Is there anything better than an outfit that can take you from school drop off, to errands/meetings and more but is comfortable enough to take a nap in? Let me introduce you to FashionABLE. Well, technically they are now just called ABLE. And let me tell you why.

ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency.

ABLE’s Fall Collection was designed around women on the go with the idea that your outfits should move with you no matter where your day takes you. ABLE defines their apparel by three standards – quality, comfort & style. And I am here to tell you that you can count on all three of those things. I was recently given the opportunity to style a look using a few of my favorite pieces from the collection so I chose pieces that I knew would be wardrobe staples for years to come. Here’s what I chose:

The Western Shirt: My usual size (small) was sold out so I went with the XS and I’m glad I did because this ran a little big so I would recommend sizing down unless you want more of a boyfriend fit. But the weight of the material is perfect and I love the pearl snaps & raw edge hem.

The Skinny Jeans (in Angie Wash): Talk about comfortable. These jeans are so soft that you could actually lay down in nap in them. I’m serious. They aren’t a “jegging” (meaning SUPER skinny) so they fit just right in all the right places. I ordered my regular size 27.

Miriam Mules: I have had the worst luck with mules…until now. Every pair I have tried are either too wide, too narrow or just won’t stay on my feet when I walk. NOT THESE. They are so comfortable AND stayed on my feet! They also come in leopard (which I REALLY want now), nude and olive.

Fozi Foldover Clutch: This clutch is made of the softest leather and is large enough to carry all of your essentials. You can use it as a clutch or if you need even more room, you can carry it by the gold circle handles as more of a tote! It also comes in black or mustard yellow.

My necklace is not by ABLE but it is available here.

If you are looking to add staple pieces (all of which would be perfect for a capsule wardrobe) to your closet, do yourself a favor and check out ABLE. You can also feel good knowing that through your purchase, you are ABLE to empower women and give them a job with dignity.

“In my experience, poor people are the world’s greatest entrepreneurs. Every day, they must innovate in order to survive. They remain poor because they do not have the opportunities to turn their creativity into sustainable income.” – MUHAMMAD YUNUS, AUTHOR OF Creating a World Without Poverty
Disclosure: ABLE gifted me articles of clothing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Last week I attended a gala at the brand new Nordstrom located within Westfield UTC. The gala benefited two  local charities, Promises 2 Kids and Voices for Children and raised over $150,000 for children in foster care. We were among the first to step foot (and shop!) in the brand new 145,000 sq ft, two level store. It was an evening of fashion, cocktails, food, mingling and of course shopping! The new store features a ton of new brands (including 8 designer boutiques…I’m talking Chloe, Gucci, Valentino and more!), a beauty concierge for customer questions & booking appointments (new brands include Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury & more!) and two in-house dining options: Bazille, a full-service restaurant and bar; and Ebar which is more of an on-the-go menu/espresso bar. Some new shopping features are the option to reserve items online and try on in-store as well as the option to buy online with curbside pickup! YES, please!

About five minutes after arriving though, I realized I had made a horrible mistake in wearing one of my most uncomfortable pair of heels I own. Which turned into a good thing because I convinced my hubby I needed these Schutz heels (the pair I’m wearing in all of the pics) that I quickly purchased and changed into. He enjoyed a shoe shine at the shoe shine stand while I made the quick change! I think the mannequin in the pic above (left) had the right idea by pairing a dress with Vans!

One thing that also stood out to me was how AMAZING the lighting was! I don’t know about you, but I am MUCH more likely to make a purchase if the lighting is flattering! And the dressing rooms have the coolest little lounge areas.

While we were there, I ran into a few of my fellow Westfield UTC blogging buddies (Danielle from City Girl Gone Mom & Jennifer of Style Your Life) so of course we did a photo shoot right in front of the “live” models. And a few (ok, like ten) boomerangs as well!

Be sure and stop by the new Nordstrom at Westfield UTC. You are going to LOVE it…pinky promise.

Outfit Details: BB Dakota Dress c/o Shopbop (more sizes available here), BlankNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket (sold out in black but available in other colors here, super similar option in black here), Schutz Heels, Bracelet & Ring c/o LAGOS

Thank you kindly to Westfield UTC for sponsoring my blog & to Nordstrom for providing the tickets to attend the gala. As always, all opinions are my own.

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)