Young Fabulous & Broke

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I’ve been really slacking with my blog the past few weeks (sorry!) due to trying to cherish the happiness of my engagement and starting to wedding plan; however, I do want to at least TRY to post as often as possible.

This post is actually an outfit from my Disney vacation about a month ago now. I really cannot believe it was that long ago already. This summer really needs to slow down! This Young, Fabulous & Broke wrap skirt is amazing. The blue ombré combined with the high slit and exposed mini skirt underneath is just perfection. Bonus: this skirt is made of the softest cotton. I paired it with a plain white ribbed tank, a turquoise necklace and my Stuart Weitzman wedges (fun fact: Jennifer Aniston owns the same pair!) for a resort casual type of look. I thought this was a great dinner outfit for vacation.

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IMG_2655Tank: Target | Skirt: Young Fabulous & Broke
Wedges: Stuart Weitzman | Necklace: gift (similar)

All Black Everything (plus a little red)

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I absolutely love an all black outfit. A black dress paired with black heels and a black bag is so elegant and timeless. Even better than all black, is a pop of red on these Louboutins. My boyfriend bought me my first pair of Louboutins (the Pigalle) for my 25th birthday last month and I could not WAIT to wear them! I packed them for our trip to Disney, not really sure which outfit I would wear them with, but when I unpacked everything I knew they would be perfect with this black dress. And what better night to break out the Louboutins than the night we went to the Grand Floridian for dinner?

The Grand Floridian is a stunning hotel. Everything about it is beautiful from the outside of the hotel itself to chandeliers seen from the lobby to the views across the bay. There is not a thing that was overlooked at the Grand Floridian. Having heard all about the beauty of the hotel, I knew I needed to take some photos for my blog there, of course. While at dinner, we were lucky enough to be seated right next to the windows overlooking the bay, giving us the perfect view of the pre-4th of July fireworks- AMAZING! I cannot wait to go back one day (hopefully sooner rather than later)!

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Dress: Fable (similar here and here)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Coach (similar)

Neon<3

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I absolutely love the neon trend. I think bright, vibrant colors look amazing with a tan. That’s why I knew I had to bring this Naven dress with me to Florida. I’m naturally pretty fair-skinned, but being in the hot Florida sun gave me just enough color that I managed to not look washed out. This dress was also perfect for Florida because it is very lightweight and has a mostly open back since it’s a halter, so I was not too hot at all. I love the contrast of the black lining around the zipper in the back against the neon material of the dress itself. I chose to pair the dress with black strappy heels and a black shoulder bag to emphasize the contrast even more. I kept the jewelry simple with just diamond studs (my daily go-to) and a gold link bracelet because I wanted the full focus on the dress and shoes.

A little advice if you’re afraid to wear neon because you think it’s too bold: wear it while on vacation. I always feel more confident while on vacation because other than the people I’m traveling with, I’m around total strangers, so I’m never concerned about what anyone else is thinking. Also, as I said before, neon looks great with a bit of a tan and most people tend to be the most tan while on vacation. If you’re still not totally comfortable wearing something as much as a neon dress, you can always start small with neon accessories, a neon shirt with solid black, white or denim shorts or vice versa. Summer is definitely the best time of year for neon, so wear it while you can, as often as you can! 😉

The pictures below were taken at the hotel we stayed at last week in Orlando, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The hotel was so pretty and there were so many cute places to take pictures! It is just significantly hotter and more humid than New York, so it’s so difficult to keep your hair looking cute and to try to pretend you’re not sweating in your pictures haha. So kudos to all my Florida bloggers!

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IMG_2639Dress: Naven (similar here, here) | Shoes: Aldo (similar)
Bag: Coach (similar) | Bracelet: J. Crew

Red Carter

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During Red Carter’s Go Sun Yourself program, I was lucky enough to be chosen to as a winner of this GORGEOUS swimsuit and a pair of shorts (not pictured in this post). I first found out about Red Carter through Instagram and I am so glad that I did. That’s the best part of blogging and social media: discovering new brands and making connections that I never would have otherwise.

