Friday, September 12, 2014

#RossFallFaves: Neon Bright Activewear

It's week three of the #RossFallFaves styling challenge. If you missed week one or two, check out #RossFallFaves: The Fancy Shift and #RossFallFaves: Black and Gold. This week, I've been tasked with styling an outfit for a workout. Since neon is projected to brighten things up this fall, I thought it would be fun to add a few bright splashes to my workout wear. A neon orange top and electric lime sneakers anchor this look.

Vote for your favorite look on the Ross Facebook Page for a chance to win a $150 Ross gift card.

Location: Compton Hill Reservoir Park, St. Louis
Ross Items styled:
Active neon top, $8.99 (retail: $49.99) | option
Active pants, $12.99 (retail: $36) | similar
Sneakers, $39.99 (retail: $85) | similar

Disclosure: I was invited by Ross to participate in the styling challenge and provided with Ross gift cards to shop for each look. As always, all of the images, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Styling a Denim Skirt

I'm almost always willing to substitute a skirt for pants. So, since denim skirts are having a moment this year, my jeans might temporarily be replaced by a fab denim skirt this fall. Why oh why didn't I keep all my denim skirts from back in the day? No worries though. There are lots of denim skirts to choose from this season. I'm really digging the Madewell denim skirt because of its perfect wash and subtle A-line silhouette. The Old Navy denim pencil skirt (under $30) is quite fly too. Here's one way I'd wear a denim skirt right now.

J.Crew blouse (on sale)
J.Crew necklace (on sale)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grey and Navy: Take 2

If you've seen my Grey and Navy post, then you already know that that color combination is a favorite of mine. Today's post brings the colors together again. This time, a lightweight grey sweater tops a pair of navy shorts. The look is completed by grey suede booties and pops of color from jewelry in my latest Rocksbox. By the way, if you haven't tried the Rocksbox jewelry subscription service yet, test it for one month FREE (get a special code here).

SweaterStandard James Perse | similar
ShortsJ.Crew (on sale)
BootsSam Edelman | flat option
Clutch℅ Accessorize | similar
EarringsLoren Hope via Rocksbox*
BraceletHouse of Harlow via Rocksbox*
WatchMichael Kors | similar
SunglassesMichael Kors ℅ SmartBuyGlasses | also here
LipMac 'Heroine' lipstickMac 'Heroine' lip pencil
NailsOPI "Berlin There Done That"

Here's a closer look at all the contents of my latest Rocksbox:

*Disclosure: I received a 3-month subscription to Rocksbox free of charge for review purposes. As always, all of the opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Gap Bag To Tote This Fall

I never plan to let my handbag get full. But, when fall rolls around, it seems like there's so much stuff to carry. From gloves to a scarf to lip balm, my fall handbag essentials are plentiful. During that season, then, my preferred bag to carry is a sizable tote. Buttery soft leather. Simple silhouette. Straps long enough to comfortable sit on the shoulder when wearing a coat. You knowthe basics. The Gap must've been listening because the store's new leather tote is perfect.

The Gap leather tote retails for $135, but it'll surely be on sale in no time. I've got my eye on the willow pink tote.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Shoes as Building Blocks

As you may know, I'm participating in the #RossFallFaves styling challenge. Even though I was provided a stipend to shop four complete looks, I wanted to make $mart purchases. One important strategy I used while out shopping for this campaign, was to ensure that I found appropriate pieces for the looks that also fit my overall wardrobe. I only purchased items that could operate as wardrobe building blocks, remixable pieces I would want to wear again.

I'm so pleased with my Ross purchases and I've already been wearing those items a lot. My pewter oxfords (cheaper here in limited sizes) with the cutout sides, though, is surely one of my favorite Ross buys. I was just in NYC for a few days and styled each of the outfits I wore there around those oxfords. When in NYC, I move around the city via subway and bus, so comfy-chic shoes are a must. These oxfords were perfectly comfortable for traveling and right-on-trend for styling.

Today's post shares a look I wore to breakfast in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The oxfords fit right in with a printastic blouse by Tracy Reese (found in Nordstrom Rack), ponte knit pants (also from Ross), and my J.Crew mixed resin earrings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC
 TopPlenty by Tracy Reese | similar
Pantsc/o Ross Dress for Less | similarsimilar
Shoesc/o Ross Dress for Less | similar
EarringsJ.Crew (on sale)
WatchMichael Kors | similar

Friday, September 05, 2014

#RossFallFaves: Black and Gold

It's week two of the #RossFallFaves styling challenge. Missed week one? Check out #RossFallFaves: The Fancy Shift. This week, I've been tasked with styling an outfit for a friend outing. For this look, I purchased a few metallic must-haves for fall, including pewter oxfords, a mixed metal necklace, and a cross body bag with chain link trim. These metallic accessories pop against a black base comprising an eyelet crop top and ponte knit pants.

Vote for your favorite look on the Ross Facebook Page for a chance to win a $150 Ross gift card.

Ross Items styled:
Designer top, $24.99 (retail: $99) | similar
Designer pants, $26.99 (retail: $59.50) | similarsimilar
Oxfords, $29.99 (retail: $119) | similar
Necklace, $14.99 (retail: $50) | similar
Cross body bag, $13.99 (retail: $22) | similar

Disclosure: I was invited by Ross to participate in the styling challenge and provided with Ross gift cards to shop for each look. As always, all of the images, ideas, and opinions are my own.