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New Years Eve Style Gold Lee Jeans
New Years Eve Style

Celebrating New Years Eve in style does not necessarily mean wearing a cocktail dress. For most of us we might be celebrating at a friend’s house or with family, so ringing in the New Year with your favorite pair of black skinny jeans can be done! In fact, I like keeping it casual and classy with black as the foundation of my New Years Eve outfit and then glam it up with the accessories. Gold and silver are always a New Years Eve favorite, I suggest you choose one or the other and then match your nails, makeup and clutch to play up the sparkle!

Choose a vintage looking lace top or something sparkly to pair with your black skinny jeans to feel festive and fashionable. Break out those sexy heels and wear a knock out statement necklace to instantly jazz up your look and one of the easiest ways to get in the party mood is with a fun manicure and pedicure.
New Years Eve Style Silver Lee Jeans

Lee Jeans Easy Fit

I was sent a pair of the Lee Easy Fit skinny jeans and I have to tell you, they are as comfortable as my yoga pants. They go on so smooth and make me feel like I am wearing leggings but with the look of jeans. What I love is that they do not gap in the waist and they have a slimming effect! I love that I can dress these up with heels and a sparkly top or wear them with an oversized cardigan and stylish winter boots or ankle wedges.

Lee Black Skinny Jeans Easy Fit

For me and many moms finding a great pair of fitting jeans at a savvy price can be a challenge. I’m all about style, quality, price and comfort. If it meets all four of those things then I have a winner!

How will you dress it up this New Years Eve?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I am a brand ambassador for Lee Jeans. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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Breaking the fashion rules

Wearing white in winter doesn’t make us fashion rebels, by any means, but there is a difference in wearing white before and after Labor Day… we’ll give one that to the style experts! We’ve picked some of our favorite winter white style finds to help you discover pieces you’ll love and that will turn wearing white in winter into a fashion must, rather than a fashion faux pas.

12 Winter white styles

Winter White Styles

1. Shaker-Stitch Layered Pullover, Banana Republic, $80
These cropped sweaters with a longer, sheer hem are a must-have in your winter wardrobe and if you can grab one in white, like this one from Banana Republic, you’ll definitely hit the winter white style trend.

2. Faribault for Target Wool Infinity Scarf, Target, $45
If you’re hesitant to wear too much white in winter, add a winter white accessory instead like this soft, pretty scarf from Target’s newest designer collection.

3. Piperlime Collection Pearl Shoulder Pullover Sweater, Piperlime, $98
This sweater is so pretty and we can’t imagine it in any other but white! The pearl-adorned shoulders are a glam touch and the extra-fuzzy sweater make it dressier than your average pullover.

4. Daisylace Shift, Anthropologie, $168
A bit off-beat for winter wear, we love the way Anthropologie styled this white dress, which you can use in your wardrobe year-round. Add a pair of dark tights and your favorite ankle boots to bring a summer white dress into wintertime!

5. Helly Hansen Midsund Rain Boot, Nordstrom, $60
For a more casual winter white style, these white rain boots are fun and sassy. Wear them with dark or colored skinny jeans… or just with a pair of leggings and your casual wear to grab the kiddos from school or to run weekend errands. However, we can’t guarantee how long they’ll stay white…

6. Women’s Crew-Neck Sweater, Old Navy, $12
Adding a touch of black trim to your winter white style makes it more approachable for this season. This white sweater from Old Navy is on sale and almost sold out, so grab one while you still can!

7. Patagonia Ahnya Dress, Zappos, $80
Dress down your winter white style with this sporty dress! Add those to-die-for fleece-lined tights or leggings that are a winter must-have and your favorite pair of cozy winter boots for a cool outfit you’ll wear over and over again this winter.

8. All Over Downtown Top, ModCloth, $35
This is the sweetest little top in winter white with a touch of detailing that takes it from plain to stylish with ease. Add a pretty, delicate necklace and you’re set for winter white style.

9. Awe-Inspiring Assistant Top, ModCloth, $40
Super chic, yet comfortable, this ModCloth blouse will go with so much you already have in your closet. It’s perfectly over-sized for a cool fit that you can pair with skinny jeans or textured pants this winter.

10. The Slim Boyjean: Carpenter Edition, Madewell, $125
You might think we’re crazy for suggesting white jeans in winter, but hear us out… Add a cool pair of heels and a patterned top in a rich color (maybe Pantone Marsala?) and you’ll instantly make a summer wardrobe staple a winter favorite.

11. The North Face Tonnerro Jacket, REI, $200
There’s something so perfect about a cozy, white puffy coat in the winter, isn’t there? We love adding winter white style into your outerwear wardrobe and it’s likely the easiest way to get started.

