Wednesday, December 30, 2015

#TBT NYE Edition

Hi guys!  Crazy day yesterday.  Had to do waaay more than my share of belly breathing!  But today is a new day and tomorrow is a new year!!

We're not huge NYE party people in this household.  NYC can be a little too much around this time so we usually prefer to spend it at home.  But we did make it out a few years ago when this pic was taken:

Looks like it was pretty mild since I didn't have my winter coat on so here's to a repeat of that weather this year!

Oh, in case you missed it, check out this post for luxurious NYE outfit ideas, all in velvet!

See you in the new year, lovelies!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IGNITE Inspiration: Faux Fur Poncho

Hi guys!  Still pretty mild here in New York, which is great because that means more time to wear transitional pieces like this faux fur poncho. 

I hadn't planned on getting this when I went to the thrift store.  I was looking for something entirely different but isn't this always the case when we go shopping?  You spot the item.  Then you pick it up (mistake #1).  Then you hold it up to see how it *would* look, *if* you were to buy it (mistake #2).  Then you figure, "what the hell.  I'll just try it on to see if it actually looks good (mistake #3).  You hold it for a while and finally end up buying it.  Don't tell me you haven't been there.

But this little poncho is no mistake.  She was actually a sample from some no name designer/manufacturer- lucky me!  I've worn her a few times since I bought her a month ago and we get along just fine :)  Btw, they had a GORGEOUS blue fur capelet behind the counter but it was a no go....real rabbit thanks.

So as not to compete with the cape, I kept everything else simple: dark denim skinnies, black platform booties and black sunnies.

This is the closest match I could find for this poncho but it is 5x the price!  Ponchos and faux fur are both pretty popular items this season so it's definitely worth checking out your local thrift store to see if you can score one for cheap.  Similar skinnies here and booties here.

Find any gems lately?  Share!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Birthday Celebration!

Hey guys!  Did you make it through the holidays ok?  This time of year is always so busy with Christmas and New Years and all.  But even more so because of my birthday!  Yup.   Two days before Christmas.   Shout out to my sis-in-law who found the perfect meme for us December babies:

LOL!  This is so perfect.  If you have a December birthday, you understand.

Luckily, I don't really get the shaft too often when it comes to gifts.  This year, the hubs took me out to dinner and to see the Rockettes!  Cross this one off the bucket list!  It was awesome.

And this is what I wore:

I got the top at my favorite second-hand store.  It's in pristine condition and I just fell in love with the details.  Take a close up look at this beading:

That's the best part about thrift stores.  You can find total gems and never have to worry about someone else wearing the same thing!  Love this piece.  As you can see, I paired it with simple black skinny pants and my fav cutout heels.

Unfortunately, as usual, I was in such a hurry to get ready that we didn't have time to snap any pics but hopefully I'll get to wear this again soon so I can capture it in all it's glory for ya!

One more week til 2016....make the most of it lovelies!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

IGNITE Inspiration: From You to Me, Pinky Lee!

When coming up with a title for this look, for some reason all I could think of was this scene in Grease:

"From you to me, Pinky Lee!"
I venture to guess that today's IGNITE Inspiration would have been totally acceptable attire for a member of the Pink Ladies.  God, I love this movie.

Anywho, here we go:

If there's anything I love, it's combining multiple hues in the same color palette in one outfit.  Here, I couldn't resist pairing the sweater/tank combo with my fav neon pink beanie.  My white flares finally got to make their winter debut too.  So bright and cheery on an overcast day.

Sweater: similar Old Navy // Tank: similar Old Navy // Jeans: old F21 (skinny version) // Boots: old, GoJane (cute option) // Beanie: F21 //
Bracelets: H&M

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ugly Sweater Rehab

'Tis the season for the inevitable ugly sweater party and/or contest.  It's amazing how this concept has grown in popularity compared to just a year or two ago.  Luckily, I haven't been subject to such an event.  My husband, however, was not so lucky this year.  A spiffy dresser regularly, this was not his cup of tea.  While his sweater was miles away from anything he would ever consider wearing, it was not hideous enough to win his office contest.

