The Pursuit of Thanksgiving Happiness Broken Down into Lists

Happiness comes in many forms.  Tomorrow happiness will be shaped like a turkey for many people, or perhaps even a pumpkin pie.

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I’ve gone to two Friendsgiving dinners in the past couple of weeks and both of them had two things in common:

  1. A ton of food
  2. The most sophisticated Fall decor

Tomorrow’s thanksgiving will be slightly different though because there will be two other things on our minds besides the food we eat and the dishes we eat them on.  I’ll be giving thanks for:

  1. the Gilmore Girls four part episode series premiering at midnight
  2. Black Friday sales

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Before these events can commence, we need strategies for surviving the meal:

  1. Have a tiny bit of everything
  2. Ditch the before dinner rolls

When you’re in the middle of all the madness, take a deep breath and remember:

  1. Pace yourself, it’s not a race.
  2. Keep your wine glass full.

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Make your life easier – what not to wear on Thanksgiving:

  1. Bodycon dress.  Where will the turkey go if you don’t let your stomach breathe?
  2. High-waisted skinny jeans.  You don’t have to go so far as to wear sweatpants, but remember that a stretchy waistband is probably best!

When the meal is over, two things will help you in your overly satisfied state:

  1. Sitting by the fireplace with a green tea in hand
  2. Watching a movie: preferably a cheesy one that starts with a family crisis and ends with a happy family sitting around the table enjoying a holiday dinner.  Bring on the sappiness.

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

Airport Style Essentials to Keep you Comfortable

With Thanksgiving around the corner most of you will be jetting off somewhere to spend the holiday with family or friends!  While being with family and eating obscene amounts of food you’d never normally eat is the fun part, getting there via flying is the necessary hassle!

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There seems to be a common misconception that when you fly, the only way to be comfortable is if you look like you just got out of bed.  I remember a person once telling me that they would laugh at any woman they saw wearing heels in the airport.  Well, I’m definitely a woman that wears heels in the airport.  Just because I’m preparing for a journey through the sky, doesn’t mean I have to throw away my usual “style staples.”

Instead, there are a few style rules I follow when traveling.

  1. Layers: The only thing worse than being too hot on a plane, is being freezing cold on a plane.  I’ve definitely experienced both.  Living in San Francisco has taught me the art of layering.  It can be applied to airport style to give you ultimate comfort every step of your trip.
Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter

Alice + Olivia at Saks Fifth Avenue

Alice + Olivia at Saks Fifth Avenue

 

L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean

Alice + Olivia at Shopbop.com

Alice + Olivia at Shopbop.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The pants you wear should be comfortable and soft.  Most importantly, whatever you wear should be long enough to cover your entire legs from touching those scratchy plane seats.  While many people choose leggings, a pair of soft flared jeans while give you even more style without compromising your level of comfort.

3. As for shoes, you should be able to walk quickly and efficiently in them.  That being said, there are a ton of heels that can be even more comfortable than flats!

Italist

Italist

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. A headband to keep your hair tucked comfortably behind your ears is always a plus.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

5. Lastly, a cross-body handbag can go a long way when you’re juggling all your luggage.  The more time you can spend with nothing in your hands besides your passport and your plane ticket, the better.  A handbag with a cross-body strap will ensure you’ve always got your important items right on your person.

 

 

 

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

The Coziest Sweater Dresses to Scoop up Now

Sweater dresses are one of those hybrid trends that provide the style you want in your daily look, with the comfort you rarely achieve outside of your bed at home. Think of sweater dresses as the closest you can get to wearing a Snuggie in public.

Topshop at Nordstrom

Topshop at Nordstrom

While some sweater dresses are bulky and give you extra space all around (so you can eat a big Thanksgiving meal!), other sweater dresses are more tailored.

Adrianna Papell

Adrianna Papell at Nordstrom

In the cold Fall/Winter weather, sweater dresses look great when worn with stockings.

BB Dakota at Shopbop

BB Dakota at Shopbop

So when is the best occasion to wear sweater dresses?  Well, if you’re living on the East Coast, sweater dresses are probably a staple in your wardrobe.  Weather you’re heading to class, to work, or out to happy hour sweater dresses solve your problem of wanting to look dressy while staying warm!

If you’re on the West Coast where nine out of ten people live in jeans, a sweater dress is a great way for you to show off your femininity in a dress while keeping your general vibe still “casual and cool.”

You can go as crazy as you want with a sweater dress.  Sometimes a crazy pattern is the way to go because you’re certainly not gonna turn any heads with your safely tucked away cleavage!

Kenzo

Kenzo

Sweater dresses beg for our creativity.  Combine a layered look sweater dress with a pair of stockings and pumps, and you’ve got a killer look for the office.

Bailey 44 at Nordstrom

Bailey 44 at Nordstrom

It’s important to exercise one caution when buying sweater dresses.  It’s one thing to dress comfy, but it’s another thing to surround yourself in so much fabric that it would take an entire army to find your body.

Sweater dresses can be notoriously “boxy” and take away all the natural shape you have to offer, like that dreidel costume your parents made you wear as a kid.

Despite what people say, a sweater dress can be very sexy, especially if you wear it with a pair of thigh high boots.

Revolve

Revolve

Sweater dresses can even show some skin!

Splendid at Nordstrom

Splendid at Nordstrom

If you’re not convinced of the magic of a sweater dress by now, you’ve obviously never experienced snow.  Or you’re a man.

Either way, there are so many sweater dresses to shop, if you weren’t a fan before, you should be one now!

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

 

Find out Why Jimmy Fallon Loves Gilmore Girls

With just 7 more days left until the new episodes of Gilmore Girls premieres, every Gilmore Girls fan is rushing to have a GG marathon in preparation.  It’s been a long 9 years waiting to discover Rory and Lorelei’s fate, especially when it comes to their love lives!

