobu in Malibu, but maybe I am partial to it's divine beachside location.

Studio- This awesome restaurant has a beachside view, fantastic food, live music and great service. I loved the fish sandwich I got!

Sapodilla- This restaurant should be saved for a special dinner night. Everyone dresses up in their nicest attire to dine here. They have a pianist in the middle of the restaurant that plays classical music but also mixes in classical renditions of popular music from Drake, Rihanna and Beyonce. He had me at Beyonce. Try their pasta, brie and lobster. They had fantastic wine too! 5 stars, but let me give you a heads up, the service is a little slow. But since they play awesome music, you are totally entertained the whole time. Perhaps that is a part of their 'experience', but either way, I would go back here 100%.

Nightlife:

Aura- Be drunk, be very drunk before you go in. Atypical club scene in a dark space.

Moon Club- main bar centrally located by the casino floor. They have an awesome jellyfish tank in there.

Dragon's Ultra Lounge- They play hip hop and top 40 mixes

Activities:

Beach- this is an obvious one! Grab a towel and go layout or play in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean 

Diving- If you are into adventure and not afraid of sharks, go swim with 100's of them and while you are at it..find Dori and Nemo.

Boating- This was my favorite activity we did on the trip. We took out the boat owned by our friend and some jet skis which were an added bonus.

Snorkeling- I am not the diving type because Sharks scare me, but I was totally ok with a little snorkeling action to see some beautiful fishes. Probably swam too close to sharkland but I was safe!

Water Park- If you want to feel like a 8 year old again, and in the best way possible, I highly suggest getting a day pass at the Atlantis and exploring the waterpark and riding the many slides they have available. Game changer!

Location: Nassau, Bahamas

Photographer: E.I.

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