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Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Stripe 

     I love to push the envelope when it comes to approaching everyday style. I get bored very easily so wearing things that are tricky to pull of are intriguing. If you have ever seen Beetle Juice or a vintage prison uniform you would probably never ever want to attempt this look. Fashion should be fun so I did just that. 

     Stripes are very tricky in general. Vertical stripes can be very slimming while horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider than they are. The key is knowing your body type. I am a true believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. There are however, some helpful guidelines that can help you look more visually appealing. 

If you’re smaller on top then you want to wear your horizontal stripes on the top portion of your body and vice versa. If you have wide hips and you want to wear horizontal stripes then go for a thinner line pattern or one with alternating pinstripes. At the end of the day you look the best when you’re confident. If you love the way you look nothing else really matters. 

     If you think your outfit may or may not look like a prison uniform then give them a good pose and own it! Always put your best foot forward in fashion. Life is to short to wear boring clothes. 

Top – HM (4+ years ago) 

Pants – Fancy Kouture

Shoes – BU 

Sunglasses – Gucci 


All I Want for Christmas is You: Her Holiday Gift Guide

Last year I did a men’s Holiday gift guide and it was very successful (if I do say so myself) a lot of you were inspired to get some great gifts for the men in your lives. This year I have decided to do a gift guide for the ladies, made up of all of my favorite things this year. It is a loose interpretation of my own wish list that I am sure everyone will love. 

1. Lit Bklyn


     Each candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from Brooklyn. The candles are made with 100% natural soy wax and scented with the finest of fragrance oils. There are five scents available today and my personal favorites are “Joy” and “Home.” The gold packaging is perfect for the holidays just put a ribbon on it and your gift is ready to be delivered. 

2. Skin Buttr


     SkinBUTTR is a beauty brand comprised of natural body and skin care products. The body care line consists of whipped shea based body butters and scrubs. While their skincare line is an all natural hydrating step by step system. Both the body and skin care lines are designed to leave your skin fresh and glowing. My Favorite scent is the “CocoaVanillaButtr.”

3. Glamaholic Lifestyle

     Be Glam, Be Fab, Be You! Glam-Aholic Lifestyle provides quality everyday essentials, for the everyday woman! If the woman you will be gifting is always on the go be sure to gift her with these practical and glamorous gifts that she wil be sure to use often. I have the wallet (far left) and the passport cover (top right) but the duffle bag and cosmetic pouch are definitely on my Christmas list. 

4. My Taught You | Journal 

     If she is into planning or just a self motivated entrepreneur you are doing her a favor by getting her a journal. The power of the tongue is a real thing. Writing down your thoughts, goals and aspirations is the first step to achieving them. If she loves the journals she may also love the podcasts that go along with them. The journal is dripping with inspiration. Thank me later. 

5. The Lip Bar | Liquid Matte Lipsticks 


     This lipstick is made of a unique blend of natural ingredients and then loaded with pigment to give you kick-ass colors. Each lipstick is enriched with shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and vitamin E for maximum moisture. The packaging is insane and the holiday packaging is even better! There is a color for everyone and a gift for every kind of girl.

6. Facial Gift Set 


     If the receiver of your gift is into skincare or suffers from acne, or eczema you might want to gift her some amazing skincare products. They aren’t medicinal but are very gentle on the skin. A great at home skin spa package is great for pampering yourself at the end of the year. The products last a long time so it is definitely a great investment. 

7. Kira Nacole | Distressed Tees 

     This year we went a little crazy with the distressed tees. If you love the craze as much as I do you will definitely love this distressed dress by Kira Nacole. The custom shirts are made to order and sell out fast so I apologize in advance if this post does not find you in time. If it does act fast… I assure you, you will not be disappointed. Depending on your height of its too short you can always pair the look with shorts or maybe leather pants depending on what climate you are in.

8. Fancy Kouture | Vintage Frames 

     If you love unique eyewear you probably already love Fancy Kouture Accessories. They specialize in Vintage frames but cover all the bases in bringing you the best quality trend accessories. If you have seen it on TV or in a magazine FK probably sells it. If you need to find a gift for your fashionable friends you should probably start here. They are currently having a sale for Black Friday so be sure to save money while you can! 

