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Eliza J Dresses Speak My Love Language!

socal-winterIt’s hard to really complain about winter here in Southern California because most days are beautiful and sunny. When the chilly weather does finally roll around, I get to bundle up in warm sweaters, jeans, and boots. However, I’m going to be honest though…I  just pretend that I love dressing for winter! It’s fun to bundle up like that for about 5 whole minutes!  As soon as I start to see spring fashions pop up in the months of December and January, I get crazy excited and I think it makes me instantly ready to fast forward to spring already!

love-language-2This spring I plan on spending a lot of time with Eliza J dresses! Not only with them but wearing them! Have you seen their line of dresses? Just take one look at their Instagram and you’ll be as enamored as I was! I swear Eliza J dresses speak my Love Language!

elizaj-instagramThe Eliza J Instagram page is too cute for words! 

Eliza J dresses are made with such beautiful prints and fabrics, each developed by talented artists and are feminine and unique. I love all of the different styles of dresses. They have every ingredient for being labeled as “that perfect dress” in your closet! From day to evening, they are the perfect fit for today’s modern form. They’re available in regular, petite & plus-sizes, and each one is designed to make a woman look fabulous and “feel pretty“!

feel-prettyAfter combing through Pinterest, Instagram, and the Eliza J site, I think I’ve come up with some of my favorite Eliza J dresses for this spring! One of the fun parts about living in sunny SoCal is that I can get away with wearing any one of these dresses in the day or night. It’s so easy to change their look a little by just swapping out accessories and shoes!

elizaj-stripes-and-dots-dressI love the combo of black and white with stripes & dots on this dress with the overlay!


I also love the combination of black, floral & dots on this dress! It, too, has that pretty overlay!

elizaj-black-and-floralHow fun are these springy florals? This picture makes me want to dress up with of my girlfriends in Eliza J!

elizaj-stripes-with-floralSince I am usually a very “matchy-matchy” person, I LOVE LOVE the stripes with floral on this one! 

elizaj-long-dotsHow adorable is this gown? Guess what? It has pockets, too! 

I think you can probably see a recurring theme here with my picks? I’m always a fan of black but am also loving the combination stripes and dots. Of course florals are always traditional for spring, too. I love dresses that fall just above the knee but am also fond of the long gown length. I could go on for hours about my favorite Eliza J dresses! In case you wanted to see some of my other picks, I also put together an Eliza J Pinterest board! It’s no wonder this line is a favorite of fashion bloggers everywhere!

So have YOU picked out a favorite Eliza J dress for spring yet? Was it one of the ones I picked out?

Eliza J is available at Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Dillard’s, House of Fraser, Von Maur and specialty stores. Connect with Eliza J on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. (photo credits: Eliza J)

Union Market Mission Viejo at Kaleidoscope Center Announces First Restaurants & Retailers

union-market-mission-viejoUnion Market Mission Viejo has announced more than a dozen specialty retailers and restaurants who have begun construction at Kaleidoscope Center! It will open a 28,000 square foot space in early summer, featuring 20 independent retailers and chef-driven restaurants. This is such exciting news! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s been announced to join Union Market Mission Viejo so far:


  • Portola Coffee, a specialty coffee bar that was recently honored as Roaster of the Year 2015
  • Milk Box, a healthy, playful and premium brand bringing organic ingredients to milk teas, along with boba and desserts
  • Hummus bowl, a fresh, organic hummus bar
  • Oyu Shabu, a Japanese Shabu-Shabu that offers a fun hot pot (cook it yourself) dining style
  • Poke Shack, offering a unique and interactive experience where guests will build their own meal with an array of fresh ingredients to suit their preference. Diners will watch the process as their bowl of rice, choice of protein, sauce, vegetable and condiment is prepared to order
  • Kroft, featuring a farm to table menu and reinventing comfort food with fresh, local, organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients (F.L.O.S.S.) with sandwiches and poutines (Canadian French specialty fries.)
  • Central Bar, serving specialty craft cocktails and libations, using only fresh and local ingredients, and a wine bar featuring eclectic and small boutique wines. Central Bar will offer an educational and fun experience with monthly wine and spirit tastings
  • Anchor HitchSeafood and Raw Bar, is a contemporary take on the traditional fare of a fish and oyster bar, focused on sustainable and fresh seafood
  • Noodle Bar, traditional Vietnamese Pho with a modern build-your-own experience
  • Youngstone Cheese Shop, featuring cheese plates, fondue, and build-your-own grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Market 2 Plate, offering pasta and freshly made salads


  • Bambu Earth, responsible and natural soap and skincare products
  • Miel, women’s clothing and accessories

Other concepts soon to be announced include a bakery, olive oil bar, juice bar, a baby & children’s boutique, home décor, and a jeweler.

