This Week

While most of this week was supposed to go towards packing and getting ready it mostly consisted of slacking. We all need one of those weeks. I however get a few goodies in the mail, I'm loving these sunnies and this necklace...

 I snapped up a new pair of black pumps just in time for Fashion Week, let's just hope they're broken in by then. Say no to blisters...
 Immaculate Baking Co. sent over a couple of their soon to be released cookie doughs to test out and I have to say I'm in love. Coconut Macaroons, yes please!
 With all this rain, this is the only outfit photo I got this week, talk about being over the rain.
 How cute is this "Birkin" Inspired Bag from Underground Chic, It's made of recycled bottles! I've been using it as a diaper bag because it absolutely doesn't get dirty. Use "tfdiaries" and get 20% off your purchase!

Win With The #choiceisyours Contest

When it comes to home decor my husband and I have two very different styles and opinions, from the mirror on the wall, all the way down to pillows on our bed. Ironically when we first started dating he had one single (itty bitty, lumpy) throw pillow on his bed, I clearly was not amused since I’m all about pillows. Obviously things changed after we got married and he saw the ‘pillow light’ and now he’s almost more obsessed than I am. Luckily, we both agree on mattresses, we’re all about soft and cozy, but it more or less ends there. The guy got his own room for his stuff when we moved; it was our compromise.

We all have our own styles so it’s natural to clash every now and then, luckily with Tempur-Pedic’s new TEMPUR-ChoiceTM Collection no one has to compromise when it comes to choosing a mattress, you each get your custom level of comfort without creating a war zone. (Sleep happy.)

To celebrate this breakthrough, Tempur-Pedic is throwing a Pin It To Win Contest.  

Also: each week 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a set of TEMPUR TraditionalTM Pillows.
Want to participate? Create a Pinterest board (don’t forget to name it #ChoiceisYours) pin images showing how you and your partner’s style ideas for the bedroom differ, and submit your board on the Tempur-Pedic Facebook Page, Here.
Hurry up, you don’t have much time, the contest ends September 3rd, 2013!

I participated in this post on behalf of Burst Media. I was compensated for my time and commitment, but all opinions are my own. This post is sponsored by Tempur-Pedic.

Plaid Stripes

 While I've worn both of these pieces recently in the last couple of weeks I couldn't resist a quick, opt in pairing of the two for brunch this week. I'm not going to lie, this hair last a couple of days (tutorial here) and these shoes are comfortable magic. Also, the skirt was able to conceal that massive waffle I scarfed down in no time..
skirt c/o tailor and stylist, shoes, top vintage, bag calvin klein via tjmaxx

New Accessory: Lenovo ThinkPad Ultrabook

As a blogger there's an obvious need for technology: smartphones, dslrs, and of course, a reliable computer. While I do have a computer for my day-to-day writings, I've been on the hunt for something a little more compact and easier to manage when on the go. Because let's face it, whether I'm working or chasing my little people, I'm on the go. (So I guess that means always!) Originally, I had it in mind to spring for a tablet. Especially with Fashion Week coming up, I was just in no mood to tote my old school Macbook around, especially with it starting to slow up like molasses.

Luckily, Intel picked up my brainwaves and reached out about their Ultrabooks  How fabulous these are! I actually saw some of them first-hand last season at NYFW and loved them, so I was obviously in. One of the choices happened to be a Lenovo Thinkpad Twist.  This baby twists into a tablet, is touch-screen interactive and is perfectly compact at the same time.
It's almost like it was made for me. The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist has become my newest accessory and has been with me EVERYWHERE. I just whip it open, use it with it's regular desktop or opt for APP mode where you can skim over the touch screen and get everything done at once (and there's four ways all together that you can use the Windows 8 Apps). I'm not the only one who fascinated by it's powers, the boys are totally entranced, and it's the perfect distraction when I need to take a call or have a quick meeting. Again, life easier.

Now, with NYFW coming up next week, I'm super excited to see this baby in action and I hope that it cuts down on the burdensome issues I usually find myself bogged down with. Tell me about your Ultrabook style...Are you on the go like me?

Outfit Details: 
First Look: Juicy Couture Jeans, Booties c/o Sole Society, Tee Kohls, Jacket Spiegel
Second Look: Trina Turk Blazer, Target Dress and Shoes
disclosure: I was given an Ultrabook in exchange for this review, as always all opinions are 100% my own.

What's In Stores: Ross Dress For Less

Over the weekend I popped into my local Ross to check out their "Back To School" and Fall picks. I ended get rained in for an extra hour so I really had a chance to go over the whole store and was pretty happy with what I found, I stumbled upon name brand shoes, this leopard sweater (remember last week's Spot the Steal? Spot On!), studs, and leather accented clothing. All on trend for the upcoming season and not one over $30. I left with more than I originally anticipated but I'm happy with my finds!