9. High End Junkie 


     Express your creative side with these hand painted fedoras. I absolutely love hats! These are very cool. This classic style fedora features a sturdy, yet soft felt/wool blend body with black nylon ribbon around the base. “This is ART.” & “This is Fashion.” are handpainted on each side of the hat in a bold white font guaranteed to make a statement in any room. Very limited, and one size fits most. The hat also comes with a High End Junkie collectors tote bag.

10. Luxe Protocol 

     I stumbled upon this fresh new clothing boutique based in the UK today. I love when I can find unique pieces from an online boutique. These pieces are trendy and timeless all at the same time. I tried to get my hands on the printed jumpsuit but it is no longer available in my size. I am almost positive that I will be shopping from the site very soon.

11. Anastasia Beverly Hills | Contour Cream Kit

If all else fails Sephora has amazing gift sets with high quality skin and beauty lines that are very affordable. I have listed a bunch of my personal favorites below ft you to browse. You can not go wrong with any of them if you ask me. I hope you found some inspiration and gift ideas from this post! If you end up purchasing something be sure to tag me in the photos so I can see them! Happy Shopping. 

12. Peter Thomas Roth | Mask Sapler Kit

13. Josie Maran | Nourishing Argan Oil SkinCare Collection 

14. Origins Best Sellers

15. Clinique | 10 Days of Clinique 

16. Sephora | Lip Mask

17. Sephora | Favorites Superstars 

18. Sephora | Masks

Fall into Fashion

I have been gathering a list of things I need to add to my fall/autumn fashion wardrobe. I have a lot of clothes. This allows me to not have to pick up too many things and be a smarter shopper with the changing seasons. I decided to share some of what I consider to be essentials in the hopes that you guys can gain some inspiration.

I attended the Aldo A-List event on Sunday evening and one particular item stood out to me the most for the whole night. Aldo has recently revamped their fall line and included some coveted genuine leather handbags. I have my eyes set on a pair of printed flats. If you follow my fashion sense at all you can come to the conclusion that I love two things… Animal print and Pink. These flats are super comfortable and a must have for the fall. They also come in Natural (beige), a black and white marble print which is equally gorgeous, cognac, navy (more royal in person) and black.


Olyvia ballerina flats with Metallic trim detail in Brown(multi) $70

Every woman should have a structured leather handbag. Since we are still in Aldo I decided to talk about the bag now. Ostwald Helgason x Aldo Rise have collaborated on a line for fall fashion 2014 with Aldo and I love their top-handled carryall in classic maroon. The bag features distressed matte gold hardware, pockets front and back, and room for just about anything!


Lily handbag in Bordeaux $85

We never really had a warm summer… But, fall is definitely here. It’s time to take your outerwear out of storage. If you don’t have a coat yet you might want to head over to H&M. I spotted a chic wool blended coat with a pile collar and imitation leather sleeves. I love the combination of materials and I’m sure if you can get your hands on it you will definitely turn heads this fall.


Coat with Pile Collar in Dark Blue $99

Sweater weather is definitely in full swing. If you aren’t one to layer then you should definitely try to start dressing warmer with sweaters. I found a great jewel tone cable knit sweater at H&M. The slight metallic finish makes the chunky relaxed sweater perfect for a night out for Drinks with the girls after work or a date with the mister. I have a style prediction that this Forrest Green will be big this winter.


Pattern-knit Sweater in Teal $49.95

No matter what the season hats are one of my favorite accessories. I love the power a hat has to completely change an outfit. I have began collecting a series of interesting hats and I gasped when I spotted this fabulous hat from H&M. I can’t wait to style it!


Finally from H&M I ordered this Faux Leather circle skirt. The schoolgirl style pleats give the black leather skirt lots of attitude. Coming in two options of a black and light blue I decided to go with the black. I have a feeling that this skirt will be in my wardrobe for a longtime.


I am a tall girl as I have stated in earlier posts. Therefore I find riding boots to be super flattering on my long legs and tall frame. I stumbled on these amazing oxblood riding boots by Alberto Fasciani but they are way out of my price range right now. Hopefully I am able to get my hands on something similar soon. If I do I will be sure to share it with all of you. But for now we can just sit here and admire these.


Top Strap Leather Riding Boots $1,115

Everyone needs to have one great statement accessory that can be paired with everything!!! Try to stick to natural metal tones and clear jewel stones or something that will accent your personal style. On my wish list is a statement necklace from This beautiful piece will be worn until the wheels fall off…


Vintage Oversized Necklace $60

What is your favorite fall item of clothing? What are you excited to wear this season? Be sure to comment and keep the conversation going.