Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bloggers and Bellinis

Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Bloggers and Bellinis, an hosted by Eventbrite. Located at the private, members-only club, 41 Ocean, across the street from the beach in Santa Monica, it was the perfect setting for a group of bloggers to get together for brunch, champs, and some mingling.

 Beautiful flowers
My shirt matched the flowers...oops!

My place setting was so cute

 They tasted just as good as they looked
Kate of Nautical By Nature and I didn't plan matching outfits, we promise! 

A special thanks to the awesome products in our swag bags: Napoleon Macrons (if you're in LA, they're offering 40% off macron 6-packs with the code Bonjour Napoleon , POM Wonderful, Uber, Butterfly Floral & Event Design, and more great brands!

Linking up for Random Wednesday

Summertime Sunsets

Friday my work hosted a summer party at the beach complete with mai tais, surf, sand, and an amazing sunset. I'm pretty sure there is nothing more gorgeous than the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. That last picture is with no filter - our beaches are that beautiful.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Legends of the Summer

Welcome to another weekly installment of Monday Morning Gossip! Can we talk about how amazing my weekend was? I went with Kate of Nautical By Nature to see Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. 

The tour is called The Legends of the Summer for a reason, because these two are mind-blowingly good. I've never been a huge Jay Z fan. That's not to say I dislike him. His music's cool but I'm just indifferent. And while I like JT enough, I had never bought any of his albums until this latest one and I don't love it. I think half of the songs are amazing and hate the other half. But I knew this concert was a must and had to see it. It was so much better than I could have imagined.

Jay Z was incredible. I am going to download all of his albums. I'm newly obsessed. Justin's voice is just as perfect live as recorded. He's the epitome of an entertainer. And the fact he's hot doesn't hurt. If you haven't seen them in concert, DO!!

I uploaded a few videos to Instagram, but couldn't figure out how to get them uploaded to the blog. If you want to see them, follow me, @jointhegossip!

You're turn to gossip! If you're new to the linkup, here's how it works:

1. Blog about your gossip - all topics accepted so why not link up?!
2. Include the badge (below) in your post and/or link back to Join the Gossip
3. Add your link to the list below.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Get the Look: Julianne Hough's Casual Street Style

julianne hough's street style

I have a thing for contrasting styles: soft and hard, sweet and edgy, structured and ripped. Pairing a blazer with distressed pants is one of my favorite looks. I love Julianne Hough's casual street style look above. Not only is it sophisticated, it's also fresh and fun. What's your take on this mixing trend?

Tomorrow I'm going to a blogger brunch here in LA, this would be the perfect outfit. Maybe I'll try to re-create it! You'll find out on Monday ;)

On Sunday I'm off to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z show. ICANNOTWAIT! Should be a good weekend. I'll see you all back here in a few days for Monday Morning Gossip!

Also linking up for Friday's Fab Favorites

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This Week in Music

The countdown has begun! Sunday the Legends of Summer tour makes a stop in LA. I'm pretty excited for the show, it's going to be insane. Right now I am OBSESSED with Holy Grail and looking forward to hearing that song live more than any other from JT or Jay Z. Pusher Love comes in second as favorite song. Full recap next Monday for sure!

Now here's the part where I expect to get hate but whatever, haters gonna hate! I love me some One Direction. Best Song Ever was released Monday and I've had it on repeat. Even if you're not a fan of 1D you have to admit the tune is catchy. And how adorable is Harry Styles' character in the music video? Check out the Best Song Ever music video, you'll fall in love with him ;)

Linking up for Random Wednesday and Four Favorites

Friday, July 19, 2013

Street Food Cinema

This weekend I attended my first-ever movie in the park. LA has several companies that put on these events each summer and I've wanted to go for years. When I saw a Living Social for Street Food Cinema offering two tickets for $9 and noticed they were playing Mean Girls right near my apartment I was sold.

I brought along two of my blogging (and IRL) buds, Kathrin of Shop.School.Sleep. and Kate of Nautical By Nature, for an evening of food trucks, live music, and teen movie goodness.

Unfortunately it sprinkled on us for awhile (which is almost unheard of in LA!) making our blankets damp but luckily it wasn't too cold. Eventually it stopped just in time for sunset and despite that bump in the road the rest of the experience was so much fun! There were so many people and tons of food trucks so before the movie we chowed down on a variety of different food. Kathrin and I shared everything. We got delicious tacos from the Vizzi Truck, some solid sliders from Me So Hungry, and - my favorite of the night - amazing apple fries from The Fry Girl. By the time we were done eating Mean Girls was just starting so we made ourselves comfy and enjoyed the movie.

You're turn to gossip! If you're new to the linkup, here's how it works:

1. Blog about your gossip - all topics accepted so why not link up?!
2. Include the badge (below) in your post and/or link back to Join the Gossip
3. Add your link to the list below.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rosie True

I've been on a huge shopping kick lately. I don't know why, but I can't get enough online shopping in. One site that I could do some major damage on is Rosie True. They have designer names, staples pieces, and current trends. Done, done, aaaand done!

Here are some of my favorite from the eRetail site right now:

Okinawa Emilia Split Front Maxi by Susana Monaco - $200
Black + Lace Sleeveless Romper by Ella Moss - $178
Decker Verdugo Ultra Skinny by Paige Premium Denim - $103
Ivory/Black ColorBlock Blouse by Sanctuary - $80

All four of these items would get lots of use! How adorable is that romper? Add a pair of heels and it's perfect for a night on the town. Now if could just find myself a Fairy Shopping Godmother to magically make these pieces appear in my closet...

Check out the women's clothing online of RosieTrue.com!

Disclaimer: I was contacted by Rosie True to review their site. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lovers + Friends

My newest obsession is Lover + Friends - they have the cutest tops and fun dresses! Whenever I look at their latest items I always find several things I want. Lovers + Friends graphic tees are a must. These simple T-shirts make a big statement. Check out some of my favorite styles:

{ Boss } | { The Party's Here on the Westside }
{ LA is For Lovers } | { Twerk }

Linking up for Random Wednesday and Four Favorites

Photos courtesy of: REVOLVEclothing

Shopbevel Earrings + Discount

Shopbevel is an awesome site dedicated to helping independent jewelry makers get their work out there. Designers from all over the world submit their creations that are posted on the site, from there the community votes on their favorite baubles, and those with the highest votes get to have their work produced. Pretty cool right? It's amazing how someone doing what they love can get the exposure to have a big break.

I have a pair of Emerald Glitter Rhinestone Earrings that were chosen as the winner of Indian Summer design challenge. They're super cute and I can't wait for my next fancy affair to wear them to. These studs are provide quite a pop of glitz. The size is perfect and while they look really heavy, they're lightweight and comfortable.

Here are some other gems I found on the site right now:



Now through the rest of July, readers get a 25% discount using the code: BBSTUDS

Post Powered by BrandBacker. I received the earrings for free but the opinions are completely my own.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer R&R

Oh, Monday. You always creep up so quickly, you sneaky jerk. At least I got a little R&R in this weekend. Saturday, I saw The Lone Ranger and had oysters and a lobster roll at one of my favorite restaurants. It was the perfect lazy summer afternoon. Sunday, I did a little shopping. And on both days I took a few naps. No complaints here!

Since we do have to start a new work week, here's a little inspiration to kick off your Monday!

You're turn to gossip! If you're new to the linkup, here's how it works:

1. Blog about your gossip - all topics accepted
2. Include the badge (below) in your post and/or link back to Join the Gossip
3. Add your link to the list below.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Weekend Ahoy!

Nautical Summer

When we got the topic for this week's Fridays Fancies - tanked - I immediately thought of alcohol. Whoops! But then I created this nautical outfit that makes me want to head to the beach, sit at a seaside cafe...and get some drinks. Double whoops. I guess I just need to accept the fact that it's been a long two weeks and I need to unwind. Last weekend was hectic, I made a 24-hour roundtrip drive to Arizona for a funeral. Five hours there and back. This week I had to deal with new apartment management bs and a few days of headaches. I need a break. Universe, please let this weekend be amazing!

The only thing on my agenda is relaxing with hopefully a trip to the movies and my favorite seafood restaurant. See I brought it full circle to the nautical outfit ;)

Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday for Monday Morning Gossip. All topics are accepted so come join the fun!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Scents

Now that it's summer I am in need of some new scents. I love my Coach Poppy, and it's actually great year-round, but my other go-tos are more for fall. While I could live in the simple, yet perfect, Sensual Amber perfume from Bath & Body Works, it's too heavy for hot days and nights. Time to switch it up! Here are some perfumes on my summer wish-list:

Summer Perfumes

Check out all of the discount perfumes at BeautyEncounter.com! There are really great deals on all of your favorite scents.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Best Friend's...Birthday

Yeah, she's already married so My Best Friend's Wedding wouldn't work. But anyways, this Saturday was Kathrin of Shop.School.Sleep.'s birthday and we had a great time celebrating. It was her 30th so she went all out at a wine bar/restaurant in Orange County called The Barrel Room at Two40 South. The place was perfect for an all-out bash.

We had a great three-course meal, delish wine, and a blast celebrating Kathrin's big day. The last row has a pic of Kathrin with the twerk shirt I got her, she can twerk when she drinks. It's terrifyingly awesome. And the other photo is her opening the gift that her two sisters and I got her, a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

To Kathrin, my best friend who has been an incredible person in my life since 6th grade (over half of our lives!), HAPPY 30TH!

You're turn to gossip. Link up and meet new friends! Here's how it works:

1. Blog about your gossip - all topics accepted
2. Include the badge (below) in your post and/or link back to Join the Gossip
3. Add your link to the list below.

Also linking up for Funday Monday & Miscellany Monday!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Incorporating Patriotism Into Everyday Fashion

red, white & blue
Who misses the fireworks and festivities from yesterday? I do! For me, there's nothing that represents summertime more than the 4th of July. Just because Independence Day has come and gone, doesn't mean you can't still show a little patriotism. Afraid of wearing the stars and stripes? Don't be. Instead of going all out with bold flag prints, try incorporating red, white, and blue in smaller doses. While the scarf above screams USA it's not obnoxious.

What do you think about flag fashion? Would you wear it?

This weekend is the birthday of my bestest, oldest (as in she's soon to be ancient) friend, Kathrin of Shop.School.Sleep. She's throwing a shindig to celebrate and I can't wait to relive the amazingness that was her 21st birthday. Here's to puking in public bathrooms!

Since I was only 20 I couldn't legally drink, but I made sure she had enough for the both of us!

Come back Monday for a little gossip!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July

Happy 4th of July! Remember the reason for the holiday - our independence and freedom.
Now go have some firework fun, without blowing your fingers off.