Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Little Details are Vital

I had so much fun styling, wearing, and photographing yesterday's featured look. Missed it? Be sure to stop by Soft Pants and High Heels With a Smile. Every little detail was planned and so crucial to the overall outfit. Those details matter so much that I've decided to spotlight a few of them today.

I was wearing the coolest earrings and rings from a new-to-me company that's actually not so new to meBerry Brand. You see, Berry Brand is founded by Martha Berry who has been designing private label jewelry for about 27 years. Martha has designed for many of the brands we know and love, including Anthropologie and Banana Republic. Martha is even behind my all-time favorite jewelry purchase from Anthropologie, the ombre beaded necklace.

The rings. Semi-precious lapis and howlite beads that spin above a shiny gold plated band. When I wore these, I talked with my hands all day long. They're mod and very sophisticated.

The earrings. Semi-precious lapis studs with ear jackets lined with lapis beads. They're versatile, elegant, and edgy. Here's how my jewelry came together to complete yesterday's featured look.

Also wearing: J.Crew beaded rope collar, J.Crew gold choker

My earrings and rings are a part of the Minimal Elegance collection. Each collection by Berry Brand, by the way, uses the highest quality materials and semi-precious stones. The best part? Pieces at Berry Brand are affordable. The rings retail for $42 each, and the earrings are $58.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Soft Pants and High Heels With a Smile

How do you get the cozy and comfy feel of sweatpants but look super stylish at the same time? Pair a fabulous-fitting pair of soft pants with your favorite heels.

Still not sure about soft pants? I've got the pair that might convert you. The MNG by Mango soft pants, now on sale at JCPenney, is simply perfect. Picture this. Electric blue color. Edgy zipper accents. Slightly tapered ankles. Drawstring waist. Side pockets. This pair of soft pants has all the essentials of a cozy chic bottom.

PantsMNG by Mango (on sale) 
ShoesJ.Crew (on sale)
Clutch℅ Chameleon Girl
WatchMichael Kors
LipMac "Flat Out Fabulous" lipstickMac "Heroine" lip pencil
BlushNYX powder blush in mocha

Last Friday, my husband and I got the holiday weekend started early with a day long date. I wore the soft pants with a white shirt, which allowed the bold blue color to be a focal point. 

I've been a fan of the brand for a while and didn't even know it.
Find out more on that in my Berry Brand Feature post.

Of course, I added a few personal touches to the look, including the J.Crew beaded rope necklace, the Berry Brand lapis ear jackets, and a mud cloth fold over clutch. My J.Crew Elsie fabric pumps, with their just-right 3 1/2 inch heel and pointed toe, were the finishing touch. 

Sizing of the pants? I'm wearing the pants in a size small. It's true to size.
Shoe sizing? I'm wearing the Elsie pumps in my usual size 8. They fit true to size.
Location: Smile Lofts Building in Soulard, St. Louis
The Orange Smile Syrup Company, producers of Orange Smile soda and Cheer Up soda,
acquired the building in the late 1920s. The company used colored tiles to advertise its drinks on the
outside of the building. Those ads remain in tact even though the company closed in 1963 (source).
Get the look:

Friday, July 03, 2015

June Favorites: All About Accessories

When I was thinking about a few of my favorite looks in June, I gravitated to looks that were thorough, that is, styled down to the littlest detail. It's amazing how small things come together to create the big picture. Today's post takes a close look back at some of my favorite combinations last month.

Original posts:

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Fashioning the Fourth

Red. White. Blue. And, Sparkle. If cutoffs and flag tees won't cut it for your 4th of July plans, a chic look like this one will still show your patriotic spirit. Have a happy 4th of July if you'll be celebrating in the US!

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)