Thursday, January 22

Inspired to cut



I had some really dark days when it comes to my hair. Dark as in truly dark, and dark as in scary. Growing up, I was a blonde and I loved it. Lightened in the summer by the sun, it was the perfect color for me. Despite a really bad bowl cut hair cut in third grade that I'm still scarred by to this day, I really loved my hair.

Around middle school, it started going dark; before I knew it, I was almost a full-on brunette. I knew I had to do something or I would be stuck with my mousy brown hair. I got highlights, and that lasted for a while... Until I realized the cost and decided home-dying would be the way to go. Skip ahead a few years and I am a brassy blonde (not a great look) graduating high school. My hair has never been very good at growing out long, as it is fine and easily broken; however I couldn't commit to a short cut. After a brief incident with a friend and a box of hair dye that left me with nearly black hair, I decided the salon highlights was the only way to go. That has been my motto ever since.

My color is working for me, but I'm finally bored with the style. I've done layers, styled it differently, but I'm honestly just bored. I'm considering taking the plunge and chopping off a couple of inches, leaving me with something a little closer to shoulder-length. So many celebs are taking the plunge and I'm loving their style; who says I wouldn't love it on myself? After all, it will grow back eventually.

What do you think of the shorter cuts?




Brooklyn Decker Haircut






XO
Amanda

Wednesday, January 21

Kate Spade Saturday Secret Sale

Try saying that ten times fast.

The sister site to kate spade new york, Saturday, is running a secret sale - with up to 75% off a ton of great finds! They have everything from housewares to shoes, dresses to accessories. You can definitely get some amazing pieces, whether you're shopping for this season or next. 

Some of my favorite finds, starting at $36.




The cut of this pretty skirt makes it flirty while still being work-appropriate. It also comes in black and ribbon blue!


If you've read any fashion magazine in the past few months, you know that 70's style is making a comeback. This funky geometric pattern hits the mark.


LONG A WALLET $95 $38
This leather colorblock wallet is perfect for holding your many important things. (Namely, your credit card.)


I'm always on the hunt for the perfect cableknit sweater, and I love this one in cream. The price makes it an especially good find.


I.D. LOAFERS $160 $48
This staple menswear shoe is exactly what you've been looking for. The mix of leather and patent leather makes for a classy look.


CAPE TOP $110 $55
This top drapes in all of the right places, and the cropped length makes it a perfect pair with a skirt or pants.


SATUR-DATE HEELS $195 $59
Not only is this a great deal, but it also has a perfectly chunky heel and pretty gold detailing. It also comes in black.


This leather bag is the perfect everyday tote to hold everything you need. Working girls, this is a find! It also comes in a bright blue.


A-LINE COAT $290 $116
This coat with Thinsulate will keep you warm and looking stylish in fuchsia. It also comes in teal if you're looking for a different pop of color, and black if you're looking for a classic.




XO
Amanda

Tuesday, January 20

Dreaming of spring

The sun is shining (I even pulled out my sunglasses) and the temperature has reached 45°. It might as well be 70° for how joyous I am about the weather! I know we have at least two (probably three) more months of cold, but I can't help but look forward to spring.

Spring has always been my favorite season; all of the plants that froze come back to life, the days start getting longer and you get to pull out all of the clothes that you hid away the second the slightest hint of fall showed itself. Light, airy dresses, sandals and skirts come back into rotation. And it's the best.

Thankfully pastels are definitely in for winter, so I picked out some of my favorite sale pieces to give me warm-weather vibes. These pieces won't go to waste, as they'll live in your closet all the way through summer.






  1. H&M Ruffled Silk Blouse $50 $25
  2. J.Crew Crystal and Stone Row Earring $35 $18 code ENDOFSEASON
  3. Zara Leather Messenger Bag $50 $26
  4. Tory Burch Cheers Key Fob $65 $46
  5. Zara Printed Leather Slipper $90 $40
  6. Topshop Lilac Frill Triangle Bikini $60 $30
  7. kate spade new york Gold Coast Nisha $228 $114
  8. Topshop Floral Print Shift $140 $40
  9. French Connection Jocelyn Jacquard Dress $148 $90 $45 code 50SALE
  10. Pomander Place Pastel Teardrop Earrings $35 $20
  11. H&M Silk Pajamas $70 $40



XO
Amanda

Monday, January 19

Engagement season

What girl doesn't love obsessing over weddings? (I mean, look at my Pinterest board.)

After you graduate college and the world is at your feet, your Facebook feed suddenly starts to blow up with engagements, babies and the like. In a world where people are consistently in a rush to grow up and get to where they want to be quickly, it's no surprise that your besties are tying the knot. According to WeddingWire, 33 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. With the holiday magic happening, along with the romantic feelings that Valentine's Day brings, the rush might not be over just yet.

With so many weddings to come and ring shots being posted, I wanted to show some of my favorite celeb sparklers that I love!


This stunning round-cut diamond needs nothing else to make it stand out; I love this very traditional look.

This over-the-top glam ring is a total knockout; I love the oval-shaped diamond, which you don't see very often. 

Modern yet simple, this ring is set in platinum on a plain band; this is definitely a timeless piece that will never go out of style.

The Most Unbelievable Engagement Rings of 2014 | LEIGHTON MEESTER & ADAM BRODY | The ultimate CW couple managed to keep their engagement and wedding rings under wraps for a record amount of time. But when you've got rings this beautiful – like Leighton's rose gold bezel-set cushion cut with two smaller diamonds on either side, plus her delicately wedding band – you're going to have to show them off eventually.
Leighton's rose gold cushion-cut ring has two smaller diamonds along either side, giving this ring a little extra shine. (I'm usually not a fan of the bezel setting, but I love this ring!)

