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In-Between Season – The Perfect Spring Outfit Transition


So it’s not as cold as it was… but it’s certainly not bikini weather yet! We’re rapidly approaching the season of transition outfits, where it’s all about carefully selected layers and fabrics to see you comfortably through the day. A chic palette of neutral tones and dusty pinks will see you looking oh-so-polished through into spring. Here is one of my ideas for the perfect spring outfit…

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Latest Looks – You Vote


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! Today we’re taking a little flash back at my latest looks and I’d love to know your thoughts on which one you like best… vote below and leave a comment!

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

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Latest Looks – You Vote…

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Chambray and tulle:  Top    |    Skirt (this black version is also fab!)   |    Necklace (similar)    |    Ring    |    Bracelet Set    |    Shoes    |    Belt

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

 
 
 

 Outfit Two…

Black on Black:  Leather Jacket    |   Dress    |    Clutch    |    Heels    |    Sunglasses

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |   Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss (I am obsessed with the color and how this tubs clicks open, so fabulous!)

 
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Outfit Three…

Denim on denim:  Shirt    |    Jeans    |    Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Belt    |    Handbag    |    Sunglasses    |    Shoes

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

 
 
 

Outfit Four…

Wear a Dress in Winter:  Dress (similar on sale!)    |    Scarf    |    Handbag    |    Boots    |    Tights    |     Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Hat (similar)    |    Jacket c/o

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

 

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Meet Our Head Stylist…

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Ann from Step Inside My Closet! I was delighted to have Ann as a Co-Host of Friday’s Fab Favorites this past weekend – and I simply adored this look she recently linked up!

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STYLE Q&A WITH ANN:

How would you describe your style? Traditional girl by heart, with a twist of appreciation for new trends and street style!

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I am loving the current trend of graphic t-shirts, sweaters, etc. It gives a fashionable girl a way of making a statement whether she’s off to the gym, her job, or a night out with friends. It’s all in the versatility of making your statement fashionable.

What inspired you to start your blog? Everyone was always so inquisitive on where I got my things! Although sometimes they were items on repeat, people still thought I was wearing new clothes everyday, so my new hobby became perfecting my style! I then decided to combine my love of writing and my hobby of styling into my blog.

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: You are what you eat! So my first thing I couldn’t live without is tons of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It elevates your mood and leaves you with glowing skin. My second must have is veggies! I love making my own avocado masks because it leaves my face feeling incredibly soft and fresh. Lastly, I love taking epsom salt baths to rid my body of any toxins. I love finding epsom salts infused with lavender for some relaxation.

What is your best beauty trick? If your eyes are feeling tired I love putting cold green or black tea bags on my eyes to wake them up a little bit. Then, instead of using black liner along the lower bottom lashes, which makes your eyes look smaller, sometimes I use a deep olive or emerald color with a little bit of shimmer to line my eyes with instead. It instantly brightens up your eyes!

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? New York City! Every corner of New York is a different trend, it’s an eclectic and shimmering jewelry box of fashion! 

Tell us something not many people know about you? I was bullied very profusely in school and instead of that taking power over me, I turned it into leaving the small town bubble behind of the nasty girls. I then opened myself up to engaging readers and friends to not dwell on my past, but focus on a fabulous future of fashion, travel, and embracing the positive things in life. 

To discover more about Ann, visit Step Inside My Closet!

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Fab Favorites Link Up: My New Stuart Weitzman Boots on Sale


Happy Friday! I hope you’ve enjoyed a beautiful week, mine has been so much fun in New York. Have you seen my NYFW runway reports for the Mara Hoffman and Zimmermann shows? I am so excited for fall already and basically want everything in their collections!

Oh and I have to quickly tell you my incredible purchase of the week… I got these Stuart Weitzman boots on sale – 50% off! There is a big sale on at the moment and everything is so gorgeous, I’m delighted I found a pair of these iconic boots at such a great price. I was trying to decide between these ‘FIFO’ tall flat boots and these suede heeled boots, I adored both (and wish I could have got both!), but went for these suede boots and they are perfection! The photos really don’t do them justice, they’re amazing in real-life (side-note, all the Stuart Weitzman shoes fit ‘true to size’).

It’s sooo cold in NYC today (currently 4°F!), needless to say I’m spending most of the day inside. Inspired by this, I wanted to share some of my cool-weather favorites – the best part is, most are currently on sale (and they’re timeless, so you’ll be able to wear them right now and next season too).

What is your go-to in cold weather? I have recently stocked up on cashmere sweaters, they are perfect for layering and oh-so-soft to wear (fun fact, cashmere is 50% warmer than wool). I’m also obsessed with these leather tech gloves (they allow you to use your touch-screen phone) and I’ve been living in this classic hat – it’s the perfect touch to an outfit and keeps you so warm!

