February 28, 2013

Wedding: Style Me Pretty Feature

One of the most special days of my life was featured on Style Me Pretty yesterday! The photos brought back such wonderful memories and made me realize how quickly time has flown by and how important it is to enjoy every moment. I would love for you to head on over and see the full feature here and the image gallery here! There is also a wedding tab on my header with all my vendor information in case you're in the LA area and need some suggestions! XOXO

February 26, 2013

Sales & Steals: Shopbop Buy More, Save More Code

Dolce Vita Dress $264 | 3.1 Phillip Lim Dress $695 | Thakoon Addition Dress $525 | Suno Dress $425 | LemLem Dress $248

Get your spring wish lists out! Shopbop is offering a buy more, save more discount with code SPRINGEVENT. The breakdowns are: spend $250, save $30. spend $500, save $60. spend $750 save $120. spend $1,000, save $200. spend $1,500, save $300. I complied more of my favorites in the look book below in case you need help deciding what to get [if you can't view it in your google reader, please click over to my site]! Start shopping here before the sale ends on April 28th. XOXO

February 25, 2013

Best Dressed: 2013 Academy Awards

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture. Kerry Washington in Miu Miu. Naomi Watts in Armani Prive.

Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta. Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad. Kate Bosworth in Giambattista Valli.

Last night was Fashion's biggest night: The Oscars. I thought the actual show was very entertaining [I loved the musical performances] but the looks on the red carpet left me wanting more especially after last years great looks [remember Gwyneth's cape?]. My favorite ensemble from head to toe was Jessica Chastain's Armani Prive gown, perfectly coiffed hair and red lips. Besides Jessica's look, I think I liked the fashion at the after parties more! XOXO
images via usweekly.com and justjared.com

February 22, 2013

Current Obsessions

There are so many cute spring items out right now! I'm kind of loving a mint and cream wardrobe palette [loving this dress too] with a splash of peach on the face [think lips or cheeks]... I would be thrilled to get my hands on the J.Crew necklace and Grace Coddington's memoir [I've heard it's great if your a fellow fashion lover]. Btw, Topshop's LA store at The Grove just opened if you live in the area!

I attempted to teach myself some photoshop basics yesterday and failed miserably... Any suggestions on where to get some tips online to understand the basics would be appreciated! Oh, and for those that asked [via comments and Instagram] I got my nail art done at Buff & Tweeze [thanks for the rec LVL!]. XOXO

February 20, 2013


[clockwise from top left]
1. Gel manicure in OPI Samoan Sand + gold nail art. 2. Valentine's dinner at BLT Steak [thanks for the food suggestions, the popovers were to die for!]. 3. Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter...smelled amazing + it'd be a great alternative to my favorite Kiehl's body butter. 4. Our Valentine's Day dinner at home last Thursday. 

[clockwise from top left]
1. Our sweet kitty Nala. 2. Popeye Protein smoothie from Juice Farm in Pasadena. 3. First Bauble Bar purchase, the Marquise Leaf Cascade Earring, in my favorite color for spring. 4. Valentine's gifts: Chanel Illuminating Powder + Cle De Peau Concealer.

Currently trying to brainstorm a new giveaway for this month... let me know if there is a particular category you'd like to see featured next! XOXO

February 15, 2013

How I Spent My... Valentine's Day

Baked some festive treats for our family.

Snuggled with my baby boy.
[he's wearing this Baby Gap onesie]

Received some gorgeous flowers from my hubby.

Wrapped a gift for my Valentine. 
[this was inside... we love the chopped salads at La Scala and now we can make them at home]

Opened Hudson's first Valentine from his Auntie.

Hope you all had a great day yesterday! We are continuing our Valentine's celebration this weekend with a dinner at BLT Steak... I've never been but it looks delicious. Enjoy the long weekend! XOXO

February 14, 2013

What To Wear: Valentine's Day Date

Happy Valentine's Day, sending you lots of love! I hope you are extra sweet to everyone you come in contact with today. You never know, you might just brighten someone's day by being extra nice! Above are a few of my current favorite red and pink dresses from Shopbop and Net-A-Porter... they would be the perfect attire for a fancy Valentine's Day date! XOXO

February 13, 2013

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate and it's only a day away! I love the girly pink, white and red color scheme that pops up around this time of year and wanted to share some of my current favorite rosie hued items. Aren't those Valentino studded heels pretty amazing? All of the links to shop the items in this post below! XOXO

