Tres Chic for the Weekend

Happy Friday loves! I’m so glad the weekend is finally here so we can all stay inside and bundle up with our pjs on. Or you can go out and enjoy good weather if you’re lucky enough to be in a climate with it! It’s a bit chilly where I am and there’s nothing I’d love more than some California sunshine. An afternoon on the Santa Monica pier sounds divine at the moment!
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For those of you who plan on venturing outside in warm weather I suggest including “winter tones” in your style choices. Bold red and black speaks volumes on any lady while an animal print adds interest and incorporates the fur we all love to see and wear. By no means do I expect any of us to be able to afford Bvlgari or Prada, but there are many retailers, such as Target or even H&M that have similar items at half the price. The crazy thing about designer labels is that you’re paying for the name and slightly better quality than what you might find in Forever 21. I’ll pay for quality but I don’t like to pay for a name. Shop around and find great options similar to the ones you see above and recreate this look for less.

The Dress

Speaking of clothing, have any of you seen “the dress” everyone’s Facebook and Twitter feeds are blowing up with? The debate is whether it’s blue and black or white and gold. I thought this would be simple to solve by looking at it but apparently there’s an optical phenomenon going on and not everyone sees the same thing. Regardless, I want to draw attention to how silly things like this somehow make much bigger news than say, all the religious minority women that are being kidnapped and sold at markets by ISIL (don’t believe it, then read for yourself). How on Earth are we as a culture and society more interested in a dress than we are the well-being of women in another country? True, we can’t personally do much about it, but we can give our time in drawing attention to this horrifying act. It’s something to think about.ย 

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Lilly Pulitzer for My College Graduation

Good morning lovelies! I’m sitting in bed eating granola and yogurt trying to convince myself not to eat the chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator. That’s easier said than done. I need the chocolate to get through the next round of job applications I’m sending out. I swear, this never ends!

lilly_pulitzer_springI mentioned in a previous post, that my graduation is coming up in May and I want to celebrate by buying myself a Lilly Pulitzer dress to wear for the big day! During my trip to Charleston, I tried a few on and snapped some pictures to show you. I didn’t buy any of them as I would prefer my mom and best friend to help me choose one. Yes, I realize it sounds like I’m wedding dress shopping but for me, this is the biggest day of my life! I accomplished this solely on my own and its worthy of celebration!

I also wanted your opinion on the dresses I tried on. The girls in the Lilly store were so kind and gave me great feedback but there’s nothing like having people you care about (hint: that’s you gals)ย giving you a thumbs up or down.

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I absolutely loved this cut and style. Very flattering on my figure! Sorry it’s a bit blurry. My iPhone camera is starting to go.

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I accidentally tried on the size 6 in this dress. I’m usually a size 8. I managed to squeeze into it but it wasn’t without some twisting and contorting!

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I absolutely loved this one! My only complaint was that my bra straps showed and I’d need to wear a strapless bra. Anyone who’s ever worn one knows how awful they are.

Leave a comment and tell me which one you like the most!

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Kitty Reactions to Snow

As most of you know, the north east is covered in snow and there doesn’t seem to be any possibility of it melting. I live in Maryland, and while it isn’t considered to be part of the ‘north’, it can easily be said that we’ve had our fair share of snow. Besides being stuck in the house all the time and becoming well acquainted with our snow shovels, there are few nice things we can associate with the cold, white stuff.

cats_in_the_snowConsider this, is there anything cuter than seeing our pets’ reactions to snow? I can’t think of anything more adorable! My three little kitties all have their own opinions on it. Puddin’ (the big, orange tomcat) really enjoys hiding behind snow piles and watching the birds get a tasty morsel from the bird feeder. After a few minutes he’ll shake his bum and then lunge at the birds. He’s never caught one, which I’m glad about. He loves being outside with us when we’re shoveling snow. He tries so hard to ‘help’ but just can’t quite pick up a shovel.

