Monthly Archives: May 2015

Friday Five | 5 Random Things . . .

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Sharing 5 randomocities found on the web this week . . .

  • Coach is laying off it’s Canadian part time workers in an effort to develop this . . .
  • I LOVE what this photographer is doing in the name of beauty . . .
  • Babies and Bustiers . . . Amy Schumer and Jennifer Coolidge are hilarious!
  • Love this beautiful neutral toned townhouse in the Windy City . . .
  • I found something to help subside my fear of flying . . .

TGIF! Enjoy your weekend!!
xx

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Werkspace Wednesday | What’s Cookin’ . . . .

Workspace Wednesday | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

Happy Wednesday guys! I’ve been doing a lot of editing at my computer lately for an upcoming project that I am looking forward to sharing with you soon. I’ve also been doing a little line research on the side and brainstorming for a rebrand of my handbag line that I am working on with Kelly Brito (super excited about that!!) Next week I’ll be introducing a new blog series I just created that was inspired by yesterday’s post. I’m really excited about it! Well, I’m headed off to a doc appointment.

I hope this Wednesday is treating you well!
xx

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Life in Pictures | Week of 5. 23.15

What a week! Had to drive into the city for a bag delivery this week. Sometimes I really miss LA . . .

What a week! Had to drive into the city for meetings this week. Sometimes I really miss LA . . .

have had this teal polish for a while now and finally decided to give it a try . .  i love the freshness of it with white . . .

Have had this teal polish for a while now and finally decided to give it a try . . i love the freshness of it with white . . .

I'm embarking on a serious challenge to give up coffee . . . you guys know how much I love it right?  #prayforme

I’m embarking on a serious challenge to give up coffee . . . you guys know how much I love it right? #prayforme

tried a little pattern mixing this week . . . I think the bright yellow pop helped me to not take it so seriously . . .

Tried a little pattern mixing this week . . . I think the bright yellow pop helped me to not take it so seriously . . .

a behind the scenes look at  my next project . . .

a behind the scenes look at my next project . . . ♥

I am soooo glad the weekend is here! I hope you all had a great week, and are poised to have an even greater weekend!

Be safe and daring!
xx

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Mood Board Monday | a sketch + a palette . . .

sometimes I draw myself as I see myself and it looks nothing like what I look like in the present . . .

sometimes I draw myself as I see myself and it looks nothing like what I look like in the present . . .

Mood Board Monday Palette | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

a bright palette of colors for Spring w/ a little neutral thrown in for balance. . .

Hey guys, I sat down to create a mood board for you and ended up sketching what I wish I was wearing today . . .  Even though I don’t design clothes anymore, the desire to create came on strong and I just had to go with it, so this is what Mood Board Monday looks like today!
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With summer rapidly approaching, I’m noticing that my tastes are leaning toward more prints and patterns as of late. I wear so much black and gray that I guess I am feeling a little rebellious and wanting to break out of my self imposed colorless prison. So today I created a palette that has a lot of white so that the pattern is not overwhelming, even though it is actually infused with color. The beige helps to keep it grounded and lets the brighter colors have a soft tone to pop against.

What do you think? Is this a palette you would wear? 

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Life in Pictures | Week of 5/4-5/15

A snapshot of my week in images . . .

LOVE the lines of this building on the campus of USC . . .

LOVE the lines of this building on the campus of USC . . .

found this album in San Diego last week and fell in ♥ with the cover . . .

found this album in San Diego last week and fell in ♥ with the cover . . . it’s inspiring me to create something pretty . . .

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

we tried a new restaurant in the village with some friends earlier this week . . . the fettuccini alfredo was fantastic!

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

I received so much ♡ and such wonderful treats from my babies on Sunday . . . #blessed

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

finally picked up samples of my logo nameplates for the bags this week . . . Do you like them?

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSPHY

received this book from my Dad for Mother’s Day and could not put it down . . . I ♡ Brian Grazer’s philosophy and can deeply relate to his management style.

