The Perfect Moto Jacket

BLANK NYC Easy Rider’ Faux Leather Moto Jacket

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Finding the perfect moto jacket for fall can be a bit of a challenge. With the variety of options available now you don’t have to settle anymore. You can find the one I’m wearing here at Nordstrom  for $98.  It comes in 4 different colors so you can even be like me and get all 4 (no self control).

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The motorcycle jacket (moto for short) is a classic piece that will never go out of style, this is the reason it gets reinvented every year. But no matter the fabric, color, or shape when buying a moto jacket make sure it stills has the essence of a motorcycle jacket and fits your figure perfectly.

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One of the things you need to consider when shopping for a moto jacket is the front closure. A jacket with a diagonal zipper is great for slimming your waist. A jacket with a straight up and down zipper is perfect for bustier women it’ll streamline your figure. If you want to create the illusion of curves then you need to find one with a cascade front. I’m petite so all three of these styles work for my small frame.

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You can wear a moto jacket an endless amount of ways; this is the reason you should invest in one that will last you years. I’m wearing mine with a Cascade Cardi from Free People for $128.

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However you decide to wear your moto jacket, just be sure to wear it with a smile.

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Date night details

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Date nights are some of my favorite nights. Although my boyfriend and I eat dinner together most nights, it is always fun to ditch the work out clothes or sweats and get dressed up and go to dinner.

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly at a loss for new and interesting date ideas. Seriously, we love dinner and a movie as much as the next girl but every now and then you need something a little more exciting. Which is why date night is always a big deal for us women.  Whether you’re going on a first date or 100th date with your boyfriend or husband, what you wear is always big deal.

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Since winter nights tend to be freezing I always opt for Ponte pants from White house Black Market.  This is one of those pairs of pants that you can pair so many different ways and wear on so many different occasions.

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Tutulle Silky Satin by Christian Louboutin
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Soir N 79 Mesh

This Nicole Vienna Soir N79 Mesh watch is now on sale for 30% off the entire month of December. No discount code needed.

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Chanel Chevron Lambskin Double Flap Shoulder Bag

 

 

All I need is a red jacket with some zippers…

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BLANK NYC Morning Suede Moto Jacket

An iconic piece made famous, the motorcycle jacket, aka “the moto” has added a chic edge to our wardrobes for as long as I can remember. Favored by the most stylish fashionistas in the industry, moto jackets add instant style to any ensemble. Warning: instant bad-ass appeal is more than likely to come with the territory.

Shop my entire look with the link at the bottom of this post.

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1. STATE Lacquered Twill Leggings
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Free People Bombay Tank
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Stella McCartney Falabella Fringe Mini Tote Bag 
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BCBGeneration Caspian Heeled Sandal

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Nicole Vienna Soir N 79 Mesh Watch

Here’s some exciting news about this gorgeous watch by Nicole Vienna, they are offering 30% their entire website for the month of December. No discount code required

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NYC BLANK Morning Suede Moto Jacket

Free People Bombay Tank

1.STATE Lacquered Twill Leggings

Stella McCartney Falabella Tote

BCBGeneration Caspienn Heeled Sandal

Nicole Vienna Soir N 79 Mesh Watch

Boss Lady

There’s that great adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have,” but that’s totally easier said than done. Who’s seen The Devil Wears Prada? Do you remember  when Andy changed her entire wardrobe so that she got taken a lot more seriously, but unlike Andy, most of us don’t have access to the Vogue fashion closet (I would die if I did).

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We also don’t usually have the budget to dress for the job we want, even though looking like a million bucks is a big deal. Dressing in a similar style as your boss also shows that you’re looking ahead in your career and are attempting to have more executive presence, a new term defined as the “wow” factor that makes great leaders stand out. As Sylvia Ann Hewlett would say “ Appearance is an extraordinarily powerful first filtering. It can get you knocked off the list in a second.”

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So how can you dress for the job you want without going totally negative in your bank account?

Invest in a classic, wardrobe staple that can give you a lot of mileage. This includes a season-neutral trouser, a blazer, or pencil skirt. Stick to black, navy, and gray so that you can wear it with everything.

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Look for statement jewelry pieces but remember that people want to see you, not hear you.  So kill the clanky brackets and earrings.  Save those babies for your best friends bachelorette party in Vegas.

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Wear heels!  Now I’m a flats girl all the way, but when I want to make an impact, it’s heels baby. It’s unfortunate, but there’s just something about heels that convey power. Research has suggested that a tall woman is considered more assertive, confident, richer, capable, successful, independent, and even more intelligent than their shorter peers. Now tall is not better than short (I’m a petite woman and proud of it), but the illusion of tall can be a benefit. You want to buy shoes and clothing that support that illusion. So break out that AMEX.

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Last….Dont forget to wear a smile.

 

 

Friday I’m in Love

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My absolute favorite purchase as of late are these dark gray Catherine Malandrino Socha over the knee (OTK) boots. Not only are they trendy, but they are actually comfortable. They are amazing quality, which can sometimes be hard to come across when buying non leather. You can dress these boots up or down depending on how you style them.  I chose a black vegan leather skirt from Blank NYC and cashmere sweater from Harlowe and Graham V-Neck soft knit fleece sweater

 

 

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Ok, now lets talk about this handbag.  I’ve recently partnered with the new label Oliver Bilou to style the “MIA” bag from its latest collection. The MIA is a trendy and sophisticated handbag with just right amount of detail. Not only did I love the packaging in which I received it but I also love the details to include an inner inspirational quote: “Nothing is ever as it seems, find your magic”.  Here are some more great details on this beauty.

  • inner key hook for easy to find keys
  • inner zipper pocket
  • inner phone pocket
  • inner open pocket
  • main metal zipper closure
  • hanging rose gold metal tassel
  • rose gold metal corners
  • quilted contrasting panels

Overall the quality great and at a decent price ($99). Plus, this 100% cruelty free vegan bag really looks like leather!

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Visit Oliverbilou.com and use code: travelsforchocolate and receive 10% off your purchase.  Oh yeah and guess what? Shipping is FREE!!!

 

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Lets finish off with details and accessories, shall we?  Allow me introduce you to the New Classic Black Sheffield by Daniel Wellington watch and Bracelet Cuff. Even though a small watch face would be more ideal for my small wrist, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the classic look and the lightness of the watch. The watch is very simple to read and the face isn’t busy. Reading the time should be easy and straightforward, which is exactly what the Classic Sheffield watch offers. Even though the watch comes in men’s and women’s versions, I’d pretty much consider it unisex as, besides the sizing, they look nearly identical. I love that Daniel Wellington offers a variety of watch straps so you can’t ever get tired of wearing it. The elegant Classic Cuff is the perfect match to compliment this or any DW watch.

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Get yours now at Danielwellington.com and use code: TRAVELCHOCOLATE and receive 15% off your purchase.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

This post was sponsored by Oliver Bilou and Daniel Wellington