Sweater Season with Sammy Dress

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SWEATER: Sammy Dress {c/o} loving this for only $18! | TEE: Shopbop {also here } | JEANS: Nordstrom | HANDBAG: Henri Bendel | PUMPS: Sam Edelman | NECKLACE: Etsy | RINGRoss Simons

 Sweater season is my jam! There’s a chill in the air in Boston and I have all the fall feels!

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding quality, affordable clothes that look {and feel!} like a million bucks!  I find it’s the best way to feel as though you own all the clothes you want while still being affordable! With fall weather in full swing, I turned to Sammy Dress to stock up on sweaters and was blown away with the quality that comes with such a low price tag! This black cardigan is a STEAL at only $18 🙂 

Other Sammy Dress pieces I recently received and can’t wait to wear is this dress {so feminine!}, this poncho {perfect for an apple picking day!} and this ruffle blouse {great for the office!}. It’s truly hard to go wrong when each piece cost less than $22!  This mermaid blanket is on my wish list, it’s so stinkin’ cute & perfect for those lazy cozy Sundays on the couch- I want one in every color!

Few of the best parts of the changing seasons {in addition to sweater season}:

  1. Spending time in the City: Now that beach season is over {so bittersweet} I no longer have that anxious feeling of having to get out of the city to soak up the sun every weekend. It’s been so nice to wake up early on Saturday morning, get in a barre class {my new favorite work out!} or stroll Marlborough St. in Back Bay and historical Beacon Hill to check out beautifully decorated front porches- so dreamy!
  2. Every day is a good hair day: It’s been nice to dust off my hair straightener and sport the straight look again 😉 Long are the days of needing to double up on anti-frizz product to keep my mane from resembling a lion, hah! 
  3. The cozy factor: I love spending time outdoors on those perfect, sunny Septemeber days but let’s not discount how glorious it is to cuddle up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, hot tea in hand and bingeing all my favorite fall shows {who else is excited for How to Get Away with Murder!?}. How can you say no to a good snuggle? Also, with Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving and football tailgates back on my social calendar, the desire to bake is back!  Sally Baking Addiction is my go to for the easiest, yummiest ideas!
  4. Candles: During the summer months I don’t burn candles often since the windows are always open, so once the temperatures drop and all the windows are closed I get LIT with all my favorite candles 😉  Bath & Body Works has the best scents with an impressively long burn time! My favorites include this & this.
  5.  Mums: It’s no shocker that I love flowers {I am a girl after all} but one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall is mums! The orange, purple and yellow tones are just beautiful and compliment pumpkins perfectly 🙂  

What’s your favorite part of sweater season!?

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Tess


Casual Fall Outfit

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TOP: SheIn {under $10!} | JEANS: BlankNYC | HANDBAG: Tory Burch | BOOTIES: Seychelles, old {similar here }| HAT: Hinge {also love this } | NAILS: OPI Alpine White

It’s not often the word “casual” appears on Sequins are the New Black, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is my first ever outfit post wearing skinny jeans! There’s only a handful of times where I’ve worn pants, so today’s casual fall outfit is perfect for all my jeans and t-shirt loving ladies!

As much as I love sweater weather, fall scented candles, and the fun activities that come with the seasons changing, I cringe at the fact that dropping temperatures means I have to wear pants more often. My opinion of jeans all changed for the better when this pair of denim came into my life! They are so comfortable you feel like you’re wearing leggings 🙂 Now thats what I’m talking about! This top is hands down the softest tee I own! The criss cross front adds something extra to your basic solid colored t-shirt and at a price point of less than $10, I ordered one in every color! Accessories make or break a look so to ramp up this casual fall outfit, you can never go wrong with a floppy hat, a classic handbag and heels, of course!

My goal was to have this post live yesterday, but the JonBenét Ramsey special absorbed all my attention- it’s so interesting!! Has anyone else been watching!? I’ve always been fascinated by crime/murder mystery documentaries {and books} but this case is one of most peculiar, it all doesn’t add up so far! I still have the second and third parts to watch tonight- I can’t wait to see how it unravels! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

xox, Tess


Gold Skirt for Less Than $20

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Skirt: SheIn {c/o} | Top: ASOS | Heels: ASOS {similar here here} | Bag: DVF | Bracelet:Francesca’s

Happy Monday! Hope you had an amazing weekend 🙂 Greg and I attended a wedding in my hometown for one of my oldest friends and had an absolute blast! The bride was drop dead gorgeous, we had so much fun dancing and the food was super yummy! I took home 5 massive centerpieces to play florist and rearranged them into vases all over the apartment- it smells so dreamy! 

