On a holiday filled with candy hearts, flowers, and extravagant romantic gestures, it’s hard not to get swept up in the craze of Valentine’s Day. Sure, the day has become somewhat materialistic and commercialized, but how you want to interpret and celebrate this day is completely up to you. Regardless of whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with someone special or solo, take a step back and think for a minute. When is the last time you really, truly focused on you? Showered yourself in self-love? Acted selfishly?  I challenge you on Valentine’s Day—this day centered on doing special acts of love for others—to remember to love yourself too. Here are some of my favorite ways to cultivate and practice self-love!

love yourself: see the best in yourself

See the Best in Yourself

Nobody is perfect. (Okay, except maybe Ryan Reynolds.) We all have our own faults and struggles. Recognizing and acknowledging our downfalls are critical to a good sense of self-awareness, but fixating on them is unhealthy. Fix what you can. Accept what is uncontrollable. Then, give yourself constant reminders of personal qualities you love. Write them down if you have to! A great exercise could be taking the time to write down 30 personal qualities you’re proud of. Recognizing your own strengths and reminding yourself of why you’re great is crucial to practicing self-love.

 

love yourself: take a break

Take a Break

When is the last time you took a vacation? According to the Project Time Off Survey, Americans are forfeiting more paid vacation days than ever. We live in a culture where taking breaks can be seen as a sign of weakness and laziness. Being constantly busy, on the other hand, is often a sign of success and ambition. However, research proves otherwise. Check out these findings from the Project Time Off Survey:

  • Those who plan time for relaxation are happier with their relationships, health, and jobs
  • 38% of employees say they want to be seen as work martyrs by their boss, but these self-proclaimed work martyrs are 74%-84% less likely to receive raises and promotions than those who haven’t adopted the work martyr attitude.
  • Employees who forfeit their vacation days are 23%-27% less likely than non-forfeiters to have been promoted within the last year.

To you, taking a break could mean declining a happy hour invite to soak in a bubble bath, or perhaps it means taking a beach vacation somewhere tropical. Whatever a “break” means to you, remember to take one!

 

love yourself: prioritize your physical health

Prioritize Your Physical Health

Ever heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? In a nutshell, you need to take care of your physiological needs before you can even think about fulfilling your emotional and mental needs like love, self-esteem, and, ultimately, self-actualization. The funny thing is, I feel like some of our most basic needs are the ones that fall to the wayside when we’re busy. For some reason, we don’t bat an eye when we only get four hours of sleep in order to meet crucial work deadlines or skip lunch to run errands for the kids. Evaluate how you’re prioritizing your physical health and start being your own advocate! Turn your phone off after 8pm and get to bed earlier to help your sleep schedule.  Treat yourself to a fancy water bottle that reminds you to drink water. Find quick healthy recipes instead of buying fast food. Be a little selfish this Valentine’s Day and make it a point to reward the body that fuels you.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Use your strengths to knockdown life goals. Learn to love “me time.” Work on achieving body peace. Whatever self-love means to you, show it. Enjoy it. You deserve it.

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You are a lady boss. You’re juggling your social life, work life, and an endless list of errands,  while somehow keeping it together. Yes, queen—you’ve got this. When you’re running on efficiency, having to take time to think about what you’re wearing for the day (and changing three times because you just can’t quite get the right outfit) can be a real drab. That’s why I’ve created a list of 3 outfits that you can throw together in seconds! Next time you’re running out the door, keep these casual time-saving outfits in mind.

casual outfits: quilted jacket

casual outfits: pullover sweatshirt

casual outfits: straight leg denim

1. Quilted Comfort

Casual meets comfort in this super easy ensemble. A simple crew neck sweatshirt with light-colored denim is an easy pairing. Layering a quilted jacket on top adds some extra texture while the straight-leg denim brings an on-trend element.

 

casual outfits: moto jacket

casual outfits: snakeskin blouse

casual outfits: black denim

2. Luxe and Leather

If you’re going for casual glam, wearing a leather jacket is an easy way to add instant luxe vibes to your outfit. Layer it over a dark animal print top and black denim for a fail-proof outfit formula. And—voilà!—you’ve got yourself the perfect not-too-dressed-up-but-not-too-casual vibe.

 

casual outfits: cozy cardigan

casual outfits: white t-shirt

casual outfits: floral denim

3. Pops of Print

Take a new spin on patterns by wearing them on your pants instead of your top. I love this floral denim for a feminine twist to classic jeans. Any time you’re wearing patterns, wear them with solid complimentary colors. Wearing solid white on white layers with the patterned denim is a great way to throw together an easy outfit while preventing the outfit from looking too busy.

