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Flamingo Frock

No Comments 27 July 2015

Loft black and white striped short-sleeve sweater, Bando pink poof, Chicwish flamingo print midi skirt, Kate Spade flamingo print purse, and Dillards black and white striped heeled sandals

When I was a kid my mom had a pair of flamingo earrings that I was obsessed with.  I loved holding them and squealed with delight whenever she would let me wear them.  Around that same time she also had an amazing hot pink pair of Reebok high tops.  It was the height of the 80s and she was a Floridian at heart.  I am sure to our small, Midwest town those earrings and shoes seemed out of place, but to me they spoke of the glamor and sophistication my mother exuded and must have surely picked up when living in places like Key West.  I admired her ability to wear them with ease, even if she was just running into the store to buy milk.  Watching her wear what she liked with abandon gave me the courage to see fashion as a way to be someone else or, even better, transport myself out of the ordinary.

Loft black and white striped short-sleeve sweater, Bando pink poof, Chicwish flamingo print midi skirt, Kate Spade flamingo print purse, and Dillards black and white striped heeled sandals

When I saw this Kate Spade purse I immediately thought of my mom’s earrings, which have long been lost, and knew it had to be mine.  It makes me smile and so even though there really is no practical reason for owning a flamingo print purse I splurged a little!  If my mom of the 80s could time travel to 2015 I think she would give me a high five for going for it and indulging in something completely ridiculous and totally fun.

Loft black and white striped short-sleeve sweater, Bando pink poof, Chicwish flamingo print midi skirt, Kate Spade flamingo print purse, and Dillards black and white striped heeled sandals

I’ve long been keen on them, but this has truly been the summer of the flamingo and so because I am my mother’s daughter, I also picked up this fantastic flamingo print skirt.  It’s midi length and over-sized A-line shape is not for the faint of heart but are totally me.  I love the uber feminine silhouette contrasted with the print of an awkwardly interesting bird.

Loft black and white striped short-sleeve sweater, Bando pink poof, Chicwish flamingo print midi skirt, Kate Spade flamingo print purse, and Dillards black and white striped heeled sandals

Since the skirt is a classic cut I wanted to pair it with something feminine on top, but I didn’t want to go too sweet.  This black and white striped knit in a t-shirt shape adds another classic element while retaining a bit more of a casual vibe.  The addition of a statement necklace would help dress things up for a night out on the town or for a fun event.  Here I paired it with a fun poof that is a playful nod to the flamingo’s feathers!  Why not have a little fun, right?

Loft black and white striped short-sleeve sweater, Bando pink poof, Chicwish flamingo print midi skirt, Kate Spade flamingo print purse, and Dillards black and white striped heeled sandals

The flamingo print makes such a bold statement that I didn’t want to get too crazy by adding in another color or print with the shoe.  I’ve had these kitten heel striped sandals for ages and they make for the perfect compliment to the t-shirt knit on top and ensemble as a whole.  I really like the way the black and white stripes of the shirt and shoes play off the crisp white and hints of black in the skirt.

Loft black and white striped short-sleeve sweater, Bando pink poof, Chicwish flamingo print midi skirt, Kate Spade flamingo print purse, and Dillards black and white striped heeled sandals

Style Notes: Loft sweater (summer 2015; purchased at 70% off) / Chicwish skirt (summer 2015); Dillards heels (old; similar) / Kate Spade purse (summer 2015) / Kate Spade bracelet (summer 2015; purchased on sale) / Ban.do poof (old) / MAC Diva (spring 2015) / Essie Brides No Grooms (summer 2015)

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Pretty Party Dress

No Comments 23 July 2015

Shabby Apple Gramercy dress, ban.do mint poof, blue Anthropologie statement bracelet, blue Kate Spade clutch, and Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

With its fit and flare silhouette, bold color, and feminine details the Gramercy Dress by Shabby Apple is made for a variety of occasions.  This would be a fun dress to wear to a bridal or baby shower, a wedding, an anniversary dinner, brunch, garden party or a blogging conference.  Personally, I think this dress would be a great bridesmaid dress for a spring to early fall wedding, beach wedding, or a bride who is looking for unique dresses that her bridesmaids can wear long past the “I dos”.

Shabby Apple Gramercy dress, ban.do mint poof, blue Anthropologie statement bracelet, blue Kate Spade clutch, and Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

Part of this dress’ charm is the way it combines traditional elements like lace and a feminine cut with unexpected details like the bold color, ruffled neckline, and scalloped hemline for the perfect blend of classic and modern.  The vibrant pink looks great against a variety of skin tones and photographs well, so even if you aren’t on the hunt for bridesmaid dresses, this dress would be a good one to pick up for events where you will be photographed a lot.

Shabby Apple Gramercy dress, ban.do mint poof, blue Anthropologie statement bracelet, blue Kate Spade clutch, and Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

Here I styled it with accessories that bring in pops of blue and mint because I love they way they stand out against the bold color of the dress and pick up on colors in the heels.  The dress is definitely strong enough to stand on its own, so if you aren’t into accessories or don’t want to worry about them this is an easy dress to throw on and head out the door with confidence and style.  If I were styling these dresses for a wedding I would play up the whimsical qualities in the dress and forgo a traditional necklace for a fun pin or bracelet that would compliment the dress rather than detract from it.  The ruffled neckline adds enough interest on its own, so for a more streamlined look a necklace or pin isn’t necessary.