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

my Hay pens arrived in the mail a few days ago. I am smitten . . . I also ♥ The Line’s clean logo and handwritten thank you note. #fanforlife

Life in Pictures | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

I tagged along on a shoot for a USC graduate yesterday . . . loved the lines of the tents and poles . . .

 Do you have any plans scheduled for the weekend? #TGIF

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Warby Parker Introduces Summer 2015 Collection . . .

Warby Parker June Sunglasses in Moonstone

Warby Parker June Sunglasses in Moonstone, starting at $95

Warby Parker June | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

I was recently approached by Warby Parker to help them announce their newest collection of frames for Summer 2015. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Warby Parker, it is an American brand of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses that are sold online and in select showrooms across the US. The company was created to fill the void of attractive, quality eyeglass frames sold at affordable prices. There’s a lot to love about Warby Parker. For one,  their glasses start at $95, and they offer free shipping and returns. If you do not live near one of their showrooms, don’t fret; they also offer a try-on-at-home program, where you can select 5 different frames, and have them sent to you to try on at home prior to purchasing, for free. Best of all, for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is given to someone in need! Well priced, good quality, fashionable eyewear for all? Can’t beat that!

For their Summer 2015 collection, Warby Parker is introducing two new shades; Sea Green Crystal and Ginger Crystal. They are also introducing several new frame styles. I selected two of my favorite sunglass frames, June and Oxley, to create day + evening style boards with so you can get an idea of how you can incorporate Warby Parker’s frames into your own wardrobe.

Warby Parker Oxley Sunglasses in Walnut Tortoise

Warby Parker Oxley Sunglasses in Walnut Tortoise, starting at $95

Warby Parker Oxley in Walnut Tortoise | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

To get a complete look at Warby Parker’s eyeglass frames click here. For a look at their sunglass frames click here.

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disclaimer:: Please note that all opinions expressed in this post are my very own and I was not compensated for this post in any way.  

Field Trip | North Park Culinary Walking Tour

Culinary Tour | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

Last month my friend and I took a culinary walking tour in the North Park district of San Diego. I had never done a culinary tour before and I LOVED it. I will definitely be doing one again! It was so much fun! I wasn’t that familiar with the area of North Park, although, it turns out that the venue of the Bonobo concert Rob + I attended last month was right on the main drag of North Park, so I had recently just been to the area and did not even realize it.

North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

North Park is a really colorful up and coming area of San Diego. It has a cool hipster vibe and lots of great eateries. The area is located northeast of Balboa Park, with the heart of North Park considered to be located around 30th St. and University Ave.

Culinary Tour | Splash | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY The tour lasted about 3.5 hours and we visited 6 different eateries. We started our tour at Splash Wine Bar, located at 3043 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104. I loved this place. We had light bites and the most delicious white wine I have had to date. I hate that I forgot the name of it, but I know where to go to find it! They offer the option of buying a wine card at a discount and earning a free glass with use. Although there were no movies playing while we were there, they have a large screen that plays old movies throughout the day. That fact alone sold me. Great urban interior + old black + whites + wine for days! . . . SOLD!

Culinary Tour | Splash | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | Splash| THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | Splash | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | Splash | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY After Splash we headed a few blocks over to Redwing Bar & Grill located at 4012 30th St. San Diego. One of the things I loved about North Park was the graffiti art that was strategically placed on power boxes, walls and exteriors throughout the city. Our guide, John, who was excellent, by the way, told us it was the city’s attempt to discourage actual graffiti.

North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

The vibe at Redwing was . . . well . . . happy hour! The place was packed, standing room only, and we found out that there was a “beer crawl” taking place. But while we were in Redwing, we were served the. best. buffalo. wings. evah. . . .  now that’s saying a lot coming from me. Normally, I hate wings. I prefer drumsticks (meat with a built in handle? I’ll take it!) But these buffalo wings were on another level. There were 3 different kinds : bbq, hot & sour thai chili and garlic ginger teriyaki. All 3 were amazing, but I think my fav was the thai chili, it was a great flavor that I had not tasted on a wing before . . . I will definitely be back to order more of the threesome . . .

