Monday, September 30, 2013

Mad for plaid, tons of ways to rock plaid!

Make it feel like fall, even if you are still in shorts just by adding some plaid...I love it!  How are you rocking plaid?

Mad for Plaid!

I can't wait to do a DIY project I found on the Free People blog!  I'm OBSESSED!!!!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Solange - Lovers In The Parking Lot (Official Video)

I don't know how I missed the release of this!  She is always looking fab and like she is having fun.  I am now following her again on instagram at @saintrecords .  Get ready to be inspired!

It's time to go shopping at Target' (again:)

I LOVE every piece here!  @targetdoesitagain shared the shoes and said they are like the Petty style by Sam Edelman!  Now, I have to check them out!!  I'm addicted to my Petty's.  Plus, they are a fraction of the price of the Petty's at less than $50!  Make sure to sign up for coupons and download the Cartwheel app to get more slashes to that amazing price!

I NEED all of these from Target right now!

I NEED all of these from Target right now! by fashionalities featuring a long open front cardigan

1.  Buying ASAP!  Mossimo Long Open Cardigan, $35
2.  LOVE this print!  Merona Doubleweave Pencil Skirt, ONLY $23
3.  Classic: Who doesn't love an anorak?  $40
4.  This Merona plaid blazer is beyond!  I can't wait to try it on!  $35
5.  These are the amazing boots!  Sam & Libby boot $45
6.  Love the trim on this top!  $18

Friday, September 27, 2013

Insane Designer Brand Collabs: P'trique C'est Chic with Cherry Dollface

She's brilliant!  I LOVE this!  Happy weekend!  What are your fave collabs?  I am still hoping for collabs with my favorite small designers like: TWO New York, Apiece Apart, and Mara Hoffman.  Who would you like to see?

Weekend Watch: Glamour Mag has a stylist competition show online, Dress to Kill!

How did I not know about this!?  I am always inspired by styling shows (I actually prefer them over designers...shhh:)  !  I can't wait to catch up on all of these!  Have you seen this yet?  Get ready to take notes:)  P.S. Whitney Port is hosting.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Free People Changing Room: Cuff Edition

 I really want one of these tops and I LOVE the styling here!  I'm taking notes from two fo the looks to recreate while in Portland:)

Vintage/Thrift Shoppers, Take Note! It's Halloween and the BEST time to shop!

I've been to about 3 different thrift stores from Goodwill to Savers and I've noticed that the Halloween section is the best place for fashionistas!  Getting past all of the actual costumes like Superman there are some amazing vintage and ethnic finds!  Today, I scored almost all of my pieces from the Halloween section and they are pieces that are on trend and found on sites like Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters and more.  Usually, you have to scour a store, which I LOVE...but, it's nice to finally have a place to find vintage in one section.  It doesn't seem like the fashionistas have realized this yet since I have found a large selection in three stores so get out there and have fun this month!  And, who knows, maybe in November all of these amazing vintage pieces might be half off!  Something to look forward to!


*Vintage Norma Kamali set

*fab ethnic duster

*ethnic babydoll dress (I had to, it has elephants:)

*Pajama set

Start fall off on the right foot with socks from Free People

Living in Arizona and heading to India, fall and winter weather really doesn't happen.  When I was presented with a style challenge by Free People and got to choose socks I would like to style for fall I thought the unexpected might be fun and chose a pair of "yoga socks"(spacedye yoga sock) that had cut outs at the toe and heel.  I had just purchased the Free People Minimal Lace Up Heel which has an open toe and heel cut out detail that pairs perfect!   I couldn't choose which look I liked most and they are very different looks so I figured I'd share both:)

Thanks to my brother and sister in law for the photo direction and shooting this!!:). 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What I ended up getting from my Instagram win from Calypso St Barths +Paige denim

I got the grey version of this and can't wait to pair it with a pair of grey jeans!
Who doesn't love a pair of straight leg, mid-rise dark jeans?  I'll be wearing these with everything!

I was so excited when I first won and didn't even care that I wasn't the number one winner.  (Who got to shop with the designer of Paige jeans:)  But, I was sooo excited when I found out I was getting way more than a tote bag!!!  I got to choose from about 3 pairs of Paige jeans in store and I had $200 to choose a top!  How amazing is that!?  And, I got to do it old school, in store rather than online.  I love their boutiques and the ladies helping me were so nice and just as excited as me for my win:)

Thank you all for the amazing experience and beautiful pieces I can't wait to wear!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A new approach to spa week at body +

As a member of the Hot Mom Spa Squad I was lucky to experience spa week (Oct 14-20) a few weeks early for FREE!  I've always participated in the festivities of spa week with friends.  But, we usually do the relaxing services like facials, massages and pedis.  Today, I got to experience spa week with a more beneficial approach at body +.  I had microdermabrasian for the first time and loved the experience!  I went into the experience thinking it might hurt or I might turn red and neither happened:)
This is Taylor, the lovely lady who worked on me:)
This is the diamond microdermabrasion tool she used.