In reality, it wasn't really that bad.  It was actually the most attractive ugly sweater I've seen thus far.  Now you know me and my challenges.... Even though I didn't have an ugly sweater party to attend, I decided that should I ever be in such a situation, I should probably have a game plan.  So, I asked the hubs for the sweater, which he gladly relinquished and came up with this little ditty.

See?  It's not so bad.  It is ugly.  But cute-ugly, amiright?

It was just big enough to pull off as a dress.  I paired it with what I call my "legs for dayz" booties and of course a basic black beanie.  But it would look just as cute with some sheer black tights and full length boots if you want more coverage.

Sweater: H&M (men's) // Booties: old but these are cute from GoJane // Beanie: F21

So whaddya think?   Hopefully I've inspired you to make the most of a most UN-stylish occasion (should you have to endure it).  How have you guys overcome this style dilemma?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

6 Affordable NYE Looks: Velvet

Where has December gone??  I always panic when people start using the term "last minute shopping".  It usually happens one week before Christmas, which, in my opinion, is so NOT last minute.  Needless to say, I have yet to get a single gift.  I've got my game plan though so the toughest part is over.  Except for the lines, I guess.

Anyway, if you've got your shopping done already- good for you!  Now you can focus on the ever important New Year's Eve outfit!  Here, I've compiled 6 affordable, stylish ways to sport velvet when that ball drops. 

If you've been following along, you may remember this post where I declared my distaste for velvet clothing.  But I have to say, these pieces I found are so adorable!  Read on....

How sexy is this velvet jumper?  All eyes will be on you in this!

Jumper: H&M // Faux fur coat: here // Tights: H&M // Earcuffs: F21 // Shoes: GoJane

I love the velvet detailing on this bodycon dress.  And that color!!

Dress: Romwe // Shoes: GoJane // Ring: F21 // Clutch: GoJane // Earcuffs: F21

To say this velvet bodysuit has a plunging neckline is an understatement.  But really, if any holiday calls for sexy style, it's NYE, right?

Bodysuit: Topshop // Suede pants: H&M // Necklace: F21 // Shoes: GoJane // Earcuffs: F21 // Clutch: GoJane

The velvet floral pattern in this flirty romper adds luxury to this playful look. 

Romper: GoJane // Coat: Romwe // Boots: GoJane // Wallet: H&M // Necklace: F21

While the jumper is adorable, the velvet necklace is that star of this look.

Necklace: Romwe // Jumper: H&M // Clutch: ASOS // Earrings: F21 // Shoes: GoJane

This dress is so 80's and that's exactly why I chose it.  That and because it complements the velvet necklace perfectly!

Necklace: GoJane // Dress: H&M // Earrings: H&M // Shoes: GoJane

There you have it.  6 ways to wear velvet like a boss.  I eat my words about this luxe fabric.  I admit it.  It is indeed possible to find chic, stylish velvet pieces out there if you look hard enough.

Stay tuned next week for another NYE style compilation!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

10 Gift Ideas for: The Life of the Party

'Tis the season: parties, parties, parties!  From totes to headbands, this gift guide is for your favorite party pal:

The best part of this list is that you can get the whole list for $129.  Yes, that is the total for everything and it all fits in the tote!  Individually, each item is $20 or less, perfect for stocking stuffers.

1.  Sephora Double Compact Mirror, $12
     This must-have have compact features 2 mirrors: 2x magnified and true-to-life to make sure they
     stay picture perfect.

2.  Party Time Headband, $16
     So there is no doubt who the real party animal is.

3.  Fashion Emergency Kit, $10
     They'll "be armed for any fashion and lint, snags, makeup smudges, stains,
     hanging hems and more" with this helpful kit.

4.  Who's Most Likely To Game, $16
     Are they the hostess with the mostest?  Give them another tool to add to their ice-breaker arsenal
     with this revealing game.

