Winter White

Creamy

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Ah winter white, one of my most favorite colors. I look forward to this time of year when I can pull out all of my winter white clothing. This beautiful shade has more of a creamy feel to it than stark white does. It seems lately that I've been pairing most of my outfits with red accessories, which since it's the Christmas season, seems quite appropriate. No other color gives that "pop" sensation like red does. Also, the LC Lauren Conrad sweater is so soft and comfortable you cannot help but feel cozy and warm in it.

Blushing Beauty

Oxford Cutie

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I was very excited to receive this pink sheath dress from Jennifer Lopez's collection at Kohls. The ever so subtle shimmer means its perfect for a night out or a festive holiday party. While red, green, gold, and silver are the popular colors for the season, why not stand out in a pretty feminine shade of pink? Amp up the cool girl vibe by swapping out pumps for some oxford flats. Your feet will thank you by the end of the evening. A mid sized clutch allows you to store all of your essentials while still being sleek and chic.

All That Glitters...

Is Gold

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There's nothing like a gold party dress during the holidays. Not only is this great for Christmas, but also for ringing in the New Year. I gravitate toward anything that glistens, shines and gives off the ever so subtle sparkle. To me, that sparkle means its a time to celebrate and party with friends and family. The gold sequins of this dress twinkle to give off the most festive feeling. With gold, I like to keep things either monochromatic or to inject some pops of color in, this time with red. The holiday season gives the perfect excuse to get all dolled up, especially with some sparkle!

Fancy Fête

Lovely Lace

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Nothing says femininity like delicate lace. When I saw this dress during my visit to Valley Forge, I thought how much I liked the midi length and the long sleeves for the chilly winter weather. Add in the lace and floral pattern and you have one knock out of a dress. I wanted to stick with the green/teal color to create a monochromatic look and chose suede heels, a vintage beaded clutch, and replica emerald jewelry of Jackie Kennedy's. I tend to lean toward suede heels in the winter because of the heavier fabric and how it feels dressier. This teal dress from H&M is sold out in this color, but still available in a creamy nude. I also adore how little skin this dress shows, but still flatters my figure in its shift form.

Posh at the Party

Holiday Soiree

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This is one of my most favorite dresses that I own. You cannot get anymore 1950s looking than this. As soon as the holiday season comes around, I whip out this dress from Modcloth and start planning all of the parties I'll be wearing it too. The fit and flare style flatters all figures and the bright pop of red brightens the black and white satin and velvet of the dress. I wanted to wear my hair up to revel the beautiful deep V-shape in the back. A ballerina bun feels fun and elegant, but any up-do will look fantastic. This is the absolute perfect holiday dress for me and I feel at my most glamorous in it. It embodies everything I adore about a dress and with the red accents, it feels oh so very Christmas-y. This dress, which is sold out in the black and white, but is still available in Teal or a silver and black skirt, can be worn to any number of occasions from a formal holiday party, cocktails with friends, a holiday work party, or even an elegant date night out.

Holiday Glamour

Red and Gold

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There's something so festive and energizing about red during the winter and holiday season. It's one of my go to's when choosing an outfit, especially a party one. The eye-catching color and sparkly sequins are sure to get you noticed and stand out from the crowd. Of course, using a bright red lipstick felt appropriate. I read that heat signifying shades, like bright red, hot pink, orange, and yellow trigger energy levels. Wearing a lipstick, shirt, or dress in those shades during the winter keeps you feeling cheery and excited when feeling down from the dreary weather. I used gold as the neutral color, which pairs so well with red, in all of my accessories. A nice little vintage feather hat feels ever so classy without feeling too over the top.

Lady Like

Tulle

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Sigh, this is the skirt dreams are made of, well mine are at least. I have such a love for tulle skirts, especially ones that make me feel like a ballerina. While the skirt is very feminine, the other parts of the outfit are neutral, which balance each other out giving a nice lady like effect. I choose black as my neutral here and opted for a blush tone with the heels instead of black. It blends nicely with the skirt and also gives the illusion of longer legs. This is a perfect holiday outfit might I add. Glam, yet understated and completely lovely.

Put a Bow On It

Sequins

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Add a little extra charm to any ensemble by putting a bow on it. This pink LC sweater with a gold sequined bow on it looks feminine and feels soft and cozy. Just the perfect thing to cuddle up in on a chilly autumn day. Plus it adds just the right amount amount of cheeriness to any environment. The pink sequined flats and pink sequined purse tie right in to the happy relaxed feel of the outfit. Finally the blue midi skirt. I love pairing blue and pink and especially love the midi length for chillier days. During this time of year, when the outdoors start looking drab, I like to add anything fun or whimsical into my wardrobe. Bright colors especially help brighten the day during the "winter blues." Even though winter technically is not here yet, it sure feels and looks like it outside.

