Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CG x SheIn

I love a good cold-shoulder sweater, but since I have fairly broad shoulders, it can be hard to find flattering styles - the cut-outs and fit need to be just right!

Say hello to the Apricot Cold-Shoulder Sweater from SheIn! SheIn.com is a great place for affordable, trendy women's fashion. You'll find cute dresses, tops, shoes and accessories for every occasion - and your wallet will thank you!

This sweater has a higher neckline, which is super flattering.. and it front-tucks beautifully! I also have a longer torso and the length is perfect for me.

It's super soft and the off-white/tan color will go so well with all of my neutrals!






Side note: I don't love to shoot indoors... but when it's 0 degrees out, and you're waiting for the blizzard to hit, you have to improvise! I know my fellow New England bloggers can sympathize here.

This one may be sold out (keep an eye on it), so I've rounded up a few of my other favorite SheIn cold-shoulder styles here:

ONE // Apricot Cold-Shoulder Sweater *this is the one I'm wearing
TWO // Blue Halter Cold Shoulder Top
THREE // Blue Cold Shoulder Ruffle Blouse
FOUR // Brown Cold Shoulder Textured Sweater
FIVE // Pink Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress
SIX // Black Tie Cold Shoulder Sweater - LOVE the tie details on this!
SEVEN // Black Cold Shoulder Plain A-line Dress
EIGHT // Black Checkerboard Fold Over Cold Shoulder Dress - I am totally gingham obsessed this season!
NINE // Contrast Trim Cold Shoulder Ruffle Top
TEN // Grey Cold Shoulder Waffle Knit High Low Sweater - Love the swing style, and it comes in so many great colors!

I can't wait to style this sweater in other ways, like tucked in a leather circle mini-skirt! Stay tuned for more (seasonal) ways to wear this style! :)




Friday, December 16, 2016

Bling in the Holidays - Gift Guide

Y'all, where has the time gone?! I can't believe the Holiday's are practically here... and yes, I am totally still shopping.

If you're still trying to find that perfect gift for her, I've teamed up with my favorite jewelry store, Long's Jewelers, to show you some of my favorite pieces!




If she's... TRENDY
Astley Clark Woven Biography Bracelet: $145

Inspired by the Indian festival of Rakhi, this Astley Clark woven bracelet is the perfect stackable piece to add to her collection. I love playing with textures and this piece is great to add some variation to her arm party. Wear it by itself or pair with other mixed metals and fabrics!

Monica Rich Kosann “Dream” Moon Necklace w/ Sapphires: $495

This moon pendant necklace by Monica Rich Kosann is so cool! I love how perfectly trendy and classic the design is... and the white sapphires add just the right amount of bling! It would look amazing over a cozy sweater, or dressed up with a deep-V LBD.



If she's... CLASSIC
Diamond Stud Earrings
Long's 14K White Gold Diamond Stud Earrings - 0.50 CTW: $725

You seriously can't go wrong with a beautiful pair of diamond studs. They're so timeless and classic and I always feel a little more put together when I have them on. My diamonds earrings are definitely my signature accessory (other than my engagement ring!) and I promise the giftee of these will get just as much use out of them!

Pearl Necklace
David Yurman Silver Chatelaine Pendant Necklace with Pearl: $325

This David Yurman piece is a fun, delicate twice on the classic pearl necklace. It has the signature DY twisted metal detailing that surrounds the pearl and is perfect for dressing up or keeping casual in a white tee and jeans!



If she's... FEMININE
Charm Bracelete
Astley Clark Agate Lotus Kula Bracelet: $120

The lotus charm represents peace, which is so important to keep in our everyday lives. The gold and white beading are neutral and can be paired with almost any outfit! These bracelets are such great stackable pieces - the charms and beading are small, so you can get away with wearing several different styles!

Initial Necklace
David Yurman Gold Initial K Chain Necklace: $695

An initial necklace is a MUST HAVE in my book. You can wear your own initial, or someone's close to you. It's a very personal touch and I guarantee it will be a special piece to your SO. Idea: if you're engaged, why not have the initial be her new last name! You can literally wear this necklace with anything in your closet, including your sweats... and birthday suit ;)



Hopefully this got your gift-giving juices flowing and inspired you to go out and visit one of Long's five beautiful locations!

