Holidays with River Island

BLAZER, TEE, TROUSERS, SANDALS: (c/o) River Island

When it comes to shopping, everyone has their favorite stores, but every once and awhile, it’s nice to switch things up. That’s where River Island + today’s look comes in.

In case you haven’t read about River Island on my blog yet, the UK based brand is known for their stylish, affordable fashion. The unique touches they bring to their collections help anyone, from petite to plus, stand out in the crowd. Click here, here and here to see some of my favorite looks!

All of their products are designed in-house and, they change things up in-store and online every single week.

So, in honor of the holidays (what’s new), I decided to share (yet, another!) River Island look today!

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#MyLuckyHoliday

LOOK 1 -> HOUNDSTOOTH JACKETTURTLENECK, JEANS, STUDDED BOOTS: (c/o) Lucky Jeans

LOOK 2 -> LEATHER JACKET, DENIM SHIRT, JEANS, BOOTS (similar here): (c/o) Lucky Jeans

Ohhh the holidays. The magical time of year when family togetherness, twinkly lights, and tasty treats take center stage. For some, the cold weather slowly rolls in, and your trusty puffer coat seems to be the only thing keeping you alive! For me, this means spending the holidays in sunny Palm Beach, Florida and in Houston, Texas where I usually opt for leather jackets, comfy jeans and boots to keep me warm.

(Side note, one of my favorite cold-weather-approved items being a leather jacket in a neutral color like grey, black or brown. You can’t go wrong. Leather jackets are timeless. Classic. They work with everything from jeans to a cocktail dress. Yes, they are pricey. But worth every penny because you will have it in your closet forever!)

This year, I teamed up with Lucky Brand to share my unique holiday traditions with you guys. I’m pretty rooted in the same holiday traditions – year after year – like movie marathons after opening presents or listening to oldies and baking with my dad…

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A Priceless Gift from David Yurman

CHATELAINE PAVE BEZEL NECKLACE, STATEMENT EARRINGS, 14mm RING, 9mm RING, CLASSIC BAND RING: (c/o) David Yurman

DRESS, HEELS, CLUTCH: Shopbop

As a little girl, I was always attracted to my mother’s jewelry. I would hide in her closet for hours gazing at the intricacies of her pieces – the shapes, the colors, the metals – until she would find me draped in her jewelry and say, “Stephanie! What on earth are you doing?!”

Eventually, she would sit next to me and explain where each piece came from as we put everything away in her jewelry box. “This broach came from my mother’s collection.” “Your father bought this necklace in Europe.” “This gold bangle was from David Yurman; a gift I bought myself.” “I found these rings at a flea market.” “These earrings are real – DO NOT TOUCH.” Sigh, I’ll never forget those drop diamond earrings…

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7 For Mankind Jeans

BLAZER: similar here, here and here/TEE: old, similar here/JEANS: 7 for Mankind/SLINGBACK PUMPS: here/BAG: here and here

In approximately four days, Art Basel starts. In approximately twenty-two days, Christmas Eve is here. And in twenty-nine days, a new year begins.

To say I’m stressed is an understatement. Once again, my schedule is overflowing with amazing events, holiday parties and family gatherings. No complaints but this time of year also means I seek complete comfort on my days off. Like, comfortable jeans.

Aside from seeking comfy jeans, I strive to find jeans that flatter my petite figure. Contrary to what you see on Instagram (angles, guys), my legs aren’t that long. They are slim which helps, sure. But they aren’t insanely long. The key to my leg-lengthening looks lies in the tailoring. Let me explain…

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Self-Portrait Love

DRESS, HEELS (similar here), CLUTCH (similar here and here): Nordstrom

Ah, December 1st. The start of the best month of the year. The air is crisp. The town is bustling with new faces from all over. And my bank account is dwindling…

… from buying gifts.

Yeah right.

Let’s be real. Every. Single. Time. I visit Nordstrom, I find something cute, like this Self-Portrait dress, and buy it without hesitation. Besides, ‘tis the season for Art Basel and holiday parities so dresses like this one come in handy. Trust me…

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One Blazer, Two Ways Pt. 2

BLAZER, SILK BLOUSE (similar styles here and here), SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES (similar styles here and here), NUDE HEELS, BAG, WATCH: Nordstrom

Haaapppppppy Cyber Monday! Looking for a list of sales? Click here.

Ok, so last week I talked about investment pieces and why I splurge on items like this blazer. (Click here to read it.) I also promised to re-style it. Why? Because I know once you see this blazer again, buy it, you’ll love it forever, just as I do because it’s so versatile…

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Holiday Style from River Island

JACKET, GRAPHIC TEE, STUDDED JEANS, SLINGBACK HEELS, EARRINGS: (c/o) River Island

So, IRL I tend to be reserved. But when it comes to dressing, I’m the complete opposite. I’m risky. Bold. Confident. I know, seems counterintuitive especially being a blogger – but it’s true!

I’m a homebody. I love snuggling up with my boyfriend while watching movies
on a Saturday night. I love cooking with him. I love reading (when I can find the time). Listening to geeky podcasts. Writing. Taking steamy baths and drinking wine. Decorating my apartment. I love it all… my “me time” at home is always super important to me!

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Sales, sales, sales

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I don’t do this often (work on a holiday that is) but when I do, I go big.

Black Friday is almost here. Cyber Monday is days away. That means ITS OFFICIALLY THE BEST SHOPPING WEEK OF THE YEAR. (sorry for screaming, I’m just really excited) So to help you max your credit cards reach your shopping goals, I’ve put together a quick list of all the BEST sales going on this week.

Let’s get to it…

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One Blazer, Two Ways Pt. 1

BLAZER, SILK BLOUSE, JEANS, TOTE, DIAMOND WATCH, HEELS: Nordstrom

Trust me, I’ve been there. When I first started working in PR, my salary was a joke. I BARELY made enough to eat cover my living expenses much less go shopping. The times I shopped, I bought my clothing from fast-fashion stores or from the “affordable” department at Nordstrom (you know which one I’m talking about). Never – never – never – ever designer.

I’d skip by designer and think to myself, “one day I’ll upgrade my wardrobe… hopefully by the time I’m 30.”

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