Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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Hi All!

So I know the internet has been spammed with this sale lately, which is pretty annoying, it’s also a lot of the same stuff. But I wanted to share a few of my favorites that I hadn’t seen anyone mention just yet!

This is my first year with a Nordstrom card and I probably bought too much than I should have but I know this will have me set for fall and beyond. I’m moving in September so I really wanted home stuff from the sale and I got some cute buys for cheap!

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Eloide Pom Pillow $25.90 per pillow

I ordered two of these pillows for my couch and they are so cute! I saw similar ones in a boutique here in Boston but they were $50 each. Side note, the picture makes them look purple blue but they are a dark gray, I was surprised at first but that is actually a much better fit for my living room and more neutral!

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Diptyque Scented Candle Set $55

These are my FAV candles, they really make the whole room smell amazing. I thought these minis would look cute all lined up on a shelf in my room? We will see when I move!

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Crescendo Chardonnay Glasses $22.90 set of four

I wanted some nice wine glasses because I have had really cheap ones since college and they have gotten cloudy and chipped. This is a great deal on a set for really well made glasses!

 

Chelsea28 Tweed Ruffle Dress $98, ASTR the Label Silk Romper $45, Trouve Lace up Sweatshirt $52

Here are some of the clothing items I got, I included just the ones that I hadn’t seen anyone rave about yet. Now that everything had arrived I can say that I love everything from the sale. Strangely, but in a good way, everything fits me, I followed the reviews and bought up or down a size when people commented that and I think that’s why it all suits me so well. I hope you all get the opportunity to at least pick up a few things from the sale!

Happy Reading!

xoxo

Maura

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Makeup Favorites

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Recently I’ve been changing up my makeup routine and trying to find staples that are always a go to. I am typically pretty adventurous with trying makeup, and so that’s led me to a big collection of things I love but I don’t really have a go-to routine so much.

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Base: I’m really trying not to wear as much makeup to work anymore, I like things that I can throw on my face quickly and head out – The It Cosmetics CC Cream¬†has become a favorite. It has SPF and is lightweight.

Concealer: I have a very blue under eye tone so I like to use two different concealers. I promise this takes no extra time! One is the Color Corrector concealer from Sephora. The other is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Those two together will have you looking fresh any day!

Heavy Duty Concealer: This is not an everyday thing, but if I wake up with a breakout I pull out the Dermablend Cover Creme. This stuff is life changing, seriously.powder

Powder: I love loose powder’s but lately I’ve been doing my makeup in the train so I like the Makeup Forever pressed powder. It works perfect for setting.

Bronzer: For Christmas I got the NARS Laguna Bronzer, I know this has been a favorite for a while but I had never tried it! Now that I have this is a must-have.nars eyeshadow.JPG

Shadow: I normally like to put a little bit of a shimmer shadow on and then use my bronzer to define my crease. The palette I love is the NARS Silk road. I literally use it everyday and always love the look.

Eyeliner: The liner I use now is the Rimmel Pencil Liner in black, I’ve been purchasing this off and on for years and I like how it looks less harsh than my liquid for everyday (Fav Liquid is Kat Von D Tattoo Liner).

Mascara: I use the combo of the L’oreal primer and then the L’oreal Voluminous Lashes in Carbon Black.

Final SealSetting Spray: Alright this is very important. I honestly recommend this product to everyone and you need it too if you’re working all day and want you’re makeup to stay on. It’s the Ben Nye Makeup Setting Spray. This has honestly changed my life.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to try any new products! Let me know what you think. ūüôā

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

From Manhattan to Boston

Lately I have really l enjoyed reading posts about more intimate parts of my favorite bloggers lives, i.e. Dani Austin, Brighton Keller, The Darling Detail, Amelia Liana, etc. And while I am definitely not comparable to them I would really like to put out the content that they have exemplified. So today I’m covering why I picked my life up and moved to a new city, where I basically knew no one.

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Reasons Why

One those questions I got asked every time I told someone I was leaving was, Why leave NYC? There were SO many reasons why I wanted to leave, but it all boils down to me being unhappy there. Since I was 14 I remember saying I want to move to New York after college and work in a fancy office building and walk to Starbucks every morning. That was not the reality. I moved to the Upper West Side for my first apartment, and while I loved the neighborhood, I was so far away from the hustle and bustle that it didn’t really feel the way I had always wanted. So, I made the leap to move to Mid-town East, before I say much else, this was probably one of the worst decisions I’ve made in life. The apartment¬†was pretty and newly renovated and in an amazing location, just two blocks from Grand Central. But never the less, I grew to hate it there. It was noisy, things kept breaking in our apartment, we had mice, my apartment was the size of a shoe box and pretty much bankrupted me. I feel like I learned a lot from the 7 months I lived in that apartment however, I now know what type of environment I thrive in and have moved on for the better.

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Why Boston?

This one is pretty easy. While some people have thought of it as random, it was probably the easiest decision to make out of the whole process. I love the city, it’s a lot smaller and cleaner and it’s beautiful while still being close to home. I don’t think I’m ready to move out of a city environment yet and so I made Boston my next stop!