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Happy New Year! A new decade has begun and that means a new era of fashion trends is looming. Curious about what’s going to be big this year? Let’s turn to Wantable’s in-house fashion experts to reveal the big styles. Check out the top fashion trends of 2020 according to Wantable’s stylists.

2020 fashion trends: animal print

1. Animal Print

The ongoing animal print trend encompasses everything from snake and zebra to leopard and croc. Expect animal print to be fashion’s new neutral this year. Stay ahead of the game as Queen of the Jungle by keeping your statement animal print pieces in hand and investing in some more diverse prints to mix and match outfits.

 

2020 fashion trends: pleats

2. All of the Pleats

This luxe-looking trend will keep all of your outfits looking fresh and put-together. You’ll see pleats in twirl-worthy skirts, dresses, and even pants and tops. Reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe’s signature white pleated dress blowing up over a subway grate in the 1950s, this style is both classic and flirty—and it’s here to stay.

 

2020 fashion trends: color block

3. Colorblock Details

Simple, yet statement-worthy, color block details elevate any simple outfit. Don’t be surprised to see unlikely color block color combinations in 2020. Pastels are mixed with neons and primary colors for unexpected combos that make for a trendy ensemble.

 

2020 fashion trends: cargo pants

4. Cargo Pants

All things utility have been trending for the last couple of years, and cargo pants are most certainly part of that trend. Some days, you’ll want to put aside your denim for cargo pants, which give off a casual cool-girl vibe, while also being quite comfortable (and stretchy). The versatility of the utility trend makes cargo pants an easy staple to add to your wardrobe.

 

 

2020 fashion trends: quilted jackets

5. Quilted Jackets

How excited are you for a fashion trend that allows you to look cute in winter while actually staying warm? Quilted jackets are both in-style and insulated—proving that cozy & cute is totally achievable. The quilted texture takes any coat to the next level in style and will certainly be a must-have trend this year.

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Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is upon us! I personally love the holidays and truly believe it is the most wonderful time of the year. (Anndddd that’s why my holiday decorations go up November 1st every year.) Call me crazy or call me festive—I’m a proud fanatic of the holidays. Regardless of whether you’re a holiday fanatic or not, this time of year often comes with high expectations, which can lead to unnecessary stress. But if you approach it by setting your intentions and establishing how you want to make the most out of your holiday season, that will help you prioritize the little time you have. To give you some inspiration, I’m outlining 4 easy ways to make the most of the holiday season. Whether you implement some of my ideas or not, I hope you’ll encourage you to take a moment and think about what’s important to you.

holiday season: give back to the community

Give Back to the Community

Get in the holiday spirit by giving back to your community. There are a ton of ways to spread the spirit of giving no matter your budget or free time allowance. You could even ask your friends and family to volunteer with you or donate to a cause in lieu of gifts. Last year, I gifted a good friend a donation to Wikipedia instead of a physical gift because he is a Wikipedia fantastic. He LOVED the gift and appreciated the thoughtful donation to a cause he cared about over material goods. Here are some more ideas for giving back this holiday season:

  • Contribute to a clothing or toy drive or start your own
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Opt in to showing up monthly to your favorite charity or organization
  • Write letters to deployed military members
  • Make cookies for people working over the holidays

holiday season: conversation starters

Be Prepped With Conversation Starters

During the holidays, you’re sure to be around friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. It’s time to dust off the ice breakers! You’ll be spending a lot of time in long conversations, catching up with loved ones and even meeting plus ones and guests you’ve never met before. Once you’re past the normal small talk, be prepared with some great conversation starters to fill in any awkward silences. Here are some of my favorites:
  • What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that you did while growing up?
  • Where are the five places you really want to visit on your bucket list?
  • What’s the weirdest food you’ve eaten?
  • What’s your favorite thing about the area/city/state you live in?
  • If you had to stay one age forever, what age would it be?

holiday season: recipes

Try New Recipes & Share Old Favorites

Food is one of my favorite ways to bring people together over the holidays. Finding new holiday recipes to try out can be a fun way to cook up new ideas for your potlucks and parties. Pinterest anyone? At the same time, sharing some of your favorite recipes with friends and family and making meals or baking treats together is a wonderful excuse to get people together. Here are some of my favorite recipes that I’m sharing with you today:

holiday season: mind and body

Take Care of Your Mind & Body

With long to-do lists and high stress over the holidays, it’s extra important to fit some self-care into your routine. You spend a lot of time thinking about gifts for others while also scheduling your visits to fit in time with friends and family, leaving little time to breathe. Set aside dedicated time away from your holiday stressors to treat yo’self! How you spend this time is completely dependent on what is important to you, but here are some ideas:

