One Year Blogiversary | Contest + Giveaway

Hello, lovelies!

On Sunday, I will be celebrating my ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY and it all started with a New Years resolution/goal back in 2013. I was laser-focused and ready to hit the floor running, but on the flip side, I was slightly apprehensive. Putting yourself out there can be terrifying, regardless of how personal your posts are. However, I chose to follow my heart and am so glad I did because it has taken me to such great heights. Watching my blog come to fruition has been a joyous experience and I look forward to continuing the journey.

Recently, I’ve been inspired by the giveaways and contests of bloggers I follow (including my dear friend, Stephanie). I thought: what better way to celebrate this grand occasion than giving a very special reader a product I firmly stand behind and adore?

Alas, I decided it was only appropriate to give away my favorite candle of all time – The Volcano Candle by Capri Blue. If you’ve never owned one before, you are in for a real treat!

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What I Wore | { Outfit of the Day }

I can’t believe just last week I was in Spain – le sigh.

Although my luggage was M.I.A. during half of our trip (giant thumbs down), I managed to snag a pic of a casual little ensemble I pulled together for my visit to Parc Guell and the Picasso Museum when it did arrive. Information on each piece is available below.

Stay tuned … more { Outfit of the Days } are coming to the blog soon!

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{ What I Wore }

  • Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses found here
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics Lipstick in Velvet Teddy found here
  • J. Crew Factory Quilted Jacket found here
  • ASOS Petite Slouchy Ribbed Top in Cream found here
  • ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf in Tobacco found here
  • Michael Kors Fulton Large Crossbody Bag found here
  • H&M Slim Fit Pants in Black found here
  • Lucky Brand ‘Asherr’ Desert Boots in Honey found here

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2015 Trend Report | Home, Fashion, Beauty + All

Happy Friday!

Although this is the second week of January, I would like to pretend it’s the first real week of the year as many people were still in vacation/holiday mode last week. I am actually very excited for 2015 because it’s a great excuse to make a fresh start.

With a new year, comes a new you. Part of that happens internally but the other part can be external or what is on the surface. Sometimes people like to make a drastic hair change or try out a new style. Of course, what we choose is very personal but perhaps I can help get your wheels turning. Below are some of the big trends to watch in 2015 for every aspect of life. Enjoy!

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{ HOME } Eclectic Style. Pops of Color. Jewel Tones.

Think vintage, retro, mixing patterns and textures, personal touches, rich colors.

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ECLECTIC STYLE – The Rundown: This is probably my favorite trend for 2015, mostly because I feel like the style encompasses me as a person: incredibly eclectic. The mix of new and old, everything is random yet it somehow seamlessly comes together…it’s amazing. If you’re looking to change up the look of your home this year, this is a great way to do it.

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POPS OF COLOR – The Rundown: Looking to make some subtle changes to your home decor? Adding pops of color will surely do the trick and it’s big in 2015. Pick up some colorful chairs, pull out your vibrant KitchenAid mixer, or even simply paint a door a different color like in the image above.

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JEWEL TONES – The Rundown: Deep, rich jewel tones are a heavy hitter this year. There is something sophisticated and tasteful about them. I’m loving this look in the office/study below.


{ FASHION } Wide-Legged Pants. 70s Retro. Boho. Lace Up. Gingham Print.

I honestly could not be more thrilled about these style trends for 2015. Mostly because they remind me of the vintage, sepia-toned photos of my parents from the 60s and 70s. It makes me smile.

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WIDE-LEGGED PANTS – The Rundown: Although I do not think skinny pants will completely disappear, I do think wide-legged pants will soon be ruling the world, and in my opinion, we are long overdue for a new silhouette.

70s RETRO – The Rundown: As mentioned above, the 70s style is back with a vengeance (and I cannot contain my excitement).

BOHO – The Rundown: The bohemian look is also making an impact on the runway for Spring/Summer 2015…so go ahead and channel your inner flower child.

LACE UP – The Rundown: Lace ties are also quite prominent for the new year – just check out the Louis Vuitton runway images alone.

GINGHAM PRINT – The Rundown: The gingham print (yes, it may also remind you of a picnic) was gaining traction in Fall 2014 but will be huge in 2015. It’s feminine mixed with classic mixed with chic and I love, love, love it!

