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Little Black Fringe Dress

17 October 2017

Obviously there's no shortage of black dresses (and other black pieces) in my closet but after spotting this one on sale at ASOS I knew I had to have it. I mean, that fringe though...

...It gives me all the boho feelings. That paired with the bright orange ring clutch and the turquoise  earrings I'm walking straight into fall with some serious pep in my step. I can't wait to wear this with over-the-knee boots and maybe grey turtleneck layered underneath when it finally gets to seasonable temperatures...

Who else is grabbing all of the fringe this season? First my, boots, now this little black fringe dress...


Apple Picking Outfit with Koolaburra

16 October 2017

If you follow my Insta-stories you might remember I went apple picking with Koolaburra at Pennings Orchard in Warwick. First off, it was a flipping blast. It didn't hurt that Jen and Jenna were along for the ride and were amazing enough to snap off a few shots of my last minute +1 and I, who also was having the time of his life. I mean who wouldn't be, he was surrounded by a bunch of attention giving ladies...

We basically had a day of it between the ride up, the hayride, apple picking and lunch. I want to do it all over again, who knew something as simple as apple picking would be so much fun. Plus, I got to see how everyone wore their Koolaburra's for the outing and everyone looked awesome. I personally wanted the Cable fringe bootie and while the weather was a little warmer than I had wished they were perfect. I threw them on with an embroidered dress, black denim and a (faux) shearling vest.

Going apple picking? I have some tips on what to wear --->

+ Comfort is key - You're going to be moving around a lot so make sure you're comfortable.

+Wear something you don't mind getting a little dirty because chances are some mud is going to end up somewhere...

+ Layer Up - Since the weather has been having major mood swings pick layers you don't mind removing and/or carrying around for the day.

My Outfit: Dress Chicwish, Vest TJMAXX (almost identical for $22!), Jeans Kohl's, Boots c/o Koolaburra Cable, Sunnies Karen Walker

Indy's Outfit: Sweatshirt and Pants Cat & Jack for Target, Hat Queensknits
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10 Last Minute DIY Costume Ideas for Kids

12 October 2017

Let's face it planning costumes for kids can be tedious, unpredictable and often times, super last minute. The latter happens more than I'd care to admit.  Sure, I put some effort into my blog costumes but truth be told the boy's don't always know 'what they want to be' until a few days or yep, the night before leaving me with little time to scramble and throw something together. I've definitely spent  nights past-bedtime gluing bats to pipe cleaners or de-constructing a puffer vest to resemble Michael Jackson's Thriller ensemble. I know I can't be the only one, right?

I figured. 

Well, I thought I could help you out with nearly a dozen last-minute, easy to DIY costume ideas for Character Day and Halloween. I basically threw these together at the last minute with items found in drawers, closets and hampers. I can't promise their won't be live bugs included if you live in a house full of boys like myself but at least they'll look awesome...

The Pirate: 
This is one of my faves, I honestly wish I had gotten better pictures. All you need is a white button down, black pants, a scarf and a pirates hat. I made the leatherette vest out of scrap fabric. Just two holes in the back for arms and a little fringe-scissor work and voila! Captain Jack...ish.
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Jack Skellington:
I literally threw this one together in a matter of hours. If you have a black blazer, white button down and black pants you're basically there. I hot glued pipe cleaners to a bat (and then giant safety pin) to create the "Jack bow tie". Super easy, quick and a guarantee win..

(The Living Dummy; Goosebumps)
Goosebumps, I can't quit you. Apparently my love for R.L Stine has been passed down and of course he had to pick the creepiest, most annoying character..But if you have a black blazer, red boutonniere, and red bowtie you're all set. 
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Black Blazer, Cape and Amulet

Michael Jackson in Thriller:
(Zombie and Wolf)
Red puffer vest shredded, black duck tape, red pants and zombie makeup - done! 
Varsity/Bomber Jacket and jeans, wolf makeup - done!
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Michael Jackson "Dirty Diana"
White shirt, aviators, greasy hair, black hat and you're all set for 90's Michael. And yes, my kids ARE REALLY into Michael Jackson. REALLY. 

The 70's: 
Chances are you have something slightly resembling the 70's lying around. If not you can DIY some bell bottom caps with a cut off t-shirt sleeve or in my case the ruffle hem off of a skirt. #barrygibbstalkshow

Strong Man: 
Perfect for putting use to those old onesies! Cut and go.

