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2018 Fashion, Fashion, Winter

Feeling empowered in this red and green ensemble. I’m wearing J. Crew blazer, H&M trousers, and Cole Haan heels.

After working for six years for the British government, I’m jumping to the private sector and moving to a PR agency.

It’s scary to leave a job and start another, but I’ve decided that 2019 is the year of “opportunity.”

I’ve started a new tradition of choosing a word and using that word to remind myself throughout the year of my objectives and goals. In 2018 I chose laughter.

This year, I laughed a lot. I travelled to the Hague, Amsterdam, Portugal, Columbia, Peru and Vancouver. This week, I’m in the Bahamas enjoying some sunshine and a break before I start my new role in the new year. My sister got engaged, and we began planning her wedding. There is lots of great people I laughed with this year.

Next year, I’m going to focus on the “opportunity” of my new job. I plan to learn from my new colleagues, work on my business development skills, and of course continue to bring you along my journey.

If you had to choose a word for 2019, what would yours be?

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Express plaid coats

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Winter

I love plaid coats this winter. This one is from Express and it’s back in stock and on sale! Plaid and tweed are very versatile. I love this long winter coat – this is a great length to keep you warm.

I’ve paired with these new Vince Camuto over-the-knee high boots that I can’t stop wearing. Burgundy is a great color for footwear and accessories in the fall because it goes with almost everything.

 

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Green on Green

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Winter

This holiday, I love doing monochromatic looks with reds or greens. This hunter green mini skirt is from H&M and the top is Loft, but they work well together. You don’t have to have the exact same colors to do monochromatic well. I’ve paired with my new favorite black booties from Nine West. I’ve been looking for a pair that is pointy-toed to elongate my legs and chunky heels so it is comfortable to wear at the office.

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Cape or Poncho?

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Winter

Layering is so important in the fall and winter, and my go to layering piece is a cape/poncho. I love this cape because it has zippers so you can open it for easier arm movements. It’s an old one from Gap. So what’s the difference between a cape and a poncho you ask? The shape. A cape is a circle and a poncho is a square.

I’ve paired with a basic, button-up white shirt from UNIQLO and favorite BLANK NYC vegan leather pants  (I last wore them on the blog here).

Tip – always look for pointed-toe flats like the ones I’m wearing from Anthropologie as it helps to elongate your foot and make you look tall. I also try and keep to monochromatic colors to look slender despite the bulky layers.

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Winter whites with festive reds

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Winter

Happy Holidays! I love winter whites and this cape blazer is so fun to throw on and transition from office to holiday party. I’m wearing my favorite ASOS trousers, last worn here.

I love how comfortable wide-legged trousers are and they are very flattering for all most all body types. For those petite, like me, look for high-waisted ones.

This cape blazer is from Zara, but I’ve linked to similar options below.

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10 Gifts for Dad

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Holidays, Winter

I always struggle with gifts for my dad. He has everything and needs nothing. Got a dad that sounds like that?

While I was researching and brainstorming gift ideas for my own dad, I’ve pulled together a few options that might be helpful for your Christmas shopping.

Here are 10 great gifts for dads:

  1. Coffee Bean Grinder
  2. Sodastream
  3. Custom Cufflinks
  4. House Slippers
  5. Monthly Beer Club Subscription
  6. Nespresso
  7. Reusable Ice Cubes
  8. Windchimes
  9. Customized Jersey for your Dad’s favorite team
  10. Grilling Cookbook

Modcloth Tweed Midi Skirt & Tall Boots

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Winter

I love wearing tweed in the winter, and my latest addition to my closet is this Modcloth, high-waisted tweed skirt. I’m such a fan of Modcloth, and its retro, vintage vibes. This skirt is still in stock and also available in navy!

I went for the red one to be more festive for the holiday season. This is an old Zara blouse, but I’ve linked to several great options below.

Another tip for my petite ladies – when wearing midi-length skirts in the winter, try pairing with tall boots. This will prevent your legs looking like it’s cut off, and it’s also very warm!

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Mini skirts in the Winter

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Winter

If you are petite like me, mini skirts are your friends. What I like about them is that they show enough of my short legs to make me appear tall. High-waisted mini skirts are even better as they give the allusion that my legs start higher on my body.

I layer my mini skirts with sweaters, tights, and boots to stay warm.

I know it’s basic, but you need a blanket scarf. I love this one because the coloring is very versatile and goes with all my fall/winter wardrobe. I usually always travel with at least one blanket scarf because it’s so warm and can be used as a scarf, shawl, poncho and blanket.

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Presenteur – Unexpected Gift Ideas

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Holidays, Winter

Do you have a person in your life that is impossible to shop for? Does he or she have everything already? What do you get a person like this?

Check out Presenteur, which collates unique things that you would not find in a store. I recently went to their pop-up boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue in Tysons Galleria and their selection of items is truly perfect for easy gift ideas.