Listen to the Wind Blow

  
Watch the sun rise. Fleetwood Mac ladies and gents. If you are anything like me, you were raised on good music from the 70’s. I draw style inspiration from many different areas. I’ve always considered my style very feminine with a dash of boho. And there is nothing more boho than the 70’s. Loose layers, tunics, beachy hair waves and over sized shades. An effortless look.    

 St. Louis was given a treat last week: a Free People store! All together now, “finally.” It’s one of the biggest Free People stores in the Midwest. And it is beautiful. And I did way too much damage there last weekend. Exhibit A.) this fantastic tunic. Ok, it’s a dress. But I’m too tall to wear it as a dress. So now it’s a tunic. Exhibit B.) these adorable sunnies! They come in several different colors. It was actually hard for me to pick just one. And bonus! They’re only $20.    

 On to the leggings. Leather! Well, faux leather. They are clearly going to be a fall staple in my wardrobe. I snatched these bad boys up at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. These leggings are a tunic’s best friend. They sing together in perfect harmony. But in all seriousness, it is way too hot in St. Louis to be wearing leather leggings. I was so excited about them, but then I almost suffered from heat stroke while wearing them. See you in September little leather leggings.    

 Dress: Daylight Dreams Dress Free People, $148

Leggings: Leith Nordstrom, $44.90

Booties: BP Trott Bootie Nordstrom, $79.90

Sunglasses: Abbey Road Sunglasses Free People, $20

Long necklace: Anthropologie (last year)

Name necklace: Nordstrom, $84.90

  
Happy Wednesday!

Kelli

Head-to-Taupe

  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. New fall items for almost half-off? That’s a no-brainer. But the sale only lasts a few weeks. Once the sale is over, the prices go up. So it is just silly not to buy. I went a tad crazy last week and bought four pairs of boots. Then, I bought a few more items this week. And maybe I ordered some goodies online today. Ok, I’ve said too much! Please don’t judge me on my addiction. 

 

  

First up, the blanket cardigan. This cardi made its way back after last year’s debut. And I’m thrilled. Was it 100 degrees in St. Louis today? Sure was. But I adore this cardi with this little drop-waist dress. For the love of clothes, people!

   

   

And now, shoes! I almost passed these beauties up. I have my taupe Dolce Vita wedge booties that I’ve been obsessed with. However, the DV’s are spring/summery. So, clearly I needed some taupe booties for the fall/winter months. And I’m glad I got these. Comfortable, chic, and a great price!

  
  
On the topic of sales, I came across this adorable white dress from Ann Taylor this week. I typically don’t shop there, but I decided to pop in. I found so many cute things! Plus, all sale items are currently an additional 50% off. Just lovely. This dress is obviously part of my favorite color scheme. I always gravitate to creams, whites and taupes. 

   
 

Dress: Embroidered Drop Waist Dress Ann Taylor, $139. 

Cardigan: Love by Design Blanket Cardigan Nordstrom, $38. 

Shoes: Biala ‘Ashton’ Leather Wedge Ankle Bootie Nordstrom, $84. 

Hat: Anthropologie (last year). Shop similar at Anthropologie, $68. 

Necklace: Nordstrom, $84

  
  
Stay tuned for more of my favorite pieces from the anniversary sale. More importantly, get out there and snatch up the goods! They sell out quickly!

Happy Sunday!

Kelli

OOTD: Kate Spade Blooms Fit and Flare Dress

  

As many of you know, I live for fit and flare dresses. And floral dresses. So imagine the pure joy I experienced when I found this gorgeous Kate Spade dress for a ridiculously good price. There it was, hanging all alone at a Kate Spade outlet store. I was immediately drawn to it. And what would you know? It was my size. I had to hold back the tears. I didn’t want the sales associates to think I was insane. 

   

Where would I wear this pretty frock to? A tea room? A garden party? A wedding? All of the above, of course! But I saved it for my first day of work at my new job. I thought it was a perfect representation of who I am. And it was a hit.