5.  Mattifying Blotting Papers, $5
     Because the only thing that should be sparkling is the champagne.

6.  Electro Flask, $20
    Just another way they bring the party wherever they go.

7.  Disco Ball Cup, $9
     Just like her, this disco ball is the center of attention at any party.  How fitting is that?

8.  Kikkerland Selfie Stick, $13
     A party girl can never have too many of these, right?  Also good for fending off any unwanted
     attention, LOL!

9.  Sequined Coin Purse, $15
     Glimmering, just like they are.  This purse is just big enough for all their party essentials.

10.  Perfect Day to Drink Champagne Tote, $12
       Isn't every day the perfect day to drink champagne?  Yeah, I think so too.  And so will your
       favorite party pal.

Missed my previous gift list posts?  No prob.  Check them out here:

10 Gifts for: The Drinking Buddy
10 Gifts for: The Cat Lover
10 Gifts for: The Coffee Lover

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

IGNITE Inspiration: ALL DAY

Is this really December?  I'm loving this spring weather but partly fearing what may be around the corner.  Weather has an evil sense of humor sometimes, no?

Whatever the case, I'm taking advantage of these balmy temps.  This week's look is one of my favorites because it is SO comfy!  I borrowed the tee from the hubs and paired it with some plaid legging/pants and my new favorite booties.

Tee: here / Pants: old uniqlo, similar here or here / Booties: here (limited sizes), these are cute too /
Sunnies: here

 I'd been eyeing these booties from GoJane for a little while before I finally bought them.  So glad I did.  They go with everything and are super comfy, which is important for city dwellers like myself.

**Love plaid?  More IGNITE Inspiration plaid looks below, ICYMI:

IGNITE Inspiration: B&W Plaid
How to Wear Plaid (Without Looking Like a School Girl)

Monday, December 14, 2015

10 Gift Ideas for: The Drinking Buddy

The drinking buddy.  We've all got one.  Hell, some of us have several!  There through all the happy hours, boozy brunches and Bravo drinking games they are always down for a fun time.  Show them how much they and their boozy ways are appreciated with these:

Wine, beer, rum or something with a little more, shall we say, octane?  We've got 'em covered.  And all for less than $50.

     For the foodie friend who's always looking for ways to have their brews and eat them too.

     Turnt, Blitzed, Pickled, Sauced or all of the above?  The perfect seasonal drinking glasses for your
     favorite that liquor-loving pal.

     I like my drinks muddled, not stirred.  And mojitos are my absolute fave.  If your pal is like me 
     and can't get enough of these tangy and dangerously addictive drinks, this book is the gift that 
     keeps on giving....a good buzz.

4.  Mojito Set, $18
     Yeah, I couldn't help myself.  Reference #3.  But really, the vintage look of these highballs is 

     For the ladies who can hold their own....liquor, that is.  These shot glasses may look dainty but 
     their contents will be anything but.  Pinkies up!

     Why settle for a Pilsner or IPA when you can sample four, count 'em, four different types of beer 
     at the same time?  Great for the beer enthusiast.

     Brought to you by none other than the Brooklyn Brewery, this kit is perfect for the DIY-er.  
     "This kit will give both seasoned brewers and beginners the opportunity to deconstruct one of our 
     favorite creations and understand what really makes it tick." -Brooklyn Brewery

     Vodka drinkers will love this solid copper mug specially crafted for the famous NYC drink but can
     be used with any cold beverage.

9.  Mitten Flask Set, $24
     Ohh, so that's how they keep warm while they wait for that NYE ball to drop!  You have a friend 
     in mind for this right now, don't you?

10.  Levels Wine Glass, $13
       I know some people who will need to put this glass in their daily rotation.  And by "people", I 
       mean "me".  Who's with me?

These are such fun gifts.  Did I miss any?  Sharing is caring.  Bottoms up!


** Did you miss my previous gift posts?  No worries!  I've got you covered. :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weekend Web Look: Wintergreen

Can someone tell me how it's already mid-December?  I have yet to do one stitch of holiday shopping.  But I can tell you this, I will definitely be looking for something to go with my white jeans, you know, before the snow gets here and it becomes impossible to wear them outside with all that slush.  Here's an idea:

Not quite under $100 but if you've already any of these pieces in your wardrobe, knock that off the total cost for this outfit.

For more info about these pieces plus links to each item, click on over to my Polyvore page here.

Did you miss last week's web look?  Check it out here!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

10 Gift Ideas For: The Cat Lover

I love my cat.  He is most definitely our fur baby....and he knows it.  If you follow IGNITE Style on IG, his freckled little face pops up every once in a while.  If you don't follow me on IG, you're missing out!   But really, I know there are a lot of you out there who either 1) share this affinity for felines or 2) know someone who does.  Enter, this gift guide:

1.  Rounded Cat Eye Sunnies, $6
     A classic shape, flattering on most anyone and SO affordable.  Available in a beautiful olive color

2.  Maneki Neko in White, $11
     In Japanese, "maneki neko" means beckoning cat.  They come in a rainbow of colors, each one
     representing something different.  White represents health.  When placed in a door or window of
     a home or business, this little guy is said to attract good health and prosperity.  

3.  Gingham Sleeping Mask, $16
     Cat naps are not complete without this cute cat-shaped eye mask!

4.  Kitty Earrings, $14 (currently on sale!)
     These bold earrings are not for the timid.  Buy these for the cat lover that loves to make a

5.  Cat-shaped Paper Clips, ~$6 (12 pcs)
     Desk jobs can be downright drudgery.  So who wouldn't want to brighten their day (and desk!)
     with these cute clips?  They come in different kitty poses- standing, sitting, stretching, jumping. 
     Just be sure they clip papers that stay on your desk.  Give them away and you'll never get them

6.  Cat Butt Magnets, $10 (set of 6)
     What can I say?  Any cat owner will appreciate the humor in these.

7.  Polka Dot Lint Roller, $2
     A fact of life for any cat owner:  the constant battle against cat hair!  Give the cat lover in your life
     the advantage with this stylish roller.

8.  Wine Stopper,  $12
     An opened wine bottle that still contains wine??  An unusual phenomenon.  Luckily they make
     this adorable wine stopper to keep it fresh until your next pour....that is, considering their cat has
     not knocked over and broken each of their wine glasses in the meantime.

9.  Slip-on Shoes, $30
     Leopard print:  sassy and timeless.  Add comfy to the mix and you've got these shoes.

10.  Men And Cats book, $15
      One word: me-ow.

So there you have it!  10 gifts (mostly $15 and under) for your fellow cat fanciers.  Oh and yes, they are all Mante approved.

Mante, as I sit here writing this post.  Looking like a roast turkey.

Have anything to add to this list?  I love to see what people can find when it comes to cat stuff.  Let me know!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

10 Gift Ideas for: The Coffee Lover

Ahh, coffee.  What would we do without you?  Check out these gift ideas for the coffee lovers in your life.  All gifts shown are less than $50, with most under $20! Grab a cup of joe and get to shopping!

1.  All the Best Gift Box from La Colombe, $36
     I'm putting this on the record.  This is hands down my favorite coffee in all of NYC.  These beans      are not for lightweights.   Bold and robust, just how I like 'em.

2.  Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Mug, $36
     I love the brushed gold exterior of this travel mug and especially love that it's stainless steel so
     it is stain and odor resistant- important for everyday use.

3.  Bialetti Moka Express, $30
     I received one of these from my sis after one of her recent trips to Italy and have used it every day
     since.  Every.  Day.  While any kind of coffee can be used with this little guy, it's specially
     designed for find ground espresso.  Perfect for a coffee drinking couple, this size brews about 3 
     espresso cups.

4.  Coffee Before Talkie tee, $25
     I think this shirt is pretty self explanatory.  And so, so accurate.

5.  Kate Spade Thermal Mug, $18
     Gold and stripes?  Sold. 

6.  Madewell Heritage Plaid Thermos, $29.95
     This is for your fashion forward friend who's totally trending in plaid this season.  Made by
     Thermos, this is quality guaranteed.

7.   Todd's Faves: World Tour Coffee Sampler from La Colombe, $18
     I know,  I already told you about this place but honestly, it is that good.  But you don't have
     to take my word for it.  They'll love sampling coffees from Colombia, Ethiopia and Brazil in this
     variety pack.  

8.  Barista Blend Espresso Beans from Mariebelle, $13
     Know someone who loves a mid-afternoon caffeine pick-me-up?  Save them a trip to the
     coffeehouse and give them these little balls of heaven to snack on.  Mariebelle is known for their
     top-notch chocolate confections so the recipient of this gift is surely in for a treat.

9.  Single Brew Coffee Maker, $50
     For someone always on the go, this machine can brew both ground coffee or K-cups in just
     minutes.  Perfect for the late riser or non-espresso drinkers.  And really, how cute is that red?

10.  I Woke Up Like This mug, $8
      Because they're always glam and they want everyone at the breakfast table or office to know.

To see all pic and links together, you can always visit my Polyvore page for this post here.  More gift ideas coming soon.  Stay tuned!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Weekend Web Look: Blushing

Wow, this week flew by.  It's still pretty warm out so I figured I'd post another shorts/tights look.  I never get tired of that combo!

I love this look because pretty much all of the pieces can be used in other outfits.  The swap the shorts and tights for white skinnies.  Swap the pink sweater for a bolder color for a completely different vibe.  Change the booties for some suede OTK boots for more warmth.

We came in well under $100 with this outfit and with such versatile pieces, you really can't go wrong.
You might be able to score an even lower price due to all the seasonal sales going on now so give it a shot!

Details and links to all of these items can be found here.  Happy Friday, guys!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

IGNITE Inspiration: Lady in Red- Winter Wedding Attire

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of not only getting together with lots of family (old and new) for Thanksgiving but also attending my cousin's beautiful wedding!

Of course, I waited until the last minute to think about what to wear only to find that the dress I was thinking of wearing was in the end too summery for an end-of-November wedding!  Most people would just give in and buy a dress at their favorite store, no muss, no fuss, right?

But not me...oh nooo.  I decided this would be a great opportunity to challenge myself- yet again.  Yes, I would see if I could find something suitable for a wedding at a second-hand store.

So less than 24 hours before we were to leave for our trip, there I was sifting through the racks.  I must have tried on about 20 dresses and was cursing myself once again for not only waiting until the last minute but also giving myself ANOTHER obstacle to tackle when I happened upon not one but TWO dresses that just clicked.

I bought both.  You know, so I could have options. ;-P  And my total for both dresses came to $32!

As you can see, I ended up wearing the red dress and was super happy with my choice.  It was comfy, flattering and best of all, a great price at $20.

Bonus: this dress was from Zara with the original sales tag still attached.  Original price? $79.99.  Score!  I paired it with my favorite black heels and some gold dangly earrings from F21.  Total spent on this outfit was $24.90.

As for the black dress?  I have an empty spot in my winter wardrobe that's just right for a cooler-weather LBD.  Check out a close up of the fabric:

The moral of the story:  With a little patience and persistence it IS possible to find semi-formal wear at your local thrift store.  I would recommend starting your search a little earlier than I did but as you can see, there are little gems hiding in those racks.  Just gotta look!

What about you guys?  I want to hear about your thrift store success stories!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Second rainy day in a row this week.  Not complaining though.  It's DECEMBER and it's still warm enough to wear a fall jacket!  Considering we had already had a big snow storm this time last year, I think we're doing pretty good.

So, without further ado, here's another super cute rainy day 'fit.

Don't you love that umbrella?  More information plus links to all of these items can be found here.

Have a great day everyone!