What I got for Christmas 2017

Hello loves and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope everyone is having the BEST start of the year! I know it's long overdue but here I am, FINALLY sharing what I got from Christmas this year :)

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To be honest I really didn't ask for anything, I took it easy and enjoyed the time with my family in the city. My Christmas gift to them was tickets for The Christmas Spectacular, at the Radio City Musical Hall, featuring the iconic Rockettes! Nonetheless I did receive some amazing goodies and here they are:

1. The Louis Vuitton Logomania scarf in grey

I feel like every single blogger got one this year! But it's seriously so beautiful and warm, I was so so happy when I opened it!

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2. Two Fendirumi bag charms

I didn't own any Fendi bag charms and for a fashion obsessed like me it was almost something to be ashamed of! (just kidding!) These little monsters will make all of my bags so much more fashionable.

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3. Chloé and Chloé Love Story Gift Sets

I'm such a Chloé girl when it comes to perfumes! Their floral and light scents are perfect for any month of the year! These gift sets came with miniature/travel size bottles and well as scented body lotions! I guess someone will be smelling very good this year :D

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4. Chanel Pearl Earrings

Chanel earrings are probably one of my biggest obsessions. I just think they're so beautiful and classical that they'll never go out of style. I wear earrings everyday (I feel so naked without them!) and it's usually Chanel ones. So happy when I opened the little black box and found these pearly beauties inside! Plus they match my brooch so well.

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5. Tons of beauty goodies!

I feel like you can never go wrong when gifting beauty products to any woman in your life :) The Lancome L'absolu Rouge Lip Glosses are so rich and creamy, I'm in love with their formula! And for whenever I feel like having a spa night in the Pure Sugar Scrub by L'Oréal followed by the MZ Skin Hydra-lift Golden Facial mask make my skin feel like new in just a few minutes!

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6. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

I must say my friend and family know me well! I think I have enough chocolate to last me until Christmas 2018.. Hum.. nope, just kidding, it's almost all gone already!

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7. Tsarevna Christmas Tea by Kusmi Tea Paris

Another gift that was the most welcome was Kusmi Tea's Christmas blend in a beautiful limited edition gold jar. The zesty aroma of orange on a black tea base, with touches of vanilla and almond is the most perfect way to start any wintery day!

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Pumpkin Spice

I'm a summer baby and always will be so I get extremely sad whenever Labor Day hits. I'm never ready to say goodbye to the long and sunny summer days and to all the cute summer outfits (am I the only one obsessed with white lace on beautifully tan skin?). This year however the transition seems to be very soft as everyone is still sporting short sleeves and no jacket in October. Add to that the fact that the whole city is decorated for fall with cute little pumpkins, orange and red flowers and that the fall lattes are now available at Starbucks (in addition to the PSL do yourself a favor and try the maple pecan latte too!) and you might even be able to call me a happy camper.

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Top: Tj Maxx (it's only $15!) - Pants: Zara (old, similar here) - Shoes: Valentino -
Bag: Chloe - Sunglasses: Celine

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A Magical Day: VC Polo Classic

When I think of my ideal day there are a few things I always picture: beautiful weather is a must, a breathtaking location, amazingly fashionable people around and of course good friends to share all of this with. Veuve Clicquot made all my dreams come true last Saturday at their annual VC Polo Classic Event. It was an afternoon filled with sun, champagne and laughter that I spent, surrounded by people with an incredible sense of style, at the Liberty State Park which has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The polo match was the first one I ever attended and I have to admit it was pretty exciting and very entertaining. As if all of that wasn't enough, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this event, Alicia Keys took the stage and sang a few songs for us. Listening to everyone sing along to Empire State of Mind while overlooking the beautiful skyline and Statue of Liberty was one of the best experiences ever!

Paris blues

Even though I'm already in New York I had to post these pictures I snapped a few days back in Paris. The Italian that lives in me had to stop everything and have an impromptu photoshoot when I stumbled upon this gorgeous façade in the 14th Arrondissement of the French capital. Can somebody explain to me why I was perfectly fine wearing short sleeves last month but I am now freeze my butt off and still wearing coats here in NYC? #struggles

My secret to beautiful hair

Happy Friday loves! 
With the sunny days approaching I wanted to share with you my best kept secret. I always get tons of compliments on my hair and so many people think it's all just fake (and proceed to stare at me in disbelief when I tell them it's actually my real hair and I do not wear extensions). 

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I take my hair care very seriously and I've gotten into the habit of doing a few little things that really have huge impact on how my hair looks and feels.

- Try to wash your hair as little as possible: it may vary for different types of hair but what works for me is once every 5 days. It will take some time for your hair to adjust and you could use dry shampoo in the meantime to extend the life of your blowout but you'll find that your hair will look healthier when it doesn't get stripped out of its natural oils every day. To that end I love using Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: they provide a gentle cleansing while moisturizing with organ oil and other replenishing nutrients.
- Use a hair mask weekly: on top of my shampoo and conditioner I regularly apply the Intense Hydrating Mask to my hair once I'm done showering. This treatment improves texture, elasticity and shine. I'll leave it on and usually put a face mask on as well and rince both off at the same time after 10 minutes.


- Let your hair air dry: I always use hot tools to style my hair so I do what I can to avoid applying unnecessary heat. I usually wait for my hair to air dry before styling it with my flat iron and curing wand and always apply the Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream beforehand. This not only conditions, hydrates and tames frizzy hair but also provides an extra layer of protection to your hair before the styling. 
- Try to chop off at least an inch every other month: this will make them grow faster and stronger and it will keep your haircut looking polished and fresh because all of the hair will be or the same length and your ends will look healthy and shiny.

Moroccanoil has an amazing range of hair products that perfectly adapt to everyone's needs. Not only they are super effective  and make your hair feel amazing but they also smell great!

This post was written in collaboration with Moroccanoil. All opinions are my own.

A Much Needed Update!

Hello loves! I am finally back and I realize have some explaining to do.
The past few months were a bit hard for me because of how unsure everything seemed. I was working hard to make all the things I always wanted happen but nothing seemed to go my way. My day job kept me very busy Monday through Saturdays and because I moved back to Guadeloupe (where my parents currently live) I had no photographer to work with or friend to help me out.
So I continued posting on Instagram as much as I could but unfortunately had to take a little break from posting on here.

But fear no more I am now back and for good!

Coat: Shein - Bag: Chloé - Pants: Forever21 (old) - Shoes: Valentino

As we speak I am in the Netherlands visiting a friend and exploring the country for a few days. After this I'll go to Paris where I’ll spend a few days before flying out again to New York. A fun getaway you say? No, not really. More like a huge life change! I am officially moving back to New York City and will start work there in a week.

I am so excited for Paris because I’ll get to see my brother, who lives and studies there, and of course for all of the shopping and sightseeing I am planning to do. 
But I am even more looking forward to start a new chapter of my life in the big apple. I have been waiting for this moment for years and tried so many times to make this happen. I am so grateful to finally be able to say that I’ve made it. It wasn’t easy: it was long and painful. I got discouraged so many times. But I kept going because there was nothing I wanted more.

Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, as crazy as they might seem to you. If you really care, you will find a way to make it happen.

So cheers this new exciting chapter of my life. Can’t wait to share it all with you!

February Favorites

Hello everyone! Long time no see. Life has been crazy these past few months, a lot of things changed in my life and it took me some time to adjust and get back to a normal schedule. I hope everyone is off to a great start for 2017! As usual time flies by and, let's be real, shopping is my favorite hobby so I do have many new items that quickly became my faves. So happy to finally be sharing these with you today.

FASHION

February was the month of romance and love which put me in a pink state of mind. Everytime I went shopping I came back home with pink items, every morning getting dressed I would reach for pink clothing, my nail colors, my perfume, I was obsessed I'm telling you guys. So naturally I've worn this beautiful lace top way too many times but I couldn't care less because I love it and it looks amazing on! This has to be a new all time favorite piece of mine.

Top: Shein - Espadrilles: Chanel - Cat ears: Forever 21 - Book: Aimee Song

BEAUTY

I had been wanting to up my skincare game for so long and the new year seemed like the perfect occasion to do so. I invested in a few key products that were recommended to me by some friends that swear they couldn't live without them. Now my morning routine is my favorite part of the day because of how amazing these creams smell but most importantly how well they work! My skin has been so glowy, nourished and hydrated, it's just incredible. I know I'll be raving about these products for a very long time, and even if they are quite expensive, they're totally worth the investment!

Hydra Beauty Serum - Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux - Hydra Beauty Gel Cream

MAKEUP

I am such a lipstick junkie I cannot go a single day without wearing some color on my lips. I also love to change shades super often as well as finishes. I have been wearing mattes for the most part and these MAC lippies were my faves.

From left to right: Blankety - Bianca B - Candy Yum Yum - Sweet Venom - Ruby Woo - Rebel - Margherita

ACCESSORIES

I was not joking when I said I lived a very pink month. my Roses by Chloe perfume, my pink and gold Dior split sunglasses and my new Miu Miu mini wallet were my most used accessories this month. Also can we talk about that pink chocolate tablet from Laduree? It's rose flavored white chocolate. Best Valentine's Day chocolate ever. Seriously.

Perfume: Roses by Chloe - Sunglasses: Dior - Ring: YSL Arty - Chocolate and Candle: Laduree

NEWIN

It's a bag. It's pastel pink (no surprise here). And I'm seriously IN LOVE! I found this beauty in Paris and believe it or not it was ON SALE! I have been saving up to buy this bag in this color for full price and when I saw it on sale I snagged it as fast as humanely possible. The smooth leather and structured shape makes it elegant and chic but the shiny rockstuds add a bit of edginess to it. It's just absolutely perfect in my opinion and I'm so happy to welcome it in my handbag family!

Bag: Valentino - Sunglasses: Dior So Real

RANDOM

Last but not least my favorite new random addition to my room this month was the beautiful Rong Rong Devoe calendar. Each month has a beautiful original fashion illustration designed by Rong Rong herself and I find that it just adds so much glam to my office area!

Pink

This very pink post concludes my New York adventures. On this last day in the city my babe Yana and I met up with the lovely Katya from Flora Theory and we had an amazing lunch at Bluestone Lane in the West Village. Then we proceeded to snap some pictures with this gorgeous flower box by Flora Theory! The weather was absolutely perfect but the company was even better! So sad to be leaving this amazing city once again!

Dress: Shein (this exact same one is sold out but I also love this one) - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Bag: Chloé

Sunglasses: Céline - Link bracelet: J. Crew

You are loved

Oh New York, how I love you! From your busy streets to your wonderful parks, every single corner of this city is filled with love and excitement and surprises. Every time I'm here I fall in love with you a little more.

Top & Skirt: Forever21 (in stores now!) - Espadrilles & Brooch: Chanel - Bag: Chloé

Bangles: The Peach Box - Nailpolish: "Blue Orchid" by Deborah Lippmann

Blue Orchid

I've walked by this building hundreds of times and took pictures of it almost every time. I always thought it was a beautiful church since it even has a beautifully taken care of garden with gorgeous blooms and many very picturesque tables and benches and of course a fountain. That was until I actually stopped by and inquired. You'll never guess what this is: it's one of the numerous branches of the New York Public Library! Isn't this amazing? It made me appreciate this stunning building even more. No matter how well I think I know you, New York, you'll never stop surprising me!

Dress: Shein - Bag: Chloé - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Sunglasses: Rayban

Watch: Marc Bale (it's even on sale right now!)

Little Italy

Every time I'm in the city I cannot help but testing as many restaurants as I possibly can. Today between a bloggers meeting in Little Italy and a showroom appointment in Times Square I have been running around Manhattan like a crazy person! Comfort was key when deciding what to wear: I opted for this laid back but still somewhat elegant romper and comfy espadrilles. Add a lace bralette and a super trendy choker and you've got yourself an insanely stylish yet extremely practical everyday outfit.

Romper: Nordstrom Rack - Espadrilles: Valentino - Bag: Chanel - Sunglasses: Céline

I met up with my babe Yana and a fellow blogger Dikla for lunch at Seamore's. We tried the fried fish tacos and the vegan tacos (with broccoli and a tofu sauce) and an order of Poke (raw fish, peanuts and avocado) to share. I had been wanting to try out this restaurant for the longest time. Its adorable outdoor seating area and incredible online reviews giving always made me want to go ahead and try it and I'm so happy I finally did! Everything was really good and now I want to come back and try some more things from their menu.

After our tacos we walked around little italy and soho and finally stopped by Gorgetown Cupcakes for dessert. We got their Black and White cupcakes which are chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. To be honest, these are my ultimate guilty pleasure! So incredibly soft and flavorful!

It's with a full stomach that I then headed uptown to the Theater District to go visit the Modern Vice showroom.

Modern Vice is a really cool handcrafted footwear and accessory brand that imports all of the leather and hardware directly from Italy and produces shoes in house in New York City. I had the pleasure to tour their showroom and production space (I took you guys along with me on Snapchat by the way! If you don't follow me yet go ahead, my username is "sarahgallazzi") and even got to choose a couple of pairs of super cool boots! They will be handmade and will probably be ready in a couple of weeks: I am so excited to receive them and show them to you!

Shoes galore at Modern Vice.

Perfect Day

My first day in New York turned out to be one of the best days ever! I met up with my favorite babe Yana (from @MissYanaCherie) and started our day in Soho. As usual we went to Georgetown cupcakes for a small morning treat (did you know that they give away free 100 cupcakes every day?? Just go there between 10am and noon and ask for one! You're welcome ;) ). After the delicious chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting on top we decided to just stroll around soho and ended up in front of Saint Laurent. The store front was so cute that I decided to take outfit pics in front of it!

Jacket: Shein - Jeans: J. Crew - Espadrilles & Brooch: Chanel - Bag: Chloé

These two bangles from The Peach Box are my absolute favorite pieces of jewelry right now! I cannot express to you how gorgeous and chic they are! They go beautifully with everything and are very high quality! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so just look for yourself:

Bracelets: The Peach Box

And then this happened.. I revealed what's inside on my Snapchat (my Snapchat is sarahgallazzi by the way)!

The Fendi store in Soho is also the cutest ever!

From Soho we then walked to the West Village to get to Olio e Più, one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES restaurants in the city and strolled through Washington Square Park. Such a beautiful spring day.

Isn't this restaurant so adorable? I love their terrace and Yana and I were there for almost 3 hours eating the yummiest food and laughing and enjoying the sun.

We ordered the Antipasto misto (mix of charcuterie and cheese) and a side of focaccia (delicious Italian bread) as a starter and then I got the Sacchettoni cacio e pepe with a side of asparagus and Yana got the strip steak with pesto sauce and a side of sautée broccolis. Everything was beyond delicious! The asparagus was so flavorful and the antipasto misto brought back so many memories from my years in Italy! It was lovely!

Of course even after all that food, there's always room for dessert! So we ordered chocolate lava cakes and cappuccinos. If you saw my snaps of the cake you will know how good this was! :P

How stylish is that girl walking by on my right? #YASQUEEN

After all that food we just continued to walk and shop around and hit some of our most favorite stores (that I already told you all about in this post).

April favorites

DAAAAAAMN Sarah! Back at it with the favorites post! Haha well.. I haven't done a favorites post in a while, and that's simply because I was using all the same products I told you about in the last post. But this month with my trip to NYC and my friend Stephany coming to Guadeloupe and showering me with gifts, I have so many new products I am obsessing over and that I really need to share with you guys!

FASHION

White lace everything. On dresses, tops, shorts, bikinis. This month favorite combo was denim and white lace with hints of gold jewelry and hardware. Can summer come faster please?

Dress: Shein - Bag: Chloé - iPhone case: Richmond & Finch


BEAUTY

I think this month my stars aligned and the universe wanted me to finally find a perfect combination of skin care products that would leave me with perfectly hydrated and glowy skin. All thanks to a combination of four magical products: something old and something new, something borrowed and something blue.

An old favorite of mine that I rediscovered this month after a friend gifted it to me is the L'occitanePivoine Flora hand cream. I use it every night before going to bed on my hands and elbows and it makes me feel like I am going to lay down in a field of peonies for the night!

The new product I tried this month in my skincare routine is the SKII facial treatment essence. When I received this travel sized product from Influenster for free for testing purposes I was simply ecstatic! I had been eying it at Sephora for the longest time. In fact I really don't like wearing moisturizing face lotion when I'm in Guadeloupe and in general in the summertime because it's way too hot and I find that it simply makes my skin feel oily and sticky. That's my I love face essences so much, and let me tell you this one hydrates like no other! An absolute holy grail product for me. #myessence #skii

The product I borrowed from my mom (ok more like stole to be honest!) this month is the Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning. A couple of drops of this miracle worker on the face and neck before going to bed go a long way! My skin feels perfectly hydrated, smooth and nourished by the morning. I also noticed a reduction in my blemishes!

And finally the something blue is this delicious (not that I actually eat it, but I totally would if it were possible!) rose and mandarin lip balm. I have tried so many lip balms, from Baby Lips to Chanel, but no other lip balm comes close to this one. First off it's a very liquid consistency so it glides on to the lips perfectly and is very long lasting. Secondly, the smell is just absolutely amazing. Third, the packaging is adorable!

Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm: Smith's - Pivoine Flora hand cream: L'Occitane - Facial treatment essence: SKII - Midnight Recovery Concentrate: Kiehl's


MAKE UP

As usual my make up favorites are lip products but I just can't help it! It's way too hot and humid here to wear a full face of make up so I usually just do my brows, line my eyes and put some mascara on and let my lips be the focus point! I rediscovered my love for NYX this month and literally all of these shades were on rotation.


ACCESSORIES

My go to bag this whole month was this little cutie pie by Luana Italy. Luana's bags mix classic silhouettes with a subtle edge and luxe feel. They are designed with a modern vibe and European spirit for the fashion girl always on the go. They are available at Saks Fifth Avenue or on their website (and you can get a 15% discount from anything on the LUANA site with the code SHOPWEARREPEAT ;) ).

Bag: Michelle mini satchel in white embossed leather by Luana (also love this black version)


NEW IN

You guys!! I haven't bought any new perfume in THE LONGEST time and that's because I have way too many (and I'm sure I'm not the only one!). But as soon as I smelled Chloé's Roses scent I fell in love! I almost bought it at the duty free at the airport while traveling to NY but decided against it at the last minute. And guess what I stumbled upon on a random T.J. Maxx run while in New York? This beautiful set containing the fragrance, a body lotion and a body wash! All of this for cheaper than what I would have paid the perfume bottle at the airport. If that wasn't a sign that I NEEDED to get it, I don't know what is then..

Roses de Chloé

 

RANDOM

My favorite way to relax this month was diving into Love Style Life by Garance Doré! After having seen this gorgeous book on countless Instagram pictures I had to add it to my wishlist and my lovely friend Steph got it for me! I was so pleasantly surprised by going through it: it's so funny and lighthearted but at the same time gives you new ideas and a fresh perspective on so many aspects of daily life! It's divided in 5 main topics: style, work, beauty, elegance and love. I 100% recommend it to every single girl out there!

Love Style Life by Garence Doré

Days like these

As soon as I got back to Guadeloupe, Stephany (from @stephanyayinda), a super talented freelance photographer and dear friend of mine, came to visit me! I hadn't seen her in 6 months and I was so happy to finally be reunited with her! We decided to head to one of the nicest hotels and spas of the island for a yummy lunch on her first day here. Of course I jumped on the occasion to dress up a little and wear this gorgeous baroque dress and my trusted Emilio Pucci golden pumps. These are so extremely comfortable, it's unbelievable! I have worn them for many nights out and danced for 6 straight hours in them and my feet barely hurt at the end of the night! Seriously God sent!

Dress: Shein - Sunglasses: Céline - Shoes: Emilio Pucci - Bag: Chloé

Brooch: Chanel - Bracelets: The Peach Box - Link bracelet: J. Crew - Ring: YSL

And on to the delicious food! I decided to get a cheeseburger (hello cheat day!) with fries and salad and Stephany went for a beef carpaccio with a side of fries! Can you tell we're obsessed with this place's french fries? The are SO GOOD!

NYC Day 3

My final day in the city was all about friends and good times! It started with the most delicious brunch ever at Ladurée in Soho with my girls Yana and Audrey. There I got my ultimate favorite treat: french toasts with raspberry coulis and rose infused whipped cream. If those sound like heaven to you, I can confirm that they really are!

Bags: Chloé - Ring: YSL - Bracelets: The Peach Box - Watch: Marc Bale

Of course I couldn't leave Ladurée without a box of macarons to go!

After brunch and a little bit of window shopping in Soho, we headed to the upper west side. I love the vibe that the lush green spaces and renowned performing arts venues give to this area. The immaculate brownstones and impeccable storefronts lend this neighborhood a surprisingly village-like vibe.

