Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ring Bearing Responsibilities

Big D has got some big responsibilities this weekend as second Ring Bearer, or in the Filipino tradition, a Coin Bearer.  On top of looking dapper in a 5 piece tuxedo, (challenge #1 will be dressing him in all pieces with out a fight) his primary duty is to carry a box of coins down an aisle along side his fellow 4 year old cousin who will be carrying the wedding rings.  We have practiced the task of walking down an aisle.  We have replayed the episode of Caillou in Jonas' Wedding.  But it will be a game time decision to see if this kid executes his task with out crying, screaming and running in front of the public eye.  I may have to use an ulterior motive and bribe D with a shiny nice toy at the other end of the aisle.  

Photos via Style Me Pretty   1 / 2

Photos via 1 / 2

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween

I am not sure if the wigs were necessary for our costume, but it was a nice add on to our 80's gym-tastic flashback. Hope you have a Happy Halloween...
Halloween circa 2007

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hair Love

Here's a little peek of my bridesmaid dress to be worn on Saturday...cute, right?  Not your typical baby pink or canary yellow you-can-totally-wear-it-again dress, but a tasteful and elegant, steel grey gown.  My favorite design detail is that it can be worn in multiple ways - strapless, off the shoulder, halter or one-shoulder.  My first dilemma is deciding how to wear my hair - a classic up-do or my staple 'do, down with curls.  
hairs options I pinned thus far:

Which are your favorite? My second dilemma is the sad fact I haven't worked out since 2009 and not feeling the greatest about my post baby kangaroo pooch.'s killing me and now that I am T-5 days to countdown, I am going to have to succumb to crash dieting and some Spanx!

dress image via Jenny Yoo
hair images via 1/ 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wedding Prep

Who doesn't love a wedding? To be a witness of people pledging their lifelong love for each other, some celebratory dancing, and indulging in wedding cake.  This week, my young cousin will be married in San Francisco, and I cannot wait to be a part of it.  Until then, there are a lot of things to take care of in preparation for the festivities.  Packing for a long road trip, getting bridesmaid pretty, and some DIY gifting, just to name a few...this week I will be devoted to wedding prep.


2 weeks ago, Big D was gifted with this awesome rocket ship for his birthday.  Since then, it has suffered the trial and tribulation of a young 3 year old astronaut. 

It held a couple of hundred blast off countdowns.
It traveled across the universe, through many galaxies.  
It housed several toys, balloons and blankets.
It also housed two young astronauts who wrestled and fought within.
It suffered through a code brown accident (by an astronaut).
It subsided outside to air out for a few days.
It was tagged by crayons, stickers and markers (probably by an alien).
It began to fall apart after the last hundred blast off countdowns.
It lasted nearly 2 weeks.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Glittery Gold Party

There has got to be a good reason to throw a gold and champagne theme party soon because these 'pinteresting' ideas are too cute to wait for a golden birthday or anniversary.  Perhaps a New Year's Eve soiree? 

Photos via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hatch Collection

Something is definitely in the water, because I am surrounded by many pregnant mommas.  Most are due with their second child, some brave enough for a third, and a few are experiencing their first pregnancy.  While I cannot fathom the thought of being pregnant again anytime soon, I perused the Hatch Collection and was floored by the amount of cute and stylish maternity wear that they had to offer.  What's the best reason to buy these styles before any other maternity brand? They are designed to be timeless - so they can be worn before, during and after pregnancy.  Their fall collection looks so trendy and effortless, I want to snag some of this product for myself! 

Photo images via here

Monday, October 22, 2012

Beauty Talk - Feeling Blah

Either I am not accepting of the fact that I am aging in my early-thirties, or denying the aftermath of raising two young little boys, but I have been feeling very 'blah' about the appearance of my skin.  The pregnancy glow that I had when I was pregnant with both boys has dimly faded.  Dark circles have permanently resided under my eyes, and any drop of moisture wicks off my face.   What happened here?  I have never had to work so hard to get supple skin until I hit the age of 33.  And since then, I have actively implemented changes to my skincare routine: 1) cleansing my face at night 2) buffing my skin with the Clarisonic Mia 2.  3) testing out new moisturizers.  While I do love my Clarisonic, it's not an option for me to use daily, since sloughing off layers of my face caused major hypersensitivity.

