Monthly Archives: January 2013

Instagram Thursday’s

One of my goals for 2013 is to enrich my brain more and I decided to do that by enrolling back into school. Not fulltime school or anything, just one class per semester. I am taking Photoshop and had my first class last night.  It has been EIGHT years since I was in school. Although I was nervous it all came back to me when I was there. I always loved school and learning and it feels so good to be back and challenged in a way that I haven’t been in awhile.  It put me in such a good mood that I plan on taking with me to the weekend.  :) Here is my weekly Instagram roundup.

d6edd19c673b11e290d222000a9e0851_7 Loving my Michael Kors wallet wristlet and Clair Danes right now.

7dbaf6c868e811e28c4722000a9f1966_7 Shrimp Scampi for dinner78d8cffa677011e2bbd422000a1f9ab2_7 My parents rocking it in the 70’s

b60700c2666c11e2aa2d22000a1f9a45_7 My favorite find of the YEAR, a new coffee shop called Carmel’s


Mochi <3

62d02cc8697b11e28e6622000a9f0a1a_7 Have you downloaded the newest social media app called vine? Find me!!!

e21a395269d911e2984e22000a9d0de0_7 Playing around with hair-do’s at 11 at night. :)

27e9a3c66a8111e28a3222000a9f17b2_7 OPI Black Onyx with gold tips-The memories.

b7492862699011e2bb5122000a9e2955_7 Motorcycle gloves are for girlsacf7a6ca67e411e2ab5722000a9e0907_7

Another great find at the Crepe Bar.57430c28671811e2996322000a9f1313_7The most coziest sweater and Hearts beanie (on sale now!)

Make today a good one people!



Checkers & Spikes

Wednesday, so nice to see you! We have a very busy weekend planned so I am eager to get to it! The weather has been so rainy the past few days and both Dapper Fellow and I are feeling sick.  When I am sick I hate getting dressed so my wardrobe has stayed true to form…casual.  I have noticed that I am unintentionally juxtaposing all the time these days!!! The pastel checkered shirt mixed with the spiked accessories and boots add an edge to an otherwise preppy shirt.IMG_3520IMG_3523IMG_3527

 Shirt-Thrifted, Jeans-Taverniti, Boots-Mia, Sunnies-Halogen, Necklace/Bracelets-Forever 21, Rings-Urban Outfitters

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Have a great day today!



January Birchbox Review

Happy Tuesday loves! I received this Birchbox a few weeks ago, but with post holiday organization and catch up it got placed on the back burner.  Honestly, I was disappointed by this Birchbox. I feel like my odds are good though considering I have been receiving these lovely boxes for 9 months and enjoyed every one of them, but this one.  :(

january birchbox review

1) LA Fresh Eco waterproof makeup remover-I honestly thing this entire line is stupid. I realize people want on the go makeup remover/face wash products, but I see absolutely NO DIFFERENCE from La fresh vs any over the counter wipe. The fresh scent is nice, but the reality of me needing multiple one time use face wash or make-up remover wipes are unrealistic.

2) Aerie Shimmer-No words for this fragrance other than we don’t need a stinkin perfume every single time we get a box!!! I have enough samples for me to NEVER buy my own perfume.

3) Embryolisse Lait-Creme-I liked this product. Very moisturizing, but didn’t make me want to purchase it in full size.

4) DDF Acne Control Treatment– I didn’t hate this treatment especially considering it came right in time for a breakout that I had. I felt like it worked and I will defs be saving this for the next time Captain Big Zit comes along!

5) Hot Mama Shadow & Blush-By far my fav from this box and the only saving grace! I received this last product from The Balm and fell in love! I already ordered this blush from Birchbox! So amazing!!!!

Have you ladies heard of Birchbox?  If so What did you girls get in your boxes this month?




The SAG Awards…or SAD Awards?

Good morning loves! I was so excitedly hoping that today’s post would include raves of fabulous gowns similar to the show stopping GG just a few wks ago. Seen here.  However, I was less than impressed and judging by my fellow twitter friends, you all feel the same…The only saving grace from this blunder after blunder was all of this Navy bliss. I have never grown to love a color more. These ladies put it down with gorgeous blue gowns so unique from one another.

2013 sag awardsJennifer Lawrence & Marion Cotillard-Both of these starlets are dazzling in their own blue Dior gowns. I love the slit panels on Jennifer’s mermaid style dress. They are perfectly defined for optimal elongation of her delicate frame. Marion shines in her two-toned white on top blue on bottom high low styled gown with an impecable train.  The pockets add a casual sensibility to the look and suits her carefree attitude.

Amanda Seyfried-Dazzles in Zac Posen. So elegant and sophisticated with her casual waves pressed to the one side. She kept it simple with minimal makeup and jewelry. Effortlessly chic and amaze!!

jordin sparks 2013 sag awards

I missed Jordin Sparks entirely. That was until I woke up and read Perez Hilton this am. She is beaming in this beautiful blue! She looks amazing. It looks like this Nicole Miller dress was made for her.

Another trend that I have been seeing a lot this award season is the sideways part/sideways wavy hair. It looks so effortlessly elegant and I can’t wait for a reason to give it a try. Did you have any dresses that you loved or didn’t love? Am I the only one who was semi disappointed?? Let me know!


San Fran-Round 4 + Hearts Giveaway Winner


It is only suitable that today’s outfit features another fab Hearts product! This outfit is what I wore when Dapper Fellow and I took the ferry from Alameda to SF. It was a warm day, but with the breeze it was very chilly! Perfect for this awesome Bolivia Beanie!  What I love about SF is how well they do layering. They really take it to a whole new level. How do you like to layer?

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Shirt-Frenchi, Sweater-Theory, Leggings-American Apparel, Boots-Carlos Santana, Sunnies-Tory Burch, IMG_3493

IMG_3472IMG_3486I am so excited to announce the winner for my Hearts Giveaway necklace!!!! Nikki from Bedazzles After Dark! Nikki encompasses Cali chic in her style and I know you will love her blog as much as I do! Congrats Nikki!!! Thanks for all who participated. This was the best giveaway response yet for AVC!!! :)

hearts sustainable clothingHave a lovely weekend! And Nikki please send me your address to



Instagram Thursday’s

A little late on the weekly gram sesh, but here are my pics of the week via instagram. If you want to see things I find beautiful, people I love, and stuff to make you laugh follow me on Instagram here! Also, today is the last day to enter my Hearts Giveaway!!!!!! Winner will be announced tomorrow!!!!

6329d17c625711e2866422000a1f9c90_7Such a GORGEOUS day at the Golden Gate Bridge

50 shades of i don't give a shitThe best mug ever. I seriously LOL every time I see it :)

00d1967a61a011e2bf3622000a9f1886_7 Union Square with my Dapper Fellow3f78c7a0659b11e2935222000a1fb825_7Sushi power lunch with my pops


Complimentary cheesecake from the Westin St Francis. The best hotel staff of any hotel we have ever stayed at!


An awesome Albino Alligator from the California Academy of Science30122e66634611e2b56022000a9f1354_7

Barrett Jackson Car Show with the boys!


This was in the elevator headed up to our room! Amazing clear skies and sunny days in SFe8be6326653011e2aa2d22000a1f9a45_7 Our condo’s wifi names


Ferry ride into the city from Alameda

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Have a wonderful afternoon!



San Fran-Round 3

Today’s look was the outfit I wore during our only cold day in San Fran. We couldn’t believe how warm it got.  The weather had said high of 50’s during the time we were there, but the reality was clear skies, warm sun and no scarfs/fur needed. These photos were taken in Union Square, across the street from where we stayed.  This was also the same day that Dapper Fellow floated off to Nike never never land & I ended up in a Zara cloud for hours! :)

san francisco fashionhe Westin St Francis forever 21 bootsfaux leather sleeved jacketMarc by marc jacobs dress 

Jacket-Q, Dress-Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boots-Forever 21 (old), Jeans-Jolt, Bag-McQueen, Sunnies-Ray Bans, Faux Fur colar-Nordstrom

alexander mcQueen bag faux fur colar san francisco fashion

Last few days to enter in my Hearts giveaway…Enter here if you have not already. Winner will be announced Friday, January 25th!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!



San Fran-Round 2

Good Morning loves! Today’s look is what I wore wine tasting on our first day in SF.  My best friend from college lives in Alameda and after she picked us up from the airport we headed to do an afternoon tasting.  Rockwall winery is in an industrial docking area that doesn’t look like your typical vineyard.  It is located on the water and the view into San Fran is so unbelievable!  Dapper Fellow who isn’t even a big fan of wine tasted a few! It was a perfect afternoon!rockwall winery

wine tasting attire

urban outfitters leopard scarf

alexander mcQueen bag

Leggings-H&M, Boots-Carlos Santana, Shirt-Vintage, Jacket-Q, Bag-McQueen, Sunnies-Ray Ban, Scarf-Urban Outfitters

ray ban aviators

cargo and leather jacket

alexander mcqueen

oakland and san fran

All of these pictures were shot by Annie and with my iphone! I can’t imagine the sunset with my DSLR…<3



San Fran-Round 1

Good Afternoon my loves! Today was my first day back to work from Dapper Fellow and I’s SF getaway. We had an incredible time, ate amazing food and visited with friends. I was able to set up my posts last week before I left town and it feels weird blogging for the first time in a week. Today’s look are pieces from my Zara haul.  The entire store was on sale and I went a little cray.  All such good deals though. I cannot wait until the day Phoenix gets a Zara. Stay tuned the rest of this week for more SF outfits! I have a lot of catching up to do, but I wanted to give you all a HUGE thanks for the large response for my Hearts Giveaway! I will be announcing the winner this Friday 1/25/13! Enter here! If you haven’t already!

zara leather sleeved jean jacket

prada sunglasseszara acid wash jacket zara acid wash jacketSweatshirt-Zara, Leggings/Earrings-H&M, Sunnies-Prada, Boots-Carlos Santana, Bag-Alexander McQueen, Jacket-Zara



Shades of Pink

I got a haircut this week and although I feel that I am missing those 2 inches I realize it will grow and look better than ever. I love winter whites/pinks! Winter seems to bring out all the bold reds, greens, blues, and pinks, in everyone which I admittedly love.  But I also feel like there’s something special about a soft pink, or off white during winter that makes me especially happy :)bellatrix sweater

leopard scarf, vintage dior sunglasses, winter white coat

alexander mcqeen black bag, alexander mcqueen bag

coffee shop wool coat

Shoes-Miu Miu, Jeans-Taverniti, Bag-Alexander McQueen, Sweater-Bellatrix, Shirt-Realitee, Sunnies-Vintage Dior, Scarf-Ebay, Coat-Coffee Shop

bellatrix sweater

vintage christian dior sunglasses

miu miu smoking slippersHave a fantastic weekend!!!


AVC :)