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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HEARTS A FLUTTER // TUTORIAL

 Top: Anthropologie (on sale!) | Skirt: made by me, lace c/o Michael Levine (see tutorial below, similar skirt here) | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale) | Clutch: Melie Bianco c/o (out of stock, similar style) | Watch: Arvo c/o | Sunglasses: Lulu's c/o (out of stock, similar style) | Bracelets: Danielle Stevens c/o | Earrings: Gorjana Griffith (sold out, but similar here)

I picked up this lace at Michael Levine and have been on the hunt for the perfect piece to compliment it.  I'm not sure if the photos depict quite how intricate and delicate it is, and I feel the need to explain the bond this lace and I share.  The day I went home with it, my mom and I stopped by Rodeo Drive to window shop.  We were in Michael Kors and the front mannequin was wearing a dress out of this exact fabric.  I racked my brain on what to make with it and, like most luxurious fabrics, I decided it would be best as a pencil skirt.  It wasn't until I came face to face with this flutter sleeved top that I got my buns in gear.  That top needed a soul mate, and that sole mate was this skirt.  

The lace is a bit pricey, but after seeing the same amount of it on a $500 dress, the fabric gives you the same look for far less.  Lets make it, shall we?  Click below for the tutorial...

Monday, July 21, 2014

FLOWER POWER

Top:  Halogen (on sale now at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!) | Jacket: Nordstrom (on sale too!) | Pants: Lily White via Nordstrom | Jacket: Jou Jou via Nordstrom (on sale) | Sandals: similar | Necklace: Similar (on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale) Starfish Necklace | Earrings: Gorjana Griffin c/o (similar, also loving these ) | Bracelet: INPINK c/o (on sale) | Watch: Michael Kors 

I have had my eye out for some track pants for a while.  These ones stopped me dead in my tracks (....no pun) last weekend when I was shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  I am loving cobalt blue for summer.  These are pretty dang bright, so pairing them with a neutral top helps calm them down.  And I have to say that this top is perfectly slouchy (I even sized up to a med) and is a crazy good deal at only $15 during the sale.  I had to grab a few different colors.  Cobalt and cognac is a bit of an unexpected color combo, but I like it.  And this leather jacket will be making an appearance all through fall.  

I'm sure you noticed almost everything I'm wearing is on sale now at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  All throughout the sale I will be posting looks with pieces from the sale.  I have had so much fun styling them and can't wait to show you more of my finds!  Happy Monday!



Friday, July 18, 2014

ANNIVERSARY SALE PICKS


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The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is here, and guys, it's good.  Now that it's open to everyone, I wanted to give you my narrowed down wish list.  I've shopped the store, scoured every sale item online, and selected a few of my absolute favorite pieces (at the best price point).  Now that I'm a little older, my style has changed and evolved and I find myself drawn to good quality, well designed pieces that will really last in my wardrobe.  Like this classic cognac bag, perfectly oversized stripe tee, statement earrings, leopard heels, and open toe booties.

I had so many favorites it was hard to narrow it down to just a few, but you can scroll through below to see all of the items I am loving!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

ON THE LIGHT SIDE

Top: Old Navy, Pants: Dittos c/o (similar), Belt: Target, Shoes: H&M (similar), Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Lulu Dharma c/o, Danielle Stevens c/o, Sunglasses: Lulu's c/o (similar)

I've been living in this top lately.  It's lightweight and loose, perfect for this crazy summer heat, and the best part is that it isn't see-through enough to have to wear a tank under it.  Win win all across the board folks.



Friday, July 4, 2014

FREEDOM (LEANNE BARLOW FREE SHIPPING CODE!)

Top: Old Navy, Skirt: Leanne Barlow, Shoes: Shoemint c/o


Happy 4th of July!  To celebrate I am having free shipping on everything at leannebarlow.com from today through Sunday (use code: FREEDOM).  Enjoy eating hot dogs and watching fireworks everyone!



Friday, June 27, 2014

LIP SERVICE



This week I have had fun testing out a few new lip colors for summer with L'Oreal's Extraordinaire by Colour Riche lip glosses.  I've tended to be more of a lipstick girl lately.  I feel like I can get a truer color with lipstick and so many lip glosses end up being really sticky.  But I was pleasantly surprised with this gloss.  They are crazy pigmented, so the color doesn't get muted with the gloss, and not sticky one bit.  Almost like the moisturizing effect you get from a lip balm.  And now for the colors....


Top: Target (no longer available, but this one is similar)

The first color I tried was Blushing Harmony.  It was a bit too muave for my complexion.  I feel like the browner undertones would be much more fitting on a brunette.  I was actually surprised, because the shade is really pretty, I thought it would be my favorite for sure.


Top: Sheinside (similar), Earrings: INPINK c/o

Ruby Opera- such a great red!  My skin tone is more on the pink side, so it can be tricky trying to find the right shade of red.  This one definitely fits the bill when my day calls for a bold lip.  The other thing I loved was that the gloss is so pigmented, I used it like a lip liner first, then filled the rest of my lips in.


Earrings: Lisa Lenard, Necklace: Perlo c/o

My overall favorite was Coral Encore.  What can I say?  I'm a coral girl at heart.  I love a great coral lip and this is a perfect shade, not too orange and really bright and fun.

Have you tried these glosses?  Which one would you pick?



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DOUBLE DUTY





Dress: TJ Maxx (similarsimilar, similar), Purse: Boden c/o, Sandals: Target, Sunglasses: Steve Madden, Rings: Nissa c/o, Cuff: Urban Philosophy c/o, Necklaces: J.Crew, Helen Ficalora c/o 


This crochet dress has really been pulling it's weight in my closet. It was the perfect dress for both my brother and my sister in law's weddings this spring.  It was also the perfect date night dress for a stroll down Rodeo Drive last month for our 7 year anniversary.  I searched high and low for a dress like this and ended up finding it at TJ Maxx of all places.  That place can be a gold mine if you go at the right time.  Isn't it funny how something as simple as an ivory dress can be everywhere you look, but nowhere in sight when you actually need it?  The sleeves were a bit baggy on me, so I ended up taking them in to be more fitted.  I did some digging around online and found some other great ivory dresses here, here, and here (if you happen to be on a similar hunt....you're very welcome).

Rodeo Drive is so much fun for a date night!  But one word to the wise - get there much earlier than you think!  We left earlier than we normally do for a date night so that we had plenty of time to look in the shops.  We got there a little before 6, only to find that most of the stores closed at 6!  Even on a Friday night.  The American designer stores do stay open till 7, so we were able to peek in a few.  But it wasn't quite the day dreaming window shopping night that we had in mind.  But we did eat at an amazing restaurant right up the famous Rodeo Drive cobblestone street, called 208 Rodeo.  Not too expensive.  Garrett said it was the best steak he had ever had in his life.  And he doesn't take statements like that lightly.



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