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Treat Yourself: V-Day Gift Guide

Who needs a Valentine when you’re so good at loving you? If you’ve got plans for treating yourself, let me be your guide.

I love the monogram bags and pouches from Madewell. This crossbody bag is especially great because it has several pockets, a built-in mirror and a removable strap to make it a clutch. Perfect day to night piece. Best of all, everyone will know you bagged it once it’s adorned with your beautiful monogram.

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The Twin-Pouch Crossbody in colorblock washed leather, Madewell.com, $138

 

This Mara Hoffman Geo surf suit  provides super stylish rash guard coverage. Add your wide brimmed hat and attend the beach worry free!

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Mara Hoffman Geo Surf Suit, Anthropologie.com, $260

 

This is playsuit perfection. Need I say more? Oh, get it before it’s gone.

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Buttoned Patterned Playsuit, zara.com, $80

 

As with most spring/summer 2015 trends hitting the masses right now, 60s and 70s style sunglasses are hot! These Quay Kensie round sunglasses fit the bill.

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Quay Kensie Round Sunglasses, Asos.com, $47

 

This adorable Stella & Dot bangle, with love inscribed in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish, is the perfect addition to your arm party.

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Inspiration Bangle – Love, www.stelladot.com, $49.

 

The “mosaic blue” of these D’Orsay suede pumps is so sweet I could eat them. Wear these with everything. Don’t forget to spray them before you leave the house.

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Tory Burch Pointed Toe D’Orsay Pumps, Bloomingdales.com, $275

 

And finally, this eye cream from Rodan & Fields is a very personal recommendation from me. I’ve used this day and night for a year, and I love it.

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Rodan & Fields, trinetteduke.myrandf.com, $60

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Holiday Party Looks

The holiday season is here, and social calendars are in full swing! It’s so much fun to get dressed up for a night out, and finding the perfect look is key to perfecting my joy.

Black-tie optional means a cocktail dress is perfectly appropriate and the same goes for a long gown, which makes the possibilities endless and the decision even harder. I really wanted to keep my entire look under $300 so I’m planning to wear jewelry I already own and hopefully shoes too. Many of the shoes below are just eye candy, as most people own go-to metallic or black pumps for special occasions such as these. And great news, dresses are on sale!

This is the cutest Ted Baker Snake Embossed Neoprene dress, perfect for a cocktail party or black-tie optional (or black-tie, according to some). You can find this dress at Harrods. The current price is $258 USD. Obviously, these Christian Louboutin Mea Culpa Flared Suede Pumps are HOT! If you can do it at $895 per pair, then do it! Husband or Santa, if you’re reading this, I wear a size 38. And my go-to, fancy-wear Stella Casablanca earrings to finish the look.

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Halston Heritage Plunging Gathered-Waist Jersey Gown. This dress didn’t drape right on me, and made me feel hippy. It’s a gorgeous choice for someone though, and it’s now on sale at Neiman Marcus for $237! I went with vintage-looking Naomi cluster earrings and Zora crystal necklace up top and Kristin Cavallari Copertina Lt Gold Glitter Pumps down low.

 

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A Diane von Furstenberg Draped Satin Jersey Gown. Is there a theme here? Yes, I’m obsessed with a beautiful, plunging neckline, long-sleeved dress. And I’ll admit, my closet is pretty dark in general, with navy and black being my favorite colors to wear. This was a contender for me, even though it’s completely see-thru (this is what slips are for, right?). It draped perfectly and would have been stunning with this Stella & Dot Casablanca necklace and Vintage Crystal Studs I already own. The DVF gown is on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue for $317.

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This Piperlime Collection Embellished Dress is great for showing off your legs! It was a little too stiff for me and not my favorite silhouette to wear, but I tried! You can find it at Piperlime for $109.

 

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This Black Halo gown is the first dress I tried on. Not only was it over budget, but it looked terrible on me! Too bad, right? Because it’s so pretty.

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If the sky was the limit, I would be wearing this look. This Kenzo Twill Mountain Dress is to-die for! But at $965, it didn’t meet my budget for this event. I added a REISS belt to it because fit and flare is better for me when the waist is belted, just a personal preference. And look at those shoes! Love, love, love these Consuelo Calfhair Ankle Wrap Pumps by Ivy Kirzhner, currently on sale for $258 at www.lastcall.com! Hurry. And Kate Spade stud earrings and a couple of bangles too finish the look.

