Who Inspires You? #ARWOMAN

December 19, 2014 by  
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I’m always up for anything that celebrates amazing successful woman; so when the chic store Atterley Road told me about their new campaign #ARWOMAN and asked who inspires me…I jumped at the opportunity.

Ever since I was in high school I’ve been a huge fan of Drew Barrymore’s free spirit. As a kid my bedroom walls were covered with teen magazine clippings, movie posters and her infamous Guess ads – I was obsessed with her beauty and fallibility. She was relatable and I admired her spunky and ever-changing style. The once precocious child actor in E.T. that went on to flash Letterman is now a respected producer with an incredible line of beauty products and her own wine label!

Who Inspires You? #ARWOMAN

The woman is amazing and someone who continues to inspire me and she’s definitely worthy of a #ARWOMAN hashtag.

About the #ARWOMAN campaign:

Empowered and empowering. That’s what makes an #ARWOMAN. We are inspired by all of the amazing women around us. Every. Single. Day. But what we really want to know is, who inspires you?

Tell us on Instagram using the hashtag #ARWOMAN to join the conversation. Follow @AtterleyRoad and see more  at www. AtterleyRoad.com

How to Steal the Show With Your New Year’s Eve Dress This Year

December 17, 2014 by  
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Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 1.02.45 PMCan you believe another year has almost drawn to a close? We might not have gotten through all 365 days just yet, but it’s never too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve dress. Many women have a tough time choosing what to wear for New Year’s, so here are our tips on how to be the belle of the ball:

 

 

  • Kill the holiday colors!

 

Showing up at a New Year’s party in holiday colors is the fashion equivalent of not taking your Christmas lights down till Easter. Christmas is over, so put your red and green back in the closet for next year—it’s time to turn over a new leaf! There are many colors that can work well for New Year’s Eve dresses, but we recommend going with either gold or silver. Dresses in these colors can be extremely eye-catching without being overwhelming and they go nicely with the optimistic vibe of a holiday dedicated to optimism, resolutions, and looking forward to the coming year. Alternatively you can even work some brighter spring colors into your ensemble, but do it in small doses—remember, we may be looking ahead but it will still be many months before flowers are blooming outside.

 

  • Sparkles and sequins.Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 1.02.34 PMAlso going hand in hand with the New Year’s spirit is anything that sparkles or glitters—and that means sequins are a YES for New Year’s Eve party dresses. As always with sequins, think carefully about how to gleam without blinding anyone: a red sequin dress, for example, is extremely showy whereas a silver or blue sequin dress, or a classic black sequin number, is a nice contrast of reserved and glittery. For brighter dresses, consider those that have sequin details but are not head-to-toe shimmer.

  • Have a ball.
  • Unlike pumpkins at Halloween, turkeys at Thanksgiving, or trees at Christmas, New Year’s Eve doesn’t exactly have its own trademarked symbol. But if there is one iconic image associated with New Year’s, it’s the dropping of the ball at Times Square, with all the excitement that final countdown entails. That means New Year’s is the perfect time to rustle up some spherical earrings. Just make sure they don’t look like Christmas tree ornaments—see also #1 above!

  • Relax.
  • Remember, New Year’s is the end of the holiday season and by now most people are nearly partied out. You can choose virtually any style dress that fits you well and enjoy your champagne in style; there is no strict theme you need to master for New Year’s Eve.


    What are you going to wear when the ball drops this year?


 

 

Get Zac Efron’s Look

December 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Boys on the Side

I still can’t believe how much Zac Efron’s style has changed in the past couple of years.  Replacing his surfer boy look is now a more mature eclectic style!  In this sleek understated look he’s wearing black skinny jeans, black denim jacket and a brown tee.  It’s the perfect weekend or casual date night look.  Might have to try this look out myself!  Below are some affordable and investment prices to get Zac’s look.

Get Zac Efron's Look

Jacket: Raleigh Denim Jacket (as seen above) , Highway 61 Denim Jacket or Denim Trucker Jacket 

Black Skinny Jeans: Native Youth Skinny Jeans (seen above), Naked and Famous Jeans or Shredded Skinny Jeans 

Tee: Rag & Bone Tee (seen above), T by Alexander Wang or Surplus Tee\

Sneakers: Chucks (as seen above), Waxed Sneakers or Vans

Sunglasses: affordable – BKE Sunglasses or classic investment – Ray Ban

 

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Celebrity Copycat: Rihanna’s Look for Less!

