Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

 

Tips on Master Layering

1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best

J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the most flattering layering possibilities.  I suggest layer with caution when it comes to bulky items,  Below I would of removed the denim shirt.

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Long and Lengthy?  A Ruler body type is great for the look below.  Thin with no curves

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3.  Pair Light weight pieces under bulk

Ted Baker Fleur Jacket, Vince Camuto Aqua Sleeveless Blouse, Thalian Burgundy Leggings, Nine West Brown Mid Boots, Vintage Silk Chiffon Purple Scarf

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4. Balance Layered tops under slim bottoms

Levi Strauss Blue Jacket, Pink Chiffon Buffalo Blouse, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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6. Layer Texture

Zara Grey Metallic Knit Jacket, Elizabeth and James Feathered Vest, J Jill White Cami

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Step One:   Max Jeans Grey Vest, Mossimo White Tee, Prabal Gurang Prism Necklace, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Step 2.  Add another layer with texture, and repeat the color.  Not overwhelming!  La Fiorentina Fur Vest

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7. Summer Dresses can be layered into Fall Style

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J Crew Sparkle Sheath Dress, Nine West Booties

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Added: Zara Black Knit Pullover, J Crew Black Grosgrain Belt,  5 Layer Strand of big Faux  Pearls

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Tool Box:  Items needed for  Layering

1. Vests

Lucky Army Vest, Lucy Black Hoody, Banana Republic Graphic Tee, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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J Crew Print Shell, Antonio Melani Man’s Vest, Premise Black Jacket, Vintage Scarf

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Talbot’s Zebra Long Jacket, Mossimo Grey Sweater, Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Blouse, Zara Black Leggings, Stuart Weitzman Black Boots

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3. Cascading Hemlines

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Mossimo Knit Oatmeal Sweater, Trina Turk Taupe Silk Sleeveless Top, Zara Ivory Midi Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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4. Sleeveless Blouses , Tees and Turtlenecks

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7. Trimmings: Buy quality, don’t settle for a bad fake fur!  There are good fake furs out there and I personally like Vintage Fur.

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8. Layer Jewelry. I enjoy adding layers of jewelry in similar colors and textures with one “off” piece. Vintage Jet Beads, Misc Strands

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9. Scarves  So versatile and add a splash of your favorite colors, patterns ect.

Trina Turk Black Leather Jacket, TeenFlo Vest, J Crew Taupe Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse, Vintage Limited Silk Scarf ( Circa 80″s), Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Banana Republic Navy Cardigan, Mossimo Denim Shirt, Vintage Tartan Tie, Zara Black Leggings, Zara Motorcycle Boots

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Layering Clothing is fun, looks very chic and stylish and fundamentally can keep you warm this Fall.  Good Luck and remember the tips and work with your tool box!!

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Inspiration from the Lush Life in Carmel

Beautiful flowers, gardens, landscapes, cacti, succulents, ect  all take my breath away everytime I visit Carmel.  I get  inspired when I see all this and it  always motivates me to dress better with my wardrobe, improve my own home and garden  and “lush” up my life!

Fleur Dress by Zara, Burgundy Fringe Necklace by Eddie Borgo

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During my last trip to Carmel I could not stop myself from taking pictures of all the beautiful “LUSH” plants, succulents,and flowers.  They thrive so well in Carmel due to the fog, moisture and cool temperatures. I am envious that the Succulents do so much better there than here in Tucson.

Here is the proof!

Succulents/Cacti

What a walkway to the door!

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Succulents that look like Giant Sand Dollars!

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Gorgeous with the Red Outer Leaves

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This gorgeous cacti specimen displays in front of a Church.  The famous Cypress Inn owned by Doris Day is across the street.

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The Courtyard behind Anton and Michels.  I used to have lunch at this restaurant way back when I worked at Saks Fifth Avenue on Ocean Avenue.

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Flowers

I call this the egg yolk flower. Spotted this beauty as I was walking to La Playa Hotel to see all their flowers!

