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September: Sapphire!

Happy Birthday to all of you Virgos & Libras born in the month of September!  September’s birthstone is the Sapphire gemstone.  It has been said that the Sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.  So it’s definitely not a coincidence that your birthstone being the shade of blue is associated with heavenly blessings.  Must be why your such an angel right?  Umm, not! But hey, your secret is safe with me (well pinky swear I won’t tell the really juicy ones).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

Sapphire

 

Top L to R: 360 Studs/ Mirror Bracelet/ Pin-up Fringe Necklace/ Arabian Nights Stud Earrings/ Wing Ear Cuff/ Spoke Drop Earrings

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: The Everyday Sneaker!

One of the key footwear silhouettes that are an absolute must for your fall wardrobe is the everyday sneaker.  Not only is it the key component of  fall’s perfect combo, it’s going to be your go-to for channeling an effortless Edgy, Comfy, Chic.

The only question you should be asking  yourself is, Splurge vs. Save?

Splurge vs. Save-Everyday SneakersL to R: Marc by Marc Jacobs Sneakers ($300.00) vs. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneakers ($50.00)

 

August: Peridot!

Happy Birthday to all of you Leos & Virgos born in the month of August!  August’s birthstone is the Peridot gemstone.  It has been said that the Peridot is the host to magical and healing powers that protects the wearer against nightmares while at the same time is influential to being a good luck charm and conduit to having a great year.

As a Pasifika woman it’s significant to the  Pasifika communities because the Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  This is due to  formation of the Peridot gemstone deep inside of the earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes.  So this in turn makes you royalty based on about six degrees of separation right?

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

Peridot Birthstone BoardTop L to R: Drop Earrings/ Clover Pendant Necklace/ Wrap Bracelet/ Pandora Blooms/ Peridot Necklace/ Bracelet/ Cuff Bracelet

 

#CSMStyleTips: Summer’s Flawless Coat is Fall’s Perfect Match!

Summer Coat 1

A key micro trend that has emerged this summer is the idea of a summer coat.  This outerwear silhouette has definitely sparked out of necessity what with summer temps staying around high 60 to mid 70 degrees in certain regions.  What’s been really interesting is seeing this silhouette in hot regions such as Dallas, TX and Ibiza.  In taking a nod from the streets and recognizing the versatility of this silhouette it’s important to recognize that this outwear piece is not only perfect for layering over your festival go-to’s but is your answer to transitioning from summer to fall.

Check out my Top 3 picks below from my absolute favorite shopping destination for snagging the perfect trendy pieces:

Transitional Summer CoatsL to R: Drapey Longline Kimono Jacket/ Printed Kimono Jacket/ Silk Kimono Jacket

Summer Coat 2

P.S. I’m scouring the net looking for that fabulous all white wrap jacket! Once I find it I will definitely be sharing the deets so stay tuned 😉 xo

*Street style photo credit: Elle.com/ Vogue.com/ Tresawesome

 

 

#WWAW: Chicago Love Letter…

About a month ago I received some pretty incredible news, and in a nutshell it consisted of : We’re moving to Dallas, TX!! For some of you this may not come as a total surprise what with my recent tweets and instagrams.  Since the realization of this one phrase it’s come to represent one giant ball of emotions that have had me reeling with every single facial emoji in my phone (and maybe even a few from Harper’s Bazaar).

After the initial shock of realizing I was  leaving the place I have called home for the last 9 years I decided that the only proper and respectful way to break-up with Chicago was in a way that would ensure that he understood how much I loved an appreciated everything he’s given to me and do so in a way that would preserve the amazing friendship that we sparked those few short years ago.

Seeing that I only had a mere 4 weeks to spend with my great love Chicago 2 tasks became an immediate priority: one, making a dent in my Chicago foodie list and second, crossing off the places I wanted to visit on my Chicago tourist list.  Naturally each item I crossed off both lists were done in the only way CSM knows how with an Edgy, Comfy, Chic fashion.

Chicago 1 Food 1

Dear Chicago,

When I stepped out of the taxi cab 9 years ago, I just knew that you and I were destined for each other.  The jaw dropping skyline that seemed to go on for miles coupled with that amazing endless blue water were what sealed my immediate infatuation for you.  While at first it was definitely all about looks for me, what with the bright lights and endless rows of beautiful boutiques stunningly framed by the majestic blue of Lake Michigan in the Gold Coast.  I found myself venturing over to the homey, yet vibrantly full of life neighborhood of East Lakeview.  While I will always be a Chicago Cubs fan by default because of the many day drinking expeditions spent on Clark & Addison cheering in camraderie for a Cubs ‘W’.   The hellacious commute out to the far northwest suburbs for work proved to be too much, but in the end brought me to my absolute favorite neighborhood in Chicago: Logan Square.  This beautifully eclectic and diverse foodie’s paradise is my soulmate.  This unassuming vibrant and unpretentious neighborhood so full of creative talent that just bursting at the seams that it’s such a common place to walk down Milwaukee and feel like I’m walking through an art exhibit.  Words can’t even begin to express how much I’m going to miss you Chicago.  Even while I was in Dallas, TX looking for a new temporary residence the only criteria I had while working with our realtor was this one statement: “What area in Dallas, TX resembles exactly or at least is a nod to the beautifully diverse artist & foodie paradise of Logan Square in Chicago?”  I don’t know what I was expecting to hear back or whether some small part of me was secretly holding on to some small hope that maybe there would be a Logan Square doppleganger in Texas but I knew.  I knew that there wouldn’t be, but I just couldn’t at that moment take in the notion that I would be leaving you Chicago.  

What I have discovered over the course of the last 4 weeks is that it is just not physically, mentally or emotionally possible for me to break-up with you Chicago.  Our love affair runs way too deep and let’s just be honest my heart couldn’t take it.  So for right now I’m going to be on a really, really long vacation so this is not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Love Always and Forever,

Ana xoxo

Chicago 2 Food 2

P.S.  While I was eating and sightseeing my way through my lists I wore some pretty fabulous ensembles because when you go on dates with Chicago the only right thing to do is step it up and no better way but in my Edgy, Comfy, Chic style!

photo 1P.P.S Even more of a bonus?  Here’s a funny outtake because you know I had way more outtakes than actual blog ready photos lol

photo 3What I’m Wearing: ASOS Run DMC Tank/ ASOS Midi Camo Skirt/ Melissa X Gareth Pugh Sandals/ Givenchy Pandora Bag/ House of Harlow Sunnies (Similar)

 

 

 

 

 

July: Ruby!

Happy Birthday to all of you Cancers & Leos born in the month of July!  July’s birthstone is the ruby gemstone.  It has been said that the Ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making a gift of this stone symbolic of everlasting love.  So, who else loves you more than anyone else in the world?  Now that was clearly a trick question, because duh we all love ourselves more than anyone else ever can (well, not that we would ever admit to anyone else but it’s okay because your secret is safe with me wink, wink).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

Ruby Birthstone Bauble

 

TOP L to R:  Geo Darling Necklace/ Glitz Bangle/ Lizzie Fortunato Earrings/ Arabian Nights Bracelet/ Lauren Wolf Studs/ Ruby Pearl Drop Earrings

 

 

CSM X ASOS Giveaway!

Giveaway-ASOS 50It’s time to say “Thank You“, “Malo“, “Fa’afetai“, “Mahalo“, and “Vinaka“.  This has been such an amazing year thus far and it’s all because of you all, the CSM community.  This little space means the absolute world to me because of all of the great dialogue that it has helped to foster and more importantly the beautiful friendships its given me.  I’ve been debating for the longest time what would be the best giveaway to have to say “Malo” and then it smacked me in the face: a gift to my go-to shopping destination, ASOS.

So how do you win a $50 gift card to this one stop shop fashion/style addiction you say?  Easy, make sure you follow all the rules listed below.  Ready-set-go!

1. You must follow @CSMStyleDiary on Instagram

2. You must follow @CSMStyleDiary on Twitter

3.  Leave a comment below on what great piece you will be snagging from ASOS and fair warning, if you aren’t yet a fanatic then my apologies in advance to your checking account.

This sweepstakes giveaway officially starts today, June 27th and ends on July 4th at 5pm CST.  The winner will be announced via CSM’s  Facebook Page.*

 

 

*Winner will be randomly selected using random.org and MUST follow all of the rules listed above in order to qualify to win.

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Your New Summer Layering Go To!

White will forever be a key color for summer so why not keep it fresh, crisp and new right?  This summer is all about the white out whether it be in a LWD or well constructed and structured blazer.   Because temps are rising and for the simple fact that it’s so not a cute look to be sweating up beads of perspiration due to the long sleeves of a blazer.   While I’m a total Stan for fashion & style I’m a bigger fan of functionality so my secret?  Keep the same clean, fresh and modern tailoring look by opting for a white long vest.  The key to picking the right white long vest is length.  The longer the better, so don’t be afraid to go long or go home.  Next, the silhouette you should be after falls along the same vein of giving a nod to the menswear trend so opt for a more loose, boxy boyfriend fit.

Now, the more important question: Splurge vs. Save?

White Vest Board

L to R: Rag & Bone ‘Ines’ Vest ($450.00) vs. ZARA Waistcoat ($60.00)

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Because Dads Are Trendy…

Father’s Day is around the corner (no literally, it’s in a matter of days).  Finding the right gift for that amazing guy in your life can be a struggle.  Granted, my experience may be unique but I have a feeling that it’s not.  While my father is definitely what you would call you a “Man’s Man” he is a “Man’s Man” who appreciates clean lines and a dapper look.  Because I know my father I know sprinkles of trends to update his style are the perfect little gifts.  One great trend for spring/summer is the update to the flat sandal.  Although Tevas and Birkenstocks are having a moment, the ideal sprinkle for this trend update for my dapper dad is a clean, sleek, leather sandal update.

So the question of the day is, Splurge vs. Save?

Dad Sandals

L to R: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Multi-Strap Leather Sandals ($680.00) vs. Jerusalem Sandals Golan Leather Sandal ($79.00)

 

 

June: Pearl!

Happy Birthday to all of you Gemini & Cancers born in the month of June!  June’s birthstone is the pearl gemstone.  How amazing is it for you that rather than just saying the iconic catchphrase “clutching my pearls…” you now can and it would mean so much more!  So clutch your pearls all year long  with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

June Birthstone BaubleTop L to R: Pearl Halo Bracelet/ Vermeer Pearl Pendant/ Lunar Pearl Ear Cuff/ Pearl Spike Ring Stack/ Pearl 360 Stud Earrings/ Pearl Petal Drop Earrings