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Let’s Celebrate International Women’s Day!

As Spring of 2019 approaches, it feels more important than ever to celebrate the power of women. So, mark your calendars: Friday, March 8th is International Women’s Day all over the world! This year, celebrants are encouraged to reflect on a theme of #BalanceforBetter. That means we’ll strive for balance in the workplace, balance at home, balance in education and balance in pop culture. After all, balance is a beautiful thing!

Of course, we’ve come a long way over the years, and there are many people and moments to honor. For over a hundred years, March 8th has been a day designated for women. Its purpose differs from country to country, city to city and place to place. In most countries, it’s a way to celebrate women’s accomplishments and gender equality, launch new initiatives and raise awareness. The day is supported and celebrated globally by governments, industries, educational institutions, community groups, charities and nonprofits, as well as the media. Together, every person and all demographics can make a difference within their group by taking concrete action to help build a more gender-balanced world. Gender balance will take teamwork, but I know our communities are up for the challenge.

When I began researching this topic, I stumbled upon some historical trivia and tidbits that I thought you’d enjoy, too.

  1. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BEGAN MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO. Hard to believe, but when the first International Women’s Day was held, more than 1 million people in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark took part.
  2. THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALLY ADOPTED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN 1975. Since March 8, 1975, the UN has been the primary sponsor the of the annual event. They have encouraged other countries to embrace the holiday and its goal of celebrating “acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
  3. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IS AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY IN DOZENS OF COUNTRIES. March 8th is a celebration around the world and an official holiday in dozens of countries. Afghanistan, Armenia, Cambodia, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam are just some of the places where International Women’s Day is recognized as an official holiday.
  4. EACH YEAR’S FESTIVITIES HAVE AN OFFICIAL THEME. Remember how this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter? The theme for 2017 was #BeBoldforChange and the 2016 theme was #PledgeforParity. Talk about hashtags that celebrate HER!

So, how to celebrate in style? A t-shirt says a thousand words. The slogan tee has been back on top ever since Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri sent a t-shirt down the runway which read, “We should all be feminists.” To ensure you look the part in the international celebration of women this year, here are some slogan tees that are perfect to pair with your most comfortable, confidence-driving denim.

2019 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY #BALANCEFORBETTER T-SHIRT

THIS GIRL CAN T-SHIRT

FOREVER FIERCE T-SHIRT

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE T-SHIRT

GO GET IT GIRL T-SHIRT

PRIORITY FEMALE T-SHIRT

FEMME AND FIERCE T-SHIRT

GIRL POWER T-SHIRT

SELF LOVE IS THE BEST LOVE T-SHIRT

NEW APP TO CHECK OUT:

FINDSISTERHOOD

FindSisterhood is a completely anonymous app for everyone that identifies as women to share about all the issues and questions they might be having on motherhood, infertility, relationships, miscarriage and all topics that are common to women. It is untraceable, safe and judgement free. Their mission statement? Empowered women empower women. It is a place for women to come together to support and help each other. Being able to talk to other women without revealing your identity has played a big part in the app’s success. The thought of knowing that someone out there is going through the same thing or something similar is sometimes enough to get you through the day and give you the strength to move forward.

8 FIERCE US FEMALE CHEFS TO WATCH IN THE CULINARY INDUSTRY

  • Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco (first woman in the United States to receive Michelin’s highest distinction of three stars)
  • Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in New York City
  • Christina Tosi of Milk Bar in Los Angeles and New York City
  • Dominica Rice of Cosecha Cafe in Oakland
  • Deborah VanTrece, Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours, Atlanta
  • Leah Cohen of Pig and Khao in New York City
  • Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam of OWL Bakery in Asheville
  • Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah

In a perfect Lemonade To Lace world, my goal with each blog post is to give you one new thing to think about and add to your repertoire of tidbits that you already know. If you learn something from reading each of my posts, then I know I’ve done my job. This blogging experience and the sharing of information helps me learn along the way, too! This time around, I didn’t have much knowledge about International Women’s Day until my friend Jenna brought it to my attention. What I’ve learned has reinforced what I did know: I know that everyone has a part to play in the future of our world, everywhere and all the time. I also know that balance drives a better working world. Ask any leader or business executive. Let’s all build a gender-balanced world together and help create a #BalanceforBetter. Girlfriends, let’s do this!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

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Personalized Holiday Gifts

Let’s Get Personal

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.

