Thursday, March 7, 2013

When it is dark enough you can see the stars

 This was yesterday's outfit. Today I didn't wear an outfit from the list but still tried to keep it cute, just not blog worthy... :)

The inspiration for this outfit was from a very old JCrew catalog:
You can see above how use the inspiration photos I cut up. I simply write on the photo what pieces from my own closet I will use to create the combination...

Silk Shirt - Express
Belt, Sweater - Ann Taylor
Denim Leggings - Elle for Kohl's
Necklace - J Crew
Boots - Forever 21

My days have been a bit insane to match the workout schedule!
Kids are starting some new classes which is adding to our schedule and taking some adjustments to get used to them. My son started a new 'Lego Engineering' class which will be after school but since it was the first day and we turned in forms late I had to go just to make sure he got from class to the right place and ate lunch. Then had to go drug store than turned around had to go pick him up. We had about 10 minutes at home to pack up bags and then it was off to swim class. The kids were ecstatic about the swim classes. Then we had Greek for dinner right after before coming home to crash. But then as soon as they go to bed we start our insane 1.5 hour workout which is on top of the 45 minute cardio we had already done that morning.
Sadly as you can see from the photos no changes to the way I look (yet) but I sure feel sooo much stronger. I just don't have any time anymore.
Tonight by the time we finished working out it was already 10 PM! That is because tonight we did a 90 minute yoga!

Here is the pretty princess in a new outfit she got from my cousin's girlfriend in Turkey:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Girls want to have fun

 This was my outfit to the Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. The Green background was so pretty but since we were with the kids only a few shots of photos....

My mom and stepdad just brought this tee from Turkey....

Hat, Cardigan, Coated jeans - Forever 21
T-Shirt - from Turkey
Necklace - Shoedazzle 
Belt - Ralph Lauren
Sneakers - Converses

 The inspiration from about 5 years ago when I first started collecting inspiration photos from magazines. I figured I needed to wear these super older ones and get them out of my folder!

 I love this new cookie lee necklace!

Top - Mango (from Turkey)
Jeans - Forever 21
Necklace - Cookie Lee
Boots - from Kika Runway! :)

We had a super busy day. Morning was spent at the pre-school then went to my friend's house for a just girls playdate while we had lunch. Then picked up my son and took my daughter to gym class then home!

Another crazy day where we left the house at 8:30 AM and did not come back until 7 PM!
Went to the Botanical Gardens with our outdoor preschool class. My daughter had so much fun with her little girlfriends. Then it was her 4 year check-up appointment where she got her K shots and then we had to get x-rays and so on which all took hours. My hubby had to pick up my son and we all met at Fillippi's for a cozy family dinner which was a great treat to kids.
By the way we are still going strong with P90X. Had to take a break for a few days last week when I was sick but back on this week full force. We are actually doing doubles where 3 days a week in the mornings we add a 45 minute cardio on top of the 6 days of training we do at nights!

I do feel soooo much stronger than we started although  I don't see much in the way I look. May be it will all change at once.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Who is Wearing Kika? - Meet Elisa

Welcome to a new season of 'Who is Wearing Kika?'
I am so excited about the Spring (and later Summer) seasons of the wonderful eco friendly clothing line, kikaPaprika, I represent and sell. 

For those of you new to the brand, kikaPaprika is based in Laguna Beach, CA; Eco-CHIC clothing that you'll wear everywhere - Organic fabrics ~ 12 FASHION, custom colors ~ you choose color, style, size and order exactly what you WANT! ~ WELL priced $40-$150 ~ Sold only thru fashion consultants like myself..

This collection gets my 'seal of approval' as chic, comfy, wearable clothes and I highly recommend seeing them in person and trying them on. AND you can check out the website though I don't feel it does justice.

Every Monday I will have a post featuring a different model styled in the current season pieces to show you their versatility and how good they look from young to mature, thin to curvy, blonde to red heads and petite to tall... 

I met Elisa couple years ago when she joined our co-op pre-school with her now 4 year old son. Our son's were friends immediately and we just clicked just as fast as well. She is exactly the type of person I am drawn to. Open and direct, smart and fun. 

Before becoming an active stay at home mom like myself, Orange County native Elisa worked for 10+ years as a Physical Therapist.

What Elisa thinks about Kika:
"I loved Kika clothes because they are so soft and comfortable, and also cute and stylish.  I had a blast modeling the clothes and I felt quiet fabulous"

And she did look fabulous.....
 We had so much fun during the photo shoot putting together both dressy and casual outfits together.
This was one of the more dressy ones. Elisa has amazing legs so we did everything we can to show them off. This skirt is actually one size too big on her so it would have been even better if I had a sample in her size.
'Kelly' jacket in steel color - 
'Loren' top in imperial blue color - 
'Jenna' skirt in steel
Scroll Scarf -
Necklace ($32) and Ring ($26) by Cookie Lee

This is outfit can be dressy or casual. The skirt is a nice length and comfort that can be worn to kid activities as well as outing with friends. The bright floral top adds a fun splash of spring and contrasts nicely with the crisp white cardigan. 
'LESLIE' cardigan in white - 
'CHARLOTTE' cowl neck sleeveless top in 'meadow' print - 
'BRIT' skirt in cocoa - 
Belt (my own)
Earrings ($24) by Cookie Lee

Here is another fresh and dressy outfit using the same skirt. This time we topped it off with a same style top but in the same cocoa color as the skirt to give it a dress effect. Topped off with Kika's first time ever tailored tweed jacket in the peony color scheme. This jacket has a fun bright orange lining. Added a subdued colored but a big statement chunky necklace and simple hoop earrings.

'CARLY' tweed jacket in peony - 
'CHARLOTTE' top in cocoa - 
'BRIT' skirt in cocoa - 
 Necklace - $20

 This was identical to the first outfit with the exception of swapping the steel grey cardigan for a white one and white wedges instead of nude heels. Added a fun silver and pearl necklace and kept the scarf open for a bit more relaxed feel. 

Necklace - $20

Such a pretty top this is in the perfect summer color of 'Ocean'. Adding silver statement necklace (which Elisa purchased) and pairing with a fun pink and black scarf that has a touch of aqua to tie in the top to the outfit. 

'LORELEI' top in Ocean
'BOOTCUT PANTS' in black
Paisley Scarf - $28
Necklace - $24 by Cookie Lee

This Jacket and this color is just perfect for Elisa. She actually bought a peplum jacket in this similar color from last season which she wears now all the time.
We tried it open with the ocean colored top underneath and also buttoned up. Elisa loves the idea of scarf and plans to wear more scarves so we added them to a few outfits to show how they can be worn.

'SAMI' military style jacket in Imperial Blue - 
'LORELEI' top in Ocean -
'BOOTCUT PANTS' in black - 

 I absolutely love these colors on Elisa. The peony just brightens her up. The cropped jacket over the tunic top created a great contrast as well over leggings...

We were having such a fun time with my not so professional photo shoot directing skills and the best poses were when she wasn't really posing but laughing at how she didn't know how to pose.  :)
'NATALIE' jacket in peony - 
'ALEXIS' cowl neck tank tunic top  in ocean -
'LEGGINGS' (full length) in black - 
Neklace - $25

 This cardigan is not exactly her size (too large) but it is flowy enough to make it work for the photo shoot. Just loved the color over white...

'KELLY' Jacket in peony - 
'JULIA' top in white - 
Necklace - $25

 Elisa like all women loves the grey and black tones as well. Wanted to create an outfit that still had some fun factor with these color scheme. This was the first version....
Adding the silver accessories was the key and some interesting detailed boots made the outfit chic. The comfort level of this combo was over the top. It is your basic leggings, top and a soft cardigan combination but look how chic it looks. You can't ask for more....

'MILLY' jacket in steel - 
'LIL' (reversible) tank in black - 
'LEGGINGS' in black - 
Caged Heart Necklace ($36), Chain Necklace ($32), Cuffs ($38 each) by Cookie Lee

And then we added a fedora hat that I sell as an accessory to the combo with her hair pulled back and it just made it so chic and fun. Such a simple add on that really makes the combo hip and young in age appropriate kind of way!

'MILLY' jacket in steel - 
'LIL' (reversible) tank in black - 
'LEGGINGS' in black - 
Caged Heart Necklace ($36), Chain Necklace ($32), Cuffs ($38 each) by Cookie Lee
HAT - $20

It was such a fun photo shoot. Our plans of doing just a couple outfits morphed into doing 10 combinations! And if you think we were done after this you are wrong as Elisa shopped my previous season sample rack and we had fun creating more combo's with those. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fast Track

The inspiration which I think was from Vogue couple years back....

Jacket - Forever 21
Blouse - Ralph Lauren
Capri's - vintage
Oxfords - Bass

My mom and stepdad are back from Turkey so my mom came over last night and spent the night.
She played with the kids in the morning and then we all went out for lunch and a short walk on the pier on seal beach. Then again hung out at home while I did a 'who is wearing Kika?' photo shoot.
Then it was dinner at home and laundry. :)