Monday, October 20, 2014

Inspirational Monday: Oversized Sweaters and Lace

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Lace slips and lace trimmed skirts have been a trend for a few seasons now. I love the idea of taking a slip dress or skirt and transforming it for a fall look. Oversized sweaters are always one of my favorite fall items. Adding it with a lace trimmed skirt is perfect way to toughen up a super sexy look.

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Sweater: T by Alexander Wang | Skirt: Forever21 | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Bag: c/o Ann Taylor
Claw Ring: Birdhouse Jewelry | Knuckle Rings: c/o Hugssy.com

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I found this Forever21 skirt recently while browsing the 42nd street store. I knew I had to have it when I saw the price tag of $10.80. It was a perfect transitional skirt, plus it can be worn with a chunky sweater or something more sexy for a date night. For a day look I paired it with my favorite T by Alexander Wang sweater and a pair of loafers. The loafers just add a bit of a tomboy flare. 

Would you wear an oversized sweater with a lace trimmed skirt?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outfit Post: When Parisian Chic Meets New Yorker

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Jacket: Zara | Top: Kate Spade (surprise sale) | Skirt: Urban Outfitters (old) | Belt: off of a Jill Stuart Dress
Shoes: Zara (old) | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Tobi.com

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I bought this top from one of Kate Spade's online surprise sales. I've been wanting one of her graphic tops for awhile now so when I saw that this top was $100 cheaper then the original price I knew it was my chance to buy it. I love playing with different styles and one of my favorite styles is the "Parisian look." Which obv. this top totally has. When I received this top in the mail I knew I wanted to play with the Parisian style but put my own New York spin on it. Toughed it up with a motor jacket and boyish touch of the loafers. But kept it girly and classic parisian chic with a tulle skirt.

Monday, October 13, 2014

#MomentsOfChic with #Piperlime: Knits on Knits


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Cardigan: Forever21 | Sweater: Splendid c/o Piperlime | Jeans: Forever21 | Sneaker: Steve Madden c/o Piperlime
Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Tobi.com | Scarf: H&M

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Sundays to me are and will always be dress down days. Which means easy looks like ripped jeans, sneakers, and my fall knits. There is nothing like a crisp Sunday morning walking around the neighborhood with my paired up knits. To avoid feeling clunky in knit combos take a light knit sweater like this Splendid Hudson Melange Sweater and pair it with an open knit chunky cardigan. Add a knit scarf for some added warmth. A funky pair of sneakers like these Steve Madden Eros Sneakers will add a bit of fun to your look. I wore this look while out shopping with the husband yesterday (the shopping wasn't even for me!). It was the perfect day to wear a mix of knits as it was cool in the shade but warm enough for a light knit sweater.

What is your fall Sunday uniform?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts + Hot Spiked Apple Cider

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Nothing says fall like Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider. This past weekend my husband and I decided to stay in on Saturday to bake some Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts and have a date night with some Hot Spiked Apple Cider. Both are incredibly easy to make and are perfect for a fall night in. 


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Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

recipe from King Arthur Four
  • Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumkin pie spice or 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus heaping 1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease your doughnut pans (or pan). If you don't have doughnut pans, you can bake these in a standard muffin tin; they just won't be doughnuts.
2) Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
3) Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
4) Fill the wells of the doughnut pans about 3/4 full; use a scant 1/4 cup of batter in each well. If you're making muffins, fill each well about 3/4 full; the recipe makes about 15, so you'll need to bake in two batches (unless you have two muffin pans).
5) Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean. If you're making muffins, they'll need to bake for 23 to 25 minutes.
6) Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and after about 5 minutes, loosen their edges, and transfer them to a rack to cool.
7) While the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), gently shake them in a bag with the cinnamon-sugar. If you've made muffins, sprinkle their tops heavily with cinnamon-sugar.
8) Cool completely, and store (not wrapped tight) at room temperature for several days.


