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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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

Elite Workshop-Goals for Growth

do-what-you-loveIt was Sunday November 13th around noon I walked thru the doors of The Palm Restaurant in Boston which later that week was scheduled to host Andy Cohen. What brought me to this restaurant with windows allowing the sun to beam through was more grand (to me) than Mr.Cohen himself. I walked thru the doors of an intimate dining room to be greeted by a group of powerful boss babes all of which were here to attend the Elite Workshop "Goals for Growth". This event was hosted none other than the fabulous Andy (Andrea) Delucia of Elegance & Grace Weddings . You can read my full article here about her business & how these inspirational workshops came to be. The Elite Workshop "Goals for Goals" was the 3rd & final workshop of this year. The list of g4gguest speakers included Jimmy Guzman a highly regarded marketer & owner of JNG Event consulting, Christine Fitzgerarld partner & found of Belcher Fitzgerald LLP, founder of Bitchless Bride wedding planning & bridal coach Deborah DeFrancesco, & none other than Andrea herself. The day also include afternoon bites provided by The Palm, a panel discussion & Q&A with Sarah Boucher sales & marketing manager of Willow Estates & Sonya Highfield creativepreneur of Sonya Highfield Photography, & the day/evening concluded with an Elite Workshop Launch Party.

Unfortunately I was only able to attend half of the day because I had a wedding myself to attend. I was able to catch Jimmy's presentation regarding guerrilla marketing. He had started his career managing a hotel which included a restaurant successfully turning that business around. From there he went to work for Winston Flower's & then to Mark Hall Design, LLC. With each of these unique ventures one thing remained the same, he became each business. To successfully turn each business around & expand each target market he designed a narrative & networked with the market that he desired to target even if that meant going to Nantucket for the day to understand the higher end client. He now applies these practices to his own business JNG Event Consulting.

foodFollowing Jimmy was Christine of Belcher Fitzgerald LLP. As mentioned prior she is a founder & partner in her law practice. She stressed the value of planning & protecting your business. Often as creative minds we get wrapped up in our ideas & fail to protect our brand. Christine also brought to the audience's attention that lawyers & law firms have an intimidating & expensive aura about them. Going to a smaller firm can make this aspect of business more approachable. Another take away that I gleaned from her discussion was that the money that you don't spend in preventative measures you may pay for down the road if you ever find yourself in a legal dispute. All of which was very helpful information.

The last speaker I was able to catch was Ms. Andy herself. A mother of 4 & successful business owner I found her inspiring from the becoming of covering this event. Andy andy2spoke on listening. Selling services has its own obstacles that tangible products don't because customers have something physically to touch & hold. Listening with services is key because you really get to know your client & what they desire out of your service. From there you can make suggestions & up sell. Another topic she touched upon was how much to charge with your service, this can be a difficult answer to come to. She challenged the crowd to know their value & explore the market.

As each guest speaker presented it was encouraging to see them back on another up. As much as I would to love to hear Deborah's presentation & Sarah & Sonya's Q&A it was helpful to get their input throughout the day.

Closing this portion of the day the audience was instructed to write down one goal. A goal that is specific, achievable, & with a time line. All of our goals should be thought out like this! Andy feels writing out your goals allows you to make a commitment to it. Goals should be attainable and have actionable steps to achieve them. Personally I find myself often writing down huge massive goals with no specific deadline. How is one going to accomplish any goal like that? After this exercise I had taken this method of specific, achievable, & with a time limit to each of my goals.

g4g2Although I was only able to attend half of the day I left feeling amped & inspired. It was empowering to be in a room full of boss babes (& one boss guy). As entrepreneurs it is vital to our success to create a tribe that we can trust & seek council from. That is just Andy's mission with the Elite Workshops to develop relationships & boss babe communities.

This small business Saturday I pass on Andy's challenge to you create a specific & achievable goal with a deadline for your business. Reach out to a couple of inspirational ladies & lift each other up! Andy really getitknows how to host a fabulous & informative event. Her speaking abilities really captivate a room. She is available for career coaching & other speaking ventures. Stay tuned for next year's Elite Workshops, I highly recommend attending.

"The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, & above all be humble."

Stay informed on upcoming events by visiting the Elegance & Grace Elite Workshop facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EandGEliteWorkshop/?fref=ts .

Till next time fash dolls! Stay Sassy + God Bless.

Gigi xo

Hair Curling Tutorial

Happy Monday Fash Dolls! I get asked a lot on how I curl my hair. Well here is a step by step tutorial.

