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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rave Review! Henri Bendel Jetsetter backpack


In my world, every woman, young or old, searches for that perfect product that combines fashion and function. It is an absolute rarity to find products that I absolutely adore and can't live without! 


So this post is alllll about my newest travel essential: the HB Jetsetter Backpack! The short & sweet is that you can wear this lightweight, water resistant nylon bag 3 ways: as a crossbody messenger, hand carry tote, & of course- my personal fave: a backpack!



Its sturdy, roomy, lightweight, multi-functional & most importantly- Ultra chic & stylish w/ a clean silhouette reminiscent of a Birkin without the weight or price tag! ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE for work or travel! Check it out at a Henri Bendel store near you & no this post is not sponsored!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Motivational Monday

Good morning, gorgeous! It's Monday morning & many of us probably thought that the weekend wasn't quite long enough, right? Didn't have time for cereal today? Stuck in lots of traffic on your commute? Had to ride with a smelly guy in the elevator? The best parking spots were taken?

If you're like me, my hair + outfit on Mondays can be very telling...Shhhhhhh!

-->if I look like I got dressed in the dark=great weekend!
-->if I look fabulous & perfectly put together=I stayed home & relaxed!

No matter how you're feeling on the inside, we gotta push each other to work hard, play hard & shop HARDER! GIRRRRRRRRL: YOU GOT THIS. #achieveyourgoals #werk #dontgiveup


XOXO,

CY
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Friday, June 27, 2014

San Diego Style Bloggers x C. Wonder

Below is a post from 03.31.14 (zomg I know...!)
but guess what?? Silly me forgot to click "publish" on it...whoops! But later is better than never right?! :)

Check out the recap from the San Diego Style Bloggers here!
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Hey everyone!

You will not believe how many phone calls & emails I had to go through in the last month to get my blog up & running again. The process took weeks! And it all started with a new credit card that was issued to me (yup, it was all Target's fault!). But-- thanks to the help of Scott G. over at domain support, the Shopaholic 24/7 is up once more! I guess it's true what they say--"You never know what you have until you lose it" and I've missed blogging so much. I'm glad to be back!

#bestselfieever as inspired by the Oscars selfie by Ellen Degeneres

Last Saturday, the lovely gals at C. Wonder at Fashion Valley were generous enough to host all us San Diego Style Bloggers for a meetup long overdue! There was sparkling water, sparkling jewels, pastries, fruit & of course- lots of shopping. Oh, and did I mention everything was 40% off?! Oh yea, it definitely made getting there at 10am worth it!

Accessories: Clutch- C.Wonder; Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs; Initial 'C' bracelet- C. Wonder
Clothing: Crop top & skirt ensemble- JCPenney (IKR?!)
Shoes: Neon pumps- Zara

What do you think of these #hashtag earrings?? Aren't they absolutely MADE for bloggers & social media aficionados?!

I've missed the blogisphere so much! I feel like I've missed out on so many months of trends & news...So I'm curious to know- what is your newest store obsession at the moment??

XOXO,

CY
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Date Night: Valentine's Day Edition

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How exciting. Valentine's Day *finally* falls on a Friday this year. Doesn't it seem like YEARS & YEARS since it's been on an actual night we can really celebrate to the fullest?? And next year, it will be on a Saturday night! Woo hoo!

Whether you're gonna celebrate with your lovely girls, darling mother, sweet old grandma, or your love, I wanted to share some fun & unique ideas with you all. This little guide will be especially helpful for those of you who have been in a relationship for years/ are married and are getting tired of the same old dinner date!

Disclaimer: None of the links/ideas/events provided below are sponsored in any way. It's simply a personal compilation of unique ideas I thought I'd share with you all.

1. SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE WILD!
Check out your local zoo and see if they've got any nighttime camping events. The Safari Park in San Diego, CA has a couple of really fun & unique camping packages available. Here are the ones I think would be fun, educational, amusing & romantic:

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*VALENTINE ROAR & SNORE SAFARI

Want to have a wildly romantic night with your special someone at the Safari Park? Join us for a candlelit wine dinner, a romantic Africa tram tour, a peek behind the scenes at wild bedrooms, and a night sleeping under the stars. The next morning, take a walking tour to Nairobi Village to see a training demonstration with animal ambassadors. 

