OOTD: Free People Tula Top + Spell Hotel Paradiso Castaway Skirt

Processed with VSCO with c2 presetKeeping with the off-the-shoulder top theme…clearly I have an obsession. And I’m ok with it. This story really started with the skirt. The second I saw it, I knew I couldn’t live without it. But once I had it, I was in search of a perfect top to go with it. Enter in the Tula Top from Free People. These two pieces of clothing were made for each other.

This skirt has such a Mediterranean feel to it. So much that I think I need to book a trip to the Mediterranean immediately and frolic around in this skirt. Completely normal, right? Instead, I chose to frolic around Forest Park here in St. Louis. It’s one of those skirts that catches the wind oh-so-perfectly.

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Top: Tula Top Free People, $58

Skirt: Spell Hotel Paradiso Castaway Skirt Free People, $259

Sunglasses: Night Cat Sunnies Free People, $20

Shoes: Dolce Vita (last year) Shop similar at Dolce Vita, $130

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Have a lovely Sunday!

Kelli

Shoulder Shrugs

Ladies, free those shoulders! Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are this spring and summer’s must have items. I, for one, am beyond thrilled. There is something so sassy and fun about showing off your shoulders.

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This Free People top is one of my favorite off-the-shoulder tops of the season. It is the perfect length to wear with jeans (i.e., it’s not a cop top, which is a plus). And hello? It’s also embroidered. Jackpot. It also comes in a dark blue. Thinking I need that one too…

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Shop My Outfit:

Top: To the Left Top, Free People, $98

Jeans: Jeggings, American Eagle, $49.95

Booties: Mazarine Booties, Dolce Vita,  $126.90

Sun Glasses: Ray-Ban, Nordstrom, $200

Bag: Nordstrom (last year). Shop similar at Nordstrom, $28

Looking for more cute off-the-shoulder tops or dresses? Here are a few more of my favorites:

Clockwise from top left: Rebecca Taylor Nordstrom, $375; Alice + Olivia Nordstrom, $275; Free People, $58; Alice + Olivia Nordstrom, $495

What do you all think of this trend? Hopefully loving it:)

Happy Sunday!

Kelli

And the Best Dressed Goes to…

If you have read my blog in the past, you know that I am a huge Oscars fan. I have a major love for film and fashion, so why would I not love the Oscars? I’ve been watching E!’s Red Carpet for years. Do I dream about walking the Oscar Red Capet? Literally everyday. So much so, that I have my dream dress picked out. Well, my dream dress for this season anyways. The lucky designer of my choice is none other than Ralph & Russo. If you have not seen the Ralph & Russo Spring 2016 Couture show, I highly recommend you check it out.

Seriously, the most gorgeous gown ever. It has everything that I love in a dress. It is sheer and it shimmers. Perfection. If I were nominated for an Oscar, this is exactly what I would want to show up in and win my Oscar in. Timeless and gorgeous.

Naturally, I would bring a handsome date and I would love for him to wear this look from The Black Tux. Ok, who am I kidding? If I were nominated for an Oscar, I would make him wear this. I think these two looks were made for each other. I love this velvet tux for men. Velvet made a huge return last year and I think it is here to stay. It’s also exciting to see men have fun with fashion. So why not velvet??

On the topic of Ralph & Russo and The Black Tux, I’d love to see Best Actress Nominee, Brie Larson, and her Red Carpet date in the following:

I have high hopes that Brie Larson will win the Oscar. She deserves it. And how amazing would she look in this gown? I imagine her date would show up looking quite dapper in a tux like the Shawl Collar Tuxedo from The Black Tux.

Speaking of dapper tuxedos…it is wedding/prom/formal season. That means our men will be on the hunt for a nice tux. The best place for them would be The Black Tux. A great place to start would be their suit rental section. Your guy is sure to find the perfect tux! The Black Tux is an online suit and tuxedo rental company that offers quality, convenience and value right to your doorstep!

Oscars are this Sunday, February 28th. Who do you want to win? And more importantly, who are you looking forward to seeing?

Kelli

OOTD: Free People Newbury Structured Poncho

   
What goes better with fall/winter than plaid? Basically plaid is the quintessential print for these two seasons. If you’re anything like me, you’re very picky with different plaid prints. Personally, I gravitate more towards the larger checks. I find them to be more chic. 