 

  

And now, the shoes. Oh how I swoon over these shoes. I’ve been eyeing them at Nordstrom for a few months but couldn’t bring myself to try them on. Why? Because they are over $300. So I was shopping with my shoe guy a few weeks ago and I kept looking at these Paul Green shoes. But I kept saying “no.” I asked him to try on a different pair of shoes and that scalawag brought out the Paul Green’s instead. Fine. I’ll just try them on. No harm in that? Yeah, right. They were a perfect fit. And so comfortable. Like unbelievably comfortable. And soft! Sold. I decided to use a personal triple point day at Nordstrom and ended up getting a $20 Nordstrom note a week later. So, there’s that. 

   
 

Dress: Kate Spade, $199

Shoes: Paul Green Nordstrom, $349

Bag: Sam & Libby Target, $15.74

  
Just a little FYI on this dress. I got it at a Kate Spade outlet a few weeks ago. It was marked down to $199, yes, but it was an additional 40% off and then 20% off of that. So if you love this dress, I recommend hitting up one of the outlets. 

  
Happy Sunday, my loves! Enjoy this summer day!

Kelli

Party in the USA

  

A big Happy 4th of July to everyone! It is one of my favorite holidays. Fireworks + hot dogs + gingham plaid = summer heaven. There are plenty of ways to dress patriotic. Today, I’m showing my patriotism by wearing an American flag sweater and distressed jeans. The Americana look does not always have to be so literal. I’ve pulled some of my favorite pieces from Anthropologie to show how you can incorporate this look:

  
Left to right: Rehoboth Stripe Mini Dress Anthropologie, $168; Bon Voyage Dress Anthropologie, $168; Damia Midi Dress Anthropologie, $375

  
Left to right: Gingham Picnic Top Anthropologie, $89.95; Fluttered Poplin Top Anthropologie, $88; Celestine Buttondown Anthropologie, $88

  
Left to right: J Brand 9326 Cropped Skinny Jeans Anthropologie, $178; Scalloped Lacework Shorts Anthropologie, $88; Bowtie High-Rise Shorts Anthropologie, $78

  
Left to right: Sam Edelman Dorsey Jeweled Sandals Anthropologie, $79.95; Blue Sea Bar Necklace Anthropologie, $148; Myrna Shoulder Bag Anthropologie, $228

Bonus!! Right now at Anthropologie all sale items are an additional 20% off! There are so many great sale items at Anthro right now. Check it out!

  
Top: Old Navy, $22

Jeans: Evereve, $152

Now get out there and celebrate!

Kelli

That’s Palm-tastic

Yes, I adore the pineapple print this year, but I must talk about another print that is giving the pineapple print a run for it’s money: The palm print. The palm print has been the surprise hit of the summer. It is just about everywhere. Palm leaves or Palm trees, the print is here to stay! Here are some of my favorites:

  
 1. For Love & Lemons Palm Maxi Dress Urban Outfitters, $189. 2. Halogen Colorful Palm Scarf Nordstrom, $32. 3. Shadow Palm Pullover Anthropologie, $98. 4. Steve Madden Nordstrom, $38. 5. Sam Edelman Nordstrom, $99. 

  
1. Temporary Tattoo Urban Outfitters, $6. 2. Mossimo Target, $15.99. 3. Topshop Nordstrom, $90. 4. Nicole Miller Nordstrom, $97. 5. Vince Camuto Nordstrom, $59.40

The Topshop jumpsuit is my absolute favorite. Now if only I could wear a jumpsuit. Perhaps one day. What do you guys think of the palm print?

Happy Sunday!

Kelli

Pretty in Pineapples

  

 Oops!…I did it again. Clearly, I can’t get enough of pineapples. And I really don’t see any harm in that. The pineapple is definitely the fruit of the summer. It is everywhere. On clothing, accessories, wine glasses, phone cases, beach towels–everywhere and more. I fell in love with pineapples last year. I bought the cutest J. Crew sweater with sweet, little pineapples on it. I was hooked. 

