pantone 2012

Towards the end of the year, I always look in my closet to find clothes that I can clear out and whatever better guide than the Pantone Spring 2012 color guide? These are the color trends to look for next year...have fun searching for the perfect clothes and accessories in these great shades!



When I spent a year in Belgium my two favorite stores were Mango and Zara, both stores offered great clothes  that were affordable. I was ecstatic when both stores started popping up in the U.S. and the other day while getting some Christmas shopping done, I noticed the Mango line for JC Penney's: MNG. I have a feeling we will be seeing more from the department store as they have hired Ron Johnson from Apple. I noticed the layout of the MNG line, it's a shop within a shop experience and you feel as if you walked into a small boutique. The clothes have the classic Mango lines and they are budget friendly...I found myself wanting almost the entire collection they had in the store!


I always try and add color to my wardrobe but there is something about the color black that I love. You can never go wrong with black. I think black shoes are a staple and of course being a girl, we can't just have one pair. I think the reason we can't have just one pair is because after being on your feet for hours they hurt and because different styles go with different outfits. Here are the ones I've added to my arsenal of shoes through the years :)

Guess: Carrie Pump (4" heel), similar here
These are my staple work pumps, I love the side cut out

Michael Kors: Pressley (3 1/2" heel), here
The patent leather and little heel are perfect for work or cute skinny jeans for date night

Aldo: Filary (5 1/2" heel), similar here
The platform makes these heels a lot more comfortable than they seem, great for a night out!

Badgley Mischka: Randall (4 1/2" heel),  here
I found these at Nordstrom's Rack for under $50, I wore it to a wedding...super cute but not the most comfortable heel. They look great on, just make sure you don't have to be on your feel the entire time :)

Guess: Safara (5" heel), here
I just got these on sale and they are my new favorite, the peep toe and ankle strap are such a cute touch!


monogram me

I think some monogrammed pieces are nice and add a sweet personalized touch. Like on a cute necklace or on the cuff of a dress shirt. JCrew is offering to monogram sweaters and button up shirts in a couple different font styles that would look very sharp this winter season.

Or what about a monogram necklace from BaubleBar available in gold or silver $105-$115

If you want more of a casual look try Moon & Lola $78

I like the personalized throws because they can be given to both men and women!

Pottery Barn $39.99 


good eats

I am sorry that I have been away, I was eating my way through San Diego last week :). If you live in San Diego or have plans to visit, make sure you check out these two great finds!

Bo Beau Kitchen + Bar: is one of the Cohn restaurants and a true gem! I first tried it a month ago with a friend and we instantly fell in love. We started off with the crispy brussels sprouts with pancetta, parmesan, and balsamic. Let me first start off by saying that I don't even like brussels sprouts but think these are delicious, because they are grilled, they aren't bitter at all. The duck fat deviled eggs and almond crusted portabella's were also really good. My two absolute favorite dishes are the braised short rib flat bread with horseradish smashed potatoes and chives and the duck confit fettuccini with roasted mushrooms, arugula, and parmesan reduction. To think of it, I haven't had anything that I don't like!

Dumpling Inn: This is a hole in the wall restaurant that my friend found on yelp and it's so good! We only ordered dumplings because,'s called Dumpling Inn after all! It lived up to all of our expectations and the next time I am in San Diego, I'll be going there again! We ordered the boiled pork and chive dumplings, deep friend beef curry dumplings, and two orders of the soup dumplings. All of the dumplings were full of flavor and the soup dumplings had a wonderful broth inside! They have affordable prices and the service is quick, make sure you get there early because it's a small restaurant that fills up quickly! 

* all images courtesy of google and yelp 

I hope you all have a great week...don't be scared to try out a new restaurant in your neighborhood! Happy food hunting!!