Category Archives: Shoes

Monica’s Modern Lifestyle- The Market!

Time Market is four things in one. It's a top-notch deli; it's a popular woodfire pizza joint; it's a coffee bar; it's a quirky market full of hard-to-find foods. With a friendly staff and reasonable prices too! ( Tucson Weekly) I like the vibe here, fun and artisanal. I like to dress the part,  casual but chic when…
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Monica’s Modern Life Style – Sunday Opera Matinee

Opera Attire?  Attending the Opera "Candide" in Tucson on a Sunday afternoon, I chose to wear a fitted green dress by Zara, vintage multiple strand of pearls and Ann Taylor animal print pumps. The dress has "stretch" in it for comfort and I know I will be sitting and not standing therefore the pumps will…
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An Afternoon at Bergdorf Goodmans

The way Audrey Hepburn  adores a visit to Tiffany's is how I  feel about a visit to Bergdorf Goodman's.    Gazing at the spectacular window displays gives me an immediate  adrenaline rush!  I get so inspired  by what I see, my love for fashion takes hold of me all over again.  Upon the revolving doors…
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Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

  Tips on Master Layering 1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps 2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with…
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White Out

Wearing white is so sexy, fresh, and fashionable.  It is timeless. Helmut Lang  Knit Sleeveless Tank, Daniel Cremieux  Shorts, Vince Camuto Gunmetal Caged Booties  I remember watching Love Story at least 30 years ago and seeing Ali Macgraw wearing a white tee and white shorts.  That visual never left me.  And to this day everytime…
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Its a Dogs Day Everyday in Carmel!

Carmel by the Sea, California is truly a special place.137  It is a cottage town that I would define charming, sophisticated, rustic, artistic, lush, wealthy, friendly, and lets not forget the Spectacular  Sea!191 I have been visiting Carmel since I was a little girl, having lived in the Bay Area the visit was only an hour and a half away.   We would always bring our dogs on the visit because then and now Carmel is the most dog friendly city in the Nation. 216 Dogs are everywhere!  I am a dog lover so to be surrounded by dogs in shops, on sidewalks, seated with their owners at cafes and to see them run and play on the beach brings me so much joy and happiness.  The freedom they have is something I envy and desire. Watching them play, and run moves me into playmode too!  I don't think I am alone with this feeling.195 215 Below are highlights of a Dog's World in Carmel by the Sea!!!!! The Ocean/Beach 340 248 242 217 251 235 058 227 065 208 203 241 244 033 Dogs Life in The Town Dogs are greeted everywhere, and they seem to all be well behaved.  I have never seen a dog fight or bad behavior in all my visits to Carmel 153Transportation needed! 136 This is the most elegant dog.  I call this dog the Deco Dog!  A graceful giant that stays with her owner everyday at her Art Gallery. 298 303 A regal Irish Setter enjoying his days with his owner at Fourtanes Jewelry Store. 309 I enjoyed browsing and had my eye on a $55,000 ring!  On a side note I will never be a hand model! I am okay with that.IMG_3431 Hello Fluffy! 288 Lloyds Shoe Store has been around since I was 8 years old! Wow I couldn't believe it was still here on Ocean Avenue. Of course I walked in!!! SHOES!!!! 282 Time for a Trim 179 I see both of you!!  Taken at Carmel Mission 409 This is the owner's dog of Gallery Plein Aire.  He is smiling in case you wondered. 316   317 The owner Cyndra Bradford is an extremely talented artist and on my last visit to Carmel I purchased one of her paintings.  This beautiful oil is so rich and I love that blue eye!  Cyndra took in the horse from neglect and brought him back to life. 004 I wanted to visit her Gallery again and say hi.  I was fortunate to watch her start a painting and in 2 hours see her progress.  So impressed and envious of her talents! 319 326 I feel that joy again  just sharing these pictures and a little taste of Carmel. Stay tuned for next post on  the Lush Life Carmel has to offer!

Spinning is good for you!

I love to Spin! I don't mean on the tea cups in Disneyland, or twirling on the dance floor or that feeling before you lose your cookies. I am talking about spinning on a stationary bike with resistance simulating riding a bike outdoors.  The perks : You can't get run over by a car, you won't get…
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Chic Style with Slides

Slides can look Chic and Stylish!!  I just proved it to myself with my wardrobe and I had my doubts.  It is all about balance and proportion.   After selecting the clothes for these slides my conclusion was slides dictate a Sporty, Classical and Simple look. Below are a few examples from the slides I…
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Slide in and Get Comfortable Part 1

Slides are a huge trend this Spring/Summer. Marc Jacobs.   Looking very Dr. Scholls Sporty, Comfortable and Stylish??? That is the question.  When paired with the right clothes you can pull these shoes off without looking frumpy, but I admit it is tricky fashion.  Ultimately the taller you are the easier this shoe is to…
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Part 7 Make Over of the Year: Dillard's Shopping Spree

The fun continues as I take Jodi to Dillard's Tucson Mall for the remainder of her $250.00 Shopping Spree provided by Dillard's.  Cheryl Prendergast is awaiting our arrival as we need to fill in the holes of Jodis wardrobe and make sure she goes home with a Black Jacket. Cheryl is the wonderful, talented, professional…
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Part 6 Make Over of the Year: The Facial and Makeup Lesson

The Makeover of the year with the winner Jodi Netzer  is more than I could of ever imagined!!!  Everyone involved is absolutely 100% on board and I couldn't be happier.  Jodi and I now are headed to Blue Mercury which generously donated a facial and makeover for the promotion.  Blue Mercury is a boutique Beauty…
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Part 5 Makeover of the Year- THE HAIRCUT!!!!!!!!!!!

Ten Outfits Make Over of the Year is really coming along beautifully with the winner Jodi Netzer and today was the day  I had been waiting for!!!!! The Haircut and Style!!!!! Her last haircut was the year 2000!!!  I think it is time!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vanessa Baird owner of Studio 110 was the woman who was going…
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How to wear a Checkered Blouse and not look like an Idiot

When a checkered blouse comes to mind you don't think cool - as in outfit cool. You probably say no way ,  I am going to look like a picnic  tablecloth!  Second thought is the sightings of a checkered blouse either with denim or daisy dukes which we have all seen many times.  This results in…
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Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

Tips on Master Layering 1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps 2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the…
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The Phoenician, Three Dinner Dresses, and another Birthday

October in my opinion has the most beautiful weather of the year!  For those who live in Tucson, the 1.5 hour drive to Scottsdale/Phoenix is effortless and a wonderful getaway with a different vibe, great restaurants, shopping, sites. and incredible resorts during this season.  My favorite resort is the Phoenician Hotel.  It is so gorgeous…
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