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Ombre at any age?

If you haven't yet tried the ombre trend of dying your hair darker at the roots and lighter on the ends, it's still a thing, and yes you still can. I've been working with Hermosa Beach hairdresser, Dana Terrian, to achieve a more subtle color gradation on my locks. It keeps my look current, it means I can stretch out my appointments by a few weeks, plus it's fun to try something different. Dana has also developed a choppy cut…

Best chambray shirt-dress

I love shirt-dresses. They're a classic and can easily be dressed up or down with accessories. My problem, is that they're often cut too short. And even when I find one long enough, it scoops so high at the sides that you're showing way more leg than you probably want to, especially if you decide to add a belt. My sisters wear a lot of dresses, while I tend to go for separates. When I was on a recent trip…

Kimono Street Style

I spotted this gorgeous example of covering up with a flowing silk kimono over a white t-shirt, jeans and mule loafers on Abbot Kinney, Venice CA. We were only yards from a store selling only kimonos and this young lady couldn't have been a better advertisment. Kimonos look just as good over denim shorts — they're elegant, figure flattering, and as feminine as you can get, and they definitely add an exotic dimension to an otherwise work-a-day outfit. Here's a…

How to style boyfriend jeans (when you’re not 20, 30, or even 40…)

Distressed boyfriend jeans are well and truly mainstream for now, and they can be tricky to pull off. Actually any grunge look is difficult after your twenties and thirties. It can go costumey or even homeless after a certain age. That doesn't mean you don't get to participate in the current trends. You just need to give them slightly more thought and interpret them for your current station in life! I learned the hard way that shredded jeans can go…

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a happy time with family or friends. Apart from the massive sugar rush, I love this time of year. To be able to eat a meal with people I love, and watch little ones getting excited over egg hunts and the Easter Bunny, to enjoy the beautiful California weather, and wake up listening to birds in the trees is pretty great.  

Slow Cooker Osso Buco

Osso Buco is one of my favorite winter dishes. It's a Milanese dish which literally translates to "bone with a hole." Usually made using cross-cut veal shanks, I've also made it with beef shanks. If you can't find this cut at the supermarket, you may need to special order it. I promise you it's worth it! This dish is absolutely delicious and all the better when it's cold outside. After seasoning the meat and dredging it with flour, it needs…

12 sale finds you’ll love next winter, too!

Anthropologie: Knitted & Knotted Wool drop waist dress was $158 now $79.95, Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn slip-ons was $138.00 now $99.95, Taven open shoulder top was $68.00 now $39.95 Ready for some guilt-free shopping to spice up your winter wardrobe? If you are missing one or two pieces that will help to get you through the rest of winter, don't despair. You can catch some great bargains before the coldest time of the year even hits. I've searched the sale sites…

Nude peachy pink

The nude peachy pink color that was a big favorite on the red carpet last Sunday night, was the inspiration for my cozy winter outfit today. Our real and hopefully drought-busting winter has been keeping on across Southern California. With it comes real winter fashion in the form of warm overcoats, chunky scarves, beanies and boots. It's been fun! My bell-sleeved coat is one I've worn and loved for a while now. To update it, I've paired it with pointed lace-up flats in the…

Burgundy Suede Bomber

I love the range of bomber jackets available this winter. From satin to embroidered, cropped to oversize. I had been hoping to invest in a suede or leather moto jacket this year, but this burgundy suede bomber was the perfect fit for my winter wardrobe! I've already dressed it up and down over jeans, leggings, dresses and skirts. Today, I'm off to help Alan buy some new clothes (he's lost 30 pounds!), with the promise of a nice lunch afterwards. Burgundy suede bomber…

And the winner is…

What a fun night at the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards, last night. Held at the iconic Avalon nightclub, a small crowd of incredibly talented performers, writers and directors gathered to be recognized for their work film. With the exception of Casey Affleck, all of the winners were there to receive their AACTA Award. On a chilly night in Los Angeles, the red carpet rocked an array of cocktail dresses, with black and yellow dominating. And the…