Shabby Apple Gramercy dress, ban.do mint poof, blue Anthropologie statement bracelet, blue Kate Spade clutch, and Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

Shoes are another way to add some unexpected details and fun to any look, especially one meant for a special occasion or event.  These Kate Spade heels are the epitome of femininity and are the perfect way to bring in some bling without having to go overboard with flashy accessories.

Shabby Apple Gramercy dress, ban.do mint poof, blue Anthropologie statement bracelet, blue Kate Spade clutch, and Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

Shabby Apple Gramercy dress, ban.do mint poof, blue Anthropologie statement bracelet, blue Kate Spade clutch, and Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

Style Notes: Shabby Apple dress c/o (spring 2015) / ban.do pin (old) / Anthropologie bracelet (old; love) / Kate Spade purse (old; similar) / Kate Spade heels via Last Chance (summer 2015; budget friendly) / MAC Diva (spring 2015) / Essie Brides No Grooms (summer 2015)

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Luxe Look for Less

No Comments 16 July 2015

Black gap shirt, black Kate Spade statement necklace, blue and black windowpane plaid midi skirt, yellow heels, and Kate Spade Gatsby book clutch

Ladies, I have champagne and caviar tastes on a beer and pizza budget. Without even trying I can and will always like the most expensive item on a rack, no matter if I am shopping at Goodwill or Barney’s.  It’s a frustrating talent!  Over the years I have learned a few tricks to prevent my bank account from being in the red while keeping my closet stocked full of fun, stylish, and functional clothes.  First and foremost, know your personal style.  Knowing who you are clothing wise will keep you from bending to every fashion whim and will help you narrow down the brands and retailers who cater to your aesthetic.   Once you’ve defined your style palate, stalk the brands, both budget friendly and budget busting, who carry clothing and accessories that speak to your fashion sensibilities.  Screen shot these items or make a Pinterest board of your must-haves so you are armed with examples of what you like when you go shopping.  Even if you cannot afford those covetable brands, you at least have colors, prints, and silhouettes you can look for wherever you shop.

Black gap shirt, black Kate Spade statement necklace, blue and black windowpane plaid midi skirt, yellow heels, and Kate Spade Gatsby book clutch

I was browsing the Kate Spade website the other day and nearly swooned when I saw this skirt.  Alas, a $250 polka dot midi skirt is not in the cards for this teacher, no matter how glorious of a skirt it might be. Imagine my happiness, then, when I found this windowpane plaid midi skirt for $20. Granted, it is not the same quirky print nor does this skirt have the same quality fabric or construction, but it does have the same bold color scheme as my dream skirt, has the same feminine lines, and will allow my children to eat and for us to keep the A.C. on during the warm summer months.  The take away here is no matter how small your budget might be, you can still allow yourself some dream browsing on more expensive retailer websites and then let that dreaming inform your shopping at retailers that you can actually afford.

Black gap shirt, black Kate Spade statement necklace, blue and black windowpane plaid midi skirt, yellow heels, and Kate Spade Gatsby book clutch

Windowpane plaid is a bold, somewhat masculine print, so while I wanted it to take center stage I also wanted to bring in a few feminine touches to play off the skirt’s silhouette and to provide a little balance.  I chose to pair it with a black top with feminine cut sleeves and accessories that compliment the blue and black print while bringing in a little pop of color to keep things fun!

Black gap shirt, black Kate Spade statement necklace, blue and black windowpane plaid midi skirt, yellow heels, and Kate Spade Gatsby book clutch

This is a look that can easily work for both work and play.  Depending on your work environment the pops of yellow could be switched for black heels and if accessories are frowned upon the skirt’s print adds enough interest to keep things from being too bland.  Outside of work, use accessories to add some color and play up the quirky nature of the print.  Cobalt blue has been a really big color trend this year, but it’s a seasonless, timeless color in my book, so the garments you pick up during the summer in this color scheme will still work in the fall and winter making your money stretch even further!

Black gap shirt, black Kate Spade statement necklace, blue and black windowpane plaid midi skirt, yellow heels, and Kate Spade Gatsby book clutch

Style Notes: Gap shirt (old; similar) / Maitai skirt (spring 2015; similar) / Jinny Kim heels via Last Chance (old; love) / Kate Spade clutch (gift; love) / Kate Spade bangle (old; love)

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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

1 Comment 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.

IMG_6207 Such a fun print deserves equally fun accessories.  A flamingo print dress, flamingo clutch, and bright pink heels are not for the faint of heart, but the whimsy of the print and accessories are balanced out by the sophistication of the dress’ silhouette and the prim kitten heel, so while the print and color may seem a bit too much at first glance it all works together to create a playfully polished look.  Of course, both the clutch and heels would look great paired with more basic or neutral pieces if the print on print look is too much for you.

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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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