New Years Wishes & Outfit Ideas!

I am very happy to say that my website has been up and running for a year. This year has been filled with many new experiences and lots of learning! None of this would have been possible without any of my readers and I just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to you all! On an exciting note, there will be many posts and a variety of new projects coming next year!

Since New Years is only hours away and many of us probably still don't know what to wear tonight, there is still time to find that perfect outfit to bring in the New Year! Here are a couple of tips and top fashion trends for New Years:

A faux fur vest (gilet) has been very popular for the winter.  It is SUCH a statement piece and is so versatile.  It is also very animal friendly as it is not real fur.  Throw a faux fur vest over a blouse paired with black skinny jeans or over a dress to make a statement!  Don't be afraid to experiment with textures and styles. 

H&M Faux Fur Vest $20.00

Go for a dress that is comfortable.  You don't want to be pulling down your dress every 5 minutes.  Most likely you'll be in your dress for hours so make sure to choose something comfortable.  Consider a silhouette that is appropriate for your figure, for example, an A-line dress (my personal favorite) or empire waist!

BCBG Darra Faux Leather A-Line Dress $160.80

Sequins and Sparkle are still in for 2013!  Try a Little Black Dress (LBD) that's full of pizazz!  Or choose a dress with embellishments to make your dress pop! You can also pair a LBD with bright colored pumps and metallic accessories. Pumps that feature feathers, sparkles, or embellishments can dress up any outfit, even the simplest outfits!

Express Sequined Fit and Flare Dress $76.80

For sophisticated style you can't go wrong with a form-fitting sheath. Bring a sense of style to a sheath dress with gold or silver jewelry or a bright statement necklace.

BCBG Evelyn Blocked Sheath Dress $148.80

A bright red lace dress is also perfect.  Sophisticated, yet sexy, you can't go wrong with a lace red that makes quite an impact!

Express Lace Open Back Sheath Dress $58.80

I hope you all enjoy these outfit ideas and have a wonderful New Years!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Lancome Energie De Vie Dullness Relief & Energy Recharge Daily Cream

I LOVE Lancome’s Energie De Vie Dullness Relief & Energy Recharge Daily cream which retails for $55 (here) at Sephora for a 1.7oz container. This product was being offered for Sephora’s 100 point gifts. I saw the Lancome brand and knew I had to get my hands on this product.

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This cream is an energizing cream which relieves dullness and revitalizes the skin.  It is inspired by the latest Chinese beauty rituals. This cream is a daily moisturizing, lightweight, yet nourishing texture that melts into skin to soften, refine, and boost radiance.  When you put the cream on your skin it gives your skin a feeling of being energized along with a healthy looking-glow. 

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According to Lancôme, after 4 weeks of use:

78% of women felt their pores looked reduced

90% of women felt their skin looked more radiant

This cream is so light-weight and absorbs very nicely into your skin. 
It also has a strong scent – however, I like it because it smells calming.  I apply the cream by massaging the cream into my skin in the morning and again at night. Right after applying the cream I could feel my skin just felt smooth and soft.  I will definitely be purchasing another bottle after I’ve gone through this sample!

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Fall Leaves and Brown Riding Boots

It’s been a while since I updated the blog. For those of you who know me on a personal basis – you know I’ve been super busy with a lot of exciting moving pieces in my life!

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I absolutely adore the fall season.  Fall season growing up in Connecticut was always beautiful.  When I was younger, my family and I would take road trips from Connecticut to Vermont and New Hampshrie just to see the beauty of nature and the changing leaves.  All the leaves now have almost fallen off the trees and are orange in nature, it’s so pretty!

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Another thing that I love this time of year are boots!! I always loved to stick to black boots since they look fancier, however, I am in LOVE with these brown boots (they’re actually a “Scotch” color). They are the perfect color for the season and give a little more of a casual look and feel. These ridding boots are awesome (get them here). 

What I love about them is that they have a zipper, ankle strap detail, and also have a bit of a stretchy material in case your calves are wide but not wide enough to go up a size.  They are SUPER comfortable and I’ve gotten so many compliments from them!

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Oh and, of course, my big puffy jacket was a must have. With the wind chill it felt about 25 degrees out!

Four Fall Fashion Trends to Try Now

As Sunday marks the last day of summer, what a better way to celebrate the fall season with 4 Fall Fashion Trends to Try Now!  

Bold Blue Hues

Bold blue hues are a must have for the fall season, especially the color Cobalt.  Make a statement with a cobalt blue dress or wear blue in small pieces such as a peplum top.

 

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Left to right:

Autumn Full Neoprene Dress, $229 Club Monaco

Blue Ponte Peplum Dress, $140 Banana Republic

Ponte Short-Sleeve Peplum Top, $49.50 Banana Republic

Over the knee boots

One trend that is sticking around this year from last are over the knee boots! Boots are a fall must have and look super chic when worn with dresses, skirts, and skinny jeans.  Opt for a classic brown or black pair to get the most use of them and for years to come!

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Left to right: 

DV by Dolce Vita Boots, Jemi Over-The-Knee Boots, $179.00 Macy’s  

GC Shoes Jay Riding Boot, $69.95 DSW  

Chinese Laundry Southland Over the Knee Boot, $84.95 DSW

Peplum

I cannot even begin to express my love for peplum tops.  I was happy to learn that peplum is still going strong and in season! I love how peplum covers up any trouble spots and highlights any figure!

 

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Left to right:

Kate Peplum Skirt, $79.00 Club Monaco

Essential Peplum Pleated Top, $15.80 Forever 21

Peplum Sweater, $69.99 Banana Republic

Leather

Last but not least is leather.  I absolutely love leather pants, dresses, and tops.  Here are some of my favorite picks for the fall season!

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Left to right: 

Pleated Leather Top, $198 Banana Republic  

Ramona Leather Sleeve Knit, $119.50 Club Monaco  

Tasha Faux Leather Legging, $149.50 Club Monaco

Will any of you be trying these fall trends? I know I will be!

Sparkling Red Anarkali Outfit

Happy Friday Loves! Last weekend I attended a baby shower in which I decided to pull out my bright red anarkali outfit one last time before the weather got cold.  This outfit is truly stunning with its high neck, volume, and silver details. 

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The anarkali suit has silver details around the neck area and on the bottom.  I cannot even begin to express my love for anarkali suits.  They are SOO comfortable! Not only are they comfortable but very fashionable and elegant.  I also kept the jewelry simple by wearing statement earrings, a couple of bangles, and my favorite silver Bulova watch. 

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I decided to keep my hair simple since i really wanted the anarkali outfit to stand out.  I created a middle part and pulled my hair into a side ponytail.  Then I curled my hair and twisted it into a chignon.  Viola! It's that simple! 

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