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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!

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Someone please buy me these things

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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

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Hosting Thanksgiving?

Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year?  If your answer is yes, you have a grand excuse to purchase a new dress.  I’ll actually be packing up and heading home for Thanksgiving (a relatively short trip – just a 90 minute drive) again this year.  Though I’m not hosting (thanks fam!), I still have the chance to dress up and prepare the desserts, yum!

I always tend to overdress, but I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  So, I’ve found a few dresses for this year’s day of cooking/eating, whether you’re hosting it or not.

Here are my top picks this year:

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If you’re not going for too fancy this year, try out a dress like this Linebreak Tankdress by Madewell. You can always dress it up with shoes, jewelry, and a quick up-do.

 

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If you’re looking for a classic LBD, try out this Jacquard-weave Dress by H&M.  Pair it with a cute belt, heels, and a statement necklace and you’re ready to celebrate!

 

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A little bit more formal, but I’m loving this Birthday Soiree Dress by ModCloth (psh, totally works for Thanksgiving, too!)  The lace, bow and soft pink make for the perfect holiday combo.

 

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If you haven’t checked out the wonder that is Bow & Drape, you simply must.  Just take a peek at this holiday-ready dress, The Carrie.  The dress is customizable and created with your personal measurements in mind.  Brilliant, right?

 

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Is The Carrie a little too much for you?  Try on The Jackie for size.  I’m loving the contrast between the blue and white, but you can pick your own colors.

What will you be wearing this Thanksgiving?

Fall Must Haves

Fall Fashion Must-Haves

With the quick drop in temperature, it’s pretty clear that we’ve officially moved into Fall. To make the transition, all you really need are a few cold weather staples. Each year, I make sure to stock up on my fair share of scarves, gloves and warm knee-high socks to keep warm and accessorize while having to cover up to brave the cold temperatures. To give you some fall inspiration, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite accessories for this year. My Fall fashion must-haves.

Fall Fashion Must-Haves
Zara Checked Scarf

This Zara Checked Scarf ($50) is one of my favorites of the season. It’s big enough to wrap around a few times, so aside from looking fabulous, it will also keep you warm in the colder months.

Fall Fashion Must-Haves
Madewell Driving Gloves

I didn’t realize how much I needed a pair of leather gloves, until I tried on my first pair. Needless to say, it was love at first…try on. There’s something so sophisticated and timeless about a great pair of leather gloves. Try these Madewell Driving Gloves ($78) out for this fall. And no, you don’t have to be driving to flash these babies around town!

Fall Fashion Must-Haves
ASOS Wool Cable Socks

What better to keep your legs warm this fall than with some over the knee socks? Pair them with a dress and riding boots, or even a skirt and your favorite heels. Try out a pair of these ASOS Wool Cable Socks ($11) this season.

Fall Fashion Must-Haves
ASOS Falke Dot Tights

A fall wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a pair of patterned tights. A polka dotted pair of patterned tights, to be exact. Give these Falke Dot Tights ($35) a try this year. Pair them with your favorite wedges and a high-waisted skirt for an evening of weekday cocktails.

What will you be stocking up on this fall?

Photos: ASOS, Zara, Madewell

The colors are so bright and summery!

Summer Head Scarves

After spotting this head scarf tutorial by Keikio Lynn, I’ve been on the lookout for cute summer scarves to try out the look with.  Even though, I feel that this look might be a little difficult to pull off, I’ve found such adorable square scarves that I’m thinking it’s definitely worth a shot regardless!  Plus, how easy is this adorable style?  Just throw your hair up in a quick top knot, fold the scarf a few times, and tie it around your head!  With a quick tuck in of the leftover ends, the scarf is sure to stay in place during all your summer activities.

So tell me, head scarves – love them or leave them?

The colors are so bright and summery!

Typically, I’m not a fan of prints that have animals on them, but I’m a fan of animal prints – confusing, but I think you get the picture.  Anyways, my preferences aren’t strong enough to keep me from absolutely adoring this H&M mint green print satin scarf ($10).

Red, white and blue isn't just for the 4th of July any more

I’m aware that the Fourth of July has come and gone, but there’s always room for some glamorous navy and red print silk accessories, right?  With that in mind, I’m just loving this summer J.Crew print ($39)!

Keeping it classy

If you’re unsure about testing out the head scarf look, try it out with this minimal star print scarf by French Connection ($19).  Classy, but not too busy.

Love the coral trim

With a print like this, who wouldn’t want to try out a head scarf summer look?  With inspiration from typography and vintage posters, the blend of this Mapreader print and summer colors provides for an adorable summer look ($55).

Photos: French Connection, H&M, Madewell, J.Crew

The cut-outs on this dress are the perfect new take on a typical white summer dress. Preppy yet chic at the same time!

White Clothing’s Return

A very old and popular fashion saying is that “you can only wear white beginning on Memorial Day and not after Labor Day.” While many designers have disagreed with this statement, I have to say that I think there is at least SOME sensibility behind it. While I definitely can be found wearing my white and off-white tops in the winter, there are several items I would never be caught dead in other than over the summer months.

White pants, shorts, dresses and even some tops should be left to abide by this rule. With Memorial Day this weekend, your chance to wear these white items is right around the corner. The best part about white clothing is that you can match basically anything you want with them. You can also go for different looks with white—a nautical top brings out the preppy side of a white bottom, while a white flouncy dress can appear very bohemian.

Check out some of my favorite white pieces of clothing below to add to your own wardrobe this summer season!

