The Bamboo Diaries with JORD Watches

I don’t know about you, but summer is hands down my favorite season of the year, even though I live in Southern California where it’s summer for about 7 months out of the year. Growing up in Wisconsin, summer was much more precious since it only lasted about 3 months (if you’re lucky) before the leaves changed color then suddenly everything froze over.

But enough about freezing cold weather, I am writing to share my new favorite summer accessory that I am absolutely obsessed with – my wooden JORD watch with a turquoise face. Awhile back, I wrote about my love for turquoise – so when JORD sent me this beauty I couldn’t help but gush with excitement.

The first time I wore it out I got SO many compliments – and everyone said it was such a unique watch and “just my style”. I have a very specific style, which may seem strange to some, but I am picky about what I wear and I am always drawn to the easy, breezy, California girl, boho style. Don’t get me wrong, I can take on the LBD, and so can this watch.

My new JORD watch has become a staple to my summer style, and will easily wear it year round. Whether I am hanging out in the city, cruising the coast, bronzing in the sun or dressing up for date night with my honey – I let time get away from me, but my JORD watch keeps me on time.

There’s something catchy about classic simplicity and subtle sophistication – the way the soft wood creates a nude palette sandy brown but with a pop of color in the face of the watch, it couldn’t be more versatile without being boring. Not a turquoise fan? This wooden watch also comes in a gorgeous coral hue as well as rose gold face when you shop Women’s watches. Men have a choice from wooden watch with wooden face or a darker wood with a black face – which you can see when you shop Men’s watches.


Want a watch of your own or looking for a cool engraved gift? Enter my giveaway for your chance to win a JORD watch of your choice!

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Have a happy summer loves, and let me know if you need help entering the giveaway or deciding which watch to pick for your style preferences! Only one lucky winner, but every entry guarantees you a $25 discount code once the contest ends 9/03! One entry per person. #myjord

Wooden Wrist Watch

Make a Spring Statement

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am SO ready for the doom and gloom of winter to be over – and I’m in California, so you know it’s bad (just kidding – my parents are still getting snowed on in Wisconsin, sorry mom and dad).

What better way to swing into spring than trading in your scarves for fun statement necklaces! I’ve listed a few of my favorites right now – including the silver version of the gold necklace I am wearing (pictured) – as well as what top I would pair each with! Don’t be afraid to pair these statement pieces with fun prints, stripes or textures – it makes for a fun yet effortless outfit – and there’s a small chance someone else will be wearing the same combination.


EXEMPLARY SILVER STATEMENT NECKLACE, LuLu’s, $29 – featuring engraved charms and a thick antiqued silver chain. Necklace measures 17″ around with a 2″ extender chain.
PAIR IT WITH: Sheer Truffles Blouse with flouncy sleeves in Creme Dot, For Love & Lemons, $99

ADJUSTABLE GOLDEN CHAIN W/ DETAILS, Zara, $19.90 – features a thin chain with adjustable fastening and front circular attached ring details.
PAIR IT WITH: Signature Plaid off-the-shoulder button up in Flame, Revolve, $268

TASSEL STATION STATEMENT NECKLACE – Petal White, Lele Sadoughi, $495 – features 1920’s inspired look with twisted rope and 14-karat yellow gold-plated brass, three center stations with mixed crystals, beads and tassel trim.
PAIR IT WITH: Semi-Sheer Sunflower printed top w/ frilled cuff sleeves in black/white, Zara, $22.90

NOMADIC STATEMENT NECKLACE, Lulu Frost, $145 – featuring dye chalcedony beads, malachite, lapis and howlite cabochon accents, tassel stations, sub chain and lobster clasp closure.
PAIR IT WITH: Lace Collar Blouse in Off-White, H&M, $49.99

Happy spring shopping loves, xx

Sincerely, Ss


The Sweater of the Season


From the tundra of Wisconsin to the streets of Milan and the beaches of Los Angeles, I have almost nailed versatile and dynamic fashion down to a science. Being able to maintain a simple style without losing your own personal touch is a sense one has to develop. Whether you are more of the classic type, trendsetter, or boho-luxe babe, you should always take the style you’re imagining and adapt it to your lifestyle. After growing up in the Midwest, there is nothing more comforting than the perfect staple sweater, but with a twist (or as I would call it, functional fashion). From cable knits to turtle necks, dolman sleeves to hi-low hems, and belle sleeves to scalloped edges – there is one style that I have become absolutely obsessed with ever since I tried it on…and let’s just say it laces up nicely.


