Everything is Golden

What if I told you I've worn the same jewelry every day since I was 12...Would you believe me?

Well in the wise but rarely heard words of Maury, "That was the Truth!"

I'm lucky enough to have a mother and grandmother that have some amazing taste, and can thank them for my 2 most prized possessions-- my crucifix and my 7-day ring. You could say they're kind of like my security blanket.. I feel naked without them. But thankfully, they are the timeless, chic and of course gold. 

To add to my heirlooms (and a gift that I won't talk about yet), I've recently ordered some gorgeous pieces from Mejuri. This online jewelry shop is bringing fine jewelry to your everyday at affordable prices. I've actually been following this company for a while, but was a little hesitant to purchase real fine jewelry on my own. But you've gotta start your collection somewhere!

I bought 3 pieces--1 in solid gold and 2 in Gold Vermeil-- and I absolutely couldn't be more impressed with the service, the quality and the attention to detail.

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Bold Stacker

 It is the perfect every day ring. And the price for solid gold is beyond affordable.

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BF Stacker

This Vermeil gem is the best option for those wanting to add quality pieces without breaking the bank. But just know it's a little more delicate than your solid options.

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BF Hoops

I'm obsessed with these minimal earrings. They give the right amount of oomph without being too obnoxious. Plus the price duh! 

I definitely plan on purchasing a few more pieces from them as they're modern, chic and the perfect addition to my collection. Make sure to check them out!!

GRL PWR

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? 

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You may have just yelled out the word 'GIRLS' and thought oh, I said that because the Queen Bey rammed it into my brain for the last 6 years (yes, "GIRLS" came out 6 years ago). But in all reality, you said it because it's true. Girls really do run the world. I mean, the ratio between women and men in the US is 100 to 96.7 if you really want to get technical, but who's actually counting... (probably my mother every time she thinks about how old I'm getting without finding a husband yet).

With all this estrogen in the room, how can you not feel the greatness of being female!?!

This is why I'm so obsessed with these new logo tees and sweatshirts by blogger Josefin Ekstrom for Na-KD.com (aka my new online shopping addiction). Not only are these tops a great fit, I love the simple yet powerful message they represent. 

A while ago, I saw a viral video where a 8-year-old girl explained why it wasn't fair that girls clothing featured messages promoting beauty while boys tops featured empowerment messages about heroism and taking on the world. 

It really got me thinking about how important it is to promote confidence beyond the physical when it comes to females. And when I found these tops, I automatically felt a connection to their message.

Short and to the point, women are 'Fearless' and you should recognize 'Girl Power'.

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What I love most about Na-KD's selection of statement apparel is the luxurious quality and chic style. These are definitely not like the statement tee's we clambered for at Rue21 or Wet Seal back in the day. They give off an air of sophistication with their clean aesthetic and casual fit. Both the sweaters and the tees have a relaxed box fit that are perfect to wear with high waisted jeans, which is my go to look for 2017.

Check out Na-KD's collection here and get your 'GRL PWR' on for 2017!

Breaking The Rules: White After Labor Day

Some rules are just meant to be broken... Especially if it's your first night out back in NYC after about 2 months of nonstop working and a little bit of play!

If you knew how long this outfit has actually been in my closet, you'd probably think I had some big extravagant plan for this set. But, there's always a time and a place for everything! I actually bought the tube top and wide-leg trousers over a year ago (YES I SAID A YEAR), but wanted to have the look altered to perfection. Right before my trip to Greece, I did just that.

I decided to wear this gorgeous set during my office end of NY Fashion Week party and I must say it was well worth the wait!

The awesome thing about this outfit is that the pieces although all the same shade of white, are all different textures. By mixing and matching different textures while still keeping a monochrome palette, I'm staying right on trend this season. I especially love this satin vest I bought from Naked Wardrobe.

Check out some similar options to get this look yourself.

TROUSERS | TOP | VEST (Actual)| SHOES

A New Look: JOVANI & MASLAVI for the Modern Woman

Most of the time when someone asks me about JOVANI the first thing they say is, "oh yeah, the prom brand." What most people don't realize is that the evening wear brand goes beyond just the prom market and is actually a staple in markets ranging from bridal, party-cocktail, evening-gala, and my favorite contemporary collection, MASLAVI.

MASLAVI has become my go-to for gorgeous fits without going over the top. Just look at how sexy the jumpsuit above is! Can you say A-MA-ZING! The mix of simple silhouettes, unique fabrics and overall beyond trend styles makes this collection a hidden gem. Check out my new youtube video showcasing 3 of my favorite pieces. 

