A Night of Fashion & Fun at Wysh Boutique for Elite Networking!

A Night of Fashion and Fun 8.23.16

I’m excited to be a part of the festivities for Elite Networking Group at Wysh Boutique in Carlsbad tonight!  I’ll be talking about my love for fashion & music, how I got started in blogging and how I incorporate it with my loving family and career.  I’ll also be putting together some of my favorite looks from Wysh Boutique!

I’ve been a part of the Elite Networking Group for over a year, and it’s a wonderful network for women who want to grow their businesses with quality referrals.  We meet monthly through events hosted by founder and The Pulse producer & host Cindy Matalucci.

Thank you Cindy for having me and I’m excited for this great night of fashion and fun!

Good Stuff on Banggood!

It’s always fun to find sites that provide a bit of everything under the sun, and Banggood is one of those sites.  I found out about Banggood while on Facebook because they were on my feed one day as a sponsored post.  I fell in love with these adorable Mary Jane Chinese Embroidered Flats (pictured below) and loved them even more after reading some of the great reviews about them on Banggood’s Facebook page.  Not too long after, I was contacted by Banggood to come up with a wish list of items from their site, and I was more than happy to oblige.  So other than those lovely Mary Janes, here’s my wish list of great stuff to find on Banggood!


Good Stuff Wish List From Banggood

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These Mary Jane Chinese Embroidered Flats come in three colors: red, green and black.  The black ones pictured above are my favorite.

Envelope Phone Pouch Collage

I don’t know what it is about envelope shaped accessories, but I adore them and this Universal Mail Bag Retro Envelope Pouch for the iPhone 6 is beyond cute!

Shockproof Retro Cassette Hard Case Cover

Was there any doubt that this Shockproof Retro Cassette Hard Case Cover for the iPhone 6 would be a favorite?  They had me at “Retro Cassette”!

Smart Phone Bracket Clip for Smart Phones

This 1PCS Universal Mobile Smart Phone Bracket Clip Holder For Tripod would be great to attach to my iPhone to any tripod for quick outfit or location posts!

Chiffon Beach Cover Up Collage

I love this cute top, which is called Women Pattern Printed Chiffon Beach Sunscreen Clothing Half Sleeve Cardigan, because it would most likely be used as a beach cover-up.  I love both the polka-dot one and the star print one.  I would totally rock it off the beach as pictured, or even over a simple black tank dress for an evening look!

Bangood Size Chart

One thing to keep in mind about a site like Banggood, especially with clothing and shoes, is that they are measured according to Asian sizes which run small.  What I really found helpful about Banggood’s site is that they provide the size equivalent of common sizes from different countries, and an explanation of what to expect with their sizes so that the consumer can then make the appropriate choice.

Thank you Banggood for the opportunity to pick my favorites from your fun site!  If you like what you see, be sure to click on the links I have provided, or visit them on their main site at Banggood.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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The Magic of Moonstone

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I’ve only recently discovered the magic and mystery of the moonstone, which is a feldspar group of gemstones.  They are known for their adularescence (their glow or inner light), and I’ve read that white moonstone “carries the energy of the new moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, vision and dream work. It can magnify one’s emotions, activating the kundalini energy in women and emotional balance in men, and is supportive in children to drive away nightmares or insomnia (definition from Crystal Vaults).”

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I love this beautiful triangle moonstone pendant from Moonstone Magic.  I chose the shape from the description alone: “The triangle was meant for ascension in the mystic realm. With Moonstone to fill the shape, one’s inner journey will come to a completion.”  Also, I chose a pendant because I like knowing its power is between the Throat and Heart Chakras, seats of communication and love.

Moonstone Magic’s jewelry are all simply gorgeous and come delivered with a lovely pouch.  If you like my piece or others like it, check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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FTC Disclosure:  I received product in exchange for a product review (please also note that Moonstone Magic’s pendants do not include a necklace, the one pictured is one I already own).  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Eternal Summer Snacking with Chobani Mezé Dips!

