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Sparkly, glittery, shiny, oh my! This season I have discovered the look of metallic styles and they are slowly starting to replace the sparkles in my closet. In the past, I’ve been a big fan of sparkles, but have noticed that after a few wears, I tend to get a little bored. I want glitter and glamour, but I also want longevity. With metallics for fall, not only am I getting my glitter fix, I am adding a modern element to my wardrobe that is unexpected and matches with almost any other color I’m wearing.

Metallic Styles for Fall 2016

The muted mirror metallics are playful and unexpected, yet add the elegance to any look with a refined twist to your wardrobe. Unlike sparkles, metallics remain clean and light wear after wear, acting as a base for a unique glam look without looking too overdone.

The metallic shades speak for themselves, whether you are wearing a silver-toned sweatshirt, $70,  high waist metallic leggings, $30, metallic zip booties, $140, an a-line leather mini-skirt, $160 or adding an iridescent halo to your manicure, the variety of hues to choose from are endless.

This trend is a serious ode to the early 2000s, but also a flash forward to the future of fashion. Metallics are not only showing up on the runway, we are also seeing interest and shine in the home in accent pieces such as a super chic silver metallic pouf, $90. Metallic pieces that act as a neutral will surprisingly go with almost anything and be a stand-out in any room.

This season, combat tired burgundys and beiges, which are repeated every single fall season without fail. Shine on in gloomy weather, and rock an everyday metallic hue.

How will you be wearing metallics this season?
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The leaves are falling and the weather is becoming colder, which means it’s time to layer up! I always find myself running at the last minute to get ready for the season and this year is no different. The summer seemed to linger for so long, that I couldn’t bring myself to shop for fall… not just for me, but for the whole family! And, when it comes to fall work clothes, I have to think ahead to what I can wear during meetings, but also when I’m out with my family and while travelling — I am in desperate need for clothing that is multi-functional.

Gap + Pendleton Collection: Fall 2016

Gap and Pendleton are celebrating American style with the introduction of a limited-edition collection featuring clothes and accessories for men, women, kids and babies. The collection brings together two classic American brands, celebrating Gap’s beloved denim and Pendleton’s signature plaids specially curated from Pendleton’s rich archive of historic styles. When I heard about the collaboration, I knew it would be the perfect fit for our fall looks.

Gap x Pendleton for Kids- Fall 2016

Gap x Pendleton for the entire family

Both kids have been going through a bit of a denim shirt phase — they each have multiple denim shirts that we continue to replace as they get bigger. The babyGap + Pendleton Chambray Patch Tunic is the perfect layering piece. The plaid detailing on the cuffs, inside the collar and on the elbow patches freshens up the denim shirt for fall. For a more feminine feel, the babyGap + Pendleton Convertible Henley Tunic is to die for!

From a fall walk through the ravine to the pumpkin patch with the kids, both my husband and I were covered in Gap as well! The Gap + Pendleton Fringe Poncho is a must-have for any lifestyle. I haven’t taken off my poncho since it arrived! This fashionable item is getting noticed day in and day out and the kids love sneaking in for an extra cuddle when the wind picks up. My husband, who is never ready to accept coat weather, has been living in his Gap + Pendleton 1969 Puffer Vest. He loves that it has the same durability and comfort of a Gap vest with the added detailing of the quilted weave with premium denim along with the plaid brushed flannel lining and the faux sherpa collar lining.

Gap + Pendleton Fringe Ponchos

Savvy Sassy Moms x Gap x Pendleton

On our recent trip to Las Vegas to the ABC Kids Expo, the Gap + Pendleton Fringe Ponchos were a staple of our team wardrobe. Whether we were travelling by air or meeting with exciting companies at the Expo, this piece was a true lifesaver. We couldn’t take them off!

Gap x Pendleton Shirt Dresses- Fall 2016

We are also loving the Gap + Pendleton Long Sleeve Shirt Dress. Lisa and I wore them in different colors at the Expo and have been loving them since! It is such an easy dress to wear over an all black outfit or buttoned up as a dress. Throw on a pair of cute booties or sneakers to change the look! The Gap x Pendleton line is only on the shelves for a limited time, so head to Gap in stores or online before they are out of stock!

