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Wishlist: Boho

I'm having a pom pom/boho moment, which is odd for me. I usually prefer clothes and jewelry with clean lines. But, apparently there is another part of me that loves the freedom that bohemian garments and accessories evoke. I'm drawn toward the ease and anything goes attitude. Recently I fell in love with a puka shell and pom pom necklace from online retailer, Figue, only to find it completely sold out and so I have been searching for a replacement. Loving the magpie look of rhinestones and pom poms as well as other items mixed together, here are a few favorites in my search so far.

Left and bottom right: pom pom stack bracelets and crochet choker necklace. Top right: Diana jewel pom pom necklace by Venna at Lane Crawford. Middle: Etro at Net-a-Porter (now sold out in the time it took me to write this blog).

Back in Time: Retro Bathing Suits

It's bathing suit season—almost. The sun is coming out to play and with it the temperatures rise and trips to the beach are in store. But along with that comes a time not everyone enjoys—bathing suit season. It doesn't have to be a scary experience, though. Retro bathing suits are flattering on everyone and allow some comfort if you want to be stylish, but stay modest. With flattering cuts and styles and colors that are über chic, these are a few of my favorites. I recently tried on the yellow one and as a curvy girl, I found it to be just what I was looking. Modcloth has an excellent selection of attractive bathing suits that you'll be happy to wear this season. 

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Trend Report: Gingham

Gingham isn't just for country girls anymore. The trend is making a huge comeback this season and is crossing the map of fashion: from tops to dresses to jeans, it's a big staple for spring. Here are a few of our favorites from Anthropologie

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The Makeup Chair

The Makeup Chair is a monthly column by Jillian Wilkey, a professional makeup artist in the Bay Area.

The first thing you’ll notice about Jennalee Dahlen, aesthetician and owner of Santa Cruz Skin Solutions and Integrated Wellness, is her pristine skin. Dahlen considers herself a minimalist when it comes to makeup and likes to add a pop of color on her eyes and a flush on her cheek. When’s she not treating the skin needs of others, Dahlen keeps busy playing with her three little girls. She believes that a "beautiful you" comes from inner body happiness, not the makeup you cover up with. Here's what's in her bag:

1. Sun Defense Minerals with Stone Crop Hydrating Mist by Eminence: This is a must for me every day with skin protection. It is such a clean ingredient-based product that it is safe enough for me to put it on my girls when we are doing activities. I set it with the Stone Crop Hydrating Mist so that my SPF will last five hours and creates little mirrors to reflect away the UV rays.

2. Facial Recovery Oil by Eminence: I put this on daily to get extra glow and hydration in my skin. 

3. Bitty Brow Kit in Blonde, Jane Iredale: When I put this product on my light colored, thin brows it gives my eyes more definition and pop

4. Oyster/Supernova Eye Shadow, Jane Iredale: This versatile shadow is amazing with my blue eyes. I can wear it in a few ways depending on my application and use it for day or night. It also looks slightly different on everyone so even brown, green and hazel eyes can enjoy this duo kit. 

5. LipDrink SPF 15: I use this almost daily. The name says it all: it truly is like a drink for my lips. They feel hydrated and moisturized after using this product and because there is no petroleum in the ingredients, it doesn't dehydrate lips like most lip products do. In addition, I get SPF 15 for my lips.

Next month's column will feature Missy Schnaps of Salon on the Square. 


Designer Spotlight: Sea NY


Sea Spring 2015

When I find a collection I like, I ask myself, "Why do I like it?" and I look at a few other seasons to see if it's a fluke or if the designers have something that strikes a chord with me in general. With Sea NY it's the latter. Based in New York City and designed by Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini, they have hit upon the perfect blend of fabric, plus modern, simple shapes. While not necessarily print driven, their prints are beautiful and wearable. I am especially drawn to their denim silhouettes, and embroideries. Launched in 2006 they've had years to perfect their looks, here are 6 of my favorites from their Spring 2015 collection.

Check out Pre-Fall and Fall 2015 as well as previous seasons and find stores at