Ps. Ross and I are giving away a gift card of your down to go shop your favorite fall looks! (Enter Below)

See more and enter to win $25 to Ross after the jump!

Mixed Media

neon for fall
 When I bought these pants months back I was convince they were going to become and everyday staple for my wardrobe but turns out they ended up getting buried away deep into my drawers only to be found recently. While I'd love to chalk it off to forgetting about them I realize that I didn't have too many pieces to pair them with. But after a recent shopping experience and shipment I found this neon top and this amazing jacket (on sale!) were what these pants had been missing all along. This blazer, is magic by the way and I'm going to go on a limb and say this is probably the best piece from the Rock and Republic for Kohl's line...
 pants tjmaxx, top nordstrom rack, shoes meritline, bag tjmaxx, jacket c/o kohls, sunnies d&g
rock and republic mixed media blazer

Did shopping just get easier with

If you're an avid online shopper like myself you often might run into a sizing conundrum when purchasing clothes. It's frustrating, and I'm sure you feel my pain, because let's be real, it's happened to everyone. Luckily, now you can rest easy with Qvit's new way to shop with the creation of a custom avatar. Designed with all of your specific measurements, you can actually see what it looks like on and you don't have to guess if it's going to fit. You're going to need a measuring tape, and a measuring buddy to make this happen.

Re-launching on September 2nd, with the likes of all of our favorite brands like Dolce Vita, Joe's Jeans and more. I'd hurry up to join and create your avatar because after the 2nd the site goes invite only. Plus you don't want to miss out on automatically being entered to win a $2000 shopping spree when you sign up and create your avatar before the re-launch.

Check it out, and make online shopping a little easier. 

Don't forget to check out QVIT on InstagramTwitter and Facebook to catch sneaks peeks and special offers!

The Clutch

 I'd be boldface lying if I even hinted that I'm ready for Fashion Week, but truth be told I'm not even close to even getting started. However, this clutch makes things a little bit easier since it's absolutely coming with me on my 'light' days. It's pretty much my new best friend, though I'm disappointed it's an inch too small to be my computer's best friend. I'll live. I think. 

Now, with the event filled month coming up (I literally will be gone a total of half the month in September, awesome but a lot of suitcases will be involved. Though, luckily I get to come home in between each place so, I can at least breathe.) I figured I really needed to take it casual and threw on a tee for my new clutch pairing for an impromptu brunch out with my boys. This leather skirt and tee, are pretty much a match made, anyhow.

On a NYFW note, who will I be seeing? Also, I've had some emails about commenting issues - is everyone able to comment ok? Tweet or Email Me, If that's a no.. ;)
clutch c/o lookbook store, shoes target, skirt vintage, tee kohls 

Pizza Bites

Pizza, what's not to love about pizza? It's a delicious doughy crust with a slather of tomato sauce and heavily topped with cheese, it's my kind of deal. I'm especially fond of the fresh take and bake's at Whole Food's, they're amazing, and that crust, admirable. I even got so bold and bought the dough in hopes that I was going to create something equally as magnificent, I later realized I'm terrible at rolling out dough so I decided that there's always the "bites" route. It take a lot of the stress out of the whole I can't make a pizza pie deal, and well it's fun to roll dough into balls. Turns out, they're just as good and more fun to eat!

Pizza Bites - Yields 13
1 Pkg. Refrigerated Pizza Dough (Whole Food's is under $2, Delightful AND Savvy)
1/4 Cup Mozz. Cheese, cut into bite sized pieces - cheese sticks work too..
1/4 Cup Of The Sauce Of Choice 
Optional : Additional Toppings 

 Preheat Oven to 400˚
Roll out the dough and remove 2'' pieces, roll out and lay on pan. 
Top with a smidge of sauce and a slice of cheese. 
Stretch the dough over until enclosed.
Bake until cheese bubbles out and dough is slightly golden (5-10 Minutes...)

Spot The Steal: Equipment Roland Underground Leopard Sweater Under $20

Since I obviously have leopard on the mind, I couldn't resist this find when I was browsing through Forever21's Pre-Fall items earlier this week, especially when it's running for under $20. While the Equipment is clearly derived of more luxe qualities the Forever21 version is a sure fire way to stay on trend without breaking the bank. I'm thinking these denim & leopard pairings are a must for the upcoming season...

Can you Spot The Steal?

5 Ways to Wear Leopard

Since we are all quite aware that leopard is just as much of a neutral as black and white, we can easily determine that it's not going anywhere anytime soon. And of course, why would we in reality? It's easily paired with everything, and done right it's incredibly chic. With that being said, here's my 5 favorite ways to wear (my bff) leopard.

1. As Footwear
2. With Plaid, I'm seriously in LOVE.
 3. Layered Over Prints
4. With Like Neutrals
5. Bold Bottoms