Monday, December 23, 2013

A Little Holiday Unplug...

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I'm going to take a bit of a break on the blog over the next few weeks. I want to focus on the holidays with my family and re-vamp some stuff for BAD. You can still find me on Instagram & Twitter while I'm unplugging from the blog but my Facebook page might be a little radio silent. 

Don't worry I will be back - I promise! 2014 is already looking very bright! :) xoxo

Friday, December 20, 2013

Outfit Post: How To Winterize A Maxi Dress

L.Mae Boutique Splatter Print Maxi Dress (c/o)
BB Dakota Top (old - very similar here)
Jessica Simpson Platform Booties (super old - great look-a-like option here)
Phillip Lim for Target Mini Handbag (splurge option here)
Cat Banjo Three Drops Necklace || J. Crew Classic Pave Link Bracelet || Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Wild Orchid"

When I got this dress in the mail last week from L.Mae Boutique, I was really excited and couldn't wait to wear it. Until I realized it was like a max of 32 degrees outside and a breezy, colorful maxi was out of the question. Or was it....? I put my thinking cap on and tried to figure out how the heck I could wear this slinky ball of brightness in the middle of December...

A long sleeve top and black platform booties were exactly what this maxi dress needed during a visit from Jack Frost. I think adding a fur vest would have been another great option for making it totally winter appropriate. I'm a firm believer in wearing neons and brights at all times, but I really can't wait to pair it with a nice tan and some chunky wedges once spring arrives! 

I would have counted this as a holiday party outfit, but I ended up wearing it to Bill's birthday dinner last weekend. Have you ever tried a new restaurant because there was a of hype surrounding it only to have it be a somewhat mediocre experience? That happened to us and I was bummed it was on his b-day. I can't believe there's only 5 days until Christmas!! I've got SO much shopping to do and I'm so behind on so many different things that instead of relaxing this week I'll be a busy bee!

Speaking of L.Mae Boutique... today is the last day to enter this amazing giveaway where we're giveaway 2 giftcards worth $250 each!!! Good luck!! xo

linking up with Watch What I'm Wearing

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Outfit Post: Color Block Shift Dress

Banana Republic Factory Printed Coat (old - similar option at Tulle)
LuLu's Color Block Citrus Grove Dress in Taupe c/o
Eitenne Aigner Riding Boot (old - but LOVE this version from Victoria's Secret and this pair from Nine West)
Sole Society Smythe Sunglasses in Tortoise and Natassia Satchel c/o || Forever 21 Owl Necklace (similar) || oNecklace Cursive Monogram Necklace c/o || Revlon Just Bitten lip stain in "Lovesick" || Sally Hansen  "Cinna-Snap" nail polish

Finally got some new pictures! Yay for sunshine and no rain! :) I wore this outfit last week to work (and shared on instagram) for a client meeting. I am in absolute love with this shift dress from LuLu's. I like that it has long sleeves and isn't too short making it totally work appropriate. The neutral colors will be fun to pair with colored tights and the actual color blocking hits your body at flattering angles. Sometimes I feel like shift dresses can swallow me since I'm so petite - but not this one! I can't wait to style it with a fur vest! 

Kicking that old myth of not mixing black and brown to the curb I paired it with some cozy tights and comfy brown boots. This Sole Society bag is officially attached to my hand at all times. I can't get enough of it. It holds a lot because there is a ton of room on the inside, yet it stays surprisingly lightweight. Oh and did I mention it's vegan-friendly leather? Oh yes - get on it!

I'm counting down the days until Christmas Eve. Not because of presents silly! I'm excited to have a nice break from work and enjoy celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus! Until then, I've got A LOT of Christmas shopping to do!! Happy Wednesday!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Outfit Post: Plaid & Leather

