My Journey to Blogging

I’ve been asked a lot recently to tell my blogging story – the why, the when, and all the reasons I added this crazy world of daily Instagram posting and writing to my life. As we enter a new year, and I have my feet under me a little… I want to start writing about more personal things so you can get to know me better, in addition to the fashion and beauty posts.

Well let’s start at the beginning. I didn’t really know blogging was a “thing” until a few years ago. I stumbled upon a couple bloggers named Alyson Hayley and Lauren Kay Sims… and through following them, I was opened up into the world of fashion and the LIKEtoKNOW.it app – and the way I shopped for clothes and beauty products completely changed. I waited for their posts daily and was not only getting advice on how to style clothes, I could shop the things I loved right off their Instagram posts. As soon as I liked the photo (now you have to screenshot), an email was sent to me with links to everything she was wearing. I found myself buying smarter pieces that I could style different ways, and also got new ideas on how to mix color and pattern, or use the clothes I already had to create a look Alyson and Lauren were wearing. So easy and helpful.

I’ve always loved style and fashion, but this blogger world was inspiring to me. These girls were making a living on their own by supporting brands they love and giving other women advice on how to dress for their body type, what skincare to use, workout tips, meal recipes, posting daily on what stores had the best sales… they literally were doing the work for me. I was buying everything! For the next year or two I followed probably 50+ bloggers who’s styles I loved and continued to shop and admire their photos. Mostly I admired how honestly convincing they were, and how someone I didn’t even know had such an impact on me and my purchasing decisions. I loved how I could watch in their stories how a product worked, or the fit of a top, or ask what size they were wearing for a reference – and they would answer! They gave honest opinions – good or bad – on products so we as an audience could make our own decision through their influence.

I started my blog in May of 2018… I wish I had started it earlier, however I wasn’t in a good headspace at the time. It may come as a shock to you but I don’t love taking photos of myself. Occasionally I see one of me and I think “oh I look really cute” but usually I would just look at a photo and dismiss everything I see. As women, I feel that is something we all do on a daily basis. I saw these bloggers as inspiring – but would also envy how beautiful they were, or their toned abs, or their gorgeous homes and think – OK I can’t do this till I start working out, or get a better apartment. They were posting twice a day sometimes three… and I could never fit that into my life with a full time job AND bar tending on the weekends. There’s also so many girls already doing this, so why would anyone want to follow me? Every excuse I could think of I threw at myself as a reason I wouldn’t be successful if I tried.

I also had a string of not so great relationships.. and when I say string I mean about 6 years of trying to make it work with not the right people. Not bad people per say, just a lot of time spent an energy exhausted where it shouldn’t have gone. Pair that with jobs that I was either struggling in, or felt like I didn’t quite fit. This all added up to a not so happy Kelly. I was anxious, I was reacting to situations in ways I shouldn’t have, and was holding onto a lot of anger. I started seeing a therapist, and after a lot of hard work week after week… I was starting to feel like my old happy self again. Not every day… but a vast improvement from where I was.

In January, I had a major hip surgery. I trained the entire 2017 for triathlons and torn the labrum in my right hip. Also had some bone damage due to that protective cartilage wall being broken through. I had this repaired, and had 8 weeks of downtime in a massive brace that didn’t allow me much freedom. If you all know me… downtime is not my jam, ha! I work full time, bar tend on the weekends, and bake cakes! Free time is not something I’m used to. I was kinda like, OK… now what? I watched way too much TV for a couple weeks and decided that… I’m gonna start a blog! I’ve never built a website… how hard can it be right? Turns out not super hard… but not super easy either. Now that I know what I’m doing it’s a breeze, but I’m glad I used those 6 weeks to build up my site, write some post, fill up the site with some photos… so I was ready to launch on May 1st.

I knew before the surgery that this was the year I was going to put all my energy into myself. Something I hadn’t done in a long time. I spent months researching blogging, reached out to TONS of bloggers I had been following forever, and waited for responses. Some answered, some didn’t, but overall I was able to gather up enough info to really figure out what I wanted to do, how I was going to accomplish this on my own, and work this into my already insane schedule. My bonus hit in March, I loaded up my closet, and started taking pictures with my mom, some friends, and eventually just started attacking the photo game on my own.

GIRL get yourself a tripod and remote blue tooth clicker! GAME CHANGER! Did you know I take all of my photos myself? YUP! You can’t tell (most of the time) but I’m holding a remote in every photo. It’s super small and I can hide it in my hand that holds my purse, behind a prop, in my hair…wherever and stand in front of my camera and click away. You can lower the tripod, raise it up, walk in front of it for an action shot, sit down in front of it… once you have no shame that someone passing by may think you’re a creep, just gets easier and easier! You’ll know the best ways to stand, how to tilt your head, what smile to use for each photo etc. I don’t have time to schedule big shoots with friends anymore. I’m also terrible at asking for help and don’t like to bother my friends… so this is just the best option for me. So I pack up one or two looks every couple days and head out on my lunch break, change in my car, and shot some looks in under half an hour in back alleys where I can find cool walls. In the summer I go after work since it’s still light out. Sometimes I snap a pic BEFORE work if I’m running early… just so much easier to squeeze it in on my own time and not worry about who can help me. Sunny days are the WORST for photos, while cloudy days are the best – no shadows! I’ve never watched the weather so much in my life!

