Thursday, December 18, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Red Jacket and Black Skirt



Blazer: Classique Entier, similar here | Skirt: J. Crew
Boots: Ann Taylor, similar here

This is my last post for 2014, since I'm taking two weeks of vacation from work, the blog and everything!! Almost time to head home for the holidays!! For my final touch-of-red outfit, I've paired this Chanel-style blazer with a classic black pencil skirt. I hope all your holidays are bright and wonderful, and see you all in the New Year!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Scarf and Pearls



Skirt: J. Crew | Top: Smartwool
Scarf: gift, similar options here | Pearls: from craft market, similar here
Boots: Ann Taylor, similar here

Today I'm feeling like channeling Madame Chanel again, with an all-black ensemble set off by both a classic red silk scarf and a long strand of pearls. To tie the scarf, simply wrap it around your neck twice and then tie it in a knot at the front. Adjust it around your neck to even it out and achieve the look you love!

Friday, December 12, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Red Shawl





Skirt: J. Crew | Top: Smartwool
Shawl: gift, similar here | Boots: Ann Taylor, similar here

I've been SUPER sick all week, but still had to go into the office and keep working (of course!). I've been trying to keep my clothes as simple and comfy as possible, while still remaining professional. This all-black outfit may not be the height of fashion, but adding a beautiful red shawl on top adds a bit more color and a touch of holiday cheer.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tips and Trends: Easy Holiday Party Recipes


Entertaining is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. However, hosting during the holidays can be really stressful for the working woman. So, today I am sharing some of my favorite holiday recipes that taste amazing and are easy to prepare. From a holiday cheese plate to delicious peppermint sugar cookies, here are a few must-try holiday recipes to make your holiday party a guaranteed success!

Menu

- Cheese and Crackers
- Holiday-Themed Veggie Tray
-  Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Truffles
- Hot Chocolate

Cheese Plate 

MathaStewart.com - Photography: Aaron Dyer 

For the cheese and cracker appetizer, choose and arrange a handful of delicious cheeses on a tray. Create a festive wreath made of herbs, bay leaves, olives and raspberries. Make or buy a cheese ball, divide in half, and top with thin sliced almonds for a decorative twist. Serve an assortment of crackers to give your guests a variety of options to pair with the cheeses.

Recipe Credit: MarthaStewart.com

Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies 

MarthaStewart.com - Photography: Sang An

Festive holiday cookies are a must have at any winter cocktail party. Martha Stewart has an amazing recipe for sugar cookies with candy cane pieces inside. If you are worried about having time to bake cookies from scratch, make the sugar cookie batter ahead of time on the weekend and then roll out and bake the cookies before your guests come. This simple recipe has only 9 ingredients and the cookies bake in about 12 minutes - perfect for the woman with limited time to shop and cook.

Recipe Credit: MarthaStewart.com

Chocolate Truffles 

Whole Foods Organic Chocolate Truffles 

It's not a party without some chocolate! These Whole Foods chocolate truffles are a delicious and easy treat. Just arrange them on a silver or gold platter and they'll look beautiful on the table.

Holiday Themed Veggie Tray


A decorative holiday themed vegetable tray is a great way to add something healthy to your cocktail party. Choose an either all white veggie tray, or a festive red and green tray. For an all white tray arrange cauliflower, white asparagus cut up in short pieces, mushrooms, and boiled potatoes peeled and cubed. Use a creamy white sauce like ranch for dipping. For a red and green tray, arrange tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers, and broccoli. For the dip, mix red-wine vinaigrette with olive oil and garnish with a few red pepper flakes for a delicious festive sauce.

Hot Chocolate 

William Sonoma Classic Hot Chocolate & Peppermint Marshmallows

Hot chocolate is the perfect drink for a winter cocktail party. Any quality hot chocolate mix is sure to be a hit with your guests, but one of my favorites is the William Sonoma classic hot chocolate or peppermint hot chocolate.  This mix is easy to make, but tastes deliciously homemade. I also love big fluffy, handcrafted marshmallows to put in the drink. William Sonoma makes peppermint marshmallows that will make your hot chocolate to die for!

