You really should never miss an opportunity to match your lips to any berry colored piece of clothing you might be wearing. In this case, I went for a very bold red to match my coat! I think it makes a much more stunning combo! In addition, there is nothing like pure blackout tights to keep things sleek and to elongate legs -- I have been blown away by the quality of my new HUE tights which are really the best blackout tights I have ever tried. I spiced this otherwise classic look up with my new Versace sunglasses that have a touch of yellow and leopard print bag. Tonight I'm off to Thailand so I'm really excited and doing all my last minute packing. Finally no more coats and boots! At least for a little while ;)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend off! In case you guys have or have not seen these looks on my Instagram page @hapatime, I am posting 10 of some of my most recent looks here with full outfit details! Enjoy! xoxo
Every girl dreams of the perfect wedding, from the gown to the flowers, to the lights, to the guests. Of course let's not forget the groom! There is something so magical about how it all comes together. I've recently been introduced to Martina Liana Separates: Together.Forever, a couture separates collection that comes in 18 pieces, from corsets, bodysuits, tops, skirts, jackets and belts resulting in over 100 different combinations. The dresses created can be anywhere between chic and simple to romantic and glamorous. They are adorned with Swarvoski crystals, moonstone, pearls, the finest Italian Bellagio Crepe, Parisian Silk Chiffon, Guipere lace and stretch lining for ultimate hold and comfort.
In addition, Martina Liana's sister label, Sorella Vita is the perfect solution for any bride that wants to easily match her bridesmaids. Sorella Vita bridesmaid dresses come in 30 color combos, including their newest hit, the Modern Metallic collection.
In today's post I wanted to show you three different looks from Maison Jules that I shot in three different places that remind me of Paris since Maison Jules is after all a Parisian street-style inspired clothing line. The first spot was a vintage wine bar. Turtlenecks, stripes and skater skirts that aren't so short are pretty classic French pieces.
I don't get out to exercise outside much anymore (and I hardly ever exercise either for that matter) but I must say it was refreshing to walk around the park yesterday in my new Charlotte Russe workout/lounge apparel, bluetooth headphones and my new Versace sunnies. The thing about new workout gear is it really does inspire me to get off my butt and start moving. And what better time than the upcoming new year to get back into it?
We are lucky to still have so much sun and in some places, grass. But don't let it deceive you into thinking it is warm as well. It is positively freezing! (I admit, some days it is fairly warm.) However, recently I saw it was 37 degrees outside. My Cali, what is happening?!
Hey guys! I am so excited to announce I'm hosting an event with Biossance this Sunday at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton! (You can check out my post from yesterday for more info on their product, The Revitalizer). It's going to be so fun so be sure if you are in the area to stop by between 2 to 4 p.m for the blogger meet and greet! Plus there are going to be lots of goodies and a photo booth so I hope to see you there! :)
By the way, for my look I am wearing my new favorite trench from Revolve! It will transition perfectly to spring so I'm excited to get a lot of wear out of it.
I've recently had the opportunity to try out The Revitalizer from Biossance. Essentially it is 100% Squalane, an Omega 2 oil our bodies naturally produce until our early 20's. You can get a 1.7 oz bottle for $58 and since you hardly need more than a few drops per use, I estimate it lasting me at least a couple months with daily use. I think it would make a wonderful gift for your best friend or mom or just anyone you know that cares about their skin. I also read that it helped a girl with bad eczema so I am going to get a bottle for one of my sisters!
The Revitalizer was actually just released this past summer and what it does is instantly hydrate and revitalize your skin while being fragrance free, paraben free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist recommended and most importantly for people like me - non-comedogenic! According to their clinical study, 100% plant derived Squalane increases cell turnover. 95% of their female testers reported softer skin after one week. I actually have very oily skin but at the same time I know that my skin over produces oil to compensate and by using the right oil/moisturizer, I lessen my own oil production and soothe my pores.
At the bottom of my post you can see my dry legs before and after The Revitalizer is applied. I think I'm going to save The Revitalizer for my face but thought that would be a great way to show an immediate effect since my legs were dry after my shower.
