Friday, November 29, 2013

What I Wore Yesterday


Happy Friday, I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!  I had a wonderful day which included baking pies and spending time with family while over stuffing myself.  I am very thankful for my friends, my family, my husband and especially thankful for my readers.  It means so much to me when you take time out of your day to visit my blog.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Shirt: Parker
Skirt: Blank NYC (30% off at National Jean Company Boston)
Sweater: Vince
Tights: Hue
Boots: H&M
Bracelets: Vita Fede

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What To Wear For Thanksgiving


For the Formal Diners

 If you need to dress up for Thanksgiving, a shift dress is the way to go.  The loose fitting shape leaves you with plenty of room for eating as much as you want and hides a bloated stomach.  Pair it with a dressy bootie and you're good to go!


Burning Torch Kingsley Tweed Shift Dress here
A.L.C. Dow Dress here
Mason by Michelle Mason Shift Dress here
Rose Pierre La Maison Goyard Drop Earrings here
Adia Kibur Crystal Teardrop Earrings here
Vita Fede Pandora Crystal Bracelet here
Rachel Zoe Fabian Haircalf Booties here
Rebecca Minkoff Bag here
Aquazzura Mayfair Peep Toe Pump here



For the No Jeans at the Dinner Table Crowd

Leather pants make a great option for being comfortable and looking put together, especially this slouchy pair with an elastic waist.  Pair them with a great turtleneck sweater or boucle jacket.  Also, an a line skirt is a great option worn with either a sweater or silk blouse.

Equipment Signature Print Dot Blouse here
Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Bracelet here
Marc by Marc Jacobs Daisy Stud Earrings here
Generation Love Brunch Sweater here
Rag & Bone Aviator Blazer here
PARTYSKIRTS Jamie's Party Skirt here
Diane Von Furstenburg Sutra Haircafl Mini Bag here
Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties here
Blank Denim Slouchy Vegan Leather Trousers here
Yosi Samra Croc Ballet Flats here
Boutique 9 Justine Suede Pumps here


For the Casual Goers

If there isn't a dress code for your Thanksgiving dinner but you want to look put together, I suggest a stretchy skinny jean paired with a cashmere sweater or a slouchy pair of jeans worn with a silk top and booties.

Theory Cashmere Cardigan here
Theodora & Callum Gypsy Scarf  here
Parker Bryce Blouse here
Jules Smith Wonder Stud Earrings here
Vita Fede Mini Titan Bracelet here
Jeffrey Campbell Ankle Strap Pumps here
J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans here
Frye Patty Riding Boots here
R13 Relaxed Skinny Jeans here

All items available at shopbop.com.  Check out their Spend More, Save More sale:


Thanks for reading and hope everyone has a happy and fashionable Thanksgiving!



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

8 Great Hostess Gifts

8 Great Hostess Gifts


Whether you're headed to a family Thanksgiving dinner, a weekend get away, a dinner party at your boss's house, or a friend's New Year Eve party, don't be caught without the perfect gift for your host.  Here are eight great hostess gift ideas:

1. Pottery Barn monogrammed coasters.  These are not only cute, but personal and perfect for a party. potterybarn.com

2. Godiva chocolate gift basket, because you can never go wrong with chocolate! godiva.com

3. Pancake breakfast gift set from williams-sonoma.com perfect when you're a house guest for the weekend.

4. A good coffee table book always makes a great gift, especially when they are educational or inspirational.  These are great for the wine lover or the fashion lover here and here.

5. Diptyque candles are my favorite.  They are not only beautiful but they smell fantastic and I love giving them as gifts. diptyqueparis.com

6.  Monogrammed bottle stoppers.  They are not only personal, but they are very useful potterybarn.com

7. OMGIFTS Hostess Gift Box from piperlime.com.  Piperlime put together a gift set that is perfect for your friend who loves to entertain.  It includes Kate Spade wine pull and bottle opener, cocktail napkins, stackable enamel bracelets, flamingo stirrers, and a cocktail recipe swatch book.

8.  Specialty soaps from primalelements.com.  I love this web site!  They have hand made soaps for everyone from fashion lovers, to beach lovers, to nature lovers and sports lovers.  Plus a great selection of holiday soaps.  These soaps make great gifts because they are not only unique but they also add a personal touch.