Winter Favorites Fab Favorites Link Up: My New Stuart Weitzman Boots on Sale Currently Covet – Winter Favorites:    Jeans    |    Faux Fur Coat    |    Tech Gloves (love that these work with touch-screen phones, genius!)    |    Leopard Scarf    |       Hat    |    Stuart Weitzman Boots on sale!

 

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For this week’s Co-Host I’m excited to introduce Ann from Step Inside My Closet.  Don’t forget to stop by and say hello! Remember… you can share anything in the link up – a previous post, or a post about your favorite things. Whatever takes your fancy! If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details.

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New York Fashion Week Runway Report – Zimmermann Fall 2015 Show


Following my recap of the Tadashi Shoji and Mara Hoffman shows at New York Fashion Week, today I’m thrilled to share one of the hottest labels (Olivia Palermo is a major fan). Ladies, you’re in for a treat – this is the stunning Zimmermann Fall 2015 collection…

I am always fascinated by stories of where designers gain their inspiration and Nicky Zimmermann painted such a beautiful picture with hers, “I have vivid memories of growing up in suburban Sydney and my parents hosting, what I thought at the time, were very glamorous dinner parties. It was less about the clothes and the setting, and maybe more about that feeling of excitement and sense of occasion, which created a starting point for the collection. I’ve worked with an offbeat but dynamic colour palette influenced from various interiors references of the 60s. This season I wanted to work with a more streamlined and elongated A-line silhouette so the collection was more structured, and less free and flowing than last season”.

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Exuding bohemian luxe and an ethereal whimsy Zimmermann is renowned for, the collection features paisley prints, soft pastels, chic pops of rich color, lace, gold embellishments and of course one of the most fabulous hat collections I’ve seen in a long time (further fueling my addition to this must-have accessory).

In addition to stunning clothes, fashion week is also pivotal for setting the direction for beauty and hair trends. Zimmermann’s nod to 60’s style was infused with modern execution of bold black eyeliner, nude lips and soft hair pulled back into loose pony tails.

A scan of those coveted front row seats found none other than style queen Olivia Palermo, as well as starlets including Jessica Szohr, Jess Hart and Alexandra Agoston.

I’d love to know your thoughts, what are your favorite pieces in the collection? I am obsessed with all those incredible coats – the colors are perfection (I need that long pink coat, pictured above, in my life)! I’ve proclaimed my love of effortless style many times and season after season Zimmermann embodies this implicitly. You can find and shop the entire Zimmermann collection here!

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New York Fashion Week Runway Report – Mara Hoffman Fall 2015 Show


As promised, I’m excited to share some of my adventures at New York Fashion Week! It’s been a brilliant week so far and I’ve been privileged to see some incredible shows, including Mara Hoffman, Tommy Hilfiger, Zimmermann and Jay Godfrey among others. The long and short of it is, we’ve got some gorrrgeous fashion to look forward to!

Over the next few days I will be sharing them all with you and today, we’ll start things with the Mara Hoffman Fall 2015 show. I adore the neutral tones, earthy pops of color, striking prints and most of all, the stunning gold metallic details. In addition to clothing, fashion week also highlights major hair and beauty trends – and based on the Mara Hoffman Fall 2015 show, it looks like boho-chic braids will definitely be in!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, which looks do you love most? What colors are you excited to see in Fall fashion?

 

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Chambray and Tulle


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! The last few days have been so busy with New York Fashion Week events and shows… it has been brilliant! If we’re connected on Instagram, you would have seen exclusive peeks of the beautiful fashion shows I’ve attended – my favorite so far has been Tommy Hilfiger on Monday morning, it was incredible. As you walked in and saw the football field, it was certainly a wow moment! Stay tuned, I’ll be doing a recap this week and will share all the fabulous details.

13 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Chambray and Tulle How to wear chambray and tulle:  Top    |    Skirt (this black version is also fab!)   |    Necklace (similar)    |    Ring    |    Bracelet Set    |    Shoes    |    Belt

 Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

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Chambray and Tulle…

22 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Chambray and Tulle How to wear chambray and tulle:  Top    |    Skirt (this black version is also fab!)   |    Necklace (similar)    |    Ring    |    Bracelet Set    |    Shoes    |    Belt

 Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

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 Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

 

Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Chelsea from Ginger Side of Life! I love this chic Winter look she recently shared on her blog…

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STYLE Q&A WITH CHELSEA:

How would you describe your style? Classic and feminine meets preppy with a splash of leather edginess.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I am not sure if it is a trend, but I am literally head over heels in love with turtlenecks. I know, kind of lame, but no joke, love them to pieces. I talk about loving them so much at work, that my office mate now indulges me every time I wear a turtleneck by saying, “ooo, love your turtleneck.” Then we burst out laughing because I really love them that much and basically have set up weekly compliments from my office mate to boost my turtleneck ego!

