Poptails at Hotel Valencia to kick off summer!

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Photo courtesy of Hotel Valencia

Ready to have some fun and kick off summer 2016 in style? Then we have a party for you! Can I get a woo-hoo! On June 2, 2016, Hotel Valencia is hosting a fabulous Summer Kickoff Party complete with small bites, and Poptails! I have never had a Poptail before, I cannot wait to try one! Read for all the juicy details, and I hope to see you at the event!

“To welcome the summer season, Hotel Valencia Santana Row is throwing a luxurious Summer Kickoff Party. On Thursday, June 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm, party goers can enjoy small bites and poptails: alcohol-infused fruit popsicles topped with prosecco, at The Terrace, an intimate courtyard café surrounded by blooming bougainvillea and the murmur of a water fountain.

All summer long, poptails will be served for those wanting to partake in the sunshine and enjoy lounging by the pool. Guests will enjoy the breathtaking architecture and delight in views of European-inspired Santana Row below.

Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, Hotel Valencia provides the perfect sanctuary for travelers in the midst of the technology-driven hub. Stepping into the entrance, guests are transported to a place reminiscent of the Spanish Golden Age where walls feature embossed plaster treatments with hand-carved details, wrought iron chandeliers hang from a raked plaster ceiling and contemporary Iberian-inspired furniture is showcased.

The luxurious Hotel Valencia also transformed several areas of the modern boutique inn by adding Mediterranean accents. Long oak credenzas with custom stenciling and nail head decorated chairs and night stands complete the design. Hotel Valencia’s recent renovations transformed several areas of the property to accentuate its Old-World Spanish appeal.” _Hotel Valencia, Santana Row.

I look forward to seeing you at the event on June 2! It will be a lot of fun!


Fun way to wear a vintage brooch

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Earrings: Swarovski / Dress: Banana Republic / Brooch: Vintage circa 1960’s (tons of vintage brooches online here) / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Antique Gold / Handbag: Chanel (similar SAVE or SPLURGE) / Shoes: Prada (old, similar here)

Have you ever wondered how to wear a vintage brooch? Or perhaps you want to wear a vintage brooch in a new, and unexpected way; so you are looking for a fun way to wear a vintage brooch. I accidentally discovered a new way to wear my coveted vintage brooch last week!

This vintage brooch was originally purchased by my Mother in the 1960’s. It is a beautiful, sparkling green brooch which shines brighter than an emerald. I have loved this brooch since I was a small child; playing dress up in my Mother’s closet. When I asked to borrow it one day in my mid-20’s, my Mom told me she doesn’t wear it anymore, and knowing how much I have always loved it, told me I could keep it! Yay! Since then, I have always treasured this brooch as if it were a million dollar piece of jewelry.

Last Thursday, I was putting on my dress, pictured above, for the Junior League Sustainer dinner. I had eaten a thousand calorie lunch that day, and was a bit bloated; or maybe I have gained weight and will not admit it. Ha! Anyway, the button at the waist was popping a bit, and I really wanted to make this outfit happen. So, instead of pinning the brooch where I would normally place a name tag, I thought it might be the perfect cover-up for the popping waist button. It worked!

Not only did the brooch hide the popping button, it added a new dimension to the outfit as a whole. I love it! I feel like I have accidentally found a new, fun way to wear a vintage brooch. I am looking forward to wearing it like a belt buckle, without hiding a popping button, on future outfits.

What is your favorite way to wear a vintage brooch?

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Dolce & Gabbana Intenso edp review

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Pictured: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Intenso eau de parfum

Dolce & Gabbana Intenso edp is a warm, smoky floral scent which is masculine, inviting, and easy to wear during both warm, and cold weather. This is definitely a fragrance a man will reach for everyday, whether he prefers to wear after-shave, eau de parfum, or both combined.

Combining fragrance notes of Aquatic, Basil, Sandalwood, Lavender, and Moepel accord, Dolce & Gabbana Intenso edp offers a medium strength fragrance experience, which seems laced in light tobacco, that can easily be worn to the office, in tight quarters such as the theater, and for weekend casual activities. This is an all-around, wear anytime scent. Love that!

Although we tested out the eau de parfum, Dolce & Gabbana Intenso edp is also offered in an after-shave lotion, which my husband wants, an after-shave balm, deodorant stick, and a shower gel. There is also a gift set, online here, which is ideal as a Father’s Day gift, or graduation present. The gift set is also a great value since it is priced at $92.00 yet includes products from the collection with a combined worth of $115.00.

I love this fragrance on my husband, and fully understand why he also wants a bottle of the after-shave. It is a warm scent, which is masculine, and inviting. I definitely love smelling it on him! I am so glad he loves it too; it is always nice when you can agree on a fragrance!

Dolce & Gabbana Intenso edp can be found online here, here, herehere, and here. The after-shave can be found online here. The deodorant stick is online here. Intenso shower gel can be found online here.

I highly recommend the gift set! It has a sampling of the key items most men want in their daily fragrance. It is a great value, and a fabulous way to introduce Dad to Intenso. The gift set can be found online here, here, and here.

There is a gift with purchase when you spend $89 or more on any Intenso large spray online here as of today. This promotion could end at any time.

I hope you love this fragrance as much as my husband and I do! Happy Father’s Day!

Dolce & Gabbana Intenso EDP collection around the web: