Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sequin Leggings- New Years Eve

Leather Jacket: See Thru Soul (similar here) // Sweater: Forever21 // Sequin Leggings:Mainstream Boutique (similar here here) // Heels: Lord & Taylor // Bag: Tory Burch // 
Lip Color: Ruby Woo Lipstick & Gloss // Earrings: Tory Burch
Sunglasses: Lauren Conrad (similar here & here)  // Gloves: Forever21

Happy New Years Eve to you all! I'm obsessed with these sequin leggings and you wouldn't believe how comfortable they are. I got mine at Mainstream Boutique and they had all sizes left! What are your new years eve plans? I'll be celebrating in Chicago tonight with a big group of friends and can't wait to see them, or for the champagne, my favorite!


Monday, December 29, 2014

December Favorites

Its almost the end of December and almost the end of 2014, can you believe it? I thought I would put together my December favorites for you. Included are a lot of hydrating producsts for the dry winter weather but also some of my favorite holiday products. Scroll all the way down to shop this post!

Gold Bond Softening Lotion: This is my absolute favorite lotion for this time of the year, my skin gets so dry and this is the only lotion that makes my skin softer immediately. I love it.

Case Mate Champagne Case: I love this case, it is such a statement piece and really protects my phone.

Ruby Woo Collection: This is the ultimate red lip trio. I think I have stated a few times that Ruby Woo is my favorite Red, this collection includes a liner, lipstick and a gloss.

Clinique Moisture Surge: This is one product that I could not live without. I hate the feel of greasy lotions on my face and this is the only moisturizer I have found that is super lightweight yet effective.

Aveda Smooth Infusion: This is a product I use every time that I do my hair (blow dry & curl) It is both a heat protection and smoother which is great for my naturally curly curly hair. I use the smallest amount and the bottle lasts forever.

Tory Burch Perfume: I got a sample of this from Nordstrom in late November and was obsessed at the first spritz. It smells so wonderful, the only downside is that it fades after a couple of hours which is a bummer seeing as it is pretty expensive.

Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Tan: Its been such a mild winter so far that I have been able to wear several dresses and skirts without tights. That is great except for my legs haven't seen the sun in months which makes this sunless tanner a necessity for this Irish girl.

Burts Bees Soothing Lip balm: Oh my does this smell wonderful (if you like eucalyptus!) I kept this on me constantly this month.

Nars Laguna Bronzer: I would be lost with out this stuff, its definitely my favorite bronzer because it just adds a healthy glow.

Osis Refreshing Dust: So I basically never wash my hair...haha gross I know but I just don't have the time and its not good to wash your hair everyday. I use this on my last dirty hair day on the roots and it is crazy powerful. A more expensive product but so worth it!

Not Your Mothers Hair Texturizing spray: I use this to give my hair a little texture on dirty hair days, I just spray it in and then use my defuser! It smells amazing and is super cheap too!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sequin Skirt & Graphic Tee

Skirt // Top // Bag (Similar here) // Heels // Earrings (on sale!) // Lip Color: Michiyo

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, for me it just flew by. I feel like I could always use just one more day with my family during the holidays. Christmas has changed so much in my house in the past two years with the addition of my two little nieces. Seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of children is amazing, their excitement over everything is so refreshing and a great reminder of how much joy there is to be found in life!

Onto my outfit…Every once in a while I become obsessed with a certain trend and can’t seem to get enough of it. Right now i’m loving midi skirts because you can dress them down or dress them up in so many different ways. I would rather wear a dress or a skirt every single day, I think they are more comfortable but I love how feminine the look is. When I saw this skirt from Piperlime I knew its rightful place was in my closet paired with some pink heels. This would be a great skirt for NYE also! Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gluhwein : German Mulled Wine Recipe for Christmas Eve

Its Christmas Eve. I am finally with my entire family and everything is absolutely perfect, we don't have snow but thats okay! I have the perfect festive cocktail to keep you and yours warm and happy this Christmas! :) I got this recipe from and will link the recipe below. It's DELICIOUS!

Recipe link here; Gluhwein


  • 2 medium lemons
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Beaujolais Nouveau
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • Cheesecloth
  • Butcher’s twine

  1. Instructions;
  2. 1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the lemons and oranges in wide strips, avoiding the white pith; place the zest in a large saucepan. Juice the lemons and oranges and add the juice to the pan.
  3. 2. Place the cloves and cardamom in a small piece of cheesecloth, tie it tightly with butcher’s twine, and add the bundle to the saucepan.
  4. 3. Add the sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks, place the pan over high heat, and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about one-third, about 20 minutes.
  5. 4. Add the red wine and brandy, stir to combine, and bring just to a simmer (don’t let it boil). Remove from the heat and remove and discard the spice bundle before serving.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Winter Wardrobe

    Sweater // Henley (on sale) // Fleece lined Leggings // OTK Boots (similar here) // Bag (sold out, I LOVE this one here

    Sweaters and leggings, my cold weather uniform. I especially love these fleece lined leggings for extra warmth, if you don't have a pair and you live anywhere remotely cold I highly suggest them! I also love this cardigan sweater because of the cute fringe detailing on the back. 


    Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Last Minute Gift Ideas

                 Happy Monday everyone! It's so close to Christmas and I can't even wait! Did any of you attempt to do Christmas Shopping this weekend? I spent the weekend with my boyfriends family in the Chicago Suburbs and when we ventured out to buy some last minute gifts at the mall we were absolutely in disbelief at the amount of people out, it was chaos! I am not a last minute person and have had most of my gifts for weeks and I think that is so I can avoid that chaos...yikes. Online shopping is also a godsend during the holidays. If you still need a gifts this christmas I have put to gather a list of things that should be pretty easy to pick up!

    Heres the list;

    •  Nail Polish (Holiday Sets are always available this time of the year)
    • Cute gloves and a scarf can be found in so many places, fuzzy socks too!
    • Subscription to a Healthy Snack Box
    • Bath and Body Works candles or soaps (I personally am loving the citrus wreath scent for soap)
    • A good book, I loved Gone Girl
    • A bottle of wine and Holiday Arrangement of flowers
    • For the coffee lover; A Keurig, cute mug or a starbucks gift card are great ideas
    • You can never go wrong with a gift card to a spa!
    Anyone else have any good ideas for last minute gifts, please share!

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    Pop of Pink

    Gingham Shirt: J.Crew // Polka Dot Sweater: J.Crew (similar here) // Vest: Old Navy ($20 PLUS 25% off with code PRANCER) // Denim: Paige // Handbag: Nordstrom (sold out) // Leopard Sneakers: DSW // Pearl Ring: Macy's // Lip Color : Park Ave Princess
     // Watch: Marc Jacobs // Bracelet: Marc Jacobs

    Darker colors and neutrals are definitely more popular during the winter months, but I crave color. I love adding pops of color into my winter wardrobe and this pink vest fills that role perfectly. If you are not one to wear pink this vest also comes in red which is fabulous! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, thanks for stopping by!


    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Cozy Concept

    Dress (40% off!) // Tights //Scarf: Mainstream Boutique (similar here) //  Handbag // Boots // Watch // Lip Color: Hot Passion

    I'm always looking for stylish ways to stay comfortable, so when I saw this dress at LOFT I knew I had to have it. It has super cute herringbone detailing down the middle and on the arms which I love! The weather has been so foggy, rainy, cold and gross which is not so good, but what is good is that I have been living in my yellow Hunter Boots which makes me so cheerful. 
    Yellow is such a happy color, isn't it?!! You know what else will make you happy...the fact that so many hunter boots are on sale! The redish (bright coral) glossy pair I've been wanting included!!! 

    It's almost friday. YAY!


    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Fringe Poncho

    Poncho: Elements Style (link to others at bottom of post) // Denim: J.Brand // Booties:Nordstrom // Handbag: Tory Burch // Lip Color: Craving   // Hat: Mainstream Boutique (similar here)

    Capes, Ponchos, Oversized scarves...whichever fits your fancy. Wearing these items...almost like wrapping yourself in a blanket, is one of the hottest trends this winter.
     So cozy and so so warm, I plan to live in this the rest of winter! What do you think of this trend? 
    Make sure to check the blog everyday because coming soon is a Blanket Scarf Giveaway to help you get on board with this wrapping yourself in a blanket trend! :)

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    New Years Eve Outfit Ideas- 12 days of Christmas Outfits

    Girly: Dress // Shoes // Earrings // Clutch
    Edgy: Dress // Shoes // Clutch // Lipstick
    Sparkly: Dress // Clutch // Bracelet // Heels
    Flirty: Dress // Shoes // Clutch

    Do you have New Years Eve Plans? I will be celebrating in Chicago this year with my boyfriend and a big group of friends. I love New Years Eve, absolutely love it!!
     I love the champagne, excess sparkle and being with the people I love. 
    Here are some outfit ideas that I put together, which is your favorite?


    "We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne"

    Shop these looks here;

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Red Necklace Sweater - 12 Days of Christmas Outfits

    Sweater: Ann Taylor LOFT// Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT // Booties: Old Navy // Clutch: Mainsteam Boutique (similar here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Link Bracelet: Marc Jacobs // Lip Color: Craving

    Oh my goodness this weather we have been having is so bizarre, so warm and so so foggy. I'm so nervous that it won't be a White Christmas! There is still time...Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! My boyfriend has officially survived his first semester of Law School and took his last final this morning!!! I'm so so proud of him and cannot wait to (finally) spend time together without competing with his studying schedule! :) 

    Here is a little classic red and white for this holiday inspired look. Happy Monday everyone! 


    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Holiday Sparkle- 12 Days of Holiday Outfits

    Embellished Dress: Free People (on sale) //Headwrap: Francescas (similar here) // Booties: Target (similar here) // Clutch: Pink Slip Boutique // Lip Color: Lush Life

    Happy Friday Everyone!

    One thing I love about dressing for the holidays is that sequins, sparkles and embellishments are always acceptable. I have been really into hair accessories lately, there are so many beautiful jeweled headbands and hair clips out there right now that can add even more sparkle to my holiday outfits. I love this one i'm wearing from Francescas but also saw so many at Nordstrom and LOFT.

     Anything specific you want to see for Sundays Gift Guide? Let me know in the comments below!