Give these festive holiday recipes a try at your next winter cocktail party. Leave any comments and questions below! Happy Holidays!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Two Weeks of Red - Sweater





Skirt: J. Crew | Sweater: Banana Republic, similar here
Boots: Ann Taylor, similar here | Belt: Ebay, similar here

In the spirit of the holiday, for the next two weeks all my outfits will have a touch of red! Which is kind of easy, since red is my favorite color and I have a lot of it. But what better time than December to wear as much red as possible?? First up - this gorgeous, classic v-neck sweater in a warm cranberry!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Red Tweed Skirt and Red Sweater



Skirt: Classique Entier, similar here | Sweater: Target
Boots: Ann Taylor, similar here | Belt: Target, similar here

It's finally time for the holidays, so bring on the red!! While your mother may have taught you not to mix your reds, if you have a piece that already has various shades of red in it, such as this tweed skirt, you can definitely layer a solid red over top. I've made my look a touch more festive by layering three necklaces of different lengths over the sweater, but for a work-day office look, I would probably just pick one necklace. Black boots at this time of year are a MUST - it's getting cold outside!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tips and Trends: The Professional Girl's Gift Guide


With Thanksgiving over, it is now officially time to get in the holiday spirit!!! This means carols, snowy nights, hot chocolate and, of course, holiday shopping. If you work in an office, your gift list probably includes gifts for family, friends, and co-workers. Co-worker gifts can sometimes be a challenge, but here are 12 great gift ideas that everyone in your office will love:


1.  Similar - BillyKirk Leather Key Ring  2. Alex and Ani Wine Charms | 3. Cathy's Concepts Craft Beer Holder | 4. Personalized Glasses  | 5. Kennebunk Blanket   | 6. Illume Candle | 7. Kate Spade Ornament | 8. Cathy's Concept Personalized Coasters | 9. Nordstrom 'Touch Tech' Gloves  | 10. Kate Spade Frame  | 11. TOCCA Soap Trio | 12. Nest Fragrances Diffuser 

Some of my favorites from this list are the Alex and Ani Wine Charms. These unique and beautiful gifts are perfect for the wine lover in your office and are something that people often love to receive. Another one of my favorites is the monogrammed Cathy's Concepts Craft Beer Holder that has an attached beer opener -  perfect if you don't know what to get a male colleague. For the girls in your office, the Kate Spade picture frame or Nordstrom 'Touch Tech' Gloves are perfect. Browse these gifts and comment below with you own favorite co-worker gift. For more gift ideas, follow me on Twitter and check out my Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board - Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Black Blazer and Boots with Red Tweed Skirt





Skirt: Classiques Entier, similar here | Blazer: J. Crew
Belt: Amazon | Boots: Ann Taylor, similar here

After all those rounds of turkey, stuffing and slice after slice of pie, I'm looking for something comfortable to wear to the office! Adding a belt over a blazer gives an additional pop of color and creates a different silhouette. This red pencil skirt is going to be one of my go-to pieces for December. It gives off a nice holiday feeling while still looking classy.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tips and Trends: Black Friday Sale Favorites and Promo Codes



The turkey has been eaten and now it is time to shop!!! Professional clothing can get rather expensive, particularly when you are looking for something unique to spice up your wardrobe or trying to stock up on high-quality long-lasting basics. That's why I LOVE Black Friday's deals - I count on this weekend as the time when I can add some unique and quality pieces to my closet without spending nearly as much as I would the rest of the year. Here I've shown some of top picks for classy professional clothing that is currently on sale! 

And here are the promo codes for my favorite workwear stores:

Banana Republic: BRFIFTY allows you to take 50% off of one item, and BRFORTY allows you to take 40% off of the rest of your purchase
Ann Taylor: code THANKS allows you to take 50% off your purchase
J. Crew: code HOLIDAY gets you 30% off full-priced items and 40% off sale items
Gap: BLKFRIDAY gets you 50% off all items
Nordstrom: No promo code, but they have lots of pieces on sale, including a good selection of their great-for-work Classiques Entier line. You can also get an additional 20% off certain items in-store.
 
This year I'll be shopping all the way from London, but let me know in the comments what you are snapping up today!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Burgundy Raincoat and Bronze Pumps


Pumps: Clarks

This GORGEOUS coat was an early Christmas gift and I'm absolutely IN LOVE!! It's made of the same weatherproof fabric that Burberry's trench coats are made of, but this classic, feminine design is much more figure-flattering than a traditional trench! Amin Phillips, the designer of Love and Be Loved, focuses on creating structured garments that flatter women beautifully, as you can see from the wonderful princess seams on this coat. I also love the coat's rich burgundy color - in London, it's perfect all year round, but in a slightly warmer climate it would be ideal for fall and winter.