Hope you guys found this post useful and give it a try!
You guys won't believe how cool this is! I got a Prynt Case which prints photos directly from my phone! All I do is charge the Prynt Case, make sure their special paper is inside the case, insert the phone into the case and log in to the Prynt app on my phone! From there I can either find a photo I already have or take a new one, and then the magic happens – I record a short video, and it ‘lives’ inside the photo. Anyone can point their phone screen at the physical photo and the video comes to life, overlaid right on the photo (think Harry Potter). It's so easy and fun to use when you are out and about!
The printed photos are great quality and also work as stickers too. Each time the Prynt Case is fully charged it lasts for 20 prints. I've already printed out photos of my dog, from my vacations, family and friends! You can put photos on your binders, lockers, wallets, etc! I think it would make an amazing gift and hey Christmas is right around the corner. Just make sure you order before December 17th so it arrives in time :)
Here is my second to last look that we shot in Paris. I'm saving the best for last but I really do love them all. I found this gorgeous dress on Asos, and really fell in love with the Chi Chi London label. Their dresses are so Paris as far as I'm concerned, and possibly London too :)
We shot on the Pont Alexander Bridge, which is honestly the most extravagant bridge I have ever seen. The gold accents seemed to glow under the cloudy sky. They even quite matched my dress.
Today I wanted to take you along my mini getaway I took this past weekend along the beautiful California coast. We stayed a few nights at Carmel Valley Ranch, stopped by McWay Falls, Bixby Bridge and got lunch at Ventana Inn. I love that we don't have to go too far to see such amazing places. If you are visiting California, or just looking for a getaway from the Bay Area, I highly recommend this trip!
If you can believe it, the below photos were taken with my brand new HTC One A9. I use both my DSLR and phone to take pictures, so it's definitely important to have a phone with a great camera. Whenever I'm traveling, then I prefer to take pictures with my phone since it's much easier to post quickly while on the go. And if you're in tune with camera settings, you also have the ability to shoot Raw in the Pro option which is super cool as you can adjust ISO, white balance, contrast, etc all while keeping the extensive picture data for later editing.
You can check out a short description of what you are seeing under each photo!
Here is one of my looks from this weekend in Carmel. We stopped by this vineyard which was really beautiful and very close to Carmel Valley Ranch. Which in fact, we ended back up at Carmel Valley Ranch because it is just too nice! This time we got a two bedroom suite which seriously, I'm in love! There are three TV's and two fireplaces plus two bathrooms/bathtubs/showers/toilets, a living area with a desk, etc.
I matched my scarf to my boots and was very happy with how similar the colors are. I wore my new Shein top which has a ribbed texture. Ivanka Trump boots are so comfortable but these burgundy ones are a little wider than my black ones. I have to wear two leg warmers to fill them out rather than one!
Also, we stopped by Ventana Inn for lunch earlier today and it was so amazing. The view really blew me away and the food of course was spectacular. Afterward we went to McWay Falls and caught the most stunning sunset.
I meant to post this look a few days ago but instead took a little break this weekend as my sister and our boyfriends explored the coast line. We stayed overnight at Carmel Valley Ranch and honestly it was perfect. It was relaxing, romantic, fun and everyone there was extremely courteous and helpful. I loved our room with the high ceiling and the bathroom had a heated floor. There was also an infinity hot tub in the center of the lodge which was just the right temperature. We took a lot of photos which you'll see soon.
I wore this look in Paris for the first day we visited the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the bridge of love. There are all these rows of beautiful golden trees and as we shot this look, we realized we were on a very busy exercise path. It was just amazing how many people ran by! My outfit was sufficient for the cool weather but the day warmed up considerably and I felt over dressed by two pm.
We shot this gorgeous Chicwish dress in the Garden of Luxembourg in Paris. This dress hugs me in all the right places, and the colors are just perfect for Autumn (I also love the wine rose version).
