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Floral Blouse and Pencil Skirt

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Spring has sprung…or has it? The temperatures in the south have been so crazy! It’s 80. It’s 55. It’s 67. Make. Up. Your. Mind. But Mother Nature has been very indecisive lately. But…it doesn’t stop me from wearing a fun floral top and bright pencil skirt. So take that, Mother Nature.

I got this blouse in a Stitch Fix. I had asked my stylist for fun print tops, and this one definitely delivered. There’s so many ways to style this blouse, but I thought it would be fun with a bright No. 2 pencil skirt from J. Crew. These skirts are so timeless; and they always go on sale!

Blouse – Collective Concepts via Stitch Fix; Skirt – J. Crew No. 2 Pencil; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (sold out); Shoes – Louise et cie (old, but similar here in black); Watch – Rolex

Latest Stitch Fix

I receive a Stitch Fix every other month. I’ve found that is a good frequency for me…especially since I find myself shopping so much. (I’m sure you are shocked by that statement.) I have the same stylist each time, and I think she does a great job getting my style. Of course there have been some misses, but I think that’s more for the fact that certain items of clothing just fit my body different once they are on.

If you have never fixed before – or you have without much luck – my best advice is to be super specific with your note to the stylist. You will receive an email before your fix is pulled together, so be sure to take a few moments to write them a note about what you want. In this last fix, I told her that I wanted to see flowy blouses, preferably with a pattern and not see through, and a pencil skirt option. And that’s exactly what she sent!

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Fun patterned blouse, check and check!

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Fun pattern. Check. But, the crochet hit on my chest wrong, so I decided to send this one back.

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The olive color is something I don’t have a lot of, and I loved the sequin detail and tie sleeves.

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I wanted to love this blouse…but the cut out shoulders were just not doing it for me. I didn’t want to wear a strapless bra with this, and the bra straps would show no matter what bra I had on. I love the back of this and the bright hot pink color.

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This is the first pull-on pencil skirt I’ve ever tried on. I was skeptical at first, but I loved it on. And it fit like a glove!

Stitch Fix is so fun! If you haven’t tried it before, you are missing out. You can sign up here! You are not obligated to keep anything you don’t want to!

 

Long Sweater, Leggings, Boots, and Bling

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The weather has been so warm lately, so I was happy to be able to get out a sweater and boots after a 75 degree Christmas! But of course now I’m freezing in 40 degrees. Gotta complain about something, right…ha!

I got this sweater in my Stitch Fix a couple of months ago. My stylist nailed this one! I said I wanted a comfy sweater that was long enough to cover the booty. As soon as I opened the box, I knew I would love it. It is actually a little on the thinner side, so I had to add a long sleeve t-shirt underneath to stay warm. But did you see the little pockets, too? Love.

I have so many workout leggings that I have started wearing them with my day outfits. Why the heck not? They are usually thicker than the typical leggings I find anyway. These lululemon Ebb to Street pants worked perfectly with this outfit!

I continued by addiction to Frye by getting these Vera boots. I already have them in another color…love this style. These are a little stiffer than the other leather that I have, but I know they will be good after a few wears.

Santa was good to me and got me these Lagos earrings and pearl David Yurman bracelet. I tend to like more traditional pieces that can be versatile. These both are going to be in heavy rotation…especially the bracelet that can be layered with so much.

Sweater – via Stitch Fix; Leggings – lululemon Ebb to Street (on super sale!); Boots – Frye Vera; Earrings – Lagos (no longer available); Bracelets – David Yurman pearl and onyx

A Bit Dreary

 

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It’s not too often that you see me in black or gray…I’m just a girl who loves color. But sometimes you get the cutest sweater in your stitch fix box that you can’t help but fall in love! My favorite part of this sweater? The gray patches on the elbows. Cute details make me happy…it’s the little things, people 🙂

If you’ve read my blog on and off, you know I’m a huge Frye fan. These Paige riding boots are going strong on their third year. They just fit like a glove and are so well made. I know the price of Fryes can be a turn off for some, but the quality and craftsmanship of these boots are in a league of their own. I couldn’t recommend these boots more! And they come in a ton of colors!

