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Monday, October 20, 2014

New York Minute

Words cannot describe how special & memorable our trip was this weekend.  Watching my kids, wide-eyed with wonder, experience the city for the first time, making new memories together & having my whole family there to support me & cheer me on for the Lupus Walk brought me to tears so many different times.  I'm completely overwhelmed with gratitude & I hope we can make this trip an annual tradition.  Here's a few pictures from our quick visit to NYC:

We spent all of Friday afternoon exploring Central Park as a family - the kids didn't want to leave

The Aviators Drumline greeted us bright & early on Saturday morning and helped kick off the Lupus Walk

All smiles, waiting for the event to begin at the U.S.S. Intrepid

Meeting a PPF reader & fellow Lupus sufferer - without a doubt, the cutest pregnant woman I've ever seen

My daughter snuck away and wrote a sweet note for me on the banner

Proudly marching with the LRI team

Me & my sweet boy - we have a strong bond because he also deals with something every day that he cannot control

I couldn't resist joining in a little impromptu dance party after the walk

Group shot at the end of the day

I am so humbled & honored to be involved with an organization that gives 92 cents of every dollar donated directly to scientists who are working to find a cure.  And I was thrilled to hear that the walk this year raised 1 million dollars for Lupus research!  I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the Lupus Research Institute for including me, embracing me & allowing me the opportunity to help give a face and a voice to this disease that affects so many. 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Cozy Plaid

When you live in NY where the winters can last up to 6 months long (like last year), you quickly learn the importance of a good coat collection.  Many times, the outer layer is all that people will see, so you want to make sure it's something not just warm, but also stylish.  This year, I've been obsessed with plaid so when ASOS asked me to partner with them to share my favorite outerwear picks with you, I knew this one would be at the top of my list. I love the modern cut & faux leather details - even though it's a print, the colors are neutral so it will be very versatile.  They have such an amazing collection of coats in all different styles, colors & price points.  Other pieces I love include this camel coat, this tweed moto coat & this faux-leather sleeved trench (did I mention they offer free shipping on orders over $25 & free returns?!).  If you're looking to upgrade your outerwear for the season, I've included more of my picks under $100 below!

What I'm wearing:
New Look coat c/o ASOS, Forever 21 sweater (cropped version here), Forever 21 blouse (similar here or here), 
H&M faux leather pants, c/o Dorothy Perkins oxfords (similar under $30, under $50 or under $60), 

Thank you to ASOS for kindly sponsoring this post.  
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wardrobe Workhorse

I received so much feedback after last month's post that it was hard to choose which piece to focus on for October. So I decided to feature an item that most of you already have in your wardrobe (and if you don't, I've included some affordable options below).  A classic blazer can easily be dressed up or down & is especially ideal for this time of year.  Even though you could certainly justify investing in a more expensive style, I personally don't believe that you have to spend a lot to find one that will stand the test of time.  

When looking for an affordable version, make sure that it is fully lined, fits well through the shoulders with no pulling or puckering, that there's enough room in the arms to layer underneath (if you live in a cooler climate) and that the length hits at mid-hip (or just above if you're petite).  This is definitely a piece that is worth having tailored if it doesn't fit perfectly right off the rack.  Take a look at the outfits below & let me know what you'd like to see featured in next month's post!