BLACK OUT
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December, you’ve been mighty nice…and all together too fast.  Temps have finally dropped and coats are finally acceptable attire.  (hands raised to the heavens!)  This cocoon coat by Emerson Fry is the perfect weight for a California winter.   Shop this entire look below:

 

Photos by Jackie Wonders

Can you believe Christmas is on Friday!!!?  I got 90% of my shopping done early online this year and was quite proud of myself.  But the last 10%, in true fashion, I procrastinated on and am now forced to brave the mall tomorrow! Wish me luck ;)


Caramel Apple Cider Floats with Zevia
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It might not feel like Fall, but this Caramel Apple Cider Float certainly tastes like it!  Plus, it’s a nice cool down treat that we’ve been enjoying on these hot fall nights.  Real Apple Cider mixed with Zevia’s Ginger Ale makes a pretty tasty combo!  Zevia is a naturally zero calorie soda (sweetened with stevia) with 15 flavors, all of which are color-free and non-GMO.  Pair these two with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and top it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of nutmeg!  And there you have a great Fall drink (dessert!) that’ll still help you beat the heat until our ‘real Fall’ arrives!  Hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup  Zevia ginger ale
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon

Directions:

Combine Zevia Ginger Ale and Apple Cider in a glass (or mug).  Drop in 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Top with caramel sauce, nutmeg and cinnamon!

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XO Styling Products
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wearing: d.RA Peplum Top / Tens Sunglasses / Boyfriend Jeans (similar) / Emerson Fry Mules

I chatted a couple months ago about how I create loose beachy waves in my hair using the XO Styling Iron by A Fashion Love Affair.  Well, they’ve just come out with 2 new great liquid styling products to enhance this look:  XO Styling Texturizing Spray and XO Styling Weightless Finishing Oil.  My hair is stick straight, really fine and it doesn’t have much body.  So the texturizing spray works wonders for me.   Paired with the styling iron, it gives my hair the volume and texture that it lacks. A perfect balance of all-natural ingredients – Sea and Epsom Salts give amazing texture, Hazel Seed and Sunflower Seed Oil provide intense hydration, and Vitamin E and Oleic Acid stimulate healthy hair growth while providing UV protection.

The Weightless Finishing Oil is an every day treatment that helps to nourish your hair and protect against heat damage and UV Rays.   It’s light enough for everyday use, unlike some of the other oils I’ve tried that have left my hair feeling greasy.  The weightless oil smooths, softens, eliminates frizz, tames flyaways and seals hair cuticles.

If you’re interested in seeing some of these products in action, visit afashionloveaffair.com for styling tips and tutorials!

 


at {mine}
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I wanted to introduce you guys to an innovative new interiors community called at{mine}.  We all know pinterest, right?  Well at{mine} is built somewhat similar, only it’s owning the interior space….allowing a place for members to post snapshots of their own homes, tag the sources of their style, and be inspired by the stories, people, and brands behind the real interiors.  It’s really designed for the ultimate interior enthusiasts!  I think as creatives, interiors are something we all are inspired by in one way or another.  I’ve always been drawn to the neutral, rustic, modern meets vintage style of home. For you, that might look different.  But what’s cool about at{mine} is that it features real homes, of all styles, from all around the world.  You can explore different categories, from bedrooms to kitchens, workspaces to styling…depending on where you are needing inspiration.  You can follow along with your favorite users and comment or “heart” your favorite photos to encourage different users within the community.   Once you become a member, I promise you’ll get lost in the pages of this site!  Or like me, get inspired to tackle your next home revision project that you’ve been putting off for months! :)

CLICK HERE to sign up and create your own profile.  Enjoy and be inspired!

Images above from at{mine} users:  Agata Witkowicz / Benedicte Clouet / Cate St Hill / Hege Morris / Little French Rag / Pepper Schmidt / Katy Orme

and you can visit my profile HERE.


FOURTH OF JULY

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The Beach People Roundie + that smile the melts me!98

Parker One Piece

A few photos from the weekend.  Lolli sent me this amazing one piece that I’m totally in love with.  It’s the first one piece I’ve ever owned actually!  I used to think one pieces were only for “moms”….haha.  Hey, guess what younger self, I’m a mom!  And my stomach doesn’t look exactly the same as it used to but I have two sweet babes to thank for that.  Anyway, onepieces forever! ;)

Hope you had a great 4th!  We snuck out of the house early with the kids, grabbed some donuts at our favorite spot, and headed to the beach for the morning.  Any fourth of July not spent at the beach just feels wrong.  We are so lucky we live so close.  Sam got in a surf and Cru ate some sand…..all in all, it was a great day ;)  Of course we ended it with a BBQ with some friends & fam and watched a far-off firework show from our front lawn.  Rylee is still petrified of fireworks, so she was inside on the couch with a blanket over her head crying the whole time. haha!  Apparently I was the same way when I was a kid.  Hopefully she grows out of that one soon because what is Fourth of July without fireworks!?

God bless America.