Designer Spotlight: Belle Force.

As the activewear market continues to grow, there are even more wonderful brands emerging to bring women stylish, unique and flattering workout wear. If you’re interested in feminine garments, look no further than Belle Force: a ballet-inspired brand paired with power and strength.

 

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I happened to fall in love with this brand because of just that – the mix of delicate and commanding, functional and fashionable. I can totally envision the netting-trimmed bralette under a chunky knit with distressed jeans for a casual look just as easily as I can justify keeping those en-pointe leggings on with sneakers all day long. (They’re cute enough to, right?!)

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Quick – pledge via Kickstarter to pre-order pieces before December 14! And if you want to give Belle Force for the holidays, simply ask for a customized gift certificate for that dancer or workout superstar in your life so they can #bethebelleofthebarre. The pieces will be shipped in the spring!

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Currently Coveting: Holiday Wish List [Part 2].

What better time to invest in a timeless piece for yourself or a loved one than the holiday season. This year, I am all about mixed metals… as you might have noticed, I tend to stick to gold, but baby steps right?? Check out my fine jewelry wish list for the season and check out Long’s Jewelers locations or website for all of the pieces below!

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Rose Gold Bracelet by FJ Kashi $325 | Yellow Gold Drop Earrings by Marco Bicego $460 | White Gold Dome Ring by Tamis $1,450 | Yellow Gold Marakesh Necklace by Marco Bicego $4,990 | White and Yellow Gold necklace by Marco Bicego $5,910 | Gold/Silver Bangle by David Yurman $325 | Pure Form Bangle by David Yurman $750 | Yellow Gold Cuff Bracelet by Antonio Papini $9,075

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Currently Coveting: Holiday Wish List.

It’s the best time of the year! I’ve put together what’s on the top of my ultimate wish list this holiday season – shop below.

P.S – Part 2 coming soon!

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  1. Madewell X Food52 Porcelain To-Go Cup $28 | 2. Sophie Hughes Chevron Bar Dangles $638 | 3. Freda Sleek Chelsea Boot at La Mia Moda $525 | 4. Le Labo Fragrance in Rose 31 $175| 5. December Thieves Cowhide Backpack | 6. Stella McCartney Belt $570 | 7.  Vetta Capsule Bell Sleeve Blouse $99 | 8. Alex and Ani  Snake Ring Wrap $28 | 9. Tibi Crossback Jumpsuit $695 | 10. The Archive  Barrow Lace Up Booties $298 | 11. Zara Faux Fur Sole $40 | 12. Zara Leather High Heel $179 | 13. Uniqlo Turtleneck $15 | 14. Papyrus Leatherette Planner $32 | 15. December Thieves Droplet Stone Ring $180

November Outfit Roundup.

 

 

 

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So what does a girl to do when she’s got a busy schedule and minimal time to properly wash clothes, never mind have time to think about what to wear? Mix and match and stick to a color palette. Clearly, I maximized a few staple pieces throughout the past few weeks to create different looks. Hopefully this will inspire you to try to get creative and wear the same pieces multiple ways too!

 

 

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New Orleans.

After a week down in Louisiana, I’m beginning to think New Orleans might be the most picturesque city in America… There is so much character in the atmosphere – from the architecture to the street bands. Check out my must-do’s below:

Eat& Drink.

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Seaworthy. You may be able to take the girl out of New England, but you can’t take New England out of the girl… which is how we found ourselves at Seaworthy. A luxurious seafood based restaurant with a great oyster selection. *heart eyes emoji*

Josephine Estelle. I’d call this menu modern Italian? Maybe? Anyway, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed yet upscale.

Sylvain. This small French Quarter spot has a perfect courtyard and a unique menu. You must get the fried eggplant and burrata to start!

Stay.

International House. A boutique hotel with an elaborate, NYC feel.

ACE Hotel. Located slightly outside of the bustle of the French Quarter, ACE is completely sleek. Plus, it has a rooftop bar and some of the best restaurants I tried. (AKA Seaworthy and Josephine Estelle as noted.)

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Catahoula Hotel. This quaint boutique hotel comes complete with a great coffee bar and cocktail selection, an intimate rooftop bar and photo-worthy industrial décor. Highly recommend!

Play.

Frenchmen Street. If you’re looking for nightlife and music without exactly the same vibe as Bourbon Street, Frenchmen is the place to go!

Shopping. For the men out there, NOLA is filled with streetwear and sneaker spots. Friend, a men’s store featuring indie designers, was one of the stand-outs, which has Freda, a similar spot for the ladies, right next door. There’s many more shops I could name, but part of the fun was stumbling upon them unexpectedly!

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In addition, some more popular attractions include the Lafayette Cemetery and The Carousel Bar, which I also highly recommend making time for.

Stay tuned: I’m talking about more of my NOLA spots on the Paridaez blog… coming soon!

 
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Currently Coveting: Stirrup Pants.

Are you sitting down for this?… Stirrup pants are back. Some of you millennials out there may have memories of your mothers sporting a legging version with some floral top and a perm… Am I right? Style this new wave version with sky high heels or some on-trend creepers to avoid the total 90’s revival.

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The [Casual] Blazer.

 

 

 

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I’ll admit – I have a love/hate relationship with blazers. I often think they look way too corporate and find they are difficult to style outside of a professional atmosphere (maybe that’s the accountant in me). So, I’ve been trying to put my blazers to use as weekend wear.

Here’s what I’ve found: 1. Roll the sleeves. Instant casual vibe. 2. Pair it with items that definitely wouldn’t be seen in a work setting – IE a crop top or distressed denim. Shop some of my top picks below.

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  1. Topshop Slinky 80’s Blazer | 2. Zara Velvet Jacket | 3. Mango Textured Wool Blazer |4. LOÉIL Roberta Velvet Blazer | 5. Givenchy Blazer

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