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1.28.2014

VALENTINE'S GIFT IDEAS FOR HER

I've never looked at Valentine's Day as a time just for couples. It's about showing love to those you love and care about. And that means your best girlfriends as well. Above are just some of the things I'm currently loving that would make awesome gifts for your besties!
 Are you planning to send love to your gaggle of girlfriends? Let me know what you're giving below!

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1.27.2014

WHAT I WORE TODAY: WINTER LAYERS

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NARS, J.Crew Factory, Target, Layers, louis vuitton, vintage, kelsi dagger, Pave Necklace, What I Wore Today, brains of the outfit,
NARS, J.Crew Factory, Target, Layers, louis vuitton, vintage, kelsi dagger, Pave Necklace, What I Wore Today, brains of the outfit,
Coat {Old Navy} similar | Chambray Top {J.Crew Factory} | Sweater {Marshall's} similar | Necklace {Old Navy} similar | Skirt {J.Crew Factory} | Tights {Target} | Bag {Vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy 30} | Watch {Micheal Kors} | Pave Bracelet {Dillard's} similar | Boots {Kelsi Dagger} | Lipstick {NARS Fire Down Below}. 

NARS, J.Crew Factory, Target, Layers, louis vuitton, vintage, kelsi dagger, Pave Necklace, What I Wore Today, brains of the outfit,
NARS, J.Crew Factory, Target, Layers, louis vuitton, vintage, kelsi dagger, Pave Necklace, What I Wore Today, brains of the outfit,
{Photo Credit: ChiChi Nwizu/ ChiChiLoves.com}

This cold weather is driving me insane. I didn't sign up for 20 degree temps, Atlanta. No. I. Did. Not.

But what I will say is that I'm getting more and more creative with my wardrobe in terms of layering. You definitely have to this time of year. And my favorite yellow summer skirt is making a strong comeback, because if I don't add a pop of color into my wardrobe during these dreary winter months, it's a good chance I just won't make it.

How are you layering? Leave a comment for me below!


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1.24.2014

HOW TO: SHOP LIKE A STYLE EDITOR {VIDEO}

Happy Friday, guys! Although, some of you aren't so happy due to the friggin frigid temps that are blasting throughout the southeast and eastern seabord. I'm layered for dear life today.

And as I was scrambling to find the warmest things in my closet, I caught the style segment, "Shop like a Style Editor," on the Today Show. Sidenote: I really love watching Willie, Savannah, Al and Jenna B. They have such good chemistry and their pop culture segments are always so cute!

Anyhow: Savannah welcomed InStyle Magazine editors Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker, Kahlana Barfield and Amy Synnott to show you how to look polished and pulled together, as though you walk the hallowed grounds of the Time-Life Building on the daily. (and for under $100 bucks to boot!). 


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Uh, hello crop top with column dress! I've got a $50 Zara gift card that's burning a hole in my wallet. I think I know now what I'll use it on!  Happy shopping!


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1.22.2014

HOW TO SHOP FOR A T-SHIRT

Beyonce Crest Versailles Tee | $40
I know the title of this post might sound a bit silly, but I'm here to tell you--there is definitely a science when it comes to buying T-shirts. In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing better than a soft, well-worn cotton tee that you can dress up or down. I've purchased quite a few in my day--some super cheap and some on the pricier side--and have learned a thing or two about what to look for when it comes to buying tees. Since t-shirts are great staples to keep in your closet at all times, investing in a good v-neck or scoop-neck is something that I always recommend. Here are some more tips on purchasing t-shirts that last.

1. Check the Fabric: I've stopped purchasing 100% cotton tees because the wear and tear from washing and frequent wearing can leave you a holey mess. Try selecting tees with a  blend, preferably with another soft yet durable material like jersey or rayon.

2. To Pima or Not to Pima: These are the highest quality cotton options available on the market. Supima = 100% Pima cotton made in the U.S.A, which can cost you a pretty penny. But, the great thing about this material is that it gets softer over time with wear!

3. Check the Seams: Most tip-top constructed T-shirts will have even seams and no loose threads.

5. How does it fit: Consider how the shirt fits in areas such as your neck, arms and waist. If it looks too boxy, throw it back on the shelf. You want your tee to cradle the curves and bends of your body.

6. White Tees {Thin vs. Opaque}: I adore a good thin t-shirt, but it's not always appropriate to wear in every occasion. Consider wearing thin tees as layering/base pieces, or, just say "the hell with it" and throw it on over a sexy bra to make a statement. Thicker, more opaque tees are best for wearing alone.

When was the last time you shopped for T-shirts? Will you consider these pointers next time you do? Leave a comment for me below!


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1.21.2014

{TUESDAY SHOESDAY} SJP BY SARAH JESSICA PARKER

Photo via The Covetuer

Yup. You read that headline correctly. Our favorite real-life-celeb-whom-we-can't-disassociate-from-her-beloved-fictional-character, Sarah Jessica Parker, is launching a shoe line exclusively for Nordstrom (another fave) next month (Feb. 28th to be exact). And to be quiet honest, we will probably need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation upon entering the hallowed gates that is Nordies on launch day.

The shoe collection will range between $195 to $485, with handbags to boot, ($375 and under)! In other words, start saving your coins. Too bad we don't live in NYC, Miami, Seattle, Dallas or Chicago, because SJP is making personal appearances at stores in each of these cities. (No joke, I'm secretly trying to figure out how to scrape up ticket money for a flight to D-town.)

See more of the fab collection (and a crazy-cute video of SJP giving a sneak peek to Gayle King for O Magazine) over on The Coveteur!


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1.20.2014

{MONDAY DIY} AGATE COASTERS

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Ay Dios Mio....I've been waiting all weekend to share today's blog post with you--
because it is sooooo good!

When I tell you I've been obsessing over these gilded-edged Jonathan Adler Agate Coasters for months, you have no idea. But come, come now. Dropping $125 on barware is just not quite in my budget at the moment (or ever for that matter). So of course, I decided to DIY that sucker!

After a quick search online I found these natural edged agate slices at  The Evolution Store for $6 each! Add a little bottle of Liquid Gold from Michael's and I got to gilding!

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Voila! 

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It was so easy to do these coasters! They add a great touch to any home decor! I might even start gifting these things for birthdays and Christmas!

What do you think about my coasters? Leave a comment for me below!



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1.17.2014

GIRL {IT'S} FRIDAY

The end of the work week always calls for something celebratory. Here's what I'm cheersing to right now.

1. This blue wrap dress I grabbed at Banana Republic for $7. Scouring the sales racks pays off, folks!

2. A new velvet journal for my brilliant ideas. 

3. My DIY Sharpie pillows that turned out a million times better than anticipated.

4. Another steal from Banana Republic. The gold hardware on these round-toe pumps gives everyone something to stare at when I walk away ;)

5. A new handpiece from Jewelmint that I'm pretty sure gives me super powers. 

How are you celebrating Friday?


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