Monday, September 22, 2014

Five Styles with Golden Tote

Do you ever wish you could hire a personal stylist, have someone help guide you when it comes to styles you know you like? Do you loathe clothes shopping because you get overwhelmed and frustrated by all the choices? Do you put it on the back burner because you just don't have time? If you said yes to any of these questions I have a fun and affordable solution for you. I'm so excited to share a fun and easy way to shop. It's called Golden Tote.  

If you haven't heard of Golden Tote I'll explain. It's an online site where you have the option of choosing between 2 different levels of service. You can select the 2-3 item tote for $49 (a $200 value) or 5-7 item tote for $149 (up to $600 value).   

Does this spark your interest? If so, you can begin by going to Golden Tote and fill out your style profile, select 1-2 of your favorite pieces and the rest of the items are chosen for you, selected by a stylist, based on your preferences. 

I had the pleasure of trying out their service and couldn't wait to share what I chose and what my surprises were. To be honest, I was a little hesitant on the surprise portion. I am not a big fan of people picking out clothes based on what they "think" I would like, but was I beyond pleased by how well they matched my style. The quality of everything was superb. Plus, they sent idea cards for styling some of the pieces.

I have always been skeptical of these types of services and actually enjoy shopping for myself, but I must say, this was so easy and fun. I picked a few pieces I knew I would love, got a few surprises along the way, received a box full of goodies on my door step and didn't even leave my house. Score!

I do want to mention that this is NOT a monthly subscription. You can try it out once, if you like it you can come back next month, every other month, once a quarter or even send as a gift to someone else. 

I put together five styles of the six pieces I received. As you know, my style is eclectic, so I had fun playing with five totally different looks. I hope that you see at least one you can relate to.  

Golden Tote PLaid Top with Denim Jacket and Riding Boots - Rustic Style
Tunic Golden Tote PLaid Top
Target Hat (option)
MIA Boots (option)
Tassel Necklace (option)

Chic Style Idea Gray Black and White
Old Navy White Oxford 
Lauren Conrad for Kohls (option)
Nine West Heels (option) 
Gigi New York Clutch c/o 

REd Rain Boots Stule OUtfit Idea
Golden Tote Gray Sweater
Target Chambray (option)
Old Navy Black Dress (option)
Banana Republic Rain Boots (option)
DKNY Crossbody c/o (option)

Old Navy Utility Vest (option)
Forever 21 Bag (option

Golden Tote Diamond Dress
Forever 21 Boots (option)
Urban Outfitters Hat  

If you want to give Golden Tote a whirl, you can sign up here. I highly recommend it and hope you all know that I never share companies or products that I don't 100% believe in or have not have tried for myself.

P.S. In case you are worried about receiving an item that doesn't suit your style preference, there is a Golden Tote trading group on Facebook where you can exchange pieces from your tote. 

Thank you Golden Tote for partnering on this post. As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.  

Also, a HUGE thank you to Melanie Wright Photography


Friday, September 19, 2014

Triple Points

I am sure you ladies got the email this week about Nordstrom's triple points promo. I tried to ignore it, file it away to the back of my mind and not look, but how could I not? It's TRIPLE POINTS time. 

What does that mean? For every dollar you spend using your Nordstrom credit/debit card you will earn 3X the amount of points than you normally would. If we are going to shop, and we all know we will, we might as well do it now and earn the extra savings for later.

Nordstrom Must Have Fall Essentials

On Wednesday I mentioned five of my favorite wardrobe essentials for the fall and winter seasons. I thought I would remind y'all one more time and throw a few more into the mix.  

I love a good floppy hat like this one for less than $30. They add a fun element to so many styles and looks. Plus, when it's raining or that pesky cowlick won't go down they become a lifesaver...and did I mention their fun? I have a brown one that I purchased last year and picked up a new black one that I will show you next week.

Cardigans. Another lifesaver on days when all that matters is staying warm, comfy and cozy. I am loving all the over sized, chunky knit options that are available this season. And because owning too much plaid isn't possible, I want this one in both colors.

Speaking of plaid...I am always drawn to the "classic" plaid like this one, but I am REALLY wanting all three of these fall color combos too...maybe because they are only $20.

I saved the best chat for last, shearling! Oh my goodness, this takes me back to the days of bomber jackets. Top Gun anyone? I am so happy that it's come back around. I just wish I didn't get rid of mine so many moons ago. I love the contrast sleeves on this one. It not only looks super cozy, but chic too. I couldn't believe the price on this camo option. I really want it for our weekends at the ranch.

Oh, one more quick note, the cut out heels I featured today are almost the EXACT pair I got from Zara last year. I wore them in my post on Wednesday. I got a few comments asking about where they were from on Facebook and Instagram, so I wanted to share the link again. The sizes are running low and they are on MAJOR sale...50% off major. If you want them and they still have your size, I would act fast.

So, if you skipped all that explaining, describing and clothes talk up above, the CliffsNotes version is:

Your chance to earn Nordstrom triple points ends this Sunday. Don't miss out. Happy shopping and weekend.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Structured Staple

Basic Fall Outfit for Casual Friday

There is something about a solid blazer that just gives every outfit structure and class. Even though the fall weather that came last weekend is long gone, I couldn't help but to put on this tan blazer that I got from Target. I wanted it last year, but they sold out of my size both in stores and online. When I saw it again this year, I yanked it off the rack without hesitation. In my opinion, the quality is better than the J.Crew Factory version and less than $40. 

I met a client for lunch yesterday and wanted to look polished, yet laid back and effortless. By adding the blazer as a final detail, I think I accomplished just what I was going for. I wish I would have had Ross take of photo without the jacket to show the dramatic difference one wardrobe staple can make to a style. If I had to choose my top five must have pieces for the fall (or for any season) everything I am wearing would make the list:

1. Solid, structured blazer
2. Pair of black heels or ankle boots
3. Stripe top for layering under jackets
4. Distressed denim, skinny or boyfriend fit
5. Tote bag (preferably printed) to spice up the simplest of outfits

Coach Zebra Print Tote
Tan Blazer Stripe Top Distressed Denim Black Ankle Boots
Black Cut Out Zara Heels
Basic and Classic Fall Style
Tan J.Crew Structured Boyfriend Blazer
Target Blazer // Old Navy Stripe Top (old: similar here and here) // Old Navy Boyfriend Skinny Denim // Zara Heels (old: almost identical here) // Coach Zebra Print Tote (similar here) // Vintage Chain Necklace (similar) // Wrenn Jewelry Rings c/o // La Mer Watch c/o (love this one) // Forever 21 Pave Bracelet (old: love this one) // Forever 21 Sunglasses (option


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