Although almost every guy will claim they don’t watch Gilmore Girls because it’s simply a “chick show” (so not true by the way!), Jimmy Fallon is stepping up and admitting he can’t get enough! Why is this? Because Stars Hollow has some of the funniest and most lovable characters!

He listed out his top four favorite characters (besides Lorelai and Rory of course)!  Luckily we’re going to see all of his favorite characters in the new episodes.

In 4th place is crazy town mayor Taylor!  What’s not to love right?  Between his dorky sweater vests, his wild beard, and his overenthusiastic personality, he’s a true Stars Hollow resident.

In 3rd place we have grumpy Luke.  Did you know that the show was originally going to cast a woman as the diner owner, but last minute they decided they needed more men in the cast! A Gilmore Girls without the Lorelai and Luke relationship would have never been the same!

In 2nd place we have a character that makes us feel less socially awkward in comparison.  Kirk! Jimmy Fallon claims Kirk is the best actor ever.   Apparently, he’s going to be dining with the Gilmores in Hartford in the new episodes but we’ll have to wait to find out why!

Finally, in the number 1 spot, Jimmy chose Paris! He said he loves her for her brain.  We’re guessing that her crazy, brainiac ways will return in the new episodes!  Check out the hilarious Jimmy clip!

Love,
Molly

Get the “I’m Gunna Kick Some Butt” Look

The “I’m gunna kick some butt” look is one of my all time favorites.  It is manufactured by the inner need to express yourself despite the consequences.  It is an important part of that empowering feeling when you learn to embrace your fashion favorites, and ignore the rules set before you.

The “I’m gunna kick some butt” look can come in many different forms, but there are a few vital characteristics that it often possesses:

a) Stand out jewelry.  Arming yourself with glitzy rings is a great way to start.

b) Something weird.  Wearing something weird like a pair of jeans with paint splatter says something about your willingness to accept yourself for who you are.  It not only shows your quirky side, it also shows your confidence to wear what ever pleases you.

c) Leather.  A kick butt outfit isn’t complete without some article of clothing that is made from leather.  Your best option is probably a biker jacket, a leather miniskirt, or tight leather pants. Each one shows that you mean business!

d) Something metallic.  Metallic items help you stand out.  In any “kick butt” outfit it’s always good not to shy away from the spotlight!

e) High heels.  This is a no-brainer.  High heels help a woman’s posture; they distinguish us from the opposite sex; and while not yet scientifically proven, they make us more efficient and productive because it’s pretty hard to have a bad day when your favorite shoes are lifting you up…literally.

f) And of course, it must include something sparkly like a sequined handbag because after all, sparkles are the most empowering part of any adult outfit.

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This “kick butt” outfit can be found at Zara.

Love,
Molly

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Outfits Too Sexy to Wear if President Trump is in your Vicinity

Ladies and Gentlemen, the people have chosen our President and now we have to endure the consequences.  I spent this morning listening to President Trump’s infamous video where he brags about being able to do anything, including sexually assaulting women, because he is a star.  And then I thought to myself, this is who the majority of America has elected, so now we must deal.

If you don’t want his lips being drawn to you like a magnet, (like he boasts in the video), here are some basic dress attributes to avoid.

  1. Say goodbye to cleavage.  Way too sexy.

2. Any leg slit in the dress is provocative as well so stay away!

 

Blue & Cream ($355)

Blue & Cream ($355)

3. V-necks are way too alluring.

4. Dresses with cutouts show too much skin.

Revolve ($188)

Revolve ($188)

5. Anything dominatrix style is out too.  Sends the wrong message.

6. Skirt lengths above the knee are unacceptable.

7. Bodycon dresses that hug your curves are way too sexy.

Bebe ($109.99)

Bebe ($109.99)

8. Off-the shoulder dress, although super trendy this season, just say no.

Shopbop

Shopbop

Taking all of these dress limitations into consideration, here is what your wardrobe should look like now:

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This one is fine too:

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack

Alright Trump, let’s do this, women are prepared!

Love,
Molly

(Just in case you didn’t catch the subtle sarcasm in this post, this post was meant to inspire a chuckle.  DON’T CHANGE WHAT YOU WEAR FOR ANYBODY!)

 

 

Election Day Chaos Calls for Organization at Home

When everything is so disorganized, it calls for a little organization in your life…starting with your closet.  After you head to the polls and cast your vote, whether you’re filled with a sense of clarity, confusion, or worry, there’s no better way to de-stress than cleaning up the mess that you live with every day in your home.

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After a long time of hating the pile of shoes taking up the entire floor of my closet, I finally ordered a shoe rack and did some much-needed organization.  Now I can actually step into my closet instead of admiring it from afar.

While achieving organization in a small apartment is sometimes tricky due to the sheer lack of space to store your items, it is possible.  All you have to do is think strategically and build upwards.  While I hope to one day need a shoe rack as high as a skyscraper to store all my high heels, this shoe rack with five shelves was a good start!  I actually added another shelf by extending two bars downwards so that the floor acted as another shelf, instead of having the bottom shelf sit right on the floor.  (Sure, this was an accident due to a building error that I was too lazy to go back and fix, but oh well it worked out for the best!)

When you’re staring at the heap of shoes lying messy on your closet floor, the thought of buying more shoes can make you a little tense!  After organizing my shoes on this shoe rack I discovered something great. There are three spots left on top, perhaps for a few new pairs of Fall’s hottest booties?  Jeffrey Campbell is definitely high on the list with all the pink booties they’ve debuted this season!

When everything’s lined up it’s easy to see the trends in your style choices.  It’s easier to see what you have and what you’re missing.  Organizing your closet should be a clear choice. Unfortunately, after having to make a Sophie’s choice in this election, you can now actually make a good one at home, with the only consequence being happiness and admiration for your newly improved living space!

