Wardrobe Maximizer

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.

Nordstrom spring trends

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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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

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Check out my favorites here:

 

Some other fun tops and layering pieces I loved.  Check it out here.
 Universal Threads off the shoulder denim top Universal Threads striped top
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

Leopard coat and denim

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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.

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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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A-New-Day

 

Hello.  Its Target Style Tuesday.  I am loving the Fall weather here in St Louis and Target is packed with amazing Fall essentials.

If you have not seen the A New Day collection at Target in person you have to check it out the next time you are in.      I love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe I can wear so many different ways without breaking the bank.

Fall weather is all about layers.  It’s cool in the morning and gets warm in the afternoon.  This A New Day oatmeal sweater kept me warm while hitting the outdoor shops in St. Charles.

It is the perfect layering sweater to go with jeans, leggings, dresses, even joggers.  Throw it on and go.  It comes in 3 colors.

Fit tip:  I am 5″4 wearing a small and it hangs to my knees.

A New Day Sweater (Oatmeal) | A New Day Button Down Shirt | White Jeans (no longer available, but similar Vince Camuto white jeans) | TOMS Peep Toe Booties (36% off) | DV Tote Handbag | Fur Pom Pom Keychain (found in Target dollar spot, but similar Free People Pompom charm) | Target Floppy Hat (similar) | Collections by Joya – Bracelet, Initial Necklace, and Allegra Necklace

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When it warms up the sweater comes off and I found this dark denim button down.  I love the classic cut and style of this shirt.  There are literally thousands of possibilities with dark denim tops.  I am dying to wear this with my new leopard coat but until it gets cold this would be great with a cream pleated skirt, olive jeans, light wash denim, or the white denim like I’m wearing.  I’m wearing the top in a small.

Let’s talk accessories! (My FAVORITE)  When you have great versatile basics like the Oatmeal sweater, dark denim button down, and white jeans the sky is the limit with accessories.  Today I was keeping it neutral.

Hats!  I love wearing hats for many reasons, one it shields my face from the sun and two I don’t have to worry about wind-blown hair.  Yeah!

Hat advice:  If you don’t think you’re a hat person I say just try some on.  Target is the perfect place to try because their hats are not expensive.  Wearing hats immediately makes your look more fashionable and no one has to know you just didn’t have time to fix your hair.  Lol.

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This DV tote is amazing it looks so expensive.  It feels like suede and has these sweet little metal details.  It’s perfect for weekend shopping and stashing all your kid’s snacks and toys but during the week its big enough for my laptop and work essentials.  This fur pom keychain I got in the dollar spot area for $3 (I bought every color) and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on it.  I love adding little details to mix it up.

My bracelet is by a local St Louis designer Collections by Joya.  This Jasper bracelet is one you could wear almost daily.  The quality and simplistic design are amazing.  Additional bonus:  Collections by Joya is a give back company that helps women all around the world so with every purchase you are helping women in need.  Win-Win!!

That is all my Target Style Tips for this Tuesday.  Are you in the mood for a #targethaul?

If you missed last week’s Target Style- Embroidered Military Jacket post check it out here:

SHOP MY LOOK 

 
SHOP OTHER FAVORITES
 

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Navy Dress | Mixed Metal Bangles | Hoop Earrings | Clutch

Adorable Navy shift dress with ruffle detail and classic accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Shoulder Top | Clutch | Bootcut Jeans  | Drusy Y Necklace | Earrings | Leopard Heels-similar

Perfect Fall girls night/date night outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-shirt | Jeans | Herringbone jacket | Scarf | Mixed Metal Bangles | Hoops | Clutch

This herringbone jacket can go from work to weekend.  All the accessories are so verasitle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop of yellow.  I don’t wear a lot of yellow but I love accessorizing with yellow when I’m wearing navy, black, or turquoise.

Dress-similar | Utility Vest | Yellow necklace

I’m not sure how I got on the Kohl’s mailing list but I got a coupon for $10 off $10 or more.  I ended up getting this necklace for $6.  I will be heading to Kohl’s every time I get this in the mail!  Yeah.

 

Here are a few reasons why I’m obsessed with the sarong this summer:

  1.  It is a fun way to complete your pool or beach look and to have a quick cover up
  2. They add color and pattern
  3. You can use summer scarfs for a shorter version
  4. They are inexpensive
  5. You can find summer scarfs everywhere.  My favs:  J-crew Factory Outlet, Loft, Target (See links below)

 

Swimsuit Coverup | Swimming Suit | Earrings (7 colors)| Necklace-similar | Fitbit | Beach Bag | Hat-similar | Sunglasses-similar | Flip Flops (tons of colors)

 

 

 

 

 

Hat-similar | Swimsuit | Sarong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of my favorite cute summer scarves.

Jcrew Factory, Loft, Target

 

Enjoy your water day,

XOXO Sarah