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Photo Finish: December

I’m closing out December the same way I close out every month– by posting my favorite instagram shots!

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[1] A December favorite: Fresh Sugar lip balm in cherry.  How cute is the packaging?! [2] The Boston Opera House for the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. [3] I don’t like parties, but I do like costumes.  Clad in an ugly sweater with my Christmas tree. [4] Julia & I at our company holiday party, dressed to freakin’ impress. [5] My Christmas Julep manicure: Roc Solid + Mary Lee. [6] Emerson College’s Paramount Theatre & neighborhood on a rainy night. [7] Opening presents at Mom & Dad’s!  [8] My 7-year-old cousin told me I take too many selfies.  I’m okay with that. [9] Hangin’ out with Edgar Allan Poe & being a tourist in my own city.

 

Have a safe, fun, and Happy New Year!

I’ll see you in 2015!

What I Wore: Company Holiday Party

Okay, you all know that Outfit of the Day posts and few and far between on this girl’s blog, (the same can not be said for this girl’s instagram!) but I couldn’t wait to share this look with you!

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When I first saw this long-sleeved, dark green, sequin mini, I knew I had to have it.  Luckily, I had an excuse to wear a fancy dress.  Company holiday parties are tough– you need to look professional, but still want to have fun and look your best.  This Poison Ivy green spoke to me, and these sleeves make me think of Bewitched’s Endora.  This look definitely went over big at the party!  It makes a major statement, so I didn’t even need to add jewelry– I just wore my every day pieces.  Here I am with my little Christmas tree modeling like a goofball!  This would make a great New Year’s dress, too.

Dress: Express | Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Tiffany’s & David Yurman | Lips: Fresh Sugar lip balm in Cherry

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Hair by Julia Moynagh, my sparkly partner-in-crime!

Blogger Holiday at Cambridgeside

I am no stranger to Cambridgeside Galleria.  In fact, I frequent this mall and probably have been at least once a week all year long.  No shame, guys, I’m a mall person and this is a big, beautiful mall!

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a Blogger Holiday Glamour Swap at Cambridgeside!

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We got some fabulous ideas for gifts, amazing outfit inspiration, and of course, enjoys some sweet sips and delicious bites via California Pizza Kitchen.

photo via CPK because I ate mine!

photo via CPK because I ate mine!

Let’s take a moment to talk about this salted caramel pudding I ate.  I love CPK and have had dessert there many times, but this was an item I haven’t seen on the menu… perhaps due to my efforts to cook more and eat out less!  Clearly, I was missing out on this pudding, though.  I may have even taken a second helping… they were mini!

I guess I’m not the only one who found love in this pudding, because blogger Fran’s Favs has even devised a recipe for it!

 

The Yankee Swap gifts were donated by several stores throughout the mall and each gave me wonderful ideas for gifts for others, and maybe even for myself.  My Wish List this Wednesday is all things jeweled & warm!

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One | Ann Taylor $49.50 – black, gray, ivory, or blush
Two | Ann Taylor $59.50 – black, gray, ivory, or blush
Three | Club Monaco $69.50 – perfect in heather gray

We also got big swag bags with tons of samples & coupons!  OtterBox gave us the opportunity to get Resurgence battery cases… mine’s in the mail right now, so I’ll update you on the product review!  We headed over to Plammie Activewear afterward and were treated to a free panty.  Gosh, that store is so cute that it inspires me to workout more!  Sephora gave us all sorts of goodies too, including $10 gift cards.  You know your girl already spent hers.

 

Thank you, Cambridgeside for a wonderful night of sipping, shopping, eating, and repeating!  Aaaand I’ll probably see you tomorrow.

What do you think of these wish list picks?  For presents, or for yourself?

ANTM Cycle 21: Finale

Guys, it’s time to wrap up this season!  The two part finale aired on Friday, and here’s what happened:

Tyra meets the final four at the top model house in Seoul to announce her make-up line.  Let’s be real, guys: this is the best Tyra’s looked all season.  Her hair’s done, her clothes aren’t crazy, and she just looks beautiful.

We learn that Tyra participated in a program at Harvard Business School, which is pretty impressive.  We also learn that all the cycle 21 contestants are in South Korea for commercials for Tyra’s make-up products– four former contestants hold a box with a product name inside.  Y’all know I like to make up words, says Tyra as she talks about her products.  Me too, girl.  Me too.

