Thursday, September 19, 2013

Love it... or Leave it?

Love it... or Leave it?
I'm seeing a TON of this in all mags for the Autumn into the Winter as the must-have pattern to mix into your look.  Again, I'm on the fence... I mean, it's traditional (nothing new) but is it something I am going to hunt down on my shopping excursions this season??  I'm going to say no when it comes to clothing, but the bag with a chunky gold chain might not be something I could pass up!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Four Fun Finds

As I continue to transition into the Fall season, I wanted to share a few items of interest I have come across that you may find the need to accumulate as well!


In an effort to slough of Summer's dry skin and fade a few thousand freckles I have collected, I ordered a tried and true at home glycolic peel set from  I will use only once - maybe twice a week and follow the directions it comes with religiously to get soft skin results without the huge price tag of a trip to the spa or dermatologist.

I am loving the idea of a pending sweater season and will welcome it with a Southwestern patterned cardigan.  All three above are from Forever 21.  Keeping is simple with a black & white color scheme so the look doesn't get to corny.  Maxi, shawl or chunky knit style???...
THAT is the question!!

SHE'S BAAAAACK!  Who doesn't love Elizabeth Gilbert since she took us on her amazing journey with Eat, Pray, Love ~ And her new book is almost out... Perfect, cozy, deep, MUST read!
Discover more HERE.


Our new addition to the family!  I picked this up at the Rose Bowl Flea Market last weekend...  Going along with my Southwestern feel ~ I am working on a home decor upgrade of Mid-Century meets Ralph Lauren & Tommy Hilfiger and this cool (Mr. Baggage thinks kinda creepy) deer skull is seeming to be a good match for the wall at the end of the hall... Now need a pin spot light for some dramatic effect.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Love it... or Leave it?

Love it... or Leave it?
Right off the bat, I'm going with LOVE.  I'm a product of the 90's and it brings back a little leftover grunge in me.  Also, #1 - I love the colors and #2 - it's a fun pattern.  I'd say I'm most likely to choose to accessorize with shoes or a handbag, but I'm really close to paying a visit to the Gap this weekend for the basic jacket.  It's perfect to layer in LA for our pending Fall season.
What do YOU think?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Backyard Lantern Refresh

At the end of Summer 2012 I found 2 of these wood lanterns on super clearance at HomeGoods (maybe like $4 each!) knowing they would be perfect for some extra backyard accent lighting.  At the time I bought them they were a decent forest green and I let it go at that.  They unfortunately did not get put away during the winter months (not much in the backyard ever does) and got quite faded and mildewy from some wind and rains.  Mr. Baggage urged me to throw them away (he is soooo like that!), but I love the structure of the pair and the large size is a total plus so off I went to pick up some gold shimmer paint... Just like new ~ but even better!

Before (above) and after one coat (below)
So pretty by day and by candlelight at night

I bought a couple spray cans... And now MANY items around the house seem to need some shimmer...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Love it... Or leave it?

Love it... Or leave it?
Welcome to a fun, new weekly category where we can examine the latest trends and really decide if we are going to love it or most definitely leave it off our wish list.
I have to admit... I'm on the fence about this look, but if I had to try and LOVE it... Would need to go with the Michael Kors version I noted as my favorite.
What are YOU thinking?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fall Fun Finds

As much as I am really ready to leave this Summer behind, Mother Nature is pounding LA with high heat and humidity making it impossible to even fathom the cooler days ahead.  Even so, I am all about the change in season and have collected a few things to help me get started.  Enjoy!

A nice, bold berry lip is necessary for Fall this year.  I found a perfect shade that works for all skin tones... Maybelline Color Sensational in Blissful Berry (base coat), topped with Raspberry Ablaze High Shine Gloss and then fill in for a fuller effect as a finishing touch with a plum liner.
Added a smidge to my cheeks for an overall blushing look  - Easy, minimal, hassle-free look!

Stop what you are doing and head straight to Bath & Body Works for this scented candle.  It makes my world so much happier!!
If you plan to purchase only one new item for the season, my pick is a leather (real or vegan - your choice) biker jacket.  I got the above from H&M and love the look for dress up or down - basic, versatile piece.  It's really a no-brainer :)
Just the right amount of edge to add to a monochromatic look - keeps things interesting.
Favorite snack 'o the moment = fresh baguette, toasted walnuts, creamy bleu and an ample drizzling of honey... simple layers - huge flavor!  Inspired by this pic from Pinterest largely in part due to the  butcher's paper used as a serving tray.  Gonna need a roll of this!

"Celebrate endings, as they precede new beginnings." 
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cheers to a new season of Major Baggage!