Barbie x Tokidoki Collaboration

I never thought I'd blog about Barbie, but here we are. I love collaborations, I love Tokidoki and I love details. This limited edition Tokidoki x Barbie doesn't disappoint. 

Maryam introduced me to the limited edition Tokidoki x Barbie collaboration but the $100 price tag was too much for something I normally wouldn't collect. However, I got this as an early gift and Santa couldn't beat the $30 price tag right now on Amazon.  There are way too many photos here if you want to see more. 

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The Joy of Specs

I always talk about minimizing and this is a good place to start, I’m pulling off the band aid right where it hurts. I’m saying goodbye to my glasses collection but not without a few photos to immortalize them. They’ve been there to style me when other accessories weren’t enough, they’ve been in backgrounds of numerous instagram photos to style with, and most importantly they’ve been there to express myself. They’ve also been there to hide. When I didn’t feel comfortable with my face, I would use glasses as a distraction. The more comfortable I become with myself, the less I hide. 

Last year I found a pair of glasses from Bon Look I love so much, I stopped rotating my other pair and bought in another color. They are the perfect fit of masculine with a feminine hint and they compliment my face rather than hide. Another reason I had so many glasses was because my face would go from wide to thin over the years like my weight and so did my style of glasses. My new pair are universally fit to any size face and there’s no need to constantly change styles (or diets, ha.) Another benefit of letting go of my glasses is someone else will need them. I remember how difficult my legally blind prescription was to get to slim down in a pair of glasses (and for years contacts didn't go up that high in prescription). You can donate your old pair here Lions Club, and All About Vision.

Star Wars + Irregular Choice Shoe Collaboration

I love Star Wars and I love shoes so when I saw Irregular Choice, a UK based shoe company, partnered with Lucasfilm to license Star Wars shoes, I fell in lust with the collection. They truly look like a work of art to me, the details are amazing. There is a glitter heel, an iridescent rainbow lining, and a photo of Han on the sole (kind of weird when you walk on him) and the design on the front of the shoe is embroidered. I even took photos of the paper that stuffs the shoe. I was such a fangirl mess when I got these, they are so beautiful. 

They fit true to size and the shoe is a little stiff at first but once you break them in, they are fine. You can purchase them on ThinkGeek, Irregular Choice UK, or get them at Disneyland like I did with a pass holder discount. 

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Harvey's + ourcitylights Holiday Bucket Commuter Bag Giveaway

Harvey's Bags is a regular around this blog. I love working with them, I've loved their bags for years and with their new holiday collection release, we've teamed up for a giveaway! They have beautiful colors this season- neutral like army green to bright colors like violet with clever names like Wanderer, Camper and Commuter. I have the Bucket bag in the Park Hopper Nightmare Before Christmas. It holds a lot, but it's still light enough to carry, and I love how I can make it a messenger style or sling over my shoulder like a traditional purse. Thankfully, it looks nothing like a traditional purse. It's fun, polished and still keeps it's shape and shine after heavy use. Just a reminder Harvey's will also restore and wash your bag for a fee starting at $20. They also have kept all their bags vegan friendly. 

Photos provided by Harvey's. 

Giveaway: You have a chance to win the Bucket Bag in the Commuter,  (worth $110) in a soft gray with a pop of pink color. 

Rules: It's open to everyone. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway will end Sunday 11/15/15. Winner has 48 hours to reply, if not, I'll choose another winner at random (you snooze you lose). 

To enter: Follow @shopharvey's on Instagram

Bonus entries: Follow @ourcitylights on Instagram. Not required! Good luck! 

Giveaway is over. Thank you for entering! Congrats to Natalie Castillo! 

Beautiful Things: Rifle Paper Co. x Garance Doré 'Go' Notebooks

Sometimes I have things around the house that are so beautiful, they need to be shared. I just picked up the Rifle Paper Co. x Garance Doré 'Go' Notebooks and they are almost too cool to use but they are so beautiful, it calls for pen to match the blank paper inside. Rifle Paper Co., American artists Anna and Nathan Bond collaborated with Garance Doré, a French artist. The individual companies are both known for their vintage inspired art work and together they make a dreamy team. Buy it here (aff) or here (non-aff). 

Summer Wishlist: Moorea Seal Shop

Moorea Seal sat in my living room a couple years ago and told me a vision she was building- a brick and mortar shop of her online items. I loved the idea, and I always encourage friends to go for what they want. Little did I know her dream would not only come true, but now she's added a larger space to it, and has even added a bridal section to it. On a personal level, I'm so proud of her. On a consumer level, she has the coolest items I'd love to have in my own space. I've purchased a few items from her and the shipping and packaging are like Christmas. 

1. Dicarlo Hat in gray.  Everyone looks great in hats, you just have to find the best one for you. Wide brim hats are universal and a bonus if they're in a neutral color. This will look great not just in summer but all year. 

2. Gold Scallops Tumbler. This cup would be perfect to display my makeup brushes. 

3. I Can, I Will. I love these notebooks. This is all the motivation I need to fill the blank pages with an "I Did". 

4. Broken Lines Tote. Handmade leather tote with hand painted lines on it. It's a cute bag with a little kitsch and bonus it goes with everything in your closet. Even leopard print, right??

5. Make A Wish Match Box. Lighting a candle, a birthday cake or just lighting a match when yelling at your husband when he doesn't open the window after using the guest bathroom, this cute matchbox is done in style. 

