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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

Kick Out the Style, Bring Back the Jam


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!






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



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?


“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)

Pour Some Sugar On Me


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




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)


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

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!


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I’ve finally come to accept the style of “tonal” dressing.  I think I used to worry about matching shades of colors perfectly, but that is quite an impossible task since even blacks come in degrees of darkness.  But with gray, it seems easier to pull off and I find that it also mixes well with taupe and beige.

Although it’s been quite the scorcher lately in San Diego, I will always find an excuse to wear a cape!

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Cape Coat c/o Fashion Mia (no longer available); Polished Casual Blouse by Downeast Basics (I got them in two colors, see my haul below from their Henderson location); Old Navy cropped flares; Christian Louboutin heeled sandals from The Real Real (close up below); Rebecca Minkoff purse; Necklace, earrings and ring “rented” from RocksboxWarby Parker “Simon” glasses in Tea Rose Fade

(Outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao)

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.

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Investing in Pre-Owned Luxury

Hermes Scarf Portero

I have never been afraid to own something second-hand, especially if it’s been well maintained.  Not only do I shop at secondhand and vintage clothing stores, but furniture stores as well.  I have a desk that I adore that I purchased at an antique shop when I was doing up my bedroom in “shabby chic”.

When it comes to clothing, shoes, purses and accessories, I used to solely purchase pre-owned from eBay.  Lately, I have found myself really enjoying shopping from consignment or pre-owned luxury shops, both mortar & brick as well as online.  Before, I was simply looking for vintage items for the aesthetic feel, but now I’m looking specifically for gently used and well-kept high-end products.  One of my first pre-owned luxury items was Manolo Blahnik shoes from eBay.  For Christmas, my husband bought me the entire “Sex and the City” series.  During my maternity leave with our son Dominic, I binge-watched the entire thing and immediately fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw’s style, because I was hitting that same age range as they were at the start of the series (“nearly 40”).

What I loved about Carrie Bradshaw’s style was the way Patricia Field used luxury items in everyday dressing. She had Carrie in cargo pants and casual tee with Manolo’s and a Fendi baguette while grabbing coffee.  My style goal was to be that effortless.  It only really looked that way if you had the actual luxury items in the outfit.  In the years of trying to accomplish this, but with a bit of 80’s edge, I realized that I needed to step out of my mall habit and start to look at pieces to invest in.  But with the job I had at that moment in time, it wasn’t so easy to pull off.  My husband helped by buying me my first real Louis Vuitton purse for my 40th birthday (the Palermo PM below), but I was still feeling like a poser, getting it only half right in many instances.

Louis Vuitton Palmero PM CollageMy first true luxury item, when it was new back in 2010 (the leather has become more patinaed since then).  Thank you to my loving hubby for giving it to me for my 40th birthday!

With patience and improved income, I finally feel like I can do the “high/low” mix of luxury, vintage and everyday properly, according to my style and taste.  I’m researching pieces to invest in that will still look great over time, and will hold their value.  One of my first investment pieces was an Hermès scarf from Portero, which was in pristine condition (top picture).  It was a smaller scarf, so now I’m on the lookout for a larger piece that I can use as a shawl.

After getting invited to several events for Designer-Vault, I knew I needed to own Chanel.  My first Chanel purchase from Designer-Vault was a lovely necklace.  I knew I had to get something that would be classic, but still keep within my rocker-chic edge, so I chose a gun-metal color that still had the interlocking C’s.  I then made a few more purchases, including the cassette tape necklace (I wore on this blog post), all pictured below.

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Chanel Cassette Tape Necklace Designer Vault

I purchased my first official Chanel purse from Portero (pictured below).  I know it’s not a coveted classic flap with the chain link straps, but it still looks amazing and has the quilting and interlocking C’s I was looking for.  I’m currently using as my main purse due to its practical size and shape.  It is in amazing condition, and I couldn’t be happier with my first Chanel purse.  While in Last Vegas last month, I tried my best Eva Chen with it (with my new Zara platform espadrilles)!

My Best Eva Chen with Chanel CollageMy most recent purchases have been in the luxury shoe line from The Real Real.  I was amazed at the condition of both of these shoes.  I wore the Chanel maryjane style flats in a recent outfit post, and I’ll be wearing those adorable Christian Louboutins in an upcoming one!

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Christian Louboutin The Real Real

Hermes Leather Cuff The Real RealFinally, I found this fantastic Hermès leather cuff bracelet, also on The Real Real.  It fits right in with my style because it’s silver and it matched up so well with my Depeche Mode leather wrap bracelet and Jeffery Campbell shoes that I posted recently on Instagram.

My Tips on Finding The Right Luxury Item

I thought I would close out this post with just a few tips on what I do to ensure I find the right pre-owned luxury item for my budget.  Hope this helps you and happy shopping!

  1. Know your budget:  I have realized in my shopping sprees that I just can’t afford an Hermès Kelly or Birkin purse, so I stick to anything that is in decent condition, usually under $1000.  Also, many of these luxury consignment sites have Affirm, which means you can pay for your favorite item over time.
  2. Do the research:  I can’t emphasize this enough!  Purchasing from luxury consignment sites like Portero, Designer-Vault and The Real Real are your best bets for finding authentic high-end items as they have professionals on staff who can attest to their product’s authenticity.  But if you do purchase from eBay or any other auction style site, make sure you know how to differentiate a real from a fake.  I’ve made that mistake with mid-price items before, so I’m very particular to know what I’m looking for in a higher end item.  This means knowing which items have serial numbers, holographic tags and even checking stitching, patterns, and styles.  I only purchase from sellers with at least 98% rating and who provide extensive pictures.  If I can find “New With Tags”, even better!
  3. Be patient:  It takes time to find that luxury item that is not only amazing, but fits into your style and your budget.  I would hesitate buying something just to own it.  That pink fluffy Chanel purse may not be worth it if you’re never going to carry it.  Take your time, search different sites and even go to a brick and mortar store.  There are lots of them out there, and it may be better for those of you who would rather have the item in hand rather than pictures online.

My Flat In London

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Ok, so I don’t really have a flat in London.  But I do have pieces of a lovely collection from Brighton called My Flat In London, designed by Jan Haedrich.  I can’t recall how I first heard about the collection, but my husband gave me a My Flat In London purse for Christmas a couple of years ago.  I loved the look because it was very reminiscent of Chanel, but at a fraction of the price (although, I do now have my own Chanel purse, more on that later when I put up my post about luxury consignment shopping).  Imagine my delight when I went to Las Vegas recently to celebrate my mother-in-law’s venture into a new career and she surprised me with adorable My Flat In London jewelry for my birthday!  Of course they perfectly paired with my purse and I just couldn’t wait to put together an outfit featuring the pieces.  I adore French style, and this was my version:  mixing high-end with mid-price, keeping it simple but with attention to detail and always a bit of edge.  Cuffing my jeans makes them feel more tailored and the whole look feels very put together without being too matchy-matchy.  I’m excited to finally have an outfit post up, and I’ll be doing some catch up posts in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, cheers and have a great weekend!

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Outfit: Downeast Basics cardigan; Old Navy tank top; Madewell jeans; Chanel shoes & Hermes bracelet from The Real Real;  Warby Parker “Simone” glasses in Blue Coral; My Flat In London purse, bangle and pendant necklace; Wendy Brandes #@ rings; Suki Bijoux vintage map London ring; Karl Lagerfeld watch

(Outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao)