Bish Stole My Look

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Dear ma,

We all knew it would only be a matter of time before you started stealing looks from my closet.

I’ve seen you ma… eyeing my head bows…putting my skirts up to your waist… asking me if you think my dresses would fit (yeah, maybe on your one thigh-ha!). I meeaan, one day you’re telling me how much you love my summer prints, and the next day- BAM! We’re twinning in pink flamingos!

I may need to contact the Fashion Police and report that bish stole my look!

But it’s cool ma. Can anyone blame you for loving my style? Now please give me a bite of that macaron.

Yours sincerely,

Chloe Bisou

xoxo

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Our treat of choice this week: ‘lette Macarons, which can be found at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, CA (or online). Our favorite flavors include, Lemon, Violet Cassis, Rose, Earl Grey & Colombian Coffee. Serious NOMS!

Outfit Details

This week our outfit details are simple: most of it is made by us, The Stylish Bisou! The items we didn’t make are as follows:

White heels: Enzo Angiolini, purchased from Nordstrom Rack. Find a similar pair here

Heart Sunglasses: Purchased at Ross, find a similar pair here

White Statement Necklace: Find one similar here

Gooey’s pink flamingo bow tie: Made by MollysPawtique, available by contacting The Stylish Bisou. 

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Mini Vacay With Mini Bisou

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This July made it four and a half years since I had been “home.” Not since Christmas of 2011 had I driven the quiet streets of Spokane, Washington…had I felt its cool dry air…had I seen the beautiful familiar faces of my family.

The family I keep in contact with is small, consisting of my mom, stepdad, and two younger sisters. Although we were all raised in Washington State, over the years we’ve spread out substantially: my mom and her husband remained in Spokane, WA; my sister Michele teaches English in Japan; my sister Tiara lives in Moscow, Idaho; and I reside in Southern California.

Getting us all together in one place is difficult to say the least.

But luckily the stars aligned and this past week we were all able to take time from our busy schedules to meet in Spokane for a mini vacay.

Sadly I wasn’t able to take Chloe Bisou (I wanted to so badly), however I brought Mini Bisou (aka Stuffie Bisou) to help keep Chloe’s little spirit with me.

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Even better? There was a new addition to the family whom I couldn’t wait to meet: my sister Tiara’s 8 month cutie, Oden. And uh, HELLO- I’m totally in love!!! Tiara is the youngest of us girls, yet the first sibling to have a baby, so it was a VERY momentous occasion!

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Okay, so here’s the quick scoop on my adventure back “home”:

  • My mom’s warm hugs still can soothe the soul. And she’s still a fantastic cook!
  • My sister Michele, despite being 2 years younger than me, hasn’t aged a bit since I saw her last–she LITERALLY doesn’t look a day over 21! (Pictured below with our new nephew Oden.)

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  • My youngest sis, Tiara (11 years younger) was so grown up, which half delighted me and half freaked me out (in my mind, she’s still 15 years old-ha!). I marveled at how naturally she took to being a mama– and she’s the cutest and sweetest mama EVER!
  • Oden is freaking adorable! I can’t believe so much joy can come from one little hunka-hunka burning love.
  • My sisters still manage to give me the giggles– I almost wet my pants laughing at our succession of selfies (notice, we’re all wearing trendy rompers).
  • And finally, Spokane still seems like the same old sleepy…ahem, boring… town (sorry to anyone who loves Spokane.)

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As much as I had a wonderful time, I admittedly sighed happily as I landed back in San Diego and was glad to be welcomed home by my huz and pugs.

If I could pack my family all up and bring them with me to Cali I would in a heartbeat. Alas, all of us being apart is meant to be for now. Until next time girls and boys… hopefully it won’t be a four and a half year lapse next time around! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

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Vitamin D

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This week, our adventure comes from craving a little bit of Vitamin D. Normally you’d think I was referring to the vitamin that we get from the sun, and while that’s partially true (I DID crawl out of my windowless sewing cave to enjoy the sunshine), this time we’re referring to a different type of Vitamin D.

Okay, okay– so it’s not a vitamin per se– but it’s something that definitely helped brighten my mood.  We’re referring to something we’re calling “Vitamin DONUTS.”

We live a hop, skip, and a jump from a place called VG Donut & Bakery located in the beautiful beach community Cardiff, CA.  We’d never been there before but heard raving reviews (supposedly on weekend mornings, the lines to this place are an hour or more long). We decided it was high time to check it out.

 

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We got a dozen varietal donuts including apple fritters, maple bars and iced cake-style… and they are definitely worth the hype! They were soft, buttery, and melted in our mouths. They had a great spread of other baked goods as well, which we’ve promised we would come back and try another time.

Furthermore, the location is perfect for grabbing a donut and then enjoying ocean views; beaches are only a block away.

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Although we enjoyed the beach, VG Donut & Bakery does have outdoor seating so that you can enjoy your noms with your pet. Overall, we gave it two full paws up and will definitely go back.

Other “vitamins” I enjoyed on our adventure? Some Vitamin C and Vitamin G– aka, Vitamin Chloe and Vitamin Gooey. In my humble opinion, pugs are vitamins too- Ha!

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For the record, Chloe Bisou and Gooey were only given a few bites of a (creamsicle) cake donut. Please feed sugary items to your pups responsibly.

Outfit Details

Heather: Yellow Shift dress, Rachel Roy. Chunky Rainbow heels, GoJane.com, Sold Out, find a similar style here. Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters. 

Chloe Bisou: Hot Cross Buns Summer Dress, available on The Stylish Bisou Etsy store. 

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Gooey: Suns Out, Guns Out, Sleeveless Shirt, available on The Stylish Bisou Etsy store. 

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Popsicles and Seersucker

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Is there anything that screams summer more than sugary popsicles and (equally sweet) pink seersucker? We didn’t think so either!

Popsicles can be rather tricky to eat on hot summer days though, so we thought we’d impart some valuable advice on how best to savor this cool treat. Enjoy!

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Q: Is your popsicle melting too fast? A: If it starts dripping too quickly under the summer sun, immediately find your dog and aim the drips directly over their mouth. This will ensure that the melting popsicle doesn’t muss your favorite summer outfit.

Q: Are the colorful popsicles staining your mouth? A: Might we suggest letting your dog eat your popsicle for you. They don’t mind looking like they’re wearing blue lipstick for the remainder of the day.

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Q: Did your popsicle give you brain freeze? A: While you recover from the debilitating pain of frozen brain, simply lower your arm to your dog’s face level. Your dogs will kindly eat any portions that might give you further pain.

Q: Are the last few bites of your popsicle falling of the stick? A: As you strategize how to eat your last few bites so they don’t drop on your nice shorts, why not consider letting your dogs do the deed instead? They’ll quickly slurp the last few bites without minding if they fall on the ground.

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Q: Are your hands sticky after holding your popsicle? A: One great way to avoid sticky fingers is to let your pup lick your hands. Better yet, just let them eat the popsicle in the first place; you’ll never have to worry about messy fingers to begin with.

Q: Did your popsicle feel as though it was eaten too quickly? A: Run to the freezer and quickly grab another. Unwrap the packaging and enjoy a second popsicle…with your dog.

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Q: Was that red popsicle NOT fruit punch flavored (like you’d hoped) but instead boring cherry? Don’t give up on the popsicle just yet! Instead of tossing it, let your dogs eat the undesirable flavor for you, freeing you to choose another popsicle flavor.

Q: What’s the appropriate attire to wear while eating a popsicle? A: Anything goes so long as you’re wearing something nice and cool! Seersucker makes popsicle eating feel more fancy, but many dogs opt to eat popsicles while naked (probably some humans too- ha!).

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We hope you found this advice useful– no go forth and enjoy those popsicles!

**This blog may or may not have been brought to you by Chloe Bisou and Gooey. Please enjoy popsicles with your dog responsibly. 


Outfit Details 

Heather: Off-the-shoulder dress, found at Marshalls, find one similar here. Lace-up sandals, GoJane.com. Heart Shaped sunglasses, Ross, find a similar pair here.

Chloe Bisou: Pink Seersucker, tie-back dress, The Stylish Bisou on Etsy, available in a five summer colors. Multi-color bead necklace, Dazzles By Darla, available in The Stylish Bisou Etsy.

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Gooey: Seersucker Summer Jacket & Shirt Combo, with featured MollysPawtique bow tie, available in The Stylish Bisou on Etsy.

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A Nugget of Sunshine

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Has it been a bazillion degrees for everyone this week?

Summer has definitely finally hit SoCal! Which is perhaps why we’ve done a slight detour from our regular spring collection and found ourselves obsessing over this bright shade of yellow. I found this cheery fabric for Chloe Bisou’s dress, then stumbled on the yellow gingham used for Gooey’s shirt, and then decided that it was my mission to find the perfect pair of yellow heels.

After hunting for what seemed like forever online, these Steve Madden yellow heels finally found their way to me on a recent trip to Nordstrom Rack. I’m lucky to have seen them– they were the only yellow pair in the store, exactly my size, and were only $40– Score!

And so our love affair with yellow lasted all week long…

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And for the record, we did this photo shoot early in the morning, and although it was getting warm, we made sure to make it quick knowing that Chloe Bisou and Gooey were in clothing. We strongly urge everyone to dress their pups responsibly in the summer, ensuring that they only wear clothes in cooler weather or air conditioned environments.

Outfit details

Heather: Blue floral dress, Urban Outfitters, find a similar dress here. Yellow shoes, Steve Madden, find a similar pair here. Emoji purse, Betsey Johnson, purchased last year, browse similar handbags here.

Chloe Bisou: The Stylish Bisou, Featured Summer Dress, Lemon color. More colors available. Dazzles By Darla necklace. 

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Gooey: The Stylish Bisou Featured Jacket & Shirt combo. 

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