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Kick Out the Style, Bring Back the Jam

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I’m so excited that it’s finally Fall, and I can wear sweaters, coats, boots and more importantly: LAYERS!  Although the weather was a bit up and down throughout October, I still wore a sweater to see one of my favorite bands from the 80’s, Tears for Fears.  My sister and I have been waiting for them to tour again, because we just seem to keep missing them.  Thank goodness they decided to end their tour with two dates in the San Diego area, and we were lucky to get tickets to their sold out Saturday October 8th show at Pechanga Theater.

I have been wearing more and more comfortable clothing to concerts because it just makes the night so much easier to handle, especially since I really like to stay standing and dance my heart out!  Overall, this is a very basic outfit consisting of a sweater, leggings and sneakers.  The criss-cross on the sweater meant I didn’t need a necklace, but I still added a few other details to keep my outfit stylish, like a fedora, bold ring and cute purse.  Although comfy, I still like to feel dressed up enough because you never know who you’ll meet…like maybe one of the band members after the show!

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Outfit:  Lush sweater & ring (c/o) from Wysh Boutique (original post here); Girlfriend Collective leggings; Rebecca Minkoff purse; Stan Smith by Adidas with cork soles from Size.co.uk; Lookmatic glasses; Unknown brand fedora

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Yes, that would be me, my sister and Rob, all meeting Curt Smith after the show!  He autographed my records (below).  Unfortunately, we did not get that same chance with Roland Orzabal.  Maybe next time?

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“Head Over Heels”

(Outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao.  All other photos & video by me.  Post title: Lyrics from “Sowing The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears)

The Latest From LEGOLAND®: Spooktacular Fun at Brick-or-Treat 2016!

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Halloween is just around the corner, and this is your last weekend to get in on all of the festivities at LEGOLAND® California!  We went last weekend, and it’s amazing how they transform LEGOLAND® into the hauntingly happiest place to be!  To really turn up the fun, come in costume, like Dominic did!

If you want to attend Brick-or-Treat, you’ll have to purchase tickets at the park because pre-book online tickets have sold out.  If you can’t make it out, my husband and I captured lots of pictures of our spooktacular night.  Cheers and Happy Halloween!

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I think my bracelet matches the decor, no?

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We started off at the Heartlake City Fall Festival!

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There were Treat Stations EVERYWHERE with 1 million pieces of candy total!

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I think Dominic found some creepy-crawlies lurking about Miniland USA!

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There were so many photo opportunities with cool backdrops and fabulous costumed characters throughout LEGOLAND®!

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Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party!

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Believe it or not, LEGOLAND® got even better as it got darker!

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Dominic and daddy taking a much-needed snack break!

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One of Dominic’s favorite pastimes: LEGO® building!

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So, I had to post this picture because I failed so miserably the first time we rode NINJAGO The Ride, putting up only 3,000 points (post here)!  Now I can safely say that I redeemed myself at 129,550 points, securing the 3rd best score of the entire day!

Pour Some Sugar On Me

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When I went to KAABOO, I wanted my outfit to be comfortable, easy, but still put together.  I decided on a simple black & white palette.  I wore my Stan Smith sneaks, although I was a bit apprehensive because it was an outdoor festival.  I was surprised at how well they held up, and even with the crowds, they didn’t even catch a single stain (although someone did spill some beer on the right shoe, which wiped right off).  With the weather so unpredictable (like high temperatures in mid-September), I opted for shorts and a light long-sleeved shirt.

How amazing is my Sugarzuly cross-body purse?  It was absolutely perfect for a festival setting to hold my essentials, and it provided some color through the Huipil fabric.

Our Bags are made out of 100%  Huipil and Upcycle Huipil.  A “Huipil” is a cotton weaved fabric wore by the Maya women in my country and Central America . Many women today still wear this outfit as a tradition to their Maya descendant. As they have hand-woven their clothing on a back strap loom for centuries and pass along the tradition through the years. – Sugarzuly

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Outfit:  Downeast Basics shirt; Ann Taylor LOFT Scallop Jacquard Riviera Shorts; adidas Originals Stan Smith Luxe Cork shoes from Size.co.uk; Cross-body purse c/o Sugarzuly; Bonlook “Keiko” prescription sunglasses; unknown brand fedora & choker

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.

(Photos 2 & 3 taken by Janice Gutana)

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I was introduced to Sugarzuly at one of my favorite stores in Carlsbad, Wysh Boutique.  They are having a little in-store celebration tomorrow to ring in the Fall season!  Be sure to stop by because they have adorable clothing, jewelry, home decor and they carry a variety of Sugarzuly bags!

Wysh Boutique

300 Carlsbad Village Dr #117, Carlsbad CA 92008

THE LATEST FROM LEGOLAND®: Brick or Treat 2016 & What’s Coming Next in 2017!

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND® California Resort!

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It’s that time of year when ghosts and gobblins of all ages come out to play:  Halloween!  LEGOLAND® California will be presenting their “Brick-or-Treat Party Nights” and festivities start this week and run every Saturday until October 29th 2016.  They will have extended hours from 5pm until 9pm, because we all know Halloween is so much better after dark!

