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New York Holiday Travel Guide with Kids!

Welcome to my New York Holiday Travel Guide! Christmastime in New York is truly magical! The festive decorations and store displays on Fifth Avenue, seeing the New York City Ballet company perform The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center and The Christmas Spectacular with The Radio City Rockettes are just a few of the amazing things you can experience in New York at Christmas time.

I surprised my seven year old daughter, Camille, with a trip to New York a few weeks ago and it was an experience we will never forget. I came up with the idea back in July and begin planning immediately. I’m a Capricorn and a planner by nature, so I’ve read just about every blog post you can find on Christmas time in New York in order to plan an amazing trip. I’ve shared on my Instagram a few snippets of our trip and received a lot of requests asking me to write a blog post on what we did, stayed and tips. Well, I figured I would write a New York Holiday Travel Guide for those of you headed to the Big Apple! So lets get into it shall we??

Lets start with ….

Where to Stay??

So this is a really personal choice when it comes to where to stay. I’ve been to New York several times and have learned that I prefer to stay away from main tourist areas like Time Square and I must, I repeat, I MUST stay in a spacious hotel room. If you havent heard, most New York hotel rooms are very small so space is something to treasure when staying in the city. I stayed in a hotel in New York once where the room was so small, I felt like the walls were closing in on me. So now when I visit New York, I scour the internet for video of the room I’m interested in and I check out the square footage on the hotel room site. Its that serious!

Also, I am not one of those people who say they can sleep anywhere or that the hotel room is just to sleep. I want an enjoyable experience when I vacation and travel from start to finish. I want to stay at a nice hotel no matter what. So if that means paying a little more, then I will.

So anyways, think of what is important to you when staying at a hotel. For me, I wanted..

1) a spacious room, double/queen size beds for us both,

2) I wanted to be close to Midtown to where we could do a 10-15 minute walk to certain tourist attractions or near a subway line if it was necessary to take the train.

3) I also wanted to stay somewhere quiet, so not near super busy streets with lots of street noise.

4) I didn’t want to stay near Time Square (too touristy and busy), Downtown or Soho (too far from our activities) or in another borough like Brooklyn, Williamsburg etc (again too far.)

5) Price. I knew going to NYC during Christmas, I was going to pay more for a hotel room because its peak season. So I had a budget in mind on what i wanted to spend nightly. Again, I prefer 4-5 star hotels when I travel because I want a luxury experience.

My Hotel Selection

So where did we stay? We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel-Barclay in Midtown New York. It was perfect! I was told by front desk, that I got the larger size Double room. However, when I booked, I reserved the Premier room which had about 280 sq ft of space. See the image below of what our room looked like. The hotel location is about a 10 min walk from Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center area which was great. The room and hotel met my expectations and all of my requirements! If Intercontinental Hotel is not a choice for you, some other hotels on the same street are Hotel 48LEX, The Lexington Hotel, or Resident Inn by Marriot

courtesy of Intercontinental Hotel-Barclay in New York

What to Do?

Well this is a loaded question because in New York there are tons of things to do! On our trip I created a daily itinerary of the things I wanted to see or do. Because we went during Christmas time, most of our activities were holiday related. If you plan to travel outside of the holiday season, there is still lots to do. But, lets run down what we did on my trip first!

1.Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes: Simply amazing and magical! I highly suggest getting tickets to this show. Performances typically start the week of Thanksgiving and end in December. This has been on my bucket list for some time and it did not disappoint. Camille was blown away by the imagery and special effects. The Rockettes performance is so precise, engaging and full of surprises. Definitely make this a priority! I purchased our tickets back in Summer time and got great third row seats. So definitely purchase early if possible!

2. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Ballet at Lincoln Center :

Camille loves seeing “The Nutcracker” every Christmas season so I knew I had to get us tickets to see this famous production of “The Nutcracker” in New York. If you want to see this ballet, I highly suggest signing up to New York City Ballet email list so that you can be informed as to when tickets go on sale. Let me tell you, its not a game!

