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Getting the Family Ready for Halloween with Chaser

I don’t know about you guys but when any holiday approaches I like to get my kiddos some new gear.  Whether it’s new clothes, some jammies, or fun toys.  Halloween is one of the best holidays when you’re a kid, they get a chance to dress up as anyone they want and to eat candy!  I mean, really it doesn’t get much better.  This year we are getting the whole family ready, including us mamas, with some new tees from Chaser.  Check out our picks for our little ones.  They are so perfect for all of those Halloween parties and celebrations you’ll be going to this month!  You can shop these looks at the end of the post too!

Photos of Abby, Dylan & Jett by Susannah Gill

Photos of Jacquelyn & Court by Nea Nabayan

Here’s Abby and her littles and they’re all set for some tricks & treats!!  Abby is wearing the Skeletal Peace Tank, Jett is wearing the Spider Attack tee and Dylan is wearing the Kitty tee.

Court and I are saying Boo to you from our crew!  I’m wearing the Spooky Bat Tee and Court is wearing the Boo! Tee.

And now we’re ready for Halloween, you can be too!  Just shop below!  As Court would say, let’s get spooky!!




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Wearing the Most Flattering Wrap Dresses for Fall

With the start of Fall behind us I’m beginning to gear up my wardrobe for the season.  It’s always exciting when you can change up your wardrobe and try out some new styles.  One style I consistently find amazing?  Wrap dresses.  They are always flattering and you can find them to work with any season depending on the accessories.  If you looked in my closet you’d find way too many of these pretty dresses, but like I said, they are flattering.  The older I get I learn not to stick with trends, but to stick with what flatters you best.  I can honestly say, these dresses compliment nearly every figure!

I’ve pulled some of my favorites to share with you today.  From floral, to striped, to sexy… Any of these dresses can take you from day to night and back again.  I’ve gotta say, anything that enhances your neckline and accentuates your waistline is good in my book!  Keep scrolling to see more and shop all of my picks on the bottom of the post.

Photos by Nea Nabayan

First up, this pretty floral dress by Auguste the Label.  Right when I saw it on the rack at Costa Cabana, I knew I had to have it.  This is a brand I keep going back to because of their great fits and pretty prints.  I love this floral print for Fall, a little bit of light and a little bit of dark.  Just pair it with a buttery leather jacket and some booties and you’re all set…

A good vertical stripe is always flattering, and stripes never go out of style.  This Tularosa dress caught my eye, I liked the fact it had a sleeve and could be worn casually or dressed up.  To make it less summery I paired it with a fedora from Brixton, then I added some old wedges that I have by Elizabeth & James. They are years old, but I still love them….

And now for the sexy…. Everyone needs a sexy little number in their back pocket and this one also by Tularosa is very very much that…  The ruffle detail, the sexy cut, the pretty olive color… I love it all!  And I’m pretty sure my husband would too…  I’m pretty sure you can pair this one with anything and still look damn sexy.  I chose my wedges and some aviators, but really anything goes here my friends!

Shop all of these wrap dresses and more below!  I guarantee you’ll find one to fit your fancy!




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By on September 25, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE


Wearing all the Print with Novella Royale this Fall

If you saw yesterday’s post then you probably fell in love with all of the pretty prints at Novella Royale just like me.  Well while I was there I had to take a few for a spin!  Truth be told, it’s been one of my favorite brands for some time now so I was really like a kid in a candy store.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds with you today and also sharing links to shop a bunch of other Novella Royale goodies!  Because this will be wearing all the print with Novella Royale this Fall, and then some!!

Photos by my friend Megan Welker

First up is the cutest little shift dress I ever did see!  The Roadie Dress has the best body and I’m pretty certain can look good on anyone.  It’s easy to wear from day to night and I really fell in love with it in this Rust Palm print.  I’d wear it casually with my Beek by Two Bird black wrap sandals, aka the most comfortable sandals around!  But once Fall hits you could definitely do it with black tights and boots…

Next up is a Beijos staple, a good kimono… And Novella Royale’s is one of the best!  They call it the Jane Robe and I definitely took one home with me!  This pink print called Blush Daisies is such a fun pop to any outfit.  I wore it with their body suit called the Sandra, an old pair of high waisted cut offs and my lace up Target sandals.  

I’ve worn my Jane Robe so much at home, it’s so fun to throw over anything basic, it just makes the outfit!!  Also, the body suit was new to me, haha, and it was way more comfortable and easy to wear than I thought!  Don’t judge, I’ve had two babies since they were in style and haven’t been brave enough to try them!!

Next up was a dress I fell in love with the minute I saw it… The Willow Dress has the prettiest ruffle detail along the neckline and a little sexy cut out back.  I think what really caught my eye on this one is the print.  The copper flamenco print was definitely my favorite, it has such fun colors I just immediately gravitated toward it.  This is the perfect date night dress but could also be worn casually during the day!  Paired it for this look with my Matise nude suede mules….

Shop more of my favorite Novella Royale pieces below!!



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By on September 6, 2017 in FASHION, SHOPPING, STYLE


Shop Spotlight – Novella Royale

Novella Royale has been a favorite brand of mine for a while now.  They always have the best silhouettes and their prints are unique and eye catching.  I’ve shopped the brand in a few of my favorite boutiques and online, but was beyond excited to find out they opened a store front in Orange County.  I have been trying to make my way down to their shop in San Clemente, one of my favorite beach towns, but alas popping out a baby and having a toddle really set a girl back.  But FINALLY, I made it down with my gal pal Megan Welker to shop, snap some pics and take in all the cuteness.

All photos by Megan Welker

Keep reading for an interview we did with founder and designer Mary Meyers

 Tell us about Novella Royale and how it all began… 

I started Novella Royale out of my garage, when my daughter Novella was a year old. I wanted to create a space to house creativity and a fun working lifestyle. because if you have to work why not make it as enjoyable as possible!

Why did you decide to open a shop in San Clemente?

 Honestly because i live here and have been working to create a lifestyle where i don’t need to get on the freeway everyday… and my dream building is here in town (which we currently occupy)

What are your favorite parts of being located in this gorgeous beach town?

 Being part of a younger generation in San Clemente is really exciting.  It’s tough as there are only a few of us paving the way, but I’ve always wanted to be part of change. 

Why was it important of the brand to have a store front?

 I really wanted a place that tells the Novella Royale story, more than our online store!  A place you can come in and try on any style, any color way and any size we make!  When designing the space I wanted it to feel like you were walking into my closet, and could just play dress up and maybe try things you’ve never tried before!  I love when someone comes in, tries on something they didn’t think they could pull off and ends up wearing it out of the store.  That’s one of the best compliments I get from our customers. 

What are some of your favorite pieces from the Fall collection?

 Oh, thats like picking a favorite child, and there are different reasons I love all of my Novella Royale children! If there isn’t something I don’t love, it doesn’t make it into the collection!  But if you twist my arm I’d have to say the Harley dress :) and the Jane robe! ohhh and the River tee… they are extra special this season! 

We are always so in love with your prints, how do you guys always find the best ones?!

 Awe, thanks! I search through vintage prints and hand pick ideas.  Some come just from an idea in my head and some are inspired by already existing vintage prints!  We usually start with 6-8 prints and narrow them down to 4 for the season based on how they sit together!

Here’s Novella Royale’s cute shop manager Neg, love her!!

And here’s that cute baby Cruz making an appearance, you know the one who kept me from visiting this amazing shop!

Tell us about any fun and exciting things coming up at the shop!

 For the holidays we will be doing a couple events; small business sale, anti black friday sale and we will be bringing in some specialty pieces just for the holiday season!  Planning on making it a one stop shop for your holiday party outfit as well as hostess and holiday gifts for the women in your life! 

What’s next for Novella Royale?!

Business has changed so much over the past couple years.  It’s all about direct to consumer and we plan to make sure our customers know its all about them… without them there would be no Novella Royale

Thank you Mary for sharing, and for letting us in your gorgeous store!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I do a style post on some of my favorite pieces in the shop!!



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By on September 5, 2017 in FASHION, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, STYLE


Aloha Vibes Only with Tropical Style

Keeping up with our tropical vibes this week, I had to jump on the tropical style!  When I work on the design of an event I find inspiration everywhere.  Whether it’s in a restaurant, when I travel or through fashion, it really is everywhere.  It’s fun for me to incorporate all of these aspects on our blog, especially on a week like this where we have the same theme.  Showing off how to incorporate tropical vibes in your life from travel, to style to food!  It’s pretty crazy how each thing can spark an idea for the other.

Fashion has always been one of my favorite aspects of our blog.  It’s not something we post about a lot but I love trying new styles and being inspired by what is out and trending.  At this point we’ve done quite a few tropical parties and photo shoots.  It’s a trend that just won’t quit, and I’m not mad about it!  Goes the same in the fashion world, tropical is here to stay!  So here are a few of my picks of what I’m wearing right now, along with a bunch of other tropical inspired goodies to shop at the bottom of the post!

All photos by Alison Bernier

There are a lot of tropical inspired dresses out there and some can be a little much… This ASTR dress is so understated tropical, which is what drew me to it. I always love a good white dress, but this print is so pretty and not in your face tropical.  I paired it with my favorite Target sandals and this Maslo bracelet that I can’t get enough of.

I’ve been eyeing the brand Double Rainbouu for a while now and took this blog post as the opportunity to try it!  It was everything I dreamed of and more… It’s a pricey brand for sure, but the quality is so nice. The feel of this shirt was amazing and I love how each print is so unique.  Paired it with my “mom jeans” as my lovely friend referred to them – when in reality they are just high waisted people… My gold SALT aviators and my other favorite Target sandals ;)

Last but not least is the statement tee, because well it says a statement!  I bought this Mikoh tee in the Spring and couldn’t find it available still, but there are tons of other great tees with block lettering out there right now!  I wore it with this cute palm print skort – yes I said skort – from Show Me Your Mumu.  They have a ton of great tropical options, this was just one of many!!  Gotta wear my Vans in every style post too, just kidding…. kind of!

Now don’t you feel like dressing in the tropical way?!  Shop my picks below!!

Happy Shopping!



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By on August 30, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE