Cozy Gift Guide for the Girlie Homebody!

Ladies – I’ve rounded up some of my favorite super cozy and snugly items for you for the Holiday Season. It’s freaking cold…. so my idea of a perfect night is staying inside, bundling up, drinking hot tea, and lighting up some candles! With the giving season upon us, these are some great items to grab for gifts and stockings!

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Pajamas, blankets, candles, slippers, scarves, hats, cozy pants and robes… it’s all below for you! These are the perfect gifts for your girl friends, moms, and sisters! Plus it’s things you can  use all year round regardless of the season!


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Wooden Ships Knit!

This company reached out to me last month to collaborate, and after reading about what they do, it was a YES! Not only are their sweaters and clothing pieces just beautiful, they individually make each one to order! So no two sweaters in the same style are ever exactly the same. Consider yourself getting a custom piece each time! They also have almost a ZERO percent return rate – unreal! So you know what you’re getting is quality every time.

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Not only are their pieces quality and incredibly comfortable – they way they run their business is really impressive. From scarves, to knits, to sweaters… each item is made with environmentally friendly materials and methods. Their made to order, no-stock philosophy cuts back on waste and “incorrect” inventory issues. They created a new company in Bali that is fair and ethical, and go above and beyond fair and normal wages for their employees.

They also reduce their carbon footprint as much as they can with solar energy, recycling all their products, compost materials from the plant, and work towards being zero waste and paperless every day. They give back to tons of charities including wide life preservation and environmentally conscious programs.

My sweater is so beautiful and cozy! You can wear it casual or dressy, and the fit it amazing! use the link below to check out all their items, and use code SUGAR015 for 15% off your purchase!

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https://www.wooden-ships.com/

Styled Three Ways: Stripe Dress

Another dress coming at ya styled three ways! This dress is so cute and has the best colors for fall! Purples, blues, and golds make it easy to pair with everything and style multiple ways! This dress is from Urban Outfitters and is only $59! Such a great price for the versatility it allows for styling. I’m wearing a Medium. It’s a body-con fit, so I went one size up to have a little more room!

This first look is just letting the dress shine on it’s own! I’ve paired it with my favorite OTK boots and a simple camel colored bag. These boots are great because they not only make your legs look longer, but they keep them warm too! Like a big sock! Great for when it’s colder out. They almost hit the bottom of the dress, so not a whole lot of your leg is exposed! Dress it up with some fun earrings and a necklace and you’re all set to go! These boots are amazing and I cannot stress enough that they are worth the money! They stay up, are slim, and really comfortable – and under $100 when Goodnight Macaroon runs a sale!

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For my second look, I actually tucked the dress into my favorite pair of dark jeans! This dress is slim enough to do this with, and just ends up looking like a top! Super fun and easy! I also played off the lighter beige stripes in the outfit and paired my beige booties and beige bag with this look! My bag is from Target and under $35. Trying not to get designer bags for the remainder of the year – we’ll see how long that lasts! However this one is a great size and can double as a cross body!

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My third look I wore my new pair of Lucky Brand ankle booties with a cozy oversized purple cardigan. These booties are really comfortable, and I love how pointy the toe is. They hit a little higher on your ankle, so that point makes your legs look long and lean! I got this cardigan last year, and they still have a ton of colors on Nordstrom rack! It’s only $26!!! I have an xsmall and the fit is awesome. So cozy and snugly and doesn’t shrink at all! I linked a grey one for you, but you can use that link to see all the other colors!

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Affordable Coats Under $50!

It’s definitely cold here in Chicago – so time to start gearing up and making sure we have coats to keep us warm! I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite styles below – and most of them are under $50! Coats are a great way to accessorize – and we don’t think about the different styles we may need until we’re headed out the door and don’t have the coat or jacket we really want! I usually buy a puffer coat and call it a day – but for dressy occasions I love having a longer pea coat, to go out for the night with my girls I love having a little leather jacket or a jacket that can double as a blazer. Teddy coats are huge right now and super cozy, but you don’t need to spend your whole paycheck on a cute one! There are tons out there at great prices.

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Couple places I love to get different styles of coats are Shein, Old Navy, and Chicwish! They have a lot of different styles and they’re really affordable. Easy shipping and returns, and great price points.

I’ve linked my favorites under $50 here below! I’ve also linked a few that are more than $50 – but still worth the extra money and will last you a few seasons!

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The rest of these are also great for winter. I usually default to a classic puffer coat in a grey or black so I can wear it daily, and stains don’t show as much. You still need to wash or dry clean your coats occasionally –  but picking a dark coat can help extend that. With sloppy snow and wet grounds, you’re bound to get a splash up or rub against a dirty car and get a nice big smear where you don’t want it! I have one little white puffer coat that I LOVE, but I feel like I wash it once a week!

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Statement Earrings: How to accessorize your looks!

A7CF035B-3A72-4112-802C-B29B6C24977FEarrings are the most fun way to amp up your everyday outfits! We’re coming up on the Holiday Seasons… Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years! Plenty of occasions coming up to really make you look pop! Dinners, parties, company events, and time with family and friends are all excuses to wear a more bold earring and stand out in a crowd!

My favorite places to shop are Target – the Sugarfix line, Baublebar, Jcrew, Loft, and Zara! Most are already at great price points, and these retailers always have sales going!

What I love most about earrings is their ability to completely transform your everyday look. If you’re feeling a little plain or underdressed, add a bold pop of earring to elevate your look!
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If you have an event and your dress is solid colored, or doesn’t have a pattern or detailing… the best way to add some sparkle is with a fun pair of earrings!

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Sugarfix is the Target brand of Baublebar – and I love a lot of their styles!  Big bold earrings, bright colors, and usually all under $15 each!

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Some of my other favorites are below! Bauble bar also just launched their holiday selections! Tons of sparkle and lots of amazing gift sets. You can get a few pairs of earrings for the price of one or two. Amazing deals!

Click on the photos below to shop! A lot of these come in multiple colors too – so head to the site and pick your favorite.

 

Weekly Round-up!

Happy Monday Babes! Rounding up all my looks from last week with sizing and lots of other details for you! Read my reviews and then head to the gallery to shop!

First look was this adorable Color Block coat! It’s a teddy coat – which are trending right now, but it’s so different than all the other ones out there! The bold colors of pink, deep purple, and ivory make it a standout! It’s also under $80 which is amazing! It’s super warm and snuggly – and has such an easy fit. I’m obsessed! Wearing an xsmall.

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I rounded up a TON of booties for you last week as well… with this blush pair being one of my favorites. They come in a few colors, and currently on sale! I love how flat they are, and the braiding detail adds such a great pop of detail! I chose the light pink color – which paired well with the jacket – but they go with white, black, grey’s browns… literally all of your basic colors! They’re super cute and run TTS.

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Check out my boot post for all my favorite booties for fall, at many different price points! Here’s a close up of the fun detail on the top of these little ankle boots! The heel is very low too, and they’re really comfortable!

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My second look was this AHHHmazing poncho from Chicwish. This was gifted to me as part of a collaboration – and I’m OBSESSSSSSED! I mean I know I say that about everything I own – ha, but this is something I would not have picked for myself, so I’m so glad this was choosen for me! The deep rust/brown color is so perfect for fall and all the upcoming holidays! This would be perfect for Thanksgiving as you can hide all that turkey and stuffing under it! The sleeves are dollman – so everything just hangs so perfectly. Wearing and small!

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These boots I snagged during the #nsale, and I’m finally rocking them! They’re such a deep brown color and have a nice suede finish. They have little studs around the edge of the boots by the ankle giving it a little more detail. These are Sole Society, so they’re comfortable and a great price point. Run TTS. Paired them with my favorite Madewell perforated tote in that same shade of deep brown.

Another amazing sweater from Chicwish is below! How cute are these pom hearts? This sweater comes in a few colors, and there’s also kids sizes too so if you have a daughter – you can have her match you! The ivory is such a bright crisp color, and the poms are in the shape of little hearts! The neckline is a soft V which makes it easy to wear off the shoulder like I did in the photo! It’s chunky and warm and just perfect to pair with your favorite jeans or skirt!

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Also – the Sephora Sale is going on every weekend this month depending on your membership level! If you’re not a Beauty insider – no worries, you can sign up today for free and still shop the sale! So many great deals and the perfect time to load up on all your favorite beauty products, skincare, hair care… and holiday gift sets! See my Sephora Sale post of all the things I’ll be shopping for!

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These last two pictures – uggghhh can we just savor the leaves for a moment? I do brighten up my photos a little bit – however these trees looked exactly the same in person as they do int he picture! I don’t want winter to come yet!

This first look – I was a little worried I had wayyy to much tan/camel tones going on – but you guys love it! Yay! These boots and sweater are two of my favorite purchases so far this season. It took me a while to get on the OTK boot trend, but I’m so glad I finally spend the money on these bad boys! I can never find a pair that is slim enough, but stays up on my legs and these are perfect! Run TTS.

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This skirt is under $50 and I love that it’s corduroy! It’s really high wasited, but still covers your butt. Very important for me, ha! I’m too old to have things hanging out! Another reason I paired it with this long Madewell color block sweater! This sweater can be worn with anything, any color top under it, and casual or dressy. It’s a little expensive full price – I wait until they go on sale, but they’re definitely worth the money! They don’t shrink and the fit is amazing. Also, they’re very soft for a wool sweater! Wearing an xsmall!

And finally – this cute little sweater thermal! I love it! The sleeves are so pretty and the detail on them is unreal! Free people is one of my favorite brands for this reason. I went up one size in this to a small, and the fit is perfect. Tuck it in, wear it with a skirt, wear it out with some booties – it looks great with anything. Definitely a front runner for Thanksgiving week! Happy shopping babes! So much fun stuff coming up for the Holiday Season! Stay Tuned!

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The Best Boots for Fall!

I think one of my favorite reasons for loving fall and winter weather is because it’s boot season! No need to keep your toes perfect and flawless with cute polish – let your shoes do the talking. I may be saving a little extra money in not-as-frequent pedicures, however I have a serious problem in spending all my funds on cute shoes… eek! My wallet is not happy, but my feet are dancing with excitement and that’s all that matters!

