wedding wear with max studio

Guys, I have 7 weddings this year. Like, say what? I am surprised I even have 7 friends, let alone invited to 7 of their weddings. Finding the perfect dress to rock to a wedding where you'll run into old friends, your ex-boyfriend, & your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend (eh) is stressful - & it's crucial that you look damn good. Amen.

I never want to steal attention away from the bride so I gravitate towards dresses that are basic with a fun flare - whether it be the cut, color, or texture. Max Studios is one of those brands that I have worn for years - their figure flattering, durable material, & fun prints forever engrained in my brain. I can't get enough of their most recent collection - from comfortable designer maxi dresses to cute designer cocktails dresses I am convinced I will find the perfect dress for a day or night wedding.

A couple of my favorites are:
  1. Shirred Shift Dress for $248 - makes quite the statement from behind.
  2. Chiffon Banded Dress on sale for $248 - bandage done right.
So, hurry up warm weather & weddings so I can start shopping for cocktail dresses!  

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. Pinky promise.

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I was debating whether to share this news but it's kind of awesome & you're awesome & I like sharing awesome news with awesome people.. basically. My best friend from high-school, Julie, is a top pastry chef in NYC, who rocks heels in the kitchen while whipping out delicious desserts for some of the top restaurants.

It has been amazing & inspiring watching her climb to the top at the young age of 25 & I couldn't be more proud of her. Especially since she is part of a new reality show, Playing With Fire, that airs on March 17th on the E! Network - gasp! She's the blonde bombshell rocking the red dress in the promo above. & what's even cooler.. is that I'm in it! I taped three episodes alongside my best gal friend - from shoe shopping to Sunday brunch. I may or may not have attempted to cough "allie wears dot com" under my breath once or twice, but we all know how reality TV goes - editing off the chain.

Point is, tune in on March 17th to see how intense, surreal, & bittersweet the NYC restaurant industry is & to, duh, see me!

oversized


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The oversized jacket - need I say more? A jacket that is purposely four sizes too big somehow morphs into a classy & defined look, oozing with power, confidence, & intelligence. Structured jackets have been all of the rave this winter - from leather sleeves, studded shoulders, to lengthwise zippers. But, not until I saw Christine from Fash-n-Chips rocking an oversized TopShop peacoat in her latest post that I momentarily decide that I need to have one. Like, right now. Typical.

So far, I have my eye on this & that.

radio fame



So, I co-hosted a radio show last month & it was.. so cool. My good friend, Brian, runs a weekly talk show on WATD 95.9 called "Friends with Benefits" & asked me to co-host a "How to Look & Feel Good in 2013" segment - sharing my knowledge of fashion & blogging with local listeners. To be honest, I was completely terrified knowing people I loved (& have never even met) were listening - eek! You know when you're so excited you basically black out? I barely remember introducing myself let alone talking about what I love for an hour... sigh.

Either way, I'd like to think I killed it & can't wait to do it again. I introduce myself (& my blog!) around the 10 minute mark - listen in!

today rules





Wearing: c/o Sugarlips Dress | UO Fur Shawl | Target Tights | GoJane Booties | c/o InPink Bracelet

Today rules for many reasons. It's Thursday, which is one day away from Friday. It's Valentine's Day, which means love is in the air. & it's my best friend's birthday, which means cupcakes & tequila are in order. It's not often that I whip out my fur faux shawl (or use a candy rose as an accessory), but I refused to wear a jacket to cover the unexpected detailing on this gorgeous Behind the Theater Curtain Dress - business in the front, party in the back.

More importantly, it's Love Day! Which means.. I hope you get all dolled up, get showered in kisses by the one(s) you love, & eat as many candy hearts as you can muster. & if none of that happens, treat yourself to cute jewelry on InPink.com & get 30% any piece of jewelry with the code: ALLIE30

Happy Valentine's Day, to you & yours.

backpack blizzard





Wearing: Old Navy Chambray | Chinese Laundry Cardigan | Target Backpack | Joe's Jeans | Hollister Co. Legwarmers | Sorel Snowboots | F21 Beanie

You know those snow storms that are named after cartoon fish, dump 3 feet of snow (that I didn't shovel) on your doorstep, & rip NYFW plans straight from your recently manicured hands? I hate those snow storms. Staying positive, I was able to pack my sick camo backpack for a blizzard party that was equipped with a power hour (so college), silly games of chess, & these Sorel beauties.

You'd be shocked to know I've lived in New England for 25 years & have never owned a pair of snow boots - do Uggs suffice? I waited in line for literally 20 minutes debating whether to buy these Sorel's, considering high heel platforms are my shoe of choice, but convinced myself that girls need cute snow boots just as much as they need camo backpacks.

Hope you all survived Nemo.. or NYFW!

love day

Valentine's Day - the day of love, a lot of kisses, & way too much chocolate. The day where it's okay to eat candy hearts for breakfast, flaunt a dozen red roses on your work desk willingly, & say "I love you" an annoying amount of times.  But, what the heck do you buy your guy who isn't fond of pink, hearts, & roses?  I say buy your guy one of these, if you're only casually dating or you are are in it for a lifetime:
  1. Nothing like eating an M&M with your face on it | Personalized M&M's
  2. Personalized & free | Mix CD
  3. Love in brownie form | Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
  4. Everything's cooler in a fish eye view | Lomography Fish Eye Camera
  5. Kisses here & there |  Gap Boxers
  6. A classy money clip for those dollar, dolla bills | Nordstrom Money Clip 
  7. Make me beer! | Beer Kit
  8. Most economical iPhone case, if I've ever seen one  | Bottle Opener iPhone Case
  9. Sleep like a king | Egyptian 1200 Thread Count Sheets
Cheers to love, & to you & yours.
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