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Sip + Style with Bzees x Athleta



Towards the end of September, I attended a fantastic event where Bzees teamed up with Athleta to present a “Sip + Style” at their UTC location.  In addition to delicious sushi by Blue Ocean, dessert by Frost Me Gourmet and wine by California Fruit Wine, bloggers and influencers enjoyed a fun photo boot and then were treated to a lesson on how Bzees are made and “athleisure”.  If you are unfamiliar with the term, think of it as the clothes and shoes you go home and relax in after your rigorous work out.  It really was a great night because not only did I get to hang out with some of my fellow bloggers, proceeds from the evening’s purchases were donated towards the San Diego Autism Speaks Walk, in support of Autism Tree Foundation.  To continue the good work, Bzees will be donating $5 from every pair of shoes sold using code OLIVER to the Autism Tree Project.  Thank you Bzees, Athleta and Be Social PR for a wonderful night and for my first pair of Bzees!





Beautiful and delicious creations by Blue Ocean!

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Brian from California Fruit Wine had a lot of fun that night!


With Camilla of Navy Grace & Nichole of Top Knots And Pearls


With Nancy of Oh Daisy Love & Amy of The Blushing Pink


A collage from my Instagram (@any2ndnow)



Bzees are quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I own.  They are extremely light, and the foam on the inside make my feet feel like they are surrounded by a pillow!

(Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Be Social PR)

FTC Disclosure:  I received product as a thank you for attending the event.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Pretty in Bright Pink

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At the beginning of May, I attended the #VIPink Brunch at Westfield Mission Valley, where 100% of the proceeds benefitted the Bight Pink organization.  I first posted about the outfit I wore here, so these are pictures from the event itself.  The event featured the following information below (taken from San Diego Style Bloggers post here).  I had a great time seeing my fashionable stylist and blogger friends, and we were treated to wonderful food, tasty drinks and great fashion!

The VIPink Brunch will combine fashion, philanthropy and delicious food and drink in a chic outdoor setting including:

  • Craft cocktails by master mixologists Rumbling Tins
  • Delectable brunch bites by Gordon Biersch
  • Pink donut station by Nomad Donuts
  • A live, interactive fashion show
  • Styling by Fashion Group International
  • Pampering mini beauty treatments
  • Live music
  • Activities, giveaways and more!

Guests will also have the chance to go on the ultimate shopping experience around Westfield Mission Valley, where they’ll receive samples, swag and exclusive discounts.

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So wonderful to finally try Nomad Donuts, and they were fantastic!

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Items from the silent auction

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Fashions were presented by City Chic and Charlotte Russe

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Lovely to see my beautiful blogger friends Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic and Vanessa of Vanessa Balli (she was offering style tips for the day)

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Also met up with lovely Sierra, stylist from Topshop!

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Finally, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lily of Curls & Fashion for the bulk of my stay at the #VIPink Brunch.  We walked around to check out the special offers, swag & samples that were available throughout the mall.  Be sure to check out her blog!

Shall We Shop at Madewell? Bien Sûr!

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Last Thursday, a few San Diego Style Bloggers were invited to preview Madewell’s new collection at their University Town Center location in La Jolla.  In addition to shopping, we were treated to sweet treats and drinks while we put together holiday looks.  I arrived right at 6pm, which allowed me to take a few pictures before meeting up with some of my fellow #SDStyleBloggers.  I shopped just a little, grabbing some good deals on a little bit of bling.  After the holiday, I’ll be sure to indulge a bit more, and that Bien Sûr sweater is at the top of my list.  Thanks to Joseph and Lauren at Madewell UTC for a wonderful night!

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Adorable gift ideas on their “Gift Well” table!

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My favorite sweater (Bien Sûr is French for “of course!”)

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With Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic, Lisa of Mona Lisa Marie and Laura of Laura Neuzeth (Vanessa of Fashion Mixtape and Tuyaymya of White Tee Black Dress arrived after I left).  I’m wearing the Skinny Skinny pants in Stitchdot by Madewell (still available on sale!).

