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This Orchid’s Turned to Black

October 17, 2014

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done an outfit post!  I wanted to end this week with one, because it will lead well into several catch up posts of fab fashion events I’ve attended recently.  My company has just approved casual dress at work, which is nice because I can really experiment with my wardrobe, mixing up the extremely casual with my regular office wear.  So this “dressy sweatshirt” trend will fall nicely into all of my upcoming wardrobe plans.  It’s the easiest to elevate up with fab shoes and a sparkly purse, then dress it down a bit with jeans and great sneakers.  This orchid sweatshirt by Altuzarra for Target is one of my favorites, especially paired with the ankle boots from the same line.  Other than my deep adoration for the Furla Candy Bag I recently won from Duty Free City, I am completely obsessed with lip products from Lime Crime makeup.  I’ve already bought the Velvetine matte lipstains in “Salem”, “Wicked” and “Red Velvet” (not pictured below), and one of the Unicorn lipsticks in “Coquette”.  Of all of the lip products I’ve tried in the past, Lime Crime’s lipsticks and lipstains give me the best and longest lasting coverage ever.  Have a great weekend, cheers!

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Outfit  – Altuzarra for Target orchid sweatshirt and ankle boots; Sans Souci jacket through a gift certificate c/o Royalie; Madewell denim leggings; Furla Candy Bag won from Duty Free City; BonLook Keiko sunnies in Roxy Noir; Kate Spade Goreski Glasses Bangle; Karl Lagerfeld pyramid stud watch; Rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Lime Crime “Salem” Velvetine lipstain (“Wicked” Velevtine & “Coquette” Unicorn Lipstick also pictured below) 

IMG_3670 (2) (1280x1280)(Post title from “Crime & Passion” by Duran Duran, All outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao.) 

Fashion Valley Mall Presents The SHOES FIRST Shopping Guide in Collaboration with Marie Claire!

October 15, 2014


“Every amazing outfit first starts with a fabulous pair of shoes.”

- Marie Claire Creative Director, Nina Garcia

Love that quote by Nina Garcia!  And I am all about great shoes, so I’m up for anything that allows me the ability to step up my shoe game!  I just learned that Simon Malls has teamed up with the extremely popular worldwide publication, Marie Claire, on an exclusive shoe shopping guide called SHOES FIRST, and Fashion Valley Mall is one of four locations nationwide chosen to release it!  As a part of the multi-platform release, if you snap a picture of your favorite shoe style from the SHOES FIRST Shopping Guide at one of the “Pop-Up Selfie Stations” sprinkled throughout the mall, you could win a $500 Simon gift card to spend towards enhancing your own shoe wardrobe!  Check out all the information in the press release below, including a digital copy of the guide.  Happy shopping!


SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 13, 2014) Fashion Valley, a Simon shopping destination, is one of four locations nationwide announcing the release of an exclusive SHOES FIRST Shopping Guide, inspired by Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia’s famous fashion philosophy that, “Every amazing outfit first starts with a fabulous pair of shoes.”

Showcasing the season’s most covetable heels, boots, and flats, the SHOES FIRST Shopping Guide, a portable print booklet available at Guest Services, in common seating areas and at participating retailers, features the latest looks from H&M, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Max Mara, GUESS, and more—all available for purchase at Fashion Valley.

Pop-up selfie stations are now strategically located throughout the center, encouraging shoppers to snap and share a photo of their personal favorite SHOES FIRST™ style using #foundatsimon and #contest for a chance to win a $500 Simon Giftcard.

“Our SHOES FIRST™ Shopping Guide brings the joy of discovering fashion to life via a beautifully curated style guide featuring shoes found at our malls,” said Chris Lane, director of marketing and business development at Fashion Valley.  “We are excited to offer unique style insight from Marie Claire exclusively to our fashion-conscious, shoe-hungry shoppers, who are the tastemakers of the San Diego market. We hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to showcase their style-savvy with our fun Shoe Selfie Stations.”

“Now in our second year of celebrating SHOES FIRST™, we’re beyond thrilled to extend the power—and reach—of this multiplatform movement,” said Nancy Berger Cardone, Vice President/Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer of Marie Claire. “The Marie Claire woman is shoe-obsessed, as is the Simon shopper, so it’s only fitting that we partner together on this special shopping initiative.”

This month, consumers nationwide are invited to visit to view a digital copy of the SHOES FIRST™ Shopping Guide, plus read an exclusive shoe-centric Q&A with Elana Zajdman, Associate Accessories Editor at Marie Claire.


Frequent Flyer Tour: Chromeo in Concert

October 13, 2014

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Last Wednesday, my husband and I went to see Canadian duo, Chromeo in concert at SOMA.  SOMA is a venue I’ve always wanted to see a show at, but never really had the chance to, because any show I would attempt to see there would be sold pretty quickly.  I’m not sure what cosmic synergy happened with Chromeo, but as soon as I saw the date on their Instagram (original post here), I dove in and scored tickets!

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We arrived really early, which meant jockeying for position as close to the stage as possible, without compromising comfort.  I like hearing the music played prior to the concert, because I understand that it’s the artist’s choice as to what gets played during that time.  The music ranged from 70’s to 80’s, consisting mostly of R&B, soul and pop.  I loved that they played “Right on Track” by The Breakfast Club, and I could see the kids all around me using their Shazam app to find out other tracks throughout the early evening like “Meeting in the Ladies Room” by Klymaxx or “No Parking (on the Dance Floor)” by Midnight Star.  Little did they know they had an encyclopedia of 80’s music right next to them!

