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Cozy for the Holidays {Featuring Vera Bradley}

Lifestyle, Product Reviews

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018{c/o VERA BRADLEY Hooded Robe, Printed Slippers, and Throw Blanket in Bordeaux Blooms}

The holidays are always my favorite time of year, and even more so now that I have my son Christian to celebrate with. Christmas in New York City is always pretty magical, and while I love things like ice skating in Central Park and viewing the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, what I’m really looking forward to is spending cozy evenings at home, snuggled up on the couch with my little one.

This Vera Bradley robe is probably one of the softest things I’ve ever put on my body, and the hood makes it extra homey. Christian kept reaching up to stroke the fleece whenever I held him. We have hardwood floors throughout our apartment, so the floors tend to get chilly. I’m always on the lookout for cozy slippers, and these keep my feet nice and toasty (especially when I’m sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night hot cocoa). Seeing his tiny face light up when we put up the tree was the best feeling in the world and would melt even the toughest Scrooge’s heart. And of course, I couldn’t resist the matching throw blanket, that’s so soft, warm, and perfect to bundle up under during cheesy Christmas movie binges on Netflix.

As soon as I saw the Bordeaux Blooms print, I knew it would be perfect for the holidays.  Vera Bradley has tons of iconic prints, and as some who’s always been a sucker for matchy-matchy ensembles, I absolutely LOVE that they have so many products available in each pattern. You can even shop-by-print on their site.

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for a lucky lady in your life, you really can’t go wrong with Vera Bradley. They’re a classic brand that never goes out of style. I’m especially enamored with their travel duffels and backpacks which are perfect for weekend getaways.

Happy shopping! 

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018
Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018

Full Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with InSTYLE and Vera Bradley. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection
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Getting Glam for the Holidays with JCPenney

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JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection{LIZ CLAIBORNE Wedge Heels and Faux Fur Coat, R&K ORIGINALS Fit & Flare Dress – all products c/o JCPenney}

You guys know I never need an excuse to get dressed up. But I especially love to amp up the glam factor this time of year. Silky satin gowns, luscious faux fur, and glittery gold accents… Bring it all on – the more, the merrier!

For this festive holiday look, I’ve partnered up with JCPenney and InStyle. Over the years, I’ve always had a strong association with JCPenney and the holidays, so  I was especially stoked to work with them. Growing up, my grandmother had a JCPenney’s credit card. And every year without fail, she’d give me a store gift card. My mom would always take me out on the day after Christmas to help me shop for the perfect outfit.

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection
JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection

When I saw this cute little faux fur jacket on JCPenney’s website, I knew I had to have it. There’s nothing worse than ruining your glamorous evening attire with a bulky, oversized down jacket. Not only does this jacket look good, it’s also super cozy and warm. And the deep merlot color is so rich and goes with just about everything. I also love how it can be dressed up with a cute cocktail dress (like the one I’m wearing here) or dressed down with jeans and a pair of chic heels for a quick cocktail run with the girls after work.

Speaking of heels…

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection
JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection

These wedges are absolutely amazing. My days of running around the city in 4-inch stilettos are few and far between as of late, but I still love the height and elongated look that heels provide. So what’s a girl to do? I think I’ve found the answer in these majorly comfy wedge heels. The next time I need a pair of cute dancing shoes, these will definitely be the ones I reach for.

JC Penney 2018 Holiday Collection

And because my shopping mantra is and always has been: Life is short, buy the damn dress – I’ve rounded up a few of my favs from JCPenney below for your shopping pleasure. JCPenney always has great prices, so you can pick up two (or three!) fancy frocks without breaking the bank.

CLICK EACH IMAGE TO SHOP!

Full Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with InSTYLE and JC Penney. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

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Easy 4th of July Entertaining Idea: Spiked Watermelon!

Lifestyle, Product Reviews, Recipes



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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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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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