Top Picks from the Shopbop Sale

My favorite sale of the year is here again! I’m late getting this post up - the sale ends tonight at midnight- but better late than never! I use this sale every year to grab items that I never see go on sale. For example, I love Tory Burch’s one pieces, but they’re never on sale until the end of the season so I use the Shopbop sale to add a new one to my closet each year. I also stock up on some new sandals (again, NEVER on sale until the end of the season!), and these in particular would be too much to afford at full price.

The downside to this sitewide sale, you could say, is that it’s a “Spend More, Save More” - which is just encouraging you to buy more things BUT if you use it as a way to stock up on missing items from your closet, necessities, new dresses for upcoming events and items you know you’ll use all through spring and summer, it is saving you money in the long-run. Personally, I don’t use a sale like this to purchase “basics” because I don’t wear/need designer basics; I buy my t-shirts/jeans/pajamas from stores like Old Navy & Target because they’ll always be cheaper. So, I focus on long-term items like new dresses I can wear to parties or going out to eat, bathing suits I’ll use year after year, and accessories like shoes, sandals, sunglasses and some jewelry I know I’ll get almost daily use out of.


Use code ‘GOBIG19’ for:

15% off orders of $200

20% off orders of $500

25% off orders of $800


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Anthropologie Home Picks

 

Winter Wish List

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Fuzzy Drape Front Sweater | Tan Knee High Suede Boots | Balloon Sleeve Turtleneck | Velvet Bow Hair Tie | Pink Crossbody Bag | Baublebar Statement Hoop Earrings | Ray-ban Round Frame Sunglasses | Bow Flats {on sale here!}| White Teddy Coat | Baublebar Circle Earrings | Jo Malone Perfume | Round Crossbody Bag | Brown Suede Booties

It’s been SO long since my last post but I figure there’s no better time to jump back into blogging than the holiday season! This year, I finished all my holiday shopping early and it feels so nice to be done! The sales and deals have been too good to not power through and save some money. Not that the money actually gets “saved”, I like to treat myself to an item or two that I’ve had my eye on for a while- like these gorgeous brown suede booties and this fun teddy coat. For the rest of the pieces I love, I send links to my husband and family. I know, I know, my friends always ask ‘wouldn’t you like to be surprised”? The answer is a hard “no” haha. I’m not big on surprises to begin with but working in fashion, I see so many items that I fall in love with and can’t afford to buy myself. I’d much rather receive those things than something I wouldn’t truly love or use! Of course, I’m grateful for any gift anyone would ever give me but opening a gift that’s a sweater I had been wanting to buy myself for months - brings me just as much excitement.

I rounded up my ultimate wish list here to share - all pieces I know I can use through spring and for years to come!

 
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Spring Picks from the Shopbop Sale!

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Button Front Dress | Gingham Bikini Top {similar and fav one here!} | Ball Drop Earrings | Pom Pom Woven Bag | Straw Hat | Round Tortoise Sunglasses | Greece Sandals | Gemstone Bracelet | Gold Bracelet | Ivory Wedge Espadrilles | Gold Statement Earrings {similar here!} |  Macrame Basket Tote | Ruffle Off-The-Shoulder One Piece  | Scalloped Cut-Out One Piece | Kate Spade Botanical iPhone Case | Striped Loose-Fit Sweater | Statement Tassel Earrings | Striped Peplum Top | Block Heel Sandals 

This Shopbop sale is one of my absolute favorites every year! Shopbop is one of my favorite online stores because of the variety of designers and price points. It's also rare that spring items are on sale before the season even begins which means it's the perfect time to stock up. I'm heading to Palm Bach next month so my mind is totally set to vacation-mode. I want to purchase items for my trip that I can continue to wear through the end of this summer and use for years to come. I always stick to new staples: new sundresses, bathing suits {I am a one-piece girl!}, a new pair of sandals and wedges and some fun accessories I can get use out of every single day like sunglasses, bags, hats and jewelry. 

I'm adding a few more items into the stoppable area below that I found this morning and know I'll use a lot like denim shorts and some cute tops that transition from day to night!

 
 
 
 

The sale is "Spend more, Save more" so the more items you purchase, the higher your savings will be! Enter code 'GOBIG18' at checkout.

 
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Workwear Blouses for Spring

 
 

When I booked a few new clients this year, I realized I needed to invest in more workwear pieces for my meetings. Since I work from home, I literally live in loungewear,  leggings and t-shirts, and on the weekends I pair a few blouses with jeans but most of them aren't office-appropriate {i.e. lower necklines, lace details, off the shoulder, etc.}. So, lately I've been searching for some cute new blouses that I can wear to meetings and also use for casual events, date nights, family dinners and basically anything else! There's a variety of price points I've rounded up but they're each really versatile and great quality!

