Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lookbook: Sisters


What I'm Wearing
Lush Blazer - same but in different patterns.  Also floral blazer here on sale for 30% off.  Or in pretty spring colors!
Shop Sosie Blouse - sold out but same top in stripes.  Similar style at Ann Taylor, love the blue.  Or love this button down style for $22.
Madewell Jeans
Stuart Weitzman Booties - sold out but similar style (and on sale)
Necklaces: Gemstone Necklace and Pave Necklace
Bracelets: Gem Chain Bracelet, Bow Bracelet and Pave Link Bracelet
(and right now all sale items are an additional 30% off!  Use code 30SALE)

You may have seen a few of these over on my sister's blog but I wanted to share them as well!   It had been awhile since my sister and I had any photos together and so we hired the very talented Jen to come and shoot a few of us together for our site as well as debut some of our newest pieces for our jewelry line.  It's always fun hanging out with my sister but loved having the chance to get some pictures of us too!

pssst... our photographer also has a fashion blog of her own!  Go check it out, she is adorable and you might see some t+j Designs pieces on her too!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shop the Trend: Peter Pan

 
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I'm a little late to the game but I'm suddenly all over the Peter Pan collar.  I've done a few lookbooks with the trend, the black and white top is from Oasap as well as the glitter collar blouse.  But lately I've been falling in love with so many cute tops and dresses, I'm loving the look! 
See the lookbook here and here for the outfit details

 



And an easy way to add this look to any of your tops is with a collar necklace! 

it's on sale for $18 and take 30% off all sale with code 30SALE!

And seriously, how cute are these Peter Pan nails? Go here for the tutorial.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ballet Flats Love

As much as I love heels I can't deny how cute flats are.  A few faves I found while doing some window shopping...

Love the classic cap toe look but with a fun twist, glitter, stripes, bows and metallics.  Love it all!

 


I love pink shoes.  I think it gives an outfit just the right touch.  I adore the Valentino Rockstud heels and the flats are just as gorgeous.  I've been a fan of Tory Burch Revas for awhile and I love this little bit of a revamp with the logo stitching.  And how cute are the velvet-y Sam Edelman flats?  I kinda want these as house slippers!
 


The classic ballet flat with girly details always gets me.  I've yet to own a pair of the classic Ferragamo flats but I'm loving the quilted and perforated versions over the classic patent ones that I had previously been eyeing.  How cute are the scallop and bow details of the bottom two?  They would go with everything I own!

French Connection Bridgit | Nicole Fabel 

If you missed it, I'm giving away a HTC One X+ phone!  Enter here!

Monday, January 28, 2013

HTC One X+ Giveaway

I thought I'd start out this week with a fun giveaway!  I've been working with HTC One X+ and just received my new phone a few days ago.  I've been playing around with it and it's a lot of fun.  I love how big the screen is but how lightweight the phone is as well. 

The new HTC One X+ features an 8MP camera with HTC ImageSenseTM, Beats AudioTM for authentic studio sound, and runs Android 4.1 —all the better to help you capture and create more amazing, creative content!

With the HTC One X+, you'll have access to all the great apps you love including Instagram.

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Since I'm loving my new phone I wanted to give you guys a chance to win one too so HTC is letting me give away one to you all!  Just enter in the widget below and I'll pick a winner next week!  Please note that giveaway is only open to US residents and that the phone is optimized for AT&T but service is not included.

Good luck!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Lookbook: Sweater Dress


What I'm Wearing
Sheinside Sweater Dress - I did not expect this to be a dress when I ordered it but it works perfectly as one for a shorty like me.  It's sold out but here are a few other similar selections, love the gray dress with the leather panels and the houndstooth sweater dress as well.
J Crew Bow Coat - I love this coat, mainly for the color and the bow :)  It was a great investment though, it's warm and it fits through the shoulders and the sleeves.  One thing that I don't love is that it's a bit long on me so it makes me look shorter but they don't make the coat in a petite size.  (I'm wearing the 00 if you are wondering about sizing, so for me it runs true to size)  I also contemplated the Majesty Peacoat (on sale) as it does come in petite sizing.  I was able to get my bow coat on sale but it's back to regular price now.  Maybe wait another month or so and it will go back on sale?
Fleece Lined Leggings - if you live in a cold climate, you NEED these.  I'm serious!  I don't know how I lived without them.
Sergio Rossi Boots - mine are old but similar here and here.
Miu Miu Bow Bag - adore this bag and kinda wanting it in a brighter color.  I love it in this pretty coral!  Perfect for spring.
Lavnin Sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop - It's totally not the season for sunglasses (however we do have a few sporadic days of sun) but loving my new sunglasses.  I'm really impressed with the selection of designer sunglasses at Sunglasses Shop, they've got all my favorites, Chanel, Miu Miu, Chloe, Oliver Peoples.  And the prices are really dang good!  I've got my eye on these Chanel Bow sunglasses next!
t+j Designs Black Resin Necklace and Purple Pave Link Bracelet (Pink gems bracelet to be released at a later date)

It's been one of those weeks, I'm super busy but feeling like crap so it makes it 10 times harder to do anything.  I've got some work to do this weekend but hoping to get in some time to relax as well.  Hoping you guys have a great weekend!