6. Confetti Tape-I would love to use this to add to my daily planner. 

7. Coconut Milk Bath Soak- The directions for this are "inhale deeply and enjoy". Taking a bath should be on everyone's to do list and the world would be a much less stressful place. 

8. White Metallic Confetti Bomb- Are you celebrating a wedding? A promotion? A bad break up? An engagement? For the rest of us, celebrate a Monday morning with a confetti bomb! 

+ Shop more Moorea Seal here

Sticky9 Large Print

Sticky9 has developed cute magnets in Instagram square sized as one of the many high quality products developed over the years. I've had the opportunity to work with them over those years and I had a chance to test out their large prints. They are perfect for scrapbooking, framing, and displaying. The colors are crisp, and looks much better on print than it does staring at a phone. 

I love the Sticky9 products- the magnets, the small prints and now I've added the large print to my collection. Fridges represent a family, from photos and calendars and Sticky9 represents my family so colorfully. 


Candelles for Valentine's Day + a special discount for readers!

Actually, you don't need Candelle's  just for Valentine's Day- you need it all year long. They are releasing their Spring line FRIDAY, and I was lucky to try out two of their Spring line scents- African Gardenia and Mint Nectarine. I've written about Candelles before but to refresh your memory they are a USA brand, made by partners Kelley and CJ. They hand make their candles with soy, and even the cotton wick. I love their branding, the people behind it and after using them for a year, it's a brand I'm happy to support long term. They also added white caps to their re-usable mason jars, I love the look of it. 

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African Gardenia is one of the beautiful new scents coming out. It instantly takes me back years ago when I desperately wanted the original Marc Jacobs perfume. When I lit it, Scott was asked if I had done anything different- did we get anything new? Did I change the sheets? Did I buy a new dress? The power of scent blows my mind and this was a great example. 

This is Favorite Sweater scent. It's just like it sounds- cozy and comforting. Light it with your favorite book and it'll be a part of one of your favorite moments. 

This is Favorite Sweater scent. It's just like it sounds- cozy and comforting. Light it with your favorite book and it'll be a part of one of your favorite moments. 

Mint Nectarine I've used when getting ready for bed. I got the small size, it doesn't take up space on my bathroom counter and it adds some comfort to my already mundane routine. Add a little music and putting on moisturizer is a Weird but true. It has a clean crisp scent of mint, like the kind picked from an herb garden, not the kind that smells like mouthwash. The nectarine scents adds a sweetness to it and it makes me wonder when nectarines will be in season again. I wish laundry smelled like this. 

Kelley and CJ are offering ourcitylights readers a special code DIANA10 for 10% off! The new line comes out Friday, or you can get favorites like Long Stem Roses and Hot Fudge for now. Follow Candelles on Instagram, and shop here

Handmade Valentine's Gift Round Up

I've been introduced to a lot of great independent shops and bonus they are run by women. Here are some I've met and they are perfect for Valentine's Day. From shirts, prints, cards and even the perfect nail polish to make your Valentine's Day (or what I love to call it- my favorite shopping time of the year because HEARTS ON EVERYTHING), I got you covered. Treat yourself! Order early to get yours in time! 

1. Baci Shirt from Studio Mucci- known for making tassel garlands, Studio Mucci now makes t shirts as adorable and colorful as the rest of their shop. 

2. Open Heart Ring from Moorea Seal- I'm a big fan of the nickel-free, allergy friendly pieces by Fresh Tangerine. 

3. Palate Polish in Sugar Cookie- Pink is a neutral, right? This is a staple. 

4. Long Stem Roses by Candelles- Candelles never fails to come up with amazing scents you can't find elsewhere. If you want the scent of long stemmed roses to last forever, they make it in a candle form! 

5. Sweet As Pie Card by Odd Daughter - The pie loving Danielle would love this card! 

6. You + Me from BubbyAndBean- I've received one of Melissa's cards in the mail and always so impressed by her quality! This one is adorable, not just for Valentine's but just to say I love you.

7. Vegan Cuticle Oil by Pepper Pot- prep that manicure with this oil.

8. You're a Catch Card by XO LP- Cheeky and adorable. I always love a good pun. So punny :P 

9. Jane Austen quote by Rebecca Caridad- I love Jane Austen and I'll admit I want this print for my home. How beautiful would it be on a bookshelf or even a nursery. 

10. Concrete Heart Necklace by LittleEli- this is one of the coolest things I've seen. It's a combination of tough and sweet. 



I Love You, Palate Polish

I would never imagine to put nail polish and food together but Ainsley does it and it’s one of my favorite beauty products. Palate Polish is the hybrid of Ainsley’s love for food, and getting her nails done. With names like Beet Juice, Avocado, and Black Coffee, Palate Polish has cheeky names to match your Instagram foodie pics. Plus It's 5-free (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin and camphor). PP is vegan, never tested on animals, made in the US. I remember when Ainsley began working on the project months ago and she took the time to choose the bottles, design her logo, and as a regular customer of PP, I can say it was worth the wait. I’m supporting a friend, a business growing in the US, and I love the product. My favorite color is Gold Gumdrop, I can add a couple coats for a subtle look or layer it to make it look like glitter grows on me instead of nails. 

She is offering ourcitylights readers a free polish just in time for Valentine’s Day- buy two get one FREE polish of your choice with code weloveyou. Offer good until Valentine’s Day. 

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