When it comes to shopping designer collaborations, I look for quality over quantity (i.e. how much I can snag). Is the piece something I’ll wear often? Or will it become dated once the collaboration dies down? I recently shopped the Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific collaboration and wanted almost everything. But I knew there was one item that would get the most traction in my wardrobe: the double breasted wool pink blazer. It’s a classic and versatile piece that I can style multiple ways. Here are 3 of my favorite pink blazer outfits inspired by the collection.
Look 1: The Dainty Statement Blouse
This Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Bow Front Pleated Blouse was one of the collaboration’s most popular items. Dainty details peppered the collection. Three velvet bows adorn this pleated blouse with big beautiful pearls in between. I dressed down the elegant top with jeans and contrasted all that pink with leopard print flats.
To be honest, I just wanted an excuse to wear the uber chic wide belt. I don’t think this dress would look as good without it. But I probably would’ve bought this dress anyway since I’m a huge fan of pink dresses.
Although the dress doesn’t come in petite, I find that high heels do the trick. Drape the classic pink blazer over your shoulders and the look is complete.
Where to Wear: When you want to impress new clients at work
Pink Midi Dresses to Pair with a Pink Blazer
Look 3: The Lightweight Sweater
This wool pink blazer is a bit heavy. If you want to layer a sweater underneath, choose something lightweight.
Where to Wear: Job interview at a creative company (when a full business suit is too stuffy)
Lightweight Sweaters to Pair with a Pink Blazer
How I Learned to Avoid Designer Collaboration Burnout
There’s no surprise that the Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific collection was a popular one. Some of the pieces sold out quickly, but are now available again. I woke up early to shop online, effort I hadn’t put into a designer collaboration since 2011 with Missoni for Target.
I still remember the excitement from Missoni for Target. I woke up at an ungodly hour with my well researched list of items to add to my cart. When the sale began, there was such a frenzy that I made a mad rush to get every item whether I needed it or not. Perhaps the dash was what I enjoyed most because you better believe I returned at least half of it.
In the end I learned that there’s only so much chevron a person can handle. And that your choices for such a popular collaboration should be strategic.
Ask yourself 1) Can it be worn more than one season? (i.e. is it too trendy?) 2) Do you love it? (i.e. can you live without it?) If the answers to these questions are both yes, then add it to your cart without guilt because you shouldn’t need therapy for your retail therapy. Am I right?
My favorite piece from the collection was the pink blazer. What’s yours? Were you disappointed on missing out on anything that sold out?
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Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about winter holiday décor. I shopped Kohl’s November Home Sale to demonstrate a few affordable ways I like to bring holiday cheer to the bedroom. Since the bedroom is a place for relaxation, small touches go a long way with your holiday bedroom décor. These tips are for those who want chic, yet subtle seasonal elements they can mix into their existing décor.
Add Extra Layers
To combat the winter cold, layering with a blanket and throw will give you more options to stay warm as temperatures fluctuate. Throws can also add color and texture to your bedding. I’ve paired The Big One Supersoft Plush Blanket with the Cuddl Duds Jacquard Sherpa Fleece Throw. These two will keep you warm whether you feel like a light blanket or need to double up. Plus, the adorable moose print on the Sherpa fleece adds a fun seasonal element to your holiday bedroom décor.
Wintry Cabin Highlights
To keep my bedroom décor on trend beyond Christmas, I’ve chosen a chic wintry cabin vibe. Earthy tones like khakis and greens are classic and suit the evergreen holiday aesthetic. That’s why I selected the Cuddl Duds Microfiber Sheet Set. The forest critters motif brings the outdoors in and the light neutral hues complement the elegant white and gold tones of my room.
Refresh Your Pillows (+ How to Find the Perfect Pillow)
Your pillows may lose their shape and fluffiness over time. You should replace them every 6 to 36 months depending on the quality and fill. Since I’m a side sleeper, I chose the Serta Down Illusion Firm Bed Pillow. Not sure what type of pillow you need? Kohl’s guide will help you find the perfect pillow. Bonus: Add an extra wintry touch with a warm and fluffy faux fur pillow you’ll want to cuddle with.
