Fall Purse Haul 2017

Technically fall is right around the corner, but to me it started September 1st, as it does every year in my book.  I’m one of those annoying people that breaks out the fall & Halloween decor early, start wearing boots and sweaters (even though it’s still 80 degrees outside) and naturally pumpkin spice everything.  OH and I can’t forget to mention FOOTBALL!!!! I can’t help it, I just LOVE this time of year.

I normally am not one to buy purses much anymore, (that was another story years ago) because I tend to carry small clutches now.  That being said, I decided to get some much needed new handbags since I purged my closet the other day and discarded several that were battered and tattered and what not.   So today I’m sharing with you some affordable styles I’m loving this year for fall (which you could carry these bags all year round, I just needed a good excuse for a purse post).

BACKPACKS ARE BACK!!  But did they actually go away?  I haven’t had a backpack handbag since I was probably in the 7th or 8th grade.  I remember it very well.  It was a black faux leather mini backpack with drawstrings.  I wonder whatever happened to it….ANYWAY….I’ve been noticing a lot more backpack style purses in stores and online recently and fell back in love with them.

The other day I was shopping with my sister and we both picked up this cute velvet floral backpack at the same time.  Great minds think alike!!  So what did we do?  Bought matching purses of course!!!

Victoria Floral Velvet Mini Backpack ($25):  Similar here and here

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How To: Wear A Graphic Tee

I think graphic shirts are so playful, fun and quirky and besides, who doesn’t love a good soft t-shirt?   I’ve noticed lately they tend to multiply in my closet (unbeknownst to me of course).  Does this happen to anybody else?  However, as much as I love wearing them, I do tire of the same ole “jeans/lounge wear & t-shirt” look.  Today I’m going to share some simple tips on how to spruce up those graphic t-shirts.

Four basic tips you need for styling graphic tee’s (or plain t-shirts):

  • TUCK– Play with tucking instead of just letting the shirt hang naturally.  There’s the classic full tuck (tuck shirt in completely then raise arms over head to untuck the shirt slightly then straighten out areas that may still be tucked in too much), the front tuck (tuck a small section of shirt into the center of waistband then pull the sides down so they fall out over the waistband) and the side tuck (same as the front tuck except tuck at either the left or right hip bone and pull down other side).
  • KNOT– This is a great way to style those oversized t-shirts.  Tie a front knot for a cinched waist or cropped top look.  Take it a step further and tie a knot to the side for an asymmetrical look.
  • BLING– Bling bling baby!  Pair with statement jewelry or shoes (or both) to dress up the t-shirt.
  • STRUCTURE– Think moto jacket, jean jacket, button down shirt, leather pants, pencil skirt, maxi skirt or fitted blazer.

Sample lookbook:

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Chloe + Isabel Semi-Annual Sale

Hey guys!  It’s been a while since we’ve had a sale so I wanted to share some of these gorgeous pieces with you and let you know they are now available up to 65% off until July 31st!!  Now is the perfect time to stock up on jewelry for fall!  Shop these pieces and more in my online boutique.

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Rings as low as $13!!!

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Necklaces as low as $18 & earrings as low as $11.

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Shop here while supplies last!!

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Re-Work Your Denim Skirt

In keeping with the denim theme from last week, today I’m going to share some ways to revamp that denim skirt in the back of your closet.  I haven’t been this excited about something from my past resurfacing since NKOTB reunited.  I started noticing denim skirts popping back up in my favorite stores and immediately regretted discarding my old skirts.  Thanks to Express I now have one recirculating in my wardrobe.

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9 Ways To Style A Denim Skirt

  • Elevate the look with high heels.

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White Denim: 10 Ways

I love white denim jeans and consider them to be a closet staple.  I also think they can be worn all year round, especially in the winter time paired with a sweater, scarf and boots.  The “No White After Labor Day” rule is absurd and outdated.  However, since it is spring time and white is worn more so in the warmer months, I wanted to share with you a few tips and ideas for styling white denim jeans.

 1.  A fitted blazer gives white jeans a classic professional look.

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2.  Classic black & white.  Sometimes all you need is a black shirt.

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The Shirtdress-Why It’s Perfect For Spring

Spring is in the air….SPRING IS IN THE AIR!!!!!  At least it was here in the DC area last week.  We had 70 degree, sun shiny weather, just long enough for a teaser.  I even got to throw the top halfway back on my Jeep for a few days (was still a little too chilly for complete toplessness).  Which brings me to the topic of clothing.  By March, I’m usually tired of sweaters, pants, jackets, boots, etc.  The teasing warmer weather makes me ready to break out those summer dresses, sandals, flip flops, pedicures that you can actually see….you get the point.  So this leads me to today’s post and why I think the “shirtdress” is the perfect dress for spring.

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A shirtdress is basically an oversized version of a button down shirt and they come in all kinds of prints, colors and fabric.  The versatility of a shirtdress is just about endless.  They can be casual, chic, dressy and even sexy, if styled correctly.  For those cooler days/nights you can unroll the sleeves for added warmth or roll them up on warmer days.  They are perfect for a cold-to-warm weather transition, and can be worn to work (long as they are length appropriate, knee length), lunch dates or for a night out.

STYLE TIPS:

  • BELT IT  

-Usually the shirtdress comes with a matching belt, which helps elongate the body and gives the dress a waistline for a feminine shape.

-Forego the matching belt and style with a regular belt, wether it be a solid color or print.

-For a even bigger punch, style with a colorful scarf for the belt.

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How To Wear A Fur Vest

Do you own a fur vest or want to purchase one, but aren’t quite sure how to style it without looking like Chewbacca?  I love fur vests (these are faux fur so don’t throw red paint on me if you see me out and about).  They are a great fall/winter layering staple.  Today I am going to show you a few looks I created so you can get ideas and inspiration from.

Before I get deeper into this post, let me introduce you to Frannie.  I decided a Dress Form would come in handy to do these types of posts with, and frankly I got tired of changing clothes left and right. 🙂  Funny story really quick and we’ll get on to the looks.  I drug her out today and dressed her before I started this post.  I left the room briefly and got side tracked doing something else.  I forgot about her and when I turned the corner and walked back into the room I had a heart attack.  I thought someone was standing in my bedroom….haha!  Frannie is quite the trickster.

Ok enough blabbing….

THE LOOKS:

  • You know I love my flannel!  Add a fur vest and statement necklace to a flannel shirt for a fun twist.  To see more flannel looks click here.

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  • I love this outfit.  Pair a fur vest with a button down shirt.  I especially love the Portofino shirts from Express.  You can’t really go wrong with any of these shirts.  Since I chose a solid colored shirt I added leopard print shoes for a flirty twist.

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  • Add a vest to black skinny pants or leggings with a white shirt and boots.  I added a sexy boot with a heel and a statement necklace so that this look wasn’t so “Han Solo-ish”.

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  • Throw a fur vest on over a chunky sweater to make a perfect winter ensemble.

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  • You can’t go wrong with layering a fur vest with a Chambray shirt.  To see more Chambray looks click here.

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  • Add a fur vest to a timeless black and white classic look like this pencil skirt, white blouse and pearls.  This is a great outfit for the office and the vest just adds extra OOMPH.

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  • Add a fur vest to a simple black dress (Express also makes portofino dresses which are perfect all year round).  You could also add a brown or beige fur vest to an all black ensemble to break it up and add texture.

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  • You can also add a vest to a printed dress.  I dressed this animal print dress up with a statement necklace and heels.

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  • I posted this outfit before Christmas but felt it could work here too.  Pair a fur vest to a patterned sequin skirt.  It’s a fun way to mix textures together.

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Would you wear a fur vest?  If so how would you style it?  Let me know!  I’d love to hear what you come up with.

Here is Brutus yet again “helping” me with a post.  He’s literally sitting on my foot while I’m trying to take pictures.

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Let me know if you have any questions about any of the clothing, jewelry, shoes or purses!

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La Dolce Vita + More

Get a taste for “La Dolce Vita” or “The Sweet Life” with our luxurious new collection, inspired by the ornate art, architecture, and design of Italy.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this pre-spring collection is both glamorous and classic in their designs, and can be worn with just about everything.  Ladies, start giving that special gent in your life not-so-subtle hints NOW for V-day gift ideas!!

[Shop these pieces and more HERE]

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LA DOLCE VITA:

  • Gilded Ivory + Jet Collar Set – “this captivating collar is right on-trend in jet-black and ivory hues, while speckled gold leaf accents add an unexpected twist. Softened geometric shapes, outlined by sparkling crystal pavé, look naturally chic in a romantic, antique gold-plated silhouette – complete with a removable extender. ” -C+I

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  • Gilded Ivory + Jet Convertible Earrings – “this dynamic 2-in-1 design can be worn as simply stunning studs or ultra-chic drops! Add a pop of pizazz to your look with speckled gold leaf accents upon ivory + jet black stone. Also featuring modern + geometric facets, + set in versatile antique gold plating, these glamorous go-to’s are a jewelry box hit!” -C+I

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  • Heirloom Jet +Pavé Stud Earrings – “A chic update to our bestselling stud silhouette, this pretty + petite pair features an of-the-moment jet-black center outlined by sparkling clear crystal pavé.” -C+I

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  • Gilded Jet Statement Bracelet – “Indulge in the beauty of this timeless, on-trend treasure. Set in romantic antique gold plating, speckled gold leaf accents + jet-black stone look naturally chic in geometric shapes that sparkle with black diamond pavé. Complete with an adjustable fold-over closure + removable extender for the perfect fit, this stunning style adds a pop of pizazz to any look – from a casual jeans-+-tee to a sophisticated LBD!” -C+I
  • Gilded Ivory Statement Bracelet – “Add the perfect touch of everyday glamour to your look with this timeless treasure. Outlined by sparkling black diamond pavé, gold leaf ivory stone beautifully complements a neutral color palette for this season + beyond. Set in antique gold plating, this look-of-luxe design is just what you need for those casual-to-cocktails transitions!” -C+I

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[Style Tip: Connect the matching Gilded Jet or Ivory Statement Bracelet to the Gilded Ivory + Jet collar necklace for a long + chic style statement.]

