August 28, 2014

Labor Day Sales

Who is ready for the long Labor Day weekend? I'm not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, but I am ready to say hello to Labor Day sales. Fortunately, there's no shortage of budget-friendly transitional apparel and accessories to carry you into fall. Below, a selection of sale items that I'm currently stalking online. 

See stylish Labor Day picks from Old Navy, Nasty Gal, and Steve Madden including: leopard loafers, floral denim jacket, floral romper, striped hoodie, and a bucket bag

Western floral denim jacket, leopard loafers, zip-back black heels, Forever After graphic T-shirt (only $6!), black studded sandals, striped hoodie, floral romper, bucket bag, and floral slip-on sneakers (only $39)

Score more Labor Day deals:

Steve Madden: Use code SNAP for 20% off $100, 25% off $125 or 30% off $150
J.Crew: Use code ALMOSTFALL for 25% off select styles
Threadsence: Use code LABORDAY30 for 30% off sitewide
Topshop: Get 30% off select items 
Asos: Use code HAVE10 for extra 10% off sale
Boohoo: Use code TEACHME for 25% off everything
JOE's Jeans: Use code LABORDAY for 30% off sitewide
Old Navy: Get 50% off select styles


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August 26, 2014

Five Fashionable Finds at MAGIC Market Week

When people ask me what MAGIC Market Week is like, I usually respond with "it's a fashion wonderland, and there's a lot to see. It's exhausting, but in a good way." With six seasons under my belt, I've learned how to make efficient use of my time and how to navigate the overwhelming assortment of booths at the various trade shows. Imagine row after row of apparel and accessory vendors, a high energy environment, and more style inspiration than you can process. By the end of each day, I'm enervated, but I'm also excited about seeing new brands and upcoming trends. Attending the MAGIC Market Week trade shows each February and August always ignites my passion for trends and of course, for shopping.

In this post, I'll be sharing five fun brands that I discovered, starting with on-trend Los Angeles line Willow & Clay. You may have seen their merchandise at Nordstrom Rack or Piperlime. What struck me while viewing their collection was the attention to detail and how so many of their pieces mix and match perfectly together. Note the variety of textures and embellishments. I could not resist playing stylist, so I pulled a few looks that would be right at home in my closet. 

Willow and Clay Clothing

Adorable Spanish brand Kling caught my eye with their quirky prints, cute bomber jackets, and feminine flourishes. Furthermore, their enthusiastic sales team, playful assortment of prints, and affordable price points were the icing on the cake. Bumble bee sweater, be mine! See more cuteness on their Instagram.

Kling Clothing

Brazilian brand Dumond's footwear and accessories feature on-trend details and chic embellishments. The metallic laser cut shoes were a personal favorite, while the floral print wedges were a close second.

Dumond Shoes and accessories

I loved pretty much everything at the Pepa Loves booth. The Spanish brand's playful cat prints and relaxed silhouettes make for a fun and casual mix that spoke to my personal style. Plus, how charming are those owl and cat bags? I couldn't stop smiling when browsing their wares.

Pepa Loves Clothing

The fall collection by edgy Los Angeles-based brand Hot & Delicious stopped me in my tracks, which isn't easy to do. Their visual merchandising, with a rich array of textures, prints, and layers, made me hope that the cooler temperatures of fall would arrive soon. The more-is-more combination of fringe and faux fur evokes a boho-meets-rocker vibe that I find irresistible.

Hot & Delicious Clothing

See more style inspiration on my Pinterest boards, and keep up with my fashion, food, and fitness adventures over on Instagram!

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August 14, 2014

Altuzarra for Target Lookbook Inspiration

With the recent release of the Altuzarra for Target lookbook, my anticipation for the collection's release on September 14, 2014 is at an all-time high. A decidedly more grown-up collaboration compared to previous Target efforts, the Altuzarra for Target line (some of which will also be available on net-a-porter) features sexy and sleek '70s silhouettes, digital prints, killer heels, beautiful blouses, python prints, and gorgeous gowns. Altuzarra stays true to his seductive yet ladylike aesthetic with sophisticated thigh-slit pencil skirts, stiletto boots, and tailored blazers. In fact, many of the looks from the Altuzarra for Target lookbook appear to be inspired by recent Altuzarra runway looks. Let's take a closer look at ten such looks that bear striking similarities.

Altuzarra-for-Target-V-neck-Dress

This ladylike V-neck dress from resort 2015 shares an A-line shape and knee length with the Target version, and both looks also have plunging V-necks. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Snake-Skirt

The thigh slit is an Altuzarra signature, and the sexy python print skirt from the Target collection echoes this spring 2011 runway style. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Red-Velvet-Suit

If a tailored velvet suit in a deep shade of crimson is on your wish list, the Target version closely resembles this fall 2010 style with its slim, tailored silhouette. Pair with pointy heels and sleek hair for a maximum femme fatale factor.

Altuzarra-for-Target-Belted-Boho-Dress

Both the Altuzarra for Target boho dress and the resort 2014 dress above feature an A-line shape, belted waist, ties at the neckline, and embroidered details. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Snake-Blazer

The python print shows up again in the tailored Altuzarra for Target blazer which looks to be inspired by this slightly more cropped jacket from spring 2011.