I love this swimsuit because of the amazing cutouts on the top and bottom. The top wraps around twice and ties in the back, creating a cutout on the ribs, underneath the cups. On the bottom, there’s cutouts on the hips. I find that the cutouts to add a unique and sexy touch to the bathing suit while still leaving something to the imagination. It’s much easier to make a one-piece sexy, but not too much; however, it’s hard to make it work on a bikini. On top of the awesome cutouts on the bikini, I love the material and the pink snakeskin print. Overall, great bikini and I look forward to making Red Carter purchases in the future!

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Twenty Five

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I celebrated my 25th birthday this past weekend with a long weekend in LBI with my parents, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend’s parents. It was very low key and relaxing, which was really what I needed. The weather was absolutely beautiful all weekend long, so we really lucked out! I haven’t spent my birthday with my family in a few years now, since I usually always have plans, and it was really nice to just have family time at the beach. Not to mention, I was spoiled with some really nice gifts! I really could not have asked for a better way to spend my 25th birthday :)

I went out to dinner Saturday night at my favorite restaurant on the island, Raimondo’s (highly recommend if you’re ever in LBI- the food is amazing!). I wanted to wear something pretty, but not too fancy, since it is the beach and people tend to dress down a bit. I decided on this floral Yumi Kim dress I ordered a couple weeks back from RueLaLa and to dress it down a little bit, I paired it with a pair of black wedges. I didn’t want to wear anything that would take away from the gorgeous floral pattern and front slit of this dress, so I kept the jewelry simple with just my Burberry watch and a delicate necklace that my mom bought me a few years ago. I’m looking forward to wearing this dress again and seeing the different ways I can dress it up and down!

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Dress: Yumi Kim (similar) | Wedges: Charles David
Watch: Burberry (similar)

Look for Less: Taylor Swift

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So people seem to either love or hate T. Swift. I fall somewhere in between there. However, one thing you have to admit is that since T. Swift moved to NYC, she has developed a pretty amazing sense of style. I saw this picture online and I knew I had to find the same look for less. This is such a great outfit because you can either dress it up with some heels, like Taylor did here, or go for a more casual look with wedges or flats. See below for Taylor’s look details, as well as some more affordable options.

elizabeth-and-james-woodrow-shorts-thumb202768Elizabeth & James: $110.25

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Elizabeth & James: $189

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ASOS: $46.00

ralph-lauren-metal-plastic-cats-eye-sunglasses-thumb202653Ralph Lauren: $200
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Serapian: $1058


Look For Less

boohoo Boohoo: $40

F21 Forever 21: $8.90
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New Look: $5.56
target
Target: $39.99
topshop
Top Shop: $30

MDW 2015

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This Memorial Day weekend, and every one for the past 4 years, I went to LBI with my boyfriend and his family. For those who have not been to Long Beach Island, NJ, you are surely missing out. My boyfriend’s family has a house there, so we are fortunate enough to have a free beachy vacation spot that we can visit whenever we’d like. I love LBI because I always can count on a weekend/week of complete relaxation and contentment.

This past weekend it was a bit too chilly for tanning on the beach, but we did get to go for a little bit and the rest of the time we spent just relaxing and spending time with family. It was just what I needed for a little recharge since work has really been bogging me down lately.

I wore this outfit to dinner on Saturday night at my favorite restaurant on the island, Raimondo’s (I highly suggest it to anyone who visits or vacations in LBI). These J Brand jeans are the PERFECT pair of white denim, in my opinion. I was searching for months to find a pair of distressed white jeans that 1) weren’t see-through and 2) weren’t so tight they looked like I was wearing spandex and I decided to take a chance and ordered this J Brand pair from Bloomie’s in hopes that they would work out. SO glad I did because they are exactly WHAT I’ve been looking for. Prepare to see these on repeat over the next few months because I’m in love.

I paired the jeans with this loose fitting purple top, with a cutout back, that I bought at the end of the summer last year at this super cute boutique on the island, Tula the Boutique (I opt for looser fitting tops or dresses when I plan on stuffing my face). I love the light purple with the white, so summery. I put on some nude heels and added a statement necklace and chunky bracelet to bring it all together.

