NYE, cocktail parties, and a lace dress…

I originally thought this post went up last week, but some how it seemed to get deleted. So I apologize for the short post, just wanted to get this look out to you guys before New Years!

This lace dress is available at liliac and lilies boutique. I love the nude slip underneath, it really makes the lace stand out. For those that aren’t local I have linked some similar styles below.

Target lace shift dress

Nordstrom lace dress

Bloomingdales lace

Amazon lace off the shoulder


A lace dress is great for many occasions. This look would look great with dark tights and pointed pumps for a dressier occasion or even a work event!

As always… Happy shopping.




Friday Favorites… Final of 2017

Happy Friday!!!

I can’t believe its the last Friday of the year, 2017 is over people! I always Take time to reflect on my year and think of all the amazing things that have happened. This was one heck of a year and I am thankful for its ups and its downs. This year I turned 30, started this blog, got engaged, my bff had her baby nugget, celebrated all the amazing people in my life and faced some challenges. All of which help me grow and give me a reason to look forward to 2018. Let me tell you… 2018 is gonna be a year to never forget!! Here’s some favorites I’m still crushing on and have been for a while.

BlankNYC jacket (link)

*This denim jacket is everything. Yes, it’s a splurge, but it’s worth every penny. I love it. It goes with everything and is a fun staple piece. Trust me it’s an item people won’t forget when they see it on.

bar set

whiskey set (link)

* I have loved decorating and re-decorating our bar cart. Its a focal point in our house and I particularly love incorporating fun glass pieces like this whiskey set. It’s on sale right now from Nordstrom and you have to grab it. There’s something about happy hours at home with Josh that I’ve grown to love, but of course can’t use some *regular* glass…. I want it to feel special so we use sets like these. I find some great stuff for the bar cart at Homegoods too!


Beverage Dispenser (link)

*A beverage dispenser was on my list for a while so I was happy when we finally got some. A favorite for us to use it is to infuse different alcohols for holiday parties. Our family loves Jameson infused with bananas. Trust me it makes the whiskey taste like bananas foster dissert. It’s so good you can’t even tell your drinking alcohol (its dangerous, drink responsibly)! It’s fun to come up with different creations and share with family and friends. Has definitely been a great hosting gift too!

water bottle

glass water bottle (link)

*Let me start by saying this year has been my year to eliminate plastic from my life. I’m still working on it, but the one thing I have been strict with is my water bottles. I only use glass bottles, and this one on sale from Nordstrom is great! I love the round top and think it looks fancy. I don’t know why but I have a thing for fancy drink ware.


Not Your Mother’s blonde shampoo (link)

*This shampoo smells amazing and works great. Its budget friendly for under $9 and is the best! I use it to help maintain my blonde highlights. I had never heard of purple shampoo until this year and then once I started using it I found the topic came up a lot amongst my friends. Now, I have every HOOKED! I get mine from Target, but it’s available at a lot of places.


Dior Lip Glow (link)

*Okay, My Aunt Anne introduces me and my sister in law to this lip stick and I cannot explain to you how obsessed with it I am. It adds moisture with a very subtle bit of color to your lips and it is worth every cent! Yes it’s a splurge, but I have seen a big difference in my lips since I’ve been using it. I apply it every day… multiple times a day and have noticed how much better my lips have gotten. They are not fry and never have that chapped look. It’s available at all department stores, I linked mine from Nordstrom where I typically purchase it.


cook book (link)

*This skinny taste cookbook has been a go to for me all year. I really took the initiative to cook a minimum of 3 nights a week. I am extremely fortunate that my mother in law cooks family dinner every Wednesday and Sunday so that leaves just a couple nights that I need to prepare for. If you are ever lucky enough to have a mother in law like mine (seriously a saint) make sure she knows it! I often search skinny taste recipes online (there are a ton for free plus she links the weekly meal planner). There’s lots of options offered and her site is user friendly. I like the cook book too because it has healthier recipes not featured on her site and sometimes I just want an actual book.  http://www.skinnytaste.com

I would love to hear about some of your favorite things from 2017! Make sure to subscribe to my site by clicking follow below and entering your email so we can make sure to stay connected in 2018!




