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See You In August!

I’m closing up shop for summer but will be back later in the season! Until then, my blog will be made private (no new posts, so don’t worry, you’re not missing anything) although you can still follow along on Instagram.

With my business launching Fall 2014 and many trips planned for summer, I lack the time to blog properly. Blogging is a fun hobby but with a packed schedule, it’s a good idea to know when to prioritize.

I will see you in August. Until then, have a fabulous summer!

xx Nina

 

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Easter Sunday

Good Morning friends! How was your Easter? I must admit that my celebrations started early when I broke into my Easter basket last Monday…oops! (Peeps, jellybeans, and Reese’s eggs- too good not to start eating right away.) By the way, have any of you tried the chocolate dipped Peeps? I will say, I’m a fan.🙂

This year’s Easter was a decidedly low key affair. Homemade brunch (quiche, croissants, fruit, espresso) with a trip to Starbucks in the late afternoon. Now that I have a dog stroller, I can’t resist bringing Little Z with me everywhere. Since it was rather warm, I decided on a simple shift dress- bonus points for the great, mod feel!

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shift dress- Kate Spade

flats- Valentino

tote- LV

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Click here to read last year’s Easter post.

xx Nina

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My 5 Spring Wardrobe Essentials

This season I’m all about keeping things simple. I have a full schedule each week and that means clothes that not only look good, but are comfortable and not too fussy. I have however found a few pieces that I love and thought I’d share!

1. J. Crew’s Campbell Capri. It’s similar to their popular Café Capri only better. With a slightly higher rise, they’re perfect for fellow tall girls. (Though no fear short girls, they come in petite!)

I have the Campbell in three colors and one print- seersucker, (obviously) and love them all.

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2. Red lips. I’m back on another red lips kick and have switched out traditional lipsticks in favor of Maybelline’s Color Elixir gloss. I’ve previously written about these glosses here, and the red does not disappoint! Honestly, it’s a game changer. Very pigmented, long lasting, and comfortable to wear- a definite win in my book.

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3. Espadrilles. I managed to snag a pair from Chanel and they have completely transformed my look. I’m usually a die-hard ballet flat type of girl, but I love the beachy/laid back vibe that these give off.

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4. Tunics.

The longer length looks great with the aforementioned capris. Also, I love anything striped with a relatively loose fit.🙂

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5. A bright bag.

One of my favorite ways to add a little personality to everyday neutrals, a bright bag is a fun and perfect for the warmer weather.

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TGIF!

xx Nina

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LGO for Lunch

We had originally planned on visiting The Henry for lunch last Wednesday, but unfortunately they have somewhat of a parking shortage and no valet. La Grande Orange is an old standby and was the perfect backup plan. Tasty food with even tastier desserts. Seriously, their cases of cookies, cupcakes, and gelato are incredible. And don’t even get me started on their cappuccinos.

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But the real danger lies within all the merchandise scattered throughout the store. Voluspa candles, foreign magazines (Vogue Australia Home Living anyone?), and knick knacks. It’s extremely tempting and really fun.

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And meet this year’s Easter bunny… already at home in my bag!

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It was my mom’s first full day back in the Valley and we had a great time. I managed to find one of the outfits (a dress) for my impending photo session, at Kate Spade. The ladies were beyond helpful (and totally fabulous) and I left a very happy camper.🙂 xx

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{4/14} Weekend Snaps

This weekend was insanely busy and productive. I mean, I still can’t believe the amount of things we got done- it’s great to start the week on such a positive note.

One of the highlights of the weekend was getting Zorro a doggie stroller. And the best part? He loves it! You all know what this means…he’s going with me everywhere.

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A little shoe shopping.

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A stop into Brooks Brothers for a few conservative/classic work pieces.

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Sopapillas at Blancos. So good.

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Apartment hunting. We found the perfect place for my mom who’s moving back to Scottsdale! I’m so exciting, can you tell?😉

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A farewell dinner last night for Mom. She’s on her way to Berlin today and I know she’s going to have the best time!❤

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And one more shot of the shoes. Don’t they look great with the red pants?

