Cut Out for Love

I used to feel nervous about wearing maxi dresses because I felt like I was too short…

…but there’s nothing a pair of heels (or a pair of sharp scissors) can’t fix…nowadays I can’t get enough of these long flowy dresses.

[Photos by NR]
Dress: Forever21 cut out twist front maxi dress (similar here)
Vest: Dollhouse denim vest
Shoes: Alexander Wang Isabeli leopard sandals (old)
Hat: David & Young Neo Noir fedora
Necklace: Sequin twirl link necklace / Bracelets:  Cuffs from Bloomingdales / Ring: House of Harlow

If it’s one thing I love it’s a dress that can be transformed and styled for a variety of  occasions. This Forever 21 cut out twist front maxi is not only comfortable (the material is so soft) but it’s equally wearable for day as it is for night (and would have been perfect for this ‘holiday emergency’)…For a casual look, I simply added a denim vest and hat. Flats would also be a complimentary addition to this outfit (but forgetful me left them at home).

The twist detail at the front waist and decorative side cut outs adds a chic & sexy vibe while the soft jersey fabric keeps you cool during those hot summer nights…Oh how I adore when fashion collides with comfort! This gorgeous dress is a fab find and a timelessly classic piece that will last all season long, and beyond.

Ladies: Have you ever felt uncertain/insecure about wearing something but overcame it?


“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”  -Henry Van Dyke

[Photos above by NR]
Dress: Skater Dress with Open Back from ASOS
Jacket: Hot Pink Blazer from H&M
Purse: Hot Pink Rose Clutch from DSW
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Jane Clustered Pendant from Bloomingdales

I think love isn’t about expecting material things or having to go out to a five star restaurant, but it’s about the “little details” and spending that special time together, every day and all year long. Don’t get me wrong, I fancy flowers & things, and can chow down on a filet, but I’m even happier when surprised on a random day and eat at a restaurant where prices aren’t tripled and we’re not forced into a 10-course meal. As a matter of fact, I think I want some Popeyes for dinner tonight…yummmmm.

…lol. Whatever you do, let today be a reminder that love is free and to keep doing special things for those who love you whether it’s Feb 14th or June 8th, and show love not only to your significant other, but to parents, children, siblings, close friends, and your pets too. :) I hope you are having a wonderful day! xo

Readers: What are your thoughts on Valentine’s Day?


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” -Rabindranath Tagore

[Photos by NR]
Top: Forever21 Polka Dots Blouse
Skirt: Aqua Full Flared Skirt
Blazer: Material Girl
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Swing Black Shoulder Bag
Necklace /Cuffs: from Bloomingdales

We all live in a world where colors affect us in our every day lives. How we decorate our office, our home, and one thing in particular, what we wear. There’s no denying that colors and moods are inextricably linked and influence how we feel… Slip on a red dress and you instantly feel sexy or pop open a yellow umbrella on a gloomy day and some of that sunniness will undoubtedly rub off on you.

Today was a gloomy day but this turquoise sandals by Sam Edelman did the trick to brighten up my day. Whether it’s shoes, a bag, a necklace, or just red nails & bright lips, colors play an important role in my wardrobe. Black and white is lovely and a true classic but our world would be dull without a P.O.C. (pop of color).

I was first introduced to Edelman’s shoes via the Lorissa and Scarlett spike pumps. They are fierce but due to the contrast between 5 inch heels and very little to no support in the front (no platform), the balancing act was quite difficult. I felt like a little girl putting on my mom’s heels again and by the end of the night, my feet was a swollen hot mess! Disappointed that such beautiful shoes are unwearable, I sent a letter to Mr. Edelman asking to please incorporate more platforms. When i stumble upon these new turquoise beauties with platform, you can only imagine my joy. Thank you Sam Edelman, I am a now a huge fan!

If you can brave the extremely high-heel vs. low-platform balancing act, these lovelies are edgy and can be used as a weapon on those creeps at the bar (wink).

Other colorful Edelmans that I found to be pretty comfortable.

For details on where to purchase these shoes, check out my Polyvore page. xoxo


Sweet Violet…Part 2

[Photos by NR]

Top: Lace Corset from Nobody Jones (similar here)
Skirt: Alice + Olivia maxi skirt (similar for less here)
Shoes: Valentino (last seen here)
Cuffs and necklace from Bloomingdales

See “Part 1” here

At the end of the trail, descend a wooden stairway about a hundred feet to waves crushing, crescent-shaped beach that’s tucked away behind the towering cliffs. We enjoyed the ocean breeze, watched the harbor seals play, and relish a different side of Half Moon Bay. The beautiful scenery was definitely a picture perfect moment.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope I didn’t suffocate you too much with all these pictures! lol :)



Sweet Violet…Part 1

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where the oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with elgantine.” – Shakespeare

[Photos by NR]

Top: Lace Corset from Nobody Jones (similar here)
Skirt: Alice + Olivia maxi skirt (similar for less here)
Shoes: Valentino (last seen here)
Cuffs and necklace from Bloomingdales

We spent Saturday morning driving up HWY 1 to stop by one of Half Moon Bay’s best hidden gems…Cowell Ranch Beach.

Cowell Ranch Beach is considered one of the prettiest beaches along the Half Moon Bay coastside for it’s seclusion and sense of intimacy. I particularly love the peaceful-farm meets breathtaking-coast atmosphere. There’s a quiet trail that eventually lead to the curving stretch of golden sand tucked away from the rest of the world by towering cliffs in the middle of an area that’s been a ranch since the late 1800s. Just wow.

Halfway along the trail, dandelions and wild flowers grew furiously in abundance dotting the landscape with a ray of color. It was such a serene backdrop against this violet maxi pleated skirt by Alice + Olivia paired with a black lace corset which I’m so in love with. But it didn’t end there. Our quiet walk led to a breathtaking view… Stay tuned to see what’s at the end of this trail.

See “Part 2” here