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It’s been crazy busy at the Chen household lately mostly because it’s summer, which means Dominic is out of school and we can travel or attend more family events.  Sometimes during the summer, we have impromptu visitors or we end up becoming the meeting place for pre-concert or pre-movie gatherings.  To help with entertaining around this time, the folks at Chobani sent me this fun infographic to help either plan a special summer event or help with what to do if you have simple soirees like we occasionally have.

Chobani is my go-to brand for Greek yogurt, so I’m excited to try their new Mezé Dips!  They have four great flavors to choose from, but I think Roasted Red Pepper will become a favorite.  So cheers to eternal summer snacking and let me know in the comments on how you throw a fabulous summer get together!

Fashionably Late: Catching Up on 2016 Events!

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I know I’ve been very laxed when it comes to my blogging lately, and I apologize!  My son has been away at his grandparents in Las Vegas for the last two weeks, so I have to confess that I’ve been catching up on some much-needed sleep.  But now to get caught up on my blogging, I’m posting about events that I missed over the last few months.  I’ll also be putting up my concert catch up posts and I think I’ll be all caught and ready to put up my newest posts about recent events and product reviews!


DANCE DANCE RESOLUTION – 1/31/16

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My husband and I were invited by Delicious Buzz to attend the “Dance Dance Resolution” event presented by the international travel company Gogobot San Diego and a local non-profit organization, The Seany Foundation.  It was held at The Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club & Storage and although it was quite the storm outside, it was a fun night of food, drinks, dance battles and pug kisses by Chole (with her mommy Heather of The Stylish Bisou).


THE BEAT CLOTHING SPRING FASHION SHOW – 2/21/16

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Back in February, The Beat Clothing stylist Astrid Montalvo invited me to check out her fashion show in Carlsbad.  Unfortunately due to some scheduling issues, my niece, Mei-Lin and I missed the actual fashion show, but I got to photograph some of the lovely models afterwards, and Mei snapped a picture of me with Astrid!


LATINO FILM FEST FASHION SHOW AT FASHION VALLEY – 3/18/16

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Bloggers were invited to attend Fashion Valley’s 2nd annual “Celebration of Fashion” runway show for the 23rd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.  The event was emceed by Paola Hernández-Jiao and Abelardo Rodriguez and featured men’s and women’s fashion.  My favorite was the fringed skirt by Scotch & Soda, featured in the video above.  Look at that swing!


BERRY BEST CHOCOLATE FEST – 3/19/16

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My mother-in-law had a booth for Bathologie, one of her direct sales companies at The Berry Best Chocolate Fest at Liberty Station, so I took that opportunity to hang out with my son and enjoy the festivities.  Rather than all of the wonderful chocolate, Dominic decided he actually loved the Belgian waffles from the Marcel Waffle Truck.  I wholeheartedly agree!


RECORD STORE DAY 2016 – 4/16/16

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 I spent Record Store Day this year at Record City in Hillcrest with my friend Rob and blogger friend Laura of Laura Neuzeth.  This was probably the most organized RSD I had ever been to, and I think I found a new spot for every RSD from now on!  The trick is to get there incredibly early (I got there by 5:30 am and there were still people there before me) to ensure you get your choice of what you want.  They didn’t have everything that I wanted from “The List” (post about it here), but I did come away with an awesome haul!


SPRING FLING EVENT AT GO GIRL SPA – 4/23/16

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Also back in April, I attended the “Spring Fling Event” at Girl on the Go, a night spa in the Golden Hill area.  I enjoyed the free cocktails, hanging out for a bit with Tatum from Love Tatum, and then I purchased a little something from Style on the Go.  Of course, since the Marcel Waffle Truck made an appearance, I had to bring something home for Dominic!

Find Your “Summer Essentials” at Fashion Valley!

