I’ve lived most of my holiday seasons in Texas, where personalized, monogrammed and customized gifts were the “be all, end all” of surprises. In fact, this was so much more than a trend in Texas – more like a tradition! It all started for me when my kids were babies. A good friend of mine in Houston used to hand paint and personalize all sorts of baby gifts, like personalized photo albums, picture frames, rocking chairs, step stools, t-shirts and more. She also made children’s items, so there was a little something special for every phase of life!
When my kids and younger relatives became teens, monogramming really jumped out as a must-have with duffels, camp travel kits, toiletry bags, thank you notes and totes.
This was especially so with the girls – monogramming meant EVERYTHING to them! I think there’s something about the simple, sophisticated sense of self that comes with personalized items; it just feels very grown up. That’s when we discovered The Monogram Shop, a gift store in Houston, which is the perfect spot to buy anything with a monogram or personalized effect. They literally have anything and everything you could ever want for a gift, and monograms are the cherry on top.
I actually ran into a dear family friend at The Monogram Shop when I was visiting Houston a few weeks ago – she happens to be the queen of gifting, which should tell you something! She let me in on another expert gifting secret that’s all about personalization. ISlides are customized slides that you design yourself. They can be worn by the pool, at the beach or on your way to your yoga class. They are absolutely the cutest, most thoughtful gift that I’ve seen in a long time – and they’re great for any age!
In addition to ISlides, I’ve rounded up a few of my other favorite personalized gift ideas at tons of price points – say hello to little details with BIG impact.
All of these gifts are simple reminders that a monogram or name is an extra-thoughtful touch. And you know what the best thing is? All of these gifts come right to your door. No need to fight the holiday traffic and crowds at the malls. They can all be ordered online. Just click the links below the photos and shop away!
Wishing y’all Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!
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Fall has officially arrived here in Southern California – just in time for the holidays! Living in Santa Monica, I love summertime with new people and warm sea breezes in our neighborhood, but there is something about having a hot pumpkin spice latte in my hands and cozy fall sweaters that makes me look forward to this darker, cooler time of year.
Every fashion season brings a new twist on some old favorites, and this fall is no exception. All of us have stacks of classic sweaters, yet this season has knitted up several cute new styles. I’ve rounded up a variety of cozy-chic sweaters at every price point that would be great additions to your chilly weather wardrobe. Cozy up to some of my favorites below:
So, to my Lemonade To Lace babes…. stay cozy and snuggle up in a roomy, comfy sweater made for that long-awaited post-Thanksgiving nap.
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Fall is here, and you can feel it all the way from your fingers to your toes. Speaking of fingers, this may mean it’s time to switch up your salon choices – just another fun reminder of the sweater weather ahead. Whether you’re sticking to tried and true neutrals or interested in a moodier statement polish, consider this your guide to holiday season manicures.
To be honest, I’m that girl who picks the same polish, week after week and year after year. I have a ‘thing’ with my nails and just feel better when they’re always put together. It’s been a comfort to me ever since college. I’m consistent with my choices almost every time I get a manicure and pedicure. It might sound boring, but for me, it’s nice to know I can count on this little detail of my life remaining constant! I will say, even though I love neutral shades, I think it’s fabulous that there’s such a wide variety of colors offered at my nail salon. Like I always say, a girl’s gotta have choices!
In case you’re in search of the perfect neutral, my favorite ‘go to’ colors are Marshmallow and Ballet Slippers by Essie. I absolutely love these shades. I can thank Carrie Bradshaw and “Sex And The City” for that, because they were Carrie’s favorite colors, too. These are truly the ultimate neutrals – they go with everything, all year long. It’s great to know that if an unexpected meeting or event comes up, my nails are sure to be set. I also love the OPI gel polish called ‘Mod About You’ (pastel) for my gel manicures. If I dare switch to a deep fall color, my favorite shade is OPI’s Malaga Wine. It’s a beautiful deep red, and works well with every skin tone.
There are so many different brands out there to choose from that it becomes mind-boggling. My nail salon, like many, only carries OPI and Essie polishes. After checking out the wide variety of colors, here are my nail polish picks for fall.
