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Valentine's Day is approaching, and no matter how you're celebrating the day, you can treat yourself to a new dress.  I wanted to share a few options from Zaful, one of my favorite online stores.  (If you're wary of purchasing from Zaful, don't be.  Check out some of my previous reviews here, here and here!)

I love the selection of trendy pieces that are well made and are so affordable.  Even better, they're having a Valentine's Day special so it's the perfect time to stock up.

The Wrap Dress 
I love this style for so many reasons.  It's perfect for date night, but will also look cute layered over a black turtleneck (yes, I am still obsessed with layering and I don't think this obsession will ever go away!)

The Maxi Dress 
This maxi will go from day to night.  Throw on a moto jacket and you're good to go.  If you want to go more casual, throw on an oversized pullover sweater!

The Ruffled Dress 
I just love the checkered print in this pretty pink shade.  And of course, can't go wrong with ruffles, the more the merrier!

The Lace Dress 
It's lace.  Enough said!

The Sweater Dress 
It's February...it's cold...and you just want something as warm as it is cute.  Then the sweater dress if your best bet.  This lace up cutie is one of my favorites, but there are more Valentine's Day specials on Zaful's site!

For all my ladies that aren't into pink and red, you can still celebrate with some accessories.  In fact, I'm loving white and navy with a little pop of red or pink.

Triangle Tassel Bag
This is just one of the many accessories available.  But I'm especially loving the shape and color of this cute bag so I had to share!  And it's a steal at less than $15!

There's plenty more to browse through online.  Be sure to check out the Zaful Valentine's Day 2018 sales and use code ZAKIRA for a special discount.

If you do purchase anything, let me know...I'm always looking for the next thing to get from Zaful!

Golden Tote Lace Blouse, old | Pearl Denim (found in-store at Ross) | White Booties | Beret, sold out

It's National Hat Day today (I love that there's a day for everything!) so I couldn't think of a better time to pull out this new beret I've been holding onto.  It's one of those pieces that I never thought would work for me but I was so inspired by all the Pinterest photos.  Hats are quickly becoming one of my favorite accessories now, so you'll be sure to see more over the next few months...

This outfit features a few other my other favorite current trends.  Let's start with embellished denim, particularly ones with pearls on them.  Something I've been looking around for for a while now.  I lucked out during a recent Ross trip and knew I needed them.  Be sure to look out for a denim roundup coming soon, which will feature this pair too!

I'm also loving the white bootie trend.  It took me a while to get on board, but I'm here for it now.  I'm thinking of ALL the ways to style them because obviously they'll be on repeat.

What trend are you hooked on right now?

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It's that time of year - sweater weather.  I'm a huge sweater fan, and I've been wanting to do an Instagram roundup of some of my favorites and share some styling tips - keep scrolling.

Chenille Cardigan
I had a chenille sweater back in the day that I loved, and I was excited to see this style back.  Of course Lauren Conrad made the cutest chenille cardigan (with bell sleeves no less) so I had to get it.  I grabbed the red first and recently just got the tan one as well because I loved it that much.

Style Tip: I love this equally with denim and a white tee (as seen above) and a casual dress and OTK boots (which is how I'll be styling the tan sweater, stay tuned!)

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Ruffle Sleeve
The one thing I'm obsessed with is a dramatic sleeve, which is so cute in both cardigan and pullover styles.  This sweater was my first purchase from SheIn and it's one of my favorites (see the full post here!)

Style Tip: Pair with a cami, high waisted denim and a pair of booties!

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Bow Sleeves
This sweater was featured in my newest post and it features one of my favorite details, bows.  The cutouts add a cute little detail to an otherwise normal sweater!

Style Tip: Pair this feminine piece with something edgier, like a leather skirt of dark wash moto pants!

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One Shoulder
This style has been such a challenge to find.  I lucked out with scoring this gingham cutie, but I'm still on the lookout for another one shoulder/cold shoulder piece.

Style Tip: Pair this style with denim and a floppy hat (something I'm looking for!)

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Turtleneck
I never thought I'd say that I'm a turtleneck aficionado!  But I'm obsessed.  They are the perfect layering piece and look amazing styled any way.

Style Tip: My favorite way to wear a turtleneck is layered under an overall dress, but I also love them with a mini and OTK boots!

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Duster
This is my go-to style for winter.  The longer and more oversized the better (and yes, it works for petite ladies, I'm 5'1!)

