On Getting Engaged….

Before I actually got engaged, I always thought people’s reactions to others getting engaged was so strange.  Why are you congratulating someone on their engagement?  It’s like saying “hey, congrats on finding someone that loves you enough to want to be with you forever…” Ha.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a very exciting time in a person’s life, just the reaction is kind of… weird.

Now that I have gotten engaged and received my fair share of congratulations, I see things differently.  I love being congratulated – not on finding an amazing person to spend the rest of my life with that loves me just as much as I love them – but on this next chapter of life!  There is so much to look forward to and I am so excited to be able to share it with someone so special to me.

With all of that being said, I am a lucky person.  Not just for my fiancé but for my friends as well!  I love that they wanted to celebrate with me and join in on my happiness!  So, I thought I’d share how they spoiled me with gifts! (I appreciate all their love and support, but gifts are always nice too!)

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Lenox cake knife, Vera Wang frame, Bridal magazines (including my own subscription to Brides magazine!)

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The Knot wedding planning binder, more Bridal magazines, Bride-To-Be glass, my Mrs. hanger!, and (love this one) Feyonce shirt.

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InStyle weddings book, flask, Kate Spade ring holder.

Wednesday Wishlist : Tropical Wishes

I feel like I’m not alone in dreaming of being on a warm vacation by the beach. Ahhhh…sigh.  I chose some florals, some vibrant hues and breezy pieces.  (And isn’t that Mara Hoffman one-piece to die for?) Now close your eyes, picture yourself wearing these, sipping on a umbrella-clad drink and tanning your super-pale self (c’mon, I know I’m not alone with that one).  Don’t forget the fabulous warm weather choices for a night out too!  Tropical Wishes

Kate Spade Fall 2014

I am a self-proclaimed girly-girl.  I love everything pink, sparkly and ultra-feminine.  The Kate Spade fall 2014 collection is basically my dream come true in clothing form.  Deborah Lloyd’s creations included sparkle embellishments (and those glittery heels!! omg!!), leopard coats and feathers galore.  I truly cannot pick a favorite look from this collection.

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This collection was not lacking any warmth either!  Designers all seemed to jump on the fur and fuzzy bandwagon and this collection from Kate Spade is no different with furry bags, hats and scarves.   Stay warm and cozy and look like a totally chic modern-day Audrey Hepburn?  Don’t mind if I do!

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Coral for Spring

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I can’t think of a punchier, perkier or more perfect color for spring than coral.  It’s the just-right mix of pastel and bright, depending on the hue you choose.  It compliments every skin color.  It also goes with every color of the rainbow – so color and outfit combos are truly endless!  Coral is also a perfect color to wear into the hot summer months.  But for now, we will just use it as a summer buffer to wear during the spring months.  The above look is from J. Crew and it inspired me to scour sites for everything coral to add to my closet.

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Left to right – Top row – H&M Slingbacks, Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral, Essie Nail Polish in Tart Deco, BaubleBar Coral Bezel Bead Cuff, Zara Strappy Dress, Steve Madden wedges, Zara Button Neck Shirt. Bottom row – Stella McCartney Tailored Trousers, Zara Ankle Strap Sandal, River Island Coral jersey belted maxi skirt, Kate Spade new york Charlotte Street Small Sloan

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Happy April everyone!  As if planned out by Mother Nature herself, today was a beautiful first day of the month, that quickly ended with some showers.  But not to worry, I’ll take a month of rain showers once I get to see some gorgeous flowers blooming!  However, we must be prepared to withstand the damp and rainy conditions first.  Below are some of the looks I found that not only incorporate some fashionable styles, they are also completely weather-appropriate.

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The essentials for this look will not only keep you warm but dry and obviously trendy.  Grab a traditional (and always conventional) trench coat, pair it with rubber rain boots and don’t forget to grab an umbrella to protect your hair and you’ve got the rain day look down pat.

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1. Longchamp 2. Kate Spade 3. Shopbop 4. Burberry 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs at Shopbop
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1,2,3,4 – All Burberry
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1. Marc by Marc Jacobs 2. Hunter 3. Dolce & Gabbana 4. Havaianas 5. Burberry at my-wardrobe.com
Happy Puddle Jumping!

Quote Me

Just when I realized I’m in need of a great tote bag, Kate Spade has released some fantastically witty totes.  How can a tote be witty, you ask?  The bags quote wise-cracking poet and writer, Dorothy Parker.

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Throw in the fact that the bags are completely on trend with the bright color-blocking and not only are you fabulously witty and quotable, but also perfectly fashionable.  What more could one want?  Well, besides maybe a beach day that would require said bag to carry around all summer-time essentials.  But that would just be selfish.

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Bloomingdale’s Wishlist : Sorbet for Spring

When changing to a new season, colors are a major factor to consider.  This upcoming spring it’s all about pastel!  These light and breezy colors will be seen head to toe, even for outerwear and accessories as well.  Next time you head to your favorite store or while seeking some new items while shopping online, keep an eye out for these sorbet colors – mint, peach, lilac, baby blues and pinks.  Here are some of my favorites.

sorbet DL1961 Jeans – Toni Skinny in Napa

sorbet2 Rebecca Minkoff Satchel – Blake

sorbet3 Shoshanna Printed Dress – Tara Shift

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sorbet5 Rachel Roy Ballet Flats – Brigitte

sorbet6 kate spade new york Carousel Bangle Watch, 16mm

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Not Your Typical Tweed

I tend to shy away from many menswear-inspired trends because I am such a girly-girl ( I know, I hate me too).  But one piece of fabric that has been taken from our lovely male friends’ closets that can totally be worn by us gals is tweed!  I love this trend because tweed is such a polished, chic look and yet it adds a little masculinity and structured to an otherwise average feminine outfit.  Not to mention you totally Chanel-ify your outfit with a little tweed (hello, signature Chanel tweed jacket).  Not to mention, the textured material will keep you warm during the cold months to come!  Below are some greatly styled outfits featuring tweed. Enjoy!

Here are some outfit ideas by me!

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White shirt – Topshop / Blazer – All Saints / Tweed skirt – Topshop / Tights – Barney’s / Boots – Emilio Pucci / Bag – Balenciaga / Necklace – Kate Spade
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Blouse – Chloe / Jacket – Rebecca Taylor / Pants – Topshop / Flats – ALDO /  Bag – Foley + Corinna / Earrings – Michael Kors / Bracelets – Alexis Bittar 

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Never An Excuse to be Late

An item that is essential to accessorize all outfits is the wrist watch.  Watches have made a big comeback in the past few seasons and  they have shown serious staying power.   The reason behind the popularity of this old-fashioned, oversized, menswear-inspired piece is because a watch instantly spruces up an outfit.  Wrist watches provide mature arm candy in any hardware you want – silver, gold, ceramic or leather strap.  Slip on a watch and you instantly professionalize your work attire, glam up a night look or add the only necessary piece of jewelry you need for a casual day.  Not to mention wearing a watch will help you brush up on your time-telling skills instead of peeking at your iPhone every 5 minutes!  Below are some of my favorite watches, enjoy!

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from left to right – Marc by Marc Jacobs Baby Dave Watch ($250), Kate Spade New York Metro ($195), Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch ($250), La Mer Brown Snake Wrap Watch ($92), AX Armani Exchange White & Rose Gold Multi-Function Watch ($220)
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