Tickets this year went on sale I think beginning of October at 12 noon EST. Once you log on to the site to purchase, you are placed in a queue. Please note that when I logged on right at 12 noon EST, the queue was already at 700s, so I had to wait online as they slowly allowed people online to purchase tickets. Plan ahead and look at the seating chart before ticket purchase so you know what seats you want as soon as you are in queue to buy. A great resource is “A View from My Seat”, a website where you can see actual seating view photos from various venues worldwide. If you want great seats, do not wait around. I was able to get front row Orchestra seats where we could see the orchestra pit and had a great view of the stage. Totally worth it!

3. See Santa at Macy’s- Santaland on 34th Street in Herald’s Square:

How can you resist seeing Santa at the ICONIC Macy’s store on 34th street?!

In order to see Santa you have to book a reservation. Reservations are available beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Please keep in mind that reservations open up five days before your visit. So if you plan to visit on a Friday, head to the site five days prior to book your reservations. Expect a hour wait even with reservation. You walk thru the Santaland area as you wait your turn. I believe there is an option to skip the Santaland part and honestly, I say skip it. Santaland is a cute, decorated area with trains and other adorable holiday decor, but you aren’t missing much by skipping it. The experience with Santa is truly unique and I was so impressed with the set up. Totally recommend doing this with your kids!

4. Afternoon tea at The Plaza Hotel: I dont know about you, but when I think of The Plaza Hotel, I think of elegance, a five star experience and Home Alone 2! Lol! I mean, come on, Kevin staying at The Plaza Hotel looked so cool and fun.

Anyways, I took Camille for afternoon tea at The Plaza and we had a great time. They have a children’s, Eloise tea service, which is based off the character from the book “Eloise.” So we got dressed up and had a wonderful time together.

I would say this is a one time experience. I don’t have to go back and do it again. Please keep in mind that Afternoon tea at The Plaza is per person (no sharing or splitting) and very expensive. So please review the pricing before you go and be sure to make reservations at least a month out! They appear to be very busy during the holiday season and reservations are necessary! I would not recommend walking in!

If you would like to do afternoon tea with your little, but do not want to pay The Plaza hotel pricing, check out Alice Tea Cup! Its a super cute tea parlor that have children tea options as well. This was my second choice if I couldn’t score a reservation at The Plaza.

5. The SUMMIT One Vanderbilt: This has got to be the most coolest, innovative, unique observation deck in New York. Yes, we know New York is known for its iconic observation decks such as The Empire State building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller center, but this observation deck is just next level. It just opened this year and let me tell you, definitely check it out! Its basically all glass/ mirrored observation deck that is 91 floors high. Check out the website to learn more about this experience.

New York Attractions You Should Check Out

As I said there were a few things I wanted to do that we just didn’t have time for such as check out Christmas Markets like the one at Bryant Park to see different shops, food stalls and small businesses at the market. My hope was to get a beautiful ornament or something to remember our trip. But, time did not permit spending time in Bryant Park.

I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty but didn’t get a chance. Did you know that you can see the Statue of Liberty for free by taking the Staten Island ferry which goes past this iconic landmark? I would suggest doing a little research on Youtube on the best way to get there and how this all works. There are tons of videos about this free option! What’s also cool about the Statue of Liberty is that there are quite a few boat cruises that passes by Lady Liberty such as a Hot Chocolate & Carols cruise, brunch & dinner cruises and more. Check out Viator, a great travel & attractions website, to see what cruises are available during your visit.

I REALLY wanted to go to FAO Schwartz in Rockefeller Center, a renowned toy store known worldwide (remember the movie “BIG” with Tom Hanks and the huge floor piano?). We tried to go Saturday morning, but the store wasn’t open yet and again Saturday evening, but the streets in the area were PACKED with people. It would’ve been a huge challenge to get there. My suggestion is to go as soon as the store opens as many stores in the Rockefeller Center area had lines to get in. Lastly, a carriage ride in Central Park for our last night in the city, but we were so tired from our day, we decided to stay in the hotel and relax.

