Category Archives: Fashion

Fall Style with L.L. Bean

Last week, I shared a gift guide with one of my favorite brands, L.L. Bean, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t add a few items for yourself to your cart while you’re at it? Their sweaters and flannels are those timeless items that you’ll have in your closet forever – and they’re perfect for the holidays.

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sweater & flannel: L.L. Bean c/o // skinny jeans: Express via Gabes // Booties: Burlington (similar) // Lip: Revlon Colorburst in ‘Red Velvet’  

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More about that instant gratification? Never fear Cincinnatians, L.L. Bean just opened their first store in Cincy over at The Kenwood Collection, so you can try all these pieces on (and many more) in-person! (Head over to my L.L. Bean Gift Guide to see what else should be on your list.)

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Button-Front Mini

We officially made it through Thanksgiving [let’s be real, Black Friday // Cyber Monday]! It was pretty chilly all weekend, and now we’re back to 60 degree temps, so I just had to share this fall look that’s perfect for these warmer days.

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Off-shoulder top: Forever 21 (similar) // Skirt: Target // Heels: ShoeDazzle (last year, similar here) // Lip: NARS Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Luxembourg’

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I love that this lipstick matches this top perfectly. Sometimes I think matchy-matchy is a-OK! Though this particular look is obviously better for warmer weather, I am totes going to style this off-shoulder top with my favorite black skinny jeans and a black choker in cooler temps.

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Dress accordingly, 

Annie Signoff

 

The Best Black Friday Sales

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Whew, ok. Here we go – I thought today I’d share a moderately comprehensive list of the best Black Friday // Cyber Monday (are they really two different days anymore? Seems like they run together…) sales that are already happening:

  • Ann Taylor – 50% off Sitewide w/ CODE: celebrate
  • American Eagle – 40% off
  • Banana Republic – 50% off one regular-priced item (code: BRFIFTY) & 40% off the rest of your purchase (BRFORTY)
  • Bauble Bar – 30% off Holiday Sets (code: HOLIDAY30)
  • Express – 50% off EVERYTHING (and free shipping!)
  • Gap – 50% off everything (code: TGIF50)
  • J.Crew – 40% off everything (this is their biggest sale yet!)
  • Madewell – 25% off your purchase
  • Old Navy – 50% off almost everything
  • Shopbop – 15% off over $250, 20% off for $500, & 25% off $800  (code: GOBIG16)

Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll. I’m SUPER excited because I get to visit my parents AND my hubs is off this year, so we get to spend it together, which is rare.

Enjoy the day with your family! I’ll have my next gift guide up for my ‘Friday faves’!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Fall’s Best Mini Skirt

It’s no secret that suede and corduroy mini skirts are everywhere this season. I love the trend, but didn’t want to necessarily break the bank on something I didn’t know would be a lasting trend. So when I came across this one at Gabes, I immediately snatched it up.

I also think this look would be perfect for Thanksgiving – classic colors and comfy but on-trend which is totally my Thanksgiving MO.

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Skirt: Express via Gabes (similar under $40) // Sweater: H&M (similar) // Booties: Burlington (similar)

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Smile Brilliant for the Holidays

There’s no doubt that the holiday season always brings the opportunity for reunions, parties, gatherings – it doesn’t stop. With each opportunity to get together with old friends and spend time with family, also come endless photo opportunities.

What will make your selfies stand out? White teeth.

I’ve always been a proponent of teeth whitening. I’ve been drinking coffee since the age of 2 (yes, you read that right) and I love my red wine, so a little teeth whitening (I’ve used Crest White Strips a few times) has been necessary, so with the holidays right around the corner, I was so excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their whitening trays.

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How it works: Smile Brilliant sends you everything you need in an easy kit. It comes with molds to take impressions of your upper and lower teeth, which you make and send back to them. After about a week (so quick!) your whitening trays arrive and are custom molded to your teeth.

Once your trays arrive, you fill them using syringes of whitening gel. You can use them anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours per day, depending on how much time you have. They also provide desensitizing gel to put on for about 15-30 minutes after. I only used it the first couple of times I whitened, and it helped with any sensitivity. It’s also recommended to remineralize your teeth and prevent any staining. (Check out this video which illustrates how the whole process works.)

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My experience: I saw results after my first 3 uses. I tended to whiten for at least an hour each use, followed by the desensitizing gel. I definitely experienced a little teeth sensitivity at first, but it definitely calmed itself down. I also did experience a little gum redness, but that too worked itself out. Overall, Smile Brilliant was great. I love that the trays are custom, and that your trays are molded to your teeth. It’s also much less messy than a traditional white strip because the whitening gel goes right into the trays!

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The best part? You can win your own Smile Brilliant kit by clicking this link to enter.

You can ALSO get 5% off your order by using code: successonstilettos when you check out.

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

 

*This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

What to Wear on Thanksgiving

Can I first start by saying, how did we get here!? Seriously, how is Thanksgiving just one week away? It feels like it was just our anniversary (Oct. 3) and now here we are on the precipice of the holiday season.

So what does one wear to Thanksgiving!? At my house, we are very casual when celebrating the holiday (my mom cooks at my parents house) so we don’t actually go anywhere. When it comes to the bird day, I like to keep it casual, but chic.

