Look Spectacular on NYE with Rent the Runway

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Party season is here and with it the endless confusion over semi-formal, cocktail attire and black tie wear!   – for less! You don’t even have to worry about accessories because Rent the Runway has those too.

Plus, if you shop between 12/10-12/21, choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31 and use code HAPPY2015, you can save 20% on your order of $50 or more! Don’t fret about ordering the wrong size either. With Rent The Runway you can even select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost. Here are some of our favorite New Year’s Eve looks:


Allison Parris - Noir Wonderland Dress

Allison Parris – Noir Wonderland Dress


Contrarian - Sea Shimmer Dress

Contrarian – Sea Shimmer Dress


Badgley Mischka - Go Out With A Bang

Badgley Mischka – Go Out With A Bang

Which dress is your favorite?  It’s hard to decide!



Look Spectacular on NYE with Rent the Runway

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If you’re like me, you’ve already spent loads of cash on holiday presents and parties and there’s little leftover for New Year’s Eve. What’s a girl to do? You can always look amazing on New Year’s Eve, no matter your budget with the help of Rent The Runway. They have hundreds of designer dresses to rent. No one will ever know it’s a rental, they’ll just be commenting on how amazing you look! You don’t even have to worry about accessories because Rent The Runway has those, too.

It gets even better…. shop between 12/10-12/21, choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31, and use code HAPPY2015 to save 20% on your order of $50 or more! Don’t fret about ordering the wrong size either. With Rent The Runway you can even select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost. Here are some of our favorite New Year’s Eve looks:

Elizabeth and James Rent the Runway

Elizabeth and James – Such a Tease Dress

Badgley Mischka Rent the Runway

Badgley Mischka -Midnight Glamour

Allison Parris Rent the Runway

Allison Parris – Stardust Dress

I’d love to hear which dress you’d pick to wear!  Happy shopping!

Stitch Fix, Oh Stitch Fix

my latest stitch fix
The fact that the minute I see the box on my doorstep, it makes me so happy and nervous at the same time should be telling me something, right? I’m talking about my Stitch Fix box...something I look forward to receiving, but once I get it I sit there with the unopened box and wonder, “What’s inside?  Am I going to be happy?  Did they do it yet again?  Is R going to be like, ‘Um, Babe…seriously???’ ”

I can definitely answer the last question with, YES.

So here I was this afternoon, freshly back from a family vacation to Disneyworld, where we celebrated the holiday season with Mickey and his pals.  I wanted to open the box right there and then but I still had so much to do…making sure N’s science fair project was complete, 3 loads of laundry, picking up Sadie from the doggie hotel…OY!

Finally, after everything was tended to, I retired to my office and opened my fix.  (Now I really know why they call it a “fix” – thanks…).

They did well.  Sorry, they did very well.  So annoying, right?  Annoying in a good way – you know what I mean!  And this time it was a different stylist – my usual was on vacay so Patrice took over for her and did a great job.

First off, I love the personal note enclosed.  The outfit idea cards are a great touch as well.  By looking through them, I can pair the pieces with items already in my wardrobe – I am a very visual person.

41Hawthorn Ivy Grid Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse: I don’t think I can have enough of these light weight, comfy blouses (considering I received two in this fix, I think Stitch Fix feels the same way).  Black and white is a big trend this season, and thankfully, from what I’ve seen of the Spring 2015 trends, this shirt will take me into May!  I’d pair this with a pair of black skinnies and flats – not necessarily black flats (shocked?) but a pop of color would look super cool – RED!

41Hawthorn Stitch Fix Blouse
Tart Henderson Mixed Stripe Knit Shirt: At first the fact that the stripes did not “meet” in the front bugged me.  Once I tried it on, I forgave that fact and once again appreciated Tart’s style…Tart is a go-to brand for me.  Their fabrics are super soft and they fit nicely.

Just Black Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean: At first I was like, “Not another pair of black skinnies”.  I also looked at the size sent and was like, “Patrice is too kind in thinking I could fit into these”.  Well, I did fit into them and I am tossing around keeping them.  Of the black skinnies I own, none of them are ankle length with zippers (well, maybe one pair but they are from Banana and are not denim…).  Should I keep these?

Just Black Jeans and Tart Shirt Stitch Fix
Papermoon Wynn Ikat Print Front Pocket Blouse: Color!  And a nice one at that…it reminds me of the new color for 2015 – Marsala.  The ikat design is simple, which I like.  It fits nicely – it’s the other blouse I spoke about in the 41Hawthorn description.

