New Dress, New Adventures!

Just wanted to update you all to let you know of the great deal I got on one of my fave sites, reveboutique! As you may know, I am a huge Sky fan and when I can, I travel to their main warehouse on Robertson Blvd. when I’m in LA. Recently, along the lines of Sky, I have discovered Parides, a brand of kaftan-like dresses. I’ve always wanted to get one, and when I was scouring the internet, I realized that reveboutique has a special promo code for 10% off with code “REVE10” (thanks, retailmenot!)

Anyway, the patterns on the dresses are amazing and the fact you can wear the dress 3 different ways sealed the deal. What do you think of my new purchase? Here’s Kyle Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in a similar pattern (um, can I have the bag too?!) It’s also a motivator since I have lost some weight thanks to all the yoga and pilates I’ve been doing!

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XOXO,

The SocalSocialite

 

The Airbrushed Expectation

To many outsiders, “old-school people” (including my own mother), makeup is seen as superfluous, unnecessary, a waste of time.

If I had a dollar for all the guys during my pre-married life who told me, “You look so much better without makeup”, I would be living in a mansion next to Heather Dubrow in Newport Beach right now. That is not true!! What guys mean is they want you to have makeup. They just don’t want to be able to see it on you (minimal is key, subtle coverage is everything!) Example: Foundation, neutral eyeshadow, maybe mascara.

I am a fan of transformative makeup. During the week, I’m much too busy to put on a full face of makeup. I don’t like doing “minimalist makeup” either – it’s either SPF, or full-on coverage. I am running around (I work for myself) and much too harried to care. I already have the man of my dreams, I’m not out to impress anyone. My makeup routine during the week pretty much consists of SPF 20 Urban Decay tinted moisturizer.

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I want to know why I feel discriminated against shopping in makeup stores for makeup when I love makeup! Maybe I don’t look “pulled together”, but I really know my stuff. Anyone had the experience of going into a department store wearing lounge clothes from Victoria’s Secret and being treated like a poverty-striken homeless bum? I feel a similar way if I go by the department store makeup counter or high-end makeup store. Even Ulta sometimes.

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We need to further educate society in two ways:

1) Guys need to understand that those of us who like getting glammed up and ready to go out is a process. Women are not airbrushed unless they are shooting a magazine cover (or selfie-tastic Kim Kardashian). We are not going to look perfectly polished in two seconds. Ever.

2) Makeup stores really need to train their staff to be nice to everyone, regardless of how much makeup they are or are not wearing. Or to take it a few steps further, regardless of what one looks like.  I have been treated much differently (especially in Sephora) when I come in after working out versus on a date night with my husband. This is unacceptable. How the heck would you know that back home I have a huge stockpile of makeup? When employees are rude or flat out ignore me, I don’t feel like buying anything. Furthermore, it just hurts my feelings. I’m sensitive.

Onwards & upwards,

The SocalSocialite

5 Tips for Making Friends in Your 30’s

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There have been many excuses as one enters the decade of our 30’s as I have regarding why friends can’t seem to keep in touch:

“I’m busy”

“I’m married”

“I work too much”

“I don’t have time for friends”

“I liked your post/pic on Facebook and wish you happy birthday once a year”

Ummm…I’m calling BULLshit on that. I am a true friend and need loyal girls by my side. Yes, I get it – you’re busy, you have a family, demanding job, etc. etc.

I have been “throwing out” friends who do nothing for me after I have wrangled earth, sun, and moon for them. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Don’t use social media as a crutch! Internet friendships are NOT meant to replace real relationships!

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting new girlfriends as I showed up only knowing 2 people at my friend’s bachelorette weekend. There was no drama, cattiness, or bickering of any sort. Definitely not what I am used to. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. Maybe I did have too much on my mind previously to make real friendships. But I came away from the weekend a happy girl. I think I am on the way to having more female friends who care about me in my life, and who are worth having around! 🙂

Top five tips for girls in their 30’s to maintain/make new friendships:

1) Don’t try too hard. If it’s too hard to schedule some event with your friends, perhaps they aren’t worth your time. See if they initiate as well. Friendships should be a positive, simple process. You also don’t have to hover around and try to decode every single conversation. Be natural. Don’t set ridiculous standards for your friends; they are human beings just like you after all. Yes, tough to learn this one, but so worth it!

2) Stay positive. Telling some negative stories are okay in the beginning, but if you are perceived as a Debbie Downer, it may not work out in the long run. When in doubt, give compliments upon meeting a new potential galpal. This may be cheesy, but women love to be complimented. Damn, I thought dating was done for me!

