Category Archives: Cause & Effect

San Diego Style Bloggers Private Trunk Show with Malia Designs Tomorrow 11/16/16!


If you’re a regular follower of San Diego Style Bloggers by blog or Instagram, then you would have already heard about the event tomorrow night!  I’m so excited because it’s in conjunction with Malia Designs, who I first heard about during an event I attended last year for Daisy Mae PR (I bought a scarf from them, post here).

Malia Designs has beautiful items made by Fair Trade producer groups, and “was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.”

If you would like to attend, please be sure to RSVP to [email protected] and I’ll see you tomorrow night!



(in the East Village on the corner of 10th Avenue and J Street)

410 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92101


November 16, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Vote 2016


I have voted in every election since I was 18 years old, whether it be a local election, primary and major presidential election.  This was instilled in me by my father, who I watched participate as a poll worker at every election, whether it be local, a primary or a major presidential election.

More than ever, this election year is one of the most important I have seen so far in my lifetime.  If you haven’t gone out to vote, especially in the West Coast, get out there because this is the time to really make it count.

Styling Looks at Wysh Boutique

A Night of Fashion Aug 2016 Collage

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my story about being a career woman, wife, mom and blogger while styling some looks at Wysh Boutique in Carlsbad, for the Elite Networking Group.  As I mentioned previously, I have been a part of the Elite Networking Group for over a year, and it has allowed me to meet and mingle with so many great women who are from various backgrounds whether they own their own businesses or maybe belong to a great organization for a worthy cause.  In fact, one of the ladies I met that evening recently interviewed me and included me in her “Woman Crush Wednesday” feature, and I’ll post about that next week!

Carlsbad has become one of my favorite places to frequent.  I discovered Gaia Gelato and Wysh Boutique when I attended a media event at the Carlsbad Village Faire last year (post here).  I’ve been back up there a few times with my family and I’ve seen Paola, one of the owners of Gaia Gelato at several events in the Carlsbad area.  I took quite a few pictures of the evening, and you can also check out Cindy’s Facebook page for more!

I would love to thank the beautiful Cindy Matalucci creator of The Pulse (San Diego’s only interview style video marketing company) and the founder of the Elite Networking Group, for allowing me to share my story and introduce my blog to a growing audience!  I would also like to thank Mogjan from Wysh Boutique for her always being so kind, and for allowing me to style some of the great clothing and accessories from her lovely store!

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Spirits provided by California Fruit Wine Co. I’ve had their wine at several events, and they are so refreshing and light!

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Light snacks provided by Hands On Pasta. I’m not sure what that dish right above is called, but they were like light little pizza puffs. I easily ate ten of those that night, I’m sure of it!

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Photo courtesy of Gaia Gelato; everything they create is simply delicious!

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Mojgan, owner of Wysh Boutique, spoke first and told us her story of wanting to bring together a little bit of home goods, fragrances, accessories and clothing all in one elegant boutique.

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The looks I styled with merchandise directly from Wysh Boutique.  Mogjan has so many great items, it was easy to create some great summer-to-fall transitional looks!  I bought that sweater by Lush, one of my favorite brands, because the color is great for fall with a unique neckline.

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I’m standing next to a favorite look I styled: A wrap blouse with high-waisted flared jeans and a hat from San Diego Hat Company.  I actually had to keep replacing the blouse because it kept getting shopped!  In fact, I heard from Mogjan that they sold out of the outfit and I saw on Facebook that they recently restocked it.  I need to go back and pick it up!

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Sugarzuly is a fantastic line of purses & bags by a lovely lady named Monica and her sister, who created the weekender bag above, and the one I styled with the sweater and frayed-edge jeans.  They are up-cycled from Huipil fabric, from her native Guatemala and Central America.

I have collaborated with Sugarzuly by styling one of the purses from their newest line.  Be on the lookout for that outfit post soon!

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The great thing about being a part of a networking group is meeting new people.  Here I am with Ashley Poppe of AshPoppe – From Wear to Where, a blogger who recently moved here from Seattle!

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With Cindy from The Pulse and founder of the Elite Networking Group!

#BlogItForward With Wayfair for Habitat For Humanity


Holidays are a wonderful time to not only spend with family, but also to remember to be kind to others and give back to your community.  Giving back can take on many forms, big or small, and Wayfair, one of the largest online destinations for the home, is challenging bloggers to #BlogItForward and inspire each other to spread the word to do something positive this holiday season.  For every blogger that places the #BlogItFoward badge on their blog, Wayfair will donate $50 to Habitat For Humanity, helping to build homes for families in need.

Not only am I participating in Wayfair’s #BlogItForward for Habitat For Humanity, but I’ll also be participating in two other campaigns.  Check them out below, and I’d like to inspire my fellow bloggers and the San Diego Style Bloggers network to do the same!

TaSanni Kickstarter Campaign:

Help support TaSanni to create jobs that empower artisans in Africa


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As I posted recently, TaSanni was one of the top three designers at Fashion Week San Diego 2015 (original post here).  With the success of their participation in FWSD 2015, there is much interest in their 2016 Spring Collection (I’m wearing one of their blouses in the picture above).

As you know, our mission is to contribute to the African economy through fashion, we believe that Africa can become a fashion manufacturing hub and this is just the beginning.
In order to employ more tailors we need to raise more capital. – TaSanni

I will be donating to TaSanni’s Kickstarter campaign.  If you would like to do the same, you would not only help these talented emerging designers, but you will also help develop the communities of these African tailors and small businesses TaSanni will be working with.

