Review: Cappelli Straworld Pack-A-Hat!

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Pack A Hat CollageHappy 4th of July weekend!  I’m currently creating an extended post about my trip to Santa Barbara with my good friend, Angi, because it involves great company, great food and Martin Gore (there’s a bit of a preview in the collage below)!  In the meantime, I got the chance to test drive a great hat from Cappelli Straworld called the Pack-A-Hat on the way back down from Santa Barbara, in Old Town Camarillo.  We were at an outdoor café having brunch, so it was a perfect time to wear this multipurpose, portable hat.  With the weather warming up significantly, I’m always looking for ways to minimize exposure to the sun while I’m out enjoying travelling with friends and family.  The Pack-A-Hat is rated at a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+ which gives me the confidence that I can get the appropriate protection.  I also love the convenience of it folding into a cute little clutch that I can stow away in my tote bag!

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BAG870_BLOGClick the image above if you would like to purchase your own Pack-A-Hat!

FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Poshmark’s San Diego #PoshParty 2015!

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Earlier this week, I posted that I went to two events in one evening, and this was the best way to close that night!  A couple of years ago on my birthday, I attended my first #PoshParty given by Poshmark (original post here).  If you are unfamiliar with Poshmark, it is an app where you can buy and sell fashion: either find people you share similar styles with and shop their closets, or sell from your very own closet!  A lot of my blogger friends are on Poshmark, and three of them hosted this year’s party at the W Hotel Rooftop West:  Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic, Vanessa of Vanessa Balli and Esmirna of Platforms for Breakfast.

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When I attended Poshmark’s first party in San Diego, I was still getting to know my fellow bloggers and the San Diego Style Bloggers network.  Since then, I’ve befriended so many of them, two who I got to know better that night:  Laura of Laura Neuzeth and Alessandra of Alessandra Gonzalez.  We had to commemorate the event by taking pictures together at the Pixster Photo Booth (pictures from the whole evening can be viewed at http://pixsterphotobooth.smugmug.com/Parties/Posh-Party/).  I included the picture from the first PoshParty in 2013 with this year’s picture.  I have to say, that I love them both together because it shows how much we’ve grown as friends!  Check out more pictures from the evening below, including few words from Poshmark’s Founder and CEO, Manish Chandra.  Congratulations to Poshmark and I cannot wait until the next #PoshParty!

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Founder and CEO Manish Chandra saying a few words of thanks to the hosts of the evening, to his staff and all of the Poshmark users.

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A quick (and a little blurry) selfie wit Laura

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I actually got to hang out with Sierra, Topshop stylist that night.  She is such a sweetheart!

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Not only did I hang out with one Topshop stylist, but TWO:  Meet Alejandro, who works with Sierra!

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I also met Mishael and her mom (who took the picture), who recognized me because she follows me on Instagram and is also a reader of this blog!  It’s so awesome to meet the people who follow you because it make it all worth it!  You can find her on Instagram as @_theshoo and check out her blog at The Shoo Girl!

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It was also great to see Brandee J, Editor-in-Chief of Manik Magazine and Co-Host of Real Women Talk Show (photo courtesy of Bianca Vanessa)

(Check out more great pictures on Poshmark’s Facebook page and on Bianca Venessa’s blog post and Flikr page!)

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Aren’t these photos from the Pixster Photo Booth just too fun?!

The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care Grand Opening

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At the beginning of June, I had a whirlwind night of TWO events in one evening!  The first was the “Night of Beauty” grand opening of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care in Carlsbad (first posted about here).  This award winning salon was located in Escondido, but relocated and reopened in a 3,700 square foot space in the La Costa Town Square shopping center.  The salon is large, spacious and beautifully decorated.  They offer a very large variety of services including a full hair care salon, skin & body care, massage therapy, spa packages, facial treatments, peels and microdermabrasions.

The night was fun and extremely interactive, with experiences spread throughout the salon.  From what I saw, there was a DJ, Braid & Brow Bars, Sensory Experiences (head, neck & shoulder massage or hot hand towel treatment), a massage chair, a “Tattoo” Station (decorative), wet bar, food, coffee and even shopping!  It was also nice to know that 10% of the product sales and all of the raffle ticket sales benefitted Dress for Success San Diego.  I’ve included lots of photos from the evening, and I was glad to get pictures of the beautiful salon prior to the public showing because it got crowded very quickly!  Congratulations to Heather & Shawna on the grand re-opening of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care at their new location in Carlsbad, cheers!

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“We’ve loved being in Escondido, but we’re excited for our growth into this blossoming area of Carlsbad,” said Shawna Cruise, founder of The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care. “Guests will find that our team has remained the same and still offers the amazing care we’ve always prided ourselves on – just now in a new, larger space that we can’t wait to reveal.”

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Co-owner Heather Wilder and founder Shawna Cruise

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IMG_5955 (2) (1280x1280)My decorative tattoo for the night!

The Loft Grand Opening Collage 4Delicious bites by Bushfire Grill & yummy mini-cupcakes by SusieCakes

IMG_5947 (2) (1280x1280)A bar featuring Stone Brewing Co. & St. Petersburg Vodka

IMG_5968 (2) (1280x1280)Cold Brew and hot coffee by one of my favorite coffee companies, Mostra Coffee!

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IMG_6122 (2) (1280x1280)My VIP gift bag goodies!  Thank you Colette of Contour PR + Social and The Loft Hair Design & Skin Care for inviting me!