Pink & Gold

Normally I start my posts discussing the clothes and then move on to accessories but with this outfit I need to start with these Chloe shoes. I wanted these shoes forever. If any of you are fan you know that they've been around for a while. I could never pull the trigger because they were so damn expensive (yes, even more expensive than all of the other shoes I own). And they NEVER went on sale. Anyway, last year before Christmas I was in Bal Harbor in Miami and decided to go in to the Chloe boutique and take a look...quite honestly I would just be teasing myself but I couldn't resist. I mentioned to the sales woman my obsession with these shoes and she told me that these patent version were 40% off. 40% OFF!!!! I was ecstatic and grabbed them, of course. Anyway fast forward a year I walked into the Chloe boutique here in LA on Melrose wearing these boots. The saleswoman asked me about them and I told her I got them 40% off. She said that they brought them back this year and full price, since there was so much demand. Talk about getting lucky!

I love this sweater. It is even prettier in person. I shot this a while ago and since then so many bloggers have worn it but it is really special. The sleeve details are everything. 

I had such a fun shoot yesterday. Every time we finished a look I felt like it was my favorite one ever. Can't wait to share with you! xoxox

Photography by Felicia Lasala

The Best Thing About The Cold

Hey guys! So I know I've been complaining about the cold weather in LA lately (and I am not exaggerating- my friend landed from MTL yesterday and said it felt like the same temp!) but the best part about this weather is that I can finally put my Gucci princetowns to good use. And by good use I mean that it is actually weather appropriate to wear them, unlike when I wear them in the summer during the middle of a heat wave (anything for fashion, right?)

I contemplated buying these shoes forever. Every time I passed a Gucci store (in LA, Miami, NYC) I would go inside and try them on. Eventually everyone got fed up and said no more- buy them or don't. So I did and it was the best decision. 

This outfit I am wearing is a typical work outfit. Normally I will swap the Guccis for Manolos if I need to be more dressed up. The pants are from Zara and were less than $50- I swear I wear them 3 times a week. 

This weekend one of my best friends is in town so there will be a lot of catching up and girl talk. I also may drag her to IKEA to buy a full length mirror so that I can take pics of my daily outfits for you guys. Most people get their Instagram Hubbies to take pictures every day but oh boy, you do not want to see the pics of me that Ray takes. I love him to death but being an Instagram Hubby is just not his thing (think of me looking 200 lbs and 4 ft). Not pretty. And so I intend to take more mirror selfies of my looks. Stay tuned! xox

Photography by Felicia Lasala

The benefits of collagen

For as long as I can remember I have had a sensitive stomach. It took years and years of eliminating foods to determine what agreed with me and what didn't. I can honestly say that think I have now (finally) figured out a system. I know what to eat, in what combination, at what times etc. (I am happy to do a more detailed post if you'd like).  

To say I am a picky eater is an understatement. I don't eat dairy (I am lactose intolerant). I don't eat meat (a purely personal rather than dietetic choice). I don't eat a lot of sweets. I eat gluten in moderation...Let's just say when I moved to LA I fit right in.  

Now, one of my biggest challenges is to ensure that I have enough protein and calcium in my diet. I haven't had red meat for nearly 13 years and all meat for almost 8 years (I stopped the day I took Luca home). 

When I moved to LA I started to hear about the benefits of ingesting collagen. I ignored it, assuming that collagen was just intended to help with anti-aging and I'm only 28, hello. Okay fine, 28 is not considered so young in Beverly Hills...don't remind me. Anyway, I never gave collagen much thought until I was introduced to Vital Proteins. I started to research the benefits and it seemed as though it was designed just for me. The list included helping the digestive system by supporting hydrochloric acid and repairing the lining of the stomach, preventing aging by promoting moisture in the skin (in Beverly Hills I need this), strengthening hair and nails (which I obviously need from my lack of calcium) and leading to a more restorative sleep. After reading this list I would be foolish not to give it a try.

And so I have been including Vital Proteins in my smoothies and so far the effects have been great. It definitely takes some time but I notice my nails getting stronger and  my stomach hasn't had any major issues lately (yes, I am aware the dry January plays a part). It's also a great way to add protein to the diet. 

