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It’s the time of year where you’re wandering aimlessly through shops because you don’t have the first clue what to buy your friend/sister/mom. Given that my office building is attached to a mall, I spend a good deal of time in said mall every day — I’m walking off my lunch calories, selfishly window shopping, or feeding the caffeine addiction.

First world problems; the struggle is real! Needless to say, I’ve had to start leaving my wallet in my desk drawer at lunch, so my aimless wandering doesn’t turn into paychecks being spent before they even hit my account.

Today, as I was walking off my lunch, I ducked into Sephora. After I got past my want of everything in sight, I decided I could toss these items (along with a lot of other little items on my wish list) into a gift giving guide to help you pick out a gift for all of your indecisive female friends! There’s everything you need from fashion finds to fitness friendly items. Surely you can find something for that someone on your list this year!

And so, the Love.Life.Fashion. Holiday Gift Giving Guide is born:

Stocking Stuffers & Gifts Under $25

Etched Flower Studs – $4
Earrings

Cutout Bib Necklace – $8
Necklace

Erin Condren Note Pads – $15
Note Pads

Coffee Until Wine ceramic travel mug – $18
Coffee Until Wine

Red Leather Gloves – $20 (on sale TODAY, otherwise $70)
Leather Gloves

Gifts Under $50

Philosophy Twinkling Snowflake Trio – $27
Snowflake Bath Set

Infinity Scarf – $28
Infinity Scarf

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – $36
Photo Finish

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Barrier Repair – $43

Barrier Repair

This stuff has completely saved my skin! It is a daily must.

Erin Condren 2016 Planner – $50
Planner

Gifts Under $75

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette (Limited Edition) – $58
Gwen Stefani Palette

Kate Spade Mix It Up Ring – $58
Kate Spade Ring

Leopard  Print Make-up Brush Set – $62
Precious Elements Brush Set

YSL Black Opium Fragrance (1 oz) – $67
Black Opium

Gifts Under $100

Kate Spade Confetti Dot Passport Holder – $78
Passport Holder

Angela Roi V Chain Cross Body (Color for Cause) – $82
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FitBit Flex – $99
FitBit

Clarisonic Mia – $99
Clarisonic

What’s on your wishlist this year? Happy shopping friends!

Last week I was browsing on Pinterest and I came across an absolutely unbelievable look. It was the embodiment of Autumn/Winter. It was absolute perfection. The femininity of the cable-knit jumper contrasted against the leather leggings brought me to my knees; It was love at first sight.

Have a look at the original blog post for yourself and tell me you don’t also fall head-over-heels in love with this look! From the talent over at Could I Have That, “Underestimated” is the title of her post and although it may be from winter 2014, it is such a timeless, classic look that it NEEDS to be a staple in every wardrobe! (Perfect title for a blog too, huh?)

And so today, I set out to create a similar look of my own, both one that every gal could afford, as well as the lavish one that every gal dreams about. (Because hey, it’s nice to have dreams, right?)

I hope you find the look as captivating as I did! And of course, if you fall in love with anything you see, click on the photo and head over to Polyvore to source the site for purchase.

 

Fall Faves - Budget vs High Fashion

How do you plan to style your Autumn/Winter wardrobe? Did you love the look? Shoot me a tweet!

Until next time,
XOXO – K

I’ve been a long time wearer/lover of Spanx legwear. They just do things for my legs, backside, and tummy. They hide, they lift, and they most definitely shape! It’s almost gotten to the point I won’t buy other brands, and at $18-$40 a pop (depending on whether you are investing in hose or tights), that’s saying something! 

That said, I’ve also tried other Spanx products, like the slimming shorts and the slimming tank. Oddly, I wasn’t a big fan of either. The shorts most certainly slimmed my thighs, but at the expense of bulges in other places. It was also quite noticeable underneath the dress I wore them with. The tank? Well, I couldn’t breathe. It also, like other control tanks I’ve tried, bunched up at the bottom as I walked and I found the constant pulling and tugging exhausting! (Though I did just happen to notice while browsing their website they have new and “slimproved” designs out…..hmmmm)

I recently was recently contacted by the gals from NUDWEAR, a UK based company specialising in shaping under garments. 

