Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Twist on Rain Gear

 Sweater: Tahari via Marshall's (similar); Tee: Ann Taylor (similar); Leggings: Target;
Boots: J.Crew (gift/similar); Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff via Gilt; Hat: Target;
Necklace: Silpada; Ring: Silpada: Lip Color: Chanel 40 La Sensuelle

 A cool rainy day calls for a warm cape inspired sweater, leggings, tall boots, and a hat! A couple of weeks ago, we headed down to the Plaza on a day that we thought would just be overcast and cool. Not the case! The minute we pulled into a parking space, it started to rain! But we didn't let that bother us. The boys walked under the umbrella while I took cover under my hat!

I got this darling sweater the day before at Marshall's! I honestly never find anything at Marshall's so it was definitely my lucky day! Little did I know that I would need it the following day. Paired with faux leather striped leggings and riding boots, this was the perfect look for a rainy day stroll.




The Hat: Before and After

 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Layer for Fall

Denim Jacket: Pointer (similar); Sweater: French Connection (similar); 
Vest: Lands' End (gift/similar); Boyfriend Jeans: LOFT; Booties: Rebecca Minkoff (similar); 
Scarf: Gift; Shades: LOFT; 
Lip Color: L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Plum Adagio

Saturday I hosted a Holiday Boutique from my driveway, a small home decor business I'm trying to literally start from the ground up, which meant I spent most of the day outdoors. My house faces north so very little, if any, sunlight actually reaches that side. With the temps in the low 50s, maybe even in high 40s, layers were a must when getting dressed!

It all started with the scarf. It was also game day for my Alma Mater and I knew I needed a scarf for the day.  From there, I just started adding pieces. I love this striped sweater and how the scarf pops against the black and white background. I reached for the vest because I didn't really want a wool overcoat. But the vest just wasn't enough protection, so I grabbed my dad's denim jacket. The combination was perfect!  



The Vest: Before and After

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And as the sun eventually made it's way to the edge of my driveway, I was finally able to remove the denim jacket! I love the mix of stripes in the sweater with the school colors, mascot, and name!  



When building your layered look, what is the first piece you grab for to being the building process? Layering is one of my favorite things about fall! It gives me a chance to wear some of my fav pieces all at once!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

World Series Game One - A Royal Work Look

 Sweater: H&M (fun option); Skirt: Piperlime; Heels: ShoeDazzle (similar); 
Handbag: J.Crew (similar) Necklaces: Ann Taylor (similar)/Tori Spelling (similar); 
Shades: LOFT ($15!!!!); Bracelets: Jessica Simpson/J.Crew/Fossil

How exciting and amazing is it that the Kansas City Royals are heading to World Series?? And when I say heading, I mean they are playing tonight! I have been glued to my TV since the Wild Card game and I've been rotating my royal blue/Royals pieces for game days. Which got me thinking. What would I wear to work in order to root on the Royals without wearing a sweatshirt or tee every day?

I immediately thought of this skirt, but it's so hard to style blues. Well, well, well...how well does this chunky knit go? I love it! Pairing neutrals, such as a gray bag and and shoes, kept all the focus on the main event. 

 

The Skirt: Before and After

 

For the accessories, I loaded up on the jewels! I love the tortoise shell mixed with the blue and orange. And that spike necklace is my fav layering piece!

  


I think this is a royal look for the work place. What are you wearing this week while showing your support for our Boys in Blue? I can't wait for Game One!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Daydreaming + Vacay + Leopard = DAAME

I am in desperate need of a vacay! It's been almost a year since my last one and I'm feeling the tension that comes from every day life! What is it about vacation that just makes you feel like there is nothing else in the world that matters? Vacation is all about complete an escape from reality and right now, my reality is doing dishes, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and endless errands. 

As most of you know, I traveled to Southern California last year for my 40th birthday. It was absolute heaven! I'm dying to get back, as is my son, but if I had the ability to travel anywhere it would definitely be New York. It's been four years since I've been, and for while I was heading there twice a year. I'm going through serious withdrawal! And with that withdrawal has come daydreaming, virtual shopping, mood board creating, and today I'm sharing my looks with you. 

If I were heading out tomorrow for the Big Apple, I would immediately head to SOHO for a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. I would sit in my favorite park directly across the street, indulge in my little treat, and take in the city scene. From there I would stroll the streets, checkout some of my favorite shops along the way, and stop for a latte to recharge my batteries. For evening, anything is possible. More than likely it would be a Broadway show and dinner after. Seriously, what time's my flight?

My look(s) are centered around this amazing leopard print clutch! Whether it be stowed away in my tote and used as my wallet for day or as my bag for the evening, it is simply divine. So luxe and so chic! A wardrobe must-have! So, how would I style this bag?
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Like this! Statements sweaters paired with leather pants or shorts and the most darling, studded oxblood pumps! Add a chunky statement necklace for a little bling and I'm set! And when I'm back home, or simply waking from my reverie, I would wear these looks on dates with the hubby, dinner with girlfriends, and matinees shows when Broadway comes to town.

Top Row:
Sweater: Piperlime; Sweater: Piperlime
Bottom Row:
Pants: Piperlime; Heels: Piperlime; Necklace: Target; Shorts: Piperlime


When you daydream, what are you dreaming about? Trips, your dream job, a shopping spree? Let's chat!

Happy Monday Fashionistas!
XOXO

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chanel Makeover During KCFW - Halls Crown Center


Before the Friday night shows of KCFW, I was asked to join a few of my fellow bloggers for a little primping by makeup artists at the new Halls at Crown Center! It may have taken me most of the day to respond, busy doing mama stuff, but jumped at the opportunity to play! I frequented the original Halls on the Plaza, but had yet to make it to the new location. Nothing prepared me for the experience!

