Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Print Crazed

 Vest: H&M (fun option); Sweater: French Connection (similar here); 
Boyfriend Jeans: Loft (similar here 25% off); Booties: Sam Edelman (similar here); 
Necklaces: Stella & Dot

A couple of weeks ago, the guys and I headed down to Crown Center for a day of fun! We had lunch at Fritz's, spent several hours exploring Legoland, and then headed over to Union Station to check out McKinley's favorite exhibit, the model trains. Oh, and we were hosting Flat Stanley so he went with us. Are you familiar with Flat Stanley? He's a school project for most grade schools kids and this our third time hosting Stan!

I thought it was going to be a little warmer than it actually was, so I opted for my heaviest faux fur vest. I regretted my decision the minute I stepped outside. I didn't regret the look, just wished I had planned a coat instead. This from the gal that's hating coats these days! 




The Vest: Before and After

     http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2014/11/one-dress-two-holiday-looks.html

 
 Vest: H&M (fun option); Sweater: French Connection (similar here); 
Boyfriend Jeans: Loft (similar here 25% off); Booties: Sam Edelman (similar here); 
Necklaces: Stella & Dot

There are so many things going on with this look, but I love every bit of it!  There's mixed textures and mixed prints and I love that they go together but don't at the same time. I'm not scared to go a little crazy from time to time!

Stay warm out there today! It's freezing in KC! And snowing.....

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Huge Shopbop Sale - Clear Your Calendar


Clear your calendar everyone! It's time to shop for spring!! Shopbop is hosting their "Big Event" this week and it starts today! Here are all the deets:

The sale starts today March 3rd and runs through Sunday March 8th until 4:00AM EST! Get your friends and family together for this one because the bigger the order the more you save! How much do you save? See below....

You save 15% with purchase over $250
You save 20% with purchase over $500
You save 25% with purchase over $1000

Click this link to get the specific coupon code to use for this amazing sale!

I have been scouring the site for all of my favorites and I can't wait to fill my cart full! I've put together all of the pieces I would love to have! 


 

 Top Row: Clutch/Heels/Shades/Tote
Middle Row: Heels/Shades/Bracelet/Sandals
Bottom Row: Handbag/Heels/Clutch

In addition to my picks, Shopbop has provided some of their best sellers as well!

The Marc by Marc Jacobs Loco Domo Packrat Backpack.  A 5th & Mercer Long sleeve Dress. It comes in four colors. I love the black and blue versions! A gorgeous DVF Zarita Lace Dress. It also comes in four colors and I adore the navy! A BB Dakota Lillian Drapey Front Jacket and I want ALL four colors!! And, it's under $100!

So now that you are armed with all the information you need for this amazing event, what on earth are you going to buy??? I can't wait to discuss! Please share your favorites with all of us and what you truly ended up purchasing. And, I would LOVE to know if it was one of my picks or one of theirs!

Happy Shopping, Fashionista's!! Get to it!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Updated Sweats

 Sweatshirt: Etiquette Boutique (check their store/similar here); 
Denim Top: J.Crew Factory; Sweatpants: JCPenney (similar here);
 Sneakers: Target (similar here); Shades: MbyMJ  (similar here)
 
Ever have one of those days were you aren't going to leave the house, except for maybe a quick grocery run, but you don't feel the need to throw on jeans?  That was me last week. I've been working hard to fill my freezer with ready made meals, I spent a week cooking, and I just couldn't bring myself to "dress up" to cook. So, I reached for my new floral sweatshirt, denim button down, and the coziest sweatpants (that aren't really sweatpants) that I recently purchased. This is definitely an updated version of sweats!

I am loving this floral sweatshirt from Etiquette Boutique! The prints is so subtle, such a great neutral, and so chic! And these sweatpants! I love that they feel like sweats, but are tapered to give you a more fitted pant than the sweats of our youth. I can definitely see them dressed up with my faux leather top or leather moto jacket. I can't wait to style them in dressier ways!


