Style

Who is excited about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
I know I am which is why I booked my appointment with Amber Kemp, the Nordstrom personal stylist in St Louis.  

If you are like me and time is the most valuable asset you have to call Amber to make an appointment.  Her number is 314-452-6589 Her email is: Amber.R.Kemp@nordstrom.com To see my previous post with Amber and to get her list for wardrobe basics click here.   

Why call Amber?  

  1. Her service is FREE.  Why would you not use her??????  
  2. She will listen to what you want and have your sizes ready and waiting for you in the fitting room.  
  3. She’s a stylist.  She’ll help you pull it all together for the look you want.  

In the end, you’ll end up saving time and money.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from this sale.  

I’ll be wearing this look straight to Eckert’s pumpkin patch this fall.

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Sperry rain boots | DenimMoto jacket | More love graphic T | Flannel | Flannel (similar) | Statement necklace
Panama hat
This moto jacket is my favorite piece from this outfit.  The price, the fit, the removable hood, it’s such a fun jacket.

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This dress is perfect now and into fall.  How perfect is this look for brunch with your girls at The clover and the bee?  

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Floral dress | Denim jacket | Booties | Gold earrings | KS Favorite |

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Every mom needs a superwoman shirt.  How perfect is this look for weekend soccer games and trips to the Kirkwood farmers market?

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Graphic T | Cammo jacket | KS earrings | Crossbody | Boots | Denim

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Leggings | Sweater | Kendra Scott pendant | Earrings 
Shoe options:  Mule | Studded pump | Kentvi sandals

Perfect night out with your girlfriends at Billy G’s patio outfit.

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Denim | Lace top | Booties | Leopard Clutch | KS earrings

Perfect night out with your girlfriends at Billy G’s sitting by the fire sipping on red wine outfit.  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Denim | Lace top | Booties | Leopard Clutch | KS earrings | Suede jacket

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Is it me, or is it really hard to find the perfect pair of white jeans?  I was determined to update my white jeans for spring, and came up with a solution, despite how crazy it seems.

I got on Nordstrom.com and ordered every single pair of white jeans in the cut I prefer; straight leg, since I’m curvy, that was in my budget.  It was about 15 pair.  (Sounds extreme, I know) I highly recommend doing the same, because Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns.  One of the best parts about utilizing their online store is it offers more options than their brick-and-mortar locations.  When you’re able to try on the jeans at home, you can see how they look with all your shoes and tops and jackets, allowing you to weed out the combinations that you don’t like.

White Jeans

Since I’m curvy, I find wearing straight leg or boot cut balances out my shape the best.  Other cuts can accentuate the wrong aspects of my body.  Some problems I’ve run into include: the jean is too skinny, the material is not thick enough or the waist is more low-rise than I what I like.  (No Thanks!)

The white jeans I chose are a straight leg cut by NYDJ.  These jeans have “Lift X” technology, which tucks your tummy and lifts the booty.  Perfecto!  They were a bulls-eye in a few of the categories I look for: premium stretch denim, a good weight material, flattering, reasonably priced.  Here are some brands to try.

Keep in mind that what fit works for me will not work for everyone, but I think this approach will save you some time, hassle and avoid the hit-and-miss process while making your choice.  Then you can send all the other pairs back for free and you’re done.  Crazy I know but it will save you time.  (yeah!)

If you give this a try and it helps, please let me know.  I love getting your feedback.  XOXO

If you missed my previous posts about spring trends and wardrobe staples, check it out here.

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Mom’s night out, Fashion talk

After the selfie scavenger hunt we went to the bistro at Nordstrom for a special spring trends presentation by Amber Kemp, the Nordstrom personal stylist.

Amber discussed two topics:

  • Spring trends and pieces to add to your wardrobe
  • A wardrobe staple checklist everyone should invest in.

Amber Kemp Nordstrom personal stylist

If you have not shopped with Amber, you’re missing out.  Her services at Nordstrom are totally free.  She’s a major time-saver because when you work with her she’ll find out what you’re looking for ahead of time, and have everything ready for you in the fitting room.

If you love to shop (but don’t have the time), hate shopping or need help putting outfits together…Amber is your girl.  I’d highly suggest booking an appointment.  She assists people shopping for:

  • Special events
  • Weddings,
  • Finding seasonal updates,
  • Entire wardrobe overhauls
  • Work Trips
  • Vacations
  • Even help to find the perfect pair of denim.

You can even bring in pieces from home you don’t know how to wear, and she’ll help you.  If you’re in the St Louis area, just call her to schedule an appointment:  (314) 452-6589.  Or you can reach her via email: Amber.R.Kemp@nordstrom.com

Amber talked about runway trends for spring that can be turned into wearable pieces for busy on-the-go moms.  When added to a wardrobe, these items make for some fresh updates.  In addition, she shared a short list of wardrobe staples everyone should invest in.

Here’s what’s hot for spring:

  1.  Monochromatic- wearing the same color head-to-toe (all white, all black or all denim), and accessorizing with color.
  2. Pattern mixing- mixing up florals, gingham plaids, and stripes.
  3. A dramatic sleeve
  4. Sheer pieces

My favorite spring trends

 

Staple wardrobe pieces everyone should have:

  1. Classic blazer- perfect for work with a skirt or weekends with distressed jeans and pumps.
  2. White T-shirt- fitted so you can layer or a loose one if wearing alone.
  3. White jeans- lighter wash denim for spring, (try different pairs on to get a good fit and thickness).
  4. Long sleeve basic reversible t-shirt
  5. Bermuda shorts- substitute for what you would wear pants with.  Also try with pumps in summer, or with a blazer.
  6. Denim jacket- always good to have both a fitted and loose one, depending on what you’re wearing.

Here are some of my favorite wardrobe staples here:

While Amber was updating us on spring trends and wardrobe staples we were sipping wine and indulging with our Bissingers gummy pandas. A big thank you to Nordstrom and Amber for orchestrating a fantastic talk and for the beauty bag and for Bissinger’s spoiling us with amazing sweet treats.

Nordstrom spring trends

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The winner of the selfie scavenger hunt were these two teams.  Congratulations ladies!  You win Nordstrom gift cards to do some shopping and Bissinger’s truffles.  Enjoy.

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Selfie Scavenger Hunt

What a fun night.  I had so much fun meeting you all.  What was your favorite part of the night?  Who is ready for another Mom’s night out?

A big thanks to Amber Kemp for putting together an amazing presentation and our sponsors Nordstrom and Bissinger’s.  I appreciate your generosity.   All thoughts are my own.  XOXO

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I am all about Spring and Summer dresses.  Dresses are always my favorite!!

The days it feels like Spring makes me want to go get a spray tan and wear all the dresses.  Since Easter, graduation, and wedding season are right around the corner I tried on some of the cutest options I wanted to share with you.

This dress comes in such fun colors, the one I’m wearing is berry.  This dress is more dramatic in person.  The top layer is an open chiffon that drapes over a mock neck dress.  It’s flowy and fun.  Would be fun for Easter or a Spring wedding.

Berry Mock Neck Dress

I love love love this red A-line dress with the bow at the neck.  It’s more fitted and less forgiving than a fit and flare dress but soooo sooo cute.  This dress definitely makes a statement and would be perfect for a wedding or summer cocktail party.  It also comes in black.

red a line dress

How can you not have fun if you’re wearing a hot pink dress with this fun ruffle sleeve?  Sign me up for anywhere I can wear this dress. 🙂  It’s a simple crepe dress with a punch of color and that statement sleeve.  F-U-N and flattering.

Pink shift dress with bow

I’m ready to dance the night away in this dress.  It is so flattering, the fit and flare style.  The details of the lace and ruffles and the open back make this dress so special.  The last thing I need is another black dress but this one is perfection.

Lace fit and flare dress

This dress would be perfect for work on days you want to keep things simple.  I love the stripes and the shift dress style makes it super flattering.  Its wool and cotton so it would be great for winter and spring and also comes in a red color combo.

Boden stripe dress

This Kobi Halperin dress is all about the statement SLEEVE.  It fits like a glove.  The fabric is thick and so soft.  The color is Midnight (Navy) with black details

Statement sleeve

Ok I hope you found some options you like.

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Target has a new line out in their women’s clothing department that has the best basics.  I did a little try on the session today at lunch and found so many versatile must-have pieces.  I tend to have a classic style when it comes to clothing but I love layering jackets and adding accessories to complete the entire look.

The new Universal Thread line at Target has so many great pieces.  In my opinion every wardrobe needs:

  1. Denim Jacket
  2. Denim Dress
  3. Classic solid top
  4. Olive jeans

Universal Threads Navy top and Olive jeans

Target Universal Threads Denim Dress

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Check out my favorites here:

 

Some other fun tops and layering pieces I loved.  Check it out here.
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Universal Threads striped jacket
Denim top with accessories

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Leopard coat two ways!

