Pleated Love Affair



I’m a huge fan of statement pieces (especially with beautiful semi precious stones) so it was naturally love at first sight when I laid eyes on EselviDesigns handmade jewelry by Shainery Vargas. Most of Shainery’s designs are bold and vibrant with a feminine touch of delicate wiring details that makes each piece unique and one of a kind.






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Top: H&M stripes blouse (similar here and here) | Bottoms: DIY pleated (faux) leather skirt (tutorial HERE) | Shoes: Valentino rockstud t-strap black pumps | Bag: Milly | Accessories: ASOS wide band ring set, Amelie wire bracelet c/o EselviDesigns  | Glasses: Giorgio Armani

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I recalled mid last year my girl Sabby of RougeSpark and I searched high and low for the perfect black leather skirt. We seriously went on a mission (no joke) and even ordered numerous skirts online, only  resulting in returns because we refused to pay $500 for this Alice + Olivia skirt which we really loved. All we wanted was a nice quality little leather (or faux) skirt that’s affordable, but for some reason, it was nearly impossible at that time (pleated leather skirt recession I’m guessing).

Well you know what they say…when you can’t find something, just make it. Ok, I’m not sure if anyone actually said that but it sure gave me that extra push. I have to warn ya, the fabric was stubborn to work with especially through the sewing machine, but if you’re patient, you can get exactly what you want for under $25, it’s your labor of love and you can save the money to buy more shoes! :)

See my Skirt DIY Tutorial HERE

Field of Gold








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Top: American Apparel crop turtleneck, Aqua crop denim vest | Bottoms: Vintage Levis (similar here) | Shoes: Steven Madden ReaLuv sandals | Bag: Milly (similar here and here) | Hat: H&M | Belt: from DVf dress

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Wore this outfit on date night with Nate last Friday to the movies and I love that it’s comfortable yet a little sexy at the same time.

When I’m not in the mood to get dressed up, these are my go-to jeans because it’s so comfortable yet I can still add a little something extra to the outfit with the right pairings. I love the tight fitting crop top because it’s perfect for balancing out the over-sized bottoms and a pair of heels adds a sexy vibe. By the way, we saw Fast & Furious. It was surprisingly good and worth seeing if you’re looking for a summer action flick with a bit of muscles thrown in. :) There are so many movies that I have to see this June. A few of my must-see are Man of Steel (drooling), World War Z and White House Down. Do you have a favorite? Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Holy Chic






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Top: Project Social Holy Chic tee | Bottoms: Zara stripes trousers (similar here) | Bag: Milly (similar here) | Shoes: Michael Kors studded cap toe pumps | Necklace: Nadri (similar here) | Bracelets: Tory Burch, Aqua | Rings: Kendra Scott, VSXNSTA | Glasses: Miu Miu

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Black and white together is no doubt classic and timeless but it’s not a big happy family until there’s some kind of colors thrown in. I actually had on flats, this tee and hair pulled back for running errands but right before we went out for the evening, I threw on heels, touched up hair and added accessories. It’s amazing how a few minor things can change the entire outlook.

Specking of accessories, the winner of Monee Elizabeth’s Chain Link Necklace is Valeria L., and the winner of Monee Elizabeth’s 25% discount code to her store are MJ M., Evelin, Abby A., M-d Varity, and Amalia R. Congrats!

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Wild At Heart


I had bangs a few years ago and after a few months of wearing it, I was so annoyed by the maintenance that I swore off bangs forever. Well, when it comes to hair, sometimes changes of heart can happen and here I am again with bangs. It does take a lot of up-keeping but I’m loving the newness, plus I don’t have to worry about bushy eyebrows!





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Top: H&M floral blouse (old, similar here, here and here) | Dress: Zara leopard tunic | Bag: Milly (similar here) | Shoes: Beverly Feldman polka dots bow pumps | Glasses: Lumete | Accessories: collar necklace thanks to Monee Elizabeth | Lips: Mac “Russian Red”

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If you have been reading my blog, you know how much I love bold prints and it’s even better when they are mixed together. I wore this leopard tunic dress (currently on sale) backwards because the front keyhole on the tunic was distracting the floral blouse layered underneath. It was also really long and loose so I added a thin waist belt that pulled up the dress and gave it a bit of shape.

Hope you had a great weekend and was able to watch the Superbowl. What a good game it was! What team were you rooting for? I was team Beyonce of course! :)

Flightless Blue Bird






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Top: Amanda Uprichad blouse (similar here), BCBGeneration luxe faux fur vest | Bottom: Joe’s Jeans | Hat: H&M | Shoes: Vince Camuto Dira booties | Bag: Milly | Glasses: Dior cat eye | Lipstick: Mac “Girl About Town”

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Coming back to California after 4 days in NY was, well a relief. To be honest, I can have all the fun in the world in that little big city that never sleep (or was that Vegas?) but I really miss home. Even though the temperature definitely dropped now and it sure feels like winter, it was nice that I didn’t need a wool coat, 2 pair of socks, 4 sweaters, pants on top of leggings, gloves, scarves, ok you get the picture. Glad to be back and ecstatic it is Friday!

P.S. If you are looking to find the perfect pair of black jeans that stretches and feels like your second skin, please check these Joe’s Jeans out (the Skinny/style: Dorothy). I love the ultra soft fabric that stretches but doesn’t sag after all-day wear. They are amazing and probably the best pair of skinnies I’ve ever own. Have a great weekend honey buns!

xo, KTR