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After taking a quick trip to Dallas for work this weekend I came back to full out Christmas spirit in New York. The Palace Hotel with it's huge Christmas tree outside is definitely one of my favorite spots (and definitely a NYC blogger fave as well), and if you're visiting the city during the Holidays I definitely suggest stopping by to have a true Gossip Girl moment. 

When planning holiday outfits I always start with causal favorites and add some special details. Since my family holiday plans are always pretty causal adding things like lace details, heeled boots (I'm always in flat shoes), or a couple sparkly bracelets. It's really the little things that elevate a look from what you'd wear any day to class to a Christmas outfit, ya know? 

OUTFIT DETAILS: Banana Republic Sweater // Lace Cami via Marshalls // Gap Jeans // Primark Boots // Marc By Marc Jacobs Watch // Zara Peacoat

Christmas Lace Details

After taking a quick trip to Dallas for work this weekend I came back to full out Christmas sp...
Monday, December 5, 2016

Being back in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving reminded me that winter is coming, and it won't be holding off for much longer. It's time to start pulling out all your sweaters and reminding yourself that yes you should throw gloves in your bag as you leave the house (something I never remember to do).

As someone who grew in the Northeast, you'd think a good winter coat would have always been on my essentials list, but it took going to college in the city (and trudging through the worst wind tunnels) for me to realize how important a good coat is. That being said, you'll probably never find me in one of those big puffy parkas. Instead my go-to is the perfect peacoat with a warm layer underneath, like Uniqlo's ultra light down jacket or Patagonia's thinnest coat to keep me extra toasty. 

When J.Crew offered 40% off all their products over the holiday weekend, I jumped at the change to get an amazing deal on one of their peacoats. I've stared longingly at the coats for years and this discount was finally enough for me to hit purchase. I can already tell you this coat is definitely worth the price since not only is it soft and super flattering, but it's actually kept me super warm in these early winter days! Luckily, it's still 30% off here!

I've also linked to a few of my favorite coats (both J.Crew price and cheaper!) below if you're looking into getting a new coat for the season! This one is probably the best deal out there right now!

Peacoat Season

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's officially Christmas-time, which means it is time for my holiday gift guides! This first one is my favorite to create each year, because I usually have a friend in mind with every gift (and sometimes it's just things I want 😜...). Everyone has a friend who always wants to host dinner or a friend who know what the makeup trend of the week is and hopefully this guide will help you find the perfect gift for those friends without breaking the bank. A few of my favorite gifts are The Magnolia Story book (I'm obsessed with Fixer Uppers), this cozy scarf, and these KIMOJI stickers! You can check out last years version of this guide here

I have a few more gift guides coming out in the coming weeks, but if there's anything you'd like to see or anyone you're stuck trying to buy presents for, let me know and I'll add it too the list! If you're looking for any past gift guides or holiday help, just click on the Holiday category in the navigation bar!

Gifts for Every BFF Under $35

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving everyone :) I hope you're all celebrating with family, friends, and plenty of food!

This year's sales are pretty crazy, so I wanted to make sure to get you all the details as soon as possible. Many sales started earlier this week, but you definitely have a few more days to shop before the deals go away. So without further ado here are my favorite sales...

Plus, if you don't have time to look through all these sales don't fear, I've done all the looking for you and picked out my favorite pieces under $100! Now is the time to buy those OTK boots you've been wanting or stock up on your favorite sweater in multiple colors. And PS the sweater I'm wearing in the photo above is only $30!  Scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all the products in the image below!

Best of Black Friday Under $100

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! I can already feel the whole of New York fleeing the city for a relaxing holiday week somewhere in the suburbs, and I am SO ready to go with everyone. I've been like a little kid counting down the hours until I get on a bus home (only 31 hours left) since all I have left to do this week is go to a couple classes on Tuesday. 

Luckily, for once I had a pretty empty weekend (no projects or midterms this week woot woot), so I took advantage of the freedom and jumped on all the Christmas activities in New York. Whenever Thanksgiving break is over finals always start kicking my butt and I never have time to do all the Christmas things I want to do. So instead of forcing myself to wait until after Thanksgiving as I usually do, I just embraced my early holiday spirit and went for it. I bought delicious holiday treats at the Bryant Park Winter Village, marveled at the Palace Hotel tree, and even saw the Bergdorf holiday windows. If you're a fashion lover and Christmas spirit obsessed like me, you need to see Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's. It's all about the making of their Christmas windows and it is amazing!

