Monday, July 30, 2012

big red bag

{Zara blazer, J. Crew Biennial satchel and tee, bubblegum denim, Topshop socks, Steve Madden wingtip oxfords, World Market headband}

Been eyeing this giant red bag from J. Crew for what seems like several style issues- and I finally scored it on super sale!! Some might argue a smaller handbag is freeing but I'd choose a larger bag any day. This guy holds my laptop, an extra pair of shoes, and all the other little extra's a girl can't live without.

Friday, July 27, 2012

pharmaceutical friday

Not only does woman live on clothes and shoes alone, but a million other drug strore finds to keep her beautiful and happy! For instance I love NYX matte lipsticks when I'm having a blah day, some L'Oreal bronzer mixed in with Aveeno lotion to keep me looking healthy and tan even when it's wintertime, or -ahem- summertime in San Francisco, and SPF is a must everyday of the year -no matter where I am! So needless to say, I frequent the local drugstore a lot, going in to pickup something I need, and leaving with a whole lot more than I bargained for! That ever happen to you?!

So I'm please to announce a collaboration between The Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective, Johnson & Johnson, and myself to giveaway over $100 in J&J product to several lucky ladies or gents! This entire box of full size products could be yours! By the way the Lubriderm daily moisturizer is amazing, and will come in handy come colder months.

All you have to do is like my "Allergic to Vanilla" Facebook page, and leave a comment here, and on the page telling me you've done so, with an email address of course! Contest ends a week from now, and is open worldwide. Good luck loves!

Extra entry: Follow and tweet me letting me- @alergic2vanilla- know you've entered the giveaway, and include the #LLBlog hashtag, and @JNJComm twitter handle!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

double down

{ASOS blazer and skirt, J. Crew tee and bracelets, Zara handbag and heels, necklaces: Bauble Bar and What Vanessa Does, polish: Sinful and Thakoon x Nars, Amchoor}

And here it is in all it's glory- the doubled up poodle suit set! Remember when I wore just the blazer here and here? Well, this is the first time I wear them both together, and I really love the cut and fit of the trumpet skirt. Pretty sure both pieces, either separate or together, will get major play time at the office. Really looking forward to dressing down this number in flat penny loafers. How would you wear this outfit, or perhaps the better question is would you wear this outfit?!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

on repeat

{Zara moto jacket, Madewell chambray, H&M skirt, Bakers sandals, jewelry: J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Rocks Paper Metal, Forever 21, Jewelmint, nail polish: Thakoon x Nars Amchoor}

I promise one of these days I'll wear something other than this jacket, but for now your going to have to get used to it- it's kind of hard to take this guy off when it's freezing out, and it actually doubles as a chic topper. Who knew? Comfort and character!

Congrats to the beyond rad Carolina from Nina on the Moon for winning my RPM giveaway!! Your going to love the bracelet!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

throwback thursday

 {Gap chambray top, Fox cutoffs, Steve Madden sandals, F21 clutch, H&M turban, Ray-Ban sunnies}

Gansta-chic circa 2010, in a denim playsuit I concocted while on a road trip to Lake Tahoe- hence the trucker-ish, 7-11 convenient store background. Let it be known my beau hates this look on me-in fact he said I look like I'm about to rob the place- I guess the clutched fist doesn't really help. But, I still have my turban-ed head held high and rocking my sunnies inside like a G, because I liked it! And that's usually the only person I dress for.

Curious, who do you ladies usually dress for?!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

bastille day

{Zara moto jacket and handbag, J. Crew striped top and denim, H&M beret, Bakers sandals, Bauble Bar necklaces, lipstick: NYX- Indie Flick, fingernail polish: Color Club- Age of Aquarius}

If you're following me on Instagram (@allergictovanilla) you may have seen my sneak peak of this outfit, including a closeup of my arm party and nail hue. The date was Bastille day, and my heart was set on celebrating in Francophile style- hence the ubiquitous striped top, beret, and red pout! But for some reason we ended up at a Spanish restaurant sipping sangria and nibbling on tapas- instead of toasting with champagne and savoring fromage plates like I had envisioned- oh C'est la Vie

A few days left to enter the Rocks Paper Metal giveaway!! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

to Rome with love

{J. Crew blazer and jeans, Silence & Noise blouse, vintage scarf, Zara handbag, Steve Madden via Threadflip oxfords, Jewelmint bracelet, Urban Outfitters watch, polish: Face for J. Crew}

Everyone loves a good themed event, so it only felt natural to dress appropriately when I went to go see this fancy, foreign film last weekend with my beau. Having visited Rome two years earlier- remembering the chic, yet understated, gorgeous women of that city- I immediately knew to keep it simple but add a little something special. I have been recently very attracted to a bandana/necktie combo, and knew it would add that extra something! But enough about me, what do you add when you need that little extra to jazz up a look?