Altuzarra-for-Target-Pencil-Skirt-Sweater

Both of the looks above include thigh-slit pencil skirts, the appearance of blouses layered under sweaters, and bold colors with print mixing. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Blue-Oxford-Shirt

An unbuttoned oxford blouse and thigh-slit skirt in black from the Altuzarra for Target collection mirrors this professional yet edgy look from the spring 2014 collection. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-black-Dress

An LBD is an essential part of the modern woman's wardrobe, and this tailored style from Altuzarra for Target, which features embroidered birds, looks comparable to this resort 2015 style. Both are body-hugging with thigh slits and V-necks, making them alluring.

Altuzarra-for-Target-Black-Suit

This tailored black suit from spring 2014 resembles the Altuzarra for Target suit, even down to the square shoulders and shiny lapels. 

Altuzarra-for-Target-Furry-Jacket

A big, fluffy black coat from the Altuzarra for Target lookbook brings to mind a more sumptuous style from fall 2010. It should be interesting to see how the runway-inspired textures translate into Target's lower price points and synthetic materials. Note how both looks are paired with a pencil skirt and sexy footwear. 

Follow along with me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute #AltuzarraforTarget updates and shopping tips on how to score your favorites. I'll be sharing valuable shopping advice that I've learned over the past seven years! Watch this space when the collection launches for shopping reviews with fitting room photos and and sizing information.

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July 22, 2014

6 Best Backpacks for Fall

Although I haven't carried a backpack since my college days, I'm now finding myself drawn to the utilitarian vibe and casual-cool factor of many of the backpacks I've spotted lately. No longer just for students or travelers, these new versions offer everything from a sophisticated, minimalist vibe to a sporty nonchalance. Besides freeing up your hands, the best feature of backpacks is their versatility. Wear one slung over one shoulder, or use two straps for a traditional take. Make a statement with whimsical prints or choose one with pockets to stay organized. When it comes styling backpacks, think of them as the sneakers of the handbag world. They can inject a casual vibe to a preppy pencil skirt and flats, give a sporty look to denim, or add a fun element to a day dress. 

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July 18, 2014

Ireland Photo Diary

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to vacation in various parts of Ireland. Having briefly visited Dublin and nearby Wicklow a few years ago, I happily anticipated seeing more of the country from which some of my ancestors came.  This trip included some of the greenest fields, tastiest bread, lushest gardens, and hauntingly beautiful architecture that I've ever experienced. Each time I venture to new places and explore the history and culture of a different country, it gives me a fresh perspective on my daily life and it forces me to see things from a different point of view. I've come away from my time in Ireland with increased patience, tolerance, and an appreciation for the vast natural beauty that Ireland has to offer.

Below are highlights from areas including the Muckross House, Blarney Castle, the Tralee Rose Garden, The Longueville House, Dun Aengus, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry. 

Muckross House
Blarney Castle
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Tralee Rose Garden Ireland
Longueville House Ireland
Irish Cemetary
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Longueville House Lunch
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Killarney Ireland
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Ring of Kerry Ireland
Irish Countryside

For a closer look at more fashion, food, and scenery from Ireland, have a peek at my Instagram

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June 24, 2014

Target Twins - The Tropical Skirt

For our latest #TargetTwins project, Toni and I are shining the spotlight on this tropical print skirt. Just like the daisy print skirt, this little number has shorts underneath, making it an instant hit in my book. The print may evoke images of a summery tropical paradise, but it also works for autumn. To show the skirt's versatility, our #TargetTwins theme is wear it now, wear it later. I've styled my skirt for summer, while Toni has styled hers for fall. 

LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and Clarks wedges for #TargetTwins

As Toni so stylishly demonstrates above, a lightweight denim jacket, rugged ankle boots, and earthy accessories effortlessly make the transition from summer to fall.  

For my summer look, I've chosen a pink lace top layered under my favorite new vest to dress the skirt up, while neutral wedges and a handbag allow the pinks and greens of the necklace and skirt to come into focus. For more cool days when June gloom is lurking, I've recently styled the skirt with a gray short-sleeved sweatshirt (like this one in navy), sparkly necklace (similar to this one) and ultra comfortable flat studded silver sandals that always seem to elicit compliments.

LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and Clarks wedges for #TargetTwins
 LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and J Crew statement necklace for #TargetTwins
Clarks Caslynn Cheryl wedges in nude leather
LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag and J Crew statement necklace
 LA fashion blogger The Key To Chic wears an Xhilaration tropical print skirt from Target with a Kate Spade bag, Clarks Caslynn Cheryl wedges and J Crew statement necklace

Mossimo vest, Forever 21 lace top (also comes in mint and ivory), J Crew necklace (similar version), Xhilaration skirt, Kate Spade bag (current season version in black), and Clarks wedges

Stay updated with us and take part in our Target obsession by using #TargetTwins on InstagramPinterest, and Twitter.  Click on over to Toni's blog for all the details on her ready-for-fall look!

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