October 28, 2015

Must-Shop Surprise Sale: Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade Special Sale
Cove Street Goldie Bag | Mikas Pond Lacey Wallet | Ponte Bow Back Dress | Take a Bow Bangle | Bangle | Kandi Sunglasses | Kennedy Park Neko Backpack

I'm baaaack! I had a great time in NYC these past few days-- Simply Stylist was amazing, our PR event yesterday was perfect and I loved walking around the city, especially when it came to taking in the pretty fall sights and weather. Although I can't lie-- I'm glad to be back to the warmth here in SoCal :P

Before I headed home yesterday, I took a little walk uptown to the Kate Spade New York store on Madison Avenue. You guys, this store is seriously THE cutest. Four floors filled with KSNY. I was in heaven and would move in if I could. If you're ever in the area and are a Kate Spade fan, you MUST stop by and check it out.

If you won't be in the city anytime soon, you can still get your Kate Spade fill by shopping the surprise sale, with items up to 75% off! WooHoo! Hurry, the sale ends tomorrow 10/29. Check out my picks above!

Kate Spade New York Madison Ave,
Looking down on the Kate Spade New York shop on Madison Ave. from the second story balcony

October 22, 2015

Office Ready Abstract Sheath Dress

Forever 21 Abstract Print Sheath Dress

Office Ready: Abstract Print Sheath Dress

Office Ready: Abstract Print Sheath Dress

Office Ready: Abstract Print Sheath Dress

Happy almost Friday! Since coming back from NYC Sunday I've been busy with work and getting back into my normal groove. Although that's totally about to change as I'm heading BACK to NYC tomorrow night! I love the city and am excited to get back there this weekend. This Sunday, I will be attending the Simply Stylist conference for beauty and fashion panels from industry insiders and influencers, breakout sessions, networking, and even a chance to get my blog reviews (scary... but exciting!) In the NYC area? Get tickets here!

I haven't had much time to get posts up this week (sorry!) but wanted to get a quick outfit post up today. I bought this sheath dress back in spring at Forever 21, as part of their Contemporary collection. Have you had a chance to check it out? They have some really cute pieces that are perfect for work, plus they won't break the budget! I loved the abstract print of this dress, it reminds me of a fun art sketch-- graphic lines and a variety of colors. Pair it with a blazer and heels and it's just perfect for the office.

Do you have any fun weekend plans? Tell me!

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October 21, 2015

Sweet Potato Spiced Fall Smoothie

Sweet Potato Banana Pumpkin Pie Spice Fall Smoothie

I wanted to create a fall smoothie that captured the tastes of the season-- savory, warm, spice flavors. I could have taken the traditional road and gone with pumpkin, but what fun would that be? I decided to try out a smoothie with sweet potatoes, I mean, there's sweet potato pie so why not? It turned out being REALLY good, especially when paired with bananas, dates and of course pumpkin spice. We can't forget the pumpkin spice! If you're looking to 'spice' up your smoothie breakfast, give this one a try:

Sweet Potato Spiced Fall Smoothie
Ingredients
1 Sweet Potato (small, about 1/2 - 2/3 cup)
1 Banana
~5-6 Dates, pitted & chopped
1 cup Almond Milk
1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (recipe here)
Optional: 1/2 scoop Vega Vanilla Protein Smoothie Powder

Prior to making smoothie bake, steam, or microwave sweet potato and let cool completely-- put in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. I also find it's best to let the chopped and pitted dates soak in water (about 1/4 cup or so) for about 15-20 minutes to soften so they blend really well. 

Add all ingredients to blender, along with ice. Blend, pour into a glass and top with another sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!

TRY THIS: Substitute the sweet potato/yam with pumpkin or butternut squash for more yummy fall flavors!