February 12, 2013

DIY: Valentine's Day Printables c/o Bloom Designs Online

My sister, Jenny of Bloom Designs Online, created these adorable printables for Hudson to give to our friends for Valentine's Day! Check out her post with all the details on how to put together these sweet treats and visit her etsy shop to purchase everything you need to make this easy DIY for the 14th. A last minute Gift Guide for Valentine's Day up tomorrow! XOXO

February 8, 2013

Winner: Little Hip Squeaks Giveaway

:Hudson lounging on his Little Hip Squeaks chevron blanket in Baby Gap + Jacadi:

Thank you so much for participating in the Little Hip Squeaks giveaway! I was so excited to showcase one of my favorite baby brands and to work with Amy {who is a delight btw!}. The lucky winner of a $50 credit to the Little Hip Squeaks shop is Milla who is hoping to get her son the elephant hat or the braided mod blanket. I also did a little feature for the LHS blog that should be up before the weekend... check it out here if you have time!

Hoping to bring you some Valentine's Day inspiration posts and to share Hudson's newborn photos with you next week. Have a fun-filled weekend, find me here on Instagram in the meantime! XOXO

February 7, 2013


Just because roses from the hubby.

Birthday, baby gifts + my Sugar Paper stationery.

Flowers for Hudson's 1 month birthday from our sweet friends.

Prepping for Valentine's Day next week.

 Hudson at 5 weeks old {and his first time wearing shoes!}.

If you have sent me an email recently I apologize for the delay in responding, I will try to get back to you within in the next week {I love hearing from you!}. Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway with Little Hip Squeaks... the winner will be announced tomorrow! XOXO

February 5, 2013

Hudson: Month 1 Favorites

We celebrated our sweet baby boy's 1 month birthday on Saturday!

He's getting bigger everyday... now 10 lbs 14.5 oz and 21.5 inches long!

I thought that it might be helpful to some new mommies out there to list a few of my favorite items and things that have been helpful over the last month with little Hudson! 

Aden + Anais Swaddling Blankets: we love our star printed blankets (set of 4 in blue, grey, beige and green) and the ivory bamboo version too. They have been perfect for swaddling and to cover the car seat or stroller.

Gap Snap Shirts: these are great for bedtime when swaddling and during the day with little leggings for quick diaper changes. We have been using both the short and long sleeve versions of the shirt depending on the temperature.

Zoli Buzz B Nail File: this is perfect for filing the little one's nails. It comes with 4 files depending on baby's age {0-12 months} which prevents from getting too close to the skin.

The Honest Company Healing Balm + Wipes: we weren't crazy about the shampoo and lotion but we love these two products. The healing balm is magic on little cuts, dry skin or rashes and the I like that the wipes are plant based and natural.

Little Hip Squeaks: we are obsessed with this Etsy shop! The personalized blankets, leggings and hats are precious and unique plus Amy uses organic cotton and designs the prints herself. Don't forget to enter our giveaway with LHS here!

Boon Naked Collapsible Bath Tub: this has been perfect for bath time. We have limited storage space so I love that it folds up and can hang behind the door when we are done using it. It also collapses and expands as baby grows from 0-18 months.

Diana Henderson Photography: Diana took Hudson's newborn photos a few weeks ago and we loved how they turned out, I'll share some favorites soon! If you live in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend her {she also does family photos}. 

Shop some of our must haves below and please feel free to share your favorites, I'd love to know what was useful to your family during the first few months! XOXO

February 1, 2013

Giveaway: Little Hip Squeaks $50 Gift Certificate

I'm so excited to announce a giveaway with one of my favorite baby brands

Everything in the Little Hip Squeaks shop is eco friendly and printed on organic fabrics designed by Amy who is generously offering a reader a $50 gift certificate to use on anything in her Etsy shop! She creates adorable hats, personalized blankets and other baby gifts in fun patterns like mustaches, chevron, elephants and foxes... so many cute things to choose from! Please follow the directions below to enter this giveaway with LHS.

Mandatory Entry: 
Please become a google friend connect follower and leave a comment with your favorite LHS item and email address.

Extra Entries {please leave a comment for each}
Follow Little Hip Squeaks and Nicole's Guide To Style on Pinterest.
Follow Little Hip Squeaks and Nicole's Guide To Style on Instagram.
Tweet, Blog or Instagram about the giveaway making sure to link back to us.

The winner will be announced and contacted next Friday, February 8th so make sure you get your entries completed in the next week. Spread the word and good luck! XOXO