Friday, February 27, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Statement Earrings with Neutrals


Earring: Target, similar here
Sweater: Banana Republic, similar here | Pants: J. Crew

One great option to punch up a classic outfit is to pair it with a great pair of statement earrings. Try to find a pair that are don't have any stones, as the stones often look too dressy for the office. Here I've paired this classic cream sweater and black pants with a pair of intricate gold wire earrings that add a fun pop of flair.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What to Wear to Work: Red Accent Scarf Over Neutrals


Scarf: gift, slots of options here
Blouse: Banana Republic | Pants: J. Crew

I've been playing with my camera a bit, so the pictures are slightly darker than I would like, but you can still see the scarf. It's always nice to pair a pop of color with classic neutrals, so I went for a bright red silk scarf over a classic white oxford shirt and black work pants. Adding a red lip made for a fun makeup touch, but, as always, know your office before you wear bright makeup!

Friday, February 20, 2015

New York Fashion Week: Fall 2015 Biggest Trends


It's that time of the year again - time to round up the biggest fall trends from New York Fashion Week. Spring may be just around the corner but fall fashion is all anyone can talk about this week. Here are some of the biggest trends for fall 2015 seen on the runway.

1. Fringe 

Getty Images - Huffington Post
Fringe was on the runway this season, strategically placed on coats, dresses, and purses. While this may seem like a difficult trend to pull off in a corporate setting, small amounts of fringe can be appropriate, and oh so fabulous.

2. Checkered and Plaid Prints 

Coach Fall 2015 

Checked and plaid prints will be definitely spotted this fall, and this trend works perfectly for coats, work dresses and pencil skirts. Fun prints are a great way to liven up your professional wardrobe.

3. Military Inspired 

Marc Jacobs Fall 2015
Military inspired coats and dresses were a big trend on the runway at New York Fashion week. Whether your take on this trend means army green, camouflage prints, or military inspired hardware, there are so many ways to wear this look. 

4. Pop of Orange 

Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com; Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com

Spotted on the runway was every shade of orange, from a pop of tangerine to hues of pale peach. This color will definitely be a part of fall fashion. Orange can work well in a professional wardrobe, as a pop of color paired with more neutral hues.

5. 70's Vibe 

First View, Courtesy Photo

Bohemian chic and a 70's vibe was all the rage on the runway. From billowy pants, to bright hues and bold patterns, the 70's was alive and well at New York Fashion Week. Some of these trends might be a little extreme for the office, but adding one more subtle piece to a work outfit can be appropriate and on trend.

Comment below with your take on Fall 2015 trends!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

6 Fun Winter Activities to Try This Month


The worst part about cold weather months is you end up spending far too much time cooped up inside. This leads to the inevitable winter blues, excessive listening to Norah Jones and a severe Netflix addiction. Switch things up this weekend with some fun winter activities that can be done indoors and outdoors.


1. New Friends Happy Hour 



Take this opportunity to get to know one of your neighbors. Write a quick note and slip it under your neighbor's door, saying you would love to get to know them better and meet for drinks sometime that week. Try a local happy hour, new coffee shop or lunch spot and enjoy making new friends.

2. Winter Jog 


Just because the temperatures have dropped does not mean you cannot still enjoy an outdoor jog. Be sure to bundle up with lots of Under Armour gear and a North Face jacket, but you can definitely brave the chilly weather for a brisk jog around the park in your neighborhood. Finish your run with a hot cup of almond milk with cinnamon, nutmeg and organic honey to warm up!

3. Oscar Movie Night 

AMC Oscar Marathon Event


It is officially Oscar season and there are so many great movies being discussed. Many theaters are showing Oscar run downs of the most talked about films this year. Take advantage of the cold weather to catch up on all the award winning movies you missed earlier in the year, and make bets on which ones you think will win on Sunday!


4. Ice Skating 


Ice skating is one of my favorite outdoor, winter past times. I love outdoor rinks and if your city has one, definitely take advantage of it. Ice skating also makes the perfect group activity - make a Facebook invite and see who all would like to join you this winter weekend.


5. Day at the Museum 



Look up your local museums and find interesting exhibits going on in your area. Invite a friend to go to one with you and catch up while staying cultured. Get out of your house or apartment but stay warm in an art gallery, library, history museum or cultural center.


