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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.19

Friday Link Love1. Look into my crystal PINTEREST ball and see all of the TRENDS THAT ARE GOING TO BE HUGE IN 2016. (buzzfeed.com)

2. One of my resolutions for 2016 — build a better butt. This ONE MOVE TO COMPLETELY RESHAPE YOUR BUTT will help. (popsugar.com)

3. With so much online “advice” in the form of how to’s, guides, tutorials, etc. helping us live our lives, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all! (Wait, what brush was I supposed to use for a smokey eye!? How do I tie that scarf?!) Take a look at this collection of 24 FABULOUSLY FUN AND FUNCTIONAL CHARTS every woman should read to help you keep it all in order! (twentytwowords.com)

4. Got guests coming over this weekend? Show off your culinary prowess with this extremely easy and delicious PORK SHOULDER RAGU! Shhhhh… no one has to know you didn’t slave away in the kitchen all day. Our secret, mmm-kay!? (food52.com)

5. Some people spring clean, but why not tackle a deep clean NOW to start your 2016 clean and fresh… literally!? Oh, and when you clean, let’s not forget this ROOM BY ROOM LIST OF POSSIBLY FORGOTTEN (+ FILTHY) THINGS. (apartmenttherapy.com)

6. As with any serious life question, what do we do? Google it. Here are GOOGLE’S MOST SEARCHED FASHION QUESTIONS of 2015 and a fashion editor’s professional response to each! (whowhatwear.com)

7. ‘Tis the season for party dresses… and who better to dress us than the queen of dresses and jumpers: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG! If you’ve never tried one of her WRAP DRESSES — it’s a MUST, especially now that there is an additional 10% off sitewide (use CODE: HOLIDAYFUN) along with free 2-day shipping! I love this SILK JERSEY TIE DRESS (that’s currently on major sale!), this LACE VERSION OF THE ICONIC WRAP DRESS, or how about this chic take on a JUMPSUIT in a stunning navy color? Paired with these T-STRAP GOLD SANDALS and a coordinating CLUTCH, you have yourself one stunning outfit!

Hello, from the confines of my bed.

I woke up this morning with all intentions to work out at 5:45am and the second I opened my eyes and felt the razor blades attacking my throat, I knew the universe had a different plan in store. It was like my brain was pushing me to wake up and get moving and my body was like, “Oh, hell to the no!” Clearly, in this case my body won out.

So here I am… in all of my congested and achy glory. At least it’s Friday and I have the perfect excuse to stay in loungewear all day. So that’s the good news. The not so great news is that I have a legitimate mountain of holiday gifts to wrap and 2 very nosy small children who don’t make that an easy task during the daylight hours. Thank goodness for good drugs and hot tea… I have a feeling I have a late night in store.

Hope you have a fantastic (and healthy!) weekend!

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Chic + Comfortable Thanksgiving Outfit

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Putting my NYC PACKING GUIDE together the other day got me thinking about next week’s Thanksgiving celebration and obviously, what to wear.

Thanksgiving is definitely not the dressiest of holidays, but no matter how casual the setting we all want to look nice and feel out best when seeing family and friends we may not have seen in quite a while.

Oh, and here’s a random and cool fact: Did you know that Thanksgiving-Eve is THE busiest bar night of the year!?

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(You can find the recipe for this delicious cranberry margarita HERE!)

Apparently, the thought of spending too much time with your family may drive you to drink. In my hometown, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll be taking part in an unplanned high school reunion the minute you step into one of the local bars.

So obviously, you gotta look good.

Whether for the big Turkey Day or the bar-night before, here’s the style game plan: a wrap dress.

Yes, the wrap dress. Perhaps one of the most iconic silhouettes that flatters and fits practically every figure out there. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG created a fashion empire with her wrap dress in the 1970’s and the style is definitely here to stay.

Why?! Well, for starters it enhances a woman’s figure with it’s plunging v-neck, defined waist and a-line skirt. It’s also one of the more comfortable dress styles out there that has a bit of stretch and flexibility to adjust if you need just a tad bit more breathing room post-Thanksgiving dinner.

Food baby aside, the wrap dress is also a go-to style for colder weather as many versions can be found with long sleeves. Throw on a pair of tights with some high boots and not only are you party ready, but you’ll actually be warm too.

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(Umm, yeah… unfortunately it’s been known to snow on Thanksgiving in Cleveland!)

I’m bringing THIS dress along with me, but here are just a few more wrap dress styles I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection:

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1st Row:
DVF Jewel Silk Combo Wrap Dress // Ellen Tracy Faux Suede A-Line Dress // Vince Camuto Belted Wrap Dress

 

2nd Row:
Ecote Long Sleeve Midi Wrap Dress // Karen Kane Leopard Print Faux Wrap Dress // DVF New Julian Two Mini Wrap Dress

 

3rd Row:
Nasty Gal New Attitude Wrap Dress // Lush Front Wrap Dress // Madewell Silk Faux-Wrap Dress

 

4th Row:
Leith Long Sleeve Wrap Dress // DVF New Julian Two Printed Jersey Wrap Dress // Ecote Exaggerated Wrap Maxi Dress
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Friday Link Love, Vol. 55

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  1. While the term “side eye” may be on the newer side, people have been giving good side eye for a LONG TIME. Take this INFAMOUS PHOTO OF SOPHIA LOREN AND JAYNE MANSFIELD. After 57 years of speculation, find out the real reason why Sophia was giving Jayne a good ole side eye stare down. (ew.com)

  2. Some days, getting in a good workout is a challenge in itself. Don’t waste any extra time or effort and FIND OUT THE BEST THING YOU SHOULD BE DOING BEFORE BREAKING A SWEAT. (refinery29.com)

  3. Diane Von Furstenberg has been a trend setting fashion icon and award winning designer for decades. Through all of these accomplishments, we often overlook her business savvy. After reading her 7 BEST BUSINESS LESSONS, that definitely won’t happen anymore. DVF is the true meaning of #GIRLBOSS. (bizjournals.com)

  4. If you’re ever in a design slump and looking to get creative on a dime, look no further than your closest IKEA. To get your design juices flowing take a look at these 20 WAYS TO USE THE IKEA RIBBA PICTURE LEDGES ALL OVER THE HOUSE. Picture ledges- apparently they’re not just for pictures anymore. (apartmenttherapy.com)

  5. Do you have a routine before shutting it all down and getting in bed? Does your routine start in the kitchen? It should! Beginning with these 5 THINGS TO DO IN THE KITCHEN BEFORE YOU GO TO BED. (thekitchn.com)

  6. The PERFECT BLACK BAG at a great price. That is all. (cuyana.com)

  7. Are you going to be entertaining this holiday season? Forget the fancy crudités or hors d’oeuvres and get back to basics with these CREAMY TOMATO SOUP SHOOTERS WITH GRILLED CHEESE. I’ll take 4. (howsweeteats.com)

How was YOUR week?! It’s been quite the long and rainy few days here. I’ve kicked up the workload into overdrive and while the days really fly by when you’re busy, I’m looking forward to at least slowing down to the “normal” speed of life. My weekend plans consist of a lot of sweatpants. Stylish ones, obviously, but sweatpants no less. If I don’t leave the house for 24-36 hours, I’m totally down with that, too. Oh, and wine. I’m definitely down for drinking some good wine in my aforementioned stylish sweatpants. I’m a class act all the way, baby.

See you back here on Monday!

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Girly-Girl

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This week’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide edition focuses on the girly-girl in your life.  You know, the one who always seems to be immaculately put together, with pristine nails, flawless makeup and a flair of femininity about her that you just can’t miss.  With this refined girl, the more sparkles the better.  Whether the sparkles come in alcoholic or Swarovski crystal form… well, that’s up to you to decide!

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Girly-Girl

Clockwise from top-left:

Equipment signature heart-print silk blouse / Sonia Kashuk  ‘Lavish Luxe’ brush set / Diane Von Furstenberg snake clutch / Kate Spade New York ‘Vail’ dress (on sale for 50% off!) / Bubbly Gold champagne flute (set of 4) / J.Crew Factory sequin mini-skirt / Anthropologie Crystalline hair ties (set of 3) / Smythson Blah, Blah, Blah’ notebook / Target Threshold  jewelry box / BaubleBar Crystal Conifer Collar

Sparkles, pink and metallics.  Oh, my!  Perhaps this was all a little too girly for those who made your “Nice List.”  Don’t fret!  Next week’s gift guide tackles the “Jet-Setter” in your life!  Stay tuned and start shopping!

XOXO,

Stella

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Fall Edit – Top Trends of Fall 2013

This past summer has to go down in the books as one of the mildest.  Aside from a brief 1-week heat wave and a 2-week soaker, the temps have been on the more moderate and comfortable side.  There is nothing better than being able to sleep with the windows open on a cool summer night.  My AC bill thanks you, Mother Nature.

While I love some summer warmth on my generally pasty white skin, I’m definitely on Team Fall.  The crisp air, the return of football, new back-to-school supplies, and the general feeling of a fresh start just make me a happy person.  In all honestly, the 500+ page September issues of my favorite fashion and home design magazines are also an added bonus!  Based on my in-depth research (hey, a girl needs some good beach reads!) I’ve compiled what I believe are the top 10 trends for Fall 2013.  My back-to-school gift to you!

