Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano .... And A Dinner Party



Last weekend we attended another one of our monthly 'Friends Dinner'  parties.
I have written before about them HERE and HERE.
Our gatherings are made up of three couples
and 
each month we take turns hosting a dinner party.
This month we dined in 
at the gorgeous home  of the Fitts.


For the occasion I chose a dress with a ball skirt
and
 piled on my collected turquoise and blanket wrap 
as a sartorial tribute to one of my favorite areas!



If you ever find yourself in South Orange County California
I highly recommend
not only for all of the history and beauty
but these days it is becoming a mecca for new restaurants as well!



My accessory collections have come together over years of collecting.
Right now I am loving turquoise mixed with hand made wooden bracelets.
I keep a modern flair with updated sunglasses.


How absolutely adorable is this dining space!
Stacey and her husband David built the property from the ground up.
Her choice for  alfresco dining made my heart sing!!


Stacey  has a background of being one of Orange County's top wedding florists
(you can see her gorgeous business feed HERE).
and
 it completely showed with her freshly colored  alfresco table settings
in their fabulous private yard!




Stacey's menu theme was done around blood oranges
including this fabulous appetizer with burrata cheese, blood oranges and basil topped with pine nuts.

It was a magical evening of dining with good friends and good food
all outside with a rising full moon!
An enchanting evening in
 Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano
to be sure!


As always my my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life











Palm Springs - Some New Finds


Jeff and I traveled to Palm Springs this weekend.
Only under an hour and a half from our little suburban home in South Orange County
it feels a world away
in the most delicious of ways!


The brand new hotel addition to Palm Springs proper are the 

Having only opened three weeks ago the property
has been carefully redone in the chicest of manner!

From the lovely blue bikes
in a perfect fresh hue
(This picture does not do the dusty blue color justice) ...


To the eye catching sleek rattan chairs
that had me gasping in my tracks!


Nestled up against the San Jacinto mountains
with each room a villa of varying sizes
this to me is classic, old school Palm Springs!


It is the attention to stylish details that has me 
so looking forward to a return visit 
to soak in all of the marvelous features that await at La Serena Villas!


For example
how about these gorgeous bathrooms
with a private courtyard and fireplace just steps outside!
Be still my design loving heart!!

After finding perfect places to stay
eating and drinks are the next things we love to scout out!


Which led us to the fabulous


Located only a couple of doors down from  the 
Trina Turk Boutique
in the fashionable Uptown  Design District
Eight 4 Nine opened  September 2015.

This stylish  restaurant is chalk full of rooms of  differing eye candy!
You could eat here many times
without repeating your dining experience!
I am always most excited experiencing dining ambiance!


We ate in the bar this visit 
as we were looking to eat during the off dining hour of 3:00 in the afternoon.

"The eclectic menu features a celebration of West Coast Modern American Cuisine which focuses on both presentation and flavors." 

The bar menu was much bigger than most.
I had one of the best Cobb salads of late.
I was shocked at the price of only $9 for the half salad that was quite large.
What a value in pricing for such a chic dining experience.

Our view was of the street outside
where almost everyone walking by
had their own gorgeous Trina Turk bag!
I knew what I was doing after lunch!


Eight 4 Nine has several rooms for private dining parties.


As well as some stunning backdrops for pictures!


Outside there are expansive patios
some even with street views 
for the best of people watching and casual dining.


Just a few stores 
my favorite Palm Springs stop for years now!

with not only her women and men's lines
but a fabulous home section as well!
Trina Turk continues to revitalize Palm Springs North end
helping to turn it into
The Fashionable Uptown Design District.



If you are looking for some colorful midcentury home decor
Trina Turk Home is a must stop
with their fabulously curated collections!


The collection of mid century books will leave you  with even more appreciation
of this design era
that Trina Turk  herself helped reignite
while creating her 'Chic California' empire!


A couple of streets down is 

"The Frippery represents the desert lifestyle; from poolside in Palm Springs to stargazing in Joshua Tree. Our collection of vintage clothing and accessories includes mod, resort, bohemian and a little rock n roll. "

I found the wonderful turquoise clutch seen HERE
as well as a vintage straw hat.

What a great time I had in Palm Springs
from finding a new great place to stay at


to a great new and hip eatery at


to exciting mid century shopping at
and 

Palm Springs checks all my traveling boxes!
Next visit I want to make time to do some of the marvelous hikes
their natural beauty offers!

Until next time Palm Springs!



As always my friends

I wish you love and joy 
as you style your life










More Kimono Love ... and an Outfit Comes Together


I just love it when an outfit comes together!
Sometimes it can be one piece that you didn't even know was missing
that can seal the deal!


For this outfit
it was the vintage clutch
that I found in Palm Springs this weekend at
The Frippery.
Located not far from the wonderful Trina Turk store!


I have recently begun collecting clutches
because they can finish off a  celebratory look perfectly!
And are so fun to use.
For me they act like a fun outfit exclamation mark!

For a special birthday dinner
I style my embroidered maxi skirt from Anthroplogie
(last seen HERE)
with my tribal print kimono.
I love the interplay of colors and textures.
They look as if they were designed to go together
but to be honest
I only came up with the idea when they were hanging on my rack together!
You just never know where styling inspiration can come from!


My one of a kind turquoise chandelier earrings
hat and new sunnies completed the ensemble.

 A pointed black patent pump was a finishing neutral to the look.






As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life




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National Stripes Day


Thank you J Crew 
for making it 
National Stripes Day!

So glad to  know so many  others appreciate this beloved wardrobe staple!
To celebrate the day
I've gone back through my wardrobe archives
to pull some of my all time favorite stripe looks!


I love stripes no matter the season!
The key for transitioning a bold stripe with warmer pieces
make sure the stripe is of a heavier weight
to balance the weightier textures.

Stripes, brocade, leopard and faux fur can actually play beautifully together!


I often mix in a stripe as a graphic neutral
for  an added pop of color play.


Nothing like a classic Breton
to style  a whole look around!


I always enjoy some 'good ole' nautical stripe interplay!


Stripe with  white out always works
for  quick styling!


A knit stripe maxi makes for a perfect beach picnic ensemble!


Some maximum stripe interplay
with three bold stripe pieces!


Sometimes just a whisper of a stripe works too!


And sometimes bold is best!


Pearls and stripes 
always two of my favorites!!



I even love mixing horizontal and vertical stripes!


With as big of stripe love as I have
my collection felt like it was bursting at the seams!

I had pulled several pieces out of my closet
but couldn't quite pass them on
even though the pieces just didn't make me excited as they were.

Then it came to me!
Why don't I just take the three pieces of barely worn stripes
and
 turn them into a fabulous new piece!

And that's exactly what I did!


I made my new favorite stripe tunic
with the dramatic sleeves I had been searching for!

My very own ode to my 
big love of stripes!!



As always my friends

I wish you love and joy 
as you style your life


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