Valentine’s Day Wish List Under $50

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I’m not going to lie to you. Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly my favorite holiday. And since I’m being honest, I mostly do Valentine’s Day wish list posts to hint to the manfriend what to get me.

This year I’m trying to be good. So my wish list is all under $50. And it only includes a few items, so he really can’t mess this up…

  1. If you don’t know by now that I have a strange affection for graphic tees, then you really don’t know me. I have a few brands that I love over others and J.Crew is one of them. This one is V-Day themed but also meaningful enough to wear beyond February 14th.
  2. Last year I included a ring I’d really been wanting on my Valentine’s Day wish list. And I got it! So really, I am trying to go two for two here. This Sweet Nothing one is just as dainty as the Threadbare ones I wear every day currently.
  3. In addition to graphic tees, I have this thing for socks. I own way too many printed ones. What’s one more pair? These are a little more chic and sophisticated and who couldn’t use that in their life?
  4. Of the things I’ve shared this one is the one I want most. I’m horrible at journaling, but I want to be better. Would love to give this five minute one a try!

Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day this year?

January 2018 Loves

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Clearly I wasn’t into the whole holiday wish list thing.

My bad.

To make up for it, I’m bringing back my monthly product loves. Where I share my five favorite purchases from the month. Since it’s still pretty early to be sharing my product loves for January, so this month will include a couple of things that I technically purchased (or in the case of the rosé, received at a wine tasting) in December.

  1. While window shopping on Newbury Street, I discover Aēsop and wanted to buy this hand cream. It’s a bit pricey, but thanks to birthday and Christmas gift cards I found it on Amazon. The citrusy smell alone is enough to make it well worth every penny!
  2. Speaking of smell, if you are a fan of Diptyque’s Baies (berries) candle, but are looking for a more subtle scent, I highly recommend Figuier (fig). I personally, like to burn they together. Even the manfriend enjoys them.
  3. You guys, I splurged. I got myself a Gucci bag for myself for my birthday. I got the Dionysus Super Mini bag which is technically considered a wallet. But either way, I love it! After posting a couple of photos of if on Instagram, I’ve been asked if it fits the iPhone 7 Plus. It doesn’t. Believe me I tried. The dimensions of the bag make it seem like it might. But trust me, it doesn’t.
  4. If you think rosé is something that was going to stay in 2017. You, my friend, are mistaken. I’m not even that much of a rosé drinker, aside from when I can’t decided what drink to get. This is the first rosé that I can honestly say I love! Unfortunately it’s sold out online, but I’m hoping for a restock…
  5. I may have mentioned this before, but I hate bras with underwires. They are uncomfortable and make me feel like I can’t breathe. Another bra struggle is finding a brown one. GapBody happens to have a brown wireless bra. Praise hands emoji times two!

What do you think of my January product loves?

The Absolut Best Gift Ever

As much as I love shopping, sometimes finding a good gift for someone can be somewhat of a struggle. Especially when it’s for the office Secret Santa or Yankee Swap with friends. You want to get something that almost anyone would love to get. Something so unique that it’ll be talked about for years to come. 

This holiday season, I’m gifting Absolut Elyx. The best gift ever! And, even better, it comes in a musical tin that when opened plays “La Vie en Rose”.  A song that is so magical, it reminds you of the holidays but can be played throughout the year. It has been a favorite of mine ever since the final season of How I Met Your Mother. I am so excited it’s the song I can share, along with my favorite vodka!

If you’re thinking of gifting it someone special, and want to give a little something more, pair it with the copper mule mugs, a personal favorite of mine. I use them to drink my favorite vodka drink! 

Vodka Cranberry

1 2/3 Parts Absolut Elyx

5 Parts Cranberry Juice

1 Lime Wheel

Pour over ice.

Vodka Cranberry isn’t exactly the most seasonally appropriate drink, but I make it work by swapping out the traditional lime garnish for cinnamon sticks.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Elyx Copper Collection, available for purchase in the Elyx Boutique! I know I’ve been eyeing things for friends, as well as a few for myself. 