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The night began with an hour set by Australian EDM producer/DJ, Wave Racer.  His upbeat and incredibly danceable set was quite popular with the mainly Millennial crowd, and my husband was very interested in what he played, being a DJ himself.

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Later, Dave 1 and P-Thugg stormed the stage with all kinds funkiness and groove, accompanied by a dynamic light show and the crowd chanting loudly “CHROM-E-O, WHOA-OH!”.  I’m pretty sure we danced the entire night, and it was nice that they acknowledged that the crowd was a mix of their more seasoned fans, along with those of us who really jumped on board with the album “White Women”.  Now that we’ve heard a nice little spectrum of their music, my hubby and I are on a mission to go back and grab the rest of their library.  We heard everything we wanted to hear from their latest album, and a full set list of their show is below, courtesy of  It truly was a fun evening filled with great dance music from beginning to end.  If you get the chance, go catch Chromeo in concert, you won’t regret it!

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My first piece of vinyl bought at a concert.  Check that off the list!

I Won a Furla Candy Bag From Duty Free City!

October 9, 2014

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If you recall, I posted about a contest not too long ago where you can win a Furla Candy Bag from Duty Free City’s Facebook page (original post here)?  Well, I won!  I completely wasn’t expecting to win, but I’m so glad I did, because the bag is adorable.  The contest is still open until October 22, 2014 so click on the link in this post for the details on how to win.  Additionally, their store is beautiful and they have a grand opening on November 6, 2014 (flier on their Facebook page).  I’ll be there (with my Furla Candy Bag).  Hope to see you there, cheers!

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Picture Day

October 7, 2014

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It’s fun to mark these milestones in our son’s journey through school.  Dominic recently got all gussied up for his very first kindergarten class picture!  Not long after, my niece Mei-Lin took her class pictures as well.  Here they are in the outfits they wore for “Picture Day”.  Amazing how much these two have grown!  Mei-Lin has definitely been paying attention during my many outfit post for this blog.  She’s perfected the poses, no?

Mei Class Picture Collage 2014

Supernaturally Change Me

October 2, 2014


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Before I start the process of putting up all of my catch-up posts on fashion shows and events I’ve attended in the last few weeks (up to and including Fashion Week San Diego), I wanted to post my experience with getting my hair colored (especially since all of my new pictures will include my new hair).  I met Norman from the wonderfully named salon, Hair Drezzers on Fire, earlier this year at the Indulge event at Fashion Valley, where I also met up with my blogger buddy, Jennifer of Malcriada (post here).  She had a quickie blow-out at the event, and eventually went in and had a few salon sessions with Norman.  With Jen singing his praises and informing me of the color classes, I decided to have a go and see Norman for my own session.  Believe it or not, this was my very first time having my hair colored, but I’ve always wanted to do it since I was a teen.  I decided I would go to an extreme:  I wanted my hair to be blue.  Yes, you read that right, BLUE.  My final color choice was inspired by a couple of pictures from Instagram, which was to have more of a blend of blue and purple.  I also wanted the “dip dye/ombre” color technique, where I didn’t want all of the color to go to my roots, for easier maintenance.

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I documented the process (below) in pictures, which was such a lovely experience.  THIS is the hair I’ve always wanted!  I am so happy with how it turned out and would do this again in a heartbeat.  Thank you Norman from Hair Drezzers on Fire for my fantastic cut and color, and thank you Jennifer for letting me know about the sessions.  I’ve received nothing but compliments from everywhere about the color, and have even been compared to Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie (I love her).  Cheers!

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The obligatory “before” shot!

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The bleaching process.

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Norman, drying out my temporarily blonde-tipped hair!

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I’m blue (with my new Keiko sunglasses from BonLook in Roxy Noir)!

(Post title is a line from “Hairdresser on Fire” by Morrissey…of course!)

Review: Dr. Cocoa “Relief With A Smile”!

September 30, 2014

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Having a school aged child brings along happy times of learning, interacting with other children his age, and watching his overall development.  Dominic has been doing great in school, but because he was strictly under the care of our immediate family, he hasn’t had the chance to be exposed to a lot of people at one time on a regular basis like he is now.  With lots of new friends and classmates to meet and play with in his kindergarten class, Dominic recently acquired a cold, which was perfect timing to try a new cough and cold medicine by Dr. Cocoa.

When Dominic was younger, it was difficult to give him medicine during a cold because once he realized he didn’t enjoy the taste, he would refuse to take it.  Now that he’s older, he verbally tells us that he doesn’t enjoy the taste, and argues with us when it’s time to take the scheduled dosage.  For his recent cold, we tried Dr. Cocoa’s “Daytime Cough + Cold” (because he is under 6 years old), which is made with trusted and effective ingredients, but also with 10% real cocoa, providing a rich chocolate taste.

As we called him into the room to take the first dose, Dominic gave us that fearful “Oh no, I don’t want to take it” look when we first opened the bottle and poured the medicine into the spoon provided.  When I gave him the dosage according to the packaging, he had a surprised look on his face.  I asked him how it was, he said, “It’s good mama!”

Success!  We finally found a medicine that will help our little man on the road to recovery, and with a smile!  Dr. Cocoa is available nationwide at stores and online.  If you would like to try one of their products (pictured below) for your own children, you can download and print a $2.00 coupon for your next purchase.  Also, please visit the Dr. Cocoa Facebook page for your chance to win a Dr. Cocoa owl puppet, just like the one Dominic is holding in the above picture (which he absolutely loves).  Cheers!

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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.


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