2018 In Style: Major Moments From The Past Year

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey to explore fabulous style at any budget. Thanks to your support, I’ve been able to achieve some major milestones this year. I appreciate you stopping by and showing love. In this final post of the year, I’m sharing some of my personal 2018 highlights, none of which would be possible without you.

Major Moments in 2018
1. J.Crew Factory Partnership

No doubt, working with J.Crew Factory all year has been exciting. J.Crew has been a brand that I’ve supported and loved for many years. So, getting the opportunity to work with the company on style collaborations (see here, here, and here) as well as curating two collections of favorites for the website (see here and here) has been beyond amazing.

2. New In Beauty

I was a tad nervous when I decided to cut all my hair off in 2017 (read about that here) because hair product/hair styling was a growing content area for me. It turns out that my interest in makeup grew after the cut, and that opened up a new world of opportunities. I’m grateful to brands like Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury for providing the tools for me to sharpen my makeup skills this year. By the way, many of you have asked me to do tutorials, so I’m gearing up to do that in 2019. Stay tuned.

3. Partnering with hubby

My husband is my biggest blog supporter, but he likes to stay behind the scenes. In 2018, I convinced him to join me in a few campaigns (see example here), and they worked out so well. One partnership turned into two and then three. Maybe he’ll make another appearance in 2019? That’s left to be seen.

4. Small Business Love

One of my style goals in 2018 was to explore unique style finds and that led me to do more boutique shopping. I was thrilled to partner with a new collective boutique in St. Louis. And, I can’t wait to share more fantastic finds there in the new year.

5. New Photography Ventures

I say it often, but photography is one of my favorite skills I developed while growing Economy of Style. This year, I was thrilled to be hired by several people (and groups) throughout the year to teach them how to take their own photographs. I look forward to doing that more in 2018. If you’re interested in a one-on-one photography session, email me.

6. Opportunities Outside Of The Blog

This blog has rewarded me with entry into an industry I’ve always loved. From writing for magazines to styling for magazines (see more here), I’ve embraced new opportunities. This year, I was especially thrilled to partner with brands and institutions in the area of entrepreneurship (like Regions Banks and FGI STL). And, I have some exciting new partnerships that I can’t wait to share in 2019.

Thank you so much again for all your support this year. I look forward to exploring new style possibilities with you in 2019.

2018 In Style: Top 10 Looks On Instagram This Year

As we inch closer to 2019, I’m looking back and reflecting on 2018. So, “2018 In Style” continues today with a round up of your favorite looks this year. These 10 images were my most popular on Instagram. I’m definitely bringing my mom back in 2019.

Thank you so much for supporting Economy of Style this year and always. I can’t wait to explore 2019 style with you. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Top Instagram Looks in 2018

1. Mother/Daughter style

top instagram looks

2. Snake print style

3. Sharp fedora

4. African-inspired style

5. Print jumpsuit

6. Camel tones

7. Kindred STL style

8. Afrothrone culottes

9. Drape that jacket

10. When life gives you lemons



10 Thoughtful, Fabulous Gifts For Your Traveling Friend

Exploring the world this holiday season? Know a friend who’s traveling? The travel gifts in this holiday gift guide were carefully selected to make life on the road easier, all while being super stylish. They’d make any jet-setting gal happy while on the move.

Travel Gifts

1. S’well water bottle

Can you tell I really like S’well bottles? In addition to keeping cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot ones hot for 12 hours, the triple insulated walls never condense. So, it won’t mess up your bag while traveling.

2. Passport holder

This holder will keep any passport protected. As an added bonus, it’s super artsy with its floral motif. How gorgeous is the watercolor design?

3. Compact Umbrella

As someone who grew up in the tropics, I expect rain at any moment. This compact umbrella makes it easy to be ready for rain no matter where you are in the world.

4. Wireless earphones

Powerbeats are great for training. They’re perfect for travel as well because they’re compact, noise reducing, and can stand up to all kinds of conditions (from sweat to snow).

5. Cosmetic bags

Help her keep her essentials, from makeup to toiletries, organized while traveling with this stylish set of bags.

6. Luggage tags

These luggage tags are bright, personalized (choose her initial), and flexible. They’ll make it easy for her to spot her luggage on any baggage carousel.

7. Travel jewelry case

This small travel jewelry box makes it easy and safe to travel with your favorite fine jewelry. It’ll fit right in your carryon luggage or personal item when flying.

8. Tech Case

This pricey little number is a favorite by Meghan Markle. I totally understand why, though, because it combines a hand-crafted leather wallet with a sleek and powerful power bank with multi-cable and a 32GB memory stick. It’ll keep your devices powered and your travel essentials organized.

9. Packing cubes

Think you’re a packing genius? Packing cubes will take your luggage organization skills to the next level. This set of 3 makes it easy to get started.

10. Scarf

A scarf is a must while traveling because it can be multifunctional. This gorgeous DVF style will take functional to new fashion heights.

2018 In Style: Hats Off To A Fabulous Year

Hats off to you and this fabulous year. In 2018, hats continued to play a major role in my style. Some of my most popular looks were topped by hats. My go-to hat style is a sharp fedora. If you ask me, fedoras are the most fashionable and versatile hats. You can wear them with anything, and since they’re available in many different fabrics, there’s one that’s suitable for every season. Today’s edition of “2018 in Style” rounds up my fedora style this year.

Fabulous Fedora Style

fedora style

First seen in this Diamonds Direct collaboration

Appeared in A Cool Way To Add Camel To Your Style

First appeared in Top Off Your Style With This Essential

Appeared in Fall Is The Season Of Prints

First appeared in Easy Breezy Style To Wear All Summer Long

Seen in Style Essentials For A Day At The Beach

Appeared in How To Sport This Spring Trend For Less

First seen in How To Wear Winter’s Favorite Camel Tones

Appeared in Instagram Collaboration

Seen in Instagram collaboration

Shop your fedora style:

10 Genius Gift Ideas All Under $40

In a major rush to get a gift but want it to impress? I got you covered, girl. The genius gift ideas in this holiday gift guide are just that–genius. From top notch products we would use everyday but would rarely buy for ourselves to the sample sets that allow us to try the products everyone raged about this year, there’s something here for every woman in your life. And, the best part? Nothing is over $40.

10 Genius Gift Ideas:

1. S’well water bottle ($35)

S’well bottles combine fashion and function. They keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. And, the bottles come in some jazzy designs. Would you expect anything less than fabulous from a woman-owned company? I use mine EVERY DAY.

2. Pat McGrath mini lipstick trio ($25)

Pat McGrath is one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. This set provides the perfect opportunity to try 3 of her top selling lipstick colors.

3. Google Home Mini (on sale $29)

Been thinking about getting a smart speaker? This is the one. It’s compact but powerful. With a simple, “Hey Google,” you can have hands-free help in any room.

4. Perfume sampler ($25)

Don’t know her favorite scent? No problem. This Sephora sample set includes 7 of its most popular fragrances.

5. Urban Decay mini 24/7 eye pencil set ($29)

Do her a favor and gift her these 5 travel-sized eye pencils. They’re the softest, smoothest eye pencils ever. They glide on and blend like a dream. Don’t ask me how many I own.

6. Day Designer daily planner ($14.99)

2019 plans have to be made! And, Day Designer makes the most user-friendly, practical, stylish daily planner I’ve ever used. This particular style, Day Designer for Blue Sky, makes the Day Designer system available for under $15 at Target. I already got mine. What are you waiting for?

7. Moleskine notebook ($19.95)

Know a notebook/journal snob, someone who desires great paper quality and little ink bleed-through on their pages? Impress her with one of these.

8. Candle ($12 plus 30% off right now)

If you haven’t smelled the Mini Capri Blue Volcano candle yet, do yourself a favor and get it for yourself. It’ll have your room smelling like a tropical paradise.

9. Monogram DOF glass

For that spirited friend who enjoys sipping on an aged rum or cognac from time to time, give her a glass with her initial on it.

10. Suede shearling slippers/glitter slippers ($24.50 on sale)

Want to know what it feels like to walk on clouds? Slip your feet into these. I finally replaced my 4-year old pair from J.Crew with this J.Crew Factory version of the popular style. They’re perfect. P.S.: I get them one size larger (i.e. I wear a size 8 but wear a 9 in these).