Year in review 2018

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The end of 2018 is almost near! Last year, I made separate posts for my favorite moments, nail polish, and outfits. I thought this year it might be more efficient to condense everything into one post. It was a fun, and crazy year! There were a lot of fun moments, trends, and styles. This post will reflect on my favorite post from each month. Why remember the tough times from the 2018? Let’s focus on the fluffy and fun!

Without further ado, here were my favorite moments from each month during 2018.


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Twinning with Dawn! This was such a fun post. We had a blast running around Santana Row taking photos. My daughter played photographer and she had so much snapping our pictures. She even told us where to stand, and what to do! You can see the original post here.


Braving the cold weather in February at New York Fashion Week with my friends! This photo was taken on National Pizza Day, I mean, why in the world would fashion week get in the way of pizza? I hope we can celebrate this delicious day again in 2019; at the same place! You can see my NYFW antics here.

February was more than just fashion and work, it was family fun time! OK, so that means I have TWO favorite moments from February, can you blame me? This snow-filled family vacation in Tahoe was a blast! You can read about it here.


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I went a little crazy in March, and accumulated a few new bags. My favorite was this cute little round one from Brahmin. I wore it all spring and summer; I still reach for it despite the warm weather color! I can’t wait to rock it again this spring. You can read about it here.


In April, Dawn and I hosted a fun-filled event at the Chico’s store at Santana Row. It was so much fun! You can read about it here.


May was a fun, fashionable month. That being said, attending the Go Red fundraiser with my friend Laura was definitely the highlight. It was fabulous to learn more about heart health, while giving to a great cause. Plus, I won 49er tickets in the silent auction! Love! You can read about the event here.


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This family vacation was so much fun! When school was over, my family went up to Tahoe for a few days to unwind. While in Tahoe, I worked on a blog post which included my daughters. We had so much fun working together; it felt like a game instead of work! My girls were so happy to be part of the blog, plus, they fell in love with SOMA pajamas and keep asking me to get them more pairs. SOMA gained two new fans through this collaboration, and I gained a valuable bonding experience with my daughters which helped teach them about work ethics. Thank you SOMA! You can read the post here.


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July was a crazy month! While a lot of sadness clouded July due to a death in the family, I am forever grateful for this family trip to Seattle which took my mind off things, and gave our family a much-needed form of relaxation. You can read about our favorite places to eat here, and fun places to go here.


August was so much fun! While there were many personal and professional moments to reflect on, the Chico’s trip to Florida was definitely the highlight of the month, if not the year. I met so many fabulous women on this trip, and I learned so much about the design process at Chicos’s headquarters. This was such an amazing trip, please take a moment to read about day one, and day two, here.


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These photos were taken a couple weeks after my surgery. I love all of the colors, and remembering how I powered through the day to visit with my friend Dawn, and snap a few photos. You can see the original post here.


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My favorite post in October had to be this beautiful pendant. I love how it is personalized to reflect my children. You can read the original article here.


One of my favorite things to do with my children, is teach them the importance of giving back to the community. It was so much fun working with my daughters and adidas to bring my love of volunteerism to you. You can read about it here.


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It’s a little hard to pick something from December considering the month is not over yet, but I decided to go with this soft and cozy faux fur coat. I wear it all the time, and my daughter took these photos; which turned out amazing! You can read about it here.

That was it! What were your favorite moment in 2018?

Thank you for stopping by!



Holiday gift ideas at Santana Row 2018

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Have you been to Santana Row in San Jose lately? It’s beautiful! They really outdid themselves with their holiday decorations this year! The holiday tree is beautiful, and there is a fun mailbox where you can mail letters to Santa! I know the letter I mailed was filled with gifts Santa can find right here on Santana Row.  There are so many things I want! I bet your list is long too!

Chances are, you have not completed your holiday shopping list yet. Same here! The best place to finish your holiday shopping is in San Jose at Santana Row. They have so many fun stores filled with fabulous gifts for the holidays. Plus, you can make a day of it! Arrive early, and you can enjoy brunch at Left Bank, coffee at Cocola, dim sum at Sino; and stay all day so you can enjoy a fabulous dinner at LB Steak! It really is a stay, shop, and play, kind of place to go!

In case you aren’t sure where to begin, I have rounded up four of my favorite shops on the Row and snaped a few pictures to show you my favorite gift ideas from the stores! SO, without further ado, here are my favorite gift ideas from Santana Row this year:

Gifts for the girl who loves glitter: Kendra Scott

As you know, Kendra Scott is one of my favorite jewelry stores. So, of course I would show you the fabulous gifts they have in store! That bold ring is a must-have for anyone on your list who loves to sparkle. The gift sets make shopping easy when you aren’t sure what to get. They also have nail polish, and home decor in store! There is something for everyone who likes a little sparkle in their life at Kendra Scott. Plus, they have plenty of gifts under $100, and under $50. Love that!

