Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Shopping Inspiration

How Black Friday is just around the corner is beyond me! I took a trip down memory lane and checked to see what I got for Black Friday last year. Interesting seeing those pieces, and funny because I still love everything a year later.

Whether you're someone like me who actually enjoys waking up and shopping at 6am, or if you prefer to shop in the comfort of your own home online, I hope you score some good deals! And if Black Friday is simply too overwhelming for you and you have no idea where to start, or if you simply need some shopping inspiration - you're in luck! I thought I'd share some things I've bought (and loved) lately along with some of the items that are on my shopping list for Friday.


Asymmetric Infinity Scarf: You guys know how obsessed I am with scarves. I get a lot of comments about how people have difficulty tying them my favorite way. My video tutorial has definitely helped, but some readers are still left a bit befuddled. Gina was crafty enough here to just turn one of her favorite scarves into an infinity scarf so she didn't have to worry about tying at all. But for those that aren't as crafty - this scarf is the scarf for you. I wore this on my travel day to DC this weekend, and it was a pretty popular look on Instagram.


Plaid Vest: This also came on my trip with me and is pictured above. You can see better pictures of it on Jenna here. She's the one who convinced me I needed it, and after discount codes and the already low price, I paid next to nothing for it. It's seriously like wearing the softest comforter! The pockets are lined with fleece, so you are sure to keep warm in this!

Clutch: This is the bag I accidentally bought after pulling some handbag shopping inspiration for you writing my bag lady post last Friday. I've been wanting a clutch like this with the arm strap - I just love the vibe it gives to the overall look. It was waiting for me when we got home this weekend, and it's pretty perfect! So roomy, and pretty well made considering the price!

OTK Boots: Vince Camuto kept taunting me with these boots on Instagram. I always feel a bit odd wearing knee high boots with my faux leather leggings - like it's too much. Leather boots over leather pants? Just seems so bulky to me in my head. That's why I'm usually wearing mine with booties or pumps. But when I saw this pic with the black suede OTK boots and the faux leather leggings - I fell in love. The mix of textures makes this combination work for me. I seriously can't wait to wear them. They fit great and the heel is the perfect height. They're freshly sprayed with suede protectant and anxiously awaiting their maiden voyage!


Yes, I'm crazy for wanting to venture out and shop so early in the morning. And to be honest, Black Friday shopping is usually for myself, not for others. I shop better for others under extreme pressure…. the week of Christmas. Black Friday is the one day it is socially acceptable to shop, so the shopaholic in me figures I can just blend in with all the other crazies.

1- Grey Crossbody: Yes, yes, I need another bag like I need a hole in my head. But if you saw my collection last week, you'll see that all my crossbody bags are colorful. If Santa showed up with this perfect grey bag, I certainly would not return it.

2- Initial necklace: I've actually been eyeing these initial necklaces since the Anniversary Sale. I decided not to get one over the summer because of all the other purchases I was making, but I've always kept this in the back of my mind as a wish list item. The simplicity of them is perfect.

3- Fringe Mini: I feel like the fringe mini is the new sequin mini of 2014. But seeing this look on Wendy basically convinced me that I need one in my life.


4- Bow Tech Gloves: These babies are only $12, and how adorable are they? Functional, pretty to look at, and cheap? The perfect stocking stuffer. And buy a pair for yourself while you're at it.

5- Poncho: I can't say I remember the last time the words, "I want a poncho" have left my mouth. However, ever since I saw this on Dee, I just can't stop thinking about it. It looks ridiculously comfy and warm and how awesome would it look with my faux leather leggings and my new suede OTK Boots?!

I hope that gives you guys enough to chew on! I would love to hear what you have your heart set on for the upcoming sales! And tell me - are you an early shopper or do you simply wait to do it all online?


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Floral sweatshirt

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Necklace: Banana Republic (option) | Sweater: JCrew (cheaper option, cheapest option)  | Top: JCrew Factory | Bottoms: Express (optionoption, option)  | Booties: Vince Camuto (option

The sweatshirt has really been revamped over the last couple of seasons. My love for the fancy sweatshirt started with the Target collaborations. I accumulated 3 that way, and have never looked back. Let's face it. They're comfortable, but the different graphics, textures, and materials available now give modern twists on an old school shape.

I wore a modified version of this outfit this past weekend in DC for brunch, mani/pedi, and sight seeing. Because my suitcase has limited real estate, I switched the booties for this grey pair, simply because I didn't want to have to bring another pair of shoes. It's good that I  made the switch because we were basically on our feet all day.

Jacket: Express | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (option) | Boots: Naturalizer (option)

The husband and I were romping around DC with my friend Val and one of her good friends, Nick. We all laughed when we met Saturday morning in the hotel lobby since we clearly all got the memo on the colored pants. I had to make sure we got photo documentation of this awesome coincidence! 


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Manic Monday: The perfect dress


It's Sunday night at 6pm, which is usually when I'm finishing my posts for the week, except this week at that time, I haven't even started! We're just getting back from a weekend away, and I fly to Toronto tomorrow through Wednesday. Needless to say, I'm gonna try and keep this short but sweet! 

We spent the weekend in DC (Alexandria, VA to be exact) to celebrate the wedding of a very good friend. They had a destination wedding over the summer and had their reception on Saturday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. It was a gorgeous setting and a ridiculously good time!

Dress: Greylin (Nordstrom)Wristlet: Stella and Dot | Shoes: Valentino

Surprisingly this is the first wedding we have been to all year. I was excited to get all dolled up! This is the event that I was dress shopping for with Jenna. Lucky for me, we found this dress at our very first stop, and was only one of three dresses I even tried on. Love when that happens! 

I thought it was seasonally perfect for the occasion and could not resist the patchwork-like mix of textures and patterns. It is definitely a unique piece, which is definitely what I was looking for as I feel like a lot of cocktail type dresses out there right now all look similar. I am a bit high waisted/ have a short torso, so I did have to get the straps taken up a little bit (for free, thanks to Nordstrom), but outside of that, the dress fit perfect. 


Here's a selfie view, which I am sharing since I didn't get proper photos of my "outerwear." We took a cab from the hotel to the venue, so I only had to survive in the cold from the curb to the front door. I wasn't sure if I would be cold inside with the sleeveless dress, so I wore a blazer and also brought a wrap, which I simply wore as a scarf for the commute. The temperature inside was actually quite comfortable, so my blazer and wrap ended up with coat check.

For accessories - I did have a bracelet on, which you can see in the selfie, but it snagged on my hair once and on the scarf twice by the time we got there, so I ended up just taking it off. I would have been mortified if it snagged my dress!! This wristlet is new from Stella and Dot, and what's even more awesome than its rose gold detailing is that the strap detaches and can be worn as a wrap bracelet. 


Speaking of wrap -- that's a wrap for this post! Hope everyone's short week goes by quickly! Think of me as I'm flying to our neighbors up north!


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