    
Now let’s chat about this particular plaid from Free People. First off, it’s a poncho. Yes, a poncho. And it’s fabulous. Truly everything I love about plaid and crop tops. I also think it was made for a high-waisted skirt. A match made in clothing heaven. And this look wouldn’t be complete without a statement necklace. I am pretty obsessed with this one from Free People. 

    
Top: Newbury Structured Poncho Free People, $68

Skirt: Bugle Joy ModCloth, $54

Coat: Old Navy, $35

Necklace: Hazel Rays Collar Free People, $68

 I ended up earring this outfit on Thanksgiving. And it was a hit! So was the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies…ok you get the point. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I’m sure we all do! I hope everyone is having a fabulous December so far!

Kelli

OOTD: ModCloth Viva La Velvet Skirt

  
If you’re anything like me, you’re surprised that velvet has officially returned. After seeing it here and there last winter, I was skeptical. Well I am now officially on board. As long as it is done in small doses. 

   
 
This velvet skirt from ModCloth is everything. I decided to take the plunge and purchase this beauty. And I am glad I did. It’s a perfect color for the season and goes with so many things. Today I chose to wear the skirt with this adorable floral top from the LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection. Just lovely. 

  
Top: LC Lauren Conrad Bow-Sleeve Crepe Top Kohl’s, $26.99

Skirt: Viva La Velvet Skirt ModCloth, $69.99

Booties: Kate Spade (last year)

   
 
If you’re not quite sold on the velvet revival, just try to stop thinking about all of that crushed velvet from the 90’s. That’s enough to scar anyone for life. But I promise, when done properly, velvet can be incredibly chic. 

Happy Saturday!

Kelli

Catching Up: October OOTD’s

  
Hiiiiii! So sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog. Life has been busy and Instagram has been oh-so-easy. But, I am going to share some of my outfits from October (and maybe even September…eek!). First up, this adorbs tunic dress from Free People. What I love about this dress is that it can be worn casually or for a special occasion. 

   
   
Dress: FP One Angel Lace Dress Free People, $118

Tights: J. Crew, $26.50

Booties: BP Trott Bootie Nordstrom, $119.95

  

 Two words: plaid tunic. Need I say more? Such an essential fall item. I literally live in this tunic.

 

      
 

Tunic: Paned Sweater Tunic Anthropologie, $138

Leggings: Nordstrom, $48

Shoes: Dolce Vita, no longer available

Hat: Anthropologie, no longer available

   
Did y’all get the memo? Flares are back, my friends. And I’m in love. It’s actually very refreshing to see. Every time I wear these, I get so many compliments. Flares + lace + fringe = fall perfection. 

   
Top: Free People, no longer available

Jeans: Denim Super Flare Free People, $78

Bag: Nordstrom, no longer available

Can we just talk about the fact that Thanksgiving is in two weeks? I hope you’re having a great fall!

Kelli

OOTD: LC Runway Collection

  
For those of you who did not see the runway for this collection, you truly missed out. It was full of whimsical silliouhets, florals, and fabulous braids. This collection is the definition of feminine. It’s just too pretty. 

   
 I could have bought everything from this collection. And I do mean everything. But I limited myself to a few items. And trust me, it was a challenge. The skirt was a no brainer. High-waisted, full, midi skirt? Oh yeah, get in my closet right now. How about a lace top with bell sleeves? These two items were made for each other. 

   
   

   
  
Top: Scallop Lace Crop Top Kohl’s, $36

Skirt: Currently unavailable. Shop these similar shorts from Kohl’s

Shoes: ‘Ashton’ Wedge Ankle Bootie Nordstrom, $129

   
I hope everyone has a great week!

Kelli

Fall Style Challenge: Sunglasses

  
What comes to mind when you think of fall accessories? Probably scarves, hats, vests and tall boots. But what about sunglasses? Once the summer months are over, we may forget about sunglasses. But why? The sun is still shining! There are even cloudy days where sunnies are needed. And it is fun to pair sunglasses with fall acessories. 

  
Hat: Garcia Rancher Anthropologie, $58; Scarf: Chinchero Scarf Anthropologie, $58; Sunglasses: Raen Montara Salt City Optics, $135

This rancher hat from Anthropologie is one of my go-to hats of the season. I love these awesome frames paired with the rancher and plaid scarf. So fall. 

