Cody always teases me that I have way too many sunglasses! They clutter my cup holders and you can find random pairs in just about every nook and cranny of my car. But sunglasses are like lipstick: you can never have too many and they are all so different! I feel like they can make the most basic outfit pop and – as a mom – when you don’t want to do your make-up they are a life saver! Gotta hide those under eye bags 🙂 I have so many over-sized round frames and I’ve been trying to find the perfect more delicate round frame for that everyday California vibe. I just got these from Zenni Optical’s new LA Collection and love them! I’ve put together my list of 4 small essential fashion lifesavers for everyday style.

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are the best secret weapon. For those mornings after you stayed up too late finishing a deadline or are still getting over that jetlag from your latest getaway (my sleep schedule still isn’t back on track!), there’s no faster fix than a cute pair of sunglasses. Just got these with amber tinted lenses and also loving these and these.
  2. Lipstick: You may not always have time for makeup, but between your sunglasses and a swipe of your go-to shade of lipstick, you’ll be the only one that knows you traded in a full face of makeup for those 10 extra minutes of sleep. 😉
  3. Gel Manicure: With regular nail polish my nails always chip in 2 seconds, and who has time to worry about touching up your manicure every other day? A fresh manicure always looks put together and gel polish will last the longest.
  4. Designer Bag: Another small detail that will always go a long way is a designer bag. They will elevate even the most basic jeans and tee combo.

I’ve partnered with Zenni to give one lucky reader up to $150 towards a new pair of Zenni sunglasses up. To enter, check out Zenni’s LA Collection video and comment with your favorite spots in LA. Winner announced next Thursday. 🙂 Good luck!


XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Zenni Optical. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Elizabeth Roberts

    Loved the video & its got to be Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

  2. La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Easy, casual beautiful relax wear. Something we can all relate to and still look good no matter what! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  3. megan

    My fave spot in LA is the observatory.

  4. Jaclyn

    We love Huntington Beach and of course Disneyland!! Both places where sunglasses are a necessity. 🙂

  5. Giada

    Yes, gel polish last definitely a lot. I suppose that I should have to go for it if I want to have a nice manicure everyday!

    I need a new designer bag, actually I need my very first designer bag!

    Glam Observer

  6. Lu S

    All of those are real lifesavers, and yes, you are so right about sunglasses, I have tons of pairs too!

    lu | coco & louis

  7. Chelsea

    love this casual, laid-back style!! there are so many great places in LA…i’m fond of Santa Monica Beach and The Grove!

  8. Shloka

    So true! It’s all about those little details, like the right shade of lipstick and the perfect sunnies that can make a whole look feel more pulled together and chic!

    I love your velvet bag as well – it’s so in for the fall!


  9. Melissa Peters

    The Grove and Farmer’s Market!

  10. Holly

    I totally agree with all of these but especially the get polish point. I get my nails done every 3 weeks and it is just the best. When my nails are done and not chipping I feel like my outfit is complete! I’m currently wearing Ocean Nail Supply chrome pigment and it’s fricking awesome!!!

  11. Dana

    Couldnt agree more with all of these, a gel manicure always goves me a confidence boost, sunnies are just a general essential and good bag, well it speaks for itself right?

    GIVEAWAY on Fashion Dew

  12. Jodi Brown

    The Grove!

  13. Giselle

    Never been to the West Coast so I can’t say I have a fav from personal experience but from seeing pictures of it, the observatory, is definitely on my spots to visit when I get to visit one day!

  14. Tristan | Gold Lion Style

    I’ve only been to LA once but Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier were two of my fave places that we visited! I love the pair of sunnies you chose too, they’re so retro-chic!

  15. Elizabeth Nelson

    Love the glasses! My fav spot in California is San Francisco. My husband just got a job there and we are long distance for the next few months… 🙁 My favorite is getting to see him. LOVE!

  16. April Cook

    I think the lipstick and fun sunglasses combination is a great way to enhance any outfit. It’s amazing how a little color on your lips can make you look dressed up. What is your favorite every day lip color? I’m like you and don’t have all the time to get get ready in the morning, so this my become my go-to disguise for when I’m running late. Thanks for sharing these essentials!


    I love this site! Thank you for such a useful info 🙂

  18. Whitney Kutch

    Love this fashion lifesavers list! It’s so true! And you have totally inspired me to invest in a few super cute sunglasses. Thank you so much for sharing!

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