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Transition

I got so many comments from friends and family saying I did it so fast and that it was so easy for me to change my life so drastically. I can totally see why it may look that way, but boy is that not true. Between finding a job in a place three hours away to trying to find someone to sublet my place. I can honestly say that there was a solid two weeks where I was eating maybe a granola bar a day because I was too stressed to eat or sleep. I like to think of myself as determined when I am really invested in something, since I felt like my overall well-being was probably the most important thing to worry about, I made moving my number one priority.

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Some tips I’ve Gained¬†

  1. Use a recruiter – while they are known for being a pain, let’s be honest, they know the job market way better in this new city than you do. My recruiter got me a solid amount of interviews which gave me some options and eventually led me to my new job.
  2. Craigslist – I know people always rag on it but I truly wouldn’t have found a sub-letter without it, just make sure you make a detailed post and be selective about who you follow up on. Plus, it’s NYC, my best friend found her apartment listed on craigslist!
  3. Lean on your family – and also your close friends, I was going a little crazy during this whole process and there were more than a few tears shed, without the support of my parents and friends I would have crashed and burned.
  4. Reach out! This one more applies to when you’ve got everything set and you are moving soon, I am not the most outgoing person but if you’re somewhere where you don’t know many people, really take the time to go through anyone you may know in the area. Even if it’s your cousin’s best friend’s sister, she could still be your future bestie!
  5. Focus on you – you’re making this move for yourself, so take the time to do fun things around your new city that you like, even by yourself. Decorate your room so it makes you feel at home. Just get comfortable, that will make you feel like you have a safe haven when your navigating this new adventure.

Overall I’ve been in Boston over a month so it’s still very new but I am LOVING it. Can’t wait to see what is to come.

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Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Spring Wish List

Hey Beauties!

I have been loving all the new spring looks and have been shopping like crazy! They’re are so many beautiful pieces and colors in spring and so many trends I know I’ll be obsessed with.

  1. Slip on Loafers – So I already have a pair with a gorgeous embroidery on them and honestly I need more! These are popping up EVERYWHERE in so many cute styles and colors. I love She In for affordable trends, I’m not sure how long I’ll love this and the site has some amazing styles for less. // Studded Loafers $35bomber jacket
  2. Embroidered Bomber РI have been in love with this bomber for a while, I originally found it for ninety dollars and thought hmm.. too much, but I just found it on Lulus for less and ordered it right away. // Jack by BB Dakota Jacket $63
  3. Wrap Off the Shoulder Top – This top pretty much has every popular trend in it, and it’s super affordable! I love the check print and I feel like everyone looks good in a wrap silhouette. // Bow Tie Off the Shoulder Top $22
  4. Matching Sets – I have a major obsession with matchy separates lately and I found this one on revolve and fell in love. While it’s not warm enough yet I feel like these are the perfect weekend outfits for Spring and Summer. // Cleobella Set – Top $69 Shorts $83
  5. Slides – These Kate Spade slides are too cute! They are super comfy and fun and I love the pom pom detail – the perfect fun item to spice up an outfit! // Idelphia Sandals $110
  6. Lace Dresses РI have seen so much layered lace dresses and I love finding ones that I can wear to work because it just makes the perfect easy outfit. // Cold Shoulder Lace Dress $95 // BCBG Peasant Lace Dress $98

I hope this gave you all some great outfit inspo!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Favorite NYC Spots

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Having just moved out of Manhattan to Boston, I feel like this is the perfect time to reflect on my favorite spots. When I lived there I was¬†constantly googling places to go and there’s not much out there that isn’t repeating what has already been written about, so here’s my favorite spots for you all to check out!

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I’m going to start off with my absolute favorite thing to do on the weekends in NYC: Brunch!

  1. Hotel Chantelle
  2. Jacob’s Pickles
  3. Caroll Place
  4. Three of Cups
  5. Sotto 13

I don’t want to talk too much about each but each of these has a great brunch deal and great ambiance, whether you’re looking for a more upscale bunch (Hotel Chantelle and Sotto 13) or just a great deal (Caroll Place and Three of Cups). All of these should be added to your regular brunch spots. The Chocolate filled mini donuts at Sotto 13…OMG. Jacob’s Pickles is a must if you’re living in Manhattan, its the best homestyle brunch, you’ll be full for days.

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My absolute favorite dinner spot is Fig and Olive, there are a few locations throughout Manhattan and honestly I have never a meal that was other than exceptional. My fav thing on the menu? The toasts tasting appetizer.

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As far as hidden gems go I have to give a shout to Astoria Seafood. It really doesn’t look like much but once you go you’ll see how delicious it is. It’s in a quiet area of Astoria Queens and you have to put your name in and wait a little pretty much every time. Make sure your whole party is there! Then once inside you go to the back and pick out fresh seafood on ice and put in a bag. After paying for the seafood you present it to the chefs and tell them how you want it prepared! It makes for an amazing dining experience. The seafood is so fresh, I typically get scallops prepared in garlic and butter and then some sort of fish. You can also order a family style greek salad and garlic bread. Everything will be super delicious, trust me.

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Favorite place for a night out? I have a few spots. I feel that everyone should try the cult favorites like Up and Down, Beauty Bar, Houston Hall, Hair of the Dog, etc they’re all fun but can be really crowded. Personally I like to just sit, drink and chat. I also love a good dance floor when I’m in the mood. For dancing, I like The Red Lion Inn, there’s usually a live performer and the drink deals can be great! As far as more quiet bars, I love E-Bar in the UWS (great first date spot) as well as Death and Co. which is more of a speakeasy vibe. Another great place to have some fun in Fiddlesticks in the West Village, while it’s typically crowded, it’s always a good time.

I hope this helps any of you tackle the thousands of spots in NYC!

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

Luxury for Less

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of high end classics and trends¬†copied at a much more affordable price. I thought I’d gather them all together so we can all share in the trends.

Gucci Loafers: Princetown Slipper  ($595)

Steven by Steve Madden: Slip on Flats ($89)

I love the look of these slip on loafers but I definitely can’t spend five hundred plus on them! The velvet is gorgeous on these Steven ones.

For Love and Lemons Dress: Midi Dress ($119) Lace Dress  ($80) Vivian Mini Dress ($268)

Forever 21 Dresses: Mesh Lace Dress ($24.90) Eyelash Lace Set ($24.90) Floral Lace Bodycon (34.90)

The For Love and Lemons dresses are super popular right now and so is the mesh and lace trend. Thankfully you can find it for much cheaper at a variety of stores.

Stuart Weitzman: Highland Boots ($798) // Steve Madden Over the Knee Boots: Emotions ($100!)

Chloe Bag:Marcie Mini ($795) // Forever 21 Bag: Tassel Crossbody ($22.90)

 Payless booties:Buckle Boot ($29.99) // Givenchy Boots ($1,395)

I have always loved those Givenchy booties but I almost love the Payless ones more! It’s a great way to do the trend in an understated way.

Burberry Trench: The Kensington ($1,795) // Forever 21 Tench: Classic Trench ($42)

I added this one in because although not as trendy, it’s always a classy staple to have in your wardrobe. And I know I want the Burberry one, but the Forever 21 one is MUCH cheaper and just as beautiful.

I hope this gave some inspiration to hunt for the trends elsewhere!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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 Рalso 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 РSuper 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

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 РI 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

5 Stylish Work Pieces

These days if I’m not thinking about my outfit in advance, I’ll be sure to come into work looking like I rolled out of bed. Having stylish essentials in your wardrobe, that can make you look chic instantly, are perfect for those late mornings.

Here’s 5 pieces¬†that you can mix and match into your own wardrobe and rock with your own personal accessories.

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  1. Black turtleneck РJcrew//Cashmere// $228.00//Perfect for tucking into a skirt or pairing with sleek trousers and heels.
  2. Trendy Top РZara//$29.90//Always a plus if you can incorporate some fun pieces at work Рloving the bell sleeves trend lately.
  3. Suede Booties РSteve Madden// $129.00//Very chic while at the same time can look totally professional with a pant suit.
  4. Ripped Jeans РAsos//Miss Selfridge//40 Pounds//There are super comfy and stretchy to keep you happy all day.
  5. Fur Vest РNordstrom//BB Dakota// $98//A cozy vibe making a very chic/subtle statement.

I do want to make note that I work at a tech company and the dress code is non existent, therefore making ripped jeans appropriate.

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

Colder Times Ahead

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Now that the cold weather has officially rolled into New York City, it’s officially time to start really thinking before I leave the house for my commute. First things first, you need some comfy coats that can withstand the bite of the autumn air. This was something that took me a while to master. I always see a cute coat in H&M or Zara and I get suckered into it thinking “Oh, this is thick enough, I’ll be fine,” only to be shivering through the whole season. Pro Tip: Don’t¬†let the trendy polyester coats pull you in.

I always go for a wool coat with a good collar for the wind. Make sure it’s lined so that the wool is not itchy on your skin – ¬†been there, done that.

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This one is from J Crew Factory – it’s a wool/ poly blend and has a GREAT collar, also your paying less at the factory store!

The other three items I can’t leave the house without? Gloves, A blanket scarf and a hot mug of tea/coffee.

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I just picked up this blanket scarf from Zara and oh my gosh it’s so soft and warm. A blanket scarf is essential for me because the train rides can be cold and sometimes you really need to wrap yourself up.

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Gloves are investment piece for sure. I got these leather Ugg ones last Christmas and my hands have never been happier. They are also smart gloves so no removal for texting needed. And they really work too trust me.

Now, if you know me, you know I take my travel mugs/ water bottles very seriously. Of course I’d recommend a Swell for keeping your liquids hot and cold, but for ease of access, this Yeti one has become my new favorite. The company makes AMAZING coolers and this travel mug does not disappoint.

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I hope this can keep you a little warmer as the temperature continues to drop!

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo