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Summertime Fun with Shabby Apple

No Comments 18 June 2015

 

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, and brown Loft belt

Summertime means a few things to me: catching up on reading, swimming, buckets of ice tea, visiting  family and friends back home, picnics, and BBQs.  We are headed to IN in a couple of weeks and will spend most of our evenings on my parents’ back porch grilling and eating with family and friends, watching the kids run around the backyard, and playing a rousing game of croquet.  Of course, the perfect summer picnic or backyard BBQ requires an adorable frock that’s comfortable, easy to move in for all those fun backyard games, and appropriate for the occasion.  When Shabby Apple sent me this gingham print dress I immediately thought of IN and all the meals and fun to be had outdoors!

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

I can’t resist a feminine cut dress and it doesn’t get much more feminine than a gingham wrap dress.  The tie at the waistline adds definition and creates the illusion of a narrow waist while also making this a simple dress to throw on and head out the door.  If the backyard festivities include a dip in the pool this dress would make a great coverup so you don’t have to waste precious time changing at the party.  If you have little ones, you know how quickly you need to be pool ready once they see the water!

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Stylish simplicity is the key to feeling unencumbered while enjoying those backyard games, so keep accessories to a minimum.  Here I let the print take center stage and only added a belt at the waist for a little extra definition.  The embellished slides add visual interest as well, but are also great shoes to kick off and take off running through the grass for a game of tag.

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

If you get a little steamy cooking over the grill or the competition gets a little fierce once the games begin, throwing a head wrap or headband in your hair, especially if you have shorter hair and can’t put it back in a ponytail, is a great way to stay cool and look chic.  It’s also a great go-to accessory when getting out of a pool to look pulled together, even if your hair is a little limp!

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Shabby Apple Praline dress, red sunglasses, embellished Target slides and brown Loft belt

Want a little more summertime fun inspiration?  Check out my Pinterest board, Summertime Fun with Shabby Apple, for yummy recipe ideas, decor inspo, and of course, fabulous fashion!

Style Notes:  Shabby Apple dress (c/0; spring 2015) / Target sandals (spring 2015) / Sunglasses (old; love) / Nordstrom headband via Last Chance (spring 2015; cute) / MAC Diva (spring 2015) / Essie Groove is in the Heart (spring 2015)

This post brought to you by Shabby Apple. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Summer Whites

No Comments 08 June 2015

 

White embellished Ann Taylor shirt, White Loft midi skirt, Target embellished slides

In the summer I am all about clothes that are high on style without compromising on comfort and ease of wear. An all white ensemble is one of the most effortless looks to don without being too dressed down and can easily take you from morning to night with an addition of an accessory or a quick change of shoes.  While all white is a major trend this summer, let’s be honest, it’s always a good idea for late spring and summer, so whether your personal style trends boho or classic you can easily find some white closet staples to see you through the summer heat.

White embellished Ann Taylor shirt, White Loft midi skirt, Target embellished slides

Short of scoring major bargains, I try to avoid doing a lot of shopping during June and July to save money for back to school purchases, so my closet gets heavily remixed during this time.  Here I took one of my favorite summer purchases from last year and paired it with a white midi skirt I scored on major sale this spring.  Remember to shop your closet before spending more money when trying a trend or emulating a look you’ve seen on someone else!

White embellished Ann Taylor shirt, White Loft midi skirt, Target embellished slides

Both of these are items I can easily wear to work, but they also work for more casual events.  If I wanted to wear this look to work, church, or professional meetings I would simply tuck the shirt in for a more polished look, but for summer outings I like the knotted tie at the waist that can easily be styled to bare a little bit of midriff.  I love a good crop top, but at 37 and after two babies just a peek of my abs is all anyone needs to be subjected too!  A crisp white blouse, chambray, or other button down tied at the waist is a quick and easy way to make a work staple a little more casual.

White embellished Ann Taylor shirt, White Loft midi skirt, Target embellished slides

Another way to keep things casual and cool is to try a pair of slides rather than a traditional wedge, espadrille, or heeled sandal.  Slides are obviously high on comfort, but this season there are a lot of statement slides that add instant embellishment to a look.  One of my styling tricks for surviving the extreme temps and humidity of summer is to look for pieces that have statement making elements built in so you can avoid layering on accessories in the heat.  Target has a variety of options this year; if you aren’t too sure about this shoe trend start there so you don’t invest a ton of money.  What I especially like about this pair is that they look just as great with a pair of short, jeans, skirt, or dress.  They are definitely a must-have when packing for summer trips as they offer a lot of styling options.

