FLOWER POWER

April showers bring…flowers, especially in spring fashion.  I was hesitant about this trend at first because it struck me as one that could easily cross the line toward obnoxious.  But once I started looking around, I decided a floral print could be glamorous and not garish.  Here are some ways to incorporate the floral trend into your wardrobe:Flower Power1 Floral print blazer Gal Meets Glam // 2 Floral tee Forever 21 // 3 Track pant Pink Peonies // 4  Simply Vera Wang drape-front top Kohl’s // 5 Floral top under moto jacket Fab Fashion Fix // 6 Dress + denim Irene’s Closet // 7 Floral bomber jacket Gap // 8 Ladylike in leather Lauren Conrad

Not ready to commit?  Add just a touch with accessories like the ones below.

floral accessGarden Girl Loafers // 2 Floral bracelet // 3 Floral print scarf 

 

SPRING TRANSITION

Dressing during the transitional period between seasons can be tricky, especially for those of us that live in climates that can go from 70 degrees to 25 degrees in a matter of hours (*ahem* Kansas City). Below are some looks from a few favorite bloggers and other sources that I think capture the key to transitional dressing: layers, color and prints.

spring transition1. Camo sweatshirt paired with a short black skirt (via Refined Style) // 2. Black and white with a pop of pink (via A Little Dash of Darling) // 3. Spring pastel and boyfriend jeans (via Pink Peonies) // 4. Polka dots and lace (via Forever 21) // 5. Printed silky bomber (via Penny Pincher Fashion) // 6. Polished denim with a pop of red (via WhoWhatWear) // 7. Lots of layers (via The Everygirl) // 8. No fail jean jacket over a dress (via Piperlime)

SPRING TREND: PERFORATED

The perforated look is definitely having a moment this spring.  I wasn’t sure if I was a fan but I’ve decided I’m digging holes (forgive me for the bad pun). Here are 8 ways to perfect the perforated look:

Perforated1. Bauble Bar Kelly Wearstler Howlite Cabochon Perforated Cuff // 2. Target Merona Emma Perforated Leather Flats // 3. Lord & Taylor BCBG Generation Perforated Sweater // 4. Banana Republic Perforated Lace Top (on sale) // 5. Tory Burch Lace Perforated Ring  // 6. Ann Taylor Colorblock Perforated Leather Mini Bag // 7. J. Crew Perforated Leather Belt // 8. Banana Republic Perforated Faux Leather Sheath

GREEN WITH ENVY – ST. PATRICK’S DAY STYLE

Add a little green to your wardrobe and avoid getting pinched this St. Patrick’s Day.  Here are a few of my fashion faves in this festive hue:

St. Pat's collage

1. Banana Republic Acid Brights Stretch Bracelet // 2. J. Crew Pencil Skirt // 3. SHOPBOP Paris House Hello Zip Clutch // 4. Piperlime Converse // 5. J. Crew Vintage Cotton Long-Sleeve Tee // 6. Old Navy Jersey-Tank Maxi Dress // 7. Greenwich Village OPI // 8. Macy’s Swatch Watch – Green Glitter

Lucky image credit: madiganmade.com

Wish List Wednesday

Sadly, I’m the person who is constantly checking her phone for the time.  For someone who loves accessories, you’d think I would have a decent watch or two or three.  This week I was on a mission to find a new timepiece.  Once I started looking, I almost couldn’t stop.  There are so many gorgeous options.  Take a look at a few that made my wish list:

kate watchKate Spade New York Gramercy Grand Bracelet Watch

glitter watchTitanium Glitter Heart Double Wrap Watch 

michael watchMichael Kors Orange Leather Parker Chronograph Glitz watch

tweed watchTimex Round Tweed Print watch

leather band watchWrapped in Time leather cuff watch from three bird nest

fossilFossil Boyfriend Chronograph Stainless Steel watch

Why stop there?  Visit my Pinterest watch board here for more favorites.