The garden is beautifully landscaped area first built in 1612, bordered by carefully aligned trees with an air of mystery. It is quite wonderful to be surrounded by fall tinted trees and yet see such vivid blossoms as well. Afterward we went to Angelinas to try their famous hot chocolate and then rushed off to Montemarte. It was a cold day and if you look carefully, you might be able to see my goosebumps! I didn't let it bother me though... I do love any place that may have inspired a fairy tale.
It's amazing how many places don't allow photography... we had just finished shooting when security told us we couldn't take pictures here. We left after that, and we were happy to have snuck in some photos in such a beautiful place.
Anyways the Pantheon of Paris is really gorgeous, but of course, every corner is just rich in history and stunning architecture. Across the street are a few schools and there is a big courtyard in which all the students sit and chat while they eat or smoke.
It was actually raining off and on and so that was why we chose to shoot at the Pantheon. My hair started to frizz out and I had to change into my backup converse for our walk back to the hotel. But seriously this trench is so snazzy, I think it can make any outfit so much cooler. It didn't keep me very warm but I'd say it's great for slightly breezy weather. (By the way, the zipper on my white top broke!)
As a blogger on the go it is always important to combine not only aesthetic appeal but complete practicality. That is why I love my new EMU Australia Perisher boots which are totally waterproof and perfect for any day exploring at the beach or the upcoming rainy weather!Thanks to the durable rubber, even with chunky heels I was very comfortable hiking to Marshall's Beach this past weekend and also climbing around on the rocks. It was fun not worrying about the incoming waves which kept my sister running for safety every two minutes.
I love Thanksgiving. Not only because of the turkey, honey roasted ham, stuffing, fresh rolls, and apple pie...but also for the Black Friday sales! Many retailers have started their online sales early this year, which means everyone has a head start on their gift shopping! Plus, there's no need to risk your life and go shopping in stores with all the madness on Black Friday (or camp out in line on Thanksgiving Day!).
There is nothing like 100% pure coconut oil to transport you away to a beautiful, tropical destination. I've tried (and I'm sure you have too) coconut scented candles, lotions, hair products etc but it is just not the same. Today I want to introduce you guys to Kopari, a beauty line whose founder with origins right out of Honolulu, Hawaii. All Kopari products are sulfate, paraben, GMO, toxins and silicone free.
Kopari has four new products, of which my favorites are the Coconut Balm and Organic Coconut Melt! The coconut melt is amazing because it is so versatile. This one product can be used as a super moisturizing hair mask, body cream, bath soak, shaving cream, massage oil and even to prevent stretch marks! I've already been using it as a weekly hair mask and my ends are so much better! And I must say it has made an amazing back up when I ran out of my normal shaving cream which is probably full of chemicals! I love the coconut balm for on the go extreme moisturizing - it fits easily in my bag and has a very subtle scent so no one has been bothered when I've applied it in public.
I'm going to have to wait for warmer weather to really get a feel for the Coconut Body Glow since I don't feel the need for shimmery skin when I'm all covered up in layers. The Coconut Sheer Oil is more for those little nuisances like dry cuticles and fly-aways but you can also use it as an eye makeup remover or as a fast absorbing face moisturizer.
After only a few weeks of swapping out my normal bathroom products for Kopari, I've noticed my skin and hair looking so much more nourished and healthy. I can't wait to see what will happen from long term use.
Hope you guys love this post as much as I love these products!
Now that the weather has finally started to cool down in California, boots are a must-have! I've compiled some of my fall/winter outfits I've worn showcasing the best way to wear some of your favorite boots this season. And best of all, most of these items are on sale for Black Friday--including my favorite over-the-knee boots!
I haven't worn a trench style coat in awhile so I thought this olive one from Chicwish would be a fun new addition to my closet. I combined it with soft blue and denim because I thought it would be a little more unique than just black which is probably my go-to color combo.
Anyways we shot this in Paris as the sun was setting. The weather was actually pretty nice but temps dropped so fast when the sun went down.
Usually people match their bag to their shoes but in this case I wanted to match my shoes to my top :) Gray and purple is a unique/fun color combo compared to the typical gray/white/black combo which is more common. I love the touch of reptilian texture which makes the shoes stand out a bit more. The heel is low so they are more comfortable and better for work or walking.