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This is the Bloomingdales Boutique Gown (now on sale for $223) I chose. Really, from the beginning, I wanted to wear a long gown with long sleeves. I love the beading detail around the neckline and keyhole, and it fit perfectly (aside from drastic hemming). I also had the little train removed because I think it made it a little too formal and there is nothing more annoying than people stepping on your dress all night. The beading shows up a little silver and gold in this photo, but it’s actually all silver & platinum looking. I finished the look with jewelry I already own (whoop!) from Stella & Dot, Casablanca earrings with the bottom piece removed, the Casablanca bracelet and the Deco Cocktail Ring. I’m thinking of doing a faux bob for the occasion and polishing the look with bright red lips and nails. I know I’m wearing a 4-inch heel, but shoes are still TBD, although these Caparros peep-toe heels would be a great choice, and are on sale at Lord & Taylor for $60.

 

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If you have questions or need advice, feel free to comment below. Happy holidays! XO, Krissi

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Park City in June

Planning an early summer getaway in the mountains? I’ve got you covered. Here’s what I plan to pack for Park City in early June. With highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 30s, long sleeves and light sweaters will be key for comfortability. It’s likely I won’t be packing all the bags below, but two or three for sure!

 

Rag & Bone skinnies - Heritage, American Vintage basic tank top, American Eagle Shawl collar cardigan, One By Ampersand As Apostrophe Short Tote, Sam Edelman Jones Loafer, Ray-Ban Arista Aviators, YSL lip color

Rag & Bone skinnies – Heritage, American Vintage basic tank top, American Eagle Shawl collar cardigan, One By Ampersand As Apostrophe Short Tote, Sam Edelman Jones Loafer, Ray-Ban Arista Aviators, YSL lip color

 

Madewell maxi dress, Old Navy t-strap sandals, Stella & Dot Scarf and Tote, Marni Bracelet (left), Marni Wood Bracelet (top right), French Connection Neon Resin & Tiled Wood Bangle

Madewell maxi dress, Old Navy t-strap sandals, Stella & Dot Scarf and Tote, Marni Bracelet (left), Marni Wood Bracelet (top right), French Connection Neon Resin & Tiled Wood Bangle

 

Madewell C'est Bon sweater, Cubavera fedora, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, Chloe bag, River Island sandals, Ray-Ban aviators

Madewell C’est Bon sweater, Cubavera fedora, Rebecca Minkoff shorts, Chloe bag, River Island sandals, Ray-Ban aviators

 

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Hudson white flare denim, Miss Selfridge Metral Trim Straw Fedora, Carlo Pazolini Bag, Stella & Dot Tansy Fringe Collar & Naomi Cluster Earrings

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Hudson white flare denim, Miss Selfridge Metral Trim Straw Fedora, Carlo Pazolini Bag, Stella & Dot Tansy Fringe Collar & Naomi Cluster Earrings

 

Clover Canyon Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch and Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone White Square Stone Stud Earrings

Clover Canyon Dress, Alexander McQueen clutch and Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone White Square Stone Stud Earrings

 

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans, Modalu handbag, River Island Sandals, Stella & Dot Cleopatra Earrings and Malta Bib Necklace

Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, Citizens of Humanity Racer skinny jeans, Modalu handbag, River Island Sandals, Stella & Dot Cleopatra Earrings and Malta Bib Necklace

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Over the Wedding (guest) Dress Hurdle

I went right up and over it. I had to stretch myself, and push some people down (just the ones in my head telling me to get a new dress, crazy!), but I made it. And it wasn’t that hard. (It actually turned out to be a perfect flowing choice given the menu: fried chicken, filet mignon, mac ‘n cheese and some other green stuff.) I wore a dress I love from my closet, and I had the best time! I felt confident, comfortable and well-dressed. Take a peek:

Black Asos high-low dress
My hardware: Stella & Dot (for more info contact Suzy at www.stelladot.com/suzybacino)
Nude Delman pumps

 

The bride! Ms. Rachel Cannon was breathtakingly, tear-jerkingly (literally, I cried when she appeared), drop-dead gorgeous. She married Noah Engh in a custom design by Mark Zunino, who currently has a bridal line at Kleinfelds. Her beautiful gown featured vintage lace and beading on top with a plunging (did I mention PLUNGING?) neckline in front and back. The bottom was matte jersey with a 3-ft. train. Her hair piece was BHLDN and her sexy shoes were “Stingray” heels by Ralph Lauren. Rachel’s diamond earrings and bracelets were on loan from Claude Morady in Beverly Hills. Hair and makeup by Rachel Stolte. Perfection.