 

 
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Valentine's Day Sweet Little Things

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Silk Pajama Set | Gucci Perfume | Nude Lace Bralette | Slip Silk Pillowcase | Stila Lipstick | Rose Gold Watch | Miss Dior Body Lotion | Slip Silk Eye Mask | Kendra Scott Druzy EarringsBody Oil | Jo Malone Perfume | Bath Salts {on sale right now!} | Drawstring Sweatshirt | Chloe Crossbody Bag | Black Lace Bralette | Michael Kors Handbag | Bow Suede Mules | 'love' decal | J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set

 

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Patrick and I don't do anything crazy - we gave up on going out to dinner years ago. We had been seated next to one too many couples sitting on the same side of the booth, making out in between courses (no joke) and the restaurants always made us feel like we were on some sort of assembly line. I also felt like being out around tons of other people took away from the intimacy of the holiday. So, for the past few years we've opted for comfy clothes, cooking a new recipe at home that we've never tried before and putting our money towards an amazing bottle of wine.

Last year we added in the tradition of cooking and eating dinner to our wedding playlist (all the approved songs we had sent to our band), which means a few hours filled with Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison and some classic 70's favorites - Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson...you get the picture. It adds a fun twist now that we're married, like we're re-living our reception- dancing around like weirdos and drinking in our kitchen but we get to be "us". It kind of makes me laugh thinking about our first few Valentine's Days together when we started dating, getting dolled up and forcing conversation sitting across from one another. Staying home may not be everyone's idea of a great night, but it's definitely ours. 

I'm not a fan of surprise gifts, after 10 and a half years together, Patrick knows this. When I really need something, I let him know and vice versa. We're both practical when it comes to not wanting to waste money. We're not made of money either so our rule is small gifts OR you can opt-out and save up holidays for something bigger. I, personally, love the opt-out option. Last year, I combined my birthday, our anniversary and Christmas and Patrick got me a beautiful classic Gucci bag I had been eyeing forever. This past year, Patrick and I both opted out of gifts for our anniversary and Christmas to put our money toward our future trip to Greece (that we hope to take this summer)! For a little Valentine's Day gift, I've been eyeing these silk pajamas and these bath salts...but I'm also tempted to opt-out for this Chloe bag at some point in the future.

Whether you're sending gift ideas to your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife, or just plain practicing self-love next week (YES, girl, YESl!), here are my favorite gift ideas- curated with love by me!

 
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Our Trip to Charleston

 
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I figured I'd start this post off with the picture I took of our Dream House! There were about 52 other runner-ups, since every home in Charleston had me swooning. The Southern charm was everywhere you looked: the flickering lanterns, the Spanish moss dripping from the trees and swaying in the breeze, the beautiful flower boxes on every window and the sound of the horse hooves on the cobblestone streets. I'll take all of it. 

 
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Tie Sleeve Sweater (similar) | Black Jeans | Ankle Boots | Gucci Purse | Celine Sunglasses

This post is going up a bit late since we went to Charleston back in October, but better late than never! It was amazing how much was still in bloom everywhere and how warm the weather was. It was definitely an atmosphere we could get used to. Patrick and I have been talking about the possibility of moving to Charleston for the past year so we wanted to see as much of the city as we possibly could in 3 days. We stayed at the Belmond Charleston Place, which was an absolutely beautiful and pet-friendly hotel- we were so excited to be able to take Chloe with us! In the mornings we'd grab coffees and walk from our hotel to Waterfront Park, walking along the water all the way down to White Point Gardens to finish our coffees on the benches beneath the Spanish moss-covered trees and watch the boats sail by. It was just as beautiful as it sounds and I miss those mornings every day. Then, we'd wind our way through The Battery (the southern tip of Charleston that has the most beautiful homes!) and every so often we'd hear horse hooves coming down the streets. It was absolutely charming. 

 
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We also spent a lot of time walking up and down King Street (the main drag where all the retail shops and restaurants are). One of the places we stopped in was called Pancito & Lefty's that had THE best Mexican tacos, not to mention an all-white and industrial decor that I loved.

A few other great restaurants we tried:

Amen Street - we met up with some friends who live locally and had an amazing dinner here: complete with hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes and the freshest seafood.

Husk - the food was incredible and it's located in a traditional Southern home with the double front porch and everything. So beautiful!

 

For the best oysters and cocktails:

The Ordinary - I highly recommend the 'Air Mail' cocktail which was white rum, lime, honey and sparking rose. The atmosphere here is also so beautiful, the building used to be an old bank. 