In my research, there is a Holiday train show at New York Botanical Gardens that seemed like a pretty cool family activity. You also cant forget ice skating in the middle of Central Park at Wollman’s Rink. How dreamy would that be? And lets not forget shopping! Of course, New York is full of amazing stores where you can shop till your heart’s content. But, stop by Brookfield Place for some shopping and go in the evening so you can see the beautiful light display there. Its beautifully done!

That being said, make a list of your “MUST SEE/DO” first and then another list of your second & third choices of things you want to do. You will NOT be able to do them all and give yourself grace for that. New York is definitely a place you can return to time and time again to see and do new things! So plan to return back!


TRANSPORTATION

On our trip we mostly did Uber/Lyft or walked to our destination. Again, I picked our hotel for its proximity to the things I had planned. I knew ahead of time that we were at least a ten minute walk from or to some of our destinations on my itinerary. Of course, you can always take the subway as New York has a huge transit system. I chose not to go this route on our trip because we were constantly on the move and I didn’t want to have to figure out stops and routes to different locations.

Also, safety was a huge concern for me as I was traveling with a young child. So I preferred to do ride sharing with Uber/Lyft instead of the trains. Please know that its important to be careful on ride shares too! Be sure to check that the license plate matches the driver information in the app so that you are getting in the correct car. People are crazy and you don’t want to run across anyone who isn’t an actual Uber/Lyft driver. What’s great about Uber/Lyft is that you can share your ride location with others. So I would often do so with my husband just in case. Ultimately, decide what is best for you!

How to find out about events & attractions happening currently

Instagram! Listen yall, if you haven’t found out by now that Instagram is like another search engine, because it is! I followed quite a few Instagram accounts from New York content creators who shared events and happenings in the city. These were great resources to me because I was able to find out what was happening CURRENTLY, not last year or months ago. I definitely recommend searching hashtags on Instagram to get ideas of local restaurants, events, things to do or even where to take Instagrammable pics if that’S your thing.

Some accounts I followed were: NYBUCKETLIST , MYCHRISTMASINNEWYORK, DISCOVERNYC and LITTLEKIDBIGCITY

Pinterest! I saved so many New York Holiday Travel Guides blog posts to help me plan my trip. Basically, I searched for “NYC WITH KIDS” or “NEW YORK CHRISTMAS” etc etc which gave me so many ideas and suggestions to plan a more thought out trip. I would suggest creating a Pinterest board so that you can have all these great resources in one place. Check out my Christmas in New York board on Pinterest to read all of the blog posts I saved!

I highly suggest doing your research before attempting to visit New York. Preparation is key to stress free trip!

Where to Eat

Ok, so on this trip, let me just say we didn’t have much of a foodie experience. I didn’t really make too many reservations outside of our afternoon tea at The Plaza. We either did room service, ate at the restaurant in the hotel or grabbed a quick bite at Starbucks. We did eat lunch at Eataly in Flat Iron District which was good! So my recommendations below are for restaurants I have eaten at New York on previous trips that I’d recommend.

Maison Pickle

Listen… if you want to eat an amazing brunch, this is the place to go!! They have this pull apart bread topped with a strawberry cream that is AMAZING! Their French toast is top notch too! Just trust me on this, head there for brunch and thank me later. Reservations are strongly encouraged!

Eataly

Eataly is an Italian market place that serves Italian goods/ groceries and has restaurants within the market place that serves great food! Its so cool to walk around and see the different cheeses, seafood and other items on display. So prepare yourself for crowds on the weekend and make a reservation!

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market is a food/retail market in Chelsea with a variety of restaurants and stores inside. I love walking through the market and checking out the different food stalls. You can find anything from fresh made donuts, seafood markets bakeries and cool shops. This is certainly a place where you can pop in for lunch or casual dinner.

