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Stylebook App Giveaway!

7 Nov

You know those mornings where nothing looks good so you end up trying on pretty much your whole closet before you find something you feel good in? And then you’re left with a pile of clothes that you need to rehang?


Well I used to have mornings like that. But then I found this amazing app called Stylebook that let’s me catalog all the clothing in my closet and then put together outfits using pieces from my own closet (Is it just me or is this reading a lot like an infomercial? I promise it’s all true!). All you have to do is take pictures of your clothing, or you can even pull the images off the store’s websites, and then Stylebook helps you strip out the background so you can use your own clothing to assemble outfits.


I wanted to show you how easy it was to put together outfits using Stylebook, so I took the 39 pieces from my Building a Wardrobe Series : Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4; and put together a month’s worth of outfits. That’s another great feature of Stylebook, you can put your outfits into a calendar so you can avoid wearing the same outfit twice in a week, or you can plan out your outfits in advance.

Ok so I’ve talked enough about the app, how about I give you a chance to try it yourself? Today, I’ve partnered with Stylebook to give away 5 copies of the Stylebook App to my followers (that means you!), and you can enter right here! The giveaway will run from today to next Friday November 15th at 12:00AM PST.

Stylebook Giveaway


Building a Wardrobe: Must-Have Accessories

6 Nov


Accessories can really make a look, and honestly I have so many accessories that I can’t live without because they really transform a outfit. If I had it my way, I’d do a post for each of these: shoes, bags, jewelry, scarves, but I just don’t have the time. So I’ve tried to narrow it down to my favorites. When I travel and can’t take more than one small suitcase, these are the pieces I typically take so that I can increase the versatility of the clothing that I’ve packed.

For jewelry, I typically tend towards the bold statement pieces that really draw in the eye. When you have plain tops or dresses, statement necklaces are really a great way to spice things up.

Gold Isn't So Bad After All-20

I love how this chunky masculine watch perfectly compliments my girly style. It makes me feel effortlessly cool.

All Purpose Colored Jeans-10

It’s nice how these light airy scarves can play the same role as a statement necklace without all of the added weight.

Infinity scarves are my go-to because they require so little effort to look good and they do a great job at keeping you warm. Lately I’ve been making most of mine, but I still adore the ones that I’ve bought.

Styling with Emerald-8

I have a bunch of different bags that I use depending on my mood and the occasion, but these get the most wear.

A neutral bag is an easy basic that goes with almost any outfit and season. This Dooney and Bourke one was my first real splurge in the bag department, and it was totally worth it. I love how it’s very different from a lot of the bags that you see on the street, but is still a great neutral piece.

Lazy Day Outfit-14

For me, my wallet does double-duty as a clutch. I love that I can just grab my wallet and go, on days that I don’t need a purse, and it’s also great to not need to transfer anything when I’m heading out. If you’re looking to upgrade your wallet I’d definitely recommend a neutral but visually interesting long wallet like this one.

I’m also on a hunt for my perfect pop of color bag, and a more structured tote style would be a great complement to my collection. A fun colored bag can really add some interest to a casual outfit. Right now I’m torn between an oxblood and a mustard color because both are such versatile colors, but then a bright teal would also be so much fun. I think it’s safe to say that it’ll be a while before I make up my mind.

Ok, now shoes are hard because they’re so season dependent, but these are my four current favorites.

My lazy day go-to shoes are my black flats. These look good with pretty much anything, and they’re comfy to work in all day.

Polka Dots and Natural Dying-8

These heels are so ridiculously comfortable, and the fun blue makes them easy to pair with anything while still adding a little color. While most women have a neutral pump in their collection, I’d recommend going for something a little more bright, but not too out there.

Color Mixing - Analogous Colors-4

These combat boots add a great edge to any look, and the fact that you can wear them as long or short boots is awesome.

outfit 1- jewel tone blazer

I just got these cage heels and they totally rock. The soft tan makes them more day wear than a black, and you can rock these all through fall and winter by pairing them with a warm pair of tights.

And I just realized that I completely forgot to include belts! Belts really add that extra pop to a look and can really help define the waist. I always like to have a wide variety of thick and thin belts around in various different colors.
Cardigan Sweater-12

And that almost wraps up my Building a Wardrobe series. Make sure to stop by tomorrow because I have a special treat to share with you all. And don’t forget to check out parts 1-3 of the series:
Building a Wardrobe: 8 Tops Every Woman Needs
Building a Wardrobe: Shorts, Pants and Skirts Everyone Needs
Building a Wardrobe : Outer Layers You Can’t Live Without

You can find all of the pieces featured in this post here:
Statement Necklace: Modcloth
Watch: Micheal Kors
Infinity Scarf: Modcloth
Silk Scarf: Bluefly
Neutral Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Clutch: Nordstroms/Anne Klein
Colored Bag: Micheal Kors/ London Fog
Flats: Abella
Blue Heels: Jessica Simpson
Combat Boot: Madden Girl
Cage Heels: Steve Madden

Building a Wardrobe : Outer Layers You Can’t Live Without

29 Oct

Here’s part 3 of the Building a Wardrobe series; parts 1 (Tops Every Woman Needs) and part 2 (Shorts, Pants and Skirts Everyone Needs) can be found here.


I seriously don’t know what I’d do without my layers. For someone like me who gets cold easily, its always nice to have something that I can put on or take off depending on how I feel. Especially if you work in an office like mine that is perpetually ice cold year-round. Not only that, but layers can add dimension to an outfit and therefore increase the number of different outfits you can put together.

A leather (or faux leather) jacket can add a great edgy feel to an outfit. I have a brown faux leather one that I picked up when I was in France, and now looking for a black leather one to round out my collection.

Pairing stripes with leather-3

A plain black blazer is a must-have in anyone’s closet. I love this particular one because it’s the perfect length and fit for almost any purpose. It looks great on a skirt, on jeans, and on dress pants.

Blazer + Graphic Tee-6

As a California girl, I never really needed anything warmer than a light jacket until my study abroad experience in France. Since then though, this wool peacoat has come in very handy for my trips across country. So while the material of such a coat depends on where you live, a peacoat is always a great thing to have. I have two: my nicer wool one which I typically don’t wear unless I’m traveling somewhere cold, and my lighter one that I got from Forever 21 which is much more practical for California weather.

Dressing Professionally in Cold Weather-002

I love cardigans in general. They come in so many different cuts and lengths that can be then styled in so many different ways. Its always nice to have a bright cardigan to add a pop to a simple outfit.

Simple, neutral cardigans are also great ones to have to throw onto any outfit. I have grey and cream ones that work really well.

Floral Pants + Yellow = Twice the Fun-4

A print cardigan works similarly to a colored cardigan. It can be used if you want to experiment with print mixing, or just to incorporate a print into any look.

Polka Dots and Natural Dying-3

And who can forget the trench? Its length makes it the perfect piece to layer over a dress, yet it still works great with jeans and pretty much anything else.

Also keep in mind that all of your button up tops can also be styled as outer layers over another shirt.

Print Mixing - Bows and Stripes-1

Here’s where you can find all of these pieces for your own wardrobe:
Leather Jacket: Uniqlo/Dillard’s
Peacoat: Calvin Klein/Target
Blazer: H&M
Colored Cardigan: Target
Neutral Cardigan: Old Navy/Target
Print Cardigan: Target
Trench Coat: Macy’s