Hello!

I hope your week is going well. Birthday celebrations were wonderful last week. Thank you for all of your birthday wishes! You can catch some of the action looking up #tlgbirthday on Twitter and Instagram. The last activity in “celebration” was Hops ‘N Chicory, an event hosted by the folks at California Endive.

Local bloggers and restauranteurs were invited to enjoy the festivities. For my day job, I work (and eat) a lot with restaurants in Downtown Sac so I was able to enjoy this perk. Hops and Chicory are two key elements that are used to produce beer and endive, which are two local gems.

First order of business. You are probably saying endive wrong. It’s ON-DEEV.

We started with a tour of the Ruhstaller Beer farm and later enjoyed an endive centric dinner at the Collins Farm with beer pairings! JE Paino, the mastermind behind Ruhstaller took us into the hop fields and gave us the 411 on how Ruhstaller came to be. If you’re a Sacramentan and you’re into craft beer, Ruhstaller is a name you know. The history dates back all the way to 1881 (which you can read about here), but Ruhstaller Beer has made a resurgence in the past few years. In Sacramento there is an underground taproom (and I’m a member of their club – yaya), but having the farm experience just brought my appreciation for the brew full circle.

Following a cool-down session with a fresh beer in the event area, we went down about a half mile to the Collins Farm for dinner.

Before dining, we learned more about endive and got a chance to hear it from the man who made California Endive to what it is today: Rich Collins. Endive production begins with a chicory root that’s harvested from the field. It’s then taken to a cellar-like space where the bud on the chicory root grows again, producing a single endive in about a month’s time. One calorie per leaf, high in fiber, good source of potassium – the health benefits are too great. I can’t make that stuff up! 

After we got a peek of what endives look like before and after, we hit the deck area for some food. Oh my lord. Endive appetizers, grilled endive salad, potato salad with endives and some poached King Salmon (courtesy of the Salmon Council) with fresh pesto, and a delicious blackberry crisp for dessert. And, we were sent home with packs of endives to enjoy!

I was absolutely blown away by their hospitality and passion for what they grow. I have a new found respect for those who grow my food and the extra care they put into it to make sure it’s the best.

I’m an amateur, but please enjoy some of the pictures I took. I was too engrossed with my plate to take any pictures of that!

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The current lineup.

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A little Cudera and Cornhole with Stephanie of 52 Kitchen Adventures and her hubby.

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Tour of the farm.

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 Sticky and fragrant hops!

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Check out the transformation!

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I had to contain myself… these were too good. Endive with chevre and peach..or maybe it was nectarine!

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Some of the spread.

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More Ruhstaller Beer

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Many thanks to California Endive and Ruhstaller Beer for a lovely evening!

xoxo,

TLG

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Hello!

Today is my birthday y’all! I am 27 years old. It’s not a milestone birthday, but actually as I typed that, I correct myself and say that any birthday that you are able to see is a milestone birthday. Thank you God for another year!

Looking back on last year’s birthday post, I would have never imagined that I would be here – and I mean that in the best way possible. I told myself last year that I would seize the day more. I am happy to report that I haven’t faltered from that mission. I haven’t waited for things and opportunities to come my way. I’ve gone out and sought them. If they weren’t there, I created them. Honestly, I didn’t even know that would be possible for me until I tried. Especially for this little blog. A blog that barely had a pulse and has now turned into a business. But it feels good, and I feel like I could cry (happy tears, of course).

To commemorate entering my 27th year of life, I decided I wanted to do an outfit post at Rick’s Dessert Diner, which recently changed locations in Sacramento after over 25 years (only a couple of blocks away). The interior still has the same nostalgia as the original, and even more dessert.

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This year I’m going to have my cake… and eat it too, damnit! And in case you’re wondering what kind, it is chocolate fudge. :)

 Dress: Old Navy (on sale now)

Necklace + Earrings: Be Fierce Boutique

Bracelet + Rings: Mom + Grandma’s

Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target

Purse: Coach via Article Consignment Boutique

Thank you so so so much for supporting The Lipstick Giraffe. The support I’ve had has continued to push me to keep going – in all aspects of my life. If every year is as big as year 26 was for me, then year 27 is going to knock my socks off. I’m celebrating this week with a show, happy hours, and lots and lots of delicious food! Full report next week! :)

xoxo,

TLG


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Hello,

How’s the week been? Mine has been good. It’s been a lovely summer and it’s been busy over in my neck of the woods.

These photos were taken in one of my favorite parts of Sacramento: the R Street Corridor, which spans several blocks. There is one block between 15th and 14th that is hot for restaurants, bars and salons and then further west there are a couple of eateries (including favs Shoki Ramen House and Fox & Goose). I love this street not for what it is today, but for what it’s going to be in a few years. There’s currently development for retail, artists lofts, office spaces and more. It’s a proud moment for your city when you witness its growth right before your eyes.