Click HERE to find out which store is closest to you.

Happy Holiday's everyone!!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Day-to-Night Bachelorette Makeup

I know I shouldn't be planning my own Bachelorette party, but if I did (and money was no option) I would take all of my girls to Vegas for a long-weekend getaway filled with shopping, brunching, pool parties and night life!

With event-filled days usually come wardrobe and makeup changes. You wouldn't wear the same thing to the mall that you would to the club, amiright? This rule applies to your makeup as well -  there's no need to wear waterproof mascara to brunch, but you totally want to wear it if you're hitting up a daytime pool party.

I've put together three easy makeup looks that will perfectly take you from your day activities to your nighttime celebrations - Vegas bachelorette party approved!


DAY
Start with clean, exfoliated skin and opt for an oil-free moisturizer - Vegas temps can get up there and if you're going to be outside, there's a good chance you might sweat glisten a little bit, so adding extra oil under your makeup won't help it last. I really love the SheaMoisture line of products and their African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash and Scrub is a great start to this makeup routine.  Next you want to prime your skin - I use Tarte's BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. It's light and airy and really locks in your products. Once you apply your foundation and concealer, set it with a translucent powder, especially under your eyes, to prevent creasing. Then apply some bronzer and blush - just enough to contour your face and give you a little color. You can also fill in sparse areas in your brows now with a pencil or brow pomade. Apply a few coats of your favorite mascara to your top and bottom lashes and set your products with a 2-3 pumps of a fine mist setting spray - then you're done! This face is quick, easy and beautiful - perfect for shopping on the strip, museum touring or pool partying! Just make sure you opt for a waterproof mascara if you plan to take a swim!




Where to Wear:
Products Used:


DAY/NIGHT
This makeup look is an either/or option. It's soft enough if you're looking to go a little more glam, and it's perfect for an easy nighttime transition! Start with the above routine but add a little more bronzer, blush and mascara. Smudge a brown or black eye pencil along your top lash line and a little bit of a light, neutral taupe shadow in the crease of your eyelids. Then cut your favorite strip lashes to size and apply using tweezers - this will help you get them closer to your lash line. My faves are Ardell Glamour Wispies in black. I like to use a dark lash glue, like Duo Dark Tone Strip Lash Adhesive, because it acts as an extra layer of liner! Once you've sprayed a few more pumps of setting spray, you're ready for a bold lip. y'all know I LOVEE a good red lip - it just makes me feel so sassy! My all-time FAVE red shade is MAC Ruby WOO - it's the perfect cool-toned matte red (TIP: cool/blue tone shades will make your teeth look whiter! #WIN).




Where to Wear:

Products Used:


NIGHT
All hail the SMOKEY EYE!! It's just SO good for a night out. If I'm in the mood for a super sexy look, there's nothing quite like a bold smokey eye (other than a red lip!). You can achieve this look whether you chose to start with the first or second looks above. If you haven't done so already, add your extra bronzer, blush, and glue on your strip lashes. Apply a layer of a creme shadow close to your lash line and smudge upward toward your crease - I like to use MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork. Blend a darker shade of brown in your crease or corners and a lighter shade up towards your brow bone. Use a medium shade under your bottom lashes and work the color over towards the outer corner of your eye. Once it's all blended (BLENDED!!!) I like to add another quick layer of mascara, top and bottom, to cover any shadow that may have fallen on your lashes - this will ensure the ultimate smoke finish. Forego (or wipe off) the red lipstick and opt for a glossy nude color - or if you're feeling really sassy, pop on some bolder, thicker lashes, and hit the town!






Where to Wear:

Products Used:


What products do you guys love, that take your look from day to night??


Also - If you DO plan your to take your bach party to Fabulous Las Vegas, make sure you go to Vegas.com to book! They seriously have EVERYTHING you need to plan a killer last hurrah, all in one place! Check out all of the amazing deals HERE!



