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Camel Blazer + Cream Sweater Dress

November 13, 2015

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Just scooped up this Sweater Dress from Forever21, and it’s the bee’s knees – soft, warm and fluffy.  I really wish it came in more colors (pale pink would be PERFECTION!), because I’d totally stock up. I wore it recently with my new camel blazer that’s been my constant companion so far this season. It’s thicker than and warmer than a normal blazer, but still not quite as heavy as an overcoat – which makes it absolutely perfect for the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. I can’t wait to layer it with a turtleneck once the temps start to dip.


Create Your Own Sun {Featuring Bic® Soleil®}

November 11, 2015


As the days get shorter and the temps and humidity levels continue to take a nosedive, this time of year can really start to take a toll on a gal’s spirits… not to mention her skin! So when the lovely folks at BIC® tapped me to test drive the BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razor and share how I create my own sunshine during the fall and winter, I was more than happy to oblige.

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to neglect my skincare as the winter months descend upon us. Hiding under a layer of tights, sweaters and coats only masks the problem. This year, I’m determined to step up my skincare regimen to stay smooth and supple. And while I’m at it, I’m also taking a few preemptive steps to fight the inevitable gloom and bring some much needed sunshine into my life as I brace myself for battling the brittle cold.

Below are a few tips and tricks I’ve got up my sleeve that I’m sure will help do the trick…

Tip #1: Keep It Smooth


When your legs and arms are safely tucked under tights, boots and sweaters for months on end, it’s tempting to let shaving fall by the wayside. I’m definitely guilty of it, but there’s nothing like slipping into a set of silky sheets or pajamas with a pair of smooth legs to match on a cold winter’s night!


Shaving can be a pain when I don’t have the right tools, but it’s no sweat when I can reach for my BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razors. They come with a wide, easy-grip handle and three flexible blades that glide over your body’s natural curves and allow you to go over the area less times in order to remove all of the hair. I was really pleased at how these blades perform, especially compared to some of the single blade disposable razors I’ve used in the past. The best part is that I experienced absolutely no irritation after using them. I always use a shaving gel when I shave and try to wait until I’ve been in the shower at least a few minutes in order to soften the hair up a bit and allow my pores to open.

Pro Tip: For any of my readers who may suffer from dark underarms, using a fresh, clean razor each and every time you shave can do wonders to help eliminate the problem!

Tip #2: Embrace Color


It’s so easy to get stuck in a style rut this time of year, especially when it feels like you’re wearing the same heavy coat and winter boots day-in and day-out. That’s why I love stocking up on bright, cheery winter accessories to help switch things up. It’s also much less of a commitment than buying a colorful new coat that you may not get that much wear out of. Most importantly, you can mix and match different options to create a variety of looks.

Tip #3: Pamper Those Tresses


My hair naturally tends to be very dry all year round, but the weather can take an especially harsh toll on my tresses during the winter. That’s why I plan to spend some extra time curled up under my hooded dryer for regular deep conditioning sessions.  I’m notoriously a creature of habit when it comes to my hair, so I’m also making an effort to experiment with some new hat-friendly styles to help keep things a little more interesting.

Tip #4: Make Regular Stops at the Florist Shop


When skies are perpetually gray, the trees are all barren, and the grass is covered in a few feet of snow, it’s so important to introduce some greenery into your indoor space. Unfortunately, I was blessed with much of a green thumb, so I’ll be making regular stops at my local florist to breathe some life into my home. And who knows, maybe I’ll try my hand at nursing a few succulent plants as well!

Tip #5: Exfoliate & Moisturize



And last, but definitely not least, the number one way I plan to keep things in check this winter is by keeping my skin refreshed and hydrated with regular exfoliation and intense moisturization. A good exfoliation session just prior to shaving does wonders for your skin, leaving it baby soft and silky smooth.

And there you have it, folks – my step-by-step plan for getting through the brutal months while keeping my sanity, skin and spirits in check! What are some of your favorite tips to help do the same? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by BIC® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about BIC® Soleil® Glow® Razors, all opinions are my own.

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Sleeveless Trench + Striped Tee

November 11, 2015

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Hello, Lovelies!

Yesterday I told you all about my Instagram takeover for @MillsAtJersey. And today, I want to give you guys an up close and personal look at one of my favorite finds: this uber-chic sleeveless wool trench from Armani Exchange. I’ve been on the lookout for something just like this for ages, and I couldn’t be happier with it. The weather in NYC has been weirdly warm and humid this season, so wearing a full-on coat has been out of the question most days. This sleeveless option is awesome because it allows me to dress for fall while staying comfortable. I can tell I’ll be living in it over the next few weeks!

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Come Shop with Me: The Mills at Jersey Gardens Instagram Takeover #FoundAtSimon

November 10, 2015


It’s probably no secret that I’m a hardcore bargain shopper. So today, I’m partnering up with The Mills at Jersey Gardens to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into my whirlwind shopping excursions at New Jersey’s largest outlet and value retail shopping center.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons to shop for, and I’m super-excited to check out the boots, jackets, sweaters and scarves especially. And who knows, I may even decide to get a head start on my Christmas shopping this year! But you’ll have to be sure to follow along on Instagram to find out!

Be sure to head on over and follow @MillsatJersey and @ClosetConfections to get in on the action!

This post was written in partnership with The Mills At Jersey Gardens.

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Around Town {Brunch at The Clocktower}

November 10, 2015

the clocktower - french toast

After more than 16 years of living in New York City, I now consider myself to be somewhat of a brunch connoiseur. But over the years, I’ve noticed a lot of my favorite haunts become increasingly crowded. Waiting over an hour for a table and bumping elbows with the stranger next to me are both surefire bellini buzzkills! Enter my new go-to spot… The Clocktower!

Located in the EDITION Hotel inside of the iconic Met Life building, The Clocktower is composed of three intimate dining rooms, a billiards room and a beautiful dark woodpaneled bar. I feel so chic and sophisticated whenever I go there. Hands-down my favorite menu item, the brioche French toast has a delicious carmelized sugar coating reminiscent of creme brulee and is served with two mouth-watering slices of smoked bacon!

If you’re ever in Manhattan looking for an upscale brunch spot, this is the place to be!