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October 15, 2015

Flares with Flair

See Through Soul Flare Jeans
Flare Jeans: STS Blue | White Button-Down Shirt: GAP (similar style) | Boots: Sole Society | Hat: Tilly's |  Bag: BP | Sunglasses: Kate Spade New York

Flare Jeans Fall Style

Tilly's Boho Fedora

Tilly's Boho Fedora

See Through Soul Flare Jeans

Tilly's Boho Fedora

Fall Trend: Flare Jeans

Gap White Shirt and Flare Jeans

Woohoo! I am in NYC for the rest of the week and finally get to experience some type of fall. I know, we Californians have SO much to complain about with our warm weather woes :P Seriously though, I’m excited to be in the city… it’s been almost 5 years since I’ve been here and I can’t wait to get out & about. This girl has been craving some Shake Shack! Even though I’ll be in the city I will be working though… is anyone attending BeautyCon on Saturday? Stop by the Physicians Formula booth and say hi!

Since we’re on the subject of fall, one of the hot denim trends for fall is flare jeans. I believe I was in 6th and 7th grade when flares, made popular in the 1970s, made their comeback and were big during the late 90’s. Then it became all about boot-cut styles, low-rise fits, and then skinny jeans but now flares are back yet again! This time I’m opting for more of a (slightly) higher-rise modern skinny flare jean that I think is perfect to pair with boots this fall.

Maybe the skinny jean reign will soon be ending… what do you think? Are you a fan of flare jeans?

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October 14, 2015

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

It's amazing though how many people think pumpkin pie spice has well, pumpkin in it. It doesn't. It's full of the warm, yummy spices that makes pumpkin pie taste so good-- cinnamon, ginger, cloves... absolutely no pumpkin! While you can buy a jar of pumpkin spice to have at your disposal, it's SO easy to make at home and you probably already have these spices on hand. Not just used for pumpkin pie, you can sprinkle it in coffee, on squash or sweet potatoes, yogurt, whipped cream, whatever you want to give a yummy spice kick to. Here's the easy DIY:

Pumpkin Pie Spice
Ingredients
1 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 tsps. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Measure out all ingredients into a bowl and mix together with a whisk. Transfer to a spice jar. Double measurements to make a larger batch.

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October 13, 2015

Beachy Fall Waves with the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

Beachy Fall Waves with the Beachwaver

Since 'lobbing' my hair shorter earlier this summer, one of my favorite styles to rock are cute beachy waves, like I spent an entire day at the beach soaking up the salty sea air. Just because summer is over, doesn't mean I can't rock this hairstyle into fall and beyond. While there's many techniques and tools you can use to create the look, I prefer using the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1, a neat hair tool available at Ulta Beauty that makes getting gorgeous beach waves a cinch!

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

The Beachwaver S1 is a rotating ceramic iron that creates waves and curls using dual rotation. The iron temperature ranges from 290° to 410°, with buttons that allow you to set it, and also has an automatic off switch just in case you accidentally leave it on. Does anyone else have those 'OMG-did-I-turn-off-the-iron?!?' moments after you leave the house? It's easy to use the iron and takes no time to get the hang of using it... the results are worth it!

To get gorgeous, beach waves for fall using the Beachwaver, follow these steps:

Start by sectioning your hair from the bottom and securing the rest on top with a clip. Take a 1" section of hair and clamp the bottom using the Beachwaver. I like to leave 1 -1.5" of the ends out of the clamp to create looser waves and a more modern look.

Beachy Fall Waves with the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

Hold the wand vertically and press the arrow pointing away from your face to start the rotation-- the Beachwaver does all the curl work for you- and release the arrow to stop. You can change the speed of the rotation by switching from Fast/Slow.

Beachy Fall Waves with the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

Hold for 2 -3 seconds then unclamp hair to release curl. Press the 'Home' button and the wand/clamp will reset. *Be careful not to hit the 'Home' button while hair is clamped. Not that I did that or anything...
Beachy Fall Waves with the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

Take the next section and hold the opposite arrow. Continue alternating waves on one side before moving on to the next. Release the next section and continue curling using the same alternating technique until finished.
Beachy Fall Waves with the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

I then comb my fingers through to break up the waves-- you want the twists to look relaxed and natural, not tightly curled.