Monday, November 24, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Red Suit and Bronze Pumps


Suit: Classiques Entier, similar red suits in Tweed
as a pantsuit, and with a cowl neckline
Shoes and Clutch: Clarks (clutch only available on the UK site)

It's been raining all weekend in London, so we had to snap pictures with an umbrella for the first time! Gives it a touch of the classic London look :-) For today's outfit, I picked my favorite suit from Nordstrom's Classiques Entier line. Unfortunately it is no longer in stock, but a red skirt suit is perfect for the holidays and winter in general. I've paired it with bronze/gold pumps from Clarks and a matching clutch - a touch of festive sparkle around the holidays is generally OK, even in very conservative offices!



Friday, November 21, 2014

What to Wear to Work: White Wool Coat and Snakeskin Pumps




Coat: Macy's, similar here
Shoes: Corso Como, similar here | Purse: Vintage Skins, similar here

It is definitely winter here in London and that means it is time to break out my winter coat. Even though a black or grey wool coat is the classic big city look, I absolutely love this cream one! It's also a great way to stand out it a sea of black wool coats on the Tube!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tips and Trends: Thanksgiving Packing Guide

Fall brings one of everyone's favorite holidays, Thanksgiving! While raveling over the river and through the woods can be hectic and chaotic, knowing how to pack effectively can remove a lot of the drama. Here are my tips for packing 5 fabulous outfits into a small carry-on for your Thanksgiving travels.

Thanksgiving Packing List 

- 1 Pair of Jeans
- 1 Blazer 
- 1 Black Dress 
- 1 Pair Heels 
- 1 Pair Flats 
- 1 Coat 
- 1 Cardigan + Camisole (Something to wear under it) 
- 1 Statement Necklace 

Outfit 1: (Wednesday) At the Office, then on a Plane

Wear a simple black work dress to the office on Wednesday with a warm blazer and comfortable pumps. For the plane, change into your flats and head to the airport with your carry-on to fly home for Thanksgiving. 
Halogen Faux Leather Collar Blazer
Felicity & Coco Midi Sheath Dress

Outfit 2: (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day 


For Thanksgiving, wear your same go-to black work dress, but add a trendy statement necklace and your cardigan to change it up and add some color. Pair this outfit with heels and add some red lipstick for a festive touch.
Cole Haan 'Bethany' Pump

Kendra Scott 'Harlow' Necklace



Outfit 3: (Friday) Black Friday Shopping 

Black Friday shopping is a yearly tradition in many families, but you will want to be comfortable for a long day of shopping! Pull out your favorite pair of jeans, add the flats that you wore on the plane and the cardigan that you wore over your dress on Thanksgiving, along with a camisole.If the weather is REALLY cold, pair the cardigan with a wool camisole for some extra warmth.
Nordstrom Open Front Cardigan


Outfit 4: (Saturday) Brunch with Family & Friends 

Saturday is a great time to catch up with friends back home over brunch.  Wear your jeans and the camisole you wore to the mall, then top off the look with the blazer you wore to the office on Wednesday. If you want to make this outfit even more trendy, add your statement necklace and heels.
Paige Denim 'Skyline'    

Outfit 5: (Sunday) Flight Home 

For your flight home on Sunday, stay comfortable with jeans, blazer, and flats. Make sure to bring a warm coat on the airplane as well, in case it gets cold.
Fleurette Wing Collar Cashmere Coat

Tory Burch 'Reva' Ballerina Flat

Hopefully these packing tips can help take some stress out of your Thanksgiving travels. Remember no matter how crazy the holiday season gets, this time is really about being thankful for family, friends and of course good food! Leave all your comments below.


Monday, November 17, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Cranberry and Brown


Skirt: J. Crew, similar here | Blazer: Ann Taylor, similar here
Shoes: Corso Como, similar here | Purse: Vintage Skins, similar here

It is now COLD in London, and it appears fall is officially over. We are now heading into winter, with warm sweaters, thick tights and LOTS of black. I decided to shoot one more autumn outfit to officially say goodbye to the season, and threw together my favorite autumn combination of browns, cranberry and LOTS of texture. Goodbye fall, and now hello to winter!!

 
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