Travel with Mark & Graham



The holiday season can often be characterized by travel.  Trips home to see family, last-minute work trips, or that getaway we all need to reset and recharge. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been to Dallas, LA, and Florida. Next week I’m headed to Chicago, Tampa, and San Diego! And when I travel, I always aim to do with a bit of glamour. Long coats, comfortable heels, and luxe but manageable fabrics are part of my travel style. What else? A fashionable bag of course! Thanks to Mark & Graham, I’ve totally upped my travel bag game. I was gifted a canvas weekender bag with leather details, personalized with my initials. While you can get the monogram in a variety of colors, I, of course, opted for black as a classic neutral. I love the combination of the neutral canvas, the black lettering, and the cognac brown leather.


Because I was traveling for work, I also needed to have my laptop and everyday essentials in-tow. Enter this luxe, leather laptop bag by Mark & Graham. It has the perfect amount of pockets for storage and a laptop sleeve for easy (and safe) access to your computer while on the go. I loved using this on the trip, but it’s also become my everyday work bag. Lastly, I packed up all of my cosmetics and tiny loose goodies in the leather pouch and roll by Mark & Graham. I can’t live without these! With lipsticks, pens, stain removers, etc…I’ve got everything gathered in one place to keep myself organized.  While these items are great for travel, I’ve already incorporated them into my everyday routine. Thanks to Mark & Graham for keeping me stylish!


Overnight BagLaptop ToteLeather Zipper PouchLeather Mini Roll.


Thank you to Mark & Graham for partnering on this post!


All Things Tweed


It seems like this time of year, there happens to be something gorgeous and tweed popping up in every store window! It’s one of my favorite patterns/fabrics, and I love all variations from pastels to holiday tones. Here are some of my favorite picks that might make your gifting list or your own wish list!


1. Veronica Beard Blazer: A classic blazer with a modern twist. From the buttons to the patent piping, the details are what make this tweed blazer an absolute stunner.


2. Newsboy Hat: The cutest hat that will pair beautifully with a topcoat or a mini dress and tights. The price is a steal!


3. Sandro Bag: For that Chanel-esque feeling


4. Gucci Loafers: Comfy loafers in a seasonally-agnostic shade of pink. These are personally on my wish-list!


5. Maje Dress: The prettiest, feminine dress that doesn’t seem too sweet.


6. Rebecca Taylor Pink Jacket: Another lady-like piece that will make you add “Afternoon Tea” to your holiday agenda!


SPANX Favorites


So we all know I’m a huge fan of SPANX! I’ve turned to the ultimate smoothing brand since college to always help me look my best and feel the most confident. I wore them under my formal dresses, wore two pairs under my wedding dress (ain’t no shame in my game), and now I just wear them all the time for some extra smoothing action. BUT, the SPANX brand has evolved to so much more than the shapewear we have come to know and love. The brand’s offerings have expanded to intimates, activewear, and even apparel that I wear to work on the regular.


So many people ask me what my favorite items are, so I thought I would finally put together a list. I’m also excited to perhaps share some lesser-known favorites here…you won’t find faux leather leggings on this list! Oprah might have included Spanx on her “favorite things,” but consider the following list Brown Paper Doll approved!!


SPANX Muscle Tank: This top might be an underdog, but I absolutely LOVE it! It has this cool heathered texture, is just so effortlessly cool. I throw this on under blazers, moto jackets, or wear it alone with high waisted pants and a lot of necklaces. Love it!


SPANX Bra-llelujah Bralette: So comfortable that you won’t think you’re wearing anything.


SPANX Bra-llelujah Demi-Lift: The bra I reach for on most days! With elastic straps that don’t cut into you and a front closure, it’s just so easy and amazing!


SPANX EveryWear Icon Leggings: I’m honestly not a huge legging wearer. Blasphemy, I know. BUT I do love a good pair of leggings for running around on the weekends, or when I actually make it to a workout. These leggings are so smooth, so flattering, so stretchy (but not in a cheap way) – they’re my favorite for a dressed-down Saturday.


SPANX Perfect Black Pant Hi-Rise Flare: Like I mentioned, I’m not really a leggings person. However, these black pants combine the look of a trouser with the comfort of a legging. They are amazing! Honestly, the other silhouettes in this collection still come off as a legging to me – but these are just perfect. They’re also just more fashionable with the flared silhouette. I wear these to work at least once a week!


SPANX High-Waisted Tights: Y’all might not think of Spanx as the place to go for tights, but let me tell you…you’re missing out. These tights make me feel so supported, have some shaping action and are just so flattering under dresses/skirts. I remember when I lived in New York, I would save my Spanx tights for special occasions, because they were my “fancy” pair. Now, I can’t live without them in the Winter.


SPANX Power Conceal-Her High-Waisted Extended Length Short: My favorite collection of shapewear to turn to when I need some extra smoothing. I love the thigh and tummy coverage that still feels light! For more on this product and why I love it, you can actually read a post I did a couple of years ago on this very collection!