Monday, April 21, 2014

Gingham Style

Today's featured gingham dress is one of my favorite dresses from last spring and summer. The dress was a review item from eShakti and it fit so perfectly that I instantly became a fan of the brand. The dress features a snazzy gingham print and a chic obi sash in a contrasting print. The obi belt is removable and I often use it to add a little global flair to other dresses.

I wore this dress in the morning yesterday with a denim jacket. Perforated shooties and a perforated clutch added playful and edgy accents.

Dressc/o eShakti (old) | similar
JacketGap Outlet | similar
EarringsKate Spade
WatchMichael Kors | similar (on sale)
SunglassesKate Spade (on sale)
LipMac 'Red Balloon' lipstick (limited edition), Mac "Beet" lip pencil

Friday, April 18, 2014

Get Ready for Saint Louis Fashion Week!

The runway portion of Saint Louis Fashion Week (STLFW) begins next Wednesday! Are you ready? I'm looking forward to seeing you there. Today's post shares the complete runway schedule and some style inspiration for each event.

1. Spring into Fashion at the St. Louis Galleria opens the Spring 2014 runway season of STLFW. The show will feature looks styled by the Galleria's top stores.

2. Our next stop is Saks Fifth Avenue for a special runway presentation by Rebecca Minkoff. Rebecca Minkoff, most known for her playful and edgy designs, is undoubtedly an industry leader in luxury clothing, handbags, footwear, and accessories.

3. The final runway show, the STLFW Designer Showcase at St. Louis Union Station, presents collections by Novis, Harbison, Viktor Luna and Skif International. After browsing the collections of these designers, I'm most excited about this show.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

I spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos. I especially love watching "favorite things" videos by YT gurus I follow. From the latest beauty products for brown skin to tasty vegan snacks, I've learned of many of the products I currently use by watching those videos. I thought it would be fun, then, to do a favorite things blog post today. Here are a few things that I'm loving right now.

Printed pumps
I avoid shoes with a lot of fuss like buckles, straps, and ankle ties because they tend to hurt my feet. I'm really loving printed pumps, then, because standout prints make every step much more interesting in the classic and comfortable silhouette of a pump.
Dotted snakeskin pumps*
*(I ordered this pair during a 40% off sale online. I have to reorder a 1/2 size smaller though)

Drop/Chandelier earrings
During the warmer months, I pass on wearing my statement necklaces to save them from overexposure to sun and sweat. Statement earrings become my go-to accessories for jazzing up my summer ensembles.

Beauty products
My beauty routine is stripped down to the basics during the warmer months. Melting foundation is never a good look, right? Liner, mascara, concealer (for the scars that remain after my bout with adult chickenpox), lipstick, and I'm out the door. Here's what I'll be using:
The Spring 2014 runway season signaled the triumphant return of cat-eye glasses and sunglasses. Designers like Milly and Fendi showed us that cat-eye specs add loads of retro glam to any look. I'm convinced and found this pair at Nordstrom Rack.
Kate Spade 'Cordelia'

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