Adam, the last challenge’s winner, gets to pick his box-holding teammate for the photo shoot first.  He picks Kari, who’s looking quite lovely.  Keith picks Mirjana, because she’s annoying but pretty.  Will picks Ivy.  Lenox picks Ben.  There’s another round of picking box-less folks in which Adam grabs Denzel, Keith takes Shei, Will takes Raelia, and Lenox takes Matthew.  Chantelle is on Adam’s team by default.

The commercials look super cool, and my favorite former contestant Allison Harvard is there to help!  She tells them about her life as a working model in the Philippines.  Allison is gorgeous, but she’s also a brilliant artist.  I’m so happy to see her.

Lenox really seems to kill her commercial.  She does so well that Tyra lets out a, Work, bitch!  Can I get that moment on an infinite loop, please?  Perfection.

The last photo shoot of the season is for Guess and shot by Yu Tsai.  I love Guess and the styling is utter perfection.  Tyra interrupts the shoot with Kelly and Miss J saying they’ve been watching the whole time and someone is getting eliminated right now.  Here are the best shots:

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Only three will continue on to the Lie Sang Bong fashion show.  Adam is called first.  Will is called next.  Keith is the last model selected to walk the final runway.  I’m pretty devastated.  I think Lenox is so amazing!  So three guys walk it out in the end.

I’m a bit less interested in the boys, sorry.  The clothes in the Lie Sang Bong fashion show are bomb, and we get to see the Tyra make-up commercials!  I think I need to get some of that Oops Liner!

Let’s skip to the winner, then, shall we?  America’s Next Top Model is: Keith!  It’s nice that he’s the first guy to win and if a guy had to win, I’m glad he’s attractive!

 

I’d love to see Lenox’s Tyra commercial.  Does anyone know where I can find that?

What did you think of the first male Top Model?!

Make A Statement

Welcome to the first of three Wishlist Wednesdays for the holiday season!

I’m looking to add to my statement necklace collection and add a bit of holiday sparkle to my wardrobe.  Whether it be to dress up long sleeves, sweaters, or layers at work, or to turn an ordinary dress into a festive holiday party dress, statement jewelry is a great way to celebrate the season.

My initial search was for something crystal, but while browsing Bauble Bar, lots of things caught my eye!  Here are my picks:

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[1] Crystal Elsa Bib | $44
[2] Rainbow Brite Bib | $58
[3] Double Ribbon Bouquet Strands | $54
[4] Crystal Firecracker Bib | $68
[5] Crystal Flutter Collar | $48
[6] The Heartbreaker Bib | $58
[7] Asymmetrical Ivy Collar | $44
[8] Crystal Feather Bib | $58
[9] Sapphire Tiffany Collar | $44

 

Which is your favorite?  Be sure to check on instagram to see which one(s) I end up getting!

Black Eyeliner & I are back together

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Good news, everyone: after a year or so hiatus, black eyeliner & I are officially back together!  Last time I talked about eyeliner, I listed all my favorites… and they were all in brown shades!  I thought I was too pale for black.  I dabble in sapphire and navy as well.  This summer I even tried out a fun cobalt.  Last weekend, on a whim, I decided that black just made more sense with what I was wearing.  At first when I put it on, I had instant regret.  I thought I looked like Kat Von D.  This, however, was more of a dramatic look.  By the end of the day of wear, I was completely in love with it.  I’ve worn it to work three times this past week in a more subtle, work-appropriate way, and I’m back on board.

Sorry for the Selfie Saturday, but I just really loved the look.  I’m wearing Sephora liquid eyeliner and yes, I am sock-bun famous.

This is not the first time I’ve abandoned a product, only to return back to it more in love than ever.  What beauty products have you broken up with, only to have a happy reunion?

 

Julep Maven: the first box!

A friend of mine recently signed up to be a Julep Maven, and as soon as I saw her box of beautiful Julep nail polishes, I was intrigued.  She was one step ahead of me, and already emailed me her discount link.  Just like that, I was a Julep Maven too.

Basically, your first box is free.  You pay about $2 and change for shipping and handling.  I figured I didn’t have much to lose.  I got my first Maven Box in the mail late last week.  Here’s what I got:

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  • Julep Bare Body Milk lotion
  • Sydney, a red-orange polish from the Bombshell style profile
  • Lena, a green polish from the Boho Glam style profile
  • Braiden, a silver-gray sparking polish from the It Girl style profile

About these style profiles: I’ve gone ahead and picked It Girl due to the fact that three polishes come in each box, while the other profiles offer 2 polishes and a beauty product.

The polishes, so far, are wonderful!  I was super worried about these tiny bottles, but rest assured: the brush is full-size.  Two coats are recommended, but the color looks brilliant after just one.  I went ahead and did two anyway, though.