There are some beautiful shades in here that remind me how much I love fall fashion – bring on the cooler weather, LA!
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It’s hard to believe that summer 2018 is almost over. I feel like I blinked and it was already August. Then again, that’s not so bad, because Labor Day is now around the corner!
If you’re anything like me, you use Labor Day to take a load off and go exploring. While packing well is always important for travel, it is especially make or break on holiday weekends. No one wants a quick getaway interrupted by inconvenience or a forgotten essential. Whether it’s a long weekend trip with your significant other, an excursion with your family or even a girls-only getaway, I like to stock up on essentials and gadgets that help make exploration more efficient. Preparation is key!
Below you’ll find some items that never leave my suitcase. They’ve come in handy for everything from beach vacays to walking tours and destination weddings. I know some of the essentials on my list will keep you organized and ensure that your travels are stress-free and more enjoyable. Never worry about a dead battery again!
I love summertime – and Fourth of July is my absolute favorite day all summer long. Whether you’re spending the weeks before America’s birthday planning a pool party, scoping out firework displays or packing a giant picnic, there’s no better time to stock up on patriotic goodies that showcase your affection for red, white and blue. Whether you plan on celebrating at a parade, at a picnic or at a backyard party, check out my list of patriotic clothing and home items that are sure to spark celebration in everyone’s hearts and homes.
From high fashion to high street, the white sneaker is popping up everywhere. When it comes to versatility, white sneakers are the “be all, end all” and those who are in-the-know have completely embraced the style, comfort and practicality of this fashion trend. They’ve won me over, too: White sneakers have become one of my all-time favorite wardrobe staples. They have had such a style comeback over the past year, and it’s now acceptable to wear them pretty much everywhere and with every type of clothing. From maxi dresses to mini dresses and from skirts to culottes, they literally work with everything.
As a matter of fact, I was talking tennis shoe lingo with a darling sales associate who was helping me at a boutique in Santa Monica. She’s getting married this summer and was telling me all about her Carolina Herrera wedding dress. She even showed me a photo of her at her dress fitting. Guess what kind of shoes she bought to wear under her gown to dance in? A pair of white rhinestone Golden Goose sneakers! OMG! She won me over with that comment. The right white pair of sneakers can truly be the perfect fit for any occasion, and even a breath of fresh air.
This season we have many stylish options, from minimalist styles to playful embellishment. I’ve seen everything from metallic details, pearls, embroidery and appliques adorning white sneakers. I’ve also seen many pairs of solid white sneakers with just a simple, subtle logo. There are plenty of price points and styles available right now, from budget-friendly to those that break-the-bank. One thing I know for sure is that if you haven’t purchased an “on trend” pair of white sneaks yet, you should take the plunge. I can guarantee you’ll be glad you did!
Spring has sprung. May is around the corner. The weather is getting a little warmer and flowers are blooming everywhere which means……Mother’s Day and Graduation will be here before you know it. My Lemonade To Lace “Top Ten” gift guide will make your search for the perfect “Mom” and “Grad” gifts an absolute breeze, so here goes……
FOR THE MOMS:
CUSTOM IPHONE CASES For the Mom Who Has A Gift Of Gab
Let’s get one thing straight: There’s nothing wrong with being basic! I’m the first to admit that I love statement pieces and trendy items, but in reality, I know that simple basics are the building blocks of any stylish, versatile wardrobe. By simple basics, I mean the perfect jeans and crisp white tee that make every wardrobe complete. Other basics in my closet include neutral camisoles, black slacks, sweaters and black leggings. They are the easy, wearable pieces in my closet that I know will be in style forever.
These pieces tend to be my first go-to items when trying to put an ensemble together – they look sleek on their own, but you’ll thank yourself for stocking up when you go to style Miu Miu’s latest ballet flats or a bold statement coat. These basics make wearing statement pieces a breeze!
Over the years, I’ve noticed that the basic pieces I wear most are those that are transitional and easy to pack for travel. Layering pieces are essential, so I like to keep certain colors and fabrics in mind when shopping for my basics. It’s common to have days here in LA where the temperature fluctuates 20 degrees, so I rarely leave home without a sweater, a wrap or a jacket.
Keep reading to explore some tried-and-true basics that are my wardrobe staples, along with a list of stores where you’ll be able to score these ‘must have’ pieces for your own capsule wardrobe.
JEANS The trend du juor in the denim world is, well, not exactly a trend – look for perfect jeans that fit well, are cut cleanly and most of all, flatter your body type. You will LIVE in them. Skinny jeans are still in the forefront and among the most popular because of their flattering fit. Slim, polished and classic, a dark wash denim is perfect for day or night. They are practical and versatile and will be your go-to style for every season. With the addition of raw hems, frayed hems and step cut hems, denim fatigue is currently a non-issue. Big yay! For the past ‘I don’t know how many years’, it’s been the same ol’ same ol’ in the denim world. Every pair looked exactly the same and there was no reason to buy anything new. That was until now, and I have found it fun getting to purchase these interesting new styles and add them to my denim collection. I rarely get rid of jeans, because unique styles tend to come back around!
WHITE TEE The great thing about a white tee is that it won’t go in-and-out-of-style in the blink of an eye. It’s about as basic as you can get when it comes to clothing. It is that one item that you can mix and match, layer and travel with and enjoy wearing season after season. The key here is whether to splurge or spend. I’ve had bad luck over the years with a few well-known brands who have brick and mortar stores in my neighborhood and in shopping malls across America. Their tees come in all different styles (crew neck, v-neck and scoop neck) but friends, the quality is just not there and they’re not exactly cheap. Several years ago while visiting New York City, I ventured into a Uniqlo store on 5th Ave. It’s a flagship store and happened to be packed with people and loaded with merchandise. Everything they offer is basic, but well made. There is nothing at all exciting about their merchandise other than the quality, easy laundering and good prices. But it turns out, that’s actually pretty exciting! I have so many white tees from them (and black tees too). If you need to update the white tees in your wardrobe, then Uniqlo items are a win-win deal.
*By the way, I love their ribbed cotton camisoles with lace straps. I’m always layering these basics with jackets or sweaters. In addition, I think theirairism hoodiesare the best and so easy to pack for travel.
The other brand that I’ve seen splashed across the internet is Everlane. I’ve never tried their white tees, but they’ve gotten rave reviews on their high quality, affordable and sustainable pieces. This company prides itself on simple, basic pieces. Their items are classic, not trendy, and can only be ordered online. Plus, they’re worn and loved by Meghan Markle – what more testimony does one need?
Petit-bateau is another t-shirt brand that uses high quality cotton, launders well and can be ordered online if you can’t find it in department stores.
CAMISOLES As I mentioned above, Uniqlo is one of the best spots to find any key basics at below market prices. They’re just the best at what they do! They are currently sold out of my favorite lace trimmed cotton ribbed camisole and I hate to even tell you how cheap I got it for. I bought multiples and have so many of them that I wear them all the time. I found the exact same one online at Nordstrom, but it’s just not as good of a deal. This style looks great paired with any jacket and can be worn layered all year long. I happen to love the lace detail that adds just a little bit of oomph to what would ordinarily be just another basic piece. Another great cami / tank to take a look at is this one by J.Crew.
I think it’s a great look at a reasonable price, and the neutral colors are easy to wear with just about anything.
BLACK PANTS Every woman and every closet needs at least one pair of black pants. They are timeless, and a high quality pair can last for years. I prefer to shop at Theorywhen I’m in the market for a new pair. I know I can go into their store and come out with what I need. Their quality is good. Their price point is within reach and they have a great selection of different styles to choose from including skinny, flair, cropped and relaxed fits. Their different fits will take you from work to weekend and from day to night, which make this brand the perfect one-stop-shop for professionals of any sort.
SWEATERS For me, sweaters are the trickiest and most challenging item in my wardrobe. Why, you might ask? I’m allergic to wool, which poses a huge problem when shopping for sweaters. Most sweaters are made out of merino wool or cashmere and both of them irritate my skin. Yes, even cashmere gives me an itch! So, If I need to buy a sweater as a layering piece, I have to resort to cotton, which is generally more difficult to find. I’ve had the best luck buying cotton sweaters at both Uniqloand Zara.
The price point at both stores is incredibly reasonable and the quality is good. A solid color sweater will never be an exciting purchase, but I was able to find a Zara pullover that has a cute side slit so you can achieve a high-low effect. This detailing makes such a basic piece a bit more interesting. It’s lightweight, comes in many basic colors and is perfect for our weather here in LA. I actually just packed this sweater in two different colors for my trip to Houston last week. One was black (of course it was!) and the other was an oatmeal color. The great thing about this particular sweater is that because of the fabric, it hardly takes up any room in a suitcase.
BLACK LEGGINGS Black leggings are a wardrobe staple for me – you can find me in a pair several days a week. In fact, I think they’re a staple for all Angelenos! I not only wear them when I’m working out, but also when I’m running around doing errands or at home working at my computer. With our casual culture and athleisure so popular among women of all ages, the basic black legging is now considered one of those necessary items for any wardrobe. Lululemonstill has the most basic, high quality and no longer see-through black leggings. I am always guaranteed that their “wunder under” style will give me the support and hold me in where I need it to. Lululemon leggings are not cheap, but they are durable, launder well and last. In addition, they are flattering to the figure and in my opinion, worth the investment. There are many other brands out there with fun black legging styles like Alo, Sweaty Betty, Rese and Ultracor, but when it comes to a basic black legging with no design, stick with Lululemon.
Other brands you should check out when you need to add to or update the basics in your wardrobe are Aritzia (now in Westfield Century City Mall in LA), Topshop, Vince and IRO.
A funny quote I saw the other day goes like this: “I could give up shopping, but I’m not a quitter.”
So when the going gets tough, just remember, the tough go shopping!
Valentine’s Day is all about LOVE, which is why I think this holiday is so incredibly special. In a previous post, I shared on my blog that I collect heart shaped rocks – so it should be no surprise that a holiday with a heart theme would be one of my favorites.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, gift giving season is still in session. LOVE is in the air and It’s time to start brainstorming what you should do, what you should give and how you’re going to celebrate with that special someone.
Whether you’re trying to show your special guy or gal how much you love them, or if you’re single and just want to spoil yourself, I’ve rounded up some gift ideas for you to check out in all different price ranges for everyone on your growing LOVE list in 2018.
While most people get excited for sweater weather, I actually look forward to good old-fashioned coat weather. Here’s the reason why. For most of my life, I’ve lived in temperate climates where it rarely (if ever) gets to freezing temperatures. The temperature here in Santa Monica today is 65 degrees. When the evenings dip to 50, I love having the opportunity to wear one of my coats since we don’t have many days like this. Yes. This is our winter in Southern California. I know it’s hard to believe that it’s even possible to have mild winter weather like this in January at the same time our friends up north are experiencing temperatures in the 20’s. Even Texas has 20 – 30 degree temps this week. All I have to say to weather that cold is “Yikes” and “Brr!”
So yes, while we definitely need jackets right now, we Californians aren’t really in the market for heavy duty fabrics…which brings me to the duster coat.
The duster coat is the perfect kind of jacket on a slightly chilly night. It is a guaranteed way to add another chic layer to any outfit and takes any look from basic to sophisticated. It is quite versatile and can be worn from day to night. You can throw it on to keep warm but still stay cool, all at the same time. It’s effortlessly glamorous and makes for an extremely stylish look – even when worn over black jeans and a white t-shirt or henley.
When I am in New York during the winter months, I love checking out street style winter fashion. There’s always such a variety of fabulous coats to look at while walking the streets. It’s a great time of year to “people watch”. My friends who live in cold weather climates truly believe that all you really see of an outfit in the winter is your coat (especially if you’re outside), so why not have a fashionable coat, or two or three? It totally makes sense, because when it’s summer here in LA, we wouldn’t wear the same top every day; why would people who live up north continually wear the same coat? Here are a few of my favorite duster coats and heavy duty coats to get you through the winter months while looking fashionable – no matter where you live.