Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Fall's Tweed Trend

Tweed has emerged as a clear trend for fall. Open any magazine's September issue and you'll find a spread on tweed. I was wearing a beautiful blue tweed dress on Redbook's September cover. That dress, totally my style, reminded me that I already owned an equally beautiful tweed jacket in the same color family.

JacketINC International Concepts | similar
EarringsKendra Scott
Ring℅ Kendra Scott
WatchMovado | Skagen option
LipMac "Rebel" lipstickMac "Currant" lip pencil
BlushNYX powder blush in mocha

My tweed jacket was a bargain buy in Macy's about 3 years ago. The jacket fits right in with the modern tweed trend this year because of its hip details like draped lapels and fringe edges.

For today's look, the tweed jacket is the perfect finishing touch to a casual pairing of a white tank and dark skinny jeans. By the way, these Target jeans fit and wear amazingly well! I have a full review coming up next week, so I'll tell you more then. If you find yourself in Target, though, try them on. You'll thank me later.

No look is complete without a fab pair of shoes. My J.Crew Elsie fabric d'Orsay pumps is the pair for this look. The Elsie pump is my favorite shoe at J.Crew. Have you seen the Elsie Hologram d'Orsay? J.Crew has held off on markdowns on that pair, but I'll be patient and wait.

How do you feel about ear cuffs and ear crawlers? The Kendra Scott Caralyn ear cuffs made me a fan of the style. I got 'em in jewel, which is a combination of teal agate, blue kyocera pearl, and pave crystals. These ear cuffs are the perfect brightening touch to this look.

Another ghost sign sighting in St. Louis. This one, the old Mound City Buggy Company building, is located at the corner of N. Broadway and Cass Ave.

My tweed picks:

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

What's in My All-Day Bag

This post is sponsored by Always Liners.

Over the past couple weeks, I've been working on some cool projects that have made my days long. So, when I pack my bag in the morning, I try to make sure it has everything I need to survive the day, which has been ending at 9 PM on average lately. From my iPad to my notebook to my favorite Always Liners, peek inside my all-day bag.

What's in my all-day bag:

Productivity. I don't go anywhere without my favorite tech devices and writing materials.

Stay fresh. My bag is always stocked with essentials to stay feeling fresh and clean all day long. Deodorant. Hand sanitizer. Lotion. And, my must-have liners, the Always Xtra Protection Liners. These liners are comfortable and stay in place. I especially like the individually wrapped liners because I can just toss a few of them in my bag.

I often pack my all-day essentials in this handy travel pouch to keep things organized inside my bag.

Beauty. For occasional touch-ups, I always carry a comb, lip balm, and my lipstick of the day.

Eats. On the busiest of days, it's easy to forget to eat; I carry fruit bars as emergency food.

What are some of your all-day essentials?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Reader Request: Affordable, Non-boring, and All Black

A reader in our community feels limited by the all-black ensembles she's required to wear to fashion events for her new gig, so she reached out for help. I encouraged her to embrace this restrictive fashion choice and allow it to spark her creativity. Since I found some luxe-looking black separates at affordable prices recently, I decided to dedicate today's post to that reader and anyone else in a similar situation.

BlouseLoft (still in-store, $25)
ShortsMNG by Mango ($17.99)
ShoesJ.Crew | new glitter pair
ClutchRebecca Minkoff
NecklaceKate Spade  | option
EarringsKate Spade
Rings℅ Kendra Scott, Gorjana via Rocksbox
WatchMovado | Skagen option

Wearing all black doesn't have to be boring. Interesting details, like the lace sleeves on my Loft blouse, can make black quite striking. Mixing textures, playing with silhouettes, and embracing current trends are sure ways to make black stand out.

The right accessories can take any all-black look from drab to fab. From mixed metals to clusters of pearls to glitzy stacks, there are lots of jewelry options for making black pop. I'm wearing my Kate Spade "pearl street" necklace, which nicely complements the lace blouse.

A stylish pair of pumps will always make a great impression. I reached for one of my favorite pairs, the metallic stripe Elsie pumps, to jazz up this black ensemble. By the way, have you seen the new J.Crew Elsie glitter pumps? Wouldn't they be perfect for the party season? I'll be sure to tell you all when they go on sale.

Makeup is an easy way to add color to all-black attire. I'm wearing Mac 'Rebel' lipstick, which is my favorite dark ruby color to wear this time of year. I'm looking forward to trying Mac's Vamplify glosses. The reviews have been amazing. These glosses apparently have the shine of gloss but the color payoff and staying power of traditional lipstick. The Vamplify collection is available online now and hits stores this Thursday (September 3).

Building a black wardrobe can be quite affordable right now given the current sales at our favorite stores. I found the blouse I'm wearing at Loft for $25. The pleated tie-front shorts are only $17.99 in JCPenney. Black separates are great choices because they are so easy to mix and match.

My exploration of ghost signs in St. Louis continues in this post. This wall coated with fading signs of St. Louis' past is located on Lafayette Ave. I'm still doing research on the ad, which has been difficult since most of the words are illegible.


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Friday, August 28, 2015

A Versatile Dress for Fall

Luxe lace, scalloped edges, a dark ruby color, and a classic shift silhouette? I've been swooning over this Ann Taylor lace dress for a minute. So, when it went on sale recently, I decided to try it on. No surprise, I liked it.

DressAnn Taylor | Skirt option (both on sale)
ShoesJ.Crew (on sale)
NecklaceKate Spade  | option
EarringsKate Spade
Rings℅ Kendra Scott
WatchMovado | Skagen option
BlushNYX powder blush in mocha

Lately, I've been having to attend more events that require dressing up more than I usually do. I'm slowly accumulating dresses like the featured lace dress, then, that can easily be made suitable for all kinds of occasions. 

I've been eying this Kate Spade necklace since it first appeared in Nordstrom Rack. I've tried it on around ten times. I kept deciding not to purchase it because of a particular detail5 enormous beads that looked out of place. When the Nordstrom Rack price got marked down even further recently, I bought it and removed those beads. Now, it's perfect.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Putting YogaSmoga Activewear to the Test

I put serious demands on my activewear. My workout wear has to be moisture-wicking, soft, strong, and breathable. It also has to hold me in and stay in place. When I'm lifting heavy weights, the last thing I want to think about is my pants staying in place or my tank riding up.

I've been seriously considering a certain popular luxury fitness line, but I can't seem to see past its 2013 "thigh gap" controversy. I have no inner thigh gap after all. So, when YogaSmoga contacted me, a company that not only strives to create high quality fitness apparel but also aims to better people's lives, I was intrigued.

Tank℅ YogaSmoga
Leggings℅ YogaSmoga
Fitness glovesReebok

I'm wearing the YogaSmoga tickle me tank ($72 | on sale in select colors, $38) in a size 4. The tank has that loose-fitting style I love with a banded bottom. It's lightweight and airy. It also features a sturdy bra with medium support. 

On the bottom, I'm wearing the YogaSmoga momentum legging ($102) in a size 6. These leggings have a hip color blocked design. They're soft, lightweight, breathable, and supportive. 

Nike Flyknit

I took my new fitness apparel on a test run outside. I ran. I did burpees. I planked. I even tested my upper body strength on some monkey bars at a playground. My Yogasmoga gear delivered. The pieces fit and functioned so well that I could focus solely on my workout.