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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: www.stelladot.com/ts/qw2z5. Or get in the action yourself and host your own party, or become a stylist!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anything by Lauren Elan is actually brilliant. For NYE this year, I’m loving this Arianne necklace.
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.
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.
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?