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Tunic Tales

There is something so easy about a cute tunic. It’s cozy and comfortable, but can easily be dressed up with heels and a few pretty accessories. My fabulous sister-in-law just happens to own an adorable online boutique – Mon Bon’s Boutique – and I snatched up this adorable tunic a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve worn it at least once a week. Sometimes multiple days in a row. Woops? I just can’t stop wearing it!

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Tunic Mon Bon’s Boutique | Jeans Free People (similar)

Heels Franco Sparto (similar) | Scarf Mirana Bennett (similar)

What is your favorite way to style a tunic?

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April Favorites: 2015

April has come and gone. It was a fabulous month; maybe the best so far in 2015. Seeing as it was my birthday month, that might be a slightly biased statement. Oh well.

Can you believe it took me 27 years to finally test out Make Up Forever HD Foundation? And I call myself a beauty blogger ….. *disappointed head shake.* While I normally reach for light coverage foundations and BB creams, I’ve been L-O-V-I-N-G this more heavy-duty number. I can’t put it down. And with that, let’s move onto the rest of my April favorites.

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Foundation | Rollerball Trio | Agave Lip Mask |  Foundation Brush | Floral Pants

And while we’re at it, let’s talk a walk down memory lane and look at my January, February and March favorites as well.

What were your favorites this month?

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Maintaining those Spring Colors

The best thing about Spring? I’m sure saner people would say the blooming flowers and budding trees. And yes, those things are fabulous, but the bright fashion is my favorite part of Spring. After our long New England Winters, it’s such a joy to be able to bear my legs and wear bright clothes that don’t weigh approximately 500 pounds.

As a fellow fashionista, I’m sure you also turn to Pantone for color guidance throughout the year. I don’t feel the need to follow trends religiously, but I do enjoy making sure that I’m keeping up with the latest colors so that I don’t look like a #TBT in living form. So as Spring time seems to be here to stay in Boston, I decided it’s time to catch up on the hot colors and add a few splashes of these shades to my closet. Naturally, I headed to Nordstrom.com and put together a mini wish list, which you can see below:

New, cute cloths for Spring are all well and good, but there is nothing more depressing than realizing you’ve ruined your favorite frocks in the wash. One of the easiest ways to either go horribly right or horribly wrong with your wash? Picking the wrong laundry detergent.

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Never fear, method has you (and your clothes) covered. Not only is their detergent effective and cute (I mean look at that packaging!), but method has also teamed up with ASOS to create a 10-piece line of A-FREAKING-DORABLE pieces.   I mean, just look at these tops, skirts and dresses. Yes, please!

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method laundry detergent works to maintain both brights and whites, which is great for lazy people like me who don’t want to have more than one detergent. Plus, the detergent works great in cold water, which is a huge plus for anyone looking to save energy on each load of laundry. Saving the your clothes and the environment? Double win!

How do you maintain the vibrant colors in your Spring clothes?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Animal Print

I can’t remember exactly when my leopard print obsession started. I know it was within the past 5 years since I graduated college, but I don’t think a week goes by without at least one outfit featuring leopard. As far as I’m considered, it’s a neutral. I wear leopard with floral, stripes and all sorts of other print. Power clashing is my favorite past time.

So as you can imagine, on a lazy weekend day when I just want to wear pajamas but realize that’s not socially acceptable, leopard is a must. This weekend I opted for my leopard slip-on sneakers. They jazz up the most boring of outfits and make me feel like I didn’t just roll out of bed unshowered when, in fact, I did.

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Trench Cole Haan | Sweatshirt Target | Necklace ILY Couture (similar)

Jeans Citizens of Humanity | Sneakers Target

Nothing cheers me up like a little animal print OOTD!

How do you feel about leopard print? Do you wear it often?

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Kicking Back

On the weekends, I like to kick back and stroll around town in something a bit more comfortable. This typically means jeans, a cozy top and flats. It’s still pretty chilly here in the Boston area, so I pushed my limits with this light jacket. I just can’t stand the sight of my Winter coats anymore.

On my way to meet up with Agnes for brunch, I pulled on my favorite military-inspired jacket and laced up my New Balance x Kate Spade sneakers. While I’m not normally a sneakers-outside-of-the-gym girl, these cuties work great with the athleisure trend so I couldn’t say no.

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athleisure ootdJacket MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar) | Sweater MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar)

Jeans Citizens of Humanity | Sneakers c/o New Balance (other styles)

Necklace SOWA Market (similar) | Belt J.Crew

Now excuse me as I go for another stroll.

What do you wear on weekends when you’re just relaxing?

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It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Spring here. The weather is getting warmer and the snow piles are only a few feet tall at this point. It’s basically beach weather. And with the nice weather and snow-free sidewalks comes the opportunity to wear something other than jeans and snow boots.

The other week I decided to get really crazy and wear something I haven’t worn in a while – a work dress and heels. It felt amazing to have my bare legs see the sun, and Lord knows they need it. I mean, look at my legs basically blending in with the snow. Plus, it put a little extra pep in my step to be dressed up at work again. Be gone, jeans! Just kidding, I still wear jeans 95% of the time, it’s just nice to not HAVE to wear them.

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Top it Off OOTD 7Coat J.Crew past season (similar) | Dress Polo via TJMaxx (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

Hat via TJMaxx (similar) | Earrings c/o Cecilia Gonzalez

What are some of your favorite dressy pieces for the workplace?

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Who, What, (Workout) Wear

I’d be lying if I said I was the most fit person out there. At one point in my life, I was. As a competitive gymnast for about 10 years, I worked out constantly. And then I “retired” and went to college … and then got a job  … and then got a bit lazy. You know how it goes.

