Stripes, Plaid and Moto Boots!

I almost feel like “Where’s Waldo” modeling this red plaid scarf on the blog today, considering half the readers of the blog own it!  I hope you all love it as much as I do:)  Honestly, it was only 62 degrees yesterday…but there was a bit of a chill in the air and I have been patiently waiting to wear this badboy.  Stripes, plaid and my most favorite boots to ever exist…what do you think?  I kind of am in love with the look…and although I don’t like to repeat exact outfits…there are always exceptions, no?

Hope you have an awesome Friday…it’s Connor’s FIFTH birthday party Saturday…so I am heading into dinosaur themed chaos!  Wish me LUCK and enjoy your beautiful families this weekend!

 

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Black and White Stripe Dress RD Style similar available HERE

Plaid Scarf  LOOK via D.Monaco Boutique similar available HERE

Denim Vest Others Follow similar available HERE

Moto Boots Ash similar available HERE

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Trend Alert: Cardigans and Capes

If you have flipped through a few magazines or scrolled through a few style blogs…you have definitely seen the shift from structured blazers to soft flowing cardigans and capes.  I love a great blazer, as we all know….but it is nice to have such an assortment of oversized cardigans to choose from this fall.   Shopping them for all of you has been SUCH fun and I can’t wait to add a few to my collection.  Which one to choose?  My favorites below!  Happy Shopping:)

TIP:  Don’t toss your blazers ladies!  They are classic, chic and always provide polish and sophistication:)

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Goodnight Macaroon has this oh so cozy grey shrug available HERE.  I own something similar from Armani Exchange and I wear it constantly…over everything!

 
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Nordstroms Colorblocked Cape available for purchase HERE  This can literally be worn over anything and everything.  Casually with jeans or even over a cocktail dress!

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Sanctuary printed cardigan available from Revolve Clothing HERE.

 

Available for purchase from international retailer Oasap HERE.  Personally, I would not do all these trends photographed above at once.  This plaid look is best with jeans and booties or leather leggings and a silky blouse!

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Ella Moss Cozy Cardigan available for purchase HERE.  I have sold this to a few #theboxservice clients and they are all in LOVE.  *this is the one I am leaning towards:)

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The “sweatercoat”hybrid is back baby!  I love this cream colored dream available HERE.

 

Budget Friendly

Some less expensive options worth a link for sure:)  HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!

Really lovely plus sized options HERE and HERE!

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

 

 

 

Monday Mingle: Androgynous Working-Girl Style

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When I shop for clients, casual is the name of my game.  Stylish..chic….but always comfortable.  I threw this look together last week, when I had some shopping to do, but also an appointment with a new client.  I was in the mood to go “working girl” style…and the look ended up being quite androgynous.  Truth be told, my style is quite often androgynous.   I am girlie….I swear….but do tend to shy away from pink, lace and bows.  I prefer clean, modern and simple…just feels more ME.  Although I do love sequins and florals:)  Who knows?  Personal style is tricky like that..isn’t it?  You just have to go with what feels good.  Hope you find some workday inspiration and welcome to #MondayMingle!

Monday Mingle is the stylish collaboration between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  Hosting the linkup below. Hope you will join us:)  What are YOU wearing?  HAPPY MONDAY!

 

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Pants:  Old Navy similar HERE

Denim Shirt:  c/o Max Jeans available HERE

Blazer:  Pim and Larkin similar available HERE

Shoes:  LOFT on super sale similar available HERE

Bag:  Louis Vuitton

Necklace:  c/o Zolie Designs (no longer available) yellow style HERE

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Weekend Wear: Styling a Wide Brimmed Hat

A few days ago, I linked to a wide brimmed hat on FB and a few comments immediately popped up….”Love it!  Where am I wearing it”?  Truthfully, I know what you mean.  When and where is a hat like this appropriate?  Personally, I reserve them for when I am spending a good part of my day outside.  Think soccer games and then to the park with your little ones.  I will often will wear mine when I have a million errands to run…popping in and out of stores.  Weekend wear at its best!

I say (especially if you aren’t sure where you are going to wear it) to stay on the frugal side of this trend.  My hat below was on super sale from Calypso St. Barth two seasons ago.  I don’t wear it constantly, but when I do, it adds an undeniable level of cool.  I think I paid 40 dollars…SCORE!  I also love that it keeps the sun off my face…BONUS!  I hope all of you have an amazing weekend:)

 

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Top c/o Joules similar style available HERE

Denim Shirt c/o ShopSusieRaine available HERE

Skinnies c/o Level 99 available HERE

Belt B-low the Belt available HERE

Supergas available HERE

Hat Calypso St Barth similar available HERE

 

XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia

I worked for the Nicole Miller brand for over five years in Philadelphia as their Director of Sales and Merchandising.  It was an amazing job that kept the flame burning for my passion of all things fashion and retail.  Without that particular job, the people, and the journey, I would never be a working personal shopper and stylist.