Luxury Wish List

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I’m not going all out for Black Friday shopping this year. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not planning holiday wish lists. I’ve decided to go easy on the blogging to finish out the year. For a number of reasons. But, I’ll be sharing various wish lists from now until Christmas. Whenever the mood strikes me.

To start, I wanted to share a few higher end luxury items. Ones I’ve been eyeing and figured a few of you might be interested in as well. To be clear, I can’t afford half of this, but I can let it inspire my purchases. I can also save up for one or two things that I really want.

Everything in the image above is linked and you can shop the exact items or something similar. I’ve also linked to the exact items below.

  1. Canada Goose Coat
  2. Celine Handbag
  3. Gucci Belt
  4. Louis Vuitton Tote
  5. Celine Sunglasses
  6. Louis Vuitton Handbag
  7. Christian Louboutin Heels
  8. Saint Laurent Wallet

Have your heart set on any particular luxury items? Share in the comments the one splurge you want the most!

Make it Better

The Elyx Boutique

Luxury Vodka

Moscow Mule

I’m going to be totally honest, my life isn’t exactly the most glamourous. But, when the opportunity presents itself for me to add little luxuries here or there, I make sure to take advantage.

Manicures, fancy throw pillows, a new pair of shoes…

My most recent little life upgrade has been my cocktails. Absolut Elyx is vodka, but better. Distilled with copper in a unique way, Absolut Elyx tastes unlike any other vodka I’ve ever tasted. Smoother. Better.

Elyx is a single estate, copper crafted vodka that is the luxury expression of Absolut. Copper plays the lead role in the production of Absolut Elyx, it is the unique way that they use copper in the distillation process that gives Elyx its celebrated exceptionally smooth finish.

Until very recently, I had never had a Moscow Mule, and I didn’t care for it all that much. But, with Absolut Elyx, there’s just something about it that’s won me over. And then there’s the Elyx Boutique! While sipping, the copper mule mugs, make me feel super fancy. And you get them, or a pineapple, here.

What’s your favorite vodka drink? I am willing to bet that mixing it with Absolut Elyx will make you love it even more, because copper makes it better!

Fall Fashion Goals

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Who What Wear lace top from Target

Fall Fashion Goals

Keds Triple Kick

Transitional Summer to Fall Outfit

Lace Top: Who What Wear | Jeans: Madewell | Tote: Sseko
Jewelry: Capwell + Co | Sneakers: Keds

You can keep your pumpkin spice lattes.

Give me fall fashion!

This season I’m looking forward to elevating my look a little. I’m partnering with Keds to do just that, by pairing fashion forward pieces with some of my more classic favorites.

Think runway meets the streets.

Like, with this look, lace isn’t exactly something that I own a ton of. I can honestly say that I can count the lace pieces I have on one hand, and even that’s being generous. But, when worn with casual, wear any and everywhere sneakers and my staple vintage inspired jeans, you get a look that is both cutting edge and trendy, yet minimalistic and chic at the same time.

My goal is to curate a fall wardrobe that can create outfits to take you from watching football, to apple picking, to wandering the city, to whatever.

I plan to do all of the above.

Ten times over.

Photos by:  Nicollette Petersen

My Recent Buys | July 2017

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Over the past few months, I’ve been working on my work/life balance. My current commute to work it roughly 2 hours one way. So blogging has taken the back burner to really just about everything else. My shopping on the other hand, hasn’t. So to start easing back into things, as my life takes on even more transitions (more on that later), I figured I’d share about some of my recent buys.

1. I don’t care what anyone says, you can never have too much denim. Be it jeans, overalls, or jackets. I personally know that I have quite a few, but I didn’t have a white one. I love my other Madewell oversized jean jacket, so went for a similar one, but in white.

