2014 Closet Remix Challenge

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’m a Shopaholic.

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As I mentioned yesterday, I am doing a Closet Remix Challenge on Instagram.  The idea of the Closet Remix Challenge is to encourage you to bust out the items in your drawers with tags still on them, dust off things you have forgotten in the back of the closet, and pair unexpected pieces to create fun new outfits, giving a twist on your trusted favorites. You cannot shop for clothes, shoes or accessories for the entire month of January. If you have a date night, no shopping. Wedding? No shopping. Vacation? No shopping!

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I’m sure you’re thinking, one month isn’t that hard.. But, it actually is {for me}. I don’t think I’ve realized how often I was just searching for something when bored and pressed the “buy now” button or how often I indulge in retail therapy when I’m having a bad day. But, I’ll make it through these 31 days and maybe even some of February. Below are my outfits for the first 10 days… If you want to know where anything is from just shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

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I do enjoy this challenge because it is in line with my goal to spend less on shopping If you want to join in on Instagram just hashtag #2014closetremixchallenge or #30dayclosetremix.

Gift Guide: Under $25

I’m always looking for small gifts to give to co-workers or friends that won’t break the bank. You don’t want to be that person who is caught with nothing to give when the other person has a beautifully wrapped gift in their hand. Below are my favorite picks for items under $25.
Gift Guide: Under $25
J Crew elastic headband – These are the best hair ties. Normally $12, on sale for $5
Tart server  – Love these fun cake/pie servers for any special occasion
Monogram mug – I am obsessed with this mug! I bought one for all of my co-workers and stuck cake pops in them.
 Gift Boutique Fortune Cookie Box  – I don’t know why I think this is cute, but I do.
Hot Chocolate – Ah.maze.ing.
Deborah Lippmann beauty product – Perfect color combo
letterpress recipe cards + tags – Mignon Kitchen Co. – I bake/cook a lot so these would come in hand when I am winging a recipe
Black Hawaiian Sea Salt  – Perfect for the bath lover
Tuscan Blood Orange Natural Soap – A friend of mine suggest this soap and said the Blood Orange scent is unreal
Diane Von Furstenberg earphones earbud – I keep a lot of earbuds on hand in different places of the house, car and my purses. Never know when you’ll need one!

Gift Guide: Girly Girl

The girly girl list was probably the easiest one I made because, well, I’m a girly girl. I own some of these items and would never turn down any of the others because they are all so fun!
 Gift Guide: Girly Girl

Drybar Blowout In A Box – If you’ve been to the Drybar you know they do amazing blowouts (if you haven’t – check it out!) I use their conditioner and love how light it is for my long hair.
 Bar tool – I doubt Adam would ever let me keep these glitter coasters out for display but they would be fun for a girls party!
Birchbox 6-Month Gift Membership E-Card – $10 a month to receive a box full of beauty goodies. I have a bunch of reviews on my blog about this.
Crystal jewelry – Still loving gold so yes, I love this watch.
Necklace – Classic look with a touch of gold.
Tote bag – I get TONS of compliments on this Tory Burch bag… It is huge so I throw a ton in there and it has held up beautifully after toting it with me everywhere the past 365 days.
Cheek bronzer – Bobbi Brown has some classic makeup for women – I always go for bronzers that are multi-colored over solid.
Polaroid Polaroid Z2300 Camera Black – All girls love selfies
How to Walk in High Heels The Girl’s Guide to Everything  – A fun book for your coffee table or dressing room
Pajamas – I can’t sleep in pants and long sleeves because I get too hot in the night so these light weight jammies are perfect!
Monster Crystal Headphones in White – I personally don’t know if I would wear big headphones like this but I see a lot of people traveling with them and these are a pretty alternative.
Tech accessory – If I didn’t just buy a Lilly Pulitzer Ipad holder — I would’ve purchased this one! Kate Spade has been all over this list… One of my favorites!

See other gift guides here: FashionistaFitness FreakYour ManThe HostessThe Guys Guy & Stocking Stuffers

Cyber Monday Deals (J. Crew)

Happy cyber Monday! Did anyone wait to do their shopping online today? We’ve done the majority of our shopping online to beat the crowds and I noticed J. Crew was having some great deals today! Everything is either 30-60% off with free shipping. Below are my favorites.

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Happy Shopping!