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hello Pretties


I'm so ready to put my socks and boots away!  Looking at these pretties make me happy, can't wait to pull out my pumps without having to deal with freezing cold feet!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Latest Beauty Buys

Just a few new beauty loves that I had to share.

I passed by this Revlon display for their new polish called "Moon Candy" and I loved the creme polish with the glitter, except this isn't regular small pieces of glitter, more like flakes of glitter!  I brought two home and they are gorgeous and so different than all my other polishes.  I love the effect. 

I didn't get a chance to take pics of my nails before they chipped so they look terrible right now but as you can see from the pictures from The PolishAholic, the glitter is a bit piece-y but it looks so great in the natural light as the colors reflect differently.
go to her post to see the rest of the colors!

Absolutely loving this "liquid lipstick" from NYX.  The lip creams go on like lipstick but very creamy and last for a really long time!  $12 for all 3, you can't beat that!  (Nordstrom Rack is now selling NYX if you guys didn't know.  I know for me it's hard to come by in our drugstores so I was glad to see it at Nordstrom Rack.)
Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color and Lip Stain is a staple in my every day routine.  Just the right colors, I have the Cheek color in Praline and the Lip Stain in Shy Pink and are perfect for the "I'm wearing make up but not" kind of days.

For awhile now I've use the Anastasia brow powder for my eyebrows but recently discovered the TouchBack Brow Marker and it's awesome!  It totally blends in and is a bit easier in application than powder.  I never thought I'd use a "marker" for my brows but they totally fill in my sparse brows and looks really natural.
 It comes in lots of different colors to perfectly match your brows.

I don't really use lip liners as I usually just slap on a lipstick or lip gloss and be done with it, however the Smashbox Nude Lip Liner completely changed my mind about needing a lip liner.  It really is a "nude" to match your lip color and once I apply it, it doesn't change the color of my lipstick or lip gloss but it does help the color stay a lot longer.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lookbook: Schoolboy

What I'm Wearing
J Crew Schoolboy Blazer - get it on sale in a few different colors and take an addt'l 30% off with code STYLEFIND
Bird Print Blouse (c/o Chicnova)
J Crew Cafe Capri pants- similar at ASOS in red (on sale) and similar style different fabric (on sale)
Christian Louboutin Simple 100 pumps - same shade but in the Filo style (love them) and the New Simple
Chloe Marcie Small Satchel - the mini Marcie is SO adorable.
BB Dakota Vest (on sale for 40% off) - I was a bit cold in this outfit so added the furry vest but took it off when I went inside.  It kept me surprisingly warm!  Also love this really furry vest.  The length looks a bit better for me as this one is a tad long.
t+j Designs Emerald Cut Drop Earrings, Leopard BraceletThe Gem + Gold Chain Bracelet will be in store soon.

This past weekend my sister was in Seattle visiting (and I got to see my precious nephew who is getting cuter by the moment) and we did a photoshoot for our jewelry line on quite possibly the coldest day ever.  It was 28 degrees when I checked the weather and my sister showed up at my place wearing a skirt and no tights!  She braved it and looked fabulous of course but next time I'm definitely not going to pick the coldest day ever to be outside for an hour long photoshoot!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Madewell 40% off - ends tonight!


Ooh had to share this sale with you!  Get 40% off insider favorites at Madewell and free shipping.  There's some super cute pieces I've been eyeing.  Check it out, it ends tonight!

Loving the printed sweaters and I think the lace collar tee is perfect to wear underneath a crew neck to show off the lace.  Oh and the bow tee that I posted in my last haul post is now just $30.


You probably already know how big of a fan I am of Madewell jeans.  They fit great and don't lose shape easily.  The legging jean is the best for tucking into boots as they don't sag or bunch up.

I haven't tried these pumps yet but from past experiences Madewell has great quality and comfy pumps.  Loving the colors of these and great to get these on sale!

It's that time of year when I hunt for good boot deals.  These look great and practical as they look like they have a bit of traction on the sole whereas I've been doing a bit of slip and sliding in my other boots lately.  I need something that has a bit more of a practical heel and that won't kill me if I happen to walk on a slippery/icy spot of the sidewalk.


There's lots more stuff, go shop now! :)

Work out tips and PV Body review

Getting into a regular work out routine is probably the hardest thing to start but once you have a schedule and are used to going, it's just like anything else you do during the day.  I don't love to work out but I do love feeling healthy and fit.  My routine for the past 4 months has been yoga 3 days a week and a circuit training class or Nike Training Club workouts 2 days a week and surprisingly it has not been hard to keep this schedule at all.  I'm so used to it that it's just part of my day and not something that I have to fit in.

My tips to keep a consistent workout schedule:
1. Try out different things until you find what you love - I used to run a lot but I didn't really like it all that much, I just did it because I needed some cardio which then made it really hard to go to the gym.  I tried several classes at my gym before discovering ones that made me feel like I was having fun and getting a good work out and now I look forward to going to those classes.

