6 MUST HAVES FOR MEMORIAL DAY & BEYOND

6 MUST HAVES FOR MEMORIAL DAY & BEYOND

STYLES SNOOP MEMORAL DAY MUST HAVE ITEM #1: THE BASIC TANK

What else are you going to wear with your cute shorts, skirts, and destructed jeans, wide leg pants?  We adore these 4 basics to mix and match with all your favs:

1.) the basic ribbed beater from Six/Fifty

 

2.) the dolphin hem razor back from Hashtag

 

3.) the swing high/low button tank from Six/Fifty

 

4.) the easy boy friend tank from Tresics

 

STYLES SNOOP MEMORAL DAY MUST HAVE ITEM #2: THE FLIPPY HEM SHORT

Shorts are hot, hot, hot again this summer and this year with a wide flippy hem.  Think you can’t wear shorter shorts?  You can wear these!  The wide opening makes them super  slimming and flattering on legs on of shapes and sizes.  Add in a cozy elastic waist band – and you will want to wear them everyday.  Pair with a white tee or tank you are good to go!  Hover over each pic for info.

 

 

STYLES SNOOP MEMORAL DAY MUST HAVE ITEM #3: THE ROMPER & JUMPSUIT

The jumpsuit and romper are packing item number one for all of your summer escapes!  Why?  They are one piece dressing at it’s easiest, not to mention cutest.  Toss these on with your fav sandals for day time or add a heel and fun jewelry for night.  Hover over each pic for details.

 

 

STYLES SNOOP MEMORAL DAY MUST HAVE ITEM #4: THE BEACH OR POOLSIDE DRESS

A total no brainer – you need a super cute cover-up!  Whether are you are headed to the beach, the pool, or the lake – these fab dresses will keep you cool while looking hot ;).  Hover over image for details.

 

STYLES SNOOP MEMORAL DAY MUST HAVE ITEM #5: THE KITCHY FUN BEACH BAG

A bright, fun, bag is the perfect finishing touch for any outfit this summer.  Whether it be with jeans and a tee, a fabulous maxi dress, or your bathing suit – one of these lovely beach bag is sure to be the perfect compliment.  Hover over each image for details.

 

STYLES SNOOP MEMORAL DAY MUST HAVE ITEM #6: THE SUMMER SCREEN TEE

As all of you fashionistas know – screen tees are in!  Pair them with jeans, shorts, or even side tied with a cute skirt (yes it’s such a cute look!).  This season – you need one that screams SUMMER.  Whether you live near the sea or will be parked at the pool, there is a tee for you.  From left to right: 1. Pool Side. 2 Coastal 3. Vitamin Sea 4. Raised by Waves.  These cuties are all from Sub_Urban Riot – email me for more info – amy@shopstylesnoop.com

 

Love one of these items or know someone else who will?  Simply click below and we will hook you up!  Happy Memorial Day loves :-*.

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SPRING DRESSES, COZY ITEMS, AND MARCH MUST HAVES… LET’S RE-SCOOP!

SPRING DRESSES, COZY ITEMS, AND MARCH MUST HAVES… LET’S RE-SCOOP!
Style Snoop “Weekly Re-Scoop” – your end of week summary of the latest and greatest Style Snoop finds.  Ok, this week it is two weeks of the latest and greatest as I am a bit behind!  Why “Re-Scoop”?  I hear from so many of you daily that you missed that a Facebook Social was happening or that you do not get any alerts when I post new styles – so this will hopefully help to fill in the blanks and allow you to snag any existing awesome inventory.  Remember – my Style Snoop mission is two fold: 1. to deliver amazing fashion at killer prices and 2. to provide a place for you to “gather” with your friends to virtually shop together from the comfort of your couch or wherever you may be.  To stick with my mission of this being a social engagement, the Facebook Socials will remain the first place to snag these items – and those orders will be filled first.  If you are interested in inquiring about buying an item, please click on the button below to contact the Shop.  And to further keep this a Social Shop, you can click on the button below to share this blog post with a friend whom you think would LOVE it!  Let’s ReSCOOP!

SPRING (FORWARD) DRESSES

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It sure doesn’t feel like Spring in the North East, but we did just turn the clocks forward and Easter and Passover are just weeks away…so it’s coming!  I don’t know about you, but I NEED a dress – I can not find one.  So when I see one I love I jump.  I adore all of these dresses for up coming Showers, Work Events, Baptisms, Graduations, Easter, Passover….really for anything!!!  Here are my current 7 favs:

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The Floral Wrap Midi with Pockets $38
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The Georgette Surplice Collared Shirt Dress $36
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The Striped Floral Midi W/Pockets $34
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Super Comfortable Knit 3/4 Lantern Sleeve Shirt w/Pockets $34
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The Perfect Maxi Dress $30 (sage only)
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The Stripe/Solid Tie Sleeve Dress with Pockets $34
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The Flippy High/Low Hem Stripe Shirt Dress $40

Love one of these or know someone who will – click below!