Beachy Fall Waves with Beachwaver

Finish the look by applying a sea salt spray or texturizing cream to help get the piece-y, natural look, I prefer to use Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Cream as it holds my waves throughout the day while keeping the look soft and natural as if I just spent the day at the beach.

Ready to rock beachy waves this fall? Head to Ulta Beauty to pick up your own Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1.

*I was provided the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1 for review purposes, however all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been provided.

October 9, 2015

Get Your Scare On: Knott's Scary Farm

Knott's Scary Farm 2015

When October rolls around, there's always one haunt event that is a must-- Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. This year's event brought 11 mazes, 3 scarezones and 1,000 monsters wandering the park, lurking in dark corners, ready and waiting for the unsuspecting as you make your way through the streets of Ghost Town. One of the best haunt attractions in SoCal, the mazes keep getting better and scarier. Read on for my review on this year's spooktacular event!

Knott's Scary Farm 2015

Special Ops: Infected- Patient Zero
Special Ops: Infected
Image via: Knott's Berry Farm
Last year, Knott's debuted Special Ops: Infected, an interactive haunt attraction that arms guests with laser guns to fend off flesh-hungry zombies and complete missions along the way with their squad leaders, who bark orders at you along the way. It's back this year with a new mission, better organization, and needed improvements.

Before entering, guests are prepped with the plot (find patient zero to get the DNA to cure the outbreak) and instructed on how to kill the zombies. The laser guns are a big improvement and now track overall kills, ammunition available and allow for reloads but be careful! If you get too close to a zombie, you can 'die' and the gun could deactivate. Luckily there are opportunities to upgrade your weapon's abilities along the way.

While I think the experience as a whole is pretty cool, do come prepared to run, go up and down stairs, walk across bridges and dodge zombies. It can get pretty intense at parts, but is so much fun! It's great to go with a group for some friendly competition on who gets the most kills.

Tip: Make this your first stop when you enter the park to pick up a reservation ticket to return at a specified time. You won't be able to get in without a ticket and they go quick as there are only a limited number of missions available each night. This is one you don't want to miss!


Mazes


Paranormal Inc. at Knott's Scary Farm

One of this year's newest maze offerings is Paranormal, Inc., guests visit the Hayden Hill Sanitarium taking the part of paranormal/ghost investigators. While standing in line, TV monitors give the backstory on the sanitarium, exposing it's sordid past and current hauntings. As you enter the lobby, one of the Paranormal Inc. crew members shows off a new invention that releases a large amount of electrical energy, hoping that the energy will allow the spirits to appear. Of course, something goes wrong and guests are met with an evil spirit and must escape the sanitarium, choosing one of two storylines (ours was of an evil nurse who tortured her patients, the other side focusing on a wicked doctor I believe).

This maze was really well done-- starting off with high energy and activity causing somewhat of a panic. The story line helped build up anxiety, and the maze itself was extremely well executed. This is a definite must!

Trick or Treat at Knott's Scary Farm

One of my favorites is Trick Or Treat, with it's classic Halloween theme-- pumpkins, costumes, candy, all the good stuff. They amped up the scare factor this year with the Green Witch,  who awaits guests in the attic as they enter the haunted house and travel from room to room. The props in this one are fantastic and really sets the Halloween mood.

Another favorite nearby is VooDoo: Order of the Serpent, which takes you through a creepy New Orleans style Southern plantation home and out to the bayou where unsettling rednecks reside (including a crocodile skinners) and scary black voodoo magic... and human sacrifices... are performed and finally through an old graveyard where monsters crouch in waiting.

Tooth Fairy at Knott's Scary Farm
Image via Knott's Berry Farm
Last year saw the debut of Tooth Fairy, a maze in which dental nightmares are made of. The distrubing maze follows the not-so-cute Tooth Fairy as it rips out teeth (among other bodie parts) to add to it's growing collection. Dental drills and screams can be heard all along the maze making it that much more unsettling. I was happy (?) to see the cheesy ending had been changed from last year. If going to the dentist is already uncomfortable, this maze will give you dental nightmares for nights to come.