What inspired you to start your blog? The short version is that at the end of 2013, I resolved to get a hobby. Sounds harsh but its the truth. I had been spending so much time consumed at work that I suddenly realized I had no hobbies but work. So I was laying in bed, browsing blogs and decided, “yes, I will start a blog, that will be my new hobby.” And oh what a rude awakening for my previously hobby-less self because starting a blog is no easy feat. I can proudly say, now almost a year in, my hobby has turned into an entirely new set of coding, photoshop, and wordpress skills that I could never have accomplished without the drive to “get a hobby.” Also, I learned how much I truly love playing dress up. So my 2013 resolution is most likely the first and last resolution I set for myself, because between you and me, resolutions are a dangerous time commitment!

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: the NARS skin care line, Benefit High Beam complexion enhancer and this Chanel lipstick.

What is your best beauty trick? Floss. Not joking. I mean how many times have you been to the dentist and he/she said, “you really should floss more.” Well, aside from basic hygiene, after every time I floss, I feel like my smile is bigger and what is a better outfit complement than a beautiful smile?

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? Cinque Terre, Italy. I visited while still in college with my boyfriend and we both fell in love with the quaint town of Riomaggiore. I love that it feels like time stops there. People are playing chess on benches, waves crashing on ancient cliffs and the absence of cars makes it easy to imagine what life would have been like years before.

Tell us something not many people know about you? When I was in 5th and 6th grade, I participated in an American Girl Fashion Show in Los Angeles. One guess who I was? Any takers? Oh, well, I will tell you, I was Felicity. See the resemblance? This fashion show was my dream materialized in real life. I got to wear multiple Felicity outfits, and walk down a runway. I totally hammed it up too.

To discover more about Chelsea, visit Ginger Side of Life!

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New York Fashion Week – Runway Report: Tadashi Shoji Fall 2015 Show


It’s day one of New York Fashion Week and I started it in the best way possible… at the Tadashi Shoji Fall 2015 show. As many of you may know, Tadashi Shoji is a leading fashion designer who creates the most exquisite gowns, separates and accessories for the every day woman, to leading red carpet celebs. I recently wore one of my Tadashi Shoji dresses to a ball Chris and I attended, the fit is perfection and even more than that, it feels incredible to wear.

He’s one of my absolute favorite designers, so it was such a privilege to attend the show at New York Fashion Week. Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2015 collection was inspired by the joy of flight – and that feeling truly transcended onto the runway. Ethereal silhouettes sparkled in lighter-than-air gowns created with the finest silk organza and hand-cut tulle, delicate embellishments glistened and feathered skirts epitomized the other-worldly beauty synonymous with Tadashi’s collections.

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Black, ivory and bold jewel tones were dominant colors throughout the collection. It also looks like capes are set to return again as a key trend next Fall, with Tadashi imbuing such glamor into this must-have piece.

You’ll find an extensive range of Tadashi Shoji here (including special sale items from this current season). I adore my gown and have to tell you, I think Tadashi just ‘gets’ a woman’s body type… everything from the cut, to the fabric, the fit, the color and the embellishments… it is absolute perfection.

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For this week’s Co-Host I’m excited to introduce Carrie from A Lovely Little Wardrobe. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello! Remember… you can share anything in the Fab Favorites link up – a previous post, or a post about your favorite things. Whatever takes your fancy! If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details.

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: How To Wear A Dress In Winter


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! This week I’m in New York for Fashion Week and am thrilled to bring you coverage of the shows I’m at each day… be sure to check back here daily to see my NYC adventures in fashion! I’ll also be Instagramming of course, so if we haven’t already, let’s connect!

Today I’m sharing how to wear a dress in winter – just add opaque tights! A simple grey sweater dress is the ideal canvas for layering things like this cute polka dot scarf and this cosy down jacket from Snowman New York… I love how feminine and slimline it is – the perfect answer to looking cute and staying warm. Of course, no winter outfit of mine would be complete without these boots and my daily go-to Marc Jacobs handbag.

1 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: How To Wear A Dress In Winter How to Wear a Dress in Winter:  Dress (similar on sale!)    |    Scarf    |    Handbag    |    Boots    |    Tights    |     Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Hat (similar)    |    Jacket c/o

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog. Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

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How To Wear A Dress In Winter…

21 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: How To Wear A Dress In Winter How to Wear a Dress in Winter:  Dress (similar on sale!)    |    Scarf    |    Handbag    |    Boots    |    Tights    |     Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Hat (similar)    |    Jacket c/o

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

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111 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: How To Wear A Dress In Winter How to Wear a Dress in Winter:  Dress (similar on sale!)    |    Scarf    |    Handbag    |    Boots    |    Tights    |     Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Hat (similar)    |    Jacket c/o

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Alecia from La Joie de Vivre! I’m a little obsessed with these over the knew boots, aren’t you? I’m currently on the hunt for a pair…

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 STYLE Q&A WITH ALECIA:

How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as very classic with an edge.  Having worked in a law firm for 5 years, my closet evolved around classic styles.  However, in an attempt to never be boring I always tried (and still try) to add an edge to classic looks, whether it’s through a zipper detailing or a classic piece with an edgy shoe or accessory.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I absolutely love the cape trend.  I remember my mom wearing capes when I was young then they went out of style.  I always loved them when she wore them but they never really came back into style until recently again.  I think it’s such a classic look!