Black & White Plaid

Thanksgiving Look #3

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I have to say I am a little more than obsessed with this outfit. The pattern and textures are what get me. The bag and top both have a quilted texture and the fit and flare skirt has a plaid pattern, always in style and chic. The flippiness of the skirt feels fun and gives swishy movement every time you walk. To top off the look, a black riding cap. I'm such a fan of hats, I wish women and men alike would wear them more often. This ensemble looks fresh and yet has such a classic feel to it, which makes it perfect for my Thanksgiving look number three. This look has a minimal feel to it, but packs a big punch with its feminine details like the quilting and plaid. A fail safe with the black and white combo, this is sure to be a winning look during the holiday season.

Sweater Dress

Thanksgiving Look #2

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Another look I love for Thanksgiving is a sweater dress in colors that remind me of the season. This LC dress being a wine color with accessories of leopard print heels from Nine West, an oxblood colored satchel from Lulu's, and a bronze colored belt from New York and Company. All the colors have a warm and cozy feel to them which is perfect for a Thanksgiving get together. Is the weather a bit cooler where you live? Simply throw on a crop sweater on top of the dress to add the extra layer of warmth.

Thanksgiving Inspirtation

Stripes

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I find myself getting more excited than ever for the upcoming holiday season. With that comes social gatherings with friends and family alike that are always filled with laughter, reminiscing, and great conversations. To me, the holiday season is one of the best times of the year. I anxiously await it and the dazzling style that comes with it. Once the holidays hit, I like to bring out pieces that incorporate embellishments into them, whether it be actually on the piece or added with some jewelry. This dress from Modcloth reminds me of Thanksgiving with its black and tan stripes. Easy and comfortable for a big family gathering or a smaller intimate one. Add on some statement jewelry to add that little bit of sparkle. The leopard heels from Nine West feel perfect and add a nice pop to the outfit. Finish with a clutch, this embellished one from my mom, in black.  

On a side note, I did a "no makeup" look with this dress. Basically, a look of highlights and contours with subtle mascara and a nude lip. Taylor Swift recently did a magazine cover doing the no makeup look and I thought, why not try it? While I definitely love my go-to, this was a nice change of pace and felt fresh. 

Travel Log

Valley Forge

For the past few years my dad and I have been making a mini vacation out of his seminars for work. He usually goes to the Valley Forge one, to my delight, and we always have a great time. While he's at the seminars, I'll go to the King of Prussia Mall or go down to Valley Forge to walk around. This year, we had the Silver Beaver awards dinner while we were in Valley Forge, so we had to make a trip back up home and then back down in the same day. We always get out to eat once or twice on the trip. This year and last we went to Creed's Seafood and Steak. It has a great atmosphere with cozy seating and a menu to rival any big city. I usually get the Scottish Salmon. Our hotel has the best bistro in it, with booths that have tv's built into the walls. Breakfast and sometimes dinner are a must there. The nice thing about Valley Forge in the beginning of November are the leaves still being on the trees. Up in NEPA, most of the leaves are down and any that are still hanging on have lost their brilliance. I have so many memories of Valley Forge and the general area surrounding it, whether it be from these trips or when I lived there for a few months, this area will always have a special place in my heart.

A Major Award

The Silver Beaver

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On  Friday November 7th, 2014, my dad was awarded the Silver Beaver for his dedication, hard work, self-sacrifice, and years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. I could not have been more proud of him. It is the highest award one can receive in the council level. The night went by so quickly, but was quite memorable and one I will not forget. I gathered and prepared all of the photos for the slide show that was given during my dad's introduction. Seeing all of the important moments of his life and hearing the lovely talk was inspiring. I was asked to escort my dad and to stand with him while he was presented with the medal, certificate, pin, and square knot. To my surprise, I was also given flowers that were beautiful and smelled divine. I was more than happy to capture the night and also a big thanks to Justin for photographing my dad and I while we were up by the podium!

From the BSA, The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

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Neutral Hues

Light Tones

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Last week's post about shades of gray used the same LC quilted skirt as shown here. I'm so in love with the circle design, quilted texture, and light gray color. As I said before, I'm definitely falling for lighter tones right now in the neutral department. The Elle turtleneck has a nice heavy weight to it, perfect for the chilly Fall and Winter days. The camel coat, one of two that I own, compliments every outfit, no matter the color, texture, or design. That's the great thing about camel, it goes with virtually everything, and looks incredibly elegant while wearing it.

Black Tie

Tuxedo Style

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As soon as I laid my eyes on this LC Lauren Conrad dress, I knew I had to have it. First off anything with bows is an absolute must. Add in the tuxedo twist and I'm sold. It's having a little menswear infused into a very lady like ensemble. Perfect for a night out on the town. My bow bag from Forever 21 matches perfectly with the tuxedo theme. Any bag with a black bow on it with will fit the bill. The beret style hat, white with a black bow on it from Modcloth, seems as if it were made especially for the dress. Not only does this outfit have a menswear feel to it, but also a Parisian look too. Anything French in my book is solid gold. Speaking of, I accompanied the outfit with gold jewelry, and finished off with a pair of LC black high heels adorned with a gold bow on them.

