holiday party outfits

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.

holiday party outfits

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

wish list

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?

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July Wish List

A new month means a new list of items I want someone to buy me … I mean I want to buy myself. And seeing as I was gone most of June for work, I didn’t get a chance to get the items on that wish list either. I guess I have double the shopping to do this month!

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Happy July!

Eyeliner | Beach Tint Shimmer | Dress | Necklace

What are you looking forward to nabbing this month?

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stella & dot jewelry coral cay necklace

Why You Should Attend a Stella & Dot Jewelry Party Stat

Our Stella & Dot stylist shows off the engravable collection
Our Stella & Dot stylist shows off the engravable collection

While Stella & Dot has been a fave for years with other writers here at beautyXposé, I’ve never personally experienced the brand’s jewelry (though I’ve always lusted after the pieces online). So when my friend, Lyssa, invited me to a Stella & Dot jewelry party, I was the first person on the list to RSVP.

Attending a party in person really made a big difference when it came to understanding all the cool details about the jewelry brand.

First, you have a personal stylist there to help guide you through all the pieces of jewelry, which can be overwhelming if you’re like me and want to order everything in sight. Our stylist, Andrine Coleman, helped each attendee assess her own personal style and then offered jewelry suggestions that match their tastes — whether they’re trendy or more traditional.

The layered look is big for bracelets this summer.
The layered look is big for bracelets this summer.

And a stylist can also help push you out of your comfort zone. I never would have chosen this silver Elodie Necklace ($89) for myself, but it actually looked pretty good once I tried it on.

Stella & Dot jewelry Elodie Necklace
I never would have gravitated toward this piece, but once I tried it on, I liked it a lot!

Second, you can really see the versatility of the products first-hand.  A lot of Stella & Dot jewelry pieces are convertible so you can wear them many different ways.

Take the Sutton Necklace for example. While it’s definitely steeper in price than other pieces (retails at $178), it’s really like getting at least eight necklaces in one.

Lyssa tries on the Sutton Necklace with all strands on the clasp.
Lyssa tries on the Sutton Necklace with all strands on the clasp.

You can wear it short with all the strands in place, or you can remove the fold-over clasp and loop up any of the seven single strands around your neck to wear the rest of the strands a tad longer.

Lyssa marvels at the Sutton Necklace once the clasp is removed and one of the strands loops up around her neck, creating a whole new look.
Lyssa marvels at the Sutton Necklace once the clasp is removed and one of the strands loops up around her neck, creating a whole new look.

And the “shark teeth” strand is removable as well, so you can wear that alone or layer it if you’d like. The possibilities are endless, I tell you!

Andrine converts the Sutton Necklace on Lyssa by removing the "teeth" chain.
Andrine converts the Sutton Necklace on Lyssa by removing the “teeth” chain.
This beautiful red necklace has a removable pendant.
This beautiful red necklace has a removable pendant.
Stella & Dot jewelry sardinia chandelier earrings
This earring is convertible too! It can be worn as a double chandelier, single chandelier or a stud.

Many of us at the party are allergic to products containing nickel, so it was a treat to learn that Stella & Dot jewelry is lead and nickel safe. Score!

So what did I end up buying? After a lot of head scratching and hard decision-making (#firstworldproblems), I decided to go with the Coral Cay Necklace.

stella & dot jewelry coral cay necklace
The Stella & Dot Coral Cay Necklace


I can't wait for my necklace to arrive in the mail!
I can’t wait for my necklace to arrive in the mail!

Of course, one of the best reasons to attend a Stella & Dot jewelry party is if you have an awesome host like Lyssa, who plies you with cupcakes.

Mmmmmm....buttercream frosting.
Mmmmmm….buttercream frosting.

While it really sucks that Lyssa didn’t invite you to her party, you can still shop her boutique online from now until July 12 here:  Or get in the action yourself and host your own party, or become a stylist!


Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

Her Fashion Box

Unboxing Her Fashion Box

Samples were sent for review. But opinions are all my own. 

What do you get when you mix fashion AND beauty products? Awesomeness. But you also get Her Fashion Box, a monthly fashion, beauty and lifestyle box. Her Fashion Box started off in sunny Australia but has recently launched in Europe and the US.

