Getting Formal

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With prom and formal season approaching quickly, I thought it would be helpful to share my hints for making the most of your night! I believe that the key to a successful formal or prom night is feeling amazing in what you’re wearing. When I was in high school, prom season was always a bit scary. I wanted the perfect dress, complimented by the best jewelry, a pretty hair style, and effortless, red carpet ready makeup.

After high school, formal events weren’t really on my radar. My college didn’t have greek life, so we didn’t have sorority formal, and we also didn’t have “formal” dances. Interestingly enough, law school has a prom type event. Last weekend was Barrister’s Ball, an annual event held at law schools in common law countries. It was a blast, and it was the first time I really dressed up since my sister’s wedding!

It was so fun to get all glam. My normal glam squad (aka my sister and mom) are all the way in CA. Luckily, my roommate helped me apply some fake tan (I use Josie Maran; I was wearing black and my skin hasn’t seen the sun since September). We went and got mani-pedis, and I got my makeup done at Ulta (more on that to come in a future post). Getting super fancy is so much fun, but sometimes its hard to know the right thing to wear for different functions. For example, there were a lot of mixed messages about how formal the Ball was supposed to be. Here are some examples of what my friends and I wore:

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I have four commandments for formal wear that I want to share!

  1. Get a dress that you feel incredible in. Try on as many dresses as you need to until you find the one that makes you feel like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn or your personal style icon. Loving the dress will mean you wear it more confidently.
  2. Treat yourself to the royal treatment. In preparation for a super formal event, I usually light candles, put on a great playlist, and wear my favorite robe around. I feel a little more glamorous, which makes the getting ready process more fun.
  3. Wear the makeup you want to wear. I think with formal wear there is pressure to really amp up your glam. If this is what you like, you should totally go for it! However, if you love subtle makeup, don’t be afraid to wear less. Or pull an Alicia Keys, and don’t wear any!
  4. Jewelry is like icing on a cake – too much can make you unhappy and too little can leave you wanting. I usually go less heavy on jewelry, especially as I get older. In high school, I wore bracelets, earrings, a necklace, etc. Now, I figure out what I think will most compliment the dress and myself in the dress. With the above look, I only wore large, fun earrings!

I think girls sometimes have it easier – I know, I know, don’t object yet – because there is such a plethora of input (go read Seventeen or Cosmo or any website), and you can easily figure out what is appropriate. However, menswear is a bit trickier. There isn’t the same amount of access to information for menswear that there is for women. Additionally, to be completely transparent, most men just ask their date what to wear. I don’t know about you, but when my dates would ask me, I would just give them a color (to match my dress), but leave out any real detail, or any real answer for that matter. Luckily, The Black Tux put together a detailed but quick cheat sheet for proper menswear for various events.

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Next time your date for prom or formal asks what to wear, you can be more specific. Or, if you’re having a formal date night with your boyfriend, you can help him dress accordingly. For those of you with brothers, you can help him be fashionable and make the right choice for his next date/formal event. When I’m home, my dad usually asks my opinion on fashion related things. I do my best, but menswear isn’t my specialty. If you’re in a similar boat, this cheat sheet helps! Dressing well can be expensive, but an option I recommend (especially for prom or formal), is renting! Men can choose from a great selection of menswear to make them look their best.

Most guys and girls get into a bit of a rut in their everyday dress. However, with formal events girls at least have an opportunity to really mix it up. Guys, on the other hand, tend to stick to roughly two options (tux or tux). This guide from The Black Tux encourages a little more creativity, and gives specifics about what exactly should be worn according to what the dress code is. When you’re sure of the pieces you need, it’s easier to have the confidence to get more creative with what version of those pieces you select! For example, if you know you need a sport coat, trousers, and a button down, you may be more willing to pick a patterned button down because you’re no longer worrying about what kind of shirt to wear.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Heels for Spring

