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Sweater Weather

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As I was packing my luggage for my visit to New York City for this Thanksgiving holiday, I realized that my list was sweaters and more sweaters.  It’s the first time my sister, Mackenzie, is hosting Thanksgiving at her new apartment, so I am excited for a prolonged weekend in New York.  And when I thought of walking down the avenues and braving the freezing wind (and the crowds, and the chilly subways), I re-evaluated my packing list.  I needed something comfortable, something warm, and something presentable.  Of course, while I always I think I’ll wear that one asymmetric silk top with the detail bows and sequin, I continuously opt for the casual comfort of a sweater.  My favorite sweaters are well crafted and well tailored and easy to care for - sweaters may be basic but during this cold weather, they’re essential.

With holiday sales coming up, I’m ready to bolster my sweater collection and I’m taking recommendations - what’s your favorite fall staple? Share below!

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Cyber Monday Shopping - Best Fashion and Beauty Deals

cybermondaydealsProducts Featured: LOFT sweater (currently 50% off), JCrew sequined sweater (currently 30% off and free shipping), Forever 21 earrings (currently on sale with free shipping)cybermondayfashionProducts Featured: Ann Taylor scarf (currently 50% off), Zara checkered scarf (select sale items additional 50% off), Anthropologie bow gloves (currently free shipping)

It’s officially December and it’s time to shop for gifts and treats! While we rarely muster up the strength to brave the Black Friday crowds, we’re all for transitioning into the work week and finals week with a little bit of shopping.  This year, Cyber Monday appears to be part of a a longer Cyber Week event for many shops; however, at least today, stores do add a bit of extra incentive with lower shipping requirements or free gifts with purchase.  We’ve put together a list of our budget conscious favorite products and affordable Cyber Monday deals (well, Cyber Week, really).  And because we’re not made of money (ha!), most, if not all, of our Cyber Monday picks are under $50 and $100 so make your wallet, and yourself, retail-happy!

Ann Taylor - 50% off entire purchase, free shipping on $175
J. Crew - 30% off site wide, 40% off sale, free shipping no minimum (Miranda purchased this RMS eye shadow for a total of $12 with free shipping)
LOFT - 50% off everything, shipping varies (perfect for a work wardrobe update)
Forever 21 - 20% and 30% off minimum purchase, free shipping on any orders
Asos - 30% off everything, shipping varies (Mackenzie picked this lovely (on sale, under $35!) bow purse for the holiday celebrations)
GAP and Banana Republic - 40% off everything, shipping varies
Nars Cosmetics - 20% off everything, shipping varies (that lace palette though!)
Bloomingdales - free shipping on any order, up to 50% off sale (while you have to hunt down the Bloomingdales Cyber Monday deals, this Tory Burch lipstick has been on our wishlist for a while)
Deborah Lippmann - 30% off everything, free shipping on any order (well, hello, Recipe for Love neutral three polish set)
Space NK Apothecary - gift bag with purchase (their sets make for wonderful stocking stuffers - I’ll have this, and this, and this!)
H&M - 30% off purchase and free shipping on orders over $50 (velvet bow tie shirt is must)
Too Faced - various sales and free shipping no minimum (the La Creme gold lipsticks are only $11)

sephoracybermondaysalesProducts Featured: Nars Lip Gloss Coffret (free shipping, gift with Nars 100$ purchase), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush palette Sephora (bestseller kits and holiday kits available)

cybermondaysalesProducts Featured: Asos Bow Heels (on sale, free shipping), Topshop Mid Heel (free shipping), Charles by Charles David Polka Dot Pact Pump (on sale, free shipping)

 Stay Pretty, Miranda M. and Mackenzie M.

Fall Style with 90s Chunky Boots

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As fashion trends come and go each season, I’m confident in my personal style to know which items are best for me embrace or ignore.  My fashion sense is classic with a bit of edge, and I tend to go for modern pieces that are inspired by menswear and incorporate cool accents. Let’s just say I knew instantly I couldn’t swing the pastel chiffon trend popular this past spring and summer (even though my sister thrives on romantic fabrics and colors and tried to convince me otherwise).  However, as the 90s grunge throwback re-appeared this fall, I was ready to incorporate more style pieces that resembled the simplicity and classic look of the 90s (without looking like the 90s, of course).

Chelsea boots are certainly not new to the fashion scene but because I am fairly short, I always thought that that Chelsea boots made me appear stumpy and even shorter. With the 90s trend in full force, companies have been re-releasing chunky boots and high heeled Chelsea boots in a variety of designs. I scoured the internet for about a month trying to find the perfect pair and splurge for the season (the research is the best part!).

I wanted a pair of chunky Chelsea boots that mimicked masculine footwear and incorporated an edgy vibe while also offering comfort and price affordability.  The examples above all made my shortlist, but I ultimately decided on purchasing the Bucharest Booties by Bussola from a local store in Brooklyn NY.  Retailing at $120 from DNA footwear, the Bucharest Booties elongate the stature with comfortable 4 inch heels and still evoke that 90s Chelsea boot style (similar style available here). So far, the Booties have held up wonderfully and the great craftsmanship should help this pair be a staple in my shoe ensemble.

The right pair of chunky Chelsea boots can look stylish on anyone - whether paired with skinny jeans, a dress, or (lazy-day) leggings, chunky boots are practical, hip, and comfortable.v

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

All That Glitters with Le Bunny Bleu

The perfect pair of shoes is not easy to find.  From fit and form to design and accents, there are a million and one considerations when shoe shopping.  Although, as probably every other girl out there, I am extremely picky about my shoes, I have my true and tried designers that always deliver.  For adorable flats that are sturdy and comfortable, with just a touch of lovely, Le Bunny Bleu shoes are the perfect pick.  Le Bunny Bleu describes their collection as the “sweetest shoes” for the “romantic at heart” girl, and I’d have to agree with that motto!

Le Bunny Bleu shoes are a balance of wonderful accents and classic shapes. A simple, monochrome bow may be offset by a glitter band and an embellished print may have a small, silver charm.  I originally found Le Bunny Bleu while searching for wedding shoes and bridal shower shoes - I wanted something comfortable and simple, yet festive and romantic.  Quality wise, Le Bunny Bleu shoes are crafted out of sturdy and long lasting materials (as a note, consult the sizing information as some products may run smaller or larger depending on the style).  Le Bunny Bleu stores are in New York City and  throughout Asia and Europe, but the website also offers online ordering and free US shipping on orders above $55.00 - my order shipped quickly and safely in an easy to store box that also contained a polka-dot dust bag (my overly crowded closet was thankful for this attention to detail!).

I could go on and on about the qualities of Le Bunny Bleu  but just take a look at these ballet flats - the photos speak for themselves! These Pink Pasia flats are simply beautiful, chic, and sparkly (and because of the affordable prices, my wallet is also happy!).

Visit Le Bunny Bleu website to browse more styles and follow Le Bunny Bleu on Instagram (of course, there’s adorable bunny photos involved!).

Styles shown: Kelly Mid Heel | Mini Bunny Flats | Carling Oxfords | Glitter Heels

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.