Monday Mingle: Sequins for Summer

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Here in New Jersey, we are having an extremely mild August.  It was downright chilly over the weekend.  Gorgeous…but chilly.  I wore this out to dinner and drinks the other evening.  You know I love mixing my distressed boyfriends with killer heels and was elated to carry my NEW grey clutch!  I hopped right on my trend forecast HERE and purchased my first grey accessory for fall……definitely not my last!  Hope you find some outfit inspiration:)

#MondayMingle time again…the stylish collaboration with Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Nicole of Momtrends.  Be sure to link up your fashionable posts….over on Kristins blog today:)  Make it a great week!

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Blouse Boutique Brand similar available HERE, Jeans Level 99 available HERE, Necklace and Bracelet Stella and Dot available HERE and HERE. Clutch available through The Box Service, Shoes Christian Louboutin (old)

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Monday Mingle: Floral for Fathers Day

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Hope all of you had an amazing weekend.  We had a beautiful couple days…the weather was just gorgeous here at the Jersey Shore.  I had a photo session with my boys at the Boardwalk Friday…a great poolday Saturday…and then a beautiful day at Eagle Oaks for Fathers Day.  Decided to sport this London Times floral dress.  I will admit, I don’t wear florals often….I am not super girlie in my personal style….but sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress.  I have blogged numerous times about this brand..like here and here…..great fit, affordable pricetag…whats not to love?  London Times always delivers.

Do you wear florals?  How would you style this dress?  I kept it simple with a cool peep toe and some fun jewelry.  Hope your week is off to a great start!  Don’t forget to check out my #MondayMingle friends Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls and Nicole from Momtrends…always super stylish:)  Kristin is hosting.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and make it a great week:)

 

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Dress c/o London Times similar HERE and HERE, Jewelry Stella and Dot available here, here and here, Glasses c/o Glasses.com similar available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin (old)

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#Monday Mingle: All Dressed Up

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This past Saturday my husband and I attended The Beauty Ball hosted by an amazing organization The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care  at Trump in Colts Neck, New Jersey.  Dear friends of ours are members and they invited us to join in the evening- raising money and awareness for the families suffering from Cancer.  This hits close to home as my father is a cancer survivor and although he is in remission and the best “pop” around…it was definitely something that shook our family to the core.

I purchased this dress a while back…actually I purchased it for a client at the request of her husband and wrapped it up with some other items for her birthday gift.  I fell in love with the mixture of classy/sexy that the dress exudes and snatched one up for myself.  Here it is in all its glory for #MondayMingle, the style collaboration between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  The linkup is being hosted by Kristin today so pop by and JOIN IN.   Also, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway ..it ends this week!

I am in Philadelphia all day today…training and some inspirational talk from the creator of Stella & Dot.  Follow along on Instagram for fun pics and pretty baubles!  Happy Monday!

Crappy Photo Disclaimer:  Sorry for the not so great photos below…I really try to enjoy the events I attend and be in the moment.  There was no time for a pre-party photo session and all pics were taken on my phone.

 

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Dress Cynthia Steffe similar available here Shoes Christian Louboutin, Necklace and Bracelet Stella and Dot available here and here. Clutch c/o SusieRaine available here
PLUS SIZE OPTION: Similar Style Dress available here

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Simple Style: Ankle Length Denim

I am up to my eyeballs….boxes to get out, Stella&Dot orders to process…so please forgive that I have VERY little to share today.  When it comes to style….I say it often that simple is best and this outfit is the epitome of simple.  Injecting a little personal style with some beautiful tassel jewelry (link to buy below) and a fun wide brimmed hat.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration!

* Ankle length denim is all the rage for Spring…so if this cute pair doesn’t strike your fancy- check your local shops for a pair that does:)

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Jeans c/o Sold Design Lab (available through The Box Service), Blouse Vince similar available here, Blazer SAVA (no longer in business, boo), Hat Calypso St Barth on super sale (old) but great summertime option available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin update for Spring available here, Necklace and Bracelet Stella and Dot available here

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That moment you see your babies while shooting outfit shots.. JOY!!!  Have an AWESOME WEDNESDAY!!!!

