Christmas Goodies

Friday, December 30, 2011

I'm such a little kid at heart. I couldn't WAIT to wear some of my Christmas gifts so I threw a bunch of them together and came up with this ensemble. I wore it out to dinner with my brother and his girlfriend who are in town visiting. 

I love the layering on the front of the blouse and the beautiful cobalt color. Especially when paired with my fun new orange Rebecca Minkoff bag!

Blouse: Piperlime; Skinny Jeans: Gap; Wedges: Urban Outfitters; Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff;
Watch: Michael Kors; Bangles: Alex & Ani; Necklace: gift

What are everyone's plans for New Years? I'll be (hopefully) having a fairly low-key night with friends and family. Hope whatever you're doing is a blast!

See you in 2012!

Horsing Around

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hello again! Hope your holiday was a good one. I had such an amazing time with friends and family. Unfortunately I came down with a nasty chest cold so I apologize for my silence the past few days!

Here's an outfit I shot quickly before I left for New York last week. I love the horse print on my blouse. So playful and fun, don't you think? Oh, and did I mention this entire outfit cost $50? Gotta love Forever21.

Horse Blouse: F21; Red Skinny Cords: F21; Ring: F21

Until tomorrow!

NYE Outfits Under $100

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Whether you're having dinner with friends, attending a house party, or doing it up big and hitting the town, New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting holidays to dress for.

But that doesn't mean you need to spend an arm and a leg on a killer outfit. Below are my budget-friendly options for every NYE situation. All under $100! (And coincidentally, all from Piperlime's amazing sale going on right now.)

A Nice Dinner
A cute cocktail dress with a little bit of sparkle is the perfect option. I like this Lucca Couture number. It's on sale at Piperlime right now for $41! Add some black pumps and simple bangles and you're good to go!

A House Party
From my experience, New Year's Eve house parties tend to be more laid back and less dressy than a night out. That doesn't mean you can't have any fun with your outfit! Incorporate some sparkle by wearing a sequin top or these sequin shorts! The drawstring waistband makes them more casual. Pair them with a black blouse or sweater and some black tights.

A Night Out
Use this occasion to wear something you would never normally wear. Head-to-toe sequins? Feathers? Almost anything goes on New Year's Eve. I could see myself dancing the night away in either one of these fun dresses. The first is a MICHAEL Michael Kors sequin wrap dress on sale for $98 and the second is a Greylin Jacquard Dress on sale for $90.

What are your plans for New Year's Eve? Would you wear one of these outfits?


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This dress was love at first sight for me. Even though I bought it back in August, this is my first time actually wearing it. I love the length and the cut, it's unlike anything I have. I might even pull a fashion faux pas and wear it for my family's big Christmas party on Saturday. Very festive, no?

Tartan dress: Anthropologie; Boyfriend cardigan: Express (old); Belt: F21
Tights: LOFT; Wedges: LOFT

Get my wedges and tights from LOFT for 40% off with coupon code TAKE40.

Since my dress is no longer available, here are a few other adorable tartan options:

Remember the Tartans dress, Modcloth $90
Twisted Pencil Skirt in Tartan, ASOS $57
Tartan Flippy Skirt, ASOS $38

How do you feel about tartan? Would you wear this look?

Until next time!

Girls Night Out

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I snapped these pictures on the way out the door this weekend to have dinner with two of my friends I haven't seen in a while. Is it just me, or should there be more hours in the day? Saturday and Sunday only, though!

Peplum Top: Modcloth; Skinny Jeans: Gap; Heels: Steve Madden (old); Bracelets: F21

I'm a sucker for anything peplum. And black and white. So this shirt was pretty much made for me. I was psyched when Modcloth restocked it!

Is it Friday yet?

Packing Tips for Winter Getaways

Monday, December 19, 2011

Packing Tips for Winter Vacations

If you're lucky enough to be escaping the cold winter weather for tropical white sands and blue water, here are a few tips to make traveling a little less stressful.

I used to be one of those girls who packed my entire wardrobe and all of my favorite items, only to arrive at my destination and still have absolutely nothing to wear. Now that I'm older and wiser, I pack only a carry on with a few carefully thought-out pieces. It only takes one vacation without your luggage to realize that carry ons are the way to go.

Pick pieces that can be mixed and matched
A simple white button down can be worn with denim cutoffs for shopping & sightseeing, over a bikini for a day at the beach, or over the maxi dress for cooler nights.

Pack travel-sized toiletries
Vacation is supposed to be all about relaxing. There is no need to bring the hair straightener or the huge makeup bag. Necessities only!

Roll clothing to reduce wrinkling
Who wants to iron clothes when they're on vacation? Avoid wrinkles and big creases by rolling items instead of folding.

Store bathing suits in ziploc bags
Each bathing suit gets a bag so separates aren't lost. And if they're still damp when you pack to head home, the rest of your clothes aren't compromised.

