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

JORD Watch Giveaway

Whats the one thing you never leave the house without? Well, for me it’s the basics: Keys, wallet, cellphone, chapstick and of course a watch.

So what if I told you that you could win not only a watch but a bad ass JORD wood watch?

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When JORD Wood Watches reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in trying out one of their watches. I was excited because I’m a huge fan. To be honest, I’ve looked up their watches several times. I love their style and uniqueness their watches bring because really, have you ever seen a watch anything like this? They really are one of a kind.

Click here to enter the giveaway:  https://www.woodwatches.com/g/travelsforchocolate

One of you will win $75 to use on our website and everyone else who enters will receive $20 to use on the site.The contest will close 11/13 at 11:59pm, so don’t delay….CLICK NOW!

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When I received my watch I was very impressed by the cute custom box it came in.  The presentation alone is stunning!  As far as the watch, well just look at it…its absolutely gorgeous and extremely light weight.

Here are some interesting facts about the materials used to craft these beautiful time pieces.

Sapphire Glass

Movements

Kia Wood (used on the watch I selected)

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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 JORD Wood Watches.


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Flexing in Faux Fur by UrbanCode London

When I saw this Faux fur knee-length scarf I absolutely had to have it!  Its unique pattern screams elegance with a splash of sexy.  Shop one similar on Urbancode.co.uk

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Did you know that faux fur was first introduced in 1929s and has been commercially available since the 1950s?  Fake fur, also called fun fur or faux fur, is an animal friendly material made of synthetic fibers designed to resemble fur, normally as part of a piece of clothing, but it’s increasing popularity has been credited to its promotion by animal rights organizations which claim that it is an animal-friendly alternative to traditional fur.

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Faux fur is a great way to keep warm during cold winter months. Faux fur can be used for many garments and home furnishings.. Whether you are ethically minded, fashion conscious or practical, Faux fur has a number of benefits over real fur.

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My sporty street style look on the streets of London.

The bomber jacket, originally known as “the flight jacket,” has become fashions favorite once again. Created for military pilots, the bomber’s versatility makes it an accessible trend for anyone’s style. Patterned, cropped, oversized, embroidered or simple, the bomber jacket’s trend will definitely continue.

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Azalea Velvet floral bomber

 

It’s a great piece, be it for a practical light jacket or a statement piece. It works with just about anything, from a slip dress, to jeans and a tee.

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Mara Tote by Urban Code London

This super sized, sumptuous faux fur & suede tote by Urban Code London comes with a zip fastening, internal zip pocket and double handles that fit over your shoulder.

This style also comes with a detachable strap so it can also be worn across the body.

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Denim by Signature 8
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Taschka Midnight Python & Pearl Flo Loafer

Classic loafer with an exotic twist. These beautiful navy Italian suede flats, by UK luxury shoe designer Taschka, feature a textured python upper, pearl leather strap detail and padded leather lining for the utmost comfort. Slip on a pair with slim trousers or jeans for a relaxed yet chic look.

When you get your style inspiration from a Panda…

Wearing black and white head-to-toe has become my go to look these days, it’s the easiest formula for a put-together look. Whether it’s a white dress with black accessories, or a white blouse paired with this season’s trouser or graphic stripes, it’s hard to mess up this timeless color combination. You don’t have to spend time worrying about what accessories will coordinate since black and white goes with everything from a crimson lip color to a leopard-print pair of heels.

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Chanel Chevron Crossbody

Jacket: Macy’s

Boots: Aldo 

Jeans: J Brand

London Fashion Week 2016

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I cannot believe it is all over! For years now a big dream of mine was to go to London Fashion Week, I decided to knock it off my bucket list and took the plunge and booked it!

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Jacket and skirt-Zara, Fringe bag: Urban Code London, Necklace: Chanel

From strolling through the streets of London, shopping on Oxford Street, meeting with public relations companies and mingling on Brewers Street carpark, and just taking in the entire experience that is LFW – it seems like it was a dream! Luckily I got to spend four and half amazing days in London taking in its unique culture, city and fashion experience. London is honestly like its own world, Fashion is at its peak with every second person possessing a unique and individual style. I personally have quite a unique style (sometimes looking like the basic bitch from the mall) but am always some way wary of expressing it through my clothing but in London I had no problem and blended straight in. It is amazing to see somewhere celebrate individuals and their unique flare, no two people are painted the same and it’s a trait about the city I absolutely love.

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Brewer Street Carpark street style

The catwalk presentations were incredible, one of my favorites was Paul Costelle.

Paul Costelloe is one of the most established names in British and Irish fashion. Since the establishment of the fashion house under his own name, this family owned and run business has been a leader in the use of hand-crafted, luxurious fabrics combined with cutting edge design, innovation and creativity.

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Hotel accommodations while in London

ibis Styles London Heathrow

Even though it was one night and basically just enough time to take 5 hour nap before heading out,  it was perfect after a 7 hour flight from New York.

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Novotel London Wembley

I was pleasantly surprised by the exceptionally warm welcome we received upon check-in by Rhianna Vaccaro, which was as efficient as it was warm. Immediately upon approaching the hotel it’s abundantly evident that this is a hotel offering a smart and professional standard.

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During our 3 night stay I found all of the staff to be above average to that I normally encounter in hotels. They were all extremely warm, polite and professional right down to the cute gentleman that delivered our room service.

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Breakfast was filled with a trendy variety of delicious carbohydrates and a fancy latte machine. Overall it was well-managed by welcoming and efficient staff.

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Overall a great stay, definitely coming back to this one.

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Sofitel St. James

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It’s in a wonderful location, across Pall Mall, near the British Tourist office. We arrived very early in the morning, and to my surprise our room was available.  Immediately after we checked in we were offered tea in the lovely Rose Room located next to the lobby where one can read and sip a cup of tea. The entire room is awash in roses: the upholstery, the carpets, the chairs, the paintings, the china — everything.

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The ever so friendly staff member, Raquel.

Once refreshed, we headed off to have breakfast.  The buffet style breakfast bar had everything from homemade pastries and freshly squeezed juices.

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Service with a smile.  Staff member, Mattia (isn’t he adorable?)

Now let talk about the room. There’s all kinds of swag, including slippers, a fancy Nespresso machine, Hermes shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion!

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The bed was like sleeping on a cloud lined with the finest egyptian cotton and the room service was very satisfying (especially the creme brûlée).

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After this weekend London has stolen my heart and LFW has opened my eyes to an entirely different world of fashion. I was lucky enough to fit so much into my 4 1/2 days there and will definitely be returning for next seasons London Fashion Week in February.

London I will see you soon.

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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 Accor Hotels

 

 

 

Movement is Free

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Cardio, strength training, HIIT, Pilates, yoga, spinning…there are endless ways to pack movement into your week, but ensuring time for rest is just as beneficial as a workout. From a physical perspective, workouts that improve lean muscle mass contribute best to overall health and do so by creating micro tears in the muscle tissue, which strengthens as it repairs itself. So, while it’s good to feel a little sore a day or two after a high intensity session, anything that ventures into pain or persistent soreness is a sign that it’s time to back off. Not only are rest days imperative to avoid injury, they allow the body to replenish itself and build that all-important lean muscle, in turn stoking your metabolism and creating strength and tone. Resting also allows for more energetic and explosive training sessions and helps you maintain motivation and consistency by avoiding burnout and fatigue.

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Shop this workout outfit by Free People Movement by clicking on the links below

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