So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Holidays! My gift to you is bringing back So Last Week (I know… You were hoping you’d get a handbag, me too). From self-love and body acceptance to turtlenecks, here are some of the best posts I read last week.

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The Cut: Why I'm Proud To Be A Size 10

I love this essay from The Cut by Nadia Aboulhosn. It’s about loving your body and not letting other people’s standards influence your life decisions. As someone who is short, has an hourglass figure and fits into clothing ranging from size XXS to size 10 (not kidding and yes, I totally should write a post about this), I have a deep appreciation for what she has to say.

Man Repeller: Monocycle Podcast Episode 44, Hi Again

In this episode of Monocycle, Leandra Medine talks about having a miscarriage and learning to have more compassion for herself. Warning: listening to this podcast will make you laugh, cry and give yourself a big hug.

A Sweat Life: A Yoga Workout To Calm Your Mind

Want to namaste sane when you visit your family? Try this workout.

Cupcakes and Cashmere: Spotlight On Statement Tights

Living in Los Angeles, I totally forgot statement tights existed, but after reading this post, I literally want to buy every pair.

Le Fashion: How To Toughen Up A Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

Turtlenecks are everywhere this season. Le Fashion shows you how to make them chic in a way you probably didn’t even think you could. 

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Holiday Beauty Edition)

It's a little over a week until Christmas and Hanukkah (which happens to start on Christmas Eve this year). No matter what holiday you celebrate (or pretend to celebrate, or just want to get over with already), we all know the Pony Express (aka the post office and every single courier I've ever dealt with) does not always deliver on time. So, please consider this your warning and get yourself together right now. If you couldn’t find something on my $25 and under F-It Friday last week or the Gift Guide For Special Snowflakes, then consider any one of these fabulous beauty sets. They're all fool-proof favorites. Seriously, if someone doesn’t like any one of these gifts, you probably need to re-evaluate your relationship with them. And between us… I won’t tell anyone if you are naughty and end up buying a little something here for yourself. 

Laura Geller So Scrumptious 6 Piece Color Collection

Laura Geller’s So Scrumptious Set is worth $173 and currently on sale at Ulta for (don’t faint when you read this number) $39. It has everything you need for a party-ready look including primer (seriously, we all need more of that), foundation (fair or medium options, LG totally hooks it up), blush, an eyeshadow trio, lip gloss and a double-ended face brush. Run, don’t walk (or just click) to your nearest Ulta right now. 

Decleor Merry Oils Premium Gift Set

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I like Decleor’s Merry Oils Premium Gift Set because oils are so luxurious. Also, the winter dries your skin like no other season can (thanks a lot, Winter!). The person who receives this gift will actually be appreciative because Decleor will save their face and body from the inevitable frost. You might actually receive a thank you card in the mail for this fabulous find (or a text, at the very least). The set includes Aroma Cleanse Micellar Oil, Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil, 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator (as opposed to 1000 grain bread, sorry I can’t help myself), Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Night Balm and Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. 

Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection

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Are you looking for an under $10 gift for a White Elephant or grab bag? Look no further than Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection. Flower is Drew Barrymore’s beauty line and might even contain some of her magical goddess power (Drew Barrymore is a magical goddess. End of story). With eight nail shades and two glittery nail files, it will make your hands sparkle. 

SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles

You know that friend who is more afraid of aging than getting by a train? SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles is the perfect gift for that person. This kit contains two heroes of the SkinCeuticals line. C E Ferulic is an antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals, helps build collagen and makes holiday parties more tolerable (because skin compliments). The Hydrating B5 gel is like the personal assistant of C E Ferulic, making it work better, harder and more efficiently. Containing hot ingredient du jour, hyaluronic acid, it helps moisture bind to the skin.

Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit

Do you have a dude in your life that likes fancy grooming products? Don’t make him survive without an Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit. It has all of the essentials he needs including Rush Hair + Body Wash, Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer. It’s perfect for traveling, especially if he tends to “borrow” your products.