   
 

Pineapples aside, let’s talk about the accessories. I admit, I sometimes forget about the accessories. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. My Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bags are my go-to purses. I buy way too much jewelry, but then forget about it. But I really took acessories into consideration today. I found the adorable bag at Target a few weeks ago. It definitely spoke to me. Gold, a bow, and a crossbody? Get into my life! And the necklace is truly a gem.  I found myself at the Vintage Bliss Market on Saturday. I’ve honestly never been to anything like that. There were so many cute and interesting stands. I was thrilled when I saw a stand for CS Gems. I actually follow them on Instagram, but had not bought any of their pieces before. I am totally sold on them now. I found out that they sell vintage pieces and they also repurpose vintage pieces. So chic.

   
  
  
Top: Anthropologie a few years ago. Shop similar at Anthropologie, $98

Necklace: CS Gems, $30

Skirt: Nordstrom (sold out!). Shop similar at ModCloth, $49

Shoes: Dolce Vita (sold out!). Shop similar at Dolce Vita, $90

Purse: Sam and Libby Target, $31

*Currently listening to: The Lumineers. Alright, Lumineers, it’s been a while since your debut album. I need more. Are you even still together? I guess I’ll google it…

 
Enjoy this sunny Monday. Even if it’s rainy where you’re at, find something beautiful in the day!

Kelli 

OOTD: Leather + Florals

  

Lately, I have had trouble focusing. I feel like I have been running at 100 miles a minute, without slowing down. Part of that “running” was interviewing. Let me give you lovely readers a little run down. I worked in retail for almost ten years. Ten! I worked in retail because I love people, and who are we kidding, I love clothes. With retail comes a crazy schedule. So two years ago, I decided to get my Masters in Human Resources. After that, I went back to retail. Mainly, because I found it difficult to find a job outside of retail. Then, it finally happened. I found a job in HR early this year. It started out great, but then the work slowed down with no sign of it ever picking up. For those of you who don’t know me, I like being busy at work. Not only is it productive, but it makes the day go quicker. After a few months, I realized this job was not a good fit for me. After all, I’m looking for a career. My fabulous coworker was in the same boat as me. So we began the job hunt. She applied for one job in particular, had a phone interview, and decided it wasn’t right for her. But, she gave the recruiter my information. The recruiter was interested in me and three interviews later, I landed the job! Sometimes things fall into place. And you have to just run with it. For those of you wondering, this job is still in HR at a large company here in St. Louis. I’m so excited to start this career. And it truly feels like a career. 

   
 

Alright. Now back to the originally scheduled program: clothes! Part of the charm of St. Louis is the sporadic weather. I use the word “charm” loosely.  One day it could be 80 degrees and sunny and the next day it could snow. I’m actually being serious. So it came as a not-so-shock that I was able to wear a leather jacket in June. It was actually chilly out. And I was happy to wear a bomber with this dress! Please note, the day after this shoot was about 90 degrees.

  
I immediately fell in love with this dress by Milly for DesigNation (Kohl’s). The fit and the print were a big selling point. This dress is made out of the scuba material. Ah, the scuba trend. And odd trend to come out of this past year in my opinion. I don’t mind it though. This dress is so soft and comfortable. What are your thoughts on the scuba trend? Now on to the shoes. I’m not sure if you noticed, but I bought another color in my favorite Dolce Vitas. And they’re fabulous. 

   
 

Dress: Milly for DesigNation Kohl’s, $34

Jacket: Nordstrom (a few years ago…such an amazing steal from their Anniversary sale!) Shop this similar look at Nordstrom, $98

Shoes: Sumner Wedge Dolce Vita, $57.90

  
  
In closing, I am going to start telling you all what I am listening to. I listen to music when I write all of my blogs. I’m such a fan of music and I really don’t get to talk about it on this blog. I love discovering new artists, going to shows and listening to oldies. Today I am currently listening to MisterWives. If you haven’t  heard them, go listen to them now. I love their song “Reflections”. 