6. Skiing/Snow Boarding 


Take a winter afternoon to curl up and plan a weekend ski or snowboarding get away with friends. Find the closest resort to you, and make plans to go skiing at least once this winter. Again, the perfect activity to share with friends, the planning alone will help a winter day seem brighter. I love having weekend trips to look forward to, and a ski get away is the perfect mini vacation.


Let me know what YOUR favorite wintertime activity is in the comments below!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Closet Round-Up: Knee High Boots on Sale


Winter is still in full swing, but stay warm during these cold months with comfortable and stylish knee high boots. The good news about shopping during January and February is you can find some amazing deals on winter fashion at incredible bargains. Below is a round up of my favorite knee high boots that are now on SALE...making them even better!

1. Camel Colored Riding Boots 

Naturalizer 'Johanna' Knee High Boots
These classic camel colored boots are on sale for $119.37 down from $198.95. A trio of belts give this boot some extra flair, and they are built for comfort.


2. Grey Suede Heeled Boot 

Aquatalia by Marvin K 'Rhumba' Boot
This boot's shapely silhouette is elegant, sleek and perfect for a professional enviornment. Love the grey suede, and this boot is on sale for $453.70 down from $698.


3. Waterproof Black Riding Boot 

Blondo 'Elenor' Waterproof Riding Boot
This multi-purpose boot can double as a rain boot, and will make sure you are prepared for any weather. On sale for $199.90 down from $314.95, this boot is definitely a steal.

4. Over-the-knee Boot 

Ivanka Trump 'Onna' Over The Knee Boot
The quintessential over the knee boot every girl should have. On sale for $99 down from $199.95, this is the perfect time to invest in this style.

5. Taupe Suede Slouched Boot 

Steve Madden 'Ponderosa' Suede Boot
The perfect boot to transition into spring, this taupe, slouch boot works perfectly for more casual weekend days. This boot is on sale from $77.96 down from $129.95.


Find these boots and more at Nordstrom - during their 40% off sale this week until February 22nd.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Perfect Valentine's Day Brunch


Avoid crazy overpriced dinners, crowded restaurants, and holiday stress by making your special someone a romantic Valentine's Day brunch. These ideas are simple, so adorable and easily converted into a brunch with friends for the single ladies out there. Enjoy the best Valentine's Day has to offer with these brunch recipes.


1. Fresh Strawberry Smoothie 


Fresh Strawberry Smoothie - SummerGirl Fitness

Nothing says Valentine's Day more than fresh strawberries, and this smoothie definitely has them. The color is so festive and this drink is the perfect healthy addition to your Valentine's Day brunch. With only 3 ingredients, this smoothie recipe could not get any easier.


2. French Toast 


Valentine's Day French Toast - Design Every Day Blog

This french toast recipe is adorable, and perfectly sweet and festive. The strawberries tie in expertly with the delicious fresh strawberry smoothie, and looks completely Valentine's Day appropriate. Make sure you have heart shaped cookie cutters in 2 sizes for this recipe.


3. Egg Frittata 


Egg White Frittata: Tomatoes, Spinach, Mushrooms, Goat Cheese - Cooking.com

For guests who enjoy a more savory breakfast, this egg white frittata will do the trick. Full of flavor from all the delicious ingredients, this frittata is easy to slice and serve and simple to make. The goat cheese and vegetables are decadent and taste so gourmet in this recipe.


4. Potatoes


Best Breakfast Potatoes Ever - The Pioneer Woman 

The best "something savory" to go with a frittata, these breakfast potatoes are hearty and flavorful. Easy to make in bulk if you are hosting a big Valentine's Day brunch, and perfect for a hungry husband or boyfriend if it's just the two of you.


5. Heart Shaped Fruit Plate 


Heart Shaped Fruit Platter - Little Wonders' Days Blog

How adorable is this heart shaped fruit platter?! I absolutely love the arrangement and all the colors. Perfect for a center piece on your table and a great way to add healthy foods into your brunch. Find a heart shaped platter like this at Target or your local party store.


6. Blood Orange Mimosa 

Blood Orange Mimosas - Whats Gabby Cooking Blog


No brunch would be complete without mimosas, and this twist on a classic is to die for. Made with a bottle of prosecco and 3 blood oranges, this drink is fresh, fun and different. Add a slice of blood orange on the rim of the glass for a festive garnish.


Happy Valentine's Day! Try some of these recipes and let me know how they come out in the comments below.




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

6 Cozy Winter Recipes to Warm Your Soul

When winter days seem to be lasting forever, warm up your home with cozy recipes. These winter meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner are perfect for the working woman with limited time. Enjoy the season with comfort food that is simple to make, and delicious to eat.

Breakfast 


1. Breakfast Bread Pudding - Barefoot Contessa
Breakfast Bread Pudding - Barefoot Contessa
This breakfast bread pudding is the ultimate winter weekend brunch option. Simple to make and so decadent, try it once and you will be as obsessed as I am. Make your winter mornings warm and cozy with this recipe.

2. 5-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl - Oh She Glows Blog 

5-Minute Oatmeal Bowl - Oh She Glows
I love this oatmeal bowl recipe from Oh She Glows blog. This healthy breakfast option takes minutes to make, and warm oatmeal is one of my favorite options for first meal of the day.

Lunch 


1. Winter Minestrone Soup - Barefoot Contessa 

Winter Minestrone Soup and Garlic Bruschetta
I love soup for lunch in the winter. The best part about this recipe is you can make it on the weekend and take it for lunch at the office all week. This recipe makes 6-8 servings, and is simple to pack in a heat safe container and bring to work.

2. Baked Ziti - The Pioneer Woman 

Baked Ziti - The Pioneer Woman

Pasta is the ultimate comfort food, and this baked ziti is simple to make, and oh so cheesy. You can use ziti pasta for this recipe, or any pasta you like - and can make it with or without meat for any vegetarians out there.

Dinner 


1. Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice - Chow.com

Roasted Acorn Squash - Chow.com
Acorn squash and wild rice is definitely a match made in heaven - so delicious and full of flavor! Also an incredibly healthy dinner, this acorn squash is a must have on your winter dinner list. 

2. Chicken Pot Pie Recipe - Barefoot Contessa 

Chicken Pot Pie - Barefoot Contessa 
Chicken pot pie might be the most classic winter meal out there. Warm and rich, these individual pot pies are so adorable and perfect to eat after a long day at work.  

Try some of these delicious meals and let me know what you think in the comments below! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Closet Round-Up: 7 Trendy Must-Have Winter Accessories


February may be the shortest month...but it definitely feels like the coldest. If you are struggling to make it through these winter months, brighten your day with fun, winter accessories that always make things seem better. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite, fun, winter accessories:


1. Trendy Wool Fedora  

Nordstrom Chain Trim Wool Fedora

Update your winter look with a trendy hat. Choose a wool fedora that adds a classic, yet modern twist to any outfit. Love this felted, wool fedora with a stylish, chain trim to adds some bohemian flair.

3. Bold Statement Scarf 

Tory Burch 'Tory' Striped Wool Scarf

Keep winter looks fresh and fun with a bold, chunky scarf. This accessory will keep you warm and looking fierce and stylish all winter long. Step out of the box and try a bold pattern or color you might not usually choose.

4. 20's Inspired Wool Cloche

Nordstrom Wool Cloche

Turn back the time clock to the roaring 20's with this fabulous hat. Channel The Great Gatsby with a vintage style hat with a modern twist. Perfect for keeping you warm this winter, this hat will add some feminine flair and excitement to your wardrobe.


2. Colorful Gloves 

Echo 'Allover Touch' Gloves
A colorful pair of gloves makes any winter outfit pop, and is an affordable way to add variety to your cold weather wardrobe. Keep you hands warm and stylish with trendy gloves in show-stopping, bright hues.


5. The Hooded Scarf 

King & Fifth Supply Co. 'The Kikyo' Hooded Scarf

Soft, chunky knits are to die for when it is bitter cold out! This creative two-in-one scarf is fun and different and chic and comfy. Wear this piece a variety of ways, and pair it with your favorite black, wool coat to switch things up a bit this February.

6. Cozy Earmuff Headphones 

UGG Australia Shearling Headphone Earmuffs

Listen to your favorite music and stay warm this month with UGG earmuff headphones. If you walk to work and love to listen to a book on tape or Pandora, this could be the perfect winter accessory for you. Invest in something your ears will thank you for.

7. Chic Umbrella 

pare*umbrela - Space and Time Gray

If you live somewhere rainy like I do in London, one of your winter essentials is definitely an umbrella. Who said this accessory had to be boring? I love discovering chic umbrellas and am newly obsessed with this grey patterned one by pare*umbrela - a Seattle based umbrella company. Check out their website for the most adorable umbrellas you have ever seen!

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Top 10 Apps Successful People Use


Technology today is amazing. Each day there are new apps being created that can turn your smart phone into everything from virtual bubble wrap, to a makeup mirror. If you are a busy working professional, however, there are also endless useful business apps that can make your work life easier. Here is a round up of the top 10 apps for working professionals. Add these to your phone to make your life simpler in 2015. 

1. iAnnotate

iAnnotate App $9.99

Use this app to read, mark up and share documents and PDFs from your smart phone or tablet. You can use a pencil, highlighter or underline tool to markup the document and add pop up comments as well. Sync to the cloud to access your files from anywhere. This app retails at $9.99 but is definitely well worth the investment. 

2. Evernote 

Evernote App - Free + Available Upgrades

This app is a workspace that collects notes, ideas, pictures and projects all in one place. Take notes, store documents and manage to do lists all in one place, and access them on the go. Most people download the app on all their devices so they can keep important information accessible at all times. Perfect for students and busy professionals. This app is free to download but has premium versions available at varying prices. 

3. Dropbox 

Dropbox App - Free

Almost everyone uses Dropbox to store and share files, but do you have the app on your phone? The Dropbox app is extremely useful because it allows you to upload and download photos and documents from your phone and on the go. It is free to download and definitely a must have for every working girl. 

4. FlightTrack 5

FlightTrack 5 - $4.99 

If you travel for work like I do, you are frequently scheduling, organizing or going on a business trip. This app keeps you up to date on all the travel and flight information you could ever want. Search flights by number, route or airport and get real time departure and delay information. The app also has terminal maps to help you find your way around any airport you are going through. This app is $4.99 and has been a lifesaver to me already. 

5. SignEasy 

SignEasy App - Free

This app makes signing documents easier than ever. With SignEasy you can sign documents securely from your iPhone or iPad, and save time by not having to scan, email or fax papers. The app saves every file you send, and emails you copies for your records. This app is free and used by business people everywhere. 

6. TurboScan 

TurboScan App - $2.99

Turn your iPhone into a scanner to use on the go or at the office. Scan receipts, documents, contracts and papers to store or email as PDFs. Ranked the #1 Business app in the United States and 30 + countries for 3 years now, this app has definitely saved countless people time and money. The app has ultra fast processing and very clear images. It retails at only $2.99 - definitely cheaper than an actual scanner! 

7. LinkedIn 

LinkedIn App - Free

As a professional, LinkedIn is one of the most important social media networking tools out there. The app is a great way to stay up to date on your connections, browse job openings and business opportunities, and network with others in your field. Download the app for free today and update your profile. 

8. Spotify 

Spotify App - Free 

If you love to listen to music at the office, the Spotify app will be your new best friend. Download the app and listen to full albums of your favorite artists, as well as comedy pieces, books on tape and any genre of music you can imagine. The app is free but you can also sign up for Spotify Premium for $9.99 a month to get ad free listening.  

9. Uber 

Uber App - Free

Taxis are "so yesterday", and if you live in a busy city, you probably already use this app every day. Uber is a ride service app that allows you to request a ride from an uber drive in more than 50 different countries. Use PayPal or a credit card to pay through the app so you never need cash on hand. Request the ride and your driver comes right to you, without having to flag down a cab. The app is free to download. 

10. Flexter Fitness 

Flexter Fitness App - Free

If you are busy and unable to make it the the gym or to a personal trainer appointment, this fitness app might be the perfect solution. With free workouts in a variety of styles and for every type of fitness enthusiast from beginner to athlete, this app can be your daily workout buddy. The app takes you through each workout step by step, with simple routines you can do at home or at the office. SummerGirl Fitness is featured on this free fitness app so download it and try a workout today. 


Comment below with some of your favorite business apps, and let me know if you have tried any of the ones above! 


 
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