Lunch Date

I love lunch dates. Whether it be with friends, my hubby, or my sweet co-workers, there is always something fun about “grabbing” lunch. Particularly during the summer months when it’s the perfect time to nab a seat on a patio somewhere. And as the temperature heats up with the progression of summer, sun dresses and maxi’s will definitely be my go-to for these types of outings. But for now, I am loving light colored, distressed denim back to a fun top, and over-sized bag. Oh, and as always, a cute (and comfy) pair shoes…

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Shirt: Express | Jeans: American Eagle | Necklaces:  Tiffany, My Personal Collection of Charms, Kenneth Cole (old) | Bracelets: Stella & Dot, Tiffany | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Guess | Bag: Kate Spade, similar |  Cognac Pumps: Aldo (old)

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by!!

xx

Making Me Blush

I love the color blush. It really is the perfect neutral. And while I usually find myself preferring to rough it up a bit by pairing it back to more military inspired ensembles, sometimes I just can’t help but want to feel ultra girly and style my blush back to something sweet-maybe like a little lace peplum…

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Blush Jacket: Guess | Peplum Top: Forever21, similar, similar | Boyfriend Jeans: Rich & Skinny | Necklaces: JCrew (pearls, rhinestone) | Bracelet: Oia Jules | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Jessica Simpson | Bag: Michael Kors Hamilton | Shoes: Aldo

If you haven’t already entered the Stella and Dot giveaway, there is still time! Just click on this link for your chance to win my favorite piece from their collection, the Renegade bracelet!

Hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

xx

Mint To Be

Like everyone else this season, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I am obsessed with the color mint. It is such a beautiful, refreshing hue and goes with such a multitude of things. But right now I am especially loving it back to neutrals…

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 Jacket:  Guess (old), similar, similar | Mint Gingham Top:  JCrew (old), similar | Skinnies:  7 For All Mankind | Monogram Necklace: Kraftshop via Etsy |  Earrings:  Givenchy | Sunnies:  Jessica Simpson via TJMaxx | Silver Watch:  Michael Kors |  Nude Wedges:  Aldo (on sale!!)

I think a neutral leather (or faux if your prefer) jacket is a must have item in any closet.  Especially this time of year when we start to gravitate towards brighter colors and pastels.  It’s a great basic and the perfect alternative for your go-to black jacket!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Highlight Express

The first time I wore this shirt, my husband told me I looked like a highlighter. But that has not deterred me. In fact, it was the vibrant, neon hue that drew me to this shirt in the first place. I am absolutely loving mixing neons and bright colors back to winter neutrals this year. It’s the perfect way to brighten up those post holiday blues…

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Black Faux Fur Bomber:  BarIII (last year) similar, similarsimilar | Grey Blazer:  H&M (old) similar | Neon Buttondown:  Express | Black Skinnies:  Seven for All Mankind The Skinny | Sunnies:  Vogue Eyewear | Necklaces:  Tiffany and Co., JCrew | Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co. | Watch:  Michael Kors | Studded Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Devote (old), similar, similar | Pumps:  Guess (old), similar, similar

On a totally random note, I have to say how happy I am that the Bachelor is back.  I love Sean, but more importantly love to tune in each week for the ridiculous entertainment this show provides, and of course, for the fashion.  SO many great dresses last night.  But if I had to pick my favorite, it would be the stunning red dress that Ashlee the Professional Organizer wore.  The back was ah-mazing!  And judging by last night, it should be a fun season to watch.

xx

Panthera Uncia

When I was in the 5th grade, we had to select, study, and write a report on an endangered animal. And given my love for all things animal print, it should come as no surprise that I picked the Snow Leopard. Even at an early age, I suppose I was able to appreciate the beauty of this cat and the gorgeous pattern of its coat. So when I was in JCrew a couple of weeks ago and saw these incredible Snow Leopard print pants, not only did they remind me of my 5th grade project a lifetime ago, but they inspired me to have them. Printed pants are all the rage this season, and I figured what better way to rock them than by paying homage to one of my favorite animals!

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Knit Blazer:  Express (old) similar, similar

White Tee:  Forever21 similar

Snow Leopard Print Pants:  JCrew (on sale!!)

Sunglasses:  Guess via TJMaxx

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Chain Necklace:  JCrew (recent)

Pink Shoes:  Nine West via Macy’s (lots of fun colors to choose from!)

Printed pants.  I suppose you either love them or you hate them.  I, for one, love them but recognize that they are not the easiest trend to pull off.  So I will share a little tip I have found to work in my favor when trying them out:  the smaller the print, the more flattering.  So if this is a trend you are feeling brave enough to try, start with smaller leopard prints, polka dots, or even smaller floral or ditsy prints.  These will be much more flattering to the figure than larger, wider prints that can create an illusion making you look bigger as well.  And one more tip, which is a general rule of thumb in fashion, darker colors are always more flattering. 

Here are some great options if you are on the prowl (pun intended!) for some cute printed pants this fall season:

Else (by Joe’s Jeans) Polka Dot Pants (I own the black version of these and will do a post about how to style them in the near future!)

Else (by Joe’s Jeans) Leopard Print Jeans (ON SALE!!!)

American Eagle Polka Dot Jegging (super cute, but run small so buy one size up!)