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Now lets go casual with 5 super & cozy items. Three perfect for year round lounging and two that will make you long for warm weather and spring – they are that cute!

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Chevron French Terry Lace-Up Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt $36
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Softest Brushed Waffle Jersey Cardi w/Taping Detail $38
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Ultra Comfy Brushed Cinch Leg Jogger $30
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Spring Dreaming French Terry Mini Dress $32
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Spring Dreaming Cotton Floral Embroidered Cropped Legging $28

Love one of these or know someone who will – click below!

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MARCH MADNESS – STYLE SNOOP STYLE

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For all of us basketball fans – this past Thursday marked the beginning of lots of fun (and stress when your team is playing!). To celebrate – I thought we would have a fun social featuring 5 super fabulous spring finds that are sure to make you mad with Style Envy!!  Here they are:

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The Slub Tee with Intricate Lace Arm $34
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Fine Rib Tencel Knotted T-Shirt Dress $39
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The Unbelievably Soft Floral Maxi Skirt $34
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The Easy & Cute Drapey Tassel Tie Waist Pant $34
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The Blush Floral Wrap Maxi Dress $38

Love one of these or know someone who will – click below!

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A few SCOOPS: 

This top!!!  BE still my heart.  See details below.  (the earrings are sold out).

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And this one!  And here I have some earrings left in blush and black.  Details in image below.  Screen Shot 2018-03-19 at 1.30.56 PM.jpeg

That’s it for now.  Till next time….

Have questions….email me at anytime: amy@shopstylesnoop.guide

In good Fashion,

Amy xoxo

 

 

 

THE WEEKLY RE-SCOOP

THE WEEKLY RE-SCOOP
 Introducing the Style Snoop “Weekly Re-Scoop” – your end of week summary of the latest and greatest Style Snoop finds.  Why “Re-Scoop”?  I hear from so many of you daily that you missed that a Facebook Social was happening or that you do not get any alerts when I post new styles – so this will hopefully help to fill in the blanks and allow you to snag any existing awesome inventory.  Remember – my Style Snoop mission is two fold: 1. to deliver amazing fashion at killer prices and 2. to provide a place for you to “gather” with your friends to virtually shop together from the comfort of your couch or wherever you may be.  To stick with my mission of this being a social engagement, the Facebook Socials will remain the first place to snag these items – and those orders will be filled first.  If you are interested in inquiring about buying an item, please click on the button below to contact the Shop.  And to further keep this a Social Shop, you can click on the button below to share this blog post with a friend whom you think would LOVE it!  So let’s get started!!!!!

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HIGH LIGHTS OF WEEK BEGINNING 2/26:

“MARCH MUST-HAVES SOCIAL”

MARCH MUST HAVE ITEM #1 – THE TIE WAIST TEE $26 available in black and heather gray in sizes small-large

 

This season trench coats reign supreme and this uber feminine top channels that vibe in an easy to wear and super cute tee!  Pair with everything from your favorite jeans, to high waisted pants, to pencil skirts.  The fabric is a fabulous weight – not to heavy, but substantial enough to hold it’s shape and to rock to more formal affairs should you choose.

MARCH MUST HAVE ITEM #2 – THE PASTEL RUCHED OFF THE SHOULDER TOP $30 available in blush in sizes small-large              

 

This top is like the spring trend trifecta – pastel (pastels are huge this spring in blush, lavender, and lemon), ruching (thats the shirred puckering on the arms), and its off the shoulder!  I adore this top with this season light wash jeans, white pants, or even more casually with cut-offs.  This top is proudly made in the USA.

MARCH MUST HAVE ITEM #3 – THE ROMANTIC FLORAL WRAP BLOUSE $32 available in ivory in sizes small-large

 

Sure florals are popular every Spring, but this season the garden party reigns supreme.  The bigger and bolder the floral, the better.  I love this bright and punchy print on the neutral background – especially on this feminine wrap silhouette.  This lovely is perfect for dressing up or down as the occasion requires – think wedding showers, cocktail parties, and even a Saturday night out.  This top is proudly made in the USA.

MARCH MUST HAVE ITEM #4 – THE STRIPED TOP WITH A FEMININE KICK $28 available in navy/white stripe in sizes small-large                         

 

Stripes are a rite of passage for Spring and this season they get a feminine make-over.  This one takes it up a notch with with a feminine and flirty open ruffle shoulder.  Toss it on now with your fav jeans and booties and come warmer dress it up your white jeans and gold sandals.  I even love this one with a pencil skirt and heels!  So cute and so different.

