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GUEST BLOG POST: Coachella Moments with Good, Bad, and Fab’s Jenny Wu

I’m going through major withdrawal at the moment. Coachella withdrawal. After all, I’ve just spent a weekend surrounded by friends immersed in music and indulgent parties. There were so many great Coachella moments-ones that leave me longing for more and eagerly anticipating Coachella 2014!


The Coachella ferris wheel in all its sunset glory.



Standing in front of Coachella roadkill in my Karen Kane printed maxi dress.





Fabulous daytime pool parties to cool down from the desert heat. Pictured here are the BCBG x Benefit Beauty Bungalow, the Lacoste L!ve pool party, and the Stylecaster backyard bbq.





I had such a fun time rocking out to Santigold at the H&M Coachella party. The lavish afternoon soiree was held on a breathtaking estate complete with its own lake, paddle boards, a popcorn station, an ice cream station, and a shaved ice stand.




My sunnies, my lifesaver, my Coachella bff.




It’s so easy to get lost in the music at Coachella. My favorite sets were The xx, Phoenix, and Fedde le Grande.




Lights out Coachella….for now.


Jenny is an LA fashion lawyer turned fashion blogger. Her blog chronicles her style and fashion musings living life in the fab lane.


{live fabulously}



Tagged Coachella, Coachella 2013, Indigo Bay, jenny wu, karen kane, Karen Kane Spring 2013, Maxi Dresses

Art Walk – LA

On the second Thursday of every month, galleries in downtown Los Angeles stay open late for what is known as Art Walk. The event is a great way to appreciate art, network, and have a night out during the week. I’ve been wanting to check out the event for a while now, but it seems I’m either too busy, forget or have the wrong date in mind.

This month, I was determined to see what Art Walk is all about! I made sure to free my schedule and attend. Overall it was a good experience. The galleries situated along Main, Spring and Broadway featured some very talented and expressive artists. There is a certain nonchalant vibe to Art Walk and I enjoyed roaming around the area while looking for the next gallery to visit. I am looking forward to my next Art Walk, this event is definitely worth making time for at least once a season.

These pieces were some of my favorites!

Here’s a peek of Main Street, the lights are so festive. The Holidays are near!


Tagged california, courtney richardson, retail merchandisers

Haunted Hiking

With Halloween happening mid-week this year, I felt like celebrating in a more low key manner than usual. My friends recently got some new camping equipment so it was perfect timing to get into the Halloween spirit with a camping trip! Some of you might be thinking, what does camping have to do with Halloween?! Let’s see, leaves falling on the trees, telling ghost stories by the camp fire, and eating too many sweets (nobody can resist having just one s’more!). The trip was definitely festive in spirit.

We travelled north from Los Angeles and within two hours arrived at our camping destination, Bear Campground. I was reassured that no bears lived nearby, but I was a bit skeptic. Did they just pull the name out of thin air? Nevertheless, there were no run-ins with bears and the weather turned out to be beautiful. We hiked, played card games, and simply enjoyed nature. Check out the gigantic pine cone we found on the side of the road as well as the pictures from our hike!

Entering the Campground

View from our Hike

Oversized Pine Cone


Tagged carlifornia, courtney richardson, retail merchandisers

Hot Child in the Desert

My travels this week took me to Palm Desert. The area is a bit more than one hundred miles east of Los Angeles, but it feels like a whole other world. One of the most interesting things about California is that there are so many different climates within the state, it’s easy to find interesting places to travel. The Palm Desert/Palm Springs area is known for it’s phenomenal spas and golf courses, which makes for a relaxing vibe within the community. During the Spring and Winter, it’s as if everyone in the area has dodged harsher climates to vacation in the desert. Picture yourself wearing golf shorts and a polo shirt, linen pants with a linen tank, white capri’s and a colorful top or a caftan by the pool and you might be ready to take the journey to Palm Desert!

As I drive from LA to the desert, the scenery becomes increasingly beautiful and the temperature starts to increase. It’s not unusual to leave LA at 65 degrees and arrive to the desert at 95 degrees! With Fall in full swing, I’m ready for boots and a cozy sweater, but these seasonal basics are just not an option in the desert.

This week, however, I was determined to wear Fall fashion! For those of you in similar hot climates, I’m going to pass on my outfit tips that helped me achieve the look of fall in wear now materials. During my visit, I felt comfortable, ready for fall, and confident that I wasn’t going to pass out from heat exhaustion in my outfit.

