Christmas Day Chic {& delivered on time for free}

As much as I adore the ease of online shopping, my biggest pet peeve is paying for shipping. So when I can get what I want shipped free & on time, it’s Christmas to my ears!

For Christmas Day I like a combo of chic and cozy, and this insanely cozy cableknit sweater {also love this one & this one for less} paired with this gorgeous flounce skirt and these wear with everything booties {on sale!} fit the bill perfectly! Of course a little bit of sparkle is an absolute must by way of these gorgeous stud earrings and my new favorite nail polish {seen here}.

What’s Christmas Day like with your family – casual, fancy, a combo? I love hearing about how different people celebrate!

Turkey Day • What to Wear

Madewell sweater dress {also love this one for under $40 use code ONSAVENOW for an additional 20% off & this one for under $30+free shipping} // Loren Hope earrings // J.Crew Scarf {also love this one for under $20+free shipping} // A.P.C. Andrea Bag // Aquazzura suede booties

We’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past few years, and one of the things I’ve learned is the ovens fluctuate the temps in kitchen and surrounding rooms pretty drastically throughout the day, so chic-comfy layers are an absolute must! I’m really loving this Madewell turtleneck sweaterdress right now, which can be worn bare-legged or with tights (I’m obsessed with this fleece-lined pair for really cold days!). The orange toned earrings and scarf add the perfect amount of festive flair without overdoing it, and how gorgeous are those green suede Aqauzurra booties?!

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? Any tips? Would love to hear from you!

Take Note 11•14•14

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  • Did you know that Spanx makes leggings now?! The stretch twill is perfect for everyday and I’m loving the faux leather to jazz it up a bit! Think I’ll skip my 8:00 AM spin class this weekend and sleep in!
  • When Billy and I went to Paris a few years ago we literally ate our way through the city, and while there were so many recipes and ingredients I fell in love with, one that was a completely unexpected surprise is their version of hot chocolate. In lieu of the overly sweet powder/hot water mixture that I was never fond of, the Parisian’s is a decadent treat of milk & high quality chocolate – it’s just divine, and this recipe is exactly how I remember it! With temperatures dipping into the 20°’s, this weekend’s game is going to be a chilly one, so I’m going to mix up a big thermos of it (spiked w/ a little Bailey’s, of course!) to keep us warm and wits about us as we pray for a Giants win.
  • Rosetta’s probe landing on a moving comet over 300 million miles away, that took 10 years of perfect calculations & earth’s gravitational pull to achieve, completely blows my mind! Why isn’t the media talking more about this and less about Kim Kardashian’s nude spread (although this is pretty funny)?!
  • While we’re on the subject of cough, clearly photoshopped spreads, cough – if Disney Princesses had realistic waistlines. It sets a healthier standard of self esteem for kids, don’t you think?

BEST WEEKEND SALES

Bloomingdales – 20% off Friends & Family {code: HOLIDAY}.
∞ J.Crew – 25% off your purchase {code: SHOPNOW}, 30% off for card members {code: 
CARDTREAT}. As a cardmember I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this sale and get started on my holiday shopping. I’ve bought almost every male in my family this lambswool shawl-collar sweater – it seamlessly goes from casual with a t-shirt & jeans, to dressy with a button down & slacks – and I’m loving the new heather pine color they came out with this season!
J.Crew Factory – 40-60% off everything. I’m loving this cozy turtleneck sweater, have this sweatshirt in every color (it’s my favorite!) and this tortoise & crystal necklace is calling my name!
Anthropologie – 25% off all dresses & jewelry – perfect for upcoming holiday parties. I’m OBSESSED with this dress!
∞ West Elm – 20% off table top & linens, just in time for your Thanksgiving table! Loving these chargers & this gravy pitcher.
Madewell – 25% off sale {code: FALLBACK}. Madewell’s flannel Ex-Boyfriend shirts are my go-to for casual weekends, and I love how they look paired with a leather skirt or leggings for date night – this color flannel is part of the sale!

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The Holidays • The Casual In-Betweens

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The Holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year! I’m pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to color schemes for holiday decorating & the table setting {always adding in a fun twist, of course!}. However as our family continues to grow, we don’t get to see everyone that we’d like to the day-of. Casual “in-between” get-togethers amongst family & friends have become more & more common, which I actually really love – the more parties the better, in my opinion!

I like to switch up the color scheme for such occasions, and right now I’m loving the idea of using powdery whites with different shades of blue and a shiny pops of silver for a festive flair. My entertaining style in general is pretty casual, and for these occasions I especially like to keep things low-key, serving all the food from the buffet. A cozy sweater, gorgeous scalloped plaid skirt, comfy flats and a little bit of bling is perfect for hosting such occasions – and compliments the buffet quite nicely!

