Dec 13, 2017
Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!
When this time of year rolls around, a combination I always think of and put together is red and houndstooth. It's not only a classic duo, but one that can be festive, too! Red has been the color this fall (as discussed in this post) and even more so as we're in the holiday season. It's one that's festive and looks great on everyone. There are a couple ways you can mix up or recreate the combination to ensure a flattering outfit.
First off, as with any print, scale matters. The size of the print plays a huge role as to how it will make the area you choose to wear it appear. If the print is smaller, then the area will appear smaller and if it's large, the area will appear larger. Makes sense when you think about it. That said, I personally feel that you can wear any print anywhere as long as you consider its size. Today, I'm wearing a red sweater with a pair of houndstooth pants, but you could also do a houndstooth printed sweater or blazer styled with a pair of red pants or skirt.
Is there a combination you associate with this time of year?
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Dec 11, 2017
Happy Monday my dear friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a great start to your week so far! Mine was a bit more relaxed than last, since we had our first snow! It wasn't much, so I was quite happy. Don't get me wrong, I love the snow, I just don't like the aftermath of having to navigate the roads. Did it snow where you live?
During the winter, my outfits have to be cozy, so an oversized sweater has been my recent go-to. I love the fact that you can do so much with them and tailor them to fit your style, the vibe you wish to achieve, and to of course flatter your body shape.
What I've done here is half tucked the sweater to re-establish my waist line and dress up the outfit slightly. When you leave a sweater out, or any top for the matter, you create a more casual vibe. If that's something you wish to go for, you can do it with a pair of jeans or with a pair of leggings. Another way you can style it is to belt it, which is also a great way to re-establish the waist line.
Now you can see why I love them so much, there is so much you can do with them! They're quite simple to add into any wardrobe and style.
I hope this outfit gave you some inspiration and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, my beautiful friends!
Dec 08, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend! These past few seasons, the trends have been so good. What I've loved about most of them is that they've been bold in their colors and details, yet so practical for the every day woman like you and me to embrace. Many of them allow for us to wear them at work or on a more casual day, justifying each addition to the wardrobe. Or so I've been telling myself, haha.
One of those trends is the statement sweater/sweatshirt. I've added quite a few of them to my collection this season because they're all so good. I'm loving the balloon sleeves especially, as discussed in Monday's post. I love them even more when done in sweaters because they enhance the cozy vibe with the oversized sleeves. Though this is a very specific detail, there are so many other statements found in knits these days, like faux fur! You know how much I love faux fur, so if it's combined with a cozy element, such as a sweater or sweatshirt, you know I'm in! I love the oxymoron of the one I'm wearing; there is nothing simple about a faux fur accented sweatshirt now is there? Speaking of this sweatshirt, it runs really small. I ordered a M and it fits a bit smaller than I'd like, so go up a couple of sizes for a true fit.
Aside from all the details and mix of textures that make statement sweaters so great this season, what I also love is that this is a trend that can and should be embraced by women of all shapes and sizes. A point I mentioned in Monday's post can also be applied to sweaters, which was opting for trumpet sleeves if you're more self conscious about your arms. They tend to visual slim the arm as opposed to balloon sleeves, which have a more exaggerated effect. For those that don't mind added volume and dimension to be added to the bust, styles like the one I'm wearing are a cool option. For a more romantic feel, you can opt for a half or complete off the shoulder, carrying over that summer favorite trend we nearly all loved and embraced.
Are you loving the many sweater trends we're seeing this season? Much of them seem to be inspired by the 80s and for once, I'm okay with that, lol. Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!
Dec 06, 2017
Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!
Tis the season of all things leopard! You all know that I'm a huge lover of leopard print, so I wear and embrace it all year long, but this is the time of year we tend to see it worn most, especially in outerwear. When it comes to styling, I'd suggest approaching it any other way you'd style a black coat, considering that leopard and all other animal prints are typically viewed as neutrals.
Though it's a neutral and quite versatile, I'd suggest you pay mind to the scale of the print and how long the coat is. Since it's a statement itself, it will draw attention to your upper body. If you're petite, I'd suggest styles that fall around the hip bone, like the one I'm wearing. If you're on the taller side, longer coat styles would look fantastic to help balance out and show off your hight. When you're tall and you opt for cropped styles, they can make your legs appear longer. Of course there is nothing wrong with creating the #legsfordays look, but if that's something you wish to maintain rather than enhance, you could opt for longer styles; you have options, girl!
You may also want to be mindful of the prints and details you pair it with. The safest way to style it would be with basic pieces. I love it with pearl embellished pieces to enhance the elegant and chic vibe leopard can have. I love it so much that I've remixed the leopard jacket and pearl beanie I wore a year ago, but this time around I went for a more casual look.
I hope you found this post helpful, my dear friends, and that you're having an amazing day so far!
Dec 04, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
How was everyone's weekend? Ours was so much fun! On Saturday and Sunday, we went to our town's holiday stroll. We moved here last year, so this was our second time going and it's really such a great time. Different food trucks come out, there are various activities all throughout the main shopping strip with a live nativity; it's absolutely beautiful! It was even better strolling around with Aviah; I still can't believe she just turned 5 months you guys, it's crazy how fast time has gone by. When I was pregnant, I felt like I was pregnant forever, but now I feel as though everything went by so fast.
Anyway, this blouse is from the same online boutique that the ruffle blouse I wore in this post is from. I love the somewhat retro vibe this blouse has, it reminds me of the 60s with the pattern and color combination. To modernize it, I've combined it with leather pieces. It gives it a more edgy feel. I think this is a great way to modernize any piece that's more retro in design. Pairing them with more fitted pieces can create a more timely tailored look that won't look outdated, while still embracing something unique and special.
Balloon sleeves are still going strong this season, popping up in blouses and sweaters. I think they're great to help add some volume to the upper body, helping to balance out lower curves, especially when tucked in as I've done. If you happen to be self-conscious about your arms, I would suggest avoiding balloon sleeves all together, as they can make them appear larger. Instead, opt for trumpet sleeves (sleeves with a fitted flare), which can make the arms appear visually longer and leaner ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
Dec 01, 2017SHOP THE POSTHappy Friday my gorgeous friends!Today we're wrapping up my gift guide series, no pun intended. I was pregnant during the holidays last year and some of my family members gifted me with mom-to-be gifts that I thought were so cute. I don't know, something about receiving gifts from others before my baby shower that had to do with my pregnancy and baby made it that much more real and sentimental. Perhaps it was the hormones, but I loved it, haha!Of course you can still give many of the gifts you would typically give to any of the ladies in your life that aren't pregnant, like the ones I've shared on Monday. I just think these products would make great additions to the list. Out of everything on this list, I'd say the Milk Snob cover, pajamas, and the belly bands are the must haves. I've used the cover nearly every time I've left the house with Aviah and I always get asked about it. Many car seats don't provide full coverage and protection from the sun's harsh sunlight and for curious onlookers. Since Aviah was born with so much hair, she's been somewhat of a tourist attraction whenever we've been out strolling. While I love that my baby gets some attention (what new mom doesn't, right?!) I've actually had strangers try to touch her, which to me is not cool. So, to prevent that awkward situation, I'll put the cover on, mostly when she's sleeping anyway. I also use it as a nursing cover when I'm feeding her in public. I think this would be a great gift because most moms-to-be don't know about it, a few of my mom friends didn't until I told them about it.When you don't know what to give for a baby, get pajamas. Us moms never have enough pajamas, seriously. I LOVE Carter's and H&M has some really cute ones, too.You already know how much I swear by belly bands. I actually had no idea about them until some of you ladies suggested them to me earlier on in my pregnancy before I really started to show. They allowed me to continue wearing my non-maternity jeans all the way through to my third trimester! I have an entire post dedicated to them, which you can read here.In general, I say think relaxation when gifting to a mom-to-be because that's all you really want to do when pregnant (and after, haha) so anything that enhances that would be a great gift. Keep in mind products that are paraben and toxin free so mama has peace of mind using the products you give.I hope you found this post helpful, my friends. If you've missed the other two guides, Gift Ideas for Her & Gift Ideas for Him, do check them out! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!XO,
Nov 29, 2017
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Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
I'm sure many of you would agree that shopping for the men in our lives can be so darn difficult! I think it's because they tend to be more reserved and don't talk nearly as much as we do, so we have to get into their heads. I think Eddie is much more difficult to shop for then me; he's so incredibly picky! I had him help me put this list together. He's shared with me what the guys talk about as the "must have" essentials. Of course this will vary depending on your guy's lifestyle, but I believe this is a nice mix regardless of lifestyle. For instance, every man needs socks and underwear, so you can't go wrong with that.
