summer 2014

What I wore: SFA presents Oscar de la Renta resort 2015 benefit

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Pictured: Hat: Eric Javits / Earrings: Ippolita / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Dress: Kate Spade / Bracelet: Ippolita / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gaia” / Handbag: Chanel (past season, also love SAVE or SPURGE) / Shoes: Chie Mihara (past season, also love SAVE or SPLURGE)

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Saks Fifth Avenue presents Oscar de la Renta resort 2015 to benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada. The event was a beautiful fundraiser which helped raise much-needed funds for ensuring a clean environment in the Tahoe area. The added perk of the fundraiser was getting a sneak peek, or first-hand look, at Oscar de la Renta’s resort 2015 collection. You can read my write-up here.

I knew the event would be out in the sun so I was excited to find this Kate Spade dress made out of cool cotton, and this Eric Javits hat with spf protection. I felt like the two pieces were made for each other! I have also found myself wearing this hat for many occasions other than the fundraiser. You can see when I wore it boating here.

It is always fun to dress up and put an outfit together for a special occasion. I am keeping my fingers crossed for another event soon where I can re-wear this outfit!

Jenny Present earrings and trip to Tahoe

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Pictured: Earrings: c/o Jenny Present / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Blouse: Nanette Lepore / Tank top: Mossimo / Bracelet: c/o Twisted Silver (use code INSIDERS to save 15%) / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gaia” / Jeans: Gap / Handbag: c/o Jill Milan / Shoes: Sam Edelman

This past weekend I went to Lake Tahoe with my Mom to see the Saks Fifth Avenue presents Oscar de la Renta resort 2015 benefit for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. You can read about the event here. It was a fun and relaxing weekend getaway; and it was fun to take a trip with my Mom! We both figured out that we have not traveled alone, just the two of us, since I was in college! Although I missed my husband and three beautiful children dearly, it was nice to take a break and hang out with Mom.

I love earrings with unique details and which are able to stand out from my dark brown hair. These adorable earrings from jewelry designer Jenny Present are perfect since they offer a beautiful design with small sparkling details and the color contrasts nicely with my brunette hair.

I am very excited to have been introduced to Jenny Present and look forward to adding more jewelry pieces from her collection to my wardrobe in the future. I especially love the “Design Your Own” jewelry feature on Jenny Present’s website! You can make a special piece as a gift  or for yourself! Love that!

Jenny Present also has bridal jewelry which is perfect for the bride as well as her bridesmaids. Now those are beautiful bridal party gifts! 😉

My Jenny Present wish list is growing. I currently have my eyes on these earrings, this necklace and this fabulous bracelets.

To learn more about Jenny Present and view her entire collection, please visit

Escada Born in Paradise EDT review


Pictured: c/o Escada “Born in Paradise” edt

Escada’s “Born in Paradise” eau de toilette is a beautiful, warm weather, exotic fruity fragrance which will instantly transport you to a luscious paradise island in a faraway land. From the exotic packaging to the cool, light-hearted bottle, Escada’s “Born in Paradise” edt will make everyday life feel like vacation. 

Escada’s “Born in Paradise” edt starts off with a fruity zing laced with a warm musky undertone. The fruity scent is refreshing and ideal for warm, summer temperatures.  As the day wears on, Escada “Born in Paradise” edt settles into a sweet, fruity scent which is long-lasting, and continually refreshing throughout the day. At the end of the day, the fruity scent diminishes and you are left with a warm, woody, musk scent which transitions from warm, daytime temperatures to cool, evening temperatures.

Top notes: green apple, watermelon, guava

Middle notes: coconut milk, pineapple

Bottom notes: sandalwood, cedarwood, musk

Escada “Born in Paradise” edt is an ideal fragrance for daily wear during the summer months. The refreshing, fruity scent works well in warm weather and helps invigorate you mentally throughout the day. Love that! Although Escada “Born in Paradise” edt is an eau de toilette, the fragrance is surprisingly long lasting and sustains it’s fragrance cycle throughout the day as if it were an eau de parfum. The overall fragrance experience is reminscent of an island paradise vacation which can help make everyday life at home feel a little bit like paradise 😉

My overall rating for Escada “Born in Paradise” edt is five out of five stars! Escada “Born in Paradise” can be found online here and here.