With A Cherry On Top

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Cherry Button Down Top || Denim Skirt || Pink Bow Flats || Blue Top Handle Bag || Gold Hoop Earrings || Pink & Blue Co Bracelet c/o || Pink Chair || Writing Desk || 2019 Planner || Floral Pen ||  

Good morning and happy Friday! Happy March 1st too! Yesterday was a very exciting one in our family. My dad retired after 37 years of being a podiatrist. The office held a party for him with lots of yummy food and a cake. They also made up a memory book filled with pictures throughout the years and funny sayings. It was so nice to see everyone all together having a good time. I know my dad, brother, and I appreciated all of the thought that went into creating the party. Little miss Ava absolutely stole the show too. She loves a party! Congrats dad on a well deserved retirement!

Speaking of Ava, she told me when I was wearing this cherry print top that it reminded her of Mary Poppins. That’s a plus in my book! I love the color combination of pink and red with some green and the subtle cherries printed on the top. It’s quite lovely and has a fresh feeling to it. I paired it with a denim skirt going for a casual vibe. 

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xo, Amanda

Needing Nautical

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Yellow Jacket || Striped Top || White Skinny Jeans || Red Scalloped Bag || Sunglasses || Similar Scarf || Navy Flats || 

Happy Wednesday, friends! As winter carries on, my mind has been drifting to all things warm weather related, including my love for nautical pieces. Truth be told, I wear nautical ensembles year round, regardless of the season. A favorite in summer, I like to keep the seafarer vibe going strong whenever and wherever I can. I decorated my home with a strong nautical New England influence.

The inspiration for this look started with the yellow parka jacket, perfect for layering in the spring and summer. It has a decent weight to it, which I was actually surprised with. The striped top and white jeans will always be a forever classic pairing, along with the navy flats adorned with gold buttons. They’re on sale now too! Ava was particularly taken with the scalloped bag in a bright shade of red. She wanted to carry it the whole time and often does when we’re at home. Completing the look, I tied a sailboat scarf around my neck that I got up at the Cape a few years back.

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xo, Amanda  

Winter Meets Spring

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Floral Embroidered Dress c/o || Similar Clutch (Here) And (Here)  || Similar Sequin Shoes || 

Hello and happy Monday! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Did anyone happen to watch the Oscars last night? Ava and i watched the ceremony and loved all of the musical performances. The opener with Queen and Adam Lambert was amazing! Now that’s how you open a show! Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Coopers performance was incredibly emotional and filled to the brim with electric chemistry. A well deserved double standing ovation! My favorite speech was by Olivia Colman for best actress. My goodness, she was beyond adorable! I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time. Also, Chris Evans being a real life Captain America in helping Regina King up the stairs, swoon, proof that chivalry is not dead. What a gentleman!

This time of the year is tough to dress for. Spring everything is hitting the shelves, yet it’s still chilly out with threats of winter weather everywhere. Enter dark floral dresses. Bonus points for ones with a longer skirt! The florals and pink skirt in this one feel like spring, while the dark mesh anchors the look to the winter season. I love the romance of this dress is and how elegant I felt while wearing it. As it gets closer to spring, simply swap out the heels for some strappy sandals and you have a beautiful spring ensemble! 

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xo, Amanda  

It’s All About Love

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Glossybox c/o || Sleeping Beauty Sweatshirt || Skinny Jeans || Lavender Flower Earrings || 

Good morning! February is the month of love and if there is one thing to remember, its the need to love yourself and those around you. Whether in a relationship or single, February is a reminder that love is in the air in all shapes and forms. It’s a time to take a step back, look in the mirror, and recognize the unique beauty staring back at you. The products in this months Glossybox seek to celebrate your true self. Now, onto the products! 

 Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch: A new way to treat acne, the patch extracts impurities, camouflages pimples and helps heal skin in an emergency, wherever you are. 

Doucce Relentless Matte Crayon (Colors Vary):  The deeply pigmented color has a matte finish for a look that lasts as long as you do. Available in a variety of shades, it’s ideal for every skin tone and comes with a sharpener for an easy, defined outline. 

Proenza Schouler Arizona Eau De Parfum:  Discover a feeling of adventure in the scent of white cactus flower, jasmine, and orange flower. Inspired by the horizon of the Sonoran Dessert, the bottles design down to the scent is a work of art. 