Wish List Wednesday

There’s something about the right necklace that adds the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.  Even if you’re not a fan of wearing over the top accessories, one statement necklace in your jewelry arsenal is a must.  Wear one with a little black dress, a denim shirt, a simple blouse or a t-shirt and jeans.  The options are endless!  Here are some of my favorites:

The necklace below is from a seller on Etsy.  I find some of my favorite jewelry pieces at local boutiques, shopping marts and on Etsy.

Etsy

This Crystal Marquis Cluster statement necklace from Ann Taylor would be perfect for work or play.

annYou can channel your inner Cleopatra with this Rhinestone mesh necklace from Piperlime.pipeFor a softer more feminine look, the Club Monaco Aria necklace from Shopbop fits the bill.ShopbopA two toned look can add a little edge, like the Clavel bib necklace from Anthropologie.anthro

The Fanned droplets necklace from J. Crew balances the right amount of sparkle with a chunky chain.jcrewSales Scoop:

Ann Taylor: 25% off your full-price purchase using code STYLE25 + take an extra 50% off sale styles + free shipping on orders of $175 or more
Express: $25 off every $75 you spend now thru Sunday in stores & online using code 9597, free shipping on orders over $125+
H&M: Last day to get free shipping on all orders using code 1187
JCPenney: Extra 30% off your purchase of $100 or more or 20% off your purchase under $100 on apparel, shoes, accessories & home online only using code CYBERXTND; 15% off any price order in stores only (ends 12/7)
J. CrewExtra 30% off winter sale items in stores & online using code WINTERSALE now thru 12/5 + free shipping on orders of $150+
J. Crew Factory: Extra 30% off everything online only using code SALE30 and free shipping on orders of $100+
Kohl’s: Extra 20% off using code CYBERSAVE and free shipping on all orders
LOFT: 50% off full-price sweaters & take an extra 50% off sale styles (no code needed),  free shipping on orders of $125 or more
Macy’s: 20% off your purchase using code GIFT, free shipping on orders of $99 or more
Madewell: 30% off all sale styles using code BEMERRY + free shipping on all orders
Nine West: All boots & booties 30% off; all handbags & accessories 30% off; free shipping on all orders
Old Navy: Last day to get 20% off your purchase using code ONSAVENOW (no exclusions) and free shipping on orders over $50
Stella & Dot: Earn $25 Dot Dollars for every $50 you spend in December (to redeem in January)
Steve Madden: Extra 25% off all clearance items using code TAKEITOFF + free shipping on all orders using code SMFREE
Target: B1G1 50% off clothing, shoes & accessories; B1G1 50% off home decor items
The Limited: 50% off full-price sweaters & 40% off everything else (no codes needed) + free shipping on orders of $125
ULTA: $3.50 off any $10 purchase using code 102340; 2 for $15 OPI Holiday Collection; B2G2 free ULTA brand products; free robe with fragrance purchase of $40 or more (while supplies last; one per customer) + free shipping on all orders of $25 or more using code JINGLE13
Victoria’s SecretB1G1 50% off all bras using code DOUBLEUP; free slippers with Top PJ’s purchase using code SWEETDREAMS

Wish List Wednesday

My weekends consist of spending hours upon hours at cheer competitions and sports games for my kiddos.  A small bag just doesn’t cut it for the amount of crap necessities I have to haul around. I’ve been looking for a hold everything bag that can do just that and still look stylish. Here are a few favorites that meet both criteria:

madewell transport toteTransport tote by Madewell $168Vince CamutoVince Camuto Leila in Deep Cobalt $198gap toteLarge leather tote by Gap – reg. $125 (40% off online with code GAPEARLY or 50% if you have a card with code BFCARD – ends 11/23)coachMadison North/South Tote in Chenille Ocelot from Coach – $298kate spadeJackson Square  – Sophie patent leather tote by Kate Spade New York (this baby is on sale at Nordstrom’s right now for $196)marc fisher toteMarc Fisher, It Girl Tote at Macy’s is a steal for $65