  

Layered necklace: Exaggerated Waterfalls Necklace Free People, $48; Turban: Brigitte Printed Turban Free People, $38; Sunglasses: Zeal Laurel Canyon Salt City Optics, $179

First thing’s first: I’m completely obsessed with the color of these sunglasses. Obsessed. Second thing: if you’re afraid of a turban, don’t be. Just give it a try. They are so chic and look good on just about everyone. Throw in a layered necklace, and you’re set. A trendy, fall look. 

  
Ear Cuff: Pave Spear Ear Cuff Free People, $38; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator Large Metal 58mm Salt City Optics, $145; Choker: Castway Choker Free People, $158; Earrings: Tiny 6 Pack Studs Free People, $16

Gold-rimmed aviators. Need I say more? They are perfect everyday, shades. So what goes best with gold aviators? Jewelry. Ladies and gents, I give you the return of the choker. That’s right you 90’s lovers, the choker is back. What I like the most about this choker is the fact that it is rather dainty. A good ease back into the choker trend. Next up, the ear cuffs. Edgier than your basic earring. Wear the cuff alone, or add some simple studs. 

I must mention this awesome online retailer, Salt City Optics. It’s a great one-stop shop for all of your sunglasses needs. Prescription shades? Check. Regular sunnies? Of course. What about polarized options? You bet. With the endless options, you’re sure to find the perfect pair (or two or three pairs) of sunnies. 

How do you style sunglasses for the fall?

Kelli

Fall Essentials

Admit it, you’ve already ordered three pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks. That’s ok, your secret is safe with me. But with the pumpkin spiced lattes comes pumpkin muffins…and the most essential staples for fall. I’m so excited for the return of some classics and a few newbies for this fall season. 

  

Clockwise from top left: Bergen Fringe Kimono Anthropologie, $98; Ella Hat Free People, $58; Denim Super Flare Free People, $78; Kick-Me-Up Bootie in Burgundy Modcloth, $68.99

The blanket cardi/kimono has made a triumphant return this year. And I couldn’t be happier about that. This item is chic and oh-so effortless. Floppy hats also returned. But who is surprised there? Floppy hats are a must for the fall. Super wide leg denim is debuting this season. As someone who has worn skinny jeans for the past ten (yes, ten) years, I was somewhat skeptical. Skinny jeans are so easy. But after trying on these flares from Free People, I was sold. They are truly a welcomed change in my wardrobe. And just an FYI, these pants in regular length run really long. Something else exciting this season is the color burgundy. I’ve seen pops of it all around, but I am completely in love with burgundy booties. And hello, these have fringe. Get. In. My. Closet. Better yet, get on my feet!

  
Clockwise from top left: Exaggerated Waterfalls Necklace Free People, $48; Long-Form V-Neck Anthropologie, $58; Boulangerie Jar Pumpkin Soufflé Candle Anthropologie, $16; Kensington Sunglasses Free People, $20 

Statement necklaces have been dominating for the past few years. But this fall, it’s all about the layering necklace. It’s basically three or four necklaces in one. It’s is delicate and feminine. And perfect with a basic tee or tunic. And speaking of tunics…another must have for fall. Leggings become more and more popular every year, and ladies, don’t forget to cover your bum and front side. Hence the tunic. Throw a vest over a tunic and you have the perfect fall outfit. When talking about fall essentials, you can’t forget about the most amazing scent of the year. I’m talking about the pumpkin soufflé candle from Anthro. It’s pure heaven. And just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean you should forget about your sunnies. The Kensington sunglasses from Free People are my latest obsession. 

These are just a few of my favorite fall things. What are your favorites?

Kelli 

OOTD: Anthropologie Paquerette Shirtdress


Printed dress? Check. Floppy hat? Check. Tall boots? Double check. Yes, those are the best ingredients for the perfect fall look. With the crisp weather rapidly approaching, I couldn’t resist this printed dress from Anthropologie. 
  
 

The lovely backdrop for today’s post is at The Butterfly House. Such a fun, pretty and interesting gem in St. Louis. And who doesn’t love butterflies??

  
    

Dress: Anthropologie, $148

Sunglasses: Kensington Sunglasses Free People, $20

Hat: shop similar Anthropologie, $58

Boots: Shop similar Nordstrom, $139
  

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA on the blog lately. Life has been busy! But you can always follow my daily outfits on Instagram (@studdeddahlia). I promise to post more in the next few weeks. 

Happy Sunday!

Kelli