MannaKadar Beauty 3-in-1 Contour: A contour, eyeshadow, and bronzer all in one travel size companion that is sure to add that sunkissed glow wherever you go.  

Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Lip Plump:  Acting as a lipgloss, balm, and plumper, the triple threat of lip care has both health and appearance benefits and only takes seconds to apply. No need to rely on painful fillers! It’s also hydrating giving lips a soft and fuller pout. 

 

Spring Fever

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Mint Floral Dress c/o || Jean Jacket || Sunglasses || Vintage Kate Spade Bag (Similar) || Floral Earrings || Woven Mules || Pink & Blue Co. Bracelet c/o || 

Good morning, friends! The spring equinox arrives in 27 days and I, along with just about everyone else, cannot wait for the official end of winter. While I do enjoy what each season has to offer, I cannot help but be the most excited for spring. The warm weather, sunshine, pastel colors, and beautiful blooms make me incredibly happy. This mint dress with petite florals throughout not only looks like spring, but also feels like it too. The chiffon fabric feels light as air along with the flirty skirt that swishes with each step. I love a good twirl! The dress runs true to size and feels like a breath of fresh air to throw on. 

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xo, Amanda  

Blushing Roses

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Blush Sweater || Similar Leopard Belt || Dusty Rose Pants || Coat || Similar Leopard Heels || Similar Blush Studded Bag and Here (Mine Is from TJMaxx) || Sunglasses || Hoop Earrings ||

Good morning, friends! I’ve been a long time fan of the color pink. I use it in everything from my clothes, shoes, accessories, home decorating, stationary, kitchen appliances, and more. It’s the one color that has pretty much taken over every corner of my life. This outfit mixes a few different shades of pink with pops of leopard for a look that works for the office as well as going out for drinks afterwards. I particularly love wearing dusty rose shades in the fall and winter, including this pair of pants. The color is absolutely gorgeous. I couldn’t find the color listed online, but did find these in the store.

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xo, Amanda  

Love Is In The Air

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Striped Graphic Top || Blush Knit Blazer || Skinny Jeans || Similar Leopard Belt || Blush Tassel Earrings || Blush Glitter Loafers || Pink & Blue Co. Bracelet c/o ||

Good morning and happy Presidents Day! I hope everyone had an amazing Valentines weekend or if you have today off, are enjoying the long weekend. I also wanted to note the passing of an icon, Lee Radziwill. Though never quite reaching the star status of her sister, Jackie Kennedy, she was a true legend in her own right. She was the definition of elegance, class, and had a timeless style that influenced many over the years. R.I.P.

 This was one of the outfits I styled for Valentine’s Day and it ended up being the one I wore on the actual day. Though the love filled holiday has passed, I still love this outfit for its cozy vibes and soft color combination. The pop of leopard makes a small but bold statement and the tassel earrings add an element of fun. 

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 xo, Amanda  

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

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Good morning and happy Valentine’s Day dear friends!! Each year, Ava and I celebrate this special love filled day with a party where we dress up and enjoy some yummy treats, fruit, and music. We always pull out our prettiest plates and cups to make it feel extra special. This year, Ava wanted to wear her yellow princess dress styled after Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She wanted me to match in yellow so I pulled out this LC Lauren Conrad Maxi pleated dress from a few years ago. We listened and sang to some of her favorite Shinedown songs, by her request!, and chatted about what a lovely party it was. My little babe loves to celebrate. I will always be thankful for my forever Valentine and all the love and happiness she brings to my life. Thank you, Ava. I hope everyone enjoys this special day! 

xo, Amanda  

I Do By Dooney

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Dooney & Bourke Bag c/o || Jean Jacket || Pink Striped Top || Skinny Jeans || Embellished Loafers || Tassel Earrings || Pink & Blue Co Bracelet c/o ||  

Happy Wednesday, friends!! The forever classic brand, Dooney & Bourke recently launched a new collection called I Do By Dooney featuring pastel and metallic-colored petite crossbodies, clutches, wristlets, pouches, luggage tags, tassel charms, and card cases in a variety of fabrications from patent leathers, soft Italian leathers, and croc-embossed leathers. These are not only perfect for spring (metallics and pastels!), but also as a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. The metallic one I have above combines chic functionality with a gorgeous versatile design. I’m particularly fond of an oversized clutch for everyday wear too! 

