October is breast cancer awareness month so I thought I would do a little round-up of products that are helping spread awareness. Many of them are also donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities and organizations. Shop these products to help support the fight for a cure:

1. Limited Edition Baby Foot Peel: Baby Foot is working this month to promote breast cancer awareness with their limited edition Pink Box. Baby Foot is an all natural foot exfoliant containing 17 natural extracts that help get your feet back to looking and feeling like baby feet. Ten percent of proceeds from its limited edition pink box will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

2. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: Estee Lauder has given its famous ‘Advanced Night Repair’ serum a pink makeover in honor of October, although the brand will be donating 20% of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation between now and June 2018.

3. Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream: Genius in a Jar. One-stop, skin-saving, problem-solving,
all-purpose cream that transforms skin. This antioxidant-rich recipe, imported from the Republic of Uzbekistan, is handcrafted in the USA with love and natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize, soften, balance and brighten skin. Helps calm skin while protecting skin’s moisture barrier and fighting signs of age. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant. 20% of October proceeds will go to The American Cancer Society.

4. S’well Breast Cancer Awareness in Bikini Pink: The iconic satin-finish Bikini Pink bottle not only makes a visual statement—it also shows your commitment to supporting the Breast Cancer Research Fund during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 20% of MSRP all sizes of our Bikini Pink bottles go to BCRF to support their mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

5. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzer: Designed to mark the 25th anniversary of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, this ‘Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set’ from Bobbi Brown will see US$11 from each purchase donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

6. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: Skincare giant Clinique has added a Breast Cancer Awareness keychain to its signature ‘Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+’ for October, and will be directing $10 from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

7. Paul Mitchell United in Pink Stay Strong Hairspray: Lock your favorite style in place with Firm Style Stay Strong Hairspray from Paul Mitchell®. This firm-hold spray adds volume and provides maximum control without leaving hair feeling stiff or sticky. Its special formula also protects against humidity, helping to fight frizz. In a limited-edition designed United in Pink package in honor of breast and ovarian cancer awareness!

8. Paul Mitchell United in Pink Super Skinny Serum: To smooth, condition and seal hair strands, the Super Skinny® Serum works wonders to make hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. The lightweight silicone works to smooth, condition and add shine while the award-winning formula is perfect for speeding up hair drying time to give you silky-smooth results in less time, every time. In a limited-edition designed United in Pink package in honor of breast and ovarian cancer awareness!

9. Deborah Lippmann Shape of My Heart Polish: A shade close to her heart, it was created with Shape magazine to help fight breast cancer. It leaves nails with a healthy dose of color. 10% of proceeds benefits the Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA.

10. IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush: IT’s so much more than just a brush! This limited-edition brush is luxuriously crafted – and supports a good cause: For every Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush purchased during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, IT Cosmetics will donate one to the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence. You’ll be giving the gift of joy and beauty to another woman, and to yourself, and that’s a beautiful thing!

To read how breast cancer has touched my life, you can read all about my Aunt’s story here. Thankfully she is a cancer survivor.


I don’t know about you but I wore the heck out of velvet in the early 90’s. I can vividly remember working at Wet Seal and I had a velvet babydoll dress that I wore non-stop. Pretty sure I had a velvet bodysuit too. And if you can believe it, slip dresses with baby tee’s are also back in style. Which is why I probably immediately fell in love with the Radiant Dress from cabi’s most recent collection, Penny Lane Lovely. The dress is a modern version of a slip dress and the velvet burnout print is to die for!

Outfit Details: Radiant Dress c/o cabi, Blank NYC Faux Leather Jacket, Andre Assous Sandals, Deux Lux Fringe Clutch, Madewell Necklace

Just a quick post to share an event that you don’t want to miss! You guys know by now that Swirl Boutique is hands down my favorite local boutique to shop! They carry all of my favorite brands including Knot Sisters, who my dress just so happens to be made by! Get all the details below and I hope to see you there!

Outfit Details: Knot Sisters Dress c/o Swirl Boutique (call 760-753-0870 to order), Brixton Hat, Madewell Bracelet, Baublebar Choker Necklace and Kelsi Dagger BK Booties.

Join me at Swirl Boutique in Encinitas this Fri, Oct 13th (5pm-9pm) for a shindig you don’t want to miss! Enjoy trunk shows by Knot Sisters and Foxycat Jewelry, shopping discounts, light bites & cocktails and this year there will even be a tarot card reader! Swirl always throws the BEST parties! Hope to see you there!

Swirl Boutique is located at 119-D North El Camino Real in Encinitas (in the Trader Joe’s shopping center)

Last weekend we finally got to do another staycation at Pala Casino Spa & Resort! We had been meaning to get back there before Summer was over but we overbooked ourselves and it never happened. But that is the great thing about having such a fab resort so close to home. My hubby was able to work for  a few hours on Friday morning and I dropped our son off at school and then it was off to Pala! I still can’t believe that it is less than 40 minutes from our home door to door! We got really lucky and were able to get early check-in so we immediately dropped our bags off and headed over to the Spa for our couples massage. We had just enough time to take advantage of a quick steam and tour the spa facilities before our scheduled massage. YOU GUYS. How have I let this much time pass since my last massage?!?! It was WONDERFUL. Like fall asleep at least three times and drooling wonderful. I’d forgotten how relaxing they are! After our pampering session, we checked out the poolside cabana’s and decided to have a quick bite & drink at the pool bar. I ordered my signature Miami Vice, of course! Then while I was getting ready in the room my hubby took a little cat nap. We had dinner reservations at The Cave Lounge and started our meal with the olive appetizer. We are both olive lovers so it was right up our alley! My hubby had the salmon and I had the swordfish. Both were delicious. I have to admit though, I was itching to get to the casino and try my luck at the slots! My hubby took a seat at the blackjack table and I found the 3D Wheel of Fortune dollar slot machine! We both like to gamble so had a total blast going back and forth seeing how each other were doing. I was up $400 at one point but came home with $200. I’ll take it! In the morning we woke up and ordered room service. My fresh fruit platter and yogurt were exactly what the doctor ordered. In fact, I’m still dreaming of that breakfast. Is there anything better than breakfast (that you didn’t have to make!) in bed? I think not! We have found our new favorite place to go for a quick overnight getaway!

