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Hi friends! Thank you so much for all your love yesterday. It still feels so surreal that we just keep giggling every time we glance at the ring. I’ve finished my day job until after Christmas, so I have lots of time at home to read, and I’ll be working on a couple LRW projects before rounding out the weekend styling a beautiful wedding in NJ. Raven and I have a bottle of champagne we need to pop open, so hopefully there will be time for that. Tell me, what are you up to this weekend? Here are some links I’m loving:

Validation for us worriers.

Did you listen to Serial? Here’s a good recap. (Thanks, Becca!)

I’ve been obsessed with pickles lately, and this DIY looks yummy.

Best Brunch Spots. (Yay, Astoria!)

I love this for Christmas and beyond.

What to tip, and other salon etiquette.

Rewritable Paper??

As if I need more shoes, I’m loving these boots.

All those carbs made a home on my chin.

Holiday Movie trivia.

Have a great one, friends!

xoxo,

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i’ve been holding out on you…

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First things first, I’m getting married!

Last month, Raven asked me to go ring shopping with him. For the past few weeks, we have been waiting with bated breath for the ring that we designed together to be made. When I mentioned here that I was feeling uninspired, I lied. I was feeling DISTRACTED because I wanted to tell you all of our impending engagement! Yesterday, behind my back, Raven picked up the ring and when I got home from a lovely girls’ night, he popped the question. We are over the moon and I am pinching myself that I get to spend the rest of my life with the most wonderful human being I’ve ever met, and the dude of my dreams.

SO, there you have it! I’m gonna sign off for the day so I can sit here and revel in the excitement (and listen to Serial, of course), but I just had to tell you all. Lots of wedding stuff to come!

xoxo,

ALLIE SIGNATURE

what’s your vice?

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I have a couple vices, as we all do. I put coffee creamer in my coffee daily (I call it melted plastic – it has no nutritional value whatsoever), I love red wine or a nightly cocktail, and I shop more than I’d like to admit. Today I’m not interested in your everyday vices, though. I want to know what your vices are with regards to beauty.

Without hesitation, I would say my biggest beauty vice is my hair care. I’m almost completely gray, so every 4-6 weeks I have my hair colored. I could probably do a decent job of dying it at home, but I absolutely love the girl who does my hair (Laura from Seagull), and while it’s expensive, for the moment it’s an expense I’m happy to pay.

Beauty splurges I’ve also considered: laser hair removal, Botox (not going to lie!), and eyelash extensions. I’m dying to know, what are your biggest beauty vices?? Please feel free to share in the comments!

xoxo,

 

 

 

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legging love

You can guess what’s on my mind lately. CHRISTMAS. Specifically, curling up on the couch with babies and animals. I don’t want to sound TOO 2008, but I’ve been thinking a lot about leggings lately. They’re easy, they’re (usually) flattering, and they’re comfortable. Let’s do leggings right this holiday season. Here’s how I would style them for myself:

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// sweatshirt // leggings // earrings // sneakers (on sale!) //

Sneakers are the footwear loophole for leggings. Wear them with your leggings, unabashedly, as if to say “I could be working out, or I could be looking really busy, or I could be hanging out.” We don’t really want anyone to be abundantly aware that we’re wearing leggings  – they’re the most polarizing pants out there. So aside from not being see- through, we need to mind our calf / ankle situation. The only rule is, no lower calves / ankles. Cover those babies up. That is to say,  no loafers, no flats, no brogues. It’s either boots, sneakers, or bust. Check it out:

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// sweater // leggings // watch // boots //

Another good rule of thumb is: cover your bootie. Even though David Lerner leggings (please, if you’re going to buy a pair of leggings, invest in his) are thick and not sheer, it’s not really apropos to have people seeing your junk up close and personal. So, long sweaters and tunics. And I just like to avoid cardigans because I feel like they’re a little too easy and obvious. There are exceptions to every rule, believe me, I’m not trying to shame everyone, I just want to give you all my opinion.

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// dress // leggings // boots //

My sister often wears mini dresses over leggings (as opposed to tights) to work. I love this look – it’s office appropriate and uber comfortable. Any dress that you deem too short for work is probably perfect for this look. Throw a jersey knit turtleneck under any short sleeved dress to transition to a winter look. These rag & bone booties work beautifully because of the high rise in the front.

What do you all have to say about my tips? Any questions?

xoxo,

ALLIE SIGNATURE

5 ways to feel better about monday

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Good morning, friends! We’re in the Christmas home stretch here – I have a feeling this week is going to go on forever. Right around this time of year, I always feel particularly antsy. I’m done Christmas shopping, but I haven’t given any gifts yet. I’m eating delicious, indulgent foods every day, without any real cause for celebration. It’s all well and fine, it’s the Holiday season! But I find myself in a bit of a slump, and looking for a way out of it.  If you’re at all in the same boat, I’ve come up with a few quick fixes to get you out of your funk and in the groove this week. Here are 5 ways to feel better about Monday:

1. Add some cinnamon to your coffee: Coffee is the first thing I do every morning, and it’s absolutely my favorite way to start the day. Sometimes you want your coffee to feel festive, though, and since drinking  Irish Coffee at 7 am isn’t really appropriate, I’ve found a sprinkle of cinnamon will do the trick.

2. Use a fancy face mask in the shower: I don’t know about you, but after the weekend, my skin feels extra tired. When I can remember, I like to give it a little extra TLC. I recently tried a sample of this mask and absolutely loved it. Frank is another of my favorites if you want to do your whole body. The results are amazing, I promise.

3. Wear heels (or shoes you don’t normally wear): Getting back into your routine after a weekend off feels so insulting, doesn’t it? When you put your no-brainer work outfit on on top of that, Monday just feels like a downright drag. Switch up your shoes as a quick way to change the entire look of your outfit. Bonus points if the shoes are fierce and comfy.

4. Do some yoga poses: Sitting down at a desk all day is the worst (disclaimer: 99% of the time I am working from my couch). Whenever I get up, I feel all creaky. Even if you don’t have a traditional day job, how refreshing does it feel to stretch?? Raven’s mom is a physical therapist, and I always catch him stretching throughout the day. After he’s been sitting at the piano for a long time, in the shower, after he gets home from work…it’s kind of amazing. Here’s an easy guide to the Sun Salutations, my favorite way to warm up for the day.

5. Wear lipstick: Whenever I feel anything but awesome, I try to make my outfit the opposite of how I feel. Days that I’m depressed or laden with PMS are the days you’ll find me trying the hardest. Lipstick is the easiest way to elevate and outfit that I know. Nude, oxblood, orange-y redglossy pink, it doesn’t matter, just throw some on before you head out the door. Get ready for lots of compliments, you knock out, you.

Ahh, I feel better already!

xoxo,

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