How to Find the Perfect Dress

How to Find the Perfect Dress

Ever go shopping for a dress for a special work event, wedding, or just an update to your closet for the new season and leave with nothing? It happens to me too. But I discovered very quickly that there were a few tricks I started to use that made it much easier for me to spend less time looking for the perfect dress and just choosing among all the ones that were perfect for me. 

how to find the perfect dress

How to find the perfect dress

Here are 3 tips for finding the perfect dress without hassle.

1. Accentuate the Positive 

Decide which part of your body you feel you want to accentuate the most in your dress. Is it your arms, your shoulders, your waist or your legs. This is not to say you don’t want to accentuate it all, but you know we are our hardest critics so finding an area you LOVE the most will help. Love your legs? go for a mini or midi cut dress. Love your shoulders? Try a halter. Love your arms? Go for a sleeveless or even a long sleeves with flare.

how to find the perfect dress

find the perfect dress

2. Google search your Closet

Go to your closet right now. Search high and low and determine what color is most prominent. This will do two things to help you find the perfect dress: 1) help you determine which color you are drawn to most, therefore you can choose  a dress in your favorite color or 2) figure out that the color you always wear has got you in a rut and challenge yourself to find the one color you’ve always loved but don’t own, therefore choose a color you don’t own yet but love.

find the perfect dress

find the perfect dress

3. Prepare to Repurpose

You want to buy a dress for an event but can’t see yourself wearing it for anything else – don’t buy it. When you go looking for that perfect dress, be sure you are choosing a dress that you can see wearing with heels for an event as much as with flats or even sneakers for a more casual feel of the same dress. Be sure to find ways that you would repurpose your dress to make the most out of your purchase. 

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I had such a great time working on the Fit for All campaign with Maggy London.

Featured Look #1 // Valentina Dress | Heels | YSL Lip color #3 | Watch

Featured Look #2 // Illusion Dress| Red HeelsRed Lip

Featured Look #3 // Stevie Dress | Pink Heels 

 

Hope these tips were helpful. I am sure there are many more out there and would love your thoughts on finding the perfect dress. Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for stopping by!

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Awakening Spring in Stripes

Awakening Spring in Stripes

I’m back and happy it is spring! To say it’s been awhile is an understatement, but I honestly needed to take break from this creative space to really examine where I wanted it to go and what it needed to be. That, and directing a musical plus a new puppy and some sad family news in the last few months just really took a hit on my creative energy. I am certain that any a creative spirit has experienced a lull in their work, and to come back to it feels energizing. Although spring has yet to fully show it’s awakening weather-wise, the style inspiration is in full swing! 

spring stripes

And what better trend to kick off a spring mood than stripes? Whether rainbow stripes like these in my look, a breton, nautical, barcode, or pinstripe, stripes always have their moment in the spring.

spring stripes

And can we stop for a minute and admire these super comfy amazing pink sneakers?! I got them last summer and they are now on sale in several stores here, here and here! Grab yourself a pair before they are gone! I wear them for long walks and are so comfortable and stylish at the same time.

pink sneakers

spring stripes

Featured Look// ASOS stripe dress (similar) | J.Crew Chambray shirtAldo sneakers  (now under $30) | Polo Sunglasses (similar) | Deux Lux Hobo bag 

Here are some of my favorites to shop for this spring season! Are you a lover of stripes for spring? Sound off in the comments below! Happy Spring! 

Thank you so much for coming back, reading for the first time or just browsing the web and joining me here! I can’t wait to create content that informs and inspires!

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What to Wear to Yoga Class

What to Wear to Yoga Class

As the year begins in full force, vision boards are being created and everyone is focused on their resolutions most likely about how to get more workouts in 2018. This past year I really wanted to get myself back into my favorite hot yoga class that really changed the way I felt after giving birth to my daughter. Hot yoga cleared my mind, made me sweat out any stress and anxiety, and really had my body craving only the good things to eat like fruits and veggies. I still have a long way to go to make it a regular part of my life, but 2018 is my year! I’m going to make it a part of my life again.

what to wear to yoga

When it came time to plan my yoga outfits, one thing I’ve always said about working out (see what I mean here) is that I enjoy deciding what to wear for my workouts. It mentally helps me feel good about having comfortable and stylish workout clothing when I have to face the mirror during those 90 minute yoga sessions. After all, who doesn’t enjoy some stylish and comfy workout clothes to motivate you to get to the gym? I’m a big fan of waistband leggings because they sit high on the waist and lengthen my petite legs. They also don’t pull down when I’m bending over in some yoga move requiring me to focus on pulling up my pants rather than the downward dog! Ha!

When I found this purple cotton tank top at Target for under $8, I was sold! I had to get them in every color. They are perfect for everything from working out to summer days to a pop of color under a blazer for work.

what to wear to yoga

So grab yourself a pair of comfy cotton leggings and tank top, a colorful water bottle, an inspiring towel, yoga mat and stylish kicks for the walk to the studio, a pretty set of stacked bracelets (because why not!) and you’re set to go!

what to wear to yoga

And after being all geared up for a great yoga session, go all in and then treat yourself to a healthy brunch afterwards with your favorite gals!