Voodoo Vixen:

Shop For a Cause Sample Sale on Sunday January 10, 2016

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I love wearing clothing by Voodoo Vixen, a UK based vintage inspired label, which “infuses retro, pin-up and rockabilly styles with classic silhouettes to flatter the modern woman” (all the dresses I’m wearing in the collage above are from Voodoo Vixen).  They will be having a sample sale in the Hollywood area, where 50% of their sales will benefit Pin-Ups For Vets.  I’ll be there to help support their cause, and to shop because you can save up to 70% of their retail prices!

“Share a Pair, Win a Pair” to Help Tommy John Support Testicular Cancer Awareness

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Every October, we celebrate awareness of women’s health, by highlighting education and support of those with breast cancer.  November (or “Movember” as it has come to be known) is the month where we highlight men’s health, where men (and women) sport moustaches to also support awareness and education of diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer (my husband has previously shown his support for “Movember”, see the post here).  To ensure we continue this important conversation, underwear brand Tommy John has teamed up with the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) to raise awareness and provide education through their #SupportYourBalls campaign.

I attended the #VIPink Brunch in May in support of breast and ovarian health (post here), so I was more than happy to help support Tommy John + TCF with their campaign.  Here are a few ways you can help bring awareness of testicular cancer throughout the month of November:

  • Tommy John will give 5% of all sales coming from their limited edition “Mustache and Ball” collection (pictured above and below) to TCF
  • Tommy John also will contribute $10 to TCF for each purchase made by new customers who were referred by someone else (also, if you refer a friend, they get a $20 credit; when your referral makes a purchase, you then get a $20 credit!)

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Additionally, Tommy John will have an Instagram contest called “Share a pair, win a pair”.  The contest runs until November 30, 2015 to start sharing your pairs to win!


Here’s my entry below, directly from my Instagram account, @any2ndnow.  Thank you Tommy John for asking me to help bring awareness to men’s health, and to also support your wonderful campaign with the Testicular Cancer Foundation!


“Shop Under The Stars” For Charity at Carlsbad Premium Outlets!

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I love shopping for a good cause, and here’s a great one at Carlsbad Premium Outlets this Monday, cheers!

Carlsbad Premium Outlets is set to host its 11th Annual Shop under the Stars charity fundraiser event on Monday, November 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Center Court.

“Shop Under the Stars is great way to kick off the season of giving,” said Janissa Reyes, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Check off your holiday to-do list while doing something great for the community as well.”

Meant to raise funds for local charities, 100 percent of ticket sales from the event will benefit the following organizations:

·      Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad

·      National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Pacific South Coast Chapter

·      Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

·      Simon Youth Foundation

Tickets can be purchased at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Information Center, by visiting or from any of the participating charities.  A limited number of tickets are available.

Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each, or 5 for $20. Guest can also receive one free ticket for every $50 purchase at participating merchants including Godiva, Kipling, Theory, and more. Raffle prizes include perfume sets, Oakley and Solstice merchandise, accessories, shopping sprees to Clarks Bostonian, Ecco, PacSun, and more.

Each ticket to the event includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a souvenir tote with exclusive store savings and gift items and access to live entertainment, raffle drawings and a silent auction, which includes Coach and Vince handbags and multiple shopping sprees at Barneys New York Warehouse, Elie Tahari, Le Creuset, and more.

#DropThemOff: Start The Conversation Early About Prescription Drug Abuse

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As the mother of a six-year-old, I worry about the future.  I worry what will happen when my husband and I are not around to ensure Dominic is safe from anything and everything that could happen to him.  But as he gets older, I know we can’t always be there, so I need to make sure that we are having that open dialogue about being aware of his surroundings and other people.

I saw a short film recently called If Only, presented by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health as a part of the Drop Them Off campaign.  The film depicts the dangers of teens using and abusing prescription drugs they are sharing with each other that are either prescribed directly to them, or prescribed to their parents.

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After seeing the short but poingant film, I realized that taking precautions are just the start.  Although the film is directed towards teens, it made me realize that I need have this conversation early.  I know my parents spoke to me about a few things when my sister and I were young, things that they wanted to caution us of what’s out there.  But in this new world of social media, easy access and fast information, Dominic could see something or hear something at any moment, without our ability to control or interpret the message.

Dominic knows that he takes his vitamins twice a day to ensure he stays healthy.  He also knows that occasionally he needs to take medication when he is ill or if he has an injury.  He also sees me and my husband take medications that are prescribed directly to us to “help” us in some way, even if he doesn’t know the exact reason why…but can I be sure he knows absolutely that taking medication from others is not safe?  What if someone tells him, “I take it all the time, it won’t harm you”?


Prescription drugs are dangerously easy to acquire and share, which is why my husband and I take care to place medications out of our son’s reach and properly dispose of medications and medical supplies, such expired medicines or my mother’s insulin syringes.  But as Dominic gets older, I realize that we need to take even more care to properly lock up our prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter ones like analgesics and allergy medications.

As parents, we can start this dialogue early.  We need to remember to talk to our kids, and be open with them.  My husband and I see how much we influence Dominic in the things he says and his reactions to situations.  We know he’s listening, so we take the time to sit down and discuss situations immediately as they happen, then we check his understanding by asking him probing questions or have him interpret his understanding.  Children absorb information like sponges, and the more we arm them with the correct information, the better off they are in making more of the right decisions, as well as having the confidence to voice their concerns.

Click here to register to view and download the powerful short film, If Only.

“Whether you’re a parent, relative, youth or community member, acknowledging the issue of prescription medication misuse and abuse is a crucial step to raising awareness and addressing the problem. Research shows that children who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are significantly less likely to use drugs than kids who don’t get this information at home.

Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Preventing Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs Fact Sheet”


FTC Disclosure:  I am an employee of Millennium Health.  Although I am an employee of Millennium Health, I was not compensated for this post, I was not asked to post about this subject (I am posting this as a concerned parent), and the opinions in this post are strictly my own.