MARCH MUST HAVE ITEM #5 – THE TWILL ZIP ANKLE MOTO LEGGING $40 available in navy and olive in sizes small-large

 

 

Looks like a skinny pant, feels like a legging due to their super stretchiness – they are 97% cotton and 3% spandex.  Best of all twill pants (think your old favorite khakis) are the perfect match for all of your Spring must have tops!  *While these are super stretchy they due run a bit short.  Please size up if you are tall or in between sizes.  I have on the small in the second set of pics above.

“HELLO SUNSHINE SOCIAL”

HELLO SUNSHINE – BOHO LACE-UP PONCHO WITH TASSLE DETAIL $38 available in white/navy in sizes small-large

 

This versatile – wear-now/wear-later piece has details galore.  I love the crisp white with the all over navy print and the mixed colored tassels on the lace up neck and the four points of the hem.  The lace-up neck detail is made from a heavy navy blue cording which pops against the white.  Wear it now with a tank and jeans and sandals or booties and over your bathing suit all vacay or summer long – such a great coverup!

HELLO SUNSHINE – PINK PREPPY FLAMINGO A-LINE DRESS  $36 available in baby pink in sizes small-large

 

This sweet and playful print makes getting dressed fun and is easy to dress-up or down as the occasion requires.  Pack it for your tropical get-away or wear it at home this summer to a cocktail party, a baby shower, or even a backyard BBQ.  No matter where you go, you will be sure to get tons of compliments.

HELLO SUNSHINE – PINK SEERSUCKER V-NECK DRESS WITH SIDE TIES $36 available in pink/white seersucker in sizes small-large                                                            

 

 A seersucker dress that is totally bra friendly and super sweet – yes please!  I love how the seersucker lines up in the v-neck to create a chevron look.  And the side ties complete the look!  The quality, fit, and look of this dress are on part with a certain Whale company and just a fraction of the price.

HELLO SUNSHINE – FLORAL MAXI WITH CRISS-CROSS SMOCKED BUST $44 available in white floral in sizes small-large                                                     

 

This is such gorgeous maxi.  The floral print is so right on for this seasons bright and bold prints and I love the criss-cross bust smocking detail.  It is also super versatile – wear off your shoulder or it also works pulled up for a bra friendly look.  Wear with heels for a formal affair or toss on with gold thong sandals for a totally effortless yet sexy look.

HELLO SUNSHINE – STRIPE FAUX WRAP RUFFLE EDGE SKIRT $40  available in white/blue stripe in sizes small-large

 

Last summer I began my love affair with wrap skirts and this blue and white stripe with ruffle edge is one of my favorites so far.  It is just so easy to toss on with your favorite white tank or tee and look great.  Dress up with heels for a night out or a wedding shower or wear with gold or nude flips for errands or going out to lunch.  You could even pull this lovely over your one-piece bathing suit!  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

THIS WEEKS DAILY SCOOP LOOKS  

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My Scoops are a single looks that is a great basic, a cool trend, or just a must have piece!

DAILY SCOOP ONE: The On OR Off The Shoulder Ruffle Hem Tunic. $34                                                                I love this with jeans and booties or high heeled sandals or come summer pair with shorts – it would even be so cute over a bathing suit! I love how it can be totally sexy or more sweet.

 

 

DAILY SCOOP TWO: The I Need A Vacation Hoodie!  $30 Whether you are just back from vacation, about to go away, or don’t have one in sight – you need this cute  light weight hoodie.

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DAILY SCOOP THREE:  DENIM OVERALLS yay….unless you are hiding under a rock – you know these babies are Hot, Hot, Hot for spring updated with a skinny leg and also roughed up a bit with patches etc. I have TWO pairs to share – Pair 1: a skinny leg updated silhouette in White Denim in sizes small thru large – $38

 

Pair 2: a pair of super cute more relaxed blue denim overalls with a parched worn look with a relaxed boyfriend fit – $42

 

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WHAT’S NEXT? Join me in the SHOP for these Socials & more:

Monday, March 5th at 8pm: SWEET ROMEO SPRING SWEATERS. Must have sweaters to take you stylishly into Spring!

Wednesday, March 7th at 8pm: BEACH BAG & COVER-UP PRE-SALE.  These are the items you were dying over from the NY Clothing show.

Have questions….email me at anytime: amy@shopstylesnoop.guide

In good Fashion,

Amy xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 7 Neiman Marcus Summer Sale Finds that are PERFECT for Fall!

My Top 7 Neiman Marcus Summer Sale Finds that are PERFECT for Fall!

I am still in full on summer mode.  Summer clothes, summer shoes.  Give me ALL of the sale bathing suits.  No Fall thinking for this girl.  I truly think September is going to be a hot one and I will be pleased with my purchasing decisions.  BUT many of you have told me your have Fall on the brain.  So, because I love so much – I will spend the remainder of the week scouring Summer Sales and finding you awesome items that are not only on sale, but that will become your Fall Favorite.  Here are my top picks from Neiman Marcus’ New Summer Sale releases:

  1. Alice & Olivia Embroidered Cotton Peasant Top (click here) 

This top IMG_5912will take you from the hot and hazy days of summer into fall with ease.  Just add your favorite jeans and boots and toss on a duster and you will look as crisp and in season as the fallen leaves.  As an added bonus – for those hot days, this top will keep you cool AND it can also be worn up on your shoulders.

2.  Paige Denim Plaid Cold Shoulder Shirt (click here)IMG_5913    Plaid.  Cold Shoulder.  On sale.  Did I mention plaid? Love this one.  When it gets cold, layer over old white thermal for some fun texture and added style.

3. Rag and Bone Eyelet Sweatshirt (click here)  Those of you know that know me, know I am a sucker for a cute and stylish sweatshirt with a refined cut.  Why?  Because I love to wear them with all of my skirts and dresses (yes over the dress!) with boots in the Fall and Winter.  May sound a bit odd, but try it and you will see.  This sweatshirt with its eyelet trim and waist length hem   is totally perfect for this look!  IMG_5914

 

 

4. Levee Western Plaid Mini Dress (click here)  Wear this plaid dress with bare legs and camel sandals for August/September and then with camel booties and skinny jeans come October.  Dress up, dress down.  Such a versatile and cute piece.  Plus this is a timeless plaid, so you will wear it for years to come!

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5. 7-For-All-Mankind Olive Ankle Skinny Coated Jean  Olive is so in for Fall and this skinny silohouette will be a go to for Fall with all of your peasant blouses and sweaters.  Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 10.43.59 AM

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6.  J Brand Mid Rise Super Skinny Jean (click here)  This is the perfect dark wash for Fall in a super flattering very stretchy skinny jean.  They will be your go to basic jean as they look great dressed up or dressed down and are super comfy.  Plus, they are almost $100 off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Sueded Ankle Boot from Rag and Bone (click here) – at over 50% off this boot is a must buy.  It is a timeless, high quality bootie, in a neutral go with everything color and with a great block stacked heel.  If you are a size 5, 7.5, or 8 –  please run to buy this fab boot before its gone!

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Let’s Get Graphic!

Let’s Get Graphic!

When most of us think of graphic tees, we think of an old stand by for our blue jeans or a cozy fashion forward addition to our leggings.  While those are great ways to wear your tees, I want you to think beyond jeans.  I want to show you how to flaunt your favorite image or slogan covered tee with fashion and flare.  In fact – my favorite way to wear my graphic tees, is with my skirts and dresses.  Sounds a bit odd, I know.  But once you see how easy it is to create this look with your own personal touch – I think you will be hooked too!

Go Glam or Go Home

Wear your fav tee for a girls night out or cocktails at that posh new wine bar?  YES!  Pair your graphic tee with your flowy and feminine skirts and a clutch or small shoulder bag you are good to go.  The key here is keeping everything a neutral shade with hints of black or tonal in similar shades, to let the graphic tee be the stand out item. Shown above: “Yes Way Vacay” Tee: Old Navy currently $8.40 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsKz shown with LuLaRoe Lola Skirt, Glitter Louboutin Heels and Chanel Bag.  Similar tees that would work for this look: 1. Rebecca Taylor Tee ‘C’est La Vie’ at Nordstrom $125 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsLB  2.  ‘Good Vibes’ Graphic Tee Sub_Urban at Nordstrom $34 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsL2  3. ‘We Are Strong’ Tee at H&M $14.99 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsMg  4. Led Zeppelin Tee at H&M $17.99 http://shopstyle.it/l/dsM0 5. Pour Some Sugar On Me Tee at Lucky Brand http://shopstyle.it/l/dsM0

