11.28.2014

.eshakti.















I had the incredible opportunity to work with eShakti on this dress ... and you know what's really cool?? you each have your own opportunity to create something custom using their online site. it's simple ... you select the item you love and submit your measurements. you then select the hemline, neckline, what types of sleeves and if you want pockets or not pockets (obvi, I got pockets ;) YOU are in charge and are truly involved in the creative process. it can be quite a challenge finding a pretty dress that is knee length AND has sleeves AND has a nice neckline ... and eShakti made it SOOOOO easy! I am obsessed with this dress! eShakti also has jackets, pants, and skirts. there's something for everyone to customize. 

so take advantage of this coupon code 'stripesinbloom' for 10% off until the 21st of Dec. and create something amazing this holiday season! YOU deserve this! :) 

thank you very much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! 


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thank you to eShakti for inspiring this post

11.26.2014

.15 staples in building a wardrobe.


today I'm sharing my 15 staples in building a wardrobe and for a fun twist I have compiled these 15 pieces into 10 complete outfits! I hope you enjoy and can find inspiration in doing more with less ;) I know I've certainly grown from doing this .. and hey! I have more outfit combinations than I used to. I did something like this post last year entitled "10 with 10" to see those posts go here :)

my favorite thing is that the following looks can be worn ANY season! 

I have not linked my exact items because many of them are old / no longer available .. I am however linking more options down below for each of the items so if you're interested you can shop from those or use what you've already got in your closet to recreate these looks or if you're inspired to do more with less come up with your own fun combinations :) I'd love to hear about what your wardrobe must haves are / what you're pairing in new ways. 

my 15 items consisted of ... 
1. a solid colored dress (either a favorite color, or a neutral .. one you know you can wear anytime)
2. a patterned scarf (this will add dimension and interest to your wardrobe, it's easy to incorporate  colors and patterns in an easy accessory like a scarf)
3. dark wash jeans (self explanatory ;) they go with everything and are so flattering!)
4. button up blouse (a fun color or a neutral, either way you'll look feminine and put together)
5. booties (great for all seasons / occasions, you can wear with dresses or pants .. the perfect shoe!)
6. solid tee shirt (pick a neutral you know you can pair with anything .. I love grey!)
7. white jeans (or black .. whatever you think you'll wear more - honestly I would just pick both!)
8. statement necklace (this will glam up any outfit and add a fun pop to plain tops)
9. moto jacket (classic and cool, style this jacket with anything to give it an extra bit of edge)
10. nude heels (uhm. yes. just do it. mmk? ;) 
11. lightweight sweater (you'll want to wear it all year long and in a flowy shape, it's really pretty!)
12. pencil skirt (also a no brainer ;) wear it dressy, to work and to play. it's a friend not a foe)
13. denim jacket (I'm sounding repetitive, but you'll wear it always ;) 
14. sneakers (comfy and yes, cute! a great daily shoe that is functional)
15. flats (another side to comfy shoes, easy on and off!)


 look 1 
solid dress // patterned scarf // booties (not shown) ... (coat - it was cold!) ;)





look 2 
denim jacket // solid dress // flats 




look 3 
moto jacket // button up blouse // white jeans // booties 




look 4 
button up blouse // patterned scarf // dark wash jeans // nude heels 





look 5 
lightweight sweater // statement necklace // dark wash jeans // booties 






look 6 
lightweight sweater // pencil skirt // patterned scarf // nude heels 




look 7 
plain tee // statement necklace // denim jacket // pencil skirt // sneakers 





look 8 
denim jacket // plain tee // white jeans // flats 




look 9 
moto jacket // plain tee // dark wash jeans // sneakers 




look 10 
solid dress // statement necklace // nude heels 





thank you so much for reading! 
which look is your favorite comment below! :) 

ps. if you like this dress come back Friday to learn more about the company eShakti and why I love them SO much! 

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solid colored dresses 
patterned scarf
dark wash jeans
button up blouse
booties
solid tee shirt
white jeans
statement necklace
moto jacket
nude heels
lightweight sweater
pencil skirt
denim jacket
sneakers
flats

11.25.2014

.a few fun things.













sweater, Nordstrom Rack (found in store) // Hollister jeans, similar // Grace Adele clutch (no longer available), this one is coollove this one // Fossil watch // Revlon lipstick in Striking // Nyx lip liner in Hot Red // Boutique 9 booties (old) similar here, and here, and also here // Hollister scarf (old) similar here, love this bright one

big thank you to my sister for taking my pictures this day :) I have the best "faux"tographers around ;) and am lucky I have them. they're my biggest fans and supporters and I appreciate their willingness to take my pictures ... I seriously lucked out and I love them. 

now off of the gushy stuff ;) since the holidays are approaching I thought it was about time I started looking into getting more red lip products and I heard that the nyx lip liners were just so awesome, and they're inexpensive so I got Hot Red, lined and filled my entire lips with it .. topped off with the Revlon matte balm in Striking and achieved the look you see above. I love it! there's nothing like a good, strong red lip to make you feel sassy and fun! 

I told the story of this sweater on my instagram but pretty much I tried it on, fell in love and ended up leaving it at the store. I had taken these pictures at nordstrom rack and kept seeing them on my phone all week, so I went back and luckily there were 2 left in this color, 1 being my size! it was meant to be! I had to convince my hubs that I needed it, but I'm honestly so happy I went back. tell me I'm not the only one ;) 



aanndd this blue wall. it's just perfection. 

thank you guys for stopping by! 

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