Peter Pan: 
While I definitely made this one from scratch it's super easy to recreate with green leggings, a green fabric covered party hat and a cut up green tee. #nevergrowup

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Summer to Fall: Floral Maxi Dress

11 October 2017

So hey, it looks like it's still summer over here and while I'm not entirely mad about wearing maxi dresses on repeat I am starting to feel like we might go straight from summer to winter. Which I'm not down with but I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Until then, I guess we're just going to max out the summer-wear whether we're in NYC, Florida or wherever else it's seasonably hot...

Note: these were actually taken in the summer and I totally forgot to post them. Hence why my hair is MUCH longer than it is now...

...My bad. 

But, as it starts to cool down this still transitions great with a denim jacket or a blue Moto jacket...

Dress Donna Morgan, Sandals Forever21, Bag TJMAXX, Earrings Banana Republic. 


5 Must-Try Beauty Products For Fall

10 October 2017

This post is sponsored by Redbook. All opinions are my own.
For me, I’m constantly on the hunt for new beauty products to try out and share with you guys. Whether it’s skincare, hair essentials or makeup, I try to keep it well-rounded with the up and coming finds out of the beauty-sphere. One of my favorite ways to do so is the Redbook RED Beauty Box. Every-time a box pops in, there’s at least one item that I find myself using religiously and ultimately buying later on down the road. This time around there’s A LOT of winners in the box and I’m pretty excited to share each one with you, because I have a feeling you’re going to be just as into them as I, especially come winter.

First up: give your hair some Va Va Voom with the Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Lite Soft Volumizing and Texturizing Powder. I actually already have this in my beauty cabinet and it.is.good.stuff. If you have thin to fine hair that refuses to volumize, this product hooks you up. You just pump on dry hair at the root and/or throughout your hair (a little bit goes a long way, so apply sparingly) and voila! Instant volume. This is also pretty excellent for the ladies who hate teasing their hair, it basically does it for you. Also, it’s talc-free and great for darker shades of hair, it blends great with my bright red.

Next, MEGRHYTHM: Gentle Steam Eye Mask. Holy moly, I didn’t know I needed this on the regular until I tried it. Basically it’s a one-time use, self-heating eye mask. It’s basically a spa treatment for your eyes in a box for whenever and wherever. Pop a mask in your purse for travel or next to you bed after a long day at work or chasing around kids. Each box comes with 7 eye masks and is available in 3 soothing scents: Lavender, Citrus and Unscented. Grab them on Amazon.

Of course, we need some serious moisturizing as the temperatures begin to drop so this Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is going to come in handy over the next couple of months. This brand was actually my grandmother’s favorite so I’m a certified O.G. longtime fan. One of my favorite things is that it’s fragrance free AND can be applied before drying off post-shower (it’s water activated!). It’s also grease-free and instantly leaves skin feeling hydrated. Additional perks: It’s dermatologist tested and received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.

If you love Charcoal skincare this Mary Kay Clear Proof® Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask is for you, especially if you get a pimple here and there. Formulated with active charcoal, mineral clay ingredients, kaolin and bentonite to boost the masks absorb-abilities to POW kick out the pore-clogging impurities. The mask also contains honeysuckle and navy bean extract to help target the appearance of skin discoloration. My favorite part is the rosemary and peppermint extracts for the spa-like scent and cooling sensation. Grab it at Marykay.com

Last, but certainly not least is the Finishing Touch: Finishing Touch Flawless facial hair remover. If you have any unwanted or unforeseen hairs on your face, this is the product for you. It’s super gentle on sensitive skin and promises no bumps, redness or irritation. Plus it has a built in light to help you locate those fine hairs. They thought of everything!

Ok, what do you think? What are you adding to your must-have list for the season?

LBD + Moto Jacket + Mules

06 October 2017

Ok,  it looks like I only posted once this week and while I will say it was an awesome post (go read and give yourself a good ol' belly laugh after watching the video) I feel like I should at least get one more before up we head into the weekend. Plus, chances are I'll be wearing this get-up all through the weekend...

Want more? 

...follow along on Insta-stories, I'm going apple picking with Koolaburra (wearing these)!

Mules Aerosoles, Dress Who What Wear, Jacket Express, Bag Kohl's

Guys, I'm REALLY into these mules...See how I wore them here.