My favorite is the Collagen Beauty Greens. It has 70 calories, 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of sugar per serving. I thought I would share one of my favorite smoothie recipes (pictured above). It contains collagen, protein, potassium and antioxidants and is low in fat and sugar. I normally have it for breakfast or as a midmorning snack. 

Ingredients (simply blend them together): 

1/2 banana
1 cup of almond milk (I like the Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla)
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens (it's a coconut vanilla flavor)
1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)

I would love to know what you think! xox

This post is in collaboration with Vital Proteins. All opinions are my own. 

Oldie but Goodie

If this jacket is familiar it's because I own it in grey and posted it here. I bought the jackets at Zara during the Black Friday sale. They were $60 each on sale (how could I not buy both?). I really love the color of this one. It's perfect for winter months. I paired it with one of my favorite shoes. I know that Valentino rockstuds are no longer really in style, but I'm still obsessed with mine. The olive color contrasted with the gold studs is such a beautiful combination. Also, I bought these for myself the weekend I found out I passed the California bar, so they have special significance to me. Lastly, when you spend so much money on shoes it is such a shame to just put them away. 

How was your weekend? It rained like crazy in LA yesterday. I had a shoot planned that I had to move, so that was disappointing. But I actually loved spending the day cozy inside. Ray watched football (obviously) and I spent the day working on She Went West. I started posting more Instagram stories this weekend and really enjoyed it! I plan to do it way more often. I'm also in talks with a few fun collaborations. Can't wait to share! xoxox


Photography by Felicia Lasala

5 Ways To Help Reduce Anxiety

I posted last week on Instagram that I was reading Living With Intent by Mallika Chopra. As I mentioned in that post (and in my New Year's Resolutions post), my goal this year is to meditate a few times a week. So far, 20 days in, I have been unsuccessful. I find a million excuses to delay the start of my practice and when I do sit down to meditate, I feel like a complete failure as all I can think about is my shopping cart, what to make for dinner and what is left on my to-do list. Meditation is simply not easy. It's ironic that what seems to be the easiest thing in the world to do (sit still and breathe) can actually be the hardest. And I know I am not alone in this. My goal this year remains to strengthen my meditation practice and to be patient with myself until I reach this goal. Nonetheless, I thought I would share a few other things that I do to stay calm, help reduce my anxiety and improve my mental well-being.

1. Take a bath. I try and take a bath every night, even if it is only for five minutes. Ray always makes fun of me for how short my baths are. But honestly, five minutes is sometimes enough. It allows me to switch gears, relax my body and prepare for bed. I ALWAYS sleep better after I take a bath. I usually light a candle (I love the lavender and stress relief candles from Bath & Body Works) and use bath salts (either the lavender ones from Target or Camille Beckman salts). I put on music (think either Spa music or Iron and Wine) and just zone out. 

2. Take three breaths. I learnt this tactic in a training I did a few years ago. It sounds so simple "take three breaths" but it actually really works. If you ever feel overwhelmed, anxious, upset (and the list goes on) simply pause and take three breaths. This helps you center yourself and refocus. For me, it tends to remind myself that I am starting to feel anxious or overwhelmed and I need to take a step back, look at what is making me feel that way, and think of the bigger picture. 

3. Have tea. This is a weird one, I know. But for some reason every time I make a cup of tea it relaxes me and calms me down. I often forget this and go weeks without having tea. But every time I start drinking it again it reminds me how beneficial it can be. I'm not sure if its the warm liquid or the feelings I associate with having a cup of tea, but whatever it is it definitely helps center me. 

4. Go for a walk. I can't begin to tell you how important walks have been for me in dealing with anxiety. If you can't already tell, I have anxiety (I know, who doesn't). Sometimes its at bay and every now and then I get a huge flare up (usually around something stressful). My husband and I have always loved going on long walks at night with Luca. I can remember the specific incidences that have led to extreme anxiety over the past few years (law school, the bars, moving etc) and the walks we went on and conversations we had that helped me get through it. The fresh air, the time spent simply talking with no distractions and of course Luca's cute face help to relieve any anxiety I am having. We try and go on a nice walk every night. It is really is one of my favorite things to do together. 