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy: (Holiday Gifts Under $25 Edition)

F- It Fridays are back! So, normally this column is about buying things for yourself, but that's kind of hard during the holidays. We all know it's better to give than receive, so here are some of my favorite gifts under $25. Give them to your friends, family, lovers or those people you pretend you like and must give an obligatory gift to. Or just shop for yourself. I won't tell anyone if you do.

Go Comb

 

The Go Comb is an affordable gift for everyone your list. For just $21.99, you get a cusomizable comb with a mirror on the back. It fits in any wallet, cosmetics case, back pocket or secret beauty stash. I can't think of one person who wouldn't be happy to receive this gift. It actually works for pretty much everyone on your list, except for bald people. 

Goodies From Shop Miss A

 

Shop Miss A is a glam girl's dream dollar store. With a selection of everything from adorable hair accessories like this Fuzzy Pom-Pom Headband to infinity scarves, makeup pouches and more. Because most items are just a buck, don't hesitate to treat yourself or pick up extra stocking stuffers. 

Christian Lacroix Ombré Notebook

While you thought the only Lacroix you could shell out for was the sparkling water, it turns out you're wrong. Christian Lacroix (totally unrelated to the water company, by the way) has an affordably chic ombré notebook. Use it to write down goals, new years resolutions, what you're grateful for, or to compose mean haikus. No matter what you write, you'll be doing it in style.

Philosophy The Gift Of Glowing Skin Set

Usually $25 doesn't get you much when it comes to skincare, but not The Gift Of Glowing Skin by Philosophy. It has a travel size Purity Face Wash, Microdelivery Exfoliating Water, Renewed Hope in a Jar and a Hands of Hope Cream worth $63. Now that's a philosophy we can all subscribe to. 

Michael Aram Rock Jigger

 

Michael Aram makes such beautiful, sophisticated collectables and this rock jigger is no exception. A perfect gift for the cocktail connoisseur or budding mixologist, it stands out on it's own or to upgrade that bottle of liquor you planned on re-gifting this year. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I felt like the Internet was filled so much post-election hate last week. I desperately needed to get my mind off the negativity. And trust me, it was a challenge. Here are some posts I found that had nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the superficial. Sometimes, we all need a break. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Super Warm and Stylish Cruelty Free Parkas

Because good karma never goes out of style, Vegan fashionista Miriam Porter shows you how to stay warm, stylish and cruelty-free this winter. 

Refinery29: So You Want To Shave Your Vagina

A guide for those times you can't wax and don't want to risk injuring yourself.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women On What Makes Them Feel Pretty

This collection of quotes from The Cut is a thought-provoking read.

Apartment Therapy: 19 Super Sources for Knobs & Pulls

New knobs and pulls can completely change the look of a room. Even if you are a renter, it might be worth the investment to change out some of the hardware in your space. Apartment Therapy lists the best sources for a variety of budgets. 

Amelia Liana: Chanel Collection Libre Review

Amelia Liana reviews the new Chanel Libre cosmetics collection with an honest evaluation and absolutely stunning photography.

F- IT Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Travel Chic Edition)

Is this really "the most wonderful time of the year?" or are you dreading it? I find that even if my family doesn't drive me crazy, going to the airport will. If you're one of those people who is able to travel light, without running late or needing a glass of wine, good for you! I'm not one of those people. Instead, I choose to travel chic. Here are some of my favorite travel essentials. 

Samsonite Electronic Luggage Scale

Do gate agents give you stink-eye for having overweight luggage? Avoid having to ask for a supervisor by weighing it in advance. Samsonite’s Electronic Luggage Scale is cheaper than excess baggage fees and fits right in your carry-on. 

Gift Boutique Seek Explore Discover Luggage Tag Box Set

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Think of luggage tags as necessities for your accessories. I love this set from Gift Boutique.  

Diane Von Furstenberg Adieu Hardside Spinner Suitcase

If it's time to bid adieu to your current luggage, it might be time to say hello to Diane Von Furstenberg's Adieu collection. 

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Passport Case

Be a jet setter with this gorgeous passport case from Kate Spade New York. 