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An Unexpected Accessory - Wood Watches

I never thought I would ever actually wear a wooden watch, but this beauty from JORD Wood Watches is quickly becoming my favorite accessory! I love oversized boyfriend watches and JORD has a great selection of textures and color combinations. They are also incredibly light so wearing a larger timepiece won't weigh you down!

http://www.woodwatches.com/#corporateglitter

I wear a lot of darker neutrals during the colder months, and the Frankie Koa and Ash is the perfect color combination. It's such a great statement piece, and I know it will go fabulously with my chunky knits and blanket scarves.

http://www.woodwatches.com/#corporateglitter

http://www.woodwatches.com/#corporateglitter

It's also an awesome gift idea for that person in your life who "has it all". Every year I try to find fun, unique and useful gifts for my family and friends and JORD Wood Watches has something for everyone. Their men's and women's collections are seriously so cool!

http://www.woodwatches.com/#corporateglitter

Ready to add a wood watch to your wardrobe? I'm teaming up with JORD Wood Watches to give one lucky winner a $75 e-gift card to shop the collection! All other entries will receive a $20 e-gift card to use towards your next online purchase.

Click HERE to enter, but hurry! The giveaway ends on 11/27/16.
* All e-gife card codes will end on 1/1/17 *

http://www.woodwatches.com/#corporateglitter

http://www.woodwatches.com/#corporateglitter

WATCH // c/o JORD Wood Watch
CARDIGAN // Joie (old), Similar, Similar
LEGGINGS // Nordstrom BP., Similar
BOOTS // Steve Madden, Similar, Similar, Similar
HAT // Nordstrom Rack (old), Similar, Similar

Watch Gift Ideas


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Date Night Sexy

On this week's episode of Wedding Wednesday, we're talking date night outfits! I've teamed up with Adore Me, an online lingerie retailer, to share my favorite date nights, outfit ideas and what I wear underneath to feel my best.

Matt and I have pretty busy schedules, so we try to find time each week, or every other, to reconnect, decompress and simply enjoy each other's company. We never want to stop pursuing each other, and going on regular dates helps to keep the spark aflame.

ONE:
A Casual Walk on the Beach, with an Ice Cream Cone!

Date Idea
Grab a sweet treat with your sweetie and walk the sandy shoreline until the sun goes down. Grab two different flavors so you can share, or one big sundae with two spoons! Bonus - take your pup along with you and get him/her a vanilla soft serve! They'll love it and you will get a kick out of watching them lick their way through the frozen goodness.

Outfit Idea
Ice cream for dinner is my favorite, and I will (almost) always choose a cone over a salad. For this simple, classic date idea, I would opt for something comfortable and oversized. This cold shoulder dress is perfect for summer nights. Pop your lace-up sandals in a straw tote when you hit the sand!

Date Night - Ice Cream
(( Outfit details here ))

Underneath
The Adore Me: Vivianne Unlined set is the perfect addition to this beachy look. The pretty scallop lace details make for an extra bit of sexy that no one will know about... until your S.O. finds it later ;)



TWO:
A Romantic Dinner at a New Restaurant, or an Old Favorite

Date Idea
Scout out a new place that neither of you have tried, or make reservations at one of your favorite spots. Either way, it's a great excuse to get a little dressed up, share a bottle of wine and chat about your day. Take turns asking each other open-ended questions that really make you think - you can always learn something new about your partner! Try something on the menu you've never had before, or get two favorites and share!

Outfit Idea
There's nothing like the feeling of a LBD, amiright? And an all black look can make you feel ultra sexy. Keep your makeup natural, but add a bold red lip and some falsies for a more dramatic look, without the clean-up of a smokey eye. I'm digging chokers these days, so I paired this dress with a velvet one to give the scallop detail a bit more of an edge. To soften the look, ditch the choker and add a delicate necklace - or no necklace at all!

Date Night - Romantic Dinner
(( Outfit details here ))

Underneath
I would go for a lacy set under this LBD and the Adore Me: Devyn Push-Up set is spot on. It can be worn strapless and has removable padding (if you want the girls a little more tucked in).




