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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:

 

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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…….
Mollie

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…..

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the incredible Cara Delevigne (@caradelevingne on Instagram)

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Taylor from The Wearist blog (a fellow Chicago girl)

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

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More @caradelevingne

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Miss Emma Watson pulls it off without looking too edgy.

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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,
Mollie

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 Orbitz.com.  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.

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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.
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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:  https://twitter.com/KendraThorntonand on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thorntonpr
Signing off in Style,
Mollie

If the shoe fits…

“The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”
-Carrie Bradshaw

Last Friday, the adorable Sarah Jessica Parker came to Chicago. She’s just launched a shoe line and was doing a meet and greet at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue. The deal was, if you bought a pair from her line you could meet her and have her sign them. I’m such a huuuge fan of hers, but honestly, spending $350 on a pair of heels just isn’t in the budget these days. So, I did what any normal girl would do… I tried them on and had a little fun playing dress-up.

Meet ‘Maude‘. This was hands down my favorite. I love that they’re metallic, and ladies- let me tell you- THEY WERE COMFORTABLE! The heel hight on these is just over 3 inches! That’s unheard of in a shoe this cute! Which made my decision to leave them at the store even harder.

This is ‘Carrie‘. It comes in a few different colors, but that day it only came in black in my size. And I’m pretty sure they were a little small… But I had to try, right?

So many gorgeous shoes! But by this time it was 4:15, and SJP was supposed to make her entrance on the 3rd floor in 15 minutes. So I bid adieu to Maude and Carrie in hopes of getting a glimpse of the real Carrie. I was not disappointed.

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Such a fun day. Truth be told, if I hadn’t juuuuust moved and spent all my money on couches, I probably wouldn’t have left empty handed. While $350+ isn’t inexpensive for shoes, they were comfortable, stylish, and very well made.

Signing off in Style from Chicago,

Jen

Want to shop SJP at Nordstrom?  Here you go!

My go-to look

What do I throw on when I look into my closet and think:  I have nothing to wear!!!????

This.  

A black blazer.  {borrowed from a suit I bought literally 10+ years ago}

A grey tee shirt.  {but not any old grey tee, a Rag & Bone grey tee}

My David Lerner leather front leggings.  {comfy & chic, a tough combination to achieve}

Red wedges. {at least 6 years old, by Tara Subkoff, try these}

A favorite pendant.  {Stella & Dot}

 

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Accessories:

Botkier bag,  Shopbop

Chandelier earrings, similar here

Nico New York bracelet, Cusp (only $35!)

 

Why do I love this outfit so much?  Simple, polished, and comfortable!  The accessories add a little more personality, but the pants MAKE it, right?

 

Happy Monday!

 

Signing off in Style,

 

Mollie

Freezing to Fabulous

I’m in a bit of a quandary.

It’s got to do with frigid temps and date night. The challenge I’m finding: How to look cute and not freeze. It’s tough! And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here. Even my most fashionable friends have confessed to throwing in the towel and rocking a fleece top over their normally fab outfits. (No judgement!)

So with that in mind, I’ve decided to dedicate my daily online “window” shopping to finding cute and cozy date night solutions. And since the next date night for many of us will likely be Valentine’s Day, I decided to throw a little extra love into my choices.

1) Merino Silk-Panel Sweater $118

2) Cutout Floral Sweatshirt $75

3) Crepe Notch Front Jacket $110

4) Chevron Jacquard Pullover $79

5) Super Skinny Ankle Jean $150

6) Amour Tee $39.50

7) Crewneck Cashmere Sweater $298

Some great options in the bunch, but they really need the right accessories to take it from casual to glam. The right shoes and jewels can do just that. To easily elevate the look, I’d go for a pump with a manageable heel and fun detail. Here’s a couple of pairs I was seriously crushing on. . .

Rebecca Minkoff Kalin Pump $250

I meannnnnn, RM can do no wrong! The subtle tiger print on the top of these is super fun, and the fact that these beauties have less than a 3 inch heel is the cherry on top. Wear them with a skinny/slim jean cuffed a couple times and voila!

Outfit = made.

Mirror Metallic Pumps $179.99

I’ve been crushing harrrrrd on these since December, but couldn’t quite justify the $248 price tag. And now that they’re on sale, I had to share the love! What I like most about these was the classic silhouette that got turned on its ear by a mirrored metallic finish. So fresh. Style them the same as above. Or rock them with a distressed jean for a more unexpected feel.

(But what if it snows?!)

Dean Ankle Boot $169.99

50/50 Over the Knee Boot $598

Frye Wedge Boot $288

I’m not as excited about the boots. Probably because that’s what I’ve been living in for the last 4+ months. . . What I do like about these is that they’re a bit dressier than your average winter footwear, and just as cute. And because they’re so practical, you’ll definitely get your moneysworth.

Lastly, and most importantly, the accessories! They (like shoes) can change the entire vibe of an outfit.

Square Flower Necklace $48

Faceted Drop Earring $28

Rose Gold Clutch $189.99

Feather Trim Clutch $228

This was such a fun, fashion round up! I hope it gave you guys as much fashionspiration as it gave me. Looking forward to putting some fun, warmer outfit choices together for date night this weekend. Stay toasty!

Signing off in Style from Chicago,

Jen

Mexico Bound!

Let the Mexico shopping and planning begin …

You all know that I (Erin) recently entered a contest for a getaway and unfortunately we did not win BUT that does not stop us from heading south!

We are headed to the El Dorado Royale resort in March with friends and I cannot stop thinking about what to pack …

Here are some things that I have already  purchased.

A new swim suit first and foremost.

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Hoping my body will look close to hers after my gruesome workouts lately! Ha!

A comfy dress to throw on after a long day in the sun …

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The perfect cover up for sipping cocktails at the beach bar …

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The perfect little sundress that can be dressed up with a great necklace …

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And this necklace will do just fine!

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Another ‘mexican’ inspired dress to wander the streets of Playa del Carmen…

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And last but not lease my coveted Tory Burch sandals that go with everything.

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And as for the items I am loving and on my ‘wish list’ for our trip …

This dress is to DIE for…literally.

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This is the perfect hat to adorn most of my outfits!

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I definitely need the perfect pair of white jeans …

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Another swimsuit option is this, what do you think?

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And who doesn’t need a new pair of sunnies for a trip?

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And for those casual days to throw on with cut off shorts …

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Anyone have any must-haves for spring break or vacay getaways?  I know I will find a lot more before we leave and will share with you!

And can’t wait to Instagram pics from our trips with different outfits!

Check out my selections below …

Happy MLK day,  xo

Signing off in Style,

Erin (& Mollie)

 

 

 

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-)

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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.

Winston

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Duckworth

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Preston

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Wheeler

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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.

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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.

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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}

Dana Rebecca Designs

Recently I had the pleasure of getting to meet Dana of Dana Rebecca Designs jewelry.  I have been admiring her jewelry for some time now, but I’ve never had the chance really see, feel, and touch many of the pieces – until now.

What I love about her pieces is that they are all timeless and elegant, but she does manage to exude a bit of an edge to her collection.  It’s appropriate for all ages, and many, if not all of the pieces come in white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold.  I came away with this:  Dana understands that each woman is unique in the way she wears her jewelry.  She knows that some women can wear a statement piece with some jeans and booties, and also knows that some women save those statement pieces for an event.

The other thing  I love about DRD jewelry is that Dana is from the Chicago area, born and raised.  She loves this city and has built this amazing business in it!  Chicago women in business, yay!

Here are some of my favorites from my private little showing:

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IMG_2021My fingers are blinged out here with the Katie Z ring (on the left) and a new ring that is coming soon to the Dana Rebecca Designs collection.  (don’t judge the nail situation, pretty please)

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IMG_2018Some assorted Lauren Joy cuffs mingling with the Jeb cuff.

IMG_2017All of these earrings are to die for, really.  Bottom to top, the Rima Naya in white gold, the Sharone Ezra in rose gold, and many colors of the Anna Beth.

IMG_2015Which of these do I want?  All of them of course!  Bottom to top, the Melissa Louise, Emily Meredith, and the Reese Brooklyn.

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So if you haven’t yet heard of Dana Rebecca, aren’t you glad you read this post?  :-)  Tell me what your favorites are?

 

Signing off in Style,  (and with my Mark & Graham Monogram),

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