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OOTD From Lazio Boutique in El Dorado Hills Ca

Well, here we are, my very first “photography” shoot. I’m trying my hand at doing modeling shoots using my beautiful daughter and her beautiful friend wearing clothing from a few of the boutiques I love to do posts on. Lazio is one of them and Sara Root, the owner has a keen eye for choosing the most savvy and stately clothing. Which is why I wanted to do my first OOTD post on her clothing and her boutique.

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My daughter, Alexandra on the far left wearing a wool bird sweater by MIH and which is the last one I might add, I personally bought this sweater myself and I just love it. She’s also wearing wool leggings by Pendleton. Her friend Cami, is wearing a black leather jacket by AS by DF, white t shirt by LNA and grey leggings by LNA as well.

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Here they are reading #Lucky Magazine. Alexandra is wearing one Lazio’s new spring arrival, a jumper by Rory Beca, Rory Beca is a Los Angeles based designer who is known for her soft silk shirts, dresses and more. Cami is wearing a sequined top by AS by DF and is 1/2 off right now I might add. The skinny jeans she is wearing are by Genetic Denim and 1/2 off as well and the wool hat is by Hat Attack.

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The Perfect Little Black Dresses!! These girls are gorgeous! Oh to be young again!! Alexandra is wearing THE cutest black silk dress, again by Rory Beca and Cami is wearing a black leather dress by AS by DF. These dresses are great for a dinner date.

Stay tuned for my next OOTD shoot with these two gorgeous girls!

Love Your Fit

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Do you know your body shape? If you do, then congratulations to you, most women do not. It’s something that we as women do not bother to find out, especially when shopping online.

This is probably the main reason why we as shoppers return our online purchases. Wouldn’t you love to shop for a dress online that you know suits your body shape?

Wish no more ladies, LMF LMF, known as Love My Figure Love My Fashion (www.lmflmf.co.uk) is your destination online shopping site to get that fabulous dress to suit YOUR body shape.
LMF LMF has dresses for everybody’s shape – whether you are an Inverted Triangle, Pear, Apple Hourglass or Rectangle. Who knew that those were even body shapes?

The site uses ‘everyday’ women from the various body shapes to model their dresses, because they feel you cannot get a true idea of what the dress will look like on you, without seeing it on a woman who shares the same body shape as you.

This is unlike other websites where they just use one particular model with one particular body shape, to model their dresses!
The site offers an lovely collection of dresses from a day to night look, with big brand names such as AX Paris, Vila, Closet, Dahlia, Motel and Love (as seen in topshop).

In addition, not only are the dresses darling, once you’ve been on to LMF LMF, you’re going to wonder why you’ve never heard of it before. I was just amazed at what I learned about my body shape and I’m an avid shopper. I guess you learn something new everyday right?

Go ahead, check them out!

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This is my favorite dress
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http://www.lmflmf.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=86

Which one is yours?!

Madam Butterfly

In keeping with the tradition of writing about the local boutiques in my area, here is my 5th installment of a local iconic boutique. Madam Butterfly has been in business for 33 yrs in the city of Sacramento Ca and is located in the upscale shopping center called The Pavillians. The center itself has been around for as long as I can remember and that is a pretty long time. Madam Butterfly is owned by Denise Matsunada and Denise has vast experience in retail. From having her degree in textiles, to working as a buyer, she opened her boutique with the thrust of loving fashion. It’s a family affair at Madam Butterfly too! Both her daughters have had the enjoyment of working by the side of their mother and reaping the benefits of the astounding selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Madam Butterflies approach to fashion is far above par. The style is chic, classic, on trend and keeps up with the various selections of top department stores such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. I personally love the collection of the Chan Lu bracelets, Vince, Haute Hippie, Diane Von Furstenburg, well, lets just say everything! They have an ecclectic selection of jewelry, bracelets, earring and more, some that made with vintage Chanel buttons! I was just beside myself. Madam Butterfly has very loyal following from other surrounding cities and has been voted as the best boutique every year. They are in the process of a major remodel and new look and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Madam Butterfly can be found online at shopmadambutterly.com and at facebook.com/shopmb

Denise and her daughter

Denise and her daughter

I bought this amazing blazer!

I bought this amazing blazer!