ANIMAL AMORE ROAR & SNORE

Explore the racy side of the Safari Park as you spend the night learning about the birds and the bees. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner and an animal mating tour, and play the mating game to test your knowledge of animal breeding!  We will explore the love lives of the animals in our collection and the breeding that will keep them alive for future generations. 

*BREWMASTER ROAR & SNORE SAFARI

After a hearty Brewmaster Dinner, featuring Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, spend the night listening to the sounds of the wild at the Roar & Snore campground. Experience a nighttime Africa Tram Safari, guided walking tours, and up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors as you enjoy the Park after dark. (There is an additional $50 fee per person for this special sleepover experience.)
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2. PARTICIPATE IN A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
This is a great twist on the classic dinner for Valentine's day. Maybe take your special someone out to a dinner AND a show! Usually, these shows are interactive, entertaining, and pretty funny (and if it's not, just buy a few more drinks and then I'm sure it will be! Just kidding). Plus, it will probably ending up costing about the same as a nice dinner, so it's definitely worth looking into, especially if your date has a sense of humor! As a tip, I'd look up some reviews for different ones to compare them, as I did go to a pretty low-production murder mystery dinner once and the jokes were terrible and so were the acting and costumes! You might be wondering why I'm recommending something like this to you if I didn't even enjoy it. Well, 1) my friend LOVED it! 2) I've heard other friends rave about specific murder mystery companies. I am curious to try the Dinner Detective.

3. TAKE A CLASS TOGETHER
Uhhh... a "class?" I know what you're thinking. That sounds like more work after work! Why would anyone do that? Well, the thing I like about this idea is that taking a 1-night class is a joint activity you & your valentine can both enjoy together. Here are my top picks:
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- Cooking class (available at Sur la table, Great News!, etc.) what a great way to get to know each other & share a homemade dinner! Totally reminds me of a scene from Hitch w/ Will Smith & Eva Mendes.
- Massage class (check Groupon or LivingSocial) not only is this useful to learn, but the best part is that you can practice on each other. Trust me, you'll thank me later!
- Painting class (check Groupon or Living Social) sometimes these classes allow you to BYOB (bring your own booze) which can make you more relaxed & not as nervous trying to replicate a Van Gogh
- Ceramics decorating class- think Ceramic Cafe or Clay & Latte. You pick your own ceramic, which ranges in price depending on what the item is. You can paint and decorate mugs, picture frames, bowls, jewelry holders, piggy banks, etc.

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4. HAVE DINNER & A MOVIE...IN YOUR CAR
Want to get away from the crowded & overpriced restaurants in town? Well my solution is to get something to-go, grab a bottle of your favorite drink, a blanket, & go over to your local drive-in movie theater to catch a flick or two in the comfort & quiet of your own car. Simple, affordable, yet still fun, regardless if you're with a group of friends or your sweetheart. The old drive-in by my house charges $8 a person and you get to watch 2 current movies. Some places even charge 1 rate per vehicle!

5. SHARE A FEW LAUGHS
Stressed from the work week? Want to unwind and have a good time and most importantly, turn OFF your brain for awhile? I'd head over to the comedy club, grab some food and drinks, and watch some professionals do some standup. One of my favorite intimate comedy clubs is Mad House in Downtown San Diego. They always offer free shows during the week and sometimes even the weekends. This is a fun and unique idea that is sure to amuse your date. It's always nice to change it up from the norm!

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6. HAVE A MAGICAL NIGHT
I celebrated a friend's birthday at an exclusive Magician's club last year and I have been trying to find the opportunity to go back ever since! I am, of course, referring to none other than the one, the only, legend----wait for it---dary MAGIC CASTLE in Hollywood. Headed up by Neil Patrick Harris, it is a "member's only" magic academy with 4 bars, a restaurant, and numerous salons/theatres. I absolutely loved it. The dinner was pretty good, and there was never a dull moment. Card tricks, a woman being sawed in half, disappearing acts, you name it!

Tips: try to find a magician who is a member online (I just used trusty old Google) and request an invitation. There are 2 options: Brunch (all ages) or Dinner (21+). I'd go with the dinner option personally, just because the hours are longer, there are more shows, and you get to drink! Plus, the magician's jokes are for more mature audiences as well.

7. ENJOY A NIGHT OF LUXURY
Photo credit: cinepolisusa.com
I'm referring to a night of leather reclining seats, "real" food, drinks (not just alcohol, but milkshakes too), & a movie, of course. Sound like fun? Well check out Cinepolis, a completely different movie-going experience, you're sure to enjoy! You get to reserve your seats ahead of time, get food delivered straight to your seat (including alcohol), and watch from a super comfy reclining leather chair. And, in case you're wondering, YES you get to put your feet up. It's about $20 a movie ticket and all food & drinks are extra, but always a fun treat for a special occasion.

8. STAY IN & HAVE A PICNIC
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Valentine's Day is typically chilly, as it is still wintertime...yes, even in California, we feel cold, ok! So a romantic moonlit picnic on the beach is usually out of the question, unless you bring a portable heatlamp, gloves, a scarf, a set of headlamps...not so sexy, right? Well, if you still want to have a picnic-style dinner, you still can! Take a look at my Pinterest board (I just joined!) for some ideas for decoration and set up. Click here for more photos like the one on the right.

9. GO TO A D.I.Y. RESTAURANT
Want to have dinner & have fun at the same time without having to set it all up yourself at home? Check out some local restaurants where you can grill/cook your own food together such as:
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-Fondue- Melting Pot has many options available, including chocolate and cheese fondues.
-Korean BBQ- grill your own tasty, marinated meats. Don't try this if you don't want your clothes, hair, skin, etc. to smell afterwards though!
-Grilling Steak- some restaurants like the Gaslamp Strip Club allow patrons to grill their own meat. Do not bring a vegetarian here.
-Seven Course Beef- usually served at Vietnamese restaurants, you get to eat beef cooked 7 different ways. Some dishes are prepared for you and others you have to cook yourself.
-Hot pot/ shabu shabu- PERFECT for chilly weather! Pick a soup base or two and order raw meats/seafood/veggies/noodles/etc. to cook in it! I like Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, E & Drink, & Jazz Cat. This can also easily be done at home, too, of course!

10. STRIIIIIIIKE! PERFECT 10!
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Put on your bowling shoes & have a ball (get it, "ball?" because there's a bowling ball...) chatting, eating, and playing a couple rounds at a trendy & modern bowling alley like East Tavern Bowl or Lucky Strike. Whether you are in love, or striking out, you can always have a fun night!

In the end, no matter what plans you've made for Valentine's Day, just be thoughtful, creative, safe, and, most importantly, have a good time! 

xoxo, CY
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.
Supercalifragilisticexbealidocious! Mary Poppins has always been one of my favorite Disney movies, mostly because I adore Julie Andrews (Side note: anyone watch NBC's the Sound of Music live feat. Carrie Underwood? If so, what did you think? Leave your comments below!) and because I loved the music in it.                                                                                                                                I originally put this costume together for Halloween, but seeing as it's already December & I still never posted about my Halloween ootd, I figured I'd post it up as I share about Disney's upcoming movie, Saving Mr. Banks. I can't wait to see it! Scroll down to the end to read the synopsis.
In the meantime, I wanted to show you how to put together a modernized, version of our favorite nanny, Ms. Poppins! My inspiration came from one of my favorite bloggers, Keiko Lynn & her adorable couples costume. I am also digging this chic Poppins look from Miss LC. I adore how she paired it with a Chanel & truly made the look her own.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 One of the best things about this outfit is that you can wear most of it on a regular basis, except for probably the hat & purse. I also enjoyed playing "scavenger hunt" to piece this all together!

MATERIALS:

+white, button-up, victorian-collared shirt
+red bowtie or red ribbon
+straw boat hat 
+daisies & cherries to adorn the hat
+black acrylic paint (if your hat is not black)
+hot glue gun
+long, black A-line skirt
+carpet bag or old purse
+umbrella

and...voila!

Clothing: White shirt & black skirt- Kohl's
Accessories: Hat/flowers/red bow- Michael's, Carpet bag- thrifted from Amvets for $4, Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Jelly glitter bow wedges- Lo Wu Commercial Centre, Shenzhen China
SAVING MR. BANKS: Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Disney presents “Saving Mr. Banks,” directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan. The film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Designer Vault Trunk Show on Saturday!

