Category Archives: Closets

Winter to Spring – What to Wear

The weather forecast has literally been a rollercoaster lately.  It’s killing me!  I’m itching to break out my lightweight jackets, and I have, but then the next day (like today) it’s back to 35 degrees and terribly windy.  Booooooo!

You’ll probably agree with me that this weather can make wardrobe choices quite confusing.  Am I still wearing my winter coat?  should I still wear my suede boots?  Is velvet still appropriate?  How many layers is too many layers?

I put together this outfit specifically to speak to the #currentsituation, shall we say.  It’s layered, but I mixed some light colored leather with my favorite black distressed jeans.  It’s still ok to wear your suede boots, and to give the outfit a little ‘night out’ fun, i’m wearing a short sleeve nude top that has silver sequins.  I bought it to wear over the holidays, but what I love about it is that it doesn’t scream ‘i’m holiday!’ and one can continue to wear it year round.

Happy 2nd day of Spring!  Let’s hope we can dress like spring soon, too!

My FAVE black jeans: Paige Denim Destructed Verdugo Jeans in Black Shadow.  And this jacket?  It’s faux leather (love) by Blank NYC, one of my favorite labels.  Great price, amazing style.
These boots; amazing. By Matt Bernson. And on sale!
These sunnies? My pal Tom Ford. Style: Collette.
Silver Sequin Top in the spring? YES!

 

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Every time I wear these ear jackets, I get compliments. So I thought I’d give them some love here. Baublebar at Nordstrom, and only $32!
Go Blog Social Des Moines : The Peach Edition

Go Blog Social Des Moines : The Peach Edition

A couple weekends ago, Erin and I (together, yayyyyyy) had the absolute pleasure of attending Go Blog Social’s conference in Des Moines, IA.  Now – as a couple of Midwestern born and raised girls, we knew Des Moines would have some hidden gems – but we know what you’re thinking:  IOWA?

YES, IOWA!  You guys – Des Moines was absolutely adorable.  The conference was hosted at (and we stayed at) this amazing new hotel there, Hotel Renovo.  The decor was rustic chic and so unique.  And SO not what we expected!  The service was amazing, food was good – as I said – hidden gem!

The conference was just as amazing – so many awesome, talented, and of course NICE women there from all over the Midwest.  We came to the conference to represent Peach – I think we’ve talked to you all about Peach, right?  The bra biz?  Well, we literally measured and fitted over 50 women in 2 days, had countless bra-ha moments, and overall spread the Peach love far and wide in the midwest.  It felt SO GOOD!

Here are some pics of our wonderful weekend with GBS, we couldn’t think of a better conference to partner with!

Mollie, Bevin (Peach’s amazing Director of Field Development), and Erin hamming it up with balloons

 

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Gorgeous Bevin delivering a much-tweeted about talk about the ABC’s of confidence!

 

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A happy GBS attendee after getting fitted by Peach! Find this stylish Mom of 4 (!) on Instagram: @stylefromthesticks

 

Partners in crime at the absolute cutest (and tastiest) restaurant in downtown Des Moines: Magnolia Wine Kitchen

 

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Look fun?  It is!  We can’t imagine our lives without Peach.  It has brought sisterhood, income, knowledge and FUN to our lives that we didn’t know was missing.  We’d LOVE to tell you more about it.

Comment or email either of us:

mollie@stylespies.com OR erin@stylespies.com

and be SURE to follow us on Insta!  @molliestylespies @erinstylespies

 

Glam Closet Inspiration

I’m in the process of ‘glamming’ up my closet.  I cannot WAIT to show you the finished product.  In the meantime, i thought I’d show you how it looks now:

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This is my side of the closet – I share it with my husband.  I’m telling you that because it can’t be too girly.  I found these light grey benches at Home Goods last year – they were a steal!  I LOVE them!  Perfect for putting your shoes on, yanking tight jeans up, hahahhaa.  The rug under there is just there so the benches don’t slide…….for the meantime.

Now, for the makeover.  I found some AMAZING leopard print carpet that a friend wasn’t going to use (!!!!!), and am having it made into a rug.  I literally cannot WAIT until it’s ready.  One more week!  Here’s it is:

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I also want to do some fabulous lighting, but that’s going to have to wait until my next paycheck.  So, I’ll DEFINITELY post some pics of the finished product, but for now, here is some amazing closet inspiration that i’ve been perusing, via Pinterest Dress.

Follow Style Spies {Mollie Milano}’s board Glam Closet on Pinterest.

Wear It Wednesday – Denim Dress

This week’s Wear it Wednesday post is all about how to wear a denim dress.  We found the CUTEST one from the Gap, in stores right now.  It’s lightweight, long sleeve and of course……our favorite……has pockets.