First off, I couldn't believe we were still in Kansas City, let alone standing in Crown Center. The store reminded me of something you would walk into while strolling down Fifth Ave in New York. It's bright, white, enormous, and so luxe! Chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The dressing rooms are larger than my bathroom! And the shoe department....sheer heaven! But I digress.

We were talking about our makeovers, no? I was paired with makeup artist Tesia of Chanel. I couldn't have been happier! I am a huge fan of Chanel products and have used them for years! I have countless pallettes that I wear nearly every day! This quad happens to be my favorite. And for the Saturday night shows, I just happen to be wearing the lipstick I purchased from the event! 


I am not one to wear a lot of makeup. And when I say makeup, I mean actual foundation, bronzer, and powder. And one of the things I've learned, both from the Chanel and Dior makeovers, is that bronzer is a widely used product. I've always been scared of bronzer simply because it's so dark and I'm not quite sure how to apply it. Turns out it's so much easier than one would think! You create the number three by starting at the center of the forehead, bring it around to the top of the cheek bones by your temples, and then bring the curve of the three down to your chin. You only apply bronzer to the outer edge of the face. Easy, right?



For my makeover, Tesia created a smoky eye using the above quad and a cream shadow. She lined my eyes with the Stylo liner in black and used the darker shade within the quad to reinforce. I also loved that she told me she used the bronzer within the shadows as well. Interesting tip! 

Now, I've been in love with a certain Clinique mascara for years now, and I've been trying to break out of my rut and use others on the market. I've tried them and disliked them. When I went back to Clinique to purchase my fav, I found it was DISCONTINUED!!!! Did you hear the scream from Macy's? I guess it's time to find a new mascara and I do believe it's been replaced! I am now in love with Chanel's Le Volume De Chanel in black. Always black!


Isn't that the coolest smoky eye!?! I love it. Now I just need to invest in the quad and cream shadow. And speaking of investing, I purchased the lipstick Tesia applied for the night. It is the perfect berry for fall. It's not terribly dark, but transitions from the brights I found myself wearing all summer. It's their Rouge Allure Velvet, a long wearing matte lipstick, and it's true to its claim! I hardly reapplied the entire night! The color I purchased is 40 LA SENSUELLE.

 
 
And here is the final look! I loved it. So natural yet a little dramatic! This is why I love Chanel. Their makeup artists just get it. They know what products work best for your skin tone, they listen when you tell them your likes and dislikes in daily application, and they make you look like the best version of you! Thank you Tesia!


If you haven't been to the new Halls in Crown Center, what are you waiting for? In addition to all the luxury that the store has to offer, they also have the H Bar which is where we sipped complimentary beverages prior to the shows. What girl wouldn't accept a little sip of bubbly to kick off a Friday night with friends? If only I was being pampered like this again tonight! 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Game Day Ready - Kansas City Chiefs

If you know anything about me, I'm not really the NFL girl type, but I have so many girlfriends who are! And, because you either attend the game, or watch from your comfy couch, I put together a style board that I think is a universal game day look! Not sure where to shop? I found this one at Fanatics!

 Aviators: Target;  Backpack: Target; Scarf: Target
Vest: Target; Jersey: Fanatics
Jeans: LOFT; Sneakers: Target; T-Neck: Lands End

I went with an unconventional color when it came to the jersey. Sure, you could go with the typical white, but there was something about this all red version! And, red just happens to be my favorite color. I paired it with a white t-neck, because I love a good turtleneck, and skinny jeans to help with all that volume a jersey can create. Because we are in the throws of cooler fall temps, I thought a great down vest would be a good alternative to a coat, and when you add a thick infinity scarf, you will stay warm throughout the game! I am obsessed with the new slide on quilted tennies. Think Vans turned up a notch! And I'm thinking they would be pretty comfy with all that parking lot walking and standing during most of the game. Do you guys stand a lot during the game? Lastly, throw everything into that awesome backpack, put on those aviators, and you are ready for game day.

Now, if you are staying at home, this look still applies! I would probably replace the scarf with an amazing throw like this one and have a cup of hot cocoa in hand. I'm loving this one from Kate Spade! So you may not need the aviators and backpack while watching at home, but you do need them in our life! Just because you aren't at the game doesn't mean you won't be hitting the grocery store for all those game day munchies. Throw on that down vest and you are good to go!

So there you have it. Whether you're among the masses or just simply curled up with friends, you can still look stylish on game day! Check out all the NFL gear Fanatics has to offer and create your own look now!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fluffy Sweater, Python Scarf, and One Amazing Hat

Sweater: H&M (similar); Boyfriend Jeans: LOFT (similar/on sale); Boots: Frye (similar);
 Scarf: Target (similar); Hat: Sole Society (c/o); Bracelet: Stella & Dot

A rainy fall day calls for a fluffy sweater, python scarf, tall boots, and one amazing hat! If you love hats, and need a super chic one for fall, then go grab this one NOW from Sole Society!

The sweater was a last season H&M find for under $20 and it's still on trend! It's so soft that at times I'm tempted to use it as a blanket! Because there is so much volume to the sweater, I went with a straighter leg jean. Tall boots keep the long line going. The python scarf adds some additional texture to the look. And the hat, well it simply had to be worn!



The Scarf: Before and After

   
 
 

I hate that summer has moved on, but I love FALLing in love with my fall wardrobe again! And, being challenged with how to make it more casual is going to be a fun task!