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Breaking news from the desk of navy + cream: I’m very excited to report that I was recently featured on the lifestyle blog, Thread.The.Needle! Blog owner Maria interviewed me with a series of interesting and thought provoking questions and posted the whole lot on her site. Maria and I have a lot in common – we both lived in Chicago & Ohio, love being an auntie, went to an all-girl’s high school [and lived to tell the tale] and so on and so forth.

It was a lot of fun getting to meet Maria, she’s an absolute sweetheart, and I’m so honored to be featured on Thread.The.Needle. Thank you Maria! xoxo!

 

 

 

 

 

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Move over Topshop. Step aside Asos. There’s a new heir to ascend the British eTailer throne.

We’d like to introduce you to Very.com, your new one-stop-shop for affordable on-trend fashions for men and women. With speedy shipping + returns [both are free for orders over $98], over 400 brands and celeb partnerships à la Whitney Port [love her] you’ll find something for everyone on your shopping list this year [& maybe a little something for you too]!

To celebrate their stateside launch, Very.com has graciously offered navy + cream readers an exclusive opportunity to receive 20% off everything on the site. It’s true! Simply click on the image below [you'll be redirected], enter your email address and voilà! You’ll score 20% off brands like French Connection, Miss Sixty, DKNY and more.

Just a few things I’m currently coveting from Very.com…

{nude patent oxfords – $48}

{leopard clutch – $65}

{rust one-shoulder fringe dress – $60}

{printed blouse – $48}

Happy shopping everyone!

 

*disclosure: i received compensation for posting this advertorial, however the words & opinions expressed are my own. now what are you waiting for – start shoppin’!

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I love the animal print trend but am not quite brave enough to rock the look with clothing. The perfect baby step? Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips in leopard print!

This was my first run at applying these fancy nail polish strips. Overall it was pretty easy and definitely less time consuming than a regular at home mani. No dry time is a huge plus for me because I always manage to chip or scratch my mani’s no matter how hard I try.

The kit was $9.99 at Walgreens and comes with 16 decals. I only used five decals because I have short nails and there was enough material per decal to use on two nails. Essentially you’re paying ten bucks for three manicures, not bad right?

It comes with a handy dual nail file/buffer and a mini cuticle stick.

The directions are very straightforward – just peel off the backs, stick them on and file off loose ends. If leopards aren’t your thang they have other funky looks too – neon solids, glitter, even a lacy print. If you’re looking to try something different it’s a fun alternative to your everyday polish. I give Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Kitty, Kitty [ha] two paws up!

The box says it lasts up to 10 days. So far so good!

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Today is my brother Evan’s birthday! Here he is. Happy birthday Evan!

 

I also want to highlight a wonderful campaign by SEE, my fave fave fave optical boutique. For each Monday in September, SEE will donate a portion of all proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. In an effort to raise awareness for this often “silent” disease, they will be distributing free ovarian cancer education kits in each store. They’re also selling exclusive t-shirts and teal bracelets [the official color of o.c.] with all proceeds going directly to OCRF.

SEE has 25 stores nationwide, for a complete list of locations click here. There are only [2] more Mondays in September so stop into SEE and purchase a pair of prescription or non-prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses today!

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Experts are saying 2011 is finally the year America will experience an economic revival and once again have a healthy, robust economy.  Until then, it’s a budget-savvy babe’s duty to see where her hard-earned green is going. Plus, this is the time of year when retailer’s slash prices the most, which means everyone from Gucci to Gap is offering goods at low, low prices. Here are some of my “cents-ible” picks [wink] that will save you some serious dough.