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My husband and I also made pumpkin spice-sugar which we coated our doughnuts in. I actually preferred the pumpkin spice-sugar coated ones more, never enough pumpkin spice. We had to wrap ours due to our little kitten who gets into everything so they went soggy by Sunday night. I think when (because we will) we make these again I'll do a glaze over them instead. But what kicked these doughnuts up a notch was the Hot Spiked Apple Cider!

BONUS RECIPE!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Trend 2014: Graphic Sweaters {Weekend Edition}

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Graphic Sweaters aren't just for kids and teenagers, now us grown-ups can get in on the fun as well. Designer lines like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenzo, and Brian Lichtenberg have brought us the graphic sweater with a grown up twist. You can also find fun and flirty graphic sweaters at reasonable prices at retailers like Zara, H&M, and even LOFT. To keep a grown up sophistication to this look do dark wash jeans (no ripped jeans!) and fall boots. Add in fall accessories like brim hats and scarves.

How I Wore the Look:


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Sweater: Aeropastle | Jeans: Zara | Boots: H&M (so old) | Bag: Coach | Sunglases: Tobi.com | Scarf: NYC Street Vendor

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Yes this sweatshirt is from Aeropostle but I must admit they are sort of growing up. They look more like they are trying to be a American Eagle customer then a younger pre-teen customer. And yes I still shop at AE even though I'm over their appeal age (their jeans are the only ones that fit me correctly!). I happened across this sweater online and it was just so me that I had to go to the store and pick it up. It was a perfect top for a fall Sunday wandering around Brooklyn.

What do you think about the graphic sweater trend?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Make-up Monday: The Perfect Brows with Billion Dollar Brows


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 Having a strong thick brow has never been in trend like it is now. I wish this was the trend when I was growing up. I've always had thick dark eyebrows which was the opposite of the thin eyebrow trend in High School, which lead to some haters of my brows. Thankfully, I didn't really touch my eyebrows (not that I was allowed to do anything to them in High School anyway). Eyebrows are one of those things that we don't pay to much attention too. At least I didn't (besides my every two week eyebrow threading session) until now, thanks to Billion Dollar Brows. BBD is helping woman everywhere get those perfect Cara Delevingne brows with their easy to use brow products. BBD just released their Best seller Kit which includes their Universal Brow Pencil, Brow Duo Pencil, Brow Gel, and Smudge Brush. No more messy bedhead brows for me! See how I'm embracing my brows.

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1. Start with the highlighter end of the duo pencil and outline your brows.
2. Once you have your brows outlined take the smudge brush and blend the highlighter in.
3. Use the gel brush to brush brows and keep in place.
4. Then do your eye make-up.

If you have thinner brows and want to make them look fuller start with the Universal Brow Pencil and fill brows in. You can go as dark or light as you need to making hair like strokes. Once you have your color, repeat steps above from 1 to 3. It's that easy ladies!

Head on over to Kohl's today to buy the Best Seller Kit from Billion Dollar Brows!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Trends 2014: Mixing Plaids

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Nothing says fall like plaids. And this fall it's all about mixing and matching plaids. Designers like Timo Weiland, Tommy Hilfiger, and DKNY sent models down the runway dressed up in array of plaids. Now, you can play with plaids too! If you don't want to go to matchy matchy with plaids try mixing different types of plaids, try traditional tartan prints with more of the window pane print. Remember to keep colors similar. To feel less school girl like, add boyish touches like tailored trousers or boxy sweaters.

How I Wore the Look:
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Top: Loft | Pants: Zara (similar style here) | Shoes: Zara (similar style here) | Hat: Aldo | Bag: Zara
Sunglasses: c/o Hugssy.com

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

During lunch one week I happened to stop in LOFT and found this sweater..it was 40% off and had my name written all over it. I already knew this was going to be paired up with my plaid bottoms. I love mixing prints, why not try and mix up plaids? This is one of my favorite looks that I have pulled together. I need to remember this one for fashion week in February!

Are you ready to mix and match plaids?