Monday, November 25, 2013

In the Red

Coat: Express (similar) // Sweater: Forever 21 // Leggings: C. Wonder // Purse:  J. Crew Factory // Boots: Aldo // Hat: Forever 21

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Winter just showed up and smacked us in the face!  It's officially in the 20's and freezing.  I had to go with the heavy artillery and break out the winter coat.  I love red for this time of year--it screams merry and festive to me.  This coat has a flattering a-line cut, like a fit and flare, that makes it a little more dressy.  Keeping my ears warm is this striped beanie.  I normally look laughable with any kind of head gear but taking pictures in the cold makes me push the boundaries for the sake of keeping warm!

Stay warm, friends :]

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Stand Out Camo

Sweater: Express // Jeans: c/o Aeropostale // Purse: Coach // Shoes: Steve Madden

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As far as I'm concerned, camo is the new neutral.  In the summer I loved pairing it with bring colors, like orange or yellow.  Currently, I'm liking it with muted neutrals or black.  The oversized sweater pairs well with the legging-like jeans (I dislike the word "jegging") by creating a balance of proportion--the jeans give me the shape I need to pull off the looser fit top.  Simple accessories were the way to go on this one so a classic nude pump and delicate gold jewelry complete the look.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Short Trip

Top:  Madewell // Sweater:  Madewell // Shorts:  South Moon Under // Tights: Uniqlo // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff 

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Spent a lovely Saturday with my birthday boy in Tarrytown, NY--a small town over the Hudson River.  Talk about picturesque.  I love transitioning my shorts with tights and getting the most out of my closet.  The pop of yellow with the belt brings out the color in the paisley blouse.  The Rebecca Minkoff  mini m.a.c. in navy was the perfect compliment.  

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mix Master

Jacket: Francesca's Collection / Shirt:  J. Crew // Scarf: F21 // Jeans:  Madewell // Shoes:  Aldo // Purse: J. Crew Factory

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Back at it with a mix of plaid and...aztec?  Yes, it would seem so!  While mixing prints is a big part of my style, I frequently mix styles too.  Borrowing the plaid from the prepsters and adding in bohemian elements, like the printed scarf and fringe booties, keeps it interesting.  It's an expression of what interests me--I'm largely influenced by my own Indian roots, where colors and textures come naturally to me, but I also have a special place in my heart for all the classics, like plaid, stripes, pearls, and red lips.  While I'm not really sure how to define my personal style, I do believe that it is a mix of all these different elements and making it work in an outfit is like my own little jigsaw puzzle--when the pieces fall in to place, I know I've succeeded.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seeing Red with ModCloth

While I'm not fully prepared for snow and Christmas carols, I know that the holiday party season is close to kicking off.  Getting into the swing of things, I'm teaming up with ModCloth, as part of their Uniquely You campaign, to bring you festive outfit ideas--with a side of vintage, of course!

Seeing Red with ModCloth

  If Little Red Riding Hood was suddenly in need of a navy coat, this is the one she'd pick.  Check out the detailing on this one--faux-fur lined hood, red ribbon trim and unique toggle closures.   With all the cute dresses out there, the last thing we want to do is hide it under just any old coat.  The lovely red plaid dress pairs well with matching red t-strap heels.  You can easily dress it down with tights and boots during your work week.  For some added holiday glam, a statement necklace is the perfect accessory to kick it up a notch.  Don't forget to swipe on a classic red lipstick and throw it in your dainty satchel for touch up's through out the night!

What are you coveting from ModCloth's holiday arrivals?

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Leather Forecast

Jacket:  Express // Shirt:  Forever 21 // Jeans:  Loft // Clutch:  J. Crew Factory // Shoes:  DV Dolce Vita

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Transitioning your summer wardrobe to a fall one can be tricky.  Luckily enough, leather has become a seasonless fabric.  It's versatility makes its the perfect layering piece.  Channeling your inner rock start, leather jackets now come in such a variety--colored leather, bomber style, texture panels or colorblocking.  And now with the introduction of great vegan options, the price is just right.  I paired my taupe jacket with my boyfriends jeans to keep it edgy and effortless.  It's the ideal weekend wear look.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

TGIF: No.1

Friday Favorites
Due to an unhealthy Pinterest addiction and well, an addiction to the internet/social media in general, I wanted a way to share some creative finds with all of you here.  So in a small series here on the blog, I'll point out a few of my favorites from the week, whether it be fashion, beauty, recipes, products, design, etc.  If you ever have a suggestion of something I should check out, leave a comment below.  I love finding new and creative ideas!