Sweater – via Stitch Fix; Jeans – Old Navy Rockstar (old, but similar); Shirt – Banana Republic (old, but similar); Boots – Frye Paige (in brown or tan); Necklace – Kendra Scott Rayne

Bedazzled Button Up

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Why yes, I did get asked when I wore this shirt, “Did you buy it that way or did you bust out your Bedazzler gun?” Ha. Ha. Ha. 🙂 I’m a girl and I like bling…and never did I own a Bedazzler. I prefer to buy my clothing pre-bedazzled. Since I have a casual office environment, throwing a button up on with jeans is my go-to if I’m having one of those morning where I am staring at my closet saying I have nothing to wear. We all have those mornings.

I also received these jeans in my first Stitch Fix last year – bootcut Level 99. They have a fantastic amount of stretch. I remember opening my box and thinking there are no way these will fit me right. Sometimes I love when I’m wrong. Their sizing is true, too. I’m typically a size 29 in jeans, which is a size 8. But in Level 99 (I own a couple pair now), they are all a size 6, which is my normal size.

Let’s not forget to add more bling! I know I blogged about this necklace last week…and it’s getting so much wear! Such a good purchase for $24.95.

Shirt – J. Crew (on super sale!); Jeans – Level 99 (via Stitch Fix, but similar here); Necklace – J. Crew Factory (super sale!); Booties – Por La Victoire (old but similar here); Ring – Lagos; Earrings – Coach (old)

Artsy Anthro Peplum Top

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This top is like wearing artwork. I immediately gravitated towards it on the Anthro sales rack (I can’t find it online anymore – sorry!). I love clothes that are unique and colorful – and this top is most definitely both of those. With all of these great colors, I knew I had a few ways to style this, the first one being with this orangey J. Crew No. 2 pencil skirt. I have a blue pencil skirt that goes great too, but I like how the orange pulls from the faux belt in the top. I think it just ties it all together.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Top – Anthropologie; Skirt – J. Crew No. 2 Pencil; Shoes – Charles by Charles David; Necklace – via Stitch Fix; Earrings – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Henri Bendel and Hermes; Watch – Rolex

Latest Stitch Fix Printed Shirt

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In my latest Stitch Fix, I asked my stylist to focus just on shirts…specifically short sleeve or sleeveless shirts for this hot summer in the south. And this is one of the beauties that I got! Blue is one of my favorite colors and this print is just fantastic! As soon as I tried it on, I knew I could pair it with this J. Crew No. 2 pencil I picked up at the end of last summer. It’s such a great lightweight, silky (well polyester) shirt that can be worn so many different ways.

And can I tell you how much I love this new coral/orange lipstick from Lipstick Queen? Well, I do! I’ve always been afraid of that color, but many times this summer I kept saying to myself I wish I had that color for certain outfits! So I stepped outside my comfort zone – and voila! A fun new lip color that is actually called Fire Red…not quite sure I see the red in it though!

Shirt – via Stitch Fix; Skirt – J. Crew No. 2 Pencil; Wedges – Charles by Charles David (old); Necklace – via Stitch Fix; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old); Watch – Rolex; Earrings – kate spade (similar); Lipstick – Lipstick Queen Saint Fire Red

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Toucan Sam on a Dress – Ted Baker Valeena

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Yes, I know this dress is tight. The hubs was sweet enough to buy this for me, but it was a little too snug 🙂 But I thought I would go ahead and snap some shots in it before I returned it. This is one of three dresses, and since I could wear the other two more, I didn’t exchange it for a bigger size.

But…how fun is this print? Toucan Sam. Macaws. Jewels. Hibiscus. ❤ I am never one to shy away from color or loud prints, so I really love this dress. One thing I love about Ted Baker dresses is they are made so well and the fabrics are so substantial, that even is you are smooshing (I know that’s not an official word, but I like it) your body into it, it smoothes out all of your flaws. If you are paying a decent amount of money on a dress, you shouldn’t have to worry about paying another $65 for Spanx. This also have a zipper all the way down the back of the dress. Love how the print of two blue jewels comes together at the top on the back. Small details are a big deal in my book.

