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Not a pink fan? Click here for my dress in evening blue. Love this alternative to black for the holidays! You can accent it with gold or silver accessories. Also here is a paisley version - the colors are gorgeous!
Just found this blouse from the same designer on sale. I love the sleeve detail and the fact that you can wear it casually for work or dressy at night. You can also see it styled here back to denim!
If you’re looking for a cocktail dress for Christmas Eve or New Year’s eve this ivory one is so pretty. It could also double as the perfect baby shower guest dress or for any other religious events when you may want to have a longer sleeve.
THE IVORY BOOTIE
A PINK HOLIDAY
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Happy Monday, cyber Monday! Is it just me or did Thursday to Sunday feel like a very long stretch? We had a great time getting things done around the house, seeing friends and family, and enjoying “no plans” plans! I posted two sale posts which you can still shop - here for Black Friday and here to shop the small businesses I love. Today is the day I’m really going to hunker down and start shopping. This may sound crazy but even I get overwhelmed shopping for myself on big sale days. What I started doing last year that helped me so much was making a list. I really felt more organized and less stressed!
Love these slippers for the perfect stocking stuffer! They’re a great steal version of an identical more pricey version and these are $12!!!
This is my favorite home site and today only its 30% off!!! Literally unheard of. You can shop my favorites in the Black Friday post.
This espresso maker is on my list. And the color!!! So chic!
LOVE these flannel PJs and the entire site is 25% off with code BIGDAY
This neutral under $100 sweater is so versatile and 30% off for cyber Monday!
The diffuser that I use EVERYDAY is 30% off and free shipping. Debating getting another one for the boys room!
I just bought this sweater on sale and today its an extra $50 off today! Love the color:)
Happy Monday and Happy shopping!
FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING
The one gift everyone in my family will be receiving this year? A ChappyWrap blanket! I was given my first ChappyWrap at a luncheon a couple of months ago and after a week with it at home, my family was hooked! Not only are they extremely soft and cozy, they’re also machine washable and so easy to take car of. We’ve already taken ours to the beach, on a road trip, and we recently threw it on top of the boys for a Thanksgiving morning walk. They are the perfect gift for everyone on your list but I think they’re especially great for a college dorm room (which is why my niece will be getting one!). We also used a ChappyWrap for our holiday card shoot:)
my favorite styles
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Its here! My favorite sale of the year! Whether you’re shopping for gifts or picking up a few items from your own list, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite must see sales this Thanksgiving week. Now is really the time to get your shopping done and just think, by December 1st you can be done! Well sort of…! Last year my big purchase was this pair of boots and I’m still so happy I got them! I will be updating this sale page for the rest of the week and throughout the weekend so keep checking back for more picks and promotions!
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This sweater dress
White jeans 365 days a year!
Love the button detailing on this sweater + how adorable are the crop flair pants paired with it?
Love this long-sleeved tee for under $20. Something I always forget to buy but so so happy I have when I have them!
You can never have enough cozy drawstring pants! This would be great paired with a black cashmere sweater and sneakers or boots for an elevated “lounge” look.
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Taking a break from holiday gift guides to share this versatile look. I jokingly posted on Instagram last night that my dream job would be anything that I could wear this dress “from desk to dinner”. I love it in Fall’s warmer temps with pumps and later I’ll be pairing it with black opaque tights and black suede booties.
In other news…the Black Friday/cyber sales have already begun! I don’t know how I feel about them all launching so early. Not the biggest fan of that happening before turkey day. Thoughts? It puts the pressure on especially if you’re the one cooking! If you’re looking for a less expensive version of today’s dress I found this pretty style for 25% off. I’ll be posting ALL my favorite sales on the blog tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Collaboration ALERT! I’m so excited for today’s Gift Guide because it was created by a special guest blogger (hehe) my husband Frank! When I started working on this year’s holiday shopping round ups I decided there were a few that I wanted to call on an expert for (click here for the tween - my 18 year old niece weighed in!). When I worked for Ralph Lauren it was so easy to shop for the men in my life and all my gifts were always a home run. Now that I’m out of “retail” I need to be a little more creative and honestly, more thoughtful. Its hard to not get sucked into the “standard” man gifts, i.e. gloves, flasks, slippers. When Frank sent me his picks I asked him, “seriously, would you want this?” and he said yes to everything! I think the key is finding pieces that feel different and curated. There were a couple of pieces that I liked but didn’t make the cut so rest assured this is an authentic “man” roundup! One of my favorite stocking stuffers is this soap. It smells amazing - also check out this after shave cream from the same brand.