I actually found these at DSW which has the biggest shoe selection, I seriously couldn't decide on just one pair so you can see the three other pairs they sent me below. All of them are comfortable and perfect for the cold upcoming months.
I love dresses, I can't deny it. I usually don't wear them for very long, especially the tight ones, but I do love the impact they can have. This LBD has the most perfect cut - the v cut at the top is just right as well as the thigh exposing cut. Charlotte Russe has a ton of LBDs for really great prices - the reality is we don't wear these kinds of dresses usually more than once or twice. Or maybe that's just me. But if you aren't going to wear something more than once or twice, why pay the big bucks?
What is happening in Paris is so sad I am going to hold off on my other Paris posts for awhile.
Here is a super cute skirt from Chicwish. I love the ruffle at the top which adds an extra girly touch. It looks best with a slim top tucked in rather than a crop top. In this look I am actually wearing a bodysuit which is the best kind of top that stays put :) As you all must have noticed by now I am really into midi skirts. They are super elegant but casual too.
Now I have a question for you guys about the appearance of these photos - I did some major color balance/levels/saturation on these because we were short on time and did not use the correct camera settings. I have three different devices I am viewing the post on and on two it looks how I edited it to look but on the third it is super blue and washed out. Please let me know how it looks to you guys!
Here is my second look from France, as the weather got rather cold this one day, I layered up with the thickest turtleneck and heavy coat. We shot in the Tuileries which is one of the most gorgeous gardens in Paris. The trees lined up with the gorgeous building in the back is so picturesque, I just want to thank the royal families of France for having extravagant and beautiful taste.
I felt polished but simultaneously cozy which is one of my favorite feelings (fashion-wise) during the colder months.
Unfortunately my coat is from last year but I'll link to some similar versions below. The boots are on sale again though and they really are my favorite boots ever! Although when I wear these boots I actually have to wear leg warmers inside the calf area because my legs are so skinny. But that keeps my legs extra warm! Hope you guys love this look! xoxo
Mock turtleneck dresses are so hot no matter what season. I especially like the slim fitting ones like this one but Charlotte Russe also has a loose shorter A-line style I really like. If you get the midi level one you really should wear pumps to elongate your legs since naturally midi cuts shorten the appearance of legs.
This is really just a sexy day time look for any occasion you want to look put together and probably won't be eating a large meal ;)
Who doesn't appreciate a big comfy sweater on a cold day? I think cream paired with faded gray, black and burgundy is such a nice color palette for fall. And this sweater from Charlotte Russe really feels so expensive and deluxe. You could wear something like this for a lot of casual occasions but I wore it to the store for a little shopping and some hot chocolate after with a friend.
I'm back home and it is nice to be back but I will still be posting photos on Instagram @hapatime if you want to see more of Paris. The weather here in California is pretty much the same as Paris - cold and wet, though at least in Paris we had an occasional day of sun and clear skies! I can tell we are definitely entering winter already which makes me excited to plan some trips to winter wonderlands :)
I am just in LOVE with Paris. Everywhere I look it is just beautiful, quaint and picturesque. There are cute cafes on every corner, flower shops, open displays of fruit and vegetables and the grocery stores. The people here are polite, easy going and kind. There are many tourists but during October and November it is not too busy.
Here is a designer head to toe look I snagged at Ross just in time for the holidays! My favorite pieces in this look are the rose gold Michael Kors bracelet and earrings! I found this gorgeous bracelet for about 70% off. Can you guess the brand of the dress and shoes? :)
Introducing my furry little baby Mocha!! (She is actually 10 years old.) We went to the pumpkin patch together this past week and let me tell you, she got so excited! Honestly though I couldn't let her run around since they have rules but we had fun together anyways.
I decided to wear something comfy and warm (and yes I intentionally matched her bow with my coat!) since it was a cool evening and these Steve Madden booties were perfect for the occasion.
I am very excited to share an AMAZING giveaway with you guys today! One of you has the chance to win a year of unlimited clothes and accessories from Le Tote!
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