Friday, June 24, 2016

FRIDAY FAVES & SALE ALERT

TGIF! SO happy today is Friday - this week was CRAZY! Have so much to catch up on (especially on social media). Work was super busy.  Hope you had a good week, any plans for the weekend? 

There are a BUNCH of great sales happening right now - I've linked up my favorite items below! Happy shopping and I hope you have a great weekend too.  P.S. I went to the YSL beauty fragrance launch last night with Alex. We had such a good time. Check out my snapchat for more BTS before it expires (username is alina2189). The perfume smells so good - you NEED it!

SHOPBOP  
Extra 25% off sale items with code 25EXTRA

 BAGS AND ACCESSORIES


SHOES


CLOTHES



Semi-Annual sale (extra 30% off sale items) with code EXTRA30 


MORE WEEKEND SALES:

Anthropologie: up to 50% off sale items
Banana Republic: extra 40% off sale
Express: extra 30% off already reduced items
H&M: up to 70% off
Nordstrom: select items on sale

*Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DENIM MIDI DRESS


If I could wear one outfit all summer, it would probably be this one.  Wearing a fashionable/on-trend outfit that is great for all-day wear is really hard to accomplish...at least I think so.  This dress from ASOS is THE BEST. It's just under $65, really lightweight and loose - and awesome quality.  Next time I would wear it with my hair in a bun, not only because it's hot but you can really emphasis the open back and the high square neckline. 

These wedges were finally back in stock about two weeks ago and they are still selling out like hot cakes. I've worn them for long periods of time & it's like I'm wearing flats.  If you have been contemplating getting them - I suggest you get them asap! I'm wearing the orange suede color. 

On another note - I am SO happy it's Wednesday. This work week seems to be dragging slightly & I just can't wait for the weekend! Do you guys have any plans? 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

DAY TO NIGHT OUTFIT

asos top casual street style peplum chiffon top street style ASOS top | Zara jeans; similar here | BP Wedges | GiGi New York Satchel | Prada sunglasses | Bite Beauty lipstick (sweet cream color) | Marc Jacobs watch (similar)

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great week and weekend. I took a mini break from blogging and posting on Instagram. Once you take a break, it's hard to get back into the groove. Can anyone else relate? It was definitely nice to unplug!

I had a great weekend with my family - hosted dinner on Friday night and made an effort to relax Saturday and Sunday. How was your weekend? Did you guys do anything interesting? We're planning a trip to California in a little bit - I would love to hear recommendations on where to go.  Cali is huge & any insight from you guys would be MUCH appreciated.  I want a lazy, tropical vacation! 

I wanted to share a look with you that can easily transition from day to night - this top from ASOS is a cutie at just $50. I'm wearing a US size 4. Love the frill details and of course, the peplum! You guys, these wedges are BOMB. They are extremely comfortable, flattering & are only $40.  They've been on sale for a while and are still marked down.  I would consider these a staple for this season and you can't go wrong with the price.  They run true to size! Do you have a favorite pair of wedges this season? I'm also on the hunt for some flat sandals...because I guess it's never enough...

Thanks for reading, have a great Monday!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

OUR WEDDING RECAP AND HELPFUL TIPS

Hi hi! If you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram (username for both is @alina2189), you might have seen that it was our three year wedding anniversary yesterday! What can I say, time flies when you're having fun...! I thought I would do a little wedding recap and share some tips that I have learned along the way because I know that wedding planning can be tough at times, although I found it fun even if we were planning it while I was in law school. 

If you are in the New York area - I will give names and links to people/companies that I have used too! Hope you find this post useful and fun. 

 
In the midst of wedding planning, only one thing comes to mind that is most important to us girls - the dress.  Once you figured out the dress, I feel like you've completed 50% of the prep! I went to SO many fittings and boutiques with my family.  From Kleinfeld, Pronovias to Bridal Reflections and some other random boutiques in the city - nothing I tried on was THE dress.  I almost gave up and settled for a custom gown, but I'm a very indecisive person.  So I was not thrilled about the idea of designing my own wedding dress from scratch - what if I didn't like it at the end?! The last boutique I went to was Monica's Bridal in Brooklyn.  Because I was looking for more of a princess/tulle gown, the other stores I went to didn't have what I was looking for.  And if they did, the price was out of this world.  I remember when I came out of the fitting room in my wedding dress, my sister told me "that is the face I have been waiting for!" 

 
Pictures do not do justice for this dress.  The entire bodice was covered with stones and pearls.  The tulle skirt shimmered and sparkled every time I moved; you know, kinda like Cinderella =) I actually asked for an additional crinoline under my dress to make it pop out more.  I got my veil from Monica's Bridal as well; because I did not want a train attached to my dress - I asked for an extremely long veil. 

 
I also kept my jewelry to a minimum because I wanted everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) to be simple and classy.  I'm not all about overdoing anything, especially for our wedding day! I actually got my earrings and bracelet from a random website called Hair Comes the Bride and they were each really inexpensive - under $40. I got my pearl necklace from Macy's and I borrowed the pearl ring from my sister. 

