Zen Vibes

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When Eryn and I moved in together, I had to reorganize my life (moving is good for that, at least). I love having a desk in my room, because it’s like my little zen sanctuary where I can be creative and get work done without any distractions. I’ve always loved keeping things simple, decorative, and girly! But much to my surprise, a lot of my girlfriends live in perpetual clutter, chucking clothes, old documents, jewelry, fake eyelashes – you name it! – on their desks. We’re all guilty of getting a lil messy because, let’s face it, none of us have enough time. But I’ve recently realized how happy it makes me to come home to my cute, organized desk that showcases my fave jewelry and perfumes!

That’s my zen tip. It’s so nice to know that you have a clean surface in your room, a place where you can escape from wine nights and rowdy apartment visitors to just sit and do your makeup / paint your nails / write a thank you card / blog / work / skype / etc etc etc! I promise, your life will feel so much more organized, and you’ll feel happy when your desk is cute, clean, and a showcase of all your beautiful girly trinkets!

Just random thoughts of the day, but it’s the little stuff that matters and really makes ya happy! Hope everyone had a great Monday!

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Street Style: Long Cardigans and Dresses

Long cardigans and dresses? Yes, please. Check out this bohemian babe that knows how to pair up the perfect pieces, to make for an adorable outfit!
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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s is that time of year again! Whether you are toughing out the madness with the other Black Friday shoppers, or taking the restful route through online shopping, but still in the “what should i get them?” zone, you’ve come to the perfect place! Below are Holiday Gift Guides for Her and Him – helping to make your buying decisions a little less stressful this holiday season! Enjoy!

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1. Taylor Swift Inspired Song Lyric Candle, $17, NandNDesigns
2. Best Bitches Handstamped Friendship Bracelets, $20, RadLion
3. Pile Jacket With Sequins, $79.95, H&M
4. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Album, $15.99, Target
5. ArdaMarie Jewelry, Costs Vary, ArdaMarie
6. Tannery LA Bags, Costs Vary, Tannery LA
7. On The Rocks Be Legendary Lipgloss Set, $20, Smashbox
8. Sogno Bello Coin Necklace, $49, Urban Outfitters
9. ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler, $17.65, Barnes & Nobles

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1. CPO Russo Quilted Shirt Jacket, $99, Urban Outfitters
2. ‘Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People’ by Matt Hoyle, Amazon
3. Derek Jeter Candle Yankees MLB, $17, NandNDesigns
4. Karsoni Foosball Table, $99, Fab
5. FujiFilm X UO Custom Colored Mini 8 Instax Camera , $100, Urban Outfitters
6. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Weather Backpack, $99, Urban Outfitters
7. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer-Making Kit, $40, Anthropologie
8. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, $60, Urban Outfitters
9. Dollar Shave Club Membership, Costs Vary, Dollar Shave Club

Tannery LA x Arda Marie

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetLos Angeles based designers and sisters, Carine (left) and Arda (right) founded a boutique line of bags and jewelry, which initially began as an outlet of self expression, eventually leading to the establishment of Arda Marie Jewelry and Tannery LA. Each of the collections are filled with simple and versatile pieces — leathers, stones, and metallics, that are great for any occasion! Be sure to check out their work at Unique LA in December!

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Instagram: @TanneryLA and @ardamarie

Weekend Wardrobe: Silence & Noise, Vince Camuto, Arda Marie, Chico’s

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 This Week’s Look:

◊ Dress/Blouse – Silence & Noise @ Urban Outfitters ◊
◊ Necklace/Bracelet – Chico’s ◊
◊ Gold Bracelet/Ring – Arda Marie◊
◊ Boots – Vince Camuto ◊
◊ Hat – Target ◊

Boutique Hunter: Leola Lace

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Store: Leola Lace

Location: 301 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Mon – Closed, Tue -Sun 11am-7pm

What You’ll Find: Leola Lace has a wide variety of clothing styles, ranging from classic chic to bohemian. They also have a fabulous selection of purses and totes, along with beautiful pieces of both bold and dainty jewelry. The boutique usually has new styles and items on display each week, which means you should shop by once a week so you don’t miss out!

