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love is (still) in the air: a belated valentine’s day look
February 17, 2014

hello friends,

i hope you all enjoyed a wonderful valentine’s day, whether that meant dinner with your special someone, a night in with the gal pals, or some solo-and-happy retail therapy!

having spent friday in the most casual of gear with my littlest in tow, i deemed yesterday my makeup opportunity for this year’s “day of love” outfit.

what resulted from (what i humbly consider) a delightful pairing of leopard, blush and red.  wishing you a fabulous week!


valentine's day look ootd leopard cardigan blush top red pants and heels

blush hair bow alice ivory valentine's day style

blush hair bow: alice + ivory (shop the mini version here)
red statement necklace: francesca’s (shop similar styles here and here)
leopard cardigan and blush ruffled top: h&m
skinny red pants: old navy (shop the direct link here)
red heels: linea paolo, nordstrom rack
gold watch: target (shop the direct link here)
gold link bracelet: victoria’s secret
gold studs: c. wonder (shop the direct link here)
eye and lip color: flower beauty, walmart (visit my tutorial here)
sunnies: foster grant, 99 cents only (yes — you read that right!)


event recap: bellus academy presents come2gether
February 14, 2014

moniker warehouse east village san diego snowflake baking
moniker warehouse, in san diego’s east village

stylist bellus academy presents come2gether
stylists in action

“a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.”

this is how our friends at merriam-webster define passion.  seems a little *boh-ring* to me, don’t you think?  i prefer this definition a bit further down:

intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.”

there we go.  i’d say that more accurately sums up how we feel about those things in life that jump us out of bed in the morning.  those things that keep us up the night before, dreaming about how we can forever keep doing what had us creating, buzzing, and feeling electrified that day.

bellus academy presents come2gether
chatting scissors

so are you passionate — like, truly passionate — about what you do?  does your career excite you?  enable you to impact how others see and feel about themselves on a daily basis?

chances are, you’re sadly shaking your head and sighing “i wish!”
well, enter my saturday night.  i had the great privilege of being invited as a san diego style blogger to attend come2gether, a stylist showcase presented by bellus academy to benefit beauty changes lives.
san diego style bloggers terrell mitchell bellus project runway photo winner

san diego style bloggers with terrell mitchell, bellus outreach coordinator (who just won the project runway photo contest — congrats!)

from left to right: me, cyrillynn from any2ndnow, terrell, ashley from array of style, heidi from a fashion statement

talk about a wow factor.  it’s safe to say that the energy present in the moniker warehouse in san diego’s east village, you would not find amongst very many other groups of gathered professionals.  you could feel it, and — as someone looking in on the beauty industry — i have to confess i was pretty jealous.

bellus academy presents come2gether
a captive audience

these artists were so excited to see creation in-the-making and beyond supportive of their own (the cheering abounded).  one thing i kept hearing was “the business we’ve chosen is a powerful one.”  and when you stop to think about it — how true is this?  when you can transform someone’s appearance, aren’t you also transforming their confidence and, in turn, outlook on the world?  beauty is powerful, and it can change lives.

nina kovner bellus academy presents come2together
nina kovner bellus academy presents come2gether
nina kovner, event emcee

nina kovner was the evening’s emcee, and she opened the event with this same message (“i felt it the minute i walked into beauty school”).  she also shared how connective social media is for the beauty space, with searching fingers flying at the mention of every new instagram handle (modernmike13, houseofpop).

lynelle lynch bellus president
lynelle lynch, bellus academy president
lynelle lynch, president of bellus academy, then greeted the audience of stylists and other industryfolk with an introduction to beauty changes lives (bcl), a charitable organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of beauty professionals.
the showcase then opened, and the crowd came alive.  how fun was this??  to say i was inspired would be a gross understatement — i’m now ready for quite the makeover.
diego raviglione bellus presents come2gether
diego raviglione, bellus artistic director, at work

bellus academy presents come2together
capturing a look

bellus academy presents come2gether
color-spraying.  i want some!

bellus academy presents come2gether
thank you, bellus, for the invite.  you may just see my application one day…when are those bcl scholarship dates?

