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Make a Wish

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It’s almost 2015 where I hope to be more fabulous, fashionable and fit than ever! Even though I’m awful at following through with them, I’ve decided to make some new years resolutions. My favorite part about resolutions is looking back over the past year and admitting to yourself the successes and failures. It’s important to address both sides to help yourself grow.

Here are my top 3 fashion resolutions for 2015.

1. Buy more clothing that focuses on quality over quantity. There isn’t a sales sign posted that I didn’t love. I’m guilty of being a constant pillage of the sales rack. Those four letters get my heart pumping and I view the purchase as “basically free” if it’s 70% off or more. I’m going to try to exercise more restraint and be more conscientious about what I purchase.

2. Buy more up and coming designers. Living in Boston, it’s easy to fall into the trap of going to Newbury Street and browsing the big name designers or popping into Marshall’s for a steal. However by focusing on the big names I know I’m missing out on the little local boutiques of Beacon Hill, North End or Cambridge. This year I’m going to make an effort to take the time to explore.

3. Get out of my comfort zone for work clothes. I’ll admit, I have a uniform of clothes I wear. My work wardrobe is the same routine of blazers, cardigans and shift dresses. It’s tough to find clothes that are professional, classy and have a touch of fun. Looking for those pieces that pop will be a pleasure and a challenge I gladly take on!

What are your resolutions this year?

New Years Preparation

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New Years is almost here! It’s the change to pop some bubbly and make resolutions for 2015. (Although, in my case they only last about a week.) One of my favorite ways to usher in the New Year is to go to a party to celebrate with some of my close friends or enjoy one of the big bashes at hotels, bars or resturants in Boston.

It’s a great excuse to buy a new dress and pick one that’s a bit trendier. One of my favorite parts of New Years Eve is looking back on old photos where I’m wearing a terrible trendy outfit that looks outdated by the next year. The height of fashion is frozen in that moment where you are wearing sequins, bows or giant shoulder pads! It’s fun to think you were the cat’s meow for the night.

If you are looking for a trendy outfit this year look no further than the leather trim trend. It’s hot, fun and sure to be one of the looks that memorializes this year. In 2014 leather patches, sleeves and jackets could be seen in every store. The fun number up top has a combination of flashy colors and leather patches. Perfectly trendy and guaranteed to be one of those dresses you love to look back on in a couple years and laugh.

Present Procrastination

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You are looking at one of the biggest present procrastinators. I always start “thinking” about shopping for others around Thanksgiving and usually make a good dent. Not only for the people on my list but also for myself!

Then after the initial push I become lulled into a false sense of successful preparation only to remember the final few days before Christmas that I still have several people on my list. This last minute shopping does pay off with generous discounts at many stores and I usually complete my list with a number of items.

Each year I vow to become better and each year I repeat the pattern. Coffee in hand I am still on my present mission. I hope others are better prepared this year than I am!

Black Friday Frenzy

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One of my family traditions is to brave the Black Friday madness. I do admit, we are a bit mad to go with the masses, fighting our way for the perfect sweater or the giant TV. However I just love it!

I hope everyone who braved the shopping today had a good time and came home with minimal bruising!

 

 

Wrap Me Up

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With the holidays approaching it’s time to start stocking up on festive outfits. The stores are full of dresses, skirts, fun tops in red and green with sequins and velvet galore! You can also get a good deal at stores having sales to attract customers for Black Friday. I’ve been checking out the department stores and little boutiques around Boston to pick out some great outfits and start getting ideas for presents. My tactic to get the best deals is to do a sweep, figure out what I want to buy and wait until the store has 40% off or more off everything. That way you can buy more presents and even something for yourself!

Grocery Shopping

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I love grocery shopping. It’s a chance to stock up on food for the week and refill any of the basics I’ve used up. Going through the aisles I always see things I want to try. Each week I try and pick a new food or brand that I’ve never tasted before. I usually shop at Trader Joe’s so there are always new funky things to try.

Some of my favorites are trying out their different cookies or pastries. Last week I bought the frozen chocolate croissants and thought I had experienced heaven on earth. You put them out the night before, let them rise and pop them into the oven for 15 minutes first thing in the morning while you’re grabbing a quick shower. You get a delicious, warm breakfast with almost no work or clean up!

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Back to School Sales are Here!

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Be still my shopaholic heart! Back to school shopping sales are popping up all over the place. I may no longer be in school but there’s something about the start of the school year that gets me excited. These days it’s the generous sales!

Many department stores and boutiques bring down their prices to attract the rush for fall clothing and school supplies. These are great for families because stocking up for a new year can get pricy. On average, families will spend more than $660 on back-to-school shopping according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. It’s also a great time to give back with backpack drives and donations.