Steal vs. Splurge: Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat

Womens Faux Fur Coat

Splurge: Sabine Women’s Faux Fur Animal Coat from Piperlime ($129)

When it comes to dressing up a pair of jeans for a day of shopping or a little black dress for a dinner party, nothing is more fun than a faux fur leopard print coat. Since leopard prints (especially coats) aren’t really meant for everyday wear, this isn’t something I would recommend splurging on unless of course you have deep pockets. Steal or splurge, a leopard faux fur will be the most Samantha Jones item in your wardrobe.

FOREVER 21 Leopard Print Faux Fur CoatSteal: Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat Taupe/Black from Forever 21 ($64.90)

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My Predictions for 2015

New Years resolutions

I can’t believe it’s 2015. It feels like only yesterday it was 2005 and I was about to graduate from high school. Since then I’ve graduated college, moved to New York and started a blog. Though I’m not one for resolutions, this year I’m really working toward a fatter bank account and a skinnier waist. I’m even going to start running for the first time ever.

While visiting a psychic is super fun and a great way to start a New Year, I decided to make my own predictions this year based on the trends I’ve seen and experienced as a fashion blogger in NYC. Here’s what I see trending in 2015…

Beauty

Based on what I’ve seen on the runways of the last two New York Fashion Weeks, I see 2015 beauty being very polarized. While the nude no makeup look will be popular, so will intensely bold eyes with big black liners.

Other beauty trends such as negative space manicures showing some of the natural nail, metallic temporary jewelry tattoos, metallic accents/eyeshadows, faux piercings and nail art will also remain popular throughout the year. If anyone can figure out how makeup artists actually do faux piercings please let me know because it’s a total mystery to me.

Fashion

Since fashions don’t change as fast as they used to, I see street styles such as skinny jeans, leggings and boots sticking around through 2015.

As for new trends, I predict that the 90s will have an even bigger influence on 2015 with the return of denim outfits, a touch of grunge and a lot more plaid. Though I’m unsure how much influence goth fashion will have on the coming year, I think it will return in some way to the fashion and/or beauty scene. The fact that the 90s is now the new retro decade really makes me feel old.

Entertainment/Pop Culture

Back to the Future Part II will resurface in 2015 as a pinnacle of pop culture. Thanks to Marty McFly’s visit to 2015 back in 1985, tons of people have their hearts set on a hoverboard. While I think someone will make the hoverboard happen, I don’t think this is the year of flying cars. Personally, I just want a DeLorean.

Game of Thrones will continue to grow in popularity in 2015 and will have influence on fashion and beauty. I predict a Game of Thrones partnership with a beauty brand this year.

Movies exploring the themes of class, government control and the shrinking middle class will become even more prominent in Hollywood.

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New Year’s Eve 2015 in Times Square

New Year's Times Square

Last night I said goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 in Times Square with my boyfriend and his family. Though watching the ball drop at home is always exciting, there’s nothing like seeing the New Year’s Eve countdown in person and feeling the confetti fall all around you at midnight. Everyone should do it at least once.

As I relax at home on New Year’s Day, I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. I hope it brings with it my first 5K run, a trip to the west coast with my boyfriend and many other happy surprises. Happy New Year Socialites!

Confetti Happy New Year

2015 New Years

New Years Eve

New Years Eve Times Square

New Years

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Wooded Winter Style

winter fashion

Though I don’t like extremely hot or extremely cold weather, I love the changing of seasons. However, even when seasons are in full bloom, the weather can still be very unpredictable. While home for the holidays in Wilmington, Delaware, I decided to do a shoot with some of my favorite winter wear. But, when the day came around, I was pleasantly surprised by an unseasonably warm spring day. Many thanks to my Mom for taking the photos!

I’m wearing one of my favorite winter sweaters that I got forever ago at Forever 21, a pair of Circus by Sam Edelman Rider Tall Riding Boots, Rock & Republic for Kohl’s Berlin Skinny Jeans and a basic black tank from Express.

fashion winter

winter style

boots

winter style shoot

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Christmas 2014

Christmas stockings Fireplace

Christmas stockings filled with joy

Christmas in Delaware

I spent Christmas in my home state of Delaware. I can’t wait to do tax-free shopping after Christmas, but I miss New York.

homemade body wash

My sister got creative this year and gave me homemade body wash. I was a sceptic at first, but I used it and loved it.

hallaca venezuela

My Mom is from Caracas, Venezuela. So on Christmas we eat Hallacas, a Venezuelan Christmas dish wrapped in banana leaves.

Christmas gifts

Gifts under the tree

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