12. Ella Skirt, Boden, $140
A fun and festive skirt that will be cute for the holidays and beyond, a white skirt is a fun addition to your winter wardrobe, especially when it comes in a heavier material, like this one.

Do you wear winter white styles?
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Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay

Pantone Marsala

We’ve been waiting on pins and needles for Pantone to announce their 2015 Color of the Year and it finally arrived lat week… along with very mixed feelings. Pantone Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) is described from Pantone as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red… Marsala enriches our bodies and souls.” Hmm… That’s a lot of promise from a color that people are seemingly not 100 percent on board with, don’t you think?

But, since Marsala is here to stay for 2015, we’re going to embrace it… or at least try to! We’re still figuring out exactly how to work Pantone Marsala into our wardrobes and home decor, but these pieces are starting to inspire us. Take a peek and let us know what you think!

Pantone Marsala: Our favorite picks for fashion & home

Pantone Marsala

1. Mermaid Mica iPhone 5 Case, Anthropologie, $48
2. Cambridge Satchel, ShopBop, $85
3. Sweatshirt Tunic Dress, Nordstrom, $59
4. ‘In Stitches’ Nail Polish, Essie, $9
5. Downy Open-Knit Scarf, Urban Outfitters, $39
6. Eva Robe, Belabumbum, $62
7. Organic Ikat Ogee Duvet Cover with Shams, West Elm, $40 (on sale)
8. Reef Mayuta TX, Zappos, $54
9. MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Flap Crossbody Purse, Zappos, $178
10. Gwendolyn Loose Weave Throw Blanket, Lamps Plus, $90

What do you think about Pantone Marsala? Love it? Hate it?
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Making the holidays easier… one meal at a time

Our normal, everyday lives as moms and families are busy enough on their own, aren’t they? So when you add in the craziness of the holidays into the mix, sometimes those everyday tasks end up taking a backseat. And, the first to go is often meal planning. This year, American Express is helping us find ways to make all of our lives a little bit easier — during the holiday season and well into the new year — with their My Everyday Meals video series on YouTube.

We’ve been testing these holiday recipes out in our own kitchen to make sure they are easy-to-make and kid-approved so that you can throw them together in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. Check out a few of our favorites!

For breakfast

American Express French Toast

This breakfast is a go-to favorite for the holidays because you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge, but with the help of My Everyday Dish, it will look and taste gourmet. Even if you already have a standard french toast recipe, there are some great tips for perfecting it in Emme’s My Everyday Dish video for French Toast. Yum!

For dinner

American Express Mac and Cheese

While this Homemade Mac N’ Cheese from the My Everyday Dish series does take a bit of babysitting on the stove, the end result is worth it and your kids will agree! We actually made it earlier in the day so that it was ready to simply pop in the oven at dinnertime. Don’t forget the breadcrumb topping with a tiny sprinkle of cayenne for heat!

For dessert

American Express Dessert

Need a dessert that will get you through all of your holiday work parties, teacher gifts and last-minute coffee dates with your mom friends? The Meringue Cookies from My Everyday Dish are perfect. They’re simple to make and you can even give them a holiday twist with a hint of peppermint!

And, a couple of cool kitchen tricks…

American Express Everday Genius

While you’re waiting for your latest holiday meal to cook, peek at the American Express Everyday Genius video series. They feature the coolest life hacks for the kitchen, with how-to videos that are fun to watch and super handy.

American Express Everyday Genius with Cola

Learning how to unstick a dirty pan was my personal favorite because I may or may not have a few pans that need a little love in my kitchen. I had no idea that I could use cola to get them clean… and I’ve tried nearly every pan-cleaning product on the market.

I also loved seeing all of the creative ways for how to open a stubborn jar… and was surprised at how quickly a little “tap, tap, tap” on the lid of a jar actually worked when I tried it at home.

Here’s to hoping that we helped you make everyday life during the holiday season a little easier with these holiday recipes and tricks! You can find all of the American Express Everyday Genius and My Everyday Meal videos on the American Express YouTube page. Be sure to stay tuned to Savvy Sassy Moms for more great holiday recipes and tips from American Express!

This was a sponsored post. All sassy opinions are my own.
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Gift giving made easy… and budget-friendly

Gifts for teachers. Gifts for your kids’ buddies. Gifts for your office BFF. Gifts that you can pull out of your closet at the very last minute because someone gave you an unexpected gift this year. These 20 gifts under $20 will bring a lot of holiday cheer to the loved ones in your life… without breaking the bank!

