Hands Free

When it comes to handbags my motto has always been “the bigger the better.”

But here is my gripe with big bags… they are literally bottomless.

Sure, a huge purse allows me to carry a lot more, which is great for when I am working. But for the days when I don’t need my planner, makeup bag and laptop I am happy to lighten my load with a crossbody bag.

The LAST thing I want to be doing is digging through my bag to find my keys, especially during the winter months when it is freezing outside. I am usually that girl standing in front of my door, fishing around my bag for what seems like an eternity before I can find my keys. This also usually happens whenever it is raining, snowing or windy with gusts of up to 50 MPH. Without fail.

That is why I love “hands free” bags. They are not just for traveling and can totally be a part of your everyday style. Here are a few of my picks, which by the way, have all passed my requirements for an acceptable CBB (wide opening, zipper or secure closure, adjustable/comfortable strap and big enough to fit my iPhone 6).

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I love when fashion and function collide. Don’t you?

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You had me at “merlot.”

With each passing season comes another hot, of-the-moment color that we all can’t get enough of. This summer it was bright teals and pinks and spring was filled with lots of yellow.

Fall brings a gorgeous array of hues that not only show up on the runways but also in nature’s beautiful cascade of foliage. I love the bold, rich jewel tone colors that we are seeing in stores now. Emeralds, royal blues, burnt oranges and browns are all great picks for this time of year and will flatter most completions. But my absolute favorite shade for fall is merlot. It is timeless and there are so many variations (burgundy, maroon, marsala, wine, dark red) to keep your wardrobe growing all season long.

Here are my favorite wine-hued picks in stores right now!

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ONE [h&m blazer], TWO [charlotte russe loafers], THREE [kendra scott earrings], FOUR [michael hors bag], FIVE [heroine lipstick]. SIX [madden girl booties], SEVEN [j.crew vest], EIGHT [madewell sweater]

Which is your favorite way to wear your wine? Accessories, major style pieces or a little pop of color?

Tell me in the comments or #STYLEglossblog!

Tuesday Shoesday

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Let’s celebrate my favorite day of the week (Shoesday) by taking a look at some of my recent shoe purchases. Here are five of my favorite pairs that I’ve picked up in the last month or so.

Jimmy Choo Lottie Sandals, $750

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I splurged a bit on these but let me tell you… They are STUNNING in person. The photos don’t do them justice! They look really painful but they are truly comfy– I can’t wait to wear them to my next event.

Michael Kors Damita Wedge, $99

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I own this wedge in multiple colors because it is simply THAT awesome. Comfortable (I could walk all day in these!) and they look great with many different outfits– pair them with jeans, dresses, maxis and cigarette pants! I have them in both the black and the watermelon seen above (which in person actually looks a little more coral and a little less pink).

Steve Madden Olivvia Wedge, $56 [ON SALE!]

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I picked these versatile wedges up at the Jildor summer sale last week. They were a total steal at $56 and I could get lots of use out of them. Also really comfy and I easy to walk in and I love a good suede shoe!

Steve Madden Hottstuff Sandal, $30 [ON SALE!]

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I also snagged these at the Jildor sale, but they are no longer available from them! I included the link to another site where you can purchase these and lucky you, they are now just $30 (I paid $48!) I love the chain detail and how boho chic these are. Great for days when I am working on my feet without a break and don’t want to wear heels!

Stuart Weitzman Avalon Heels, SOLD OUT

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These heels are technically not brand new. I actually bought them last year to wear for my wedding, but didn’t wear them. They found a home packed away in a box when we moved and I totally forgot about them! I just pulled them out and I hope to have an occasion to wear them to soon. Check out this sparkly style also by Stuart Weitzman.

Tell me– what is your favorite type of shoe to wear for a night out?! #STYLEgloss. and #STYLEglossblog

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What I got!

It is (one of) the most wonderful times of the year. The second early access was open to Nordstrom card holders I began salivating at my computer screen. If you shop at Nordstrom (or don’t live under a rock) you know that the designer deals during this once yearly Anniversary sale are INSANE. We are talking hundreds of dollars off brand new, FALL designs. Never before seen items that are hitting stores JUST for this sale are up for grabs. Here’s what I picked up!

 

MICHAEL KORS “HAYLEY” RIDING BOOT

Sale: $216 (regular price $325)

If you remember I posted another pair of Michael Kors riding boots back in January on a “lusting for” blog. I loved that style but they were sold out everywhere in my size. I knew the second that the Anniversary Sale book came out that the first thing I was going to do was look for this years version of MK’s boots. The leather on these is so buttery and they are very comfy. I can’t wait to wear themwith dresses and oversized cardigans come fall!

Michael Kors Hayley Boots- on mega sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

Michael Kors Hayley Boots- on mega sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

TORY BURCH “PLAQUE” CROSS BODY BAG

Sale: $284 (regular price: $425)

I wasn’t planning on buying this bag. In fact, there was another super cute Michael Kors bag on (mega) sale that I wanted because it seemed great for toting my laptop around and roomy enough for all my essentials. When I checked out that bag in store it was too narrow for my laptop, so I passed on it (even though it was only $151 and a GREAT price for a MK Jet Set tote). Instead I saw this Tory bag and knew I had to have it.

Again, super soft buttery leather and it is a realistic size. Won’t fit my laptop but it WILL fit everything I need for my days off or when I am running out to the grocery store.  It also matches my boots!

The "Plaque" style is also available in a smaller cross body, a tote and a satchel.

The “Plaque” style is also available in a smaller cross body, a tote and a satchel.

HALOGEN DIAMOND SITCH WOOL BLEND WRAP

Sale: $30 (regular price: $48)

I wish you could feel how soft this wrap is- it almost feels like cashmere. I love a good scarf, and this color goes with everything! It was a great find for the price.

A cozy fall scarf in a perfect, match-everything color!

A cozy fall scarf in a perfect, match-everything color!

 

Did you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What did you pick up?! Let me know in the comments.