Btw, if you’re new here, you can check out this post to read about our last trip to Pala Casino Spa & Resort. We saw UB40 in concert at the Starlight Theater. Such a great intimate venue…and there is nothing better than being able to walk upstairs to your room after a concert under the stars! Sort of wishing we could catch Olivia Newton John who just so happens to be coming to Pala on Sat, Oct 7th.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Pala Casino Resort & Spa for providing our accommodations & massages. All opinions are my own.

This was my second year going to KAABOO Del Mar and I don’t know how it’s possible, but I had an even better time this year! After last year, I was certain I would only be able to do one day this time around but the lineup was SO GOOD that I absolutely could not miss a single day! On day one I went with my husband and we had such a fabulous time. My hubby isn’t as much into concerts as I am but we made a pact that no matter what…we would make sure to catch Michael McDonald. Oh, and Red Hot Chili Peppers were INSANE. They sound exactly the same live as they do on the radio. I didn’t get as many pictures of the actual artists this year but that was because I was too busy SINGING ALONG and screaming my head off and taking videos instead of pics! But KAABOO is so much more than just a music festival anyway! Don’t get me wrong, the artists have been AMAZING…but you can also enjoy spectacular art displays, great food, hilarious comedy shows and even go to a pool party while listening to your favorite bands! Apparently there is also an after party called Club Elevate that runs from 9pm-1am, but I haven’t made it past 10pm yet. My husband and I are Corona fans so we basically set up camp at their tent and had a perfect view of the main stage. I’m pretty sure my husband said to me on more than one occasion…”I like the way you do festivals”. KAABOO really got everything right this year…the layout/schedule made it much easier to get from point A to point B, there were more restrooms (or at least it seemed like it) and the lines for food/drinks were never too long. I even made it to a silent disco this year. Like I said…there is so much to do and see! I highly recommend you go next year if you can…I promise you will have a great time!


On day two I brought my girlfriend Caroline whom I’ve been best friends with for over 25 years! We went together last year so it just wouldn’t have been the same without her this year. I can ALWAYS count on her to get us as close as possible to the stage and we were literally just a few rows back for Jane’s Addiction. Talk about another CRAZY GOOD live performance. I have to admit I was a little star struck seeing Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro so up close! I swear they (and the crazy girl hanging by her SKIN…yes, skin) were looking right at my camera for these photos! BTW, I could have done without the girls twirling from their back piercings. There was a collective gasp in the audience when we found out that they were hanging from their skin. BUT…JANE’S ADDICTION was awesome. And we sang along to every single word during PINK. I’m pretty certain during the PINK concert is when I lost my voice. =)


On day three I took my friend Utkarsh. I felt a little bad because he really wanted to catch Timeflies but they went on stage at 11:55am and I knew I had to stick around for Tom Petty which wasn’t until 8pm. But I rallied and got it together so we arrived by 1pm. Which gave us plenty of time to catch T-Pain (boy, did I feel old!), Alanis Morissette AND Tom Petty. Utkarsh was a trooper and let me reminisce about the 90’s and how insane it was that I had seen Alanis over 20 years ago at this same venue (albeit the Del Mar Fair…not KAABOO). Her voice gave me the chills and I literally had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion. After that, it just so happened that Tom Petty was playing on the exact same stage as Alanis so rather than lose our great spot, we parked our butts firmly on the ground until the show started. And thank goodness we did because when we left, I swear the entire venue had stopped to listen to the show. We also found time earlier in the day to tour the art exhibits and snap some fun pics. We also pinky swore that next year we would be snapping pics from the hot air balloon. I am deathly afraid of heights but this one is tethered to the ground so it only goes up about ten feet in the air. I’m certain it would be a photo opp I’d never forget! By day three of KAABOO, my right ankle was swollen (man, getting old blows!), my eyes were hanging out of my head and I was pretty sure I never wanted to see another Corona again for quite some time. But now that I’ve recovered, I’m ready to do it again next year! ALL THREE DAYS, hopefully.

A HUGE THANK YOU to KAABOO for hosting me again this year and providing tickets to all three days. I’ve made memories to last a lifetime. And also…THANK YOU to Swirl Boutique for dressing me all three days! You guys know that Swirl is my favorite place to shop. And a little birdie told me that they have an online shop coming VERY soon so be sure and follow them on Instagram for updates!


DAY ONE: Indah Clothing Dress c/o Swirl Boutique (call 760-753-0870 to order), Love Strength Belt c/o Swirl Boutique, Dolce Vita Booties, Jcrew Denim Jacket, Tom Ford Sunglasses, Madewell Hat

DAY TWO: Some Days Lovin’ Dress c/o Swirl Boutique (call 760-753-0870 to order), Schutz Sandals, Brixton Hat, Tom Ford Sunglasses, Flower Crown by Cake & Punch Productions

DAY THREE: Flynn Skye Slip Dress c/o Swirl Boutique (call 760-753-0870 to order) , Brixton Hat, Old Skool Vans, Tom Ford Sunglasses