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I paired Sydney with Lena to give them a go.  At first I was worried this combo might look too Christmas-y, but I think I achieved the appropriate amount of fiesta-y needed for the fleeting summer.  I love a good red-orange right now and Sydney is slightly redder than Revlon’s Siren, which is my usual orange.  As for Lena, it’s uncanny how it worked out– Lena is very close to Essie’s summer color Ruffles and Feathers, which I resisted buying just the day before my box arrived.  It was fate!

Julep polishes are on the pricey side, and at $25 per month, so is this subscription box.  I’m still experimenting with what the Maven membership can offer me.  The best perk so far is discounted pricing on online orders!

There will be a bit more customization involved in my next box, so stay tuned for what it brings!

Now it’s your turn– use my referral code and get your first box for free too!

Nicole Spends Money at Warby Parker

IMG_5526 I’ve been dying for a pair of prescription sunglasses for years now.  It seems that my eyes get worse and worse every year, and I’d still like to be able to wear sunglasses and SEE at the same time.  So, I finally treated myself to a pair!

I went to Warby Parker off the recommendation of a friend.  I went to their Newbury Street store location on my one vacation day in the city.  Be warned: the Newbury Street Warby opens at 11 AM.  I got there early in hopes of checking a bunch of errands off my list and had to kill time… by shopping.   The service at the Newbury Street location was stellar.  It took me no time at all to pick out a pair and order them up!  I went in with a prescription ready which also had my pupil measurements.  This is one thing a friend had tipped me off to with Warby, so I made sure they wrote this measurement down for me during my last eye exam.

In two weeks, my sunglasses arrived at my house.  I headed back to the store that very day to get them adjusted.  This was a quick and easy process as well! We haven’t gotten a lot of sun since I’ve received my glasses, but I finally got to wear them a bit.  There is a weird rainbow glare on my iPhone with these sunglasses on.  Bostonians, have you ever looked at the screen of your iPhone in the reflection of the MBTA window?  It’s that same glare.  To be fair, I can’t look at my phone screen with glasses on, so it’s not a problem.

Their social media team seems great too, as every time I tweeted about how excited I was for my sunnies, they’d respond!  I love that little bit of attentiveness.  And aren’t these frames freakin’ adorable?  I chose Haskell in lighter tortoise shell color called burnt lemon tortoise. At $150 total (frames + my prescription), they are a rather inexpensive alternative to fashion glasses, and there are so many cute choices!  I’m planning on getting my next vision pair there too!

All and all, I’m so happy with my experience with Warby Parker.  The service in store and out was great.  I love my sunglasses, and I’m eager to try out another pair there!

Best-Dressed Doctors

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Last week, we got our first look at the 12th Doctor’s duds.  Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who costume reveal has inspired me to take a look back at each of the Time Lord’s incarnations from the sartorial perspective.  My nonsensical rating system is based on the directional pad of a video game controller.  You know, because.

Disclaimer:  Yes, I’m super biased.  I’m about half as old as this show is, so I haven’t seen every single episode of the classic series, as Netflix doesn’t have the greatest selection. I did the best I could with what I’ve got!

Onward!

One

IMG_4825William Hartnell’s Doctor is depicted in Edwardian garb– a dark suit jacket, contrasting vest, plaid pants, and cravat.  Occasionally, we see him add a scarf and a hat that I literally cannot find words to describe.  (I’ve come up with: Russian soldier meets Peter Pan?)  I think this suit is good.  The cravat is clearly a bygone style that I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying out.  This look says to me: I mean business, but I’m kind of a cool guy.  It’s serious, but indicates a certain level of personal style.  The scarf and hat sort of add that grandfatherly element, and hint at the silliness we’ve come to expect.  He also carries a wooden walking cane and has been spotted smoking a pipe— again, grandfatherly and distinguished.  This outfit reminds me of Ebenezer Scrooge a bit, and I think that’s fair.  Matt Smith’s Doctor says about his first incarnation, ” I was always trying to be old and grumpy and important, like you do when you’re young.”  I think this outfit embodies that— a strive for sophistication, but underneath, he’s the mad man we love.  I give this look three up arrows. ↑ ↑ ↑

Two

IMG_4826Patrick Troughton’s Doctor retains similar styling to his previous incarnation— dark suits, contrasting plaid pants, though he loses the vest and the tie is more modern.  In color segments, we can see the Second Doctor apparently made bolder choices with his pants than his previous self.  He’s also less put-together and distinguished and more scruffy.  This reflects the incarnation’s personality: more childlike, faster-paced, and closer to the silliness we’ve come to expect.  The Second Doctor enjoys playing the recorder and has an affinity for various headgear, like the distinctive stovepipe hat he sports in early stories when outdoors.  This Doctor is a confusing mix for me with so many elements of his previous self thrown together haphazardly to reflect the change in personality.  Gone are the ways this look was sophisticated to make room for “cosmic hobo” chic.  It’s not horrible, but it’s not great either.  I give this look two up arrows. ↑ ↑

Three

IMG_4827Jon Pertwee’s Doctor, the first to be broadcast in color, is an ornate dresser.  He sports shirts with frilled sleeves and or collars, velvet smoking jackets, formal boots or dress shoes, a cape, and accessorizing with a bowtie or cravat and occasionally leather gloves.  His color pallet includes the primaries, plus black and burgundy.  And his apartment smells of rich mahogany.  Take into account the spy-fi adventures by which Three’s tenure is characterized, and I feel like this just works.  Even though the frills make him a bit on the Austin Powers side, I have to say that I love this look.  If anyone can pull off ruffles and still seem badass, it’s the Doctor.  This should be absolutely ridiculous, but sometimes something is just so wrong that it’s right.  The Doctor’s charisma makes this work. This dapper Doctor pulls his outfits together so well, that I give him four up arrows. ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

Four 

IMG_4828Tom Baker’s Doctor is known for his iconic, comically long scarf of many colors.  I give him credit for making a statement, but all of Four is such a fashion faux pas.  The Fourth Doctor is known for being whimsical and occasionally getting super angry.  This look definitely takes whimsy to a new level, with clashing patterns abound.  This outfit rightfully signals: this guy is unpredictable.  In some ways, that’s the right choice for the Doctor.  I think this, like my punk/goth stage in my teens, was essential to the Doctor’s fashion growth.  This impractically long multi-colored scarf is important.  He pulls it off and though a ridiculous accessory, it never seems to hinder him during an adventure.  Impracticality in fashion is a good thing for the Doctor, and this look is original; not reminiscent of anyone but the Doctor.  I do give him credit for such a memorable choice.  Regardless, I think this outfit is kind of a train wreck.  I give it one up arrow. ↑

Five

IMG_4829Peter Davidson’s Doctor really changes up the color pallet.  Gone are the dark colors we’ve seen with previous incarnations— Five ushers in light colors, befitting of his vulnerable, sensitive, reserved nature.  He wears red striped trousers, a red-trimmed camel-colored coat, a question mark oxford, and a v-neck sweater vest. Like Four before him, Five has an iconic accessory: a sprig of celery on his lapel.  As if it wasn’t bad enough.  With the matching red-trimmed hat, Four looks like Orville Redenbacher or Colonel Sanders.  This lighter look certainly reflects Five’s pacifist beliefs, but to me it’s like, too much khaki.  It makes the Doctor look like a weenie.  As for the celery, even the Doctor (Ten) made fun of this later.  It’s certainly silly, which we appreciate in the Doctor, but celery is such an unlovable vegetable.  This prepster tennis look isn’t doing it for me. I give this look one up arrow. 

Six

IMG_4831Colin Baker’s Doctor continues his previous incarnations horrible fashion choice to wear question marks on his collar.  This outfit has way more to worry about than that, though.  It features a red plaid coat with two different colored lapels and an oversized polka-dot cravat.  Six is an extremely confident Doctor, and really, you’d have to be to attempt to pull off this outfit.  He is also characterized by mood swings and outbursts.  That volatile nature is reflected in this loud, unexpected fashion statement.  Six takes full advantage of the colors being broadcast on screen and wears like all of them at once.  I do give him credit for color blocking before it was cool, but this garish outfit makes it easy to forget that he’s a trendsetter.  No doubt the Doctor regrets pulling together this ensemble.  In a single color pallet, this outfit is more appropriate— think: the blue version that we see popularized today.  This get-up earns one up arrow from me. 

Seven 

IMG_4832Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor is another fashion disaster.  Again, we see the red question marks embroidered on his collar.  Are you the Riddler?  No, you’re the Doctor!  Stop it.  Seven wears a safari jacket, panama hat, a red paisley scarf or tie, a fob watch chained to his lapel, and a yellow sweater covered in question marks (UGH!) and, because that wasn’t enough to ruin a sweater, blue-green zigzags.  It’s like Seven had a fashion relapse and decided his last three incarnations were real sharp dressers, deciding to mix them together into a monstrosity amalgamation.  The sweaters aren’t working for me.  The brimmed hats aren’t good.  Instead of growing out of the question marks, we’ve added more?  Goodness no.  I do think the watch works.  It’s kind of Alice in Wonderland quirky that I find befitting of the Doctor.  Seven is kind of a showman and a buffoon, and I think this attire accomplishes that well.  This is my least favorite look and gets one up arrow from me. 

