Faux Fur…

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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FUR VEST: Forever 21 / DRESS: Forever 21 (similar) / BOOTIES: BCBGENERATION / TIGHTS: Donna Karan CLUTCH: Tory Burch (old, similar here) / WATCH: Marc Jacobs / BRACELETS: Swarovski & BTBJewelry / RINGS: H&M

Faux fur is always so fun to dress up- especially when worn to a Christmas party! Paired with a flowy dress, tights, and booties, you can’t go wrong with layering your outfit with a faux fur vest. I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and have plenty of holiday parties, gifts to wrap, and cookies to bake in the next week! :)

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Leave A Little Sparkle…

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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Every year, around this time, we are faced with so many occasions, holiday parties, shopping dates, gifts to wrap, food to cook, and people to entertain – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We’re constantly on GO. We’re thinking. We’re doing. We’re anxious. We’re excited.

And we’re wondering what we’ll receive this year for Christmas. In the midst of all this chaos, our minds are on overdrive to find the perfect gift, outfit, etc. But are we really living in the spirit of Christmas?

Giving and receiving presents may be what our world has created Christmas to be, but there is so much more to the value of giving that I am afraid a lot of us (including myself) have looked passed more than once in our lives.

In the world we leave in, we value gifts based on how much we will be spending, what it took to get the present, and the reaction we see once our family or friends open our gifts. All this is very nice, but we have grown so accustomed to the traditional world of gift giving, that I feel it sort of has lost it’s sparkle in a way.

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Yes, Kate Spade handbags and Sephora gift cards (hear me mom?) are always a great gift to give and receive, but at the end of the day, all that every person needs in this world is love.

As 2014 comes to a close, I want us to take the last few weeks of December to be givers of love. And there are SO many ways we can do so.

Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Lend your brother money for his school lunch. Pick up the tab. Write a love note. Pay for a random person’s toll. Buy your boss coffee. Spend a little extra time talking to your mom. Donate to a charity. Put a smile on someone’s face.

Now you may be thinking…these are all gestures I can do anytime of the year…why now? And that’s what makes Christmas so special. It’s the perfect time of year to reflect on these little gestures that actually mean a lot, and see what we have done in the past year. Some of us may do so on a daily basis, others may not. No matter the case, I want us to take this time between now and Christmas to leave a little sparkle and continue to do so throughout the new year.

I want you to join me on this love crusade, and I would love to see how you impact your life through giving. Follow me on Instagram @sparkleingold, and feel free to post any pictures as you spread love to the people around you with #leavealittlesparkle.

Let’s be the givers. Let’s bring on the love. Let’s leave a little sparkle.

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Stripes On Stripes…

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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JACKET: Forever 21/ SHIRT: J.Crew / SKIRT: J.Crew (on super sale!!) / SHOES: Nine West (similar here) / CLUTCH: Tory Burch (old, similar here) / WATCH: Marc Jacobs / EARRINGS: J.Crew / LIPSTICK: Chanel

One word: stripes. Let’s just say I have had a fancy obsession with them for as long as I can remember. One may say there are so many ways you can go wrong with stripes, but I feel there are so many ways you can go right with them, especially when paired with great accent pieces. I snagged this J.Crew Turtleneck earlier in the Fall, and I just don’t want to stop wearing it! This outfit is a fun and simple way to lighten up the black and whites of winter, and you can’t go wrong with a mod, tan coat!

Have a great one, loves!

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Winter Sparkle…

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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SWEATER: Forever 21 / SHIRT: J.Crew / SEQUIN LEGGINGS: Nordstrom / SHOES: Steve Madden (stellar price right now!) / CLUTCH: Asos (sold out, similar here) / SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban / WATCH: Marc Jacobs / BRACELETS: Swarovski & BTBJewelry

Ahhh these sequin leggings…literally the best purchase I have made for this holiday season. As you know sparkle is my thing (gold sparkle particularly ;) ), and when I found these, I knew they had to be a staple in my closest. The holiday season is a great time to had a little fun to your wardrobe, and these leggings are the best way to do so! And honestly, they can be dressed up for a night out, or dressed down for a day full of Christmas shopping!

I decided to dress up this number with pumps (Nordstrom as sooo many pairs for you to wear at holiday gatherings!), yet kept the top simples with a sweater layered over an oversized shirt. Comfy, yet classy ;)

Have a great Wednesday, sweets!

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Prep In My Step…

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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VEST: J.Crew (sold out, similar here, 30% with code MONDAY) / SHIRT: Max Studio / PANTS: Lord and Taylor / BOOTS: Nordstrom (similar) / SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban / NECKLACE: J.Crew / CLUTCH: Linmade (similar here) / WATCH: Marc Jacobs / BRACELETS: BTBJewelry and Swarovski / RING: Lulu’s (sold out, similar here)

This look is a great way to pull off a cute and laid-back look (vests are my new all time favorite, btw!). Plus, most of the items are on MEGA sale right now because of Cyber Monday (J.Crew having the best sale yet!) I hope you all shopped your little hearts out!

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Colors of Fall…

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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COAT: Elie Tahari (similar) / DRESS: ASOS (similar) / BOOTIES: Aldo (on sale!!) / HANDBAG: The Limited (similar style here) / HEADWRAP: Forever 21 (similar here & here) / RING: LuLu’s /

LIPSTICK: Chanel “Crushed Cherry”

Confession: I HATE the cold. I have lived in New England all my life, and every year around this time I ask myself why. Single digit temps are just not my thing, guys! Since the brisk weather is something I can’t avoid here, coats have become a slightly over-stock in my closest, this Elie Tahari Coat being one of them! Paired with this dress, also styled earlier here, and the cutest headwrap, this style is honestly the perfect outfit for any holiday party (can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week!!). Hoping you all are keeping youself warm & cozy during these chilly days!

Happy Wednesday!

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Bestie…

 Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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The gift giving season is fast approaching, and though I LOVE this time of year (gift giving is one of my favorites), finding the perfect present let alone the perfect present for your BESTIE can be stressful at times. How can the person you know so well and who literally loves everything you do be so hard to shop for? Well ladies, I wanted to make this year a little easier for you, so I created a Holiday Gift Guide for the Bestie! The items I found are perfect for the holiday season, yet can still be used after the holidays are way over. Also, all these finds are from Nordstrom, which is a great place to shop especially for presents because the exchange policy is AMAZING (but you’re gift will be so fab, I highly doubt there will be any returns)!

Till next time, sweets!

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