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I recognize the title of this post probably seems like an oxymoron, but I wanted to share boots I think are perfect for transitioning from cold climates to warmer climates (or warm to cold when summer turns to fall). I love boots, and I wear them almost daily in the fall and winter seasons. Lately I can’t get enough of the heeled bootie look. I think heeled booties would be perfect with skinny jeans and a cute blouse/top, or a dress and jean jacket. I’m also obsessed with the Sam Edelman over the knee grey boots (let’s be real, this look became cool when Serena Van Der Woodsen wore a similar pair with her school uniform).  Over the knee boots are perfect to pair with a skirt, and lightweight sweater.

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I wanted to share my top picks right now! I think my next boot purchase will hopefully be an over the knee pair! I usually try to dig through end-of-season sales, which I find is the best time to buy boots!

Blush Bootie | Over the Knee | Leather Bootie | Frye Leather Bootie | Peep Toe Bootie | Light Tan Bootie 

What are your favorite transition boots?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you still have plenty of time to get something for the special someone in your life. If you’re single, you can get a Galentine’s Day gift for your favorite gal pal(s)! I wanted to share my top picks for Valentine’s Day inspired gifts.

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Winking Beanie | Heart Wallet |Silk Scarf | Calvin Klein Set | KJP stripe bracelet | KJP Pearl bracelet | Lips Phone Case | Pink Phone Case | Hearts Phone Case | Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag | Burberry Heart Scarf | Love Potion Travel Mug | Chloe Love Perfume | Pink Lipstick | Red Lipstick | Red Nail Polish | Red Glitter Studs 

Some of the items I included are bigger splurges for longer relationships, and others are small ways to show you care! I believe you should show the people in your life that you care about them everyday, but on Valentine’s Day, you can do a little something extra!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Fair Isle Fever

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As the temperatures drop, I find myself looking for more and more layers. I love fair isle patters, and I especially love the following items. I think fair isle sweaters definitely feel appropriate during the holidays, but they are also SO warm! Also, since my ears feel like they’re about to freeze off every time I go outside, I particularly like the beanie.

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Pink and Gray Sweater | Red Sweater | Socks | Phone Case | Navy Sweater | Red Beanie | Mug | Gray, Blue and Pink Sweater 

What are your favorite fair isle items this season?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Gift Guide: Christmas 2016

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I know it feels a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but I don’t think it’s ever too early to start thinking about gifts. For me, I try to get through finals and then worry about it, but then I always feel pressed for time. Thinking about gifts early makes sure you’re giving great gifts, and makes sure you have time for them to ship to you, and that the items aren’t sold out!! So, I put together a gift guide, and wanted to help make your holiday shopping experience as painless as possible.

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Stocking stuffers are a fun part of Christmas because you can give your loved ones a little something extra! I also think stocking stuffer ideas can double as small gifts for people in our life that you want to show a little love and appreciation to!

My top picks for stocking stuffers are:EcoTools Lovely Looks: Glamorous Glow Set • EcoTools Kate Spade New York Eat Cake For Breakfast Phone Charger for iPhone®5 and 5s • Kate Spade slip Silk Eye Mask Vivid Leather Earbud Case Library of Flowers Linden Luminary, 5 oz. • Library of Flowers Philosophy Pure Grace Perfumed Body Spritz 8 Oz. • philosophy tarte Amazonian butter lipstick • Tarte Gingham Cosmetics Case Women’s Italian Leather Classic Gloves, Jewel-Toned Ribbed hat with faux-fur pom-pom • J.CrewBaubleBar ‘Flamenco’ Drop Earrings • BaubleBar Leather Zip Wristlet Fossil Rfid Passport Case • Fossil Cable over-the-knee socks (2-pack) • Gap CB Gift That’s All ‘Live Fearlessly’ Ceramic Trinket Tray

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Here are some bigger gifts for the people you feel confident spending a little more on. I typically go big for my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and dad.