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La Playa Hotel

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On one of my visits to Carmel I stayed at La Playa.  This was the view from my room

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Geranium Basket

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Charming Outdoor Cafe on Ocean Ave

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331The next two pictures were taken at Point Lobos National Park. Absolutely gorgeous park with breathtaking views of the Sea and Sea life, rugged cliffs,  great trails.  I will be blogging about Point Lobos in the near future!
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Residential 

This house is on Scenic Drive, I love the carpet of flowers

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Carpet of Iceplant and Window Boxes

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Carpet of Lavender with a Wild Rose climbing up the chimney.  Wow!!!!  The owner came out and I asked her if she minded I was taking the picture.  She said no and was just happy I appreciated her House and Garden.

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I think it is so important we are inspired by someone or something to improve our daily lives and get a little circulation going thru our creative veins. The only way to do this is by getting ourselves out there seeing new things, embracing new experiences and meeting new people.  If you are lucky enough and live with people who inspire you and are surrounded by Inspiration all ready than my congrats to you.  For me I need to go out and get it!!!

Fleur Blouse by Zara,  J Brand Jeans, Cole Haan Brown Croc Embossed Belt

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Chic Style with Slides

Slides can look Chic and Stylish!!  I just proved it to myself with my wardrobe and I had my doubts.  It is all about balance and proportion.   After selecting the clothes for these slides my conclusion was slides dictate a Sporty, Classical and Simple look.

Below are a few examples from the slides I blogged about previously and now have the outfits to go with them.

002Sam Edelman Leapord Birkies with J Crew Black Shorts and Zara Black Sweater.  3 Black Resin Bangles, Chanel Black Shades

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Cole Haan Brown Cork Heeled Slides with Cynthia Rowley Pink Cotton  Skirt, (Marshalls) So White Sleeveless Blouse

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Born “Bottega Veneta” Wedge Slides with Ann Taylor Brown Jacket  and Blue Label Saks Fifth Avenue Black Pants

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Adidas Poolside Slides with BCBG Blue Cotton Dress and Airport Shades (12.99!) Delayed flights can get you in trouble at the gift shop!

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Stuart Weitzman Tortoise Wedge Slide with J Crew Graphic Tee and Just Living Khaki Pants (Marshalls)

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Clarks Black Patent Slides with Trouve White Sheer Duster and J Jill Black Tank, Black leggings

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Stay tuned for next blog as a Shoe with a Historic Past is finally due for retirement!

How to wear a Checkered Blouse and not look like an Idiot

When a checkered blouse comes to mind you don’t think cool – as in outfit cool. You probably say no way ,  I am going to look like a picnic  tablecloth!  Second thought is the sightings of a checkered blouse either with denim or daisy dukes which we have all seen many times.  This results in a costume look and not stylish.daisy dukes

Currently checkered blouses are a Spring trend .   I personally love button down blouses and I think if paired correctly you too can pull off the checkered blouse.

A few rules to keep in mind.

1. Checkers are the focal point so tone everything else down. Don’t be matchy matchy.

2.All the shoes I selected are neutral.  All the shoes I selected were also edgy and stylish.  NO comfort Merrills in this scenario!!!    Or cowboy boots. NO NO NO!!

3. Don’t go for a relaxed look because you will look like you work on a farm.  Go for tight fitting pants or Straight Skirt or A line Skirt with Heels!

4. Selecting Denim is treading on the dangerous side, because of the stereotypes we all have seen for years.  Pass on it—

Go for a fresh Spring look and below are some examples I hope help!

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J Crew Red Checkered Blouse, Ann Taylor Beige Skinny Jeans, Ralph Lauren Cognac Pumps027

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Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

Tips on Master Layering

1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best

J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the most flattering layering possibilities.  I suggest layer with caution when it comes to bulky items,  Below I would of removed the denim shirt.

