Light Blue with a Twist

Dress: Ibiss 

Bralette, Sandals, Hat (similar here): Target

Helllllloooo friends! Happy Wednesday :). We finally went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival last weekend and it was so fun! I’ve been wanting to go for the past 3 years since we’ve lived in Northern California but we just haven’t made it there until this year, yay finally!

^^^^This was my outfit for the food festival as it was a hot day, so obviously no pants! I also wanted to protect my face from the sun (always necessary) so I wore this cute black and white striped sun hat with this light blue floral dress. Isn’t this dress perfect for summer? The small opening in the front + little twist by the chest is such a cute/flirty detail. I found it at a local boutique and it was $55 (fashion score!).

Ok so the Gilroy Garlic Festival is definitely a must if you live in the Bay Area and like or love garlic…well, really just food in general. There is SO much food, it’s crazy! Everything we ate was delicious: from garlic butter shrimp scampi to garlic crab fries to garlic mushrooms to funnel cake (no garlic there just deliciousness!) and even garlic ice cream!!! I actually really liked the garlic ice cream, but am a huge garlic lover myself :). Luckily we had a group of 5 of us so we shared a lot of the food, to maximize trying more items ;).

We got to see Giada de Laurentiis in person as she was the MC for a garlic cook-off (obvs). She is tiny in person, super petite, and was rocking a t-shirt dress (blue & white striped, casual but cute) and shoulder length kind of messy wavy hair. She looked good! 

On another note, Target, per usual, is killing it with on-trend and super cute items. I found these pearl slides for $25. They also come in tan which I didn’t even see in person :(. I LOVE the black ones though and have been wearing them non-stop. Pearl details are so in right now, especially on shoes…I’m loving it. Currently obsessed with this pink/blush pair that I got recently from Nordstrom by Steve Madden as well.

Wait the black target sandals I have are EXACTLY like these Steve Madden ones which are $70 (!). Which one came first?! Probably the Steve’s, but hey that’s what happens when you’re a good designer…Target does it for less $$$! OR did Target have them first? We’ll never know ;).

Another Target steal is this front scalloped lace bralette which has the best crossed detail back for $13. It also comes in aqua. It’s super comfy and fashionable to wear under tops and dresses or alone while at home lounging ;).

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week!

“Give me ALL the summer dresses and pearl sandals!” Sera 🙂

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Stars & Stripes via Kimono

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Top: Nordstrom (love this one too!)

Kimono, Jeans: Target (similar here)

Bag: Chanel (check out this beauty!)

Lips: MAC ‘Russian Red’

Sunglasses: Maris DeHart

Sandals: Tory Burch (these are on sale & similar to my very favorite pair of Tory sandals)

Hi hi hi! A happy belated 4th of July to all my American readers/friends/peeps! We had such a lovely long weekend…we got 2 days off of work which was very nice. Our days were filled with lots of family, fun times and food!

Obviously we bbq-ed, because America :), but we also went to a soccer game at Stanford between the LA Galaxy & the San Jose Earthquakes and went White Water River Rafting on the American River which was awesome!!! See the middle pic of me cliff jumping in the middle of our rafting trip ;)! If you like outdoor activities and aren’t scared of water I definitely recommend trying it out. We went through ARTA and did Level 3 (out of 5). We had a really nice, albeit hot day on the water but it worked out well as the water was frigid!! It’s melted snow, so we knew it was going to be super cold but I literally screamed when I willingly jumped in for a dip ~30 minutes into our rafting trip, ha!

The good news is that nobody in our raft fell out! As long as you pay attention and are in good physical shape a Level 3 rafting excursion is quite easy. I want to do a Level 4 next! Level 5 might be a bit too crazy for me but we’ll see in the future :).

Now for my outfit. This was what I wore on the 4th of July. This cute-y kimono is from Target and I LOVE it! I’ve always been drawn to stars and stripes (separately and together) in fashion. I wanted to be comfortable as I knew I would be running around with my twin nieces all day, so I chose jeans and a cute white top from Nordstrom (which I also have in black!). I finished the look off with a red lip and my navy Chanel boy bag…quite festive ;).

