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One of my favorite Forrest Gump quotes is, “My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.” And if these shoes could you about someone they would say, she’s classic and aimless with a touch of prep and secretly comfortable because let me tell you… these smoking slippers are the comfiest pair I own. That’s saying something too because I have arthritis in my feet and toes.
Let me introduce you to the brand Hubbell Hille, the 3 founders are making it their mission to design comfortable and stylish shoes (and all while holding other full time jobs, can you say #bossbabes). Right now they have two styles of this slipper and 4 different colors. I went for the Hubbler 2.0 in coral which is almost like a Nantucket red.
Don’t just take my word on how comfy these shoes are though, try them out for yourself. If you use code “PM20” you can get 20% off. Let’s be twins, k?
You might recall from my InstaStories the beautiful package I was sent from Ellelauri last week. I’m a sucker for good presentation and this one did not disappoint but it’s what’s inside that was the real showstopper. The Ellelauri team picked out the Hartley dress just for me and I’d say they got my style down. It comes in classic navy and with a preppy collar detail!
If you’re not familiar with Ellelauri let me introduce you. This adorable women’s brand was co-founded by local entrepreneur Liz Rymar. Their designs have been worn by the Kardashians and Jessica Alba. You can shop their online store here or if you’re in the Philly area find them in Rittenhouse, Avalon and Chestnut Hill (seasonally).
Isn’t Instagram a beautiful thing? You can connect with the coolest people and discover the best new brands. That’s how I stumbled upon Dress for Cocktails and her line, The Cocktail Clutch. Her clutches are my latest and greatest obsession. Let me explain why…
To start you pick your clutch color/pattern, which there are plenty of choices from solids to stripes, even zebra. Then you pick your bows, which once again comes in various colors and patterns. The bows easily pop on and off of the clutch so you can change your look at any time. I’m always hesitant of products that transition, reverse or change as for some reason it lessens the quality and it never works quite how they say it will.
Let me tell you, this one is perfection. The bows have a magnetic clasp with clips on along the edge so the bows stay put and sturdy but can easily switch out. It’s flawless. Even the tags and branding are adorable with a little cocktail charm on the bag’s chain and a mirror inside the clutch. Plus, (as if it could get any better) the clutches are made in the USA.
Now I just can’t wait to see what her holiday collection will be!
Last winter during the PHL Pop Up Shops I was introduced to Virginia Dare Dress Co. At that point the brand was still in it’s fundraising phases but the designs and messaging total stuck with me. All these months lady while scrolling through Instagram I saw the Camilla dress and had to have it. The toile-like print is totally classic and the shape is very flattering.
The designer and founder, Rebekah originally worked as a photographer and her search for a beautiful yet comfortable dress drove her to creating Virginia Dare Dress Co. Mostly all of the dresses are machine washable and my favorite part is they come in petite, regular and tall. For someone 5’1″ this is major. I constantly have to get my clothes altered as dresses tend to have a hem way to long for my petite legs and I’m always having to get the straps pulled up as well for my short torso.
I was so happy when I tried on this dress and I didn’t need to change a thing! If you’re short, tall or in between… I suggest you give their dresses a try for yourself to see.
I’ve never been a huge makeup girl. While I can kind of do my hair, makeup is something I just have no talent in. Or maybe it’s patience for? However, even though I may only put on eyeshadow once a month, there are a few staples I swear by when it comes to my beauty routine.
1- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation– A local makeup artist, B Wilson actually turned me onto this product. Previously I had never even used a MUFE product. This however is a game changer. It’s fool proof, gives flawless coverage while making your skin glow but without the shine.
2- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder– My skin leans towards the dry side and often times powders can make my skin look more dry and highlight the dead skin. This powder is super lightweight that it doesn’t cake on.
3- Benefit ka-BROW– I’ve been blessed with full brows but cursed with uneven ones. This brow gel is easy to apply, giving you all the control you need and it doesn’t rub off throughout the day like some others I’ve used in the past.
4- Kevin Aucoin Matte Lip Color– I love a gold lip color, the bolder the better! However, I hate the feeling of wearing lipstick, it feels sticky and unnatural. This product I was introduced to by Houppette Beauty and feels like I’m wearing nothing on my lip but gives a vibrant color.
5- Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs– Ever since a teenager I have loved perfume. I think it all started with the Britney Spears’ Fantasy scent (embarrassing). I’d like to think my sense of smell has evolved since then as now my signature is Daisy Dream.
What are your favorites when it comes to beauty?
Is it just me or is this the longest winter ever? And it’s only February! Luckily, when I was at AtlantaMart a few weeks ago I got a dose of spring with the a sneak peek of my favorite brand’s upcoming warm weather collections. Like this, from Duffield Lane.
When I stopped in the Duffield Lane booth and starting browsing through the resort and spring pieces I stopped when I came to this adorable dress. I mean scallops? Sold. Now just imagine I had a tan too and wasn’t pasty white. Trust me, you too will wear it all spring long.
Every year I can’t wait to put up my Christmas decorations. It takes everything in my to not put them up before Thanksgiving. I usually wait until the weekend right after Thanksgiving to put them up, and that’s just about as long as I can wait. However, as quickly as they go up, they go down as well.
By NYE I had my Christmas decorations down but couldn’t part with taking the wreath off my door. I consider it more of a winter pieces than Christmas, ya know? Another thing that I don’t retire post Christmas? Plaid. It’s in heavy rotation all winter long. A cold weather wardrobe staple. I love mixing plaids with leather and bling (just like I did here) to keep from looking like a Scottish kilt or Christmas dinner tablecloth.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are kicking off 2017 in all the right ways! I wanted to share my Christmas outfit today. As you know, Christmas is my favorite holiday (followed closely by my own birthday). I love the festivities, the annual lunch with my family and celebrating my parent’s anniversary.
Growing up one of my favorite things was picking out my Christmas outfit. I’d plan it weeks in advance, as it’s an opportunity to get a little more dressy than usual, wearing sparkles or plaids and velvets. Once I spotted this Elizabeth Mckay dress I knew it was the one! It’s plaid, has a fitted waist and get this… pockets! Yes, everything is better with pockets. I paired it with this monogrammed clutch Will got me for Christmas (thanks bf!), the monogram snaps on and off so you can use it with your other Grateful brand bags too. Genius!
Growing up we had a “fake” tree. Well actually, we had a real one for a few years when I was little but whenever we replanted them they would die so we got a fake tree instead (to save the planet before it was cool). Last year was the first year in my adult life I got a real tree and to be honest the whole experience is a lot better. Instead of lugging a big fake one up from the basement, trying to put together the parts so they align just right, going to a tree farm, picking out and cutting down your tree just makes the perfect Christmas tradition!
This past weekend we went and got our tree, I searched the whole tree farm Goldie Locks style. This one’s too small, this one’s too dead, this one’s too thin but THIS one is just right! I think we found the perfect one if I do say so myself. So tell me, do you get a fake tree or a real one?
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family followed by lots of shopping (ie. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday). I spent the holiday doing the same with my family in Aiken, South Carolina. We even started a new tradition this year with attending the Blessing of the Hounds at Hitchcock Woods. It was the perfect weather, maybe even too warm for my cozy sweater but I thought it fit the occasion to a tee! If there’s one thing you should know about it’s that I love dressing the part, whatever it is, give me a theme and I’ll run with it!
But back to Isle Field, let me introduce you to this warm and luxurious brand of knits with just the right mix of preppy, classic and fun. Their styles are ageless so they’d make the perfect gift for everyone from the bestie to your mom. Next on my list is this one!