Bells and Lace

One of my biggest wardrobe flaws is this: I never ever get anything hemmed. I’ve only ever gotten 3 things hemmed as an adult: two pairs of jeans and one gown I wore to a wedding last year. Honestly, I regret hemming the jeans, it changes the whole shape and look, so I’m really hesitant to ever hem anything. However… these velvet bells… they could stand to see a least a centimeter go I think.

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FOREVER21 TOP (old, similar here) || YJL BRALETTE C/O || SOUTH MOON UNDER VELVET FLARES C/O || H&M JACKET || DITTO SHADES || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK

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These velvet bells were part of my holiday wardrobe last year, AND this year. I love that they’re still in style. Truth be told, they’re so comfortable and flattering I’d wear them even if they weren’t. Follow your own trends, I say! I wore this exact look to my boyfriend’s company’s holiday party this year. He works at a gym so I was like what’s the dress code? He gave the usual guy answer, “just wear whatever you want.” As I expected, some people were dressed up and others literally came right from the gym, so I thought this was a good middle ground look. Not TOO fancy, but festive none the less.

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See what I’m saying about these pants being a hair too long? I feel like clothing companies do not make clothes for the average sized human being. Like yeah I get it.. some girls are 5’9 and 110 pounds… but hi, not me. It’d be nice if everyone made clothes for petite lil ladies like myself, and KUDOS to brands that do!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It’s so hard to get motivated to go out and shoot when it’s legit freezing outside. ;]

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All Business in the New Year

One thing I have had on my style bucket list this past year was a leather pencil skirt. I’ve honestly been trying to snag myself one for an absurdly long time now and thanks to Shein my dreams have finally come true! I love the edge that leather ads to this otherwise everyday look. img_4726-2

H&M TOP || SHEIN SKIRT C/O || BOOHOO FAUX FUR COAT C/O (similar here, here) || PAYLESS HEELS (similar) || DITTO SHADES

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Thank god for this little faux fur coat because when I tell you it was COLD the day we shot this look, it was COLD. Like, take a break between shots to warm up your fingers and toes, cold. This coat keeps me warm and toasty every time I wear it!

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I have always wanted a leather pencil skirt for the office. I’ve never been one to wear simple black dress pants and a button up to work… snore, so I’m always looking for a way to elevate my look. This little pencil skirt is a new favorite of mine!

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Actually I wore this shirt on my birthday outing to Liberty Science Center! That night I paired it with faux leather pants and my Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots. And I must say… I legit did the climbing wall in my high heel boots! Crushed it. So yeah, I have a thing for pairing this top with leather bottoms. They were, how you say, made for each other! ;]

So guys! I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season! I took the week between Christmas and New Years off and, honestly, I’m glad to be back at work! I was starting to forget what day it was… who I was… I was like 2 more days off away from not showering anymore, you know? Getting back into the swing of things feels good! Did you set any goals for the new year? Or New Years Resolutions? I want to cut out sugar… but that’s not realistic. So I’m just going to try to eat as healthy as possible as often as possible! ALSO. I gave up alcohol. I’m going to cut that out, and soda, and start eating “clean-ish” while working out 4-6 days a week and see what my body can do! I’m 2 days in for all of the above and I feel good! Talk to me in like a week… we’ll see where I’m at. HAH.

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Hello 29!

Guess what ya’ll!? It’s MY BIRTHDAY! Holllllaaaaa! To celebrate I’m getting super sparkly and super sassy in my blog post today. Check it!

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SOUTH MOON UNDER DRESS & BAG C/O || JIMMY CHOO HEELS || ROMAN LUX RING C/O

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I LOVE THIS DRESS. !!!! I feel like a sexy little mermaid when I put it on, haha. I’m going to Liberty Science Center After Dark tonight with my best friends to celebrate my birthday so I’m going to be wandering around the museum and doing the climbing wall and touch tunnel and whatnot… but if I wasn’t… I’d be wearing this out tonight. It’s the perfect little party dress! Oh yeah and if it wasn’t 20 degrees outside. What is that madness?! Holy winter. Perhaps I’ll get to wear it on New Years Eve?

