Plaid Blazer + My Anine Bing Obsession

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IMG_4767Blazer: Anine Bing (runs a slightly big) // T-shirt: Vintage // Jeans: Paige Denim (run TTS) // Shoes: Old, Similar Here and Here (Both Under $70!) // Bar Necklace: Etsy

I have been on the hunt for a plaid blazer for months now.  I was longing for a boyfriend style with a bigger check, but not super boxy, so it was still feminine and appropriate for the office. My months of “hard work” finally paid off in the form of this little number from Anine Bing. The fit is perfect, and the fabric is a versatile medium weight with a hint of red. Tt looks great with jeans and a cami, or a simple dress and heels. I might wear this 2-3 times a week now, don’t judge me… Continue reading “Plaid Blazer + My Anine Bing Obsession”

Women with Fierce Jobs: Jenny, Healthcare

I’m gonna be honest, I don’t really understand what other people “do” for a living. When someone says, “I am a consultant” or “I work in technology”, I have no idea what that means – what do they do all day? What education do they have? What do they like about their job, and what could they do without? Would I like that field of work? Even in a world inundated with technology, there’s still no app to input, say, “data scientist”, and get a firsthand account of what that job is like. I’ve always felt that there has to be a better way to learn more about the different jobs available to us, especially BEFORE we graduate or go back for advanced education.

A few weeks ago, I looked around at a party and realized all my friends are successful at very interesting, diverse jobs. There’s doctors, marketers, pilates studio owners, and Googlers. I had a moment of inspiration: what if they could share their stories so other women interested in these same fields can learn more? Thus, I was inspired to start a new part of my blog called “Fierce Jobs”. I’ll feature successful women who work in a variety of jobs, and the details of their careers, so if you are just graduating or looking to change fields, you might be inspired by them too. Women sharing information with other women, it’s what we must do!

For our very first Fierce Jobs, we are talking to Jenny, who works in Healthcare. She currently lives in Minnesota, loves pop culture and moscato, and is getting married to the man of her dreams in a few short weeks! Jenny is known for her honesty, smarts, and hilarious stories. You’re gonna love her too, I just know it…

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Alaina: Hi, Jenny. Thanks for being one of my best friends. Let’s start with some fun stuff to warm up. You’ve travelled so much, where is your favorite place in the world? 

Jenny: The south of France. French wine, Italian food and a beach!  With best friends, obviously.

What is the one beauty product you would never give up?

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Masks. Continue reading “Women with Fierce Jobs: Jenny, Healthcare”

Tuesday Tip: Instantly Radiant Skin

Ever just wake up in the morning and for whatever reason your skin looks dull or flat? Like you drank too much, but you didn’t? (Or maybe you did, I don’t know what you’ve been up to!) I’ve found the short-term cure: L’Oreal’s Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. I love this product because it takes only five minutes and results are immediate. You apply, leave it for 5 minutes (while you sip your coffee), then gently rub it into your skin briefly to exfoliate, before rinsing off. I like to rinse the mask off with a damp towel rather than my fingers for better exfoliation. Voila! Instantly perkier morning skin. I’m not sure about any “renewing cells”, but my skin is rosier and brighter looking, which is all I can really ask for. You can pick it up at any drugstore including Amazon and Target.

Tip: Make sure you get the “mask” and not the “cream”, they are different, but look the same.

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xo Alaina

Coachella Envy + Colorful Spring Sandals

img_2767.jpgIt seems like everyone is living their best life at Coachella right now. Me? I’m hanging on my couch with Roxie scrolling through pics of the fashion scene, trying not to eat an entire bag of chips. My salt addiction aside, the best Coachella style I’m seeing so far have one thing in common: a street style edge and tons of bright color. Bright colors! Ground-breaking for spring, amirite? If the Coachella lookbook has inspired me to do anything, it’s break out my new yellow Louboutins and take them for drinks and dinner. I got these stunners for a steal on TheRealReal, which, if you haven’t heard of yet, is the best site to get new designer items for a fraction of the price.

In other good news for you color lovers: I’ve rounded up seven other sandals that will bring that pop of Coachella bright into your life, without having to go anywhere, starting with yellow ones like mine.Lula Block Heel.jpgYellow: These sunnies are only $59 at Nordstrom. Yes, please Continue reading “Coachella Envy + Colorful Spring Sandals”

Luxe Weekend Getaway: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

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ATTENTION: This boutique hotel is a dream you will never want to wake up from. The dream is Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. I fell into this resort heaven via the most glamorous bachelorette party for my friend Emily, about 7 years ago, and I’ve been obsessed ever since – I finally had to share my obsession with you. It’s a gorgeous resort, and there’s a million reasons to go. Maybe a girlfriends weekend (facials! bars! pool!) or a romantic couples weekend (hikes! restaurants! couples massages!). Sanctuary offers guests “casitas” instead of standard hotel rooms, so you have your own little “house” on the side of Camelback mountain for ultimate privacy and space. You won’t feel like you’re at a hotel at all – you’ll just feel fancy. Rumor is J-Zay and Beyonce come here regularly along with a long list of other celebs, so I’m always on the lookout… Continue reading “Luxe Weekend Getaway: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain”

Tuesday Tip: Ribbons

IMG_2703I’m starting a new section of my blog called “Tuesday Tips”. I hope to give you simple ways to glam up your life, make your beauty routine easier or elevate your style. For my debut post, I’m highlighting something that’s always close to my heart no matter my age: RIBBONS. Not only are they so versatile, ribbons of all fabrics and colors are cheap and easy to come by (any fabric store and even Target has ribbon). So you can get saturated velvets for fall and bright cottons for spring. If I’m at a craft store, I like to buy 1-2 yards (about $1) and then cut it at home. Cut the ends on a diagonal for more polish, or leave them straight and frayed for more edge. Bonus: Ribbons also make great headbands or chokers!  Continue reading “Tuesday Tip: Ribbons”

All Black + Pop of Dusty Rose

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As you may or may not have heard, I am constantly trying to be a french girl. You know, svelte no matter how many croissants I eat, generally unbothered and adorable, with effortless style. But sadly, I have to limit my pastries, no one has ever called me adorable, and it’s too cold right now for the striped tee, silk trousers, and beret I’m envisioning (you see it too, don’t you?). In the interim, I’m reading up on looks from fashion week and channeling une femme winter – and for me, nothing says effortlessly chic like all black. The ripped jeans keep it from looking too severe and give this outfit a little texture. I also LOVE this dusty rose COS coat for spring, but I think using it as a transition piece with black is totally working. Come back for the spring-styling in a few weeks. p.s. If you’ve never tried an Everlane cashmere sweater, let me tell you, they are a dream for a fraction of the price.

Stay french out there. Continue reading “All Black + Pop of Dusty Rose”