Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Day I Finally Learned How to French Braid

In all my 30 plus years I have never learned how to French braid and have always, always wanted to learn.  I love that Lauren Conrad or Jennifer Aniston look and still do it but just a boring, old regular braid like I wore yesterday.  

This lady is seriously MY HERO!  I sat on my bathroom counter top with my iPad last night and watched this video about 20 times starting and stopping, starting and stopping learning how to French braid and fishtail braid in the mirror.  She goes a little faster than my hands move but she is very easy to understand and by the end I actually had a decent looking braid.  I thought I would share this for any other braiding impaired people like myself!

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ready for Spring...

The temps have finally started to go back up again only to supposedly fall by the end of the week so I took advantage today and went sans tights. I am SO ready for warm weather already! 

Enter the Loft gift card giveaway here

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Francesca's dress, Tory Burch bag (sold out but click here to purchase similar), Naughty Monkey boots from Piperlime, Forever 21 necklace, Kohl's cardigan, Target boot socks

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mash Up...

I feel like last week I read through so many fashion blogs and got so much inspiration that this outfit accidentally combined a lot of stuff I have been seeing.  Colored tights, animal print, a statement necklace, the denim shirt and a classic heel...I kindda like this mash up.  

Don't forget to enter the Loft gift card giveaway ending next week!


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Piperlime heels (click here to purchase), Target dress, Loft shirt, Charlotte Russe sweater, gifted necklace, Forever 21 tights

Friday, January 25, 2013

The IT List

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  • do you j.crew? styles up a closet staple: the tweed jacket!  Check out her gorgeous round up!
  • the luxury rehab features a sneek peek of the upcoming Prabal Garang for Target line. This floral dress is just stunning! (find the luxury rehab on Twitter!)
  • everything but ordinary looks simply adorable in this polka dot on polka dot look. Wearing double polka dots is definitely on my spring-to-do list! (find everything but ordinary on Twitter!)
  • live. work. style. is showing her 'blogger day off' outfit, which of course is just as fabulous as her blogger day 'on' outfits! A perfectly casual and comfortable look! (find live. work. style. on Twitter!)
  • rose a la mode is perfectly Florida-chic in this striped top, casual shorts with a bright pop of color by way of her purse! I love this look and am longing for spring! (find rose a la mode on Twitter!)
  • my confidence + me pulls together the perfect 'comfy & cozy' work from home outfit. I am really digging this, especially with all the cold weather the midwest has been having! (find my confidence + me on Twitter!)
  • a little bit of wo.we experiments with layering in a new way (to her!).  It looks adorable and was well worth trying something new! (find a little bit of wo.we on Twitter!)
  • from carpools to cocktails pulls off the perfect 'day date' look. It's charming and beautiful, but also totally appropriate for the day time. See how she does it! (find from carpools to cocktails on Twitter!)
  • my thrifty chic steals her husband's top and styles it so effortlessly cool. Find out how she tweaked it a bit to make it fit her perfectly! (find my thrifty chic on Twitter!)
  • loop looks invested in a great navy blazer and was excited to pair it with an adorable polka dot top. The look is classic and modern - check it out! (find loop looks on Twitter!)
  • the second best dishes on her two must have items in her closet and wears them together.  Hint: you are going to want these two items as well! They are classic and beautiful! (find the second best on Twitter!)
  • a fashion fixation is hosting a giveaway for a gift card to LOFT!  Head on over to enter! The LOFT is having some great sales right now! (find a fashion fixation on Twitter!)
  • dahlia lynn lane is talking Alt Summit, unicorns and red maxi skirts. Random perhaps, but definitely worth checking out! This outfit is so fabulous! (find dahlia lynn lane on Twitter!)
  • one hundred inspirations features Olivia Palermo in floral pants and a neon top. While this look sounds wild, it is pulled off effortlessly and worth recreating!
  • sweetie pie style is jumping right into spring style on her blog, and really, aren't we all totally ready for it? Check out her fun looks! (find sweetie pie style on Twitter!)
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

LOFT Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Loft is hosting ALL kinds of good sales right now so it is the perfect time for a gift card giveaway to scoop up some goodies before they are all gone!


