Fall Shoulder // LBD with a Pop of Red

Fall Shoulder // LBD with a Pop of Red

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!

This Season's Gold // Pop of Red

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. 

This Season's Gold // Maggy London LBD

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.

rThis Season's Gold // Maggy London Cutout shoulder

This Season's Gold // Maggy London summer dress

This Season's Gold // Maggy London black dress

This Season's Gold // Vince Camuto Pop of Red wedges

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.

Shop the Feature // Maggy London dress | Wedges (on sale!) | Handbag (similar here and here) | Sunglasses ( part of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale still going on!) | Watch  | Earrings (similar)

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

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Heat Wave // Strapless sheath with a touch of gold

Heat Wave //  Strapless sheath with a touch of gold

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend, and if you’ve been anywhere near New York City, staying cool in this heat wave! In the spirit of staying cool, I recently spent an evening out in this summer heat and when I saw this patterned strapless sheath dress, I wanted to own it! It is the perfect summer time look for an evening out when the sun is soon to set but the heat continues to rise. This Season's Gold // Maggy London Florence Sheath

This Season's Gold // Maggy London Sheath

With the summer heat, it’s important to keep your styling as minimal as possible. I simply added a touch of gold with one of my favorite handbags, airy oval drop hoops, and nude sandals to make my petite frame look as tall as possible. I don’t wear pattens too often, but the classic and classy pattern in this dress beautifully elevated an otherwise simple strapless sheath. 

This Season's Gold // Gold clutch and chain bag
Sometimes I find it rather challenging to get dressed for an evening out in the summer when I rather just be sitting home in my air conditioned home to be quite honest, but if I have plans to go out, I prefer to find something that allows me to feel as cool as possible. I love the texture of this dress that has just the right touch of gold making the scalloped pattern perfectly bright for the summer season. I personally love the colors of this strapless sheath because it happens to incorporate our brand colors! 

This Season's Gold // Maggy London Dress

This Season's Gold // Strapless sheath

This Season's Gold // Gold and pink strapless sheath

Hope you enjoy the styling! Stay cool and golden! Let us know in the comments, what is your go to evening look on a hot summer night, or do you just stay home? And if you love this look, we’d love for you to consider sharing it with others! Thank you for reading! 

Shop the Feature // Strapless sheath | Handbag (on sale! love it in silver too!)| Sandals | Earrings (similar)

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

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The Event // Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

The Event // Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Happy Monday! Just in case you didn’t know yet, Nordstrom is having their biggest sale of the year right now. Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is that time of year when you get yourself and the kids fall-ready at significantly reduced price points before they go back up for the regular season! As a Nordstrom debit/credit card holder, you can be the first to shop the anniversary sale picks, which started July 14th, before the masses begin to shop on July 22nd. I wasted no time taking a moment to shop the sale, particularly because of a few pieces I had my eye on since their anniversary sale picks went live online.

This Season's Gold // Nordstrom Blank Leather Jacket

I fell in love with this leather jacket from BlankNYC because it is the perfect mix between a cardigan and a jacket.  I love how soft the leather feels and that it can be worn casually or a bit more dressed up, like I did here. Of course, it’s way too warm to be wearing leather at this time of year, but I definitely can’t wait to wear it come Fall, especially in green.

This Season's Gold // Olive cowl-neck dress

This Season's Gold // Olive sleeveless dress

This Season's Gold // Long cowl-neck olive dress

One of my favorite colors for Fall is olive green, and this sleeveless cowl neck dress is perfect for summer too! I look forward to wearing it on our annual trip to Cape Cod soon! Be sure to catch all the beauty of Cape Cod via Snapchat (@thisseasonsgold). One piece I know I can’t live without for the rest of this summer is a great pair of shades! These shades from Kate Spade (56mm lens) fit my face perfectly, which is saying a lot since I always have a difficult time finding a proper size of shades for my small face. 

This Season's Gold // Kate Spade sunglasses

I love the little message too! Oh, hello sunshine! How sweet!

This Season's Gold // Kate Spade Hello Sunshine sunglasses

This Season's Gold // Speck phone case

I fell in love with the simplicity of this gold Speck iPhone case. It is pretty and still the strongest protective case I’ve ever owned. The four corners of the case are rubberized to protect the most sensitive part of my phone. For as much as I let my son use my phone (and dropped several times myself), that’s a major plus! 

This Season's Gold // Anniversary sale picks

And while I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet,  I’m sharing a few of my other favorite Nordstrom anniversary sale picks with you perfect for the transition from summer into Fall! Enjoy shopping and thank you for stopping by!

