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Black and Gold…

Black and gold are two of my favorite color combinations especially when it comes to accessories!  The weather has been insane here in NC complete with a snow storm and losing our power for two days.  It has definitely brought back memories of past winters while growing up in PA!  We are so lucky that it passed in only a few days knowing how bad the weather has been in other parts of the country.  It was definitely a good reminder of how lucky we are for the small things in life, like hot water and electricity sometimes we get caught up in life and forget how blessed we are!

Since it was so cold I was able to break out some of my winter wear that I love but haven’t worn in quite some time now!
IMG_5424 IMG_5404This vest is one of my favorite pieces, it’s faux fur which I love and I found it while shopping with one of my girl friends Emily about a year and a half ago at the BCBC outlet in PA.  I have only worn it a couple of times because it definitely makes a statement, but I think it’s gorgeous! I love the coloring of the material and that the length is longer so that it covers the tush area!
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IMG_5398 IMG_5432 These boots are awesome because they are very comfortable, but they are versatile depending on how you want to style them.  They are long enough to go over the knee and are very warm in the winter or you can fold them over and use the button, or you could just scrunch them down below the knee.  IMG_5422 I paired the vest with a long sleeved black sweater and leggings which are matt black in real life, but don’t photograph well due to the lycra it creates a flash back.  I also wore my favorite purse of all time that I got for Christmas and some of my favorite gold accessories.  IMG_5396

Vest- BCBG (similar) | Boots- Adrienne Vittadini (similar) | Bag- Tory Burch | Leggings- Target | Sweater-  Nordstrom | Link Bracelet- Ily Couture | Watch- Guess |

xo Meg

Winter essentials…

Tis the season for holiday makeup! These are some of my favorite go-to products especially for the colder winter months.  How gorgeous is this issue of Harper’s Bazaar?! I seriously couldn’t get over it when it came in the mail Kate Hudson looks stunning and its so festive for December!  Most of my beauty products I cycle through year round and get stuck using certain products because its easy or I forget to look and see what else I have.  For me I like a moisturizing foundation because I get much dryer in the winter, and I love a good dark nail polish for the colder months.  It’s so important especially in the winter to keep your skin hydrated, not only will it look and feel better, but it will help your makeup go on much smoother and prevent that dry skin flakey look!

Something else that I think is great to have would be a self tanner that works well with your skin tone.  Personally I love the St. Tropez because you can use a little or really build it up.  In the winter its nice to put a thin layer on so that I don’t look like Casper’s twin sister.  Just remember that less is more in the winter with sunless tanners, I always want to keep layering it on but I have to restrain myself so that I don’t look like tan mom next to my family!

One of my favorite fragrances would have to be Versace Crystal Nior, if you have never smelled this you have to!  It is like no other fragrance I have ever tried, most give me a headache but this is so beautiful.  It’s absolutely perfect for winter because it’s a little darker but just smells so good and you only need a tiny spray to last you all day long.

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YSL matt pressed powder is great for the winter
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MAC Studio Sculpt foundation
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Lately I have been really into gold, these are some of my fave pieces, watch is Guess from my hubby for our anniversary, and the bangle which im obsessed with is House of Harlow from my sisters for my b-day.  I love a statement necklace with a simple sweater, this one is J.Crew from my bestie Alex!
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These are some of my must-haves year round, a good dry shampoo, root booster, sunless tanner, spot treatment, a hair doughnut for the perfect huge bun, base and top coats, and a good under eye cream from origins!

There is nothing better than curling up with a good magazine and a cup of tea on a chilly day!

xo Meg