Friday, October 17, 2014

Irina Victoria Jewelry x Wildlife Conservation Network

Kayte, Irina, Gretchen, & Dariel

When you find your passion, follow your heart, and chase your dreams you will amaze yourself.

Every blogger in this fashion world is fulfilling a goal and living out a dream, and that is to have a voice that can inspire others to think differently, do what they love, and create something meaningful.  This is what brings this great group of ladies together. We teamed up with Irina Victoria, Founder of IV Jewelry, to share with you her passion for design and how she uses her talent to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN).

Irina designs her jewelry right in the heart of Boston and shows her love for romantic minimalism and geometric forms in her simplistic delicate pieces. It's the no-brainer kind of jewelry that you throw on without hesitation when heading out for the day, a.k.a my favorite kind. Along with her love for design, Irina is also passionate about giving back to one of her favorite organizations, WCN. As part of her recent Do Good Collection 50% of the proceeds from these three pieces (Do Good, Be Kind, Live As One) are donated to improving the lives of animals on a global scale one species at a time. 

Check out Irina's site to learn more about her and the mission behind the Do Good Collection.
 
Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend!

xo

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Maura O'Donnell Photography

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Moments of Chic featuring Piperlime

Sequin Stripe Dress c/o Piperlime | H&M blazer | Steve by Steve Madden booties c/o Piperlime | Kate Spade clutch | Ally & Zoe earrings via Rue LaLa | Kendra Scott ring c/o

Sometimes for date night you have to step up your game and put on your fanciest dress to make the evening even more special and memorable. I've teamed up with Piperlime for their #MomentsofChic campaign to show you how this little black dress takes a classic to the next level. We all have that one LBD in our closet that never fails when we're in a style rut, but why not also have the one that says glam all by itself? Minimal accessories does the trick with this sequin striped statement while a simple blazer and comfortable black booties keep you ready for whatever adventure awaits after dinner.

I'm going to be honest, despite wearing a dress for this date night nothing stopped me from ordering the (slightly messy) crispy pork belly sandwich from Russell House Tavern. No way do I let my fashion choices interfere with my big appetite and obsession with food. If you ever wander over to Harvard Square, I confidently recommend that entree.

P.S. When you visit the Piperlime homepage you may see a familiar face featured on there! A recent outfit worn by yours truly. =)

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Special thanks to Piperlime for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Photos by Samara Vise Photography

Friday, October 3, 2014

Calypso St. Barth: Cashmere Cloud

Calypso St. Barth cardigan c/o | J.Crew top | Zara jeans | Sole Society booties | J.Crew necklaceKate Spade 'Shawna' sunglasses | Michael Kors watch

It looks like this week on the blog I'm trying to keep up with mother nature. From my recent post dressing for 80 degree weekend weather to this one where I'm cozying up in my cashmere cloud cardigan from Calypso St. Barth. Aside from it being the perfect lightweight yet warmest layer for a casual Fall outfit, I would ideally love to curl up in a ball wearing this on the couch sipping hot chocolate (extra marshmallows) and watching my favorite Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus... obviously. I'm loving this soft pink shade for the season paired with classic navy for extra subtlety, and my trusty grey booties got me through so much slush and snow last year that they're still in good shape to take on this year's colder weather.

Calypso St. Barth is currently offering 25% off tops, tees, and sweaters so stock up now on your favorite cold weather picks because the temperature is changing fast! Use the code TOPS25 at checkout.

Have a great weekend!

xo

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cobalt & Stripes

J.Crew tank | Gap outlet boyfriend jeans (similar here) | Ally + Zoe earrings via Rue LaLa | J.Crew bracelet | Michael Kors watch | Kate Spade sunglasses | Zara bag | Steve Madden pumps

Just a quick post today of what I wore for a girls' night out #BeautyBash dinner on Saturday (when it was randomly 80 degrees outside) with my blogging wing women: ElissaK TabRachelMo, and Georgina. Our little get-together was hosted by ElissaBenefit Cosmetics and Birchbox at Bambara Cambridge. We chatted over refreshing cocktails, savory apps, and sweet desserts and went home with a goody bag of new beauty samples to add on to our morning routine.

Thanks so much to ElissaBenefit CosmeticsBirchbox and Bambara Cambridge for hosting. It's always a good time catching up with these ladies.

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Photos by K Tab

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lace Trim

Chelsea 28 dress via Nordstrom | H&M blazer | ASOS belt | ASOS clutch | Nine West heels via TJ Maxx | Kendra Scott ring c/o

Ever think of what kind of shopper you are? It's taken me years to nail down my style and once I finally figured out what I gravitate towards I've become quite the speedy shopper. I don't mean speedy as in I grab everything in sight, I mean you can put me in the Women's section of a department store and I can do a quick walk through in 5 minutes and tell you what caught my eye and what isn't worth a second glance. When you know what works for your style and body type then browsing is a breeze. I'm kind of weird and don't like trying clothes on in the store. I double check the return policy and take the interesting finds home to try on with existing pieces in my wardrobe. I like to see how transitional it will be with what I already own and if it passes the test, it's a keeper.

Thanks to the stellar merchandising in Nordstrom, this pretty dress caught my eye in passing the other day. When I saw how it was styled on the mannequin I instantly envisioned the potential it could have in my closet. I typically don't wear pieces with full prints like this, but what drew me in was the solid navy lace trim that acts as a beautiful intricate base. The dress is also sleeveless with additional lace trim at the shoulders. I find this to be a playful piece for a cocktail party or for a weekend night out with the girls.

I'd love to know, what kind of shopper are you? Any tips or tricks you can share for smart shopping?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Double Printed

Piperlime blouse c/o | J.Crew skirt (old but similar here) | Cole Haan wedges | Zara bag | J.Crew necklace, Kendra Scott ring c/oMichael Kors watch

It's time.

It's the official start of Fall when the temperature teeters on the edge of seventy degrees. It's time to strut my style in thicker skirts and cozier shift dresses sans opaque tights. It's time to mix the old classics with the new trends, experiment with contrasting prints and make a statement with new accessories. It's time for me to welcome another season as a new beginning. And it's time for you to join me.

Happy Fall. =)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Rose Gold Sequins

Getting asked to be photographed outside of Lincoln Center for Vidal Sassoon.

It was all about the nude pumps and girly skirts with Rachel at the rewardStyle party.

Ann Taylor LOFT top | River Island sequin skirt via ASOS (maxi version here) | Nine West heels via TJ Maxx | Ann Taylor LOFT necklace | Michael Kors watch | Clutch borrowed from my friend

For my final look from NYFW I threw on my rose gold sequin party skirt to mingle with the most fashionable bloggers at the rewardStyle party. We had the pleasure of enjoying the city view from the rooftop of the Empire Hotel while sipping on specialty cocktails, trying on Kendra Scott jewels, and talking all things fashion. My most favorite thing about fashion week has to be the new friendships I make with bloggers from all over the country who share a similar passion with me. I leave happy knowing we can stay connected through social media and this tight knit community of blogging.

Until next year, New York.

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Outfit photos by Rachel