Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eve.


Happy New Years Eve, everyone! I was going through my 'awesomefood.' Pinterest board and came across this pin. To ring in 2013, place a rock candy stick in your glass of champagne! This idea is perfect for any occasion, whether you're planning on dancing the night away or lounging at home with a box of chinese food. Doesn't it look so pretty?! I'm sure it tastes yummy, too. I hope everyone has a lovely New Years Eve! Have fun & be safe.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from my pup Winston and I! Even he got all dressed up with his Christmas tie!;) I hope everyone has a lovely and snowy Christmas day! Remind your loved ones how much you appreciate them, give some pretty gifts, open some yourself, and feast on a Christmas roast beast beef (sorry, I'm a huge "Grinch" fan). Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gift Wrap Galore

Christmas is just hours away, and it's time to get wrapping! Wrapping presents is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season (besides actually giving family and friends their gifts) because I like to get creative. I like to wrap each present a different way specific to each person. This year my mom bought some adorable wrapping paper with a red, white, and black theme. She also bought some parchment paper, which I had fun with. I dressed up the brown paper by making my own red snowflakes to go on top--an idea I got from Pinterest. Here's a sneak peek of my wrapped gifts!



What do you think? I think they came out pretty good, and I had fun wrapping! For more gift wrap ideas you can check out my 'arts&crafts' Pinterest board. Also, tweet me (@alsgillette) pictures of your beautifully wrapped gifts! Have fun wrapping!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gift Guide: For the Snow Lover

Gift Guide: For the Snow Lover

1.  Urban Outfitters Pins and Needles Pinwheel Glove, $20.00 // 2. Madewell Winter Hat, $32.00 // 3. Madewell Country Flannel Shirt, $69.50 // 4. Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Sweater Sleeve Eternity Scarf, $29.00 // 5. J. Crew Polka-dot Snood, $68.00 // 6. H&M Sweater, $34.95 // 7. Madewell Lisa B. Fair Isle Knee Socks, $28.00 // 8. Madewell Wigwam Countryside Wool Socks, $15.00 // 9. H&M Sweater, $29.95 // 10. Urban Outfitters Spiewak Leyden Parka, $148.00 (on sale) // 11. Patagonia Women's Retro-X Fleece Jacket, $199.00 // 12. Madewell Striped Thermal Leggings, $29.50 (on sale) // Sorel Tivoli Boots, $110.00


Whether your loved one is a skiier, a snowboarder, a snow lover, or just someone who has to walk to class or work in the snow, this gift guide is for you! If your loved one is planning on spending a lot of time in the snow this winter, then the first thing  he or she will need is a down jacket. I was hesitant in getting one last winter for Christmas because I thought they were too puffy and unattractive, but I ended up getting one as a gift and I love it! The coat actually doesn't make you look like a marshmallow; it's extremely warm, well-fitted, and waterproof. Other winter staples include flannel shirts, infinity scarves, cozy sweaters, knit hats, and gloves. Above are just a few trendy versions of these items. Keep this gift guide in mind for the snow lovers in your life--these items will definitely be on the top of their lists!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Guide: For the Gents

Gift Guide: For the Gents

1. J. Crew Wood Rubber iPhone 4 Case, $25.00 + Leather Case For iPhone 5, $38.00 // 2. Urban Outfitters Thermal Eco Beanie, $24.00 // 3. Urban Outfitters Flannel Plaid Tie, $24.00 // 4. Urban Outfitters BDG Colorblock Winterlite Henley, $28.00 // 5. Altamont Tailgator Shirt, $40.00 (on sale) // 6. Altamont Mayfield Jacket, $78.00 // 7. J. Crew (left) Marled Socks, $16.50 + (right) Men's Camp Socks, $16.50 // 8. Timberland PRO Wedge Sole Soft Toe, $110.00 // 9. Urban Outfitters Hawkings Mcgill Stretch Skinny Chino, $54.00 // 10. Altamont Stagger Shirt, $58.00 // 11. J. Crew Rugged Boot Laces, $4.00 // 12. Urban Outfitters Classic Bandana, $6.00 // 13. J. Crew Classic Macalister Boots In Suede, $99.99 (on sale).


