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I bought this sweater with a gift card in November and it is so soft and comfy! It is a modified version of a sweater from the J.Crew Fall 2017 Ready to Wear collection. I do prefer the larger scale of the embroidery that was in the collection but this sweater is still really cute and the sun, moon and stars hold special meaning for me. I actually bought another cardigan from J.Crew a couple weekends ago (with that same gift card) and it also has stars.

Cosmic Embroidery Cardiagan: J.Crew, Sweater: Everlane, Jeans: Michael Kors, Boots: Audrey Brooke 'Mirie' (DSW), Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Sac D'Epaule (HauteTrader), Sunglasses: Gucci, Eyeglasses chain: Tinksky (Amazon)

I've been trying to get out of my jeans and sweater rut so I looked through my fashion week folder on my computer and found this Daks Fall 2017 look I wanted to recreate. It's not exactly the same since I'm wearing a navy blue and boots instead of loafers, but it gets the feel! Who says you can't wear black and blue together, right?

Sweater: Phillip Lim x Target, Skirt: Siena Style (Coco's $10 sale), Boots: Candie's c/o Kohl's, Bag: Chanel Classic 2.55 Double Flap (Madison Avenue Couture)



The Inspiration:

On Monday I shared the details of the LIQUID GOLD event I attended at Red Bee's Honey House Barn with Connecticut Blogger Babes. Now here's what I wore to keep warm while learning all about honey! We were indoors for the event but it was held in a barn so we had to make sure to dress warmly. I doubled up on sweaters (with a bodysuit underneath) and wore tights under my jeans to stay extra warm. I topped it off with the cute hat I bought in London earlier this year and my trusty Winter boots.

Cardigan: Burberry Brit (Net-a-Porter), Sweater: Banjo + Matilda 'Trinket' sweater (The Outnet), Jeans: Everlane "The High-Rise Skinny Jean" in Mid-Blue, Boots: Grandma's,  Bag: Emm Kuo 'Calle Bahia' (Roundabout Resale), Hat: bought in London


It's been a while since we've had a throwback outfit. I blame my trip to Florida and the holidays. But here we are with an outfit from over 5 years ago. This blazer was one of my first designer "splurges" on eBay. I think I paid less than $30 for it back in 2010. I added in my Gucci aviators and dark purple Chloé Faye to update the look a bit. But everything else is the same.

Tee: Zara, Blazer: Moschino Cheap & Chic (eBay), Jeans: Free People (Gilt Groupe), Heels: Alexander Wang 'Freja' (The Outnet), Scarf: Yarnz c/o NET-A-PORTER, Bag: Dark Purple Chloé Faye (eBay), Sunglasses: Gucci


The Original:



Here's another one of my Christmas gifts, a nice big red sweater. I was definitely in need of more color in my closet and this red fits the bill! I wore this on New Years Eve to go out for Indian food with my brother, his girlfriend and my boyfriend. Then we spent the rest of the day/evening lounging.

Sweater: Everlane 'Wool-Cashmere Square Crew', Jeans: J Brand 811 Photo Ready Mid-Rise Skinny (Gilt), Boots: Cordani (Roundabout Resale), Bag: Emm Kuo 'Calle Bahia' (Roundabout Resale), Sunglasses: Gucci

 
This past Sunday I attended a really fun event at Red Bee Honey with the Connecticut Bloggers Collective. The event, LIQUID GOLD: A Taste + Test Wellness Bar, featured Red Bee honey and handcrafted skincare. Lydia and I headed Red Bee's Honey House Barn in Weston, Connecticut on Sunday morning to join beekeeper, author and honey sommelier, Marina Marchese on a journey into the fascinating world of bees. She discussed the many uses of honey and bee products for health and beauty. Marina has perfected the art of honey tasting, transferring the skills of the wine sommelier to the artisanal honey tasting table.


I attended a VIP preview before the main event started to try out 5 limited harvest honeys perfectly paired with cheeses and food. I skipped the cheese since I'm not a fan, but I was really excited to try out all the different types of honey since I pretty much know nothing about it. Learning new things should be one of my goals for 2018. It's fascinating how the honey flavor changes based on what flowers the bees visit while making it. That should be self-explanatory but it's something most people don't even think about.

We tried out the following honey flavors: 
  • Orange Blossom honey - floral, fruity and rich in vitamin C 
  • Blueberry Blossom honey - fruity and a good source of antioxidants 
  • Buckwheat honey - robust and a good source of iron 
  • Creamy Clover honey - delicious notes of cinnamon 
  • Gold leaf honeycomb - raw honey with amazing benefits

My favorites were orange, blueberry and clover. Each honey was paired with something to bring out it's unique flavor notes. Here's what we paired with each:

Creamy Clover honey with coconut shavings and bee pollen. This was one of my favorite combinations. I bought some of the clover honey to take home!
Blueberry blossom honey with brie cheese. (I didn't try this with the cheese but the honey alone is delicious!) I almost bought some but decided on another instead.
Buckwheat honey with dark chocolate and almond. This was surprisingly delicious! When we first smelled this before tasting I didn't think I would like it, but when paired with the chocolate it was amazing.
Gold leaf honeycomb with a cracker. This honey was still on the comb so if you ate that part there was a nice bit of crunch. This was another favorite of mine, just so simple
Orange blossom honey with goat cheese and fresh rosemary. This was another one I had alone since I don't like cheese. You could really taste the orange in this honey which I found very interesting. I bought a small jar of this along with the clover honey. Not sure what I'll do with it yet, but I know it will be delicious!

After the VIP preview we joined the rest of the bloggers upstairs at a taste and test wellness bar where the honey we had just tested was out for everyone to taste. We were also able to test out some of Red Bee's honey-based beauty products. While we were mingling, tasting and testing we sipped on a honey elixir made with chamomile tea and a teeny bit of alcohol.

The Workerbee Rescue Balm was SUPER hydrating, perfect for dry winter skin. I really liked the Honeybee Butter Balm, it goes on very smooth and not oily at all. I also got to take home some Red Bee lip balm. A perfect goodie bag item because I am ADDICTED to chapstick. My lips are always super dry. I got the lavender flavor which is very subtle and you can even taste a bit of honey.




Thank you so much to Red Bee and Marina for having us and teaching us the importance of bees!

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