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They Say Less Is More-Guest Post

Can we just take a minute to appreciate the simplicity of this outfit? Sometimes simple is the way to go and as they less is more! Bomber Jackets are in and to me, there should’nt be a lot of effort put into styling them. They’re pretty easy-going and can be that “it” factor to just about any outfit. If you couldn’t notice by the photos, I felt pretty edgy while shooting this. I’m at a point in my “style life” where I am just enjoying the minimal look. When your younger and coming into your style, you of course have hit and misses, but I feel like I’m finally coming into my style. I might not be there all the way but it’s a work in progress.

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” Konscious Vyb was created as a space to be creative and share everyday style. Run by an upcoming stylist, it quickly became more than just a fashion blog, its more of a personal style blog. Always wanting to inspire, Jayla would like for all who visit to gain inspiration and a piece of her style as well. Overall she hopes you enjoy!!

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Outfit Inspiration for Christmas- Guest Post

‘Tis the season for winter fashion! As we wrap up the final days of holiday shopping, don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something festive for your wintertime celebrations with family and friends. The opportunity to reunite with loved ones means plenty of photo ops will be happening, so make sure you’re ready for the camera! Instead of recycling last year’s holiday ensemble, why not get inspiration from some of the following outfits?

Glammed Up

If you have an elegant soiree or fancy gathering to attend, skip the reds and greens and go straight for a decant white ensemble. It’s guaranteed to look sophisticated and dressy, while still adhering to the unspoken “wintertime” theme. If you’d like to add a hint of playfulness and festivity to your outfit, you can’t go wrong with glitter and sequins! Rickety Rack has an awesome selection of sequin dresses, including this Roman Holiday Dress, appropriate for festivities with both family and friends. And there’s never been a better excuse to find a pair of glittery pumps! Pair your dress and heels with beautiful gold jewelry from ShopHQ’s online collection and a simple hair piece like a gold hair cuff.

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Dressed Down

For the holiday functions that enjoy a dress code that’s a little more low-key, you can choose instead to go the business casual route with nice, black pants (or, if you’re like me, high-waisted jeans) and a blouse to match. A green top that’s rich and vivid in color will work wonders in dressing up your outfit – especially if it has a flattering waistline or unique cut! Bring out those jewel tones with bright gemstones from a bib necklace, like this antique flowered piece from OASAP. If you’re throwing on a plain cardigan or shrug, you can bedazzle it a bit with a fun brooch or pin. And, of course, top off your look with a killer pair of shoes! This easy-to-wear pair of emerald heels is from Modcloth.

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Christmas Morning Casual

The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most comfortable of clothing choices. After all, Christmas Day traditions like watching the parade, unwrapping and exchanging gifts and enjoy the snow outside the window are all activities best completed in homey attire. With so much excitement, who has time to shower and dress for the day’s festivities? Simply slip into a fun, bulky sweater and pair of leggings and you’ll be ready to go! Wake up feeling the warmth and contentment of the holiday season with a fresh pot of coffee – and a pair of moccasins to keep your toes toasty. If extended family will be joining you, dress up with festive earrings (like this pair of bow drops from Kohl’s) or other cute, thematic accessories.

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Guest Post by Monica Gabor –

Monica is a fashion and makeup junkie residing in the Northeast with her boyfriend and their cat, Midi. She loves blogging and researching deals and promotions online, and has recently taken to trying her hand at sewing and altering her own clothes. She loves sharing fashion advice with friends, family and the internet!

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway

Happy Monday NYC Fit Food Fashion Readers! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I have been working on this post and an amazing giveaway with Jord Watches. Over Thanksgiving we headed to Texas to visit Jon’s family. It was great to get out of the city and enjoy a little warmer weather in Texas.

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Are you still doing shopping for the holidays? or maybe you are looking to get yourself an accessory to add to your wardrobe. I totally recommend Jord wood watches. I have been looking at wood watches for a while and I was really excited to give this beautiful wood watch a try.

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I normally do not wear a watch. Mainly, because I hate how heavy it feels on my wrist and most watches seem to interfere with my daily activities. The only time I wear my watch is for more formal occasions. Also since Emma was born I always fear scratching her with my heavy metal watches. Trying out this watch has really helped change my mind about being able to wear a watch in my current position as a work at home mommy.

Once I received my watch, it was really easy to see right away how I could add it into my daily wardrobe. I could not believe how light weight the watch was. Dare I say it almost feels weight less. Whether I am working out, blogging, walking with the baby or grabbing lunch with the hubby, the watch went well in every situation. I have also had many comments from friends and strangers alike.

