My Favorite Jewelry Pieces

This bracelet is by Marc by Marc Jacobs.  It's from Nordstrom.  I bought it as soon as I heard the announcement about the end of Marc by Marc.  
          We had our first real snow yesterday and it's cold and wet.  I don't feel like doing an outfit post so I am going to talk about my current and all time favorite jewelry pieces.  Some of them are very inexpensive and some more expensive.  There is a wide range in quality and price but as of right now, they are all my favorites.  I also wanted to experiment with my new camera.  
These are from Topshop.  I think they are amazing.  The crystal cube on the front is super shimmery.  The glitter ball goes on the back of your ear.  
This necklace is from Etsy.  It's a sterling silver plated mermaid.  I love mermaids and wanted a piece of jewelry to acknowledge that. 
These are from Forever 21.  I got them about 5 years ago and I still love them.  
I bought this Swarovski bracelet from a small boutique in Cedarburg, Wisconsin when I was in High School.  It's by the brand Firefly.  That brand is difficult to find because it's a small designer that pretty much only sells to boutiques in tourist areas.  I just love the color and will probably keep it forever.  I feel like it's a work of art.  
This is my engagement ring.  Of course it has to be a forever favorite.  I genuinely think it is the prettiest ring I have ever seen.  It's faceted opal with diamond accents and rose gold.  
I got this necklace in Michigan last summer.  Michigan is one of my favorite places to visit.  It doesn't matter to me that this isn't my home state.  I just love Michigan.  
The earrings on the left are opals from Mexico.  I got them a few years ago when I was there with my fiancé.  Opals are my favorite stone and also my birthstone.  
This ring is rose gold and moonstone from this Etsy shop.  I love moonstone as well.  It is another one of my favorite stones.  
This Scorpio necklace is from Target.  I got it a few years ago, but it's still for sale.  I am really in to zodiac signs and was looking for a while for the perfect Scorpio necklace.  I just love how this is on a coin shaped charm.  
I recently got this rose gold "A" necklace from LC Lauren Conrad.  I just love how delicate it is.  I'm also obsessed with rose gold.  I had the same one in gold a few years ago but all of the gold coating came off of it so I got a new one to replace it.  
These earrings were a Christmas present.  The were from Macy's.  I just love how sparkly and classy they are.  
These earrings are new, from LC Lauren Conrad.  I think they are beautiful as well.  They are cubic zirconia so they are super sparkly.  There is a matching ring for sale that I don't own.  LC Lauren Conrad is honestly one of my favorite affordable jewelry brands.  
I picked up this handmade ring when I was in Key West.  It's a rose gold starfish.  I just love the simplicity of it.  It's really fun for me to buy jewelry as souvenirs from places.  It feels like you are just wearing a little piece of that place wherever you go.  

Affordable Christmas Gift Guide for Her

          Since it's getting closer to Christmas, I wanted to make a post about affordable Christmas gifts for females.  As you can guess, I've intended this to be aimed at a somewhat younger female, perhaps 16-35.  I love all of these items and even have some.  I feel like they would make good gifts because they aren't too obscure and are pretty.  I feel like the average young female would probably appreciate one of these.  Like I said, this is my "affordable" gift guide so I've kept all of these under $50.

1.  Who doesn't love Beauty & the Beast? I know I've always wanted a real Chip Mug.
2.  Candles are always a good idea.  I think they make good gifts because you can never have enough and everybody likes them.  This one is beautiful and copper.
3.  Every coffee or tea drinker appreciates a Starbuck gift card.  It's the perfect thing to get somebody when you just have no clue.  Every time I was given one I was ecstatic because I can't afford to buy Starbucks very often.
4.  What's good about gifting perfume is that it feels special and luxurious but doesn't have to cost a load.  My favorite is Daisy Marc Jacobs.  Most perfumes come in mini size bottles or roller ball tubes.
5.  I think anything personalized like monogram jewelry is nice too.  This one is by LC Lauren Conrad. 
6.  I found this Charles & Keith Cardholder and fell in love.  I think it's beautiful but any cardholder or wallet is a good idea for a gift.
7.  These Kate Spade Earrings super sparkly! Kate Spade makes some really pretty earrings and they are under $50 for the most part.
8.  Anything zodiac or constellation is really popular right now.  I think it's cool to get somebody with their own zodiac on it because it feels very personal.  I love this necklace from Baublebar.
9.  If you can find out what somebody's favorite Christmas movie is, that can be a good gift idea.  Find the Arthur Christmas DVD and the Elf DVD here.
10.  I picked out this other pair of Kate Spade earrings because I love them too.  They look festive.









Red From Zaful

         I'm back with another wishlist from Zaful.  This time I am talking about red for Christmas.  Red can be kind of a difficult color to come by but it is a necessity for this time of year.  I have selected some of my favorite Red pieces from Zaful.  Red is also a color that is considered trendy right now.  Red bags are especially trendy.  That's another reason why I chose to highlight red items.  
          I think this red sweater is really cute because I love the mock neck style.  The sleeves are also really cool.  They have so much volume.  I think they would look really cool with these tassel earrings.  They remind me of a retro christmas ornament.  Also, if you know me, you know that I really love tassels.  This red bag has a high fashion element to it.  It just looks like something that you might see on the runway.  Like I said, red bags are very popular this winter.  I think this tank top would look really cute with a white cardigan over the top.  You could dress it up or down, depending on where you are going.  Lastly, I feel like this skirt is just a winter staple because skater skirts are really nice in the winter with black tights.  





