27 November 2015

The Ultimate Black Friday Guide

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Here it is: the ultimate Online Black Friday Deals from the store I really love to shop at. I've also included some of my favorite finds from each sale for you to take a look at. So happy shopping from that warm and wonderful seat on your couch or from the cozy comforts of your bed!

30% Off Everything with code BLESSED

30% Off Everything with code THX

50% Off Season's Best Dresses, Up to 80% Off, & additional 20% of Sale items plus sign up for Revolve Newsletter and automatically enter to win a $250 gift card!

Up to 40% Off Designer Clearance & extra 25% Off any sale item (which is basically the entire site)

40% Off Sale & Designer Sale

Up to 70% Off with code THANKS

Up to 60% Off Sale only until noon Friday! 40% Off Designer Sale & get $50 dollars when you spend $200 with code THANKFUL

Up to 60% Off till noon Friday AND last day to earn a $25 gift card when you spend $100 on beauty, use code BEAUTY1 at checkout // for free shipping & returns use code HOLIDAY

Designer 40% Off Sale (this one is legendary)

30% Off Blackout Sale

26 November 2015

How to Dress for the Holidays

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

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camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

camel coat printed body con dress gold collar holiday party outfit

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're able to get cozy at home and enjoy the comfort of family, friends, and of course great food today. I just can't wait to get my first bite of pumpkin pie (which is truly all I crave every Thanksgiving) For the Turkey Day festivities, I'm wearing one my favorite fall dresses from Maggy London paired with this season's must have camel coat from ASOS.  For me, holiday dressing is all about feeling an extra bit special. Whether it's a statement coat, a sparkling blazer, monochrome winter white, a bright bold red (dress, heel, even a lipstick), or a earrings that shine like ornaments holiday dressing is all about taking your look and adding a bit of glamour to it.

Today I'm feeling that extra bit luxurious in a rich warm camel cocoon style coat. It's cozy enough to feel appropriate for Thanksgiving, while the printed body con dress is dressy enough for a family celebration. My accessories add shine to the look: a multi strap patent leather pump is super cool-girl chic, and the gold double cuff and double collar (love the pearl one here from Sangie Palm Beach) make a strong sophisticated statement. This contrasting neutrals look is bold, yet warm enough to be welcome and wanted at any holiday get together. I know this outfit will be on repeat as the season gets under way and undoubtably return come January for a reprieve.

Especially since I've got a robust holiday party wish list going, do you? Would love to know what you've got your eye on, so drop me a comment or tweet me here ! I can't wait for the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to start (just hours now) so I can snag my top favs for less before anyone else. *TIP* I'll be sharing all my Online Black Friday exclusive sale steals, deals, & codes with my subscribers via a MEGA WATT email blast, BUT you'll only get this exclusive round up sent to your inbox if you subscribe to my newsletter! Sign up HERE. I really don't want you to miss out on this fabulous holiday blast off. 

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Coat, ASOS, love this, great buy
Dress, Maggy London
Pearl Collar, Aquila by Sangie Palm Beach
Gold Collar, Forever 21
Strapped Pumps, old, similar (40% off now)
Cuffs, BaubleBar, (30% off now)
Shades, Quay
Purse, Celine, similar

24 November 2015

Pre Black Friday Nordstrom 40% Off Sale

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And so it begins... the Black Friday Pre-Game sales have started! As works winds down and your Thanksgiving appetite revs up, try passing those seemingly long hours before the holiday break by shopping the Nordstrom Pre Black Friday Sale. Snag amazing new items at a steal and be prepared to wow the December party circuit crowds! I've put together a few of my latest finds from Nordstrom's mega sale bellow, most of which I've already picked up myself.
~ Some on sale season staples I can't live without ~
This great go to clutch perfect for any event, this dress up-dress down turtleneck cape top , this must have holiday jumpsuit in both black and red & this Turkey-Day-ready tie front shift dress is chic, cool, and able to conceal that extra piece of pie...

Love the Look Above?
Sweater // Leather Look Leggings // Celine Purse, similar one I love  // Metallic Oxford Loafers, 40% Off Here 

My Classic Holiday Essentials

Check out these other incredible PRE Black Friday Deals:

 Win Cold Weather Casual Wear at up to 60% off from ASOS ** Ends Wednesday at 1030am! So Hurry!

