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The Spring Trend Event 2016 Presented by Neiman Marcus

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I love this time of year because it’s when Neiman Marcus at Fashion Valley is ready to present their Spring Trend Event.  Each spring and fall, Neiman Marcus presents their picks for trends for the seasons in a special fashion show presentation for invited stylists and bloggers, perfectly styled by Alex Yanez.  The presentation included a sumptuous lunch, which was Lenten perfection (meaning no meat) as it fell on Ash Wednesday this year.  I’ve included all the looks from this year’s presentation, and I will highlight my favorites.  Not only is this a wonderful luncheon that includes fabulous fashion, but it’s a time to catch up with some of my favorite stylist and blogger friends.

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Women’s Spring Trends 2016

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These Gucci lace-up gladiator heels gave me the feels, completely.

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All of the contrasting florals were still pulled together by the colors pink and fuchsia.

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The Fendi Mini 3Jours with that Micro Baguette was so much fun together!

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I seriously need those wide-leg cut-out culottes.  NEED.

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Why yes, I could add yet another bomber jacket to my collection, especially THAT one by Alice + Olivia.

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I finally just got my lace-up flats, so I think I can replicate this outstanding mixed-lace outfit.

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The Moschino purse that some of my blogger buddies said that was so me.  I agree!

Menswear Spring 2016

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The red embellished bomber jacket and the bow-tie with the military influenced jacket definitely elevated these outfits.

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Chloe looking as adorable as usual! (The Stylish Bisou)

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With Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic and Laura of Laura Neuzeth

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I don’t see Jade of These Days nearly enough!

NM Spring 2016 Collage 14My outfit details: BCBG cape sweater, Blank jeans, Jimmy Choo shoes, vintage Chanel purse (purchased from Portero), Love Tatum ring and bracelet, Warby Parker glasses.

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The beauty presentation featured Le Metier De Beaute, and our lovely gift from Neiman Marcus was the Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe, valued at $125!

Thank you again to Neiman Marcus at Fashion Valley for inviting me, I had a great time as always!



This Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Kipling at Fashion Valley will reveal their 2016 Spring Collection and host a handbag charity drive.  Enjoy sips, sweets and tunes and 20% off any Kipling handbag with your handbag donation (please make sure any donated handbag is gently used and work appropriate).

I’ll be stopping by, hope to see you there, too!

New Dress, New Year!


It’s the first week of the New Year, so why not start with an outfit post?  During the Thanksgiving break, my mother-in-law treated me to a fabulous afternoon tea at The Tea Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.  I’ll detail the tea itself in a separate post, but I felt the occasion warranted me to wear this dress from Voodoo Vixen’s latest Fall/Winter 2015 line.  It has a wonderful flocked houndstooth print (one of my favorite prints), with a lovely open collar, giving it a completely retro feel.  Since it’s a bit chilly in Las Vegas, I finally got to use my faux fur tippet, which worked well with this vintage inspired dress.

Guess what?  If you like what you see on Voodoo Vixen’s site, Any Second Now readers can use code any2nd20 to get 20% off your purchase!


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I also had to take a picture of my nails because they are my new favorite “go-to” nails in a pinch: I did my nails in under 15 minutes!  They’re the latest by Kiss, and I purchased them the day before at CVS, but you can’t tell that I just glued them on a short time before we headed out the door.  What I really love is that they come in a new shorter length, so they’re pretty and practical.


Outfit: Tiger Lily Flocked Flare Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen; Enzo Angiolini Coadi Houndstooth Pumps; Oasis Faux Fur Tippet; Kate Spade necklace, earrings and bracelet; “Tippi” glasses by Lookmatic (no longer available in black)

(Pictures 1 & 2 taken by Diana Chen-Rhodes)

FTC Disclosure:  I received product in exchange for a product review.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: FashionMIA Favorites!

Can you believe Christmas is next week?  And yes, I’ve famously left some of my shopping until the last-minute.  If you have as well, I’ve come up with a list of great outfit gift ideas for the fashionistas in your life through FashionMIA: Modern, Irresistible, and Affordable women’s clothing.  I’ve listed my five favorite outerwear pieces and seven favorite dresses from their site, ranging from casual capes to stylish coats and cute shifts to fabulous frocks worthy of New Year’s Eve.  The best part: everything pictured is under $50 each!
Part two of my last-minute holiday gift guide will hopefully appeal to fashion and music lovers alike, stay tuned!

Trendy And Tipsy: Where Boho Chic Meets Vintage Cool

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I first learned about Trendy And Tipsy at the DaisyMae PR #Popshop & Industry Party earlier this year (post here), and I immediately loved their mix of current Boho Chic trends with various types of vintage clothing.  I was invited last month to their storefront grand opening in Pacific Beach, and got to hang out with a couple of my fellow San Diego Style Bloggers.  The best part of the night (other than the shopping):  I won a raffle prize, which included a $25 gift certificate!  Below is a pictorial recap of the event. Have a great weekend, cheers!




Look, Duran Duran was in my dressing room!