The men in your life can be difficult to buy for, whether he's your brother, boyfriend, husband, guy BFF, cousin, or even dad, especially when you're unsure of their style. The gift options above are just a sampling of the trendy pieces for men this winter. You can't really go wrong with any of them. Do keep in mind though that some of the items above may be geared towards a younger crowd. For instance, if you're looking to buy for your dad or husband who works a 9-5 office job, don't buy him a beanie and a bandana. Give him the UO flannel plaid tie or a stylish J. Crew iPhone case so he'll look trendy taking those business calls. Also, remember that men are most happy with simple gifts and necessity items, for instance, socks. Men love getting socks as gifts because then they don't have to go out and buy them on their own! So, treat your guy to a nice pair of thick socks to get him through the cold winter. I hope this gift guide helps! I know I'll definitely be taking it into consideration while shopping for the gents in my life. Good luck shopping!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift Guide: Under $50

Gift Guide: Under $50

1. H&M Dark Green Lace Dress, $39.95 // 2. Forever 21 Puffy Vest, $15.00 (on sale) // 3. Bauble Bar Mint Tab Strand, $28.00 // 4. H&M Multicolored Necklace, $17.95 // 5. H&M Gold Hair Clip, $4.95 // 6.  J. Crew Crane & Co. Sketch Note Cards, $22.50 // 7. Madewell happy socks® x madewell trouser socks, $12.00 // 8. Madewell City Storyteller Scarf, $47.50 (on sale) // 9. Bauble Bar Chevron Studs, $10.00 (on sale) // 10. Madewell Colorwheel Ring Set, $24.50 (on sale) // 11. Amazon Ever Pretty Knuckle Rings Clutch // 12. Urban Outfitters Ecote Arts of Ruin Clutch, $49.00 


Holiday shopping can get pricey, especially when you're on a college budget. But, look at all of the beautiful gifts you can buy for under $50! Plus, there are always sales going on online with free shipping. Who doesn't love that? For the best "under $50" gifts, definitely head to stores like H&M and Forever 21. You can also find smaller, less expensive, yet high quality items at Madewell, J. Crew, and Urban Outfitters. I know I'll be shopping at almost all of these stores for friends and family this holiday. Remember, you don't have to break the bank to buy your loved ones holiday gifts. Look for the good deals and take advantage of those holiday sales! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Dorm Decorating

Being away from home during the Christmas season can be rough, especially when you're at college spending more time writing papers and studying for finals rather than getting in the Christmas spirit. Decorating your dorm room or apartment lets you take a break from schoolwork and will make your living arrangements more festive! Most of the decorations in my room came from home, but there's opportunity to get crafty with your decor, as well. 

One of the must-have decorations for the holiday season is Christmas lights. Not only do they bring the holiday spirit into an otherwise boring, square, cinderblock room, but they also provide a comforting glow while studying. I have both strands of lights hanging around my room and a light-up snowflake hanging in the window.


Another Christmas decorating must-have is window sill decorations, such as nutcrackers, little christmas trees, and other stand-up Christmas embellishments. I have a large picture window in my dorm room, so I placed four little Christmas trees [not enough room for a big tree!], a glittery 'Joy' sign, and a hot pink, sequin nutcracker along the sill. 




To get in the Christmas spirit, I also brought two Santa wine glasses with me from home and some candy cane Hershey's kisses, which if you haven't tried them already, you should. My roommate and I also always have ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas on our TV. Even if we're studying, it's nice background noise.  


Christmas dorm decorating is simple and can be done on a college budget. The best way to get some good decorations is steal from home! Also, you can get lights from CVS at low prices. The fact is, just because you're away from home during the Christmas season, doesn't mean you can't be festive. Christmas is my favorite time of the year, so I could never pass up an opportunity to decorate and get in the holiday spirit. Even a strand of lights will make a plain dorm room a little bit merrier. So, get on decorating! I mean, Santa is coming after all.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Burgundy & Black

Burgundy & Black


LOFT Peplum Colorblock Sheath Dress // ASOS Oxblood Leather Pants // AllSaints Blocked Slip // ASOS Bordeaux/Grey Anabela Leather Jacket // Madewell Stadium Jacket //  / BDG Chelsea Lace-Up Boot // Burgundy Laces // Essie Masquerade Belle


This season I've been seeing burgundy and black pieces being paired together everywhere, and I love it! This color combination is perfect if you're going for a sophisticated, perhaps even  an edgy look and don't want to wear all black. The dark, wine red color really mixes it up. This color combo can be worn in many different ways, too. Try wearing burgundy-colored jeans or leather pants with a black top and blazer. Two-tone burgundy and black pieces are good staples to add to your wardrobe as well, like the peplum dress above from LOFT or the old school stadium jacket from Madewell. You can get creative with how you combine the two colors too, for instance, today I saw a girl walking down the street on campus wearing black lace-up boots, like the ones above from Urban Outfitters, with burgundy laces and they looked chic--definitely a style to try! For more style ideas, check out Pinterest. The pairing is definitely stylish for the late fall and winter months, so start loading up on burgundy and black clothing, nail polishes, and even shoe laces!