The microdermabrasian service was followed with a red and blue LED light session for twenty minutes to benefit collagen and acne.  Taylor massaged my hands/arms for 10 minutes and then I was left to relax for 10 minutes and it was so nice!

These ladies were soo nice!  Great, personal experience!  

This service is perfect for a mommy on the go because you can make it a quick in and out in twenty minutes.  Or, you can do this before a facial or a peel.  Microdermabrasian is a great service to do once a month.

The location is offering 4 different services to choose from for $50 each!
*Elos Acne Laser Treatment with Bi-polarRadio Frequency and Blue Light Energy
*Painless ReFirme™ Skin Tightening Treatment
*4 Layer Vitamin C Enzyme Resurfacing Treatment or Microdermabrasion Treatment

Check out the spa week site for more pictures and information on the services.

My big beauty take away was Vitamin C all the way to build collagen production and make you glow!  I'm buying Vitamin C vitamins tonight and Emergen-C drinks ASAP!  (You can get free samples here:)

I can't leave out what I wore:)  I'm all about being comfy at spa no makeup and hair in a top knot.  Shades are always a must and the ensemble is: Kimono (I'm addicted right now and it makes a pair of pants and a tank go a long way:), H&M black tank, Missoni pants and Missoni for Havaianas flip flops.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tons of reasons to shop the Last Call NM friends & family sale

I just visited the Last Call NM sale with $100 (given to me by the brand) and had so many cute options plus amazing deals that I was able to get 4 items for $109!  So, I only spent $9!  

Insider shop deals:
*they have fab sale events weekly!  Sign up with Last Call NM and get updates about them.
*sign up for text updates and get $10 off the first purchase!

The highest price on shades were $150, so they would have only come to $100 if in would have purchase during the sale!
Who doesn't love a Missoni scarf?
I'm addicted to Free People, so I ended up getting these shirts.  The funny thing is I had seen a fashionista at the Phillip Lim for Target wearing the top on the right and looked it up and it was still full price at $88.  I got it at Last call for only $30!!!
Fab find:Tory Burch sweater for only $60!

Check out the sale before it ends today or keep watching for the next one if you miss it!  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Get ready for dropping temps with dropping prices at Last Call NM's Friends & Family event 9/19-9/23

During the event, fashionista's will get an EXTRA 30% off their entire purchase, including new fall styles!  Mark your calendar for: September 9/19-9/23.

I'm excited to take advantage of the event at the Arizona Mills location with the $100 gift card Last Call has provided me with!  I can't wait to share all of my finds.  Make sure and be following me on instagram @fashionalities for all of the fun!

Here are a few of the NM Last Call trends I will be searching for:

*Animal Magnetism – Wild ideas from head to toe. 
*Fur-ocious – Layer it on for instant glamour. *Rock Revival – Moto jackets, studs, and lots more tough-girl chic. *Leather Looks – Put chic and supple leather on your radar. 

Insider info:

If you've never shopped at Last Call Neiman Marcus it's the outlet for Neiman Marcus.  So, they carry fab brands like: VINCE, Diane Von Furstenberg, Equipment, Theory, Tahari, John Hardy, Kate Spade New York, Stuart Weitzman, Furla and, more.  All at a fraction of the price!  Plus, opportunities like this where you can get a discount on top of an already amazing price! 

Disclaimer: Last Call provided a $100 gift card for me to shop at the Friends & Family Event” or “Sponsored Post.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Adventures at Target's #philliplimfortarget excitement today

What I got and what everyone wanted from the #philliplimfortarget line

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

I woke up bright and early to get to Target for the AMAZING 3.1 Phillip Lim collection.  I got there at 7:30 a.m. and there were already fashionista's waiting at the door scouting out the pieces they wanted from the display at the front of the store.  I went knowing I was interested in the large taupe tote.  I wanted to see the quality before purchasing online.
My friend and I jumped in the front as the doors opened and RAN!  I couldn't believe it!  (P.S. I took my daughter because she decided she wanted to go.  So, I had a cart to push too!:)  I ended up nabbing the bag I wanted, plus a travel wallet I'll be using on our travels in India.  I also, went online and purchased the brown tote that is sold exclusively online.  Everything was really great quality...I noticed everyone was really wanting the small yellow handbag.  It's sold out online and none were left in the store even after a store associate restocked the shelves.   I wish I could do small bags because they were really cute!   If S or Harp were old enough I would totally get one for them...I guess when I see them on sale I'll nab them for much later:)  
Shop 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target + Spend $50, Get Free Shipping - Valid 9/15-11/16

Friday, September 13, 2013

Check out why sharing is caring only some of the time:) and how you can win $6,000 !

