How I Mix Pink and Red Like A Pro: Valentine’s Day Edition

How I Mix Pink and Red Like A Pro: Valentine’s Day Edition

When you think monochrome, do you think pink and red?


It seemed like a great time to give this trend a try with Valentines literally around the corner. This Chanel-esque cardigan jacket is from Chicos can you believe!? I cropped to fit my short torso and paired it with neutrals (Valentino and Chanel of course!). I think that pink and red is the ultimate color combo and can be worn from up-town to downtown, workday to night out, chic Chico’s to high fashion there are so many ways that you can mix this color combo into your routine. Be bold or pair the combo with neutral base as I did, the choice is yours.

Stylist Picks 


Incorporate these pink and red pieces to freshen up your look this month. 

A Valentines Treat For Your Sweet: The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Bake!

A Valentines Treat For Your Sweet: The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Bake!

Hello LOVERS! Valentines Day is right around the corner. No matter what your relationship with this holiday is, be sure to treat your sweet (or yourself and girlfriends) with this simple quick and easy chocolate cake recipe that will blow your mind! It is perfect to quickly whip up at home or wow your friends by bringing these ingredients to you Gal-entines Day soiree.

Cake 

  • 4 oz. butter 
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate 
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cake flour 

Toppings 

  • rose petal ice cream 
  • whipped cream 
  • health bar 
  • cocoa nib 
  • rainbow spinkles 
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate sauce 
  • candied rose petals 
  • rasberries
  • blackberries 
  • marshmallows 

directions: 

  • melt butter and chocolate together 
  • whisk eggs and sugar together
  • whisk melted chocolate mixture into egg and sugar mixture
  • whisk in cake flour 

Pour cake mixture into the can, bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes until outside of the cake is set and center is still soft. Please note: baking times may vary. Top cake with your choice of toppings while still hot and enjoy! 

All of the Trends for Spring 2019 That You Need to Know Right Now

All of the Trends for Spring 2019 That You Need to Know Right Now

Spring 2019 fashion is fun, flirty, sporty and chic. From Neons to Neutrals, Strong Silhouettes to Prairie Dresses, Ladylike handbags to waist bags, I am sure that you can take inspiration from these trends to refresh your spring wardrobe. Whether you are pulling from your archives, or shopping ready-to-wear here are trends that you’ll need to look for when you are creating your looks this Spring. Or getting inspired right now! 

 

Leopard Print 

You heard me right! The animal print sensation that came to us last Fall is here and even stronger and more elegant than before.

Dolce Gabbana 

Max Mara 

Neutrally Minded 

I personally don’t think there is a chicer color combination than beige, white, blush and brown. This color palette is sophisticated and elegant and can take you 

Bright Neon

A micro trend that we saw last fall is taking a stronger stand for spring. Neons will move from just being an accessory and a pop to a full blown bold statement. Don’t be afraid to mix your colors and remember that when you are working within the same color hue there are no other rules! 

Versace 

Zimmerman 

Prairie Dress 

My favorite type of “throw on” dress can still be recycled from Summers past. This spring, look for prairie dresses that are long sleeved, floor length and in soft florals and flowy fabrics. This romantic bohemian dress should be as demure as it is confident. 

Accessories Are Extra! Extra! 

There is a theme of extreme when it comes to the sizes of accessories this season. If a giant fringed sunhat is not in your future, might I recommend a teeny tiny ladylike handbag.

Jacquemus

Valentino

How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

Sometimes it’s the most unexpected combinations that make lasting impressions. This is one of those lasting fashion moments… 

I’m not going to lie, this was not the easiest of sales to get Sonia into this outfit. However, we both gravitated toward this amazing (and oh so soft and cozy) 80’s inspired faux fur mauve jacket at the same time and then something amazing happened. At that very moment, I had in my hands this amazing (pictured above) graphinc short sleeve sweater and knit houndstooth pants. This strange combination had all of the right elements to turn this outfit into a classic example of how to MIX PRINTS.

When color texture and Hugh come together in an epic and comfortable outfit, this would be that outfit!

 

 

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Is a Fraxel skin resurfacing treatment right for you?

Is a Fraxel skin resurfacing treatment right for you?

Is a Fraxel skin resurfacing treatment right for you?
How I finally decided to take the plunge.