UO Start of the Season Sale means 30% off sweaters and outerwear through tomorrow! 
Find select dresses at $49, deals on UO apartment, AND free shipping when you spend $50

Up to 60% off
AND get free shipping with code 3265

Snag New Arrivals (things that are NEVER on sale) for 30% off AND free shipping today only! *Ends at midnight : use code GETSHOPPING

The Blackout Sale: 30% Off all the lusciously dark and bold black items on my wish list!
Nasty Gal's “Black Tuesday” is killer fabulous.

The Revolve Clothing Pre-Black Friday Sale is loaded with dresses, blouses, and so much I love all for up to 80% off!

Need a one-stop-shop for a serious gifting spree? Shopbop is the place today: Get 15% off $250+ // 20% off $500+ // 25% off $1000+ on ALL full price AND sale items! Use code GOBIG15
Gotta love a site wide sale...

17 November 2015

For Office Holiday Chic Choose Classic Black and White

When it comes to office holiday chic nothing works better than classic black and white. It always looks polished and sophisticated, the contrast of bright and dark never fails to create intrigue and evoke a silent sense power. On a gorgeous fall day, like yesterday in NYC, you have to play with your layering in order to deal with the swings in temperature, so I ditched my black wrap coat mid morning and by late afternoon had tied up my tunic shirt dress in need of something more breathable and confident. I love the long tunics and shirt dresses from Forever 21 this season AND I love them even more now that Forever 21 is having a pre Black Friday 50% off sale, with free shipping when you spend $30 Pairing the slit shirt dress (like the one you see pictured above) with wide flowing trousers, cropped skinny pants, or dark leggings and knee high flat soft boots, gives the bright light tunic is a winter update that always looks great layered under a duster coat or cropped sweater, because of it's long lines. 

But if you don't want to add a high slit shirt dress to your outfit arsenal knowing you have a great button down shirt dress (and maybe a few) just sitting in you closet from summer or summers past, simply choose one to update. By cutting a high slit up both side seams, stopping at the waist line or hip line depending on where your pants lay most often (i.e. high rise / mid rise), you can instantly revamp a piece that would likely collect dust until Memorial Day. 

Not handy with scissors and a showing machine? neither am I, so you can snag my favorite slit shirt dress of the season here, or take the tunic dress you own to your dry cleaner or tailor and they can have it done in no time, and at very little cost. I love this update on the classic black and white: the slit gives the dress-come-shirt movement and adds  a modern touch. It also gives you the option of tying it in the front or back (no both at the same time) like all the cook kids are doing, and like I have styled above. And by adding the slit, your old shirt dress instantly becomes an essential cover up for resort wear! I love a multitasking wardrobe staple when I find one, and everything you see above is classic, chic, "layerable", changeable, and, just in time for the holidays, deliciously affordable.
:: Outfit ::
Shirt Dress Tunic, Forever 21, love this one & here
Wide Leg Trousers, Forever 21, here & here
Neck Collar, Forever 21
Eye Necklace, Jewels by Durrani by E! "DashDolls" Durrani Popal
Shades, Quay , also here
X Ring, Bauble Bar
Shoes, Ted Baker
Bag, Celine, similar, I own it in black too

~ When in doubt, where black...and white ~

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06 November 2015

What to do with Leftover Crudite ... Make Soup of Course!

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It's time yet again for 5 Ingredient Friday and today I'm sharing my leftover crudite soup recipe that insures that non of those post-party leftovers go to waste. I love this soup for so many reasons: it's simple, quick, healthy, and clean all without sacrificing great flavor or creamy texture. I have made this soup countless Sundays when the fridge is packed with raw veggies left over from a Friday night cocktail party or Saturday supper. I love serving crudite and a homemade dip whenever we have guests around and even keep a try of cut veggies in the fridge at the start of the week to snack on whenever I get that "crunchy" craving it helps deter me from making a mindless snack dent in the chip bag.

The key to this soup is in the ratio of chopped veggies to broth, but also in understanding the importance of the carrots that are providing the starch, sweetness, and richness to this soup. Secondly your all purpose seasoning blend is of utmost important, as you need a blend that is heavily weighted towards powdered garlic, onion, dry mustard, ground cumin & coriander, and dried herbs like thyme. *Tip: you know the blend is heavier on these ingredients if they are listed first*

So try out this soup over the weekend if you are entertaining or tuck it away for post-Thanksgiving when the fridge is barely able to shut with all the leftovers. Just think of all the excess broth and stock you end up throwing away each year! Well now you don't have to, and you'll be grateful for a detoxifying soup after all the holiday indulgences.

5 cups Leftover Crudite Blend:
(2 cups chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped red pepper, 1 cup deseeded grape tomato)
1 diced white onion
1 32 oz container Low Sodium Vegetable or Chicken Stock
1 bunch fresh parsley leaves and stalks
2 tablespoons all purpose salt free organic seasoning blend like this one from Frontier

In a medium pot fitted with a lid (I like to make my soup in this La Creuset Dutch Oven) add two tablespoon olive oil, and warm over medium-high heat. Add your blend of chopped crudite, the chopped white onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook the veggies until soft and fragrant, stirring every minute until the onions are soft and translucent, but not colored (i.e. getting brown). 

Reduce the heat slightly and add the entire container of stock, the bunch of parsley leaves and stalks, and two generous tablespoons of the seasoning blend. Stir and bring to a rolling simmer before, reducing the heat to a soft simmer and close the lid. Let the soup cook for 15 minutes, checking every few minutes under the lid, and gently stirring. At about 15-20 minutes the flavors should have nicely combined and the veggies gotten nice and soft. Transfer the mixture carefully to a Vitamix or heavy duty blender, and blend in batches until very smooth, be sure to be careful that the blender lid does not shoot off with the heat- you can do this by taking a thick dish towel these are my life long favorites and placing it on top of the lid, holding it down while you blend.

Transfer the pureed soup to the wiped down pot on the stove, and taste. Adjust the seasoning if necessary and determine the texture- if it needs to be thinner, add a little water or extra stock. If it needs to be thicker try cooking it down a little on the stove for 10 minutes, or you can add a 1/2 cup or so of unsweetened almond milk if you are craving a bit of depth. Otherwise, you can always add some of the soup back to the blender and throw in some more chopped carrots and transfer the resulting thick puree to the pot of soup and stir to finish.

What to do with leftover crudite soup healthy soup recipe The Supper Model

What do you do with leftover veggies? Juice them? Bake them? I'd love to know- leave me a comment bellow or tweet me @thesuppermodel !

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05 November 2015

Holiday Must Have: The Embellished Jacket

Embellished Jacket holiday fashion holiday gift the supper model

Embellished Jacket holiday fashion holiday gift the supper model

holiday embellished jacket fashion holiday gift the supper model

holiday embellished jacket fashion holiday gift the supper model

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holiday embellished jacket fashion holiday gift the supper model

My standard first step when approaching holiday dressing is to add a touch of sparkle and shine to already existing outfits, and this season the best way to begin to get into that holiday style spirit is with the embellished jacket. As you see above, this pretty but otherwise fairly basic fall outfit (blouse, jeans, and boots), turns into something instantly stylish and shoot worthy with the simple addition of the embellished jacket. The eye catching texture and detail that an embellished item brings to an outfit allows you to rely on your basics, that is your staple wardrobe items, to create a comfortable baseline look, and let that statement piece do all the work. The embellished jacket is truly an essential item to have in your holiday wardrobe arsenal. Especially when it comes to transitioning into holiday apparel, this look is sophisticatedly festive and never looks like you are trying too hard... ugly Christmas sweaters be gone... although I must admit I have a soft spot for those too, like this one I'm so close to pulling the trigger on...

But how do you make sure that the embellished jacket or coat always elicits an "oh wow" and not an "oh dear"

Just be sure follow my ever important "3:2:1 Rule": that's the 3 layer combination, no more than 2 trends worn at once, and 1 statement piece only in this case it's your embellished jacket. This is a fashion formula that is inherently chic, polished, put together, pleasing, and insures your #OOTD isn't designated #OTT.

Need to Master the Art of Thinking in 3's?
Take my look above: Anything less than 3 clothing pieces is too simple for holidays and lacks a necessary style stamp. Anything over 3 is risky when playing with statement pieces like an embellished jacket or coat. Above, I've thrown on my favorite (1) stretch skinny jean and remember blue is an inherently calming-to-the-eye-and-brain color, and a quiet (2) deep hue jewel tone blouse. Over this base goes (3) the embellished jacket which pops and plays with the simple, but similar toned canvas. I've pushed it a bit with the boots (given the light heal detail does draw the eye downward a tad) but the wood is neutral and the navy-gray suede material is also neutral, so it ends up working. The Bag is neutral gray and sunglasses, neutral again in black. Because this was photographed right before I was jetting off to a cocktail party in L.A., I  did throw on some statement earrings, knowing that my sunglasses were coming off and in the evening candle light I wanted a little something extra to catch the light around my face. Normally though, I'm a no-earrings girl, and when it comes to embellished jackets that is really all the decking and drippings you're going to need this holiday.

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Photos by Michel Lobosco


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