Thursday, October 30

Kate Spade New York + Jack Spade ♥ GapKids


I was pleasantly surprised to find a collaboration with Kate Spade, Jack Spade and GapKids in my inbox this morning. Maybe I was in the dark this entire time, but I can't believe how adorable this line is! I jumped online at 8:28 thinking hey, maybe I can score something in a girl's XL that might just fit. Well, no luck - some other lucky shoppers got to it before I could!

That being said, this line will make adorable Christmas gifts for the kids in your life. I know my little sister will be getting a few gifts from this... See my favorites!

(P.S. When are they going to make this line for adults!?)


GIRLS



BOYS

Santa Hat $25


XO
Amanda

Tuesday, October 28

The weather for heather

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up this amazing sweatshirt dress at Target. It was the perfect mix of business-causal and easy weekend wear. I have worn it with patent pumps, riding boots and flats. I can wear a blazer over top to dress it up, or a big statement necklace to make it sparkle. 

Recently I've been seeing similar dresses pop up everywhere (and with good reason)! This extended sweatshirt-type dress is hugely in for fall, and I totally understand why. See where you can get yourself one, too!

$25
   


$48
Image 1 of Only Spacedye Zip Front Sweater Dress       Image 2 of Only Spacedye Zip Front Sweater Dress


$80


 $248 $174
Landa Dress      Landa Dress


$178
'Bellingham' Space Dye French Terry Sheath Dress    



XO
Amanda

Fashionable favorites

There are so many sales going on all over the Internet, making it pretty hard to think about anything else! Even with the weather cooling, I am very into finding some amazing dresses for the season. Whether it's for holiday parties to come, or something nice to wear to Thanksgiving dinner, I am on the prowl for some gorgeous sheaths and simple frocks. I did a little hunting around, and found a dress for a steal from a few of my favorite places...


BCBGMAXAZRIA

How gorgeous is this dress? I love the invisible mesh that really makes the eyelash lace stand out. This is a gorgeous dress for a holiday party - just add a black clutch!



C.WONDER

This simple sheath in an ecru and gray houndstooth print is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. Pair it with booties for a cute yet casual look.



FRENCH CONNECTION
Rio Jersey Dress $168 $70

The unexpected pop of white on the back of the dress really drew me toward it. I love this colorblock look, and this dress is perfect for an evening out. Tie the look together with a simple white bag.



J.CREW
Crepe Drop-Waist Dress $158 $100 $70
code STYLETREAT

Look stunning in a bright red dress! I would love pairing this with an extra sparkly necklace and silver metallic pumps.



JACK WILLS

I'm rarely drawn to dresses with ditsy floral patterns, but this one has such an adorable fit with a Peter Pan collar that I decided it made the cut! Perfect for a casual weekend outfit with a simple clutch.



TIBI

The low back. The embroidery. The cap sleeves... I could go on forever telling all of the ways that I love this dress! Perfectly feminine and gorgeous. Get the shoes here.



XO
Amanda

Monday, October 27

Shop the Tory Burch Private Sale



If you haven't gotten the chance to shop Tory Burch's Private Sale yet, never fear; there are still a ton of great pieces left to steal! My personal favorite is the Tenley Jacket - but it was obviously a favorite all around, because there are only a couple of sizes left. The 63% discount doesn't hurt. 

Looking to buy a new bag? I highly recommend getting the Robinson Dome Satchel before it's gone! You can't go wrong getting this in either color, luggage or black, for the upcoming season. This is also a really amazing opportunity to get some great Christmas shopping in... If you can stand to part ways with your purchases!

What's your favorite pick from the sale?


TENLEY JACKET - CLAY / SANDBOX
tenley JACKET $895 $329 [Only sizes 2 + 10 left!]
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reva CROSSBODY $350 $199

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basil SKIRT $395 $119

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Amanda

Glam gala

This weekend was definitely a fun one! I kicked it off by attending the Georgetown Gala at the Italian Embassy in DC with my roommate and some of her coworkers. It was definitely a magical night; the decor had a Mad Men vibe, and everyone was dressed to kill! (Think fur stoles and lots of glam.)

I wore a gown that I already owned from BCBGMAXAZRIA along with some easy strappy pumps from Banana Republic (similar, $158 $87 code BRTAKE45). 

The night was a huge success; lots of delicious food, drinks and dancing! It was a charity event, so they raffled off some pretty incredible prizes (...like five-night stay at a villa in Sicily, which I was pretty tempted to bid on). Overall it was a pretty amazing event to have the chance to attend.


On Saturday, I cleaned my apartment up and packed a bag so I could go visit home. It had been a while since I've had some free time to just spend the weekend relaxing with family, so it was great to get the chance to! We spent some time together, Eric and I caught up on The Knick (my new favorite show), and I got some much-needed sleep. 


Sunday was a shopping day, and I picked up a gorgeous crystal and stone bracelet ($27 $20 $15 code EXTRA25) from J.Crew Factory. It's perfect to add a bit of sparkle to an everyday outfit. 


How was your weekend?


XO
Amanda

Friday, October 24

What to wear

Outfits are hard. Now that the weather is officially cold all of the time (ugh), it's no longer as simple as picking out a dress and running out the door. We're now stuck in a world of pants, sweaters and jackets, and we're going to be here for a while.

I do love wearing dresses even in the colder months, but more thought goes into picking out what to wear on your legs and feet to make sure you don't get frostbite. See some smart outfits for any activities that fall might bring!


