Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Giveaway: Shabby Apple


I have always loved the vintage-inspired looks of Shabby Apple. The Poker Face Alice bracelet is like a sweet charm bracelet that packs an extra punch with its chunky look. To enter for a chance to win this bracelet, Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave a comment below. For extra entries follow Shabby Apple on twitter and their blog. You have until Wednesday, December 7. Good luck!
Update: Suburban Sweetheart is the winner! Congrats!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Animal pillows

When I first saw this antler pillow on Habitually Chic, I was so in love with the ski lodge quality of it. Heather Clawson is right. It definitely gives a cozy cabin feeling. And it is so perfect for winter/holiday decor. Then I got this bird pillow as a house warming gift, and I am once again in love with the outdoorsy vibe. I may be outgrowing my love of animal shaped pillows and ditching them for this more adult and classy version. Wouldn't it make a nice Christmas gift for someone who just moved?

(Top photo by Heather Clawson)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday recap and tips



My mom and I both love shopping. I think I can partially attribute my interest in trends and style to my mom. So even though we don’t normally go out on Black Friday to shop, we decided to go this year just for the fun of it. It surprisingly wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. We certainly didn’t encounter anything like the crazy stories we heard on the news. Of course the normal rules of shopping don’t apply on a day like that, so I came up with a few of my own observations. I would love to hear your Black Friday tips too! 

  1. If you get there after the 5 a.m. crowd and before the lunch crowd the mall is not as hectic.
  2. The only exception to rule 1 is Forever 21. Only enter this store with ear plugs lest the fashion-obsessed teenagers rupture your ear drums as they yell with glee.
  3. Don’t waste time at stores that promise amazing deals, but upon further inspection you realize the only clothes on sale look like they are from a different decade or were a mistake they are desperately trying to get rid of.
  4. Some stores have a time limit on deals. What’s up with that?
  5. Keep up your stamina with plenty of food breaks. The guy handing out samples in the food court is more than happy to help you.
  6. Sometimes waiting in line for a dressing room is not worth it.
  7. Trying something on over your clothes requires skill and a friend to watch your purse.
  8. Keep ALL of your receipts. Don’t forget gift receipts.
  9. Ask for gift boxes now. The closer it gets to Christmas the more likely stores are to run out.
  10. Don’t forget to take advantage of support Small Businesses Saturday.
The stores that had the best deals for us all day were Gap with up to 60% off and at least 20% off, and the Limited with 50% off of everything. Where did you find the best deals? 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday and Pinterest


I was waiting for my invitation to Pinterest like my invitation to the cool kids table. For some reason I thought creating a board would be much more involved, but luckily some trend setters already uploaded a ton of great inspirational photos to choose from. I found a lot of familiar images and some new ones to add to my list of favorites. Follow me on Pinterest and check out my Black Friday inspiration board. It mainly consists of stripes and more stripes, girly details like bows, sequins and lace.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crocs and Pavement Day 5

Today is the last day of looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement. Check back through my other posts to see the rest of the photos.
I thought I’d end the week with my favorite outfits, these dresses and boots. Like I said in my last post, these sleek Crocs ankle booties look marvelous with a dressier outfit. This black smock dress has a wonderfully playful look about it with its gathering at the top and bell sleeves. The pattern has such a nice vintage flair to it. Even though this dress is more modest the boots kick it up a notch.




Crocs Avalita in Black
Pavement dress and belt 
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

I love the silhouette these black boots create with black leggings. They look so chic with this gorgeous purple dress. The ruffle spilling over the belt is extremely flattering. The whole ensemble is girly with an edge.




Crocs Exitosa Boots in Black
Pavement dress, belt and hat
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton


Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help with this photoshoot, especially Justinea Vidic of Crocs who made this all possible. Thanks for everything!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crocs and Pavement Day 4

For the rest of the week I will be posting looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement with Pittsburgh as our backdrop. Check back throughout the week for more updates.

In areas like Pittsburgh and Cleveland, a winter coat is a wardrobe staple from end of October to Early April. Considering how often we don our coats, I believe they are just as important as any other piece of clothing when it comes to establishing individual style. That is perhaps why Pavement has such a great selection. The plaid pattern of this coat has a vintage feel to it. It reminds me of a Christmas Story because it looks like the kind of warm and practical coat that would be worn in the 1940s but with great stylistic details. I love the double brass buttons and the large collar that you can pull up over your ears when the winter winds start to pick up.








Pavement coat and hat
Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Chestnut

If you have a good utilitarian coat you also need a dress coat. Like I said, we take our coats seriously. The ruffle on Sarrah’s coat is adorable. A white coat is so bright and crisp even on the dreariest of winter days. The best part is that this coat can be worn for special occasions or just running around town. This pair of Crocs ankle booties also can be worn with jeans or for work especially if your job requires business casual dress but you still do a lot of walking. These booties will keep your feet warm, dry and most importantly they are comfortable.










Pavement coat and hats
Crocs Avalita in Chocolate
Crocs Umbrella in Berry
Crocs Umbrella in Navy  

Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crocs and Pavement Day 3

For the rest of the week I will be posting looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement with Pittsburgh as our backdrop. Check back throughout the week for more updates. 


I never thought I would be very interested in a mini skirt until I saw these updated versions at Pavement. It was practically love at first site. I knew these cute boots with their fold over cuff would go well with this long sleeve cowl neck shirt and stripe skirt as soon as I saw them styled on Pavement's Facebook page, which has amazing outfit inspiration by the way. The shirt is a really soft cotton material and the cowl neck and cut are extremely flattering. The skirt is perfect if you are not the type of person who can just wear leggings and a top. It adds that extra pop of color. This is one of those outfits that looks and feels amazing.

Crocs Cobbler Ankle Boot in Chestnut
Pavement shirt, skirt and necklace
I love the colors of this outfit. The tribal print skirt is a perfect compliment to these suede boots. Also the purples in the skirt and sweater really go well with the boot's chestnut color. The edges of the sweater are wide like a poncho but with sleeves. It lays so nicely over the fitted skirt and leggings. I feel like this outfit could be worn out to the bar or dinner and still provide that cute look, while staying warm. I wish I knew layering could be fashionable in college.


Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Chestnut
Pavement sweater and skirt
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Crocs and Pavement Day 2


For the rest of the week I will be posting looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement with Pittsburgh as our backdrop. Check back throughout the week for more updates. 

The Smithfield bridge near Station Square was our next location. I love how the girly fashions contrast with the bridge's steel structure. The flowy bow-tie blouse I am wearing also plays well against the rugged features of these chestnut suede boots and jeans. The combination of tan and turquoise reminds of the American west. I am glad the girls at Pavement talked me out of my comfort zone with this blouse because I was very pleased with the results. Something that will work many different ways is always a great addition to one's closet.






Pavement blouse and scarf
Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Chestnut

Speaking of American West how amazing are these faux-fur boots? You could definitely do some hiking through a forest in these and not worry about your feet being cold. I love the mixing of brown and black hues and textures. These boots call for an outfit on the more subtle side, but still require a small dose of fashion-forward. This loose knit sweater with its sheer quality and interesting cut provide that. Don't be fooled by the sheerness of it. This sweater is extremely warm and soft.




Pavement sweater, necklace and belt
Crocs Cozycrocs Fuzz Bootie 
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

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