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Here is the great news for my readers. Jord Watches has offered to help me host a giveaway. Jord has generously offered to give one lucky reader a gift card to order a wood watch of their very own! I chose the light wood Ely watch but there are other wood watches for you to chose from. You can enter here and good luck everyone! The giveaway is open from 12/15/14 to 12/31/14. I was compensated with product from Jord watches to write this post and run the giveaway. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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Great Gifts Under $50

We are 12 days away from Christmas and the rush is on to finish your holiday shopping. If you are like me, you may be just starting your shopping. Here are some great gift ideas that are $50 and under. Let’s try to stay on budget!

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With the cold temperatures that we have been having in NYC, this cute Cable Knit Hat from Banana Republic would be a great pick for any lady.

Silk/Cotton/Cashmere Vee - Secret plum

For that guy in your life, the silk/cotton/cashmere V neck sweater from Banana Republic. It comes in many colors and a lot of those colors are on sale right now for $35!!

Falling for Florals Doggie Tee

If you have a doggie to buy for, this sweet floral tee is from Free People. I mean all dogs need a floral tee!

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I love this Fair Isle Sweater from the Gap! This is a more fashionable take on your regular ugly Christmas sweater.

Festive heather plaid PJ bottoms - pure red

Grab your man a pair of these festive PJ Pants from the gap and get cozy on Christmas.

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This Ralph Lauren Reindeer Sweater is so cute for any little girl that you have on your Christmas list.

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For the little boy on your list, the Ralph Lauren Bear PJ set is adorable and a great price at $22.49!

Wrap Up of the Royal Visit to NYC #Royals

Hey guys! This week New York City had the pleasure of having the William and Kate visit. There was no shortage of news stories out there on the visit. I have to say a lot of the “news” stories were not worthy of a story. I mean who really cared that the Royals met Beyoncé or that Lebron James put his sweaty arm on Kate! God forbid he broke the Royal protocol. I think the more aggravating thing as a woman was how they always pit one woman against another. I saw more than one report of who was dressed better. The NY Post had a page devoted to the looks of Kate against Michelle Obama, keep in mind they were never even in the same place on this US visit. Thank you for reading my rant on the news this week. Here is some pictures of the Royal couple in NYC:

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#Julia Roberts for Givenchy

Julia Roberts has been named the new face of Givenchy. How amazing does she look in the images released today?

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Do you love it? If not who would you have picked to represent Givenchy?

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover in your Life

Happy Sunday Everyone! If you are like me, you are still working on your Christmas shopping. I am so indecisive it is hard enough just to put together these gift guides for you! Here are some picks for the fashionista’s in your life:

If I am an unlimited budget, I would want the Ricky bag by Ralph Lauren. For the price of $5000.00 you can get this beautiful leather bag. It features an illuminated interior and a built-in phone charger. What woman on the go wouldn’t want that!

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Like a lot of ladies, I love my Starbucks. I also have an obsession with owls as well! That makes this Owl Mug from Starbucks.

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How versatile are these Black Onyx Tiffany earrings? They will go with anything!

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I have listed the Hendrix Sweater Leggings in other posts. I love these Free People sweater leggings and they come in 5 colors.

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Another great fashion item from Free People. I love basic layering pieces from FP and the Benedict Canyon Henley is a piece that could work with so many outfits and comes in 8 colors!

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Stay tuned for more gift guides this week and Happy Shopping!


Keeping on Track of your Health and Fitness Goal over the Holidays

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The holidays season is now here.  We all have events, dinner and cocktail parties coming up. It is not that I am against indulging, a gal has to give in every once in a while and eat that cupcake. Once December starts it is very easy to come up with every excuse not to hit the gym or to eat your weight in cookies or cocktails! We all need a few tips to help us from sabotaging all of the work we put in this past year. Here are a few things that I do during the holidays to keep on track:

Keep your workout routine. I work out 5 days a week immediately after my hubby gets home from work and can take the baby off my hands. My goal will be to try to keep that routine over the next month. Do not steer from your exercise regime just because it is the holidays. If you have a specific routine try to stick to it the best you can. Make fitness one of your main priorities. Not only does it help you keep trim over the holidays, it relieves stress. We all know that the holidays can be one of the most stressful time of the year for a lot of us. Keep doing your workout and you will have somewhere to work that stress out of your system before you hit that family event. Exercise also boosts your metabolism before you eat and drink all of those holiday goodies. If you happen to miss the gym suggest a family walk around the neighborhood after dinner to check out all of the Christmas lights. If you are traveling, like I will be. Find a different routine or make a point to just keep moving!

