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A Smidge of Sparkle

17th November 2013

Holiday season is around the corner (okay, who are we kidding, holiday season is here!) and this swanky season is full of fabulous parties! So today I’m sharing my simple yet sparkly recipe for the perfect holiday look: lbd + red lip + sparkle = party perfection
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i found this lipstick print on a wall in my neighborhood and I had to snap a pic! I’m wondering if it was meant to be cheeky art or just evidence of the most fabulous mugging ever!
a little black dress is the perfect way to play it safe while still looking chic for any event, but adding the statement red lip and a little bit of glitter help elevate this classic look by giving it a sparkling twist! Try pulling your hair back while going light on the accessorizing, it will really let the lips & the shoes shine! If minimal accessorizing isn’t an option for you (I don’t really do minimal, understated is overrated!) stick to the color-scheme by pairing a black belt & bag with metallic jewels. 
Don’t compromise on comfort! Cozy up with a contrasting coat to keep you warm on your way to your sparkling soirée.

// lbd: vintage (loving this one, it gives you the dramatic fit & flare feel!) // belt: h&m (old, similar herehere and here) // pumps: j.crew // lipstick: mac (I also love this one by nars) // bag: kate spade

Before you go, I wanted to share a story about this dress. It’s a vintage party dress straight out of the sixties, it’s fitted, flared and fits like a dream. I found it at my favorite vintage store in San Francisco (I also love this one), it was a wee bit pricey, but also in mint condition and felt like it was made for me … so I just had to take it home! The owner of the store is also the most fascinating man, he even scoured the country and curated all the men’s accessorizes for the recent Great Gatsby remake! If you’re ever in San Francisco you’ll have to shop the vintage boutiques at in Haight Ashbury and be sure to pop by Mystery Mister!

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spots && sparkle

20th December 2012

i finally have my blog back && i’m celebrating with a few of my favorite things: spots, sparkles && my main man waffles.

by now you all know that i’m a wee bit polka dot obsessed, so i couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pair spots with some sparkle by featuring my newest j.crew purchase!
can you ever have too many polka dots? i really don’t think so! but when daring to dip yourself in so many polka dots, try to stick tame it down by sticking to a basic color pallet (like my black && cremé). to keep it from feeling to muted, i added a red lip && bow belt for a pop of color!
believe it or not waffles doesn’t own a polka dot sweater (gasp) … well not yet! so he paired his black && white french themed collar with his classic b&w sweater (a gift from momma deuce! thanks lady we love you). while i kept the polka dot theme going with my domino ring && chunky pearls.
 top: j.crew (on sale! also comes in white)// skirt: h&m // belt: kate spade // necklace: francescas (diy statement pearls// shoes: kate spade // sunnies: kate spade // bag: kate spade // rings: domino // wire wrap // betsey johnson // arm party: j.crew // sequin // kate spade idioms // forever 21 // kate spade // j.crew

&&waffles is wearing a black && white contrast sweater
As some of your may know, my blog was recently stolen (hence my unplanned absence) but after a fight I was able to gain it back! Many of you reached out to me and were so kind && supportive of my situation, so I wanted to take a chance to express my gratitude! 
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blair flair w// uptown tulips

11th December 2012

today’s post is a special treat: i’m teaming up with the fabulous bree of uptown tulips for a crazy amazing collaboration! together we’re delivering three seasonal style spotlight post style stalking some of our favorite fashionistas to create hot holiday looks, starting with Queen B!

i love this blair outfit, it just screams timeless glamour: her elegant accessories are classic princess pieces while the bold color choice keep the look young && fresh.
For my take, I attempted to channel blair’s regal whimsy while keeping it courtney.
 
nothing screams holiday like pink sparkles, except maybe a big giant bow! and luckily, this look has both! i used a bit of layering to bring the sparkle to this bow-tastic dress.

 I finished with sea foam shoes && girlie pearls! the shoe’s pop of pastel is very blair, plus it gives me a double dose of bows!

top: j.crew (try this one) // dress: vintage // necklace: francescas // shoes: kate spade // ring: kate spade // earrings: kate spade // fishnets: zara // arm party: sequin // j.crew (outlet) // kate spade // sequin // kate spade idioms // kate spade // j.crew // michael kors
As a guest blogger for Courtney today (eek!), I’ll start by introducing myself! I am Bree and am the founder and blogger behing Uptown Tulips. After obsessing over Courtney’s Style Spotlight feature, I was inspired to work with her on a few look inspired by our favorite icons. The first one, representing possibly my style icon and the envy of New York, Blair Waldorf, ladies and gents. As the “it girl” of the Upper East Side, Blair knows a thing or two about Christmas balls and fancy parties. I found this little number in a vintage store a few years ago. The cut defies everything that is traditional, straying from Blair’s classic side. Besides from the festive shade of green, this dress also A little glitter goes a long way. A lot of glitter goes way farther! The peacoat is a recent purchase and as soon as I got it, I knew it would end up in this post! After all, outerwear is Blair’s favorite accessory.
14 days until Christmas! Happy Holidays!
xoxo Bree
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well that’s all for today’s holiday collab! make sure to tune in next week for another tuesday holiday team up featuring zooey deschanel && make sure to follow the fabulous bree at uptown tulips to stay keep up with her fantastic style. until next time…
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tinkerbella

28th November 2012

for this look, all you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust… oh, and a sprinkle of kate spade whimsy && a dash of j.crew amazing-ness doesn’t hurt either.

i was feeling a little bit magical today! so i channeled my child-side for a tinker bell inspired look!
i tried to do j.crew justice by pairing my sequin shirt from a few holiday seasons ago (luckily they redo similar versions every year) with my crew cuts (embarrassing, i know) layered tulle skirt && pops of sea foam!
&& as always, piled on the accessories that included girlie pearls and bits of bling to bring a slight twinkle. 
shirt: j.crew (last seen here) // purse: kate spade // skirt: j.crew crew cuts // tights: kate spade (they sparkle!) // necklaces: diy (make your own) && francescas // shoes: kate spade (not online yet, but in stores) // belt: j.crew // rings: kate spade // wire wrap x2 (customizable && great for gifts) // vintage // sunnies: miu miu //earrings: kate spade // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms x9 (old-ish) // kate spade // vintage // j.crew 
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sparkle spade

19th November 2012

today’s post features my new color blocked kate spade dress with a bit of sparkly side pieces!

