Fashion

leather jacket ootd

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?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

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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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Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

Valentine's Day OOTD

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?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

snowy ootd

Snowy Sunday

Some New Englanders have been itching for a snow day. As far as Winters go, this one has been pretty mild. Sure, there were a few below-zero days, but there have been plenty of days where I’m too toasty after walking more than a few minutes in my coat and scarf. And the icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned? There has been little-to-no snow. We had flurries here and there, but nothing substantial … until now. It snowed on Saturday this past weekend and it’s set to potentially blizzard this week (when this post goes live).

Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter wear. The hats, coats, scarves and boots all tickle my fancy. I love a bundled look, but I don’t necessarily love the snow that goes with it. I like to wear snow boots because I choose to, not because I have to. Makes total sense, right? Right! Glad we’re on the same page.

This past Sunday, I met up with the lovely Agnes from Spoons and Stilettos for a cup of coffee and outfit photos. It was such a pleasure to meet Agnes, especially since we’re two city bloggers caught in the suburbs :) We might have gotten a few stares from people walking by, but we didn’t let that stop us from capturing our snowy OOTD.

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J.Crew Coat past season (similar) | Target scarf old (similar) | J.Crew chambray shirt

Vince tshirt | JCrew belt | Paige denim

L.L. Bean boots | Kate Spade watch | Kelsi Dagger purse via TJMaxx

J.Crew elephant necklace (similar) | Pendant necklace from SOWA  (similar)

Thanks to Agnes for taking my photos and I hope you all enjoyed my snowy OOTD.

What is your go-to snowy-day footwear outfit?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

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Outfit Options: New Year’s Eve

Can you believe we’re just a couple of short weeks to the end of 2014 and the start of 2015? You probably can assuming that you have either a physical or electronic calendar that you can consult. But that’s beside the point.

To ring in 2015 correctly and start the year on a good foot, you’ll need (obviously NEED and not want) to rock a New Year’s Eve outfit that’s as fabulous as you. And plus, if there is one night when no one can mock you (or remember) for wearing a romper, NYE is the night. To help you plan for the midnight countdown, I’ve pulled together three outfit options that could work for (almost) every party.

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Top Outfit: jeans | top | purse | booties

Middle Outfit: skirt | top | clutch | booties

Bottom Outfit: romper | bracelet | clutch | heels

What will you be wearing while you ring in the New Year?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Outfit Options: Holiday Party

With a week of December under our belt, holiday party season is in full swing. And with all the festivities comes lots of photo opportunities, which require only the cutest holiday party outfits. Whether you’re attending a casual get-together at a friend’s house or a swanky holiday party, I’ve got you covered with three options.

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Top Outfit: shirt | pants | flats | purse

Middle Outfit: dress | boots | necklace | clutch

Bottom Outfit: dress | clutch | heels

What will you be wearing to holiday parties this year?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Swims

Puddle Jumping with Swims

Believe it or not, I enjoy a good rainy day from time-to-time. It gives me a good excuse to wear oversized sweaters, lay in bed all day (if it’s not a work day) and sport cute rain boots when I finally get out off bed and out the front door.

A cute pair of rain boots can totally change the direction of a rainy day. It can turn my frown upside down and put a little extra pep in my step (pun intended). Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it makes getting around town in a downpour so much easier. Puddle in my way? No problem, I can splash my way through that without soaking my socks. And while I love my riding-boot-inspired rain boots, I had been lusting after a pair of ankle rain booties recently. Something seems so effortless and chic about a short boot that I don’t have to tug over my jeans.

Enter, Swims. The Dora boot was the answer to my rainy prayers. These ankle booties are easy to slip on as I run out the front door and work with almost any outfit I could dream up. Plus, the pop of orange brightens up even the most dreary of days. If I wasn’t trying to save money (ha!) I would seriously consider buying the Dora in all available colors. Let’s be honest, I’m considering it even though I’m trying to save money.

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Sadly, it’s only rained twice since these beauties entered my life, but I wore them both days. I was excited enough just knowing I was wearing new rain booties, but it didn’t hurt that I received loads of compliments. Next thing you know, my entire office will be puddle jumping in their own pair of swims.

What footwear do you slip on when the rain starts?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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November Wish List

I’m trying to go shopping-free this month. The operative word being “trying.” But just because I’m not whipping out my wallet this month it doesn’t mean that I can’t window shop and lust after a few items. In fact, there are four items I have my eye on at the moment:

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 Scarf | Lip Pencil | Eyeshadow Palette | Coffee Almond Scrub 

If you’re feeling generous, I’m accepting gifts :)

What are you lusting after this month?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Leather, Tartan and Peach

It’s my favorite season for fashion – Fall. How can you not just love all the jackets, scarves, sweaters and purses?! Ok, so purses aren’t unique to Fall, but purses are always a good thing.

I’ve only owned two peach purses in my life. Once in 10th grade and once … now. This Robert and Matthew bad boy has become my everyday work bag  of the moment. It’s the perfect size and I love that is has a shoulder and cross-body strap. I don’t acknowledge purses without a cross-body option (unless it’s my trusty Lonchamp).

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Shoes: Banana Republic (Similar here & here) | Jeans: Free People (Similar here & here)

Tshirt: Vince (Similar here and hereJacket: Gap (Similar here and here)

Scarf: Target | Purse: c/o Robert Matthew

I wouldn’t normally whip out a peach purse after the Summer, but I’m actually kind of loving the unexpected color. It’s a nice contrast to the deeper colors of the rest of my Fall clothing. Plus, I’ve been getting loads on compliments, so I can’t put it away for next Spring/Summer just yet.

Would you rock a peach purse? 

Photos:  beautyXposé; Disclosure

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The Composition of Fashionable Footwear

Do you ever wonder what materials your shoes are made of? Many shoes are made of multiple materials, and the materials are what make your footwear unique, durable, and trendy. If you’re looking for new shoes that will look great for a variety of events and will hold up, look no further than Reef. Reef women’s shoes and Reef men’s shoes will not only look trendy but will be ideal for future vacations, events, and for everyday wear. What materials are your favorites? Here are a few that make your shoes a favorite durable pair you can’t seem to part with.

Men’s Leather and Suede Cruisers

Get your man some trendy and durable shoes made of suede and leather. With their clean and simple styling your significant other will love pairing favorite Reef men’s shoes with either a pair of khaki pants or jeans. Since these shoes are appropriate for work and play, they’ll probably be worn quite a bit. It’s a good thing that these cruisers have a compression molded cushion insole that helps keep any smells at bay. What’s more a woven textile along the shoe opening and on the gusseted tongue looks stylish due to its great looking pattern.footwear

Women’s EVA Sandals

In case you were wondering what EVA stands for, it is Ethylene Vinyl Acetate. Sandals made with this material are very light, since EVA is one of the lightest outsoles. EVA has a lot of great features. Shoes made with this material are water resistance, non-absorbent, corrosion resistance, and non-polluting. Reef women’s sandals that are made with EVA are also extremely durable and these essential sandals come with anatomical arch support. Arch support can be very important when you’re on your feet a lot but still want to look fashionable. Luckily you can have the best of both worlds by keeping your feet comfy with essential and trendy sandals.footwear

Recycled Fall Boots

For an edgy fall ensemble add a pair of essential fall boots to the mix. Reef women’s shoes that are lace-up boots can feature hand woven textiles from India, making them unique and very appealing for fall time and beyond. Fall boots can also be made of EVA, but the EVA can also be recycled, which means some Reef styles utilize recycled EVA from Reef’s Eco:One technology. This is wonderful news for the environment and also for you because your boots will be comfy and environmental friendly. What’s more, enjoy a foam footbed on boots that also offers arch support for when you’re on your feet for long periods of time.footwear

Do you pay attention to the materials your footwear are made of?

Photos: ReefDisclosure

 

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Halloween Makeup, Nails and Costume Ideas

Believe it or not, Halloween is just over two weeks away. And for people like you and me who love makeup and clothes, it’s the perfect excuse (as if we need one) to go big or go home. To help provide some inspiration, I’ve rounded up some great posts on Halloween makeup, nail and costume ideas from years past and fellow bloggers. Check them out and let me know what you think!

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Makeup

  • Halloween Makeup – Honey, Queen Of The Forest Nymph Makeup Tutorial – Honeygirl’s World
  • BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 – Painted Ladies
  • Favorite Halloween Beauty – Phyrra
  • Charming She-Devil Halloween Makeup Look (Plus $100 Sephora gift card giveaway!) – Beauty Tidbits

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Nails

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Costumes

What do you plan to go as for Halloween this year?

Photos:  beautyXposé, Honeygirl’s World, Nail Polish Anonymous