November 29, 2014

Love these on sale now...

Fortunately, many of the Black Friday sales are continuing through the weekend. So if you missed out, there's still time! See my last post (here) for some sale detail and corresponding dates. Above are some pieces still on sale that I love. Intended to look for gifts, but looks like these are all 'my list' items...

November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sales - My List & Promo Codes

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! Below is the list of my fave Black Friday Sales going on now, including any necessary promo codes. Check back with me later today and this weekend for some of my fave buys as well as a sneak peak into what went into my shopping cart!

The rundown:

AG Adriano Goldschmied // Black Friday 30% off select styles
DATE: 11.27-11.30

Alice + Olivia // 25% off sitewide + free shipping
DATE: 11.26-12.01

All Saints (US) // 20% off all styles
DATE: 11.28-12.01

Amazon// Black Friday Deals
Across a wide range of product categories, this sale will be updated periodically throughout the day so check back often!
DATE: 11.28

ASOS (US) // Black Friday 30% off
DATE: 11.27 (8pm EST) – 11.30 (8pm EST)

November 26, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty Picks For Her

For your female (and sometimes male...) friend, family member, etc., beauty sets can be a great holiday gift when you want to give a present that's a little more personal, but you're not quite sure about their specific personal tastes or may not know what they already have. The 9 beauty gifts below are high quality brands beautifully packaged for the holiday season. Love these particular beauty sets, because all of the shades are neutral and/or versatile. The perfect 'one size fits all' gift, and all under $100!  note: The Christian Louboutin nail color, #5, is not part of a set but really, the packaging makes it one!


1. butter LONDON Heavy Metal nail laquer collection // 2. M.A.C. cremesheen glass and dazzleglass lipgloss set // 3. Chanel lipgloss duo and nude lipliner // 4. Molton Brown hand treatment trio // 5. Christian Louboutin nail color // 6. Benefit Cosmetics beauty best sellers // 7. Laura Mercier body & bath luxe quartet // 8. M.A.C. nude lip bag // 9. Bobbi Brown luxe lipstick trio

From my own past experience, many beauty sets (especially the one from Chanel, #3) sell out well before the actual holiday, so if you're considering one get it soon.

Also love the 2 beauty related products below, but would probably categorize them as gifts for yourself unless you know the recipient well. The iluminage wrinkle fighting pillow case (fight wrinkles as you sleep...what could be better than that?!) and the bliss 'fabulips' (good-bye dry winter lips!) set may raise some 'what are you trying to say?' eyebrows. But that's just my opinion... Regardless, these are definitely going on my wish list!

Shop the post and some more beauty gift options:

November 24, 2014

Love that Look

When elegance and whimsy (cat print trousers) equals chic... Love it!

Oh, and if you're as obsessed with the shearling coat look as I am and missed my post, see it here.

photo: Maria Duenas Jacobs via

Happy Monday!

November 22, 2014

'Today's Beauty Pick' Follow-up

In a previous post several months ago (see it here), I featured Philosophy's full of promise for eyes as my 'Beauty Pick' of the day. I chose this product, because it targets the specific lifting/firming needs of the upper eye-lid and separately packages it with an under-eye cream all in one vial. When I wrote the post, I had just been using it for a few days so only noticed its more immediate effects of overall hydration and a tightening(tingling) sensation for the upper lid. Per product instructions, full effects are only to be expected after a full month of use. Now, after several months of use (with some breaks here and there...), I am happy to follow-up that I still love it and that it has actually, in my opinion, visibly tightened my upper eye-lid. Maybe you wouldn't notice any real change if you saw me, but it's one of those subtle differences that's hard to pinpoint unless you were looking for it. So for a non-prescription strength cream, this one is pretty great.

I definitely preferred the upper eye-lid treatment over the one for the under-eye for this eye duo and would probably stick with La Mer the eye balm intense (see image below) for daily morning use. Having used this particular La Mer eye product for years, I prefer its lighter weight and cooling effect for puffiness and find that it layers under make-up better. It's a lot pricier than many other eye creams, but if you use it as directed it can last for a long time, like several months!


November 14, 2014

Cocktail Party Dresses on Sale Now

Holiday season events and parties are a great excuse to need a cocktail party dress. And when you can get them on sale... even better! Bloomingdale's is having a 20% off Friends & Family Event going on now and the timing is perfect to find a holiday dress. There's still plenty of time for shipping, alterations (if needed) and accessory decisions.
Above are my nine favorite dresses from the sale. Love these for their classic and flattering style, the potential to wear them year-round, and their versatility for office events as well (well, depending on your industry, maybe not the Parker dress...).

Dresses from top, L to R: Rebecca Taylor, Parker, REISS, Tadashi Shoji, Ralph Lauren, Aidan Mattox, Halston Heritage, Alice + Olivia, Diane von Furstenburg

The Friends & Family Event (check site for info/exclusions) ends on November 16th(Sunday). And if you're shopping online, don't forget to use promo code HOLIDAY for the discount.

Shop the post:

Oh, and if you'd like to share your holiday looks, I'd love to see them!

November 10, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - For the Hostess/Host


I've been so caught up in enjoying the perfect not too warm, not too cold weather of Fall that it's hard for me to believe we're in November (eek!) ! The upside is that the holiday season, my most favorite time of year, is upon us. So bring on the festive decorations, the sparkle and all the yummy scents of the season...but more importantly bring on the parties! And speaking of parties, now is the time to order and stock up on hostess gifts. Above are some of my fave gifts (click image for product details) for the hostess/host all priced well under $100. From a slate cheeseboard for the entertainer to a unique gift box of freeze-dried phalaris, lavender and fern, these are all on my own wish list and great for any type of gift as well!

For the hostess/host you want to spend a little extra on (or maybe a gift for yourself) ...

Baccarat bottle stopperBond No. 9 New York candleTom Dixon Plum ice bucket

Happy Monday!

November 6, 2014

Obsession of the Week - Valentino Va Va Voom 1973 Bag

Some bags just make me smile, and this Valentino Va Va Voom 1973 Shoulder Bag is just one of those bags. Like a little bit of rainbow magic hanging from your shoulder or held in your hand, this bag would look equally great as a pop of whimsical color for a formal(dressed-up) outfit, or with jeans and a tee. Love, love, love it!

November 2, 2014

Shearling Coats: Faux or Real, They're Hot!

A gorgeous and practical trend this Fall/Winter is the shearling coat. Not just incredibly warm and cozy, shearling detail is a classic look that will never go out of style. 

See below for some more of my fave street style shearling coat looks as well as my shopping picks of faux (more affordable!) and real shearling coat options.

photo credits (from top): 1. Stockholm Streetstyle, 2. The Styleograph, 3. TheUrbanSpotter, 4.

On a budget, having fun with different looks, or for any other reason, get it faux:

For an investment piece, to wear long-term, and for an assurance of quality, get it real:

So, can't wait to see your très chic shearling coat style!

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