What inspired you to start your blog? Having worked as an attorney for a little over 5 years, I needed a creative outlet that my every day 9-5 job was not providing.  After relocating when my husband and I got married, I decided to take a leap and start La Joie de Vivre and work as a full time blogger.  I couldn’t be happier with that decision!

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: Bliss oxygen mask, I use it about 2-3 times a week depending on my skin’s need, it’s amazing to pull out impurities and prevent breakouts! Chanel moisturizer, I’m kind of obsessed.  I’v been using it for years and have tried alternatives and keep coming back to Chanel.  St. Tropez self tanning mousse, I cannot live without it.

What is your best beauty trick? I’m not sure how much of a trick it is, but if you are feeling tired or just want your eyes to pop and look bigger, line your waterline with white eyeliner.  It will make your eyes glow and make them look bigger and brighter!

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? Italy has been on my list for years!  My husband used to work in Italy so that will be our next big vacation destination!

Tell us something not many people know about you? My close friends all know this, but probably most of my readers don’t know that I used to be an elite level gymnast.  I was a four year member of the U.S. Senior National Team, competed internationally representing the US in places such as Switzerland and South Africa, and qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials.  I also was a scholarship gymnast in college and a two-time All American.

To discover more about Alecia, visit La Joie de Vivre!

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Fab Favorites Link Up: Accessorize The Perfect Date Night Outfit


Love will definitely be in the air this week – next Saturday is Valentine’s Day! If you’re heading out on a date with your Valentine, you’ll want to look special… but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot – or buy a new dress. One of my favorite tricks for updating your current wardrobe is accessorizing. A statement necklace, beautiful earrings, cute shoes or a stunning lipstick and lush lashes all go a long way to revamping your look without doing (or spending) a whole lot.

These are a few of my favorite accessories, guaranteed to work with your little black dress. Here’s your guide to creating the perfect date night outfit in no time…

VDAY Fab Favorites Link Up: Accessorize The Perfect Date Night Outfit Accessories For The Perfect Date Night Outfit:  Shoes    |    Earrings    |    Necklace (on sale limited time)    |    Lashes    |    Clutch (on sale)    |    Heart Ring Set    |    Lipstick (Color: ‘Alexander’, it’s a beautiful pink on all skin tones)

 

 

feb 36 Fab Favorites Link Up: Accessorize The Perfect Date Night Outfit Style Elixir (follow here!)   |   Doused In Pink (follow here!)

For this week’s Co-Host I’m excited to introduce Jill from Doused In Pink . Don’t forget to stop by and say hello! Remember… you can share anything in the link up – a previous post, or a post about your favorite things. Whatever takes your fancy! If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details.

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How To Pack For New York Fashion Week + My Travel Outfit Essentials


Over the next month I’m doing lots of travel for work and the highlight is certainly New York Fashion Week. It’s freeeezing in New York right now, so obviously a warm coat, cosy scarf and boots are essential. But when packing my suitcases (yes, there are multiple suitcases), it always makes me realize the style staples every woman needs in her closet… because when you’re traveling, you get reacquainted with those key items that can be easily mixed and are effortlessly chic.

While you may want to follow the latest trends (after all, that’s what Fashion Week is all about!), when it comes to answering the age-old question of how to pack, I personally think simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. Remember, classic and well-tailored pieces will never go out of style. So what are mine? A great white tee, a dazzling statement necklace (choose a clear crystal color, it will match with anything!), black patent heels, dark denim jeans (darker colors always look more stylish), a tailored blazer (J.Crew on sale!) and a gorgeous leather handbag.

Oh and of course, a stunning lipstick goes a long way for instant glam! These are the basics you need to create outfits that are timeless and always in-vogue. What are your fashion must-haves for easy, effortless style that looks perfectly polished?

Collage 1 How To Pack For New York Fashion Week + My Travel Outfit Essentials

 

How To Pack + My Travel Outfit Essentials:  Necklace   |   Lipstick #19 ‘Fuchsia in Rage’   |   Blazer (on sale!)   |   White Tee (on sale!)   |   Earrings   |   Dark Denim Jeans   |   Heels (the comfiest heels I’ve ever owned, you could run in these!)   |   Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag (this is the bag I’ve carried almost every day for four years, it truly is the best!)

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