DSC_0143piperlime collection leopard print sweater, hudson nico jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors Bromley Boot, J Crew Hat, Shawlsmith London Scarf, Old Navy Bucket Bag

Happy Halloween! While I’m still in Miami, I can’t wait to get back to New York and enjoy my favorite season.  This year for me has been a world wind and with my 30th birthday coming up in two weeks, followed by our trip to Italy, I’m looking forward to this new season in my life.

The fall season signifies change and there are quite a few changes that will be taking place in my life in the coming months and I’m looking forward to sharing them, when the time is right.

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Last weekend, we drove upstate fora little pumpkin patching and apple picking and of course a hot apple cider and warm apple cider donut.  My new leopard print sweater from Piperlime was perfect for our little day trip, not only is the price great, but so is the fit and the color.  For a day outdoors, I choose to keep this look casual, by pairing it with Hudson skinny jeans, and topping it off with a neutral hat and scarf.

piperlime collection leopard print sweater, hudson nico jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors Bromley Boot, J Crew Hat, Shawlsmith London Scarf, Old Navy Bucket Bag

piperlime collection leopard print sweater, hudson nico jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors Bromley Boot, J Crew Hat, Shawlsmith London Scarf, Old Navy Bucket Bag

piperlime collection leopard print sweater, hudson nico jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors Bromley Boot, J Crew Hat, Shawlsmith London Scarf, Old Navy Bucket Bag,

piperlime collection leopard print sweater, hudson nico jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors Bromley Boot, J Crew Hat, Shawlsmith London Scarf, Old Navy Bucket Bag

{Top, Piperlime | Jeans, Hudson | Scarf, Shawlsmith London | Bag, Old Navy | Hat, J Crew (similar) | Boots, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors


Tonight, I will be cozying up indoors, probably in this sweater and a pair of leggings + watching scary movies (any recommendations?) while snacking on roasted pumpkin seeds – no dressing up for me this year.  I will however, be living vicariously through my Instagram and can’t wait to see all the creative costumes!

How about you… will you be dressing up or sitting this year out? Either way, may it a good one!

you will never cross the ocean

I come from a line of people who are afraid of taking risk, but yet somehow I have always been a risk taker.  Taking risk, is something hardwired inside of me – I’m not sure how it got there, but it’s there.  However, when you think about it, the ability to take a risk really is a luxury, one which many people don’t ever have the opportunity to experience.

When taking a risk, you must first have the luxury to do so otherwise you can have all the courage in the world but too much to lose. Not everyone can lose sight of where they currently are, to go after where they want to go, for many different reasons – debt, kids, loved ones, etc. But when you don’t have those things holding you back and you have a support system ready to cross that ocean with you, you’d be stupid not to go for it… right?!? And when you go for it, courage will be the number one thing you’ll need.

Don’t look back, leave the shore behind and go after what’s yours! My mom may not agree with my risk taking ways, but deep down inside she’s knows that I am the way I am, because of her – because of the courage + confidence my mother has instilled within me, I have the luxury to take risk, to lose sight of the shore and reach the other side of the ocean.

The biggest risk is the risk not taken!

 

Rachel Rachel Roy, Macys, Leopard print halfcalf, MICHAEL Michael Kors, BMW Mini

When you’re a style blogger and you take as many outfit photos as I do a week, it can get challenge to keep your backgrounds new and exciting.  Sunday was one of those days, when I wasn’t sure where I wanted to shoot this look but I also knew it didn’t matter as much, since the look itself, could stand on its own.  I got dressed, grab the camera and headed out the door and BOOM there its was, the perfect mini coupe (which happens to be my favorite car) that matched back to my outfit perfectly – I mean seriously, this car was made for me!

So naturally, we stopped and took our photos right there in the middle of the street and I got to pretend (even if only for 15min) that this chic little car was my own.

Rachel Rachel Roy, Macys, Leopard print halfcalf, MICHAEL Michael Kors, BMW Mini

Rachel Rachel Roy, Macys, Leopard print halfcalf, MICHAEL Michael Kors, BMW Mini

Rachel Rachel Roy, Macys, Leopard print halfcalf, MICHAEL Michael Kors, BMW Mini

Rachel Rachel Roy, Macys, Leopard print halfcalf, MICHAEL Michael Kors, BMW Mini

Rachel Rachel Roy, Macys, Leopard print halfcalf, MICHAEL Michael Kors, BMW Mini

{Top, RACHEL Rachel Roy (available in-store at Macys) | Skort, RACHEL Rachel Roy | Trench, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Rag & Bone) | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Zara} 

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Top 10 Leopard Print Coats Fall 14

By now you know, leopard print is my thing, especially when it comes to leopard print coats – I currently own three.  When done right, leopard print really can be worn as a neutral.  A leopard print coat is such a great piece to have as it can work with so many different looks case in point here, here, and here.  I seriously reach for my leopard print coat more than any other coat in my wardrobe.

This season there are so many great options (at different price points) and lucky for you, I have pulled together my top 10 and put them into one of three categories: Steal, Save or Splurge.

Steal - under $150

Save – under $600

Splurge – $600+

 

Here are a few of my FAVorites: 

1. Steal: Notched lapel printed coat, Macys {sale $104.99}

2. Splurge: Fur print coat, Diana Von Furstenberg {$798.00}

3. Steal: Patterned coat, H&M {59.95}

4. Steal: Hazel coat from BB Dakota, Revolve {$127.00}

5. Steal: Leopard print, double-breasted, Chicnova {$137.00}

6. Save: Cadie tailored leopard print coat, Reiss {$545.00}

7. Save: Collarless leopard print coat, Betsey Johnson {$159.90}

8. Save: Leopard print boyfriend coat, Vince Camuto {$208.00}

9. Splurge: Leopard Jacquard Coat, RED Valentino {$995.00}

10. Splurge: Lab Coat, Revolve {$795.00}

 


Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch

The older you get, there will be years that you may not want to dress up for Halloween, or maybe you just don’t have the time to pull together a look. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, I will just be traveling back home, after spending the week in Miami for work and while I haven’t officially decided, it looks like dressing up this year is not in the cards for me.

However, that doesn’t mean I can’t get in the spirit!  Many people shy away from wearing orange + black together for fear of looking too Halloweenie, but there is a way to wear orange + black together and still look chic.

Here are a few type for recreating this look with pieces already in your wardrobe.

Tips for Wearing Orange + Black:

  • Blood Orange (oranges with deep red undertones) pairs best with black
  • Stay away from matching, meaning no orange accessories
  • Add a deep red lip, which compliments your orange rather than matches it
  • Add textures, leather is always a nice addition
  • Pop in a complimenting print – I love leopard with orange and black and even better when done in army green

Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch

On another note, if you follow along on Instagram, then you saw that I was finally able to attend one of Brooke of Fabulous Doodles live sketching events.  Last Friday, Clinique + Vogue hosted an event at the Sephora in Time Square (which I found out about day of) and even though walking through Time Square on a Friday is the last thing I wanted to do, this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

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As you can see above, this is the look I wore.  I still can’t believe I finally have a customer Brooke Hagel sketch, not to mention I also have this sketch on a phone case, which was printed on the spot for me.  Brooke is such a talented artist – we have been online friends for years, and it was so good to finally meet in person.

Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch

Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch

{Dress, Ivy + Blu from Piperlime | Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from BCBG) | Boots, KORS Michael Kors (similar from Piperlime)| Clutch, C. Wonder | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors}

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Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch, Pumpkin Dog Costume

Oh, and one more surprise… look who we have here, it’s Frankie!!! Dressed to the nines in what he considers “Halloween Puppy Chic”.

Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch, Pumpkin Dog Costume

Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch, Pumpkin Dog Costume

Piperlime Ivy + Blu Scuba Dress, Black Leather Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors, C Wonder Clutch, Pumpkin Dog Costume

See last years DIY Halloween Costumes here:  DIY Zebra Costume, DIY Pet Dog Costume

 

Dex Sheer Panel Top, mimi&mo, camo denim, zara, c wonder clutch, leopard print, monogram

Man, this week went by fast.  I mean, not that I’m complaining or anything, but I feel like I blinked and it was the weekend again {insert happy dance here}.

So tell me, what’s on your agenda for the weekend?

I’m finishing up a 3 day juice cleanse today, so I’m looking forward to easing my way back into food, by trying out some of these delicious soups.  We’re also planning a trip update to the pumpkin patch + to see the fall foliage.  This outfit would actually be pretty perfect for that.

While you have seen this top a few times this week, what’s new to this look in my amazing clutch from C. Wonder… well it’s actually a printed pouch but totally works as a clutch.  Obviously I love the print (and color), but the best part is that I got it monogrammed for free! Oh and did I mention, this clutch is on sale – awesome, right?!? I choose to go with a single F as I like to think that the C on the back for C. Wonder is really for my last name…

Dex Sheer Panel Top, mimi&mo, camo denim, zara, c wonder clutch, leopard print, monogram

Dex Sheer Panel Top, mimi&mo, camo denim, zara, c wonder clutch, leopard print, monogram

Dex Sheer Panel Top, mimi&mo, camo denim, zara, c wonder clutch, leopard print, monogram

c wonder leopard print  clutch

c wonder leopard print clutch

Dex Sheer Panel Top, mimi&mo, camo denim, zara, c wonder clutch, leopard print, monogram

Dex Sheer Panel Top, mimi&mo, camo denim, zara, c wonder clutch, leopard print, monogram

{Top, Dex via mimi&mo | Denim, Zara (last season, similar styles listed below) | Printed Zip Top Pouch, C. Wonder | Necklace, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Watch + Bracelet, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Hat, Zara (last season, similar styles listed below)} 

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1, 2, 3}, if you haven’t seen my styling video, please check it out and let me know your thoughts.  How are you liking the new style videos and one item, multiple ways post?  Do you want to see more post like this?

