7 MUST HAVES

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I love investing in classic pieces for my wardrobe and spicing them up with this season’s accessories.  These 7 tips are spot on for 2017.

  1. Nila Chandeliers $49 + Antonia Tassel Necklace $89
  2. Quinn Cuff $44 + Fitz Cuff $49 + Chevron Leather Wrap Bracelet $59
  3. Ezra Statement Necklace $129
  4. Miramar Sunglasses $119
  5. Lindsay Layering Necklace $69
  6. Daytripper $98
  7. The Covet Sloane Bag $198 + The Covet Crosby Bag $228

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE {aka MY WISH LIST}


1. The Curious Bartender $25
2. Bing Bang Memento Mori Skull Stud Earrings $68
3. Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Passport Cover $58
4. Poketo Wide-Angle 35mm Camera $35
5. Rosecut Pave Diamod Solitaire Ring $1,950
6. Market Tote Bag – Oh Kale Yeah $18
7. Foil Stripes Thank You Card $6
8. Tory Burch Denai Quilted Rain Bootie $285
9. Emily C Wishbone in 14K Rose Gold $985
10. Smythson Travels & Experiences Leather Notebook
11. Gold Dipped Playing Cards $18
12. Crosley Princess Phone $60
13. White Faux Taxidermy Stag $130 for details on how to win: WFT & Blonder Ambitions Giveaway
14. Michael Kors Bradshaw Watch $250
15. Rosamosario Mezza Luna Silk-crepe and Lace Robe $875
16. Holymoly Doppio $1022
17. I-Mego Throne Series Headphones $130
18. Michael Kors Handbag $428
19. Cornelia Webb Pistol Necklace $85

MUST HAVES – HOLIDAY EDITION


To Your Office Holiday Party:
L’Wren Scott Black Belted Combo Dress $1675, Fur Collar Peplum Skirted Coat $130, Tory Burch Reva Oversized Clutch $350, Arden B. Mod Enamel Statement Necklace $34, Philip Crangi X Pattern 14-kt Gold Earrings $2750, Steve Madden Awwsome Heels $149

To Your Parents’ House:
Jay Ahr Slim Fit Drill Dress $1791, Fur Collar Pleat Skirted Coat $190, Juicy Couture Jade Clutch $198, Kate Spade On the Town Statement Necklace $298, Pippa Small 22-karat Gold Diamond Drop Earrings $10,640, Nicolas Kirkwood Platform Pump $534

To His Parents’ House:
Emilio Pucci Slash Detail Dress $1493, Anna Sui Faux Shearling Coat $580, Alexander McQueen Mohican Skull & Ostrich Box Clutch $2104, Kate Spade Kaleidoball Encrusted Necklace $398, Tom Binns Hard Wear Small Bullet Studs $99, Dune Bernie Leopard Pointed Court Shoes $149

To A Holiday Party With Your Girls:
Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Slim Dress $1251, Textured Faux Fur Coat $196, Christian Louboutin Miss Loubi Spiked Clutch $1595,  Bar III Necklace $42, Diane Kordas Lighting Bold 18-kt Rose Gold Diamond Earrings $1175, Gianmarco Lorenzi Zip Stiletto Pump $921

MUST HAVES – FALL WEDDING GUEST ESSENTIALS

I love when reader’s write to me with a specific request… One reader asked, “Can you do another post about what to wear to a wedding but this time for fall weddings? I’m going to one in Illinois in Nov. BRRRR! I want to look fashionable and in-season.  Most of my dresses are more California Summer appropriate…” {If you missed my summer wedding post, look at it here}.


The fall wedding look is all about the art of layering {and, of course, if it’s freezing cold… add some cute opaque or patterned tights… very on point}. Trends to incorporate: {faux} fur, the return of the ladylike glove {yay!}, necklaces that look like you must have inherited them from a distant and uber-wealthy relative, clutches that feel like jewelry, and booties with a serious high heel {that keep feet warm, but still look wedding-ready}. You can use all of these tricks with a dress you already own {try to lean toward an autumnal shade and an appropriate length hem}. As for makeup, matte skin with simple black winged liner and a bold lip {red or maroon} are all you need. There’s a serious 1940s revival happening; to keep the look from being costume-y, wear your hair in a sleek pony, stick straight, or in the classic sock bun… It’s an instant way to throw a modern twist on a timeless classic.


1. Faux Fur – Juicy Couture Blonde Striped Faux Fur Jacket $535, Marc Jacobs Faux Fur Trimmed Coat $2132, Rachel Zoe Camel Faux Fur Trish Coat $790
2. Dresses – Wild About Fashion Dress $68, Along the Boulevard Dress $47, Everyday Dynamo Dress $168
3. Ladylike Gloves – Vintage Red Glamour Gloves $20, Causse Grace Short Lamb Leather Gloves $556,  Vintage After Dinner Dessert Gloves $20
4. Clutches – Alexander McQueen Union Jack Box Clutch $1108, Alexander McQueen Punk Baroc Skull Clutch $2240, Alexander McQueen Rose Gold Clutch $1739
5. Necklaces – Anton Heunis Grace Kelly Necklace $195, Swarovski Hyacinth Pastel Necklace $550, Kate Spade Crystal Cort Necklace $248
6. Shoes – Christian Louboutin Calf Hair Bootie $2395, Dollhouse Swanky Bootie $70, Camilla Skovgaard Saw Bootie $565

MUST HAVES – LIFE’S A PICNIC

I recently had such a lovely picnic with a friend of mine.  We spent an entire afternoon in the park laughing, eating, and enjoying the sunshine.  There’s something frivolous {and a bit decadent} about packing up such fancy foods in a tiny wicker basket. I want to bring back the picnic.  On second thought, I’m not sure that picnicking was ever truly “in”… so, instead of a comeback, let’s start a movement.  Make picnicking an occasion with loads of unexpected color and character {in your quilt, on your plates, and with your glassware}.  Delicious cheeses, the right tools, and a glass {or two} of bubbly… all wrapped up in style… what’s not to like?