Capri Scalloped Shorts- Nasty Gal- $58

Scalloped shorts are popping up in every store display this summer season! White is the most feminine and versatile option for this style of shorts.

 

Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans in White Wash- Madewell- $115

Every girl needs a pair of killer white pants. Pair with brights, neutrals, and patterns on top.

 

Oasis Lantern Dress- Asos- $113.07

The cut-outs on this dress are the perfect new take on a typical white summer dress. Preppy yet chic at the same time!

 

Coincidence & Chance Gaucho Jumper- Urban Outfitters- $49

I am in love with this jumper. The style of it is perfect and a belt can easily be added as an accessory.

What is your favorite piece of white clothing?

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Fab Finds: Legwear

Growing up in New England, I’ve always been the girl accustomed to owning a collection of trendy tights and leggings. My favorite time of the year is the transition between fall and winter when it’s not necessary to wear denim, but it’s still too cool to go barelegged. This is where the beauty of tights and leggings shine!

Legwear has transitioned from a minor outfit accessory to a statement piece in itself. Creative patterns and textures take the simplest tights and leggings to a new level of chic. Leggings are the perfect staple item to wear with an oversized sweater or tunic top. On the other hand, tights act as a simple way to transition summer clothing into fall and beyond. Try rocking a cotton dress with a sweater and eccentric tights for a cute and appropriate look for this season.

Leggings and tights come in all different materials accustomed for the changing weather. Sheer nylon or cotton act as a lightweight layer, while sweater and cable-knit can be as warm as some denim.

Add to your legwear collection today with some of these finds below!

Blackwell Legging- Free People- $32

 

Lurex Chevron Tight- Urban Outfitters- $14

‘Love’ Sweater Tights- Nordstrom- $28

Bryant Combo Legging- BCBG Max Azria- $148

Fishbone Tights- Anthropologie- $38

 

 

 

 

Sheer Dot 1937 Tights- Madewell- $22.50

Nylon Tricot Legging- American Apparel- $34

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Staple Sweaters for Winter Wardrobes

I have learned over time that a fashionable pull over sweater can be both incredibly timeless and extremely versatile.  I love that I can wear black capris, a button-up shirt and colored sweater to work and then dress it up later with some heels and a skirt for dinner!

While in past seasons, sweaters have been a little on the drab side, this year’s sweater selections are the epitome of elegance while maintaining that comfy fit feeling that winter sweaters have become known for.

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite sweaters for this winter — from classic solids to striped pull-overs, check them out below!

French Connection’s Constructivism Knit Jumper: The perfect versatile cashmere sweater for winter! ($118)

 

Madewell’s Striped Ex-Boyfriend Sweater: A comfy pull-over for lounging around the house or pairing with some skinny jeans. ($59)

 

H&M’s Solid Sweater:  A necessary staple for any woman’s cold weather wardrobe! ($29)

American Apparel’s Unisex Sailor Stripe Long Sleeve Pullover:  Pair with some colored leggings and riding boots for an adorable, comfy winter outfit.  ($34)

Alexa Chung for Madewell

Just In: Alexa Chung for Madewell

Alexa Chung, known most commonly as television presenter and model, has released her very own line with J.Crew’s Madewell stores! With price points anywhere from $25 to $500, it seems as though Chung designed items with everyone’s budget in mind. Although I wasn’t sure how much I would like Chung’s new line, I was surprised with the way she paired soft, pastel tones with midnight blacks and bright hues.

As a faithful Madewell shopper, I was excited to see a few items that would fit perfectly into my wardrobe. I haven’t been able to make it over to a Madewell location just yet to try on Chung’s new pieces, but I already have my favorite four picked out!

I tend to only wear dresses and skirts (yes, even in the winter), but I have absolutely fallen in love with these Thora Cords! I’ve been spotting cords all over the internet lately in places such as The Gap, Banana Republic, and French Connection. I would have to say the revamped cord trousers are definitely on my radar for this fall season. But, so are a few of Chung’s dresses – every thing’s just so cute it’s too hard to decide which item to purchase!

Alexa Chung for Madewell

1. Betty Tea Dress 2. Dolores Dress 3. Ruby Cardigan 4. Thora Cords

Some of Chung’s pieces are a bit higher than my normal spending limit, but I feel as though  much of her line is very versatile-I would definitely be able to wear some of her dresses in the summer with sandals, but then again in winter with some tights, boots, and a cardigan. Overall, I’m a fan of the line and I’m really excited for the new additions to Madewell’s already adorable collection.

Have you checked out Chung’s new line?  What are some of your favorites?

Cheerful Color Combinations

Colorblock Your Wardrobe

It seems as though everyone is flocking towards the colorblocking trend, but rightfully so. Why wear a piece of clothing in one of your favorite colors when you can wear a dress, shirt or shorts in two, three or even four of your favorite colors?

I happened to be perusing around in Urban Outfitters recently looking for some summer dresses to keep cool in and found this adorable number.  I was in love!  I was fully aware that the colorblocking trend was spreading quickly, but I had not exactly bought into it until I spotted that Sparkle & Fade Colorblock Dress tucked away in one of Urban’s many clothing racks.

By now, most designers have figured out the right recipes to combining blues with greens or pinks with purples- a few have even dared to mix purple and red (successfully!).  But, it’s not just clothing that has been colorblocked lately – bags, bracelets and even bathing suits have joined in on the fun.  Check out some of these cute dresses and accessories and pick out your favorite color combination!

 

Cheerful Color Combinations

1. ASOS 2. ASOS 3. Madewell 4. Marc Jacobs 5. Urban Outfitters

What is your favorite way to colorblock this summer?