Have a great weekend! If you care to join me, follow along via Instagram or Twitter, otherwise, see you back here Monday.  Thanks for stopping by!

Check out 10 Fall Soups to Make This Weekend

by Fallon Carmichael at Foodie.com

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and with that the temperatures are also getting colder, which can only mean one thing – Fall is in full swing and (dare I say it) Winter is around the corner.  I know, I know, you hate me for even saying that, but the reality is, its gonna happen so lets all join together, and enjoy Fall while it’s here.

One of my favorite things about Fall, is trying out new soup recipes.  Of course I have my go-to recipes that I make every year (all year-long), however this roundup features 10 soup recipes that I have never tried before, but that sound absolutely delicious.  The 10 soup recipes I pulled together for you, feature some of my favorite ingredients: pumpkin, avocado, butternut squash, and cauliflower – I can’t wait to try out a recipe or two this weekend.

When it comes to fall soups, what are your favorites to make?  Do you have a go-to recipe’s  or, like me, do you like to mix it up?

 

Sponsored by Foodie.com – All opinions are my own

Dex Sheer Panel Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, Nordstrom Skirt, BCBG, Shoes, Maxxinista

Thankfully, technology is back to working in my favor this morning (yay), which brings me to look two, in my latest “One Top, Three Way’s series.  It’s so hard for me to choose, as I love each look, but this all black ensemble, in chic in a way, that the others can not compare.

I got this skirt from Nordstrom months ago and have yet to wear it on the blog – so unlike me.  I guess I can attribute it to the fact that a black pencil skirt hanging in my closet doesn’t exactly stand out, but when you put this baby on, boy does it ever – fitted through the hips and sheer at the knee… need I say more?!?

Another thing I also love about this look, is that the sheerness of the top and skirt paired together give this top and skirt the feel of a dress.  You could easily pair this with a camisole too, if you’re looking for a more modesty look for work.

Dex Sheer Panel Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, Nordstrom Skirt, BCBG, Shoes, Maxxinista

BCBG Shoes, Maxxinista, Nordstrom Skirt

Dex Sheer Panel Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, Nordstrom Skirt, BCBG, Shoes, Maxxinista

{Top, Dex | Skirt, Nordstrom (similar options listed below) | Shoes, BCBG c/o TJ Maxx (similar options below) | Necklace, Baublebar | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out my latest styling video HERE + please be sure to subscribe. I hope you’re enjoying the new video aspect of Sage + Sparkle… I know I’m enjoying creating them. Thanks for following along! Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Dex Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, j crew, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic

Have you ever experienced a time, when you had all the best intentions to do something, and the universe said “not today”?  Well, this morning was one of those moments for me.  I originally planed for this post to go live earlier today, but technology was not working in my favor and for some reason my site kept timing out.

So, I posted my latest style video to YouTube and continued on with my day.

But, now home and getting cozy as I type from the window seal, sitting on our heater… I bring you today’s post – the first of a three-part series, “One Top, Three Ways”. I love the fun look of this outfit and most importantly the layers.  I can’t wait for the rain to stop, here in New York, so I can wear more outfits like these before it gets so cold, that I have to add tights.

Dex Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, j crew, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic

MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Heel Booties

Dex Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, j crew, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic

MICHAEL Michael Kors Fur Collar Coat

Dex Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, j crew, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic

Dex Long Sleeve Top, mimi&mo, j crew, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic

{Top, Dex | Chambray Shirt, J Crew | Skirt, J Crew | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Banana Republic | Sunglasses, Red Velvet Vintage (similar from Stella McCartney) | Coat, MICHAEL Michael Kors

And last but not least, I have a new styling video for you – for the second week in a row! Check it out HERE + please be sure to subscribe. I hope you are enjoying the new video aspect of Sage + Sparkle… I know I’m enjoying creating them. Thanks for following along! Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.

pumpkin poppy seed crescent rolls

I have been seriously slacking on my “12 Weeks of Pumpkin” this year, but there are six weeks left and I plan to finish with a bang – starting today! Today’s post features not one, but two pumpkin recipes – that’s gotta count for something, right?

Over the weekend, I picked up this pumpkin cookbook from Eataly and was instantly inspired.  The Pumpkin Poppy Crescent Rolls were the first thing that stood out to me, but with only an hour left before the sunset, (ie. the last call for good food photography) I knew that I would have time to make croissants from scratch – so I enlisted the help of my good friend Pillsbury.

Within 12 minutes, I had warm customized pumpkin poppy Pillsbury crescent rolls, (say that five times, fast) that were absolutely delicious.  While I have had Pillsbury crescent rolls, I had never thought to customize them, but now that I have I can’t wait to try other combinations.

 

Keep reading for the recipe + a recipe for Pumpkin Veggie Soup!

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