Graduation Sensation


Well after countless hours of studying and endless papers and tests, I am finally a graduate of UMass Boston!! While celebrating my big day, I obviously had to wear a stylish ensemble under that ever so chic black, polyester gown. My graduation dress, made by Calvin Klein, was purchased from TJ’s and was the perfect, colorful choice for the joyous occasion! I paired my look with a chunky gold necklace, gold wedges, a removable royal blue jacket, and teal nail polish!

I got to show off my fabulous dress while dining at Strega Waterfront in Boston!

And are you loving the criss-cross back! Disregard the sunburnt skin.

My dress also comes in a skirt and a strapless dress!!

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This Bottega Venneta Resort 2011 dress has the same color scheme as my CK dress, only this one is more for an elegant night out!

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Original CK Gem: $129

Hidden Gem: $49.99

Did you just graduate from High School, College, Grad School? What outfit did you wear on your special day? Attending any graduation parties this summer and need help picking out a look? Send us your questions and we’ll help you find a great outfit!

xoxo Carolyn

Rainy Day Blues


Living in New England (and being April), unexpected rain showers are sure to happen! So, when I saw this teal rain jacket on the outerwear rack at TJ’s, I knew it was a fabulous investment!

I paired this delicious Due Per Due gem with a peacock feathered belt, some leggings, and combat boots for a fun springtime look.

This jacket is not only glamorous, but comes with a lovely story as well!

Lina called me up at about 7:30pm on a Sunday night and asked me to accompany her to TJ Maxx. What was I going to say?? No!? PSH! After browsing the racks for a few, I stumbled upon this raincoat gem! Small and large were the only sizes left! I typically take a medium, but tried both on anyway. The large didn’t fit right, but the small seemed OK. It was FABULOUS! The cinched waist, the bubble bottom…breathtaking! I walked around the store in it, like it was already mine. I showed Lina and her sister to see what they thought. They loved it, however Lina mentioned that the shoulders of the jacket didn’t sit right on mine. I hated to admit it, but I was suffocating inside the jacket! It was SO SNUG! I raced to the front to see if anyone had left a medium lying around or returned one! I told the employee that I was in love with the jacket and desperately needed it in a medium! He apologized and said he didn’t see any. I went home empty handed and so sad!

About a week later, I went to TJ Maxx (different than the one I was as that week before). What did I see twinkling among a sea of dark coats? YUP! You guessed it! My teal dream!!! And a medium too!!! Needless to say, my gem is now a part of my family.

Note: My gem is now on clearance at TJ’s!

A colorful rain jacket is sure to brighten that gloomy looking day. Have a look at these raincoat blues by Hogan.

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Hogan Gem: €375 which converts to $483….YIKES!

Hidden Gem: $39.99

How are you feeling about these scattered showers? Do you have a go-to, colorful rain jacket? Let us know in the comments!

xoxo Carolyn

Salute the Boot


Combat boots are not only for soldiers, they’re for stylish gems like us! I purchased a pair of these boots in NYC last September and when I got home, my sister was so in love with them, she would sneak into my closet and steal them! This thievery needed to stop, so I told her I would buy her a pair of her own combat boots for Christmas. I set out searching and obviously found them at TJ Maxx. There on the top shelf sat a delicious pair of size eight boots and they look exactly like mine!!

Rhianna, Jessica Alba, and Nicky Hilton are obsessed with these grunge-esque boots! How much do you LOVE Nicky’s outfit! So chic when paired with a tweed blazer.

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My sister was so thrilled when she opened up the shoe box on Christmas morning and saw these gems waiting for her inside! She couldn’t wait to wear them! She decided that they would be the perfect finishing touch to accompany her Christmas Day outfit. And look! Don’t they look magnificent with that emerald green dress! I rocked my boots with a blazer and some Helmut Lang pants, while taking a stroll in Times Square.

Take a peak at these similar combat boots by Jefferey Campbell from Urban Outfitters.

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Urban Outfitters Gem: $298

Hidden Gem: $39.99

Did you grab a pair of these military inspired boots? What would you pair them with? Would you rock them with a feminine dress? Or throw them on with jeans and a t-shirt?

ALSO: Fashion Week is just around the corner! Have any ideas of what trends Lina and I should wear to the shows!? Let us know!

xoxo Carolyn