Casual with a Kick

Love the idea of upping your style level with your graphic tees, but not quite ready to go ‘glam’?  How about a compromise.  Choose a more casual or refined skirt and a pair it with a tee that has a softer toned graphic tee.  This look works especially well with vintage feeling tees.  Add some heels and a fab bag and you have just taken your look up a notch.  Shown here: Madewell Santa Cruz Vintage Tee on sale at Madewell for $19.99 (but only size large is left) –http://shopstyle.it/l/dsR7 or at Nordstrom for $35 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsT2 with with Shein Frayed Hem Denim skirt $46 – http://bit.ly/2eOVsxG, Vintage Fendi Bag, and Vince Camuto Heels. Similar tees that would work for this look: 1. Young American Tee at Nordstrom $68 http://shopstyle.it/l/dsUf  2. Work Hard Be Nice Tee at the Buckle $34  3. Smokey the Bear Football Tee at Lucky Brand $34.50 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsV0  4. Go Your Own Way tee at Old Navy currently $10.40 – http://shopstyle.it/l/dsWM  5. Triumph Escape Tee from Lucky Brand $29.50 – http://shopstyle.it/l/ds4q

Prepster Prints Rock Too

Do you row more to the stroke of a sporty canoe?  I love, love, love preppy printed graphic tees with my skirts and dresses.  I especially enjoy mixing textures, prints, and stripes with this category of tee.  Last night I added this anchor tee over a blue striped dress and I personally thought it was super cute!  Also try with a solid eyelet skirt or dress or over a small repeat print.  I say just have fun with it.  Keep your accessories minimal to not make the look too busy and for sure the compliments will come flowing in! Shown here: Old Navy Anchor Tee (sold out, but here is a similar one from Etsy – http://shopstyle.it/l/dtdq) with Shein Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress now $21!!!(size up runs a bit small) – http://bit.ly/2u0md3S  Similar tees that would work for this look:  1. Alternative Apparel Star Tee  at Nordstrom $36 –  http://shopstyle.it/l/ds0L  2. Whale Done Tee from Sub_Urban Riot $44 –  http://bit.ly/2v0Q3tu  3. Karaoke Club Tee from Madewell $44 – http://shopstyle.it/l/ds6P 4. Tennis Racquet Tee $10 – http://shopstyle.it/l/ds6Z 

 

It’s a Wrap (or at least it looks like one)!

It’s a Wrap (or at least it looks like one)!

I have always loved skirts in the summer, especially in maxi lengths.  The wrap skirt – this season’s hottest trend in skirts, is making me want to wear one each and every day!  Whether it be mini, midi, or maxi – the ruffle effect and along with the dip of the front hem, makes the wrap skirt decidedly feminine without even trying.  Whether you are wearing it casually with a graphic tee or with a tank of off the shoulder top out for a night on the town – you will look like a million bucks without trying (and without breaking the bank!).

The True Wraps

Whether your style is more utilitarian or girly – there is a wrap skirt for you.  Simply Add your favorite basic tank or tee to any of these lovelies and you will be sure to turn heads.

  1.  Olive Flounce Wrap – Shein $20.  100% cotton and looks amazing, but I can not speak to its quality – the price is so good it makes me wonder! Worth a try as it is a great silhouette in a fabuouls color that transitions easily to Fall.
  2. Denim Maxi Wrap – Level 99 (at anthro)  $98.  This one is timeless in the denim chambray and it will also transition right into Fall with your favorite boots.
  3. Navy Stripe Midi Wrap – Gap currently $26 with code “deal” and what a deal!  I love all things nautical and this fits the bill.  Toss on a white tank and your favorite gold or navy flips for day or even your favorite chucks or camel sandals for night.  Add a denim jacket if it gets chilly.  It doesn’t get much easier.
  4. I am also smitten (by way of the web) with this Striped Blue and White Wrap Ruffle Skirt from Shein – $25.  I just ordered – so i will report back.
  5. Finally – my favorite wrap skirt ever.  In crisp cotton poplin (see pic above) and the most amazing blue – the Ruffle Wrap Skirt from JCrew – on sale for $79.99.  They had sold out and a few sizes just popped back up.  So run if you want this lovely!

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The Pretenders

Love the look of a wrap skirt, but don’t enjoy actually wrapping?  These skirts give you the look, yet have their own closure to make wearing them a snap.  And just like the real thing – the addition of a simple tank or tee makes the look complete.

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  1.  On me, at top – Gauze Bassanova Faux Wrap Skirt at Nordstrom Rack $29.99  Love this one with my pom pom sandals!
  2. Faux Wrap Crepe Ruffled Maxi Skirt – Vince Camuto at Nordstrom on sale for $53.40.  Runs large size down one.
  3. Linen Ruffle Skirt – JCrew, color white and navy are $79.50 and red is on sale for $54.99
  4. Printed Faux Wrap Skirt – Flying Tomato at Nordstrom Rack $26.97
  5. Pinstripe Ruffle Tiered Skirt – at Shein $17!  Doesn’t that just sound like a fake price doesn’t it??  I love the button detail and the sweet seersucker like stripe.