November Stitch Fix Review

I received my third Stitch Fix this month! (See review #1 — I never did one on box #2). Scroll down to the clothes if you already know what Stitch Fix is. If this is your first time hearing of it, below is the scoop.

So, what is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. They get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. No two Fix™ shipments are alike. Each one is hand–picked just for you.

How does it work?

  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. They will need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and they will send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items they have hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything they send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment. Don’t forget you get to use the initial $20 you paid towards the items.
  5. Check Out Give Stitch Fix feedback on your shipment—their secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you

My box:

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A little different from box number 1 (which was all colors) but, it’s Fall so I’ll accept the dark clothes. From first glance I thought I would love 3 things (blazer, dress & oversized sweater) but after trying on with my current clothes, I might be choosing less… We’ll see.

Item 1: Black and White Dress

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I wanted to like this dress but it was a bit too big in the waist area. I liked the print, the semi-sheer black on the sides and the fit and flare style but this isn’t a dress that could be worn alone.

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I tried on a blazer and tightened up the waist with a skinny black belt. But I feel like you don’t see much of the dress with these items on… Hmmm…

Item 2: Chambray Shirt

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This chambray top was a little too baggy for my liking. The style of the shirt (since it was bigger) made it difficult to tuck in but I think maybe it could be cute with leggings, an infinity scarf and a pair of riding boots? I already own 3 chambray shirts so I’m almost positive I don’t need another one.

Item 3: Blazer (excuse my hair in these photos…it was 6am)

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It’s hard to tell but the blazer is grey and tan checkered. I don’t own many blazers but I think I would like this one if it had elbow patches. Maybe I could sew them myself?

Item 4: Boyfriend Fit Polka Dot Sweater

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I love me some polka dots! I thought this was the most versatile piece so I also paired it with a skirt.

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My favorite thing about this was it was long enough to cover my big booty

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Item 5: Black Sequin Tank

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I knew immediately when i pulled this out that I wouldn’t be a fan. I don’t really wear tank tops in the winter (even with a sweater/blazer over) and it looked baggy. 

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I was right.

I haven’t purchased anything yet (I’m supposed to be doing a No Shop November) but I told Adam to help me make a decision after he sees this post. I felt like my personal stylist did an OK job this time but, my first box was still my favorite!

I’ll definitely try StitchFix a few more times and I recommend this fun way to “shop” to anyone who wants to try out some new things. The process was extremely easy and who doesn’t like getting presents in the mail!?

Sign up here if you’re interested!

Weekend Stuff

Friday day to Friday Night digs... Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Friday day to Friday Night digs… Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Ben & Jerry's Candy Bar Ice Cream at the movie theater. We saw We're the Miller's and it was HILARIOUS

Ben & Jerry’s Candy Bar Ice Cream at the movie theater. We saw We’re the Miller’s and it was HILARIOUS

 

I'm officially a Kartzman! and...they don't let you smile for your license anymore.. NOT COOL

I’m officially a Kartzman! and…they don’t let you smile for your license anymore.. NOT COOL

 

Saturday Morning workout at the track

Saturday Morning workout at the track

This is what your face looks like after 5 shots of anesthesia. My tooth never fully numbed so I'll be seeing a specialist on Thursday for the root canal.

This is what your face looks like after 5 shots of anesthesia. My tooth never fully numbed so I’ll be seeing a specialist on Thursday for the root canal.

People actually EAT at IKEA?

People actually EAT at IKEA?

Date Night

Date Night

Son Cubano

Son Cubano

Changing Color Chandelier

Changing Color Chandelier

NYC View

NYC View

Hot Chocolate Delight

Hot Chocolate Delight

Sunday Morning Protein Pancake

Sunday Morning Protein Pancake

My favorite place to eat at the mall.

My favorite place to eat at the mall.

Shopping Outfit

Shopping Outfit

Sushi roll with Quinoa

Sushi roll with Quinoa

Shopping Success.

Shopping Success.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! This week went by soooo soooo slow. I am extremely happy the weekend is here, but unfortunately, the only things I have on my agenda is a root canal and going to the DMV on Saturday morning… Awesome!  In more exciting news, here are some of my favorite finds from around the blogosphere this week.