 
 
Sweatshirt: Etiquette Boutique (check their store/similar here); 
Denim Top: J.Crew Factory; Sweatpants: JCPenney (similar here);
 Sneakers: Target (similar here); Shades: MbyMJ  (similar here)

What do you think of my updated sweats look? Is this something you could see yourself wearing when you just aren't feeling the jeans? How you would style them differently? Please share!

Happy Monday, Fashionista's!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Last Minute LBD Look

Ever need a last minute look? Do you have a go-to piece for such an occasion? I do and that's the Little Black Dress or LBD. I've said it before, an LBD is a wardrobe staple. Every girl should have one in her midst. The LBD can run the gamut of dressy to casual, cotton to leather, and everywhere in between. I happen to live in my leather LBD and I love styling it in various ways. 

In keeping with this last minute theme, I am bringing you a last minute post with a last minute LBD, and a few pieces I would grab to style it! Three things are all you need: a statement necklace, a neutral clutch, and fun shoes. That's it. You are out the door!

Dress: BB Dakota via Dailylook; Necklace: BaubleBar; Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff via Piperlime;
Shoes: Joes Jeans via Sole Society

See how I've styled my own leather dress here, here, and here! This is why you need one STAT! And this faux leather version above is a great option!

Happy Shopping!!

Tinseltown, Here I Come!

Do any of you watch award season religiously? Or should I ask, does anyone watch the Red Carpet coverage religiously? This girls does and has for years! I will never forget the year I discovered the Red Carpet on E! and their post award show coverage. I was glued to my TV for hours! And I've been a faithful viewer ever since. And I must admit, now a days, I almost prefer the Red Carpet to the actual show.

With the arrival of Fashion Police in 2010, the Red Carpet coverage changed forever. Yes, we still have our four hour coverage prior to the show, but Fashion Police truly put designers and celebrities in the spotlight. It's comical, or at least intended to be, but also incredibly informative when shedding light on designs, designers, runway and couture pieces, and proper fittings on said dresses. I've learned so about fashion houses all while being thoroughly entertained!

After the death of Joan Rivers, I thought I wouldn't tune in again. And when they announced that George Kotsiopoulos wouldn't return, I was even more sure I wouldn't tune in. I adore him! But, like any good fashionista, I watched and was delightfully surprised at how I liked the new format. And I even liked the new hosts. (I was a little leery of Kathy Griffin, but she's charming! And such a fashion plate! She's bringing it every week.)

Then there was "the comment" made this past week by Giuliana Rancic and all fashion hell broke loose! Now, I will be the first to say, that I wasn't all that offended. If anything, they seemed to just skip right over it and move on to the next celeb. And, if we're being honest about the whole thing, Joan Rivers said far worse things and no one said a word! Not on Twitter, on Instagram, or on their personal sites. But for some odd reason, this one was blown out of the water! And now Kelly Osbourne has quit the show. Unsure at this time is why. The obligitory "pursuing other opportunities" is being given by the network. Is it truly because she was offended by the comment made about her friend Zendaya? I have a hard time believing it since she's also friends with Miley Cyrus and they've made horrible comments about her over the years. But, be that as it may, she has indeed quit.

And with that news, it leaves a chair open. A chair that has yet to be filled. A chair that needs a warm body. I think they should take a VERY long shot and hire someone with fresh eyes. Someone who isn't a celeb. Someone who isn't friends with a celeb. Someone like me! A girl that's knowledgeable about celebrity gossip, past fashion hits and misses, fashion designers, cuts of fabric, fabric choices, and the arts as well. Why not take a chance on an unknown? How are people supposed to get their big break if you don't give them that chance? It doesn't even have to be a full-time gig. What about a one night on air challenge? I can totally do it! I am up for it! Incredibly prepared! Have you seen my Red Carpet blog posts? I'm usually right on the money with their choices!

