December 24, 2014

Friday Nights

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Merry Christmas Eve everyone!  I can't believe Christmas is here tomorrow!   This is my favorite holiday!  I am heading home to Miami today and I cannot wait to be home with my family!  I haven't been down to Miami since last Christmas and this is the longest I have ever been away from home!  I am shaking with excitement!!!  I am looking forward to our traditional Christmas breakfast!  As long as I can remember, before anyone opens any gifts, we always get together around the table and have a family breakfast.  Christmas is just not the same for me if I am not there with everyone at the table.  Also, I look forward every year to my dad's Christmas ham!  I just think no ones make it better than my dad.  I even call ahead and make sure he is making it and of course he teases me and tells me he is not sure, and that I will just have to wait and see!   Along with that, I can't wait for all the home cooking, the curries, the roti, my mouth is just watering thinking about it.  I know I am definitely bringing back any leftovers with me to New York!  

Along with celebrating Christmas, a good friend celebrated their birthday last Friday and we got together for a night out.   I wore one of my Black Friday deals, a long grey sweater from BCBG.  It is actually very light which means that this will easily be worn all the way into spring.  I jazzed it up a bit with my faux leather sleeved blazer from Zara, faux leather panel pants from Mandee, and booties from JustFab.   I like how the leather accents pulled this look together and gave it a sexy feel.  I was looking for a pair of leather panel pants last year and found a number of high priced pairs but was so excited when I came across these for only $29 at Mandee!  Since they aren't full leather pants, they are perfect to wear to the office on a casual Friday with a blazer and be able to go out straight from work.  Always great to find pieces I can take from day to night!

Thanks for reading and Have a Merry Christmas!

Andrea

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December 22, 2014

Astoria Finds: Lockwood Style







Astoria may not be known as a fashion haven but the boutiques are slowly making their way over and will soon change that.  One of those is Lockwood Style, the sister company to Lockwood Home.  This adorable boutique has great fashion finds such as the cozy white jacket I have on below, which will be part of an outfit post soon!  You will also find great accessories to add to your wardrobe as well and some of the cutest purses.  Lockwood Style carries affordable clothing in sizes ranging from 2-20.  The inventory or trendy skirts and dresses are great for holiday parties and any last minute holiday gifts!  

The boutique is so cute and there are so many great finds in every corner of the store.  Its almost like shopping in your own living room.  You can find cozy gloves and dainty necklaces to trendy coffee table books.  I am so happy this store has opened in Astoria and I know I will find myself here very often!  Make sure to find your way over to Broadway and 33rd street to shop this great boutique.












December 16, 2014

Sweater dress

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I love to wear dresses…now.  I have noticed that I have definitely gone through many stages in my life when it comes to my wardrobe.  There was a time when I was a child that I never wore long pants, I just hated pants.  Living in Miami also made that easy…it was either a skirt or shorts!  I remember visiting my cousins in New York and my aunt had to find a pair of pants for me to go outside to play in since I didn't pack any.  I don't think she was too happy about that.  Then when I started high school, I had to learn really quickly to like pants since we were not allowed to wear shorts to school.  Eventually through the years and once I started working in an office, I began to love pants…I could wear a pair of slacks everyday if possible.  I thought that if I wore these all the time and a pair of heels, everyone would think I was taller!  As I got older, I embraced my girly side and now, I love to wear dresses.  If I could wear them all year long, I would.  Now that it is colder, I still find a way by reaching for sweater dresses with opaque tights for the warmth, along with a huge puffy coat, of course!  

I bought this sweater dress at French Connection which go great with my Tahari booties I found at TJMaxx.  One of my best finds this season!  I really like how French Connection dresses fit.  They are comfortable and accentuate in the right places.  I also scored a great deal at NY & Company and bought this silver bib necklace.  It goes with so many outfits and will be on heavy rotation this season!

Thank you for reading!

Andrea



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December 8, 2014

Polka Dots




I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  By now, everyone has finally finished all of their Thanksgiving leftovers and have begun to put up their Christmas tree!  I spent Thanksgiving with my husbands family and brought home so much food!  It was great, especially not having to cook for a little while!  Now on to Christmas....this is my favorite time of the year!  I absolutely love Christmas, the decorations, the holiday spirit, the time with friends and family.  I will be heading home to Miami to spend Christmas with my family but in the mean time, I am trying to enjoy each day this season and share in the holiday spirit with as many people as possible.  

The holiday season also allows me to get dressed up as often as possible!  It the warmer days after Thanksgiving, I styled this Gap jeweled sweater to go along with my festive mood.  I think polka dots are so adorable and had to purchase this skirt from Banana Republic Factory Store when I saw it.  This is a very light take on mixing patterns since the jeweled sweater looks like a smaller polka dot print from far.  I layered a white long sleeve blouse to break up the dark blue hue and added only a pearl necklace since the sweater was jeweled as well.  I love this look, its perfect for a sunny day or even the office.  If you haven't noticed, I try to buy pieces that I can interchange between the office and going out.  The sweater and skirt compliment each other so well and I look forward to mixing them with different pieces in the future. 



Sweater: Gap (similar), Skirt: Banana Republic, Blouse: Theory, Shoes: Club Monaco