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Market and Spruce Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan: The elbow patches caught my eye…R loves them too.  I like how Patrice noted that I can toss this over the 41Hawthorn blouse and the Just Black skinnies when it gets a bit cooler here.  The sweater is cozy; kind of reminds me of a grandpa’s sweater.  Does that make me want to keep it…hmmmmm.  Maybe.

Sweater Stitch Fix
So out of all of the pieces I recited, which ones do you think I should keep?

Want to check out Stitch Fix for yourself?  It’s worth a try…click HERE to start!

Check out my other “fixes” too!

Stitch Fix 1

Stitch Fix 2

Stitch Fix 3

Stitch Fix 4

My Beauty Wish List – Just in Time for the Holidays!


My Beauty Wish List
As I find new beauty products in the myriad of magazines that I collect over time, I rip out the pages they are on and put them aside.  Eventually I go through them and discern the ones I really want to try from the ones that look cool but may be a) not really what I need at the time or b) too expensive for a trial.  Since it is the holiday season, I found it fitting to list my beauty favorites in hopes that you may find some you like, some you may pass hints along as gifts for yourself, some you may just click on and buy right here and now.  (If the latter is the case, you are just like me…sometimes I just can’t wait!)  Here’s my beauty wish list!!

beauty wishlist

1. Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm Perfect as a stocking stuffer and comes in great flavors.
2. SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 – 10ml/0.3oz I love that this eye lotion also doubles as an eye-makeup base!
3. Avene High Protection Mineral Cream, SPF 50 I have sensitive skin and this water resistant lotion protects my face with minerals and antioxidants in lieu of chemicals.
4. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment  Put a small amount onto damp hair.  It is a conditioner that repairs damaged hair and gives it volume.  Love.
5. Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops  I have been reading so much about the benefits of vitamin C for your skin.  I alway worry if I am using enough or too little of my products to ensure it will work properly.  What’s great about this product is that it is pre-measured into daily-use capsules.
6. Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum I deal with discoloration and large pores (sorry if TMI), and Exuviance’s serum seems to be helping me out!  The alphahydroxy acid is the key – but I was told to start slowly since I have sensitive skin.  I use it at night as it also may cause sensitivity to the sun.
7. essie Nail Color, Trophy Wife Guess what’s going on my toes at my next pedicure?  I love this color…its a blueish green with a bit of sparkle.  So pretty.
8. Lip Glace Peach Hope Ovarian Cancer Fund The plumping peptide, Maxilips, along with grapes oil keep my lips pouty and moisturized perfectly.
9. Violife Slim Sonic Destination Toothbrush I had to show you the Paris print of this super cute and compact electric toothbrush.  It also comes in many other super cute prints.  Great for a stocking stuffer…

So what do you think of my latest favorites?  Are you going to try any of them out?  I’d love to know!

Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides…I found some pretty cool stuff!!










Warby Parker – Need I Say More?

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I’ve written about Warby Parker a few times in the past – way before I became an affiliate for their brand.  There’s just something about a company that strives to help others in need.  The “hook” that started my adoration is that for every pair of glasses that are purchase, another pair is given to someone in need.  (Similar to TOMS with their shoes).

I love all accessories – I don’t discriminate – so when Warby Parker offered for me to try a few pairs on, just in time for their Winter 2014 collection, I couldn’t say no.  I went onto their site, browsed the new Winter 2014 collection and picked 5 pairs for home try-on.  With the Warby Parker Home Try-On Program, you can decide which frame best suits you from the comfort of your couch!  It’s totally FREE, by the way.  Yep, free.

I received the box within a few days and ran upstairs to start trying them on!  Here are five that I picked to try on:

Warby Parker Holcomb in Pearled Tortoise

Warby Parker Ripley in Whiskey Tortoise

Warby Parker Reilly in Sparrow Grey

Warby Parker Verne in Beach Glass

Warby Parker Wilke in Eastern Blue Fade

After some deliberation, and also asking my parents their opinion, I chose a pair that I think fits my personality and style.  I returned all 5 frames (free shipping both ways) and then went online to complete my order.  I can’t wait to get my new pair of glasses!

Which pair do you think I ultimately chose?  Hint…it wasn’t the super huge grey sunnies.

Note: Warby Parker’s Home Try-On is completely free, but it does require that you enter a credit card before your Home Try-On’s are sent. Visit http://www.warbyparker.com/home-try-on for more info.