THANKSGIVING LUST LIST

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to style! My go-tos are leather pants or a pair of corduroy jeans paired with a novelty sweater. This year I'm wearing a bordeaux velvet legging with a cashmere sweater in the same color. Such a sucker for a monochromatic look! I've curated some of my favorite pieces blow and don't forget to check out my holiday tablescape post

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Posted on November 15, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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This has been my most exciting post to write since I launched my blog last January. My hope for The Girl Guide was that it would serve as a creative outlet for myself, but my dream was that it would also lead to collaboration with other brands, bloggers, and fellow female entrepreneurs. This was a dream come true. When I first set out to create a holiday "tablescape" my goal was to partner with and promote local brands and create something that was beautiful and inspirational for my followers. I first pitched the idea to Lindsay Madden, my photographer and the co founder of Miller Madden Events and as they say, the rest was history!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. In our house it's always been about good food and family....and its always CASUAL! I love dressing up for Christmas but its also so nice to hang out in a cozy knit sweater and cords all day. This is the first year I'll be hosting in our home. We moved in about a year and a half ago and I'm looking forward to starting a new tradition (also a little nervous - cooking turkey scares me!).

When we partnered with Juliska for the tablescape, Kristina (the other half of Miller Madden Events) and I visited their showroom in Stamford, CT which also serves as their corporate headquarters. They have an amazing selection but I immediatly gravitated to a more curated "mix and matched" look of neutrals with a pop of gray (I know what you're thinking - gray is not a pop haha). I like that the pieces we chose can be used for every day or for special occasions. How amazing are these feather napkin rings?? I also love these placemats which would work for Christmas! For the florals I worked with one of my favorite new local finds, Stems + Co. Zoe brought my vision to LIFE with a magnolia and eucalyptus based garland that spanned the length of my table. The colors complimented the other elements on the table perfectly and was somehow seasonal and a touch feminine all at the same time. Scroll down for more pics, to shop my look, and to shop my gorgeous monogrammed linens c/o Monogram Mary!

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I first discovered Halo Home last year while scrolling through Instagram. The combination of gray fringe and a monogram? It was love at first sight! When my friend Brooke, owner and founder of Monogram Mary said she could order and monogram them for me I was so excited! They also fun cocktail napkins which make the best hostess gifts and I love these extra large Christmas stockings which I'm thinking of ordering. 

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DETAILS

Tabletop & Barware Juliska // Photography Lindsay Madden // Styling Miller Madden Events 

Florals Stems + Co // Monogramming & Linens Monogrammary // Calligraphy Harper Ink Calligraphy

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Posted on November 13, 2017 .

FALL FLORAL

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I was never really a hat girl until I bought my first one from Hat Attack a couple of years ago. It was similar to this style and I lived in it last Fall/Winter. If you're looking for something to take you from city to country its perfect! I also love this style.

So when I received this one I was super excited. The pom detail is so chic and I love it styled dressy or thrown on with a pair of jeans and a leather jacket. My jacket is Theory from last year but you can shop the whole (similar) look below! Click here for my necklace:)

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THE FLORAL MAXI

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THE CAMEL TRENCH

PLAID SKIRT

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I bought this skirt a couple of months ago when it was about 90 degrees out in September knowing (hoping) the day would come when I could wear it! I saw it and all my plaid filled days at Ralph Lauren came rushing back to me. I wore it for our family Christmas card shoot a couple of weekends ago and to a luncheon...so fun! JCREW is having a site wide sale and everything is 25% off with code GETSHOPPING. See some of my favorite picks below!

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GRAY LUST

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Happy Thursday! I feel like I haven't spoken to you guys in forever! Lots of exciting new projects in my world and I'm still working on balancing it all. I will get there! Thank you all for your support in the meantime:) 

I loved creating this LUST LIST! This sweater was the original inspiration for it and I love the muted weathered tones and the pattern. It reminds me of something you would see in a Swiss chalet - apres ski vibes! If you're looking for a versatile dress love this one and the price is great. For a layered look try a white tailored shirt or wear it as a skirt with this sweater

SURPRISE SALE ALERT

  • shopbop is having a flash sale and today is the last day! Just ordered this pair of jeans! I have a few pairs from them and they're so comfortable (also they don't get baggy after one wear)
  • This leather jacket is so versatile! It comes in three colors and the silhouette is perfect with a t-shirt and jeans or over a dress
  • This is the perfect white blouse!!!! AND on sale in the two white colors - the fit is oversized but looks best a little boxy
  • If you like a cold shoulder sweater this is for you! Love the cable knit and the color is perfect for Fall/Winter
  • Love this coat. Just sent it to a client this morning and thinking I may need it for weekends in the Berkshires! Lastly check out these! I've posted them a couple times but really love the color - cool ivory jeans are so hard to find!

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DUDLEY STEPHENS X THE GIRL GUIDE

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So many people ask me why I love styling. First and foremost it has always been the people. Over the last 8 years I have met so many amazing clients and friends and had the chance to work with so many inspiring brands. The second part of my answer is the challenge. I love the idea of walking into a new project with no plan - collaborating and creating - and walking away with something beautiful. 

Have you guys heard of Dudley Stephens!? I was so excited when Lauren (Dudley) Stephens asked me to style their line of fleeces for Fall. Lauren started DS with her mom and sister and together they have transformed the way we view this classic fabric. Who knew a fleece tunic could look so good?! What attracted me to DS at first was the wearability with kids. When I first had Luke I was living in a land of spit up and drool and either ruining my cashmere sweaters or opting for old t-shirts. Then I bought my first DS top. It was a combination of a sweater and a sweatshirt, but had a pretty silhouette and neckline so I felt dressed. Not to mention the color was perfect (you know how I love blush). Well, as they say....the rest was history! Now DS is a part of my weekly wardrobe and I'm so happy to share this shoot with all of you!

