Tuesday, November 25, 2014

gift guides: beauty

1. Hot Tools 1" Curling Iron // 2. Hot Tools Ionic Professional Dryer // 3. Essie 'Winter 2014' Four Pack // 4. Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift Set // 5. Clarisonic Pink Holiday Set // 6. Biosilk Silk Therapy // 7. M.A.C. Basic Brush Kit // 8. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Kit // 9. Stila Stay All Day in Orange Red // 10. Philosophy Hope in a Jar // 11. kate spade Cedar Street Makeup Bag // 12. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue // 13. OGX Moroccan Oil Three Piece Set

For the second installment of my Holiday Gift Guide series, I'm bringing you some of my favorite beauty items. With items ranging anywhere from $17 to $100+ there's a little something for everyone and every budget!

If you need any gift suggestions or just have a question, feel free to comment below!

Next week's gift guide: "for the home"...stay tuned!


Monday, November 24, 2014

pattern mixing: stripes + florals

shirt: H&M (similar, similar) // skirt: J. Crew Factory // scarf: H&M (similar, similar) // watch: Michael Kors
tights: Target // shoes: J. Crew Factory // nails: NYC 'Madison Avenue'

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! It's a short week for me and I'm hoping on a plane tomorrow morning to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

Today's outfit is comprised of everyday basics: b&w striped tee, black wool skirt, black tights...so I decided to spice it up and add a pop of color with a dark floral scarf. Pattern mixing...simple, fun, easy...perfect for a Monday morning!

Hope you all enjoy the short work week!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

gift guides: my holiday wish list.

1. kate spade "Places To Go, People To See" // 2. OHF Arrow Earrings // 3. Baggu Canvas Tote // 4. kate spade Travel Mug // 5. Nordstrom Chunky Bracelet // 6. Madewell Mira Pumps // 7. C. Wonder Navy Pumps // 8. UD Naked 3 Palette // 9. kate spade Skinny Belts (leopard, glitter, patent) // 10. Madewell Calf Hair Skimmers // 11. C. Wonder Earrings

Today I'm kicking off my new series of Holiday Gift Guides, starting with my own personal wish list! Each week, for the next five weeks I'll be posting a new gift guide to help you ladies (and gents) this holiday season! Start your gift planning now, no one wants to pay for rush shipping at the last minute....or worse, battle the mall crowds!

Feel free to comment below or email me with any holiday gifting questions...I love picking out gifts and I'm happy to help!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

outfit inspiration >> navy + yellow

shirt: Target (similar) // belt: Target (old) // earrings: Stella + Dot // necklace: Forever 21 // pants: Banana Republic (40% off) // heels: J. Crew via eBay (similar) // watch: Michael Kors

Today's outfit inspiration can be credited to one of my favorite bloggers, Jean from Extra Petite. She's wearing the same Sloan pants from Banana Republic and they're amazing (and come in petites). If you haven't tried these I highly recommend them!  Bonus...everything is 40% off until tomorrow!

Hope you're all having a great week!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

fall favorites.

1. Old Navy Striped Top // 2. Mossimo Flannel Shirt // 3. F21 Pleated Blouse // 4. F21 Lace Blouse
5. Old Navy Plaid Peacoat // 6. Pashmina // 7. Oversized Scarf // 8. J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer
9. F21 Patent Flats // 10. Old Navy Ankle Boots // 11. Old Navy Faux Suede Pumps

My fall favorites are a mix of high and low end pieces, which is pretty typical of my shopping habits. I love a good bargain, but I hate sacrificing quality. Case in point...I can't tell you how many black blazers I've been through over the years. I've tried them from everywhere from Target, to H&M, to Forever 21...and they either didn't fit quite right, or showed signs of wear after just a couple of uses. I recently decided to just bite the bullet and invest in the J. Crew Schoolboy blazer (which I found on eBay in my size!), and IT. IS. AMAZING! I got it in petite sizing it's the perfect fit in the shoulders and torso, though the sleeves are about half an inch too short for my taste (I just cuff the sleeves). Perfect example where it's better to invest in the pricier option for a closet staple...and I'll have it for years to come!

On the other hand, I can never get enough of Forever 21's blouse selection. Their quality seems to be a bit better in recent seasons and you can't beat the prices! Another favorite of mine this season has been the patent flats from Forever 21 above, and the ankle boots from Old Navy...seriously, these are sooo comfortable!

What about you...have you found any must have items this fall? I'd love to hear about them!