Hey ladies! 
I wanted to share an exciting event coming up at the newest shopping center in San Diego, the Headquarters at Seaport District! I've seen the photos & read about the shops in the Union Tribune, but still haven't had a chance to visit, but it looks like my opportunity has come! If you're living/visiting in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello. I'm sure it will be a great way to unwind, relax, & do some shopping with friends and local bloggers. 
Oh, and did I mention, it's for a good cause?

San Diego-based luxury consignment e-boutique Designer Vault extends you a special invitation to our Pre-Loved Vintage Designer Trunk Show featuring a collection of gently pre-owned designer handbags, shoes, clothing and accessories by Alaia, Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and more this Saturday, Dec. 14th, at the newly opened Headquarters at Seaport District. Celebrity stylist Daniel Musto as well as Dean Hall from local stylist team Hall & Saks will be on hand to style guests (and you!) and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Promises2Kids.

What: 
Pre-Loved Vintage Designer Trunk Show hosted by Designer Vault
A percentage of proceeds will benefit Promises2Kids, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to serving foster children and preventing child abuse.

Where: 
PreFab at the recently opened Headquarters at Seaport District
(across from Pizzeria Mozza)
760 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

When: 
Saturday, Dec. 14
11 am – 1 pm (VIP), 1 – 7 pm (All guests)
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fashion Week San Diego


Thursday night of Runway Shows featured a collaboration with Styled to Rock designers Andre Soriano (veteran designer of Fashion Week San Diego!), Cecilia Aragon, and Dexter Simmons. Naturally, when I heard the word, "rock," I wanted to wear something edgier than my normal, ultra feminine looks, so I opted on a blazer with shoulder embellishments and some mixed leather prints on my shoes and handbag. As you'll see, I kept my FWSD looks pretty simple, and relied heavily on the classic lbd (little black dress) as my base.

Here's more on the new reality series, Styled to Rock: "Music meets fashion in Style’s first-ever competition series “Styled to Rock” from executive producer and fashion icon Rihanna.  The hour-long 10-episode series will give 12 up-and-coming designers, the opportunity of a lifetime – to create unique fashion pieces for A-list celebrity talent.  The stakes will be high as these up-and-coming designers vie for the title of America’s next trendsetting designer. Pharrell Williams, Erin Wasson and Mel Ottenberg serve as mentors to these designers as they experience demanding real-life challenges made to push their creative boundaries."

Clothing: Dress- ?, Blazer- Enigma (Japanese clothing company; purchased in boutique in Hong Kong)
Accessories: Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelets- Lia Sophia, LEGIT bracelet- BCBGeneration, Ring- Charlotte Russe (very old), Purse- Henri Bendel
Shoes: Gladiator heels- Cathy Jean (very old)



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

SD Style Bloggers' 1st Blogiversary!

Since the day I started this blog (on Wordpress back then), I had been looking for a local style community in San Diego. Then, while I was on blogging hiatus, POOF! the San Diego Style Bloggers came into existence...and I am so glad that they did. Here's a #ThrowbackThursday post (well, throwing it allll the way back to August that is).

This summer, I attended their 1st birthday soirĂ©e at Shimmer and it did not disappoint! The girly snacks & refreshments were plentiful, the hair & nail stations were amazing, but most of all, I enjoyed meeting so many fellow bloggers. It was so cool to interact with likeminded individuals who each shared a passion for blogging, fashion, and/or photography. I can't wait for the next get-together!

Keep up with all of us via FACEBOOK//TWITTER//BLOG//YOUTUBE ^_^
Click here to read more about this event on the SD Style Bloggers page!

Thank you, Shimmer for having us at your lovely store! Shimmer not only has the latest trends in fashion at affordable prices, but they have a wide selection of sizes for everyone. Can't get better than that! And, to top it off, now they have Halloween costumes on their website. Check out their selection here.

Left: With my friend Laura, whom I met at a Yelle concert at the Casbah a few years back. Check out her blog here. 
Right: With Shimmer store manager & fashionista Judy! Thanks for being an AMAZING host!
Here's a casual look I styled at the event.
Clothing: black California tank (look at that adorably fierce bear!)- Shimmer, Anorak military vest- Shimmer (I'm actually obsessed with this vest now), & comfy dark jeggings- Shimmer 
Accessories: Gold watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Strappy back sandals- Ted Baker

Is there a local blogging community where you live? Have you met any fellow bloggers like yourself? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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