Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Year's Eve Rose Gold Sequin Dress

Details: Bee Darlin Dress via Nordstrom (Similar) / F21 Earrings (Old) / Nine West Shoes via Marshalls

We have a wedding to go to on New Year's Eve this year. I was so excited to get the chance to wear a sequin-encrusted dress for the festivities that I started shopping back in September. I snatched up this Bee Darlin Dress, which I think was originally geared toward the homecoming crowd, for $100 a few months ago. It has since sold out, but Nordstrom still has many similar styles up for grabs and at price points below $100. I think the best time to look for holiday party dresses is right before homecoming when all of the sequiny things start popping up.

I am still not sure how I want to accessorize this dress. I know I need nude tights to bear the cold, and I plan to borrow my sister's winter white pea coat. As far shoes and a purse I was thinking either dark maroon or silver. What do you think?




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fall Hat and Olive Tunic

 Details: Jane Dress (Similar) / Pavement Hat / Old Navy Boots / H&M Necklace 

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful and very filling Thanksgiving. Mine was especially relaxing this year so I'm thankful for that. And the food was ah-mah-zing. I think my favorite dish this year was my sister's cheesy potatoes. I had to keep going back for more. I actually wore this dress for Thanksgiving, but styled it here for work with this asymmetrical cardigan to stay warm while in the office. I also didn't wear the hat to work, but wore it for Thanksgiving so posed with it here.

I got the dress on a website called Jane.com. They feature daily deals from various boutiques and the prices are really good. This particular dress isn't available anymore, but they have many more cute dresses. They carry a variety of on-trend clothes, accessories, home decor and products for babies and kids. I am definitely going to shop from them again, especially when I am looking for a specific trend, but don't want to spend too much. What sites do you shop on? Did you score any great Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Red Skinny Ankle Pants

 Details: Loft Sweater / Gap Pants / Nine West Shoes via TJ Maxx / Michael Kors Watch

Although I feel incredibly disenchanted and shocked by the election results, I want to stay positive. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to make our government and the people in this country come together. One of my favorite bloggers, A Cup of Jo, puts it perfectly in her latest post. As many people have said before her, if you want to see change in the world, now is the time to donate to your favorite cause or to volunteer or just be good to each other.

With all of the excitement surrounding pant suits and Hilary Clinton this election (#pantsuitnation), I am actually not a fan of the pant suit. I would rather wear skinny pants and a blazer. Recently I found the perfect pair of skinny ankle pants for work. They seem to hug in all the right places, and they are actually comfortable. They hit at that perfect ankle length, which looks great with high heels, but they are also skinny enough to be tucked into boots and worn with tunics. And the cranberry/maroon color is the perfect complement to my fall wardrobe.




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cargo Jacket

Details: Gap Cargo Jacket and Jeans / Tommy Hilfiger Shirt via Marshals / Halogen Boots / Target Necklace

I never feel like fall is long enough. I have been trying to soak up the rituals, one of which has been going to the farmer's market on Fridays. Cooking up fall dishes is another way I try to hold on to the season a little longer. I made these pumpkin cookies over the weekend and this butternut squash, smoked mozzarella and kale pizza last night for dinner. Both recipes turned out great! What are your fall rituals?

It's not a ritual, but the cargo jacket has become a fall staple over the last few years. I was on a mission this fall to find the perfect cargo jacket. After trying a few options, I finally found the one. It's a nice weight, not too thin, and it's the right style and color. It's exactly what I was looking for and a good price. I waited until Gap was having one of their sales and it ended up being only $45, which was the same price as a similar jacket at Target that was a much thinner material. I just love it with this gingham shirt. It also pairs nicely with a super girly dress. Where did you get your cargo jacket?




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Deer Makeup and Antlers


Besides a Halloween party at work, where I plan to dress up as either Eleven from Stranger Things or Pippi Longstocking, we don't have any major to-dos this year. Even still, after having so much fun doing the makeup for my Day of the Dead Skull look last year, I wanted to challenge myself with another makeup look. Maybe it's because my unruly locks lend themselves to dressing up as a wild animal, but for whatever reason I started looking at deer makeup tutorials. After a few Google searches, I was hooked on the idea of dressing up as a deer to hand out candy this year.

I followed Lauren Conrad's tutorial for making the deer antlers, but instead of using faux fur for the ears, I used felt to save a little time and money. And after being inspired by a Google search for DIY deer antlers, I decided to add some fake flowers that I had on hand as well.

For the makeup, I didn't follow one specific tutorial, I just looked at a bunch of examples in Google images and pulled a little inspiration from each. Here are the steps I followed:


1. I started with my typical makeup that I wear to work everyday: foundation, brown eye shadow, black eyeliner and mascara.

2. Next I used the same black eyeliner to extend the lines that were already there and traced a thicker line around my eyes.

3. Then I rubbed a little white eyeshadow under my eyes, on my forehead and on my chin.

4. Next I started applying bronzer around the edges of my face and across my cheeks.

5. With white crayons from an old Halloween makeup kit, I drew small white circles on my cheeks and forehead. 


7. Using a black crayon from the same Halloween makeup kit, I drew a nose and one straight line connecting the nose to my lips. I then filled in just my upper lip.

 8. To complete the look, I donned my antlers and put on this tan sweater. You could wear this with anything brown to pull off the look. It's that easy!

What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Hat and Blanket Scarf

Details: Pavement Hat / The Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Gap Jeans / Halogen Boots / Nordstrom Scarf

I found this hat at Pavement, a boutique in Lawrenceville with a wealth of local and independent designers. Everything in that store could be worn at Coachella. It's that cute. I knew this hat would be the centerpiece of many of my fall looks. I wore it in Nashville and one of the locals told me I came well prepared. I love the 70s vibe it adds to any outfit as well as how it signals that fall is here in all of its hat and scarf glory.