Another day, another SheIn piece! I clearly have a thing for midi style dresses & skirts lately and this gold skirt is just the right amount of metallic for a fun, electric look and only $14! Since the weather is not quite in the fall temperatures yet, this sleeveless turtleneck top is a great transition top.

Do you have any current SheIn favorites?

Thanks for stopping by!

xox, Tess


The Perfect Black Midi Dress

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Dress:Nordstrom | Heels: Sam Edelman | Clutch: Nordstrom | Bracelets: Long’s Jewelers & Long’s Jewelers  | Earrings: Long’s Jewelers| Necklaces: Long’s Jewelers | Ring: Long’s Jewelers

Who remembers the scene in the movie, Sweet Home Alabama when Reese Witherspoon’s character was proposed to in an empty Tiffany & Co. and she could pick out ANY engagement ring she wanted!? Well if you remember, you have a good idea of how my most recent trip to Long’s Jewelers went {minus the proposal!}. Although there was no engagement ring involved in my case, I was so impressed with Long’s staff’s incredible ability to make me feel like a VIP and as if I was the only person in the store!

 Typically when I write an outfit post, I talk about the clothes first and my accessories second, but with this outfit I feel it’s only fair to give the jewelry the front and center attention it deserves…can you blame me!?

What do black, red and animal print all have in common? They all look incredible with gold.. gold jewelry to be exact and these layered Marco Bicego necklaces are the perfect touch for this black midi dress. I’m not sure how well you can see from the photos but they look just like a ribbon and it’s darling! In my opinion, bracelets and rings are’nt meant to be worn alone so boy did we stack! These bracelets are sooo comfortable to wear, even with 5 on my wrist! I kept it simple with diamond studs to match the most gorgeous eternity bands I’ve ever seen and just like the bracelets, layering made the look! 

My eyes are always peeled for the perfect LBD to add to my collection, so when I came across this black midi dress a few weeks ago I immediately fell in love! The fishtail silhouette is such a different look that I find so flattering, especially for us tall girls! {I’m 5′ 8″ for reference}. I’m obsessed with the paneling detailing and how it flares right below the knee, making it conservative enough for a black tie event while still being the versatile LBD every woman needs in their closet. Is there such a thing as having too many black dresses? I think not 🙂 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

With love & sequins, Tess

*In partnership with Long’s Jewelers. All opinions are my own!


Fall Favorites+Giveaway!!


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We are half way through the week! My walks to work have been a little chillier than normal and I never thought I’d say this but I’m getting sick of wearing dresses and skirts {insert monkey covering eyes emoji}. With the temps cooling down it has me thinking about my fall favorites for this year!

I invested in a leather backpack earlier this month and I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to jump on the backpack bandwagon…it makes walking around the city so much easier! I was shocked, in the best way, that Vera Bradley now has leather bags. Honestly, softest leather I’ve ever felt! Hats and sweaters will forever be on my fall favorite lists. One of best things about sweater season is how versatile and comfy they are- all you need to do is to dress them up is with a hat  and a fun piece of jewelry! As much as I love summer, bring on the sweaters and jeans!

With fall on its way, comes the excitement of fashion week and I have a giveaway to celebrate! I’ve partnered up to give away Linda Feinstein’s new book, Killer Look, a mystery thriller based in the NYC fashion scene and a Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski necklace, a special necklace that is modeled on a famous Swarovski Coco Chanel necklace that was “brought back from the Swarovski archives”   seen in my post here! One reader will receive both Killer Look & the Touchstone Cyrstal necklace. Enter below 🙂 

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Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Tess 

Lemon Ruffle Top

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Lemon Top: SheIn {also love this, & this} | White Jeans: Nordstrom | Clutch: Accessory Concierge {similar here} | Earrings: H&M | Wedges: Nordstrom  {similar here} |Lipstick: Maybelline {Electric Pink}

August is always that time of year where I find myself in a rut, style wise. I’ve already warn my favorite summer pieces several times over and I start getting antsy to bring out my fall wardrobe. With the weather still in the high 80’s, I’m not in the mood quite yet to buy sweaters and jackets but I also don’t want to buy any more summer clothes. That’s where this top comes in! It’s easily one of my favorite She In pieces of the summer & at $15 how could it not be!? You can see more of my love for SheIn here 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xox Tess 


Overalls x Neon

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Overalls: ASOS {similar here} | Lemon Bag: Zappos {similar here} | Heels: ASOS | Tee: Urban Outfitters

 Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite outfits this summer! I’ve been on the hunt to add a pair of overalls to my closet for a while now, but finding the perfect pair has been no easy task.  This pair has just the right amount of subtle distress while also being beyond comfortable! I tied in the neon accessories for a fun and summery twist..you can never go wrong with a pop of neon, am I right!?  