This year also saw the return of the Forevermore killer, who mimics his horrific murders after popular Edgar Allen Poe tales such as 'The Raven', 'The Tell Tale Heart' and more. I find that this one is disturbing in a psychological way and thought they had stepped it up from last year with more scares and awesome strobe effects. Sadly, I think the theme goes over a lot of people's heads, especially if they don't watch the TV monitors with the special news report that sets up the maze.

Knott's Scary Farm
Pinocchio Unstrung marionette at the Knott's Berry Farm Haunt Museum
We also made our way to Pinocchio Unstrung, which continues the beloved tale of the little wooden boy, only he's not so nice anymore. After his creator Geppetto and the Blue Fairy screw him out of his wish for becoming a 'real boy',  he takes matters in his own hands and goes on a killing spree in order to cover his wooden body with real flesh. Ew. I really like the twisted take on a classic story book tale, and for the most part this maze is pretty cool.. until the end. It gets a bit weird and cheesy with the large animatronic.

Another one with a cheesy animatronic ending is The Gunslinger's Grave: A Blood Moon Rises. Our first maze of the night, this one started out strong, although I wish there were more scares throughout. Knott's revamped this one to include scary, hungry werewolves, which fits the old west theme of this maze well.

The only attraction I was somewhat underwhelmed by was My Bloody Clementine, which takes place in the Calico Mine Ride. In my opinion, this one has one of the best, and disturbing, stories-- darling Clementine was murdered deep in the Calico Mine and her spirit is entrapped in the mine searching for those who killed her. While the special effects and digital projections were cool, the scares where pretty lackluster. Maybe it was because I was in the first car and didn't get to experience the ones the middle and back cars did, but I think Knott's has opportunities to add more throughout and really make this one really creepy.

We missed two of the mazes-- Black Magic, where the demented ghost of Houdini resides to play devlish tricks on guests, and Dead of Winter, a new maze for 2015 where guest encounter the evil Snow Queen and her army of resurrected Viking Warriors.

Shows
If you need to catch a break from the terrifying monsters, be sure to stop and check out the Scary Farm shows. The Hanging is a always must-- bawdy jokes, stunts and special effects. This year's theme 'Straight Outta Calico' takes on this year's most infamous pop culture events-- no one is safe from Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner, Jurassic World, The Dress and more. Most of the jokes are pretty bad but you'll find yourself chuckling at a few.

Knott's Scary Farm
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark costume at the Knott’s Berry Farm Haunt Museum
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark also returns to the Ghoul-Time Theater with "Elvira's Asylum," a comedic music-dance fest that takes place in an insane asylum. If you're an Elvira fan, this is a must-see.

A Good Hue at Knott's Scary Farm

Fiesta De Los Muertos
Fiesta de los Muertos
Knott's Spooky Hollow
Knott's Spooky Hollow
Ready to get your Haunt on? I recommend that you purchase tickets online to save a few bucks and avoid log ticket lines, especially if you're planning on attending during a weekend night. For those that can't stomach the fear, you can join the Halloween fun during the daylight hours at Knott's Spooky Farm.

* I received complimentary tickets in exchange for review, however all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was provided.

October 8, 2015

TBT: Pretty Pleated Pink Skirt





Pleated Pink Skirt (similar here and here) | Military Jacket (similar here and here) | Leopard Pumps (similar) | Bag: Tory Burch | Necklace: Stella & Dot 

Do you have pieces in your closet that you totally forget about? Take this skirt for instance, it's super girly with it's pale, soft pink color and ultra-feminine pleats. I bought it last year originally for a costume and have only worn it a couple of times. As I was browsing through my closet trying to find something to wear to work, I came across this skirt, but I wanted to give it a little bit of an edge by pairing it with something unexpected-- such as a military/utility jacket, and leopard print heels.

In honor of #TBT, here is a throwback to how I wore the skirt last year:

Pleated pink skirt + sweatshirt
Sweatshirt: Forever 21 | Pleated Skirt: Target | Heels: Steve Madden | Necklace: Wanderlust and Co. via Rocksbox |  Renegade Cluster Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Ring: Forever 21

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