A Wonderful Weekend in Carmel

A Wonderful Weekend in Carmel

Normally, when visiting Carmel, I stay with family or friends. However, when presented with the opportunity to travel home for a girls-only weekend… I felt like a hotel stay was exactly what I needed! It just so happened, that I was traveling home to Carmel, the very same weekend that the beautiful Hotel Carmichael had it’s grand opening! They invited me to stay at the hotel and I jumped at the opportunity!

As I stepped through the doors of the hotel, I felt like I had stepped through a time portal that took me to a fabulous New York City hotel in the 1920’s. The lobby was classic, yet chic, lit with elegant chandeliers lining the halls and a grand piano filling the space with beautiful music. I knew I was in for a treat. As I entered the room to the hotel, I was met with the sound of Sinatra filling the room from the bluetooth speaker. It completely set the tone for a wonderful stay at this classically gorgeous hotel.

I was so excited to see a gift compiled with things from the surrounding shops. Hotel Charmichael is located right in the middle of downtown Carmel. In the center of incredible restaurants, surrounded by the cutest boutiques, and right across the street from the Palladium. It’s right off the Monon trail. On Saturday morning, Carmel has a farmer’s market right out front of the hotel.

One of my favoriote parts of the weekend was getting to stroll through the market drinking the most delicious coffee. Truly the perfect location to be able to experience Carmel at it’s finest.

My first night at the hotel, I was invited to bring my girlfriends along for the grand opening of their restaurant, Vivante. The food was absolutely incredible. After living in France, I am quite the francophile.. and have a slight obsession with french food. The talented chef nailed all of the wonderful flavors of France with the delightful menu. My friends and I had the best evening complete with delicious wine, and LOTS of laughs. Isn’t that the point of a girls weekend?? A permasmile!

My stay was relaxing, comfortable (for real the most comfy hotel pillows I have ever experienced), and I was treated with kindness everywhere I went. I highly recommend you check out Hotel Carmichael, even if you aren’t staying there, pop over for a delicious cocktail in their beautiful lobby bar and enjoy the sounds from the grand piano!

xoxo,

Stephi

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020

Y’all! The moment is here… the shopping olympics, aka the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, is finally here!!! It’s time to get your game face on, and score some deals!

Going into this sale can be somewhat overwhelming, but no need to stress… I’ve done the pre-game work for you! I have scoured the online previews, and have narrowed down my top picks from what I’m seeing online!

Tops:

I’ve noticed Tie Dye is not going away for fall, and to be honest, my little 70’s-loving soul is HERE for it!! I am also loooving that Free people sweater. I scored one similar, from last year’s sale, and I wear it all the time! I linked a long-lined top from Free people in two colors, black and green. It looks like a great staple piece, with many ways to mix it up! The knotted back, waffle knit top looks so cute to me. I love the knot detail, and can’t wait to check that out in person. Last, I obviously had to throw in a couple of graphic tees, or it wouldn’t feel right-lol!!

 

Jeans/ bottoms:

Frame flares are back for another Nordy sale! They are one of my favorite pairs of jeans I’ve ever snagged.. sooo flattering on, and extremely comfortable! I get compliments on them anywhere I go! I have been lusting after those distressed free people skinnies since last year, but they sold out super quick, so I’m hoping to snag a pair this year!! The Mother frayed hem jeans caught my eye. I love the cropped flare, just an overall cool look. The white cropped denim is so fun for the end of summer, and such a great price, only $35! Now for the Spanx! This is the best time to get a pair because you get them at such a great price! Trust me, they’re worth it! As for skirts, I linked that Faux patent mini skirtbecause the color is too cool, and who doesn’t love a fun little mini?? I also HAD to include the suede BLANK NYC mini skirt! Afterall, it was my most shopped item from the sale last year!

