How to style patterned leggings

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The patterned legging trend is not going away.  They’re everywhere – street style to athletic and athleisure-wear.  I see them on the streets on NYC, saw them on a recent trip to Madison, WI, and even here in (dare i say it) preppy Connecticut.  I love mine.

Interestingly, I do find a lot of people unsure of what to wear with them.  And, although they have already bought themselves a pair, they fall back on solid black because it’s just easier.  So – I thought I’d base this recent shoot around my leggings.

I styled them with a long cashmere sweater, and then threw on a navy blazer.  The outfit looks cute without the blazer too, it was just a chilly day at the beach here in CT in January!  My boots are probably one of my favorite items in my closet.  They’re not new in fact – they’re a few years old and by Loeffler Randall.  They were a GREAT investment.  The sweater is from Athleta, blazer from Shopbop, monogram necklace from Mark & Graham, and the other necklace is a no-name from a local boutique.

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I’m having a love affair with these cashmere gloves this winter.  I love that you can button back the top so you can use your cell phone if necessary.  They’re by J Crew, and I can’t seem to find them online, but they sell a similar pair HERE.

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This cute guy was on a walk while we were shooting, we had to get a pic of him. He was a happy guy at the beach in January!

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I threw on one of my favorite hats while we were on the beach – it was windy and it was a good way to tame my hair.  Plus, i love to represent my hometown of Kansas City out here on the East Coast.  You can find yours HERE, or at Baldwin Denim in Kansas City, MO.

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Photo credit goes to the amazing Adriane Sherman.  xxoo!

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Winter Sale Alert!

It is still cold most places but stores are getting ready for spring … and this mean SALES!

This is what we call a ‘Deal Alert’ to snag some great pieces for now and then to tuck away in your closet for next year!  You will LOVE these half prices sales…

Check out our latest lusts that we are eyeing.

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Day to Night Series with Walking in Memphis in High Heels

Today we are excited to be a part of the “Day to Night’ series with our friend, Laura!   This is such a great way for our reader to see pieces that can be worn in different ways!

Our item is the coveted Over The Knee Boots … a must have in everyone’s closet!  Over the Knee boots are more versatile than you think – they can be worn during the day and night for the perfect look …

The gorgeous Laura behind Walking in Memphis in High Heels show us the look for the Day. She paired her OTK boots with a layered look of a striped long sleeve t-shirt and a chunky sweater that is perfect for any cold weather day!

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and for the night look we chose this flirty dress with moto jacket for a fun, flirty with an edge look …

Jacket (old, similar on SALE!), Dress, Boots, Earrings

Over the Knee boots have proven to be a staple this year both heeled and flat – need a pair to add to your closet? (and most are on SALE!!)

If you don’t already read Walking in Memphis in High Heels, do yourself a favor and START (and to get her outfit details from above!)!?!  She is absolutely adorable, a sweetheart in real life, a new mommy and a fashionista at heart…Follow her here:

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Happy Wednesday!

Our Globes Fashion Favs

Who was best dressed last night?  It’s the question of the day for all who love fashion, that’s for sure.  Here we give you our top 5, then 5 more we liked but didn’t looooooove, and then a few that missed the mark.  In our opinion.

Our top five:  

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein

Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein. Classic beauty perfection.

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Jennifer Lopez in In Zuhair Murad. She just glows. And the dress has a cape. Enough said.

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Naomi Watts in Gucci – and we cannot get over that snake necklace. Amaze!

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad.  She's just......hot.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad. She’s just……hot.

Finally, probably our favorite of the night was Sienna Miller in Miu Miu.  She still echoes a bit of a boho chic vibe while at the same time looking classy and elegant.  And we want her hair, too.

Finally, probably our favorite of the night was Sienna Miller in Miu Miu. She still echoes a bit of a boho chic vibe while at the same time looking classy and elegant. And we want her hair, too.

 

Liked but didn’t looooooove:

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We love Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera, and we love her hair here too. So pretty!

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Diane Kruger looks like a Barbie, for real. Not sure who the designer is, but we love this clean sophisticated look.

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We’re slightly annoyed at Katherine Heigl for claiming that Zac Posen fits her because he knows how to fit a woman with a ‘fuller figure,’ but this dress is amazing and so flattering on her ‘full figure.’ Pullllllease!

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No one would look as good in this as Julianne does.

 

Not so much……..

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Lana Del Ray……just, not flattering.

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Laura Prepon. Pretty hair and makeup, but the dress is a little witchy for our taste.

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Sorry Kerry, but this dress looks like it was literally made out of construction paper and tape. Which, if you were on Project Runway, maybe that would be cool. But not on the red carpet.

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Jen! The 90’s are calling! Your hair, your dress, everything! We still love you…..just not this choice.

 

We’re Back!

You may have noticed, Style Spies took a little hiatus.  Erin and I both have little kids, and Christmastime is just THE BEST with little ones.  You don’t get those years of joy and excitement back.  So, we took a break from the biz and lapped up some family time.  We have much to do and accomplish in 2015, but today we just wanted to share a few cute Christmas morning photos for ya.  A teeny glimpse into our personal lives you don’t often see on this blog!

And, as you can see, clearly the both of us like putting our kids in Hanna Andersson pajamas!  Too funny!  Click here to shop the best kids PJ’s around (in our opinion).

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Erin’s Christmas Morning……

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And Mollie’s Christmas morning……

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All in the Kicks

Mix and Match.

It’s all about comfy and mixing and matching with this outfit!  With all of the running around for the holidays – a great pair of sneakers is the way to go.

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These days I am LOVING my new kicks (now on sale!)- perfect for on the go and I have to say, they go with most everything!  As I run around town to make my last minute shopping trips, I am geared up and ready …

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Add my favorite fur vest and a little edge with my camo jacket – ready to hit the stores!