20 Gifts under $20

20 Gifts Under $20

Gifts for Moms

1. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer-Making Mix, Anthropologie, $15
2. Kate Spade New York Stripe Thermal Travel Mug, Nordstrom, $18
3. Our Q&A a Day Three-Year Journal, ModCloth, $17
4. Jill Makes Leather Tassel Necklace, Shoppe by Scout Mob, $18
5. Gold Glitter Heart Canvas Tote Bag, Etsy, $15
6. Peach Tree Lace Custom State Charm Brass Necklace, Shoppe by Scout Mob, $18
7. Pinch Provisions Icebreaker Minimergency Kit, Nordstrom, $18
8. Rifle Paper Co. Safari Pocket Notebooks, Ruche, $11 for a set of two
9. Kinivo Mini Portable Speaker, Amazon, $19
10. Wet Happened? Laundry Bag, The Container Store, $18
11. Orla Kiely Bamboo Glass Water Bottle, Target, $15

Gifts for Kids

12. Glowing Memo Board Alarm Clock, Amazon, $15
13. Spot It! Holiday Game, Amazon, $14
14. Dress Your Doll Clothing Pattern, The Land of Nod, $13
15. Slush & Shake Maker, Zoku, $20
16. Fresh & Fancy Gift Set, Poppy Drops, $20
17. Enemies Socks, Uncommon Goods, $15 for a set of three
18. Poof-Slinky Ideal Mini-Sno Markers, Nordstrom, $15
19. Wooden Magnet Letters, Pottery Barn Kids, $20
20. Personalized Memory Game, Pinhole Press, $20

What are your go-to gifts under $20?
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Warm up with a holiday beverage station

Holiday entertaining means longer evenings. Friends and family gather and linger over conversation and dessert, and early sunsets make it seem cozier inside than out. A holiday beverage station is a decorative way to keep your guests — or your own family — comfortable and warm this season. Whether you’re focusing your energy on a cocoa bar or a beverage station with a variety of warm options — plus dessert — a few simple additions can take your beverage and dessert station from practical to perfect.

holiday beverage station

A hot cocoa bar can become part of your holiday decorating tradition

The Christmas Home Tour at Unexpected Elegance shows how a hot cocoa bar can be incorporated into your holiday decorating. With all of the fixings for hot cocoa — and enough mugs for friends — the dining room is a welcoming, cozy place during the holiday season. The framed chalkboard art makes the beverage station a focal point of the room. Download chalkboard art prints for the holidays to keep your Christmas decor consistent through your home.

holiday beverages

Mighty Leaf Tea is a fantastic addition to your beverage menu

Hot cocoa and steaming coffee are always represented on holiday beverage menus, but Mighty Leaf Tea is a welcome addition to a hot beverage bar. Their whole tea leaves are delicately sewed into compostable pouches large enough for the leaves, herbs, and spices to unfurl in the hot water. The tags note the caffeine level and brew time for each type of tea, guaranteeing you won’t inadvertently over-caffeinate before bedtime. Try the Holiday Collection Tea Chest to sample some of their seasonally-appropriate teas.


holiday beverage station
Add to the festive spirit with a hot beverage station

Hot apple cider turns a hot chocolate station to a holiday beverage table at Cre8tive Designs. The details on this festive holiday drink station are exquisite, and all of the tasty toppings can turn your hot cocoa into dessert. In addition to hot cider, chai tea is another way to infuse your warm drink with the seasonal flavors and spices that feel festive during the holidays. Mighty Leaf Tea offers two delicious tea recipes to impress your guests.

Hot Apple Chai from Mighty Leaf Tea
  • 1 Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai tea pouch
  • 2 cups apple cider, not from concentrate
  • ½ tsp whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1 ½ broken cinnamon sticks
  • 1 small orange
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Steep tea pouch in 12 oz hot water for 4 minutes. Pour tea into medium sized pot. Add the apple juice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cinnamon sticks. Muddle the orange into the pot then drop in the orange peels too. Simmer on stovetop for 15 minutes for richer flavor. Serve.

Vanilla Bean Tea Latte from Mighty Leaf Tea
  • 6 oz Mighty Leaf Tea Vanilla Bean
  • 6 oz milk or soy
  • ½ agave nectar/sugar (optional)

Steep one Vanilla Bean Tea Pouch in 6 oz. of boiling water for 5-6 minutes. While tea steeps, froth 6 oz heated milk or soy. Add agave nectar/sugar to taste. Stir and enjoy! Substitute Mighty Leaf Tea Organic African Nectar or Bombay Chai for a twist on this recipe.

What is your favorite part of holiday entertaining?

