Monday, January 26, 2015

Wardrobe Staples Saved My Weekend Style

If my ponte knit leggings could talk, I would worry about the kinds of things they would say. "You just wore me yesterday. Don't you think it's time for a backup pair? I'm getting worn out." I found my favorite pair by Adrienne Vittadini in Marshalls in 2010. They have a clean, sleek silhouette that always adds instant chic to my style.

Yesterday, when I had to get dressed for in-between weather in St. Louis, my look began with my favorite pair of ponte pants. No matter the temperature, these pants just work. When paired with another wardrobe staple, a white button up pullover shirt, I knew I had my look for the day. A leopard scarf (tied as an infinity scarf), my new Kate Spade Saturday flats, and a yellow handbag add a little flavor.

ScarfThe Limited | similar
PantsAdrienne Vittadini | similar
BagKate Spade
EarringsKate Spade
BraceletJ.Crew | option
LipMac "Carmine Rouge' lipstick |  try "Ruby Woo", Mac 'Brick' lip pencil
SunglassesMichael Kors ℅ SmartBuyGlasses

Friday, January 23, 2015

Olive and Yellow

I have finally started using Pinterest. I know. I know. I'm so late to the game, but I get it now. I've even been busy pinning away inspiration for upcoming events and posts. Today's look was inspired by a few pics I pinned from the preview of Banana Republic's Spring 2015 collection under Marissa Webb's lead. There are a few looks in that collection that mix olive (or khaki green or seaweed) with shades of yellow. That combination is so striking!

We've experienced a bout of spring weather in St. Louis recently, so I thought I'd give that olive and yellow combination a try. In today's post, an olive green linen jacket is paired with a stripe tank, black ponte pants, gold jewelry, and a yellow clutch.

TankGap | Old Navy version
JacketMNG by Mango (on sale in jcp) | Mango version (on sale)
Pants℅ Ross Dress for Less
BagKate Spade
EarringsHouse of Harlow
BraceletJ.Crew | matching earrings
RingsJ.Crew Sliced ringJ.Crew Chunky Stone ringJ.Crew Orb ring
WatchMichael Kors
LipMac "Carmine Rouge' lipstick | try "Ruby Woo", Mac 'Brick' lip pencil

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Maximize Earnings on Your Unwanted Jewelry

In some ways, this blog is about acquiring things, but often, I think about getting rid of things too. Especially at the start of a new year. Who wants to start 2015 with deadweight in their wardrobes, right? I know exactly what to do with clothing I no longer want. As I think back on my collection, though, I've noticed that I've gotten rid of higher end jewelry like diamonds and I never knew the best way to do that.

If you're like me and just personally don't like diamonds or you have diamond gifts from folks you'd like to forget or perhaps you have diamond jewelry that no longer suits your style, Diamond Lighthouse promises to get you the most money for those pieces. Diamond Lighthouse, a New York City-based business with over 30 years of diamond buying and selling experience, bridges the gap between diamond owners and the market of buyers (dealers and jewelers). What makes Diamond Lighthouse unique is that the company doesn't buy your diamonds, it simply sells them for you, a setup that ensures you get the most money for your pieces.

Diamond Lighthouse's process prioritizes security and transparency. You mail your diamond in a prepaid package that's fully insured. The opening of your package and the evaluation of the diamond is video recorded for added security. You're given access to an online portal to track offers once your diamond is made available to dealers and jewelers. For more on this process, watch this quick video. You accept an offer you like and then you are paid via the method of your choice. If this sounds like a service you could use, visit Diamond Lighthouse.

Disclosure: The post is in collaboration with Diamond Lighthouse. All of the opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Secret Sale at Kate Spade Saturday

There's a big sale at Kate Spade Saturday! Some sale items are marked down by as much as 75%. This sale is so serious, y'all, that I ended my shopping moratorium for January. Yeah, I've been editing my wardrobe this monthremoving items, making alterations, and re-imagining styling possibilitiesand trying not to add any new items during the process. But, when I saw that the Kate Spade Saturday t-strap metallic flats were only $40.50 (orig. $135), I couldn't resist purchasing a pair.

Here are my favorite deals in the current sale:
Gold dot dress, $47.50 (orig. $199)
A-line coat (also in teal and black), $116 (orig. $290) 
Gold t-strap metallic flats, $40.50 (orig. $135)
Ribbon blue t-strap flats, $40.50 (orig. $135)

More fab sale items at Kate Spade Saturday:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pearls Make a Comeback for Valentine's Day

In the last couple years, I have become so drawn to fashion jewelry. What can I say? I love fancy baubles. The one thing I still prefer to buy real, though, are pearls. Classic and super sophisticated pearls. They're timeless after all. I was recently introduced to The Pearl Source, a California-based supplier of virtually every type of pearl that exists. You name it. The Pearl Source has it. Tahitian South Sea pearls. Japanese Akoya pearls. Freshwater pearls. There's a pearl necklace, a pair of earrings, or a bracelet at The Pearl Source that's perfect for everyone at every price point.

Pearls have taken on a new life in the past year, reemerging as modern and edgy. Layer a pearl necklace with chunky gold chains. Stack a pearl ring with mixed metal rings. Pair your pearl earrings with a spike ear jacket. The styling possibilities are truly endless. These favorite picks from The Pearl Source, then, will be perfect for anyone no matter their style. And, with Valentine's Day around the corner, the season's hottest jewelry trend will surely sizzle as a gift.

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with The Pearl Source. All of the opinions and images are my own, except the stock photos of pearls (from used in the graphic.