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!!!

xo “Give me all the cute star and stripe things!” Sera 🙂

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Pineapple Print + Gingham

Dress: J.Crew

Sunglasses: Maris DeHart

Sandals: Target

My sister and brother-in-law visited us this weekend and it was so much fun! She’s pregnant (obvs) and is literally the prettiest, most beautiful, pregnant person I’ve ever seen. She looks great and is truly glowing right now :)! We cannot wait to meet the little one so soon!!! I get to be an Auntie once more, which is the absolute best! #auntielife

Wanted to share this colorful pineapple print dress, with pockets (!), from J.Crew which is currently 25% off. It’s so fun for summer, I LOVE the print a lot…like when I spotted it in the store I knew I wanted to wear it right away :).

Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far! Sending you lots of positive vibes and love!

xo “Be a Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear A Crown and Be Sweet On The Inside” Sera 😉

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Chania Chill

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Dress: Anthropologie (On SALE, such a good price currently!)

Earrings: Stella & Dot

Sunglasses: Quay 

Sandals: Tory Burch (similar here)

I had to write this post ASAP once I saw that this dress is on sale now! Like, really really on SALE. It was originally $138 and now it’s $39.95!!! I got it for almost double that (still on sale but not as good as now!) and don’t even mind as it’s super cute and fun for Spring & Summer. I love the one-shoulder strap detail…I think it makes the dress! The chest/bust area is super flattering, gives you some nice cleavage AND support…two very important things ;).

K says this looks #countrychic or #farmgirlchic which makes me laugh, but I am so into it! I brought it on our trip to Greece and wore it on a sunny, warm day while we were in Chania, Crete. Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and Chania is the second largest city of Crete.

Chania is a charming very walkable Venetian harbor city with lots of scenic spots, good shopping and history. We spent two days in this very nice and relaxing city and it was the perfect amount of time. Also, the fact that we traveled there in mid-April was perfect as we avoided the crazy tourist season that happens from ~May-August in Chania and Greece in general. I highly recommend visiting Greece anywhere from mid-to-late April to early-to-mid May. 

xoxo “Chania is such a Charming, Chill and Cute City” All the ‘C’s” Sera 🙂

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Rainbow Row

Dress: Anthropologie (not available online anymore 😦 but check stores! Also, this one is super cute)

Sunglasses: Windsor (were $10!!! similar here)

Bag: YSL

Wedges: Stuart Weitzman (love these sparkly ones!)

Photos: By the talented Lisa Tat (my new photog when we vacation together!)

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.” 

Hello hello! A little “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” inspiration for this post about Rainbow Row in Charleston. I’d seen lots of photos of Rainbow Row before we ventured to Charleston to attend one of our great friend’s wedding (which took place on a beautiful plantation…but deets on that will have to be another post) but it’s even better in person! 

If you’re visiting Charleston Rainbow Row is definitely a must. The homes are all colorful, super charming and very historic since they were built in the 1700’s. Rainbow Row happens to be “…the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States,” 13 houses to be exact (thanks for the knowledge Wikipedia!).

The purple house is my favorite due to the rich lilac color and because it has beautiful plotted flowers under the 2nd floor windows…not all of the houses have this. The purple house also happens to be on sale, any takers?! We looked up the price while in front of it and it’s $2.8 million. I told Kevin we should move to Charleston for it :). You can see the inside here! The pink house is also a crowd pleaser and great spot for photo ops ;).

Also, here’s my fun story of this day: I walked around the ENTIRE historic downtown of Charleston in this outfit and got TONS of compliments on my dress from Anthropologie. It’s not online but if you like it definitely try to find it in store…it’s so flow-y, comfortable and chic! However, I didn’t want to get it altered so I wore my trusted oh so comfy, albeit tall, Stuart Weitzman wedges. Even the most comfy wedges cannot withstand  8+ miles of walking sometime on old school cobblestone, and my feet were not having it by the end of the day. I almost couldn’t walk one more step (legitimately) in my shoes but luckily just when I felt that I could seriously not go on any longer wearing them, I got to take them off and dip my poor hurting feet in the most delicious warm water a la a pedicure that we had booked the day before, #feetsavingpedicure for the win!