My favorite shopping spots in the Upper West side are Century 21 and the Bloomingdales Outlet store. I always end up making one in a lifetime designer finds at ridiculous prices there! I love to go to Shake Shack if I'm ever craving burgers and yummy milkshakes and Levain Bakery's cookies are a must try if you're ever in this area!

My look for the day was edgy but comfy.

Biker jacket: Céline - Lace up shirt: Shein - Pants: 7 for all mankind - Shoes: Isabel Marant

We wanted to get a couple of those delectable Levain Bakery cookies (the chocolate chip and walnut ones are my FAVEE!) but the line was insanely long! So we decided against it. When we got tired of walking and shopping around we stopped for cupcakes at Georgetown cupcakes. The perfect sweet ending to a perfect day!

Sunglasses: Dior So Real & Rayban

My top 5 must-have bags

If you're anything like me you have a closet full of bags that you love and cherish dearly. Every piece you own is unique and has a special place in your heart. But there are undoubtedly some bags that you wear more often than others. Either be their color, leather or shape, you find that they complete your outfits perfectly and never let you down. That's how I feel about these 5 bags, which are definitely my must-haves. Forget about diamonds, I think purses are a girl's best friends!

5. The everyday tote: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM

So incredibly spacious yet lightweight this bag is perfect for everyday errands and traveling. It can comfortably fit a laptop, a planner, your wallet, your makeup bag, a water bottle, your dog, your mom and everything that's in your room! Haha, jokes aside I have purchased this bag over 6 years ago and used it extremely often and it still looks superb!

4. The structured bag: Givenchy Antigona

So sleek and sophisticated the Antigona is a total class act. You can transition it from day to night and goes with literally everything! It carries a lot even though it gets pretty heavy if I fill it up too much: in that case the shoulder strap comes in very handy and saves you a pretty annoying eventual backache. I have this bag in black and I am seriously debating getting a beige one as well, that's how much I love it.

Bracelet: Hermès - Sunglasses: Céline

3. The party clutch: Alexander McQueen skull clutch

" 'Cause the party don't start til I walk in!". LOL. Well this bag is definitely an attention grabber slash conversation starter. I've had it for the longest time and it still looks new and has survived many crazy nights out. It's the kind of piece that elevates any outfit: pair it with a monochrome ensemble for a more sober look or with wild prints to make an over the top style statement.

Ring: YSL - Clutch: Alexander McQueen - Skull bracelet: Alexander McQueen - Roman numbers bracelet: The Peach Box - Link bracelet: J. Crew - Nailpolish: YSL number 26 Blanc Symboliste

2. The nano bag: Chloé Drew

The mini bag craze is far from over and everyone is always on the hunt for smaller and cuter bags. Personally I think it doesn't get any cuter than this Drew: I love the soft neutral color, the intricate chain details, the yellow gold hardware and its perfect shape. 

Skirt: Kora Rae - Rings: Forever 21

1. The classic: Chanel flap

The little black dress of bags, the fairest of them all: a Chanel classic black flap is my holy grail. The elegance and sophistication that a Chanel bag can give to your outfit is almost surreal. It's been a must have and celebrity favorite for many years and will probably never lose its status.

January Favorites

The first chapter of 2016 is already over! I hope your year started in a great way and I want to take the time to wish all of you lovely readers all the best for what's to come!
You may have noticed how my last monthly favorites post was a couple of months ago, mainly because I have been sticking to the same old good products and didn't have anything new and sensational to share. But new year means new you so I went ahead and did a little bit of shopping (it's all research really!) and here are the new products that I tested all month long and absolutely loved!

FASHION

This snuggly cream sweater hasn't left my side this month! I love how I can layer it on top of a plaid shirt or even a denim shirt and get a neutral look with the shirt's detail popping out. It's perfect with jeans and ankle boots or skirts and thigh-high boots! I always add a statement necklace or a Chanel brooch to make it even more interesting.

