Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter Pastels

The end of January is typically the time that I start dreaming about spring.  However, living in New England I know we have a long way to go before that time arrives, and I can walk out the door coatless (except that it was in the 50's this past weekend and I actually went to the store without wearing a jacket).  In order to cure my spring fever, I begin to break out the lighter colors in my wardrobe.  There is something about wearing light colors that just has a fresh feel, and blush has been my go-to color.  I recently added this blush lace up sweater to my wardrobe and have been wearing it non stop.  Not only is it cozy, but I love the boxy fit and lace up detailing on the back.  Its both sweet and and little sassy, which also make a perfect option to wear on Valentines Day.  To give it a spring-like look, I paired it with my favorite white jeans (also obsessing over this white pair here), and finished my look with taupe colored boots from White Mountain Shoes.  These boots are the most comfortable pair that I have ever worn, and they're on sale!  I love how the light colors paired together gave me a spring look, yet it is both warm and cozy, and perfect for getting through the rest of these winter months.

Sweater c/o Shein| Jeans: Blank NYC| Boots: c/o White Mountain Shoes| Sunnies: Chloé| Bag: Forever 21 (similar here) | Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Watch: c/o Klasse14 

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Back To The Classics + WW Link Up

As much as I love wearing all the the season's trendiest pieces (off-the-shoulder forever), sometimes I just feel my best in classics.  In fact, there is nothing that I love more than wearing a pair of distressed denim with a tailored blazer or classic button down, which also happens to be my go-to outfit when I'm rushing out the door.  January also tends to be a time when I cut back on my shopping.  Sure there are some really great sales going on, so I may get an item or two, but nothing major is being added to my closet.  Which means I need to be creative when putting outfits together, and classics make the perfect pieces to restyle.  Layer a white button down under a lace up sweater, or throw a blazer over your slip dress or lace camisole.  In fact, blazers are my favorite items to restyle because they can make almost any outfit appear put together.  The blazer I am wearing is from J.Crew and I've had it for years! I layered it over my Rails plaid button down and love how it made my plaid appear polished and sophisticated.  To add a little edge to my otherwise preppy look, I paired my blazer with fringe hem jeans, and finished my outfit with a gold choker.  I love how this look could easily take me from a meeting, to lunch with the girls, or be a great option for a causal Friday.

I want to thank everyone for your kind words and encouragement on Monday's post about my new business venture.  I'm excited about this new chapter in my life, and can't wait to see all the new opportunities it brings my way.  If you haven't already, make sure you go enter the giveaway! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Blazer: J.Crew (updated version here)| Plaid: Rails (exact color no longer available)| Jeans: J Brand| Shoes: Ivanka Trump| Bag: Tory Burch| Sunnies: Chloé| Necklace: Sarah Chloe| Choker: Kacey K| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)

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We have a guest co-host this week!  Audrey from Five Foot Nothing Shopping is sharing her petite style with us.  Make sure to check out her blog for great fashion and food tips.  The feature blogger is Kristina from The Kontemporary.  How beautiful is her pleated skirt?  I love her update on this classic look.  Make sure to visit her blog and say hello!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GLOSSYBOX Review + Why I Love Subscription Boxes

If you follow me on social media, it's no secret that I love subscription boxes. Not only is it fun to get a shipment of new stuff delivered monthly, but I love the surprise of not knowing what is going to be in each delivery.  I am often sharing all the products that I get on my Instagram, and unboxing them on Snapchat (Rach480).  Although some that I receive are sponsored, where I get them for free in exchange for a product review, a couple of them I subscribe to myself (and pay full price) because I love the service.  So when Glossybox reached out to me to review their January box, of course I had to say yes.  Glossybox is monthly beauty subscription service, where each month you are delivered five deluxe sized beauty products to try.  What I love most about Glossybox, is upon signing up you fill out a beauty profile, so the items in your box are based upon your beauty preferences, and not just selected at random.  The service is $21/month, which you can read more about, and sign up here.

