Monday, August 31, 2015

Enter to Win a $500 Nordstrom Gift card or $500 Cash via Paypal

 Hi everyone! Happy Monday! (Ugh, I know, it's Monday.) To make your Monday a little sweeter I've joined some amazing bloggers to put together a fab giveaway for you! Enter to win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card or Cash (via Paypal) - winner's choice! You won't want to miss out on this one. See details below :) Have a wonderful day!
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Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Hey lovelies! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Is it just me or did this weekend fly by? My parents were in town this weekend which was great! I wore this Saturday night out to dinner with them and SH. The weather has been unbearably hot during the day but it finally cooled down enough in the evening to wear pants. Two things I want to tell you about - one, I cannot rave enough about Banana Republic heels. Seriously they are the most comfortable heels I own, I try to by them when they are on sale and get them in multiple colors. Something about their design makes them incredibly comfortable to walk in and perfect for a night out or work. I also want to tell you that I got my first Rocksbox box in the mail on Friday! I am completely obsessed! It's my first time trying Rocksbox and I think you should try it too if you love jewelry as much as I do! I made a wishlist and they sent me three super cute pieces, two of which I'm wearing here (the ring and the earrings) both of which I'm considering purchasing to keep because I love them so much. The earrings are the perfect piece to glam up any outfit (I would love to wear them during the holidays) and the ring is subtle but slightly sexy with the chain. Let me know what you think! If you want to try Rocksbox, use code mapleandmintxoxo for your first month free! 

Wearing: Paper Crane top (no longer available, also love this scallop edge top (only $34) and this beautiful embellished top) | Cello jeans (more Cello jeans here (only $37!), also love these distressed boyfriend jeans (on sale for $56!) these and these) | Banana Republic heels (almost identical pair here (under $55) | Forever 21 clutch (old, similar here and here. Here's the F21 clutch I would go for now (it's modeled after Clare V and totally cute!) | Rocksbox jewelry: Perry Street earrings | Ecru Metal ring | USE CODE MAPLEANDMINTXOXO for your first month of Rocksbox free! | NARS in Red Lizard Lipstick

Friday, August 28, 2015

August Instagram Roundup - Apparently No Solids Allowed

Happy Friday loves! I'm pretty pumped for fall weather to roll around soon, it's been anywhere from 70 to 90 degrees in LA lately... Here's a roundup of what I've been wearing in August... Thanks for reading!

Wearing: J. Crew shirt (similar here) | Lucky Brand Jeans | Booties

Wearing: The Hidden Trunk dress (similar here) | J.Crew Sandals (similar here for less than $10!) |
 Nordstrom necklace (similar here for $10!)

Wearing: Lush top (no longer available but I also love this high low Lush tunic) | Joe's Jeans skinnies (basically leggings) | Booties | Vest (less than $30!)

Wearing: Olivia Moon shirt | Topshop skirt (also love this, this and this)
Lucky Brand flats (similar here, here and here) | Balenciaga handbag (I also love it in this red color) | Citizen watch (didn't find the rose gold tone online but linked the gold tone one) | J.Crew bracelet | Alex and Ani bracelet | Gorjana necklace (no longer available but I also love their heart midi rings)

Wearing: J. Crew Top | J. Crew Capris | J. Crew sandals (also really love them in leopard...) | J.Crew statement necklace (another cool one here) | Citizen watch

I've gotten a lot of awesome J.Crew stuff on Threadflip (including this silk top) for much less than the original price - email me or message me on social media if you want to shop my closet or hear more about my experience with threadflip! Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer-Fall Transition

Wearing: Cupcakes and Cashmere Dress | Similar booties I love: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 
Similar black bucket bags: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 (this one is only $26!)

Hey everyone! Happy Friday Eve!! I woke up today and seriously thought it was Friday... This week has felt incredibly long, don't you think? Anyway my oldest bestie Kelsey is in town visiting her bf (I love when she comes to town!!) so we went to sushi on Tuesday night and snapped this photo right before heading in the the restaurant. You may have seen it already on instagram: @mapleandmint

I wanted to share some outfit deets because I cannot get enough of this dress. I basically went all out crazy when Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere released her new clothing line and bought a ton of stuff, some of which had to go back because it didn't quite fit right or ended up being too expensive, etc. But this is one of the pieces that I really loved. It's pretty much the perfect summer-fall transition piece. I love the color, it has POCKETS, it comes with a slip (which I may try over jeans to see how this whole "lingerie" casual trend thing works for me) and it's the perfect length.

