Tuesday, December 30, 2014

#TrendyTuesday: Handbag Happy with Fringe

I am always amazed to see the Spring looks showing up at retailers before my Midwestern self is ready to shop for them.  So today, instead of starting to talk Spring clothing trends I thought I might start with an accessories trend I love:  fringe! You can find it on all handbag styles this Winter and the coming Spring Summer season.  It's in cross body bags, bucket bags, totes and more! 
Not sure if fringe is for you?  You can add just a touch of fringe, in a tassel, like this cross body bag below.  At $39.99 this bag by Topshop is a fabulous look!  It has a fabulous swirl embellishment and laser cut detail too!
And another favorite pick is the Steve Madden bag with fringe at the sides and the embellished with gunmetal details that will have you thinking of zippers!  It's available in several colors.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Yes, I am Still Paper Crafting with #LauraDenisonDesigns!

For those of you who have been following my blog forever, you may have begun to wonder if I am still paper crafting.  Yes, I am!  My latest project has been a bit time consuming because I made 6 of them!  Every year, my sisters and I exchange a $5.00 gift for Christmas.  It has become a challenge to see who can come up with the best gift at that price and let me tell you, my sisters are some savvy shoppers.  I usually make my gifts and this year I finally got a round to making the Laura Denison Design's Nativity!  To save money on this, I split the cost of the kit over my 6 boxes and asked all my scrapbooking friends for their chipboard.  Thanks to Eileen Strachan, a former Creative Memories consultant, I had enough chipboard for the 5 boxes outside of what came in the kit from LDD.   I just covered the plain chipboard with black cardstock. 
It was interesting to me to realize that I had so many wood patterned papers in my stash already.   Who knew?!  I love the wood in the box in the picture above, where I got the wood patterned paper from a prize from a scrapbooking event.  And when I ran out of the wood papers, and began to mix them up for my roof piece on the box below, I thought it was so magically, I wish I had thought of it for my first box!
Laura's box using the standard chipboard and covering it with black cardstock took me roughly a day to make.  So, I actually gave each sister her box this year and told them that they would get their figures next year.  So, sorry no figures to post this year!  Growing up, our family had a clay Nativity set, made by my Aunt.  After my Mother past away, one of my siblings got the well loved set.  I came across Laura's kit and it reminded me of my Aunt's Nativity and had to have it for just this gift idea.  I wanted each sister to have a Nativity made by a family member.  And I must say I have always loved paper dolls, so the idea of paper figures also appealed to me!  I have to thank Laura Denison Designs for such a beautiful kit and allowing me to make multiple versions of the kit under the license agreement as I have 6 sisters!  I do not know if Laura Denison Design's still offers the pattern for this kit, but you can find her site at the link here and request more information. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

#StyleTheSale Saturday with #HauteHippie Holiday Look

I love a chance to wear something that sparkles, and chose this Haute Hippie sequined mini skirt for my Style the Sale featured look today!  The blazer has subtle embellishments at the hem and is also ON SALE.  This would be a fabulous New Years Eve look and depending on where you work, you can wear this look at the office for a desk to dinner look too!  Heels are Badgley Mischka, and aren't on sale.  You can find the look here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

#FrugalFriday Chevron Cardigan

I have been looking at this chevron sweater all season at Shopbop!  It originally was listed for $144.00 and now I found it by the same manufacturer at Nordstrom for $40.79!  You can find it here.  I like the way Shopbop styled it with a black turtleneck! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#TrendyTuesday: Casual New Years Eve Looks Focus on the Tops!

The Holidays are upon us and as usual, we are all rushing and trying to finish our shopping, gift making and baking.  So I am keeping this post short.  If you like a more casual New Years Eve Look or love a pant option, these looks are perfect for you!  It's all about the top, so chose one with embellishments or border details!  A fabulous neutral look for New Years eve that is casual elegance!  Find the look above here.  