I love today’s collab and I hope you do too. Also side note: now I know what to get Frank for Christmas:)
the guy guide
I could have made this gift guide over 100 items!!! Love shopping for BOY presents:) This gift guide is a combination of Luke’s favorite things and some items on our wishlist for the boys this year. This sweeping/cleaning set has resulted in hours of self-play and recently Harry has loved this pushing this shopping cart around. This is one of my go-to sites for finding interesting toys and home items for kids and babies. They also have great parenting articles. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for boys (and girls) and actually adults love these too…click here. You can NEVER have enough!
FOR THE BOYS
the perfect hostess
FOR THE TEENAGE GIRL WHO HAS IT ALL
SATURDAY CITY DAY WITH LUKE AT ABC CARPET & HOME
When we moved into our house two years ago I had a vision. In the blink of an eye I had completed our foyer (wallpaper, light fixture, painted trim, and upholstered our window seat bench). We stripped and re-finished the floors in the living room/dining room, decorated a little, and then…I was stumped! All the other projects were bigger, more costly, and overwhelming. Now after two years of living in our house I’m ready to pick it up again. On the list: finish the boys rooms, update the kitchen and first floor powder room, add more furniture here and there. Oh and we need new windows, HAHA! See, I told you it was overwhelming! We are trying to do the smaller projects on our own if possible (Frank started painting the bedroom hallway this weekend) so we can splurge a little on other things.
Do you pin? Recently, I’ve been spending a lot more time on Pinterest . Its really helping me hone in on what I want our home to look like and its also been a very helpful tool for conveying my vision to Frank and designer friends helping me. A few years ago I stumbled on this home makeover and it really stuck with me. I keep going back to it and now it’s become my main source of inspiration for our living room. I really went through a phase where I was uninterested in anything home related and now that I’ve experienced a spark I’m so excited to get moving! Stay tuned and follow along! I’ll be sharing updates with you via the new “AT HOME” tab on the blog under “LIFE”.
living room inspiration
I love this space because its very calming and inviting. Its also not overly feminine which is important to me.
images via One Kings Lane
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I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever shared these leggings before! I always suggest them to clients because they are the BEST faux suede I’ve ever found. The fit is high-waisted so they’re also very flattering and never ride down your legs. I first bought them during a Black Friday sale two years ago and recently acquired (happily) a second pair from a client! The first pair I picked up was an XS but these are a S. I either put on a few pounds or they started cutting them smaller. I’ll go with the latter:)
I’m always on the hunt for “night” outfits that are not dresses. If I’m investing in a piece like this jacket, I want to know that I’ll be able to wear it in multiple ways: over a dress, paired with jeans, etc. This is my third jacket by this brand. It sounds excessive but I wear them all the time. The other two I purchased 5 plus years ago and have been able to wear them to work, day, night events, and they’ve also been great for travel. They’re really a great closet staple/investment piece. If you don’t want to spend the money here is one I found (similar, kind of!). Here is the same style in black/grey.
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Whether you’re headed to an office holiday party, drinks with the girls, or having friends over for a Friday night dinner, lace is a great go-to for any holiday occasion. I love lace blouses because you can style them back to denim (like I’m doing today) or throw on a pair of satin or leather pants for a dressier look. This is my favorite pair of faux suede leggings. They’re under 100 and on sale! This faux leather pair would look great with a suede pump and a stamens earring. For an elegant monochromatic look, pair an neutral style back to an ivory tuxedo style like this one.
What do I wear everyday? Thats my most frequently asked question these days on Instagram. My go-to for Fall is a great pair of denim and a cozy oversized sweater. I’ve been living in these jeans. They are a super comfortable high-waisted fit with a skinny ankle that will tuck easily into boots or booties. When I tried them on at the brand’s new store in Soho I couldn’t believe they were $68. Insider tip: size down, I’m wearing a 25 here.
Recently I’ve been doing a ton of pinning on Pinterest. Its a great tool for outfit inspiration and I also find that it helps me see my closet in a different way. I end up putting together new outfits that I didn’t realize I had. Follow along to see whats inspiring me like my most recent beret pins here!
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A little glitz and a little glamour for today’s Lust List! I love shopping for holiday party outfits and there is something about this color palette that makes me think of the good old days, the Great Gatsby, and Frank Sinatra. Ralph Lauren used to always do a black and gold holiday collection in either Purple Label or Polo (he may still) and it was one of my favorites every year! This military inspired dress almost made it in - love the twist on a classic. I also love this style for holiday parties and its bra-friendly!
