Holiday Party Style

Thanksgiving has passed and we’re heading straight into Holiday party season – That means cocktail dresses, blow-outs, cat eyes, and some serious bling.

Fall means holiday season, which means cocktail parties, holiday events, family get togethers, dinners with friends, and all of that great stuff. What makes all of those events even more fun? Not having to worry about what to wear. And having the perfect cocktail frock, or two, on hand, makes it a breeze.

Whether you’re a little black dress lover or always go for a bold hue or dramatic print, we all need a dress to throw on in case of punch.

Sparkle:

Nothing says “holiday season” more than some sparkle. From full¬†sequined pieces to slightly more subtle accessories, there are a ton of fun, eye-catching options out there for any party you’ve got on the schedule.

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Some of my favorites this season are the Express Velvet Sequin Embellished Leggings, Tory Burch Sequin Embellished Pumps on super sale over at The Real Real, and this DIVINE Sonia Rykiel Sequin Tassel Belt Bag.

Touchable Fabrics:

Lace, brocades, velvets – What do they have in common? They’re all ultra luxe materials that you’ll want to reach out and touch.

Have a holiday cocktail party coming up in December? Try throwing a bold, colorful velvet blazer over your favorite little black dress to spice it up.

Christmas tree lighting on the books? This printed Madison Jacquard Topper from J. Jill is just the thing to keep you both warm AND festive.

Ice skating or other adorable holiday-centric date before the end of the year? Accessorize! Fuzzy earmuffs, soft faux fur scarves, and cozy lined gloves will all help you stay warm. And stylish. ūüôā

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{Images from Holiday Fashion Pinterest Board}

Pantsuit NATION:

Pants are always a great option. From bold hues to cozy corduroy to sleek black – This season they’re the perfect way to make a serious impact.

A few wallflowers-need-not-apply varieties that I’m loving right now¬†are the seriously luxurious navy blue Fashion Union Velvet Suit from ASOS,¬†the Collection Martin Greenfield Clothiers for J.Crew Ludlow Blazer and matching ankle-length pants, and the super eye-catching Express Open Back Red Jumpsuit.

What’s YOUR holiday party style? Any new trends you’d like to try this season?

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Wanderlust: New York State of Mind

After loving every minute of my annual Winter trip to Manhattan I can officially say that I’m in a New York State of Mind. From my favorite restaurants to fun holiday traditions to how I love to spend my time… Check out some of the highlights from this trip each season.

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{Fall & Winter Fashion}

Fashion:

Half the fun of going to New York is pulling out all your gorgeous outerwear and chic layers and killer footwear. You do not half-ass a trip to Manhattan my friends. Even when you feel like your ears will fall off because it’s so cold out!

My hit list this year included by new¬†Sam Edelman Over the Knee Boots – They’re flat and super comfortable to walk in, but still give off just the right amount of sass – And my favorite turtleneck tunic for layering.

Food:

New York has the BEST restaurants. I completely give in to eating out for every meal when I’m in town because I don’t want to miss out. Plus there are tons of delicious, healthy options. Green juice may have taken over San Francisco, but luckily salad spots seem to have converged¬†on New York.

My favorite spots? Blossom and Candle 79. Oh, and Chloe’s Soft Serve {i.e. banana ice cream, I’ve even eaten it while it was snowing!} But even more than just visiting my favorites – What I love about Winter in New York is wandering down the streets, peeking in windows, and unbundling to enjoy a cozy meal in warm spot filled with holiday decorations and happy shoppers.

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{Workout Motivation}

Fitness:

Working out while I travel is a luxury and New York always delivers. From killer hotel gyms to personal training sessions with celebrity trainer Key Son – There’s always something fun and active to look forward to in NYC.

This year I was dying to try out the Dogpound. Not only is it an innovative fitness haven featuring high intensity conditioning, but it’s also a playground for international models, dancers,¬†and athletes. Fingers crossed that I can get in a training session during my

What’s on YOUR New York To Do List?