What We Loved: The owner and the employees (they are the sweetest), the interior design (succulents, terrariums, cloth covering windows), the wide variety of dainty necklaces and rings, and the sales rack!

Price Range: The jewelry usually ranges from $12 -$15, but there are a selection of higher quality pieces, ranging from $20-$30. The  tops are around $20+ and dresses are $35+, but Larissa and I did find some great items on the sales rack (You’ll see if you keep scrolling)!

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♥ Looks we Loved ♥

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• The emerald dress can be paired with a blazer for work, then stripped down to expose the open back for cocktails and a night out on the town! A great outfit for a top knot bun too!
• The boxy, hot pink dress would be easy to slip on for work, and since the look is very bold, all you’ll need to complete the outfit are simple black heels! In the evening, ditch the work bag for a cute patterned clutch!
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• The long sleeved lavender dress is perfect for both summer and fall/winter. The light and refreshing palette can be great during a cool summer’s day, complemented with bold jewelry and wedges. When fall rolls around, you could easily pair the dress up with tights/leggings and boots!

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• The patterned pencil skirt and crop top are perfect for a day date/event, and paired perfectly with a dainty drop down necklace, heels/flats, and clutch.

*Instagram your purchase and tag @leolalace @halfsiesblog for an opportunity to be featured on our account!

Street Style: Printed Skirts

There is nothing I love more than cheetah print…okay, maybe I love margaritas a little bit more, but we can discuss that over happy hour…

A few days ago, I had a meeting at work with this lovely girl (below), and I fell in love with her outfit. So in love, that i had to awkwardly ask if I could take some photos to show all of you!

I loved it not only because it was something that one could possibly find in my closet, but because how effortlessly it was put together! Although, a fairly simple ensemble, it exuded so much character! I have to say that it wasn’t just the cheetah print skirt that caught my attention, but the details of the outfit – the front of her top tucked into her skirt, the loose braided belt, dainty stacked rings on her fingers, and her shoes (heart eyes)! So, don’t be surprised if you see me attempting to rock this outfit sometime soon… with a margarita in hand, of course ;)

Side note: she mentioned that her skirt was from American Apparel!

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Weekend Wardrobe #4: bebe, Joie, Forever21

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Last night was all about dinner & bar hopping with friends. To get comfortable, I ditched the heels and went with some super cute Joie sandals instead. By the end of the night, I was the last one dancing (and my feet were seriously grateful).

This Week’s Look:

◊ Skirt – Nordstrom ◊
◊ Blouse – bebe ◊
◊ Necklace / Bracelet – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Sandals – Joie a la Plage ◊
◊ Purse – Vintage Louis Vuitton ◊

Tangier Inspired Accessories

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Bright colors, golden hues, and bold patterns are ruling the runways as we launch into Spring. And what can I say—I’m thrilled about it!

There’s nothing that compliments the sun-kissed skin of Spring better than bright accessories. With vibrant turquoise and orange patterns leading the way this season, our inspiration in creating unique looks in quintessentially Tangier.

We love using accessories when experimenting with a new trend. Instead of investing in out-there prints and expensive garments, try simple jewelry additions to an outfit. From chunky, glittery necklaces to beaded bangles and artfully crafted leather-ware, you can achieve modern Moroccan glam with accessories alone!

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◊◊ DETAILS ◊◊
NECKLACE – Fossil
RING – CandA by Carine & Arda
BEADED CUFF – Own creation
EARRINGS – Forever21

Tangier Inspired Accessories

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Bright colors, golden hues, and bold patterns are ruling the runways as we launch into Spring. And what can I say—I’m thrilled about it!

There’s nothing that compliments the sun-kissed skin of Spring better than bright accessories. With vibrant turquoise and orange patterns leading the way this season, our inspiration in creating unique looks in quintessentially Tangier.

We love using accessories when experimenting with a new trend. Instead of investing in out-there prints and expensive garments, try simple jewelry additions to an outfit. From chunky, glittery necklaces to beaded bangles and artfully crafted leather-ware, you can achieve modern Moroccan glam with accessories alone!

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◊◊ DETAILS ◊◊
NECKLACE – Fossil
RING – CandA by Carine & Arda
BEADED CUFF – Own creation
EARRINGS – Forever21