4 Packing Tips

Hello, beautiful! Okay I've been neglecting this website, whatever I'm human. It has been super crazy with work & my personal life. To be honest I am feeling a bit run down. The hubs & I are off to recharge our batteries in Aruba. I am trying to pack for one week in a carry on so I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my packing tips! 

1. Know your Destination and Itinerary

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This may seem basic but it is key to prevent over packing. Research your destination’s weather. It is important to know what weather to expect because this will determine what clothing you will be bringing. When visiting New England during the winter one would bring heavy clothing like wool and denim. Since I am visiting Aruba the weather will be 85 degrees which means I can bring lighter clothing and a denim jacket. Knowing your itinerary is also important. This is a list of things that you will be doing throughout your trip. A traveler planning on going rock climbing would wear active gear while a business trip would consist of professional clothing. I love to make lists and if you are anything like me I would recommendmaking a list of everything you plan to bring; clothing, accessories, shoes, and toiletries.

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2. Clothing Selection

If you are also anything like me you will experience the urge to bring your entire wardrobe “just in case”. These tips are designed to suppress this feeling. With the research completed in the first tip choosing the clothing to bring should come easier. I would suggest for every bottom bring at least two tops to go with it. To prevent wrinkles and create more space in your luggage I suggest rolling your outfits together. To avoid over packing stick to a versatile color story, I like to pack neutral garments and colorful accessories to give my travel ensembles a pop of color. These accessories typically include scarves and jewelry which are an easy pack.

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3. Shoes and Undergarments

I know you probably just read that title and thought shoes and undergarments, what an odd combination? Let me explain. Instead of packing your shoes in another bag, line them along your luggage.  This will eliminate extra bags and will still give you room for your garments. Socks and other things store inside your shoes! Another fabulous space saver.

 

 

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4. Hanging Organizer

I highly suggest that everyone invest in a hanging organizer. This one is Vera Bradley but other brands make them as well. It was definitely one of my smartest purchases. My hanging organizer contains my toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hair supplies, hair tools, make up, and other toiletries supplies. Even when I am not traveling I hang it on the back of my bathroom door to stay organized.

Well fash dolls I hope that you found these tips & tricks helpful. As always thank you for reading & safe travels.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

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Seeing Color

Hello, beautiful! Happy Weekend! (insert happy dance) I hope you had a fabulous week. Before we get into this look I want to share a gift from me to you, a FREE month of Rocksbox ! Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry subscription, they send you 3 pieces each month. If you love them pay to keep them or if you aren't a fan & want to see other items send them back. They have so many fabulous designers including Kate Spade. Who doesn't love free stuff? Go to rocksbox.com  & use my code: FASHOLOGYXOXO to get your FREE month ($21 value). (Cancel after your free month if you don't like it) 

Alright now that you have your FREE gift let's get to why we are all gathered here today, fashion! Scroll down through the pictures & we'll break it down.  

I am literally obsessed with this dress. When I wear it people tell me that I remind them of the salsa dancing emoji LOL! I originally bought this dress for R & I's trip to Aruba (in 22 days) but I can't stop wearing it. Believe it or not I got it at Old Navy  AND it is on sale right now for ONLY $24.97 ! This dress has a lot of fun features from the trendy cold shoulder to the sassy ruffle not to mention the colorful print that makes a statement of its own. I love dresses for the instant outfit effect, it couldn't make dressing in the morning more simple. I topped off this look with my fun tassel earrings from my July's Rocksbox, a blue clutch, & a pair of wooden platform sandals. 

Well dolls I hope this look has given you some inspo for the remainder of the summer! Enjoy your FREE gift & make sure to stop by Old Navy. I hadn't shopped there in a long time but they look good for men & women! Anywho till next time fash dolls!

Stay Sassy & God Bless! 

P.S. I am looking for a social media marketing intern so if you know anyone please have them send me an email at gigi@fash-ology.com. This would be a for college credit position. Thanks in advance! 

Florals for Summer, Groundbreaking

Hello, beautiful! This is our social media marketing intern, Alex's last post. She has completed her 120 internship hours for Fisher College. She is headed into her senior year & is going to explore different facets of the fashion industry. She has been a HUGE help! Alex always has a positive attitude & is an excellent writer. Fashology is sad to see her go but so excited to see what her future holds. Good luck Alex! Take it away!

Hi Dolls! 

Hope you fabulous ladies are enjoying this beautiful weather! Summer has finally arrived and if you could not tell by the weather, you most definitely could from all the floral prints fluttering the streets! The typical floral look can get repetitive but with these new floral patterns, you can rock the trend as if it is brand new! Let us get to it, shall we? 