Sales Scoop:

  • ALDO: Up to 30% off select styles in stores & online (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders over $60
  • Ann Taylor: 30% off a full-price purchase & take an extra 50% off sale items using code ANNCHIC. Free shipping on orders of $150 or more
  • Banana Republic: 30% off full-price styles in stores & online using code BRDRESSED (ends 11/22) + free shipping on orders over $50
  • Express: $25 off every $100 you spend now thru Sunday using code 9438; B1G1 $19.90 all sweaters; B1G1 $29.90 all women’s bottoms; 30% off all outerwear (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders of over $125
  • Gap: 35% off your online purchase using code GAP24HR; earn $25 Gap cash for every $50 you spend now thru 11/22 ($125 max per purchase) + free shipping on orders over $50
  • J. Crew25% off select winter favorites thru 11/24 using code WINTER + free shipping on orders of $150 or more
  • J. Crew Factory: Extra 40% off everything (prices as marked; no code needed); buy 2 items & get 10% off, buy 3 or more & get 20% off using code EARLYBIRD. Free shipping on orders of $100
  • Kohl’s15% off your purchase using code RMN15OFF; extra 15% off dressy apparel & dress shoes for the family online only using code HOLIDAY (ends 11/21) + free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • LOFT: 50% off select full-price styles using code SHOP50; extra 50% off sale styles + free shipping on orders of $125 or more
  • Madewell Free shipping on all orders
  • MANGO: Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Nine West: Up to 50% off select styles (prices as marked) + free shipping on all orders
  • Old Navy: 20% off your online purchase using code ONSAVENOW + free shipping on orders over $50
  • Steve Madden: Free shipping (no minimum) on all orders using code SMFREE
  • Victoria’s SecretUp to 40% off select sweaters (prices as marked); free slippers with one of their top PJ purchases using code SWEETDREAMS; free secret rewards card with every purchase now thru 12/4; free scarf with any sweater purchase using code WRAPUP; free blanket with $65 purchase that includes a PINK item using code BLANKIE; free shipping with UGG Australia footwear purchase using code SHIPUGG; free shipping on any order of $100 or more using code SHIP13

Wish List Wednesday

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a Little Black Dress” – Karl Lagerfeld

audrey lbd

Chic, sophisticated and timeless, the little black dress has been called the uniform for all women of taste.  It’s a must-have year round but especially for the holidays.  Here are the ones on my wish list:

mango lbdV Neck Long Sleeve dress by Mangotropical wool atTropical Wool Seamed Sheath dress from Ann Taylor

halter whbmSparkle Mockneck Halter dress from White House Black Market

misha dress j crew'Misha dress from J. Crewline-and-dot-lace-dress-landd-149Classic Lace dress by Line & Dot free peeps lbdAnd for when I need a little edge, the Salinas Foil dress from Free People

Decisions, decisions!  Which one is your favorite?

Ever wonder who invented the LBD?  Click here for a little fashion history.

Sales Scoop:

Ann Taylor: 25% off your full-price purchase (no code needed); extra 50% off sale items + free shipping on orders of $150 or more
Express: Select women’s sweaters B1G1 $29.90; 40% off women’s jeans & tops + free shipping on orders of $125+
Gap: 30% off all orders, 35% off orders of $130+ or 40% off orders of $140+ online only using code GAPMORE (ends 11/15); earn $25 Gap cash for every $50 you spend now thru 11/22 ($125 max per purchase) + free shipping on orders over $50
JCPenney: 15% off your purchase or 20% off when you use your JCP card using code CREDITSV (ends 11/18) + free shipping on orders over $99 or ship to your local store for free on orders over $25
J. CrewExtra 40% off all sale items using code STYLETIME + free shipping on all orders today only
J. Crew Factory: Extra 30% off everything using code BIGSALE + free shipping on orders of $75+
Kohl’s: 2-day sale featuring 50% off specials; 20% off your Kohl’s card purchase using code APPLE20 now thru 11/16; get $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend + free shipping on orders of $75 or more
LOFT: 40% off everything in stores & online now thru 11/17 + free shipping on orders of $125 or more
Lord & Taylor: 25% off regular & sale price shoes for women & kids online & today only while supplies last + free shipping orders over $99
Macy’s: Extra 20% off your order using code GIFT + free shipping on orders of $99 or more
Madewell: Free shipping on all orders
MANGO: Up to 50% off select styles (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders over $50
Nine West30-50% off select styles (prices as marked) + $5 flat rate shipping or free shipping on orders of $75 or more
Old Navy: 30% off your online purchase today only using code HOLIDAY (excludes everyday steals & clearance) + free shipping on orders over $50
Piperlime: 25% off all boots using code BOOT now thru 11/14 + free shipping & returns on all orders
Steve Madden: Up to 30% off select styles (prices as marked) + free shipping on all orders using code SMFREE
Victoria’s Secret: $15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250 or $150 off $500 using code FANTASY13; free glamour tote with $75 purchase using code
 

Wish List Wednesday

I’m declaring ankle boots (aka booties) the most versatile footwear option for fall. You can wear them with cuffed boyfriend jeans, skirts, dresses, skinny jeans tucked in, leggings; you name it.  Here are some of my favorites:

For a neutral look with a perfect heel height, these Lucca boots by Sam Edelman fit the bill.  Also available in black.lucca boot piperlime

Dress things up a bit with this Dolly boot from Aldo. Bonus – great price!black dolly boot aldo

If you want an ankle boot that makes a statement, choose one with a pattern, like this Acute Dogtooth Monk boot (say that 3 times fast!) from Topshop.

topshop dogtooth boot

The faux suede booties below from Forever 21 look almost exactly like this pair from Rag & Bone that sell for $495. At $36, these booties are a steal!

Forever 21 bootie

If you’re looking for an edgy bootie with some hardware, these Beatnik ankle boots from Free People should do the trick.

free people edgy boot

Sales Scoop

ALDO: Up to 30% off select styles in stores & online (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders over $60

Ann Taylor: 25% off your full-price purchase + take an extra 40% off sale items (no codes needed) + free shipping on orders of $175 or more

Banana Republic: 40% off your online purchase using code HOL2013 + free shipping on orders over $50

Gap: 35% off your online purchase using code HOL2013; earn $25 Gap cash for every $50 you spend now through 11/22

J. Crew: Extra 30% off fall sale items using code LOVEFALL last day (11/6) + free shipping on orders of $150+

Steve Madden: Up to 30% off select styles (prices as marked) + free shipping on all orders using code SMFREE

Wish List Wednesday

I usually reserve sweatshirts for days I’m bumming around the house, running errands or heading to the stadium to support one of my favorite sports teams.  But this fall the average sweatshirt has been kicked up a few notches.  Now you can be comfy and stylish at the same time.  Wear it with jeans for a casual look or pair it with a black blazer for a night out.  Here are a few that I’ve got my eye on:

This Jeweled Chandelier sweatshirt from J. Crew is so popular that it’s on back order until late November.  Order now for Christmas.

sweatshirt j crewOld Navy has several options with a subtle amount of bling and at a great price point.

sweat old navy

I love this neutral look from Express .

sweat express

The Kensie embellished sweatshirt from Nordstroms mixes bling with a touch a faux leather for an edgy look.sweat nord1

Sales Scoop

Old Navy – 25% site wide (online only, code: ONTAKE25)

Ann Taylor – Extra 40% off sale items

J. Crew – 25% off orders over $150 (code: SHOPNOW)

LOFT – 50% off select full-price styles using code SHOPFALL; extra 50% off sale styles (no code needed) + free shipping on orders of $125 or more

Express – $25 off every $100 you spend using code 2880