One of us chose to wear it as a dress with a floppy fedora and booties, the other layered it up with a cropped sweater, leopard print booties, jeans and a Field & Field clutch. What’s your favorite look?  We’d love to know.

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Shop Erin’s denim dress look here:

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Shop Mollie’s denim prom dress look here:

Love the dress but don’t want to pay full price?  You’re in luck!  the GAP is having a 40% off sale for cardmembers (Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy cardholders).  Use the code CARDBONUS.

As always……happy shopping!

*Mollie’s photos are courtesy of Luanne Kelly Photography.

CAbi Fall ’15 Fashion Favs

During our whirlwind weekend in NYC, we stopped by a CAbi trunk show being held by a dear friend of both of ours, Sue Pelletier. Sue’s a Chicago gal, but with lots of east coast connections.  She showed us the Fall line for CAbi, and we did what we do best – we shopped, and picked out a few favorites.

If you love anything from the CAbi Fall collection – please order from Sue!  Part of the proceeds of Sue’s show will go to Library For All. You can shop with Sue via this link or click through on any of the items shown:  http://susanpelletier.cabionline.com/

Mollie & Erin’s Favorite CAbi Fall 2015 Pieces:

 

The Manor Coat, $249

 

Sweater Wrap, $159

 

Charlie Jacket, $159
Twist Scarf, $79

 

 

Gigi Cape, $129

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2016 Runway…..#wewantitall

I am SUPER excited about Spring 2016 for Rebecca Minkoff.  And that’s hard to say right now, when the excitement of Fall fashion is just beginning.  Last Saturday I had the privilege of sitting front row (!) at the Rebecca Minkoff show in NYC.  It was a cool scene, held at the Skylight at Clarkson Square.  Photographers aplenty, famous bloggers everywhere, and a few famous faces you may be able to spot in these pictures.

Here were some of my favorite looks from the runway; it will be fun to see what actually hits stores come Spring ’16!  And I would be remiss if i didn’t mention my love for the gladiator sandal/boots in the show.  I wanted every.single.pair!  #obsessed #getinmycloset

 

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This is one of my favorites! Love the dropwaist and high neck, and of course the print is perfection.

And for the finale……..

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Oh!  one more thing.  What did I wear?

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My wrinkly pink dress is because I didn’t think to take pictures of MOI until after the show.  So this was my greeting party when I got home – and I had my wonderful husband take a few snaps of us.

My dress is a few seasons old from 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, my shoes are Pour La Victoire (also not new), and my favorite new jacket is Topshop for Nordstrom.  Shop it right here!

Creating a New Closet Space

Are you looking for ideas on how to re-do your closet?  Well here’s one!  One of our clients shared these pictures with us.  She had her local handyman come over and tear out her current closet (which was literally two separate closets with a hanging bar and shelf over it), open up a wall, and combine the space to make this.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

What helps make this fabulous is her eye for detail and impeccable organization.  Wouldn’t you be excited to get dressed in the morning if you opened your closet doors to this?  We would.

The drawers in the center are lined with black felt (velvet is another good choice) so you can easily see each piece of jewelry as you pull your accessories together while getting dressed.

Lining the sides of the center shelving are tiny gold hooks for necklaces – a genius use of space and an easy way to see all of your choices.

Something else to note?  This client has all the same hangers. Keeps it easy on the eye, and a space saver.  No ratty dry cleaning hangers in here!

We hope you’ve been inspired to clean, organize and purge!  Fall is on it’s way…….make your closet a happy place for the new season.

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Black Leather Leggings – The MUST Have For Fall

Fall Shopping is well underway!  If there is ONE item we think you must have this fall –

Black leather leggings.

These can be dressed up or down. Wear with chunky knit sweaters and flat boots or a blouse and sexy pumps. Silk shirts to plain button-downs – they can do it all.

A lot of wear for one single item.

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Need some inspiration?

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Miranda Kerr heads to the Upper East Side in all black

Need ideas where to buy them? We have ideas that will break the bank and keep your budget tight …

Office Chic

It’s not just back to school time, it’s back to work!  Well, not really – most of us have been working all summer long one way or another – but it feels like the time of year when it’s time to invest in a few new pieces.  It’s especially important to refresh your work basics with some great new staples for the Fall.

For Fall 2014, the important things for ‘Office Chic’ are these:  pointy toe pumps, a touch of texture (think leather accents), cropped/ankle length pants, and a cropped blazer.  Those are just the ‘trends’ though, so if they don’t work for you, don’t sweat it.  Wear what looks best on YOU, and what YOU feel most comfortable in.

Here are some of our favorites from Nordstrom (we thought we may as well continue earning points and shopping the Nordstrom sale while we can!!)……..

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Shop our Nordstrom Favorites right here!