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So… I’m going to get a little deep with you guys for a hot minute. The past year of my life has been the most challenging thus far. There is no manual that comes with “adulting.” No one has the answers… no one can tell you what to do when all of the sudden your life turns to shit. I have yet to have the mental breakdown I think I deserve. I have somehow, surprisingly kept my cool this year. That being said, things have not gotten any easier, nor do they look like they are going to anytime soon. So I’m setting some goals for the next year to make sure I can continue to keep my cool. Screw Near Years Resolutions… what better time to start changing your life than now, am I right? My first priority is going to be..wait for it… MYSELF! I have a habit of putting other people and their needs before my own. Obviously this excludes my babies. Once you have kids you’re never quite a priority anymore, hah. But in all honesty, I have a hard time saying no. I’m always afraid people are going to be disappointed in me if I don’t come through for something. So my first change will just be to put myself first. Sometimes you have to recharge your own batteries before you can be there for anyone else. Next, I’m going to be healthier, in general. I enjoy working out… I don’t smoke.. I’m don’t drink all that much… eating healthy though? Not my thang. I try, but I mean… why deprive myself? BUT! I’ve already started cutting out my morning bagel (I literally had one every day on the way to work, no lie) and I gotta tell ya, it feels good! Anyway, I’m going to work harder, be more passionate, take myself more seriously and create a life for me and my girls we can all be proud of. Wish me luck guys. :] And cheers to YOU! Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for following along for the past few years. Love you, love you, love you.

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A Classic Christmas

Tis the season to deck yourself with some holiday cheer! Between my birthday and holiday parties there is no shortage of events to dress up for. While deep down I reallyy want to strut my stuff in something sparkly and fun (like you’ll see later this week!) for a family Christmas party, a classic dress is key! My love, Kymalexis, and I will be showing you guys our preferred holiday style this year.

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DRESSES C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER SHREWSBURY

ON ME: DRESS || HEELS || BAG || ROMAN & SUNSTONE JEWELRY
ON KYMALEXIS: DRESS || SHOES ||  COAT

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The blue dress I’m wearing is one of those things that you just never ever want to take off. It instantly makes you feel confident and sexy, but festive and chic! I really can’t resist buying dresses with lace these days. And this blue! I’m obsessed with the color. Jewel tones have my heart this year.

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I don’t go to any hair stylist that runs the streets of Monmouth County, I go to Candace at West Ave Cutters in Atlantic Highlands. When I say she’s the best, I’m not saying it just so say it, I’m saying it because she deserves all the credit in the world for all the beautiful work she does! She’s the best kept secret. She created this updo on the spot when I told her I wanted something romantic but undone. I can’t wait to share more of her work! – Kymalexis img_4376img_4355img_4351img_4346img_4342img_4337img_4330

Whatever your traditions are at Christmas, it’s always nice to pick a stand-out outfit to mark the occasion. A bit of glitz and glam is a must no matter what your plans are.  Sophisticated yet sexy, this suede dress is an instant classic that I have christmas-tized with red heels and a black clutch.  I paired it with this beautiful yet fun leopard fur jacket.  South Moon Under doesn’t want you to sacrifice a furry friend or your Kardashian style, so they have selected some amazing faux fur items for our holiday shopping!  Can I just add that this coat is super warm and brings out the jersey in me ;P – Kymalexis 
So! As you can tell, my gal pal and I are swooning over bold textures this year! Between the little lace dress and this gorgeous suede LBD, (that I should add fits her like a GLOVE) we’re loving the twist on the otherwise simple pieces.
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Holiday Style Kickoff

It is never too soon to start planning your Holiday wardrobe. During the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas the days fly by and all of the Christmas festivities seem to sneak up on me. I like to get a head start in my outfit planning so when the holiday actually rolls around I can focus on the more important things. This year my eyes are drawn to a lot of similar styles as last year: velvet, lace, deep, rich hues.img_0117

MOLLY & ZOEY DRESS (see links below!) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS || H&M FAUX LEATHER JACKET || DANIRISI BAG C/O

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I found this dress while shopping for something to wear to a late November wedding. I ended up not attending the wedding, but it’s ok, because I think it’s perfect for the holidays anyway!