Large Colorful Quilt – Lush Landscape Bedding $248, Whimsical Plates – Natural World Dessert Plates $18 & Petite Fille Plate $24, Flatwear with Personality – Rediscovered Flatware $36, Roomy Picnic Basket – Chardonnay Willow Picnic Basket $60, Mismatched Colored Glasses – Effervesce Stemless Wine Glass $8 & Fleur-De-Lys Juice Glass $6, Cheese Tools – 3 Piece Wood Handled Cheese Tool Set $20 & Totally Bamboo ‘Puzzle’ Cheeseboard $8, Cheese, Crackers, and Sweet Condiments – The Affineur’s Collection $95, Champagne – Veuve Clicquot Brut $40

MUST HAVES – 7 NECESSITIES FOR YOUR FALL WARDROBE




1. Sock Bun – Tutorial on how to achieve the perfect sock bun here.
2. Large Chain Necklace – Max & Chloe ABS Pave Goldtone Chain Link Necklace $195
3. Sheer Blouse – Acne Patti Sheer Blouse $330
4. Spiked Bracelets – ASOS Triple Spike Bracelet $10 & ASOS Pyramid Spike & Stone Bracelet Pack $20
5. Detailed Clutch – Whiting & Davis Studs & Snake Clutch $100
6. Rocker Leggings – Helmut Lang Embossed Leather Legging $1,095
7. Pumps with Sparkle – Stella McCartney Glitter Loafer Pump $710

MUST HAVES – 17 SUMMER WARDROBE ESSENTIALS


Chic Beach Tote: Tory Burch Dipped Drawstring Beach Tote $375, Nautical Maxi Dress: Kensie Striped Scoopneck Maxi Dress $68, Fruity + Floral Perfume: Kate Spade Twirl Eau de Parfum $80, Bold Coral Lipstick: Armani Beauty Rouge Sheer D’Armani Tokyo Coral $30, Nerd-Inspired Sunglasses: Ray-Ban ‘Highstreet’ 57mm Sunglasses $150, Neon Nail Polish: Essie ‘Poppy Razzi Collection’ Nail Polish $8, Large Floppy Hat: Chain Floppy Hat $20, Brightly Colored Bangles: Adia Kibur Pink Resin, Metal & Beaded Bracelet Set $25, Sherbet Shorts: Taylor 2.5″ Orchid Denim Short $35, Beach to Date Tunic: Diane Von Furstenberg Inko Beach Tunic $385, Feminine Head Scarf: Mango Multi Print Scarf $50, Sheer Blouse: Highlighter Than Air Top $43, Neon + Nude Wedge: Juicy Couture Kati Wedge $99, Bib Necklace: Blu Bijoux Square Tube Link Neon Bib Necklace $39, White Linen Pants: Pulp Linen Drawstring Pant $59, Look-at-Me Bikini: Topshop Yellow Flouro Bandeau Bikini $52, Rose Gold Anything: Vita Fede Titan Bracelet $242

MUST HAVES – SUMMER WEDDING GUEST ESSENTIALS


DRESSES: Lucky Date Dress $45, Rising Tide Ruffle Dress $46, Old Towne Adventures Pleated Dress $43
JEWELRY: Statement of the Art Necklace in Peacock $50, Peach Sherbert Bangle $13, Across the Sea Pendant Earrings $13
CLUTCHES: Lizzie Clutch Silver Sequins $80, House of Harlow 1960 Leopard Clutch $255, Rebecca Minkoff Neon Flirty $250
HEELS: Alexis Pump in Turquoise $135,  C Label Jocelyn Pump $48, Vince Camuto Ladell Pump $118
WRAPS: Fur Neck Warmer in Posy $156, Liska Fox Fur Scarf $1,040, Karl Donoghue Shearling Wrap $830

MUST HAVES – THE NIGHT OUT APPLICATION

I heard about a smart-phone application called Night Out.  I checked out their website and they claimed that they “give you up-to-the-minute information based on location, including deals, happy hours, events & more” and that they “give you an assortment of unique deals from your favorite places right around you.”  I decided to put the application to the test and thought I would use it to plan a girls’ afternoon/night out…

Earlier in the afternoon, I had looked through the Night Out application on my iPhone to find some fun activities {and good deals!} for my girlfriends and me.  All I did was click the Night Out app, selected the “Deals” tab and… bam!… 55% off of two tastings and a free bottle of wine for only $25 {at one of my favorite tasting rooms, Kalyra}.  Purchased! Off to a good start…


We had such an incredible time wine tasting, that we decided to keep the night going.  I used the Night Out Happy Hour tab.  It shows you all of the Happy Hours in your vicinity {I think everyone is aware of my overwhelming love of all Happy Hours}… we picked one within walking distance and definitely made the right choice.  Enterprise Fish Co. has an incredible Happy Hour {and their calamari was to die for}.


After wine, calamari, shrimp quesadillas, and way too much laughter… the girls and I decided to finish off the night with… even more food.  I clicked the “Deals” tab once more and was pleasantly surprised that one of my favorite restaurants, Milk & Honey, was offering a free dessert deal.  Sold.


Final Thoughts: I highly recommend downloading this application.  It’s location specific {they’re adding new cities constantly}, keeps you in the loop as to local deals, happy hours, and events, AND it saves you money {without making it look like you’re trying to save money… you just look tech savvy}.  Download the application asap.  Here’s a link to sign up for free: http://nightout.com/get-started/blonder