Do It Afraid.

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of new experiences for me. If I had to say at least one thing I've learned, it would be this:


Keep in mind, you will never see your full potential until you reach completely out of your comfort zone. It's okay to be afraid when trying something new, but as the quote states, you should do it with boldness and confidence. You will amaze yourself seeing just how much you are capable of doing. Just some words of wisdom to think about!:)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving.

Image From: Sweet Clip Art

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone eats lots of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes [my favorite]. But more importantly, be thankful. I am very thankful for my family and friends who support me everyday and are always able to make me laugh during stressful times. What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Threads



Whether Thanksgiving is a giant party or a small family get-together, it is something to celebrate. I mean, the mass amounts of delicious food is enough to make you jump for joy, so dress up for the holiday! Here are three outfit options for Thanksgiving that are sure to impress those family members you haven't seen in months and to hide that food baby [you know it's a given:)].

1. Casual Party Dress



Thanksgiving Outfit 1

Madewell Silk Checker Dress // Ecote Country Boot // Bauble Bar Onyx Bloom Studs

There's nothing easier than throwing on a simple dress and still looking put together. The structure of this dress emphasizes the waistline well (belt is optional), and the plaid pattern keeps it interesting. I especially love the collar on this Madewell dress because it adds some quirkiness to the outfit. Pair a basic dress with tights and lace-up ankle boots to add some edge, while keeping comfort in mind. Then add some sparkle with rhinestone earrings like the Bauble Bar earrings above.


2. Shift Skirt & A Cozy Sweater


Thanksgiving Outfit 2


With all that turkey, a food baby is inevitable. But luckily it's easy to hide with this Madewell sweater paired with a striped sequin shift skirt.  I love this outfit because it has the perfect balance of casual comfort and sparkly glam. Pair the skirt with heeled ankle boots and a statement necklace to dress it up. Also, nix the scarf in the image above, unless you plan on going outside.


3. Fur Vest & Leather


                         Thanksgiving Outfit 3

Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Sheer Shirt // Urban Outfitters BDG Cuffed Faux Leather Legging // Madewell Faux Fur Vest // Me Too Kim Flats // Bauble Bar Hematite Curb Collar

This outfit is comfortable, cozy, and chic. I love mixing leather and fur together for a totally sassy outfit. The loose-fitting button-up underneath the vest will hide your full tummy, while the stretchy leather leggings allow for stomach expansion--and you'll look adorable all at the same time! Pair with metal capped-toe flats [these Me Too ones are super comfy!] and a statement chain necklace.

No matter which type of outfit you choose, you'll definitely look stylish, yet feel comfortable. Plus, these outfits easily hide a turkey-filled stomach. I hope everyone has a lovely and yummy Thanksgiving! Dress your best and be thankful!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mario Testino: In Your Face

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see fashion photographer Mario Testino's exhibit, In Your Face, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This was Testino's first exhibition in the U.S., as he is originally from Peru and lives in London. Testino's work has been featured in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. He has also photographed many celebrities and models such as, Kate Moss, Gisele BΓΌndchen, Brad Pitt, Tom Brady, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Kristin Stewart, just to name a few.

The photos in the exhibit are absolutely stunning. Aside from the amazing quality, the way the photos are presented make them very striking. The gallery room is dimly lit with teal-colored walls. Each photo has a light behind it so that when you walk in it's like a million beautiful, glowing people staring at you. They are certainly in your face. The light from behind the photos makes the colors vibrant so that each image stands out.


Here are a few of my favorite images from the exhibit:



"Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris, 2005" by Mario Testino
Image From: Rag & Bone

Tom Brady in "The Dog Days Are Over; V Man" by Mario Testino
Image From: Mary McGagh

Image of Kate Moss by Mario Testino
Image From: Museum of Fine Arts

Setting up one of Testino's Madonna portraits at the MFA--Madonna looks so young!
Image From: Museum of Fine Arts

Testino also had some of his Royal Family portraits on another floor of the museum. Including one of Princess Diana from which he became famous. They were absolutely beautiful!

"HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, London 2004"
Image From: Modismonet

"Diana, Princess of Wales, London, 1997"
Image From: Museum of Fine Arts


There were so many of Testino's photos that I loved, but obviously I can't put them all up! The experience was amazing, and I highly suggest checking out the exhibit if you get the chance! It's Definitely worth it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Pick-Me-Up

The past week (well, month for that matter) has been tough and very busy with lots of assignments,  exams, and school activities, which is why I haven't been able to write a blog post in a week...my apologies! Since I, and many of my college friends, are just hitting the end of midterms and assignments and struggling through, I wanted to remind everyone to:

Image From: Everything Fabulous

[Always Wear Your Invisible Crown]. Hold your heads high and keep pushing through midterm week month. Thanksgiving break is right around the corner! Believe me, I am counting down the days. I hope this brightens your week! Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Go Vote.

