Black Diamonds and Gold Studs

outfit of the day - black and white diamond drape blouse, black blazer, nude studded pumps, and dark skinny jeans

My wardrobe was desperate for an update and welcomed a mini-makeover when my new found love of blazers coincided with my addiction to DailyLook! I picked up the black and white diamond drape blouse and convertible backpack crossbody {also featured at my long sweater vest and boyfriend jeans outfit} from DailyLook, along with a massive box filled with other handbags, tops, jackets, and my first pair of over the knee boots. Let’s hope I get the nerve to wear those soon lol.

What Iโ€™m Wearing

H&M Black Blazer | DailyLook Black And White Diamond Drape Blouse | 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Skinny Jeans | DailyLook Black Convertible Backpack Crossbody | Michael Kors Gold Watch | BaubleBar Triple Baguette Cuff | JewelMint Two-Tone Manhattan Hoop Earrings | c/o Essie Tuck It In My Tux Nail Polish | Sole Society Nude Ankle Strap Studded Pumps

outfit of the day - black and white diamond drape blouse, black blazer, nude studded pumps, and dark skinny jeans

outfit of the day - black and white diamond drape blouse, black blazer, nude studded pumps, and dark skinny jeans

outfit of the day - black and white diamond drape blouse, black blazer, nude studded pumps, and dark skinny jeans

outfit of the day - black and white diamond drape blouse, black blazer, nude studded pumps, and dark skinny jeans

Winter 2015 Trends – Preppy Meets Moto

winter 2015 fashion and beauty trends

Winter 2015 Fashion Trends – Preppy Meets Moto

This winter, color, more than style, is driving the trends this season – winter white, two-tone, tartan {multi-colored threads found in the popular over-sized plaid scarves}, pale gray and camel everything! The dominant neutral color palette is so strong and nearly masculine. The trends have finally come back around in my favor because I am not a big fan of color. As they say, “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color”!

Second to color this season is style. This winter, fashion trends feature preppy meets moto with zippered jackets, structured handbags, leather booties with stretch sides, over-sized scarves and cape-style coats, destroyed skinny jeans, pearl jewelry, and grungy footwear – lace up or buckle booties are perfect! Also, if you haven’t had the nerve yet, it’s time to pick up a pair of over-the knee boots.

Don’t forget about your manicures. Keep the nail art minimal, if any. Short rounded nails covered in red, white, or a super dark shade is perfect! For jewelry, make sure you pick up an accessory featuring pearls and definitely give earring jackets a try!

Shop Winter 2015 Trends

Win This! Zoya Winter Wishes Giveaway

I just entered for a chance to win the Zoya Winter Wishes nail polish collection at #zoya #zoyawishes

Well, friends, I tried and I tried to contact the winner of my Zoya Winter Wishes giveaway, but in spite of my efforts, I was unable to track her down. I pretty much stalked her at the email she used to enter and at her social media, but still no response. Soooo, that means you all have another chance at this amazing Zoya Winter Wishes collection giveaway!

Previous Post: The Zoya Wishes collection includes 2 liquid metals, 3 Magical PixieDust shades, and a gorgeous black cream. I usually read the press release before I get my shipment of samples, but since I didn’t have the time, this collection was a complete surprise. I was thrilled when I opened the box and saw three matte tops, which can only mean matte polish (love) or PixieDust (love love). Luckily, it was 3 new PixieDust shades and they are full of razzle dazzle (my exact words that I said out loud as I swatched them lol). I have a collection for myself, swatched below, and another to give away to one lucky reader!

Zoya Nori Blue PixieDust Nail Polish Swatch Holiday Winter Wishes

Zoya Nori is a sapphire blue Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any winter party.

Zoya Thea Purple PixieDust Nail Polish Swatch Holiday Winter Wishes

Zoya Thea is a deep amethyst Magical PixieDust with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.

Zoya Imogen Black PixieDust Nail Polish Swatch Holiday Winter Wishes

Zoya Imogen is a black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!

Zoya Prim Blue Metallic Nail Polish Swatch Holiday Winter Wishes

Zoya Prim is a velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.

Zoya Haven Purple Metallic Nail Polish Swatch Holiday Winter Wishes

Zoya Haven is a true plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.