Traveling to New York During Covid

Please, please, please, if you dont take away anything from my blog post, pay attention to this! Please check for New York vaccine mandate and requirements before and while planning your trip! The New York Vaccine Mandate requires proof of vaccination to eat indoors and to participate in most if not all tourist attractions. It is IMPERATIVE that you constantly stay abreast as to what their requirements are in order for you to ensure you can do all the fun things you have in mind for your trip!

At the time of our trip, children under 12 were not required to be vaccinated to attend events or eat indoors. The requirements at the time were to wear masks or have negative Covid test. She did have to have a negative COVID test to attend The Nutcracker ballet. All of the activities I mentioned above that we went to checked for proof of vaccination upon entry! And yes, these places really did check!

I strongly recommend checking the COVID requirements/protocols for EACH event you are planning so that you are aware of what is required. Now I have read that starting December 14th, children age 5 to 11 must have proof of vaccination of at least one shot in order to enjoy indoor dining, fitness and entertainment.. I strongly recommend checking the COVID requirements/protocols at NYC.GOV in addition to checking the requirements for each event you are planning so that you are aware of what is required before you go!!

NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE RECOMMENDATION FOR KIDS

One last thing! When traveling with kids to a new city, its definitely helpful for them to be familiar with some of the sites you plan to visit. I mean we may know the history or the popularity amongst different things and why its exciting. But, they wont! What i found helpful was this “Kids Travel Guide to New York City” book on Amazon. It breaks down all of the different landmarks or popular sites in the city along with some history facts such as how did the Statue of Liberty arrive in New York, what transportation looks like in the city and there were also fun activities to complete too. This gave Camille an idea of what to expect and when she saw something from the book, she got excited! I highly recommend!

PLAN AHEAD AND HAVE FUN!

I hope this New York Holiday Travel Guide provided some insight into planning a trip to the Big Apple! There are so many great resources and blog posts online that can also assist you in your planning. Remember to get rest too as you’ll be on the go so much, your body will feel it, trust me!

What was important to me was that Camille had an amazing experience. Many times throughout the trip, “thank you so much mommy for taking me to New York.” She’s mentioned wanting to come to New York a few times, I was so happy to be able to give her this experience!

I hope you enjoy yours!

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What Camille’s Wearing

Mon Cheri Girls Sweatshirt

Forever 21 Girls Plaid Pleated Skirt

Wonder Nation Girls Black Lace Up Moto Boots

Gold Quilted Girls Handbag

Amazon Round Flower Girls Sunglasses

My Look

(old or no longer avail, posting all similar items)

Forever 21 Mon Cherie Graphic Sweatshirt in Women

Free People Black Flare Pants

Charles David Nude Ankle Bootie

Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag

In today’s post I will be sharing Mommy & Daughter Fall Outfit Ideas Look 1! It can be a little challenging to plan a Mommy & daughter outfit. Most of you are gearing up to take Holiday or Family pictures or looking for fun outfit ideas for you and your little. Camille is my mini me. She loves Fashion and she loves doing whatever mommy does. So when I told her we would do a photo shoot sharing Mommy & Daughter Fall Outfit ideas, she was so excited. She practiced her poses the day before and showed me each one.

My Favorite Places to Shop for Camille

When it comes to dressing Camille, I like to keep her comfortable, age appropriate and stylish. My favorite places to shop for Camille are Zara, H&M, Justice and Forever 21! Forever 21 has super cute girls department. I found the sweatshirt and skirt she is wearing there for a great price. We paired it with her Walmart girls combat boots and a cute gold purse from Amazon. Yes, you can have a stylish mini me without breaking the bank.

If you are looking for stylish, unique pieces for your little girl, Zara is another favorite store I love to shop for Camille. They always take it up a notch when it comes to their Girls collection. A lot of their pieces are on trend and sometimes similar styling as Zara Women. We always find so many cute things when we go. You’ll see a few Zara outfits for Camille in upcoming posts so stay tuned!

