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Yesterday I took Casey to Kerry Park in Queen Anne. It’s one of my favorite places in the city and I love taking people there when they come to visit because not only is the view breathtaking, I love seeing their initial reaction as we drive up to the overlook. Gorgeous, isn’t it? But on top of wanting to visit Kerry Park for the view, I knew it was the perfect place to shoot this outfit for Lands’ End. I partnered with the brand to try a new pair of their jeans since they recently relaunched their denim line. They are now focusing on achieving a great fit for everyone, offering low, medium and high rises (I’m wearing this style) in soft material and in various washes. The new styles also now come with slightly slanted back pockets and a higher waist in the back that trims your shape immediately. I also really like their chambray shirts, especially the striped one I’m wearing. You can check out more denim styles here!

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Panama Hat: (bought in Spain) / Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Necklace: Bauble Bar / Shirt: Lands’ End / Jeans: Lands’ End / Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s (mine are an older style, but I also love their new striped version)

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I’ve been a fan of Forever 21 for over ten years now and have watched it grow and change from a place where I only bought my “going out” clothes to now what is a multifaceted store that offers everything from lingerie to pencil skirts and more. I have learned to shop their various stores, no matter how big or small, and spot and pick out really cute things that otherwise might have been overlooked. So when Forever 21 asked me to create three looks that illustrate parts of my everyday life, I was of course up for the challenge. I headed to the gigantic four-level store in Times Square and got to work. I thought about what the main aspects of my work life are and decided to start with what I would wear to a professional meeting in midtown. I knew I wanted to feel polished and put together so I oped for a really great pencil skirt as my starting point and went from there.

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I picked a black and gold statement necklace to add a bit of boldness to this basic button down and to draw out the darker details in the skirt.

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I kept the bag and shoes a neutral color to bring more attention to the bold, printed skirt.

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This classic blue button down is very versatile and I love that I can dress it up for a meeting and then later on in the day, pair it with white jeans and sandals for a more casual look.

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Photos by: Lydia Hudgens

Forever 21: Necklace / Shirt / Skirt / Shoes / Bag (old but here is a similar style)

Style Tip: I realize that for those of you who work in a more traditional work environment, a brightly patterned skirt and open toed shoes may not be appropriate. If that is the case, or if this much print feels a little scary, I would suggest simply swapping out the skirt for a deep navy blue pencil skirt, and making your shoes the focal point. Try a pair of pointy-toed bold pumps in a zippy color like citron or coral as your statement piece.

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Seeing as my mother lives all the way across the country in Seattle, we sadly aren’t going to be together this coming Sunday, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about her of course, and what I would do if we were together. A typical morning on Mother’s Day in our house would be spent eating a homemade breakfast of eggs, toast, bacon and coffee. Afterward, we would most likely take a walk around the lake with Barney. I wish I could be with my family this weekend, but then yesterday when I received this gorgeous orchid and Calvin Klein perfume,  it prompted me to photograph it and share it on the blog as a little online tribute to my wonderful mother.

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I plan on giving my mom this beautiful orchid and perfume when she visits in June (can you take an orchid on a plane?!) but for those of you that have your mothers close by, you can celebrate this Sunday and receive a stunning complimentary orchid plant of your own with any large spray purchase from the euphoria fragrance collection at Macy’s and Macys.com. Share your gift with #euphoriaformoms.

This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you so much for always supporting posts that allow me to keep doing what I love. xo

 

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I seem to really be on a burgundy kick right now. Whether it’s tights, hats, bags or socks even, I love the color and have been incorporating it right and left in my recent outfits. I’ve been dying to pull together all of my favorite wine-colored accessories into one look, and this was the perfect opportunity.

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Brown, like black tights, are a perfect go-to color for everyday wear, and are just as critical to a well-rounded wardrobe. I built this outfit around legwear, and these Super Opaque Tights in rich Espresso and Essential Boot Socks in Deep Burgundy, both from No nonsense, helped me stay cozy in my classic denim cut-offs. You can’t beat this great boot sock, especially when they’re so versatile and the perfect thickness; not too thick or too thin, but just right to wear with an ankle bootie. Paired with a cream sweater and camel coat, this outfit is perfect for me who’s always on the go.
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Hat: J.Crew / Scarf: Zara / Sunglasses: Tom Ford / Coat: J.Crew / Sweater: Top Shop / Shorts: Paige (gifted) / Tights and Socks: No nonsense (gifted) / Boots: Zara / Bag: Alexander Wang
You can easily pick up both of these No nonsense  must-haves at your local drugstore for under $10 each or enjoy an exclusive 20% off site-wide at Nononsense.com, just for My Style Pill readers! Use the code style20 at checkout, valid through 03/31/14.
 Follow No nonsense on Facebook and Pinterest for all the latest news and updates on their stylish and affordable legwear. xo
Shop the look below – there are some great sales going on right now!
southern charm post  Happy Monday! Did everyone who lives on the east coast survive the freezing weather this weekend? I spent most of Saturday cuddled up on the couch, watching movies and eating pizza with my best friend from college who was here visiting from Seattle. Because, when it’s 18 degrees outside, I find it more relaxing to browse the web looking at outfits I can wear in 70-degree weather and planning mini trips to warmer climates, instead of venturing outside and freezing my face off.
Luckily, I’m getting a little reprieve from this cold snap and heading to New Orleans in just over two weeks. (I will be hosting a fun styling workshop while I’m down there but more on that later!) Whenever I head to the south I find that my style steers away from anything black and edgy, and instead I’m drawn to more girly, feminine pieces in pastels. I think it has to do with the fact that when I’m down in Nola, there are brightly painted houses, remnants of Mardi Gras decorations and amazing architecture everywhere you look. It truly inspires me in a way different than any other town or city I’ve visited.
The south is a charming and special place, and I hope to keep exploring and visiting other towns such as Nashville and Charleston sooner than later, but in the meantime, in lieu of my upcoming trip, I decided to create a few outfits that I could see myself wearing while I’m down in the bayou.
Shop my looks here…

 

P.S. Guilty pleasure alert – Bravo’s new show Southern Charm is debuting tonight at 10 EST. Who’s going to watch?
This post is sponsored by Bravo. As always, all opinions and styling are my own – thank you for your continuous support. xo
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Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Jacket: Rebecca Taylor / Skirt: H&M / Tank: Lauren by Ralph Lauren / Bag: Lauren by Ralph Lauren / Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren

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There is something about a head to toe, black and white look that I love. It feels current and fresh – perfect for the upcoming warmer seasons. This past weekend it was actually nice out and in the mid 50s, which felt amazing compared to the previous (and once again) freezing weather we’ve been experiencing. I took full advantage and went all out with a spring-like outfit, complete with bare legs and a light jacket. If you like this combo, click here for more chic black and white options!
This post was sponsored by InStyle and Lauren Ralph Lauren. As always, all opinions and styling are my own – thank you for your continuous support. xo

 

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What’s in my bag…

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(Not shown – a pair of heels, my Nikon SLR and some sort of scarf and/or gloves.)
As someone who is constantly on the go, running here and there, while basically lugging everything around in one large bag, my appearance by midday is often less than glamourous (read: frazzled and sweaty). It’s times like these when you need something that will help you reset and refresh for those crucial and transitional moments, especially when dealing with rapid climate change where you head straight from the freezing elements into a heated building for an important meeting or appointment. Not always a pretty sight!

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Luckily, I’ve discovered Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths by Ban, which is a new innovative product from Japan. What sets these cloths apart is the PowderSilk™ Technology, which leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, smelling fresh, with no sticky residue. I am a huge proponent of anything that offers a quick fix when in a pinch, especially when it’s travel sized, so, I’ve started keeping a pack in my purse and now have added them to my styling kit. They have been quite the lifesaver so I definitely recommend giving them a whirl.


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Now that you know what’s in my bag, I thought it would be fun to share a peek into what makes up my styling kit, which represents another side of my life. Each stylist has their own personal tips and tricks, and building your kit takes time and experience, but when I’m on a shoot, I know that the bottom line is I need be prepared and ready to fix any issue that could arise regarding the clothing.

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1. Steamer / 2.Fashion Tape / 3. Bobby pins / 4. Scissors / 5. Static Guard / 6. Microfiber Cloths / 7. Black electrical tape / 8. Lint Roller / 9. Bulldog Clips / 10. Mini Sewing Kit / 11. Rubberbands / 12. Alcohol Wipes / 13. Plastic Bags / 14. Velour Brush / 15. Safety Pins / 16. Black Sharpie / 17. Ban Freshening Cloths
Above are my go-to items that I use on-set, which now definitely includes Ban Freshening Cloths. I’ve found them incredibly useful as a quick refresher during outfit changes and just for general use when on set after a long day. After wrapping up a shoot, I love to blow off steam with friends over dinner and drinks, but I’m usually feeling sort of haggard. Now I just wipe down my neck and underarms with one of the cloths, swipe on a bit of mascara, blush and lipgloss, and I’m ready to go! xo
This post is sponsored by Ban. You can read more about the product here, but as always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for your continuous support. #bantotalrefresh 

 

 

 

 

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Dress: BCBG via Amazon (gifted) / Clutch: BCBG (gifted) / Shoes: Report Signature / Bracelet: J.Crew

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor (gifted) / Clutch: Jennifer Haley (old – gifted) / Bracelet: A.V. Max (gift) / Shoes: Zara
With the holidays just weeks away, it’s beginning to be party dress season! I love to dress up and spend time scouring the web for the perfect outfit for special occasions. One evening in particular that is just around the corner, is my dear, dear friend, Helena’s wedding. It falls on the day before Thanksgiving, which could not feel more celebratory and festive.
Although I have dresses I love in my closet, I wanted to wear something new that felt special and unique. So the timing was perfect when Amazon Fashion approached me about a project focusing on their party dresses available online for the holidays and since I am an avid user of Amazon.com, (their Prime membership rules) I of course jumped at the chance to work with them! I browsed through all of their options on Amazon.com/fashion (there are so many!) and finally decided I would narrow my choices down by color and brand. Within those choices I selected BCBG and Rebecca Taylor dresses in black and red, which felt perfect for the season and occasion.

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Photos by: Julia Carmona
I finally selected these two dresses, but couldn’t make up my mind, so I ordered both and they literally arrived the next day. I adore them both so much but need your help deciding which one to wear! I would love to hear which one is your favorite (keep it positive!) and how you would style it. Leave your comments below! xo