5. Go shopping. Kidding (not). Do what makes you happy. Mine happens to be shopping (window shopping, online shopping etc). Normally I just build my shopping cart and rarely actually check out. But this helps distract me for a while and by the time I start thinking about whatever was stressing me out, time has passed and I am able to think more rationally. The other day I woke up really homesick. Then I started to think about all of the things that were stressing me out. By the early afternoon I had worked myself up in a really bad mood. Ray asked me if I would go with him to Neiman Marcus and get a coffee and cookie (they have the best cookies). He said he really felt like it. Reluctantly I said sure. By the time we left Neiman Marcus, I was in an amazing mood. The atmosphere, the people, the cookie(!), helped me get my mind off of everything that was upsetting me. Also being able to walk five minutes to Neiman Marcus from our house made me WAY less homesick, haha. When we were walking out he admitted he really wanted to go there for me (what a sweetie).

I hope these tips help you when you are feeling anxious or stressed. If you have any other suggestions please let me know! xoxo

Photography by Felicia Lasala

The Perfect Denim Shirt

My rule of thumb for dressing in LA is wearing layers. When I go for my run in the morning it is usually freezing outside and by the afternoon it has really warmed up. One of my favorite ways to layer is to wear a faux fur vest. I own a few variations. This one (I am embarrassed to say) is from the Gap when I was in high school!! I never threw it away and it happens to be the vest I get the most compliments on. It's double-sided (so high school) but I always wear the faux fur side out. 

This denim shirt is from Target (or TargĂ© as I like to call it).  I also bought it in a lighter blue. I bought a denim shirt from Rails but ended up returning it because I was afraid I wouldn't get enough use of it and it wouldn't be worth the investment. This $20 version really did the trick! I live in it. I paired the look with Manolos to dress it up a bit. 

Could we talk about the Bachelor for a second? I'm so into this season (I feel like I say that every time). I'm particularly into Vanessa since she's from Montreal. Love her look and personality. Hoping she makes it to the end! Who are your favorites?

Ray and I got into Episodes last night. It's amazing!! So funny and fun to watch when you live in Beverly Hills. Highly recommend it if you are looking for a new series xox 

Photography by Felicia Lasala

Mossimo shirt, Gap vest (old), JBrand leather pants, Manolo Blahnik heels, Quay sunglasses, Celine purse

Navy & White

There is nothing like dark blue denim and a white blouse. As I've mentioned before, I rarely purchase blouses. For one, nice ones are so expensive. Moreover, they all tend to look the same. But this one really caught my eye. I love that I can dress it up or down. I can wear it to brunch, to a date night, or to work. The versatility made it worth the investment. 

These are one of my favorite jeans I own. Frame makes the most comfortable denim. I will say that they stretch out, so you need to put them in the dryer more than others. But it's worth it. 

These Victoria Beckham sunglasses are perfect. I love the shape and the color. But they are expensive. If you are looking for a similar look but for less, I would definitely recommend the Quay ones I wear in nearly every post. 

Photography by Felicia Lasala

Frame jeans (similar), Club Monaco shirt, YSL shoes, vintage Gucci purse, Victoria Beckham sunglasses

Winter Wonderland (in LA)

Even though it is 12 degrees outside today (Celsius, I still can't figure out Fahrenheit) I had to post this look. I actually shot it when it was way warmer out (ha!). You don't even know the looks I was getting. But this is one of my favorite "winter" coats, so I didn't care. I bought it when I still lived in Montreal. To be honest, it really isn't that warm. The jacket itself is very thin. However, the faux fur hood gives the look of hibernating in -30 degree weather. As I get more acclimated to LA weather I think this jacket is actually appropriate for a "cold" LA day ;).

What's everyone up to this weekend? Ray and I don't have any plans. Since last weekend was ALL about home decor, I think I will give him a break. I plan on doing a few hot yoga barre and flow classes, continue reading my book, take a few baths and apply a few face masks (to combat this dry weather), take Luca on long walks through Beverly Hills and try some new recipes (we are currently doing a dry January, so there will be no vino involved..ugh). Hope you have a good long weekend! xox

Photography by Felicia Lasala

Zara jacket (similar but different color), Rag and Bone jeans (similar), Christian Louboutin boots, YSL clutch (similar), Quay sunglasses