So I ask each of you reading this to help me with my cause. If you're on Twitter, tweet to all involved. E! Fashion Police, Giuliana Ranice, Brad Goreski, Melissa Rivers, and E! themselves. I'm quick witted (at times), can rock a cocktail dress or party look, could totally style myself, could find a last minute makeup artist in LA (I'm looking at you Matthew Allen), and I even have a place to stay (my sweet "Aunt" Joanie would put me up). They wouldn't be out any expenses! I too know people! So come on Fashion Police. I'm waiting for your call!

Something like this would be an absolute dream come true! How amazing would it actually be? If I were to allow myself time to think about it, and I know something like this would NEVER happen, but it would be incredible. A moment in my life I would never forget. An opportunity of a lifetime. A Lifetime movie could be made about it. I can see it now. Andrea Krasnow plays herself in this sweet movie about a woman on an incredible journey to pursue a life long goal. Tune in next Friday night for this epic event. See what can happen when you let your mind wander? 

But in all honesty, I think we should at least try! So again, take to social media in all its glory and let's see what we can do! And, I promise to remember who I am and not make any rude, crude, or discriminating remarks. I would simply call em like I see em and enjoy my one moment in the spotlight. Let's go!!! Tinseltown, here I come!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Beauty - Clinique Cleansing Brush


It was a happy Valentine's Day earlier in the month when I received my own Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush! My mom gave me this amazing gift and I've fallen victim to its awesomeness! If you haven't jumped on the cleansing brush bandwagon, now is the time to do it!

I started using the brush immediately, I'm on week two or so, and I've seen such a difference. And I feel a difference too. I told my mom after the first use that I honestly felt like my skin was already soft. I told her thought I was crazy for thinking that after one use, but she confirmed I wasn't. She has been using hers since January and she felt the same result. The Cleansing Brush is a dermatologist-developed sonic brush that offers deep yet gentle cleansing for skin. In one cleaning, it sloughs off all the dead skin. And the two bristle types target cleansing in hard-to-reach, contoured areas of the face where dirt hides, as well as an angled tip that purifies pores and thoroughly cleanses your T-zone.

The brush is waterproof so it's great for the shower! You simply apply either the liquid face soap or the foaming sonic facial soap, in a small amount, and let the bristles do all the work! The bristles are not rough on the skin, but you do need to follow the recommendation first time use. 


After that, you follow up with the 3-Step program designed for you. 


I can say that I've had a few breakouts but nothing horrible. They were in my T-Zone so clearly the brush is working! I'm not kidding when I say to take the plunge, make the splurge, and get yourself a cleansing brush! You won't regret it. Your skin will thank you. And, it will be the best investment you make this calendar year!! 

Happy Friday, Beauties!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

You Say Cookie Monster.....

 Coat: Michael by Michael Kors (gift/fun option here); Sweater: Ann Taylor; Jeans: Loft (BOGO!!)
Boots: Sole Society (c/o/ similar here & 50% off); Necklace: Ann Taylor

Last weekend we took advantage of a gorgeous February afternoon and headed down to the Plaza for a Fountain Tour. A Fountain Tour is where I take McKinley for a walk around the Plaza, look at the pretty fountains, maybe have a cookie, and just spend time together. This time we took Dada along, had lunch, strolled along at a casual pace, and just enjoyed each others company.

It wasn't quite warm enough to not wear a coat, thankfully! I was finally able to wear this amazing faux fur coat I received for Christmas! You know how I love my faux fur and this one is so unique! My husband told me I looked like Cookie Monster, but based on the amount of compliments I received that day, I think otherwise. If you're going to make a statement, make it. Right?!



 
 Coat: Michael by Michael Kors (gift/fun option here); Sweater: Ann Taylor; Jeans: Loft (BOGO!!)
Boots: Sole Society (c/o/ similar here & 50% off); Necklace: Ann Taylor

 I can't wait to wear it again just so I can style it differently. That's the thing about a coat like this. Finding new ways to wear it so it always feel fresh and new. Love my styling challenges!

Hope you're having a wonderful week! Freezing temps in these parts. So ready for it all to be over! Well, on the other hand, maybe not. I need to wear this coat again STAT!

As always, see something you like? Need it now? Shop the links!