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A close up of my Madewell pants, and my little bag filled with the new goodies I bought.  Contents below!

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Love my dainty new bling: matching necklace and bracelet, the Glider Ring (sold out online), and the Mini-bow ring.

This Weekend: Giuliana Rancic To Host “Night Bright” At UTC on October 5, 2013

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Last night I attended my very first Fashion Week San Diego runway show, and it was AMAZING!  I will definitely put up posts all next week of my #FWSD experiences, and if last night was any indication of what’s to come, I’m in for some great nights of fashion this weekend!  If you can’t make it out to the Broadway Pier for #FWSD, here’s another great event happening tomorrow night at the UTC mall.  Television personality Giuliana Rancic will hosting a wonderful event called “Night Bright” benefiting Bright Pink, which will include a fashion show displaying looks from Westfield UTC retailers, a live performance by G.R.L and a silent auction featuring exclusive items and experiences.  Additionally, Giuliana will be granting a special wish through her Fab-U-Wish initiative.   All details for tomorrow’s event are below.  Have a great weekend!


WHAT:  Westfield UTC invites you to an unforgettable evening of fashion for a fabulous cause on Oct. 5 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Night Bright” will be hosted by E! News personality and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic and will benefit Bright Pink®, a national non-profit that supports breast and ovarian health in young women. Attendees are invited to dress in pink to show unity and support for breast cancer awareness & prevention.

The event will include a high-energy fashion show featuring the hottest looks from Westfield UTC retailers and a live performance by newly formed dance-pop quintet, G.R.L. To raise funds for Bright Pink’s life-saving programs, Westfield will host a Silent Auction and launch sales of its Bright Pink Book, which offers shoppers dozens of exclusive deals from participating retailers. The Bright Pink Book costs $5.00 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink.

Giuliana Rancic will also be granting a special wish for one incredible woman through her Fab-U-Wish™ initiative, which provides women undergoing treatment for breast and ovarian cancer with an opportunity to spend a day feeling “fabulous” by living out one of their dreams.

Event Components:

·         Appearance by Giuliana Rancic

·         Premium high-energy fashion show

·         Live performance by G.R.L

·         Granting of one special wish through Giuliana’s Fab-U-Wish™ program

·         Silent auction featuring exclusive items & experiences

·         Best dressed contest for attendees – one very fashionable winner will win a meet and greet with Giuliana

WHERE:  Westfield UTC, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92122

WHEN:  Saturday October 5, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm

(Photo and banner above courtesy of Bright Pink)

Nordstrom Rack Hits Plaza Bonita Mall!

When I saw the news about Nordie’s Rack hitting our local mall, I thought, “My husband won’t be happy to hear that!”  When I told him, he had the exact reaction that I thought he would: he just gasped.  But of course this fashionista on a budget was elated to see that Westfield’s Plaza Bonita Mall is growing and expanding, which means that I don’t need to go too far to seek out the fantastic deals that my friends always seem to think I have a knack on finding.

Here is an example of why I love going to places like Nordstrom Rack, Last Call, Off 5th, and other “off-price” retail divisions:  it gives consumers a chance to get deals on brands that may not otherwise get affordable prices for.  I wore this Anna Sui jacket in the “So Newly Charming Post” last December.  I bought this jacket at the Nordstrom Rack in the Mission Valley Mall over 15 years ago.  This jacket was originally $750.  I got about 90% off, because I only paid $75!  I wear this jacket all the time, because of its classic double-breasted pea-coat style and sharp pin stripes, which makes it extremely versatile.  Where else would I have an opportunity to get such a fantastic price on a great brand?

I hope you all enjoy this exciting news as much as I do.  Happy shopping!

(Top image courtesy of Westfield.com.  Click on it for the article on the new Nordstrom Rack at Plaza Bonita.)