Image By: Dianne Chadwick

Happy Election Day everyone! I hope all of you will be voting today. Democracy is what our country is all about, and it is our job to make our ancestors proud by exercising this right that they fought so hard to achieve. I voted for the first time on Saturday (early voting), and it was quite the honor to be able to participate in such an important election. Remember, vote for the person who you think will do the best for our country. Happy voting! 
  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Door Decorating Contest

Cue the Halloweentown music. Pumpkins and candy corn in place. And good to go! Earlier in the month I mentioned that our floor was doing a door decorating contest. Here is our end result! Keep in mind we are on a college budget and hurricane Sandy prevented us from being able to go out and look for more intense decorations. This was all done with a book of construction paper, newspaper, scissors, highlighters, tape, and the artistic skills of Beth St. John (design/cutting/taping/coloring), Drew McLoon (creepy eye drawings), and I (design/cutting/taping/coloring). Not bad, huh?






Needless to say we came in 2nd place, most likely for our DIY craftiness. But we still think we're the best!:) Happy Halloween everyone! Have a fun and safe night full of costumes and candy! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Music Monday: Milo Greene

This past Saturday, I went to see Milo Greene at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA. The concert was very fun and Milo Greene killed it. Milo Greene is an indie/folk band from Los Angeles consisting of four lead singers, Robbie Arnett, Graham Fink, Andrew Heringer, and Marlana Sheetz, who also sing back-up and switch off playing various instruments (guitar, keyboard, etc.). While Curtis Marrero keeps the band together with his powerful percussion beats.






[Sorry you can't see Curtis in the pictures, but believe me, you could hear him and he was awesome.]

I was first introduced to Milo Greene when they opened for The Civil Wars. Their talent blew me away and I bought their EP album right after the show. Then, I saw them at the Middle East in Cambridge with Family of the Year, and although there were some technical difficulties the band wasn't thrilled about, they still played a great show. This past Milo Greene show was by far the best, though. The audience was really into it and their energy was high, plus no technical problems this time. 

Milo Greene's music is very soothing with beautiful-sounding three and four part harmonies. It's amazing how the band can blend their voices so easily, yet when they sing individually, their voices are very distinct. The music also has strong drum beats in the background that juxtapose the smoothness of the vocals perfectly. Some of my favorite songs of theirs are "Silent Way," "Don't You Give Up on Me," and "Cutty Love." Definitely check them out. I highly suggest this band.

Get Your Sassy Pants On

Get your sassy pants on ladies and gents! This fall, pants and leggings are coming out in all sorts of colors and patterns that look fabulous and certainly stand out. Geometric, floral, animal, and even galaxy/sky printed pants and leggings are making their way on the racks this season. 


Statement Bottoms


1. ASOS Skinny Jeans in Metallic Baroque Print; $70.36 // 2. BDG Twig Mid-Rise Jean, Ikat Print; $29.99 (Sale) // 3. BDG Twig Mid-Rise Jean, Wolf Print; $68.00 // 4. Sparkle & Fade Floral Twill Pant; $29.00 (Sale) // 5. BDG Cosmic Legging; $29.00


The trick is how you style these pants; busy patterns on the bottom call for simplicity on top. Definitely stick to solid colors and classic lines. This may seem restricting, but there are actually many ways you can style statement pants. 

Pair statement pants with:
  • A black, white, or chambray button-up tucked in with a brightly-colored skinny belt. 
  • A simple V-neck with a sharp blazer. 
  • A big, comfy sweater in a solid color. 
  • Wedge booties in black or beige.
  • Solid-colored loafers or flats.
Be aware of the colors in the pants, as well. If the pattern is neutral, (including black, white, beige, gray, etc.) pair the pants with a brightly-colored top or with a simple, colored accessory, such as a belt, clutch, or necklace. If the pants have bright colors or an especially busy pattern with various textures, like the ASOS metallic baroque skinnies above, stick to a neutral top in black or white. Keep in mind though that the main piece of the outfit is the pants, so there's no need for additional patterns and extreme bling. 

Statement pants are a great piece to add to your wardrobe. Urban Outfitters has many crazy patterns and colors for reasonable prices, like the Cosmic Leggings I bought from UO shown above. Although statement pants can seem intimidating to style, they look chic and sassy. Try them out! Be bold. Be daring. Really, it's the way to go.

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