Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pale Pink

Chelsea28 turtleneck sweater (I'm wearing "pink peach" but it comes in nine colors!)
Karen Walker sunglasses // Lancome lip crayon

I own this turtleneck sweater in a few different colors (blue, pink and grey) because it is so comfortable and SO versatile. I've worn it with a faux fur vest, with a scarf, tucked in and long with leggings. I love love love this pale pink color (although it would look much better on someone with a tan!!!) because you can never go wrong with pink. These jeans are also new - I wanted to try out a new brand and I didn't want any rips in them, so when I found these by Hudson I knew they were "the ones." The length is PERFECT to wear with booties or heels. You don't even have to take them to get altered (woohoo!).

What are everyone's plans for NYE?! I have plans to go out, but I can tell I'm getting old because I would much rather stay in and watch movies until midnight, haha!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Look Back at 2015...

2015 has been a wonderful year... I got to cross many things off my bucket list and experience new adventures, new cultures, meet new people and try new things. Here's a look at the best outfits from the past year!

I started off the new year in Charlotte with stripes and chambray...

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Then traversed to Jamaica to escape the winter weather... 

original posts here & here

Moved into a new apartment in Charlotte...

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Traveled to Mexico to visit Cabo San Lucas...

original posts herehere, & here

Got to visit NYC twice for fashion week!

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Hopped across to Bermuda to visit the Princess Bermuda...

original posts herehere & here

Spend time with family on vacation...

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Headed up north to Vermont for the first signs of fall... 

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Took a girlstrip with my mom to Aspen, Colorado... 

original posts here , here & here

And even traveled across the pond to visit London & Paris...

original posts here & here

And finally, ended 2015 with my closest friends & family.

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When thinking over this past year, there is one quote that comes to mind: "If your dreams don't scare you, then they're not big enough." I love that quote - it reminds me that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. Never stop setting goals for yourself and working until they come true - even if those goals seem impossible to accomplish.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank each and every one of you for following along this year...  It has truly been an amazing year, and I couldn't have done it without you. I am so thankful for your support and I'm excited to see what 2016 brings :)

Monday, December 28, 2015

HUGE After-Christmas Sales!

 faux fur vest (on sale) // white tunic (on sale) // similar faux leather leggings (on sale) 

Nordstrom is currently having a huge after-Christmas sale… many items are 40% off (or more), so you can snag some great deals on clothing & accessories you can wear the rest of Winter. In the above photo, my exact tunic & faux fur vest are both marked wayyyy down! The items below are some of my favorites from the sale. You may recognize the black dress from this blog post!

top row: black lace dress ($40) // turtleneck swing dress ($26) // turtleneck poncho ($58)
middle row: Rebecca Minkoff bag ($176) // crystal necklace ($26) // faux fur vest ($74)
bottom row: mittens ($15) // wedge booties ($79) // infinity scarf ($19)

I've rounded up some more popular retailers that are also having huge sales below. Happy shopping! And I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas!! 

ANN TAYLOR // 60% off with code WINTER60
ANTHROPOLOGIE // extra 25% off all sale items
ASOS // 50% off sale items
BANANA REPUBLIC // extra 50% off sale items
BAUBLEBAR // Up to 65% off top jewelry styles
FOREVER 21 // Up to 75% off select items
GAP // 60% off hundreds of styles
GIGI NEW YORK // 40% off select items
J.CREW // 40% off select winter items with code SHOPNOW
J.CREW FACTORY // 30% off new arrivals + extra 40% off clearance with code SALETIME
KATE SPADE // 25% off sale items with code THRILL
LOFT // 50% off everything with code HOLIDAY50
MADEWELL // Extra 30% off sale styles with code YOUWIN
NORDSTROM // Half yearly sale - up to 50% off
OLD NAVY // Up to 60% off site wide
SOLE SOCIETY // Up to 50% off select bags and shoes
TORY BURCH // Extra 30% off sale styles with code MERRY


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to All!

plaid shirt (choose color "Elmer Plaid"), similar here // Chicwish faux fur vest
Lancome lip crayon in #100

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." - Isaiah 9:6-10

I hope you are taking this day to relax, enjoy time with family, and that you remember why we are celebrating this day, the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas to everyone, I love you all!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ten Ways to Amp Up your Holiday Outfit…

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!! If you're looking for a little last-minute Christmas outfit inspiration, you've come to the right place. I've put together a few easy ways to take your holiday look to the next level... most of these are cheap and can be done last-minute, but they make a huge difference!

1. Dress in all black
I was never a huge fan of wearing all black, until I tried it for myself. There's something so chic & attention grabbing about an all black outfit! Black booties, black leggings, and an oversized black sweater are the only pieces you'll need for this look - and odds are you already have them in your closet. 

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2. Curl your hair
I adore big bouncy curls for Christmas - it's such an easy way to look "dressed up" instantly. I use this curling wand with the 1-inch barrel, but a drugstore curling wand would work just as well. I like to curl the hair away from my face and then use my fingers to gently comb through the curls. A 1-inch barrel is the perfect size for big curls!

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3. Put a bow on it
Tying a bow onto your blouse is a really easy, no-fuss way to transform an outfit. I own this tie-on bow from NastyGal, but a regular ribbon or sash from the craft store will have the same effect (you can even buy a yard of black fabric and cut your own). I also love tying ribbons into your hair… so classy and elegant!

4. Add Some Bling
Pull out your blingin' jewelry for Christmas Eve for the easiest way to glam up your outfit. Whether it's a pair of statement earrings, a sparkly necklace or a set of bracelets, bling is always the way to go. You've probably seen me wear these crystal earrings over and over on this blog… I love them & they go with any outfit!

5. Rock a Red Lip
My favorite way to instantaneously turn a look into a "festive" one is to add a red lip. Lately I've been going to Lancome's lip crayon in #100 for the perfect red pout. One tip for great-looking lipstick: apply lip balm with a Q-tip approximately 30 minutes before applying your lipstick. The Q-tip acts as an exfoliator to slough off dead skin, making your lips smooth and moisturized before you apply lip color!

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6. It's all in the Accessories
Accessories can transform a boring outfit. I love this glitter handbag from Kate Spade, but a brightly colored or patterned handbag will give the same effect. Try pairing a red handbag or a leopard print clutch with an all black outfit. Easy and festive!

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7. Highlight your Eyes
Apply a little bit of white highlighter to the inside corners of your eyes to make them pop. I swear it works! I have this highlighter pencil, but any white makeup pencil will do. You can use it under the brows, around the inner corner of the eye or all over the eyelid - it gives your eye an instant lift.

8. Elongate your legs!
Elongate your legs by wearing opaque black tights with black heels - this works wonders for your legs. Don't believe me? Just try it!

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9. Try falsies
I only wear false eyelashes for really special occasions - both Christmas Eve and NYE qualify as "special occasions" in my book! The drugstore carries several brands of false eyelashes. I usually try to choose a natural-looking pair that enhances what you already have, rather than standing out as fake. Here's tip: be sure to wait 30 seconds after applying glue to the eyelashes. It needs a little bit of time for the glue to get tacky, and it will stick to your eyelid better!

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10. Statement Sequins
I love wearing a "statement piece" like a sequin jacket or sequin dress. The rest of the outfit should be very simple and plain, because you want all of the attention to be on one piece of the outfit. This sequin blazer from Nordstrom Rack would be the perfect statement piece for NYE! 

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I'd love to know, what are your tips for dressing up a holiday outfit?!

Merry Christmas to all!