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December 31, 2015

The Best of 2015


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TOP INSTAGRAM POST
This plaid poncho and tall boots was one of my top Instagram posts this past year.  

SHOP THE LOOK
Boots: DUO c/o (Similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors (Similar here for $22)
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind ($90 + Free shipping)
Sweater: The Limited // Poncho: BP. (ONLY $38!)

 TOP "PINNED" IMAGE ON PINTEREST 
This is my top pinned image on Pinterest. It is on my Street Style board - where I pin what people are wearing for some daily style inspiration.

Be sure to follow along with my Pinterest page for more street style or tips.

RE-CREATE THE LOOK




TOP BLOG POST
This all black look with denim and neon yellow was one of my top blog posts this past year.

SHOP MY LOOK
Jacket: Halogen // Top: The Limited (Similar here or here
Sandals: Old (Similar here or here) // Jeans: J. Brand
Mini Tote: Rebecca Minkoff (Also, in White and Other colors)
Watch: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Necklace: Jenny Bird via Rocksbox
Lipstick: NARS (Manhunt) // Nail Polish: NARS (Torre Del Oro)


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TOP FACEBOOK POST
This red plaid coat styled two ways was my top Facebook post this year and could easily be worn for New Year's.


SHOP THE LOOK
1. Necklace: Kate Spade New York // 2. Sunglasses: Prada (Similar for $12)
3. Necklace: BaubleBar // 4. Sweater: Topshop
5. Coat: Topshop // 6. Blouse: Topshop
7. Jeans: Topshop // 8. Skirt: J. Crew (25% off) (Also in Burgundy)
9. Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (Over 50% off)
10. Boots: Louise et Cie // 11. Lipstick: YSL
12. Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (Over 50% off) // 13. Loafer: Nine West



Wishing you a Happy New Year!  See you next year.

And, to leave you with something funny...
My husband does not get blog names - and thinks some of them are just plain crazy - so he said if he started a blog he would call it Hopscotch Butter Dreams. And, I laughed.

Although, traditional, on trend everyday men's style is missing in the blog world, and he should seriously consider it - the name, well, that might need some work...


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December 30, 2015

Dressing for Windy Days


 SHOP LOOK #1
(Original post here)

Sweater: Halogen (Similar) // Shirt: Express // Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (similar here)
Boots: French Connection (or here) // Lipstick: Nars (Heat Wave) // Watch: Daniel Wellington c/o

SHOP LOOK #2
 (Original post here)

Shirt: Halogen (similar here) // Necklace: The Limited (similar here or here)
Jeans: Paige (similar here or here) // Shoes: Nine West (really similar here or here) (30% off)
Watch: Michael Kors (similar here) // Clutch: Express (similar here - only $24!)
Lipstick: NARS (Manhunt) // Lipliner: NARS (Jungle Red)


There are always windy days as a blogger - and it can be especially difficult to get pictures sometimes.

And, a look back at a few of my other favorites from 2015...
RED // Winter Days (Hunter boots) // Winter White
Grey Denim // Flare Denim


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December 29, 2015

Cold Weather Style


SHOP LOOK #1
(Original post here)

Jacket: Old (similar here or here)
Vest: Last Call Neiman Marcus (similar here)
Sweater: Halogen (last seen here or here) // Beanie: BP. (last seen here)
Cords: J Brand (similar here) (last seen here) // Socks: Nordstrom
Boots: Hunter (last seen here) // Lipstick: Nars (Heat Wave)




SHOP LOOK #2
(Original post here)
 
Coat: Express (similar here or here)
 Sweater: J. Crew (Similar here) // Shirt: Forever 21
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (Only $80) // Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Beanie: BP. // Watch: Michael Kors (similar here)
Lipstick: Nars (Heat Wave) // Boots: Hunter

Another look back at 2015.

My hunter boots have become my "go to" boots on rainy/snowy days.
Here are just a few ways I have styled them.


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December 28, 2015

Grey Denim

SHOP LOOK #1 
(Original post here)
Sweater: Banana Republic (Similar here)
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (Similar under $50 and Similar)// Lipstick: Nars
Boots: Ann Taylor (Similar here)
Watch: Michael Kors // Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs


SHOP LOOK #2
(Original post here)

Cardigan: Halogen (Similar here) // Tee: Forever 21 (Only $10
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (Similar here)
Booties: Vince Camuto (Similar here, here, or here) // Necklace: BP. (Only $9)
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar for only $48) // Watch: Michael Kors
Lipstick: NARS (Manhunt) // Nail Polish: NARS (Paradiso)


5 ways to wear grey jeans
 SHOP LOOK #3
(Original post here - and 5 ways to wear grey jeans) 
Cardigan: Forever 21 (Only $13) // Turtleneck: The Limited (60% off)
Jeans: Articles of Society (Only $33) // Boots: Ivanka Trump (or here) // Necklace: Kendra Scott
Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (Under $50 option)


5 ways to wear grey jeans

SHOP LOOK #4
(Original post here - and 5 ways to wear grey jeans) 

Sweater: Banana Republic // Jeans: Articles of Society (Only $33)
Boots: Ivanka Trump // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: ZAC Zac Posen (Under $50 option)


I am continuing my look back at 2015 with another one of my favorites - grey denim.


AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES
Nordstrom : Half Yearly Sale. Free Shipping and Returns
ASOS : Free Returns 
Gap : Up to 50% off
Banana Republic: Free Returns
LOFT: Everything 50% off
J CREW
Saks Off Fifth : Designer jeans for under $100

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December 26, 2015

After Christmas Sales & How to Wear RED

 SHOP LOOK #1  
(Original post here)

Jacket: MODA (Similar here or here) // Tee: Old Navy // Jeans: Paige (Similar here or here)
Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Sophie Harper via Rocksbox
Necklace:Kendra Scott via Rocksbox // Ring: Gorjana via Rocksbox
Wedges: DvF (Similar here or here) // Leopard Pouch: J. Crew


 SHOP LOOK #2
(Original post here)

Cami: Topshop // Jeans: J Brand // Necklace: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox*
Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Sophie Harper via Rocksbox*
Sandals: Nine West (Similar here and here) // Sunglasses: Bobbi Brown
Lipstick: NARS (Heat Wave) // Lipgloss: NARS
Clutch: J. Crew

SHOP THE LOOK
(Original post here)

Blouse: LOFT  // Cardigan: LOFT (Only $14) (Similar)
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (Similar here) // Pumps: Nine Wes
Lipstick: NARS (Manhunt) // Lip Liner: NARS (Jungle Red)
Necklace (Tassel): The Limited (Similar here) //  Necklace: Kate Spade
Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Watch: Michael Kors

Another look back at 2015.  I hope you had a Merry Christmas.

AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES
Some places I will be shopping for great deals...

Nordstrom : Half Yearly Sale. Free Shipping and Returns
ASOS : Free Returns 
Gap : Up to 50% off
Banana Republic: Free Returns
LOFT: Everything 50% off
J CREW
Saks Off Fifth : Designer jeans for under $100



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December 24, 2015

White Christmas



 SHOP THE LOOK
(Original post here)
Sweater: Forever 21 (only $20) // Jeans: Paige (seen before here / here) (budget option here)
Pumps: Nine West // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (budget options here / here)
Jacket: Old (budget options here / here)
Lipstick: NARS (Manhunt) // Lipliner: NARS (Jungle Red)
Watch: Michael Kors

It is going to be in the 60s for Christmas - so no white Christmas this year.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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December 23, 2015

Two Ways to Style Flare Jeans

SHOP LOOK #1
(Original post here)
Cardigan: Forever 21 (Under $25!) // Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Tank: Banana Republic (old) (Similar budget option for only $4)
Necklace: BaubleBar // Necklace: Gorjana
Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar budget option under $50)
Pumps: Nine West


SHOP LOOK #2
(Original post here)
Shirt: BP. (Similar here, here, and here)
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (Similar here under $60 & here under $100)
Pumps: Nine West (Also here)
Handbag: Daily Style Finds Collection // Watch: Michael Kors
Lipstick: NARS // Lipliner: NARS

Christmas is this week - and I am looking back at a few of my favorite trends of 2015 - like flare jeans.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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December 22, 2015

15 Gifts Under $25 by Christmas

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 SHOP THE GIFTS
1. Make Up Set: Clinique ($25) // 2. Wristlet: Street Level (Only $24)
3. Eyeliner Set: Stila // 4. Watch: BP. (Only $22)
5. Rollerball: Kate Spade New York (Walk on Air) // 6. Letter Bag Charm: Halogen ($18)
7. Fur Pom Bag Charm: Halogen ($18) // 8. Lip Crayons (Trio): Laura Geller // 9. Gift Card: Nordstrom
10. Earrings: BP. (Only $4) // 11. Knife: Swiss Army // 12. Scarf: The Rail
13. Moscow Mule Copper Mug (Set of 2): 10 Strawberry Street
14. Baseball Cap: Amazon // 15. Mug: Rosanna

Just in case you are looking for some last minute gift ideas...
All these are under $25 and will get here by Christmas with free shipping.

And, if you miss the shipping deadline - E-Gift Cards are always a good gift.
(From Nordstrom, Gap Brands, The Limited, Ann Taylor/LOFT, J Crew)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!




December 18, 2015

Two Ways to Wear Cozy Turtleneck Sweater

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SHOP THE LOOKS
1. Scarf: J. Crew // 2. Turtleneck Sweater: J. Crew (30% off) // 3. Jeans: Topshop
4. Boots: Dolce Vita ($70 off) // 5. Sunglasses: Ray Ban // 6. Lip Pencil: MAC 
7. Lip Gloss: MAC // 8. Hobo Bag: Sole Society (Also in Black) // 9. Crossbody Bag: Halogen
10. Ring: Anna Beck // 11. Ring: Ted Baker // 12. Scarf: J. Crew
13. Turtleneck Sweater: J. Crew (30% off) (Similar here) // 14. Jeans: Topshop // 15. Boots: Dolce Vita ($70 off)



 LAST MINUTE SHOPPING TIPS 
If you are still doing some last minute shopping, here are some tips.

Look for places with free shipping both ways - like NORDSTROM.  They have gift ideas for under $25 for her, him, and your home (or hostess).

MACY'S always offers free return shipping, and right now - free shipping on all orders over $25.

J. CREW is offering free shipping for a limited time before Christmas.

Some RED & GREEN gift ideas - like these buffalo plaid socks or polka dot mug for the hot chocolate drinker.

SHOPBOP offers free 3 day shipping.

Looking for designer jeans for under $100 - SAKS OFF FIFTH has a great selection and free shipping.

If you are part of a FUNNY GIFT EXCHANGE - here are some gifts that are sure to get some laughs - like this parking violation, broken door bell, EMERGENCY PUBLIC RESTROOM KIT, and for those that want to share TMI.

Have a great weekend!


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December 16, 2015

Shopbop Sale & Gift Ideas


BAGS & WALLETS
Bag: Kate Spade New York (30% off + additional 25%)
Wallet: Kate Spade New York (30% off + additional 25% off)
Bag: Kate Spade New York (30% off + additional 25% off)

JEWELRY
Necklace: Gorjana (30% off + additional 25% off)
Earrings: Rebecca Minkoff (60% off + additional 25% off) ($11)
Ring: Elizabeth and James (50% off + Additional 25% off)
Earrings: Kate Spade New York (30% off + Additional 25% off)

BOOTS & BOOTIES
Booties: Splendid (20-30% off + additional 25% off)
Booties: Sam Edelman (30% off + additional 25% off)
Booties: Ash (30% off + additional 25% off)

SWEATERS & COATS
Coat: BB Dakota (30% off + additional 25% off)
Vest: BB Dakota (30% off + additional 25% off)
Sweater: BB Dakota (50% off + additional 25% off) ($32)


Shopbop is having its bonus sale - with an additional 25% off sale items. (Code: Bonus25)
Plus, there is always free 3-day shipping.
Sale ends this Thursday.


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December 15, 2015

What to Wear to Christmas








SHOP THE LOOKS
1. Earrings: Lafonn // 2. Chiffon Blouse: H&M // 3. Gold Pleated Skirt: J. Crew
4. Pumps: Nine West (40% off) // 5. Lipgloss: YSL (10% off)
6. Bag: Kate Spade (Also in Red, Pink, and Gold)
7.Earrings: Kendra Scott  // 8. Turtleneck Sweater: H&M 
9. Plaid Skirt: J. Crew Factory (Similar here) // 10. Pumps: Nine West (40% off)


A few festive looks for Christmas.  These suede bow pumps are 40% off!


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December 14, 2015

How to Style Grey Jeans

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SAVE
1. Sunglasses: A.J. Morgan ($24) // 2. Jacket: Halogen ($47)
 3. Tee: J. Crew Factory ($15) (Similar only $4)
4. Jeans: SP Black ($34) // 5. Boots: Nine West ($65)  // 6. Lipstick: MAC

SPLURGE
7. Sunglasses: Randolph Engineering // 8. Jacket: IRO // 9. Tee: J. Crew
10. Jeans: Citizens of Humanity  11. Lipstick: Dior (10% off)
12. Booties: Saint Laurent (Budget Option)

Today I am sharing another way to style grey jeans - along with save and splurge options.
(And, here are 5 other ways to style grey jeans...)

Hope you had a great weekend!

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December 10, 2015

Shades of Christmas - Red & Green Gift Ideas

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SHOP RED
Lipstick Pin: Georgia Perry (Only $15) // Lips Pin: Georgia Perry (Only $15)
Ring: Oscar de la Renta // Gloves: Kate Spade New York // Mug: Gift Boutique (Only $22)
Bag: Kate Spade New York // Socks: Madewell (Only $13) (Also in Green) // Boots: Sperry (Also in Green)

SHOP GREEN
Phone Case: Tory Burch  // Earrings: Kate Spade New York // Bracelet: Monica Vinader
Tree Keychain: Anya Hindmarch // Pumps: Madewell
Journal: Kate Spade New York // Bag: Deux Lux (Under $100)  // Dress: Jenni Kayne


If you are looking for gifts - here are some red and green gift ideas.  How about these buffalo plaid socks, which are only $13 or the bucket bag for under $100.  If you know someone who drinks coffee or hot chocolate - this mug would be perfect.

