Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Lasting Valentine's Day Bouquets

What can I say? I like my flowers in my closet. If you too would prefer to bypass vases, water changes, and flowers that'll eventually wilt, this post is for you. These Valentine's Day bouquets are fuss-free, fabulous, and long-lasting.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Just Add Accessories

Have you been shopping the Ann Taylor sale? There are so many wardrobe essentials on sale, and the additional discount on markdowns is huge. At the moment, I believe there is an additional 50% off markdowns online.  If you are shopping for anything from a fancy blouse to slacks to dresses to a coat, check out that sale. I found the white tunic I'm wearing today at an Ann Taylor store for about $8. The in-store sale is that serious.

TopAnn Taylor (on sale) | option (on sale)
ScarfGift (old) | option
Pants℅ Venus 
ShoesJ.Crew (on sale)
BagLinea Pelle (on sale)
EarringsKate Spade (old) | want these
BangleKendra Scott
RingsAlexis Bittar, Kendra Scott
WatchMovado | Skagen option

For brunch yesterday, I wore the tunic with black skinny pants to create a classic combination. I added a silk scarf in bright shades of green to give the look more life. The yellow accents, an old pair of Kate Spade earrings and my J.Crew Roxie pumps, were then added to complement the green hues.

My leopard Linea Pelle clutch was an easy choice for carrying that day. The smaller size is perfect for a brunch date, and the print blended well with the overall look.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

#NOFOMO: Boosting My Swimsuit Confidence

This post is sponsored by Target.

Back in December, my husband and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. While booking our tickets, my inner critical voice kept telling me that my post-holiday body was far from "swimsuit-ready." I'm comfortable making clothing flatter my body in any shape, but swimsuits? They're so little. In Mexico, I relied on coverups and spent more time lounging around the Caribbean Sea instead of diving in and enjoying every moment to the fullest. Have you ever let insecurities prevent you from doing something you wanted to do?

We're planning a spring break getaway to an island neither of us has visited. I want to experience that island to the fullest. So, I've decided that my current body, thick thighs and all, is beach-ready. I'm so committed to shaking off my insecurities that I've already purchased my swimsuits.

I feel most confident in retro, super stylish, one piece swimsuits. So, when Target launched its 2016 swimsuit collection in-stores, I grabbed several styles in several sizes and had a major try-on session one night. By the way, if you prefer to try-on swimsuits at home, Target makes it easy to do so by offering free-shipping and free returns. I took a ton of selfies in the fitting room to help me decide which pieces I liked best.

The three pieces I chose in Target are so my style. They've got sexy details. They're comfortable. They each make bold fashion statements. I can't way for my trip so I can wear these flattering suits.

I was very pleased with the one piece swimsuit options at Target. They're sophisticated and fashion forward. I've always wanted a suit with mesh cutouts, and the one I'm wearing is under $40, y'all.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Spring Styles at the Outlets

Spring styles are arriving at our favorite outlet stores. I received a couple email blasts from factory retailers today, and the featured new arrivals got me excited about spring. Many of the new arrivals are already on sale too.

I'm shopping for a new trench coat this year since I donated a couple of my older styles. I'm leaning towards a soft trench in a neutral hue. Here's a trench that I'm definitely going to try on.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Feathers on Feathers: A Non-Boring Suit

When I have to wear a suit, I prefer to wear a non-boring suit. In today's look, I'm jazzing up a classic ensemble with feathersa feather print on the tuxedo jacket and feather accents on the pumps.

BlazerBCBG Max Azria | similar
PantsNine West
ShoesJ.Crew (on sale)
ClutchLoeffler Randall (on sale)
EarringsKendra Scott
Necklacec/o Collections by Joya
WatchMovado | Skagen option

I found the BCBG Max Azria "Bowie" feather print jacket for under $20 in Burlington Coat Factory. What a steal! It's such a distinctive jacket because of the all-over print and sharp silhouette.

I've worn this jacket several times before. I've worn it over black in the Feathers and Fringe post. I've worn it over a white top. To create a fun combination, I'm wearing the jacket over a stripe top in today's look. I was inspired by this Pretty Little Liars character who wore the same blazer over a graphic tee.

To complete the look, I added some of my current go-to accessories. I've been wearing my Kendra Scott "Dawson" ear climbers everyday since getting them. They feature an artsy, rose gold frame filled with Kyocera opals. I'm loving all the opal details in Kendra Scott's recent collections. Opal is my birthstone and I'm so excited to wear it these days. 

By the way, if you haven't already, you should enter my Kendra Scott earring giveaway. The Carey earrings ($85) you can win are stunning.