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October 24, 2016

Eight Pieces I'd Like to See in the Victoria Beckham for Target Collection

Target's recent announcement of Victoria Beckham as the next capsule collection designer came as both a total surprise and a delight. I gotta give Target credit for keeping me on my toes, since I didn't see this one coming. I was placing my bets on Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, or a similar American designer. Unfortunately, Target didn't have a fall 2016 designer capsule collection, so it's exciting to be able to look forward to Victoria Beckham's line, which will be available on April 9, 2017. Mark your calendars and set your reminders. The line will include both women's and children's apparel, with sizes ranging from XS to 3X for women, and NB to XL for baby, toddler, and girls. Prices will range from $6 to $70, with most pieces under $40. 

According to Target, the collection "reflects the essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, with easy-to-wear dresses, rompers, and playful tops and bottoms for women, and corresponding styles for girls, toddler, and baby."  Sounds intriguing. I'm thinking adorable mommy-and-me looks for inclined shoppers just in time for Mother's Day, Easter, and other spring holidays. 

Since Victoria Beckham is widely admired for her chic and monochromatic street style, her relaxed tailoring, and her sophisticated yet whimsical designs, I've selected eight key pieces that reflect her signature style and that I'd love to see in her VBxTarget collection. Hint: there are ladylike ruffles, quirky fruit prints, and modern takes on classic items such as the trench coat and work tote. It's all about refined style with a fun twist. April 9 can't get here soon enough!

Classic trench // Ruffled blouse // Whimsical sweater // Oversized shades // Statement skirt // Sophisticated dress // Chic tote bag // Novelty denim 

What do you want to see in the VBxTarget collection? Catch up me on social media @thekeytochic and watch this space for more VBxTarget news, shopping tips, and style ideas. 

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October 18, 2016

Stylish Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Thanksgiving will be here before you can say "pass the turkey", and now's the perfect time to get ideas for creating a stunning table setting. Sure, the food is the main event, but the table is where it all happens. A beautiful presentation goes a long way to making guests feel welcome and ready to enjoy a food-filled evening. To help you create a feast for the eyes, I've selected some of the most stylish dinnerware and accent pieces with warm autumnal hues and sophisticated hints of metallic. Go ahead, give thanks.

Thanksgiving Table Settings and table decor ideas, stylish Thanksgiving 2016 ideas

Give Thanks felt banner $24.99 // metallic pumpkin decoration, $36.99 // 20-piece flatware set, $84.99 // pumpkin and maple leaf wreath, $79.99 // Harvest cotton napkin set of 4, $39 // cast metal fox, $12.74 // 'Get Stuffed' platter, $35 // 'Thankful' placemats set of 2, $19.99 // turkey tureen, $129 // tree bark candle, $29.99 // copper Moscow Mule mug set of 2, $44.50 // wine glasses set of 6, $48 // pumpkin dinner plates set of 4, $59 

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October 11, 2016

The Look for Less - Versailles on Ovation

In late September, I saw a preview for Ovation's new television series called Versailles and I was instantly intrigued. One glimpse of the opulent costumes, the gorgeous cast members, and the stunning sets, and I wanted to see more. The show, which premiered on October 1 and stars George Blagden as King Louis XIV, airs on Ovation on Saturday nights at 10PM EST/PST.  I caught the first episode this past weekend and it did not disappoint. The surprise twist at the end of the episode had me laughing out loud.

Versailles show on Ovation

In case you're rusty on your French history, here's some background info: "at 28, King Louis XIV of France commissions Versailles, the most beautiful palace in Europe, which serves as the King's gilded prison - keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. Enter a world of untold wealth, power, and passion, where love and lust are just a heartbeat away from deceit and betrayal." Sounds like the perfect backdrop for a compelling historical drama, right?

Versailles Ovation wardrobe costumes

The 10-episode series starts in 1667, as Louis XIV encounters resistance and betrayal from those closest to him. He shifts the seat of power from Paris to his father's former hunting lodge that he plans to enlarge. His goal is to drag his country "out of the darkness and into the light." After several phases of construction, the lodge at Versailles eventually becomes one of the most magnificent palaces in Europe. 

Versailles Gardens

Having visited Versailles on a rainy day in May just over three years ago, I can attest to its grandeur and splendor. Below is a photo I took of the famous Hall of Mirrors as well as a gorgeous bedroom. 

