Friday Faves – My New York Shopping Haul

The last week in New York has been a blast, there’s nothing quite like New York Fashion Week! I love coming each year and this season was extra fun as my blog friend, turned amazing real life friend, Ashley from Afternoon Espresso and I got a fabulous apartment together in Chelsea.

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What I Wore: L.K.Bennett ‘Efina’ Lace Dress

There was lots of late night chats over rosé, sharing stories and speaking about things only a fellow blogger would just ‘get’. It was so much fun to re-visit living in a share apartment with a great friend (ahhh, sometimes I miss my early 20’s). Next week I’ll be bringing you more from NYFW, sharing outfits and trend forecasts – so stay tuned for all the insider info!

Of course, when you’re in New York for a few weeks shopping is inevitable. I thought I’d share a few things I’ve fallen in love with and just had to have…

Numero uno on my lust list? Guys, this perfume, Beach Walk from Replica by Maison Margiela, is incredible. There’s nothing that makes me feel prettier or more refreshed than a spritz of gorgeous fragrance. As soon as I smelt this one, I loved it and couldn’t stop thinking about it for days! Obviously, I had to go back and get it. The Replica by Maison Margiela collection is pretty special.  Each scent is created based on incredible moments in real life and the fragrances are just as blissful and true as the memory-evoking description. I also can’t stop thinking about this one called ‘By The Fireplace‘… it’s beyond beautiful – so moody and warm, it is the perfect scent for winter.

Speaking of cooler weather, I’m so excited for fall fashion! I’ve been loving all the amazing scarves (there’s nothing cozier than a big scarf), over-the-knee boots, stylish coats and distressed denim that have just landed at my favorite place to shop (they have everything and ship worldwide for free!). You can see all the new season arrivals here!

My New York Shopping Haul

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1.  Beach Walk from Replica by Maison Margiela    |    2.  Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Tint in ‘Peach Glow’ (my new favorite, I wore it all Fashion Week and received so many compliments)    |    3.  Moonrock Drop Earrings    |    4.  Moon Juice Beauty Dust (I recently started using this and it is INCREDIBLE, I ordered 8 more jars this week as I found a discount code… you can get 20% off here too)    |    5.  Jason Polan x Soludos Wink Espadrilles (only $75!)

 

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up – How To Wear Print Pants

Welcome to Style Sessions! I’ve been seriously loving the statement print pants trend that’s been around the last few years. Last season it was all about the colored jean and while they are still totally fabulous, there’s a new scene stealer in town… print pants. I was somewhat hesitant at first, after all could a loud print really be figure flattering? If you choose the right one, absolutely.

My tip is to look for pants that include darker hues, they will likely be more forgiving than lighter tones. I adore a mix of blue or navy, black and white – it will mean you can style it with so many colors!

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How To Wear Print Pants:   Vince Scuba Leather Jacket   |   Monochrome Color Block Tee (I also love this tee)   |   Silk Printed Pants (I also adore these pants)   |   Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag   |   Patent Black Heels (on sale) or Red Heels (similar)   |   Pave Earrings

Beauty: Primer | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (#3N1 – this is the holy grail of foundations!) | Beauty Blender | Concealer (NC30) | bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder (Illuminating) | Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer | NARS Blush (Deep Throat) | Benefit They’re Real Mascara | YSL Lipstick #13 Le Orange (also Kourtney Kardashian’s favorite lipstick color) | Perfume by Tocca in ‘Stella’ (it smells beautiful! You’ll always get asked “what perfume are you wearing?”) | Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Shell We Dance


In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday. 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! It’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

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How To Wear Print Pants

In addition to my love of print pants, I wanted to share with you my favorite, all time most adored wardrobe piece… this Vince Leather Jacket. I lusted after it for so long and the tipping point was when I saw it styled so gorgeously on Cupcakes & Cashmere. I saved up and had to have it.

