Foto Friday!

It’s Foto Friday!

Our week was filled with friends, baseball games, trips to New Orleans and more…

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We hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!

Introducing PEACH – Lingerie & Loungewear

Many of you have seen and heard Mollie and I talk of Peach …

Well, here it is!

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We have always battled one issue when dealing with clients – undergarments. The right bra, the right panty lines (or lack their of) – the perfect tank to go underneath, the list goes on.

Then came Peach.

Peach is not only a company for women, about women and run by women – they offer amazing products and amazing opportunities.

Women HATE to shop for bras and undergarments, period.  And most of the times (8 out 10 according to Peach) we are buying the wrong size. All of those amazing clothes we are all purchasing? They don’t look the best when our bras don’t fit properly!

Peach has patented a 10-point measuring system unlike the 2-point measuring system we are familiar with to correctly measure a woman’s bra size. Having partnered with the gorgeous French-lingerie bras of Chantelle along with their own complimentary line – this offers a solution to  a lot of our styling problems.

Mollie and I have been through and extensive training program to not only have the tools but the knowledge behind this amazing company.

Smoothing tanks, slimming pieces, loungewear to make us feel and look BEAUTIFUL.  We were sold. And our clients are THRILLED.

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Need to be properly fitted? Contact Mollie or I and we want your clothes to look and feel good with the proper undergarments…

Want to be involved with us on this Peach opportunity? Let us know … They need your help in being a part of this great company!

We heart Simply Stylist!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Simply Stylist in Chicago.  It was such an inspiring place to be, full of positive energy, making connections, and a lot of style.  The panel of women we got to listen to were a great mix – from Stephanie Mark, co-founder of the Coveteur to Anne Finch, founder of Katherine Cosmetics and then Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook.  All of this was hosted by the beautiful Catt Sadler from E News – so great to listen to and see her in person!

I came away from the weekend full of ideas and thoughts for the blog and our business, thanks Simply Stylist!

Scroll down through to the end of this post to see what other amazing style and beauty bloggers I met, loved, and of course instantly had to follow (on Instagram).

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Without really thinking about it, I accidentally put together an entire look by Rag & Bone. Shop my look below.

Simply Stylist Chicago Panel L-R: Wendy Nguyen, Stephanie Marks, Ally Cooke, Anne Finch, and Catt Sadler

Chicago Style Spy Jen hanging out at the Katherine Cosmetics display.

Getting a little silly with the makeup!

Once again hamming it up for the camera.

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Style Spy Jen (http://actuallyjustjennie.com) & I working the rooftop bar at the Dana Hotel.

 

Simply Stylist Blogger Love:

Wendy’s Lookbook - panelist and blogger/youtube extraordinaire @wendyslookbook

Naturally Creole - I had the pleasure of sitting with Deanna at brunch, she is naturally gorgeous of course but also so down to earth and personable. And she was there with her sister, who was equally beautiful.  Deanna, I am so glad to have met you and come across your blog!  You are super talented.  @naturallycreole

Sunflowers and Lace – This is a Chicago based blog run by two adorable sisters.  Loved them, their style, and their sunny personalities.  I can’t wait to collaborate with these gals!  @sunflowersandlaceblog

Fashionaholic – Though I didn’t get to chat with Janet from Fashion-A-Holic too long, I love that she’s not only a Chicago fashion blogger but also a wife and mother like myself!  My kind of gal, with some serious style.  @fashionholik

Tiff + Jen – Sisters, Moms, and co-owners of a jewelry line I love, T&J Designs.  You must check out their designs, I have a few pieces and they’re always compliment worthy.

 

 

The Never Ending List

Does anyone else feel like, when it rains it pours?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Back to School is coming, Birthdays, Summer Vacations  … the list goes on!

There are so many things that I need want – so I keep them on my ‘watch list’ – Some are not so fun … some are YUMMY!

For my little baby girl who is about to turn FIVE (I tear up as I am writing this) – she is needing a room makeover and a few other essentials.

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For my amazing husband who never gets ANYTHING! (that’s what happens in a house full of girls!).

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For the never-ending house projects that keep moving down the list (new shoes seem to trim a light fixture over here!).

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And last but not least … S.C.H.O.O.L. (I hate to even use that word as we LOVE summer).

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And so it goes!!

I am sure there are many things I am leaving off (my list may take too long) – but this is the current ‘must haves’ for the time being!

One day and one purchase at a time – the list goes on.

Foto Friday!

We have decided that every Friday we are having FOTO FRIDAY!

So grab your coffee – or cocktail and enjoy a little recap of our week. The family time, the kiddos, the friends … the real life that happens behind Style Spies.

I am sure you saw Mollie’s post with her latest news and move – so she is up to date on her Foto’s!

Here are Erin’s for the week …

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Happy Friday!!

East Coast Bound. In my Athleta.

I don’t know if there is such a thing as ‘moving chic’ but I’m going to go ahead and coin the term today.  The last week of my life has been totally upside-down.  We (me, hubby, two kids, and two dogs) moved out of our house and into my in-laws.  All of our stuff has been moved into storage.  And in about a month, we’ll ALL be moving officially to Connecticut!  Chicago to Connecticut – we’re going to be East Coasters.  My husband will be working in Manhattan, I will take Style Spies to Connecticut, and the kids will start new schools.  Ahhhh!  So excited to start a new chapter but super sad to leave this wonderful town we call home behind.

Here I am with some of the girls I am SO sad to leave behind. Friends for life.

This is what I wore to my little ‘going away’ dinner – I’m obsessed with this dress. Free People Mitered Meadows Slip Dress – at Shopbop.com

Outfit by Athleta!

