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MBellishedlife.com http://mbellishedlife.com Just another WordPress site Sat, 07 May 2016 17:09:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Show off your shoulders http://mbellishedlife.com/show-off-your-shoulders/ http://mbellishedlife.com/show-off-your-shoulders/#respond Sat, 07 May 2016 17:06:09 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1174 Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 9.58.20 AM Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 9.59.56 AM      ]]> http://mbellishedlife.com/show-off-your-shoulders/feed/ 0 Vacation in Sedona, Arizona http://mbellishedlife.com/vacation-in-sedona-arizona/ http://mbellishedlife.com/vacation-in-sedona-arizona/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:33:15 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1151 Read More]]> SedonaThree words to describe Sedona….Spectacular, Spiritual & Serene!

The beautiful vermillion-colored rock formations are breathtaking.

Sedona

Take a Pink Jeep Tour as it's a really fun way to see some of the vortexes and rugged landscape. There are several vortexes of subtle energy, located in the Sedona area. If you actually go to one of the vortex sites, which is where the energy is strongest, it can be a very uplifting experience.  The energy you take in at one of these energy centers can stay with you and affect you positively for days afterwards. I had to go and check it out for myself!
Pink Jeep

Pink Jeep Tours

There is something to do for everyone in Sedona - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Hot Air Ballooning or simply spending a day of spiritual discovery.

Stay at the Enchantment Resort for some R&R and they have the best spa ever - Mii Amo. The treatments are inspired by the rich wisdom and traditions of Native American people and complemented by the beauty and energy of the Red Rocks.

I left Sedona feeling happy and at peace. Combine your trip to Sedona by visiting the Grand Canyon too.

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Genius Home Bars! http://mbellishedlife.com/genius-home-bars/ http://mbellishedlife.com/genius-home-bars/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:07:22 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1140 Read More]]> 1. Built-in - This is the way to go if you have the space. Customize it to meet your needs for storing glasses, barware and liquor.
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Photo: Design Milk

2. Free standing - Re-purpose an antique armoire or dresser for a bar area. Add some adjustable shelving to store all your barware and essentials.
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Photo: That’s Smart Deco

3. DIY Bar  - This is one of the easiest ways to setup a bar as long as you have a free wall in your living space.  Use floating shelves and a small dresser. Add a pop of color or some whimsy by using colored glass, art or interesting wall paper.
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Photo: A Cup of Jo

4. Bar Cart - Pick a classic and sophisticated one like the photo below or a girly/masculine one based on your style.
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Photo: Habitually Chic

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Fun Afternoon at the SF Ballet Fashion Show! http://mbellishedlife.com/fun-afternoon-at-the-sf-ballet-fashion-show/ http://mbellishedlife.com/fun-afternoon-at-the-sf-ballet-fashion-show/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 01:38:43 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1107 Read More]]> Neiman Marcus held at the legendary Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. It was a real treat! I wish other things in life made me as giddy as being surrounded by beautiful things! The chic gathIMG_3616ering of fashionistas and fans of the ballet made for a fun people watching event! I enjoyed time with dear friends and a lovely lunch before viewing featured looks from the Neiman Marcus Spring 2015 Collection curated by none other than Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus's Fashion Director. The four segments of the fashion show incorporated all of the big trends for spring including fringe, summer suede, bold layered necklaces, flat sandals, mixed prints, bohemian vibe and more. Ken is a creative genius and a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world and it was truly a pleasure to meet him. Here are my faves from the show -   Mixed Prints IMG_3602  Bohemian IMG_3595 Pale Colors IMG_3598 The Grand Finale IMG_3612 IMG_3615]]> http://mbellishedlife.com/fun-afternoon-at-the-sf-ballet-fashion-show/feed/ 0 Take a trip up the Northern California Coastline http://mbellishedlife.com/take-a-trip-up-the-northern-california-coastline/ http://mbellishedlife.com/take-a-trip-up-the-northern-california-coastline/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:48:34 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1069 Read More]]> It’s also a place where a new generation of farmers and winemakers focus on preserving the land as well as producing amazing food and wine. Its beautiful all year round to visit but if you like whale watching then plan to visit between December through April to witness the gray whales swimming south for the summer. There are so many little towns to visit like Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Caspar, and Elk so plan your stay accordingly.
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Beautiful, rugged, foggy coastline

Lodging Best way to enjoy Mendocino (in my opinion) is to rent a house! There are some beautiful properties available through
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My kids enjoying the view from our vacation rental!

Places to Eat
  • Mendocino Cafe - casual restaurant that serves delicious food.
  • Cowlicks Ice cream - they make their own ice-cream with the freshest ingredients. Must try!!!
  • Silvers at the Wharf - freshest seafood, right on the water and family-friendly.
  • Albion River Inn - beautiful setting for a special meal
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    Albion River Inn

Things to do
  • Whale Watching - Between December through April to witness roughly 15,000 gray whales swimming south for the summer
  • Beaches - So many to choose from! Depending on what you are in the mood for, pick from one of the many options available:Caspar Beach, Glass Beach, Noyo Beach, etc.
  • Kayaking - Kayak on the gorgeous 8 mile long Big River Estuary. Escape the fog and ride the tide through a redwood canyon. Watch for seals, otters and bird life.
  • Hiking - Mendocino Village is surrounded on three sides by gentle trails that meander along the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of sea arches, ancient blow holes, hidden grottos and the ever changing Pacific Ocean.
  • Point Arena Lighthouse - Open for public tours, the museum is located in the Fog Signal Building, includes displays of historical equipment and pictures, Coast Guard and ship wreck artifacts and charts, geographical maps and information on the area, and examples of local plants, birds, and whales.
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - Located on 47 Ocean Front acres, this magnificent landscape includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, a closed-cone pine forest and a varied array of floral and plant collections.
  • Skunk Train - Take a trip back in time on the World Famous Skunk Train from the Mendocino coast through the majestic redwood forest. It's fun for the whole family!!
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Point Cabrillo Light house

Wine Tasting Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir wine. The wine tasting experience reminds me of Napa 15-20 years ago when you can chat with the wine makers and don't feel rushed.
  • Golden Eye - best wine tasting experience!
  • Toulouse
  • Navarro
  • Lula
  • Husch Vineyards
  • Roederer Estate
  • Pacific Star Winery - my favorite winery in Mendocino. We love to pack a picnic and enjoy the stunning views from this special place.
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Wine Tasting at Golden Eye

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Oscars 2015 Fashion Hits & Misses http://mbellishedlife.com/oscar-2015-fashion-hits-and-misses/ http://mbellishedlife.com/oscar-2015-fashion-hits-and-misses/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:52:29 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1076 Read More]]> The Oscars are all about celebrating the amazing work done this year in film, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fashion as well. So who was hot, and who was so not? As always, there were so many hits and a few misses too. Here are my absolute favorite looks of the night. 1. Red Hot Beauties - Dakota Johnson and Rosamund Pike were absolutely stunning in head-to-toe red hot ensembles.
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Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

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Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

2. Bronzed Princess - Jennifer Lopez took my breath away in this fairy tale-like sparkly gown. Her skin color, dress color, hair color and makeup tones were all so fabulous complementary that the impact was astounding.
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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

3. The Ultimate Bombshell - Scarlett Johansson knows how to dress for her body. This dress is so damn sexy on her and accentuates her curves beautifully. The color is also gorgeous. Love, love the overall look.
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Scarlett Johansson in Versace

4. Black Beauty - This simple wrap dress with a plunging neckline with the gorgeous red lip and stunning necklace made Margot a front runner for best dressed woman of the night for me.
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Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Some of my favorite fashionistas completely missed the mark this year for me. 1. Hologram look - Seriously what was Nicole Kidman thinking when she chose this very plastic-y looking dress with ruffled edges and an orange belt for the Oscars???
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Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton

2. Curtain Coverup - This dress does nothing for the beautifully pregnant Keira Knightly. Her hair, makeup and accessories were all so blah!
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Kiera Knightly in Valentino

3. White hot mistake - The usually impeccable Marion Cotillard missed the mark in this strange Dior number. The back was just awful!
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Marion Cotillard in Dior

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Happy 2015! http://mbellishedlife.com/happy-2015/ http://mbellishedlife.com/happy-2015/#respond Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:33:05 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1054 Read More]]> I love making my goals for the year and at the end of the year, reflecting back on how many of those I was able to fulfill. This year instead of sharing goals, I am sharing some of my favorite quotes and photos that will be my guide for 2015. I hope some of these inspire you too. 2015 is all about Appreciation, Gratitude, Love & Cleaning out the clutter in my life. Do you make new year resolutions? Or do you have a quote that has inspired you recently? We would love to know! xoxo Malvika
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My Favorite Gandhi Quote! It's very inspiring and speaks to me to not wait for others to make the changes but to take action.

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This one reminded me of my sister. She shared a quote on Appreciation with me and it stuck with me.

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Simple words but extremely powerful. I would love to apply this to my life in 2015!

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This one is meant for my husband 🙂 Get rid of that device (honey) and let's be crazy this year!!!!

 
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Love, love this one.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Little Luxuries for Her http://mbellishedlife.com/2014-holiday-gift-guide-little-luxuries-for-her/ http://mbellishedlife.com/2014-holiday-gift-guide-little-luxuries-for-her/#respond Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:12:26 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1049 Read More]]>
These small luxurious gifts can make any woman feel extra special this holiday season so go ahead and indulge the one you love, a little.
They are from some of my favorite designer/brands/collections. Some are classics like the Hermes Cuff  or the Louis Vuitton wool shawl that never go out of fashion while other items are the "hot" items to own now like the Christian Dior "Mise en Dior" earrings that are available in a wide array of colors and finishes or anything from Valentino's Rockstud collection.  I am especially excited about Tiffany's new T collection - it's simple, classic and wearable. I was quite bored with Tiffany's the last couple of years but this new collection has made me a fan again! Happy Shopping! Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 10.57.30 AM  
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide http://mbellishedlife.com/mothers-day-gift-guide/ http://mbellishedlife.com/mothers-day-gift-guide/#respond Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:00:13 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1024 Read More]]> Mothers Day CollageScreen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.57.40 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.57.40 AMPicMonkey Collage (5)Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 3.11.29 PM  Left Column: Magic Alhambra Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, Shany Lace Jumpsuit by Diane Von Furstenberg ($445) Center Column: Motorcycle Jacket by AG Jeans ($695), Tom Ford Rickey Sunglasses ($395), Celine Python Sandals Right Column: Cartier Love Necklace ($2000 upwards), Samsung Galaxy Gear in Rose Gold ($299), Phantom Cuff  ($2,200)]]> http://mbellishedlife.com/mothers-day-gift-guide/feed/ 0 Disneyland Survival Guide! http://mbellishedlife.com/disneyland-survival-guide/ http://mbellishedlife.com/disneyland-survival-guide/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:29:13 +0000 http://mbellishedlife.com/?p=1011 Read More]]> So here are some useful trips to plan your Disneyland visit! Keep in mind that my kids are 9 years (girl) and 4 years (boy). CHECK THE CALENDAR First and foremost, before you pick your dates to visit Disneyland, do check some of the sites that offer insight to anticipated crowds so you can plan your visit accordingly. Here are two that we used: BUY THE BOOK My friend, Julie, gave me this book before we left on our trip and it was immensely helpful so I highly recommend it. The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland available on Amazon. Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 8.06.12 AM STAY AT DISNEYLAND I am not a huge fan of the Disney hotels but they are very convenient. We stayed at the Grand Californian which has the best location as it is directly connected to the California Adventure Park. One of the perks of staying at the hotel is early admission to the parks. DEVELOP A STRATEGY If you must visit Disneyland when it’s busy (as is the case for many with kids in school), it’s important to have a good plan of attack when you visit the parks. Most importantly, arrive at the park before it opens and get as much done as you can in the first few hours of operation when lines are much shorter than they will be later in the day. Here are a few other things to keep in mind -
  • Spend at least two days if not more. (one day at Disneyland and one day at California Adventure Park).
  • Buy the Park Hopper tickets as it gives flexibility of going back and forth between the two parks.
  • Prioritize which attractions/rides you absolutely want to experience.
  • Plan on doing at least one Character meal  - it's fun for the kids! For a complete list of options, click here.
  • Plan on watching at least one night show. We absolutely loved the World of Color at California Adventure Park.
  • If possible and schedule allows, avoid being in the parks during noon to 4 pm as it's just crazy busy. Your time is better spend poolside at the hotel. Come back early evening and stay late. Disneyland is almost magical at night with all the lights.
  • Use the crowd app to determine wait times for each ride while at the parks. The two that we liked at are updated real time are

SOME MBELLISHMENTS California Adventure Park has alcohol!!!! So if you need a break  from the lines . Grab a a frozen margarita at Paradise Pier. Hire a VIP guide - Especially if you are a group of 8-10 people. While they can't help you get to the front of a line, they help make your experience as pleasant as possible.

FAVORITE  RIDES Disneyland

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. Haunted Mansion
  3. Buzz Light Year
  4. Peter Pan
  5. It's a small world
  6. Thunder Mountain
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California Adventure Park

  1. Radiator Springs
  2. Soarin’ Over California
  3. Monsters, Inc
  4. Grizzly Rapids
  5. California Screaming
  6. Tower of Terror
  7. Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
 
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Radiator Spring Racers

Do you have other useful trip to plan your Disneyland Visit? If so, we would love to hear!]]>
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