My refrigerator was a veritable hodgepodge of notes, cards, photos, magnets and, yes, a magnetic dress-up Hello Kitty. I could do better. I found inspiration in the simple black-framed art around my apartment and took it to the kitchen. For a meager investment of $20 worth of frames, strong magnets and Krazy Glue, I transformed the refrigerator collage into something a little more refined. (Although, I still won't get rid of kitschy souvenir magnets.)
Open-toe shoes and white after Labor Day?! It seems I'm balking at Mother Nature's insistence that it's autumn. She executed her revenge remarkably well yesterday. I had a Marilyn Monroe moment when the high winds whipped my skirt up outside of Walgreens. Well played, Mother Nature, well played. Pants it is.
With the holidays swiftly approaching, what better way to adorn yourself than with a festive cocktail ring. After all, you'll be toasting glasses of champagne, clutching mugs of hot toddies and sipping hot chocolate - keeping that ring prominently on display, twinkling in the candlelight. Try a starburst cocktail ring this year for a bit of retro appeal. The rhinestone rays of the Charlotte Russe version is perfect for all of you magpies. For a healthier investment, the Kate Spade version(now on sale) will bedeck your finger for years to come.
A dreary Sunday is good for two things: a cup of strong coffee and online shopping. And what better way to shop than with a discount code? Some of our incredible sponsors and collaborators have extended a discount to Style Obsession readers. You can always check the latest codes on the right side, under the sponsor ads. Eager to treat yourself? Here are my picks:
Once leaves start changing to fiery hues, one of my favorite trends often becomes overlooked. And it's a shame, really, because the crisp pairing of navy and white shouldn't be reserved for nautical, seaside escapes. After Labor Day, the classic color scheme gives an autumn wardrobe an alluringly preppy vibe. Convinced? Lucky for you, Mimi Boutique (a fabulous accessory emporium) has generously offered to give one Style Obsession reader the chic Madeline tote pictured above.
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It's been years since I tore into the jewel case of a CD, flopped on my bed and carefully listened to each track over-and-over, pondering the lyrics. When One2One Network offered the opportunity to review KT Tunstall's new album, Tiger Suit, the 14-year-old in me jumped at the chance.
Tunstall is best known for hits like "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See" (the title track of The Devil Wears Prada) from her debut album Eye to the Telescope. In Tiger Suit, her third album, she unveils a new musical twist, dubbed "nature techno." Mixing techno with folk-rock sounds like a disaster, doesn't it?
Tunstall is successful at this unexpected marriage of chords, creating a melody laden with broody lyrics, a devil-may-care attitude, and an undeniable spirit. Her first track, "Uummannaq Song," is quite remarkable, surprising listeners with world-music chants woven with her guitar's twang. Tunstall falters a bit with "Glamour Puss," which seems like an out-of-place attempt to gain traction on the pop charts. The song is a satire, much like Pink's "Stupid Girls," but feels too contrived. But she quickly redeems herself, proving her vocal talent, belting out on songs like "Madame Trudeaux" and "Push that Knot Away."
Have you listened to a phenomenal album lately? I'm itching for some new tunes.
FTC-Required Disclaimer:One2One Network provided a copy of the KT Tunstall's Tiger Suitfree of charge for editorial review. No compensation was given for this review, although my name was entered to win a gift card. (Which, you know, results in goodies for y'all later.) All opinions stated within are my own and are not influenced in any way.
It took a couple of months, but I finally tracked down a wallet-friendly leopard-print scarf. Feline spots and a khaki jacket left Nate with plenty of ammo to tease me for the safari-ready getup, but he didn't take the wind out of my sartorial sails. After all, what could be more chic than globetrotting safari gear?
Outfit Notes:Jacket - J.Crew; Scarf - Target; Bracelet - Banana Republic; Bag - CC Skye
An unexpected - albeit welcome - side effect of this blog has been pinpointing personal style trends. In fact, it wasn't until after snapping photos did I realize that today's outfit is essentially the dressier version of the one I posted last Tuesday. It seems that this year's go-to outfit includes army green, topped by black, and adorned with a statement necklace. What's your uniform of choice this fall?
Outfit Notes: Sweater - Gap; Necklaces - J.Crew, Wendy Mink; Skirt - Target (on sale for only $8 in the store); Purse - Banana Republic; Ring - Forever21; Shoes - Nine West
In lieu of today's Friday Finds Under $50 post, I'm giving you something better: a selection of items from CSN Stores for $55 or less - and the chance to win a $55 gift certificate! With so many options, it's easy to lose yourself browsing through each of CSN's 200 stores, sifting through bar furniture, kitchenware and home decor. Here are some of my top picks:
We've been enjoying a bit of an Indian Summer here in Wisconsin with temperatures in the 80s.I know I should appreciate the last few days of sleeveless blouses, but I'm ready for weekends of cozy knits and comfort food. (Yes, I'm certain to regret this statement in January.) I compromised with Mother Nature and tried this recipe that pairs stick-to-your-ribs appeal with the season's last zucchinis.*
*The recipe calls for two pounds of pasta, then instructs you to save half of the cooked noodles for Mac 'n Cheese later. You've been warned.
Carefully considering each purchase is a fortunate side effect of a strict sartorial budget. I've become much more picky of where my money goes - and I've spent an embarrassing amount of time checking every angle in fitting room mirrors. This floaty, chiffon top from H&M was the first item to make the cut this month. (I'm sure the sales associate was just glad I purchased something after handing back a pile of rejects. But you know what? I love it so much that I've worn it five times since. Don't judge.) Paired with army green shorts and a gold vintage medallion, my summer uniform has transitioned into autumn.
Outfit Notes:Blouse-H&M; Shorts-H&M; Shoes-Guess; Bracelet-House of Harlow; Necklace-Vintage via eBay
Years ago, I read Gregory Maguire's Wicked and fell in love with the fanciful story. Quite the surprise, considering I was never a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz - much to my mother's dismay, I had always hit the fast-forward button through Dorothy's rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." I had the unexpected opportunity to see the musical last week. It was an enchanted night, from the witch's hats dancing across the lobby ceiling to the performance itself.
Outfit Notes:Dress-Diane von Furstenberg; Jacket-Banana Republic; Earrings-Forever21; Watch-New York & Co.
Lately, I've been reevaluating my relationship with finances. A few weeks ago, a (fortunate) encounter with hail - and a hefty check from Geico - allowed me to pay off my auto loan. Eliminating a monthly bill is a huge relief, yet I'm planning to continue payments - this time into my savings account. This has also led me to contemplate discretionary spending - clothes included.
It's not like I need another dress and I certainly don't need to spend another $20 on baubles from Forever21. That's why I'm starting a clothing budget. And, really, it's more of a "sartorial diet." After all, diets are fashionable, right?
On average, I spend $200 each month on clothes and accessories. The problem is that I have magpie-like tendencies with costume jewelry and the rest usually goes to low-priced basics. This would be fine if my favorites weren't jaw-dropping statement pieces that I've saved for. With my current spending habits, I can't justify these often.
So, here's what I'm doing: Each month, I will take $200 from the month's first paycheck. $100 will go into a "sartorial savings" fund and $100 will be for monthly clothing expenditures. The money in the savings account will remain untouched until next autumn. In one year, I'll have $1,200 to spend guilt-free on anything I love - maybe a handful of dresses from Diane von Furstenberg, or one incredible piece by Temperley London, or (finally) an Hermes Clic-Clac bracelet, or maybe a more frugal approach with purchases from Gilt. The point is that this is an opportunity to purchase something beautiful that I'll cherish for years.
If any cash remains at the end of the month, I'll let it roll over to the next month. And to stay accountable (and motivated), I'm including the month's expenditures in the left sidebar.
Wish me luck!
Do you adhere to a shopping budget? What tips to you have to stay on track?
As much as I wish I were the type of girl who runs errands in a pair of heels, I'm not. Comfort takes priority for mundane tasks with worn-in loafers and loose layers. Yet, I can't keep myself from adding a few costume jewels to the ensemble - and I've recently discovered just the place for a guilt-free jewelry splurge.
ShoptheLook.net launched in 2009, emphasizing on-trend looks, low prices, and high quality. I'll admit I was a little skeptical when the company offered to send a few pieces for review. After all, buying costume jewelry should really be done in person. I can't tell you how many pieces I've had to sift through at Forever21 that were literally falling apart in my hands.
Thank goodness ShoptheLook.net upped the quality ante for wallet-friendly pieces. I chose the Flat Surf 'n Sandblast Ring ($14) and the Chic Sphere Pendant ($12). Each item arrived neatly packaged in a little black velvet bag (you know I'm smitten with good packaging). I'm particularly fond of the ring - it's a bold piece and the subtle textured surface adds visual interest. For $14, you can't ask for anything better. The necklace easily adds glamour, but I do wish it had a little more heft to weigh down the 36" chain. However, after months of heavy statement necklaces (and sore necks), this is hardly a complaint!
An event manager for a local business magazine with a penchant for late night reading and an inexplicable love of coffee. Often submits to magpie-like tendencies and has the jewelry collection to prove it.