BOW BLOUSE

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Today feels like Friday! Its been a long week already and I'm heading home right now after three days in Philadelphia with Theory. Lots of exciting things happening this year! SOO happy to see my boys tonight! Its amazing what a couple days away can do:)

I'm a sucker for a flowy style blouse. I think its no secret that I love this brand and their pretty, ethereal style and design. I don't wear a ton of blue (actually I have almost no blue in my closet) but when I saw  this shade and pattern I was sold on its 70's vibe. Note: I've received a few questions about my jeans...they're old but I tagged a very similar pair! 

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Posted on September 20, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

GOLD RUSH

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Posted on September 14, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

THE UN-LEATHER JACKET

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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Frank and I went to a very pretty farm wedding in Suffield, CT and had so much fun! It was our first 24hrs away (alone) since Harrison was born and we definitely enjoyed ourselves! BUT I have to say I was so happy to come home to my sweet boys yesterday:) 

Last Fall I was pregnant and in search of a leather jacket that could go with me everywhere - day to night, maternity to non-maternity and I needed a neutral color. When I found this one I was so excited! Not only was it the best silhouette, it was vegan which meant it was basically kid-proof. Over the last year I've worn it over jeans, with dresses, and even took it to a wedding. Ummm did I mention its $95!!

If you're looking for something that's leather the same brand makes this one which is still very reasonable as far as leather jackets go. Also I should note, the jeans, t-shirt, and shoes are all old in this post but I tried linking very similar pieces. My pumps are almost identical!

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Posted on September 11, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

MODEL OFF DUTY

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I love helping clients re-create their closets with casual chic looks at any price point. I started making these steal vs. splurge posts to show how you really can have any look for less. Although not all bags, shoes, or tops are created equal, having a few investment pieces each season and filling in the rest with affordable gems is what I call the "new" closet. 

I've always loved the effortless cool-girl style of supermodels. There is something about a great fitting white t-shirt, jeans, and a boyfriend cardigan that just looks good (being over 6 feet doesn't hurt either!). In the last few years I've really upped my sneaker game. There are so many options out there now and these were my favorite last Fall/Winter. I'm thinking of getting this pair next which are also pricey but I know a they're very comfortable and will hold up. Scroll below to shop this look at every price point!

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Posted on September 8, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

A HERO SWEATER

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I LOVE short weeks...I can't believe its Wednesday already! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend (I ended up working for most of it - so many exciting things on the horizon for TGG). I know its not technically Fall yet but we've already had some days in CT that sure feel like it. Is it bad that I'm already dying to whip out all my sweaters and darker denim?

Ever heard of a "Hero" item? Think season must-have thats also a wardrobe staple. I'm loving the sweater trends for Fall. Chunky aran knits with details ranging from fringe, to pom poms, to colored intarsia prints. This sweater has it all! 

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Posted on September 5, 2017 .

PRETTY IN PINK

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Posted on August 31, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

WEDDING GUEST DRESSES

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One of the top requests I receive from clients is help shopping for wedding guest dresses. Although the rule "you can't wear white to a wedding" is dated, it still stands true for most brides. Sidenote: we went to a wedding once where all the guests were in ivory and black and it looked AMAZING!!! I'm not opposed to a black dress for a wedding as long as there is texture. Also, lace and sheer accents are key!

So you can't wear black or ivory...what do you do? Personally I don't wear bright, solid colors and I always gravitate towards floral: one - it photographs well, and two - if you choose the right pattern they usually won't go out of style. I instantly fell in love with this one's soft ruffles and ethereal vibe. It can be worn both on and off the shoulder which is also a plus! Looking for personalized help finding the perfect outfit? Click here! OR scroll down to shop my picks for this Fall's wedding season at every price! 

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Posted on August 29, 2017 .

MY BEAUTY ROUTINE

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Hi there! Welcome to my first beauty post! Since starting The Girl Guide I've received so many questions about my skincare routine. I'm a big fan of the "less is more" approach and I have to admit, it's pretty basic. BUT the key has always been natural ingredients.  I've been using Tata Harper skincare for almost 8 years! She is sort of a pioneer in the organic skincare space. When I met her I was instantly inspired by her story - her step dad was diagnosed with Cancer and when she started to help him "detox" the products he was using, she realized there was nothing 100% natural/organic on the market. I love everything about her line especially the scents of her products, so natural and clean. 