I have been wanting to take the sun damage off my neck and chest for a very long time. Have you noticed how we all seem to take great care of the skin on our face but our neck and chest gets neglected?
When I see beautiful skin on a décolletage I am always in awe.

Between the cost, the lack of knowledge and the downtime I kept getting stuck. Finally, everything lined up for me and I took the plunge.

These are the steps I took.

1. I waited for a sale at the Medspa
2. I scheduled it for the fall/winter months so I could stay out of the sun
3. I did my research Well that should be #1 but you know…..

Fraxel is a non-ablative laser that targets aging and sun damage with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin. Since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time it leaves the surrounding tissue intact which promotes rapid healing. The skin is resurfaced and new cell growth is stimulated from the inside out.

First, there was numbing which took about 45 minutes or so.

The laser part didn’t take long. We did three passes over my neck and chest. It wasn’t bad at all pain wise and it when by quickly.

After the procedure was over and the numbing cream wore off I draped myself in cold towels. I was very hot. About an hour later I was feeling fine but my skin felt “stiff”. You are sent home with plenty of product to keep the skin pliable. This is one of the few times when I actually am glad to follow rules!

Three days later the surface skin starts to get red and peel and it’s not pretty.

Don’t pick at it!

I was surprised at how little time it took for my skin to look and feel presentable again. About a week for me.

Five days later.

As time has gone by, now about three months, I am shocked at the improvement. Why did I wait so long!!   

My experience was great. Not as difficult as I expected and my results are more than I would have dreamt of!

Thank you to the highly skilled Kirsten Svennungsen -MSB, BA, RN at the
Laser Cosmetic Center in Kalispell Montana for such a good experience.
PS. She is a genius with a needle as well!

Before

After

My Picks From the Forty Five Ten Winter Sale

My Picks From the Forty Five Ten Winter Sale

While in Dallas last week, I was reacquainted with an amazing lifestyle store and women’s boutique Forty Five Ten. Conveniently located across the street from our fabulous hotel (read about the Joule Hotel here), Forty Five Ten is a 4 story boutique that offers fine dining on the terrace, men’s and women’s high fashion, a beautiful beauty counter with all the fixings, and curated pieces for your home. 

If you can’t make it to Dallas for the experience that is Forty Five Ten, then you are in luck because they are online as well and currently having a sale. Below are my picks from their end of season sale that is up to 75% off! Have fun!

Where to Sleep, Shop and Eat in Downtown Dallas

Where to Sleep, Shop and Eat in Downtown Dallas

Stay: The Joule

On a recent trip to Dallas, we stayed at The Joule Hotel in the downtown Arts District.  I can’t express our gratitude to all the people we came in contact with while we were there. From bellmen to housekeeping from restaurant staff to front desk everyone there has customer service as their priority.

The hotel in itself is a work of art. Housed in a Revitalized 1920s neo-gothic style bank building. Works of art are to be found everywhere including Andy Warhol, Richard Phillips, Tony Cragg, and many others.  A bonus in the Lobby, the installation of beautifully detailed motorcycles by Robert Haas.

Shop: Taschen Bookstore 

A Taschen library is housed in the complex. What a treat!  And you can even schedule tea time there.  Stroll around and shop the unique retail boutiques in the lobby as well.

You don’t have to go far for excellent food. It’s right inside the hotel. Try the pork chop at CBD. Awesome! And the bar scene is hopping at The Midnight Rambler downstairs.

Step outside for the best in fashion. Forty-Five Ten and the Neiman Marcus flagship store are right next door. Look around and be surprised but don’t poke the eye!  The hotel staff will tell you stories about how that came about.

 

Shop: Forty Five Ten 

We were reacquainted with an amazing lifestyle store and women’s boutique Forty Five Ten. Conveniently located across the street from our fabulous hotel. Forty Five Ten is a 4 story boutique that offers fine dining on the terrace, men’s and women’s high fashion, a beautiful beauty counter with all the fixings, and curated pieces for your home. 

Bathroom Selfies with mi familia

Lunch at Forty Five Ten was a TEN 

Eat: Circo 

If after a day at the state of the art spa you do feel like leaving the premises, the hotel car will take you anywhere within a five-mile radius. Our choice was dinner at Circo, where the most fabulous Italian food is handcrafted. We were greeted by the manager Casey Bunch and the beautiful Lauren Santagati from the White Rock Hospitality Group. Again, the service was impeccable.  My Bolognese was so fantastic I didn’t even need a sprinkle of Parmesan on it!  There is a first time for everything.

