Friday Faves

Happy Friday friends!  What are you looking forward to this weekend?  I'll be up bright and early Saturday shooting some new blog photos with the talented Lauren of Wellesley and King.  Then, I plan on hopefully (fingers crossed) getting my decorating down around the house.  Of course we waited until it's freezing out to put the lights up outside!  I hope you enjoy today's Friday Favorites round-up.  It's a nice mixture of ways to save money (who couldn't use that this time of year), a recipe to cozy up with and my favorite way to stretch those days between shampoos!

1. Favorite website of the week!

I stumbled upon this website several weeks ago when I was searching for a dupe of a living room rug I really wanted, but couldn't quite afford.  The website is called Copy Cat Chic and it's sort of the best thing ever.  The editors basically feature some of the most coveted interior design pieces and then find a dupe that's way less strain on your wallet.  They also do full room designs and link all of the items for your shopping convenience.  The picture below is one of the many copy cat items they have featured recently.

2.  Favorite way to make money while shopping!

Do you shop online?  Are you using Ebates?  If the answer is no, I need to let you in on this little secret.  Ebates is truly the easiest way to get money back (yes real money) simply for shopping online and buying the things you were already planning on buying.  Whenever I tell people about Ebates, they tend to give me that skeptical, this "sounds to good to be true" look.  I'm telling you it really works (and no they are not paying me to say this).  Here's how it works.  Click here and create an account (it's free and you'll get $10 toward your first purchase).  Now, whenever you go online to shop instead of going to the retailer website, you'll go to Ebates first.  For example, you want to buy a pair of boots at Nordstrom.  Go to ebates.com, search "Nordstrom," and click next to the cash back.  Now, you'll be directed to Nordstrom's website and you can shop your little heart out - seriously there's nothing more to do.  There are a ton of retailers - Sephora, ASOS, American Eagle - and even sites like Amazon and Etsy.  Each retailer offers different cash back percentages and they change daily.  The other day, Macy's was offering 10% cash back.  That means if I spent $200 at Macy's, I would have earned $20 from Ebates.  Every quarter, Ebates will send you what they call a "big fat check" in the mail.  I've already earned $268.63 using the site.  Real money, mailed to my front door every three months simply for shopping online.  Seriously, what are you waiting for?!  

3.  Favorite Pin of the week!

Like any modern young woman, I occasionally lose hours of my life in the wonderful world that is Pinterest.  A few days ago, I was searching for holiday treats and drinks and stumbled across this recipe for slow-cooker cranberry apple cider.  The original recipe if from a cooking blog, The Recipe Rebel.  Now, I haven't tried the recipe yet, but it looks and sounds amazing.  

photo from the recipe rebel

4.  Favorite cold weather accessories!

This time of year can begin to get brutal outside, but that doesn't mean your style has to go into hibernation.  It's easy to look super chic all winter (and stay warm) with some of my favorite cold weather accessories below!

5.  Favorite new product in my beauty routine!

Confession time: I despise washing my hair.  I enjoy the clean feeling afterwards, but the whole process of washing and drying is totally unenjoyable to me.  That being said, I have tried a lot of dry shampoos.  Some have been ok and others don’t seem to do much of anything.  However, that all changed when I read some positives reviews about the Living Proof brand and decided to give it a try.  Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is definitely going to become a staple in my beauty arsenal.  It’s a powder in spray form and it seems to really absorb the dirt and oil from my hair.  It also has a great scent.  If you are like me and want to stretch your time between shampoos, I would definitely give this product a try.

6.  Favorite holiday decor for $1!

Guys, decorating for the holidays can be so much fun.  I shared some of my absolute favorite holiday decor in this post.  However, all of those bows and tinsel can quickly add up - making your holidays a little less merry.  This year, I've tried to maintain a balance between a few splurges and some great steals.  Believe it or not, Dollar Tree has a ton of great holiday items.  Now, let's get one thing straight - not all $1 stores are created equal.  I prefer Dollar Tree as they are typically clean, organized and literally everything is $1.  Check out some of my fave picks below.

