Memorial memories

I’ve been struggling to get back to real life after my too-short holiday weekend, but I figure it’s now or never if I want to compile a Memorial weekend photo diary.  My boyfriend and I decided to spend the weekend in Las Vegas, but the 1 hour plane ride that we are so familiar with, turned into a 9 hour car ride (thanks holiday traffic) when our flight was cancelled.  The drive to Las Vegas is really not that bad seeing as how California and Nevada are neighbors, but when you combine normal LA traffic with a holiday, things are about to get messy.  Regardless, I came back with a few items that made the trip well worth the drive.

The beginning of every trip starts with me saying goodbye to this little face, which is one of the hardest things to do.

My view for too many hours…desert…and more desert.

Finally the Las Vegas view we all love.  My view from the Encore Hotel, one of my favorites.

And my favorite part of Las Vegas, hands down…the shopping!  I stared at these Charlotte Olympia shoes for longer than necessary.

While I couldn’t bring those beautiful shoes home, I did pick up some classic nude YSL Tributes.

Now for the trip home…

Finally some ocean.

And a little Memorial Day pool time to finish off the weekend.

Brave bloggers

I frequent many blogs, but without a doubt I almost always gravitate toward personal style blogs.  When a blogger posts his or her outfits on a (nearly) daily basis, it allows me to see how she can manipulate her style with simply her outfit choices.  Not only does she get to express herself through her wardrobe, but she also helps to build a community for other personal style bloggers.  I have to give credit to all of those people who are brave enough to share their personal style, because it can be very intimidating in a society where everyone has strong opinions.  Regardless, I ♥ these brave girls and guys and I wanted to share some of the wonderful personal style blogs that I have recently discovered.

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Rag and Bone…Otra vez.

As much as I have embraced pastel pants for this spring and summer (as you can see here), I still love a great pair of black pants.  Since it gets cool around sunset, I decided to break out my favorite Rag and Bone jeans for a casual dinner date.  These jeans are actually referred to as their “Legging jean” but in my opinion are more like a stretchy cotton twill than denim, which makes them incredibly comfortable.

I’m wearing Rag and Bone jeans of course, Bobi tee, AG denim jacket, Louis Vuitton wedges, and Chanel bag.

Cork in the “Cloffice”

So as you may already know, I am forever working on my “Cloffice” (which by the way I discovered that I’m not a genius who invented this word, many people have already used it, but usually in regards to making a hall closet into an office.  But in my case, since I made a spare bedroom into a closet/office combo, I’ll take partial credit).  I was writing a French paper last Thursday and realized that I needed to do something about the big empty wall above my desk.  Sooo drab, sooo plain, sooo blah.  I immediately marched down to my local craft store, picked up some cork tiles of various sizes, and set to work creating a little inspiration wall.  Although this wall is far from complete, I took some before and after pictures so I could see my progress.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Take some before pictures so you can compare them with the finished project when you’re done.  Preferably using the Camera+ app on your iPhone so you can fade the color and convince yourself that the transformation is even more drastic.  Look at that silly mess all over my desk and that plain wall.  Papers everywhere, not acceptable!

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Step 2: Open your boxes of thumb tacks and mmediately spill both containers all over the desk.

Step 3: Use wall mount tape (it comes with the cork tiles), and arrange a pattern that you like along the wall.  Try not to push too hard when sticking the cork to the wall in case you need to rearrange (that tape is STICKY).

Step 4: Start posting!  For me, I like to stick things to the inspiration board that inspire me, or that I would lose if they weren’t there.  For example, I hate having business cards in my wallet, so I stick some of the more important ones on this board (and by important I mean the shoe salesman at Nordstroms and the manager of the Louboutin store in Las Vegas).  I also like to post articles from magazines, inspirational quotes, and photo booth photos that never fit correctly in frames.

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Step 5: Don’t worry if you don’t fill up every available space, it’s better to leave some room for future cork-board-worthy finds.

P.S.  Did you notice the Paris and London pin boards that got demoted?  I was raving about them a couple months ago and was originally planning on mounting them above my desk but they are quite heavy!  Cork board is way easier, so I will  have to find a new home for these ones.