Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Print Dress Perfection

Hello, print dress! I see you with your sexy halter neckline and graphic print combining shades of blue, orange, yellow, and cream. I also see that new sale price of $32 (orig. $49) that you're rocking.

What can I say? The Venus printed dress had my attention at first sight.

SandalsJ.Crew (on sale)
BagKate Spade | must have this
EarringsJ.Crew (old) | option
BraceletJ.Crew (old)
RingGorjana Teagan ring via Rocksbox (free month w/code economyofstylexoxo)
WatchMichael Kors
LipMac "Carmine Rouge" lipstick, Mac "Brick" lip pencil
BlushNYX powder blush in mocha
NailsEssie 'Braziliant'

Sizing? I'm wearing the dress in a size small

Venus Swim & Fashion, most popular for its affordably-priced swimwear, is an up-and-coming brand targeting the style needs of confident and unique women. If you're like me, you've probably received a Venus catalog before and overlooked it. What's a swimwear brand doing selling clothing anyway? I'm so glad, then, that the folks at Venus invited me to explore the brand's clothing selections because I now have a new source for stylish and affordable clothes.

This dress is so stunning. It's an easy to wear, versatile piece that'll make getting dressed in the summer a breeze. Outdoor wedding. Party in the park. Sunday brunch. Don't judge me for wearing this dress everywhere.

I wore the dress like this to a meeting this week. It was a fashion meeting and hence totally appropriate. My J.Crew buckled mid-heel sandals kept the look summer chic. My old Kate Spade ostrich-embossed bag picks up the hint of yellow in the print of the dress. Lots of gold accessories stand out, but don't compete with the print.

Location: Armory of the 138th Infantry, Missouri National Guard (Old Armory)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Head to Toe in H&M for about $100

Have you been in H&M lately? The new arrivals in store right now will get you excited about summer style. Color. Print. Texture. Items that look much more luxe than their affordable price tags. I practically had to drag myself out of the store to avoid buying one of everything. I did, however, fall instantly for (and purchase) the textured yellow dress featured in today's look. The sexy cut at the top paired with a subtle A-line shape make this dress a go-to piece for all kinds of summer affairs for many summers. The best part is the dress is only $34.99. Here's one way to wear the dress using only pieces from H&M.

Dress ($34.99) | Necklace ($12.95) | Clutch ($34.95) | Sandals ($49.99)

Ordering online? I purchased the dress in a size 6. The fabric is a textured stretch and hence very accommodating and forgiving. The size 4 "fit," but looked more like a bodycon dress on my pear shape. I chose the size 6 to achieve the intended shift silhouette of the dress.

More fab dresses at H&M:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stripes, Red, and Rainbows

Hands down. I live in the coolest and most diverse part of St. Louis. Moving around in my area is always a treat because I'm guaranteed to see things that inspire me. All kinds of inspiration too. Often, style inspiration. A display at Rooster celebrating a momentous Pride weekend got me excited about styling a look that would pop against that backdrop. So, I pulled together some favorites from my wardrobea stripe crop top and red midi skirt. Here's how it all came together.

TopForever 21
SkirtMNG by Mango | similar
SandalsJ.Crew (on sale)
EarringsKate Spade
RingGorjana Teagan ring via Rocksbox (free month w/code economyofstylexoxo)
WatchMichael Kors
LipMac "Heroine" lipstickMac "Heroine" lip pencil
BlushNYX powder blush in mocha
NailsEssie 'Braziliant'

The J.Crew sandals I'm wearing are the most comfortable sandals ever. They look amazing, too, with their striking crisscrossed ankle strap and bold gold buckles. I hesitated to purchase a pair in black, but this black sandal has been the perfect complement to many looks this summer.

Location: Rooster on South Grand, St. Louis
Decorative piece at Rooster

I often get inspiration for some of my color pairings and print mixes from people, places, and things I see on South Grand. Creative energy can truly come from anywhere.

This red, pleated midi skirt (see the same style at Asos) is one of my favorite buys from the MNG by Mango line available at jcpenney. Get this. I think I purchased it on sale with coupons for about $5 (orig. $80). The line is filled with super chic pieces at affordable prices. The pieces often go on sale, and there's always a jcp coupon available for additional savings. 

MNG by Mango favorites now on sale (grab this coupon):

Friday, June 26, 2015

Shoe Twins: J.Crew Elsie Jacquard Pumps

I met my shoe twin recently. On Instagram, no doubt. So, naturally, we've been chatting a lot about shoes and thought it was time to collaborate to share that shoe love with you. Since this is the first post, I'm excited to introduce you to Hayet Rida.  Hayet is originally from Accra, Ghana, but currently lives and works in Chicago. Read on to learn more about why I adore her and to see how we're both wearing our J.Crew Elsie jacquard pumps (now on sale) with distressed jeans.

My outfit: Kate Spade Saturday dress as top (option) | Old Navy jeans | J.Crew pumps
Hayet's outfit: Details on That Hayet Rida (see how she also got creative with her top)

1.  How would you describe your style?
What I love the most about my style is that it is very unpredictable. Some days, I am straight up Jenna Lyons; other days, I am all black; and other days, it looks like someone spilled fairy dust on me. I typically dress how I feel, but there is always a pop. I guess you can say my style is unpredictable with a side of pop. Something on me is always the pop, whether it is my shoes, my lips, or jewelry.

2.  When did you realize that style was important to?
I grew up in a family of very very well dressed women, so style was always a large part of our lives. My older sister is a fashion stylist, so fashion is something we always grew up talking about. The challenge was that I always knew what I wanted to look like, but could never find anything that would fit me. Moving to America exposed me to lots of plus size brands and allowed me to experiment with different looks and styles (I went through a million phases). But, I would say I truly found my style over this past year. I grew up, I took the reigns of my life, and I knew the woman I wanted to be. When that happened, my style was just another outlet of the real Hayet.
3.  What is your signature or go-to piece of clothing? Accessory? Outfit?
SHOES!!! I am a sucker for a bold print shoe. It really elevates any look. However, I own too many walk-and-sits (shoes that you can only take 10 steps in and then have to sit down). So, other than those, I would say a bold statement necklace. My all-time favorites are Christie Brown statement pieces.

4.  What piece do you rely on to jazz up an outfit?
You knew I was going to say shoes, but when you think about it, you can wear the most expensive clothing or the boldest looking piece, but if you don’t have the attitude or confidence to rock it, then you might as well show up in pajamas.

5.  What are your favorite brands or designers to shop?
I am just going to flat out admit it, J.Crew has my heart, my mind, and my wallet. They have the full range from key basics to flat out bold statement clothing and shoes. The best part is that they have a range of sizes from 0 – 20 (which not many people actually know).

So, what can you expect from this collaboration? Hayet and I will occasionally check in to showcase the many ways we wear our favorite J.Crew shoes. Just so you know, Hayet shares our love of a good bargain, is not afraid to return items that don't work, and prioritizes comfort when getting dressed.

Stay tuned for more from the shoe twins. 
Follow our Instagram accounts to see first what we'll be working on:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Classics With A Pop

Seersucker pants. Crisp cotton shirt. The makings of a classic summer chic look get a little pop from a pair of d'Orsay pumps with a vibrant print in today's inspiration look. The cluster choker necklace and snake embossed clutch are standouts too.