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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Faces

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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Away With The Laces

December 13, 2016

Adidas Stan Smith Velcro
Tell me if you’ve had this problem: you’re (as usual) running late and hurrying to leave your house. Your significant other (or whoever else you’re holding up) is waiting for you not-so-patiently by the door. “Okay, okay, I’m ready, just got to put on my shoes,” you say. Then you do that thing where you try to to do it without actually untying the shoelace, which is a futile effort.

Times like these is when I get really frustrated with lace-up shoes and why my slip on espadrilles was on heavy rotation in the summertime. But alas, the weather it way too cold for that — boots and sneakers is pretty much a required footwear choice for the foreseeable future. Of course, being the committed lazy efficient person that I am, I thought there must be an easy way to do sneakers sans laces. All of this without compromising style, of course. Then the light bulb went off: what about Velcro? Duh! Those shoes are awesome and were a favorite of mine when I was a little kiddo. So why not now?
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Selma Drye Holiday 2016 Collection

December 8, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Selma Drye for Out of Office NY Network. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kellie Pickler’s Selma Drye Holiday 2016

Man what I would give for an NYC apartment that is entertaining worthy. But sometimes our dreams can be bigger than our pocket book — and that’s definitely the situation that I’m currently in. So what’s a girl to do when she wants to throw a holiday soirée? You gotta get your fave blogger babes together and pool your resources. Someone’s bound to be a friend who has friend who’s willing to lend out their kick ass apartment (one that’s way more spacious than my small one bedroom, for sure). Throw in some good frozen apps from Trader Joe’s, and tons of wine and cocktails for good measure, and you got yourself a swinging party. Of course all of the festivity decor needs to be on point. I mean, we are style bloggers after all.

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Squaring Away The Check

December 5, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me for Square Cash. All opinions are 100% mine.

Square Cash App

One thing that you guys might have deduced from our Instagram feed is that bloggers love to get together for brunch, dinner, happy hour, or pretty much any reason we can make up. The eating, drinking and chatting is always good fun. But splitting the check? Not so much. Especially when we’re in a bigger group. I just hate being that person asking the poor waiter to split the check eight ways. Back just a few years ago, if you wanted to avoid asking that awkward question, you choice was pretty limited. And if you’re the one who volunteers to pay the check, you’re might even be left with another uncomfortable prospect: reminding your friend who “forgot” to pay you back.

Thanks to the prevalence of money transfer apps, we now have options to help avoid all of that awkwardness — yay technology! One of such app I recently discovered is Square Cash. I know what you’re thinking: I already use that other app that rhymes with schmenmo and they’re all pretty much the same. Welp, that’s not quite right. Read on to find out my take on how it differs and how Square Cash might be the right one for you.
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