I’m just getting back into the swing of things after taking last Thursday & Friday off to spend the weekend in the Cape with my family. Every year we head to Provincetown, easily my favorite part of Cape Cod to celebrate my mom’s birthday and just be beach bums. Ptown is home to the most stunning beaches and an insanely fun nightlife- the perfect combination!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xox, Tess


Flamingo Skirt +Tips for Summer Entertaining

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Skirt: Chicwish |Tee: Francesca’s |Heels: Steve Madden |Earings: Shopbop | Necklace: Etsy

*Big thanks to Lizzie Hickey for the photos!

As much as I love sparkle, I’m equally in love with entertaining! I’m a hostess at heart and love throwing parties and entertaining friends any chance I get. Some of my favorite summer nights are spent on the roof deck at my apartment with a bottle of rosé  {or 5} and my favorite people! In addition to my outfit photos, I thought it would be fun to show off my gorgeous guests and share my tips for entertaining in the summer!

Tips for Summer Entertaining:

  1. Prepare the night before: I make sure to hit the food & liquor store in advance to avoid the stress of running around like a crazy woman the day of my party. For food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, such as crackers and chips, I place them in their appropriate tray or platter {still in the bag} so they are ready to go.
  2. Keep food simple: This is especially helpful in the summer when you’re entertaining outdoors- there’s nothing worse than food going bad from the heat!  Stick to the basics and everyone’s favorites such as chips & salsa, cheese & crackers, fruit and something sweet.
  3. A good playlist is crucial:Music sets the tone of any party and I’m obsessed with my Beats Pill. This bad boy is wireless so you can bring it anywhere and it’s really impressive how loud it gets for how little it is. I love using the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, but you can’t go wrong with most of their other playlists either! I also just found out that you can tweet at Spotify requesting they make you your own playlist- pretty cool!
  4. Invest in quality platters: Durable and easy to clean platters are a hostess’s dream! I’ve recently been picking up Mariposa platters anytime I see a shape I like- I’m loving the large pineapple and sailfish for summer!

Now onto this skirt! I first laid eyes on this flamingo print over the winter and had to have it. It’s been sitting in my closet for months just screaming for the opportunity to be worn and what better time than while hosting!? I love the 50’s feel of the A-line skirt with a really fun pattern 🙂

Do you have any summer entertaining tips!?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Weekend Wear |The Most Comfortable Shorts I Own

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Shorts: Madewell | Tank: Old Navy | Sandals: Last Call | Hat: Target | Handbag: Phillip Lim

I’m sure at this point you’re asking yourself “does Tess own/wear anything besides dresses!?” Surprisingly, there is a tall stack at the top of my closet that I always forget about but after rocking these badboys I’ve made it a mission to incorporate my shorts into my weekend uniform! 

Now a days it’s a rare sight to witness me not wearing a dress but that wasn’t always the case. Growing up I was a total tomboy {shocker I know!}. My mom’s friends only had boys meaning most of my “play time” was spent with a pack of 6-7 sports loving males.  All summer we would go camping where we rode our bikes everywhere & I would come home with dirty fingernails {I’m cringing at the memory} and my tomboy self thought it was super cool to wear a daily uniform of Adidas indoor soccer shoes, wind pants and a Patriots jersey. This happened until around 5th grade when I discovered gel pens and bubble shirts..who remembers those!? They were the coolest!!#90skid. And ever since then I’ve been a sequin loving lady!  Were any of you former tomboys growing up!?  

Hope you enjoyed that little blast from the past story time- now onto todays outfit. I had such an amazing response to this look on Instagram I figured I’d do an entire post on it. These shorts are hand down the most comfortable pair I own. I’m talking you feel like you’re wearing pj’s comfortable {without the bum look of wearing actual pj shorts in public}.

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Hot Pink Beaded Dress

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Dress: Cache, old {similar here} | Handbag: Saks | Nails: Essie Saltwater Happy

This dress is truly one of a kind! It was gift from one of my mom’s friends who was cleaning out her closet and asked if I wanted it-  how could a girl say no to that!? It’s been sitting in my closet for a while waiting to be worn to the perfect occasion. When the gold glitter invitation came in the mail a few months ago for my fellow sparkle lover friend Nicole’s bridal shower, I knew I finally had the perfect event to wear it! 

In addition to my typical outfit photos I decided to include a few photos from the shower! Everything from Nicole’s dress to the candy bar was beyond gorgeous! I can’t wait for her wedding in September 🙂

For inspiration on unique bridal shower gifts, check out my post here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

With love & sequins, Tess xox