I then walked back to my hotel room in the barely there temporary sandals they give you after a pedicure. I was a bit of a sight…nice outfit on top, clutching my dress with all it’s beautiful pleated chiffon on the side in my hand (so it wouldn’t drag) and on bottom bright yellow ridiculous looking teeny tiny flip flops. I got a few looks but I didn’t pay them any attention 🙂 as my feet were so relieved!

I’ll be posting more outfits from our trip to South Carolina very soon. Charleston is a charming, beautiful city, with real Southern charm, great architecture, picturesque churches, pretty water views, warm hospitality and AMAZING food (OMG the food)! I highly recommend visiting. Also, I’m thinking about doing a travel guide from our trip of what to do, where to eat and the best photo spots :)…stay tuned for that!

xoxo “I’ll take that purple house please!” Sera 🙂

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Tunic + Frayed Denim

Top: Parker

Necklace: J.Crew

Jeans: Nordstrom

Sandals: Tory Burch (similar here, which I’m eyeing)

Hiiiiii all!!! Happy Friday! Wanted to share these insanely comfy skinny jeans with frayed hems that I’m digging right now. They’re made by ‘Articles of Society’ and I also picked up this black pair. For just under $60 they’re a great price and I’m very pleased with both of my pairs so far :).

Paired with a pretty blue tunic and a nude sandal I feel ready for (actual) Spring! Warm weather come to me!!! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend :)!

xo Sera

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Au Revoir 2016!

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Top: Zara (love this one)

Skirt: J.Crew (now on sale!)

Necklace: Timka Jewelry

Rings: Bing Bang, Custom

Hello Chic Readers!! Happy almost New Year! Can you believe that we’re almost in 2017 already?!?! Where does the time go??? Seriously kind of freaks me out how quickly life/times moves…

My lack of posting has been due to work and life business, not an excuse, but I really miss all of you and sharing/posting here! To be completely honest, we’re not fully unpacked yet even though we moved into our house in May of this year, ha! I haven’t used my camera since we’ve moved :(. Definitely something I’m going to correct in 2017 ;). 

Hopefully you follow me on Instagram though as that’s the best view into my outfits and life currently :).

Today I’m sharing some unpublished photos that I haven’t gotten around to posting which a friend and I took in a studio this past Spring. It was a session primarily for a work headshot but then we had some fun. Although I prefer light and airy photos, I dig the black backdrop for these…they’re kind of moody/dramatic (except when I’m smiling!).

So back to the New Year…2016 definitely wasn’t the best year for our country, or the world, but it was pretty good to me.

I grew professionally and learned a lot in my current job, K and I celebrated our 1st married anniversary (and drank Dom to celebrate! thanks mom and dad!), we bought our first house which was quite the interesting process, went to Vegas for a Bachelorette Party, one of my very best friend’s got married in Napa and we had a ball (Bachelorette Party in Vegas was for her!), we visited Chicago for the first time and absolutely LOVED it, we ventured to Indiana for my cousin’s wedding and got to reunite with my mom’s side of the family which was nice, we took a Hawaiian vacation to Maui and Kaui which was relaxing and oh so beautiful AND, last but definitely not least, spent lots of time & had so much fun with our friends, families and twin nieces!!! See 2016 was jam packed with grand things!

But I’m still looking forward to 2017 and feel very grateful for every single day.

I’d like to increase my mindfulness. To truly live in the moment at all times is insanely challenging! Try it. Although it can be hard, as auto-pilot usually takes over, I want to get better at being mindful in all things I do and to also increase feeling grateful multiple times throughout each day.

Mindfulness and meditation are two things that I intend to really focus on in 2017. Also, I’m extremely grateful for my health, my husband, my family, my friends, their health and happiness, my career and my freedom.

We are so lucky to be alive, for the chance to work hard, to love someone fully without fear and do whatever it is that makes us happiest in this life. Wishing each and every one of you a beautiful New Year filled with success, health and happiness :)! Go chase your dreams…you only get one life to do so.

Cheers to you, to dream chasing and to a wonderful 2017!!!

xoxo “Here’s to a fabulous 2017!” Sera 🙂

p.s. stay tuned for something fresh on “Dress Chic For Me” in the next few days ;)!

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