Use What’s In Your Closet to Get Ideas

Fall for me is always about the fashion. I love dressing up warm and cozy, so when I discovered this sweatshirt that I bought last year from H&M deep in my closet, I got so excited because it goes with the French words, “Mon Cheri” in Camille’s sweatshirt. When you plan your Mommy & daughter fall outfit, try to see what you have in your closet first or what your little has in theirs and go from there in determining how to style each others looks. I had these gorgeous, wide leg pants from a few years back that worked well with my look. I kept it simple with nude booties and voila! Two stylish ladies are ready to hit the streets!

Did you Like this Mommy & Daughter Fall Outfit Idea?

I like to call this look, elevated casual. We elevated a simple, graphic sweatshirt into something a little more special and fun too. When it comes to your mini me, we always want them to feel special and loved. Where would you wear this outfit? I’m thinking a fun, mommy/daughter brunch would be perfect! Check out our other Mommy & Me Fashion post from earlier this year when we did a look wearing leather here and here!

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I don’t know about you but Fall is my absolute favorite season. The crisp air, changing leaves and Pumpkin Spice or Apple anything is a win for me. Not to mention, Fall fashion is THE best, period! Anyways, I love bringing Fall decor into the home. We did some updates to our patio this Spring. So I was finally able to unbox this bar cart that I bought two years ago. Yes, that’s a long time to have something and not use it. Plus, I happened to have gotten this bar cart on MAJOR sale. So, I knew its day would come where we could finally make use of it. And here we are. So, let’s get started shall we?

Pick a Color Theme

I wanted to style my wicker bar cart for Fall using rich, jewel toned colors and shades. I did not want to do the typical orange, but something a little more luxe and modern. I stumbled across the green and purple eucalyptus garland at Target and fell in love with the shades. Target also had the gold wreath frame that you see here, so I intertwined the garland through the holes to make my wreath. I stopped there with decorating the wreath, but you could also add a sign with Fall inspired theme, pin cocktail recipe cards, of fun sayings to the wreath as well. Check out your Target Bullseye/Dollar Spot for more decor at an affordable price!

Also, as you can see I added gold as well to add to the warm, rich green and purple colors to my theme. The gold hurricane lamp, white & gold tray and even the gold in the Moscow Mule copper mugs compliment my color theme perfectly!

Add Fall Inspired theme to Bar Cart

When styling this bar cart, I did not want to do the typical pumpkin decor. I mean, I love pumpkins and all, but I wanted to do something different. Pumpkins are all the rage these days, but it seems like we forget about apples and their wonderful contribution to Fall. Am I right?

As a child, growing up in the Midwest, Fall meant field trips to the apple orchards and going apple picking. So I decided to incorporate apples into my Fall inspired bar cart as it reminded me of great, childhood memories. I found this adorable bushel basket at Walmart for under $6! I picked up some green and red apples to add to my basket. I also used the apples as a garnish to my Caramel Apple Moscow Mules shown in the pictures. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds!

Add Height & Group Items for a Styled Bar Cart Look

My tip for styling a bar cart is to add height and group your items into sections. As you can see, I placed all of the Mixers and Liquor together on a white tray. It adds contrast and also makes the bar cart looks more organized and styled. Also, while at Target, I spotted small, brown wooden risers that I used to elevate my flower arrangement. This helps things to not look so flat and one dimensional. So if you can find trays, cocktail books, vases or anything around your home to add height and dimension to your bar cart, use them! They’ll look great on your bar cart and will give a finished look!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! I hope it inspired you to get excited for the Fall season and decorate your home. Do you have a bar cart or bar in your home that you can decorate for Fall?

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My Outfit Details

Black Knit Zip Poncho (old) linked similar HERE

Leather Paperbag Pants (old) similar style HERE and HERE

Striped Turtleneck Sweater (old) similar HERE

Black Leather Handbag (old) love this quilted handbag !

Camille Outfit Details

Zara Leather Girls Dress I love this girls puff sleeve leather dress too!

