December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year...cheers to tonight!

December 27, 2012

Last Minute NYE Fashion

Still haven't chosen what you're going to wear to ring in the new year? Here are some ideas that you can scoop up at your local mall over the weekend, just in time!

Bebe Jacquard Ponte Dress - $104.99 (sale!)
Aqua Lace Dress - $58.80 (sale!)

December 24, 2012

Holiday Happiness

One of my favorite things about the holidays is NYC. Absolutely everything from the horse drawn carriage rides around Central Park in the snow (hot chocolate in hand!), to the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, to the fabulous window displays at the department stores, screams Christmas to me! Sadly we did not visit this season, but at least I can live through this montage...


Bergdorf Goodman, via
Henri Bendel, via
Saks Fifth Avenue, via

Tiffany & Co., via

Happy holidays to you and your family!

December 18, 2012


Have a fashionable little girl on your Christmas list this year? Or just need something to seal your correspondence? Check out the entire sticker collection at the 23Madison Etsy shop. They also make art prints, note cards and gift tags.

December 17, 2012

Life According to Instagram

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1. DIY glitter bottoms for my wedding heels [tutorial here]  2. Lakers vs. Wizards game [thanks to my company for amazing floor seats]  3. New slippers [Target]  4. TX waffle maker at my hotel in DFW during a work trip

December 13, 2012

2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

Pantone has announced their 2013 color of the year, emerald! Looking around our home, we have zero green incorporated in it, and I am loving this shade. Will you add more green to your wardrobe and/or home in the coming year?

All images via Pinterest

December 10, 2012

Lacquerous: The Netflix of Nail Polish

If you're a polished-obsessed gal like me, you know that there are several brands that are seriously pricey! From an $18 bottle of Nars to a $30 Tom Ford lacquer, building your collection can add up. Not to worry, Lacquerous is here. A luxury nail polish rental program, much like Netflix, you join for $18 a month and receive 3 polishes of your choice to use at a time. They have all the high end brands including Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, and Dior to name a few.

December 6, 2012

Style Me Chic: Black Tie Charity Event

Ann will be attending a black tie charity event in the coming weeks and is unsure what to wear. Since it is after work, she is wondering if it would be appropriate to wear a short dress and dress it up with jewelry/accessories/shoes. She isn't against wearing a long gown, she simply doesn't have anything in her closet and will need something quick.
My recommendation was that if she already has a short dress in her closet, it's absolutely ok to wear that and dress it up, since it is on a week night. However, if she prefers to wear a long gown, Rent the Runway is a great go-to when you're in a time crunch.

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December 5, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday

Wouldn't this be a fabulous piece to add to your holiday party outfits this season? Swoon!

December 4, 2012

Holiday Wish List #1

To help my friends and family with ideas for me, I've always put together a wish list. Some things are reasonable, and some things are more wishful thinking. I also figure my wish list can double as a gift guide for your fashionable friends, who may be Hokies as well!

December 3, 2012

Neiman Marcus + Target Buys

These are some of the goodies I grabbed at the Neiman Marcus + Target collaboration this past weekend. Did you stop by and check out the selection? What did you think? I'm still crushing on this Faux Fur Vest by Skaist-Taylor...and trying to justify the purchase!

Pomp + Circumstance

Today marks the last day of my graduate school career! Now that I have my MS and MBA, I am looking forward to evenings and weekends that do not include reading and research. If only I could get that idea of a PhD out of my head...

November 30, 2012

Embellish This!

In keeping with the holiday party theme, I wanted to highlight some glam clutches that would be perfect for any holiday event! If you're looking to spice up a basic dress, or vying for the fashionista of the evening, grab one of these and you'll certainly be the star of the show!

To add any of these to your arm party, click below on a photo below.

November 29, 2012

Style Me Chic: Office Holiday Party

Tara will be attending her office holiday party in a few weeks and is concerned about what to wear. She's just a few years out of college and typically dresses on the more suggestive side, but with this being her first year at the company, she doesn't want to make a bad impression. Her favorite stores are Bebe and Arden B and she must wear high heels, as she is only 5'0 tall. Budget for a complete look is under $1000. I tried to keep true to her style, while complying with the dress code. Click any photo for more information.

November 27, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Let's Get Personal

I recently came across the brand Mark and Graham, a Williams Sonoma company. They offer personalization/monogram on every product they sell...and as a soon-to-be-married woman, (read: new initials) I am loving everything!! There are options for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

November 26, 2012

Birchbox for Men

I recently purchased a gift membership to Birchbox as a birthday gift for a friend and I noticed they now have products for men! I highly recommend this as a gift, since it's a monthly program, and the recipient will continue to get gifts each month (options include a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription). I don't know about you, but shopping for guys is always challenging for me, so when I saw this, I knew it would be perfect for some of the men in my life. With brands such as American Crew, Kiehls, The Art of Shaving and Billy Jealousy, you really can't go wrong!

November 23, 2012

Tiffany & Co. + 175 Years

This year Tiffany's celebrates 175 years! Some fun facts about the illustrious blue box retailer...
  • Tiffany & Co. began as Tiffany and Young, a stationary and fancy goods emporium
  • There have been 48 movie and 28 television appearances
  • The iconic robin's egg blue debuted in 1837
  • On average, there are 30 proposals annually at their Fifth Ave flagship store
I have many pieces of jewelry from the famed store, but my favorite piece is my Diamonds by the Yard necklace by designer Elsa Peretti. Do you have a Tiffany collection? What is your favorite piece?

November 22, 2012

Turkey + Black Friday

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving...and luck at the Black Friday sales tomorrow! Here are some you won't want to miss:

Up to 50% off your favorite brands at NORDSTROM • 40-65% off at Neiman Marcus • Extra 20% off sale merchandise at CUSP • Take $25 off almost every $200 you spend (up to $3,000) at Bloomingdale's • 30% off at Vince Camuto; enter HOLIDAY • 30% off sale items + free ground shipping at DVF; enter HOLIDAYSALE • 30% off sitewide at Theory; enter THANKS2012 • Up to 40% off during the Private Sale at James Perse • 25% off your purchase at Banana Republic; enter BRTHANKS • 50% off sitewide at Express • Up to 50% off dresses, skirts & more at BCBG

November 20, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gift Sets

In preparation for Black Friday, here are some of my favorite gift sets that are available for the holidays. While they make great gifts, they're perfect for buying for yourself if you want to try out a new brand.

November 16, 2012

Style Me Chic: A New Style

Isabella is looking to change her style up a bit, with pants and flats, since she is always in dresses and heels. She really likes the look of printed pants, but doesn't want to try anything that is too bold, and outside of her current style (baby steps). She has absolutely no flats in her closet, so I provided a full range of colors and styles to give her a good start to building a collection.

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