 

 

Cyber Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I had four days off from work which was great, but of course I didn’t get as much accomplished as I planned.  I did get a start on my Christmas decorating.  I got the tree up (not decorated, but up), I took a wreath making class at The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers and I decorated my mantle with some adorable marble trees from Target.  Tonight, I plan on doing some more decorating.  I tend to go a bit overboard with decorations, so I am trying to reign myself in a bit.  I was actually thinking of doing a post once I have all my decorations up, so watch for that coming soon!  I also did a bit of shopping on Black Friday.  Did you guys go out shopping?  I never go out anymore, but instead choose to browse and shop online from the comfort of my bed.  I think it’s the years having worked in retail that make me want to avoid the mall with every part of my being.  I didn’t start Christmas shopping yet.  If you ask me in three weeks, I probably still won’t have started Christmas shopping lol.  I don’t know why I procrastinate – perhaps I will try to be proactive this year!  What’s on your wish list this year?  I would love to know!  Speaking of love…this Forever 21 sweater dress is so cozy, is such a great color and was uber inexpensive.  I can’t find it online, but it might still be in stores and there are a lot of other great sweater dress options available.  I paired it with faux leather leggings and a super soft blanket scarf for some added warmth.  Happy Cyber Monday friends – let me know what deals you’re finding today! 

Deck the Halls

Ok, I'll admit it.  I listened to Christmas music on my way to work this morning and I've been planning out my holiday movie list.  I mentioned in my last post that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and every year I take a strong stand that I will not commit to Christmas until the last of the turkey leftovers have long been eaten.  However, as my December calendar quickly fills up and I think about my real goals for the holiday season - relaxation, time with family and friends (sans cell phone) and volunteering in the community - I realize that getting all the decorating, shopping and craziness out of the way early might not be a bad idea.  

In that spirit, I am sharing some of my favorite holiday decor items.  It's our first Christmas in a new house, so it's pretty exciting and to the dismay of my significant other, I want to buy everything.  He keeps telling me we need money for things like a snow blower (lame), while I would rather invest in things like marble Christmas tree figurines and pom-pom garlands.  They say opposites attract and I suppose that's a good thing or I might be in some serious debt by December 25th.  I did snag a few of the items below (most are under $50).  I tend to gravitate toward decorations with a neutral color palette and that are more "winter" than Christmas.  This way, you can leave the decorations up long past the holidays.  Will you be decorating this weekend?  Is there a special item or ornament that you get excited to put out every year?

Shop all the goodies!

1. Winter Romance Throw Pillow - Target - $29.99 / 2. Seagull Placemat - Threshold - Target - $4.99 / 3. "Oh Deer" Mug - Threshold - Target - $4.99 / 4. Faux Fur Throw - Nordstrom - $79 / 5. Holiday Time Flocked Birmingham Fir Artificial Christmas Tree - Wal-mart & Amazon - $169 / 6. 30" Flocked White Ornament Artificial Wreath - Target - $40.00 / 7. Star Garland White - Target - $12.99 / 8. Capri Blue 'Gilded Muse Collection' Candle - Nordstrom - $39 / 9. Knit Faux Fur Stocking - Nordstrom - $29 / 10. Marble Tree Figurine - Target - $14.99 - $19.99 / 11. White bulb ornaments (3-pack) - IKEA - $4.99 / 12. Lit Cooper Joy Sign - Target - $25

Snow Day!

It snowed this weekend!  I was absolutely cracking up at the little boys that live next door.  They were outside screaming and jumping around like there was a foot of snow on the ground.  Oh to be young.  I ordered this cardigan and hat from Nordstrom last week and I am so glad I did because both items were perfect for the weather.  I'm absolutely obsessed with this cardigan.  It comes in three colors and it's a very chunky, thick knit which is great if you are like me and are always cold.  I'm also in love with this floppy wool hat that comes in five different colors.  It's perfect for those "I washed my hair three days ago" type of days.  What are your plans for the week?  Is everyone excited for Thanksgiving?  It's actually my favorite holiday.  I mean a day dedicated to eating, drinking wine and napping.  What's not to love?

Shop the Look!

Jeans - Joe's Flawless - Icon Ankle Skinny Jean - Nordstrom / Cardigan - BP. Tuck Stitch Cardigan - Nordstrom / Hat - Hinge Floppy Wool Hat - Nordstrom / Striped Top (old) - similar here and here / Booties (old) - similar here

10 Tips for Choosing an Exceptional Wedding Planner

You get engaged, you spend a few weeks blisssfully floating on a cloud and suddenly you wake up and realize, "oh crap, I have to plan a wedding now!".  Don't worry girl, I'm here to help.  When you first sit down to start thinking about planning your big day, all of the details can quickly become overwhelming.  Indoor or outdoor?  Summer or fall?  Band or DJ?  Which DJ?  You don't know any DJs!  You never needed a DJ before.  Enter the wedding planner.

