Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $40

If you're still looking for some last minute gifts, here's a few ideas under $40.
Kayden Utility Boot by Xhilaration Genuine Leather $34.99 Target StoresBaked by Lewis and Poliafito Featured on Good Food as one of the best cookbooks to give as a gift $29.95 available in any major bookstoreCapri Blue Candles $28 Anthropologie, Specialty Gift Shops
My new favorite scent is Paris: A top of bergamot, white tea, lemon zest & ginger; the heart, a bouquet of jasmine, lavender, leafy greens, & ripe berries; the base, wild violets, white musk, soft cashmere & vanillaCavallini & Co Callendars Italian made and beautiful $21.95 Barnes & Noble, Anthropologie St. Germain Elderflower Liquor is delicious splashed in a glass of champagne. Lg. Bottle $35, Mini Bottle $5 give with a bottle of Champagne. Local grocer, liquor stores, BevMo


Slumdog Millionaire

If this movie is playing anywhere near you, I suggest you go see it. Dont check out the trailor first, dont set any expectations, just go see it.


Marni For Us Po Folk?

When browsing Nordstrom.com, my eyes suddenly were fixed on the BCBGirls 'Edmund' Sandal. At $109.95 I just might have to settle even though I am in love love love with the originals by Marni.

I must say, I am very appreciative that I am able to acquire designer looks without having to eat ramen for the rest of my life.


Tropic of Cancer

A while back, my friend Talia asked a bunch of her friends, including me, to appear in a music video for her band, Katie The Pest. It was a great experience and i am now considering listing "video vixen" on my resume. The song is called Tropic of Cancer and here is the final product.

This video, along with others can also be viewed on Katie The Pest's Myspace page: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=7723051
check it out yo


Afternoon Delight

This afternoon my roommate and i wandered into the neighbors yard and found a great new spot to take pictures yay! Afterwards we had a delicious vietnamese lunch and went shopping to for some x-mas decorations. now my home spells of pine and it officially feels like Christmas.

coat-zara, shirt-forever21, jeans-jbrand, shoes-bebe

tank-forever21, jacket-biz princess, skirt-vintage, shoes-soho(la)

I dont think i've ever mentioned it, but i am kinda obsessed with Lykke Li and with all things Swedish for that matter. She is so freaking cute and i was lucky enough to see her perform the last time whe was in the la area. after the show, i was determined to go home with some kind of souvenier.

flannel-old navy, shirt-Lykke Li, jeans-jbrand, snakeskin pumps-bebe

p.s. the headline was inspired by the fact that i was watching anchorman while i was posting this and does not have anything to do with my sexual orientation.


Do You See What I See?

I swear just yesterday i was pondering: if Forever 21 knocked off styles from American Apparel, would people go and by them from F21 instead because it is significantly cheaper; not really caring about American Apparel's system of making everything in USA? And then today I look on Forever21.com and there it is, smack dab in the sweater section:
Look familiar? This is the Heathered LS Sweater for $13.80. From the looks of it, it is quite close to my most favorite piece of clothing, American Apparel's Tri-Blend Light Weight Raglan Pullover at $36.00.
I am curious to see if F21 was able to get the shape and texture remotely close to AA's version. I have been tempted to buy a few more just in case anything happened to these precious pieces of mine, but the $13.80 is definitely looking much more enticing. I just might have to go with Forever's copy if its good enough, what would you do?

Oh and here's another one:Above is AA's Unisex Mineral Wash Stretch Bull Denim Slim Slack priced at $74.00.
And here's F21's version for just $19.80 I think im going to have to make a stop by Forever 21 tonight.


Cold Hearted Snake

These freaking fabulous snakeskin pumps were on sale at Bebe for $89.00 (still steep for me/no pun intended). However they were the only ones left in my size and the floor model(with a teeny bit of wear and tear), so i was able to get them for $79.00. Considering that they're still online for $149.00, i dont really feel that bad about whipping out the credit card. Im still trying to figure out how to look completely natural walking in them (almost got it down), but i dont want them to get messed up in any way so i think ill try to figure out a way ride piggy back everywhere i go instead.

p.s. i also tried on these blue suede babies which are possibly the hottest shoes i've ever had on my feet, but unfortunately they were nearly impossible to walk in. tear tear


For The Love Of God

This is the new cocktail ring that I found at a street vendor in the French Quarter. I was very determined that I was not to go home with out it. Its amazing and I cant stop staring at it.



i found this 80's jacket from the Goodwill. It had the biggest shoulder pads that i had ever seen. Once i removed them the jacket looked like something i could see Karla wearing. jacket label: Jackpot, scarf: h&m, jeans: j brand, shoes: who we see

this shirt came with a matching skirt which i will be hopefully featuring very soon. i love the dolman/bat sleeves.

I Heart NOLA Cont.

The reason that I havent posted any new pictures from New Orleans is because somehow all my pictures got accidentally deleted from my camera the night after Halloween. I am sooooo thankful that my friend Olga thought to upload some choice pics to her computer when we got in from partying Halloween night. Chris and Olga were so nice to invite me and whomever i wanted to stay in their amazing apartment in the French Quarter. I had the time of my life and cant wait to spend next Halloween theres again.

This is only the entry way/living room of Chris and Olga's apartment. it is super cozy and makes you want to be lazy, but there is so much going on down on the streets.

Olga makes these adorable mini top hats as well as burlesque style costumes. she hasnt set up an online store yet, but if you are intesested in them, let me know. (she is wearing her burlesque costume in my last post).

Terry was John Lennon for Halloween but people kept shouting "its the Geico caveman".

my pic for best costume

this was on frenchman st. any streets with bars basically looked like this, but its not as clausterphobic as it may look.

one of the best things about the french quarter (other than the fact that you can walk around with booze all day long) is that there is always great live music playing somewhere.


I Heart NOLA

I am currently in New Orleans. Last night was Halloween and I cannot recommend any better place to be to celebrate the occasion. This is a snapshot of our group before we headed out to join in on the festivities. More to come as soon as I get home.


Do's and Dont's: Oktoberfest

In celebration of my friends' Sara and Sam's birthdays, we decided to head out our local Oktoberfest celebration for some brouhaha and bratwurst. Here are some do's and dont's: DO wear your finest liederhosen and most Heidiesque outfit, even if you are clearly not of German or Bavarian descent. DONT wear a big lifesize Teletubbies costume if you dont want to be the center of attention for the entire night. Otherwise, DO charge everyone that wants to take a picture with you. Those beers are expensive! DO wear your beer girl apron. It will keep you dry from the jackasses that dont know how to keep their beer in their cups or their mouths. DONT wear large creepy chicken like hands. The folks that decided to take hallucinagens may have a bad trip while doing the chicken dance. DO let loose and join in on the singing and dancing. DONT be that a-hole that starts shouting Yes on 8 while your girlfriends gay boss and his posse roll up to hang out.

Do's and Dont's : Weddings

DO wear a fabulous feather covered headband. It is the perfect accessory for a wedding or any party in general.
DONT wear Crocs to a wedding, or outside of your garden for that matter. And especially not while wearing a full pants suit. But im sure you all know this already.


Its An Addiction, Sir!

I originally wanted these in black, but my friends told me that i needed more variety than just another black lace up shoe (see what Rumi is doing to me? love you!). Anyway, i like that these have a uniquely shaped squarish toe without being too square, and the heel practically glistens. I also made a couple new purchases last night that i cant wait to share with you. Im still in denial that its 85 degrees outside and purchased a fabulous new winter coat. New pics soon!

Shoes from Soho, Los Angeles