First Day of School!

Today I sent my 6 year old off to her first day of school! First Grade, here we come!

I LOVE summer and absolutely cherish having my girls home with me so this is always a hard day for me.  BUT, we are ready and she is excited … so let the school year begin.

For her first day of school, this is what she picked -

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Outfit, Shoes, Backpack, Lunch Box, Free Printables

Goodbye vacation!
Hello to school!
Hello new classmates,
Goodbye old pool.
Vacation time’s over,
School time is here,
Once more we welcome
Another school year.

HAPPY 1st Day of School to those that are starting today  … we hope everyone is excited about another year!

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Foto Friday

Is it Friday again?

This week has flown by … school is getting ready to start and the summer is coming to an end!

Our kiddos had a GREAT week …

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Mollie and her troops are MOVING tomorrow to Connecticut! She will be truly missed in Chicago! Safe travels Mollie (we want road trip selife’s!) … so excited for this next chapter of your life with you!

Fall 2014 Do? Denim on denim.

This trend isn’t going away.  So we’re embracing it with gusto.  We love denim on denim.  BUT, it has to be done the right way, because this trend can easily go the way of the Canadian Tuxedo, no?  ;-)

Some brand favorites of ours?  Madewell, J Crew, AG, Koral, Paige, and Mother.

 

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Before we go an do a denim on denim Style Spies photo shoot, we thought we’d lay out some Do’s and Don’ts of this look.  Stylecaster.com did a great piece a couple of weeks ago on this, so here are their 8 Do’s and Don’ts of Denim on Denim.

1. DO: Play with colors if you’re a total beginner
Before delving into shades of double blue, start out by pairing different shades of denim together, like white jeans and a blue denim jacket, or black jeans and a chambray shirt. It’s almost impossible to go wrong this way.

2. DON’T: Wear denim accessories.
Keep the jeans confined to your clothing and just say no to denim shoes, a denim hat, a denim, handbag, or any other accessory.

3. DO: Use denim shades to flatter or hide body parts.
As a general rule, lighter shades of denim draw attention to the body parts they cover, while darker washes create a slimming effect. For many women this means that dark denim jeans, and a lighter denim top or jacket is the most flattering way to go.

4. DON’T: Wear a denim outfit that’s all the same weight or wash.
You don’t want to look too matchy matchy.

5. DO: Distress.
Something about distressed denim (ripped jean shorts or jeans) just lends itself well to the denim on denim look. So don’t be afraid to rip away.

6. DON’T: Look to Westerns for inspiration.
Think of denim on denim, and images of cowboys likely come to mind, and that’s not necessarily a good thing—you don’t want to end up looking like a caricature. That means staying away from accessories like cowboy boots, cowboy hats, bolo ties, and Western belts.

7. DO: Dress up your double denim.
Don’t be afraid to elevate your outfit with luxe-looking items including statement heels, a tuxedo blazer, or a fabulous red lip.

8. DON’T: Ever end up looking like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, for the love of God.
When in doubt, just look at this now-iconic image of Spears and Timberlake from back in the day to remind yourself just how utterly wrong denim on denim can go. That being said, it’l probably be impossible for you to ever go this wrong.

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Need some more denim in your life?  Shop our favorite button downs and jeans for Fall 2014 right here:

 

Bloggers We Love – The Double Take Girls

We love to spread the love of some of our favorite bloggers. Especially ones with two minds behind the scenes!

Here is one of our favorite duo’s  - just in case you don’t know them already,

The Double Take Girls.

They are sweet, sassy, best friends and twinsies. Best friends that happen to be twins that share a love for fashion. Makes our hearts melt!

Lindsay and Whitney are ADORABLE – We wish they lived closer (they are in Oklahoma City!) because we just know we would be friends! But in the meantime, we love reading their posts and watching them from afar on Instagram here.

We thought we would ask them a few ‘insider’ questions so we could all get to know them a little bit better…

Do you have different styles in clothing?