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

How Vogue Just Upset Big-Breasted Women

The internet is going crazy over Vogue’s recent article about “cleavage” being out of fashion. In the fashion world, if Vogue says it, people believe it!  But can a body part really go out of fashion?  If anything, I’d say that short dresses that barely cover our butts and have to be pulled down every two seconds while walking, is the trend we should do away with before any other!

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Cleavage is a natural part of a woman’s body.  Sure we can cover it up with conservative high-neck tops, but saying cleavage is out it like saying butts are out!  I’m sorry, certain things can never really be deemed “out of fashion.”

Showing cleavage has been a time-honored tradition in fashion magazines and runways for a long time now.  With our society taking so many steps forward, the risk of a possible nip-slip in a cleavage-bearing top, isn’t even that bad anymore!  Remember the 2004 Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake superbowl debacle?  That story was talked about forever!  If that were to happen again, it wouldn’t even make it to our Facebook trending topics.  Thanks to Miley Cyrus and Donald Trump, very little shocks us anymore.

For women with small breasts, achieving cleavage in a push-up bra is deemed a proud accomplishment: a way to feel sexier!  I say “sexier” instead of “sexy” because women should feel sexy no matter how they look, whether or not they are showing cleavage!

I think the only thing we should learn from Vogue’s statement about cleavage being “out of fashion” is that no one source, despite how powerful they may be can dictate certain rules. Some things never go out of fashion!

Love,
Molly

 

Why Business Trips are Never Just about the Business

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Last week I took a business trip to Chicago for a trade show.  Not only was I probably the youngest one there, I was also the only one in the room wearing pink.  Most people probably think that business trips are about the work.  Let me show you how they’re not!

I may have talked to 5 or 6 people about the business, the products, or my role in the company, but I told about 20 people that I bought my shoes from Aldo.  A trade show gives you the opportunity to show off your style to a wider audience than the usual set number of coworkers in your office.  I may have shook hands with 30 new business men that I met, but the photo-op didn’t start until I met the man in a gorilla suit.

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Business trips are about the city.  Taking an all expense paid trip to Chicago, a city I’d been wanting to visit, was half the fun!  A business trip takes you away from sitting behind your computer screen all day long.  This is when life happens.  New city means new dining experiences.  In Chicago, we ate at an amazing restaurant called Joe’s.  After all, you know your restaurant is good when you look over and see A-Rod dining at the table next to you.  True story!

The best part about a quick trip is the size of your luggage!  There’s something to be said about being able to get off a plane and head straight to the exit with just your carry-on.  This trip I was lucky enough to sit beside an ex-con on my way to Chicago.

But the real party started the next day at 3:00pm when we had a late lunch with cocktails.  Before dinner the party continued with drinks at our hotel, The Hyatt (we were really slumming it).  The party kept going with bottles of wine at dinner.  The party ended just after we finished our late-night drinks. I’d say all in all it was a productive day of…work.

The next morning we ate breakfast at our hotel.  I have to admit it was a little weird drinking orange juice that didn’t have champagne in it, but at least it was fresh-squeezed.

On the way to the airport I was sad to be leaving, but happy to know I was getting out of the city before the madness of the Cubs game began!  Little did I know the adventure wasn’t over yet! Just minutes before boarding the plane to fly home, I watched another plane’s engine explode into flames and black smoke on the tarmac.  There’s nothing like watching another plane on fire minutes before stepping onto your own plane.  Luckily the gin martinis from the previous night were still keeping me mellow.

While the “business” trip went by way too quickly, it sure was great!  And now I can tell people that every time I visit Chicago, the Cubs win the World Series!

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hardest Gilmore Girls Quiz You’ll Ever Take

In honor of Gilmore Girls premiering in exactly one month, take the hardest Gilmore Girls quiz ever!  Lets preface by saying that even if you only get 1 or 2 answers right, that’s still awesome and you’re probably a huge fan!  Now that we’re so close to the new episodes premiering, everyone is calling themselves super fans; lets see who truly is one!  And don’t even think about cheating!

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1. When Jess arrives in Stars Hollow in season 2, what color vest is he wearing when he gets off the bus?

a) red

b) blue

c) black

d) grey

2. In season 3 episode 1, when Lorelai and Luke are in a fight, Lorelai enters the diner and introduces herself as a new customer named:

a) Veronika

b) Lizzie

c) Lory

d) Mimi

3. When Richard Gilmore goes to Luke’s to eat breakfast with Lorelai in season 2, Richard insists that Lorelai orders:

a) a pickle

b) an orange

c) a grapefruit

d) a side of scrambled eggs

4. In order to get Richard to stop nagging her to order this breakfast item in question 3, Lorelai goes up to Luke and asks him to buy her one, and says “preferably one that tastes like a…”

a) burger

b) donut

c) cookie

d) french fry

5. In the first season, before Kirk was known as Kirk, he first introduced himself to Lorelai as:

a) Mick

b) Rick

c) Victor

d) Louis

6. Who introduces Paris Gellar to Professor Fleming?

a) Emily Gilmore

b) Lorelai Gilmore

c) Doyle

d) Richard Gilmore

7. In season 7 when Lorelai tells Rory the story about the first time she had a pop tart growing up, she mentioned that she was at which friend’s house:

a) Lisa

b) Sherry

c) Michelle

d) Erika

8. What is the name of the maid that sues Emily Gilmore for wrongful termination:

a) Rosa

b) Francie

c) Gerta

d) Annabelle

9. In season 3 Lorelai goes fishing and brings fish home with her at the end of the day.  What does she name the fish:

a) Lorelai Gilmore

b) Cindy

c) Madonna

d) Jane Mansfield

10. In Season 3 we meet some of Sherry’s friends.  When Sherry goes into premature labor, what is the name of the friend who calls Rory to tell her to go to the hospital?

