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{Columbia Bookstore Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, French Connection Shoes, Zara Coat,  Cambridge Satchel East West Tote, Girl Props Sunglasses}

True Story…

I was your typical broke college student, so for four years the majority of my wardrobe was sourced from the campus bookstore using my “dining dollars”.  Sadly, most of my collection has been washed and worn to shreds over the years, but I managed to save this relic.

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{Ralph Lauren Military Jacket (similar), Zara Shirt, H&M Midi Skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo Rain Boots (also available here)}

Well whaddya know…

The sun finally peaked out long enough for me to run outside and snap a few outfit photos without wearing over a gazillion layers. I’ve seriously worn this outfit at least 4 times since Valentine’s Day with intentions of getting pictures for the blog, but it’s been too darn cold and snowy in NYC these past few weeks.

Now about this jacket

It’s official; I’m in love! Little known factoid about me: I used to be a majorette in both my middle and high schools’  marching bands. So as soon as I saw this jacket in white on Pretty Little Liars (hey, don’t judge!), I made a mad dash to my computer to search for it online. And lo and behold, it was sold out. I let out a long wail, shook my fist in the air, and sobbed to my husband about how the universe was conspiring against me.

Just kidding! It’s just a jacket, and I didn’t get nearly as dramatic as that.  However, I was a little disappointed. As luck would have it, I was strolling through Macy’s a week later on my lunch break when I saw an entire rack of the red version hanging in the sales section. Could it really be? As luck would have it, there was just one left in my size, and the rest is history.

Now about  these boots

I’m in love with them too (yep, I’m a two-timer)! But seriously, with the constant stream of sleet, snow, and slush we’ve been having all winter, I was up to my eyeballs in clunky unattractive boots. I just wanted something sleek and polished that I could wear to client meetings without showing up in soggy toes or having to change into different shoes at my destination. Now, if you had suggested to me previously that I’d spend so much money on rain boots, I would’ve laughed in your face. But these have been absolutely worth every penny. I wear them constantly and get complimented on them each time I do. I kinda wish there was a leather version so that I’d have an excuse to wear them when it isn’t wet outside!

And that’s all folks. Hopefully this weather sticks around long enough for me to get back to my regular outfit posting. Thanks for reading!

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These mean city streets can be murder on a gal’s heel, so I’m always on the lookout for cool flats that I can wear during my commute. Bonus points if they have whimsical sayings or quirky designs that can help keep me motivated and optimistic during hectic rush hours.

I scooped up these fantastic little smoking slippers a few days ago at C. Wonder’s store closing in Manhattan, and they fit the bill perfectly. I can’t wait to prance around town in them this spring! If there’s a C. Wonder near you, I highly recommend popping in before they close for good to see what you can scrape up.  Unfortunately, their online shop is already shuttered, but here’s a round-up of equally fun smoking slippers that you can still score on the ‘net.

Just hover over any image and click the little black and pink boxes for more info, or you can checkout the shopping links below!

Row 1: Del Toro ‘Bee Happy’ (up to 25% off at SHOPBOP with code BIGEVENT15 | Asos ‘Winking Eye’ | Del Toro ‘Puppy Love’ | Asos ‘Lipstick’
Row 2: Chiara Ferragni ‘Winking Eye’ | Asos ‘Bunny Slippers’Chiara Ferragni ‘Hollywood’ | Markus Lupfer ‘Coco Nuts’

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I’m generally pretty practical when it comes to my beauty purchases: a tube of mascara here, a jar of lip balm there.  But what fun is life without the occasional frivolous indulgence?!

Enter my new obsession: Christian Louboutin ‘Rouge Louboutin’ Nail Colour. I never thought I’d spend $50 on a bottle of nail polish, but I just couldn’t resist its decadent packaging and that vibrant shade of “Louboutin” red. As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I left my old job and started my own marketing consulting firm last spring. Being an entrepreneur generally means long days, sleepless nights, and almost ZERO time for self-indulgence. Before I knew it, 6 months had gone by without me getting a manicure (and let’s not event talk about eyebrow threading appointments!). So I decided to treat myself to a mini-spa day last fall. I’d been lusting after this polish for quite some time, so I decided to splurge and felt absolutely no guilt in doing so.  The ladies in the salon all ooh’d and ahhh’d over the bottle’s design, and I think my nail technician was a little timid at first because of the extra long handle. Fortunately, she quickly got the hang of it and remarked that it was surprisingly easy to handle. Each coat glided on smoothly and dried to a nice glossy finish that lasted almost 2 weeks without chipping. My nails grow super fast, otherwise I may have been able to hold out a few more days before removing it.

As I’m typing this post, I realize that it’s been over 4 months since my last professional manicure (I’ve been too busy ripping and running). But I have made time to treat myself to a few at-home applications of this polish in the mean time, and my results have always been great. I can’t rave enough about my Christian Louboutin nail polish, and I think it makes a wonderful gift as well. To me it was worth every penny, and I just love the way it looks displayed on my dressing table with all of my jewelry and perfumes.

Would you ever spend $50 on a bottle pf nail polish, or do you think that’s crazy? What are some of your favorite frivolous indulgences?

 

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clementine-upside-down-cake-2 My love affair with Plated.com continues, and today I want to share with you one of the very first dessert recipes I tried.  I’m not much of a baker, but this cake was a cinch to prepare and came out super-moist and delicious! This recipe makes just two servings (which is perfect for Eric and me), but I can’t wait to whip up a larger batch the next time I have company over. INGREDIENTS

  • 1 clementine
  • 5 tbs butter, divided
  • 1 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1½ tbs granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 small aluminum tins
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel clementine, and cut in half.
  3. Melt 1 TBS butter and brown sugar in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Divide butter/sugar mixture between two ramekins and place clementines cut-side down on top.
  5. Melt remaining butter and add to a small bowl with half of 1 beaten egg, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  6. Add in flour, and stir just until incorporated.
  7. Pour batter over clementines, place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until cakes are set, about 20 minutes.
  8. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Carefully remove cakes from ramekins and serve clementine side up.

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