Tools: Hair clip, hair brush, blow dryer, & curling iron

Hair Products: It’s a 10 leave in product & hair spray

  1. Put nickel size amount of "it’s a 10 product" in your hand & apply to ends only.
  2. Blow dry hair
  3. I first break my hair into sections: top & bottom as it is layered.
  4. Begin to curl bottom layer. I use the curling iron clamp for this part as my hair is shorter in the back. Use hair spray.
  5. Proceed to curl sections of the top layer. This layer I do not use the clamp & twirl my hair over the curling iron.
  6. As I complete each section I hit it with some hair spray. Continue to do this till your entire head is full of tight curls.
  7. Once all of my hair is curled  brush them out for soft curls.
  8. Give you hair one more spray and you are done!

I hope this helped! Till next time dolls!

Stay Sassy + God Bless!

Gigi xo

Giving Fall the Cold Shoulder

Hello fash dolls! Giving fall the cold shoulder but, not really. A major trend that has been on the fashion scene is the cold shoulder. This can be seen on sweaters, tops, & dresses. Who would have thought a top with no shoulders could be so hot? Women everywhere are falling for the cold shoulder because no matter your size or age your shoulders will always be a smooth. Not to mention it is a subtly sexy way to show a little skin.

This specific cold shoulder sweater is from K Posh Boutique. I paired it with my new fav lucky brand jeans & black perfed booties. This sweater is cozy yet fabulous. Not only is it showcasing the cold shoulder trend but has this awesome sheer blouse detail in the back.

Try this trend for yourself! Fash dolls I wish you a fabulous long weekend. Till next time!

Stay Sassy + God Bless!

Gigi xo

 

 

 

Sorry Lulu

Sorry (not sorry) Lulu, Lulu Lemon. Not that I am hating on Lulu Lemon I actually really like their product but dang those prices are killing a new homeowners budget! This active look is brought to you by T.J. Maxx!

If you have been following you know that I got married in June & bought a home at the beginning of the month. Needless to say I have been on a budget for sometime. I have staples which I have spent more money on. But when it comes to my activewear I tend to not spend as much. They get sweaty, go thru the wash all the time,and just get beat up. T.J. Maxx & Marshalls carries affordable activewear that fits in in my budget.

To get into shape for the wedding I really got into barre. It was easy on my back (I slipped a disc) & toned me up. I facilitated this with running & playing soccer!

I don't consider myself a health freak but I think it is important to exercise regularly & eat healthy (I try to stick to 80/20). I find that when I stick to this I feel more energized!

Well fash dolls till next time!

Stay Sassy + God Bless.

Gigi xo

Pucker Up-LipSense

Honestly I am not a cosmetics guru. My daily make up routine consists of moisturizer, bare minerals, mascara, & chap stick, eye shadow on a good day. But I found a lip gloss that has been absolutely amazing, LipSense. It doesn't smudge or rub off & it's waterproof! I can literally put it on & within seconds of drying give my husband a kiss. It won't rub off on his lips so we both won't be wearing it.

The color I am sporting is cappuccino but there are plenty of other colors to choose from. To get the best look apply 3 coats of color between each time let the color dry 3-5 seconds. Then apply a coat of gloss! You are then good to go for the day. I accidently slept in mine once. When applying color you may feel tingling the first few times but this will subside.

You can purchase each piece separately or a starter kit bundle. The starter kit includes a color, gloss, and oops lip color remover. Also available separately is the moisturizing lip balm which also works wonders.

I got my kit from K Posh Boutique get one here & receive 15% off by using my coupon code >GIGI15<.

Give this a shot for yourself! If you have beauty suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments. I am also open to trying new things.

Till next time dolls! Stay Sassy + God Bless.

Gigi xo

 

Bridesmaids Dress Shopping

You got the man, you have a wedding date, you have your wedding dress, but what about your girls? Don't get me wrong the day is all about you & your other half but keep in mind you asked your bridesmaids to be apart of your special day they should look & feel good too!
We got our bridesmaids dresses at David's bridal. I had one out of state bridesmaid but it made it easy to get all the same color because they had a large variety to chose from. You could also go to any bridal salon to find your girls dresses. No matter how big or small your bridal party is there is a few concepts you can dress them in.
The first & most traditional is to have all your girls wear the same dress & color. This creates a unified look which is a positive. But keep in mind it is hard to find something that looks good on all different body types.
The second option would be to pick one color & have the bridesmaids pick which dress they would like (with your approval). This is the way I went. I wanted the girls to get something they would wear again & was unique to them. But if you would like a more unified symmetric look go the more traditional route.
Lastly a trend I've noticed is picking  a color & ombre the dresses meaning each dress is a shade of that color from light to dark. This is defiantly a unique concept but super cool.
I remember I wanted to get everyone to go together which could be difficult to coordinate with your bridesmaid depending on their schedule. Also keep in mind that you are with a group of girls & that is a lot of estrogen. Everyone has different opinions. Stay true to your vision but try to have some consideration for your friends & family.
Happy Planning! Till next time dolls!
Stay Sassy + God Bless.
xo Gigi