I recently heard fantastic things about Josie Maran Cosmetics -- a line that is 100% organic and argan oil-infused.   Since I was a bit skeptical about rubbing argan oil all over my face (and yes, I still don't know what an argan is), I started with the Shimmer and Glow essentials to get a small sampling of the skin and cosmetic line.  After a few weeks of applying the oil to my face before bed - I began to see some semblance of my younger skin - seeing less dullness and more moisture!  I have to admit...I am a bit obsessed with the entire line. The eyeshadows were the right type of natural I was looking for and the blush stick stays on all day long.

And if the results bode beautiful skin like Josie Maran, it's worth a try, right?  While I am still actively looking for the right dark circle treatment...(and recommendations are welcomed), I have highlighted my new favorite products, and some oldies but goodies:

From top left:  Josie Maran  Illuminizer / Josie Maran Color Stick /  Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes Nudes / Josie Maran Argan Oil  / Laura Mercier Secret Brighter / Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer / Laura Mercier Secret Concealer /  Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick / Bobbi Brown Bone Eye Shadow / Bobbi Brown Mineral Powder

Photo source here

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Snaps: Pumpkin Patch

It's been a tradition over the past years to take Big D to the pumpkin patch on his birthday. We visit two of the most popular in LA - the infamous Mr. Bone's Pumpkin Patch, notorious for their celebrity sightings, and Tapia Brothers Farms in our neck of the woods.  Both have many fun activities to offer for kids and families.  Slides, petting zoos, pony rides, bounce houses and of course fields and fields of small to big pumpkins.  Of course, my main agenda for taking the kids to the patch is for that picture perfect moment for a family picture...and after 2 visits, and a hundred shots later, not one frame worthy photo of the four of us.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elin Kling for Marciano

One of the perks about my day-to-day job is having the opportunity to work on fun, extraordinary projects that are one in a lifetime.  I was lucky to be a part of Marciano's collaboration with one of Sweden's most respected fashion bloggers, Elin Kling.  Our first design collaboration ever, Elin Kling, who launched the blogging platform Nowmanifest and writes her own blog Style by Kling, worked closely with our in house designers to build a modern and sleek capsule that includes sexy bustiers, embroidered dresses and distressed denim. I had a hand in buying the assortment like the fab oversized yellow sweater pictured below, which is currently getting a lot of buzz since Olivia Palermo (one of my all time favorite style icons) wore it to our launch event last Wednesday in New York.  Please come support the brand as it launches online October 22nd, and in the Marciano stores November 1st.

Here are some photos from our lookbook:
Photo 1 via here

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shopbop Friends and Family

It's that time of the year for Friends and Family...enjoy

Zara Home

I have an affinity for Zara (in case you didn't already know).  And as of last week they launched their home division online.   In not so many words, they are killing it - in both their apparel and now furniture.  Everything is right on trend yet reasonably affordable.  Their ready to wear is inspired by the fall runways of Isabel Marant and Balmain - eclectic, embellished and bejeweled, and the furniture emulates a modern, sleek and clean feel.    I am (or I should say, the Hubs is) in serious trouble.  These were my favorite pieces.  Too bad the lucite tray below is now sold out!
All photos via Zara Home

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Snaps: Birthday Wishes

What does a 3 year old wish for when he/she blows out their birthday candles?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Birthday

It's hard to believe that Big D will be 3 years old tomorrow.  Even if he is becoming the big boy I selfishly anticipate, I will continue to hold, rock and kiss him as if he were still my baby.  


In the last year you...

