Happy New Year, Y’all! What Will You Change In 2014?

Good afternoon gorgeous! I hope you all had a fabulous New Years Eve and New Years Day and you’re having a good day back to work if you had to head back in today! It is widely known that you are more likely to stick with your goals and plans if you tell people what they are… That is why I am tell all of you lovely ladies what my New Years resolutions are! Coming up with at least one resolution is something I do every year, and usually it is always to be more healthy or try and lose some weight (that one may or may not have made my list again…), but like almost everyone else who makes a resolution, I tend to ditch these goals and plans sometime around spring break (if not before!). So this year, I am hoping to stick with these resolutions that I am making all year (or at least until they are completed…)! This year, my New Years resolutions are:

  1.  Save more money – as I’m sure many of you can tell, I may have a little bitty shopping problem… And, as you can imagine, this “addiction” as some may call it, leads me to spend far more money than I should be.  With graduation right around the corner (and dreams of moving to the greatest place in all the land, New York City), I really need to start saving as much money as I possibly can!
  2. Live a healthier lifestyle – I really do try my best to be as healthy as I possibly can, but this pertains to more than just my diet, I obviously would like to eat a little healthier (my roommate and I are going to cut carbs and sugar when we get back to school!), but I also am going to make a conscious effort to get back into going to the gym at least 6 days a week.  This also includes many other aspects of living a healthy lift!
  3. Be more positive – Whether or not you’ve been in my shoes or not, we all know that looking for a job these days is a rather bleak thought.  With the economy on the up side, the job market is certainly getting better, but it is still not the greatest.  So, one thing I am going to work on this year is being more positive about the hunt for a job.  (After all, even if I am not employed right when I graduate, someone has to hire me eventually, right?!).  This resolution to be a more positive person applies to more than just the job search though. I am really aiming to be more of a “glass half full” person in all aspects of life!
  4. Read more – I am not sure that you guys know this about me, but I absolutely love, love, love to read.  Reading, like running, is one of the few things that just takes me to my own world and makes me such a happy person.  However, with the stress of school and the seemingly never ending pile of reading for class, I always seem to lose track of the books that I read for myself during the school year.  But this year, I really want to make the conscious effort to read a book that is totally for me at least a few times a week.

There you have it ladies, those are my four resolutions for 2014.  I am going to take steps to make these happen that will include you guys (who’s ready for a book club?!).  Do you have any ideas for me to carry out any of these resolutions? What are your resolutions this year!? I’d love to hear ’em ladies!


Finding The Perfect Outfit This NYE

With the holidays passing and the end of the month creeping up on us quickly, it is that time of year again… Time to decide what you’re going to wear on New Years Eve!  Many people may think that the hard part is figuring out where you are going to go, or coordinating everyone’s plans and transportation for the evening, but if you’re anything like me, the hardest part comes when you’re trying to pick that perfect outfit for the evening’s festivities.  For that dilemma, I have a few suggestions and ideas for you to help guide your decisions, but don’t get too ahead of yourselves, because right now we only get to see the first one!

New Years Eve Outfit Idea - Affordable


Top: Clayton Sequin Vest Top by Goldie – topshop.com, $76

Pants: Koral Skinny Jean (Black Blue) – auqtique.co.uk, $295

Shoes: Steve Madden Deeny – lorisshoes.com, $97

Bag: Jimmy Choo Charlize Leather Clutch – jimmychoo.com, $1,450

Bracelet: Flora Handmade Bangle – oliverbonas.com, $43

Earrings: Kate Spade New York French Wire Drop Earrings – piperlime.gap.com, $68

I hope you ladies are having a great Sunday afternoon and stay posted, with only two more days until New Year’s Eve, there are more outfit ideas coming your way!


Guest Post: Lyss Of Setting Sail


Merry Christmas Everyone!

I am so sorry that I haven’t been on top of my game the last few days.. I have been so busy getting ready for Christmas and everything else going on (I have an internship over winter break, so that’s been keeping me busy also!).  But, that doesn’t mean we don’t have an amazing and gorgeous guest blogger today! 

This week’s guest post is a little different that normal, though.  This week, I am so excited to present Lyss of Setting Sail Blog!  She is providing us with an amazing Christmas Day Outfit.  She is not only stunning and super sweet, but her blog is absolutely amazing! Check it out, I know you are going to love it as much as I do! But, without further ado, here is Lyss and her super cute and stylish Christmas Day Outfit!

Guest Blogger Series - Lyss Of Setting Sail Blog

Guest Blogger Series - Lyss Of Setting Sail Blog

Outfit details: Dress Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt Garage (on sale!) | Stockings H&M 

Merry Christmas all from s e t t i n g SAIL blog! I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful holiday with lots of family and friends. If you’re still wondering what to break out of your closet for this big event, consider opting for an easy dress that you can wear comfortably and layer – especially if it’s cold where you are.  I’ve paired this chic vest/trench inspired black wrap dress with a scoop neck stripped tee and black stockings. The best part about this outfit is that you can easily customize this look. To dress is up I recommend adding some beautiful earrings (like these) and bracelets (like this and this) paired with a smart pair of knee length boots and pea coat.  For a more casual look consider wearing a sweater over the dress and pairing your outfit with some warm wool socks scrunched low to pair with a cute pair of ankle booties.

XOXO, Lyss

See guys, what did I tell ya… She’s awesome! And her blog is just as amazing.  Check it out here! I promise you’ll be so glad you did!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful day with your family and friends!



Holiday Outfit Ideas Round 3


Casual Christmas Outfit

Happy Monday Ladies! I hope you all had a good weekend and you got most (if not all…) of your shopping done! With only one more shopping day until Christmas, I know you are all starting to stress about your outfit if you don’t have one picked out already.  So, here is another outfit idea for you!

Outfit Of The Day - Christmas Outfit Idea

Top:  Jaeger Striped Oversized Jumper (Taupe) – johnlewis.com$295 $160 (ON SALE NOW!)

Pants: Mango Horse Riding Leggings – houseoffraser.com, $33 $25 (ON SALE NOW!)

Boots: Cole Haan Tall Adler Boots – colehaan.com$378 $230 (ON SALE NOW!)

Scarf: Merona Knit Infinity Scarf (black) – target.com, $20

Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs Baker Watch (black) – marcjacobs.com, $175

Bracelet: Tory Burch Walter Thin Bracelet – toryburch.com, $125  

Earrings: Kate Spade Small Square Stud Earrings – piperlime.gap.com, $38

Everyone’s family does something different for the holidays, but if you’re anything like my family, we like to keep it nice and casual and comfy on Christmas! So, this would be the perfect outfit for us (maybe even a little too dressy… when I say comfy, I am not kidding!).  But, if you keep it a little more formal, there will be more outfit ideas coming your way soon!

I hope you all have a great Monday, and if you haven’t finished your shopping yet you better get it together and head to the mall!


Holiday Outfit Idea Round 2


Holiday Dinner Outfit (with the Family)

With Christmas quickly approaching, I know many of you are probably still trying to put together your outfit for dinner with your family and/or friends.  This is one part of the holidays that I personally always struggle with! So, here is an idea for what you could wear…

Outfit Of The Day - Holiday Christmas Idea


Dress:  Dorothy Perkins Red Slash Neck Ottoman Dress – dorothyperkins.com, $35

Belt: Fossil Leather Bow Belt – fossil.com, $32

Tights: Hue Tulle Texture Tights – lorisshoes.com$14 $7 (ON SALE NOW!)

Shoes: Tory Burch Reva Tonal Logo Ballet Flats – bergdorfgoodman.com, $235

Bracelets: Kate Spade New York Idiom (Heart Of Gold) Bracelet – nordstrom.com$32 $27 (ON SALE NOW!)

Kate Spade New York Sailor Knot Hinge Bangle – katespade.com, $78

Kate Spade New York All That Glitters Pave Idiom Bangle – couture.zappos.com, $58

Earrings:  Kate Spade New York Faceted Shimmer Earrings – saksfifthavenue.com, $98

I hope this helps you with your planning ladies! Have a great day and enjoy your Sunday!


Holiday Gift Guide For The Shoe Lover

Good Morning and Happy Sunday Beauties!  With only three more days (and two more shopping days!) until Christmas, it’s definitely crunch time! You guys know me and my crazy obsession with shoes, so I figured what better way to help out my fellow shoe obsessed ladies than to have a gift guide for shoe lovers.  If you have someone on your list that is just as crazy and in love with shoes as I am, I can pretty much guarantee you that any one of these pair of shoes will be the perfect gift! (I can personally assure you that I would be absolutely ecstatic if I got any of these from Santa this year!)

Holiday Gift Guide For The Shoe Lover

  • Tory Burch Juliet Leather Riding Boots – toryburch.com, $525 $367.50 (ON SALE NOW!)
  •  Prada Leopard Ponyhair Loafer – barneys.com, $690
  • Bianca Patent Leather Platform Pumps (Nude) – neimanmarcus.com, $845
  • UGG Australia Classic Cardy Boots (Grey) – uggaustralia.com, $160
  • Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats – toryburch.com, $225
  • Jimmy Choo Lottie Black Suede Sandals – jimmychoo.com, $695
  • Ivanka Trump Carmens – zappos.com, $130
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Haven Suede Platform Pumps – cusp.com$150 $105 (ON SALE NOW!)

Are those shoes amazing or what?! I have to say I am in love with every single one of them! Goodness gracious, I cannot wait for post-Christmas sales so that I can stock up and get all of these amazing shoes that I can! (Yeah, yeah, I know I have a little problem, but hey! It could be worse, right?!)

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and get to the stores! Your friends and family are counting on you to get that last amazing pair of shoes for them!


Holiday Outfit Ideas Part 1: Holiday Parties

Are you having trouble deciding what to wear to your company’s holiday party? Do you have a family party that you can never seem to know how to dress for? Or maybe just a dinner with friends?

Well, no matter what the occasion is, we have the solution for you! I know how hard it can be to pick out the perfect outfit for gatherings like these, because I always seem to struggle as well, so today, I have a couple outfit ideas to get your creative juices flowing so you can pick out the outfit that is best suited for you!

For our first look, we have a really festive and cute little dress paired with the perfect jewelry and an amazing pair of Louboutin pumps for a really complete and festive look!
Holiday Outfit Ideas - Holiday Parties


Dress: Frill Sleeve Chiffon Layered Dress (burgundy) – chiarafashion.co.uk, $21 

Coat: MICHAEL by Michael Kors Belted Wrap Coat – victoriassecret.com$198 $158 (ON SALE NOW!)

Tights: Zara Soft Bamboo Tights – zara.com, $20

Shoes: Christian Louboutin 140mm Bianca Pumps (Black Patent Leather) – christianlouboutin.com, $845

Bag: Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch – net-a-porter.com, $1,240

Necklace: 3-Row Berry Stone Necklace – jcpenny.com$20 $14 (ON SALE NOW!)

Earrings: Ruby Stud Earrings – diva.net.au, $4.49

Lipstick: Nars Semi Matte Lipstick (Jungle Red) – net-a-porter.com, $26

Nail Polish: Nars Oxblood Red Nail Polish

And for look #2, we have a super cute little mini skirt paired with a chic and classy blouse for the perfect mixture of fun and classy!

Holiday Outfit Ideas - Holiday Parties


Top: Lavender Brown Double Layer Blouse (Cream) – bleuclothing.com, $156

Skirt: ZADIG & VOLTAIRE Sequined Jasmi Skirt (Black) – stylebop.com, $430

Tights: Zara Soft Bamboo Tights – zara.com, $20

Shoes: Jimmy Choo Anouk Pointy Toe Pumps (Black) – jimmychoo.com, $595

Necklace: Forever 21 Glam Bib Necklace – forever21.com, $13

Earrings: Kenneth Cole New York Gold Tone Faceted Round Bead Stud Earrings – macys.com, $24

I hope my ideas and suggestions have helped you a little, and if there is anything else you would like help with or would like me to feature, just let me know! I know we’ve gotten down to crunch time and you’re hitting the last few holiday parties before you have your family gatherings for the holidays, but I also know many of you are procrastinators… So, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at kristen.booth06@gmail.com with any and all ideas/suggestions you have for me!

I hope you ladies are having a wonderful day and stay posted for more to come in Holiday Outfit Ideas Part 2!


A Holiday Gift Guide From Susan of Susan Mahlburg



Hello There Lovelies!

With only five days (and four shopping days!) left until Christmas we have yet another fabulous Holiday Gift Guide from guest blogger Susan Fisher of Susan Mahlburg! After a phenomenal guest post a few weeks back, I was thrilled when I learned she was going to do a gift guide for us as well! Just a fantastic as before (maybe even more!), and stunning as ever, she has provided us with a little holiday help that did nothing but exceed any expectations I could have possibly had! So, without further ado, here is a Holiday Gift Guide from the lovely Susan of Susan Mahlburg!

A Holiday Gift Guide From Susan Of Susan Mahlburg

So what that actually means is…

1. I think the best shoes of the season are….

Kate Spade Glitter KedsI recently featured them on the blog and think it’s an easy way for even the most on-the-go ladies to add some sparkle to their steps during the holiday season.  It matches the Charm Heel, which is a KS cult favorite.

2. My favorite 2013 Holiday Gift Set is…

Nars Guy Bourdin Crime of Passion Kit.  Nars does such great collaborations, especially over the holidays (last year it was Andy Warhol).  And when they say Limited Edition, they really mean it.  Anyone would love to get Nars as a gift – they have this magical way of making sure any of their shades work with absolutely any skin tone.  It’s uncanny.  And not only is their product top-quality, the packaging is, too.

3. The hottest electronic device/gadget this year is…

The no!no! Hair Removal Gadget.  I always shied away from these things, but the more I hear about them, I just might buy one for myself.  How many times do you try to make a waxing appointment, only to find out they’re booked?  In Virginia, all the time.  Beggars can’t be choosers, so take matters into your own hands.

4. I am dying to make this gift for someone…

I am actually a huge fan of putting together gift baskets.  You can go several ways with this.  Option 1: a compilation of a bunch of favorite things.  Let’s be real: stores do cute things in miniature sizes this time of year, so why not do a bunch of things?  Option 2: the ‘event’ basket – you know the one, it’s themed for a particular activity.  She likes crafts?  Knit her a scarf but include it with a bunch of yarn, etc so she can knit her own.  She likes baking?  Bake her some cookies, but then compile all of the ingredients she would need to make another great recipe and display it in a cute Mason jar you’ve glitzed up for her.

5. Three things on my Christmas list this year are…

1) Saint-Laurent Metalic Leather Biker Jacket

2) Zac Posen Eartha Extreme Soft Top Handle

3) Prada Acetate Baroque Gradiant Sunglasses



XOXO, Susan

See, is she amazing or what?! Not that I had to tell you, because you have already seen how great she is from her guest post! But, if you haven’t already done so, please check out here blog here! It’s just as fantastic as she is… I promise you won’t regret it! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite fashion blogs to read everyday! Her style is absolutely amazing and I hope one day I am as awesome as she is! (Plus, only living about 45 minutes away from JMU, she my neighbor! How cool is that?!)

I hope you guys have a wonderful day and don’t forget to check out her blog if you haven’t already done so today!


Holiday Gift Guide: For Him



Only 5 More Days Until Christmas… Are You Ready?!

Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for the man (or men for some of you!) in your life? Well, I have the answers for you today! Be it your dad, your bother, your husband, or your boyfriend, I am sure you will be able to find something (or at least have a good idea started) from the options I have listed here!

I got the inspiration for this post because today I am taking my dad shopping and giving him a little mini makeover (I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on the progress we make today!), so in thinking about the things that we are going to be getting/look at, I thought that it would be a good thing to post.  I know that my sister and I struggle to think of the right thing to get for our dad for Christmas every year, so knowing the trouble we always have, I figured there was bound to be a few other ladies out there who have the same problem(s).

Holiday Gift Guide - Gift Ideas For Him


While I know this short list is not all inclusive (the gift my sister and I got for my dad this year isn’t listed here! I’d tell ya what it is but my dad may be reading so you’ll have to wait until after Christmas!), but this is certainly a good start to get yourselves thinking in the right direction.  It is always hard to find something that you feel good about for the men in your life, especially if your dad is anything like mine and always says he doesn’t want or need anything! But, I hope this little list helps and if there is anything else you need help brainstorming gifts for, please let me know and I can definitely put together a gift guide for that, also! (I’m starting to run out of ideas so any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!) Shoot me an email at kristen.booth06@gmail.com with any suggestions :)

I hope you have a great day my little beauty queen, it’s almost the weekend… Hang in there you’re almost done!


The 2013 Winter Collection From Warby Parker



Good Afternoon Loves!

Today, I have yet another treat for y’all… A look at the Winter 2013 Collection from Warby Parker that is available now here!

Do you hate going to the eye doctor and getting a pair of overpriced designer glasses that you don’t necessarily love, but they were the best one’s that you could find? Well, Warby Parker knows how you feel and they have set out (and succeeded, if you ask me!) to fix that problem that so many people feel! Providing many people worldwide with higher-quality and lower-priced eyewear that look better than what you find in the stores, you are sure to find something you absolutely love! With glasses starting at just $85, here are a few of my favorites:

Edgeworth Glasses in Sage, $95

Warby Parker - Edgeworth Glasses

Warby Parker - Edgeworth Glasses

Durand Glasses in Woodland Tortoise, $95

Warby Parket - Durand Glasses


Seymore Glasses in Sage, $95

Warby Parker - Seymore Glasses

Warby Parket - Seymore Glasses

In addition to these fantastic frames, Warby Parker they also have some amazing electronic gift cards that you can send to anyone on your list this year! All you have to do is pick the date and they will do the rest! On the chosen date, there will be a gift card emailed to the person you are giving it to… Easy as that! Complete with all of the ingredients to make a fabulous snowman, here is an example of what their super cute gift cards look like:

Holiday Gift Card

Holiday Gift Card

Did you think that was great? Well, that’s not all! On top of their amazing Winter Collection and super cute Holiday Gift Cards, they also have their regular collections, featuring Leith Clark (for women) and Beck (for men)! Here is just a little preview of what they have to offer! (To view their entire collection, visit their website here!)

Warby Parker - Beck Collection

The 2013 Beck Collection for men by Warby Parket

Warby Parker - Leith Clark

The 2013 Leith Clark Collection for women by Warby Parker

Warby Parer Winter 2013 Collection

The 2013 Winter Collection for both men and women by Warby Parker

I have only grazed the tip of the ice burg with this one, so you guys will have to check out their site for yourself to really get the full effect of the amazing things they have to offer! With their fantastic collections for both men and women you and everyone on your list is sure to find the perfect pair of glasses this season!

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