Favorite View: Favignana, Egadi islands, Sicily 

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Favorite Indulgence: Red Velvet Poke Cake

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Favorite DIY: Polka Dot Shoes

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Favorite Funny: Reasons My Son is Crying

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Favorite Hostess Gift: Beautifully Designed Cocktails with a Monogram

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Favorite Summer Polish: Essie – Mint Candy Apple

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Favorite Splurge: Jimmy Choo – Lance

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Favorite Fall Craving: Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Favorite Quote: Work Hard & Stay Humble

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Favorite Memento: Loved Ones Handwriting on Jewelry

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Weekend Stuff

Easiest Dinner EVER.

Easiest Dinner EVER.

 

Crazy Friday night of shopping #jcrew

Crazy Friday night of shopping #jcrew 

 

Early Morning SoulCycle. My first Survivor class!

Early Morning SoulCycle. My first Survivor class! 

 

Champagne in a can

Champagne in a can 

 

Surprise tickets to see Kenny Chesney!

Surprise tickets to see Kenny Chesney! 

 

Turf Touchin

Turf Touchin 

 

There he is

There he is 

Sunset at Metlife

Sunset at Metlife 

 

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed 

 

Free Kayaking & Paddle Boarding in Hoboken! (we didn't last long)

Free Kayaking & Paddle Boarding in Hoboken! (we didn’t last long) 

 

9 mile bike ride

9 mile bike ride 

 

Reading

Reading 

 

Sunday night Baking

Sunday night baking 

 

Homemade Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Cotton Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend stuff

Friday at 5pm. Seee ya work.

Friday at 5pm. Seee ya work. 

We have stripes people!

We have stripes people!

 

Strawberry Blonde Smoothie

Strawberry Blonde Smoothie 

 

Adam loves shopping!

Adam loves shopping! 

 

Trader Joe's Sunflowers $3

Trader Joe’s Sunflowers $3 

 

Crab Cakes, Garlic Shrimp, Brie Mac & Cheese (!!!) and Asparagus

Crab Cakes, Garlic Shrimp, Brie Mac & Cheese (!!!) and Asparagus

 

Motivation on a Sunday morning run

Motivation on a Sunday morning run

 

#tea

#tea

 

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Hello

Hello

 

Best Market!

Best Market!

 

2 of my favorites -- missing one

2 of my favorites — missing one

 

Gelato -- National Ice Cream Day

Gelato — National Ice Cream Day

 

Happy

Happy

 

First time at J. Crew on 5th Ave

First time at J. Crew on 5th Ave 

 

Free Ice. Sweet deal

Free Ice. Sweet deal

 

HUGE sale. Always my excuse :)

HUGE sale. Always my excuse 🙂

 

Loving our entry -- Gallery Wall going up this week

Loving our entry — Gallery Wall going up this week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outfits of the Week and the Today Show

Good Morning!

Today is my Friday and I couldn’t be happier about that… I’m getting a littttttle too comfortable with these short weeks 😉 The reason I’m off tomorrow is because I will be on the Today Show! I will be included in a fashion segment on how to re-wear a bridesmaids dress (this is not my segment, but I will be “modeling” my revamped dress). So, if you’re around (or want to DVR it) I should be on somewhere from 9-930ish. If you follow me on Twitter, I will update closer to the start time.

Speaking of “fashion”, last week I ended up photographing my outfits every single day before heading out — so, I decided to do a clean-up of the phone and share them here.

photo (6) Blouse: J. Crew Factory, Skirt: J. Crew Factory (similar), Necklace: Forever 21, Pearl Bracelet: J. Crew (similar), Studded Bracelet: Factory Boutique (similar), Watch: Michael Kors, Boots: Jimmy Choo by Hunter

photo (5) Top: J. Crew {sold out}, Blazer: Nordstrom, Cropped Pants: The Limited, Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)

photo (2) Top: J. Crew {sold out}, Skirt: J. Crew (similar), Necklace: Brinabox, Sandals: The Loft (similar), Purse: Target (similar)

photo (4) Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, Cardigan: J. Crew Factory, Necklace: Brinabox, Sandals: Tory Burch

photo (3) Top: J. Crew (sold out), Shorts: J. Crew Factory, Necklace: Brinabox, Sandals: Tory Burch

photo Top: J. Crew Factory (similar), Cardigan: J. Crew Factory, Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar), Purse: Target (similar), Sandals: Tory Burch

photo (1) Top: Rue21 (similar), Blazer: Forever 21, Shorts: J. Crew, Necklace: The Factory Boutique, Wedges: Vince Camuto (similar)