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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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How to Style a Sweatshirt

2 Comments 14 November 2014

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

I’m not usually a sweatshirt kind of girl, but when a sweatshirt pays homage to the greatest band of all time who am I to resist its cozy allure?  Part of what keeps me from wearing sweatshirts on the regular is that their unstructured shape doesn’t always mesh with my preference for more polished, dressier garments, but I am willing to take a step outside my comfort zone for something with a quirky vibe.  The trick to feeling confident in something you would normally steer clear of is to find a way to make it work with your every day style.

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

One thing that makes this sweatshirt a winner for me is the fact that it has a great 60s mod vibe to it with the bold white typography set against a black background.  Finding something outside your comfort zone that has design elements or features that you adore makes it a whole lot easier to don that garment and retain a sense of yourself.  To further the playfulness of the sweatshirt, I layered it over a sleeveless shirt with a great orange peter pan collar.  I love the way the pop of color really stands out against the black and white elements.  When it came time to figure out what to pair the sweatshirt with this pencil skirt from Target immediately came to mind.  The plaid print continues the 60s feel of the look and provides a hint of preppy charm that’s in keeping with my personal style.

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

Graphic tees and sweatshirts are kind of having a moment.  Here are a few more that I am loving:

& Apparel:

Hello Apparel:

Junk in the Trunk Vintage:

Style Notes: Beatles sweatshirt- only found in store at Nordstrom (summer 2014) / Anthropologie shirt (spring 2013; love) / Target skirt (fall 2014; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; similar)

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Blazing a Trail Into The Holidays

No Comments 02 November 2014

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

With Halloween behind us, my attentions are now focused on the upcoming holiday season.  The chill in the air, the hunt for the perfect gifts for my loved ones, and the numerous opportunities to get together with coworkers, friends, and family make for my favorite time of year.  Because so many holiday gatherings, especially those with colleagues and friends, happen after work it’s important to have a few tried and true looks that are polished enough to see you through the work day but that can also be easily transitioned for some evening fun.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

One of my favorite day to night pieces is a menswear influenced blazer.  One of my favorite go-to blazers is this white blazer with tuxedo inspired lapels.  It makes for an especially easy way to add a little something extra that can take you from work to a holiday soiree.  A tuxedo striped pant is the perfect compliment to the blazer not to mention is a pant sophisticated enough for the office and fun enough to wear into the night.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

To keep things appropriate for work wear a simple black shirt underneath.  Here I chose to pair the blazer with a black peplum to add some femininity to the outfit, but it would look just as great with a simple black tank or tee.  Once the evening falls, I would don a belt, especially if pairing the blazer with a peplum, as the belt will help define the waistline and is another way to add some whimsy to the look.  I paired the blazer and peplum with a bow belt to further play off the menswear, tuxedo vibe of the look.   Fun accessories, like a colorful clutch, that can be thrown on before heading out to meet friends help transition the look from work attire to holiday frock.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

Style Notes: Gap blazer (winter 2012;similar) / Target peplum (spring 2013; similar) / Anthropologie belt (winter 2013; similar) / Ann Taylor pants (summer 2011; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; love) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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How To Wear A Pencil Skirt This Fall: Schoolgirl Plaid

1 Comment 17 October 2014

When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance.   I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag– perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for.  Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal!  See looks one and two here.

mustard cable sweater, plaid pencil skirt, brown loafers

New pencils, notebooks and folders may not be on your fall shopping list anymore, but with back-to-school vibes in the air one of this season’s hottest trends, plaid, is the perfect print to lend some prep school charm to a pencil skirt. Plaid comes in a variety of colors and proportions so it’s a print that is easily dressed up with a little sparkle for a night out or dressed down with cozy sweaters, graphic tees, and embellished sweatshirts for those crisp autumn days when you drop the kids off at school, meet your girlfriends for coffee, or browse the local farmers’ market.
mustard cable sweater, plaid pencil skirt, brown loafers
In this look, the mustard cable knit sweater and blue and black plaid skirt complement one another to create a cozy, polished feeling. Normally, a heel is the most flattering shoe choice to elongate the feminine lines of a pencil skirt, but in this case a loafer is the perfect shoe pairing to add a little prep school uniform vibe, not to mention comfort, to the look. The quirky necklace and book clutch are another nod to geek chic and complete this look’s perfect mix of preppy comfort and feminine charm.
mustard cable sweater, plaid pencil skirt, brown loafers
Style Notes: Old Navy sweater (summer 2014) / Target skirt (fall 2014; similar) / Old Navy loafers (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace (cute) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; similar) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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