EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR VALENTINES DAY 2015

This post is for the girl who loves gifting and making others smile by picking out the perfect little treasures for the loved ones in her life. I know I know Christmas was last month – but as caring and thoughtful as we are, we should never be done spoiling the ones we love!  It truly is better than receiving!

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 Ive complied all your V-DAY 2K15 necessities right here! This selection has a pretty wide variety and even some items that you’re probably already second guessing – like why would you ever need mens eye cream? (well truthfully it works much better than females, totally kidding I have no clue) You see, this holiday is about pampering (its a made-up holiday so do what you want!) not just yourself but your lovable man, deserving mother and even your group of girl friends who may possibly be celebrating “single awareness day.”

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BFF ❤

Alex & Ani “Open Love” Expandable Wire Bangle: available in gold/silver –> Found this gem on Nordstrom.com for under $25! Buy a matching one for yourself to remind each of you the love you have for each other while representing, sharing and attracting love. Girlfriends love exchanging gifts and this is one that is high quality, inexpensive and completely on trend.

BOYFRIEND ❤

Clinique For Men “Anti-Age Eye Cream” –> Found on Sephora.com for under $30! Cliniques cream instantly hydrates, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces dark circles and puffiness. Disclaimer* I am not trying to make my man feel old, I’m trying to help him look and feel his best after a hard night of studying, a full work day, all while maintaining a social life. My medicine cabinet is full of products to help a sister out on her not so hot days and I want my guy those same pleasures! (He also never would buy it for himself)

Forever 21 “Hashtag Kiss Crew Socks”: also available in “Hashtag XOXO Crew Socks” –> Found on Forever21.com for $3!!! These socks may be a knock off of R. Kardashians “Arthur George” but for that price I cannot be mad! He will not only get actual use out of these but I just know he will have an extra pep in his step on VDay while wearing these. They’re like his own little secret, that yes he too is participating in Valentines day attire. They’re super modern and will be sure to amp up his #kissing game

MOM ❤ 

Voluspa “Japonica – Goji Tarocco Orange Petite Decorative Candle”: available in a variety of scents –> Found on Nordstrom.com for $8 what a steal! Voluspa is known for their pretty, decorative tins but also their sweet scents. This particular candle fills the room with berries, mango and oranges. A candle instantly makes a house feel more like a home.

SPLURGES ❤

Depending on your financial situation these may not feel like splurges at all or you’re ignoring this whole segment because why bother?? Either way – enjoy these “splurge” picks.

Alica & Olivia “Cherry Pouf Dress” –> Found on Alice&Olivia.com for just under $700. Kourtney Kardashian was spotted last year wearing a similar A&O lips dress. Rock this frock out with a distressed black moto jacket or keep it sweet with studs and some simple bracelets. A perfect dress for a playful dinner date (preferable somewhere warm.)

Kate Spade “Kiss Me You Fool” Beaded Clutch: Made in Rwanda –> Found on KateSpade.com for around $200. I am in love with this beautiful bag. Would be great for daytime or evening, however I would wear it with distressed denim, mule sandals, a cream blouse and a great Stila red lip. Throw a blazer on during more frigid temperatures.

Clarisonic “Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert” Nordstrom Exclusive –> Found on Nordstrom.com for $199. This little guys print  is too perfect for words. I recommend Clarisonic for a healthy skincare ritual, starting with cleansing. Gentle but effective, travels easily and comes with a wide variety of interchangeable tools. If you’re the girl who has everything, add this to your shopping cart!

Kate Spade “Evening Belles Feather Mini” –> Found on Katespade.com on sale for $318 originally $398. The perfect party bag for the ultra glamorous gal! If you’re feeling brave wear this as a daytime piece, however this bag is meant to shine under party lights. The Kate Spade girl “tucks her coral lipstick away and floats back to the party.”

Kendra Scott “Emmy Drop Earrings” in Iridescent Drusy: Available in black/silver –> Found on Nordstrom.com for $80. Kendra Scott makes the most beautiful drop statement earrings that you’re still able to wear day to day. The shine and intricate work of this specific pair is unlike any I’ve seen by her recently. These earrings are one splurge that may be justifiable!

Kate Spade “Lava Heels” in Ivory –> Found on Katespade.com for $328. Normally I would not be drawn to these pumps, however there are a couple iconic elements they posses. The heart design resembles Moschino’s recent McDonalds themed collection – odd but very true. Also, if you’re a “Carrie Diaries” fan you can side with me that this is an 80’s inspired pump destined to be paired with a full tool skirt storming the streets of New York City. No one does it like Bradshaw but give these lovelies a try on of your own!

OOTD ❤

Express “Heart and Arrow Strappy Babydoll Dress” –> Found on Express.com for $79! This adorable print is perfect for concert wear – simplistic yet extremely flirty.

Comando “Up All Night” Thigh High Socks –> Found on Nordstrom.com for $34! I love the way pairing over the knee socks with shorter over the knee boots looks with a mini dress. Instantly slims your legs!

