Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tres Chic Fashion Thursday

Hi everyone!  Today I am thrilled to be cohosting Agi Mayer's Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday.  Agi owns Vodka Infused Lemonade, a blog about fashion, motherhood, and life.  Vodka Infused Lemonade is one of my favorite blogs to follow because of Agi's engaging and truthful writing style. Please read on, visit Agi's blog if you haven't already, and link up if you desire.  I also hope you find at least one new blogger in the linkup who inspires you!

Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

It’s that time of the week for my link up. Thank you to all 125 of you fabulous ladies that linked up last week!!! :) Not just a great turnout, but the best turnout yet. Thank you guys so much for all your support!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!! If you are interested in co-hosting please email me at If you’ve already co-hosted and would like to again, don’t hesitate to email me.

This week’s fabulous co-hosts are:

Amber from Avec Amber

Avec Amber


Angele from The European Malteser

The European Malteser

Here are my favourite looks from last week:

Rachel from Rachel the Hat

Rachel the HatNiki from Glossy Blonde

Glossy BlondeIris from Love, Iris

Love, Iris


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Essential: One-Pocket Tee

Every gal needs the perfect lightweight tee for their summer wardrobe, and this version from Conversation Pieces Boutique is super-soft, has just the right amount of stretch, and a very affordable pricetag.  The cut is just a little bit loose, with a longer hem in the back for a flattering fit.  I chose the mint version first, but now that I've worn mine for a couple of days I'm going to order at least one more of the six available colors.  For today's outfit, I styled my mint one-pocket tee with white shorts, mint and gold jewelry, cognac sandals, and my cognac bucket bag for a casual happy hour look.  I can also see dressing this tee up with a pencil skirt and heels for the office, or transitioning to fall with a leather jacket, skinny jeans, and boots.

Tee c/o Conversation Pieces: "Perfectly Imperfect One-Pocket Shabby Tee" in mint #2, $21 here
Bracelet c/o Conversation Pieces: "Take A Leaf Out of Nature's Style Book Bracelet" in icy mint, $16 here
Shorts: J Crew Factory (no longer available online), similar "3" Chino Short" in white, $39.50 (40% off through 7/22 with code SALEFUN) at J Crew here
Necklace: "Aqua Tiffany Collar," (waitlist), similar "Acid Feather Curb Collar," $52 at Baublebar here
Bracelets: J Crew (old), similar Ralph Lauren "3 Set Bangle" in gold, $32 at Bloomingdale's here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nordstrom here
Bag: Banana Republic (no longer available online), similar "Women's Faux Leather Tasseled Bucket Bag" in mocha brown, $32.94 at Old Navy here
Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (old), similar DV by Dolce Vita "Fana" in cognac leather, $24.26-$60 (depending on size) at Amazon here

Once you find the perfect summer tee, there is nothing wrong with adding multiples to your closet!  The "Perfectly Imperfect One-Pocket Shabby Tee" is available in six colors online at Conversation Pieces Boutique.  In addition to mint, check out my three favorite shades below:

Left: Navy, $21 here
Middle: Strawberry, $21 here
Right: Silver Grey, $21 here

How would you style a one-pocket tee this summer?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great week!

Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from Conversation Pieces Boutique, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Horse Print Fit and Flare Dress

Hello and happy almost-Friday!  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know that I recently returned from an unforgettable ten day vacation in Spain!  We were part of a large group of friends who traveled to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls, then enjoyed five days in Barcelona .  In addition, six of us took the train up to Girona for the amazing opportunity to eat at El Celler de Can Roca, the #2 ranked restaurant in the world.  I cannot wait to share each of these parts of our trip with you here very soon--after I sort through the thousands of photos from our group.  Today, however, I want to share a new favorite dress that I picked up at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale last month.  I was fortunate to grow up with horses, so it was no surprise that I fell in love with this black and white horse print French Connection dress while browsing the Half-Yearly Sale online.  The subtle graphic print is perfect (I love that you can't tell what the print is until you get close), and the fit and flare shape is always so flattering.  There are still a few sizes left online at 40% off--be sure to check out the link below.  For today's outfit, I added red suede pumps, a red belt, and red lipstick for a nice pop of color.  White, black, and red are always a good combo in my book and this outfit is perfect for a day at the office, a dinner date, and more.