About two years ago a discovered JuiceBeauty at Whole Foods. I was looking for an affordable moisturizer to switch things up a bit and I fell in love! You can't beat the prices (my antioxidant moisturizer is $39) and I find it to be really effective during the dry winter months. SO when I heard that one of my favorite websites/brands GOOP was teaming up with Juice Beauty I was super psyched. I bought this discovery set and I'm only about three weeks in but I LOVE it! Especially the face oil! 

  • I first tried this face wash when I purchased a Theory x Lola box for International Women's day. It was filled with goodies and one of my favorites was this product. I use it every night (in the morning's I just splash water on my face and re-apply moisturizer). The smell is very clean!
  • I have a thing for face oils....I used to think it was weird - how does applying oil to your face not make you break out? Now that I've been using them for years I'm addicted. I highly recommend this one and this one is my new favorite. 
  • The first skincare product I ever switched from mainstream to holistic was my deodorant. I once read an article linking aluminum containing antiperspirants to breast cancer and I immediately switched to an all natural deodorant. Disclaimer: The natural ones are NEVER going to work as well as the chemical ridden ones, BUT thats a trade I'm willing to make! This is my current favorite

Check out this article, Clean Beauty - And Why It's Important and you'll be hooked just like I am!

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SKINCARE

 

FACE OIL

 

FACE WASH

 

FACE MASKS

 

DEODORANT

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CREAMY DREAMY

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Posted on August 21, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

MY EVERYDAY LOOK

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Happy hump day friends! Hope your week is going well. It's been a warm one on the East Coast! We took the boys to the farm this weekend and had such a great time. There is nothing like being outdoors with animals on a beautiful summer day (and it doesn't hurt that they have the most amazing chocolate chip cookies in the cafe). I always leave Stone Barns feeling such a sense of fulfillment - can't explain it! 

I LOVED creating this post. This outfit is me - everyday. I recently bought this field jacket to replace one that I've worn to death for the last 8 years. I love it because its light, washable, and looks great over everything from t-shirts to cashmere sweaters, even over a dress. Also army green is a color that is versatile and I think just works with every hair color/skin tone. 

  • My shorts in the pic are old but I found these and these which are similar. If you're not looking for a distressed ripped look, this pair is great.
  • Sandals are also old SORRY (I promise I scoured the Internet to see if they were still around)!! But these are a great alternative.
  • I found my handbag at one of my favorite online boutiques for previously owned luxury bags. Fashionphile is based in Beverly Hills and I use them all time for selling my client's gently used handbags. 
  • Fun Fact: I LOVE green tea. I stopped drinking coffee about 6 years ago for health reasons and turned to tea. I don't take any sugar (the grassier tasting the better) and jasmine green is my favorite!! 

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THE FIELD JACKET

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PRE FALL PICKS

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This week's LustList is all about Fall and this pretty wine color that I'm seeing everywhere. It was big last year too which means if you already have it in your wardrobe, bring it back out! I know I know its so hard to think about Fall when the sun is shining and you're hanging out at the beach and in the pool but its right around the corner. 

  • These booties are seriously my favorite. I've had them for 6 years and they never get old. They're great with a dress, jeans, skirts, EVERYTHING!
  • I think I may have to get a variation of these sneakers They also come in a non suede version here which may be better for my lifestyle and kid friendly
  • HOW pretty is this sweater?? I love that the material is casual for everyday but still feels feminine with the sleeve detail
  • I just ordered this top to wear under all my thin cashmere open cardigans. How great is the price!!

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Posted on August 9, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

THE FASHION OF BREASTFEEDING

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Any nursing mom has been there. You're in a restaurant thinking, "Ahhh...I did it. The baby is sleeping, my toddler is coloring, I'm going to actually chew this bite of food, sip my wine, and enjoy this moment of peace." Then it happens...the baby starts whaling and you scramble for that bottle of milk you pumped. Within a second your husband reminds you the baby already finished that bottle and you need to whip it out in the restaurant (your breast that is). You look down at yourself and say "Oh no..I'm wearing a dress, a dress with no buttons. I can't tell you how many times I've had to leave a place to either go home, or hide in a car because I wasn't wearing the right "nursing" clothes. I don't mind nursing in public but pulling my dress over my head is where I draw the line! 

So if you're a breastfeeding mom you know, getting the job done while still feeling pretty and fashionable can be tough. After many mishaps I thought to myself, 'why can't I do both"? I hope this post helps you accomplish that! I rounded up some of my favorites and as always I'm here to answer any of your questions.  Fun Fact: This year world breastfeeding week is Tuesday, August 1st - Monday, August 7th

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SLEEP + LOUNGE WEAR

THE ONLY BRA YOU'LL NEED

EASY ACCESS TOPS (that you can still wear after nursing)

DRESSES

Posted on August 7, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

OFF THE BEACH

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Posted on August 6, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

UNDER $100

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Hey friends! Hope you're doing well on this beautiful Monday:) I am currently buried in laundry from our trip and loathe unpacking. Does anyone like it? Messes stress me out. Especially piles of clothes (I know what you're thinking - I have two boys and need to get over it). Anywayyyy....I loved putting together today's post. I thrive on the thrill of creating a super chic look on a budget. I always talk about high/low dressing and clients are always asking me for tips on creating a super chic look without breaking the bank. This cardigan is $32 and perfect for running around this Fall with a white tee and jeans. Also I just ordered this top for under $50 which you can wear now with white jeans or later with a cute black leather jacket. 

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Posted on July 31, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

FLORAL MAXI

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Greetings from Sag Harbor! Having major technical difficulties here so this post is going to be short and sweet! I wore this dress to a recent event I hosted at Lord & Taylor and I love it! I hesitated at first because it was black but adding the floral makes it so versatile. We have a wedding in early September that I think it will be perfect for. I love wearing maxi dresses - especially flowy ones. There is a common misconception that if you're not supermodel height you can't pull one off but thats not true. The key is good tailoring and ensuring the length is right for you. These shoes are so comfortable (I SWEAR) and the only thing that made this dress possible for me:) I rounded up a few of my top maxi picks right now. Some of them are under $150!

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Posted on July 25, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

NORDSTROM SALE

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This is BIG!!!! Ok so if you haven't heard about the Nordstrom sale you may be under a rock (just kidding) but no really, it's everywhere this year!! Last week was "early access" for Nordy cardholders but tonight at 12PM public sale begins!!! Its true that many styles have sold out but I'm hoping they'll be restocked tomorrow. The best part of the sale is that almost everything is NEW for next Fall and after August 6th all prices will be going back up. I know its so hard to buy jackets and cashmere when its over 100 degrees outside (I struggle with it every year during sidewalk sales) but you will be kicking yourself come October when you want to buy that pretty cardigan and its full price!

I hope you like my picks and happy shopping!

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Posted on July 20, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

LINEN STRIPES + FAVORITE TOP ROUNDUP

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Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a great week so far:) I'm pumping out this post while simoultaneously entertaining Luke and Harrison with a Baby Einstein video. If you have kids and don't know about these you need to order ASAP! They're educational and the images play along with the prettiest classical music so I can actually concentrate while they're on! I thought Luke would grown out of them but he still loves them! 

What do you guys think of this top? I can tell you I love wearing it...the linen is so soft and its really comfortable. I always talk about wearing pieces from day to night and tucked into white jeans and a pair of gold hoops you're good to go! I can see myself wearing it into early Fall too. There are so many great (and affordable) blouses out right now. Check up my roundup below:) 

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Posted on July 17, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

SUMMER SALE

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TGIF friends!! This week has been so crazy!! On Monday I shot a bunch of new looks with Brooke for the blog (can't wait to share them with you guys) I've been pretty much playing catch up since then. Have you guys shopped The Outnet before? They're owned by the same parent company as Net-A-Porter and basically serve as Net's outlet. I LOVE it! If I'm ever on the hunt for a client for one of last season's pieces I always start with them and usually have success. Sizes sell out so quickly though so if you like it, BUY IT! I couldn't believe the price of this top and love this one too from the same brand. On the hunt for a certain style that you can't seem to find? I'm here to help!

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NORDSTROM EARLY ACCESS PREVIEW

If you have Instagram and have checked it in the last 24hrs you know that Nordstrom is having a sale - a BIG sale. It can be a little confusing but basically right now they are doing what's called "early access" which is for Nordstrom cardholders only. If you don't have or want one now, public access begins on the 21st. I will be posting all my favorites next week but here's a sneak peek :)

Posted on July 14, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

GARDEN PARTY ANYONE?

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Posted on July 12, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

LIKE A LADY

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HEY friends! I hope everyone had a great 4th! It took me a couple of days to recover from our weekend in the Berkshires but I'm finally back on track. So much fun but also so much laundry! I brought my laptop but ended up never even touching it - silly me:) I wanted to talk to you guys about my "LUST LISTS"...do you like them? What do you want to see more of? I would love to receive some of your feedback! Comment on this post or send me a message!

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Posted on July 6, 2017 and filed under Lust List.