Street Style: a Pop of Red

I caught a quick glimpse of this woman's outfit this morning on my commute and had to take a quick photo because this qualifies as an outstanding outfit.

She's wearing a pop of red with these awesome cropped pants ... and even though the rest of her pieces are more understated, they still have great visual interest: the shirt has tiny polka dots and the smoking slippers she's wearing have a pattern to them that brings all the colors together.

(All product images courtesy of retailers as follows)

(1) Polka dot chambray shirt
(2) Faux leather tote
(3) Plaid loafers
(4) Red skinny ankle pants

Girl ... you're wearing the PERFECT outfit for the transition from summer to fall. SNAPS.

Lover.ly Style Challenge: 3 Unique Wedding Looks [on a budget, too]

I am sooo excited to share this challenge with y'all!  So recently Lover.ly, an online wedding inspiration mecca, reached out to me and issued a challenge to me: take photos that they sent me of three distinct wedding themes and create bridal looks that match the scene.

I of course took it one step further and decided to create each of these looks on a budget. Because of course I would!

The three themes they gave me are: Rustic Chic, a Beach Affair, and City Glam.

Up first: Rustic Chic.
This theme is not unlike my wedding ... my husband and I were married on a farm, and it was full of rustic touches. This theme is probably my favorite! It's just so sweet and romantic. I picked this dress because I actually wish it was around when I got married!


Dress: evangeline dress from BHLDN, $260
Bracelet: amelie sparkle bracelet from Stella and Dot, $39
Earrings: pop geo chandelier earrings from Stella and Dot, $49
Hair accessories: bobby pins from LOFT, $14.50

Heels: lace heels from Modcloth, $39.99
TOTAL: $404.49


Next: a Beach Affair.
Oh my gosh ... beach weddings are to die for. There's something so effortless about seaside nuptials, isn't there? For a wedding like this, you've got to go with simple, flowy pieces and keep everything easy breezy. This dress would be amazing blowing in the ocean breeze.

Dress: strapless dress from Modcloth, $230
Bracelets: bangles from LOFT, $14.99
Earrings: drop earrings from Stella and Dot, $29
Sandals: jeweled sandals from Zappos, $99
Belt: wedding sash from Etsy, $75
TOTAL: $447.99



And last, but certainly not least: City Glam.
The great thing about a city wedding is that you can totally play off of the sleek architecture and your ultra modern surroundings. City weddings make me think of white, candles, metallics and crazy chicness. I chose this dress because it reminds me of the way the sun dances and glitters off the water in the harbor downtown ...



Dress: one-shoulder beaded dress from Nordstrom, $298
Hair accessories: crystal hairpins from Ruche, $12.99 
Earrings: fiona earrings from Stella and Dot, $39
Bracelet: pave bracelet from Piperlime, $48
Heels: sandals from Nine West, $59.95
TOTAL: $457.94

Three totally different bridal looks each under $500. I hope Lover.ly feels that I have successfully completed this challenge :)

PS - you can check out all of my favorites on Lover.ly right here.

PPS - if you're in the market for a wedding gown, Lover.ly's a great place to start browsing for dresses.

Fall = time for buffalo plaid

Okay, people ... Old Navy is tugging at my heartstrings today. The Angela Chase 90s adolescent girl deep down inside me. I had to order this dress as soon as I saw it.

And then naturally, I had to dream up an entire outfit around the darn thing.

(All product images courtesy of retailers as follows)

1. Old Navy plaid dress
2. Stella and Dot rebel pendant
4. Old Navy crossbody bag
5. Old Navy black tights

Nouveau Navajo at Bauble Bar

Sigh ... I am really loving these new American Indian-inspired pieces from Bauble Bar:

The sacajawea amulet


The navajo fringe moon bib necklace


The ruby kinaalda bib necklace


The opal arrowhead collar


The tortoise palenque collar


The turquoise colorado cuff


The desert ruby gem cuff


The turquoise alamo cuff


The spiked chieftess drop earrings


The hopi feather drops

(All images courtesy of Bauble Bar)

Fresh-squeezed juice from Piperlime

BIG news from Piperlime today, my lovelies ... they've totally revamped their site and will be returning to their roots, featuring picks from some of the most chic style authorities every day for the next 25 days.

Up first is Chrissy Teigen ... you can shop all of her picks right here.

(Image courtesy of Piperlime)

They're also going to share even more street style snaps and inspiration from some of the most social media-savvy bloggers and influencers out there. 

Another interesting announcement: As part of the site rejuvenation, the first-ever in-house Piperlime Collection, consisting of 68 pieces priced from $34 to $170, will launch in September on the Piperlime website and at their NYC store. So excited about that!

PS - you can buy the animal print coat that Chrissy is wearing -- which is part of the collection -- right now...no need to wait. I'll be sure to share the rest of the Piperlime Collection as soon as it hits the "shelves."

Home Office Makeover with Poppin

I am sooo excited to share my new home office with y'all!  Recently I became so frustrated with my desk that I just had to do something about it.



Here's what it looked like "before" ...



As you can see, I really don't have all that much space. 



I actually share this little corner of our apartment with my husband, whose desk is right next to mine. Since he frequently does design work from home, his stuff is always everywhere. His books and other random items often end up on my desk (psst ... this drives me crazy!). 

Overall, it's just so lackluster and boring!



I didn't have much money to spend, but I wanted to choose some small pieces that would still make a big impact and cheer up my workspace. I headed over to Poppin and browsed their selection of gorgeous, streamlined products and the countless colors they have to choose from. 

And now for the "after" ... I am so happy with how it turned out!



As you can see, I went with their aqua collection of products. Y'all know how much I love seafoam green, so this color just felt right. 


From left to right:


These stacking letter trays are the perfect place for my notebooks.



I especially love Poppin's soft cover notebooks, too ... not sure if you can spot it, but mine is peeking out from inside my new accessory tray.



(All images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

Okay ... so it's not the most dramatic transformation, but it feels so good to just add some pops of color to my desk and organize everything! Sometimes small changes can still make a difference. 

Do you have a home office? What does it look like?

Things That Pinterest Me

Here's this week's installment of:




(Pinterest logo courtesy of Pinterest, of course)

One of my favorite examples of new Hollywood glamour is Lily Collins ... she's just so darn chic. 









PS - more glamour this way

Ruche Summer-to-Fall Transitions

We're entering into that time of year where the days will start to get a little shorter and a little cooler. It's my favorite time of year, but it can totally present a wardrobe challenge.

So, in order to help you transition stylishly from summer to fall, Ruche has laid out the perfect pieces that you can wear both now and later.


(Product images courtesy of Ruche)

Outfit #1
5. fedora

Outfit #2

Outfit #3

Falling for plaid

I really feel like plaid is going to be one of my favorite things this fall. I know that sounds obvious and basic, but we're actually seeing plaid in unexpected silhouettes and color palettes this year. 

Case in points: these almost harem-like plaid pants from Asos.

(Image courtesy of Asos)

LAST DAY: 40 percent off during LOFT friends and family

Today's your last chance to take 40% off EVERYTHING at LOFT during their friends and family sale with code SHAREIT at checkout.

Let's just take a moment to gaze at the prettiness ...














(Images courtesy of LOFT)