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{ BEAUTY } Minimal Makeup. Bold Brows. Dewy Skin. Statement Lips. Negative Space Manis.

We are now living in a time where less is more, beautiful skin is everything and making a statement on your lips and nails is a way of life.

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MINIMAL MAKEUP – The Rundown: A big trend this year is the minimal/nude makeup look. In 2015, less is more. We’re not saying absolutely no makeup, but a more natural look, nude shades and a “fresh face”.

BOLD BROWS – The Rundown: Remember being young and plucking your eyebrows to make them thin was cool? Well, times have certainly changed. Heavier brows are in. But not an unruly brow, a very structured, well groomed brow.

DEWY SKIN – The Rundown: This ties into the “fresh face” look mentioned in the Minimal Makeup Rundown. Bottom line: dewy skin is in. Looking clean and natural with a slight sheen is what you’ll be seeing a lot of this year.

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STATEMENT LIPS – The Rundown: For Fall 2014, we saw a good bit of the wine stained/vampy lip. It will definitely translate to 2015, even in the Spring. But let’s be real, any statement lip is big this year. Whether you go for the newly popular orange-red, a classic red, or even a true pink – you’re in good hands.

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NEGATIVE SPACE MANIS – The Rundown: This look is all over the runway for 2015. Negative space nails are without a doubt, the next big thing.

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{ EVERYTHING } Marsala

If you missed my post on the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, you can read about it here. But to reiterate, Marsala will be huge this year. In every aspect of life – design, home decor, beauty, fashion…you name it! Below are some inspiration images of how you can implement the Pantone Color of the Year into your life!

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Trending for Spring 2014: Time Travel

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out the trend style guide – everything is under $100!

We are now on week five of my favorite Spring 2014 trends. Last week was “Sheer Bliss” which showcased gauzy fabrics that add a touch of romance and femininity to any wardrobe. So what is my final Spring 2014 trend that I will be highlighting? Let’s put it this way – it was something I was super excited about sharing because it brought back some serious nostalgia.

Two words: Time Travel. For all of you who grew up in the 80s and 90s, we are going to be channeling our inner young girl. The “Time Travel” trend takes us back to when things were totally awesome.

When checking out the Spring 2014 runway shows, I saw a few trends that really stood out to me: crop tops, denim on denim, overalls, neon and yes – even jelly shoes or “Jellies”. After reflecting on the research I conducted, I came to the conclusion that each of these components have a common denominator. These trends are all reminiscent of the late 20th century.

Now don’t fret – I cannot imagine frosted tips or stick-on earrings will come back around anytime soon! But make a statement with neon colors, rock your crop top and throw on some overalls – because this Spring we are in for a radical ride!

Below are some of my favorite looks from the Spring 2014 runway.

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DKNY RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Giambattista Valli RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Balenciaga RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Marissa Webb RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Ground Zero RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Ralph Lauren RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

Love these looks! I am especially a sucker for anything neon – the brighter the better! Below is a shopping guide of some fun pieces I found while doing some “virtual window shopping”. Everything is under $100 so you can achieve the runway look for less. Enjoy!

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1. Half Sleeve Strip Breton Top, $64 {from TopShop}  2. Knitted Lace Hem Cropped Jumper, $68 {from TopShop}  3. Cornelli Crop Top, $80 {from TopShop}  4. Miss Me Lace Overlay Top, $54 {from Buckle}  5. Dark Wash Denim Overalls, $60 {from River Island}  6. Beni Tassel Clutch {from Accessorize}  7. Pink Glitter Watch, $48 {from Pree Brulee}  8. Iconic Tribal Wedge Sandal, $49.95 {from Victoria’s Secret}  9. Multicolor Statement Gem Stone Necklace, $70 {from River Island}  10. Body Glove Flounce Crop Top, $52.90 {from Delias}  11. Neon Yellow Scroll Trim Bud Skirt, $35.91 {from Chicwish}  12. Neon A-line Midi Skirt, $39.90 {from Chicwish}  13. JuJu Footwear Petra Pastel Jelly Sandal, $39 {from Urban Outfitters}  14. JuJu Footwear Babe Jelly Heeled Sandal {from Urban Outfitters}

Trending for Spring 2014: Sheer Bliss

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out the trend style guide – everything is under $100!

