Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Intern Erin- Beach Bliss

After spending a relaxing day on the beach, It was time to decide on a fabulous outfit for the night! I have to say I am huge fan of the maxi skirts and care free light weight summer tops. They give off the beach vibe while still looking stylish! Maxi skirts look awesome with flip flops or for a dressier look I add a pair of wedges! Also to keep my crazy summer hair under control I love to add a fun hat to my look. Summer style should carefree, relaxing and always sunshine ready!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Budget Babe

I have three babies, furbabies that is. Just like any mother I'm crazy about my kids and spoil them endlessly. Call me a dog lady but these little finds have me smitten. Between bright colors, preppy silhouettes and chic decor it's easy to go dog-on overboard.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The New Workout

I'm not five years old but one of my favorite movies is Despicable Me and one of my favorite scenes from the movie is when Vector explains to Agnes that his tracksuit is for working out and not pajamas. Well, lately in any of my free time I've been working around my new house. You can say I've been living in comfy gym clothes that sorta resemble pjs. After all, housework is quite physical, it's my new workout.

Here's what I plan to get my new "workout" on in. Obviously,  pink included.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Business Babe

What girl doesn't love a handbag? After years of the "it" bag it's refreshing to discover a newcomer known for understated styles that don't have a million logos slapped all over them, instead a chic tassel. I interviewed Kelsea of K.Slademade about her bags and business. Here's the scoop...

When and why did you decide to create your brand?   
I knew that if I didn’t pursue my dream, I would spend the rest of my life helping someone else make theirs a reality.  I believe in being bold even if those around you don’t agree with what your doing.  We only get one life, make it count.

What is your background in and how did this help prepare you in regards to your business?  
The biggest influence in my life has been my parents.  I come from a very creative family.  My father is an artist and a musician.   My mother is the most brilliant woman I know.  The combination of the two has prepared me for all aspects of my business, the good, the bad and the awesome.

What do you believe sets your brand apart from competitors?  
K.slademade offer timeless, simplistic, classic handbags that are made in the USA.  That combination is what we thrive on and what makes our brand unique.

What do you consider your greatest success?  
Pursuing my dream of designing and owning my own business, while having a glass half full attitude in a glass half empty world.

What is your social media outlet of choice and why?  
I have a love hate relationship with Social Media.  Instagram is my go to and is the perfect way to stay in touch with my lovers and friends.  While I love Social Media I some how mange to waste I ton of time scrolling, double taping, filtering, following…you get the idea! ;)

Thanks Kelsea, loved learning more about you & your brand! Check out K. Slademade 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Intern Erin- Flower Power

The trend taking over the fashion world has to be Flowers! As an avid shopper I have noticed in all my favorite stores adorable flower accessories and clothing! I have to say my favorites have to be any the fun colored flower jewelry. However, the power of the flower doesn’t stop there, I will definitely be adding sandals and tech accessories following the floral trend to my wardrobe. Nothing says girly, fun, fashion than a gorgeous flower!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Budget Babe

Hi, My name is Patricia and I'm addicted to pineapple motifs. True confession right there, but the first step is admitting you have a problem, right? So I think my pineapple obsession truly began years ago while visiting my family in SC. Southerners love them some pineapples!

Over the years my obsession has grown and just last weekend I went to Target and spotted the Nate Berkus pineapple basket and jar. I was a good girl and left with just the basket. Well, actually I was a bad girl because I went back for the jar yesterday... Are you pineapple crazed too?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Empire State of Mind

Not to sound like a tourist tee shirt but I love New York. Don't you? When I found this Tibi skirt I was immediately drawn to it. There's something about the NY hustle that is so powerful and this skirt is a fun take on that Empire state of mind.

I've paired it with a shell from Vince. I swear by them and wear them year round under other pieces or just on their own. You need one in your closet, it's a great foundation. I'm still on the hunt for some ankle strap heels but these just may do. Have you found a great pair yet? If so, let me know.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Intern Erin- Black & White with a Twist

One of my favorite things about fashion is that there are no rules! You can mix and match different styles to find the perfect outfit! I think it is so much fun to pair classic pieces with fun and daring accessories! By pairing simple black and white classic pieces with bright fun bright colors you can give one of your favorite black and white outfits a completely new look! Don’t be afraid to pair your black and white look with vibrant and crazy colors. Play with color this season by adding a twist to your classic black and white outfits!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Budget Babe

You know that reflection of light on the surface of water? Those shades of blue are my favorite, I wish I could capture it but no picture really does it justice. These little bits of bright blue remind me of that image, especially the earrings. And crisp white? There's nothing better in summer.    

Monday, July 15, 2013

Take Charge Gladiator

T by Alexander WangKelly Wynne Tote, Stuart Weitzman Gladiator

Usually you'll find me in heels, or at least wedges. There's just something so empowering when your short about being able to put on a pair of heels and grow three to five inches. It makes you stand a little different and gives you some added confidence. But if there ever was a power sandal it would totally be these gladiators by Stuart Weitzman, I mean Kate Moss totally rocked them in the campaign.

