When LUNA bar reached out to me about this year’s LUNAFEST and a woman game changer in my life, I thought it would be easy to write but it actually proved rather difficult. My mother Theresa is the woman game changer of my life no contest and I wasn’t sure I wanted to talk about her on the blog again. But then I thought if she were still alive, I would probably talk about her even more. She might’ve actually co-blogged with me, so then I put my hesitation to the side and started to write this post.

momYou know, it’s really hard to believe that my mother has been gone almost half my life. Even though I feel her void everyday – and some days more than others, there is so much around me to remind me that she was a game changer. I could go on and on about how wonderful of a woman she was and how she is the inspiration behind my blog (the “Theresa Deal” is a thing because of her bargain shopping) but one part of her that I have grown a larger respect for as I’ve gotten older is how she always put family first. She loved, loved, loved our family with everything in her. She was the baby of the bunch, but seemed to always be taking care of or helping guide another. When she was struggling to take care of me and to also look after her independent but aging mother, she relocated her grandmother who had early onset Alzheimer’s to California to live with us so she wouldn’t have to go into a nursing home. I was nine years old when this happened and while it seemed like it was a fairly manageable lifestyle since I never wanted for anything, in hindsight, I don’t know how the hell she did it! I would say with strength, patience, prayer and a good support system. Sometimes I run into old friends of hers and they each have a special story that they share about her from during that time. She was a game changer for them, too.

About a year before her death, she made some pivotal moves in her life to start taking care of herself more. It always hurt me that right when she had a chance to do what she wanted to do, she passed away. I’d confide in family members and close family friends about this, and despite us all agreeing that her life was cut too short, they remind me of all of the things she did before I came along. She always lived by her rules. She travelled. She was in a band. She had fun. Then she decided to slow it down, and that’s when she decided she wanted to be a mother. My mother. She would call it the best adventure of her life. And I know this because it’s in writing. ;)

She still inspires me, and I’m proud that my mom is amongst a group of women game changers in the world. It makes me happy to know that LUNAFEST is all about celebrating and inspiring women through film by showcasing courageous and interesting stories that may not have had a chance to shine…the stories of game changers. Maybe it’s your mother, or a neighbor, or someone you’ve never even met. If you didn’t know, LUNAFEST is put on by LUNA Bar, the whole nutrition bar for women. Over the past 14 years, LUNAFEST has raised 2.5 million dollars to date for the Breast Cancer Fund and other nonprofits around the country. This season, LUNAFEST will reach over 150 cities to showcase women game changers in film. You don’t want to miss it when it comes to your city. Check out the list of events, and be sure to watch the LUNAFEST trailer, too.

I’d also love to hear who the woman game changer in your life is. Leave her name in the comments. :)

xoxo,

TLG

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It’s not just me out there! :)

While Sacramento is no stranger to the blogging world, the landscape has changed a bit. Over the years, I’ve become friends with a group of other fashion blogger gals in town and it’s my pleasure to introduce you to some of them!

From left to right, meet Haley (Colour Me Classic), Jaclyn (Styl(e)volver), Vanessa (Babe-Sicle), myself and Phoebe (The Dress Fiend).

We all got together a few months ago on the Temple Coffee patio with the intention of having our voices heard since we all come from different walks of life, and have such distinctive styles of blogging, not to mention, are super passionate about our Sacramento blogging roots. Vanessa recently became the Fashion Editor for City Scout, an online guide to local living and used her position to give us that platform in this interview with the ladies.

Enjoy some of the photos from the shoot, and don’t forget to check out the interview on City Scout. Your girl TLG is keeping it very real!

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xoxo,

TLG

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Hey y’all!

Hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday. It’s still pretty warm here in Sacramento, and there’s nothing better than sitting on a patio, enjoying a cool beverage, doing a little work and people watching, too. This time, I chose the Chocolate Fish Coffee patio. The East Sac one is in my neighborhood and is a great place to read, gather and enjoy some killer coffee and teas. There are two locations and both have super friendly staff. This location was closing as Christie and I took pictures on the patio, but they didn’t rush us out, which was very nice.

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Peridot (my birthstone) and CZ stud earrings from Anjolee. Anjolee is the only jewelry website that offers customers the ability to customize their jewelry designs by any metal type, carat size, diamond/gemstone and size to your exact specifications. Love it!

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Top: Gap

Skirt: Peter Pilotto for Target

Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target

Earrings: c/o Anjolee.com (get them here)

Necklace: H&M

Purse: Coach (vintage)

Do you like how I played up the orange and green with the geometric skirt? I love melon colors!

