Travel

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  This is my favorite holiday.  I love how it’s all about family, friends and good food.  Not to mention it commences the start of the Christmas season.  Something about this time of year….full of so much love.  This year is even more special since it will be Carlota’s first.  As much as she may not remember these moments, I’m keeping them all imprinted in my head and cherishing every second.

Today’s look was from our trip to NYC.  We were lucky to have perfect weather.  I kept my look simple as usual with all black but added this vest to add texture and color.  I love an army green coat or vest.  They go with everything and give a perfect pop of color.  This vest was a recent purchase from Anthropology so be sure to pop into one of their stores for their Black Friday Sales.

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Vest: Anthrhopologie (Similar and on sale here and here) //

Hat:  Lack of Colors //

Top:  Zara (Currently everything is 30% off) //

Pants:  J Brand (On Sale here and here) //

Boots:  Chloe (Similar here, here and here) //

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Our New York Adventures + GIVEAWAY

Fall in the city is my favorite, and it was just as magical as I remembered it.  The weather couldn’t have been better and it was perfect for exploring the city with Carlota.  My husband and I were nervous about our first flight with her.  Would we be that couple with the baby that won’t stop crying?!  Not to mention….how many bags would we need to take with us for a 4 day trip?  Do we bring our large stroller….get an umbrella stroller….the list went on and on.  We knew we needed to pack as light as we could but also be able to walk around the city with everything we needed for Carlota.  We packed her diaper bag with only the essentials, brought our Bugaboo stroller and Ergo Carrier, and it was the perfect option for us.  Thank goodness she was a perfect angel on the flight.  She slept for take off and landing and was happy for most of the trip.  She gets a little fussy when we sit down with her for too long so a couple of trips along the isles were the magic touch.

We walked all over Manhattan and even ventured to the underground for her first Subway ride.  The New York subway line is not really made for strollers and babies, but we managed.  I’d have to say Carlota’s favorite was Central Park.  We put her in the leaves for photos and she was having so much fun playing and eating them.  I enjoyed exploring and walking around the city with my family.

I loved being able to wear my boots and fall layers without needing to be bundled up.  Thankfully we brought the cooler weather back to LA.   What are your favorite places to visit in the city?

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Jacket:  All Saints (Similar here and here) //

Tee:  Brandy Melville (Similar here and here) //

Jeans:  J Brand //

Boots: Stuart Weitzman (Less expensive here and here) //

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Vest: Gap on sale //

Shirt:  Carters (Similar here) //
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Jacket:  All Saints (Similar here and here) //

Sweater:  J Crew (Similar here and here) //

Shirt:  Equipment old (Similar here and here) //

Jeans: 7 for All Mankind //

BootsStuart Weitzman (Less expensive here and here) //

The Ultimate Designer Giveaway

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Home for the Holidays!!

After spending just a few days in Barcelona my husband and I went home to Toronto to celebrate the holidays.  We were looking forward to a winter wonderland and to our surprise the weather was quite mild and no snow.  Living in sunny LA this was kind of disappointing.  We made the best of it and took a road trip to Niagara Falls.  It had been years since I visited the falls and I forgot how breathtaking they really are.  My photos don’t do them justice.

Located on the Niagara River and draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. One of the 3 falls (Horseshoe falls) is the most powerful waterfall in North America.  It’s such a beautiful sight.


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After visiting the falls we went straight to Niagara on the Lake for lunch.  Such a beautiful little town with great boutiques.  It’s definitely a must visit if you are there.


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Jacket:  Zara  //

Sweater:  Rag & Bone (old)  (Similar here, here and here) //

Hat:  Lack of Colors //

Jewels:  Rabat //

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Barcelona for the day!!

This holiday season my husband and I decided to visit both of our families.  I am quickly approaching the point where traveling is off limits so it was time to make the most of it and share our pregnancy with our loved ones.  Family is so important and it really meant the world to us being able have them witness this little miracle growing inside.  Our first stop was Barcelona.  I love this city. The food, atmosphere, architecture and shopping are always on point.  I may be slightly biased though since this magical city is where my husband and I got married over 2 years ago.

We only had 4 days and it was jam packed with family lunches and dinners.  I wish we had more time, but I know we will be back soon enough.

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I kept my look comfortable for our hectic day running around the city.  As mentioned in a previous post…I am such a fan of the  poncho.  It’s an ideal layering piece and works perfectly during pregnancy.  I love mixing maternity and non-maternity items.