White embellished Ann Taylor shirt, White Loft midi skirt, Target embellished slides

White embellished Ann Taylor shirt, White Loft midi skirt, Target embellished slides

Style Notes: Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; similar) / Loft skirt (spring 2015; purchased at 60% off) / Target sandals (spring 2015) / Essie Pansy (spring 2015)

 

 

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Jumping outside of my comfort zone

1 Comment 28 May 2015

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I’m a creature of habit.  I tend to eat the same foods day in and day out and you could set a clock to my morning and afternoon workout routines.  My personal style operates in a fairly similar fashion.  I tend to have a few styles, colors, and prints I gravitate towards and I don’t really bother to step outside of that box.  For the most part, this status quo attitude suits my busy lifestyle just fine.  The fewer things I have to mull over at 4:30 in the morning or after a long day of work the better.  Consequently, there are a few styles I’ve admired from afar but have never actually tried.  Case in point, the jumpsuit.  I’ve stayed away from jumpsuits pretty much my entire life.  They scream boho, cool girl to me and my style is definitely not boho nor could I ever be accused of being cool.  Lest you think I protest too much, I geeked out over a box of textbooks I received for a fellowship I’m doing this summer.  Cool?  Never.  Dork?  Always! So while I admire jumpsuits and think every girl I’ve ever seen in one looks amazing, I’ve never even tried one on let alone considered owning one.  Who knows what overcame me, but when I saw this jumpsuit at Anthro I didn’t hesitate to sling it over my arm and promptly try it on.  Even more shocking is that I actually liked the jumpsuit look and ended up making the purchase only to then leave it sitting in the bag in my closet for two weeks before getting up the nerve to wear it outside of my home.  Old habits die hard, right?

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What truly sold me on this version of the jumpsuit was the same thing that made me hesitant to wear it outside of the judgment free zone of my house…the wide legged pants.  My legs have grown quite accustomed to a very tapered, tailored fit, so the cut seems even more of an extreme proportion.  I’m not usually into the whole 70s vibe, but something about spending the summer months in such a flowy, glamorous garment appeals to me.  Interestingly, the part that made me the most hesitant to actually keep this jumpsuit is one of the first things other women comment on.  Most people think this is a long maxi dress until they see me walk and when they realize its pants they love it even more.

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I also really like the way the tailored bodice helps to balance out the wider silhouette of the legs.  It helps to define the shoulders and waistline, thus giving a more slimming appearance to a garment that is cut fairly wide.  The v shaped neckline provides just the right amount of sex appeal without exposing too much.  If you have little ones or are less inclined to show off that much skin you could always wear a delicate lace lined tank or bralette for more coverage.  The silhouette and print called for more tribal influenced accessories, so I went for a gold statement necklace made in Africa and a single gold bracelet that looks like a stack of gold bangles.  The gold pieces really stand out against the indigo blue of the jumpsuit and help add to the overall glamorous feel of the look.

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The sophisticated feel of this jumpsuit continues in the back with just the right amount of exposed skin and the solid indigo panel that starts at the shoulders.  It leaves just enough to the imagination while being airy enough to wear to a summer evening concert, BBQ, or wedding.

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Now that I have finally given jumpsuits a fair shot, I am left wondering what other things I will discover if I just step outside of my comfort zone from time to time!

If you are interested in trying a jumpsuit this summer, I’ve linked to several cute ones, all under $100, below.

 

Style Notes: Anthropologie jumpsuit (spring 2015) / Target wedges (spring 2015; similar) / Anthropologie necklace (summer 2014; similar) / Rocksbox bracelet (similar)

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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

No 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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Work Style: Fake it ’till you make it

2 Comments 14 January 2015

herringbone shirt with faux leather sleeves, black and grey infinity scarf, black faux leather pencil skirt, and silver metallic kitten heels

This is the time of year where I long for a break from moderate winter weather, so if Mother Nature won’t cooperate at least I can turn to some closet staples that will help create an illusion of cooler temps without turning into a sweaty mess by the end of the day.  With its herringbone print and faux leather sleeves, this shirt is one of those pieces that helps me pretend that I am experiencing some form of winter weather that requires heavier textures and layers without looking too crazy.

herringbone shirt with faux leather sleeves, black and grey infinity scarf, black faux leather pencil skirt, and silver metallic kitten heels

At its core this shirt is a structured t-shirt, which keeps it looking tailored and feeling extremely comfortable…a winning combo for the work week, especially on those days where your work day is extended a few extra hours due to meetings or deadlines or, on a much brighter note, you find yourself meeting up with friends or a dinner date after work.  Rather than accessorizing with a statement necklace, I went with a fuzzy infinity scarf to lend a more cozy, wintry vibe to the look.  Since leather can read a little tough, the scarf helps to tone down the rock ‘n roll vibe, but because it is in the same hues as the shirt and skirt and has a faux fur quality it still lends a sophisticated air to the outfit.

herringbone shirt with faux leather sleeves, black and grey infinity scarf, black faux leather pencil skirt, and silver metallic kitten heels

Style Notes: Esley shirt from Burlap Penguin (winter 2014; similar) / Anthropologie scarf (winter 2013; similar) / Isaac Mizrahi for Target (old; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade bracelet (old; love) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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