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Kate Spade + Style Tutor: Classic Evening Attire

2 Comments 10 May 2015

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Oh ladies, this look, the third and final, I styled from Kate Spade at Scottsdale Fashion Square is the stuff that fashion dreams are made of.    What’s not to love about a cocktail dress that is both stylish and comfortable and has a few pleasant surprises like pockets (!) and an exposed back with a bow?

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While I often like strong contrasts in outfits, like pairing something super feminine with something not so feminine, there are occasions when I think it best to embrace the vibe of a look and run with it.  In the case of evening or cocktail attire there is no better time to embrace your femininity and dress to the nines.

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This dress has a decidedly 50s silhouette so I wanted to keep the accessories classic in their essence but not too classic in appearance that things started to feel costumey.  A good cocktail dress is the perfect backdrop for statement pieces, so I paired the dress with a matching set of statement earrings and a necklace that pair mother of pearl with gold plated metal for a more modern spin on a traditional set of pearls.

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The small handbag, in lieu of a typical clutch, and an uber feminine pair of heels with a modern print are a few other touches that compliment the feminine lines of the dress while staying away from being too predictable.

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Style Notes: Kate Spade Open Back Silk Mini Dress  / Kate Spade Larisa Heels / Kate Spade Cedar Street Mini Maise / Kate Spade Polish Up Necklace / Kate Spade Polish Up Studs / Kate Spade Dainty Sparklers Pearl Cuff

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Kate Spade + Style Tutor: Fun Spring Print

0 Comments 08 May 2015

I’ve teamed up with the lovely ladies of Kate Spade at Scottsdale Fashion Square to showcase some of the new spring goodies and to host a fun little spring soiree Saturday, May 9 from 11-1. Over the next few days I will be showcasing some of my favorite frocks, handbags, and accessories that fit a variety of life’s occasions. Any of the items featured would be the perfect thing to pick up as a last minute Mother’s Day gift or just to treat yourself or someone you love! First up was this mod inspired black and white striped cotton dress, which is a comfortable and stylish option for those warm summer days and nights.

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Next up is this feminine sheath dress with an adorably quirky flamingo print that is sure to bring a smile to your face and be a topic of conversation wherever you go.  The cut of the dress is polished enough to wear to work, depending on your profession, while the print keeps things lighthearted enough to be able to wear this cutie for weekend events like brunch, a wedding or baby shower, girls night, or date night.

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If you are out shopping on Saturday stop on by Kate Spade at Scottsdale Fashion Square from 11-1 to sip, nibble, mingle, and shop! Friday and Saturday only, every customer who spends $250 on regular priced items will receive a $50 gift card. I will be on hand to offer some styling tips and share my favorite new arrivals.

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Oh, and girls, to further sweeten your Saturday, and Mother’s Day weekend, Kate Spade is generously giving away an Emerson Place Hayden handbag in Clay (retail value $478) to one lucky lady.  To enter the giveaway, stop by the Scottsdale Fashion Square location May 9 from 11-1.  Once there, take a picture, post it to Instagram, use the hashtag #stylewithkate and follow @styletutor to be entered.

Style Notes: Kate Spade Flamingo Sheath Dress  / Kate Spade Melanie Heels / Kate Spade Strut Your Stuff Flamingo Applique Cali Clutch

Style Notes: Kate Spade Open Back Silk Mini Dress  / Kate Spade Larisa Heels / Kate Spade Cedar Street Mini Maise / Kate Spade Polish Up Necklace / Kate Spade Polish Up Studs / Kate Spade Dainty Sparklers Pearl Cuff

 

 

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Kate Spade + Style Tutor: Effortless Dressing

1 Comment 07 May 2015

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I’ve teamed up with the lovely ladies of Kate Spade at Scottsdale Fashion Square to showcase some of the new spring goodies and to host a fun little spring soiree Saturday, May 9 from 11-1.  Over the next three days I will be showcasing some of my favorite frocks, handbags, and accessories that fit a variety of life’s occasions.  Any of the items featured would be the perfect thing to pick up as a last minute Mother’s Day gift or just to treat yourself or someone you love!  First up is this mod inspired black and white striped cotton dress.

