Pendant | Side Table
Print | Pillow | Sofa | Rug

Urban Outfitters has been known to surprise me, in good and bad ways. It can be off-putting to see relics from my childhood – Lisa Frank holiday cards or a My Little Pony pint glass anyone? – marketed to the younger set as “vintage novelties.” Yet I wanted to feature some great finds from their “apartment” section. While not technically filed in their “rad stuff” section – alongside the actually awesome giant googly eyes – much of the apartment stuff is in fact quite rad. With styles ranging from mid-century modern to edgy contemporary, their furniture and decor are fit for a more, dare I say, mature living situation. Just steer clear of the crazy shower curtains, OK?


Friends! Sorry for the blog silence. My site was hacked earlier this week (eek!) and then my time and energy were hacked by this and that. Today I’m reposting from my very early days of Sparkle Meets Pop. It’s a topic that has been on my mind lately: personal style. How has yours changed over the years? Has yours dabbled in both extremes, classic and contemporary or masculine and feminine? Stopping to look at what I’m drawn to has helped me shop my closet and be more intentional when I shop in stores, but it’s definitely a continuous learning process.


How would you define your personal style?

Classic Prints: animal and stripes. (Atlantic-Pacific)

Business Casual: loose and structured button up shirt and blazer. (Via Pinterest)

Brights: fun colors paired together. (The Daybook)

Ablaze: I love blazers, especially when paired with a loose top and long necklaces. (Via Pinterest)

Prepster: Again, blazers, stripes and classic colors. (Brooklyn Blonde)

Easy Breezy Skinny: Great pairing, especially with colors (Via Pinterest)

Bring Me Bling: Can’t forget the sparkly accessories. (Matchbook Mag Tumblr)

Pencil Me In: This skirt is the perfect silhouette. (Sunday Evening)

This question was posed by Sequins and Stripes and it has always been a challenge for me as I feel that I don’t always fit in one category. Today I looked to Pinterest for help in figuring this out. (Pinterest has always been the source of answers for my problems, wouldn’t you agree? ;) While I don’t always dress like this everyday, it’s a goal to strive toward. How do you define your personal style?

Originally posted here on May 22, 2012



Top: Forever 21 | Necklace: H&M | Watch: Nordstrom | Skirt: Target | Heels: Target

It’s kinda-sorta fall, autumn here in Northern California. Call it what you will, I’m enjoying the best of both worlds. One one hand, I’m digging darker colors – hello Bordeaux ombre lips! – and all things pumpkin spice. On the other, I’m planning on laying out by the pool Saturday … yes, this Saturday being the first weekend of October.

You know what else is the best of both worlds? Networking and playing with makeup. The wonderful staff of the Beauty Spot at the Walnut Creek Nordstrom graciously hosted the Blog Brunch SF gang this past weekend and it was a blast. We sipped mimosas, gabbed about the business of blogging and talked with the beauty pros to get the latest on what’s on trend for fall.

So what are the must-haves, you ask? I was most excited about the dark glossy lip stain from YSL. Go for color #1 and on a bare lip, apply it liberally in the center and fan out to create an ombre effect. You’ll want two coats to really set the long-lasting stain color. In fragrance news, I fell in love again with Jo Malone. Did you know they are designed to be layered and mixed for a custom signature scent? Go for the nectarine and the rose for a bright and sweet scent that’s fresh and feminine. Lastly, I really loved the shimmery shadow from Kevyn Aucoin. In a roller, they apply fairly intensely, but blend really well. Go for citrine –  the light gold helps wake up the eyes a bit.


Jillian of The Humble Gourmet | Camille of Planning Pretty | Olivia of Mane Message


Thanks again to the Nordstrom team for having us! And Bay Area bloggers – stay tuned for the next Blog Brunch SF! It will blow you away… hint, hint. :)


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When someone asks if you’d like to stay at their family’s place in Napa, you just go and don’t ask questions. I’ve learned this lesson twice, each with delightful results. The first was when I happened to find myself sleeping at the Staglin family estate one night – a.k.a. where the remake of The Parent Trap was filmed.

The second time was a few weekends ago, where the couples group from church stayed at two homes outside of Napa owned by the Clif family. As in the people who make those tasty bars and also operate a tasting room in St. Helena. We had a great time relaxing with friends, enjoying some pool time, cooking, shopping, croquet, eating, wine tasting… it was truly heaven. And for those decor-lovers out there, you would have loved how the homes were styled – very Napa casual meets Restoration Hardware. The property was even highlighted in a recent San Francisco Magazine feature!

It was so much fun to escape to wine country with a big group of friends. Check out all the fun we had and then plan to book your trip to wine country ASAP! As always, if you’re in need of any recommendations in wine country, I’d be happy to help. :)

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Check out even more pictures after the jump!

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