May 30, 2012

Lookbook: Red, White and Dots

What I'm Wearing
oasap Polka Dot Blouse - big polka dots here and cute polka dot bow blouse
gifted Madewell Colorpop Jeans and love the neon yellow and pink version
Christian Louboutin Ron Ron pumps (similar) (under $100) (Look for less YSL Tributes for under $100)
t+j Designs Delicate Link Necklace ($18!), Gold Edge Bangle, Black Enamel Square Bangle
Butter London nail polish: Yummy Mummy and Trout Pout

Took these photos about a month ago when we were having a beautiful sunny day, which if you know Seattle is a rarity in early spring.  Definitely looking forward to more of those days!  And it's a fun day for us over at t+j Designs because we've got new arrivals!  I've been wearing our new teardrop necklaces nonstop, they are so much fun!  Check them out and all our new styles.

I also posted about an unexpected favorite, bell bottom jeans on my latest post on the Smarter blog.  Check it out here!

May 29, 2012

Designer shoe sale!

It's my favorite time of the year... Designer shoe sale!  As usual, I did the pre-sale with my Nordstrom Sales Associate (see my shoe shopping video from the last shoe sale) and wanted to share with you guys which shoes I tried on and what will be going on sale!

First, here's the craziness that I was sitting in the middle of.  My SA is awesome, he gets all the size 5-5.5's that he think that I'll like and then brings them out to me and I spend the next hour or so just trying on the most fabulous shoes!
I'm not going to tell you which ones I ended up getting because I want to hear which ones YOU guys like best and see if I chose those ones :)  The actual sale starts tomorrow (Wednesday) so if you didn't do the pre-sale make sure to check out the sale at the store or online!

I don't know the pricing of everything because I looked at WAY too many shoes and didn't take notes but I found them online so I linked to them and the sale price will be about 33% to 40% off that price.

UPDATE: After I wrote this Saks and Neiman Marcus put their shoes on sale online already so if I found them, I linked to the sale ones in parentheses!

 Read more for the rest of my sale picks... there's a lot!

May 28, 2012

Lookbook: PS1 Orchid

What I'm Wearing
Zara Tweed Jacket  - also in mint.  There used to be four buttons on each side of the jacket but I cut the bottom ones off because I felt like it made me look even shorter.  Much better with the 3 buttons now.
gifted Dee & Ray tank - they are giving anyone that tweets to @draclothing a photo of them in the Audrey tank a $25 store credit to use at
gifted INDi jeans - take 35% off your order with code MEMORIALDAY12! code expires today.  These are completely custom fitted jeans and I can't even believe how amazingly well they fit.  I mean, I know that they are custom and even though they asked a lot of questions and took a lot of  measurements I still figured, how can a website make me jeans that fit my body?  Well, they did it and I love them!  I highly recommend trying them out if you have a hard time finding jeans that fit and price wise, they aren't even that much more than non-custom jeans.  They have new colored denim that I'm going to get next! 
Christian Louboutin New Simple Pumps - Also, love the Simple pumps if you don't want the extra platform (here as well in 3 colors).  I also recommend the Filo or if you like the larger double platform, the Bianca is a great choice.  Also, check out the gorgeous glitter pumps!
Proenza Schouler PS1 Keep All small - There's also a large size.  My color is orchid which is available in the regular PS1 bag.
t+j Designs Bamboo Bangle Set and Silver Crystal Heart Studs
Also, last day to save 30% on all sale items!  Use code MDAY30.  Shop here.

Finally the reveal of my new bag!  I posted about wanting either the Prada or the Proenza Schouler and I ended up falling for the PS1 Keep All first!  After seeing this color but in the PS1 messenger bag I knew I wanted it but found that it was impossible to find anywhere.  I finally went on ebay and there she was!  I'm not a huge ebay-er and I don't often buy designer items for fear of buying fakes but with the pictures and the seller feedback, I was confident and when I received the bag, I was VERY happy!  Turns out that the seller is also a youtube subbie of mine as she knew who I was when I purchased the bag!  Such a funny small internet world.  I've already taken it on a couple of business trips and I love that it gives my work/travel outfits a bit of color but also is able to carry all my files and other crap I have to carry with me.  It's a fabulous bag and I adore it!

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May 25, 2012

J Crew and Gap Sale shopping

Another dressing room post... I know, however it's crazy sale time this weekend and I had to go to Bellevue yesterday so stopped by the mall and found lots of great deals so I wanted to share so you could take advantage before they all end on Monday.

First off, I stopped by GAP because they enticed me with their 40% off sale signs and was loving all the bright colors that I spotted in the window.

I'm a sucker for bright shorts so I grabbed these right when I walked in.  The ikat shorts are super cute too but since I tend to wear a lot of brights in the summer, I bought the pink ones with the orange tee (that neon orange is my new favorite color!). 
on the left:
Mercer Neon V-Neck (XS) & Printed Canvas Short (size 00) - both 40% off in stores

on the right:

Read more for the rest of my GAP and J Crew finds...

May 24, 2012

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Haul!

Did some shopping yesterday at the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale and wanted to share my finds!

Love these two from Via C.  The silky Rag & Bone top is a bit pajama-y but in a good way.  The sequin cardigan fits really well and although I do like sequins and sparkle (I was even wearing my sequin heels that day!) I'm a little hesitant on this as it is very sparkly in person but I got it anyway.  Going to try pairing it with stuff in my closet to see how I can make it work.
Rag & Bone Contrast Trim Shirt (40% off) - wearing the XS
Rachel Zoe Sequin Cardigan (60% off) - wearing the Petite (another Rachel Zoe sequin top on sale!)

(If you are wondering about the rest of my outfit, I'm wearing Current Elliott jeans with a Shop Sosie dress that I tucked in to make a top, Manolo Blahnik Sequin heels and t+j Designs Leatherette Heart Pendant Necklace)

Read more for the rest of my buys!

May 23, 2012

Whole Living: 3 Day Reboot Detox

I love to cook but now that my schedule has been so busy, the last thing I want to do after working 16 hours a day is to get in the kitchen and cook.  This has led us to eating out more than we like and I was feeling a bit lethargic and not so healthy in general.  I recently subscribed to Whole Living magazine and I'm obsessed with it.  I read every single article and have really changed our food and eating habits because of it.  I came across this "detox" that sounded perfect for me.  From the magazine:
"New Year’s resolutions a distant memory? Whether you want to recommit to a healthier eating regimen or simply treat your body to some R&R, our three-day reboot is a delicious way to do it."
image via whole living
Last week, I did the 3 day reboot and the rest of the week I stuck to a generally healthy diet.  I ended up losing 3 pounds during the week (which to be honest, was probably just water weight) but not only that, I just feel a lot more "cleaner", healthier and energized.

Read more for my thoughts and tips on the detox...

May 22, 2012

Shop the Trend: Cap Toes

Following yesterday's post, my obsession with cap toe pumps continues... do you guys ever buy a certain style of something and get obsessed with finding more of it?  That's me.  I do it all the time.  Anyway, in my hunt of cap toes, I found quite a few lovelies that I thought I'd share! 

The Classiques pair are a great look for less of my Chanel pumps!  They are great for work and at less than $150 each, you could invest in two colors!

Love the gold and silver cap toes from these ASOS pumps.  The pink stripes and the dots are so fun!  (oh and they're just around $100!)

I pinned these Stuart Weitzman Mary Jane pumps awhile back and I still love them!

I think I may like these Vince Camuto pumps the best.  I'm loving the gold on gold and then the jewels on the black pair are gorgeous and unexpected!

May 21, 2012

Shoe Collection: Chanel Cap Toes

I'm a total classic pump kind of girl.  Even though you'd think they'd all be the same, they are all different to me in some way.  I fell in love with these the moment that I saw them and they are just perfect to me. 

I got mine at Nordstrom and unfortunately they aren't sold online (I don't think any Chanel merchandise is except for cosmetics, vintage jewelry and vintage bags) but I was there this weekend and they still had them AND they now have them in several colors!  I love these two and they also had them in white with black cap toes.
They were definitely a splurge and I spent a full week contemplating if I should keep them or not but I was thoroughly convinced after one of my favorite enablers told me "You can wear them forever... You can be buried in them."  I laughed but had to agree.  :)

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May 18, 2012

Lookbook: Chiffon

What I'm Wearing
LC Lauren Conrad Chiffon Blazer - I'm wearing the 0 but it does run on the small side, the boyfriend blazer that you saw on yesterday's post is a 0 as well but is much roomier.
Zara Butterfly Top (old) - another butterfly print top from Zara or very similar from F21 (and only $7.80!) or love this peachy butterfly print blouse.
Rag & Bone Zipper Jeans - also in blue.  I also got these waxed jeans that look like leather.  I love them!  Such a cheaper alternative than getting actual leather pants.  Oh and the capri fit of Rag & Bone jeans fit me perfectly!  I never have to get them hemmed.  (I know that I can't wear them until next fall but they are over 50% off and for rag & bone jeans, I get them anytime they are on sale!)
Manolo Blahnik pumps - also adore these cap toe pumps and I'm reaallly tempted to get these hot pink ones.  Love!
t+j Designs Black & Gold Layer Necklace - this necklace is a lot lighter than it looks which I love.  I can't stand it when necklaces are too heavy and put strain on my neck so that I have to take it off during the day, that's why we like to design lightweight necklaces! :)
Nails: Julep Niecy (pink) & Julep Penelope (dots) - I got them in one of my Julep Maven boxes (my favorite monthly subscription box!) Get yours here for 1 CENT!  Use code SHAREONMAY  They are currently running a giveaway where you can win an iPad and all 80+ Julep colors!  I hope I win but if not, I hope you win!  Enter here!