People hire wedding planners for a multitude of reasons.  Some are planning a wedding out of state and it's too difficult to visit vendors from 300 miles away.  Many are just busy with work and a million other things and would rather have someone else handle the planning.  Most that I meet are simply looking for someone to help them get organized, offer opinions and to be there to ensure the day flows beautifully.  A wedding planner (at least a good one) is certainly an investment.  I believe it's an investment that's well worth the price tag.  So, how do you sift through the list of wedding planners to know who to hire?  After all, this person is going to hopefully be your wedding bff.  You want to find the right fit.  Rest easy future bride because today I'm sharing ten tips that will help you find the wedding planner of your dreams.

photo courtesy of sasha danielle photography

photo courtesy of sasha danielle photography

1.  Experience does matter.

When you are meeting with potential wedding planners, you are essentially interviewing them for a job and with any job interview, experience is a big factor.  Sure, everyone has to start somewhere, but experience is key in this job.  You won’t meet many people who studied event planning in college.  It’s a “learn on the job” gig.  Those years spent interning and assisting other planners are invaluable to learning what questions to ask, how to react in certain situations and to building a strong vendor network.  I’m not saying to completely write-off a newbie, but be weary of planners that jumped into owning their own business without much prior experience.  The best planners I know spent years working for little to no money in order to learn the business from the ground up.

2.  Does the planner's style match your vision?

Most planners realize that every couple has different tastes and ideas when it comes to design.  Some couples love glitz and sparkle, while others dream of all things rustic chic.  It’s a planner’s job to listen to their clients and to offer suggestions that fit within the couple’s style and budget.  However, it’s important to be cognizant of the type and style of weddings that the planner typically does.  If the planner’s Instagram is a running reel of over-the-top glam weddings with a pretty price tag, you may want to seek out another planner to pull together your shabby chic dream.  Take some time and look at the planner’s portfolio online to get a good idea of his or her particular style and be realistic about how that style aligns with your vision.

3.  Take the entire team into account.

Most wedding planning companies are small.  They are typically comprised of an owner and perhaps a couple other planners or assistants and this usually works perfectly.  However, there are a couple things to consider.  Is the person you initially meet with going to be the planner you work with throughout the planning process?   There’s nothing worse than spending months explaining your vision to one planner to find out someone else will actually be with you on the wedding day.  Are the other people on the team assistants or interns?  And if they are interns, are they paid?  Again, I 100% believe that everyone has to start somewhere and that unpaid internships are a part of life and learning the business, but make sure your planner is up front about their roles and experience.  Years ago when I first dipped my toes into the planning world, I was thrown into countless situations where I was introduced as an “assistant” even though I was not getting paid and had zero experience or clue what I was doing.  Honesty is the best policy and a smart planner will be up front with you.

photo courtesy of jorge santiago

photo courtesy of jorge santiago

4.  Is wedding planning a side gig or a full-time job?

I will never knock anyone who is pursuing wedding planning as a second job.  I did it for years and most of the time it's a necessity until a planner can build up a clientele and afford to take the leap into full-time.  Working nights and weekends on top of a 9 - 5 job is hard work and I have the utmost respect for anyone doing it.  The only thing to consider here is whether your schedule matches the planner's.  If you also work during the day, chances are that nights and weekends will be ideal for you and you won't run into any issues.  However, if you are someone that needs a planner with daytime availability, then you may want to make sure you choose someone who is a full-time planner.

5.  Affordability is important.

I know what you're thinking - "how did it take us this long to get to price?".  The truth is, prices for hiring a wedding planner vary dramatically.  It almost goes without saying that many new planners will charge fairly low rates.  It may seem like a no-brainer to go with the "best deal," but I would caution you not to make a decision based on cost alone.  Many new planners charge this lower rate because they are inexperienced and are willing to work for less in order to gain that experience and build a portfolio.  So, you might luck out and get an awesome newbie who does a fabulous job and saves you a few dollars or you could end up paying more in the end because you didn't have experience on your side.  Most planners know what their time is worth and will charge accordingly.  Take into account the other factors in this article: experience, staff, services offered - and then decide what you are willing to pay.  Keep your budget in the forefront and understand that a wedding planner is an investment in your day.

