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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Photo for Better Homes and Gardens by Christie Spencer Photography

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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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary service in exchange for my thoughts on my experience. All opinions are my own.  Thank you for your support, and for supporting the brands that support the blog!

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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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Photos by Christie Spencer Photography

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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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Hello!

I hope your week is off to a great start. The Eyecatchers series is back in full effect! I figured it was a good way to mix in a little bit of lifestyle into the fashion focus and these are definitely worth sharing with all of you.

Below are the eyecatchers for the week:

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We All Have The Same 24 Hours

We all have the same 24 hours. You have the same 24 hours as Beyonce. I do too! Now, granted, I don’t have a team of professionals to keep me on track and my line of work doesn’t fall in the entertainment category, but the bottom line is -  it doesn’t do us any harm to take a look at how we are spending the hours in our day and if there is room to improve productivity and happiness.

It really made me start thinking about how much time I am wasting, time that I can’t get back. A former coworker of mine posted this article on Facebook and I’m so glad she did. Check out the article here. Note: This is an older article, but new to me. So happy it’s in circulation still!

 

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“The Cobwebs” Art Installation in Sacramento

There’s pop-up art in Sacramento. Free art pieces are being placed in random places around Sacramento over the past couple of days. Created by Jarius Tonel, “The Cobwebs” are small works of art that were part of a previous installation at the Crocker Art Museum.

It’s simple to get your hands on a piece. You just have to follow them on Instagram at @thecobwebs to see where the next art will be placed. So far they’ve been Midtown, Downtown and in Land Park.

 

 

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I had the pleasure of trying some new products that are available in Whole Foods stores – a wide variety but all great products!

If you’re in a rush to take something sweet to a party, you gotta pick up a couple of their new Mini-Pies. I had the peach one and it was just the right amount of sweet. If you’re not a peach fan, there are a variety of seasonal flavors (blueberrry, anyone?). Also in the food category was the Ninja Squirrel Sriracha Sauce. I am a big fan of spice and that sauce was one of the spicier of sriracha’s I’ve had. Add a little to your vegetables and your taste buds will dance. I chose some zucchini!

Next came body care. Babo Botanicals offers organic and vegan baby care products, but they are effective enough for the whole family to enjoy. The Calming Bath and Shampoo is made with lavender and is especially great at nighttime to promote relaxation. The Moisturizing Wash lived up to its name, which I attribute to the oatmilk in the product. It can also be used as a shampoo. But, the product that really wowed me was the Smoothing Detangling Spray designed for unruly hair. A few spritzes of this stuff, and the comb literally glides through my hair. A must have product for any curly girl – of any age!

 

I hope you enjoyed the things that caught my eye.  Cheers to a short but fabulous week!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hello!

Summer is here, and it seems like every year, I struggle a bit with what to wear for an evening out. I don’t like to show too much skin, but I also don’t want to be sweating up a storm, and I’m tired of the maxi dress. What’s a girl to do?  In comes the ruffled romper from Love Bellissima.

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 Romper: c/o Love Bellissima (get it here)

Purse: Hearts.com

Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target

Jewelry: Nordstrom Rack, J. Crew, Groopdealz

I’m loving this romper because it’s checked off all of my boxes for the perfect summer night out outfit. For starters, it’s breathable, which is suuuper important for reasons which aren’t a secret to ladies. HA HA! Black automatically transitions nicely into evening wear, and the low back adds a bit of sass while the ruffles in the front and back still keep it feminine. I paired it with some lace up sandals, a black and white clutch and gold tone accessories. If you’re not into the long romper look, a short one would do the trick, too!

While I’ve got your attention, let me tell you a little bit about Love Bellissima. Love Bellissima is an online boutique that really speaks to the contemporary woman. Not only does the boutique offer on trend clothing and accessories, the team at LB push positive affirmations to their customers and fans. Owners Monique and James believe in the beauty and power of every women and strive to make each customer interaction unique. Any brand that celebrates women is a winner in my book and I haven’t come across another online boutique that makes their messaging so personal. They also do pop-up shops from time to time, and if you’re in the Sacramento area, they will be at Glitz Glamour and Girlfriends tomorrow night!

Visit Love Bellissima’s online boutique and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on merchandise and words of inspiration.

Oh, and if you’re wondering where I took these photos, I’m in an alley in Midtown Sacramento, the area where my outfit posts began! I love the artistic vibe that the neighborhood has evoked for years and the creativity just keeps growing.

Have a great day!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Photos by Christie Spencer Photography

Disclaimer: Love Bellissima is a partner of The Lipstick Giraffe. Opinions on the product and the company are my own, as I choose to partner with brands that align with my personal beliefs. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog. 

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Hello!

I hope you all had a great weekend and a lovely Father’s Day. I hosted my dad and my siblings for a Father’s Day lunch on the lawn. The weather was absolutely perfect and my dad was very surprised and happy with everything.

I wanted to share some recent TLG happenings other than on the actual TLG blog. One is a feature by another blogger and the other is a contributed piece written and styled by me!

 

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This past Friday I was a featured blogger on Global Couture. It’s always an honor when another blogger features you on their site. I had the opportunity to talk about my style, beauty regimen and favorite places to shop. Head over to the GC blog and check it out the feature! 

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Also, my exclusive style post on Best Friends For Frosting is now live! This month I’m talking about Polka Dots – big ones and little ones! Polka dots are classic and to keep your look modern and fresh, you have to take a different approach in wearing them. Head to my BFFF post for the tips and tricks. And if you want to see what other trends I’ve covered on Best Friends for Frosting, check out my contributor profile.

 

As always, thank you for your support and Happy Monday!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hello!

I hope you are having a good week. Time is flying by so fast, I almost forgot to share with you the awesome time I had at a calligraphy class with some of my favorite Sacramento blogger gals. Rosaura of Pigment & Parchment invited us to a session to get down to the nitty gritty on hand lettering!  I had been following her on social media for awhile, so I was really excited to sit down and get the creative juices flowing. I’m a natural doodler and learned some great tools to make my doodling “official.” It’s now resorted to me making lists and calendar listings with fun lettering and my brain going into DIY overdrive. :) It’s a good thing, I tell ya!

Below are some pictures from the evening at her studio inside the K Street Collective.

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And meet the bloggers!

From L to R: Katie of Thrift Your Heart Out, Me, Vanessa of Babe-sicle, Haley of Colour Me Classic, Stephanie of 52 Kitchen Adventures and our instructor Rosaura of Pigment & Parchment.

There are many workshops coming up in the next few weeks but one that I’m looking the most forward to is the Thrift & Letter workshop. Rosaura and Katie are teaming up and are starting at a local thrift store, scouring the shelves to find the perfect items to customize (with Katie’s thrifting expertise, of course), and heading back to the studio to make works of art with Rosaura’s lettering instruction. Get your tickets now because they’re going fast.

Have I piqued your curiosity? Check out P&P via web, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more.

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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