B&O Play H6 Leather And Gold-Tone Headphones

Is there a more stylish way to ignore the person sitting next to you or your family than to listen to music or a podcast with these headphones from B&O? 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

The past seven days have been exhausting for so many of us. As I said in a post earlier this week, if you are feeling stressed or anxious, it’s totally okay to take time out for yourself. Take a yoga class, meditate, get a fancy massage or even just a give yourself a few moments to take a break and read something that has nothing to do with politics. Here are a few suggestions.

Petite Style Script: Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide To Home Manicures With CND Shellac

You don’t have to be petite to appreciate Petite Style Script’s post on home manicures. That being said, I’m terrible at doing my own nails and desperately need to try this method. #goals

Pop Sugar: 12 Ways You're Using Your Beautyblender Totally Wrong

Fun Fact: I’m the only blogger who doesn’t use a Beautyblender, so I will probably never have a post about the best way to use one. Instead, listen to the experts at Pop Sugar.

Lauren Conrad: I Was the First One In My Friend Group to Get Married…Here’s What I Learned

I’m married, but some of my friends are still single. This post written by Jess Burrone rang so true to me.

Mind Body Green: 5 Reasons You Can't Find Lasting Love (And How To Overcome Them)

This essay by Shannon Kaiser is a must-read guide for singles about how manifesting the love of others can only happen once you truly love yourself. While it sounds like a grand concept for a blog post, this essay is incredibly well written and digestible.

Man Repeller: Why Do We Call Our Moms When Bad Stuff Happens?

In this post, a psychologist explains why we still need our parents even when we are adults.

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So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Daylight Saving Time officially starts today, which means at some point this week, you will probably spend at least fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to change the time in your car (how this doesn't get updated automatically in newer models is beyond me) or perhaps on your oven or microwave. If you can actually remember how to do this, use those fifteen minutes to catch up on some of the things I read last week.  

A Sweat Life: Ideas For Moving On After Unlimited Class Memberships Are Cut

This week Class Pass put the kibosh on their unlimited membership plan. If you are wondering what to do now, A Sweat Life offers some good options.

Observer: 10 Tips From Fitness Experts on Working Out in the Morning

Speaking of fitness, morning workouts are far easier said than done. Here are ten great ways to motivate yourself to get your butt out of bed and in a squat position (or whatever position it’s supposed to be in for your chosen workout).

Flight of Spice: Summer Dress For Fall

Despite the falling temperatures, so many of us have summer dresses we just aren’t ready to transition out of our wardrobes just yet. In this post, Flight of Spice shows us we don’t have to, by styling a summer dress for the fall. 

Slate: Dear Prudence

If you didn't know from a previous post, Slate's Dear Prudence is a guilty pleasure of mine. While I don't always side with Mallory Ortberg’s advice, this week was so spot-on. 

Vogue: The Logo Belt Is Back! Here’s How to Wear It Without Feeling Like a Cheeseball

Hope you didn’t let go of your favorite logo belt because it’s back in style again. Vogue makes some suggestions on how to wear it this season.

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Holiday Outfit Edition)

I know, it’s Friday and you can’t even. I totally get it. Me too. Welcome to F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy. This week, we’re looking at holiday outfits.

It’s only November 4th, but the holidays are just weeks away. This means two things are inevitable. You’re going to have to RSVP yes to lots of events and most of your shopping for the rest of the year is going to be for other people. So, start shopping for yourself now before the madness begins. You can’t wear the same thing you wore last year because Instagram and Facebook and your mom’s Flickr account. You absolutely must buy yourself something new. Here are some suggestions.

Jill Jill Stuart Velvet & Lace Shirtdress

 

This Jill Stuart dress is a smart alternative to a cocktail dress for causal events where only a very polished look will do. And by that I mean, it’s freezing and you want to wear long sleeves and boots.

Leith Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress

Simple, but so chic, the color of this Leith dress really stands out. It’s also reasonably priced. I dare you to click on the link and find out how affordable it really is. Accessorize with a new statement necklace you bought with all the money you didn’t spend on this dress.

