Wednesday, April 30, 2014

JCA "Help Style Me!" Weekly Post

This is the weekly "Help Style Me!" post, where we can share items we are having trouble putting outfits together with. Elaine (in this post) says it best, "You know, that thing you bought because you love it and you keep pulling it out and then putting it away without wearing it?"

Please share your J.Crew item (either that you own or are thinking about getting) that you would love help creating an outfit with.

Also, please help out by offering your styling advice. Feel free to include links to your blog (where you incorporated that piece) or to Polyvore (where you showcased an outfit with that piece). Thanks in advance! :)

"Looking to LOVE" with J.Crew

This is the weekly "Looking to LOVE with J.Crew" post, a place to share our favorite experiences with J.Crew.

If you have recently experienced a positive situation with J.Crew, maybe you might be willing to share that information with us in this post.

Please feel free to share your story on almost any topic— including stellar experiences with purchases & orders, promotions/ offers, in-store visits, transactions with store associates, etc.

Do High Homeowner Association Fees Turn You Off?

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La Jolla Community

Are you on the hunt for the perfect home but omitting those with HOA fees?

Today we are revealing the reasons why Homeowner Association fees don't Suck! There are many reasons why homeowner associations (HOA) are beneficial. In a recent poll performed by Zogby they found that 7 out of 10 people who live under owner associations are happy with their communities. Don't be so quick to eliminate shopping for homes with HOA fees, it just might be the perfect fit for you.

HOA's are popular in San Diego and more than 62 million Americans live in an estimated 315,000 association-governed communities. From town-home communities and cooperatives to high-rise condominiums and city-sized, master-planned associations. 

Fall in Love with Your HOA Dues

The Advantages of Having a Homeowner Association

  1. Protect your Homes Value - When homeowners are held to certain standards, it not only keeps the community attractive and somewhat uniform. Your home's value won't be effected by neglect and deterioration. 
  2. Well-maintained Amenities/Increased Amenities - HOA's typically do an outstanding job of maintaining amenities. Manicured common area lawns, freshly painted walls, lighting that works and clubhouse benefits to name a few. Value added amenities include: tennis courts, gym, pools, hot tubs, saunas, sport courts, barbecue areas, neighborhood parks, etc. 
  3. HOA's prevent your neighbor from doing this!
  4. Rules and Regulations - Deter nuisance activity and promote conformity. Communities with HOA's typically restrict your neighbor from parking big RVs or storing unpleasant eye sores on the streets of your neighborhood. 
  5. Community Bonding and Communication - Some HOA's host regular community gatherings which is a great way to get to know your neighbors. The "common area" facilities like the gym or pool act as natural meeting places for you to share with your neighbors.
  6. TLC and Increased Community Pride - Community common areas are cared for by trained professionals where you can be proud to live in an attractive, well-run community. 
Come Visit me 5/4/2014 and see what this beautiful La Jolla neighborhood has to offer!
HOA's aren't that bad after all, the rules are there to ensure the collective rights and interests of all owners. They are designed to protect and enhance property values while providing the services and amenities promised. 

Zobgy's Poll Names the Best Aspects of Living in an Association:

Neighborhood Attractiveness
Less Maintenance for Individual Homeowners
Community Safety
Property Values

Overall, many HOA's are easy to deal with while the restrictions and bylaws are reasonable.

Stop in for a visit this weekend and see what this amazing Homeowners Association has to offer. Amenities that fulfill your every need when it comes to Entertainment.

See you there! If you are looking to buy or sell a home in San Diego let us earn your business. Call me today.

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NICK APPEARANCES.....Benefit Cosmetics "Benebabe" Meet and Greet Event in Macy's Union Square San Francisco, The BLOG RECAP!

 Presenting....Benefit! Nick Verreos Hosts Benefit Cosmetics "Meet and Greet", Macy's Union Square San Francisco

Photo Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

This past Friday, I flew to San Francisco to not only make a Special Appearance at the FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco campus but to also host a fabulous event at Macy's Union Square for Benefit Cosmetics, THE Makeup Sponsor for Lifetime's "Project Runway: Under The Gunn".

Hello San Francisco: Nick Verreos Hosts Benefit Cosmetics Meet-and-Greet, Macy's Union Square San Francisco

Left Photo Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

I was excited to be back in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities in the US--and the World--for this fun event. This very special "Meet-and-Greet with Nick Verreos" was a chance to make Benefit Beauty Appointments--such as "Makeupper's" and Brow "fixin's", win a $500 Macy's Shopping Spree and yes, get a chance to take photos with me--Selfies included! Here are a bunch of great photos from the event:

 Hostin' Nick: Nick Verreos Hosts Benefit Cosmetics Meet-and-Greet, Macy's Union Square San Francisco

                                            Photos Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

Benebabe Apron Fab: Nick Verreos with the Benefit Cosmetics gals--Makeup and Brow Specialists--all wearing "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" Winning Designer Oscar Garcia-Lopez' designed apron, Macy's Union Square San Francisco

                                         Photos Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

Apron Nick: Now, speaking of the apron...I, naturally, wanted to put on the fabulous apron designed by my "Project Runway: Under The Gunn" designer Oscar Garcia-Lopez. So of course, I took one of "Benebabe" estheticians' apron and put it on!

