Friday, February 21, 2014

Color Crush : Midnight Blue




I love a good navy blue, it's basically a color staple akin to black. 
It pretty much goes with anything but can also make a statement all on it's own. 


I am pretty thrilled that the color has been scooped up as a trend this season! 


Here are some lust worthy (and bargain) pieces I found that 
incorporate the midnight color trend for spring! 




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trend Setter : Don't Make Me Blush

Pastels are always a trend for spring, but this year BLUSH is one of my favorites! 
I am a fan of pink even though I don't wear it often. 
A light sublet blush color is such an easy way to rock 
a very feminine color tone as it can be paired with so many colors! 




Here is some inspiration for styling BLUSH this season...

A fabulous blush top with embellishment brings simply skinny
jeans and accessories, together. Keeping accessories simple lets the top shine.
Perfect outfit for a lunch or spring time drinks with the girls.
A laser cut leather skirt in a blush tone pairs fabulously
with navy & powder blue for a sweet springy outfit. 

A blush leather jacket gives a bit of badass to
an otherwise girly pastel tone; paired with chic black accessories
and a great pair of earrings, you are a ready for a night on the town. 








Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to wear a winter hat... and still look chic!

Let's be real... it's hard to think about being chic when really all you want to be is warm when being forced to go outside in the freezing cold. But seriously, why not rock a cute hat AND still be warm. 
Here is my attempt to still look chic while bundling up, definitely not as good as the below ladies, but hey, still learning!

And here are some ladies for your inspiration, who make pretty and cozy chic look way too easy...















Monday, February 10, 2014

The Mane Event

I am SUPER low maintenance when it comes to my hair. And when I say that, I really mean it. I generally only get hair cuts when I get to a point where my hair has gotten sooo long that I can't bare it any longer or when I am having a hard core struggle fest getting it to style like it has any kind of flair aka all the layers and angles are no longer existing and I have a straight up mop on my head. 
Being low maintenance though, doesn't mean I'm not particular about the products I use. 

My hair is very straight so generally morning consist of flipping my head over and blow drying until it's fairly dry... either using my fingers or a brush if I'm lucky, and then letting the rest air dry if I don't have time to fully dry it. Going out, I generally use a round brush and pay closer care to using the brush to make my hair more sleek and straight. 

My hair also dries out a lot in the winter. I LOVE Moroccan oil for a deep treatment. I like to apply it before bed and then sleep with it in my hair over night for a super deep moisturizing treatment [satin pillows beware]. On a daily basis I use John Freida's Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner. I love how this smells and it is pretty conditioning [I swear it brings out my natural highlights too... but that might just be in my head!]. 

Another thing I use on a regular basis are bobby pins. These things are amazing: from perfecting and pinning stray hairs in place for a but or pulling whispy pieces of hair back for a super easy hair style, I swear by these things. 

I always love trying new products though... Do you have any amazing finds you would recommend? 



Friday, February 7, 2014

Splurge vs. Steal : Little Red Bag

I LOVE a bag that adds a fun pop of color to an outfit. Sometimes it's all you need to add to a simple outfit to give it a bit of fun interest. Red is one of my favorite ways to incorporate color into an outfit: it's classic, it's chic and it makes me think of those coveted red soles [Helloooo Louboutins]. I loved this SONIA RYKIEL bag when I first saw it but the price was very splurgy. I was pretty excited when I found this great bag from Zara that was so similar but SO much less expensive. 
What do you think? 
Worth the splurge or better bargain on the steal? 
Splurge     |      Steal
   $1,280                   $49.90
    $896

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oh hey, Maxxinista! TJMaxx.com Feature

I have been a Maxxinista ever since middle school when I discovered that I could get WAY more stuff with my hard earned babysitting money at TJMaxx, than I could at any of the stores at the mall. Searching for the best deals was a favorite past time (and still is!); I love 'the hunt.' 

I (along with probably many of you) was THRILLED when TJMaxx.com launched this Fall. The site has similar styles and deals online as they have in store and you can 'hunt' for deals anytime you want, 24/7. How awesome is that right? (Sorry bank account!)

The thing about online is that it's similar to in store, if you see something you like, you have to jump on it because you don't know if it will still be there if you take the time to think about it. Oh and the best part... if something doesn't fit or you don't like it, you can return in store. Perfection. 
Below I put together some of my favorite finds from TJMaxx.com 
Can you tell what is from The Runway and what isn't? 
Doesn't it all look amazing!












Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Splurge vs. Steal : Black Buckle Bootie

I LOVE these Coach 'Leoda' Ankle Booties! The leather is gorgeous and slightly textured and the buckle and leather detailing is perfect. These boots would literally go with ev.er.y.thing. Possibly enough to justify the $345 price tag check them out on Coach.com?



I got SOOO excited when I saw these little cuties that are such a similar style to the Coach 'Leoda' Ankle bootie. These ones are Wanted 'Amarillo' booties and you can find them at Urbanoutfitters.com and guess what... they are only $69! 


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What does the faux say?

With the impending snow storm and the winter we have had...
perfecting Narnia chic with just the right amount of cozy and
an added bit of chic, faux fur is a great way to get your glam on
while still staying toasty warm. I love this winter look. It's
 perfect for hanging out around the slopes or
hanging out on a cold winter day.

1. Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie
2. Sorel Joan of the Arctic Snow Boots 
3. Coach Puffer Jacket w/ Faux Fur Hood 
4. Wool Infinity Scarf
5. Nordic Mittens w/ Faux Fur Cuff










Splurge vs. Steal : Rockstud Shoulder Bag

I loved this Valentino bag ever since I saw it last season. It's a classic shape, not too big with a hint of studded badass. It was sold out EVERYWHERE soon after hitting stores. I was so thrilled when I found such a great look alike at tjmaxx.com! $2,000 for a bag it WAY out of my price range (and of course, the coveted bag is sold out everywhere), but a similar style for only $15 (It's on clearance right now... click the bag to buy!) ... I'll take it! What do you think?



Splurge     |      Steal
   $1,985                     $15



Thursday, December 19, 2013

What to Pack: Weekend Trip to NYC


Must Haves:
1. A chic hat to shield your face while napping on the train and for looking daytime chic when exploring the city.
2. A pair of headphones that noise cancel and double as a fashion accessory.
3. A neck pillow for maximum comfort while getting some shut eye during travel time.
4. A classic pair of sunnies for looking chic while out on the town all day.
5. Rose gold watch for keeping time on your weekend adventure and being on time for departures!
6. A healthy snack to for when hunger hits.
7. A light scarf that can wrap as a blanket during travel and as an accessory over the weekend.
8. A durable phone case and a backup battery so you don't have to worry about charging if you are using travel apps!
9. A zippered pouch to store the travel beauty essentials: blush, lipstick, mascara and purell!
10. Comfortable travel flats.
11. And last but not least, a chic oversized tote bag that will carry everything you need!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Celeb Style Snag : Alessandra Ambrosio

The always classic Alessandra. I absolutely love this look and am such a fan of the neutral color palette. It's so easy and casual but still put together and chic. To recreate this look, all you need is a tan/cream cardigan, a cream or white scarf, a tan cross-body bag, some white skinny jeans, suede booties and a pair of great sunglasses and you are good to go! I put together some inspiration below! 






Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Everyday Beauty Essentials

For everyday, my beauty routine (if you can even call it that) is pretty simple.
Most days I stick to tinted moisturizer, concealer, blush, brow pencil,
some eyeliner and mascara. If I get up with enough time I might
try some illumizer and bronzer to contour my face. I like a natural look;
I don't like to feel like I am wearing makeup. I have pretty sensitive skin
so I have to be careful about what products I use and recently
 I have been trying to shift all of my products over to ones
that are both better for me and the environment using
natural or organic products mostly.

Here are some of my favorites that I use everyday!























Almay Intense Eye Color Liquid Liner
Almay Intense Eye Color Eye Liner
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Clinique Lash Lengthening Mascara
Josie Maran Argan Oil Light
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Princess
Korres Primer 
Sugar Lip Conditioner in Plum 
Sonia Kashuk Lip Liner in Petal
Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate



WHEN I WANT TO JAZZ IT UP FOR GOING OUT

OTHER EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS


Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume
Korres Tea Trea Facial Cleanser 
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Origins Deep Pore Cleanser
John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen
Caudalie Hand Lotion
Burberry Brit Perfume

Monday, December 16, 2013

Fancy Flats

I don't know about you but as someone who is both tall and 
likes to be comfortable, I find myself opting for heels more 
times than not. While I love wearing heels for a night out 
or date night, wearing them day to day is taxing. I have been 
on the search for flats that bring a bit more excitement and 
flair to the everyday as a great option instead of heels. 
Below are some of the awesome picks I have found!






































