Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Favorites: Florals, Purple, & Vintage

Something floral. Something purple. Something old. Today's look, an outfit I wore to brunch yesterday, features a few of my favorite things, all bargain finds this summer. The bold graphic floral blouse and the pleated shorts are sale-on-sale purchases from J.Crew. The necklace is a special find from CS Gems, a St. Louis-area jewelry retailer committed to making vintage pieces modern again. CS Gems sells repurposed vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry via etsy at CSVintageGems. The company also hosts monthly flash sales on Facebook.

TopJ.Crew (on sale)
ShortsJ.Crew (on sale)
ShoesTory Burch | similar
BagKate Spade | similar, option
Necklace℅ CS Gems
WatchMichael Kors | similar

Saturday, July 26, 2014


This month, I've been participating in Alive magazine's #31DaysOfMovement, a month-long pledge to improved health and fitness in July. Since the end of July is near, I thought I'd share some of the things I've been doing to keep it moving during the month. From getting an accountability partner to trying new things, I've never been more excited to work it out during the summer.

1. Partner Up
Team work makes the dream work, right? Knowing that I have a friend waiting at the gym for me, is often the extra encouragement I need to get out of bed on those mornings when it is difficult to do so. Partner workouts are also fun.

Favorite Nike Trainers (on sale)

2. Add Resistance
There was a time when Zumba was the only routine that would get me into a gym. After several years of doing it, though, I plateaued. Adding resistance to my workouts was just the shock my body needed. 

Best fitness gloves ever!

3. Take it Outside
I love being outside and hope to soak up every moment of sunshine this summer. So, I take some of my workouts to the great outdoors. From running stairs to riding a bike, burning calories never felt so good.

4. Try Something New
Since overcoming the intimidation of weight training, I feel like I can conquer anything. From yoga to various types of group fitness classes, I've been trying new things. Rock Climbing and CrossFit are next on my list this summer.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Alive magazine. All of the opinions and ideas are my own.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Summery Mix

One of my favorite Anthropologie purchases is the Carrizo mini skirt, a pull-on, silk skirt with a beautiful floral print. I purchased the skirt on sale for under $30 back in 2012. Since finding that bargain, I actively seek amazing sale finds in Anthropologie. So, if you love the styles in Anthropologie, but you aren't quite a fan of the price point, wait for markdowns. Anthropologie knows how to throw a good sale.

For today's look, I'm wearing the floral print skirt with a stripe camisole to create a summery mix.

Location: Ballpark Village, Saint Louis
TopBR Factory Store | J.Crew Factory option
SkirtAnthropologie (old) | love this, love this
ShoesTory Burch | similar
BagVintage via Borough Vintage
HatH&M | similar
EarringsKendra Scott
WatchMichael Kors | similar

Thursday, July 24, 2014

12 Stylish Summer Accessories

Accessories can make the outfit. As we shed layers, opting for easy-breezy clothing during the summer, the right accessories can amplify out style. These 12 show-stopping pieces will surely do the trick. From strappy sandals in vibrant prints to conversation-starter clutches, this collection of accessories will keep your style hot as you strive to stay cool.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Block Party: Orange and Blue

There's another block party today. In the first one, Block Party: Purple and Navy, I wore my favorite navy pairingpurple and navy. In today's post, I'm colorblocking again to create a brand new look for my orange shift dress (see it worn before in Working the Bright Shift). Orange is definitely one of my favorite colors to wear and mix with other hues. For today, my orange is partying with the blues.

My cobalt blue pumps and an ombre beaded necklace in colors of the ocean provide the perfect pops of blue to make my shift dress look brand new.

Nevis insisted on joining me on this shoot.
Location: Moto Wall @ Grand Center, Saint Louis
DressMadewell (on sale)
BagKate Spade | option
ShoesJoe's Jeans | similar
NecklaceAnthropologie (on sale)
WatchMichael Kors | similar