Monday, March 28, 2011

Meeting Minkoff

Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting my favorite handbag designer, Rebecca Minkoff, at Saks Fifth Avenue in Costa Mesa, CA.

It was wonderful getting to chat with her a bit. I adore her Spring collection! I keep changing my mind about which bag is my favorite so I decided to feature the one that I practically ran to when I saw it.

Also, is it bad that I want to get a Kindle just so I can buy this case?

Photo credits- Maria Bag:, Kindle Sleeve:

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Unregrettable Evening

As I was saying in my last post, I attended An Unregrettable Evening Wednesday night which was hosted by Shop It To Me and American Express with Whitney Port at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles.

Sipping on wine and "regret-me-nots" (the evening's signature cocktail), guests were able to view Whitney Port's shopping spring picks.

One of Whitney's picks was this Temperley London dress which I am obsessed with! I feel like it's a modern take on a mod Audrey Hepburn (and you know she's my favorite!). Yes, that's me next to the dress. Don't I look possessed? Fashion does that to me I guess!

My other favorite pick was the Whitney Eve Dillon Dolman All in One (and yes, I told her so).

Additionally, there was a workstation nearby where you could shop right at the party!

I seriously need to get this.

I also LOVED that guests were able to bring clothes to donate to Beyond Shelter, a local organization who helps primarily single mothers find and prepare for job interviews and employment.

A huge thank you to the Shop It To Me team, American Express, Whitney Port, and the other guests. I really enjoyed speaking with everyone I met!

P.S. I just looked at my Salemail and there are some killer Tory Burch items on sale right now!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Contest Fit for a Fashionista!

I was lucky to attend a fantastic event last night hosted by Shop It To Me and American Express with Whitney Port at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. I’m excited to post more about that later, but I couldn’t wait to share with you the contest they announced last night!

Here are the details from Shop It To Me:

Shop It To Me has teamed with American Express Premium Return Protection to offer one lucky fashion-lover a $3000 shopping spree with Whitney Port! That's not all -- each day through April 2, we'll be giving away a PRP subscription and $100 to shop Whitney's No Regrets Spring Picks.

Enter to win by completing the following steps:

  1. Follow @ShopItToMe and @AmericanExpress on twitter
  2. Tweet the following phrase:

Want to win a $3000 shopping spree w/ @whitneyeveport? Follow @shopittome @americanexpress & RT to win: #NoRegrets

Good luck! XOXO

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How You Can Help

I've been reading online about how one can help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I found one particular article very helpful, which can be found here.

It includes a list of philanthropies that contribute in different ways so you can choose how you'd like to help. Both the Red Cross and The Salvation Army are two of the organizations that allow you to donate money specifically to the disaster relief efforts in Japan.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Dreaded Hand Wash

This weekend I made myself tend to that pile of "hand wash only"s. You know the type: gorgeous beading, glamorous sequins, bright tights..... and inconvenient to wash!

It's okay though because I finally have a hand washing system that seems to work.

  1. Add mild detergent to a basin or tub and fill with cold water (or whatever temperature the garment calls for). I use my tub. Do not fill the tub...only put enough water in the mix the detergent and soak the garment.

  2. Swirl the garment around in the water until completely wet. Swirl in one direction for 1.5 minutes. Stop and swirl in the opposite direction for 1.5 minutes.

  3. Gently rub any areas that need extra washing. Let soak for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove garment from tub. Empty tub. Rinse garment with cold water. Add cold water to tub and dip garment in the water to ensure all detergent is removed.

  5. Pick up garment from the shoulders and let water drain into the tub. Do not twist or wring.

  6. Hang up garment or lay flat to dry depending on the care instructions. For sweaters, I roll them or blot them with a towel first to remove excess water.
  7. For items to lay flat to dry: arrange garment in its normal shape on a dry towel.

Depending on the item, my clothes usually take 1-3 days to completely dry. I've found I always dread this chore, but it can be cathartic--like folding or ironing is for some.

Tip: To make hand washing clothes less tedious, sometimes I place a card table or TV tray in the doorway of the bathroom and play my iPod or my portable DVD player on it. (I don't want electronics near a full tub of course so that's why I have it in the hallway!)

Up next on the to-do list: spring cleaning and my taxes! How about you?

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Bag Obsession

This amazing wallet was featured in a Lucky giveaway recently and I had to see more.

So off to the Hester van Eeghen web site I went. I love the different shapes of the handbags and all the color!!! I want this one!!!

Featured: Stair Wallet $215 and Harmonica Bag $775

Photo credit: Hester van Eeghen