Altuzarra x Target Collection

Altuzarra x Target via

Altuzarra x Target via

I’m super excited to shop Altuzarra x Target Collection that will feature a wide range of apparel and accessories. Altuzarra is the latest to be added to the list of designers (0Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen and Rodarte) in creating a clothing collection for Target. I have picked out quite a few pieces that I’m hoping to get on September 14 when it hits Target (stores and online) and also Net-A-Porter.  Everything is priced under $100, with prices ranging from  $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $29.99 to $79.99 for accessories.

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

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Altuzarra X Target via

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Altuzarra X Target via

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#Ferguson!

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ” – Edmund Burke

via Newsweek Twitter

via Newsweek Twitter

This week has been full of emotions and remembering for many Americans as we read the headlines of two loved actors passing. Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall both have a place in any movie lovers heart and I’m sure this weekend will be spent watching some of their classics.
Among the many headlines there was one missing: #Ferguson!

As most news have been covering the latest celebrity deaths many of us have been glued to Twitter to read the tweets coming from Ferguson, MO after police shot Mike Brown.
Mike Brown, unarmed 18-year-old black man, was visiting his grandmother when he was shot multiple times by police while he was surrendering. His body was left on the street in the August heat for hours.
Another black young man was victim of injustice. He was killed murdered because of his color. Sadly this is not a first time this has happened, this is far more common than we know. Racism is very much alive!
Vigils were held and soon the whole community gathered to protest peacefully against police brutality. Police replied with heading out in full battle rattle with dogs. Things went from bad to worse. Ferguson, Missouri had turned into a war zone of tear gas,  smoke bombs, rubber bullets and police calling the protesters “F!@”ing animals“.
If you have been following the protests on Twitter I’m sure you have noticed another powerful and important hashtag rise: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. This hashtag shows us how the media portrays young black men and changes the narrative of the story.

#iftheygunnedmedown via

#iftheygunnedmedown via

I’m ashamed and disgusted by the actions of the police who is suppose to be there to serve and protect instead of  being militarized force at the peaceful protest. It’s sickening that in 2014 we are reliving 1960s Alabama.
I’m in utter shock and disbelief that this is happening in 2014! I’m shocked that this is not the big headline on every possible media outlet. Twitter is the place to be since mainstream news is not covering this or is changing the narrative. Although tweeting and retweeting is great as far as keeping this relative and visible but we need to do more. All people,  no matter the race or sex, are equal and should be treated as such! You would think we would have come farther in society but we have actually went backwards and this is proof of that!

#pleasedontshoot #handsup #MikeBrown #Ferguson #peace #janellemonae via

#pleasedontshoot #handsup #MikeBrown #Ferguson #peace #janellemonae via

Back!

Last few months have been exhausting, unnecessarily stressful but it has also been time for us to collect our thoughts and recalculate the way we look at things and people. Being back in the states has been a struggle for all of us but more than anything it has been a culture shock to our 2 military bambinis who were born in Europe and have lived their whole lives in Europe in a military post. They are doing okay but its more settling than anything else. We have already decided that our family will look for opportunities to move to an area (more than likely East coast…I know, I know my loves on the west coast!) better suited for all of us. Life goes on and we get smarter! 

I have taken a long break from blogging and I think I’m finally ready to be back. In the last few months my heart and thoughts have been full of negativity and hurt that I didn’t want to share, too many things that should have went smoothly and been the last things to worry about became the main stress factor. Our family learned the hard lesson that people change and people are not always who they seem to be, mean and hurtful comments are made and many ties get broken by words not meant to be said. Ironic that the one part of equation that we were stressing and worried about when leaving Germany (the Army) gave us the best present: our POV (car) made it here okay couple days after we got in, our unaccompanied baggage that was packed by complete idiots (I’ll post about this more on the blog) arrived in good condition and our HHG (household goods) that was packed and and unpacked by awesome companies (more on the blog) arrived in perfect condition! Nothing was broken or missing! Keep your eye on the blog for all the upcoming posts and giveaways!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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July 28 would have been Jacqueline Kennedy’s 85th birthday! Her beautiful, unique and always elegant style has won over many over the years.

Originally posted on Pearls, Diamonds and Everything Else:

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. I’m sure most of us have seen the images from that day and when we think of Jacqueline Kennedy first thing that pops into our mind is that pink Chanel looking suit with her signature pillbox hat.

Kennedys arrive at Dallas 11-22-63 via

What many don’t know is this suit was actually not created by Chanel but it was high-end reproduction by New York fashion salon Chez Ninon who used the fabric, buttons and trims provided by Chanel. Jackie’s love for french designers is well known but she had been discouraged by her father-in-law Joseph Kennedy from buying clothes from them and to use more American-made clothing. This was her way of getting around the restriction. This pink suit was one of JFK’s favorites and he had requested her to wear it to…

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CFDA Awards 2014

Last night was the second most important night after Met Ball for all the fashionistas – CFDA Awards. Rihanna who is known for very revealing outfits was honored with Fashion Icon Award and naturally her outfit by Adam Selman did not disappoint.

Rihanna accepted the Fashion Icon Award by CFDA last night in a gorgeous and very revealing Adam Selman gown made out of 216,000 Swarovski crystals via

Rihanna accepted the Fashion Icon Award by CFDA last night in a gorgeous and very revealing Adam Selman gown made out of 216,000 Swarovski crystals via

Blake Lively looked beautiful in a short Michael Kors dress with scalloped hemline.

Blake Lively In Michael Kors via

Blake Lively In Michael Kors via

Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe bedazzled in a structured gown from her own line. For my taste this dress was a bit too old and structured.

Rachel Zoe via

Rachel Zoe via

Olivia Wilde was showing off her post-baby body in fringed vintage Mollie Parnis dress.

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Olivia Wilde via

Sophia Bush looked old Hollywood glam in creamy Marchesa cutout dress.

Sophia Bush via

Sophia Bush via

Heidi Klum looked gorgeous in a peachy Donna Karan gown.

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Heidi Klum via

Coco Rocha looked beautiful in Christian Siriano.

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Coco Rocha via

Chanel Iman looked stunning in black curve-hugging Monique Lhuillier dress.

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Chanel Iman via

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – 10th Anniversary Edition

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - 10th Anniversary Edition

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – 10th Anniversary Edition

I remember when The Alcemist by Paulo Coelho came out 10 years ago and his simplistic writing won over many readers. I have had many friends tell me how this book was life-altering for them and how they would go back to it for more. While I enjoyed the story, my experience wasn’t as life-changing. I found the story interesting but the writing was a bit too simple for my taste. I can see why many people would fall in love with the story of a young boy through philosophy and religion in slightly mysterious text with slight mysticism.

Although, it might not have been the Wow! moment for me I would definitely recommend this book!

Unconditional love! Beautiful story of acceptance

Proud parents Jeff and Hillary Whittington have a special story to share of how their baby girl grew into their very happy 6-year-old son. This story is inspiring and touching *tissue alert!*

This is what unconditional love is!

On May 22, Ryland and his parents were presented with the Inspiration Award by the Harvey Milk Foundation. During his beautiful acceptance speech, 6-year-old Ryland thanked his parents for allowing him to be himself.