The one thing that I love about this collection is the styles are versatile enough to fit any event. From going out to dinner to a night out on the town, even a pageant interview, this collection just works. The striped midi dress and jumpsuits are exactly what I go for when I want to "dress up." The racerback and plunging neckline styles are great for my frame. I love the midi dress striped dress because the neckline and overall covered look isn't showing too much but emphasizing my hourglass shape. The jumpsuits, all though they are showing a lot more cleavage, it is overall a classic shape that shows my shape without being overly out there.

Which MASLAVI picks do you like?

New UGGs and hand-delivered for under $25…Oh You Fancy huh?

Until last week’s horrendous #WTFis10degrees weather, we’ve had a pretty tame winter. But with snow starting to fall, temperatures consistently dropping and the wind having an ‘I don’t care about your life in these streets’ attitude, I finally caved after a 3-year boycott of the infamous UGG boot trend. Yeah, I know...I feel like I’m returning to my Terp days of leggings and UGGs walking across campus--that Buzzfeed “You know you went to Maryland when..” is sooooooo freakin’ true-- but I’m returning with a purpose and in a chic way; plus I DON’T CARE ANYMORE IT’S TOO COLD!

Instead of going for the “BASIC” look, I got the classic shorts in Black. They’re not only perfect for my everyday monochrome style choices, but they will go well with any coat in my closet for these colder months; meaning my outdoor “I’m freakin’ freezing” look will be just as on point as what’s underneath.

I decided to order them from Bloomingdale’s (I know you’re waiting to see how I got them for $25)

Okay, okay so they really weren’t just $25, but mixed with a gift card, a great sale and my trusty Ebates, that’s literally all that came out of my pocket. One of my dearest clients got me a “just because” gift in June. It was a gorgeous gold frame, but it just didn’t really fit into my office or home decor. She provided a gift receipt as any good gift giver would do, so being that it’s just been sitting in my apartment still in the box for 6 months now, I thought it would only be right to return it and get something that I would really use. Bloomingdale’s return policy has no time limit, and with their big January sale going on, it was the perfect time for me to pick up something that I needed.

After contemplating sunglasses upon sunglasses and even a Nutribullet (yeah I know I was pretty much just looking for anything and everything), I settled on a pair of UGGs to keep my toes warm in this Brick-City weather. To maximize my discount as I always do, I went to Bloomingdales.com through my Ebates account, insuring me an additional 3% cashback from my purchase. --Believe me when I say, “Every Little Bit Helps.”  I’ve been making online purchases through this site for 3 years now and have racked in almost $650. SO SIGN UP HERE: CLICK HERE-- The boots were also on sale from $155 to $129.99, and will be on sale until January 31.

I’m also a Bloomi’s LOYALLIST, which gives me free ground shipping, but I opted for the $5 same day delivery option, which I have to say is the most brilliant idea on the planet to increase sales while people like myself are sitting in the office.


So How Does Same Day Delivery Work?

 

Super Easy! After I placed my order and received my order confirmation, I got a second delivery scheduler email.

After scheduling my delivery window time, I got an email when my package was picked up and with the courier's name. Not even 45 minutes late, I had my Big Brown Bag sitting on my desk at work! Quick, Efficient and Hassle Free shopping!

Whether you’re like me and just want your online purchases in-hand seconds after check out or if you need a last minute gift, but are swamped at the office, Bloomingdale’s same day delivery service is a busy New Yorker’s dream.


All I can say is my feet are going to be super toasty in this killer city cold...Take That Mr. Cray-Cray Weather!

 

The Chic Gift Guide

What to get, what to get, what to get... The three words that have been racking my brain since Black Friday hit, the unofficial start the holiday shopping frenzy. Unlike many who have already finalized their gift giving lists, I am just at the start of my run (what can I say...I like to sprint rather than jog). Although I'm a last minute shopper, I have some go to gifts that would be great to not only give but to get as well.

FAB FUR

I'm a definitely lover of fur, and fur accessories (both real and faux) are perfect gifts. From the perfect snood to a warm hat, choosing a fluffy accessory is a great option for the women in your life. I received this fabulous fur pompom from the Linda Richards collection. I've seen a lot of these pom accessories available from Michael Kors,Fendi and even Target, but I have yet to see one as fluffy and full as this 100% rabbit gem. The good thing about choosing fur is you can go from high and low prices without missing the style. Going faux will always be easier on your wallet while getting the really deal will give you a more luxurious feel and will last longer.

