Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sweater Weather is Back

The April issue of Redbook magazine featured a chic pair of d'Orsay pumps that were supposedly only $6.99! How in the world, right? When I saw that price, I immediately went looking for those heels at the listed retailerAmi Clubwear. Of course, those heels were long gone.

A few days after learning of Ami Clubwear, a women's clothing shop based in Southern California, I was invited by the company to review a couple items. After that amazing shoe sighting in Redbook, I looked forward to shopping the Ami Clubwear store. Today's post shares what I got.

I chose a tribal print sweater ($24.99, $16.99), which arrived just in time for the cold front that hit St. Louis this week. It's an oversized sweater with long sleeves, a round neckline, and a hint of shimmer. The print and lightweight cotton of the sweater makes it perfect for multi seasonal wear.

I was also sent a coral, locket tote bag ($39.99). I'm not usually a fan of faux leather bags, but the texture of this bag is very similar to any fine saffiano leather. Let's just say, I was pleasantly surprised by how luxe-looking the bag is in person.

Sweaterc/o Ami Clubwear
JeansNine West | similarsimilar
Bagc/o Ami Clubwear
EarringsKate Spade
WatchMichael Kors | similar (on sale)
SunglassesKate Spade

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seeing Spots

If you're like me and experienced a declining interest in polka dots after the print dominated trends back in 2012, then you may want to give dots another try this year. 2014 signaled the triumphant return of dots, and dots have appeared on the scene in abstract form. From pattern-blocked dots to oversized dots to blurred dots, I've been seeing spots that are edgy, artsy, and overall very cool. Here are a few of my favorite sightings of spots this season.

3. Skirt

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Style

Today's post shares what I wore to brunch and a movie yesterday. My J.Crew matte crepe tee is worn over a sleeveless chambray shirt, and paired with ponte knit leggings. A print pump, beaded clutch, and colorful gem earrings add finishing touches.

What I like about this look is that it includes a couple items I altered to better suit my needs. I had the J.Crew tee hemmed because the cropped length makes it more wearable for me. I also removed the collar and sleeves from the chambray shirt. The collar on the shirt wasn't stiff enough and the sleeves were usually too bulky for layering. So, I got scissor happy and transformed the shirt into a sleeveless one with a mandarin collar.

ShirtNine West | similar
PantsAdrienne Vittadini | similar
ShoesJoe's Jeans
ClutchAldo (old) | similar, J.Crew option I love
EarringsKate Spade (on sale)
WatchMichael Kors | similar
NailsOPI 'You're Such a Budapest'

Friday, April 11, 2014

Print Mixing

As we count down to the opening of the runway portion of Saint Louis Fashion Week, St. Louis bloggers got together last night at Scape American Bistro for a blogger lounge. I wore a mixed print ensemble to celebrate the occasion, pairing the Gap slim cropped stripe pants with a J.Crew bar stripe tee. To mix things up even further, I added a pair of geometric print pumps that fit right in because they maintained the overall color story of the outfit.

TeeJ.Crew (old) | Now at J.Crew Factory
BlazerTahari | similar
ShoesJoe's Jeans
EarringsKate Spade Outlet | similar
NecklaceJ.Crew | similar
WatchMichael Kors | similar

A snap from Instagram sharing a few essentials this blogger took to the event last night:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Printed Pumps: Here Comes the Hotstepper

Whenever I see a woman wearing a fabulous printed pump, I start singing Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hotstepper" in my head. Do you do that too or is it just me?

I've been eying the J.Crew 'Falsetto' printed leather pumps for a minute now. These pumps have a vibrant geometric print that would jazz up an ensemble of solids or take a mixed print look to a whole new level. I'm not convinced yet, though, that J.Crew shoes warrant their high prices. So, I've been searching for a dupe for that "Falsetto" pump. I think I've finally found a lower-priced alternative in the Joe's Jeans 'Erika II' pump. Check it out below along with two other styles that I'm loving.