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Have a great Monday!

xx Nina

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{#TBT} Los Angeles Trip

For today’s post, I thought I’d do a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and recount my trip to LA last September. Mom and I went for my 21st. birthday. It was a wonderful trip and I came to the conclusion that I really like Los Angeles. Not that I didn’t think I would, but I thought it would be more along the lines of a place I visit once and call it good. Not the case at all! Warning: this is a long post, but I didn’t want to leave anything out.🙂

We stayed at the Beverly Wilshire which did not disappoint- it was every bit a decadent and lovely as one would imagine. The french toast from the BLVD became my morning staple and the people watching was superb.

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The view from my hotel room looked out onto Rodeo Dr. and it was such a happy site to wake up to each morning.

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My Mom’s room faced Downtown and was equally impressive.

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The best decision of the trip was to take a private tour of LA. Since the city is so massive, you can’t go everywhere, so we settled on Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Santa Monica. Elite Adventure Tours offers private tours and our guide (I’ll have to look up his name) was fantastic- such energy!

I was least excited about the idea of seeing the Hollywood sign, but when we got to the secret location, I’ll admit, it was exciting! I had a few photos snapped and one had to be cheesy, right?

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My beautiful mom in front of the vineyard- yes, you heard right, there’s a vineyard to the left of the sign.

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Warner Brothers Studio.

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The luxe new Stella McCartney store. It’s like a small slice of London… in California.

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Dr. Phil’s house- my favorite and the least tacky of the mansions in the area. I’ll spare you the photos because I find the houses near the coast to be much more beautiful.

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Santa Monica, with its sunshine and salty air was the perfect way to end the day.

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We decided to pop back on over to Santa Monica a few days later. Our driver then took us up the coast to Malibu (underwhelming) and then south to Venice. Venice has great energy but is a little too “beachy” and “granola” for me.

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We did stop to have lunch at Shutters. Fantastic sea food and I would love to stay there one day. It’s right on the beach and the architecture reminds me of something one would find in the Hamptons. I highly recommend!

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Walking around Beverly Hills near the Beverly Wilshire was a real treat. Of course the shopping was premier, but the little neighborhood pockets were the real treasure.

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Urth Caffé was recommended to us by many and luckily the Beverly Hills location was right around the corner. Delicious food, great service, and excellent cappuccinos. It’s no wonder this is a local favorite.

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Also, my birthday present was my beautiful Cèline bag! All smiles, obviously.

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On my actual birthday, we took it easy. Shopping at the Grove, cupcakes at Sprinkles, and then a simple night in. Of course there was plenty of champagne, seeing as it was my 21st!

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Another wonderful part about the trip? Leaving behind Arizona’s brutal September heat.

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It was such an unexpectedly lovely trip and I had the best time with my favorite travel buddy. I can’t wait to visit again soon!

xx Nina

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March in Review + April Resolutions

March was a somewhat uneventful month with nothing too interesting to report. I had a death-like flu that erased an entire week from my schedule. But besides that, all was well.

One bright spot was figuring out my guest bedroom/home office situation. I finally decided on a layout that accommodates both. Once my new camera battery arrives (I somehow managed to lose it) I will take photos!

– For April, I’m looking forward to finalizing my company’s logo and having professional photos taken. I’ve scheduled a date with a photographer and now all I need to do is go shopping!

– My mom gets back into town tomorrow before leaving for Germany next week. We always have the best time together and I can’t wait for her to arrive.

– Fitness wise, I took two weeks off to recover from the flu. I snuck in a kettlebell workout on Saturday and man, I’m still feeling it today. Love that! I mentioned a while back that I wanted to try a barre class but unfortunately the studio I had in mind phased out their barre classes to focus on yoga. Instead, I’ve found a pilates studio that I think will be a great fit.

What are you up to this month?❤