New Year, New Closet?

Illusion Waist Tank // Faux Suede Bomber Jacket// Embroidered Boots

There’s something about a new year that makes you really want to change up your wardrobe. I for one am thinking I want to wear more black this year, I have never really had in my wardrobe and I’m feeling like as a New Yorker it’s a must. Never the less, here are some items that I’ve been eyeing to change up my style in 2017.

Take My Away Wrap Blouse // Navy Velvet Body Suit

These are two styles that I have been wanting in my wardrobe, I can’t get enough of the collar trend or anything velvet.

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Black Strapless Jumpsuit – also comes in Navy! This is exactly like a Lovers and Friends one EXCEPT its $59. Perfect date night or going out look!

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Gray Booties – Super cute and unique!

Beaded Mini Skirt// Splendid Coated Leggings

Kind of obsessed with embroidered skirts lately, they are such a statement piece for your outfit. These leggings are also super comfortable and “look” like leather without breaking the bank.

Fur and Knit Vest // All Mine Sweater // One Teaspoon Fuzzy Black Sweater

These are a few pieces from Nordstrom that I had wanted to get in 2016, but didn’t purchase, and you know you sometimes just can’t forget about certain clothes you want? The red sweater is a nice length and I love the color.

What items do you want for 2017?

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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Marvel in Montana

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Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Montana and take in the gorgeous mountains and beautiful trails. I hit the slopes of Big Sky Mountain in Big Sky, MT and enjoyed some amazing meals and fresh snow.

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We stayed at a beautiful condo about 15 minutes away from the mountain to be closer to town. We booked it through the Beehive Property Management Company – I would highly recommend them! We had a hot tub and some lovely mountain decor.

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There was so much amazing food there it was unbelievable. I have never tried elk, bison or trout and they were all delicious! Here’s a look at my yummy elk and bison Bolognese.

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I would highly recommend Olive B’s Bistro in the meadow village as well and the Lone Mountain Ranch Dining Room and The Rainbow Ranch for dinner. We also had a great batch of nachos and beer at the Lone Peak Brewing Company!

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If you’re looking to go skiing out west or just sight seeing, Big Sky has it all.

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Stylish and Chic

Stylish and Chic

MANGO v neck shirt
$150 – mango.com

Blue jeans
$510 – calibre.com.au

Valentino suede ankle boots
$1,445 – saksfifthavenue.com

Alexander Wang shoulder handbag
$280 – veryexclusive.co.uk

Gucci yellow jewelry
fredmeyerjewelers.com

Skin Care Favorites

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My skin has finally found a combination that it likes lately and I feel that not sharing would be a disservice. I have combination skin and it’s very sensitive to makeup and products, any little dirt causes a breakout. Due to this, I never sleep in my makeup and I try and use products made for sensitive skin.

Here’s some products I have been using since around September and so far I am breakout free and my skin has never been softer.

Firstly, I take my makeup off using the Boots Botanics Micellar water, gets every bit of my waterproof mascara off! I cleanse my face with The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash. It’s super gentle but makes my skin feel so soft and clean.

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Next I spray my face with the Mario Badescu Rose Water Facial Spray, I tend to get reddish skin often and this really calms my skin down. Plus it smells amazing!

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I like to use an intense moisturizer and eye cream because my skin can get pretty dehydrated at night. I received free samples of the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream and Hydrating Eye Cream and I love them, they don’t make my skin oily and my skin looks amazing when I wake up.

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My all time favorite and life saving mask is the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque. It either gets rid of all my breakouts or greatly reduces them. This is what I use before all big events and it always pulls through.

Caviar Pearl Milk Cleanser// Hydrafresh Toner

I also wanted to mention two of my long time favorites, I don’t use these products everyday but I love them. I had not ever seen this brand and have still yet to but these 24k Donna Bella products really leave my skin feeling refreshed and primed. This moisturizer/toner combo is a very light formula that smells amazing!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gifts

To be Honest, I pride myself on giving a good gift.  I started searching in September for something for my loved ones. Living in the city and having to buy on a strict budget, I want to save up while also finding something that the person really likes or wants.

