Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Hawaiian Summer Style

 Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses Gucci Red Suede Platforms petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses Gucci Red Suede Platforms petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall



Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story fashion blog Hawaiian Shirt Red and White Shirt White Jbrand Denim Gucci Bamboo Glasses Gucci Red Suede Platforms petite fashion blogger California fashion blogger white jeans beaded black and gold evening bag blue wall

Denim: J Brand
Red Suede Platforms: Gucci
Sunglasses: Gucci Similar
Belt: Similar
Bag: Similar
Hair: Drybar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Aloha!  It's been quite some time since my last post, but I'm so glad to be back.  The sun is out and it's time to enjoy the summer!  Nothing reminds me more of summer than a Hawaiian shirt.  They are usually made with beautiful and cheerful prints.  This one is actually a vintage version of a Hawaiian shirt.  It's not like the authentic ones you'd typically see from the islands.  In my family, the men wear Hawaiian shirts untucked in the traditional way at family gatherings.  

I felt pretty lucky to have found a women's version of this style of shirt from the 70's.  Hawaiian prints paired with white denim or pants always pop, so that's what I decided to go with for this post. I added my personal twist on this style with a leather belt and a small black beaded handbag.  These jeans are from J Brand and are called "Love Story".  I bought them several years ago before I started this blog.  They are one of my favorite pairs of pants because of the soft denim material, the slight stretch, and flare legs.  However, I have to wear them with platforms because they are so long, but I'm okay with that.   If you've been following my posts, you know how much I love wearing platforms and flares together and these red Gucci suede ones were the perfect fit. These jeans were actually worn on the day of my very first blog photo shoot, so they are kinda special to me.

What type of clothing reminds you of summer, and do you wear or do anything traditional at your family gatherings?

















Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ruffles In Bloom


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings






Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings




Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings






Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Blog Fashion Blog California Fashion Blogger tribal print green dress ruffles chunky grommet Sam Edelman black suede heels orange earrings

Ruffle Dress: Similar Similar
Chunky Heels: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Similar Similar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  How was your weekend?  The weather has been really nice here and I have been spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine, flowers, and my cat:)  It's awesome!  I can finally wear lighter dresses too. What I like about this time of year is being able to walk around and look up at all of the beautiful trees around the city.  My second favorite part of spring is looking down at all of the colorful flowers that are spread across the streets and sidewalks. Colors are emerging everywhere, much like this dress.  It's busy with lots of ruffles and prints.  This is an older dress, and I have paired it with last season's chunky heels from Sam Edelman.  These shoes are great because they are both comfortable, yet edgy. 

It's also time to do a little spring cleaning.  Have you cleaned out your closet yet? 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Lovely Spring Tea

Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger spring floral decor floral ceramic tea cup


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


niquea d pink beaded bracelet white and black ruffle gloves

Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger black ysl laceup stiletto heels


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog California style blogger petite fashion blogger updo pastel spring outfit floral decor light decorations white garden tea bistro table ferris wheel pink led lights french inspiration pink dress ysl black laceup stiletto heels niquea d bracelet lighted umbrella ruffle black and white gloves pink trench coat


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger spring floral decor


Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blogger black ysl laceup stiletto heels

Pink Tulle Dress: Similar
Heels: YSL Similar
Bracelet: Niquea. D Similar
Gloves: Retro Reload 
Pink Trench Coat: Similar Similar 
Necklace: Similar Similar
Hair: Drybar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  How are you?  Spring is here, and for some of us that means pastel palettes in bloom.  I am going to warn you now, you are going to be seeing this pink scene come up a few more times in the next month or so.  Hope you don't mind, because I really like how this pink lighting looks in photos. One of the things I enjoy the most is decorating and coming up with creative scenes for my blog.  As you can see, I spent some time dreaming up this one for you. What do you think?

This dress is so light and whimsical and these shoes from YSL go with just about any dress and add that extra bit of interest to any outfit.  Lastly, I found this pink trench coat which I was super excited about because I am obsessed with pink outerwear right now.  How do you feel about wearing pastel outerwear?