Floral patterns will always be a statement in the summer, whether it be on dresses, shorts, tops or even handbags! As the wise Miranda Priestly once said, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." This year, the floral patterns are different from what we have previously seen year after year. The patterns have become more wild and bright and contrast off dark colors.

This dress I found at American Eagle and I absolutely love it! Not only was it a good price but it is also the perfect dress for summer! It has the floral pattern but it is more quiet and reserved. The dress is dark which helps the florals pop more. I love the way it flows and is not tight fitting so you will not have to worry about sweating in the summer heat! This is definitely a dress you can wear to lunch with the girls, on a casual date by the water, or even spice it up with some wedges like I did and wear it to a special event! 

Now I know what you are thinking, “florals, how original”. Check out the newest patterns and you will find that there are so many ways to spice up the original floral look. Contrast it with a dark colored dress like mine or make it pop with some fun, bright colors but whichever style you choose, make sure to work it girl (: 

Stay Sassy!cial media marketing intern, Alex's last post. She has completed her 120 internship hours for Fisher College. She is headed into her senior year & is going to explore different facets of the fashion

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How to Re-wear your Bridesmaid Dress

Hello, beautiful! We have all been in a wedding at some point in our lives. Which we spent easily $100 plus on that you probably won't wear again. Well today I am going to show you a way to wear that bridesmaid dress & bring down your cost-per-wear. Of course you can always wear said bridesmaid dress to another wedding but have you ever thought about dressing down your bridesmaid dress?

This dress I wore in my friend's wedding at the end of May for her rustic chic special day. On her wedding day I wore this with nude stiletto sandals, diamond stud earrings, & diamond tennis bracelet with my hair & make up done by the pros, I obviously wouldn't wear that look on the regular. To dress this lovely number down I traded my stilettos for espadrille wedges, threw on a denim jacket, & added a fun tote by Cappelli Straworld, Inc. Now I can wear my bridesmaid dress to a wedding/bridal shower, to lunch with the girls, or date night by the water with the hubs.

I absolutely love this pineapple tote, I will be bringing it everywhere with me this summer. How perfectly does it go with this look?! Cappelli is known for their resort/staycation clutches & totes. Their product presents great quality & attention to detail. Their spring/summer line includes: nautical, artisanal, festival, patterning & stripes, tropical, chic beach, animal print, & glitter. Their bags generally range from $25 to $75. They are celebrating their 60th anniversary & are owned by Dorfman Pacific, when I was a  boutique manager I actually bought their product for the store. 

Well fash dolls I hope this post has inspired you to dress down your bridesmaid dress so you are able to wear it again. Till next time.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

This tote is a test sample provide by Cappelli Straworld. All opinions are my own.

Take the Plunge with a Bodysuit

Hello, beautiful! Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the nice weather this weekend as much as I am?! Literally I feel like it has been raining for 40 days and 40 nights. At my day full time gig as an assistant buyer for Chadwicks of Boston we have been busy planning for spring/summer 2018 while wrapping up winter/holiday 2017 photo shoots. Anyway, let's get to this week's look.

This plunging top is actually a bodysuit! That's right it is one piece, every time I put it on it brings me back to ballet class. This bodysuit is from Tobi featuring a plunging v-neckline and a dolman sleeve. I love this piece because it is versatile, you could dress it up or dress it down. For this post I chose to dress it up with this skirt by Tribal. When I managed the boutique we sold this line, they have great quality items. The shoes (from DSW) sport a snake print giving this look a little pattern play.

This summer I plan on pairing this bodysuit with jean shorts for a more casual look. This is my first bodysuit since ballet in high school but I love it. This one even features snaps so it's easier to use the restroom. When wearing a plunging v-neckline I suggest wearing sticky boobs, like cups so the girls will stay in place.

Bodysuits are a trend worth getting into. Check more out on Tobi and get 50% off your first order! Well fash dolls, till next time.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

 

Five Tips on How to Choose an Engagement Ring

Hello, beautiful! We have a very special guest post today by Nerissa, co-founder of Tesoro , a luxury diamond bar & style showroom. These tips are so helpful so share with your friends or signifgant others that would benefit from it. Enjoy! xo, Gigi


Diamonds.  How do I love you?  Let me count the ways….

Diamonds.  I can’t get enough, the sparkle, the beauty, I love them all!  But the most exquisite diamond you will ever own will be your engagement ring.  It’s THE ONE.  The diamond that’s full of meaning.  As co-founder of Tesoro Boston I spend a lot of time helping couples choose this most important piece of LOVE!  Most ladies and gents have a hand in picking out this symbol of love together.  It can be fun…and a little overwhelming.  With that in mind, here are my five top tips to take the stress out of engagement ring shopping.  Enjoy the ride!  And contact me with any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear from you.  