There are so many different styles out there lately, it can be hard to pick and choose – and also stay in your budget. No worries! I’ve got you covered on all my favorites, as well as the best brands to splurge on, as well as where to find quality shoes at affordable prices! This allows you to make your dollars work for you, and create multiple looks with lots of fun boots! YAY.

Couple of my favorite places to get bargain boots are Lulu’s and DSW! Without having to wait for a major sale and risk the retailer running out of your size, these outlets are my go to! Some of those favorites are below!

All my fav Lulu’s Boots are below!

Usually my go to stores are Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. They have all the best brands, and frequently go on sale. They also stay on top of trends and have a wide variety of types of boots. Casual, dressy, wear to work, date night looks, bedazzled and holiday boots... you can literally get everything at one store!

My favorite boots under $100!


My favorite boots under $50 are below!

Some others that are worth the splurge!

Sephora Sale: Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event!

It’s the best time of year… the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event is starting this weekend!! Unlock up to 20% off your favorite beauty, hair, and skincare products if you’re a Beauty Insider! You can easily sign up, and will get instant access to shop on designated weekends depending on your membership level! Not a Sephora Beauty Insider Member? No fear…. you can sign up for free online and join today to get 15–20% off purchases!

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First Access • October 26–29 + November 2–5
Sephora Rouge members get two weekends to shop top holiday beauty finds at a whopping 20% off with code ROUGEBONUS! (minimum spend of $1000 to reach this level).

Next Wave • November 9–12
All VIB members will receive access to shop holiday event products at 20% off with code VIBBONUS! ($350 minimum spend to reach this level).

Final Pool • November 16–19
Beauty Insider Members will be able to shop the holiday event at 15% off with code BIBONUS!

All my Favorite products are linked below! I love this sale for skincare products especially – it’s not everyday when your favorite skincare lines, makeup, and hair products all go on sale…. so it’s the best time to stock up for the holidays! Prep your winter skin, get some gifts purchased for family and friends, and the best time to stock up on sample kits to try out some new products! HOOORAY!

#Trending: Color-blocking!

Color-blocking is definitely one of my favorite trends this season! It’s right up there with camo and leopard print! You all know my love for stripes, so bold stripes and big blocks of color are right up my alley. I’ve rounded up all my favorites for you below!

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This look is trending not only in tops – but dresses, shoes, and accessories, especially scarves like the one I’m wearing here! So many big bold fall colors in one scarf, which can create such unique looks with dresses, a plain top, a coat and some fun boots. Such an easy and affordable way to change up a solid color base.

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The fun part about combining lots of colors – is you can wear these pieces with so many things! If you have a sweater with yellow, ivory, and grey – you can wear grey jeans, light jeans, dark jeans, a jacket over it… you can wear black leggings and sleek boots for a more edgy look, or rock a skirt with knee high boots. Because there are so many colors in one top – you can mix and match lots of different color denim and textures to create different styles. I used to think that these big bold prints were hard to wear more than once, but it’s so fun to create different looks from one piece!

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This sweater is one of my most favorites – all the blues and grays make it easy to pair with white, gray, navy, and all shades of denim. It’s a great length for wearing over dresses too! The sleeves are loose enough to layer up long sleeves under which I love. I’m always freezing – so the more layers for me the better!

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Shift Dress: Three Ways!

One of my first posts when I started blogging was a swing dress from Old Navy – and I styled it three ways. We’ll that same shift dress now comes in a long sleeve option, so I’m doing it again for you! I love affordable pieces that can be dressed up or worn casual for all occasions. This dress is under $25 and can usually be bought on sale! I choose a dark green for the fall and winter months – but it comes in a bunch of other colors too!

The first look is a super easy and classic everyday style. Your favorite pair of booties, denim jacket, and simple jewelry (excuse my pale legs, ha!). This is great for work, lunch dates, meeting up with friends after work, dinner dates, etc.

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I’ve paired it with my favorite reversible tote and tan Vince Camuto booties – but you can rock whatever color or printed boots you have!

The second look – omg SCREAMS fall! Cozy scarf with all fall tones, and over the knee boots in a pretty camel color. This scarf ties in all the colors of the dress and boots, and adds a pop of texture to an otherwise basic dress. These boots are from Goodnight Macaroon and are so affordable compared to similar ones out there. The Marc Fisher’s run almost $500 when the pair I am wearing are only $148 – I also got them on sale for $88 when the site ran their 40% off! They run this sale A LOT so keep checking back. I have them in camel and also the grey color – they have black too! Wohoo! Check the sale alert box to get an email when an item drops in price!

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This scarf is also a great price! I love all the yellow, burgundy, blue, and fall tones. You can wear this so many ways and with so may different tops, dresses, and your winter coats. For $29 it’s a great way to jazz up your look!

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The third look is so cute for an office holiday party! My office doesn’t typically get really dressed up for the Christmas dinners and team parties… so this is perfect! Fun tight with a print to add a little detail, low solid black bootie, and some fun jewelry and red lip. A red lip cures everything – am I right? Pair it with your favorite black clutch and you have an appropriate and fun office party look!

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