stylish savings: a trip to the bellus academy salon
January 6, 2014

bellus academy salon poway, ca
bellus academy salon, poway, ca

i love “firsts” — so what better way to start the new year, than with what-turned-out-to-be a great one!

having already been familiar with bellus academy through a couple of friends who are proud alumni, as well as connections via the san diego style bloggers network and fashion week san diego — i’d thought many a time before about checking out the poway campus’ salon.  and in the interest of being a better “do-er” this year (and needing to pinch my pennies a bit more), i gave them a ring friday morning on the way to work.

i received a call back from the delightful carissa, and — given the terrible non-planner i am — i was so pleasantly surprised when she said they could take me in that day at 5:30p.

bridget warmly greeted me at the reception desk, and walked me back to her station. after an initial chat about what i was looking for (a slight trim to get my strands healthy and shaped, while keeping as much length as possible), she brought her instructor matt over to advise on overall direction.

getting started (the awkward selfie is totally my doing!)

i really enjoyed talking with her during my visit, about her time in the program so far, her background and family…especially since i just can feel the cosmetology student waiting to jump out of my corporate marketing body!  (side note: she even checked to make sure the water temperature was comfortable — no one does that anymore!  i thought it was really sweet.)

i was extremely impressed with how kind the instructors were to all the students on the floor, and equally with the sense of camaraderie i got from the class of students. contrary to some salons, there was no pretentiousness — just a lively group of people perfecting their skills. and with the very clear guidance matt offered bridget, i felt like i was receiving quite the quality education, too!  i should also credit his fellow instructor, who assisted with my sideswept bangs (wish i had asked for his name!).

i’m so happy i “took the plunge” and went for it!  i think it’s safe to say my hair is happy as well.  i also love that i can help someone further their career *and* practice some newfound fiscal responsibility at the same time!

scary pre-salon hair
scary, jungle-mane hair!  run for your lives!
note: it’s basically been in a ponytail for six months.  
(did i mention i had baby #2 in june?)

pretty, soft, post-salon hair
pretty, soft hair à la bridget.  so. much. better.

(in case you’re wondering, a cut is $12 — pick that jaw up — and first-timers receive half-off their initial service.  what?!? — oh yes, ’tis true.  you are able to tip your stylist in cash, or with a bellus gift card they can use for their own services, product, etc.)

thank you, bridget and matt!  look forward to seeing you again soon!

bellus academy salon poway, ca reception desk
with bridget after my visit (in old navy sweater).  is she not the cutest??
fyi: her smock is tone-on-tone leopard print…with ruffles.  major envy.

ready to schedule your own service?  browse the menu, and click here to book.

interested in my recap of bellus artists at work during 2012 fashion week san diego’s “the art of beauty” event?  to read about san diego style bloggers network founders rachel and paulina’s manicure night at bellus’ national city salon, click here.

the ‘do a few days later.  half-up, half-down weekend casual.

fashion week san diego: “art & beauty” night recap
October 6, 2012

beehive bellus academy fashion week san diego

i was one excited gal walking up to the “art & beauty of fashion” event on wednesday night.  i think a large part of that excitement stemmed from a possible makeup artist hidden deep down inside, who couldn’t wait to see the bellus artists in action.

to say i left feeling incredibly inspired, could win for “understatement of the year.”  from just being at the super swank w hotel, to watching oh-so-talented stylists in action, to being surrounded by beautiful original artwork — i was ready to conquer every creative dream i’ve ever had!  oh, and not to mention  it’s official, friends — we have an incredibly fashionable town!  i could have filled an entire lookbook from my people-watching.

what probably stayed with me the most, though, was the video profile of the designers playing on the second floor.  produced by mahal style, this documentary was a touching tribute to not only the natural talent and skill they all possess, but the courage and perseverance they’ve had to show time and time again to arrive at where they are today.  as a working mom, the work-family balance segment with sharie ellis of love is a devil particularly struck a chord with me; and i love, love, love this quote from stacie may: “it’s ok not to follow what everyone else does.”

