September 29, 2011

Maui'ed Two Years Ago Today

Photos by Joanna Tano
Two years ago today, I married my Husband, in Maui, Hawaii.  It was a very small and intimate ceremony with thirty of our closest friends and family.  A tsunami warning was put into effect on the morning of the big day, from the earthquake that hit Chile hours before.  Thankfully, there was no tsunami.  And the weather couldn't have been more perfect.  Our ceremony began at 5:00 PM, as the golden sun hung low over the Pacific.  We walked barefoot on the grassy knoll that overlooked the ocean, to draw us nearer to each other and the earth, as we shared our vows.  I opted for a simple Nicole Miller wedding dress, and wore a white orchid behind my ear.  Orchids symoblize love, beauty and strength.  We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our relationship and our personalities, and liked the spontaneity and romance of a destination wedding in Hawaii.  The day was completely about us, as we didn't get carried away details or guest lists.  We were surrounded entirely by love and beauty.  And that's all that mattered.
 
Happy Anniversary to my Husband and my best friend!


September 28, 2011

Coincidentally Fated

 To think.  Two people are born.  Born on different days, in different years, in different towns.  Born to different parents, different families.  Two separate personalities.  Two separate experiences.  One grew up as boyish as they come, stirring up harmless trouble in the neighborhood with his friends.  While the other, shy, practiced piano and danced in her room.  They graduated from school, and went on to college, still unaware of each other's existence.  She dreamed of him her whole life.  He dreamed of her.  A faceless ideal, to an age old desire.  Is it fate to believe, when their lives collide?  Like two atoms who have spent year after year circling the atmosphere, searching for their complete likeness.  Is it fate to believe that these two strangers happen to be at the exact same place, at the exact same time?  Their eyes, suddenly meet across a dark room filled with a sea of people.  They connect.  They draw near.  Or, is it merely, pure coincidence?  The right place, at the right time, with the right chemistry?  Destiny or not, these two people met.  Their two hearts and their two souls spontaneously collided, completely unaware that their dreams just caught up to them.  And somewhere along their separate journeys, these two people became exactly who they needed to be, for that one moment in time.  That one moment that fated the rest of their lives, to become one heart and one soul.  It's an interesting thing.  To think.   

Tomorrow Husband and I celebrate our second wedding anniversary.  I will be sharing some of our wedding photos!   

September 21, 2011

$100 to Swell - Closed.


I'm really excited about this giveaway.  In fact. I'm a little jealous that I don't get a chance to win it.  Have you heard of Swell??  If not, please pop your head out of that rock you are living under and head on over there to check it out!  It's this super rad surf/clothing store that is totally inspired by the sun, the waves and the beach.  Swell's dresses are flowy, bohemian, and California cool.   Their tops and pants are trendy and fun.  They have maxis and minis.  Bikkinis and intimates.  Boots and Ray Bans.  I mean, Swell has it all to keep you stylishly cool.  To enter, all you have to do is visit Swell and leave a comment below telling me what you would spend that hundo on!  Good luck!  

September 20, 2011

Fall Trend: Color Alert

Shirt: Splendid; Jeans: JBrand; Shoes: UO; Necklace: FreePeople; Watch: Juicy Couture; Purse:c/o Windsor Store
You wouldn't know it.  But.  Right now, I'm missing a tooth.  Schnuckles.  That lil rascal popped right off while I was biting my way through a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie.  And it totally ruined the sweet moment we were sharing together.  {Oh wait. That's not a chocolate chip.  What theAhhhh crap.}  Back to the dentist I go.  You see, we've been seeing quite a bit of each other lately.  First it was for a new crown.  Then it was for a root canal.  You know, fun stuff like that.  But.  I digress.  Let's talk fall colors!  
Being a color enthusiast myself, I am loving all of the mixing and matching of hues.  Normally, when we think of fall, we think of browns, maybe oranges.  You know, leafy colors.  But, this season, colors be poppin'!  We've got purples mixed with reds; teels mixed with oranges; burgundyThe key to take color into fall though, is to stick to the deeper tones that are more muted than the brights we see in summer.  I am seriously loving these deep teel bell bottoms from JBrand.  They pretty much make my legs and bum happy.  I knew when I got them that I had to find a top that was complementary in color and tone.  So, let's spin that color wheel and get creative for fall!  Shall we?  Be as colorful as you feel!   