It's not yet shorts season here but I can finally wear this chiffon blazer that I just love!  It's the perfect lightweight blazer and I love that the sheer-ness of it.  I have a lot of blazers but none like this.  I'll tell you I never expected to find one of my favorite pieces at Kohl's but I did!  It's also on super sale right now so I'd pick it up if I were you! :)

May 17, 2012

Kohl's Spring Trend Video

Back in March, Glam and Kohl's flew me out to New York to be in a fun video/photo shoot with a few other bloggers and the video is now up on Kohl's!

It was such a fun day and I got to meet and spend the day with some fabulous bloggers which is always nice.  We each had a trend and mine was the color blocking trend with white as the focus.  I adored all the outfits that they brought for me but loved the two that I ended up in as they are totally my kind of outfits.

This one was my favorite of the two.  As you may know, I love blazers and after the shoot, I got to bring this home with me and it's been such a staple in my closet!  You've seen it on me here and in cream here.  And those shorts were so cute, all the girls at the shoot wanted them too!

LC Lauren Conrad Blazer | Jennifer Lopez tank | Shorts: Elle (similar) | Wedges: Rock and Republic (similar) | Simply Vera Vera Wang Necklace (similar)

White jeans can be impossible to find because you want the fit to be just right so how happy was I to find that these Rock and Republic jeans fit fantastic!  It was super cold and rainy that day but I loved being inside in this very springtime outfit.
Jennifer Lopez tee and tank | Rock & Republic jeans (adore the leopard print ones too!) and wedges (similar) | Simply Vera Vera Wang Necklace (similar)

The fun group of girls I got to hang out with!  Doesn't everyone look fabulous?  In the middle is our fabulous stylist and Glam's fashion director, Nola, who is in the video with me.

My trip to NYC was short but I had so much fun every single moment!  And I will admit that this shoot turned me into a permanent Kohl's shopper as I loved all the clothes that not only I was wearing but what the other girls were wearing too!

May 15, 2012

Color Crush: Yellow

I've never been much of a yellow person until this past year and now I can't get enough of it.  I especially love yellow accessories (one of my favorite shoes are my bright yellow Louboutin pumps) and I keep on spotting pieces that I love!

6} RED Valentino Print Canvas Clutch- 30% off
(and there's a larger version too!)

May 14, 2012

Lookbook: Love and Hearts

What I'm Wearing
* Romwe Heart Print Bow Blouse - this top sold out when I bought it and they brought it back but looks like limited quantity.  I was hesitant about the quality before I purchased but when I got it, I was pleasantly surprised!   Similar here in navy blue and cute in pink too.
* Zara Trousers
*Jimmy Choo point-toe pumps - Loving Jimmy Choo this season I want these pumps!  Or for a look for less, LOVE these Dolce Vita pumps!
*Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM
t+j Designs Jewelry:
- Rose Gold Pretty Ring
- Rose Gold Turquoise Cushion Ring
- Rose Gold Love Necklace

Just a simple work outfit but had to share one of my new favorite tops.  I find that heart prints are difficult to wear in a grown up way but this top is one of the few that I can actually wear to a client meeting.  I've been living out of a suitcase lately and I mostly just packed these type of blouses.  I can't get enough of them!  I'm just loving all the different colors and prints.  Plus, they are just so easy to pack and look great for work or pair them with jeans for dinner.  And if you missed it, check out my travel packing tips post to see how I pack my suitcase.

I'm not traveling this week so hoping to get lots done.  And we just launched a whole bunch of new arrivals today!  Check it out, so many pretty pieces! :)  Happy Monday!

May 11, 2012

Lookbook: Lace Pants and Sale Finds!

What I'm Wearing
Top: ASOS - no longer available, cute BCBG top in a pretty blue.  This Forever 21 top is a great option for the summer and love all the colors!  For $13.80 I think I'll pick up two colors!
Pants: ASOS Lace Skinny Pants - on sale!  These lace pants are gorgeous as well (love that teaberry color) but I haven't had much luck with ASOS regular sizing pants.  They run a bit big so if you are my size, stick with the petite sizing.
Shoes: Gucci Hollywood Pumps (in beige logo) - you can also get the "new hollywood pumps" in black and nude and they look a bit more comfortable because of the small platform in front.
Bag: Miu Miu Bow Bag - on another note, I love this mint Miu Miu clutch!
Jewelry: t+j Designs Round Champage Crystal Earrings and Luxe Mult-color Crystal Trio Bangles  and YSL Arty Too ring (no longer available, similar here)

I don't usually combine posts but with my lack of time I thought I'd share a lookbook and a sale alert all at once! :)

Read more to see my J Crew sale finds!