ISlide Custom Slides

https://www.islideusa.com

Personalized Baby And Kids Hats

https://www.butterscotchblankees.com/knit-hats/

Iphone Case

https://www.etsy.ecom/Iphone Case

Monogrammed PJ’s

https://www.etsy.com/Monogrammed PJ’s

Personalized Gift From Grandkids

https://www.etsy.com/Personalized Gift From Grandkids

Personalized Cups And Tumblers

https://www.etsy.com/Personalized Cups And Tumblers

Monogrammed Baseball Caps

https://www.etsy.com/Monogrammed Baseball Caps

Personalized Phone Grips

https://www.etsy.com/Personalized Phone Grips

Monogrammed Sherpa Jacket

https://www.etsy.com/Monogrammed Sherpa Jacket

Design Your Own M&M’s

https://www.mymms.com/Design Your Own M&M’s

Personalized Lucite Coaster Set

http://www.partycat.com/Personalized Lucite Coaster Set

Monogrammed Knit Gloves

https://www.etsy.com/Monogrammed Knit Gloves

Personalized Custom Namesake Book For Kids

https://www.etsy.com/Personalized Custom Namesake Book For Kids

Personalized Wraps And Ponchos

https://www.butterscotchblankees.comPersonalized Wraps And Ponchos

Monogrammed Blankets

https://www.butterscotchblankees.com/Monogrammed Blankets

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!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

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Hello, Sweater Weather

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:

Tularosa Jungle Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/Tularosa Jungle Sweater

Veronica Beard Gemma Sweater
https://www.veronicabeard.com/Veronica Beard Gemma Sweater

Equipment Sid Sweater

https://www.bloomingdales.com/Equipment Sid Sweater

RtA Langley Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/RtA Langley Sweater

Madewell Starry Night Pullover Sweater

https://www.madewell.com/Madewell Starry Night Pullover Sweater

Rag & Bone Leopard Sweater

https://www.shopbop.com/Rag & Bone Leopard Sweater

Barefoot Dreams Longline Hooded Sweater
https://shop.nordstrom.com/Barefoot Dreams Longline Hooded Sweater

Lovers + Friends Moon Crop Sweater
https://www.revolve.com/Lovers + Friends Moon Crop Sweater

Crew Neck Sweater $198 (Black with silver stars)
https://www.revolve.com/Crew Neck Sweater $198

Treasure & Bond Turtleneck Sweater

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Treasure and Bond Turtleneck Sweater

360 Cashmere Nichola Half Zip Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/360 Cashmere Nichola Half Zip Sweater

John & Jenn by Line Erik Sweater

https://www.revolve.com/John & Jenn by Line Erik Sweater

C By Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Sweater

https://www.bloomingdales.com/C By Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Sweater

Generation Love Olly Eyelets Pullover

https://www.shopbop.com/Generation Love Olly Eyelets Pullover

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.
Smooch!
xx Barbara

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MY FAVORITE FALL NAIL COLORS

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.

OPI Malaga Wine

https://www.opi.com/OPI Malaga Wine

OPI Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains

https://www.opi.com/OPI Somewhere Over The Rainbow Mountains

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

https://www.opi.com/OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

Essie Booties On Broadway

https://www.essie.com/Essie Booties On Broadway

Essie Wild Nude

https://www.essie.com/Essie Wild Nude

OPI I Love You Just Be-Cusco

https://www.opi.com/OPI I Love You Just Be-Cusco

Essie Chinchilly

https://www.ulta.com/Essie Chinchilly

OPI Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

https://www.opi.com/OPI Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

https://www.opi.com/OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Essie Sand Tropez

https://www.ulta.com/Essie Sand Tropez

There are some beautiful shades in here that remind me how much I love fall fashion – bring on the cooler weather, LA!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

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My Summer Travel Essentials

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!