  • Fit in a work out over your lunch hour instead of eating at your desk
  • Take a long bubble bath
  • Practice regular meditation (I highly recommend Headspace as a meditation app—it’s free to download)
  • Turn off your phone and email and enjoy a movie or book without disruption
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It’s beginning to look a lot like…HOLIDAY PARTIES. Bring on the egg nog, festive jams, and mistletoe!  Between your office parties, get-togethers with friends, and family reunions, there’s no doubt you’ll be busy this holiday season.  Every occasion calls for a different type of ensemble, so you’ll want to be prepared. With it being the busiest time of year, I know it’s not always fun trying to figure out what you’re going to wear to each outing. Don’t stress—I’ve got you covered with 5 outfits perfect for every kind of holiday party.

holiday party: plaid jacketOutdoor Celebrations

Bundle up in buffalo plaid and a cozy sweater for a night spent under the holiday lights. With an adorable jacket like this, you don’t need to sacrifice fashion for warmth. Wear simple black pants and a small black clutch to compliment the buffalo plaid pattern.

 

holiday party: sequin blazer

Charity Cocktail Party

Look elegant in emerald and add a bit of sparkle with a stunning sequin blazer. For an extra pop of glam, add an animal print clutch to hold your belongings and some simple hoop earrings to top it off. It never hurts to look fabulous for a good cause. Get it, girl!

 

holiday party: knit sweater

Home for the Holidays

Celebrate with family and cozy up by the fire in a chunky knit and colored jeans. A satin tank is great to layer underneath and a simple black clutch is all you need for practical accessories. Stick to comfortable everyday pieces that allow for both long couch conversations and chasing kiddos around the house.

 

holiday party: colored blazer

Office Outing

Pair a colored blazer and sequin top with coated denim for a well-styled look. You’ll look professional and polished with a touch of glam. Wearing green as the hero ensemble piece with a red accessory (or vice versa) is a great way to add a festive vibe without overdoing the red and green color combo.

 

holiday party: button-up plaid

Festivities With Friends

Pick a button-up plaid and cream corduroy skirt for a potluck with friends. A fur infinity scarf is great as a cozy accessory while a red clutch tops off the festive look while bringing out the reds in your plaid. After seeing this outfit, your friends will be coming to you for fashion advice!

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‘Tis the season to travel! I know you’re busy (me too), so I’m here to save the day by giving you an easy packing list to ensure you’re prepared for anything, while also avoiding an overstuffed suitcase. The secret to packing for holiday travel plans is keeping things as simple as possible. Pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched with different layers so that you can pack light. The majority of items on your packing list should be comfortable pieces that allow you to spend less time worrying about what you’re wearing and more time cherishing the time you have with loved ones. Check out the ultimate packing list for all of your holiday travel plans below!


packing list: camisole

Simple Cami

A simple cami serves as a perfect base layer because it can be layered under multiple cardigans and jackets. This means it can also be easily dressed up or down, depending on what you choose to pair as an outer layer. Pick a neutral color like black for your cami for extra versatility with color palettes.

 

packing list: fleece lined joggers

Fleece Lined Jogger

You will definitely need some comfy sweats for those lounging moments that call for the comfiest of getups. You’ll love slipping on some fleece-lined joggers in the morning to start up the coffee maker while catching up with family members in the kitchen. Cozy and tailored, these are also a no-brainer for your long days spent in the car or on a plane.

 

packing list: blue jeans

Classic Blue Jeans

Dark denim is a fail-proof option creating multiple outfits thanks to their unwavering versatility. They can virtually be paired with any top, jacket, or sweater! To keep your packing list light, just pack one pair of classic denim to wear over and over again. I promise nobody will notice if you’re just changing up what you’re pairing them with (your secret is safe with me).

 

packing list: striped t-shirt

Striped Tee

This classic piece is a suitcase staple no matter where your final destination may be. Easily round out any look with a striped tee for a casual, laidback vibe. Tuck it, knot it, or wear it under a sweater or light jacket. There’s no doubt that it will be one of the most worn pieces throughout your travel plans—and for good reason!

 

packing list: pullover sweater

Cozy Pullover

From elevated outfits to functional layering, this one item can do it all. You’ll want to snuggle up in a cozy pullover when you’re in hibernation mode or throw it over a tee or tank when you’re looking for some added warmth. I especially love this rust hue for fall— it perfectly matches the color of a delicious pumpkin pie *yum*.

 

packing list: dress

Breezy Dress

A lightweight dress is an easy one-and-done piece that won’t take up space in your carry-on. Plus, it’ll help you to be prepared for some dressier social reunions while still remaining comfortable. Remember, we’re focusing on comfortable items for this packing list. If you’re going to be in colder weather, simply pair it with tights, boots, and a cropped jacket.

 

packing list: moto jacket

Moto Jacket

There’s no better way to add a little bit of edge to your outfits than packing a moto jacket. Wear over your breezy dress or simple cami for some fun layering. Incorporating a moto jacket is an easy way to convert your night-in outfit to an elevated night-out ensemble.

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You’ve conquered Halloween festivities and now it’s time to prepare for the best social gathering of November—Friendsgiving!  Between preparing your dish, loading up on carbs, and going back for thirds AND dessert, you’ll want to make sure your Friendsgiving outfit is super comfy and leaves room for a little waist expansion. At the same time, you’ll want to dress to impress! I’m a huge sucker for anything that involves great food (and lots of it) and great people, so you can only imagine how much I love Friendsgiving. I’m so excited to share 5 chic and oh-so-cozy Friendsgiving outfit ideas to wear this year—no matter what vibe you’re going for. Hint: maybe leave those non-stretchy skinny jeans and restricting leather belt at home.

friendsgiving outfit ideas: sequin top

Shine Bright

You’ll turn heads in this show-stopping outfit with a cropped sequined top. To avoid looking overdone, pair the top with relaxed light denim and a small wristlet to accessorize. Since your top will the focal point, wearing simple pieces for the rest of the outfit will complete the ensemble.

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: plaid and cardigan

Classic & Casual

Why go rogue when the classic always works? Cardigans and plaid are signature fall pieces and they’ll always go great together. Remember how I taught you how to layer your outfit like a pro? Don’t you forget it! Just add denim and a classic black leather bag and you are good to go.

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: moto jacket and dress

The Trusted Topper

Not sure what to wear? Reach for a moto—they go with literally everything. Don a classic polka dot dress with a faux leather moto jacket for a sweet-meets-edgy vibe. Add a pop of color with a bright red clutch and match it with some red lipstick. Bonus: not wearing pants at Friendgsiving will feel like a major blessing as you reach for your second piece of pie. If it’s too cold outside, just throw on some fleece-lined tights and boots!

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: faux fur jacket and plaid pants

Ready Faux Anything

You are a bold fashion diva ready “faux” anything and you want to stand out at Friendsgiving this year. Break out those plaid trousers and a brightly colored faux jacket for the ultimate look that will turn heads as you arrive at the party. Finish your ensemble with a textured clutch for an on-trend look.

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: striped sweater and leather denim

Warm N’ Cozy

You really want to wear your favorite cozy sweater, but you also want to look elevated and put-together so you’ve got quite the dilemma, right? Wrong! Good news—you can totally have both! Just pair your favorite sweater with leather leggings or jeans and you have a great of-the-moment outfit without having to forgo your comfy sweater.

 

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This happens to me every year. Before I know it, Halloween is upon us and panic ensues because I have NO idea what I’m going to wear as a costume. Sure, I could run to the local party store and buy a ridiculously expensive and tacky store-bought costume, but what’s the fun in that? I personally think that putting together easy homemade costumes is the best way to dress up for Halloween. It’s budget-friendly because you’re not spending money on a costume you’ll wear once a year and it gives you a chance to get creative and have fun with the pieces you own already. Check out these three easy last-minute Halloween costumes you probably already have in your closet.

easy halloween costumes: where's waldo

easy halloween costumes: where's waldo

easy halloween costumes: where's waldo

1. Where’s Waldo

Get spotted by the easily recognizable character, Waldo from Where’s Waldo. This is an incredibly easy ensemble to put together. Just grab any red and white striped top—a t-shirt, sweater, or blouse could work—and wear it with jeans and sneakers. Toss in a red crossbody to be extra chic (and also practical—Waldo needs a place to put his stuff). Extra credit if you have black-rimmed glasses and a red beanie to top it all off!

 

easy halloween costumes: '60s

easy halloween costumes: '60s

2. A Groovy ’60s-Inspired Costume

Groovy baby! Luckily tie-dye has been one of the biggest trends of 2019 and you can find tie-dye pieces practically anywhere, even if you don’t already own a tie-dye shirt. Wear your tie-dye with flared denim and heeled booties for a simple 60’s inspired Halloween costume. Throw on colored sunglasses and layered necklaces to really complete the look.

