If you have a holiday party to go to, this is the dress. This Ted Baker dress is comfortable, sexy, and fun to play with. It has thick jacquard fabric for warmth, flirty cut out details, and a flattering aline silhouette. I noticed the stripe pattern under the dress and needed to show it off, so I found a gold pin at home (it use to be my Grandmother's) and bustled up the dress, to create a dramatic feature and to show off the glittery pattern underneath. I wore this dress the Harvard Fashion Show, and needless to say, it turned heads. I love taking dresses and changing something about them to make them unique. Get the look below!
Ok who's coming with me?!?! Live in Boston? You're going to be in Boston? Want to hang out together at my stomping ground, aka The shops at the Prudential Center? Well you are in luck my fellow friends and readers. Come hang out and shop with me! This event is a blast, and perfect timing right before the Holidays. Honestly, I hate Black Friday (I've worked many years in retail and clothing is never where the deals are... it's electronics) but Shopping events? SIGN ME UP!!! Having fun while you shop for others = Shopping Perfection! Also, some amazing guests Like Allie Wears (my nemesis... lol just kidding, just who every Boston Fashion Blogger wants to be) and yogi Rebecca Pacheco!
See event details below:
Gifts + Glam will feature exclusive shopping discounts, styling tips, makeovers, sips-and-snacks stations, and holiday entertainment. Special guest and local yogi, Rebecca Pacheco, will be here signing copies of her new book "Do Your Om Thing." Also, be sure to stop by and visit our holiday gift station to meet Boston style blogger, Allie Wears, and see her winter style and holiday gift must-haves.
Visit Huntington Arcade to pick up your event program and enter to win our Winter Style Instagram Contest! Gifts + Glam is free and open to the general public.
Winter Style Instagram Contest
Take a selfie at Gifts + Glam, post to Instagram tagging @shopsatprucntr and using #GiftsandGlam, and you could win a prize package valued at $500! Official contest rules.
Ann Taylor: 25% off full price purchase
Barnes & Noble: 15% off one item
Brighton Collectibles: Receive a free holiday gift with $100 purchase
Boston Campus Gear: Buy any Harvard hooded sweatshirt, get a free Harvard mug
Boston Collections: 20% off
Boston Tops: 20% off
Escape Salon Aveda: Take 20% off holiday gift sets
Express & Express Men: $10 off $50 or more
Got Music: 15% off cash purchases
Levenger: 25% off purchase of $100 or more
L'Occitane: 10% off purchase of $65 or more. Deluxe sample bag and complimentary hand treatment
LOFT: 25% off full price purchase. Excludes Lou & Grey
Magic Beans: 15% off full price toys
Microsoft: 5-10% off purchases
MiniLuxe: Free color changes
Olympia Sports: 20% off entire purchase
Pajama Party: $2 off any $12 sock
Pandora: Free ornament with $125 purchase. While supplies last.
Sunglass Hut: $20 off any purchase; $50 off purchase of $250 or more
Teavana: 10% off storewide
Vera Bradley: 25% off full price items
California Pizza Kitchen: Free kids meal with mention of event
Check this page regularly for event updates, including a list of Gifts + Glam shopping & dining discounts.
Normally I show pictures first, but because it's not an #OOTD I wanted to share my experience in NY first! I "think" I made it to the minor leagues of blogging. I may not have the social following, but I have the readers - p.s. follow me on my social mediums! (just click on the social media icons to the right »)
Last week I got invited to a Simply Stylist event in NYC with a dozen of other bloggers and had a blast. At first I wasn't going to go and stay in bed, but then so many little "signs" kept popping up and I took the chance, got on a bus and stayed with one of my friends. I even got dropped off on Fashion Ave (which I didn't know would happen), which is one of those small signs, ok it was a physical street sign, but I feel it's little things like that, that are telling me I'm on some sort of right track.
At the event I got to meet inspiring, beautiful, and talented women, Like The Bloggerella and Fashberries. One of the hard things about meeting all these successful women is trying not to compare your success (or lack there of) to others. Some women already had the support and connections, while others, like myself, are learning as we go. Here are some of the things I learned that I'd love to share with you, especially if you're looking to get into this:
- Keep doing what you love - and do it often (aka post weekly)
- Find your voice and own it!
- Be nice. If you found success, share your experience, don't horde it - it's also just not cool.
- Write to the brands you love, and that you actually wear, and show them you're not B.S.ing
- If you have fans, talk with them, and thank them for reading your rants
- Take chances
- Find your support. Friends make amazing cheerleaders, but they'll also keep it real with you. One of my friends when I first started this blog pointed out I sounded "fake," and she was right, I was actually aiming for that "my life is perfect, and so is my wardrobe... envy me" vibe, because I thought that's what people wanted. She also pointed out that in the real world I can be funny, so since, I've tried to incorporate that, and I feel it's helped (at least according to my stats)
- Don't let people walk all over you, like cut you in line that you've waited forever in, because then that person might be the last one to get something you've wanted and waited for. (Ok I'm a little bitter, I waited in line for something at the event for a wicked long time, and the girl I let cut me earlier was the LAST ONE to get the "thing" we were all waiting for. Just a little bit bitter.)
- Keep at it
- And from personal experience, a lot of the women I met were already working in the fashion industry and had photographers (some were even with them at the event, I just had my iphone) - You DON'T need all of that to make it. Yes it helps, yes you're going to get frustrated along the way, but you can do it!
I also got to try out some new products, and one of them was Dove Dry Spray, which I immediately fell in love with. I was already a Dove consumer, but I get tired of deodorants quickly. Like my arm pit recognizes what I'm putting on it, and then goes: Can't fool me this time! I got the one photographed below (I chose it), but I wish I got a different scented one. Like I said, my armpit likes to reject things quickly. It does work amazingly though, I just like the other scents better here. I decided to play it safe and get the one for sensitive skin (aka picky armpits), and the one thing I learned from this trip, is to not play it safe so much, you might never get a great reward, or the best scent.
Nonetheless, the event was fun and educational, and I can't wait to go back to NYC. Thankfully one of my best friends, Kim (who did a blog post with me in the way beginning), lives in the city, and she let me stay with her for the weekend. So enjoy us romping around the town and parts of SOHO. Check back later to learn about some of my favorite spots!