HEAD TO WORK
BaubleBar Collar Necklace $44
H&M Peplum Top $18
J.Crew Minnie Pant $90 $68 code TGIFALL
French Connection Leather Mule $140 $77



APPLE-PICKING

J.Crew Boyfriend Flannel $88 $66
Rag & Bone The Dre Jeans $220 $154
Corso Como Sutton Boot $199 $120



NIGHT OUT

SPLURGE Ted Baker London Rhya Jacket $295 
Marc by Marc Jacobs Marchive Clutch $248 $174
J.Crew Factory Crystal Dome Trio Necklace $57 $35
Forever 21 V-Neck Fit & Flare Dress $15 $11
Vince Camuto Arianah Booties $139 $84



XO
Amanda

Brand Spotlight: Sperry Top-Sider

Most people got their first pair of Sperrys in high school, maybe college. They are usually the basic 2-Eye Boat Shoe ($85), or the more feminine Angelfish ($85) with a little personality shining through with the pattern you choose. However lately, I've been finding shoes I completely love that are far from the basic boat shoes! 


I absolutely love the cut of this shoe. It's a perfect bootie to wear with jeans or a dress, and they have got to be the most comfortable shoes seeing as they're suede wedges! I will absolutely be purchasing a pair of these ASAP.


Miramar Haircalf Smoking Slipper, Leopard Haircalf, dynamic
Okay, I didn't know this kind of gorgeous could come from a brand that specializes in boat shoes. I love the calf hair, I adore the brown-olive color, and I think the tiny wedge is a perfect addition. (The black version is on sale for $80 at Lord & Taylor!)


Everything from the soft tan color of this boot to the soft gold detailing draws me toward these. There is even a panel that adds some stretch on the side; definitely a winner.



XO
Amanda

Thursday, October 23

Twenty under $20


I love treating myself to little goodies throughout the week. It's nice to do a little bit of spending without having to feel too guilty; thankfully, there are some really great finds under $20 right now! Whether you're looking for jewelry or shoes, a new book or some home decor, you can get a little bit of anything for under $20. 

See what my favorite finds are!



  1. J.Crew Tiny Bow Ring $40 $30 $15 code TGIFALL
  2. Vera Bradley Party Perfect Hair Pins $14
  3. Call It Spring Chaella Flats $20
  4. H&M Jersey Dress $18
  5. Kate Spade New York Bookshelf Notebook Set $12
  6. Books with Style The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior $20
  7. Target Laser Cut Mirror $30 $15
  8. Lilly Pulitzer Thermal Mug $15
  9. H&M Sneakers $13
  10. The North Face Denali Glove $27 $15
  11. Rifle Paper Co Garance Door Note Card Set $18
  12. C.Wonder Pave Arrow Layering Necklace $58 $20
  13. Old Navy Polka-Dot PJ Top $17 $12
  14. May Designs May Book $19
  15. J.Crew Lightweight Cropped Sweatshirt $60 $35 $18 code TGIFALL
  16. Merona Avalyn Leather Pointed Toe Flats $40 $20
  17. West Elm Whale Tail Salt + Pepper Shakers $27 $7
  18. Woolrich Earmuffs $16
  19. J.Crew Stripe Boot Socks $15 $11 $8 code TGIFALL
  20. West Elm House Keys Jute Mat $30 $20

XO
Amanda

Wednesday, October 22

Winter bag essentials

The weather has really been giving me a scare lately. Rain? Gusts of wind that will almost blow you over? I think it's safe to say that winter is coming, which is sad to me considering fall weather is flying by so quickly! Before we know it, we won't be able to step out of the house without a coat (remember when it snowed in October last year?). 

Knowing this, the contents of my purse are certain to change with the temperatures. The cool, dry air calls for having some very essential things on hand at all times...



gloves
When the wind is whipping and all you want to do is hold your coffee without your hand falling off, gloves are a must. I love these adorable LAUREN by Ralph Lauren gloves ($58 $46); the leather is gorgeous, but the touch technology fabric lets you use electronics with them on. Genius!

scarf
Okay, this might seem a little excessive (how big is this bag, anyways?), but I think it's always smart to have a scarf with you! You never know when the wind will pick up. I love this Barbour for J.Crew Tattersall Scarf ($70).

hand lotion
Again, I am all about moisturizing during the winter. I love L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream ($12) to keep in my bag for dry skin emergencies.

snack
I swear I'm hungrier when it gets cold. I legitimately go into hibernation mode and go for comfort food and don't look back. Having a snack in your bag is a great way to avoid eating an entire bag of chips; I love Clif Bars! The White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bars ($6 for 6) are like a really yummy cookie that will fill you up.

pocket tissues
There will be a time when your nose is running and won't stop, or you sneeze at an inopportune time. Have these on hand, always. Kleenex (10 for $5) will get the job done.

back-up charger
With freezing roads and dangerous driving conditions, it is always good to have a back-up charger in case of emergency. I have one in my purse year-round; This Triple C iBbost Mini Power Bank ($30 $23) is slim and easy to hide away in a pocket of your purse.

bobby pins
Static WILL get the best of you, and you'll be happy you had some simple bobby pins ($2) to keep everything in place.

lip balm
You will get chapped lips as the days get drier, and there are a ton of great options. You can splurge on Clinique's Superbalm Lip Treatment ($15), or save on Blistex's Lip Medex ($2).

airborne
I try to take this immune support supplement ($15) as often as I can remember come winter. Your body can use the extra boost of vitamins when you're riding the metro and get coughed at or sneezed on at least five times.


XO
Amanda