GLAM PRINTS 

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Art is a reflection of someone's personality and can give life to a space. I adore Megan Hess prints and actually have 4 of her reprints hanging around my apartment at the moment. Her illustrations of women give power through beauty and are simply classic pieces for the modern woman. Even if you don't want to pay for an original print, you can go for a great reprint print of an amazing female figure in history. They're a great way to add glamour to your walls without being to obscure.

TAKE A PICTURE 

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Who doesn't like taking pictures? Certainly not me. I'm obsessed with the revival of the Polaroid camera and choose this as my super fun gift for 2015. This Fujifilm instaX Polaroid camera is compact and easy to use. Since Polaroid film can get a little pricey, you can find the film at a better price on sights like Amazon.  

SMELL GOODS 

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If you can't think of anything to get, relaxing bath products are always a great option. If you aren't interested in the cliche Bath & Body Works, you can go up a level to  Sabon . They're artisan soaps and body scrubs are amazing. I love the smell and I especially love the textures and styles. If you don't want to just go for a bar of soap, try my favorite product: Mineral Powder in Vanilla Cocunut. I love the fact that this product has multiple uses. You can put them in the bath for a soothing creamy feel or you can put it directly on your body after you've used rinsed of your soap. It leaves your body smooth and feeling refreshed.

They Created A Monster...

I've never been much of a makeup person; I'm known for wearing concealer, eyeliner and mascara   on my best days, if anything at all. So when my girlfriends convinced me to plump up my collection a little more, I don't think they realized that they may have created a monster...

Yeah... when I start shopping, it's definitely a little hard for me to stop, but I can say I'm overall extremely happy with my beauty purchases! And it doesn't hurt that I got great deals on everything through Ebates, Sephora VIB discounts and online beauty deals. Here's the break down of what I picked up:

MORPHE 686 SET: Brushes upon brushes upon brushes! For a girl who's literally only used 3 makeup brushes in her entire life, this can be overwhelming, but surprisingly it's not. I have yet to tap into the ten plus eye brushes, but am obsessed with the face brushes. They work extremely well when contouring and give a flawless finish.

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MORPHE 35K PALLETE: Whenever I open up these shades, I want to shed a tear. These 35 shades are absolutely everything! There's shimmer and matte shades and they're all these earthy almost coffee tones. My only issue with Morphe is their extremely long processing time. It took just over 3 weeks for me to receive this pallete and the brush set, which were both in stock!

BEAUTYBLENDER: It may seem crazy to say but I've never owned a Beautyblender Beauty Blender before. *say that 5 times fast* My usual go to blender is from Real Techniques, but I thought I'd try out the "real" thing for once. Plus with my VIP 20% off discount, it was only right that I shelled out the $25 for the blender and mini solid. 

MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER: When it comes to concealer, I think I found my match. This is actually my 4th refill of this concealer in 2 years, so I'm definitely sticking to this amazing product. NW40 is a perfect match for my skin tone. As I don't use foundation (I don't like the feeling of too many products on my face) this is a great way to mask my minimal blemishes without "caking" up my face.

MAC PRE+PRIME: Highlight highlight highlight! I live by this highlighter! All though this is very similar to my skin tone as well. I think it gives me that added glow underneath my eyes when combined with my Nars cream highlighter. 

LIVING PROOF: Okay, so I have to admit, my girlfriends weren't the ones who told me to buy this product...Kim K did. Or one of her beauty tutorials available through her app did. So far I've used the hairspray and dry shampoo. And They Are AMAZING! I can't get over how good they smell and make my hair feel absolutely fantastic. 

LAURA MERCIER SECRET CAMOUFLAGE: I must admit, this is another Kim Kardashian pick courtesy of her go-to makeup artist Mario. I'm excited to see what this product will do for me in terms of contouring and highlighting.

URBAN DECAY URBAN VICES: I rarely cash in my Sephora rewards, but when I saw this shadow palette, I thought why not. Although the shades are not very pigmented, It's not a bad 500 point reward.

MAC LIPSTICKS: Every girl needs a great lip. So why not buy 4 great shades! Overall these are really nice shades for my skin tone. From Left to right (SIN, MAC RED, CARDINAL, STONE). My ultimate favorite of the four would have to be stone lined with Chestnut. 

**For Liners, I'm loving Chestnut and Currant. I'm actually addicted to just wearing chestnut all over the lip and nothing else**

NARS LARGER THAN LIFE EYELINER: Last but certainly not least, would have to be my NARS long lasting eyeliner. Being that my eyes water pretty much all the time (blame the fact that I'm pretty much on the computer 24/7 for work) I'm constantly searching for an eyeliner that will last me throughout the day, and I'm pretty sure I found it. This liner is super pigmented and goes on easy enough to give me that smokey feel.