THREE:
Wine by the Fire, with S'mores (or More Ice Cream!)

Date Idea
Sometimes the most romantic dates are the ones where you never even leave the house! You don't have to get dressed up for all outings, and your backyard is a perfect venue for an intimate date night. Whether you're sharing a bottle of wine around a campfire, making dinner and picnicking on the lawn, or simply grabbing pizza and a movie and cozying up on the couch - your home is a great place to wind down and relax together. Plus, you're already home (after the wine kicks in) - if you catch my drift ;)

Outfit Idea
If you follow me, you know I have a major love for boyfriend jeans. Let's be real, they're basically work-appropriate pajama pants. At home, they're the perfect almost loungewear, so if you're planning an at-home date night, these would be perfect to feel a little more put together. Throw on a knit cardi or bring a blanket if it's chilly out. Indoor/outdoor slippers are something no one should have to live without - invest in a good pair and I promise you, you won't regret the traction or warmth they provide. Pop the bottle of vino and get to relaxing!

Date Night - Home(( Outfit details here ))


Underneath
No need for cleave tonight - opt for a comfy bralette instead. This Adore Me: Shana Unlined would be great under a boyfriend tee, and on it's own!





Follow Adore Me on Pinterest for other date-night ideas, outfits and inspiration!


What are you favorite date-nights?!


* Collage photos courtesy of Polyvore




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I'M GETTING MARRIED!

These last six months have absolutely flown by! I can't believe that we have been engaged for this long already, and I really can't believe that I am just NOW getting a chance to blog about it!

You may have seen our proposal featured on sites like Style me Pretty and How He Asked, on various Instagram accounts like @longsjewelers, or you may have even spotted us on Cosmo Magazine's snapchat, from an article they published on their website titled "22 Gorgeous Proposal Photos That Will Make You Believe in Love"!!! (no big deal)

We were so humbled and excited that so many people loved it enough to share our story. It was the most magical moment of our lives and I love that we get to cherish the photos for a lifetime. Our photographer, Annmarie, was an amazing secret-keeper, planner, and she absolutely blew us away with the photos. We cannot WAIT to have her photograph the wedding!

For those who have already read the SMP and HHA features (links above), I wanted to write this post from a different angle.

I thought it would be fun to touch on the more personal parts of the proposal: the process of choosing the ring, my "requirements", and how it all unfolded.


Matthew and I started talking about marriage pretty early on in our relationship. Call me crazy, but I knew I was going to marry him before we even started dating! A few years before, actually. I just think we needed life to play out a little bit for us first.

I remember the night, it was just around our three year dating anniversary... Matt and I were getting ready for bed, chatting about our future and when we would start house-hunting again. Naturally, marriage came up. We ended the conversation with Matt telling me that he planned to propose before our four year anniversary. I took this information with a grain of salt, as I did with all of our wedding conversations, as not to get my hopes up if it didn't happen right when he said it would.

A few short months later, we started ring shopping - just for fun. We met with Bob, the owner of Long's Jewelers, who was extremely knowledgable and helpful in showing us all of the different shapes and sizes of diamonds. We also met with Elise, who works at the Peabody, MA location, a few times to look at settings. She was wonderful and let me try on almost every ring in the store! Little did I know, the gears in Matt's head were turning, and he was making all kinds of mental notes.


Some people will not agree with me about having a hand (literally) in the ring shopping process, and I totally understand their point of view. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting it to be a total surprise. Personally, I wanted it to be an experience we could share together; something fun for both of us. And in all honesty, I am the one who gets to wear it for the rest of my tomorrows - I wanted to make sure I loved it! And I do, more than anything; it is my most prized possession and every time I look down at it, I remember how much fun shopping around for it was.  While I chose the shape and style, I let Matt make the final decision - he chose the actual diamond, the metal type and the setting. It is a constant reminder that we are a team now and is so much more special to me knowing that he loves it just as much as I do.


