Category Archives: Fashion

10.10.16Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites COAT | SCARF | EARRINGS | BOOTS
Total Cost: $257

Fall is my favorite time of year, and unfortunately the one that takes the biggest chunk out of my wallet. I tend to splurge invest a bit more around this time of year because I love the textures, colors, and layers. This last year has been a big year for me in learning how to let go of material possessions and minimizing (more on that later); but that doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself occasionally. I’ve vowed to buy more classic staples and less trends, as well as items that can be used in multiple scenarios. I’m currently trying to save money for more renovation projects, so I’m always keeping an eye out for some steals. The above items can be paired with pieces almost everyone has, black jeans and a t-shirt, or a black dress and tights (opaque or patterned lace). The black and gold combo goes with everything, and the scarf brightens the outfit up just enough to prevent your parents from thinking you’re Morticia Addams (which, I wouldn’t mind being).

08.01.15RETRO TROPICS | OUTFIT

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SHOES | SKIRT | TOP | HANDBAG | BRACELETS

I was in a rush to find something to wear for my birthday, so I ended up shopping in my own closet. Burgundy / Oxblood is one of my all time favorite colors. I know it’s not fall yet but I can’t wait another second to wear it. I decided to mix it with a vintage hawaiian shirt I came across at Buffalo Exchange to give this outfit that retro end of summer edge. I wanted to feel like a bombshell from the 40′s for my birthday, after a blowout, some heavy eyeliner, and bold lipstick, my desired look was achieved. Click the links above to find similar items to those shown, all of my items are either vintage, custom (the skirt) or from a few seasons ago.

04.25.15LIVE COLORFULLY: SPRING FLORALS

confettidarling_livecolorfully_spring2015_fashion_floral DRESS  |  BELT  |  CARDIGAN  |  HANDBAG  |  JEWELRY  |  SHOES

I am always inspired by Kate Spade New York‘s motto “live colorfully”. Especially in spring when colors seem to be brighter, richer, and more abundant. I live in San Diego where we become surrounded by vibrant purple Jacaranda blossoms down the streets of Downtown and Little Italy. Then with the “Art Alive” event happening at The Museum of Art at Balboa Park, I can’t help but plan the perfect floral outfit to attend.

10.15.14LOG LADY COSTUME

loglady_twinpeaks_costume_halloween I’m a giant Twin Peaks fan. I’ve watched the series twice and have started re-watching it in it’s entire restored splendor on Blu-Ray. My favorite character by far is the Log Lady. She makes sense while saying nonsense. If anything, she is such an integral character to the show, without being the main character, or appearing all that much. When I take on a costume, I do my best to stay get it on the dot. I did some deep digging on my go to sites, Etsy and Ebay, then bought a bundle of logs and picked the best one (the rest ended up in my fireplace). It’s a fairy easy costume to piece together, just be warned you’ll get tired of carrying around the log, because it has too much to say.

WIG  |  GLASSES  |  SWEATER  |  TOP  |  BROOCH

06.21.14CLOSET REMODEL

I love fashion. I love shoes. I’m obsessed with fabric, textures, you name it. I’ve always loved playing dress up, but with a dinky rolling rack, and boxes of unorganized garments it’s hard to get inspired. All of my life I’ve dreamt of having a walk in closet, something that would make a girl swoon (as cheesy as that may sound, it’s true). We live in a house that’s over a hundred years old. As soon as we moved in, I knew our tiny closet in the master bedroom and sad excuse for a bathroom had to be torn down and merged into one magnificent walk in dream. It took a few years to get around to this project, but that only gave me time to plan it to perfection. It took several measurements, sketches, trips to Ikea, browsing retail stores for inspiration, and saving up to get my dream closet. I feel that it was worth every penny!

