Wearing My Heart On My Sleeve

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Heart Sleeve Sweater c/o || Distressed Skinny Jeans c/o || Similar Red Shoes || Siilar Red Bag || Sunglasses || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring || Stella & Dot Brier Ring || Stlla & Dot Engraved Ring || Jackie Kennedy Earrings || 

Good morning, friends!  This darling heart sweater from Chicwish is the absolute cutest! Who doesn’t love a little pop of heart?! It’s especially perfect for celebrating a cozy Valentine’s Day. Speaking of cozy, this sweater is just that. I felt so comfortable and warm and I love that it has a turtleneck too. I’m all about turtlenecks for keeping warm! The sizing comes in S/M or L/XL. Im wearing the S/M. 

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe today! We’re currently in the middle of a snow storm and snuggled up inside dreaming of all the beautiful warm weather destinations.   

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xo, Amanda  

Insta & Life Updates

A preview of a resort/spring outfit from Julie Brown NYC. I actually shot this dress yesterday and plan to have it on here shortly, but this was the sneak peak from last week! How cute are those ruffles?!   

A preview of a resort/spring outfit from Julie Brown NYC. I actually shot this dress yesterday and plan to have it on here shortly, but this was the sneak peak from last week! How cute are those ruffles?!   

A snapshot of Ava loving the “fuzzy” chair we have.  

A snapshot of Ava loving the “fuzzy” chair we have.  

My newest find is this beet juice, which i have become addicted too. I’ve always been a bit of a health nut and try to get in my daily nutrients wherever I can. I get this from my local Weis Market and drink it every morning. I put the juice in a small glass so that each bottle usually lasts me about three days. The benefits of beet juice are amazing. Check them out here.  

My newest find is this beet juice, which i have become addicted too. I’ve always been a bit of a health nut and try to get in my daily nutrients wherever I can. I get this from my local Weis Market and drink it every morning. I put the juice in a small glass so that each bottle usually lasts me about three days. The benefits of beet juice are amazing. Check them out here.  

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My other newest addiction is this Coconut Water. I also get it from my local Weis Market. It’s the best tasting one I’ve ever had. I have one per day usually with my lunch or dinner.  

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Ava and her uncle Mike! He is a crane machine whiz and won her a bunch of stuffed animals after the celebratory dinner we had.  

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A close up of the rings I usually wear. A new addition is this engraved ring, which I had Ava’s name put on.

Stella & Dot Brier Ring || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring || Stella & Dot Engraved Ring ||  

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Ava out on the one uncharacteristically warm day we had this winter. One of my best friends got her this Peppa rain jacket for Christmas. She loves it! I can’t wait to break it back out in the spring time.

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This honey pot is from Target and only $5! I saw it on a recent run there and could not pass it up. It’s perfect for my vintage tea cup collection.  

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Ava being a cheesehead! Go Pack Go!! Right now we’re rooting for either the Eagles or the Patriots to win! 

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Cheering on my Nitinay Lions!

Jeans || Red Hunter Boots ||  

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I’m Seeing Stars

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Star Print Dress c/o || Similar Bag || Rock Stud Pumps || Freyrs Sunglasses c/o || Baublebar Star Earrings c/o || DW Watch c/o || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring || Stella & Dot Ring || Stella & Dot Engravable Ring ||  

A wonderful and very happy Friday to everyone! Star prints have been everywhere this season and I am a huge fan (ahem, Star Wars.) Stars have always evoked a sense of wonder, hope, and magic for me. While growing up and gazing upon the starry night sky, anything truly seemed possible. Disney’s song “When You Wish Upon A Star” sung by Jiminy Cricket comes to mind as well. It’s a print to get behind and embrace fully. This beaming star dress from Chicwish does just that and does it perfectly. It’s actually a twin set dress with a separate turtleneck underneath the tweed and mesh print star overlay. I loveeee twinsets since it’s a two-for-one deal. The quality of turtleneck is fantastic too! A great piece to wear on its own. The dress part is made from tweed with a mesh tulle overlay with the star print, which is a shimmery bronze color. The dress fits true to size. I’m wearing an XS. 

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Cheers! 

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xo, Amanda  

Bow Tie Contrast Sweater

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Pink Contrast Sweater c/o ||  Paige Black Skinny Jeans || Similar Black OTK Boots || Circle Bag || Pink Pom Hat || Stella & Dot Ring || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring || Sunglasses || 

Hello and good morning, everyone! The sweater I’m wearing is my solution for those days where you just want to grab something quick and head out the door. It’s made to look like two pieces, a twofer, but it’s actually only one. Simple and easy. Not only that, but it’s currently $10! That’s an absolute steal! This sweater/blouse also comes in gray, but the blush was calling my name. The black bow tie string is detachable allowing you to wear it with or without. 

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xo, Amanda  

Classic Black & Camel

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Black Jacket || Camel Cardigan || Black Turtleneck || Suede Leggings || Similar Black OTK Boots || Similar Leopard Bag || Sunglasses || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring || Stella & Dot Ring || Jackie Kennedy Earrings || 

Good morning, friends! Black and camel will forever be one of those go-to classic combinations that never fails. They both work so well together and make anyone wearing them look instantly put together. What’s not to love about that?! I didn’t want to add in any pops of color, but rather to stay true to the dual colors while still adding something interesting and fun to the mix. Leopard. Another go-to classic print that, when done tastefully, never fails. It’s the perfect pop to this classic ensemble. These suede leggings are pretty fantastic too. I’m wearing an XS for reference. They are beyond comfortable, fit and feel great, and actually kept my legs warm. The fabric is heavier and thicker than your normal legging. Truly a win! 

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xo, Amanda

Exploring A Winter Wonderland

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Similar Red Jacket || Plaid Shirt || Fleece Vest || AG Skinny Jeans || Similar Socks || Duck Boots || Similar Trapper Hat || Similar Red Gloves || Jackie Kennedy Cascade Ring || Stella & Dot Ring ||  

Good morning and happy Tuesday, friends! Did everyone stay warm over the weekend? We finally broke the freezing streak of single digits and reached temperatures in the 20s yesterday. You know what, it actually felt warm, which is crazy since it was only in the 20’s! Hey, at this point, i’ll take what I can get! I also went to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which I’ll get into in a minute. Basically, I am fascinated with this movie. I’m a long time Star Wars fan, but this specific one really got me excited to watch and dissect it. If you haven’t seen it yet, beware, spoilers are ahead! 

Ive mentioned this numerous times before, but snowy winter wonderlands are my FAVORITE to photograph. The scenery is always so magical with a certain bit of whimsy dancing just upon the surface. This has been my go-to outfit lately when adventuring outdoors. It’s not only warm with its many layers, but also totally chic! My favorite part is the trapper hat. I mean, how adorable is it?! I’ve has this one for quite some time now and always grab it when the temperatures plunge. There are so many cute options out right now like this patterned one, this faux fur one, or this quilted one

Ok, now onto my love for the new Star Wars movie. Warning, SPOILERS! I will admit that when The Force Awakens came out in 2015, I had mixed feelings about it. I definitely liked it, but I wasn’t totally sold on the new characters. They did eventually grow on me though. Kylo Ren bothered me the most. I could not believe he was the new Darth Vader. WHAT?!? No way. Vader is one of the coolest cinematic characters in all of film history. Kylo was like this man child who threw tantrums and looked emo. He killed Han Solo, oh my goodness, my eyes bugged out my head when that happened. Nooooo. In any case, I didn’t necessarily like him. I did think his relationship with Rey was interesting though. Not that there was much to go on in TFA, but something was up with them. 

Fast forward two years with TLJ premiering and I’m giddy as a schoolgirl to go see it. A lot of people did not like this newest addition because it didn’t feel like Star Wars, which, yes and no. The new director, Rain Johnson, did take the movie in a different direction, but I actually liked it. Now, half of the movie was kind of unnecessary and didn’t really move the key parts of the plot forward, namely the whole Finn and Rose casino mascarade, but I like Finn and the visuals were dazzling to see. The big parts of the story were Luke and the palpable chemistry between Kylo and Rey. At first, I didn’t like what they did with Luke. He was cantankerous and looked like grizzly Adams. He wanted to get rid of the Jedi Order and basically just die on the island of Ach-To. Of course, he does come back to help in the end and eventually dies after doing so. Note, no one kills him. He is at peace and has fulfilled his purpose and simply fades away. That is how Jedi’s typically pass on. He also did expend a tremendous amount of energy using the force to teleport himself to Crate where the Resistance and the First Order were about to have a showdown thanks to a massive canon. There is a very poignant moment where he looks out to the horizon and sees the two suns setting with John Williams beautiful score playing right before he passes. When we first saw Luke as a young man in A New Hope and he was about to embark on his Jedi journey, he was looking out to the horizon with two setting suns setting and the very same John Williams score playing. It was a full circle moment and beautifully done. 

Now, onto the juiciest part of the movie, which in my opinion was perfectly done. The Kylo (Ben) and Rey relationship. #Reylo until the end! I am shipping so hard on them right now, haha. The chemistry between them is literally off the charts and their “force chats” were so believable and filled with raw emotion. They made the simple act of briefly touching hands feel so intimate. It’s a forbidden romance of course, he is “evil” and she is good. Darkness and light. There is conflict in Kylo though where light still remains. It was nice to see some of his humanity in this film too. That had me looking at him differently and not comparing him to Vader. The Snoke death scene and fight that follows it, OMG!!! The sexiest and best scene in all of Star Wars history. No lie. That was my favorite scene in the whole movie. The way they fight together, perfectly in sync and always checking to make sure the other is alright. The only way for there to be balance in the force is for light and dark to balance one another out. Neither side can prevail, which is what happened in Return Of The Jedi. This fact alone has me hoping that Rey and Kylo can come together in the end, episode IX (2019 release hopefully) and balance everything out. It’s there, Kylo loves Rey, but Rey loves Ben, who Kylo used to be. His birth name. The good side of him before he turned into Kylo Ren with the dark side. There’s a ton of subtlety and innuendos, which is what makes Star Wars great. You have to dissect and look further than what is on the surface. 

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Velvet Bows

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Good morning and happy Friday!! First off, I hope everyone is staying warm with the extreme cold weather/ blizzard we’re in. Luckily, NEPA was spared the blizzard part, but the temperature is going wayyyyy down to below zero with the wind chill. As Yukon Cornelius said, “it’s not fit for man nor beast out there!” 

 This velvet dress has me reminiscing about the 1930s. The luxurious velvet instantly adds glamour to any outfit. I loved the drape and feel of the dress too. The inside feels silky and absolutely lovely against the skin. The dress has a nice weight to it making it a fantastic option for late fall and winter. How about the beautiful rose color too?! Last, but not least, the gorgeous bows and ruffle details adorning the dress. Any little feminine  detail always gets me. 

Please stay warm and cuddle under a blanket this weekdend! Cheers! 

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xo, Amanda  

Snow Day

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Good morning and happy new year! Snow pictures are my favorite to take. There’s something quite magical and enchanting about the new fallen snow. It makes a beautiful bright backdrop too. The only downside is the cold, haha. I could certainly do without that. Before you ask, yes, I have heels on in the snow. Nothing new for me, but I wanted to show how I would actually wear this outfit, say for Valentines Day, which is going to be here before you know it! It’s never too early to start planning. On the actual day I took these, it was snowing so  plan B called for some boots to walk through the inches of snow on the ground. In any case, this red dress was the perfect pop of color against the snow. I love the circle style too, hello twirling! This dress is on sale right now for $22. I’m wearing a size small an found it to fit true to size. 

 

Cheers to 2018!

 

xo, Amanda