 

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Ladies, this is the kind of dress made for warm spring and summer days spent running errands, heading to the park with the kiddos, riding a bike to your local farmers market, or attending an outdoor concert. The style is a simple fit and flare with a little less structure than your typical nine-to-five dress. The fitted torso and drawstring waist detail add some shape and femininity while the breezy, loose skirt keeps things from being too serious or formal.

The dress’ black and white color palette is the perfect backdrop for colorful accessories, but for those days you need to throw something on or the temperature does not provide for extra layers, the dress’ print is strong enough to stand on its own. Here, I paired the look with a cheeky clutch, striped watch that echoes the sporty, laid back vibe of the dress, quirky ring and a pair of embellished sandals. The goal with this look was to create something that was high on style but still comfortable enough to wear throughout a warm, sunny day.

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If you are out shopping on Saturday stop on by Kate Spade at Scottsdale Fashion Square from 11-1 to sip, nibble, mingle, and shop! Friday and Saturday only, every customer who spends $250 on regular priced items will receive a $50 gift card. I will be on hand to offer some styling tips and share my favorite new arrivals.

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Oh, and girls, to further sweeten your Saturday, and Mother’s Day weekend, Kate Spade is generously giving away an Emerson Place Hayden handbag in Clay (retail value $478) to one lucky lady.  To enter the giveaway, stop by the Scottsdale Fashion Square location May 9 from 11-1.  Once there, take a picture, post it to Instagram, use the hashtag #stylewithkate and follow @styletutor to be entered.

Style Notes: Kate Spade Yarn Dyed Stripe Dress  / Kate Spade Splash Out Sunglasses Clutch / Kate Spade Stripe Rumsey Watch / Kate Spade Goreski Glasses Ring / Target: Sam & Libby Jaquelyn Stone Embellished Sandals

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Easy Dressing

0 Comments 28 April 2015

Black and white floral print sheath Loft dress, metallic silver Target sandals

This dress is one of those perfect spring/summer pieces that is simple in design without compromising on style.  The sheath cut keeps it from being too dressy to wear to more casual functions like brunch, a summer cookout, or a seaside stroll while the black piping along the collar and button placket, and lacy bodice elevate the dress just enough to make it something you could wear to work, church, date night, or a spring shower.

Black and white floral print sheath Loft dress

I’ve been wanting a dress that I can throw on and be out the door in under five minutes.  The bodice details add enough interest that there is no need to accessorize, which is refreshing with temperatures rising and summer vacation on the horizon.  For those days where you don’t feel like doing your hair or post workout or swim this hat would be the prefect pairing without looking overdone.

Black and white floral print sheath Loft dress, metallic silver Target sandals, Spritz mason jars, IKEA straw, and Orla Kiely for Target black and white floral yoga bag

Here I styled the dress for a post workout look.  We lead busy lives, right?  I find that in order to fit it all in I often have to run from one adventure to the next with little time for a wardrobe change in between.  This dress is definitely comfortable enough to encase some tired muscles after a killer spin class but stylish enough to leave the gym and meet up with some friends for coffee, run errands, or take the kids to a birthday party.  The dress requires no accessorizing since there is so much interest already built into the design, which is another reason this the perfect garmet to pack into a gym bag.  For a little extra pizzazz, I paired the dress with some metallic slides  that are as comfortable as they are fun.

Black and white floral print sheath Loft dress, Spritz mason jars, and IKEA straw

Style Notes: Loft dress (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off) / Target sandals (spring 2015) / Target bag (winter 2015) / Essie Stones N’ Roses (spring 2015) / MAC Mangrove Matte lipstick / Target mason jar (spring 2015) / IKEA straws (spring 2015)

 

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Floral Print + Midi Skirt

2 Comments 16 April 2015

Forever 21 floral print t-shirt, Loft turquoise midi skirt, and Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heel

I fell so in love with this Loft skirt that I took advantage of a recent 40% off promo to pick up another color.  (I might have my eyes on the white one as well!)  This skirt has proven to be one of the best spring purchases I’ve made as it works well with a variety of shirts I already own and is comfortable enough to wear on the weekend but polished enough to wear to church or to work.  Versatility is key for a busy lady’s closet.

