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emma stone met ball

Get the (Fashion) Look: Emma Stone at the 2014 Met Ball

It’s no secret that Emma Stone looked gorgeous at this year’s Met Ball. I mean, look at her! Now that I’ve found out how to master her makeup from the event, I’m ready to tackle her fabulous outfit. It took some digging, but I finally found what I think are the closest (within a non-celebrity’s budget) matches to her pink and metallic look.

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Emma, we’re coming for your style!

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I love the colorblocking and touch of metallic. While the version I recreated here was as close to the original as possible, you could dress this look down with hot pink shorts and metallic sandals instead of the maxi and heels.

Next step … master her messy-yet-perfect braid!

What did you think of Emma Stone’s look?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

easter dresses

10 Easter Dresses

I somehow made it to this point in April without realizing Easter weekend is upon us. I blame it on traveling for work and not having cable (hence no commercials to watch), but it’s most likely because I’ve been too busy binge watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix. I know, I have amazing TV preferences.

Let’s get back on track, shall we? So yea, Easter is this weekend and I have no idea if we have plans with my BF’s family. Naturally this means that I’ve been doing some virtual window shopping to make sure that I won’t be caught last minute without anything to wear. I’m sure I have plenty of dresses I could wear, but I’ll never say no to an excuse to buy another piece of clothing.

Want to hear a funny story? I realized while perusing Nordstrom that I already have the perfect, never-worn Easter dress. I got this blue lace number at T.J.Maxx last month for just $40, about $100 cheaper than it is online. You can buy it down below, but stop by your local T.J.Maxx/Marshall’s first to see if they’re carrying it.

Since I had a dress I totally forgot about that was perfect for Easter, I’m going to pass on buying a new one right now. But, never fear, my research didn’t go to waste! I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite Easter dresses below for any of you who still need to find the perfect frock for this weekend.

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Happy Easter!

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Oh and if you need to make a Easter basket for a beauty lover or are just in the market for a new lip balm, check out these eos goodies. Aren’t they the cutest?!

What will you be wearing this Easter (assuming you celebrate)?

Photo:  beautyXposéDisclosure

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.

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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.

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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

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?

Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure

day to night look

The Beach Meets Happy Hour

Elle Magazine, fabulous as always, shared 25 of their favorite essentials that you can take from the beach right to happy hour. As I’m still acclimating to the hot, humid temperatures of Boston (can you tell I’m missing Brasil’s winter season?), I’m seeing how important it is to be comfortable while you’re out enjoying food and a few drinks with friends.

While away, it was chilly enough to have to wear a sweater at night, but here, it’s still in the high 80’s with humidity at an all time high. So, if you’re planning on spending a day at the beach and then heading right into your evening plans, check out some of my favorite essential transition pieces.

I narrowed down Elle’s beach day collection to a few of my favorites.  Check them out below!

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Get me to the beach … and a cocktail
  1. The Dress: A maxi is the perfect dress for a beach day turned night out.  It’s classy, fashionable, and totally comfortable.  A+ if you find one with an embellished collar like this beauty!
  2. The Shoe: Wedges are a lifesaver.  For real.  They’re comfortable and totally perfect for your beach to bar transition.
  3. The Bag: During the summer, the heat really makes me want to feel as free as possible.  I’m not sure if I explained that correctly, but essentially what I’m saying is I hate to have to carry a bag in summer.  So, I always go for a cute shoulder bag.  Plus, how can you resist this cobalt blue?
  4. The Accessory: If you are lucky enough to pick up an embellished maxi, go with a classic, simple piece of jewelry.  This delicate necklace from Shopbop is the perfect example.
  5. The Beauty Essential: Nars, by no surprise, has “The Multiple Stick,” which lets you highlight your sun glow on your cheeks, lips, collarbones, etc.  I haven’t tested this one out for myself just yet, but it sounds pretty perfect to me!

There you have it, one beautiful day to night look for the beach!

What is your beach day turned happy hour essential?