My top picks for slightly larger gifts: Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Experience
Herringbone Weekender
Navy Watch Plaid Cosmetics Case
Starbucks® VerismoTM 600 Brewer
Beats by Dr. Dre Gold Beats Solo 3 On-Ear Wireless Headphones
Women’s Patagonia Nano Puffy Jacket
Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne, 1.0 oz. NM Beauty Award Winner 2015
Kate Spade New York ‘cecilia’ Embellished Kitty Loafer
Tory Burch Jolie Leather Riding Boots
Black Watch flannel pajama set
Katahdin Polartec Fleece Top Misses Regular
Bose ® SoundTouch ® 10 Wireless Music System
Sweet Water Decor Boss Lady Mug
Blanket Scarf, Plaid

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I like to go especially crazy for my mom. She and I are so close (think Lorelai and Rory without the Season 6 crazy), and so I always want to show her how much I appreciate her during the holidays. I’m so excited to return to California, and a big part of being home for the holidays is how special my mom insists on making them.

For mom: Leather Handle Boat and Tote
Ray-Ban Round Monochromatic Clubmaster® Sunglasses, Black/Green
Tory Burch all around zip wallet
Burberry Check Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Aerie Power Naps Sleep Mask
stila ‘eyes are the window TM – soul’ eyeshadow palette
Leather gloves
Short Leather Stacked Heel Booties
Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Premium Women’s Running Shoes
Nike FS Lite Run 3 Womens Running Shoes
The Essential Brush Collection
‘Good Mom’ Ceramic Mug
The Emily & Meritt Scallop Statement Pinboard, Linen Ground with Gold Frame

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New Friends can be tricky to buy for, but I think it’s also important to recognize, to some degree, that you’re excited to have the new friendship! Here are some small, or larger, ways to show you care.

Boston, Massachusetts Calligraphy Map Art Print
J.Crew ‘Edie’ Ruffle Top
Argento Vivo Personalized Large 3-Initial Letter Monogram Necklace
Artisan Crafted Majolica Ceramic Bird Mugs (Pair), ‘Owl Hospitality’
Plaid Flannel Fringe Scarf for Men
Kate Spade New York – Ready Set Bow Bangle Bracelet
Cable crewneck sweater with ruffle sleeves

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Waxed Canvas Laptop Sleeve
Leather bottoms-up flask
Wool-blend tech gloves
Classic Gift Set
Bean’s Cuffed Beanie Men’s
Heavyweight flannel shirt
Men’s Tek Gear® Fleece Crew Sweatshirt

What gifts are you giving this season?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Plaid Shoes

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You know the holiday season is near when the plaid items start infiltrating all the stores! I am SO obsessed with all the plaid shoes in stores right now. I think they’re perfect for adding a festive touch to any outfit without being too over the top. Here are my favorites pairs of plaid shoes:

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Talbot’s plaid flats in green | Talbot’s plaid flats in red | Navy Plaid Pump | Red, Black, and Cream Plaid pump | Red and Black plaid pump | J. Crew plaid, scallop pump (OBSESSED)

What are your favorite plaid items this season?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Cold Weather Accessories

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It’s getting chilly here in Virginia! Today there was definitely a biting cold in the air as I was walking into my law school building. Moving from California is an adjustment. I knew I’d be cold, but it’s interesting to me that 60 degrees here feels significantly colder than 60 degrees in CA. It’s also raining more, which requires umbrellas, and other cold weather accessories! Today, I wanted my go to items once the chill in the air gets a little more intense!

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Cute beanie | Lip Balm | Fuzzy earmuffs | Warm Beverage (green tea chai latte for the win!) | Cozy Socks | Warm Scarf 

What are your go to accessories for cold weather?

