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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


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.



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


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


september wish list

September Wish List

I might be the only person in all of New England who can’t wait for the end of Summer. Come July, I’m normally over the heat and sundresses and ready to slip into a pair of riding boots and light jacket. And while I’m currently sitting inside trying to deny the fact that it’s still 80 degrees outside, I am also wrapping up my Fall prep with some beauty and clothing shopping. Just ’cause I’m not going back to school doesn’t mean I can’t indulge a little bit. I have probably overindulged just a bit, but there are still a few items I have my eye on.

september wish list
I’m ready for you, Fall

Beauty blender | purse | boots | perfume

Shop this post:

What is on your September wish list?

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june wish list

June Wish List

I’m a little bit late on this month’s wish list, but I’ll explain my radio silence from the past week in an upcoming post.

I don’t know if it’s the Summer heat that finally showed up or the fact that I’ll be traveling for work half of the month, but I don’t have a lot of goodies on my June wish list. Just a few makeup goodies and a pair of neutral Summer wedges. I don’t think I’m asking too much.

june wish list
Happy Shopping!

You can shop these items here:

What are you lusting after this month?

Photo: beautyXposé

wish list

April Wish List

It’s April! The weather in Boston was beautiful today, I didn’t get tricked by any April’s Fools jokes and it’s my birthday month. April is going to be super fabulous, I feel it in my bones.

I’ve gone a little shopping crazy recently, so I’m thinking about going on a shopping ban of sorts this month. I’ll only buy things if I need them … like a replacement for the pair of jeans I ripped this past weekend. However, seeing as it’s my birthday month, I’ve got my fingers crossed that I might get a few of the below goodies.

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I wouldn’t hate if these showed up for my birthday

What are you lusting over this month? I’d love to hear what’s on your April wish list. 

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

march wish list

March Wish List

So it might be a bit late to do a monthly wish list seeing that we’re half way through the month, but better late than never. Right? Back in February I shared with you a list of seven items I was lusting after. I gave in and bought three of the seven items: the J.Crew blazer, Cole Haan Magnolia flats (both in black) and the Facial Radiance pads from First Aid Beauty and I couldn’t be happier. It was money well spent; I love all three items.

What didn’t I get? The H&M sweater didn’t fit quite right, mixed reviews made me less determined to scoop up POREfessional, Madewell stopped stocking the leopard skimmers in my size and I don’t have a David’s Tea nearby to purchase that tasty flavor.

I liked how having a wish list helped me focus on specific purchases than going as crazy as I normally do, so I figured I’d give it another go. This month, to the relief of my wallet, I only have five items on my list. I’ve actually already purchased the J.Crew pants in black, but I figured I’d keep them on the list.

march wish list
Who wants to buy me all these beauties?

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

I have my eye on that dress, so if you see it go on sale, let me know ASAP. My wardrobe is just dying for it.

What are you lusting after this month?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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: 

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclaimer

wish list

February Wish List

I put myself on a clothing/shoes/accessories shopping ban for the entirety of January, and I’m so glad it’s over! While I liked the money savings, I didn’t like the lack of shopping. A month without stepping foot inside T.J.Maxx (I knew I would cave if I went in) was torture.

Saturday was my first day off of the ban, so I (naturally) made a beeline for T.J.Maxx after breakfast. Sadly, I didn’t find anything at my normal go-to store, but I didn’t let that stop me. Later in the day, I picked up a black/white sweater at another T.J.s that was conveniently on my way to run another errand. And by run another errand, I mean on my way to perusing the mall. I also picked up my first pair of chucks, a YSL Glossy Stain (that Gouldylox convinced me to purchase), an overpriced chambray shirt and this red dress (not in red online anymore, womp womp).

To try to reign in my spending, I’m taking two approaches … we’ll see if either works. I’ve made a list of classic pieces I want to “splurge” on this year (like the nude and leopard flats and the blazer below) to focus my shopping efforts, and I’m planning two more no-shopping months so I can detox from the shopping bug every few months.

So on to the actual point of this post … the beauty, fashion and lifestyle (hola, tea) products I’m eyeing this month. I won’t buy all of these realistically (damn it fiscal responsibility!), but I’m going to grab a couple of these and I just can’t wait!

wish list
Someone please buy me these things

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Just thought I’d throw this out there … if you want to buy me any of these things, you’re more than welcome. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

What are you lusting after this month? Share some of your wish list items below.

Photo: beautyXposé

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