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dress: Marshall’s (old, super similar here, under $30 and comes in 3 colors!) // scarf: Zara (similar here) // boots:  JustFab (similar here)

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I think I love this look so much because not only is it comfy (which allows you to each as much turkey as your little heart desires) but it’s also made up of fall classics; OTK boots, a swing dress and a blanket scarf. You actually cannot go wrong with this combo.

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What are your Thanksgiving plans? I’d love to hear + what you plan to wear!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Fall Florals

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I can’t believe I can post an outfit with a peep toe and a floral dress in November, but I can. This fall has been insanely mild, and I also didn’t want the weather to turn full-on cold (it’s imminent – please don’t make me layer-up JUST yet) without sharing this pretty floral dress.

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dress: Old Navy (currently on sale for $12!)) // cardigan: Gap (old, similar here, love this long version) // booties: Sam Edelman via DSW // bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Friday Faves: Insta Round Up

Rather than share just link lovin’ this week, I thought I’d share some of my Instagram looks as of late as well as the #ootd’s I post on snap: (add me: annelw) and Instastories daily, too.

A lot of what I wear doesn’t make it to the blog, so here’s a look at what I’ve been wearing laetly:

 

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Dress (also seen here) & Necklace: Gabes, Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW

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Cardigan: Gabes, Camisole: Express (similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Booties: Burlington (similar here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Lip: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in ‘Rikugien’

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Vest: Forever 21, Sweater: Express: Jeans: Express via Gabes, Booties: Target (old, similar), Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke, Hat: H&M (similar here)

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Sweatshirt: Homage (similar), Jeans: Old Navy, Tennies: Adidas via DSW, Bag: DSW

 

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Sweater: Old Navy (old, similar here), Skirt: F21 (old, similar here), Booties: Unaisa via DSW, Earrings: F21

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Dress: Old Navy, Booties: ShoeDazzle (old, similar here), Bracelet: F21

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Jacket: TJ Maxx (not sure about the brand), Tank: F21, Jeans: Target, Heels: DSW, Necklace: Gabes, Lip: NARS Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Cruella’

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Tunic Tee: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Target, Boots: Unaisa via DSW, Necklace: Gabes, Sunnies: Target

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Sweater: H&M (purchased on clearance, similar here), Jeans: Gap Factory, Booties: Sam Edelman via DSW, Scarf: Forever 21

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Flannel: Old Navy, Jeans: Target, OTK Boots: Unaisa via DSW

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Sweater: Gabes, Button-Up: Gap, Jeans: Old Navy, Driving Shoe: DSW 

Have a great weekend!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Little Blue Jacket

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There’s been a LOT going on in the biker jacket game this season. From suede, to fur lined, to a multitude of colors – you can pretty much find anything out there right now.

I, of course, have to take part in the trend, too. While I haven’t found a suede moto jacket I love yet in the budg, I’ve had this pretty blue one for awhile and I continue to find myself reaching for it.

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jacket & necklace: Gabes // dress: Old Navy (similar) // booties: ShoeDazzle (similar)

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This is one of my BEST purchases from Gabes, ever. The fit is perfection, and I love the color – it goes with a TON (way more than you’d think!) I love it for date night or really any occasion.

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Dress accordingly, 

Annie Signoff

Run, don’t walk! Sephora sale!

It’s that time of year, ya’ll. The Sephora sale AKA early Christmas. 20% off EVERYTHING on the site is no joke.

The sale is currently open to all VIB Rouge members through today (use code 20ROUGE) until 11/7 and open to all other VIB members from 11/11-11/14 (code 20VIB).

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In light of the sale AND a conversation I had with my awesome brow magician (Hi, Wendy! – seriously, ya’ll she works wonders, go see her at Sia Spa) I wanted to share some of my tried and true beauty products from Sephora (in no particular order).

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  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – I have this powder highlighter in two colors (Champagne Pop and Opal) and I use one EVERY day. Not only do they give an immediate glow, but it really lasts. I also have this liquid highlighter that I use a lot as well.
  • Laura Mercier Radiance Primer – I’ve blogged about this before, but I use this under my foundation (or mixed with my foundation) whenever I want my skin to really glow.
  • Sephora Collection Luxe False Lashes – I first purchased these lashes for my wedding (thanks, Shivalicious!) and I immediately became a believer. They price tag can be a little scary BUT they’re so worth it – I wore the same pair for almost a YEAR. They just recently wore out and I’m going to purchase my second pair.
  • IT Cosmetisc Superhero Mascara & Benefit Roller Lift Mascara– I use these two mascaras in combination (I apply IT Cosmetics first and then Benefit to lift) and I love what they do for my not-so-naturally lengthly lashes.

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  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – I have UD’s lipsticks in a ton of colors, especially the mattes. They’re not dry, which is great for me because I seem to have perpetually dry lips.
  • UD 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil – I use this pencil to tight line my eyes every. single. day. and I cannot recommend it enough. They truly do glide on SO smoothly. It’s unlike any pencil liner I’ve ever used.
  • Sephora Collection Ink Gel – This cheek tint came in one of my Play! boxes and I haven’t looked back. I absolutely love it – I use it for everyday AND on days when I just throw it on over a BB cream.
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Probably my favorite lippie to wear. Perfectly matte, not over-drying at all. The colors are SO vivid. My personal favorite is ‘Armageddon’ which will make even the palest person (me) look bronze (ie here)
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Like the Kat Von D, I have this in quite a few colors and I love them. I especially love Cruella, Rikuguen and Never Say Never).

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Happy shopping! 

Annie Signoff