I hope you like it! What's your favorite summer-fall transition piece?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Wishlist: Accessories

Wednesday Wishlist: Accessories

Earrings: 1 | 2 | 3 |
Rings: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Soo many cute things right now that I want to scoop up for my closet!! It's been 90ish degrees in LA so far this week, but all I want to do is wear hats, boots, scarves and jeans... So ready for fall you guys!! Guess I'll have to wait until it's a bit cooler to do that... so here's some dreamy accessories in the meantime to love on. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

5 Lovely Links

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1. My new favorite blog obsession (and soon to be yours, too) - Advanced Style

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2. I found this article very annoying and I had to share because didn't everyone grow up thinking they had to drink 8 glasses of water a day? 

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3. How to Wear Sneakers Like a Supermodel - perfect sneaker inspiration. Find it here

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4. Here's What a Photoshop-Free World Would Look Like - check it out here

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5. Amazing Afropunk Fest Style in Brooklyn - here

Monday, August 24, 2015

Buckets of Fun

Wearing: Lush Top | Joe's Jeans | Lucky Brand Flats

Shop the look:
Top no longer available but similar tank version here
Jeans no longer available but also love these, these and these
Flats no longer available but similar here, here and here

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Feature: Caroline of Little Bitty City One

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!! Today I want to introduce you to my blogger friend Caroline who writes the blog, Little Bitty City One and hails from DC! Caroline and I "met" via email a few months back (we both belong to the Blogger Collective) and have since kept in touch and worked on various projects together. Caroline is a kick as* combination of an east coast prep (think sperry's and kate spade) meets warped tour pop-punk. She wears what she wants and says what she thinks and I love that!

A few things I love about reading her blog: her spunky style, she puts together fantastic fashion inspiration boards, and dang is she funny. Case in point, and I quote from a blog post, "Which of the American Girl dolls did you have? And was she a betch?" Pretty much peed my pants reading that article and proceeded to send to friends who I KNOW played with AGs as kids. (Ahem, I had Samantha, Betchiest of all betches.)

Head over to her blog Little Bitty City One for some great fashion inspiration, interesting interviews, fun articles and more! (P.S. She studied film in college - how cool is that?)

Start with a brief introduction! Tell us a little about yourself.
Apparently, according to my friend Matty, “I dated the DJ at St. Albans” is pretty descriptive of my entire character. I’m a slightly punky, prep-school graduating, music-loving ball of energy that cannot for the life of me reign in my shopping habits. I love lions (CaroLION) and I’m tooooottally a Pisces. I also love quotes about the sunshine and movies with murdery/ criminal male leads (Wolf of Wallstreet, American Psycho, Clockwork Orange) . I’m starting to be better at wearing heels and my go-to drink is a gin and tonic. And I’ve been told I look like Reese Witherspoon since Legally Blonde.

What inspired you to start your blog? 
I was actually interning with a startup that never… started up. We were a vendor at a GLAM (Giving Labels A Meaning) event. I met Meghann Moynahan of Disctrict Sparkle and thought she was the coolest person I’d ever met. It took me a while after that, but she’s the reason I really started reading fashion blogs and decided to start my own.

How did you pick the name of your blog? 
The song Little Bitty Pretty One has been a favorite oldie of mine forever. It just kind of fell into place. I’m normally the shortest person in any given group.

How long have you been blogging?
Little Bitty City One has been around for about 2 and a half years, but before that I had a music/ concert blog called Getting Warped and  I also had a professor in college who had us blogging our assignments.

What's been your biggest blogging challenge to date?
Oh ma gosh. The whole thing has been a learning experience. First of all, I’m really all self-taught about wordpress and social media, so I’ve been figuring out what works for me. Besides that, I have to keep reminding myself that I might never fit into the pretty little mold of a lot of bloggers. I’m not a model, I may dress/ accessorize a little out of the box, and that’s ok.

What are the top 5 things you reallyyyy need/want to do before you're end date of Sept 27 2017 on your 101 in 1001?
I have been so bad about updating or crossing things off this list. I would say top 5:

Guest merch girl for a band I love (ahem, Relic Hearts)

Pay off my credit cards

Climb the “Exorcist steps”

Go back and visit my grandma’s amazing Civil War era house

Head to Boston for a Red Socks game to hear Sweet Caroline

What's your favorite thing about living in DC?
DC is so clean! I much prefer it over many, many of the cities that I’ve been to for that reason. And I love that I can walk everywhere. I grew up on the outskirts of suburbia and you can’t walk to get anywhere from my house. That’s still a novelty to me.