H&M “Short Jacket” –> Found on H&M.com for $30! I love love blazers for practically any occasion. A cropped red power jacket can only mean one thing – you’re in charge today! There is a visibly great shoulder line and will sit better over dresses and fitted blouses tucked into skirts.

—–> pair merchandise above together for an effortlessly hot outfit. Finish with tousled curls, minimal face makeup, focusing more on eyes and brows, chunky black ankle bootie, a Stila red lip and a spritz of Chloe Fragrance and you’re out the door in no time!

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Kanye who? Nori makes her video debut in “Only One”

The newly released clip for “Only One” is just as sweet as you expected; and way more stylish. The Spike Jonze directed short “home video” is shot on a foggy, rainy day with nothing but bean boots and Carhartt to keep Yeezus and his doe-eyed sweetie dry.

This bittersweet lullaby is written to Nori in the perspective of Kanye’s late mother Donda West. This is his first song from his not yet released, seventh solo album.

Watch http://www.kanyewest.com
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“I know you’re happy cause I can see it, so tell the voice inside ya head to believe it”                   “Hello my only one just like the morning sun, you’ll keep on rising till the sky knows your name”                                                                                                                                         “Hello my only one remember who you are, no you’re not perfect but you’re not your mistakes”   

Mr. West chose to debut his video accompanied with a short interview with Ellen on January 26th.  I was shocked to see how well spoken Yeezus truly is. My thoughts were clouded with arrogance, hatred and anger. Ive yet to watch an interview with him where he was as comfortable and at ease as he was on Monday. Ellen addresses this change of behavior and Kanye basically claims he’s had a change of heart and how having a family with new mom and wife Kim Kardashian West has changed him.

P.S. they are trying for more babies! Praise Yeezus! There’s no Penelope without Mason and there surely shouldnt be a Nori without insert “South” . I mean Sori is kinda trendy right?! (Brad and Angie think so!) Kanye on how many kids he hopes for “whatever Kim wants” AWE!

Watch Kanye’s Interview with Ellen here: http://ellentube.com/videos/0_jlgg2w4s

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{ Lyrics via http://www.kanyewest.com }

Swooning over Sam Smiths Style

Sam Smith English singer-songwriter has taken the music industry by surprise this year releasing his debut studio album The Lonely Hour which hit the second spot on Billboard Hot 100. He has sold out music halls all over the world and has earned spots performing live on SNL and the MTV VMAS. Sam Smith is standing out for good and today I am featuring him as my menswear style crush.

P.S. listen to Im not the Only One, Stay With Me and Leave your Lover while reading for extra connection!

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I first really thought about Sam as a style innovator when he uploaded this picture on his Instagram account two weeks ago. I took a second glance at the photo because what guy gushes over a new winter coat? Wait, what guy buys a fur collared coat? AND appreciates esteemed designers like the fabulous Vivienne Westwood. (Sadly ladies we have not found our prince charming, he is gay, just our luck) After this upload I was hooked on Sam’s style sense and knew there was much more than this coat in his Dior bag of tricks.

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As you see in all of the images, a well-fitted jacket is his staple article of clothing. We all need a go-to and Sam really sticks to his seemingly owning a coat for every occasion. In his tour for The Lonely Hour Sam will be sporting custom made Calvin Klein suits. In a recent interview about his chosen style for the upcoming tour Sam stated “I also wanted to look classic, but look my age, yet at the same time, ageless.” He added that Frank Sinatra was his fashion icon: “His style forced you to listen to his voice, but it was his clothes and style that helped make his music sound like dollar bills.” Easy on the eyes and ears Sam! (Again Im really upset he is not an eligible bachelor)

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Sam’s revelations revealed on his brand of beauty and style…

He wants to be remembered for his fragrance Blue De Chanel. 

He wants his cross earrings to be his signature.

He will wear anything, as long as it is still identifiable as himself.

He will seldom wear jogger bottoms. (Stacy & Clinton would be so proud!)

He does patterns & prints but solids are preferred.

His stylist has taught him that you always have to wear what you feel comfortable in, because it affects your mood, performance, everything.

For Sam –> It’s all about quality

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Male or female we can all learn something from his passion for style. Build your brand. Who do you want to be remembered as? For Sam it is a young Frank Sinatra, a legacy we could all stand to be a little more like.

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finding your perfect statement coat

‘Tis the season for your outermost layer being the focal point of your every outfit. With that being said I highly recommend investing in a quality jacket that is sure to keep you warm and stylish in any situation you may come across in the upcoming months.

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In order to look your best in your fall and winter coat you must feel comfortable and true to yourself.

nothing looks better than confidence

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Find what suits your lifestyle.

Rachel (pictured) is wearing a double breasted button cape with built in belt. This coat is perfect for a day full of running errands, but could easily be transferred into an unexpected dinner date with friends. It is light weight enough to layer heavily underneath, which makes it even easier to throw on and off between dressing room changes (because a day of errands is equivalent to shopping)

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Stick to your price point.

If you want a high quality sport coat I recommend Burberry Brit and Barbour as top contenders. Burberry Brit has a novelty name along with beautiful fabrics, design and color. Barbour is an English coat maker designed for performance (side note: Prince William and Princess Kate have been spotted wearing Barbour recently) No matter the brand – collared, quilted with a hem ending just at your hips will always be
a timeless look. Also, feel free to play around with color, I am loving wine this year!

Do you find yourself yearning for a dress coat? I recommend sticking to solid neutral colors with flare in the actual design of the shape (think peplum/ double breasted/ layered bottom/ belted) Overcoats should end just above the knee, long enough to cover the end of a dress. Spend around $100 for a well made dress coat, you want your outer garment too look just as nice as the fabrics that are under it. –> Check out Anthropologie Stitched Jali Coat –> Check out Express Jackets & Coats

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Know what works for your shape.

Cape  looks virtually flawless and elegant on any body type (most recently pregnant Blake Lively) However those well endowed may have some reservations –> Check out Kate Spade NY Wool Capelette

Long Puffer  Any cut going below the knee should be worn up a size. Smaller figures usually work best. However, goose down is being used more recently to decrease the amount of bulk. –> Check out The North Face Insulated Tatiana Jacket

Vest  The cut is very feminine that automatically cinches in your waist. Perfect for all shapes. –> Check out Anthropologie Jackets, Blazers & Vests

Peacoat  The perfect tailored look for any time of day, and any body type. Make sure you find a style that sits perfectly on the hips and has the correct sleeve length. –> Check out J Crew Majesty Peacoat

Leather Bomber  For the fashion conscious a leather jacket is a necessity this fall. Thankfully a sleek leather jacket looks amazing on all figures, however in true fashion they run small. –> Check out Truth & Pride Leather Moto Jacket

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Keep your eyes peeled for possible prospects for the upcoming winter months. Do not be an impulse buyer and purchase the first coat you like, find the one that you love. The one that you can wear to more than one occasion, one season and one year. Start evolving your own personal style; keeping in mind fashion is what is in style now, actual style is yours to last a lifetime.
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My muse for this shoot was Rachel. Rachel put this look together herself, perfectly encompassing style and wearability. Her inner beauty shines even brighter than that on the surface.

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In autumn – mother nature is your best accessory

Today I was inspired not by high rise buildings, or high fashion magazines but by a scenic drive through Kentucky. A spontaneous stop off the side of a one lane gravel road lead me to my perfect backdrop for a mini photo shoot with nature at the center.

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Sam, my photo buddy and I only really had two things – our iPhone (thank goodness for filters; they do wonders for amateur photographers) and our imagination. OK and killer fall fashion — hello wide brim bohemian hat, sleek top knot and a love for layers ootd.

We needed: wild flowers, twigs, leaves and the perfect ray of sunlight

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When snapping pictures outside I say stick with the scene. Brown, black, and green should do the trick. Use a powerful colored lip stain, or purple and yellow flowers to add your shades of cool. You want to work with your environment in any scenario – fall shoots call for a “heels off, boots on” mind set.

Follow the basics and you’re set for your very own euphoric experience and some really beautiful images that look like they’re out of an Anthropologie add.

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“Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair” Led Zeppelin

Look Details: Hat Old Navy, Brown Coat Forever 21, Vest Anthropoligie, Jeans American Eagle Outfitters, Boots Steve Madden, Sweater T.J. Maxx

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A newfound love for my Nikes

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Pictured above is how I see fashion changing within the upcoming years. Not the mix of patters, fabrics or shapes but the “odd” choice of footwear. Tennis shoes are the new “it” accessory for our feet. They’ve always been the “it” item, but never in high fashion.

Tennis shoes are placed in their own active wear category and do really well. Virtually everyone has one if not two pairs that they invest in every year. The great thing is that tennis shoes are constantly evolving and most consumers like you and I love trying out the newest styles whether they be shox (circa 2000) or say more currently the Roshe.

Why is this choice of shoe so popular besides their ever changing styles? They’re use for physical activity has always been my go to answer. However, I am now looking at the reason for popularity in the fashion world, because –  no matter what anyone says heels, flats, and even wedges all hurt after countless hours of standing on your feet. So the answer to my question is, they’re so amazingly comfortable! Fashion gurus everywhere can now spend their money they once set aside for future bunion surgery.

Praise the Lord (once again) for Karl Lagerfeld as he recently brought back the athletic shoe to the runway. Fashion is not synonymous with the word practical I understand. However, how great is it to see models and celebrities rocking their favorite designer dress with their newest pair of sneaks. I see buyers being able to do more long term because of this fabulous combination. Walking say 10 blocks in heels? Never. Walking 15 blocks in Chanel tweed and calfskin sneakers? Done!

This post was inspired after a long day on marble floor at Nordstrom, wearing heeled booties. I came home and didn’t even want to be barefoot… I needed padding and support. I put on a shoe I rarely wear (does this give away my lack of excersize?) my Nike’s. How great it would’ve been to wear them all day at work, with say a pair of leather leggings and an oversized chiffon collared blouse. I predict that will be allowed soon.