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Navy Peplum

Pairing navy with hot pink is one of my favorite combinations (proof here) so when Piperlime sent me this adorable navy Waiting 4 U Dress from Keepsake, I knew I needed to pair it with my hot pink moto jacket. This dress is now on sale for more than 60% off! The peplum flared bottom is so fun and although the dress is shorter than I’m usually comfortable with, the opaque navy tights keep it from looking scandalous. 😉
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Photography thanks to Saunak, check out his amazing instagram page here.

Keepsake Waiting 4 U Dress on sale C/O, similar Blank NYC Faux Leather Jacket, similar Ted Baker Annabilla pump, Manna Kadar Lip Locked in “Manna Babe” C/O


Navy Lace Dress

This was the other dress I scored at the Shoshanna sample sale (you can see the first Shoshanna dress here). It wasn’t a sample dress so it wasn’t as cheap but the 70% off made it a really good price; I had two family weddings coming up so I bought it. The sleeves came unlined like most lace dresses so I had it lined for modesty reasons. It seriously pays to find a good tailor; she even found the fabric for me! It was a perfect match and she did an amazing job as you can see; even slightly lengthening the sleeve so I could feel more comfortable at the very religious weddings I would be attending.

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Photos by Brittanny Taylor; check out her FB page here!

Dress: Shoshanna dress, unavailable. Gorgeous options- Teri Jon lace dress, Eliza J lace dress, Darling lace dress, and Anthropologie lace dress Clutch: Gigi New York magenta clutch c/o Shoes: C.Wonder pumps, old. Similar Sole Society navy pumps Cuff: Alanna Bess cleopatra cuff c/o Earrings: Baublebar sky rocket drops Rings: Wrenn Jewelry c/o, Sarah Chloe initial rings similar and rose gold criss cross ring Watch: Kate Spade grammercy watch Lipstick: Manna Kadar lip locked in manna babe c/o

Mint Green Sequins

This is the last of the three handbags I’m featuring from Galian New York‘s latest collection and it might be my favorite! I love the metallic sheen as well as the shape and size of the bag. I appreciate that it comes with optional straps (15-21″)  so I can wear it crossbody and like I keep mentioning, the price points for Galian New York are so reasonable!

Mint green sequins might be the best thing that ever happened to me. 😉 I’ll leave it at that and let the photos speak for themselves! Ha!
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Photos by Phillip Van Nostrand, check out his instagram and FB page

Banana Republic cable knit sweater on sale, Shoshanna sequin skirt on sale, Baublebar Sky Rocket Drops earrings, Galian New York nolita handbag c/o, Kendra Scott naomi double ring c/o, Kate Spade licorice pumps (in other colors) and more colors for Kate Spade licorice pumps, Mary Kay nourishine lip gloss in rock n’ red (my favorite red lip hands down!)

NYE Ready In Sapphire Sequins!

These photos were actually taken in October on my birthday (right before my party, thanks to Rachel and Brittanny) but I had to save them for this time of year! 🙂 I scored this Alice + Olivia dress on clearance a few months ago and the blue sequins are everythingggggg. I added links to some gorgeous blue sequin dresses on the bottom of the post because how else do you celebrate the new year if not with the most sequined, blinged-out dress you can find?!

On another note…. I hope it’s ok if I use this space to vent for a second. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or what exactly it is, but I’ve been noticing quite a few bloggers recording their personal weight loss journeys on their blogs and offering weight loss advice for their followers. Maybe it’s because I’m a social worker or maybe it’s because I lost a dear friend to an eating disorder when she was just 21 years old, but I find it dangerous to give weight loss advice to others for two reasons. Firstly, we all have different bodies with different needs so what works for one person might be completely opposite of what another person needs. Maybe one person finds being vegan her key to health while another person needs their turkey or red meat to be strong and healthy. One person might find that eating less carbs is good for their body while another person needs more carbs to fuel their brain and body. But just because you found something that works for YOU, it doesn’t mean that you are now an expert with a degree in dietetics and know what everyone needs. And when you have young and impressionable readers, it is so important to watch how you talk about diets and bodies.

And secondly, I find that focusing on a number on the scale causes us to to lose sight of what the real focus should be; living a balanced and healthy life regardless of body size. We have enough judgement and prejudice against overweight people in our society. I see people suddenly “care” about the wellbeing of a complete stranger because “omg, it’s just so unhealthy to be at that weight!” And really? Did you see their blood test results? Can you see their unhealthiness just oozing out of their pores? We are all worthy of acceptance as we are and if you’re lucky enough to have a blog with a big audience, why not use that platform to bring about positivity and acceptance; not perpetuate the twisted belief in our society that you’re only worthy and “good enough” if you’re thin? Self acceptance doesn’t have to mean that there’s no room for growth or change; it just means that you are ok and worthy of love whether you’re a size 0 or 28. To take care of myself, I end up unfollowing bloggers who record their diets and weight loss because it’s unhealthy for me to be reading that. I don’t need to hear about how “omg I gained so much weight, I’m fat, it’s disgusting.” I’d love to be cheering you on your path to health and balance without body bashing and diet talk.

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 Photos thanks to Rachel of I Hate Blonde

Alice + Olivia dress, sold out. Similar Dress the Population sequin dress or Nue by Shany sequin dress, Shoshanna sequin dress or Carmen Marc Valvo floral dress. Leather jacket borrowed. Similar Topshop leather biker jacket or BLK DNM lambskin leather jacketKendra Scott Naomi Double Ring C/O and Alexis Bittar earrings

Holiday Ready With Elaine Turner

One of my favorite accessory stores is Elaine Turner; not only because the brand is filled with gorgeous shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories, but because Elaine uses her business to spread awareness and raise funds for many different charities. In one of the Elaine Turner YouTube videos, Elaine discusses that the inspiration behind lining her handbags in a hot pink color is in honor of her mother’s battle with breast cancer. She opens her boutiques for weekly charity events focused around women and children and it’s examples like these that make the Elaine Turner brand even more special to me. Today, I’m featuring the beautiful Angelina Snake Noir Clutch and I love the embossed black leather mixed with the light gold bamboo clasp. It exudes luxury and makes for the perfect holiday party clutch!

If you want a glimpse into the Elaine Turner brand, you must check out her fun YouTube series. Just watching Elaine makes me laugh and want to hang out with her but I also feel so inspired watching her turn her business into an incredible platform to just GIVE back. Check out the trailer and let me know if you spot me in the latest episode here (hint: I’m wearing a bright coral dress at around 2:45 🙂 )! I also loved watching this episode where Elaine talks about her inspiration behind the brand.

I’m super excited to share an exclusive promo code for you guys to use just this week on your purchase from Elaine Turner! Just use the code ASEQUINLOVEAFFAIR20 for 20% off your purchase.

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Photos by Brittanny Taylor; check out her FB page here!

Topshop Sequin Tee, Ann Taylor Pleated Skirt, Margaret Elizabeth Tessa Earrings, Elaine Turner Angelina Snake Noir Clutch C/O, Kate Spade New York watch, Wrenn Jewelry ring and bangle, Via Spiga Pump