Dress: French Connection "Horse Print Stretch Cotton Fit & Flare Dress" in white, $106.80 (40% off!) at Nordstrom here
Pumps: Halogen via Nordstrom (no longer available online), similar Halogen "Lila Studded Bow Pointy Toe Pump" in red, $99.95 at Nordstrom here 
Belt: old, similar "Lipstick Closure Adjustable Belt" in tibetan red, $29.90 at Express here
Clutch: Koret New York (no longer available), check out the new Koret New York "Ori Clutch" in black, $358 at Shopbop here
Watch: old, similar two-tone Anne Klein "Crystal Bezel Ceramic Link Bracelet Watch" in white/silver, $99.90 (33% off for cardholders!) at Nordstrom here

Whimsical printed dresses are a perfect way to personalize your look and show your love for your favorite animal, flower, sport, and more.  There are so many great options out there, and easy to find with boutique sites like Modcloth.  Check out my picks for animal themed printed fit and flare dresses below:

Left: "Good as Goldfish Dress," $112.99 at Modcloth here 
Middle: Halogen "Belted Cap Sleeve Pleat Dress" (available in petite!) in black-teal peacock print (also available in four other colors), $78.90 (early access for cardholders!) at Nordstrom here 
Right: "Skater Dress in Animal Origami Print (you must see the print up close!)," $47.64 at Asos here 

  What is your favorite type of whimsical print?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Agi over at Vodka Infused Lemonade and  Tara over at Mix & Match Fashion!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bucket Bag

So many of my favorite bloggers are carrying bucket bags lately, and I am loving the return of this handbag trend.  You already know I love my bohemian looks, and bucket bags have that wonderful carefree feel when casually thrown over the shoulder.  They are also practical, roomy, and a great choice for a traveling fashionista like myself.  After keeping this Banana Republic cognac version on my wishlist this spring, I finally pulled the trigger a few weeks ago when BR threw out a 40% off no exclusions code on Twitter.  I'm very happy with the soft leather and the size: it's big enough to hold all of the essentials and my little Canon G16 camera when I travel, but not large enough to weigh down with too many items.  For today's outfit, I chose a simple neutral palette and paired this bucket bag with a peplum top, shorts, gold jewelry, and super comfy low-heeled sandals.  I added just a bit of color with this Sonia Kashuk for Target lipstick in very berry, something I don't do often but I really like the effect!

 Bag: "Dalia Bucket Bag"  in cognac, see available colors online, $90.99 (on sale!) at Banana Republic here  
Top: Alice + Olivia via Nordstrom Rack, similar "Peplum Top" in natural white, $20 at H&M here
Shorts: Banana Republic Factory, check out the "Factory Pleated Short" in ivory (also available in melon and black), $24.50 at J Crew Factory here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nieman Marcus here
Sandals: Charles David "Gisele Sandal" in cognac (also available in black) $69.95 at DSW here
Lipstick: "Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16," $9.99 at Target here

As much as every blogger would love to get her hands on the Mansur Gavriel or updated Louis Vuitton bucket bags this year, the truth is that isn't practical for the majority of us for a trendy item.  The great thing about handbag trends, though, is that there are always wallet-friendly options available.  Check out my picks for bucket bags under $50 below:

Left: "Fringed Drawstring Bucket Bag" in black, $49.90 at Express here
Middle: "Faux-Leather Tassled Bucket Bag" in mocha brown (also available in white and navy), $32.94 at Old Navy here
Right: "Pebbled Bucket Bag" in red (also available in black), $39.99 at Mango here

If you have a higher budget this season, check out these luxe bucket bags with price tags between $150 and $200:

Left: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Too Hot to Handle Mini Drawstring Bag" in black, $198 at Shopbop here, also available in tracker tan and turkish tile here 
Middle: "The Dylan Bucket Bag" in burnished caramel, $178 at Madewell here 
Right: Foley + Corinna "Convertible Sling Drawstring Bucket Bag" in black, $145 at Nieman Marcus Last Call here 

 How would you style a bucket bag this summer?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Neon Sandals

If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a peek at the key components of today's outfit.  I am a self declared shoe addict (I started young by trying on heels in my mom and grandma's closets), and have been so thrilled to be a part of the "Passion Panel" this year.  Part of the perks of being a "Passion Panel" member are getting to try out new, hot styles available at OnlineShoes in addition to discussing consumer behavior and trends.  I was thrilled to receive these DV by Dolce Vita  "Cameo" sandals in neon orange stella at our last meeting, because orange is such a hot color right now.  Talk about timing: I also recently found this wanderlust-inspired tank in a perfect shade of orange at Anthropologie that I simply could not resist.  The top and sandals match so well in this casual outfit!  All I added were high-waisted denim shorts, a hat, my navy saffiano Lux Tote, and gold accessories to complete this summer date night look.  This outfit is perfect for the 4th of July holiday weekend ahead!

Sandals: c/o, DV by Dolce Vita "Cameo" in neon orange stella (available in three other colors), $68.95 here
Blouse: Maeve "Aurelie Tank" in red motif (also available in nude and yellow and available in petite!), $78 at Anthropologie here
Shorts: Urban Outfitters (old), similar Refuge "Hi-Waist Shortie Cuffed Denim Shorts" in dark rinse denim, $15 (on sale!) at Charlotte Russe here
Hat: Conversation Pieces Boutique (no longer available), similar "Sailing on the Waters Boater Hat" in cobalt blue, $22 at Conversation Pieces Boutique here
Necklace: Conversation Pieces Boutique (no longer available), similar "Airplane Necklace" in gold, $19 at Shoptiques here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nieman Marcus here
Tote: Prada "Saffiano Lux Small Tote" in navy, see available colors at Saks Fifth Avenue here

Neon sandals are a fantastic way to add a bright pop of color to your outfits this summer.  Check out my picks below for neon sandals currently available at

Left: Sofft "Pedra" in Orange Patent/Neon Pink Multi (available in four other colors), $49.97 (on sale!) here
Middle: Sperry Top-Sider "Summerlin" in Tan/Neon Blue/Pucker (available in four other colors), $79.95 here
Right: DV by Dolce Vita "Dune" in lemon leather (available in two other colors), $78.95 here

How would you style neon sandals this season?  Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and long weekend!

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So!
Financial compensation was not received for this post. Products were provided free of charge from, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Style Remix: Mint Crops + Knit Blazer + Waterloo Blue Print Sleeveless Blouse

I readily admit that I am an impulse buyer, and that my favorite pieces in my closet are impulse purchases.  Today's featured item is a great example of an impulse buy that was also a great deal.  I found this adorable sailboat print blouse while browsing at Target a few weeks ago, and at $19.99 it was a decent weight (not see-through) and quality.  I decided to take it home and see what kind of outfit I could make with existing pieces in my closet.  This blouse contains yellow, pink, cobalt, and mint printed sailboats, and therefore has many color pairing options.  I have been loving mint and yellow combos lately, and decided to try pairing my mint crops (previously seen here) and my yellow knit blazer (seen before here) with this blouse.  Then I added a yellow belt, navy pumps, and a navy bag to keep the overall outfit from being too bright.  However, I think a white or bright colored bag and pumps could look great too!

Sleeveless Blouse: Merona "Women's Sleeveless Button Down Blouse" in waterloo blue print, $19.99 at Target here
 Cropped Pants: Banana Republic (old), similar Mavi Jeans "Serena Low-Rise Super Skinny" in mint, $29.99 (69% off!) at 6pm here 
 Knit Blazer: Caslon via Nordstrom, see current colors of the Caslon "Cotton Knit Jacket" (available in petite!), $35.40 (on sale!) at Nordstrom here
 Belt: Express (old), similar "Metal Bar Super Skinny Belt" in yellow, $14.99 at The Limited here
Necklace: "Alpha Initial Pendant" in gold, $28 at Baublebar here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Henry" in gold, $250 at Nieman Marcus here 
Bracelet: Michael Kors (old), similar Michael Kors "Fultan Logo Bangle Bracelet" in rose goldtone, $115 at Saks Fifth Avenue here
Pumps: MICHAEL Michael Kors "Flex Pump" in navy saffiano, $98.95 at Nordstrom here
Tote: Prada "Saffiano Lux Small Tote" in navy, see available colors at Saks Fifth Avenue here

I work in a corporate office, so I can always find room in my closet for versatile blouses to style for the weekdays.  Regardless of where you work, a lightweight printed blouse has many styling options this summer.  See my picks for nautical print blouses, all under $70:

Left: "Anchor Print Sleeveless Camp Shirt" in dark sky (available in petite!), $69.50 at Ann Taylor here
Middle: "Mast and Present Top" in schooner, $26.99 (on sale!) at Modcloth here
Right: Effie's Heart "Sleeveless V-Neck Top" in multicolor, $52 at Shoptiques here

How would you style a printed blouse for summer?  Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Linking up with Agi of Vodka Infused Lemonade and Tara of Mix & Match Fashion.

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