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xo, Amanda  

The Art Of The Handwritten Note

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Blue Lace Dress c/o || Blue Embellished Shoes || Rose Floral Pen || Pink Polka Dot Pen || Hydrangea Stationary || Lighthouse Note Cards || The Art Of The Handwritten Note || Mint Arrow Clipboard || Gold Flower Earrings || Pink & Blue Co. Bracelet c/o || 

Good morning and a very happy Friday, friends! This is a post I have been wanting to do for quite some time now and I am beyond excited to finally have it for you today. I’ve been hand writing notes for as long as I can remember. I used to write very simple ones to my mom and dad when I was younger. I would write to my mom as often as I could once I no longer lived at home. Though she couldn’t write back, she loved to receive them. My dad would read them to her. I wrote to my grandmother quite a bit, to friends and family members, and of course I wrote many love letters over the years. Even with email and texting becoming the norm, my late husband and I would still hand write letters to one another. I would thank friends for having my late husband and I over to their homes or for any gifts received. I would write to simply catch up with family members.

I do realize that I’m talking about physically writing out a note on the very medium that makes note writing seem obsolete. Today’s world consists of instant everything. I believe for that very reason that writing and receiving a hand written note are all the more special and heartfelt. It is something that takes time and a good amount of thought put into it. There is no backspace key or delete button. Writing and sending a note shows the recipient you care about them and you took time out of your busy day to pen the letter. It has more meaning than an email or a phone call, and while those are perfectly fine ways to communicate, especially if a matter is urgent, there is still a personal feeling and indeed an art to writing a note by hand.

I personally like to set my writing area up before I sit down to compose my letter. I always have a cup of coffee or tea on hand to sip while thinking of the words that will eventually reach the page. The pen and paper you choose will set the mood for what you are about to write as well. I will admit that I am a sucker for pretty office sulies, especially pens and stationary. I’m inspired to write when I have a beautiful pen and card to write upon. The paper chosen can express to the reader a message before they even begin to read your letter. The size of the paper, the thickness, is it decorated or have initials on it, and the color all send a subtle message. Even the pen you choose will influence how you write and should make you feel confident when doing so. How the pen feels in your hand and appeals to your eye will make for the perfect combination.  

The most common hand written note would be the thank you card. Also, when in doubt, always send one. It’s bette to over thank than to not thank at all. Other occasions are love letters, condolences, thinking of you, congratulations, invitations, and a request.  

In the very most basic form your note should include the following:  

1. The location from where you are writing from

2. The date

3. Salutation (Dear, Hi, Hello!)

4. Text. Three sentences minimum will fill the front of a notecard nicely. 

5. Windup Phrase (thank you again, looking forward to seeing you). This is a transition to the closing.

6. Closing (Cheers, Sincerely, Yours, Best, Affectionately). The closing words give the impression of a wave, handshake, hug, or kiss.  “Best” and “Bye” are breezy and impersonal like a wave. “Sincerely” is impersonal and formal like a handshake. “Yours” and “truly yours” are personal and casual like a hug. “Affectionately” and “love” are very personal like a kiss.   

7. Signature

 

I recently picked up The Art Of The Handwritten Note and devoured the book. It’s the perfect compliment to any writing desk and fantastic for someone who would like to start writing notes or write more frequently. It’s where I got some of the information here from. I highly recommend it! 

 

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xo, Amanda  

Perfectly Plaid

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 Plaid Coat c/o || Similar Sweater || Similar Plaid Skirt || Similar OTK Boots || Red Scalloped Bag || Sunglasses || Hoop Earrings || Similar Anchor Necklace ||  

Good morning and happy Tuesday, friends! When you want to make a statement in winter, opt for a fabulous coat! Bonus points if it’s a bright pop of color or a beautiful print. When out and about, a coat is the main piece of clothing people will see on you. This  one from Chicwish, in a stunning plaid print, not only has a classic feel, but can take you from day to night with ease. Whether wearing a sweater and jeans or a little black dress, this coat is your new go-to!

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xo, Amanda  

Faux Leather Leggings

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Faux Leather Leggings c/o || Similar Gray Sweater || Similar Jean Jacket || Similar Camel Coat || Red Scallop Bag || Similar Bow Flats|| Freyrs Sunglasses c/o || Hoop Earrings || Pink & Blue Co. Bracelet c/o ||

Happy Thursday, friends!  If you’re in the path of the polar vortex, please stay safe! Wind chills are going way below zero making it harmful to be outside for extended periods of time today. On a happier note, yesterday was the grand reopening of Wilkes-Barre’s Barns & Nobles bookstore! Back in June of last year, a tornado ripped through the area causing a great amount of damage, including the B&N building. We were thrilled to be able to go back to one of our favorite stores!