Friday, December 13, 2013

Splurge vs. Steal - Black & Gold Heels

My boyfreind's cousin set me on a mission earlier this week when she showed me these FABULOUS Chanel pumps. I wanted to find a great pair for her for less. Because these pumps are a current season Chanel design it was VERY hard to find similar styles as it usually takes other brands half a season or more to really start emulating the high end runway designs in their product lines. However, I did find these beautiful Ann Taylor pumps that are fairly similar and are less in price. What do you think? Obviously, you can't really compare Chanel to Ann Taylor, but for a fun holiday heel, I think the cheaper version is a win!
  Splurge     |      Steal
   $950                          $148 


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Drumroll Please... Pantone color of the year is: Radiant Orchid

I am blushing with excitment at this fabulous springy, bubbly tone that Pantone has named for it's color of the year. I have always been a fan of purple, but like my other favorite color (emerald) flattering shades of purple are often hard to find. I love this tone as it is the right amount of playful while still being sophisticated and chic. I also love that orchid (like the flower the color gets it's name from) comes in a lot of variations and hues. Fun fact, orchid also pairs fabulously well with emerald! Can't wait for all of the color combo possibilities! In my excitement I pulled together some fabulous finds below to get you excited about this new hue.
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What to Pack: Heading Someplace Tropical


1. A large tote bag (preferably with a zipper) holds everything you need.
2. A cozy pashmina to transition from a cold plane to a warm arrival.
3. A great zippered pouch to hold all your beauty travel musts helps to keep your bag organized.
4. A moisturizing Chapstick w/ SPF is great for dry lips on the plane and for protection on the beach.
6. ALWAYS purell. No matter what. 
7. A comfy and chic pair of leopard flats.
8. Gum so your ears don't pop.
9. A fabulous passport protector that protects and makes it easy to spot in your bag. 
10. Fabulous chic shades for when you get off the plane (and to wear if you want while taking a cat nap on the plane...)


Prepared Travel = Happy Travel! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Best of Cyber Monday!



I wrote a post last week about Black Friday and how it was a totally bogus marketer made up fanatic frenzy to get consumers to get out and shop. While I don't think highly of Black Friday, Cyber Monday is a bargainista's dream. 

Most retailers that have online shopping have great (if not better) deals than they did on Black Friday. 

I've put together a list of some of the deals going on today that I think are totally shop worthy! Click the image or link to go to the sale. 

Enjoy!

H&M 
40% Off Entire Purchase 
(PLUS an extra 25% off Sale Items)
Enter code: 7376 at checkout


Ann Taylor
50% Off 
Enter code: SHOP50 at checkout


One Truffle Pouches
25% Off 
Enter code: HOLIDAY25 at checkout
(excludes sale items)


Express
40% Off Everything & Free Shipping
No code needed.


Bloomingdales
25% Off select items and Sale items
Free shipping & free returns on everything.


T.J.Maxx
Free shipping on all orders!


America Eagle
50% Off & Free shipping
Enter code: 94C486V1 at checkout


Aldo
25 % Off everything
Enter code: CYBERDEAL13 at checkout
PLUS 30% off sale


Vineyard Vines
20% Off when you spend $200 
Enter code: CYBER13 at checkout


Ulta
Free 18 Piece Sample Bag w/ $40 purchase (no code)
$10 off $50 
Enter code: 105706 at checkout


Eyefly.com
50% Off Entire Purchase
Enter code: FLIGHT50 at checkout 
(Flex Spending Accounts accepted!)


Clinique
Pick 5 Deluxe Samples with any $35 Purchase
Free shipping for the rest of the year!


J.Crew 
30% Off + Free Shipping
Enter code: MONDAY at checkout


Johnathan Adler
20% Off + Free Shipping
Enter code: SWANKTASTIC at checkout


C. Wonder
40% Off Everything
Free Shipping on orders over $75
Enter code: GIFTS40 at checkout


Gap 
40% Off 
Enter code: CYBER at checkout

                 Banana Republic 
                 40% Off 
                 Enter code: CYBER at checkout

                                Old Navy 
                                30% Off 
                                Enter code: CYBER at checkout

                                                Piperlime 
                                                30% Off 
                                                Enter code: CYBER at checkout




One Kings Lane
Extra 30% Off
Enter code: HOLIDAY13 at checkout