Parker + The Arrival

February 28, 2017

One of my favorite events of every New York Fashion Week is the ShopStyle Social House. It’s a fun event where I get to catch up with my blogger buddies, even the ones that don’t live in the same town as me. Tell me if this ever happened to you guys: you meet someone that you feel like you know, since you’ve been following and commenting on each other’s Instagram. A little creepy, but really cool at the same time. This tends to happen more during fashion week than any time of the year.

Another cool thing that happens during the Social House event, other than the hair and make up station, is that us bloggers get to raid the ShopStyle closet. This, of course, is a total kid in a candy store moment for me. I gravitated towards the coat because of the copper color and towards the dress because of the fun striped colors (um slimming effect, anyone). It’s totally by accident that when I put them together the two collided into a fabulously retro vibe. I’m not quite sure if it’s a mad men vibe, or more of a 70’s feel, but either way I’m feeling retrolicious (yup just made that up) and I’m lovin it.

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Giveaway Friday: E.l.f. Cosmetics

February 24, 2017

e.l.f. Make-Up Set
Update: Congratulations to Sherry B. on winning this giveaway!

Today was one of those rare days: good weather, great hair day, and did I mention I even ran into President Obama? In the words of Ice Cube: today was a good day. I’m feeling so good, I decided to pay forward the good mood to you guys with a fabulous E.l.f. Cosmetics giveaway. Just in case you’re not in the know about E.l.f (which I don’t know why you wouldn’t, they’re fabulous) let me get you acquainted with them. They’re based out of NYC, my favorite city in the world, and make wonderful cosmetics that are cruelty free, PETA approved, and super affordable. Most of their product sell for a price point of $1, $3, and $6. Pretty awesome, huh?

Here’s the exciting line up of what’s in the giveaway set:
 ♥ Mineral Pearls
 ♥ Kabuki Face Brush
 ♥ Dramatic Lash Kit
 ♥ Runway Ready Lip Palette
 ♥ Baked Eyeshadow Trio
 ♥ Cream Eyeliner

Read on to find out how you can win.

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Tiger Purrs and Furs

February 23, 2017

I just cant resist any clothing that’s Feline related. I’m that person who, rather than being appalled, actually wanted the cat shirt that Melissa Mccarthy wore in the movie Spy. So when I saw this tiger pullover from French Connection, I knew I had to have it. What I love about the tiger, other than the fact that its super cute, is that it’s embroidered rather than printed. So I know it’s not going to get distorted and frayed after just a few wear.

This pullover is super versatile and can be worn so many different ways. For this outfit, I opted to pair it with a skirt in the same monochromatic grey. Then I topped it off with a collarless coat and a faux fur stole to “fancy it up”. Round it off with my comfy trusty Dr. Marten and I’m ready to walk miles around town.

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Cozy in All Black

February 21, 2017

The Fifth Label Black Abstraction Knit

Do you ever have days where you just can’t be bothered to get “done up”? On days like these, I really have to try hard to resist the urge to leave my apartment in sweatpants. While fortunately my advertising day job gives me a lot of leeway when it comes to casual wear, I’m not sure how tolerant they would be if I showed up in pajamas. This is when I go to my fall back combo: all black. I swear, wearing all black is like an instant chic effect, even if part of your ensemble includes a shapeless (and oh so very comfortable) knit sweater. I also fully took advantage of the fact that it’s winter, so it’s socially acceptable to wear beanie, even indoors. Yeah I totally woke up too late to wash my hair on day three. Beanie hats for the win! \_(ツ)_/

All monochromatic color combos need that “little something” accent that makes the outfit pop. For this ensemble, my chosen piece de resistance is my time-turner necklace (Pop quiz: which book-turned-into-movie featured this accessory?). I love wearing this piece because it pretty much acts as a secret nerdy handshake. Only Hogwarts alumni (like myself, duuuhhh) will recognize it. Most people will just think it’s a regular ol’ pretty necklace.

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Not a Dress for Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Jumpsuit

When it comes to dressing up for a fancy date night out, I love a good dress as much as the next girl. Usually I go for a solid colored piece, with a flattering silhouette, that’s easy to style and build up with additional accessories. But for this upcoming Valentine’s date wear, I wanted to do something a little bit different: I’m opting for a red velvet romper. I’m going for a red colored piece, of course, to be be occasion appropriate. And there’s something about velvet that feels super luxe, sexy, and very date night appropriate.

What I also like about this romper is that it can be styled multiple ways. Amp up the sex appeal and luxe feel by adding faux fur jacket, a pair of stilettos, and lots of bling. Or you can make it feel more street tough by pairing it with a leather moto jacket, doc marten boots, and spiky jewelry. I decided to go somewhere in between (hence the fur jacket and rocker boots).

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Body Conceptions

February 2, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Body Conceptions. I received free fitness classes as compensation. All opinions are 100% mine.

Working out consistently has always been a struggle for me. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: the hardest part of going to the gym is getting there. This rings so true for me. I really enjoy working out and think that nothing beats the adrenaline rush you get from a super sweaty boot camp class. But man, no matter how hard the workout session is, seems like just getting there is much harder. I’m definitely one of those people who makes excuses for themselves (i.e. oh gosh I need to finish this presentation so I guess I can’t workout tonight). So there are different tactics I take to combat my propensity to make excuses. First, I’ve gotten really good at incorporating workout wear into my work wear, so I can transition more seamlessly from the office to the gym. And second, I’ve been joining challenges that “gamifies” my fitness life.

Everyone has different ways to motivate themselves to meet a goal. I happen to be a pretty competitive person, so I do well in a friendly competition situation. Late last year, I joined the Body Conception Focus for Fall challenge as an extra motivation for me to workout more. This challenge included six-weeks of unlimited classes and weekly measurement to monitor progress. As a bonus cherry on top, as a challenger I also got all sorts of discounts to a variety of partnership services.
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January 24, 2017

Atalier Wonder Face Bodycon Dress

When it comes to clothing, although my taste is pretty eclectic, I typically veer the solid colors. Sure there are the odd graphic tees and embroidered sweater here and there (mostly of cats), but I tend to prefer non-patterned items. Call it laziness, but solid items are just much easier to pair up and worn different ways. So you know when I get myself a patterned item, and a crazy one at that, it’s one that I really love.

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Staying Warm in Layers

January 4, 2017

Uniqlo Heattech

Despite my limited amount of space, I am not one of those people who rotates their closet by season. To be honest, it’s mostly out of laziness. I mean, who has time to pack and put their clothing away in storage, #amiright? But another reason is that I love to find ways to wear every piece of clothing I have year round. While it’s probably near impossible to pull of a yellow linen sun dress in the dead of winter, you’ll be surprised how many of your summer outfits can be “winterized”. Anything, from shorts to rompers and dresses, that’s in solid color or have winter-friendly patterns is fair game. You can transform to be winter ready by simply adding warm layers underneath. I love to do this using Uniqlo heattech items since the material is thin. This way I can add warmth without the bulk.

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Moto and Metallic

December 20, 2016

Although I’ve had this maxi metallic pleated skirt forEVER, it’s still going strong in my regular outfit rotation. In an age of fast fashion that we’re in now, it’s always nice when a piece of clothing actually last longer (and is still fashionably relevant) after a couple of years. There’s something about metallic clothing that can instantly glam up any outfit. You’re never going to feel frumpy when you’re wearing metallic! Top it off with a faux-suede moto jacket, and you’ve got yourself a glam look with a touch of edge to it.

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