halloween soles

Have a stylish + spooky Halloween!

{JCrew flats (SOO comfortable + on sale!); Madewell flats (old but love these)}


jeweliq giveaway (closed)

Happy Monday! It's time for another giveaway!

I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway for Jeweliq! You've seen me wear Jeweliq nonstop and I know you'll be addicted too. Not only are all of their baubles gorgeous, all of their pieces are totally guilt free -- priced at $25 and under, including shipping! Um...YAY!! (I already have a wish list! See picture 3). Here's how 1 lucky reader can win a piece of jewelry of their choice:
(post in ONE comment)

2. FOLLOW Dressed Up Alligators on 

3. Leave an email address so I can contact you if you win!

(post each entry in a separate comment)

3. TWEET about the giveaway including both 
@Jeweliq + @DressAlligators in your tweet!



{This giveaway is open to US + Canada residents only}

By the way....

Did you find something you LOVE and NEED something Jeweliq now? (For under $25 I wouldn't be surprised!!) You can get a FREE Love Bracelet with any Jeweliq purchase! 
(2 for the price of 1? Sold.)


3 easy halloween costumes you already have in your closet

When it comes to Halloween, I procrastinate till the very last minute. Every. Single. Year. I'm that girl who runs out to the store (after everything has been picked through) an hour before a party, frantically searching for something (anything) to throw together. This year I was excited to find that putting together three different costumes with clothes I already owned was a cinch. Here's how I did it:

What you have: 
Anything polka dot -- dress/skirt/even pants (tip: layer different sizes to achieve a cartoony look)
+ a collared shirt 
+ shiny shoes/polka dot shoes/red shoes/gold shoes

What you need:
Cartoon eyelashes (F21 has a set of 3 for $4.80)

= Minnie Mouse

What you have:
White button down
+ white pants
+ black boots

What you need:
A black hat (unless you already own one)
+ eyelashes (put one set over one eye -- top and bottom lash)

= A Clockwork Orange

What you have:
Motorcycle jacket
+ any tee with skulls/american flags/eagles
+ leather pants
+ aviators

What you need:
A helmet (optional, not pictured)
+ temporary tattoos (or real -- optional, not pictured)

= Biker Chick (think Sons of Anarchy, but more girly)

::Click here and here for more costume ideas from past years::

1 {F21 blouse, dress + eyelashes; Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes (old); Minnie ears via the Disney store}
2 {Calvin Klein top via Marshalls; Gap pants; Coach boots (old); random hat; F21 eyelashes}
3 {Asos jacket (seen here + here); H&M top (old); Member's Only leggings (old); Coach boots (old); Ray Bans}


haute hippie

Dressing down this sequin find with a slouchy sweater and a pumpkin spice scarf. 
Happy Wednesday!

{sweater via TJ Maxx; Vince Camuto skirt via TJ Maxx (similarsimilar in silver + on sale!); BCBG shoes; H&M scarf (old); Longchamp tote}


hosting madewell

A few highlights from my (very first) event hosted at Madewell!

1. Hanging out with my favorite fall arrivals
2. Lace, polka dots, cities and purple
3. Boys do it better (in lilac shades)
4. Fun prints and classic Keds
5. Mingling + making new friends
6. Awesome manicure station
7. Photo op
8. Favorites close up
9. Boston blogger besties -- Natalie, Khatu + Allie

Thanks to everyone who came out to support me! I had a blast! 
Make sure to check out my Madewell styling post if you missed it

{Madewell dress (worn as a top); Gap skirt; BCBG heels; Juicy Couture watch via TJ Maxx (similar)}


playing stylist

Yesterday was my Madewell Event in Boston and I had so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with me!! But more on that later... 

I was so excited to have the chance to take over the Newbury store and play stylist + dress up with my favorite new arrivals for fall. (A big thank you! to my model -- isn't she fabulous?!) That store is going to drain my bank account, and quick. There are so many unique, must have pieces that will not only transition seasons like a dream, but will also stand the test of time. Plus they are fun, quirky, and oh so Madewell. Can't say no to that right? I know I can't...sigh. 
I put together a list of pieces I was playing with in the store for you guys to take a peek!


Dotted Silk Boyshirt (the perfect fit)

Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans (I wear these alllll the time)
Skinny Color Jeans (love this in rhubarb)


Stadium Jacket (obsessed)
Belted Leather Bomber (closet staple I would wear for years)

Lilly Lace Dress (love this LBD)
Softshade Sweatshirt Dress (the layering potential is endless)
Leather Shiftdress (a girl can dream and I choose this)

The Sidewalk Skimmer (all time fave)
The Frankie Pump (every color)
The Zipcode Boot (perfect for winters in the city...or anywhere)

The Camden Satchel (major swoon)
The Lovelock Tote (emerald green please)


::I'll be posting pictures from the event tomorrow -- so stay tuned!!::



llama love

Just hanging out on this stoop with my new BFF iPhone case (I gave you a little sneak peek on instagram earlier). Llamas are my absolute favorite animals. Of all time. And I am convinced that Madewell made this for me. Thanks guys! I found the perfect camo shirt/jacket from the men's section, for way less than Zara/Topshop and everywhere else I've seen them (only $25) -- a respectable price to spend on a fleeting fall trend.  

{Asos jacket (old but similar); Old Navy men's shirt (lower price in store); Olive & Oak top; Madewell jeans + iphone case (they also have a llama scarf ah!); Steve Madden shoes (old); Karen Walker sunnies}