I will tell you… this is NOT an easy thing to do. People may look at your photos daily and think “oh cute”, or that the outfit in the picture IS exactly what I’m wearing that day – yeah, not so much. I take anywhere from 2-8 looks at a time and they’re all different depending on what collabs I have coming up or sales I know are on the horizon. You have to keep up with sales, watch the clothes you’ve already got for when they get marked down, hope that what you bought doesn’t sell out by the time you can take a photo and post it. You have to make sure when you throw up a photo you have some way for followers to shop your look – whether that’s a blog post or LIKEtoKNOW.it app, or ShopStyle! Oh, and you don’t make money in the beginning! HOORAY all this work for no mula… ha. It takes a couple months of photos to be able to even to apply to RewardStyle or ShopStyle… and I think this is where most people give up. It’s not worth it. This is too hard. Why am I doing this?

Trust me… this isn’t the easiest and can be stressful… however, all that being said – oh how rewarding this whole experience is! The girls…omg they’re the best and so supportive. If you ever want to feel great or be uplifted… throw up a post and watch the comments flow in on how much they “love your look, THOSE SHOES GF, Omg you’re the cutest EVER, I love your style” it is literally blogger fuel that keeps you going. I’ve connected with some many amazing people who uplift me everyday and encourage me to keep going. You’ll get your first collaboration with a brand and it’s like THE BEST feeling. As you grow you can start charging for posts, you’ll make money when people shop your looks, and things just start to feel really positive. Maybe that takes a few months, maybe a year, maybe two years but you just have to keep going for YOU!

I picked affordable and versatile style because that’s what I buy on a regular basis. Classic and fun pieces that can be worn to work and out, and in multiple ways. I don’t make superstar money (yet) and need to stretch my budget as much as possible. I think other women have that same issue. We all stare at our closets and were like OMG I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR! Um yes you do girlfriend… you’re just defaulting to always pairing the same thing together every time. Rock that t-shirt dress with some booties and a denim jacket, tie a flannel around it with some sneakers and a ball cap, wear a chunky long sweater over it with knee high boots in the winter… these are all things I wanted to help others do, with clothes they already have, or show them… hey this dress is $50 but you can wear it all year round and to multiple occasions, and this is how. See below!

I stayed in this niche… and posted daily about sales, style this three ways, remember this top from last month? It’s now on sale… and I kept pushing this. Eventually I broke into some skincare… haircare… and some apartment decor. I think that’s what helped me do well. I didn’t take on too much in the beginning. I didn’t want people to be confused on why they were following me and drop off. You get enough drop off in this world as it is… so less confusion was better for me. Maybe you all want to see more? Ha, IDK?!?!

Growth is a journey in any business, and in this one… it can take off, it can be slow, it can go backwards and forwards at the same time. You wake up with 30 new followers and somehow your number stayed the same… DAMMMNIT people stop following, ha! One post gets 1000+ likes and the next one gets 258, ugh WUT? How is this happening? Instagram changes its algorithm all the time and makes it hard for us blogger babes to grow and be seen unless we spend 10 hours a day on the app. With two jobs I just don’t have that luxury, so I do the best I can. I go all in with anything I take on. Take pictures at 7 am, take photos on lunch, film stories at night that I wont be posting for a couple days out, plan my photos for the week on Sunday and get the lined up, take small breaks at work throughout the day to engage like crazy, make sure everything is linked in LIKEtoKNOW.it before so I’m ready to fire off looks whenever I need to, go to events to meet other bloggers, learn from their experiences, I still reach out and ask for help, and research every way possible to keep this journey going strong!

This year is a whole new year and I’m going to put a lot more on the table. Fashion, Hair, Beauty, Skincare, Fitness… and more personal posts like this one. I am going to try and bring you into my life a little bit more with stories – however I am kinda boring so don’t get too excited haha! This is something that makes me so happy. And if you’re thinking about doing this, and you’re not sure if you can, or if people will follow you or support you, or you are afraid of putting yourself out there… know that all of us feel that same way at times. I’m just now starting to feel comfortable in front of the camera and while it makes it easier, it still makes me nervous ever time I post.

While I want to paint a real picture for you, I also want you to know that if you’re a mom with kids, or work two jobs like I do, or just work one job, or volunteer, or you don’t have a ton of money, or you have a crap load of money but maybe are super self conscious… if this is something you think about, or want to do… DO IT! Nothing can stop you. Look at me… I’M NUTS! Haha literally everyday I’m tired and think “what did I get myself into?” but its like a high for me at the same time. Man do I love the pressure of being out of photos and wanting to post the next morning at 8 AM! Oh, it’s pouring? SHIIITTTT…. get that photo in the car, whip out a flatlay, or find somewhere inside that’s fun…. YOU CAN DO THIS! If I can you can… and I hope this gave you a little insight to what I do on a daily basis! Thank you for following and liking and commenting and keeping this dream alive – you ALL are the reason I keep going!

5 Ways to Better Manage Your Time & Maximize the Day!

For anyone who knows me, they know I can pack a million things into my day/week and still make time for all the things I love to do, and see the people I want to see. Some weeks I do sacrifice a social life, but I try to maximize my time as much as possible to make room for friends, family, and me time. I work full time and bartend on the weekends. Every Sunday I wake up early and go help out my bar with accounting work for two hours. In between those two jobs, I usually bake on average two cakes a month, and somewhere on top of that I added blogging to my schedule – which means writing and photo taking on the weekends. I cook almost every single day for myself, and work out three times a week currently. On Monday night I see my therapist – much needed as I need time to vent and mentally be in a healthy place so I can stay on top of my goals.

My advice to anyone feeling like they cant get it all done is to stay on schedule and be creative with your day to get in the things you love to do! I try and pack most of my to-do things into my mornings and lunch breaks, and use home delivery services for groceries and shopping to save time running around to stores for errands. Everyone’s jobs are different, and thankfully I do not take my day job home with me very often, so this allows me to pack my day accordingly. How do I fit it all in? Well here are my five ways to help manage your time and make sure you get it all done!

  1. On Sunday – plan out your weekly schedule and meal prep!  I am a list queen! I seriously write everything down and own about three journals and two calendars just for this purpose. Writing it down does two things for me – sets a schedule to keep me on track, and helps keep it fresh in my head. This is the day I map out my week in terms of work schedule, meetings, photo/collaboration posting, fitness schedule, meal prepping, errands, photo taking, and everything else in between. This way I know what’s coming and can be prepared. I map out a daily schedule and force myself to stick to it. Meal prep!!! This is seriously such a time and life saver for me. You can make 5 meals in under thirty minutes and have your lunches for the week ready to go. I usually make 4-5 chicken breasts, and bake 4-5 different cut up vegetables and potatoes in the oven all on one big sheet pan. Cook up some rice, dice up some fruit, and you can pack your chicken, rice, veggie sides, and a cup of fruit for lunch daily. Diced fruit is also so handy to have for smoothies on the run. Milk of your choice, ice, fruit, spinach, and some protein powder in the morning make for an awesome breakfast on the go, and having this all diced and ready saves so much time! Also helps you save money during the week because you wont be eating out as much. WINNING!
  2. Be creative with your work schedule. You never know if you don’t ask, but talk to your boss about a flexible work schedule. Most will not mind you adjusting a half hour here or there to get in a workout on your lunch break! I used to come in half hour early to take an hour and a half lunch three times a week. This allowed me to get to the gym, work out for around 50-60 minutes, rinse off and get back to work in under 90 minutes. Also- lunch workouts are the bomb! You are forced to power through a great workout in little time, do not have as much time to rest in between, play around on your phone, or get distracted by anything because you’re on a major time crunch! Such an energy boost in the middle of your day too. If you meal prep – this also makes it easy to eat at your desk after you return from your workout. Let’s be honest there are so many days I work through my lunch anyways, so eating and powering through emails at the same time does not bother me. You can also run errands on your lunch break, and some days I also take photos! Bring an outfit or two in my car and use that time to shoot a couple looks! I personally want to have most of my nights free to relax, make dinner, and work on my blog – so lunch breaks rarely mean lunch for me, but I love it that way.
  3. Be able to adjust if something throws off your schedule. AHHHH the worst right? Nothing like a meeting being tossed into your schedule last minute when you’re planning on working out, running errands, or trying to get a quick mani on your lunch break. HUGE bummer. No fear, go back to your weekly plan and see where you can adjust to make sure the YOU things are not skipped. This is so important to me. I try to NEVER skip anything that I know makes me a better person and levels me. Working out, therapy, personal indulgences, dinners with friends… I will do whatever I can to not cancel them, and move my day around accordingly. If I wanted to run on my lunch break for 45 minutes, I simply run as soon as I get home or move it to the next morning before work. Having my nights free is my end goal, but I’m not gonna cry if I have to spend a small amount of time getting something done after work.  This also works if something fun pops up! Nice weather – girls want to get together last minute for a fun after work dinner… move that run to the AM and get some quality time in with your peeps! No excuses… get it done if it’s part of your daily plan.
  4. Amazon prime and grocery delivery services are your new best friends. If you are not using Amazon prime in your regular routine – you’re not doing life right! This is huge if you live in a big city – or anywhere really. Pricing for prime members is amazing, and most of your everyday products for laundry, cleaning, grocery, household items, makeup, skincare, even clothing/shoes, you name it they have it… all ships in 1-2 days for free. AMEN. This removes shopping from my busy schedule and for a few dollars, I can pay extra for next day delivery. When you live in the city, parking comes at a cost, and most pricing is marked up at places like Walgreens and CVS because of convenience. My mascara is $6 on Amazon vs $12.99 in the store! That mark up adds up after a while! I do love grocery shopping when I have time – but recently discovered Peapod and Instacart and LOVE it. I typically get the same things, and can just reorder my cart and have it delivered next day! Wohoo! Instacart allows you to pick different stores for select items, and someone shops for you and can have it to you in an hour! WHAAA??? I know – awesomeness. Grub hub, door dash, post mates – lots of amazing apps for grocery and food delivery. Again, for a small fee, anything you want is delivered at the speed of light and saves major time. AHHH-mazing.
  5. Set reminders in your calendar. Let’s be real for a moment – I can write lists all day but for the big stuff… put it in your calendar and set a reminder alarm for the day before, and then a second for the day of (30 min to hour before). I can remember most things on my own… but I’m getting old and less talented at staying COMPLETELY organized, and there are days where my brain is complete mush! I need that phone to go off reminding me that something is there that may not be “routine” – like a hair appointment, dr. appointment, dinner with friends, brunch with Mom, siblings are in town, time shop for that cake you’re making next weekend… etc. Use a calendar that syncs to all devices. I have Apple everything, so this works well to just use the app that comes on the phone – and it loads to all my devices. Hooooray!

Those are my best tips ! In general – the only other thing I will say is to just be organized and tidy as much as possible. Sounds so simple, but the busier we get, sometimes we let things go in terms of cleanliness of living space. Water bottles everywhere, laundry piles all over – dirty or clean, things out where they shouldn’t be, three weeks of mail stacked on the kitchen table, piles of dishes… etc. Sometimes I just sleep on my couch because I’m too tired to put my clean sheets on my bed, haha so ridiculous but hey that’s life! When you’re juggling busy days end on end, coming home to a clean and clutter free space will help keep you calm and will reduce anxiety and stress. When I have a hard day – packed with work and everything else – and maybe something happened to make me a little emotional, or sad, or agitated… coming home to an apt that looks like a bomb went off just irritates me that much more.

So on top of my five tips… little things make the biggest difference. Do your dishes as soon as you’re done eating, hang up your coat when you get home, put away your shoes, fold your laundry immediately and put it away, keep your jewelry and accessories neat and organized daily… vacuum when you have a few extra minutes and wipe down your bathroom counter tops. All these things will help keep you tidy so that when you are in a hurry – the things you need are all where they’re supposed to be! These couple extra minutes a day will save you an entire day on the weekend of cleaning! BOOOOORING… it’s spring time and no one wants to be inside doing a three hour deep scrub when it’s nice and sunny outside!

How do you master time management? Comment below!! I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

Weekly Roundup: Transitional Looks

Happy Monday! Today I’m rounding up my looks from the last week and a half! As it’s getting closer to spring, it’s getting harder to dress! We’re in that weird transition time where some days its 45, and the next day is back into the teens! Retailers are putting up new swimwear, tanks, white denim, summer dresses, and cute tanks and tees… sooo how can we transition?

Layers! I just love layers. Whether it’s a cami with a cardigan, a bralette under a tee, or rocking a denim jacket over your favorite top… there a lot of ways to make your winter wear lighter!

White Jeans, Black Cami, Black Bralette, Denim Jacket, & Booties.

The perfect look for this transition season. White denim can be worn before Memorial day! Rocking darker colors on the top, and pairing them with booties is the perfect way to transition them into Spring! Once it gets warmer, ditch the jacket and rock some sandals or mules instead.

These jeans are from Shop Red Dress and they’re identical to the Madewell pair, for a lot less. Under $50 and the material is so soft. Little distressing at the bottom gives them a little edge. The button fly is a great detail and they suck everything in. Wearing a size 1. I’d go down a size if you’re unsure! I’ve paired it with my favorite cami! This comes in a bunch of colors, and some with a lace trim. I chose the plain detail on the neckline – and wore my Free People bralette underneath to give a little texture. Wearing an XS in the tank and a Small in the bralette. This bralette comes in over 10 colors and goes with everything!


Stripe Sweater, AG Jeans, Booties, & Bag.

Another way to bring in the Spring, but still dress for the weather is finding bright and fun pieces that you can transition into Spring and Summer looks easily. This sweater is the perfect example. Lightweight, breathable, can be worn OTS or as a soft V neck, and it’s bold bright colors will look great with white denim, shorts, and swapping out shoes for sandals! Wearing a size small and this is a great price! It also looks so cute with a white bralette underneath.

Jeans, Free People Top, Free People Bralette, & Booties.

This is such a cute crop top. It’s perfect with high waisted jeans and a bralette. It’s flowy and can be worn off the shoulder, or as a regular top. I love the color and it can be easily transitioned into spring to wear with white denim, shorts, or a skirt! Wearing an XS in the shirt.

Dress & Boots!

I just love this dress! If you don’t have one yet I highly suggest investing. This dress is so flattering on any body type – and what’s best is its been around forever and comes back every year. Also, you can wear it every season! Throw on a sweater and tall boots like I’m wearing here, or rock some sneakers with a jean jacket, or throw on some sandals in the summer! It’s literally so versatile and can be worn all year round. I’m wearing a small and it’s perfect!

Levi’s Tee, Button Fly Jeans, Converse sneakers & sweater!

If I could wear a version of this outfit daily I would! Another easy transition look into different seasons too! This tee you car wear alone or under a jacket or cardigan like I did here! You can also wear it with shorts or a cute denim skirt as it warms up. This sweater is also lightweight so would go over shorts or a skirt easily! Layers are definitely the way to go right now as the weather is being super weird! Wearing an XS in the Levi’s tee, and a small in the sweater! Shoes and jeans run TTS.

This top I just love and is also another great transition piece! It’s very lightweight and the back is a silk floral print that has a nice flow to it. It dips lower in the back and looks so different from the front to the back! This will be so cute in the summer with shorts or white denim, as it’s light weight enough to wear on cooler summer days. The floral patter is very spring like, and swap your booties for sandals and you’re good to go! Wearing a small in the top! They have a couple different colors and prints, as well as short sleeve options. Linked them below for you!

Today’s look! Classic black high waisted jeans, the best peplum t-shirt ever made, and a cozy stripe hooded cardigan! Another outfit that can be broken down and worn so many ways! This cardigan is legit amazing. Lightweight and has a hood. Perfect length for legging, jeans, dresses… skirts, you get the picture. Wearing a XS in the cardigan and a small in the t-shirt. Everything else runs TTS.

Will be doing more “styled three ways” posts coming up! Stayed tuned for Transition Tuesdays starting next week!

Valentine’s Gifts: For Him + Her

Valentine’s is such a fun holiday – I used to dread it being single, but the holiday itself is about spreading love and kindness to your favorite people – not just the significant other. I find so much joy in gifting little baked treats, small items, and fun beauty finds to my girls. Brightens up their day and puts a smile on their face.

These are some of my favorite things right now, and would make amazing gifts for him or for her! Men – look no further, just pick off this list and you’ll be good! Also – don’t forget chocolates and flowers for added bonus points!

I think Valentine’s day should be fun and playful – and not about spending tons of money. It’s one little holiday – no need to go crazy, but you do want to help people feel special. These gifts are perfect for friends, coworkers, family and anyone else! Click on the images below to shop!

For Him:

For Her:

Also – these tops are so cute for Valentines Day! If you still need something fun to wear to work that day, or out on a date! These are all great options!

Also rounded up all my favorite pajamas for you below! I personally LOOOOVE pajamas and they’re so fun to wear all year round. A few of these are from my try on session!

My Best Purchases of 2018!

When you’re a style blogger – you’re constantly getting new things to wear, mixing and matching your wardrobe, and the first to find the latest and greatest new arrivals. There are some staples that I got this year that I am just in love with and will continue to wear! Below are my best purchases of 2018 and most of them are still available to shop!

Lets talk dresses! The ASTR dress needs to belong in every woman’s closet. It’s stunning, under $90, and so well made. Not to mention comes in over 15 colors. Simple V neck, adjustable straps, shorter layer underneath with a longer lace layer. It’s perfect for any special occasion and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn mine! Another dress favorite is the Leith dress. It is so flattering on ANY body type. Rouched on the sides, has a cute wrap layer in the front, and also comes in multiple colors. What I love about this dress is how versatile it is from season to season. No need to pack it up for winter because it’s perfect to layer under a denim jacket, or toss on a chunky knit sweater! Goes with sandals, heels, sneakers, boots… it can be styled so many ways! Highly recommend both of these! I wear a small in both for reference!

Jeans! I love jean shopping – mostly because I don’t usually run into a fit issue with them unless they’re cut really oddly. My two favorite pairs of the year are my AG Farah Skinny Ankle cut jeans, and my button fly Madewell Jeans. The AG jeans just fit like a glove. They are the perfect length for ankle boots or any type of shoe. Not sure what magic potion is in them, but they are so slimming and the dye lines and fading just make your legs look toned and perky! They are a splurge, but I’ve had mine for over a year and they still look just as good as they did when I bought them. The Madewell jeans…. OMG they’re the best too! Sit SO HIGH on your waist. I mean if you need a pair to suck you in and be super high wasited for crop tops – theses are you go to’s! They’re slimming and the fit is perfect. The buttons add such a fun detail to any outfit. Love them! Def getting another pair and the white ones for summer! The AG run TTS, but I would size down one in Madewell. They sit so high you will need one size down for the right fit!

Shoes! I have a problem here, because I want every shoe and somehow convince myself that I indeed NEED them all. HA! My favorite pairs are below and I cannot say enough good things about all of them. Comfort, durability, fit, ZERO blisters or rubbing. All of them are fantastic and run TTS! The studded flats are my FAV! So cozy and the best neutral shade! Go with everything and give a little pop of detail! Same with the leopard flats. So easy to pair with neutrals and colors, and they are so comfortable! My OTK boots are by far my fav thing I splurged on this year. Took me a while to get on this trend, but I’m never looking back! My Marc Fishers are my favorite low cut bootie and the color is perfection. They come in a ton of colors, but this light beige/grey goes with everything. These are expensive and I got them when they went half off to $100 – but I’m obsessed with how pointy they are and how slimming they make your legs look. I just got these black high top sneakers that are SO FUN, you must get them! All the rest are in the photos below! GIMME ALL THE SHOES!

Thermals. I live in thermals! They’re so comfortable and easy to layer and dress up or down. It’s like wearing a blanket all day – who wouldn’t want that? My favorite are the Free People ones. Every year they come out with a thermal that tops last years. Not sure how but I love them. Sleeves are super long too and they wash really well – I have red, black, and grey! There are more too! I’m also obsessed with the Socialite thermal with the big buttons. I post them all the time on the blog and I have all three colors! Urban outfitters always has a good tie thermal too! TONS of colors and the little tie at the bottoms is such a great pop of detail! Wearing an XS in Free People and Socialite, small in urban!

I actually didn’t really buy a designer bag this year… shocking, but nothing was jumping out on me! I did get a couple bags, and have one from before, that I just love for everday use! This big reversible tote definitely got some wear this year. It’s large, but not massive and had two shades of brown which I love. The other tote I got, also under $50, was another fav. Love the handles on it! Little gold rings, and also came with a cross body strap that made it easy to carry and wear different ways! My little Kate Spade bag is also a staple! Such a great neutral color and easy to rock for a night out! Also only $138 which is still affordable for KS! Also – leopard clutch! Must have for date nights and pop of print!

Stripe sweaters! OMG can I be more obsessed with stripes? I think not. Thankfully stripes and color blocking was so trendy this season – and still going strong! Madewell came in clutch with TONS of cute stripes sweaters and I think I bought them all! My favorite was the neutral tone mock neck and the bright stripe! Wear them all the time and just so obsessed. They are slightly pricier than most sweaters but they wear so well and hold up to anything! Usually get XS but depending on the fit I go small! The rest are just some other cute ones you can still snag today if you want – including the black and white with pink sweater I posted yesterday on Instagram!

Last but not least…CAMO and some other odds and ends! This utility jacket was one of my most purchased items and for good reason! It’s the BEST fit and length. The little pink stitching at the top is so cute and I wear it all the time! I got XS. Also – this little sweatshirt sweater from Jcrew is another camo favorite. I recently got two more tees from Aerie – one is below and definitely go two sizes up! I got a Medium and its a great fit. Last but not least – these Spanx leggings. A slurge but let me tell you there is no better faux leather legging on the market. You can try and save money and get a copycat but it’s not worth it. These are so high waisted, shape you, suck you in, but dont cut off your circulation. OBSESSED! Get some you wont regret it!

How To: Dress for NYE!

NYE is such a fun night, but can be stressful if you don’t have the right look. I love dressing up, but I always feel like I’ll be too dressed down, or too dressed up… or show up in sparkle dress when everyone else is dressed in jeans or pant looks! We text our girls asking what they’re wearing and they all feel the same or are undecided… right? Maybe a dress, I ate too many cookies so probably a cute tunic and leggings with boots, I’m going all out – YOLO! Ha, we all have different ways to dress up, and different places to go that may change what we decide to wear! Regardless of all these thoughts, it’s always important to feel comfortable and confident regardless of what you choose! Confidence will shine more than your look!

For those of you who love a good black jean or pants outfit… here are a few ideas to jazz them up! Black jeans are always so slimming, especially with a pointed toe boot or pump! This will help your legs look longer! Add a pop of sparkle on your bag, or a bright color in your bag or shoes, and you’ve got a great look that you feel comfortable in! I love a good lace top! They are so elegant and pretty, and a little dressier! They’re perfect for holidays, company parties, and NYE. Pair them with your best jeans and you have a sophisticated look. I’ve paired mine with a leopard pump and a red bag. Added a little sparkle in my earrings – and a bold lip and TADA! Perfect for the Holiday season and I’d so much rather be in pants for this holiday!

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Another great look to rock if you prefer to keep your legs covered.. is these spanx feau leather leggings! They have a little sheen to them and can really elevate you look. I’ve paired them with this adorable leopard top from Vici Dolls – that has an open back detail! From the front you have this adorable look that mixes prints and materials… a pointy boot or pump… then you turn around and you have a new level of detail. The back dips low in a cross pattern, but you can still wear a normal bra! AMEN! the knot sits right at your lower back! I’ve just paired this with my favorite little black bag, but you can easily rock a sparkle clutch too! Super easy – these leggings are also LEGIT the best. High waist and wash well, and so easy to wear a million other ways! Worth the splurge. Wearing a small in the top and leggings! My exact top is sold out, but I linked some other cute leopard options!

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This dress is so classic! I love it so much… I just got a new one because it’s on sale! Its perfect for weddings, showers, dinner parties, company events… such a classic cut, perfect length, and just simply gorgeous. Usually only $89 but on sale for $66-$77 depending on the color you choose! There are like 15 so you can definitely find the right color for your skin tone and event you’re headed to! I’m wearing the Navy India Ink color… but they’re all fabulous. Wearing a small. If concerned… size up!

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Love dresses and headed to a dressier event? Here are a couple I’m obsessed with that really stand out for being different! This one shoulder red dress is from Dress & Dwell. It’s structured so it stays in place, and the one shoulder detail is so different than other dresses out there. The cut on this dress is so unique and I just love how sophisticated it is!This boutique has some really cute things and you can get 25% off using code SUGARCOATEDCHIC on their entire site! This other dress is also soooo cute! I love sequins, but feel than can look a little cheap if not done right, but not this dress! Perfect stripes of sequins with bold colors. The back ties up in a criss cross giving it some extra detail. Wear some tights and boots, or just a simple black heel like my friend Abby did in this look! Both cute options and under $100! Wearing a small in both!

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This next dress I wore to my company holiday party, but it would be so perfect for NYE too! Long sleeves which I love because I’m always cold, and has the most beautiful sheen on it! It’s a wrap dress with a cinched waist line, and has a shorter skirt underneath.The longer layer really flows when you walk giving the dress a lot of movement. Love this color and the fit is perfect. I’m wearing an XSMALL.

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Another dress option if you live in FREEZING cold Chibera or other parts of the midwest, is this adorable pearl sweater dress from Chicwish! How cute, right? A little ballon sleeve, and pearl details around the top of the dress and sleeves make for a perfect NYE look! I’ve paired it with some black tights and my favorite black booties! Comfortable yet chic and you will definitely stand out in a crowd without feeling too much, or too casual! Absolutely love this dress. You can also belt it to give yourself a little waistline, but can easily be worn without! Only $66 and so adorable. This can be worn to work, a date night, and be dressed up or down so easily! Wearing a S/M.

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Let’s talk jumpsuits and skirts! These two options are from Lulu’s and are perfect for NYE. This pleated skirt is the right amount of sparkle, and with how pale my legs are, it helps cover most of them up! Ha. I’ve paired it with a velvet halter top and my sparkle pumps from target! This velvet top is so pretty and has a little sheen, but isn’t too much with the skirt. They both compliment each other so well! Add your favorite black ankle strap heel and you have such a classic look perfect for dancing! Wearing XSMALL in skirt and small in the tank.

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This jumpsuit is a KNOCKOUT! it’s so slimming, tons of length in the legs if you’re tall or want to wear a big heel, and the cut at the top is amazing! It flows a little to give you a shape. I do wear my Spanx under this – and probably should have gotten a small. However when I bought this I was training for a triathlon and was a tad more toned/slim in the leg and butt area than I am now – ha, so I need a little extra help! Either way, such an amazing fit and I love how confident I feel every time I wear this out! I paired it with a silver heel, so sparkle earrings, and will either grab a leopard or a bright red clutch to go with it! Wearing XSMALL but would prob order a small if ordered today!

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Click on the photos to shop! Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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Last Minute Sales

If you’re looking for those last minute deals before the Holiday… some of my favorite retailers have some great sales going. If you shop within the next 10 hours, your order will still arrive in time for Christmas!

Starting with Loft! They have 50% off right now AND free shipping. Loft is my favorite store for classic everyday pieces as well as office friendly clothing. It’s important to me that my clothing is appropriate for my age and the workplace, as well as wearing them as everyday clothing! This vest is a perfect example.  You can dress it up or down, and its really cozy. Comes in a couple colors too!IMG_0339.jpg

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This spotted blouse is another favorite for the work place! It’s a great classic fit with tiny little dots on it. Dark navy color so it pairs well with any color cardigan and jeans or a nice grey dress pant!

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Click on the photos below to shop all my favorites! I havent been able to post some of my new items, but if you want sizing info I’ll be doing a try-on session in my stories tonight on instagram – so check it out @sugarcoatednchic!

Abercrombie also has an amazing sale going on where the entire site is 50% off plus an extra 15% off on certain items! I love their stuff for everyday basic layers. I have some of my best cardigans and layers tees/camis from here that I wear year after year. I am always a size small here in tops and Sweaters. I can do XS, but I like having a little extra room in case I accidentally dry something!