i’ve also found that one of the most fun aspects of these events, are the new people you meet.  while waiting in the drink line, i felt so lucky to bump into allison andrews, founder and director of fashion week.  looking darling in a multicolored frock by the aforementioned stacie may, she couldn’t have been more welcoming.  and just ahead of me in this line were the ladies from terracotta ny, two former investment bankers who just launched a gorgeous neckwear line.  (to yidi and alina, thanks for letting me pal around with you!)  and to close out the night, i ran into my sweet friend annie martin — check out her fun blog here.

enjoy the shots below, and look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the runway shows!

bellus academy stylists at w hotel

bellus academy stylists at fashion week san diego

stylish girl standing at w hotel san diego

black and white fashion week san diego

so many black-and-white spottings — must follow this trend!

alina and yidi from terracotta new york scarves neckwear

the ladies of terracotta new york.

lindsay webdell yidi alina

heather galea designs at w hotel fashion week san diego studded top

i had to stop heather of heather galea designs for a pic — how great are these studded sleeves!

lindsay webdell annie martin

surprise run-in with friends!

all photos created with instagram app for iPhone

stylish mom monday: flirt with florals
August 8, 2012

hello friends!

hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. and for those of you with me in sunny san diego, hang in there with this *awfully sunny* weather! i just know there’s a gracious soul who wants to lend me their beachfront home until it cools off…

i thought for this week’s issue of “stylish mom monday,” we could cover something near and dear to my heart: the almighty flower. for those of you who’ve read elle webb style for some time now know, i think i was supposed to have been given petals for hair. whether by print or as accessories, floral accents seem to make their way into my daily look.

perhaps it’s the romantic in me that is continually drawn to all things floral — daydreaming of cottage life in an english garden, finding wooden gazebos at the end of wildflower-filled meadows…wow, i really did just enter fantasyland for a moment there!

or maybe it’s just that beautiful blooms make me happy. and in a world that can be so heavy, aren’t we all entitled to a little lighthearted apparel? i sure think so.

{you love the roses—so do i.

i wish the sky would rain down roses, as they rain from off the shaken bush.

why will it not? then all the valley would be pink and white and soft to tread on.

they would fall as light as feathers, smelling sweet;

and it would be like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

george eliot, roses}

so, with the words of this fairy tale poem as my inspiration, i proudly present the official stylish mom monday lineup of “floral finds to fully fall for”!

mossimo target floral denim jeans

this first pick actually set this post in motion. i’d been spotting more and more patterned denim in magazines, and very luckily stumbled across this fabulous pair at target one evening during my typical run (read: sanity attempt). i love that they could totally work as a glam neutral, transitioning well into fall.

gray felt floral wristlet amazon

speaking of fall (hard to believe it’s around the corner!), here’s another key piece from amazon that i could see showing up both on a coffee date and fancy night out downtown. and you know how i swoon over gray.

claire's the icing resin flower studs

i might need to talk with someone about this next one. i’m afraid i have developed an unhealthy obsession with these rose-shaped resin studs from claire’s / the icing. give me a few months and i’ll have completed the rainbow! seriously, though, they’re the perfect touch of everyday girly (with the resin finish adding some whimsy).

and try them on a necklace, too, courtesy of francesca’s aptly named “teatime” necklace. can’

while we’re on the accessory front, i must share my most delightful of recent discoveries. ever see the amazing headband on a sweet baby’s head and think, i would love that for…me! enter bitty baby bands. i happened upon this carlsbad-based creator of cuteness via a twitter friend, and haven’t looked back.

bitty baby bands vivienne headband

bitty baby bands vivienne headband packaging

bitty baby bands red dahlia headband

the story behind the company will inspire you, the headbands are affordable and gorgeous — and they fit grownup gals’ heads, too! i just received the vivienne (top photos, including lovely packaging) for a friend’s little lady, am eyeing a gazillion others for my own tot, and have my sights set on the red dahlia (bottom photo) for myself!

what’s your go-to floral approach? as you can well imagine, there are always flower-focused posts in the works, and i’d love your suggestions!


floral denim, felt wristlet, “teatime” necklace, and headband photos courtesy of target, amazon, francesca’s and bitty baby bands, respectively

enhanced photos created with instagram app for iPhone (“earlybird” filter)