Splurge or Save: Rainbow Block Sandals

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Manolo Blahnik //  Dune London

Last week, after setting my eyes on these babies, I could not stop thinking about them. I literally have had daydreams about prancing around in them this summer. Other than my wedding shoes, I’ve never spent more than $200 on pair of shoes and I don’t ever intend to (the Manolo Blahnik version retails for $745). So, when I came across these Dune London sandals for $69 I had to share them with you. They have a remarkably uncanny similarity, not just in color, but the silhouette is almost identical. I’m so in love.

Add to cart, checkout…done! Come to mama! 

xo, Carina

Layered With Love.

20150904_190106           lc Lauren Conrad shirt | 14th & Union tank | Vans slip ons | Mac Lipstick in Diva

We were invited to an art show held a few weeks ago.  Having come home straight from work that night,  I was exhausted, but was looking forward to layering (FINALLY!) Its been a sweltering summer, so I basically jump at  any chance to layer.

It isn’t normal for us to do anything eventful during the week, so we decided to enjoy our midweek outing and  turn it into a date night. After the show, we took a walk to enjoy the brisk evening air and held hands under our high top table during dinner.

x, Carina

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Home and Happy.


It feels so good to be home, even if it’s just for the weekend. We plan on laying low and enjoying every last minute of the fading summer by soaking up some sun at the beach. While I bask in the sun with my little family,  here are some links from around the web.

Happy Weekend!

x, Carina

  1. I’d like to try them all!
  2. A lesson on how to get out any food stain.
  3. A Huge fan of this girl– can’t wait for whats to come.
  4. On this movie’s Exceptional fashion (p.s  the movie was fun too!)
  5. Did you know this even existed?!?!  You’re welcome!
  6. A new favorite blog!

Take Me To Italy.

I’ve been out of town again for work– this time, in the middle of nowhere. So, I’m laying low in my hotel room with room service and a movie…daydreaming about what I’d wear on my own Italian adventure.

A look inside my brain, right now.


  1. For Pizza In Venice in this jumpsuit, denim jacket and olive leather duffle
  2. Discover Rome dressed in this or this, these cateyes, structured over the shoulder and comfy flats
  3. Brunch in Positano wearing this two piece, hat and these sandals

Housewarming Gift Ideas.

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A few of our closest friends have recently become homeowners and we couldn’t be happier for them! It’s such an exciting time in their lives and one way to celebrate their fabulous accomplishment is with a fabulous gift.  If you’re like me and have a special loved one whose recently become a homeowner, here are a few gift ideas they are sure to love.


  1. the most elegant Scrabble board (restorationhardware.com)
  2. minimalist canisters for baking essentials (westelm.com)
  3. a luxurious scented candle (nordstrom.com)
  4. travel inspiration to hang on the wall ( society6.com)
  5. a metallic hanging planter to add a little life in any room  (urbanoutfitters.com)

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Remixing Pieces.

IMG_4726F21 top| H&M dress| B.P vest | MAC Heroine lips | MAC Turquatic

One of the reasons Fall is so enjoyable for me is having fun remixing pieces in  my closet– things that I added to my wardrobe in the summertime, but when layered can very easily transition into the cooler Autumn months. It’s still hot in Southern California, but with Halloween just a week and a few days away {decorations are up, pumpkins are everywhere, and everyone is buzzing about their Halloween plans}  it’s definitely feeling more like my favorite time of the year.

What are you plans this Halloween? 

x, Carina







Carrie Bradshaw was my Cinderella–by no means was she perfect, but she found a man who loved her anyway! As a girl in my teens and twenties, I’d fantasize about living her glamorous life. You can say, I wanted to literally live in her shoes.

And in the last few months of planning my wedding, I still hadn’t found a pair of shoes worthy to walk me down the aisle. But when I heard SJP (who by the way, is my Ultimate style icon) launched her line of shoes at Nordstrom, I had to check them out. Perfect in every way, the vintage inspired T-strapped pumps were elegant and classic. I knew they were THE shoes. And fitting since, they are called the Carrie. It only made sense to have her with me as I walked down the aisle.

The best part about these shoes is being able to wear them on any given day. And when I do wear them, I look down at my feet, smile and I’m reminded of how these shoes Carrie’d me toward my very own Mr. Big on our wedding day.