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The necklaces and earrings made from Chanel buttons

The necklaces and earrings made from Chanel buttons

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A Wonderful Discovery

To escape the triple digit heat today, I and my family took a drive up to Lake Tahoe NV today. After visiting our favorite place, The Beacon; which is on the South Shore of the lake, decided to drive over to the North Shore of the lake. The North Shore of the lake has a famous city called Tahoe City. It’s just the emptime of laid back vacationing. There are a bunch of shops to visit, but if you know me by now, I like to scope out to see if there are any clothing boutiques around. And yes! There were, but it was getting late, so we just went into one called Kalifornia Jean Bar (KJB). I just about flipped out when I walked in. I couldn’t believe the selection of clothing and designers the boutique carried. This was not your run of the mill boutique, yes, they carry lines such as Vince, Tart, JBrand, etc, BUT, they carry other lines, that I only heard of when I had my boutique and boy was I excited. The ambiance of the boutique was very rustic with a western feel to it. The selection of clothes went well with the decor inside. They carry unique lines such as Michelle Jonas, Goddis, Benson, Frank & Eileen, Yosi Samra and more. I had to contain myself at all the items I wanted to buy, so I settled for an adorable wrap bracelet that has the most prettiest colors. Kalifornia Jean Bar has 3 locations in the Sierra Neveda area and you can find them at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kalifornia-Jean-Bar
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My new addition!

So, adding new and upcoming boutiques and established ones as well to my posts has become a regular part of my blogging. Boutiques are an intricate part of fashion blogging I believe. They don’t get nearly as much exposure as large department stores do. Plus they keep things special and unique to us buyers. But although, I don’t like when they carry your typical clothing lines that you would normally see at boutiques. Which is why I really like this new boutique in Cameron Park Ca. Cameron Park, is a small town on the way up to the Sierra Nevada. One would not expect to find such an adorable little boutique called Mirror Mirror. Mirror Mirror is a mother daughter duo owned by Dawn McClenter and Nici Dale Mayer. How great is it to be able to work with your mother and vice versa? After watching and talking to them, they are such a great team and work so well with one another. Their story is amazing story to tell. After dealing with the death of Dawns mother from cancer and after Nici being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lypmhoma but entering remission in October 2012, they decided that they needed something to celebrate life with and share with as mother and daughter together. That’s when Mirror Mirror was born. February 2013 and they have not stopped since. The moment you walk in, you feel like you were transformed to a boutique in Napa Ca. It has a vintage, charm, and cozy ambiance to it and the clothing, shoes and accessories! They’re great. The designers vary such as Big Buddah, Hudson, Joes, Kate Spade, Mary Francis, Poets license shoes, Mos mosh a Danish pant found only on Rodeo Drive Los Angeles, Big star, Eunina, Dear John, Wilt, and Free people. The prices are also outstanding, they have a price range for any pocket book. So my visit today was great, I walked out with some fabu items! Check them out and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree. Follow them at Facebook.com/MirrorMirrorLLC.

Nici and Dawn

Nici and Dawn



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My daughter w/the dress I bought her

My daughter w/the dress I bought her


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Blue Skies Clothing & Accessories

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On a drive today up to Placerville Ca, my husband and I drove through the main old town that has a bunch of unique stores, antique stores, bakeries, etc., as we were driving through we drove pass a cute clothing boutique called Blue Skies. So, I had my husband turn around so we could go inside. OMG, I walked in and I fell in love. This is a boutique that you would find in such quaint towns, or downtown Santa Barbara or Carmel. Now, keep in mind, I only write posts on boutiques I feel are worthy I had to write about this place. It is Just an adorable store that would make any fashionista fall in love with the minute you walked in. There was a table with handmade leather sandals that are made locally, they are made with the most exquisite craftsmanship.
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The owner Lynne came up and greeted us as I was oohing and awhing over a blouse that unfortunately did not look good on me. But I did find a boho blouse by Tolani (pic below).
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She and her sales girl Rachel were so helpful in giving me their opinions on what looked good on me and didnt. They carry such brands as Michael Stars, Johnny Was, Language, Chan Lu and more. In addition to locally crafted items, they have unique items as well. I fell in love with an adorable leather travel case with a lock that you could use for makeup or whatever. But what really got me was a leather overnight bag(Both pic below)….Gorgeous!
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I might just have to go back just for that this week. So to sum it up, I love love love this boutique. You can find more information on Blue Skies Clothing Co at www.blueskiesclothing.com
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Boutique Spotlight- Nevaeh Boutique, Spa & Salon

