Holiday Earrings

y-2Hard to believe it’s already that time of year again! Time to start thinking about pumpkin pie, twinkle lights and dress shopping for all those holiday parties. If you feel like being a bit thrifty this year, one way to spice up your trusty wardrobe favorites is to add some new accessories. Statement earrings are a fantastic way to add holiday sparkle to your favorite LBD. Or, if you’re looking for less traditional pieces to spice up your holiday attire, like an an ear cuff or ear chain, head over to FreshTrends where there’s a ton of stylish options. But if you’re sticking to traditional pierced earrings like me, above are a few of my favorites for the holiday party season!

1. Free People Noir Moon Drop Earrings – $48

2. Free People Noir Lumier Stone Earrings – $68

3. Anthropologie Fanned Cordelia Drops – $28.50

4. Bauble Bar Von Trapp Drops – $32.00

5. Berry Eclectic Stud Earrings – $11.98

6. Nordstrom Crystal Deco Earrings – $38.00

7. Sabine Large Victorian Earring – $19.97

8. Anthropologie Rococo Candy Earrings – $36.00

9. Topshop Navette Stone Chandelier Earrings – $22.00

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Beauty Products: Valentia Even Glow Serum

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I have to admit, I’m typically not much of a beauty product junkie. (Of course this doesn’t mean I don’t have an entire bathroom filled completely to the brim with products.) But I’m typically not great at finding new products and tend to use the same ones over and over again. So when I do find something new, clearly I’m always super proud of myself.

Even though I’m not terribly worried about anti-wrinkle and collagen stimulating effects, I’ve long been a fan of using Vitamin C on my skin – Whole Foods has some great Vitamin C products I’ve used for a while now. So when I found this Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C serum, I figured I’d give it a go and I was definitely not disappointed. The serum has a creamy, soft consistency and feels so rich and moisturizing. I lather it on after I’ve washed and dried my face at night and let it absorb as I sleep. You’ll definitely wake up with softer skin with just a bit more glow. And who doesn’t like that, really? As an added bonus, you’ll also go to bed with a light orange juice scent surrounding you, which I definitely don’t mind.

If you’re looking for some skin pick me up, definitely give this Valentia serum a try!

*this is a sponsored post powered by Brandbacker but my opinions, including that you’ll smell like orange juice, are completely true.

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An Afternoon at WilliamVintage

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One of the highlights of my trip to London was visiting the amazing WilliamVintage store in Marylebone and getting to spend some time with the shop’s owner, William Banks-Blaney. Simply calling Will kind would be a bit of an understatement – in the midst of his insanely busy schedule, which included prepping for a Monday morning Vogue shoot, he traveled clear across London on a Friday afternoon to open his store for me. Together we pored over his entire collection with him sharing stories and pointing out the amazing details in the construction of his pieces while I “ooo’ed” and “ahh’ed” and fell in love with everything.

I’ve said it before but – to me, Will has one of the coolest jobs around. He travels around the world unearthing forgotten fashion treasures, each replete with a rich history. He’s passionate about his work, has impeccable taste, and spends his days giving gorgeous vintage pieces a home in contemporary fashion. Sounds pretty good to me! His store is absolutely beautiful in every way and I’m so happy we were able to work out a visit. After all the dress “ooo” ing and “ahh” ing, we went on a little field trip to Borough Market where I was introduced to a satanically scrumptious sausage/pastry combo and amazing coffee. It’s always so great to see a city with a native who knows and loves it. Little known secret: if this whole fashion thing doesn’t work out, Will’s got an amazing future as a tour guide. Although, lets be real, I think the first option is working out pretty well!

Photos below including my very favorite burgundy 1956 Sybil Connolly dress and a to die for row of LBD’s. Also love the beautifully color coded racks, which somehow look way better than when I attempt this in my own closet…

IMG_0112On this rack: Louis Feraud DressSybil Connolly 2 piece ensemble, Dynasty two piece jumpsuit, Balenciaga Haute Couture Dress

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IMG_0078IMG_0107On this rack: Dior Dress, Hardy Amies Dress, Dior New York Dress

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IMG_0086Dior Haute Couture Dress Suit 

IMG_00752 Fortuny Delphos Gowns

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IMG_0093Balenciaga Haute Couture Suit Jacket

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 WilliamVintage

2 Marylebone St.

London W1G 8JQ

Shop by appt. only (but don’t let that stop you!): +44 207 487 4322

Shop online here.

 And for even more vintage couture goodness, follow WilliamVintage on Twitter, FB, Pinterest and Instagram!

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Destination Wanderlust: London

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I was beyond excited to explore London for a few days last week; there’s nothing I love more than a new city to roam in search of coffee, markets, museums and cute shops. Here’s some things I learned in London: flat whites are far superior to lattes or cappuccinos, an ATM is called a “cash point”, cabs don’t take credit cards, the streets don’t always connect or lead where you think, post codes are really important, it will rain, and Shoreditch/Hackney is my ‘hood.

…sorry Chicago, London may have just a small bit of my heart now.

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1. The Modern Pantry – 47-48 St John’s Square. Clerkenwell. London. EC1V 4JJ

2. Tate Modern – Bankside. London. SE1 9TG

3. Columbia Road Flower Market –  Columbia Rd. London. E2 7RG

4. Zetter Townhouse – 49-50 St John’s Square. London. EC1V 4JJ

5. The Ginger Pig, Borough Market – London Bridge. SE1 1TL

6. Royal Academy – Burlington House. Piccadilly. London W1J 0BD

7. Camden Market – Camden High St. London. NW1 8NH

8. Charles Dickens Museum – 48 Doughty St. London. WC1N 2LX

9. Southbank Arts Centre/Queen’s Walk – Belvedere Road. London. SE1 8XX

10. WilliamVintage – 2 Marylebone St. London. W1G 8JQ

11. The Hoxton Shoreditch – 81 Great Eastern St. London. EC2A 3HU

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Style Crush: Hannah Reid of London Grammar

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Sometimes, you come across people who are just so achingly and effortlessly cool it hurts. This is an apt description of how I feel about Hannah Reid, lead singer of London Grammar, in a nutshell. Her minimalist, downtown, casual style is one of my ultimate style inspirations. Somehow my casual separates paired together never look this chic. Her style staples include vintage Levi’s, cozy cropped sweaters, black leather jackets, denim jackets and Converse paired with a chic bun and bohemian braids.

(Beyond her obvious ultimate hipness, she also endearingly likes to instagram many photos of her cat and somehow this makes me like her even more. Don’t mind me, dorky girl crush moment happening here.)

Check out some more photos of Hannah’s simple but awesome style below!

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 The best part is her style doesn’t take a ton of time nor money to emulate but you’ll still look amazing. (Though the worst part is the goddess like voice and British accent don’t come with it.)

Want to be as effortlessly cool as Hannah? Shop the post below!

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