Pearl kitten ear headband

Black & White Stripe Long sleeve Top

Walmart Girls Faux Leather Combat Boots

Hey loves!

Camille and I are back with another mommy & me leather outfit look! I love the pairings of the leather and stripes that we are both wearing that brings each look together. Black & white is such a classic outfit color combo that can’t go wrong! It works for all seasons and always gives a clean, modern look that’s timeless and stylish. Don’t you agree?

How do you style leather for kids?

As I said in another post, I love leather! I’m always buying a new leather piece each Fall & Winter season. So when I saw this leather dress at Zara for Camille, I had to have it! I would suggest to size up in Zara kids sizes, they tend to run a little small. But, Zara has the cutest, stylish kids clothes for a pretty decent price too!

Camille & I decided to style her dress with cute Unicorn themed knee socks and her New York bag that I found on my trip to NY at the souvenir shop. As soon as I saw it, I knew Camille would love it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it online. But, if you ever in NYC be on the hunt for this adorable bag!

Walmart has been stepping up their game in the name of Fashion and I am here for it! I’ve been finding the cutest clothes and shoes for both Camille and Xavier. Camille’s faux leather combat boots have gotten plenty of wears this Fall/Winter season and the price is nice!

Now I’m more of a Target kind of girl, but dare I say Walmart’s clothing this past season for girls is much better than Target! Ok, I’ve said it! So give Walmart a look thru, you may find a few gems for your little ones!

Do you want to see more “Mommy & Me” outfit posts?

This concludes Camille and I Mommy & Me looks for this season. I’ve enjoyed both of our leather outfit posts. Check out our first leather outfit looks of here of us in leather shorts! I am planning to do another one come May. So be on the look out for my Camille cause she’s bringing it honey!

February 13, 2020 0 comment
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Outfit Details

SHEIN Yellow Shawl Collar Blazer $24

Camel Wide Leg Trousers (old) similar HERE

Camel Pouchette Designer Style Clutch

Pearl Heart Earrings (sold out) similar HERE and HERE

Snakeskin Mules (old) similar HERE and HERE

Hey Loves!

Don’t you love this yellow & camel color combo? I sure do! I recently received this yellow blazer from SHEIN and its even nicer in person. This blazer is a great piece because it can go from work wear to a night out! Don’t you love it when you get the most bang from your buck? I sure do.

One of my style goals this year is to wear more stand out color combos. Color combos like red & camel, blue & red, tan & black or even red & pink. These color combos always look so chic and well put together. Blaire Eadie Bee is a fashion blogger who is a genius at pairing colors together. She definitely inspires me to want to try pairing dual colors together like I did in this look. A yellow & camel color combo is certainly one I’ll have on repeat.

What I also love about this yellow & camel color combo look is that its perfect for the office! This blazer is a bit low cut, so certainly pin the blazer or wear a cami underneath to keep it professional. But, the yellow & camel color combo here is totally office appropriate. You’ll look like a boss when you walk in with this look. Am I right?

So do you see yourself wearing this yellow & camel color combo? What color combinations do you see yourself wearing for Spring?

February 4, 2020 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Zara Tie Sleeve Sweater (old) linked dupe HERE and HERE in Dark Grey and Purple

Zara Sequin Pants (out of stock) similar HERE and I love this cropped pair (size UP) and also this one in gold and champagne

Sequin Bucket Bag (old) similar here in black and gold and this designer dupe

Black Suede Booties (old) love this Nine West pair and these silver pumps!

Hey Loves!

Its another installment of my “Holiday Outfit Inspo” series where I am sharing with you Holiday inspired looks to get you ready for all of the parties, pictures and night out with friends! Sequins is a popular go to when it comes to holiday outfits. I can understand how to some, an all over sequin dress, pant suit or jump suit can be a bit much. But, there are some gorgeous sequin separates out there you should keep in mind. Sequin pants are an easy go to that combines holiday style but, a less is more approach.