A quick note about my outfit - I've been living in this combo over cozy button down, booties, and ripped jeans. Plus, this button down is only $20 right now and it's the perfect length and material! I'm honestly thinking about buying it in another color as well! The red plaid version is only $16, so it might just be happening ;)


Gingham Steal

Monday, November 21, 2016

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away?! There are less than 108 hours and only a few assignment lefts for me to do until I'm on a bus home. Honestly, images of pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, and of course my dad's delicious risotto are the only things on my mind. Suffice it to say, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Thanksgiving with my family is nothing entirely unique or special, but it's our small family traditions that really make it special. From my high school's Thanksgiving football game to eating pumpkin pie the morning after for breakfast, it's just the best time of the year.

Given the casual nature of our Thanksgiving, what to wear isn't really at the top of my mind. My only thought is really what outfit will hide my growing food baby. A jeans and cozy sweater combo is my go-to, with an easy change from sperry boots at the football game to flats for the rest of the day.  This sweater is honestly the best and I can promise you it will hide any hint of a food baby, just make sure to size down (it's very oversized). If you're still looking for your perfect I've found the best cozy sweaters for under $50 and I've linked them below :)

Thanksgiving Outfits

Friday, November 18, 2016

It's widely known that the most wonderful time of the year is even more wonderful in New York City. This city is truly magical around the holiday season with trees lining the sidewalks and lights criss crossing the streets. Last year I made this holiday bucket list for NYC and actually checked off most of the items. If you've never been to New York around the holidays the big tourist activities are seriously a must-do. There's nothing like seeing the Rockefeller tree or the windows down 5th Avenue for the first time.

 However when you live in NYC, sometimes it is just so damn frustrating when every holiday activity is a push your way through hoards of people kind of event (aka anything in Bryant Park, Rockefeller, etc). So this year I've spent hours searching to find some of the best unknown (or at least less known) holiday activities around the city. Seriously, start making time in your calendar right now because these events are perfect for those of us who have been to the Union SQ Christmas Market so many times we can navigate it with our eyes closed.

Ok I freaked out when I found out there's a holiday show at the botanical gardens. This will be the 25th year of their Holiday Train Show in which a model train runs through over 150 recreated landmarks. The event opens on November 19th and runs through mid January, and they suggest making reservations ahead of time. Also, for those of us of age there are Bar Cart nights with ice carving demonstrations, live music, and plenty of holiday drinks :)

When sidewalk Christmas trees just aren't doing it for you anymore head out to Queens for a real Christmas Tree Farm experience. Starting December 1st you'll be able to wander through their tree selection with hot chocolate. Plus, the farm is 47 acres so you'll get some much needed fresh air and can even hang out with their animals. Sign me up!

Just do a quick Google Image search for the Dyker Heights Lights and you'll see why I'm already planning my trip out to Brooklyn. An entire neighborhood sets up crazy Christmas lights to get you in the holiday spirit. All the info I found suggested going in mid-December between dusk and 9pm to get the best experience of the lights. There are guided bus tours though they seem to be crazy expensive, so I'd follow this guide to seeing the lights on foot.

When you finally gotten bored of all the famous holiday markets in Manhattan, head out to Williamsburg for the Bulletin Holiday Market. It's a new market, but from what I've read it's sure to impress and it's only open for 2 weekends ( December 3-4th & 10-11th) so start planning your trip now. The real selling factor for this market - there's a DJ and dance room with a full bar and serious holiday decorations, meaning you're guaranteed to have an amazing time. Also, the spiked hot cocoa is calling me.

On December 17th hundreds of people will gather in Washington Square Park at ___ PM to play Phil Kline's Unsilent Night composition together as they walk through the East Village. The event has been happening for decades and honestly looks like such an interesting holiday experience. The event started in Washington Square in 1992 and now happens in cities all around the world throughout the month of December, pretty cool right? If you're interested you can read more here.

Honestly, holiday markets are the best part of the winter... so I needed to include a few :) This holiday market is only open for the weekend of December 3-4th, but is rumored to have the best gifts you'll find throughout the season.

If you end up going to any of these events let me know :) I'd love to hear about your experience and with any luck I'll find a time to go to each of them! 

Non-Tourisy Christmas Activites in NYC

Monday, November 14, 2016
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