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What to wear in Las Vegas

Bandage Dress

First of all – what NOT to wear.  A bandage dress. Everyone AND THEIR MOM was wearing a bandage dress this past weekend in Vegas.  I mean, it was epic.  Too many bandage dresses on too many people who should not be wearing bandage dresses.  While there are plenty of options out there if this is the look you want, the trend has definitely been overdone.  As in cooked, sauteed, and let’s move on to the next course.

On to what TO wear.  Here’s what in my ‘what to wear to Las Vegas’ playbook.

1.  saucy miniskirt

2.  one GREAT dress

3.  an amazing top

4.  a layering tank

5.  cropped blazer

6.  heels, pumps, sandals – FAB shoes!

7.  the right jewelry.  don’t skimp on what you bring.  it’s lightweight and doesn’t take up much room in your baggage.

8.  make up.  fun makeup you would never wear in your REAL life.

9.  a swimsuit that makes you feel GREAT!

Here are some great choices that are out there right now that fit the bill on my list:


And here are a few pics of our weekend away.  We had SUCH a great time.  If I can recommend anything – we played the game Cards Against Humanity while sitting around the pool both days.  BEST. GAME. EVER.  If, that is, you are a horrible person.  Which at some level, we all are.  ;-)  It’s a must buy.  I’ve never laughed so hard.
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Shoe Lust: Vince

Out and about lately, I keep eyeing the same brand of shoes over and over again.  Vince.  Known for simplistic, high quality, and comfortable mens and womenswear, this brand is killing it in the footwear department this season.  I want each and every one of the shoes they made for spring!

My favorites:

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 Shop their collection for Spring here:

Signing off in Spring Shoe Style…….

Obsession: Ear Cuffs

I might be a little late to the game on this one, but I’m recently obsessed with ear cuffs.  I recently purchased my first pair from Shopbop, and as we’re headed to Las Vegas in a couple weeks you can be sure I’ll be rocking them there.  Some inspiration…..



the incredible Cara Delevigne (@caradelevingne on Instagram)



Taylor from The Wearist blog (a fellow Chicago girl)


Of course I had to include J Law.  Love her.


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Miss Emma Watson pulls it off without looking too edgy.


And the flawless Diane Kruger working it.

If these AMAZING celebrities can work this trend, so can I.  And so can you!  Here are a few of my favorites…..

Signing off in Style,

Fashion Meets Function. At Disneyworld.

This post was super fun to whip up.  I was recently asked to enter a fashion wardrobe challenge by travel expert Kendra Thornton.   Travel expert you say?  Yes – Kendra has been traveling her whole life, and prior to starting her own PR business (Thornton PR), she was the Director of Corporate Communications at  Currently she makes television appearances in NY, LA, and of course her hometown Chicago talking about great travel deals and tips.

But back to the challenge.  First of all, what stylist/fashionista doesn’t like a fashion wardrobe challenge?  Exactly – we all love one. I knew I had to participate.  Here are the details of Kendra’s Disney trip:

My Vacation Wardrobe Challenge: Fashion Meets Function

In a few weeks, I will be going on a family trip to Orlando! Home of the world-famous Disneyworld. I will be spending my nights in Downtown Disney, a trendy little escape full of unique restaurants and quirky shops. I have decided to set up Kendra’s Fashion Challenge so that I can find the perfect outfit to wear on a night out. As a mother, I find function to be important. On the other hand, I want to look fashionable as well. I would love some help putting together the perfect outfit for a night in Downtown Disney!

The night out will include a trip to Rainforest Café. This is a fabulous little restaurant that allows you to dine in the middle of a tropical rainforest. Surrounding us will be giant butterflies, elephants, lizards and gorillas. In the middle of your meal, you just might catch a sudden rainstorm, complete with thunder and lightning. From what I have been told, this is realistic as you can get when you are looking for a rainforest-themed dinner. Rainforest Café serves American cuisine and even a few fusion-style dishes. I cannot wait to make memories with my family that will last a lifetime.

Orlando is an amazing travel destination, especially if you have a family with younger children. There is so much to do and see here – but you have to dress the part. Going out for a nice dinner and spending the day walking through an amusement park require very different outfits. Perhaps a conservative skirt or a nice pair of slacks is suitable for dinner.      Comfort is the key, but you also want to look fantastic. Choosing the perfect outfit will make my evening in Downtown Disney much more fun!


Though this challenge is only about Kendra’s nightime attire, I know that a lot of people wonder what they should wear all day at Disneyworld as well.  So – this is my Polyvore board for Kendra’s daytime look.  I know she’ll be on and off rides, in and out of theaters, so taking that into account, voila!  A hat and shades to protect from the sun, a big bag to hold all of her goodies (and kid stuff), a denim jacket just in case it’s chilly in the morning or even in those theaters, and of course some comfy yet chic sandals for walking around the park all day.


For night, Kendra will be out and about at Downtown Disney.  Having been there myself, it’s definitely a casual spot, but I believe that one should get a little dressed up at night.  Especially on vacation.  She won’t want to get too dressy since she’ll be dining with kids at the Rainforest Cafe, but she’ll want to have a nighttime edge for sure.  Key pieces here are this amazing dress by Young Fabulous and Broke (I want this for me!), these wedge peep toe booties by Ash, and you can’t bypass the fun gold statement necklace (which, by the way is only $30!).  Don’t forget the red lipstick to really complete the look.  Personally, this Jungle Red by Nars is amazing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Polyvore boards and gotten some inspiration for yourself – and I hope Kendra loves these looks for her trip!  If you’re interested in booking a trip like Kendra’s to this amazing travel destination, click through!  This is the exact site she used — it’s effortless to book everything.
You can follow Kendra on Twitter: on Facebook:
Signing off in Style,

Leopard + Lace

As a stylist, I’m always making clothing combinations for my clients that they tell me they NEVER would have thought of themselves (hence, leopard print plus lace).   I tell them – well it’s a good because otherwise I wouldn’t be doing my job!  This outfit started with this great Karen Zambos top that I loved so much, I got it in black, too.  I usually don’t do that (buy something in a couple of colors) but this top will never go out of style and I consistently get compliments on both colors.

The next piece was the denim – I am really into Mother Denim lately.  They have such a great fit and perfect washes.  These specifically are their boot cut denim, in a wash called ‘secrets in a small town.’  Don’t know about that name, but the wash is killer for spring and the fit is divine.

Next of course came the vest.  I love a vest – I have a few more in my closet (that incidentally I’m standing in) that I can’t wait to share with you.  But this one I randomly came across while shopping for a client in Banana Republic this Fall.  It was such a good buy – I had a 40% off coupon – and the muted leopard print is done just right.  The other thing about a faux fur vest that you have to be careful of is that it isn’t too plush or full.  Especially if you’re well-endowed (which I am), a big puffy vest can add weight.  So this one had just the right combination of furry and cozy, yet sleek.

For the rest of the outfit details, see the end of this post.

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Vest, Banana Republic (no longer available, but ShopStyle has a lot of faux fur vest options)

Top, Karen Zambos Vintage Couture (top is no longer available)

Jeans, Mother Denim, Bootcut

Heels, BCBG Generation Parade Pumps in Cashew

Bag, Marc Jacobs Stam Quilted Bag in Navy

Bracelets, Gorjana Teagan CuffGorjana Parker Leather Wrap, J Crew sale bracelet

Watch, Michele

Thanks for stopping by Style Spies today – and if you loved this post, will you share it?  Or comment?  We love and appreciate all feedback!
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” – Rachel Zoe
Signing off in Style,
Mollie (& Erin)

Cuz I’m Just a Girl

Cuz I’m Just a Girl. This powerful little phrase has inspired, books, clothing, songs (thank you Gwen Stefani for having that catchy tune run through my head over and over!) and now the most sensual facebook page I have had the pleasure running into! It feels a bit like a breath of sexy air amongst all the over facebook group pages with its one of a kind posts of inspiring phrases, mystic scenarios, real and runway fashion.

Some of my favorite inspirational words & quotes:






Love these magical surroundings!!!!!!!! Want them!!!!!




Doesn’t every girl want to relax like that and share a magical kiss in the moonlit rainy sky??? Omg, too passionate to handle!

And as a true feather and shoe aholic, I had to share these pictures…






The creators of this site (the fabulous Liossis sisters), started this page just wanting to celebrate all things girly. Everything from architecture to design to fashion and art. Anything and everything girly. The more they posted and people connected with them, the more clear it became why Cuz I’m Just a Girl was born. This is what the sisters had to say: “We realize that sometimes society makes women feel like embracing our femininity somehow makes us less strong. We couldn’t disagree more. Femininity is to be celebrated and a great part of our strength.”

Signing off in Style from Miami


in my {make up} bag


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I love finding out what my girlfriends use, make-up wise.  Why?  Because the sheer amount we have to choose from to is overwhelming.  Though I love a good (kid-free) trip into Sephora to play around, I always end up consulting with a salesperson just to narrow down the choices.  Today I’m sharing what’s in MY make-up bag.  I don’t carry all of this around with me – most of it actually stays at home.  On a daily basis, I’m mostly a mascara, lip gloss and powdered foundation kind of girl.  Some days I don’t even get that far.  But when I really do it right……these are the products that are in play.


Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $42


Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Amused, $24


Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Spirited, $24


Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Red Amour, $26


Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine, $26


Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color, $24


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, $19


Naked 3 Palette, $52


Naked 2 Palette, $52


Urban Decay Primer Potion, $12


Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy, $19


Urban Decay Baked Bronzer, $26


Laura Mercier Lip Glace, $25


Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil – My favorite colors are Black Gold, Stormy Grey, and Brown Copper. $22


Signing off in Style,


Warby Parker’s NEW Limited Edition Palm Canyon Collection – debuts today!

If you’re a follower of fashionable accessories, you probably already know about Warby Parker eyewear.  If you don’t know who they are and what they’re about, let us enlighten you.   8-)


Made in the good ol’ US of A, this line of prescription eyewear and sunglasses is only sold on the WP website and through showrooms and because of that, the price point is much less than what you’ll find elsewhere.  So – to recap – well-priced but super stylish prescription eyewear and sunwear?  Yes, please!

Another thing we admire about WP is that for every pair purchased, they distribute a pair of eyeglasses to someone in need.  Such a fabulous company philosophy, and so NOT big company.  Amazing.  {Learn more here.}

Naturally, we were thrilled when Warby Parker contacted us at Style Spies to help them launch their new Palm Canyon Collection today; it’s a limited edition collection using some of their best selling frames:  Winston, Duckworth, Preston and Wheeler.

You will see the Palm Springs inspired palette of mesquite, acacia, ironwood and sand in each of these frames – and you can be sure that your frames will be unique – no two pairs will be alike.


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So what do we love from the new collection?  It’s hard to choose just one!  We’ll narrow it down to a favorite eyewear pair and a favorite sunglasses pair………we’d go Winston & Wheeler, got it?

Style Spies Picks:

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And if you must know, of course we’re coveting a couple of other pairs of shades as Spring is *hopefully* around the corner (well, for some of us)……

This is the Raskin – it’s haute, seriously.  And $145.


And these remind me of my Mom in the 80′s……and though I am pretty sure I made fun of her for wearing these at the time……I think they’re pretty rad now.  Nice job, Mom.  The Liv, for $95.



And that’s a wrap.  We hope we’ve introduced some of you to a new brand – and for the rest of you….maybe you’ve finally decided to take the plunge with WP.  We know we have!  ;-)

Signing off in Style,

Mollie {& Erin}

Mara Hoffman Tote Giveaway Winner!!

We are blown away with all of the entries to both support Erin and to win the fabulous Mara Hoffman tote!

and the lucky winner is …

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Lisa McGuire!!!!

Lisa, please email Erin ( to get shipping info! And Lisa, we want a picture of you with your new FAB bag!

Erin did not win the contest (by a silly 37 votes!) but with more than 1300 votes, it was a great ride. Thank you to all that voted.

Again, thank you for this fun giveaway! We look forward to many more…

Erin (& Mollie)

Mara Hoffman Beach Bag Giveaway! HURRY!!

You have seen our posts lately about myself (Erin) and my husband being selected for the Final 10 in the Karisma Beach Giveaway Contest … and the pot gets even sweeter!

One of my favorite clients in Houston has offered to do a giveaway for entering this contest and voting for us!   I am blown away by the enthusiasm and kindness behind this entire process.  So – here is our giveaway just in time for Spring to bloom …

One lucky winner will win this beautiful Mara Hoffman Vinyl Tote

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Retails $200

Here is our awesome picture for the contest … teased hair, sweats and all.


You win the contest by votes alone so this is where our loyal readers come into play!

To win your fabulous tote … please:

1. Enter the Contest HERE  –  Find our picture, click on it and click on the check mark. This has to be done from a computer, not a mobile device (their rules, not ours!).  It seems to have been tricky for most, please keep trying until it tells you you have already entered.

You can enter ONCE a day (every 24 hrs) for more chances.

2. “Like” Style Spies on Facebook if you haven’t already.

3. Please comment below that you have done these 2 things. (You may let us know each time you vote)

4. You must do all 3 of these items by Saturday, January 11th at 12pm CST to enter the giveaway.


 We will announce the winner on Tuesday, January 14th.

I can’t thank you enough for this fun way to start the new year. We have lots of fun things planned for 2014 and we can’t wait to share them with you …

Signing off in Style,