Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day with JORD Wood Watches!

Can you believe that Mother's Day is just a few days away?! I sure can't. With all of the craziness that has been life lately (work, wedding planning, my makeup business, etc.) I feel like my days are just FLYING by me. Since I have many appointments and things squeezed into my days, I always need know what the HECK time it is! That's why I absolutely LOVE my JORD watch!

These wood watches are so chic and they really add a cool, almost rustic look to any outfit. They can be worn so many ways - as a print/texture mix (like leather and lace, which you know I love) or as a stand alone statement piece. They stand out without overpowering an outfit - perfect for stacking, too!

The wood grain in this FRANKIE 35 series Zebrawood & Champagne is subtle but totally fun! I love how well it pairs with all of my neutrals, too - white, beige/brown tones, BLACK! The watch face on this one is smaller than my other Frankie, which is really flattering on my little wrists ;) OH... and can we talk about the packaging?? #amazing

As much as I'm obsessing over my JORD watch, I know all the COOL MOMS out there will too! It's definitely a unique gift, and I bet it'll be her first wooden watch! Every year I struggle with what to gift the woman who "has it all". I try to think of something useful, but fun - something she maybe wouldn't purchase on her own... and JORD watches are just that!

Check out their women's shop here, and peek at the men's too - great styles for everyone!!


Ready to give the gift of time? Scroll down for something special!










GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
Click HERE for your chance to
WIN$100 credit towards your next JORD wood watch!!
BONUS: All other entries will receive a $25 e-gift code from JORD!

* (Giveaway ends MAY 21, 2017 - code must be used by 6/30/17) *


Best of luck, friends :)


Friday, April 14, 2017

Facing My Fashion Fears with Dia&Co.

Let's be real... we've all, at one point or another, felt insecure about our bodies. With so much distraction from advertisers and the enormous about of influence from the media and our peers, it can be hard to feel secure in our own skin.


BUT IT SHOULDN'T!!!

We are all beautiful, inside and out, and we should never be afraid to let our true self shine. Dye your hair pink, wear that bold lipstick, rock those shoes you've been too afraid to break out - just DO IT! Whatever makes you feel the most beautiful - do that! I always feel my best when I'm wearing outfits that are truly ME!

That's why I was so excited to do this post. I've partnered up with Dia&Co. (a curated shopping experience, delivered to your doorstep, exclusively in sizes 14+) to share how I would style a garment that I've been hesitant to wear because of my body type. Every Friday, the Dia&Co office celebrates "Try-day Friday" where they challenge each other to step out of their fashion "box" and play with new styles that they might not otherwise try.

So, here it is!


...I am facing my #FASHIONFEARS by styling...

C U L O T T E S

I've always loved the easy style of culottes but could never find a pair that were flattering on me. I have shorter legs and a longer torso, so I needed them to be super high-waisted and hit just the right spot on my legs, which I could never seem to find. They would always hit at the widest part of my leg and just made me look even shorter.

That is, until I found this pair at Zara! They sit high enough on my waist and the tie detail is super flattering... AND they're the perfect length! #WIN - I actually bought them in black too.





PANTS // These are old, but these are similarsimilarsimilarjumpsuit
JACKET // Similar
SHOES // Sam Edelman


I've been playing around with how to style these pants for a while now and just couldn't seem to get it "right". When I tried them on with this jacket, it really completed the look for me. I felt sassy, confident and just the right amount of trendy and classic. I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought these, even if it has taken me a little while to actually wear them!

I hope this post inspires you to face your fashion fears, too! Wear that dress, style your hair that way you've been pinning for months, try out a new makeup look - you are your most BEAUTIFUL when you feel the most like YOU!!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Colors with Bonobos

Now that the temps are starting to warm up, it's time to ditch the heavy layers and break out the spring colors! I always like to refresh my wardrobe with the seasons - but this year I've been trying my hardest to make better choices and only buy items I know I can rotate throughout the seasons, and that can be worn a minimum of three ways. For example, a lightweight sleeveless dress can be worn in the winter with an oversized cardi and OTK boots, and then again in the spring/summer months with a light jacket, or no layers at all!

So when I was approached by Bonobos to share my favorite HIS & HERS looks for spring, I thought it would be so fun to put together a few different options for you all. I will admit, I love "helping" my fiance pick out outfits when we go out... and yes, sometimes I totally make us match!

Now - my only hesitation with this post was choosing my go-to spring colors. Lately I've been finding myself drawn to things that, well, aren't colorful! Obviously I live in black most of the time, but I can wear those pieces year-round. And to be honest, I just don't quite feel like myself in neon pink anymore...

SO... here it is... my go-to spring colors this year are... (you guessed it)...
NEUTRALS!


Let's get started then, shall we :)

LOOK #1
COLORS: TAN / BEIGE / WHITE / DENIM 

This look is perfect for when it's just starting to get warmer (you don't need a jacket) but there's still a slight chill in the air. Light layers are key here! You can now break out your mules and open toed shoes... if you've been in for a pedicure (kidding! Sort of...). The guys can lighten up their layers too, and start wearing the "no sock" shoes.

This time of year I feel myself opting for comfy, breathable pieces, and 'fits like this boyfriend jean+slouchy sweater combo are definitely in heavy rotation RN. I like to keep my accessories simple but jazz it up with a red lip! For the men - I love a simple layered look. White tee, jeans (that fit!) and a casual jacket are perfect for anywhere!


Spring Colors_V1

HERS
JEANS // Hollister
SHOES // Ashbury Skies
BAG // Baggu

HIS
JEANS // Bonobos
JACKET // Orvis
SHOES // Timberland
TEE // Bonobos



LOOK #2
COLORS: BLACK / WHITE / PATTERN POP

I love this knotted top paired with crisp white denim. And since it's not quite summer temps yet, you can still get some use out of your wool hats and ankle booties. Mixing the tiny print of this top with the medium leopard print of the clutch is print-mixing done right. The guys can throw in a pattern too, like this cool camo wallet! Have him roll the hem of his pants and pair with fresh white sneaks for a laidback look.

Going out for drinks, or walking around the city - these matching outfits will definitely make heads turn. If you need a layer, grab a leather jacket or a slouchy cardigan to warm you up! I know I'll be mixing a LOT of leopard into my wardrobe this season - and pairing with white really helps to soften the pattern.Spring Colors_V3

HERS
JEANS // Frame
SHOES // H&M
BAG // Clare V. (On sale!)
TOP // Mango
HAT // Brixton

HIS

PANTS // Bonobos
TOP // Bonobos
SHOES // TCG
WATCH // MVMT


LOOK #3
COLORS: BLACK / WHITE

Bare leg season is officially here! Time for dresses and showing off those cute shoes! I was thinking brunch here - how perfect is this gingham shirt dress?! I've been buying SO much B/W gingham recently - I love how versatile it is for the seasons. Since I love black so much, the pattern of this dress perfectly matches all of my dark accessories. 

I kept his look simple, as to not compete with the pattern of this dress. Sleek black jeans and a white henley look so put-together, and his black watch is a perfect match to mine. These looks are light and feminine, with a touch of edge - exactly what I'm feeling this spring :)


Spring Colors_V2

HERS
DRESS // ASOS
SHOES // Vince Camuto
BAG // Givenchy
WATCH // Daniel Wellington

HIS

PANTS // Bonobos
TOP // Bonobos
SHOES // Sperry
WATCH // Kapten and Son


I hope you guys like these matching looks, and are inspired to hit the town with your S.O. in complementary looks!


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

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