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Nothing beats brunch having brunch with friends and family. I am always looks to find a new place to enjoy some great food and a mimosa while I am at it. So when Karen from Paris and Latte hosted a blogger brunch at Halcyon Brasserie, I could not wait! The event was filled with incredible food, amazing goodies and a chance to connect with some amazing bloggers.

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Not let’s take a moment to talk about the food. Everything was absolutely scrumptious! I literally could not say no to anything that was put in front of me. How tasty do all these appetizers look? Not only were they so tasty but also pretty and Instagramable.

Karen and I have been friends on Instagram for a few months now. We had a chance to meet at Style Collective’s NYFW event but did not get a chance to sit down and talk. Additionally, I got a chance to connect with other local tri-state bloggers as well as some local Montclair business women

We got a chance to meet Jessica from Aris Couture Boutique. Her boutique offers luxurious, feminine pieces at an affordable price! We got a chance to hear how she started her business and as well as got to see some of her pieces in person. What a boss babe!

We got to end the event by literally stuffing out goodie bags with luxurious makeup from Measurable Difference, bracelets from Cayteno Legacy and tons of other freebies. I was an amazing way to start a new work week. If you are ever in Montclair, I encourage you to go to Halcyon Brasserie. You will not be disappointed!

A special thanks to Davin from Davin Tes Photography to taking all these amazing images for us.

 

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Hi loves! I hope you had an amazing week. Red is the go-to color for the holidays but sometimes a girl needs to switch up her color palette! That is why this festive plaid dress is perfect for the holidays. It’s perfect for holiday parties and even to wear at work. I am wearing the dress in a size 2 (it also comes in petite sizing). The best part? This dress has pockets!

The velvet bow that I have featured is from J.Crew and is currently sold out but I have linked similar options here, here, and here. Velvet is trending this holiday season. If you are hesitant to wear velvet, hair bows are the best way to ease your way into the trend. If you are not a fan of the trend, consider a flirty headband like this one at Kohls. What do you think of this classic, holiday look?

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Dress: J.Crew // Headband: OLD; similar here // Shoes: Nordstrom // Bow Hair tie:  SOLD OUT; similar here, here and here

 

 

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Hi loves! We had a chance to enjoy some amazing deals yesterday and now it’s time to each of us to make a difference on Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is a day to remind us that giving back to our community, nation, and overseas is easier that we might think. I did a blog post earlier in the year about charitable gifts that you can give.

Here are some ideas on how you can give back:

Volunteer your time

Time is money and that is a phrase I am coming to appreciate more and more over the years. Consider giving up a day in the next week weekends to help out a organization in need. If you are passionate about animals, see if you can volunteer at a local animal shelter. Fellow fashion lovers, consider donating some old clothes from your closets to organizations like Dress to Success.

Give gifts that give back

TOMS

As I mentioned earlier, you can give gifts while making a difference at the same time. TOMS is a company that I admire. Every product they sell provides someone in need with a better life. For every pair of shoes sold, another is given away to others overseas. Sunglasses sold give the gift of sight by providing medical professionals and eye surgery to restore eye sight. Additionally, every back pack that is sold provides funding for anti-bullying initiatives here in the United States.

ALEX AND ANI

Alex and Ani is well known for their unique jewelry pieces. Did you also know that they also have specific bangles that give back to the UNICEF, March of Dimes,Toys for Tots, Alex’s Lemonade Stand  and more? Purchasing these bands will not only make great gifts but also help to make a difference to the charity that is dearest to your heart. If you are low on funds, not to worry. Alex and Ani will give back for you interact with them for their Giving Tuesday posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Starting retweeting and commenting away. For every comment, Alex and Ani are donating $1 to the Make A Wish Foundation!

Donate 

This holiday season is always one of the most charitable one. That being said, there are a lot of opportunities to donate old coats, shoes and clothes to come who can really use them. In fact, your old Amazon boxes can be put to good use. Simply use an old Amazon box and fill it with items you want to donate. Then go to GiveBackBox.com to print out your free label. Let your box out for UPS or USPS to deliver your box to charity!

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Jacket: Nordstrom // Sweater: J.Crew // Skirt: OLD; similar at Express // Boots: Nordstrom

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It’s time to shop until you drop! Whether you are heading out today for Black Friday or want to do some shopping from your home, don’t miss out on some amazing deals. A lot of sales are going to be going on into next Monday. Here are some of the best deals I have found from some of my favorite retailers.

J.Crew: Get 40% off the entire store and online until 11/26. This sweater I recently reviewed and you may like this flattering sweater dress for the holidays. Here are some of the pieces I am looking to get this weekend:

For Black Friday, enjoy 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off and free shipping!

Francesca’s: 30% off storewide + exclusive Cyber Monday deals.

Revolve: Sale times are an extra 50%! I am going on vacation in January to some where warm, so I am looking to get some pieces for my trip.

Topshop: Get up to 50% + enjoy free shipping.

ASOS: Use code EPIC30 for an extra 30% now until 11/28.

Express: Enjoy 50% off everything + free shipping.

Ann Taylor: Enjoy an extra 50% off the entire store and online with code THANKFUL for Black Friday.

Use code BEST MONDAY for Cyber Monday + enjoy free shipping

Chicwish: Use code BLK15 for an extra 15% on orders of $50 for Black Friday. Chicwish is the brand that sells my plaid wrap coat that I featured earlier this month.

For Cyber Monday, use get an extra 15% off $70+ with code CMN5

LOFT: Use code THANKS for 50% off everything in-store and online for Black Friday.

For Cyber Monday,  enjoy 50% off everything when you use CLICK at checkout + free shipping

Banana Republic: Everything is 50% site wide. No code needed! 🙂

Kate Spade: 30% off your purchase – use code GIVEJOY at checkout

Urban Outfitters: $15 off $75 and $50 off $150 Free shipping on $50+

Anthropologie: Enjoy 30% off everything!

 

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Hi loves! The first snow fall has officially arrived to some of us in NY Tri-state area. Winter can be so magical but very miserable for people like me who never can seem to stay warm. Thankfully, I found a new great pieces from J.Crew last week during an online shopping spree that are great for layering and will be keep you toasty warm.

To start my look, I went with this darling turtleneck sweater. I am wearing it in a size XS with the intention of not leaving it in the dryer long. I am not sure if it is going to shrink or not but I am not taking any chances! If you have struck sweaters in the past, I would recommend sizing up.

The next step is to layer up with a jacket! This J.Crew wool lady jacket is one that I have admired for years. I have seen it on influences like Jean from Extra Petite and Annie from Stylish Petite. I am so happy that it is part of my wardrobe. It is lined with Thinsulate which give the coat extra warmth. Think of it like wearing a parka with a lot less of the bulk. In these images I am wearing in in a petite 0. I will be honest, the 0 was a bit too small around my shoulders. So I did even up exchanging it for a petite 2.

Finally, finish up this look up with a neutral bag, a pair of your favorite booties and your favorite pair of jeans then you are ready to go! As temperatures get lower, you can easily slip on some gloves and a cute wool knit hat. What are some ways you transition from fall to winter? Chat with me by leaving a comment below!

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Jacket: J.Crew // Sweater: J.Crew // Jeans: BLANK NYC; similar here // Boots: Nordstrom // Bag: OLD; similar here; vegan leather option here

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