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Décor Inspiration

A new apartment means new décor!

Do I enjoy moving? No. Not at all. It’s awful.

Do I enjoy cleaning out closets and downsizing? Yep!

Do I enjoy having a fresh new space to make my own? Definitely!

So what’s next? Well now it’s time to get inspired – I’m looking for what kind of d√©cor¬†will work for my new San Francisco abode. The new place is white and modern, but classic.

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{This is the perfect Parisian-inspired bedroom. Chic and timeless – I love the classic white linens against the mirrored accent pieces.}

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{I’m a huge fan of adding some prints en lieu of the traditional “pop of color.” Metallic accents like these nesting tables also work well to add depth when you’re not a huge fan of bright hues in the home.}

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{Black & white prints are my absolutely favorite wall decor. They’re really eye-catching and fun, and there are an endless variety – Vintage, landscapes, portraits… The list goes on and on.}

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{I adore using giant framed mirrors РIt adds a unique element to the décor without having to fill the space with extra furniture or knickknacks.}

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{The goal is something clean and modern, but classic. Here the graphic prints and sumptuous textures keep it visually interesting.}

{Images from Belle Maison Pinterest Board}

What’s YOUR favorite style of home d√©cor? Do you have a go-to place for furniture?

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Crock Pot Recipe Round-Up

Guess what I found while I was packing up the apartment? My crock pot!

I loved my tiny little kitchen. But it was one of those with the long narrow cupboards that go so far back that you can’t see past the first item or two. Needless to say, I completely forgot about that baby until it was unearthed during the move.

So, in preparation for Fall, Winter, and even Spring seasons filled with stews, chili, baked apples, and other slow cooker delicacies, here are a few killer crock pot recipes that I’m dying to try out. If you try one – Let me know!

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Do YOU have a favorite crock pot recipe? What recipes do I need to try out this year?

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Fall Wardrobe Essentials

When the seasons change it’s time to rearrange your closet and pull things out from the back or out of storage to add back into your wardrobe.

Now that¬†we’ve survived¬†daylight savings and Fall is officially here, I wanted to tackle my Fall essentials for the season.

This isn’t about trends or what’s appearing on magazine covers, it’s more about the timeless, high-quality staples that you’ll be wearing season after season when the air starts to get chilly.

What I love about these staples is that regardless of your style, there’s a version of these pieces that will suit you to perfection. You just have to find it!

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{Rag & Bone Trench via The Real Real}

Trench Coat:

Trench coats can be a year-round basic. If you tend towards the classics, you’ll need a¬†timeless khaki trench coat, if you like to make a splash, you may want something edgier like this army green version. So many great options out there for Fall!

Slim-Fitting Denim:

I’m not what you’d call a jeans girl. In fact, I’ve had people ask whether I even own jeans.¬†The answer is – Yes.¬†I own jeans and I wear jeans. But only in Fall and Winter.

I’ve found that season after season a solid black or dark-washed denim are the answer to all of my styling questions. They look great with sweaters, they look great tucked into tall boots, and they look great

 

Turtleneck:

Some people look amazing in a classic turtleneck – a la Audrey in Funny Face. I, however, do not. But give me a chic little mock turtleneck and I’m a happy girl. They’re perfect for layering this time of year – Whether you like them best paired with jeans and boots or under a cold-weather jumpsuit.

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Oversized Handbag:

I adore crossbody bags, especially for running errands or for throwing over a little printed dress during the Summer, but come Fall this girl needs some more space. An oversized shoulder bag or tote is especially great if you live in a city like San Francisco where you end up hauling around an umbrella and scarf all season long.

Ankle Boots:

Whether you’re a little boho and like a fringe covered boot or a bold red suede or a mid-calf height, every girl needs¬†a killer pair of booties for Fall.

They go just as well with tights and a mini skirt as they do with slim-fitting denim and a perfectly fitted sweater.

What are YOUR Fall wardrobe staples? Am I missing one of your favorites in my list?

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