{Glam} The A Team

How To Wear A Varsity Jacket - Fashion Blogger When you think of  sporting a varsity jacket, your mind may travel back to the glory days of John Hugh’s The Breakfast Club and Emilio Estevez’s signature jacket. Maybe you think of your own wins in high school. Or lack thereof. (Major flashbacks to my tennis years. Steffi Graf? A girl could dream.) The real questions is how to bring back the past. How do you bring back the glory days in a fashionable and style-smart way? (Even if you have never played a sport a day in your life!)

I paired my varsity jacket from American Eagle Outfitters with a nautical, color-blocked navy and red dress from Zara. My takeaway? It doesn’t  have to be complicated. Scroll down below for a few tips and tricks!

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How To Wear A Varsity Jacket

- Pair it with a pencil skirt or a pair of shorts (shorts over tights? Yes! Give it a go.)

- Your favorite pair of jeans – easy!

- Pair it with an A-line dress. The flounce will be a great contrast to the masculine shape of the jacket.

- Dare to bare with no tee – just a sports bra, leggings, and sneakers.

- Accessorize: I’m talking beanies, sneakers, or a backpack. Keep it sporty.

- Or don’t! Mix it up with a bit of glam – perhaps a pair of big earrings or a flirty leather skirt.

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xoxoStephanie

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{Treat Yo’ Self} V-Day Giveaway

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Whether you are single or happily coupled, it’s important to not only take care of your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, but also yourself! I have tumbled head first into the beauty world and have fallen in love. Today I want to share with you this V-Day set from Zoe Natural Creations! This line is refreshing with a blend of grapefruit, lavender, peru balsam, and patchouli. (For those who don’t know…I didn’t…patchouli is a romantic scent used at times for meditation. Unlike other essential oils its aroma doesn’t diminish over time…it actually improves!)

Below you can enter for a chance to win this mini, yet quite fabulous V-Day package! You will get a hand crafted bar soap, shea butter body cream, and a sugar body scrub made with organic unrefined cane sugar.

Loving these treats and want to treat yo’ self and a few friends? Use code “zoeloves20″ to get 20% off your order!

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Good luck!

xoxoStephanie

{Glam} Cruella

Best Coats For Winter

If any coat could serve as the antagonist of my wardrobe it would be this one. From it’s sleek and statuesque frame to it’s loud black and white spotted print, this coat quickly made it’s way up my list of must-have staples for winter. We already know that I am not afraid of an all black #OOTD. Heck, if it wasn’t for exceptionally good sales and holiday gifts, I may only supply myself with a monochromatic uniform for the rest of my life.

Black and white is an ideal fit for a day or night out because it’s just as bright as it is dramatic. I paired this piece with a black jeggings, leather boots, an oversized ruby bag, and a thick, twisted side braid.

Best Coats For Winter

The beauty routine: braided, messy curls. Defined brows. A soft brick red lip. A bit of blush, and long lashes. My coat may be maleficent, but I tried my best to keep my look benevolent.

Best Coats For Winter

Best Coats For Winter

Jeggings, American Eagle Outfitters | Coat, Ann Taylor | Boots, Zara

Best Coats For Winter

xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} New Year’s Eve

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It’s been amazing to finally reflect on the many changes (good changes) that 2014 has brought not just me, but my friends and family! For me? A drastic hair cut (small change) and deciding to get my MBA (a bit of a bigger change!) While I’m headed back part-time, my younger sister just graduated from West Chester University and is facing the world head-on. And, I can’t forget my two new step-brothers and step-father as well with my mom’s recent marriage in the fall!

Soak up the last few hours of 2014 as much as you can and surround yourself with the ones you love to bring in the new year! 2015 will be filled with exciting new opportunities, new friends, and  (as always) new GLAM!

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Dress, J CREW | Blazer, MM Couture | Tights, American Eagle Outfitters | Heels, Nine West

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Gold and black are one of my favorite combinations! I loved how this fit and flare J Crew Dress had a lighter grey accent – a bit softer than my normal black. (Plus, it had pockets! Total win.)