And because all we can do is laugh during the stressful holiday season … here is one last one for you!

Jacket (similar), Vest (similar here and here ), Shirt, Jeans, Shoes, Hat

Only 7 more days until Christmas – we hope everyone is getting their last minute shopping done!

Still need presents for the guy in your life?  Here is our latest post to help you out.

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Happy Weekend everyone …

What to Buy for a Guy {Guy Gifting}

I struggle every year with what to get the guys in my life.  My Dad, my husband, my father in law…….how many times do they need a new tie, shirt, socks, boxer shorts, or a new wallet?  Yes, those things do get worn out – but blech! Boring!

Here are some of my favorite (more unique) ideas for this holiday season:

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New Balance for J Crew, $150. These kicks are totally kickin’ it.

Blind Barber The Regimen Kit, $58

Blind Barber The Regimen Kit, $58. All men need this, none of them buy it for themselves.

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Bonobos Palmetto Golf Pant, $148 – This plaid is what I would call ‘darling’ but maaaaybe don’t call them ‘darling’ to your guy.

David Yurman Braided Knot Cuff Links, $475.  Simple and chic perfection for your man.

David Yurman Braided Knot Cuff Links, $475. Simple and chic perfection for your man.

Triple C Green Juice Power Bank phone charger, $60.   He should always be fully charged!

Triple C Green Juice Power Bank phone charger, $60. He should always be fully charged!

Tiny Prints personalized I Phone case.  This one is 'manly' but can show off his pride and joy at the same time.  $54.99

Tiny Prints personalized I Phone case. This one is ‘manly’ but can show off his pride and joy at the same time. $54.99

Marshall Speaker, $400.  I can speak from experience; my husband bought this for himself last Christmas and we use it daily!

Marshall Speaker, $400. I can speak from experience; my husband bought this for himself last Christmas and we use it daily!

Touchtec Ragg Wool Gloves, $45.  The tips let you text!

Touchtec Ragg Wool Gloves, $45. The tips let you text!

 

Robies Lounge Pants.  $86.  Apparently, these are the best lounge pants EVER MADE.  What guy doesn't want the best lounge pants ever made?

Robies Lounge Pants. $86. Apparently, these are the best lounge pants EVER MADE. What guy doesn’t want the best lounge pants ever made?

Richer Poorer 'Overnighter' gift pack. The BEST girlfriend gift, right?  $32.

Richer Poorer ‘Overnighter’ gift pack. The BEST girlfriend gift, right? $32.

 

Kiehl's Rockwell Ultimate Man's Refueling Kit, $59 at Nordies.  This is ALWAYS a hit around our house.

Kiehl’s Rockwell Ultimate Man’s Refueling Kit, $59 at Nordies. This is ALWAYS a hit around our house.

Sale Alert! Green Monday

Hurry! There are some deals you do NOT want to miss on this Green Monday!

Check these yummy, comfy UGGS out … normally $140 for $63!

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And these cute, FRYE booties perfect with skinny jeans and skirts, only $229 normally $498!

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There are LOTS more Uggs and Frye shoots you don’t want to miss!

Need more gift ideas, shop here …

My Coveted Cape

Every season there seems to be something that I am coveting and this year it was the cape.

The cape seems to be a big trend this season and it is everywhere … from the blanket cape to the evening cape, there are endless options to wear this trend.

There are so many amazing capes out there and it was hard to choose!

Add a little ‘windowpane’, some oxfords, a little leopard and a floppy hat … and voila!

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These shoes have become a staple this season and I have paired them with everything from my black cigarette pants to boyfriend jeans and a slouchy sweater.

They are SO comfy!  Who knew menswear could be so sweet.

Cape, Blouse, Belt, Oxfords, Hat, Necklace, Earrings

Want more options for the perfect cape?  Me too!

Happy Friday Everyone!

12 must-shop sites on Cyber Monday

Our favorite sites to shop this Cyber Monday.  With so many websites competing, it’s hard to choose where to spend your dollars, so we’ve narrowed it down.  Happy cyber spending!

ASOS.COM 30% off sitewide. Code ILOVEMONDAYS

SoleSociety.com   30% off Sitewide.  No code necessary.

SoleSociety.com 30% off Sitewide. No code necessary.

Athleta.com  20% off Sitewide.  Code CYBER20

Athleta.com 20% off Sitewide. Code CYBER20

Piperlime.com  30% off sitewide.  Code CYBERSALE.

Piperlime.com 30% off sitewide. Code CYBERSALE.

JCrew.com  30% off sitewide with exclusions.  Code MONDAY

JCrew.com 30% off sitewide with exclusions. Code MONDAY

Kate Spade Angelique Heels in rose gold glitter

Kate Spade. 30% off Sitewide. Code: CYBER30

 

Topshop.com  30% Select Merchandise.  No code necessary.

Topshop.com 30% Select Merchandise. No code necessary.

 

 

Nordstrom.com  40% off select items.  No code necessary.

Nordstrom.com 40% off select items. No code necessary.

 

Saksfifthavenue.com  Designer Sale - up to 40% off.  No code necessary.

Saksfifthavenue.com Designer Sale – up to 40% off. No code necessary.

Baublebar.com  20% off sitewide. Code CYBER20

Baublebar.com 20% off sitewide. Code CYBER20

Bloomingdales.com  25% off sitewide (some exclusions).  No code necessary.

Bloomingdales.com 25% off sitewide (some exclusions). No code necessary.

Madewell.com  25% off sitewide.  Code is GIFTON

Madewell.com 25% off sitewide. Code is GIFTON

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