Little Hootie will go outside for a few minutes and very carefully step in people’s shoe tracks in the snow so he doesn’t get his paws too wet. He’s very particular about his feet getting wet. After a few minutes outside he’ll come back in and head straight to the humidifier to watch it bubble. He tries to catch the bubbles that come up but just can’t quite get them in time. We tell him that the humidifier is run by the evil ‘red dot’ he can’t catch. I don’t he think he understood.

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My sweet, little Tanzie just doesn’t do the snow. She will go out and sit on the step for a few minutes and then decides she’s over it and comes back inside. The other day it was so chilly that she jumped into the linen closet and sat amongst the sheets to warm up.

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I adore my little fur balls! I think God gave us animals not only for our enjoyment, but for our therapeutic needs. Sometimes just petting my kitty or watching him play is all it takes to boost my mood. Watching their reactions to snow is an adorable aspect of being apart of their little lives. Be sure to leave a comment about your pets’ reactions to the snow!

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Touring Charleston in the Rain

charleston_homesHello friends! It’s been a busy few days with insane travel and little projects I’ve been working on. I left Saturday for my trip to Charleston and was met with snow and ice at the airport. I spent 10 hours waiting for my plane to leave from Reagan National Airport. Needless to say, I became very acquainted with airport staff and the floor. I met some great people though. That’s the funny thing about being stuck somewhere, you’re forced to talk to the people around you and frankly, it’s kind of nice.

I had a job interview on Monday and met some of the nicest people. Their offices were in a big, old home in downtown Charleston. Wide-planked wood floors and beautiful high ceilings with their crystal chandeliers added so much to the style of the house. There’s something incredibly charming about southern style homes around here. As if I didn’t want the job enough, the office location made it a hundred times more desirable.

After my interview, I went exploring and unfortunately got a little lost on the wrong side of town. I went into a convenience store and the clerk said in a thick Egyptian accent, “This isn’t the side of King Street you want to be on, let me call a cab.” I was most grateful given that I was soaked to the skin because of the torrential downpour outside and my lack of umbrella.

I got some great pictures of a few old homes around the area though. I found it odd exploring_charleston how some have been so well-cared for and others are dilapidated and look dangerous to walk in. I noticed that many had scaffolding on them so it appears that people are trying to flip them and bring to light the home’s glory days.

I appreciate the traditions and warmth of this town so much. The people are just wonderful and so kind. I had a little boy open the door for me the other day and after I smiled and said “thank you”, he looked at me and said, “you’re welcome, ma’am.” I’ve never been to a place where children are actually polite. Of course there will always be an exception to this observation, but overall I’d say this is a general practice.

As I mentioned earlier, I got some photos of pretty, old homes around here and I’m so happy I get to share them with you!

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Two Flattering Styles for Every Figure

There are certain styles of tops and dresses that are more flattering than others. I am forever trying on new styles and figuring out which ones work with my hourglass shape. My silhouette is considered the ‘ideal’ body type, however what most people don’t realize is that there are many different shapes and styles that I cannot under any circumstances wear. Consider the crop top; dear Lord, just no! It hits me at the most awkward place and does nothing for my figure!

However, there are two styles that look great on every figure- the tunic and the peplum styles! The tunic elongates your body, making it look long and lean. Peplum hits you right at your narrowest point and gives you a gorgeous figure while hiding the other things you don’t want noticed (aka the weight you gained from binge eating left over Valentine’s candy).

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  • Chambray in Denim- Jcrew
  • White Peplum- Jcrew
  • Yellow Peplum- ModCloth
  • Navy Blue Tunic- Modcloth
  • Royal Blue Tunic- Target, Mossimo

Next time you head out shopping, look for both of these styles. Be careful that the tunic isn’t too long on you. It shouldn’t look like a dress! Make sure the peplum top isn’t too short either. It doesn’t do anything to flatter the figure!

