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Summer and travel definitely go hand in hand. Who wouldn’t want to be sitting on a white sand beach sipping a tropical cocktail right about now? But let’s face it, life gets in the way sometimes and we can’t always have our picture perfect summer vacation.

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Even if the next few months aren’t lined up with exotic getaways and weekend excursions, there’s no reason why you can’t set out for an amazing experience right in your own backyard. I’ve lived in Los Angeles most of my adult life and still find myself discovering new places, hidden gems and must try restaurants that I had no idea existed.

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Recently, I’ve been inspired to celebrate the joys of being a tourist in my own town. Living in Southern California, we’re blessed to have miles and miles of beaches for sunbathing, biking on the boardwalk, playing volleyball with friends, and of course, the Pacific Ocean for a refreshing swim!

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I took a walk down to the Redondo Beach Riviera for sunset over the weekend and realized how picturesque the South Bay truly is. Gaze to the right and see the famous King Harbor Marina. To the left, the rolling hills of Palos Verdes, a view that one could easily mistake for the French Riviera. Strolling along the sandy beach brought me back to summers on the Mayan Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula. When I closed my eyes, I was instantly transported.               

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The next afternoon, I found myself at the Riviera Village Famer’s Market. Mingling with local artisans and purveyors of unique fruits and vegetables gave me a new appreciation for So Cal.

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Chioggia beets, kumquats, rum cake, soy candles and organic coffee were just a few of the goodies I picked up along the way.

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After picking up flowers and some fresh mint, it was time for a cocktail. And what better locale to enjoy a drink than a rooftop with an ocean view?

KaraBirkenstock_HerringboneColdShoulderDress (1)I can’t wait to venture out for more exploring this summer and beyond! There’s still so much to see, learn and taste in Los Angeles. Luckily, with the sand in my toes and the salty breeze in my hair, the world is my oyster. Hmm, oysters….where should I go to try the best mollusks? Let me know in the comments!

*Thank you LONG TALL SALLY for providing the stylish inspiration for Summer in the City!*

Featured LTS Looks: Brights Print Strapless Midi Dress $95, Etched Herringbone Cold Shoulder Dress $109

Photographer: Rick Alderman

“Hello Summer” graphic created by Winkimages – Freepik.com

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Emmys 2016 Best Dressed

Despite the 90 degree heat, Hollywood’s leading ladies looked flawless on the Emmys red carpet last night! Demure drama was the theme, with our favorite stars donning elegant gowns featuring flowing skirts, varying sleeve lengths and dramatic necklines. Here are the 6 femme fatales that I selected as my Emmys Best Dressed!

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Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu

Padma Lakshmi_Naeem Khan

Padma Lakshmi in Naeem Khan

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Constance Wu in J. Mendel

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Sarah Paulson in Prada

Kristen Bell_Zuhair Murad

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad

Judith Light

Judith Light in  Alexandra Vidal

Photos Courtesy of E! Online

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I had such a blast at the Long Tall Sally pop-up shop at the Westin Long Beach on Sunday! The assortment was amazing, filling an entire ballroom with the latest Fall must haves, LTS essentials and fabulous shoes!

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One of my favorite things about attending these events is meeting all the loyal Long Tall Sally customers! There’s a great camaraderie that comes with being in a room full of tall girls – we always have common stories, from our unique fashion needs to remembering the moment we discovered Long Tall Sally! And of course, we all have our fingers crossed for a Long Tall Sally store to open here in California! Here are a few of the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of chatting with on Sunday:

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Of course, I did a bit of shopping myself and took home these key pieces that I can’t wait to work into my wardrobe!

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Are you a fan of Long Tall Sally? What’s your favorite AW16 piece? Check out the Long Tall Sally website to check out all the newest arrivals, and leave a comment in the notes!

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LTS Fall16 FB cover

Attention all my tall and fashionable friends! Long Tall Sally, the premiere online retailer that caters to women over 5’8”, will host their Fall Pop-Up Shop at the Westin Long Beach this weekend! The two day pop-up event will feature all the latest from the LTS AW16 collection, Long Elegant Legs, footwear and more!

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I’ll be there on Sunday 9/18 from 11a-1p to help put together some fierce Fall looks! From rich burgundy hues to chunky knits, I don’t know which trends I’m most excited about seeing! Can’t wait to see you all there!

When:

Saturday 9/17 & Sunday 9/18

9:00a-4:00p

Where:

The Westin Long Beach

333 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California 90802

RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/327979557545996/?active_tab=highlights

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Oscars 2016 Best Dressed

Hollywood’s biggest stars turned out for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, walking the red carpet in sleek silhouettes and sparkling metallics. My best dressed list features a mix of today’s biggest film, television and music stars, a pleasant surprise for the culminating event of award season. Here are my Top 6 Oscars Best Dressed:

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Charlize Theron in Dior

Priyanka Chopra Zuhair Murad

Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad

Saorise Ronan Calvin Klein

Saorise Ronan in Calvin Klein

Chrissy Teigen Marchesa

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa

Lady Gaga Brandon Maxwell

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Cate Blanchett Armani

Cate Blanchett in Armani

Photos Courtesy of E! Online

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Golden Globes 2016 Best Dressed

It was a chic night on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday, with Hollywood’s biggest stars making bold statements in gorgeous gowns and dazzling jewels! With so many beautifully styled stars, it was more difficult than usual to select my Best Dressed. However, I narrowed it down to the following eight lovely ladies. Did your favorites make the cut?

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Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli

America Ferrera in Jenny Packham

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Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

Amy Adams in Atelier Versace

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Lady Gaga in Versace

Amber Heard in Gucci

Photos Courtesy of Yahoo Style

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With the weather finally starting to feel like Fall in Los Angeles, I’ve been inspired to fill my closet with rich hues, preppy silhouettes and bold accessories. Luckily, by visiting the SPRING app, I was able to shop for all of my fall fashion must haves in one place. With over 800 brands and collections for women, men, beauty and home, not to mention free shipping, your shopping experience will never be the same. Check out SPRING to shop these looks today!

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