The Short Story

Love the look, maxis and midis not your thing?  Don’t fret – this season the wrap skirt trend is even represented in mini length.  Here are my favorites:

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  1. Gingham Faux Wrap Mini – Shein $13 (yes, again – this price!?!?).  So cute!
  2. Meadow Chambray Wrap Skirt  – Madewell $39.99.  I love the subtle prepster vibes.  Wear with your chucks and a vintage lacoste shirt or graphic tee!
  3. Marguerite Cream Wrap Mini Skirt – LuLu’s $45.  I love the big drapey ties on this one.
  4. Raw Edge Denim Wrap Mini – Madewell $79.50.  So cute and timeless that you’ll wear in the winter with tights and boots too!

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Shop Style Snoop!

Introducing Shop Style Snoop!

Drum roll…..introducing SHOP STYLE SNOOP. Your stop for shopping fabulous items at amazing prices along side your girlfriends and other fabulous fashion savvy women – all from the comfort of your own couch. Each week I will bring you a new clothing label or a different current trend to shop at an amazing value. And of course I will also be present to be your personal stylist and answer all of your questions. Please read all of the fun details below.

Like what you read? Join my shopping group –  SHOP STYLE SNOOP. My first “Social” will be this tonight at 8pm – with a small collection of contemporary woven tops from Italy!  See pics below for more info and a sneak peek. 

Last Minute, 4th of July Style Guide!

Last Minute, 4th of July Style Guide!

Alright gals, sadly I am a last minute nelly.  4th of July is just one week from yesterday.  My little area of the world is big on the 4th of July,  It is totally our thing.  It’s a multi day, multi event celebration, and we always try to flaunt our 4th of July Style with “flare” (get it ;)?).  I have been scouring the web for the latest and greatest way to make a BOOM.  You will need to order immediately to get these items on time.  Ok, RUN!

For the 4th of July Parade:

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JCrew – Smocked Square-Neck Top in Stripe and Cut-Off Denim Short – details below

Nothing says Americana Like Denim, Red, White, and Blue, Stripes and gingham!  These cozy and casual items fit the bill and will look as at home all summer long as they do on the 4th.  At these prices – you will want them all!

Details from left to right: JCrew – Smocked Square-Neck Top in Stripe on sale for $29.62 (use code “sunshine”).  I totally adore this top as it can be dressed up or down and is in the softest cotton jersey, JCrew – Cut-Off Denim Short on sale for $44.60 normally $74.50 (use code “sunshine”), Gap – Chambray Dolphin Shorts on sale for $20 normally $39.50 (use code “stockup”), Gap – Eyelet Flutter Sleeve Blouse $30 normally $49.95 (use code “stockup”),  Madewell – Jersey Whisper Cotton Stripe Tee $19.99 normally, Gap – 1969 Denim Jacket. $41.97 normally $69.95 (use code “stockup” ).  This is a fabulous timeless jacket at a killer price!!!! Wildfox – Young American Tee $68, JCrew – Striped Vintage Canvas Tote Bag $26.70 normally $44.50. LOVE this big versatile tote!, Madewell – Pull-on Shorts in Gingham Check $19.99 normally $49.50, and lastly – SeaVees® for J.Crew legend sneakers in gingham $41.99 normally $88 (use code “Summer”).

 

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For the Beach:

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A star spangled beach day?  Yes Please!  Red, white, and blue is a must for the 4th spent on any beach!

Details from left to right: Old Navy – Ruffle Bandeau Top $22 with Striped Bikini Bottom $10, Gap – Star Flip Flops $4.77 (use code “stockup”), JCrew – U-Front Bandeau One Piece $60 normally $100 (use code “summer”),  JCrew – Short Sleeve Stripe Keyhole Back One Piece $58.80 normally $98 (use code “summer”), Vineyard Vine’s – Solid Embroidered Cover-up $99.99 normally $128.00, Havaianas – American Flag Flip Flop $30 at Every Thing But Water, and Sundry – Seastraw Tote $125 at Everything But Water.

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For the Backyard BBQ:

Make your 4th of July BBQ even hotter with these causal, yet head turning styles.  Go with navy and white for a more subdued nautical look or red with blue or white denim for more of a statement!

Details from left to right: JCrew Strapless Criss Cross Top $44.62 normally $59.50 and Disc Statement Earrings $43.50 normally $58.00 (use code “summer”).  I think this is a WOW look with minimal effort! Gap – Red One Shoulder Blouse $20.99 normally $49.95 (use code “stockup”), JCrew – Scoop Linen Tank Top $14.70 normally $24.50, JCrew – Striped Ruffle Skirt  $35.99!! normally $69.50 (use code “summer”).  I love this with a simple white tank!  Made well – Siberian Red Wrap Ankle Sandal $49.99 normally $118.  These beauties give any outfit a pop!  Gap – Striped Tank (shown with white jean – details in the Cocktail section) $14.39 normally $29.95 (use code “stockup”).  JCrew – Gingham T-Strap Bow Sandal $41.99 normally $138 (use code “summer)!  . I adore the sophisticated sweetness of this shoe.  Madewell – Verse Tie Back Top $29.99 normally $49.50.  This is a basic great tee with a fun twist.  Wear with your favorite white jeans or with a flouncy skirt!  

 

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For the 4th of July Cocktail Party:

Pop the bubbly, it’s 4th of July Party Time!  These looks will take you from your daytime to evening event in a snap.

Details left to right: Gap – Mid-rise Best Girl Friend White Jeans 69.95, JCrew – Cold Shoulder Ruffle Blouse $35.99 normally $98 (use code “summer”), Sam Edelman – Denim Fringe Anabel Ankle Strap Sandal $65.96 normally $109.95 at Nordstrom.  Anthroplogie – Cloth & Stone Juliette Open-Shoulder Dress $79.95 normally $118.  Boston Proper – Striped Americana Clutch $29 normally $39.  Off the Shoulder Dress , By Charles Henry $88 at Nordstrom,  Gap – Fit and Flare Cami Dress$29.97 Normally $49.95 (use code “stockup”).  LuLu’s – Navy Blue Polka off the Shoulder Maxi Dress (this is what I am wearing!!!! It makes me feel like dancing.) $58 (get 10% off if you sign up for email notifications).  JCrew – Chambray off the Shoulder Sheath Dress $52.50 (use code “summer”).  Normally $88.  I personally own this dress.  It is so chic and you will wear it into fall.  But the chambray makes in very Americana – especially with red heels!  

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A Fab Maxi Dress, Will Go a Long Way

A Fab Maxi Dress, Will Go a Long Way

Friday I was asked to share some of my favorite Maxi Dresses of the season! As the Maxi is legit my favorite dress of summer (and I own MANY), I was thrilled by this request.  This spent the weekend searching for fab finds.

A little background on me and dresses:  I was the dress buyer while at Century 21 Department stores and I became sort of an addict.  I truly believe that if you find a great dress, you will have it for years to come.  The dress above is my absolute favorite Maxi Dress and you will not believe this…..I got it in 2008 (just before I got married) and still wear it often.  My wish is to help you find a dress that you wear for years to come!

FullSizeRender 42As usual, there are so many cute maxis to choose from this season.  Let’s start with the easy, casual, knit crowd. Most of these silouhettes come in both solid and stripes, but I am currently digging the nautical vibe from the stripe variety.  From left to right here are the cream of the crop: Left – Gap Ribbed Striped Racer Maxi (comes in navy and white and gray and white).  For errand running, shopping, or sight seeing – wear it with your favorite sneakers as shown or dress up with a cute block heeled sandal or espadrille for a casual summer gathering.  Today it’s just $38 (regularly $79.95) with code “sunshine.”  Middle – Striped Tank Maxi from Old Navy.  Super easy for anywhere summer brings you.  Just add flip flops and go!  And at $17 it is a no brainer (again use code “sunshine”).  On Right – Felicity & Coco Strapless Stripe Maxi Dress with Knot Keyhole Back.  I love the mixed stripes, the drape of the skirt, and the unexpected back interest – they make this dress one you’ll way for summers to come.  $88 at Nordstrom.

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Looking for the “it” look of the summer in Maxi form?  The off the shoulder ruffle dress fills that bill.  Both feminine and flirty, it is equally as home at an afternoon wedding as it is for an evening cocktail party.  Here are my favorite finds in all price ranges: Left – the sophisticated blue and white seersucker like stripe Ruffle One Shoulder Maxi from Banana Republic at the amazing price of $48 with code “sunshine” (normally $158)!!!!  pair her with a pair of gold flats for daytime or with gold heels or espadrilles for evening.           Middle – Navy Dots…swoon worthy (think Pretty Woman) in my opinion.  I personally purchased this for a 4th of July party and can not wait to put it on.  $58 at LuLu’s.  Right – a preppy menswear like stripe, off the shoulder dress, which reminds me of a old school glam Ralph Lauren Dress, but this one is just $58 and from Forever 21 (and yes I am guilty of indulging in this brand at age 38 – shhh, don’t tell).  I truly have a major crush on this maxi!