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Long and Lengthy?  A Ruler body type is great for the look below.  Thin with no curves

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3.  Pair Light weight pieces under bulk

Ted Baker Fleur Jacket, Vince Camuto Aqua Sleeveless Blouse, Thalian Burgundy Leggings, Nine West Brown Mid Boots, Vintage Silk Chiffon Purple Scarf

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4. Balance Layered tops under slim bottoms

Levi Strauss Blue Jacket, Pink Chiffon Buffalo Blouse, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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5. Layer the Same Colorwhite

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6. Layer Texture

Zara Grey Metallic Knit Jacket, Elizabeth and James Feathered Vest, J Jill White Cami

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Step One:   Max Jeans Grey Vest, Mossimo White Tee, Prabal Gurang Prism Necklace, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Step 2.  Add another layer with texture, and repeat the color.  Not overwhelming!  La Fiorentina Fur Vest

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7. Summer Dresses can be layered into Fall Style

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J Crew Sparkle Sheath Dress, Nine West Booties

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Added: Zara Black Knit Pullover, J Crew Black Grosgrain Belt,  5 Layer Strand of big Faux  Pearls

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Tool Box:  Items needed for  Layering

1. Vests

Lucky Army Vest, Lucy Black Hoody, Banana Republic Graphic Tee, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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J Crew Print Shell, Antonio Melani Man’s Vest, Premise Black Jacket, Vintage Scarf

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Margaret O’Leary Black Knit Sweater, H&M Black Sheer Long Duster, J Jill White Cami, Ann Taylor White Jeans, Vince Camuto Brown Bootie, Italian Black Bag

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3. Cascading Hemlines

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Mossimo Knit Oatmeal Sweater, Trina Turk Taupe Silk Sleeveless Top, Zara Ivory Midi Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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4. Sleeveless Blouses , Tees and Turtlenecks

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5. Pullovers

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7. Trimmings: Buy quality, don’t settle for a bad fake fur!  There are good fake furs out there and I personally like Vintage Fur.

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8. Layer Jewelry. I enjoy adding layers of jewelry in similar colors and textures with one “off” piece. Vintage Jet Beads, Misc Strands

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9. Scarves  So versatile and add a splash of your favorite colors, patterns ect.

Trina Turk Black Leather Jacket, TeenFlo Vest, J Crew Taupe Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse, Vintage Limited Silk Scarf ( Circa 80″s), Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Infinity Scarves- Current Trend-  I like it!!

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Banana Republic Navy Cardigan, Mossimo Denim Shirt, Vintage Tartan Tie, Zara Black Leggings, Zara Motorcycle Boots

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Layering Clothing is fun, looks very chic and stylish and fundamentally can keep you warm this Fall.  Good Luck and remember the tips and work with your tool box!!

Vegas: Part One: Top Ten things that made me Smile

After spending 72 hours in Sin City009 I have concluded a few thoughts.  There are good aspects, bad and most definitely ugly. This blog is all about the good, Part 2 in the near future will reveal what I didn’t love so much.

I was fortunate to travel with a friend who was so easy to get along with  and we just seemed to be in sync the whole trip.  That was a blessing!IMG_1358

The last time I was in Vegas was approximately 15 years ago and this trip was about finding the cool spots under the categories of dining, shopping, sightseeing, gaming.  I did indeed find some, but I know more research is needed!!! At least I am off to a good start.

Vegas Top Ten  that made me Smile and I highly recommend

1.  The Signature Hotel.  A boutique hotel, separate from the Parent MGM Grand Hotel  which was all suites and  is non- gaming.   Luxurious retreat  many with balconies & all with kitchenettes & spa tubs.signature hotel  I stayed here and loved the feel of it.  Gated, private, and I didn’t get lost finding the elevator as opposed when you stay in a Casino Hotel.

