Holiday Gift Guide: Must Have Jewelry

Astro Ring // Grey Tassel Earrings // Karma Necklace // Triangle Bracelet // Parisian Tassel Earrings // Crystal Stud Earrings // The It Bracelet // Nail Bracelet

Happy Sunday!

We got our first snow of the season last night, and it did not disappoint! It looks like an absolute winter wonderland outside, and the weather is gorgeous. I’ve created my newest holiday gift guide for the girl that loves to accessorize- with jewelry! You can never have too much in my opinion, and these pieces from The Songbird Collection do not disappoint! I’ve rounded up the must-have pieces to take your holiday (and every day outfits) to the next level!

Some of my favorites:

Astro Ring // This gorgeous ring is statement making with fierce, yet chic geometric shapes on a thin, delicate band studded intricately with tiny cubic zirconia. This ring is perfect for dressing up any outfit, and offers the perfect amount of glam for the holidays!

Parisian Tassel Earrings // Be the picture of Parisian charm and grace in these long, graceful chandelier earrings. These Parisian Tassel Earrings feature an intricate, woven pattern with rhinestone and bead accents.  The long, flowy tassel is a romantic muted pink, and the perfect finish to a simple, little black dress, or jeans and a chic top.

Karma Necklace // What goes around, comes around! This eternally classic simple necklace falls in the perfect place, and serves as a daily reminder to channel positivity. This is the perfect layering piece, but can also stand alone!

Nail Bracelet // This gorgeous bracelet is a play on the designer version, without the expensive price tag! I absolutely love it, and wear mine every day. It’s beautiful by itself, or stacked with other bracelets, and makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

What are your favorite, go-to jewelry pieces for the holiday season?

 

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Winter Style with Forever21 + Express

I hope everyone has fun plans for the weekend! I’m just about done with all of my holiday shopping, and on time for once. Next up: decorating the house and wrapping all of my gifts! 

This look is courtesy of Forever21 and Express, and is super easy to put together. I live in cardigans, especially cozy ones like this longline waffle weave that also comes in several colors. Cardigans are versatile, and easy to throw on, so for someone like myself who is always on the go, they are the perfect layering piece, and are absolutely a closet staple. Right now , you can score this longline cardigan from Forever21 for only $17, on sale from $25! ANDDD if you use code BOGOFREE, you can get buy one get one on ALL sale items, NO EXCLUSIONS! Such a steal!!  (I just bought another one in the burgundy color!)

I also adore this double layer satin cami from Express…I have it in four colors. They still have a lot of colors/sizes in stock even after Cyber Monday, so make sure you check it out ASAP….they won’t last! They’re definitely a wardrobe must-have.

Have you scored any great deals for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to check back soon, my next holiday gift guide will be up on the blog. You can also check the prior ones here and here.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Half-Zip Pullover // Tie & Sock Set // UGG Slippers // Leather Wallet // Beard Kit // Bose Speaker // Original Grain Rosewood Watch // Cocktail Carry On Kit // YSL L’Homme Cologne

Alright ladies, it’s crunch time! December first is on Friday, and I cannot believe where the time went!! This year has been an absolute whirlwind, and it’s definitely been tough to keep up. Usually, I wait until the week before Christmas to finish all my holiday shopping, but this year I’ve finally gotten a head start, and only have a couple more things to purchase! For those of you with men in your life that can be difficult to shop for, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite picks to make shopping a little easier, or at least jumpstart some ideas for you!

Half-Zip Pullover // For a cashmere pullover, this sweater is super cheap, coming in under $60! It’s super soft and will help keep him nice and warm. Cashmere-softened cotton yarns are knit into a handsome half-zip pullover tailored with a little extra room through the chest and body to leave just enough space for layering, and it comes in 8 colors!

Leather Wallet // My husband (and most men I know) is notorious for not replacing items once they have started to kick the bucket. He would carry the same worn out wallet forever if I didn’t replace it for him! This real leather wallet makes a great stocking stuffer, and is under $130! I’ve also linked cheaper options here, and here.