Holiday Bedroom Décor Accent Colors
Your bedroom is your sanctuary and thus should be a place you can easily unwind for the night. Since holiday colors are usually vivid and bright, I like to keep holiday accent colors to a minimum. Playful holiday hues here and there in bedding and décor are a treat for the eyes. But they shouldn’t overwhelm the senses.
Thoughtful seasonal touches to update your bedroom will help get you in the spirit. For example, I adore snow globes this time of year. Set one on your nightstand. If it’s the first thing you see in the morning, you’re bound to start the day with the holidays on your mind. For the evening, a holiday scented candle will create an inviting bedroom atmosphere and calm you before bed. And of course, don’t forget to wear your holiday pajamas. This adorable Cuddl Duds Pajamas-in-a-Bag Set is super soft.
Declutter Your Space
Things pile up over time from shopping bags and shipping boxes to suitcases and laundry baskets. Clearing out these extra items will not only clear the space but also your mind. It’ll make room for fun holiday essentials like a mini tree or mistletoe.
Want to get this chic wintry holiday look for your bedroom? Shop Kohl’s November Home Sale (11/7 – 11/18) for quality home essentials at amazing prices. Find deep discounts on top bedroom brands like The Big One, Columbia, Cuddl Duds, and Serta to update your bedroom for the holidays. Do you have any other great holiday bedroom décor ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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From snakeskin to leopard, I’m wild about animal prints. While I’ve already highlighted some of my favorite leopard print fashions this season, today I’m focusing strictly on the finishing touches — accessories! Even if you’re print shy, a pop of animal print is a great way to take baby steps with your wardrobe. And since these prints can act as a neutral, animal print accessories usually go with everything.
Snake Print Accessories
Snake print is the new black! From boots to bags, this print is making its way across the style spectrum. I’m partial to the classic black and white look. But I also love when they color block the print with other hues.
When you think of animal print accessories, you probably don’t think tiger first. But don’t dismiss this surprisingly chic motif. You’ll definitely stand out in this print when everyone else is wearing leopard or snakeskin.
Leopard Print Accessories
Probably the most popular of the bunch, leopard is currently one of the hottest prints this season. There are plenty of options to choose from with this classic print. Don’t be afraid to choose a colorful version for a bolder look.
So what’s the difference between cheetah and leopard print? Cheetah print features solid black spots while leopard print has a brown background with black shapes that resemble a horseshoe or circle. Even retailers get it wrong, often labeling cheetah print as leopard. But you can’t go wrong with either.
Zebra Print Accessories
I like to think of zebra as the wild child of the bunch. The contrast of the print and color is stark. If you like to rock zebra print, chances are you’re not shy about your style. Zebra is such a fun print and as an accessory it can add such an unexpected element to any look.
While you’ll always find tortoise shell eyewear, lately I’ve been seeing a ton of tortoise shell box clutches. They’re an affordable and stylish option. Plus it’s a classic clutch that will go with everything. I love matching my accessories in the same color or print family, like the earrings and clutch above. It’s a great way to turn an animal print into a neutral.
I’m a classic girl so I adore leopard for my animal print accessories. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of that print. What’s your favorite animal print to rock?
LA is the 7th largest city in the US. With 87 neighborhoods to choose from, it can be difficult for anyone to select an itinerary for a week, let alone a weekend getaway. Good thing I’ve narrowed it down for you! I’ve planned a few days of delicious food, great shopping, and the most beautiful spots to hang. Here’s my LA travel guide to getting the most out of a weekend in LA.
Where do you begin with a sprawling city of over 4000 square kilometers? By choosing a few nearby neighborhoods, it can focus your options tremendously. I’ve chosen to highlight the best places to hang in Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and West Hollywood, all conveniently located within 15 – 30 minutes’ drive of each other. Rather than battling traffic, you’ll be able to make the most out of your weekend in LA.
