Black and gold has always been one of my favorite color combos. (I mean, see the logo at the top of this blog..) Gold sparkles pair perfectly with classic black. And a little pop of red is the best way to add some sass!
Hello from sunny Florida! Actually, where we are (right outside of Sarasota) hasn’t been sunny much at all this week. Sunny or not, I definitely can’t complain! The temperature has hovered right around 70 degrees, which has allowed for morning coffee by the pool, eating all meals al fresco, long walks around the neighborhood, and plenty of time relaxing on the back patio (in a sweater).
The first full day I was in Florida was actually the hottest. My grandfather and I drove up to Tampa to pick up my parents from the airport. On the way, we stopped at Hyde Park Village to do a little last minute Christmas shopping.
Even though I’m an advocate of wearing white denim almost year round, I happily packed my white jeans and this new top from Sail to Sable’s resort collection! I love the flattering fit of this top. It’s nice and flow-y, but doesn’t make me lose my shape. And the oversized buttons down the back? Can’t get enough! The gold hardware dresses up the fun fish print and adds a bit of flare. My sea-foam green Kate Spade pumps with the gold bow were the perfect touch!
As you’ve probably realized by now, I have a thing for bows. Bow belts, bows on my toes, bow jewelry, little bow details on bags, bow sweaters, you name it. I love the fun, girly touch! Typically, I try to only incorporate a single bow piece into an outfit to avoid overkill, but with today’s look, I just kind of said screw it. It’s the holidays and I’ll wear three bows if I want to! With the simple black and gold color palette, though, I think it works!
Whenever Carly and I meet up, we usually just look at each other and laugh. Nine times out of ten, we’re wearing some type of coordinating outfit! Take Wednesday morning, for example. Carly and I met up for breakfast (breakfast dates before work are seriously the best!) at Sarabeth’s and were planning to do a fun shoot with our matching santa hats afterwards before I headed into the office. There were almost tears when we met up in front of The Plaza… Plaid skirts, navy tights, sweaters, monogrammed crossbody bags, navy suede shoes, etc. I think we’re as close to twinning as humanly possible, without actually wearing the same thing. Honestly, the only thing we planned on matching was our hats. (We later realized that she has my Vineyard Vines skirt and I have her J.Crew skirt. #closecall)
I’m so happy with the way the photos turned out… They’re so festive and fun and capture how magical the city is during the holiday season. We look like Santa’s Little Helpers! When I splurged on this Santa Hat a few weeks ago, I didn’t realize how much I would actually wear it. I just loved it so much and knew I had to have it! (Even if just for a dress form decoration in my bedroom!) But I’ve been sporting it on the commute to work, running errands on the weekend, you name it. It’s so cute! It’s currently on sale and then an extra 25% off so if you’ve been lusting after it, nows the time to get it!
PS: If you’re in New York over the holidays, you have to check out the fountain in front of The Plaza! Once the water is drained from the fountain, it’s filled with Fraser Firs. So pretty! The perfect backdrop for festive photos.
To me, gifting your girlfriends is almost as easy as gifting yourself. You know her favorite brands, you know what she hates, you know what she loves, you know her pet peeves, you know her favorite type of vino (hence, which wine glasses to buy her), you know her must-have shade of lipstick, you know what she needs, and you most certainly know what she does not need. Am I right?!
I was shopping at Sephora last week (I’m desperately in the market for a new eye cream that targets dark circles and some puffiness.. if you have suggestions, I’m all ears (and eyes)!) and I was loving all of the gift sets from bareMinerals & Buxom. There were a ton of great fragrance sets, too! All would make for a great (platonic) girlfriend gift.
Today’s post is Christmas overload… Apologies in advance if that’s not your thing!
I teamed up with The Everygirl a few weeks ago to shoot a fun feature in my apartment… Christmas Morning! While I won’t be spending Christmas in my apartment, I’m almost festive to a fault during the holiday season. Christmas pajamas, garland, festive rugs, all sorts of Christmas lights, wreaths, ornaments hanging over my bed, balsam candles, plaid everything, and alllllll of the peppermint hot cocoa. I’ve essentially been treating each weekend morning like it’s Christmas morning since Thanksgiving!
I truly can’t believe Christmas is in 9 days. I’m going to be honest… I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping. And I leave town in less than a week… Yikes! I need to start browsing my own gift guides.
Here are my favorite stocking-stuffer-type gifts under $30!