I have been waiting to wear this lovely sweater coat I purchased on Etsy earlier this year, and Black Friday was the perfect day to wear it since the weather was sunny but very brisk. These pictures were taken right after our excursion, and my sole acquisition of the day was that beautiful leather and suede purse from Topshop. Being married to someone born and raised in Las Vegas allows me to see so many things outside of The Strip. This is Charlie Frias Park (located on Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard), which is en route to The Strip, as is seen in the background of the pictures below. Although we did visit The Strip to go Black Friday shopping at Fashion Show Mall, and to visit my cousin for her husband’s birthday, we primarily stay away from The Strip. Las Vegas is quite lovely as a city, and I want my pictures on our frequent trips there to showcase what else Sin City has to offer. My next outfit post and photos of Las Vegas will feature places even my husband never experienced, and it was fun for the entire family!
Outfit: Sparrow sweater coat (purchased on Etsy from Fuzzybellas as “vintage from the 80′s”); Red Engine jeans; Lucky Brand shirt; unknown brand ring from Nordstrom; Suki Bijoux necklace; Michael Antonio “Adan” wedges (full shoe seen here); Topshop leather and suede plated tote (was £85/$140, but I paid only $56 on Black Friday!); Eva glasses in Sepia Kiss c/o BonLook
Having just returned from Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday, I found my skin suffering from the wear of travel and weather. 7 Image, a new salon here in San Diego, has provided Any Second Now readers with some great tips for caring for your skin while traveling during the winter, especially with Christmas fast approaching. FYI: 7 Image is owned by Michel Sproles, wife of NFL running back Darren Sproles (if you are a football novice, he started with my favorite team, the San Diego Chargers, but currently plays for the New Orleans Saints). Thank you 7 Image for these great tips!
7 Image Salon Gives Winter and Traveling Skin Care Tips
The holiday season might be the most wonderful time of the year, but colder weather and flying from city to city can sometimes take a toll on your skin. No one likes dry, cracking skin. Don’t fret, 7 Image Salon is here to help with tricks of the trade on how to keep your skin looking its best when out and about traveling this holiday season.
· Moisturize and stay hydrated: Moisturizing is even more important while traveling and during the winter months; constant moisturizing keeps skin soft and prevents skin from drying out. Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is important since dehydration is revealed through your skin. Take advantage of those free cups of water from the flight attendant to keep skin nice and soft.
· Keep showers short: After a long day of traveling and a day in the cold, it might be tempting to take a long hot shower or bath; however, the hot water and soap will strip skin of moisture. It’s best to keep bathing time to 10 minutes or less and only for once a day. If you can’t keep away from your long, hot baths, apply lotion before jumping in to help prevent the drying effect of the soap and hot water.
· Hydrate Lips: No one likes having to deal with chapped lips! Before applying your favorite lip balm, moisten lips with cool water and then apply the balm to seal in moisture. Moistening with cool water first helps the top layer of skin become more absorbent and allows the balm to lock in hydration and help prevents dry, chapped lips.
· Skip the toner: Toners often contain an alcohol base, which can strip skin of natural oils and dry skin out even more. But if you must, try to find a toner that is not alcohol based.
· Keep on shaving: Even though it might be tempting to skip the razor during the colder months, a way to remove dead skin on legs is to keep on shaving. By shaving you’re not only removing hair, but also exfoliating and allowing the skin to absorb lotion better. Resulting in smooth, silky non-dry legs.
For more info about 7 Image, please visit 6050 Mission Gorge Road or online at 7image.com
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“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Nelson Mandela
I took the above picture at The Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, back in June 23, 1990. Only now am I realizing the importance of being there. As a teen in the 80′s, the two songs below made me aware of who Nelson Mandela was, what he represented, and the protest against apartheid.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela: Revolutionary, politician, philanthropist and activist.
