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Thursday, December 1, 2011


Cluster different sized flowers and suspend above dining table for an interesting hanging installment. 

Place mini flowers (smaller square pieces of  tissue 8"x8") randomly in a branch for a centerpiece. 

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Monday, October 24, 2011


ASOS Wrap Dress with Tie WaistASOS Ponti Pencil Dress with PocketsASOS Dress With Contrast Panel DetailASOS Pencil Dress with DrapeASOS Slash Neck Knitted DressASOS Midi Tea Dress With Cut-Out PanelASOS Ponti Midi Dress with Flared SkirtOasis Kimono Sleeve Shift DressAqua 'Fleetwood' Gathered Printed Maxi DressASOS Midi Dress with One Shoulder & Corsage
I love ASOS! It's that time again, when (if you're lucky) friends start having parties and events start popping up. Instead of combing you closet and recycling your old frocks, try investing a couple hundred bucks into some new gear. Yes even I, advocate of anything "guilt free style" agrees you've got to shell out some benjamins every now and then for a designer handbag or a wardrobe update. 
I played a little game with myself and tried to see how many cute dresses of all types I could get with about $1000. And I came up with these ten from ASOS ranging from $63-$252.
Have fun, it's the season of wishlists right? 

Here are the links in order of appearance...

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As a recessionista, I have hovered outside the world of apple either convincing myself that windows is just as cool, sleek and amazing OR dreaming about the day that my families' home will be tricked out with all things Apple. Fortunately, this year, we inherited a MacBook from a friend, an AppleTV from my nephew and used points to get an Ipod. 
For those of you that break the bank on all your Apple accessories, and have limited funds left over for maintenance, I'd like to share L.A.s best kept "guilt free style" secret. 
Certified Apple Technician David has 7 years experience behind him and is 
 inspired to help customers on a whole other level.
 He realized that users needed more time and attention than a 15 minute appointment could ever offer. His service goes beyond the Genius Bar to where you need it the most, in your home or office. 

Now, close your eyes and "Mac a Wish".
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


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Nicole Richie has seemed to master the balance between boho, hipster and high fashion. Any one of us could too with a floppy hat and a Chanel purse.
Ok, maybe not.
 However, if you're looking to punch up that all black piece of furniture in your home-try painting the interior.
 Red is a passionate color and tricky to carry off at times. Small doses are best in the home are as an accessory.
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Monday, October 3, 2011



Yes, it's fall I know.
Who says you can't force sunshine through your windows for the next few months? Some of my favorite childhood memories are of times spent in make believe land, basking in the warm glow cast from my fancy yellow window treatments.  Kim is going out on a limb with this bright printed Thakoon Dress, a departure from her usual safe neutrals.
 Just a reminder that life is supposed to be colorful sometimes.

Room Essentials® Window Pair Panel - Pongee Tint

Target offers these "guilt free style" options- Curtains for $19.99Karen Millen Graphic Print Pencil Dress Yellow - Click Image to CloseKaren Millen pencil dress (my interpretation of a yellow print dress) $286.17 $170.17 41% discount!

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These boots are unbelievable.
They are so unbelievably impractical and so unbelievably beautiful. They are most definitely what I adore most about art. I love to see opposites attract, I've based entire series on it. Call me crazy, but a rainstorm seems boring now without the thought of someone, somewhere, maneuvering their way through in these

These "Kendra" boots from Bebe are the "guilt free style" option at $189Side note- add these boots to tights, t-shirt and cape for an instant super hero halloween costume.  

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Friday, July 8, 2011


MISS NICOLE RICHIE has come a far way from her club kid days. Just when we had all written her off as another young hollywood statistic, she emerged from the madness a beautiful, fashionable, mother and wife.  All while keeping her brilliant sense of humor. Her "Winter Kate"  line is ever evolving and just in time for summer, she has added a few free-flowing maxi dresses.

Winter Kate Passenger Halterneck Maxi Dress in Floral Silk Chiffon

Your "guilt free style" option-
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cheeky striped hallway

A Hallway Covered in Stripes

IKEA STOCKHOLM RAND Rug, flatwoven, black, off-white Length: 7 ' 10 " Width: 5 ' 7 "  Length: 240 cm Width: 170 cm
Element Elle Striped Racerback Tank Dress
Your "guilt free style" alternative could be this amazing area rug for a surprising update under your bed this summer! And on your way back from Ikea, stop at Bloomies and pick up this easy breezy tank dress.
Ikea Stockholm Rand Rug $199

Striped racerback dress Bloomingdales $40 Pin It

Friday, May 27, 2011


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Forgive me for being redundant, BUT, is this an uncanny coincidence? This Loeffler Randall sandal (that retails for $295) is very similar to the DIY sandal I featured a couple of weeks ago (for about $5). The name of the designer sandal? Rowena. Same as me.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Hey Ladies! Old Navy swimsuit sale is a MUST DO!! I nabbed this black one piece for $27! I've been a bikini girl for years, but was looking for a one piece to house all my jiggly bits. This suit does it well, a little demure never hurt anybody.

