Little Black Dress

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and the past weekend. I’m very excited to start another new year. There is always something refreshing about beginnings. And with every new year, we should always strive to make changes for the better.

A Look Back in 2016

What a whirlwind of a year! Thank you so much for your support in 2016. Beyond Basic has grown so much in the past year and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share my style with you. I hope you enjoy the content as much as I enjoy creating it. Click through any … Continue Reading

Christmas Traditions

Guess what? I got all my Christmas shopping done in less than 3 hours and I just finished wrapping all my presents. If you come from a big ass family, you know this is an accomplishment. So this calls for a drink! Cheers!

Christmas in Solvang

Earlier this month I went to Solvang, a little Danish about 45 minutes from Santa Barbara. If there is ever a perfect place to visit Christmas time in Southern California, other than Disneyland, it’s Solvang. The entire town is decorated in holiday cheer. Last week’s post was on where to stay, but this week I discuss … Continue Reading

The Landsby

I have probably gone down highway 101 plenty of times and passed by Solvang, completely unaware of one of California’s gems. One of my Southern California friends mentioned how she was dying to visit the Danish town in California. I had no idea what she was talking about so I had to look it up … Continue Reading

Dressed To Party

Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the holiday festivities begin! I have teamed up with Dorothy Perkins this season to show you one of my favorite looks from their holiday collection. Holidays should be the opportunity to shine a little bit brighter and what better way to do it than with this stunning gold sequin … Continue Reading

Working Girl

Can you believe it’s finally November? It’s the final two months of the year and things have definitely turned up a notch. It’s only going to get hectic as the time gets closer towards the end of the year. Am I ready? Not really, but I’ll manage. I decided to start sharing more workwear on this blog. … Continue Reading

Happy Halloween

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s the time I could dress up as a different person for the evening. I have always loved making my own costumes. However, this year I have been so busy with work that I did not have much time to make one. Instead of going out and … Continue Reading

Oregon Coast

Last month I spent a few days in Oregon at a rented house in Rockaway Beach. The neighborhood was a new development and there wasn’t a soul in sight. It was perfect, we had the whole beach to ourselves. In the garage of the house I found this big kite, and below you can find … Continue Reading

Light and Dark

If there’s one thing I love to do when it comes to style, it’s mixing soft, feminine dresses with darker, edgy pieces. I recently got this classic, leather jacket from Dezzal. I have been searching for a good leather jacket for quite some time. I had an older one that was on its way out. However, … Continue Reading