Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orientation, Stripes, and Summer Endings

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger (similar); Sandals: Tory Burch (similar); Handbag: Kooba (similar); 
Shades: Prada; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot (1/2)

Last week we took McKinley to his preschool orientation. We thought it was a 45 minute meet and greet with the teacher, parents, and other children in his classroom. Boy were we wrong! Instead, it was a 45 minute introduction for just him! We dropped him off and had no idea what to do with our time! So to take my mind off of it, and to try and stop the tears, I suggested blog photos. Hey, a mama's gotta do what a mama's gotta do, right?

We picked up him a little later and he was so excited about his time spent at school! We were so thankful!





 


As a side note to this post, yesterday was the official first day and it was an emotional day and night. I'm hoping that orientation excitement will return in the coming weeks. Here's to Kleenox and wine!

Oh, and I'm loving this nautical print dress! A perfect look as the sun starts to set on a summer of fun looks!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is So Me!

Dress: Rachel Zoe (similar); Heels: Calvin Klein; Handbag: Ann Taylor (borrowed from mom);
Necklaces: LOFT/Tory Spelling (similar); Bracelets: J.Crew/BaubleBar/Kate Spade; 
Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs; Nail Color: Chanel  Black Satin; Lip Color: Clinique Red Drama

Last week I attended a blogging event with area bloggers at the Kate Spade store on the Plaza. I just love these events! I get to chat with friends, meet new ones, and with this event...shop!! I got the cutest little bracelet featured below and it is so me! Speaking of so me, I think this look is so me! A 60s shift dress, awesome heels, layers of jewels, and a large handbag. Yep, this is totally me!



 

How cute is that little bangle?? It reads "I Dare You" and that pretty much sums me up!



 

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Happy Place

 Jumpsuit: Liberty of London via Target (similar); Jacket: Wrangler (my mom's/similar); 
Sandals: Tory Burch; Handbag: Pour La Victoire (similar); Shades: ULTA (similar);
Bracelets: Silpada/Millsaps/Banana Republic

Every time I wear this jumpsuit, it makes me so happy! I think it's the bold, crazy, incredibly cheerful floral that just makes me smile. This may be a very memorable prints, a piece that is limited in its styling, and the most far out print imaginable, but I don't care. It's my happy place!




Jumpsuit: Before and After

http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-bold-floral.html


Happy Monday Fashionistas!
XOXO

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Beach Is Still Calling

Sweatshirt: J.Crew Factory (on sale); Shorts: J.Crew Factory (sunny option); 
Tee: J.Crew (similar/on sale); Sandals: Tory Burch (similar); Bag: Kooba (similar); 
Shades: ULTA (similar
  
We have had the most incredible weather this week! Low 80s, hardly any humidity, and it has resulted in plenty of time spent playing outdoors. Luckily, the weather has been so pleasant that I was able to sport this awesome California beaches sweatshirt. I am honestly missing SoCal something awful right now, so when I wear this shirt, I feel a little bit closer to the area. Maybe next year we will be playing on one of those beaches on vacay!

This go around, I paired it with bright shorts and a striped tee. I liked the stripes and the graphic print together. I'm totally into mixed prints and continue to explore the options! For fall, I'm thinking skinny jeans and booties or pairing it with a pencil skirt and pumps! Now that's a look I can't wait to try!



The Shorts: Before and After

http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2014/07/west-coast-girl.html



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Tres Chic - Styling Booties


This month's installment of Tres Chic is all about booties! We realize it's only August, but it's never too early to wear booties! They come in all different shapes, sizes, and heel heights. They can be closed or peep toe, and come in leather or suede. With so many options, we need more than just the winter months to style them. What I love about Tres Chic is that you get three different perspectives which allows for optimum styling ideas!

