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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ShopBop Friends and Family October Sale 2015

Leather Handbag  (over $200 off!)

I'm literally about to start singing 'It's the most wonderful time of the year'... because it really (almost) is and because Shopbop's friends and family (25% off) is one of my favorite retail sales of the year.

If you are not familiar with Shopbop, it is similar to a department store like Nordstrom in that it carries many brands of clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. It carries items that range from very reasonably priced to designer pieces that are well into the thousand dollar price tags. Shopbop also boasts a 3-day free shipping and free return policy, which is one of the reasons I like to shop with them.

Shopbop carries brands like Tory Burch, Club Monaco, Kate Spade, and Madewell. These brands are some of my favorites, but if you go their respective websites, they (sometimes) charge shipping, which is one of the reasons I usually go with Shopbop! My bag above is on major sale. I have had this bag for several months now and am constantly using it because it holds so much. Not to mention the gorgeous pebbled leather looks so beautiful! It's a really great travel bag and works perfectly as a carry on. I also use it to tote around my laptop when necessary. The inside has two large pockets which is really great and you can 'fold' the bag in so many different ways to fit your needs and your style preferences. 

This sale goes by pretty fast, so be sure to browse and shop quickly because sizes sometimes run out. I really like shopping for others for Christmas during this sale. I usually cross my sister and friends off my list before November even hits! Shop some of my favorite gift items above!

Above are the things that I'm lusting after. Especially these suede boots, which come out to be a great deal!

And my favorite plaid items are above! My absolute favorite is this this simple grey sweatshirt, but it has a cute plaid ruffled hem. Talk about fun loungewear! Remember to use the code INTHEFAM25 at checkout to receive the 25% off discount. Have a fabulous day!

My Favorite International Music

So this might be weird, but I really like to listen to the top 40 charts in other countries. About once every few moths, I'll check out different country's top 40 charts and compile a playlist. A lot of the music is American, but sometimes I find some gems that I can't get enough of!

The only annoying part is that I have to do it via YouTube rather than Spotify because Spotify doesn't allow me to listen to a lot of the international songs. What gives, Spotify!?

Just a warning, you have to be somewhat open minded because some are a little off the wall. A lot of European music is very EDM/Clubby, so sometimes it can be hard to find some gems, but I do and thought it would be great to share in hopes you'll share your favorites with me!

Here are my favorites that I'm loving lately...

Dör för dig-Danny Saucedo (Obsessed. On repeat.)
Fan Va Bra- Jakob Karlberg (LOVE this one.. his voice kind of sounds like Louis from 1D)
Next to Me- Otto Knows (this sounds American, but he is Swedish! This is another fave of mine)
Parjis- Kenny B (Parjis is Dutch for Paris) 
Est-ce que to m'aimes- Maitre Gims (this music video is cool because it is set in NYC)
Jour 1- Louane (this one is good if you know French because the words are easy/slow enough to sing along) 
Du Swiper Hoger- Emil Berg
Ingen annan rör mig som du - Norlie and KKV

Monday, October 12, 2015

Buffalo Plaid + Hunter Boots

I briefly wrote about that massive fountain at Point State Park last week. Well here it is! We picnicked here not too long ago.. no food, though. We brought a bottle of bubbly to sip on before we headed off to dinner! I'm not exactly sure if you're allowed to bring alcohol into the park, but no one bothered us about it, ha! It was so much fun and a perfect night!

We sipped on Moet Ice Imperial, which is Moet's newest creation. It's concentrated and meant to be poured over a big ice cube. I made the mistake of chilling the champagne prior to pouring it over the ice, which I think was the mistake. When I do it again, I'll leave the bottle at room temp-- that way the champagne will melt the ice as it is poured into the glass. You definitely have to wait for some of the ice to melt or you can really taste the fact that it's concentrated. While I see its purpose if you are on the beach, it's not really something I would buy again unless I was in a situation that needed it!  

The outfit I am wearing is one I've been wearing on repeat. An oversized button down, jeans and my hunter boots as needed. It's simple and easy and very comfortable. This particular button down is flannel, so it is warm and cozy. It's also cut in the boyfriends style so it has a roomy, boxy fit with slightly dropped shoulders. I really like it and suggest sizing down one size. Have a fabulous day! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Cashmere Wrap + Denim at Point State Park

curly long blonde hair inspo

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

true religion dark wash skinny jeans

two bees camel cashmere wrap

This is one of those super comfortable and easy looks that pretty much works for anyone's personal style or body type, but the cashmere topper is what makes it perfect for fall as well as a touch cozier and chic-er. 

I've been wearing a white blouse and jeans a lot lately... and really have always loved this simple, classic ensemble. It's polished and casual and works in a multitude of ways depending on how you accessorize. I'm also still trying to get some wear out of these opened toe booties. I cannot tell you how happy I have been with them. I constantly get compliments on them and they are SO comfortable! 

I've featured these jeans on my blog last year and again already so many times. True Religion jeans are truly the best denim I have found that fits me. I love their dark wash skinny cuts and have stocked up when they go on sale. I am wearing a size 27 and have never had to have them tailored in any way. I usually wear a 27 in all jeans, so I'd say their sizing is very true to size! 

These photos were shot at Pittsburgh's 'Point'. If you are unfamiliar with Pittsburgh, the point is the area downtown where the two rivers (Allegheny and Monongahela) meet to form the Ohio river. At the point, there is a large grassy area, aptly named, Point State Park. After the grassy area, there is a massive fountain that can bee seen even from Mt. Washington. The area is about 36ish acres and you can picnic there, take a walk, bike ride, etc. When the duck (see post here) was in town, this is where it 'lived'. It's especially stunning to go in the fall (see this image) when all of the foliage changes colors. I'll be sure to go back and snap some photos in a few weeks! 

Point State Park is also great because this area is in walking distance to all the other great locations downtown. You can walk to the Cultural District to catch a show, walk across the bridge to a Pirate or Steelers game, go to have drinks at Hotel Monaco or the William Penn or even walk across the bridge and take the incline up to Mt. Washington. Really, your options are endless. I know some people even like to come down to Point State Park on their lunch break during the work week because usually there are food trucks parked all along the edges! 

But my favorite part? You face one way and see a stunning fountain,  two rivers coming together to form a third, Heinz Field and Mt. Washington all in one view. Then, as you turn around, you're greeted with all of the iconic buildings that make up the Pittsburgh skyline. It makes you feel so small and makes you love the city even more. It's a must if you are to ever visit Pittsburgh! Have a fabulous day!