 
 
 

 
 
 Fun in a Frame: Me, Rachel, Shawna
 
  Patrick & I at the wedding
 
 
Besides the main event, my husband, another couple and I crammed tons of fun into the wedding weekend, including a pre-wedding rooftop party and tons of shopping on Rodeo, at the Grove and on Abbot Kinney. This was challenging. I was shopping, but I wasn’t buying. It was funny (and sweet) how my girlfriend, Shawna, and my husband felt sorry for me! Shawna suggested a caveat to my commitment, which would be that the entire challenge only applies when I’m in St. Louis. Love her, but no, that’s cheating. My husband thought it would be okay if he bought me a gift while there…a gift I should pick out for myself and receive for no reason. A gift that would be paid for by our joint account…you get the idea. Love him, but no, that’s cheating too. I’m definitely not saying I won’t accept gifts (yes, you’re reading that correctly, let me know if you need my address), it just can’t be from our bank account and for no reason. I’ll be desperate and encouraging the hubs to give me a fix by Christmas! In addition to shopping, the four of us rode TANDEM bikes from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. This was an exercise in “team building” that we don’t plan to duplicate. I kept telling my husband it was like “Three’s Company” and he finally said, “they crashed that bike in the end!” (I’m not sure that’s accurate, but you’re feeling the vibe, right?) We ate tons of great food too, including lunch at one of my faves, Primitivo Wine Bistro. If you’re ever in the area, don’t skip it.
 
 
On the roof of the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills
 
 
Me & P having a pre-wedding drink
 

Our friends, Shawna and DeBray, me & P

 
 
 
My favorite find while there. Carter Leather Bodice Ball Gown by Alice & Olivia. (they styled it with a belt in the store) Somebody should buy this, STAT. *side note: when you go to www.aliceandolivia.com and sign up for emails, it says, “repeat after me: I deserve new clothes.” Love it.
 
Don’t forget to click “follow” by my picture or “subscribe by email” below. Until next time, smooches!
 
 
 

 
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Over the Wedding (guest) Dress Hurdle

I went right up and over it. I had to stretch myself, and push some people down (just the ones in my head telling me to get a new dress, crazy!), but I made it. And it wasn’t that hard. (It actually turned out to be a perfect flowing choice given the menu: fried chicken, filet mignon, mac ‘n cheese and some other green stuff.) I wore a dress I love from my closet, and I had the best time! I felt confident, comfortable and well-dressed. Take a peek:

Black Asos high-low dress
My hardware: Stella & Dot (for more info contact Suzy at www.stelladot.com/suzybacino)
Nude Delman pumps

 

The bride! Ms. Rachel Cannon was breathtakingly, tear-jerkingly (literally, I cried when she appeared), drop-dead gorgeous. She married Noah Engh in a custom design by Mark Zunino, who currently has a bridal line at Kleinfelds. Her beautiful gown featured vintage lace and beading on top with a plunging (did I mention PLUNGING?) neckline in front and back. The bottom was matte jersey with a 3-ft. train. Her hair piece was BHLDN and her sexy shoes were “Stingray” heels by Ralph Lauren. Rachel’s diamond earrings and bracelets were on loan from Claude Morady in Beverly Hills. Hair and makeup by Rachel Stolte. Perfection.

 
 
 

 
 
 Fun in a Frame: Me, Rachel, Shawna
 
  Patrick & I at the wedding
 
 
Besides the main event, my husband, another couple and I crammed tons of fun into the wedding weekend, including a pre-wedding rooftop party and tons of shopping on Rodeo, at the Grove and on Abbot Kinney. This was challenging. I was shopping, but I wasn’t buying. It was funny (and sweet) how my girlfriend, Shawna, and my husband felt sorry for me! Shawna suggested a caveat to my commitment, which would be that the entire challenge only applies when I’m in St. Louis. Love her, but no, that’s cheating. My husband thought it would be okay if he bought me a gift while there…a gift I should pick out for myself and receive for no reason. A gift that would be paid for by our joint account…you get the idea. Love him, but no, that’s cheating too. I’m definitely not saying I won’t accept gifts (yes, you’re reading that correctly, let me know if you need my address), it just can’t be from our bank account and for no reason. I’ll be desperate and encouraging the hubs to give me a fix by Christmas! In addition to shopping, the four of us rode TANDEM bikes from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. This was an exercise in “team building” that we don’t plan to duplicate. I kept telling my husband it was like “Three’s Company” and he finally said, “they crashed that bike in the end!” (I’m not sure that’s accurate, but you’re feeling the vibe, right?) We ate tons of great food too, including lunch at one of my faves, Primitivo Wine Bistro. If you’re ever in the area, don’t skip it.
 
 
On the roof of the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills
 
 
Me & P having a pre-wedding drink
 

Our friends, Shawna and DeBray, me & P

 
 
 
My favorite find while there. Carter Leather Bodice Ball Gown by Alice & Olivia. (they styled it with a belt in the store) Somebody should buy this, STAT. *side note: when you go to www.aliceandolivia.com and sign up for emails, it says, “repeat after me: I deserve new clothes.” Love it.
 
Don’t forget to click “follow” by my picture or “subscribe by email” below. Until next time, smooches!
 
 
 

 
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