All these items ship for free and in three days - plus there is free shipping for returns.

OTHER GIFT IDEAS


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December 8, 2015

Macy's Friends & Family Sale 25% Off

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SHOP THE SALE
1. Bag: Kate Spade ($80 off) // 2. Watch: Michael Kors (25% off) // 3. Lipstick: Estee Lauder (Free Shipping)
4. Lip Gloss and Pencil: Bobbi Brown ($20 off) // 5. Merry Christmas Pillow: Macy’s ($25 off + Extra 25% off)
6. Keychain: Fossil ($10 off + 25% off) // 7. Stand Mixer: KitchenAid ($200 off + Extra 10% off)
8. Flats: Nine West (25% off) // 9. Coat: Jessica Simpson ($100 off + 25% off)


Macy's is having its Friends and Family sale right now (ends December 10th).  You can get 25% off most of the store.  It is a great time to shop for deals (and items that typically are excluded from their regular sales).  Plus, right now they are offering free shipping over $25 and they always have free returns (by mail).



December 4, 2015

How to Style: J Crew Chateau Parka

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SHOP THE LOOK
1. Turtleneck: J. Crew (Similar option) // 2. Sunglasses: Prada (25% off)
3. Sweater Dress: Joe Fresh (Under $50) // 4. Jeans: Topshop (On sale $40)
5. Coat: J. Crew // 6. Bag: Michael Kors // 7. Bootie: Nine West
8. Rollerball Trio: Estee Lauder // 9. Boots: Hunter


This is my favorite coat.  And, if you might have noticed that red and leopard, paired simply with a turtleneck and jeans is what I like to wear (as seen here).  These leopard booties are $60 off right now.  And, if you are looking for a lower, chunkier heel - these are the same leopard print.  Plus, all boots and pumps are up to 50% off at Nine West right now.

I would like to thank you all for reading! 

And, if you would like to help me out - my goal this year is to have 1K Bloglovin' followers. Thank you to all that follow me! 

Have a great weekend!



December 3, 2015

How to Wear Red

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SHOP THE LOOK


These are two of my favorite looks (photos credit: J. Crew). I love the pop of red in a jacket and the leopard pumps. Plus, jeans are my daily uniform. Layering takes me back to my college days - the days of layering a turtleneck and a button down shirt under a J. Crew sweater.

And, if you are like me - a female business person - and are always looking for good advice - you might enjoy reading what these ladies are saying.

Lastly, as we all run around busy, continually checking our phones, doing work, trying to get ahead - this quote from Warren Buffet struck me. We need to spend more time just sitting and thinking.

"I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business."

December 1, 2015

Gift Ideas for Guys & White Elephant

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WHITE ELEPHANT IDEAS
1. Office citation: Amazon // 2. Blanket: Amazon  // 3. Public Toilet: Amazon
4. Door Mat: Amazon // 5. Chattering Teeth: Nordstrom // 6. Star Wars Key Charm: Nordstrom
7. Camo Beer Holster: Amazon // 8. Underpants: Amazon// 9. Beer Hammer: Nordstrom
10. Mug: Amazon // 11. Parking: Amazon // 12. Stupid Alert: Amazon

White elephant gift exchanges are one of my favorite things.  I always make it my goal to find a gift that will get the most laughs.  I bought this tee a few years ago - and people cracked up and kept "stealing" it away from others - just so they could keep it.  Also, you may not know when this emergency kit may come in handy.

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GUY GIFT IDEAS
1. Gloves: HONN // 2. Portable iPhone Speaker: Bose
3. Reciprocating Saw: Black & Decker ($50 on sale)
4. Mr. Perfect Mug: WILD AND WOLF  // 5. Wrench Set: Stanley ($24 on sale)
6. Quarter Zip Sweatshirt: BOSS Hugo Boss ($20 option)// 7. Noise Canceling Headphones: Bose
8. Moccasin Slipper: Nordstrom // 9. Compact Table Saw: Ryobi ($82 on sale)

My husband loves doing projects around the house - so some of the best Christmas gifts have been a table saw and reciprocating saw.  As far as clothes, he lives in his quarter zip sweatshirts (another option under $20) in the fall/winter.  He layers them over dress shirts and polos.

 THE BLENDED BLOG
Today, I am participating in a blog hop with my friends from The Blended Blog. If you are looking for gifts ideas for toddlers, friends, family, co-workers - be sure to hop around and check out each of our gift guides....

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