a) Olivia Rose

b) Maureen Rollins

c) Casey Richter

d) Shira Roman

11.  In season 6, T.J. sends construction workers upstairs and they see Lorelai naked.  Lorelai tells Luke about it.  How many people saw her naked?

a) 4

b) 5

c) 6

d) 3

12.  What were the names of the guys that saw her naked?

a) Joe, Pete, Slim, Billy, Teddy

b) Rocko, George, Max, Doug

c) Pete, Michael, Roger, Nick, Alex

d) James, Doug, Joe, Felix, Mark, Nate

13. When Rory joins the DAR in season 6, she agrees to be Emily’s spy in the place because Emily thinks that one woman is trying to take over.  What is the name of the woman Emily doesn’t like?

a) Rita

b) Constance

c) Angela

d) Rosetta

14. In season 5, Rory and Logan steal a boat.  In season 6, Paris Gellar tells Rory that the boat belongs to who?

a) Daniel Zimmerman

b) Michael Rosenthal

c) Alex Bacchus

d) Tony Fielding

15. In season 7, Lorelai goes back into Luke’s diner after not going there for almost a year after Luke and Lorelai split up.  Kirk says he marked it in his calendar the last time she was in the diner.  He says that day was:

a) June 2, 2006

b) May 25, 2005

c) May 22, 2006

d) June 5, 2005

If you got 0 answers correct: Don’t worry you’re probably still a huge Gilmore Girls fan, but maybe you should do another Gilmore Girls marathon before the new episodes premiere.

If you got 1-5 answers correct: Congrats! You know a freakishly large amount of useless Gilmore Girls trivia!  Time to get excited for the new episodes to premiere!

If you got 6-10 answers correct: Wow! You’re either a great guesser, or you’ve spent a lot of weekends marathoning Gilmore Girls!  Looks like you’re all ready for the new episodes to premiere!

If you got 11-14 answers correct: Hello Lorelai!  You know more about Gilmore Girls than the Gilmore Girls themselves!! Your attention to detail is spectacular!  Looks like you’ve watched Gilmore Girls more than 100 times!!

If you got all 15 questions correct: Are you the producer of the show?  Seriously, you either work for the show in some capacity or are truly Gilmore Girls’ number one fan!! Congrats superstar!

Share the quiz with friends and see who is truly a Gilmore Girl!

Answers:

1 b), 2 d), 3 c), 4 b), 5 a), 6 d), 7 d), 8 c), 9 d), 10 b), 11 b), 12 a), 13 b), 14 a), 15 c)

 

 

 

The Statement Piece Every Wardrobe Needs

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We may not all want to wear bold patterned dresses all the time, but no wardrobe is ever complete without at least one wild dress you thought would be unflattering until you tried it on.  Vertically challenged individuals like myself, probably already know that patterns aren’t easy to pull off when you’re not 5 foot 9.  One key piece of fashion advice I learned from a young age, is that solid colors make you look taller, and crazy patterns can make you look shorter.

The shorter the dress, the more it will emphasize the length of your legs!  Pick a dress that has the same pattern from top to bottom.  Know which colors flatter your skin tone, and stick to them!

Diane von Furstenberg ($470)

Diane von Furstenberg ($470)

Diane von Furstenberg ($286.80)

Diane von Furstenberg ($286.80)

BCBG MAX AZRIA at Lord & Taylor ($198)

BCBG MAX AZRIA at Lord & Taylor ($198)

Diane von Furstenberg ($220.80)

Diane von Furstenberg ($220.80)

Diane von Furstenberg ($398)

Diane von Furstenberg ($398)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love,

Molly

20 Statement Coats under $100 to Shop Now

From multi-colored coats, to bomber jackets, and luxuriously soft and chic leather or suede jackets, this Fall we have the hottest styles at our fingertips.  I’ve curated a list of some of the top picks that you can shop for $100 or less! After all, when there are so many cute styles to choose from, it’s hard to buy just one!

Blending Spring colors in this Fall coat makes one hell of a statement:

Neiman Marcus ($100)

Neiman Marcus ($100)

The RealReal

The RealReal

Looking rugged and dangerous is infinitely easier with this chic navy suede moto jacket:

Revolve

Revolve ($98)

The RealReal

The RealReal ($81)

REVOLVE

REVOLVE ($37)

REVOLVE

REVOLVE ($96)

Off 5th ($59.99)

Off 5th ($59.99)

Nordstrom Rack ($66.50)

Nordstrom Rack ($66.50)

 

Shopbop ($95)

Shopbop ($95)

Nordstrom ($98.00)

Nordstrom ($98)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom Rack ($69.97)

Nordstrom Rack ($69.97)

Nordstrom ($41.40)

Nordstrom ($41.40)

Topshop at Nordstrom

Topshop at Nordstrom ($100)

Lauren Conrad at Kohl's ($71.99)

Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s ($71.99)

You can never go wrong with a pink bomber jacket this season:

H&M ($34.99)

H&M ($34.99)

Even a good girl can look bad in this ultra-edgy black leather moto jacket:

H&M ($69.99)

H&M ($69.99)

BB Dakota at Bloomingdales ($95)

BB Dakota at Bloomingdales ($95)

For casual outings, a jean jacket is your best friend this season:

H&M ($59.99)

H&M ($59.99)

Color-blocking is still a thing:

Chico's ($84.50)

Chico’s ($84.50)

And when you just want to stay warm AF:

Last Call by Neiman Marcus ($80.50)

Last Call by Neiman Marcus ($80.50)

Happy Shopping!

Love,

Molly

 

Tips for Enjoying the Final Presidential Debate

  1. Get Comfortable.  There’s something oddly satisfying about being comfy on your couch with a blanket over you while watching a comedy show that unfortunately is real life.
  2. Drink..in whatever form you can get it.  When listening to craziness and absurdity, it always helps to take the edge off with an alcoholic beverage.