I go through phases when I work out almost every day and phases when I just don’t for months on end. I’m reentering a workout phase and hoping to make it stick this time. I only ever fall out of my routine because of excuses I make for myself, and it’s time to stop making those excuses.

And while sheer motivation is the main driving force behind a constant routine, cute workout wear doesn’t hurt. I don’t know about you, but a new sneaker or a cute performance hoodie inspires me to go to the gym and show off my new outfit … I mean workout.

So this past weekend, I met up with Elissa from Style Wire for a blogger class at Endurance Pilates (more on that here). Before the class, we had a little fun warming up and snapping some pictures of our newest workout wear.  It was so fun to catch up, work out together and compare notes on our respective new workout attire.

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Oh don’t mind us, we’re just casually sitting in the middle of this parking lot. Nothing to see here. Move along …

Jacket c/o New Balance | Pants GapFit | Tank GapFit | Shoes c/o New Balance

What brands do you gravitate to for workout wear?

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February Favorites: 2015

Hi there, beauties. March is here, which means a couple of things. For one, Spring is just a couple short weeks away. Second, it’s time for February favorites. Like last month, I don’t have a huge amount of favorites, but I’m going with a zen less-is-more approach to life lately. Ok, that’s a complete lie … I just got back from Sephora with more than I intended to purchase … but I have just been dabbling in a bit of this and a bit of that rather than obsessing over specific products. And with that, let’s gander my monthly favorites and check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

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Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo – This is not a new favorite. In fact, the first time that I wrote about this amazing product was August 2013.  I use it more-or-less on a daily basis. On first-day, second-day and third-day hair. It adds volume and texture to my style in addition to having three other uses. And the fact that it’s only $6 at my local CVS is just the icing on the cake. Just assume that this dry shampoo is a monthly favorite moving forward unless I say otherwise.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara – This is a new find rather than a recently re-discovered product. I had heard so many great things about this mascara online, but never got around to purchasing a tube of my own until last month. The first couple of tries were a huge flop and I thought that the hype was all smoke and mirrors. Then, as if by magic, the mascara did wonders for my lashes. They are lengthened, defined and almost look like falsies. Whenever I wear this, I get loads of compliments on my lashes, which is always the true test.

Lumene CC Cream - This isn’t a new product. Like the dry shampoo, I’m bringing it back from the back of my drawers. This Lumene CC cream makes my skin look naturally flawless and dewy. It’s the perfect everyday base for whatever look I am going after. I’m reaching the bottom of my bottle and it’s about time I replenish my stock.

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss – I discovered this glass last month. You might remember it from my 5-minute Valentine’s Day Makeup video.  It has a great color payoff and is relatively long lasting, all without being tacky or expensive. It’s one of my new favorite gloss brands.

Kate Spade New York ‘Gramercy Grand’ Bracelet Watch –  This was a Christmas present from my parents. I had it on my personal Pinterest “wish list” board and they generously nabbed it for me.  I squealed when I unwrapped it and put it on my wrist and I haven’t taken it off since. You will have seen it all of my fashion posts here, here and here.

This giveaway is now closed – Oh and another February favorite? Giving back to my readers! This month, I’m running a giveaway for a $50 Sephora gift card so you can treat yourself to some new goodies. Who knows, maybe they’ll be your March favorites. You can enter in the widget below. Good luck to all who enter!

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I’d love to hear what you would purchase with the gift card if you were to win. 

What were some of your favorite goodies in February?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Leather Sleeves and Scalloped Hems

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a self proclaimed Maxxinista. On an average week I can be found at my local store at least once and more often than not I come home with a goodie … or two, or three.

The other week when I was perusing the racks, I was considering how I could seriously use a few more business causal tops. I work in a very casual startup, so there is no real divide between my work and weekend wardrobes. What you see me wearing in my free time is what you also see me wearing during work hours. That is unless you find me at the beach or the gym. But I digress

So as I’m flipping through hangers, I looked across the women’s section and saw the most fabulous blazer/jacket situation on display. (Faux) leather sleeves, tweed body and a peplum waist were calling my name. It’s the perfect jacket to dress up for work or down for a weekend brunch. Naturally, I added to my “yes” pile. And then I glanced to the right a bit more and saw the most adorable blouse with a scalloped hem. I knew instantly that the blouse and jacket would work wonderfully together as well as blend into the rest of my wardrobe seamlessly. We rode off together into the sunset. On and one thing before you bring it up. I know I should have ironed my blouse, but that would require owning one. Moving on.

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Jacket Calvin Klein via TJMaxx (similar) | Top Willi Smith via TJMaxx (similar)

Necklace Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans Target

Booties Franco Sarto via TJMaxx (similar) | Watch Kate Spade

So far I’ve received approximately one zillion compliments on my jacket and also styled my blouse with a chunky knit, open-faced cardigan. Spoiler, it looked adorable that way too.

How do you work leather (either real or faux) into your wardrobe?

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Valentine’s Day Date

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I won’t be doing anything romantic this Valentine’s Day. I’ll be visiting my grandparents in DC and getting afternoon tea. I mean, if that doesn’t spell HOT, I don’t know what does.

But just because I won’t be with my boyfriend this weekend doesn’t mean I can’t get dressed up in celebration in love. And with that, I wanted to share with you my planned Valentine’s Day OOTD.

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Earrings c/o Robert Matthew | Clutch c/o Soul Carrier | Watch Kate Spade

Top (similar) | Pants Free People (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

It might be a bit over-the-top for afternoon tea with my grandma, but oh well. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

What will you be wearing this Valentine’s Day?

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