Easy Style: Black, White and a Pop of Color!

I adore the simple pairing of black and white….classic, chic and never out of style.  I especially love it paired with a pop of color.  For me, that pop of color is often orange.  If I were to have a signature color, orange is what it would be.  I have some amazing investment pieces in the color, one being the Marc Jacobs bag featured below.  I am also fairly certain no other accessory has gotten as much wear as this Zolie Designs statement necklace.

Style tip:  Spice up your classic black and white pieces with your favorite bright colored accessories.  It is a subtle way to welcome Spring without looking like you are trying too hard.

Hope you find some outfit inspiration!  We finally have some warmer temperatures here in Jersey…and even though they come with rain, I am NOT complaining.  Happy weekend to all:)

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Blouse c/o Karen Kane similar available here, Leather Jeans Vince, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs, Bag Marc Jacobs (old style), Shoes Jimmy Choo similar available here
Plus Size Options: Blouse available here, leggings available here

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All Black Style: Touchstone Crystal Giveaway!

If you read along you know I am a huge fan of simple easy style.  There is just so much noise in life, getting dressed and looking good shouldn’t be overly complicated…and I promise it doesn’t need to be.  Take my outfit post below…doesn’t get more simple than a great black dress, black tights and black boots.  I made it my own by adding an amazing necklace from Touchstone Crystal and a fun leopard cape that I purchased a few years ago (last sporting it here).  I recently met Betsey via email…one of you were searching for a necklace I sport quite often like here, here, here and stumbled upon her site.  A collaboration was just the natural thing to do, no?  Betsey was so kind to gift one of her favorite necklaces to me…and giveaway one for YOU!  It is so damn gorgeous…the pictures can’t even capture its shine.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration…giveaway is below…GOOD LUCK and have a great weekend:)

* I do not think the website photos do this jewelry justice…because they use Swarovski crystals the shine is truly unreal…and the quality is fantastic!  I am planning to pick up this bracelet to stack with my Cartier.  I am certain Betsey would send you higher res images etc if you requested, so don’t hesitate to email her Bestseyathome@gmail.com
 
*Linked up with Mama Fashion Files and Baby Shopaholic for Mamanista Fridays and The Life of the Party for Fashion Informant!
 
 
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADress c/o Karen Kane available here, Cape Velvet (old), Boots Stuart Weitzman, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal available here
 
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The Giveaway: Readers Choice of Either Color!!!

 

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Red. Black. Tan.

Do you remember when I gave away this killer Camo Scarf compliments of Luxe Auctions?  Well, Luxe Auctions has now become online accessories boutique SusieRaine and you are going to swoon!  Susie has an incredible eye for beautiful baubles at affordable prices.  As a fellow Jersey gal…we were just itching to partner up again.  She let me choose an awesome scarf to sell exclusively to TSF readers.  I chose this amazing americana lightweight scarf featured below.  This will be a major repeat offender in the coming months, so if you are hesitating…DON’T…it is ONLY $19 and you can just copy all of my outfit ideas.  Ha!

Loving it all “glam” with leather leggings and killer loubs….but I can totally see it with distressed boyfriend jeans, sandals and a black tee.  Fail safe…”I look cool but like I didn’t try at all” outfit.  What do you all think?  Digging the look?  How would you style the scarf?  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and HAPPY SHOPPING!

Scarf Exclusive for TSF and available for purchase HERE!

Lightweight material, oversize, black/tan/red and $19!!!

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Blouse Daniel Rain (still available in size M, L through Box Service) Blazer c/o Kohls available here, Leather Leggings Vince available here, Scarf c/o available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin (older style), Bracelets c/o SusieRaine available here and here

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Striped on Piper Street

A while back, a blog I frequent announced they were opening up an online shop….I had honestly forgotten to check back once it launched…life has just been THAT busy.  Fortunately for me (and you) I popped by a few weeks ago to discover this adorable e-boutique Piper Street.  The clothing is fun, affordable and has a little bohemian vibe (love that).  I knew I would pick something up and wanted it to be a piece I could wear now and later into Spring/Summer…..I landed on this Phoebe Skirt, now with layers and boots…later with sandals and a tank:)  Black and white is just so universal, seasonless and easy to style, no?  I also love the fit, no tight elastic waistband…just sits nice and easy on the tummy.  There are a few other favs from the site here, here and here.  Hope you are fashionably inspired:)

Piper Street was so kind to gift a $25 giftcard to one lucky reader.  You could snatch up my $22 skirt or find something you love! Happy Shopping and don’t forget to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY BELOWGOOD LUCK!

