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Fashionably Late: Catching Up On 2017

Catching Up Any Second Now

It’s been a busy year for The Chen Family!  From getting new jobs to graduating college, we’ve been busy bees since the start of 2017.  As a blogger, I do have the occasional post that I’m required to upload no matter what, but there are also many events that I get invited to that I share mostly on my social media platforms.  Outside of those required posts, I’ve finally found time to post a few catch up posts of all the wonderful events I’ve attended in the first six months of this year.

Cheers!


Louis Vuitton x Unicef – 1/12/17

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One of my blogger friends, Ashley Pöppe, works at Louis Vuitton at Fashion Valley and occasionally invites fellow bloggers and stylists to events there.  At the Louis Vuitton x Unicef, a specially designed Lockit pendant and bracelet that was created to help children in urgent need was presented for purchase. For each sale, $200 was donated to UNICEF. 

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This wonderful bootie is called “The Ranger”

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Easily my favorite set of pictures from that night!  Kali from In Spades is a lovely friend and a blogger who I’ve come to know better in this interesting and creative world of blogging.  There was a person stationed at this picture spot who just made us crack up as he was taking our picture, and we loved that he captured every giggle-filled moment!


Grand Opening of Flourish By Blues & Shoes – 2/18/17

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Flourish by Blues & Shoes opened in February of this year where The Beat Clothing used to be in Carlsbad.  Although I will miss The Beat dearly (see posts here and here), Flourish is a unique bohemian shopping experience with beautiful clothing, accessories and home goods!

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Malia Designs Spring Collection 2017 – 3/16/17

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I was introduced to Malia Designs two years ago (posts here and here), and I do everything I can to laud their cause, as they support the fight against human trafficking.  They introduced their spring collection earlier this year at the Rigby & Pellar store in Fashion Valley.

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With Tiffany of Glitz and Glam by Tiff & Jessica of Ziur Designs


Primavera Fashion Show – 3/24/17

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It’s always fun to attend runway shows when I can, even when I arrive late!  I attended the Primavera Fashion Show at Fashion Valley in celebration of the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and caught this video capture that I shared on my Instastories, as I arrived “fashionably late” from my office in Carlsbad.


Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer Collection 2017 – 3/31/17

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Aren’t these sneakers adorable?

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With Nihan of Style With Nihan, her friend Claudia and Ashley of Ashley Pöppe


Festival Style at Macy’s – 4/7/17

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Maria Von Losch is a stylist, author and blogger of Savvynista who I’ve also come to know.  I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to a few of her events, including this one at Macy’s in Fashion Valley.  During this showcase, she featured festival style, showing multiple ways of wearing the same piece.

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I loved these pants by Free People!

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With Maria, Tiff and Kellie of The Bicoastal Beauty


A Stargazer Brunch at Vocabulary Boutique – 5/7/17

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Cecilia Church, owner of Vocabulary Boutique, always has wonderful events either on location at her shop in Little Italy, or somewhere fabulous in San Diego.  I’ll put up a full post of her most recent event on a catamaran (yes, shopping on a boat), but I also attended their delightful “A Stargazing Brunch” the day before my birthday back in May, complete with celestial cookies and a Tarot card reader!

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How fabulous are these cookies?

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I adore my Taurus necklace, a gift from Vocabulary Boutique!


Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase 2017 – 5/13/17

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Fashion Week San Diego celebrates their 10th year anniversary this year, and I have been attending since 2013.  Back in May, I attended the FWSD Spring Showcase 2017, which is the kickoff event to all of the celebrations leading up to the runway shows in October.

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With Fatsani of Tasanni, one of the designers featured in FWSD 2015

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I purchased a fabulous leather cuff from Alber Rezko (a jewelry designer who showed at FWSD 2014 & 2015) and a FWSD bomber jacket!


Natuzzi Italia Collection at Hold It Home – 5/18/17

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Hold It Contemporary Home in Mission Valley had a VIP celebration back in May because they added luxury brand Natuzzi Italia to their showroom.  Pasquale Natuzzi founded The Natuzzi Italia Group in 1959, and is Italy’s largest furniture house.  The designs are beautiful, sleek, and meticulously designed and the event was fun to attend!

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Sips & Sparkle with Art In The Find and Touchstone Crystal – 6/15/17

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Conni of the blog Art in the Find had a fun event in June with Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski at the beautiful Bay Club Carmel Valley.  Touchstone Crystal is a more contemporary arm of Swarovski, allowing more casual designs with the same quality crystals, that can be worn everyday.

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Delicious drinks and appetizers provided by Bay Club Carmel Valley

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We each got to take home a beautiful tennis bracelet by Touchstone Crystal

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As mentioned in my previous post, I purchased two Victoria Beckham items at Target: a bomber jacket and a dress.  I purchased a black shirt dress with a white-collar and white cuffs by Glamorous back in 2013 that I wore to Fashion Week San Diego (post here) .  Unfortunately, I followed the wash instructions incorrectly and I damaged the collar and cuffs.  Since then, I have been on the hunt for something similar.  When I saw the Black Collared Dress from the Victoria Beckham for Target collection, I knew I had found the one.  It is extremely well made and fits perfectly, skimming my body without being too tight.  The rabbit details are more charming than cutesy, giving it a very vintage feel, which is why it was perfect that we did a photo shoot in South Park at Bad Madge, one of my favorite vintage stores in San Diego.  A big plus: the dress is machine washable, and came out just as perfect as when I bought it!

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Inside Bad Madge.  I was going to buy that cape, and let them know I was coming back for it.  I haven’t gone back yet, but I’m hoping it’s still there!

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I just HAD to take a picture with this sign outside Thee Inglorious Blacktree Barbaria.  Nothing like truth in advertising!

Outfit:  Black Collared Dress by Victoria Beckham for Target (no longer available online); Miista “Eva” pumps (no longer available); BCBG purse (from the outlet store); Kate Spade bracelet & earrings (no longer available); Tights c/o Berkshire at eberkshire.com; Savannah Animal Print Frames c/o Select Specs

(All photos by Rholnna Jiao)

On Birthdays, We Wear Pink!

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Before the month ends, I wanted to put up pictures of when my sister and I went out for my birthday earlier this month.  We both have Monday’s off, and my birthday was on May 8th, which fell on a Monday this year.  Since my husband was working and our son was in school, my sister and I went on a mini-adventure in the Irvine area.  I’ll split our trip up into two parts, which was what I wore, and what we ate!


Birthday Adventure 2017:  THE OUTFIT

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I bought two things from the Victoria Beckham for Target line:  The Blush Floral Jacquard Bomber Jacket and the Black Collared Dress, which I’ll be wearing in another outfit post (pictured above).  It was fitting that we visited the Hello Kitty Cafe on our way home, because pink was the order of the day, and who wears it better than Hello Kitty!  I wore the jacket very casually with black jeans and a white t-shirt, but jazzed it up a bit with a pom-pom necklace, metallic sneakers, and of course…pink pins!

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Outfit:  Blush Jacquard Bomber Jacket by Victoria Beckham for Target (no longer available online); The Cotton Box-Cut Pocket Tee by Everlane; Michael Kors purse (older, no longer available); Jeans and Leather Eyes Bag Tag by Madewell

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Pom-Pom necklace purchased at Vocabulary Boutique; Chic” pin by Pin Drop; “Just Another Tweenage Dirtbag” pin by Pretty Nobody Co.; “George Michael” pin by Bang-Up Betty

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Breakpoint Metallic Canvas sneakers by Converse


Birthday Adventure 2017:  THE FOOD

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Our food adventure began at Burntzilla (menu here) and ended at Stax Cookie Bar (we didn’t actually eat at Hello Kitty Cafe).

Burntzilla is a brick & mortar cafe, combining two of Orange County’s popular food trucks: Burnt Truck and Dogzilla.  We originally had other plans to visit a place that served specialty tater tots, but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays.  Since I was in the mood for tater tots in any form, I searched “tater tots Anaheim”, and Burntzilla came up (although the location is in the Irvine area).  I love a good slider, so the menu was appealing because it had different variations on sliders and mini-hot dogs.

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The folks at Burntzilla generously gave me a complimentary Golden Combo for my birthday!  The Golden Combo is a great deal because you can get two Sliders or Zillas (or one of each), with a soda and naked side.  Along with the tots, I had the Yaki Zilla (hot dog) and the Sloppy Joe Slider.  Both were amazing and the tots made my meal perfect!

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My sister also had the Golden Combo, but had the Dogzilla, Cheeseburger Slider and fries, since I had the tots.

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For dessert, we wanted something out of the ordinary.  On the fly, my sister hit the dessert jackpot in her search while we were literally on the road, and found Stax Cookie Bar, right across the street from UC Irvine.  Based on the pictures below, you’ll see why!

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This is the Smookie.  Stax has a variety of filled cookies to choose from, and you can top it any way you desire.  Since it was my birthday, I had the Snickerdoodle cookie (filled with Nutella) topped with birthday cake ice cream and caramel sauce.  I can’t even begin to describe how decadent it was!

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On the left is the Bacon Chocolate Chip Creamrito, which my sister attempted to get through.  The Creamrito is rolled ice cream wrapped around more ice cream and other yummy fillings.  This truly is a two-person dessert, and we do plan on coming back up and doing it justice because it was quite delicious.  On the right, is the famous “Waffle Shot” by Zia Valentina.  I had my first one at The Grove, but the one I had at Stax was espresso with ice cream at the bottom of the shot.  Yes, it was as good as it sounds!

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I had a great time on this mini-food adventure with my sister, who gifted me with several new pins, because well, she’s my sister and knows what I love!  Thank you Rholnna for spending my birthday with me, and here’s to more foodie adventures to come.  Cheers!

Grand Opening: Double Happiness Jewelry & Home

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I apologize for the lack of posts lately!  Sometime life happens and we all get caught up, which has happened these last two weeks!  But I promise to be posting more regularly, as I’ve been attending several events and have been taking outfit posts with my sister during my new days off.  In the meantime, I wanted my first catch up post to be about this wonderful new kiosk that opened up at Liberty Public Market called Double Happiness Jewelry.

