Style & Beauty
December 9, 2018

Sloane & Ivy: #GIRLGANG BOX

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is a little over two weeks away! I will soon share what is on my wish list, but I wanted to share an exciting potential gift for any young woman in your life! 

One of my favorite local businesses, Sloane & Ivy recently launched the #GirlGang box. Here’s how it works:

  1. Take this quiz to figure out which #GIRLGANG babe you are! According to the quiz, I am a Trendsetter babe!
  2. Select how often you would like to receive the #GIRLGANG box at the end of the quiz. I selected seasonally. Be sure to enter “CaraS” as your promo/referral code to waive your first styling fee!
  3. You have 7 days to try on the items in your box! If you want to exchange something, just email Kate & Kate, and they will be happy to exchange it for you! If you aren’t feeling any particular items in your box, just send them back with the PRE-PAID shipping label! HASSLE-FREE! 
  4. You will only be charged for the items that you keep. Ten percent of the proceeds from the box will go towards the Flying Kites School Network! This was a selling point for me-I love companies that give back!

I received six items in my box, including this belt bag, this Tanzanite sterling silver necklace, this fun leopard scarf (pictured below; I am loving the leopard trend right now), a cozy long-sleeve tee, the Arlington Top and a blouse version of this top. I ended up keeping the scarf! 

All of the clothing lines that the Kate’s use fall under at least one of the 4 categories: Women-Owned, Made in North America, Eco-Sustainable or Gives Back to Charity. 

There are plenty of subscription boxes out there to choose from, but what really convinced me to order the #GirlGang box is a) The fact that the first styling fee is waived b) I am a regular Sloane & Ivy customer. I know Kate & Kate are carefully curating my box, and it isn’t determined by some algorithm c) the return shipping label makes this hassle-free and d) Ten percent of the proceeds go back to charity!

For the month of December, Sloane & Ivy is offering free shipping! Just be sure to order by December 17 for UPS and December 20 for USPS to ensure Christmas delivery!

Just for Fun
November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Game Plan!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already here!? I am down at the Cape writing this post while overlooking my parents’  cranberry bog and it is so picturesque! I am preparing for tomorrow’s festivities with family. I can’t wait! Here is my game plan for Thanksgiving!

The Outfit: My friend Gigi of Fashology talked about the importance of wearing a “comfortable yet cute” look for Turkey Day. Finding the right outfit  is always such a struggle! The last thing that I want to feel on Thanksgiving is self-conscious. The past few months I have been really into jumpsuits, as you may have seen in a couple of my posts. I am continuing with that trend with this cozy, budget-friendly jumpsuit from LC Lauren Conrad with a cardigan and Target mule slides.

The Food: So many delicious things to eat! I got this cool festive pan with pumpkin bread mix from Williams-Sonoma. I also will be making this Autumn Brussels Sprout Salad recipe from Kate of DomestikatedLife.com. I can’t wait to see how both things turn out. Of course, there will be the other Thanksgiving staples as well.

The Tablescape: I love designing the tablescape every year. I scour Pinterest looking for the perfect design. My last table design was based on this one from Lauren Conrad. This year’s tablescape will combine aspects from Lauren’s, but I am adding in the (faux) antler aspect of this design. I plan to add a little more color, bringing greens and orange pumpkins into the mix.

I also plan on taking an AM yoga class to get the stay started on the right foot. What is your plan for Thanksgiving?

Style & Beauty
November 4, 2018

Nordstom X Atlantic-Pacific Collection

One of my favorite bloggers, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, recently dropped a collaboration with the Halogen brand at Nordstrom. The collection is not available in all stores, but is available online. I love how Blair is constantly  mixing patterns and exuding her whimsical style. If you are wondering about sizing, Blair shared a post about how sizing works.

 

  1. I love these glittery mules! I can imagine wearing them with a pair of boyfriend jeans (heels and boyfriend jeans are a look that I love) or a frilly tulle skirt.  They retail for $99.95 and also come in tweed and black patent.
  2. Blair pairs these socks with these shoes. I also think they would look great with the mules. I love the pumps and socks look. Again, I would pair it with a pair of boyfriend jeans or any kind of midi skirt/dress.
  3. This hat exudes Blair’s girlie style. One great thing about New England weather, is there are so many winterwear accessories to play around with, like this piece. It retails for $39.
  4. This skirt is perfect for the office. I also picture it with the socks and glittery mules for a more fun look! What I love about this collection is that all of the pieces kind of go together and it feels like playing dress up! The faux-wrap skirt retails for $89 and features gold button details.
  5. Being in New England, you always have to be on the look out for chic winterwear. I love the knit hat and pom pom look that is trending right now, and this one is made out of soft cashmere! This hat retails for $55.
  6. I love a good trench coat, and this one is just so elegant. When done right, navy and black look divine together. This coat would look awesome with the navy skirt. It retails for $199.