Easy breezy with a romper obsession…

While it’s winter everywhere else,  here in south Florida its still about 85 degrees. That calls for easy looks that are weather appropriate. I am obsessed with this romper by Elan available at lilac and lilies boutique.  It’s also available in other colors from Nordstrom and I’ve found an identical match under $40 from Target (only available in black).

I decided to add a leather wrap around belt to create some dimension. Here’s a link to one very similar from Amazon, it’s available in a ton of colors and style mostly under $15.

I love a good straw hat for beach days, going out to lunch with friends, brunching, or any other time you wanna keep the sun out of your face Here’s a similar hat from Target and its under $15.

Whenever I do off the shoulder I try and pair it with a statement necklace.  This particular necklace is by Kendra Scott and is a bit pricier. I’ve linked it here and here’s one by Bauble Bar available at Nordstrom. Here’s another crystal bib available at DSW, and here’s a fun one from Target..

This is a great look for going on vacation too! How many of you have a tripped planned to a tropical paradise and don’t know what to pack? Let me know… I’m here to help!

Can we talk about how cool this car is? While at Ft.Lauderdalee beach shooting this look I saw this amazing car pull up and asked the owner if he wouldn’t mind me taking a picture next to it. He said, “I’ll give ya better, hop in and take all the pictures ya want!” It was pretty fun and I’m happy to have seen something so different. Made me feel like I was in the movie Grease (please say you see the resemblance)!

Happy Romper Wearing



Keepin it cool in Ft. Lauderdale…


Let’s talk “winter” fashion while living in south Florida when its 86 degrees in December… it doesn’t happen. We do our best to wear what we can but let’s be honest, I’m not going to put on my cute over the knee boots and sweater when the sun is shining bright and the sweat is happening.  Soooo trying to think of ways to have an all year look is what I’m working on.

My whole look is available at lilac and lilies boutique, but don’t worry I’ve linked others.


Studded denim is go-to for me. I feel like it takes a classic jeans  & T-shirt look and amps it up to another level. The 5th grade bedazzler in me is sooooo happy this trend is making a come back. These jeans are by BlankNYC (my all time fave) and are linked directly here.  I’ve found some other affordable options too!

Macy’s use code JOY for extra 20% off

H&M under $60

I went with a longer cropped bell sleeve top that I love (and you will see a lot)! Its available at lilac and lilies boutique, but you can also get it here (Lulus under $60) also at Nordstrom and similar here (Target under $15)! It’s by Lost + Wander and is super comfy and not too thin. I’m wearing a small for reference.

My loafers are Franco Sarto and have been on the blog before. They’re great and can be worn with slacks for work, a skirt, denim like this or even cute with shorts!

They’re from DSW and under $50, I’ve linked them here. Here’s a similar pair from Target (under $20)!

And I’ve found similar rancher Hat’s… here and here.

Is anyone else super excited that studded and embroidered denim is trending?!

I look forward to wearing studded denim in other ways and can’t wait to bring you guys more looks.

Stay Warm…



Friday Favorites 12.22

Hey Friday!

Man, it’s been a couple weeks since I posted a favorites post. This week I wanted to share a bit of everything: food, fashion, TV, and gift ides.

*Lets start with recipes. For those of you that have Publix, have you tried their Apron meals? My sister in law is always sending me ones she’s tried and the family has loved. They are easy ways to make something quick for dinner. She recently shared the Kalamata Chicken with Orzo. Seriously, try it!!! I have been using the slow cooker as much as possible and I am so thankful for the time saver it’s been!

apron meal

Here’s the link for the recipe!

*Another favorite of mine are these Spanx faux leather leggings – in Motto Style. They are amazing. They can be worn in many different ways and are great for holiday time. Dress them up with some heels or over the knee boots, keep it  casual with a sweatshirt and some Adidas (like I did here). They can make anyone look good… Super flattering (even for the girls with no bootie)! I’m considering getting them in other colors. I was lucky and snagged mine during the anniversary sale. They’re available at lilac and lilies boutique , Nordstrom, and Amazon. Yes, they are a splurge but just like Lululemon, they’re worth it.


*Has everyone watched Stranger Things on Netflix? Josh and I recently started and are on episode 4- I’m hooked. It’s like a mix of ET, the goonies, and growing pains. I know that sounds crazy, but I have no doubt you’ll love it. Completely worth the Netflix subscription. There are only 2 seasons so with the break with holidays plenty of time to get caught up. C’mon Christmas Netflix binge- Yes. We will need a break from Home Alone and Stranger Things will be the rescue!