Style Tip:  Pair a duster with a long tee and fun leggings (velvet, leather, etc!)

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Corset/Lace Up
This is a newer and is an edgier style that my normal, but I fell in love with this sweater!  It's the perfect little detail.

Style Tip: Throw this over a dress to wear it in winter!  Bonus that it creates a new look.

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This list could go on and on, but I'll leave it here for now.  Let me know what kinds of sweaters you're styling for winter!

And finally, if you're looking for a letter board, you have to get this one from Amazon - it comes with letters and emojis!  Can't wait to take more photos with it.










I got this letter board at a discount in exchange for a review!  All opinions shared are my own.
Charlotte Russe Sweater, sold out (linked a few other options below) | Zaful Embroidered Mini c/o | OTK Boots, old

If you're like me, you agree that right after the holidays is depressing!  I'm missing all the pretty lights and decor.  Luckily I saved 2 winter looks to share that I photographed back in December which feature some of the holiday festivities in Philly.

I'd been wanting to try a faux leather mini for a while, so when I had the chance to style this Zaful skirt, I knew I had to give it a try.  I've had some good luck with the items I've gotten from there (see this colorful look, this jumpsuit and this dress for more on my Zaful items) but this skirt was a tad small even though I sized up and it kept bunching up around the zipper.  Regardless it's still cute and I got compliments.

My favorite way to style a mini is with a sweater, even better with a little front tuck so you can see the pretty details of the skirt!  Throw on some OTK boots and you're good to go!

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Duster Cardi, bought in Ross (linked a few others below but I'm obsessed with this) | Enclothe Boutique Scallop Tee, old | Velvet Leggings, bought in Ross | Charlotte Russe OTK Boots, old | BGG Knits Scarf c/o | Sunnies, bought in Ross (similar here)

I really hit the jackpot when I recently visited my local Ross store, which is where I acquired this gray duster sweater that has been worn nonstop these past few frigid days (who else is over this snow?!)  I've been coming up with all the ways to style it; it's just one of those must have pieces for winter.

As soon as I saw the velvet leggings, I knew they would pair perfectly with the gray sweater.  I'm loving the grays and whites for winter.  The best part is that this outfit can be dressed up or down.

And no outfit is complete without accessories.  I'm obsessed with these star/moon sunnies that I found, again, at Ross.  I couldn't resist them.  And I'm loving this cozy knit scarf from BGG Knits, a really special company that hand-makes all of their pieces in Peru!  All of their pieces are ethically and sustainably made, and no two pieces are the same!

Ideas For Styling A Duster

  • Leggings and oversized tee, and books (like above)
  • Embellished denim, lace cami and heels
  • Swing dress and booties
  • Workout pants, tee, and sneakers

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I'd love to hear how you style a duster as well!

Century 21 Sweater (similar here - I LOVE their sweaters!) | HYPR Suede Dress (bought my at my local Ross store) | OTK Boots, old | Chloe+Isabel Headband  (old, but love this and this) | Clutch

This winter has been brutal so far, and it's only been a few weeks.  It's gonna be a long one, and I've been doing a lot of layering to stay warm.  You may remember this red suede dress that I wore on my NYC birthday trip earlier in December.  I loved it so much I wanted to style it again.  One easy way to extend the wear of  sleeveless dresses is to throw on a pullover, and I had this black corset sweater that was just waiting to be styled!

The other accessory that I'm really loving right now is this cute red clutch, which has tassels and stars (two of my favorite things!)  The clutch is small, but fits my phone and a few accessories I need to going out.  It's a pretty shade for winter, and is perfect for Valentine's Day!

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Goals For 2018
It's time to set some blogging goals and follow-through with them.  It's always nice to dream big, but this year I'm going to set goals for myself that I can attain!

  • Blog Twice A Week - it was so hard for me to keep a consistent blogging schedule but I'm hoping to do more scheduling so that I constantly have new content for you!
  • Promoting My Posts - with the new content I'm planning, I want my posts to be seen.  That means I'll be focusing on ways to get them out and get more views and learning how to use Pinterest for this reason!
  • Grow My Instagram - I think this is everyone's goal, but I'm hoping to get to that 10k mark by summer!
That's it!  These are probably no-brainers but I'm so excited about my growth over the past year and where Paint The Town Chic is headed!

I have some great posts ready to share with you over the next few weeks so stay tuned...

Happy New Year!
  

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