Next order of business, SHOES! I'm a lucky girl. Alex surprised me with these beauties - I went into Saks and I sent him the picture, obviously going on about how much I love them.  Andddd he got them for me =)


One of my bridesmaids actually made these sneakers for me! I planned to wear flats all day and just wear the heels for the ceremony and pictures - so she surprised me with these cuties.  She just bought regular white Keds, glued little diamonds & used fancy shoe laces.  It's a really cute DIY idea!

For makeup, I used Katie Nova. I can't say enough how much I adore this girl. I used her before and after the wedding on several occasions and each time she delivers.  Check her out on Instagram as well - her handle is @katienovamakeup. I did not have to touch up my makeup once through the entire day.  She was finished at about 12 or 1 PM.  It still looked perfect 13 hours later - not kidding!

  
One of my other bridesmaids got my mom and I really cute 'prep' clothing. Mine came with sweatpants, but it was hot that day so I wore shorts!

On Snapchat, I talked about where I got my bridesmaid dresses! Okay, so I saw this dress on some fashion runway, on Pinterest - here is the exact pin. It was by Reem Acra; Olivia Wilde wore it to some awards.  I died when I saw it.  I searched high and low and found a RANDOM website.  I'm telling, I debated for a month whether I should buy one to see how the quality would be.  So, I did.  It took about 2 weeks to arrive and I ordered a size 4.  I figured it had to fit someone and if not, it could be altered! My bridesmaids and I LOVED it! I was so pleasantly surprised at the quality.  Here is the exact link to the (cheaper) version of the dress. My wedding colors were white & yellow; so I was really pleased at the shade of yellow as well.  After I was content with the quality of the dress, I ordered two more and they came right on time.  The dress had pearl/stone cap sleeves, it was knotted at the bodice and the chiffon just flowed on the bottom.  I swear, I would buy this dress in every color if I could. 
We went to Central Park to take pictures before cocktail hour/reception, etc. 
 
 
As for my flowers, I had a bouquet of white peonies and another touch of a random yellow flower. I honestly can't remember the name! I asked our florist to add a little band of silver studs around the stems too.  My bridesmaids had white baby calla lilies for their bouquet.  I used a local florist in my neighborhood - if you want her specific name and number, comment below!
 
 For our centerpieces and ceremony, it was a mix of hydrangeas, orchids, and yellow lilies.    
Our wedding took place at Crest Hollow Country Club. They have a LOT of rooms available - we actually chose to add draping to the ceiling.
For our first dance, we chose the tango.  I changed (yes I know, risky) and then changed back into my wedding gown.  
I got the idea for our wedding cake from Pinterest (surprise, surprise).  We asked a bakery in Brooklyn for it to resemble my whole 'pearl' theme and they did a great job!

Here are some over links to companies we used for the wedding:
 
Photography: we used Grey Line Photography.  We are really happy with their work.  
Video: Meni Mor
Hair: The hair stylist I chose ended up doing something completely different than what I wanted and she had to redo the whole thing.  Because she was in a hurry, my hair was not perfect and I needed to fix it all day here and there. And I think I was definitely overcharged. So research, research, research before you commit.  Even though I went through a dozen hair trials - my hair was still screwed up! As much as you want everything to be perfect on your special day - there will be things that won't go as planned, but trust me - you won't care.  And if you do, try not to because this is THE most special day of your life!

I hope you found this post helpful and/or interesting to read! Thank you so much for following along - have a great day.
 





Friday, June 10, 2016

LATEST CRUSH AND PURCHASES

Hi guys! Thought I would do a different kind of post today - I wanted to show you my recent purchases.  Have to admit, I've been checking out and emptying that shopping cart online really often this week!!! AHH! When will it stop? And it's still...not enough.  I feel like I need a refill every week, is that normal? 

Anyways, I think you all know how much I love ASOS.  I constantly find myself buying lots of tops to have variation throughout the week for work or for events.  And I actually really love their blazers too...oh yes, and their work pants! I just ordered these items recently.  LOVE them all. I always order a US4 in tops and bottoms at ASOS.  I typically look at what size the model is wearing in the photos & get the same thing.  What do you think of these? Can't wait to wear them.





And, I also got a. lot. of. shoes. Of course, I just noticed that they're all either tan, beige or nude.  As far as sizing, I think all pretty much run true to size, except these Topshop ones.  They're a little big on me, but it's a little tricky since only full sizes are sold, no half sizes. I'm keeping them anyway! Which of my purchases do you like the best? You might have seen me style a few of these on my Instagram or Snapchat! The platform wedge is really in this season...which is really great for us fashionistas because we can be on trend & comfortable.  These BP wedges are on sale for only $40 - get them, I highly recommend.





Would love your feedback to see if you like these type of posts and if you have any requests for posts you would like to see! Please comment below and let me know.  Thanks for following along, have a great weekend!
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