How to Wear Black During the Summer

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There’s an art to putting together a great ensemble and some may say wearing black is the lazy’s persons way out of styling a great outfit – that it’s not very creative. If you’re someone who subscribes to that train of thought then I’m letting you know right now that we will have to agree to […]

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Back in Black at “& Other Stories”

Last year I was very happy when “& Other Stories“ opened at my local mall, South Coast Plaza. Coming from Europe, they don’t have many U.S. Stores and this is only one of three locations in California (the first CA location is in Beverly Hills and the other is now in Glendale). This shop has […]

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19 Years (Diciannove Anni)

Today as we continue our travels through Italy, Mr. B and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary in Bologna, Italy. (How time flies!). We had a destination wedding long before it ever became popular and before settling on Seattle as the location, we actually considered Italy. At the time, the process of getting […]

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Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection at Auction

I will always consider Audrey Hepburn a fashion icon known for her flawless style. When I learned that she purchased Capezio’s (remember those?) in multiples and in every color it made me realize that she was a woman after my own heart. I love the versatility (and comfort) of the ballet flat and it is a staple […]

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Welcoming Fall Max Mara Style

My two favorite souvenirs from travels in years past have been beautiful coats from Max Mara, my favorite Italian fashion brand. We don’t have much need for thick heavy coats in California but with fall and winter being my favorite times of the year, I can never resist buying a new coat. Given that today […]

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Enduring Style: Gucci Horsebit Loafers

With the blazing heat we’ve had in Southern California it’s almost hard to imagine that Fall is just around the corner. But the upcoming change of season has me already thinking about Fall fashion. I don’t do many fashion related posts (do you want the same, more or less?) but I love the classics and when […]

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Sunday Spa Day Skincare Guide

In a previous post, I mentioned how my recent facial therapist commented on how good my skin was looking. She thought for sure I never wore makeup. After that particular post, one of my readers asked that I share my skincare routine. I am always happy to oblige.  I do a lot of research on skincare […]

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Style: The Summer Must Have

Have you noticed that I haven’t done a fashion post in quite a while? Let’s talk handbags, shall we? The “it” bag this spring and summer has been the straw or wicker handbag or tote. Something typically utilitarian has elevated into something so very summery chic. Straw handbags are definitely having a moment and with […]

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Tuesday Tip No. 7: Decorating with Vintage Hats

I have always been a hat loving gal. My first (and only) trip to Paris was when I was 21 years old. I treated myself to a beautifully constructed straw hat that I still wear whenever the opportunity strikes, which is very rare in California.  It was a wonderful souvenir from the City of Lights. But […]

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Wellness Wednesday: An Easy Way to Create a Spa Day at Home

One of my favorite indulgences is spending time at the spa. Even when I am on vacation I try to book at least a few hours at the spa for a massage. I once booked a lengthy stay at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale with the goal of doing nothing other than lounging by the […]

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