Hello from Los Angeles…


I’ll be stopping by every now and then with some of my finds out here in Los Angeles…thanks Lush360 for having me!

I live and work in downtown L.A., and let me tell you, it is nice to get to walk to work every day! I watch the news as I get ready for work and feel so lucky that I’m not like all the other Angelenos, commuting across town in their car, fighting with traffic and diminishing their lifespan over stress. What price do I pay in exchange for this stress-free commute? Looking fashionable, is pretty tough to pull off when you’re wearing white sneakers with your killer work-outfit. It looks pretty silly! I refused to be one of those other girls walking around with white sneakers, so I bought myself a pair of ballerina flats that would match with virtually any outfit and were comfortable to walk in.

The only problem with wearing flats is that I was ruining my nice work pants that had been hemmed to perfection for my heels. I was dragging them up and down Fourth Street and it hurt me dearly to see them slowly start to get ruined to the point where they were eventually unwearable. I tried stapling my pants, paper clipping them, rolling them up, but to no avail.

In come Zakkerz!!! Zakkerz are my new best friends and were created by two girls who commuted to work in New York. They solved the pant destruction dilemma by coming up with an effective, temporary pant roll-up wrap. They’re discreet so that you can maintain your fierceness on your way to work.

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Get Ready for Spring by Cleaning…

I just spent the last 2 hours cleaning out my closet!  It wasn’t fun, but it was effective and I feel awesome now.  The general rule of thumb is to throw out (or give away) anything in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn within the last year.  You should also toss anything that has faded or white shirts that get the yellow stains from your deoderant.

Not only will you feel completely organized when it is done, but it is a good evaluation of what your wardrobe is missing.  I guess now I am motivated to shop with $$$ I don’t have..:)

Remember if the clothes you don’t want anymore are in good condition, give back to a charity.  There should be donation drop off boxes in any major city (google clothing donation sites).  You could also drop them off at your local Salvation Army or in my case I called Amvets and they are picking up the clothes on March 6th (That was EASY).  Not only are you helping yourself, but you are helping others.  If you can’t bare to part with or donate an expensive item in LIKE NEW condition , try selling it on EBAY.  I had a BEBE shirt I spent $60.00 on last year and I wore it twice.  I got the shirt dry cleaned and re-sold it on Ebay for $55.00.  Not a bad deal at all.

When I cleaned out my closet; I also noticed what clothes I had that were still in style, but are now too small for me because of my winter weight gain.  Looking at these clothes definitely motivated me to keep up with my workouts and eating right.

It was refreshing to walk into my closet after all was said and done.  This is a suggestion for you to do the same! While the cleaning itself SUCKS, it is well worth it for the relief and accomplishment  you feel after its done.  Happy Cleaning!!

Think Outside the Box!

amayaMy 15-month-old daughter Amaya is not just my little fashionista in training but she is also musically inclined, at least my hubby and I like to think so. At the very least our little girl’s got rhythm! My husband swears it’s the Hispanic in her (he’s Colombian) and I say it’s the Russian in her! (Have you seen those Russian dancers on So You Think You Can Dance!)

Ever since she was about 6 months old she would start dancing to any music that she heard. But one of her favorite songs is the theme song to Showtime’s Weeds, another favorite of hers is the theme song to HBO’s Big Love. Every time she hears these songs, she stops what she’s doing, runs up to the TV, and starts wiggling her butt to the beat. I hope her choice in music does not indicate that she will become a weed-smoking polygamist, but rather that she just appreciates a catchy melody.

So as I was playing “Little Boxes” for her to calm her down from one of her tantrums, I was inspired to write a post about it. The theme song to Weeds is “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds, although there are several versions that the show uses by different artists. There’s even a Russian version of it, which I was totally excited about.

The reason why I’m sharing this with you, is because if you listen to the lyrics, it’s very inspiring. I really “got it” after watching the intro a million times when my hubby and I rented the first 3 seasons one weekend. It inspires you to think and be outside the box… OR it may just make you depressed because you will realize you ARE whom the song is about.

If that is the case, I’m hear to tell you try and spice it up a bit to get out of the rut. Try something different! Weather it be your wardrobe style, daily routine or the little things like getting your coffee at Dunkin Donuts when you ALWAYS go to Starbucks! If our life becomes too predictable, it will become boring. Everyone needs a little adventure in their life. Check out the youtube video of the intro below to see what I’m talking about:

Another great way to change it up a bit is saying “yes” to things you normally would say “no” to. For example when your coworker asks you to go out after work for hump day, and you normally say “no” because that’s the day LOST is on, next time just be a dare devil and say YES! (But make sure you set your DVR to record LOST cause that’s a good ass show!) Anyone see the movie Yes Man with Jim Carey??? It’s an okay movie, but has a great message! “YES is the new NO”