Rest and Relaxation

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I had big plans to stockpile blog posts for the upcoming week, but by the time the end of the week rolled around, anything I would have posted would have felt too much like a space filler, posts to take up time and would have lacked any real substance. I’m turning 30 on Sunday and entering into what I know will be an amazing time of life. I want my life to be filled with quality things I enjoy: friends, family, trips, life; and I want to extend that same level of quality to my blog and site. We’re headed to Denver, CO this week for a fun, no business required week so I’m also taking this time to unplug (while over sharing on Instagram no doubt. You can follow along here) and enjoy the slew of activities we have planned. Think: wineries, skiing, breweries, mountain biking, rock climbing, coffee shops and thrift stores (what, you thought I wouldn’t find a second hand store while gone??). I’m ready!

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Wednesday Chic: Mountain Man

2014.10.12MountainManThere are some days where I just go for the quickest, easiest thing I can find to throw on. Sunday was definitely one of those days. Having just come back from New York the day before, I didn’t have too much energy for creating (or wearing) elaborate outfits. These jeans (and boots) are very old and I should probably get rid of them, but I keep them around for shoots and obviously for days when I don’t feel much like dressing. I referred to this look as my Denver/Mountain look and think it would work well for my trip next week! I felt very rugged and down to earth.

2014.10.12MountainMan42014.10.12MountainMan22014.10.12MountainMan3Outfit details:

sweater – thrifted / tank – H&M / belt – thrifted / jeans – H&M / boots – Fergalicious (hahaha)

 

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Sydney Page Style: School of Style Graduate!

SOSNYC11 – coffee / 2 – one of the many bridges / 3 – the adorable train station in Speonk which rather inconveniently doesn’t have a physical address

I’m back after a great week in New York City for my very last School of Style class! It just so happened that it worked out to where a one day class for business turned into a few day trip to also visit with my best friend. She lives out (way out) in Long Island. It was simply gorgeous, but it meant a very early morning rail trip into the city for my class.

SOSNYC41 – the amazing view from Tribeca Studios / 2 – typical NYC street + cab photo / 3 – NYC skyline / 4 – Metro

While it was doubtful at times that I could successfully  navigate the NYC train/metro system, I managed (although I did end up walking myself in circle after my train stops thanks to the iPhone maps). I love coming into NYC despite the hectic nature of travel because it’s just so gorgeous and different from my daily life in Richmond. I usually try to venture out during our class lunch breaks to explore the city (like I did when in LA here), but since I had been to NYC a few times before, I opted for a casual lunch with a few awesome classmates.

SOSNYC21 – the view from Tribeca Skyline Studios / 2 – mood boards / 3 – accessory table

The class was located at Tribeca Skyline Studios, an actual studio available for rent for photo shoots. The studio was used to give us an idea of how a studio would be set up for professional shoots – complete with tables for accessories, wardrobe racks, vanity tables, etc. Prior to class, we were given homework of creating a mood board and then presenting it to the class as if the class was our client and we needed to pitch the idea. It was fun to see others’ mood boards and pick up helpful hints (i.e. “name drop” models, designers, etc., point out trends, colors, themes, etc.) for creating a successful pitch that sells your vision.

SOSNYC51 – our class! / 2 – learning to set up wardrobe racks / 3 – accessories table / 4 – shoes / 5 – merchandising racks / 6 – wardrobe hacks and the kit

This class is focused on preparing stylists for “set life:” learning how to merchandise clothes, accessories and shoes; setting up wardrobe racks quickly and efficiently without hurting anyone (tougher than it sounds); learning the ins and outs of your kit and what you need to have to be prepared for all things style related. As always, I loved the class and while I was familiar with some aspects having done wardrobe shoots for a while, I always learn something new. The greatest thing about finishing the classes? I am now in the Style Society where I get jobs in the industry emailed directly to me. Now, how often I am able to take advantage of them we will see since most jobs are in LA or NYC, but I am definitely planning on applying to a few NYC jobs next year so I can add to my portfolio and resume. If you are interested in styling in any way, these classes are a must!

Note – I wasn’t compensated for this post. It’s just a review of my recent experience and how much I love SOS!