You may be asking yourself – if you live in Los Angeles, why do you need a (truly warm) sweater? While LA has been rather chilly this “winter” – the real reason was for my very first trip to the mountains people rave about in Mammoth Lake. Before I spent a weekend on the gorgeous, snow-covered slopes of this Swedish looking town, I had to do some serious pre-packing for the colder temperatures. Having been away from Wisconsin for nearly 8 years and have been in Los Angeles for 3 years by now, my wardrobe lacks serious winter weather gear and mainly consists of bikinis and gladiator sandals. From needing an actual waterproof snow jacket to fitted snow pants, warm boots – it was an adventure I wasn’t quite packed for. Who knew fleece lined leggings were a thing (and awesome)?

However, amidst my packing madness – I made sure to have some cute and cozy sweaters on hand for post-snowboarding coffees, fireplace dinners and pre-hot tub lounging (you know, the important stuff).

Here I am going to share with you how I styled my favorite versatile sweater this season for both a day in the city and a day in the mountains from Resolute Boutique. I’ll also include some of my essential winter accessories like scarves, hats and sunnies by ZeroUV (the sun is SO bright when you have snow reflecting off of everything).

First and foremost – if you are going to go on a snow-bunny-filled weekend, you need to start your packing and planning about 2 weeks in advance, should you need to order anything offline. My biggest piece of advice is to overpack, wear too many layers and buy gloves with wrist guards! I say that with my whole heart due to my unfortunate mishap at the bottom of my second slope where my board got a mind of it’s own and I fell and fractured my wrist.

Since I fractured my wrist, I got to spend some time exploring this bustling little town and learned that Mammoth Lakes also has some of thee cutest coffee shops and restaurants, I didn’t even feel like I was in California anymore. It resembled more of a small European town in Switzerland or Scandinavia  with all of the dark wood lodges, tall Evergreen trees and mile high piles of snow (no joke there was at least 5-7 feet of snow surrounding us).

GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS: Business in the front – party in the back


One of my favorite things about my beige Resolute Boutique Winona Sweater is that it’s actually very warm without being bulky (between you and me, I didn’t have any layers on underneath in this picture…Shhh!).

If you are going for the super cozy, during-the-day look where you may be walking around outside or sitting out on a patio for lunch and don’t want to keep your winter jacket on, you can stay warm with the ties facing the backside with a cute scarf in the front. Don’t be afraid to mix in a pattern – like a fun bonbon scarf or infinity cable knit scarf – with this easy-to-pair neutral beige color.

Above, I’ve paired Resolute Boutique Winona Sweater with classic Levi jeans (because they fit my booty best) with the most comfortable MukLuk slippers – perfect for lounging by the fireplace with a glass of wine (or whiskey, whatever your poison may be).

Business in the front, party in the back! Here we still have the ties in the back, paired with black destroyed skinnies and a choker with waves for days hitting the shoulders. Throw on a cute pair of navy velvet booties and wa-la! The sweater becomes a nightlife outfit, and who doesn’t want to wear a cozy sweater out on the town instead of a thin little satin number (even though sometimes satin is required ;))

If you’re not in danger of snow – and it’s a chilly morning in LA – pair the sweater with these TO-DIE-FOR leopard print Dolce & Gabbana flats or a unique embroidered bootie (like these Rebecca Minkoff Bojana booties that I am obsessed with).


Don’t want to wear a scarf? This sweater is perfect to pair with a chic gold choker or even splash of turquoise tear drop earrings (pictured) or fun tassel dangler earrings (a current jewelry trend I am obsessed with) – it wouldn’t be a Sea Salt + Stilettos post without a turquoise tie-in ;). All jewelry is from Bauble Bar!

Wanting to add some girly flair? One of my fave style babes Stiletto Beats paired her staple beige chunky sweater beautifully with a gorgeous tapestry skirt.

Want to keep it classic? My other fave fashionista Carrie Bradshaw Lied paired her cozy cashmere perfectly with an elegant blush fringe style scarf.

Below, I kept it simple with my True Religion jean jeggings in dark blue, over-the-ankle olive Steve Madden booties, and turquoise tear-drop earrings (tagged above).


Want the sweater-of-the-season in your closet? Just visit Resolute Boutique online and use code ABBY10 for $10 off at checkout!

Have a great Friday loves, XX

Sincerely, Ss

Blushing for More (Velvet)

Happy Friday! Wanted to do a short and sweet post today about this shoe I am IN LOVE with right now. It’s no secret that I have been absolutely obsessed with the velvet trend this season, and I fully intend to keep it going.

With the new year in full swing, and Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite blushing pink velvet heels currently taking over my closet. These beauties are the perfect substitute for a usual patent leather or red suede pump. However, don’t worry – I’ll be covering all of my favorite red and merlot show-stopper shoes and dresses closer to February. Because what girl doesn’t need a little red dress or pair of heels to wear for her someone special .. even if that means showing up as one of the ‘women in red’ for the Bachelor premiere (too soon? HA).

For a classic, ankle strap pumpPictured Above, is one of my most favorite shoe brands (besides Aquazurra, Schutz and Valentino) – Gianvito Rossi. I shamefully have this shoe in both blush and burgundy! It’s the Lorraine pump by Gianvito Rossi in Blush or Burgundy, $760



For a shorter, fun and chunky heel – Check out DAINNA-V by Steve Madden in Pink, currently on sale for $53.98 ! #score

This would be so easy to pair with a comfortable pair of jeans for a leisurely walk around the city or to wear as a fun twist to your brunch date with the girls! No blisters allowed 😉


For a sassy stiletto – Let me point out this gorgeous Barely There Skinny Stiletto by MISSGUIDED, in Pale Pink, under $50!!

Looking for something to spice up an outfit for a  night out? Pair these blushing beauties with a chic black crop and midi skirt set or black denim with a grey or white body suit. Grab an embellished clutch and your OOTN is complete!

For a fun and flirty flat
– I am SWOONING over this luscious Christy bee embellished velvet flat by Aquazurra in Dusty Pink, currently on sale for $500 ! #slayyy

I could LIVE in these glistening Aquazurra flats with all the cute little details, even a little gold block heel. I’d pair them with a fun white skater dress or even some washed out dark grey skinnies w/ a black belt and T-shirt!


For a playful vintage slip-on – Walk on clouds in the Saachi Charlise Appliqué Slide by Anthropologie in Rusty Mauve Velvet, $128

Whether you’re walking around the house, running to the grocery or going to a coffee date, these slip-ons will add instant glam without losing any comfort. With the ultra-chic vintage appeal and fun textured details, people will think you spent TONS on this adorable slip-on, when really it was a STEAL.



Speaking of Valentine’s Day – coming soon – I’ll be talking about what you should (and shouldn’t) wear to your special date from fun crop top / skirt sets to classic fitted midi’s in red, black and merlot – I’ll have each and every style you can imagine covered! Not to mention I’ll be sure to tell you how to accessorize. I am a firm believer that it’s all in the details 🙂

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Christmas and New Years. Xx

Sincerely, Ss

Boho Luxe Details: Turquoise Treasures


While most of you know, I am normally writing all about shoes on here, but I also have an infinite love for one-of-a-kind handmade turquoise jewelry. Ever since my latest Thanksgiving post (see latest post links on the right!) I’ve been getting A LOT of questions about where I find my boho luxe style turquoise jewelry and how to know if it’s quality, including inspiration from Gypsy Loving Light and JoJo Fletcher from the Bachelorette!


First thing – you need to look at on their website or Etsy account is where their turquoise is coming from. Do they post pictures of the raw stone by itself? Is their inventory sold in mass? What does the setting of the stone look like? Is it true sterling silver? Do your research, ask around. Do NOT buy the first thing you see unless you are obsessed with it – you will know when you see it. Read reviews, compare inventory.

I’ve pulled a few of my favorite designers and boutiques, listed below, that I keep a close eye on whenever they release new merchandise. The downfall about getting into turquoise buying is you have to act FAST. If you see a piece you LOVE, jump on it immediately because they sell out fast and if it’s a reputable seller they usually only have one piece made. However, the up side is if you plead to them about how much you loved it, they’ll usually be willing to search for another stone to make a comparable piece just for! Totally customized. A lot of turquoise and silversmiths even take specifically custom orders.

img_2399Second thing – know what you are looking for, or you will get overwhelmed. Do you want a ring? A necklace? A cuff? Do you want deep sky blue Bisbee turquoise? Do you want a stacked ring with turquoise and coral? Do you want a brighter Blue gem turquoise? A golden limonite Carico Lake turquoise? Do you want the Indian Mountain turquoise that has waves of black spider-webbing? Being familiar and knowing the history behind the stone can also help you call BS on pricing or know when you’re getting a killer deal. Knowing what stone you want will make the buying process easier.

Third thing – know your size, because most purchases are non-refundable. What’s your finger size? What’s the width of your wrist? What’s the length of your chest? Look at the measurements and take the time to measure yourself. This way, you aren’t disappointed that the ring is too small or the necklace is longer than you expected.

Now to find you your perfect piece of turquoise!

img_2419One of my main go-to turquoise vendors is Turquoise Canyon. They have some of the largest variety of styles, every kind of real turquoise including Larimar (which I talk about later) and red coral (if turquoise isn’t your color) and almost every size available.
Navajo Native American Blue Gem Turquoise Ring, size 7, $248
Pictured (Pinky finger, top)Navajo Native American Kingman Turquoise Ring size 7 3/4, $159 (on sale!)
Dead Pawn Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cuff, $239
img_2415Navajo Native American Turquoise Mountain Mine Link Bracelet, $636 **I got this as a set with earrings, bracelet and choker style necklace (picture and post coming soon).

Classic Oval American Kingman Turquoise Stud Earrings, $179 **These are the PERFECT turquoise staple easy to pair with any outfit at a great price! Very similar to the earrings I am wearing (pictured in my post).

American Orange Oyster Shell and American Blue Gem Turquoise Drop Earrings (GORGEOUS), $111

SongYeeDesigns, $234

Erin Fox Silver, $138

Claire Lush Designs, $250


Another great source of variety of style and sizes in Salty Design Foundry. With stunning cuffs and rings of all shapes and sizes, everyone can find a unique piece. It’s also a great boutique to start, or continue, your turquoise collection!

Pictured (left hand top): LOVE + PEACE COLLECTION TURQUOISE CUFF, w/ Blue Ridge and Kingman stones, Salty Design Foundry Jewelry, $90

ALLURE TURQUOISE RING, size 7, Salty Design Foundry, $140


screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-12-46-51-pmBesides my favorite traditional Bisbee turquoise it’s a close tie with Larimar, another type of sky blue stone that’s usually marbled with white. Embella Jewelry is one of my all time favorite online boutiques – shipping from the coast of Australia. I found her through Gypsy Loving Light, who also has a GORGEOUS online store, and have been obsessed ever since.
Pictured: LARIMAR STONE RING, size 57, Embella Jewelry, $130.09



If you are looking for something unique & non-turquoise, one of my absolute favorite jewelry boutiques – Jugar N Spice – makes GORGEOUS fine jewelry as well as unique quartz bracelets like this JoJo Druzy Bracelet with white tone and 24k gold plated druzy set on 24k gold plated 3mm nuggets. There are many other styles and colors available online!
Pictured: JOJO DRUZY BRACELET in white and gold quartz, Jugar N Spice, $50

A similar design to the JoJo Druzy bracelet is DRUZY QUARTZ AGATE SLICE GEMSTONE BANGLE CUFF WITH rose gold wire wrapped quartz cuff by Salame Jewelry, $74 online!


Want help styling or sourcing a special piece? Comment on this post or send me a DM on instagram and I’ll respond promptly.

Enjoy + Happy Holidays!

Sincerely, Ss





Lace Ruffles and Cognac Suede for Thanksgiving

img_4516_retIt’s finally that time of year when you get to break out your favorite outfit, grab some champagne and apple pie and head to the fam’s house for Thanksgiving! The holidays are my favorite season of styles when it comes to emerging trends and putting together new, fun and sophisticated looks appropriate for the holidays.

Here I am going to tell you a little bit about my number one favorite look I put together that I will be wearing for my Thanksgiving festivities – and for the first time – its sparkle free (but don’t worry I’ll make up for that at New Years). Did I mention most of it is under $100!? #YAS

Whether you’re doing the traditional family reunion or walking on the wild side and attending someone else’s family reunion (AKA “Meeting the parents” of your SOS like me …Eeek!!) this outfit is versatile and fun enough for any type of setting you may find yourself in. I’m all about being yourself and embracing individuality, but if you are going somewhere new and different with new and different people – simple sophistication is KEY, and probably not the best time to wear that crushed velvet bodycon backless number you’re dying to show off. You can achieve simple sophistication by implementing classic staples while finding fun and unique ways to spin the outfit to fit your personal style and avoid fashion flaws

IVORY LACE – Classy and approachable 

There’s something about lace that always makes me feel sophisticated and classy without losing any sass or personality. This is one of my most favorite tops I own. With the button detail at the back of the neck, a semi-plunging neckline and GORG little ruffle sleeves – I am slightly obsessed with his top (and its under $20!!! #STEAL).

: Contemporary Lace Overlay top in Vanilla, Forever 21, $17.90 (There’s also a GORGEOUS blush tone you could pair with a black suede mini**)

Option B – Don’t like ruffle sleeves and want super simple? – Lace top in off-white, ZARA, $25.90

Option C – Don’t do ivory/whites? Go for a rusty blush or black – Lace long sleeve shirt in Blush, Marks & Spencer London, $4

COGNAC SUEDE – Earthy and comfortable 

With cute little snap buttons and handy little pockets – this cognac skirt is just too fun (and comfortable) to wear. Not to mention it’s SO easy to pair with almost any neutral or simple patterned blouse. You can dress it up, dress it down and wear it almost anywhere. Not to mention, the cognac-whiskey color makes for a soft and earthy vibe without losing sophistication. If short mini skirts aren’t your style, pairing tights would create too dramatic of a look – so go for a midi skirt or even parachute pants and swap the black OTK boots for over the ankle black boots. If you’re afraid of spilling on suede, I’ve provided a leather option for easy cleaning!

GET THE LOOK: Joie Tilda skirt in Rust, Revolve, $198

Option B – Don’t like suede? Leather A-Line skirt in Cognac, Rebecca Taylor, $195

Option C – **FASHIONISTA ALERT!!** My absolute favorite skirt I’ve seen this season (but pricey) – Floral-applique suede mini skirt in Cognac, RED Valentino, $800 (*Still available! Want help finding your size? Message me!! )

Option D – *RECOMMENDED** – Not big on buttons and want the basic? – Belted suede mini in Camel, Anna Sui, $217.50

Option E – **MIDI OPTION** Want more length? Love this ‘Gracelynn’ Suede Midi skirt in Whiskey Brown, DVF, $798

img_4267_retOVER THE KNEES – Mature and classic

OTK (over the knee) boots are all the buzz this fall season. You can wear them with black skinnies, sweater dresses, sequin minis, fur vests, shift dresses, the list goes on. Don’t be afraid to splurge here – you get what you pay for when it comes to boots, and uncomfortable heels can make for the worst kind of distraction when trying to swoon the possible future in-laws… or cousin’s cute friend who tagged along to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner.