A little story behind those Calvin Klein microfiber boxer briefs. A few years ago, I was shopping at Marshalls and came across a bunch of them in such cool colors, I decided to get one of each for Eddie. Well, he was into boxers and only agreed to keep one because I begged him since I thought they were pretty (the were jewel toned colors) haha. Well, fast forward 5 years later and he LOVES them! He swears they're the most comfy underwear. Since that Marshalls trip, I haven't been able to find them there, only in department stores. I can share this with you because he doesn't read my blog (only looks at the pictures) that I got a bunch of them for him for Christmas. Get them for your guy, I guarantee he will love them!
Eddie is also pretty big on colognes, I've been lucky to always get scents he loves. Two of his favorites are the original Creed and this fragrance by Cartier. Both smell AMAZING! The Creed can be unisex, so depending on my mood, I'll wear it, too. Now, if there's a fragrance that smells rich, this Cartier one is it. I mean, it just has a very luxe scent, there's no other way to explain it. I think it would be perfect for special occasions or if any of the men in your life work in business.
Now, Eddie has schooled me on some "key" essentials among men. You know how us ladies are all about the bag and shoes? Men are all about watches, shoes, and apparently...pens. Yes, pens and not just any pen, Mont Blanc pens. They're quite expensive for pens, so it's more of a luxury gift, so if you can snag a deal on it, get it!
I hope you found this post helpful, my friends! Have you managed to check everyone off your list?
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you all on Friday!
Nov 27, 2017
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had such a great time with my family and disconnecting from all devices, it felt so good to live in the moment and enjoy Aviah's first holiday!
Over the weekend, I did some holiday shopping, taking full advantage of some of the awesome sales that are still going on right now. In times past, sales would mostly be on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (today) and that's it. Now, many stores are extending their sales throughout the week, which is awesome! So, I thought I'd share some of my personal favorites in the categories 'Treat Yo' Self', 'For Her', For Him and 'For Mama-to-be & Baby' this week. This is the first time I'll be sharing a full on gift guide, so I hope you love it!
Let's start off with 'Treat Yo' Self', which are pieces you may need or have been eyeing for a while, and 'For Her.' Before we get started, I just wanted to mention that when I give gifts to my girlfriends and female family members, I like to keep it general with miscellaneous or beauty items. I don't like to gift clothing because it can be hard to get sizings and style preferences right, unless you really know their taste. Plus, when I worked retail, clothing items were one of the most returned. Ladies are less likely to return a cute mug or pair of earrings than a sweater or coat. Accessories, such as scarves, hats, and gloves are also more favored.
Let's get started...
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Gifts for the commuter/student/girl boss
1. Card holder- This is SUCH a great gift because it has a visible insert for photo IDs and inserts for cards.
2. Tumbler- So cute for taking drinks on the go and filling up throughout the day!
3. Water Bottle- Great little gift for the fit girl in your life.
4. Passport holder- I mean what else is there to say, how cute!
Gifts for the tech lover
1. Keybord skin- So cute for livening a laptop!
Gifts for the beauty lover
2. YSL beauty set- I love this set because it comes with a basic red color that would look great on every skin tone!
Stores that are having great sales:
1. J-Crew 40% off plus an extra 10%
2. Nordstrom 20% off
3. Bloomingdales 25% off
4. Banana Republic 50% off everything
5. Nine West Up to 60% off
6. Macys 20% off plus an extra 10% select departments
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope you loved my picks and found out about some great sales that are going on today and throughout the week!
Nov 22, 2017
Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!
Are you all ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow? If you've been a reader for some time now, then you may remember that I've mentioned that I do all the cooking on Thanksgiving and Eddie takes over on Christmas. I've got everything ready to go. I'm super excited about the holiday season this year, since it'll be the first season for Aviah! I feel that the holidays are all the more special with kids and I'm looking forward to starting traditions with her. She's already getting used to being in the kitchen with me every night when I cook dinner; I love to cook and I hope she will, too!
