• Voluminous

  • November 24, 2014
  • DSC01185 Proportion, fit and structure are the elements that make a stand-out look in my book. So when I came across this blazer, I was in love. The volume and shape of it gives some curves to my figure, creating a strong and feminine vibe.

    Even though the peplum silhouette is a fairly nostalgic and girly one, I chose to add edgier details to create balance in the look. A delicious army green and silver is the perfect compliment to the otherwise basic black.

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  • Smile Style

  • November 23, 2014
  • IMG_2257 Out of all the accessories I own, I still think a radiant smile is still the best. But with my (read ridiculous) addiction to coffee, keeping my smile photo ready isn’t as easy as it used to be. I’ve tried the typical at home whitening strips before with mild success, but nothing noteworthy.

    When I first tried Smile Brilliant whitening trays, it was explained to me that it’s not necessarily the whitening agent itself but rather the fit that leads to the most effective whitening. That’s why custom-fit trays are the best option.

    Within five applications I have a winter-white smile ready for all of the pictures the holiday season brings.

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  • Blushing

  • November 21, 2014
  • _MG_2976 (3) Casual layers typically call my name this time of year, but I’ve been craving a sleek and polished look. Minimalistic silhouettes, muted color palates and a bit of shine radiate a inner confidence that I love.

    I’ve always been impartial to dark jeans because they seem so sophisticated even though denim is a casual staple. Snakeskin adds much needed pattern to the look and metallic pumps elevate it completely. 

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner Looks (With APOL) + WIWW

  • November 19, 2014
  • _MG_3966-2 Today, Krystal, from A Pinch of Lovely, and I finalize our mini Thanksgiving look book. The all important Thanksgiving dinner, the main event, if you will. Every family and holiday table varies, some are very laid back, some are very formal. In many events in modern society, I believe the art of dressing up has somehow been lost. Because of this, I genuinely look forward to putting on some pumps and adding a bit more posh to my appearance, even if just for a meal.

    Especially around my family (or boyfriend’s family for that matter), I crave a look that is glamorous, sophisticated and errs on the side of modest. Those three elements typically do not combine organically, except for in the brand of Junie Blake. I love this line because their styles never show too much skin for those of us that like to be more conservative, or are just simplicity in a conservative setting for the night.

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  • Casual Thanksgiving Style with APOL

  • November 18, 2014
  • DSC01155 The collaboration continues with Krystal, from A Pinch Of Lovely. Throughout the Thanksgiving get togethers, there is typically a fair amount of Travel involved – so comfort is key. For me particularly, I’m headed to San Francisco on Saturday to visit my family. I’ll be Cali loving for ten days, so make sure to follow along on Instagram.

    But typically, since I’m from Minnesota, my casual wear looks a lot like this: bundleed up and cozy chic.

    No matter if you are flying somewhere foreign or just driving a bit of distance, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. My go to is always a gorgeous topper coat, luxe accessories and then simplicity for the rest of the look. Krystal opts for the similar black skinnies and statement layers.

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  • Travel Style: Thanksgiving Look Book with APOL

  • November 17, 2014
  • _MG_4023-2 Today, and the next three days actually, I’m so excited to team up with the lovely Krystal from A Pinch Of Lovely. I’ve admired this ladies Southern Bell’s chic and feminine style for a while now – she is so good at creative layering and it is downright inspiring.

    We decided to join stylish forces to create a Thanksgiving look book, if you will. Today we are showing our interpretation of casual “family time” styles, tomorrow will be some traveling outfit inspiration and finally, on Wednesday, we will be sharing our Thanksgiving dinner ensembles. Sound like a plan?

    I’m from Minnesota, so naturally things are a bit chilly around the holidays. So for laid-back family time (which for me typically means an exhausting amount of cards and board games), I opt for light layers. This way I’m both comfortable and chic. An unexpected mix of chambray, crimson stripes and olive green strikes the perfect chord. 

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  • 25 Gift Ideas Under $25

  • November 16, 2014
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    1. Kate Spade Saturday ‘Party On’ Bottle Opener // 2. Initial Letter Tag // 3. Ideas Notebook // 4. Initial Bar Necklace // 5. Over The Knee Socks // 6. Pyramid Mirror Box // 7. Elucx Dead Sea Salt Bath Soak // 8. ‘It’s ‘Bout To Get Nostalgic Up In Here’ Photo Album // 9. BH Cosmetics 28-Shade Eyeshadow Palate // 10. Perfumed Top Coat Nail Polish // 11. Indigo Henna Catch All Dish // 12. USB Charger // 13. Printed Earphone Headbuds // 14. Antler Magnetic Wall Hook // 15. Houndstooth Gloves // 16. Gold Ring Tree // 17. Copper Mug // 18. Minimergency Kit // 19. Alex & Ani Initial Bangle // 20. Ikat Tile Throw // 21. Alphabet Porcelain Tray // 22. Wax Blend Candle // 23. Enamel Finish Photo Frame // 24. Kate Spade Thermal Travel Mug // 25. Kate Spade ‘Dear Me’ List

    Whether you are shopping for your bestie or your boyfriend’s mom, racking your brain of what to buy can be exhausting – especially on a budget. Little odds and ends are the perfect presents for just about anyone. All these gifts are under $25 and will without a doubt put a smile on the face of the recipient.

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  • Sweater Skirt + A Giveaway

  • November 14, 2014
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    Even though bare legs may be nothing but a diluted day dream, a sweater skirt can be a feasible option during the winter months (tights or sans tights, that’s up to you). This particular skirt has a design that gives me the illusion of enviable curves, even in the midst of professionalism – I just love that.

    This skirt, plus many more covetable and professional items are available at Teodora B. I love how they manage to strike a chord between 9-to-5 and dressed to the nine’s. You have the chance to win a $75 gift card to the Teodora B. online store by entering the giveaway today! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter.

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  • Namaste + WIWW

  • November 12, 2014
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    Many times, I get so fixated on “fancier” pieces like chiffon blouses, heels and blazers that I forget the lovely simplicity of T-shirt’s. Basic, relaxed shapes with a cheeky or chic saying seems to strike the perfect effortless mix. I love pairing a T-shirt with more structures pieces for a juxtaposition that screams street style.

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  • Oxblood Obsessed (Day to Night with The StyleMma)

  • November 10, 2014
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    Today, I’m teaming up with Donna from The StyleMma to take on our favorite hue, Oxblood. Two ways to wear it, one for day and one for night but many (unintentional) overlapping elements. We both opted for strappy sandals, leather skirts and a statement with our necklaces – fashionable minds style alike, right?

    I first came across Donna’s uber chic Instagram account a few months ago. From my first glimpse, I was completely hooked. Her enviably chic Brit style shines through amazing imagery and is an inspiration to me quite often. There is something about her style the just exudes confidence, poise and elegance – with a trendy twist.

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