Reformation Adeline Dress

If you want to stun everyone when you walk into a room, you might not find a more interesting choice than this dress from Reformation. Seriously, make sure there is a defibrillator at the party because someone might have a heart attack when they seen how amazing you look.

Mara Hoffman Cross Front Jumpsuit

If you can’t decide between a little black dress, a pantsuit, or going naked, this beautiful Mara Hoffman jumpsuit is your happy medium.

Trina Turk Gizela Dress

Do you hate red, green and pumpkin spice lattes? Then Trina Turk’s pink Gizela dress is a fashionable way to say “Bah humbug.” Also, if you’re anything like me and can’t get enough Trina Turk, check out my post from earlier this week, From Dresses To Décor

Dresses to Decor: Trina Turk Edition

If you’ve looked at any of the roundups here, it’s not exactly a surprise that Trina Turk is one of my favorite brands. In addition to fitting me incredibly well, which is a challenge because I’m a petite hourglass (but that’s another post entirely), Trina’s designs are fun and colorful. Much like Lilly Pulitzer, which was the previous label featured in this series, Trina’s signature style translates really well into home décor. The bright hues and fun designs don’t take themselves too seriously and provide a simple way to add color to any outfit or room.

Another thing I really like about Trina Turk’s home line is that many of the pieces are relatively affordable. In fact, quite a few are currently on sale. So, don’t be surprised when you click on the pictures and discover that shower curtain or comforter will work perfectly with both your space and budget. 

Pillows

Pillows can be magical, changing the vibe of a couch or chair from cold to warm and cozy. Trina’s pillows can be mixed with any style décor from Midcentury Modern to contemporary and even traditional. They’re so much fun, you might even consider starting a collection and changing them up seasonally.

Comforters

It’s actually been proven that making your bed can change your life. So make your bed something you want to make. I’ve also discovered, in my totally unscientific opinion, that loving your bed leads to a better night’s rest. Changing your bedding is also perhaps the quickest and least expensive way to give your entire bedroom a makeover. 

From navy blue adorned with white mandalas to a sunny orange comforter with a Moroccan vibe and classic geometric patterns in between, Trina’s bedding is both modern and classic at the same time. 

Quilts

If large prints or heavier comforters aren’t your thing, or if you prefer a more neutral style for a guest room, these bright quilts will add color without being over-the-top. Available in navy, fuchsia, coral, turquoise and white, they can be mixed and matched with clusters of Trina’s bold pillows to complete the look.

Sheets

Plain white sheets can be such a snooze! Trina’s chic embroidered sheets combine a more traditional look with the brand’s signature geometric shapes. Luxurious, they range in thread count from 230 to 400 and work with any comforter or quilt. 

Shower Curtains

A well-decorated space will have some element of continuity between rooms.  Matching your shower curtain to your bedding is one way to do that. These bold prints can transform a boring bathroom into a glamorous sanctuary.

Towels

All of these towels are technically “beach towels,” so they’re larger than most bath towels, which I actually prefer. Why use a regular towel to dry off when you can wrap yourself up in a larger one? Feel like you’re at a spa every time you step out of the shower. I also like to use Trina’s towels to accessorize her swimwear, letting them hang halfway out of my beach bag. 

By the way, if you’ve fallen in love with Trina’s style and you’re wondering what this designer’s actual house looks like, her Palm Springs abode has been featured on My Domaine and One Kings Lane.

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend. Here are some thought-provoking things I read online last week. Okay, so techically I did't read all of these posts because I'm including a podcast here. But this is my blog, so I get to make up the rules. #GirlBoss

The Perpetual You: How I Transformed My Heart Chakra by Dani Havasy

Dani Havasy (who is one of my IRL best friends) writes a beautiful essay about opening up her heart chakra. Even if you have no idea what a chakra is (seriously it's okay if you don't, no judgements), you will relate to her story. Dani recently launched Core Chakra, an innovative fitness program that combines yoga and pilates. 