Items in this set:
Alice + Olivia Strapless Maxi Dress
Old Navy White Camp Shirt (Save 20% w/ coupon code ONHURRY20)
DvF Beach Caftan
American Eagle Denim Cutoffs (Get 40% off w/ coupon code 39427841)
Juicy Couture Ruffle Bikini
Mara Hoffman Bikini
Mar Y Sol Crocheted Carryall
Forever21 Floppy Hat
Bliss Lemon & Sage Travel Pack (Free rush shipping w/ coupon code NMQUICK)
J.Crew Glitter & Leather Sandals (Save 30% + free shipping w/ coupon code SNOWMAN)

What are some of your tips for easy packing & traveling?

Holiday Beauty: How to Look Festive Without Looking Flashy

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wrap the presents. Trim the tree. Bake the cookies. Baste the turkey.

There are so many tasks we are busy crossing off our mental "to do" lists that we end up forgetting one important thing. Ourselves!

Well, yes, and to enjoy the holidays too. I'd like to think that once all these things are accomplished, we are able to sit back and enjoy time with our family and friends.

Do you convince yourself that your guests will be too busy oohing and ahhing over the homemade sugar cookies to notice that you threw yourself together? Fear not. I have a few quick tips for you that will make you truly feel like a million bucks for your upcoming holiday gathering.

1) Add a Red Lip
No matter what you're wearing, you can instantly add some holiday pizzazz to your outfit by throwing on some red lip stick. If this is your first time trying this look, be sure to get some help picking out a shade from someone at the makeup counter.

If you're fair skinned, anything in the coral family will look great on you. If you're medium skinned, pick something that compliments your golden undertones like cranberry. If you have dark skin, stick with dark reds or warm brick tones.
2) Skin All Aglow!
Pop a peachy cream blush on your cheeks and you'll instantly look beautiful and refreshed. My personal favorite is NARS Illuminator.

3) Switch Up Your Polish
No matter how much you love your go-to nail polish, ditch it and try something new. I'm loving anything mint right now. Especially this Mint Candy Apple by Essie. Is a trip to the salon out of the question? You can pick this up at almost any drugstore and apply it yourself.
4) Add Some Sparkle to Your Manicure
Holidays and glitter are like peanut butter and jelly. It's just wrong to have one without the other. Think glitter on all 10 fingers is overkill? Add it to each ring finger for a more subtle look. If you love this look, maybe try it with a red polish and gold glitter.
From my Instagram Feed: @LsFashionDish

5) Try Some Falsies
False eyelashes may sound scary but I promise you they aren't. You can pick up a pair of Revlon Fantasy Length lashes for around $5 at most drugstores. They already have the adhesive attached to the lash so there is no messy glue to worry about. These make your eyes look fabulous without everyone knowing your secret!

What are some of your holiday beauty tips? I love hearing what you have to say!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nannie's Christmas Sprtiz Cookies

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's been a while since I've posted anything food related so I figured I'd post a special treat today... my Nannie's recipe for Christmas Spritz Cookies. These little bites of joy are my absolute favorite cookie. And for someone who eats/sleeps/breathes anything chocolate, that's saying something.

2 1/4 cups flour (all-purpose works just fine)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla. In thirds, add the dry ingredients. For holiday cookies -- Divide dough into two sections. Color half red and the other half green. Use approximately 6-8 drops of food coloring to achieve desired color.

Fill a cookie press with dough and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar to decorate. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges and bottoms. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and cool.

This recipe makes about 4.5 dozen cookies. (And they're only about 70 calories each!)

Photo from (I'm kicking myself for not snapping photos of the cookies I made!)

It's a family tradition to get together and bake Christmas cookies so while I was home for Thanksgiving, my mom, sister and I whipped these up along with some sugar cookies. I love love love this time of year -- spending quality time with friends and family and enjoying the sights and smells of the holiday. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Pink & Black

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa came a little early this year. I was originally holding off to see if I got this for Christmas but I saw it in the store while I was in NY and I just couldn't wait any longer. The bf thinks it looks like I rolled around in cotton balls (the nerve!) but really, what do boys know?

Jacket: J.Crew; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff; Sweater: Zara; Black skinny jeans: Gap;
Flats: Zara; Bangles: Alex & Ani; Sunnies: Tory Burch

Has Santa come early for you this year? Are you like me and can't help but grab something for yourself while you're out doing your Christmas shopping?

Happy Tuesday my loves!

A Very Stella & Dot Christmas

Monday, December 12, 2011

I was invited to a holiday party Friday night and could not wait to step out in my fabulous Pegasus necklace from Stella & Dot. It's the perfect statement piece (and a great conversation starter!) It instantly spruced up my plain old black dress. I added some red lips and voila! The perfect holiday look!