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Can you believe it’s 4th of July weekend already?  Where did the time go?  If you’re still trying to figure out what to wear or pack for the upcoming season, I’ve teamed up with Fashion Valley to share some of my favorite summer picks and I’m also giving away a $100 gift card to get you started!  I recently ran around Fashion Valley to show you some of favorite “Summer Essentials” all available now!


FABULOUS FLATS

There really isn’t a better way to run around during the summer than in flats.  I know a recent blogger favorite are a cool pair of sneakers (which I own many of), but my favorite flats for the summer are lace-up sandals, slides and mules.  I like lace-up sandals because they can be worn casually with a great pair of shorts or wide-legged cropped pants, or dressed up with a cute little sundress.

Slides and mules are my favorite shoes of the moment because they’re so easy: slip them on and off you go!  For the beach, the slides are the perfect alternative to flip-flops.  For everywhere else, mules feel so preppy, yet modern.  They’re like really dressy bedroom slippers!

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Clockwise from Top left: The Bridget Lace-Up Sandal in Thai Chili by Madewell; The Boardwalk Lace-Up Sandal in Heather Soot Metallic by Madewell; The Willa Slide Sandal in English Saddle by Madewell; French Connection slip-on loafers from Bloomingdale’s (no longer available, but they have a great selection of mules and slip-on loafers available!)


SHORT STORY

Shorts are a summer staple, but they don’t need to be basic.  Check out the scalloped edge pull-on shorts below at Madewell.  Aren’t they adorable?

Denim cut-offs just scream summer to me.  I always prefer a raw edge when it comes to my denim shorts, like the ones below from Madewell.

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Scallop-Hem Pull-On Shorts in Coastal Blue and True Black; Denim Boyshorts in Thornecliff Wash, all by Madewell


BEYOND BASICS

I have my go-to items that create my “uniform”, which consist of striped t-shirts, great pants and easy dresses.  I also choose items that are easy to mix and match, stretching your wardrobe to more than just basics.

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Radio Tee in Delray Stripe by Madewell

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Cropped Wide-Leg Chinos by Pilcro in Sand at Anthropologie

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Cleophee Tunic Dress by Cloth & Stone in Mint at Anthropologie


PURPOSEFUL PURSES

I could spend all day on the subject of purses, but for the summer, I like to stick to the most practical: totes and cross-bodies.  Totes provide the room needed to carry all of my loved one’s essentials to the beach or outdoor family gatherings.  Cross-body purses are the best for amusement parks and exploring anywhere!

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Pomaria Tote at Anthropologie

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The Holepunch Transport Tote in English Saddle (leather) by Madewell

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The Brisbane Camera Bag in Dried Rose and The Transport Tote in Dark Cocoa, both by Madewell

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The Take Two Connor Handbag in Purple Wonderwall and The Take Two Abbot Handbag in Black Island Style, both by Kipling

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The New Addison Crossbody Bags by Kipling


THE FINAL TOUCHES

These are my final go-to items for the summer: hats, sunnies, sunblock and lip balm.  The hats and sunglasses below are not just cute, but incredibly necessary if you’re going to be under the sun for longer periods of time.  You will always find me in a hat and sunglasses, especially at the San Diego County Fair.  And if you are going to be out and about in the sun, I highly recommend the Super Fluid Sunscreen and #1 Lip Balm at Kiehl’s, which I restock again and again.

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Hat assortment at Anthorpologie

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The Row Parquet sunglasses by Oliver Peoples

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Super Fluid Sunscreen and Lip Balm #1, both by Kiehl’s


THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

1. Find and “Like” the picture below on Instagram
2. Follow @fashionvalleyca and @any2ndnow on Instagram
3. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite “Summer Essential” at Fashion Valley mall
4.  Tag a friend for a bonus entry!
Winners will be chosen at random by July 8, 2016 midnight PST and is open to those living in the San Diego area or nearby cities.
Good luck and have a wonderful holiday!
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