American Eagle Tie-Dyed Skinny Jean

The Limited Floral Skinny Jean

JCrew Cafe Capri Jacquard Dot Pant

JCrew Cafe Capri in Safari Cat (ON SALE!!)

JCrew Cafe Capri and Art Polka Dot (ON SALE!!)

Happy hunting!

xx

Fashion Obsession

Every once in a while I stumble upon a fashion find that I love so much, I may or may not become slightly obsessed. The last time it happened was when Rebecca Minkoff first came on the scene in a big way with her studded Devote tote. The Hills was at its peak and when LC started carrying the black version with the gold rivets, I knew I had to have one. So, I saved up all my money and treated myself to one for my birthday. And boy did that bag get a lot of use. In fact, it still makes me happy every time I open up its dust bag and take a little peek. I guess that’s what we call nostalgia.

And maybe it’s purely coincidence, or maybe I just happen to have a thing for black pieces with gold embellishments, but I am pretty sure my new Vince Camuto gold spiked heels are going to be my next fashion obsession. It was love at first sight when I spotted these pumps at a Macy’s in Detroit a couple of weeks ago. I was shopping with my mom and my aunties and thought they would think I was crazy for trying them on-they are after all, completely covered in little gold spikes from heel to toe. But the vote was unanimous and we all fell in love with them on the spot. And looking at these photos, it’s not hard to see why-they are definitely a pretty darn special pair of shoes.

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Blazer:  H&M (last fall)

Black Tee:  Victoria’s Secret Pink Essential V-Neck (best tee’s EVER!)

Snakeskin Shorts:  Rachel Roy (sold out)

Ring:  House of Harlow

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors

Clutch:  Michael Kors via TJMaxx

Sunglasses:  Guess via TJMaxx

Shoes:  Vince Camuto

I know that we’ve already established the importance of adding a colored blazer to your wardrobe this fall, but it should also be noted that a spiked or embellished pair of shoes should also be a must on the wishlist.  And now that I am finished mourning the passing of summer, I can officially get excited about my fall shopping and start checking things off my wishlist-like a pair of spiked pumps for one.  Hooray!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

xx

Come Sail Away

Perhaps it is the result of living for so many years in the South, but I have an on-going love affair with embroidered shorts. Whether it’s critters, or sea animals, or boats, or anchors, or dragonflys, I just love the color contrast and cute preppy factor. For men, or women (and even kids!), they are always a winner in my book. In fact, I just bought my hubby a pair of pale blue JCrew chino shorts with bright blue whales and also snagged the below peach shorts with little orange sailboats for me. I mean really, can you get much cuter???

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Orange Featherweight Sweater:  JCrew Factory (recent)

Peach Sailboat Embroidered Shorts:  JCrew (recent)

Yellow Bubble Necklace:  JCrew via eBay (BE CAREFUL when buying a bubble necklace this route-there are LOTS of fakes out there!)

Gold Chain Bracelet:  Oia Jules via Etsy

Gold Watch:  Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Neutral Wedges:  Guess via DSW (recent)

Another great thing about embroidered shorts (in addition to all of their cute and preppy lovely-ness) is that they are a great piece to dress up or down-or even land somewhere in the middle like I did with the above outfit.  They look great back to a t-shirt (or tank) and flats, or back to a mid-height wedge with fun accessories (as above) , and would even look fabulous with some higher heels, and a cute button-down for a night-on-the-town type of a look!  So if you are like me and love these adorable shorts, then I suggest hitting up your local JCrew-they hands down do this trend better than anyone else. 

Happy Monday!!!

xx

This or that?

Sometimes I come up with different variations of outfits, and while most of the time I typically gravitate towards one more than the other, sometimes I find myself perched a top a fence and can’t decide which one is the winner.  Hence was the case a few days ago when I was getting ready for work. Because I work for Macy’s, I have to wear all black when I visit my stores, which is typically two days a week. So when I am in my office (we do have a business casual dress code), I try to wear color as much as I possibly can.

That said, let me preface by saying that if you take one thing away from this blog today, let it be the fact that turquoise and coral are ALWAYS a winning combination.  Always.  The question I had however, is because the two colors are so saturated and warm (and perfect together), would it be possible to add another hue to this combo?  And while I might still be on the fence as to the definite answer to this question, I am kind of thinking that the answer just might be yes.  So after trying out a very safe coral, turquoise, and black combo, I decided to get a little wild and try my turquoise and coral back to…RED!!

Silk Blouse:  Forever21

Turquoise Cardi:  H

Black Jeans:  Gap Always Skinny

Red Jeans:  American Eagle

Shoes:  Steve Madden c/o o.co outlet

Watch:  Michael Kors c/o Nordstrom Rack

Bracelets:  Macy’s, World Market

Ring:  Deco Fox (etsy)

Turquoise Necklace:  BasiltheCat (etsy)

Cateye Sunglasses:  Guess c/o TJMaxx (recent)

In the end, I went for safe and wore the version with the black pants to work.  BUT, if I were going to try this look again for the weekend, or a night out, I would definitely choose the red.  The more I look at the colors together, the more I like them, and the more I like them, the more I love that I can put so many colors together and be on trend!!!  It ‘s also a great bonus to be able to come up with multiple outfits using essentially the same pieces.  Maybe it really is true that less is more-well at least in an instance like this.  😉

xx