7 Holiday Sweaters Under $100


Sometimes you just don't feel like wearing a holiday dress to the party that you're heading to. Another option? A festive sweater. From trendy sweatshirts to oversized sweaters - anybody can work a little bit of comfort into their holiday look. Plus, you can always dress up your look with a pair of holiday heels (or not). Here are a few of my favorite holiday sweaters under $100. 
The Star Printed Sweater | Stars have been everywhere! I just picked up this Madewell star printed sweater last weekend I'm excited to work it into my holiday wardrobe. I may just have to wear it to the Terrain this weekend. 

The Red Sweater | I love a pop of red! What could be more festive? A bright red sweater would be perfect with denim and sneakers or booties, especially this cropped turtleneck from BB Dakota. 

The Off the Shoulder Sweater | I know - I've been going on about off the shoulder tops for awhile but I can't get enough! It's such a fun and sexy (but in a subtle way) trend. I love this mix of classic and trendy by J.O.A. 

The Nordic Sweater | Nordic sweaters are so fun! A fun nordic-inspired pattern plus a fun color equals holiday perfection. Which is why I'm obsessing over this yellow sweater from LOFT. I may have ordered it for a Scandinavian-themed party that I'm going to this weekend. 
The Bell Sleeved Sweater | Winter white in the trendiest way. This J.O.A bell sleeve sweater would go with nearly anything. And it would be so fun with a pair of metallic trousers or a festive skirt for the holidays. 

The Sparkly Sweater | Looking for sparkles that you can that transition into your winter wardrobe after the holidays? This Marks and Spencers sweater can work for your office holiday party or for the weekend!

The Reindeer Sweater | The cutest sweater! This reindeer sweater would be my go-to for a Christmas sweater party. Who says you have to wear an ugly sweater? LOFT always has seasonal picks. 

Cover Photo by Hannah Morgan on Unsplash

Holiday Traditions: Christmas Village


Every year since I moved to Philadelphia in 2011 I've been going back to Christmas Village by City Hall. Derek moved to Philly in 2015 and since then we've made it a tradition to go together. There are a few things we get every time we go such as the mulled wine (my favorite ever since I tried it in Hungary!) and Belgian waffles - yum! There are so many different stands, various businesses and artists sell their merchandise in the European-inspired market. I always find the most unique gifts for family members and friends here each year! One of the best parts is that it's not just a market but there's an entire winter wonderland set up around City Hall. There's an ice skating rink, a winter garden and hot chocolate bar. You can even buy your Christmas Tree here! 

What are your favorite Holiday traditions in your city? 

Holiday Party Look: Velvet and Plaid


Attending a holiday event and don't want to go with the usual party dress? One of my favorite combos right now is velvet and plaid! Velvet is so festive (and comfy!) and paired with a plaid skirt makes for a party-ready holiday look. I found this vintage 1990's velvet tee from Lost & Found last spring and I love mixing it with current pieces. When it comes to accessorizing I decided to keep it on the minimalistic side since the outfit itself already has so much going on with the velvet and pattern. One of my new favorite accessories? Wrap rings! Stacked rings have been everywhere the last few years and I love this fun twist on that trend. Instead of using individual rings you have one single ring that wraps around your finger to give the illusion of there being more than one. It's both unique and practical. I love the idea of only having to keep track of the one ring itself rather than searching for all of the individual pieces in my jewelry drawer. It's going to be the perfect accessory for all of my holiday looks this season. (Plus, Wrap Ring is based right here in Philly!) One of the best parts? They come in so many different colors and gem shapes so you can find one that's perfect for your personal style. I went with the "Anne" ring in black and white because I'm always on the go and felt I like could work a neutral piece into most of my wardrobe. 

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*DISCLAIMER: I was gifted my wrap ring to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

6 Pairs of Holiday Heels Under $100


It's that time of year again - holiday party season! The last few years I've gotten really dressed up during the holidays but this year I'm thinking about keeping it a bit more casual. I don't want to spend money on a dress that I'm only going to wear once to a party and then hide in the back of my closet for years. I'd rather buy a piece I can work into my everyday wardrobe. One trick to wearing something on the casual-side to a holiday party where you may want to look more refined or formal is to dress up your look with a pair of heels. The best part? Find one great neutral pair that you love and that you can easily wear with different styles and colors and you're set!

The Block Heel | Block heels are both fashionable and easy to walk in - win and win! If stilettos aren't your thing this is a great alternative. 

The Solid White Pointed Toe Heel | My current obsession! White pointed heels will instantly add a cool-girl chicness to your outfit and make you look instantly on trend.

The Glittery Heel | Add a bit of low-key sparkle to your look with a pair of glittery heels. This will instantly dress up any casual outfit. And what could be more festive than glitter?

The Classic Black Pumps | You can't go wrong with a classic pair of black pumps! These will go with nearly everything (all year long!) so if you rarely wear heels this may be the pair to get.

The 2 Inch Heel | For those who want to wear heels but don't want to worry about too much height or trying to focus on balance all night long. A pair of 2 inch heels are the perfect swap!

The Animal Printed Heel | Choose an animal print like cheetah or leopard print for neutral tones with a little bit of pattern. I love cheetah print heels with bright red and maroon! 

*Cover Image by Robert Mertz 

The Perfect Weekend Sweatshirt


Who says sweatshirts can't be fashionable? This oversized black sweatshirt is my new go-to for the weekend, plus it consists of two fall trends - fun sleeves and distressed fabric.

Fun sleeves have been everywhere for the last few months and I can't get enough! I've bought a fair share of bell-sleeved tops but this is the first full tier-sleeved piece in my wardrobe. I love how this add a twist on the oversized sweatshirt look without looking sloppy. The sleeves do most of the talking so the accessories can be kept minimal.

The distressing makes this a casual and laid-back piece but with the mix of the distress and the sleeves it keeps this sweatshirt from looking like it was just laying in your closet for too long. I've eyed a few distressed tees here and there but haven't been able to find one for less than $30 so I haven't bothered. Plus, I'm much more likely to wear sweaters than tees.

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