1. Calvin Klein Funnel Collar Double Breasted Coat [$380 $189.99]

2. New Balance for Nine West Cyber [$89 $62.30]

3. Banana Republic Beardsley Ring [$49.50 $24.99]

4. Gucci Driving Gloves [$370 $247]

5. Bird by Juicy Couture High Waisted Shorts [$258 $77.40]

6. Halston Clutch [$245 $121.90]

7. J.Crew Metallic Suede MacAlister Boots [$145 $79.99]

8. Ann Taylor Silk Scoop Neck Dress [$215 $89.88]

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As much as I love living in the heart of a bustling metropolis like Chicago, the winter certainly takes it’s toll. Like most of my urban compadres, I walk or take public trans pretty much everywhere – to the gym, the grocery store, bars, restaurants, you name it. This lifestyle, although frugal and incidentally eco-friendly, is an absolute pain in the kaboose come wintertime.

A born-and-bred Midwesterner, I’ve long since learned to embrace the subzero temperatures and face the frost head on. Here are some of my favorite picks for the winter goddess in all of us.

1. Anthropologie Cassonade Coat [$198]

2. Fred Flare Puffy Convertible Jacket [$86]

3. Patagonia Mabel Hat [$39]

4. Coach Rabbit Mittens [$298]

5. Betsey Johnson Snow Angel Earrings [$31]

6. Topshop Knitted Zigzag Sequin Jumper in Cream [$110]

7. Burberry Earmuffs [$175]

8. AG Stevie Cords [$158]

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This season *glamorous glitter + shimmering sequins* have been popping up everywhere! From the runway of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to nail polish to cocktail dresses, glitz is here for the holidays. It’s a festive, fun, and whimsical way to add flair to your wardrobe this season, and I for one am a big big fan.

1. Forever 21 Silver nail polish [$2.50 - a steal!]

2. Charlotte Russe Matte Sequin Mini [$32.50]

3. J.Crew Gem-laden Clutch [$98]

4. Literature Noir Sequin Romper [$286]

5. Akira 1/2 Sleeve Sequin Dress [$109.90]

6. Sperry Topsider Bahama Holiday [$75.50]

7. Topshop Gunmetal Sequin Shorts [$90]

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Why am I already thinking about St. Patrick’s Day? I’m not so sure but I saw this Irish Fishermen cardi on sale [for $29.99] at Urban Outfitters the other day and thought it would be perfect for gallivanting around on St. Patty’s. Can’t you picture wearing it with a kelly green tee peaking out from underneath? Okay I’ll stop talking about St. Patrick’s Day seeing as how it’s November, but while we’re on the subject, I’m a firm believer that a girl can never have too many cardigans. They’re so versatile and instantly cozy up any outfit. Here are some that go beyond the basics:

1. Modcloth Hard Rain Cardigan [$57.99] This typically sweet silhouette gets toughened up with some silver studs.

2. American Eagle Cable Knit Wrap Cardigan in Birch Heather [$89.90] This sweater is essentially a blanket that is socially acceptable to wear out in public. Sign me up.

3. J.Crew Merino Sequined Crochet Cardigan in gold [$148] No list of mine would be complete without something from J.Crew. This mustard-gold shade oozes sophistication.

4. Anthropologie Bright Specs Cardi [$98] Feminine frills make this cardi pop.

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[the photograph online {left} versus how they look in person {right}]

I’ve been keeping tabs these sky high black booties by Steve Madden from Piperlime for the past month or so and my patience has paid off because they just went on sale, heck yes. They look trés vampy in the pic but I swear they’re more sophisticated vixen than sultry streetwalker. The sole isn’t quite so shiny as it is in the photograph and the material contrasts against the suede nicely. I’m so excited to wear them this weekend, I have a couple ideas brewing… booties are so versatile, they’re my favorite trend goin right now.

Just a few ideas:

1. Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer $78

2. Forever 21 Fab Racerback Tank $3.50

3. J.Crew Sequin Mesh Ball Skirt $128

4. J.Crew Couplet Shimmer Dress $198

5. Forever 21 Silk Bow Dress $26.90

6. Trina Turk Marl Cardigan $138.99

7. James Jeans Twiggy Five Pocket Legging $89.99

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