I recommend making Santa Monica your first stop and home base. It’s central to all three neighborhoods and has the best range of hotel options. A view of the Santa Monica Pier and its iconic Ferris wheel is a great way to kick off a classic SoCal experience. I always like to spend an afternoon at the Third Street Promenade to shop, snack, and people watch. If I have time, I’ll venture east of the beach for a less touristy experience.
This spot is perfect for family or for making memories with your friends. The famous solar-powered Ferris wheel is a must-see. After you’ve ridden the wheel, enjoy the rest of the attractions at Pacific Park, including an aquarium, arcade games, and souvenir shops. I like to grab a stick of cotton candy to complete the cliché and always enjoyable fair experience.
If you want to avoid the crowds of the pier, head toward the Pacific Palisades side. Palisades Park overlooks Santa Monica beach. Relax under the trees with a picnic, enjoy a local food truck, or admire the art and sculpture on the grounds.
Third Street Promenade
Already seen the pier? Spend the day instead at the Third Street Promenade. Brand name stores and restaurants pepper a pedestrian stretch of four blocks. Coming from out of town, I like to visit stores we don’t have like Zara or stock up at larger versions of my favorite stores like J.Crew and Topshop. There are plenty of spots along the way to sit and relax or enjoy performances by local street artists.
Climb the Santa Monica Stairs
If you want to get an early morning workout in the next day, visit the Santa Monica Stairs located on 4thSt and Adelaide Dr. It’s a popular spot for locals and celebs to tone their lower body.
Where to Eat in Santa Monica
For a brunch spot away from the boardwalk’s crowd, head to The Gables. I love a restaurant that’s so pretty, I never want to leave. Full of natural light, the restaurant’s colorful patio first catches your eye. Patterned blue tile and hanging greenery sandwich a chic set of tables, perfect for dining alfresco. Try the Devil Toast for a flavorful, yet healthy breakfast option. If you’re in the mood for lunch, opt for the Kale Caesar or the Patty Melt.
With bright turquoise walls, this Mexican cantina is full of cheery beach vibes. If you’ve got a craving for Mexican, Tallula’s has guacamole, ceviche, fish tacos, enchiladas, plenty of grilled meat, and margaritas.
Huckleberry Café & Bakery
Order the Organic Fried Chicken Sandwich or Dad’s Pancakes at Huckleberry, a popular breakfast spot that usually has a line out the door. Or try one of their sweet baked goods, which may make you want to get back in line for more.
Indian steet food goes modern and flashy at Tumbi. You won’t find samosas here. But you can order Pani Puri shots, a farmer’s market mushroom dosa, Butter Chicken crepes, and more inventive and flavorful fare.
Venice Beach may be my favorite neighborhood of all on this LA Travel Guide — the place I’d settle in if I had millions of dollars. The locals are cool yet laid back even though tourists are around. This beach is a popular place for people watching, considering the number of street performers and artists. But it’s also got one of the coolest streets that locals love to hang out on – Abbot Kinney Blvd. And of course you can’t miss the Venice Canals.
What to Do in Venice Beach
Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk
Look for the Venice Beach sign and you’re steps away from the walk. You’ll find great people watching opportunities. Last time I visited, there was a crowd of people witnessing street performers try to jump a line of people. I also saw talented artists working on commissioned murals. It’s fun to walk around because something is always happening.
Mural on Abbot Kinney by Alex Yates next to Rag and Bone
Abbot Kinney Blvd
A short walk from the beach is Abbot Kinney Blvd. Named one of the coolest blocks in America by GQ, the street offers a seemingly endless array of boutiques, trendy restaurants, and artsy galleries. I like to wander from end to end, stepping in and out of shops or spaces that catch my eye. You’ll also find fun murals here and there and plenty of places to grab a snack or drink. If you’re there on First Friday, you’ll have the chance to try food from the dozens of popular food trucks that stop by.
Venice Canal Historic District
If you’re looking for a tranquil spot amidst the craziness of Venice Beach, you’ll love exploring the Venice Canals. Walk around three blocks of man-made canals, located within South Venice Blvd, Pacific, Ocean Ave, and Washington Blvd. Each canal has a bridge that cuts across it, perfect for picture taking and admiring the houses along the water. It’s easy to imagine the slow life people enjoy there. I saw someone take out their paddleboard (although it was a short strip of water), and another group enjoy drinks on their makeshift floating dock. What a life! I just need to develop a multi-million dollar app so I can buy a place and retire there.
High Rooftop Lounge
Every LA travel guide needs a visit to a rooftop lounge. To get a great view of Venice Beach, visit High Rooftop Lounge atop Hotel Erwin. It’s the only rooftop bar and lounge in Venice. If you’re looking for a fun night out, this spot has a locally inspired menu and great nightlife.
The Mosaic Tile House
Every surface of the Mosaic Tile House has been covered in ceramic tiles, glass, mirror shards, and other found objects over the last 20 years. You’ll need to make an appointment to see this unusual and stunning space, open on the weekends.
Where to Eat in Venice Beach
The Butcher’s Daughter
Set in the middle of Abbot Kinney Blvd, The Butcher’s Daughter offers healthy vegan-friendly fare. You’ll love the Margherita or Mushroom & Arugula pizza. The cheese actually tastes like cheese. And the delicious smell of the truffle oil from the mushroom pizza is strong enough to get a contact high. Try and get a seat on their shady patio during Happy Hour for more fun people watching.
There’s something for every mood on the menu at Gjelina, a rustic chic spot. The dim lighting makes it a perfect date night spot. But it’s got a solid brunch menu too. Open since 2008, it’s a popular and reliable staple on Abbot Kinney.
Blue Star Donuts
Need a quick sugary pick-me-up? Reward yourself for all those steps around LA with a brioche doughnut from Blue Star Donuts. Choose from crazy fun flavors like Valrhona Chocolate Crunch, Blueberry Bourbon Basil, or Horxata Glaze.
This luxe café features two patios, a bar, and a bakery with all-day Californian fare. Whether you want Shashouka in the morning, Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe for lunch, or Wakame Noodles for dinner, there’s a diverse array of cuisine to choose from at Rose Café.
Eggslut was recommended to me by my sister and is close to Ocean Front Walk. Egg sandwiches are the star of the menu. You’ll want to try the Slut: cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, and served with slices of baguette. The space is small though, so you’ll want to grab a quick bite.
West Hollywood is a great place for a different kind of people watching. You’ll see celebrities, models, and other beautiful people walking around West Hollywood. While it can be intimidating, it’s also fun to see who you might run into. There is no shortage of pretty places to eat or shop, especially if you like designer boutiques. After you’ve shopped till you drop, watch a performance on the legendary Sunset Strip or enjoy the fabulous nightlife.
What to Do in West Hollywood
Whether you’re looking for designer or vintage, you’ll find endless options on Melrose Avenue. Shoppers love to frequent Crossroads Trading Co. for vintage, Fred Segal for an eclectic mix of current styles, or Decades for glamorous vintage gowns. There are also plenty of glam home stores such as Kelly Wearstler or Design Within Reach. On Sundays you can shop the open-air market for vintage clothing or antique goods at the Melrose Trading Post. There’s also plenty of cool walls to snap for your Instagram from the famous pink wall by Paul Smith to the Made in LA wall by Cisco Home.
Not too far from Melrose is The Grove, an outdoor shopping mall filled with high street brands like Topshop, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic. Spend the day padding your closet, picking up sweet bites from Dylan’s Candy bar or Ladurée, or grabbing a bite at Blue Ribbon Sushi. There are lots of fun activities including pop-up shops, celebrity hosted events, and more depending on the day.
