+Monica Gava

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Guide - Food Lovers

1- Kokeshi Plates (I love everything Kokeshi)
2- 6 Piece Knife Set
3- Mustache Beer Mug (I will buy this one for my husband)
4- Teas For the Heart (antioxidant-rich green teas to help lower the risk of heart disease)
5- Pupping Reindeer (this jelly bean dispenser is just too funny, I want one!)
6- Vapur Water Bottle 
7- Bird Wooden Mixing Spoons
8- Tea Cups
9- Expresso Maker
10- Chalkboard Storage Jar
11- Egg Molds (I have them and it works great)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gold Rush

Ok, I admit... I can't stay away from the sparkly world lately. What are you obsessed with these days?

Photography: Rachel Tofoli

Jacket: Guess (very old, similar here, here, splurge); Tee: Zara (similar here, sequined tiger); Skirt: (from Brazil, thanks to Rachel - similar, silver, love this); Boots: Banana Republic (thanks to Rachel); Bag: F21; Bennie: Rampage (old, similar here); Aviator: F21; Socks: Tommy Hilfiger

Monday, December 10, 2012

My Top Models

Hi everyone, I want you to meet Pedro and Isabela, they got their first modeling job this last weekend: pose to mama and daddy's Christmas card... I don't know if the results are appropriate for family greetings but for sure they can easily be featured here in this blog as my top models! They look much better than mommy, LOL!

Pedro's first cat walk

Posing for daddy

A break to style Bela's hair

About to Kiss

We are tired... let's loose it up a bit

Weee, weee... I'm flying!

Weee, weee... I'm also flying!  
Oh, oh...by the end of the shooting Bela was in love with the photographer
Isabela is wearing:
- Zara Sweater dress - sold out (loving this)
- Zara leggings
- Zara boots
- Scarf from Nordstrom kids (loving this)
- HM hat - in store only (loving this)

Pedro is wearing:
- Target shirt (loving this)
- Zara long sleeve (from last year - similar here, love this)
- Zara cords (from last year - similar here)
- Zara shoes (similar, love this)
- HM hat (similar here)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Silver Wear

This is the perfect time of the year to wear metallic, even during the day. The glamour, glitter and sequins are everywhere... you can be a little shy and just throw some accessories or really go crazy with it. Just look around and you will see a lot of sparkle everywhere. I just love it and certainly already incorporated the trend.

Photography by Rachel Tofoli

Top: RD Style from Nordstrom Rack (recent, in black here); Tee: Nordstrom Rack; Pants: F21 (similar here and here); Boots: Banana Republic (from last year - thanks to Rachel); Necklace: Ann Taylor (love this Fossil Rose Glitz Statement Necklace); Clutch: F21

Monday, December 3, 2012

Puffer Jacket - Noise Proof

I picked this puffer jacket at Forever 21 a while ago just to go to the park with my kids when cold weather hits (I'm from a tropical country so I get cold easily).

This is so soft, supple and doesn't make weird noises that usually puffer jackets do, so I found myself wearing it for other purposes too. Here, I just added a belt and instantly felt a little more dressed up. Don't you love when that happens?

Jacket: F21; Top: J. Crew; Pants: Zara (similar); Belt: J. Crew; Scarf (old): AE; Socks: Target; Boots: Corso Como (similar); Bag: Coach

Friday, November 30, 2012

Reminder: Tomorrow at Target & Neiman Marcus

Don't forget: available tomorrow online and in stores more than 50 Holiday gifts from 24 exceptional designers. More details here and collection preview at Target and Neiman Marcus. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Confy in My Pants

As much as I love the skinny pants trend I just can't live in them... sometimes I feel it blocks my blood flow and reduces my ability to move. We all know that women can be squeezed in some jeans or shoes, feel pain and make a lot of sacrifice just to look good, right? But some days I'm not in the mood.

I like to be free and feel free once in a while, and these pants do exactly that. it was love at first sight... I like the pattern, it's easy to style down and up and they are incredibly comfortable and warm.

Of course, I couldn't avoid the heels this time, hahaha!

PS. I bought the shirt on my tortured Black Friday experience.

Shirt: Madewell (bargain); Top: Nordstrom Rack; Pants: Free People (similar here and here); Pumps: BCBG; Bag: Coach; Necklace: Ann Taylor (Fossil Rose Glitz Statement Necklace (Google Affiliate Ad);

Monday, November 26, 2012


Hi everyone, I hope you had a great long weekend just like me... I survived a cooking Thursday, a Black Friday (or a disaster day), a Zoo Saturday and a lazy Sunday! I need a Holiday from the Holiday...

After cooking and hosting a dinner in my house I was too tired to go to the mall at 12am as I had planned so I decided to go on Friday afternoon... HUGE MISTAKE!

Shopping with trillion people around you is never a good experience and after 4 hours of madness I only scored these sweat pants below from J. Crew, one top and one shirt that will be featured next here. What did you get? Happy Cyber Monday!

Blazer: F21 (similar here); Tee: Nordstrom Rack; Pants: J. Crew; Pumps: BCBG; Hat: F21 (similar here); Clutch: The Limited (old); Necklace: Ann Taylor

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey and Cabernet

I will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow with my neighbors and family in my house. It will be very low key and casual but certainly special. I'm responsible to host the dinner and cook a starch and vegetable dishes. That's what I am going to wear right after I take my apron off: Cabernet cords, gold peplum and this lush jacket!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody and thanks for reading!

Top: (gift from mom - Brazil); Jacket: BCBGeneration (in stores now); Pants: J.Crew (similar here, and here); Colar: F21 (similar here and here); Pumps: Nordstrom Rack

Monday, November 19, 2012

Loving my Tie

I went to Loehmann's the other day and saw this Penguin slim tie at men's section and just fell in love with it. I've never wore ties before so I end up going home emptied hand thinking if I could pull off an outfit together incorporating a cute tie. Well, the following weekend I drove up again to Loehmann's and got not one, not two but three ties for myself, LOL (all slim from Penguin). So here I am...

 If you are a little shy about walking around wearing ties, try maybe to put it over a shirt but under a sweater like the picture above... it works like a statement necklace... hahaha!

Shirt: AE (old, similar here, here and here); Sweater: (J. Crew, like this, this and this); Skirt: F21 (in stores now); Tie: Penguin (buy at Loehmann's or Peguin stores); Shoes: Nordstrom Rack;

More to love... You can buy penguin ties at Loheman's for only $20 or go to Penguin's website.

All  J. Crew ties below

How to work your tie...