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    Keeping It Cozy in Madison

    It’s a cold wintry day here in Madison! We’re in the midst of a big winter storm warning and are expected to get up to 8 inches of snow tonight. I’m cozied up on the couch watching the Hulu Fyre Festival documentary (have you seen it?!) and finally spending a night in after being out and about a lot the last week. In case you need some cozy inspo (or just want to remember what things looked like without a foot of snow on the ground) I’m sharing an easy outfit featuring a few of my go-to pieces and a few extra fun bits. Are you even a blogger if…

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    Sequins in January? Groundbreaking.

    Just because New Years is in the past doesn’t mean festive dressing is over! I’m of the mind that sequins are appropriate all year round – in fact, I wore this jacket to a conference in August. The brighter the better, right? I’m obsessed with this jacket – it was my mom’s from back in the day and I rediscovered it while cleaning out a closet a while back. It’s totally not something I would buy myself, but it’s been so fun to style it now that it’s in my closet. It looks so fun with jeans and simple top (like I wore back in August) or dressed up with a jumpsuit…

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    A Festive Vintage Dress for Christmas

    It’s almost Christmas! Can you believe it?! I mentioned on Instagram that I haven’t really been in the holiday spirit lately, but I’m really hoping this weekend will turn it around. I’m heading home to Chicago today and we’re doing all the Christmassy things! We’re decorating my mom’s amazing aluminum Christmas tree, seeing the Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet, watching holiday movies, and obviously I’m forcing my family to play my Christmas Prince drinking game. I think getting all dressed up helps me feel festive, too, which is why I’m so excited to share these photos with you! I love this dress so much. It fits so well, it’s festive,…

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    The Official Toast 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

    Welcome to a very festive post here on Toast! It’s that time of year again: the annual Christmas gift guide! This year, I’m splitting up gifts according to a few categories that I find helpful when I’m shopping: big gifts for family and partners, fun gifts for friends, work-related gifts for mentors and coworkers, and secret santa gifts for people I don’t know very well. It’s such a pet peeve of mine when gift guides are split up into “his” and “hers” because they’re so uselessly gendered. (Anyone with me?!) My mom joked today that she always ends up liking the gadgets and tech stuff on the “his” guides way…

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    A Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit I Can Actually Eat In

    I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week! This year has been pretty crazy, but now that things have settled down a little bit I’m excited to relax and spend some time with my family and friends over the holidays. Thanksgiving, especially, is my favorite holiday for three reasons: No gift giving. I love Christmas, but there is always so much added pressure (emotionally and financially) of buying and receiving gifts. I much prefer all the family time and delicious food without the strain of gifts involved. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I grew up watching the parade and I love that we still do it every year albeit with champagne…

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    My Thoughts on Blair Eadie’s Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Collection

    Another week, another blogger launching a collection. Am I right? All snarkiness aside, I love Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. She was one of the first fashion bloggers I ever followed and one of the only people I’ve ever actually referenced for “outfit inspo”. To me, she defined “street style” before I even knew that was even a thing and her surprising, ever-sunglassed style has always stood out in a sea of trendy bloggers. Over the years, she’s stayed focused solely on fashion, surprising in the time of fashion-turned-lifestyle bloggers. I’ve been following her for years and know very little about her life and her personality beyond her clothes. Her personal…

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    My Favorite White Summer Dress

    Every summer I have one dress that I wear non-stop and this year it’s this beauty from Urban Outfitters. It’s the perfect summer party dress: cute, casual, and a little sexy. And with the balance of the deep V-neck and the midi length it totally works for both day or night. It’s just so easy to throw it on and feel put together. I’ve worn this out with my friends to the bars, hanging out at a street fest, out to a concert – you name the summery event and I’ve worn this dress to it! On a potentially TMI note, I’m also excited about this dress because it’s the…

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    What Do I Buy with My Free People Gift Card? + A Major Anthro Sale

    You know what’s even more satisfying than doing a big Marie Kondo clean out? Finding a $128 Free People gift card in the process, especially after you’ve just given away 75% of my clothing. I’ve been scoping out some pieces online and thought I’d share what I’m thinking about getting. You’ll notice quite a few pairs of shoes on my list and that’s because I love Free People for statement shoes that are still good quality. I got a pair of Jeffrey Campbell boots from FP a few years ago that I honestly wore to death – I’ve never gotten more compliments or had a more comfortable pair of going…

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    Toast’s Last Minute (& Under $50) Gift Guide

      I am a pretty notorious last minute shopper. I’ve never been on the ball when it comes to gift giving, so it’s always a bit of scramble come crunch time. But since I do this literally every year, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for easy, affordable last-minute gifts that are still really genuine. I tried to include a little something for everybody and I snuck a few discount codes in there too, so read on: For a housewarming: For friends who’ve recently moved into a new place or as a super nice hostess gift, a 4-set of stemless wine glasses ($8.99) and a nice bottle of…

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    My Favorite Christmas Traditions + A Festive Jumpsuit

      I started celebrating Christmas a little earlier than usual this year (because Lord knows we need any excuse for some joy these days) and I’m starting to get so excited, guys! I broke out the decorations, put up my little Christmas tree, tuned into the local Christmas station – I’m totally admiring my handiwork as we speak! I’ve even done a good amount of my gift shopping, which has to be some kind of record because I famously wait until the last minute every year. All this holiday spirit made me want to share some thoughts on the holidays including the best Christmas tree ever and where not to…