Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Transitional style can sometimes be hard, as you don’t want to look like your holding onto Summer, but it’s still too warm to wear tights + coats and your favorite wool sweater. However, with a few key pieces you can easily transition your Fall/Winter pieces, like this light sweater, from late September right into October.  The key to transitional style, is the color palette and the fabrics.

I picked up this skirt over the weekend, at Joe Fresh – I mean, did you really expect me to resist a leopard print skirt, with striped waistband at only $29?  I have will power, but not that much… Not to mention, the skirt has pockets! Seriously ladies, this is a perfect transitional piece as we move into Fall – with the fabric being so light, it would work in pretty much any part of the country.

With tomorrow being the first official day of Autumn, I have included a few tips below to help you transition into Fall, like a pro!

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

{Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Skirt, Joe Fresh | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace,  Boutique in West Palm Beach (similar from Macy’s) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

 

Tips for transitional Fall dressing like a pro! 

  • Stay away from the heavy knits, for now, but do bring out your light sweaters and cardigans
  • Start to incorporate deeper oranges, olive green, navy, burgundy, and camel into your wardrobe
  • Put away your sandals and bust out your favorite booties!
  • and most important, layer, layer, layer!

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s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka

With the hint of Fall in the air, I can’t help but dream of escaping away for a weekend glamping trip – enjoying s’mores + a cocktail, by a campfire with friends.  But since my schedule wont allow for that at the moment, why not bring the glamping to me, right?

Glamping in your living room is easy, with friends + the right cocktail. When your cocktail is inspired by your favorite glamping treat, s’mores, not much else is needed.  Plus, it’s so much easier to planning a glamping inspired girls night in, as opposed to an actual glamping trip – although, one day I will make that happen!

Glamping Inspired Girls Night In

What you need:

  • Ingredients to make your favorite s’mores (I highly recommend sea salt dark chocolates with caramel filling or Reese’s peanut butter cups)
  • Cozy blankets (bonus points if they’re plaid)
  • A fire or lots of candles work too!
  • Fun board games, like Taboo or Words Against Humanity
  • Your BEST girlfriends!
  • and last but not least…. S’mmmores Cocktails (recipe at the end of this post)

s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

S’MMMORES COCKTAIL RECIPE 

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 1 part cream soda*
  • Hershey’s Chocolate, Gram Crackers, + Marshmallows

*Can replace with a chocolate liquor + a splash of club soda, as suggested by Pinnacle Vodka – I personally am not a huge fan of chocolate, which is why I substituted with cream soda – the result… a super yummy cocktail! 

Directions: 

  • Rim glass with hershey’s chocolate, then dipped in a bowl of crushed gram crackers
  • Pour vodka + cream soda in glass, over ice
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a roasted marshmallow, for an authentic touch.

 

Check out this video, for more inspiration and then go enjoy a little s’mmores cocktail tonight! 

“Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at http://www.pinnaclevodka.com. Also, check us out at Facebook and Twitter or find more fun entertaining and drink ideas on our Pinterest page.” 

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“Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission.  This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media.  The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.”

 

pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe, sage+sparkle, twelve weeks of pumpkin, all things pumpkin

As we enter mid-September, you know what that means around these parts… Pumpkin Season is in full swing!  But since I know many of you are not quite ready to let go of summer, I decided to ease into my “12 Weeks of Pumpkin” this year, by starting with a few post on Instagram and now featuring my first recipe of the season.

Keep reading for the recipe… 

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

Camo print is something that seems to go in and out of fashion every couple of years, dare I say it – but for the last couple of fall seasons, it has become almost a fall staple.  Each season, we see it in new variations and this Fall is no different.  I’m really loving how it’s done here, with the pop of acid lemon (one of my favorite colors),  as it pairs back so perfectly to the luxe chocolates that we are seeing everywhere.

Don’t you just love how fall gives you so much freedom when it comes to getting dressed in the morning.  What other time of year can you wear a sleeveless leather dress, calf hair bag, leather booties, and sunglasses and walk outside looking totally normal? Truth be told, I did have a light jacket in my bag for the moments I was caught in the shade, but all in all, the weather right now is pretty much perfect.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sprakle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag,  sage+sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, sage+sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

baublebar, sage+sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

{Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Barneys) | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Baublebar | Ring, Flea Market in London | Sunglasses, AJ Morgan via Maya Star in Austin} 

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Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip , sage+sparkle

Last weekend I was in California, celebrating my Mom’s birthday.  We celebrated with brunch in Napa at The Boon Fly Cafe (which is where we took this pictures).  The food was incredible as was the location – barn setting at the Carneros Inn.  On one of my trips out to California, I have to stay at this place.

