The Gift Guide: No. 1

Hello  Lovelies!

It’s that time of year again, almost Christmas! I’m so excited to be kick off my ‘Gift Guide’ series with my favorite luxury items. If you are like me I love anything from a Chanel perfume to a Tiffany & Co. bag. This gift guide is certainly for luxury lovers like me. Also, these are perfect to send over to a loved one such as a boyfriend, husband, or good friend. You definitely won’t go wrong with any of these items.

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Valentino Rockstuds | Stella McCartney Card Case | Chanel Velvet Body Oil | Burberry Cashmere Scarf | La Mer Skincare Set | Diptyque Candle | Gucci Leather Belt | Burberry Watch

 

5 Accessories to Change up Your Outfit

So, you’re sick of your clothes. It can seem like you went shopping, yet here you are, staring blankly at your closet, stressing because you have “nothing to wear.” I think I can speak for pretty much everyone when I say we have all been there. Sometimes nothing in your wardrobe screams out to you, and you are stuck feeling like anything you wear will be boring or just not right.

Since we all don’t have the luxury of running out to the mall or nearest boutique to pick up something new every time this crisis presents itself, we have to learn to get a little imaginative. Sometimes it takes some serious creativity to think up new outfits using the garments you’ve had hanging in your closet for what seems like forever. Luckily, there are little things called accessories. Ever heard of them?

Accessories are the perfect way to easily and quickly transform your outfit into something totally new, even if it’s three seasons old. Below are some of my favorite ways to use accessories to make an old outfit new again.

Statement Necklace
Few things are as bold as statement necklaces, and that’s why they’re great for last-minute outfit add-ons. There are all kinds of ways to use statement necklaces to your advantage, whether you’re layering long and short pendants over a top or you’re sporting a loud, chunky piece around your neckline. There are examples that can give you some fresh ideas.

Scarf
I love scarves because they actually serve a function while they spruce up your fashion. Since it’s fall, there is no time like the present to throw on a scarf to give your look a little pop. Choose a fun, printed scarf to bring zing to a monochromatic outfit, or pick a neutral tone to simply add some texture to your look.

Unexpected Outerwear
A coat or vest can easily be categorized as an accessory if you wear it like one. What do I mean? Well, if you choose a completely unexpected leather moto jacket to hold on your arm or wear intermittently, you’re using your jacket as an accessory. Use a contrasting style to really spice things up like adding embroidered or printed designs for a surprising twist. You can find several fun and funky outerwear options with this classic American designer  if you need a little insight into some unique outerwear.

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Look-at-Me Shoes
Another great way to change up an old outfit is to stick with the element of surprise, only this time making your footwear the life of the party. With flashy shoes you’ll instantly bring a whole new vibe to your look, especially if you would always wear the same footwear with the same outfits. Metallic shoes are trending right now, but if shine isn’t your style just pick a pair in a fun color for a punchy pop.

Hat
Last but not least, when all else fails, bring a hat into the mix. Plenty of wide-brimmed styles are popular right now, and beanies are always appropriate for the cooler months. Find the style that fits your personality and face/head shape, and you will have a secret weapon for any day your wardrobe fails you. Then, take a look at Stylishly Me these 15 outfits with hats if you’re not sure how to rock it.

*In collaboration with Stacy Jameson*

The Moto Jacket

Hey lovelies!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far! Mine has been so busy and tomorrow I am heading to Highlands Food and Wine Festival and then Atlanta for weekend. I hope that you all have something fun planned as well.

Today I want to share with you all this amazing moto jacket I purchased from Macy’s. It is so comfortable, trendy, and actually keeps me warm. If you are looking for leather moto for this cold season this one is a winner!

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Jacket: Bar III, Blouse: Lush, Leggings: Express, Flats: LC Lauren Conrad, Bag: Deux Lux ( love this one too ), Sunglasses: Le Specs ( similar )

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Top 8 Mules

Slip-on shoes are in! These shoes are seriously trending at the moment. The loafer or the block heel will definitely make a great statement without hurting your feet. I believe that every girl should invest in at least one pair of mules.

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Evian Facial Spray Anywhere

If you haven’t heard of the Evian Facial Spray, then you are missing out. I finally had the chance to try it out and I will definitely be using it more to come. The Evian Facial Spray is a hydrating facial spray that delivers powered micro-droplets of pure Evian natural spring water in a leak-profs canister, sealed at the source in Evian-les-bains, France.

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It is my first time using a facial spray and I have become very attached to this. This stuff is so wonderful! It sets  makeup, hydrates skin, soothes my face after using harsh products, and traveling.

One thing that I have done with this amazing spray is after I shower I spray it on my face while the pores are still open. Then I apply a face mask over my face so my skin can absorb it and help hydrate my skin even more. After I wash it all off I spray my face again and continue on with my routine.

If you do use this, how do you all incorporate it into your everyday use?

Also, there is a giveaway for my readers where 20 lucky winners will receive (1) 10 oz. professional size and (1) 5 oz travel size bottle (suggested retail $30.00). You can enter here.

Note: I received a complimentary sample of a full size product for my review purposes. The review above is based on my opinions.

My New Favorite Bag

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to jump on the Gigi New York train, but I am glad I did. I recently purchased the Catie Cross-Body Bag in the black embossed python and wow! I love this bag! It is the perfect size, not too big and not too small. I can fit my sunglasses, lipstick, keys, phone, and card case just fine. All my essentials as you would call them. It is safe to say that this is my new favorite bag.

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Gigi New York Black Cross-Body Bag via Lansing Alayne

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Photos by Caroline Reaves Photography

Lindsey’s Winter Skin Must Haves

Today’s post is featuring Lindsey, local make up artist once again! I absolutely love teaming up with her and sharing her knowledge with you all.

Since the cooler months are approaching us, she decided to share her winter skin must haves with us. I have heard great things about these products are looking forward to trying them out since I do get dry skin in the winter. Are there any products that you all recommend? I would love to hear them!

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Estee Lauder Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser | Mario Badescu Protein Night Cream | Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist | Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque | Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream 

Highlands Food and Wine Festival

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Happy Friday to you all!

Recently, I was reached out to by Ashley of Ashley Brown Strategy to do a collaboration on the Highlands Food and Wine Festival. I love food and wine so of course I wanted to do this. I was happy to have met a fellow blogger, Sally of The Threaded Life who was also part of this collaboration ( she’s great, check out her blog ).

For this collaboration we partnered with a few Highlands boutiques to style some of their clothes and accessories.

Outfits from Highland Hiker

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I am so excited about the festival coming up! It will be from November 10th until November 13th. I will be at the Truckin’ event of the festival on November 11th with Sally of The Threaded Life, so let us know if you will be there. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to try out their food and of course their wine! I hope to see you all there! If you plan on going to the festival you can purchase your tickets here.

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Happy Monday lovelies!!

I am very excited to share this look with you all today! I paired this gorgeous top with my go-to moto leggings and of course my Valentinos for a dressy, yet casual look. If you know me, you know this outfit is casual for me. If you like it a little less casual these jeans would be perfect with this top. I have become obsessed with the ruffle detailing, what do you think?

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Top: c/o Southern Chic Style, Leggings: Express ( love these ), Flats: Valentino, Hat: c/o Popsugar

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