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July 24, 2014


A few weeks ago I asked for your advice on what to sew for this quarter. I always love feedback from you guys, so I was excited to hear what you wanted a tutorial for. And the winning request? A jumpsuit!

I've been seeing jumpsuits everywhere this season and I think they're great transitional pieces from summer to fall and winter, so it's perfect timing for a tutorial like this. Since all jumpsuits are certainly not created equal I've been searching online for a specific idea of what I want my jumpsuit to look and found the seven jumpsuits below that are all close to what I want. Now I just have to decide on a fabric -- black, solid bright color, floral? Help! Tell me what fabric you think I should go with!


jumpsuits 2


happy thursday!

July 22, 2014


With only a month left of Summer, Fall fashion is on my brain. Especially with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, since everything from their Fall lines are on sale. And when I buy a few things in anticipation of Fall, I have a really hard time resisting those new items. I mean, who wants to wait two months to wear something new? Not me. I mean, I'm always the kind to wear my new birthday clothes on my birthday...obviously I have no patience.

So when I picked up these black Sam Edelman booties at the Anniversary Sale, I knew I had to figure out a way to wear them during the summer so I could get lots of use out of them even before it started to cool off.

And even if you haven't bought any new ankle boots, dust off your pair from last season that are stuffed in the back of your closet and give them some love, because even during the summer these shoes can be totally appropriate!

First up, black and white. This chic color combination is perfect for summer, and a black bootie and clutch give it a really sleek look while still being light and airy for those sunny days. You could also do a brown and white version with a cognac bootie and crossbody bag!

j.crew factory top (similar here and here)
sam edelman booties (on sale right now!)

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During the fall I love to wear ankle booties with tights and dresses. Ditch the tights for summer and wear them with a bare leg and a lightweight summer dress. I also added a light wash denim jacket to keep the outfit feeling light and summery. This would also be perfect with a gray or brown bootie!

similar dress here, here (on sale!), and here
sam edelman bootie (on sale right now!)
jototes bag, c/o

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And finally, a simple lightweight layers look. A graphic tee is a summer staple for me, but I like to dress it up a bit with a cargo vest. Then throw on a pair of distressed jeans or denim cut-offs and your booties are the perfect final touch! 

photos by Sara Walk

DIY cargo vest (similar here, on sale!)
sam edelman booties (on sale right now!)

And here's a few more of my favorite booties on sale right now! Click the images below to shop!

July 21, 2014


This summer my kids have finally reached that golden age when we can leave them behind with the grandparents and Philip and I can get away for the weekend. We love to take the kids with us when we travel, but sometimes a little quiet weekend away is just what the doctor ordered. 

When it comes to packing for these weekends, I'm a total minimalist, and Philip and I often just share a small suitcase. So with my limited space, I throw in only the essentials, and items that will work for more than one occasion. 

  1. Swimsuit. Our weekend getaways we've planned this year involve the beach and a resort with a pool. So obviously a swimsuit is a must. If you're there for more than one day, throw in an extra.
  2. Dress/Coverup. Find something that can double as both -- a coverup during the day and a dress for dinner at night. I'll pack two or three so I can mix and match for the whole weekend. 
  3. Jacket. Don't forget a jacket for those cool evenings after a day at the beach! A denim jacket will go with everything, but you could also bring a blazer or a leather jacket for some different dinner looks. 
  4. Beach Bag. A beach bag is definitely an essential to hold your beach towel, your sunglasses, sunscreen, room key, and a book or magazine when you head down to the water. 
  5. Hat. This summer I'm really into hats, and this panama hat is one of my favorites. It's perfect for a chic beach look, but also keeps the sun out of your face and is totally dinner appropriate. But a floppy straw hat or a baseball cap are other good alternatives!
  6. Sunglasses. I always like to bring at least two pairs to wear with different outfits, but these blue lens aviators are my current favorite. 
  7. Lip Gloss. When you're spending your days at the pool or the beach, it makes more sense to leave most of your makeup at home. But a little swipe of colorful lipgloss always makes me feel more put together and pretty. 
  8. Sandals. Find a pair that go with all your dresses, and work for both the beach/pool, and walking (since you might want to walk around town after dinner)
  9. Sunscreen. Obviously. There's no better way to ruin your vacation than with a killer sunburn. Am I right? 
  10. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths. These are perfect for a weekend getaway because they can replace your face wash for the weekend so you have a few less things to pack, and you can throw them in your beach bag and easily wipe off any sweat, dirt, or makeup after a day at the beach.

photos by sara walk

What are your packing essentials for a weekend getaway?? And don't forget to check out other summer style on StyleList!

Compensation for this post was provided by Galderma via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Galderma or AOL.

July 18, 2014


from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

anniversary sale shoes

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from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Anniversary Sale Clothing Picks
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from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

anniversary sale Bags

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from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
anniversary sale jewelry
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I think everyone knows that when it comes to wardrobe staples and amazing fashion finds, Nordstrom is the place to shop. It's kind of a one-stop shop, and I often online window shop their website, getting ideas for upcoming trends and wardrobe staple ideas. A lot of it is often just a little out of my price range, so the yearly anniversary sale is the best time of the year because I can snag a few amazing pieces at amazing and affordable prices!

I stopped in the store last week to scope out the sale and found some amazing picks all for amazing deals. I even snatched up a few that I'll share on the blog next week! But for now, here are a few of my favorites. And hurry, because things go fast during this sale!

you can also shop these pieces by clicking the images below -- happy sale shopping!

July 17, 2014


Everyone needs a go-to summer dress. This is mine. A simple t-shirt dress is easy, comfy, and perfect for dressing up or dressing down. We're on vacation this week, so I brought it along and plan to wear it with my j.crew chambray baseball cap and sandals, but it's also so easy to dress up with a pair of booties, a statement necklace, and a jacket like I did here (and wore to church last week). 

The best part about it is that they're so easy to make. A few cuts, a couple of seams, and you have a new dress. I love a basic bright color, like the red I chose, but a striped or polka dot or some other print would be amazing as well. The super easy tutorial is at the bottom of this post!

pictures by sara walk
handmade dress
hinge booties (on sale during nordstrom's anniversary sale!)
similar necklace, on sale!


July 15, 2014


Over the last year or so, I've worked really hard to create a closet full of pieces I absolutely love, that are a good mix of staples and trendy pieces, that fit me well, and will last me a long time. I've started making smarter purchases and a few "investment" purchases here and there, and then I did a closet sale and donated a bunch of things, so currently my closet is the best and most well-loved it's ever been.  So when my sisters and I decided to do a closet favorite post today, I was stumped. I can honestly say I love every single piece in my closet, and I have about twenty favorites. So how about I show you just three of my current favorites, all in one outfit. 

jcrew factory skirt (sold out, but similar here)

This lace top from Golden Tote has been in my closet for a few months now and it continues to be a favorite. I love wearing it with distressed denim for a casual look, or with a pencil skirt for a dressy look. It's slightly oversized, but fitted and structured enough so it works with both form fitting or full skirts. Plus it's so well made, and will definitely be a piece that will last me for years. 

The eyelet pencil skirt was a recent purchase during a J.Crew factory sale, and I'm completely in love with it. It's so summery and fun, but will also be gorgeous for the winter with tights and boots. I have to stop myself from wearing it to church every single Sunday.

And third, these BCBG Paris sandals. I picked them up at DSW a month or two ago and they are really just the best. They're so comfortable, look great with sandals and jeans, and are just a fun and unexpected shoe choice. 

The combination of the three was kind of an impulse combo, but I love the different textures working to create a really visually interesting color-blocked outfit!

Now hop over and check out Janssen and Landen's current closet favorites! 

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