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

what to wear to yoga

Thank you so much for stopping by & reading! What is your favorite type of yoga? Let me know in the comments! I’d love some inspiration this weekend!

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Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

2017 was definitely the year I started using more beauty products and trying out different brands to find the best in skincare and beauty for my skin. Earlier this year, I was invited to experience a “facial skin reading” at Esthetica MD in Englewood, NJ and I was surprised to learn so much about my skin that I had not previously known.

2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As someone who always thought a breakout here and there meant I had oily skin, I was shocked to learn I actually had combo to dry skin, my skin damage was not severe but only topical (meaning it was reversible), and that the texture of my skin was at 95% out of 100% which I was happy to hear!

2017 best skincare

The “face chart” created from the machine was able to show all the areas that needed attention the most. It was painless procedure (I just had to rest my chin on the machine), and I learned so much that lead me to find the best of beauty for the best of this year! 

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Some of my skincare staples has been the Calendula Toner from Kiehls  having used it for over 15 years now. But newer brands that I’ve fallen in love with for my combo/dry skin have been Too Cool for School, Tatcha, SKII, Boscia, Pixi and Caudalie! I’ve become a big believer in using face masks so I switch between Dr. Jart’s brightening mask and Too Cool For School’s egg mask (which is perfect for winter!). 

2017 best skincare

I keep my makeup relatively simple, although my routine seems intense to some mostly because I really work on prepping my skin before I put on some concealer, setting powder, blush, eyebrow gel, mascara, lipgloss, setting mist (my favorites are from Pixi and NYX), and I’m out the door! But when I find a really good eyeshadow brand, I invest in it! Tarte and Natasha Denona have been two of my favorites to use this year because of their pigmented colors and easy blending, which makes this novice happy to use them! 

2017 bset skincare

2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As you think about entering the colder days of the early 2018 winter, consider how your routine is different from the summer months. With less moisture in the air, finding a balance of products that work for your skin during the various seasons will make a world of difference to how your skin cares for itself. You’ll be happy you did! 

What are some of your favorites skincare products? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to try out some new brands and products. Thank you so much for reading! I plan on sharing more about my skincare and beauty routines on Youtube! If that is something you’d love to see, subscribe here!

Featured // Top Row (L to R): Pink & Blue Co. Necklace | Natasha Denona Palatte | Farsali Face Oil | Dose of Colors Highlighter | Sugar Fix by BaubleBar Necklace & Earrings (all under $30) | Bottom Row (L to R): Caudalie Eye Cream | Tatcha Gold Lipbalm  | Ouai Rose Body Oil | Lano Lip ointment | Boscia Facial Tonic 

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GRWM // Ready to Sparkle for NYE

GRWM // Ready to Sparkle for NYE

I’m back with another giveaway as we begin to wrap up 2017! Who doesn’t love a little sparkle for NYE in their wardrobe? If you haven’t noticed already in reading past posts, I adore the Maggy London brand! They have dresses in all sizes and genuinely make beautiful pieces from great prints to stunning solids with great shapes to compliment any woman. Stay with me until the end to learn how you can win this gorgeous dress!

sparkle NYE

I wanted to share a little GRWM (get ready with me!) as I prepared for a glam night out! This dress is undoubtedly perfect for any upcoming holiday party, especially New Year’s Eve! Getting ready for a night out is always fun especially when I get to put on the sparkle, some glow, and red lipstick! How do you plan are you spending your NYE this year?

sparkle NYE

Winter can be brutal to exposed skin but I’m not a fan of wearing stockings, so I wear long coats and drench my legs in Ouai Rose Body Oil that hydrates and keeps my skin so soft.

sparkle NYE

And if you are going to go glam, you might as well go all in and sparkle from head to toe. I literally have been wearing the Dose of Colors highlighter collaboration with Desi and Katy in Fuego almost everyday as well as Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink lip colors.  I decided to add extra shine with these earrings (only $13) from the Bauble Bar collaboration with Target called SugarFix.

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

This year has been filled with so many great moments and I look forward to sharing a wrap-up! One is that I’ve been able to do discover the direction of what I want my content to look like and you’ll see those changes soon. Another is adding a new family member – a furry one – to our home, for our son! It was important for him to have a companion.

sparkle NYE

We also have spent time traveling to some great places including this beautiful home in the Pocono’s that will be featured in an upcoming post! It’s the perfect home for a family gathering and close to so many wonderful activities for the winter season!

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

And to start 2018 right, I’ve partnered with Maggy London to give away one of these pretty dresses to one lucky reader! Enter below via Rafflecopter for many chances to win or visit me on Instagram for one chance to enter!

How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run from December 28th at 3:30pm and end by December 29th 11:59pm. Yes, more time means more chances!

3) The one winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) The one winner will get receive this dress directly from Maggy London upon replying to an email requesting information for delivery. 

5) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

6) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

7) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway sponsored by Maggy London who will be delivering the dress to our winner. 

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Thank you so much for reading and to Maggy London for a wonderful year & partnering on this post!

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