Sip + Style with Bzees x Athleta



Towards the end of September, I attended a fantastic event where Bzees teamed up with Athleta to present a “Sip + Style” at their UTC location.  In addition to delicious sushi by Blue Ocean, dessert by Frost Me Gourmet and wine by California Fruit Wine, bloggers and influencers enjoyed a fun photo boot and then were treated to a lesson on how Bzees are made and “athleisure”.  If you are unfamiliar with the term, think of it as the clothes and shoes you go home and relax in after your rigorous work out.  It really was a great night because not only did I get to hang out with some of my fellow bloggers, proceeds from the evening’s purchases were donated towards the San Diego Autism Speaks Walk, in support of Autism Tree Foundation.  To continue the good work, Bzees will be donating $5 from every pair of shoes sold using code OLIVER to the Autism Tree Project.  Thank you Bzees, Athleta and Be Social PR for a wonderful night and for my first pair of Bzees!





Beautiful and delicious creations by Blue Ocean!

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Brian from California Fruit Wine had a lot of fun that night!


With Camilla of Navy Grace & Nichole of Top Knots And Pearls


With Nancy of Oh Daisy Love & Amy of The Blushing Pink


A collage from my Instagram (@any2ndnow)



Bzees are quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I own.  They are extremely light, and the foam on the inside make my feet feel like they are surrounded by a pillow!

(Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Be Social PR)

Gigmor Announces Partnership with Music Box in San Diego!

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that music is very much a part of who I am and is even reflected in the fashion I wear, or the activities I do with my family.  I first went to the venue now called Music Box when it was Anthology because that is where I saw Recoil for the first time, after meeting Alan Wilder (original post here).  Well, I’ve got exciting news for those of you who are not only music enthusiasts, but anyone who is a musician:  Gigmor, which is the fastest growing social network for musicians, is teaming up with Music Box for an innovative way of booking emerging artists!  What an exciting way to ensure new artists are getting the right gigs at the right places, and what an amazing partnership with Music Box to make this type of venue available!

Gigmor has developed a proprietary matching algorithm which allows musicians and bands to connect with each other based on different factors of musical compatibility and is currently developing a custom solution for the music industry that will provide talent buyers a more efficient way of identifying and hiring crowd-drawing musicians and bands for their venues.

Music Box – a 705 capacity room – will allocate one night per week to showcases for Gigmor artists with the goal of providing these artists with opportunities to support the national touring artists booked into the venue.

“We’re thrilled to be in the forefront of using a digital platform to find the right talent for our venue,” said Joe Rinaldi, Music Box GM and Talent Buyer, who previously held similar positions at The Griffin, The Viper Room and House of Blues – Sunset Strip. “Band websites and Facebook don’t provide the useful kind of data we need to aid our booking decisions, which forces me to work different analytics angles, 24/7. Gigmor is currently developing a much-needed metric for evaluating emerging artists which will benefit the whole music industry and I think it’s going to revolutionize how talent buyers discover and book talent.”

“This is a giant step forward in our evolution,” states Gigmor Founder/CEO, David Baird, formerly of AOL and Troubadour Digital Media. “We’re building a marketplace for live music, which will bring state-of-the-art technology to the outdated talent booking process. We’re bridging the gap by helping artists book gigs and venues fill their rooms. We believe what we’ve created will help the music industry work more efficiently.”

(Photos courtesy of Gigmor & Music Box)

GQ + Glamour Lookbook Live Fall Events Recap

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Back on September 17, Janice and I attended the GQ + Glamour Lookbook Live VIP runway show event at Fashion Valley, which was a prelude to their Lookbook Live event that Saturday.  The evening started off with appetizers and cocktails over by Neiman Marcus, followed by a fantastic runway show in Center Court.  The evening then ended perfectly with dessert and champagne at Tiffany & Co.  I’ve always enjoyed these events at Fashion Valley because they treat bloggers as wonderfully as they treat any member of the press, allowing us to have front row seats to ensure we capture the event in the best way possible to share on social media and our blogs.  I’ve included highlights of both events, as I attended the Lookbook Live event with Dominic.  Cheers!

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I fell in love with this cape during Nordstrom’s presentation.  The collage above is from my view, and the larger picture is from Fashion Valley’s Facebook page, where you can see me on the left,  looking a bit stunned at how beautiful that cape was!
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The UK punk rocker in me ended up matching the runway with the strong presence of red plaid.  Nordstrom, Hugo Boss and Bloomingdale’s all showing some version of this fall staple (and that’s my Forever 21 skirt and Altuzarra for Target booties in the top left corner of the collage).

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Wine and bordeaux are perfect fall colors.  Also, that faux fur vest, cropped pants and patent leather heels with the long necklace by MaxMara add interest and texture to an all black outfit.

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I simply died and went to footwear heaven at all of the shoes in the Salvatore Ferragamo collection. Oh yes…

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My two favorite menswear looks: The top look from John Varvatos and the second look styled by Alex Yanez for Neiman Marcus.  Both are an edgy spin to classic looks, incorporating a boot, similar to Doc Martens.


Desserts, champagne and little blue boxes at Tiffany & Co.

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It really was such a fun evening spent with fashionable San Diego Style Blogger friends, both old & new!  Click here to go to my Instagram account, where all the lovely people in the picture are tagged.

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The actual Lookbook Live event was fun and interactive, with style experts from GQ and Glamour magazines.

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More San Diego Style Bloggers (and Dominic)!  Click here to go to my Instagram account, where all the lovely people in the picture are tagged.

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I love this picture of me and Tiffany of Glitz and Glam by Tiff!

My outfit: Cassette Tape print romper by Neon Rose (from ASOS); “Mona” glasses c/o Spy Optic; London Underground cuff c/o Design Hype; shoes by Matiko; unknown name brand fedora

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Me and my brooding boy…I think I got him to crack a bit of a smile eventually!

Thank you to Curator PR and Fashion Valley for inviting me to such a wonderful series of events!

DAISO Japan’s Newest San Diego Store

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I held a contest recently to win a deluxe gift bag in celebration of the grand opening of DAISO Japan’s newest San Diego location in Kearny Mesa (original post here).  Here are the pictures of when I attended the event with my good friend Audrey.  Needless to say, we absolutely adored the new location, marveling at its size and amount of product!

Also, if you haven’t looked back on my first post about the contest, I had to select a different winner because the original winner did not pick up the gift bag at the grand opening event after being notified.  The new winner is Judy, and her prize was just sent and is now on its way to her!

In the meantime, if you haven’t gone to one yet, I highly recommend going to a DAISO Japan and exploring $1.50 heaven, cheers!

IMG_7919 (2) (1280x1280)Taiko Drummers!

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IMG_7924 (2) (1280x960)So. LARGE!

IMG_7926 (2) (1280x1280)Cute little succulents, for a great price!

IMG_7938 (2) (1280x1280)Is it possible for me to try them all??

IMG_7934 (2) (960x1280)What a crazy line to the register!

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IMG_7929 - Copy (1280x960)Pocky galore!

DAISO collage 1Thank you DAISO Japan for inviting me to your wonderful grand opening and thank you SO much for my very own lovely gift bag!

FTC Disclosure:  I received a gift as a thank you for holding a contest and for attending the grand opening, but not for the post.  Although I did receive a gift, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Fashionably Late: Remaining August 2015 Events

I really did try to get my event posts up in a timely manner. But the end of summer and beginning of fall is a very busy time for fashion, so attending the events and then posting them up became quite the endeavor for this fashion/lifestyle blogger!  Here are the rest of the August events I attended, so that I can move on to September (now that it’s almost October)!

Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR Wrap Party Recap (August 15, 2015)

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The riders arriving to Kiehl’s at Fashion Valley

IMG_7554 (2)Kiehl’s raised $250,00 for amfAR!

LifeRide 2015 Collage 2Food and drinks provided by Soda & Swine and Juice Saves, so yummy!

LifeRide 2015 Collage 1I brought Dominic, and he had a great time!

IMG_7562 (2)With fellow San Diego Style Bloggers Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic, Vanessa Balli, and Alessandra Gonzalez

Order Up San Diego/Pacific Beach (August 20, 2015)

IMG_7626 (2) (1280x1280)OrderUp is an online and mobile food delivery service, and their focus is to provide delivery from restaurants customers truly want.  My husband and I attended their launch in Pacific Beach at Backyard Kitchen & Tap.

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IMG_7615 (2) (1280x960)The appetizers at Backyard Kitchen & Tap was fantastic!

IMG_7605 (2) (854x1280)Great to see Ayana of Thrifting Diva again!

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Thank you to Colette of Contour PR + Social for the invite!

FWSD Culinary Couture (August 29, 2015)

IMG_7702 (2) (1280x1280)“Fashion Week San Diego is back for its 2nd Annual Culinary Couture held at the fabulous Harrah’s Resort Southern California and we’re ready to take your tastebuds on the trip of a lifetime!

This exclusive, invite only event takes you on a culinary trip around the world in true Fashion. From Europe to Asia, South America to North America- Fashion Week San Diego will help you explore the world’s top fashion capitals through cuisine and cocktails. – FashionWeekSD”

I had such a great time at Culinary Couture.  The food and presentation were fantastic.  Thank you for the invite Fashion Week SD!

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IMG_7737 (2) (1280x1280)1st Course Bangkok

•Presented By Executive Chef David Abella, West Steak and Seafood

IMG_7753 (2) (1280x1280)2nd Course Monaco

•Presented by Executive Chef James Montejano, La Valencia

IMG_7762 (2) (1280x1280)3rd Course Buenos Aires

•Presented by Executive Chef Julian Quinones, Sheraton Carlsbad

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•Presented By Executive Chef Marc Therrien, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

IMG_7770 (2) (1280x1280)5th Course Tokyo

•Presented By Executive Chef Jon Palsson, Harrah’s Resort Southern California

IMG_7775 (2) (1280x1280)6th Barcelona

•Presented By Executive Chef Jon Palsson, Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Culinary Couture 2015 OOTD 1What I wore: Dress from Irene’s Story; Enzo Angiolini Coadi Houndstooth Pumps; Bodhi purse; Stephanie Kantis earrings c/o Neiman Marcus; “Mona” glasses c/o Spy Optic

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My Dream Workspace

My Dream Workspace

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about creating a better workspace at home.  Should it be in the bedroom, or should it be in a common area, especially with a growing boy who will need a larger space to do homework in the future?  I was inspired by WeWork to think of my dream workspace and what would it include.  If you are unfamiliar with WeWork, they create beautiful shared workspaces that build community and inspire through togetherness.  They have office spaces all over the world, including the US and London (check out their amazing space at Aldgate Tower).

My dream workspace would incorporate art and music, as well as functionality and comfort.  I absolutely love the space in the picture above, because it looks like it leads to a common area, which we have in our family room at home.  I want to move my husband’s turntables to our room and get a decorative, yet functional record player to be placed aside a large shelf for our growing record collection.  We would have a desk for the computer, and a drafting table that could double as another desk when needed (as we have a couple of laptops).  I could also level the drafting table to hold my mini-lighting studio to use for product pictures.  Finally, I’ve also always wanted a beautiful chaise lounge, which would add to the modern vintage feel of my ideal workspace.  I would then sprinkle the walls with our favorite music and movie posters.  If it all works out to be as visually appealing as it is functional, the “office” could also be used as a backdrop for outfit posts!

Thank you WeWork for helping me really put some thought into my ideal workspace.  Now, how do I convince my mother that we need to move the china cabinet into another room…

The New John Varvatos Store at Fashion Valley

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IMG_7510 (2) (1280x1280)I was invited last month to preview the new John Varvatos store at Fashion Valley prior to their public grand opening.  I became familiar with the brand because it’s one of Matt Goss’ favorite stores in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (though this blog post), and the management at John Varvatos love him as well (they spoke very highly of him when I was asked about how I knew about their brand).

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IMG_7461 (2) (1280x1280)I noticed immediately the edgy, rock infused style.  The store is rugged and music permeates everything, from the pictures on the walls to the clothing displayed on the tables.  The light fixture upon entering is impressive, and I like the hidden cash registers.  It has a different effect on the whole store, allowing every bit of space for the clothing and shoes.  I know the store is menswear, but that didn’t stop me from buying something from the John Varvatos USA line, which was the Bowery Graphic T-Shirt.  It’s way soft and has a very cool and simple design.  I also purchased a book by John Varvatos called Rock in Fashion, which is what this store embodies.  Congratulations to John, his crew and Fashion Valley on this fantastic new location!

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IMG_7503 (2) (1280x1280)If shoes could grow on trees…

IMG_7460 (2) (1280x1280)Who doesn’t love a wall of shoes?

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IMG_7478 (2) (960x1280)Great decor throughout!

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IMG_7505 (2) (960x1280)The “Bowery Graphic T-Shirt” I purchased is located under the “New York” white shirt above.

IMG_7488 (2) (1280x1280)I want that Tiger hoodie next!

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IMG_7490 (2) (1280x960)Guests of the preview enjoying the new space!

IMG_7583 (2) (1280x1280)Doesn’t this book look right at home with all of our records?

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Our gift, c/o the staff at John Varvatos, which I promptly gave to my husband, of course!