Real Wedding Ceremony Tunes

June 24th, 2016 was easily the best day of my life. I said "I do" & married my best friend. Over the past year & a half we put in a countless amount of time planning this special day. It went by in a flash. I thought I had my i's dotted & t's crossed when it dawned on me 2 weeks before the wedding I had no clue what I was going to be walking down the aisle to, oops.

In a panic I had begun to research ceremony songs. I emailed my DJ asking a million & 5 questions. I had an idea of what I wanted but 2 weeks away from the big day I had to figure it out! Generally you need 3 songs for a ceremony: one the bridal party & family walks down to, the bride's entrance, & the recessional for when the bride & groom accompanied by the bridal party & family exits the ceremony.

See below our song selection for our ceremony.

  1.  Bridal Party- Only in Time (Instrumental)-Enya
  2. Bride- Canon D-Pachelbel
  3. Recessional- Wedding March- Fleix Mendelssohn

These aren't the only options you have to chose from! If you are a bride-to-be use this for inspiration. We wanted something more classical for the ceremony but maybe you & your spouse are more modern or contemporary. This is a special time & your day should reflect your relationship. We had our DJ play at our ceremony maybe you want a string quartet. The beautiful thing about planning your wedding is that it is about what you want! Don't be afraid to ask questions either, your vendors are there to help you.

Well dolls till next time! Stay sassy & God bless.

Gigi xo

 

Hello Old Friend(s)

Hello old friends...& new friends! It may seem like I have fallen off the face of the planet seeing how I haven't posted in about 5 months but with good reason. There has been a lot of good happening but there has also been some less than fab things happening that all kind of consumed my time.

On June 24th, 2016 I married my best friend. This day was easily the best day of my life but there was a boat load of planning and appointments along the way! I was never that girl that dreamed of her wedding & not that I didn't enjoy the planning process (because I did) it was just a lot. I was of course looking forward to our special day but I had my mind set on the happily ever after with Ricky.

Not only did I go from Miss to Mrs. we have been trying to buy a house which if you have gone thru the process yourself you know its not easy. If you haven't, you have heard your friends & family probably complain about it. We would see a house online, call our realtor to set up a showing, & by the end of the day there was an offer accepted on the house we wanted to see. We officially put in an offer on the perfect mermaid grotto & are on track to close by the end of the month.

On top of those two wonderful yet crazy things I was diagnosed with colitis in April, a little TMI but I want to be transparent. With everything going on & finding this out I was drained. Unfortunately the blog had to take a back seat. I needed to focus on these life changes & taking care of myself. Life can be crazy, especially being from New England I am accustomed to being on the run. I have learned that sometimes you need to take a step back say no to things & take care of your mind, body, & soul.

Last weekend Ricky & I welcomed a new addition to our little family, Audrey Hepburn Williams. She is about 12 pounds & is the most precious German Shepard puppy. Her paws are too big for her body so she is a little clumsy but she will grow into them. She is already a daddy's girl.

I am still trying to figure out my health situation but as the dust settles with everything else I am back to blogging. I couldn't be happier! I am feeling more inspired than ever. Thank you all for reading today and those of you that have read since the commencement  of this site. I can't even believe that it has been 2 years in September.

Cheers to the future!

Stay Sassy & God Bless,

Gigi XO

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What on Earth is Cost per Wear?

Every purchase something and only wear it once? Now every time you pass it in your closet a sense of buyer's remorse just infects your conscious. Cost per wear is a wonderful tool to prevent this feeling! When making purchases especially apparel purchases you should feel good about them. You just bought this fabulous new piece that flatters your figure, will be an excellent addition to your wardrobe, and you'll wear it over and over again. Well when out shopping this isn't always the case. I myself have been an offender of the impulse buy. Not all impulse buys are created equal but most times they are the purchases we tend to regret.

Let's cut to the chase. Cost per wear is taking the cost of an item divided by the amount of times you plan on wearing it. Take the faux leather skirt for example, I purchased it last year on sale for $20. Now I have worn it both this winter season and last, it has become a staple in my wardrobe. But for the sake of argument say I wore this skirt 5 times (which I have worn this far more than 5 times), it has only cost me $4 each time I have worn it!

