{OOTD} Snow Day!

We finally got a big snow – enough for several days of being “trapped”. Yes! So what to do? Impromptu neighborhood snowball fights, turning our back deck into a giant sledding hill, nights by the fire, and cocoa. Lots of cocoa.

But my sweet and cuddly bear dog had the best time of all. He spent so much time out jumping, rolling, and playing in the snow. So cute!

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{OOTD} Black velvet midi and lace

I love New Years Eve since it’s a guaranteed night of high glam where everyone can dress to the nines just because! After standing in my closet for an hour (it looks like I bulldozed it), I settled on this new velvet bodycon dress. So why was I staying away from velvet for so long?! Confession: Even though I was covering how amazing all the models and celebs looked in the latest velvet trend, I was still holding out on doing it myself.

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{Luxe Year in Review} The Best of 2016

So this year wasn’t too kind to us as a collective group. We lost some of our most beloved artists and celebrities like Prince, David Bowie, and Carrie Fisher; regardless of political affiliations, most Americans feel like we all lost in the presidential elections; Brexit happened to our fellow UK friends across the pond; the Zika virus took many hostage; hostilities climaxed in police shootings and civil unrest; terror attacks across the globe; Syria; and somehow we still haven’t managed to lose Kanye West.

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{OOTD} Pink Oversized Sweater and Leather Leggings

Ok, so I’m pretty much a pansy when it comes to cold weather, so I tend to dress like an Eskimo. I love anything warm, soft and cozy in the frosty winter months to keep me feeling snuggled and warm when I’m braving the elements ok, walking literally 2 blocks from my car to the coffee shop for some cocoa.

This oversized sweater is perfect for me for those chilly days. It’s actually an off-the-shoulder, but I like I found it was pretty versatile in styling, so my cold weather pansy self pulled up the OTS collar and styled it that way!

I styled it with faux leather quilted panel leggings that are super soft and comfy, and a pair of grey Antonio Melani cutout ankle boots from last season (no longer available). I should have gotten some shots of the bakery’s amazing espresso and hazelnut truffles…amazing!

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The Look ~ Sweater (here and here) // Leggings // Bag

 

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{Luxe OOTD} Sweater Weather…Finally!

It’s finally here – the Autumn season we’ve all been expecting for quite a bit now.

Time to crank up the fireplace, change your Starbucks order and grab those cute boots and scarves you’ve been waiting to show off.

Today I wore ripped denim, cuffed at the hem to show off my ankle boots and an oversized sweater that I wear all the time in the winter. So cozy and soft!

Beauty ~ Color Corrector // Concealer // Foundation // Eyeliner // Eyes // Mascara // Lips 

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{Luxe OOTD} Off-the-Shoulder Trend

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I love cities that appreciate local artists enough to commission giant murals all over their buildings. I walked all over the Neon District of Norfolk to find some of these fantastic treasures that were just as good (if not better?!) as exploring a museum.

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I wore a trend that was shown on both Fall 16 and Spring 17 runways: the off-the-shoulder look. This one had half bell sleeves, which I thought was a playful little touch.

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The Look ~ Dress: Buy or Rent // Earrings // Sunglasses

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{OOTD} Tangerine Dream

I’ve been loving the off-the-shoulder trend lately and decided to try it out with popping tangerine. With such a pale complexion, I typically go for blues, greens, and of course, the tried and true blacks and greys. But this time, I decided to go for the orange, and you know what? I actually really like it!

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The Look ~ BB Cream // Eye Liner // Contour // Concealer // Lip Color

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{Luxe Holiday Style} 20 Amazing Last Minute Looks For July 4th

Wondering what to wear to the July 4th parties this weekend? My go-to place for the best last minute designer looks has always been RTR. No, this isn’t a collab post – they have no idea I’m writing this! I discovered them several years ago, tried them out, and have been addicted ever since. Especially since I’m a last minute planner.

So if you still don’t have a dress for a party this weekend, take a look. Their really quick shipping is a lifesaver. Another bonus: A lot of the dresses come with a free second size just in case the first one isn’t the right fit. A totally necessity for in-between sizers like me!

Tularosa Printed Jonah Maxi

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Camilla and Marc White Ripolin Dress

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Hunter Bell Camo Sea Maxi Dress

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