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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 …

Office Chic

It’s not just back to school time, it’s back to work!  Well, not really – most of us have been working all summer long one way or another – but it feels like the time of year when it’s time to invest in a few new pieces.  It’s especially important to refresh your work basics with some great new staples for the Fall.

For Fall 2014, the important things for ‘Office Chic’ are these:  pointy toe pumps, a touch of texture (think leather accents), cropped/ankle length pants, and a cropped blazer.  Those are just the ‘trends’ though, so if they don’t work for you, don’t sweat it.  Wear what looks best on YOU, and what YOU feel most comfortable in.

Here are some of our favorites from Nordstrom (we thought we may as well continue earning points and shopping the Nordstrom sale while we can!!)……..

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Shop our Nordstrom Favorites right here!

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

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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Leopard + Lace

As a stylist, I’m always making clothing combinations for my clients that they tell me they NEVER would have thought of themselves (hence, leopard print plus lace).   I tell them – well it’s a good because otherwise I wouldn’t be doing my job!  This outfit started with this great Karen Zambos top that I loved so much, I got it in black, too.  I usually don’t do that (buy something in a couple of colors) but this top will never go out of style and I consistently get compliments on both colors.

The next piece was the denim – I am really into Mother Denim lately.  They have such a great fit and perfect washes.  These specifically are their boot cut denim, in a wash called ‘secrets in a small town.’  Don’t know about that name, but the wash is killer for spring and the fit is divine.

Next of course came the vest.  I love a vest – I have a few more in my closet (that incidentally I’m standing in) that I can’t wait to share with you.  But this one I randomly came across while shopping for a client in Banana Republic this Fall.  It was such a good buy – I had a 40% off coupon – and the muted leopard print is done just right.  The other thing about a faux fur vest that you have to be careful of is that it isn’t too plush or full.  Especially if you’re well-endowed (which I am), a big puffy vest can add weight.  So this one had just the right combination of furry and cozy, yet sleek.

For the rest of the outfit details, see the end of this post.

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Vest, Banana Republic (no longer available, but ShopStyle has a lot of faux fur vest options)

Top, Karen Zambos Vintage Couture (top is no longer available)

Jeans, Mother Denim, Bootcut

Heels, BCBG Generation Parade Pumps in Cashew

Bag, Marc Jacobs Stam Quilted Bag in Navy

Bracelets, Gorjana Teagan CuffGorjana Parker Leather Wrap, J Crew sale bracelet

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“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” – Rachel Zoe
Signing off in Style,
Mollie (& Erin)

Meeting the Damsel.

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Last week Jen (our newest Style Spy) and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a blogging icon, Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior.  She hopped on a plane from warm LA to literally 5 degree Chicago for an event at our Ted Baker store on Rush Street.  Lucky for us, since it was so unbelieveably cold, we think it kept some people away.  More time for us to chat with Jacey and see who the girl behind the {fabulous} blog really is.

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Let me tell you, she’s every bit as fabulous as she is in her blog, but also just a girl, like you and me.  Completely down to earth, funny, and obviously a super smart businesswoman.  Completely self branded and self made – pretty awesome.

If you don’t follow the Damsel, you should.

And if you haven’t checked out her collaboration with my good friend Gorjana, you should do that as well.

Here are a few of our favorites from the Damsel X Gorjana collection.

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Damsel Studs, $35

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Thanks Jacey for being a style, blog, and business inspiration.  We were so glad we got to meet you!

Signing off in Style from Chicago,

Mollie & Jen

A Fashionable Entrance

Cheers to the holiday season, it’s officially here!  Thanksgiving is over, Hanukkah is in full swing, and Christmas is on the horizon.  We love the holidays at Style Spies – from the parties we get to dress up for, the decorating, and of course…..the shopping.

 Today’s post is a little gift to you (and us).

We’re THRILLED to introduce to you our newest Style Spy, Jen Wold.  She’s a Chicago gal and has her finger on the pulse, trend-wise.  She’s the perfect addition to our team of stylists, and if you read on, you’ll understand.  We’ve asked Jen to introduce herself to you all…….so Jen, take it away!

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Photo Credit: Robin Ryan  runnercollective.com

I was groomed for a career in fashion at an early age… By my Dad. I remember so many evenings, before my parents would go out, my Dad would come find me and say, “Go help your Mom. She needs it.”  I’d head to my parents room, and ever so gently I’d “encourage” my Mom to change. It’s something we all laugh about now, even though it was not so amusing when my Mom first got wise to us.

Over the years, I extended my services to friends and family. It’s something I truly love. When I lay in bed at night (instead of counting sheep) I plan outfits. I mentally pack bags for trips I haven’t even booked yet! Fashion is my happy place. And I am beyond thrilled to be able to share that with the Style Spies community.

 I’ve always felt like personal style was a quick and effective way of telling people something about yourself. So what better way to introduce myself than to give you a sneak peek into my closet! As my husband can attest, I am a borderline clothing hoarder… But I did manage to narrow it down to a few of my favorite pieces.

This necklace from J Crew is perfect for adding a little sparkle to my everyday look.

This necklace from J Crew is perfect for adding a little sparkle to my everyday look.

I've had these Sam Edelman booties for over 2 years and I wear them CONSTANTLY. They look amazing with skinny jeans everyday, and really add a fun edge to dresses and skirts.
I’ve had these Sam Edelman booties for over 2 years and I wear them CONSTANTLY. They look amazing with skinny jeans everyday, and really add a fun edge to dresses and skirts.