Check out these gift ideas and more at the Kendra Scott shop on Santana Row. Call 669.231.0300 for more info.

Gifts for the bold fashionista on your list: Chico’s

Chico’s is such a fun store to find bold, fashionable, and fabulous clothing, accessories, and gifts. You’ll find a treasure trove in store at Chico’s Santana Row! They have a ton of bracelets in the color of 2018 in stock, plus plenty of fabulous scarves and sweaters which make great gifts!

You can check out all these gift ides and more at Chico’s on Santana Row, or call 408.554.9030 for more info.

Gifts for sweet tooth: Sugarfina

There must be plenty of people on your holiday shopping list who love something sweet! Sugarfina has you covered! They have sweet treats for everyone on your list including kids, men, Hello Kitty fans, Mickey Mouse fans, and more!

Stop into the Sugarfina store on Santana Row to see these treats and more, or call 855.784.2734 for more info.

Gifts for the understated fashionista on your list: Aritzia

Aritzia has fabulous, classic sweaters, knits, and more in stock. It is a great place to find something for someone on your list who love understated fashion. They also have fabulous gifts under $100, and under $50. Love that!

Stop into the Aritzia shop on Santana Row or call 408.423.9296 for more info.

Of course, there are so many more shops on Santana Row than what I mentioned here. If you stroll through the Row, you are bound to find something for everyone on your list! Be sure to visit Santana Row’s website and if you can’t find something for that picky person on your list, a Santana Row gift card can be bought at the concierge! Love!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous time shopping on Row! Be sure to tag your photos with #LifeOnTheRow



*sponsored by Santana Row, all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Getting into the holiday spirit

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wearing: ivory, CZ, and silver earrings / sunglasses / Coolmax ® turtleneck sweater c/o Chico’s / scarf c/o Chico’s (note all the ways you can wear it in the photos above-there are more ways to wear it too!) / holiday nail polish / black handbag (sold out, also love this one) / blue and silver ring / velvet wide leg pants c/o Chico’s (avl in varying lengths, wearing short) / pewter suede boots (old, also love this pair) /

I’m so excited for the holiday season! 2018 has been a bumpy year. My step-father passed away, I had internal bleeding and had to be rushed to the hospital, the wildfires in our state have been out of control, and there have been little hiccups along the way. The holiday season is a happy time which always brings our family together; reminding us all of what is important. It’s exactly what I need to get passed everything that went on this year!

One of the most important things during the holiday season, is getting everything ready! Since I am running around, prepping to host Christmas, helping my Mom host Thanksgiving, and making sure my kids are prepared and having fun at all their holiday activities, I need to be dressed comfortably. Of course, by comfortable I don’t mean sweats and a tee! I need to look put together and chic; yet still be able to last all day to get everything done!

This fabulous new Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s is a game changer. Since it is finally sweater season, I need a comfortable knit top which not only keeps me warm, but keeps me going all day. This soft new Chico’s turtleneck is my new go-to top this season. I can wear it alone, layer it with a scarf, or wear it under a cardigan or coat on really cold days. It’s a must-have piece during the holiday season; as well as throughout winter!

The Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s has fourteen colors available, so we can all pick one up in a few colors. It also makes a fabulous gift this holiday season since it’s well under $100. To make it even better, it’s machine washable! Three cheers to that!

Remember how I said I need to look chic yet comfortable? These velvet pants feel like pajama pants, yet look dressy and put together. They can be worn with 5″ heels to a holiday party or the theater; or they can be dressed down for daytime looks with booties. These pants will be worn by me quite a bit over the season. I love them during the day when I want look festive, plus I will be wearing them to holiday house parties, and the Nutcracker later in the season. These are the perfect pants for the holidays! Love!

I’m so thankful for the these comfortable pieces from Chico’s to help me navigate the busy holiday season, while looking like I had time to put together a chic look. Of course with three kids, I never have that kind of time! I would look like a slob without this outfit! haha

I plan on picking up this new Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s in blue, purple, and ivory for the winter and holiday season. I need to pick up a few for presents too! Which color or colors are your favorite?

Shop my comfortable yet chic Coolmax® turtleneck by Chico’s outfit for the holidays:

Thanks for stopping by!



*special thank you to Chico’s for sponsoring this post. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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