Original Grain Rosewood Watch // I am obsessed with this watch!! I LOVE the rosewood mixed with silver- it’s so classic and elegant, and perfect for work or going out. ALSO, for every watch purchased they plant one tree with Trees For The Future – Senegal which helps families, alleviates hunger and reducing poverty. For more on that please click here. This is definitely on D’s list this year!

Cocktail Carry On Kit // This is something that I know several people on my list would enjoy, especially for travelling during the holiday. The kit is TSA friendly, and provides enough ingredients for at least two cocktails. It’s perfect for the traveler that would love a drink on the plane, and not the price tag that comes with it! You do have to supply your own nips, however, since Amazon vendors cannot sell alcohol without a liquor license. You can buy several different cocktail kits including: Old-Fashioned, Gin and Tonic, Bloody Mary, the Moscow Mule, and more!

Another item I highly recommend that’s not on this list: Google home. We just bought the Google home mini for Black Friday, and I am completely obsessed already! It’s so helpful, and so fun to play around with! You can sync it up with your phone and music playlists, and ask it to play songs for you (I’ve already gone crazy with the holiday music), read you the news or the weather, ask it jokes & questions, and so much more! It’s also small and inconspicuous, so it’s easy to hide. If anyone wants me to do a post on this, please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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25 Things You May Not Know About Me

I hope everyone had a successful Cyber Monday! In honor of my 25th birthday today (yikes!) I thought I’d share with you guys 25 facts about me that you might not know:

1. I absolutely love to read! I’ll read almost anything, but I prefer fiction, especially thrillers and crime novels. 
2. My favorite color is grey, followed closely by the color pink.
3. Chocolate & peanut butter are one of my favorite combinations
4. My natural hair color is auburn
5. On the very first lottery ticket I ever bought (on my 18th birthday) I won $200
6. I buy a lot of my designer items brand new/gently used from sites like eBay or ThredUp
7. I am so thankful I was recently able to travel to France for the first time. I would love to check Italy off of my list next.
8. I could eat sushi all day, every day
9. I am the oldest of five children; I have two sisters and two brothers, and D and I also want a large family someday
10. I was recently accepted into Boston University to finish a degree in Biomedical science
11. I love milkshakes, they are one of my guilty pleasures
12. I am actually terrified of being in front of the camera! Its a fear I am constantly learning how to overcome, especially with blogging.
13. We are planning to move to North Carolina in the next three years to buy a home
14. I am mostly French, Irish, and English descent. I have family all over the world, many whom I have never met before.
15. I am a huge advocate for women and learning how to love yourself. More on that here and here
16. Baking is one of my passions! I always tell people that someday I’m going to run my own home bakery and fashion blog alongside it.
17. I was reading a book on my way up to Maine, and when I opened the window to flick a bug out I accidentally threw my book out of the car and onto the highway (My husband was kind enough to stop at Target so I could buy a new one!)
18. My favorite musical is the Phantom of the Opera
19. I’m deathly afraid of spiders
20. I am a chemist during the day, blogger by night
21. One of my favorite books in the world is All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
22. I love to paint/draw, and have won awards for my art in the past
23. I am a huge animal lover, and have a soft spot for almost all of them
24. I used to be very introverted (not anymore!)
25. I am terrified and excited to be twenty-five. Sometimes I still feel like I haven’t really accomplished anything or I don’t know what direction my life is going in, but I’m trying to embrace getting older since it’s unavoidable! Here’s to being twenty-five!

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Cyber Monday Deals of 2017

Coat // Necklace // Hat // Ring // Slippers // Crossbody // Perfume // Sweater // Fleece Pullover

Good morning everyone and happy Cyber Monday!! I have to say that these are some of the best Cyber Monday deals I’ve seen yet- it’s so crazy! Many stores are offering 25% to 50% off and free shipping for Cyber Monday, so get all your shopping done before the deals are over!