Culinary Tour | Redwing | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | Redwing | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | Redwing | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

The good thing about a culinary walking tour is that you don’t feel so bad about all the food you are eating because you do a nice amount of walking in between so you feel justified to stuff face . . . (justification for face stuffing:: always a + in my book.)

North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

After Redwing Grill we headed up 30th Street a few more blocks to Crazee Burger, located at 4201 30th St. We found a great seat by the window and were served a yummy Angus slider that tasted amazing. We added on fries, which were just as tasty and perfectly seasoned. Crazee Burger had a never ending line that at some points went out the door. If you take a look at their burger menu you will see that they offer quite a selection of different burgers like kangaroo, venison + wild boar.

Culinary Tour | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Culinary Tour | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

By the time we left Crazee Burger our stomach’s were leaning toward full! All the food we had had up to this point had been soooo good so we weren’t deterred. Our next stop was a few blocks back down 30th at Berkeley Pizza (3934 30th Street). I loved the black and white exterior, wood plank walls and roll up garage doors, plus, the pizza was great! We tried 2 different kinds, their signature spinach + mushroom pizza and the marinara pizza. Both were excellent and flavorful.

Berkeley Pizza | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Berkeley Pizza | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Berkeley Pizza | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY I loved how this tour provided us with a variety of tastes. Our tour guide John was very knowledgeable and shared lots of historical facts about the North Park area. Since I love learning about the history of places I am visiting as well as looking at the architecture, this tour was really an all around treat for me.

North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Our second to last stop was a coffee shop, about 5 blocks away. The weather had turned really chilly and there were even a few rain drops on the way there, so the walk and the brisk air were the perfect set up to the yummy vanilla lavender chai tea we got at the cozy Subterranean Coffee Boutique.  It was the perfect atmosphere for the chilly weather. There were sofas and tables, and even a glass bookcase filled with books to choose from for your reading pleasure. I had never had any food or drink with “lavender” flavor and it was really good. The subtle hint of lavender gave it an exotic feel. Culinary Tour | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY NortH Park | THE LOOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

Our last and final stop was Venissimo Cheese located at 30th and University. Personally, I thought the coffee shop could have been the last stop, it would have finished things off nicely, but I was still game to try some different cheeses. Once inside Venissimo we were treated to a sampling of cow, goat and sheep cheeses. Apparently I was a cheese virgin and didn’t even know it!

Venissimo Cheese | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Venissimo4 Venissimo Cheese | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Venissimo Cheese | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY I’d only ever had cow cheese up to this point . . . and now that I have partaken of other cheese species . . . I think I will stick with cow.  Lol. This particular location of Venissimo Cheese is located inside of Bottlecraft which offers a wide selection of beers as well . . . and apparently craft beer cupcakes, which we seem to have missed out on, as the trays were completely bare. Maybe next time!

I hope you enjoyed the tour recap! It was tons of fun! If you are interested in booking a tour of your own check out bitesandiego.com and choose a tour that suits your taste buds from one of their 7 offerings! (I plan on trying all of them at some point!)

Have a great weekend!

xx

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Mood Board Monday | Summer Breezes . . .

Mood Board Monday | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Mood Board Monday | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was grand.

In my own feeble attempt to hold on to the cooler weather a tad longer, I have created today’s Mood Board Monday palette based on some of nature’s softer, cooler tones. Although it is a cooler palette, the deep green gives it a bit of an earthy vibe, which tricks the eye into believing it is adding a little warmth. This collection of images makes me think of soft summer breezes, and time spent with friends by the lake. As we swiftly move into Spring, this palette is a great transitional colorway to incorporate into your wardrobe. Soon, we will be jumping from “transitioning” from winter to spring, directly into the heat of the summer, so enjoy it whilst you can!

xx

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image credit clockwise from top:: ocean | girls | tulips