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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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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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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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Glam Holiday: London Times

As you know from prior posts here here and here I adore London Times dresses.  The price point, quality, fit and wearability are just perfection.  If you are in the market for a new dress visit the site…they have a bunch of cute dresses on super sale here.   I spied this metallic number a few weeks ago and knew it would be perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  I decided to hit the tracks and do a little photo session with the lovely Amy of Adalie Scott Photography.  She always has unique location ideas and the photos turn out beautiful.

So, how was your weekend?  Did you spend it shopping the deals and steals?  I spent most of the weekend relaxing and focused on family.  I did manage to get out to a favorite boutique or two on Small Business Saturday- how could I not support?  Busy week ahead…boxes to pack for clients, gifts to wrap, preparation for my big event Thursday (learn more here), and the list goes on.  Happy Monday to all and last chance to enter my giveaway below!

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Dress c/o London Times available here, Fur Trimmed Sweater Nicole Miller (old), Clutch Louis Vuitton, Pumps Christian Louboutin, Bracelets c/o Luxe Auctions, Necklace Lola’s Boutique available through The Box Service

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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

Taking My Own Advice

I am sure you wonder if I take my own fashion advice…..and I can honestly say, I do!  For example, you might remember this post where I advised readers to get to know a great tailor.  I believe customizing your clothing to fit perfectly is key to a fabulous wardrobe.  A few months ago I did a complete overhaul of my closet.  I sent items I haven’t worn in 12 months (my rule of thumb) to consignment, donated some items that were worse for wear and made a small pile of items that I still loved but didn’t fit properly. The dress below was originally purchased when I was 8 months pregnant and I wore it for Prestons shower here.  The dress is by my favorite Philadelphia brand Sava and it was not maternity, so at the time I sized up considerably to make room for my ever expanding waistline.  I am still completely smitten…loose flowing silk, soft tie dye print….what’s not to love?  I decided to take my own advice and brought it to my local tailor (along with a few other items) and had it sized down to fit me now that all the baby weight is gone.  What do you all think?  I wore this to dinner with my husband before he heads out of town this weekend.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have an awesome weekend!

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 Silk Maxi SAVA (older style) similar vibe available here, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal, Bracelet Leigh Ann Barnes (older style), Shoes Christian Louboutin (older style), Clutch Louis Vuitton

Birds of a Feather

Daniel Rain is one of my favorite blouse designers/brands.  Carried exclusively at one of my “box service” boutiques I love the interesting prints, built in cami’s, overall quality and the price point is very reasonable.  A big delivery of blouses just came in and I have been sending them out left and right to clients but I was sure to pick up a few for myself…..this one being one of my favorites for Spring.  I suppose the soft pastels and whimsical bird print is what lured me in.  The top seemed to work perfectly back to my grey skinnies and pink tie dye loubs.  I adore when outfits come together that easily. Looking forward to wearing it again..possibly with white.  Anyway….Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have a great week:)

Blouse Daniel Rain, Grey Skinnies Genetic similar available here, Earrings Stella and Dot available here, Sunglasses D&G, Pumps Christian Louboutin (older style)

Linking up with some fashionable ladies over at Get Your Pretty On…definitely pop by to check it out:)

Pastels and Fresh Picks with London Times- GIVEAWAY!

 Dress c/o London Times, Trench Rebecca Taylor (old), Clutch Deux Lux, Pumps Christian Louboutin, Pendant Necklace c/o SilverSpeck similar available here Bangles Cartier and Lola’s Boutique, Watch Rolex

