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.

White Out

Summer Whites.

Simple, Classic, Timeless.

I am obsessed with anything white these days. Makes our sun-kissed skin glow, our bleached hair shine and spells out s.u.m.m.e.r.!

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Dress, Earrings, Candle, Swim Suit, Hat, Nail Polish, Glasses

We hope everyone is having a great summer!

Loree’s Closet + Voyeur by Vex

 A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to attend a unique shopping event at Loree’s Closet, right here in Highland Park, IL.  For those of you who don’t know Loree’s Closet, it’s a fabulous little Ebay shop that sells the best designer hand me downs.  From Chanel to Louis Vuitton, and on down to Rebecca Taylor and then even Lululemon, you can find just about anything at Loree’s Closet.

This particular shopping event at Loree’s was more about showcasing the latest from designer Laura Pulice.  Laura has recently been designing for Lady Gaga – seriously!  Pretty amazing.  This particular line is called Voyeur by Vex, and is sister to Vex Clothing, Inc.  Laura was also the runner up on Rhianna’s Styled to Rock on Bravo.  We were thrilled to meet her and get up close and personal with her collection.

Chanel, Gucci, Chloe – oh my!

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I was obsessing over the McQueen off white zipper clutch. (bottom right)

Clear Chanel flats? Yes please.

Vex Clothing pieces on the mannequins – gorgeous.

Latex tassles everywhere. Attach one to your handbag, your pendant necklace, or sport the earrings. So different and so chic.

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Jen was hyperventilating over this clutch.

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And it totally does work with her outfit.

The white latex tassle necklace would be perfect with your black romper this summer.

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Style Spies & Actually Just Jennie love Voyeur by Vex!

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Weekend Getaways and a Maxi Dress

A weekend getaway. Love getting away, hate trying to decide what to bring!

We visited Wimberley, TX this past weekend with two of of our favorite families for a little trip out of the city.

We lounged in the water by day and laughed out loud until the wee hours of the night. It was the perfect trip to make a perfect weekend.

And my perfect maxi?

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A crochet, tie-dye from Forever 21.  It is sold out but similar here, here and hereStar Mela ClutchSandals, Ray-Bans.

Here is a quick peek into our river weekend …

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Hubby’s Hat, Glasses.  Erin’s Swim Top, Hat, Glasses

Em’s Romper (similar), K’s Dress

Cheers to a FABULOUS red, white and blue week!

 

A Style Spies Video Short – How to Glam up your T-shirt and Jeans

Over the past couple of months, I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Katy Nielsen of Make it Better magazine to produce a couple of video shorts.  We based the videos off of freelance articles that I wrote for the magazine, and they turned out amazing.  I was {of course} super worried about how I was going to do on camera, but after I got rolling, it was so much fun!

I am thrilled to share these videos with you today.

The first one is all about how to glam up your tee shirt and jeans by using a mix of costume and fine jewelry.  Bottom line:  you should never be afraid to mix it up on a daily basis – it can be the key to standing out in a subtle way.

How to Style a Basic T-shirt with Glam Accessories

 

The second video is one everyone should watch – taking your maxi dress from day to night.  Maxi dresses can work on EVERY body type, you just have to find the right one.  It’ll be your go-to this summer!

How to take your Maxi dress from Day to Night

A book of outfits……..

A lot of people ask – what ‘exactly’ do we do at Style Spies?  Or another question is typically ‘what is the job of a stylist/personal shopper?’  Well – we do A LOT of things. We wear a lot of different hats (figuratively AND literally, ha!).  But one thing that many of our clients have us do is make them a book of outfits.

We’ll assemble outfits in their closet – down to the shoes and jewelry – and take pictures of them.  Then, we’ll put together a mini photo book for the client to keep in her closet.  So, when she has an event, or just an everyday occasion, she can flip through her book and find just the right thing.  And not have to mull over the whole thing and think about it too hard.  Easy and fun, right?!  Right!

Here are a few outfits I’ve recently put together for clients……maybe something will inspire you for your weekend wear!  Happy Friday!

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