What’s your favorite piece from this line?

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Save or Splurge on the Best Exfoliators

You are a grown woman, which means an exfoliator needs to be part of your beauty regime. Your face cannot afford to be without one! Your skin cells are always regenerating, about every 28-31 days if you’re younger and a little bit longer if you’re, ahem, a bit more mature. Without help to slough off and remove these dead skin cells, they can lead to clogged pores and dull skin — and prevent your skincare products from being effective.

Whether you are dealing with adult acne or fine lines, sunspots or dull skin, all of the skincare products you use — serums, lotions, foundations and more — will work better when you have exfoliated skin. Here are three options I’m loving at every price range.Best Exfoliator to Splurge on: Lancer Polish

Splurge: The luxury face exfoliator

I recently tried The Lancer Method three-part system, which includes an exfoliator, gentle cleanser and moisturizer. My favorite is the exfoliator, by far. The system has you exfoliate before you cleanse, an interesting switch of steps but one that is designed to better prepare your skin for cleansing.

The exfoliating Polish is pretty gritty, which I love. It combines a self-warming element to make the exfoliation more effective, along with pure minerals and pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes to remove surface debris and dull, dry skin cells. Plus, it has lavender in it, which makes it divine to use before bed. It is not cheap, but with fans like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian looking to get that “Lancer glow,” it might be a worthwhile skin treat. (Psst! If you’re on the fence, buy it through Sephora so you can return it if it’s not a great fit for your skin.)

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Save: The drugstore face exfoliator

Despite my love of Lancer, you don’t have to spend a bundle to to keep your skin exfoliated. Head to your nearest Target beauty section or Ulta store to pick up one of my drugstore faves: the Boots Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish Age Defense. For $13, you get a powerful polish made of superfine pumice particles that can be used once a week to buff off those dead skin cells. The polish also combines the antioxidant power of ginkgo extract and the soothing moisture of shea butter to leave your skin looking fresh and smooth. This scrub is also pretty gritty, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to pass.

Baking soda exfoliator

DIY: Make your own face exfoliator

Want an even simpler and more affordable exfoliator that will still slough off that dead surface skin? Head to the kitchen and grab your baking soda. Mix a teaspoon or so with some water or your favorite creamy cleanser to make a paste and massage onto your skin. The baking soda is super fine so it won’t irritate your skin, and since you can mix it with water or a cleanser, and adjust the amount you add, it’s easy to customize the formula to fit your skin.

No more excuses! Pick your perfect exfoliator and get to sloughing!
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With the arrival of fall also comes the arrival of breast cancer awareness month, a significant month for so many women. For the month of October, there is an annual campaign that takes place to raise awareness, not only about breast cancer itself, but about the steps that need to be taken to detect the disease in its early stages. This campaign is one that is close to my heart as my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 10 years ago. As she has told me many times, early detection is what saved her life. She always went for routine mammograms, and on an ordinary day during one of those routine checks, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After aggressive treatment, I am thrilled to say that she has been cancer free for more than 10 years.

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Many women find themselves in a position where they do not have medical coverage or are being declined coverage in their most vulnerable state. As you can see from my mother’s case, early detection is key in saving lives. While there are many nonprofit and for-profit organizations spending billions of dollars to find a cure, the Pink Lotus Foundation is doing its part to help women get the treatment they need until a cure is found.

What is the Pink Lotus Foundation?

The Pink Lotus Foundation is a nonprofit organization that enables low income, uninsured and underprivileged women in the Unites States to receive 100% free breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment services. Sadly, many women are left without care due to lack of or delayed care and this sadly results in many deaths due to breast cancer. To raise awareness, the foundation’s’ Executive Director, Andy Funk, who is also an Ironman triathlete, rode his bike 365 miles miles nonstop, alone, unsupported and unassisted from Los Angeles to Las Vegas – in under 24 hours. He rode through the grueling desert to support and raise funds for low income, uninsured and underserved women in need of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and support. Please watch the incredible video below.

How can you get involved in #savinglives? Almost all of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. We have held the hands of those going through chemotherapy, we have nursed loved ones after a surgery or we have been a shoulder to cry on. However, many people have lost their loved ones to breast cancer and for them, you continue to support the cause so that others will live. There are many ways that you can help. You can make a donation, volunteer your time, or be an ambassador of #savinglives and spread the word to underprivileged groups and communities by letting them know that help is available. Every woman should have access to receive free care and The Pink Lotus Foundation is making this available to all.

This post is sponsored. All opinions are our own.

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Confession: I’m a total planner geek. And, I’ve been one since long before being one was a thing. Before there were Etsy shops filled with crazy stickers and before washi tape was readily available at your local Target and when finding a good planner was hard to do because there were really only a handful to choose from.

But now, planner geeks are a dime a dozen… and, I say that in the best possible way. The availability of planners, and particularly planners that are designed for moms, are everywhere you turn. And, the accessories? I die with happiness every time I see a new add-on to make my calendar planning a little easier and a little more fun.

Diving into a new planner is one of the highlights of the new school year for me. While my kids are starting fresh at school, I get to start fresh with a new planner to get re-organized and on-track for the year to come. This year, I upgraded to an Erin Condren LifePlanner for the first time. For a mom who has a love for planners, but who also loves simplicity in her planning, this was a crazy huge step for me. And, being a couple months in to using it, I can truly say that it’s good…. very, very good.

Whether you’re already a total planner geek or on your way to becoming one, here are a few things I appreciate about these planners, especially as a mom.

5 Things planner geek moms love

7 Things Planner Geek Moms Love

1. The option to customize

I can’t tell you how many planners I find that I love the inside of… but cringe over the cover. Too girly, too floral, to cutesy, to serious, too inspirational. Considering my planner goes with me everywhere, and is also out on my kitchen counter top most of the day, I want something that truly fits my personal style and look. With the LifePlanner, there are so many options to choose from, you will literally have a hard time choosing a favorite! I went with the sleek and modern look of the LifePlanner in Marble with rose gold accents and it’s a perfect fit for me.

Look Inside the Erin Condren LifePlanner

2. Making the inside just what you need

It takes a while of being a planner geek mom to figure out which layout you prefer in a planner. Weekly? Monthly? By hour or with open days to add what you need to as you choose? I always select the weekly calendar option, mostly because I seem to only be able to think a week at a time! As you’re personalizing your LifePlanner, you can choose from a few different options — a weekly view in a vertical format, a weekly view in a horizontal format, or a weekly view in an hourly format (my favorite!). Additionally, you get to choose if you want a colorful color palette on the inside of your planner, or something a little more neutral, which was my choice.

3. Lasting power gets major points

There have been years when I’ve purchased a planner that I loved, only to have it fall apart just a few months into using it. I admit, I’m not easy on my planners. They get thrown in my purse, trucked around with my laptop, shuffled about on the front seat of my car and stacked on in my kitchen. It’s a rough life for a planner, honestly. I can already tell that my Erin Condren LifePlanner is going to get me all the way through 2017 without worry. The cover is laminated with a super-sturdy, durable seal and the pages are tucked far enough inside the cover to stay protected. Plus, the coils (in a gorgeous rose gold, mind you) are strong, a huge perk for moms who have planners they use every single day.

4. Paper that is on-point

When you upgrade to a planner like those from Erin Condren, you get what you pay for and the first thing you’ll notice, if you compare the LifePlanner to a less expensive version is that the paper in the planner is amazing. It’s thick and smooth and will easily withstand your daily scribbles with your favorite pen. I never have problems with seeing last week’s notes on this week’s pages, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. Go ahead, use that Sharpie. You know you want to.

Planners for Moms

5. Accessories make the planner

These days, if you’re considering a planner, you also have to consider the accessories it comes with. Erin Condren has every little thing you might need to go with your LifePlanner. From pencils to stickers to snap-in party planners to elastic bands to keep you organized (my personal favorite!), you can do all of your planner shopping in one spot when you place your order. One of the best things about their planner accessories is that they are so compatible with the LifePlanner — one I love, the StylizedSticky Notes, actually clip right in to the coils of your planner so you’ll always have them handy.

This post is not sponsored. Thanks to Erin Condren for providing us with products to consider and review. As always, all opinions are our own.

 

 

 

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Dear neck,

I never took notice of you before, assuming I would be young forever. You and I had a great relationship. You do whatever I do, you come with me everywhere, and you look great with a bit of bling. Now, three kids later, and you seem more noticeable than ever, and I can admit that I took you for granted in the past. We exercise together, and although my body remains toned, you seem to have lost the spring in your step. Thanksgiving is inching closer and closer, and I want anything but to have a turkey neck. I started looking at you a bit closer in the mirror after a conversation I had with my friends during dinner.

One of my girlfriends told me that she has lines on her neck from sleeping on her stomach. Another friend responded that it was part of the aging process and demonstrated how sleeping on your stomach doesn’t create lines. She forgot to mention she sleeps on her back! When I got home I started to take a close look at my neck — do I have sleep lines on my neck and chest? I started to do a daily check, too.

Does sleeping on your stomach give you lines on your neck?

After I received my SiO SkinPad package and began using the pad, I saw a difference on my neck after two nights of wear. The SiO SkinPad is a new product that uses medical-grade silicone to reduce wrinkles on the décolleté while you sleep. Additionally, if I want to boost my neck’s appearance before going out in the evening, I put the SiO SkinPad on while I am getting ready to give me a radiant and smooth look. This pad is reusable and fits firmly in place as it encourages my skin to repair and create new collagen production. Not only did I notice that by using the SiO, my skin remained soft, it helped to maintain my natural moisture.

The SiO is remarkably able to keep fine lines at bay, and provide a protective barrier from allergens and irritants while sleeping on my stomach!

Now I ask you, have you taken notice of your neck? Be prepared for the holidays… without looking like the main dish.

This post is not sponsored. Product was received to review. As always, all opinions are our own.

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Apple season is in full swing and while frolicking in those gorgeous apple orchards this fall, set aside some apples for yourself to craft a yummy cocktail. We love apple cider this time of year and we love sangria year-round, so we decided to combine the two for a delicious sparkling apple cider sangria. It tastes just like fall and is the perfect drink to compliment hayrides, falling leaves and the crisp cool air.

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

A fall twist on the traditional sangria

Traditional sangria is made with red wine, juice, fruits and spices. We decided that our sparkling apple cider sangria should be made with white wine instead of red. Then, we swapped apple cider for the juice and used apple slices for our fruit. The only thing left to figure out were the spices and we figured spiced rum would have to do because it’s totally the same thing, right?!?

Fall Cocktails: Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling apple cider sangria

Prep time: Less than 5 minutes
Mix time: Less than 5 minutes
Yields: 1 pitcher full (8 servings)

Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

Ingredients: 
1 Bottle non-alcoholic sparkling cider (found on the juice aisle)
1 Bottle sweet white wine (we used Riesling)
1 cup spiced rum
2 Apples, sliced
Cinnamon sticks

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Directions: 
1. Combine sparkling cider, wine, and rum in a pitcher. Stir to mix well.
2. Slice apples and add to sangria.
3. Add two cinnamon sticks.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors from fruit and cinnamon to combine with the sangria.
5. Serve over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
6. Enjoy!

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What is your favorite fall cocktail?
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Fashion trends always seem to resurface years after they were popular and one that we are welcoming back with open arms is the bodysuit! While we all loved bodysuits for different reasons, we all disliked them for the same reasons, right? (No need to say more if you’ve ever worn one.) But, with the comeback of the bodysuit, comes new and improved versions that are making us fall in love with them all over again.

Our team gave the sta BODY a try recently, which is an updated bodysuit with an open back. In the front, it looks like a tank top, but the back separates at the bottom making bathroom visits a breeze. The front is attached to the bottom ensuring that your tummy is covered and it offers a bit of tightening, as well, keeping everything together. Here’s what each of us thinks

From Lisa…

If you know me well, you will hear me telling my daughters to put a tank top under their blouses. Why, you ask? I want my kids to be appropriately dressed at all times.