What do you think about loud prints? Would you wear Toucan Sam on your dress? 🙂

Dress – Ted Baker Valeena; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Watch – Rolex; Bracelets – Stella & Dot, Henri Bendel, local jeweler, Banana Republic Factory; Earrings – Stitch Fix

Love the Wrap Dress

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Wrap dresses are great for so many body types. I have had quite a few in my wardrobe over the years. They are just a great go-to dress. This is another dress I got on my latest Stitch Fix. My stylist, Emily, knocked this one out of the park. I saw the pattern first before I even knew it was a wrap dress, and I knew I would love it. Blue is one of my favorite colors, so that already had it going for it 🙂

On a side note, I can’t say enough good things about the Henri Bendel Carlyle Satchel. This is the second Carlyle bag I have, and this leather is just so soft. And if you are like me and carry everything and the kitchen sink, this bag is for you. I’ve noticed they put it out in various colors every season, so if you don’t see a color you like now, check back! (Oh, and they do put them on sale…I got both of my bags half off!)

Happy Monday, everyone!

Dress – via Stitch Fix; Shoes – Lauren by Ralph Lauren (old); Bracelet – Spartina; Watch – Rolex; Necklace – via Stitch Fix; Earrings – Kendra Scott; Purse – Henri Bendel

Latest Stitch Fix Dress and Necklace

I recently got my seventh Stitch Fix in the mail. I love when that cute box comes from the UPS man. It just makes my day 🙂

I’ve had the same stylist for the last few stitches, which ironically enough her name is Emily, too. I had asked her for some cute print dresses, and this is one that came! Cute print – check. Appropriate for work – check. Comfortable fabric – check.

I’ve had a few jewelry pieces in my fixes that I haven’t loved…until now! I love this gold necklace. I think I’ve worn it four or five times already, and it was only $32. Fantastic!

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? It’s so much fun! I’ve been sent some great things that I normally wouldn’t have picked out myself. I love seeing what others think I would like and would look good on me. The easiest part? If you don’t like it, simply send it back. Easy peasy. Click here to see what it’s about!

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Uh, excuse me, little Frenchie. You’re in my shot. Like most Frenchies, she doesn’t care at all!

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Dress – Papermoon via Stitch Fix; Necklace – Stich Fix; Shoes – Ash; Bracelet – J. Crew; Watch – Rolex; Earrings – The Limited

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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Oh I Just Did…Faux Leather Pants

Now, I know leather pants have been in style for a bit, but I hadn’t jumped on the trend. One reason why? Fear. Fear of how my body/legs would look in them. So, while I was at Von Maur, I said “What the heck do you have to lose by trying on a pair?” (I should also add they were on the sale rack, so I was much more tempted to try them on.) These 7 For All Mankind faux leather pants seemed harmless…and had LOTS of stretch.

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So much stretch that I actually had to size down! That’s not common when I try on jeans, so I was a little shocked…but I’ll take it!

And I loved them! They are actually really comfortable! The only negative I have is that the dye REALLY rubs off. Like on everything. It says to wash them before you wear them, and they are hand wash only. Ugh. Well, I wanted to wear them to the Timberlake concert that same night, so I was just hoping I didn’t rub dye off on anything too important 🙂

So with my new faux leather pants, I wanted to add a softer, lighter fabric shirt. I received this in my last Stitch Fix. I’m all about details, and this shirt fits the bill. Great print. Buttons down the back. Sheer (but came with the cami). Cutouts around the next and arms. It worked perfectly with my pants.

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7 For All Mankind Women's Faux Leather Seamed Skinny Jean

Von Maur has these pants on sale, so you can click here. But if you want points on your Piperlime card, here you go! Just remember, I suggest to size down from your normal jean size.

Shirt – Stich Fix; Pants – 7 For All Mankind; Booties – Frye Regina; Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Henri Bendel

Another Fit & Flare from Stitch Fix

Last week, I featured one of the great dresses I got in my latest Stitch Fix. Well…drum roll please…here is the other one I kept. My Stitch Fix stylist listened to exactly what I wanted – “a great fall print dress!” Doesn’t this dress fit that perfectly?! The colors. The print. They are divine!

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Now, I love dresses. Sometimes too much. But I don’t have any dresses with such a great print like this. The fabric is so sturdy and thick enough to keep me warm in the late fall and winter if I pair it with tights. The fit and flare style has definitely become my favorite cut.