September 17, 2011

Le Mode Accessories Coupon Code

 

Shop Le Mode Accessories for fashionable and trendy jewelry and accessories!  And make sure to take advantage of this discount!  Happy day!  Waahhhh--hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! 

September 16, 2011

Wish List


My mind is starting to look to fall when it comes to what to wear, even though the weather still feels like summer.  I am loving structured jackets with buttons, peacoats, camel colored bomber jackets, layers, flirty dresses, boots, boots and more boots!  These are just a few items on my wish list from La Posh Style.  What is on your fall style wish list?  Do any of these pretties strike your fancy?  #1 MUST be mine!!!!

September 15, 2011

How To: The Top Knot


The top knot, or messy bun, is a great hair style when you don't have a lot of time, but want some style, and it always looks classic.  It works best for the gals with longer hair, but shorter haired gals, need not to worry.  Here's how to achieve the look: 

1.  Start with a smooth pony tail, high on the top of your head.  Secure with an elastic hair band.
2.  Take a small comb and tease or back comb small sections of your hair, working from the roots to the ends, to create fullness.  The point of a top knot is to have height. 
3.  Repeat step two until all of the ponytail hair has been teased.  If you have time, you can also curl it with a curling iron.
4.  If you want your pony tail to have some looseness, gently pull the hair around the pony tail holder loose, at the top, sides and back of head.
5.  Gently brush the teased hair to smooth it out slightly.  Make sure however, to not brush out the tease.
6.  Gather the hair in the form of a bun and wrap the hair around your pony tail holder in a clockwise direction.  You do not need to twist, just wrap. 
7.  You can adjust the top knot for width and volume here.  Secure with several bobby pins at the base to keep the bun in place.
8.  Throw some hair spray in there and you've got your bun, hun!  I like to top it off with a cute pair of earrings to draw attention to your face.

September 13, 2011

Under Triple Digits

Shorts, Top, and Bracelet: c/o Emporium Miami; Blazer: Macys; Ring: Gift from Anne; Shoes: UO; Necklace: Free People; Clutch: Old Navy
While I was shopping at a mall in Las Vegas, a lady working a dog clothing kiosk, stopped me and tried to persuade me into buying her "best-selling" doggy t-shirt.  Think of another name for a female dog and insert the plural version of it here: ("_____ Love Me") written on the back.  It was yellow, blinged out, and totally not my dog's style.  So, to keep me interested in her items, the sales girl began to ask me questions about myself like, "how old are you", "why are you so tall"...you know appropriate things like that.  She also asked where I am from.  I tell her Arizona, and my answer was quickly met with the question, "Aren't you supposed to be tan?"  Tan?  Hmmm....Well, I haven't touched a tanning bed since I was 22.  Spray tans are too much effort and too annoying in my opinion.  And frankly, sitting outside in 115 degree heat by a pool that now feels like warm bathwater, isn't all that relaxing.  We don't tan here, we simply melt.  But fortunately, I think this weather is finally letting up a bit.  We are under the triple digits people and it feels so good.  So good, that maybe, I will try to work on that tan this weekend.  Of course, wearing my 80 SPF and a giant hat.  But do tell, what's your secret to a great tan?  Do you fake it or make it? 

September 11, 2011

Aztec Maxi Dress: c/o Ruche; Shoes: Inc.; Bag: c/o ShopMamie; Necklaces: Free People; Earrings: Francesca's; Belt: Anthropologie; Bracelets: Various

Sometimes life is put into perspective.  It's a beautiful thing, and we should never take a day for granted.  You never know when it can be gone.  'Poof' isn't just a word for magic.  But magical it is.

Skyscraper


This song speaks to me today as I reflect with a heavy heart on the souls lost, and the sheer terror and destruction imposed on innocent people that fateful day in September, ten years ago.  I will never understand it.  And I will never forget.  From the bottom of my heart, peace and love to all.
  
"Rising from the ground like a sky scraper."

September 1, 2011

One Night in Vegas