12.19.2014

Neutral Layers for Winter


Who says you can't be warm and look cool? Layering chunky clothes can be a hard thing to master, but from time to time I find a way. This time around, I just paired my chunky sweater with a mini skirt and some fun tights. I surprisingly got a lot of compliments on them over the weekend. I had these tights for a couple of years and never had the courage to wear them. Thankfully, I did. These will be on a heavy rotation for the holidays!

Happy Friday! I'm off to Chicago tomorrow morning for Christmas. Excited to see the fan bam.

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12.18.2014

11 Perfect Navy Booties

Row 1: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Row 2: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Row 3: 1 | 2 | 3 

I find myself on the hunt for one specific thing every year and this year it's navy booties. I basically live in booties in the winter and I have black, brown, light brown and grey but no navy. If you saw yesterday's post, you'll notice why I need a pair.

To my surprise they are very difficult to find. So I rounded up my 11 favorites for us to consider. I think these are the winners. They're basic and not too showy. They also have a little bit of black which I weirdly like. My second choice would probably be these and I'm really digging these but they're out of my size :(

What do you think? Can you help me find any more booties?!


12.17.2014

What to Wear for New Years Eve in New York

Dress (similar here and here -- gold option here) | Tights | Wedges (similar) | Lipstick | Earrings | Watch

When it comes to New Year's Eve in New York there are two sides: the "omg I lovvvveeee NYE in NYC" and "get me the f out of here." When I first moved here, I was all about number one. I was so excited to see what the city had to offer and really experience the official new year. After that night, I've moved to number two. Although, don't get me wrong, everyone should experience New Year's Eve in the city. It's a very cool experience and it's something that you'll remember forever. This year however, I'll be out of the country! Did I get far enough away?

A few things I learned from last year: dress warmer and wear comfortable shoes. Of course everyone is trying to be all sexy, but you can be sexy with sleeves! Take for example, this dress. It's classy and stylish while also fitting the theme with the (really soft) sequins. You also gotta break out the tights! Tis the season for tights (never thought I'd be saying that). New York has really changed me, man. I used to loathe tights but now I see the need and they're growing on me.

Once you have that covered, it's time for comfortable shoes. My go-tos are always wedges and in the winter it's wedge booties. They are a LOT more comfortable and you're able to wear socks to keep your toes warm. Although if this outfit told me anything, it's that I need to invest in navy booties. Maybe we'll discuss that tomorrow?


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12.16.2014

H&M Valley Stream


Remember back in August I hosted a H&M store opening in White Plains, NY? Well I'm back again for the grand re-opening of H&M in Valley Stream, NY. If you're in the area and free Thursday the 18th, I'd love for you to stop by the store and hang out!

The first five people in line who tweet at me (@kristarobertso) and use the hashtag #HMLovesValleyStream will gain early access to the store at 9:30am and win a $100 gift card so we can shop! 

Hope to see you there! 


12.15.2014

Travel Tuesday: Easy Travel Wear


*the leggings and mini monogram are both 20% off today only with the code: MERRYMERRY*


I know it's technically not Tuesday, but this outfit showed off some great sales that will be gone by tomorrow so I had to post it today! Anyway, this is a go-to travel look for me. Simple shoes, comfortable leggings, a large top and convertible jacket (you can unzip the inside lining to make it more lightweight). Traveling is all about being comfortable yet stylish (unless you're flying at 6 am -- ain't no body got time for that). 

These mixed media moto leggings are seriously my new best friend. They come in grey and black and are SO comfortable as well as warm! I love the detailing around the knee (hard to see in my pictures but you can check it out here) and the little touch of leather around the shins. It's the perfect go-to legging for any occasion, not just traveling. 


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12.13.2014

Weekend Reading 12/13

 (Above post coming next week)

1. Tuckernuck is having 20% off their site right now with the code "MERRYMERRY". Now is the time to stock up on your Barbour, Monograms and anything else you need for your preppy lifestyle.

2. My favorite bow gloves are on sale + 20% off! Woot woot!

3. I got the most hilarious comment on this dress the other day on Instagram. They said, "This is what pilgrims who landed in Miami wore." It was so amazing (and spot on) I couldn't even be mad.