Zoya Willa Black Cream Nail Polish Swatch Holiday Winter Wishes

Zoya Willa is a full-coverage, onyx black cream.

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya Winter Wishes collection nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. There are no mandatory entries this time; however, some options are worth more entries than others, US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on February 3rd.

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Don’t miss my Manicure Mondays board for more mani Pinspiration!

Sunday Funday “Bloghop And Linkup” Party

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to another edition of the “Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup”! Please say hello to my fellow hostesses and friends, lifestyle maven Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls and looks for less guru Dianna of The Budget Babe. These ladies inspire me daily, and we’re hoping this linkup series will inspire us all to, as I always say, “try something new today”!

Every Sunday morning at 8 am we’re hoping to meet new people, get to know each other a little better, and have a whole lotta fun! Bloggers, please share your “best of the week” post in the linkup below so that we can all see what you’ve been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week’s Sunday Funday bloghop! Readers, please join in the fun by checking out all of the linkups below and feel free to leave us a comment to let us know what you think about our bloghop party!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week! Also, we’re giving away a pretty fun prize below, a $50 gift card! Bloggers, readers, and everyone in between are welcome to enter for a chance to win!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

Negative Space Cross Manicure Valentines Decorating Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Look For Less

Fab Fatale
Take me to church with this edgy negative space cross manicure by Fab Fatale! We think she #nailedit with this #ManiMonday
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Bon Bon Rose Girls shares easy tips to make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter. Easy and cute desserts, anyone?
The Budget Babe
Can you “spot the real” oversized Kate Spade Saturday black and white weekender over at The Budget Babe?

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week


Congrats to Lauren McBride! We were honestly torn between her easy boho braids tutorial and her plaid and fur outfit of the day! She submitted two beyond stylish posts this week, and one barely won out over the other for our #FundayLinkup fav of the week! Lauren, we’re totally smitten with your blog and so happy you shared your posts with our readers!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • Oh To Be A Muse needs to come dress me immediately, if not sooner. I’ve been doting over her all neutral skirt and blouse combo and I can’t wait to recreate this look.
  • Once upon a time, I blogged about a flourless chocolate cake and destroyed my kitchen in the process. Next up on my “baking to-do list” is this much more simple one bowl flourless chocolate cake by Inspiration For Moms.
  • I’m pretty sure this budget buys for January roundup by Pink Heels Pink Truck was written just for me. Kate Spade, Anthropologie, and Urban Decay for under $100, yes, please!
  • Dear Pretty Is As Pretty Does, I know you are trying to feature your black and nude outfit of the day {which I’m crazy about}, but I’m kinda distracted by your gorgeous middle part red hair, natural makeup, and pretty much everything else about this pic.
  • My Rose Colored Shades shows us 6 ways to wear a plaid shirt. The plaid, sweater, blazer combo is a look I will be trying very soon!

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $50 gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on January 23rd.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!

Friday’s Fab Five – Dessert In A Mug

decadent and super easy dessert in a mug recipes - chocolate caramel sundae, chocolate chip cookie, espresso cake, brownie,  smores

Friday’s Fab Five is my weekly inspiration board of things I’d like to buy, try, or DIY. This week’s five is all about dessert in a mug recipes! It was almost a variety of mug recipes, but I decided against diluting this sugary post by sticking with deserts only! Have any of you ever tried a dessert in a mug recipe? One of these will be my first, hopefully this weekend!

  • This eewy gooey caramel brownie sundae in a mug recipe looks sinfully delicious!
  • I am ADDICTED to chocolate chip cookies, so making one in 60 seconds whenever I have a craving is dangerous, in the best way possible!
  • There is an entire cookbook dedicated to Mug Cakes, and it boasts some amazing mug desserts including this espresso cake in a mug recipe!
  • 5 minute chocolate fudge s’mores in a mug!!!! Yes, please!!!!
  • Number 2 Pencil serves up a delicious, decadent, single serving brownie in a mug!

I think I’ll have to start with the chocolate fudge smores dessert in a mug recipe, for obvious reasons, of course! I hope you’ll share your favorite dessert in a mug recipe below!