Every now and then I like to switch up my style and keep things fresh. Enter these faux leather leggings. They add a little bit of edge to a classic casual look. They have a snug fit with some stretch to them, though I think they would look better on someone taller than me. For reference, I’m 5’2 and found there to be bunching in the leg area around the knee. They do look great though and fit just like a glove. They also have little pockets, a plus in my book! 

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xo, Amanda  

Adding Some Glam To My Everyday Style

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Faux Fur Leopard Coat c/o || Similar Pink Sweater Dress || Similar Sequin Clutch || Similar Leopard Heels || Pink & Blue Co Bracelet c/o || 

Good morning and welcome to an extremely chilly Wednesday! Today is the day we’re supposed to get the polar vortex, which is an excellent day to chat about this leopard coat! I’ve always been a big fan of leopard. It adds just the right amount of effortless glam to any look, especially when it’s a faux fur. I’ve paired the print with every color under the rainbow and it never fails. The faux fur coat feels incredibly soft and has a nice amount of weight to it. I love how I can throw it on with a dress or jeans and look equally chic both ways. The only thing I wish the coat did have are pockets. I’m wearing a size small.

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xo, Amanda  

Polka Dots And Tulle

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Polka Dot Top c/o || Tulle Skirt c/o (Similar) || Red Scallop Bag || Booties || Hoop Earrings ||

Good morning, friends!  It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of polka dot prints. They’re not only fun and flirty, but have a vintage charm to them that I absolutely adore. This top in particular has a high neck and feels like a t-shirt, though it is a blouse. It’s has a bodysuit like construction making it perfect for tucking into skirts and jeans/pants alike. Last year I styled some polka dots with blush pinks and red. This year, I went with a high contrast look in black and white and a pop of red. A classic combo. I also styled the top with a pair of skinny jeans and red heels later in the day. Both looks are ideal for Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner! Below are some quick snaps of the other outfit I wore.

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xo, Amanda  

Teddy Top

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Teddy Top c/o || Skinny Jeans ||  Quilted Field Jacket || Similar Pink Embellished Gloves || Similar Pink Socks || Boots || Similar Kate Spade Bag || 

Good afternoon!  Another top I’ve worn multiple times in the past few weeks is this white teddy top with calico buttons. I love how toasty it keeps me while being incredibly versatile with some cute casual styles such as the skinny jeans and boots I have on here or a pair of white skinny jeans with some loafers or flats. I can picture some blush, rose, white, leopard, blue, or red loafers/flats to mix in some color with the look.

I hope everyone has been staying warm! It was in the 30s this past weekend, which actually felt warm compared to the teens and single digits we’ve been having. We’re supposed to have another snow storm tomorrow followed by a blast of artic air...another polar vortex.

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xo, Amanda  

Cozy Weekend

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Fleece Top c/o || Gray Skinny Jeans || Glitter Blush Loafers ||  

Hello to the weekend! I hope everyone is enjoying theirs so far. I wanted to do a quick post for this beyond cozy fleece top. I’ve been wearing it around the house all week long, especially with the artic air we’ve been having. It does have a crop fit making high waisted pants ideal. I’ve been pairing the top with everything from jeans, to joggers, and sleep pants. To add a bit of glam, I wore these glitter blush loafers that I am absolutely head over heels for! They fit true to size and are even more stunningly gorgeous in person.  

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xo, Amanda  

Dark Florals In Winter

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Dark Floral Dress c/o || Pearl Clutch || Pink Bow Flats || Similar Anchor Necklace || Pink & Blue Co. Bracelet c/o || Jackie Kennedy Pearl Earrings || Jackie Kennedy Watch ||

Happy Friday, friends! While the weather outside has been quite frightful, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to get dressed up in my go-to fit and flare dresses, especially with floral print. I honestly do not wear too much black, but love how this particular dress mixes in beautiful pink flowers to sweeten the look. The long sleeves have a little bow cinching the slight flare at the end. The neckline has some pretty ruffles as well. The dress comes with a detachable belt. There’s so many gorgeous little details that add up to one knockout piece! 

