Category Archives: Misc

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

Outfit by Athleta!

These two know the score.

With our neighbors whom we will miss greatly!


It’s really fun to play truck driver.


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  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.

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!)!


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!


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!

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!


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.


Jen was hyperventilating over this clutch.


And it totally does work with her outfit.

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


Style Spies & Actually Just Jennie love Voyeur by Vex!

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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

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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Shoe Lust: Vince

Out and about lately, I keep eyeing the same brand of shoes over and over again.  Vince.  Known for simplistic, high quality, and comfortable mens and womenswear, this brand is killing it in the footwear department this season.  I want each and every one of the shoes they made for spring!

My favorites:

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 Shop their collection for Spring here:

Signing off in Spring Shoe Style…….

Obsession: Ear Cuffs

I might be a little late to the game on this one, but I’m recently obsessed with ear cuffs.  I recently purchased my first pair from Shopbop, and as we’re headed to Las Vegas in a couple weeks you can be sure I’ll be rocking them there.  Some inspiration…..



the incredible Cara Delevigne (@caradelevingne on Instagram)



Taylor from The Wearist blog (a fellow Chicago girl)


Of course I had to include J Law.  Love her.


More @caradelevingne


Miss Emma Watson pulls it off without looking too edgy.


And the flawless Diane Kruger working it.

If these AMAZING celebrities can work this trend, so can I.  And so can you!  Here are a few of my favorites…..

Signing off in Style,

Fashion Meets Function. At Disneyworld.

This post was super fun to whip up.  I was recently asked to enter a fashion wardrobe challenge by travel expert Kendra Thornton.   Travel expert you say?  Yes – Kendra has been traveling her whole life, and prior to starting her own PR business (Thornton PR), she was the Director of Corporate Communications at  Currently she makes television appearances in NY, LA, and of course her hometown Chicago talking about great travel deals and tips.

But back to the challenge.  First of all, what stylist/fashionista doesn’t like a fashion wardrobe challenge?  Exactly – we all love one. I knew I had to participate.  Here are the details of Kendra’s Disney trip:

My Vacation Wardrobe Challenge: Fashion Meets Function

In a few weeks, I will be going on a family trip to Orlando! Home of the world-famous Disneyworld. I will be spending my nights in Downtown Disney, a trendy little escape full of unique restaurants and quirky shops. I have decided to set up Kendra’s Fashion Challenge so that I can find the perfect outfit to wear on a night out. As a mother, I find function to be important. On the other hand, I want to look fashionable as well. I would love some help putting together the perfect outfit for a night in Downtown Disney!

The night out will include a trip to Rainforest Café. This is a fabulous little restaurant that allows you to dine in the middle of a tropical rainforest. Surrounding us will be giant butterflies, elephants, lizards and gorillas. In the middle of your meal, you just might catch a sudden rainstorm, complete with thunder and lightning. From what I have been told, this is realistic as you can get when you are looking for a rainforest-themed dinner. Rainforest Café serves American cuisine and even a few fusion-style dishes. I cannot wait to make memories with my family that will last a lifetime.

Orlando is an amazing travel destination, especially if you have a family with younger children. There is so much to do and see here – but you have to dress the part. Going out for a nice dinner and spending the day walking through an amusement park require very different outfits. Perhaps a conservative skirt or a nice pair of slacks is suitable for dinner.      Comfort is the key, but you also want to look fantastic. Choosing the perfect outfit will make my evening in Downtown Disney much more fun!


Though this challenge is only about Kendra’s nightime attire, I know that a lot of people wonder what they should wear all day at Disneyworld as well.  So – this is my Polyvore board for Kendra’s daytime look.  I know she’ll be on and off rides, in and out of theaters, so taking that into account, voila!  A hat and shades to protect from the sun, a big bag to hold all of her goodies (and kid stuff), a denim jacket just in case it’s chilly in the morning or even in those theaters, and of course some comfy yet chic sandals for walking around the park all day.


For night, Kendra will be out and about at Downtown Disney.  Having been there myself, it’s definitely a casual spot, but I believe that one should get a little dressed up at night.  Especially on vacation.  She won’t want to get too dressy since she’ll be dining with kids at the Rainforest Cafe, but she’ll want to have a nighttime edge for sure.  Key pieces here are this amazing dress by Young Fabulous and Broke (I want this for me!), these wedge peep toe booties by Ash, and you can’t bypass the fun gold statement necklace (which, by the way is only $30!).  Don’t forget the red lipstick to really complete the look.  Personally, this Jungle Red by Nars is amazing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Polyvore boards and gotten some inspiration for yourself – and I hope Kendra loves these looks for her trip!  If you’re interested in booking a trip like Kendra’s to this amazing travel destination, click through!  This is the exact site she used — it’s effortless to book everything.
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Signing off in Style,
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