Monday, November 20, 2017

Red Velvet Top

rag & bone boots
velvet top, Eileen Fisher (sold out, but similar herehere, here, and here); jeans, Zara (old; similar here and here); booties, Rag & Bone (way less expensive but very similar studded version here); clutch, old (similar here); nail polish, Essie Romper Roomrag & bone boots
beachy waves

gray jeans
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

I went to high school in the '90s, so velvet holds a special place in my heart. Back then, velvet was hugely popular, and I was hugely into it. I had velvet everyyyyything. Velvet baby doll dresses, a velvet patchwork shirt (yes, it was ugly), flowy velvet poet blouses, floppy velvet hats, velvet chokers, a velvet bra top that I wore peeking out from a flannel shirt when I went to concerts (don't ask), velvet scrunchies, and so on and so on. I was a walking Contempo Casuals ad, I was George Costanza ensconced in my beloved velvet (who remembers that episode?), and I loved every moment of it.

And now, velvet is huge again, and I. am. living for it. This burgundy top was my first nostalgic velvet purchase. (It's sold out, but you can find a similar one herehere, here, and here.) I love toughening it up by wearing it with gray jeans and black boots, but it could also be dressed up with black pants and heels. So good for a holiday party!

Who else is super into velvet right now? And who else was into velvet during the '90s, like me? (Anyone??)


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Here's How To Get *FREE* Mrs. Meyer's Holiday Products From Grove Collaborative

grove collaborative

Years ago, when I first moved to New York, I worked at the flagship, 5th avenue location of a national clothing store during the holiday season. Needless to say, working there during the holidays was rough in many ways. It was crowded, there were never-ending lines of cranky people, and the hours were long enough that I often found myself folding sweaters late into the night while my friends were enjoying themselves at holiday parties. But there was one aspect I loved: The store I worked at sold incredibly beautiful holiday candles, which they scattered all around the store during the season, and kept burning all day long. It was heaven. Because love holiday scents

I love the crisp smell of a fresh Frasier fir that hits you when you open your door. I love walking into someone's home and smelling mulled spices. I love the bracing smell of peppermint. If that's you, too--and if you love free stuff like me--you will love the holiday deal I have for you today. (Details below...)

grove collaborative

Many of you guys have heard me talk about Grove Collaborative before, but if you're new here: Grove Collaborative is a site that carries natural products for home and body, and somehow, manages to offer these high-end, normally-pricy brands at very competitive, very affordable prices. (They carry lines like Mrs. Meyer's, Method, Caldrea, Seventh Generation, Acure Organics, Burt's Bees, and many more.)

The other awesome thing about Grove is that, from time to time, they offer these kind of unbelievably amazing, limited-time free gifts just for trying out the site. And I have a good one for you today where you can get the limited-edition Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents for FREE!

The three Mrs. Meyer's limited-edition holiday scents (Peppermint, Iowa Pine, and Orange Clove) are so good, and make washing dishes or wiping down countertops noticeably less grueling. 

If you'd like to try them out for free, I've partnered with Grove once again to bring you this deal, which they are only offering through November 19

With your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative using this affiliate link, you will get the following (full-size!) items for FREE in your choice of scent:

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday hand soap

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday dish soap

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday multi-surface spray

• Free Grove seasonal kitchen towel

• Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial (VIPs get free shipping on every order, free gifts, exclusive sales, and more)

The products are worth over $30, so it's a great way to check out some really nice home products that you might otherwise never have tried.

*FYI, if you're already a Grove Collaborative customer, you aren't eligble for the deal above (sorry!). BUT *if you use this link,* you'll get a FREE set of Grove's awesome Walnut Scrubber sponges.

grove collaborative

You can cancel anytime, so honestly, it's worth at least placing one $20 order and getting all the free stuff! Then you can decide later whether or not you want to continue ordering through them. (That's what I planned to do when I got my own deal way back when, but I've totally stayed on and I order all of my cleaning products through Grove now.)

I'll also be doing a Facebook Live later this week talking about this deal, these products, and Grove, so make sure you've liked and followed me on Facebook so that you get a notification. It should be fun!