It’s unusual for me to start off the week with an outfit post. But it has been awhile since I’ve put one up (not one included in a fashion post), I thought I’d use one from a couple of weeks back as I’m still putting together my Thanksgiving posts, which was a mix of family, food and fun, with a little bit of fashion thrown in-between. In the meantime, I wore this outfit to work a few weeks ago, then went to lunch at Denny’s with my sister and niece. Since I’m on this honey kick, I had to try the Hobbit themed Honey Cake French Toast. Instead of breakfast style, I had it a-la-mode after my main dish. When I made the request, the waitress literally stopped writing on her notepad and said, “Oh my GOD, that sounds good!” I had it again at another late night Denny’s run with my hubby, and the request elicited the same reaction. I think I may be on to something!
Outfit: Jean Paul Gautlier for Target shirt (last seen here); Fossil vest; American Rag skinny cargos; Prada shoes; Eva glasses in Sepia Kiss c/o BonLook; Anju ring on the right hand c/o The Beat Clothing (close up here); Recoil ring on the left hand by Suki Bijoux; Beau Coeur necklace by Dominique Cohen for Target (old)
(The title of this post is my favorite song by The Jesus and Mary Chain, from the album Psychocandy. I forget just how good the song is! I included the video below.)
It’s that time of year where my family travels to Las Vegas to spend Thanksgiving with our in-laws. We will be en route as this posts, so here are a few pictures from when the boys and I attended the tree lighting at Fashion Valley last Saturday to kick off this holiday season.
Wishing you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving, cheers!
Dominic digging his holiday hat!
Last Wednesday was the grand opening of J.Jill at Fashion Valley. One of the first bloggers to arrive, I had the chance to tour the store with Chris Gayton, the Senior Director of Brand Marketing for J.Jill and snap a lot of lovely pictures of this beautiful new space. Chris explained that the J.Jill woman is someone who likes a relaxed style, but who can still express herself through color and texture. I definitely felt the store layout emulated their style philosophy and I love the wide open aisles, bright yet simple lighting and the way the store flowed. The staff was helpful and attentive, and provided such a wonderful fashion experience. I want to thank Claire Mancini, Marketing for J.Jill and Noelle Ibrahim of Curator PR for the invite to the grand opening; and Chris Gayton for the wonderful and thorough tour of the store. Hope you had a great weekend!
J.Jill is bright, open, and easy to traverse. This makes the displays clear and visible, which makes for easier shopping!
I also liked the clean look of their displays. I was able to find like items behind the outfits displayed, and the store looked neat and uniformed.
One of my favorite parts of the store was the dressing room, which again is open and well-lit. I liked the mannequins showing style suggestions, and Chris mentioned they also stock basics in the dressing room to allow the customer to pair items with what they may have in their own wardrobe.
Hooray, it’s sweater weather! Cable knit, Fair Isle print and cashmere are all my favorite classics. Aren’t those holiday sweaters adorable?
The Pure Jill collection features their iconic kimono and other easy pieces in a variety of textures.
The Wearever shop is another collection of easy pieces in soft knits, but with a more luxe feel. Perfect for the holidays!
J.Jill also has a great petites section.
Noelle Ibrahim of Curator PR with Lisa of the blog Mona Lisa Marie (and Fashion Valley’s personal shopper!).
I tried to emulate the easy style of J.Jill with my outfit for the grand opening: Fossil vest; MGO sweater; leggings from Shimmer; knee-high boots from ebay (only $40!); necklace & dictionary ring by Suki Bijoux; studded ring from Nordstrom; zip bracelet from Mimi Boutique (seen here); Nu_G British Flag Fringe tote c/o Bubbles Boutique; Eva glasses in Sepia Kiss c/o BonLook (photo taken by Lucia)
One of the items I chose to take home: this lovely Cross-Town coat in Perfect Red. Outfit post to come!
FTC Disclosure: I received free product, but not as compensation for this post. Although I did receive free product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.