Sunrise, Sunset

I can hardly believe that another year has passed and I celebrated my 32nd birthday last week. And not only is it hard to fathom that I am 32 years old, but my birthday also marked the 10 year anniversary of my graduation from Vanderbilt. Wowza. Truth be told, I’m not sure which of the two is harder to wrap my head around! But fortunately for me, I had a wonderful celebration to help soften the blow. Due to the perfect timing of our Macy’s Vendor Summit, I was able to spend my big day in my favorite city and be whisked away on a surprise celebration by my sweet hubby. For the first part of the evening, I was instructed to dress warm (more on that later this week), and for the second, I was told to pack a fancy dress. Of course I jumped at the opportunity-it’s not nearly often enough in life that one has the chance to get really dressed up…

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Instagram Filter: Amaro

Dress: BCBGMaxazria (amazing Nordstrom Rack find!), similar, similar | Bow Belt: Macy’s, similar | Earrings: Sappari (local boutique in Whitefish, MT), similar | Clutch: Coach Legacy | Pumps: Aldo Dixil

I am absolutely head over heels for this dress and have to say that I felt like an absolute princess all night.  And there are so many things I love about it that it’s hard to even know where to start.  But one thing I can say for sure is how important  it is that every girl have a dress her in closet that she absolutely adores and that makes her feel like a million bucks every single time she puts it on.  The way I see it, fashion shouldn’t just be about looking good-but more importantly feeling good!

Thank you so very much to all of you for the birthday wishes last week!  Truly, they made my day.

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A Fashion Show and A Contest

I was thrilled to recently receive an email from one of my favorite bloggers (who also happens to be a PR rep for my go-to mall in the SLC) asking me to attend a Spring Fashion Event this Friday night at Fashion Place Mall. And of course I said yes!!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see the show and catch a glimpse of all of the fabulous spring fashion trends that the shops at Fashion Place have to offer. If you are a local reader, please come out at 6pm on Friday night to enjoy the show. The event is not only free to the public, but promises to be an ah-mazing time. I mean really, what better way to kick off the weekend than with a night of fashion?

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(Photos Courtesy of Fashion Place Mall Fashion’s Night Out)

In addition to putting on an incredible show, Fashion Place has also teamed up with Instagram to host a pretty awesome contest.  All you have to do is attend the event on Friday night and follow the directions below to be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to use at any of your favorite FP stores.  One lucky winner will be announced Monday, April 9th!

Fashion Place Instagram Contest

·       Follow Fashion Place on Instagram and Facebook.

·       Snap a photo on Instagram (photos must be taken at the Fashion Place Spring Fashion event featuring you, fashion, art, or a mix of these).

·       Tag both @fashionplacemall and #fashionplacemall so we can find your photos.

·       The more photos you take, the more entries you get (one entry per photo).

·       FP will host a drawing of all entrants and one lucky winner will receive a $250 gift card to shop your favorite stores at Fashion Place!

Good luck and can’t wait to see you all Friday night at 6pm!!

xx

Sun Drenched

I know that the general rule of thumb when blogging is to share clear, clean photos. In fact, I am already stepping out of the strictly-adhered-to-norm by using Instagram and my iPhone to write this blog instead of Photoshop and my SLR. And even though I try my best to share the clearest of photos while still integrating everything fantastic about Instagram, truth be told, sometimes I am more drawn to the creative than the clear. And so, today I share these photos with you. Because really, how often do you get to soak up this much sun in the month of December????

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Mixed Media Jacket: American Eagle (sold out online, but check in store), similar

Pink Sweater: JCrew Factory

Jeans: American Eagle Hi-Rise Super Skinny

Heart Pendant: Tiffany and Co.

Bracelets: Tiffany and Co.

Watch: Michael Kors

Sunnies: Steve Madden via TJMaxx, similar

Cross Body Bag: Betsy Johnson

Boots: Nine West Vintage America

I have to share with you how amazing this mixed media jacket is. If you follow this blog at all, you understand that I am quite fond of surplus and leather jackets. So when I saw this number at American Eagle, a perfect combination of two of my favorite fall fashion trends, I was pretty sure they made it specifically for me. So I obviously had to buy it. 😉 And besides being incredibly comfy and stylish, it is also lightly insulated-which means I will be able to wear it a little longer than my other surplus jackets this winter. Hooray!

xx

P.S. Here’s a little clearer shot of the jacket, just because it is so amazing!!

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FPF: Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray

I had never tried a makeup setting spray until about two years ago when I was checking out at Sephora and the gal helping me convinced me to trade in some of my points for a sample of Urban Decay’s All Nighter. I was skeptical at first and assumed that spraying a liquid mist on my face would make me oily in my t-zone or be drying, creating a tight and uncomfortable feeling. But she assured me I would love it, and boy was she right.

Urban Decay’s All Nighter is like magic in a bottle. After applying your make up, you simply hold the bottle about a foot from your face and spray lightly 3-5 times. It actually feels quite refreshing but dries quickly and without a trace, and locks your makeup perfectly in place ALL DAY LONG! I have combination skin and normally get a little oily around my t-zone so always found myself having to retouch my make up during the day. But now that I have found this spray, that is no longer the case. I can go to work all day, and then out to dinner and drinks and not once have to touch up my make up. This stuff is seriously amazingly, and I might even go as far as to say life changing-well, as far as makeup goes!!! 😉

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Instagram Filter:  Rise

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray:  All Nighter (regular formula), Dew Me (for dry skin), and DeSlick (not pictured, for oily skin)

You can find these sprays at urbandecay.com, your local Sephora or Macy’s or anywhere that carries Urban Decay makeup.

A few weeks ago, I wanted to put my All Nighter to the test, so I picked up a sample bottle of the Make Up Forever Makeup Setting Spray when I was in Sephora.  And I have to say that I was really disappointed.  It felt wet on my skin, didn’t dry quickly, I was oily by lunch time, and I had a really bad break out after using it for a few days.  I am sure it works great on some skin types, but it just wasn’t for me.  So if you are looking to try a make up setting spray (aka a miracle in a bottle), then definitely give Urban Decay’s All Nighter a try!

Happy weekend, dolls!

xx

Wicked

A couple of weekends ago, my sweet hubby surprised me with tickets to go and see the off-Broadway rendition of Wicked.  And being the musical theater geek that I am (let’s just say I went to both choir and musical theater camp in the summers growing up), I was beyond ecstatic. The singing, the dancing, the bright lights, and the incredible talent all coupled with a fantastic storyline is my definition of the perfect night.

Without hesitation, J and I both dressed up for the occasion. I went with a simple ensemble of black and white and he with a blazer, button down, and jeans. But during intermission when I was waiting in line to use the restroom and people watching (of course), much to my surprise, I noticed many people weren’t dressed up at all (seriously people, SWEATS???!!!). So this obviously got me thinking, when it is it appropriate to dress up? I know that as a society we don’t hold tight to many rules when it comes to fashion and dressing up anymore, but there is a little old-fashioned piece of me that still believes there are certain events that one should dress up for and I think these events (at least for me) are the following:

  • The theater
  • The symphony/orchestra/chorale/etc.
  • Church
  • Weddings
  • Showers (baby, wedding, luncheon etc.)
  • Work (depending on your job, put a little effort into it if you are able!)
  • Parties, or big events
  • Charity Events

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Instagram Filter: Earlybird

One Shoulder Dress: BCBGeneration via Macy’s (last fall)

Bracelets: Tiffany and Co.

Cocktail Ring: Saundra Messinger via Sundance Catalog

Clutch: Nine West via TJMaxx (old)

Earrings: ArdenB (old)

Shoes: Michael Kors

I love a chic black and white ensemble-it is one of my all-time favorite looks.  And as we move into fall, black and white is going to be more popular than ever. In fact, when I went shopping over Labor Day weekend, there was hardly any color in my bag when I came home-if that’s any indication!  But one of the great things about black and white is the ease of adding a pop of color. For my theater look, I threw on a bright red lip and red nails which gave me just enough color to balance my simple black and white dress and accessories.

But I am dying to know, what do you all think about dressing up for specific events and special occasions?

xx

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Versatility

One of my favorite things to do when looking in my closet is to pick a piece that I have already worn and challenge myself to completely re-style it giving it a totally different vibe and look-almost making it feel brand new again. So often times when I’m shopping, I try to select pieces that I know will be quite versatile and that I will be able to get a lot of use from. And when I saw this simple navy and white striped maxi at Macy’s back at the beginning of July, I knew it had potential to be worn a plethora of different ways, and no doubt has become one of the pieces in my closet that I have gotten the most use out of this summer. You can see how I styled it for a night of music at Sundance Resort in this post. And below, a totally different look for a morning at the farmer’s market-slightly dressed down with a fedora and my tried-and-true denim vest.

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Instagram Filter:  Lo-Fi

Maxi Dress:  Macy’s (still available in some stores, similar)

Jean Vest:  Macy’s (sold out)

Fedora:  Macy’s (Young Men’s Section and still available in most stores)

Neon Yellow Bag:  Steven by Madden via Macy’s

Watch:  Michael Kors via ShopBop (old)

Silver Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Silver Key Necklace:  Tiffany and Co.

Longer Necklace:  My personal collection of charms

Sunglasses:  Rocawear via TJMaxx

Sandals:  Steve Madden via Macy’s (similar)

So I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  Minus a little rain, a broken air conditioner, and an adventurous bike ride in the rain and hail (which was actually pretty exciting!), J and I had a fantastic holiday weekend.  We grilled out, finished our deck, played lots of games (glad to know I can still beat him at tennis, if nothing else!), hit the farmer’s market, shopped, watched movies, and I even snuck in some reading and a little more shopping on my own.  And I have to say that with the schedule I have been keeping as of late, it was pretty incredible to just slow down and relax for a couple of days.  And the only thing better than a three day weekend?  A two day work week!  I am off to Detroit on Thursday morning to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birhtday.  I can’t wait!!

xx

Strawberry Banana

We’ve already established that I LOVE color.  However, since I started writing this blog, I have noticed (among many other things) that I definitely tend to gravitate towards more vibrant and saturated hues.  I don’t own a lot of pastels and am  never particularly drawn to them-BUT there are certain occasions where I can’t think of anything that would be more appropriate.  And the two occasions that stand out in my mind above all others are wedding and baby showers-something about the softness of pastels just seems to lend itself perfectly to these types of events.

We had a surprise wedding luncheon for one of my co-workers this week and while it was a little casual for a dress, I still wanted an outfit appropriate  for the occasion and thought it would be fitting to break out my favorite new pink jeans and pair them back to a pale yellow top complete with nude heels.  A soft and sweet look perfect for such a casual celebration and a little reminiscent of strawberries and bananas. 😉

Sunglasses:  Calvin Klein via Macy’s Sunglass Hut (recent)

Yellow Ruffle Top:  Forever21 (recent)

Pink Jeans:  The Limited (recent)

Nude Pumps: Steve Madden via Overstock.com

Necklaces:  Tiffany and Co., and my own personal collection of charms

Watch:  Michael Kors via Macy’s

Bracelets:  Tiffany and Co.

Diamond Cocktail Ring:  Macy’s

Truth be told, I don’t wear a lot of accessories during the work week.  I steer clear of a lot of arm candy since it clanks around on my desk and computer, and really limit the amount of jewelry I wear in general because a) it takes a lot of effort for me that early in the morning and b) I feel like less is more when it comes to a professional environment.  Plus, I like the idea of feeling like my weekend and date night outfits are extra special compared to what I am wearing to work day in and day out.

xx

P.S.  I used my favorite new Instagram filter for this post-1977.  I just love how these pictures remind me of photos of my mom when she was young in the summertime.