Hey there!

I’m so excited to tell you about my Old Navy event! I’m still on Cloud 9. :)  If you missed my last post, I hosted my first styling event for Old Navy, inside the Sacramento-Natomas location this past Saturday!

The store was crazy busy, well, that’s in large part to the store being 30% off. You would’ve thought it was Black Friday! I was amazed, but it was awesome because that meant people were ready to shop! I was mainly in the fitting room, assisting customers with putting together outfits, accessorizing, and painting the picture of where to wear the look. I put myself through college working retail and I realized I really missed that customer interaction. Not only was it great to meet new people, but I loved adding my twist on outfits that people had picked out. What was most rewarding was how receptive the customers were. And some people even bought the looks that I styled my mannequins with!

Many thanks to my friends who came by to show their support. Below are some snaps that Christie captured of my time at the store.

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As you can see, it was a success! I am so blessed for the opportunity to be a “style ambassador” for a brand that makes my affordable fashion dreams come true. SACRAMENTO area, get ready for the next event in MAY! Details will be available here, and on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hey y’all!

How is your week going? You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet on the blog. Well, that’s because I’ve been busy, busy, BUSY! Here’s what’s been goin’ on:

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Before getting in the cars.

My best friend in the whole wide world came back from NYC to California for a weekend to visit her family and I tagged along. It was nice to spend time with her just like the good ol’ days (and her mom, too, who is pretty much my other mom and thankfully she lives in Sacramento). We’ve been out of college nearly five years, and I average seeing her about once a year, so we were due for some time. What I love about our friendship is that no matter how long we’re apart, we pick up right where we left off as if no time has passed at all. One bad ass thing we were able to do was ride the track at Laguna Seca with some of the fellas in her family. I’m a chicken all the way, but I’m glad I did it! It made me feel better knowing she was on the track, too. :)

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was going to be participating in the MindBodyBliss cleanse with health coach Nikki Stern. I’m in my second (and final) week and I have to say, I’m feeling pretty good!  I have eliminated meat, dairy, junk food, alcohol, all beverages other than tea, water and cranberry juice, and grains for the most part, and it’s made me waaaay more mindful of what I am putting into my body. I have more energy, and I’ve been sleeping more soundly.

I can’t lie, I’ve been a crab apple at times. I think I’ve seriously gone through withdrawal from sugar…and bread. Ha ha. It’s crazy. To avoid that feeling, I’ve just been chugging water. I’m up to over three liters a day. When I drink more water, I eat less during the day, which has been the most shocking of it all. I am now definitely aware of how much I mistake thirst for hunger. That is good practice for everyone. Try it and tell me how that works for you!

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And last, but certainly not least, is news that I am very proud and excited to share with you! And I’m sure the guy behind me in the picture is, too. If you have been following the blog, you know that I am a huge Old Navy fan. Pretty much every blog post features something from the store. I love affordable fashion and Old Navy never seems to disappoint.

With that being said, I am pleased to announce that The Lipstick Giraffe will now provide personal styling in Sacramento Old Navy stores! So what does that mean? That means on special weekends, you’ll find me in a store in the region, helping customers put looks together!

My first event is at the Sacramento – Natomas store this Saturday the 19th from 12 – 3pm. The whole store will be 30% off so now is the time to stock up on your spring essentials, and let me style you, too! It would be so great to see you there.

I couldn’t have done it without my many supporters and for that, I am grateful. Thank you!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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If you’ve been reading TLG for a while, then you know I’m a sale shopper. I will search far and wide for the best deal and luckily they seem to just be waiting for me. On a Winter’s evening while perusing (I mean, you gotta strategize) Nordstrom Rack in Roseville during one of their “Clear the Racks” sales, I stumbled upon a wrap dress with a beautiful print….a Diane von Furstenburg dress…for $56.00.

Say what?! A brand new DVF wrap dress for 85% off? No way!

Yes, way. Even my boyfriend knew it was a crazy good deal.

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Dress: DVF (via Nordstrom Rack for $56.00)

Shoes: Aldo

Clutch: Hearts.com (sold out now, but check back)

Bracelet: INPINK (silver version available here)

I’ve worn this dress as often as I’ve been able to since I bought it, and I know it’s something I’ll have in my closet for years to come. I know people who have gotten lucky and found one or two while thrifting or at a consignment shop, but this one was brand new and I feel a big sense of retail divine intervention! :)

With a classic dress like this with such a bold print, it’s important to keep the rest of your look simple. Going light on the accessories and pair it with a simple shoe. I opted for a slingback. While I love my hoop earrings, I really love studs with this as well as a chain bracelet so nothing detracts attention from the dress.