At The Joule Hotel Dallas, we were fortunate enough to stay in two different suites. 

The two-story loft suite is 789 square feet and contains a downstairs living area with a full bath and a soaking tub and a superb bedroom bathroom combination overlooking the living area.

The Deluxe Suite was incredible with great views and a large living area. The incredible deluxe bathroom and beautiful bedroom. Were beautifully appointed with every detail thought out.  They range from 750 to 1,000 square feet. Enough space for girls to have fun! 

View from the top! Of the loft suite that is! 

I  can’t adequately express how wonderful our experience was.  A Boutique Hotel (with everything that symbolizes) does not come close to describing our experience.  In the end, it’s people who make the difference, and we are thankful for the joy, service, and attention the staff show to everyone daily.

Thank Mr. Headington for your vision.  The Joule Hotel Dallas is just that.

A Jewel.

My “Aging Gracefully” Essay on The Fine Line Magazine

My “Aging Gracefully” Essay on The Fine Line Magazine

Aging Gracefully: Owning My Power

The Fine Line Magazine asked women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s to write short personal essays answering the question, What does aging gracefully mean to you? Each one is a window into the mental and physical lives of women as they grow older. This essay is by 66-year-old blogger Sonia Lovett, who wants to help other women stay in touch with their power as they age. Watch for more submissions all this month and submit your own essay to allison@thefinelinemag.com.

5 Metallic Pieces to Inspire You to Shine This Holiday

5 Metallic Pieces to Inspire You to Shine This Holiday

The countdown has begun! If you’re anything like me, your schedule is jam-packed with Festive Holiday Parties. I’ve found myself at two just last Saturday night! With all of these social obligations, I’m sure that you are running out of fun party looks and costume changes. Allow me to inspire you with 5 of my favorite separates from this season’s shiny metallics, velvets, and lames. Whether you find you’re next look in your closet, your favorite vintage store or here with my hand-picked recommendations, I hope to inspire you to SHINE this holiday! 

Rachel Zoe Metallic Suit

The Power Blazer

GUCCI
Floral-brocade single-breasted jacket

$4,980

$ 1,100.00

MSGM
Metallic jacquard double-breasted tuxedo jacket

$860

$495

The Slinky Blouse

Debbie Metallic Blouse

RAG & BONE

$395.00

Metallic Tuxedo Blouse

RACHEL ROY COLLECTION

$99.00

Ruffle Front Metallic Stripe Blouse

VINCE CAMUTO

$65.40

Tie Neck Metallic Velvet Top

FRAME

$375.00

The Party Skirt

Cina Embellished Miniskirt

ALICE + OLIVIA

Price$595.00

Sequin Pencil Skirt

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS

$175.00

Tiered Sequin Midi Skirt

ENDLESS ROSE

$95.00

Sequin Embellished A-Line Skirt

ELIZA J

$188.00

The Shiny Dress 

Ted Baker

Maggz Metallic Body-Con Dress

$349.00 

Kkaty Ice Palace Skater Dress
$439.00
Metallic Striped Pleated Dress
$499.00
Metallic Tie-Front Mini Dress
$185.00 

The Statement Earring 

Dynasty Statement Earrings

STELLA + RUBY

$58.00

Amara Stud Earrings

GORJANA

$40.00

Pavé Resin Statement Earrings

J.CREW

$65.00

Retro Gold Stone Studded Clip Earrings

ALEXIS BITTAR

$325.00
The Ultimate Gift Guide

The Ultimate Gift Guide

We are in full swing of the Holidays, and I’ve been compiling a list of unique gifts for the hard to shop for people on your list from artisanal gifts that give back to the community to gifts that wow the music lover in your life. Enjoy this collection and let me know what your favorite gifts to give this season are. 

Gifts That Give Back 

 

All of these women run companies are dear to our heart and we do our best to support them every year. These companies EMPOWER other woman, immigrants and refugees through creation and accomplishment. 

 

“Studies show that unlocking a woman’s potential can cultivate a brighter future for not only herself and her children, but for the community as a whole.” Now that’s something that we can get behind. 