*Holiday Cocktail! I always like to make a *sepia* drink each holiday. This year I plan on trying a new sangria. My mother in law make the BEST red sangria so in keeping with the theme, I thought lets add a delicious white to have this year.


Thanks Pinterest for this amazing white sangria! Cant wait to have this for Christmas 🙂

Let’s talk gift guide!

For her… diffuser , candle, scarf, perfume, hat

For him… back pack,  slipperscologne, headphones, men’s valet

It’s funny how as we get older the Holiday’s don’t have as much excitement to them. Maybe it’s because the responsibility of everything makes it feel like a bigger chore. I know for me I always get a bot anxious, missing those that aren’t with us and stressing about what to get everyone. This year I decided not to stress. I’m going to focus on all I have to be thankful for and enjoy the time with family. I am fortunate enough to have the best family (friend family- I thin I used that right) and amazing parent’s in law (soon to be official!) to spend Christmas day with, and for that I am eternally grateful!

Cheers to the Holidays and making this year even better then the last!



Sparkle and Shine for the Holidays…

It’s almost the weekend and boy am I looking forward to Christmas. We’ve been shopping, planning, organizing, and prepping not only for Christmas but also New Years. Not to mention throw in engagement stuff, this girl needs a break. Luckily, I found myself on the couch for two hours yesterday (not being productive at all) watching an SVU marathon. Yes, I have seen EVERY episode, and yes I can watch each one a million times. Elliot Stabler you are perfection 😉 !! Check out this quick holiday look.

I love a good pleated skirt… especially around this time of year! They’re flattering for all shapes and sizes! You can dress them up or down depending on your shoes and accessories. I’d even love this skirt with a tall black boot. This look is available at lilac and lilies boutique. For me, I typically like to pair a midi skirt with a bodysuit, gives it that polished look. Similar body suit to this post is the one from this previous post,  Holiday Look 1….

I found some similar skirts… all affordable and linked them for you below!

Under $50

Nordstrom – silver midi skirt

H&M pleated midi skirt

Under $30

Target pleated skirt

This skirt would look great with a cable knit sweater too. How about a white T and some converse?! Crazy, nope would look adorable. You will be seeing more pleated skirts and different ways to style them on the blog soon.

I’m still planning my holiday look… ugh this girl doesn’t do well with too many choices. lol!

Happy Prepping 🙂



Holiday look 2…


Hey Guys,

It’s a cold morning here in Florida and I’m loving it! I miss winter in NY and look forward to any chance I get to wear boots and a comfy sweater. 🙂 This holiday look I am showing can be transitioned for colder weather too, simply add tights, booties, and a pashmina and you are all set!

I think an elegant dress for the holidays is always a classic look. I originally purchased this dress for a wedding josh and I had in October and last minute changed my mind, however, I do think this is a great wedding dress, too!

velvet slip dress,   or Asos silver pleated dress,   or green velvet Target,   or lace midi Nordstrom

Above are links to similar dresses that I love for the holidays that are all affordable. I got my dress from Abercrombie during their last 50% off sale and this exact one is no longer available.


When you have a simple dress like this, I always like to add a statement earring to help create more dimension (more of a completed look). Sure, simple stud earring will work too, but I love a statement earring- especially for the holidays. Here are two similar options to the earring I am wearing… teal earrings or navy earrings


You can pair this dress with black heels and it will still look great. I chose nude because I wanted a chunkier heel and I did not want my show to be a focus. My pair are older Steve Madden, but I linked similar pairs here: blush velvet block heels or  nude leather heel.

Most people feel you need to have a clutch when styling this dress, but I like to add a crossbody that has some metal to it. This particular crossbody is by All Saints in bronze, but I found a more affordable option in gold that I think would look great with this look as well.

gold crossbody


Adding a dark lip color really completes the look. I love to be bold with lip colors and feel a Bordeaux color like the one I am wearing here (by Clinique in grandest grape) helps add the finishing touch to this look. I wish I could braid ’cause a beautiful fish tail braid would add a lot to this look.

Happy holiday parties and good luck with all the holiday shopping!