Add a faux fur to the embellished top and the metallic jean for extra glam!  Find this look here!  
And finally, the lace border print top with the red jean look!  These are perfect for the woman who loves red!  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#TrendyTuesday How to Wear the #ColoredFauxFur

One of my favorite trends the Winter is the colored faux fur.  I love how rich it looks with lace in the same color!  In the look above the deep burgundy is almost purple, so I've paired it with fabulous gold accessories.  You can find this look here.    What a fabulous look for the holiday party, New Years Eve Party, or a Winter wedding!
Here is another lace and faux fur look in royal blue, paired with silver.  The necklace and heels are by Kate Spade and you can find the entire look here.  

And if your a woman who love neutrals and black try this look. The dress has black lace with a taupe under dress and the jacket is listed as brown.  Add some red accessories to warm up the neutrals.  And I love the shoe enough that I built the look to wear with it!  Find the neutral faux fur and lace look here.  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#AnimalPrintSkirt Deal of the Day

Once again, I am shopping designer looks and finding a look for less!  Above is a Karen Kane skirt ON SALE for $46.80.  I found it while looking for a look for less for the Dolce & Gabana skirt below.

Because animal prints are neutral, you can pair it with any neutral!  It also looks great with a pop of color, like the look below.  For the look below, the jacket, and heels are ON SALE too!  Find the complete look including the fabulous skirt here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

#StyleTheSale Saturday: Classic Cardigan with Edgy Touches

If you love a classic look with edgy touches, check out this Style The Sale Saturday look!  It starts with a fun pair of red skinny jeans, you can wear with a classic pump or your favorite pair of boots.  Add a classic button down blouse and the cardigan with square studded front.  Everything but the Kate Spade stud earrings are ON SALE.  But don't worry, even Kate's earrings are well priced!  Find this Style the Sale Look here.  And the cardigan sweater makes a great gift for her!

Friday, December 5, 2014

#FrugalFriday with #HauteHippie & Gift Ideas for Her

Working in fashion, you become familiar with designer names, and better labels.  One of my new favorites is Haute Hippie, but what's a part time working Mom to do to afford her fashion favorites?  Shop the sale, and go with faux!  That's what I did with this weeks Keaton Row High Low look which you can find here.
 Savings on the tank $131.00, and savings on the legging $236.80. See an expensive designer look on line you want but can't afford? Send me the link, and your budget and I shop for you!  And don't you love the steampunk heels?
And while we are talking frugal, how about some frugal gift ideas for her?   A knit top for her with lace hem trend at $34.00 here

 A sweater with lace hem for her ON SALE at $49.90.
And if you have a pear shaped figure you can wear this look with a darker jean or pant.  

A chunky cotton funnel neck sweater with beautiful knit pattern to flatter the figure, under $50.00.
Handbag gift ideas:
She's been wanting a luxury, designer handbag.  Here is one by a hot designer Rebecca Minkoff in trendy yet timeless animal print at $156.00.
A beautiful lace print clutch for formal occasions including the Holiday party for $43.54.

And take a look at some gift ideas for her with 6 pages of ideas from $13.00-54.00 and one fantasy gift idea page here:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

#TrendyTuesday: Nordstrom Keeps It Trendy for the Women Who Likes Value

One of my favorite things about shopping with Nordstroms is fashion trends in every price range!  I can often find inspiration from their designer looks in brand names well priced, all at Nordstrom.  You may have seen my post on the Sheer Hem Sweater trend here.  Check my previous post for how to wear this trend by figure type.  Today I am sharing a top with the sheer hem trend at a great value! This top is $34.00 with free shipping and returns.  If you have a pear figure, keep the legging or jean dark like the picture above!  And  you can find more well priced fashion picks from Nordstrom in this lookbook with me at Keaton Row.
Let me help you find your best look at one of the four Keaton Row retailers, including Nordstrom, Shopbop, ASOS and Les Nouvelles!  Just let me know what you are looking for, and your budget.  I can show you how to wear it well and my styling services are free to you!  The retailer pays my commission.  I can also help with your holiday shopping!


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