Thanks for reading and please share any other great hostess gifts you would suggest.  I always love new ideas!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Savior: The Button Extender



It was last year, while complaining to a friend about how a new pair of jeans I had bought fit perfectly in the legs but was a tad tight in the waist making them uncomfortable, that she introduced me to the Button Extender.  This simple piece of plastic, that comes in a pack of five, for less than five dollars is the best invention and works by adding an extra inch to the waist of your pants.  You simply loop the open end of the extender around the button on your pants and insert the button end into the button hole in your pants and in seconds you've added an inch to your waistband.  It is the perfect solution for those days you are feeling bloated and still want to wear your skinny jeans or for holidays, such as Thanksgiving, when you want to be able to stuff your face and aren't able to wear sweat pants.

You can get the button extender at amazon.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Obsession of the Week: Valentino Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag

Valentino Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag here

Okay, so I know what you are all thinking, Rachael you just recently blogged about Valentino's Rocklock Camouflage bag (here), you're blogging about Valentino again?   But I just couldn't help sharing after I laid eyes on this bag today while browsing on net-a-porter.com.  This bag is embellished with crystals, faux pearls, and hand-applied pyramid studs giving off a very lady-like with a bad side feel, and I can't get enough.  It would be the perfect bag for all of the upcoming holiday parties, however, with the $3,995 price tag, I'll have to remain obsessing over it from a distance.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Line I Love: Anine Bing





photos courtesy aninebing.com

It was just this past summer, while browsing for dresses on revolveclothing.com, that I came across the absolute perfect white dress (seen here and here) and that is when I discovered the line Anine Bing.  After viewing her collection I immediately fell in love.  Known for her bohemian-rocker style, Anine Bing's clothing not only gives off a cool girl vibe, but it is also very easy to wear.  She is especially known for her leather jackets and studded booties.

The Danish born, Bing, named her line after herself when launching it in 2012 and it was an instant hit among the fashion forwards, bloggers and celebrities.  However, her talents not only lay in fashion, as Anine was a model and the lead singer of a band called Kill Your Darlings.  She now resides in LA designing clothes that she, herself, would want in her wardrobe and I, myself, can not get enough of.

Boots with gold studs

P.S. She just launched sunglasses!
"New York" Sunglasses

Check out her line at aninebing.com and follow her blog, Anine's World, for inspiration here.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Weekend Sales

Weeked Sale Items




Whether you are looking for the perfect holiday outfit or the perfect gift, with all the sales going on this weekend, there is no need to wait until Black Friday to do your shopping!  Here are some of the sales happening this weekend:

1. National Jean Company Boston 20% off the entire store now through Friday November 22nd.  Then starting Saturday November 23rd through November 30th the entire store goes to 30% off!

2. Bloomingdale's Friends and Family.  20% off, some exclusions do apply.  Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout.  Ends Sunday 11/17
http://www.bloomingdales.com

3. LOFT 40% everything!  Enter FRIENDS during checkout.  Now through November 17th.
http://www.loft.com

4. Saks Fifth Avenue 30-40% off selected merchandise.  Also free shipping with promo code HOLIDAY.  Free shipping good through December 22, 2013
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com

5. Nordstrom's half yearly sale.  Save up to 40% on women's and kids merchandise.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/

I put together some of my favorite picks from these stores above.  Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Obsession of the Week: Isabel Marant Tacy Bootie



 I have been obsessing over these Isabel Marant Tacy Pony Booties all fall.  These not so basic black booties add a bit of edge to any outfit (which we all know I go crazy for) with their goat suede leather, the calf hair detail on the front, and the multiple leather straps.  However, with the $1505.00 price tag, I can securely say they won't be joining my wardrobe this year.  Fortunately, Isabel Marant's collaboration with H&M became available yesterday and the suede booties below, which I love just as much, are just a fraction of the price at $299.00.  Unfortunately, by the time I was able to log onto hm.com to shop, my size was sold out :(  So, I will continue my search for an edgy bootie that is similar, but in the meantime I think it's time to start a Isabel Marant savings fund!!