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3. Drinking isn’t enough.  Turn it into a drinking game in order to keep the situation light.  Here are the rules:

Take a drink whenever:

a) Trump interrupts Clinton

b) Clinton smiles

c) Trump says “WRONG” “Fraud” “Terrible” “Alex Baldwin” “Bill Clinton” “Rigged”

And if at any time you start to feel yourself agreeing with Donald Trump, guzzle your entire beverage and keep going until you come to your senses.

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All jokes aside, enjoy the madness!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

Five More Reasons to Love Emma Stone

…as if we didn’t have enough.

The beautiful, 27 year old Emma Stone has stolen the limelight in all our favorite comedies like Crazy, Stupid, Love, The House Bunny, Easy A, and many more, but it turns out that her off camera personality is just as quirky and cute as her on-camera personas.

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In Emma Stone’s Vogue’s 73 Questions Interview, we got to learn some unique things about her.

  1. She cried in front of Tom Hanks when she met him.  Understandable.
  2. French fries and brussel sprouts are her favorite things to eat!  Weird combination, but I’d say I totally agree!
  3. She has the cutest dog ever! Seriously! AND, she likes to dress him up in a rain coat.
  4. Her impersonation of Britney Spears is incredible! …even if it only lasted for two seconds!  
  5. According to some, she looks like a fish inside a chicken, smoking a cigarette.  But she doesn’t seem to mind!

Check out the full interview here.

Love,

J. Molly

 

Alcohol-Filled Donuts are Now a Thing

As if the sugary, fatty goodness of donuts weren’t enough, this long-time admired dessert has a new twist for adults.  Habit Doughnut Dispensary in Denver, Colorado is pumping their sugary desserts full of alcohol so that we not only get a sugar hangover, we get an alcohol hangover as well!

Courtesy of Habit Doughnuts Instagram

Habit Doughnuts Instagram

The syringe lets you dispense the alcohol into the donut as you go!  There have definitely been mixed reviews as to whether this is a great idea, simply absurd!

Only time will tell whether “coffee and donuts” will soon be competing with the hipper “alcohol and donuts” trend.

My first thought was to immediately write this off as an impractical novelty.  Filling your donuts with alcohol is definitely a very inefficient way to get drunk considering you’d probably have to eat a lot of donuts to actually feel anything.  I also feel compelled to question the taste of alcohol inside a donut.

Alcohol and donuts are both highly desirable and enjoyable to consume, but there’s a big question in mind as to whether combining the two would ruin the two!

I’d love to hear from anyone who’s tried this new alcoholic donut delicacy!

Love,

J. Molly

 

Just Say NO to the “Ugly Shoe” Trend

The worst is happening, the thing that we’ve all dreaded, the thing that we never thought would happen, and no I’m not referring to Trump possibly being elected as President, I’m referring to the mass embrace of “ugly!” shoes!  There is no other word to describe it.  Designers, editors, retailers have not only dubbed the “ugly shoe” trend as “in fashion” but have confirmed this trend is not going away any time soon!

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The very fact that ugly shoes could become a trend, is more than just a little bit scary!  Any shoe that isn’t Carrie from Sex in the City approved, should be worn with caution!  Of course when you’re packing for a trip to a dessert or even just a day of hiking, a functional pair of ugly sandals may be essential, but when we have top celebs and fashion influencers praising these ugly sandals and wearing them as part of their daily fashionable ensemble, it’s time to worry!

Research shows that this past Summer, Birkenstocks were the most googled shoe search. However, it’s not just consumers who have embraced this questionable taste in shoes.  The tastemakers themselves, the high-end designers, are featuring some of the most ugly shoes on the runways.

Despite never making it anywhere near any one of my closets, rubber Crocs somehow found their way onto the New York Fashion Week runways!  Sure these shoes have a place in our shoe industry.  For example, if you break your foot and you’re wearing a cast and you need a comfy shoe to easily slip on and off or if you need something to wear in a public shower then hey, these should be your go-to’s!

Crocs at Zappos

Crocs at Zappos

To make matters worse, Velcro Teva shoes were also seen on the runways!  Even if these shoes had sparkles they’d still be questionable, and there’s very few problems that sparkles can’t fix!

LUISAVIAROMA

LUISAVIAROMA

Experimentation in the world of “ugly” shoes stretches even further than Crocs and plastic slip-ons.  Sandal-boot hybrids were deemed the ugliest shoe of all time by Racked and Cosmopolitan.

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UGG

It may seem cliché, but when someone gives you lemons, make lemonade!  Free People did just that with these stylish rugged open toe sandal boots, thereby proving that some of the ugliest trends can be salvaged!  Click to shop other colors!

Free People

Free People

So what is the reason behind this “ugly shoe” trend?  If everyone seems okay embracing shoes that they openly admit are ugly, they must have some other desirable quality: comfort!

Before you jump on the “ugly shoe” bandwagon, consider the alternative: stylish, comfy shoes!

The flat slide-on mule is professional, casual, and chic, and it can be found in many different variations at all your favorite retailers.  Just check out this black and white slide-on mule from Jeffrey Campbell!  Comfy doesn’t HAVE to mean UGLY.

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell

Say NO to ugly shoes before the madness continues!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

Your Style Guide for Weekend Brunches

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To brunch or not to brunch…is never the question! Of course we brunch! Three years ago my time spent with friends usually revolved around choosing a bar, restaurant, or mall to spend our time together.  I didn’t realize that I would soon discover one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time with friends…that is, over a table full of breakfast food, bottomless mimosas, and sometimes, a picture perfect view!