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Lately, I’ve been all about pairing sweet, more feminine pieces with edgier or more relaxed ones.  The balance of a polished piece with one that’s a little less structured provides some interest to the typical work day look and is a great way to sneak some extra comfort into an outfit without looking like you are working for the weekend!

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This shirt jumped out at me when I was cutting through my local Forever 21.  I loved the colors, as well as how perfectly it blends feminine details (colors and print) with more masculine details (t-shirt cut, stripes, and contrasted collar).  At $15 it was a no-brainer as far as a must-have for spring.  I love the way the shirt balances out the girliness of the skirt’s silhouette while playing off the geometric eyelet for a feminine look that isn’t too sweet or too overdone.

Forever 21 floral print t-shirt, Loft turquoise midi skirt, and Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heel

The shirts print and the skirt’s color and silhouette are the stars of this look, so there really isn’t any need for over accessorizing.  For work I went with a silver metallic kitten heel that I picked up last summer, but for after hours or on the weekend I think a metallic slide or sandal would be great as well.  I really like the way the metallic echoes the cool girl vibe of the shirt without taking too much attention away from the outfit itself.

Forever 21 floral print t-shirt, Loft turquoise midi skirt, and Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heel

Style Notes: Forever 21 shirt (spring 2015) / Loft skirt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off; currently 40% off) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar)

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White Out and Chloe + Isabel Giveaway

2 Comments 06 April 2015

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

After a long winter of dark hues a crisp white outfit seems so refreshing and light.  White can be slightly intimidating, though, because it can read a tad institutional, can make someone look washed out, especially after a few months of snow, and can be misconceived as adding visual weight to the wearer.  To avoid looking like you just escaped the asylum make sure the garments you select have some structure and points of interest to elevate the minimalistic style.  If your skin tone tends to look washed out in white look for pieces that are slightly off white or a little warmer in their tint. (Think cream colored garments rather than crisp white.)  Lastly, the shape of a garment goes hand in hand with color and print when considering the added “weight” to the wearer.  Structured garments with a subtle, hue on hue print, can help eliminate the illusion of added weight that often makes women shy away from all white. This laser cut lace pencil skirt from Loft is one of those spring pieces that manages to be both simple and full of style.

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

I’m not really a lace kind of girl, but the texture of this skirt is decidedly more modern than traditional lace while still retaining a sense of femininity.  To downplay the skirt’s sophisticated silhouette and girly texture I paired it with a simple white slubbed sweater tee.  I layered the tee over a black bralette so there would be just a hint of color peaking through the shirt’s texture.  For work a nude colored bra would be more appropriate, but outside of work adding a subtle hint of unexpected color is another way to add an element of surprise to a look.  The juxtaposition of the skirt’s structure with the shirt’s laid-back qualities make this an outfit that can easily work for both day and night.  A white, nude or metallic heel can be worn to help dress up the look while a flat, wedge, or slide can be worn to keep things a little more casual.

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

To continue the light, airy feel of this look I chose to keep accessories to a minimum.  All this look really calls for is a great pair of statement earrings in seasonally appropriate colors.  These Heritage Blossom Convertible Post earrings from Chloe + Isabel have quickly become a go-to piece and are the perfect way to infuse a little color and fun into a spring look.  Like these earrings or other Chloe + Isabel pieces?  Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one of two prizes, the Heritage Blossom Convertible Post earrings or $25 off your order of $75!

Loft white slubbed sweater tee, Loft white laser cut lace pencil skirt, Ann Taylor silver metallic kitten heels, and Chloe + Isabel Heritage Blossom Convertible Earrings

Style Notes: Loft shirt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off) / Loft skirt (spring 2015; purchased at 40% off) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; purchased at 70% off; love) / Chloe + Isabel earrings c/o Jennifer Aparicio, a Chloe + Isabel merchandiser (spring 2015) / Essie Urban Jungle nail polish / MAC faux lipstick

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