This slip dress - love the black lace detailing on the neckline and hem. This style would be great with a black velvet blazer!
Here is your go with everything black patent pump - pair with skinny jeans out to dinner or a cocktail party dress.
Love these earrings. This brand is so unique and creative. The founder is so chic and inspirational and I always want everything she creates! Queen of the statement piece!
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Recently there has been a lot of hype about this “new” superfood. One of the bloggers I follow suffers from Crohn’s disease and she swears by the healing properties in this veggie. I liked this article and recipe and plan on giving it a shot in November! Stay tuned!
We have started a few much needed projects around the house…like replacing all of our windows EEK! One of the updates I’m really excited about is our fireplace. I love the traditional mantle but we are changing the red tile to a more neutral grey and white stone (not sure the name of it but will keep you posted). Loved seeing this article for inspiration!
This is a topic I know almost nothing about. Quite frankly its one I would rather ignore, but as a mother of two children, planning is extremely important. After I read this article I realized that actually the alternative to not planning is scarier than facing it head on. You’ll see what I mean when you read…
I know you’re probably sick of this website by now (it has seriously been so good this season I can’t stop going for more) but this sweater is amazing. Things can start looking a gray outside during the winter and I love how this color pops. It also works well on every skin tone and compliments gray, ivory, and browns well.
The weather is getting colder on the East Coast and many families struggle during this time of year to stay warm. While you’re cleaning out your closets look out for old coats, hats, gloves, and thermal-wear that you no longer need and donate it to a local shelter or organization. I will be donating mine to Person-to-Person this season.
“There’s a real strength to knowing who you are and having your own distinct look, because real style doesn’t change from season to season. I have found my uniform and I would never wear anything that didn’t feel like me just because it was ‘in fashion’.” I love this quote from an article on Danish stylist, Alexandra Carl. Her style inspires me to continue to be myself in a world that can so easily sway you to look like someone else. Don’t be swayed!
When you invest in a piece like this dress, its nice to know that you’ll be able to wear it in multiple ways. Dressing it down with your favorite cardigan and a pair of boots is a simple and chic look that will take you from day into night!
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The Girl Guide in the city
We had a pretty low key and mostly unplanned weekend. It was nice to just hang around the house on Sunday and knock things off my to-do list. Luke and I made banana bread and it was so delicious! I used this recipe and supplemented the flour for a GF option, used coconut sugar, and replaced the sour cream with Laava dairy-free yogurt. I crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t taste horrible and it worked! It made for a yummy dessert after our Sunday night dinner at my parent’s house.
My best friend recently moved to Nashville (you might remember my road trip with her this summer!?) and she was back in NYC for the weekend. Earlier in the week I made plans to take one of the boys in with me for an early Saturday dinner. That morning everyone woke up a little sniffly and with the rain I ended up making a game time decision to go solo. It ended up being an awesome night and I was actually so thankful to have some one-on-one time with my friend sans kids. We realized it had been seven years since we went out alone together in the city.
I squeezed in a little shopping right before dinner. First stop was one of my favorite boutiques in SoHo. Its a must-visit if you’re ever in the city. I fell in love with everything…these pants and this sweater. After that I visited one of my new favorite shops for closet staples in search for a bootie. I ended up buying these which are amazing. They’re made in Italy and the leather is so soft. I highly recommend all of their shoes.
For dinner we went to little prince and it was delicious. The restaurant was small and cozy and exactly what we were looking for! Order the quinoa appetizer:)
In less than one week it will be November!!! Which is so crazy and also reminds me that I need to finish Luke’s Halloween costume! I don’t mean to scare anyone, but today I bought my first Christmas present. EEEK! I always say I’m going to start early but this year I’m really committed. I’ve been feeling busier than ever and I know it will significantly help my stress levels in December if I start to prepare now. That brings me to some exciting news!!! Did you know that the majority of my styling business is made up of e-styling clients? What is “e-styling” you might ask? When I launched my business 8 years ago it was completely local. Over the years (and with the help of the internet and social media) it has evolved and now I find that almost half of my business is spread all over the US. Because I can’t be jet setting all over the country to shop with you in person (I wish!!!) I have created an e-styling option for clients. Whether you need help with an upcoming event, a closet refresh, or gift-giving ideas, I’m here for you! You will receive curated shopping guides tailored for you (much like my weekly Lust Lists).
If you’re interested in e-styling send us a note to email@example.com. No request is too small and we will let you know if we have availability before the holidays:)