 

 

 

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Shop in Style: Julie Vos

JulieVos-OneKingsLanePhoto via One Kings Lane

A few weeks before New York Fashion week, I was contacted by a representative from Julie Vos, a New York based jewelry designer, with a company of the same name, who specializes in semi-precious stones and luxe gold settings. Julie Vos offered to send me a few pieces as a way to promote the launch of her new website. Julie’s designs have been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, Lucky, InStyle, Martha Stewart, and also have been featured on the covers of Oprah Magazine and Real Simple. She has also graced the internet pages of One Kings Lane. Her design aesthetic is one of “wearable luxury” that source semi-precious stones and gold in gorgeous textures and rich colors at a price that makes it easy to grow a collection of fine jewelry.

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When I received the offer, I was surprised but pleased and immediately picked out a few pieces (as Christmas presents for some women in my family!). The items arrived in the best packaging: a look book, personalized note, and even a special pouch for the jewels. The pieces themselves are gorgeous, which can easily be attested to with one look at the Julie Vos website. Each piece is made with very high quality stones and plated with gold. The prices were certainly higher than I am used to paying for jewelry as I tend to wear more costume jewelry that I’ve found second hand, but I do splurge on special pieces that will grow my collection. The prices range between $20-$400 with the “Friday Deal” section always having great finds. I promise that as soon as Christmas rolls around, I’ll share what pieces and who received what!

JVFinal4As a special offer to my readers, Julie Vos is offering 20% off sitewide with the code “wordpress” applied at checkout. If you purchase any items, please share! I’d love to know what you are loving.

This post was sponsored by Julie Vos and compensation in the form of product was provided. All opinions are my own.

 UPDATE – this post originally said the discount promo code was “chicstripes”. It has been updated to “wordpress” as of 10/12/14.

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Wednesday Chic: Casual

2014.10.4Casual2I purchased this cream top from one of our local Goodwills for less than $5 and I love it. It’s an H&M top, oversized, and has sheer polka dots scattered throughout. It’s so very comfortable, but I love how it can bring a little something extra to an otherwise casual outfit. The rings featured here are some of my favorites. The gold and jade is from my grandmother. I have a matching bracelet and while I wear the ring more frequently, I treasure both pieces. The gold with star sapphires is my mom’s. It was the first piece of fine jewelry she bought after working and saving from her first “big girl” job after high school. Stories like these are why I seek out and love second hand pieces; the history and memories are so rich.

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top – H&M from Goodwill / shorts – GAP / flats – Silence and Noise from Plato’s Closet / scarf – from NYC street vendor / earrings – Clothes Mentor Short Pump / rings – all vintage. Green jade from my grandmother, star sapphire from my mother

 

 

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Monday Chic: Black

2014.10.3BlackWe are currently having the perfect fall weather where you can get away with bare legs with the appropriate covered-up-ness elsewhere – think boots, jacket, scarf, etc. It doesn’t last long though and if our Sunday weather was any indication, it may already be over. At any rate, I wore this outfit last week for a day of work, lunch with some fun ladies, and errands. The combo is easy: take a dress (or skirt + plus), add a jacket, boots or flats, and then accessorize. I’m heading to NYC tomorrow for my very last School of Style class and to spend some time with my best friend. It was a quickly planned trip, but I’m looking forward to girl time! I’ll have posts here to keep you busy, but be sure to follow on Instagram for my trip adventures.

2014.10.3Black32014.10.3Black42014.10.3Black2Outfit details:

dress – GAP / blazer – H&M from Ashby / boots – Aldo / scarf – random store somewhere / bracelets – assorted places / ring – Navajo reservation / earrings – old / clutch – Banana Republic, thrifted

 

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Friday Chic: Shoot Look

2014.10.2ShootLookYesterday I had a shoot with Boho Cycle Studio for their new apparel line with New Normal Apparel. Kaytee was behind the camera and we had three awesome Boho instructors to shoot. They are all such natural beauties and super fun to work with for the entire duration of the shoot which can be pretty exhausting. Whenever I work shoots I tend to take my natural style and pair it waaay down for a simple and comfortable but still chic look that I can get down and dirty in. Here, it’s a super old pair of H&M jeans (now reserved solely for shoots), a boot with a slight wedge, oversized t-shirt and minimal accessories. This is a look get the job done. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend – I’m off to do a closet clean out tomorrow, rest up Sunday and then packing for a NYC trip next week – after that, I will officially be a School of Style grad!

2014.10.2ShootLook32014.10.2ShootLook42014.10.2ShootLook2Outfit details:

t-shirt – Alternative from Ashby / jeans – H&M / boots – Coclico from Baggio Consignment / watch – Citzen, my husband’s / ring – Nest / sunglasses – thrifted

 

 

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