In sad life news, we lost my grandpa a few weeks ago. The last few weeks have been especially tough for me and my family. As is always said during times like these, I've been trying to focus on all of the good memories. One such memory of my grandpa was how he always used to wear cowboy hats. In fact, after looking through pictures of him, I found out that he was quite the trend setter himself, always wearing the latest styles. His style definitely evolved with the times. Perhaps that is where I get my love of fashion. I get a kick out of the fact that he probably would have loved this hat. If you're looking down Grandpa, I hope you are enjoying this outfit post!





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Layered Sweater

Details: Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Banana Republic Skirt via Avalon / Old Navy Boots / Target Necklace

Hello all! I hope fall is treating you well so far. For me it's been a flurry of activity. From trips to Cleveland to a trip to Nashville last weekend for a friend's bachelorette party, it feels like I've barely been home. I'm excited to finish decorating my apartment for Halloween and finish reading my appropriately creepy book for the season: In Cold Blood.

I'm also looking forward to rocking sweaters, scarves and boots as soon as we are done with the 80-degree weather. I'm almost there with this sweater, which instantly adds interesting layers to any outfit. I especially love it with this skirt. It seems to continue the lines of the sweater perfectly. I found this sweater at Backroom at the Limited for only $30.

How has your fall been so far? What have been some of your great fall finds? What are you reading or watching that's creeping you out?




Thursday, August 18, 2016

Off the Shoulder Top

Goodnight Macaroon Top / Topshop Jeans / Jack Rogers Sandals / Baublebar Earrings 

One of my favorite summer trends this year is the off the shoulder top. It's flirty yet sophisticated and keeps hot fabric off your shoulders, giving you a little break from the heat and a sunkissed look. I found this one at the online boutique Goodnight Macaroon. This store has so many cute and unique items. I especially love the tie sleeves of this blouse. I wore this outfit for the Feast in Little Italy in Cleveland last weekend.

There are a few things that you need to know when shopping Goodnight Macaroon. The items are usually shipped from China so it takes a while for them to arrive. This top took about a month to arrive. Also, if you want to return something, it will likely cost more than the item itself so make sure to read the measurement information, which is listed for each item, very carefully and compare to your own measurements. That being said, they often have flash sales during the week so you may never have to pay full price if you time your purchase right. This top is only $34.50 for the next day or so.




Thursday, August 4, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


I have two announcements: 1. How is it already August? (OK, that's a question.) 2. You officially have four more days to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Given that information, I thought it might be helpful to post some of the items I purchased, which are still available.

1. Billabong Dress: First up is this adorable Billabong dress. I thought it would be perfect for a trip to Nashville I have in the fall. The back has very cute criss-cross straps that I love!

2. Halogen Flats: Let's all have a quiet moment. (pause) I finally bought lace-up flats! I am just as excited as you are for this development in my life. I originally bought these in a very pretty maroon, but when I tried them on, they looked really dramatic so I returned them. I love them in blush because they go with everything and I can wear them in the fall or spring.

Details: BP Blanket Scarf / Lush Blouse / Topshop Jeans / Halogen Flats 

3. BP Blanket Scarf: When I saw this scarf, it just instantly put me in the fall mood, which instantly put me int he buying mood. So I bought it. Case closed. But seriously, it looks good layered over everything from t-shirts to dresses, and in this color combo it can act as a neutral.

4. Lush Blouse: I have a similar Lush blouse in cream, and I wear it all the time. There is something very timeless and classic about this blouse. I could get one in every color. I've been gravitating more toward olive lately as it usually looks good with my complexion and hair. It also feels like one of the it-colors for fall.

5. Topshop Jeans: These are not actually on sale, but I wanted to share them with you anyways. I did get them at a slight discount as I had a $10 gift card for signing up to be a Nordstrom Rewards Member.

My saga to find distressed jeans was a long one. I ordered many in the $50 to $60 range, and none of them had quite the right look or fit. So I went in store one day, as is always better when trying on jeans, and found this Topshop pair and had to stop everything I was doing in the name of love. They have the perfect amount of rip to them, not too over the top, and they stop just above the ankle, which I love. That makes wearing them with these lace-up flats even easier. When you've found the one, in terms of jeans, you don't let it pass you by.

So I got almost everything on my fall wish list. I am still missing a good cargo jacket. The one that I ordered from the Nordstrom sale was too big so I had to return it and the style wasn't quite what I wanted. What did you get at the NSale?



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beach Reading List

I am about to leave for the beach, but not without sharing the books I'm taking. This list may look like a "Beach Reads from Summer's Past," but that's what happens when you're in grad school. Now that I'm done with my MBA program, I have so much more time to read. I'll start the list with the newest book first.

 The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Melanie Benjamin

This book was recommended to me, and I have to say that I am intrigued to find out more about the life of Truman Capote and the New York socialites he surrounded himself with. The back story is that he referred to these women as his swans. They shared all of their secrets with him and he became a part of their world until he betrayed their trust. It seems utterly glamorous and tragic all at the same time.

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides

I am currently reading this one and so far I really like it. It chronicles the life of three college students in the early 80s who are all about to graduate. Each one has a different perspective on love and life, and it's interesting to see each of them sort out their own philosophies as they come of age.

The Martian, Andy Weir

As you may or may not have guessed, this is the novel that the movie the Martian, starring Matt Damon, was based on. I thought the movie was really well done and entertaining and, therefore, I thought the book must be awesome considering most books turned into movies are better than the movie. Also, I just want to hear more of Mark Watney's biting humor and, as a nerd, I want to read more about the science behind living on Mars.