Abercrombie & Fitch // 50% off entire  store + free shipping
Amazon // Up to 40% off fashion, up to 60%on electronics
Ann Taylor // 50% off everything + free shipping with code BESTMONDAY
Anthropologie // 20% off full priced items + free shipping on orders of $100+
ASOS // 30% off everything with code EPIC30
Banana Republic // 50% off everything, no exclusions
Baublebar // 35% off everything with code CYBER35
Bergdorf Goodman // Up to 40% off on men and women’s designer items
Bloomingdales // Take 25% off a large selection of items for a total savings of up to 60%
Chicwish // 15% off orders over $70 with code CBM15
Express // 20% off full priced items + free shipping on orders of $100+
Forever21 // Up to 80% off + additional 21% off and free shipping with code CYBER21
GAP // 50% off everything + free shipping with code CYBER
Goodnight Macaroon // 30% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY2017
H&M // 30% off everything, no exclusions
J. Crew // 40% off your purchase + extra 10% off + free shipping with code SHOPFAST
J. Crew Factory // 60% off everything + extra 50% off clearance with code CYBER
Kate Spade // 30% off full-priced items + 40% off sale items with code MOREJOY
Kendra Scott // 20% off everything with code YELLOW20 + free shipping
Loft // 50% off everything + free shipping with code CLICK
Love Always // 30% off everything with code SPARKLE
Macy’s // Take an extra 20% off with code CYBER
Madewell // 25% off with code GOODMOOD
Neiman Marcus // Earn up to a$750 gift card with code GC4YOU
Nordstrom // Extra 20% off selected sale items
Old Navy // 50% off your entire purchase, no code needed
Pottery Barn // Daily deals up to 50% off
Revolve // Extra 20% off final sale + up to 75% off new markdowns
Sephora // New beauty launches + receive a holiday sample bag with code METIME
Shopbop // Up to 75% off sale items, up to 30% off full priced items with code MORE17
Sole Society // 30% off everything sitewide
Tory Burch // 30% off $250 or more with code THANKS (some exclusions apply)
ULTA // $10 off a qualifying purchase of $50 or more with code CYBERMON17 + free shipping on all orders over $35

Happy Shopping!!

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Host

Monogram Throw // Teapot // Cheese Knives // Decanter // The Art of the Bar Cart Book // Slate Cheeseboard // Bar Cart // Copper Glasses // Monogram Coasters // Diffuser Set // Candle Set // Wood & Marble Cheeseboard // Velvet Throw

Today I’ve rounded up some gifts perfect for those people in your life that love to host parties, or that family member that is hosting the holiday dinner. These gifts are very versatile and are sure to please anyone! A lot of monograms are featured and throw blankets (there’s no way I couldn’t include these!) so you’re sure to find something for the host or hostess in your life. This guide can also double as great housewarming gift ideas!

D and I are very excited to finally be able to host parties when we buy our house, so several of these items are featured on my personal holiday list as well. Below, I’ve highlighted my favorite items:

Velvet Throw // Upgrade your favorite cuddle-up corner with a wonderfully plush blanket throw available in a wide array of classic and fresh colors. Velvet is making a huuuge comeback, and no wonder! It’s super soft, versatile, and perfect for the chilly days ahead.

The Art of the Bar Cart Book // From high-end magazines and design-inspiration websites to stores big and small, bar carts are a must-have piece of furniture, especially for the hostess on your list. I love them, because they easily transport from room to room. You can even transform it into a coffee bar for overnight guests in the morning! This book offers inspirational pictures, as well as advice and tips on how to style and theme your cart, and recipes for perfect drinks. Plus, it makes a wonderful addition to your coffee table!

Candle Set // This set from Voluspa features mini tin candles crafted from pure coconut wax and a 100% cotton wick for a crisp, clean burn. I love the metallic colors these tins come in, and it features Voluspa’s five most popular scents: prosecco rose, casa pacifica, bourbon vanilla, aurantia & blackberry, and Makassar ebony & peach!

Wood & Marble Cheeseboard // This monogrammed cheeseboard made from marble and acacia wood is the perfect, elegant addition for anyone’s kitchen. It’s perfect for appetizers or desserts, and any type of gathering! I have a marble and gold cheeseboard, but I recently gifted a friend this beautiful slate one with all of our favorite cheeses, meats, and toppings.