6.  How big is the planner's vendor network?

What I mean by "vendor network" is essentially how many quality connections does the planner have with other vendors in the wedding industry.  The size of a planner’s vendor network is typically related to experience and time spent in the industry.  As the saying goes, “it’s a small world” and many wedding vendors get to know one another relatively quickly.  Why is this important to you?  For one, if a wedding planner has a strong working relationship with a particular vendor, he or she may be able to get you discounts on services.  Vendors are more willing to do favors or be more flexible with planners that they work well with.  Don’t be afraid to ask your other vendors about a particular planner.  Vendors will quickly tell you the planners that they have loved working with and those that were difficult.

photo courtesy of sasha danielle photography

photo courtesy of sasha danielle photography

7.  How many other weddings will the planner book on your day?

Does your planner only take one wedding on a particular day or do they book multiple weddings on the same day?  This question will depend largely on if the planner has other event coordinators working for him or her.  If they do, the company should be able to book multiple weddings on any given day.  However, you’ll want to ask up front if any other weddings are booked on your date and ensure how many hours of on-site assistance your package includes.  The two weeks leading up to a wedding can become very hectic and you want to make sure your planner is focused on you and your wedding.

8.  What services does the planner offer?

Most wedding planners will offer some key services including full wedding planning and day-of coordination.  If you’re interested in something more specific such as budget management or venue design, make sure that your planner offers these items.  If you’re just looking for assistance in a particular area, many planners will offer á la carte services or planning by the hour.  Be careful with these because the time and money can often quickly add up and you would have been better off investing in a planning package.  Some planners also offer add-on services such as hotel guest bag creation, cookie and candy table design and engagement party or rehearsal dinner planning.

9.  Do your personalities mesh?

I mentioned early on that meeting with your potential wedding planner is very much a job interview.  However, keep in mind that it’s typically a two-way interview.  Not only are you deciding if the planner is up to the task of planning your wedding, the planner is deciding whether or not he or she wants to sign up for that task.  In any service industry, those providing the service must learn to work with a myriad of personality types and wedding planners can definitely adapt.  However, both parties should get a feel for one another and decide whether your goals (and plans to achieve those goals) line up.  Let's be honest, you are going to spend perhaps an entire year working with this person.  You want it to be someone that you can genuinely get along with and that has your best interest at heart.

photo courtesy of hot metal studio

photo courtesy of hot metal studio

10.  Check the reviews...and word of mouth is king.

There are reviews for almost everything online these days.  Want to buy a coffee maker?  Check the reviews.  A new pair of jeans?  What do the reviews say?  The same goes for wedding planners.  If a client has a positive experience with a wedding planner, they are typically inclined to leave a positive review.  Check sites like The Knot, Wedding Wire and Yelp.  Reviews are great and will give you a good starting point.  However, keep in mind that reviews aren't everything and anyone can go on to certain sites and leave reviews.  The major way wedding planners get business is through word-of-mouth or referrals from past clients.  Again, the wedding industry in any given city is a relatively small world, so just ask around.  

I hope these tips help to get you on a path toward organized planning bliss.  I'd love to hear from you if you've hired a wedding planner and what criteria you used to make your choice.  Happy planning! 

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The Perfect Plaid Poncho

A new week is upon us friends.  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next Thursday already.  I’m sure I say it every year, but time starts flying around the holidays.  And is it me or has everyone jumped into Christmas even earlier than usual this year?  I’ve already seen people posting pics of decorated trees and wrapped gifts.  I love the holidays as much as the next person, but I like to enjoy my turkey and stuffing before blasting Jingle Bells.  I’m also a chronic last minute shopper when it comes to Christmas gifts.  Anyone else?  Every year, I swear I will stay organized and get an early start.  However, it never fails that I end up online paying an outrageous amount for expedited shipping and wrapping my last few gifts on Christmas Eve.  I guess we all have a system that works for us, right? Lol.  Today, I am sharing another awesome purchase from Rosewood Boutique.  I love the poncho trend, but they don’t always work for me.  When you are on the shorter side, “one size fits all” ponchos can be overwhelming on a smaller frame.  However, this poncho is absolute perfection.  Don’t forget Rosewood is hosting their annual holiday shopping event this Friday the 18th from 5 – 8:30 PM.  I can’t wait to see you there! 

Check out this post where I linked a bunch of my favorite Rosewood Boutique items - now on sale for 40% off.  Use code "YESWEARTHAT" for an additional 5% off! 