Maybe your something special could be the Rocks Paper Metal neon bracelet giveaway? Enter today!

Check out this feature on Allergic to Vanilla over at CocoKouture, and learn a little bit more about me!

Monday, July 9, 2012

non-mellow yellow

{Old Navy vest, Sans Souci dress, Rebecca Minkoff sandals, Bauble Bar necklace, Love of Pretty bangle c/o, Rocks Paper Metal bracelet c/o, F21 pyramid stud bangle, Milani nail polishes c/o}

Nothing like a pair of hi-lighter neon sandals to brighten up your Monday morning- literally!

Enter the Rocks Paper Giveaway today!

Friday, July 6, 2012

neon mirror print

{Zara: dress, handbag, shoes, denim jacket: thrifted, necklace: Bauble Bar, arm party: Love Me Pretty c/o, Derng, F21, vintage}

Most trends catch my eye, and then get caught in my closet- neon, peplum, neoprene...but searching for the perfect mirror print item proved difficult. Too pricey, to extra-terrestrial! Needless to say, finding this amazing dress by Zara sort of made my day. The neckline, and slim pencil cut are sone of my favorite parts of this fab find. I was on my way to a housewarming party, hence the wine bottle, and decided to snap a few shots. I'll have to take more detailed shots later so you can get the full effect of this fierce dress, reason 1,245 why I don't mind throwing this dress on again- I'd wear it once a week if I could get away with it! 

Side note: anyone else go crazy at the Zara sale recently? We all know I did!!

Don't forget to enter my neon bracelet Rocks Paper Metal giveaway!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Rocks Paper Metal good

{Rocks Paper Metal Rainbow Neon Double Wrap Braided Cord Crystal Friendship bracelet}

How fun are these fab neon bracelets?! Remember a few weeks ago when I introduced you to Rocks Paper Metal over here, and you guys were all about their fun neon bling? Well I have been adding a little RPM neon bling to my arm party daily and let me tell you, it sure is addicting- as I've said before I'm all about this trend, and plan on indulging in it accordingly! The ladies at RPM have been so generous to giveaway one of these bracelet's, in a color of the winner's choosing, to a lucky reader of Allergic to Vanilla, so you too can get your neon on!! Good Luck!!

Required to Enter:
{one entry}
1. Like Rocks Paper Metal on Facebook
2. Follow Allergic to Vanilla on Google Friend Connect

Additional Entries:
{Please leave one comment per entry, or it won't be counted, and leave your email addy!}
1. Follow RocksPaperMetal on Instagram
2. Follow Rockspapermetal on Twitter
3. Follow RocksPaperMetal's Pinterest boards
4. Favorite Rocks Paper Metal Etsy shop
5. Follow me on Instagram, at allergictovanilla
6. Follow me on Twitter, @alergic2vanilla
7. Follow my Pinterest boards, CarlinaH and repin your favorite blog outfit look!
8. Tweet about the giveaway, eg. "Head over to for a chance to #win a fab #neon arm party by @rockspapermetal!" make sure to cc me- @alergic2vanilla!

Good luck lovers! The winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest on July 20th, 8pm PST. 

Some more images of Rocks Paper Metal goodies, in case you haven't salivated enough...

Monday, July 2, 2012

dinner date

{Zara jacket, Free People sweater, Kelly Wearstler tee c/o, Paige denim c/o, Jean-Michel Cazabat, Zara purse, Bauble Bar necklace, What Vanessa Does necklace c/o, J. Crew bracelet, Rocks Paper Metal bracelet c/o, Milani polish: Mint Candy}

Congrats to Kimberly Campos for winning the Love Me Pretty cuffs!! If last week wasn't your lucky week, stay tuned on Wednesday for something really good...