I’m slightly obsessed with my new olsen dress, it’s so classy … I feel like audrey hepburn! I paired it with sparkle accessories and purple tights to courtney-fy it!
my go polka dot bag, round miu miu sunnies && bangles galore (its an eight bangle day!) were the outfit’s finishing touches.
dress: kate spade  // tights: target // shoes: kate spade (my birthday shoes) // purse: kate spade //necklace: kenneth jay lane // belt: kate spade // rings: kate spade // kate spade (outlet find) // sunnies: miu miu // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms x8 (old-ish) // kate spade // vintage // j.crew 
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purple people eater

8th November 2012

there’s something about the month of november that makes me want to slip into something that sparkles.

 you may remember my glamours glitter pumps that i picked up for my birthday in july (if not, check out the post here). so when kate came out with a matching glitter bow belt for holiday, i had to get my hands on it.
a little sparkle can go a long way, but i liked to double up on the shine && the shade by adorning a double dose of polished purple && glamours glitter. i keep the color going throughout my arm parties with bold bangles and shiny accessories. 
top: h&m (fall’12) // belt: kate spade (in three colors) // skirt: h&m (old) // shoes: kate spade (matches the belt) // purse: kate spade // sunnies: miu miu // earrings: vintage // tights: target // necklace: francescas // rings: kate spade // wire wrap (i’m obsessed!) // francescas // kate spade (outlet find) // arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade idioms x5 (old-ish) // michael kors // kate spade // vintage // j.crew 
:: shine on ::
envious of my sparkle? since every girl deserves her moment in the sun, here are some sparkling steals all for under $50
if you’re in the mood to splurge, these glittered goodies are worth the money, including the kate spade glitter karolin a pumps i’m wearing in this look!
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sparkle party

22nd October 2012

 today, we’re spicing it up with a little bit of sparkle

you don’t need a special occasion to add a little bit of sparkle to your style… any day can be a sparkle day.
this look let’s you be the life of the party, anytime, by making a statement in sparkle. it works for day or night, work or weekend && is sure to be a show stopper.
top: jcrew (check out this polka dot one) // tux vest: hallogen // skirt: xi // pumps: kate spade (only in stores) // brooch: from a vintage shop in venice (special thanks to my bestie sheree) // purse: kate spade // necklace: kenneth jay lane // rings: kate spade // wire wrap //  arm party: sequin // kate spade (similar) // sequin // kate spade (old) // michael kors // kate spade // vintage // pearls
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ballerina

1st October 2012

i’ve found my soul mate…
i am now completely smitten with my new sparkly loafers so much so they inspired me to dance my way into todays ballet inspired outfit.

 never underestimate a baby pink — it is always fun to be bold && bring with a neon or shocking pink, but sometimes a pale ballerina pink can still make an outfit statement!
 short girls, here’s a tip — use your hair for height! whenever i wear flats, i like to wear my hair in a high top knot for an extra few inches. in this case, the bun also works with the ballerina theme.
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Shocking Pink

16th August 2012

Make jaws drop, when you strut your stuff in shocking pink!

Today we’re thinking pink by pairing the happy hue with neutrals to make it pop, lets take a peek…

I love to wear pink, it makes me feel pretty & girlie! But pale pink can be so predictable, so it’s nice to add some edge by trying on a shocking pink color! 
I love to wear pink, it makes me feel pretty & girlie! But pale pink can be so predictable, so it’s nice to add some edge by trying on a shocking pink color! 
To make this color even more shocking, try pairing it with blush, creme or champaign (as shown). I choose to go for a mostly monochromatic look with pops of pink for a harsh contrast! The color combo even carried over to my tights with nude fishnets. Nude fishnets that can be a great transitional tight, for when the weather is still too warm for traditional tights. 
Top: J. Crew // Skirt: Thrifted // Shoes: Kate Spade (On Sale @ Kate Stores) // Earrings: Kate Spade // Handbag: Kate Spade (similar) // Lipstick: Mac Girl About Town // Fishnets: Zara // Necklaces: Vintage Pearls // Forever 21 Pearls // Arm Party: Vintage Pearls // J.crew // Nordies // Kate Spade // Nordies // Juicy Couture Forever 21 // Kate Spade Ring // 
…until next time, smooches!
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Union Square Sparkle

26th June 2012

Surprise, surprise… another sparkly outfit!But this one has a twist… I’m strutting through union square wearing (drum roll please) … pants! It’s a rare sight to see so take a peak!

To make this layering look work, I used a necklace as an illusion! This sparkly shirt is my favorite layering piece (hence why I am always wearing it) but it has a boat neck (boo), making it difficult to layer under! So I just pile on the necklaces to cover the gap between the boat neck and the button up!
Top: Foxcroft turquoise button up. Shirt: J.crew sparkle top. Thrifted white belt. Jewels: Statement Pearls, J.crew Pave Link bracelet, Kate Spade Idiom bangles, Kate Spade lady marmalade bracelet, Kate spade all wrapped up bow ring, Kate Spade gum drop studs. Glasses: Tom Ford. Shoes: John Fluevog Pumps. Bag: Kate Spade new bond street florence.
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