Saturday, December 20, 2014

Deck the Halls with Red + Tartan:
A Festively Classic Plaid OOTD

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan


I'm fairly temperamental, so I rarely fall completely in love with garments-- or anything, including boys, for that matter. Well, Cupid's struck my heart strings, and I'm head over heels for this amazing J. Crew plaid pencil skirt. I would wear it every day if it weren't considered taboo, especially since it's incredibly versatile for a plaid print, but I work with a bunch of financial planning style divas who would call me out- so no go on the repeat offense. 

I paired my new boyfriend with a red top for a festive look, and I had a ball shooting with master photog Anna Yanev in the adorably decorated Crane's Roost park. Full outfit details below. 


J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Style, Fashion, Winter Fashion, OOTD


I know I've showed it off before, but I literally can't stop getting compliments on my Juicy Couture holiday charm bracelet. I bought mine in 2010, and the inquiries keep on comin'. Juicy changes up their charms for a customized annual bracelet every year, and I'm such a fan of the precious 2014 edition


J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan


Please excuse my brief fountain stint as The Little Mermaid sans red hair. I'm not a child, but my heart still can dream.


J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan


Wish I could be... 
part of your world.


J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan


Oh, hey.


J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

J. Crew, Fashion, Style, Winter Fashion, Prep, Tartan

Skirt: J. Crew // Top: Francesca's (Similar) // Heels: Nine West // Bag: Coach (Similar) // Bracelets: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors (Similar) // Earrings: Target


5 days til Christmas! INSANE! 


Wish you happy {and safe} shopping today!
xo

♥ Stephanie

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Guide to Gifting for Your Guys:
Uniquely Natural Options from Woodchuck USA


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


Let’s be honest-- when it comes to buying gifts for the men in our lives, we tend to find ourselves at a loss. Per my manly gift guide last year, under no circumstances should you consider giving candles, tickets to a musical, or any suggestive beauty treatments, such as Rogaine. Tools, however, are a classic fall back, followed closely by lawn equipment. But this year, if you want something unique that they’ll actually use, appreciate, and love (and you’ve already bought him all the tools he can handle), then check out my new favorite All American gift source, WOODCHUCK USA.


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


WOODCHUCK USA is a company based on authentic, American traditions, and who doesn't love that? They are driven by their mission to bring nature back to people, quality back to products, and jobs back to America. Amen. Each one of their products is 100% made in the USA and handcrafted in their Minneapolis-based manufacturing studio. What’s even better? Every product uses FSC certified wood veneer, adding a classic, natural aesthetic to every aspect of your look.


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


WOODCHUCK offers a variety of products, from phone skins and journals to a collection of men’s fashion accessories, including flasks, tie bars, and business card holders. Their fully customizable line of products allows you to give a gift that no one else will have. After checking out their site, I've picked out my top five favorite gifts for the men in my life:


1. Every Man's Best Friend: 


With a stainless steel body and real wood finish, these 3 oz flasks are compact and slip easily into your suit or coat pocket. It's very "Wolf of Wall Street," and I like it. 


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys

Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys



2. The Tell of a Debonair Gentleman: 


Let me just tell you, I work with all men, and cufflinks are the purses/shoes/jewelry of affluent men's fashion. These stainless steel cufflinks each feature a real wood facing that is hand-selected to ensure the most unique grain possible. Better yet, they come in their own WOODCHUCK box for storage. How handy. 


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


3. For His Stimulating Sensitive Side: 


It's hard for men to admit they have profound thoughts that aren't sports-related, so facilitate the debut of their inner sensitive side with a really cool journal. Offered in both a classic size (8.5” x 5.5”) and pocket size (4.5” x 6.5”)  it’s easy to see why these journals are one of WOODCHUCK’s best-selling products. They're perfect for jotting down meeting notes, sporadic ideas, and thoughts, the pages of these journals are made from 100% recycled paper.


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


4. Mix Business with Natural Class: 


Exchanging business cards never looked so classy. The stainless steel body and real wood finish allows for a memorable exchange and immediate conversation starter. 


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys


5. To Protect with Style: 


For the tech lover in all of our lives, these phone skins aren’t your average accessory. WOODCHUCK also offers skins for Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, as well as Adventure cases for those who are a little more, well...adventurous (or prone to phone-dropping). 
Woodchuck USA, Guide to Gifting for Your Guys

And again-- not to sound cheesy, but WOODCHUCK USA’s products are more than just awesome gifts. Each purchase you make from them also allows you to join them in their mission to bring nature back to people, quality back to products, and jobs back to America. I'm such a fan, and I know a handful of suave dudes who are now, too. 


Who has all their Christmas shopping done? Not me. At least I've got the guys covered! Procrastination baby steps. 


Happy Thursday!
xo

Thank you, WOODCHUCK USA, for sponsoring this post.


♥ Stephanie

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Combat Winter Hair Wear:
The Dove Silky Hair Dare + Giveaway

Dove, Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, Giveaway


One day I promise I'll stop complaining, but my hair is still really upset with me about my blonde-brunette chameleon escapades over the past few years. Its natural illustrious shine is not-so-natural anymore, and I'm a frequent tender to split and brittle ends. I've always relied on Dove for gentleness and protein restoration, but I ventured outside of the box to try their Dove Pure Care Dry Oil after seeing this "Silky Hair Dare" challenge thing during a trip to the freezing cold upstate New York area. 

Let me just say... if you dare me to do anything (with safety-related exceptions, obviously), I'll do it. My cynical goal is usually to prove the darer wrong, so I can assure you I went into this with every intention of not being on board. The deal is that you'll see 5 times silkier hair after just one wash when you combine the supernatural elements of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment into one cohesive system. The best part? You legit get your money back if you find the results any less than completely satisfactory, ie. it's totally risk-free. All you have to do is return your bottle, and they'll refund the purchase-- no questions asked (click here for details).