I hope everyone is having an awesome week!

Kelli

In the Good Old Summertime

Summer is seriously the best time of year. Pool parties, barbecues, s’mores…ok now I’m getting hungry. But you catch my drift. So many wonderful things to do (and eat) during the summer months. And I can’t forget about that sweet, summertime style. Easy, breezy tops and skirts and adorable strappy sandals, just to name a few of my favorite pieces.



I found this Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren skirt at Macy’s a few weeks ago. I was immediately drawn to the boho style of this skirt. Just about any top under the sun would be perfect with this skirt. I chose an easy, t-shirt by Free People. Here are more tops that would work with this skirt:


Clockwise from top left: Anthropologie, $88; Urban Outfitters, $59; Free People, $108; Free People, $108

It’s always fun to mix and match prints and textures!


This look just wouldn’t be complete without a hat, belt and Sam Edelman sandals, now would it? With the rest of the pieces, you now have the perfect summer outfit. Wear this to a campfire or a night out with friends.


Top: We the Free Fallin Tee Free People, $58

Skirt: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Macy’s, $98

Shoes: Sam Edelman Nordstrom, $59

Hat and Belt: Anthropologie last year

Necklace: Altar’d State


What are your summer favorites??

Kelli

Lobster with a Side of Stripes

Let me first start out by letting you know that I have actually never had lobster. But apparently, I enjoy wearing a lobster on my shirt. I’m probably missing out. I think an east coast road trip is in order for me. Or the other alternative, Red Lobster.

I am a sucker for stripes and when I saw this skirt from Anthropologie, I knew it belonged in my wardrobe. But the question remained…what top would I pair with this skirt? And then, like a sign from above, I found this shirt while passing a Brooks Brothers store. I can’t say I’ve ever shopped at Brooks Brothers before. I usually associate it with middle aged preppy people. And there is nothing wrong with that. It’s just not my particular style. But what a gem I found in this lobster shirt.

I stumbled upon this cute lighthouse in Grafton, Illinois a few weeks ago. It seemed appropriate given the nautical outfit of choice. Even though it was a little cloudy, it was a beautiful evening.

The options are literally endless when it comes to this skirt. It can easily be worn casually, dressed-up, or even office-chic. It’s also a piece that is always in season. Once the cold months hit, throw on some tights, and you’re good to go. How would you style this skirt?

Top: Brooks Brothers, $68

Skirt: High Seas Skirt Anthropologie, $128

Shoes: Dolce Vita Nordstrom, $71.96 (now 40% off!!)

I think I may need to wear this on Memorial Day. And speaking of, I hope everyone enjoys their Holiday Weekend!

Kelli

OOTD: Anthropologie Pleated Plaid Dress



Nothing makes me happier than a good fit-and-flare dress, flowers, and sunshine. It’s the little things in life. I wear dresses often, but with the St. Louis summer coming up, I will be in a dress everyday. Well, almost everyday. For those of you who aren’t aware of the summers here in St. Louis, they are very hot and muggy. Aka, dress weather. 





This dress puts a huge smile on my face. It’s fit-and-flare, plaid, and it has beading. What more can you ask for? I love the mix of preppy and tribal. Preppy with the plaid and and tribal with the beading on the top. And it was on sale at Anthropologie. Yahtzee!





I “topped” off this look with a floppy hat. There is just nothing more summer than a floppy hat. 



(Shout out to my mom in my sunglasses!)

Dress: Anthropologie, $129

Hat: Anthropologie last year 

Sunglasses: Gucci

Shoes: Sam Edelman Nordstrom, $99.90



Spring and summer make me so happy!

Kelli