Rosewood Farewell and a Huge Sale

It’s always a sad day when you hear one of your favorite boutiques is closing…especially one as lovely as Rosewood Boutique in Sewickley.  I initially introduced you to this charming shop and it’s equally charming owner, Kathryn, in this post last March.  I’ve always felt welcomed there and I always find way too much to buy.  Lucky for us, Kathryn is going out with a bang and everything in the store and online is currently 40% off.  This includes new…yes brand new…fall and winter styles that are still arriving daily.  I stopped in this past weekend and grabbed a few tops, a perfect plaid poncho, and this new bag and adorable ruffle-hem shirt I am wearing below.  The sunglasses are also from Rosewood!  Also, be sure to mark your calendars for November 18th when Rosewood will be hosting their annual Holiday Shopping Party.  I went last year and it was so much fun!  You can expect new merchandise including holiday dresses and outerwear, snacks and sips, a big discount and a few extra special surprises.  I seriously cannot wait.  And if you decide you can’t wait until the 18th to start shopping, hop online and use code “YESWEARTHAT” for an extra 5% on top of the 40%!  Happy shopping!

Shop My Favorites at shop.rosewood.com!  Promo code: Yeswearthat

Chelsea Collective

This past Thursday, Ashley of Afternoon Espresso and I had the opportunity to host a Styling Event at Chelsea Collective in the Ross Park Mall.  We offered guests styling tips and tricks and showcased the newest arrivals for this year's holiday season.  Chelsea Collective is a first-of-its-kind fitness boutique bringing together the worlds of fashion and fitness.  You'll find your favorite names like Nike, New Balance and Adidas alongside Beyond Yoga, KORAL, and CALIA by Carrie Underwood.  If you're like 90% of the ladies I know, you have probably already lovingly wrapped your arms around the athleisure trend.  Yoga pants all day everyday?  Yes, please.  Athleisure brands know that customers are looking for that perfect fusion of performance, comfort and style.  The other great thing I learned while at Chelsea Collective is that they do free alterations right in the store.  All you shorties know this is huge!  So instead of passing up these amazing Beyond Yoga pants I am wearing in this post, I was able to get them altered to the perfect length for me.  That is a huge plus in my book.  I paired my pants (seriously the softest things I own) with this great zip-up from CALIA and these black and white Nikes I have been coveting for some time!  If you're looking for all your favorite athletic brands and want to fall in love with a few new ones, definitely pop into Chelsea Collective!

* This post is sponsored by Chelsea Collective.  All opinions are 100% my own!

Shop the Look:

All items are from the Chelsea Collective store in Pittsburgh.  There is also a store in Tyson's Corner in VA.  If you don't live next to a Chelsea Collective store, you can also snag these items online:  Pants (comes in sizes XXS - XXL) - Beyond Yoga Spacedye Take Me Higher Long Legging - $97 / Jacket - CALIA by Carrie Underwood Women's Essential Fitness Jacket - $79 / Nike 'Juvenate' Sneaker - $85 

Buttoned-Up

Today my fur baby, Manny, is joining me on the blog.  Although I think he's the most handsome guy in the world, he's not the best model.  He's a bit high energy...I prefer to call him "spirited."  So of course walking him past the ice cream shop where he frequently gets treats wasn't the best idea.  I hope you get a chuckle out of the photos below where he's literally dragging me down the street to get to his sweet, sweet ice cream.  I can't say I blame him.  Though this outfit isn't the best for dog walking (or running), it's great for the office.  I love the faux leather waistband on the skirt and a crisp, white button-up instantly adds sophistication to any outfit.  The skirt also comes in a gorgeous merlot red that is absolutely perfect for fall / winter.  So, where are your favorite dog walking spots?  Does your dog love ice cream as much as Manny?

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Shop the Look:

Skirt - Panel Mini Skirt (also in merlot red) - The Limited - $59.95 / Top - Essential Shirt - The Limited - $49.95 / Shoes (old) - similar here and here / necklace - Rocksbox - similar here / Bag (old) - similar here

Friday Faves After a Long Week

I'm not gonna lie - this was a long week.  Really long.  I think every year as the weather gets colder and the days get darker, my motivation takes a serious hit.  Maybe that's true for a lot of people.  Not to worry though - I've rounded up my favorite things from the past week.  Hopefully, they give you a boost of motivation as well!