Photo: beautyXposé

Fab Meets Saturday

Fab Meets Saturday

I’ll happily admit that I’m obsessed with Kate Spade.  Now, I’ll also admit that I’m even more obsessed with Kate Spade Saturday.  The Saturday collection is affordable, cute, fun, and bright.  What more could you want?

Well, if it’s a Saturday sale on Fab.com that you want, your wish is granted.  Recently, Saturday was reacquainted with Fab and the result is nothing less than awesome.  Make sure to check out the sale and pick up your favorite (discounted) pieces before they’re all gone!

Although a few of my favorites are already sold out, I picked out a whole new set for you to check out this week:

 

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Make a statement with a bold tote

Square Tote: Black is classic, but look how fun this bright pink is! If you can’t wear colorful clothing in the workplace, I suggest toting around this beauty!

 

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You’ve always known you were superwoman, now you have the cap to prove it

Reversible Cape: With all of the rain lately, I’m convinced a hooded cape is a closet essential.  This one from Kate Spade Saturday is bold, fun, and reversible!  Side note – uhm, how do I not own this already?

 

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Put your money where your mouth is, or in this fabulous wallet

Wallet: Every girl needs an everyday wallet, and I’m thinking this one just might be the one for me!  What beats a colorful and useful wallet, especially at a fraction of its original price?

 

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Stripes? Yes, please!

Flats: I wear flats so much I’m surprised I’m not already sleeping in them.  Okay, that might be because sleeping in shoes is just plain weird.  But, I digress.  These cotton canvas flats look totally cozy and cute to boot.

 

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Doesn’t this skirt just make you want to twirl around?

Mini Skirt: This year’s summer staple?  An adorable and versatile mini skirt.  Plus, this one from Kate Spade Saturday’s collection is a steal at $63!

What deal from the Fab and Kate Spade Saturday event are you going to grab before it’s gone?

Photos: Fab

Traveling in Style

Traveling in Style

As I’m currently spending my second week in Brasil soaking in the sun, shopping at the downtown market, and galavanting with my younger siblings and cousins, I thought it was high time I shared a few tips on how to easily travel in style.

Check out my tips and travel necessities below!

  1. If you’re heading somewhere warm, your first (and most obvious) travel necessity is a bathing suit!  I’m obsessed with the tankini this season – which I think you’ll understand the second you lay your eyes on this Zimmermann Elixir Frill Tankini set.

    Loving the feminine florals
    Loving the feminine florals
  2. Whenever I come to Brasil (it’s my fourth time here!) I always make sure to bring a few flowy/comfortable dresses.  These can be great for lounging around or taking in the sights by foot.  This time around, I’m wishing I had purchased this Taisia Dress in advance.

    This dress just makes me want to frolic!
    This dress just makes me want to frolic!
  3. A watch! This can be helpful for counting down the time till arrival, and especially helpful if you don’t want to keep reaching into your travel bag to find your phone.  Plus, what better accessory to tote around while traveling the globe than an Around The World Watch?

    You need to tell the time, all around the world!
    You need to tell the time, all around the world!
  4. A stylish carry-on/carry-all:  I don’t get on any plane without my handy Weekender by Everlane.  This can be especially helpful if you’re taking a few days to run off to the beach or another city while traveling.

    Practical meets fashionable
    Practical meets fashionable
  5. Cute and comfortable shoes.  I tend to only wear flats or heels in the summer, but sandals are great for traveling.  Just make sure you break them in before taking them out for a long day of walking!  As always, I love anything girly so this AEO Bow T-Strap Sandal is a must on my summer shopping list.

    These flats were made for traveling, and that's just what they'll do.
    These flats were made for traveling, and that’s just what they’ll do.

What’s in your summer travel bag?

Photos: Planet Blue, Everlane, Yumi Kim, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle

 

Fourth of July

Happy (Almost) Fourth!

Another year, yet another Fourth of July passes while I’m out of the country.  Don’t get me wrong, South America is gorgeous and I’m so happy and lucky that I’m able to visit so often.  However, I love the Fourth!  I’ve always had such a great time dressing up in my (often obnoxious) reds, whites, and blues and checking out the yearly fireworks, spending the day swimming, and eating way more than I ever intend to.