Now, to the outfit!

 

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 Top: Freestyle Clothing Exchange

Jeans: Heart Clothing Boutique

Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW (avail here for $20!)

Jewelry: J. Crew Factory + Forever 21

Pouch: Kate Spade

Appropriate for a ladies night out, this outfit was surprisingly comfortable. I was worried about how casual this top was but this statement necklace gave this shirt a bit more life. And the pastel skinnies really set it off.  Of course I wore my favorite metallic sandals and paired the look with a bright lip. The best of it all? The top from Freestyle was only $9 and the necklace from J. Crew Factory cost me under $3. No, I didn’t miss a zero. THREE dollars. Sign up for their emails. You’ll be surprised what you can get your hands on when they have an additional off sale!

Have a great day! I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to in tomorrow’s post.

xoxo,

TLG

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Hello!

I hope your week is going well. I did a post awhile back on where to find deals, so I decided to do a refresher because now is the time to take advantage of some GREAT savings. I get questions about the places I shop pretty regularly – from co-workers, friends and strangers. It’s a little difficult because I shop so many places, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top picks.

I’m not sure if you noticed throughout my outfit posts, but there is a common theme – I shop sale racks. I seldom buy anything full price. I learned this from my mother. I would beg her for a shirt from Limited Too and she would say “Ok, but wait a couple of weeks.” I didn’t understand why I had to wait, but I do now. The price was nearly cut in half. I find this to be the same for almost everything I want. I have to attribute some of my “shopping swagger” to having a little bit of patience. Without patience, you aren’t going to get the best deal or find the best stuff.

Here’s a list of my top places and a little reason why I shop there.

Stores where I have the best luck: 

1. Old Navy (and Gap, too) - I always find something. Whether it is a simple tank to layer under a sweater, or a slick pair of jeans, there is always something for me. I shared my latest score on my Facebook page: a pair of jeans for $8.50.

2. Nordstrom Rack - I have a love/hate relationship with this place. I never can find shoes here (damnit), but always find clothes. I only tend to shop here when they are having a crazy sale, like their “Clear The Racks” sale. I purchased my most prized denim blazer there for $10 and scored this DVF dress for under $60. Subscribe to their email list so you don’t miss this.

3. H&M – This store never lets me down. It helps that their items aren’t expensive to begin with, but as they get ready for the next season (which always seems to be way too soon with the weather where I live), they do a massive sale. Additional 50% off already reduced merchandise. Across the board. I recently purchased 10 items for $50, including a skirt, pants, dresses, a sweater coat, and accessories. It was crazy.

4. Off-Price Department Stores – I’m talking the TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshall’s and Burlington’s of the world. Excuse me for being blunt, but if you go to a Ross or a TJ Maxx in a more affluent area, you’re gonna find some good stuff. I’m talking about clothes, shoes, linens and home decor.  Check their sale sections, too. I have gotten some of my best dresses at Ross, including one that cost me $2.50 and was Tory Burch-esque. If you live in Sacramento below is a list of best stores:

  • Ross: Roseville, Town & Country Plaza
  • Marshalls: Natomas, Roseville
  • TJ Maxx: Roseville, Town & Country Plaza – However the holy grail of TJ Maxx’s is in Moraga. I promise it will be worth the drive (and if you’re planning to go, let’s just carpool!)
  • Home Goods: Roseville, Vacaville
  • Burlington Coat Factory: Woodland

5. Local Boutiques (new and consignment) - I know the word “boutique” probably made your skin crawl a little bit thinking about the high prices, but I assure you, times have changed. There’s nothing I enjoy more than checking out the latest gear and also scouring the sale racks. You might get 50% off already reduced prices, on some of the freshest clothing out there, maybe even a Buy One, Get One offer. It doesn’t hurt to build a rapport with the staff, either. They will then know what kind of merchandise you are looking for, and will let you know when it arrives. Shout outs to Sacramento boutiques Article Consignment, Love Bellissima, Heart Clothing Boutique and Cuffs.  Shop Local!

6. Thrift Stores - It’s been a while since I’ve been thrifting, but I do enjoy going to these places because you never really know what you are going to find. I have seen designer duds there (Ugh, Valentino pants did not fit me!) and some really retro outfits as well. It really just depends. Thrift stores often have special shopping days or tag events that will get you an additional percentage off or “99 cent for all clothing.”  Do your research, check Yelp, and plan a trip to your local thrift store. If you are in the Sacramento area, check out Thrift Your Heart Out for tips. And although not exactly a thrift store, buy-sell-trade stores like Freestyle Clothing Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co. have killer picks and often times higher end pieces for a steal.