1. My favorite shirt for easy dressing!

When my alarm goes off in the morning and it's dark and cold out, it takes me a couple pep talks to get myself out of bed and moving.  I don't always feel like putting together a complicated outfit.  I love shirts like this one that are cute, comfortable and versatile.  I've worn it with jeans, a pencil skirt and yesterday with black leggings.  My co-worker and I noticed yesterday that we were actually twinning in this shirt - she loves it just as much as I do!

2. My favorite products for gorgeous skin!

With colder, drier weather comes drier, problem skin.  To keep skin looking it's best, it's important to keep it hydrated.  I have always loved Glamglow's line of products, so of course my senses perked up when I saw my friend Susie (who works for Sephora's corporate office...eh emm) post about Glamglow's new DreamDuo Overnight Transforming Treatment.  It's a two-step formula that promises to treat fine lines, combat dryness and promote a smooth, even complexion.  I love the idea of putting this on at night and waking up with more beautiful skin!

3. My favorite season - fall!

Fall.  Just everything fall.  Call me basic, I'm ok with it in this instance.

Favorite group of girl bosses!

My Style Social Pittsburgh group hosted our first blogger brunch at Station in Bloomfield on Sunday.  A group of talented bloggers got together over pancakes and mimosas to share ideas on everything from Instagram tricks to how to increase SEO.  I'm so lucky to have met all of these inspiring ladies over the past year.  And how cute were the place settings that Tori put together for us?  For non-stop style inspiration, follow us on Instagram at @stylesocialpgh.

5. Favorite quote of the week!

I love quotes in general, but this is one of my faves.  I've been doubting myself A LOT lately.  Why do we do this?  Why are we always inside our own heads?  

6. Favorite meme of the week!

Did you ever notice when it's been a really long day (or week) the silliest things seem hilarious?  I feel like this dog is basically my spirit animal and I want to know where he got the Minion stickers for his laptop.

Aly & J.R. - Downtown Elegance

Aly & J.R. - Downtown Elegance

I’ve worked as a wedding and events coordinator for over seven years now for two different planning companies in Pittsburgh.  Most of the time, I absolutely love the job – but I’ve said it before – wedding planning is not for the faint of heart.  You have to have a thick skin and if you don’t (which I didn’t when I started), you will quickly develop one or you won’t survive in the industry.  Despite what Jennifer Lopez fed us in the Wedding Planner, it’s not all flowers, glitter, hearts and sunshine

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My Favorite Fall Cardigan

My Favorite Fall Cardigan

This casual, neutral outfit has quickly become one of my “go-to” staples for fall.  I bought this cardigan during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I am contemplating getting it another color.  I always see fashion bloggers post things like “wearing this shirt on repeat” and I think to myself…you post three different outfits a day, there is no way you wear anything on repeat lol.  However, in this case, I really have worn this cardigan every single chance I’ve had.

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Jumpin for Joy

Jumpin for Joy

For today's post, I wanted to share this super cute jumper I got from ModCloth.  I'll be honest - I had perused the ModCloth website in the past, but I never bought much.  However, once I actually visited the pop-up shop and got to see and touch the merchandise up close, I was really impressed with the style and quality.  I had been looking for a jumper for the fall, but was a bit nervous because I didn't want something that would make me look too young. 

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Friday Faves - No-Carve Pumpkins

Friday Faves - No-Carve Pumpkins

Last week as I was scouring Pinterest for "fall crafts," I came across so many ingenious no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.  I ultimately landed on the mud cloth pumpkins from my last post, but there were so many other great ideas that I figured I would share them in this week's Friday Favorites.  Carving pumpkins is always fun, but they definitely don't last as long and don't typically make the best indoor decorations

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ModCloth Takes Over Pittsburgh!

ModCloth Takes Over Pittsburgh!

The ModCloth pop-up shop at 625 Smithfield Street opened its doors this weekend to eagerly awaiting fashion-lovers.  The popular retailer has been on tour this summer, taking its vintage-inspired clothing, accessories and home décor on the road and popping up in cities across the U.S.  Lucky for us, the ‘IRL Tour’ is wrapping up in Pittsburgh, ModCloth’s hometown.

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Wear-to-Work

Wear-to-Work

I've recently been trying to find more staples to add to my work attire.  Express is one of those places that always has great wear-to-work pieces that are also still fashion-forward.  I have to say, I haven't shopped at Express in quite some time, but decided to try a few items this summer.  I absolutely love their Portofino blouses.  They come in so many great colors and patterns and can be paired with everything from jeans, to dress pants, to skirts.

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