I also love these Isabel Marant Tacy Booties 
Isabel Marant Tacy Bootie available net-a-porter.com

Tell me, did you get a chance to shop the Isabel Marant pour H&M collection?  If so, I'd love to hear what pieces you added to your wardrobe.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fur Vest and Over the Knee Boots


Hi everyone, happy Thursday!  This is an outfit I wore last week when it was a little warmer.  It has definitely felt like winter here in Boston the past two days.  I don't know about you, but I could use a couple more weeks of fall weather with temps in the 50's and 60's before we get into winter temps, but I guess I don't have a choice in that matter :(   I was happy to break out my over the knee boots, and paired with my faux fur vest, added a bit of edge to an otherwise classic dress.  To winterize this outfit, I would add a white blouse and black tights under the dress.  You could also swap the fur vest for a leather jacket making it more suitable for winter.  





Everyone should have a basic black dress in their closet as they are very versatile.  I recently bought this dress and have already worn it three times.  I wore it here making it a big edgier, I wore it to work with tights, a blazer, and ankle booties, and I dressed it up with heals for a dinner rehearsal I attended last weekend.  A statement necklace is a perfect accessory for this dress because it adds interest making it not so basic.  Here I wore a simple one from House of Harlow but I will be investing in some jeweled statement necklaces for the holiday season.  Paired with this dress, it will make a perfect outfit for holiday parties.




I bought these boots two years ago, but if you're looking for some good over the knee boots, check out my top picks here


Dress: Tobey Grey
Fur Vest (faux) The Battalion
Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Bracelets: Vita Fede, David Yurman, Stella and Dot
Rings: Vita Fede, Stella and Dot, Lisa Freede
Necklace: House of Harlow
Sunnies: House of Harlow

How do you style your LBD?  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beanies

Beanies





1. Top Shop Animal Rolled Edge Beanie here
2. 1717 Cashmere Rib Slouch Beanie here
3. H&M Beanie here
4. Zara Cashmere Hat here
5. Stella McCartney Chunky Knit Beanie here
6. Banana Republic Bow Beanie here

Brrrr.... today in Boston we had our first snow!  Between the falling snowflakes that I woke up to and a temperature of 35 degrees, it definitely felt like winter.  I pulled out my down jacket because I was so cold and grabbed a pair of gloves before running out the door, but I didn't have a cute hat to throw on and wished that I owned a beanie.  I like beanies because they are typically smaller and closer-fitting to the head than other hats.  I find that a lot of hats are too bulky for my head, making it look bigger, but the beanie is suppose to sit on the back of the head giving a sleeker more fashionable look.  When I got home today, I went on an internet search for beanies and narrowed down the ones I like to the 6 above.  Which one do you think I should get?

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Bomber Jacket

The Bomber Jacket




From top
1. ANINE BING X Sincerely Jules Exclusive Bomber Jacket here
2. Equipment Abbot Jacket here
3. Mlle Mademoiselle Riri Bomber Jacket here
4. Zara Guipure Lace Jacket here
5. T by Alexander Wang Jersey Bonded Neoprene Bomber Jacket here

If you don't already own one, I highly suggest adding a bomber jacket to your wardrobe.  Bomber jackets are one of my favorite pieces to wear this season as they make a great alternatives to blazers or sweaters.  I own the silk one by Equipment above, seen here, and have been wearing it with everything from jeans to dresses.  I love how they have that boyish varsity look when paired with jeans and sneakers, or how you can throw them on over a dress for a dressier, playful look.   Above are my bomber jacket picks if you're thinking of adding one to your closet.  Thanks for reading and have a great evening!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Celfie


Hi Everyone, happy Friday!  Here are some photos of how I styled the Sincerely Jules Celfie tee shirt I got a few weeks ago.  I love all the catch phrase tee shirts that are popular right now as it is an easy way to add a big statement to your outfits.  I decided to pair the tee with my Equipment bomber jacket dressing down my skirt for an easy look.  




This tee shirt was designed by one of my favorite bloggers, Sincerely Jules.  I love her laid back style and her outfits are one of my sources of inspiration.  Check out her blog here.


Bomber jackets are a must have this fall, and I love this one from Equipment.  It has a varsity look that is great paired with jeans, but since this one is made of silk, it can also be dressed up as I've been wearing it over dresses.


Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Tee Shirt: Sincerely Jules
Bomber Jacket: Equipment
Skirt: Naven
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Chanel
Sunnies: House of Harlow
Rings: Asos
Necklace: Stella and Dot