PurseN Travel Beauty Organizer

https://www.amazon.com/PurseN Travel Beauty Organizer

 

Packable Visor

https://www.amazon.com/Packable Visor

 

Women 2 Way Ribbed Laced Tank Top

https://www.uniqlo.com/Women 2 Way Ribbed Laced Tank Top

 

Portable Charger Power Bank – External Battery Pack

https://www.amazon.com/Portable Charger Power Bank – External Battery Pack

 

Lightweight Packable Hooded Jacket

https://www.uniqlo.com/Lightweight Packable Hooded Jacket

 

PurseN Vacationer Jewelry Case

https://shoppursen.com/PurseN Vacationer Jewelry Cased

 

Janessa Leone’ Packable Straw Hat

https://janessaleone.com/Janessa Leone’ Packable Straw Hat

 

Packable Reusable Shopping Tote With Carrying Pouch

https://www.amazon.com/Packable Reusable Shopping Tote With Carrying Pouch

Ready for a bonus trip tip? Keep a travel size umbrella in your carry-on and store it, so you’ll already have it packed for your next trip. No more forgetting!

What are your travel essentials? Comment below letting me know what you just can’t jet without.

Smooch!

xx Barbara

 

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SALUTE AMERICA WITH RED, WHITE AND BLUE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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.

Patriotic Jack Sandal

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Patriotic Jack Sandal

Red Or White Baublebar Drop Earrings

https://www.baublebar.com/Red Or White Baublebar Drop Earrings

Tie Sleeve Tee
https://shop.nordstrom.com/Tie Sleeve Tee

Stripe Baseball Tee
https://shop.nordstrom.com/Stripe Baseball Tee

CHAPPY USA Flag Swim Trunks
https://shop.nordstrom.com/CHAPPY USA Flag Swim Trunks

UNTUCKit Navy And Red Men’s Shirt
https://www.untuckit.com/UNTUCKit Navy And Red Men’s Shirt

Red, White & Blue 4-pack Sock Gift Set
https://shop.nordstrom.com/Red, White & Blue 4-Pack Sock Gift Set

Red Patriotic Stripe Baby, Toddler & Girl’s Dress
https://www.etsy.com/Red Patriotic Stripe Baby, Toddler & Girl’s Dress

Matching 4th Of July Baby Outfits
https://www.etsy.com/Matching 4th Of July Baby Outfits

Girls Americana Star Print Romper

https://www.target.com/Girls Americana Star Print Romper

2-Pack Patriotic Jersey Dresses

http://www.hm.com/2-Pack Patriotic Jersey Dresses

Girls Or Boys Havaiana Stars And Stripes Flip Flops

https://www.zappos.com/Girls Or Boys Havaiana Stars And Stripes Flip Flops

Boys 8” Stars And Stripes Swim Trunks

https://www.gap.com/Boys 8” Stars And Stripes Swim Trunks

Boys Rockin’ The Red, White & Blue Personalized T-Shirt

https://www.etsy.com/Boys Rockin’ The Red, White & Blue Personalized T-Shirt

Red And Blue Terry Puma Sneakers

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Red And Blue Terry Puma Sneakers

Plaid Throw Pillow

https://www.target.com/Plaid Throw Pillow

Forever Free Floral Melamine Dinner Plates

https://www.pier1.com/Forever Free Floral Melamine Dinner Plates

Stripe Up Throw Pillow

https://www.target.com/Stripe Up Throw Pillow

American Flag Table Runner

https://www.potterybarn.com/American Flag Table Runner

Red, White & Blue Pinwheels

https://www.potterybarnkids.com/Red, White & Blue Pinwheels

Tin Serving Caddy
https://shop.nordstrom.com/Tin Serving Caddy

Hopefully these stars and stripes leave you inspired to host a banner Fourth of July party, or simply spend a beautiful summer evening gazing at the sky with loved ones. Stay safe, and have a blast!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

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Obsessed With White Sneakers

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!