Nudwear Logo

NUDWEAR was founded by best friends Astrid Montalta and Sammy Ivanko and the duo was inspired when searching for their bridal lingerie, discovering the lingerie and shapewear in the market left much to be desired. The two set out to create a brand of desirable products suited not only for special occasions, but also for every day wear.

The girls asked if they could send over a parcel to me, including a few products to try out. A girl can never have too many clothes, especially ones that shape and slim, so I kindly agreed after a bit of research into the company itself Inside my parcel was a slimming tank, and a few other bits to be written about later, so stay tuned for that!

Nudwear - Slimming Tank

I was definitely surprised when I put the tank on. Though it was tight, I could breathe and was actually comfortable. The tank was cut just right with wide straps and a scoop neckline so that it can be worn on its own, or layered underneath a sweater or blouse. 

The tank helped even out that unsightly bra bulge and controlled the midsection nicely as well. I layered a button down blouse over it and I realised the tank did wonders in the chest area as my blouse had a tendency to gape a bit at the button on the chest. The tank evens out the chest area without sacrificing your lift, and that is a big deal, right gals? All great things thus far!

The true test came on my morning commute and throughout my day. SUCCESS! This tank didn’t ride up, didn’t bunch, and definitely didn’t scrunch! I have a twenty-two minute walk to work and the thing didn’t budge. Even throughout the day as I was up and down in the office, it stayed firmly in place and worked it’s magic all day long.

I got two more wears out of it before it had stretched enough to need a wash. I was worried about it keeping it’s shape post laundering, but to date I’ve had no issues and I’m loving the shapeliness of this tank!

If you have argued and battled tank after tank, this one is definitely worth the investment! I’ll definitely be adding another one to my collection soon as I need a white one in addition to the black one. NUDWEAR ships Internationally and you can snag yourself a tank here in your local currency: http://www.nudwear.com/europe/shape-enhancers/the-ultimate-slimming-tank for

I promise you won’t be disappointed with this one gals! XOXO – K 

For whatever the reason, I kept my head out of the game this month as the Fashion industry hopped planes, flew around the world, and did their thing. It’s likely because I’ve NEVER had the time to indulge in the February fashion musings–that’s tax season for goodness sake! Don’t ask why, the one year I’ve been unemployed and could indulge, I chose not to. I honestly don’t have an answer. Considering Paris Fashion Week is underway, maybe there is still hope for me yet? Moving on…

This morning, I found myself searching for something on the Vogue France website, when I stumbled across the Oscar de la Renta A/W14 show on their site. As the pictures dazzled my screen, I sat in awe. It’s like that moment in Sex and the City where Carrie opens the box from Petrovsky and pulls out that divine pink number of Oscar de la Renta’s. I believe it was in THAT moment, ten years ago, he stole my heart. And every collection I see of his wins me over and pulls me further in to my obsession.

The A/W 14 show is absolutely no exception. Let Oscar de la Renta win you over too. For me, this collection is all in the details. Here are my top ten of his fifty-seven looks shown. [View the full collection on the Vogue France website]

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Suiting UpI’d wear this to the office–GIVE HER A RAISE! 

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Bright BlueThis is just head-to-toe perfection

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Color & PatternBlack and blue can look so chic together! 

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - LeatherI am woman, hear me RAWR! 

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Pattern PlayGlorious black and white patterns. Classic, chic, and oh so gorgeous! 

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - PrintsI don’t know whether I want this dress or these shoes more. I LOVE the pattern play with the colours! 

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Polka Dot Day DressI have never, and I mean NEVER, coveted a dress as much as I’m coveting this one. I would put it on and wear it around town, to a show, simply every where. It is my IDEAL dress.

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Shades of RedVelvet, fur, and leather. OH OH OH! YES!

Oscar de la Renta AW14 - Polka Dot GownYou’ll find me on the red carpet in this dress someday. My kidneys and liver and whatever else I can get rid of are now for sale on the black market to pay for this NOW. 

