FLORAL & BOOTIES FOR FALL

August 26th, 2016

Today I’m sharing another fun Fall outfit with Nordstrom. I’m slowly switching my wardrobe to Fall tones and finding so many new and versatile pieces from Nordstrom. I found this gorgeous printed floral shift dress in pretty Fall colors and paired it with one of my favorites from last year – this great fitting faux leather jacket. This faux leather jacket is one of my closet staples as it goes perfectly with everything from dressed to skirts and jeans.

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One of my favorite items for Fall are the cute booties! I find myself wearing booties almost everyday during the Fall. The booties seen here were purchased during the NSale but I found so many great new options on Nordstrom.com. Scroll through to see all of the options under $150:

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Nordstrom – size XS
Faux Leather Jacket – BLANKNYC – size XS
Crossbody Bag – Kate Spade
Booties – Vince Camuto purchased during the NSale. Find similar above!
Sunglasses – Ray Ban – find similar gold aviator sunglasses

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. As always, all thoughts, opinions and styling are my own. Thanks for supporting me and my sponsors!

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FALL TRANSITION: STRIPED MINI SKIRT

August 22nd, 2016

I can’t believe we are two-thirds of the way done with August!!! Fall is just around the corner and for today’s blog post, I put together a great Fall transition look with Nordstrom. From Nordstrom’s site, I found a variety of must have pieces for your Fall closet. These pieces I’m sharing are truly versatile in color and style as they can be worn together or separately to complete any look. I especially love this striped mini skirt that is so cute and chic and will look great with anything from a pullover sweater, chambray shirt or a lace top. The skirt is actually petite sizing and I’m happy that I can find so many petite and XS options from Nordstrom. Nordstrom has such a wide selection of Fall items already and I’m so excited for all the Fall layers and colors! Now I just have to wait for it to get chillier here in Southern California ;).

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I also showed in this post that this look can easily be changed from day to night just by changing to some cute strappy heels. This darling Kate Spade Crossbody also converts easily into a clutch with an easy to remove strap!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Striped Skirt – Topshop – size 0P
White Top – Nordstrom – size XXS
Olive Drapey Vest – Jolt – size XS
Shoes – Steve Madden. Also comes in new amazing colors: navy and black
Crossbody Bag – Kate Spade
Strappy Heels – Steve Madden
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. As always, all thoughts, opinions and styling are my own. Thanks for supporting me and my sponsors!

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DENIM OFF THE SHOULDER ROMPER

August 21st, 2016

I love how versatile and comfy this off the shoulder romper is! It’s such a simple look that can be dressed down or up. I added a cute belt and some of my favorite accessories to pull this simple look together. With the dark denim wash, this romper is a great transition from Summer to Fall.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Romper – ASOS – size 0
Mules – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE
Belt – Old ASOS. I haven’t found a similar one but I love this brown bow belt
Tote – Madewell – comes in 2 colors!
Gold Aviator SunglassesMorning Lavender

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TRAVEL DIARY: TUSCANY

August 19th, 2016

I’m finally putting together a travel diary from our amazing trip to Tuscany! We had been to a few parts of this region before but it was the first time we had time to drive around and just explore the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend renting a car if you travel to Tuscany! One of the highlights was staying at the incredible La Foce for part of the trip while photographing a wedding there. The landscape and architecture were simply amazing and we felt so fortunate to have called it “work”. Another favorite part of Tuscany were when we found the endless sunflower fields right at sunset and just in time to catch the perfect golden light. From rows and rows on, it was an incredible sight to see and capture.

Finally another favorite part of our trip was of course – all of the delicious Italian meals we ate. We tried a local pasta called pici and it was delicious. We had pici at one of our favorite restaurants in Italy called Osteria Acuacheta where you also have to get the bistecca floretina steak. The waiters will bring out a large, raw chunk of meat to show you what you will be eating and then it’s cooked to perfection. Our whole steak dinner with pasta, wine, and dessert for 5 people was under $100. And did I mention we ate a lot of gelato?! At least one serving per day was essential ;).

Here are some photos with related outfit links from our trip. If you want to see the exact location of the shot, head over to my Instagram where I geotagged each photo.

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Scallop Bikini – Old Navy SOLD OUT find HERE
Black & White Striped Hat – Morning Lavender

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Off the Shoulder Top – Morning Lavender
High Waisted White ShortsMorning Lavender
Gladiator Sandals – M.Gemi

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Off the Shoulder Floral Maxi DressMorning Lavender SOLD OUT but still available in Peach
Mules – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE

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Cold Shoulder Floral RomperMorning Lavender
Gold Aviator SunglassesMorning Lavender

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Dress – Chicwish – size XS
Shoes – Steve Madden. Also love these ones from Stuart Weiztman and from Tory Burch
Boater HatMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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Longsleeve Floral Maxi DressMorning Lavender – size S altered. Also comes in Navy.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang

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SELF PORTRAIT LACE MIDI DRESS

August 11th, 2016

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite dresses that I purchased on Nordstrom’s site. I’ve been in love with Self Portrait dresses for some time now and I love that they have been recently added to Nordstrom’s gorgeous selection of dresses. I needed a dress for my special birthday date night dinner last week and it was very helpful to find such a wide and nice selection of dresses available on Nordstrom.com. I received the dress just in time thanks to Nordstrom’s great shipping policy and received a ton of compliments when I wore this dress for our delicious dinner at Providence in LA. The beauty of this dress speaks for itself with its incredible lace detailing and lovely midi length. It is a bit of splurge but the quality and fit of the dress are flawless. This is definitely one of those dresses that make you feel confident and feminine and to me that’s worth it ;).

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Self Portrait – size 0. The dress also comes in burgundy!
Shoes – Steve Madden. See also similar Stuart Weitzman nude heels
Handbag – Saint Laurent sold out in white but just as cute in black!
Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent
Sunglasses – Ray Ban – find similar gold aviator sunglasses

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. As always, all thoughts, opinions and styling are my own. Thanks for supporting me and my sponsors!

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BOW ROMPER

August 9th, 2016

If you been following my blog, you know that I just love wearing rompers! I think rompers are very comfortable and flattering on petite gals like myself. One of my go-to sites to shop for rompers is ASOS thanks to their great selection of dressy and casual rompers and petite friendly sizing. I found this darling nude bow romper and immediately became obsessed with the oversized bow and overall feminine look. I can wear rompers all the time so having a dressy one that I can wear to nicer occasions is just perfect!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Romper – ASOS – size 0
Shoes – Steve Madden
Handbag – Chanel
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by ASOS. As always, all thoughts, opinions and styling are my own. Thanks for supporting me and my sponsors!

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FLORAL MAXI DRESS AT LA FOCE

August 4th, 2016

I am turning 1 year older today and as I do every year, I take today to look back on all that has happened before today. This past year has been truly incredible – from enjoying all of the wonderful moments with my amazing husband, traveling to so many incredible places (like the beautiful La Foce in Tuscany), finding a more fulfilling work/life balance and reaching so many goals for my dream of an online shop. I feel like we’ve done so much in such a short time, but it also feels like so much time has passed and there is still yet so much to do. I consider myself an endless dreamer – always envisioning that there’s more ahead. Maybe I’m overambitious, an overachiever as you might say. I like the road more difficult to travel and at this old age (really don’t ask how old), I’m surprised I’m not tired. I feel blessed everyday that I have so many opportunities and blessings in my life. I am very excited for what this year will bring and hope for strength to live everyday to the fullest and without regret. Thanks to everyone who continue to support my blog and believe in me!

I wanted to share these images today because I remember feeling so incredibly lucky the day we arrived at La Foce in Tuscany. We were in awe of what a beautiful place it was and how blessed our jobs of destination wedding photographers had taken us here. Even though my hubs is one heck of a photographer, I feel like these photos don’t even do this place justice. From the scenery to the landscaping to the estate itself, everything was stunning and straight out of a movie. The wedding, couple and guests were amazing and we can’t wait to share those images on our wedding photography site. We had some downtime after the wedding and I got to twirl around the grounds in one of my favorite new maxi dresses from Morning Lavender. I loved this dress so much that I kept both navu and white versions of the dress AND paid my amazing tailor to alter them to fit me perfectly. I raised the shoulders a bit to bring the overall length to my petite height and added a snap button on the front to keep cleavage to a minimum. I am just obsessed with the flowiness of the dress plus the billowy sleeves, gold buttons and gorgeous floral print.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Longsleeve Floral Maxi DressMorning Lavender – size S altered. Also comes in Navy.
Shoes – Kay Unger and HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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SHOP MY INSTAGRAM

August 3rd, 2016

I don’t always blog what I share on my INSTAGRAM so be sure to sign up for LIKETOKNOW.IT and get the links of products I feature emailed directly to you! Here are some of my favorite recent Instagram posts. Hover over the photo to get the direct links to particular items or shop from the icons at the end of the post.

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LAVENDER FIELDS IN PROVENCE

August 1st, 2016

One of my travel goals has always been to visit the amazing lavender fields in Provence! I have this obsession with lavender (as you can tell by my boutique name Morning Lavender), and the husband obliged and let us take a day trip to the south of France in search for this stunning scenery. We took the 3 hour train ride from Paris to Avignon, rented a car, passed through the charming town of Gordes and ended up in Sault 1 hour later where the lavender was endless and the sun was just about the set. It smelled heavenly everywhere and after you got over the fact that there were just as many bees as there were lavender, you realized how lucky you are to experience such a beautiful place. Renting a car in the countryside allowed us to see so much more of Provence and we fell in love with the charm and simplicity of the region. I’d love to go back sometime and see more of the gorgeous countryside!

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After the sun had set, the hubs took out his drone and we were able to get a drone selfie :). It’s hard to travel together and trust a non-professional/stranger with our gear so sometimes we have to resort to drones for the perfect shots. We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to get a romantic photo together :).

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
White Lace Midi DressMorning Lavender – size XS
Mules – Old Vince Camuto – find similar HERE and HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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COLORBLOCK MIDI SKIRT

July 28th, 2016

Paris is one of our favorite cities in the world so the hubs and I always find ourselves traveling back there. We even got married in France! We love taking in the sights, culture, food and just the beautiful architecture. I love the ornate detailing of so many of the buildings and the romantic vibe of the entire city. I combined my love for feminine clothing with the city’s romantic setting and came up with this colorful, feminine look. I wear this lace top often because it goes so great with skirts. One of my favorite ways to wear it is with a full maxi skirt as seen in this blog post. The lace top worked well with my new colorblock midi skirt and I loved all of the pretty colors in one skirt.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Chicwish – size XS
Lace Crop TopMorning Lavender – also comes in Black
Shoes – Old Steve Madden – find similar HERE and love these new Kate Spade bow heels
Handbag – Saint Laurent
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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