‘Emotions’ Suede Thigh-high boot in Black, Steve Madden, $99.95

Option B – *RECOMMENDED** – these beauties stay up over the knees easier w/ the ties at the back of the calves – ‘Alllegs’ Suede OTK boot in Black, Stuart Weitzman, $798

Option C – *BEST BUY* – Suede lace up OTK boots in Black, LuLu’s, $39

Option D – FLAT – Don’t do heels? These are just as beautiful without the heel – ‘Mocha’ Fur Footbed OTK boots in Black, Catherine Malandrino, $69.97


Want help putting together your holiday look or even a full wardrobe of looks? Shoot me a message and I can help you piece together your vision and turn it into an outfit you, your SOS and family will swoon over. Just be ready to answer “OMG where did you get that?!” 😉

Happy Thanksgiving Loves ❤

Sincerely, Ss


Killer Halloween Inspo w/ Cabanna Anna Swimwear

It’s the most ghoul-ious time of the year! I’m here to help with those of you having last-minute woes about what wear for Halloween, and you just might have it in your closet! But don’t worry, it’s not too late with. These inspo styles incorporating California-chic swimwear with a Halloween twist are to die for. From Greek Goddess to Sassy Sailor, Daring Devil and Chanel from Scream Queen, they’re all here. Best part about these costumes is that the bikini you can wear again! Not to mention all the clothing paired with it – no need to stow away till next year.

Here are 4 looks for halloween that any ghoul can put together (and quickly) PLUS use code “ABBY15” at check-out for 15% off! Local to Southern California? Ask about expedited shipping!

Links to shop embedded in each “CASWIM” tag below in pink.

LOOK #1 – Greek Goddess 

  • BIKINI TOP:  Corsica Lace Halter top in ivory/white, CASWIM, $99.99
  • SKIRT: Eyelash Lace Maxi skirt, Forever21, $24.90
    • You can also buy/use a white sheet and cut into a skirt and tie on the side
  • GLITTER LIPS: Supafly Gold, Major Mooshine, $28
  • GOLD CROWN: any Party City / Claires


  • ONE PIECE BODYSUIT/BIKINI: Apia one piece in Red, CASWIM, $169.99
  • RED HOT SKINNIES: Slim fit leggings in Red, H&M, $17.99
  • RED HEELS: Treasure Pointy Toe Pump, BCBG, $48.99 (30% off!!)
  • RED LIPS: Revolution High Shine Gloss in Bright Red, Urban Decay, $22
  • DEVIL HORNS: any Party City / Claires / Target / CVS


  • TOP: Solana Halter top in Ruby Red, CASWIM, $84.99
    • Denim button front Skater Skirt, Target, $19.99
    • High waisted shorts w/ Patriotic pockets, Target, $22.99
  • RED LIPS: Lip Maestro in Red Matte Color #400, Giorgio Armani Beauty, $38
  • SAILOR HAT: Party City/Party store


  • ONE PIECE BODYSUIT/ BIKINI: Apia one piece in Petal, CASWIM, $169.99
    • Shaggy Faux Fur Coat in Cream, Forever21, $49.90
    • Shaggy Faux Fur Vest in Beige, Forever21, $39.90
  • NUDE HEELS: Zendaya Cut out Pointy toe Pump, DAYA, $89.95
  • PINK LIPS: Everlasting Liquid Satin Lipstick in Lovesick Mauve Nude, Kat Von D, $20

Don’t have time to throw something together or go shopping? Shoot me a message and let’s set up a Skype session where I help you make something from  your very own closet. Local to Southern California/Los Angeles? Shoot me a message and I’ll arrange a personal visit (rates apply).

Happy Halloween!

Sincerely, Ss