December 11, 2014 by  
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One of the main reasons I love the cold weather is because you can easily dress up jeans and a tee with a sharp coat.  Rihanna gave her jeans and tee a more polished look by pairing them with nude pumps (a classic), a oversized coat and  I love the fun touch that her sunglasses gave her outfit!

Celebrity copycat

Boyfriend Coat - $60 at Boohooofficial.com | Tee – $34 at NeimanMarcus.com | High Waisted Jeans – $42 at ASOS.com | Pumps - $99 at Heels.com | Satchel – $99 at NordstromRack.com | Sunglasses – $40 at NastyGal.com

Chris Hemsworth In Head To Toe Black

November 30, 2014 by  
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The official sexiest man alive Chris Hemsworth wears head-to-toe black flawlessly! I like that it’s a casual outfit most men wear and it always in the form of a semi dressed up outfit. This is a sleek jeans and tee look and it can be worn for day or night! Tip: if you want to wear this from day to night, accessorize it with a nice watch, a scarf and or a blazer.

Chris Hemsworth in Head To Toe Black

Jeans: Old Navy Slim Fit or Native Youth Skinny jeans 

Tee: Zanerobe Black tee 

Boots: Aldo BEUVE Boots  or

Watch: Nixon Digital

Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer

If you want to add a jacket try this quilted bomber or this sleek blazer

 

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Stylish Gift Ideas for Men

November 28, 2014 by  
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Now that we’re in full holiday mode, I’ve decided to kick off the season with some holiday gift guides. Up first are stylish gifts for men. I have a little bit of everything included in different price ranges and styles etc.  make sure to check back I’ll be updating frequently through out the month.

Stylish Gift Ideas For Men

Stylish Gift Ideas for Men

1. Bomber Jacket

2. Flannel

3. Triple Wrap Bracelet 

4. Chino Joggers 

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Cardigan 

6. Timex Blue Fly-Back Chronograph

7. A Year of Happy Socks 

8. Paris Essential Box

9. Reversible Scarf

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Win A Retro Timex 80 Watch

November 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Accessories

This month, Timex, one of the most iconic heritage watch brands, is celebrating 160 years of timeless design. Since 1854, Timex has transformed timekeeping into true expressions of personal style, thanks to the brand’s affordable, fashionable, reliable, and technologically-advanced innovations season after season! To commemorate the anniversary, Timex has introduced three NEW ‘throwback’ collections this year that pay homage to the brand’s long history of watchmaking innovation and style, including The Waterbury Collection, Timex 80 and Modern Minis.

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In honor of Timex anniversary, I’ve teamed up with Times to giveaway one of their retro Timex 80’s watches from their throwback collection! This collection is inspired by the popular 80’s style digital Timex watch but updated with a stainless steel bracelet. I was sent the gold with a red face and I LOVE it! Compared to the original fit that I own, this watch fits the wrist perfectly. It’s big enough to have thats Men’s watch feel without the bulkiness which is one the most important things for me when picking a watch. Another revamped detail is the gold which was originally shiny and now is a fabulous matte gold. You guys will love this!

Starting today you have the chance to win the very same watch I was sent. (see below) You can keep it for yourself or maybe gift it to a friend or loved one who is a watch lover.

Win a Retro 80's Timex Watch

 

How to enter:

Head on over to Timex and tell me which retro watch is your favorite, come back here and leave a comment with a link.  For extra entries you can tweet about the giveaway, pin the giveaway or like fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you state that you did in separate comments). The giveaway will run from 11/28/2014 until 12/5/2014. Good luck! *****US residents only

My #TOMSforTarget Haul

November 26, 2014 by  
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In celebration of TOMS for Target I was sent a multi headed sweater called the “together sweater” which brilliantly expresses what #TOMSforTarget is all about – coming together for something greater. I decided to put my two oldest boys in the two headed sweater and at first I got some eye rolls but once they got it on they were all laughs. It’s impossible not to put the together sweater on and not immediately get in the holiday spirit! Thanks to TOMS and Target, this will definitely be a yearly picture tradition.

 

#TOMSforTarget#TOMSforTargetThis weekend I headed to my local Target to get some holiday shopping done and I managed to snag every single piece I wanted from the #TOMSforTarget line. Join me in the joy of giving back and as you start (or finish) your holiday shopping take a sec and look at the stylish TOMS for Target collection. There’s something for everyone on your list and you help someone in need in the process. Check out the full line here and if you need some gift giving ideas check out what I bought below.#TOMSforTarget

TOMS for Target Shoes + Tote Bag – I had to have these sparkly black TOMS for Target shoes! It will add a little sparkle to any of my casual outfits. I might even wear it for Thanksgiving with a head to toe black look.

TOMS for Target Crew Neck Sweater - This gray sweater has impeccable details! It’s roomy and has slits at the sides – perfect for leggings on a cozy winter day.

TOMS for Target Simple is Beautiful Clutch – This clutch will now be my carry around makeup bag! This is a great gift idea…you can stuff it with a gift card, some of TOMS for Target accessories (like the one seen above) or a pair of funky socks.

#TOMSforTarget

TOMS for Target Go Somewhere New Bracelet Set - Love what this bracelet set says Go Somewhere New – perfect stocking stuffer!

This are just a few of the items that you’ll find in stores and online. The quality is just as amazing as the prices and the movement behind it. This is my favorite Target collaboration yet!

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TomsForTarget

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Disclosure: “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.”

**Updated & Closed**My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish: Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes + Win a $25 Target Gift Card

November 25, 2014 by  
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The winner of the $25 Target gift card is: Susan DeVaux.  Congratulations Susan and thank you to everyone who participated!

My husband is the one who does all the major cooking for all of the holidays. My role is to put together the menu, shop for all the ingredients, cook side dishes and plan out the entertainment. I try to balance out his hard work in the kitchen by whipping up simple side dishes that don’t require me to ask for any guidance. In our house it’s all about team work and keeping everything fun. My favorite side dish to cook for Thanksgiving is spicy mashed sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect side for the turkey and gravy, stuffing and even vegetables like green beans. Below is a quick step by step recipe to make the spicy mashed sweet potatoes.

favorite thanksgiving side dish + target giveaway

 

Ingredients: 

2 lbs sweet potatoes
salt
6 tbsps butter
pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces.

Boil in salted water for about 15-20 minutes or until soft.

Drain and mash with a fork.

Add butter, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and beat well.

In a few simple steps you will have a delicious side dish you can call all your own! All that’s left to do is set the table (see my favorite silverware below) and set the mood with festive music (my husbands favorite part) and lighting (see candles below). To help you get your Thanksgiving day started I’ve teamed up with Target to give away a $25 egift card that you can use to get your kitchen ready for the holiday’s with all the amazing goodies in the Target wedding registry. Below you’ll see some of my personal instore favorites; and by clicking here you can see the entire wedding registry collection AND enter to win a $25 Target gift card!

favorite thanksgiving dish

See the Calphalon collection here

target giveaway

 

See the Threshold Bistro Set here

sono sounds system

SONOS Wireless HiFi System (see the entire SONOS collection here)

Target Flatware

Flatwear 

Prelit candles

Candles

How to enter:

Simply visit Target and pick your one must have kitchen item. Come back here and leave the link in the comment section. For additional entries you can pin the giveaway, tweet the giveaway or follow me on Facebook (make sure you state you did each one in separate comments below). Contest runs from 11/24 until 11/28 (just in time for Target’s Black Friday deals). Good luck!! **US residents only.

 

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

East Dane Big Sale Event Is On!

November 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Boys on the Side

Kick off the holiday season with Easy Dane’s BIGGEST sale of the year! The sale begins today, November 25 at 7am (U.S. Eastern Time) through Monday, December 1 at 11:59 (U.S. Pacific Time). There will be no brand exclusions and will include full and sale price items. Shop big because the more you spend the better the savings! See below for details and some must-have items to gift yourself or loved ones.  Check out some favorites and how much you can save below!

East Dane Big Sale Evet

East Dane Sale Details:

15% off orders of $250+
20% off orders of $500+
24% off orders of $1000+

East Dane Sale

For more info and sale codes click here

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