I hope this guide has given you several ideas for gifts for the hostess in your life! Feel free to message me for more gift guide ideas. The next one will be up on Monday!

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Best Black Friday Deals for Fashion Lovers

The year long wait is over! With millions of Americans participating in Black Friday, the end of November has become synonymous with really, really good deals. Or, what I like to call it, Treat Yourself Season.

Like prior years, the upcoming sales weekend is chock full of discounts that will help you cross a name or two off of your holiday gifting list…and just may benefit your own closet in the process (oops!) I’ve compiled a list of the best Black Friday deals from stores that I love to shop at!

ASOS // 60% off women’s wear

Banana Republic // 50% off regular price items

Cole Haan // 50% off select styles; 30% off everything else

Express // $25 off every $100 with promo code 2431, and an additional 40% off of clearance items

Forever21 // Sale up to 70% off and items starting as low as $3!

H&M // 30% off sitewide, sale up to 70% off

J. Crew // 500 styles under $50

Lord & Taylor // 20% off regular and sale items

Nordstrom // Additional 20% off select sale merchandise

Nordstrom Rack // Items starting at $10; take an additional 30% off all red tag items

Saks Off Fifth // 50% off of women’s cashmere, cold weather accessories, and outerwear; extra 50% off of select apparel and accessories

Target // Women’s sweaters starting at $10, booties starting at $15

Tory Burch // 30% off of your entire order when you spend $250+

What sales are you most excited for?

Happy shopping!!

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#EmbraceAmbition with Tory Burch

I know this photo is fuzzy, but it is one of my favorites!

I wanted to share with you all something very important to me, that has changed my life in a big way.

I have loved the Tory Burch brand and everything it stands for since I discovered it back in 2012. Not only do I adore her classic bags, statement making shoes, and chic jewelry, I also love the messages and inspiration that the brand brings to the table.

There is a powerful new movement within our midst for women. It’s called Embrace Ambition, and it’s part of the Tory Burch Foundation. The foundation was created for female entrepreneurs, and offers so many resources that allow these amazing women to achieve their dreams.

From the Tory Burch page itself: “Our goal at the Tory Burch Foundation is to give women entrepreneurs the tools to level the playing field by providing access to affordable loans, education and networking. But we also believe that in order to succeed, women must embrace ambition… I look forward to the days when the cultural norms that hold women back are simply a part of our history and not our present circumstance. When ambition in a woman doesn’t have a negative connotation. I no longer shy away from the word ambition. I embrace it.”

I love everything about this powerful statement. It’s true; many women are afraid to be ambitious. There is a stigma that surrounds us, that it’s a positive trait for men to be ambitious, but for women it’s perceived negatively. I want to end that, and Tory wants to end that. Why shouldn’t we be ambitious, and chase after our dreams? Why shouldn’t we have the courage to put ourselves out there?

I started this blog back in August of 2016. I had (and still have) big aspirations of becoming a fashion blogger full-time. I want this because fashion is a huge part of my life. But, real talk: I see myself and my body very negatively. Surprising from someone who shares photos of themselves every day, right? It’s true. I don’t like what I see in the mirror. When I try to talk to people about these feelings, I usually get the “but you look fine!” response, or “I mean, you could probably lose a little weight, did you think about toning up?” Neither of these is okay.

It’s extremely frustrating when you don’t feel confident in yourself. It’s been a long journey, and it’s a journey that will continue for quite some time, but I am learning slowly how to love myself. I adore fashion; it makes me happy finding that perfect dress that highlights all of my assets, or the shirt that looks flattering directly off the rack, without any additional tailoring needed. I have followed fashion bloggers on social media for years, and it always saddened me that they all seemed to be gorgeous, rich, and the same size (teeny tiny!) No one was my size, and there were not many plus sized bloggers either at the time. I was always worried if I was too big to be a fashion blogger, not pretty enough, or not having enough money to always be buying these expensive items and jet-setting all over the world. I dreamed of the fabulous life, and I still do. But in reality, I know I don’t have the means currently to do that, and neither do most of the women that follow these accounts.