Her three-carat pear-cut diamond is absolutely gorgeous - I'm loving this cut!


XO
Amanda

Thursday, January 15

Hot piece of furniture

Sometimes the inspiration for a room can pop up around one piece of furniture. When I saw that the World Market fuchsia Lindsey chair was marked down to only $100 (!!!) I couldn't stop thinking of the fun ways you could set it up in a room. Whether you get two and seat them framing a sofa, or seat them next to each other with a small table in between, you have a winning living space! It comes in a number of other colors as well.

On my hunt for fun furniture, I found some other pretty home picks that would look great in a bright living room. I'm loving the nook coffee table from West Elm; its slightly retro look with brass detailing is a great addition to any room, and I love the fact that it has a little drawer to hide away remotes and books. The extra 15% off doesn't hurt, either!


West Elm nook coffee table $499 $300 $255 code LUCKY15
West Elm Heath sofa – fawn, tapered pecan $1,099 $700 $595 code LUCKY15


XO
Amanda

Wednesday, January 14

Piperlime prizes

Is this real life? I basically just stole three skirts, a dress and a top from the Piperlime sale! The details: extra 60% off all sale using code BESTSALE, and the pieces start as low as $15. 

They have everything from shoes to dresses on sale, and there are some amazing brands to pick from. I snagged some fab pieces from the Piperlime Collection, which I'm really excited to get in the mail!




1. Piperlime Collection Ribbon Hem Skirt | $69 $20 $8
I love how sweet and simple this is; you can pair it with white for a classic look, or add a soft pink top for a bit of color. This will be a definite staple in my closet.

2. Piperlime Collection Geo Print Ponte Tee and Skirt | $94 $25 $10 and $79 $30 $12
Ever since I saw Taylor Swift wearing that amazing white laser cut matching separates outfit, I knew I wanted to get a separates outfit. They just look so chic, and what an easy outfit!

3. Piperlime Collection Sheer Trim Dress $98 $45 $18
First of all, such a steal. Second, I can see myself wearing this to a wedding or other event this summer. The sheer panels add a touch of daring, but it still has a classy neckline and length.

4. Wells Grace Asymmetrical Zip Skirt $50 $25 $10
I bought a really amazing asymmetrical skort from Target last year and fell in love. When I saw this skirt, I got the same feel and decided I could splurge for $10! I love the light blue, which I don't have much of in my closet. This will be a great piece for spring.


Here are a few more of my favorites:



Keepsake Borderline Dress $183 $128 $51



BCBGMAXAZRIA Michelle Top $138 $104 $42



Sabine Ribbon Necklace $98 $50 $20











XO
Amanda

Tuesday, January 13

Designer deals

As much as I would love to be able to afford gorgeous designer pieces on a regular basis, I know that my entry-level lifestyle doesn't allow it just yet. I love hunting for designer finds that I can buy knowing they will last for years to come. 

I have my favorite designers whom I love to follow season after season, and I dream of owning their pieces. I read Diane von Furstenberg's new book and fell in love with her story - the struggle of becoming a fashion designer and building a brand that truly stands for what she loves. It led me to understand the fashion world a lot more, and see the value in the items that one invests in. Understanding the journey of the iconic wrap dress and the history behind it made me want one even more! 

There are lots of places to find DVF and many more brands at a small discount, which can help you focus on particular pieces to invest in, building a fabulous wardrobe over time. Find some steals from Diane von Furstenberg, Pour la Victoire and Tibi below.


  1. Cailin leather sandals $175 $88
  2. Baylie printed washed-silk top $260 $117
  3. Heritage print small cosmetic case $48
  4. Emma paneled jacquard and jersey skirt $300 $135
  5. New hanky crepe blouse $198 $70
  6. Julian two mini jersey wrap dress $285 $143
  7. Dani printed silk straight-leg pants $315 $142
  8. Serena leopard haircalf pumps $350 $105


SHOPBOP | AMAZON | GILT | THE OUTNET | 6PM
  1. Yvonne frame clutch $275 $83
  2. Gia two piece pump $245 $69
  3. Verdi leather mules $250 $125 
  4. Soiree crossbody $195 $117
  5. Elie mini haircalf cross body $95 $57
  6. Ziva bootie $250 $175
  7. Quin dress sandal $245 $74
  8. Marcelle hobo shoulder bag $325 $189



  1. Silk faux-wrap dress $398 $119
  2. Sleeveless zip up tank $225 $90
  3. Blossom cut out dress $375 $150
  4. Vanya satin ankle-strap sandals $385 $109
  5. Leopard-patterned stretch-knit dress $365 $164
  6. Leather crochet skirt $650 $195
  7. Savanna square neck camisole $198 $60
  8. Boutis embroidery dress $395 $119


XO
Amanda

They call it cashmere

You know when you're searching through a rack of clothing and you touch something that you can automatically tell is a step above the rest? That's how I feel about cashmere. It's soft yet light, warm and simple. It's as though someone made a rule that anything made of cashmere must be perfectly pretty and not ever overstated. 

Cashmere is known as a luxury fabric, and it's lightweight warmth is perfect for layering in the winter. Wearing a silk button-down underneath makes for a chic, luxurious outfit. 

If you're looking to be stylishly warm this season, check out the deals on cashmere pieces that you can add to your wardrobe under $140!

J.Crew Cashmere Hat $68 $30 $18 code SHOPNOW


:


:

LineAmbrose fine-knit cashmere sweater



:


IBERIA CASHMERE SWEATER - CHARCOAL MELANGE COLORBLOCKED



XO
Amanda