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The Maxi is a staple in any wardrobe.  Be it spaghetti strap, strapless, or a tank silhouette – you host can’t go wrong in a Maxi with a great print and an easy fit.  All of these fit that bill.  Left – An easy Woven Maxi Dress from Felicity & Coco at Nordstrom ($98) that comes in several amazing prints and a gorgeous solid navy.  Light weight and airy – it will keep you cool while looking hot ;).  Middle – I adore this gold floral print and the smocked bodice is so flattering.  The color lends it self to transitioning to fall with the addition of a denim jacket and a camel bootie.  At $55 its a must have from Socialite.  Right – a mixed media dress in two rich and vibrant prints.  A head turner for sure.  The Parkland Maxi Dress at Anthropologie.

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Lastly, here are a few dresses that are a bit different and special – so beware, compliments will ensue!

First – a gingham woven Maxi Dress from JCrew with pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!?!).  I love the simple elegance and versatility of this dress.    With a pair of leather flip flops she is great for day and add some heels and statement earrings and she is black tie worthy!  Currently 25% off with code “summer” – making it $126.

Next – a crochet top Maxi.  The mix of textures makes it stand apart and the colors are so deep and drenched with complexity.  If all that isn’t enough, the tie back just seals the deal for me!  At Anthropologie – $168 the Violet Sunset Crocheted Dress makes me smile.

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Last, but not least, The Sally Dress from Hutch.  This one may just be my favorite of the bunch.  My beautiful and fashionable friend wore it for her 40th Birthday and I have been thinking of it ever since.  Maybe its the elephant print, or the fitted knit top, or the criss cross tie back….or all of it together.  Whatever it may be, this dress will be one of your summer favs for summers to come – especially as it is on sale for $148.99 (regularly $255) and you can get an extra 20% off if you sign up for their email list bringing it to $119!

White Hot

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My dress is from last season, but here is a similar one from Zara for just $69.90

Today is the Summer Solstice so I thought it only appropriate to write about the “it” dress of summer – the LWD (little white dress!).  A crisp white dress has always been a summer staple, but this year it is a hot trend.  With sportswear in a super-feminine swing with ruffles, off the shoulder styling, bare shoulders and fabrics like eyelet and lace – its no wonder that this summer’s must have dresses should follow suit.  Here are my favorites at every price point – whether you are looking to spurge for that summer wedding or find a deal, there is a white dress for you!

This season’s white dresses run the gamete from easy day dresses to cocktail dresses with intricate detailing and flair.  I am loving this easy knit t-shirt dress with fun woven detailing on hem from ASOS at $40!  Toss it with your favorite sandals or with a pair of cute sneakers and you are comfortable, cool and chic for errand running, sight seeing, or shopping.

Then there is the dress that goes from daytime picnic to night time cocktails with ease.  All of these dresses work just as well with your favorite new casual espadrille as they do with this season’s metallic or bow heels.

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Urban Outfitters – Kimchi Blue Eyelet Column Midi Dress

These dresses steal the show in textures galore.  This easy column from Urban Outfitters is totally urban chic for a understated, yet sophisticated look.  And on sale for $39.99 (regularly $68) it is a no brainer!

Bare shoulders are a must this summer.  Add some eyelet trim and you have a show stopper.  This off the shoulder number from Lucky Brand Jeans is my favorite of the shoulder- bearing bunch as it has an elastic band to taper in the waist and add shape.  Most of the reviews out there for similar dresses complained that this silouhette was a bit shapeless, but with a simple elastic waist Lucky solved that problem making this one a must have.  As an added bonus it is on sale for 30% off !

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Amanda Stiffly Dress  –  Lucky Brand Jeans

A fit and flare silhouette is one that flatters most figures.  In feminine and dainty eyelet it’s a must have for your summer wardrobe.  Both of these are great options:  a spaghetti strap style from Old Navy at just $19.99 and a more structure version from Nordstrom at $88 that is bra friendly.  Both go from beach to dinner with ease!

 

 

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Fit and Flare Eyelet Dress – Nordstrom
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Fit and Flare Eyelet Lace Dress – Old Navy

Fit and Flare not your thing?  This stunning lace sheath from Anne Taylor is equally as versatile and goes from day to evening with ease.  And today is just $75 with code “dress75” (regularly $169)!

 

 

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Geo Lace Sheath – Anne Taylor

Looking for something extra special for that night out or that formal affair?  I am obsessed with these two beauties from Anthropologie.  These dresses are a tad bit of a spurge, but will be ones that you will wear for years to come.  On the left – the decadent slit sleeve Solana Dress.  Check out all of the lace and appliqué detailing (swoon!) – and it is bra friendly!  A steal for all that is going on here at $198.  And on the right the mixed piecing Oahu Off-The-Shoulder Eyelet Dress at $228.  To me this dress screams siren.  I’m thinking it may be my birthday dress this year!

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Alright, so that is it for white HOT summer dresses.  Have a favorite you want to share – please, please let me know.  Until next time……xo, Amy