This year I’m buying for my mom and dad, brother and boyfriend, here’s some great ideas for gifts for the loved ones in your life.

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SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II ($180) :I got this last year and have used it to death, it’s great quality and gets so loud for how small it is. It’s also easy to take with you on trips.

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J Crew Men’s Cashmere Scarf ($118) :My dad and brother are looking for a great warm scarf this year. I picked this one up at J crew and it is so soft and snuggly.

LL Bean slippers

Men or Women LL Bean Slippers ($70) : I personally have these slippers, so do most people I know. So if you know someone who doesn’t have them yet, you can’t loose giving these as a present. With LL bean’s lifetime guarantee, you’re basically getting them amazing slippers for the rest of their life!

Laura Mercier Set

Laura Mercier Coconut Almond Bath Collection ($75): You may think this is a lot for bath products but I’ve used these and they’re really luxurious. The body wash leaves your skin super soft and the scent lingers all day. Perfect for those spa lovers.

Wall Art

Beer Cap Wall Art ($35) : This one is a great one for a guy who you have no idea what to get…aka my brother. It’s great because it is  wall decor as well as a collectors item. I got this for him last year and it’s been a great way to see what cool beers he has tried.

I hope this gives you all some ideas for your gifts!

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

”Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

''Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

Miu miu dress
net-a-porter.com

Self portrait short purple dress
$290 – net-a-porter.com

NLY Trend velvet dress
$48 – nelly.com

Gucci pumps
$615 – net-a-porter.com

Holiday Party Ready

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Soprano Scalloped V Neck Dress

I am so excited for Holiday parties because that means cute holiday outfits! I picked up this amazing dress from Nordstrom and it is super comfortable and appropriate for any office party!

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Sydney Block Heel

These shoes I also grabbed from Nordstrom and I have to say after wearing them a few times the chunky heel is my new favorite. And they’re on sale!

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B.P. Crystal Choker

I had to add a choker to the look to glam it up a bit. I love the B.P. line at Nordstrom because it’s very reasonably priced and has great trendy items.

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

5 Black Friday Deals

There’s so many places with Black Friday deals. I for one have not wanted to leave my bed to shop on this holiday, but for those of you who want to brave the crowds, here are some of the best online and in-store deals.

  1. For the clothes: Nordstrom – Offering an extra 20% off from now until Sunday, I know this doesn’t seem like much but if you’re shopping in the “Trends” department, brands are reasonably priced and you can get an even better deal for the holiday season. Some of my favorite picks are this gorgeous sequin dress for the holidays and an amazing deal on a cute Kate Spade purse! In-Store and Online, returns are in-store only!

2. For the tech buys: Best Buy – Offering a $250 gift card with the purchase of a contract IPhone 7 or IPhone 7 Plus, they also have the best deal for an IPad Pro, starting at $449, that’s $150 off the regular price! If you’re looking for a new camera, they have a great Nikon DSLR with two zoom lenses for $600! In-store and Online.

3. For the home: Normally furniture is not the smartest buy on Black Friday but if you act quick Overstock is offering up to 70% on home items November 24th only. But, Ashely Furniture Home Store is offering up to 50% for its Black Friday Deal (Online Only)!

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4. For the fitness buff: Dick’s is open for extended hours and is also offering over $50 off select Fitbit models! I have the Fitbit Blaze on my Christmas list this year, so this would be the time to get it :).

5. For random odds and ends: Amazon! – this is normally my go-to for everything but they are offering some great deals and it’s a great chance to snag some perfect Christmas presents. Look at the site for daily deals until Monday the 28th and snag the amazon echo, kindle fire, beauty accessories, sewing machines and more for discounted prices!

Happy Reading and Shopping!

Maura xoxo

Thanksgiving Ready

Thanksgiving Ready

Splendid turtle neck top
$77 – net-a-porter.com

Topshop opaque tight
$7.46 – topshop.com

RED Valentino crossbody purse
$655 – redvalentino.com

NAKAMOL band ring
modalist.com

Banana Republic bow earrings
bananarepublic.gap.com