A Statement Necklace and a Skater Dress: Spring Fling feat. Rocksbox

Not going to lie, it’s basically been spring all  year here in San Francisco. After surviving the most brutal winter last year in NYC, I’m taking full advantage of these mild spring temps to wear dresses! I love the playful and feminine shape of the flared skater dress; you can’t help but feel cute when you wear one. I’m also wearing espadrille wedges non stop, since they are the quintessential spring shoes that go with basically everything.

Usually, I’m a fan of daintier jewelry pieces with stones, but I’ve been on a mission to funk it up lately. A big ol’ statement necklace can be the centerpiece of an entire outfit, but I’m not sure I want to commit to just one or two. Cue Rocksbox!

Have you heard of them? This company is the Amazon Prime of women’s jewelry. Based on a little quiz they give you, you’ll get a full set of jewelry delivered to you on loan. For $19 per month, you can wear it as much as you want for 30 days or pop it back in the mail as often as you want and a new set will be sent to you. Zero effort and commitment? Yes please! The pieces I received were dainty earrings and statement necklace (pictured below), the perfect balance of my usual style and my need for adventure.

Want to give Rocksbox a shot? Use code champagneforeverydayxox0 until April 24,2015 at the checkout for your first month free!

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Beauty Hacks for Travel: How to Fit Your Favorite Toiletries into a Carry On

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Trying to fit my toiletries into a carry on has been the bane of my existence for as long as I can remember, but after approximately 15 trips this past year, I no longer have the patience to wait for checked baggage. Packing carry on luggage is a must for me now! That said, I refuse to give up using my favorite toiletries when I’m on the road so I’ve had to learn some tricks when it comes to fitting them all in… Continue reading

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Hips Don’t Lie! 3 Quick Moves to Keep ‘Em Fit for Life

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Arguably the most recognized part of a female silhouette, hips are oh-so important to our overall health. Whether they’re slim or curvy, stretching and strengthening your hip flexor muscle (located where the leg joins the body) is essential to for both toned legs and an ache-free bod, for life!

Men and women tend to focus on toning and strengthening their legs to look good in jeans (or spandex – no judgement!) and a lot of woman go through life seeking slimmer hips. But what about keeping them healthy and preventing issues in old age? Luckily, the two go hand in hand. Continue reading

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Ready for Spring – Pastel and Destroyed Denim

A recurring them on my blog lately has been destroyed denim. What can I say? I’m obsessed with it, and all the different ways it can be done. Destroyed denim is like a finger print, no to pairs will ever be exactly alike! Sadly, these pants were not a product of my recent DIY destroyed denim post, but they were an amazing deal at around $40 and are made by a company in LA called Machine jeans.

Because there is something a little bad ass about destroyed denim and I love to mix themes, one of my favorite ways to wear destroyed denim is with more demure pieces like this pastel Tibi top. Pastels were a big hit this winter, but spring is till my favorite time of year to wear them. This light green is girly, fresh, and spring-ready. Another spring color that would look fantastic with these pants is light pink!

When juxtaposing looks like I do here with naughty and nice, I like to keep my accessories simple. For any spring look, a neutral nude tan bag and pair of heels are the perfect pairing. No one will notice when you wear them with everything, because they will be too busy looking at your outfit!

 

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Opinion of a Fit Girl – The Latest Fitness Trends

There have been a ton of fitness trends exploding on to the scene lately. I have been into fitness for a long time but I feel like it’s become more trendy lately to be “fit”, especially with the social acceptability of yoga pants as streetwear. Finally! We’ve been rocking that trend in Vancouver for years, but back then it was just known as the “lazy” look.

As someone who started hitting the gym in high school, working out is as much of a daily ritual as drinking coffee. I have tried many things and thankfully I’ve learned what works for me. I know how to alter my diet or workouts to meet different goals depending on the time of year or situation, and my runners go everywhere with me.

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The Best Way to Wear a Corset Top feat. Kora Rae

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A few weeks ago, I posted a gorgeous top by Kora Rae, a designer who I had the pleasure of collaborating with recently. I’m excited to share another of her amazing pieces. To recap my love for Kora Rae, the quality and detailing are impeccable, and the pieces embody femininity and strength. Kora Rae also does the thinking for you; slipping on an outfit or individual piece like this corset top is an effortless way to make a bold statement.

I chose to pair this gorgeous corset top with a sexy suit, a perfect look for a hot date night. Corsets can be styled so many ways, lately I have seen them worn over flowy dresses, dress shirts, or with high waisted skirts which is my personal favorite. I love the suit and corset combination because it’s the perfect mix of ultra-feminine with cool and classic for a dressy night out. Nothing turns heads like leaving a little to the imagination!

The beautiful aqua and cerulean blue detailing on this cream corset was inspired by the designer’s travels to Bora Bora, with it’s pristine sand and bright blue water.  Take me there! It was hand embroidered by craftsmen of the Dasbagha Village in Eastern India, and the detailing is flawless. The matching skirt is equally as beautiful, but the pieces make such a bold statement on their own that I chose to style them separately – future post to come!

What is your favorite way to style a corset?

 

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Top – Kora Rae

Skirt – Vintage (similar here)

Shoes – Badgley Mischka (similar here)

Clutch – Louis Vuitton (similar here)

Bangle – Vintage (similar here)

Bracelet – Tiffany’s

 

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DIY Distressed Denim – Can You Tell Which Pair Cost $200?

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Back in 1873 when Levi’s invented denim it was definitely not okay for women to wear it in public, let alone a man in a big city (versus on the farm). But thankfully, in 2015 it’s socially acceptable to wear distressed jeans for a fun, edgy casual or dressy look. I can actually remember making DIY distressed denim and cut offs way back in the 4th grade!

Buying distressed denim will cost you anywhere from the $30 range at Forever 21 to $240 and up at high-end department stores. When I was looking for the perfect pair of distressed jeans, I realized I didn’t love the placement of a lot of the rips. I finally found the ones I wore in this post here for $240, but I was inspired to DIY.

Making your own is so much more fun, basically free, and creates something that no one else will have! And besides, who doesn’t love a little DIY couture?

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