In each month’s box, you get:

  • 3  On-trend fashion accessories
  • 4  Beauty and Lifestyle deluxe samples
  • 1  Her Fashion Magazine

That’s a pretty good deal for just $40 if you ask me! Don’t feel like spending $40 a month on a box service? You can sign up for a Mini Box (The Boxette), priced at $25 a month, and upgrade to a full-sized box at any time. Each Boxette contains:

  • 2 On-trend fashion accessories
  • 2 Beauty products

Plus, you get to select from three style profiles (classic, trendy and girly) so that your box can be best tailored to your style preferences. Curious about all of the details? You can read about participating brands here and peruse the previous month’s boxes here.

So, now that you now all the juicy details, let’s take a look at the sample box I received from the fabulous folks over at HFB.

Her Fashion Box
Open me!
Her Fashion Box
All of the goodies!
Her Fashion Box
A scarf, two bracelets, oh my!
Her Fashion Box
Beauty goodies galore
Her Fashion Box
Lipstick, BB Cream, a lash curler and body lotion. What more can a girl ask for?
Her Fashion Box
A colorful scarf perfect for Spring
Her Fashion Box
Wrap bracelet
Her Fashion Box
Name-plate-style bracelet
Her Fashion Box
Red lips are a must
Her Fashion Box
Can’t wait to try this BB cream
Her Fashion Box
Smooth skin is always in style
Her Fashion Box
Curled lashes, please!

To be totally candid, the fashion items (with the exception of the scarf) aren’t my style. I don’t see them working with my wardrobe. That’s ok, though; that’s the risk you run with a monthly box service. You’ll sometimes get items that you don’t love. However, I am excited to give the beauty products a chance. I’ll let you know if I fall in love with any of them. Even without the perfect fashion match, I still think you get a lot of bang for you buck with HFB and think any monthly box service fan should give it a shot. You can sign up here.

Curious about other box services? Check out what I thought about FabFitFun and Wantable.

What are some of your favorite beauty, fashion and lifestyle monthly box services? Are any of you going to give Her Fashion Box a go?

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dazzling blue

How to Wear Dazzling Blue this Spring

While it might not feel like it up in Boston where I am, Spring is well on it’s way, just 10 days away. We just sprung our clocks forward, and shop windows are teasing us with the cutest Spring frocks. And even though the weather forecast tells me I have more wintery days ahead of me, I can’t help but start stocking up on Spring clothes.

dazzling blue
Hello, Spring!

This Spring, I’m especially excited to sport anything and everything in Dazzling Blue – one of Pantone’s 10 Spring 2014 colors. So excited in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 9 other fabulous bloggers to show you how to rock this and the 9 other colors. If Dazzling Blue isn’t your color (but I’ve found it looks AMAZING on most people), you can skip on down to the end of this post and check out how my bloggy friends are rocking the other 9 colors. And while you’re at it, check out these 10 nail polishes that are perfect dupes for the 10 “it” colors of the season.

But back to the topic at hand – how to wear Dazzling Blue this Spring …

I have mixed feelings about Gap – I love Gap Fit clothes, but 90% of the time I strike out with their day-to-day wear. Still, I hold out hope and pop in every few months to see what’s new. When I popped in last month, I was ready to admit defeat when I stumbled upon the cutest dress in the back corner. Why anyone would put this baby in the corner is beyond me. I scooped it up, ran to the dressing room and jumped up and down (on the inside) when I saw how cute it looked on. It also didn’t hurt that I had to size down (I don’t hate you, Gap vanity sizing!).

And while I haven’t been able to wear it just yet – damn you, Polar Vortex! – I’ve been dreaming of all the ways I can wear this dress when the weather warms up a bit. Dressed up or down, this dress is going to be perfect for almost any occasion.

dazzling blue
1 dress 4 ways

Day Off: Shoes, Bag, Sunglasses | Work: Necklace, Blazer, Shoes | Date: Shoes, Earrings, Bag | Brunch: Shoes, Scarf, Hat

Here are some other Dazzling Blue clothing and beauty items you could rock this Spring: 

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Snowstorm necessities

Surviving the Snow

Having just made it through another snowstorm here in Boston, I figured it was only appropriate to share my ideal cold weather getup with you all.  After trudging through the storm for groceries, coffees, etc., (you know, all the important things), I finally hammered out the perfect snowstorm apparel.

Besides staying nice and warm in the following items, you’ll still be totally adorable as well.  All you really need is lots of layers, warm accessories, and a pair of durable snow boots!

For those of you in the colder states, here is what I’ll be sporting through this season’s storms!

Snowstorm necessities
Bundle up, it’s cold out there.
  1. After Elle shared their “Five Snowpocalypse Outfit Solutions,” I just had to roundup my favorite snowstorm apparel.
  2. Most times during the winter, you’ll find me simply sporting a tank and sweater combo.  It’s easy, comfortable, and will keep you warm and cozy.  In fact, this linear stitch sweater is at the top of my list this season.
  3. Next up, a warm jacket!  It’s tough to stay warm and fashionable all at the same time, but I think this ASOS skater coat does just the trick.
  4. With temperatures reaching 0 degrees, covering up your neck and face is seriously important.  This cozy plaid scarf by gap is already in my shopping cart (probably because it’s the softest scarf….ever).
  5. Warm socks are also a must!  I typically double up – one pair always being from J.Crew or American Eagle.  I’m currently loving these pattern-trim trouser socks by J.Crew.
  6. Finally, the boots!  Throw these babies on before venturing out into the cold and you’ll stay warm and cozy.  I just picked up these tivoli boots by Sorel and am already loving them.

How do you stay warm and fashionable during the colder weather? I’d love to hear about your snowstorm necessities.

Photo:  beautyXposé

NYE Outfit

Ringing in 2014: NYE Outfit

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner (literally), it’s no surprise that I’ve already been assessing my plans.  You know, the dress, shoes, makeup, accessories, etc.  Sometimes the planning can almost be more of a hassle than anything else, but I think it’s all worth it.  This is, as I’m sure you’re all aware, a fantastic excuse to dress up in glittered/gold – or silver – everything.  I typically go with a solid colored dress (gold, black, or white) and then let the accessories do the real talking.

If you’re doing some (very) late last minute NYE shopping, here are a few ideas to get you started on your perfect NYE outfit.

NYE Outfit
A LBD is always perfect

I’m simply smitten with this adorable Davini dress from Ted Baker.  Totally appropriate for all NYE celebrations!  Not too crazy, but just enough pizzaz.

NYE Outfit
A little icing on top

Anything by Lauren Elan is actually brilliant.  For NYE this year, I’m loving this Arianne necklace.

NYE Outfit
Gold shoes are always a must

Shoes are always a majorly important part of the NYE getup.  This time around, I can’t get enough of these gold BCBG pumps from DSW.

NYE Outfit
Don’t forget to highlight

Ever since I picked up the Watt’s Up? highlighter from Benefit, I haven’t gone a day without it.  I will definitely be putting this on for a little sparkle on NYE before heading out the door.

NYE Outfit
Just a little spritz and you’re ready to go!

With one of my Christmas gifts being Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, I will absolutely be spraying this on before I adventure out to participate in the holiday festivities.

What will you be wearing when you celebrate the new year?

Photos: beautyXposé

monbon's boutique

10% off Clothing, Accessories and More from MonBon’s Boutique

Calling all fashionistas, do we have a deal for you! We’re giving away 50 BX-exclusive 10% off discount codes to MonBon’s Boutique on our Facebook page.

Claiming the code is easy: like us on Facebook, scroll to the offer post on our timeline (it looks like the image below) and click “get offer.” Keep in mind that we’re only giving away 50 offers, so claim yours ASAP!

If you haven’t checked out MonBon’s Boutique before, you’re missing out. She carries the cutest clothes, accessories and more. Exhibits A, B and C (Instagram photos of my MonBon’s Boutique purchases):

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My cozy winter sweater
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Funky floral sunnies
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A summery floral scarf

If you claim your offer and make a purchase, let us know what you buy! I can’t wait to hear what everyone gets with their discount code!

Photos: beautyXposé

nye outfits

4 Fabulous NYE Outfits

Christmas has come and (sadly) gone, and the eve of a new year is upon us. Everyone who’s anyone knows you can’t ring in a new year wearing just any old frock; you must set the tone for the new year with a fabulous outfit.

To be honest, (honesty is where it’s at, duh), NYE is my least favorite holiday. I feel like people hype it up every year, and then it’s a let down. Maybe I’m just a party pooper, but only a handful of people I know actually really like NYE. However, everyone I know (or at least the ladies) loves the opportunity to dress up in something sparkly and bright!

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Sparkle on!

Outfit 1: Top, Jeans, Earrings, Flats | Outfit 2: Jacket, Dress, Necklace, Booties

Outfit 3: Dress, Bracelet, Earrings, Wedges | Outfit 4: Dress, Earrings, Bracelet, Wedges

I’m not exactly sure of our NYE plans, but I know they will be on the more casual side. That in mind, I’ll most likely opt for an outfit like the first one – the jeans and blouse with some added sparkle.

What will you be wearing to ring in 2014?

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