Saks5 STL: Spring Wardrobe Refresh

I find the beginning of spring to be a time where I need to refresh my life. Once the weather warms up I kick my workout plan into action, clean out my closets and start anew.

It’s also one of the few times of the year that I truly refresh my wardrobe. After months of heavy knits, winter coats and chunky boots, I yearn for light fabrics, beautiful florals and open toed-shoes.

Step into Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac this month and you’ll see they’re living this spring refresh throughout the store. Everything breathes fresh, airy and beautiful! I was asked to select five items from Saks this month and I can’t wait to share the goodies I found! Here are my Saks5 picks:

1. The Perfect Olive Jacket: This Joie jacket ($328) helps you transition any item from winter to spring.

2. Silk Floral Button Up: The purple florals in this Rebecca Taylor blouse ($275) are reminiscent of vintage prints.

3. Ankle Pants: The lighter floral on these Joie ankle pants ($298) counterbalance the heaviness of the jacket.

4. Raffia Wedges: Let your feet breathe in these subtle but stylish Kate Spade wedges ($258).

5. Bright Blush: Blush is having a moment and NARS Orgasm ($30) is my personal favorite for adding spring colors to your cheeks!

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If you’re shopping the Plaza Frontenac Saks this month, don’t miss these events:

4.3 Dior Spa and National artist
4.3 Saks First Triple Points Event
4.3-4.5 Sisley Spa event
4.3-4.5 Shop NYC in Men’s
4.5 David Yurman  Trunk Show
4.12 Gurhan PA
4.21-27 Saks Friends and Family Event
4.23-4.24 About Face Masterclass
4.23 – 4.24 Roberto Coin Trunk Show
4.24 Rebecca Minkoff Personal Appearance
4.24-26 St. Louis Fashion Week
4.24 Fur Salon Restyle Made to Measure Event
4.25-4.26 18kt Appraisers Trunk Show
4.25- 4.26 Barry Brinker Trunk Show
4.30-5.1 Peggy Jennings Trunk Show

Disclosure: This post was created as part of a collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue’s Plaza Frontenac location, but yes, I really do love these items and all opinions are mine. 

Life As As I Know It

Oh, life. Life is unexpected, crazy and truly a roller coaster these days.

Between work, family and friends – I’ve been choosing offline life over online life. But I couldn’t live without my online community of friends. I miss you all.

 

The beautiful Music Hall in Cincinnati on a recent trip

The beautiful Music Hall in Cincinnati on a recent trip

I’ve been traveling for work and for fun, eating out and cooking new recipes. Through it all, I’ve been doing my best to live up to the goal of this blog: look fabulous every day without paying an arm and a leg doing it. Here’s the thing though – it almost feels like if I don’t blog about my outfits they didn’t happen. Yes, that sounds a little odd but given I’ve been sharing my outfits with you for the past six plus years, I need to share with you in order to feel like I really wore it in the world. So here goes:

DSC_0013 Top: H&M | Scarf: H&M | Jeans: YMIs | Flats: TJ Maxx

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Easy Date Night Dress

Bill and I went out for dinner and a movie the night after Valentine’s Day. We’re actually pretty lucky in that we do a lot of date nights but we don’t often go out of our way to get dressed up for them.

For this date, I decided to take advantage of the break in winter weather to wear something a little more fun!

I started with a basic dress and layers tights, booties and an open sweater for warmth and color.

Date Night DressDress: TJ Maxx | Tights: Target | Sweater: Nordstrom Rack | Booties: Shoemint

Surviving the Cold with Accessories

This winter has quite possibly been the worst. I don’t mean we’ve had the coldest temps ever or the most snowfall. I just mean the worst. As in, I’m so over it and if I could send it packing by giving up one of my favorite pairs of shoes, I might just take winter up on his offer.

Pretty much the only thing that has kept me from wearing sweats to work every day is accessories. I’m talking statement pieces, friends. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing the same pair of jeans I’ve worn for three days in a row with the warmest sweater in my closet and a pair of wool socks. If I add a fabulous necklace or arm party I suddenly feel very pulled together.

Red Jeans and Chambray ShirtSweater: LOFT (similar) | Chambray Top: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Denim: INC (similar) | Booties: ShoemintNecklace: c/o Ash & Willow

This Aztec necklace from Ash & Willow is the perfect item for layering. I adore how the chunky chain stands its own against my chunky sweater, but I can also tell you I’ve worn this with delicate dresses and it looks great there too! And how can you beat such a great necklace for only $24!

Ash & Willow Aztec Necklace

What are you all doing to keep your spirits high in all of this weather?

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Your Favorite Posts of 2013

As I finish wrapping up 2013, I love to look at what posts were your favorite last year. Yes, it’s fun to share my favorite looks, but I love to see what you all loved even more.

Based on my site stats, here were your favorite posts of 2013:

1. We Bought A House

Not surprisingly, you all couldn’t get enough of our new home! I don’t blame you, we love it too! :)

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2. How To Paint Wood Furniture

One of several posts from 2012 that continue to be popular, you all are learning how to paint wood furniture.

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3. Curls and Ruffles

As much as you like DIY, you must love beauty how-tos because my quick post on easy curls continues to be popular.

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4. Jean Shorts and Tights

A fun little combo for brunch with bloggers, my jean shorts and tights outfit continues to be popular.

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5. Valentine’s Day

And last, but not least, you all must be romantics because you liked the look at what I wore for Valentine’s Day this year as much as I did!

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Did I miss any of your favorite posts? Share them with me!

Are you a blogger doing a roundup of your own? Share that too!

My Favorite Outfits of 2013

Every year I like to look back at my outfits from the year and pick a favorite for each month. Not only is fun to remember how I mix and match but I often see my style evolve over time. (Here’s my 2012 recap, if you’d like to look even further back!)

January

 

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February

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March

BestofMarch2013

April

BestofApril2013

May

BestofMay2013

June

BestofJune2013

July

BestofJuly2013

August

BestofAugust2013

September

BestofSeptember2013

October

BestofOctober2013

November

BestofNovember2013

December

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Did you have favorite outfits of mine that I didn’t list? How do you like to look back at the beginning of a new year?

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