 And then, I got up on stage to show off the apron--Nick Verreos wearing the Oscar Garcia-Lopez' designed Benefit Cosmetics apron

                                           Photo Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

DJ Spinning: Nick Verreos helping DJ Junior spin the tunes for the "Nick Verreos Meet-and-Greet Benefit Cosmetics" Event at Macy's Union Square San Francisco

Meet-and-Greet Pics:

   Nick Verreos and Attendees, "Benefit Cosmetics Nick Verreos Meet-and-Greet Event" Benefit                                           Cosmetics Macy's Union Square San Francisco

                                         Photos Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

Nick Verreos and stylish attendees--Benefit Cosmetics Nick Verreos Meet-and-Greet, Macy's Union Square San Francisco

Knead Bakery Selfie: I was so happy when one of the attendees gave me a delicious treat from Knead Patisserie--and then we got to take a Selfie! 

                                          Photo Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

Prom Photo Redux: I was also so excited to see my "Sister-from-another-Mister"--my ol' friend Siobhan (above) who came out for the event. I was her Prom Date back in high school and yes, we had to take a "Prom Photo" as you can see from the photo above.

Soon, it was time for me to get my Eyebrows Waxed and Tweezed...a la Benefit:

 Benefit Brow King: Nick Verreos getting his brows done, Macy's Union Square San Francisco

                                              Photos Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

Nick Verreos and the Benefit Apron Gals--Macy's Union Square San Francisco

                                               Photo Courtesy of Rachael Heim Photography

 I Left My Heart in SF...Thanks San Francisco, Thanks Benefit Cosmetics and Thanks Macy's Union Square...for a FABULOUS time!


Good morning, Everyone! I just wanted to say a quick hello and share a few pics of my newest obsession, i.e. the Sophia Webster Mila heels I've been lusting over for ever now. What can I say, I love a great statement shoe:)
I first spotted them a few month ago, but couldn't decide which color to go with (they also come in black), but I finally figured the soft beige/grey is perfect for Summer and should pair nicely with my favorite pastel color palette. Which color do you guys like better? Black or Grey? 

Sophia Webster Mila sandals { also here and in black here } | House of Harlow sound waves ring { in gold here } | Samantha Wills cuff { similar here, here & here } | Alexa Leigh gold pave diamond Elijo ring | Essie nail polish in Spin The Bottle 

Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,

Helena Bordon / Hôtel de Ville / Paris

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   Helena Bordon / Hôtel de Ville / Paris

   Photo by Fred / Easy Fashion Paris

Frenche Petallo is Hari ng Lapu-lapu 2014

Hari ng Lapu lapu is a local male pageant-cum-physical competition in search of the MODERN-DAY HERO: promoting TOURISM, CULTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. Hari ng Lapu lapu is a person holding an admirable asset in face & physique. He has progressive opinions toward social issues in accord with earlier ideas. Most importantly, Hari ng Lapu lapu is a man of exceptional quality & strength, who wins admiration by ROLE, VIGOR and MORAL DEEDS especially deeds of courage.

This year’s Hari ng Lapu-lapu 2014 is Frenche Petallo. He was a contestant representing Surigao del Norte in Mister International Philippines 2013 last year where Gil Wagas emerged as winner. Here are some of his photos:

Say good-bye to your tailor (and get an extra 25% off)

"Thanks!" to  many of you, who shared the following email & promotion from J.Crew.

J.Crew Factory is offering petite sizing for their clothes! (Does this mean they will introduce Tall sizing in the future too? Who knows? But this is a good start.) :)

Also, they have a new offer: 25% off purchases of $100+ with promotional code GETMORE. This offer expires May 4, 2014.

Are you excited that Petite finally made it to Factory? Any items you are interested in getting? Please share! :)

Elif / Le Grand Palais / Paris

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   Elif / Le Grand Palais / Paris

   Elif est étudiante en Fashion Design à Copenhague. Je l'ai rencontrée devant le
   Grand-Palais pendant la dernière semaine de la Mode. j'ai tout de suite remarqué
   ses jolies bottes brodées à la main (qui viennent d'Istanbul). Son blouson à franges 
   est vintage et son jeans "second hand" from Germany. Le reste de sa tenue vient du
   quartier du Marais à Paris. Le parfum préféré d'Elif est "One Million Dollars" de D&G.

   Photos by Fred / Easy Fashion Paris

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