 

Now after reading this post, you have a homework assignment. You have one week to check out the sale racks. Leave a comment here and tell me what you find!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hello!

I hope you are all doing well. It’s been quite the busy couple of weeks, but I’m really excited for all of the great things coming to the blog. Stay tuned! Today I’m talking weekend wear.

When it comes to weekend wear, I really try to keep it casual. I haaaate dressing up. More often than not, you can find me in yoga capris and a tee shirt. Maybe even a hat! But, for those times when I have to run errands, or want to meet a friend for lunch, I kick it up a notch, but I don’t sacrifice comfort. This look was just that. Comfy chic! Dressy t-shirt, boyfriend jeans, comfy sandals and a great handbag.

I kept it neutral but for some pizazz added some leopard print accents as well as a bright lip (if you’re curious about the shade, it’s So Chaud by MAC). Now I normally wouldn’t wear the scarf in summer because it is blazing hot in Sacramento (100 degrees all week). But, when I go indoors, the a/c is usually cranked up, so if I’m cold, I’ve got something to keep me warm. I strongly suggest you keep one in your bag, car, wherever you have quick access to one. It’s less bulky than a jacket and can totally turn your look from drab to fab.

 

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Shirt: J. Crew Factory

Jeans: Juicy Couture

Shoes: Birkenstock via Nordstrom Rack (saved lots of $$)

Sunglasses: Old Navy

Bag: Kate Spade New York

Earrings/Bangles: Forever 21

Bracelet: c/o Etta Vee

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Do you love this bracelet as much as I do? It’s by EttaVee, out of Paris! Not Paris, Texas. Paris, France! Hand-crafted by Jessi, the name EttaVee is in honor of her two grandmas CharlesEtta & Janie Vee. Years ago her grandpa gave her a bag of her grandma’s jewelry but many of the pieces had broken over time. Instead of discarding the broken pieces, she decided to create new pieces of jewelry with them. And voila! EttaVee was born – beautiful and unique up-cycled & vintage bracelets for the world to enjoy. In addition to the jewelry line, EttaVee has recently expanded its offerings to home decor, specifically digital prints. Um, you have to check those out. I’m going to order a few for the blank walls in my living room and I think you should too. I had the pleasure of meeting Jessi a few times when we were both living in San Francisco and she is very sweet (and can sing some mean karaoke). Always happy to support other creatives! ;)

Connect with EttaVee on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and by visiting the EttaVee website.

xoxo,

TLG

 

 

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Hello!

I hope you are having a great week! It has been a busy one for me, but has started out on a very high note.

Because of my loyal fans, I was won the Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate Summer Bash vote off for Summer Style. Thank you so so much for your votes! There are other categories to vote for, so be sure to check out their page over the next couple of weeks. :)

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I recently collaborated with The Everygirl to curate a post on how to style throwback trends: graphic tees and denim overalls (shortalls, in my case). The feature is LIVE NOW! Head over to their site for my tips and tricks on how to rock the trends.

 http://theeverygirl.com/throwback-style-challenge-overalls-and-graphic-tees

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Tomorrow I will be on Fox40 again talking “The Look for Less,” styling celebrity inspired looks with items from local boutiques. I will be sure to post a link, but if you are in the Sacramento area, tune in around 8:30 or set your DVRs.

I really attribute the great opportunities coming to me and the blog because of your support. So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Cheers,

TLG

 

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Photos for The Everygirl by Meredith Carty Photography & Design

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Nestled in a row of restaurants and bars in the R Street Corridor, you’ll find Space07 Salon.

The salon looks small, but that’s until you open the door. It’s actually two stories. The bottom floor is a barber shop (there you go, gents) and the top floor houses the full salon which offers services including hair, waxing, massages, facials, tanning, and mani/pedis. I was invited to visit the salon and select a service to really get a taste of the Space07 life. I just had my hair trimmed so was good in that department, but after hearing about how great their nail tech John was from a friend of mine, I had to see for myself. At first, I was surprised that Space07 offers nail care services. Many salons claim they are full service and just focus on hair and skin, but you can’t forget the nails!

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The salon uses quality products to treat, heal and rejuvenate hair and skin such as Oribe , Morrocanoil, Bumble and bumble, Davines and Dermaquest. For nails, products are OPI, Essie, and CND just to name a few.

