October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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My husband and I threw a small Halloween Dinner Party this past weekend since he was going to be away on business and miss Halloween this year. It was a night of treats, boo-ze, and cackles. A lot of the decor came from Michael's and ideas from pinterest. We even had fun and created our own menu with clever names like: Toes in Bandages (mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls), Shredded Mummy (pulled pork), and Monster Holes (doughnuts). To say I love party planning (Holiday Parties) would be a understatement. I just wish we had a bigger apartment to throw New Years Eve. One year....

I hope everyone has a SPOOKtacular Halloween!

October 29, 2014

Fall Must Haves

I'm so excited to share my fall essentials with you all today! My blogger friend Simone of Fashion Runs the World put together a fun blogger collaboration where a couple of us are sharing our fall must haves! Check out my list of not only fashion related fall must haves but beauty products as well!

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1. Fall Perfume. It's time to switch out the flowery summer sents for more muskier ones. The one I'm really digging this season is the Elizabeth and James White. This sent has a light musk smell to it. It's feminine, but not overly sweet.

2. Dark Lips. I'm a sucker for reds every time of year but especially during the fall/winter months. Red lips are just so classic and look great paired up with all black looks. Burgundy and plums are also my favorites for the fall. Some of my favorite colors are: M.A.C Ruby Woo, NARS Train Bleu, and NO 7 Lip Crayon in Berry. These are in constant rotation.

3. Fall Nail Polish Colors. Much like lipsticks fall nail polish is all about the deep dark colors: burgundy and shades of greys. Every season has it colors, spring and summer is all about the lights and brights while fall is about the burgundy and deep rich colors and winter you have the holidays so its the dark greens, reds, and even metallics like golds and silvers. My favorite fall colors this season are Essie Recessionista, L'Oreal Greycian Goddess, and Prevail NYC Doll.

4. Statement Bootie. Every woman needs a statement shoe no matter what season it is. Fall is the season of boots and there is nothing like a statement boot. This can range from prints to colors or something funky like my Schutz booties. I found these at Burlington for $50! These statement boots can make a impact when pulled together with simple fall look like a turtle neck dress or jeans and tee.

5. Wide Brim Hats. I'm a sucker for hats. I have a ever growing wide brim hat collection. My two new additions are from Urban Outfitters and Aldo. I just love how they top off a look. Plus there is something so classically fall about them.

6. Plaid Scarf. This season it;s really all about the plaid scarves. I found my infinity scarf from Aldo but definitely digging the ones from Target that a lot of people have been rocking. I love you don't need to spend a lot on this trend since it could be found everywhere!

7. Graphic Sweaters. It seems like I have a growing graphic sweater collection. I love that they jazz up a weekend look or can be worn for a casual Friday in the office. Pair it with a blazer, skinny jeans, and heels for a daytime look at the office. I can't get enough of both of my Artizia and Aerospastle sweater.

Don't forget to check out Katie from Lucy & Camilla, Diane from Style Context and Simone from Fashion Runs the World for their fall picks! 

What is on your fall must have list?

October 27, 2014

Style Guide: How to Wear All Black

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Black clothes here in NYC isn't just a color but it's a way of life. Black is a yearly seasonal color. Perfecting the all black look doesn't take much of a skill, just the perfect accessories. All black everything allows you to have a blank canvas and to build your look around it. I love playing with patterns when doing a solid color look. You can really have fun with prints and patterns, especially during the fall when you can mix a printed jacket with mixed patterned accessories like scarves and hats.

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Jacket: Calvin Klein | Shirt: Gap | Jeans: Forever21 | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Bag: Zara | Sunglasses: c/o Lacoste

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

How do you wear black on black?

October 22, 2014

How to Wear Altuzarra for Target {PART 1}

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Dress: Altuzarra for Target | Shoes: Altuzarra for Target | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: c/o hugssy.com

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

One of my must have items from the Altuzarra for Target was these over the knee boots. I knew if I didn't get them I would be kicking myself for days. So when the collection launched I was one of the crazy ones up at 3am sitting on my computer ordering the goods. Although the peasant dress wasn't ordered until the following morning...but I'm glad I came back for it. It's a great statement piece that is very subtitle and can transition from work day to after work events. I paired up the peasant dress with the over the knee boots to give the overall look a city boho girl vibe. Since the sequins on the dress is enough, I kept accessories to a minimum.

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This collection by far was my favorite collection. It had a more luxurious vibe, plus it felt more grown up. It had pieces that you can wear to work and for after hours. And as much time as I spend in my office I'll take a good collection where I can have fun with my day time look.

What do you think about this look? Did you get anything from the Altuzarra for Target?

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?

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.

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?

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!


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