Category Archives: Fashion

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

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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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

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!

Prismsport Workout/Yoga Gear Giveaway!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Just to make sure no one suffers from the Monday Blues, we are doing a Giveaway!

As most of you know, we are big fans of Prismsport (here and here) and want to share the love …

Prismsport is our new favorite! Why? They are seamless (genius!). They are FUN and come in various colors and prints. The wide waistbands cover and don’t roll down. They are eco-freindly. And lastly, the are everywhere!

We are giving away our favorite Twilight Sports Bra and matching Capri Legging (size M (6-8) as seen below.

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Giveway begins Monday, August 4th at 9:00am CST and ends Sunday August 10th at Midnight CST.

To Enter:

Head over to Erin and Mollie on Instagram – Follow and Repost on your feed.

Not on Instagram?? Follow us on Facebook and comment below with your favorite collection of Prismsport found here.

We will announce the winner both here and on Instagram Monday, August 11th!

Hope everyone had a great weekend …

Happy Monday – Get your workout on!

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.

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