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{Graffiti} Coffee Bean DIY

Coffee Bean DIY To Organize Make-Up Brushes - GlamandGraffiti.com

I have never been able to figure out a way to organize my make-up brushes. They were such a mess! I lovd this unique, charming, and VERY easy DIY! (Not only do they look orderly, but it smells heavenly!) Share your favorite beauty DIYs below!

xoxoStephanie

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{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright!

{Graffiti} Happy, Merry, Bright!

Welcome to Happy. Merry. Bright!

For unique and authentic holiday gifts, I turn to pop-up shops that feature local artists. It’s absolutely amazing how talented our neighbors are. I took a few snaps of my favorite finds at Happy.Merry.Bright, a shop at Fieldwork Gallery featuring Pittsburgh based artists and chatted to the women behind it all – Lauren Doyle and Leigh Solomon Pugliano. Read on below to see the gorgeous pieces, shop, and learn about more Lauren and Leigh’s inspiration.

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Ella the Elephant Stool

GG: Lauren & Leigh, tell me a little bit about yourselves pre-Happy.Merry.Bright!

Lauren: I’m the author of The Modern Lady Official and cultural attaché born, bred and educated in Pittsburgh. I studied Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and have spent the last few years consulting, writing, dating rockstars and working with non-profit organizations as an advocate for at-risk youth.

Leigh: I am originally from Guyana, South America. My family moved to Pittsburgh in the 80’s, and I’ve been here ever since. I began my professional career working for a world-renowned luxury retailer, managing markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Three years ago I started my second company, Straightforward Consulting, offering HR and Business Development services to small businesses, startups and nonprofit organizations. I’m a busy wife and mother of three young girls, a musician, music educator and advocate for the arts.

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Is it dinner time yet? – Alla Famalgia Vodka & Marinara Sauce

GG: What was your inspiration behind opening Happy.Merry.Bright?

Pittsburgh is filled with movers, shakers, and doers, and we wanted a way to showcase their talents in an elegant and shoppable boutique environment. Many of the products sold are from local artists, creators, designers and entrepreneurs. And we wanted a store that hosted unique shopping experiences–live music, complimentary gift wrapping and delivery, and private shopping events.

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Stunning Necklace by Wanderluxe Design

GG: What 3 items are on your wishlist this Holiday season?

Lauren: Inspiration, experiences, and anything cashmere.

Leigh: Two days of rest and relaxation, two days of rest and relaxation, and two days of rest and relaxation

GG: What’s your go-to gift to give?

Lauren: Soyil candles, which are sold at Happy.Merry.Bright! They’re delicious smelling, hand-poured, all-natural, and a gift that lingers for quite some time.

Leigh: A beautiful ornament, preferably handmade.

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Toulouse Cashmere Shawl

GG: Why is it important to shop local?

Small-business owners are passionate about what they do and care personally about their customers. You’ll find authenticity instead of scripted recitations, and your hard-worked dollars stay right where they belong, within the community.

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Chrisu Scarves

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Rings from the ‘Born to Be’ Collection by Moriah McCullough

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Headbands from the ‘Born to Be’ Collection by Moriah McCullough

GG: What’s your favorite Holiday tradition?

Lauren: Smooching under mistletoe.

Leigh: Christmas Eve mass and decorating the Christmas tree with my family.

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Soyil Candles by Greta (Had to take one home!)

Stop by Happy.Merry.Bright ’til 12/27 to shop Pittsburgh’s local artists’ best gifts at 4925 Penn Avenue.

Where do you love to shop during the Holidays? Comment below!

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Snow White

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Frosty weather calls for darker hair and brighter lips. Playing up the natural (and snowy) winter whites with festive red is the best way to dive head first into holiday season. I fell head over heels in love with this scarlet sweater by Aerie. A shade that is usually beyond my closet color spectrum had to be released to celebrate the season and our first (real) snow of the winter.

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 Red, whites, and metallics – I picked out my favorite festive pieces below! Which is your must-have?

 xoxoStephanie

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