This September has whizzed by, and I feel like it has all been a dream! From the start of the school year to New York Fashion Week to my Ann Taylor event in NJ and now my upcoming birthday, my ability to write about all the excitement took some time. But I’m happily ready to share all about it!
As part of my Sunday Favorites series, I have to talk about the new Fall collection at Ann Taylor. I am absolutely in love with their blouses. All of their classic tailored pieces bring such elegance and a bit of edge to any look you put together. It was such an honor to collaborate with Ann Taylor for a style event at Garden State Plaza in New Jersey to meet so many of my followers and friends. I shared the event on all of my social media, so if you’d like to be a part of my next meet & greet or style event, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat to be the first to know!
One of my favorite colors for fall is burgundy! I love the warmth and richness of the color up against the hues of the changing season. I’m also convinced (and partly because I’m a theatre teacher) that the ruffles, thin pleats and loose fitting blouses for fall are an ode to the immensely successful Broadway show Hamilton. (Then again, it may just be that I want to look like I can be in the show!) Hope you enjoy the styling, pics from the event, and my favorite dreamy blouses from Ann Taylor!
Happy August! How did we already get to the last days of Summer? We’ve just returned from our vacation and are getting ready to return to school. It’s a busy time for us all and I actually get a little anxious about it. It always feels like there never is enough time to sort out all of the shopping, planning, and organizing I totally thought I was going to get done when school was over in June. But here we are at the start of another school year and while I did accomplish quite a bit, the “to-do” list just keeps growing!
Now I’m not always a fan of wearing all black in the summer, but if there is something special about a piece I’m happy to give in, like this simple and classic dress. I’ve seen plenty of off the shoulder looks this summer, and I’m definitely wearing plenty of those looks as seen here and here. But one way to play with the idea of the off the shoulder trend as we head into the early start of the Fall season (yes, I know!) is the shoulder cutout, and this LBD is definitely the perfect version of it.
For summer, I wanted to wear this dress casually by adding a pop of red on the lip along with the bag and shoes. However, I can easily dress it up as the cooler days start to creep in with a thrown over blazer, clutch and some gold accessories, or even adding a fuller skirt over the dress to create a third look from it.
Hope you enjoy the styling and the start of the new month and week! How do like to add a pop of red in your looks? We’d love to know and even try styling some of your ideas in an upcoming post! Tweet us or use #TSGoldInspired and let us know.
It’s Tuesday, which means one day closer to the weekend! (It’s never too early!) I’m gearing up to share some fun and sunny posts from my recent trip to Florida, but being back home and still in cool weather, has me excited about styling camel and stripes because I’m enjoying wearing my blazer and long wool vest these days. I love how natural and chic the combination looks no matter the color of the stripes. Since my teens, I had an obsession with anything striped in any color or combination (See what I mean? And here, and here!). As a result, I’m sharing two looks today and some great pieces that would go perfect together to recreate the camel and stripes look for yourself. Hope you enjoy!
I loved playing with the idea of making this coat vest into a dress. While I definitely needed to wear something underneath to keep warm (biker shorts!), I originally bought this vest a bit larger than usual and liked the idea of cinching it up into a dress with a belt that closed with belt that had no loops. It kept the look slim when I already knew I had some bulk to contend with due to the thickness of the coat (which kept me warm too!) Playing with a heavier layer, the stripes and open sandals kept the look light (I took advantage of an oddly warmer winter day to pull this off!).
I have been living in this double breasted blazer for more than I’d like to admit this winter. I found it on sale at Banana Republic, and it was the last one in store! I absolutely love it. Popping up the color to show the grey inset is my favorite part. Red stripes, red lips and red bottoms made this a perfect dress down Friday look to go from work to a night out with your girls.
Happy Tuesday! I’ve been enjoying warmer weather and time with my boys and family at the happiest of places (Disney, as I’m still a kid at heart!) for Mr. E’s birthday! I can’t wait to share details and travel ideas from this long weekend. It feels good to smile and just enjoy time bonding with the special people I love. I think about heaven often and how my joy is a representation of my angel’s wish for us to be well and together. We enjoyed our Valentine’s day cooking and dancing and catching some sun! And while I know that NYC right now is experiencing some major cold right now and NYFW is in full swing, I thought I’d share some warm details in some of my favorite colors – olive, navy, and wine (seen here too!).
I am dedicating today’s Sunday Favorites to all of you! This platform has given me so much joy and room to breathe after all that has happened this past year. You have helped give this space its wings! Grief can be so stifling and keep you frozen in place where you feel like there is nothing you ever want to do to feel happy again. But by the grace of all that is good in this world, I did not let that happen. This Season’s Gold is the very space in which I live to honor every single one of us women who have to go through life in the least ideal way; and that can look different to every one of us (loss, single parenting, divorce, financial strain, this list can go on and on!). I am giving thanks to the very soul that makes me see everyday as an opportunity to always try something new, never give up, to be proud of my strength and live to the fullest. I know I would have raised a strong, independent, hard working, passionate and honorable young woman, and because of This Season’s Gold, I know she guides me to celebrate women who are the same.
Not realizing that I hadn’t thought much about what to wear this holiday season (this one is a tough one!), I was so pleased when Nadine of Milagros Designs asked me to style one of her most popular pieces, the Fiesta Skirt. Given my affinity for gold, she thought it would be fitting to wear her gold tulle skirt, and within moments I knew exactly how I wanted to wear it. I’ve seen many bloggers wearing tulle skirts, and to be honest, I often thought I could never make the look work. But I knew I wanted to keep the look simple and classic, so it felt just right with a fitted turtleneck. Add on the glamorous (and shiny gold!) accessories, and I was set feeling ready for the holidays!
This was especially an enjoyable experience because it allowed me to meet such strong woman doing what they love. Not only is Nadine a seasoned and skilled fashion designer (follow her on Instagram here!), but Lillie from Jersey Fashionista (blogger and skilled photographer!) joined us to be our photographer for the afternoon, along with Alexa from Lex Loves Couture who styled the skirt (in pink!), were all a pleasure to meet and work with on this photoshoot.
If you are loving tulle skirts these days which are perfect for the holiday season, prepare to have fun creating your ideal tulle skirt with Nadine in any length and color. Enjoy!
Thank you so much for reading, following and helping me grow! From our family to yours, we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love here and afar. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Feel free to share with me in the comments below, and I’d love to celebrate with you in spirit.