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My Airport Necessities and Travel Style

Happy Saturday friends! I’m gettin’ on a jet plane today bound for Charleston, South Carolina! I have my very first in-person job interview on Monday with a local marketing firm and I’m hoping I nail this interview. In the mean time, I’ll be exploring Charleston and getting a feel for the area. But first, I’ve got to make it on time for my flight, get through TSA, and hope my flight is delayed due to the weather.ย Jet Set Style
DKNY outerwear / Kenzo skinny jeans / Kate spade shoes / Ambassador Luggage Matte Finish Suitcase 20 Inch Carry on Spinner… / Kate spade jewelry / Kate spade jewelry / Rifle Paper Co iphone case, $54 / Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, $175 / Frends headphone, $275 / Thermal Mug

Airport Necessities

As a seasoned traveler (ok, not really), I’ve learned to expect and prepare for flight delays due to weather, so I make sure to stuff my carry on with things to entertain me for awhile. TSA agents find this in my bag:

  • A fashion magazine (preferably Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar)
  • Bottled water (which they make me throw out)
  • Bubble gum
  • Ear buds
  • Laptop and charger
  • Travel pillow (not just for airplanes)
  • Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (planners gonna plan!)
  • Small make up bag (nothing over 3 oz.)

As far as my airport style goes, I have put a self-ban on sweatpants of any kind. I usually fly out of the DC airports and you never know who is going to be on your flight. Having lived in the capital and been taught the ins and outs of networking, you always have to look your best no matter where you are.

Typically, I wear flats similar to the Kate Spade mules above, dark wash jeans, and soft t shirt with a blazer over it. I’ve been trying to track down a blanket scarf and a cape for ages but can’t seem to find one that isn’t too expensive and in stock. I find that this airport uniform works for all seasons. If it’s winter, I’ll stick my coat in my carry on and wear my blazer, which is what I’m doing right now.

Here’s to looking fabulous on the fly!

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How I Keep My Skin Looking Clear

You know what I hate most about the winter time? It isn’t the snow, the awkward 40 degree temperatures, or the dead tree branches outside of my window; it’s how my skin acts! We all have some sort of a skin type whether it be normal, dry, or oily. However, my skin is a whole combination of those and during the colder months, it becomes harder to deal with.

My Skin Care Routine

skin_care_routine Women have a whole skin care routine that our male counterparts don’t even know exist. And we like to keep it that way. We can’t just wash our faces, throw on some make up, and have great skin all the time. It’s just not how it works. My skin care routine isn’t that complicated compared to some ladies I know, but it’s still time consuming. My sister and I (pictured next to me), have pretty decent genetics in terms of skin, but we even have problems!

I start my day by washing the sleep off my face with cold water before towel drying it and applying Cera Ve lotion to the brim of my nose, cheeks, and forehead. Anywhere else on my face puts me at serious acne risk. I also use this in place of a regular moisturizer because it was recommended to me by a dermatologist. If I decide to wear foundation that day, I prefer to use Maybelline Matte Finish and a simple powder on top of that. It looks weightless on my skin and gives it an airbrushed look.

Throughout the day, I’m constantly dabbing at my “T-Zone” with a tissue. The area that runs above your eyebrows and down through your nose is where pimples are most likely to pop up. Pun intended. Keeping this area oil-free during the day helps keep your pores from getting clogged.

Around 7pm, I take my make up off with a Neutrogena make up removing towelette. I pay careful attention to my T-Zone again and even make sure to get the areas close to my ears and under my chin completely make up free. Pimples and blackheads enjoy making occasional appearances in those areas too!

Other skin care tips:

  • Go make up-less at least one day a week- Believe me, it helps my skin breathe!
  • Buy a blackhead extractor- Instead of using your nails and finger tips to squeeze out little blackheads that are visible, get this little tool!
  • Avoid face wash that lathers up- A beauty guru at Lush Cosmetics told me that the more a soap lathers up (gets all bubbly), the worse it is on your skin in terms of drying it out.

Skin can be so irritable and unpredictable but following a skin care routine will help you tame those pores and create a glowing complexion!

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Winter Weather in Maryland

If you live in the Mid-Atlantic you know that snow isn’t a common phenomenon here. If you live in Boston, you’re wishing it wasn’t common there either. For the rest of you who aren’t experiencing these little problems, you can live vicariously through us. Snow is so beautiful until you’re housebound by it. Here are a few pictures from the other day full of snow-shoveling, which, by the way, burns 400-600 calories an hour! This is my new winter workout.

