Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Winter Wardrobe Essentials + 5 Tips For Layering

 I was watching the news this morning and was thrilled to see that there is a winter storm on the way! I always love having a snow-filled Christmas, and since we're staying home this year I think the snow will make it even more magical. Dressing in the winter when it's cold and snowy can be tough, so in today's post, I'm sharing all of my winter wardrobe-essentials. Since I've lived in Buffalo for so many years, I feel like I have finally curated my winter wardrobe to a point where I'm always warm but still feel stylish. I also love to layer in the winter and am sharing a few of my layering tips below! I added a bunch of adorable winter pieces to the end of this post if you need help shopping for the perfect winter wardrobe.

My Top 5 Tips For Layering:

Size Up

I tend to buy all of my winter jackets at least one size bigger than I typically wear so that they are easier to layer with! There's nothing worse than having a Chris Farley 'fat guy in a little coat' moment from Tommy Boy- lol! In the look below I went up a size and was able to add lots of layers underneath. This is one of my favorite layered looks yet!

Coordinate Colors

I think layering can be very intimidating because finding a bunch of different pieces that all look great together is tricky! To make this a little bit easier I tend to stick to either a neutral color palette or go for a monochromatic look. If you have time I would definitely recommend watching Jenna Lyons new show- Stylish! There are so many amazing tips and an episode all about monochromatic dressing. In the look below I suck with a neutral color palette and added a fun pop of print! It was a great way to break up the black and add another layer. I also tied in the browns from the houndstooth with some brown suede boots.

Mix Textures and Prints

To add a little more excitement to layered looks I like to mix in different textures and patterns. I sometimes will pick out a specific item in my wardrobe and build the outfit around it. Sweaters are always a great layering piece and I love how much texture they add to an outfit. When wearing a print, I love to tie in the colors in another element of the outfit. In the outfit below I layered with a buffalo check flannel that matched my red lip and the laces on my boots. I found this quote from Jenna Lyons from her time at J. Crew and thought it summed up how important it is to have balance when layering.

"I have a very specific idea of how things should go together: when you have something shiny, you need something matte, when you have something soft, you need something hard. The combination of mixing textures is really important in terms of layering, but we also have very strict rules—meaning visually, does it look right?—when it comes to proportion as well. Those things are very important to us."

Add Accessories

If you've been a reader or follower for a long time, you probably know that I love winter hats. I have more than I'd like to admit- but when you need to wear a hat to keep warm every day it's good to have options. I always use my winter accessories to style a layered look and add extra warmth. The look below I wore in NYC and it was great to be bundled up since we were doing a lot of walking. This tweed jacket was a little dressier, so I made it a more casual look with a simple black beanie and neutral scarf. 

Lay It Out

When putting together a layered look I love to do a flat lay and keep trying out different pieces. It makes it a lot easier to swap out pieces and find the perfect outfit before trying everything on. Since there are a lot of layers it can frustrating trying on different outfits, so laying it out is definitely a time saver!

Curate your winter wardrobe!



Hats, gloves, and scarves:




Thursday, December 3, 2020

Gift Ideas for Mom!

 Hi everyone! Christmas is quickly approaching, and on my Instagram story the other day I asked who you guys are still shopping for. A lot of you were looking for gift ideas for your mom or mother-in-law, so in today's post, I had my mom help me put together a few gift ideas great for moms. My mom has a bunch of these pieces and I had her share her thoughts below! We included items at a variety of price points so whether you're looking to splurge or just a little something we've got you covered. 


A few notes from my mom on her favorite items!

Dudley Stephens:

Abby got me my first Dudley Stephens for my birthday this year- it is so cute and cozy. I got the Brighton boatneck top in black and love how easy it is to layer with. 

Equilibria Women: 

Since Abby moved home from college I noticed she was frequently using CBD products from Equilibria Women. I used the relief cream one day and it really helped alleviate the soreness I had been experiencing. I also love to relax by adding the Mindful Mineral Soak to my bath.

Yeti Rambler:

I picked up one of these over the summer and used it all of the time for beach days! It keeps my beverages so cold and is a great inexpensive gift option. 

Custom Home Painting:

My family got me a watercolor painting for my birthday and it was such a thoughtful gift. It's something I will cherish forever. 

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Friday, November 27, 2020

The Best Black Friday Sales!

 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love. I know today can be overwhelming with all of the Black Friday sales happening, so I wanted to round up a few of my favorites for you. It is a great time to pick up some gifts or pick out the perfect holiday outfit! Rounding up my favorite sales below!

Happy Shopping! 

20% off everything at Tuckernuck!

I don't know what I would've done without Equilibria CBD this year!

20% off sitewide + free daily treatment oil ($68 value) with $150 purchase! You can also use my code 'belleoftheball' for an additional discount for first-time buyers. Shop here!

50% off at J. Crew with code FRIDAY!


20% off $60+ and 30% off $120+ at Susan Shaw:

30% off everything at Draper James:

30% off at Vineyard Vines!

Up to 60% off + Free Shipping at Lisi Lerch:

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Draper James Holiday Sale!

 Hi everyone and happy Monday! I woke up to an email about an amazing Draper James sale this morning and had to share it with you guys! Everything on the site is 30% off and there are so many adorable gift ideas and pieces to pick up for the holidays. My favorite gingham sweatshirt is also included in the sale! I'm sharing a few of my sale favorites below as well as how I've been styling them this year. 


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A Holiday Cocktail Recipe!

 Hi everyone! This year it is so important to support local businesses and one of the best ways to support restaurants is to order curbside pickup! My family ordered from my favorite restaurant, The Grange Community Kitchen, once a week during the first few months of quarantine and it was always a special night. What's better than eating your favorite meals surrounded by those you love. For the holiday season, I worked with The Grange to come up with a fun cocktail recipe that you can easily create at home. With the new regulations in Western New York, it's not likely we'll be able to dine inside anytime soon but grabbing to-go from The Grange and making a holiday cocktail at home sounds like the perfect night to me! 

In this post, I'm also wearing this adorable look from Draper James! Even though we'll be spending the holidays at home this year I am still looking forward to dressing up. This dress is beyond comfortable and such a fun print! It's super stretchy too so I can squeeze in that last piece of pie on Thanksgiving. 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season! Cheers!

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Holiday Finds Under $50 Styled Two Ways

Happy Thursday everyone! As we approach the holidays, I'm always on the lookout for cute holiday pieces that don't break the bank and are versatile. I scored this adorable blackwatch plaid button-down and green cords both for under $50 and could not be more obsessed. Both pieces look great dressed up but can easily be styled in a more casual way as well. In today's post, I'm featuring both items and how I plan on styling them for the holidays. The first look is on the dressy side paired with some statement earrings, leopard heels, and a leather blazer. I think this outfit is so chic and would be great for a holiday gathering. For the casual look, I opted for a pair of my favorite Tretorns and threw on a jean jacket. Which look is your favorite?


Dressy Look:

Casual Look:

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