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Nevaeh Boutique, Spa & Salon is nestled in lush, Roseville Ca which is a suburb of beautiful, sunny Northern California. The owner, Coleen Weeks, knew what she was doing when she opened this Boutique, Spa & Salon over 5 yrs ago. This Boutique is probably the most aesthetic of all the boutiques in my area. It’s not your run of the mill boutique that is over filled with clothes to where you can’t even move an item without pushing another off the rack. It’s easy on the eyes, you don’t get overwhelmed as to where to start first. There is plenty of walking space, the clothing is merchandised to make you want to look at every item in the store.
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Coleen Weeks came from a business background, from the time she was a young girl, she knew she wanted to be a businesswoman. And that she was, A graduate of Georgia State University, Coleen began her career in municipal finance at Merrill Lynch in New York. From there she moved to San Francisco and started a small business converting hand accounting systems to the computer for medical device, printing press and small construction companies and Eventually, Coleen became a co-founder and the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Embarcadero Technologies, Inc., a database tools company in San Francisco. She remained with Embarcadero through its IPO, retired in the fall of 2000. But that wasn’t enough, she wanted to stay busy and realized that when she went either shopping, to the salon or to get her nails done, there wasn’t a place in town where you could get it all done at one time. I mean who hasn’t gone to the hair or nail salon for a special event and needed to find something to wear at that moment right? We all have, so that’s when Nevaeh Boutique, Spa & Salon was born.
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You can get it all done at Nevaeh, hair, skin, nails, waxing, spray tan, eyelash extensions and best of all, the shopping for that great item. What I loved when I looked around is how architecturally designed it was. It is a salon and boutique that you would find in Soho NY or Los Angeles, but is right here in suburbia. Another great point about the salon part of it is the nail bar, you and your girlfriends can sit next to each other when getting your hands or feet done. I’m telling you, she thought of everything. Coleen is a totally amazing woman, she knows what it takes to run a business effectively and efficiently. She makes sure that her salon and boutique are updated and is a hands-on owner. And she looks the part and dresses the part of how a boutique owner should be.
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Lets get to the clothing part of it, Coleen enlisted Leanne Bassett, the former west coast director of John Hardy, former corporate buyer for Nordstrom, former west coast regional for Creme De la Mer, Jo Malone and YSL cosmetics to help her manage the boutique end of the business. Which to me is a smart move because one person cannot do it alone. Leanne is the personal stylist, buyer and manager of Nevaeh Boutique. She takes the pressure off Coleen so Coleen can run her business the effective way. Leanne loves to put outfits together and her goal is to help each woman and educate and take them out of the box and and out of their comfort zone… And get this – she will even do a customized wardrobe makeover via your home or right there in the boutique! Amazing right??
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Nevaeh carries so many different and unique options for whatever your taste may be and they have an extensive collection of great gift ideas, from jewelry, belts, purses and more. My favorite item today was the pony hair purse by Cowbelt Leather Co. (Pic is below), how can you not love this purse??? I personally have purchased several articles of clothing and have a few more pieces on hold from today’s visit. So, if you happen to be in our neck of the woods stop in or visit Nevaeh via their website www.nevaeh.com. Trust me you will not be disappointed. These two women are a true stand out of a boutique team.
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Boutique Spotlight-Runway Boutique

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My second installment of my local boutique spotlight is of another boutique located in the plush hills of El Dorado Hills CA. Runway carries the latest trends in clothing, from denim, shoes, dress and more; but wait, get this, they also carry evening wear. From prom to pageant gowns, they have them all, it’s kinda of a one stop shop!
Robin Bernadoni, the owner, has created a wonderful place to shop for women of all ages. My youngest daughter who is 17 now has loved this place since she was 15 yrs old, but up until now hasn’t been able to fit into the clothing because she’s so tiny. But anyway, Robin, who opened Runway Boutique with the help of her husband 5 yrs ago and has a following for the trendy women of the surrounding El Dorado Hills, Folsom area. Since there isn’t a major department store close by, she felt there was a need for a store that carried the items she loved. Robin, has a passion for fashion like just about every woman and has always wanted to go into the fashion industry but decided to get her MFN masters from Santa Clara State University. But after having 2 children, she decided to be a stay at home mom and do the whole mom thing until her children grew a little older. Once she had her free time, she do decided to tie her MFN masters in with working with women, and that meant selling clothes, purses and more! So I asked her what was her favorite brand that she carries in her store and she told me Bailey 44. Bailey 44 is a clothing line that can transition from any age.
When talking to her, you can tell she just loves what she does and she told me the best part of owning a boutique are the customer relationships she’s developed, her employees and helping women find that perfect article of clothing. I don’t know how she does it, it takes a lot of sanity… She also has another location in neighboring Folsom (where I live!) called Button Up and can you believe it, she and her husband are thinking of opening a third location! I tell you it takes a strong willed woman to do this type of business and that Robin is.
So there you have it, another spotlight on another great boutique, if you have time, check out Robin’s boutique at www.runway-boutique.com and www.buttonupboutique.net.
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