Here are a couple of my favorite things from there!
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Gap and Old Navy are also having 50% off, and Old Navy has up to 75% select items. Again, great everyday pieces at super affordable price points. I love their sweaters and jeans!

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Shop my Gap and Old Navy favorites here!

Express – also 50% off the entire site as well. Below are my picks!

Tweed Dress: Three ways!

Another styled three ways post for you. I love doing these because you can easily turn one piece of clothing into three totally different looks. Sometimes you would never think to style a dress or a top in a different way than you usually do – so I am here to help!

This tweed dress was gifted to my by Dress & Dwell – and for someone who doesn’t normally wear too many dresses, I was really excited for this one! It’s a square neck with small spaghetti straps, with a wrapped cross-over skirt with a frayed edge. So cute! While it’s adorable on it’s own, I wanted to spice it up from the regular throw on some heels and go! See below! It’s no longer on their site – but it is on Lulu’s and I linked some similar ones too!

My first look is more casual for everyday. This is perfect in the summer or winter, and can be worn with so many different booties. I’m wearing a simple white tee under this dress, and my favorite black pointed to booties. They’re a little higher ankle cut and super pointy so they make your legs look extra long! I also chose to wear my purse as a crossbody so it keeps the look more casual and everyday. I’m obsessed! Such a perfect date night look, brunch with the girls, or just everyday chic!

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My second look is more for when it’s colder and you want a little pop of color! Insert these adorable red boots! Ankle cut to help elongate your legs, and the bright red makes this black and white look really stand out! This free people top is the best for this dress. It’s super tight in the body, but the sleeves have this amazing ballooning from the elbow down, so it’s perfect to wear under a dress! It’s adorable on its own with some skinny jeans as well! Kept my jewelry simple here with some studs and a pendant necklace, and rocked the same black crossbody! Love this look and so fun for an office party, a night out on the town, or a Christmas party with your friends!

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The third look is my favorite – thanks to these booties! talk about office party chic right here! Throw on a cute black and white cardigan, or a blazer of your choice – and rock these black and white boots! They’re currently on sale for under $80 and are legit amazing. I love a good pair of shoes and these will be so fun all winter with jeans, tights, dresses, skirts – you name it they will jazz up any look! My sweater is from Zara and has the cutest black edge and big gold buttons.

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You can shop all these looks below! Hope you enjoyed!

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Stocking Stuffers: For Him and Her!

Happy Sunday Babes! Stockings are one of my favorite things to give to my family! There are so many fun items to put in a stocking that will brighten up anyone’s Christmas morning. I usually spend a little more on these items for my family – because it’s a great way to show them you care, and get them lots of little pampering items they most likely wouldn’t buy for themselves! The perfect gift!
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I’ve teamed up with The Body Shop to help you pick the perfect pampering gifts for the girls in your life! Their products are vegan, safe, and they never test on animals. You can trust the ingredients are natural and safe for your skin and hair, and made with the best ingredients. They have TONS of scents, so you can find something for anyone! Right now their entire store is 40% off, so grab what you can at even better prices!
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My favorite items are below! Click on the photos to shop! If you want a light and refreshing scent – I would recommend the Fuji Green Tea. It’s really light and cleansing without a strong scent. Also the Almond Milk & Honeyis amazing as well. There is tons of great stuff to choose from, but I’ve tried all the below and highly recommend! Such cute packaging for the Holidays and I love how they products make my skin feel!
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Shop all my stocking stuffer ideas below! These are all great items for the ladies in your life! Everyone needs a little pampering and cute accessories! I love the mug, and Sugarfina gummy bears are such a fun surprise in any stocking! Stock up with these items below – and don’t forget to add your favorite Christmas candy!

Aren’t men the hardest to shop for? They usually don’t know what they want, or they just go out and get it for themselves before you can try and surprise them! Men need some pampering items too, so I’ve rounded up some easy gift ideas for you below. The Jack Black brand is amazing for men. Smell is great and the quality is amazing! I also love the Big Ass Brick’s of soap. Also, smell great…and well they’re HUGE so they’ll last long and have lots of great scents!

These are all such great deals right now, and most of these items you can find at Target! Getting so close to the Holidays and I cannot wait for Christmas this year. Happy Shopping!

The BEST Christmas Jammie Round up!

Yay… more cozy fun posts! I did a huge try on today on instagram so you can see all these pajamas below and how I mixed and matched them, so go check it out!
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Every year it’s tradition in my family that we get a new pair of Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. We’ve continued this tradition well into our adult lives and its honestly my favorite part of the Holiday. If we only did that – I would be the happiest girl ever! It’s such a fun way to get everyone in the Holiday spirit, be funny, be creative, and spend time laughing with the ones you love in matching jammies!

Some of my favorites are below for you! Lots of sales right now so make sure to snag these now when your size is in stock because they will go fast!

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