Hope you are enjoying the spring weather, the flowers, and those wonderful allergies:)

xoxo Joanna

Monday, May 8, 2017

Financial Literacy

Everyone should be Financially Literate.  

 As an entrepreneur, there are many things that you need to know about running your own business.  If you are a busy mom who is trying to manage your own business from home, or simply an individual who is struggling with making informed financial decisions, there are a lot of things that you need to know about finances.  

Whatever the case may be, finance is a major topic for a lot of us, but how much do we really know about it?

Isn't it time to do the research and become more financially savvy before it is too late?

financial fundamentals 101 financial literacy future fest


Guest Speaker: 

Our mystery guest speaker is a USC Alumni and Business School graduate from The USC Marshall School of Business.  He is the CEO and founder of Axianta Financial Partners, LLC. and has his MBA.  He is also the founder of a non-profit called "All For One" which has built and provided 9 orphanages for children around the world.  He is also the Executive Producer of the upcoming movie THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich (which will be released in 2017).

This Event is FREE


When: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm

Location: Burbank Airport Marriott
2500 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505


Inquiries Please Contact: Gillian Giorgio, Event Coordinator @ ggevents101@gmail.com

*This post was a collaboration.  I was not paid for this post.




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Interview with Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant, Makeup Artist, and Skin Care Expert


Interview Nora Frislie beautycounter consultant makeup artist skin care expert natural beauty organic beauty natural skin care organic skin care on A Stylish Love Story Blog Joanna Joy petite fashion blogger california fashion blog

Nora has over 15 years of experience as a makeup artist and currently resides in Southern California.  She has extensive experience with fashion shows, film, TV, print, and multiple weddings concentrating in traditional and air brush makeup.

Website: Puresemblance
Instagram: @Makeupbynora
Purchase: BEAUTYCOUNTER
Facebook: Nora Frislie Artistry

Hello Nora!  Thank you for being a guest on the blog today to speak about your experience as a makeup artist and natural beauty/ skin care advocate.  I read your bio and it looks like you’ve done it all!  Having been in the beauty and skincare industry for over 15 years, I wanted to speak with you today about how that experience has helped shape your desire to be where you are now as a Beautycounter Consultant.

First of all, you’ve done makeup for A Stylish Love Story photo shoots and I am always impressed with your professionalism and your work.  It’s nice to give you full reign to use your artistic abilities to create “a look” for my blog shoots because as you know, I am no makeup expert, and I am very grateful for your ability to come up with something beautiful on the spot.

So, can you share with us about the type of work that you’ve done in the beauty and skin care industry?

I went to Paul Mitchell where I graduated in 2004 with my skin care license. I then became an educator for Paul Mitchell and received my post graduate diploma from Dermalogica.  I worked for MAC cosmetics and in 2010 started my freelance career and launched my website.  I have since then worked in film, print, tv, weddings and fashion shows.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


Initially, what attracted you to the industry?

What initially attracted me to the beauty industry was making people feel good.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


How has working in the industry shaped your idea of what beauty is?

Working in the industry for over 15 years has shown me so many sides of beauty.  Every person I have worked with has shown me that beauty is universal in the sense that it makes everyone happy.  From talking about skincare, to shaping eyebrows, to full face makeup, we all want to feel and look good.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


How has working in the industry influenced your perception of beauty and skin care products?

In the last 5 years since I've become a mom, I have been more aware of what we are using on the largest organ of our body.  I've always been an ingredient reader, and love to learn more and understand why certain ingredients are used over others, etc.  The more I read and learned, I realized changes needed to happen.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


What is Beautycounter and why did you choose to partner with Beautycounter as a consultant?

Beautycounter is a cosmetics and skin care company dedicated to creating safe products that perform.  Besides having the strictest ingredient screening process in the industry, Beautycounter is also focused on sustainable production practices and fighting to change the outdated laws that governs the entire personal care industry.  Once I used the products and they performed, I knew becoming a consultant was a must.  I wanted to be a part of a movement, change, and a part of educating safer beauty.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


Can you explain to me how Beautycounter ingredients are unique and the process in how their products are created?

Beautycounter has a 5 step ingredient selection process which sets us apart from others:

  1. Ban Intentionally
  2. Screen Rigorously
  3. Learn Constantly
  4. Source Responsibly
  5. Share Transparently
See more Here



What are some of your favorite products from the Beautycounter line and what are the most popular products from the line?

Some of my favorite products are actually favorites of Beautycounter clients.  

The company recently shared top favorites and they are:


Okay, well I know as we grow wiser over the years (wink wink), a lot of women suffer from dry skin (myself included).  I’m always looking for a good facial moisturizer.  What type of Beautycounter skin care products would you recommend for dry skin?

For dry skin, I would suggest our No. 2 Facial Oil, a blend of 7 natural oils to help nourish and moisture skin.  Jasmine oil is added to replenish moisture.  You can add onto face alone or under a moisturizer.  Cleansing Balm is another great product for dry skin.  You can hydrate your skin while cleaning, using the 100% muslin cloth it comes with.  The balm can also be used as an over night mask!  You will notice an increase in skin hydration after 8 hours!

This sounds awesome Nora, thanks for the recommendation, I will have to try these.

Makeup by Nora Frislie Beautycounter Consultant


What do you enjoy most about working as a Beautycounter Consultant?

I enjoy educating and sharing Beautycounter, we are a movement devoted to progress.  Our mission statement says it all.  "To get safer products into the hands of everyone."

Thank you Nora, you did a fabulous job!  I think we learned a little bit more about safer beauty and skin care options today.  Thank you for sharing.

Please Follow Nora Here:

Purchase Beautycounter Products: HERE
Facebook: Nora Frislie Artistry
Website: Puresemblance
Instagram: @Makeupbynora





Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Military Coat

Gold bow blouse navy military coat petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog




gold bow blouse white boho beaded earrings navy military coat white J Brand corduroy skinny pants black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


gold bow blouse white boho beaded earrings navy military coat white J Brand corduroy skinny pants black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


gold bow blouse white boho beaded earrings navy military coat white J Brand corduroy skinny pants black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


Gold bow blouse navy military coat petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


black zara mid-calf leather boots petite blogger California fashion blogger Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog


Navy Military Inspired Coat: similar similar similar similar
Mid-Calf Boots: Zara similar similar similar 
White Corduroy Mid-Rise Pants: J Brand similar 
Striped Gold Bow Blouse: similar 
Beaded Boho Earrings: similar similar
Photography: Franz Swantko
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones

Hello!  How did your weekend go?   I hope you had a nice Easter Weekend celebrating with your loved ones.  I must confess, I have a major sweet tooth and I enjoyed a delicious piece of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory...yum:)

It was cold and raining when we took these photos, so it looks a bit overcast and gray in these photos.  I found this amazing navy coat that doubles as a dress when buttoned.  It's super versatile and that is what I like about most clothing nowadays.  You can get a lot of wear out of this type of item if you have both a "coat" and a "dress" all wrapped up in one.  Also, these types of items are ideal for travelling and saving space in your luggage.  I really like bows and gold, so I'm glad it matched the buttons and details on this navy military coat.  

What do you think about versatile clothing?

Hope you are having a great week!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inspired by The Lord of the Rings

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress

 One of my favorite movie series is The Lord of the Rings.  The imagination used in this movie is incredible. Have you seen it?
yellow gold brocade and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress

My favorite character is Arwen and this post was inspired by her cloak.

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
 This coat is made with soft gold and light brown floral fabric and chocolate faux fur trim.
yellow gold and brown faux fur coat floral cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress


yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
It looks great over a long flowy green dress.  It's the same dress I wore on my previous post here.


yellow gold and brown faux fur coat cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
 How fun would it be to live in that magical world that Tolkien created:)  

yellow gold and brown faux fur coat foral cloak Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog Petite Blogger cosplay medieval green dress
I couldn't find the exact same coat, so I have linked similar handmade cloaks below from Etsy. 

Dress: Vintage
Platforms: Clarks
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko