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pastel perfection: a spring table style diy
April 25, 2014

hello friends!

who’s excited that spring is upon us?!  as evidenced by the hillside wildflower shows, rosebunch upon rosebunch in beautiful bloom, and the cutest of baby animals making their début at the san diego zoo and safari park — the season of dainty delightfulness is in full swing.

so it’s no surprise i couldn’t wait to dress our kitchen table accordingly.  and thanks to amazing-yet-affordable finds discovered at my local target, michael’s and 99 cents only stores — as well as san diego’s incredible wholesale flowers near usd — this little creative adventure turned out so fun.  bring on the daily tea parties!

here we go!


what you’ll need:
– burlap runner (or full tablecloth, if you prefer), wholesale flowers
– laser-cut felt ribbon, michael’s
– assorted glassware (narrow vase, cake stand, trifle bowl and ), my own
– white everyday plate and silver charger, 99 cents only
– vintage-print  and flower melamine plates, 99 cents only and tuesday morning (thanks, mom!)
– tea cup and saucer, gifted by a sweet friend
– ceramic bird salt shakers, 99 cents only, and woodern bird accent, charlotte’s of salado
– silk hydrangea bunches, wholesale flowers
– pearlized gumballs, target


step 1: lay the burlap runner across the middle of the table (hint: it helps to take an iron — with dishtowels on top of and under the burlap — to smooth out any packaging wrinkles.)  set the larger vintage-print melamine plate on top of the everyday plate and charger, then top with the narrow vase.  next to this setup, place the trifle bowl atop the cake stand, with a smaller glass container inside it.


step 2: place the silk hydrangeas in the narrow vase, then fill around them with pearlized gumballs.


step 3: arrange tea cup and flower melamine plates around cake stand.


step 4: place one of the other vintage-print plates on the cake stand, and arrange bird accents around it.


step 5: add flowers to inner container and finish with color-coordinated ribbon on the outside.


a quick shot of the final arrangement (almost complete!).


step 6: add two strips of laser-cut felt ribbon, splitting the middle of the burlap runner.


step 7: set table with desired placesettings…and enjoy!  i’d love to see your own take on seasonal centerpieces!


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.

navy upon navy upon navy: monochromatic made comfy
October 16, 2013

i love that part of the development of this little blog of mine, has been pushing my own style limits.

while it probably doesn’t seem daring in the least to most, embracing one color from head to toe used to seem like a fashion risk i just couldn’t pull off.  but with some experimentation over the past two years — as well as a newfound obsession for all things navy — i’ve been sporting variations of the singularly hued look below in making the transition from summer into fall.

the slouchy cardigan keeps me warm (besides serving as the perfect mask for arms-in-need-of-toning!), and along with the forgiving striped tunic, is tops when wanting to stay comfortable.  opaque tights in the same hue help to visually trim my legs, as do the floral patterned platform wedges (read more here on how the pair inspired this blog!).

navy slouchy cardigan and striped tunic, monochromatic navy look

cardigan and gold watch: merona, target
tunic: marshalls
tights: hue, macy’s
floral wedges: forever 21 (similar here)

girl power: san diego style bloggers’ one-year “blogivers​ary”
October 8, 2013,,, san diego style bloggers
with the lovely pau, jen, little lola & jess

although this post is a little dated (better late than never, right?) — i was so excited to recently help celebrate the one-year “blogiversary” of the san diego style bloggers group.

having been on a bit of a baby hiatus, it was wonderful to see and catch up with some old blogger friends — as well as meet many new ones!  as i’ve mentioned before,  i am just so continually impressed with the energy, ambition and — of course — personal style expressions of this group of gals.  from rock-and-roll cool to flirty feminine, perfectly on-trend to effortlessly eclectic, everyone feels free to be themselves (and dress accordingly!), and i’ve found myself making several mental notes for future looks.
with cyrillynn of any2ndnow, a definitive first wave authority (and whose style is beyond cool!)

chevron pencil skirt merona, leopard print heels, gray tights
because a one-year blogiversary is all about stripes and spots!
(merona chevron pencil skirt and gray tights, target / franco sarto leopard peeptoes, dsw)

and what a great way to be introduced to the fabulous store that is shimmer!  from unending accessories to rows and rows of affordable, #ootd-worthy options — browsing during the event was too much fun.  many thanks to shimmer for hosting us.

snakeskin heels at
miles of shimmer style

heart pattern headbands
don’t you just *heart* these headbands?

san diego style bloggers blogiversary raffle
tuyaymya from whiteteeblackdress raffling off fab door prizes

i reminisced a bit with paulina from lil’ bits of chic about the very first meet-up last august, and a huge kudos goes to she and rachel (now of chicago chic blog) for the investment they’ve put into growing this lovely and encouraging community.

so, to wrap up this little recap of our night, what better way than with the ultimate quote featured on our delightful blogger gifts, courtesy of tuyaymya from white tee black dress — “bloggers do it better!”  (not to worry, they’ll be on sale soon!), bloggers do it better,
the darling laura neuzeth, my new blogger pal (and fellow francophile!)

until next time!
– elle w.

a local look: first san diego style bloggers meet-up
August 11, 2012

i was so excited to see the @sdstylebloggers handle pop up on twitter, then watch the group take off — but most of all about the chance to meet some of these ladies last saturday!

a huge kudos to paulina of lil bits of chic and rachel of da paura for making this group a reality. it is so fun to see our fair city on the fashion blogging map, and i’m really honored to be part of such a — well, fashionable — group!

the shopaholics boutique in little italy hosted us (such a great spot, can’t wait to make it back for a shopping date!), and we all were spoiled with the most darling of gift bags with shop belina jewelry. unfortunately i missed the deliciousness of magner’s irish cider, so i guess a trip to the field is in order!

a big thank you to paulina for graciously taking the shots of me below!

Paulina San Diego style bloggers

striking a pose with new pal paulina — isn’t she fabulous?

nautical j. Crew boatneck top turquoise maxi skirt

adding some nautical to a turquoise maxi skirt, by way of striped boatneck top and knotted woven belt.

j. Crew striped boatneck top claire's the icing earrings zales monogram
Necklace turquoise nordstrom rack maxi the shopaholics boutique little Italy


with another new blogger friend, lea of high heeled style. and the name is telling — you should have seen her way-too-fab leopard heels!

the shopaholics boutique little Italy San Diego


shop belina jewelry

striped boatneck top: j. crew
turquoise maxi skirt: nordstrom rack
rose earrings: the icing
monogram necklace: zales
pearl necklace and silver bangles: loehmann’s
floral wedges: forever 21 (old)
woven belt: jc penney (old)

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