1. Know Yourself, and Your Style!

There’s so much to learn and so many styles to choose from! So how’s a girl (or guy) to choose?  HELP!   The first two questions you should ask yourself are this.  

  • What shape diamond or gemstone are you drawn too?  

  • What’s your style aesthetic?  Fancy. Simple. Modern. Vintage.  

Narrowing down these two basic concepts before you start shopping can make a big difference!  Choosing a ring is as much about personal style as it is about technical beauty.  

2. Learn the Diamond Basics

The 4 C’s. They are a diamond’s modern day equivalent to a “report card”.   Yes, they’re important.  Learn about them.  Better yet, sit down with a jeweler you trust and let them educate you!  At Tesoro Boston we do this at our signature “Diamond Bar” over a glass of prosecco!  The options are endless and here’s the thing, you can’t learn everything about diamonds in the time it takes to purchase an engagement ring!  Enter professional here.

3. Trust the Professionals.  That’s Why We’re Here!

Relationships are SO important. Engagement rings and wedding bands symbolize the most important relationship in your life!  Who you choose to make those rings are just as important.  A jeweler can educate you on the pros and cons of ALL of your options, and there are many…natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds, natural gemstones, synthetics, and don’t forget metal type!  They can also help you determine your budget, which styles suit your lifestyle and help you design your ring.

4. Know Your Budget

We all want that show-stopping, jaw-dropping rock on our hand.  But, let’s face it.  You can’t eat it, live in it or drive it.  Having a clear budget can guide your shopping experience down the right path.  It can also help your jeweler narrow down the search!   Could there be anything worse than falling in love with a ring you can’t afford?  Keep your expectations realistic and you won’t be disappointed. Amazing rings can be found in every price range!

5. Choose for Beauty

Each diamond is a snowflake.  No two are exactly alike.  Some are sleepy and some pop, some are dull some are bright!  Bottom line, when you look down at your hand, you better love what you see!  We guarantee you will!

A Diamond Grading Report is an important tool in the first step of selection.  At Tesoro Boston we only offer GIA certified diamonds using this criteria.  But once we’ve narrowed down your options, our advice to you is this.  Simply LOOK at the diamonds.  Which one speaks to you?  Which diamond do you LOVE?  You can’t always choose who you fall in love with and the same rule applies to diamonds.  

In short, choose for beauty. You’ll be looking at this exquisite diamond for a long time.  Fall in love with what you see!

And remember, the most important thing when buying a diamond…

“Having an educated expert to guide you is the ultimate, luxury buying experience!”  

Happy Diamond Shopping!

-Nerissa Parisi-Hill, Tesoro Boston

 

Embroidered Boho Babe

Hi, beautiful! Happy Friday! I hope this post sees you well. We are gathered here today to discuss embroidery. If you haven't noticed it is one of the hottest trends of the season. You know that Frank's Red Hot Sauce commercial? The one where the sweet innocent old lady is like, "I put that sh*t on everything". Well embroidery like this woman & her frank's is literally on everything. This boho trend can be seen on dresses (as shown), skirts, jeans, pants, shoes, handbags, shirts, etc. I'm not kidding it is literally everywhere. 

Embroidery can be found in a variety of colors and range from subtle to more prominent patterns. Whatever your flavor it is easy to find with the world at your finger tips. I am personally loving this dress from Tobi   that is on sale for only $29.00 and available in other colors. I have paired this dress with cognac wooden block heels from Metrostyle. This dress will definitely be a summer staple in my closet & will be packed in my suitcase for Ricky & I's vaca to Aruba in September. 

Well fash dolls as always thank you for reading. I hope that my neon white skin didn't blind you too bad & that you leave feeling inspired to dabble in the boho inspired embroidery trend. It is definitely hanging around for the spring/summer 2018 season as the catalog I work on is already developing embroidered product. It will be worth the investment. Till next time dolls!

Stay Sassy & God Bless! 

P.S. You can find other amazing pieces at Tobi & get 50% off your first order :)

Buttons Up

Hello, beautiful! Happy Friday! I hope your week has been super productive. I'm not going to lie to you I am super pumped about the long weekend. If you have been following along you know that I am an assistant buyer for Chadwicks of Boston. Not only are we wrapping up the winter/holiday 2017 season we have begun planning for spring/summer 2018 if you can believe that.

Anyway let's get to the real reason why we are here, the fashion.