My sequin pants are from Zara, but this dark color is no longer available. I hate when that happens. But, don’t you worry, I have lots of other sequin pants that are so chic and pretty for you to check out. So be sure to scroll up and check out all of my options I linked for you in the carousel above. I tried to keep in mind price points, pants length and colors you can get a lot of wear. Be sure to take a look!

How do I style sequin pants?

I paired my sequin pants with an old Zara tie cuff sweater from last year. I love how the look is a little casual and cozy on top, but chic and fun on the bottom! Also, don’t think that you have to wear a monochromatic look for sequins to work. You can pair a bright colorful sweater with your sequin pants and it would be a great addition of color to a holiday inspired look.

You can also pair sequin pants with a tuxedo blazer. It would be such a chic and sophisticated look. Imagine a black tuxedo blazer with wide leg sequin pants, or even a straight leg sequin pants, classic black pumps and a bold lip. Don’t limit yourself when it comes to your holiday style. You could also pair sequin pants with a leather moto jacket, a silk/satin blouse or a fabulous faux fur. Think outside the box and get festive. It is the Holidays after all!

Whats up next in the Holiday Outfit Inspo series?

If you missed the first installment of my “Holiday Outfit Inspo” series, please click the link above and check it out. I styled a sequin maxi dress and its gorgeous! Also, this is a 3 part series and we are nearing the end of it with my final look. Next up is a metallic number. Its not sequins this time, but still fun! Its a versatile separates set that you can mix and match with so many things in your wardrobe. Don’t you love when that happens?!

December 11, 2019 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Warehouse Leopard Print Skater Dress under $30!

Zara Orange Suede Pumps (old) linked a classic pump style HERE

Just Fab Green Handbag (old), Love this one!

My love for leopard print runs deep! I seriously cannot get enough of this print. From dresses, coats, tops and shoes I always want and need more. This leopard print dress I scored from ASOS is no exception! I love that its long sleeve, appropriate for the changing seasons, and that I can pair this dress with pumps, knee boots or even tennis shoes if I’m feeling daring lol.

Can you wear leopard print dress to the office?

Yes! This leopard print dress is certainly appropriate for the office. The long sleeve, appropriate length and smaller scale leopard print of the dress totally makes it work wear ready! What I also like about this leopard print dress is that its perfect for layering too. You could pair this dress with an amazing blazer, a beautiful midi length coat or a cute cardigan. There are a variety of ways to transition this dress from season to season. Whats not to love about that?

I also love pairing leopard print with brights or jewel tones. In this look, you see I paired my dress with the orange pumps and a deep emerald green handbag. The leopard print acts as a neutral while the jewel tone green and bright orange adds a perfect compliment. Sometimes you just have to mix and match until you create that perfect combination. You’d be surprise what you come up with!

I’ve rounded up a few leopard print dresses that I feel are appropriate for the season and perfect to wear to the office, business meeting or church! I always think its great to add various prints in your closet to liven things up a bit. Leopard print is surely one of them.

So tell me, are you a fan of leopard print? I know I certainly am!

November 6, 2019 0 comment
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What is Retinol?

Retinol is one of the most dermatologist recommended Vitamin A derived ingredient used for treating acne and is also used for anti aging purposes. Its known to deliver quick results in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Like I said, Retinol is one of the most dermatologist recommended products, however, it is stated that more than half of women quit using retinol because they experienced skin irritation, using the product became too expensive, or they didn’t experience any results. Which is why Olay created the Retinol24 collection! What results should you expect? You will see visible improvements in fine lines & wrinkles, smoothness, skin texture, brightness, firming, dark spots and pores reduction. Whats even more amazing is that you can expect to see results in 24 hours!

What ingredients are used in this collection?

Retinol24 is formulated with B3 ingredients and Olay’s Retinoid Complex, which includes two types of retinol. Like I said, you can expect to see results even 24 hours after use with no skin irritation! Isn’t that amazing? Olay Retinol24 collection includes a moisturizer, serum and eye cream! If you’re wondering which product has the most retinol in order to give you the best results, there’s no need! When it comes to retinol, the amount does not matter as its combined with other ingredients to ensure it remains consistent and potent from first usage to last.