This is what was in my January box:

AG Hair Cleansing Cream Foam -Free Hair Wash:  I was very excited to try this shampoo because it's ideal for super dry or brittle hair, which I have.  Not only do I love the smell, but my hair felt so good after using this product.  I was a little worried because it says that I don't need to follow with conditioner, but it left my hair soft and tangle-free on its own.  This is a product that I will definitely continue to use.

La Theorie des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub: This face scrub is used to remove impurities, redness, and dead skin cells.  You can use it as a daily cleanser or a purifying mask.  I tried it as a mask, and it left my face feeling clean and soft.

oOlution Eye Love:  This eye cream claims to provide you with wide awake eyes, even after a night of partying.  It suppose to rid of dark circles, and make the bags under your eyes magically disappear. Although my dark circles still exist after applying, I do love the feel of this eye cream, and will continue to test it out over the next month.

Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber: A perfect scrubber for your showers that leaves your skin exfoliated and soft.

Universal Beauty Cosmetics Secret Flush:  This is both a cream blush and lip stain in one.  I love multi-purpose products, and the color of this one is ideal for both the lips and cheeks.  If you read Monday's post, then you know I probably won't be using this on my lips, but this is perfect for my cheeks.  I love how smoothly the color went on, plus it is perfect for throwing in my travel cosmetic bag, and reapplying if I need a little color throughout the day.

Even though Glossybox is usually filled with brands that I love, I was unfamiliar with all of these brands in my January box, which is why I love the service, and subscription boxes.  If these products weren't in my box, I would never have thought to try them out, which means I would have never discovered my new favorite shampoo!

Tell me, have you tried Glossybox or have a subscription service that you love to use?  If so, what are your favorites?

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Monday, January 16, 2017

How To Get Your Lipstick To Last All Day

Over the years I have leaned that there is only one trick to getting your lip color to last all day.  That trick is to buy the right lipstick.  And the lipstick that I'm referring to is LipSense.

I used to have a love/hate relationship with lipstick.  I loved having color on my lips, while I hated actually wearing the product.  Not only would my color fade off my lips after a very short period of time, but I would get my lipstick everywhere.  On my water bottle and wine glass, on my clothes, my kids, and always, always on my teeth.  I don't think there has been a blog shoot or dinner date where Mike didn't have to warn me about the glops of pink and red all over my teeth #sexy.  That is until I discovered LipSense.

LipSense is a long lasting lipstick that stays on your lips up to 18 hours.  It is waterproof, kiss proof and smudge proof.  It is also vegan, and free of any GMO, wax, gluten, and lead.

I first leaned about LipSense though another blogger.  When she claimed that it not only lasted all day, but didn't transfer off my lips, I had to try it.  Yes, I was skeptical, as it sounded too good to be true.  However I was also optimistic, so I gave it a go, and was absolutely blown away.  Not only did this lipstick actually stay on my lips all day, but I didn't get it on anything, even my teeth!

In fact, I was so impressed by the product that I decided to become a LipSense distributor!  I NEVER thought in a million years that I would get into direct sales, but this product is so good, and already part of my everyday life, it was a no brainer to start selling it.  I only started this business a couple of weeks ago, and I can't believe how much I already love doing it, and working for the company.  So if you have been wondering why I've only been posting here twice a week since the new year began, it's because I have been busy starting up my new business, and I apologize.  But now I'm settled, and back my normal posting schedule.

To celebrate this new adventure, I am giving away one starter kit to a Threads for Thomas reader!  I know you're gong to love this lipstick as much as I do, and with over 70 colors, you're sure to find one that you love.  In fact, the only problem that you'll have is narrowing it down to one color, because there are so many amazing options to choose from!  You can enter by using the Rafflecopter below, and the only rules are following my Facebook group (Threads for Thomas Lips) and my Instagram (@threadsforthomaslips).  Good luck!

If you have never used LipSense before, you need to order a starter kit.  It comes with a lip color of your choice, the Ooops Remover (which makes taking off the lip color a cinch) and a Glossy Gloss.  The Glossy Gloss is important, as it seals in the color and keeps your lips moisturized.

 There are over 70 colors to choose from, which you can view HERE.

If you would like to order from me, fill out this form HERE, and I will email you a total.  You can also email me with any orders or questions at

*Please note that not all colors are always in stock.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

How To Wear All Black + WW Link Up

I love monochromatic looks, especially when they consist of the color black.  There is something about wearing an all black look that is sophisticated, chic, a little edgy, and utterly slimming.  However,  if you're not careful, draping yourself in head to toe black can look a little drab (we don't want to look like we just stepped out of a funeral home), so today I'm sharing some tips on how to pull of the look while still looking stylish.

1. Add texture.  Mixing different fabrics and materials together will add contrast to your look, which will break up the black and make it more interesting.  Pair a silk blouse with a fur vest, or a lace top with denim, as I did here.  I finished my look with a faux leather drape jacket giving it even more texture.

2. Choose pieces that have fun details.  Studs, zippers, and buttons, all add an interesting touch to an all black look.  I love how the zipper detail on my jeans break up the monochromatic color, while the studs on my heels add a fun touch.  

3. Add a pop of color.  You can never go wrong by wearing a colorful bag or accessory with an all black look.  I love how a red bag pops against the black, and my ultimate accessory is a bright lip.

Today on the Weekend Wear Link up Melissa, Sheree, and I are sharing all black outfits, so make sure to visit their blogs and see their take on the monochromatic look.

Lace Top: Old (similar here and here)| Jacket: Blank NYC| Jeans: Just Black via Stitch Fix (similar pair here)| Heels: Sole Society| Bag: Street Level (similar here) | Sunnies: BP (identical pair here)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lipstick: LipSense (color Roseberry)

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The feature blogger of the week is Lee from LegalLee Blonde.  If you're looking for professional, yet stylish work attire, then you'll want to check out her blog, and I'm loving her December roundup!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stitch Fix Review #5

New year, new Stitch Fix box!  It was fun to start the year off with new clothes delivered right to my doorstep.   This was my fifth fix, and I love it just as much as my first one.  This month's box included a pair of black jeans (that I'll be sharing on Friday), a plaid shirt, hoop earrings, a snake print pencil skirt, and a cold shoulder blouse, which I'm sharing today.  I mean, could my stylist have been more spot on with this top?  Not only is the color beautiful, but I love the cut out detailing and slightly draped sleeves.  I decided to pair it with the printed pencil skirt for a dressier look, and finish my outfit with a leather jacket and booties, adding a little edge.  

I honestly loved all five items in my box, but because I'm on a budget and could only keep one, I chose the cold shoulder blouse (obviously).  I've really had the best luck with Stitch Fix, and you can read my tips for always getting a perfect box here.  You can also read more of my Stitch Fix reviews here and here.

If you're unfamiliar with Stitch Fixit is a clothing subscription service where items are picked out based upon your style preferences, and delivered right to your door step.  Upon signing up, you are asked questions about your style, then assigned a stylist who picks out five items per shipment to send you.  You have three days to try on the clothes and decide what you want to keep or send back. This is the best part about the service, since you are able to do this in the comfort of your own home. You simply keep what you want, and send the rest back in the prepaid shipping bag that is provided. There is a styling fee with each box of $20, however, if you decide to purchase items from your box, then the $20 is put towards your purchase.  If you decide to keep all 5 items, then you get a 25% discount!

Top: Fun2Fun via Stitch Fix| Skirt: Pixley via Stitch Fix| Leather Jacket: Veda| Booties: Zara (similar here)| Tights: Hue| Sunnies: BP (identical pair here)| Bag: Chloé| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense (in Roseberry)

Get the look

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