Don't forget: This offer ends November 19th, so grab your free products now!

Note: This is not a sponsored post and I was not paid to feature these products, however I will receive a small affiliate commission from any purchases.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Here's How To Upgrade Your Sleepwear Game

Karen Neuberger Buffalo Check Family Pajamas (My pj set, my daughter's unisex onesie, my son's unisex "Elfie" set)
Karen Neuberger Plaid Dog Fleece
P.J. Salvage Ski School Flannel Pajama Set and Faux Fur Slippers
Lauren Ralph Lauren Plaid Flannel Pajama Set and Ugg Dakota Slippers

PJ Harlow cardigan, pj pants, and tank; P.J. Salvage Faux Fur Slippers

Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Robe // All photos by Will Carter

When it comes to sleepwear, I'll admit it: Until recently, I had kind of "let myself go." See, I'm perfectly happy sleeping in a t-shirt and sweatpants--not that there's anything wrong with that. But over the years (yes, years), my go-to rotation of sweats has gotten old, stretched out, and even less-cute than when I started wearing them. (And let's face it: They weren't that cute to begin with.) I am well aware that I have an ugly-pj habit, but I've been reluctant to quit it, because they're just so darn comfy.

Enter Bare Necessities to save me from myself. They recently challenged me to find sleepwear that's just as comfy as my old standbys, but infinitely cuter and more flattering. So I went on a mission!

I started searching and trying on a bunch of different pjs, robes, and loungewear sets. And now...I feel like a convert! All of the styles shown above are just as comfortable and easy as my old faithfuls, but so much better looking. This is a big deal for me, since I often work at home, so my sleepwear regularly goes into overtime and becomes daywear (don't judge!). I now know that I'd much rather spend the morning in a flowy cardigan than ratty sweats.

So, if your sleepwear wardrobe is lacking like mine was, consider giving it an upgrade. And since we're entering holiday season, now's the perfect time to treat yo'self. Nice, new pjs will look better and you'll feel better in them, too. 

A few of my favorites to check out:

-PJ Harlow blush-pink loungewear set - I love the cardigan for lounging around the house (honestly, though, it's cute and substantial enough to wear outside); the silky pants and tank are great for sleeping.

-Lauren Ralph Lauren Plaid Flannel Pajama Set: The colors of the plaid are gorgeous, and the fit is amazing. I actually went a size down in this one, because I loved the way they looked a little more fitted. I also liked that the fabric felt a little lighter, thinner, and crisper; it's not super heavy flannel. And these Ugg slippers are one of my favorite things out of everything I'm wearing in these photos. They're lined with sheepskin, so they're super cozy, but they have enough structure that you could even wear them to run outside to grab the mail or something. 

-PJ Salvage Ski School Flannel Pajama Set: Thick, supercozy flannel that's perfect for supercold winter nights. And I love the retro ski print!

-Karen Neuberger Buffalo Plaid Family Pajamas: While we're at it, holiday is also the perfect time to wear matching family pajamas. I mean, how cute are they?? My kids and I were obsessed with them, my dog had mixed feelings (!), and my husband refused to join in on the fun (well, at least for the blog photos!). You can find my two-piece pj set here, my son's unisex "#Elfie" pj set here, my daughter's unisex onesie here, and my dog Easton's outfit here!

And finally, to start your updated sleepwear wardrobe off right, I've partnered with Bare Necessities to give away this Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Robe like I'm wearing in the last photo above. I've actually owned one of these robes for going on ten years and I can attest that they are THE BEST. So soft, so comfy--since Barefoot Dreams also makes super cushy blankets out of the same material, these robes are literally like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket. What's better than that?

To win one for yourself, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. (Open to U.S. entrants only.) Good luck! [GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

Thank you to Bare Necessities for upgrading my sleepwear game--and partnering with me on this post!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I Love This Giant Pink Sweater!

oversized sweater
sweater (also here) // jeans // clutch // booties
oversized sweater
oversized sweater

oversized sweater

oversized sweater
clare v pink stripe clutch
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

There are big, oversized sweaters--and then there is this sweater. It is nothing short of ginormous. And I love it.  It's SO comfy. It's SO big. And it's SO pink and cushy and just all-around great. It's also under $150! (One note: I recommend sizing down when you order it. I wear a medium in 99.9% of clothes. but I'm wearing a small here, if you can believe it. The medium was a little too big for my taste.)

