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Happy Birthday to Me!

So I just recently had my 36th Birthday a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t help but want to share some of the amazing presents I received this year.  Come to think of it, how about I share some of my favorites over the past few years.  Birthdays are not all about presents, but they certainly make me smile.  From clothes to money to accessories to time spent with others, here are my picks for top Birthday gifts over the years.

1.  Sakroots Wristlet


A gift given to me last year by a great friend who knows me so well.  I don’t like big purses so this is perfect for me.  Just big enough to fit my money, credit cards and license, a few business cards, chap stick, lip gloss, phone and keys.  And it goes with everything!!

2.  7 For All Mankind Jeans


My very first pair!  Thank you Mom for this $48 pair of consigned Seven Jeans.  They are the perfect fit and just the right length for me. I never thought I would own a pair because I won’t spend that much on jeans (except if they are Lucky Brand but even then I go to the outlet store).  The other piece my Mom bought me at my favorite consignment store, Bloom in San Diego (be expecting a blog about this boutique in the near future), is a bold burgundy color with lace detail and it hangs perfectly on my long torso.

3.  Nordstrom Savvy Brand Top and Vigoss Skinny Capri Jeans



Thank you Dad for the $100 check you sent me this year!  It took me no longer than 2 hours to cash that sucker and head to Nordies.  I knew what I wanted and I went right to it.  The top is from their Savvy department- Go Make Noise is the brand and it’s made in America.  Love the detail at the top and the simplicity of the rest.  The jeans are Vigoss which I find to fit me well after having 2 kids.  They have that destroyed look which I love.

4 & 5.


I found this little gem at a consignment store in Palm Springs a few weeks ago.  I think it was $14 or so and I can wear it as a skirt or a dress.  I love the native print and it’s so lightweight for spring/summer.  Looks super cute with a high-waisted belt.  Looks perfect with my new t-strap sandals below.  These are from Payless and they ran me $15 I think after using a coupon.   These 2 items were my presents to myself.




One of my very best friends got me this ring this year.  I love it because it is adjustable and so colorful.  I usually dress pretty plain, so an accent ring helps to brighten me up and it’s one of the few pieces of jewelry I can get away with wearing while caring for my little baby.

7.  Born Concept Wedge Sandals


I had been looking for a pair of shoes from DSW because I received a coupon for my birthday to use there.  To my surprise, a dear client of mine got me a gift certificate so it worked out perfectly.  I was able to buy my new pair of  black wedge sandals with only $9 coming out of my own pocket.   They are so comfortable.  Thanks Lesa!

8.  Tory Burch Studded Wrap Bracelet


Again, my client Lesa gives me the coolest gifts (this was from last year).  Tory Burch, What?  I love this bracelet.

So you ask, Tina, what did your husband give you this year?  Well, I can’t take a real picture of it because it’s not that kind of blog- Ha!  But here’s a hint.

Signing off in San Diego another year older,



Happy Easter = Happy Fashion

Happy Easter  =   Happy Fashion

Any excuses to wear floral prints, bright colors and/or lace this weekend?  I got one, Easter!  Not everyone celebrates, but those that do want to look their best.

These are some looks I have been scoping out for this years Easter celebration (and not only for me but for my daughters as well).

Adrianna Papell Scalloped Lace Dress

$138 at Nordstrom

Worn as is- perfection!

Xhilaration Juniors Keyhole Dress

$24.99 at Target

Pair it with a White cardigan and Nude t-strap sandals.  This one won’t break your bank either.

Jack by BB Dakota Cherry Chiffon Dress

$59 at Urban Outfitters

Wear it with shoes below and you got the look!

Rilo Wedges

$89 at Lucky Brand

Ponte Full-Skirt Dress

$130 at Banana Republic

Add a big chunky necklace and Floral-print pumps.

Miss Me Jeans, Skinny Floral-Print

$99 at Macy’s

For a more casual look, pair it with a pewter peplum tee.

i jeans by Buffalo Lace-Front Chiffon-Back Top

$25 at JC Penny

Go bold with this tank, white skinnies and shoes below (don’t forget the bunny ears though).

DV Footwear ‘Greer’ Flat

$78.95 at Nordstrom

NEXT UP, looks for my daughters (and yours as well).

Sydney, my almost 3 year old is like a princess and tomboy all wrapped up in one.  The first look is what I would like to see her in, the second look is what she will most likely end up wearing.

Isobella and Chloe Dress

$50 at Nordstrom

Darling, sweet, great color and just the right amount of tutu.

Harajuku Mini for Target Toddler Girls Short Sleeve Dress- Yellow

$20 at Target

Love Gwen’s Harajuku Mini line at Target so don’t get me wrong, just not what I would pick for Easter Sunday.

Now for Skyler my 7 month old, she has no choice but to let me pick her outfit.  I won’t pick a dress for her though because it is not functional for me to hold her with one on- they ride up so easily.  Therefore, I will pick more of a romper style.

Chambray short one-piece

$29.95 at Gap

You can add so much to this, cute hair accessories for sure and maybe even a little colorful cardigan.

‘Ardmore’ Romper Infant

$30 at Nordstrom

Love this pattern and looks so comfortable for the little one.

Here’s to the Easter Bunny putting a Nordstrom Gift Card into your Easter Basket this year!

Happy Shopping, Happy Spring, Happy Easter to all!

Signing off in Style from San Diego,

Tina Carreras

Duro Olowu for JC Penney

Duro Olowu       


JC Penney


JC Penney has teamed up with designer Duro Olowu for a new limited-edition clothing line this spring.  Duro Olowu is a London-based, Nigerian born designer who has an eye for color and prints like no other.  In an interview with Olowu said: “This collection is for anyone from 18 to 80.  Everything has a flattering element, whether you mix prints or pull out one piece and keep it simple”.  His collection is priced anywhere from $10-$100 and consists of clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry.

Here are some of my favorite pieces.

Ruffle Maxi Dress $60

Feminine yet Bold

Ruffle-Front Blouse in White $30

(also comes in Green and 2 different prints)

Print Sweater $40

Pair it with your favorite skinny jeans

Elastic Waist Floral Skirt $30

Perfect for Easter

Long Cardigan Sweater $45

For work or play

Soft Cuffed Print Pants $35

Just the right amount of LOUD!

Short-Sleeve Knit Dress $40

Flirty and Fun

Embellished Crystal and Faux Pearl Long Statement Necklace $25

Small Tapestry Handbag $30

These JCP Duro Olowu combinations are something to talk about.


This collection is only available through May so hurry up and visit your local JC Penney or shop online.

Signing off in Style from San Diego,





When I told my husband I was writing a blog about shoes he said, “So finally you are gonna address the issue that women have too many shoes!”  I laughed and thought, you poor thing, we have 2 daughters and it’s only just begun.

For Christmas, my daughter received a book called Shoe-la-la by Karen Beaumont.  It starts off, “Party dresses, party hair… Need new party shoes to wear.  Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Claire!  Let’s go find the perfect pair!  Shoe-la-la!  They’re everywhere.”  It’s a story about a group of young girls who go looking for shoes.  They tear up the store trying on all different styles, and the poor guy working there ends up in a sea of shoes only to have them leave without buying any.  They go home and decide to get crafty, making their own dress up shoes with beads, bows, lace and feathers.  Cute book and it gave me the idea for this post………SHOES!!!!

“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.”
― Seo Min Hyun

The Spring/Summer 2013 shoe trend is looking bright with lots of neon colors, metallic accents, ethnic materials/prints, mesh and lace, and color blocking!  We see the oxford lace-up (updated), heel heights soaring higher and getting chunkier, and pointy toes coming back into style.


metallic and reptile prints


gladiator boots


and lace



Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

Affordable options for those of us on a budget- all under $100.

Ecote Tall Cone-Stud Caged Sandal

$49.00 at Urban Outfitters



*Pair it with a black pencil skirt and a bright fluorescent blouse

Women’s Mossimo® Pearlynn Chunky Peep Toe Heels – Black/White

$29.99 at Target


 *Throw them on with your favorite skinny jeans

CL by Laundry Brighter Day Flat

$44.95 at DSW



Matisse ‘Bourbon’ Flat

$89.95 at Nordstrom


*That little black dress never looked so good than with these Rose Gold, Peep Toe Pumps

rsvp Jovita

$79.00 at



DV by Dolce Vita ‘Ayden’ Sandal

$68.95 at Nordstrom


$99.95 at Steve Madden




 *Go all white from head to ankles- then complete with these cute casual slip-ons

Women’s Kim Toe Chillie Slip On

$42.99 at Payless




*Look sheeny in these heels by pairing them with a bomber jacket and a full-bodied skirt


$89.00 at Nine West
Whatever shoe fits, wear it in style!

Signing off with Sole and Style from San Diego,




Ringing in the New Year

2013 is right around the corner and we want to know:  How are you going to ring in the New Year?

Mix Pave Branch Ring

$175 from

ASOS Spike Gem Cocktail Ring

$17.59 from
$19.95 from

Kaia Ring

$55 from

Stackable Deco Rings – Set of 3

$49 from
$$$- ???
Guess we will find out next year
Signing off in Style from San Diego,

Raising Style

We all have those women in our life that just know how to dress.  Whether we noticed them in the 3rd grade or High School or have just run into them at the park, their sense of style is authentic, inspired, expressive and always draws attention.

what I love- denim shorts over tights, studded black ankle boots, eggplant colored purse

what i love- hot pink cardigan, patterned skirt, taupe shoes

I asked 2 women in my life whose style I admire, when and how did it start for them?  The answers seemed simple.  They were young, given hand me downs to recreate something out of, and when they were finally able to pick out their own clothes, they were given the freedom to explore colors, textures and lots of mismatching of patterns.  The inspiration was music, friends/family and those ever famous window displays.


my friend Callie Karvelis- in this picture she’s pregnant and adorable, style- bohemian chic, never trendy but always put together

my friend Gayle Skidmore-  amazing musician, singer/songwriter

style- eclectic, indie, vintage inspired, thrifty

So, back to the point of this whole blog.  I have a toddler and for awhile she only wanted to wear pink stretch pants, hello kitty t-shirts and crocs- I thought that phase would never end.  Now she is exploring more girly things like tutu’s, dresses, barrettes, jewelry and sparkly shoes!  She is dressing herself and becoming more independent.

 There are times when I say to myself NO WAY is she wearing that out in public and then I remember those stylish women who have stood out in my lifetime. They have confidence in putting outfits together and I want to instill that in my daughter as well.  As long as it’s age, body and weather appropriate, anything goes.  It has become more and more fun every day to see what she comes up with.

my daughter Sydney Carreras- layers, tutu skirt, sparkle shoes

style- playful, sparkly, comfortable

Signing off in style from San Diego,

Tina Carreras