Color Block Scarf

SWEATER: Thrifted  |  SCARF: Primark  |   PURSE: Ted Baker  |  JEANS: Asos  |  BOOTS: Gamiss
          Happy december 1st!  It's advent calendar time!  Now talking about my outfit.  I got this scarf from Primark when I was in London.  I love it so much.  It matches 3 of my coats and is super warm.  It's also incredibly soft.  I'm hoping that I can get a lot of use out of it this winter before I move to L.A.  I paired it with this outfit because I think the combination of pinks and lighter colors go really well together.  







Black on Black

SWEATER: Zaful  |  JEANS: Forever 21  |  BERET: Rue 21  |  BOOTS: Primark
          I finally got a beret while Black Friday shopping.  I used to have one in High School that I wore all the time but I lost it.  It's funny because I was just in Paris and saw them for sale everywhere.  I thought about getting one but decided not to and have regretted it every day since.  As soon as I got home they start popping up everywhere, and became super trendy.  I have been wanting one because I have always loved the style but it would have been nice to have one from Paris instead of Rue 21.  
          I like it paired with this new sweater from Zaful.  I ordered it because I love the allover embroidery.  I am very happy with the design but it is much more cropped then it appears to be one the website and the sleeves are very oversized and I have to roll them up.  It's just overall too big.  Since I love the design so much, I'm still going to wear it.  








Last of London

Somerset House
St. Pancras Station
Neal's Yard
Primrose Hill
          Happy Thanksgiving!  I wanted to throw together a new blog post while I wait for the time to go Black Friday shopping.  These are the last few photos that I wanted to share from London.  They are pretty much all at different locations, so I will talk about each one individually.  
-We stopped by Somerset House because I've heard from other bloggers that the architecture is beautiful.  I totally agree.  The courtyard is such a nice spot.  
-I took this picture of St. Pancras when we got back from Paris.  It's so big and incredible.  I'm pretty sure that this is where Platform 9 3/4 is located.  We were inside the station and actually forgot to check it out.  I'm a little bummed but I know I'll go back someday.  
-Visiting Liberty London was at the top of my list.  I have been wanting to go for SO many years.  I love the floral prints that they create.  I'm a longtime fan of florals and they make some of the best.  The store itself is a dream.  It's so large, with so many treasures inside.  It kind of reminds me of if Anthropologie were a department store.  I bought a Christmas ornament from there.  
-We came across this little river area while we were walking around.  We were in search of crumpets and found a bakery that makes them and has the best salted caramel cake.  I can't remember the name of it but we were walking to a bus stop and found this river.  
-Visiting Neal's Yard was on my list purely because it looks so cool.  It's a little hidden shopping areas that has a bunch of colorful stores.  It's kind of hard to find because it's hidden in a courtyard, if I remember correctly.  
-We wanted to go to Primrose Hill because it has amazing views of the skyline.  It's not too big of a hill but just big enough.  It would be the perfect spot for a picnic if it were summer.  



Camouflage

DRESS: Forever 21  |  BOOTS: Gamiss  |  CARDIGAN: Forever 21  |  EARRINGS: Gamiss  |  NECKLACE: LC Lauren Conrad
           As my fiancé was taking these pictures he pointed out that I blend in with my surroundings.  I am wearing lots of beige and green, so I see how I blend in so well.  That's why I titled this post "camouflage."  This is as close to wearing actual camouflage as i'd ever get, I think.  I actually detest camouflage as a print.  Personally, I think it's one of the ugliest things I have ever seen and can't   understand how it made it's way into the fashion world.  
          On a positive note, I am wearing these new boots from Gamiss.  I think they are so beautiful.  They are a beige faux suede.  They have little embroidered stars and moons all over the heel and back.  I just love how unique they are.  They also fit pretty well.  I think they are so nice for fall.  


Queen Mary's Rose Gardens

T-SHIRT: Mango  |  CARDIGAN: Primark  |   JEANS: Forever 21  |   SHOES: Converse |  BACKPACK: Primark  |  SUNGLASSES: Asos
          These pictures are from Queen Mary's Rose Gardens, a part of Regent's Park.  After Paris, we took the train back to London for a few days before going home.  I am a huge fan of gardens in general so I wanted to be sure to see all of the big ones in London.  This section in Regent's Park is one of my favorites.  I just love all the roses.  There are so many different colors and types.  I can't even describe how amazing the parks in London are but I think I tried to in another post.  They are just so magical.  Not all of these pictures are from the rose garden but they are all in Regent's Park.  
          I got all of this outfit either for the trip or on the trip.  The t-shirt was from Mango and I love it.  I had never bought anything from Mango because it's more expensive in the U.S.  That's the case with so many stores that I went to.  I really want to go back to London with an empty suitcase because it is now my favorite city for shopping.  So many of my favorite brands are based in England and that usually makes them cheaper there, even with the currency conversion.  Anyway, I am totally planning on returning to London some day with more money and luggage space.  One post left from the trip!