Do you have a best friend? Does he have a big coat too?

As I’m sitting shivering from taking my pup out for a walk, I’m also dreaming of a white Christmas… wait, is that flurry I see outside?  I TAKE IT BACK!

I love the white stuff during the holidays but there is NOTHING worse or more painful (if you’ve experienced a North East winter lately, you’d know the pain) than being caught outside when freezing temps hit.. hard.  That’s why this Christmas, I’m actually hoping for less wintry mix conditions and more for a big puffy coat!

What was once seen as a ski-slope essential is now a must-have for keeping on trend and cozy during the winter months.  Add some fur to the trim on the hood and I’m ready to go. Another great option is to switch up the predictable black coat for a fun color – try a winter pastel!

Below are some perfect style ideas incorporating the puffy coat.

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Now shop for your own!  Here are some of my current faves:

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MCHAEL Michael Kors Reversible Hooded Down Walking Coat // BCBG Max Azria Adela Faux-Fur Trim Puffer Coat // Burberry Fur Trim Multi-Quilt Parka // Elie Tahari Gracie Mixed Media Puffer Coat

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BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015

Kicking off #NYFW in the only way they know how, the designers at BCBG Max Azria set the tone (muted-tone, that is) for this ever-so-stylish week.  Combining pastels and whites with flowing, breezy dresses and subtle pops of painterly patterns, BCBG was all about the femininity of Spring dressing.  Dresses were loose except for some belts that were tied in an almost kimono-belt way.  Skirts and culottes were also oversize, light and flowing while tops had a geometric criss-cross cut at the neck.  The gorgeous subdued neutral (white/cream and blush) moto-jackets brought out the extent of any masculinity to the collection.  Loving all of these pieces was super difficult for many BCBG fans since this collection was already available to shop via the brand’s Instagram!  So cool!  See some of my favorite looks below.

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Summer Midi

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Yesterday I attended one of my best friend’s baby showers and wore this BCBG skirt that I am basically OBSESSED with.  Although the way it is shown on the model (perfect midi length on her) was different on me since I am much shorter, I still loved it.  The pleats, the gorgeous colors and color-blocking, the sheer bottom – everything!  It moved so beautifully and it was so light, perfect for a summer event.  I paired it with a simple black cami top and nude peep-toe, sling-back heels.

Inspiration Post #2

Maybe it’s the cool, crisp weather we’ve been having but I am CRAVING fall and its fabulous new fashions that come along with the season.  All I want is to break out some amazing coats, cozy knits and great boots.  This inspiration post is all about the warmed up styles for those cooler days that are quickly approaching!   With major borrowings from menswear, this season is all about oversize well, everything!  And I can’t love it more!

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BCBG Max Azria Fall 2013

High Shine!

Bloomingdale’s has showcased a bunch of great Fall trends and the high shine trend is one I’m a huge fan of.  I am a total glitter lover so it’s no surprise I adore this trend!  Metallic, shiny clothing is a great way to add a little glitz to an otherwise darker color palette for the cold seasons.  It is also a fantastic way to heat yourself up with some Miami-nightlife glam in the midst of the cool months.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of my favorite choices from Bloomie’s shine trend are below! Enjoy!

 

BCBG dress / DVF skirt

 

Hudson silver jeans / Vintage Havana top

 

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This Week’s Absolute Must’s!

Here is a round-up of the things I think all you fashionable ladies need to take notice of this week! Enjoy!

 

Anthropologie’s amaze new boots for this fall/winter – including these Openwork Laurel Boots ($278)

Marni’s Winter 2012 Edition Sunglasses – in some zany colors and shapes!

 

All of the NYFW coverage on The Cut blog – my favorite place to check out all the latest runway shows!

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Fall’s It Bag: Black & Structured

While many of any upcoming season’s trends and fashions may not be too conventional, this fall’s bags are all that and more.  We may see lots of prints and busy outfits however going overboard is not what this season’s bags are about.  Black, structured and perfectly acceptable for work and school, all you’ll need to figure out is what to fill it with. (I’m sure us ladies won’t have a problem with that!) Below are my suggestions. Enjoy!

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