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The above picture is a shot of the street I live on. Yes, it’s one way. I live in the middle of a little forest and we have to plow it ourselves. The county government doesn’t legally have to do it for us. Luckily, my neighbor has a four wheeler with a snow plow on the front of it, God bless him!

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Don’t I look great with a shovel? I’m trying to break up the slush/ice so that it doesn’t freeze overnight creating a mess to drive on. P.S. A great snow-shoveling outfit is always necessary. I’m wearing LL Bean insulated snow boots, New York & Company leggings (they’re really thick), Aeropastle puffer vest (found it for $10 last year), a Forever 21 sweatshirt, and J Crew head warmer.

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This is my driveway people. The only way we’re getting up or down it is if we shovel it by hand. My little red Toyota is at the bottom. I can honestly say that I didn’t know what “back-breaking” work was until my dad decided I was old enough to shovel snow like an adult. I also didn’t know that a heating pad works miracles! In all honesty though, being outside and breathing in the fresh air is so good for your mental and physical health.

dogs_in_the_snowOur pups like to race around in the snow, usually scaring the birds away from their winter bird feeder. Rude. The chocolate lab is named Riley and the little, squirty beagle is named Reagan.

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I can’t complain about where I live. It’s private, quiet, and really beautiful. As a kid, I could ride my bike, play outside, and just have fun without having to worry about too much. I grew up in the house I still live in and I’m blessed to have all my memories stored in one place.

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Kate Spade New Arrivals!

Do you notice anything different about the blog today? Perhaps that it has a new name? That’s right! I’ve renamed this little blog of mine to “Witty N Pretty” and I couldn’t be happier. I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to start changing some things and I woke up today and decided I needed to make things happen. I was kind of nervous to do this but once I committed to the name and bought the domain name, I knew I had done the right thing. You’ll now find all of my posts on wittynpretty.com and my instagram account is @wittynpretty21!

On to the main event here, I was browsing Kate Spade’s website earlier and am thrilled by all the new arrivals! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you. Before I do, I’m wondering if any of you have noticed her new collection called ‘Madison Chaplin’ costs significantly more than her other collections? The tote bag I was looking at cost $1,198! Truthfully, I’m not sure what makes this collection better than the others but if you know, enlighten me!

Ok, how adorable is that ‘Mrs’ tote bag? I just love it! I’m totally jealous that I’m not at least engaged so I can buy that thing! Then again, if I were engaged at this point in my life, I would be too poor to buy it. The same goes for the ‘Cedar Street’ bag next to it, which looks an awful lot like a Celine purse. Coincidence? I think not.

My love of bows knows no boundaries. I really like this silk blouse for the office! The colorful stud earrings would brighten it up nicely. I think the best outfits have a neutral base but colorful accessories!

The last few things on my lust list for Kate Spade new arrivals are self-explanatory. Passport holder, need I say more? These sunglasses though, are perfect for my very round face. I hate “bug eye” sunnies and typically opt for glasses with some angles to them.

What are your favorite new arrivals?

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Cozy Winter Style

snow_in_southern_maryland Tuesday snuck up on me and so did Monday. My weekends are going so fast for some reason. I woke up yesterday and was shocked that it was over. I went out to run some errands and get my coffee when I was greeted with another surprise: white flurries falling from the sky. The weatherman had called for snow but they always make a big deal out of nothing. Driving home was all sorts of interesting as Marylanders creeped along on the highways so they wouldn’t skid. We aren’t used to this white stuff.

When I got home, I camped out in front of the fire and cuddled the kitty. In weather like this, having the proper warm, cozy equipment is crucial! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite winter weather things for making this snow storm that much lovelier!

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  • Cape from Etsy
  • Hair band from Nordstrom
  • Gloves from Zumiez
  • Cable knit throw from Houzz
  • Boot socks from Old Navy
  • Travel mug from Kate Spade
  • Boots from LL Bean
  • Candle from Bath and Body Works

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