Berry and Bright

This holiday season I’m ditching a dramatic eye for a bold lip.

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Not only is this look easier to achieve, but I think it is also appropriate for every occasion–family reunion, corporate holiday party, Christmas moviethon, etc. With a bold lip, you can keep everything else simple and neutral but still look like you put in effort without coming off over the top. My color of choice? Berry. This warm and bright shade is fitting for this time of year, but ultimately, any red will do, as long as it is BOLD.

To get my look:

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MAC – Rebel

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NARS – Fanny

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BARE MINERALS – Devious

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow

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Thanksgiving Rompers & Jumpsuits

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With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, there’s so much to do–grocery shopping, meal prepping, decorating, and most importantly…outfit planning.

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It can be difficult to know what to wear as a guest. You don’t want to be over the top, uncomfortable, or too casual.

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Wearing a romper or jumpsuit is the perfect answer. Rompers effortlessly evoke the appropriate combination of looking like you tried while still being able to move.

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I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

On me: Forever Jumpsuit // Alfani Heels // Adrienne Vittadini Sweater // Fossil Purse

Before you go, take a look at a few other rompers & jumpsuits I love:

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Topshop

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

Nordstrom Rack

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

Nordstrom

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

Nordstrom

The LBD of Summer

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Many times on this blog I’ve mentioned how important a Little Black Dress (LBD) is for every woman’s wardrobe, but usually I’m referring to a dress that is fit for a holiday party, last minute black tie wedding, or fancy date night.

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Finding an LBD that can do all of those things AND be casual enough for the beach is a whole other story.

Summer, Little Black Dress, Beach

Let me introduce you to the LBD of Summer: this button-front cami is light and airy enough for hot, casual summer days, yet it easily elevates itself for a more dressy occasion with the right shoes and accessories. You’re welcome. 

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“One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” 

 Karl Lagerfeld

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

After working tons of weddings this season, I’ve seen many different dress options for bridesmaids. As time progresses, people are moving in a less traditional direction—which I love! Most notably, I have not seen a single wedding this year where each bridesmaid is wearing a 100% matching dress, as is typically found at your run of the mill wedding dress shop. Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible to flatter EVERYONE in your bridal party with the same dress, so why try? Instead of forcing something that usually doesn’t fit or feel right, brides are getting creative. These are a few of my favorite modern bridesmaids dress trends (so far:-)

White SHORT Dresses

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Same Color/Fabric but Different Style

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Different Fabrics/Patterns of Same Basic Color

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Same/Similar Fabric/Style but Different Colors

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Jumpsuits Instead of Dresses

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My favorite dress shops right now are BHLDN, ModCloth, Lulus, Reformation, and ASOS!

Royal Replica

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I’ve been intrigued by Harry and Meghan since news first broke that they were seeing each other, and the footage of the royal wedding was so fun to watch. It’s like a modern day twist on a childhood fairytale, because this charming prince met a mature, self-made woman with a story and style of her own. 

She’s gone from girl next-door to Hollywood glam to Kensington Palace, and her Givenchy wedding dress by Clare Waight Keller really spoke to who she was. It was classic and contemporary at the same time, with an elegance and simplicity that reflected her persona perfectly–no frills or embellishments, yet beautiful. What was even more lovely to me was her sophisticated reception dress by Stella McCartney. The halter cut was so sexy and chic. I immediately started looking for something similar to enjoy this summer. Here’s a few options I’ve found that might work for us commoners:

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Nordstrom

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Nordstrom

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Neiman Marcus

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Zulily

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Bergdorf Goodman

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

royal wedding, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Wedding Dress

Lilly Pulitzer

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Gilt

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New York & Co.

“You can be a woman who wants to look good and still stand up for the equality of women.” –Meghan Markle (Create & Cultivate, 2016)

Long Skirts for the Modern Girl

When I was younger, I always kept my distance from long skirts. I felt they were restraining, unshapely, and one of the many fads from the 19th century that I didn’t want to revisit. Fast forward to 2018 when long skirts have completely reinvented themselves, and now they are not only breathable and flattering, but also versatile. They provide options for styling an outfit in a myriad of ways—from sporty to professional and everywhere in between. It’s fun experimenting with them. Check out some of my favorite long skirt trends thus far:
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P.S. Urban Outfitters and ModCloth have a ton of great options right now—just in time for Spring!

Vintage Style

Most trends are cyclical, moving in and out of vogue over time. What was fashionable for an older generation, i.e. bellbottoms, may be a dreaded faux pas later; yet some pieces are so iconic that they have made repeated encores. Here are a few examples of style fads that have made impressive comebacks:

Oversized Sunglasses

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oversized sunglasses

High Waisted Bathing Suit

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high waisted bathing suit

Square Scarf

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Beret

beret, vintage style

beret, vintage style

Pea Coat

Pea Coat

pea coat

Wide Leg Pant

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wide leg pant

Oversized Sun Hat

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oversized sun hat

Off The Shoulder

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off the shoulder dress

Crop top

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crop top

LBD

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

High Waisted Jeans

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high waisted jeans

Asymmetrical Shoulders

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asymmetrical dress

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel

Valentine’s Day Dresses

Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away! Whether you’re headed to a romantic dinner with your beau or a fun night with the girls, your outfit is going to be a priority. For those of us who rarely get the opportunity to put on a dress, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse. Check out some of my favorite dresses to celebrate love!  
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Valentine's Day Dress
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Valentine's Day Dress
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Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day dress
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” 
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Holiday Long Sleeve Dresses

The Holidays are under way! Figuring out what to wear can be difficult. I love dressing up, but I never own a dress that’s warm enough, and yet still elegant. Most of my dresses are meant to be worn in the summer, usually sleeveless, short sleeve, or even strapless. I realized an easy fix to my problem—invest in some long sleeve dresses! There are a few styles I gravitate towards in particular. Check them out below.

The LBD

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Shopbop

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Shoptiques

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Nordstrom

Bell Sleeve

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Shopbop

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Nordstrom

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Shoptiques

Over the Knee

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Neiman Marcus

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Revolve

 

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Revolve

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 
― Coco Chanel

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Holiday Hair

The holidays are creeping up on us, and I couldn’t be more ready. One of my favorite aspects of the season are the many fun excuses to get all dolled up! It’s no secret that experimenting with hair and makeup is one of my most beloved past times, and Thanksgiving is a great chance to debut a new style! As I’ve blogged about before, Kristin Ess is one of the most Instagram worthy hairstylists out there—she’s constantly inspiring me to try something new. I love her effortless, chic looks. They feel ethereal and timeless, and usually aren’t that difficult to recreate. I especially love when she adds a simple accessory to her up-dos—something that would fit well on an extra special occasion during the Winter months. Take a peek at some of my favorite looks that she has created; I also gathered up some pretty accessories that will elevate any hairstyle this season. Happy styling!

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holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

 

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Shopbop

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Anthroplogie

 

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Madewell

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Shopbop

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” —Michael Kors

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