If any of you are in the LA area (or plan to be before May 1), you should absolutely hit up the Journey of a Dress exhibit, which celebrates 40 years of Diane’s famous wrap dress. I found out about it through Katie of Thrift Your Heart Out and unfortunately won’t be able to make it. Take lots of pictures!

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo,

TLG

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 Vest: Old Navy (similar here)

Dress (belt included) and Purse: Target (get it here)

Necklace: eBay

Watch: La Mer (special edition)

Booties: Express (get em here)

There are so many unique spots in Sacramento, one of them being Southside Park, which is located about a mile from the center of the city. It has a small lake (more of a pond now), basketball courts, recreational area, lots of bench seating and this stage where the photos were taken. It didn’t always look like this, but boy, I’d say it’s one of our city landmarks. Spring is here so why not let your stripes show, and why not do it with one of the most unique backdrops in town? I picked up this dress at Target recently and am in love with it. It’s perfect for more casual looks, or dressed up for the office with a statement necklace. You know I love me a good vest. It hasn’t made its appearance on the blog since this post, but it gets play weekly! :) Love that this trend isn’t going anywhere. I used to be a hater of girls who wore boots with dresses in spring and summer. It just didn’t sit right with me. Well, times have changed and with the tassel and stud detailing on these booties, there was no way I couldn’t have ‘em.

 

Have a great day!

xoxo,

TLG

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Me time.

How often do you have me time?

I mean, time where you’re completely alone, doing the things you want to do (maybe that’s nothing at all) and taking care of your mind and spirit? Well, It’s been a very long time since I have and I was overdue. With the everyday grind coupled with the life change of shackin up and all of my “extra curriculars,” it was just a bit much. I guess it’s easy to spread yourself so thin to where you feel like at the end of the day there is nothing left! I was raised an only child, and I didn’t fully realize how much I treasured my alone time. Time alone is time to renew. It’s time to reflect. It’s time to let your emotions run free.

This past weekend, I took 24 hours to myself. I had the best time ever. To sweeten the deal even more, I stayed in a hotel and made it a staycation. I read. I ordered room service. I put on a detox mask and took a bubble bath. I made lists. I wrote what I wanted for my career, for the blog and my personal life in the next year. It’s one thing to have ideas floating around in your head, but it’s quite another to make those ideas real. I put them on paper. They now have life.

As I finished my dinner, the sun was setting. I was fortunate enough to have a balcony in my room and was able to capture this shot of the sun going down over the river.

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With this sort of spiritual cleanse, I felt like I needed to do something to keep this good going… longer than 24 hours. I still needed to do something for my physical as well. I’ve gone up and down on healthy living, but over the past couple of weeks, it’s become more and more apparent that I am really not doing the right things for my body – so much that it’s been affecting my moods and my sleeping patterns. 

Coincidently, my friend Nikki Stern, who is a health coach, is leading a cleanse in April. It’s called Mind Body Bliss, and it’s not about drinking juice for a week and getting back into the routine of bad eating. She’s taking a different approach and crafting ways over a few weeks to tap into the root of what’s causing stress and discomfort and learning how to heal it through whole foods, self-care, and mindfulness. So I signed up! I’m super excited for this experience and know it’s going to bring a lot of things to light as far as my habits. Nikki’s got a quiz on her site about whether or not you would benefit from a cleanse. I would totally check it out if I were you, just to see. And if you decide you want to try it, at least you know one person who will be doing it! ;)

Here’s to putting yourself first and prioritizing ME TIME!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Woo hoo! Happy first day of Spring! The Groundhog said that there would be six more weeks of winter. Well, he must have been talking about my friends on the East Coast and Midwest (sorry y’all), because it’s been spring here in California for the past few weeks. Amen to that!

I don’t know about you, but great weather = lots of time on patios and in the backyard (when I have time, of course). If you add a cocktail in the mix, some may say that it’s the cherry on the pie.

I had the following libations hanging out in our bar and said, “Hey! I’ll make a pretty little drink outta you.” I’m calling it TLG’s Spring Sipper

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1 oz. Gin

approx 1.5 oz Moscato

(1) Blood Orange

(1) Lime

Mint leaves

Ice (crushed or cubed based on preference)

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1.  Take your rinsed mint leaves and roughly chop them and place them in your glass. If you have a muddler, use that.

2. Add half of your ice and squeeze your blood orange juice into the glass

3. Add 1 oz Gin

4. If you want to be precise, add 1.5 oz of Moscato. I eyeballed it because I was feeling accomplished. For wine, I used Barefoot. Delicious and affordable.

5. Squeeze your lime, give it a stir, add more ice to your liking and enjoy!

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Cheers!

