We had a wonderful time at fashion week! All of the looks for Fall 2011 were breathtaking and the designers we saw and met were very nice and inspiring. While we are sad to leave the fashion-filled big apple, we are so happy that we got to hit a couple of TJ Maxx’s and Marshalls while we were in the city. And now we are just as excited to share our finds and our fashion week looks with you!!

It was pretty chilly during our stay in NYC, but everyday the sun was shining. I love sunglasses almost as much as Anna Wintour loves hers and packing an everyday pair of suns was necessary for shopping around the city. I decided to bring a pair of Rock & Republic “Infamous in Tortoise” sunglasses that I stumbled upon when browsing the TJ Maxx eye wear selection. These sunglasses are so unique and fun, I knew they would accompany my wild fashion week outfits quite well!!

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Wore these gems with some toasty earmuffs, an army green coat with matching gloves, a champagne pashmina, some khaki pants, and combat boots!

Audrina Patridge seems to be in love with my tortoise beauties as well!

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Original Gem: $220

Hidden Gem: $49.99

Best part about this purchase, other than the price? They were bought on my birthday! Another successful birthday find at TJ Maxx!

Do you have a favorite pair of sunglasses? Find any great deals on sunglasses at TJX stores? Do you like Rock & Republic’s style? Tell us in the comments!

Have you been following fashion week? Tweet or Facebook us your favorite runway looks!!

xoxo Carolyn

Off the Cuff


Keeping up with this fur trend, I recently came across the best stocking stuffer gift! FUR CUFFS! Yes, cuffs. Like a bracelet! They snap onto your wrist like one of those slap bracelets Zack Morris and his Bayside crew used to wear in the 90′s. But don’t worry, these fur cuffs aren’t old school.

Note: My cuff’s come in an assortment of colors!

Last Sunday, Lina and I were in need of a TJ’s run so I called her up at 8am to see if she was awake and looking to go gem hunting. Sure enough she was at my house by 8:30am ready to go. We waited at the door until 9am when they finally let us in. As we were perusing the racks of goods, we came across these magical fur cuffs. These cuffs are small enough, they can fit into your purse and throughout the day if you get bored of looking at your bare sweater or jacket, snap these babies on for a whole different look! Instant glam.

My cuffs are by Dena and are eggplant purple and look so amazing paired with a long black peacoat, a gray sweater, or even…get ready, a cowl neck, yellow mid length coat! Also, check out the eggplant earmuffs (by Sorell) that I got from Marshall’s only a few days after my cuffs purchase!

Sunny Fong (Project Runway Canada: Season 2 winner), Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs recently sent these winter wonderland looks down the runway.

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AnnaLynne McCord just wore this Alice + Olivia dress with fox fur cuffs to an event in LA.

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Rhianna was spotted at the Heathrow Airport rocking some fur cuffs of her own!

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Original Dena Gem: $85.00

Hidden Gem: $29.99

Bonus Earmuff Gem: $12.99

Do you think these cuffs are genius? What color would you desire to have? Any great ways to style these gems? Tell us in the comments!!

xoxo Carolyn

A Birthday Miracle!


As you all know Tuesday was my 22nd birthday! It was a fabulous day! What I want to share with you, however, is my amazing outfit I wore for my 21st birthday. I turned 21 on the 21st….which means, it was my GOLDEN BIRTHDAY! I threw an extravagant party, but the morning of my birthday I still had no outfit ideas. Can you believe it! I obviously jet-setted to a recently opened TJ Maxx in Newton and began to scour the racks of dresses.

I was so overwhelmed, having little time to find a memorable dress when I was about to call it a day and whip something up from my own closet, when I saw a little piece of turquoise, metallic fabric peaking out through the sea of winter colored dresses. It was a wild dress! Just my style! A one shoulder, metallic turquoise and green dress with a huge bow on the shoulder, made by Phoebe Couture (a designer I had never heard of). It didn’t have a price tag, but I tried it on anyway and it was a tiiiiny bit too tight. I looked to see if their were any more, but there weren’t. This was an original! So obviously I had to have it. When I brought it up to the register, I had no idea a birthday miracle was about to take place!

My tailor, being the sweetest gem, was able to adjust my dress comfortably and had it ready in time for the big party.

Here am I modeling my party dress with my lovely friend Lindsay.

I paired my dress with gold, sparkly earnings, courtesy of nana, and these gold gems from Marshalls. Keep checking back for later posts, to find out who makes these unbelievable heels.

Taylor Swift wore this metallic blue and gold, Rebecca Taylor party dress to be interviewed on The View!

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Now for the birthday miracle!

Original Phoebe Couture Gem: $300!!!!!

Hidden Gem: $30!!!

The best birthday surprise ever!!!

What did you wear on your Golden Birthday? Any metallic party dresses? What do you think of my Phoebe Couture dress? Tell us in the comments! And thank you for all the birthday wishes!

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xoxo Carolyn