Tunic: I gravitate towards black, but it’s definitely not the best option for hot weather. I like that this Karen Kane grey python print tunic is neutral yet not to much of a departure from black. Try to find light neutrals to replace black. Also light knits are key. This top is not too thick and not once was I hot in long sleeves!!!

Legging: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite items in my wardrobe, it’s so soft on! What’s nice about this Karen Kane legging is that it’s thin but not see through. A substantial legging is key for the season and an item that will guaranteed get a lot of use.

Flats: Even though I’m dying to get into boots, it’s still too hot to make the transition. A nice pair of flats is a great option in this case.

Windmills are everywhere on the drive to Palm Desert.

Here’s the Palms and Desert all in one pic!

Posing in my new fall look!


Tagged california, courtney richardson, desert, fall, fashion, karen kane, regional merchandisers

The Traditions of Football….

The weather is starting to cool and the season is starting to change. Fall is beginning and Football is underway! I have been looking forward to this season all year long (Football that is). I actually have a countdown to football on my phone.

I know you might laugh, but when we hit four weeks until kickoff I send my boyfriend an email with a photo and “football statistic” for every week. (Normally it would be the other way around!!!) Being from the South you look forward to watching college football on Saturday’s. Traditions are big. The first game I pulled out all of my gear, made Alabama cupcakes and “football munchies” and made sure everyone was ready for the BIG game! It’s well under way and Alabama is 3-0 and has taken the lead at No.1! Do you have traditions that you absolutely love?


Like they say… There’s nothing like football in the South!



Tagged alabama, cupcakes, football, sydney holladay

Fall is Football Season…

So school is finally back in session and just like magic in the northeast, it already feels like Fall. The coolness of the nights, the need for a sweatshirt on the weekend mornings, and the start of the football season is here.

This past Sunday before we headed out of the house to my son’s first football game of the year, he requested 2 waffles, fruit and bacon. He said, “I need to eat a lot so I can have energy on the field.” At almost 8 years old I can assure you he always has energy – I just wish I could borrow a bit sometimes!

After a hearty breakfast Jack got dressed in his uniform and looked so proud. I stood back and could not believe how big he had gotten (the padding adds quite a lot also). As a Mom, I was nervous for him as I  do not want him to get hurt, but this is something he really wanted to do and practiced for all summer.

So off we went in the car and on the way he asked me to play some “rock” on the radio. This gave me a chuckle and I played some Katy Perry (one of his favorites but clearly not what I would term rock; I mean, I grew up in the 80′s ACDC is rock!).  He sang the whole way to the game and was so excited to get on the field and play.

His team did well and they shut out their opponents.  When the game was over and he came off the field he ran and gave me a huge hug and said, “that was so fun!” Then my little boy asked if he could take off his padding and go play on the playground. I sighed a sense of relief the game was over and happily watched him climb and swing.

I know being a parent is the toughest job anyone can do, and I also know it is the most rewarding, amazing gift to watch your kids grow up. So week one of football is down and this Mom has survived!

Jack in his uniform, ready to play!

With the cousins, about to hit the playground.

Tagged autumn, fall, family, football, tiffany bowe, weekend

Life’s A Grape!

Fall is upon us and Summer is slowly whisking away… so before it faded, I had to do one of my rituals: Wine tasting on Long Island!

Long island is home to over 60 vineyards and 42 are open to the public. I gathered up the girls from the city and headed to the island for a fun filled day. We visited seven wineries with my favorite being Sparkling Point as our last stop. To be out of the city and enjoying the nature all around us was wonderful! Being from the South I am use to the lush greenery surrounding me everyday so it felt amazing to be back in those surroundings. We ended our tour dancing the night away at Claudio’s overlooking the ocean. It was perfect! If you ever get a chance to visit the wineries on Long Island I promise they won’t disappoint.

So “Cheers” to a wonderful past weekend with wonderful friends and “cheers” to the next one in store!

Happy Friday everyone!

My fellow “Southern Belle”, Celie, and me in one of the vineyards!


Dusk settles in.



Some of my favorite vineyards: Clovis Point, Sparkling Point, Duck Walk Vineyards, Pindar Vineyards & Palmer Vineyards

Tagged celie mayhall, Clovis Point, Duck Walk Vineyards, long island, Palmer Vineyards, Pindar Vineyards, Sparkling Point, summer, sydney holladay, weekend

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