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For this week’s Friday Favorites we pay homage to one of my favorite quotes about fashion. Working as a fashion director and stylist, I’ve come to enjoy all the hues that designers use when creating a collection. However I’m always overjoyed when a designer embraces bold colors. So this week we share our Cerulean Blue favorites.
From the beloved, Devil Wears Prada:
Miranda Priestly: Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No, no, nothing. Y'know, it's just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y'know, I'm still learning about all this stuff.
Miranda Priestly: This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic "casual corner" where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of "stuff."
Alison's Pick
Stella McCartney Cerulean Blue Collarless Silk Blouse, $308 Neiman Marcus
This collarless blouse is the perfect opportunity to show off a statement necklace.
Christina Wright's Pick
Classic Q Trifold Wallet, $200 ShopBop
This cerulean Marc Jacobs wallet would go perfect with my bright aqua purse. It's no secret that blue is my favorite color, but not just any old boring sky blue. I love shocking, fun, insane pop of color blue! Be sure you have your sunglasses on when I come around with my eye-popping blues. 
Lauren's Pick
Scotch Naturals in Seaboard, $23 SG Nails
I had to go with this nail polish because with this, you can incorporate cerulean into every look! It was tough to narrow down my favorite pick this week, because cerulean is one of my favorite colors! It's splashed all over my wardrobe and jewelry. A bonus, Scotch Naturals uses an eco-friendly, water-based formula without any of those harmful chemicals most nail polishes have. I give it two cerulean-painted thumbs up!
Christina Moffitino's Pick
Ton-Sur-Ton Beaded Bib, $30 Anthropologie 
 This Anthropologie necklace has such a cool ombre of cerulean that drew me to it. When it comes to jewelry, I love statement pieces. I have a slight obsession with buying necklaces in bright pops of color. I love that it can add the perfect pop to any ensemble.

While I LOVE the look of polished nails, I rarely get a manicure because, quite frankly, I'm impatient with drying time and they usually chip within a day. The nail sleek sticks from Essie were super simple to attach and file to the top shape of my nail. And they lasted several days-woohoo! Plus I was able to peel them off in about two minutes while watching TV rather than spending time over the sink with polish remover and cotton balls. The collection has multiple choices of patterns and colors from words to sparkles to polka dots. Now I just need more subtle solid color choices to commit to wearing these more often. (Hear that Essie?)

Christina Moffitino, is our resident nail devotee and comes to the office with a different nail look every week.

Here's her review:

Essie nail wraps are not only cute and stylish but super convenient! They sure beat the days of waiting for your nails to dry and hoping they don't smudge. I got so many compliments from my girlfriends and they all had have their own set. I'm crazy about all the unique patterns and textures I want to try them all!

Lauren Scharf has a special place in her heart for stickers so the moment she saw the packages she exclaimed, "I'm in!"

Her review:

These nail decals stand (or stick) above the rest. I absolutely love these designs; they're a bit more eye-catching and versatile than Sally Hansen's nail appliques. The quality is much better too, since these are less likely to chip than the appliques, not to mention a regular nail polish. I'm going with the word on my nails next.

*names of our sleek stick choices are our captions.

The countdown begins! 18 days until Christmas and we're excited to get the tree and decorate the house. Tune in to our videos starting next week filled with gift suggestions, recipes, decor, entertaining and even how to create your own ugly holiday sweater because sometimes you need a break from being fancy. Enjoy!

Alison's Pick

Jay Godfrey, Adams Maxi Dress, on sale for $270 Cusp

May I pour you a drink? That's what I imagine saying to guests when they arrive at the door for the holidays while wearing this stylish, yet comfortable dress. Just needs some dangly earrings and a big cuff.

Christina Wright's Pick

Essie nail polish, $8 bottle Essie

I am kinda a nail polish fanatic, okay okay, I AM a nail polish fanatic. (There's no "kinda" about it.) I have so many shades and different brands, that I actually have researched buying some sort of modern style nail salon display case for them. Yes, it's that bad! My favorite line of polishes is from Essie. So many amazing colors, and they paint on like a dream! I hope my stocking is filled with these colors from their winter collection. You hear me Santa? I would be such a good girl...with awesome nails of course!

Lauren's Pick

The Body Shop Fragrance Oils and Burners, $16 Burner, $5 for each oil The Body Shop

Each day this week, I've had a different holiday scent flowing through my apartment; not because I've been baking cookies or putting up a fresh spruce tree, but because I've been burning these oils from The Body Shop. I like them so much better than scented candles because they last longer, the scent spreads more, and the best part- you can mix fragrances for a unique combination. My favorites around the holidays are Juniper Berry, for a sweet yet woodsy feel, and Vanilla Bliss, which has me craving sugar cookies. I also like their more fruity scents, like Exotic and Peach.
Christina Moffitino's Pick
Studded Collar Necklace, $30 Etsy
The collar necklace is definitely a trend to try! The embellished neckpieces help make any outfit standout. Wear them with your favorite knit sweater to add some style and sass. You can also channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and pair it with your favorite LBD for the "Breakfast at Tiffany" look. It's the perfect accessory to wear to any holiday and New Year party. 
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