2.  Mandarin Hotel.  Another non- gaming hotel that is absolutely gorgeous!  Quite, Zen and beautifully decorated.  This was our elevator exit eye candy on the 23rd floor! ddd  The 23rd floor offers a magnificent view, and the bar looked choice.ccc - Copy  I was drooling watching people enjoy their cocktails!eee  A visit to the public restroom was a treat also.  The room was infused with Musk and just the right amount to please the senses. aaa - Copy I also treated myself to lunch one day  at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, very expensive but worth it.las-vegas-restaurant-twist-4  I devoured my Miso Black Cod, with Marinated Daikon Radish and Sauteed Spinach.IMG_1390  A crisp Sauvignon Blanc washed it all down.  And I couldn’t resist the Bread and Dipping Sauces.  I love the good life!

3.  Aria Resort and Casino. I only visited the lobby one evening and I was impressed immediately  with an aura of minimalism, Sophistication and chic. bbbb Located in  the heart of both the Las Vegas Strip and the incredible City Center urban complex. It sports a design that spans modern architecture, which rich touches of decor and art.  I felt confident a Chihuly sculpture spanned the lobby.aaaa - Copy  I took a peek inside the restaurant Sage and dining there is on my to do list next visit.cccc

4. The Shops at Crystals. 100 Located next Aria in the City Center.  Designer heaven.  I love to  look at these shops for their  exquisite beauty and design, the gorgeous merchandise, and most of all  inspiration and over the top eccentricity.  I was surprised Chanel and Ferragamo weren’t invited to the party!

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Emilio Pucci Boutique

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Jimmy Choo Boutique

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Van Cleef and Arpel Boutique

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BallyBottega VenetaBulgariCarolina HerreraCartierChristian DiorErmenegildo ZegnaFendiGucciHarry WinstonHermès,HSternIloriKitonLanvinLoro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Marni,MikimotoMiu MiuPaul SmithPorsche Design, Group PradaPucciRoberto CavalliRichard Mille Rimowa,  Tiffany & Co.Tom FordTourbillion,Van Cleef & ArpelsVersaceYves Saint Laurent.

5. The Bellagio Hotel Casino.  After dining at Todd English Olives Restaurant located in the Bellagio, Madeleine and I decided to try our luck playing Black Jack. We liked the vibe, and felt comfortable in the Casino.Blackjack_board We found a $15.00 minimum table and a gentleman sitting at the horseshoe position who knew how to play.  This is so important because if you sit down at a table with a rookie at the end spot they could mess up the whole table if they take hits or holds on cards that could benefit the dealer and then everyone looses.  We were lucky charms for the table and had so much fun playing with our new fast friend ” The Australian Well Dressed Gentleman ”  In 30 minutes Madeleine and I turned $50.00 into $358.00  We walked away winners!!!!!

5.5 . The Bellagio Fountains.  WOW!!!!!!  WE have all watched the scene in Oceans Eleven as the Magnificent 7 gloat with their successful heist as they watch these fountains.  Well let me tell you it is so much  better live and absolutely spectacular to view in person.  I thought it was better than any fireworks display I have seen.   I loved it.vegas_bellagio

6. Vegas at Night.  Lights, Lights and more Lights.bb - Copy  You can’t help but get a feel of excitement taking it all in when the sun sets and the lights take over the strip. Casinos,  Bill boards, buildings, palm trees, stores everything is lit up!cc - Copy  Even the cars driving on the strip participate in the illumination.022dd  I enjoyed the energy the night “lights” gave me.018

7 Zara.  I love this store and it was located at Fashion Show Mall. Woo Hoo!!!  Zara is considered fast fashion- great style and design at a great price.  If you are not sure what is in style these days just go to Zara.com and you will find out.  Madeleine and I both found some great pieces to compliment our fall wardrobe.  I bought cigarette ripped jeans,cigarette jeans and two thick, wooly infinity scarves.013 014Madeleine bought a grey cotton Jumpsuit, and a scarf as well.037

8. Buffalo Exchange.  No trip is complete without a Buffalo Exchange outing if the city has one. The excitement of what you may find is always exhilarating to me.  Located downtown, we took the city bus and found our way to their new location.  Did we score???  Of course.  Madeleine found great jeans and a vintage Coach bag, simple and gorgeous leather.bbbbb - Copyccccc  I found an amazing crochet dress, and a Black little cutout tank.  I guess I was in a peekaboo mood!!!!015012