When dressing for this indulgent occasion, it’s nice to pull out all your feminine duds and those classy pieces you borrowed from your grandmother.  From the wide-brimmed hat you have stashed somewhere at the back of your closet to the floral dress that makes you nostalgic for your childhood dress-up days, dressing for a friendly brunch is a fashionista’s and a girly-girl’s dream!

Brunch Style List:

Wide-brimmed hat:

American Eagle

American Eagle

Heels:

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

Floral dress:

Bloomingdales

Bloomingdales

Sunglasses:

Fendi at Neiman Marcus

Fendi at Neiman Marcus

Ring:

Dillard's

Dillard’s

Love,

J. Molly

This Fall’s #1 Statement Piece in Every Color!

img_6482On any given year, the Fall is when we can look forward to cool jackets, chic sweaters, and ankle booties!  But this Fall, all my attention has been diverted to leather jackets in a variety of colors!

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My favorite purchase this fall is this light pink vegan leather jacket from Zara.  I stood in the store for about 45 minutes trying to decide between the light blue or the light pink one.  In the end, my signature color won, and I’m happy it did!

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Colored leather jackets are the perfect statement piece to wear with any of your Fall basics like a white tee and black skinny pants.

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Just when I thought my leather jacket quota was reached, I fell in love with this hot pink leather jacket, which you can buy here: Neiman Marcus

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One of the best qualities of a leather moto jacket is that grungy, edgy vibe! Since light pink and hot pink doesn’t really scream “wild and edgy” I needed to incorporate another color into my leather jacket collection!  This metallic silver/pewter jacket is my go-to when I want to kick up my “bad girl” vibe! 😉

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Love,

J. Molly

 

Chanel Mocks and Embraces Technology Perfectly at Paris Fashion Week

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the presentation of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Tuesday, Oct.4, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the presentation of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Tuesday, Oct.4, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The best way to embrace our society’s advances is to incorporate them with lightheartedness and a touch of sarcasm.  Chanel did just that at Paris Fashion Week.

Courtesy of Fashionweekonline.com

Courtesy of Fashionweekonline.com

The show began with their signature classic tweed suits, worn with plastic helmets that made Star Trek fans feel right at home.  But it was the stage design that set the standard for this futuristic fashion celebration!  Models walked on a stage surrounded by servers, cords, and cables.

The whole show beautifully represented “timeless femininity” with a twist: a technological twist!  There was a black handbag, which was essentially a plastic robot with blinking square eyes.  There was a sporty twist with plastic shin guards and baseball caps!  You know you’ve designed something special when you’ve captured all the best parts of our favorite trends from 90’s throwbacks to classic femininity, sporty nostalgia, and futuristic digital genius!

Chanel, being one of the most anticipated runway shows every year, definitely lived up to their hype!  The coupling of fashion + tech is alive and thriving in high end fashion, and something tells me, it’s only going to get better!

Love,

J. Molly

 

MAC’s Newest Makeup Innovation is Set to Revolutionize the Way we Wear Eye Shadow

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The clothing and accessory world isn’t the only industry seeing a rapid infusion of technological advancement!  MAC cosmetics will be introducing a line of magnetized eye shadows for a limited time between October 20 – December 1.

So how do they work?!  The eye shadows have been magnetized and charged to combat the dreaded eyeshadow fall out.  Gone are the nights you arrive home, look in the mirror and see half your eye shadow under your eyes or on your cheeks!  MAC’s new invention is designed to give you the great shimmery look of a powder, but the convenience and practicality of an eye shadow cream.  However, unlike creams that form those unattractive creases, this magnetized powder is designed to resist that annoying beauty faux-pas!

A normal tub of eye shadow can get very messy when it’s thrown around, but this new MAC eye shadow stays in place and goes back to its original shape even after running your finger or brush through it.  Therefore, those awesome lines you see, are there to stay!

Love,

J. Molly

 

Celebrating DIY and Creativity at Brit+Co’s Re:Make Festival

On a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco, 1000’s of people gathered at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion for the annual Re:Make festival put on by Brit + Co.  While arts and crafts are fun, I was drawn to the event for another reason.  Anyone who regularly trolls youtube for awesome female covers, has probably come across a cover or two by Madilyn Bailey!  She opened with her cover of popular cover of Titanium and then proceeded with some of her originals!

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Besides loving her voice, her pink bomber jacket was also pretty awesome!  Here’s where you can buy one that’s similar:

H&M $39.99

H&M $39.99

After the great performance, it was a blast checking out all the goods.  From delicate jewelry to cool party decorations and more, there was a lot of cool items to sift through.  I came across two t-shirts that were all too real and and sometimes too true!

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All in all if you missed it this year, you definitely want to keep Re:make 2017 in mind!

Love,

J. Molly

 

Your Weekend Pick-Me-Up Starts at Home

Every now and then all of us could use an infusion of positivity in our lives.  Surrounding ourselves with awesomeness and reminders of our awesomeness is a new trend that more of us should embrace!

I looked through pages and pages of Urban Outfitter’s home goods to find these inspiring gems!

While coffee is a great way to inspire good vibes in the morning, a pillow could help as well!

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When you’re standing in front of the mirror in the morning after waking up, a time when you’re you’re most visually vulnerable, a bath mat compliment couldn’t hurt!

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Light up your life with this inspirational LED box lamp.  When you strive for the best, you should achieve the best!

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And we’re back to another complimentary bath mat!  People say we’re a product of our environment.  Keep your feet warm and comfy when you step on the flawless mat.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Best,

J. Molly

 

 

How do you Bootie? Find the Bootie Style Best Suited for You

The world of booties are made up of wild and crazy, understated and elegant, modern and fun, or simple and classy.  Your booties of choice may say more than you think about your sense of style!

