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August 1, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE








photos by sara walk

forever 21 shirt (similar)
forever 21 sweater (similar)
kate spade watch (on sale!)

With the beginning of school only weeks away, I'm starting to get into back to school prep mode. Although I'm not going back to school (thank goodness those days are behind me), my four year old is and as always, I love all the preparation -- the new clothes, the school supplies, the new lunchbox...it's all so nostalgic and fun for me. I mean, who wouldn't want a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils (for any You've Got Mail fans out there)?

So although I'm not going back to school, I've teamed up with DSW this month to share a few back to school essentials for those of you who are heading back to class, or just want to pick up a few new things for Fall. I love DSW because they have amazing designer shoes at even more amazing prices, and they have a sweet rewards program that allows you to earn points with every purchase that go toward DSW gift certificates so you can buy....more shoes, obviously. A win-win solution in my book.

Leopard print is so huge right now, and Sperry's have been on my shoe wish list for ages, so the two combined in these shoes made the decision a no brainer. Plus, as much as I love a heel (or even a wedge), flats are an essential for school. I combined them with a preppy layered gingham and sweater combination for an easy and comfortable school day, and then threw in a statement necklace and a leather backpack to complete the look.

There are so many other great shoes at DSW right now -- I could hardly narrow my favorites down! But here are a few of my favorites that would be perfect for other preppy back to school looks. Click the images below to shop them, and watch for another back to class look next week, plus a fun contest to win some shoes!



Happy Friday!!

July 31, 2014

MERRICK'S ART FOR GOLDEN TOTE














A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to team up with a fantastic company called Golden Tote. I featured one of their totes on the blog earlier this year, and was completely in love with their personalized shopper meets subscription box idea, so I was thrilled when they asked me to team up again for an even bigger and better collaboration!

Golden Tote is the perfect solution for women who don't have time to shop, don't know where to shop, or just don't know what to buy. All you do is create a style profile, choose either the $49 tote (2-3 clothing items) or the $149 tote (5-7 clothing items), then choose 1-2 items from their online boutique that you want in your tote, and leave the rest to Golden Tote! They take your profile and curate a tote just for you.

So I teamed up with the gorgeous Sarah's behind Golden Tote to bring you Merrick's Art for Golden Tote! I spent a day in LA with them, shopping and curating their August tote, AND designing a few pieces. It's a total dream come true for me to see my designs in production, and I'm so excited to share them with you and have them for sale this coming Monday! Make sure you're signed up for their email list so you get the newsletter and notifications when the August tote is available!

**And a little spoiler -- my popular swing dress is among the items for sale, so don't miss it! Sign up right HERE!**


A big thank you to Golden Tote for sponsoring this post.

July 30, 2014

COBALT POP







photography by sara walk

A little white dress has become a summer staple for me, and I'm loving finding ways to wear this dress, both dressy and casual. I hadn't thought about wearing it with a super bright color though until I picked up these blue Steve Madden pumps at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I love an all neutral outfit with a pop of color, so these blue pumps were just the thing to wear with my little white dress for an unexpected dressy look. Add a few little gold details and the outfit was complete!

How would you wear a pair of bright blue shoes??

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refashioned dress (tutorial here), similar here
lulu*s bag, similar here (on sale!)



July 29, 2014

RAIDING MY SISTER'S CLOSET: OUTFIT COMPLETERS


A few weeks ago I did a post on Babble about a little thing I call "Outfit Completers." They're those pieces that you add at the last minute that make you go, "Yes. Now this outfit works." So in that vein, today my sisters and I are talking about our favorite outfit completers -- our go-to pieces that finish off an outfit and take it from good to amazing.

I have three that I regularly add to my outfits: statement shoes, statement necklaces, and statement bags. It's something about those statement pieces that do it for me. A big chunk of my closet is made up of pretty simple pieces, so I like to bring out some personality, color, and fun with these accessories.

Here's a few of my favorites!


Statement Necklace Shoes Bags


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Now hop over to Janssen and Landen's blogs to see their outfit completers!

   

July 28, 2014

PUCKER UP








photos by sara walk
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Halogen Dress (on sale!)
michael kors watch (on sale!)

I believe a woman can never have too many dresses. I was such a skirt girl up until about two years ago when I suddenly became completely obsessed with dresses. They're so easy to make, so I often stay up late on a Saturday night and whip one up for church the next day, and my pinterest sewing inspiration board is definitely dress-heavy. 

But my biggest challenge in hand-making a lot of my wardrobe is finding really great printed fabrics -- there are tons of great solids, and tons of fun prints in basic quilting cotton fabrics, but when it comes to apparel fabric the printed sections are so limited. So when I found this lips print dress on sale at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I knew I'd never be able to find a fabric like this to be able to make on my own, so I snatched it up. Because who wouldn't want a gorgeous, pleated dress with kissy lips all over it? Plus, how amazing will this look with a leather jacket and booties in the fall, or worn as a skirt with a cable knit sweater over the top in the winter? Or with tights and knee-high boots? I mean, the possibilities are endless. Basically it's the perfect dress, and I just wanna kiss it right back. 


click the images below to shop!





p.s. don't forget to enter my ShoeMint giveaway here!

July 25, 2014

SPOTTED (+ A GIVEAWAY!)




Quilted Crossbody Bag

Dalmation Heels

Blazer and Jeans

Dalmation Print Shoes


Quilted black crossbody bag

Dalmation Print Shoes
photos by sara walk
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j.crew tee (similar)
similar blazer (on sale!)
quilted crossbody bag (on sale right now for under $25!)


Dalmation (or maybe it's snow leopard?) print is one of those prints that can be classic, chic, fun, and edgy all at the same time. I've never owned anything in this print, although I've been searching for a good fabric to make a shift dress like this dalmation print dress that I pinned a year ago, so when I spotted (pun intended) these heels at ShoeMint I was instantly sold. They're a perfect pop of pattern to amp up a basic jeans and tee outfit like I did here, or would be so fun paired with a solid cobalt or leather dress, both of which are on my to-sew list.

ShoeMint also has a ton of other amazing shoes right now, most of which I would happily add to my closet. You guys know about this fabulous shoe website, right? It's a free, members-only website and once you sign up they give you personalized style recommendations, tips, and trend reports. All their shoes are super high quality and so luxurious (made of real leather, suede, and other amazing materials), and range in price from $70-$150. The best part is that they always have free shipping and free returns so you don't have to be afraid to order a pair of shoes online (which can be scary sometimes)!

Today ShoeMint is giving away one pair of shoes of your choice to one lucky winner!

To Enter:

  • Visit Shoemint and sign up (free and no obligations!), then come back and leave a comment here with your favorite pair of shoes! Please include your email address in the comments so I can reach you if you win!
The giveaway is open to the US and Canada, and will be open for one week! And if you can't wait, get $40 (!!) off your first pair when you sign up here (for first time purchasers/members only)!


Thank you to BeachMint for sponsoring this post!


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