Say Hello To Get The Look Thursdays!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

When I wake up in the morning I normally ask myself this question, “Do I want to look ordinary or out of the box today?” Most days I answer with OUT OF THE BOX. What I love most about fashion is that daily it provides you with an opportunity to express yourself and as we  all know self expression is extremely important. With those thoughts in mind, I have decided to feature an additional segment on the blog entitled “Get The Look Thursdays!” The purpose of this addition is to share how I style some of my most favorite wardrobe pieces and make them OUT OF THE BOX. Oh yes, and to also share where I purchased them from. In the words of my grandmother…”sharing is caring!” Since you now know the purpose of this new segment, let’s get this party started! After all it is Thursday.

Cool, Calm and Neutral 

I really enjoy wearing lots of loud, bold colors, however there is something so calming about neutrals. My closet is full of tan, beige, taupe, light brown, dark brown, grey and black things! The greatest benefit to having these types of colors in your closet is that they easily transition from one season to the next, but they are especially awesome when Fall time comes!

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New York City Ballet Fall Gala: Where Fashion Meets Dance

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Gala time at New York City Ballet is always an exciting time of the year….especially Fall Gala! This year’s event was absolutely spectacular and the fashion was no exception. Here are a few of my favorite looks from the red carpet:

 Best Dressed Celebs from NYCB Fall Gala

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Doutzen Kroes and Sunnery James


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It is at no surprise that attending a high society arts gala comes with a rather expensive admission ticket. So for all of you who are wondering what the event was like inside of the David H. Koch Theater, here is your sneak peek:

 NYCB Fall Gala 2013 Images






And last, but not least…what did I wear??

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I found this lovely gem at Express! It was absolutely perfect. Gold hardware on the front and leather straps paired with BCBG pumps..yes please!

  • Gala Images: Julie Skarratt Photography
  • Images of Candace’s Wardrobe: John Calabrese Photography

My Top Boutique Spots (and a giveaway)!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Drum roll please….”No Shop September” continues! I have been attempted about 10 times in the last 9 days, but I am proud to say I have not caved! woot woot.  However, I have been doing a good bit of online window shopping in preparation for Fall season, which brings me to today’s topic of conversation…my top boutique spots! While I do enjoy shopping at retail stores, I tend to get most of my statement pieces from boutiques! I love the exclusivity of purchasing a piece from a boutique and knowing that it is highly unlikely for me to see someone wearing the exact same thing or the same way! So here are a few of my most favorite boutiques:

My Top Boutique Spots

1. Ally B’s- This boutique will always have a special place in my heart! It was February 2008 when I made my first boutique purchase ever and it was with Ally B’s. Located in the heart of downtown Thomasville, Ally B’s offers both great atmosphere and clothing. They carry some of my favorite lines such a GLAM, Flying Tomato and Esley.

2. Ruche Boutique- Love, love, love Ruche Boutique! Out of all of the boutiques I shop at, I feel that Ruche best represents my current style! They have everything…dresses, skirts, tops and pants.  It has become my boutique one stop shop : )

3. Darling Boutique– Oh darling, Darling Boutique is darling! I discovered this boutique one Saturday after having brunch at Good Restaurant  in West Village. It is a small 2 story space with lots of great things! They are known for their spectacular dress selection and vintage treasures. If you are looking for something amazingly unique, then Darling is place for you!

4. fab’rik– fab’rik is all about the experience! Considering that I love to shop and to shop often, experience is very important to me. It is always refreshing to go into a boutique that goes to great lengths to make sure you have an incredible shopping experience. In addition their really awesome service, they also have great clothing and multiple locations!

5. Sweet Tea Boutique– Another boutique that has a special place in my heart…Sweet Tea! The very first boutique I ever worked for.  What I love most about the clothing offered at Sweet Tea are the bright, bold colors and prints! I know that if I am looking for something uniquely colorful and different, Sweet Tea is the place to look.

6. Bella’s– Bella’s is that one boutique that I go into and NEVER come out empty handed! I always find something that I like or need. LOL.  I would have to say that a good majority of things that I wear on special trips and vacations come from Bella’s Boutique. What I love most about this store is the variety…there is something for everyone! And speaking of something for everyone, Bella’s  Boutique was amazingly nice and hooked me up with a giveaway for the month of September!  Say hello to this gorgeous Big Buddha hand bag (valued at $75.00)!

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And guess what? You have a chance a win it!! The rules are quite simple…all you have to do is the following:

  1. Find me on Instagram (un: candacemread)
  2. Follow Me
  3. Follow Bella’s Boutique (un: bellasboutiquebainbridge)
  4. Regram the photo of me with the Big Buddha bag and hashtag #livelovereadgiveaway

And that’s it! Feel free to repost  the photo as many times as you desire. The contest closes Sunday September 15th at 11:59PM and the winner will be announced Monday morning on Instagram : )  The giveaway will being today at 1:30PM EST. Happy Regramming and may the odds forever be in your favor!

  • Madewell Chambray
  • Daisy Fuentes Jeans
  • Delicate Raymond Necklace
  • Photography by Katelyn A. Read

Fabulous Labor Day Sales!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

It’s Labor Day and you already know what I’m thinking….shopping, shopping and more shopping! However, I am partaking in “No Shop September,” which means I won’t be shopping….not even a little bit! I’ve already been tempted this weekend while browsing at the local TJ Maxx…BLAH. Although I am not shopping, I wanted to spread the news on a couple of deals you may not be able to resist!

Fabulous Labor Days Sales:



Photo Credit: Katelyn A. Read 

ILY COUTURE is my go to place when I need statement jewelry!  They have everything a fashionista could ever dream off. Today they are offering one heck of deal on the fringe necklace (pictured above)… ONLY $16 (originally priced for $42). Definitely something you need snag today. Use code FRINGE16 at checkout.

Delicate Raymond 


Photo Credit: Emily Loftiss

Oh Delicate Raymond, how I adore thee! Thanks to Emily Loftiss  I am beyond addicted to this lovely line. Simple and timeless pieces that every girl should have…especially the 30 inch vintage monogram necklace (pictured above).  In honor of Labor Day, Delicate Raymond is hosting a 50% off everything sale!  Use sale code 50LABOR.

Alex and Ani 


Photo Credit: Candace Read

Another great line that I love… Alex and Ani.  I love wearing their bangles. Just an effortless way to complete any outfit! Sadly they aren’t offering any major deals like ILY COUTURE or Delicate Raymond, but they are offering free shipping and that is pretty HUGE as we all know shipping prices are killer these days! Use code TREAT.

And those are just a few fabulous Labor Day sales and I know there are tons more!!! Happy Shopping and Happy Labor Day!

Vogue Magazine: The September Issue!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

If you love fashion then you already know what time is upon us…..and that is the Mercedes Benz Fall Fashion Week (Spring 2014 Collections)! The celebration of this glorious time commences with the release of the September issue of Vogue Magazine. 902 pages of fall fashion fabulousity. What more could a girl ask for?




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Take a quick moment check the hashtags #theseptemberissue and #voguestagram on Instagram to see who all is reading the September issue! All the cool kids are.