2. Set an alarm - Because my days are pretty busy and often times I get so engrossed in what I'm doing, I now keep an alarm on my phone that goes off the same time 5 days a week and it says "GYM!!"  This totally helps keep me on track and I for sure always go to the gym when the alarm goes off.

3. Work out with a friend or your significant other - I don't tend to like to work out with people, I like to do my own thing as I get much better work outs that way, but what I do like is the accountability of going with someone else.  On those days that I just want to sit on the couch, if I see that my husband is ready to go with the gym, a part of me knows that if he goes to the gym and I'm just sitting at home, I'll feel really lazy and guilty for not going with him too.  And on some days, it's vice versa where I'm the one motivating him to go, so it's always nice to have each other to keep you balanced.

4. You get to indulge and not feel as guilty - Of course you can not take this to the extreme and just think "I'm working out so I can eat a huge slice of cake for dinner every night!" but every once in awhile when you indulge, you feel a little less guilty and a little more deserving when you've been taking care of your body and health.


5. Be Patient.  Results will come - I don't work out to lose weight although since I've changed my diet and been working out regularly I've lost a bit of weight which was just simply a nice side effect of the changes.  But I know that it took me about two months before I saw the physical changes really take place.  For those of us that are already on the petite side, seeing results can be harder as I don't think that it happens that quickly for us.  (Really for women in general, I think it's just slower.)  My husband and I eat the same things (he just eats more portion wise) but when we start eating healthier and work out more, he can lose weight and tone up like crazy within a week.  For me, nothing happens until a few weeks later.  What does happen right away is that your energy levels go up, you sleep better and just generally feel better.  Try to concentrate on those changes and don't let the lack of the physical results unmotivate you.  You just have to trust that it will come if you are consistent.  And once they come, you will be too happy to stop!

6. Being healthy is a lifestyle, not a resolution - I know that with the new year, there is a lot of these "I'm going to lose 10lbs" or "I'm going to the gym 4 times a week" resolutions.  I don't know about you but those types of things never work for me.  I can say it all I want but if I don't make it a part of my life, it's always just going to be something that I say and not actually fit into my life.  Like I mentioned before, I've made a lot of changes to my lifestyle in the past year and being healthy is one of those things.  Not just working out but also what I eat and how I take care of my stress.  All of it goes hand in hand to living a healthy lifestyle and not just a quick fix.


With yesterday's post about my favorite work out clothes, I also wanted to do a review of a new monthly subscription box that I had subscribed to called PV Body.  It sounded like a great concept as it's $49.95 a month for a top and a bottom and they send you clothes based on your style and type of work outs you do.  (Just to note, it was $39.95 when I tried it so they've upped it by $10)

I tried it for two months and I canceled.  I'm not one to do negative reviews especially on new start up companies as I do know (from experience) how hard it is to be a small online business but I wanted to give my feedback in case you guys had seen this and wanted to try it out.  Like I said, the concept is great, their execution however is not.  The first set that I got, the top was not my style at all and the bottom was okay.  Both were from the Electric Yoga which I had not heard of before but based on the prices on the site, the set I got was a good deal.  However, that doesn't matter if you don't like the style right?  So anyway, they have a good return/exchange policy so I thought I'd give them feedback about the style that I received and that I would like to do an exchange.  I wrote them twice regarding an exchange and in both instances I did not receive a personal response from a customer service person. Both times I received a standard FAQ type of response and nothing in the email even answered my question.  What really got me was in the email it said "your request is now resolved".  How can they tell me that my request is resolved when my question was not even answered?  You could tell that nobody reads their customer service emails, it's all automated.  It was a bit frustrating when all I wanted to do was an exchange and on their site it said that it was easy enough to do.  

In a 3rd email, (which was also automated) they gave me a phone number to call but also during this time, I received my second shipment (oh yeah, my first shipment was about 3 weeks late so the 2nd month came only a week later).    When I opened my 2nd shipment, I was equally as disappointed.  They sent me the EXACT same leggings as the first month.  When I subscribe to these monthly subscription boxes it's because I want to try out different things that I normally wouldn't stumble upon.  If I wanted to buy the exact same pants each month, I'd just go back to Lululemon and buy my favorite pair.  Not some unknown brand that I'm just trying out.  I just thought it wasn't a great service that they could not even keep track of what they had sent their members previously.  Even though I didn't love the 2nd shipment, the tank they sent me was better than the first so I thought I'd keep that box and return the first one.  Anyway, long story short.  I finally got someone on the phone and sent in my return.  It's now coming up to 3 weeks and I have yet to see a refund or a response from the company.  So in short... I would not recommend PV Body.  If they are still around in a year, maybe they will have worked out the kinks and can offer better service but for now, it's not something that I will be joining again.

SarahFit, one of my favorite fitness bloggers just did a post about them and it looks like they are now doing a bit of a bait and switch where they originally promised brand name clothes and now are only offering their OWN line that nobody has ever heard of or even tried.  I also saw in Sarah's comment section that it seems like I'm not the only one that had a bad experience with them.  I'm all about supporting new start up businesses and giving them a chance but it's hard to support one that seems to have so many bad experiences and customer issues.

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