Spanish Muse: 2012

Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I'm headed to Seattle for two weeks with my boyfriend.

I wish everyone a warm, happy and memorable holiday.


Interior Sneak Peak 1.0

December 17, 2012

His & Hers, Scotch & Wine. 
(Love how my boyfriend snuck into the background of this photo)

 Gift waiting to be unwrapped.

Scented pine cones.

Distressed leather bag in the corner that holds magazines.

Firmoo Glasses Review

December 13, 2012

I was contacted by Firmoo to select and review a pair of their sunglasses or prescription glasses. 

I went with the Unisex Acetate Full Frame prescription glasses in black. They also come in a wild print and a black frame with a blue interior, it was the toughest decision I made that day. 

The glasses arrived with a sturdy case, a pouch, a pretty aqua cloth and a repair kit (very nice touch!). Now I have to say, I am impressed, the quality is great and they are very comfortable to wear, plus they have a sexy-librarian feel.

Firmoo has a great program, especially for new customers because your first pair is free. Check out the program details here: is a great option for any last minute gifts. I know I saw a few other styles I would love to see in my stocking.


Passion & Color in the Blue House

December 10, 2012

 I admire Frida Kahlo, her individuality, strength and passion for color.
I was excited to see a spread inspired by her personal style in 
Vogue Mexico.

Photography by Michael Filonow

Fringe & Feathers

November 19, 2012

Completely fell in love with these fringe pants that I found at Marshalls, they are the perfect combination of rock n roll and hippie. Decided to layer my Rachel Zoe feather vest over my leather jacket and since then have been wearing them together non-stop. 

Pants: Joe's Jeans Black Collection via Marshalls
Boots: Zara
Tank: Michael Kors via Marshalls
Vest: Rachel Zoe
Jacket: Hinge
Necklace: Self-Designed

Red, Black & White

November 13, 2012

Love me a good long skirt, but this one takes the cake for me. Red, silky, beautiful details... I'm so glad my sister convinced me to get this.

Weather in Cali continues to be sunny, but with the perfect sharp chill in the air, love it!

Skirt: Free People
Jacket: Hinge
T-shirt: Splendid via Nordstrom Rack
Boots: Guess
Necklace: Free People
Rings/Cuff: Mexico

Design Inspiration ~ Mini Bar

November 6, 2012

Love the sexy-masculine-rock&roll vibe this mini bar has going. 

Photo: Lynn Kloythanomsup

Major Marshalls Score

October 31, 2012


I am a huge fan of Marshalls and TJMaxx, I have been for years. My sister and I are regulars and even text each other pictures while we are out shopping (she lives in the Bay Area). I let out a little shriek when I saw these on the clearance rack and immediately grabbed them, I was even more excited when I saw the price tag, $26! I was lucky enough to find them in my sister's size too! Major score!

Loafers: Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls

DIY ~ Last Minute Halloween Customes

October 29, 2012

Wednesday Addams

What you will need:
1. Black high neck, long sleeve dress
2. White collars (use a shirt under your dress or cut the collars of an old shirt and sew to the inside of the dress.
3. Black tights
4. Black flats
5. Part your hair down the middle  and make two side braids.
6. Powder your face with shade that is many shades lighter than your own. Go for a ghostly affect.
7. Carry a creepy doll with you if you have one or pin a plastic spider to your braid.

Frida Kahlo

 What you will need:
1. Printed Maxi Skirt or Dress
2. Printed top (if using Maxi skirt). Mix prints, it adds to the costume.
3. Chunky jewelry (the chunkier the better), especially necklaces, earrings, bracelets. Try to use a lot of gold, turquoise and red.
4. Make two braids on each side of your head and then wrap in a crown. Then use silk flowers (cut the stems off) and arrange around the braided crown.
5. Finish off with red lips and paint in a unibrow.

Black Swan

What you will need (this is the toughest one I think):
1. Black strapless dress (hey, maybe you have one lying around you don't wear anymore?)
2. Add black feathers, stones, tulle as you please to the dress. They can be purchased at any craft store and are inexpensive.
3. Tights, I would go for black even though the film used white.
4. Flats
5. Black eyeliner, black make-up, white face powder (simply buy powder in several shades lighter than you normally use). There are many make-up tutorials on YouTube for this look.
6. Pull hair back in a tight bun.
7. Black crown; I recommend buying a cheap crown from a halloween store, go with a design pattern you like and then spray paint it glossy black.

Rosie the Riveter

 What you will need:
1. I don't know anyone who has this one piece denim suite, but if you do I'm shocked. Go instead for rolled up jeans and a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
2. Red socks
3. Black flat boots
4. Red bandana
5. The important thing with this one is the bangs. Curl them and pin them into tight little curls at the top of your forehead. Then wrap the bandana around your head and tie at the top.
6. Red lips!
7.Make sure you practice the "We Can Do It" pose for photos before you leave the house!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

Key Fall Pieces

October 25, 2012

Love all these pieces and any one of them can really update your wardrobe. 
Ok, maybe not the cat sweater, but it's so damn cute and who doesn't want a cat draped around their neck all day?

Recipe ~ Simple Oatmeal

October 12, 2012

I love breakfast. Pancakes. Eggs Benedict. Huevos Rancheros. I love it all.

I just wish I had more time each morning for a slow brunch type of meal, but I don't. This is a fast and easy oatmeal option when time is limited:

-Quaker Oats

-Brown Sugar
-Nuts (I prefer a combination of almonds and walnuts)
-Milk (optional)

Follow the Quaker Oats cooking instructions depending on how much oatmeal you want and set it aside. Sprinkle the top of the oatmeal with brown sugar so it starts to melt. Now we need to prepare the nuts. Warm up a skillet to medium heat. Chop up a  handful of nuts you plan to use. Once the skillet is hot, add the nuts, a spoonful of brown sugar and about a spoonful of water and saute for about 2 minutes. The sugar and water will start to get sticky and coat the nuts. Remove from heat and add to the oatmeal. Sprinkle oatmeal with a few raisins and top it off with a little milk if you like and you're done. Easy, filling and tasty!

Happy weekend!

Birthday Party

September 21, 2012

Attending a friend's birthday party over the weekend with my boyfriend. 
The theme was Las Vegas, wasn't sure how to translate it into an outfit, 
but feathers seemed appropriate.

Skirt: Steve Madden via Ross
Sweater: Gap
Shoes: Calvin Klein via Marshalls
Bag: L.A.M.B. via Marshalls

Design Inspiration ~ Blue & Lavender

September 17, 2012

Loving this blue and lavender palette... it's so soft and dreamy.

Source: DesiretoInspire

Date Night

September 11, 2012

Fun impromptu photo shoot on the side of the road on our way to a sushi dinner date.

Fringe Jacket: Zara
Tank: Calvin Klein via Marshalls
Leather Shorts: Forever 21
Shoes: Fergie

Hometown Visit

September 5, 2012

Took my boyfriend for a visit around the small cluster of towns that I grew up in, in Northern California. We had a blast reliving my childhood memories.
Amazing how it all seemed so big when I was young and it all looks so tiny now.

Skirt: Forever 21, Top: Banana Republic, Boots: Zodiac
Bag: Steve Madden via Ross, Sunglasses: Michael Kors via Marshalls

A Happy Birthday

August 28, 2012

Celebrated my birthday with friends and my love.

Had an amazing night in a J Crew silk top, J Brand coated shorts, Calvin Klein Pumps 
via Marshalls and a Michael Kors Watch.