9. Carson Kitchen 124 South Sixth Street.FullSizeRender (14)  OMG what we stumbled upon has left me hungry and wanting more.  As we were navigating to find Buffalo Exchange in a depressing part of downtown we both noticed some cool signage in a small window front.  We peered closer and realized a restaurant was hiding behind the window, so hard to see with the bright glare.  We walked in and surrendered immeadealtely.  Great decor with an industrial vibe, delicious aromas coming from the kitchen and all organic!IMG_0884

We sat down at the bar and chowed and toasted and cheered to our great find. We enjoyed a Beet Salad and Rabbit Ragu with Spaghetti Squash.FullSizeRender (15)IMG_1364  It was a local hangout and packed by the time we left.  I will always come back here when I visit Vegas.

10.  Lotus of Siam.  My husband and I dined here 15 years ago and  our meals were out of this world , along with exceptional service.  I never forgot that wonderful experience so I wanted to return and  bring my friend to try it again.  It did not disappoint!20120523-207684-lotusofsiam-redchilidip

You don’t have to be a food insider in Las Vegas to know about Lotus of Siam. Despite its unlikely location in a non-descript strip mall, the outstanding and authentic food at Lotus of Siam has garnered attention from countless national media outlets, including the title of Best Thai Restaurant in the United States from the late Gourmet magazine.

72 Hours and our trip was packed. Looking forward to the next trip and taking more in– So much more to do and see!!!!!  Next blog: Part 2 The other side of Vegas from my point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Wear, Packing Strategies for a Luxury Getaway Weekend

When anticipating a luxurious spa weekend at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside one must pack with careful thought. Two words:  Relaxed Glamour!073

Bring comfortable clothes but also add a  little exotic,  a little flashy, a little sense of escapism. Accessories can play a huge part to this plan.002

Zara Prada wanna be Sparkly Strappy Flip flops-  These were so fun and worked with so many outfits.

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The getaway defines you are in need of an escape, along with relaxation, rejuvenation, and taking good care of yourself.

I always say when you look good you feel good.  The luxury spa wardrobe isn’t so much about image but rather wearing clothes that make you feel good, pretty, and comfortable .   If you know you are going to be surrounded by beauty you want to partake in that beauty also. I did just that as I strategically packed for my luxurious spa weekend.050The airplane outfit is for entering and exiting the getaway.  This Zara Ivory jacket is a soft cotton, so it  won’t wrinkle.  The shoes from Talbot’s are neutral and will have multiple uses, they are also comfortable with the chunk high heel. I plan on wearing this outfit to dinner when I arrive, so the  earrings will be my Glamour Accessory.

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My LongChamps Messenger Black Bag has been my go to travel bag for the past 20 years.  I just  replaced my original one and luckily I was able to purchase the same one on ebay. I am set for another 20 years!

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I always prepare my own gourmet lunch, I never settle for Airport food unless it is complete desperate measures . My lunch consisted of a grilled radicchio, goat cheese and prosciutto sandwich on Walnut Bread.  As a travel staple I also usually bring fresh fruit and Stuffed dates with Pecans and Manchego Cheese.  Espresso candies are always in my purse.002

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The Pool outfit consists of a basic J Crew black bikini with fabulous baubles. I chose black because it is versatile and coordinate with my cover ups and tote very well.

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Coverups– I like to bring two

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047 Tote for poolside items .  Banana Republic Multi Stripe tote, Kate Spade Sunglasses with 2.5 Reading lens,  Detangler Travel Spray for my frizzy hair, Sublime Spray Oil with SPF 15 (love this product) neutrogena lip balm, Aqua Sphere Goggles, swimcap, reading material . And of course the Iphone!

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The Missoni beauty bag is for beauty and hair  products. Since this is a Water related trip I specifically brought Makeup Forever waterproof eyebrow color, and Aqua Eyeshadow sticks along with L’oreal Waterproof Mascara.  Clarins Eau Dynamisante is a fresh clean fragrance that I have enjoyed for years and no one seems to be offended by the scent in a public situation.

