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How to Style Your Family Photo Shoot

It’s that time of year.  Some of you already have this under your belt (well done, my friends!).  But if you’re like me…..now is about the time you’re thinking – I need to get some quick pictures taken of my family for holiday cards!  Stat!

That said – you don’t want to spend a lot of money – either on the clothes, or a photographer.  But, you want some great pictures to remember everyone as they are in that moment in time, in life.

So, my top tips for holiday photo season:

  1.  Coordinate, don’t match.  Look for pieces that complement each other, don’t go all 90’s on us and match (the days of the khaki pant and white shirt/dress thing are OVER).
  2. Shop your closet, first!  What is one of your favorite things to wear?  Start there…..and coordinate other people’s clothes in your household around that.  What you’re missing, you can surely find at great places like the Gap, Old Navy – even Marshall’s or TJ’s!
  3. Let the kids be kids.  If your daughter wants to wear something with sequins, let her.  Just say – ok you chose that, so Mommy is going to coordinate the rest of the outfit!  😉  Let your son wear a Star Wars sweater – see my son’s below.  You’ll love looking back at those pictures and remembering what their favorite things were.  And you’ll get better smiles!
  4. Go for non-posed, in the moment shots.  Again – the posed, all white with khaki look is so 90210 from the first go-around.
  5. Don’t want to shell out for a photographer? Have a friend use their iPhone 7!  Or ask a friend who owns a nicer camera  to take a few pics for you!  You can return the favor for her, or take her out to lunch as a thank you.  These photos below are mine from last year – I had a friend who is (more than) handy with her camera take them. I was THRILLED with how they turned out, they are some of my favorite pictures to date.
This is my family, last year.  Love this moment!

 

Those little people smiles are everything to me.

 

She’s got personality! Ha!

 

This was on the back of our holiday card. An absolute favorite.

 

If you want to see a fully coodinated family outfit – all from the Gap at 50% off, using their current promo code – check out my Family Photo Pinterest Board right here:  https://www.pinterest.com/mcmilano77/family-photo-shoot/

And if you just want to shop a few of my favorites…..I’ve made it easy and broken it down by family member:

For the woman:

For the man:

For the girl:

For the boy:

Happy picture taking!

Style Spies FB Live Summer Finds!

Wow!  What an amazing audience we had last night for our first ever Style Spies Fab Summer Finds on FB Live!!!!  We were THRILLED to have everyone there who joined, it was such a fun night of favorites, trivia, and giveaways!

Make sure to keep in touch with us – the Back to School edition will be our next LIVE…….everyone loves a little Fall shopping, right?

We wanted to make sure those of you who didn’t get to join us got to see some of our favorites, so without further ado….

faux fur and floppy fedoras

This outfit is MY JAM.  I love wearing a hat, I am in love with these boots (and they’re ON SALE!), and this {India Hicks} necklace is just so stunning.  Right?  It’s one of those ‘feel good’ outfits you put on and think – yep, i look good!  Ha!  How’s that for a little self love?  #winning!

formal dresses

 

Shop the post right here, and while all of the options aren’t exactly what I’m wearing (because my jeans are seriously like 7 years old), everything is super similar and you can easily recreate this look!

 

I like them so much I have TWO PAIRS.

What are Erin and I wearing right now?  Our Peach joggers.  All the time. It’s January – we really don’t ever want to take them off.

I like them so much, I had to buy myself a SECOND PAIR.  ooops.

I’m in that mode of work out, clean out the house, re-decorate/re-imagine our living space, and get organized in general.  And let’s be honest, I just can’t do that in JEANS??!!  Am i right, people?  Right.

So here I am, looking thoughtful (hehe) wearing my joggers and my fab comfy cozy yet chic cardigan from Topshop.  I would link to it….but it was from the Nordstrom Sale last summer and it’s long gone.  Sorry chicas.

If you need yo’self some Peach joggers – hit me up.  You can order right here https://www.discoverpeach.com/t/categories/everywear

 or text/email/call me and I can get some for you asap!  You WON’T regret it!

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

 

Dressing Room Files @ the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Last year we brought our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dressing room straight to our blog, and we’re doing it again.  You’ve seen a few of our favorite picks on our Instagram accounts and on our previous post, but here’s the full monty.

I should also mention this (and feel like maybe I should have mentioned this a LOOOOONG TIME AGO):  I am your average girl/woman/mom/daughter/sister/auntie.  I am a size 10.  Sometimes a 12 (my ‘girls’ often size me up, hehe).  I am not a size 2, of which I see A LOT of when I’m perusing super popular fashion blogs and instagram accounts.  I have no problem with any of those gals, but I also feel like there’s a gap out there in the world of fashion and style blogs.

