I try to pack as much into my Saturdays as possible so Sundays can be a bit more relaxed. Even if I’m not able to keep my schedule completely clear, I’ll try to keep my commitments to a few hours in the afternoon. Is there anything better than sleeping in, lounging around in your PJs, reading a real newspaper, or eating breakfast in bed? Nope, definitely not.
I truly can’t believe that the busiest travel day of the year is here. Thanksgiving, you guys. Where did 2014 go?! Hallie recently told me about a quote she read… “You live life at the speed limit of your age.” So true, right?! Each year just flies by faster than the last.
Little luxuries are those items that are just simply fabulous. Incredibly soft slippers, cozy cashmere throws, posh PJs, fancy fragrances, desk decor… Get the idea? Everyday items with an extra bit of extravagance. While all of these things are downright deluxe, they’re usually the items that we just can’t justify buying for ourselves. But that’s exactly why they make the perfect gifts!
For me, gift giving is a balance of functionality and fabulousness. Yes, you always want him or her to get use out of the gifts you’re giving… but it’s a whole lot more fun when it’s something that he or she would probably not spend their own money on! Am I right?
As soon as November hit, I felt myself starting to drift into a more relaxed state of mind. (Well, at least on the wardrobe front! Work during the holiday season is a different story.) With the temperatures dipping way down in NYC this last week and the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been gravitating towards more comfortable and cozy separates. Getting out of bed when it’s freezing in the morning is a major challenge for me so the thought of wearing my softest sweaters definitely helps with the self-coaxing away from the snooze button. While some wouldn’t dream of wearing their white pants in November, I’ve been all about a soft color palette. Pairing white denim with neutral shades and luxurious textures, like this fabulous Theory turtleneck sweater I found at Nordstrom Rack, and an oh-so-soft faux fur vest, feels very seasonally appropriate. I’ve been appreciating a more minimalistic layering approach lately, nothing too fussy and nothing too complicated. A warm, textured sweater with a cozy fur vest is just right!
This gift guide is for the cocktail connoisseurs and the winos, too! If the girl (or guy) that you’re shopping for knows how to make a mean cocktail and is always re-stocking their bar cart, these are the gifts for her (or him). Entertaining made easy!
Happy Friday you guys! With the holidays just around the corner, I feel like the work weeks have felt so unbelievably long. Especially when you’re working for an e-commerce site, gearing up for the holidays is exhausting. I was traveling for work a few days this week, but I’ll be getting back tonight and I’m so looking forward to a relaxing weekend in the city! I know it’s usually customary to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for the holidays, but I’m going to break the rules and start decorating a little bit this weekend. I’m going to hit up Target and Home Goods to search for fun (& inexpensive!) holiday decor, but do let me know if there are any other places in NYC that you recommend I check out while I’m out and about this weekend!
While I’m out shopping, I’m definitely going to have to bundle up. Fall sure feels like it’s over and I think it’s safe to say winter is upon us. That really means one thing — It’s officially time to break out all of the coats! It’s really important to me to have a few options for outerwear in the winter. Why, you ask? Because wearing the same coat every single day for at least five months out of the year can get really repetitive and kind of depressing! I’m constantly on the search for great quality coats that don’t break the bank. I think it’s essential to invest a bit more for quality, but since I like to have a variety of outerwear options, I like to stick to that $250 and under range for most of my jackets.
Today’s gift guide is for the CEO-in-the-making, the business babe who is a total bada$$, the girl who logs more hours at the office than her home, and the girl who is always on the go because of her career!
This is my third and final look from our trip to Las Vegas with Zappos. (See the first two here and here!) I love all of the subtle shimmer in this outfit. From the sequin detailing on the top, to the metallic chain-strap bag, to the subtle shimmer on the sandals, it’s definitely a statement-making look! To balance out all of the sparkle, I chose a pair of crisp white jeans. Perfect for a sunny weekend in Sin City!
Whether it’s for your own professor or for your son or daughter’s school teacher, figuring out what to get the talented teacher in your life is always kind of tricky. (Or maybe it’s even your best friend who happens to be in front of the classroom!) Of course candles, crafts, and cookies are always a good idea, but if you’re looking to buy a great gift that’s not covered in apple motifs, look no further. For this particular gift guide, I went straight to the source. My best friend, Ellen, is an elementary school teacher in the Chicago suburbs so I asked her what’s on her holiday list this year, as well as her teaching must-haves.
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.