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with barkTHINS

Rich, decadent chocolate makes the best kind of snack, and barkTHINS are going to find a home in your cabinet as soon as you try them. Made with fair trade chocolate and natural ingredients, barkTHINS are a treat you can welcome into your house while feeling confident you’re supporting a company dedicated to fair labor practices. The Dark Chocolate flavors are even verified by the Non-GMO project.

Bark Thins

barkTHINS caters to any flavor craving

Holiday “bark” candy is one of my favorite seasonal treats, but barkTHINS improved on even your favorite recipe — not to mention it’s so much easier to pick up a bag at the store than to make your own. The snacking candy is thinner than traditional bark recipes, and each of the varieties are crammed full of delicious ingredients — from coconut to almonds, with fruit, pumpkin seeds, and pretzels in between. No matter how you like your chocolate — from traditional nuts to a fruit flavor explosion — there’s a scrumptious barkTHINS flavor you’ll immediately love.

Bark Thins

Seasonal flavors make barkTHINS the perfect party addition

As fall shifts to winter, flavor enthusiasts are volleying back and forth between pumpkin and peppermint — both are flavors in the barkTHINS family of snacks. Holiday party hosts can add barkTHINS to their party plans. Post-dinner coffee will be even better when accompanied by a little barkTHINS buffet. The Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel with Sea Salt is a Limited Edition Flavor for the 2014 holiday season, and I can’t wait to try it. Pick up a few extra bags to savor throughout the year — barkTHINS can be stored, unopened, for up to 12 months.

Bark Thins


Take a snack break with barkTHINS

Some afternoons just call for something sweet, and barkTHINS are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack break. The Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty — and my favorite barkTHINS variety. The balance of chocolate and other flavors, whether it’s coconut or blueberry, is perfect. barkTHINS have more than enough chocolate to satisfy any chocolate craving, but the thinness of the bark makes sure the treat doesn’t feel too heavy or overwhelming. The only thing to worry about with this treat is making sure I only take a piece or two and then put the bag away for another day!

Which flavor of barkTHINS would you love to try?

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Staying cozy and stylish with Pure Jill

Pure Jill

While I’m hardly new to J.Jill (my mom is likely their biggest fan!), admittedly this was the first time that I’d ventured onto their website to look for something for myself. Going straight to their newest collection, Pure Jill, I found myself swimming in cozy sweaters, classic silhouettes and soft, natural colors that had my mind racing with outfit ideas. I automatically paired one of their sweaters with their leggings, knowing I could take my new outfit in a million directions — maybe with my tall riding boots and a long necklace or my favorite studded flats and my biggest knit scarf? Endless fashion possibilities… even a few that my J.Jill loving mom would approve of!

I love the philosophy that J.Jill has about their collections, that they strive to make getting dressed uncomplicated. Does that mean that their clothes are boring? Not in the least. Using only the best materials, fabrics and finishes, the Pure Jill collection is uncomplicated, for sure, but also timeless and easy-to-wear and just plain gorgeous.

Every single piece in this collection are the ones that you will have in your wardrobe for years. They are the pieces that will outlast trends as they come-and-go and that you’ll pull out of your closet, after months of not wearing them, and get that comforting feeling as you slip it on, just like grabbing coffee with an old friend.

Psst! I found that J.Jill runs a bit larger than other brands I wear. I’d suggest ordering down a size!

Get the look

Pure Jill

These pieces from the Pure Jill collection are going to be your new go-to outfit starters because they can be styled so many different ways, just by changing up your shoes, jewelry, accessories and bag. Make them edgy with some cool motorcycle boots. Make them sweet with some pretty flats and a soft scarf. Make them casual and fun with some on-trend wedge booties and a printed tribal-print purse. Or, mix-and-match these pieces to make a look of your own!

Pure Jill Ultrasoft Open Cardigan, J.Jill, $89
Pure Jill Ankle-Length Leggings, J.Jill, $39

Eye Candy Necklace, Stella & Dot, $49
Craft Fair Cute Scarf, ModCloth, $20
Millie Printed Oversize Tote, Sole Society, $60

Biker Boots, J.Crew, $238
Tieks Silver Screen, Tieks by Gavrieli, $235
TOMS Desert Suede Wedge Bootie, Nordstrom, $89

Pick up some Pure Jill for yourself

Do we have you hooked on J.Jill’s Pure Jill collection yet? Use the online code MOPJ30 to receive 30 percent off of full-priced items from the Pure Jill collection, valid through November 30, 2014.

What’s your favorite winter fashion pick from the Pure Jill collection?

J.Jill provided pieces from their Pure Jill collection for the purpose of this post.
All sassy opinions are my own.

