Shopping made easy

I like to get a lot done in a short amount of time … for instance right now I am doing laundry, preparing for a house guest, working on a freelance story and blogging … just a typical day.

That’s why I get very happy when I can go shopping somewhere with a variety of places to hit up. It’s why I am a bonafide, unapologetic mall rat — I mean, really, what could be better than a place that offers a million stores to shop in under one roof?

But sometimes, even I venture out into sun. The last time I did that I happened upon Newport Coast Shopping Center where I found three pretty cute boutiques:

  • Jeanni Champagne – an updated version of the 30-year-old Champagne boutique at Westcliff plaza this gleaming storefront opened about a month ago and stocks everyone from Diane von Furstenberg to Ted Baker; a fully stocked store that includes old favorites from the previous iteration and newer designers like Gillian Julius.

Jeanni Champagne

  • The Passionate Collector — two doors down from Jeanni Champagne is the third version of a well known Orange County boutique. This store, which opened in December, is gorgeous with warm oak floors and individual cases full of one-of-kind jewelry. The walls are lined with unique bags (my favorites were a trio of  Crayon-colored fold-over clutches decorated with graffiti) and other accessories. The most covetable? The jewelry collection by French designer Herve Van Der Straeten … (how awesome are those earrings?)

Passionate Collector IMG_2942

  • Pink Laundry — A nice, slightly younger, casual counterpoint to Jeanni Champagne and Passionate Collector, this long-time O.C. boutique stocks casual chic brands like Chan Luu, Rebecca Taylor, Parker, Haute Hippy, Elizabeth & James and BCBG.

I can think of no better way to spend a beautiful summer day than poking around in these three pretty boutiques for a couple of hours; you should too …

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My view, Saturday, July 26

Beautiful Saturday morning here … too beautiful to sit for a whole day in front of the computer but I had to share some fun things I found online today …

  • Ships on a skirt! Made in the USA of vintage drapery fabric at a great price … So cute.
  • Speaking of  “made in the USA” this site is a great resource if you only wanna buy American-made products: The Americanologists.
  • I love reading my favorite fashion blogs for outfit inspiration (like for today — I have lunch with friends at a new place I have been dying to visit — The Packing House — and have been planning my outfit all day. Still haven’t found it; stay tuned …) and one of my go-to blogs Who What Wear compiled the inspiration for everyone today. Check it out for your own inspo.
  • This is from earlier this week, but I found it totally helpful. Lucky’s All-In Guide to Animal Prints.
  • My get for this week  — because I cannot resist a beautiful pair of pointed toe pumps — is “animal print”: Croc embossed deep blue Topshop pumps I scored at Nordstrom Rack for $36…

Blue Croc pumps


  • Maybe I will wear this today ….

Garden Party DressHave a great weekend … Ciao for now.

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Sometimes life calls for a flat shoe

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Sometimes life calls for a flat shoe

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Among my friends I am known for my love of high high heels. I could write sonnets about the profile of a pointed toe pump – the graceful curve of its arch juxtaposed against the spike of its heel is as magical to me as any work of art.

But, let’s face it, now that I am exploring a life outside of corporate journalism the opportunities to bust out the Manolos for an average work day are few and far between. (That does not mean I might not occasionally blog from home in sweats and heels — I might. I have a pair of B. Brian Atwood red pointed toe pumps that have not been properly broken in after all).

Also, a lot of my “work” these days requires me to run around from place to place while still looking stylish — hard to do in 80 degree heat and stilettos.

But, as I have mentioned before, I am pretty lucky and right now one of my other favorite shoe trends (besides ladylike, ultra-femme heels) is having a major moment: ugly, mannish looking shoes.

Birkenstocks, Nike shower slides, slip-on sneakers, masculine loafers … I cannot get enough …

Metallic loafers Gold BirksLeopard sneaks

What I love the most about the array of funky flat shoe offerings is that you can wear them with so many things:  my metallic Birkenstocks (get em here and other places, but act quick because they are selling out) go with dresses; circle, skater, or pleated skirts; shorts, jeans and maxis – pretty much my summer staples. The metallic Kenneth Cole  loafers (on sale here) class up a pair of rolled boyfriend jeans and ground a floaty summer dress. But the leopard print slip-on sneaks (Sam Edelman “Becker” slip ons) go with everything and make it so easy to look stylish and cool (even fashion-y) no matter what I put on.

And there is something especially stylish about working a clunky shoe against a girly or classic outfit.

For instance a body skimming dress, with a clutch and feminine jewelry worn with metallic Birkenstocks looks especially fresh. And what about an all-white suit (trend alert!) with a cartoon Tee and hot pink Nike slides? How’s that for comfy awesome style?



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New Shoes

There is nothing more exciting than a pair of new shoes — especially if those shoes might take you in a new direction.

The first step is always the scariest (except for the step you take right off a cliff when you leave a beloved career with an uncertain future) because you don’t know if you will be able to follow the path all the way to the end but you have hope. Hope that your new shoes carry you to where you wanna be, hope that you will not stumble and fall along the way (spoiler: YOU WILL), hope that you won’t get lost (Yeah, that’ll probably happen too).

In my case the first step is this website and blog which I will dedicate to my love of fashion, beauty and, well, style.

Check back here for daily fashion fodder, shopping tips and the occasional rant about how much I loathe “Festival Wear”.

Right now I am walking toward an unknown future in a pair of sky-high stilettos that could break my ankle if I fell. Lucky for me I have always been good at walking in heels and I like the view I am walking toward.

The Road Ahead