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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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There’s no mistaking the fact that East Coast Creative is a DIY blog, and not a fashion blog, but…  I’ve had to branch myself into fashion a lot more because of the on-air TV side of my business.  I have plans to dedicate an entire post to my sent-from-heaven-stylist Toi Sweeney, but for now I’ll just say that she taught me that it’s okay to want to be a totally casual girl and have a style that’s just right for me.

I thought it would be fun to share a gift guide for the Casual Fashionista

This is my take on Casual Fashion 

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This is my Casual Winter Fashion Gift Guide with Macy’s!  

I so wish I had seen the green stone necklace before my photo shoot- I’m obsessed with it.  What I really love about the casual fashionista style is that it can be tweaked to fit each person.  Dark and a tad moody in my pic (and so not a professional model) and then lighter and brighter in the look below.  All using similar foundational pieces.

Seriously, listen to me talking about fashion like I have a clue…  My stylist Toi would be a proud mama right now!  She’s taught me everything I know and more!


Inspired by Macy’s winter fashion guide

To wrap up any of these items  beneath your tree, use the links below.  And just a heads up – the sweater is on sale right now for under $40!!  Get ’em while you still can.

1. Fringed Cardigan / 2. Green Necklace / 3. Floppy Hat / 4. Dior Lip Glow / 5. Distressed Jeans / 6. Clinique Mascara / 7. Suede Booties

And since the color is in both pictures above… have you seen the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year?

 Introducing… Marsala


I asked on Instagram how what you guys thought about it and it was solidly divided- some of you love it, a few are unsure, and some of you hate it!  Personally, I’m so happy with the choice and it’s a color I already wear a lot!  I’m going to share my design color combos and tips for Marsala later this week!  I know it might seem 90s at first, but give me a chance to convince you otherwise!  I’m pretty sure I can!

The comments +

  1. Melissa says:

    I love your picks! I really really need to get one of those floppy hats.

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