  1. Beaded Bliss – These beaded black booties are for those who love dressing up!  A classic black bootie is to bland for you; hopefully these will match the beading/sequins you inevitably have on your clothing or your accessories!
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Rene Caovilla at Gilt

2. Hello crazy wild child – You’re probably the one in your group of friends who gets your colleagues to go out on a Thursday night.  Meaning that you’re also the one they hate on Friday mornings at work.  But at least you’ll be the stylish, adventurous one wearing the snakeskin booties!

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria

3. Go Grunge – You were all over the chunky trend.  Perhaps you have a few plaid shirts hanging in your closet, one or two tight leather miniskirts, and some fishnet stockings.  I’ll have to admit I was pretty excited when the 90’s grunge trend came back!  You’ve probably been preparing for it for a while! Here are your booties!

Zappos

Zappos

4. Hello, simple and classic lady – Your idea of freshening up your wardrobe involves buying a pair of booties that aren’t black.  Your high heel booties are strictly for weekend nights only.  Here are a pair of grey booties to solve your woes.  Don’t worry, you can still afford your classic black booties after buying these; these ones are only $29.99 at Kohls.

Kohls

Kohls

5. Couture Lady – At the other spectrum, we’ve got our designer ladies.  It’s all about the name, the quality, that feeling of butter on your feet.  These simple black booties are just wild enough to be awesome but not too wild to create an uproar!

Moschino at Bloomingdales

Moschino at Bloomingdales

6. Stand Out Fashionista – You and I have the same goals in mind.  Anything that’s weird, funky, unusual, out of place, odd, geometrically intriguing, is our kind of shoe!  Your brand of choice should be United Nude.

United Nude

United Nude

7. Balanced Stylista – You are the practical, versatile, yet not willing to sacrifice your fashion morals type.  These black booties are sexy and beautiful, but could easily take you from work to happy hour to a date or into the weekend!  You’re happy when you’ve scouted a boot that solves all your fashion conundrums.

Isabel Marant at The RealReal

Isabel Marant at The RealReal

Notice something missing from this list? You guessed it: flat booties! Sure, there’s a time and place for flats, but everyone has at least one high heel personality that’s worth interpreting!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

Cool New Ways to Wear Denim this Fall

After attending a 90’s party this weekend, the combination of listening to Ace of Base and Britney’s Baby One More Time and reflecting on the trends, gave me an even more positive look on the re-emergence of everything denim.

While limited in its versatility, wearing a colored denim jacket this fall is more than A-okay! In fact, my pink denim jacket has been my go-to outerwear piece to throw over a neutral-colored dress.

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You can shop this light pink denim jacket from Urban Outfitters here:

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Starting with our feet and working our way up, we’ve got wild denim boots trending this Fall.

FarFetch

FarFetch

We’ve gotten a bit edgier since the 90’s.  Ripped jeans have taken on a whole new meaning this season.  Just take a look at these open thigh denim.

Asos

Asos

Whoever said denim jackets couldn’t be sexy, is clearly wrong.  They may be casual, but you can dress them up in a million different ways!

MOTHER Denim

MOTHER Denim

Love,

J. Molly

 

Why Making Lists Makes us More Productive

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Every morning one of my favorite traditions is making a list of everything I want/need to accomplish that day.  Sometimes, the night before when my mind is racing and I can’t fall asleep, I’ll pre-plan the next day’s list and just add or moderate it the next morning.  I open up one of the many journals I own, sit there with music playing and plan my days.

Step one includes brainstorming and making the list.

Step two involves prioritizing and putting the items in order starting with the items I want to accomplish first.

Step three involves creating a timeline and allotting a realistic amount of time to finish each item on the list.

Step four involves starring the ones that are super vital!

Step five is one of the most fun steps: crossing off the items as they’re completed!  You know you love this too! 😉

While list makers may be commonly thought of as “nerds” or “geeks” or “organize freaks,” I assure you I am not an organized freak, and yet I love making lists!  Yes, everyone has their Google Calendars for the big stuff and the works meetings, etcetera, but what about planning out the smaller daily accomplishments, the tasks that we could easily ignore or forget about if not reminded to do them.

Making lists helps us be more productive because they help us breakdown everything we have to do so that we aren’t overwhelmed with a haze of floating tasks fighting for space in our minds. Making lists can also help us set our expectations for how much we can get done and how quickly everything needs to be completed.

Deadlines are great motivators.  Giving each task on your list a deadline helps increase productivity because you’re striving towards a goal that needs to be met!  While lists may also point out the overwhelming number of tasks there are to do, you can enjoy rewarding feedback along the way as you make your way through the list crossing off each item one by one.

To make all of your lists you’re going to want to start by buying some adorable notebooks like this Kate Spade monogramed notebook.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

If you’re looking for something a bit funkier, your solution is ombre!  This comes in a variety of colors!

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus

Notebooks that point out the obvious are cool, as long as they’re dressed up in pretty colors, just like this pink and gold one!

ModCloth

ModCloth

And then there are the journals that just make you say “awww” every time you see them, like this panda stud.

Asos

Asos

Then there are the cold, hard, truth journals.  After all, journalling is serious business, so you need serious inspiration to make the magic happen!

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shoptiques.com

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Once you finish reading this article, I suggest you start making those lists to increase your productivity, thereby increasing your happiness!

Love,

J. Molly

 

Best Black Gowns at the 2016 Emmys And Where to Buy the Look!

Black gowns were a popular hit at the 2016 Emmy’s.  From strapless to sequined or sheer, each one was different and each one was sophisticated and chic!

Kirsten Dunst stunned in a plunging V-neck black gown.  Her floor length dress was made even sexier with semi-sheer material from her thighs to the ground.  Here’s a dress that gives the similar look!

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6pm.com

Kerri Washington was the talk of the night.  Even while being pregnant she looked absolutely beautiful in a strapless floor length gown with sexy cutouts.

