The Welcome

Another year gone by – crazy, huh? 2016 was definitely one for the books and has made me so excited to jump head first into 2017! I have a ton of goals for Pink Champagne Problems and it all starts with this post today!

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THE LOOK | sweater c/o, pants, leopard beanie, chanel flats (similar), sunglasses, bag c/o

You should know I’m a BIG sweater girl. This sweater from Chicwish is probably one of the most different sweaters I own – and I love that! We all have those days where we have absolutely nothing in our closets and don’t feel like putting anything together. To be honest, I feel like I have those days entirely too often. And on those days, I reach for my most oversized sweaters. As of late, it’s been this sweater. I love the detailed back – I wear it with a tank underneath if I’m wearing it to work, FYI – THAT would be pretty inappropriate now wouldn’t it;)

Chicwish has been one of the first places I head to when I want to find affordable fashion! You all remember this post from my girls’ trip to the Hamptons, right? I still wear this dress a ton – just adding tights and a cardigan to accommodate for the change in weather.

Over the next week or so, I’m going to be sharing a few other Chicwish favorites, so stayed tuned!


I wanted to kick off 2017 not only with an outfit post, but also with a few fun facts about myself! I’ve been getting such amazing feedback from people thanks to this survey, and one of the call outs was that I needed to be more personal on the blog. You’re all very aware the love I have for sweaters and champagne, but there’s a lot more to me! So now, that’s a huge goal for me on the blog! I’m thinking about incorporating a “coffee chat” series once a week: To answer questions, talk about things I’m loving, sales happening, etc. What do you think about that? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I went to school in Arlington, VA and studied Communications/Fashion Merchandising.
  2. Thanks to my older sister, I always knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry – she is in the Sales field, but after interning in a sales position, I knew I wanted to be a Merchandiser (see more on that below)
  3. I could literally live off of Chipotle and sushi. (PS: I’m not the world’s best eater.) I also drink iced coffee all year round…even when it’s snowing.
  4. I’m a HUGE Pittsburgh fan. It’s seriously my second favorite city in the entire world (New York wins, duh). It seems like I’m the only New Yorker who loves the Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates – and trust me, a lot of people don’t let me hear the end of it;)
  5. I met my boyfriend one summer through a mutual friend and we’ve been inseparable ever since. He’s a pretty cool dude.
  6. I’ve had the same best friends (there’s 8 of us) since freshman year of high school. We were all on the cross country/track and field team and did everything together. LITERALLY EVERYTHING.
  7. Speaking of running, I was actually a big athlete back in the day. I started out playing basketball for most of my childhood, then realized I was 5’1 and stuck with running in high school and a bit of college – I ended up being an All-American too! Since then, I’ve run a few half marathons in different cities, but never a full (yet).
  8. I’m probably the world’s worst cook. Actually, I shouldn’t even be labeled “cook”, because I don’t cook. Fires and knives scare me, true life.
  9. I used to be a HUGE bookworm, like I would take 5-10 books out from the library at a time. Now, I feel like with my full time job on top of the blog and social media, it seems like I have NO time to read. Anyone have any tips on how to simply make time to read? Or any good book recs?
  10. I love love love my job. LIKE LOVE IT. It’s a bit hard to explain what I do because my team has a lot of different functions. But basically, my two bosses and I oversee everything from design development all the way through production…and everything in between. All different teams (Sales, Design, Planning, Marketing, etc.) come to my team to make decisions: Does this print fit into the collection? What should the wholesale/retail of a style be? Does this certain marketing mesh well with other marketing we call out? It’s pretty cool that my team gets to be part of such big decisions and I love how involved we are with every part of the process! Currently, I work with three different categories: Woven shirts, sweaters and knits. I’m definitely going to incorporate more work/blog/life balance in 2017 – so if you have any specific questions, shoot me an email!

And there you have it – just a bit more about myself! I decided I’m going to keep my reader survey up through the end of January, so if you have any free time (it’ll only take like 3 minutes, promise!!!), I’d LOVE for you to give your honest feedback!

