Denim and Tulle

I realize this is a slight variation of my last outfit post from Monday:)  What can I say….I just have black and denim on the brain.  Truth is, it is an easy effortless combination and leaves an awesome blank slate for fun colorful accessories.  I plan to wear this to a babyshower on Saturday…modeling it a day early because I have no one around that morning to take photos!  Think I am going to wear it exactly like this…although maybe I will skip the ponytail, and I definitely need a pedicure:) Yikes.

Denim shirt is compliments of SusieRaine and available for purchase here.  LOVE the slight western influence and distressed vibe.  Fit is fabulous- I am wearing a medium.  Killer price over on the site today- $17!  Get em while they last….I know it will sell out!  Happy Shopping and hope you have an amazing weekend:)

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Denim Shirt c/o SusieRaine available here, Skirt Nicole Miller similar available here and here, Necklace StellaDot available here, Shoes Victoria Secret (old), Clutch available through ME.

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Fall Favorite: Dress with Boots

This London Times dress gifted to me last fall is truly one of my favorite casual dresses.  I have worn it to showers, family parties and apparently down by the boat docks:)  Seriously though…the fit, comfort and style are just so wearable.  A close second in the favorites category are these Frye boots.  I have had them for about eight years and NEVER tire of them.  The older and more beat up they get, the better they look.  I have decided I don’t wear them nearly enough…so you might see a little resurgence on the blog this fall. Although I love the new “bootie” trend, there is something timeless about dresses and tall boots…always in style.  Don’t you think?  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Monday!

Dress c/o London Times (old),  Belt Vintage, Hat Calypso St Bart,  Leather Wrap Bracelet c/o Ettika available here, Boots Frye (old) but similar style available here

Top Five Must Haves: Fall 2013

1. THE LEOPARD CLUTCH:  Think about the most basic outfit you wear.  For me, it is distressed skinny jeans and a white tee shirt.  Comfortable, classic, timeless.  Now picture it with your favorite heels and a leopard clutch.  Your coolness factor just went up a few notches, right?  Lets face it, a printed clutch will update your basic wardrobe instantly…paired with your casual items or your favorite cocktail dress…TOTAL must have!

Left:  Rafe available here for $225.00
Top Right:  Christian Louboutin available here for $995.00
Bottom Right:  Forever 21 available here for $16.80

Interested in a “one of a kind” clutch?  Try Etsy here for affordable leopard clutch options.

2. RED POINTY TOED PUMPS:  As regular readers know, my husband gifted me amazing pointy toed nude pumps by Christian Louboutin for Christmas.  At first, I wasn’t sure I was ready to let go of the rounded peep toes that I had grown so fond of.  Truth is, I don’t have to choose between them…equal opportunity over here:)  I wager most of you don’t have a pointy toed pump or if you do it is outdated.  So, number two on my must haves list is a pointy toed pump…specifically RED because it is all the rage for fall…but truthfully any color will do!  

Above:  Prada available here for $650.00

Those don’t strike your fancy…well here is a steal, deal, spend and splurge!  Oh and these are pretty cool too!

 

3. THE GOLD CHAIN NECKLACE:  Do not pack away your colorful statement necklaces but do add this versatile piece to your jewelry collection.  The gold hue goes with everything from t-shirts to silky blouses and since it easily layers with other delicate necklaces, I am certain it will get a ton of wear.  It makes the list at number three!

Above: ASOS for $34.00

A few others like this steal, deal, spend and splurge.  This one is just so darn cool I had to link to it here.

4. THE STRUCTURED BLAZER (NAVY):  I am smitten with blazers as you know…….all colors, fabrics and silhouettes.  This fall I am dying for a structured navy blazer.  The outfit possibilities are limitless and I just love the preppy put together vibe.  You simply can’t go wrong with any of the options I have linked to…they are sure to add polish to any old look.  You can safely bet that one of these fabulous blazers will be residing in my closet shortly! Decisions, Decisions. 

Above Left:  JCrew Factory $128.00                           Above Right:  Mango $49.99

All different price points available like here, here  here and if money were no object here!

5. THE ANKLE BOOTIE:  This is such an important trend for fall that I dedicated an entire post to it here.  Although they aren’t workday appropriate (for most jobs) they are the perfect casual weekend shoe.  You can wear them now with cute summer dresses with a jeanjacket over top and well into the fall with leggings, skinny jeans and even dresses and skirts.  I can’t wait to rock my two new pairs from Piperlime, which you will see me sporting on the blog very very soon. The “bootie” secures the last spot on this must haves list.

Above:  I just purchased these in black for $59.00 and I highly recommend them.  They look and feel way more expensive, available in both black and brown..a total score!

Referring back to my bootie post is a sure bet but some other favs that are similar to the style above are herehere and  here.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!

Honesty and Von Vonni

Let’s talk honesty folks……When I started this blog I promised myself that it would be REAL.  I would only feature outfits that I actually wear, only partner with brands that I love and respect and only recommend items that I either owned or had the opportunity to touch and feel.  So in one swift click, I stripped away the Google Ads, turned down inquiries for advertising and even said “No Thanks” to a few giveaways……and although some days I wonder if I am being stupid….MOST days I feel really empowered.  We are in control of VERY little in life (especially w a toddler ruling my world) so it is beyond important to me to have control over this space. I have kept that promise to myself and am really proud of my voice and authenticity.  You might not like my style, taste or recommendations…and that is OK, but they are all my own.  I appreciate brands wanting to get involved and when the time is right, I am sure I will partner and offer advertising.  Who knows what the future holds, maybe Louis Vuitton will be my next sponsor inquiry? A girl can dream, right?
*long story where this “rant” came from……..

Now back to the important part….the clothes….. Below is the Von Vonni dress that I featured a few weeks ago here. I sold it to 4 clients and decided I had to have it myself…here are my favorite ways to wear it.

Dress Von Vonni, Headband Ann Taylor, Earrings and Necklace Sunshine Daydreams

Love how the back ended up on this…So beautiful and bare.

Who doesn’t love the one shoulder trend? I just twisted the long pieces of fabric together and this is how it turned out! Love!

I am not blessed with a large chest and can go braless most of the time, but so many women cannot. This dress can be full coverage, bra friendly and still sexy as hell. This is actually my second favorite way to wear it. So regal.

The dress is still available for purchase for $99 plus shipping if you are interested. Currently in black and additional colors based on inquiry.
Happy Shopping!
Carly