Oscar De La Renta Finale AW14The genius himself: Oscar de la Renta.

God I love this man. I would literally faint if I ever had the opportunity to meet him. And I would give anything and everything to own something beautiful from this collection.  So I guess it’s just a good thing I’m dreaming. Queue alarm clock. Beep…beep…beep.

XOXO – K

You’d think from the first half of the title I was telling you I believed in aliens or alternate universes, Signs style, but alas, I’m just gearing up to discuss a rather hot topic: Female body image.

Female Dress Forms

I want to start with a short story — my own short story from just a few weeks back.

Sitting on my Ryanair flight, listening to my headphones, and holding my white faux-leather jacket in my lap, I notice the lad to the right of me. He’s a normal looking lad, straight off work in his black pin stripe suit. He’s leaning against the window attempting to snooze on our two-hour flight to Barcelona.

As I’m attempting to stare around him out the window as the ground below shrinks, I glance at my phone as the song changes and notice my legs; then I glance at this pin-stripe suit lad’s legs; then I have to glance at the other lad’s legs to my left. “Dear lord–my thighs are MASSIVE compared to these two lads.” Maybe it’s because the lad on the right is wearing black, and black is slimming? Oh, wouldn’t you know I’m wearing black as well. Strike One.

Maybe it’s how I’m sitting? Guys get to go all spread eagle; for comfort reasons I’m always told. And I have to be lady-like and cross my feet at the ankles? Well, that’s too frigging hard to do on an airplane, so, I’m stuck with my feet rooted to the floor trying to keep myself in my tiny Ryanair seat. Lad on the left is sitting the exact same way I am on this ridiculously cramped flight. Strike Two.

Maybe I’m just making something out of nothing? It’s making me painstakingly self conscious, either way. Why, you ask? I haven’t a clue. I’m in the middle of my second thirty-day shred and I absolutely love the results I’m achieving! I’m back to running, and that’s mostly all legs! So, how–why?!–are two lads, whom I’ve never met before, will never see again, and don’t even know I exist between them, making me question every bit of self-worth? (Maybe not EVERY bit, but I did drop my tray table to hide my thunder thighs.)

It’s amazing how even the smallest of moments make us all too aware of ourselves; they make us shrink and shrivel and question our size. After I got home from Barcelona, even more uncomfortable thanks to all the AMAZING food I consumed over my two-day stay, I read a few blog posts from friends discussing women’s body image and self-consciousness.

Tape Measures

My lovely friend Vanessa discusses plus sizes, body image, and even includes a call to action by the American garment industry that I wholeheartedly support in her article, Plus Size Controversy at H&M. It’s a great write-up that every gal, regardless of size, should read.

Then there’s also a few articles by my amazing running buddy, Amy. Her write-up, Body Image and Stuff, hits home on a number of issues, but I love how she’s discussed the never-ending struggles we all face with body image and our clothing size. She even has a follow-up article, A New Playlist & Some Hopeful Thinking Was All I Needed, where she hits on her half marathon training this year and has some pretty witty comments regarding the body image issues.

What do both of my friends hit on? Size. I’m a size 4 or 6 (US) or 10 (UK/Ireland) or 38 [GASP!] (ES).

My Size Tag

And, at present day, I look at little something like this:

Photo 014

Wouldn’t you know, size is just a number? I don’t aspire to be a certain clothing size for that reason. I want to be fit and healthy and comfortable in my own skin! And THIS is what women should need to consider when we start comparing ourselves to others. It’s just a number! And you might struggle with your number, but I guarantee you the woman next to you is/has/will struggle with hers as well. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

I’ve come such a long way with my struggles in the past year, and I can see every bit of it in that photo above, but clearly I still have moments of weakness. It’s natural. It’s human. It’s female. It’s a mad, mad world we live in, but you should know it’s OK to have these thoughts occasionally, and you are NOT alone!

Comparison

We tend are our own worst enemies, so, let’s stop letting others influence how we think and feel about ourselves. I challenge you to start channeling your inner strength, your inner beauty, the inner YOU, and find YOUR confidence.

XOXO – K