There are a lot of size 2’s, AND a lot of plus sizes.  And thank goodness for that!  But what I DON’T see a lot of is the average-ish woman.  Either that, or she isn’t disclosing her size.  Which is also completely fine.  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would make me feel more real to tell my readers what size I am.  Why?

Because here i am, posing in clothes, talking about why I love them and why you should too, and you’re sitting there thinking – would that look good on me?  What size is she, REALLY?  It’s SO hard to tell in a photo (where you can pose in JUST the right way to hide your wobbly bits!).

So there you have it.  Sure, would I love to lose some lbs?  Yes!  But do I enjoy chips and guacamole?  You better believe it.  And sugar….my extreme downfall.  I’ve had two children, and I love life.  I work out, I eat, I shop……I’m happy.  And that’s what it’s all about.

I’ll hop off my soapbox for today…….so for now, enjoy some of my favorite things from the #nsale!

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Rag & Bone Sweater, AG Jeans
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Trouve Leather Jacket, AG Jeans + my favorite Birkenstocks (not on the #nsale but still amazing.
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Fedora by Phase 3 , only $19.90 on the #nsale!
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Mock neck sleeveless tops are EVERYWHERE this season. They are PERFECT under a jacket and are so slimming when worn with a pendant! This one is by 1.State, and it’s $34 on the #nsale.
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I love this structured yet comfortable open jacket from Caslon. It’s $37!!! Such a great piece to have in rotation. Put together……yet insanely comfy. Yay!
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Another pic to talk about the cute mock neck top i’m wearing under the previous jacket. It’s by Ten Sixty, and it’s $21. I mean….please. It’s a must. Goes with everything, and the fabric is deliciously soft.

 

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A leather jacket – in any form – is a MUST this season.
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I’m obsessed with this #lbd from Topshop. It’s a knit, and super comfortable. Yet – super chic. Top it with a pendant of course, and some cute booties or wedges and you’re all set!
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This sweater was so popular that it sold out. So….if you got it, yay! And if you didn’t….keep an eye out. Nordstrom might refresh their stock! It’s by Topshop, of course.

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Happy Shopping friends!  Hope you find some things you LOVE, shop it all right here, or click thru from each picture!

Shop the #nsale with Style Spies

You all have been SO responsive on our Instagram feeds (@molliestylespies and @erinstylespies) to our #nsale posts, we HAD to put all of our favorites on the blog.  Keep in mind – Nordstrom refreshes their stock periodically on Anniversary sale items, so if there’s something you love but it’s out of your size today, check back tomorrow, they might get more in!

Shop the entire Anniversary Sale HERE, or browse through our picks below!

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:

Before Closet Pic

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.

Spotlight: Shabby Apple Maxi Dress

Spring is on it’s way, hurray hurray!  This weekend in the Northeast was beautiful, and we were all outside enjoying the fresh air.  It has me thinking maxi dresses, flip flops, and sunscreen!!  However, it’s going to be a few weeks here {at least!} until we can actually wear our maxi dresses in that particular way.

This outfit is all about wearing a maxi dress – in the spring.  Depending on where you live, Spring can mean many things weather wise.  Most places, it’s all about layering.  Warm-ish during the day, cool (or cold!) at night.

To accessorize your maxi dress this season, it’s all about boots or booties, a cute hat, shades, and a vest. See my choices above. This particular maxi dress is from Shabby Apple.  If you haven’t heard of it, go there right now!  Affordable, cute and on-trend, it’s our go-to site for dresses.

 

 

 

 

 

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Earrings by Stella & Dot……click thru photo to find similar!

 

We are such fans of Shabby Apple, here are a few more of our FAVORITE maxi dresses from them.

PS.  What am I wearing underneath?  Peach, of course!  Find out more HERE.

PPS.  Photo credit to Luanne Kelly Photography

SALE ALERT + $500 PayPal GIVEAWAY

Happy Wednesday?

I love this time of year for so many reasons. The ‘storm’ is over after the holidays and it’s SALE time for most stores!!

Remember when Mollie and I hit the streets of NYC for some serious shopping?

It’s time to do it again … and with better deals!

My  top 3 favorites?

BLAQUE LABEL Blazer

If you know me, you know I have this blazer in every color. Only $45 people. (Normally $150). And yes, I just bought one more (just in case!)

J. CREW Strappy Sandals

The perfect sparkle shoe to go with EVERYTHING – see Mollie’s above? GORGEOUS.

CHELSEA 28 Sequin Pants

And lastly. I want this whole outfit. I have been kicking myself I didn’t get these pants over the holidays. Now I can for under $50. Who says you can’t wear sequins anytime of the year?

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Now, the good news … how are you going to shop for all of these amazing steals? We have a surprise!!!!

Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers
to give YOU a chance to win:
a $500 shopping spree on US!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter.
You’ll receive one entry per completion.
This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 2/3.
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