Target Purple Plaid Shirt
ASOS Faux Leather Skater Skirt (this version is sold out but almost identical here at ASOS)
Zara Booties (old - SUPER similar from Jessica SimpsonZappos style)
Simply Vera Opaque Tights (best ever!!!)
Daisy Gem Crystal Necklace c/o || Love Culture Transparent Box Clutch in Rose Gold (love this identical option too) || Michael Kors "Bradshaw" Watch || Blu Bijoux Hammered Pearl Bangles c/o Max & Chloe || Graphic Image Personalized Mini Envelope Card Case in White Gold
Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in "Vivid Rose" || Sally Hansen "Gunmetal" Nail Polish with Pure Ice "Sleigh Ride" Nail Polish layered on top
Holiday Party season is in full effect and if you're not sure of what to wear - don't worry! I'm sharing an easy and super simple outfit idea today!
Somehow I went from owning zero plaid items to over 3 in less than 2 weeks! I guess that's what happens when you realize there's a big ol' hole in your wardrobe! I wore this plaid and leather combo to our building's holiday party last week. I knew it wouldn't be super fancy but I still wanted to look chic and festive! My recently acquired Target purple plaid button down was just the piece I needed to pair with my leather mini skater skirt. I could have gotten the red option to be more "Christmasy" but I figured I'd get more wear out of the purple (I also got this black and white one too.. oops!)
Next I just layered on some super fun bangles, a crystal statement necklace (that you can score for $15 by using code BEDAZN or BEDA15 for 15% off your order!) and a cheeky transparent clutch. Normally, my credit cards and ID are just floating around in there but I got the brilliant idea to use my Business Card holder from Graphic Image as a pseudo-wallet for the night! Everyone loved that you could see inside my bag as well as a peak at my card case's personalization stamp :)
And BOOM! I was comfy, covered, cozy and totally Christmas party worthy. You could rock this look at your work's party or even a neighborhood get-together that's not going to be extremely dressy. It's been an mix of extremely busy days and terrible weather the last couple of weeks so I apologize for being slightly MIA. Hopefully I can get some more outfits up this week! Happy Monday everyone! xox

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giveaway Winner [What's In My Graphic Image Handbag]

Hello lovelies! I just realized I forgot to announce the winner of my "What's In My Graphic Image Tote" giveaway!!! Oops! I'm sure this will make someone a very happy lady for the holidays! As always.. thank you so very much for your amazing support and love! BAD could not keep going without YOU. :)

Giveaway [$500 L. MAE BOUTIQUE]

Why hello there! I know what you're thinking.. a post on a Saturday?! Well believe it. It takes a special kind of occasion to get a Saturday post but these stylish ladies are so worth it. I'm teaming up with 8 fantastic bloggers to bring YOU a ridiculously amazing giveaway! I first introduced you to L.Mae Boutique in August for my Game Day Outfit series. Now, they're choosing 2 lucky readers to win $250 each!!! Uhhhh yeah - I told you it was good :)

L.Mae has got the cutest boutique options with a range of everything from clothing to jewelry to scarves to bags. If I won the $250 here's what I'd spend mine on.

L.Mae Boutique Wish List

Skirt || Clutch || Scarf || Cardigan || Headband || Necklace

Now for the good stuff! Meet these fabulous ladies and enter to win 1 of $250 prizes!

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 Good Luck & Happy Shopping!!! xoxo

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

{Mini} Outfit Posts: Through Instagram

I realize I shouldn't really be complaining considering other parts of the country are practically blanketed under blizzards... but we have been having not-so-friendly-outfit-post-taking weather. By that I mean rain, rain and more rain. So I'll share a few of my outfits worn over the past couple weeks and cross my fingers for some sunny mornings this week!
{ILY Couture Retail Therapy Sweatshirt (on sale!!); 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Bag; Zara Studded Booties; Express Stella Skinny Denim}
{Amrita Singh POP Necklace; Michael Kors "Bradshaw" Rose Gold Watch}
{ILY Couture "Cliché" Tee (on sale!!); Daisy Gem Crystal Emblem Necklace (use code BEDAZN to get it for $15 or BEDA15 for 15% off your order!!)}
I just heard the sun is supposed to come back out later this week! So until then stay tuned to my instagram for more mini outfit pics!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{Holiday} Gift Guide: For the BFF (Under $50)