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I’m obsessed with the color and fit of this dress. In a certain light the black almost looks like a very deep, rich navy blue. I actually stared at it for a long time hanging in my room when I was trying to figure out which shoes to wear with it because I couldn’t really say with 100% confidence that it was definitely black and not blue, haha. Eventually I went with the nude heel… just to be safe! If you also haven’t noticed by now, I never miss an opportunity to wear my little moto jacket with anything feminine. I love the contrast between feminine and edge.

Unfortunately, Molly & Zoey doesn’t have an online store, so I browsed the web and found some of my favorite little black lace dresses that are comparable in both style & price! Happy shopping!

Boohoo Black Bodycon Lace Dress || Boohoo Plunging Neckline Lace Dress || Boohoo Navy Lace Dress || ASOS Midi Black Lace Dress || QED London Lace Trim Mini ||

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Meet My BFF

Allow me to introduce you all to my girlfraaaan, KymAlexis! A few weeks ago this little love bug asked me to take some pictures of her for her business, and we quickly realized homegirl was a natural in front of the camera. Not only can she rock a pose like nobody’s business, she has killer style. So every now and then she is going to make a cameo on the here, and you can shop her outfits too! The rest of this post is written by the fashionista herself. Enjoy!

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SOUTH MOON UNDER SWEATER || ABERCROMBIE LEGGINGS (sold out, similar here) || CHINESE LAUNDRY BOOTS || POOKIE & SEBASTIAN BRACELET

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Back in the day there were some strict fashion rules, and in this generation rules were made to be broken. Wearing white was considered a post-Labor Day no-no, but then again, black was once only proper for mourning, ha! We all have 50% black in our closets and there’s no shame in my game. This south moon under sweater is hands down the most comfortable yet fashionable  of the South Moon Under apparel that I own, and I’m about to go back and buy it in every color available!

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You might see that my jeans are from Abercrombie and fitch and laugh because come on, we all shopped there in high school and never looked back; but i’m a 27 year old women who is 5’1 and 100 pounds so where in this world can i buy a pair of fitted pants and not have to hem them. Well here I am shopping and realizing that I can’t go wrong at this store for my height. img_4078img_4093

Chinese Laundry is one of my go-to for shoe shopping. They are comfortable and yet always at a reasonable price. The best part about this brand is if you bargain shop then you can head on over to marshals and find yourself saving some mula.

As a profesional organizer, my clients get to share their favorite stores and this is by far my favorite!!!! Pookie and Sebastians is a New York store that is basically a high end South Moon Under. You can’t walk out of this store without buying SOMETHING…. sorry not sorry…. worth every penny 😉

I love having a best friend who is a fashionista because she can share her style with the world and yet encourage us all to dress to impress ❤

xoxo

 

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Post Thanksgiving Baggy Sweater

On Thanksgiving I will only wear a loose fitting dress or leggings… or casual eating pants, as I call them. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year for two reasons: it’s one of the few holidays left where my whole family still gets together, and the FOOD! I could live off of mashed sweet potatoes, for real. Unfortunately, for the few days following the gluttony, it’s hard to shove myself into tight fitting clothes. Enter: high waisted skirts and baggy sweaters.

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H&M SWEATER || SOUTH MOON UNDER SKIRT C/O || FOREVER21 SOCKS || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER (similar)|| ROMAN LUXE NECKLACE & RING C/O

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Also, can we talk about this bag for a hot minute… I love everything Rebecca Minkoff does. She is actual perfection. This cross body is the perfect size for me, it holds all the necessities; wallet, keys, phone, chapstick, and I love the hardware. It’s my new favorite bag. duh. ALSO! Speaking of Rebecca Minkoff, South Moon Under in the Grove is having a holiday event featuring a RM trunk show! On December 3rd receive 20% off all Rebecca Minkoff items, and enjoy a Winky Lux lip bar, light bites and sweet sips! Just in time for your holiday shopping!! Or ya know, if you want to treat yo’self. ;] (See full event details below).

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These over the knee socks are my new jam. I bought three different pairs from Forever21 and I can’t stop wearing them. I bought a black pair to wear with my taupe Chinese Laundry OTK boots, and this pair, and a deep burgundy color. I love the way they peek out over the top of these boots. So cute! I had another special guest with me on this shoot. I can’t get enough of my little ham!