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scarf and Coat Weather

Yesterday's high was 35 degrees and one of the coldest mornings we have had yet. I have not had to bust out my jacket, scarf and gloves yet but it finally happened so I went with bright, cheerful colors to make myself feel better.  Hope you are staying warm in your neck of the woods!


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Payless boots, Old Navy jeans (click here to purchase), Target scarf, Loft sweater, World Market necklace, Francesca's earrings, Maurices toggle coat (click here for a similar style)

Friday, January 18, 2013

The IT List

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  • DahliaLynn makes fabulous jewelry and is sharing with us how some of her customers are styling one of her most popular items! Pop over to check out this cute bauble! (find DahliaLynne on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation is bringing the turtleneck back and sporting it stylishly by layering and pairing it with a chic skirt! She nailed it! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • The Second Best has an obsession with patterned pants and picked up a new pair on the cheap! Head over to find out where she found these fun trousers and how she styled them! (find Second Best on Twitter!)
  • Loop Looks shares her go-to look when she is in a time crunch (snooze, anyone?)! The bonus? It feels like wearing pajamas! (find Look Looks on Twitter!)
  • My Thrifty Chic dresses down this week and is showing us her comfiest pair of jeans! Oh and they only cost her $8! Wow! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • From Carpools to Cocktails is rocking a chic sweatshirt with leather accents! The ultimate in comfy cute and perfect for moms! (find From Carpools to Cocktails on Twitter!)
  • Little Bit of Wo.We is breaking out of her shell and mixes a masculine shirt and feminine skirt for a look that is ready for work or a dinner out! So cute! (find Little Bit of Wo.We on Twitter!)
  • My Confidence + Me is taking a hint from the weather and dressing in blacks and grays - winter chic AND cozy! (find My Confidence + Me on Twitter!)
  • Rose a la Mode looks impossibly chic in tulle and chambray for a friend's bridal shower - a must see! (find Rose a la Mode on Twitter!)
  • Live Work Style departs from her usual and adds a pop of vibrant color into her look to match the energy she is feeling in the new year! Love! (find Live Work Style on Twitter!)
  • Everything but Ordinary is making denim shorts look down right fabulous and the best part? You can rock them in the cold weather! (find Everything but Ordinary on Twitter!)
  • The Luxury Rehab recaps her favorite looks from the Golden Globes and also spots the trends that are taking us in to the new year! Lots of eye candy here! (find The Luxury Rehab on Twitter!)
  • Do You J.Crew? shows us tons of ways to style a pencil skirt - from casual to dressy and everything in between! A must have for every closet!
  • Sweetie Pie Style rounds up 5 pieces she has her eye on for spring and they are each under $25! Pop over to pick out your favorite wallet friendly treat! (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
  • Second Street East is dying over the newest issue of Lonny and found tons of inspiration for an outfit and a room! Tons of great pieces to add to your home or your wardrobe! (find Second Street East on Twitter!)
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's Black and White

I know I don't have the fanciest photos but I sure will be glad when this rainy weather stops...it is seriously making it hard to get a good clear picture! 
 One of my favorite "go-to" outfits the past couple of month is stripes and polka dots but today is the first time I have gone with a straight black and white color scheme.


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Old Navy jeans (click here to purchase), Payless wedges, Piperlime top, Etsy scarf (click here for shop), Gifted earrings, J. Crew bracelet,  Tobi cross bracelet (similar style here)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Turtleneck Style...

Today's outfit was created around the turtleneck. 
 My mom and I were on the phone yesterday and got into a discussion about whether or not turtlenecks were still "cool" and if people still wore them.  After we hung up I went into my closet and counted four (FOUR) black turtlenecks...why I need that many of the same color I will never know.  
So I decided to prove to my mom that turtlenecks can still be worn in a hopefully stylish way and also made a mental note to clean out my closet since I obviously have multiples of things...geez.  


