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Check It Out: Buy More, Save More

Shopbop’s BUY MORE, SAVE MORE sale is here! Shop your favorite items and receive up to 25% off. Use code GOBIG17 during checkout for 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, and 25% off $800+ on all full-price and sale items — some restrictions apply. Starting today until Saturday, I’ll be sharing my favorite pieces included in this sale.

I’m currently loving beautiful feminine off the shoulder tops. Lace, eyelet, ruffles — I want them all for spring and summer! These versatile tops and be dressed up with some cropped pants and some statement earrings or dressed down paired with some cut off jean shorts, a mini or some skinny ankle jeans.

Inez Chambray One Shoulder // One Shoulder Top // Curren Lace Off The Shoulder Top Delafield Ruffle Top // Jaedynn Blouse // Oregano Top

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Helen Ficalora

February, is considered the love month by many but I’ve decided it to rename it — treat yo’self month. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other or you celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, there’s no excuse to treat yourself to something special.

Helen Ficalora, the pioneer of the alphabet-charm craze has been bringing her devoted fans (including many celebrities) quality designs for over a decade. Characterized by delicate, simple yet unique jewelry designs and styles HF, offers a variety of charms, earrings, necklaces and rings that are perfect for every special occasion.

Each piece arrives expertly packaged in a perfect box that is ready to be open. Presented in their signature pink box, Helen Ficalora takes care of all the details so all you have to do is  enjoy your new jewelry piece.

Helen Ficalora’s signature designs inspire beauty, love and peace. Timeless pieces crafted from beautiful sterling silver, yellow, pink and white gold with diamond accents reflect an appreciation for nature and organic form. The collection resonates with women seeking unique and customizable jewelry that expresses their personal stories.

With 3 kids, my day to day jewelry is very minimal but I always like to wear something special, and this Valentine’s Day, Helen Ficalora’s xox necklace is the perfect piece to celebrate love and friendship.

GIVEAWAY I pick you as my valentine this year so how about a giveaway?! Helen Ficalora is giving one reader the chance to win this exact xox necklace. xox disk charm on a sterling silver 18″ fine chain (a S120 value).

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, February 14th at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only, 18+. One (1) lucky winner will be randomly chosen and announced on February 15, 2017.

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New month, new wish list!

This month my wish list takes inspiration for Valentine’s Day. Whether you celebrate this day or not, these pieces are the perfect excuse to treat yo’ self.

Happy shopping!


Organizing a Beautiful and Affordable Wedding

The other day I was hopping around the web, and for some reason ended up reading the first few lines of an article about the cost of weddings. I was astonished to see that the average UK wedding cost an eye watering £25,000. It got me thinking about whether it would be possible to hold a nice wedding without spending that sort of money. Fortunately, I concluded that it would be far easier than you think, and decided to write this post to share with you some of the most important ideas I found.

Be clear about your priorities
The first step is to work out your budget. You then need to identify the elements of your day that are the most important. For example, if wearing an elaborate, traditional gown on your wedding day is something that you have dreamed about doing all of your life, scrimping on the dress is not the right approach. Once you know what is most important, you will know where to spend most of your money.

Inexpensive bridesmaid dresses
If you are looking for bridesmaid dresses, it is well worth turning to the High Street stores first. Many of the larger retailers are now sell wedding outfits, and dresses. Therefore, you can easily buy stunning dresses that cost a fraction of what you would have to pay if you were to buy them from a wedding boutique.

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A memorable wedding reception
One of the biggest expense couples face is the reception. Feeding a couple of hundred guests a fancy five-course meal is not cheap. Typically, this part of the day swallows up between 30 and 50% of the budget.

Fortunately, there are ways to cater for a large group of people without breaking the bank. For example, a hog roast caterer can cook a formal sit down, hot meal for a fraction of what you would pay in a hotel, or restaurant. Usually, they also do great buffet food. All you need to do is to find, and hire, a venue that is big enough to hold all of your guests, and hire the hog roast team to do the catering. A picnic lunch is another way of doing it.

Get married on an unusual day
If you really want a traditional reception, at a large, fancy venue, being flexible about the dates can save you a lot of money. Getting married on a Monday instead of a Saturday could save you 50% on the cost of your reception. If you are worried that a lot of your friends and family would not be able to attend on a weekday, opt for a winter weekend instead. Most wedding venues slash their prices during January and February.

Negotiate the price
Regardless, of what elements you decide to spend the most money on, or how you decide to do things it is always important to negotiate. Those that provide wedding services will be used to people doing this, so do not be shy. It never hurts to ask for a discount.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that it will one day help those of you who are on tight budget to be able to organize the wedding of your dreams.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that after I turned 35 last year, I decided to finally {and permanently} make a lifestyle change. After Lucia was born, I knew needed to focus on my health again and make the shift back to healthy living. On December 15th, 2015, the day after my 35th birthday I started 21Day Fix, one year later I’m happy to share that I’m 50lbs down. With a lot of motivation, determination and hard work, I’ve achieved a lot — I’m excited to see where 2017 will take me!

To celebrate my recent successes, this month I’m sharing my favorite work out pieces and accessories. Enjoy and here’s to a happy, healthy 2017!


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