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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

No 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.

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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Mad about Plaid

2 Comments 23 March 2015

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

I’ve been stalking this dress for a month or so, but at full retail I could never make the plunge, so when Loft recently had a 40% off promotion I figured the fashion gods were telling me to make a move.  As a busy mom who works outside of the home, I think it’s important to have an arsenal of dresses that you can don on those rushed mornings or on those mornings when it feels like you slept exactly two hours.  Great fitting dresses with just the right amount of work appropriate interest can save you time and frustration thereby freeing you up for more important things like coffee, lots of coffee.

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

At its core this dress is a simple fit and flare silhouette, which is super comfortable and flattering for a myriad of body types.  If you are especially self-conscious in a more fitted silhouette, a fit and flare dress is your best friend as the flared skirt will help hide anything you may be too wary of highlighting while the fitted bodice will help balance out the a-line skirt to create a sleek silhouette on top.

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

What elevates this dress beyond a basic dress is the black and white windowpane plaid contrasted with the black bodice details.  The print is on trend for spring, but since it is done in a classic color palette it is a dress that can be worn for years and across seasons.  The black waistband helps to break up the windowpane plaid, which can be a little widening, thereby creating a clearly defined waistline.  I don’t have a super tiny waist; in fact, my torso is pretty much straight up and down, so the black waistband was definitely a selling point for me.  Without it, I would look awash in a sea of black and white print and yards of fabric.  The black bodice panel in the back helps create a sleek silhouette that helps offset the print of the skirt, so you can rest assured in not appearing too wide from behind.  The black bodice panel cleverly extends around to the side and slightly towards to the front bodice panel, which not only adds some interest, but also helps to break up the windowpane plaid across the chest.

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

Loft black and white windowpane plaid fit and flare dress and gold metallic kitten heels

The black and white print allows for total freedom when accessorizing, but given the scale of the print, the classic color duo, and the overall modern feel of the look I would stick to something simple.  The collar already adds visual interest at the neckline, so a necklace really isn’t necessary.  Sticking to either silver or gold accessories, like simple bangles or a ring, or even shoes seems refreshing, not too overdone, and in keeping with the dress’ modern girl vibe.  Here I chose a pop of color in the handbag to kind of play off the mod feel of the print, but a super sleek handbag or clutch in a metallic would look great as well.

Style Notes: Loft dress (winter 2015; currently $25 off) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade bag (summer 2014; similar; budget friendly)

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Spring Florals

No Comments 20 March 2015

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

Whether you live in a fairly temperate climate or one that has been under winter’s icy thumb for far too long, the first day of spring is always one full of promise for rosier days to come.  I’m super excited for earlier sunrises- going to work seems far less depressing when it’s light out-, lingering daylight for evening bike rides, picnics in the park with my littles, and the waning weeks until summer break.  Now that spring is officially upon us it’s also time to begin pulling out long packed away spring frocks or to take advantage of a new season to justify a few purchases.

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

Floral prints are once again on trend for spring.  The print is kind of a no-brainer this time of year, isn’t it?  After months of grey skies, languishing daylight, and dormant plant life it’s kind of nice to infuse our closets with bold colors and prints that will begin to emerge in nature over the next month or so.  I picked up this skirt a few weeks ago, but have waited for warmer days and the new season to wear it.  The rose print combined with a classically feminine cut skirt could read a little too sickeningly sweet, but what saves this from being too much are the bold color and oversized print.  Yes, this is a very girlie look, but the girl who would wear this skirt and this print is just the right amount of sweet and spunky.

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

loft embellished t-shirt, mindy mae's market rose midi skirt, kate spade fucshia heels with rhinestone bow detail

Style Notes: Loft shirt (old; similar) / Mindy Mae’s Market skirt (winter 2015) / Kate Spade shoes via Last Chance (old; similar; budget friendly; flats) / Anne of Green Gables (winter 2015) / Essie Brides No Grooms / MAC Mineralize Lipstick- So Good

P.S. In case you happen to be in the market for a good floral print midi, shop the widget below.  The good news, all these lovely frocks are under $100; the bad news, you might find more than one you like!

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Not So Mellow Yellow

5 Comments 13 March 2015

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

I have a confession…I have worn this exact outfit three days in a row.  We lead busy, full lives ladies, so I say no harm no foul in having some closet heroines who can make a sleepy morning a little less taxing or can take the guess work out of what to wear when meeting up with friends or rushing out the door for a long anticipated date night.  This skirt has been in my wardrobe for less than a week and I can already tell we are going to have many an adventure this spring and summer!

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

When I picked up this skirt I didn’t really think through what I would wear it with, I just knew I loved the waistline, which nips in without being too constraining, the pockets, which are a mom’s best friend, and the bright pop of citron that helps infuse a little bit of spring in the lingering winter weeks.  When I got it home, this shirt, which I’ve had for a few years now (first seen here), seemed to scream out to be given a try.  I love the way the pop of yellow in the floral detail really stands out when paired with the bold color of the skirt.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

Another thing I really like about this pairing is the contrast of the feminine elements like the silhouette of the skirt, the Peter Pan collar and cap sleeves of the shirt, and the sweet, embellished daisy print with the more masculine lines of the skirt’s geo eyelet print.  The skirt’s underlining ends just shy of the hemline, offering a hint of sheerness.  Sheer elements may be on trend for spring, but they aren’t necessarily practical in day-to-day life.  What I appreciate about this skirt is that the sheer element of the skirt doesn’t reveal too much, which keeps this a piece that you could easily adapt for day or night.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

If you haven’t tried a midi skirt yet, this skirt is a great way to dip your toes into those waters.  They are hands down one of the most comfortable garments you will ever wear.  They look great with tights in cooler temps and bare legs in warmer.  This knee length is universally flattering as it doesn’t cut too much height and can be worn with flats, a kitten heel, or a slightly higher heel depending on the situation.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

The bright citron may seem a tad intimidating at first glance, but with the first day of spring right around the corner there is no better time to embrace a brighter hue.  This skirt looks great with black, but would be equally as great with a crisp white shirt tied at the waist, a comfy tank and jean jacket, or a graphic floral print.

loft geo eyelet skirt in citron, anthropologie black shirt with daisy print sleeves and Peter Pan collar, Kate Spade bag, and black heels with gold heel

Loft is offering 40% off this weekend!  No time like the present to begin prepping your closet for spring!

Style Notes: Anthropologie shirt (spring 2013; love) / Loft skirt (winter 2015) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; love) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014; love)

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