Dove, Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, Giveaway


Spoiler Alert: You won't get your money back. Why? Because this stuff rocks. In the midst of the 10 degree weather of upstate New York, where my nails were chipping and my hands were cracking, my hair was 'da bomb. Most oil treatments, and I've tried several-- both salon and store-bought brands-- leave my hair feeling silky, wet, and dirty, but this literally just adds shine and silk without all the greasy aftermath. 

But seriously, don't take my word for it. Take the #SilkyHairDare challenge yourselves {giveaway below}, and let me know what you think! I did some research before I tried this-- because honestly, when it comes to my hair, nothing is really "risk-free." Price has nothing to do with whether or not a product turns my hair orange. I found tons of personal testimonials raving about this line, as well, so you're in good company. Oh, and I personally promise your hair won't change colors. To make #SilkyHareDare matters even easier, enter this Dove Advanced Hair Series giveaway to win a fabulous prize pack consisting of 1 Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo (12oz), 1 Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner (12oz), 1 Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Hair Treatment- African Macadamia Oil (3.38oz), and 1 Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Restorative Hair Treatment- Anatolian Pomegranate Seed Oil (3.38oz). 


Giveaway ends Sunday! Good luck, my lovely hair darers!



Next week is Christmas. Holy Moly!
xo
Thank you, Lunchbox, for sponsoring this post. 


♥ Stephanie

Monday, December 15, 2014

Half Warm, Half Cool:
Style Tour of Winter Wear in FL

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew


Let's be honest, a Floridian winter is unique to anywhere else in the nation. To the surprise of most, it does get relatively cold, but I'd say for 11 out of 12 weeks, we're indulging in colder-than-usual sunshine-filled weather, ie. temperatures in the 60s/70s instead of 80s/90s. Last year, our worst "cold front" lasted 2 days, and we were back at the beach in record time. 1/12/14-1/13/14... never forget. 

Yes, this, for the most part, eliminates warm blanket scarves and adorable pea coats from our statewide wardrobe-- so what exactly do we wear in the winter? A handful of my fabulous fellow Floridians have collaborated to share! I usually end up with a half cool, half warm combination-- perfect for the cool spritzes of wind yet airy enough to avoid excess perspiration. Don't nobody got time for that.







Hop from blog to blog to see style tips from across the state. I reside in the central region-- reppin' the 4-0-7, and a typical daytime playtime outfit consists of a pop of red, like this amazingly comfortable warmspun turtleneck in Dark Poppy, a wool J. Crew mini (I own more than I'd care to admit), and either heels or heeled boots. 

Full outfit details at the bottom of this post!


Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew'

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew

Florida, Winter, Style, Outfit, Fashion, J. Crew


If you're heading down to Florida, we bloggers got you covered! Let me know if y'all have any other questions-- I'm here to help you make the most of your Florida vacation while looking fabulous all-the-while. Hope this guide helped!


Happy Monday!
xo


♥ Stephanie

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NYE Time + Money Saver:
Style Your Hair at Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery, My Hair Cuttery Look, Hair, New Year's Eve


Let's be honest, the one night we all unanimously want to look our best is New Year's Eve. Whether you're looking for somebody to kiss or preparing for a photo of your kiss in action, you want to look hot. Now, I'm not necessarily referring to myself-- I've sworn off men on New Year's Eve for the past 5+ years in a row. I just want to look good for pictures with my girlfriends. Once the clock strikes midnight, that moments represents the tippy top layer of your brand new slate. 

The holidays are obviously expensive as heck, so after Christmas, the last thing you (specifically me) want to do is go out and pay for a full blown makeover. However, on the precipice of a potentially un-fabulous year, I can't risk it, so the one thing I will make sure is controlled is my hair. 

I recently was in a time crunch before a modeling thing, and my normal stylist couldn't fit me in, so I ran by Hair Cuttery to see if they could help in any way, shape, or form. They sat me in a chair immediately and gave my hair a much needed protein treatment, trimmed it, re-layered it, and styled it beautifully for under $50. I genuinely had no idea that Hair Cuttery even did styling, and upon further questioning, I discovered that they do blow-outs, up-dos, straightening--everything a girl needs for an "I need to look good" day-- for a fraction of what a salon charges (all services conveniently listed here). My entire styling experience cost $49, and I was freshly trimmed and set for the entire weekend. Amazing, right?


Hair Cuttery, My Hair Cuttery Look, Hair, New Year's Eve


My point here is that if you're looking for an inexpensive way to look fabulous throughout the holiday season, specifically on New Years, but you don't want to pay your normal salon's rate, hit up a Hair Cuttery! They'll even do color there, too, so if you're in a bind and need a highlight touch-up, they're your guys! 


Hair Cuttery, My Hair Cuttery Look, Hair, New Year's Eve

Hair Cuttery, My Hair Cuttery Look, Hair, New Year's Eve


Also, they have lollipops, and I just think that's kind.


Hair Cuttery, My Hair Cuttery Look, Hair, New Year's Eve, Lollipops


I honestly forgot all about Hair Cuttery, so I hope this enlightened you a bit, too! Have you been lately--or ever? I'm amazed with their prices and walk-in availability. Plus, for boys (and and all my ladies), a gift card could have dual usage-- both a thoughtful present and a gentle reminder that they need to maintain and/or pamper themselves. 


Happy NYE Planning!
Cheers, 2015!


I have received promotional consideration and a free salon service from Hair Cuttery. Thank you, Hair Cuttery, for sponsoring this post. 


♥ Stephanie
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