DRESSTASTIC: NEW YEAR'S EVE

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It's the last holiday of the season and perhaps the most fabulous! I'm always somewhat disappointed by the New Year's Eve celebration build up, but one thing I can count on is any good excuse to dress up and wear something sparkly. Sequin, feather, leather, or lace, it's fun and festive. All I need to be happy is a great dress and a glass of champs. Make it Veuve Clicquot, add a cute guy and instantly, it surpasses all my expectations. 

SAVE WATER, DRINK CHAMPAGNE!

Xx, Monica

P.S. Be safe, be fabulous, keep it chic ;) 

RESORT WONDERFUL

{ Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes, France  Photo by Slim Aarons }
If I could snap my finger and appear somewhere magically on vacation it would most definitely be this amazing pool scene captured by the classic lifestyle photographer, Slim Aarons at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in the south of France. As much as I love the holiday season and all the cold weather festivities, I just can't help but swoon over the resort wear collections every year and even more so the breathtaking resorts their respective inspiration comes from. Unfortunately, I have no resort wearing destinations in my calendar this year, but hopefully in the next. In the meantime, a girl can dream, and I found some absolutely lovely things, even if just for a look. Enjoy!

I always love fun, bright colors and whites in the summer, and it's no different for resort wear. How adorable is the tassel action on the back of this coverup? Havaianas are my year round flip flops, inside and out of the house and I prefer the sleek slim fit. When it comes to bikinis (and really any clothing item) white is always in style! The Marysia scalloped bikini was so popular the last few summers but I'd consider the white option a worthy investment. Sail to Sable makes great tunics that just scream 'east coast summering' and I would consider them perfectly appropriate for any beach vacation. 

Bikini season or not, I have always kept my waxing routine the same. Every month, even in the winter, and hard wax only at Frilly Lilly! I love how great their aftercare roll-on works to keep away ingrown hairs and irritation. The more consistent my appointments stay, the easier my skin has adjusted. And for anyone traveling, make sure to get waxed a few days before all the time under sun and hot tubs!

More drool worthy destinations, below!
The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida }
The Four Seasons Bora Bora in Bora Bora, Tahiti }
Cousine Island, Seychelles }
Amanbagh in Rajasthan, India }
{ St. Regis Punta Mita in Nayarit, Mexico
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Dreaming of a white beach holiday, this holiday. 

Happy Holidaying!

Xx, 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas!

Cheers, 

Xx, Monica

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER


Well, the holidays are in full swing! Hanukkah went quick and Christmas is around the corner - thought I'd add some last minute gifts for the lady in your life that I am currently obsessing over. As always, I love good old stationary and this adorable illustration desk calendar truly takes the cake. I'm counting down the seconds until January 1st hits and if someone hasn't bought it for me by then I will just have to purchase it myself. Every winter I crave a good sweater, this year I wore my first piece of cashmere and as pretentious as this may sound I really don't think I can settle for less now; fortunately, this Calypso one is on sale. I was standing in line at Caffe Luxxe when I couldn't help but swoon over this calendar with illustrations from cities all over the world. I realize there are two calendar items on this list but can you blame me? So cute and perfect for ethically obsessed. 

Frilly Lilly's body butter is the perfect remedy for dry skin and cold weather. I'm also loving the lavender scent, which I heard is also helpful for reducing stress? As an avid admirer of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel I am pleased to find an afternoon tea as one of the best experincial gifts a girly girl can receive. Talk about an afternoon well spent.  

Happy Shopping, 

Xx, Monica

HOLIDAZED: MOVIE NIGHT



When the sun goes down, the nights get colder, and the snow makes going out seem impossible, a little movie night in will hit the spot. Although it can get warm this time of year in LA, I still crave a warm fire, a good movie and a classic hot chocolate. Here's a list of all my winter season favorites, along with some cozy, cold weather, goodies (that would also make a good gifts too). Enjoy!







 

{ Harry Potter, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 - my entire childhood}








Happy December, let's get holidazed!

Xx, Monica