 

Jackets and coats

First thing that caught my eye was that starry stunner! Its just too good not to highlight! Next, that deep green coat with a classic silhouette becomes a little edgy with the subtle black stars. Such a cool look! If you’re going for a leather jacket this year, the two ALLSAINTS jackets above are winners. A little higher priced, but still great deal on high-quality jackets, and they will be staple pieces you’ll wear on repeat. I linked a plaid blazer because I firmly believe every girl needs on for fall 😉. Then I also linked a long “dad coat” because I love the look, and this price 👌🏼.

Shoes and Handbags

The nude, croc embossed, heels are giving me suuuch 90’s vibes and I’m swooning! Same with the black strappy sandals with gold buckles. Both pair of heels are so chic, and completely stood out to me amongst the other heels in the sale. As for these two bags, I have heart-eyes over the stunning orange. The army green leopard print bag is perfect to carry everyday, and stands out among the average handbag, with an edgy feel and fun pop of color! The citrus color Frame bag has such a unique silhouette, and would make the perfect statement bag to any fall wardrobe. You could easily carry it in spring as well, which is a win in my book!

EXTRAS:

I wanted to highlight a few other things! First, this is a great time to load up on Commando and Hanky Panky undies, while they’re on major sale! Also, wanted to share this cute PJ set because lets face it, we are most likely looking at time at home this fall and why not be cute and cozy! Last, Le Labo fragrances are my ABSOLUTE fav, and they are offering two of their most popular scents for pretty much, the same price as one travel-sized perfume. They are a unisex scent, and I can assure you that you will love them.

I will be shopping the sale in-person come Friday morning, and I will give my opinions on the items when I see them in person, and let you know my absolute top picks from the sale! Happy shopping everyone! I can’t wait to see your picks!!

xoxo,

Stephi

The Blazer Edit

The Blazer Edit

What is the must-have item for spring?? A good blazer!!! Whether you live in colder, or warmer weather, you can rock this trend. One thing to give an outfit a chic feel is to create layers. A blazer is the perfect way to do it!

There are so many ways to rock a good blazer:

  1. Throw it over a band tee and some edgy leggings, or a pencil skirt. This creates a more pulled-together look that could take you to from a day at the office, to social engagement, or dinner out!
  2. Put it with jeans and a basic tee for an effortlessly chic vibe.
  3. Here I put it over a faux leather body suit and mini skirt, giving an edgy/sexy  outfit for a date night out. IMG_7402
  4. You can dress up your everyday t-shirt dress with throwing a colorful blazer on, adding a springy element.IMG_3231

Even if you live in a hotter climate.. throw one over your shoulders to add that finishing touch of chick to your outfit!

Linked some of my favorite blazer finds here:

xoxo,

Stephi

Frozen Margarita Recipe

Frozen Margarita Recipe

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m known far and wide (among my friends) for being THE best frozen drink maker in all the land. With cinco de mayo rapidly approaching, I figured that I would finally share how I make my frozen margaritas!

This is a no frills, NOT diet-friendly recipe, but it will please the taste buds, and have you feeling like dancing for sure!! 😜

Ingredients: IMG_2934

(makes about 4)

  • 1 can of frozen minute made Lime concentrate (most important ingredient)
  • Tequila ( I use Espolon silver)
  • A beer of choice (Honestly, I usually use Coors or Miller light).
  • Ice

 

Recipe:

Pour the entire can of frozen Limeade into the blender. Then fill that can about an inch from the top with Tequila. IMG_2935Pour that tequila right on in that blender. Fill blender with ice. Then pour beer over the mixture until about an inch below the ice. Now put the lid on and hit liquify on that blender. You want to blend for at least one minute in order to not get ice chunks into the mixture. Nobody wants to deal with ice chunks, am I right? We need that nice smooth consistency. Now pour it into your glass and enjoy 🙂

**If your margarita is a little to watery.. add a few more cubes of ice onto the top and re-blend. Each blender is a little different, so sometimes you have to finagle the ice/beer ratio 😂.

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My dress is currently on sale for almost HALF off!!

 

Cheers!!!!

xoxo,

Stephi