Overall I am loving this collection! It is selling fast, so best to hop on it! What are your favorite pieces from the collection?

Just for Fun
October 10, 2018

Three DIY Pumpkins

As a creative individual, I love crafting and DIYs. I also love fall (it’s my second favorite season, and the only reason that it isn’t my first is because it means that winter is coming). So put these two things together, and I am in my element. I did some research and found three easy DIY pumpkins for this fun time of year!

  1. Design Fixation’s DIY Rainbow Confetti Pumpkin: Faith successfully combined pumpkins and with one of culinary’s masterpieces: the Funfetti cake. I’m in! Super easy, this tutorial requires minimal supplies and is super chic.

2. Floral Pumpkin: My mom and I made this a couple of years ago. We scooped out a pumpkin and  used styrofoam to hold the flowers in place-but you could also secure the flowers with a can (vase) in a carved out pumpkin.

3. The Lilac Press’s Metallic Pumpkins: I love how Leigha incorporated these metallic colors into her designs, particularly how she painted the stems. I also love how she used the natural orange of the pumpkin to incorporate into her chevron pattern.

How will I decorate my pumpkins this year? The verdict is still out. Another one of my favorites? Lauren Conrad’s flower cutie from a few years back.

Are you doing any fun fall DIYs right now?

Just for Fun
October 4, 2018

Top Three: October 2018

Happy fall, friends! Summer is my favorite season, but I am happy fall is in the air. I have commenced drinking PSLs and am ready for what the season has in store.  How about you? Are you ready for fall or hanging on to summer? Here are the Top Three things that I am looking forward to this month!

  1. New York, New York! I spent some time interning in New York after college, and haven’t been back since 2015. I will always hold my NYC memories close, and a trip there is a trip down memory lane! Thanks to Danielle, I won a ticket to Well Summit this weekend! I have heard such good things about this conference, and cannot wait to connect with all the bloggers there.
  2. Fall: September is always a transition month for fall, but by October, fall is in full swing! I just went apple picking this past weekend, so I am totally in the fall mode. Give me pumpkin everything! We are so lucky to live in New England, where we get a real fall, complete with the perfect foliage.
  3. Halloween: Other than Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I just wish we would get trick-or-treaters at our apartment. I can’t wait to try out some fun DIY crafts while watching “Hocus Pocus.” This year, I am going to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for the first time.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Style & Beauty
September 21, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard Wedding Guest Look

Fall is almost here, and what a perfect time for a wedding! I am headed off to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend for a friend’s nuptials and wanted to share my wedding guest look. As seen in my last post, I have been into jumpsuits lately! I feel like they appropriately elongate my figure and are super flattering!

I first saw this BCBGeneration jumpsuit at a local boutique, decided to think about it overnight, and much to my dismay, returned the next day to find my size sold! Moral of the story: Buy it when it’s love at first sight. Luckily, I searched online and found the identical jumpsuit from Nordstrom Rack. Hooray! It is now sold out on Nordstrom Rack, but available here.

The jumpsuit fits true-to-size and fits me like a glove. The blueish-slate color is a great transition into fall. I just love the ruffles! Oh, and it has pockets! I am so looking forward to sporting this outfit this weekend on the Vineyard. What sights do you guys suggest that I see?

Oh, and before I forget! A few Instagram followers have asked about my shades. Let me tell you. . . They are from Unicorn Eyewear, If you use code ‘UNICORN20’, you can get 20% off your order. I opted for the ‘Venus’ in Gold/Pink. Happy shopping!

Style & Beauty
September 3, 2018

One Last Look at Summer

As I write this, it is Labor Day! I wanted to revisit one of my favorite summer looks. I have gotten into jumpsuits recently, as I feel there are very flattering. Did you read my girl Fashology’s post on how to transition a jumpsuit?

I have another fun jumpsuit look coming up that I plan to wear to my friend’s fall wedding, as this one screams summer. It was one of my favorite summer purchases and I will be sad to soon pack it away with my summer clothes. I am looking forward to fall, but still not ready for it with these high temps! Have you gotten a PSL yet?

This jumpsuit from LC Lauren Conrad is currently on clearance for under $30 if you are lucky enough to be a size 12 or 14). I paired it with the bag of the summer and these LC Lauren Conrad heels. I just love the ruffles on the top and the wide leg look. What were your favorite summer looks? Let me know on via @busyasabee on Twitter or Instagram.

Style & Beauty
August 5, 2018

Sloane & Ivy: Anniversary Sale

Sloane and Ivy

If you have read my blog posts or looked at my social media, you’ll know that I am a fan of the Wellesley boutique, Sloane and Ivy. Well, owner Kate, just celebrated a year in business and to celebrate, part of the collection is marked 30% off (including sale items!) with code “WILDONE.” Read on to see what I am admiring from the sale!

  1. How gorgeous is this Naples Dress? I just love the ruffles neckline and the straps are adjustable! It would look perfect with my LC Lauren Conrad heels for my September wedding! Due do the exciting neckline, I would pair this piece with statement earrings, simple bracelets and a clutch.
  2. This dress is easy…just like summer living. Kate suggests throwing on a pair of flip flops or pairing it with some sneakers-easy errand-running outfit. What I love about this brand-n.Philanthropy-is that it gives back 10% of proceeds to ASCPA and LA Children’s Hospital.
  3. Remember the joggers that I modeled from this post? I fell in love with them! The navy pair is part of the Anniversary Sale! Anti-wrinkle and machine-washable, they require minimal care. Pair them with a pair of heels for going out to dinner (like I did) or pair them with sneakers for a day time look.
  4. Another great wedding guest dress! I just love the subtle cut-outs in this. The light blue hue would not only be great for a summer wedding, but pair it with some flip flops and a hat for a more casual look.
  5.  I recently purchased this dress and am already looking forward to wearing this elegant, feminine piece to for holiday cocktail parties. I plan on pairing it with a pair of colored heels for a little bit of a POP with an LBB
  6. A good pair of sunnies is something worth investing in, because you were them so much year-round. I love the pink tint of these sunnies with the bar on the top of these. 

 

What looks are you shopping right now?

Style & Beauty
July 24, 2018

Product Review: Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

Recently, I went to two weddings two weekends in a row, and so decided to get a spray tan. Unfortunately, the spray tan was completely streaked on my legs. In a panic, I was on the search for an at-home product to balance out my tan. I stopped into one of the few places that any girl in my position would: Sephora.

I explained I wasn’t looking for a deep tan, but just a glow to balance out my previous faux pas. I was directed to the Isle of Paradise products. “Vegan Friendly, Cruelty Free and Organic,” these sprays and drops can be applied to the body or face. I went with the drops, because they were a lower price point.

First, like any self-tanner, you must exfoliate. Then, apply the drops to your moisturizer. I just added the drops to some Jergens (which maybe if I had faithfully used, I wouldn’t have found myself in this predicament!) and my Clinique lotion.

Overall, the drops fixed my botched look. It’s true I said I wanted a light glow, but I would have liked a bit deeper of a tan. I suppose I should have gone for the green bottle if that was what I wanted. It’s possible the spray would have been easier to apply, as well. I missed a few spots on the back of my legs. Even though it fixed the streakiness of my spray tan, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this product and am still on the hunt for the right one!

 

Do we have any self-tan fans here? What products do you suggest?

Style & Beauty
July 13, 2018

My Summer 2018 Wardrobe Picks

Every season is a new opportunity to re-evaluate one’s closet. We are now past the 4th of July, so we are well into summer!  Fall will be here before we know it! I recently had Gigi of Fashology helped me edit out my closet, so I have a good idea of what is needed in my wardrobe. Read on to see my picks for the season!

2018 pics

  1. I am LOVING the “A New Day” brand from Target. I recently got some Gucci slide dupes from them and spotted these beauties! These satin slides are a fun color (they also come in navy or yellow) and the perfect way to slightly dress up any casual sundress look!
  2. A Denim Jacket: This is a closet staple, and I am in dire need of one! I recently saw a blogger link their LIKEtoKNOW.it to this steal from Old Navy. The jacket is a Best Seller and rings in at only $36.99!
  3. Straw bags seem to be all the rage this year. They are like an upgrade on Nantucket baskets! I particularly love this one from Francesca’s that is a no-fuss crossbody bag!
  4. Tis’ the season for graphic tees! And I am loving these ones from LC! The LCLaurenConrad brand from Kohl’s features some fun, summery graphic tees at some great prices! Pair these with denim shorts for running errands or white jeans and wedges (or #1 satin slides) for a casual dinner look.
  5. I recently went to my high school reunion and one of my classmates was wearing yellow and I fell in love with the color! It is bright and cheery-just like summer! I recently wore this Yellow Crochet Lace Dress from Femme Boutique Boston to a friend’s wedding.
  6. This is the bag of the summer! I was searching high and low for a dupe of the Cult Gaia Ark Bag and found this one from Amazon (thanks once again to LIKEtoKNOW.it!) I plan on wearing it to all of my summer events!
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