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2017 Highs…..and Lows

Well, that’s a wrap on 2017.  We could tell you that this year has been full of joy and triumphs – which is 100% true – but we’d be lying if we didn’t also tell you it had it’s many lows just as big – life hasn’t always been as perfect as our edited photos.  Needless to say, 2017 was quite the year!

This year has been a difficult one for many, and at times it felt as if the world was ending.  Natural disasters, terrorism, hatred, politics and the sexual harassment scandals…..tearing so many apart and yet bringing so many together.  The way people all around the world unified after so many of these happenings was a beautiful thing to witness and at times, be a part of.

A high we are proud of?  Our Style Spies business is better than ever.  We celebrated 8 years of being in business, and are blessed to be able to put our passion for fashion into a business that helps people feel good about themselves on a daily basis. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for this business that is now as old as our two youngest daughters!

An unexpected low that turned into an unexpected high?  We experienced true heartbreak as our other business venture made some changes that ultimately led us to go in a new and different direction.  With this difficult decision, we faced betrayal, the sadness of letting go, and the brutal realities of professional and personal friendships.  It was a place we never thought we would be……

That said – the silver lining to that change brought us more than we could ever have imagined.  By taking this huge leap of faith, we were embraced by a company with open arms, new friendships, and the chance to build something to support our families in the long run.  As Mothers, knowing our children are watching and listening intently, it was important for us to show them how strong and brave they need to be, and CAN be in the face of adversity!

 

Finally, both of us are now in our 40’s!  It’s crazy to even type that as we have been friends since ages 21 and 22, when we were roommates in Chicago, finding our way.  40 has brought surprises, laughter, memories, and celebration, and we can happily say that there is a peace that comes with this age.  Accepting who you are and embracing it, and wanting to be surrounded by people who genuinely care about you vice versa…..its the ONLY way to go.  And we can’t forget the fact that fashion in your 40’s is FABULOUS……it’s all about celebrating the best parts of yourself and truly dressing for YOU – no one else.

 

  

Long story short (and trust us, we could go on…..), what have we learned in 2017?  It’s this:  life is short.  Life throws a lot of curveballs. Life isn’t always the way it seems in our edited, perfect pictures.  It’s up to US to figure out how to handle them.  Do you duck and cover?  Do you face the curveballs head on?  This year we’ve each chosen to face them head on.  That’s what taking care of your family is about.  No hiding, no dancing around the solution.  Through sickness, job changes and even natural disasters, taking care of ourselves and our families is what it’s all about!

For us – Supporting your framily (friends who are family, get it? )….. is everything.  Be good to one another this year! Cheers to a prosperous and healthy 2018!

 

 

 

$1000 Target Giveaway……..Say What?

 

Hi everyone! Today we’re teaming up with some amazing bloggers and #Girlbosses to bring you an amazing holiday giveaway! One lucky follower will be able to win a $1000 Target gift card and have some holiday cash to spend! If you’d like to enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below (PS: you get 10 bonus entries for completing all the tasks!).

What will you buy with your gift card if you win? Comment below?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are some of our favorite things from the new Hearth and Hand with Magnolia collection from our favorite Texans, Chip and Joanna Gaines…..how amazing would it be to do over your home with all this – and you totally could, with $1000!

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:

Bridesmaid Dresses uk

 

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.

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