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Dressing up the Carpool with Lee Curvy Fit Fashion PLaid Scarf
Dressing up the Carpool with Lee Jeans

We are super excited to bring back “Dressing up the Carpool” for the fall and winter season!  This is a feature we love to share because it helps inspire Moms get out of their clothing funk and step it up a bit. Whether it’s your day for the carpool, driving to playdates or attending the PTA meeting we want you to do it in comfort and style.

Lee Curvy Fit Collection

Jeans are essential and are pretty much my mom uniform, with so many varieties in cuts, shades and styles you can literally have a pair for every day of the week (and I do).  So when Lee Jeans asked me to give their curvy fit denim a try I jumped at the chance. Lee Curvy Fit is for women who know how to embrace their curves. Designed with a modern low-rise front and higher back rise, adding a little curve appeal to your wardrobe has never been easier.

I chose the Curvy Fit Alanna BootCut, these are a more casual everyday look that look great with your fall sweaters, jackets and scarves. What I liked the most about these jeans is that they did not gap in the back.  I have a small waist and a little booty in the back so gaping is an issue for me. These are gap free and they stretched a bit after wearing them a few times. Now they fit like a glove when I put them on!

Pair these jeans with a field jacket, plaid scarf and a great pair of ankle boots and you’re ready to go!

Shop the Look

Field Jacket ($91), Oversized Sweater ($54), Lee Curvy Fit Jeans ($34), Plaid Scarf ($25), Shoulder Bag ($18), Ankle Boots ($89)

Dressing up the Carpool Lee Jeans Cardigan

Curvy Fit Benefits


  • Tilted rise that is lower in the front and higher in the back keeps you covered confidently
  • Unique pattern shape gives the appearance of a slimmer silhouette.
  • No-gap Waistband bends with you while hugging your curves.
  • Shape Memory denim adapts to your body and keeps its shape all day.

Lee Jeans has a variety of dark denim washes and they’re always a favorite of mine because they slim you down and you can easily dress them up. I chose the Lee Curvy Fit Paxton Jeans and I went down a size, but I should have stayed with my true size. (These have stretch but by going down a size they were a little too tight;) I love the overall cut of these jeans the softness of the Shape Memory fabric, they really hug your curves!

Shop the Look:

Striped Cardigan ($92), Long Sleeve Top ($34), Lee Curvy Fit Jeans ($34), Statement Necklace ($25), Lorraine Tote ($69), Ankle Boots ($89)

Lee Jeans Fall Look SSM 1

The Lee Curvy Fit jean can be purchased online at or can be found at your local Kohl’s, JCPenney or Sears stores and Platinum Curvy Fit at your local Macy’s.

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Disclosure: I am currently working as a brand ambassador for Lee Jeans. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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Faux fur is hot, hot, hot for winter

And, we’re not talking about how warm they’ll keep you! We’re loving that the faux fur outerwear trend is popping back up for winter fashions and we’re happily embracing this trend for our wardrobes. The perfect way to add some faux fur to your closet this year is with a faux fur coat or vest and we’ve hunted down our favorites.

How to wear faux fur coats and vests

The best part about faux fur coats and vests is that you can dress them up or dress them down, just by what you pair them with.

To dress up with faux fur styles — which are especially on-trend for the holidays — pair them with your favorite little black dress to hit up holiday parties, evenings at the Nutcracker and your office’s big seasonal bash. Just be prepared to use it as an outer-layer only… even faux fur gets warm when you’re in a crowd! Be sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple, as the faux fur coat or vest is truly your statement piece.

Dress a faux fur coat or vest down with lived-in jeans — try rolling them up at the bottom — and pair them with wedge ankle boots and an easy-going tee or a casual blouse. This look will take you everywhere this winter, from winter concerts at your kids’ schools to running Thanksgiving errands.

Feeling a little too plain jane, even with a punch of faux fur? Add a statement piece of jewelry or a hint of leopard print to offset a solid-colored faux fur coat or vest.

9 Faux fur coats and vests to tryFaux Fur Coats

1. BB Dakota Tierra Faux Fur Jacket, ShopBop, $120
2. Sabine Faux Fur Animal Coat, Piperlime, $198
3. Long Fur Vest, ZARA, $100
4. Xhilaration Open Faux Fur Vest, Target, $30
5. Faux Fur Knit Bomber Jacket, C.Wonder, $148
6. Cute and Hirsute Vest, ModCloth, $70
7. Mixed Fur Jacket, ZARA, $100
8. Faux Fur Jacket, H&M, $60
9. Topshop Faux Fur Bomber, Nordstrom, $136

 Which faux fur coat or vest is your pick?
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