The Corso Como faux fur lined sneakers are the BOMB. I think they are the perfect winter weather sneaker because they have a double sided zip that you can zip up or down to show the faux fur lining on the inside and wear with your favorite cropped leather legging jeans or other cropped pants. These will keep you warm during the winter months and also during the wet El Nino winter. Get them in black or navy look great while dressed as comfortably as possible. Who doesn’t want to be stylish and comfortable at the same time? MADE in ITALY.
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What could be cuter than the Asos Pom Pom lace up pumps? They look a lot like the Isabel Marant lace up flats and the Aquazurra lace up flats we all love and covet, but these are different because they have a 3 inch heel. For those of us shorter gals, a 3 inch heel makes a difference. And the style is the same other than the 3 inch heel. So if you are vegan and want something that is under $100, get this lovely pump to wear with leather pants or a dress for Valentine’s Day. These are sexy and sweet all at the same time.
New Year New You Workout Ideas & More – What are you doing to get in shape after the holidays? Did you eat too many buttermilk and pecan pies this holiday season? How were those peppermint barks and eggnogs? Did you have one more indulgence on New Year’s Day before putting it all away? Every New Year people start off with good intentions and then it all falls away by February 15th. Suddenly it is the long President’s Day weekend and everyone feels like they need to take a long weekend diet break and eat pizza again. Here are a few ideas on what to do to stay on track.
- Workout Daily – Working out daily might sound like a lot of work, but one way to approach working out is to not put too much pressure on yourself. Think of working out as something that you can gradually build upon daily. If you take your dog for a walk in the am before work, make sure the walk is brisk and takes you 20 minutes. Do that same walk after dinner with the dog and you just did 40 minutes worth of working out that day. Put in another 20 minutes after dinner while watching television. Instead of just sitting there and watching television get on the floor and stretch or do some planks and a few burpees. Do 2 minutes of planks and burpees during each commercial break. That will add up to 10 minutes of planks and burpees while you wait for your show to come back on. Taking the stairs or walking to lunch instead of driving is another way to get in some extra steps daily. A little adds up to a lot.
- Don’t Diet – Instead of dieting, make your lifestyle about eating well. In the am drink a full glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning and make egg whites with whole grain whole seed bread like Dave’s Killer Bread .Â This protein and fiber packed start to your day will give you tons of energy and keep you full so you won’t want to indulge in donuts in the break room at work. At lunch, make a conscious decision to eat a salad. Choose to eat a salad with a protein that you like. Eating a saladÂ will add more fiber to your daily diet and you won’t feel exhausted and need a nap by the time lunch is over. Bring some Skinny Pop PopcornÂ in a ziploc bag to work and munch on it as a snack in the afternoon. AÂ healthy snack will keep you satiated so you don’t run to the vending machines for a candy bar. At home, always prepare chopped vegetables and have them ready to cook or make into salads for dinner. Defrost those proteins you want to use for the eveningÂ in the fridge so that a healthy meal is less than 15 minutes away. This way you won’t be starving by dinner time and grabbing something unhealthy while waiting for dinner.
- Fun Activewear – Get some fun workout activewearÂ to add to your wardrobe so you are motivated to get moving before or after work and on the weekends. Fun printed camo leggings and printed tees with fun messages Â and a warmÂ down camo print vestÂ will make you look and feel great and want to get moving. My moto is “when you look great you also feel great.”
- Make Exercise and Eating Healthy Fun – Don’t think about getting in shape and eating better as a chore. Make eating well and being healthy a fun activity. Chop up vegetables in lots of fun colors and display them on a platter. Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating boring foods. Colorful green celery, red peppers, orange carrots make a pretty display when cut up with some hummus. Working out is fun when you take a brisk walk through an area full of stores with pretty window displays. As you have fun doing these activities, you will find yourself getting in shape in the New Year without any of it feeling like a chore.
Hunter Short Wedge Rubber Rain Boots – the short rubber wedge boots are perfect for any weather and especially this el nino winter in Los Angeles. These boots have a 3.5 inch sturdy heel that will keep you on your feet even in the rainiest conditions will looking great with leggings, skinny jeans, cropped boyfriend jeans or a dress. However you wear these rubber wedge ankle boots, you will look stylish and stay dry this winter rain season.
El Nino in Los Angeles with Hunter Rain Boots – People in Los Angeles dislike the rain and as a transplant from the east coast I still cannot understand the massive hysteria that goes along with a little bit of rain. Sometimes I miss weather in Los Angeles. Having grown up with large amounts of rain weekly and snow in the winters, changes in weather were just a fact of life. Since we do need the rain in Los Angeles, everyone should just be prepared for the rain and see it as a gift from mother nature and take the opportunity to buy some new rain boots for the next few weeks ahead. My favorite rain boots for this kind of rain is of course the Hunter Wellington rubber boots because they are such a classic. They come in all sorts of pretty colors and can be worn with any outfit in the rain. They will keep you dry from the rain or snow and you will look stylish too if you buy it in a fun color like yellow, red, pink, or light blue. If you want the Angelina Jolie look from the Mr. and Mrs. Smith movie then buy the red Hunter Wellington Boots.