Calorie Counting and Portion Control. I have mentioned this many times on my blog. I am obsessed with calorie counting and I have been doing it for over 10 years now. I find it the best way to keep my diet in check. I still do it over the holidays and it helps me to not go overboard on the egg nog or snacks. There are so many apps available that you can use on your phone. I like myfitnesspal and I also use my fitbit app. I am so obsessed I count on 2 different apps. Be aware of how much you are putting in your mouth, especially at cocktail parties. Passed hors d’oeuvres can be hard to keep track of. If you chose not to calorie count, practice portion control. Try to make the main items that you eat at any meal vegetables and fruit. I have never been to an event that did not have a vegetable tray or some fruit included at dessert. If you are not sure, offer to bring a tray of fruit or veggies with you.

Plan an event that includes some activity. When making plans with friends for a holiday get together, do not just plan things around eating and drinking. For example here in NYC it is a great time to catch up while checking out the shop windows or go for a walk through Central Park and check out the Christmas Market. Another great idea, go ice skating. Plan an afternoon of skating with some friends. In my family we like to add some dancing to any event. Dancing can burn quite a few calories.

Be careful not to drink all of your calories. There are so many opportunities to drink away your calories over the holidays. Think about it: egg nog, hot chocolate, lattes with whipped cream, open bars and so on and so on. For me it is the large amount of red wine we consume at my in-laws! Make a few substitutions. If you are going to have that latte skip the whipped cream. For every alcohol drink you have add a glass of water into the mix after each drink. Another thing I find that helps is add soda water to your wine and have a wine spritzer! I am not a huge fan of diet soda but in the name of calories, if you are looking for a mixer go with diet soda instead of regular soda or juice. Since I am a calorie counter, I know that you can drink your whole days calories away at one cocktail party. It was much easier for me last year, being pregnant really helped with the whole no drinking thing!

Remember these tips as we head into the holiday season. Do have fun as well, enjoy a glass of wine or two. Just not the whole bottle! What are your plans for keeping healthy over the holidays?


Queen Of The Catwalk: How to Be Your Own Fashion Guru- Guest Post

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Fashions come and go at what can seem quite an alarming rate to some of us, which makes it a daunting task to try to keep up.

You can actually become your own fashion guru if you make the positive step of taking control of your own style destiny rather than paying too much attention to passing fashion trends and fads.

No rules

What you really need to remember is that style is highly personal, which means there are virtually no rules, no trends to follow and no seasons to concern yourself with.

If you adopt that approach to your wardrobe and embrace the philosophy that style comes from within and has very little to do with aspiring to look like someone else who might be taller, thinner or shorter than you anyway.

Getting started

Take a long hard look at your wardrobe and make an honest appraisal of exactly how many items your currently own, you actually wear on a regular basis.

You should aim to get your wardrobe down to size by working on the basis that it would be much more inspirational if you were able to choose from half a dozen killer pieces rather than trying to get enthused by rows of fairly unremarkable garments.

It is not easy to be ruthless and get rid of anything you no longer wear or that doesn’t look good on you, but if you are going to take control of your style and become your own fashion guru, it has to be done.

Be inspired

If you are looking for some style ideas and trying to find what suits you best, take some time away from clearing out your wardrobe of all the dead wood and spend a day browsing some fashion hotspots.

You only have to spend a few hours in places like Camden Market and view some of the individualistic fashion items on display, to realise that with a bit of thought and planning, you can definitely take control of your style destiny.

Back to basics

Only you know exactly what suits you best and what you feel comfortable, so follow your intuition.

If everyone is wearing bright red mini-dresses this year, but you don’t look good in min-dresses or red for that matter, then don’t succumb to the trend and avoid becoming one of the herd. Instead, start off with a back to basics approach, which means stocking up on some essential staples that will form the basis of your wardrobe, whatever your style preferences.

Some of the staple items that should probably find their way into your wardrobe include a little black dress, which instantly adds style, elegance and sophistication. Also invest in a good quality pair of denim jeans and a classic white shirt, which combines simplicity with practicality.

A good pair of ballet pumps and high-heeled pumps will definitely give you good options and the odd bag or four is always a good idea. Statement bags are alright to a point, but don’t suffer for fashion, make sure you have a comfortable shoulder bag and a medium-sized bag that is capable of carrying everything you need.

Inject your own sense of style into the basics you have accumulated in your wardrobe, and you will be well on the way to becoming your own fashion guru.

Kevin Ellis is a digital content coordinator and marketing consultant. He enjoys blogging and sharing his ideas online. His articles mainly appear on travel and lifestyle blogs.

 

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