I’m such a believer that you don’t need to spend much on ‘trend’ pieces, but when it comes to timeless wardrobe staples, investing in a quality piece with a great cut is paramount. For me, that is certainly a leather jacket

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How To Wear Print Pants:   Vince Scuba Leather Jacket   |   Monochrome Color Block Tee (I also love this tee)   |   Silk Printed Pants (I also adore these pants)   |   Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag   |   Patent Black Heels (on sale) or Red Heels (similar)   |   Pave Earrings

Beauty: Primer | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (#3N1 – this is the holy grail of foundations!) | Beauty Blender | Concealer (NC30) | bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder (Illuminating) | Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer | NARS Blush (Deep Throat) | Benefit They’re Real Mascara | YSL Lipstick #13 Le Orange (also Kourtney Kardashian’s favorite lipstick color) | Perfume by Tocca in ‘Stella’ (it smells beautiful! You’ll always get asked “what perfume are you wearing?”) | Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Shell We Dance

Adding a couple of high quality pieces to your closet and mixing them with less expensive trend items is the way to go! When you have gorgeous staples, it will allow your style to transcend season after season and when you pair them with inexpensive items, you’ll still look like a million bucks. My other closet staple is this Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag (yes, it’s here every week – it just works with everything!). Tell me… what’s on your splurge wish list right now?

Today, you’ll also notice that I couldn’t decide between red patent or black patent heels with this look – so I wanted to show you both! Which color do you like best?

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How To Wear Print Pants:   Vince Scuba Leather Jacket   |   Monochrome Color Block Tee (I also love this tee)   |   Silk Printed Pants (I also adore these pants)   |   Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag   |   Patent Black Heels (on sale) or Red Heels (similar)   |   Pave Earrings

Beauty: Primer | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (#3N1 – this is the holy grail of foundations!) | Beauty Blender | Concealer (NC30) | bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder (Illuminating) | Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer | NARS Blush (Deep Throat) | Benefit They’re Real Mascara | YSL Lipstick #13 Le Orange (also Kourtney Kardashian’s favorite lipstick color) | Perfume by Tocca in ‘Stella’ (it smells beautiful! You’ll always get asked “what perfume are you wearing?”) | Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Shell We Dance

 

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Perfect Christmas Outfits and Gift Ideas with Tommy Hilfiger at Macy’s

This post is sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, only at Macy’s.

With Christmas only two weeks away, it’s time to start planning cute holiday outfits and finish your gift shopping! I’m delighted to partner with the ready to wear: Tommy Hilfiger collection, available exclusively at Macy’s, to share some of my must-have pieces of the season and my top picks for chic gifts!

Before I share my gift ideas, I had to show you my absolute favorite thing from the new Tommy Hilfiger collection: this poncho. Oh my gosh, girls, it’s so cozy, comfy and warm! I’ve recently become completely obsessed with ponchos. They are super easy to wear and look perfect layered over a simple tee or sweater. Then just add your skinny jeans and a cute pair of flats or boots. I also love relaxing at home in a poncho, there’s nothing more comfy or cozy…

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Tommy Hilfiger: Striped Fringe Poncho and Skinny Jeans

I also think this gorgeous poncho makes an amazing gift idea, particularly as the free-size suits anyone!

For an effortlessly stylish look when visiting family and friends at Christmas, you can’t go past a pair of tailored skinny jeans, a cream sweater and a warm, cozy coat. When I was at Fashion Week in September, khaki was one of the biggest color trends – it was everywhere! So this faux-fur trimmed khaki coat is definitely my top pick for casual chic…

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Tommy Hilfiger: Cowl Neck Sweater (also in red), Skinny Jeans, Khaki Faux Fur Hooded Coat

 

Another great outfit for the holidays is a stylish black quilted jacket (I adore this one from Tommy Hilfiger, it’s tailored in such a feminine way), dark denim jeans and a cute winter sweater. They say simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, so pairing black, grey and ink blue will always look stunning! The little fox makes it such a fun, playful look for Christmas…

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Tommy Hilfiger:  Quilted Jacket (also in navy and red), Fox Sweater and Skinny Leggings Jeans

 

This leads me into sharing one of my favorite gift ideas for Christmas – a cozy sweater! Ahh, I love love love sweaters! They’re an absolute style staple and a much-loved piece year after year. Tommy Hilfiger have such a fabulous collection; they are all really well tailored and truly do look and feel beautiful on. Here are a few of my top picks from the collection at Macy’s…

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Tommy Hilfiger: Straight Leg Jeans, Black and White Print Cardigan, Pink Rose Metallic Sweater, Cream Belted Sweater Jacket

 

This is just a glimpse of the huge Tommy Hilfiger range at Macy’s… from men’s, women’s, kids, footwear, accessories and more – it’s definitely worth checking out to create your own stylish winter wardrobe and to pick up gifts people will be genuinely excited about.