Style Scouting Podcast With Alia Ahmed-Yahia

I really like Alia Ahmed-Yahia's Style Scouting Podcast. This episode features an eye-opening conversation with Katie Sturino and Allison Neslage about influencers and the body positivity movement. While anyone will find it interesting, bloggers will particularly enjoy the "inside baseball" aspect of this discussion. 

Lenny Letter: Untitled And That's The Point! by Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie pens a funny and fearless essay for Lena Dunham's website. Having recently turned 35, Nicole reflects on her identity at various life stages and learning from her past mistakes. So many of us, myself included, allow the labels other people give us to influence the way we perceive ourselves. Nicole candidly discuss how she overcame this problem. Bookmark this link. If you don't read it now, you will need to at some point. I've always been a fan of hers and this is just another example of why.

Who What Wear: Try Sienna Miller's Outfit When You're Over Your Skinny Jeans

I saw a link to this post on Facebook and wanted to jump for joy because I'm always trying to find new inspiration for casual looks. However, the headline is misleading because (SPOILER ALERT) Sienna isn't wearing jeans at all. Either way, you will want to copy this great idea.

My Domaine: Are You Making These Rookie Decorating Mistakes?

It doesn't matter if you live in a studio apartment or sprawling estate, we're all trying to make the most of the space we have. This list features smart but simple ideas to instantly improve all of the rooms in our home without spending a dime. 

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Neutral Edition)

Welcome to F- It Fridays, a new series featuring some of my favorite finds of the week because F-It, It's Friday, you deserve a treat. This week, the theme is neutrals you’re going to feel not-so-neutral about!

MRKT Mateo Mini Backpack

Backpacks are back in a big way, even if they are little. The inside of MRKT’s Mateo Mini Backpack features lots of pockets including a removable media sleeve, so you can spend less time digging for your lone lip balm and more time being productive. Made of durable felt and vegan suede, it's equally stylish and practical.

Jac Vanek Perfect Cropped Sweater

I love Jac Vanek’s signature statement t-shirts, but this cropped sweater doesn’t need words to tell you how awesome it is. Wear it with your favorite pair of jeans or throw it over a cute dress on a chilly autumn night.

Pull&Bear Leather Look Biker Jacket

Pull&Bear's Leather Look Biker Jacket is a great example of how a nude color can really stand out. Although it is technically a fall piece, you'll look forward to wearing this jacket again in the spring. 

BP Bell Sleeve Blouse

I love the bell sleeve look because it walks the fine line between elegant and boho. This BP blouse is a pretty ivory color that would look great accessorized with a statement necklace. Light colors not your thing? It is also available in green.

Yves Saint Laurent La Lacque Couture Les Grainés

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You made it through another week, so at the very least, treat yourself to a new nail polish. Yves Saint Laurent's Taupe Grainé 53 is the perfect shade of taupe, packaged in a bottle so chic, you'll want to leave it out, instead of inside your medicine cabinet.

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Here are five things I read last week that aren’t over quite yet. However, there is no guarantee any of this information will still be relevant next week. Either way, at least at the moment, they’re totally worth your time.

Ali Levine: Celebrity Look for Less Thursday Olivia Palermo

My friend, celeb stylist Ali Levine demonstrates how to get socialite Olivia Palermo’s chic Fall look for a fraction of the price. Ali is just chock-full of great ideas for dressing stylishly on a budget.

The Lady Gang: Here is Why You Need to Stop "Judging" Your Friends

This essay on The Lady Gang by Keltie Knight is so relevant, especially to me. It can be super hard to stop judging the people you love (it’s so messed up, right?), but if the super-accomplished Keltie Knight can do it, then we maybe we can all give it a try.

York Avenue Blog: How To Add Color (And Pattern) Into Your Space

This post features practical tips to make your space way less blah. If you’re too lazy to read the full post (like I said above, no judgments here), just scroll through for the pictures.

MR Round Table: Are You Experiencing Political Fatigue?

If you cannot take this election anymore, you’re not alone. The staff of Man Repeller dishes on their political fatigue in this very relatable post. If you’re wondering how I personally feel, please wake me up when November ends.

Well + Good: The Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe From Lauren Conrad's Favorite Nutritionist

Pumpkin Spice season is in full affect. This paleo bread recipe looks like a great way to get your pumpkin spice fix and still stay healthy. Also, Lauren Conrad always looks amazing, so I totally trust her favorite nutritionist.

Dresses to Decor: Lilly Pulitzer Edition

Welcome to From Dresses to Décor! This is a new series exploring the home lines of my favorite designers. Today, I’m going to talk about Lilly Pulitzer.

Lilly Pulitzer famously said, “Being happy never goes out of style,” and that is exactly how I feel whenever I wear anything from this brand. I’ll never forget the moment I discovered the Lilly Pulitzer for the first time. I was at Bloomingdales on 59th street in New York with my mom when I laid my eyes on a on a pink palm tree skirt. I didn’t recognize the label because I was in middle school. As a lover of prints and bright colors, I was stopped in my tracks. I asked my mother who Lilly Pulitzer was and where this line had been for my entire life. Was she hiding it from me? She laughed and bought me a skirt (which I still have and yes, it still fits) and told me not to tell my father. Years later I’m still a Lilly lover.  It’s the label closest to my heart. And no, my father never found out about the skirt. 

My first Lilly Pulitzer skirt.

My first Lilly Pulitzer skirt.

If you didn't know, the late Lilly Pulitzer was a #GirlBoss before it was a thing. A Palm Beach socialite who opened up a juice stand, Lilly kept staining her dresses with juice, so she designed a print shift dress to hide to stains. It turned out more people wanted her dress than her juice. 

Lilly’s iconic prints translate perfectly from dresses to décor. We all know that adding a print to an outfit instantly changes the look from drab to fab. The same rule applies to decorating a room.  Adding a print can change the look and feel of an entire space. A few years ago, Lilly Pulitzer had furniture and bedding lines, but unfortunately, they’ve both been discontinued.

Currently, Lilly Pulitzer has a beautiful fabric collaboration with Lee Joffa. There are so many options and the possibilities are endless. You could have slipcovers made and revitalize a couch. Or you could do it yourself if you are crafty. (I’m not. Notice how there is no DIY whatsoever on this blog. It’s for a reason.) Or you could re-upholster a chair, which is probably an easier project. 

So many beautiful fabrics. How do you choose?
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    This  Eileen & Taylor  chair is so Palm Beach! 

This Eileen & Taylor chair is so Palm Beach! 

Lee Joffa also recently introduced thirteen Lilly wallpapers. I dream of having a beautiful dressing room with Lilly papered walls. Unfortunately, I currently rent and barely have a walk-in closet. One day...

Pillows are to couches what scarves are to outfits. If you aren’t ready to go full-on Lilly, these pillows let you incorporate just a touch of print into your space.

Even the smallest touch of Lilly can reminds me of drinking cocktails in Palm Beach, which is why I just adore these coasters. 

Speaking of cocktails, you could serve them on these lacquer trays. You can also use the trays on your coffee table to house your remotes and coasters. In the bedroom, they could make the perfect spot for perfume or pretty cosmetics.

You can bring Lilly outdoors with these cute beverage totes. They could also be kept outside as a flip-flop bucket. If you don’t have a backyard or patio, you could use one to hold magazines in your living room or bathroom. They also make a great housewarming gift

Who doesn't love candles in pretty holders? I recently learned an easy way to re-use the them. When the candle is finished burning, let it cool and then leave it in the freezer for a few minutes. The wax will spoon out easily. This is so eco-friendly and a great way to hold pens at your desk or makeup brushes at your vanity. 

 

Slumber Party Series Part One: It's Pajama Time

Lulu (the little one), Milo (the big one) and I would like to welcome you to Slumber Party- a series all about sleeping in style. This first post is about one of my favorite things, pajamas!

I’m convinced pajamas actually help me sleep better because it’s hard not to relax after slipping on a pair. When I’m more relaxed, it’s easier to drift off. Also, much like the average five year old, if I like my PJs, I look forward putting them on early every night and getting to bed a little sooner. #PajamaGoals

Or perhaps I just want an excuse to hang with my dogs in bed.... Either way, here are some of my favorite PJs for the Fall season. 

