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!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Cranberry Skirt and Hermes Scarf

Skirt: J. Crew, similar here | Sweater: Lord & Taylor
Scarf: Hermes
Pumps: Corso Como, similar here

It hasn't gotten very cold in London yet - we are still hovering around 50-60 degrees. But, the city gets dark now by 4:30pm, so winter has definitely arrived! Even brown seems a bit out of place in a city that gets dark so early, so I am moving my black clothing back into my closet. But, I didn't want to start wearing head-to-toe black yet, so I paired my black cardigan with my cranberry pencil skirt and added an Hermes scarf for a bit of color. Snakeskin pumps are the perfect touch to finish off the outfit!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tips and Trends: Comfortable Work Shoes Roundup

When it comes to shoes, like most girls I definitely love my heels! However, my feet might beg to differ. During long work days at the office, it's good to have some chic, comfortable work shoes in your closet that you can break out when your feet have had enough of the heels. Below are 5 comfortable shoe styles that look fabulous and feel even more amazing.

1. The Ballet Flat 

Ballet flats, sometimes called Dolly shoes, are modeled after ballet slippers with a very small heel and a simple tied string bow in the front. This style of shoe has been worn since the 16th century, and in medieval times it was popular with both men and women. Ballet flats enjoyed a resurgence of popularity, however, after Audrey Hepburn wore a pair in the 1957 movie Funny Face.  Today, ballet flats are popular for women and girls and are found in many different textures, fabrics and colors.

Halogen 'Gala' Round Toe Flat

2.  Moccasins 

Historically worn by native people of the Americas, moccasins were made out of deer skin and protected feet during hunting and traveling. Today, moccasins are often worn as slippers with fur lining, and as durable shoes with reinforced bottoms. The basic design has stayed chiefly the same over all these years, and this comfortable, practical and stylish shoe has stood the test of time, and remains as popular today as it was decades ago.

Coach 'Nancy'  Flat

3. The Oxford

The Oxford shoe first appeared in Scotland and Ireland, but was later named Oxfords after gaining popularity at Oxford University. The Oxford shoe was modeled after a half boot called the Oxonian and evolved as students began to rebel against wearing knee high or ankle high boots. Women's Oxford shoes became popular as early as the 1920's, and were very trendy in the 1950's. Today this men's inspired shoe gives women more freedom with style and design, and provides a great professional and comfortable shoe.
SoftWalk 'Maine' Oxford Flat

4. The Loafer

This stylish, comfortable and versatile shoe is worn by people all over the world and beloved by many high end designers.  In 1936 G.H. Bass created a very popular shoe called the Penny Loafer. The term penny came from the fact that school children used to put a penny inside the diamond shape cut out on the shoe to use for the pay phone. Today loafers are worn by both men and women and are versatile enough to be worn to the office, or on a relaxing Saturday.

Munro 'Mallory' Leather Loafer

5. Smoking Slippers 

Smoking Slippers came to light in the 1800's as an evening slipper worn indoors. Hugh Hefner made the smoking slipper popular as part of his iconic look, and Tom Ford famously paired the smoking slipper with a men's suit in the 90's. Today, women have adopted the smoking slipper as a trendy and stand-out piece of comfortable footwear.  Embellished with jewels, luxury fabrics, and bright colors these chic shoes can be worn for almost any occasion.

Sole Society 'Miia' Loafer

Monday, November 10, 2014

What to Wear to Work: Red Suede Coat

Coat: Bloomingdales, similar here
Purse: Vintage Skins, similar here | Shoes: Corso Como, similar here

Today I thought I would show off some of the fun fall and winter coats that I love to wear to work. One thing I always try to do with coats is ensure that I buy them loose enough to wear at least a thick cardigan under, and ideally a suit jacket. Sometimes that is not possible, but you should never buy a coat that is too tight to wear layers underneath. This red suede trench coat is several seasons old, but I LOVE to bring it out every fall. Here I've paired it with my snakeskin pumps and clutch for some additional texture. It's definitely not a coat for rainy weather, but on days when it is crisp, but not yet wintery, it's the perfect piece!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tips and Trends: 7 Ways to Wear Faux Fur this Winter

With cold wintery weather right around the corner, the desire to bundle up in soft, fashionable clothing is here! Fur always fills the runways for fall, but this year saw an emphasis on textured fur and neutral colors that mix well in any professional girl's wardrobe. Below are 7 fun and trendy ways to wear faux fur this winter.

1. Fur Scarf 

A fur scarf is always a must have for winter. This piece dresses up any coat, and keeps your neck warm in cold wintery weather. I love the fashionable infinity scarves that are one piece and wrap around twice for the perfectly placed accessory.