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Shirt Dex, Denim Vest Others Follow, Striped Skirt Piper Street available here, Necklace Zolie Designs, Boots Stuart Weitzman similar available here

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WIN A $25 GIFTCARD TO PIPER STREET!!!!

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Easy Glamour

We just experienced a freaking blizzard here at the shore (ok, I am exaggerating slightly)…but we got over ten inches and it is close to zero outside…so I am calling it a blizzard.  Thankfully I took these photos on Monday…I had an afternoon appointment with a boutique and then went to meet a friend for dinner.   My style has been all over the map lately preppy, simple, bohemian…one common denominator is easy.  You won’t see complicated layers, ridiculous amounts of accessories or hard to wear pieces…life is so complicated most days…getting dressed shouldn’t be.

Definitely a go-to look for me….White tee, blazer and skinnies…of course when the skinnies are leather and the blazer is sequined, you are definitely achieving a dressier vibe…but easy to create none the less.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration.  As always, links to purchase similar items below the first photo.  Happy Wednesday:)

* PS…I finally had to replace my Nicole Miller leather skinnies with the Vince moto ones below…LOVE the fit!  A little higher on the waist, no plumbers cr*ck, and they zipper and button like a jean. They were 1/2 off..still really pricey but I know they will get a TON of wear.  Link to them below the first photo.

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Leather Motos Vince available here, White Tee Language (old), Sequin Blazer MM Couture similar available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin available here, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal (old)

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Styling Denim on Denim

Hi all…sorry for the delay today…I had a client closet this morning and didn’t have a chance to shoot pictures until this afternoon.  This is what I wore today…closet makeover, haircut for Connor and heading to happy hour for a bit!  Keeping it short and sweet today…loving the “shades of blue” …navy blue paired with denim on denim…all seemed to work famously with my american scarf from this photoshoot.  Also loving my new Dee Keller ballet flats…so sweet, right?  Hope you find some casual weekend inspiration and HAPPY FRIDAY:)

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Denim Shirt (old) Old Navy, Blue Tee (old) GAP, Jeans Level 99 available through special order, Belt Nicole Miller (old) Scarf etsy shop (old) BUT I am getting similar in for Spring boxes. Shoes Dee Keller via LastCall but sold out:(

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Simple Style: Spring Camo

I have always adored camo and owned multiple pieces before the “craze” this past fall….therefore, it is definitely something I will be continuing to wear well into the warmer months.  This spring inspired camo arrived last week in stores and the boutique owner pulled my size and texted me immediately.  I raced to the store to check them out…obviously:)  These SOLD camos are done SO right…tans and ivories…yes please!  I love trends, layers and accessories….but when you really break it down, my style is relatively simple and clean.  I adore this simple easy outfit.  Could potentially be a new uniform..printed jean, silky blouse, simple necklace and nude pump.  Love it!  What do you all think?  Will you be wearing camo this spring?  I hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Friday:)

* Camos are available for purchase $154.00 (size 27 is sold out).  Message me with interest…I doubt these will still be in stock for spring boxes. 

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Camos c/o SOLD Design Lab, Blouse c/o Karen Kane, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal, Bag Louis Vuitton available here, Pumps Christian Louboutin similiar available here, Sunglasses D&G (old), Coat Cole Haan (outlet store)

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Cozying up in Coin 1804

I love Coin 1804 for casual cozy pieces and have featured them often on the blog like here, here and here!  Who says maxi’s are only for the summertime?  I love everything about this comfortable yet chic maxi skirt available here….it pairs perfectly with a pair of moto inspired booties and layers upon layers.  Speaking of layers..how amazing is this cardigan? I kept the accessories and jewelry to a minimum, which I always do when I am with the kids and have multiple errands to run.  How about you?  Do you skimp on jewelry and accessories when you are dressed casually?  I wore this shopping for clients and running around with the boys last week….got a few compliments in the grocery store and UPS which is always the measure of a successful outfit…in suburbia at least:)

Thank you to my clients and friends who came to support my style event last night.  It was SUCH fun shopping with all of you.  The lovely makeup artists from Neimans intro’d me to a killer RED lipstick from Bobbi Brown (which will be reviewed on the blog) and I also scooped up the most amazing Ash moto booties…I die over them and can’t wait to share in an upcoming style post.  I am off to a wedding this weekend in Atlanta…follow along on Instagram for beautiful black tie fashions and snippets of my getaway!  Happy Weekend!

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Tee GAP, Cardigan c/o Coin 1804 available here, Denim Vest c/o Others Follow, Maxi Skirt c/o Coin 1804 available here, Black Booties Piperlime available (but almost sold out) here 

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The Sahara: Ariat Feature

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat but as you all know, I think long and hard about my brand partnerships and only say yes if I truly love the product and think it is a great fit for all of YOU!Tracking Pixel

Last fall and winter I maybe tucked my jeans into my boots once or twice at most.  It just wasn’t a trend I was into for one reason or another.  Fast forward to this year and I can’t seem to wear my skinny jeans any other way!  I have fallen in love with this clean crisp style again. What has been making it easy for me are fabulous boots like the Sahara Ariat boot I am featuring below….I mean, could they be any more gorgeous?  I have zero doubt you will be seeing these constantly on the blog this winter….and then into the spring with flirty little dresses!  Gah!

If you aren’t familiar with the Ariat Brand...you should be:)  They are an American brand that is completely committed to making the finest Western and English footwear (aka cowboy boot and riding boot) and I can attest they are doing just that!  I have owned many a boot…and these are right up there with the finest….high quality, unique design details and comfort are all spot on.  So get those holiday gift lists out girls and add a pair of Ariat boots…you won’t be disappointed:)

In the meantime…killer giveaway going on, over on their Facebook Page!  There are numerous chances to win…anything from their site, a pair of Ariat boots or a pair of jeans! What are you waiting for…ENTER HERE! Good luck!

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Denim Blouse JCrew (old), Vest Neiman Marcus Last Call (old), Scarf Banana Republic (old), White Skinnies Yoga Jeans (old), Necklace Stella and Dot (old),Boots c/o Ariat available here

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I think what I love most about this look is its wearability- I thought you might think so too…So I created a quick board so you can “Get the Look”!

Styling Ariat Sahara Boots

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat.

To learn more about Ariat and enter their fabulous giveaway on Facebook, please visit: here

All Black: Paparazzi Style

It wasn’t until I got these photos home to edit….that I realized how Paparazzi like they were….ha!  Maybe it is the shades?  Baseball hat?  Well in any event…no one famous here folks…just a mommy on duty.  I wore this all black look on Sunday while running errands and checking out some local open houses with my mom.  To keep it a little interesting I added in pops of my favorite prints, leopard and camo! Casual, simple and chic…my favorite kind of style.  Have you ever tried all black?

You may have noticed the hat….Ella’s Grove is a new Bryn Mawr boutique that I will definitely be featuring on the blog at some point.  The owner, Fran worked side by side with me at Nicole Miller and is a sheer delight.  She also has impeccable taste, so I have zero doubt the store is amazing.  Stay tuned for that!

Hope you find some casual outfit inspiration and Happy Wednesday. I am having a crazy week…NYC was a success…another The Box Service client and then I will spend today styling my pre-packaged gifts for the Holidays.  Hoping to have them up on the FB pages tonight!  Happy Shopping!

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Tunic Charlie Paige, Jeans c/o Level 99, Booties c/o Sole Society, Hat c/o Ella’s Grove, bag Marc Jacobs

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I Missed Them

Admit it.  You missed them.  I certainly did.  For a while, those camo skinnies had taken their place.  They seemed sad and depressed so I took them out for a spin.  The cost per wear for my faux leather leggings is less than a penny.  Infact, they may even be paying me at this point.  Certainly not reinventing any wheels here with my leggings, tee and denim blouse…..but the bright statement necklace and colorful heels kept it fresh and seasonably appropriate.  I plan to wear outfits like this all fall….trading the heels for boots and adding a fun vest.  Can you tell I have fall on the brain?  Hope you all have an awesome weekend…if you haven’t bought your faux leather leggings yet, what are you waiting for? If you have booked a box with me, don’t fret!  I have plenty in stock:)  Also, get excited for a TOP 5 FALL MUST HAVES list coming this Monday…been working on it for a few days…just a few more edits!  Happy Shopping!

 Faux Leather Leggings almost identical here, Tee Old Navy (old), Denim Shirt JCrew (old), Statement Necklace and bangles c/o Lydell (older style), Heels Victoria Secret similar available here

Easy Transitions: Leopard Booties

You are going to start to see a theme here folks…..taking my summer wardrobe and adding in bits and pieces of fall.  I am simply ready for denim, booties, leopard….anything and everything that screams fall. Most would have saved these leopard suede booties from Sole Society for cooler temps but I was all about wearing them.  I kept the rest of the look simple with an oversized tank, distressed skinnies and some fun accessories.  A perfect casual look for any day of the week, no?  I am busy preparing for my brother in laws 40th birthday this Saturday…Will be sure to share some style from the weekend over on Instagram so follow along if you like.  Hope you have an awesome weekend:)

Tank Renee C (old), Skinnies Seven (old), Booties c/o Sole Society and available here, Bangles combo David Yurman and Leigh Ann Barnes, Necklace Vintage, Sunglasses RayBan, Hat Sole Society (old), Bag Alexander Wang (older) but new color available here

Quick Change

I meant to post this yesterday but oh my gosh..I was SO under the weather.  The boys both had croup this past weekend so hello breathing treatments and sleepless nights.  Mid week we were on the road to recovery and guess what?  Mommy got sick:(  That doesn’t happen often but when it does #brutal.  I am feeling a little better today…and hope to be back in action for the weekend.  We shall see.

