Personal Style Outfit-One Life to Live, Infinite Ways to Live It

Sunday fun day was spent in Palm Springs with the family as we celebrated my birthday at one of our favorite hotels in the desert. The J.W. Marriott Resort Palm Desert has been our family's home away from home since I was a child. In fact, for the longest time the hotel WAS Palm Springs as we rarely left the compound on our visits. There was simply so much to do, so much to explore!  My brother and I would harass the lobby parrots for hours on end desperately trying to train them to say dirty words. We'd take the boat ride around the man-made lake, hopping on and off to dip our feet in the various pools. We also harassed and chased the flamingos and ducks. A lot.  Ahh, such simple stimulants yet fun was had. It has been years since we've been back so it felt especially memorable and nostalgic to be there on my birthday.  

On this day I can't help but reflect on my life and the past year. The past 365 days have been tumultuous, unexpected, difficult at times but momentous in every way and magnificently exciting. I've decided that no matter what happens in life, I will live and die by these words: "We all have just one life to live, but there are infinite ways to live it. So find your path, take control, blaze on, and never look back." 

The Sunday outing also marked the second edition of "3 Ways to Wear d.RA." This time, I chose a fabulously bright d.RA Collins flared mini skirt as my staple piece. I kept it simple and clean for my first look (brunch at the hotel), completing it with a black turtleneck, Isabel Marant-like booties from Just Fab and my Follis NY purse. The skirt is short and flirty so both the length and cover-up appeal of the turtleneck served as a fashion contrast. The laid-back chic booties kept the look casual and appropriate for a weekend brunch under the sun and my oversized Follis cameo purse subtly pushed the envelope. A rose gold Guess watch and a spiky bracelet from Shop Publik (my friend's fabulous shop!) accessorized the look.





In the afternoon, we went to Cabazon to indulge in guilt-free outlet shopping. I layered a fitted GAP denim and channeled my inner Shania Twain. Surprisingly, I didn't end up buying anything at Cabazon although a tangerine red patent leather Bokier satchel got my heart palpitating for a few beats. I can still hear it calling my name. Faint, but audible.



For the nighttime festivities, I didn't feel like wiggling into a dress so I made simple substitutions. I changed into a leather and tweed jacket from Kova & T, switched out the day purse for a Proenza Schouler x NM x Target iPad pouch/clutch, and black wedges from Cheap Monday. It's amazing how a few fashion tweaks can completely transform an outfit as I went from country to urban in just three style steps.









I'm standing dangerously close to the flamingos. Old habits die hard!

{CURRENT GBF GIVEAWAYS}

{Lancer Method Skincare (Oprah's Favorite Things)}
{JewelMint}

{live fabulously}

 PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

28 comments

  1. gorgeous photos! you look amazing.

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. woooooow. love u here. the make up si perfect, and I love this cowgirl style. U know what?!I prefer the first outfit...
    Amazing shorts

    http://7-sevendays.blogspot.it/

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love your trasition from day to night! That skirt is beautiful. Hope you had a great birthday!

    Katherine


    http://mintedglam.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the light and airy floral with dark contrasts!
    I'm having a blog hop right now and you should come get in on some of that love. ;-)
    -Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  5. You look so beautiful and it's such a pleasure to look at your snapshots;) Nice post, thank u for share;)
    Have a happy time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
    http://svetusvet.blogspot.ru/

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love the first few photos with the denim and boots! Too cute :)

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

    ReplyDelete
  7. You are toooo cute & fab for words....totally head to toe chic!! I'm also a huge fan of Palm Springs!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. How gorgeous are you! Loving all these outfits, turtlenecks are such a closet staple, they make everything look polished.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

    ReplyDelete
  9. love the location of these pics!

    ReplyDelete
  10. always gorgeous!

    www.petiteandhungry.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi dear, I am loving your blog! What do you think of followin each other ? :)
    Read my blog in ENGLISH, SPANISH and ITALIAN !

    New Post Up!

    Check out my blog:

    ReplyDelete
  12. great '!!

    www.live-style20.blogspot.com

    new post !!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow! Beautiful pics! I love your skirt! x

    ReplyDelete
  14. Very pretty!! Love how you mixed the florals with the winter colours!!

    -xoxo- lorena

    http://www.lolitainthemix.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. love this! shorts and tights are one of my fav fall staples!

    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  16. Happy Birthday darling =) I'm glad you had fun on your birthday. It's good that you reminisce and be thankful for what you have now.
    My favourite item on you is the jacket from Kova & T.

    http://www.diva-in-me.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Very cute shorts/skirt and lovely blog.
    Thank you for stopping by to visit. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Loving this outfit, you look beautiful! That skirt is perfect :)

    xoxo Sarah Beth

    Caring Cowls

    ReplyDelete
  19. love look, and i like so much the lip color
    Today on my blog, party skirts outfits for every day
    http://eltrasterodecris.blogspot.com.es/

    ReplyDelete
  20. thanks for visiting my blog would you like to follow eachother via gfc?

    xo
    arleene

    arleenesfashioncloset.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. I just spotted your blog and cannot believe that it took me so long. I must say that I really enjoy the way you write and mix the different fashionable ingredients. I will definitely stay tuned.
    Maybe you've got a hint of time to explore my blog:

    http://THEURBANPROMENEUR.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. You look so beautiful.Love your style.
    Getting FREE Christmas Gifts Here,http://www.japan-lingzhi-2daydiet.com/Christmas.html.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful photos! That skirt is so lovely- the colours and print are so great! Looks fantastic paired with the denim jacket :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. I have a similar pair of brown boots, like yours :D I love the outfit, so sweet and casual cool ;)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Beauty YOU and photo!! <3

    kiss from Poland ;)

    Follow Me www.gointothesun.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete