Holiday Lookbook 2018

Holiday Lookbook 2018

Hey guys! I’m sharing my holiday lookbook with you all and I’ll talk through each outfit so you kind of have a better understanding. I choose to pick a few different outfits from Zara and Revolve. I love Zara because for the most part, its pretty affordable. For Revolve, I love it because they have so so many different brands and basically I want everything on the website. I tried to reuse different pieces from each brand so that you can see how you can use pieces different ways but I also tried to include a few basics like black jeans, white shoes, heels, etc that you can use from your own closet!

Zara:

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Day: Left
Zara beaded fringe sweater | $69.90
High rise straight cut jean in black | $39.90
High heeled leather ankle boots | $99.90
Mini City Bag with Round Closure | $69.90
Night: Right
Zara beaded fringe sweater | $69.90
80’s high waist jeans in black | $49.90
Animal print leather heel | $89.90
Marbled Minaudière | $69.90

I picked this sweater from Zara to use as the key transitioning piece because it looks so cozy for the day time but also super easy to transition to a going out look. For day time, I paired this sweater with a super casual pair of straight leg jeans which I’ve been living in recently because they’re really comfortable. I have the black booties that I paired this look with and love they look with an outfit. For night-time, I switched the bag, jeans and shoes to create a more elevated look. I swapped the straight leg jeans for a pair of high-waisted skinny black jeans, something I also live in and a pair of leopard heels! I think the leopard adds a really fun element to this outfit and gives it something without trying too hard. The red clutch is a super easy way to add a pop of color with it being pretty minimal and not too in your face.

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Velvet Jacket | $149
Animal Print Bodysuit | $49.90
80’s high waist jeans in black | $49.90
Marbled Minaudière | $69.90
Squared Broche Earrings | $19.90
Black Leather Heel | $69.90

Call your man, it’s date night! I wanted to pick an outfit that you’d be comfortable in but also look really cute. Staying with the same skinny jeans from my day to-night outfit, I pair this leopard bodysuit with a velvet blazer. I’m loving animal print this season and it’s pretty much anywhere you look. Throwing a blazer over your top and leaving it open gives a really put together look but again, not trying too hard. By mixing the velvet and leopard, it creates a really fun look! I also used the same red clutch from the day to night look because I really love a pop of red and find it really easy. I kept the earrings simple and choose a gold broche looking pair but you could easily wear gold hoops!

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Fringed Dress | $49.90
Geometric Print Minaudière | $69.90
Triangular Pendant Earrings | $19.90
Black Leather Heel | $69.90

Whether you’re hitting the town with some friends or going to a get together, this look has you covered! This black fringe dress is my favorite because I love the way it moves, as you can see from the picture. I choose a black pair of heels to keep the base simple but then picked a really fun geometric colorful bag to go with it! To tie in the bag, I picked a geometric looking pair of earrings with similar colors.

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Ombre Sequin Dress | $119
Beaded Crossbody Bag | $69.90
Jewel Earrings | $19.90
High Heeled Vinyl Sandal | $49.90

Okay now if you have plans where you’re wearing an outfit like this please let me know so I can tag along. Who doesn’t love a sequin midi dress? Sign me up and give me an excuse to wear this. I figured its New Years Eve so I wanted to do a pretty out there look at least once on this post. If this isn’t your style, you may like the Revolve option better! I saw this sequin midi on the Zara website and knew I had to include it. To keep this very extra look, extra I choose a sequin bag and sparkly earrings but kept the shoes simple to keep the eyes looking up at the real masterpiece, the dress. The bag and the earrings could easily be used for the more casual NYE look from Zara as well.

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Day: Left 
1. STATE Mixed Cable Knit | $119
NBD x Naven Zara Pant | $148
Rebecca Minkoff Backpack | $245
Wanderlust + Co Lunette Earring | $29
Joie Dabnis Stripe Sneaker | $298
Night: Right
Lovers + Friends Bodysuit | $88
NBD x Naven Zara Pant | $148
Sancia Mieke Clutch | $194
Wanderlust + Co Lunette Earring | $29
Kendall x Kylie Bootie | $160

For this day to-night look, I wanted to pick a fun pair of pants that could be used in a few different ways. While I didn’t use these pants in an outfit for the office, you totally could! For the day outfit, I kept it simple with a super cozy white turtle neck sweater and these platform white sneakers. Again, feel free to use any white sweater/white sneakers you have in your closet. I also pair this look with a black backpack because 1) I find them super cute and 2) they’re really great for throwing on while you’re running errands! For the night-time look, I switched the white turtle neck for a fun black bodysuit that would also look good with my date night look! Switched the sneakers for a pair of white booties which I’m sure you all have by now but I really love the zipper detail on these. I used this clutch a few times but I really love the fringe detail on it! To tie in the gold chain on the bag, I used these horn looking earrings.

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H:ours Slater Bodysuit | $148
Levi’s 501 Skinny | $98
Sancia Mieke Clutch | $194
8 Other Reasons Hella Hoop | $33
Stuart Weitzman Nudist Heel | $425

This look can be used for date night or for a night on the town with your friends! I’m obsessed with this bodysuit and I think that the sparkles makes it extra festive this holiday season. I pair it with a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans. If you don’t have a pair please run out and buy some right now. Or go buy these from Revolve because you’ll wear them every single day like I have been. To enhance the gold on the top and the earrings, I picked a pair of gold heels. Yes, these are $425 Stuart Weitzman heels that I would never make you buy but I live in my Stuart Weitzman heels and if you’re wanting to invest, I probably wouldn’t suggest gold but these are still really fun! You can use any gold heel that you like.

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NBD Smyth Dress | $218
8 Other Reasons Hella Hoop | $33
Schutz Cadey Lee Heel | $170
Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch | $95

This is my sparkly more casual look for New Years Eve and let me just say, I’m OBSESSED with this dress and if there’s one thing you buy, please buy this dress and rock the hell out of it. I picture this look with either a super sleek high pony or your hair behind your ears. I switched up the bag for a more simple option and choose to keep the shoes simple as well. I find that with a dress like this, I really like to keep my shoes simple but you can totally go crazy if you choose! You can’t really tell but the sparkle in the dress is sort of gold so I wanted to bring that out with the detail on the clutch and the earrings.

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NBD Smyth Dress | $218
8 Other Reasons Hella Hoop | $33
Schutz Cadey Lee Heel | $170
Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch | $95

Now, for all of you who didn’t like my formal Zara look, this one is probably more you’re style! I love this dress and if you saw pictures from when I competed at Miss Missouri USA, I wore a mini dress that had a similar top and a jumpsuit for check in with a similar top. I kept the same heels and clutch that I used in my more casual look but opted for a fun pop of color with the earrings.

I hope you liked the looks I put together for this holiday lookbook and if there’s anything else you want to see or want outfits for, let me know and I’d be more than happy to do that for you! Like I said a few times, don’t rush out and buy pieces from here when you have something similar already. I have about two pairs of jeans that I only wear because I love them and I’m a big fan of using pieces again in different ways.

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Survival Guide To Fall Fashion

Survival Guide To Fall Fashion

I wanted to share a post on everything that you need to get you through the fall season whether it be the top trends or just some really good staple pieces! There are so many amazing pieces out right now that I needed to share! I seriously think I need every single piece on this list! While realistically, that isn’t possible because hellloooo is money no object? I wish that was the case. But really, at least consider one of these pieces! I’ve got you covered from head to toe, literally.

Outerwear:

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Sam Edelman Short Faux Fur Jacket | $200

This might be one of my favorite jackets that I’ve seen this season! I love the white and black together but it’s a different take on this style jacket.

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BLNKNYC Morning Suede Moto Jacket |$188

I got this jacket last season and I don’t regret it! It’s such an easy piece to layer with and getting it in a neutral color like this makes it easy to wear with black or brown.

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Topshop Mary Kate Trench Coat |$110
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Topshop Ava Double Breasted Jacket | $44.99

I love layering with a blazer because it totally changes an outfit! Plus, who doesn’t love pink…

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Topshop Lily Knit Back Midi Coat | $125

Everybody needs a coat like this. I’ll be getting this one!

Knits:

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Wildfox Palmetto Frayed Sweater | $168

Perfect for wearing with a pair of jeans!

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Moon River Fringed Sweater | $69

This is a different take on a sweater and I love it! This also comes in black if that’s more your style!

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Topshop Super Crop Sweater | $55

I love that this sweater is cropped because it gives you the tucked in look without the bulkiness of actually tucking in a thick knit.

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Free People Menace Solid Tunic Sweater | $128
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Free People Knit Tunic | $148

A super cozy turtleneck is a staple in my fall/winter wardrobe! They’re perfect for everyday wear but you can totally dress it up or down depending on the situation. For class I’ll wear these with leggings and my vans but you can also pair it with black jeans, a coat that I showed above this and some booties!

Tops:

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Free People That Classic Girl Bodysuit | $48

Again, turtlenecks! I swear I’m a grandma because I like them but they’re so easy. I love that this one is a bodysuit because that means you won’t have to worry about tucking it in constantly and it will stay down! Since this is fitted, it’s perfect for layering!

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1.STATE Twist Front One-Shoulder Top |$49

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this top! It comes in a few different colors but I think this white color is really nice! I also love the red version. I would pair this with again, black jeans and a pair of heels for an early fall going out outfit!

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Topshop Animal Print Pajama Shirt | $68

Okay, leopard print is so in this season and I need this top. It’s perfect for work but I think you could really have fun with this top and wear it for going out! If I was to wear it out, I’d unbutton it a little more, roll up the sleeves and layer necklaces with it!

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Free People Square Eyes Bodysuit | $58

Again, anther basic bodysuit that’s great for layering but I love the square neckline!

Bottoms:

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ASTR The Label Dionne Skirt | $98
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BLNKNYC Double Buckle Suede Skirt |$98
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Free People High Waist Skinny Jeans | $78

I swear by black denim. The ones I wear basically all the time are by Topshop but these are the most similar pair I can find! Plus, I think they’re cheaper 😉

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Reformation Julia High Waist Cigarette Jeans | $128

We’ve seen these jeans for a couple of seasons now and I don’t think they’re going anywhere. A straight leg style like this makes it super easy to wear with booties, sandals, heels or a cute pair of tennis shoes. They’re comfortable enough for the day time but can transition to a night time pant as well!

Shoes:

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Kristin Cavallari Satine Bootie | $174.95

White booties have been in since last year and I don’t see them going out of style this season! I really like the zipper down the front for a different look than your standard bootie. But, I really love the wood heel with this boot! I typically see black heels on a white bootie but I love this look.

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Marc Fisher LTD Alva Bootie | $199

I think these are a pair of boots that will never go out of style. These boots are something you could honestly wear year round. During the spring and summer they’d look super cute with dresses and shorts but during the fall and winter these will look good with jeans or a black denim. I don’t think you can go wrong with this color but they do have so many other color options if these aren’t up your alley!

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Marcel Snake Effect Ankle Boots | $180

Um, you need these. You’re welcome.

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Mason Crocodile Effect Chelsea Boots | $160

Again, another bootie that you need! I love that it’s a new look to the chelsea boot!

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Morty Angled Heel Boots | $130

A good everyday bootie! This color also makes it easy to wear with black or brown since both are on this boot!

Accessories:

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Brixton Audrey Wool Felt Beret | $48

Berets were in last fall/winter and they’re back! I didn’t jump on the trend last year but I will this season! Lol, last winter I was out and found a red beret so I totally grabbed it and it’s now mine. I also look like the pillsbury dough boy in it so I need to work on that.

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Leonard Braided Band Hat | $98

I didn’t know I was a hat person until I tried this style! There are a thousand different versions out there but I personally really like this one! Lack of Colour also makes some really awesome ones. For me, it’s key that the brim isn’t flimsy so that it stays flat like this. I find that when the brim is flimsy, it looks weird on me.

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Panther Cross Body Bag | $48

This reminds me of the prada bags but for like 1,000th of the cost.

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Topshop Taylor Crossbody Bag | $55

I think that this is such a fun statement bag! If you had on an all black or white outfit, this would totally pull it all together! A statement bag like this can bring together a really simple outfit and make it look like you tried harder than you did.

Yup, I’m Vegan.

Yup, I’m Vegan.

Surprise! Or not a surprise? I’ve been vegan for 2 years and a lot of people know but also a lot of people don’t know! So, with that, I figured that I’d share WHY I went vegan (because SOO many people ask) and a lot of questions that I’m asked and other vegans are asked! Hopefully, this will answer all of your questions (and DON’T ask where I get my protein from…I’m fine). But, I also wanted to share some of the top vegan restaurants in St. Louis!

During my freshman year of college, I had to take a public speaking class and for one of our speeches, we had to do a persuasive speech. So, in typical Sydney fashion, I waited until the night before it was due to actually start it. Which at that point, I was at a complete loss and scrambled to search a topic on google that would be good. I stumbled on the topic on why you should be vegetarian, “simple” is what I thought. I knew there would be a ton of information to support my speech so I rolled with it. At the time though, I was still eating meat but only when I was home from school or at restaurants because I was living in the dorm and I wouldn’t dare touch the dining hall meat. After reading about why you should be vegetarian, I made the switch overnight. I was vegetarian the next morning I woke up and I kept reading more information and started reading about being vegan. After more and more research, I did it without thinking about it. At first, I never thought I could give up cheese and ice cream but it turns out, it’s not that hard! The hardest thing about going vegan is definitely learning what you can and can’t eat and you’d be surprised how many products unnecessary ingredients are in!

  1. What do you actually eat? Um….everything? Just no animal products. All of the fruits, vegetables, and grains you can think of, I eat. Plus, there are so many vegan supplements like cheese, milk, meat that you’re really not missing out on anything, I promise!
  2. Is your partner vegan? How do you feel about that if they aren’t? Here’s what I think…I’m not going to force somebody to go vegan. It’s their decision and they have every right to their own decision about what they eat. But, I’m not going to cook it so they’re on their own. As long as I’m not eating or cooking it, I really don’t care.
  3. How do you get enough protein? 1. Please stop asking. 2. Protein is in almost everything I eat! I eat a TON of nut butter which has protein. Also, my almond milk has protein, nuts and seeds have protein, oatmeal, tempeh, hemp seeds, tofu, nutritional yeast (the holy grail), blackberries, bananas, broccoli, potatoes..you get the point by now.
  4. What made you want to be vegan? Read my story above! Everybody has a different answer! For some people, they do it for the animals, for health reasons or for the environment.
  5. Isn’t it sooo hard? Nope! Sure, at first it’s difficult because you’re learning what you can eat and choose not to eat but you’re also learning how to cook without animal products and what types of food make you feel good and fill you up! For me, it was hard to give up cheese and dessert. But, I don’t miss it because there are so many good vegan options out there now! I’ve been vegan for two years and there are SOO many more options now than there were two years ago! (Aka vegan pizza rolls. Thank me later).
  6. Isn’t it expensive? Actually, for me, it’s not! While living on my own I stuck to a lot of whole foods such as rice, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Those are typically pretty cheap. A lot of people think that fruits and vegetables are super expensive but you can find cheaper options. I eat a ton of bananas when I’m living on my own because they’re so expensive but you can eat them in so many ways so you don’t get bored of them!

Now, my favorite part! The restaurants:

Lulus: ALL TIME FAVORITE. Their menu rotates for spring/summer and fall/winter so if their spring/summer menu doesn’t interest you, the fall/winter menu will! My favorites for the spring/summer is the buffalo cauliflower wrap, obviously the buffalo cauliflower bites and the BBQ jack!

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Photo by me.

 

Lona’s Lil Eats: Super good for Asian inspired wraps! The restaurant isn’t fully vegan but their menu is great at labeling what is!

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Photo from Lonas Lil Eats website.

 

Pizza Head: Vegan pepperoni pizza. Mmmhmm. This place is fully vegetarian so you don’t have to worry about real meat! The restaurant is super super cool and the pizza is good too!

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Photo from Pizza Head website.

 

Tree House: Such a good brunch option! Good for cocktails as well!

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Photo from Tree House website.

 

Sweet Art: SUCH GOOD CAKES/CUPCAKES! Ugh, I could cry just thinking about it. This is where my 21st birthday cake was from and to be honest, I hid it from my family so I didn’t have to share…it’s that good. They also have a different special for each day of the week that look super good!

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Photo from Sweet Art website.

 

Small Batch: Small Batch is a whiskey lounge so it’s definitely one of the nicer dining options!

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Photo from Small Batch website.

 

Seedz: A really really good all vegan restaurant option! Um also, their cheesecake? Yes, please. Plus, they have baked vegan donuts! Does it get any better?

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Photo from Seedz Instagram.

Pura Vegan: They have really good acai bowls for a decent price and raw vegan desserts.

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Photo from Pura Vegan Yelp page.

Confluence Kombucha: Kombucha on tap? Yup, yes, please!! This place is vegetarian/vegan so your friends can find something to eat here too if they’re totally weirded out by vegan food.

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Photo from Confluence Kombucha Facebook.

Bombay Food Junkies: They have a restaurant and a food truck so you’re bound to find them somewhere! This restaurant is an Indian/fusion vegan restaurant.  I’ve never been but everybody that goes loves it! A super plus is that the owners are so nice!

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Photo from Bombay Food Junkies website.

Of course, if you have any questions then my Instagram inbox is ALWAYS open!! I’m here to help you!