How do you handle not being able to see everyone you like to the day-of? I think it’s a lot of pressure to put on one day. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Take Note 11•7•14

 

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  • A warm-weather winter getaway needs to be booked stat, solely based on Loeffler Randall’s Resort collection that was just released. I’m drooling over these ankle tie sandals, these snakeskin scalloped flats, these peep-toe booties and these snakeskin & leopard heels!
  • For anyone who loves documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd), I highly recommend checking out the two below (accompanied by a nice glass of wine!):
    • SOMM takes you on the adventure of four men vying to pass the highest level of sommelier, The Master Sommelier Exam, an immensely intimidating test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Aside from the a few drawn out scenes and the lack of female candidates (?!), overall I found it really informational & interesting!
    • city.ballet, produced and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, is an online series documenting the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of what it takes to ascend from a backup dancer in the Corps de Ballet, to a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet  – the “ultimate stage”. The first season was amazing, and the second season released this week is just as good!
  • Cold temps completely transforms my normal-to-oily skin into a dry-itchy mess. Lightweight moisturizers need to swapped out for more intense versions, and coconut oil has been my favorite for quite some time now. However, there are days when I just don’t have time to let it soak in, and really don’t want to ruin my clothes and/or sheets, so I’m going to give this diy lotion bar a shot this weekend! Have any of you ever tried anything similar? You can check out more of my cold weather skin care essentials here.
  • Speaking of cold weather, I found the perfect wool fedora!
  • Have you checked out Kate Spade’s collaboration with Gap Kids yet?! It takes adorable to a new level!!!

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Game Day

In our house from early September through late December, Sundays {and the occasional Monday & Thursday} are considered “holy”. And not because we’re particularly religious people, but because it’s “football day” according to my husband, and the Giant’s are just about as holy as he gets. Oddly enough, I actually really enjoy watching the game! I was an athlete in high school, workout pretty regularly now, and overall really enjoy the sportsmanship of it all -and well-built men in tight football pants isn’t the worst thing to look at! The crisp Fall air, our traditional tailgate {which includes a multiple-course Italian Sunday lunch that would make my Nonna proud}, and the rush from the game, makes for a perfect day!

And while I may not know every play in the book, I like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on what to wear to a game. The weather can be a bit unpredictable, with warm afternoon tailgates and brisk end of game temps, so layers – in the form of my favorite t-shirt, plaid button down & quilted vest  {love these more affordable alternatives here & here too!} – are an absolute must! Like many other stadiums, there is a very restrictive bag policy, and this little guy just makes the size requirement. I’ve also learned my lesson to wear comfy boots that can easily be hosed down – we are cooking in a parking lot after all!

Do you have any Fall traditions? I fell in love with football a few years ago and am totally hooked!

Check out some of my other favorite game day outfits here and here.

Weekday Uniform

Working in a creative industry, my client meetings for the most part are pretty causal. During the warmer months I typically turn to a dress (that’s now on major sale!) or my favorite pencil skirt for an easy look. But when the weather starts starts to dip down, a beautiful silk top (size up – it runs small!), waxed denim (or slim wool pants) and a blazer that fits like a glove (in a gorgeous color) is perfect for chillier mornings and warmer afternoons. Top is off with a chic pair of glasses, pumps that mean business, a little bit of sparkle and a workhorse bag to house my laptop & daily essentials – and I’m good to go!

I always perform better when I feel confident in the way I look! Are you the same way? It seems so silly, but really works wonders!

Fall Staples, Day to Night + {Shopbop’s Friends & Family}

The sale that happens but twice a year finally here – 25% off Shopbop’s entire site {w/ code FAMILY25}! While my “imaginary cart” is quite full, I’ve been narrowing it down, and so far this sweater and these leather leggings will definitely make it to checkout! We’ve been traveling quite a bit the past couple weeks, so I really need pieces that can easily transition from day to night. I love how the pairing looks casual with this great pair of snakeskin high tops, baseball hat and perfect everyday bag (in my favorite pop of color for Fall – red!); while a sexy pair of heels, bold lip and fur vest make chilly nights out super sexy!

A Fall Weekend out East

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Although summer is probably my most cherished season overall, my absolute favorite time of year to head out East is during the fall! The light in the Hamptons is somewhat notorious for its unique color spectrum created from the ocean and sound both sourcing reflected light; and to see the change of the leaves amongst it is simply magical! Add in the abundance of farmers markets & pumpkin patches, the nonexistence of traffic, along with the fact that Kardashian’s and such like crews have skipped town – and the quaint little Hamptons towns are actually quaint once more! We’re heading out this weekend for Wölffer Estate’s annual Harvest Party, and I’m really excited after the amazing time we had last year!

Packing List • Bordeaux

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After a year and a half of planning, my family and I are heading to Bordeaux this week for harvest and to celebrate my parents 35 wedding anniversary. I’ve never been to that region of France, so I’m beyond excited for the great adventure ahead of us, and for all of the wine tastings and culinary delights we’ll be sampling!

Of course what to pack has been anxiously nagging me, although I did much better on our last two trips by way of a little preparation and sticking to a strict color combo – mostly neutrals with a splash of bordeaux (of course!) for this trip. I’m also taking a tip from a good friend, and selecting my shoes first, then selecting which garments to pair with them.

Bordeaux’s weather can be a little temperamental this time of year, with an average of 13 days of rain in September, and temps ranging from 55°-85°. A great rain jacket with a hood (why don’t they all have one?!) and pair of rain boots is an absolute must; and these Loeffler Randal booties with their chic gold buckles can be worn casual or dressy, rain or shine (my beloved Hunter’s would likely take up 1/2 the weight limit in my suitcase!). Theses ballet flats are so incredibly comfortable (I took my friend Hanna’s advise and snipped off the charm to make them look a little more “grown up”), while these sexy heels are perfect for dinners and drinks.

As for the clothes, light layers are my go-to this time of year in general to combat the constantly changing temps, and sticking with a strict color combo allows me to seamlessly transition pieces from casual to formal!

Have any of you been to Bordeaux? Any recommendations on places not to be missed?