Savvy Sassy Moms Style

You can also find me wearing the matching tank top underneath all of my work clothes. When I’m at work, I feel comfortable and professional when I leave the house wearing my white sta BODY tank. It is light, comfortable and easy to wear. While wearing it underneath a blouse, I know that it will stay in place and ensure that I am never exposed beyond my comfort level. It kind of reminds me of an adult onesie, because the panty is attached to the tank, but you have the ability to go to the ladies room, without undoing the entire bodysuit and avoiding having to get dressed all over again before leaving the washroom. This invention is greatly appreciated by this working mom of teenage daughters.

From Jenna…

Finally... Tank Tops that Stay in Place for Moms

For as long as I can remember, I have worn a tank top with every outfit. I remember buying an abundance of Elita white tank tops when I was 10-years-old so that I would have one to wear everyday. Today, if I get dressed without a tank top first, I am left feeling naked under my clothes! With that said, not just any tank top will do. After having two children, I am am very sensitive about my stomach showing when I lift my arms to get something from the top shelf in the kitchen or, more importantly, to lift up one of my kids to carry them around. I frequently find myself in the position of a child on one hip and the other hand holding my other child, pushing a grocery cart or carrying a variety of bags! The bottom line is that the third hand that we all wish we had, is not available to continuously tuck in the tank top that keeps rising up due to the squirming child on my hip. The invention of the sta BODY has eliminated one of the 99 reasons why I need an extra hand all the time!

From Angela…

Wearing a camisole under silky tanks, t-shirts and even sweaters helps me feel more confident in whatever I’m wearing. I generally get dressed before the kids wake up for school, and I try to choose something that works for the walk to school, PTA meetings, volunteering in the classroom, meetings with community business owners or brainstorming sessions with my writing group. Maybe it’s a little vain, but I feel better when I know I’m wearing something that looks sleek and put-together — but is still comfortable enough to be worn for more than twelve or fourteen hours each day.

While my favorite barre class does a decent job combating my favorite food — cheese, preferably with crusty bread and a little more cheese — I appreciate that the sta BODY offers smoother lines without the restricting feel of traditional shape wear. The bodysuit isn’t suffocating at all, but the Spandex helps create a sleek look. The tank straps are another reason I find myself reaching for my Sta-body instead of my previously-favorite cami. Wide enough to cover my bra straps, the tank straps eliminate the messy look that can happen when your camisole and bra strap wander to different parts of your shoulder under fitted clothes.

From Katie…

As a mom whose pregnancy weight became a permanent fixture on her body after having three kids, I can tell you that I am not a fan of shapewear. I might even go so far to say that I hate it. Besides the countless times I’ve spent struggling to actually get it onto my body where it’s suppose to be (and getting so sweaty and frustrated as I do!), it’s really the message that shapewear sends that I have an issue with. Because, let’s be honest, it’s not really designed for women who need it. As a mom who lingers in the world between plus size and not-so plus size clothing, I can tell you that the shapewear struggle is real.

sta Body Bodysuits for Moms

To me, sta BODY was a nice alternative to the shapewear I’ve tried in the past. And, being a huge dress-wearer, I loved that I could wear it under my dresses to keep everything else in place — wearing a tank under a dress can feel so strange and you’re constantly battling to keep it pulled down, but the bodysuit make it easy and effortless. The sta BODY made me feel supported all day, without feeling constricted or like I needed to fuss with what I was wearing under my clothes.

You can read more about sta Body and purchase them online on stabody.com. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too.

Thanks to sta Body for providing us with products to review. This post is not sponsored. All opinions are always our own.

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Disclosure: Post sponsored by Sunbeam Products, Inc. but all opinions are my own. 

Last spring I began going to a local barre studio and discovered how much I love working out in group classes. For years I spent my workout time in solo pursuits, running on the treadmill, ducking into the small weight room at the gym running through our neighborhood or on nearby trails, and I was a little surprised by how much inspiration I found by surrounding myself with strong, enthusiastic women. Their energy and support make getting up well before dawn worth it, and the classes are a part of my morning that set the tone for my day. I can’t imagine giving them up.