May 9, 2012

My Nephew!

** Last Chance to enter my Ebates giveaway for $150!**

I spent the first part of last week on a business trip and then made an impromptu stop in Chicago to see my sister and my nephew!  I was originally going to come out in June but once he was here, I knew I couldn't wait until then to see him.  Grant is just the sweetest thing and my sister is doing great for only having him a week ago (and yes, doesn't she look amazing too?!)  I adooooore him and just can't believe that he's here!

You may have already seen pictures on Jen's blog but I had to share too!
I'm wearing Zara shirt and J Crew Capris.  My mom is wearing this Zara coat, isn't it so cute on her?

A close up of his little kicks because they're too darn cute :)

I've been a bit preoccupied with multiple things going on in my life so I'm not blogging or twittering as much lately but keep up with me on Facebook or Pinterest! If you are on pinterest, leave me your page so I can follow your boards! 

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May 8, 2012

Dress Obsessed

I'm so happy the sun is out and I get to wear dresses again!  Doing a little online shopping and wanted to share my picks.

I had a few people ask me about strapless bras and what brand/style I prefer to wear but to tell you the truth, I can't stand strapless bras.  I have never found one that doesn't slide down and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  Since a few summers ago, I switched to bandeau bras to wear underneath dresses and tops that usually call for strapless bras and I love it!  The fun part about bandeau bras is you can get so many fun colors so it can add a bit of an unexpected pop of color and it's not weird looking if it pops out.  In fact, I try to make it part of the outfit most of the time.  You can see how I wear it in this lookbook from a few summers ago.

If you are needing a bit of coverage, there are quite a few that do have cups built in.  I actually really like these cheapies from Forever 21 and I always pick up a few different colors for the summer.  Trust me when I tell you on a super hot day, these are so much more comfortable to wear than a regular bra.  Once you try it, I'm sure you'll thank me! :)

Buy it here and polka dots here!  I also have a few lace ones which actually look great underneath a too-low v-neck top.  This one is my favorite.

I like how they paired it underneath a sheer top like this.  I'm not brave enough to wear it like this, well maybe on vacation on a resort where I wouldn't be seeing many people :)  But I do think it's a cute option!
Buy it here - $2.80!

I also wrote about my favorite maxi dresses over on the Smarter blog.  Check it out here!

May 3, 2012

Lauren Conrad Style

I admit to being a Laguna Beach addict back in the day.  I loved the high school drama, relationships, friendships, etc... What I didn't expect was to end up loving the style of one of the girls from the show.  Of course I'm talking about Lauren Conrad who, in the past few years, I've come to adore her style and am always looking at my celebrity magazines to see what she's wearing.

This is one of my favorite of her recent outfits.  I'm totally going to recreate it soon!

I love this casual maxi dress look and her hair always looks great too.  I love the loose waves.

Even her casual outfits are so chic.  I love her sunglasses, anyone know what brand those are?

I think it's cute how she's even got her own signature style with her top knot and cat eye liner.

So tell me, were you on "Team LC" or "Team Kristen"?  :)

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May 2, 2012

Double Cash Back + Win $150!

It's a busy week so just popping in to say hi but most importantly to post a fabulous giveaway to say thanks so much for reading my blog! 

Thanks to ebates for partnering with me to give away $150!  I know you want some cash to do some shopping right? :)  And if you aren't already signed up with ebates, I am here to convince you to start!  All you have to do is to sign up (referral link) and before you buy something, search for the store on ebates, click through and then you'll get a % of your order back into your ebates account!  And it's all cash back, no collecting points or anything crazy like that, just straight up cash back so it's like you are always getting extra savings when you shop, all with just one little click.

Also, check out the Double Cash Back offers for Mother's day!  J Crew is 6% cash back,  Sephora is 8%, Nordstrom, Saks and Macy's are all 6% as well!  I definitely do the majority of my shopping and present shopping online so I love double cash back times. 

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to join ebates using my referral link.  If you've already joined using my link, then no need to do anything, you are already entered.  Unfortunately I can't accept entries if you are already an ebates member but not through my referral as this is the only way that the ebates team and I can track the correct entries.  Oh and if you need an extra incentive to join, if you use my link, you will get an extra $5 in your account after your 1st purchase!

That's it!  Good luck!  I'll choose a winner on Monday 5/7 and will contact by email so make sure you check the email that you signed up with!

I am not sponsored or affiliated with ebates in any way other than them supplying the giveaway prize. I just really really love ebates and want to share the awesome-ness! 

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