currently / october

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some looks never make it off the cutting room floor, but i was always sort of into this photo.  i dig the vibe.  plus, i wanted to give a little shout out to whiskey and honey for that amazing vintage trucker hat (not c/o, i bought it.) and to gage huntley… i’m always wearing her jewelry.  the dress is mossimo/target and the booties are steve madden.

i’ve felt so disconnected from this space, so i thought i’d get ya’ll caught up on my life these days.  it’s very exciting.  you might wanna sit down.

loving
october.  it’s still so friggin hot here in california, but i feel you fall…you can’t hide forever.  plus, scary movies.  all month long.

reading
porch lights
by dorthea benton frank.  dorthea, like jackie collins, is a guilty pleasure author for me.  plus, it was an easy, easy read after the last two – rant by chuck palahniuk and for one more day by mitch albom.  i didn’t love rant, but for one more day was a beautifully written, very touching story.

watching
fargo.  i’m obsessed with the cinematography, the excellent cast, and that dark, dark humor.  otherwise, i haven’t been watching much tv.  what i’m really looking forward to is american horror story and the walking dead.  (yes, i am pretty sick and twisted.)

thinking about
how restless i’ve been.  something has got to change.  i suppose i’m waiting for that wild hair.

anticipating
oktoberfest in a couple of weeks!  is that weird?  i love me some beer.

listening to
country music.  all day, every day.

working on
my bod.  pilates, spin, running, daily calorie tracking – i’ve lost a few pounds and i’m feeling strong.  at this point in my life, i feel like it’s more about maintenance, as opposed to I JUST WANNA BE SKINNY!  geez, doesn’t that make me sound old??  next i’ll be buying neck cream.  stay tuned…

wishing for
a weekend road trip.  sometimes i just want to get in my car and drive up the coast… find a campsite and sleep in the back of my little suv.  take a hike, snap some photos, breathe some fresh air…

BY THE WAY.  i’m going to see sir elton john in concert on sunday night.  <fist pump>

have a nice weekend, friends.

03. October 2014 by paige
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a review / le tote

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le toteit’s a pretty rad concept.

for a (relatively affordable) monthly fee, you receive a box of 5 articles of clothing and 2-3 pieces of jewelry.

and?  …you say.  it sounds like all the other clothing subscriptions.  what makes this one so rad?  two words – clothing rental.  yes.  you can wear what you like, as many times as you want.  when you’re done, you return it.  if you like something so much, you just can’t live without it, said item(s) can be purchased at wholesale prices.  this isn’t like stitchfix where you buy what you like and send the rest back, within a specific amount of time, unworn.  with le tote, you are encouraged to wear what you like and keep it for as long as you want.  that monthly fee you’re paying?  it goes towards cleaning/care of the garments, once returned.  personally, i think this is a great subscription for the working woman, as most of the pieces on the site are work and play friendly.  in other words, beautiful basics that can be dressed up or down.  this works for me, because i get tired of wearing the same blouses and skirts to work, week in and week out.  with le tote, i get to mix it up – with or without the commitment of making a purchase.  see?  rad. 

okay, now that you’re interested, visit the site and sign up!  oh!  and because i’m following le tote on facebook, i received a 50% off discount code, so it only cost 24.50 to register.  once you’re a member, you’ll set up a profile and go “window shopping” on the site, adding clothing and accessories to your virtual closet (this is how they determine what is sent in your monthly boxes.)

my first le tote
i have to be honest, here… i wasn’t super impressed; however (and that’s a very loud however), i still love the concept.  i think it’s just going to take some tweaking here and there, as the stylists get to know what i like and don’t like.  so keep that in mind.  there’s still hope!

*evolution dressit’s not something i’d grab if i was out shopping, but it’s super sexy and i love the way it fits.  i’m actually dying for an excuse to wear it out – dinner and dancing anyone?

*patriotic top – this is the top i’m wearing in the photos.  i dig the stripes, the navy, and the adorable sleeve detail.  it’s perfect for the office, it’s perfect with jeans, but i probably won’t buy it.

*zippa shift dress – dislike.  it’s just not for me.  thank you, le tote, for thinking that i have the body of a twelve-year-old boy, but i don’t.  i have hips.

*adia k snake bracelet – i really wanted to like this, but it looks cheap.  for one, it’s a tad too big and two, it’s a weird pinkish color.  not purchasing.

*gazel black disc necklace – meh.  it’s pretty.  i do love dainty little necklaces and this one is gold and black (like my soul), so i’ll wear it, but i don’t love it enough to buy it.

see what i mean?  nothing too impressive, but the beauty is – i’m under no obligation or time restraint to keep or return these items.  more than likely, i’ll box it all up next week and send everything back.  then i’ll log into my account, rate the items, and eagerly await my next box of goodies.  oh and i forgot to mention – unlimited boxes per month.  you can receive and send back as many times as you want!

please note – i’m sure i haven’t provided you with all of the details, so if you do sign up, make sure you read the fine print, as i don’t want to be responsible for…anything.  only your happiness.  <big cheesy grin>

wearing
pilcro and the letterpress jeans via anthropologie (similar)
nude pumps – shoemint
brass cuff – gage huntley
aimee kestenberg crossbody via nordstrom

if you sign up, let me know!  i’d love to hear about your experience.

follow le tote
instagram / facebook / twitter

02. October 2014 by paige
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monkey see, monkey do

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remember that time i died?  yeah, it was last night, when these photos were being taken.  RIP, paige.

so, hi!  how’s everyone been?  i feel like i’m on stage at amateur comedy night.  i hear the scrape of a chair, maybe a cough… it’s kinda hard to see into the audience with those bright lights in my face, but i think there’s a few of you out there.  thanks for sticking around…i like ya.

i do have a post scheduled for tomorrow – shocker.  in fact, right after we snapped the photos, zoey declared – “me next!” and ran into the street and into the first pose.  like, she didn’t even have to think about it.  she’s seen me do this a million times.  which, i’m surprised she doesn’t have a mouth like a trucker, too.  get what i’m sayin?

anyway, i mentioned that her look was reminiscent of madonna circa 1984 and she screamed at me.  soooo…i guess that’s not the look she was going for (calm down, anna wintour.)  regardless, i do like this look – a simple tank with a fancy tulle skirt.  shoes are overrated.  so is brushing our hair.

this is the next-gen of style bloggers, people… and it’s super sassy.

see you tomorrow!

01. October 2014 by paige
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worn / kimono-styled 02

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what pink?

so here’s the second (and final) look in this mini collab with shop by misha and gage huntley designs.  inspired by, oh i don’t know… going to a concert or girl’s night out, maybe?  the base of this look is easy – a graphic tee, your favorite jeans, a killer pair of heels… add a kimono, layer on those necklaces and boom – you’re a polished, bohemian babe.  and i say polished because wearing a kimono doesn’t have to mean dreadlocks and birkenstocks.  okay?

gypsy woman kimono + the wall muscle crop tee c/o shopbymisha
jeans – local boutique
pumps – shoemint (no longer available)
necklaces by gagehuntley

11. September 2014 by paige
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worn / kimono-styled 01

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ooooo girl, you gotta get a kimono.  it’s the new black.  or maybe it’s the new cardigan.  either way, it’s a must-have.  with so many differenet colors/prints and lengths, they can be worn with just about anything.

this look is inspired by date night.
moroccan dreams kimino c/o shopbymisha
black dress – target
steve madden booties – nordstrom
chunk chain agate arrowhead necklace – gagehuntley
sandalwood mala necklace c/o shopbymisha 

another kimono-styled look coming tomorrow!

*this mini series is a little collaboration with the lovely malia of shop by misha.  check out her shop for all things boho.

10. September 2014 by paige
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zoey’s 3rd birthday

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i can’t believe our baby ginger is 3 years old!  it has been such a delight watching her grow into her own little person.  she’s spunky, smart, imaginative and has a seriously hilarious sense of humor… she amazes and inspires me every day.  love her.  anyway, before i get all teary and stuff – back to the party.  all she really requested for her birthday was a bounce house and a “chocowate” cake all to herself.  done.  it was me who decided on the unicorn theme, as we are obsessed with all things unicorn and my little pony.  it just seemed fitting.  plus – unicorn poop cookies.  i may or may not have planned a party around the idea of unicorn poop cookies.  okay yes, i absolutely did.  because we think poop is funny.  and zoey throws the word poop into at least two sentences every day.  they make zero sense.  for example – “zoey you’re right!  that sign is in the shape of a circle.  now can you tell me what color it is?”  she’ll squint her little eyes, tap her tiny finger on her chin and then – “uuummm… poop?” followed by a ridiculous fit of giggles.  see what i mean?  thus… unicorn “poop” for her party.

so.  details.

venue
a local park.  it was perfect.  we had lots of shade and there was plenty of room for the kids to run around.  i asked that everyone bring blankets and/or chairs, as i really wanted it to feel like a picnic.  also, mark set up a half dome tent that allowed for diaper changes and whatnot.

food + drink
we ordered pizza, but also offered bags of chips/crackers and cups of watermelon.  the kiddos sipped on juice boxes while the adults enjoyed margaritas.  *thumbs up*  a friend of mine made the chocolate cake, over 70 mini cupcakes and the “poop” cookies.  amazing.  (btw…here’s the poop cookie recipe.)  also, i promise not to say poop cookie(s) anymore.

decor/party supplies
i tried to use items that i already had around the house – mason jars, baskets, a fish bowl, etc – and was as thrifty as possible when necessary.  for example:  i found pink frames at target for 98 cents, spray painted them gold and typed up the party favor signs.  the glittery gold Z O E Y letters – spray painted paper mache.   most of the paper goods were purchased from party city or smart & final.  oh!  and i found the gold number 3 mylar balloon via brickyard buffalo, but that was months ago.  you can find them at urban outfitters

party favors
i hired my friend laura from skills + frills to make the fabulous party favors – unicorn horns, temporary tattoos, bubbles and the packaging for the cookies.  everything was exactly as i had pictured it!  and ps. laura and her team are amazing!  if you’re planning a party (whether you live in the area or not) and need a little assistance on the creativity front – contact laura at skillsandfrills (at) gmail (dot) com.  also, if you live locally – check out their brick and mortar work shop – design bar studios – they host crafting parties and workshops on everything crafty from photography to woodworking.

what we wore
on zoey – h & m sequined dress
on me – old navy dress

overall, i think the party was a big success.  it seemed like everyone was having fun!  but what do i know, i was drinking margaritas and pushing kids out of the bounce house.  heh!

and also, amen to pinterest for keeping me inspired.  i’m already pinning party ideas for next year’s soiree.

i hope you enjoyed my little recap.  if you have any questions, let me know!

*photography by moi and our friend matt neal.

09. September 2014 by paige
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shop house of ginger 02

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round two.  another embroidered beauty for sale!
i paired it with my favorite vintage tee, but why not try a colorful tank or slouchy sweater?  mmmmm hmmmm… that’s what i’m talking about!

$48 + shipping (US $5.95 / international $10)
would best fit s/m
measures 19 inches long with an elastic waist
perfect condition

to purchase, visit my instagram feed, find the photo of this skirt and comment with your email address.  (or let me know, here.)

if you have any questions, ask!

ps.  ironic hipster vintage tshirt with pit stains not for sale.  stop with the jealousy.  also wearing sunnndaze sunglasses.

20. August 2014 by paige
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shop house of ginger 01

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isn’t this dress bananas?!  no pun intended, seeing as it is the color of a banana.  but anyway, i’m selling it!  to you!  i believe it to be the perfect summer dress.  it’s unique, it’s comfortable, it’s effortless.  and it’s not just a dress.  wear it to the beach as a cover up or as a tunic with leggings when fall comes around.  also, it would make the most adorable maternity-style top for any mommy-to-be.

$58 + shipping (US $5.95 / international $10)
would best fit s/m
measures 32 inches long

to purchase, visit my instagram feed, find the photo of this dress and comment with your email address.

if you have any questions, let me know!

ps.  adorable mini redhead sold separately not for sale.

19. August 2014 by paige
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inspired / the mexican-style embroidered dress

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pair with your favorite booties or sandals, maybe throw on a hat and out the door you go.  i don’t know what could be more effortless (or comfortable) in the hot summer months.  plus, the embroidery on these dresses is insanely gorgeous.

i have two of these vintage beauties (well, a dress and a skirt) that will go up for sale this week.

stay tuned!

(l-r) 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

18. August 2014 by paige
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worn / lace pants

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yes to lace pants, girlfriends.  especially to this cut, as opposed to the boho/hippie-style bells.  why, you ask?  because the trouser shape is a bit more versatile – a blouse and blazer for work, a muscle tee and floppy hat for the music festival.  see where i’m going with this?  thumbs up. 

unfortunately, i fell in lust with these pants at a local boutique when they took my credit card out of my wallet and rang themselves up, so i can’t provide you with a direct link; however here are some options:  crochet pants / lace pantsmaybe you’ll find something similar!

lace pants/tank/rings on right hand – local boutique
thrifted, vintage pouch
gage huntley single quartz hoops +bent nail midi ring (on left pinky)

13. August 2014 by paige
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