4. My black Ray-Ban aviators are on sale right now! Would make for a great gift :)

5. Get your tissues ready, this UPS ad is the best thing you'll see all day.

6. I'm starting to get ready for our vacation and that means bikini shopping! I'm loving this ruffle top with this stripe bottom. Has anyone ever done the high-waisted bottom?! I'm a little nervy, but eager to see it on.

7. I really don't need any more dishes, but I'm thinking I need these tartan plates!

8. I snagged this peplum bow top this week and I'm already itching to wear it! I'm thinking with a blazer for winter?

9. I got to visit the Times Square Ball with Covergirl and Cosmo on Thursday and it was SO. COOL. #PumpedForNYE

10. J. Crew is 30% off today AND the Factory is 50% off! Boom! Have a great weekend :)





12.12.2014

Finding the Perfect New Years Eve Dress

Isn't it so weird to already be thinking about New Years?! I was at an event last night to get up close and personal with the Times Square Ball and it really got me thinking about the perfect NYE dress. I bought one a little bit ago that I love (above) -- well, I actually bought two---  but a girl can never have enough options right? 

There is something about NYE that makes me want to wear sequins. I think that it's just the perfect time for it and it's a fun way to show off the holiday spirit. I've rounded up my favorites below for you to shop! They are all price ranges so hopefully you can find something you love. My favorite places to shop for sequins are NastyGalNordstromRevolve and ASOS.

Row 1: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
 Row 2: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5



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12.11.2014

Holiday Sales

Who loves some holiday sales?! There are TONS of good ones going on right now. Here are some of my favorites:

J. Crew30% off with code GIVETHIS

J. Crew Factory50% off everything

Kate Spade25% off sale with code COZYUP

Kate Spade Saturday25% off with code RSVP

NordstromUp to 40% off

Neiman MarcusUp to 50% off regular-price items

Old Navy25% off with code SAVENOW

GAP30% off with code SHOP

C. Wonder30% off + free shipping

BaubleBar30% off monograms + free shipping

Banana Republic35% off with code BRMOMENT

ASOS20% off select items

AnthropologieExtra 30% off sale items with code EXTRAMERRY


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4 Tips and Secrets for Combating Oily Hair


For as long as I can remember, I've always had problems with oily hair. I would wash it in the morning and have it be noticeably oily by the time I go to bed. When I was younger, I tried to fix it with more washes but realized over the years that it actually makes it worse. Thankfully, I've grown wise over my years and have come up with some helpful tips to combat oily hair! Enjoy:



Sleep on a satin or silk pillow case.
No joke this will help your life in more ways than one. Not only does it help with oily hair, but also with fine lines and wrinkles. A normal cotton pillow case strips oils from your skin and keeps it built up in its fibers. That's why you can find your hair gets extra oily overnight. I use these pillow cases and l-o-v-e them so far!



Utilize dry shampoo.
This is my holy grail. The one thing I cannot live without. My best friend. The only one who underst-- haha you get it, right? I am the queen of dry shampoo (I'll make a post soon about how to dry shampoo your hair like a pro) and for a couple of years I was going through every single company finding "Mr. Right." Now that I'm thinking about it, I should also do a post on the good, the bad and the ugly of dry shampoos out there. ANYWAY… After years of searching I was introduced to Oscar Blandi and I never looked back.

If there is ever one thing you buy from my recommendation, make it be this. I can't tell you how truly amazing it is! For reals, people! It lasts forever, it doesn't leave heavy residue, it makes your hair smell good and it's lightweight! Plus if powder isn't your thing, he made it in a spray. You even have your choice of invisible or powder. You. Are. Welcome. 



Don't wash your hair everyday.
Think about it. If you wash your hair everyday, it strips away the oils (but Krista, that's the point) NO! Your hair then produces MORE oil to replenish itself. Do you see the vicious cycle? What should you do in-between days? Read No. 2 above. 


When you wash your hair, be smart. 
When you do finally wash your hair, be smart about it! Make sure when you're shampooing to only use sulfate free shampoo. That's the stuff that makes your shampoo thick and creamy with lather and sticks to your scalp. Sure you have to pay a bit more in price, but isn't it worth it? For shampoo, I usually go for the clarifying ones (like Moroccanoil) to really give my hair a good, deep clean.