Union Market Mission Viejo will include indoor and outdoor dining with stunning views overlooking the city of Mission Viejo, as well as communal areas to dine, meet with friends, or relax over coffee.

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Annual Orchid Expo to Take Bloom at Westminster Mall February 13-15!

The Newport Harbor Orchid Society will host its 13th Annual Orchid Expo and Sale, this year themed “Orchids: Jewels of the Jungle,” February 13-15, at Westminster Mall.

Orchid-Society-editThe Expo, which is free and open to the public, will showcase thousands of high quality orchids in bloom from all over the world. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants with over 35,000 known species and hybrids.

Without having to leave Southern California, show goers will be dazzled by the diversity and beauty of the orchids to be displayed by professional growers, area orchid societies, and individual hobbyists.

Orchid Show 1

A large sales area will feature expert commercial growers who will be offering unique species and hybrids for sale. There will also be two potting workshops designed specifically for new growers, which are scheduled for Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15. Registration is limited to the first 20 registrants for each class. To register, e-mail [email protected].

Judging of the plants will be conducted by accredited judges of the American Orchid Society and the Cymbidium Society of America, as well as by local society members. An exhibit of orchid art by members of the Westminster Mall’s Kidgits Club will also be on exhibit during the show.

Show admission and parking are free. Specific hours are as follows:

  • Friday February 13: 10am – 9pm
  • Saturday, February 14: 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, February 15: 11am – 6pm

For more information visit http://www.nhosinfo.org/.

About The Newport Harbor Orchid Society:
Founded in 1979, the Newport Harbor Orchid Society has over 150 participating members who reside in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside Counties. The organization’s primary mission is to foster the culture, cultivation, and conservation of orchids and to educate its members and the public about orchids. The society meets onthe third Tuesday of each month at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa, 1845 Park Avenue. Guests and new members are welcome.

About Westminster Mall:
Westminster Mall is a modern shopping center that features some of the best names in retail including Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears, Target, Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Old Navy and more. In addition to more than 180 specialty stores with shops ranging from teen apparel to shoes to women’s apparel and jewelry, Westminster Mall also features exciting dining destinations such as Outback Steakhouse and TGI Fridays.In November 2008, Westminster Mall completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Included were brand new family restrooms, a first of its kind children’s fully soft play area, new interior and exterior directional signage. The entire lower level of the center was carpeted for guest’s shopping enjoyment and comfort. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/westminster-mall or call 714-898-2558.

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Pamper Your Valentine With a Gift From We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner,  We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano is the perfect place to do some Valentine’s Day shopping! They feature gifts that include artisan extra virgin olive oils, hand-crafted tapenades, mustards, pesto, balsamic vinegars, body and skin care products, as well as custom gift collections. They have some beautiful gifts that can help pamper your Valentine and ensure they feel loved any day of the year.

slide2-finalSome of the fabulous Valentine’s gifts that make women feel pampered include:

  • Rewined Candles – $29.95
    All-natural, premium soy wax candles, hand poured into repurposed wine bottles with scents that mimic the tasting notes of wine. candles
  • McEvoy Ranch 80 Acres Line of Body and Skin Care Products
    Rich and luxurious, moisturizing and healing, the 80 Acres line of emollient body oils, balms, scrubs, gels and lotions are infused with vitamin rich plant extracts and botanicals inspired by the wealth of natural elements present on the Ranch. blood-orange-products
  • The Olive Oil & Vinegar Experience Sampler Gift Box: $29.95
    This gift collection is the perfect way to experience the very best of We Olive! This sampler comes with a 2 oz bottle of each of the following : Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic Flavored Olive Oil, Organic Meyer Lemon Flavored Olive Oil, Traditional Aged Balsamic Vinegar, and Peach White Balsamic Vinegar. This is the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life or a great way to introduce someone to the wonderful world of We Olive. exper_samp__62483.1405396195.1280.1280

Martini Lover’s Gift Basket – $49.95
This basket is comprised of what we consider to be the Martini essentials. Recipients of our Martini Lover’s Gift Basket will receive the following delicious items: – A bottle of We Olive’s Olive Juice Dirty Martini Mix – A jar of our Twisted Martini Olives – A jar of our Vermouth Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives – A jar of our Marlon Blando Olives and a We Olive Dipping Dish. Martini LoverWe Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano is located in downtown San Juan Capistrano.