Hello Winter!!  What’s better than a leopard coat?  A reversible leopard coat.  You decide what mood you’re in.  All out leopard or just a hint of leopard.  I know having options makes tolerating this cold weather so much more bearable for me.  🙂

Leopard reversible coat with denim

 

 

 

 

Some of my other winter favs are from ABLE denim! Beautiful leather bags, jewelry, denim, apparel, and shoes… all made by women locally & globally who have overcome extraordinary circumstances… from addiction to homelessness to prostitution. Check it out using my link: http://able.refr.cc/sarahschumacher & sign up for their emails to get $10 off your first purchase!

All amazing jewelry from Collections by Joya

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Are you ready for a very peary holiday cocktail?  This drink is so simple and festive for the holidays.  It looks like your drinking Christmas.  Yes!!

You’ll need:

Pear vodka
Apple juice
Cranberry juice
Cranberries and lime for garnish

Mix equal part of the pear vodka, cranberry juice, and apple juice.  Stir, garnish, and enjoy!!

Party Tip:  I like to freeze cranberries and the juice to add to the cocktail.  This prevents it from getting watered down.

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Here is a step by step guide on how to use Trunk Club Women and what I got for a holiday party.  

Trunk Club Women is a great service:  

  • If you need a cute outfit for an event and don’t have time to shop
  • You don’t enjoy shopping but you do like looking good
  • You want someone to help you style outfits and put a complete look together
  • You want to add a few current pieces to your Winter wardrobe

Step 1:  Go to the site:  http://www.trunkclub.com/invite/APLJPZ

You’ll be prompted to answer a series of brief questions.  First, you specify your preferred style, what you’re shopping for, clothing colors, patterns, etc.  Then you’ll answer body type-related questions, like areas on your body you’d like to disguise, and what fit of jeans you prefer and what you’re looking for in shoes.  Finally, you’ll give some price ranges that fit your budget and, favorite brands.  Presto! Your account is set up.

Step 2:  One of Trunk Club’s stylists will contact you to get more specifics on what you’re shopping for.  They’ll create a virtual “look book” before your items are shipped, so you’ll be able to edit what items show up at your door (i.e.  omitting ones you know you wouldn’t wear, not your style, etc.)  You’ll also have an opportunity to give your stylist feedback, so they’ll be able to refine what items they pick for you or add anything that is missing.

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Step 3

Your trunk arrives at your doorstep!  Take your time trying on each item, so you see what you’d like to keep.  My stylist Lyndsey even sent me ways to style each outfit.

Trunk Club for Women Box

Step 4

After trying everything on, you’ll be able to give feedback (i.e.  item is too big, own similar item, didn’t fit, etc.)  After you have decided what you want to keep you schedule a pickup via the Trunk Club app and it’s as simple as selecting the day, Trunk Club sends you a shipping label and you set it on your porch.  DONE.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Here is what was in my recent trunk:

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Another great perk of Trunk Club is if you need anything altered, all you do is take the item(s) and your receipt to any Nordstrom; they’ll take care of the rest.

If you like anything from my trunk, all of those items are available or order your own trunk, you deserve it.  🙂  

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Check out my previous Trunk Club Women posts:

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Fitting room frenzy at J Crew Outlet.

This past weekend I made a whirlwind trip to the Premium Outmall Mall  and had to share some of the cute coat finds from JCrew Factory Outlet.  Everything is on sale.

I love winter coats because I work in and out of my car all day long.  There are some days I don’t take my coat off so I’m always on the lookout for cute coats each season.

Here are five of my favorite coats from JCrew factory outlet.

The Classic Trench Wool Coat

For more expensive pieces in my wardrobe I tend to have a classic style.  That is why I ADORE this wool topcoat.  I cannot decide what color to buy.  I tried on a size 6 in the navy and it was too roomy even with the sweater on.  The camel/sand color I tried on the size 4 it fit great but if you tend to wear heavy bulky items in the fall and winter it may be too snug.

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Navy trench coat
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The Vail Parka coat with fur hood

I’ll admit  I love all things fur so I had to try this coat on.  This was a size 4 and needed a 2.  This coat tends to run really big so I’d size down one.

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Vail Parka with fur
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The quilted vest and coat

In the fall I love layering with quilted vests while I’m out running errands, hiking with my boys, or even for a more casual look for work.  They have 6 fun colors.  This layer adds so much polish to an outfit.  Then when you need more warmth they have the casual quilted coats.  They are so comfortable and come in several colors.  I wore a small and that size was perfect.

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Quilted puffer vest
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These tops are fall and winter staples.  The navy and white gingham button down can take you from work to weekend.

I am obsessed with the navy and white striped waffle funnel neck sweatshirt.  Its longer so it covers your rear.  Perfect for jeans or with leggings and runs true to size.  You will be weekend ready in a flash.

XOXO  Sarah

 

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