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Growing up in Northern Ca. I never used to think we got seasons, then I moved to the East Coast, and while the seasons are much more prominent, Fall and Spring (my two favorites) are so short-lived, where as in Northern Ca.  they seem to last forever.  This time of year, can get pretty warm as they often experience Indian Summers, but for the most part the days are sunny and the nights are cool and the BEST part is that there is no humidity.  So even thought it was in the 70′s on this particular day, it felt perfectly appropriate to wear a fall hat, light sweater, and leather shorts.

Northern California DOES have seasons – something I often took for granted.  It seems as if Northern Ca. is similar to the east coast, just the opposite – Fall + Spring seem to dominate, while Summer and Winter (in more recent years mainly Winter) seem to dominate for the East.  I guess the saying is true, you never realize what you have until its gone.

However, with that said – there is nothing quite like the feeling of a crisp East Coast fall day, driving up-state seeing all the foliage change.  While California may have its perfect weather year-round, the east coast has its extremes and while when its bad its terrible… when its good, it’s magical – in a way that nowhere else can compare.

Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip, two tone oxfords, sage+sparkle

wide brim hat, animal print sweater, smashbox legendary long wear lip lacquer,  sage+sparkle

Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip , sage+sparkle

leather j crew shorts, fringe bag, sage+sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Oxfords, sage+sparkle

Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip , sage+sparkle

{top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar on sale at Neiman Marcus) | shorts, J Crew (similar via J Brand) | shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | bag, Flea Market | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Hat, Forever 21 (borrowed from my sister – similar via Nordstrom) | Necklace, Forever 21 | lip, Smashbox

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Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkleIt’s finally starting to feel like Fall in New York and (you already know this) but I’m loving every minute.  One of my favorite things about his magical season (aside from pumpkin), is that you can really wear almost anything in your wardrobe and make it feel appropriate – case in point, with this hot pink summer dress.

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When it comes to wearing summer brights into the fall season, there are a few things you want to keep in mind:

  1. Pair your BRIGHTS with MUTED fall tones.  Hot pink goes great with olive green.  
  2. Always LAYER.  A light jacket goes a long way. 
  3. Keep your accessories NEUTRAL.  Luggage/tan accessories will help tone down an otherwise bright ensemble. 
  4. Trade in your aviators for DARK plastic frames.
  5. Keep your MANI neutral.  Hold off on your dark winter tones but put away your neons.
  6. Pair the whole look back to a darker LIP.  A darker lip instantly toughens up a cute summer dress.

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

{Jacket, Missguided c/o | Dress, Missguided c/o | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Bracelet, H&M | Necklace, Baublebar | Rings, MICHAEL Michael Kors + H&M, Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

It seems that there are quite a few Virgo’s in my life.  Starting with Labor Day weekend, which was my loves birthday, followed by celebrating my Mom’s birthday this past weekend and pretty much 1-2 birthdays a week, till the end of the month – as such, I thought it was appropriate I learned how to whip up a festive cocktail.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of being in California – spending time with my Mom for her birthday.  My sister, brother and I, started her day of celebration with brunch in Napa, followed by birthday cocktails at home, and dinner our that night where my mom rode a saddle – but thats a story for a different day.

Thanks to Pinnacle Vodka, making a festive cocktail is easy. Starting with the cake flavor, then adding a little vanilla, half & half, and of course sprinkles – we we’re ready to celebrate in style.  Plus, my 30th birthday is coming up soon, so it was good to get some practice making this perfect celebratory drink.

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub, how to make a sprinkles rim cocktail

RECIPE:  adapted from Signature Pinnacle Birthday Cake Recipe

  • 1 parts Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • 1 parts half & half
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Hershey’s syrup + sprinkles for the rim

DIRECTIONS:

  • Rim martini glass with Hershey’s syrup then dip in multi-colored sprinkles
  • Combine vodka, half & half, and vanilla; shake with ice and strain into glass

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Birthday Cake Cocktail Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, sage+sparkle, #pinnaclecocktailclub

Check out this fun video from Pinnacle’s YouTube Channel, featuring their variation of their Signature Pinnacle Birthday Cake Cocktail:

“Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at http://www.pinnaclevodka.com. Also, check us out at Facebook and Twitter or find more fun entertaining and drink ideas on our Pinterest page.” 

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“Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission.  This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media.  The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.”

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater, Feather Skirt, Leopard Pumps, sage+sparkle

The beauty of traveling for work, is that I have the opportunity to extend my trip for the weekend, which is always nice when California is involved as I get to spend some time with my family.

