Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Q&A

1) I finally made the switch to an iPhone & am looking for the best apps to download that are practical for everyday use - specifically, I'd love any organizational & money-saving tools.

Coupon & Shopping Apps
Retail Me Not - pull up coupons while you're shopping in store (works for restaurants too!)
Ebates - earn cash back for all your purchases while shopping online
Slice - sync this app with your email & it will track all your packages, save online receipts & record your purchase history so you can view all your online orders in one place

Photo Editing Apps
Snapseed - photo editing, enhancements & special effects (my favorite is the selective brightening tool)
Afterlight - great for making basic edits like cropping, sharpening & adding contrast
VSCO - the best app for photo filters (my favorites are S2, J4 & A6)

My Water - helps you track your daily water consumption & reminds you to be drinking throughout the day
My Fitness Pal - because I'm doing intermittent fasting, I like using this app to make sure I'm still getting in enough during my eating window (there's also a step counter; you can keep track of your macros & add in your daily workouts to adjust for calories burned)
Paprika Recipe Manager - organize your favorite recipes, make meal plans & create grocery lists (it has a built-in web browser so you can search for recipes online & then simply click a button to download & save it to the app)

Organization Apps
Google Keep - I'm a compulsive list maker so this app allows me to create multiple to do lists & set time based reminders for myself so nothing slips through the cracks
Family Organizer - allows you to sync schedules across devices & keep everyone's activities & events on one calendar
Key Ring - stores & consolidates all of your membership & loyalty cards so you don't have to keep them in your wallet

2) As much as I love the convenience of shopping at the mall, I hate when I end up wearing the same thing as one of my friends.  Can you suggest some smaller online boutiques that carry affordable styles?

3) I'm a college student on a limited budget & even though I'm working part-time, I still have to be very frugal with my purchases.  I'd love to get your recommendations for drugstore beauty buys that are just as good as the more expensive brands.

I really think that the drugstore brands have stepped up their game over the last few years - I personally use over half of the products below on a daily basis and actually prefer them over higher-end beauty products.  The ombré blush shown here is my latest obsession (I bought it in Mauve Me) - it is the most flattering color, as evidenced by the examples on different skintones in this article.  Here are some more of my favorites:

4) I really love how you complete your looks with unique pieces of jewelry, but I don't have a lot of money to spend on accessories.  Can you share what your top 10 favorites are that would be versatile to wear with many different outfits?

This is a tough one for me because some of my jewelry has sentimental value & I have quite a few vintage pieces too. But, if I had to narrow it down to the items I wear the most this time of year, here's what I would suggest investing in:


Monday, April 24, 2017

Basics Please

As a fashion blogger, I often feel like I'm doing something wrong if I feature a look that doesn't involve mixed prints or current trends or some type of creative layering.  Working in this industry can be challenging at times because so much of it is built on showcasing the latest & greatest.  While I do enjoy & appreciate all of those things, the truth is that for my everyday life, I really value easy basics that are wearable & comfortable.  There may not be anything groundbreaking about these pieces, but they are the ones I know I will reach for over and over again & won't be "out of style" in another year.

This cargo skirt is one I've worn a ton (see previous looks here & here) - I love day skirts like this that have an elastic waist, don't wrinkle too easily & are easy to move around in.  A lightweight cardigan is another one of my must-have spring staples - for this time of year, I prefer to find one that has a slightly open-knit and slub texture to it - the back detail on this one is great (and it's under $20!).  

I've been searching for the perfect crepe cami for a while and many of the ones I tried were either too loose, too low-cut or too sheer.  I had almost given up...but then I received this one from Everlane.  It's 100% silk & double lined so there's no risk of it being overly revealing - I also found it to be the perfect cut (not too boxy & just the right length).  Here are a few more ways I'd style it:

* Tuck into a wrap skirt & pair with ankle-strap heels
* Layer under a denim jacket & pair with eyelet shorts & Sam Edelman flat sandals
* Tuck into wide leg pants with wedges

What I'm wearing:
One Hart Cardigan (also in black), c/o Everlane Cami (wearing size 2), 
LOFT Skirt (similar here or here; love this one too), c/o Tommy Hilfiger Sandals
Kimchi Blue Bag (similar), Anthropologie Necklace (similar here or here)
ASOS Earrings (similar), Lips: NudeStix Mystic


Created in partnership with Everlane


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weekly Top Finds

There are lots of great sales happening this weekend, so we've rounded up our top picks & highlighted the best deals for you below.  This is the perfect time to stock up on those pieces you've been eyeing & waiting to go on sale.  Happy shopping!

Ann Taylor - 40% off select full-price styles & an extra 40% off sale styles (this scalloped sweater & these tasseled sandals are calling my name)

Anthropologie - extra 40% off sale styles (loving this twist tee - also, how gorgeous is this blush dress?!)

Macy's - Extra 20% off your any purchase with code WOW or $10 off when you spend $25 or more with code WOW25 + free shipping at $49

J. Crew - 25% off your purchase + an extra 40% off sale styles with code HOPTOIT (love these white espadrilles, this printed top & this denim skirt)

1) Lace Off-The-Shoulder Dress // 2) Ruffled Knit Top (also in beige)
3) Suede Block Heel Sandals (comes in 5 colors) // 4) Printed Bell Sleeve Blouse
5) Floral Wrap Dress // 6) Fringe Lace Top // 7) Glossy Rain Boots (comes in 5 colors)
8) Leather Crossbody Bag (also in nude & mint) // 9) Striped Shift Dress


Friday, April 21, 2017

One-Shoulder Love

This week has felt like somewhat of a blur - it was spring break for us here in NY & my daughter was volunteering at a camp all week long so my son was home by himself (wanting lots of attention)...meanwhile I had several work deadlines I was trying to meet & my husband (who usually works from home & helps out a ton) was gone every single day.  As a result, my inbox is currently overflowing, there are still dirty dishes in the sink and my house desperately needs cleaning.  Needless to say, I'm so glad that it's finally Friday & I'm hoping that I have time to get everything back on track this weekend!

We are planning on heading out for a date night, so I couldn't wait to wear this fun feminine outfit (I finally pulled the trigger on this round bag!).  I love all the one-shoulder tops I've seen in stores lately - I personally think this is a more wearable & flattering style for most women than an off-the-shoulder option.  I'll also wear this with jeans or denim shorts & espadrille wedges for a more casual feel.

What I'm wearing:
Love Fire Challis Top (more options here & here), 
J. Crew Factory Skirt (similar here or here; longer option here), c/o BP Lula Sandals
Sanctuary BagMadewell Earrings, LC Lauren Conrad Bracelets, c/o InPink Ring



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wardrobe Workhorse

I'm a big believer in investing in "hero pieces" that you can wear multiple different ways. These timeless staples typically have an extremely low cost per wear & can stretch even the most minimalist wardrobe to great lengths.  I've done previous posts with this theme (see one example here) & many of you have mentioned how helpful this is for coming up with new pairing ideas for items in your closet.   So, my goal is to incorporate more of this type of content throughout the spring & summer months.  

Today I'm focusing on a classic white skirt - I chose to highlight this one because it has a slight a-line shape (which means it will flatter most figures) and it has pretty lace detailing that make it the perfect elevated basic.  It comes in 4 different colors & is currently 40% off with code FORME.  I'm showing you 6 ways to wear this versatile style & I'd love to hear which one is your favorite!  You can use these same outfit combination concepts with any solid white skirt you already own or with white denim.  

ONE:  Trench Coat (shorter length here) // Floral Top (sleeveless option here)
Denim Crossbody Bag // Eyelet Skirt // Ankle-Strap Heels