These booties are another one of my favorite things, right now. They're Nine West (yes, really!) and they are so comfy and cool-looking. They are $139. but Nine West is running a great sale right now: You can get 20% off one item, 30% off two, and 40% off three! (BTW, if you're looking for another cool pair, I also bought these boots at the same time and I love them, too. In person, they look way more expensive than they really are!)

Here in NYC, the weather finally turned cold yesterday (even though it's November). And while I'm not typically a fan of the cold, I am a fan of sweaters. So, bring. it. on.


Friday, November 3, 2017

14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

halloween zombie snow white costume

Did you guys have a good Halloween? We went trick-or-treating with my Zombie Snow White and my "Zombie Prince From Snow White" for about 45 minutes (during which they still managed to scoop up over 100 pieces of candy each...!), and then spent the rest of the evening at a friend's house. (And I did the zombie makeup! My daughter's is a combination of gray eyeshadow from a Cover Girl smoky eye palette, fake Mehron blood, and temporary wound tattoos. My son freaked out when he saw my daughter's makeup, but I did talk him in to a cartoonish zombie and ghost drawn on his cheeks with eyeliner.)

This weekend, my parents are in town, and I also have a ton of work to do to prep for a very important houseguest we have coming next week. (More on that later!)

Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you make it a great one. Here's a few fun links to check out when you have a moment.

• Although it is 74 degrees today (thanks, global warming), you're going to need a coat sooner or later. That means, now is the perfect moment to scoop one up. Just in time, J.Crew is having a BIG sale on coats right now (they're already marked down 25% and then you get an additional 15% off with code MOREISMORE). I love J.Crew coats and have worn them pretty much exclusively for the past few years. I currently own two: 1) This black puffer coat, which is really warm and pretty much as flattering as a puffer coat can be. (I love it!), and 2) This chateau parka, which I tend to wear on cold-but-not-deathly-frigid days. (Though it is still really, really warm.) I have a tan version, but I love the gray, the burgundy, the pink, the green, and the black--all of them, really. 

• AG makes my favorite jeans, but they're on the expensive side and I rarely see them marked down. So I'm super excited because this pair is on major sale right now. Run!

• Speaking of major sale, these faux-leather leggings are marked down to $18 right now. That's right: EIGHTEEN DOLLARS. 

• Who doesn't love a good face mask? And who doesn't love a good face-mask selfie? This one is perfect for that: For a limited time, Boscia's detoxifying, brightening charcoal mask comes in a hot pink version. So fun!

• Obsessed with these camo leggings. And they're on sale, too!

• Every holiday season, SK-II comes out with a limited-edition bottle for its cult-favorite, skin-transforming Essence. I just got a peek at the 2017 limited-edition design and it's SO cool. Love the inspiring mantras and the awesome graffiti writing!

• I visited the Winchester Mystery House with my family as a child, and have been obsessed ever since. (You must go next time you're in the San Franciso area!) Now, it's going to be a movie, and I am SO excited.

• What a simple--and adorable!--idea to make a simple scoop of ice cream even more fun for kids. (You can get those edible googly eyes right here, BTW.)

• I shared my favorite new beauty products launching this month on Total Beauty.

• These gender-reveal fails cracked me up!

• This Halloween makeup is insaaaaaane!

• I so want to try these 15 kid-friendly recipes that use Trader Joe's riced cauliflower. (I want to try them for my kids and me!) 

• If you live in New York City, you may have heard the recent story of a dog named Cash who broke free from his leash in Brooklyn, ran across the Brooklyn Bridge, and then took a solo tour of Manhattan for the next seven hours. It was actually a work friend's dog (!)--so I was glued to my Facebook that day for hours looking for updates--and it's the craziest story. (With a happy ending!) A must-read!

• All the new mattress-in-a-box companies that have sprung up recently (Casper, etc) have increased competition, and apparently, they've started mattress wars with lawsuits and more. This story was fascinating!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Lip Balm That's Beautiful Inside and Out {Plus, a GIVEAWAY!}

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

I remember when eos lip balm first launched. I was a beauty editor at Allure magazine at the time, and I recall vividly how--even as jaded, seen-it-all editors--we all just cooed when we opened up the package of those colorful little orbs. So cute! So yummy! So easy to find in your purse! Immediately, I was smitten--we all were. But what I soon learned, and what I've gotten an even better sense of over the years since, is that eos actually has way more going for it than just its good looks. 

First, eos is organic. Did you know that? For a long time, I actually didn't. But it's something that I really appreciate now that the concept of organic has become very important to me. I mean, I would never describe myself as a crunchy hippie or anything, but I care about my body and my health and about what goes into it and on it. And obviously I'm a mom, so I care even more about those things when it comes to my kids! So, with food, I'm always very careful about buying organic as much as I possibly can. But we forget how much lip balm we consume, too! If you're like me, you are constantly applying it--and then constantly licking it off. (Especially when it's a brand like this that tastes so good!) I don't know about you, but I carry lip balm in every purse, I have them in my kitchen drawers and in my medicine cabinet. I've been known to whip one out anywhere and everywhere, whether I'm commuting on the train, watching my kids at the park, or just getting ready for bed, so it feels comforting to know that there aren't any scary chemicals or sketchy ingredients in there. 

The other big thing to know about eos lip balm is that it's made of the highest quality natural ingredients. They don't rely on a bunch of fillers or crappy versions of the good stuff. They use proven, top notch ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and beeswax--stuff that you can actually pronounce, that actually works. And though the eos formula has always been good, it's now new and better than ever. This year, they reformulated, so now there are even more hydrating ingredients in there, and it somehow feels even more softening now with a bit more "glide" when you apply it. (Just a heads up that they also updated their packaging. The orbs themselves haven't changed--thank god!--but the outer packaging is different; it's really fun and bright now.) 

So, all of that means that, yes, eos is incredibly attractive, but as a longtime user, I swear: I DON'T JUST LIKE IT FOR ITS BODY; I love it for what's inside, too. ;) I can feel good about slicking it on all day long, and about letting my kids use it. (Am I the only one whose kids are obsessed with the eos orbs?? I put them in their Easter baskets every year, so they each have their own, but they are still always stealing mine!) 

If you'd like to try the new eos lip balm formula, I've got you covered: You can win a six-month supply by entering via the widget below. And if you'd like to learn more about eos and their organic formulas, you can visit their website here.

This post was sponsored by eos, a brand I have used and loved for years.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

How To Wear A Sequin Skirt For Day

banana republic camo sweater
rose gold skirt
sweater, Banana Republic (40% off right now!) // skirt, J.Crew (similar here, here, and here) // sandals, Birkenstock // sunglasses, Gucci // nail polish, Essie's Romper Room
loose waves

banana republic Camo-Print Jacquard Crew
copper birkenstocks
j.crew rose-gold sequin skirt

essie pink nail polish
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

I haven't done an outfit post in awhile (ok, it's been way more than awhile), but when I saw this skirt, it inspired me to get back in the game. I love it! I love the rose-gold color since I love rose-gold anything, I love the fit (not too tight, not too loose), and I love, love, LOVE that it's way more versatile than you'd think. 

I can throw it on with a pair of heels and wear it out at night. But since I'm a mom who doesn't have that many nights when I go out at a sequins-and-heels level (to say the least!), I love that it's pretty awesome worn casually, too. These photos show my favorite way to wear it: dressed down with a blush-pink camo sweater (that's currently on sale 40 percent off, BTW!) and a pair of copper Birkenstocks. (The outfit is also pretty cute with sneakers, believe it or not.) Now, I wouldn't quite wear it for school dropoff or writing from home, but it definitely adds a bit more (literal) sparkle to running around the city for work events.

P.S.: I can't say enough good stuff about the camo sweater though. If sequins aren't your thing, it looks so cute with a pair of jeans, too. And it's on major sale right now!