Here are my top runner ups 


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Do you think the bright coral lipped trend can translate from runway to realway? I think so...but only after happy hour. They may prove to be a bit distracting at a board meeting.

The lip color I'm wearing is MAC "SO CHAUD"

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


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Sunday, April 24, 2011


Remember a couple of months ago when I advised you to grab a pair of these gorgeous Dolce Vita Wedge Sandals? Well now I'm telling you to get the flat version.
It's time to get rid of the flip flops and slide your freshly pedicured feet into these leather updated version of the summers past gladiator. $80 Shop Dolce Vita.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Forever 21 is overflowing with florals for Spring!
Tell me this romper isn't adorable?
$15.50 is as "guilt-free" as it gets. This would be great for weekend
brunching, barbequeing or
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011




Still obsessed with black in the living space.
This space is as visually enchanting as Kim.
The only difference between the two is Kim made the wise choice to downplay her accessories making her embellished gold shoulders, decollatage and gorgeous face the focus. This sitting room is the perfect example of why black is one of my favorite colors. Contrary to what some believe it is wrapping the room in a chic comfort that only black has to offer. As opposed to making it dreary, it is the platfrom for all the other accessories to shine, especially that OTT gold candelabra! Without the black it may have been, dare I say, wack?

Leave it to ASOS to offer a "guilt free" option at  $82.48 $32.27.
Image 1 of ASOS Shoulder Trim Peg Leg Jumpsuit
I though this gold pendant light was a nice clean paired down interpretation at for $64.99.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011


As we all know Japan is in desperate need of help to rebuild after the double tradgedy that has changed them forever as a people. Not everyone is in the position that Gwen Stefani is to be so generous with $1million. Here's some other options to give what you can and show your support. 
Buy your Gaga Japan relief bracelet here $5
Lady Gaga Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband

Threadless is a T-shirt company based on designs submitted by consumers. Threadless will donate 100% of net proceeds from the sale of each "Rebuild Japan" by Jason Yang tee to The American Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

Buy your "Rebuild Japan" tee here. $20

Cafe Press is another unique online store with lots of original consumer designed clothing and other fun stuff.

Get your Cafe Press tee shirt here. $15

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


So, after living the fabulous "guilt-free" life for a couple of years now, I think I deserve some of that good old fashion indulgence. You know the kind where you just close your eyes and say YES.
Dust off your emergency credit card and follow me to the lovliest stretch of shops in Sherman Oaks on Ventura between Hazeltine and Woodman .

We're starting at Inventori for inspiration. Walking into this store, you're instantly transported to a quaint little shop that feels like your someplace special. There's something for everyone here, so if you're a mother (like me) you can buy a few decadent things for yourself, and then promptly pat yourself on the back for thoughtfully picking out an adorable gift for your child.  There's lavish bath and body products, cute books and toys, and the selection of soy based candles are begging to be picked up and smelled
-each and every one. 
 And that's only on one side of the store. On the other side, you'll find that perfect home accent that you'd been looking for, and furniture that would add an ecclectic compliment to any decor.  

Now we're hungry and we're going to check out Sweet Butter next door. We're going to sit out in the sun and lounge over a couple of vegetarian "yoga girl" sandwiches before we continue on. 

Next stop Belle Gray.
Get ready to do some damage in here, because this store is designed for the woman who adores the full process of shopping. There's nothing like a chandelier to bring things to another level. Ok, we've got the "IT" dress from Black Halo and a little gem from House of Harlow,   now it's time to relax.

Keep up with me, we're getting our faces airbrushed to perfection next door at Eleanor Jean. Oh, and of course, we'll each have "The Debutante" mani pedi. 

Happy? Check.  
Beautiful? Check.
...ummmm, let's find somewhere fab and discuss it over cocktails.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011


Jayden Smith and Diggy Simmons have managed to dodge the "manufactured" look of so many new talented kids on the scene.
With young hollywood setting the fashion standard for kids in school, it's tough sometimes to encourage our growing kids to develop their own style and keep their priorities in check.  I remember the moment I decided to forget what everyone else thought was cool and start dressing for myself. Until your little one is ready to start making those small decisions, take a look at these "guilt free" staples for any young boys quickly changing wardrobe.

Old Navy knit beanie
$2.97 -

$12 -

Gap Nylon zip pants
$25 -

Gap Contour military hat
$13 -

JCPenney : kids shoes : boys
$40 -

Old Navy Boys Shirt-and-Tie Sets
$20 -

Old Navy Boys Authentic Cargo Pants
$18 -

$20 -
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