I wore this shirt a couple of weekends back, it's quickly become one of my favorites because of the beautiful color combinations and the ruffle details. It's from a company called Sofyee that specializes in both apparel and lingerie. They have some really cute, trendy, and unique pieces and the quality is quite good, much like H&M. I decided to style it with a pair of skinny jeans, but I think it would look super cute with a pair of high waisted mom jeans for a trendier outfit.
Another thing I love about the top is that the ruffles continue from the chest to the shoulders and arms, which create volume and movement, perfect for pear (like myself) and rectangular shaped ladies who wish to add some more dimension to balance out their figure.
I hope you have a wonderful time spent with your family and friends tomorrow, try to live in the moment and enjoy every minute of the festivities!
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Nov 21, 2017
Happy Tuesday my sweet friends!
Since having Aviah, I don't usually have much time to do my makeup as I once did, which has resulted in me in paying more mind to my skin care regimen. This routine doesn't take forever to do, so it's perfect for a new mom, like myself, who doesn't have much extra time on her hands. I'm not going to discuss my entire routine step-by-step in this post, though if you're interested, I can in another. Today, I'm specifically narrowing in on the face masks that I've been using for quite a few months and that I absolutely adore.
I apply masks at least twice a week. On Sundays, I like to apply a clay mask to purge my skin and feel refreshed for the upcoming week. Mid-week, I apply a sheet mask to help freshen my tired skin and help get me through the rest of the week.
Let's start off with the two clay masks I'm currently loving and have been using for at least three months now.
TruSelf Organics Detoxifying Mask- I discovered this mask when TruSelf reached out to me to collaborate and try it out back in August. I mentioned on Instagram back then, that I'd be testing it out and would let you all know how I liked it and I genuinely love it. What made me agree to collaborate was the fact that it's organic and all natural. It contains 5 different clays that are supposed to work together to help minimize pores, reduce scars, discoloration, and claims to prevent and diminish wrinkles. While I can't vouch for the latter, since I don't have any wrinkles, I can say that I've noticed a difference in the reduction of discoloration. Prior to using this mask, I'd get very red around my nose, but now it's hardly visible. The only downsides are that there's an extra step in having to mix the powder with filtered water and it works best when you leave it on for at least 20 minutes, so it's best to use when you have more time on your hands.
Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask- This is yet another mask I discovered through a collaboration. Back in April, I agreed to test out Vichy's new Mineral Masque collection and ended up favoring this one the most in the long run. I won't get into details about the mask, since I did in the initial review (you can read it here), but I will say is that I've come to love it even more now that I'm a mom. Not only is it great at purging the skin, but it's time effective. Since it has a mirrored lid, I'm able to apply it in the shower and leave it on while I bathe and rinse before I'm out the shower. Since it's a clay mask, it does tend to try out your face, even more so than the TruSelf one, but I still love it.
Now onto the sheet masks...
I absolutely LOVE this brand's face mask. I discovered them back at the start of spring when they first launched at CVS. They're said to be the drugstore line for a well known Korean skincare line, Peach & Lily and are sold exclusively at CVS, but you can also purchase them from their website. What intrigued me was that they contain no artificial fragrance, alcohol, parabens, mineral oil, dyes, formaldehyde, sulfates, and they're cruelty free to boot! They're around $2.50 a packet, but you get so much product and the masks are quite large. I first tried out the brightening and loved it. In fact, it's the face mask I did the day before I went into labor, lol. I've tried a number of drug store face masks and these are definitely my number one favorites I'd 100% recommend you try!
Miss Spa Deep Clean Sheet Mask- I also discovered this mask at CVS. The manager at my local CVS knows me fairly well, since I'm always shopping there and saw that I was looking in the face mask section (adding the Peach Slices to my cart) and she said that these Miss Spa masks were on clearance for .38¢. There were only six left, so I snagged them all, I mean how could I not at that price, right?! As you can see, it's also free of parabens, dyes, and sulfates. I actually received so many compliments from you all both here and on Instagram about how my skin looked glowy and it was the day after I had used this mask! After my Peach Slices, this would be my next favorite drug store brand for sheet masks.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, I don't have much time these days to apply a full face of makeup. I do, however, have enough time to run around the house trying to get as much done while Aviah naps with these masks on my face and it makes such a difference in the way my skin looks and feels. I feel much more confident leaving the house without anything on my skin as a result and would highly suggest you check out these brands. Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing you in tomorrow's post!