Happy Black Friday! With so many sales going on it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by this major shopping event. Even as someone who loves to shop, I’m not a fan of shopping in crowded stores on Black Friday. Thankfully, I don’t need to. Here’s a roundup of some of the best Black Friday sales from my favorite stores. So, relax and shop peacefully from the comfort of your bed.
Happy Thanksgiving! My first gift guide of the holiday season is here. Now that Black Friday sales have started it only makes sense to do your holiday shopping when everything is on sale. To start, I put together a roundup of under $50 goodies that are so glamorous they’ll take your Instagram game to the next level (your gift recipient will be immensely thankful!).
1. Be happy wall art for your office when you need a midweek reminder that you’re awesome.
Capes are so popular for fall that Gigi Hadid’s white caped coat made the top 3 most trending stories on Facebook this weekend, much to people’s chagrin. Anytime I wear a cape I get five compliments for every Lord of the Rings or pilgrim comparison. Capes are probably the most controversial outwear, and that’s precisely why they’re a statement piece. If something is boring and no one has an opinion on it, then it’s not fashion (thankfully normcore went out of style). Wearing a cape says, “I don’t care if I’m cold and can’t wear my purse on my shoulders, I’m going to take after superheroes and Audrey Hepburn.” I bought this cape at Zara earlier this month and love how the flowy silhouette contrasts with over the knee boots. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m obsessed with these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots in Topo. The color is casual enough for daytime (I wore them to the farmers market yesterday) and versatile enough to complement any outfit.
Everyone knows sequins are the quintessential party detail that makes you sparkle and shine. They were all the rage during the #stylechat discussion on holiday outfits (and if you noticed I totally vouched for sequined pants, though I have yet to find the perfect pair). What’s more challenging is integrating sequins in your day-to-day, especially workday, wardrobe. As much as I love fall in New England, the shorter, colder, overcast days are a drab. Enter sequins – your remedy for lack of sunshine. Here’s a roundup of my favorite pieces that you can wear to work or a party, although there’s one rule: don’t pair sequins with sequins. Unless you’re going for the whole disco ball look (I don’t judge!).
You can’t go wrong with stripes and sequins (remember that blog?), which makes this sweater a staple from November – March. Pair it with pants, a pleated skirt, or even shorts and tights. Thanks to the collar and structured style, you can wear anything with this sweater and still look put together.
Wearing glitter pumps can be tricky let alone wearing them to work. But there is a hack. Make sure the rest of your outfit is monochrome (white on white or black on black or white and black) to balance the shoes.
If you’re still hesitant about donning sequins, get it in black. I love this blazer because it doubles as a going out jacket for, say, a strapless jumpsuit that you want to wear to a holiday party. Yet it can still look professional during the day with a delicate blouse and slim pants.
Sure this top may look too busy upon first glance (and second, and third), but if you pair it with, say, a long camel coat, and black skinny jeans, you’ll almost mistake the sequins for a neutral. Let’s make sequins the new neutral, shall we?
Before reaching for over-the-knee boots this fall, consider the chic in-between shoe – the bootie, also known as the ankle boot. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been inspired by the look from IT girls Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner (for as much as the media talks about them, it’s tough not to get inspired, amirite?). Plus, unlike higher boots, booties have no seasonal limitations, which means you can wear them in the summer or winter. Now that’s a worthy investment. Scroll through for my roundup of booties for every occasion – weekend, work, and, of course, a fun night out.
Easy-going booties that will effortlessly take you from point A to point B and back.
There aren’t many products out there that fulfill their promise of shrinking pores and blemishes (as someone with oily skin this is heartbreaking) but every once in a blue moon (or supermoon?) a special product magically appears to solve my skin woes. Over the summer I had the most horrid outbreak of clogged pores and blemishes along my t-zone, most likely triggered by overwhelming humidity. While masks and facials provided temporary relief I’m sure we can all agree that ain’t nobody got time for that.
Enter StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, the product that magically appeared in my mailbox one day courtesy of the brand. I can’t express how ecstatic I was when I received it. It was almost as if the PR team at StriVectin knew I was struggling with pores (seriously, how did they know?!). After just one application my skin felt smoother and after a week it looked dramatically clearer. The directions call to use it in the morning and evening but I only use it in my evening beauty routine because of the retinol.
There’s no better way to dress for comfort and style this fall than with Chelsea boots. They’re a sleek addition for work, weekend, even a night out – rain or shine (and eventually snow). I’m currently obsessed with Sam Edelman’s boots in Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala and Loeffler Randall’s boots with shiny gold buckles. Both boots are fall staples that will complement any outfit. And best of all, they’re under $200.