Shop the Feature // BlankNYC jacket | Leith dress | Heels | Kate Spade shades | Skagen clutch | Speck phone case (Thank you Speck!) | Kylie Mary Jo lips

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 Anniversary Sale Picks – Women


New Hope, PA // Warm days in a long cross-back dress

New Hope, PA // Warm days in a long cross-back dress

Happy Saturday! I’m sharing one of my favorite places to visit today wearing my favorite long cross-back dress for the summer season! Not long ago, my family and I decided to spend a lovely day in New Hope (Bucks County), Pennsylvania, right along the west bank of the Delaware River. It happens to be one of my favorite towns to visit because there is always something new to see, somewhere great to eat, the people are wonderful and the energy of the town exudes creativity at every corner.

My son has always loved trains, so it’s no surprise that taking a ride on the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad is a highlight of his day when we visit New Hope. It is only an hour roundtrip, which is perfect for the little ones. We love the vintage feel of taking a scenic railroad ride that transports us to another time and place. Throughout the year, they have special events like riding with Santa and a Family Dinner train, which I would love to try. It truly is such special experience to have with your children.

It was such a hot day when we went, and wearing this long cross-back dress was the perfect way to stay light and airy while walking around the town. If you follow along on Instagram, it definitely was a favorite! When it’s just too hot to want to wear anything at all, I love finding the perfect piece that I can wear out all day and still feel nicely dressed enough for dinner al fresco. On cooler days, adding a vest or a blazer is perfect for those moments when indoors in air-conditioning. I love this dress in white too! This Season's Gold // Cross-back striped

This Season's Gold // Gorjana jewelry

This Season's Gold // Long cross-back striped dress Speaking of a long day, I changed into flats (reality-check!) and we went to our favorite place for lunch. Logan Inn, located on Ferry St., has both an indoor and outdoor restaurant with plenty of shade and a great view of the hustle and bustle of the motorcycles (many of them!) and people walking along Main Street. Their food is delicious and I particularly love their Sunday brunch.

A cool note of interest is that Logan Inn happens to be one of the 5 oldest inns in the country and some say it is haunted. I personally can’t confirm that, but I find it fascinating and honestly think it would be fun if it was! And if you’re looking for another great activity to do with the kids, you can pick up a horse carriage ride around the picturesque area right on Ferry and Main street. This Season's Gold // Cross-back dress in stripes

This Season's Gold // Logan Inn, New Hope

DSC_0463 DSC_0457 This Season's Gold // Logan Inn - New Hope, Pennsylvania This Season's Gold // Cross-back dress for summer Thank you so much for reading! Have you ever been to New Hope, PA? Any other places you recommend we visit? We’d love to know! And I’ve shared a few other great dresses that are perfect for those warm summer days! (Note to self – always be aware of your previous tan lines before wearing this style! Ha!)

If you happen to have a Nordstrom’s debit or credit card, then you’ll be able to shop early for some pretty cross back dresses that are part of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. Let us know which is your favorite!

Shop the Feature // Long cross-back dress | Heels (similar) | Small handbag (I love this too!) | Flats (similar) | Reversible tote Jewelry

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J.Crew Stylist // Off the Shoulder in Yellow and Denim

J.Crew Stylist // Off the Shoulder in Yellow and Denim

little over a month ago, I was so honored to have been able to host a style event at one of my favorite places to shop, J.Crew! If someone told me years ago that I would be “playing” a J.Crew Stylist offering style advice and blogging about fashion and travel and opening up my life in public, I would have easily rejected the notion. While I’ve always enjoyed taking my friends shopping (sometimes at their request!) to help them pick out looks or poured over fashion magazines most of my life, I wouldn’t have thought I’d do that with more than just those circle of friends.

This Season's Gold // J.Crew Stylist Event

What a joy to be able to see people happy when they feel good in the right clothes that make them feel more special than they already are! J.Crew is such a great place to not only find some classic pieces, but also find a few edgy styles that give you the chance to go beyond your work week boundaries of dressing. A bit more color or a mix of patterns is always fun way to experiment with your style. For my style event, I chose to wear a bright and bold yellow off the shoulder top  (they have it in stripes too!)and finish the ensemble with a ripped edged denim pencil skirt. Wedges completed the look and kept me comfortable while still giving me height for the fun evening!