Adidas Originals – Superstar Metallic-Trimmed Leather Sneakers

https://www.net-a-porter.com/Adidas Originals – Superstar Metallic-Trimmed Leather Snea

MOA Master Of Arts – Bow Embellished Sneakers

https://www.farfetch.com/MOA Master Of Arts – Bow Embellished Sneakers

Golden Goose – White And Gold Glitter Superstar

https://www.ssense.com/Golden Goose – White And Gold Glitter Superstar

Veja – V-10 Nautico Sneakers

https://www.farfetch.com/Veja – V-10 Nautico Sneakers

GUCCI – New Ace Floral – Embroidered Leather Low-Top Sneakers

https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/GUCCI – New Ace Floral – Embroidered Leather Low-Top Sneakers

PUMA – Basket Heart Oceanaire Ribbon-Laced Sneaker

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/PUMA – Basket Heart Oceanaire Ribbon-Laced Sneaker

Acne Studios – Adriana Turnup White

https://www.acnestudios.com/Acne Studios – Adriana Turnup White

Zara – Die-Cut Sneakers

https://www.zara.com/Zara – Die-Cut Sneakers

Ash – Dazed Sneaker

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Ash – Dazed Sneaker

Valentino – Two Tone Metallic Leather Sneaker

https://www.net-a-porter.com/Valentino – Two Tone Metallic Leather Sneaker

MOA – Elasticated Band Lace-Up Sneakers

https://www.farfetch.com/MOA – Elasticated Band Lace-Up Sneakers


Adidas – Stan Smith Sneaker

https://www.adidas.com/Adidas – Stan Smith Sneaker

Paul Green – Serena Floral Embellished Sneaker

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Paul Green – Serena Floral Embellished Sneaker

Zara Graffiti Sneakers

https://www.zara.com/Zara Graffiti Sneakers

GUCCI – New Ace Sneaker

https://shop.nordstrom.com/GUCCI – New Ace Sneaker


Smooch!

xx Barbara

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MOTHER’S DAY AND GRADUATION GIFTS


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

https://www.shutterfly.com/custom iphone cases

 

LUMEE DUO
For the Mom Who Is The Queen Of Selfies, a case with built-in LED lights on its front & back.

https://lumee.com/lumee duo LED loghts iphone-x-case

 

PERSONALIZED CANVAS YOGA BAG
For The Yogi Mom

https://www.markandgraham.com/personalized canvas yoga bag

 

HEART SNAPSHOT PHOTO ART
For The Photo-loving Mom

https://www.minted.com/heart snapshot photo art

 

PERSONALIZED ZIP CARD CASE
For The Mom On The Go

https://www.markandgraham.com/personalized zip card case

 

BABY KEEPSAKE LIBRARY
For The New Mom

https://www.uncommongoods.com/baby keepsake library

 

S’WELL WATER BOTTLE
For The Mom Who Sips On The Go

https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/swell water bottles

 

CATERPILLAR BUD VASE
For The Mom With Flower Power

https://www.uncommongoods.com/caterpillar bud vase

 

ONLY ROSES
For The Everything’s Coming Up Roses Mom

https://www.only-roses.com/infiniteroses

 

#MOMLIFE TEE
For The Hashtag Mom Who Is Loving Life

https://www.etsy.com/#momlife tee

 

FOR THE GRADS:

IPAD PRO CUSTOM CASE
For The Grad And His/Her Ipad

https://www.mycustomcase.com/ipad pro custom case

 

CUSTOM T-SHIRT MEMORY BLANKET
For The High School Grad And Their Tees

https://www.etsy.com/custom-t-shirt memory blanket

 

110% TIRED PILLOWCASE
For The Grad Who Needs Sleep

https://www.francescas.com/110% tired pillowcase

 

JOY MANGANO MY LITTLE STEAMER GO MINI HAND STEAMER
For The Grad Who Likes “Wrinkle-Free”

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/joy mangano my little steamer go mini hand steamer

 

APPLE AIRPODS
For The Grad Who Loves Convenience

https://www.apple.com/airpods

 

LEATHER CHARGER ROLL-UP
For The Grad Who’s A Tech-Setter

https://www.markandgraham.com/leather charger roll-up

 

OVERSIZED LAUNDRY BAG
For The Grad Who Waits Way To Long To Do Their Laundry

https://www.thegrommet.com/oversized laundry bag

 

WEEKENDER PERSONALIZED DUFFEL AND TRAVEL BAG
For The Guy Grad And His Travels

https://www.personalizationmall.com/weekender personalized duffel and travel bag

 

VERA BRADLEY MONOGRAMMED LARGE TRAVEL DUFFEL
For The Gal Grad And Her Travels

https://www.verabradley.com/vera radley monogrammed large travel duffel

 

I JUST GRADUATED… NOW WHAT? BY KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER
For The Grad Who Wants Some Answers

https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/I just graduated…now what?