Have I seen results using Olay Retinol24?

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How do I purchase the Olay Retinol24 collection?

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November 5, 2019 0 comment
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Outfit Details

ASOS Scoopneck Satin Midi Slip Dress

Forever 21 Shell Handbag

Zara Snakeskin Kitten Heel Slides (sold out, love this Snakeskin Mule pair)

MAC Retro Liquid Lipstick in “Carnivorous”

Hey Loves!

Its been a while! So much has been going on over here lately with Camille beginning Kindergarten, starting extra curricular activities and well…. life! I took a little break from doing blog posts, but now I’m back! Let’s get into this satin midi slip dress in this gorgeous bronze color, shall we?!

You all know I love a good slip dress. I’ve worn them a few times on the blog and now I’m back with another one. The gorgeous bronze shade of this satin midi slip dress led me to purchase it and honey, I have no regrets! This color on darker skin is truly beautiful. The fit is amazing and its so comfortable. I wore this slip dress on our 10 year wedding anniversary date night and I felt beautiful in the dress all night long. Well, we were only out for about 3 hours, but still, I felt stunning! LOL.

This dress does sell out on ASOS website, so be sure to save it to your favorites and select the option to notify you when its back in stock!!

Can I wear a Satin Slip Dress in the Fall?

I know the temps are getting cooler and may lead you to believe that its too late to wear a slip dress. But, if you layer it well, you will be just fine. Check out this previous blog post where I layered my satin midi slip dress with a turtleneck, leather jacket and knee boots. You could layer this slip dress with a stunning belted blazer, knee boots and even a knit sweater underneath. Here are a pair of snakeskin knee boots that I have now and absolutely love that would look beautiful too. I encourage you to think of ways to extend the wear of your clothing as much as possible! You’ll be surprised with what you may come up with!

Stay tuned for my next post! I have more Fall inspo coming to you soon!

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Outfit Details

Zara Eyelet Openwork Midi Dress (sold out, similar HERE )

Gianni Bini “Lorree” Flower Pom Heeled Sandal

GiGi New York Leather Clutch

Rattan Sea Shell Earrings

ASOS Straw Belt (sold out) love this one!

Hey Loves!

Let’s talk Summer essentials for a bit shall we? One of my readers requested that I do a post on my Summer essentials and I thought that was such a great idea. I don’t want to focus too much on basics. But, unique pieces that stand out and make a statement even if it is just a white dress. This Zara white eyelet midi dress is a perfect example of a Summer essential piece turned up a notch. Let’s get into why!

I feel a white dress is good to have in your Summer wardrobe. But, let’s be real, often times you won’t reach for it as often because its white. This is why I feel like a white summer dress should not only be unique, but easy to launder so you can throw on and go!

I scored this Zara dress during their Summer sale and I’m so glad I did. The eyelet detail throughout this dress is stunning! It also has a high low hemline and a flowy A-line cut. These features or details makes the dress more fun and versatile to wear day or night. I decided to pair this dress with a cute belt for more shape and to dress it up a bit. What I love about this white eyelet midi dress, is that I can easily pair with flats, heels, or wedges. I can also wear it to brunch, shopping or a casual evening out.

Why an eyelet style dress?

Eyelet dresses are so good for summer because they typically made of breathable fabrics and are lightweight as well. Even though this one has a longer sleeve, I felt nice and cool in it on an 80 degree Summer morning. In any summer dress, try to find lightweight fabrics that you will reach for constantly and get a lot of wear. I’ve linked a few dupes that I think are great options for a unique eyelet dress. So be sure to check it out!

Oh, and if white dresses are’nt your thing, click on my previous blog post and check out this gorgeous color block coral dress! Its so good!

Stay tuned for my next Summer wardrobe necessity post!

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