2. If the little red dress isn’t a thing, it really should be. I found a loose fit midi dress with a very cool button back detail. Planning on reaching for this little number on all of those hot muggy days, when I want to look far more stylish than I feel.

3. Every once in a while I’ll walk by the Free People at the Pru and see a piece that draws me in. This jumpsuit did just that. Now that I have it, I love it and also want it in the mauve color.

4. Another Free People item that was love at first sight, was this sequin dress. I ended up not getting it, but came across it in the sale section recently and couldn’t risk passing on it again.

5. Shoes are my weakness, but lately I’ve been spending more on flat options and believe it or not, sneakers. A lot of this shift had to do with being on my feet for 8 hour shifts. Regardless, these Schutz heels have been haunting me since forever.

6. I think I wandered in to Urban Outfitters to grab deodorant. I ended up leaving with the comfiest jumpsuit that has ever touched my body. This may be gross, but I now change into it pretty much every day after work.

7. Switching to natural makeup has been somewhat of a struggle. Some things don’t work the way I expected them to, while others work great but cost a ton. Even though many argue that Tarte isn’t really a natural cosmetic brand, I’ve stopped caring as much. My goal is to find better for me options, and in my book, Tarte fits that bill. As does this purse sized palette.

Excited to get some content together featuring some of these purchases!

Styled by 5 Featuring Rad Swim

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Each month myself and four other boss blogger babes have been styling the same piece of clothing and since we all look and think differently from each other (hair, religion, location, skin, size, height, style…all of the above), you’ll get five totally different looks. That means you’ll get to see what I style, on other body types so you can find something that is best for you!

 

Peplum Tankini Outfit

Spring for me means one thing. That it’s almost summer. Bring on the sunshine, beach trips, and days by the pool! And thanks to Rad Swim, the Styled by 5 crew is ready. Even if the weather isn’t.

The temperatures in New England are finally going to start feeling like spring. While I don’t have any upcoming plans involving swimwear, I can’t wait until I do. Once that’s the case, I plan to find reasons to wear a bathing suit as often as I can!

This peplum tankini that Deidre, Kaylynn, Jacque, and Lauryn have all styled, has sequins that give it a little extra glitz. A really fun way to stand out. And if that doesn’t appeal so much to you, you can do so subtly, like Kaylynn and I, by opting for it in black.

 

Photos by: Rachel Leiner Photography

SO Not Over Overalls

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Maybe I’m alone on this, but I am SO not over overalls. It baffles me when anyone tells me that they don’t own any. I own at least three, and have been eyeing two pairs to add to my wardrobe for spring.

While I can’t physically force you to wear overalls, I get that everything isn’t for everyone, I wanted to share some of my Madewell faves.

As soon as the weather warms up, I want to reattempt a capsule wardrobe (a 10 x 10 challenge) and you better believe that a pair of overalls will be included. Maybe even two…

 

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Spring Ready In Uniqlo’s New Collection

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Camisole and Gaucho Pants:  Uniqlo 

Jogger Pants:  Uniqlo

Whenever I talk about Uniqlo everyone almost always thinks basics, I’m talking white t-shirts and black leggings basic. I’ve even been guilty of that assumption myself. But, after Uniqlo opened on Newbury Street, I quickly discovered that Uniqlo’s got more options that whatever you’re probably thinking.

Uniqlo’s new collection for spring, goes with so much that you already own. Since, in New England, it’s not quite spring yet, they’re great for layering.

Over, under, with, without…

If you can envision it, you can try it!

The two looks above are both neutral, classy outfits that can take you into spring without sacrificing (too much) warmth. I know I’m always cold, so heavier jackets are key. But, when the weather warms up, I’ll switch to something lighter like a trench jacket. I spotted some nice options while shopping around at Uniqlo, so that may have to happen. And hopefully sooner rather than later.

Add a cute purse (I prefer totes, but smaller one are what’s hot right now), a pair of heels (weather permitting), and you’re good to look good! Shop their new spring apparel here.

 

Photos by: Rachel Leiner Photography