Finally, that all seems to be changing. We are all beautiful in our own shapes and sizes, and I am trying to learn that for myself. I want to look at myself less critically in the mirror. I want to be able to say “this dress looks gorgeous on me” instead of “this dress would look way better if I was ten pounds lighter.” I know that I am not the only woman who feels this way, or struggles with accepting themselves. There is also a new wave of influencers out there who cater to women on a budget; how to shop and travel without spending a fortune. We’re not perfect looking, and most of the women you see behind these blogs are not always confident in themselves either. It’s easy to fool people online, to make it seem like life is easy and perfect. It’s not, and that’s something I am coming to terms with.

So I chose to start my own blog. I wanted to share beautiful outfits that you can wear every day. I wanted to show other women how they can learn to feel more confident in their own skin using clothing as an outlet. How the right pair of shoes can change your entire attitude because let’s face it, rocking those killer heels is a huge confidence booster! But ultimately, my goal is to teach other women how to completely love themselves, with or without clothing. I have a very hard time with myself in photos, especially when they are taken by other people. I am not confident in front of a camera. I prefer selfies, because I can control the photo. But when others take it, I have less control. I see myself the way others see me, flaws and all. Slowly, I am learning to see myself the way others see and accept me. My husband is my photographer, and he is my greatest fan. He pushes me every day to be the best person that I can be. To chase my dreams and dream big. To see myself through his eyes. When I see myself through his photography, for a moment I can see what he sees, and I love it every bit of it.

The Tory Burch #embraceambition movement means so much to me, because I chose to push myself outside of my comfort zone, and am learning to embrace being ambitious to achieve my dreams. I put myself out there, for millions of people to see me every day, because I’m hoping I can help even just one woman learn to love herself a little bit more. I started my own campaign, Styled by Confidence, so I can share my story and help to inspire other women to be their best. It’s my dream to one day be able to not only blog full time, but to start my own personal styling business that focuses on teaching you how to feel confident through clothing.

So please. Don’t tell me I “look fine” when I am trying to open up to you. Nor is it okay to tell someone to hit the gym (unless it’s a serious health concern). We all get insecure about our looks. But when we do, don’t just tell us we look fine, or where to improve upon. Dig deeper, and tell us we are confident, ambitious, strong; powerful, big dreamers, successful, or kind. Beauty is only a small part of feeling truly confident in your own skin.

If you want to support the Tory Burch Foundation and help other women achieve their dreams, sign the pledge to #embraceambition, and consider purchasing one of these adorable Embrace Ambition bracelets. They’re $30, and 100% of the proceeds goes to the foundation. (I have the rose gold!)

As always, we are accepting posts from readers to share your own Styled by Confidence story, which you can email to us here

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5 Thanksgiving Approved Outfits

Happy Monday, everyone!! Since Thanksgiving is only a few days away (I still can’t believe how fast it came!), I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of different outfit ideas for Turkey Day. A lot of these items are still available; however, you probably have similar pieces in your closet that you can mix and match to create these easy looks!

( I just realized I am wearing my fave OTK boots in every single one of these photos, haha! I can’t help it, they’re super comfortable, flattering, and go with everything!)

You can easily shop all of my looks from the Shop My Looks tab at the top of the page! I am soooo excited for Thanksgiving this year. It is one of my favorite holidays, and we are blessed enough to be close by to both sides of the family, so we are able to celebrate holidays with everyone. But what makes this year so special is that my cousin, who was deployed, will also be joining us. It’s also D and I’s first Thanksgiving as husband and wife, and we are looking forward to making even more memories together.

 

New holiday gift guide will be up on Wednesday!

 

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Classic Camel + Black for Fall

Happy Thursday/Friday eve!

I wanted to share this classic camel and black combo that’s SO easy to recreate! I grabbed this adorable, cowl neck sweater from Kohl’s on sale last season, and paired it with my favorite jeans and black over the knee boots for a casual but chic look. This would also be a perfect outfit to wear for Thanksgiving, which I can’t believe is only a week away!! The weather here has been horrible lately, so I’m hoping it clears up in time to enjoy some football with the family outdoors 🙂

Similar sweater here and here // Jeans // OTK Boots // 

You can also shop my look here!

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