Eight

IMG_4833Paul McGann’s Doctor has completed fashion rehab.  The Eighth Doctor is sort of a back to basics look, in Victorian attire and a more muted, gray color pallet.  I breathe a sigh of relief.  Eight is wonderfully eccentric and displays his unique brand of intelligence, and a depth of character essential to the Doctor, who of course has lived many lives.  This debonair look is a manifestation of the old soul the Doctor truly is.  He’s able to pull off that ridiculously big cravat and I guess, tie tack?  The vest is great; he looks like he’s going to prom.  He looks like the phantom of the opera.  This look works.  The Doctor can be himself and look dignified, not ridiculous.  It lacks a bit of the silliness we appreciate, but I can live with it.  Let’s say, three up arrows for this one. ↑ ↑ ↑

Nine

IMG_4834Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor is a renegade with a bold new look for a rebooted Doctor Who.  Complete with leather jacket, simple tee shirt, and a dark color pallet come together in this rebellious look.  It’s new, it’s youthful, and it is risky.  In this case, the risk was well worth it.  Adding edgy to eccentric really works for the Doctor.  Perhaps truly for the first time, we view the Doctor as a badass.  Nine lives in the present and experiences pain and joy as they strike him.  This leather jacket look helps in making the Ninth Doctor desirable.  He’s not a grandfather here, he’s an object of Rose’s affection.  This styling is so different for the Doctor, but it really works for me.  I guess I should also mention that this is the first Doctor this face saw, but it actually took me a while to warm up to him.  I did though!  I give this look four up arrows. ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

Ten

IMG_4835David Tennant’s Doctor wins my pick for best-dressed Doctor.  (He actually wins everything with me.)  Ten is typically clad in navy and brown.  He wears a pinstripe suit and tie, Converse sneakers, and occasionally, tortoise-shell glasses.  Although dark in hue, it’s not black or gray we see him in— navy and brown, a particular look that draws on natural tones, and a staunch look while still being extremely polished.  The glasses suit the look and are a fairly functional prop, adding an intellectual element.  The sneakers are the real winners here, though.  They take this polished look and add the element of youth, of fun, of adventure.  Add the trench coat we see Ten in from time to time and we see him as an inquisitive investigator.  I am such a huge, huge fan of this look.  It gives me an Indiana Jones crossed with James Bond.  To me, this is so quintessentially the Doctor.  For the fast-talking, funny, smart, and curious Ten, this is perfect.  Like I said, this is my favorite look!  Four up arrows! ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

Eleven

IMG_4837Matt Smith’s Doctor, in many ways, is the perfect example of Doctor fashion.  Quirkiness and silliness meets a certain level of sophistical and a very deliberate sense of style with Eleven’s garb.  He dons a brown tweed coat with elbow patches, suspenders, and a bow tie.  I completely agree with Eleven: bow ties are cool.  I’m not entirely sure about the Fez, but if anyone should attempt to pull this off it’s the Doctor.  A dress shirt pulls this look up from raggedy and makes Eleven the hipster Doctor.  Ah hipster ironic fashion, you so do it for me.  Eleven’s been poppin’ some tags and I’m on board.  This look is impulsive, and patched together.  Eleven has a big personality— energetic and a bit awkward, but still kind of cool.  This attire reflects that well, toeing the line between ridiculous and fashionable.  It deserves four up arrows. ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

Twelve

doctor-who-costumePeter Capaldi’s Doctor wears a fairly conservative dark suit with red lining.  This signals surprises to me.  The Doctor is not dull, and this flair of red serves as a reminder of the pop of personality in store for us.  He wears a crisp white shirt with no tie— a neat, clean, pressed look.  The best part of this ensemble is the shoes.  On his feet are Doc Martin combat boots, functional shoes that truly make a statement.  (That statement is: I’m here to kick some ass.)  Capaldi calls his look simple and stark; “No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 percent Rebel Time Lord.”  I’m excited about how much I like this outfit.  I give it four up arrows out of anticipation. ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

So there you have it, folks!

You tell me: who is the best dressed Doctor?

And before you go…

Bonus: The War Doctor

IMG_4839John Hurt’s War Doctor wears a distressed leather jacket over Eight’s Victorian waistcoat.  He completes his look with a short scarf.  I dig this look, which is something reminiscent of steam punk with all the brass buttons.  I’m giving it four up arrows! ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