I found some pretty light pink Hunter Wellington boots here.
If you want the sky blue Hunter Wellington boots go here.
And if you are like our dog Lexi who doesn’t like the rain, curl up in a blanket on your bed and just stare out the window.
New Year Tourist in Los Angeles from Bottega Louie to Grand Central Market. Sometimes it is fun to play tourist in your own city. We are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles and when I have a day off from work I like to venture away from our normal haunts within our city to try some new foods and just see what is new in our city. On New Year’s eve we spent the day just walking the streets of downtown Los Angeles. We started off by walking through the jewelry district into Grand Central Market. For those of you not familiar with Grand Central Market, it is an updated food court with some of the hottest artisanal food eateries in Los Angeles at the moment. The last time we went to The Grand Central Market we ate at Eggslut which is a restaurant that serves everything with eggs. As an egg lover, I had everything from their egg cooked in a jar to 2 of their egg sandwiches. The line is always long at Eggslut on on New Year’s eve the line was longer than usual. We decided to skip Eggslut this time and ventured into the Grand Central Market to see what is we could find.
We found 2 places we needed to try. One was DTLA Cheese which features a menu on an old fashioned board where the letters are clipped. The menu is simple and everything looked great that came through the open kitchen delivery window. We bought one of their brioche bread grilled cheese sandwiches and waited. The Grilled Cheese sandwich from DTLA Cheese was filled with 3 kinds of cheeses and the brioche bread was sliced thick and grilled with butter. What could be bad about that? It was just divine. Next we went next door to the Madcapra and enjoyed a Green falafel salad bowl and a Green falafel sandwich. The Green falafel featured everything green in it. The sandwich and the salad had cauliflower, labneh, pickled fennel, cilantro, and mint. It was the perfect balance of sour and fresh mint with the crunch of the cauliflower that made this combo delicious with the square shaped falafel balls. The owner was friendly and there were local artisans who worked at other food stalls who came by to eat and visit with everyone that worked there while they happily served food to the other diners.
On our way out we visited Courage and Craft Liquors to buy some spirits for our barcart for our post New Year’s eve dinner festivities. The 2 owners Nicholas Krok from the Arts District’s Bestia and Ryan Duffy from one of Â Josef Centeno’s restaurants were there on New Year’s eve and were very knowledgeable about all the artisanal companies that created small batch spirits. My questions were about bitters and Bourbon on this particular day and I learned that there are “anchor” bitters that every bar should have including the orange flavored bitters and the Agostoura bitters. On that day I also learned the difference between small batch and single barrel bourbons. I walked away with lots of great knowledge and some bitters and Bourbon from Bib & Tucker. Â If you ever need liquors and want to stock up, go see these guys. You will come away with a lot of new knowledge and spirits that you may not find in your big box stores.
Next, we walked through more of Downtown Los Angeles taking photos of older buildings for their architectural and historical beauty on our way to Bottega Louie. No trip downtown would be complete without a stop for macaroons and bread at one of my favorite places. This beautifully designed French bistro has everything from an art deco bar, a bakery, to a restaurant. You can have handmade pasta and a salad, a martini at the bar, a macaroon, and buy Himalyan salt to take home all in one stop at Bottega Louie. The place is one part enchanting and one part Disneyland. It is all good.
I love it when I have a little time to play tourist in my city. When you can walk in Los Angeles and avoid the traffic, it is fun to explore and learn something new.
If you are looking for a fun pair of shoes for the holiday season. It is not too late to get in on the Kate Spade for Keds Glitter sneakers that come in black, gold, rose gold, and light blue glitter. Check us out shopping the after Christmas sales at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills today wearing the gold glitter Kate Spade for Keds glitter sneakers with our Blank NYC black moto jacket, Hudson grey distressed jeans, Monrow “London” tee shirt, and Rebecca Minkoff mini mac bag to check out what was ON SALE at Barneys New York today.
Isabel Marant’s nygel shearling lined boots are now on sale for 60% off in black and in brown. These are shearling lined boots that you can finally wear because it is finally cold on the east and the west coast. Forget your UGGS – wear these beauties instead for the holiday season and be comfy and stylish. I would wear these with the new Isabel Marant denim dress from their resort 2015 collection. Look cute and keep your feet warm apres ski in your ski lodge in Aspen or Tahoe this winter season.
The Isabel Marant Leo Lace Up Flats were sold out last season in leather and she brought them back this resort season in suede. I really like the black suede because it can be worn in the spring and in the fall. The ballet lace up flats come in black and a light cognac brown color. Either way these will be sold out by the time spring comes around.