Gift Guide for Him

Gift Guide for Him

Bestie Gift Guide

Bestie Gift Guide

Button down shirt
shopdashonline.com

Splendid Bettie Slippers
anthropologie.com

14k earrings
anthropologie.com

Topshop beanie hat
nordstrom.com

Tocca beauty product
anthropologie.com

Star sign
anthropologie.com

Booties On Rotation

 

Happy December 1st! This is my favorite month of the year, and I am so excited that it is cold enough to wear booties every day, sit by the fire and drink hot cocoa 🙂 These booties seem to be my four faves that never go back in the closet these days. Stay tuned later this week for my gift guide for your bestie!
 XO,
 Stephanie
Booties On Rotation

 


Rag & bone brown ankle boots
$560 – nordstrom.com

Jeffrey campbell boots
$195 – nastygal.com

Splendid ankle boots
$120 – shoeme.ca

Instagram Roundup

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Jacket: Ralph Lauren Vintage (similar) / Top: SheInside / Leggings: Charlotte Russe / Booties: Vince Camuto / Bolo Tie: Vintage

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Scarf: Forever21 /  Booties: Jeffrey Campbell for Free People

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Dress: Urban Outfitters (similar) / Jacket: Anthropologie / Boots: Hunter/ Sunnies: Ray Ban

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Top: J Crew / Jeans : Genetic / Shoes: Chanel / Bag: Céline

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Top: Madewell / Jeans: Paige Denim / Scarf: Urban Outfitters (similar) / Booties: Splendid / Bag: Céline

Scarf Tying 101

I believe that a great scarf adds chic to any outfit. Especially during fall and winter, my large scarf collection comes out and I am always looking for new ways to tie them. Hermès is the epitome of beautiful scarves in my eyes, and they have an amazing resource that shows lovely and creative ways to tie and wear scarves. Check out this awesome site and happy hump day! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

XO,

Stephanie

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Outfit Details ::

Dress :: StitchFix, I work for them 😉 (similar)

Jacket :: Schott

Scarf :: Hermès

Booties :: Rag and Bone

Tights :: Hue

Sunnies :: House of Holland

Bag :: Céline

 

 

Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Hi guys! I cannot believe it is already the middle of November, tomorrow is my husband’s 30th Birthday, we have been together for almost 8 years 🙂 When his Birthday rolls around and I am planning for that, I know it is just about time to start holiday shopping. This season, I will be posting gift guides with different themes every week. This first one is my favorite stocking stuffers for the season. Stay tuned for more!
XO,
Stephanie
Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Monogram mug
anthropologie.com

HOT SOX socks
nordstrom.com

Frosted Forest Ring Dish
anthropologie.com

Statement Pieces and Statement Pizza

So I am a girl that is all about fashion and timeless pieces, and I do not need to have the “IT” bag every season. I am very passionate about the classics that are an investment instead of a money pit.  Two pieces that I have been lusting after for years are the Chanel maxi classic flap bag and the Valentino noir rock stud pump. I look at buying the real thing in the store like driving a new car off the lot: it loses value when you walk out of the store, so I prefer to consign. There are two sites that I love and guarantee authenticity for a full refund if mis-represented… I purchased my flap bag at fashionphile.com, and my rockstuds at tradesy.com and I could not be happier 🙂 For date night, I paired these statement staples with Madewell high rise coated skinnies, my “Bae Area” sweatshirt from Private Party, and my fave red lipstick, Rouge D’Armani #400.

We went out for a date night in Temescal at Pizzaiolo, a gourmet Italian kitchen that I have been hearing about since we moved to Oakland, and it did not disappoint. I started with the “Ward” cocktail: rye, lemon, orange juice + housemade grenadine = YUM, then sweet water oysters with Prosecco mignonette, and for the main course, the delectable Arugula, Guanciale, hot pepper + Grana pizza (with an added farm egg). We loved the ambiance, server and food, and will definitely be returning.

Happy hump day, and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Outfit Details ::

Sweatshirt :: Private Party

Denim :: Madewell

Heels :: Valentino

Bag :: Chanel

Fierce Sunnies

Fierce Sunnies

Quay cat eye sunglasses
$48 – nastygal.com

Quay cat eye sunglasses
$40 – nastygal.com

Quay cat eye sunglasses
$36 – princesspolly.com

Whole 30 Recap

Over the month of October, my god-sister and I decided to try the Whole 30 Challenge to jumpstart our health and make a change in the way we eat, and look at food. It is not a crash diet, but a lifestyle in which you only eat whole and natural foods. Meals consist of a preferably organic source of protein like chicken, steak, eggs, a large serving of fruit and veggies, and healthy fats. On the plan you cut out dairy other than eggs, sugar, legumes, starches, grains and alcohol.

A day in my life on Whole 30:

Breakfast:

Aidells chicken apple sausage scramble with grapefruit

Coffee with cashew milk

Lunch:

Steak or chicken salad with kale, tomato and avocado

Snack:

Apple and almonds

Dinner:

Cod Cioppino (leave the baguette out)

After one week, as long as I loaded up on protein I was feeling great. My head felt clearer, my body felt lighter and my clothes fit a tiny bit looser because any water bloat that I did have was gone. You cannot weigh yourself, but as the weeks went on I noticed my clothes fitting looser and my Pilates muscle definition showing through 🙂

In the middle of the month, I did get a little bit hormonal and hungry, so I had to add more protein, and if I really wanted something sweet, bananas with no added sugar cashew butter did the trick.

I did have one moment of weakness on Sunday the 25th and had some pizza and wine for dinner, but I am not going to beat myself up about it, I got right back on track and finished strong. I did feel a small difference in how I felt after eating that pizza when I woke up the next morning.

The hardest part of sticking to this is definitely in social situations, like when your mom makes a huge bowl of pasta with homemade Barefoot Contessa sauce and you cannot have any. So in these instances I would grab a healthy snack, and make sure a form of protein/veggie was available to me.

Now that I finished this phase, the way I eat has completely changed. I feel so much more productive and healthy!  I really do enjoy preparing my meals, and cooking healthy meals with Roger for dinner brings us closer together. I took a before and after photo, and my muscles are much more defined, and I went down a pant size. It was not easy, hence my pizza breakdown, but it really has made me re-think what I am putting into my body and how it affects me. Going into the future, I will allow myself to have a day each week that is not so strict, and I can have my cheese and wine in moderation!

here are some pics of our yummy meals this month:

Aidells chicken apple sausage scramble with grapefruit

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salmon steak with lemon and arugula, avocado and tomato salad with balsamic vinegar

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taragon and cumin crusted chicken with zucchini and carmelized lemon

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cod ciopinno

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steak with purple potatoes and sauteed garlic spinach

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summer peaches with banana dessert

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