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IMG_5921I have noticed that when I go shopping I’m automatically drawn to items that are pregnancy friendly.  I no longer stop to admire crop tops, skirts, jumpsuits etc…  I tend to veer towards the flowing dress or oversized sweater.  I guess I’m figuring out how to dress for my changing figure even on a subconscious level.

Don’t get me wrong….I can’t wait for the days when I can go back to endless fashion possibilities!! In the meantime, I’m exploring different ways to wear similar items while keeping my daily looks exciting!!

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IMG_5920IMG_5922 Poncho:  Massimo Dutti (old) (Similar herehere and here) //

Shirt:  Rosie pope  (Non-Maternity here and here) //

Jeans:  Genetic Denim – A pea in the pod (Non-maternity here and here)//

Boots:  Yves Saint Laurent (More affordable herehere and here) //

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Paradise Cove


IMG_5381Last week my parents came to visit me in Los Angeles.  It’s always so nice to spend time with family even if its only for a short period.  When I first moved to California my father and I stumbled upon Paradise Cove in Malibu.  We were driving up the Pacific Coast Hwy to explore Malibu and enjoy the scenic drive.  We noticed the sign for the cafe right off the Hwy and decided to try it out.  Little did we know we were about to stumble upon a gem.  The Beach Cafe is the only restaurant in Malibu right on the sand with its own private beach & cove.

During the summertime the beach and Cafe are packed with people, and its almost impossible to get a table.  This past weekend was off season so we were fortunate to get a table right away and enjoy the beautiful view.

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Even though we are well into Fall, the weather in Los Angeles has not been reflecting this.  This past weekend it was in the high 80’s, so the beach was the perfect place to go.  Since we were there for the sunset I brought some layers as California nights are always cool.


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Purse:  Michael Kors (on sale similar color here)  //  Shoes:  Tod’s (Similar here and here)

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Shirt:  Zara old (Similar here, here and here) //  T-shirt:  Club Monaco old (Similar here and here and love this) // Jeans: A pea in the pod I also love these (Non-maternity here)  //  Hat:  J Crew

Nights like these

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Shirt: James Perce (Similar here Jeans: 7 of mankind (Similar here and here)  Hat:  Bailey for J Crew  Sweater: Vintage

Life is always so busy and hectic that we sometimes forget to just sit and breathe.  Last weekend my husband and I did just that.  We had no specific plans but to enjoy each others company and beautiful mother nature.  I rarely get the time to just sit and watch the sun setting, this was one of those nights.

I decided to wear jeans and a cardigan because once the sun sets I get pretty cold.  I love wearing simple, comfortable clothing.  Maybe this is because California style has grown on me, or maybe because I just don’t feel at ease when I’m trying so hard with my fashion.  I think women are at their sexiest when they feel comfortable in their outfits.  Some women thrive in fancy and elegant looks, while others look amazing in California cool.  One of my inspirations of this is Sincerely Jules.  Most of the time she has a laid back look with sneakers and yet I always find her so chic, fashionable and sexy.

It is important to determine what your style is and work with it.  There is no point dressing in whatever is trendy at the time if you don’t feel comfortable in it.  This has taken me some time to figure out but I think I have finally found my style and groove.

With Love…..

ANDREA

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Bacara Resort & Spa – Santa Barbara

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My husband and I just celebrated our 2 year Wedding Anniversary this past weekend.  I can’t believe how quickly time flies.  These past two years have been so amazing and we have become so much closer.  This next year we will have our first baby and this will be such a joyous change to our lives.  We can’t wait.

For the past two years we have decided to celebrate our Anniversary at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.  Its only an hour and a half away but it feels like a paradise weekend for us. “Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa offers relaxed luxury and stunning natural beauty for an unforgettable getaway in Southern California.”  The resort has everything you could ask for.  An amazing Spa, a beautiful pool, nature walks, fitness classes and the most beautiful dog friendly beach!  If you are an avid golfer, they have a course right next to the hotel.

The sunsets are so spectacular and have become one of the main attractions of the resort.  We both agree that the most breath taking sunsets we have seen have been on their beachfront.  The colors of the sky and water are just magical, and my pictures don’t even do them justice.  The only event we have planned when we go, are the sunsets on the beach!

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Note:  None of these sunset photos have filters….thats how magical the sunsets are!!

Downtown Santa Barbara is very close and such a cute city with so much to see.  Not to mention there are many vineyards so a wine tasting tour is always a favorite of ours.  This weekend we exclusively stayed at the resort and made it a full relaxation weekend.  With the weather in the nineties who wouldn’t want to lay by the pool and catch some sun.  I highly recommend you visit this resort if you are ever in the area.

With Love…..

ANDREA