Ok, bear with me on this one! I tried this Urban Outfitters jacket on, on a whim and was SHOCKED at how cute it was. It looks great with a black cami, skinny jeans and black booties.

Ok, bear with me on this one! I tried this Urban Outfitters jacket on, on a whim and was SHOCKED at how cute it was. It looks great with a black cami, skinny jeans and black booties.

I could only deny my need for prescription sunnies for so long. Luckily, Warby Parker offers these beauties. The best part is, for every pair sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. Another bonus- they offer at home try-on!

I could only deny my need for prescription sunnies for so long. Luckily, Warby Parker offers these beauties. The best part is, for every pair sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. Another bonus- they offer at home try-on!

This trio get thrown into the rotation at least once a week. They pretty much "go" with everything.

This trio get thrown into the rotation at least once a week. They pretty much “go” with everything.

 

I could go on, but instead I thought I’d help you with your Black Friday shopping! I managed to round up some similar pieces, only these have much friendlier price tags.

{vela drape necklace $98} madewell.com Free shipping AND 25% off until Monday!

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Free shipping AND 25% off until Monday!

 

{Mossimo Kinley Boot $24.48 - $34.99} target.com

{Mossimo Kinley Boot $24.48 – $34.99}
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{outbound jacket $148.00} madewell.com 25% off until Monday!

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25% off until Monday!

 

{Target Limited Edition Clutch in Silver $16.99} target.com Buy one get one 50% off women's boots and bags!

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Buy one get one 50% off women’s boots and bags!

I’m so happy to be a part of the Style Spies family and I can’t wait to bring you guys some more fashionspiration!

Happy shopping!

Signing off in Style from Chicago,

Jen

 

I’ve got a date with Cusp. Meet me there.

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I’m super excited about Thursday.  I have the pleasure of being a guest stylist at the Neiman Marcus Cusp event in Northbrook!  I’ll be helping anyone who wants it – putting together Fall outfits that are on trend, picking out just the right shoes or accessories so you can be ‘that girl’ at your next party………basically, you need help with your Fall wardrobe?  Come see me!

The theme is Rocker Chic, and as I’ve been doing a lot of personal shopping at Neiman’s lately – let me tell you – there is so much amazing stuff to choose from.  Cusp houses amazing designers from Alice + Olivia to DVF to Robert Rodriquez to AG denim; you can’t NOT pick something out that will complement your current closet.

Some things I’m loving right now in the Cusp department?  Don’t mind if I do.

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Robert Rodriguez Colorblock Faux Leather Dress, $425

Chic, elegant, two trends in one.  This season RR knocked it out of the park.

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DVF Karina Leather Panel Skirt, $375

For those who know me, they will agree I love a good mini skirt. Wear it with an oversize sweater, tights, and flat rocker-chic boots for day, and pumps with a lacy top for night!

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Generation Love Metallic Slit Sweater, $138

This is seriously one of my favorite new(er) designers. Anything she does I’m in love with, instantly.

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7 For All Mankind High-Shine Skinny jeans in Cabernet, $198

These ROCK. Must.get.in.my.closet. #thankyouverymuch

Finally – something that has already made it into my closet from Cusp Neiman Marcus?  This amazing tweed vest by Rebecca Taylor.  A little edgy but the tweed sweetens it up  - I can’t wait to wear this with just a tee shirt and leather paneled skinnies.  It’s an investment piece for sure…..I know navy tweed will last forever!

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Rebecca Taylor Tweed Motorcycle Vest, $425

 

I hope I’ve piqued your interest – please come see me Thursday at CUSP in Neiman Marcus Northbrook.  Aside from seeing me – there will be a fashion illustrator there (I’m not-so-secretly really excited about this), some treats, a braid bar (I’ll definitely be leaving with a sick braid people), and a rock violinist.  SO COOL!!  You can’t miss it.

So let’s review:

What?  Cusp Event

Where?  Neiman Marcus Northbrook

When?  12-4pm

Who?  ME, styling YOU for Fall 2013

 

Signing off in Style,

Mollie

 

Recycle your Summer Black Maxi Dress for Fall

It is the week after Labour Day and I am sure a lot of you might be putting away your whites… but you don’t have to put away your black maxi summer dress quite yet! You know that one long dress you have in your closet that’s an easy summer wear? I have been playing around with other items in my closet to see how I can wear it for fall and this is what I have come up with.

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Here is my black simple jersey maxi dress.

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Here it is layered with a denim vest (that used to be a jacket) and my new neutral animal print scarf. All ready for fall!

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Here is the dress layered with my favorite grey cardigan and my tribal print scarf for a pop of color and style.

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Here it is with a pinkish crocheted sweater over it. The sweater is quite slouchy and I like to wear it off one shoulder so you can still see the black dress underneath. Looks very stylish and is just so simple!

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Here is the dress layered with another sweater that is not slouchy so the dress doesn’t do any peekaboos on top, but keeps the lines long and lean. Long necklace adds to the long line.

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Another sweater look. Grab your striped sweater from your closet, add a belt around your waist and voila! Instant outfit.

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Here is one last look. Throw over the dress your favorite graphic tee, pair with a pair of boots and your ready to go! A jean jacket would complete this look I think!

You can create these looks with items you have in your closet and any color maxi dress you have really. Just play around and see what you come up with. We would love to see your looks you have created! Please post on our Facebook page.

 

Signing off in Style from Miami

Anna

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