Fleur’t Modern Romance Tulle Inset Racerback Tank & Pant Set

Who says pajamas can’t be just as sexy as lingerie? I love this set from Fleur’t. The neckline is really unique for sleepwear, but the stitching underneath provides support. I’m also all about the bold color.

Hanro Eleonora Short Pajama

I’m not sure if these Hanro Pajamas are sweet or sexy. But, I do know like everything else this Swiss intimates brand makes, they’re luxurious and high quality. If you wear Hanro and take a selfie, there is an unwritten rule you have to include #Adulting. 

Forever 21 Swan PJ Set

Forever21 is full of finds that look more expensive than they are. And yes, these are the PJs I'm wearing in my party pic. Made from a cotton and modal blend, they're even softer than Lulu after a bath.

Kate Spade New York Floral-Printed Pajama Set

This Kate Spade sateen fabric pajama set is classically styled with a long-sleeved button down top and pull on pants. The flower print is pretty and fun, but still sophisticated. It reminds me of the Hamptons.

BooHoo Rose Camo Floral Print Cami + Short PJ Set

Say “yay” to BooHoo. If you’re lusting after that Kate Spade flower print, but want something a little more affordable (seriously click on the link, it’s a steal), this short and camo set from Boohoo will satisfy your style and budget needs.

Betsy Johnson Heart Printed Top and Dolman Set

It’s hard to wear anything from Betsey Johnson and not instantly smile. The heart print is super cute without being childish. I also love that the top is long sleeved, but paired with shorts, so you don’t have to worry about being too warm or cold. The right temperature balance is key to getting a good night's sleep. So if you need an excuse to treat yourself, science. 

Never Enough Sleep Pajamas

 

These adorable statement PJs from ASOS combine two things I really love, the truth and crop tops. 

Skin Shadow Plaid Open-Shoulder Sleep Gown

So, this isn’t technically pajamas. But, I can't help but swoon over Skin's gorgeous sleeping gown. Beautiful, white and flowy, it’s the earth-mama alternative to lingerie. 

Dressing Like The Stars: Emmys 2016 Edition

Whether you are going to the Emmy Awards or your friend Emmy’s wedding, we all want to look and feel fabulous when we go to a special event. Awards shows are a great source for style inspiration. While you might not be able to score your own Christian Siriano like Nicey Nash (one of my favorite looks of the evening), you don’t need to wear couture to feel like a Hollywood star. Here are some of the most note-worthy dresses of the 2016 Emmy Awards alongside similar dresses that embrace the same trends. Any one of these choices will get you voted best-dressed, even if it’s just at your cousin’s bar mitzvah. 

One of the biggest surprises this year was how many people wore yellow. It is such a fun and refreshing, but elegant color. Both BCBG's Danielle and Ruffle Gowns are equally sunny and stylish. 

White dresses after Labor Day? Why yes! Nicey Nash's Christian Siriano dress was one of my favorite looks of the evening. This white sweetheart neckline dress by MISHA COLLECTION captures your curves like couture, while the white high neckline of KEEPSAKE'S Clockwork Dress is a more causal take on the awards show favorite.

Cutouts were everywhere on the red carpet. Copy the look with this white one-sleeve dress from MISGUIDED or jaw-dropping black stunner from MICHELLE MASON.

Floral appliques and overlays were very unique to the Emmys this year. It's a beautiful trend that will hopefully continue through awards season. This ALICE + OLIVIA Tamera Tea Length Dress is a great take on the trend you can wear year round.  LUSH'S fit and flare dress is a totally different style and combines several trends we saw at the Emmys, overlays and the colors nude and red.

Is it a coincidence that some of the most glam dresses and carpets are the same color? I don't think so. Red automatically kicks everything up a level. Check out this plunging neckline dress by ABS and the still sexy, but slightly more appropriate keyhole dress by AIDAN MATTOX. 

 

 

All red carpet pictures are courtesy of Getty.