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  1. 1.2.17
    splash of preppy said:

    Love the post! Such a great idea.
    xo elle //

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thanks so much, Elle! Your support means everything to me!

  2. 1.2.17
    Harmony at Momma To Go said:

    Love the dash of personal on the blog I feel like I need to do that too! I’ve been trying to incorporate reading more into my life too. I am in a book club so I usually cram for that when our meetings are coming up. I think a lot of it coming down to just committing to turn off the phone and pick up the book. One that I really couldn’t put down recently was orphan train that one I read fast!

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thanks, Harmony! That’s one of the main focuses of the year for me and I think it really resonates well with readers!

      I think a book club COULD be good for me. But I’m nervous if I’m not interested in the book then I’ll just give up. Definitely need to learn how to put my phone away at night – so hard (which is sad). I’m going to look in to Orphan Train now! Thanks for the rec!

  3. 1.2.17
    Brittany Garcia said:

    This sweater looks so cozy and comfy! Your job sounds super fun and never boring… Loved learning more about you! Have a great week 🙂

    Brittany 🙂

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Thank you! It really is!
      And yeah, my job is really cool, I got lucky! I’m so glad you enjoyed today’s post.
      Happy Tuesday, girl!

  4. 1.2.17
    Jenn Lake said:

    Love reading more about your background lady (especially the part about Chipotle – the best)!

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, YAY! And oh man, Chipotle is really my favorite!;)

  5. 1.2.17

    Love hearing more about you girl! (Except for the Steelers part, I’m a diehard Ravens fan 😉

    Happy new year!

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, yay! I’m so glad you liked this post!
      And BOOOOO Ravens;) But hey, I respect all girls who are diehard sports fans….we’re pretty cool;)

  6. 1.2.17

    I love this post! I would definitely love to see more personal posts and work/life balance posts this year (those work/life ones are definitely going to be crucial come May). Plus, that sweater is everything ????

    Cheers to 2017! ????

    xx Caroline

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      YES! So glad you said that, I want to work on a life/work balance post soon! And yeah, this sweater is the biggest, coziest one I own!

  7. 1.2.17

    I’m happy to see more personal things about you!!! So excited to see where you take your blog this year 🙂

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      YAY! So happy you enjoyed today’s post, Natalie! Xx

  8. 1.2.17
    kelsey said:

    This sweater is amazing! I love how you added in the facts about yourself that is so fun I also am the worlds worst cook but it’s something I wish I was good at!
    Kelsey |

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, I’m so happy you enjoyed today’s post! I told my boyfriend we NEED to start cooking in 2017!

  9. 1.2.17

    Yes, definitely incorporate “Coffee Chat” into your blog – I would LOVE that! Like… I already have some questions I wanna ask (style and job wise – ha)! Love this outfit – you ALWAYS look great! I’m not an animal print gal, but your recent posts have made me re-evaluate animal print because you make it look so stylin’ but approachable! 😉

    Happy 2017, Dana!!!

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, Lisa – you are THE best. Shoot me a DM on Instagram or an email ( with any questions and I’ll 100% include them in the post!

      And you should try leopard – I really think it goes with EVERYTHING!;)

  10. 1.2.17

    This was such a fun post to read!! Love the idea for that series 🙂

    • 1.2.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, Monica! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed.

  11. 1.4.17

    I loved this post! Arlington, what up! Also, team don’t cook. Happy New Year, Dana! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you! xoxo

    • 1.4.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Aww, thanks girl! Sometimes I miss Arlington (“sometimes” being the key word, lol). And I’m going to TRY and get a little better with cooking. But it probably won’t happen;) Thank you for all of your support, friend! Xx

  12. 1.4.17

    OMGoshhh I love the back of this sweater and your beanie! Can’t wait to see whats to come for you in 2017 🙂
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    • 1.4.17
      Dana Mannarino said:

      Clearly, I’m into the beanies lately 😉 And thanks, girl! Your support has been much appreciated! Xx

  13. 1.18.17
    Dana said:

    I’m slowly finally catching up on everyone’s post and I actually wrote a post once that should help you with #9: