Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fringe Skirt + Scrunch Wedge Boots + Shopbop Sale Alert

Quick reminder that my CaseApp Giveaway is closing soon!  Visit the original post to learn how to enter for your chance to win.

Fall fabrics like suede and wool have such great textures, making this season my favorite to style outfits.  I recently received both this suede fringe skirt and these scrunch wedge boots from Shopbop--two fantastic fall trends easily worn together (see how I previously styled this skirt here).  These two pieces were perfect for a recent photo shoot in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood with Bello Photography. The skirt is fun to walk in, with its long fringe allowing for some flashes of leg while still maintaining good overall coverage, and the boots are comfortable with their 3" wedge heel.  For today's outfit, I started with these two pieces and added a cozy turtleneck sweater, wool fedora, and bucket bag for this crisp, dry morning.  I'm also excited to announce a new Shopbop sale just in time for Black Friday and holiday shopping - please scroll down for the details!

Boots: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop | shop here
Skirt: J.O.A. c/o Shopbop | shop here
Sweater: old, similar here (currently under $50)
Hat: old, check out this fedora available in black or wine (currently on sale under $40!)
Bucket Bag: no longer available, save on this one (under $60!) or splurge on this Mansur Gavriel red lined version
Watch: exact here (on sale)
Rings: pave crystal exact here and similar gold band here
Nails: exact here
Lips: exact here

Shopbop just started a great sale buy-more-save-more sale this morning, at perfect timing to do some of your Black Friday and holiday shopping:

The sale began at 4am PST today, November 24th, and will end at 11:59pm PST on November 30th.  You can check out Shopbop's Gift Guide for ideas, or see below for my picks of items that don't often go on sale, but now is a perfect time to purchase at a discount:

Diane Von Furstenberg Dress | 3.1 Phillip Lim Satchel | Stuart Weitzman Boots

What items are on your Black Friday shopping list?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with I do deClaire, Michelle's Pa(i)ge, More Pieces of Me, Northwest Blonde, Pink Sole, Sincerely Jenna Marie, Style Elixir, The Fashion Canvas, Walking in Memphis in High Heels

This is a sponsored post, meaning Avec Amber may receive compensation if you click or make a purchase through one of my links.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Photography by the talented Edward Bello.  You can find him on Instagram @3dbello and bellophotography.tumblr.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Spectre Style: Madeleine Swann

Have you seen the new James Bond movie, Spectre?  We went to see it two weekends ago because the weather was dismal here in Seattle: downpouring rain + gusting winds = perfect movie weather in my book.  James Bond movies are always a great source of fashion inspiration, and you may have seen my previous posts on Skyfall style (Eve Moneypenny & James Bond).  Those Skyfall posts still get weekly hits, and it's no surprise because James Bond and the Bond girls are ultimate stylish globetrotters.  Today, in my first installment, I want to focus on the Bond girl Madeleine Swann, played by Léa Seydoux.  I am highlighting three looks worn by Madeleine Swann in Spectre--my three favorites for this character.  Possible spoiler alert if you have not yet seen the movie, but most of these images are promotional ones from 007.com and I tried to not reveal anything bit from the plot.

Outfit #1: white on white travel outfit.  Madeleine steps off the train in a white silky blouse and white wide leg pants, accessorized with a Chloe crossbody bag and sunglasses.  I instantly recognized the bag, as I'm sure many of you did, and although I was not able to find the rest of the exact pieces I am  sure they are just as expensive.  Scroll down to see how I recreated the look for less with items that are all currently available online and priced under $100 (be sure to click right to see all pieces in the widget)!

Image from http://www.007.com/
 Outfit #2: light green evening gown on the train to nowhere.  This dress is in many of the promotional shots for Spectre, and rightly so.  It looks amazing on Madeleine!  I question why a gal would bring a long satin evening gown like this on a train from Morocco to the middle of nowhere, but it's a Bond movie and this Bond girl makes quite the entrance in the dining car.  The exact dress is the Ghost Salma Dress in dusty green, priced at £225 GBP/approximately $342 USD depending on the current exchange rate.  Scroll down to see more gorgeous evening dresses available in shades of light green and priced lower than the original.

 Images from http://www.007.com/
Outfit #3: Blue Lace Dress--Oberhauser's choice.  James and Madeleine are told to meet their host Franz Oberhauser for dinner, and she finds this Venus Lover dress on the bed in her room along with a pair of Jimmy Choo sandals.  This villain has expensive taste, as this dress retails for $1,095 and the heels retail for $795.  This dress seems to be sold out everywhere, but I've picked out several similar options that are currently available and all priced at $190 or less!

Which outfit is your favorite?  I hope you enjoyed this run-through of my favorite Madeleine Swann outfits from Spectre, and please stay tuned for a similar post for James Bond's outfits.  Also, be sure to check out both of the current giveaways: the $40 CaseApp giveaway to design your own custom iPhone case (or other models available), and the $200 Target giveaway, with perfect timing for Holiday shopping.  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Patterned Scuba Skirt + Bodysuit

Today is better than a usual Monday because it's my birthday!  November is always a crazy busy time of year for me because I work in the retail industry and holiday promotions are now in full swing.  I never have much time to devote to birthday planning, but one thing I can plan is a fabulous outfit to wear on my birthday.  This Patterned Scuba Skirt checks off all of the right boxes for a perfect fall piece: a flattering a-line shape, midi length, thick scuba fabric, and rich colors.  In addition, this skirt is now on sale for less than $30 and all sizes are currently available online!  Run, don't walk, because you don't want to miss this gorgeous piece in your size.  In today's outfit, I paired this Patterned Scuba Skirt with a black bodysuit c/o Shopbop, classic patent Prada pumps, a camel clutch, and gold jewelry.  Sidenote: I saw Ivonne Acero wearing this skirt on the Voice for the knockout rounds--she looked fabulous, and I was so bummed when she didn't make the top twelve!  Also, there are two giveaways running right now that you should be aware of: the CaseApp giveaway and the Target Instagram giveaway. Be sure to check out both when you have a chance.

 Skirt: exact here, now sold out but a top with the same print is still available here!
Bodysuit c/o Shopbop: shop here
Pumps: Prada (old), current version here
Clutch: Calvin Klein (old), similar here
Necklace: exact here
Watch: exact here (on sale)
Rings: pave crystal exact here and similar gold band here
Nails: exact here
Lips: exact here

 Check out my picks for more fall-perfect floral items, all currently available online and priced under $100:
How would you style florals this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, don't forget to check out the CaseApp giveaway and the Target Instagram giveaway, and I hope you have a great week!

Linking up with I do deClaireMichelle's Pa(i)ge, More Pieces of Me, Northwest Blonde, Pink Sole, Sincerely Jenna Marie, The Fashion Canvas, Walking in Memphis in High Heels

Friday, November 13, 2015

Stripe Knit Midi Dress + Target Instagram Giveaway!

I purchased this stripe knit midi dress back in September, and posted a version of today's outfit to Instagram that same month.  I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to post an outfit here to my blog, but this dress quickly became one of my fall favorites and it is now marked down to 40% off (coming in under $30)!  The sale price seemed like a perfect opportunity to call attention to this dress again.  In addition to being a great deal, this is quite possibly the most comfortable dress I have ever owned.  I love that it has both elbow-length sleeves and a work-appropriate length, creating many different styling opportunities.  In today's outfit, I layered a military vest over this stripe knit midi dress and added leopard pumps for the office.  This look is a little bit dressy but also a little bit casual...it falls somewhere in the middle of the scale for a day when I didn't have any formal meetings but I still wanted to look coordinated and put-together.  Keep scrolling for new giveaway details below!

Dress: Exact here, on sale (under $30)! I'm wearing an XS.
Vest: old, similar hooded version here
Pumps: originally purchased last year, but exact pair restocked here and now available in black suede and floral!
Bucket Bag: no longer available, check out this one priced under $60 
Necklace: old, check out this glamorous BCBG necklace
Watch: exact here
Rings: exact cigar band here and similar spike ring here
Lips: exact nude pink shade here
Nails: exact here

I am also excited to be teaming up with a great group of bloggers for another big giveaway!  This one has perfect timing for holiday shopping, and I encourage you to check out the details below and take the opportunity to enter daily for more chances to win!

Prize: $200 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 12/04/15 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

Wishing you best of luck in this giveaway, don't forget to also check out my CaseApp giveaway and enter for your chance to win your own custom iPhone, iPad, Macbook, or Samsung Galaxy case.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Caseapp Custom Cases + Giveaway

I hope you are having a great week so far! I have been loving the look of marble cases and skins lately, so imagine my delight when CaseApp reached out and offered me the opportunity to design my own trio of cases for my Apple products! I jumped at the chance to customize my own set for my iPhone 6+, iPad, and Macbook Pro, choosing hard cases for my iPhone 6+ and iPad as well as a skin for my Macbook Pro. CaseApp allows customers to fully customize their designs with a user-friendly interface, and I decided to add just a simple piece of text to the marble design on my cases.  I highlighted my wanderlust gene by adding the word "wander," and it was super easy to adjust the size and position of the text for the final product. CaseApp is all about customization, and if you visit their Instagram or Twitter pages (@caseapp) you can see many examples of customer creations.

CaseApp has offered a discount code for my readers for a limited time!  Use my code "AVECAMBER20" to get a 20% discount on your orderThis code is good for one week starting today, November 12, 2015, until end of day Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  Don't miss this opportunity to design your own case or skin at a great discount!  You can start designing your own custom case at http://caseapp.com/custom-cases or your own custom skin at http://caseapp.com/skins.

I am also teaming up with CaseApp to offer you the chance to win $40 to design your own case or skin!  This giveaway will be open from 12:00 AM PST today, November 11, 2015, until 11:59 PM PST Wednesday, November 25, 2015.  To enter this giveaway, you just need to follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below.  After the giveaway period is over, I will randomly select a winner from all of the eligible entries.  The winner will have 48 hours to reply back to my email with their information, but if I do not receive a reply within that 48 hour period I will choose a new winner.  See below for the fine print:

1.  The first two steps within the Rafflecopter are mandatory to be entered in this giveaway.
2.  The other steps are not mandatory but will give you more chances to win!
3.  Please follow the rules and do not just click through.  I will be validating the entries.
4.  This giveaway is open to both U.S. and International entries. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for visiting my blog today!  I hope you have a great rest of your week and weekend! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Black Challis Long Sleeve Floral Dress + Military Vest

I seem to have a floral print obsession lately! In the last few weeks, I have posted outfits with a floral scuba midi skirt, a pleated floral mini skirt, and a floral sheath dress. The truth is, I love a standout print and the impact that it can make to an outfit. When SheIn offered me one a choice of products to style, this Black Challis Long Sleeve Floral Dress immediately stood out as the one for me. The dark floral print is right in line with this year's fall/winter trend, and the shape of this dress is perfect to layer with vests and jackets for cooler weather. The best part? This dress is priced at just $14.99! In today's outfit, I styled this dress with a military vest, dressy booties, gold accessories, and a bright clutch for a bright, sunny fall day in the city.  You might have also seen my Instagram post Halloween weekend where I wore almost this exact outfit to the eerie-cool Sutro Bath ruins in San Francisco--the outfit was too good not to repeat.

Dress c/o SheIn: exact here (only $14.99!) 
Vest: old, currently loving this one (under $60)
Booties: old, check out this pair currently on sale (under $90) 
 Clutch (+$10 for monogram): exact here
Fringe Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (no longer available), similar here
Watch: exact here
Rings: pave crystal exact here and similar gold band here
Nails: exact here
Lips: exact nude pink here

SheIn stocks hundreds (maybe thousands?) of on-trend pieces at affordable prices on their site, making it a must-stop for savvy shoppers.  Check out more of my picks for more floral dresses to style this fall and winter, all currently available at SheIn and priced under $20:

Left  |  Middle  |  Right

 How would you style florals this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, stay tuned for a new giveaway in a few days, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with I do deClaireMichelle's Pa(i)geMore Pieces of Me, Northwest Blonde, Pink SoleSincerely Jenna Marie, Sydney Fashion HunterThe Fashion Canvas, Walking in Memphis in High Heels.
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