WhitneyWe have a very similar taste when it comes to picking out wardrobe items. I’ve always gravitated to items that are a bit more classic, whereas Lindsay was always one to add in a pop of color – even if she already had one already! Over the years, I would say that we have helped each other stay focused on timeless pieces that flatter vs. trendy items that will just

float out of our closets the next season.

One word to describe each other’s style…

Lindsay: I would say Whitney is “High-Low”.  She’s really great with mixing brands.

Whitney: Linds is great with being chic yet casual, which works well as a new mom.  I would say  “simply chic” – or “pink” if I really just have to pick one word.  She has been a pink lover since we first learned our colors.

Favorite article of clothing?

Whitney: That’s a hard one! Probably my Kate Spade windowpane skirt. Accessory wise, I really enjoy my Louis Vuitton speedy and neverfull bags. It took me a long time to save up for them so I really appreciate having them in my closet!

Lindsay: How’s a girl to pick? But I do love my perfectly tailored LBD and hot pink Michael Kors bag.

Do you have a favorite ‘twin moment’ that you can share with us:

Well there was one time we showed up at a wedding wearing the exact same outfit!! It was really embarrassing.  There wasn’t time for one of us to go back home and change. So all night we had to explain to people that it was a case of “great minds think a like”!

First memory of fashion…

Whitney: We learned how to sew at a very early age.  I think my love for fashion and styling stemmed from how much I loved picking out fabric and dress patterns. Watching old Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland films helped solidify it as well. 

Lindsay: I agree with Whitney about our love for sewing and watching movies with classic fashion icons. We also spent 20 years in classical ballet, which also made us love and appreciate beautiful tailoring, fabric and design. 

Biggest influence (person) on your style? 

Whitney: I would say my sister has been.  We’ve helped each other since we were little.  I don’t know what I would do without her! Erin and Molly – I’m sure you all can relate!

Lindsay: I totally agree – we are each other’s stylists! 

Something fun we don’t know about each of you …

Whitney:  I adore painting, crafts and really anything that allows from some creativity.  However, with my busy work schedule and caring for my two girls (ages 2 and 5) I don’t seem to do much of these things anymore.  However, my mom just gave me the sewing machine I used years ago.  So I’m eager to get started on some projects, as well as teach my oldest daughter to sew! 

Lindsay:  I love to organize! I’ve been labeling and color coding my closet since I was young. Cleaning my closet and steaming clothes is very relaxing to me. Not sure if it was all those years working retail or not? Growing up we shared a room – and I was always in charge of the closet. :) 

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How could you not LOVE them?  Make sure to follow them here and here to watch them out shopping, find the latest deals, contests or just to make you smile when you see their pretty faces!

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Thanks for brightening our days and keep up the amazing work, ladies! xoxo

Foto Friday … on a Monday!

So sorry about the glitch on our site! They couldn’t tell me what happened – just that it was down.

We know it’s Monday but here are some fotos from Friday!

A week filled with kids, friends and laughter! Mollie traveled to our hometown of Kansas City as Erin’s week was filled with birthday parties activities!

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Happy Monday … Hope everyone has a GREAT week!

Black Leather Leggings – The MUST Have For Fall

Fall Shopping is well underway!  If there is ONE item we think you must have this fall -

Black leather leggings.

These can be dressed up or down. Wear with chunky knit sweaters and flat boots or a blouse and sexy pumps. Silk shirts to plain button-downs – they can do it all.

A lot of wear for one single item.

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Need some inspiration?

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Miranda Kerr heads to the Upper East Side in all black

Need ideas where to buy them? We have ideas that will break the bank and keep your budget tight …

Pre-Fall Goodies

I’ve been in Kansas City, my hometown, for the past week.  Mostly, doing a lot of catching up with friends and family, keeping the kids busy with soccer camps, golf lessons and swimming, and of course a little bit of shopping!

For the kids, I had to stop by The Little House.  It’s a darling little boutique in Fairway, Kansas.  Though I didn’t find much for Griffin (my 6 yo) as all he wants to wear are ‘sports shirts and work-out shorts,’ I did find some cute items for Gemma (my 4 yo) by Tea Collection, but my favorite items are these KC tee shirts.

I also meandered into J.Crew (shocking I know) as well as Anthropologie and did a little damage, here are the pieces I loved:

Finally, this morning Griffin (who I should remind you is 6) did a little photo shoot with me in my Anthropologie outfit…..with my IPhone.  Here is how it turned out!   Enjoy…….links above if you like my look!

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Summer Reading List & Contest Winner

As the summer is wrapping up – I was looking back on the all of the books I have read this summer.  Like most of us – my days are filled with craziness so in order to fall asleep at night, I read (otherwise, I am known to lay in bed for hours over-thinking and over-planning my life in general!) – am I alone on this?

It is a wide variety to say the least! My husband will be the first to say, I will be an eighty year-old woman sitting in my rocking chair reading the latest teen novel. And it’s true! Maybe subconsciously I am trying to stay young by reading my teen books, but there are g.o.o.d.! I love me some Emily Giffin and Jane Green books – oh, and let’s not forget Sophie Kinsella!

Here are my summer reads:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you have been to any bookstore this summer, you have seen this around. I am a sucker for romance and knowing that the movie came out, it was a no brainer – easy read for me to buy! I thought it was sweet, romantic and a tear jerker. Hold on to the ones you love, you never know when illness can strike. Can’t wait to see the movie! Don’t tell me … I know, the book is always better.

Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. I will keep this by my nightstand forever. I look at my girls and my heart swells with joy thinking of raising them to love Christ. This was a practical and useful tool to not feel helpless (as I most of the times do!) to raise girls to know and love God. It’s a keeper.

If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster. Do you ever read the back of the book and think ‘that’s me’. That’s why I grabbed this book.  A woman from Chicago leaves the city after getting married and moves to the suburbs. It tells the story of moving into a house and having the trials and triumphs of fixing up a house and adjusting to suburban life. I got a few chuckles out of it – cute, easy read.

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety by Tamar Chansky. This is a tough one. Does my little one suffer from anxiety – I think so. Bless her heart is all I can say. Anything and everything I can learn or read about to help her – I will forever do. I see her growing out of it slowly the older she gets, but it’s there and it breaks my heart. This is one of many of my good reads for anxiety in children.

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This is my daily feed of great devotions for every day of the year. Need a quick, great way to start out your day? This is the book.

The One and Only by Emily Giffin. I loved this book! Don’t forget – I love my chick books. This was sweet and funny – bring some romance together with a cool chick that loves football – it’s another easy summer read that I flew through recently.

So, there you go! Some good reads that took place over the summer.

What’s next?

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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner.

Did you read In Her Shoes or Good In Bed? I decided to pick up her latest novel and will let you know how it is … stay tuned!

And the winner of our Prismsport Giveaway is … @dropastitch, Amy Rouse!

Congrats Amy! Please email erin@stylespies.com to claim your new workout gear.

Foto Friday

This week has flown by with summer camp coming to an end,  Mollie visiting her friends and family in Kansas City, lots of pool time for all of the kids, a little date night for Erin, and Mollie’s husband off to NYC for their next chapter.  Happy Friday!

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White Out – Jumpsuit under $100

The White Jumpsuit.

Practical? Maybe not, but cute!

Chasing two kids around doesn’t alway allow us to be cute 100% of the time but when you find something that is cute AND comfy … SCORE!  I recently found this one and can’t say enough good things about it. Oh, did I mention it was under $100. DOUBLE SCORE!

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Jumpsuit, Shoes (sold out),  Watch, Pink Bracelet, Gold Ball Bracelet, Necklace (Similar),  Lipstick, Blanket

On E: Overalls (similar), Tank

On V: Tank, Skirt

I am already planning how to wear this beauty through the fall … throw on a skinny belt and a jean jacket and I am ready for cooler temps.  We tell our clients that all of the rules are out the window … so trust me, I will be wearing this jumpsuit way past labor day!

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Now, let’s see how long it takes before one of my girls to get popsicle on it! It’s gonna happen but it’s worth every second!

Outfit details:

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway here – only a few days left.

Want to find other white jumpsuits, shop below.  Trust us, you will get a LOT of wear out of it!

 

Photos by Ashley Beatrice

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