  • Gilded Jet Statement Ring – “This captivating cocktail ring features a jet-black center with speckled gold leaf accents. Outlined by sparkling black diamond pavé, a softened geometric silhouette looks naturally chic in romantic, antique gold plating. Both dazzling + detailed in design, this on-trend treasure is a definite must-have this season!” -C+I

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CHAIN REACTION:

  • Tortoise + Chain Convertible Necklace – “Set in antique gold plating + featuring luxe, vintage-inspired tortoise links, this convertible piece is the perfect desk-to-dinner style companion. The ultimate in versatility, we’ve counted five ways to style this one-of-a-kind necklace: layered short with all four rows, layered short with just the chains, styled solo as a chic tortoise necklace, OR go long by removing the converter piece + looping one chain over your head – with or without the tortoise necklace!” -C+I

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  • Endless Pavé Link Necklace – “This ultra-versatile design dazzles with luxe antique gold-plated links + touches of sparkling crystal pavé. A must-have for your jewelry box, new hidden link closures add a chic touch to this everyday-perfect piece.” -C+I

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  • Tortoise + Chain Multi-Strand Bracelet – “Get wrapped up in this effortlessly chic essential, featuring three rows of luxe + layerable tortoise resin + antique gold-plated links. With an adjustable toggle closure for easy fit, this so-now style plays up any neutral color palette – just what you need for those desk-to-dinner transitions!” -C+I
  • Endless Pavé Link Bracelet – “Arm yourself with this ultra-versatile design, featuring antique gold-plated links with touches of sparkling crystal pavé. Double hidden link closures + a removable extender let you adjust for the perfect fit, making this effortless, everyday essential a definite crowd pleaser!” -C+I

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[Style Tip: Attach the matching Endless Pavé Link Bracelet to the matching necklace for a long + chic style statement.]

I love these new pieces and the versatility that they offer.  You can wear the necklaces long or short, mix and match them together or alone as statements.

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These truly are investment pieces for your wardrobe because of all the many looks, styles and uses you can create.

FINISHING TOUCH:

You can’t forget these classic finishing touches!!  Perfect for Valentine’s Date Night.

  • Jardins du Midi Perfume – “A fragrance inspired by a midday, sunlit walk through the lush orchards of the South of France.  Notes: Peach Nectar, Bergamot, Jasmine Sambac, White Violet, Vanilla Absolute. Style: Playful, bright, fresh, feminine, floral.” -C+I
  • Jardins du Midi Candle – “Calming aroma inspired by a midday, sunlit walk through the lush orchards of the South of France. Set in a portable metal case, this travel candle can add a finishing touch to your home, or bring the comfort of your favorite fragrance to wherever your journey takes you.” -soy paraffin wax blend-cotton, lead-free wick-6.5 oz.-estimated burn time is 30 hours.   -C+I
  • Liquid Lipstick Set – “Let your personality shine in this liquid lipstick trio infused with cupuacu butter, aloe vera, + avocado oil. Featuring bold berry, dusty rose, + classic red, each brilliant shade delivers long-lasting full color + a smooth, satin finish. Both glamorous + oh-so-giftable, this luxe set-of-three adds the perfect finishing touch for any occasion – from a casual work day, to a haute night-on-the-town!” -C+I

[Love this lipstick.  Check out my review on them here]

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[Check out the entire pre-spring collection here]

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Next Step: Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser

Most of you that know me and/or follow me know that I love all things fashion and beauty. It is my passion and I’ve always wanted to start my own blog and thanks to my wonderful husband I’ve been able to make that happen. While it is a slow and steady start (these things take time to build) I’ve decided to take it a step further and am diving into an independent online boutique selling high-quality, stunning jewelry.

My dream is to one day own my own boutique, and I feel like this is a step in the right direction to make that happen. Thank you everyone for all your love and support. Especially to my husband.

All of C + I jewelry is:

  • Exclusively designed in New York City
  • Hypoallergenic, nickel-free, & lead safe
  • Branded with signature Chloe + Isabel closures
  • Packaged in keepsake pouches & gift boxes
  • Lifetime Replacement Guarantee on all C + I pieces

To access my online boutique click here or see link in side bar.

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Outfit Post: Green & Fringe Part 2

As promised, day 2 of “green & fringe”.  I recently purchased this shirt dress from Target.  It’s the perfect transitional dress for fall.  You can dress it up with heels or dress it down with sandals on those warmer days.  You can pair it with boots or booties on cooler days.  Or if it’s really cold out, you could add leggings and a leather or a blue jean jacket for extra style and warmth.

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Shop the look:

  • Merona shirt dress by Target – exact here
  • Charming Charlie Fairweather Fringe Booties – exact here (currently out of stock) or similar here and here
  • Charming Charlie Fold and Fringe Clutch – exact here
  • Gold locket – It was my grandmother’s locket.  Her initials are on the front and I keep her picture inside it. A very special piece of jewelry that I hold dear to my heart.  🙂

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I also love the slight hi-lo look of this dress.  How would you style this dress?  Let me know!

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