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A Surprising Neutral

December 15, 2014

Beauty Tips at The Pretty Dish |

I recently read a Q&A on Marie Claire’s website about how to rock the holidays. One reader wrote in seeking recommendations for a good neutral nail color (not nude) that still looks festive enough for holiday parties. I was intrigued by celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann’s response:

“Red is a classic for the holidays, but deep berry is chicer and still goes with everything in your closet.”

Deep berry as a holiday neutral? Of course! Makes total sense, and I’m realizing that I’ve been veering toward berry nail hues every December without even thinking about it. It’s festive and chic without being as loud as candy apple red (personally, I save the bright red manis for summertime). I pulled together a few polishes above…any of these will help you rock the season. Stocking stuffer, anyone?

L to R:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4



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Post-Baby Plaid

December 12, 2014


I’ve been back to work for a few weeks and today I’m *so* happy to share my first real outfit post since having Baby M. This look is pretty versatile — it can be super casual weekend wear or work appropriate. A few pics down, I’ll show you how to dress it down to be commuter-friendly. It’s amazing what a difference heels can make. On a separate note, I didn’t wear any jewelry with this outfit besides diamond studs. I think the look could have used a dainty necklace or some stacked bracelets. What do you think?

Green parka by Marc New York (also seen here and similar here) | J. Crew plaid peasant top (sold out but this green plaid shirt would work just as well and I love the beading detail) | J. Crew Turner Pant (a new staple that totally belongs in your closet) | Warby Parker Preston Frames (also seen here) | Ann Taylor Pumps (I love this embossed tortoiseshell color, it works as a great neutral. These are from last season, and I could NOT find tortoiseshell pumps available anywhere now. But, leopard print also works as a great “neutral,” so try these ($) or these ($$$) 




Below you can see how I changed up the look for my commute. I’m wearing the “Internationalist” sneaker by Nike. I can’t tell you how much I love these. The design was inspired by retro Nike running shoes. They’re super comfortable and since the casual look is very in right now, it’s easy to use them to complete an outfit. I want to get them in at least two more colors. The red seems to be sold out everywhere but some other options can be found herehere and here.



Photos by Lydia Hudgens



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Sparkle, baby

December 5, 2014


There is something so fun and festive about sparkles during December…but with so many ways to add a little sparkly shine to the holiday season, where should you begin? I’ve pulled together a few shimmering items to help you get glamorous this month. Enjoy!

smith and cult polish in ‘dirty baby’ | german glitter alphabet ornament from pottery barn | h&m sequined skirt (most sizes sold out but other options here and here | swarovski  ballpoint pen | sparkling white ginger shampoo, shower gel and body wash | bobbi brown sparkle eyeshadow | kate spade lilo pumps 



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Cyber Monday Deals…it’s not too late!!

December 1, 2014

lets shop

So…I definitely deserve a slap on the wrist. In my last post I promised that a list of Black Friday deals was coming soon on the blog. Then, RADIO.SILENCE. Please forgive me! I got wrapped up in my first holiday weekend with baby and couldn’t break away to do the post. He was just too cuddly. As a peace offering, I’m sharing a few links to fantastic round-ups of Cyber Monday deals that you’ll find around the web. See below, and shop online ’til your fingers go numb!

Huffington Postthis one is being continually updated throughout the day!! 

Refinery 29

The Zoe Report 


Glitter Guide 



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Give Thanks

November 27, 2014


Just a quick post to wish you and your families a very happy day. This year I have so much to be thankful for. Baby M has changed my life in such a big way, and he brings me such immeasurable joy. I’m also thankful for my family and friends, who have helped to make my transition into motherhood so much easier. Never have I been so grateful for an amazing support system.

Cheers to having a great Thanksgiving. Make sure to take a moment to think about what you’re thankful for today…and, of course, enjoy those extra calories tonight — there’s no better time to indulge!


P.S. Check back tomorrow for my list of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales you won’t want to miss!! #SHOPTILYOUDROP


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