My family will be heading out to enjoy all of the excitement on October 22nd, and I’ll be sure to post pictures of our ghoulish fun!  If you haven’t purchased your tickets, get them at the link below:

https://www.legoland.com/california/legoland-california/entertainment/events/brick-or-treat-party-nights/


What’s Next at LEGOLAND® California in 2017!

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Being a LEGOLAND® blogger affords me some cool perks, like being one of the first to find out the latest and greatest on what’s up next at LEGOLAND® California!  I attended a press conference last month along with my sister, Rholnna, as my photographer.

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Thank you to LEGOLAND® California for always providing the perfect provisions, especially at 9am!

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General Manager of LEGOLAND® California, Peter Ronchetti, spoke to us about lots of exciting things for 2017!

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The LEGOLAND® Hotel will be expanded to include new LEGO® NINJAGO™ rooms that will replace the Kingdom rooms because they are preparing to open a new 250-room themed LEGO® Castle Hotel.  Ground breaking will begin in 2017!

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LEGO® Star Wars Miniland will be expanded to include LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Displays, which will include six scenes featured in the first 30 minutes of Star Wars™: The Force Awakens!

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Surfer’s Bay will open at LEGOLAND® Water Park, giving guests an opportunity to ride a wave!

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Here’s to an exciting 2017 at LEGOLAND® California Resort!

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!

Fashionably Late: August 2016 Events!

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I cannot believe yet another month has come and gone!  Dominic is now back in school and we’re settling in for our Fall/Winter schedule.  This year, it means fitting in lots of school events, as well as accommodating my work/blogging/concert-going schedule with my husband’s busy business travel/golf schedule.  Speaking of concerts, I’ll do a recap soon, and will call out special concerts like the Rick Astley concert at the famous Troubador at the beginning of August.  Yes, you read that right:  Rick Astley, famous for the hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”, played only two sold-out shows in the US this year, one in New York and one in LA.  My best friend, Janice and I not only got to witness Rick all live and up close, but we also got to meet him afterwards!

So here is the mini-catch up, followed by separate posts for Elite Netoworking Group’s “A Night of Fashion & Fun” & the ZIUR Designs Fall 2016 Fashion Show.

Cheers and here’s to another great month!


Golf Channel AM Tour 2016 Wrap-Up

GCAM Tour 2016 Top Finishes Collage

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I am very proud to say that my husband closed out the 2016 Golf Channel Amateur Tour by not only promoting from the Hogan flight to the Palmer flight in their “Journey to Better“, but he was also named “Player of the Year” in his previous flight!  Congratulations honey!


Love Tatum Sample Sale – 8/6/16

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At the beginning of August, I took Dominic and Joey for the last sample sale at Love Tatum.  It was my first time visiting Tatum’s studio, and since she has an adorable little French Bulldog, I knew it would be okay to bring Joey along for the outing.  I bought a new little silver ring and Dominic enjoyed the refreshments.

Also, congratulations to Tatum for being selected as a finalist for the “Woman of the Year 2016” through San Diego Magazine!


National Accessory Month at Bubbles Boutique – 8/13/16

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Lindsay of Affordably Accessorized

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With Fatsani, one of the talented co-founders of TaSanni Designs

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With Gayleen, owner of Bubbles Boutique (I bought that cute little top and purse)

Lindsay Ryan of Affordably Accessorized is a blogger friend and fellow San Diego Style Blogger.  She announced the debut of August as “National Accessory Month” and asked bloggers and influencers to celebrate accessorizing and accessories all through the month.  I participated in one of her events at Bubbles Boutique mid-month, and not only did I get to spend some time with Lindsay herself, but I got to see Fatsani of TaSanni Designs and chatted with Bubbles Boutique owner Gayleen.  I also participated myself with showcasing some of my favorite accessories on Instagram and here on my blog.  Looking forward to what next year has in store!


Pre-KAABOO Party at Mercedes-Benz El Cajon – 8/13/16

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With Vanessa of Vanessa Balli, host of the Pre-KAABOO Party at Mercedes-Benz of El Cajon

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With davyrockett, Sandi King and Joshua Taylor of King Taylor Project.  They are so awesome live, check out their show listing here!

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Right after I left Bubbles Boutique, I headed over to Mercedes-Benz of El Cajon to check out the festivities as fellow blogger Vanessa Balli hosted the Pre-KAABOO Party!  Food was provided by Sausage & Meat, raffle prizes were given away every hour, pampering was done inside the showroom, and live music was provided by King Taylor Project and their friend davyrockett.

It definitely was a nice day to get out and enjoy a taste of what it will be like at KAABOO.  Are you going?  I’m going on Saturday September 17, courtesy of the tickets my friend Angi won at the Foodie Fest Encinitas Media Party back in May (post here)!

A Night of Fashion & Fun at Wysh Boutique for Elite Networking!

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I’m excited to be a part of the festivities for Elite Networking Group at Wysh Boutique in Carlsbad tonight!  I’ll be talking about my love for fashion & music, how I got started in blogging and how I incorporate it with my loving family and career.  I’ll also be putting together some of my favorite looks from Wysh Boutique!

I’ve been a part of the Elite Networking Group for over a year, and it’s a wonderful network for women who want to grow their businesses with quality referrals.  We meet monthly through events hosted by founder and The Pulse producer & host Cindy Matalucci.

Thank you Cindy for having me and I’m excited for this great night of fashion and fun!