Fall 2013 Top Trends

1) Blue & Black

(Diane Von Furstenberg Geometric Knit Print Flare Dress)
In the past, I’ve been wary of pairing these two colors together, but when done right, it just looks so sophisticated and is a nice update to the very black & white monochromatic trend from this past summer.

2) Animal Print

(Topshop knit top )
ROAR!  You all know my love for a good animal print- it’s a neutral, remember?!  Fall lines are full of the leopard spots and zebra stripes in contrasting neutral colors.

3) Midi Skirts

(Zara blue chambray skirt / TIBI box pleat skirt)
Not quite a maxi, definitely not a mini- what you have here is a midi.  In my opinion, there is no better way to show off your killer curves and a great pair of heels.

4) The Menswear Flat

(Nine West leopard shoes /  Pierre Darré studded flat)
This ode-to-tomboy trend is still going strong with assorted loafers, slippers and oxfords (a staple for us here at The Heart’s Delight) that are as easy on the eye as they are on the feet!

5) Moto-Mania

(Madewell black leather jacket / Forever 21 (sold out online) faux-leather moto jacket)
Trans-seasonal and classic, a well constructed motorcycle jacket can kick any outfit up a notch and win you some serious street cred simultaneously.

6) Slouchy Jeans

(Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans / Zara destroyed jeans)
A continuation of the tomboy theme, and a forgiving style when you’ve had a few too many… (insert vice here).

7) Tall Boots/Low Booties

(Rag & Bone leather stack heel boots /  Vince Camuto  knee high boots)
What fall trend list is complete without a mention of the boot?  In this case, the high riding style boot and it’s cousin, the low stacked heel bootie are in the spotlight.

8) Military Green

(Top Shop silk camo dress)
There is definitely a green coup of sorts when it comes to Fall’s new arrivals.  From classic military inspired looks, to Pantone’s Color of the Year- emerald green, the hue is having it’s “moment.”

9) Updated Sweatshirt

(J.Crew embellished short sleeve crew / Vanessa Bruno Athé crew neck sweatshirt)
This isn’t your old oversized college sweatshirt we’re talking about.  This iteration of the sweatshirt is way too cool to simply lounge in on the weekends.

10) Cross-Body Bags

(Coach Legacy Mini Tanner Brown Leather Satchel)
Any woman’s (or man’s) best friend.  A perfect example of form and function colliding in the very best way possible.

What are YOUR top trends for the coming season?

XOXO,

Stella

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Back-to-Basics

Over the weekend someone asked me what I thought were the basics that every woman should own in her wardrobe.  Obviously, that’s a tough question and my answer changes based on lifestyle, age, budget, etc. but it got me thinking about the pieces in my own closet that are in constant rotation.  I actually made a list of the exact items and it came to a total of only 12 pieces!  How surprisingly efficient?!

The Basic 12
1) Little Black Dress–  SPLURGE: Diane von furstenberg  SAVE: Shopbop Basic

2) Striped Shirt-  SPLURGE: J Crew breton stripe shirt  SAVE: Old Navy (AND on SALE too!!!)

3) Chambray Shirt–  SPLURGE: Madewell  SAVE: GAP

4) White T-Shirt-  SPLURGE: T By Alexander Wang v neck t shirt  SAVE: GAP
5) Black Blazer-  SPLURGE: Bcbgmaxazria  SAVE: Modcloth (almost the exact same silhouette!!!)
6) Leather Jacket-  SPLURGE: Moschino Cheap Chic zip jacket  SAVE: Revolve Clothing (and currently on SALE!!!)
7) Broken-In Denim-  SPLURGE: KUT from the Kloth boyfriend jeans  SAVE: GAP
8) Printed Pencil Skirt-  SPLURGE: J Crew long skirt  SAVE:Forever 21

9) Black Slim Jeans-  SPLURGE: J brand  SAVE: Target

10) Red Stilettos-  SPLURGE: Casadei  SAVE: Nine West

11) Nude Ballet Flat-  SPLURGE: J Crew ballet flat  SAVE: ASOS

12) Black Stilettos-  SPLURGE: Jimmy choo  SAVE: Zappos

If you know me, none of these selections should surprise you.  They are generally my uniform through all 4 seasons.  Here are some of my favorite combinations:
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Now, how many combinations can YOU come up with!?
*** Small side note: While I am generally all for a good bargain, these basic pieces are an exception.  I am a BIG advocate of investing in timeless things that you will get use out of for many years.   I’ll scrimp, scrounge, save and time my purchase with end of season sales, but I always to try to get the best quality for my money.
XOXO,
Stella