Truly,

Callie leigh

 

All I Want for Christmas Is…

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I’m 22 years old, and yet I still take Christmas SO seriously. I love the holiday season. I started getting ridiculously into it when I was away from home for the first time in college. I remember thinking of the holidays as markers. Halloween meant the semester was half over, Thanksgiving was the weekend of pure bliss and food before the finals countdown, and Christmas meant that the semester was over, and it was time to be jolly with the family and bring on good cheer. I think now it’s hard because I’m not going home until Christmas, but I take the month of December (well, November and December really), so seriously in preparation. I ordered my December Daily album for this year, and started compiling a list for my mom (she requests one every year for ideas). This year, I noticed my list is a little heavy on coats, but it’s okay because I hear Virginia after winter break is VERY cold.

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So, anywhere, here are the things I’m currently asking Santa for. I know it might be early to think about Christmas, but it approaches so fast, and the earlier you think about gifts you want to give as well as receive the better!

Green and Navy Flannel PJ set | Leather Monogrammed Laptop case 50 mm camera lensGorgeous L.L. Bean Plaid scarf | Patagonia red Nano Puffer | White sneakers | City Coat | Two-tone Patagonia vest |L.L. Bean Fleece PulloverAbercrombie skier sweater

I love winter time, and I’m excited to actually live somewhere that gets some snow! The above items are things I’m loving for this season!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Super Last Minute Halloween Costumes

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If you’re like me, then Halloween is one of those things you always want to dress up for, and you have a good costume idea around July, but somewhere October 1st, you think it’s still forever away, and then all of the sudden it’s the Thursday before and you have no costume and few ideas. Well, never fear! I’m here with some easy last minute ideas to throw together before any Halloween bashes this weekend.

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With the Gilmore Girls revival coming up, this costume is relevant, and many people will probably know what you are! I’d suggest checking out your local thrift stores if you don’t already have some of the items in your closet. Otherwise, it’s easy to use similar items that you already own! Also, to top it off, I suggest getting to go coffee cups and pasting the label from the pop up Luke’s Diners on it. That’ll definitely give you away if the sharp contrast between cowgirl and prep school girl doesn’t! This is great for a friends duo costume. Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 9.51.47 PM.png

Need a really last minute alternative? Black skinnies, a black tee or blouse, and pumps will give you an undead vibe, then add some red lipstick and fake blood drips down you chin, and you’re all vamped out. Need inspiration? Watch an episode of Vampire Diaries! Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 9.56.16 PM.png

If you love a classic icon, then Audrey Hepburn is the look for you! Have a little black dress in your closet? Pair with pearls, pumps, some costume accessories, and you’re good to go. Also, to top it off I would add long black gloves you can. You can also make a fake cigarette holder with black paper if you don’t have one and don’t want to buy one! Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 10.36.31 PM.png

If you want to bend gender a bit, Luke Danes is a super easy look to pull off with stuff already in your closet. If you don’t have a flannel, I’m sure you could borrow one from a friend! And this look is incomplete without a backwards baseball cap! Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 10.28.47 PM.png

Want to go comfy but still dresses up? Do your hair and makeup, but wear PJs and a sleep mask, and BOOM, you’re a Victoria’s Secret model. Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 10.25.44 PM.png

Have a fancy dress that has a vintage vibe? Add a jeweled piece to your hair, and vintage or normal heels and you have a full flapper look reminiscent of the Great Gatsby. Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 9.58.51 PM.png

Again, a super easy look to pull off if you’re really crunched for time. Red accessories are all you need to complete this look. Also, if you have thick black-frammed glasses that’s even better, but they aren’t necessary!

What’s you costume this year?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Kate Spade Surprise Sale

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Today Kate Spade is having a surprise sale, which makes for a GREAT start to Tuesday. I rounded up my top picks, but there are so many great things included in the sale, so be sure to browse the virtual isles.

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Wine Purse | Green Purse | Brown Travel Bag | Plaid Wallet | Polka Dot Umbrella

Let me know what your top picks are, and anything you pick up!

Truly,

Callie leigh