Hey my loves! Let’s start the year off right with some of my top picks in fashion, hair, and beauty for the month of January!

Pictures129Many stores are releasing their spring clothes, but we all know that it doesn’t get warm until the end of April/May. March feels like winter to me so I will still be wearing my sweaters and riding boots which is why these are my picks for January. I love the print on the Fair Isle Sweater from Forever 21 and I was sold on these riding boots with the chain detail and mixed textures. You can never go wrong with a satchel bag, and this Rachel Zoe bag is sleek and chic! A statement necklace can glam up any look this can even be paired with the pink cable knit sweater. Lastly, the CoverGirl Blast FlipStick Duo in Flashy is one of my favorite lipsticks. It’s a highly pigmented purple and I use the pink for a little ombre look. It is long lasting and even acts as a lipstain!

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This year has gone by extremely fast. I can’t believe that it is almost over. Can you believe that it is Thanksgiving already?!?!? This is insane, but as always I have created some amazing looks that will have all eyes on you and not just the food.

Look #1: The Hostess

The Hostess

For this look I wanted something dressy if you were hosting a formal dinner. So I paired a raspberry colored long sleeve dress with black and gold accents. As the hostess you must greet your guest and make sure everyone is having a great time so you should look good doing it.

Look #2: Meet the Parents

Casual Chic

I created this look if you are going with your significant other to meet his family/parents for the very first time. You do not want to seem like you are trying to hard so a nice pair of black trousers with a bold top (hence the structured sleeves) a vest to add some personality, and of course a printed shoe. The shoes will definitely be a conversation piece. Wear neutral makeup to enhance your natural beauty, and gold accessories for a little bling.

Look #3: Family Fun

A Pop of Color goes a long way

 I paired a simple long sleeve shift dress with colored tights and riding boots if you are just having dinner with family and friends. The look is stylish and very comfortable. So if your family plays a lot of games you won’t be out of place. Don’t worry, you can still play Taboo and charades and not feel uncomfortable.

Stay tuned later this week to see the look I rocked for Thanksgiving. I hope these suggestions help you put together a fabulous outfit!

 

 

These three looks feature classic pieces that have been in major rotation in my wardrobe. Picture 1: Black Riding Boots Picture 2: Coctail Dress Picture 3: Black Maxi Skirt

As you get older you begin to mature and look at life from a different perspective. This may not be the case for everyone, but this definitely applies to my life. I have a confession to make…I used to be a binge shopper. I used to be a shopaholic. I know this is the case for many women, and some people do not even consider this a problem but it was for me.

While in college and a few years after I graduated I would spend my hard earned money on clothes and accessories. I wasn’t concerned with saving or paying any major bills because I “lived for the moment.” I would always end up at the mall and go from store to store racking up on all of the latest trends. Whenever I was going to a party or to dinner I would HAVE to buy a new outfit. Repeating looks was not my M.O. So I shopped, and I shopped, and I shopped. I would waste so much money on trends or things that I would wear only once. As I sit here and write this post, I think about all the money I could have saved and trips I could have taken if I was more responsible.

I guess this comes with growing up; you recognize your mistakes and you make better decisions. So out with the old and in with the new! I have learned to become a savvier shopper. I plan my purchases carefully. I’ve found that my wardrobe is more polished now that I plan my purchased. Before, my closet used to be filled with trends. I would have pieces that I wore once and never wanted to wear again. I would shop on impulse and end up wasting money because I would never wear some of the pieces. Now that I have a more defined style, I find buying pieces a lot easier. Also I can help my clients define their personal style and avoid making the same mistakes that I did.

 Breaking my binge shopping habit was one of the best things that I could have done. My OLD ways of shopping were not healthy or productive. Now with my NEW found perspective my fashionable life is a lot less complicated.

What OLD habits have you broke? How were you made NEW?

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My homecoming is this week and I have been getting quite a few requests on what to wear. Last week I did a post on what to wear to the Alumni Cabaretand today my focus is the football game. I put together a few looks. No one goes to the football game to actually watch the game. This is the time where we catch up with old friends before we had back to the main campus. We see everyone from the Dean, old RAs, professors and even our old college sweethearts.

The football game is where everyone tailgates and just chill. Dressing for this event is very tricky. You do not want to be climbing up and down bleachers in 5inch heels, no matter how “comfortable” they are. You don’t want to wear a fur coat because you are at a sporting event and you will look like the girl who tries way too hard.  Not only do you have to dress for the actual game, you have to be prepared to stand and mix and mingle with all of your old friends for the rest of the day when you go back to the yard. This is when the Greeks do their greek sings and they have the homecoming parade so be prepared for a lot of standing. So all of these looks will feature a pair of flat boots. Wedges are ok, depending on how long you plan on standing, but flat boots are always the go to for an event like this. They are stylish and comfy. Trust me when I tell you there is nothing worse then being in pain because you tried to be cute in a pair of heels.

This look is for the girl who is very laid black. A cute chunky knit sweater, suede boots, t-shirt, and scarf for when it gets chilly. I love gross body bags because they keep your arms free.

Daytrip Snap Down Sweater, $30
Amazon.com: FULL TILT V-Neck Womens Tee: Clothing, $7.99
Women’s Skinny Jean – American Eagle Outfitters, $40
Steve Madden Criskros, $100
Nine West Stud It Cross-Body, $95
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings, $36
Biker chain necklace, $45
Beautiful Floral Border Print Shawl, $11
29 Jackie Oversized Plastic Metal Detail Sunglasses, 15 GBP

This look is for the girl who is part of the chic and modern motorcycle club. Earth tones are great for the fall and the cropped motorcycle jacket is on trend. Definitely a must have.

Oatmeal metallic stitch slouch jumper, 26 GBP
Tan Cropped Leather Jacket, 110 GBP
VANILLA STAR Cargo Womens Skinny Pants 174282531 | pants | Tillys.com, $25
Kenneth Cole Reaction Hello Moto, $95
HOBO INTERNATIONAL Del Norte Flap Cross-Body, $168
Metal&Wood Bangles-Set of 4 (Gold&Brown), 8.50 GBP
Leaf Earrings, $30
Jessica Simpson – Glam Garden Single Leaf Necklace (Gold) – Jewelry, $32
heryl1321 Black Sunglasses, 20 GBP
Small Satchel Bag in Bronze, Pewter or Black – Handbagheaven.com

This final look is for the girl who definitely wants to make an effortless statement. The military look is huge right now. This look is very simple yet polished. Minimal accessories are needed because the jacket speaks for itself.

Leslie vented jersey tank, $40
Buy Women’s Cardigans from the Next UK online shop, 28 GBP
Silver military cape, 55 GBP
Long Sleeve Double Breasted Military Jacket with Dome Buttons, $40
Ponte legging Black, 25 GBP
Star Ling ‘Julian’ Flat Boot, $50
Home Sweet Home medium leather hand bag, 129 GBP
Paul Senior Sunglasses in Black, $198

So my birthday is this upcoming Saturday (woot woot) and I am super excited. My family keeps asking me what I want and the only thing that I can think of is a new pair of riding boots. I have a black pair from Steve Madden that has been with me through thick and thin, but I want to give them a rest during this fall/winter and so I want a brown pair for my birthday. Simple right. I did a post last week on over-the-knee boots, but I prefer riding boots that stop right below the knee. Here are the boots I have my eye on *hint hint family*

Nine West Trinity $179 ships 10/5 (I’m patient, I don’t mind waiting three-five additional days)

Nine West Tierney $169

Aldo Brendal Boot (motorcycle boot) $130