Shop the holiday gift giving assortment from Tommy Hilfiger only at Macy’s in store or online at macys.com/tommyhilfiger.

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The Style Elixir Holiday Shop Is Open

I am delighted to advise the Style Elixir Holiday Shop is now open for 2014. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, seasonal stationary and note cards, a gorgeous party dress, or homewares and decor, you’ll find it by clicking the ‘shop’ tab above. I’ll be adding new things all the time, be sure to check back so you don’t miss out on something gorgeous, gold and sparkly…

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Sale Alert: Black Friday with Hollister

(This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hollister Co for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% my own).

As mentioned on Monday, I’ve been looking forward to this week – it marks the start of my favorite time of year, a month of festivites with family and friends… and of course, the Black Friday sales!

It’s the perfect opportunity to not only treat yourself with a new season wardrobe update, but also find the perfect Christmas gifts at amazing prices. I usually try to be organized and spend some time this week thinking of people I need to buy presents for, then devise a plan on where and what to target on Black Friday.

Today, I thought I’d share a few things on my Black Friday sale wish list from Hollister Co, which double as Christmas presents to myself.  (Yes, I have been known to wrap gifts for myself and place them under the Christmas tree. I do this each year, but particularly back when I was a single gal – I thought if I don’t have someone to buy an expensive gift for, I can treat myself!)

This year, I know Hollister are going big with their sale offers and opening extra early starting at 8pm on Thanksgiving night at most malls around the country. They’re also adding a little eye candy to your visit, with handsome Hollister Lifeguards in-store (to keep up with the action Like Hollister on Facebook, Follow @HollisterCo on Twitter, or Follow @HollisterCo on Instagram!).

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Item Details:   Plaid Shirt   |   Sweater   |   Skinny Jeans   |   Necklace   |   Denim Shirt   |   Sneakers   |   Plaid Scarf

I adore these laid-back wardrobe staples, including one of the most popular prints this season – plaid! I’ve developed a real thing for plaid button-up’s, they are such an easy way to look effortlessly polished and put together.  I adore the colors in this shirt and it works so well with multiple layers, providing the perfect peek of pattern underneath a stylish cream sweater. Or if a touch of plaid is more your thing, a scarf is a great way to incorporate this trend.

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Aloha Hoapili translates as Hello Close Friend. So, without further ado let me introduce you to this week’s featured friend… Aimy Michelle at The Ramblings of Aimy MichelleAimy blogs all about books, love and life in general. Want a little taste of her blog? Check out these posts: A Book Review and a GiveawayThe Internet is Funny and VoxBox Review.

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Aloha Hoapili translates as “Hello Close Friend”. So, without further ado, meet this week’s featured friend… Melissa at This Girls LifeMelissa blogs all about DIY, food and the adventures of life! Want a little taste of her blog? See these posts… Tips for Happy FeetDIY Spring Wreath and Cake Mix Cookies.



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Welcome to WEEK 55 of the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!  

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What do  you have to do to enter?  Just link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop below. It’s that easy! Each week we will pick one person to featured at random and invite you all to say Aloha…

Aloha Hoapili translates as ‘Hello Close Friend’. So without further ado, let me introduce you to this week’s featured friend… Karina at Mom In The USAKarina blogs all about charities, decor, jewellery and much more! Want a little taste of her blog? Check out these posts to find out what you’ve been missing: Giving Back In MayGood For You and Did You Know?


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Welcome to week 54 of the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!  

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Girl Talk: Getting To Know You + Me!

I’m super excited to announce, I’ll soon be revealing a brand new blog design! Yes, Style Elixir is having a fashion makeover and I can’t wait to show you. As part of this, I’d love to create a new ‘About’ section. One of my absolute favorite things associated with blogging has been getting to know you all and it got me thinking, what would you like to know about me?

I thought it would be fun to open things up and today, I’d love you to ask me anything! I’m sure this will help me create the perfect About page. 

I adore how well my sister and I know each other (I also love fun girly chats over champagne!)



So, imagine we’re sitting down for a girly chat over a champagne or two… what do you want to know? It can be anything, like what’s your favorite comfort food (it’s spaghetti bolognaise by the way), or how tall are you? How old are you? What’s your fitness routine? Simply comment below and ask me anything and everything!

Oh, and if you like why not answer your own question too? That way I’ll also learn about you (we may even find we’re twinnies who love the same things!)

Have a fantastic Thursday and I can’t wait to read all the things you want to know…

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