If you love millennial pink, you’ll love visiting this cute tea spot, the sister store to Alfred Coffee. Choose from 28 teas on the “Fancy Pink Tea List” as well as matcha, boba, and on-tap drinks. Alfred Tea is prime for Instagram moments. I went for the Golden Drink tinted yellow from turmeric. Feel free to be extra by ordering the Raspberry Dipped Rose Croissant.
The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker
This super fashionable café and patio features modern California farm-fresh fare with a European influence. The menu includes house-butchered meats, fresh baked goods, specialty coffee, and craft cocktails. Enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio at BBCM shaded by olive tress, or indoor in one of their bright yellow banquettes.
This garden inspired rooftop restaurant is a feast for the eyes with breathtaking views of the city. Nosh on Asian inspired seafood and sushi as well as vegan options. And enjoy celebrity sightings because you never know who you’ll see at Catch. It’s the place to see and be seen. Get here early if you want to grab a table or know someone who knows someone.
This upscale West Hollywood restaurant makes you feel like you’re inside a lush greenhouse that just happens to serve modern Peruvian cuisine. Dishes are meant to be shared at Rosaline. Start with the ceviche (there’s a whole bar for it) and work your way through the extensive menu from snacks, to grill meat, seafood, inventive salads, and plenty of dessert options.
If you can’t hit up the rooftop lounge at Catch, Mama Shelter also has a space in the sky. Enjoy foosball tables, outdoor movies, and day beds in case you need a mid-afternoon nap. Good food and movie-themed cocktails round out the experience.
I’m always looking for cute and clever spaces in my city to hang, eat, or work at. Whether you’re in St. Louis like me or in a big city like NYC, it’s fun to discover new hot spots. The best part is sharing them with friends. Bragging rights for finding cool places are their own reward. But when a space makes you feel like you’re somewhere other than your city, you know it’s extra special. That’s how I felt when I stepped into St. Louis’s new craft smoothie & juice bar, Hello Juice St. Louis.
Jordan and Kayla Bauer came up with the idea for Hello Juice on their Hawaiian honeymoon. While enjoying smoothie bowls at an island juice bar, they realized St. Louis had nothing like it. Over the next year they experimented with pop-up juice shops and launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their venture. Their ultimate goal was to take the idea one step further from a grab-and-go juice bar and make it a lounge — somewhere you’d want to come stay a while.
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The Ambience at Hello Juice
When you step into this St. Louis juice bar and smoothie lounge, it’s got that California laid-back chic vibe. Bright natural light shines through wall-to-wall windows, bouncing off the high ceilings to create an open and inviting atmosphere. Leafy plants, rattan furniture, and macramé wall hangings decorate the space in earthy tones. And of course, lots of photogenic smoothie bowls and fancy toast are on the menu to delight your senses.
The Hello Juice Menu
Speaking of the food, Hello Juice endeavors to be as local and organic as possible. The juice selection varies daily depending on what’s fresh and in season. The day I walked in there was a watermelon blend that sounded oh so refreshing.
If you’re looking for something a little heartier, they have a rotating list of smoothie options available in a cup ($7.50), great for on-the-go or with some toast, or a bowl ($9.50) for a fuller meal. If you want to get fancy, you can add extra toppings like granola, chia seeds, coconut, berries, or a wellness boost. Other options on the Hello Juice menu include salads ($9), toast ($5), coffee ($5), and yogurt bowls ($5).
Ocean Smoothie Bowl at Hello Juice St. Louis
For a blend of sweet and savory, I suggest ordering a cup of the Acai smoothie and a slice of Avocado Seed toast (featuring local bread from Knead Bakehouse). They’ve recently introduced bone broth to the menu, just the thing to warm you up and boost your immune system during the winter season.
Located at 1000 S Newstead, Hello Juice is within walking distance of Central West End, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, The Cortex, and The Grove. This St. Louis juice bar is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. With free wi-fi and great street parking, you might find me there clicking away at my computer with a glass of fresh pressed juice by my side. For more information, visit them on the web.