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Top: Sis Sis (similar) | Necklace: Francesca’s Collection (similar)
Jeans: J Brand | Sandals: Michael Kors (similar)

Brush Strokes

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I found this dress on Instagram. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I saw a fellow fashion blogger I follow wearing a super cute top. I saw that @shopthemint was tagged in the caption of the photo. I had never heard of the brand/store before, so I clicked on it to see what else Shop The Mint had to offer. I saw this dress on their Instagram feed and INSTANTLY fell in love. The clothes and accessories on shopthemint.com (The Mint Julep Boutique) are all so cute and so affordable! Even better, when you sign up for their “Special Perks,” you get $10 off your first purchase! I couldn’t say no to this dress after that.

I had just ordered this Furla mini bag from Macy’s this same week I found the dress and could not wait to pair the two together. I decided Mother’s Day dinner was the perfect day to break them both out for the first time. I paired the dress and bag with a pair of white wedges on the gorgeous 85 degree day we had here in New York. I got tons of compliments on this dress all day and I was so happy to tell everyone about shopthemint.com because they are amazing. I love love love this dress. The pattern is gorgeous and the colors all blend together so well. The faux wrap and bunching on the bottom of the dress is also the perfect touch to make this dress absolutely unique. I’m looking forward to purchasing more clothing from The Mint Julep Boutique in the near future!

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Dress: The Mint Julep Boutique
Bag: Furla | Wedges: Enzo Angiolini
Bangles: Alex and Ani

Splurge, Spend, Steal: Ankle Tie Flats

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Lace up flats are very in right now and I am absolutely loving the trend. The Aquazzura Christy and Belgravia flats are to die for. But let’s face it: we can’t all afford these gorgeous Aquazurra flats. That’s why I’ve come up with Splurge, Spend, and Steal options to make the ankle tie flats an option for everyone, no matter what your budget is!

The Belgravia

Splurge

 Aquazzura Belgravia

Aquazzura: $695

Spend

JC Shay
Jeffrey Campbell: $130

Steal

Mod Cloth

ModCloth: $34.99

The Christy

Splurge

Aquazzura Christy
Aquazzura: $675

Spend
Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman: $385

Steal

YesStyle
YesStyle: $27.90

Throwback Thursday: The Pierre NYC

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Today’s throwback Thursday is from about 3 years ago. My boyfriend and I both love New York City (me enough to live there, my boyfriend not so much) and love to spend the night there as often as we can. About 3 years ago for my boyfriend’s birthday, I surprised him with an overnight stay at The Pierre hotel in NYC and what a treat it was for both of us! The Pierre is part of the Leading Hotels of the World. It has a classically elegant style and the service is absolutely outstanding. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel.

Upon arrival, we received a room upgrade, which gave us a partial view of Central Park (if you know NYC hotels, you know this is a big deal). Our room was quite spacious, containing a corridor leading to our bed and desk, multiple closets, a kitchenette, and a large bathroom with a separate bath and shower. The bed in our room was so comfortable, I never wanted to get out of it. I also loved the sophisticated decor at The Pierre.

The Central Park location is one of my favorites because there are so many great restaurants in this area. For my boyfriend’s birthday, I chose to go to Jean-Georges. In my opinion, Jean-Georges Vongerichten can do no wrong. I love all of his restaurants and I am so glad he opened The Inn at Pound Ridge just 20 minutes from me! Our experience at Jean-Georges was an amazing one. All of the food was incredibly the delicious and the service was impeccable. At one point I spilled a little something on my dress and before I could even react, someone was handing me a shout wipe to take care of it! I mean, how perfect is that? The staff at Jean-Georges understand the needs of the customer and that is just as important at a restaurant as having delicious food, in my opinion. My favorite part of the meal was the little cookies and chocolates you get to take home with you. It’s the little details that really make it a wonderful experience and Jean-Georges has all the little details covered.

The last part of this trip I want to discuss is the gorgeous dress  wore. I found this dress at Barney’s Warehouse and I absolutely could not let it go. I love everything about this dress. From the silk material (so comfortable!) to the beautiful open back style to the bright royal blue, this dress is just perfection. I paired it with dangly, sparkly earrings and colorful BCBG sandals.

See below for photos of all the details of this trip.

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