I planned to post this before the Altuzarra release at Target to show my love for Target designer collaborations, but plans change! :) In any event, know that I love me some designer duds on the cheap, and love them even more when I catch them on the Target sale rack a few weeks later (and might I add, for more than 50% off). That’s what happened with two key pieces in this post: my Peter Pilotto skirt and Prabal Gurung strappy sandals. The shoes are way more versatile than the skirt, but the skirt is such a fun geometric pattern and can be worn in summer with a tank (like I’m wearing in this post), or with a turtleneck, tights and booties in fall and winter. I’ve worn these shoes with jeans, pants, skirts, dresses – everything – and the best part is, they are comfortable!

You’re probably wondering about the rest of my look. Well, despite not coming from Target, my shirt was a whopping $6 and my necklace was $3.50. BOOM! Talk about deals on deals on deals. :)

Have a great day!

xoxo,

TLG

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Photos by Christie Spencer Photography

 Disclaimer: I received jewelry from Anjolee.com for review purposes. Opinions on the product and the company are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog. 

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Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope the weekend treated you right. I was able to spend some time with my family and enjoy some old school at a concert on Saturday. If you know me, you know there ain’t no party like an old school party, so I was definitely in my element. Made it that much better to have my cousins with me. SO MUCH has been happening over here, but I wanted to let you know of some of the latest going on:

If you follow me on social media, then this isn’t news to you, but it’s still very exciting! I had the pleasure of working with Macy’s last week as a stylist on a Men’s Fall Fashion TV segment. It’s going to be a while before the temps fully cool down here in Sacramento, so layering is essential. macys good day sacramentoI took that approach when styling the gentlemen that were featured. It was great to work with a diverse range of gents and their personalities sure did shine through in the segment.

Have a look at the segment on the Good Day Sacramento website: http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/10569606-mens-fashion-from-summer-to-fall/

Many thanks to the folks at Macy’s for making it all possible, and to Cast Images for the great talent!

 

 

And that doesn’t stop the Good Day Sacramento train. I also modeled for friend of the blog Love Bellissima! love bellissimaRemembered when I introduced you to them in this post? Well, the boutique is gearing up for fall and showed some fun ways to mix it up with the change of seasons. Monique did a most fabulous job presenting the looks and conveying Love Bellissima’s mission – they’re more than just a boutique.

Check us out and here are links to the segment:

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/10581653-love-bellissima-boutique/

http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/10581681-love-bellissima-boutique-pt-2/

 

bhgstylemakerI’m headed to NYC tomorrow night red-eye for a few days to attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event. I CANNOT wait. It’s going to be a day full of learning, mingling and fun. There are several bloggers that I’ve been following that will also be in attendance and I’m so excited (and a little nervous) to meet them in person. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, because I have a feeling I will be kicking my sharing in high gear!

 

 

health ade kombuchaLots of running around right? And that’s in addition to my professional life and personal. Even though it seems like I am sometimes moving a mile a minute, I really do my best to make conscious food choices, and the fluids I put in my body are equally important. In addition to guzzling lots and lots of water, my two main fuels of choice are kombucha and fresh juice. My friends at Whole Foods Sacramento hooked me up with a new favorite: Health Ade Kombucha. Have you hopped on the kombucha train yet? Well, it’s really good for you. It is made from fermented tea, so you’re still getting the antioxidants and vitamins, but also pro-biotics and live cultures. The taste of Health Ade was amazing and I’ll be stopping by the whole foods in New York to get my fix, for sure. You should stop by your local store to get yours too. ;)

 

Have a great start to your week!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hello!

I hope you had a lovely Labor Day weekend and a smooth transition to the week. The good news is Friday is just a few days away.

One of my favorite things about working downtown during the summer months is the amount of weekday farmers’ markets there are. I do a good job of making sure I eat lots of fruits and veggies, but it is fun to interact with the farmers, sample some treats, see some produce that I’ve never seen before and force myself to try something new. One of the markets is on Capitol Mall, which really is the gateway to Sacramento in my eyes. Look one way and you’ll see the lovely Tower Bridge, look the other way and you’ll see the Capitol building. It’s one that brings out everyone at lunch time, so you better get your butt out there for the best picks.

 

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Dress + Earrings: Gap Factory

Hat: J. Crew Factory

Sandals: Gifted from my cousin (you may have seen them on Instagram)

Bracelet: Forever 21

Bags: Vintage Coach (pouch), GOOD: design market (tote)

No matter which market you attend or what city you live in, you want to be armed with a few tips before going.

1. Bring a reusable bag(s) for all of your goodies.

2. Don’t be the person whipping out a $20 bill to buy a pound of produce. Bring smaller bills with you.

3.  Walking around the market before purchasing anything is always a good idea if you want to find the best deals. Also while you may not have the best pick, prices are slashed the last hour of the market.

4. Bring an appetite! A lot of farmers’ markets have food and other specialty vendors that you may want to try.

Hopefully you find my tips helpful! For more tips and a listing of Downtown Sac farmers’ markets, click here.

xoxo,

TLG

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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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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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