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

Versailles Interior bedroom

Given the visually stunning setting and 17th century time period, Versailles focuses on art and fashion, along with the obligatory palace intrigue, backstabbing, and romantic affairs of the countless courtiers. 

Versailles Ovation wardrobe

The series is a feast for the eyes. Expect to see striking cinematography, opulent costumes, a very attractive cast, and some really great wigs. #HairEnvy 

Naturally, there's fashion inspiration galore. Think ruffled blouses, velvet footwear, sparkly hair accessories, brocade outerwear, lace cravats (on the men), corsets, petticoats, full sleeves, and dramatic capes. Since so many of these style elements are on-trend this season, here's how you can take inspiration from Louis XIV and his courtiers and get the Versailles look for less.

Versailles on Ovation Fashion Look for Less

Crystal and faux pearl necklace, $69 // Colorblock cape, $78 // Crystal and faux pearl drop earrings, $78 // Embroidered organza dress, $138 // Rhinestone flower headband, $32 // Victorian ruffle blouse, $55 // Floral buckle bag, $11.99 // Velvet burnout maxi skirt, $148 // Black elastic belt, $6.53 // Steve Madden velvet 'Edie' bootie, $89.95 // Steve Madden "Timbir' square toe loafer, $89.95

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Thank you to Ovation and Versailles for partnering on this post. Tune in to Ovation on Satudays at 10PM to watch all the drama.

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October 6, 2016

Ojai Visitor and Travel Guide - Top Things To Do

Few places in southern California evoke the relaxed mood and gorgeous countryside setting of Ojai. Just a short drive away from Santa Barbara or Los Angeles, you'll be enchanted by the beautiful landscape and creative charm of this artsy, wellness-focused town. What I love most about visiting Ojai is the feeling that when you're there, you don't feel like you're in southern California due to the rural views, friendly locals who greet you on the bike path, and the small town vibes. It's the ideal place for a road trip, staycation, or wellness retreat. Fortunately, I don't live far away, so I'm able to escape there now and then. 

Outdoor Activities

While Ojai is known for its abundance of hiking trails, wellness retreats, and natural beauty, I count on the Ojai Valley Trail for leisurely walks with my dog or for scenic bike rides. If you head southwest on the trail and have enough time or energy, you'll end up at the beach. Tip: park near Libbey Park (at S. Signal Street and Ojai Ave) to pick up the trail. In the park, you can also take your kids to the playground, watch the locals play tennis, or enjoy a concert at Libbey Bowl

Ojai Valley Trail

Nestled in the hills, Meditation Mount (at 10340 Reeves Road) is a peaceful place to watch the sun set over the mountains, practice yoga, enjoy the rolling countryside views, or meditate. Located at the top of a very narrow and winding road, the gardens and green vistas will be well worth the drive. How to find it? It's at the top of Reeves Road, behind famous dinner spot Boccali's. For a small ($2 per person) donation, you can stroll through the International Garden of Peace, lounge on the lawn, or snag the bench at the end of the trail for the best views in town.

Meditation Mount

Meditation Mount Ojai Views

Another scenic spot for walking or non-strenuous hiking is the Ojai Meadows Preserve. Follow the short trail around wetlands, eucalyptus trees, and open fields. Tip: park near the Lomita Avenue entrance, but if it's solitude you seek, then avoid this area when the local high school lets out, as many students walk through here as a shortcut.

Ojai Meadows Preserve


In The Field (730 E. Ojai Ave) is a must-see if you're looking to do some chic shopping in Ojai. Think Silverlake meets Ojai with creative visual merchandising and a well curated selection of home and fashion merchandise in this airy lifestyle boutique. I went bananas for their selection of bohemian Ulla Johnson blouses and Southwestern jewelry. Tip: this store is a great place for gifts for the whole family. Grooming products, journals, candles...you name it,  they've got it.

In The Field Ojai

No visit to Ojai is complete without a trip to the world famous Bart's Books at 302 W. Matilija Street. The outdoor layout, seating options, and relaxed atmosphere are right in line with Ojai's laid back yet forward-thinking vibes. This is the ideal place to get lost in the shelves with your favorite beverage (perhaps a smoothie from one of the restaurants listed below) on a quiet afternoon. 

