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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Arty Ring

It’s always so exciting to come home and find a brown box at the front door, especially when that box contains an Arty Ring. I have lusted over this YSL ring for quite some time, and when I received my Saks gift card, I knew exactly where it was going! This will be a fun ring to play around with this summer, and I can’t wait to mix it up with some of my Grandmother’s turquoise jewelry.

YSL Arty Ring, Hawaiian Heirloom Bangles, Chanel Bag, Essie Cocktail Bling Polish

Date Night Part Duex

I know, I know, I said we “rarely” have date nights. It just happened to work out again this past weekend. We met some friends for dinner and then went to a concert sans kids! We saw the Hawaiian band HAPA, where we brought down the average age in attendance to a whopping 57! It was fun though, and it brings back memories of our many trips to Hawaii, and of course our wedding. I also saw it as an opportunity to wear another fun ensemble, and seriously stood out in the crowd. It was almost humorous, as just about everyone was sporting an aloha shirt c/o Tommy Bahama or the ABC store. Then there was me, in sparkly shoes and a skirt that is probably too tight. I got a few strange looks, nothing new, but then there was this one elderly lady who in the line at the bathroom gasped and said “MY, that is a FABULOUS outfit!”. I respectfully thanked her and left the bathroom with a satisfied smile on my face, as the other ladies rolled their eyes. Oh well, can’t please ’em all!
 Top OC Melrose, Skirt Zara, Shoes Miu Miu, Necklace Chanel

Casual Client Meeting

One of the best perks about taking on clients for interior design, is that I get to dip into my closet and pull something other than a lululemon jacket! Today I christened one of my most favorite and fun pair of pumps. They also happen to be the perfect “Tangerine Tango”, Pantone’s 2012 color of the year!
Walter Baker Top, Forever21 Jeans, Brian Atwood Shoes, Chanel Bag, J.Crew Bangle, Stella & Dot Necklaces, Hawaiian Heirloom Bangles, Michael Kors Watch, Kenneth Jay Lane Bracelet, House of Harlow Sunglasses
Here is a little sneak peek inside one of the homes I am working on:

Date Night

Tim and I were able to have date night this past weekend, which has been rare for us lately. He tends to work most weekends, or we have something going on with the kids. But we got to go to one of our most favorite restaurants in town, Cafe Mimosa. It’s usually a breakfast or brunch spot for us , but the dinner menu is amazing too. It’s fun going out in downtown San Clemente, and I can’t believe how popular it’s become. (clearly it’s been a while). There are a bunch of new restaurants popping up all the time, and the streets were packed with people. OK maybe not packed, but definitely busy! So I sported a fun new top that I found in a little boutique downtown…
business in the front
party in the back!
and some stacking.
both of us ended up ordering the same thing, the lobster and filet special. It’s a petite filet and half of a main lobster, with lobster mashed potatoes pouring out. Clearly I started indulging before remembering to snap a photo.