A few days back, I had been running around town…meetings with boutiques, and a denim buy for fall (omg my box clients need to start getting excited..I was drooling..literally) and was dressed pretty casually and comfortably.  Around 4pm, I got a call to meet a girlfriend for a quick bite and drink…so I ditched the kiddies at my parents and went for dinner and a drink.  I didn’t want to go through the process of picking out something totally new to wear…so when I popped back home I made three simple changes (ditched the hat, added jewelry, added heels) and was out the door.

In other news…have you all tried cuffing your skinny jeans?  I honestly hadn’t and am OBSESSED with this look.  It made my rockstars (that I have had for years) feel new, fresh and modern.  Try it…I think you will like it:)  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have a great weekend!!!

Casual: Rockstar Skinny Jeans Old Navy available here, Oversized T via Katherine’s Boutique (old), Fedora Sole Society (sold out), Watch Invicta, Sandals Lucky Brand (old).

Dinnerdate:  Rockstar Skinny Jeans available here, Oversized T via Katherine’s Boutique (old), Earrings Stella and Dot available here, Bangles c/o Lydell available here, Pumps Christian Louboutin available here

Easy, Distressed and a Giveaway!

This awesome camo jacket (which I have been sporting over on Instagram) was yearning to be paired with my distressed skinnies.  I have been scared to try them because they are most definitely my “skinny jeans”. With very little stretch to them, they are probably the smallest jeans in my closet.  So I reached for them yesterday and low and behold…they FIT!  I am fully aware of how silly it is that this made me happy….but after the crazy few weeks I have had this brought a big old grin to my face:)  Also wanted to mention my classic fit button down I just purchased from GAP..definitely smitten with the fit and boyfriend feel of it.  Please forgive the messy bun and unmade face…I was rushing around to finish up a few clients before the holiday weekend!

Fun little giveaway today from a fellow Jersey Shore gal and her online accessories shop Jewel Girl!  I scored a few awesome friendship stackers and want to gift one to TWO of you:)  Check out the giveaway below and hope you have an AWESOME holiday weekend!

Camo Jacket c/o Flat84, Button Down Gap available on sale here, Jeans Seven (old), Booties c/o Guilty Soles available here, Bag Alexander Wang available here, Hoops D.Monaco Boutique, Bangles combo of Lia Sophia, Handmade and c/o Jewel Girl

This Alexander Wang was my mothers day gift.  I adore everything about it.  The mushy leather, the color, the size and the fact that it transitions from a shoulder strap to a backpack style….total stylish mom MUST HAVE!

THE GIVEAWAY:   GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So they gifted me THREE of the friendship bracelets (above)- I want to share and give TWO away.  I will pick TWO winners next week-

1.  Simply pop over to the Jewel Girl site and if you are so inclined give their Facebook Page a like to stay “in the know” of all things Jewel Girl!!!

2.  Leave a comment below with your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Winner will be chosen next Thursday 5/30/13 via random.org.  Open to US residents only. 

Black and Brown…High and Low

I had a jampacked awesome weekend!  Out to dinner Friday…Met Bill and Giuliana Saturday….Friends daughters first communion Sunday (complete with bouncy house for the kids).  If you follow on Instagram you saw sneak peaks of all of this..so be sure to join in the fashion fun:)  I used to think black and brown together was a big “no no”, turns out it is one of my favorite pairings.  The tip here is to make sure you inject enough of each to show it wasn’t a mistake.  For example, had I worn a black belt and just the brown shoes, it wouldn’t have made the same fashion impact as both being brown…make sense?  I often wonder what I will do when the “high low” hemline isn’t trendy anymore.  In an effort to “keep it real” there are two reasons I love this trend. First, it allows you to show a good amount of leg without being trashy or overexposed (important for us thirty-somethings).  Second, it covers up my spider veins that seem to have taken over my upper thigh after baby number two (researching laser treatments as I write this).  TMI?  Hope you are fashionably inspired and make it a great week!

Nameless Dress  c/o Flat84 and available here, Bangles c/o Lydell, Earrings Marcia Moran (old) Clutch Deux Lux, Belt Nicole Miller (old) similar available here, Shoes Manolo Blahnik (old)