October 30, 2014

cropped with boots

[Tahari top, Old Navy jeans, Jeffrey Tyler boots,  Urban Gem necklace c/o Rocks Box, Ann Taylor clutch]

I’m a big supporter of white after Labor Day. The winter ban on that color has been lifted and I’m finding all sorts of ways to make it my season staple. Distressed boyfriend jeans are my favorite recurring piece that can be balanced by a statement necklace and heeled boots. When shopping for those perfect fit, relaxed denim be sure to find a pair that fits in the waist yet doesn't drown you at the crotch. A loose-fitting look can either be comfortable and form-flattering or terribly frumpy and unkempt. I like to offset the wide leg with a fitted tee for balance and keep the colors neutral.


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October 29, 2014

everyday little black dress

[Brass dress c/o, Sam Edelman shoes, House of Harlow bracelet c/o RocksBox, Gucci wallet]

To put my love for this dress in perspective, I've worn it three times since last week. Following all of my tips for picking that perfect LBD, this one tops the list for casual comfort that transitions from office work to an evening out. My favorite Sam Edelman boots are an edgy complement to the classic material. With hardly giving it a thought, I can pick this out in the mornings, pair with various statement jewelry, and create a completely new look from the last time it was worn. 


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October 28, 2014

white chocolate halloween bark


Growing up in our house, we did Halloween costumes quite last minute. I remember, one year, donning a princess dress and throwing on broken fairy wings. That was how I spent the evening as an angel. Even though I don't have plans for patching together some unseemly garb this year, I am well prepared in the baking department. This Halloween Bark recipe sparked my imagination for treat worthy of any sugar-coma-headache. See full recipe below.


Ingredients

12-14 Halloween oreos, broken into large chunks
1 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
1 pound white chocolate melts
1 1/2 Reese's Pieces
20-30 candy corn
1-2 tablespoons of a variety of Halloween food sprinkles.

Directions

1.  Melt white chocolate according to package. Make sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
2. In the meantime, cover a large cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.  Spread broken cookies, pretzels and about 1 cup of the candy corn onto the prepared cookie sheet.
3. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookie mixture, spreading with spatula to coat evenly.
4. Quickly sprinkle remaining candy corn, sprinkles over the chocolate while it is still wet.  Place cookie tray into refrigerator until set and firm.
5. Break and enjoy.

October 27, 2014

quilted coat

[DKNY coat, Ralph Lauren button-down, J.Crew tee, Joe's Jeans denim, Skechers boots, Gorjana earrings c/o RocksBox]

When I lived in Scotland for my semester abroad, I quickly learned the power of smart layering. Those UK winds can whip through anything (and I'm already a cold weather wimp). It was there I scooped up these laced boots and have worn them every fall/winter since. Skinny jeans tucked inside and triple layers on top lend a cozy balance to this outfit. Mixing textures and materials avoids a bulky appearance and keeps this rustic look fresh.


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