 

easy halloween costumes: sandy

easy halloween costumes: sandy

easy halloween costumes: sandy

3. Sandy from Grease

I got chills, they’re multiplying…because you’re going to look extra sleek in a Sandy costume on Halloween! Find a black cropped jacket – a moto, suede, or leather jacket will all work, a black tank, and black skinny jeans or leggings. Eazy peasy. Go, greased lightnin’!

 

 

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As the day-to-day gets back into a routine, it seems like your fall schedule is packed with a long list of to-dos. Get ready for school, run errands, prep a meal, and repeat. But, on the bright side, with the busier season comes so many fun activities.  Personally, fall is my favorite time of year. Sure, I love the beautiful red leaves and crisp autumn air, but I get really excited for all the cute fall outfits I get to wear to all my favorite fall activities. Check out some of these outfit essentials to pair with the best fall activities this season.

fall schedule: utility jacket & plaid

Flannel Apple Picking

No fall schedule is complete without a day of apple picking. For a day at the apple orchard, you’ll want a comfortable outfit that can hold you on your feet for a couple of hours. Some cozy flannel layered under a light jacket and jeans will do! If you get too warm, it’s easy to take off your light jacket and simply tie it around your waist as an alternative. A simple beanie adds some extra warmth and also serves as a cute accessory.

 

fall schedule: printed blouse

Patterned at the Pumpkin Patch

For a day time visit to the pumpkin patch wear a stylish, yet practical outfit to take advantage of some Insta-worthy photo opportunities in the gorgeous autumn sun. A light floral patterned blouse will keep you covered without overheating in the sunlight. Pair it with bright chinos and a complimentary colored crossbody to add some fun pops of color to your fall outfit. Plus, they’ll really stand out against the orange colors of the pumpkin patch!

 

fall schedule: leopard jacket

Corn Maze Craze

It’s going to be dark and it may get a bit spooky! Make sure you’re bundled up and ready to move when you make your annual trip to the haunted corn maze. This cozy leopard zip-up will keep you warm in the autumn evening and doubles up as a pseudo-Halloween costume for your adventure! (I’m a leopard, duh!) I love this bright red crossbody that pops with the animal print zip-up. It’s perfect to toss in the essentials while you’re running from the ghouls.

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I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – fall is all about layering! Wearing multiple layers is great in the practical sense of having to adjust from outdoor to indoor temperatures. It’s also a great way to add fun textures and dimensions to your outfit. You may be afraid of adding too many layers for fear of looking frumpy. But if done well, layering can actually accentuate your silhouette and compliment your figure. Check out some of my best practice tips for layering this fall season!

how to layer: base layer

Step One:

Start with an underlayer and some neutral bottoms that can be paired with multiple textures and layers on top. Most of your layers should be neutral colors to avoid clashing. I love these olive slacks because they’re simple, yet trendy and pair really well with all fall colors.

 

how to layer: chambray shirt

Step Two:

Add a basic button-down. A chambray shirt works really well here. Plaid, stripes, and polka dots can add some fun patterns to your ensemble as well. Make sure to leave your button-down untucked! We want the bottom to be visible under your next layer.

 

how to layer: knit sweater

Step Three:

Play around with different textures and fabrics with your layers! It’s best to incorporate a mix of textures, as too many of the same fabrics can look heavy and add unwanted weight to your look. Layer a neutral sweater or cardigan over your button-down, cuffing the sleeves of your button-down over the sweater for added dimension. A basic colored sweater here works great as well to complement a more colorful or patterned button-down layer underneath.

 

how to layer: tweed blazer

Step Four:

Heading to work or just stepping out into the cold? Add a light blazer on top of your sweater to look work-ready chic while also staying extra warm.  Cuffing your sweater over the jacket adds the same extra dimension I mentioned above. But un-cuff your button-down from the sweater first! Three layers of cuffing are probably too overwhelming.

 

how to layer: accessories

Step Five:

Don’t forget to accessorize! A cognac bag pairs well with all neutral colors and a statement necklace adds some extra pizzazz to glam it up.

 

how to layer: scarf

Step Six:

Finally, a fun patterned or animal print scarf top is a must. A bare neck in cold weather is a travesty! I love a leopard print scarf because the warm tones of the leopard print go so well with fall colors like cognac and olive.

And there you have it! Take these tips to your closet and find ways to layer this autumn without adding 50 layers of bulk. Have fun staying warm in the cold weather without sacrificing style!

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