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Spa outfit:  In addition to my fun flip flops I layered a tissue white tee, with a cami and on the bottom I  wore my Eileen Fisher Brown Cotton Pants.  Comfy!027

The spa was phenomenal, I booked quite a few services and enjoyed every minute of them. The Scalp Massage and Foot Reflexology were to die for.

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 Exploring outfit: The hotel provided 1.5  walking history tours, and it was marvelous learning about the rich history of the hotel. Two thumbs up! Vince Blue Cotton Boatneck Tee ( protecting my decollete), Ann Taylor Navy Shorts, Multiple Necklace Strands

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 Dining outfits:  Below is French Connection cotton striped maxi with my favorite  Target Brown belt. Talbots Neutral Heeled Sandals

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2nd Dinner outfit: My travel Zara Jeans, Forever 21 Fleur Cami, Old Navy Pink Cotton Cardigan, the Talbot’s shoes again!

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I didn’t want to bring my Messenger bag to dinner so I used my super fun Kate Spade Clutch.014

I read a Conde Nast Traveler article in 1992 when the hotel had a grand reopening from being closed for 7 years for restoration and remodeling.

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I had always wanted to visit and thanks for livingsocial  offering a special, it reminded me to go!  I ended up not purchasing the livingsocial package because I wanted something better than a standard room,  I  wanted something with architectural aspects.040

The hotel was spectacular, it surpassed my expectations.  Everywear you looked there was something interesting to see.011111  Spiral staircases:  This particular staircase was in my room.

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Gilded Altars at the chapel, church pews from a belgium convent,

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Handcrafted furniture, this particular chair was made for President Taft due to his large frame and he was insulted when asked to sit in it. 120Statues : St Francis of Assisi 116114 And the list goes on. There were even two Macaws named Napoleon and Josephine that greeted all the guests at the entrance. The original owner and wife possessed Macaws with the same name and the tradition lives on.048 There was no stopping Frank Miller the eclectic genius with the vision to create a mission influenced style hotel at the time in 1901 when it was unheard of. 066 High influential friends such as Rockefeller  President Taft, Louis C Tiffany and many others supported the project.022

As times changed, the economy had fallen, the hotel suffered and as a result went into foreclosure in the 70s.  A shuffling of owners tried their stake at managing a grand hotel but it wasn’t until Duane Roberts purchased the hotel and restored the hotel in all its glory from the past adding modern amenities which included a world class spa which his wife manages, Kelly’s Spa.

The pool scene was like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 045 On Saturday the scene was a  crazy packed party, definitely  W Hotel Vegas vibe.   A  mixed bag of guests from head to toe tattooed men and women, to a 10+ gay men scene sipping daiquiris  and overtaking lounge chairs and tables,  to a bachelorette party,  to a girls spa weekend, screaming children, and  locals enjoying their stay cation.  It was a feast of flesh no doubt. Sunday on the other hand  was spa living.  I guess all the above checked out so it was quite and peaceful. Even the children were quiet! I preferred this vibe to Saturday’s vibe. I even had enough room in the pool to swim laps and read by the pool.

The dining highlight was  sitting in the courtyard on a perfect summer evening. Soaking up the view  looking up and seeing the arches,corridors and cascading bougainvillea .  I ordered crab cakes and a martini and just took my sweet time.  Ahhh125

Saying  goodbye to this amazing place was truly difficult.  I wanted to stay longer  and wasn’t ready to head back to reality just quite yet.    But all good things must come to an end as super shuttle picked me up and the trek home began.

I wore  clothes that presented a confident image because with certainty you never know who your going to meet and sit next to on the plane. Be ready at all times!  036035Turned out a lovely woman joined my isle and  it ended up she was visiting her sister in Tucson who was looking for a personal shopper! Yes!! Help is on the way with Ten Outfits, my business.

The trip started as a spa weekend and ended up as a business write off. Not bad.