Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Photo: Saveur

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What are you up to? I will be spending a very low-key Thanksgiving with family and friends — we are heading to my cousin's house in Brooklyn, where I hear his Christmas tree is positioned right beside the dinner table.

As always, be safe out there if you're traveling. But before I go, here's how to feel better if you overeat tomorrow. Also, a list of restaurant chains that will be open on Thanksgiving day.


Stylish Ways to Wear a Fur Stole for the Holidays

Lately, I've noticed women —  both young and young-at-heart — wearing these beautiful fur stoles which in my opinion elevates any outfit to a new level of sophistication. Finally, an accoutrement guaranteed to help you trudge through this cold weather while keeping your sartorial prowess intact! I recently purchased this faux fur version a few weeks ago and I can't wait to wear it to a holiday party in the next couple of weeks. I just love the pop of white towards the end!

I don't wear real fur, but if you do and can afford to add it to your wardrobe, more power to you. But for those of you on a budget: there are so many brands offering realistic faux fur alternatives, so you'd be hard-pressed not to find a stole that suits your personal sense of style. I think they pair really well with form-fitting dresses — perhaps an LBD or this festive little number. They're also convenient on those days you want to forgo your heavy parka, just wrap a furry stole around your neck for that much-needed warmth.

Also, don't worry about emitting old-lady vibes, there are so many clever ways to style this cozy accessory that it's nearly impossible for you to look outdated. Not that there's anything wrong with looking outdated — if that's the style you're going for ;)

Olivia Palermo wears this trend so well 👏👏👏
So what do you think of fur stoles? Yay or nay? Weigh in on the comment section below!

Via: Secret Hipster,  NMSBL,  Be_Ezie,  Judit Szuromi,  Always JudgingAtlantic PacificJust the Design



5 Holiday Dresses You Should Buy Right Now!

It's that time of year again—which means invitations are clogging your inbox because holiday party season is in full swing! I've made a conscious effort not to purchase any new clothes in 2017. So, I've been 'shopping my closet' a lot lately and getting re-acquainted with some vintage duds—which I admit—has been a nice change of pace. But quite honestly, I'm so over it. I yearn for the feeling of new fabric gliding across my skin (gosh, I sound like I belong at a shoppers anonymous meeting). But before you judge me, I'm not one of those compulsive shoppers who trawl for treasures knowing I can't afford them: my name is Stapha, I love to shop (mostly online), but I love a bargain even more.

Without further adieu, here are a few festive frocks I've been eyeing for the holiday party season.

This slinky sequin mini from Nordstrom

This slimming ruched sheath dress from WHBM

This soft but sexy kimono-inspired dress from Cami NYC

This off-the-shoulder velvet dress from Dillards

This super fun fringe dress from Fashion Nova 


Shifting Seasons

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is in just a couple of weeks...I'm getting whiplash from how fast the time seems to be whizzing along. Check out a few interesting reads from around the web, while I attempt to catch my breath.

The 'click' moment: how the Weinstein scandal unleashed a tsunami  — The sexual allegations, ranging from lascivious remarks to downright assault, was unfortunately not at all surprising. #Metoo

How to roast brussels sprouts — apparently a "full-on frontal assault" is necessary — got it!

4 tips for talking to people you disagree with 

How to influence company culture 👏👏👏

This photo representing Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and LinkedIn is pretty accurate. LOL

Why is it you can sense when someone's staring at you?

An automatic Thanksgiving menu maker

A young couple's struggle with infertility: "When Trying is Trying." I loved the author's candor, such a brave and powerful post. Must read!!!


AUrate Summer Must-Haves Collection

Ever since I discovered AUrate (pronounced OR-ate), a fine jewelry brand that combines ethically- sourced materials and fair prices, I've marveled at their delicate and beautiful pieces. So when I heard of their most recent launch for their new Summer Must-Haves Collection — I jumped at the chance to share my thoughts!

I'm known to invest in minimalist jewelry I feel will retain value for decades to come. What I love most about AUrate is that their pieces are timeless, the kind you can wear daily and also pass down to generations.

Do you stack your rings and necklaces?
Since AUrate's jewelry are on the more daintier side, they'd pair well with other pieces you already own — just as long as you use pieces with similar aesthetics (i.e. classy, preppy or boho). It's all about balance, ladies!

Here's a closer look at some of the individual pieces of the collection — all of which would make for a polished day, work or nighttime look. What's your favorite item from the collection? I'm especially loving the bracelet — It's chic and would be a great back-to-school gift.

AUrate's jewelry is crafted with real gold, diamonds and pearls. They also offer a vermeil selection — made from 100 mils of 14 karat gold on top of sterling silver.

AUrate was founded by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui, two Princeton alums who saw a gap in the market for reasonably-priced fine jewelry and decided to fill the void.

There's also a charitable component to the brand, for every piece of jewelry purchased, they will donate a book to a child in need.

Thank you all so much for reading. Don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!


I Added Powdered Collagen to My Diet and This Happened!

 Photo: Brooklynblonde (Keith Hodne)

Although I'm very disciplined about my skincare routine, I knew there were steps I could be taking to nourish my skin from the inside as well. I'd heard about the many benefits of collagen and had seen the ingredient listed on many skincare products over the years — so logically, ingesting it was the next step.

First, here's what you need to know about collagen:

Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin plump and smooth. It also aids in the reduction of joint pain, stiffness and inflammation. Although collagen is found naturally in the body, particularly in the skin, bones and connective tissues, most people will begin experiencing collagen depletion in their early twenties — leaving them more susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles and a loss in skin volume. Adding it to your diet is supposed to help reverse the process. 

How I've been using collagen for the past seven months:

I add one teaspoon of collagen powder to a glass of lemon water each morning, and since it's virtually tasteless, I've even sprinkled it on my oatmeal. I began noticing results almost immediately! Within the span of one week, I felt more energized. I have a few fine lines at the corners of my eyes and believe me when I say, I barely notice them anymore. Also, my nails are growing like weeds. This stuff works!

FYI: My mother began incorporating collagen into her regimen around the same time I did and stresses that it's most effective when taken on an empty stomach. However, researchers are saying its just as effective when taken with food. 


Have a Lovely (Fourth of July) Weekend!

Can you believe we're a little more than halfway through the year already!? What are you up to this weekend? A day trip? A long getaway, perhaps? 

A friend of ours invited us to her home in Upstate, NY, for a weekend filled with food, laughter, and lots of rosé 🍷

Her house is beautiful and reminiscent of a dreamy Victorian cottage. I'm so excited to unwind. It's going to be a short shorts and flip flops kind of weekend :)
(Palm tree photo: Tameramowry.com)

Happy Fourth, everyone!
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