Stephanie Wells, jewelry designer and author of The Earring Style Book, brings her gorgeous creations locally to Liberty Public Market and has expanded her line to include “Wall Jewelry” and home accessories.  I had the pleasure of attending their grand opening, which was busy from when I got there to when I left!  Good luck to Stephanie and her new venture, and you’ll be seeing more of her beautiful jewelry and home designs here!  IMG_6978 - Copy

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Yummy chocolates shaped like gems by Mission Heights Chocolates!

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Delicious Chimney Cakes were provided by Mia Sorella

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I bought this fantastic silver ring, but I think I also want it in gold!

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Thank you to Daisy Mae PR for inviting me to celebrate the Double Happiness Jewelry and Home grand opening!

Give Mom the Gift of Kipling!

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Kipling at Fashion Valley celebrates Mother’s Day with ways to show your appreciation for that extraordinary woman in your life!  Whether that special mom is adventurous, super, new or stylish, Kipling has what you need to find that perfect gift.  And in honor of Mother’s Day, select items will be 25% off!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know Kipling is my mom’s favorite brand and she would probably adore anything we find for her, but I personally love the new Louna Vegan Leather Saddle Bag in black.

I’d like to wish all my fellow mums a wonderful and blessed Mother’s Day, cheers!

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(Photos c/o Kipling Fashion Valley)

Got different badges but they wear them just the same

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Pin, buttons, badges: I’ve worn them all!  Now, after all these years of wearing them, I find myself heavily embedded in everything having to do with “Pin Culture”.  I’ll do a separate post about my love for the soft-enamel pin, but let me introduce you to a small part of my growing collection, as showcased on this awesome denim jacket from GOAT Romasco, an online fashion boutique here in San Diego.  I have several denim jackets, but this one is longer and slightly over-sized, which makes it almost like a coat.  I wore it over a nice comfy sweater and my new favorite jeans by Pilcro at Anthropologie.

I wasn’t lying when I said that the eighties run deep in me, and it’s fun to bring it forward and mix it in with my current wardrobe.  Cheers and have a great weekend!

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Outfit:  Denim jacket from GOAT Romasco; H&M Sweater; Pilcro jeans from Anthropologie; Miista Val Tex ankle boots (no longer available); Topshop Hat; Cassette Phonecase c/o Bangood

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Facing Left: “Love Donuts” by Gypsy Warrior; “Pulsar B1919+21” by Flared Pins; “Star of Bowie” by CSxBS; “Computerwelt” by khonkaklub; “Enjoy the Silence” by Exhumed Visions; “Forgettable” by Ball & Chain Co; “Lunchbox” & “The Black Rose” pins by Hallow Collective

Facing Right: “Brickhead 2Face” by Dead Original; “Turn it up!” by PSDesignCo; “It Wasn’t Just A Phase” by Punky Moms UK; “Series 1 Mix Tape” by Zato Designs; “90s Dream Phone” Laser Kitten; “Atari Joystick” by Pinmart

(All photos taken by Rholnna Jiao.  Post title: Lyrics from “Oblivious” by Aztec Camera.)

Like They Do It In The Factory

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As a blogger, we are dared to try new things and new experiences because of the nature of what we do.  I have discovered new restaurants, new shops and boutiques, we well as new hair salons through this blogging experience.  I discovered Kelly Cardenas Salon because they contacted me to try out their new location in Hillcrest.  After they consolidated locations and when my main stylist, Salvador, moved to Las Vegas, I decided to try out a new place through a recent contact in the blogging world.  Aaron Lacy is a stylist at theFactory, located in Downtown San Diego.  I swear it was Kismet when I walked in and Music For the Masses was playing in its entirety!

Immediately, I loved the industrial-style space of theFactory.  It’s very clean, modern and stylish.  Once I got settled into the chair, Aaron explained what he had planned for my haircut that day:  a simple and sleek bob cut, my favorite hairstyle.  Aaron suggested we take my hair back to basics, and took great care to even out any odd layers.  Without a doubt, this cut was one of the most precise bobs I’ve ever had.  It’s been about a month since I’ve gotten my hair cut, and it’s growing out beautifully!

Thank you Aaron for the amazing cut and the fantastic pictures!

theFactory is located at 1025 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101.  Contact them at (619) 255-6338 to schedule an appointment and please be sure to ask for Aaron!

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Outfit:  Unknown brand jacket from Wysh Boutique; Mossimo sweater from Target; Free People jeans; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; “Mason” necklace c/o Kendra Scott; rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Leather jacket pin by Bananna Bones (from Gypsy Warrior), “Space Punk” pin by Major Crimes Division & “It Wasn’t Just A Phase” pin by Punky Moms UK; “Ceremony” Matte Lip Veil by Cryptic Cosmetics

(FTC Disclosure:  I was offered a service free of charge as a courtesy, but not necessarily for the purposes of a review.  Although I did receive a service free of charge, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)

(All photos of me were taken by Aaron Lacy.  Post title: Lyrics from “Lie To Me” by Depeche Mode.)