INSPIRATION: SPRING + COLOR

1 {Baublebar Acrylic Pink Monogram Necklace} | 2 {Zara White Shift Dress} | 3 {Pink Fluoro Cambridge Satchel} | 4 {Bauble Bar Tortoise Cuff} | {Image Credit
I am aware the polar vortex is still up and running in much of America, butttt.... I just can't help that the Spring season is upon us! I realize this is not as exciting now given the fact that I left Chicago for the southern California sunshine, but hey, I would rock a neon pink Cambridge Satchel (pictured above) anytime of the year, even if I still lived in a city where the recent high is barely above zero. Enjoy.
1 {Pearl Statement Necklace on Bauble Bar} | 2 {Roberto Cavalli Flared Matelasse Jersey Dress} | 3 {Pale Blue Pleated Skirt} | {Carolina Sieber in Giambattista Valli via Getty Images in Harper's Bazaar
 There is just something so girly and good about this pale blue. Add a rounded hemline and its instant cute. Might need a leather jacket for an edge, here's a pretty pastel blue one from ZARA
{Mulberry Spring 2014} | 1 {Topshop Felt Floppy Hat} | 2 {Gigi iPhone 5s/5 Hard Shell Case} | 3 {Twiggy Floral Collar Necklace from Baublebar} | 4 {ZARA Metal Toe Cap Heel} | 5 {{Jaeger Scallop Hem Shift}
Orange is one of the chicest colors I can think of (Hermès hello) and this scalloped shift is just what I need right now. Super versatile I think it could fair well at a cocktail party, brunch, polo, haha I think it would work well even at the office. Now if only the rest of the country could leave the house with bare legs... or one layer of pants. Well, at least the monogrammed iPhone case is bright and cheery!

xx, Monica

DREAM ESTATE: CONDO IN COLOMBIA

{Anita Calero for Architectural Digest}
Now this is a pool I would just dive into simply because the water is so beautifully teal... The home of fashion designer Nancy Gonzalez is sophisticated, serene and on point for a resort style getaway sort of vibe. Below are some of my picks inspired by this amazing estate! Enjoy!
1 Splendid Voile Mini Dress | 2 Simplicity by Michele Morata | 3 Design Within Reach Superordinate Antler Pendant | 4 Zara Leather Shopper | 5 Aviva Stanoff Sag Velvet Pillow | 6 Anthropologie Petrified Wood Book Ends7 Jonathan Adler Bacharach Swivel Chair | 8 Tom Dixon Royalty Bergamot Scented Candle | 9 Calypso St. Barth Bhadohi Diamond Pouf  | 10 Vince Sawyer Sandals | 11 Crate and Barrel French Kitchen Square Board
{Anita Calero for Architectural Digest}
What a perfect dining room! The round table is so open and inviting, just like the rest of the house. The structured chairs add some contrast and make this room a tad more serious. Just a perfect mix. 
{Anita Calero for Architectural Digest}
 Gold accents work so incredibly well with a light grey palate. I think the white bedding could be styled better, but this bedroom is still an overqualified 'chic sleep' contender. 
{Anita Calero for Architectural Digest}
The marble here speaks for itself. Love the art deco lights and lush little vanity seat. 

Happy Monday!

xx, Monica


HOTSPOT: HERRINGBONE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD

Herringbone Interior - P 2014
{Herringbone at the Mondrian Hotel}
Hotspot alert! Herringbone has moved up the coast and right into Hollywood on the flashy sunset strip. I visited the La Jolla location while visiting the beautiful beach town with my family this Christmas and LOVED the vibe (see more below). So of course when I heard it was taking over the space where Asia de Cuba was at the Mondrian Hotel I knew I had to see it myself. As a venue the space is prime sunset real estate with unparalleled views of Los Angeles and a bar, adjacent to the restaurant patio with an open floor plan. 
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The deck becomes SkyBar at night and has a pool, cabanas and a private bungalow bar. I have ventured before, however, wasn't a fan of the crowd. 
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{Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel}
Unfortunately my girlfriends and I still were not too pleased with the scene this time, almost a year later but Herringbone was delicious. My favorite cocktail was the Peter Rabbit but I am also a fan of the Snake in the Grass. The menu is pretty fish heavy but we had the mushroom flatbread and it was great! 