J03A9225_edit1 J03A9219_edit1 Don’t get me wrong, I love a good DIY project, but this was a massive undertaking. I decided to hire a handyman to execute my design who has amazing carpentry skills, and knows how to do electric work as well. The “bones” and majority of the accents of the closet are from the Pax collection from Ikea. The floating shelf is a lacquered Lack floating shelf, we had a light switch wired through at the bottom so when you sit down you can turn on the lights; makes putting on makeup all the more glamourous. The mirrors above the countertop are a part of the bathroom collection Godmorgon, they work perfectly for storing perfume, nail polish, and makeup. The drawer handles are from Ikea’s kitchen collection, called Blankett. I custom ordered a few mirrors to make the space feel larger; The mirror behind the jewelry area, and the giant wall mirror (which makes the closet feel infinite!). They were the perfect finishing touch.
J03A9233_edit1 J03A9254_edit1 J03A9245_edit1 The shoe display was a fun project. I had seen a display at Kate Spade New York’s Fashion Valley store in San Diego that I really loved, their sunglasses are lit up from behind. I ran with that idea, removing the backing that came with the shelves and adding frosted plexiglass. My handyman configured a way to place the lighting, and behind the skirts you see is a removable panel incase one of the bulbs go out. He also built a few custom drawers between the shoe cubbies that would match the Ikea drawers where the Jewelry display is. To hide the irritating little holes that come in every ikea closet, I simply used bright white caulking and filled them in myself. The rug, believe it or not is also Ikea. It’s two Flokati rugs stitched together, trimmed to fit, and attached to the floor. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments, additional sources listed below!

Ceiling light fixtures from West Elm / Tulip stool from InStyleModern / Cabinet lighting, Flokati rug, closet fixtures, floating shelf, in wall mirror cabinets, and closet structure from Ikea / Skirt and shirt hangers all from The Container Store / Flower vase from Nate Berkus for Target

05.06.14SEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

7yearanniversary_confettidarling Today Seth and I celebrated our seven year anniversary. It seems a bit surreal to think we’ve been dating so long; it honestly feels like yesterday he was stalking me outside the window of my color theory class, and sneaking me free coffee at his work. We’ve been friends for a decade now, and it’s safe to say I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for all the laughs, high fives, deep conversations, geeking out with me, and giving me a hand to hold while we explore this amazing planet. If you want to stalk him like he did me, do so here!

SUIT  |  CHAMBRAY SHIRT  |  KATE SPADE TOP

05.03.14IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER BAR

ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_bar_succulents_plant_wall ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_bar_succulent_garden ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_bar_marble_tablesetting ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_bar_mermaid_vintage_luggage ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_teal_katespate ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_bar_oysters_rockafeller J03A6035_edit1 ironside_sandiego_littleitaly_confettidarling_bar_oysters Seth and I had a date night to celebrate our seven year anniversary the other day, so we decided to try out a new restaurant in Little Italy that has been getting a ton of hype, Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar. It lived up to my expectations, as the service and food were fantastic. What I loved the most was the design details throughout the restaurant. Their interior design made you feel as though you were sitting down at Harrod‘s to get some oysters, with a hipster edge and creative cocktails in tiki cups. The marble and brass accents elevate the decor, while other nautical aspects really made it feel as though you were out to sea. For those looking for great ambiance, drinks, and delicious bowl of clam chowder, look no further.

ZARA SUIT  |  KATE SPADE TOP  |  VINTAGE NECKLACE

10.27.13HALLOWEEN | MARGOT TENENBAUM

Margot Tennenbaum I’m a huge fan of Wes Anderson‘s The Royal Tenenbaums. It’s tied with Rushmore as being my all time favorite of his. I always gravitated towards Margot‘s character, with all her quirks, the wooden finger, and brutally honest quips. As a teenager, Margot’s angst filled pouts and heavy eyeliner really resonated with me. I was able to find a wig on sale at my local wig shop and they shaped it just for my costume. I bought two large men’s polo’s at a thrift store, they were both blue with stripes, I then stitched them together to make one shirt dress (if you’re crafty you could just download this pattern and make your own). I am by no means a professional seamstress, so my dress is not perfect. To cover it up I bought Margot’s iconic coat off of Ebay. The hair clip was one I already had, simply painted with red nail polish. The “wooden” finger I made by wrapping my finger with toilet paper, and wrapping masking tape around it until it was stiff. I then got my brown acrylics out, and painted it until it looked like wood. The final touch, the cigarette, can be found at any Halloween or prop shop. Not shown in this photo (because I had already carried it all night), a vintage brown handbag. I picked up a brown crocodile one from the 60′s at an estate sale. If you recreate this costume, make sure not to smile, and lightly roll your eyes at anything said that’s not worth your time. Happy Halloween!