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December 3rd, South Moon Under in the Grove Shrewsbury || 10am – 6pm || 20% off all Rebecca Minkoff handbags, small leather goods, and shoes.

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I’m a 90’s Chick

I was the pink Power Ranger three years in a row for Halloween. Kimberly was my spirit animal. A few years back Forever21 carried a few different t-shirts and sweatshirts featuring some throwback shows and I grabbed this one without even really looking at it. It was a crew neck sweatshirt, which I didn’t love, so when I got it home I cut off the collar to make it an off the shoulder sweater. A little DIY up in this bitch, and I pretty much wear it once a week.

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FOREVER21 SWEATSHIRT (SO old! Similar here) & SKIRT || PAYLESS HEELS || LINEA PELLE BAG || DITTO SHADES || SAKS OFF 5TH CHOKER

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I rented these sunglasses last year from Shop Ditto and last week I decided I couldn’t live without them anymore… so I bought myself a pair to own and keep forever. Reunited and it feels so goooooood.

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Normally I pair this sweatshirt with leggings when I want to be super comfortable and casual, or distressed boyfriend jeans, but to dress it up a bit I love pairing it with a skirt & heels. Normally during the summer months I wear it with a little white skirt, but that seemed a little too springy for the weather. The top is waaaaay old, but I linked to a similar graphic sweatshirt above!

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If You Love Something…

If you love something… buy it in every color! For the last two years I have been obsessing over my Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots, trying to work them into every outfit during every season. On my last trip to South Moon Under I finally snagged a similar pair by Chinese Laundry in a neutral shade for a quarter of the price. Yahtzee.

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SHEIN DRESS C/O || CHINESE LAUNDRY BOOTS || H&M HAT || ETTIKA BRACELET C/O || SYD & PIA EARRINGS C/O

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This was one of my favorite dresses from the spring! One of my new year’s resolutions for my blog this year (yes I know I’m getting ahead of myself, deal with it) is to re-wear clothes on here more often. My least favorite thing about bloggers is when they are no longer relatable. We can’t all afford to buy a new outfit every time we walk out the door (I certainly cannot!) SO I’m going to wear my favorite things more often just re-worked in different ways. Hope you guys enjoy it!

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GUYS. How amazing are these earringsssssss? I can barely contain my excitement over them! If you haven’t heard of Syd & Pia yet, go look them up ASAP. These hoops in particular are made with semi precious stones and they are like 10000 times more stunning in person! I’m obsessed. Also, get outside today and soak up this amazing weather because apparently come Thanksgiving it’s adios warm weather!

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This Jacket is the BOMB.

Bomber jackets are in every window of every store right now and I’ve been wanting to add one to my collection for months but couldn’t decide on a style. WELL. I found this pretty little thing from Closet London and it was exactly what I’ve been missing this whole time!

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CLOSET LONDON BOMBER JACKET C/O || BLANK 99 VEGAN LEATHER PANTS || PAYLESS SHOES || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG || CHANEL SHADES (similar) || SHIRT

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Also worth mentioning.. A fellow blogger friend of mine posted heels she got at Payless a couple months ago and I was like NO WAY. (Read her post here!) They were so damn cute. So I went there myself a couple weeks ago and found these beauties. They were on sale for about $20 and they are SO comfortable! I wore them to work last week and then I had a charity event and met a girlfriend for drinks, so I walked all over the city basically, in these heels and my feet didn’t bother me at all! It was fantastic, hah. img_5635img_5633

I love bomber jackets because they’re comfortable, and if you find the right one (like this one!) it’ll be really easy to dress up or down depending on the look you’re going for. This jacket would also look super cute with a pair of boyfriend jeans and t-shirt.

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I love this ring from Moonstone Magic! It’s so beautiful up close. It sparkles like there’s a whole little universe in there. I can’t stop staring at it when I put it on. hah.

So I brought Charlotte with me to do these blog pictures and she completely hammed it up for the camera. As per usual! I say this all the time but I think I really need to make her her own blog. Homegirl would kill it. Always stealing the show.

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PLEASE disregard her outfit. She had a dress on, got cold, put pants on underneath it, got colder, threw this shirt on over it, found the hat in the back seat of my car.. decided to throw that on too. I’m gonna need to start her a blog so people send her cute clothes, haha!

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