Not sure what to get your bestie this holiday season?! Don't worry.. I've put together some of my favorite options that will show her just how much you love her without breaking the bank!
For the Newlywed:
These adorable glasses are just the item to get your recently hitched gal pal. I love the moustache and lip imprints - so cheeky and super cutesy! Pair with mini liquor bottles or a split of champs for twice the excitement!
For the World Traveler:
We've all got that jet setting friend. She's here one week, gone the next. So get her something she'll really appreciate like this all purpose satchel. It has a detachable shoulder strap, will fit all her carry-on items (ipad, magazines, books, scarf etc..) and double as a handbag while she's jet-setting around town.
For the Sparkle Lover:
She's a classic kind of gal. Loves LBD's, martinis & a great red nail polish. These floral crystal beauties will be the perfect addition to her everyday look. She can pair them with jeans and a tee or for a fancy date night out on the town.
For the Girl With Everything:
What do you get someone that seems to have everything their heart desires? A great pair of sunnies! It's something she can use year round and these slightly oversize tortoise frame look amazing on just about everyone. Bonus points if you wrap them in a hard case!
For the Social Media Obsessed:
She is a twitter wizard and an instagram selfie pro. So why not share in all her electronic glory by gifting her with a super girly and chic case like this one. Just make sure she's looking at you and not the screen during Girl's Night Out
For the Fashionista:
You know that girl who isn't afraid to pull off anything (including a damn paper bag) Trust me, she will love this one! Bet you 100 bucks she can come up with at least 5 ways to wear this sassy shirt immediately!
For the Hostess With The Mostest:
She's always throwing the best parties and get-togethers, right? Chances are she will think this playful fox serve ware is just as charming as you. You could wrap it up for her to open.. or fill with olives and nuts, bring it to her holiday party and then let her know it's hers to keep! Love that idea!
So what do you guys think - any of these BFF options tickle your fancy?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Outfit Post: Faux Fur Vest & Some JRTs

Zara Dog Print Blouse (old - last seen here)
Forever 21 Faux Fur Vest (super old - very similar option on sale)
DMSX "Ivy" Ankle Bootie c/o LuckyFABB (old)
GiGi New York Uber Clutch in Indigo c/o (python version) || Jennifer Zeuner Cursive Name Plate Necklace (gifted) (budget option here at BaubleBar) || J. Crew Classic Pave Bracelet (super budget friendly Target option)  || Ever So Lovely "Stardust" Earrings (gifted)
Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in "Electric Orange" || OPI Nail Polish in "Russian Navy"
Sometimes fall just calls for a faux fur vest and some good ol' booties. I actually don't wear my fur vests as much as I should - you can really get a lot of wear out of them since they look great with jeans, dresses, skirts etc... I should start wearing mine with long sleeve dresses and tights. I think that would be so cute!
I love this shirt. You'll remember it was such dumb luck finding it on sale (I actually screamed in the middle of Zara) and after we lost Jack last December it meant a little bit more to me. Well now we have a new member of our household. Meet Birdie:
She is a 14 week old Jack Russell Terrier. We've had her for a little over a week and we are in love with her. She is most definitely a handful and slightly exhausting... but she's so cute that we just can't help but forgive her puppy ways :) If you follow me on Instagram you already know how obsessed with this little one we are!
So stay tuned to all the puppy drama I'll be bringing you. With my flair for the dramatic you know it's going to be good. So far there's been no shoe causalities but I know that can't last forever....
Don't forget there's still time for this!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Deals & Steals!

Did you survive the holiday weekend and Black Friday? I actually did most of my shopping online and ran into Target about 10 AM Friday on my way to work (yes, work. Blech!) Sometimes shopping in your PJ's is just so much more fun. Which is why I've rounded up some awesome Cyber Monday promo codes and deals that you might be interested in. Happy shopping!!
GiGi New York: Receive free ground shipping on all orders! 10% off $150, 15% off $250, $20% off $350, 30% off $500. Free Zip Pouch (it's so cute!!!) on orders over $100 - no code needed.

Forever 21: Free shipping on all orders (no code needed). Extra 50% off sale items.

Loft: 50% off EVERYTHING - use code CYBER50

ASOS: 30% off EVERYTHING (!!!) - use code GIMMEMORE

Piperlime: 30% off purchase - use code CYBER

GAP & Banana Republic: 40% off - use code CYBER

Old Navy: 30% off - use code CYBER

DSW: $15 off $74, $30 off $149, $50 off $199 - use code CYBERSHOES. Also FREE tote with any purchase - use code BLACKFRIDAY

Target: TONS of deals - BOGO 60% off clothing, accessories, jewelry etc... BOGO 30% off toys, DSLR camera deals and more!

Express: Free shipping and 40% off every single item - no code needed.

ILY Couture: $10 off $50, $15 off $75, $25 off $100 - use code CYBER10 or CYBER15 or CYBER25

J. Crew: Free shipping and 30% off your purchase - use code MONDAY

J. Crew Factory: Free shipping and 50% off EVERYTHING - use code GOSHOP

Sole Society: 33% off everything - new offers everyday at 1pm EST

Hope you score lots of deals! :) xo
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