Friday, September 27, 2013


Hi everyone I am so glad the weekend is here! But for us, it's one of those weekends that you know is going to be so busy that you won't feel rested on Monday. Maybe if I get a chance I will be able to work on a DIY or two. This post features my Topshop Graffiti print dress. Besides the fabulous cobalt blue color, this dress makes me feel like I am wearing a piece of artwork. I first spotted the dress in the Savvy Trends on Nordstrom's website. I was bummed to find out that many of Nordstrom stores only carry Topshop online, not in stores. After stalking this dress online, it went on sale and was mine. The only problem was the dress was about 4 inches to long. Nordstrom doesn't provide free alterations to sale items, but they do give Nordstrom credit holders an alteration credit.(Which was news to me!)My tip for the week, if you buy something and invest the money you want it to fit you correctly, so always spend the extra money for alterations.

Topshop Graffiti Dress- SimilarChinese Laundry -Easy Does It Flat

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Plaid Modified

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is having a great week. I want to share a few things.  For the last two months, I have starting running. Prior to having kids I ran, but I must say now, as a mom, I love the 30 to 45 minutes that I get for myself. Even when I am so tired, after I run I feel like I have so much energy. My brothers and I use the Nike + app, which allows us to provide challenges to each other and win medals. This is fabulous because I am only a little competitive.(Sure!) My poor brothers are the most laid back people and think I am a little crazy with all my smack talk, but man has it motivated me. If you don't have a running partner this app is the next best motivator. So, if you wonder where I have been, it's running like a champ.  In two months, I have run a little over 100 miles. Next, I am excited to say that I have been nominated for Voice Bok's Top 50 Moms Who Blog About Fashion & Beauty Contest. The blogs that are in this contest are fabulous, so I am excited to be included.  I would love for you to vote for my blog and you can vote by clicking below the icon, where it says vote here. You can vote once a day and the contest lasts for 38 days. Now for this post, plaid is a trend continuing this fall. I love plaid, and when I came across this little number at T.J Max, I knew it was for me. It actually seems the plaid was tie dyed with bleach. This would be a great DIY with you husbands old plaid shirt in the closet.

F21 Faux Leather Pencil Skirt- Similar

Would you say that you are competitive?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The List, by I-Ella

Hi everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. One highlight from my weekend was when I received my gift package from The List, by l-ELLA. The List is a monthly subscription program where members receive a gift bag of new designer goodies (clothing, handbags, shoes and/or accessories). Also included are various free beauty product samples.  I was offered a chance to review one of their gift bags and was immediately thrilled with their in-depth style profile. It gave me the opportunity to relate my personal style and I couldn't wait for the experience.  I must say, this gift bag nailed my style which is hard to do with my funkiness. Here is how the process works:

1.)  Members choose a gift bag (Starter, $59 (+shipping));  SoHo, $129 (+shipping);  St. Barth's $389 (shipping included))

2.)  Complete their style profile including such information as your age, style (are you Upper East Side Princess or a SoHo Chic), and other information. This process is so in depth, down to your daily skin process to shoe size. They even want a photo that shows your personal style.

3.)  I-ELLA then puts together a fashion gift box of designer items and free product samples. Some designers on the past have included Gorjana-Griffin, Linea Pelle, Sam + Lavi, Kara Ross, Smashbox, Chanel Nail Polish, and many more.

4.)  I was totally surprised by my package in the mail!

My fabulous Wren Brocade Pants and Armour Lipstick

Each gift bag has a theme and mine was selected as 'Sex and the City Style'.

 The personal letter in your gift bag breaks down all of the designer items and their retail value. The gift bag I received was the "Soho" at $129.00 and the value of all of my items was $283.00.Each bag will contain 3 – 5 items with 1 – 2 being featured designer pieces.

 Each item has came individually wrapped and honestly I tried to unwrap them slowly like Christmas, so I could enjoy the moment!

 This this theme is based on Carrie Bradshaw 'Sex in the City' as she is a writer. They sent me a Caroline Gardner Notebook. The theme for next month is 'October Surprise'. Here is the link for next month gift items.

 Other items in my gift bag included my Armour Lip gloss (love, love), Blithe&Bonny soap, and Herban Essentials Lavender Towelette.

Lastly, my most favorite item is the Wren Brocade Pull on Pants that fit me perfectly.  (items that do not fit can be exchanged) 

My favorite part of the gift bag was the quote by Carrie Bradshaw which said, "Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first."

So, if you are interested in getting a special gift bag personally made by your by your own personal stylist then check out this out

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All views in this review are the opinion of the author.Expressive Style will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a gift bag at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

These boots were made...

Hello everyone, I keep thinking things are going to slow down, but no so much! I did get a chance this past weekend to do a little shopping with my friend and our daughters. While shopping I found these Steve Madden Creation Boot. Over the knee boots are a big trend for this fall. These boots just hit me over my knee cap, so that are not considered over the knee, but they are exactly what I had in mind. I tried many pairs and styles on and you know exactly when something fits in your style. This boot seems to fit better around my skinner leg and these will go with everything. You guys might actually get sick of seeing them. This day I had a great sales lady, not to pushy, brought me many styles and let me decide. My friend on the other hand had a very pushy sales lady, I felt like she wanted that sale and said everything looked good. Luckily my friend and I had each to her to give our honest opinions . I usually buy a new pair of boots for the fall and I am very happy with my purchase!

Steve Madden Creation Boot,

F21 gray skinny jeans- Similar, H&M Chiffon Top

What kind of boots are you wanting to buy this fall?

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sweatpants to work?

Hi everyone,I hope you had a great weekend.  While I was at the pool I received an email from Pinterest letting me know that something I pinned was on sale for 50% off. I didn't know that Pinterest provided this service and I was pretty pumped. I will definitely be pinning more items, how cool to know exactly when they go on sale. Last Thursday, I was having on of those I want to be comfortable at work days. Actually, lately I seem to be all about comfort and style. These sweatpants were my first H&M online purchase and I couldn't be happier with them. I am normally not a sweatpants gal, but I was drawn to the textured two toned material. So, off to work I went with them paired with my Zara heels.

H&M Sweatpants, Mossimo tank- Similar,  Zara ankle Strap pumps- Similar,

Did you know that Pinterest offered that service?

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