A Last Minute New Year’s Dress – Back to Black

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This year, I totally dropped the ball on my New Years dress. I had my eye on something sparkly with full intentions of finding a matching pair of shoes. Then I got caught up in a very busy Christmas/holiday week of visiting and events, our New Year’s plans changed a little…and POOF! Sold out. Gahhh! It’s okay though – like I mentioned in my last post, I’m a big advocate of versatile basics and keep my closet stocked with them for situations just like this. So, on Wednesday I’ll be rocking one of my favorite LBD’s as my last minute New Year’s dress.  The LBD is totally okay for NYE, you can keep it simple, classy, and dress it up as much as you want.

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The Secret Meaning of Red + A Party Dress

 

DSC_0884DSC_0895I have always loved wearing red this time of year because it’s so seasonally appropriate for holiday parties and looks great on everyone, including pale blond-ish girls (hi!). I’m a fan of pieces that stand out on their own without accessories, so the simple cut and vibrant red of this dress were right on target. It’s super versatile, and can go from holiday to cocktail event beyond the holiday season. The best part? I scored it on Poshmark, new with tags, for an amazing deal. Continue reading

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Ultimate Gift Guide for the Young Professional Female – Let’s be Real!

It’s gift guide mania out there! Blogs and magazines are brimming with pretty pictures of gift ideas for every type of person you know.  I love reading them, because they always suggest some cool item that I’ve never heard of. Thats fun and all, but when I thought about what I’d personally want as a gift, it would be something off of my own mental shopping list that’s super useful to my life and key to my wardrobe as a typical health conscious, fashion-loving young professional.

Or, Just Kibosh the Gift Giving:

Sometimes, if you’ve got a massive family or you’re tight on cash, choosing not to do gifts is the answer. Instead, you could put money away for a vacation with loved ones, buy awesome ingredients and cook a meal with a significant other, or take a mini vacay nearby instead. Or…pay your student loan! After all, studies do show that experiences (and less debt) make people happier than material goods.

In any case, a few of my hardworking girlfriends and I came up with a list of things we’d REALLY want (guys – I left off the diamonds for your benefit, but trust me, they are ALWAYS on that list), see below:

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West Coast Winter: Vancouver Island in Grey

It was one of those incredibly serendipitous moments last Monday, when a work project popped up in my hometown. I hopped on a plane and headed up to Vancouver Island, Canada for a super quick trip. The days were busy, and I didn’t have time to see everyone, but it was wonderful to steal a few moments with family since I’m not heading home over the break.

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Black, White, and Checkered – A Classic Take on the Crop Top

Love it or hate it, the crop top is here to stay. It’s first notable appearance was back in the 1940’s, when an hourglass figure was de rigeur and the crop top was a popular way of highlighting the curve of the waist.  It typically had a collar, and showed a conservative sliver of skin above a high-waisted skirt that covered the belly button.  In the 70’s, crop tops got shorter when folks paired them with bell bottoms (I actually love this look). They then peaked hard in the 80’s and 90’s when Madonna rocked a risqué mesh version in her “Lucky Star” music video and our fave girly girl Cher pulled hers off as part of the naughty school girl get up in Clueless.

Now, they’re back with a more sophisticated edge, and are popping up in evening wear and in minimalistic, classic looks. I love this black and white capped sleeve version, because it’s perfect when paired with pencil skirt for a more conservative look. I chose lower heels, this classic black pencil skirt, and an understated bun to showcase the top, with just a pop of festive red in the bracelets and my lip gloss.

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Do-it Anywhere Abs: My #1 Core Move

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My pokey-out ribs are hereditary – got em from my momma! Embrace what makes you unique 🙂

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Forget bikini season – with crop tops gone crazy this fall, abs are front and center (fellas, you never know when this trend will turn your way..). There are so many awesome ab exercises out there, that it can get a little overwhelming. But if there is just one exercise to pick, especially if you are in a hurry or just need to start off with something simple, it’s this bad boy: the plank.

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Fave Geometric Mini Dress + The Science of Happiness

 

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On My Favorite Fall Mini Dress:

I’ve been slowly weeding out my closet lately, and starting a donate bag. I do this a lot, and it’s really forced me to take stock of the items I’ve kept year over year. These tend to be high quality investment pieces that pair well with almost anything, and really justify their price. Typically, they’re classic, simply cut pieces in primary colors or black and white.

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Winter Vacay in Wine Country: Cashmere and R&R

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A while back, I wrote about the importance of some type of escape to feeling recharged and refreshed after the weekend. We did just that with our trip, but this weekend we also spent more time outdoors. I realized that there’s something about being in a bit of nature that helps force you to stop thinking about work, life and chores.

Since the last weekend in November was a super long weekend for us, we considered a trip to see our friends in NYC. We decided against it after we pictured ourselves dashing through crazy airports and fighting for overhead space on crowded flights, our carry-on luggage bloated with massive Canada Goose down jackets necessary for facing the East Coast cold. So naturally, we decided to head out to wine country instead.

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