Sweater: Shein - H bracelet: Hermès - Sunglasses: Céline - Lipstick: YSL - Ring: YSL - Bag: Chloé

BEAUTY

The first month of the year is the perfect occasion to update your beauty routine and make the changes you wanted for so long. I decided to try out LA Fresh, a skincare company that makes natural and ethical products that are as good for you as they are for the environment and the animals! Their silk-infused cotton mask is my absolute fave and I am addicted to their make up removing wipes as well as the oil-free face cleanser (a life saver for my oily skin!). I would totally advise that you try out some of their products and with the code MORELAFRESH20 you can get 20% off your order! (the promo code is non affiliated!)

Water Proof Make Up Remover, Acetone-free Nailpolish Remover, Facial Treatment Mask, Oil-free Face Cleanser, Body Soother Wipes.

MAKEUP

January was all about a neutral eye, sensational dramatic lashes and a deep matte burgundy lip. Seriously I must have worn this combo 90% of the time. This mascara must be my fave of all times: the ultra thin brush makes it super easy to apply to your upper and lower lashes and still gives you enormous volume! It doesn't clump or leak and it's very long lasting!
The Urban Decay primer is the only eyelid primer I have used in my whole life and I don't think I'll ever switch it out for anything else! It's simply a miracle worker! And finally Eugénie from the Giambattista Valli for MAC Cosmetics limited edition goes on smooth and stays in place the whole day! (even after lunch, but I do apply it over a lip pencil base).

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara - Urban Decay Primer Potion - MAC Eugénie lipstick.

ACCESSORIES

Chanel, Chanel and more Chanel! My go to accessories this month were all by the same French fashion house that haunts everybody's fashion dreams. From the small sparkly earrings and versatile WOC, to the statement brooches and beloved espadrilles (I am currently in the Caribbean so no freezing winters for me!), it was a Chanel filled month!

Brooches: Chanel (also love this one and this one) - Earrings: Chanel (these are adorable!) - Bag: Chanel WOC

NEW IN

Okay. Let's take a moment here to appreciate the beauty of this jacket. I've lusted over it for almost a year now and finally this month it went on sale! You guys have no idea how fast I RAN to the store to be sure to snatch it! Now I just need spring to hurry so that I can start wearing it.

Jacket: Céline (similar here)

RANDOM

By now it's probably quite clear to all of you that I have a slight mug obsession. I actually don't even drink coffee, I am more of a tea person, but I still take my mugs very seriously. Marshalls and Target always have super cute ones but there are tons of small independent shops that have amazing ones as well. These are my current favorites:

Best day ever mug: Marshalls - "S" monogrammed mug: Anthropologie - Goal digger & Tulle glitter peonies and champagne mug: Fox and Clover - Good things come to those who hustle mug: Designs by Maria

How about you? I would love for you to share some of your favorites with me in the comments :)

What I got for Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas to all of you, my lovely readers! I hope you are having a wonderful day with your families and loved ones, eating tons of good food and getting mountains of good presents!

I love this time of year and I'm so excited to be back in NYC so that I can appreciate the beauty of the city during the holiday season. I can't wait to go ice skating in Central Park and admire the gorgeous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and shop at the Christmas village in Bryant park.
In the meantime I wanted to share with you today a collective "What I got for Christmas haul"! I love seeing what people get for Christmas because it give me ideas for future gifts and just makes me happy seeing people happy!
 

Here's a little group picture for starters! These are all the gifts that I got in the month of December: some were opened before Christmas day simply because I have no self control!

This beauty was on top of my wishlist for the longest time and I don't own any nude/beige bags so I am so thrilled to start using it!

All the Chanel goodies I got: the Base Coat and Top Coat are essentials to my mani/pedis and I was running really low so I'm happy I got new ones! And how pretty is that Coco Chanel Christmas card that came all the way from the rue Cambon boutique in Paris?

New sparkly espadrilles!

And this gorgeous pearl brooch that I hunted down for almost a year before my mom actually found it!

My brother got me this amazing gift set of Aromatherapy candles by the British brand Parks. The rose and lavender ones smell so good!

These sunglasses are another piece that I wanted for the longest time but was always sold out everywhere! The Céline new preppy sunglasses are slightly smaller than the famous Audrey ones but still very feminine and elegant.

Love my new Daniel Wellington watch! It's so girly and classy and goes perfectly with my pink obsession! If you wanted to try them out you can use the code SHOPWEARREPEAT for 15% off your online purchase and free shipping worldwide! (expires on January 15th, 2016).

 

What did you guys get for Christmas? Let me know in the comments down below!