We are now on week four of my favorite Spring 2014 trends. Last week was “In Bloom” which were beautiful, secret garden-esque florals which is a trend that is popping up everywhere. So what else is in store for this wonderful season?

This week, we are going to focus less on colors and prints and more on fabric. We’re talking about “Sheer Bliss”. It’s all over the runways – pretty sheer detailing, sheer panels, sheer articles of clothing paired with fun prints and solid colored fabrics…it truly transforms an outfit by adding soft, translucent and feminine features.

This Spring, whether you choose a sheer blouse, a scuba skirt with sheer detail or a dress with sheer sleeves, you are adding a touch of elegance to your wardrobe. The look I am currently swooning over is a full, midi skirt paired with a soft sheer blouse – very reminiscent of the 1950’s.

Below are some of my favorite looks from the Spring 2014 runway.

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Giambattista Valli RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Oscar de la Renta RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Burberry Prorsum RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Fendi RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Narciso Rodriguez RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

What a soft and sweet look one can achieve with just some gauzy fabric. Below is a shopping guide of some lovely sheer and sheer paneled items I found while doing some “virtual window shopping”. Everything is under $100. Enjoy!

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1. Embroidered Top with Kimono Sleeves, $59.90 {from Zara}  2. Common Thread Crochet Skirt, $42.99 {from ShopRuche}  3. ASOS Blouse with Sheer & Solid Panels and Zip Detail, $60.22 {from ASOS}  4. Lace Motorcycle Jacket, $62 {from Spool72}  5. Seaside Chateau Dress, $94.99 {from Modcloth}  6. Dress to the Nines Lace Dress, $48.99 {from ShopRuche)  7. Blush Midi Tulle Skirt, $36 {from TopShop}  8. Sheer Stripe Jumper, $72 {from TopShop}  9. Tella Lace Cropped Tee, $39 {from Urban Outfitters}  10. Mint Skater Dress, $55 {from Dorothy Perkins}

Trending for Spring 2014: In Bloom

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out the trend style guide!

We are now on week three of my favorite Spring 2014 trends. Last week was Monochromatic “White Out” and the week prior to that was “Candy-Coated Goodness“. So we’ve established that white on white and pastels are definite must-haves this season but surely, there has to be something with a little pop and pizazz – right!? Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging.

This week, I wanted to showcase another big trend that has been sweeping the runway and I couldn’t be any more in love with it than I currently am. One word: FLORAL.

Yes, it’s true – floral prints are a big trend to look out for this season. These are not the floral prints you’ve typically seen in the past – we’re talking about vibrant colors and patterns that still maintain a soft femininity that will make you feel like a radiant beauty in an enchanted secret garden.

This Spring, embrace the naturally romantic elements of this trend. Envision blooming prints mixed with both soft and vibrant colors together as one – a beautiful marriage of components indeed. So for this week, here’s looking at you, “In Bloom“.

Below are some of my favorite looks from the Spring 2014 runway.

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Nicole Miller RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Oscar de la Renta RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Nina Ricci RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Alberta Ferretti RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Giambattista Valli RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show (Paris) – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Dennis Basso RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

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Christian Siriano RTW Collection Spring 2014 Runway Show – Photo Credit: NYmag.com

It’s so refreshing to see these lovelies on the runway – especially after being in dark colors all Winter long! If you’re loving this look like I am but not willing to splurge on the Prêt-à-Porter (Ready-to-Wear) items shown above, below is a shopping guide so you too can achieve this look but for significantly less! Enjoy, my friends!

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1. Ted Baker London “Leonar” Pumps, $219.95 {from Nordstrom}  2.  Ted Baker Duena Electric Daydream Parka, $169 {from House of Fraser}  3. Large Flower Necklace, $35 {from Topshop}  4. Bella Prom Skirt, $79.99 {from Forever New}  5. Untold Chiffon Halter Dress, $210 {from House of Fraser}  6. Blushing Floral Infinity Scarf, $58 {from Anthropologie)  7. Blurred Floral Shirt, $53 {from Miss Selfridge}  8. Kylie Printed Box Pleated Dress, $129.99 {from Forever New}  9. Dolce & Gabanna Oversized Floral Cat Eye Sunglasses, $490 {from Bloomingdale’s}  10. Moto Floral Denim Hotpants, $64 {from Topshop}  11. Hobo ‘Zara Vintage’ Crossbody Bag, $128 {from Nordstrom}