Friday, August 29, 2014

#RossFallFaves: The Fancy Shift

For the next four weeks, I'm participating in the #RossFallFaves styling challenge with four other bloggers. We've all been tasked with styling four head-to-toe looks for $100 each. Every week, you vote for your favorite look on the Ross Facebook Page. Voting opens up on Thursdays and also gives you a chance to win a $150 Ross gift card each week.

For week one, we're styling outfits for a cocktail party. I found a fancy, designer shift dress. It's black with a cutout scroll design that's so artistic. I accessorized with statement crystal earrings, a delicate rosette clutch, and blue suede sandals.

Location: St. Louis City Hall
Ross Items styled:
Designer dress, $9.99 (retail: $148) | option
Designer sandals, $39.99 (retail: $118) | similaroption
Designer earrings, $12.99 (retail: $100)
Clutch, $8.99 (retail: $70) | similar

Disclosure: I was invited by Ross to participate in the styling challenge and provided with Ross gift cards to shop for each look. As always, all of the images, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Flowers: Win a $50 BloomNation Gift Card (10 Winners: STL Only)

This week, Economy of Style celebrated an anniversary. BloomNation, a community marketplace that provides a platform for local artisans all over the country to sell their unique floral creations, was so kind to send over a bouquet of flowers to help me celebrate. My beautiful bouquet was created and hand-delivered by St. Louis' own Riley's Florist.

To make this a party, BloomNation is offering not one, not two, but TEN $50 BloomNation gift cards for you! These gift cards will be valid at Riley's Florist in St. Louis only. Riley's will also hand-deliver the bouquet of your choice (up to $50) for FREE. Enter below!

Topc/o Nally & Millie (old) | NecklaceJ.Crew
Giveaway Rules:
  1. Entries can be made until Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM CT
  2. Winner must have a valid address in St. Louis, MO for free delivery.
  3. A winner will be randomly selected using random.org.
  4. Selected winner has to place bouquet order with Riley's Florist by August 31. Winner can choose any available date and time for delivery of order.
Disclosure: BloomNation provided a free bouquet to me for review purposes. BloomNation is also providing the giveaway winners with bouquets. As usual, all opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Grey and Navy

Grey paired with navy is such a hip color combination. Grey is quite a staple neutral for building outfits, and it's one of my favorite colors to wear because of that quality. Today's look uses color pairing and metallic accents to make very basic knitsa cardigan, tee, and leggingslook chic and cool.

Aluminum has been named a top 10 color for Fall 2014 in the latest Pantone Fashion Color Report, so I'm looking forward to seeing fabulous pieces in grey this fall. I already have my eye on a grey animal jacquard sweatshirt at Ann Taylor.

Location: Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO
TeeGap
CardiganLoft (old) | similarsimilar
Pantsc/o Ross Dress for Less | similar, similar
BagRebecca Minkoff via Hautelook | similar
ShoesJ.Crew (on sale)
HatBR Factory Store | similar
WatchMichael Kors | similar
NecklaceLisa Freede (swag gift from Neiman Marcus STL)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Fall Bucket List

You carried one back in the day, didn't you? I know I did. Was it the 90s when bucket bags dominated handbag trends? Whenever it was, bucket bags have the perfect silhouette. You just fill 'em, pull on that drawstring, and go on with your day. Some bucket bags are super stylish too, coming in fresh-for-fall colors and luxe-looking textures.

This bucket bag post started when I stumbled upon the Halston Heritage bucket bag, the most expensive one below. Darn it! This bag, though, has an edgy, embossed leather and right-on-trend gunmetal hardware. It just looks luxe! This bag has definitely been wish-listed, along with a few others of course.

3. Halston Heritage (on sale)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Zebra-Printed Sandals Jazz Up An Eyelet Dress

Summer days are waning, but I walked into a DSW store recently and instantly fell in love with today's featured Charles by Charles David Invida sandal. Sandals are certainly not top priority purchases as I begin preparing for fall, but this pair was just too special to pass on. The open-toe sandals feature a lace up front closure, zebra-printed pony hair details, and a back zip for easy on and off.

In today's post, my sassy new sandals jazz up my eyelet dress, one of my favorite summer dresses this season. A statement necklace and studded clutch add finishing touches.

I sized down a 1/2 size for the best fit. I'm wearing size 7 1/2 (I usually wear an 8).

DressLoft | similar
NecklaceJ.Crew (on sale)
ShoesCharles by Charles David (on sale)
ClutchRebecca Minkoff (on sale)
WatchMichael Kors | similar
SunglassesKate Spade

Friday, August 22, 2014

Smile Brilliant Review and Giveaway ($180 Value)

Shine bright like a diamond! For the past few weeks, I've been working with Smile Brilliant, a St. Louis-based company that guarantees a beautiful new smile. Smile Brilliant offers custom-fitted teeth whitening trays, formed to fit your teeth with precision, essentially bringing the professional teeth whitening procedure offered by dentists, right into your home. Today's post recaps my experience using the whitening trays and gives you a chance to win one for yourself. Giveaway!

My post-SmileBrilliant smile! 

The road to whiter teeth using the Smile Brilliant system involves a few easy steps. First, I received a kit to make my dental impressions at home using base and catalyst paste. This step seemed intimidating at first, but was made easy by the detailed instruction cards complete with visuals. Making my impressions took a few minutes and was fairly simple. Once my impressions were made, I mailed them back to the Smile Brilliant lab in a prepaid postage packet. Within a week, my custom-fitted trays arrived and I was ready to start whitening.

I had very white teeth before using the whitening trays. I still saw results though! I used 3 whitening gel syringes, which gave me 3 full-mouth applications each. I whitened my teeth once a day for nine days. I wore my whitening trays for about an hour each time. Trays can be worn for much longer for even better results, but I experienced some sensitivity when I wore the trays longer than an hour. Sensitivity, by the way, is normal. Smile Brilliant does offer desensitizing gels, though, for those with extremely sensitive teeth.

My brighter smile after using 3 Smile Brilliant gel syringes with a custom-fitted tray.

If Smile Brilliant could make my white teeth even whiter, I want you to experience it too. I'm giving away one Smile Brilliant kit, which includes a custom-fitted tray and 3 whitening gels. The kit is valued at $180! Get in it to win it.


Giveaway Rules:
  1. Entries can be made until Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM CT. 
  2. Open to entrants in and outside of the US. A non-US winner is responsible for shipping the impressions back to the Smile Brilliant lab due to differences in international postal services.
  3. A winner will be randomly selected using random.org
  4. Selected winner has 48 hours to respond to winning notification email. In the event of no response, another winner will be selected.
Disclosure: Smile Brilliant provided free whitening trays to me for review purposes. Smile Brilliant is also providing the giveaway kit. As usual, all opinions, ideas, and images are my own.