Retail/Times Worn= Cost Per Wear

These boots are another great example! If you have been following the blog you probably noticed that I prop these often. It is a really cool and easy to understand concept. To prevent regretful purchases I invite you to exercise the cost per wear strategy. Before shopping I would suggest going in with an idea of what you need opposed to going in blind sided and just purchasing things you "like". Take a look at your closet before you go out shopping to see what you'd like to add. These practices will help decrease the buyers remorse feeling.

Well till next time dolls.

Stay Sassy + God Bless xo

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Fashion Lovers: Here’s Where to Head on Your Next Vacation

Greetings lovelies! I met Brianne at a blogger event back in the fall. She is a travel blogger and I have asked her to write us a little something. Enjoy xo


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Everyone knows that Paris, London and New York are where fashion lovers flock. But if you’ve already strolled through the Tuileries, cruised down the Thames and caught a show on Broadway, don’t worry, there are still plenty of other stylish cities around the world to explore.

While most of my travels take me to places where I fit right in with my well-loved flip flops and fleece, every now and then, it’s fun to spend a few days browsing boutiques and sipping pricy cocktails. So here are three cities I recommend considering for your next getaway, which all offer the perfect blend of culture, entertainment and sophistication.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is hands-down one of my favorite cities in the world. With sidewalk cafes, wide boulevards, well-landscaped parks, and classical architecture that reflects French and Italian styles, I felt like I was in a European capital – that was, until I saw couples tango-ing in the streets.

Since I was traveling with fashionable friends, we stayed in Palermo Viejo, which is the heart of the city’s fashion scene. Its tree-lined streets are packed with stores offering a wide range of styles from local designers and high-end international brands.

Another hot shopping district is Recoleta, which is also where one of the top tourist spots, Recoleta Cemetary, is located. If you get tired of browsing, you can pay your respects to international style icon Eva Peron at her final resting place.

Fortunately we were in Buenos Aires over a weekend, so we were able to explore the massive Sunday market in San Telmo – the oldest neighborhood in the city. Each week, the main street is closed to traffic, and locals and tourists jam the streets to browse jewelry, crafts, antiques, and much more.

Luxembourg City upper town

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

I had always wanted to visit Luxembourg – all I really knew, however, was that it was a small, wealthy country with lots of castles. And since it’s not a stop on the typical European tourist circuit, it seemed romantic and mysterious to me. So following a friend’s wedding in the French Alps, I took a train from Geneva up to Luxembourg City – through some incredibly breathtaking scenery – to finally check it out.

Just as I’d imagined, I instantly fell in love. I stayed with a wonderful young couple in their newly renovated apartment near in the train station, and I enjoyed the city – and their company – so much that I ended up extending my stay. However, it was only a few minutes after I headed out on my first morning there that I regretted my outfit, which definitely screamed, “tourist!” Much to my surprise, everyone I passed looked completely flawless – it was obvious that “Luxembourgers” take a great deal of pride in their appearance, even as they are rushing to work.

The city’s stunning Old Town is divided into two sections – “upper town” and “lower town” – a massive network of walking and biking trails connect the two through parks and past old churches, castles and fortifications. I spent most of my time, though, casually wandering around and people watching in upper town – the pedestrian area is a tight maze of upscale cafes and restaurants, art galleries and antique stores, and boutiques filled with the hottest European brands.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur feeling tired and looking a little shabby after about a month of backpacking through Cambodia and Vietnam. I knew right away that I had to step up my game.

My friends and I shared an ultra-modern AirBnB apartment in the main retail center – Golden Triangle, which was a far cry from the hostels I had grown accustomed to during that trip. The neighborhood’s sophisticated residents hailed from around the world and enjoyed a very high standard of living amid the high-end boutiques, hotels and restaurants (I kept saying it was like London with palm trees).

There are plenty of enormous malls to choose from in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, the city’s most visible landmark, the Petronas has a popular mall at its base, the Suria KLCC (we actually got lost in another mall trying to get to that mall to see Hunger Games III).

If you want a scene that’s a little more authentic, however, you can head to one of the city’s popular street markets. Petaling Street is jammed with stalls selling everything from knockoff handbags to traditional handicrafts. Kasturi Walk has second-hand clothes and books, while Chow Kit Market has souvenirs and art. One fun memory from Chow Kit Market was watching dozens of Muslim women jostling for space in a narrow upstairs hallway as they tore through piles of headscarves – it reminded me of a more colorful “running of the brides.”


 

Brianne Miers is based in Boston, MA (USA) but has traveled to nearly 50 countries. By day, she is the principal at Kind Communications, working with nonprofits and start-ups. Her blog, A Traveling Life, focuses on how to balance a career with a life of travel.

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