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Kohl's turtleneck (click here to purchase), Target skirt, Madden Girl boots purchased at Marti & Liz, New York & Company necklace and belt, Forever 21 bow bracelet (click here to purchase), Target cuff, Loft cardigan

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wearing White in the Rain

I have to credit Pinterest for this outfit- I pinned a similar look a while ago and just now got around to trying it.  I traded out the striped top for one with a ikat pattern on it and added more jewelry but the jeans, white blazer and crossbody bag are the same.  


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Loft jeans and top (click here for similar jeans), Lauren Conrad for Kohl's blazer, Piperlime boots, Forever 21 necklace and bow bracelets (click here to purchase bracelets), J. Crew diamond cuff, Tinsel and Treasure umbrella, Tory Burch crossbody bag (click here to purchase)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Leopard Pumps and a Beaded Top

Nothing like a little bling and some leopard print to start your day...happy Monday!


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JC Penny top (click here to purchase), Old Navy jeans (click here to purchase), TJ Maxx cardigan, Max Studio leopard heels

Friday, January 11, 2013

The IT List

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  • DahliaLynn loved getting all snuggled up in her cape and a little fur for the snowy weather while visiting family for the holidays! So fab! (find DahliaLynne on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation is making a statement with her jewels and tights but keeping it neutral everywhere else! Throw a tried and true denim jacket on top and this is one cute look! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • The Second Best is channeling her inner Rachel Zoe by showing off her lean legs in platform booties! Just as fabulous as the diva herself! (find Second Best on Twitter!)
  • Loop Looks takes it back to basics with a simple dress and breaks her own rule of three! Pop over to check it out! (find Look Looks on Twitter!)
  • My Thrifty Chic lets her accessories shine in an outfit that only cost her $40! Head over to find out where she shops for such great deals!! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • From Carpools to Cocktails is all about comfort and wears her go-to leggings and sweater ensemble! She keeps it chic in a more fitted silhouette - love! (find From Carpools to Cocktails on Twitter!)
  • Little Bit of Wo.We shows us her love of color in a bright blazer that is sure to beat the winter blues! Paired with a great pair of jeans, this look is perfect for a put together weekend! (find Little Bit of Wo.We on Twitter!)
  • My Confidence + Me has the cute casual look down pat! Pop over to see how she used layers to keep this look interesting! (find My Confidence + Me on Twitter!)
  • Rose a la Mode is shopping the Neiman Marcus for Target sale and found an amazing sweatshirt! Go check out how she styled her new find! (find Rose a la Mode on Twitter!)
  • Live Work Style keeps her work outfit interesting by mixing floral and leopard for some pattern fun! She also has an amazing tip for how to dress casual at the office! (find Live Work Style on Twitter!)
  • Everything but Ordinary shows us her edgy side in leather and pleats! She looks like she stepped straight out of a magazine! (find Everything but Ordinary on Twitter!)
  • The Luxury Rehab goes glam in fabulous sequin top and you won't believe where she found it! This is a must see! (find The Luxury Rehab on Twitter!)
  • Do You J.Crew? is giving us a refresher course on how to style the infamous chambray top! Definitely something for everyone here!
  • Sweetie Pie Style has discovered the snood and can't get enough! Pop over for her top picks for this must-have winter accessory! (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
  • Second Street East recreates a traditional meets modern dining room into an outfit and a room! She also found an amazing DIY for the chandelier - go check it out! (find Second Street East on Twitter!)
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Boot Socks and a Cape

A cape that is stylish and comfortable- yes please!


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Couture Crush cape, Francesca's skirt, Target socks, Endless.com boots, The Stylish Fox tights (click here to purchase)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Statement Necklace and Polka Dot Tights

I feel like I have been wearing a lot of black and white lately. It is a perfect blank canvas to add on accessories to make it pop and transform the outfit into something more.   Today I added on my blue statement necklace, polka dot tights and denim jacket.  See two more black and white outfits that I transformed with accessories here and here.  


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Forever 21 tights (click here for similar pair), Loft top, Old Navy jacket (click here to purchase), Kohl's skirt, Target booties, Francesca's necklace

Friday, January 4, 2013

The IT List...

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  • DahliaLynne looks absolutely stunning in a vintage gold skirt and plaid for her holiday card! Love her husband's outfit, too! (find DahliaLynne on Twitter!)
  • A Fashion Fixation has perfected her bun and looks so chic in black and white! Head over to find out what tutorial she used to create her new hair obsession! (find A Fashion Fixation on Twitter!)
  • The Second Best is whipping out her trusty Uggs for a look that is perfect to run weekend errands in! Cute and comfy? That's a win-win! (find Second Best on Twitter!)
  • Loop Looks goes for a monochromatic look in fifty shades of gray (ok, not fifty...). Such a cute and easy outfit for the office! (find Look Looks on Twitter!)
  • My Thrifty Chic is mad for plaid and she found it in an unexpected place for next to nothing! Pop over to see how she is styling her new find and some fun pictures, too! (find My Thrifty Chic on Twitter!)
  • From Carpools to Cocktails paired sequins and cargos for a look that was casual enough for spending New Years Eve with the kids. Cute!! (find From Carpools to Cocktails on Twitter!)
  • Little Bit of Wo.We is ready for the snow in leather, tweed and fur! She has managed to be dressed up and still look cozy and warm - impressive!
  • My Confidence + Me recaps her holiday party outfit and looks stunning in light blue and lace! This one should definitely be carried over into the new year! (find My Confidence + Me on Twitter!)
  • Rose a la Mode is keeping the winter blues away by dressing up in a festive outfit complete with plaid and a little bling! So cute! (find Rose a la Mode on Twitter!)
  • Live Work Style is taking tips from her mom's wardrobe 20 years ago and is sporting and updated version of a trend from the 80's! Pop over to check out this cute look! (find Live Work Style on Twitter!)
  • Good Life keeps it simple in tone on tone grey and boyfriend jeans! The epitome of comfy cute! (find Good Life on Twitter!)
  • The Luxury Rehab rounds up 7 of her favorite looks from 2012 - tons of eye candy and inspiration in this post! Go check it out! (find The Luxury Rehab on Twitter!)
  • Sweetie Pie Style is shopping the new color of the year! She found tons of cute accessories in this lush color to freshen up your wardrobe! (find Sweetie Pie Style on Twitter!)
  • Second Street East is taking color inspiration from a new years resolution and turning it into an outfit and a room - such cute looks! (find Second Street East on Twitter!)
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Red and Blue

Red and blue is a classic and easy pairing when I don't have time to plan something in advance.  And please let it be known that this is the 4th day in a row that I have worn my hair in a bun....it may never be down again!


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Loft jeans, Francesca's cardigan, Old Navy top, Nine West heels, Burlington Coat Factory belt, INPINK earrings (click here to purchase)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cheers to 2013

Sunnies + Elastic waistband skirt + Bun from the night before = too much champagne on NYE


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Tory Burch bag (click here to purchase in black), Kohl's maxi skirt, Target flats, Burberry scarf, Vera Bradley sunglasses, Francesca's top, Vintage earrings

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

BunHead

I have finally (FINALLY) perfected my hair bun...it was way harder for me than I care to admit for some reason.  This tutorial, a donut purchase and lots of teasing later and I am rocking a bun that I can be proud of.  


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Loft jeans (click here for similar on SALE), TJ Maxx top, Couture Crush purse gifted from my sister for Christmas, Tinsel and Treasure scarf, earrings oldie but a goodie, Jet Set polish color
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