 

I hope this Lemonade To Lace curated list has given you some great ideas and inspiration for Graduation and Mother’s Day gifts. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Smooch!

xx Barbara

 

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Back To The Basics

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 their airism hoodies are 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 Nordstrombut 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 Theory  when 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 Uniqlo and 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. Lululemon still 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!

Smooch!

xx Barbara

 

Beauty, Fashion, Pretty Things, Random Things

Valentine’s Gifts for Couples of Every Age

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.

GUYS: 20 to 30-year-olds       

Game of Phones

https://www.uncommongoods.com/Game of Phones

BKR 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle

https://shop.nordstrom.com/BKR 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle

James Perse Classic Zip Front Hoodie

https://shop.nordstrom.com/James Perse Classic Zip Front Hoodie

GALS: 20 to 30-year-olds

I Love You More Accent Pillow

https://shop.nordstrom.com/I Love You More Accent Pillow

Bath and Shower Goodies From Lush 

https://www.lushusa.com/Bath and Shower Goodies From Lush

Ray-Ban Mirrored Polarized Aviator Sunglasses, pink pattern

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Ray-Ban Mirrored Polarized Aviator Sunglasses, pink pattern

GUYS: 30 to 40-year-olds  

Date Night Bucket List

https://www.uncommongoods.com/Date Night Bucket List

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Throw

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Barefoot Dreams Cozy Throw

Apple AirPods

https://www.apple.com/Apple AirPods

GALS: 30 to 40-year-olds

Nars Velvet Lip Glide Duo

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Nars Velvet Lip Glide Duo

Not Today Cupid Tee

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Not Today Cupid Tee

Mansur Gavriel Mini Patent Leather Bucket Bag

https://www.net-a-porter.com/Mansur Gavriel Mini Patent Leather Bucket Bag

GUYS: 40 to 50-year-olds  

Easy Tiger Hot Stuff Porcelain Mug

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Easy Tiger Hot Stuff Porcelain Mug

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle

Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones

https://www.bose.com/Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones

GALS: 40 to 50-year-olds

Agate Marble Luxe Iphone X Case

https://www.shopbop.com/Agate Marble Luxe Iphone X Case

Slip For Beauty Sleep – Pink Collection

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Slip For Beauty Sleep – Pink Collection

Clare V Shearling Foldover Clutch

https://www.shopbop.com/Clare V Shearling Foldover Clutch

GUYS: 50 to 60-year-olds

eTip Apex ClimateBlock Gloves

https://shop.nordstrom.com/eTip Apex ClimateBlock Gloves

Mens Paul Smith Mini-Stripe Cufflinks

https://www.paulsmith.com/Mens Paul Smith Mini-Stripe Cufflinks

Harry’s Winston Rose Gold Shave Set

https://www.barneys.com/Harry’s Winston Rose Gold Shave Set

GALS: 50 to 60-year-olds

Hey Pretty Lady Ceramic Mug

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Hey Pretty Lady Ceramic Mug

Cuddle Up Faux Fur Throw Blanket

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Cuddle Up Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Gucci Marmont Red Card Case

https://www.gucci.com/Gucci Marmont Red Card Case

GUYS: 60 to 70-year-olds

Nike Dri-Fit Golf Polo Shirt

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Nike Dri-Fit Golf Polo Shirt

Build Your Box Of Socks

https://www.nicelaundry.com/Build Your Box Of Socks

Ugg Ascot Suede Slippers

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Ugg Ascot Suede Slippers

GALS: 60 to 70-year-olds

Caroline Travel Jewelry Case

https://shop.nordstrom.com/Caroline Travel Jewelry Case

Baccarat “Lucky” Butterfly, Peony Pink

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Baccarat “Lucky” Butterfly, Peony Pink

Gucci Petite Marmont Leather Card Case

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/Gucci Petite Marmont Leather Card Case

From my heart to yours, I hope you have a special LOVE-filled Valentine’s Day. 

Smooch!

xx Barbara