Double Denim

There’s something so effortlessly cool about chambray. So, this summer, when I had the opportunity to purchase a couple chambray pieces on sale, the Anthropologie chambray swing top and today’s featured top, I didn’t hesitate.

Top—Kate Spade Saturday | option

Jeans—Loft (sold out online) | similar

Shoes—J.Crew (on sale)

Clutch—Anthropologie pencil case | clutch version at J.Crew

Necklace—℅ Kluster Happy Jewelry

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Lip—Mac Vamplify “What’s Going On”Mac “Beet” lip pencil
Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

In today’s look, I’m totally feeling the blues, pairing a chambray peplum top with light wash blue jeans. To maintain the blue mood, I accented the denim on denim combination with a striking blue statement necklace. The necklace, a handmade piece by Kluster Happy Jewelry, comprises three strands of deep blue lapis lazuli gemstones. It’s stunning!

I hadn’t been wearing my J.Crew Elsie fabric d’Orsay pumps as much as I thought I would’ve. So, lately, I’ve been making a special attempt to wear them. In today’s look, they’re the perfect finishing touch, breaking up the blues with a colorful print. Remember how these pumps also completed this tweed look?

The hunt for ghost signs in St. Louis continues. Today’s photographs were taken in front of my latest find, a faded Sunny Brook Whiskey painted ad on South Broadway.

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Fall’s Tweed Trend

Tweed has emerged as a clear trend for fall. Open any magazine’s September issue and you’ll find a spread on tweed. I was wearing a beautiful blue tweed dress on Redbook’s September cover. That dress, totally my style, reminded me that I already owned an equally beautiful tweed jacket in the same color family.

Jacket—INC International Concepts | similar

Tank—Banana Republic

Jeans—℅ Target

Shoes—J.Crew

Earrings—℅ Kendra Scott

Ring—℅ Kendra Scott

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Lip—Mac “Rebel” lipstickMac “Currant” lip pencil
Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

My tweed jacket was a bargain buy in Macy’s about 3 years ago. The jacket fits right in with the modern tweed trend this year because of its hip details like draped lapels and fringe edges.

For today’s look, the tweed jacket is the perfect finishing touch to a casual pairing of a white tank and dark skinny jeans. By the way, these Target jeans fit and wear amazingly well! I have a full review coming up next week, so I’ll tell you more then. If you find yourself in Target, though, try them on. You’ll thank me later.

No look is complete without a fab pair of shoes. My J.Crew Elsie fabric d’Orsay pumps is the pair for this look. The Elsie pump is my favorite shoe at J.Crew. Have you seen the Elsie Hologram d’Orsay? J.Crew has held off on markdowns on that pair, but I’ll be patient and wait.

How do you feel about ear cuffs and ear crawlers? The Kendra Scott Caralyn ear cuffs made me a fan of the style. I got ’em in jewel, which is a combination of teal agate, blue kyocera pearl, and pave crystals. These ear cuffs are the perfect brightening touch to this look.

Another ghost sign sighting in St. Louis. This one, the old Mound City Buggy Company building, is located at the corner of N. Broadway and Cass Ave.

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Reader Request: Affordable, Non-boring, and All Black

A reader in our community feels limited by the all-black ensembles she’s required to wear to fashion events for her new gig, so she reached out for help. I encouraged her to embrace this restrictive fashion choice and allow it to spark her creativity. Since I found some luxe-looking black separates at affordable prices recently, I decided to dedicate today’s post to that reader and anyone else in a similar situation.

Blouse—Loft (still in-store, $25)

Shorts—MNG by Mango ($17.99)

Shoes—J.Crew | new glitter pair

Clutch—Rebecca Minkoff

Necklace—Kate Spade  | option

Earrings—Kate Spade

Rings—℅ Kendra Scott, Gorjana

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Lip—Mac “Rebel” lipstickMac “Currant” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

Wearing all black doesn’t have to be boring. Interesting details, like the lace sleeves on my Loft blouse, can make black quite striking. Mixing textures, playing with silhouettes, and embracing current trends are sure ways to make black stand out.

The right accessories can take any all-black look from drab to fab. From mixed metals to clusters of pearls to glitzy stacks, there are lots of jewelry options for making black pop. I’m wearing my Kate Spade “pearl street” necklace, which nicely complements the lace blouse.

A stylish pair of pumps will always make a great impression. I reached for one of my favorite pairs, the metallic stripe Elsie pumps, to jazz up this black ensemble. By the way, have you seen the new J.Crew Elsie glitter pumps? Wouldn’t they be perfect for the party season? I’ll be sure to tell you all when they go on sale.

