I look forward every fall / winter season to my colored tights! I was so delighted to find these in such a bold Mod orange along with its $8 price tag; just within this single mama’s price range! It was also nice to pull out the wool skirt, although a few hours later I had to peel off all the layers; because wouldn’t you now it, that’s Southern California weather for you. The pencil skirt is the best skirt for us girls with curves and the length with the platforms gives it that perfect proportions. My sweet friend Michele gifted me this lovely vintage 70’s printed top, with the best 1920s jazz gals on it! The top gave my outfit that bit of fun element which most of the time is the goal in my personal style. It’s lovely how friends know your style and look out for you!

outfit: Laura Ashley black wool cardigan, thrift $1 vintage 1970s printed top, gift | vintage 80s wool pencil skirt, thrift orange tights, Target $8 Mossimo black platforms, Target $29 | Mossimo sunnies, Target $17




These are just a few of the goodies coming this week. It’s going to be a 40 + update, including some smashing vintage coats! Too keep up with daily updates you can follow me via Twitter; updates come in throughout the day (so it’s not very spammy) or come by the Shop!

Happy Monday,


Fall Outfit Round Up

1. Pumpkin Orange Corduroy Bell Bottoms

2. Jersey Striped Top

3. Yokoo Hand Knit Scarf

4. Vintage 70s Straw Round Purse (unfortunately I can’t find link)

5. Patch Work Clogs

6. Chunky Orange Bangle

We are still dreaming of cold weather around these parts of L.A.. Just when you feel the cool morning days and nights, southern California fakes you out by giving you 90 degree weather the following week! I can’t wait to get cozy in some of these items. As you may notice I’m on an orange kick this fall. I adore color, especially when neutrals tend to take over during this season. Although I may not be able to afford all the above pieces but a girl can still swoon over them…

What are some of your favorites on your fall wish list?


Inspired By: Alphonse Mucha

[Daydream, 1897]

Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha illustrations are a rich source of inspiration for me. It blows me away that his paintings were done between the 1880s to 1930s, they look to be ahead of its time. The fact that they were also commissioned as advertisement for company’s is pretty amazing because they received a true work of art.

What grabs my attention is his use of colors and all the small details in the clothing and adornments, like ribbon, lace and oh those beautiful ruffles. But also the use of floral’s is so dreamy like. I haven’t read this anywhere but maybe you may know if psychedelic paintings were inspired by him, it looks like they were to me. I can only imagine what amazing fabric prints can be inspired by him and of course clothing too!

[The Trappistine,1897]

 [Victorien Sardou’s Gismonda, 1894]

[Job, 1896]

[Zodiac, 1896]

[Byzantine Head The Blonde & Brunette, 1897]

[A Quartier Latin, 1898]

[Chadon Cremant Imperial, 1899]

[The Precious Stones Series, 1900]

Mucha’s paintings can go on and on for me; all of them are so amazing, it’s so hard to pick favorites!


bold polka dots

I’ve been yearning to wear this big, bad, bold sweater and finally we can feel the sweet crisp in the air coming around the corner in Los Angeles! I’m a big print fan and I love how this black and white polka dot sweater is so in your face. I couldn’t be any happier that it is a Nordtrom label and how the 100% cotton feels like a Snuggy around by body. And of course like always, being pre-owned and a thrift find is the sweetest deal of them all!

outfit: Nordstrom sweater, thrift $4 / black twill pants, H&M $24 / black zipper booties, Nine West in my closet since 2001 / bright bold lips in eucalyptus, NYX $2.99

I also fancy the bright lip combination with the black, even though fall usually calls for a more warm color palette; but that’s why personal style is so much fun. And on a side note, I’m glad my lovely photographer daughter Zoe told me to smile more…it does suit me better!

Any bold sweaters in your closet?



Wow, it feels so good to be blogging again. As you may see I have been missing in action for nearly 2 months! It’s not that I wanted to take a break from blogging, oh no, it had to do more with my time management skills. At the moment besides running a full-time business from home, I have a high schooler / home schooler (a double whammy of newness) and I am trying to squeeze in a social life; which is just as important and I sometimes forget. How I’ve been trying to manage all these has been a dysfunction of normality. Meaning, I’m doing the same non-resulting unattainable actions that have become a bad habit day-to-day.

For example:

  • going to sleep late and expecting 4 hours of sleep to get me through the day
  • not writing my to do list the night before
  • not looking at my to do list when I do write it
  • not writing things in my calendar
  • over scheduling when I do calendar
  • expecting to get 24 hours of work done in a 10 hour work day
  • not prioritizing work

The results have been:

  • forgetting important items like paying bills
  • over exhaustion
  • stress
  • getting way behind on work and feeling like I’ll never catch up
  • wasted time
  • not getting important things done
  • a lack of a social life
  • sometimes not being all there mentally when I hang with my kiddo

I can go on and on; writing this was already stressing me out. Can you relate with my chaos? Well, with that said I’m thankful for those who have been in my shoes and who were so inclined to share their pearls of wisdom with us. One of the folks whom I have gleaned so much good advice on productivity not only with work but with your personal life is Micheal Hyatt. He has so many great articles that are very practical and straight to the point which have truly motivated me to get back on track. He also shares his free Life Plan when you subscribe to his blog; because wouldn’t you know it, that not only is a business plan important but a life plan is too!

Secondly, is Peter Bregman, he wrote a book on productivity called 18 minutes. He also has a blog chock-full of advice! Since listening to his interview on EntreLeadership Podcast I have taken what advice I gained from him and put it to work. And boy how freeing and motivating has it been. Not only did I finally put to rest the mis-conception that we should multi-task and not focus on one thing but on several; it was also nice hearing that everything on that lengthy “to do list” may not get done and it’s ok. I’ve learned that you can have a very highly effective day with a very focused realistic “to do list”. I can have a social life!

Although some of this I’m sure you and I have heard, sometimes it takes a little practicality show how to get us moving towards that goal. It’s also awesome when other entrepreneurs share very attainable advice. Is there anything you have been trying to work on, what are you doing to get there?

Here’s to getting a grip on time management and to a very productive season!


Pretty In Pink: The Perfect Cotton Dress


wearing: Vintage 80s Cotton Dress, thrift / Report Patent Faux Leather Sandals, Nordstrom Rack/ Mossimo Black Cat Eye Glasses,  Target  / Vintage Panamanian Malo Bag, Estate Sale / Silver Tone Onyx Ring, F21 / Vintage 70s Pendant Necklace, thrift

I’ve been trying to stay cool and sweat free as much as possible; I’m sure like many of you out there! I’ve been quite the whiner these last few weeks with the 100 degree weather throbbing on my skin. So as of late, I have not been wearing anything too dressy or that requires any layers! It’s been a simple streak and feel’s kind of unimpressive, but I guess if you think about it, it is everyday wear for those days you just want to be effortless; which pretty much has been everyday for me! The dress is a classic vintage 80’s cotton dress in a nice pop of color. I quite like the fit because even though it’s very plain it looks flattering on the body. If I could find these in all colors it would be a dream, but then it would only be what I want to wear!

I ended learning a great bit of interesting history of the bag you see above. I was stopped by a security guard in Wholefoods and was asked if my bag was Panamanian, which it was but I bought it at an estate sale. He then preceded to school me and told me that it is a handmade “mola” bag made by the indigenous people “the Kunas” from Panama, which is where he was from. I was delighted to hear it and told him that I was contemplating selling it but had fallen in love with it; to which he responded “no don’t, it’s not only a piece of art work but worth allot”! He said that Europeans go to purchase the bags and clothing and sell it at the range of $500 to $900 back home, woah! I can’t believe I only paid $3! The lady who owned the home was a world traveler. I love getting the history of clothing, it’s 2nd to buying it!

Are their any finds in which you had no idea how great the history was or that it was worth allot more then you thought?



Simplicity & Comfort

wearing: Mossimo Gladiator Sandals, Target / Max Mara Maxi Skirt, Marshalls / Black Ribbed Tank, H&M / Vintage South-Western Silver Turquoise Belt, Thrift / Silver Tone Onyx Ring, F21

Hi friends! I’ve been feeling like a hermit these days, holed up in my studio only focused on work and preparing for big shop updates! I haven’t been on any type of outing in the last 2 weeks to prompt me to get dressed in any cute sort of manner. It’s been sweat shorts, tee’s and flip flop these days, any one feeling me? The heat has been pretty unbearable here in Los Angeles, although I know you  U.S. east coaster’s have had it much worst; I can only imagine. Although black is not the wisest choice in color to wear in 90 degree weather, I wanted to dress in the simplest and most comfortable manner; and this is what I pulled out of my closet. I threw on my vintage silver turquoise south-western belt, a ring and gladiators and “wallah” instant outfit! This is when accessories come in handy, it gives any simple monotone outfit a boost of cuteness.






I was first introduced to Kapital Clothing by my lovely friend Karen who always has an excellent source of catalogues which I so excitingly love to go and borrow from her. I was instantly drawn to Kaptial’s unique photography and styling in their look-books. Page after page I fell in love with the use of cotton fabrics and their take on silhouettes and garment details. Details such as pin tuck pleating, smocking, dart placements, dyes and buttons. They really put their own twist on the construction of their garments. Their pieces seem that they have a comfortable fit to them and ease. I can easily see myself wearing it all the time because of it!

Summer 2012 Indigo Indio Collection

Other previous collections I admired; so many and very hard to choose from!

Colorado Hippies Collection

Blue Men Collection

The Earth Style Collection:

Jeans For Abiquiu Collection

Sea Gypsies Collection

You can check out their full collections here!




Hiking is my therapy! One of the pleasures I enjoy most from living in California is the beautiful nature literally in my back yard. I’m originally from Miami which is mostly fun in the sun on the beach, which is great, but I love the mountain landscape so much and I have the pleasure of having the mountains so near by. Miami has no mountains and now that I’ve lived with them in my midst I can’t see myself living anywhere without them. On this day I found myself a bit frustrated at life’s problems and I decided to escape to Eaton Canyon. When I got there the first thing I encountered was natures air, the delightful scent of eucalyptus trees around. Then I started noticing all the little details, the tree grains, wild cactus and flowers, the shape of the tree’s, the rocks in the dried out creek realizing it’s all part of Gods canvas; there is nothing more beautiful. I take artistic inspiration from it too, all the colors, textures and designs; everything perfectly created. I was in aww of all the wild life I saw on this day. I’ve never seen deer here before and on this day I did! They scared me for one moment because my attention was else were when I heard a loud rumbling thinking I was going to be eaten alive by a mountain lion! But it was just the deer scared of me and running away. Then I saw a humming bird getting nectar from a flower, wild cotton tail rabbits crossing my path, quail and blue jays, busy bees buzzing around me, it made my day. Everything I was frustrated about melted away. My trusty companion Cody gave me as much pleasure just seeing his curiosity by sticking his neck up at all the sounds around him. My day ended with the beautiful colors of the sunset and a bold moon gracing its light on me. I could not have asked for anything more!


All these pictures were taken via Instagram, you can follow me @giselaandzoe. I truly adore this tool, I have so many memories built already of my everyday life!


What things do you like to do to de-stress?