Since these shoes are such a show stopped I'd keep the rest of my outfit pretty casual. Oh and have you seen Kelly Wynne's bags? She's a newcomer but I see great things in her future with classic bags like these!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Blogging Buds

I adore Sam of La Petite Pear. We started talking through Twitter months ago sharing a love for fashion and sweets. Whenever I'm craving some candy or ice cream (which is quite often) she totally supports it. One of my favorite parts about her blog is her "Fashionista in Flats" feature where she interviews other fashionistas and shares how they style flats. I've never seen so many flats look so chic! Fun fact, I was one of those fashionistas too. I just had to reach out to Sam to interview her on the blog.

Why did you start blogging?
I was actually blogging for three years before I decided to start fresh and focus on style. I've always loved to write and I was a journalism major, so for me, blogging has been a creative outlet. It's also an amazing way to connect with like-minded people who share my interests and passions.

How did you choose the name for your blog?
When I started my blog, I tried to think about what made me unique and what I could bring to the space. I'm on the shorter side, but I have curves, which is a pretty unique combination... and I thought Petite Pear had a nice ring to it.

What motivates you to keep blogging?
My deep-rooted love of style, a close group of girlfriends who are the most amazing cheerleaders and my biggest fans, and the desire to help people have as much fun with fashion as I do.

What are some qualities you believe a blogger needs to posses? 
Persistence, drive and determination. Blogging is hard work, and in such a saturated space, you really have to do everything possible to go the extra mile and stand out. It's also important to stay true to yourself no matter what.

What do you consider your greatest success?
Balancing my blog, day job, social life and marriage is quite the challenge. So, any day that I manage to keep all those plates in the air is a success for me.

What's you social media outlet of choice and why?
Definitely Twitter (although Instagram is a close second). I love the conversational aspect of it, and it's amazing to see how well some brands are using the space to interact with their customers. Twitter chats are a lot of fun too! 

Thanks Sam! I'm really missing those denim skirts too. Be sure to check out La Petite Pear

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Intern Erin- Summer Sandals

One of my favorite things about summer is being able to wear sandals! My ultimate go to shoe for summer has to be the classic flip flop! However, this summer the wedges, gladiators, and slide on sandals have been so fashionable and trendy! I can’t get enough of fun colored wedges! Having a fabulous shoe collection of sandals is a definite must for your wardrobe!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Budget Babe

Animals prints, there's a fine line between getting wild with classic prints and looking like a Real Housewife. I've recently been addicted to elephant prints and motifs, something about them is just so palm beach chic (even though there aren't actually elephants there). You get the point, so how do you get wild?           

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Business Babes

I'm an only child and have always loved being one but after talking with Bridget and Megan of Torregrossa I may ask for a sister for Christmas. The sisters have worked together to creat a luxury handbag brand that is coveted by many (myself included) and toted around by some of the most stylish celebs. Here's what the duo has to say...

When and why did you decide to start Torregrossa?
Torregrossa was founded in January 2010.  From the early 1920’s, our great grandmother, Lucia Mariani, owned and operated three dress factories called Lucy Frocks in Brooklyn, New York. In fact, the name, Lucy Frocks, has been incorporated by us, and will one day be a sister company to our primary label. She was an innovative businesswoman, who was well ahead of her time, and her life story, serves as a great inspiration. Her story was told to us as young girls, by our parents who have always encouraged us to pursue this life-long dream.

 "It is our goal as designers, to maintain a fashion forward approach, without jeopardizing quality, style, and functionalism, just as our great grandmother did ninety years ago," says Megan.

What is your background in and how did this help prepare you in regards to your business?
Bridget’s background working in public relations, marketing and events and Megan’s background in design is a perfect combination for what our brand needs to grow to a successful company.

What do you believe sets your brand apart from competitors?
The Torregrossa collection bridges the gap between high-end designer labels and less expensive, mass produced labels, without neglecting quality and design.

What do you consider your greatest success?
We feel most successful when we see the average women wearing our bags and loving them!

When we received our coverage in publications such as WWD, Marie Claire, InStyle, Allure, People Style Watch, etc. 

What is your social media outlet of choice and why?
We used Facebook, Twitter (@TorregrossaLtd) and Instgram. We love them all!

We also love doing videos so we can speak with our customers/fan directly! 

What is your favorite part about working alongside your sister?
The best part about working together is that we both believe in each other and we are both extremely passionate about creating beautiful products that make women happy. The mutual love and respect we have for one another allows our partnership to flourish and continue to grow.  We also know everything about each other so we know how one another will deal with a crisis or a situation. We know which one of us would be better equipped to handle certain situations. We balance each other out!

As sisters we are always honest with each other and have only our brands best interest in mind when we make any decision together. 

Be sure to check out Torregrossa for your luxe bag fix.  I know I'm dying to get my hands on the Stella, in what else besides the color of the year, emerald!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Frugal Finds

Land of the free because of the brave! Even though it's only Tuesday and there's still a full day before the Fourth, I'm feeling mighty patriotic. I planned my wardrobe this week to include a little red, white and blue everyday. When there's a holiday or a theme I run with it!

How are you celebrating the 4th? And more importantly, what are you wearing? I'm dying for a York Design cuff and this might be the perfect excuse!