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The outside seating is really the best simply because of the view and lush greenery outside. I did not peak inside too much since I always prefer outside dining when given the option; this is SoCal after all.

The Herringbone in La Jolla (below) is inside but was made too feel like someones' awesome beach house patio. It is kind of like the same vibe as The Bungalow in Santa Monica, with the tents of course. I love the trees and the outdoor furniture, it really keeps the vibe cool and relaxed, just like California should be!
{Herringbone La Jolla}
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Some elements remained the same in both locations like the use of wood, robe strung lighting and these adorable turquoise blue glasses. I love that he kept these things consistent in the new space because it gave some boho charm to the space to balance all the glam white lacquer and super modern white furniture that used to overpower Asia de Cuba. Hopefully some of the simplicity rubs off on the crowd too. Happy Weekend!

xx, Monica

HONORED STYLE: GOLDEN GLOBES/SAG AWARDS 2014

{Amy Adams at the Golden Globes}
Its that time of year again! When women, and men, watch Hollywood's finest strut their designer chops down the red carpet. Award season is like the Superbowl for fashion with it's nationwide media coverage and its long running clips, photos and red carpet faux pas in magazines and on fashion police. To be honest the red carpet is not too fashion forward, as risks are all too scrutinized; looking forward to Fashion Week 2014! But it is enough to catch my attention, here are my top picks so far; Amy Adams, you knocked it out of the park. Enjoy!
{Cate Blanchett at the SAG Awards}
 Many attempt the "old Hollywood glamour" look; but only few truly do it right. I like that Cate Blanchett accomplished this in a more modern way. Usually pink sparkle and blonde hair equates to something much different, but Cate kept it simple. Love it!
{Sandra Bullock at the SAG Awards}
I can already hear some of the outer space jokes... but I LOVE THIS COLOR! At first glance I will admit, I wasn't a fan of the cut; it seemed to be missing something, but after staring for a few minutes it became a top contender. Just something about it screams super galactic chic... I did go to space camp as a child...oh dear!
{Lena Headey at the SAG Awards} {Lupita Nyong'o at the Golden Globes}
Stripes are a little causal for a red carpet [left], but the fabric is luxe enough to suffice and the bow is just too adorable to ignore! The cut and print just really work on Lena Headey, but I just don't think I would want to accept an award in this....I think it would need to be a bit more "wow." Lupita Nyong'o  is wearing red better then the carpet; let's just say Ralph Lauren knows his cuts. Not everyone can wear a cape so well! 
{Cailtlin FitzGerald at the Golden Globes} {Sarah Hyland at the SAG Awards}
I have never been a fan of the high-low dress but as Caitlin FitzGerald points out [left] some structure and a properly tailored hemline can pull it all together. Both dresses have such great shape and moved so well. I'm excited now for Spring!  
{Kerry Washington at the Golden Globes} {Amber Heard at the Golden Globes}
Both looks (pictured above) were very lovely, clean and easy. I get that being pregnant makes for some challenges on the red carpet so Kerry Washington got a pass. The side cuts in her Balenciaga gown was strategic and extremely flattering for her baby bump. Amber Heard's dress was classic and just enough "sexy" with a high, but what I would consider fairly tasteful, slit. The beautiful navy really made this all come together so nicely, that and of course her perfectly toned legs! Gotta hit gym, until next time! 

xx, Monica!

....AND WE'RE BACK!

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AND I AM BACK! Back to blogging that is. This is certainly not the first hiatus, and perhaps not the last. Coming back to the blogosphere (is that even a word?) was a big decision, but I did it for one simple reason; I love it. And while it was so time consuming before, I have realized it helps me re-focus, release negative energy and execute my creativity. Documenting and sharing my journey through early adulthood is something I'd like to have forever. I hope to do this via blogging and if someone else finds it of value, then that is just an amazing bonus.