 

xoxo,

TLG

 

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Hello,

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. The end of the week is always welcomed with open arms, at least for me. :)

 

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Sweatshirt: Peter Pilotto for Target (on sale now!)

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: Converse

Jewelry: Michael Kors, Urban Outfitters

Purse: Coach via Article Consignment Boutique

Printed sweatshirts are still in this season and the Peter Pilotto one is perfect for dressing up or down. For a sporty and spring-like feel, I decided to wear mine with white jeans. A great outfit for stylishly running errands, heading to brunch, pretty much whatever you like, but it would look oh-so cute with a skirt, too! Maybe you noticed the return of the Converse from this older post. It’s because they’re a classic casual shoe. I can’t wear them too often due to my flat foot (I’ll get into that in another post), but I do like to sport them when I can. I haven’t paired the shoe with a fancier dress or skirt, but I definitely think I’m putting that in the queue.

These pictures are taken in Old Sacramento, which is our little piece of the “wild west” still intact. I love the original brick buildings, wooden walkways and cobblestone roads. It’s living history. There are a bunch of little shops and restaurants – more than just to please the average tourist. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. Some of my favorite places are Chefs’ Olive Mix, Ten22, Mea Vita and Evangeline’s.

Have a wonderful weekend! We are expecting 80 degree weather here in Northern California.

xoxo,

TLG

 

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This past weekend I headed up to Portland with two other couples for some foodie fun. I don’t travel nearly as much as I should, so when the opportunity presented itself to join a trip with some fun people, the boy and I jumped on it, especially since it’s such a short flight there (only an hour and a half).

I didn’t really know what to expect going there. Every time I mentioned that I was going to visit Portland, people instantly exclaimed “Ooh! I love Portland. You gotta go here, and you gotta eat this,” yadda yadda. The bar was raised super high. And it lived up to the hype!

A little collage to show off some snippets from the trip. If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a taste!

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The city is unpretentious, a little grunge, and downright cool. We stayed at The Nines hotel, which is probably the nicest hotel I’ve stayed at to date (from the staff to the accommodations). We didn’t hold back when it came to eating. We ate so well the entire trip. Some places we indulged in were Ox, Blue Star Donuts, Pok Pok, Little Bird (where I ate from Portland Dining Month menu), Tasty n Alder and Nong’s Khao Man Gai (chicken and rice baby). Lots of walking, lots of beer. It was the perfect little adventure.

We already have been talking about our return to the area. Maybe next time we will drive and add a touch of recreational activities. I can hardly wait!

 

xoxo,
TLG

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Happy Wednesday!

I’m very excited because my first post as a contributing writer for Best Friends for Frosting just went live today! For those who are not familiar with the site, BFFF specializes in exclusive and contributed content in the areas of food, dessert and drink recipes, as well as DIY, entertaining, style, beauty, and interior design. It’s seriously your one stop shop. I’m amongst a group of really talented contributors and couldn’t be more thrilled. In my first post, I’m talking about three ways to rock a white tee.

This is what I started out with.

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Look at that tee. So simple, yet so challenging. It’s a plain canvas ready for so many possibilities. Gone are the days of a boring white tee when there are so many different ways to make yours stand out.

For all of the ways I styled the tee, head over to Best Friends for Frosting and check out the post. There’s so much other fun content on the site as well, so browse around and have some fun.

Cheers!

xoxo,

TLG

 

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I decided after the last outfit post to keep the outfit posts in Downtown Sacramento coming! This post’s setting is Capitol Park. Capitol Park is a place I feel those who are local and do not work in (or around) the Capitol, put in the back of their mind, but it is full of beauty. There are trees from around the world within the park and numerous gardens and memorials. It is breathtaking. The perfect place to read a book, have a picnic, or even do an outfit shoot. :)  The people watching is great, too. From legislators to runners getting it in on their breaks from work, to a few people who look like they may have lost their way, to school groups with a piqued curiosity. There’s a diverse mix at all times. This shoot was just in one nook of the park. There will be others in the future!

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Sweater: Cotton On (similar here)

Top: Old Navy

Skirt, Necklace, Earrings: Clothing Swap (skirt is by Talbots)

Clutch: Freestyle Clothing Exchange

Shoes: Rampage via DSW

I really love to mix prints. The first time I did it was actually for a blog post nearly a year ago, but now it is something I do on the reg. I’ve gone from working in a very casual dress office to business casual, so I try to be mindful of how many fashion risks I take. This pencil skirt from Talbots was a good base – and pairing it with darker colors balanced it out. The large squares on the skirt and the smaller dots on the shirt don’t compete with each other either, which makes this outfit work.

What print mixing combos have you done lately?

xoxo,

TLG

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