Dena Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

2. Fur Vest 

A great fur vest can be worn casually over a simple t-shirt and jeans, or dressed up with a little black dress and heels. This incredibly versatile piece should be a staple in your winter wardrobe. I love a vest with a belt that can cinch in the waist and pair easily with various outfits.

Ellen Tracy Belted Faux Fur Vest

3. Fur Bolero 

A fur bolero is the perfect chic accessory to add to your evening outfit. This fundamental piece will be one you wear all winter. Choose a neutral color that matches everything in your closet. You can find boleros in various lengths so try on a few options and find the one that is the most flattering on your body type.

Eliza J Faux Fur Bolero

4. Fur Gloves 

Add some runway flavor to any outfit with stylish fur fingerless gloves. Keep your hands warm while texting, tweeting and status updating on the go. With a little fur peaking out under the sleeves of your favorite peacoat, you will be winter ready and fashionable this season.

Leith Faux Fur Fingerless Gloves

5. Textured Fur Coat 

A faux fur coat is always classic and iconic for winter. This season, fur gets a new look with chic textures and silhouettes that are professional and stylish. I love this A-line fur with chevron grooving that gives your faux fur coat a modern, updated feel.

Ellen Tracy Faux Fur A-Line Coat

6. Fur Lined Boots 

Don't forget about your feet this winter season! Invest in a pair of fur trimmed boots to keep your toes warm and comfy amidst snow, ice and sleet. If you walk to work, invest in a simple pair of black boots you can slip into and wear through the city, and then change into your pumps once you get to the office.
Naturalizer 'Maddox' Water Resistant Boots

7. Fur-Trim Cape

Stay warm this winter with a fabulous fleece cape trimmed with faux fur. Perfect to wear over jeans, leggings or your favorite work dress, this cape will be your go-to layering piece this winter.

Parkhurst 'Karina' Faux Fur Trim Cape

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tips and Trends: 5 Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Options for the Busy Working Girl

During the work week, finding time to eat a healthy breakfast can seem almost impossible. Mornings are stressful, and sometimes grabbing a donut or muffin is all you can manage! Despite the craziness, having a healthy first meal of the day should be a priority. Here are 5 breakfast options that take no time at all, and are full of the healthy nutrients you need to jump start your day.

1. Protein Shake 

Shakes are a great way to get healthy protein into your diet first thing in the morning. I love to pre-cut fruit into freezer bags that are all ready to pop in the blender with almond milk and protein powder. Slice and freeze your fruit ahead of time so all you have to do it toss it into the blender with your favorite smoothie base and protein powder. You can also make the shake ahead of time and just grab it on your way out the door. 

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake 

2. Greek Yogurt (or Dairy Free Greek Yogurt) 

Greek yogurt is an amazing breakfast option. With twice the protein of regular yogurt, greek yogurt is filled with probiotic cultures that keep you full longer, and keep your digestion system running strong. I love to top my yogurt with a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a tablespoon of hemp seeds, or top with dried fruit and nuts. I keep greek yogurt stocked in the fridge, and measured out seeds and nuts in small zip lock containers ahead of time. In the morning just grab a greek yogurt, toss in your toppings and head out the door with a plastic spoon to eat on your way to work.

Chobani Natural Greek Yogurt 

3. Oatmeal with Healthy Toppings 

Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber, and has been proven to help reduce cholesterol. Quick oats take only 2 minutes to cook in the microwave - it does not get any easier than that! Cook your quick oats in a microwave safe bowl with water for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Next stir in some cinnamon, raisins, walnuts and brown sugar for a delicious and filling breakfast in less than 3 minutes. Oatmeal is perfect for cold winter months, and you can experiment to create your own delicious oatmeal combinations. 

Oatmeal with Bananas and Walnuts

4. Mini Egg Frittatas 

These mini frittatas are so adorable and delicious. Bake a batch ahead of time in a muffin tin, and then heat one up in the morning for a quick and healthy breakfast. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl mix together 8 eggs (or egg whites) 1/3 cup low fat mozzarella cheese, 4 ounces of organic chicken, salt and pepper to taste, 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/3 cup spinach and 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence. Pour mixture into muffin tin, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until mixture sets. You can also try the recipe below for Ham & Cheese Frittatas from Cooking Light. 

Ham & Cheese Frittata Recipe: Cooking Light

5. Protein Bar 

If you are really pressed for time in the morning, the fastest and easiest breakfast solution is to grab a protein bar on the way to work. I love Think Thin Bars. They are full of up to 20 grams of protein with very little sugar to keep your glycemic index low. They are also certified gluten free. Another great option is all natural Lara bars. Lara Bars are also gluten free and made with only 4 ingredients. Find any of these bars at your local grocery store and stock up for those busy mornings. 

Think Thin Chunky Peanut Butter

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