I’ve typically steered clear of anything resembling a fishnet tight, but I seriously can’t get over how much I love these crochet tights! They add just the right amount of texture to every outfit and skirt I’ve worn them with. For this particular look, I love how the chunky sweater, subtly textured skirt, and crochet tights work together to spice up an all black and white outfit.
Today is all about the beauty junkie in your life. The girl who’s obsessed with Birchbox*, who’s addicted to the checkout lanes at Sephora (guilty.. they get me every time), and who is always carrying at least four lipsticks in her purse. Sound familiar? These gifts are for her!
I was never really a beauty junkie until my first job in New York. I managed social media for a company that owned eight cosmetics, skincare, hair care, and fragrance brands. We did most of the product development in house so I became quite the guinea pig. For 16 months, I was always testing new hair sprays, lip colors, moisturizers, fragrances, and even men’s facial scrub. Needless to say, I became kind of obsessed with trying out new products!
I’ve tried and tested most of these products myself. (I’m putting them on here, so you know they’re good!) And the ones that I haven’t tried have come highly recommended and are on my “to buy” list in my phone. What, you don’t have one of those?
In case you missed it over the weekend, I posted a little sneak peek of HauteLook’s second-ever kate spade new york online sale event on Friday! I partnered with HauteLook to share my favorite finds from the event, both on my blog and on their website as a preview over the weekend. But now, you can shop the sale today! Hurry because things are sure to go fast. With party season upon us, you can never have too many fun, festive dresses or accessories! kate spade new york is always my go-to for glam nights out on the town. From fancy dresses to snazzy shoes, they’ve got it all covered. Plus, it’s the perfect time to start stocking up on gifts. Happy Shopping!
Also — HauteLook is giving away a $500 credit to one lucky Bows & Sequins reader! To enter, head on over to HauteLook.com, register, check out the kate spade new york events and then head to my Instagram to leave a comment on this photo letting me know what you would buy with the credit. The winner will be announced tonight at 6p.m. EST. Good luck & happy shopping!
Happy Friday! I’m so excited to tell you about today’s post –
If you’ve been following Bows & Sequins for any time at all, it should come as no surprise that Kate Spade is one of my all-time favorite brands. Each and every season, I’m lusting after the gorgeous dresses, fabulous shoes, cheeky phrases, and must-have accessories. I love how every piece; no matter if it’s a pair of pumps or a pair of statement earrings, has a personality. The playful and irreverent lifestyle that Kate Spade evokes makes each collection totally shine.
So when HauteLook reached out to me about featuring my favorite finds in their second-ever Kate Spade online sale event, it was an obvious Y-E-S!
For this outfit, I picked out my favorite party pieces for a glam night out on the town! The drop-waist dress is the epitome of flirty and fun. And the mesh bow-covered heels? I’m in love. The heel isn’t too high and the slingback makes for the perfect dancing shoe! To add some glitz and extra glam to my outfit, I chose a sparkly statement necklace. While this necklace is so easy to dress up, I can’t wait to wear it with a more casual look, like a simple plaid or chambray button-down. Talk about versatility!
Head on over to HauteLook this weekend to get a full sneak peek of my picks, which you can shop Monday at 8a.m. PST.
A special Thank You to HauteLook for sponsoring this post!
Nothing says the holidays quite like plaid and tartan! Whether you’re curling up by the fireplace with a tartan mug or clipping in a plaid hair bow for a casual family gathering, the holiday season feels a lot more festive when there’s plaid involved. Give him a plaid bow tie and her a wear-with-everything plaid scarf. And then pick up a pair of cozy plaid PJs for yourself!
Click through the slideshow below to shop these gifts and more…
I don’t know if it’s the cooler temperatures or the upcoming holidays, but I am in MAJOR nesting mode. I feel like that kind of has a pregnant connotation, and I am most certainly not that, but I’ve just been in the mood to focus on making my apartment nice and cozy. Sprucing up my decor (well, actually, finishing the decorating that I barely started back when I moved in May), decluttering my cabinets, drawers, and closet, making meals at home, you name it! I’ve been over-analyzing new bedding for weeks, maybe even months. I’m obsessing over throw pillows and which prints I want to mix on my new couch. I spend countless hours on Pinterest trying to decide just how I’m going to layer my living room rugs. Don’t get me started on my search for a coffee table. And it doesn’t end there… Enter, my kitchen…
I have a pretty amazing kitchen (by New York standards). Lots of cabinet space, a good amount of counter space, stainless steel appliances. It’s probably my favorite part of my apartment! And although I barely make time to cook in said kitchen, I’ve been filling my plethora of cabinets with all sorts of festive finds.
A few weeks ago, Carly & I met up for breakfast and much-needed caffeine at the Nespresso boutique on the Upper East Side. I pop into the Soho location on the reg to pick up capsules for my machine, but this was my first time dining. (So good, highly recommend!) After breakfast, we went and did some holiday shopping at Sur La Table. Like I said, I barely cook. The only time I really use my kitchen is when I make a Nespresso in the morning before I shower. And then again when I make another Nespresso before I leave for the day. However, something came over me when I was at Sur La Table. I went kind of crazy buying new dish ware and all sorts of festive Thanksgiving and Christmas tabletop accessories. You would think I was hosting family dinners over the holidays with the amount of things I picked up. For a minute, I thought about hosting the girls for a festive brunch. But then I realized that would require more cooking than my usual scrambled eggs & coffee weekend breakfast. (And I can’t fit everyone in my studio apartment… So there’s that.) So it looks like I’ll just be cooking-for-one in a very stylish and festive manner over the next few weeks! Or ya know, just putting my seamless delivery order on really cute plates.
I figured I’d share some of the cute things that I got at Sur La Table, as well as some of the fun things I have on my wish list, in a Festive Finds Gift Guide. Since Turkey Day is just around the corner, I figured I’d share a Thanksgiving and a Christmas board. #OverAchiever, I know.
One item that’s a repeat offender for both holidays? The Nespresso Vertuoline. Because really, who isn’t in need of a pick-me-up around the holidays?! For the last year, I’ve been using my regular Nespresso machine and I’ve loved it. However, I’ve been using the Nespresso Vertuoline for the last two weeks and have loved it even more! (I didn’t even know that was possible.) It’s so amazing because you can brew both a large cup of coffee and a shot of espresso in the same machine. Seriously brilliant!
A few goodies to help set the table for a fall family gathering…
I’ve always been a bit of a human magpie. (I mean, did you see my last gift guide?) While I do tend to get distracted easily (#ADD), my attention always diverts when there are sparkly things around. I love a little glitz, what can I say?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a ‘jewelry girl.’ (And a shoe, watch, bag, sunglasses girl… Okay, maybe ‘accessories girl’ is a better fit.) I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that a single piece of jewelry can transform almost any outfit. My go-to? A statement necklace. Statement necklaces are the bomb dot com. What other accessory can you wear with a sweatshirt and also a ball gown and it looks fabulous either way? That’s why I’m usually willing to pay a little bit extra for a sparkly statement necklace. The versatility and cost-per-wear can’t be beat!
Spending a weekend in the city without traveling was everything I hoped it to be and more! While I definitely could have laid in bed all weekend (majorly sleep deprived over here), I’m glad I had hot tickets to tear me out of bed. As I mentioned last week, I got to go to the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Life event with Express on both Saturday and Sunday. I know this sounds crazy, but I had never actually been inside of the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center before this weekend. I’ve definitely been missing out… It’s so pretty, especially out on the second floor terrace. Now I’m dying to go see a ballet!
Both days of the event were equal parts fun, entertaining, and inspiring. The panels absolutely flew by!
Today is Bows & Sequins’ 4th birthday. Crazy, right?! I can’t believe I’ve been posting in this little corner of the internet for four whole years. I still remember the night I started it, the first email I received from a sweet reader, the day it turned one, the very first time someone on the street told me that they loved my blog, the first time I took outfit photos, the first time I took outfit photos with a tripod, the days it turned two and three, the first time I worked with a brand I loved, the first time I met a “blog friend” in real life … I could go on and on. It’s not just ‘a blog’ to me, Bows & Sequins truly is an extension of my life. I mean, this blog has been around longer than any boyfriend I’ve ever had, which might not be saying a lot, but you get the idea.
I’ve made so many memories, life-long friends, and have gotten to experience so many unbelievable things because of Bows & Sequins. I feel like I was looking for “my thing” my entire life until I created this blog. And now I truly feel like I’ve hit my stride and have something that I’m insanely passionate about. I can’t even express how fortunate I feel on a daily basis! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for checking in every day and following along. Thank you for every single one of your comments and emails. Thank you one million times over! xoxo
Now, what’s a birthday without some sparkle?! Today’s gift guide is definitely fit for a celebration. I created today’s gift guide with the glitter girl in mind. Whether it’s you, your best friend, your niece, your mom, your cousin, or someone else I’m forgetting — If she loves sparkle, this gift guide is for her!
I got a sample of Joico’s Gold Dust Spray during fashion week and it’s prettyyyyy awesome, especially for the holidays! (And I actually packed it for my last Vegas trip, too. When in Rome.. Or, well, Vegas.) It’s a finishing spray that has a really light hold… and is packed with shine and shimmer. It’s a really pretty rose gold color in my blonde hair… I’m obsessed! It’s so subtle, but when the light hits your hair it’s kind of magical. It’s great for a glitzy holiday party and definitely made for New Years Eve. And obviously, the perfect stocking stuffer for the sparkle lover in your life!