Buttons up! (Haha see what I did there) Button front skirts have been a trend first seen in the fall & continuing into the warmer months. During the fall/winter we saw faux suede mini skirts with snap buttons. For the spring/summer I am seeing them in denim & other lighter fabrications. 

I actually got this skirt about 7 years ago when I stepped into my first Zara. Which was not actually in the USA but Lisbon, Portugal. This skirt has been a spring/summer staple in my wardrobe. Typing this I honestly can't even believe I've had it for that long.

Completing this look is a ruffle knit tank, braided pink belt, & sky high wedges. The tank I actually got from the boutique I once managed, Daisy Riley in Plymouth, MA. The belt I believe I also got at Zara, I have wrapped the excess belt preventing it from flopping all over the place. And the shoes I got from DSW. I particularly love this skirt because it has pockets.

Not only will you be able to find the button front treatment on skirts but on dresses as well. It is a lovely spring/summer trend. How will you be wearing it?

Well fash dolls this concludes our post. I hope that you feel inspired to try the button front trend for yourself. Till next time!

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

 

6 Tips for College Freshman

Hello dolls!
With school ending and summer approaching fast, the college scene is coming closer to all who are attending. Yes, college freshman, this post is for you! It can be scary and intimidating walking into a new school full of new faces, but I promise you it will all be okay! Here are some tips I’ve learned that will help you survive your first year at your dream school.

1. Amazon will be your best friend.

When it comes to textbooks especially, do not I repeat DO NOT buy your textbooks from the college bookstore. Amazon more than likely has the same book for half the price and if you get Amazon Prime for students, you can even get your books in 2 days! Save the extra cash and use it towards something useful, not a book you may or may not even use.

2. Avoid the 8 a.m. classes, trust me.

When you go to register for classes and think an 8 a.m. class sounds like a good idea, just stop because it’s totally not. You probably won’t make it to that class, let’s be honest. Unless you are a morning person and can wake up early every day without an issue, choose a different time.

3. At least try to eat healthy.

With college comes freedom and with freedom comes chocolate chip cookies and ramen noodles at 2 a.m. Trust me, the freshman 15 is real and although it seems impossible, it happens in a blink of an eye. Keep a balanced diet with fruit and vegetables and you should be good.

4. Get off your butt and exercise.

Seriously though, I know you probably won’t want to hit the gym after your last class but it’s good for you! Stay in shape and try to work out a few times a week, not only can it help you balance your weight but it can also help you manage stress and anxiety.

5. It’s okay to change your major.

Still not sure what you want to major in or confused on what your dream job is? You're not alone. It’s scary deciding what you want in life and it’s okay to change your mind. Take some classes in different majors to see what you really enjoy, then make your decision!

6. Get out there and join some clubs/activities.

Not only will they look good on your transcript, but they will help you make new friends and memories! Join a club that you enjoy, whether it be robotics, fashion, math league, or even the golf team, just get out there and have fun!

There you have it! To all you freshman out there nervous and afraid of the big step you're about to take, don't be scared to get out of your comfort zone. It will all be worth it in the end! Enjoy your freshman year and don't forget, have fun!

From a senior who's been through it all,

Alex

Oshkosh Called, They want their Overalls Back

Hello, beautiful! Happy Friday! I hope this week has treated you well. I have one of my bestie's weddings this weekend & I can't wait to be able to stand next to her on her big day. The same friend inspired my to buy my first pair of overalls since my childhood. My second job in high school was as a sales associate at Oshkosh B'Gosh, you know the kids clothing store? Overalls were in high demand during my time there. Now they are one of the hottest trends for adults coming in overall skirts, pants, or shorts (pictured). Keep scrolling to see more details.

I love the overall shorts. I think they are a fun spring/summer trend. Easy for the weekend or to throw on over your bathing suit when you hit the beach for the day. This particular one piece I got from Macy's online, they literally only had once size left. My friend got hers from the GAP outlet. 

For a fun yet casual look I have outfitted my overalls with a crop top, espadrille wedges, & a choker. No weekend warrior outfit is complete without a coffee in hand. In this outfit I feel like 90's grundge meets a hint of girl next door. 

Maybe this trend isn't for you or maybe you want to give it a shot but are hesitant. If that is you I would suggest maybe starting out with the overall skirt. I feel like that is a smoother transition. Like dresses or jumpsuits overalls are a great throw & go instant outfit. Life can be crazy so simplicity is our friend.

Well fash dolls that concludes today's post. I hope my overall look has given you some outfit inspo. I find that it is always refreshing to go outside our outfit comfort zone. I definitely stepped out of mine with this look. Have a great weekend.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!