So, to live vicariously through you all, here are my favorite patriotic picks for the holiday this year!

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Keep the 4th classy in a white blouse

Keep it classy this year with a polished top like this silk blouse from Everlane.

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These shorts are red hot (good pun, us!)

I’m not known for wearing shorts, in fact, I only have about four pairs.  However, these red chinos from Uniqlo just might make my list this year.

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Great way to top off the 4th (we’re really punny)

Yet another item of clothing that I’m not known for wearing: hats! I just look so funny in all hats. I’m not sure if it’s the shape or size of my head, but I just can’t pull them off.  Though, for you hat wearers out there, this one from J.Crew is a beaut.

Just need a few stars to pair with these striped loafers
Just need a few stars to pair with these striped loafers

Loafers! These are, of course, a staple for the Fourth of July. And striped ones by J.Crew at that? Count me in!

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For a sophisticated Fourth, whip out your pearls

Last, but surely not least: pearls. I don’t travel anywhere without pearls, so I can definitely be spotted sporting my favorite pearls on the Fourth.

Are you dressing up or dressing down this time around?

Photos: Everlanee, J.Crew,

 

Get moving!

Get Moving: Look Fabulous and Fit

Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I was in the gym around 25 hours a week on average. Working out was my life. Then came a decision to “retire” at 16. About 10 years later, I’m just getting back into the groove of regular exercise. Sad, I know. Over the past 10 years I would work out here and there, but there was no consistency to my schedule (or serious lack thereof).

At the beginning of the year, I rejoined a gym and started going a few times a week. A couple of months later, I took the plunge and signed up for 6 months of personal training. Welp, here I am 2 months into it (I’m actually writing this right after my 2-month check in) and I don’t hate it. I’m getting into a groove, and I’m stronger than I have been in 10 years. Plus, I’ve signed up for a 10k in an attempt to learn how to love (or at least to not hate) running.

While I’m not a pro bodybuilder by any means, I have acquired a taste for nicer gym gear than the old ratty t-shirts I used to wear. Looking a bit more legit in the gym makes me feel more inspired. Shallow? Probably. Anywho, enough of my sob story. Here are some of my favorite workout clothes at the moment!

Get moving!
Get moving!

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What gets you moving?

Photos: beautyXposé

bonprix cut out knit dress

Anne’s Concert Clothing Wish List

Post brought to you by bonprix

Summer means cook-outs, pool parties, festivals and more concerts than you can count. I’m planning on seeing the band Train in July when the group comes to an outdoor venue just outside of D.C., and I’m sure quite a few other parties, BBQs and outdoor get-togethers will crop up over the next few months.

It’s always a challenge figuring out how to wear different, stylish outfits to every occasion. After all, who wants their Facebook photos to end up showing them in the same clothes over and over again? Luckily, I just learned about a stylish, affordable UK brand called bonprix.  bonprix’s website, www.bonprix.co.uk, has a very cool selection of French-style clothes at pretty low prices — perfect for getting different, new outfits to wear at every summer event you may have.

Here are a few of my favorite styles that would be perfect for an outdoor concert:

1.  Printed Bandeau Playsuit

bonprix play suit

Who says kids have all the fun? This romper is all grown up, but its casual style lets you get your groove on to your favorite band.

2.  Cut-out Knit Dress

bonprix cut out knit dress

Tell me this dress isn’t H-O-T!! Definitely not the type of knitting found in your grandma’s closet!

3.  Zip Front Bodycon Dress

bonprix bodycon zebra dress

This body-skimming dress will have you rocking out at an all-night rave.

4.  Leather Look Mini

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This classic mini style has a zippered, animal-friendly twist. Don’t you just love the pockets for storing your ID and phone?

These are just a few great items, and the bonprix website has a ton of other options, including an online boutique curated to showcase clothes for every summer occasion.  I also really love their Arabian Nights boutique collection of exotic patterned dresses, shirts, skirts and even a cool linen blazer.

One thing to note — because bonprix is a UK brand with UK sizing, be sure to check out their sizing guide, so the size you order is the size that’s going to fit.

What would you add to your wish list from bonprix?