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xo, Amanda 

January Glossybox // Beauty Resolutions

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Glossybox c/o || Pink Skirt c/o || Glitter Flats || Sheer Sleeve Sweater || Pink And Blue Co Bracelet c/o ||  Similar Anchor Necklace || 

Good morning, friends! January’s box of beauty goodies is all about allowing your radiance to shine and saying goodbye to any self-doubt. I am all about that! Confidence is contagious and one of the best ways to feel great about who you are. 

Inside this Glossybox, there are products from brands that strive to enhance your beauty, not transform you into someone you’re not. Included are:

Sleek Makeup Highlighter Palette: This is a game changer! I use this highlighter each morning and love the radiant results. It contains two baked powders, one cream formula, and one silky shimmer. The five shades are crafted to match each skin tone. 

Avant Skincare Deluxe Hyaluronic Acid Vivifying Face & Eye Night Cream: This anti-aging moisturizer  deeply nourishes and improves dullness with a powerful combination of hyaluronic acid, maris Aqua, and vitamin B3. 

Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment: I haven’t used this yet, but I do use an adapalene treatment for acne and boy let me tell you, it’s the only thing that works for me. This one is great since you don’t need a prescription, which mine is. 

 Zea Beauty Wipes: I’ve used theses few times and love how gentle, yet effective they are. Infised with rose hip essential oil, skin gets a powerful dose of antioxidants and vitamins, leaving you feeling radiant. 

Kocostar Lemon Slice Mask: I used this last night and found it very refreshing, especially with the light lemon scent. It’s a mask, but not in the traditional sheet mask sense. It’s actual little “slices” or circles that look like lemons. Each slice is infused with nutrients like eucalyptus tree to deliver intense, yet gentle, buriahment. 

xo, Amanda  

2019 Reads

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Pink Sweater c/o || Skinny Jeans || Glitter Slippers || 

Good morning friends and happy Tuesday!  One of my most favorite things to do is to open up a good book and dive into a new adventure. I didn’t realize how many books I owned until I moved either. Let’s just say it’s quite a bit. I own many biographies of my favorite people or stories about my favorite movies and television shows. My kindle app is also filled with stories ranging from romantic to sic-fy and everything in between. I read 55 books alone on my kindle app and countless more in my physical library.

Now that I have some down time again, I’m getting back into the books I had started before moving. Currently, I’m reading JFK and the Masculine Mystique by Steven Watts along with The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. I just finished Reese Witherspoon’s, Whiskey In A Teacup, which was beyond darling! I cannot wait to try some of the southern recipes she features as well. 

These are the highly anticipated books for 2019 that I’m anxiously awaiting to dive into: 

 

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A charming romantic comedy, 99 Percent Mine tells the story of Darcy Barrett, a woman who met her dream man when she was eight years old and knows no one else will ever live up to him. The only catch? Tom is her brother’s best friend making him off-limits....

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The Lost Girls Of Paris is an emeltional story about friendship and bravery among a group of female spies based on amazing true events set in World War II. 

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Fixie Farr is always fixing things for everyone else, but a chance encounter with a handsome stranger leads her on a path to taking charge of her life — and maybe finding true love along the way.

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 The Huntress centers on a lethal Nazi villainess set in World War II with realistic characters and a truly compelling story making this the perfect book for readers who adore historical fiction. 

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The author of Eat, Pray, Love is back with a love story set in the glamorous world of the New York City theater scene in the 1940s. Vivian Morris, now 95 years old, looks back on her life filled with adventure, scandal, and heartbreak. 

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I’m the most excited for the release of this book. I was completely enchanted with The Night Circus and know this one will be worth the wait. A graduate student, Zachary, finds a mysterious book hidden in the library that leads to a series of clues that sweeps him away on a magical adventure.

xo, Amanda  

Dusty Pink

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Pink Ribbed Dress c/o || Similar Saddle Bag || Similar Bow Heels || Earrings || Pink & Blue Co. Bracelet c/o || Similar Anchor Necklace ||

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope everyone is staying safe and warm if you were affected by the snow storm this weekend. Not only did we get snow, but no we have dangerously low temperatures too.

 One way for me to continue to wear dresses in the good ol’ wintertime is with a sweater dress. They’re an essential item! This, oh so lovely dusty rose shade from Chicwish, manages to skim all of my curves in just the right way while remaining stretchy and comfy to wear. 

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xo, Amanda