Etkie Beaded Glass Cuffs from $215-$275

Salt Detachable Purse Straps $138

JadeTribe Brigette Bag $598.00

Gaia For Women Marilyn Clutch $84.00

Ecuadane Blanket $149

photo: Hope Kauffman @hkcameraface 

Gifts For The Artist  

Many people shy away from giving art as a gift because it is personal and subjective but so are a lot of other things people give as gifts. Giving art is just a bit scary because it is art but it is one of the most original, thoughtful and fun things you can gift (other than a puppy).

 

Here are some other thoughtful ideas for your artist or appreciator this holiday that won’t break the bank or any boundaries!  

Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook $60

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade: 1940-1950 $50

I love giving the gift of an experience, and there is nothing like experiencing great art.  If you or your loved ones are fortunate to live in a city with cultural offerings like LACMA, or MOMA I encourage you to encourage your friends and family to partake. Click here to find a museum nearest to them. The price of membership is often comparable to the cost of admission and makes a great gift that will last the year. 

Sonia is wearing a caftan from Ocean + Main 

Staggered Vase $28.00

Gifts For the Audiophile 

I have many passionate music fans in my life, and I know that they can be the hardest nuts to crack because they have a strong opinion on what they like and don’t like. 

This year we’ve turned up the thermostat to woo your audiophile with the coolest of the cool. From wireless turntables, curated album covers to a hot pink Vinal and soundtrack from Thom York (hello Radiohead). Make a musician smile this holiday season. 

Wireless Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 Turntable $700

Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover $20

Suspiria Soundtrack (2018) Thom Yorke $33

Personalized Amp Doormat $35

Gifts For the Traveler  

The biggest take away in traveling is making the memories and experiences that shape your life.

 

Whether it’s streamlining your travel bags or remembering where you’ve been, these will make meaningful gifts to the adventurer in your life. 

5-Piece Packing Cube Set CALPAK $70

Birchbox Beauty Subscription (form Men & Women) $30 for three months 

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small $15 

Rose Quartz Workout Kit $49.00

Santal 33 Eau de Parfum $80-$270

Our Favorite Fall Poncho: Lotta Stennson

Our Favorite Fall Poncho: Lotta Stennson

Ponchos and shawls make an effortless transition into colder seasons and this lightweight collection from Lotta Stennson is no exception. They make wonderful layering pieces,  or on their own as Hope Kauffman has captured here at my home in Montana. Lotta Stensson is one of our favorite collaborators. Serena and I have been champions of her work for years. When we were preparing for our multigenerational photoshoot I knew that I wanted to include pieces from Lotta’s Fall/Winter line of featherweight wool ponchos. I wanted to showcase her work in alignment with women of varying ages to show the natural beauty that we all encapsulate when we are comfortable in our skin. You may remember Lotta’s kaftans from earlier this year when we went on our Girl’s Trip to the Grand Cayman Islands. If you missed it you can check it out here.

Lady Boss: The Return of Power Dressing

Lady Boss: The Return of Power Dressing

In a sea of casual dressing be the one who came to WORK. Your look that is!

There’s a trend happening in fashion right now that is throwing it back to the good ol days of Power Dressing with a hint of Dynasty. It is put-together, polished, Ladylike and I love it! Dressing for the job you want (hello, CEO of your life) has never looked so good. Now is the perfect time to look through your closet for those “quirky” items you couldn’t part with and pair it with your favorite corporate separates.

Every outfit needs a good statement piece or in this case the more, the merrier! I paired this gorgeous silk printed blouse with my favorite things of the moment! Mom’s alligator bag, an 80’s inspired chain belt (I mean, WOW!) and my favorite leopard Kate Spade pumps.

LadyLike Rockin-n-Roll 

I bought these pants over a decade ago at Intermix in Dallas. Serena and I have always been huge proponents of anything animal print and fell in love with the color of these pants. How could I ever let go of such a statement piece? They have a great 90’s bootleg that works so well with my Forever21 boots that seem to go with everything! I have always loved the structure of a blazer paired with an unexpected rock tee.

LadyLike in White

This suit feels so 70’s disco to me! I love the dichotomy of the oversized pants with a cropped printed top.

LadyLike Every Day

Polish up your statement tunic by belting it for a strong Lady Boss Look!

Top: Zara Belt: Vintage Celine Pants: Marc Jacobs Purse: Chanel