Makeup is an easy way to add color to all-black attire. I’m wearing Mac ‘Rebel’ lipstick, which is my favorite dark ruby color to wear this time of year. I’m looking forward to trying Mac’s Vamplify glosses. The reviews have been amazing. These glosses apparently have the shine of gloss but the color payoff and staying power of traditional lipstick. The Vamplify collection is available online now and hits stores this Thursday (September 3).

Building a black wardrobe can be quite affordable right now given the current sales at our favorite stores. I found the blouse I’m wearing at Loft for $25. The pleated tie-front shorts are only $17.99 in JCPenney. Black separates are great choices because they are so easy to mix and match.

My exploration of ghost signs in St. Louis continues in this post. This wall coated with fading signs of St. Louis’ past is located on Lafayette Ave. I’m still doing research on the ad, which has been difficult since most of the words are illegible.

 

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Fall Fashion Forward and Venus $100 Giveaway

There are a few weeks left in summer, but chances are you’re in the beginning stages of transitioning your wardrobe to fall. I get it. You want to be prepared, at least in the style department, when those leaves start falling. To help you kickstart your fall shopping, I’m giving away a $100 Venus gift card. Enter using the widget at the end of the post. Get in it to win it!

Vest—℅ Venus

Tank—Banana Republic (on sale)

Pants—℅ Venus

Hat—H&M

Shoes—Sophia Webster for J.Crew | want these

Earrings—℅ Kendra Scott (on sale)

Necklace—℅ Kendra Scott (sold out) | similar

Watch—Movado

Lip—Mac “Carmine Rouge” lipstick | try Ruby WooMac “Brick” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

I was offered the opportunity to preview the fall collection by Venus, and after the amazing summer finds I got there, I couldn’t wait. Remember that printed halter dress? It was such a hit. Many of you let me know that you purchased that dress too. This time around, I found the perfect wear-now-wear-later pieces at Venus.

I’ve been on the hunt for a vest to give a cool nod to 70s style. This black, open front vest by Venus instantly won me over. It’s only $39. When I look at it, I see unlimited styling possibilities. For today’s look, I’m wearing it with a drapey white tank (on sale, $12) and a pair of black, slimming jeggings, also by Venus. To cement the 70s flavor in the look, I wore a wool fedora.

I planned to wear this look to celebrate the Redbook cover with my girlfriends last night. It was so hot, though, I ended up changing the pants to my tie-front shorts. Talking about Redbook, I submitted a similar outfit for consideration in the Real Women Style Awards. It’s quite fitting that I’m wearing a version of that look today because I talk a bit about having style uniforms in the current issue of Redbook. I can’t wait for you all to read the issue when it hits newsstands tomorrow.

My exploration of ghost signs in St. Louis continues today. I’ve been driving by this Falstaff painted ad for a few weeks. I thought it would be an ideal backdrop to my 70s-inspired look. Falstaff beer, no longer in production, dates back to 1870 according to the sign.

Now, it’s your turn. Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to shop your wardrobe must-haves at Venus.

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Disclosure: Venus provided the $100 gift card for the winner of the giveaway. As always, the opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

Olive Green: Summer’s Go-To Neutral

I respect the stylistic powers of neutrals. They go well with just about everything. Grey. Beige. White. Sometimes, a look just calls for one of these neutral hues. This summer, olive green has emerged as the go-to neutral. No surprise either. Olive tones beautifully with other neutrals and blends well with all the other “It” colors of the season.

Top—Banana Republic (on sale)

Camisole—Old Navy

Skirt—Burlington | similar

Shoes—J.Crew | option

Earrings—House of Harlow

Bracelet—℅ Kendra Scott “Hagan” bangle

Necklace—℅ Kendra Scott | love this new Margot necklace

Watch—Michael Kors

Lip—Mac “Carmine Rouge” lipstick, Mac “Brick” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

I’m wearing olive green with olive green. This monotone look is made interesting by the use of different textures, silky pleats and eyelet.

By the way, there’s no need to pack up your olive green pieces at the end of summer because according to Pantone, the color will be huge this fall as well.

Today’s olive green combination provides the perfect backdrop to emphasize my favorite bold gold jewelry. My Kendra Scott Finley fringe necklace (have you seen the new, stunning Margot necklace?) and Hagan bangle pop against the green.

These images were taken in an alley near my house. I was drawn to this wall because the faded, hand-painted ad looks artsy and is a cool throwback to another time. It’s a Coca Cola ad. Ghost signs like these are all over St. Louis. Remember the one in my Smile post?

Fab midi skirts in neutral hues: