2018 In Style: The Process Of Curating Images

As we move closer to the end of 2018, I’ve decided to dedicate a few posts to reflecting on the year. The plan is to share some of my favorite moments and your favorite moments to honor 2018 and then welcome 2019.

I started this blog many years ago to talk about style. And, style remains the focus of this space. Every post, every topic, every image begins with a thought about styling. With that said, one of my goals this year was to make my content inspire and excite your style sensibilities more than ever.

To do that, I wanted to become more selective when curating images. I wanted to find the best backdrops to complement an outfit and tell a style story. Doing so wasn’t always easy because I shoot outdoors in uncontrolled environments. But, I had a great time striving to do this, and the 20 images below represent some of my favorite curated images.

2018 In Style: Curating Images

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The Best Statement Coats For Your Holiday Shindig

This post is sponsored by Kindred.

Coats have an important job–keeping us warm when it’s cold out in these streets. Since they’re also the most visible part of our outfits this time of year, they should be fabulous as well. After all, a good can make or break an outfit. I’ve been shopping for statement coats to dress up my style this holiday season. And, I encountered a gold mine of fabulousness at Kindred, the new collective boutique now open in West County Center.

Today, I’m sharing two of my favorite statement coats now at Kindred. They’re fuzzy and fabulous. And, the best part? You won’t need to break the bank to make a statement in these beauties. They’re both super affordable.

Statement coats

What I’m Wearing:

Adorn faux fur coat via Kindred

Jumpsuit | Pumps (similar) | Lipstick

Both coats in today’s post are from Adorn, one of 7 featured boutiques in the St. Louis location of Kindred. I was instantly drawn to the pieces by this boutique because of the impeccable details.

The texture on this coat makes it look so luxurious. But, the chain trim takes its luxe level to new heights.

For a perfect holiday party look, I paired the fuzzy coat with my velvet jumpsuit and some glitter pumps.

My jumpsuit is old, and I’ve worn it so much (see here). This coat breathed new life into it though.

Let’s face it. Leopard prints are the style heroes of fall 2018. So, I was stopped in my tracks when I spotted (pun totally intended) this next leopard print statement coat.

What I’m Wearing:

Adorn leopard coat via Kindred | Adorn lace cami via Kindred

Leggings | Belt | Pumps (option) | Lipstick

The coat is soft and warm. Also important, it is fabulous! I’d been having fun pairing my red and green web elastic Gucci belt with prints (see more here, here, and here), so I wanted to see how this coat would look belted. Issa hit!

Did I mention how cozy this coat feels? It’s a major fashion win when comfort meets fabulous.

Both statement coats in this post are by Adorn, one of the featured boutiques at Kindred. Do yourself a favor and check out all the awesome party styles now available at Kindred in West County Center.

See more of my favorites from Kindred here and here.

How To Do Holiday Style When It’s Freezing Outside

Brrr…ain’t nothing like freezing temperatures to make us rethink our holiday outfit choices. Cold weather doesn’t have to cramp out style though. Here are 5 cool styling tricks to master your seasonal holiday style, allowing you to show up as your best, extravagant self this holiday season.

1. Layer under

That skinny strap dress or jumpsuit can still work even when the temps are in the teens. Just layer under it (and then throw on a puffer coat on top, of course).

seasonal holiday style

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2. Incorporate your coat in your look

Chances are you’re going to be spending more time in your coat this season, so make that coat a stylish element of your outfit. This red coat (on sale and available in 7 more colors) is my secret style ingredient this cold season.

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3. Embrace plush winter accessories

That faux-fur vest. That leopard-print faux fur stole. I can’t think of a better time to rock plush winter accessories. They’ll keep you warm while adding uber chic finishing touches to your holiday looks.

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4. Rock opaque tights or leggings with your dresses and tunics

We don’t have to retire or dresses and tunics when it gets cold. Just make ’em work. Tights and leggings can usually help make that happen.

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5. Choose seasonal fabrics

Tis the season to say yes to lush velvet and luxe brocade. These seasonal fabrics are perfect for creating holiday style that are weather-appropriate. They have the added bonus of always looking super luxurious.

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Faux Fur Vest: A Luxe Topper For The Holidays

I love adding jazzy touches to my style during the holiday season, even when I’m just wearing my favorite skinny jeans and a tissue turtleneck. And, a faux fur topper, whether it be a vest or a jacket, is perfect for being a little extra this time of year. I got lucky and found this gorgeous vest in a Burlington store years ago (see it worn 4 ways before here)

faux fur topper

What I’m wearing:

Turtleneck top | Vest (similar, similar) | Jeans | Belt

Booties | Bag (optionoption)

Last Sunday, I was running late to brunch. With no outfit planned, I reached for jeans and a tissue turtleneck. By the way, I love these tissue turtlenecks from J.Crew Factory. I was wearing the striped version in this post. Just so you know, they’re on sale for less than $15 right now. For size reference, a small fits me perfectly.

My casual combination got a holiday vibe when I added this fabulous vest. If you like this style of vest, you will absolutely love this similar style (on sale).

To play with color a bit, I wore my burgundy Tory Burch bag. Don’t you just love how burgundy complements grey hues?

I finished the look with my Naturalizer Hollace boots (on sale). The shaft on these boots is taller than a typical ankle boot, and I find them quite versatile because of that little detail.

Location: Carpenter Library, South City, St. Louis

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The Best Fine Jewelry To Give and Get

This post is sponsored by Nakturnal.

It’s difficult to get it wrong when diamonds and precious metals are involved. Am I right? I’ve been especially excited about fine jewelry in recent years because jewelry designers are making modern, fashionable pieces that’ll last forever more accessible. Beautiful pieces that are long lasting and fair-priced? I’m so here for that. Today, I’m rounding up some of my favorite fine jewelry that’ll make the perfect wow gifts this season.

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Fine Jewelry Gifts:

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What I love about the pieces in this gift guide is that they’re fashion-forward yet timeless. From dainty but edgy necklaces that are perfect for layering to IT earrings that can be mixed and matched, these pieces are just right for the fashionable gal who likes her jewelry fine but doesn’t want to compromise her style.

I’m also a huge fan of these pieces because they’re so versatile. I actually own the diamond initial necklace featured above, and I wear it EVERY day. Seriously, I wear it to the gym, to the pool on vacation, and even to cocktail parties. It always provides the right amount of sparkle, no matter the occasion. And, since it’s set in 14K gold, I don’t have to worry about its shine ever being dimmed due to tarnishing. Fine jewelry gifts are like the gifts that keep on giving.

All of the pieces in this gift guide are fair-priced. No doubt, precious metals and precious stones are valuable, but many of the prices on the market reflect steep markups, some as high as 10x the cost. There’s been a movement in the jewelry world, with more and more designers choosing to sell directly to customers to ensure the fairest prices possible. That movement has seemingly forced prices down in the market. Every piece in this guide is value priced.

Want some inspiration for styling fine jewelry? See how I’ve been wearing my favorite layered necklaces here (and here), tiny but standout studs here, the perfect oversized hoops here, and edgy bar earrings here.

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