Caitlin of Gussied Up looks darling in a romper, vest, and gray booties!! This is the perfect example of how to transition your summer wardrobe to fall! And her accessories are maj! I tell her all the time that she has the best necklace collection!

romper: loft | vest: old navy (old) similar here and here | booties: madewell and similar here
sunnies: ralph | bracelets: j.crew, stella and dot, and j.crew (old) but similar here
rings: vintage but similar here and david yurman
necklaces: stella and dot, nashelle, stella and dot, and dogeared


Lauren of Classy and Fab Girl went with bright whites and muted browns. I love the pop of color in her clutch! Come fall, switch out white denim for dark and you have a sleek day to night look! And if you look closely, Lauren and are I sporting the ever chic Stella & Dot Rebel pendant! I love it!

 {GAP – Jacket (similar)}; {GAP – White Jeans}; {Loft -top (similar)}; 
{Target – Boots}; {Stella & Dot – necklace}; {Stella & Dot – bracelet}; {Stella & Dot – clutch}

And here is how I styled my mine! I am in love with this look and can't wait to mix it up with different cardigans and booties. I actually have a look in mind and can't wait to try it out soon!! 

Sweater: Anthropologie (similar); Tank: Old Navy; Shorts: Rachel Zoe (similar);
Booties: Rebecca Minkoff (similar); Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs;
 Handbag: STEVEN by Steve Madden; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot
Ring: Tori Spelling (similar); Lip Color: MAC Ruby Woo

So what do you think of this month's Tres Chic challenge? Have a piece that you aren't quite sure how to style and want a some ideas? Let me know in the comments below and we will get it added to the list! 

Have a chic Wednesday!!
XOXO

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Transition to Fall....

Top: Anthropologie; Jeans: LOFT; Booties: ShoeDazzle; Handbag: Kooba (similar);
Bracelets: J.Crew (similar)/Stella & Dot; Necklace: Stella & Dot; Shades: Prada (similar)

Calling all Anthropologie shoppers! Today is a great day to stock up on all those pieces you've been eyeing, on sale or regular priced, because for today and today only they are offering FREE shipping on all orders! ALL ORDERS! Now that's something to celebrate! So let's get shopping!

Speaking of Anthropologie, I purchased this top a couple of weeks ago during their big summer sale. I love the soft fabric, the perforated faux leather, and the fact that it's a perfect piece to transition into fall. I love how it pops against the white denim, something I haven't been wearing much of this summer, and I can't wait to style it for fall. I'm thinking skinny jeans and tall boots. And, it's on sale right now for $30! (Speaking of bargains, let's talk about my shoes. I picked these babies up for $13!! That's right, $13! I love them!)


 



While we're talking about fall transition, I've picked some of my favorites from Anthropologie! They know how to do BOHO chic!!



Fall is knocking on your door and you better answer it! Time to get shopping!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall Trends As Seen in the The Zoe Report

There are so many things that I love about The Zoe Report! First off, Rachel Zoe is at the helm so you know you're getting the most stylish information around. Second, you get the best updates in beauty as well as fashion. And third, you are armed with the latest and greatest in the world of fashion must-haves. And that's what I'm bringing you today!

The Zoe Report rounded up all the must-have trends for fall so I picked all my affordable favorites to share with you. A lot of the items are already a part of my wardrobe, but I'm super excited to add a few more to the mix. Fall is honestly my favorite fashion season of all. So without further ado, let's get shopping!!

The Must-Have pieces are:
1) An A-Line Dress
 2) Wool Knits
3) A Jacket with 70s Flare
4) Trippy Psychedelic Prints
5) A Long Vest
6) Sloughy Wide Leg Pants 
7) Thigh Slit Skirts
  


Top: 
Dress: Ann Taylor; Jacket: Ann Taylor; Sweater: Vince
Bottom:
Skirt: Milly; Vest: H&M; Pants: Joie


Top:
Sweater: J.Crew; Jacket: Rachel Zoe; Skirt: Bella Luxx
Bottom:
Top/Skirt: H&M; Pants: H&M; Skirt: Skies Are Blue

Of the pieces seen above, my favorites are the skirt from Milly, the jacket from Rachel Zoe, and the top/skirt combo from H&M. All are darling though!! Which of the trends are you most excited to add to your closet?

Happy Monday!