must haves

Meet Neris. Of course she’s a fabulous blogger friend…. how else would I meet this gorgeous, talented gal who lives in… Croatia?! She might be the furthest TAGG has extended thus far… exciting! With a love of fashion and shoes (Neris has more than 100 pairs!), she started her blog Fashion Fractions in May and it’s totally taken off. She has excellent, fun taste and a personality to match where you’ll see she definitely has an affinity for accessories, so trust me when I told you you’re getting the scoop from an expert!

Love that this girl has an adventurous, take-risks spirit: she moved to the U.S. completely alone at 17-years old to graduate high school, got a scholarship to college and stayed for four more years. After getting her marketing degree, she moved back home to Croatia where she lives, works and blogs… when of course she’s not traveling to explore various cultures and traditions. Some of her favorite destinations include New York, Bahamas, London, Amsterdam, Canary Islands and Florence (me too!).

Now that you’ve gotten to know Neris, learn more about her must-have accessories… in her words!

Sunglasses: It’s almost always sunny in my hometown so I don’t think I would be able to survive a week without my sunnies. Besides their obvious function of protecting our eyes, nice sunglasses can easily transform a simple look into the chic one, and are amazing for those days we don’t feel like putting our eye makeup on (we all have those days, right). I ALWAYS carry at least one pair of sunnies in my bag and splurge on a new pair every couple of months. Pictures: 1, 2, 34.


Watches: A watch is the only piece of jewelry that I wear at all times; I even bought a silicone one to wear to the gym. Whether you like classical pieces or more trendy ones, there are so many great options out there to choose from. A nice watch will not only show you the time; it will be a timeless accessory to your wardrobe. Picture: 1, 2, 3 (just $45!) and 4.


Bracelets: Those of you who follow my blog know that I’m slightly obsessed with bracelets (that’s probably an understatement) and always wear dozens of them on my wrists. What I like the most about bracelets is that you can mix and match high and low pieces, multiple colors, and different materials. The possibilities are endless with bracelets, and the more you play with them, more stylish they will look together. Images: 1, 2, 3 and 4.


Belts: Belts are such an important addition to my wardrobe. I have several classic leather ones, but I actually prefer trendy belts that really stand out in an outfit. That’s why you can find lots of animal printed, sparkly, and metallic belts in my closet. I’m also a proud owner of several unique vintage pieces with interesting buckles that I often use to belt up my dresses. Picture: 1, (on sale at J. Crew for under $20), 3 and 4.


Scarves: I have a huge collection of light scarves because they can be worn during the whole year, they are so simple to throw on, and can make such a big difference with the outfit. When I’m running late or don’t know what to wear, I often wear an all black outfit, put a colorful scarf around my neck, and I’m ready in a minute. Favorite finds: 1, 2, 3, 4.


Thank you so much Alyson for having me on your blog and I really hope that you ladies enjoyed my 5 must haves. If you are interested in my daily outfits and would like to find out more about my style, please visit my blog Fashion Fractions.



5 Must Haves: Winter Wears

December 8, 2011

Kirstin of Kirstin Marie is a fabulous South Florida blogger who started her style blog a little over a year ago to get out of a wardrobe rut and to add some excitement to her life. She is a huge fan of challenges and change, and is excited for the everyday challenge style blogging presents - especially as a curvier girl. From my perspective, this girl definitely has great taste and thing for fun shoes — no problems there! — plus she’s a total sweetheart who is awesome about helping get us local bloggers together.

She works full time as a lighting designer and technical director, as well as an events and  rentals coordinator. Kirstin absolutely loves theater, art work, animals, nature and shoes. Wait, we’ve mentioned shoes haven’t we? Yeah, that’s how big the love seems! hah.

Excited to bring to you her five must have winter wears because these are all majorly on my list as well. Classics infused with fun touches! Without further ado, in her words, here are Kristin’s must haves…


 There is nothing better than a good pair of versatile boots, especially in the winter. I prefer boots that lace up, so they are fully adjustable, though I couldn’t resist the allure of the suede Jemma’s. Boots are excellent with just about anything - dresses, pants, tights, skirts, shorts - you get the picture. They work to keep you warm in the cold, dry in the rain, and stylish always.


Tights are the perfect addition to any outfit - whether for practical or fashionable use. You can layer these babies up underneath your pants to assist in keeping you warm, or you can sport them on your bare legs with a great dress, cute skirt, or even shorts. They are great to add a pop of color, texture, or print to any look.

Faux Leather Moto Jacket

There is nothing I love more than adding a bit of edge to an outfit with one piece. These jackets scream toughness & edginess, but with a touch of femininity. Plus, if it rains or snows, you don’t have to worry about ruining the fabric of your jacket!  TAGG mention: she clearly saw Monday’s outfit post (hello faux moto!)!

1. John Brevard Necklace / 2. John Brevard Ring with Black Diamond / 3. Gold Star Necklace


Statement Jewelry

I love statement jewelry. There is nothing more fun & exotic than a chunky necklace, cocktail ring, cuff, bangle, or bracelet. These are not available to purchase online yet, as they were just launched during Art Basel. The designer, John Brevard, does have an up & coming website - so keep your eyes on that!

Cobalt Blue Skinny Jeans

I am in love with the cobalt blue skinny jeans trend. These can pair with virtually anything in your wardrobe. You can wear them with other bright colors for a bold look, neutrals for a subdued look with a pop of color, or patterns & textures to mix things up. TAGG mention: again, loving Kirstin’s rec. See how I wear mine here!


Latest and Greatest

November 30, 2011

TAGG’s here’s today with a few new borderline stalker obsessions. Check them out to test for yourself.


1. Canon Rebel. I jumped on the DSLR bandwagon on Black Friday when I scooped up the T3 version. Without stellar photog skills, I’m already in love. The quality and detail of the photos are outta this world, even with the auto function. Handy because who has time to read a manual? :) For nights out, I’m always with my faithful Canon Elph 300 (so tiny! Fits in my back pocket or clutch).

2. Luna Protein Bars. These have become my new on-the-go snack bars, breakfast bars… and just, I’m starving bars! Since I’m avoiding extra fiber (doctors orders), these 180-calorie, protein-packed bars (they have 12 grams!) in delish flavors like cookie dough and peanut butter/chocolate have quickly become necessities for my pantry and to toss-in-my-purse. They’re sooo good.

 3. BaubleBar necklace.  Sorry: this is such a tease because you can only get this BB necklace with earned points (through purchases or referrals), however I had to share because when I wear it, I’m bombarded with compliments (rough life, right? hah) and questions where to purchase. It’s BaubleBar, my online obsesh for quality (affordable) jewelry. In less than a year it seems like it’s exploded on the scene… every major mag has at least an item they covet each issue, and I agree! An awesome site for holiday gift giving and best of all, new customers get $10 off their first purchase! PS: check out its super handy ring sizer.

4. Cozy pj pants. Not the sexiest, but what average gal doesn’t lurrrrvvveee cozy pj pants?! While I have my some Victoria’s Secret and pricier pairs, I must show you my new cozies from Tarjay! Holla if you’ve been to their pajama/lingerie section lately… killing. it! I scooped up these cozy fleece pants with this fun pale grey print for a measly $10 (on sale this week!), and yes… have worn them three nights in a row. Don’t judge, it’s our little secret (they are so freaking comfy!).

5. Maybelline Colossal Volume Express mascara. While I was a Maybelline Stiletto gal for a while, I’m a convert after stumbling across this at CVS. It really plumps and adds volume to my lashes without making them clumpy. Perk: it’s less than $7.

6. MAC Viva Glam VI lip glass. Even though the more neutral Viva Glam V still has a prime position in my purse cosmetics bag (often paired with Gaga lip glass; see my review), VI has this shimmery berry hue that adds a fun pop of color. I thank the MAC artist who put it on me for my Cleopatra Halloween look. Very grateful. If shimmer is not your thing, try the lipstick version. Almost universally flattering!



Meet Sarah. An instant girl crush of mine who also realized that starting a blog after turning 30 was the perfect thing to do. Her blog, Pencil Skirts & Lattes (awesome name, right?), is an excellent recap of her personal style and how she merges it with a business professional dress code.  With a demanding career, she for years thought she had to keep buttoned up in order to climb the corporate latter, but you know what? When you’re a total smarty and dedicated to your job, brighter colors and fashionable style can work, too!

I honestly, truly love Sarah’s blog and getting to know this Nashville gal. As working girls who realized that blogging is one of the most incredible, moving experiences of our lives, I’m confident we’d instantly be chatting it up for hours. I just know it! Hah. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she has the same name as my daughter… auto love here! Be sure to check out her blog and read more about her back story here; a fascinating woman!

In the interim, here are her 5 must have ‘pre-game’ faves for the holidays. While slightly random, these are her go-tos to get her in the spirit one step at a time. In her words, here are Sarah’s must haves…

 Christmas movies. So these aren’t all Christmas movies, necessarily… just really great movies that I love that remind me of Christmas. I always start watching them around this time of year and love them.

(I cry every.single.time.)

Capes. Right now I literally cannot get enough of cozy cape sweaters. I love to wrap up in them at the end of a work day when it’s chilly outside and feel so chic and comfy at the same time! I love this one I got from NY&Co.


S’mores in front of the fire. Okay, I don’t have a fireplace. But I DO own a fireplace DVD and one of my favorite restaurants serves table side s’mores you can make at home with one of these. Love the idea of snuggling up in a cape watching a favorite holiday movie while having s’mores on the couch. :)



Pumpkin anything. From a pumpkin bread to pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cupcakes, pumpkin whoopie pies… I can’t get enough of this classic holiday flavor.


DIY Boot Socks. I love love LOVE layers in the fall and winter. One of my favorite things is layering tights under socks under boots, and this tutorial is a genius way to pull off the look really simply. I’ve made and worn several pairs of boot socks already! TAGG tip:  Boot socks are a fall must! Equally as obsessed.

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