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Not only do I love dresses, but also purses rank high on my list. And I carry a lot o’ crap in my purse…I think it’s a mom thing. But I’ve got to carry stuff “just because I might need it.” Puuuhhhhlllleeeeeze. I never use half of it. Anyway…I had my eye on this Henri Bendel beauty since it came out. It comes in so many beautiful colors, but this rich brown caught my eye. It’s such a great quality leather that will last forever…and a day. Then I had a discount…and I bought myself a present. 🙂

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Dress – via Stitch Fix; Necklace – Spartina; Watch – Michael Kors; Bracelet – Tory Burch; Purse – Henri Bendel Carlyle Tote; Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Fit & Flare Dress from Stitch Fix

I got this dress in my latest Stitch Fix. I had asked them for fall dresses, and they sent me four great choices. I immediately fell in love with this Tart fit & flare dress. For starters, the fabric is so soft. It’s like wearing a nightgown! There are so many different ways you can wear this black and white snakeskin print.

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I definitely wanted to wear this to work, so I thought it would look cute with a little black blazer – that I have had for years! It’s one of those items that you leave hanging in your closet because you just never know when you are going to wear it.

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I hadn’t worn my turquoise necklace for a while, so I choice that as my pop of color for this outfit. My bracelet has the same pop of color.

Tart Fit & Flare

I’m always a sucker for details, and this back is no exception. Love, love, love the cutout in the back! But boy do I need a spray tan. I am pastey! Hope I’m not blinding you with my whiteness on your screen 🙂

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Come back soon to see the other fall dress I kept out of my Stitch Fix!

Dress – Tart via Stitch Fix (same dress, different style here); Jacket – Jolt; Shoes – Michael Kors; Necklace – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Stella & Dot

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

 

My First Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is the latest fashion craze…that I hopped aboard. I love shopping – anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that for sure. BUT, I thought it would be fun to see what a stylist would pick out for me.

So…I signed up for Stitch Fix!

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I received my first box last month. It was like Christmas when I got it…I had to wait over two months to get it! (Yes, that’s how popular it has become!) When I opened my box, I had a mix of items – a dress, crochet tank, jeans, top, and necklace. I love the personal note and idea cards that came with my box.

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My first reaction was mixed. I knew I would love the dress, but I was unsure about the jeans (as I’m a hard one to fit jeans), tank, and top. Right away I thought the necklace looked a little cheap. I wish the gold wasn’t so shiny.

So, of course I rushed upstairs to try everything on. First up, the dress. I LOVED it. I love the fit and flare style.

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I was looking at the jeans (which are bootcut and the Level 99 brand) and kind of cringing when I slipped them on. But, I was shocked. They fit great! They had a great amount of stretch. The stylist did a great job picking these out for my body type.

And…you can see the crochet tank top that came with a cami underneath. Usually crochet isn’t my thing, but I loved it on. And I thought it of the many different ways I could wear it.

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Here is the necklace. I liked the design, but for the price and the look of the metal, I was going to pass.

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This silk blouse had potential. But, I have so many black and white stripe shirts, I didn’t need anymore. It had gold studs along the collar, and it was actually missing a stud 😦 The price was a little on the pricier side, so I passed.

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Of course the next day, I had to wear the dress! I got so many compliments. Plain and simple, it’s such a great dress. I paired it with this J. Crew statement necklace – and voila!

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So have you tried Stitch Fix yet? How do you like it?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Black and Pink

It’s finally summer – yahoo! And summer means fun colors.

Wait. I love fun colors no matter what time of year! But, I digress. 🙂

Black and pink has been a favorite combination of mine, well, like foreva! What can I say, I’m a girlie girl and love my pink. Pastel or hot!

Here’s a crochet tank that I got in my first Stitch Fix (look for a post next week), and at first I didn’t really like it. But, I’m always up to step outside my box. I’m glad I did because I really liked it once i put it on! Thought I could dress it up a little with a statement necklace, skinnies, and heels. Voila!

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Tank – Stitch Fix; Jeans – Old Navy; Shoes – Michael Kors; Necklace – J. Crew; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Stella & Dot; Watch – Rolex

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