Monterey Bay Aquarium

We had a few days off work for Christmas, so we thought it would be fun to take a day trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. So lovely to breathe in that fresh ocean air!
Had to wear my Lilly conch scarf for the occasion!
This little penguin was my favorite!
Her name was Betsy!
Such a beautiful sunset view!
And this guy.. a huge octopus!
 Can you tell I love the bright colors of the tropical reefs the most?!

And the jellyfish!

 I really could sit here all day and listen to the ocean! So lovely!

Christmas Time Around the House

I wanted to share a few more pictures of our Christmas decor from this year, it's always so great to be able to look back every year to see how it evolves.
This year I was all about tartan, some sparkle, natural elements (burlap and greenery) with red accents.
The view from the entryway:
My Christmas Eve outfit: 
See, red, sparkle and tartan!

A card that fit in perfectly with our decor.

Christmas Eve: Hot chocolate + peppermint bark, doesn't get much better!

And as I was setting up for our Christmas Day dinner.
The tree during the day:
Don't mind my angel topper, she was a bit lopsided this year but only because the tree was funky on top.
A few close-ups of my favorite ornaments:

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! XOXO

Little Shift Dress

My favorite dress of this Holiday season has been a shift dress I picked up at Target! The shape makes it super versatile and did I mention it's only $17?!! The material is a Jacquard so it looks much more luxe which makes it perfect for any Holiday events. I have it in black and winter white!
A few ways I styled it:
Cocktails with friends:
Kate Spade Shoes // J.Crew Bag // Target Dress
At the office:
Target Dress // Lilly Belt // J.Crew necklaces (pearl, crystal)
Junior League Ornament Exchange:
J.Crew Bow necklace // Target Dress
 And a few fun ways to wear it for both Christmas and New Years Eve:
Do you have a go to Holiday dress??

Blue Wedding Shoes

I've mentioned it several times before but I plan to wear a pair of blue Manolos CWF gifted me to our wedding a la Carrie Bradshaw! While they aren't exactly Carrie's shoes, they are still very fun! I've even convinced my coworker to do the same- she is wearing a pair of blue Jimmy Choo's to her wedding next month!

I put together a few fun blue options at every price range and heel height:

1. Nina //  2. Kate Spade //  3. Valentino //  4. Kate Spade //  5. Manolo Blahnik //  6. Nina //  7. Kate Spade
I'm seriously considering getting those flat Kate Spades to wear dancing as the night goes on! The Manolo's might be pretty, but they sure aren't comfortable.

Holiday Home Tour

Of of my favorite things to do with my soon-to-be MIL are Home Tours! I guess you could say it's our 'thing' together. (A few older posts: Holiday Home Tour, Garden Tour
Last weekend we did the Holiday Home tour in the 'fab forties' area of my city- all the homes are truly fab with large tree lined streets. Regan actually lived there during his time as Governor of California. We almost bought a house there a few years ago and it makes me a bit sad thinking we could have had our home on the tour too, but everything happens for a reason :)
A few of my favorites:
Such a classic Christmas tree!

I adored all the Persian rugs and toile throughout this house

Magnolia garland, swoon!

Love the silver vases mixed in with burlap!

Pretty natural centerpiece here

 Loved the JOY in the window, I would love to do this someday!

Staircase garland! 

 Such a classic living room!
I just adored all the traditional decorations throughout the houses!

I hope your Holiday Season has been Merry & Bright!

Bling Sale

This weekend only, Jojo Loves You is having a huge bling sale! They have the cutest handmade earrings and make perfect gifts for all your friends (or yourself)! You might remember, I also wore a pair to match my favorite Lilly dress for a dinner out in DC back in May here!

This time, I wore mine to a holiday party and I thought they added the perfect amount of sparkle to my outfit!

A close-up of the 'Party Bling' in Hazel:

Here are the details:

Blings: 3 pairs for $60
Mini Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Oval Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Navette Blings: 3 pairs for $50
Party Blings: 3 pairs for $60
And you can Mix & Match...meaning your 3 pairs can be 3 different styles!

Happy Shopping!!


Holiday Table Setting

I love decorating for the Holidays and I love to make sure I have the perfect Holiday table setting! Each year I like to do things slightly different (last year I used my gold glass chargers and a plaid tablecloth). But this year since our tree is in our dining area, I went with a theme that coordinated with the tree theme (which is red, silver and woodland animals).
This is the table setting I came up with! I love my burlap runner (that I just cut from a yard of burlap), I use it year-round and I think it adds a lot of texture to the table. I used my rattan chargers from Target, Williams Sonoma Tartan plates (old- similar) and napkin rings, Lauren Ralph Lauren tablecloth and napkins, and my grandma's monogrammed silverware.
Love my tartan wine bottle bag and reindeer stopper also from WS last year. I recommend checking out their sale section the day after Christmas- I once got napkins for less than $1 each!
The centerpiece looks a bit funky here, but it a collection of crystal taper candle holders with a fun holiday crystal tree. I wanted to keep it simple!
Mr. Kitty approves too!
I almost forgot to share, but this was my Thanksgiving tablesetting- the upside to hosting- whatever you say goes!
Lilly, toile, sequins and poms oh my!!