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If you're looking for the perfect pair of vegan leggings, CLICK HERE!! They're so comfortable and really look and feel like the real thing. Also, kid friendly:)

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THE HOOP BAG

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Put a ring on it! (hehe) But no seriously, I've been using this bag nonstop. What attracted me to it at first was its versatility. It comes with a cross body leather strap, chain, and the hoop! I've never seen any handbag that offers that. I'm still carrying a diaper bag with the boys so this is perfect for my phone, keys, credit cards, etc. I don't have a wallet that fits in it but a card case would work perfectly. The hoop bag as its been named has been making its mark this Fall with a number of brands. I like This one for its middle of the road pricing but I also love this one which is just a touch more expensive. Both epitomize the concept of day-to-night dressing!

PS If you're looking for this sweater you're in luck! Found it restocked HERE:)

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Posted on October 27, 2017 and filed under What to Wear.

NEUTRAL UNDER $200

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Posted on October 19, 2017 and filed under Lust List.

CASUAL FALL

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Happy Tuesday friends! Hope you're having a good week so far. It finally feels like Fall has arrived in Connecticut and I love it! Now if I could only find the time to switch my closet over! I get a ton of styling requests from women looking to create a casual chic "home" look. Outfits that you can wear at home, running errands, picking the kids up, lunch with friends, and still feel dressed for everything in between. Two of my closet staples for all my clients are 1. Cardigan and 2. Silk Camisole. I live in this look and what I like most is it can take me day to night if I have a casual dinner to go to during the week. Want to turn it up a notch? Pair this silk with a darker or black jean, booties, and a statement earring! Shop this look below with some of my top pics:)

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Posted on October 17, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

GOLDEN WINE

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Burgundy is hands down one of my favorite colors for Fall. I think one of the reasons I like it so much is the fact that you can't wear it ever season so when I start to see it in September it feels so fresh and new! I recently asked you guys via Instagram which Lust List colors you wanted featured and wine was the most common answer. I thought of pairing it with black or navy but went with gold because it felt so rich. I had to order this sweater as soon as I found it. When I was looking for navy pieces I also found this one which I may have to get as well. Such a great price and I think I would live in it paired with skirts and jeans.  

PS Just bought a pair of these a couple weeks ago and LOVE!! I first bought a gray pair for Frank - he needed a sleek sneaker that looked good with shorts and was comfortable. They're wool but somehow cool in the summer and warm in the winter. GENIUS! Have a look...

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

SCARF BLOUSE

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Posted on October 11, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

OVER THE KNEE

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Hey friends! Hope you're having a great weekend:) We took the boys to Stone Barns yesterday for their annual Harvest Fest and it was HOT!!!! I can't remember a time when it was over 80 degrees in October. Makes it a little tough to apple pick in a pretty wool fisherman sweater and riding boots! So unfortunately I wasn't wearing this pretty tonal look and hat but I'm hoping to live in it very soon! What are your thoughts on over-the-knee boots? I think they've become less of a trend and more of a staple and they make an outfit look more dressed. Whats great is almost ever designer is making that style now so they're available at all price points. The ones I'm wearing are Stuart Weitzman (color is no longer available) and although they're a splurge I have to say if you wear them as much as I do they're worth the price tag. Below I included a mini OTK style vs. splurge for you! 

  • My sweater is only $65! Love it casual but I will probably also dress it up with darker denim or leather leggings and a pretty earring, I also love this one which is the same price
  • This dress would also look great with OTK boots. Throw it on with a leather jacket and its the perfect Fall look 
  • I just ordered this sweater! Comes in 4 colors - can you guess which on I ordered?

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STEAL VS. SPLURGE

Posted on October 8, 2017 and filed under Outfits.

BLUSH VEST

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I don't know about you but I'm kind of loving this Indian summer. Cool mornings and evenings with warm afternoons in the middle? It's heaven for my wardrobe! I've always wanted to live in San Francisco and I imagine that's what its like there. I call it "leather jacket weather"!

I saw this vest and fell in love. First with the color (duh!) and second I have nothing like it - a modern silhouette but the blush makes it feminine and pretty. I found this one for over 50% off in shearling for all of us East Coast girls and this version in camel that would be great paired back to black, ivory, or denim. I couldn't find an exact steal version but I this faux one for under $100 is fun!

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GORJANA TOP PICKS

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Posted on October 2, 2017 .

SHOPBOP SALE

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So the shopbop sale really is one of Fall's best sales. I can't remember if it was the same last year but this year, merchandise on sale is included too!! If you've been holding out for that perfect pair of booties or a chunky knit sweater, then now is the time! HAPPY SHOPPING:)

  • I've been looking for an everyday suede bootie and this pair is perfect! Loving this one too and the price is great
  • So I bought these pants while I was pregnant and totally guessed on the size (they run a touch small). I just tried them on and they're perfect and will go with everything! We're thinking of heading down to DC for a "Friendsgiving" and they'll be perfect! Also thinking about these for a everyday basic pair
  • This top is an investment piece but I love the texture, color, and its perfect for a night out on the town or dressed down

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Posted on September 27, 2017 .

MAD FOR PLAID

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20's

30's

40's

50's

I LOVE THIS TREND! But....its not really a trend. More of this season's twist on a classic look. After working for Ralph Lauren for 7 years its hard not to love plaid. I had so much fun putting this At Any Age post together. The selection of neutral plaids right now is great and they really do go with everything. I hope you like my selections and the boutique I created below for all ages and at every price! :)

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Posted on September 26, 2017 and filed under At Any Age.

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 and filed under Outfits.