In no particular order--

1.  L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation
I know I've already reviewed this product here and decided I liked it, but now I've decided I really like it.  I just can't get over how smooth and powdery it feels.  It's one of my most used bases from last month. After further use, it's close to perfect with the addition of a setting powder!

2.  Ponytails
As mundane and ordinary as it sounds, I can't get enough of the ponytail.  These cold, can't-get-out-of-bed mornings have me hitting that snooze button repeatedly.  So I've just been smoothing my hair out and pulling it up into a pony.  The great thing is that my second (or third) day curls fall perfectly.  Here's a quick tutorial on The Hair Cuff Pony.

3.  Sugar and Cloth blog
Ashley from Sugar and Cloth posts some seriously creative DIY's.  And not the type where you need a million dollars worth of stuff that normal people just don't have, but rather the ones where you think "hey, I can do this!" This pegboard headboard got me so excited.  We're actually putting this idea to use in our makeshift "studio" for blog photos in the cold and dark months of winter.  The idea that it's customizable so we can switch out items for both of our photos really appealed to our needs.  Hoping to install it this weekend!  Please take a second to check out Ashley's other projects--the Christmas DIY's are not to be missed.

4.  Gallery Wall
Pinterest is full of these images of clustered photos in all shapes and sizes and layouts.  I tried once to set one up in our bedroom but it is deceivingly difficult!  It quickly turned into a lopsided mess.  I ran into this image and fell in love with the symmetry and clean lines.  I love that it's top to bottom.  I'm guessing--only guessing--that it's slightly easier to hang this grid formation rather than one with different sized frames.  Since we take a ton of photos, it would be nice to feature some in a cohesive design.  Off we go to Ikea for some frames!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

On the Right Track

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Layering up this time of year is a no brainer.  But you never want to look bulky--the Thanksgiving feast will do that all on its own.  Try to layer with lighterweight fabrics.  I went with a knit blazer underneath a trench to stay warm.  That way I don't end up looking too wide up top.  I've really been on this neutral with black kick lately--it's just so chic to me.
What colors are you enjoying for Fall?

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Leather leggings c/o Aeropostale

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

EAT: Pumpkin Pie Bites

'Tis the season of all things pumpkin in my home.  These semi-homemade pumpkin pie bites were an instant hit this weekend, and fittingly so since I copied this recipe from @mealsfullofcolor on Instagram and I whipped them up in an instant (okay, I'm stopping-- this instant). I've been following Brandi for a long time and fell in love with her vibrant and healthy meal ideas.  Please take a second to check out her blog here.  I didn't stick to her recipe exactly.  I chose to go with these shells because they're easier to work with--no defrosting, rolling or cutting.  Just separate the pre-cut shells and bake for 20 mins.  Then they're ready to fill with anything you'd like, savory or sweet.  If you're an overachiever, you could easily use homemade pastry sheets and fit sqaures into mini muffin tins, like Brandi did!

  • Puff Pastry cups--store bought
  • pumpkin pie filling (not pumpkin puree)
  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • toasted pecans (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and place shells on ungreased cooking sheet, with "tops" up for 20 mins or until golden brown.  Lower temperature to 350°F.
  • Coat toasted pecans with pumpkin pie spice and set aside.
  • Carefully remove the "tops" of each cup--they pop out easily with a small spoon.  Spoon the pumpkin pie filling into each hole, allowing for extra to cover the top as well.
  • Return to the oven for another 8-10 mins for the filling to cook through.
  • Allow it to cool for 10 mins before topping with whipped cream and garnish with toasted pecans.
 Warning:  These little bite-sized babies will disappear before your very eyes.  Make extra!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hold Your Horses!

 I spent a blissful Saturday exploring local landmarks, like Ringwood Manor (see photos below) in Ringwood, NJ.  The surrounding grounds of this historical house is stunning and the fall foliage made it a sight to behold.  It was a perfect day with ideal weather and good company :]

While there wasn't actually any real horses in sight, my outfit itself equestrian-inspired.  It's a look I admire for its tall boots, riding pants and preppy blazers. Knowing I wanted to wear my trusty boots, I opened my closet and pulled out this anchor print and quickly paired it with a paisley scarf.  I did traditional denim up top and added a neutral khaki colored denim on the bottom instead.

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Keep scrolling for some shots from this weekend!
Ringwood Manor in Ringwood, NJ.  A dilapidated old cabin on the grounds. 

Ringwood Manor, NJ.  The idyllic grounds

Ringwood Manor, NJ

Ringwood Manor, NJ

Lake Wawayanda, NJ

Lake Wawayanda, NJ