So how about my "requirements" for the proposal? I won't lie to you - I did have some. I told Matt that I didn't care if he wrote my name in the sky, or lit up Times Square with a "Will You Marry Me?" sign. My only requests were that he have someone photograph it, and yes, to please make sure my nails were done! I didn't need anything crazy, I just wanted someone, whether it was a guy in the bushes with a camera, or our closest family and friends, to capture the emotion of the moment.



Matthew did that, and then some. A few weeks prior, he contacted my favorite photographer (who we had had the pleasure of shooting with a few times already) to stage the event. Shortly after the plan was set, I received the email from Annmarie asking us to please please please do this "anniversary" session with her. When Matt said he wasn't working that Saturday, I immediately agreed to do the shoot.

After a few weeks of going back and fourth with Annmarie on the dress, we finally found the perfect one: a dreamy, blush pink Needle & Thread embroidered tulle number. Unfortunately, it is now sold out (sorry guys!), but I have linked some similar ones below.




When I found out that Matt had planned the whole thing, and there was no reason for the photoshoot, other than to ask me to marry him, I was completely blown away with the amount of time, thought, and love that went into making it such a memorable moment.

I got my photos, which are more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed them to be, and I get to marry my best friend. And yes, my nails were done!



I am so incredibly excited to start this next chapter of my life with my handsome fiancé <3 I have to send a HUGE thank you to all who made it such a wonderful moment... I am forever grateful.

Photographer // @annmarie_swift
Flowers // @sweetannie_floral
Coordination // @cristenandcoevents
Engagement Ring // @longsjewelers + @ritani



OH - and one last thing :)

I am SO INCREDIBLY excited to announce that I have been asked to be The Bach's newest Blogger Bachelorette!! I'll be sharing all things wedding, including my bridal shower and bachelorette party photos, tips and experiences. I hope you guys will follow along! I can't wait to share this journey with you <3

Check out all of the 2016 Blogger Bachelorette ladies here!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Fall Fashion Challenge with Salt City Optics

As the seasons change and we add different pieces to our wardrobe rotations, one thing that will never leave the queue is a great pair of sunnies. I've teamed up with Salt City Optics, an online prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses retailer, to share my favorite ways to style fall hats and sunglasses!

I am nearsighted, so for someone like me who doesn't need to wear my glasses at all times, investing in a pair of prescription sunglasses has been life changing. If I'm outside, there's a 99.9% chance I'm wearing my prescription sunglasses. My eyes are protected and shaded from the sun and I can see! What a wonderful thing!

Hats are another all-season accessory that I love. They are my absolutely favorite 'bad-hair-day' fix. Can't quite get that one piece to cooperate? Need to cover that second, err, third day hair? Is it cold outside?? Throw a hat on!!

Check out my favorite hat and sunglass pairings below...
...and a special treat for YOU!


Aviators + Baseball

ONE // TWO // THREE

Baseball hats are a staple in my 'off-duty' wardrobe. I am almost always wearing one when I run errands or go shopping on the weekends. Unless I have something going on, I like to go makeup-free Saturday and Sunday to give my skin a break. Baseball hats are key for me because they cover my probably second day hair and they help hide my bare face! Not that I am ashamed in any way, but ladies, you know what I'm talking about here!



 Oversized + Wide Brim/Floppy

ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR

Floppy hats are a great, chic way to add a little glam to your outfit. Pair it with oversized sunnies to make a neutral, minimalist #ootd a little more fancy! The two of these together will make you feel like a million bucks - or like you have a million bucks in the bank! 



Cat Eye + Beanie

ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR

A knit beanie is one of my favorite cold weather accessories. Living in New England, cute layers are an absolute MUST in my wardrobe. I like to play with textures, so I chose to pair this knit hat, adorned with a cute little faux fur pom-pom, with a pair of tortoise cat-eye sunnies! 


Check out Salt City Optics full sunglasses collection HERE!
Use coupon code  FALLFASHION25 for 25% off your next order of prescription sunglasses!
(Good for full prescription eyewear orders - frame and lens)

What are your favorite hat and sunglass pairings??