It doesn't matter what season it is, if I'm looking for an easy outfit, I'll always look to see what dresses I own. And when it's winter, I'm obsessed with finding sweater dresses, because they're really the best of both worlds- comfort and ease. The only difficulty with dresses is styling them so it doesn't feel like you're wearing the same outfit every time you re-wear one of them. So, I've figured out a few different ways to style a sweater dress to help solve that issue! (All of the items I'm wearing will be linked at the bottom of this post.)


A simple cashmere scarf and pumps. A long scarf of contrasting color adds just the right touch to this dress. The scarf plus the heels also help elongate my frame and prevent the dress from looking unflattering, since it's a bit too long and unfitted on me to wear by itself. These leopard patterned heels also add just the right amount of character to the outfit. It's simple and chic, and perfect for dressy occasions. 



A skinny belt and loafers. Need a solution to a dress that's not fitted and a touch too long? Add a belt! And when I added a belt to this dress, I could then get away with wearing flat shoes. The belt and loafers make this outfit casual and cute, and the headband also adds a fun pop of pattern and youth. It's the perfect outfit for lunch or any daytime activity.



A vest and otk boots. Over-the-knee boots have been trending for the past two years, and I'm loving it! They elongate your legs and I've yet to see anyone who they don't look flattering on. The sweater dress alone with the boots still needed something extra though, and this vest worked perfectly. It not only adds a bit of color and texture to this outfit, but it also helps add shape since it's just the right length and slightly fitted. This outfit is perfect for nights out.




A sweater and riding boots. A sweater over a sweater? Yes, definitely! Layering is not only great for staying warm but it's also an easy way to make an outfit more unique. This casual outfit would be perfect for relaxed days out about town or cozy evenings.

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And those are my four ways to style a sweater dress! I hope these outfit ideas help you friends next time you're figuring out what to wear or how to style a sweater dress you own. If you have a favorite way to style a sweater dress, I'd love to know! Feel free to share it in the comments below.
& Thank you for reading!
xo


In every outfit: The Sweater DressPantyhoseEarringsRing

Outfit 1: 

Outfit 2:
Shoes are by Aerosoles and I can't find a similar pair anywhere, though these are the same sort of idea

Outfit 3:

Outfit 4:




Some people love the day, some people .. not so much. But whether you're in a relationship or not, you can still celebrate and have an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day. It's a day of love and appreciation, and you can show that to yourself, your closest friends, your family, or whoever else you want. Of course, everyday should involve self love and appreciation to others you care about in your life, but sometimes we forget or get distracted. So, let's use this holiday to remind each other that we are all loved and appreciated.




Spoil Yourself

I have a few favorite spoil yourself ideas that I swear by!

A bath is of course my first recommendation. There are two bath "recipes" I love..
To Rejuvenate/Relax: Epsom Salt + essential oil of choice (I love citrus oils or chamomile)
To Exfoliate & Hydrate: 1 c. Organic unsweetened full-fat coconut milk + 1 tbsp honey

My second recommendation would be using a face mask and hair mask, which you can do while taking your bath. I'll list some of my favorites below!

My third recommendation? Put on your comfiest and cutest robe or pajamas. What could be better than both being super cozy and looking really cute?!

My fourth recommendation: Paint your nails! We all get busy and if you're like me, your nails are the last thing you think about. But when you finally get around to giving yourself a mani-pedi, it feels great! Even if you choose just a clear coat of polish at the end, it still looks just that- polished.

Lastly, curl up with a glass of wine or hot tea, and finally watch that movie that you've been meaning to watch or read that book you've been meaning to read. Or, watch your favorite movie again! There are so many cute movies to watch on Valentine's Day.


Epsom salt: Coconut Oil, Pink Himalayan 
Essential oil: Tangerine, Grapefruit, Chamomile








Buy for your Galentine!

You can buy any of the items I shared above to spoil yourself, or you can buy one or a few as a Valentine's Day gift for a friend too! I've also put together a list below of a few more cute gift ideas for your gal pals that I'm sure they'd love!




Or give your Galentine a box of amazing but affordable wine, delivered right to her doorstep! I've been subscribed to Winc for a few months now and absolutely love it. It's completely expanded my palate and opened my mind to new wines and flavors. And when you use my link you'll get $20 off your first box! Actually, you can use the $20 on a box for yourself and then send your friend a free box. Click my link or any of the three images below to find out more. 




