Monday Chic: Summery Fall

2014.9.20SummeryFall2So far I’m not impressed with our transition into fall. I’ve been doing my darnedest to wear long sleeves, sweaters, and pants, but the weather is staying warm. At least there are leaves falling, right? This past weekend was awesome and we really didn’t do much of anything. We celebrated our anniversary, slept in, read books, played board/card games, and a few other things (you can follow more of my day to day on Instagram at chicstripes). This look was for our productive/lazy Saturday afternoon of running a few errands. I love the look of shorts with long sleeve shirts or sweaters and there are only a few short months in which you can successfully pull this off, in Richmond anyway. Don’t worry, I won’t be doing the shorts and tights combo to keep this look going come winter.

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top – H&M from Goodwill / shorts – GAP / sandals – Zara / sunglasses – Prada / bracelet – Festival of India / bag – J. Crew from eBay / earrings  – Stella and Dot


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Friday Chic: Black and White

2014.9.15BlackandWhiteHappy Friday! Today’s my Saturday and I couldn’t be happier for a long, relaxing weekend. Thank you all so much for your well wishes and little surprises regarding our 5th wedding anniversary yesterday. We are officially celebrating today with a few activities designed for ultimate photo opportunities and great memories. This outfit was an easy look earlier in the week for a long day of meetings and other work. Brogues are infinitely better than ballet flats in my opinion for several reasons: 1) they provide more structure and support for your foot, 2) they can be worn both dressed up or casually, and 3) they elongate the foot due to their oval shape (vs. the rounded shape of the ballet flat). Any shoe that doesn’t make me look short is good in my book!

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tank – thrifted / blazer – H&M from Ashby / jeans – Banana Republic / shoes – Cole Haan from Baggio Consignment / necklace – from clothing swap

Thank you for those who entered the Mint Julep giveaway! The winner was supposed to be announced today, but I am still waiting on verification from the MJ team. I will announce as soon as I get the go-ahead. Hang tight!



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Life: Five Years

editedb&wleavingceremyFive years ago today we started a new life – one as husband and wife but always surrounded by friends and family. Five years is one of those big anniversary milestones and I can hardly even believe that the years have gone by as rapidly as they have. Andrew and I are spending this weekend doing what we do best – having fun with each other. We don’t have big plans on tap, but we’re doing things we’ve yet to do in Richmond like visit the zoo and paddle boating (if I can convince him), and really enjoying what tends to go by so fast: time with each other.



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Wednesday Chic: Blue is the New Black + #SydneyPageStyle Giveaway Winner

2013.912BlueisthenewBlackI’m so excited to be pulling out my skinny jeans and cardigans. I love the days of pants and layers. These came from Baggio last year and while they aren’t in my typical pants wheel house (black, white, jeans), the navy color acts like black and works well with almost any color scheme. They were my go-tos last year and no doubt will be in full rotation again this fall.

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tank – H&M / cardigan – J. Crew / pants – Citizen of Humanity from Baggio / rings – silver from Nest, gold vintage / necklace – Target / sandals – Zara

Thank you all SO much for entering the giveaway to announce the launch of Sydney Page Style. I love your style questions and will be answering them in upcoming blog posts and/or newsletters, so stay tuned. Now for the big news…. KELLY VANCE you are the winner of the giveaway package!!! Can you say amazing? Get ready to shop till you drop after we clean out your closet!



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Monday Chic: Bright

2014.9.11BrightI can’t get enough of oversized, open-weave sweaters. They are just chic, comfy and can be styled any which way. The only downside to these is the potential for snagging the sweater, ruining it forever, and spending several weeks wearing the sweater anyway convincing yourself the hole will close up and finally sending it to the giveaway pile (this has happened to me if you can’t tell). When I found this sweater at The Clothes Rack (my favorite RVA thrift store for amazing brands and finds on every day wear), I had to have it. I even bought it a day when the store WASN’T offering 50% off everything so you know I was in love. It’s bright neon green with both small and medium weaves, soft, and just on the right side of too big. I am wearing it here very casually but I can’t wait to to dress it up with black cropped slacks and pumps and some bling for a good dressed up day.

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sweater – J. Jill from The Clothes Rack / jeans – GAP from Ashby / heels – Target from The Clothes Rack / bracelet – estate sale / ring – Nest

PS – You have until midnight to enter the two giveaways featured on my blog! 1) $50 towards Mint Julep and 2) Giveaway package  to celebrate the launch of Sydney Page Style – sign up for the newsletter here for your entry.




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Event: Soft Surroundings Recap

SS1As I mentioned in this post, Short Pump Town Center welcomed yet another new retailer to their line up last week: Soft Surroundings. I received an email from their PR team announcing the event and they went into a lot of detail regarding their excitement about this new store in Richmond. They sell a lot of items online and through their catalog and have amassed a huge following in Richmond (as evidenced by how many people were at their grand opening). Being a stylist and all (hehe it’s real!) I figured I had to check it out to know what it was all about. As it turns out, women of all ages, sizes, shapes and colors love this store.

SS2SS3Soft Surroundings is like the adult version of Anthropologie with clothes, bedding, beauty products, and great gift ideas (candles, books, etc.). I personally loved the range of candles – they smelled gorgeous and would make really lovely hostess gifts. The clothes, described by one woman in line, as “forgiving” were that – but also comfortable looking, and very casual chic. Most of their pieces were accessorized with fun jewelry while keeping the base of the look soft. The demographic seems to be in the 40 and older range, but the range of items and simple yet chic construction would appeal to anyone with a classic sense in clothing.

SS5SS4The store also had a huge wall and area just for beauty products – great for all you beauty junkies who love trying quality, new (and maybe a little expensive) products. The store itself is huge, well lit, open and airy. A lot of thought went into the details and making it an inviting place to shop. I didn’t spend long during the grand opening as it was packed with wall to wall people, but I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the pieces. My mom wants a closet cleanse and wardrobe help and I’m thinking it’s the perfect store for her (while possibly scoring this sweater for myself).

All images taken via iPhone 




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Wednesday Chic: Summer Blues

2014.9.7SummerBluesJust when I thought I was never going to wear another maxi skirt again in my life, I went and pulled out my black one here and then my turquoise one yesterday. Somehow they are perfect for the end of summer – they are relaxed, yet dressy; great for warm weather but they keep you safe from chilly winds; and can we say comfy and still chic? I go into most of my days not sure what I want to wear, but as soon as my eyes fell on this skirt I knew I wanted an outfit of blues. I’m not sure I’ve ever worn this belt on the blog before either (maybe once…), but I love it. My husband looked at it and said it was a “weird” belt, but the gorgeous navy strap and fun gold buckle are amazing (and the fact that I got it for less than $5 is pretty great too). It was pretty big to be a high-waisted belt, so you can see the spots where I folded it over on itself and then safety pinned. It’s a great in a pinch fix while still keeping the length in case I ever wanted to use it lower on my hips.

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top – Soprano from Plato’s Closet / skirt – Susan Graver, thrifted / sandals – Zara / belt – thrifted / ring – my grandmothers




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