The Darling Oyster Bar - this is your place if you're craving fresh Raw Bar! 

 
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On our last day, we drove to Sullivan's Island to check out the beach. There were so many dogs running around and everyone said hello as they walked by (in New York, where I'm originally from, everyone usually keeps their head down to avoid eye contact). It was so friendly and refreshing and such a beautiful view! Afterward, we stopped for brunch at The Obstinate Daughter, which turned out to be another absolutely delicious spot! 

 
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We have plans to go back to Charleston in the spring and I'm counting down the days! There are so many more streets to explore and restaurants to try and an exciting decision to be made about possibly calling the Holy City our future home. 

 
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Spring Shoe Roundup

 
 

I know there's a few more months until it really warms up but this is the time of year I start mixing my boots and booties with some strappy sandals for events and nights out. I wanted to do a nice round up of all the shoes I'll be wearing from now until the weather changes. I tend to stick with a neutral palette when it comes to shoes, because I know they'll get the most wear. I used to only have black and beige pairs in my closet but I've been incorporating some grays and blush pinks lately. My roundup includes all of the classics, really versatile styles to take you through the seasons and wear year after year and includes a variety of different price points.

If you like something, just click on the image to shop!

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My Advice for Perfect Holiday Style

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Black Midi Skirt (similar here) | Ivory Silk Blouse | Black Pump Heels | Tassel Earrings

This time of year is so busy, but it's always my absolute favorite! We travel up to New York and New Jersey to visit our families and see friends, and there's always fun parties going on. My family throws an annual Christmas party that everyone gets dressed up for, and now that many of our friends are buying homes and starting families, they're throwing holiday parties too. Since we had a bunch of plans, I knew I needed some new party looks. I originally planned on wearing a little black dress for a few events we had in NYC but the weather this week has been unbearably cold! So, I opted for this silk blouse and midi skirt combo that kept me much warmer and still looked chic.

The best accessory to pair with a party outfit? Secret's new Invisible Spray deodorant. It doesn't leave any residue on any of my clothing and its fresh scent lasts all day and night (which is perfect for weeks like this when I'm on-the-go). It will also come in handy on New Years Eve! I bought a fun sparkly dress and plan to be dancing the entire night away. My favorite product in the collection is the Luxe Lavender scent, it's fresh and spa-like. I'm also loving the Boho Berry scent for this time of year. All four scents are like deodorant and perfume all-in-one and it don’t wear off too quickly, thanks to Secret’s Fade Resistant Scent Technology, which is the best part!
 

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You can shop my favorite Secret Invisible Sprays here. And if you'd like, Secret also created a fun quiz that you can take to find out which of their products is best for you {click here}!

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* This post is sponsored by Secret Deodorant. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *


Holiday Gift Guides

 
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Topshop Sweater Dress | BaubleBar Tassel Earrings | Chloe Perfume | Stilla Lipstick | J.Crew bow flats | Chloe Small Crossbody Bag | J. Crew Sequin & Bead Ball-Drop Earrings | Cuyana Sunglass Case | Off-The-Shoulder Sweater | Faux Fur Jacket | AERIN Perfume | Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set | Double Breasted Coat | Herbivore Botanicals Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish | GlamGlow Mask | Gold WatchCable Knit Faux Fur Pompom Beanie | Saint Laurent Tote

 

Only one week until Christmas - I can't believe it!! The end of this year has just been flying by and I'm trying so hard to savor every moment. Another year is about to begin and while I love the sense of refresh it brings, I just feel like life is flying by! This year is going to be a strange Christmas for me. My entire family will be taking a trip to South Africa so they won't be home for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and I'm going to miss them like crazy. Patrick and I had decided not to join them for the trip and every day that gets closer to their departure I'm feeling more and more regret! To be honest with you all, when my family planned the trip 10 months ago, we weren't sure if we'd be pregnant by this time and I wasn't comfortable traveling around the world during my first trimester (also...Zika...yikes!) Definitely exciting in it's own right for sure, but we're currently not pregnant and also now not going to South Africa haha. So, to keep our holiday spirits up, we're focusing on creating some of our own special traditions this year together and we'll be spending the actual holiday days with Patrick's family. I'm usually so good with my gift shopping every year (like getting it 100% done by Cyber Monday good) but this year I haven't done ANY yet. Like I said, I don't know where the time is going lately!! So, this week is crunch time for us to get it all done and if any of you are in a similar situation this year, I wanted to post these gift guides in hopes that they'll be helpful!

In case I can't get my life together enough to post again before Christmas, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


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