I also learned (while writing this actually) that you should rinse your hair with cold water. Warm water opens up the cuticles in your hair so by rinsing with cold water, it helps to close the hair cuticle and keep any access soap away.

After the shampoo, be smart about conditioning! Make sure to only condition your ends, that's what needs all the help anyway. Oily scalps don't need any extra help conditioning. It will only make things worse.


Do you have any other tips for helping with oily hair? I'd love to hear! 


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12.10.2014

5 Tips for Hosting a Party in a Small Space

*all items mentioned above were c/o

I've teamed up with Lulu and Georgia to give Covering the Bases readers 
20% off everything with the code: BASES20 (woot)! 

(see more of the dress here

I love to entertain people, especially around the holidays but my teeny tiny apartment doesn't quite work for most of my grand ideas. When I can, I love to have friends come over for some good bubbly and great laughs. The size of my apartment makes it more difficult than usual, but I've come up with some fun little ideas for hosting in a small space. Hope you enjoy!

1. Make serving portable.
I loveee to do this. Most of the time people serve their drinks on a bar cart and while I'd love to have one, my space won't allow it. So instead I put my things on a serving tray. It's the perfect accessory for some champagne flutescoasters and decorative (elephant) centerpieces. This way my guests won't crowd the kitchen or one spot in particular to get drinks. The drinks come to them! And it's also extra hostess points for bringing it around.

2. Turn everything into a place to sit.
In my apartment I have more seating space that I should, but it comes in handy when I have people over! I have the couch, the island and desk chairs and the ottomans at the end of the bed. For a studio, the ability to seat 10 is pretty impressive. One of the best things to have around are poufs; little decorative accents that also make great seats for your guest.  

3. Set the mood.
Might sound a little weird, but hear me out. Set the mood like those tiny NYC restaurants. Light some candles (I love these) and make the space feel intimate! A small space can be the perfect setting if you embrace it and don't bite off more than you can chew. Speaking of food…

4. Utilize flat surfaces.
Don't think of the kitchen as the only space to serve! Utilize your desk space, your side tables and your coffee table for snacks, decorations and drinks. Your guests will be happy no matter where they are in the apartment and they won't have to travel back and forth to get the things they want.

5. Have fun!
If you're having fun and enjoying yourself, your guests will do the same. They are there to celebrate friendship, toast to more years together and make unforgettable memories. 


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12.09.2014

How Do You Holiday with Vineyard Vines

*all Vineyard Vines items were c/o* 



 Not even sorry about how many photos there are! HOW CUTE ARE THESE? Andrew and I were originally going to snap these pictures in Central Park but then I remembered the killer tree at the Palace and knew that was the place for us. We were there on Sunday around noon and it was surprisingly not at all crowded, so we were able to take some great shots and be our weird selves. 

If you live in New York or are visiting, be sure to stop by and check this place out. It's like ... a palace! Weird, right? I think it's one of the best kept secrets in the city because not a ton of people realize this tree is amazing. Most people automatically go to the Rockefeller Center tree, which is great too don't get me wrong. One day we'll take a stay-cation and I'll really tell you all about it!

Anyway, today Andrew and I are helping show off the holiday collection with Vineyard Vines. As you already know by now, VV is one of our favorite brands and I can say with complete assurance their holiday line is always my favorite! I love all the plaid and ruffles. It's so much Christmas spirit in one place. This skirt is such a fun twist on the regular tartan skirt. I love the polka-dot sequins that give it a little somethin' somethin'. And this top is literally made for me. A white ruffle button down?! If you put a bow on it I don't think I would ever take it off!

Enough with my ramble, I'm sure you want to hear (talking to you, Dad) a funny remark from Andrew about it all to steal the spotlight. Take it away Andrew:

Is that cashmere? Of course it's cashmere. It's also my first experience with cashmere.

Warm, handsome, stylish -- what's not to like? And then of course there's the sweater. In all seriousness, it's a great sweater and I'm thrilled to have it. It works perfectly with any of my Vineyard Vines button-downs. The sweater is a welcome addition to my wardrobe, and I plan on reprising it often throughout the holiday season.

Speaking of which, is everyone in the spirit? I am now after spending an afternoon in front of this fancy tree. As you can see, the ornaments were quite heavy and I decorated it all by myself.