What is your favorite post you've done to date?
I wrote a post that I started out feeling very “meh” about that ended up getting SO much attention that I was blown away on Wedding Guest Etiquette. I am so incredibly proud of that one. [Note from Christine: check out that post here!]

Do you plan out your blog posts in advance or go with whatever inspiration comes? 
It’s a little bit of both. Whenever I get an idea, I jot it down in my blog planner. That way I always have a running list.

A lot of bloggers start blogging as a hobby, and have to balance it with full time work. What do you do for a living? How do you balance it all?
I’m in accounts payable at a law firm. A lot of my posting happens at lunch, but I also have a nasty habit of blogging in bed. My favorite time to blog is on the weekends in the morning before I start my day- I’ll bang out at least a couple while I have breakfast and coffee.

Name your top three favorite places to shop. 
I do most of my shopping online, but my favorite brands are Loft, Kate Spade, and Ralph Lauren

What song can you listen to on repeat and never get sick of?
Lord Jesus have mercy on this question!  I get stuck on songs where I literally listen on repeat for weeks. If you’re asking my ipod though, strictly by numbers, it’s I Wanna by The All-American Rejects. I listen to a lot of pop-punk

All time favorite movie?
This is so hard too! I studied film in college. Probably Dogtown and ZBoys, a documentary about Team Zephyr- the group that revolutionized skateboarding. I’m a documentary nerd.

Go to bad-day snack? 
Anything salty or cheesy. When I broke up with my boyfriend I ate an entire pineapple and bacon pizza by myself.  

The thing you love most about blogging?
I’ve made so many awesome friends and connections! That’s been really cool.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wedding Party Picks With Weddington Way

Wedding Party Picks With Weddington Way

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Hi you guys! I'm super excited because today I'm featuring Weddington Way's new project to show you just how easy it is to find the perfect look for your entire bridal party! Weddington Way just launched their brand new Gents Shop so I decided to put a lookbook together of my favorite styles. I hope you guys like what I put together!

Wedding planning can be super stressful, right? I mean, talk about major coordination needing to happen. Weddington Way offers hundreds of styles and beautiful colors to choose from, and sometimes you need someone else to put together looks for you to get your inspiration flowing am, I right? So to help you wedding planning gals (and guys!) out, I picked my favorites from the braidsmaids dresses here and newly launched Gents Shop to bring you these seven looks. The Gents Shop lets you customize tuxedos and suits so every guy in your party looks dashing as ever (my favorite is the Logan... *swoon*)

Let me know what you guys think! I know the pictures turned out kind of small but I linked every single look for him + her so make sure to check those out :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Off the Shoulder LWD + Mint Julep Boutique Giveaway

Dress: c/o The Mint Julep Boutique | Sandals: Old, similar here | Bag: Balenciaga 

Hi everyone! Today I'm teaming up with The Mint Julep Boutique to bring you this adorable off the shoulder LWD! I was so excited when they reached out to collaborate! If you guys haven't checked out their online boutique yet you seriously need to!! Everything is so so cute. These photos were taken on the Malibu pier this past weekend. I got to hang out with some of my best friends from college and we just had the best time adventuring around LA :)

Dress: c/o The Mint Julep Boutique | Sandals: Old, similar here | Bag: Balenciaga 

Dress: c/o The Mint Julep Boutique | Sandals: Old, similar here | Bag: Balenciaga 

I absolutely LOVE the detailing on this dress, I think it is so pretty and feminine. 

The Mint Julep Boutique girls were also kind enough to sponsor a $25 giveaway! Get entered below for a chance to win: 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

15 Finds from Forever 21 You Need in Your Closet Right Now (All Under $35!)

15 Things from Forever 21 You Need in Your Closet Right Now

Fall Style cravings, anyone? I don't know about you but I am having serious fall fashion fever. All I can think about is prepping my closet for colder weather (which, let's be real, never really happens in LA.) I'm trying to come up with good reasons I NEED a shearling coat - like, what if I visit Alaska this year? Or the North Pole?

In all seriousness, above are my favorite things at Forever 21 right now that are PERFECT for transitioning from summer to fall fashion - and they're all under $35! Yay!! Let me know what your favorite picks are!

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