Shades of Gray

Monochromatic

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Lately I've been loving all things in light neutral shades. My favorite a creamy winter white, but who can resist a palate of light gray? You can mix and match this monochromatic look as long as everything stays in the same color family. No one piece of this outfit competes for attention, but rather all blends together to create a beautiful and soft feel. The LC Lauren Conrad quilted skirt flares out perfectly with its circle design and the eye lash sweater feels so soft and comfy. I could stay cuddled up in it for days. The Elle textured sweater almost perfectly matches the other shades of gray in the outfit. I picked out a silver shoulder bag and a darker shade of silver sparkle for my flats with a decorative broach on them. These flats, from DSW, are perfect for the holiday season. Anything that sparkles instantly has that glistening holiday cheer feeling to it.

The Crop Top

Praline Paradise

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Crop tops have been everywhere this year from Spring to Summer and now into Fall and Winter, the shrunken top is here to stay, at least for a little while longer. I'm not typically one for trends, I like to stay tried and true to the lady like classics, but I did want to give this style a trip around the block to see what all the hype is about. Personally, I am not a mid-riff shower, so I wanted to pair the LC Lauren Conrad sweater with a higher waisted pant. The praline color blended perfectly with the leopard pants I had. This was a look I wore around the house while tending to some cleaning. This sweater would also look great tucked into a skirt

Miracle Oils

A Radiant Boost

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As the air starts to cool down and the humidity lessens, one thing that never fails is my skin getting a bit dry. Enter the extraordinary oils that not only replenish the much needed moisture back into the skin, but also protects and repairs the skin to give it that natural glow from within.

Now, there are hundreds of facial oils on the market right now, and many do wondrous things for the skin, but cost a pretty penny. When I found the Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Oil, I was beyond thrilled. The price tag, only $14 and can be found at Target. From their website, the oil has, 9 oils including Sweet Almond Oil to soften, Bergamot Essential Oil to purify, BerryFlux Vita to boost skins moisture, Sesame Seed Oil to condition, Evening Primrose Seed Oil to nourish and regenerate, and Black Currant Seed Oil to soothe the skin. Stabilized Retinol protects against photo-aging and reduces lines and wrinkles over time while Para Cress Flower Extract works to improve skins density and firmness and Vitamin E delivers antioxidant properties. I usually mix in a couple drops with my moisturizer and then apply to my face, neck, and chest. I can already see a difference in one weeks use of the product. This is a keeper!

The next beauty buy I found was Pur Minerals Hydrate & Setting Miracle Mist. This can be found at Kohls and is priced at $19. I love using this mist to hydrate my skin throughout the day when I need a little pick me up and also misting it on after applying my makeup. It has a lovely citrus scent and no wonder, since it contains oils from oranges, lemons, and tangerines. From their website the mist has, over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Active ingredient fulvic acid to help soothe and refresh your face, hair and body.

Bundle Up

There's a chill in the air

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Happy November everyone! Where has this year gone?? Time seems to fly by and with that the cooler weather season is coming upon us. Now that we are officially in November, I think it is the perfect time to start thinking about those cozy little accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats. Not that I particularly look forward to it, but it is best to be prepared. One look I love is a bright red anything with creamy winter white. Here I bundled up in a  Woolrich red puffer vest and accessorized it with a winter white sweater from Banana Republic, hat, gloves, and a circle scarf all from Mark. LC Lauren Conrad riding boots finish off the relaxed look with some creamy white boot socks.

Celadon Green

Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, and Edith Head

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It need not be said how much I truly adore this vintage inspired outfit. My heart expands two sizes just thinking about it. The look started with the skirt from Modcloth. As soon as I saw the skirt I knew I had to have it. Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren instantly came to my mind from the wonderful creations of Edith Head while working with Alfred Hitchcock. The skirt is a sea-glass green soft wool blend with a matching belt. This midi style screams 1950s and is quite the eye catcher. To compliment the look I had in mind, I choose a chiffon green blouse with pearls attached from LC Lauren Conrad. The pearls add just the right amount of sophistication and glamor to the outfit. The jewelry was all about gold and pearls to keep the vintage vibe and also to replicate the specific image I had in my mind of the two leading ladies who inspired this look. To finish off the outfit, nude heels from LC and a brown top handle hand bag, which reminded me of Miss Hedren's ensemble. On a side note, what a beautiful Fall day it was to capture this lovely outfit. The air was warm and the leaves seemed to glow in the golden sunshine. Who's with me in not wanting Fall to end!

Hitchcock’s very own Edna Mode, Edith Head, created the green suit. It’s based on her own design for Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont in Rear Window (1954) – a celadon green I-line suit worn with white halterneck blouse. The Rear Window fabric is completely different, shantung silk instead of wool, and the ensemble is comprised of a two piece jacket and skirt instead of a dress and jacket. The similarities come from Head’s insistence on simplicity; like The Birds’ suit it ages so well because there is little to date it. Hedren’s suit is shorter and boxier than Kelly’s, superficially ‘Chanel like’, though in fact most resembles couturier Digby Morton’s early work (circa 1950s), except in a less luxuriant fabric
— Clothes On Film