Topshop LA

I can still remember the first time that I shopped at Topshop on Oxford Street in London – I was just twelve years old. The five story location was overwhelming and mesmerizing. There was nothing like it in the States, especially back in Boston where I grew up, and I couldn’t wait to share the beautiful fashions that I had found with my friends. From then on, every trip to London included an afternoon at Topshop where we would get lost in the endless racks of cutting edge fashions.

Topshop eventually started shipping to the states, so I would occasionally purchase things online. I remember being so envious of New Yorkers when they got their first store in Times Square a few years ago. When I heard of the LA store opening, I was thrilled and couldn’t believe that it would only be a short drive away (without traffic). So this past weekend I finally made it up to the Grove to check it out! I have to say, it’s definitely NOT Oxford Circus, or anything close to it, but it still did the trick. I was concerned that the store would be packed and picked over, but that wasn’t the case. The racks were well stocked and there was no elbowing our way through crowds. I spent some time sifting through different sections and came across their special edition dresses that run from $200-$300+, which seemed a little high considering the quality. I wasn’t blown away by the accessory section, and I have a hard time paying $90+ for faux leather shoes. I was really hoping to find some Maternity pieces to bring home, but the small section left little to choose from, so I’ll be sticking with online shopping.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed with my first experience at the LA store, but it’s hard when comparing to the flagship store in London. Fast fashion has really changed the industry and made trend items accessible to the masses without paying huge retail prices. It will be interesting to see how Topshop grows in the states while competing with the likes of Forever21, H&M, and Zara – all of which offer on-trend styles at lower prices than Topshop. Here’s hoping that the Summer/Fall seasons will bring new and exciting fashions to Los Angeles.

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Della’s Birthday Party Feature

Back in August, we celebrated Adella’s fourth birthday with a Wizard of Oz theme party. The party has since been featured on Hostess With The Mostess, and is now on Catch My Party! I am a huge fan of both sites and it is an honor to have Adella’s party featured! You can check out the post on HWTM Blog by click here, and Catch My Party by clicking here.

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Also, Adella’s third birthday party was recently featured on Apartment Therapy, which you can see by clicking here! This year is Nolan’s turn!!

Maternity Style Guide: The Basics

These days, we pregnant women are lucky that loose tops and leggings are always trending and wardrobe staples. However, there comes a time during pregnancy when we must submit to wearing maternity clothes! Since this is my third pregnancy, I have tried and tested just about all of it! I’m extremely picky when it comes to fit, silhouette, comfort, and especially price. Maternity clothes are very expensive, and it kills me to spend a fortune on something that I’ll only be wearing for a few months. Thankfully, retailers such as ASOS and Topshop have created maternity lines that are on-trend and wallet friendly. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite basic pieces that are essential in any pregnant woman’s wardrobe:

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1. ASOS Skinny Jeans 2. ASOS Leggings 3. Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf 4. TopShop Fisherman Sweater 5. Topshop Wide Stripe Top 6. Old Navy Jersey Tank 7. Gap Pure Body Short-Sleeve T

These key pieces are my absolute favorite right now! They’re great for lounging around the house and can easily be dressed up by simply adding a fun scarf and ankle boots.

Girls Trip To San Francisco

A couple of weeks ago, Adella and I were invited to visit my two brothers and sister in-law in San Francisco for the weekend. My sister in-law, Emily,  is an amazing singer and performs with her band, The Cosmo Alleycats, at a beautiful restaurant/lounge every week. They have a following of swing dancers, and we thought it would be fun for Adella to see her on stage, watch the dancers and spend a couple of days running around the city.  I love San Francisco and wish we could get up there more often, so we were thrilled to get away for some “Mimi and Della time”.

We ate at some of the most amazing restaurants, visited the California Academy of Sciences Museum, and played tourist for a couple of days. Adella loved riding in taxis, playing with Emily’s kitties and eating out “like a big girl” for every meal. We had a blast on our brief but fun-filled trip, and I hope to make girls trips like this an annual event! Here are some photos from our trip captured via instagram…

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Thank you Greg, Aunt Em & Unkin Buck for such a fun weekend!

Savoy Scones

I haven’t had too many unusual cravings with this pregnancy, but when a certain food pops into my mind, I absolutely HAVE to have it. Last week, out of nowhere, I suddenly had to have scones with clotted cream and jam. And not just any scones, I wanted the real deal… nothing store bought. So I did some research online and found the actual recipe for the famed Savoy Scones, which are served during afternoon tea at The Savoy in London.  I added my own twist to the recipe and replaced currants with wild blueberries.

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This recipe is very easy to follow, and if you plan to give it a whirl here are a few pointers:

– make sure not to over-mix.

– use 1 WHOLE egg for the egg wash, not just the yolk.

– sprinkle with a little bit of fine sugar on top before baking.

– bake on a regular setting, not convection.

The only thing missing was my favorite clotted cream. Our local British store closed last month, so I’ll have to order some online or find a specialty grocery store that carries it. This is definitely not high tea at The Savoy, but the kids loved them and they made for a wonderful afternoon treat with (pregnancy) tea.