Bart's BookOjai

Healthy Dining

Ojai has its fair share of great restaurants, but these two mentioned below are my favorite because they are healthy, have great outdoor dining spaces, are pet friendly, and the service is excellent. 

The Farmer and The Cook (at 339 W. El Roblar Drive) is an organic farm, market, and Mexican restaurant all rolled into one. Their smoothies are beyond delicious (especially the chai one), and I always leave this place feeling energized and happy about the quality of the ingredients. Tip: on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights they have a pizza menu.

The Farmer and the Cook Ojai

The Farmer and the Cook Sandwiches

Hip Vegan at 928 E. Ojai Ave is the place to go for a lunch or early dinner consisting of meat-free salads, wraps, bowls, and tasty sandwiches. They also have incredible fruit smoothies and a cozy patio with backyard vibes. Even if you're not vegan or vegetarian, I'll bet that you won't even mind because their food is that good. Tip: they are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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If you're looking for a place to stay, the Capri Hotel and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa are the top two local picks for their locations and amenities. 

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Topatopa Mountains Ojai

Catch up with my adventures in travel and shopping on Snapchat and Instagram @thekeytochic. 

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September 19, 2016

Four Must-Have Fashion Trends for Fall 2016

As the weather starts to cool off and the days get shorter, all I can think about are fall fashion trends. I like to think of this time of year as a fresh start for my style and my closet, with plenty of opportunities to try out new footwear styles, dress in layers, and play with new color palettes. This fall, I'm teaming up with luxury retailer Orchard Mile to share four must-have fashion trends. With an easy-to-navigate site and dozens of covetable brands such as Equipment, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, Kaelen, and Temperley London, there's no shortage of outfit inspiration and on-trend offerings. 

Let's take a look at four of Orchard Mile's fall 2016 trends.

1. Moody Blooms
One glance at my closet and you'll see that floral prints are a favorite of mine. While they may be thought of as a traditionally spring/summer print, I love wearing them all year long. For fall 2016, they get an update in dark, brooding shades of blue, violet, forest green, and crimson. The trick to styling florals for fall is to mix them with darker colors and heavier textures such as suede, velvet, leather, and cable knitwear. For floral runway inspiration, look to Tanya Taylor, Suno, Kaelen, and Giambattista Valli for their modern takes on moody blooms. Below are six of my favorite floral picks via Orchard Mile, especially these statement ankle boots by Joie

Fall 2016 Floral Trend

2. Athluxury
Like our busy lives, the sport-to-street movement is showing no signs of slowing down. Consequently, casual looks that transition to beyond the gym are in high demand. With our active, on-the-go lifestyles, we all want to be comfortable in our clothing. A chic and functional backpack by Bill Blass and embellished sneakers by Alice + Olivia make exercise fun and fashionable, plus, they look great for a coffee date, lunch meeting or casual after-work event.

Athleisure Athluxury Trend 2016

3. Sleeves with Style
All eyes are on the sleeves right now, with bell sleeves, ruffled sleeves, elongated sleeves, and flared wrists stealing the spotlight. Wearing statement sleeves is an easy way to add drama to your look, and it's perfect if you want to channel a sophisticated, bohemian vibe. The Temperley London dress on the left is the perfect balance of drama and ladylike luxe, plus it pairs well with trend number four. 

Bell Sleeves Trend 2016

4. Block Party 
The must-have shoe silhouette for fall is the block heel. I'm a big fan of this wearable trend, especially for ankle boots and lace-up pumps. I called it out in my 2015 footwear trend report and in my 2016 footwear trend report. Whether you choose sleek pumps, Mary Janes (the ones below are by Aquatalia), over-the-knee boots, or edgy ankle boots (like this cheetah print pair by Alice + Olivia), block heels add major height and stability to fall footwear. 

Block Heel Shoe Trend 2016
images via orchardmile.com

Catch up with my trend-spotting adventures on Snapchat and Instagram @thekeytochic and let me know what you're excited to wear this fall. See of-the-moment trend inspiration and get chic style ideas from Orchard Mile's blog, like this helpful Wear It Now, Wear It Later feature. Thank you to Orchard Mile for collaborating on this trend report.

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