Delicious Dyptique:

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I’m very particular when it comes to candles.  I have them strewn throughout my home, but the two most important things for me is that they smell delicious (or have no smell–the worst is a scent that brings on my migraines) and look beautiful.  Dyptique is my absolute favorite brand that checks both components off the list.  One of these candles is the perfect gift to bring when you’re visiting somebody’s home (that’s how I scored this one, thank you Alexis!) or in need of a host(ess) gift for the holidays.  Dyptique Baies is a mixture of roses and blackcurrant leaves.  It’s light, refreshing, and makes me happy.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Winter Essential:

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It’s that time of year where the temps have plummeted and I somehow manage to leave my gloves at home on a daily basis.  My seriously dry and cracked hands are now craving moisture, and the only way to satisfy the craving is with Mario Badescu’s Special Hand Cream With Vitamin E.  This stuff is honestly my saving grace.  It’s a quick absorbing hand cream (that means no oily stuff being left on clothing or your bedding) that has a whipped-like texture and smells delicious. At $8 a jar (and free shipping!) I suggest you stock up this season.

 

 

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Miss Fancy Pants:

unnamed-4I know I’ve posted about Essie’s Miss Fancy Pants before, but it’s such a good neutral (and staple in my arsenal of polishes), that you deserve to be reminded about it.  It’s a warm grey that looks like cozy cashmere– a favorite alongside Master Plan.

 

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Boyfriend Jeans & Boots:

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This season is all about mixing proportions–boyfriend jeans (baggy) and cropped sweaters (short).  Footwear can be tricky though when pairing it with the jeans.  Ballet flats and Converse look adorable, but come Winter, it’s too cold  to not wear boots.  And moto boots are the perfect answer.  Roll your jeans once and casually tuck them into the boots or let the cuff rest on top.  Make sure to wear low socks so they don’t show.  Voila.

Sweater: Ann Taylor/ Jeans: Rag & Bone/ Boots: Fiorentini and Baker (similar here)

 

 

 

 

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Best Winter Boots Roundup:

I can’t say that I subscribe to the camp of “function over form”.  Sometimes I wish I did because my feet (and other parts of my body) would stay warmer.  And when it comes to Winter boots, it’s tough to find cute ones that work with most outfits.  I’ve scouted out some of my faves that are both functional and will keep you in good form.  And what do they all have in common?  A cozy cozy lining.

ONE by Kim & Zozi: These remind me of the Isabel Marant boots that are very similar–but these are a fraction of the cost.

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Rag & Bone Ashford Booties:  I love a rich chocolate suede boot to go with an all white ensemble in the Winter.  The shearling lining not only will keep your tootsies warm but it looks chic popping out of the top.

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Tory Burch Samson Booties:   These boots hardly look line all-weather (but they are!).  The lug sole makes stomping in the snow possible.

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Hunter Original Pac Boots:  These are the perfect mixture of rubber, quilted leather and shearling.

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Sorel Winter Fancy Lace Up Boots:  These are the originals when it comes to warmth and ruggedness.  AKA “Duck Boots”.

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