3) Be reliable. If you say you want reliable, responsible, honest friends, be that friend to yourself first and model the behavior for others. Don’t flake!!!

4) Take it easy on the alcohol. Once in awhile, throwing caution to the wind is ok, but try to vary the activities so that you’re not just meeting up for drinks with the ladies every time you go out. Your waistline and fashion will also thank you.

5) Make some plans. Take turn being the hostess or coming up with event ideas. Don’t wait for your friends to initiate all of the ideas.

Onwards & upwards,

 

The SocalSocialite

 

R.I.P Juicy Couture…See You @ Kohl’s??

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So I know this post comes about a month after Juicy closed all of its US stores, but I have been in grieving silence for the past month trying to collect my thoughts.

I am a lady who has 1/4 of her closet arranged by colors of the rainbow (red to black and every gradient in between) of Juicy Tracksuits. #dontjudgemeplease

I am so going to miss their lines of colorful, fun, playful fabrics (terrycloth and velour all day long) and two-piece swimsuits that actually fit me. I think they had a Pinkberry problem – what I mean is too many products, too much expansion…too fast. I mean, my dog was seriously missing their pooch line – okay, I was totally missing their pooch line, no offense to Coach but I’m over them (Coach stuff seems to fall apart on me every other day…bought a purse and used it once, it looks like I’ve taken it through a dryer cycle on full speed).

And as for the new posts out there comparing Juicy to Lululemon, maybe they’re onto something. Maybe the modern woman wants to look classy and put together. Okay, so who says you can’t do that in a Juicy tracksuit? Why do you gotta be all matchy-matchy with it, Paris? I prefer to wear one Juicy item at a time – and heck, even mix and match my outfits.

And yes, I will be venturing out to Kohl’s to check out the new Juicy line — hope it doesn’t turn into a Hard Candy fiasco (I hate setting foot in Walmart)…

 

Onwards & upwards,

 

The Socal Socialite

30% off entire purchase @ Michaels !

So I have really been feeling Pinterest-y lately and have had a go at making my own thank you cards from our Hawaii nuptials last month.

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What do you think??

I bought most of my crafts from Michaels, and saved a ton as well. My total came to over $100 but this coupon knocked it down to $77. I bought stickers, crafts for our upcoming dinner centerpieces, sand, and seashells. Not a bad price including tax, for almost 15 pages of scrapbooking stickers, 3 glass vases, 2 packs of sand and seashells.

I still need a picture frame for our reception, so I’ll be back for that – if I can, I’ll come back before the promo code expires 5/22!!

Onwards,

The SocalSocialite

Pottery Barn Discount Code – 20% Off One Item – Valid 5/10/14!

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Hi All,

Just wanted to drop a quick note in case you or some mom you know may want/need something from Pottery Barn! Their sales are few and far between, so to get 20% off any item is awesome. I love their stuff, our house is a mix of Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, west elm, and Z Gallerie.

Just bought a chandelier for our entryway and saved $119 when I entered promo code 39K6-SNSW-MNXQ.

What are you jonesing after??

Hope you have a great Mother’s Day, too!

XOXO

TheSocalSocialite

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The Lululemon Luxe Effect

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I finally succumbed to trying the latest trend in yoga fashion, lululemon. I usually would just save my Victoria’s Secret old t-shirts and pants and workout in those, but it was only a matter of time before I began seeing lululemon pants and workout gear showing up to the yoga mats all around me on the regular. I started to feel out of fashion and sloppy. Almost crunchy, like how dare I put on these old clothes when I can be fashionable, fabulous and fitness-savvy?

I didn’t even use the fitting room, I just figured what my size was and took a go. Of course, being that I always like looking for the deals, I wasn’t about to make a regular priced purchase – I made it work from the sale rack. Got my first pair of yoga pants for $76, marked down from $92, and my first tank top for $32 marked down from $42. Yes please, I’ll save $26 anywhere I can.

I slide the pants and shirt on and wow, I feel lighter already. Toned, slimmer, and ready to hit the mat. Unfortunately, I was going to a vinyasa flow class and didn’t realize how sweaty I would get. I rolled up the pants into capris about halfway through the class, but other than that, I left feeling even lighter and still feeling like I could go to lunch or run errands without everyone knowing I had just burned a bunch of calories.

Yes, lululemon is addicting, but there is just something about feeling like you are put together even when you are working out. It’s an extra dose of self-esteem for the fashion-conscious female who is all about fitness. 🙂

Do you have an experience (good or bad) with lululemon fashion? I’d love to hear it in the comment section below!!