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Around Campus {Off-the-Shoulder Dress + Oversized Sunglasses}

July 19, 2015

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{Liv Off-the-Shoulder Dress, Lanvin Sandals, Louis Vuitton Handbag, Salvatore Ferragamo Sunglasses, Forever 21 Ear Jackets (I’m obsessed! Check out more options here), Haylee Jewels Necklace}

I spent Saturday afternoon doing one of my favorite things in the city: visiting my old college campus! My husband and I met on the very first day of orientation, so this place holds tons of special memories for us. The heat and humidity were absolutely stifling this weekend, so I was very grateful for this gauzy off-the-shoulder dress. I felt like such a southern belle while wearing it. For an easy effortless look, I decided to pair it with barely-there sandals and oversized sunglasses. I generally shy away from piling on a ton of accessories when it’s hot, so I went with a simple diamond pendant and my dainty new ear jackets that I’m completely in love with (seriously, you should get a pair)!

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Easy Entertaining: Rooftop Brunch with a Punch!

July 15, 2015

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This time of year, Eric and I love to escape to our secluded rooftop to enjoy our meals every chance we get. We spent the first year of our marriage cramped into a teeny tiny apartment on the Upper East Side that looked out onto a dark and dingy shaft, so now we count our lucky stars that we can enjoy such amazing waterfront views whenever we want. I’ve had my girlfriends over countless times for champagne rooftop brunches, and it’s become one of my favorite ways to entertain.

On this particular occasion, I decided to treat my husband to one of his favorite meals: spaghetti carbonara! It takes less than 30 minutes to make using this recipe (I prefer to use thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta), and is always sure to please. And to wash it all down, I broke out the champagne stems and made Ruby Mimosas using Smirnoff Ruby Red Grapefruit. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it all was. This will definitely be my go-to-spread the next time I have guests over for brunch.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smirnoff for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Playing Hooky {Kate Spade Striped Dress + Red Crossbody Bag}

July 8, 2015

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compass-necklace burberry-plaid-sneakers{Kate Spade Striped Dress via eBay, Old Navy Jean Jacket (30% off with code SHOPSMART), Brooklyn Charm Compass Necklace (similar), Dooney & Bourke Crossbody Bag (old, but I’m also diggin’ this little guy), Burberry Plaid Sneakers}

Last week, Eric and I took a few days off from work and played hooky around NYC. I’ve never been a fan of the stay-cation (the eye has to travel, after all!), but I have to admit that sleeping in late, visiting some of our favorite places in the city that we never have time for, and generally not having any sort of daily agenda was pretty amazing.

This particular day was damp and drizzly, and I used the unseasonably cool weather to break out my new Kate Spade striped dress that I scored for a song on eBay! I dressed it down here with sneakers and a jean jacket, but I think it would work equally well for work dressed up with a pair of smart red heels. In fact, that’s exactly how I wore it for a recent speaking engagement at the Javitts Center.

I’ve scored so many gems on eBay over the years, and this is one of my new favorites. Are any of you die-hard eBay shoppers? If so, what have been some of your best finds? For any newbies, would you be interested in me putting together an eBay bargain-hunting guide? Let me know in the comments!

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Easy 4th of July Entertaining Idea: Spiked Watermelon!

July 2, 2015



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Hola, Chicas!

With 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you guys another one of my super simple (but oh so delicious!) entertaining ideas. I can’t think of a better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day than with a refreshing slice of icecold watermelon. And you know what makes watermelon even better? Smirnoff Watermelon! Yep, you read that correctly. These spiked watermelon wedges only take a few minutes to prepare, and your guests will happily thank you for the treat.

Here’s the rundown on how to prepare these frozen treats for your 4th of July get-together:

  1. Cut one 1 watermelon into wedges. If this task intimidates you, no need to fret. This video walks you through step-by-step.
  2. Once you’ve cut your wedges like a pro, gently place them into a large gallon size freezer bag.
  3. Carefully pour in enough Smirnoff Watermelon to soak the entire contents of your bag.
  4. Seal the bag (very important!) and place in freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve frozen slices to your guests, and enjoy responsibly. Remember, each slice equals 1 serving!

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Full Disclosure:
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smirnoff for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help make Closet Confections possible. And remember to always drink responsibly!

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Lemon Drop: Yellow Sundress + Kate Spade Straw Hat

July 1, 2015

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{Kate Spade Straw Hat, Gap Fit & Flare Sundress, Dooney & Bourke Handbag, Michael Kors Sandals}

Guys… I really thought I was done adding to my straw hat collection, and then THIS happened. There I was casually minding my business in Century 21, ready to leave empty-handed, when I saw this adorable hat out of the corner of my eye. Did I mention it had a red clearance sticker hanging off of it? Well, that’s it… summer hat shopping is officially over… probably!