6 words, 370 calories, 1 video: Wendy’s Smoky Honey Mustard Chicken Flatbread that as you can see I just can't share above:). Check out the #6secondsflat contest at to see 6 seconds could win you $6,000. #sp

P.S. All of the kids wanted it and the hubby who is taping this ending up finishing it all:)  

Trending: Tiger Tee's

Tiger Tee's

1.  Charlotte Russe tiger tee $18  Get $10 off if you shop it now!:)
2.  Urban Outfitters tiger tee $50
3.  Kenzo Tiger Tee $190
4.  Lovers + Friends muscle tee from Shopbop $48
5.  Dip Dye Tiger Tee from Delias $7.99

I'm LOVING this Tiger Tee that was featured on a street style chick on Daily Candy during #nyfw.  Now to decide which style to get:)

P.S. Here is Beyonce rocking a tiger tee on her recent vacay:

Her shirt is the Shopbop top above!  

Coconut Lavender Body Scrub

Another fave of mine...#coconut !:)  I'm making this weekend!  My mom has made me the coconut oil scrub (which I LOVE...and since it's almost gone)...I'm going to try making this to enjoy next:)

Classic Avocado Toast

I'm addicted to avocado toast so had to share this fab video for weekend yum:)


A scoop on the SJP shoes coming to Nordstroms in 2014

Sadly, there are no pics available yet.  But, here is the scoop I found at Huffington Post Style-one of my go to's for fashion info and trends.

"The collection, with shoe prices ranging from $200 to $300 and bags going for just below $700, will sold exclusively at Nordstrom and hit stores in early 2014."

There you have it...sadly, prices won't be as low as Bitten...but, I'm still curious to see what she has as far as designs go:)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fashionistas in New York...don't miss out on this fab store opening for Carlo Pazolini

The perfect match from Target: Clean & Cozy #targetwedding

I  was excited when I was asked to participate in the #targetwedding challenge to share the gifts my hubby and I would get and why even if they are very different items they work so well together.  My husband and I didn't have the expected white wedding so it didn't end with gifts at the reception celebration.  So, it was kind of fun to act like we were choosing the items that would be on our registry after 7 years of marriage and knowing each other so well.  I knew right away Kabir's item would be the Dyson because he is in LOVE with the brand.  We already own one and he is ALWAYS looking at getting a new one.  And, he LOVES when he comes home from work and sees vacum marks on the carpet:)

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

I, on the other hand love all things RELAX:)  I LOVE the idea of us relaxing together and cozying up with a throw blanket.  So, I thought what was more fitting than a throw blanket, candle and then a special extra for moi.  A wrap towel with paisleys and pompoms.  Perfection.

Perfect match; clean the house and then, get comfy and cozy and relax in the House of Rao.  Home Sweet Home.


Friday, September 06, 2013

Give back with a piece from Satya Jewelry, plus an interview with the designer, Satya Scainetti

Snake: eternity & immortality 

I'm all about giving back with my purchase.  When I heard about how Satya Jewelry was donating 10% of proceeds from each Arm Yourself bracelet to Home of Hope, which provides shelter and education for exploited girls in South Africa I knew I had to share!

Here's the interview with Satya Scainetti | Designer/Co-Founder Satya Jewelry

Q.  How does the snake relate to this charity? 

A.  The snake itself is not related to the charity. We pick a different charity for each seasonal collection to highlight them.

Q.  Why did you choose the colors in the collection? 

A.  We always look in the market for the stones available this year emerald is the Pantone and color this year the black diamonds look beautiful with sterling silver. 

Q.  How did you get connected with this non profit (Home of Hope in Africa)? 

A.  Through my friend Gurmukh who teaches yoga all over the world. She met the women who started the home of home and we match out first donation.

Q.  How do you recommend styling these fab bracelets? 

A.  Layer them up the more the better!

Q.  What is your inspiration for your collections? 

A.  So many things inspire me. But I go to India at least once a year and last year I found a snake necklace that inspired me to make this collection.

Q.  Where do you travel for inspiration? 

A.  India, Thailand...really,  all over Asia.

Q.  What are your favorite blogs and magazines that you look to for inspiration? 

A.  I like all the fashion magazines.  I scan through all of them for inspiration.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Tonight's project runway winners look will be sold on New Balance...

...Tomorrow at 5am!  I was hoping for Kate...but, it turns out Helen's jacket did it for the judges.  I'm def buying the jacket, but won't buy anything else.  If it had been Kate's look I would have bought it all...oh well...maybe Heidi will decide to add it to her line later...crossing my fingers:)

Pics to come tomorrow of both of the looks.  Not available online yet.

My new fashion week street style crush: Gloria Baume

I spotted a pic of her on Instagram today wearing a bcbg dress I'm going crazy over!!!  But, it's sadly from 2011ish so I'm searching all over eBay and poshmark for it...until I find is some inspiration from her street style:

Her style makes me feel like she's from the islands or Cali...will have to research.

A new favorite for Spring 2014: Whit

I loved everything!  But, here are a few I had to share:)

Loving the head scarf!
I need these shorts!
Love cut outs of course:)
Just beautiful!