I got back to New York, late yesterday afternoon, which meant my Sunday was pretty much wasted, but in reality it was all worth it – I got to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and be back in LIC before the sun went down, meaning I got a good night of sleep and I’m now ready for the glamour to continue…

It’s the tail end of Fashion Week, here in New York and while I missed quite a few great events/shows, I’m looking forward to taking part in a few more festivities.

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater, Feather Skirt,  sage+sparkle

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater, Feather Skirt, Leopard Pumps, sage+sparkle

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater, Feather Skirt, Leopard Pumps, sage+sparkle

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater, Feather Skirt, Leopard Pumps, sage+sparkle

Leopard toe pumps, sage+sparkle

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater, Feather Skirt, Leopard Pumps, sage+sparkle

And the Glamour Continues Lord & Taylor Sweater,  sage+sparkle

{Sweater, Lord & Taylor | Skirt, Ella Moss | Shoes (similar Vince Camuto) | Necklace (borrowed from sister) | Sunglasses, (borrowed from sister) | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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Between all the models, celebrities, fashion editors, and bloggers, the city is bestowed with glamour at the moment – what’s not to love.  What I love most about Fashion Week, is that even if you can’t attend many shows because you work full-time like myself, or you’re not in NYC, you can still experience all the great fashion, by following along on Instagram, or checking out Style.com.

By the way, if you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out my latest video with Glam Media, Corporate Catwalk, and Fabulatina, all about what we’re wearing to Fashion Week.

 

 

Boot Cut Jeans + Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

Bootcut denim has slowly been making its way back into my wardrobe and now I can’t remember why I ever kicked it out.   Bootcut denim is so flattering on many different body types that only downside I can see to it, is that it’s not as easy to transiting throughout the day from heels to flats – but they works perfectly with a great pair of wedges – so 70′s chic.

This outfit incorporates a few things I’m loving at this moment.  Outside of the my rekindled love affair with bootcut denim, I’m also loving army print again – especially in this lululemon jacket, perfect for working out and wearing out – gotta love lululemon for that.

I’m also loving my new necklace and ring from Kendra Scott, which I picked up at the boutique store on a recent trip to Austin, TX.  With so many options, it was hard to choose.

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This whole outfit, is effortless casual chic – and I love it! Perfect for transitioning from summer into fall.

Boot Cut Jeans + Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

Kendra Scott,  Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

Kendra Scott,  Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

Kendra Scott,  Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

Suede Wedges, Fringe Crossbody, Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

Kendra Scott,  Army Print lululemon, sage+sparkle

{Tank, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Jacket, Lululemon | Denim, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Shoe, KORS Michael Kors (similar) | Necklace, Kendra Scott |Ring, Kendra Scott | Sunglasses and Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Crossbody, LIC Flea Market} 

Zara Metallic Skirt, Leopard Print Equipment Silk Blouse, MICHAEL Michael Kors Heels, Sage+Sparkle

While fashion week doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, previews + kick-off parties are already in full swing.  After attending two NYFW events last night, today I’m sharing with you  one of the outfits I plan to wear.  When it comes to fashion week, versatility is key! Having a full-time day job can mean that I have to limit the amount of events/shows I attend + and it also means that I need my look at the office to easily take me to a show or two that night.  This outfit is the perfect example of a look that is professional yet, stylish.

You all know by now, mixing textures + prints is my specialty and this outfit does not disappoint.  The metallic coated denim skirt (while last season) is still on trend and you know I’m a sucker for a good leopard print.   What I love about this particular print, is that fact that while leopard, it’s done in an unexpected way.

Scroll to the bottom + check out the Style Squad video I did with Glam to hear more of my thoughts surrounding fashion week and what I plan to wear.

Zara Metallic Skirt, Leopard Print Equipment Silk Blouse, Sage+Sparkle

Zara Metallic Skirt, Leopard Print Equipment Silk Blouse,  Sage+Sparkle

Zara Metallic Skirt, Leopard Print Equipment Silk Blouse, MICHAEL Michael Kors Heels, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Heels, Sage+Sparkle

Zara Metallic Skirt, Leopard Print Equipment Silk Blouse, MICHAEL Michael Kors Heels, Sage+Sparkle

Zara Metallic Skirt, Leopard Print Equipment Silk Blouse, MICHAEL Michael Kors Heels, Sage+Sparkle

{Top, Equipment via mimi&mo | Skirt, Zara (similar) | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Wink+Flip | Bracelet/Watch/Ring/Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors} 

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See how I wore this skirt in a more casual way last fall and earlier this spring.  Who knew a green metallic pencil skirt could be so versatile.