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Styled: Saint Laurent Studded Boots

It seems like everyone in the world has these Saint Laurent studded boots. Well, anyone whose style I’m inspired by has them. Sure, if I could justify spending almost 2,000 on a pair of shoes, they would also be in my closet. Since I can’t, I currently have a stylish knock off pair that was given to me for Christmas. I’m not actually sure why I’m even sharing my boot envy with the world. I’m very appreciative of the gift version, don’t misunderstand. That said, since this is a blog where I get to have both style envy and live a very fashionable existence on virtual paper, I decided to style the actual Saint Laurent boots of my dreams. Both outfits are things I would actually or have actually worn recently with my own boots.

What I love most about the boots is the edginess they give a simple outfit. It almost feels like ‘yeah, I could definitely punch someone in the face,’ only I can’t. But the illusion is enough, isn’t it?

Buy: Saint Laurent studded boots

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Alexander Wang striped tee, Paige Denim black jeans, Forever 21 angular rings, Rebecca Minkoff quilted bomber, Forever 21 necklace, Saint Laurent handbag

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H&M sweater, Topshop jeans, H&M handbag, Marc Jacobs flower ring, H&M rings

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New Years Eve Party Style

So there’s less than 24 hours until New Years Eve and I have some last minute styling ideas for pretty much any celebration. Sure, it’s a bit last minute and it’s impossible to order these things (maybe technology can work on that), but that won’t stop the inspiration. I’ve styled 3 looks one with a dress (my favorite), one with pants, and one with a playsuit. I have even paired each look with one polish from Essie’s winter collection just to tie everything together.

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This is my favorite look of the bunch, and I’m not even really a dress person. They just don’t look right with my hips. That said, I would trade in my joggers and jumper for this outfit for any outing tomorrow in a heartbeat. It contains many non-budget friendly items, but again, it’s my dream look so I went big with this one.

Markus Lupfer dress, Kurt Geiger heels, Saint Laurent Sac de Jour, Eddie Borgo ring, Marc Jacobs safety pin bracelet, Burberry leather jacket

Pair with: Tuck in My Tux

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This is a more relaxed but sparkly look. I would also combine this with a nice peacoat to keep warm. I absolutely love the sparkly top from Topshop despite it being rather out of my comfort zone. Yes, I featured the Eddie Borgo ring & Marc Jacobs bracelet again with this look but simply because I just love them both so much and they seemed to fit well with the color of the Aldo heels.

Topshop sparkle top, Topshop high rise skinny jeans, ALDO heels, Eddie Borgo ring, Marc Jacobs safety pin bracelet, Zara handbag

Pair with: Double Breasted Jacket

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What? A playsuit in winter? Well, yes. If I was attending say a houseparty or dining at a restaurant or, dare I say, going to a nightclub, I might choose a playsuit over a dress. It’s probably not the greatest idea for say…the Mill Avenue block party or hanging out in Times Square. To get more warmth I might suggest some black tights (or exchange this for a longer less flattering long playsuit)
and a white jacket/blazer. The shoes are the real stunner of this look and even then tights may draw more attention to them.

New Look playsuit, Topshop heels, Saint Laurent clutch, H&M silver necklace

Pair with: Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low which seems to no longer be available online so check in stores.

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Friday Favorites: On SALE!

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Christmas has been over only a few hours now and I’m already planning how to spend my gift cards. The best part about the day after Christmas is the sales. There’s just so much to choose from. Today’s Friday Favorites are those such items. I’ve been browsing the sale pages of my favorite stores and choosing loads and loads of items. Here’s just a couple of my favorites from each store which can be found on sale today on their website. Surprise, surprise. They are mostly black & white.

ASOS: Color block jumper / Bomber jacket | Topshop: Hybrid sweater / Side stripe joggers | Forever 21: Net print jumper / Trapeze dress | H&M: Knit jumper / V-Neck blouse

The Weekender: 20 December

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OOTD: Holiday Party

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The truth is out: I’m not much of a holiday dress person. I’ve worn them to parties before and just been relatively uncomfortable and fidgity. Let’s be honest, being fidgity looks good on no one. Tonight I’m attending a holiday festivity which is on the more casual side. Well, as casual as wine and cheese can be, and this is the outfit I’m (most likely) choosing to wear.

H&M blouse, $24 / Topshop coated moto jeans, $63 / H&M draped jacket, $47 / MANGO handbag, $44 / Olivia Burton watch, £75 / Zara leather booties, $159

12 Days of Christmas: Day 05

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This year I tried something new and started working out regularly. Not like just taking a walk or parking further on campus, but taking time to physically do something. That seems like not such a big deal but for the last few years I just gave up on it. Making this tiny change required one thing: active wear. I never gave much thought to trainers or workout clothes and even doing so felt so daunting. Yes, they are men’s trainers but I loved them so much more than the women’s version so I bought them and really, as far as I know, there’s no style law against it.

They are comfortable and bright. I never want to take them off which I’m sure is probably breaking some style rule since I probably look like a mom power walking a mall sometimes…

Racer shoes, Adidas, $44.99 (on sale now!!!)

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

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Day 6. The final countdown. Time to finish up the last minute gifts I need to buy and then start the gift wrapping. Who wants to talk about that? No one. So, let’s just talk about day 6: the BaByliss curling iron. I’m devoted to my curling iron. That’s awful for both myself and my hair. My natural texture is a bit of a mess and I’ve tried several ways of non-heat curling my hair (ie: braids etc). None of them really worked the way I wanted so now I’ve just given up and held true to my curling iron. I’m just subscribed to the super great (but disgusting) world of rehydrating hair masks. That said, the BaByliss wand is one of the best and most highly recommended curling irons on the market so there isn’t a reason I wouldn’t recommend it highly as well.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 07

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Today’s item was intended to be my one of my favorite clothing purchases of the year: my leather biker jacket. Since I had purchased it many moons ago from H&M, it is no longer available. Rather than share an item no one can buy, should they want to, I decided to browse the jackets/coats and see if anything tickled my fancy. I really liked this wool biker jacket. It seems very warm, stylish, and like the next member adopted into my ever growing closet.

I really like the zippers and the jacket flaps. I would probably pair it with a white blouse and a nice pair of jeans for a nice classic, sleek look that doesn’t take away from the coat. H&M does have a couple of leather biker jackets in stock, but none that overwhelmed me. I haven’t been much of a jacket fan since the 90s when I stopped wearing denim jackets. Why should you take my advice then? Well, I’m a reformed jacket lover. I’ve seen the light! Hallelujah! I’ve been missing out on so much all these years. Now I never take my leather jacket off. Just kidding….mostly. I live for blistery days and my beloved coats.

Wool Biker Jacket, H&M, $79.95

12 Days of Christmas: Day 08

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I mentioned previously how I’ve tried new things this year as far as beauty products are concerned, and one of those has been lipstick. Lipstick was really awesome when I was playing dress up with my sister, but lip balm has been a way of life for much of my adult life. Randomly one day (I think for a special occasion) I decided to give lipstick a go. That one chance happening has blossomed into a love/hate relationship. I don’t know why I thought this relationship would be a simple one. It definitely is not. That said, I found two shades I really love and are my go-to lip colors. I’ve suggested them both before here on the blog. The MAC shade, Myth, is a nice nude shade and one of their most popular colors (in case you’re like me just trying to figure things out). The pink Kate Moss shade by Rimmel is very pink. That’s not a bad thing; just something I wasn’t quite used to at first. Now I just find it very flirty and fun. I really want to branch out and try a recommendation by one of my favorite makeup artists and try the Hourglass Cremé Lipstick in Grace.

Buy: Myth by M.A.C., $16 / Shade 101 by Kate Moss for Rimmel, $5.29

12 Days of Christmas

Everyone knows that holiday tune the Twelve Days of Christmas right? I often wonder who would want these horrible things. I mean 12 drummers drumming? 12 seems a little excessive and loud to be quite honest. How one even organizes 8 maids-a-milking is beyond me. The song and some inspiration from others got me thinking of doing my own bitty 12 days of Christmas. Rather than shoving four calling birds in people’s faces without their permission (what was this song even for really), I thought I would just share 12 of my favorite things from this year that I’ve bought/used/loved. Many are suitable for last minute gifts and such but bear with me as I’m not very good at this sort of thing. Let’s try it and see how it goes. Maybe develop a great learning curve for next year. Who knows?! Already off to a rough start, I missed day 12 yesterday so today I will begin with a combination post of 12 and 11.

PS: If someone in 2014 where to purchase the Twelve Days of Christmas (which no one in their right mind should ever do) it would cost approximately, $116k

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Day 12: my favorite eye make up essentials

Time to be a bit narcissistic for a second: my eyes are one of my favorite features. I receive a lot of compliments on them so I really try to play them up on the daily. I put a lot of attention on my eyelashes and try to make them as long and voluminous as possible, which is why I love this Two Faced Mascara. Another thing I’ve become obsessed with is gel eyeliner. First it was a pain in the butt to apply and my makeup remover wasn’t exactly a fan of removing it at the end of the night. Now I’ve learned the blessed ways of the NYX gel liner and there’s no going back now. Even after a crazy night out (where I often forget to remove my makeup before bed) it doesn’t smear or come off all over my pillowcases. I certainly don’t condone wearing eye makeup to bed, but sometimes it happens and gel liner makes sure to still look good in the morning! Sorry the hangover isn’t fun, but the eye makeup looks great!

Better Than Sex mascara, Two Faced $23 / Gel eyeliner & smudger, NYX, $9

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Day 11: Bleach London Super Cool Colour

Earlier this year I became obsessed with Bleach London’s Super Cool Colours. I was envious because they weren’t available for sale to US customers, so I headed to my nearest stylist and ended up with a purple ombré. Eventually I learned of someone who would ship to the US and my ombré became Rosé. What I love so much about Bleach London colour is its super simple to apply alone and washes out in a few washes. The temporary nature of the colour is a blessing and a curse. It allows for tons of color changes (they have a variety of colors) but doesn’t stick around a lot without reapplication which bothersome sometimes. I still recommend it because it’s fun and Bleach London has a variety of amazing products. I wish I could visit their salons and really try something crazy, but for now my blonde ombré is still hanging in there…maybe it’s time to try a bullini?

Super Cool Colour, Bleach London, UK or Worldwide