Make Your Bling SPARKLE (How to Clean Your Jewelry At Home)

It makes me sad to see a gorgeous piece of jewelry lose it’s shine. I feel so strongly about sparkle, I travel with a “jewelry kit” and demand to clean my friends’ rings when we go on vacation. (Sunscreen is the worst offender for dulling shine.) The good news: anyone can get a pro-level clean at home in a few minutes! Stick with me.

I’m going to clean my engagement and wedding ring (platinum and diamonds), and my Dior Oui ring (white gold, aquamarine and diamonds). See how the stones are super cloudy and the bands are lackluster? This is totally normal and happens from regular wear – everything you touch, from makeup, to lotion, hairspray, and even food, takes a toll on the shine of your favorite things. Most of us don’t have time to get it professionally cleaned, but my jeweler taught me this at-home trick that works just as well. I try to do it every Sunday, the difference in before/after is so noticeable.

For the newly engaged: If you’re taking engagement or wedding photos, you MUST do this beforehand!

Note: I’ve used rings for this post, but it works for gold and silver necklaces, earrings and most natural gemstones. BUT I’ve never tried cleaning any costume jewelry, so attempt at your own risk!IMG_2448 Continue reading “Make Your Bling SPARKLE (How to Clean Your Jewelry At Home)”

Stay Warm In A Bold Knit Coat

IMG_2415First piece of news: My insta has even more style, beauty, general antics, and pictures of my pomeranian. What’s not to love?! ❤️ If you’re in the neighborhood, check me out @thechampagnechic

If you’re in the Northeast U.S. right now you are probably getting buried under inches of snow. Stay safe and warm out there! I took the redeye to Chicago last night and it’s freezing here so I feel your pain (but no snow yet, whew). This cold weather inspired me to post about the pure joy that is finding a really warm, but also chic, coat. Like this patterned knit from H&M. And it’s on sale right now for only $50!  Continue reading “Stay Warm In A Bold Knit Coat”

Sunday Strollin’: Pleated Midi Skirt + T-Shirt

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new york teeShirt: Old // Jacket: Azalea // Skirt: Vince, and Similar Here // Bag: Cambridge Satchel // Necklace: Old, Similar Here // Booties: Alexander Wang

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! It’s been so rainy in San Francisco so we did a lot of early spring cleaning the last few days: I was able to pull out two full bags of clothes to donate. Feel like I have more room in the closet for some new clothes… not like I need to shop any more every again. On Sunday we went on a walk through the Mission and I wore this navy midi from Vince with my favorite East Coast reppin’ tee.  Continue reading “Sunday Strollin’: Pleated Midi Skirt + T-Shirt”

The Museum of Ice Cream

We spent our Sunday afternoon at the Museum of Ice Cream! Yes, that’s a thing and it was as delicious as it sounds. I can’t believe someone dreamed this sweet, sweet heaven up. The Museum of Ice Cream, #MOIC, is currently open in LA, Miami and San Francisco.  If you live in SF, you can get tickets here. They sell out months in advance but you can sign up for a notification when they release more, so you’ll know first. Want a sneak peek? Follow me…
IMG_2059.JPGOutfit Details: Jeans: Frame // Shirt: Topshop, similar here // Earrings: Vanessa Mooney, ON SALE // Bag: Old // Shoes: Ann Taylor // Lipstick: NarsIMG_2093 Continue reading “The Museum of Ice Cream”

Afternoon Tea + Navy Jumpsuit

You know what’s a really fun weekend activity that I always forget about: high tea! We went to English tea when we were on a girls trip in London and again in Chicago at The Lobby with my bridal party before wedding dress shopping. But, I haven’t been in years and my husband had never gone. He couldn’t go on that way, and I was looking for an excuse to take him.

We spent the holiday season with our family in Chicago and Michigan, but wanted to do something celebratory, just the two of us, when we got back to San Francisco. Enter my afternoon tea dreams! I booked us a table for two at one of the loveliest places in the city for tea: the Fairmont Hotel They have a two story gingerbread house, and an open rooftop in December. It did not disappoint! We had a full menu of delicious scones, sandwiches, baguettes, followed by (maybe too many) desserts. Champagne is complimentary so we had a glass (or say, three). And of course, the actual tea – so many options. I got the “Jet Lag” tea, since I was convinced the three hour time change from Michigan was making me very sleepy, and it was delicious. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere was relaxed but lively – there were both just adults and families with kids… maybe a good idea for a special day with the kids? Just using the fine china can make a girl (and boy) feel fancy. Continue reading “Afternoon Tea + Navy Jumpsuit”