The owner of the Philadelphia stores, Mary Dougherty , taught me a very wise lesson…..Small businesses have an obligation to give back to the community that supports them. I am probably the smallest business around, but finding a place to donate my time and closet overflow from clients, was one of my top priorities.  Working with Grace Initiatives gives me such joy.   I like to think it is part of the reason for my continued growth and success…beyond that, it just feels good.

Monday, I attended an event hosted by Nicole Miller Philadelphia to celebrate the XIX (Nineteen) Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia.  Chosen, of course, for their impeccable sense of style…but also for their inspirational philanthropic work in the community.  The energy in the room was contagious and has me dreaming up different ways to give back.

What I Wore:

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Skirt Nicole Miller similar available HERE

Top Nicole Miller similar style available HERE

Jewelry all Stella and Dot available HERE and HERE

Shoes Brian Atwood (last season) similar available HERE

 

The Event:

The event was held at XIX Restaurant at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.  It was an intimate event…with tons of media there- Hence the reason I did not get a great shot of the 19 women 🙁  As soon as PR company gets one to me, I will be adding it to the post.  For now, you will have to enjoy my not so great photos of the room.  Below I have also listed the women who were honored one by one.  Some really amazing women…Google them:)

 

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A few of the honorees posing with Nicole Miller boutique owner, Mary Dougherty

 

The XIX 2014 Honorees:

Donna Allie: Founder and President, Team Clean Inc.

Jamira Burley: Executive Director, The City of Philadelphia Youth Commission

Renee Chenault Fattah:  Anchor, NBC 10

Kristin Detterline: Editor in Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine

Kimberly Fink: CEO and Founder, TREATMiNT

Nicole Giles: Director of Marketing $ Multicultural Affairs, GPFO

Perri Higgins: President and Founder, Evolve Advisors

Sarah Keating: Owner and CEO, Keating Environmental Management

Ann King Lagos: Jewelry Designer and Entrepreneur

Terri Matthews: Founder and President of Jadens Voice

Rosalyn J. McPherson: CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia

Cathy McVey Palmer: Editorial Director, Visit Philadelphia

Tara Miller: Founder, Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation

Natalye Paquin: CEO, Girl Scouts of South Easter Pennsylvania

Dr. Kathleen Squires: Director of Infectious Disease, Thomas Jefferson Hospital

Dominique Streater: Fashion Designer and Winner of Project Runway Season 12

Audrey Claire Taichman: Owner, Twenty Manning Grill, Cook and Audrey Claire

Pheonix Wang: Principal, J.Nowak and Associates

Jan Weinstock: Vice President, Administration and General Council, Gift of Life

 

 

 

 

Monday Mingle: Embellished Boyfriends

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I am not even sure how to intro these killer embellished jeans…I mean?  Really!  I am obsessed.  Simple, slouchy, chic…all my favorite things.  Here at the shore, we do a lot of casual dinners with friends….these boyfriends are SO perfect for those type of festivities.  Not over the top…but still more special than the skinnies you wear to the soccer field!  Right?

Monday Mingle time again.  Stop by my favorite fashionistas BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends, to see what they are styling up.  The link is being hosted by Nicole this week:)

Heading to my favorite city tonight, Philadelphia, for a really cool event and cannot WAIT to show you the outfit I am wearing.  Follow along on Instagram if you wish.  Make it a great Monday!

 

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Jeans Level 99 available through ME (email carly@thirtysomethingfashion.com)

Clutch Deux Lux available HERE

Top Trouve similar available HERE

Shoes Calvin Klein (3 years old)

Necklace and earrings Stella and Dot available HERE and HERE

 

Loose Easy Style

This may not officially be a kimono…but it is a favorite shirt of mine and definitely has the look and feel of the kimonos I have been loving so much for fall.  I plan to purchase one…after all of my clients have chosen theirs…aren’t I sweet:)  Ha!

Not too much to report other than insanity with work.  I have one more “Roll in the Rack” scheduled for Friday, and then hoping to spend the weekend catching up on internship inquiries, box service inquiries and EMAILS!  Thanks for your patience as this has been my busiest week to date:)  HAPPY THURSDAY!!!

 

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Blouse old Nicole Miller, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Jeans c/o Level 99 available through The Box Service, Shoes Sam Edelman available HERE

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Monday Mingle: Ponchos for Fall

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I took my coveted leather leggings out for a spin this weekend.  The temps were nice and cool…totally leather weather.  I decided pairing them with my favorite new poncho compliments of Krimson Klover was the way to go!  Do you remember this lovely sweater from last year?  Well, there designs are just as beautiful for 2014!   The sweater featured below  is beautiful, soft and stylish- perfection really.  Ponchos are everywhere this season.  I have been a fan forever…and surprised myself by only owning one other.  I think I might have a snatch up a few from my “Shop” page, which is ready to launch any day now!

Monday Mingle is the stylish collab between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  I am hosting today…but be sure to pop by and visit my girlies:)  Off to pull a few “The Box Service” today…infact…Kristin of BonBon is one of my clients this week:) Yay!

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Sweater c/o Krimson Klover available HERE, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Leather leggings VINCE(last season) similar available HERE, Bag (old) Marc jacobs similar available HERE, Shoes Christian Louboutin similar available HERE

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Little Black Dress: Take It Up A Notch

We all have one.  We all love the fit.  It is our fail safe when we simply “have nothing else to wear”.

Are we excited to wear it? Probably not.

 

Four Tips: Getting Excited for Your Little Black Dress!

1.  Style your dress with killer shoes.  The pair featured below (super sale by Rachel Zoe) are available locally through me, very limited sizes.  If a heeled gladiator is way too trend driven for you…try leopard like HERE or even red like HERE.

2.  Pile on the accessories.  Typically, I keep my accessories to a minimum.  Big earrings=simple necklace.  Big necklace=stud earrings….But….with a simple black dress….I say pile it on, baby!  Get the look via Stella and Dot HERE.

3.  Add a belt.  Available HERE and HERE.

4.  Grab a fantastic clutch.  Fringe is kind of everything for me this fall…but whatever strikes your fancy go out and grab it!  You can find fun, unique clutches everywhere these days.  One featured below is HERE.

 

Little Black Dress!

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Links to most of outfit above. Dress c/o M.M.Lafleur available for purchase HERE

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Ahoy: How to Style Graphic Sweaters

The temperature dropped something fierce here in New Jersey and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.  Booties, skinnies, scarves…yes yes yes!!!  Putting together the last “The Box Service” of the week this morning and then I can relax…and by relax, I mean get Connor geared for his first soccer practice and plan something simple yet fabulous for my husbands birthday on Saturday.  Lets just say, the rest of the week, I will be focused on my men:)

Make it a great week…Back on Friday with The. Most. Amazing. Shoes. To. Ever. Exist.

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Sweater Old Navy similar available below, Scarf Banana Republic (old), Necklace StellaDot available here, Skinnies Level 99 similar available here, Booties Sam Edelman available here

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Monday Mingle: Simple Style to Copy

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I LOVE reading and scrolling through fantasy fashion blogs…Atlantic Pacific, Glamourai, The Blonde Salad…it is much like art,the way they perfectly style,model and photograph their clothing.  Truly editorial genius.   In all honestly though, its not real life.  Well, to be fair, maybe it is someones real life….but definitely not mine.  A coat perfectly balancing on my shoulders….with two kids to chase after, NOT going to happen.

Over the years, I have had a few fantasy photoshoots (this and this by Adalie Scott Photography come to mind)…..but mostly, I try to document outfits you can really translate into your own life….for lack of a better phrase, outfits you can copy, so you don’t have to think about what to wear.  Leave that part to me…I enjoy it:)

So, for this weeks #MondayMingle  I am serving up an outfit ALL of you have..black and white with some beautiful accessories!  I wore this yesterday, shopping for clients.  Classic, Simple, Chic and Comfortable.  Don’t forget to pop by BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends to see their stylish posts.  Link is with Kristin this week.  Happy Monday!

 

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Top c/o August Silk, Jeans c/o Level 99 available HERE, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Clutch Deux Lux available through special order with ME $85, Sandals c/o Fibi and Clo available HERE, Sunglasses c/o Corinne McCormack

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Unlikely Pairing: Grey and Brown

This outfit may have been inspired by my new obsession, the Sam Edelman booties featured below.  I mean GAH!  I actually was shopping for a client when I stumbled upon them….weakness struck and I had to have them for myself!  They are just perfection in every way.  The heel is mommy friendly, the zippers are on trend and modern, and the color was lacking in my shoe wardrobe.

Lightweight layers are key for me right now.  It is still hot as h*ll outside, but my mind is on fall fashion.  Layers allow it to feel like fall, peeling away when its hot and adding on when you step into the air conditioning.  There was a time, I would have NEVER paired grey with chocolate brown.  Grey always went with black accents, not brown.  I am so glad to have left that notion behind.  I love this grey/brown color combo…..simple, casual, chic….the name of my game.

* I am wearing a new wash c/o Level 99.  Its the Liza Skinny.  Looks awesome cuffed, but also left long.  This will be my staple fall dark jean. If you are interested in purchasing or want to request a pair for your The Box Service, let me know.  $149

Happy WEEKEND!

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Top Knot Sisters, available through The Box Service, Blazer SAVA (old), Jeans c/o Level 99 available through The Box Service, Shoes Sam Edelman available HERE, Jewelry all Stella and Dot available HERE, HERE HERE and HERE, Bag Louis Vuitton, Sunglasses c/o Corinne McCormack similar HERE

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Farewell in Free People

I just shared my “The Box Service” promotional video with you guys last week.  Although Tanya and I spent most of the day shooting that badboy…we also squeezed in time for a late lunch at one of my favorite spots in Point Pleasant Beach, Shipwreck.  Seriously the steaks almost cut themselves.  It is right on the inlet…so we soaked in the sun and watched the boats roll in.  I can’t say enough about how special this chica is….and I am SO lucky that we met in person.  I know (even though she lives many many miles away) we will always remain in touch.  Who says the blogging world is ONLY virtual?

Fun video sharing our excursion is HERE over at Sechoir.  Be sure to follow Sechoir on Facebook and Instagram..there is ALWAYS something fabulous and fashionable going on.

I leave you with a few cute snapshots and then some links to “get the look”!  Although some items are sold out…similar styles are available and both outfits transition fabulously into early fall!  HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!

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Monday Mingle: White Leopard

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Hope everyone is enjoying the final day of summer…the weather is horrible here…humid and rainy…..probably a day of movies on the couch for us…and sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered.  We had a jampacked weekend of beach, pool, Prestons 2nd birthday and than a night out on the town….I am exhausted.  With a crazy work week ahead and Connor starting school Wednesday, a day of nothing is quite welcomed.  On to the fashion….I LOVE leopard with white..it is so perfect for this transitional time of year.  How about you?  Would you pair leopard and white?

Monday Mingle time again:)  The stylish collaboration between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  Link is over with Nicole today- be sure to pop by and join in the fun.  Make it a great week!

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Top c/o Susie Raine available HERE, Jeans Level 99, Clutch Deux Lux available through The Box Service, Necklaces Stella and Dot, Shoes Steve Madden

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Back to School: Morgan & Milo

If you follow on IG, you have seen me tag Morgan & Milo countless times in the boys #toddlerstyle posts.  Truly they are my favorite shoe brand for my little men.  When I realized they were branching out into clothing…I was SO excited!

I love when fashion and function meet.  Morgan and Milo successfully combine both with their line.  I personally love that the sneakers can be worn casually for the park or school but they also dress up with a nice pair of chinos for church or holiday events.  When your littles grow out of shoes so quickly, its nice to see a pair that can work double duty..no?  The clothing is all I expected it to be….a mix of fashion and function.  I was so smitten with the plaid shirt featured below, I kind of wanted it for myself!  Ha!  Although my boys are sporting goodies for the guys, their little girls collection is BEYOND.  What about THESE (biased due to the name) or THIS?  I die.

Preston is turning two TODAY actually..so no “back to school” for him…yet!  Connor starts pre-k next week.  I asked him what he wanted to wear for the first day and he picked out this Monster t-shirt on his own!  I don’t blame him..it’s adorable:)  Don’t forget to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY below, as Morgan and Milo is so kindly gifting an adorable tee to ONE OF YOUR littles.  Good Luck!

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Preston:  Shirt/Shorts GAP Kids, Shoes c/o Morgan and Milo available HERE    Connor:  Tshirt c/o Morgan and Milo, Denim Shorts GAP Kids, Shoes c/o Morgan and Milo available HERE

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Stepping a little further into FALL……

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Connor: Tee Old Navy, Plaid Button Down c/o Morgan and Milo, Sneakers c/o Morgan and Milo, Hat handmade

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