How Heat Therapy Can Help With Your Workout

Adding workouts meant adding muscle soreness

I missed running, though. I missed checking off miles for a training schedule, seeing the sun rise over the horizon and matching the pounding of my feet to the beating of my heart and the music in my earbuds. Slowly, I began adding runs after my classes and on the weekends. The combination of classes and running provide the balance I crave in my days, but they also push my body to limits I haven’t felt in many years. As I contemplate training for a half-marathon, I know I’ll be adding more and more miles to my schedule, and my muscles are already complaining a bit. 

Heat therapy for pain relief

My foam roller and I are developing a close, personal relationship, but I also find heat to be a huge relief, especially on my lower back. Heat has been found as an effective, fast and natural way of helping to alleviate muscle pain and soreness, and for that same reason, Sunbeam® pain relief products use heat as a solution to assist with pain and discomfort, helping increase blood flow to sore areas for muscle relaxation and faster healing. Sunbeam® heat therapy will help you “feel the ahh,” and you can combat your aches and pain in a quick, non-invasive and drug free way. Like me, you might discover heat therapy will be the key to #FindYourAhh. 

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The benefits of the Sunbeam® King Size XpressHeat™ Heating Pad

The Sunbeam® King Size XpressHeat™ Heating Pad now lives next to my couch, because the XpressHeat™ Heating Pad technology helps provide fast heat in 30 seconds for quick relief. The heat-therapy helps increase blood flow to sore areas for muscle relaxation and faster healing. I don’t always know when I’ll have time to sit with the heating pad, and the super quick heat time means I can turn it on and grab a few minutes of relief without waiting much time at all for the pad to get warm. In addition, I appreciate the following qualities of the Sunbeam® King Size XpressHeat™ Heating Pad:

  • Soft microplush, fully washable pad
  • Can be used with dry or moist heat
  • Digital controller with LCD display
  • 6 heat-settings
  • Select hour auto-off
  • XL size for more coverage
  • Measures 12″ x 24″
  • 5-year limited warranty

Are you interested in trying heat therapy for any aches and pains you’re experiencing? Use the code SASSYMOM to receive 20% off Sunbeam products through 10/10/16. We’re also giving away a Sunbeam Heating Pad to one lucky reader. Enter for your chance to win. Official rules can be found here.

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Post sponsored by Sunbeam Products, Inc. Opinions are 100% my own.

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Traveling on Mixology

Travel in style

This year, we were so exited to be invited to New York Fashion Week. New York Fashion Week is where designers showcase their new lines and showcase fashionable trends. What you wear as a guest must be on-trend because you never know where you will be sitting or who will be admiring your look! Thankfully, we had Mixology to help us mix up our looks for New York Fashion Week.

With three days in New York on-the-go with scorching temperatures and freezing air conditioning, we needed it all! Flying in style is a must as once you land, it’s go, go, go! Since Lisa is always cold, she threw on the Sunday Stevens Love of the Game Bomber Jacket and Jenna wore the Decker Mila Top, which allowed us to remain comfortable and fashionable during our travels.

Mixology Decker Top

Dance the night away

Nightlife in New York is where it’s at! At the Laura Michelle NYFW Kick-Off Concert at the Norwood, we styled ourselves in Mixology’s trendy Decker Melanie Top for a night on the town. We were swaying to the hit single “Chuck Norris” in our flowy tops. The Barcelona Crossbody added a pop of color and was essential to a travelling around with a phone, room key and credit card.

Gab & Kate Moonlight Top

Business as usual

While we loved every minute of our trip, we had to make time for business, too! We couldn’t wait to share what we were doing with our readers, stopping along the way to send an update on the blog or on Instagram. The Gab and Kate Moonlight Top was perfect for a crisp, yet casual, look paired with a pair of comfortable jeans.

We wish we were there for longer so we could have worn more of Mixology’s trendy and fashionable clothes!

To get the look, shop Mixology and save 15% with the code SASSY15 at checkout. Be sure to tag us in your new look on Instagram!
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