Hope you enjoy! I look forward to hosting a few more style events in the upcoming seasons! Stay tuned! Here are some of my current favorites at J.Crew and J.Crew FactoryThey are currently having an Extra 50% off sale items with code 48HOURS.

Shop the feature || Top | Skirt | Shoes (similar)

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On the Wedges // A Statement in Ruffled Chambray

On the Wedges // A Statement in Ruffled Chambray

Happy Sunday! This week has been filled with many emotions for me. As a wife, mother, and teacher, I strive to show my son the best of what the world has to offer, and sometimes shield him from the “bad stuff” in the world. For a 6 year old, I find it a challenge to share all that is bad in the world, and then I also know he needs to understand the reality he is going to face as he grows up. At this time, I’m leaving that for another post.

This Season's Gold // Ruffled Chambray Dress

I’ve recently been watching this documentary-style show called States of Undress, and it has truly opened my eyes to how fashion is more than just clothes and well-organized ensembles (I knew it, but it’s nice to confirm it!), but a statement about culture and the civil liberties some around the world strive so hard to achieve. It made me think about what it means to share fashion in this forum weekly with you because very much like the theatre world that I love so much, fashion time-stamps our moments in history and is the evidence we can look upon when we are seeking to understand the state of our world’s past, present and future.

This Season's Gold // Ruffled Chambray Dress with pockets

This Season's Gold // Ruffled Chambray Dress Summer Style

This Season's Gold // Off the Shoulder Dress

This Season's Gold // Off the Shoulder ChambrayThis Season's Gold // Marc Fisher wedges

And as promised, Nadja is sharing her take on this summer’s favorite shoe-the wedge-for our Sunday Favorites!

“Wedges are always a great choice if you want to elevate your height and style. Unlike heels, wedges provide more comfort and balance. Summertime is one of the best time to strut in your wedges and show off your cute summer pedicure. Wedges can range in various styles such as: espadrille, wooden wedge or cork wedges. Cute applications to the wedges like ankle straps can transform the shoe from a casual to a much more formal look. If wedges are not in your summer shoe rotation, be sure to snag a pair.”

Are you a fan of wedges? We’d love to know!  If you have Snapchat, feel free to share your thoughts with us and follow along @thisseasonsgold! Thanks!

Shop the Feature // Ruffled Chambray dress (similar & here) | Suede Wedges | Fossil bag (similar) | Neck tie | Sunglasses (similar) | Stone Bracelet

P.S. Oh, and did you notice anything new? We’d love to know what you think. Thank you for reading!

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Sunday Favorites // The Strappy Summer Dress

Sunday Favorites // The Strappy Summer Dress

Shop Featured Image // Zara dress ( similar) | Schutz heels (similar) | Banana Republic bag (50% off sale!)

Happy 4th of July weekend for those of you who celebrate! I am so happy to share that we’ve been featured again with IFB and their Links a la Mode. I am so grateful to always have my work shared and share those of others! We’re growing here at This Season’s Gold, and I’d love for you to join me over on Snapchat (@thisseasonsgold) and on Instagram to follow along my style-filled mommy and travel adventures! Have you seen our most recent Facebook Live video? It’s gone ever-so-slightly viral. (I think it has to do with how amazing the fashion superhero Robert Verdi is in it!  He is such a joy! Go check it our here and if you love it as much as we do, please consider giving our FB page a “thumbs up” to like us for more fun!)

This Season's Gold // Links a la Mode Feature

And even more exciting? Sunday Favorites are back! I am so thrilled that for this summer season our Sunday Favorites will feature our very first guest fashionista writing for us! Nadja is my summer intern, and currently a college student who is majoring in Fashion Merchandising. I am so thrilled to have her work with me this summer, and share all her talents as she just returned from studying abroad in Italy! Welcome Nadja! 

“I try to keep my eye on the latest trends, because it is important for me to keep track of what’s current in the fashion world. Working at Nordstrom has also allowed me to identify new styles for the upcoming season. Using my own personal style knowledge,  I can help assist my clients discover new pieces and trends to try. And now I want to share some of my favorites with you. 

I’ve gained a new respect and love for dresses as my own personal style has developed, and my favorite for this season is a simple strappy summer dress. These have just the right amount of cool for that fun-loving summer vibe just perfect for any outdoor occasion. Hope you enjoy!”  

Shop Featured Image // Zara dress ( similar) | Schutz heels (similar) | Banana Republic bag (50% off sale!)

Which dress would you most likely try? Let us know in the comments! Thank you for reading!

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June 30, 2016