Marchesa at The RealReal

Marchesa at The RealReal

America Ferrera’s dress may have been simple, but she proved that simple isn’t always a bad thing!  This spaghetti strap sequined dress would look amazing with some colorful accessories!

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Tori Kelly’s old hollywood glam look was complete with a simple and elegant structured strapless gown!

The RealReal

The RealReal

Love,

J. Molly

 

I Wore an Evening Gown in the Ocean and it was Perfect

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When I first heard that people were getting together to dress up in formal wear and go to the beach, I was beyond intrigued.  I love dressing up and I love the beach with the beautiful ocean and the hot sand, but never have I ever thought that I would end up combining the two!

My dress search began a week ago.  I needed an inexpensive long evening dress that I wouldn’t have to get altered.  The hardest part was finding a dress that I wasn’t sad to wreck, but also one that I’d love to wear.

This Forever 21 dress fit all of my criteria!  Best of all, it wasn’t too long for me!  Seeing as how I am 5 foot 3.5 inches tall, I’ve always had to get long dresses shortened.  It was a very pleasant surprise to find a maxi dress that I wasn’t tripping over!

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The first plunge into the ocean was incredible.  There is something so cathartic about running into the freezing cold waves not only fully clothed, but wearing fancy attire!

This photo happened when an unsuspecting, powerful wave knocked me down.  Of course by that point, with my dress already ruined, I took the opportunity to have a photo shoot to capture this ridiculous moment!

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You can buy this dress by clicking here: Forever 21 Bejeweled Waist Maxi Dress

Love,

J. Molly

 

This New Fall TV Show has all A Walk to Remember Fans Super Excited

This is Us.  A Walk to Remember fans can rejoice for Mandy Moore, and Gilmore Girl fans can rejoice for Milo Ventimiglia coming together for this seemingly heartfelt, tear jerker show that I’m hoping to love when it airs September 20th on NBC.  Being both a Walk to Remember fan and a Gilmore Girls fan, I am doubly excited to see these actors working together in what looks like a truly heartfelt performance.

From the writers and directors of the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love, This is US is expected to stir up some deep emotions amongst its viewers.  With story lines like becoming parents, reaching life milestones, and making breakthroughs on goals, this show will beg for inner-reflection and perhaps even hit close to home for so many.  People are calling it the new Parenthood.

But above all, this show doesn’t try to be anything gimmicky or forced; it supposedly relies on the reality of every day people and tells stories that are real to so many.

Tune in to NBC this Tuesday at 10pm.

Love,

J. Molly

 

All the Highlights you Need to Know about the Suits Finale Last Night

*****Warning**** This article contains major Suits spoilers so stop reading now if you have not yet watched the season 6 mid-season finale episode that aired Sept. 14.

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IMDB

Who knew that a hand-hold could be so evocative! With just five minutes before the episode was over, they had put to rest all of the season’s main plot lines, Leonard Bailey was released from prison, and Harvey kept his clients from leaving the firm.  Ok, that’s great and all, good job, but I wanted more, and boy did they deliver!

First, Louis proposed to Tara after making the sweetest speech about wanting to be there forever to take care of her and her unborn baby and yes, they just revealed this pregnancy news in this episode!  Sadly, it’s not Louis’ baby, it’s her ex’s.  Despite some road bumps, the Louis and Tara relationship ought to make people all warm and fuzzy inside.  Louis may be difficult at times, but he has always shown passion, love, and thoughtfulness for Tara!  I mean, the man almost bought a mansion in the Hamptons just for architect Tara to remodel in order to spend time with her! If that’s not love, what the fuck is?  Most men just ask the woman they love out on a date.  Louis is a bit more extreme, as always.

Although many may have thought Louis finding love would never happen, something else happened in this episode that was even more unbelievable!  Jessica, managing partner of Pearson Specter Litt law firm, quits the firm and tells her on again off again boyfriend, that she doesn’t want to be a corporate lawyer anymore! Reports say that the actress who plays Jessica, Gina Torres, asked to be written out because she wants to spend more time in LA and not Toronto, where the television show is filmed.

Although this plot line was a complete shock to me, and probably many others, they did exit her from the show in a rather sophisticated way!  While I don’t believe the character would truly ever quit the firm until she was practically on her death bed because the firm was her life, and also part of the reason why she lost her boyfriend in the first place, her sudden self-introspection and flashbacks to her teenage years were somewhat relatable.  Jessica is now on her way to Chicago with her rekindled love interest.  *Sigh* So many happy love stories in this episode!

But wait, the real bomb was dropped mere seconds before the episode ended.  Harvey and Donna, his witty and powerful secretary, are standing next to each other staring out the office window into the darkness, when suddenly they grab each other’s hand! Ahh! The fact that a TV show could cause such an emotional reaction in their audience by just a simple hand hold, means that they’ve definitely done something right!  Viewers have been invested in the Harvey and Donna relationship for six seasons now!  Are they finally going to get their happy ending when the season 6 returns this winter or was that just a sign that they were going to remain a strong team while fighting to get the firm healthy and prosperous once again?

Who else is hoping for a Harvey/Donna (Darvey) relationship?!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

Hot Fall Picks to Shop ASAP

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-12-21-52-pmThis season’s trends have gotten me really excited!  The past couple of years I sometimes found myself searching for styles that just weren’t out there.  I could have done without the fringe trend, the romper/jumpsuit trend, and the bodysuit.  But this season’s trends are starting out strong with tons of denim from denim jackets to super destroyed denim.  Oversized blouses and bold metallics are working together to give us looks that are not only effortlessly casual, but simultaneously glamorous and chic!  For jewelry, I’m all about hunting down the perfect pair of ear climbers.

Avenue32

Avenue32

Macy's

Macy’s

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

 

Ray-Ban at Nordstrom

Ray-Ban at Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

The RealReal

The RealReal

BooHoo

BooHoo