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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).


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.


Style Spy Jen ( & 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.

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!


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


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


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!


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.


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.




And here is my other ‘baby’ my new LV Pallas. It was my gift for… 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


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.


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.


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!

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!


Pinterest beauty

So our blog posting has taken a break while we had our site redesigned by The Nectar Collective, and we’ve had a teensy bit of time on our hands.  Let’s not go overboard; Erin and I have each had one kid ‘graduate’ Kindergarten, we’re getting ready for summer and camp, and of course continue to work with our clients.

During this ‘time off,’ of course I was spending a fair amount of time on Pinterest.  I came across hundreds of pins featuring beautiful fashion photography, and I wanted to share some with you.  Such inspiration!

You can also visit our Style Spies Pinterest page for more…….

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What to wear in Las Vegas

Bandage Dress



First of all – what NOT to wear.  A bandage dress. Everyone AND THEIR MOM was wearing a bandage dress this past weekend in Vegas.  I mean, it was epic.  Too many bandage dresses on too many people who should not be wearing bandage dresses.  While there are plenty of options out there if this is the look you want, the trend has definitely been overdone.  As in cooked, sauteed, and let’s move on to the next course.

On to what TO wear.  Here’s what in my ‘what to wear to Las Vegas’ playbook.

1.  saucy miniskirt

2.  one GREAT dress

3.  an amazing top

4.  a layering tank

5.  cropped blazer

6.  heels, pumps, sandals – FAB shoes!

7.  the right jewelry.  don’t skimp on what you bring.  it’s lightweight and doesn’t take up much room in your baggage.

8.  make up.  fun makeup you would never wear in your REAL life.

9.  a swimsuit that makes you feel GREAT!






And here are a few pics of our weekend away.  We had SUCH a great time.  If I can recommend anything – we played the game Cards Against Humanity while sitting around the pool both days.  BEST. GAME. EVER.  If, that is, you are a horrible person.  Which at some level, we all are.  ;-)  It’s a must buy.  I’ve never laughed so hard.

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in my {make up} bag


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I love finding out what my girlfriends use, make-up wise.  Why?  Because the sheer amount we have to choose from to is overwhelming.  Though I love a good (kid-free) trip into Sephora to play around, I always end up consulting with a salesperson just to narrow down the choices.  Today I’m sharing what’s in MY make-up bag.  I don’t carry all of this around with me – most of it actually stays at home.  On a daily basis, I’m mostly a mascara, lip gloss and powdered foundation kind of girl.  Some days I don’t even get that far.  But when I really do it right……these are the products that are in play.


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $42


Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Amused, $24


Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Spirited, $24


Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Red Amour, $26


Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine, $26


Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color, $24


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, $19


Naked 3 Palette, $52


Naked 2 Palette, $52


Urban Decay Primer Potion, $12


Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy, $19


Urban Decay Baked Bronzer, $26


Laura Mercier Lip Glace, $25


Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil – My favorite colors are Black Gold, Stormy Grey, and Brown Copper. $22


Signing off in Style,


Mexico Bound!

Let the Mexico shopping and planning begin …

You all know that I (Erin) recently entered a contest for a getaway and unfortunately we did not win BUT that does not stop us from heading south!

We are headed to the El Dorado Royale resort in March with friends and I cannot stop thinking about what to pack …

Here are some things that I have already  purchased.

A new swim suit first and foremost.

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Hoping my body will look close to hers after my gruesome workouts lately! Ha!

A comfy dress to throw on after a long day in the sun …

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The perfect cover up for sipping cocktails at the beach bar …

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The perfect little sundress that can be dressed up with a great necklace …

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And this necklace will do just fine!

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Another ‘mexican’ inspired dress to wander the streets of Playa del Carmen…

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And last but not lease my coveted Tory Burch sandals that go with everything.

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And as for the items I am loving and on my ‘wish list’ for our trip …

This dress is to DIE for…literally.

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This is the perfect hat to adorn most of my outfits!

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I definitely need the perfect pair of white jeans …


Another swimsuit option is this, what do you think?

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And who doesn’t need a new pair of sunnies for a trip?

And for those casual days to throw on with cut off shorts …

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Anyone have any must-haves for spring break or vacay getaways?  I know I will find a lot more before we leave and will share with you!

And can’t wait to Instagram pics from our trips with different outfits!

Check out my selections below …

Happy MLK day,  xo

Signing off in Style,

Erin (& Mollie)




It’s Nordstrom Time!


Sorry fella’s  … but it’s that time of year for the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (Women & Kids)!!!

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I will admit that Nordstrom is DEFINITELY one of my favorite department stores.  I already have my items picked out for the Christmas season?  Here are some great ideas to add to your closets…

For my mom who has been wanting comfy leopard flats…

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Dolce Vita ‘Bex’ Flat – $118 – Sale $79

Always a good idea to buy summer shoes during the winter sales!

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Tory Burch ‘Thora’ Flat – $125  - Sale $99

For my lazy days with my cargo skinny jeans …

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Bobeau Wrap Cardigan – $58  -  Sale $39

DYING for this jumpsuit. Needs a belt, a blazer and good to go!

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Wayf Strapless Jumpsuit – $78  -   Sale $39

On my wish list for my daughters, this adorable Burberry dress …

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Burberry ‘Gabriella’ Dress – $185  -  Sale $110

Best rain boots EVER for kids … cute and functional (and you can’t get anywhere for this price!)

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Bogs ‘Glosh’ Rain Boots – $49  -  Sale $29

As you know, we love anything from Mini Boden …

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Mini Boden Print Dress  -  $48  -  $Sale 32

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am on the hunt for a new watch!

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Michael Kors ‘Bradshaw’ Watch  -  $250  -  Sale $200

The perfect day to night earring gift for Christmas …

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Kendra Scott ‘Skylar’ Earring  -  $65 – Sale  $52

These are just a few of my favorites from the sale … hurry up and order!

Tis the season to start shopping!

Signing off in Style,

Erin (& Mollie)

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