December has arrived! This month I’m focusing on my hometown, Long Beach, California and all of the wonders it has to offer. Located in Los Angeles County, Long Beach has grown over the years into a town full of adorable boutiques, seriously delicious restaurants and local markets filled with fresh produce. During December the town lights up from store front holiday displays to lit up christmas trees floating in the Alamitos Bay. All more the reason why I am happy to be home for the holidays this year!

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CalliperezSHOP: Francesca’s in Long Beach is one of my favorite boutiques in the area. Albeit a tiny shop, there are a plethora of jewelry, accessories and must have clothes packed in there. It is my go-to when I am looking to give any look that extra something.
CalliperezPARTAKE: The farmer’s market in Long Beach at Marine Stadium is every Sunday. I can walk there from my house, so I love to get some exercise and some fresh produce and treats each week’s end. It is always great to support local vendors.
CalliperezINSPIRED: Maybe it was my winter white nails this past week, but I have been playing the Beatles White album a lot lately, and will most likely carry the trend through all of December.
CalliperezThe White Album is definitely one of my all time favorite albums and deserves another listen or two this holiday month.
CalliperezWEAR: I put together this outfit for a holiday party. I love this idea of the modern LBD with killer accessories like a turban and burnt mustard colored shoes and jewels. Of course, a soft smoky eye and red nails to make the outfit POP.
CalliperezTASTE: Le Creperie is hands down my favorite restaurant in Long Beach. From their balsamic dressed salads to their garlic fries and french onion soup (with cheese overflowing the rim), to their savory crepes (French Riveria is my favorite)
Calliperezto their dessert crepes (nutella, berries, cream, oh my) and finally their decadent cappuccinos, Le Creperie never misses a beat.

Online jewelry shops are like bunny rabbits – they multiply by the minute. To write this post, I probably sifted through about twenty fantastic e-commerce sites (so you’re getting the best of the best – appreciate). I actually tend to to stray from making jewelry purchases myself because like the scatterbrained klutz I tend to be, things easily get lost and broken in my presence. (Especially dainty little pieces of metal that wrap around my neck or wrist…)

However, when the purchase is under $100 and also well-designed by an independent retailer, I can’t resist. I mean, can you? Here are the five jewelry finds on my style radar this week:
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Welcome to round two of my Style Radar series, OTY readers. For those of you newbies, thanks for dropping by! And for all of my repeat readers, I always love to see your beautiful faces – which is such a funny joke because obviously I can’t see you through this Internet thing. Or maybe I can…
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Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and convince you about the benefits of purchasing a $15,000 jacket. What couture can be used for is inspiration towards investment dressing. In recent years, the trend for fast, disposable fashion has become commonplace. Now we generally tend to favour quantity over quality. We don’t have a problem spending $20 on a top if we wear it for the entire season and then throw it away the next to buy something more in vogue. There is still something to be said about having quality basics. These are pieces that make up the basis of a wardrobe and can be easily paired with more trendy items. Below, I’ve compiled a list of splurge-worthy items that are worth investing in at certain times in your life:

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Let’s face it, the world isn’t getting any bigger – but the Internet is. Gone are the days of nervously awaiting a package for months on end, only to discover that what’s inside bears but the slightest resemblance to the photo from the website. E-shopping keeps getting more sophisticated and online boutiques are popping up left and right. Be warned, this phenomenon has put the credit cards of many a fashion-addict in extreme danger (I myself have been a victim of the 3 a.m. virtual buying binge). BUT, it has also led to tons of awesome discoveries, which have inspired me to start this very column. “Style Radar” is weekly roundup of up-and-comers on the web that you’ll most definitely need to know about before they go viral.

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America, land of the free, home of the brave, cool, independent fashion brand – if you know the right places to look. Finding a “Made in the USA” tag when shopping nowadays is almost as difficult as getting your hands on an infamous Birkin bag. But fear not, my friends, in honor of Independence Day I’ve scouted out four brands (from a luxe jeweler in Kentucky to an indie label in Illinois) who design, manufacture and sell their products right here in the United States. I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to putting together an outfit, I feel much better (and I admit, slightly patriotic) wearing pieces that were made with integrity on my own home turf. So why not opt for an alternative to the traditional red, white and blue this 4th of July and support a fellow American? One that happens to make some pretty stylish stuff as well…

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A few weeks ago, the downtown fashion set turned out at Selima Salaun’s NYC boutique, Bond 07, in celebration of her one-week vintage Hermès sale on design site, Vintage and Modern. Amidst cases displaying the gorgeous leatherwear and racks filled with designer duds from decades past, I chatted with some of the stylish partygoers about their own secrets to shopping the best vintage. Read More


Gift-Giving Made Easy

Here at Oh That’s You! our entire ethos is centered around helping people find just the right thing. Whether that’s just the right nail color or just the right chambray shirt, we go all out to get you to what works the best for you. At this time of year, however, it’s not just about you. During the holiday season we all start thinking about what might be just right for our friends and loved ones. It can be a daunting task, especially when there are things like final exams and travel plans in the mix.

That’s why we’re so excited to introduce our GiftShopper. In three easy steps, this new service will help you burn through that shopping list and not just get your gift-giving over with, but find presents that will be perfect for the lucky recipients. Not only will you get the job done, you’ll get it done stylishly well. Then you can kick back and enjoy the praise and admiration.
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