31760 Camino Capistrano Suite B
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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(images provided by We Olive & Wine Bar San Juan Capistrano)

J. Jill Now Open at The Shops at Mission Viejo!

Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media preview of the new J. Jill Store in The Shops at Mission Viejo and provided with a new “look” for me. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own. now-open-at-the-shops-at-mission-viejoI love when the cooler weather shows up here in Southern California, which doesn’t always happen. I think this year is my year to take full advantage of a real winter though. When I was recently invited to attend a special event for the grand opening of the newest J. Jill store at The Shops at Mission Viejo, I couldn’t resist. I love the soft, fuzzy, comfy collections shown in their catalog and was excited for a chance to peek inside the new store and have some fun trying on some fun pieces in the dressing room!

so-many-beautiful-things When you first walk into the store, you won’t know what to touch first. There are so many soft sweaters and scarves, in beautiful colors and patterns. There are even chenille blankets! I couldn’t keep my hands off of them!

chenille-blanketsWhat I liked that the store is set up so that it’s easy to put together different looks by just grabbing a few pieces and mixing them up. You can create totally different looks each day with just a few basic pieces that are interchanged.

so-many-different-looksI loved the simplicity of being able to put on one of their solid tanks underneath any sweater or top I tried on and then pair it with some of their leggings or jeggings.

pieces-that-travel-wellThe Wearever collection are pieces are soft, knit pieces that are easy to care for and are virtually wrinkle-free. It’s especially perfect for women who travel.

the-red-coatI think I fell in love with this red Hailey Peacoat! I think every woman should have one of these in their closet, don’t you?

some-of-my-favorite-looksI had so much fun trying on all of these comfy pieces in the dressing room and snapped a few selfies of some of my favorite sweaters! I especially loved the sparkly necklaces that are paired with the black sweater. That’s actually the look I chose to take home.

Something else I learned about the company when I was at this event was about the J. Jill Compassion Fund. This fund is set up to provide support to community-based organizations that help disadvantaged and homeless women become self-sufficient. J. Jill recently donated $2,000 to their Compassion Fund partner, Laura’s House, which is an organization local to this newest J. Jill store location. The J. Jill Compassion Fund has donated over $6 million to over 60 organizations across the county since 2002. Wow!

Thank-you-J-JillJ. Jill clothes are fashionable, high quality pieces and are perfect for moms like me who are always on the go. I am so happy there’s a J. Jill store in “my mall” now because I can go back and shop anytime I want to!

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Stop by the Think Pink Breast Health Wall of Honor at The Shops at Mission Viejo

Breast Health Wall of HonorLast week, when I was at “My Mall” grabbing a couple of things, I noticed the annual Think Pink Breast Health Wall of Honor was up, near the escalators. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mission Hospital’s Valiant Women support group is hosting the 12th annual Think Pink Breast Health Wall of Honor, presented by Infiniti of Mission Viejo, at The Shops at Mission Viejo.

photo-359Now through October 31, the Breast Health Wall of Honor will be displayed in Center Court (lower level) of The Shops at Mission Viejo. Shoppers have the opportunity to donate $25 and place a hand-written card on the wall display in honor of a loved one or in remembrance of someone with breast cancer. Donations can also be made to underwrite the cost of a mammogram or diagnostic procedure ($100) for someone who could not otherwise afford it.

photo-360photo-361After taking some time to read through some of the literature, that’s free to take, at the tables and admiring all of the names on the Breast Health Wall of Honor, I really  enjoyed getting to chat with the two sweet ladies who were volunteering at the table that day. Meeting them and hearing about all that they do to help this wonderful organization raise money, was so inspirational. Volunteers really do make the world go ’round!

One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Mission Breast Health Services. That is the part I really like. The money they’re raising is all going towards the cause and helping those in need. Mission Breast Health Services is dedicated to providing women with preventive measures as well as offering a complete breast health program to diagnose and treat breast cancer with expertise, compassion and support. By involving medical professionals, survivors, family and friends, Mission takes a team approach to fighting breast cancer. Due to the generosity of the community, last year the event raised net proceeds of nearly $50,000 and was able to provide over 13,000 screening mammograms to under or uninsured women in our community.

photo-362I encourage you to stop by The Shops at Mission Viejo Breast Health Wall of Honor display. It’s a beautiful display. You can also make a donation there or find out other ways to donate. We can all do something to help, even if it’s just something small.

To make a donation to the Wall of Honor, click here. More details are available here.

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Don Roberto Jewelers Knows How to “Bling It On”!

When I was invited to the grand opening celebration of the Don Roberto Jewelers in Huntington Park, I gladly accepted as it was a chance to meet up with some of my girlfriends for some “Mommy Time” to do some jewelry shopping.  There were mariachis, food, balloon animals for the kids, and a raffle for some great prizes!


folklorico dancers I loved their beautiful costumes! 

I enjoy trying on jewelry and Don Roberto has a gorgeous selection of jewelry and watches in their store.  My eyes were immediately drawn to some pieces in the front case of the store. Everything was so sparkly and I spotted the most perfect necklace with a little crown on it. Obviously this necklace would be perfect any princess, both young and old.

princess necklace

Right next to the crown necklace was a lock and key necklace. I loved the way this one too. I wear a lot of white gold and I like the look of pavé. The salesgirl was so helpful and even suggested pairing the 2 necklaces together to create an even prettier look.

combo necklaces

As I continued to browse the jewelry case, I also found some gorgeous heart earrings with a matching heart necklace. I could feel my Don Roberto jewelry wish list growing by the minute!

heart combo

A hot pink pop of color was the first thing that caught my eye from the watch case! They have a huge selection of watches in the store that are very reasonably priced, including Juicy Couture. I had no idea that Juicy Couture watches were made my Movado!  That speaks a lot about their quality.

blingy watchnon blingy watchwhich watchBoth of them are beautiful! I love the extreme bling on the left one, but love the simplicity with just some bling on the right!

I also loved some of their other watches, especially the Hello Kitty collection. It seemed like everyone was trying these watches on. You’re never too old to love Hello Kitty!


After trying on a few watches, we decided we needed to stop and take a selfie! It’s just what my friends and I love to do!

jewelry store selfieJewelry shopping with @ThatsItMommy and @KindaSillyMommy was so much fun! 

When we resumed our shopping, I checked out some of the beautiful earrings. I loved the petite hearts because I usually wear really small earrings, but I also loved the flower earrings. They were very sparkly on my ears.

heart earrings


flower earrings

I also tried on this delicate bracelet that was all hearts linked together. I could wear this for everyday but also for a special occasion where I need to dress up an outfit or formal dress.

heart bracelet


The last piece I tried on was a very simple, tri-colored necklace. I like the combination of the metals on this necklace. I also like that it’s different from anything I usually wear.


After spending almost 2 hours in the store, trying on jewelry and socializing, I needed to make a decision about what I was going to get. Sometimes you end up finding way more than you originally intended to shop for. Don Roberto offers an “Easy Pay” option, which is a line of credit that makes buying jewelry WAY easier.

photo-321Look at my new Hello Kitty watch! 

I finally decided on one of the adorable Hello Kitty watches! Why not? I never buy anything like that for myself and so I decided to do so for once. They packed my new watch it in this beautiful red bag for me to take home.

my purchase

I had such a fun experience shopping at Don Roberto Jewelers. The staff was so friendly and helpful and really made me feel welcomed. I hope to go back and shop there again soon. They know how to “Bling it on”!

Did you see anything that YOU liked?

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Disclosure: I was invited to attend a grand opening celebration at Don Roberto Jewelers and received a gift card as compensation for sharing about the event on my social medias. All opinions are my own.

Let’s Go Back-to-School Shopping at The Shops at Mission Viejo!

This is a sponsored post.

Summer is coming to an end and if you haven’t already started your back to school shopping, you should probably get to it soon! I know I need to start mine, so I’ll be heading to The Shops at Mission Viejo…again!

keep calm and go back to school shopping I refer to The Shops at Mission Viejo as “my mall”. Not only do we live close by, but I LOVE this mall because it literally has everything we need in one place and it’s family friendly. We always find the latest fashions there! Emi and I spend a lot of time hanging out together there.

back to school listJust making the list of things Emi needs counts as starting Back-to-School prep, right?

Every year, Emi and I make Back-to-School shopping an entire “Girls Day Out”.  There are so many stores to shop at in The Shops at Mission Viejo and lots of choices for a stop to lunch, when our feet need a rest.

Here are just some of the stores Emi likes to shop at most for Back-to-School:

  • Justice
  • Childrens Place
  • Nordstrom
  • Old Navy
  • Claire’s Boutique
  • Macy’s
  • The Disney Store
  • See’s Candies (you’ve GOTTA bring something for the teacher on the first day!)


 Wish me luck with my Back-to-School shopping!

For a complete mall directory of The Shops at Mission Viejo, click here.

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