These two know the score.

With our neighbors whom we will miss greatly!

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It’s really fun to play truck driver.

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In this interim period where I’m doing a lot of driving kids to and from camp, dogs to and from doggy day care, playdates, and just keeping everyone busy in general – what I wear day to day is all about comfort.  But I don’t want to be sloppy comfortable.  I want to be chic-comfortable.  Doesn’t everyone these days?

According to Businessoffashion.com  there is no way but up for the activewear market.  From H&M to Tory Burch, everyone is expanding into the activewear market these days. A new favorite place of mine has become Athleta.  Owned by the Gap, Athleta has really come into its own in the past year or so.  They’ve upped the ante on style and in my opinion are truly competing with Lululemon and other places like Sweaty Betty in the UK.  The fit is great, the price is slightly better than the afore mentioned spots, and it holds up well.

Here are a few of my recent favorite purchases from Athleta – and some items I’m hoping to get very soon!  Also, they have a 20% off code for sale items – EXTRA20.  Offer ends 7/28, so get shopping!

You might be asking yourself…..who is taking over Style Spies in Chicago?  Stay tuned!  But in the meantime……check out Actually Just Jennie.

Nordstrom Sale is ON!

It’s THAT time of year!

Starting today, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is ON!  Start shopping now to get those fall trends at a discount.  From July 18th until August 3rd, you can stop in-store and on-line for all NEW PRE-FALL/FALL items … E.X.C.I.T.E.D is what we call it!

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From Frye Bags to Nike workout pants – that is just scratching the surface.  We told you about last about some kid’s sale so here on some for us ladies!

Need a jumpstart? Here you go:

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Hope to see you there! #NSale

Kiddie Style on SALE

Summer is still here but summer sales are here TOO!

We (like every other mom out there) love to shop for our kiddos just as much as do for ourselves.  There is nothing sweeter than finding that favorite piece on sale for your little one.  All of the best stores are having their major summer sales … and it only gets better from here! So stock up on those swimsuits for next season and those steals that you can’t pass up – you’ll be glad you did, we promise!

Here are some of my favorite finds so far …

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And as for SALE shoes…

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Happy SALE shopping!

To shop these looks and more, see below …

Summer Dress – All Laced Up as a Wedding Guest

I LOVE dresses.

They are easy, comfortable and stylish – they keep you cool and they are perfect for every occasion.  Whether it be a casual get together with friends or a to attend a wedding, they are a staple for everyone in the summer.

Many of you know we had a big wedding recently and this was one of the dresses I picked out for the weekend.

Lace is big trend this summer and this dress (on sale now!) was the perfect match for me (AND it’s racerback, another plus in my book!)!

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I found gold and silver tone shoes that not only were perfect for this dress but I have worn with many others! (I don’t have to worry if I am wearing gold or silver jewels, they match both!)

And these, are almost the same and ONLY $14!!! Yes, I said $14 … that is a STEAL!

Paired with LOTS (more is more!) of jewels and this was the perfect dress for the perfect wedding!

Between Gorjana and Mindy Mae’s Market, our jewels were complete!

I am always on the hunt for more dresses (Nordstrom sale, anyone?) … stay tuned!

 

Photos by Ashley Beatrice

summer, summer, summertime!

Right, right……..does anyone get the Will Smith song reference?  Hope so.  Actually that’s one of my favorite songs.  But….I digress.

Summertime is always busy, for everyone. There’s so much to do – concerts, parties, get togethers, celebrations, it never ends!  But, in Chicago, our summertime is that much sweeter because we have such a short time to enjoy it.  I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into what we’ve been up to this summer so far…….(and it mostly involves my kids of course!).

at a Pat McGee band concert down at City Winery in Chicago, with some great friends of ours visiting from Madison. Such a treat. Shop my outfit below.

Our very first trip to the American Girl store on Michigan Avenue. She couldn’t have been happier!

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Summertime gymnastics. This is the pose I get when I ask her to smile. Already the drama. Not yet 4!

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My girl (on the right in the maxi skirt of course) strolling with her sweet cousin. Holding hands couldn’t be cuter!

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And here she is (again) with my handsome man at my son’s final soccer game of the season. Still little enough to sit on Daddy’s shoulder like that!

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Here’s my big boy (6!) on his last day of Kindergarten. The year flew by and he grew up in so many ways. Sigh.

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Whoops – another one of the sassy lady wearing my Tom Fords and a Matilda Jane top. At least she has good taste, right?

My friend Katey and I at what will be my last Ravinia show for some time (more on that later). John Legend was amazing, and it was a good time with great friends. Shop my outfit below. I can’t wait to wear this dress again.

 

 

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And here is my other ‘baby’ my new LV Pallas. It was my gift for…..my birthday, Mother’s day, and any other reason I might receive a gift for the next 5 years. Ha! I was attending a Reward Style School Night downtown and got to meet many other amazing Chitown bloggers!

Writing a note to Maurices (RS School Night sponsor) and RS for a great night, then Instagramming it of course! Follow me: @molliestylespies and follow Erin: @erinstylespies

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Today – incidentally – this gal is 4. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years. Maybe it’s because I haven’t slept in 4 years. Either way, she’s a keeper. Dress by Joah Love.

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And all I have to say here is this: look out ladies. He’s handsome AND sensitive. And happily plays ‘house’ with his sister. Boom.

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Finally – these two. My hubby and I have really taken a backseat to golf since they came into our lives, and we’re itching to get back into the game! So we brought them to the driving range and they actually really enjoyed watching us hit balls! And now – one of them is in lessons! Amazing how that works.

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