Here's a quick update on life, and then we're off....Cheers! xx, Monica
The Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica
Since my last blog entry A LOT has happened, all good things however! For starters, I graduated with a master's in social work. Like the banner I made for guests to sign (1) clearly states, I certainly earned that diploma with a few battle scars to prove it. The light at the end of the tunnel was definitely the AMAZE graduation party my mother threw for me, at our favorite Santa Monica hotpsot, The Viceroy Hotel (4) and with the most delish cake (5) from a local Brentwood bakery, SusieCakes. They even drew a caricature of me holding a diploma, in front of the HOLLYWOOD sign! My family came in town for the week long festivities and stayed in a sweet beach condo (2) in Venice, California. The invites (3) from Paperless Post surely didn't disappoint and the DIY mason jars candles made for an adorable, if not down right practical party favor (6).

Unfortunately, graduation does not just equate to maturity and a diploma won't teach you life skills. Let's just say that I am now a full on member of the real world and it's not always as bright as portrayed in school, but hey, I have time to learn and grow, and I consider myself fortunate to have a supportive family and group of friends!
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 Before graduation I was offered my first job and I took it! ...... However, I had no idea when it would start, so I spent my summer waiting, and in the meantime at the beach. I made the trip up Pacific Coast highway to Malibu in my little Beetle convertible (2) way too many times. Malibu is just the most relaxed place in Los Angeles and in my opinion, offers the most beautiful beaches. I loved reading at the beach and then heading to the Malibu Country Mart (4) for lunch at Cafe Habana and book browsing at Diesel. I can still hear the sound of the waves crashing back and forth, in fact I was just there this weekend as a result of LA's January heat wave. I got my fair share of novels read, sunblock applied, and sun shielded in those super cute opaque blue/green sunnies (6) first spotted on Ms. Lisa Vanderpump and in such high demand this past summer. I still wear mine and I swear I will never get sick of them. Got lots of use out of my giant, floppy straw hat, large monogrammed beach bag (1) and striped towel

In addition to beaching it all summer, I also whipped up some summery drinks (5) in my mason jar pitcher I am quite proud of, hosted a grad-girl dinner party and celebrated my 24th birthday in style. Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness was my mantra, Essie's Sunday Funday is still the best coral out there, and I am declaring The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls summer 2013's best read. 

It was lazy, hazy and to be honest, a bit too relaxing. I am not complaining, however, I was glad to move forward at the end of August and get to work.  
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One thing has yet to change; still LOVING the westside of Los Angeles, especially my little Brentwood neighborhood. I honestly thought after two years I would tire of the low key but quaint area (best represented by the Brentwood Country Mart) (2) I've come to call home. I know young fashion girls populate the trendy town of West Hollywood, but I find frequent rendezvous less then twenty minutes away more then enough for me. My favorite hike up Westridge Trailhead (1) is still just a five minute drive up Mandeville Canyon, the ocean is just four miles down the green and grassy San Vicente Blvd (6), four coffee shops are stationed within walking distance of my apartment, including coffee snob spot Caffe Luxxe (5). Good eats and sweaty workouts like Soulcycle are down the street; I could live off late breakfasts at my favorite New York Bagel (7) and spicy tuna on crispy rice (3) for dinner at KatsuyaThe Getty museums border this side of the town with the Getty Center nestled in the hills of northern Brentwood and the breathtaking Villa (4) just down the coast. 

In addition to living here for almost three years, I have recently joined the Junior League of Los Angeles, which to me is like an adult version of a sorority, joining sisterhood and philanthropy. They even have a cute house (9). They have broken us up into neighborhood groups and therefore it's been a great way to meet and interact with more ladies around Brentwood. Happy to meet new friends and keep exploring this lovely city,

That's all for today; blogging from Brentwood, with love

xx, Monica!