So lovely to see Kali of In Spades and Tiffany of Glitz and Glam by Tiff!

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Can you believe I won?  I bought that Metallica rock t-shirt/vintage flannel, along with another shirt with my gift card, AND received an extra 20% off for the grand opening)!

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The goodie bag I won along with the gift certificate from the raffle.  It’s always fun to win!

Fashion Week San Diego 2015 Wrap Up

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I know it’s been a little while since the Fashion Week San Diego 2015 runway and trunk shows, but I’m posting this wrap up to also announce that the winning designers will be hosting a “Mini Day of Fashion” at La Plaza in La Jolla on Sunday November 22, 2015 starting at 11am.  There will be a brunch, a meet & greet with each of the designers: B.JASH.I, Tasanni, and Territa Torres; plus you’ll be able to shop their runway looks at 15% off garment prices.  I’ll be there to support these talented ladies, and I hope to see you there, too!  My wrap up of Fashion Week San Diego below includes highlights of night 1 of the runway show, the trunk show, and photos of the pop-up shop.  Enjoy!

FWSD 2015 Runway Show Night 1

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Sharlene Borromeo of A’Doreus with model Summer Nicole. That dress was so beautiful up close!

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Alber Rezko Jewelry Designs with Nolan Dean Fashion. Lots of drama!

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Tasanni’s final runway walk

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With my fellow bloggers & stylists.  After the show, I had a great time having a late dinner and chatting up a storm with writer Courtney Hartmann (bottom right).  

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My outfit for the evening, as taken by Jenna of Lucky Little Mustard Seed for her blog post “FWSD ‘Runway Show’ Style“.  She so graciously named my outfit as one of her favorites of the evening (*squeal!*)…so just for Jenna, here is a shot of my United Nude shoes (below).

Outfit:  Forever 21 sleeveless trench; H&M jumpsuit; Kate Spade necklace & bracelet; Vintage Prada bag; “Mona” glasses c/o Spy Optic


FWSD 2015 Trunk Show

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With Sharlene of A’Doreus.  I would love to wear a dress from her collection!

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With Heather of The Stylish Bisou & designer Nikki Marie. Very cool retro styles!

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My favorite dress of Tasanni’s runway show!

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Another favorite by Lady Lane Desgins. I mean, how absolutely gorgeous is this gown!

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A final picture from the trunk show, and beautiful models Leah Brown and fellow San Diego Style Blogger contributor, Tiffany Williams of the blog Glitz and Glam by Tiff

FWSD 2015 Winning Designers Pop-Up Shop at La Plaza in La Jolla

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Beautiful dresses by B.JASH.I Couture

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I love this little set by Territa Torres. She’ll be making a longer version of the top for off the runway!

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Designers Marcie Bain (B.JASH.I); Fatsani Chikwana-Dogani (Tasanni) and Territa Torres

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I took Dominic with me to visit the winning designers of FWSD 2015 at their pop-up shop in La Jolla.  I bought a couple of items from B.JASH.I and Tasanni.  I’ll be sure to feature them in a future blog post!


Had to include this picture of me with the designers, because it was taken by Dominic!

This Is Kit And Ace


A couple of months ago, I was invited by fellow blogger Vanessa Balli to her private Kit and Ace blogger party at Kettner Exchange.  If you haven’t heard of Kit and Ace, it’s a brand created by Shannon and JJ Wilson, wife and son of Chip Wilson, founder of lululemon.  Their stores (both online and brick & mortar) feature clothing that is sophisticated yet relaxed, which is at the very heart of athleisure.  At Vanessa’s private event, Erica Hecht from Kit and Ace showed tops made of Technical Cashmere™, “a machine washable fabric engineered from cashmere and technical fibres, with added stretch”.  We were each given a garment to take home, and I absolutely love the luxurious feel of the heather grey Prevost Sleeveless Turtleneck I selected (pictured in the outfit at the end of this post).

The night was simply lovely, hanging out with beautiful blogger friends having great food, relaxed (and often hilarious) conversation, lots of Periscoping and of course learning about Kit and Ace.  Thank you Vanessa for inviting me!  If you want to check out Technical Cashmere™ for yourself, Erica has opened up pop-up shop at The Forum Carlsbad, fully stocked with fantastic Kit and Ace clothing (I’m definitely stopping by).  In the meantime, here are some pictures from our fun-filled night at Kettner Exchange, cheers!


Delicious food and drinks at Kettner Exchange, along with a fun card game!


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Bloggers having fun!


From left to right: Erica (Kit and Ace representative); Camilla (Navy Grace); Nichole (Topknots and Pearls); Lucy (Lucy’s Whims); Nikki (stylist, The Vault by Nikki); Vanessa Balli; Moi; Maria (stylist, Savvynista); Jenna (Lucky Little Mustardseed); Paulina (Lil Bits of Chic); Ayana (Thrifting Diva)


Outfit: Prevost Sleeveless top c/o Kit and Ace; UGG “Camya” sequence boots; Lovestitch cardigan (purchased at Miss Match Boutique); Paige jeans