I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Feel free to share your plans for this February 14th and your favorite way to spend the day in the comments below! 
xo


If I made a list of the top five questions I get asked most often, "what skincare products do you use?" would surprisingly be one of them. I've never really found products that I considered my "holy grail" skincare products before, until this year. You'll see some of the products I use I enjoy, but probably wont keep in my routine forever, while other products I don't think I'll ever stop using- they're that good. Keep on reading to see what's in my routine, which products are great and which are amazing!




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A little background about my skin: When I was younger I had minor acne, 100% due to my bad skincare routine, and then a few years ago I suffered from bad breakouts again, definitely due to my diet and trying too many cheap products, and then I also got perioral dermatitis
After a while of trial and error, I've finally found products that made my skin issues go away and that I now swear by. Of course I still break out occasionally and get a few dry patches, but these products have helped keep both of those issues under control. 

(P.S. If you're wondering what helped my perioral dermatitis, it was cutting out cinnamon in my diet, sulfates in my products, flouride in my toothpaste, and treating the affected area with calendula ointment and no other moisturizer. I only did all of those things temporarily until my perioral dermatitis went away. I had it in 2015 and it's only come back once since, last year, no where near as bad as it was the first time, and it went away even sooner because I followed that routine again.)

Also, friendly reminder.. It's not just what you put on your skin that affects it's appearance. What you eat, the weather, and the time of the month play a part in it as well. The latter two we can't really control, but the first one we can. So make sure to get some nice vitamins and nutrients in you diet and lots of water!


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Now, finally, onto my routine!



Morning:

Every morning I put about 4 drops of maracuja oil and a pump and a half of my CeraVe moisturizer in my hand and apply the combination of the two to my face. The two together make the most beautiful pair, leaving my skin so soft, hydrated, moisturized and glowing. I seriously can't imagine my skincare routine without these two products. 
I then apply my Clinique eye cream. I've actually seen a difference since using this; my eyes are less puffy, there are less fine lines, and my dark circles have dramatically lightened. Because of all that, I'd repurchase it, but I'm also still interested in trying new eye creams.



Other mornings:

Other mornings, I'll use these two items (plus the eye cream still). If I choose to use this vitamin c serum, I need to then use a moisturizer with SPF, because the serum has hyaluronic acid in it. I notice my skin is a little brighter and maybe my fine lines (on my forehead, between my brows, and my smile lines) have slightly become less noticeable, but I wouldn't say this serum is a must have. 
(To be honest, I bought it because Shakira said she uses a vitamin c serum.. Hey, Shakira looks amazing and if she says it's thanks to a certain product, it's worth a shot!)
This Olay moisturizer, on the other hand, is a must have. It's a little heavy and gives you a white cast when you first apply it, but after a minute it melts into your skin and the heaviness and white cast go away. It's very rare I find a moisturizer with SPF that I like, so I'll definitely be buying this one again!



Nighttime:

When it's nighttime, I go for these richer products, but I only use them maybe three times a week. 
I've been using the Clinique Smart Night moisturizer for a little while now, and I really like it. It's a thicker cream that really moisturizers my skin, I have no complaints about it, but just like the Clinique eye cream, I'd be open to trying new night creams.
For when I have an occasional breakout, this treatment by Paula's Choice is fantastic. I put a dot of it right onto my blemish and it either dries it up to nothing or it helps bring it to the surface so I can get rid of it. The amount of product in this tube is also insane. I'd say I'd repurchase it, but I don't think I'll ever be able to even use it all!
My last item for nighttime is this very, very rich lip and eye cream by The Organic Pharmacy. Occasionally my eye area gets really dry and flaky and needs something heavier than the Clinique eye cream. This does wonders. It also does wonders for my dry patches, which I get around my mouth and chin. I'll definitely be repurchasing it when I run out. 



Cleansers:

I've had a hard time finding a cleanser that really cleans my skin, but doesn't completely suck the life and moisture out of it. This one by CeraVe is fantastic. I use it with a konjac sponge to gently exfoliate my face. I'm sure these two products will be in my routine forever.



Other cleansers:

On days when I want either a gentler cleanse or when I want to get my makeup off before I use my CeraVe cleanser, I use the Simple micellar water with exfoliating cotton rounds or the Simple cleansing wipes. I trust the Simple brand and their products work really well and never irritate my skin. 



Masks:

I use a face mask once, sometimes even twice, a week. I've learned the hard way that cheap masks do more harm than good. I'm now very picky when it comes to face masks, and these three have not let me down. They all help clear my skin up and bring it back to life after a long week. I highly, highly recommend them.


Honorable mentions:


Thayers Witch Hazel
Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner

Thayers Witch Hazel is amazing for keeping your skin clean and hydrated. I haven't used it for a while and I need to repurchase it ASAP. It's a miracle worker for getting rid of blackheads, keeping blemishes away, and minimizing enlarged poors.
Aerin's rose lip conditioner is also a fantastic lip balm and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It's pretty pricey, so I save it for those days when my lips really need it, when lip balm just wont do the trick.


And those are the products in my skincare routine! It seems sort of lengthy, but every product is worth it. I also want to give a friendly shout out to beautypedia.com, because their ratings and recommendations are how I found 90% of the items in my routine and how I decide which items I'll try next.
What're your favorite skincare products? And if you try or already love any of the products I mentioned, let me know in the comments below!

xo

Mid-Winter Wish List - Under $50

by Hampton Ivy, 1/16/2018


We're only half way through January, and I know some people already have spring fever, but we're not there yet! We still have a little more than two months left of winter and some expected snow here on Long Island. While I've seen cute spring items slowly rolling out, my main focus is still on all of the beautiful winter clothes out there. So, I've put together a mid-winter wishlist of items I've had in my online shopping carts for a little while now to share with you all. There are even some fantastic sales happening right now that make these items even less expensive. I hope my wishlist makes your next shopping trip a little easier!


J. Crew and J. Crew Factory are both having sales right now. I own their velvet pants in two colors already, and I'd definitely buy any color they come out with. Shein also has so many cute skirts, I could buy them all!



Have I ever mentioned my love for sweater dresses? They're cozy, super easy, and so pretty!


4. Cabin Socks

If I could live in pajamas, I would, especially these ones. Plus these cabin socks, which I already own in three different patterns, are the coziest socks I have ever worn, so I'd gladly buy them in every other pattern they come in. Even better, they're on sale right now- buy one get one free!




Can a girl really ever have too many shoes? Especially when they're all this pretty?



I have a secret love for graphic tees, especially ones with quotes from my favorite TV shows and movies. I'd also love to try these makeup removing towels and facial oil from CeraVe and read The Snowman.


And that's my wishlist!
I'd love to know what's on your wishlist or in your shopping carts right now too.
Let me know in the comments below!

xo

5 Places to Shop Preppy on a Budget

by Hampton Ivy, 1/11/2018

It's the new year and, if you read my last blog post, you know shopping less is one of my goals for 2018. While I personally want to just stop shopping completely (we'll see how well that goes!), some of you friends might just want to shop smarter or spend less in 2018, so this blog post is for you! I've put together a list of my five favorite places to buy great preppy clothes without having to spend a whole lot.

We all know the big preppy brand names; Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, J. McLaughlin, etc. With those brand names come expensive price tags, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can still dress preppy without breaking the bank, and these five places are my top recommendations for your next preppy shopping spree!

  1. Old Navy
    Deservedly at the top of the list is Old Navy. With prices that are a fraction of those of other preppy brands, plus the sales they have to lower their prices even more, I'd say they’re a necessary stop on your next shopping trip.
  2. Outlet stores
    Most of your favorite preppy stores have outlet stores as well. My top favorite for the best deals is J. Crew Factory, but you can also find Vineyard Vines, Tommy Hilfiger, and Brooks Brothers Factory Store, to name just a few. Look-up your local outlet mall and see what they offer, you may be surprised!
  3. Discount stores
    Second to outlet stores, discount stores such as TJ Maxx and Marshalls also sell brand names for a fraction of their normal costs. Recently I've seen Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and even Lilly Pulitzer for sale. These stores can be hit or miss, but they’re always worth giving a look.
  4. Sale racks and events
    It may seem simple, but don’t forget to also check the sale racks at your favorite stores. You can find some great pieces in the clearance section in both the retail locations and the online stores of your favorite brands. Some brands even have annual sale events. Lilly Pulitzer, for example, has two sales a year called their “After Party Sale”, and a number of other brands and the stores that carry them, such as Lord & Taylor or Macy's, hold “Friends and Family” sales as well.
  5. Thrift and consignment shops
    The less popular, but just as great an option. If you give thrift and consignment shops a chance, and just remember that all items are thoroughly cleaned and some were never even worn before, you may just fall in love. There’ll be days where you can’t find anything, and then days where you’ll find so many fantastic preppy pieces for absolutely incredible prices. (I'll be writing a whole separate blog post next month about thrifting and sharing some my favorite finds, so keep an eye out!)


With all of these options, you won’t have to worry about your budget as much the next time you go shopping for preppy clothes. And with the prices you’ll pay, you can get even more items for less to grow that wonderful wardrobe of yours this year!


Do you shop any of these places? What're your favorite tricks to spend less on clothes?
I'd love to know in the comments below! xo


Surprise! Long time no see/post, I know. 2017 was a whirlwind of a year. I graduated F.I.T. with my bachelor's in Advertising and Marketing (hallelujah!), I took things easy during the summer as a reward, met some new amazing people all thanks to Instagram, traveled to beautiful places around the U.S. with family and friends (Nantucket, Boston, Charleston, Savannah, and more), tried a part-time job (spoiler: I quit.. it took too much time away from Hampton Ivy, plus it was not the job I signed up for and I ended up being overworked and underpaid), and I took some time off to enjoy the holidays.

Now it's 2018, and it's time to go full force into Hampton Ivy and life. I'm calling 2018 "the year to hustle", which may sound a little cheesy but it's true. I'm more determined than ever to make Hampton Ivy a big success and my full-time job for life. I'm also determined to achieve the goals that I'll share with you all below. I tend to give myself an insanely long list of things to do, but I believe I can accomplish all of these resolutions as long as I hustle hard (but not too hard) and put my mind to it. These are my 2018 resolutions:



  1. Wake up early at 7:30am or 8am & stop over sleeping- no more than 7 or 8 hours a night. I love starting the day early and I never feel good when I over sleep, so it just makes sense! (So far, so good and it's thanks to two new products in my life.. I'll share them in my monthly favorites blog post that'll come at the end of January!)
  2. Work 9 to 5. I've been guilty of working on and off all day (from waking up to going to sleep) but it just isn't healthy and hurts more than helps. My goal now is to just work through those 8 hours, and not get distracted, and then after 5 o'clock let myself relax and be a normal person.
  3. Read. I have an insane amount of books for how little I actually read now-a-days. My goal is to read at least one book a month. I'd love to be able to read 2 or more books a month, but that's probably wishful thinking.
  4. Be on social more. I'm sure most people have a goal of being on social less, but I'm guilty of almost never being on social media. A few years ago I was always on it and it ended up stealing too much of my time, so then I did the opposite and was barely on it. My goal is to have a happy medium this year, post across different social platforms and enjoy them, but not lose too much time on them.
  5. Blog. This was my resolution last year, but I let other things get in the way. This year my goal is to post two times a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'll be sharing style as always, beauty, more about my life and owning a business, and a few lifestyle posts including decor, books, food, or whatever else I love enough to write about and believe you all would like to read about.
  6. Eat healthy and work out. Shocker, right? This was on my list last year and I'm sure it's on almost every human being's list of new year resolutions. Truly, I just want to incorporate more vitamins and nutrients into my diet, which is currently all carbs and dairy and barely any fruits and veggies. When it comes to working out, I just want to get moving more since I sit down almost all day while working. 
  7. Learn a new language. Another that was on my list last year.. yikes! I really want to learn another language this year, most likely Italian. It's not a priority, but I'd like to at least give 15 minutes of my day to learn it.
  8. Try video. YouTube, Instagram or Facebook live, regular Instagram stories- whichever it is, I just want to try being on video more. I love seeing other people on video when they actually have something interesting to share or say, so I might as well give it a go too and stop shying away from being vulnerable.
  9. Shop less, save more. This one is really important and I have to do it. I have a goal to buy a home before or when I'm 24 (I'm 22), so I need to save as much as I can. Lord knows I also have more than enough clothes and things already anyway, so I really have no excuse to shop. 
  10. Hustle. I have so many goals for Hampton Ivy and it's role in my life. They're private goals, so for now I'll sum them up into one word, which is hustle. I believe anything is possible if you love what you do and you work your butt off, and that's exactly what I plan on doing.

So 2018.. I'm ready for you and I'm determined to make this year the best one yet!
What're your new year resolutions? Do we have some of the same or similar ones? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear!
& Let's all make 2018 an amazing year together. 
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