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My nail tech John has an interesting story. Having formerly worked in a podiatry office, he knows a thing or two about feet and proper nail care which I totally appreciated because I have bad feet (to be discussed in an upcoming blog post). After my ultra relaxing pedi, it was time for the mani…which I knew he was going to call me out on because lately my nails have been peeling. Instead of filing and buffing them down, John simply shaped them and smoothed the corners while giving me a lesson about moisture. He stressed the value in using Jojoba oil to moisturize your nails and cuticles, and I listened. It really is the magic serum, and you can get it at any natural foods store so GO GET SOME. You can put it on your hair too…

Back to the mani/pedi: If I had to give my services a rating from 0-10, I’d give it a 10. Wholeheartedly. John was more precise with my services than anyone ever has been. He took his time – I mean really took his time, and even had good conversation. Space07 uses quality products, and the files that are used are yours to keep. I felt like a celebrity, and felt welcome to hang out in the salon after my service.

It’s been nearly two weeks and my pedicure is just as perfect as it was when I walked out of the salon. I love it and my shoes do, too (see pic below)! If you’re ready for the best mani/pedi of your life then go to Space07 and see John! I’m tellin you…
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SACRAMENTO AREA PEEPS: They are having an anniversary party this Saturday to celebrate 7 years in business. Space07…7 years. It’s their golden birthday! Hair, Fashion and an art show are just a few of the things happening on top of refreshments, small bites and giveaways. The magic begins at 6:30pm. I’ll be there and would love to see some of you, too! You can RSVP via their Facebook event page.

 

Connect with Space07 on Facebook and their website.

Space07 Salon | 1431 R Street | Sacramento, CA 95814 | 916-444-7474

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hi there,

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Did you get enough of the graffiti murals in my Love Bellissima post? I didn’t think so, so here’s the view from the other side of the wall!

I love this outfit because there are a lot of different trends happening, and somehow they all go together harmoniously.

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Top: Macy’s

Pants: Old Navy

Necklace & Earrings: c/o Love Bellissima (similar here)

Shoes: Crossroads Trading Co.

Clutch: Hearts.com

Other Jewelry: Kate Spade, Groopdealz

Since camo is meant to be a dull pattern, I think that bold shoes really set off the camo pant look. You can interpret bold however you’d like, whether that is a bright color or unique design or both.

I went for both! Did you check that red fringe? Wow. I thought I was nearly going to have a heart attack when The Girl Kyle and I were at Crossroads in Roseville. $17, never worn, real leather fringe kitten heels..in red?! That never happens. So it was certainly a match made in heaven once I styled it with my drapey white blouse, and the thin spike necklace and earring set from Love Bellissima.

How would you style camo pants?

Have a great day! Don’t forget to vote for me for “Summer Style” at BHG.com/party!

xoxo,

TLG

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Hello!

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.

Remember a couple of months ago when I took you to my world of Bubbles & Stripes? Well, it caught the eye of Better Homes and Gardens and they contacted me about participating in their Summer Bash program. They’ve compiled all of the best blogger ideas – everything you need to re-create the ultimate summer bash at your home. This week is “Summer Style” and they want to hear from you on who you think nailed it. Vote for TLG!

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All you have to do is:

1. Go to bhg.com/summerbash and you will see four different tiles pop up for “SUMMER STYLE”

2. Click “VOTE” under Bubbles & Stripes from The Lipstick Giraffe

 

That’s it!

You are able to vote once an hour everyday until Sunday, July 13. While I don’t expect you to set an alarm and remember to vote, I would so appreciate you taking the time to vote when you can!

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Thanks again for your continued support!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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So you’ve got the shirt, all of the accessories to match but are you really prepared for the game?

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From the above picture you can tell that I’ve got a good start, but there are some absolute must haves if you are going to be heading out to the ballpark. My list of essentials is below:

 

1. Wet wipes – Because things get sticky. No one wants to get garlic fry residue on their clothes.

2. Band-Aids – Accidents happen. Whether you need them for an actual injury, or to avoid a blister on your foot, bandages come in handy.

3. Jacket or a wrap – No matter what the forecast said, the weather could change, or you could be in a shadier spot than you thought you’d be, so be prepared.

4. Sunglasses – Maybe you’re in a sunnier spot than you thought. You’ll be able to see everything without being blinded with a cool pair of sunnies. Plus, they’ll make your sporty outfit that much more stylish.

5. Lipstick -Because what if you run into your favorite player, or even your favorite celebrity attending the game. You never know!

 

I am sooo looking forward to my next Giants’ game! I secured the tickets through ticketing website Scorebig.com. Think name-your-price, but instead of for vacations, it’s for events – sports games, concerts, you name it.

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You start by choosing the area you want to sit in, and then you name the price you want to pay. A little meter illuminates to let you know the likelihood of your offer being accepted. Once you hit “submit,” Scorebig tells you right away if your offer was accepted and you pay no additional fees. Easy as pie! Check out their website, and look them up on Facebook, Twitter too for more information.

 

So, did I leave anything off of my essentials list? Please share your recommendations in the comments!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Disclaimer: I received a promo code from Scorebig.com in exchange for a review of the site. All opinions are my own.  Thank you for your support!

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