Learned the roles and responsibilities of being a big brother
Pointed out the hundreds of airplanes flying in the blue sky and orange buses driving down the street
Acquired the ungodly habit of nose picking
Became obsessed with matchbox cars and legos
Slept from a crib to a big boy bed
Survived your first long flight and vacationed on the beaches of Hawaii
Expressed your many emotions with your expanding vocabulary and sentences
Spent a fair amount of minutes in time out
Grew to be independent and transitioned as a preschooler seamlessly

But most of all....
Showed you are not shy and hug, love, and kiss every lively being you encounter!

1 day old

1 year old

2 years old

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nanny Diaries

My nanny - couldn't survive working motherhood without her.  She loves our boys as if they were her own, and does everything and anything for them.  And without her, our home would be short of insane. But there are days when I come home surprised by the ensembles they are outfitted in.  I realize kids' apparel should emphasize function over fashion, but because I am who I am, I had to start documenting some of these outfits.  The first inaugural look - business on top, urban on the bottom.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DIY: Metallic Pumpkins

I went a little overboard with some spray paint and glitter on my pumpkins this year, but how gorgeous did these come out? I have never been so ecstatic over a pumpkin, so had to share these.  You could apply these techniques to real pumpkins or these craft pumpkins I found at Target (seen in black and cream below).  Pick up some glitter, paint and glue, which I am sure you have lying around the house, and go nuts with the decorating.  As some of you know, I have an affinity for stripes and chevrons, so I  created a gold and glittered chevron pattern on one of my pumpkins. 

The Hubs (who painted chevrons in Lil Tyty's nursery) helped me tape chevron patterns around the pumpkin.

Tip: if using tape to create patterns, remove tape while paint is still wet.

I used some spray adhesive for the glitter to adhere to the stripe.

Monday, October 8, 2012


Helloo there. After many hours of much needed rest, trimmed hair, and freshly painted toes, I am beginning to see some semblances of me again.  With the nighttime cough medicine inhibiting any clarity to my brain, things have been building on the back burner.  But now that I am on the rebound, I am ready to hash out the laundry list.  First, Big D's 3rd birthday this upcoming weekend.  While no parties will be thrown this year, our family plans on a smaller, more intimate celebration with our aquatic friends at Sea World.  However, neither travel or hotel has been booked to date.

Second is wedding planning.  In less than a month, my younger cousin will be saying "I Do" up in San Francisco.  And as my duty as a bridesmaid, and my son as a coin bearer - there's a lot of prep work at hand between the dress altering, travel coordinating and teaching a 3 year old to walk down an aisle civilly.

Amongst all of this, I have the simple correspondence to take care of, which is where I feel I have been sucking the most.  Texts and emails have gone without to the many of you whom I haven't circled back to, I am truly sorry!! I promise to get back to you sooner rather than never!

Image source here

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Snaps: Fall is Here

I had plans for a mini getaway this weekend, but because of this lingering cold, I canceled all plans and quarantined myself at home.  But since I know no such thing as rest and have to be in constant motion (or maybe I have ADHD?), I got the house ready for fall, and worked on some crafts and decorations.  Can't wait to share my DIY glammed up pumpkins. I was also extra efficient from the bedside and ordered the boys their Halloween costumes. Hope you all had an efficient weekend too!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Legacy of Style

Located at the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, I had the opportunity to rub elbows with Hollywood’s most sought after celebrity hairstylists at a Post Emmy party.  Hairstylists such as Ken Paves, Diana Schmidtke, and Peter Butler were in attendance for the inaugural “Legacy of Style” party. Hosted by Beauty Changes Lives (and my Father-In-Law who was kind enough to let me crash the party), it was an event to honor and celebrate a program that provides scholarships for those exploring a career in the beauty and wellness industry.  It was also a great way to celebrate those stylists who are rarely recognized and honored for their red carpet looks. 

Ken Paves, Diane Schmidtke, Peter Butler and my FIL

The Hubs, FIL, and Reuben Carranza

Me and Eden Sassoon

Robert Cromeans

Good images via Peter Wintersteller
Poor, grainy images via my iPhone

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