OOTD: Motivational Monday

Hello Everyone, and Welcome Back! 

Good morning and happy Monday lovely ladies… I hope you had a fantastic weekend and a great Easter! Long time no see… I know I have been MIA for the past few weeks… I suck! But I was having a few technical difficulties with my domain name and hosting that I had to get cleared up before I could log-in again… But, now that all that is cleared up, I am back!

So, for the first Motivational Monday in what seems like forever, I have a fantastic little ensemble that is perfect for spring. Ladies, if this doesn’t make you excited to get up and look flawless this week, then I don’t know what will because this outfit is phenomenal! So, now that I have talked it up so much, I hope I don’t let you down.. But here is one of my favorite Motivational Mondays yet!

Outfit Of The Day - Motivational Monday

 

Dress: Alice + Olivia, $297; Blazer: TOPSHOP, $90; Shoes: Jimmy Choo, $595; Bag: Balenciaga, $1,995; Watch: Nicolas Barth, $1,995; Earrings: Black Onyx, $40

 Do you love, love, love that outfit or what?! I know I certainly do… As you all know, I am always partial to black (if you could only see my closet… it’s color coded but about half of it is black!), but I am loving the white mix in with it for a little spring/summer pick-me-up.  Let me know what you think of this little ensemble that I am (so obnoxiously loving…) in the comments below! Have a wonderful day ladies… Get up, get moving, and look fabulous today!

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OOTD: Workout Wednesday

Good morning beautiful, and happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far, and you are finally back up and running after all of this snow (well, if you actually had snow like I did…)! This week’s Workout Wednesday is special, because it is Ash Wednesday, and for those of you who are Catholic (like I am) this is the official start of lent! With lent also comes what you are giving up, as a symbol of what you are sacrificing for Jesus.  Well this year, I have chosen a few things to give up…

  1. Dessert (or sweets in general) – I tried to give this up last year and I failed, miserably! So, this year I am making it my mission to complete the next 6 weeks without sweets! Dessert is most certainly my healthy eating pitfall, and I really need to break this habit I have of craving something sweet every single night to the point where it is all I can think about.  My solution, giving it up for lent! It has been said (by lots of important people…) that if you can go 21 days without something, you can break any addiction. Since lent is more than 21 days, I am hoping this will cure me of my chronic sweet tooth!
  2. Complaining/Bitching – My roommate and I have recently brought to light the fact that we do a lot of complaining/venting/bitching (whatever you would like to call it!), and that is not necessarily a personality trait that I would like to continue to have.  I have always known I wasn’t the most optimistic person, and I knew that I did my fair share of venting, but after reading a story in the latest Glamour about “a week without bitching” it really showed a lot of the things that can improve from this, for example self esteem (duh Kristen…), attitude, and even your diet! While those are just a few of the amazing effects that can result from having a more positive outlook on life!
  3. Laziness – As I told many of you, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to go to the gym more often. Well, like most of us with these types of resolutions, I followed through for the first month or so, and now I am right back to where I started… So, for lent I am giving up laziness… I figured who can say no to the gym when it is something you’ve given up for Jesus, right?! That would just make me an awful person…

With that being said… Enough rambling! So, here is this week’s Workout Wednesday ladies!

Outfit Of The Day - Workout Wednesday

 

Top: Nike, $32; Sports Bra: Nike, $50; Pants: Nike$50 $45; Shoes: Nike$115 $94

Is that super cute or what, girls?! Like I have told you time and time again, getting fabulous workout clothes is always a huge motivator for me to get my booty back to the gym, so if you’re struggling like I am, treat yourself to a new outfit, you’ll be glad you did! Are you giving something up for lent? Let me know whether or not you are and if so, what you’re giving up in the comments below! Have a wonderful Wednesday lovely ladies, and get you skinny butts to the gym!

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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!

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Guest Post: Michele Of Style On The Vine

 

Good Morning Beauties!

It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means… it’s time for another guest post from another amazing guest blogger! This week I am so excited to welcome back Michele of Style on the Vine.  After participating in our Holiday Gift Guide Series with a fabulous guest post, I was more than excited when I learned that she wanted to be featured with a guest post as well! Not only is her blog, Style on the Vine, amazing, but her style is fabulous also! And then, in addition to all of that, she is absolutely stunning! So, without further ado, here is Michele of Style on the Vine!

Before we get into the Q&A, here is a little more about Michele and her blog

Michele Of Style On The Vine

Michele, the gorgeous face behind the fabulous blog, Style On The Vine!

I started my blog while I was in college as a side project for my design portfolio. Style On The Vine has since transformed into my personal voice in an area thriving with culinary culture but quiet with fashionable styl perspective. As a blogger I’ve been networking with others in our various blogging communities. I love collaborating, creating and styling with my fellow bloggers, friends and/or designers. I knew I wanted to be involved with the fashion world after one read of my now favorite magazine NYLON while I was at the airport. The overall concept of the magazine entranced me and let me to soul search for what I was really aiming for in my life. I have never looked back…although my NYLON collection has become fairly hefty. My passion for fashion derives from a pure love of fashion editorial shoots. They capture a moment, create a character and tell a story with only a few carefully crafted photographs. I see fashion as an extension of one’s personality and I like to believe that Style On The Vine encapsulates mine.  For more about me and my blog, visit me here!

Guest Blogger Series - Michele Of Style On The Vine

 

 

 

And now for a translation of what that actually means…

1.     If you were on a tight budget and could only afford one of your favorite magazines (I know, I love them all too!), what would it be? What is your favorites section/part of that magazine?

NYLON Magazine out of New York is why I got into fashion. Something about the layout, the bold editorials and the blend of music into fashion grabbed me. I have collected every issue since! I remember scrounging up leftover change while I was in college to get my subscription renewed one year! Now that’s devotion if I do say so myself.

2.     If I were a shoe, I would be…

  • A high heeled ankle bootie in black leather. Its edgy yet chic and delicate like myself.

3.     My fashion crush (idol, inspiration, admirer, the list could go on forever…) is…

I have so so so many people I admire for their style, Gwen Stefani, Audrey Hepburn, Zoe Saldana and so on but I truly love Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine. She mixes vintage gowns and modern pieces like its nothing. She has her own niche style voice which I respect and admire. She can look glamorous and illusive while stile remaining approachable. I am just in love with her1

4.     If I were stranded on an island and could only have two make-up products, they would be…

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Smolder & Smashbox Photo-finish BB Cream

5.     I keep my skin looking fabulous and flawless by… (what are your go-to products?!)

  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate and moisturize!
  • I use a retinol restoring night cream by Mary Kay + matching under-eye cream every night

6.     I blog because… (Tell me when and why you started blogging, and then why you continued after you initially started!)

I blog as a way to stay in touch with the fashion community and its followers. I love expressing my point of view through style and experiencing others by connecting with them through networking sites.

7.     If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose…

London, UK. I have never been there before but I am entranced by its misty ways. I tend to love the gloomy days, wet streets and mod British style. I feel like I would fit in well with its surroundings and people

8.     When I grow up I want to be… (If you could be absolutely anything, what is your dream/ideal career!?)

  • A trend forecaster and magazine contributor for NYLON Magazine in NY. I really want to work for a magazine!!

9.     My favorite designer is…

  • I have a billion but Marc Jacobs has done so much for not only his own branding but for the Louis Vuitton creative direction as well. He wears so many hats but always looks fierce!

10.  My favorite quote is… Because… (What are your go-to words of wisdom from a fellow fashionista and why?)

“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.”-Audrey Hepburn

11.  My rock is… (Who in your life inspires you and has helped you get where you are today?)

  • My mom is my rock. She supports me unconditionally through everything. She was there when I changed schools to go to fashion school. She has been with me through everything and I could not have done it without her.

12.  With the abundance of free time I have (don’t we all wish this was the case!), I like to…

  • Read ALL of my fashion magazines
  • Work on my blog
  • Play with my mini dachshund Cliffy
  • Spend time catching up on shows with my boyfriend Eddie

 

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What did I tell you?! Well, I guess I didn’t really have to tell you much because you guys already knew how amazing she was after her fantastic Holiday Gift Guide! But, she just keeps getting better and better doesn’t she girls? Well, if you love her as much as I do then please show her some love and visit her blog! It’s great, so it is definitely not something you will regret, I promise…

I hope you all have a great day and I stay tuned for today’s Outfit Of The Day!

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House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection Sneak Peak!

Hello lovelies! I hope you are all having a fabulous Friday today (and I hope that you’re doing something more fun than I am!).  Today I have a special treat for all of you beautiful, hard workers to help you get through the final stretch of the day… A sneak peak into the House of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection!

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

House of Fraser is an online store based out of the UK and Ireland.  Partnering with over 60 stores between the two countries, they are the leading national online department store in both Ireland and the UK.  Although they mainly do business online, they also have one brick and mortar retail location that is based on the same model as their ever popular web-based store.  I only recently learned about House of Fraser, but it has quickly become one of my favorite stores! They really do have everything! Reminding me a lot of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the US, I know this would be a store that I frequented quite often if I lived anywhere close (or even in the right country…)! But, for now I guess I will have to settle with shopping online (which, let’s be honest, I already do quite well and never have any problems spending just as much, if not more, money!).  So, without further ado, here is a sneak peak at a few of the absolutely stunning and amazing pieces in House of Fraser’s 2013 Christmas Collection!

Looks #1 and #2 –  Christmas Drinks with the Girls:

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

The perfect little ensemble for a night on the town catching up with old friends for a round of Christmas time drinks, this dress is chic and festive! However, while it is super seasonal and holiday appropriate, it is extremely versatile and could easily be worn for many other occasions at other points in the winter months!

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

These super sleek leather skinnies paired with that to-die-for studded blouse are the perfect combination for a fun night on the town with the girls! This awesome outfit is also not only appropriate at Christmas time, so with the versatility that it offers, you could wear it for so many different events giving you all the of a reason to buy it without feeling guilty!

 

Look #3 – Casual Christmas Dinner with the Family:

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

This extremely elegant and classy outfit is the perfect solution for Christmas Dinner with your family.  It looks so chic and fashionable while maintaining an elegant appearance (and we all know how hard that is to achieve these days!)… Needless to say, I absolutely love this and I have to add… It will definitely be making it’s way on to my Christmas list!

Looks #4 and #5 – Christmas Party:

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

This dress is my favorite piece in the collection and would be the perfect choice for a holiday party this season! It is so chic and fashionable and at the same time so classic and classy. It’s perfect! Ladies, I can promise you will be turning the heads of all the men if you wear this sleek and sexy little number!

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

Is the Christmas Party you’re going to a little bit more formal? Well here you go! This is the perfect solution for you.! With such a flattering shape and style, this dress is sure to look good on almost any body type! It is a timeless fashion that you will be able to keep in your closet for many years to come and not feel outdated when you wear it 10 years after you buy it! With such a fun color, this elegant and classy dress has a little added flare for the wild side in us all.

These are only a small sample of the amazing 2013 Christmas Collection that is being featured by House of Fraser this season! These are my favorite five pieces of the collection, but you may have your own favorites that I didn’t include! Stay tuned for more details about a release date so you can chose your favorite pieces for yourself! And in the mean time, check out House of Fraser for yourself.  I’m telling you, I really think you’re going to love it… I know I surely do!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and you’re getting more and more excited for the weekend… Its almost here, just hang in a little longer!

Also, make sure you check out the House of Fraser Blog! (It’s awesome girls, trust me!)

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