News of a package delivery from Couture Apparel on Amazon was a sweet way to start my week. The seller features average priced clothing with something for women of all ages, but almost everything is slashed to about 70% off! They offer attire for a range of functions and activities– from work, to parties, to weekend play. You’ll love the unique designs and shapes of their tops and dresses.
I chose a white sleeveless dress called the Kyra with a visible back zipper and black bordering around the sleeves and hem. The silky material was shapely but not too tight that it became clingy. Two side pockets were accented by gold zippers. Due to the nature of the color I decided it was best to wear a slip underneath, but the dress did come with an attached lining. It’s perfect for work and looks great with any black pumps or colored flats. Check out what else the site has to offer. My picks are below.
Items you will love:
Sequins Solid Print Top- $31
Knit Elegant Short Jacket – $31
Solid Print Tunic- $21
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*This offer is valid for one month and starts today 04/08/14.
It had been a long time since I’d seen a hand painted shirt. I did have a blast boasting a homemade t-shirt slathered in puffy paints for Girls Scouts in third grade– if that counts for anything– but I can’t recall any sartorial Pollock or Monet spottings since. All the better for Wear The Paint’s timing. The ladies of the company are determined to bring crafty hand painted tops back to the forefront of fashion. Last week the new company launched their e-commerce site wearthepaint.com where they sell hand painted tees and sweatshirts for men and women. I love the cute branded tote they wrapped the purchase in! The style is laid back and fun, and the truly hand painted products have a personal touch. Due to the nature of the creation there may be subtle differences with each individual item.
The ladies try to keep the concept modern with in-your-face words, masterpiece replicas (I love the starry night tee!) and other fun design like strawberry hued hearts. The background canvas is very simple and draws attention to the design… it also gives the items an arts and crafts feel. I found their Facebook page and learned a bit more about how the ambitious duo work as a power team. The two friends stay up late designing products and even modelling for the site. Support these awesome entrepreneurs by buying one of their reasonably priced shirts or baggy sweatshirts with inspiring pictures or words.
My picks are:
Rose with Polka Dots Tee- $20
Feather Sweatshirt- $50
Here’s how I wear the paint!
Sweatshirt, Wear The Paint
Jeans (cut into shorts) J & Company
I’m always looking for new, inexpensive places to shop, so I was grateful when I found Soie Shop, an online retailer that sells dresses and tops with low price tags and a healthy sprinkling of sparkles. I was lucky enough to receive two products from the company, a dress and a top.
I ordered the Studded Hardware Blouse.The shirt was better than I had imagined! Online it was hard to tell what material it was because the picture made it look thin and gauzy. In real life, it’s sheer (the fabric you would expect) with pretty gold and silver studs on the collar. It has hidden buttons and a sleeve button so it can be rolled up. It comes in a magenta, blue, or black, and I decided to go with black because I can literally wear it with everything! My only complaint is that its static material attracts hair and fuzz. Be sure to travel with a lint-roller! The shirt fits true to size and is intentionally longer in the back.
The other item, the sequin embellished day dress, is beige and luckily it doesn’t wash me out, even with my pale skin. It has two colored stripes on the bottom and the quarter top is embellished with hologram sequins. They look nice but they are bright so it’s crucial that you like shine if you consider buying this dress. The middle is cinched with a simple matching tie. Although it is light, it has an attached slip which is thick enough that you can’t see any undergarments. A huge plus since I have so many summer dresses that are a tad too transparent. In the back, the spaghetti straps are closer together and create a racerback shape instead of the subtle v in the front. This dress would be great for a summer picnic, yet it is still fancy enough for an indoor party.
Love what you see? From now until Valentine’s Day you can get 30% off! Free shipping is available with any purchase over $50. Below are more of my favorites. Which is yours?
These are my other picks:
Crossroad Peplum Bustier- $27
Meshing Around Sequin Top- $23
Chiffon Dress- $28
LeeLee’s Accessories is an Etsy shop that sells jewelry and hats. The owner, LeAnn sent me one of her designs, a triangle statement necklace in coral (on left) and gold earrings set (below). You can purchase the necklace in lavender or black, all with gold caps on each triangle point which match the stud earrings perfectly! No false advertising here. The necklace looks exactly as it does in her pictures, and it arrived quickly in a cute pink organza bag. On Etsy, LeeLee’s Accessories has a perfect 100% feedback rating. I’ve seen similarly styled necklaces that are flimsy and double the price. This one is easy to clasp, has an adjustable chain, and is durable but lightweight. The set is only $15, so it’s the perfect gift for any female. I’m wearing the necklace at it’s tightest point so it can hang an inch or two longer than shown. I also do not have pierced ears, but I found a great way to style the earrings. I added them as embellishment to my button down shirt, and I love the subtle, easy transformation. Of course they also look good in your ear. Right now you’ll only find jewelry in her store, but she also sells fedoras with ribbon bands in the summertime.
Below are a few of my favorites from her shop:
Turquoise Statement Necklace- $25
Gold and White Gemstone Necklace- $30
Some people think only gray sweaters, basic t-shirts, or black pencil skirts can be worn in multiple way, but even crazy clothing can be versatile. Here is an Ark and Co. dress worn three different ways:
What you cannot see is that in addition to the zip-up front, the dress also has an open back. If you wanted to wear it to work you could try a jacket or thick sweater but then you can’t take it off for the rest of the day. Instead, I paired it with a button-down which ruffle on either side of the buttons. Although the pattern features navy, not black, the under layer is black so I was able to match the shirt, the shoes, and tights.
I picked the blazer for a light business casual look. Because I shed the opaque tights, this could be appropriate for an after work party. The hemline is still above my knees so I stuck with the gold buckle shoes with a thick, 1.5 inch heel. I also added some jewelry to make it more glamorous like these peal and rhinestone earrings.
We probably won’t be seeing feather as much as last winter so the hairband is a tribute to the flirty feather skirts that rocked last season. This outfit was also about having fun and looking youthful so I added a studded belt, glitzy sandals, and another layer of tulle by layering a skirt underneath the dress. There are no pictures of the back, but because I left my shoulders bare it also means more skin. Since it’s so busy in the front I think it would be fun to add the long necklace in the second look and wear it so it hangs backward. It’s never a bad thing to mix it up! To buy what I’m wearing go to: StyleSays.com/fashionscoopamy
Today I have two outfits to share, both featuring a white and blue pinstripe shirt. The looks are here to show you how easy it is to take the top you wear to the polling booth and redesign it into something that is suitable for an election results party.
Shoes- Cole Haan
Shoes- Valenti Franco
Hat- American Apparel
Shoes- Van Eli
Earrings- Kate Spade
Happy Halloween! I tend to stay away from orange and black on most occasions to avoid looking like a whitchy Jack-o’-lantern, but with the brass buttons and the gold notches on the boots it made the Halloween style more doable. I wore this on a mini-trip and the orange sweater was perfect for layering and mixing with jeans and skirts. Plus, with the light wool material was safe to ball up in a suit case knowing that it wouldn’t wrinkle. Although the skirt is short, wearing it with furry lined boots and black tights made it more appropriate for the chilly fall weather.
Skirt- Nannette Lepore
Tights- Nine West
Boots- Indigo by Clarks