You will also see my friend Mallory wearing the Bamboleo necklace, another one of my favorites from S&D. I can also see either one of these necklaces with a t-shirt and some boyfriend jeans. Just a thought!

On Mallory (left) -- Dress: Zara; Necklace: Stella & Dot Bamboleo; Pumps: Zara
On me -- Dress: BB Dakota; Necklace: Stella & Dot Pegasus; Chevron Tights: LOFT;
Pumps: Charles David; Bangles: Alex & Ani

What's your favorite piece of statement jewelry? If you're looking for a new piece to add to your collection, you seriously need to check out my personal Stella & Dot website. They have something for everyone on your Christmas list. AND they just added a bunch of new styles to the sale section. Hurry before they discontinue them!

Hope everyone's Monday is a fabulous one.

Friday Sparkle

Friday, December 9, 2011

Do you ever have those days where you just really don't want to get out of bed? Today was one of those days for me. It was cold and dark and I needed something to give me a little extra hop in my step. Luckily (for the sake of my co-workers and anyone who has to come in contact with me today) a disasterous mood was averted when I remembered I had a brand new shimmery sweater to wear. Instantly, my depressing frown was turned upsidedown. See what adding a little sparkle can do?

Metallic Sweater: ASOS; Collared Blouse: Madewell (similar); Grey pants: American Apparel
Black Pumps: Charles David; Watch: Michael Kors (old); Bangles: Alex & Ani

Save 25% off orders of $150+ at Madewell today! (No coupon code needed.)

PLUS my ASOS sweater is on sale!

Happy Friday loves! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Christmas in New York

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

As promised, here are a few pictures from my recent trip to NY! The city is absolutely intoxicating this time of year. I love it! I also can't wait to share my fabulous clothing finds that I picked up while I was there. I mean what's a trip to NYC without some shopping, right?

1.) Taylor & I at lunch
2.) Holiday scene in front of Fox Studios
3.) THE tree @ Rockefeller Center
4.) Another shot of Taylor & I
5.) Window displays @ Saks
6.) Christmas lights @ Radio City
7.) Rocky: 1, Taylor: 0
8.) Carriage ride around Central Park

So as you can see, we hit every single tourist trap while we were there. Even though I was born and raised in Central New York and have visited the city many, many times, I still love to walk around and see all the sights New York has to offer around Christmastime. What is your favorite part about New York?

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Win Your Dream Watch! Polyvore + Swarovski

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Dream Watch

Want to win your dream watch? Head over to Polyvore and create a set with one of the six Swarovski watches featured. Above is the set I created with the beautiful black and rose gold watch (swoon!)

Good luck!

Outfit Inspiration: Floppy Hats

Am I a hat person or not? I've been trying to figure that out for months now. Over the past year or so, I've been seeing celebs and other bloggers wearing these adorable floppy hats. I've tried them on in stores but could never committ.

Then I found this grey felt hat at Urban Outfitters and decided to go for it. Two months later, I actually wore it out in public. I ended up really liking the look of it and (gasp!) I might even give other styles of hats a try. Tell me, would you wear a hat like this?

Sweater: H&M ($10!!); Black Skinny Jeans: Gap; Booties: DV by Dolce Vita Wyatt;
Hat: Urban Outfitters; Bangles: Alex & Ani

I also wanted to showcase my new booties. Remember them from my wishlist here? Santa came early this year!

Oh, and if you're in the market for some new skinny black jeans like mine, (or any fun color for that matter!) you can order them now at Gap and get 30% off with coupon code GAPHAPPY.

Or if you really like my hat and want to give it a shot yourself, you can save 20% off $100+ at Urban Outfitters with coupon code TAKEITOFF.

PS -- Those cute booties? Yep, they're on sale at Endless right now. Get them while they last!


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'70s Flare

Monday, December 5, 2011

Apologies for being quiet the past few days! I spent some time in NYC with my Mom and little sister last week -- stay tuned for pictures!

Have I mentioned that I love the whole 70s look right now? I think it will be pretty obvious once you see my outfit of choice for a get together with friends yesterday.

I've always had the hardest time finding jeans that fit me perfectly. Luckily I stumbled across these J Brand Martini Flares. Not only are they long enough for me but they are incredibly comfortable. And they had the exact amount of "flare" I was looking for! How do you feel about 70s trends? Would you wear flared jeans like this?

Flared Jeans: J Brand Martini; Beige Tee: Gap; Faux Fur Trim Vest: F21; Wedge Booties: Urban Outfitters;
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo; Bangles: Alex & Ani; Ring: F21

Did you also get a look at my fun holiday-inspired manicure? I love anything sparkly this time of year so I figured instead of going all-out with a red mani, I'd get in the holiday spirit by adding some sparkles to my ring fingers. I kept the rest pretty neutral with one of my faves -- OPI I Pink I Love You. What do you think?
Happy Monday everyone!

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