Obviously I adore London Times from my features herehere and here.  Their dresses are made for my body type and the fit is so impeccable, I often wonder how they do it for under $80 a dress. Particularly smitten with the dress featured…love the classic cut and the missoni inspired print.  I could probably stand a bit of a tan before wearing it again….it is perfect for a baby shower I am attending in a few weeks.  Forgive, I am off topic.  When London Times approached me about partnering up for a spring campaign…I was elated….Especially when my readers benefit!  Here is the deal…Click here to enter to win the dress featured below in your size and a whole slew of my favorite things for Spring.  What favorite things you may ask…
….these Stella and Dot Earrings
….Orange Flip lipstick by Revlon
….this detergent by The Good Home Company
….North album by Matchbox Twenty
SORRY LADIES:  GIVEAWAY CLOSED
Amazing, right?  Hurry up and pop over to the London Times Blog to enter to win.  Contest is only open until tomorrow 3/29/13 through 11:59pm. Good luck:)

Early Easter: eShakti Dress Review

For as long as I can remember I have purchased a pretty new dress for Easter.  For whatever reason, I always end up on the demure and sweeter side of fashion for this occasion.  After mass and brunch, this dress would always end up on the “worn once” category of my closet.  Slowly, that part of my closet is dwindling down as I find more and more creative ways to wear items.  This eShakti dress is my Easter dress for 2013….but I didn’t want to wait to wear it! Slightly obsessed with the full skirt blowing in the breeze..so fun and feminine.  By pairing it with a black leather jacket with accents of red it took on a bit of an edgier look (one of my fav things to do with sweet spring dresses).  I plan to wear it sans jacket and pile on pinks and blush colors as accents come the end of the month (I will probably post to Instagram carlytsf when I do).  Do you wear your special occasion dresses only once?  Share your tips for making them more wearable in your daily life.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Shopping!

* I have reviewed eShakti before on the blog here and here.  I adore the brand for a few reasons.  Most importantly their customization options but also their unique designs with vintage flair and their impeccable quality.  I was gifted a dress for review but all opinions are my own. 

Birds Who Gossip Halter Dress c/o eShakti and available here, Leather Jacket Steve Madden, Pumps Christian Louboutin, Earrings Stella and Dot available here, Clutch Deux Lux

Arrows and Ivory

I pinned the softest spring look the other day comprised of ivories and nudes….The image stayed and had me reaching for my early Spring purchases.  These arrow jeans were a part of my Shop Small Gift Guideand since the husband so wisely reads the blog, they were under the old Christmas Tree. Originally, I was saving them for Spring (they are a tad bit snug around the waist) but new clothes burn a hole in my closet, so I decided to throw them on and pair them with a longer tunic to camo my not so taut waistline (working on it ladies). I plan to wear these ankle skinnies all spring/summer long with fun bright colored t’s and tanks…but for now, I hope you like the soft ivory and nude accents. Happy Shopping!

Jeans Current Elliot available here, Tunic Blouse Mono Reno available through my box service, Fur Vest Love Token, Nude Pumps Christian Louboutin available here, Heart Necklace gifte, Long Necklace Katherine’s Boutique

Linked up with one of my lovely blogging buddies, Get Your Pretty On stop by and join in the fun!

Custom Plaid

When the company Tailor4Less reached out to see if I wanted to partner with them, I was totally game.  They have a great selection of custom suits for both men and women but what really grabbed my attention were their womens shirts. I have had a crush on the plaid button down trend for some time, so this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.  What was really cool about this brand is the customization.  Once you decide on the style and print for your shirt (mine is the boyfriend in Rainswood) the site takes you through entering your specific measurements.  For me, this was a fantastic feature.  Ever since having my lil ones, I like shirts to hit on the longer side…I was able to add a few inches to my torso length to ensure that it would hit where I wanted it to.  As you know, I never feature anything I don’t love here on the site…and I was super happy with my blouse.  Infact, with a very reasonable $49 price tag, I am planning to order a few in lighter prints for the Spring.  Distressed jeans and a fabulous button down anyone?  For now, I will stick with my leather skinnies….Hope you find some outfit inspiration, Happy Shopping and hope you and yours have a fantastic New Years!!

Plaid Button Down c/o available here,  Leather Leggings Nicole Miller (old), Fur Vest Love Token (no longer available), Earrings D. Monaco Boutique, Watch Rolex, Bracelet Cartier, Shoes Christian Louboutin

Linked up with lovely Ladies of Monday Mingle over at Bon Bon Rose Girls