While I could always sell the extra fab items that I purchase, I love how I feel when I win something, so I like to host giveaways instead. And in the spirit of this holiday season of giving, this seemed like the perfect time to do so.
So rewind to a couple of weeks after I purchased two of my latest and greatest capes, this red plaid one featured here and here and the one below, I came across another one and instantly thought it would make a great giveaway.
I have been deep IN LOVE with my capes this season. They are both super stylish and so versatile. And every single time I post or rock them, the comments & compliments always flow.
I love bags. Of all kinds and so as a result of that love I have SO MANY of them!
As I was digging through things today, I realized that I don't rock most of them, so I decided to challenge myself to carry a new bag every day for the month of December.
This may not sound like much of a challenge but for a girl who loves her backpacks & how convenient they are and who for the most part carries the same black one 90% of the time, it will be.
Especially when only the universe knows what the weather will bring this month (like today's single digit wind chills) AND I am sure to be lugging bags around, like when I leave for New Orleans this week and DEFINITELY doing a little xmas shopping here and there.
But I am always down to challenge myself so...I will most likely post my daily bag posts on my instagram account and then do a recap here on le blog...
Here are a few of the bags you should expect to see!
Quilted Rabbit Ears Purse: ASOS (seen here)- I love this similar iPad Case
The silver bag is ASOS as well and the fabulous animal print clutch was a local find. Here are similar ones here and here.
Hey Lovelies, I am teaming up with Mode Media to bring you something fun from one of my favorite brands, Perrier®. One thing is for sure, that no matter what time of the year it is, a girl needs to stay hydrated. And for me, water is my main hydration of choice. Add to that hydration a little sparkling fizz and ahhhh....
I love street art and think that it's pretty cool that Perrier® has re-branded its Sparkling Natural Mineral Water label in the most fun way. They commissioned three world-famous street art artists to create 9 new limited edition labels for their glass and plastic bottles and new slim cans.
The designs are colorful and fun and showcase three very distinct styles of street art. I love the exploding floral mandalas from the Japanese artist Sasu on the Perrier® PET plastic bottles. They are so vibrant and pretty and look like they are blossoming right on the bottles.
It is of course no secret that I love a good pair of jeans. And one of the things that excites me more and more each day is the variety of styles of jeans for women like myself with a little extra in the hips and thighs.
And I have written many times about the fact that skinny jeans are my main jeans of choice. I just love having a nice, contoured look in my jeans. And I love them even more when they aren't super basic and come in fun colors, coatings or prints, like these NYDJ Sheri Skinny in Houndstooth.
How fun and Fall/Winter perfect are these?
I can totally see myself rocking these dressed up and down. And I like pattern play, so I would even rock them with other houndstooth pieces or even stripes.
Cosmopolitan Magazine is hosting it's first ever Fun Fearless Life Conference in New York City this weekend, Nov 8th & 9th and yours truly will be there covering it.
I love the name that they chose. It just speaks to everything that I feel life should be, an adventure. One where you don't sit on the sidelines but where you go out and meet life and all of her ups and downs fearlessly.
On tap for the Fun Fearless Life Conference will be some of the most AWEsome and influential women like Sophia Amoruso, the Nasty Gal founder & Kelly Osbourne (yes miss fab hair herself). And the guys will be there too, including twitter CEO Dick Costolo. They will all be sharing their take on life, careers, health, dating and everything in between, which I am sure will consist of a lot of lessons and laughter.
This is a Cosmo event, so of course there will be beauty makeovers and shopping but I am most excited about the scheduled events. They will cover a full range of topics from fashion to fitness (with my crush Jillian Michaels), career planning and social media upgrading to home ownership.
Yesterday was a crazy full, super productive day and I totally got in bed with my laptop and proceeded to fall asleep before posting this but the #NaBloPoMo continues...
As mentioned here, my instagram has become my new home for lots of my looks that I have snapped while out and about and snaps of bits of my days, etc. so here are some of the latest from the last few weeks.
It may be obvious from my recent posts that I am not buying many new items lately. This wasn't really something I planned but let's be real. I own a lot of friggin clothes, and this comes home to me especially when I think about how more than 1/2 of what I own is actually kept in my storage and I rarely make it there to pull any of it out.
And besides all of that, working what I already own has definitely made my bank account feel more loved. But with the holiday months fast approaching and my weight somewhat fluctuating due to my new #CurvesGoneVegan die-Live-it, I have decided to get back into Gwynnie Bee.
You can check out all of my previous Gwynnie Bee posts here. Kudos to them that when I worked with them two years ago, there were a lot of fun pieces and they have only grown 10 fold since then.
It's just the most practical thing for me to do, since I am committed to shopping less but still like having new things to rock. And with the variety of plans that they currently offer, from 1 to 10 items out at a time, I can switch it up depending on what's going on in my world any given month.
But to start off, or rather to re-start, I purchased the 3 items at a time subscription.
And as I was perusing the current inventory, I was immediately excited and thought, "yeah, this is going to be fun" especially when I saw this AWEsome plaid coat.
I have already loaded over 50 items in my "closet" and I can't wait for my first box to arrive!
These snaps I had my rugrat take w/my cell phone are not doing it justice,
but it is just fabulous!
Boyfriend Jeans: Old ASOS Curve (similar here & here and here without the rips) Shoeties: (similar)
And the fact that you can wear it 4 different ways only ups its fab quotient! I am only wearing it in two of the ways here because I didn't put the faux fur collar on but even without, it is just a great coat.
There are so many casual work wear options but I would definitely reach for a good pair of dark wash jeans. So I rocked a pair, along with the peplum faux leather jacket from week one and the white shirt from week three (similar here & here) and added my fab leopard booties.
Faux leather has become a staple in my wardrobe and really one of my all time favorite fabrics to rock. And while leather may or may not have been a work option for you depending on the industry or type of job you have, I think today, with all the wonderful ways that leather, real and faux are being used, it is a perfect option for the office.
I originally was going to wear my blue faux leather top (seen here) with my perforated faux leather skirt (seen here & here) and a simple black blazer. But in the end I went with this Calvin Klein Marble Print Faux Leather Pleated Skirt (sold out/here in all black) for this weeks Fab Werk Wear challenge because on first look, it is not really obvious that the skirt is faux leather because of the marbelized print and it would be easy to rock it in even the most conservative of work environments.
And these are a few of the lower end "indulge" items in this years book. There is also a $425,000 Vanity Fair Academy Awards® Experience and a $475,000 House of Creed Bespoke Fragrance Journey which includes two first-class tickets to Paris, five star hotel stay, spa excursions, etc!
But getting back to reality and prices that my bank account can work with, there are also lots of affordable items that would make perfect gifts for your loved ones or selfie gifts ;).
And because I already owned these fab floral pieces from the SS14 collection, I was definitely not surprised that this collection consisted of great fabrics, textures and design. I seriously love...need...want EVERYTHING!
Chicago fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger with a New York State of Mind. Reformed investments bean counter turned entrepreneur. loves: FAMILY, LIFE.
fashion motto: FASHION IS AN INDIVIDUAL STATEMENT.
living out loud is the ultimate luxury.
not limited by the size on the tag in my dress. vicky can't handle my secrets.
not big on following other peoples rules. will wear sequins any time of the day and listen to xmas music all year long.
a big foodie. i love dancing, singing in the rain.
reading is a life necessity.
music fuels me.
addicted to bags, bags and more bags.
love autumn leaves.
shopping is nirvana..from home depot to tiffany's...