Polished Picks – August 2017

Lately, I have been inspired by shades of green and pretty palm prints. We still have a month left in summer, and you’d better believe I am embracing all things tropical before the transition to pumpkin spice season. Shop my Polished Picks for August below, and let me know how you’re spending this last month of summer!

Polished Picks August 2017

 

SHOP AUGUST’S PICKS:

#1. Olivaceous Palm Print Layered Top | #2. Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub | #3. Sole Society Print Faux Leather Duffel Bag | #4. Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace | #5. Adelyn Rae Prescilla Cold Shoulder Wrap Dress | #6. YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Orient | #7. Kate Spade Bright Idea Stud Earrings in Emerald | #8. MAC Fruity Juicy Love in the Glades Eyeshadow Palette | #9. Schutz D’Ana Knotted Loafer Mule | #10. Echo Palm Print Silk Triangle Scarf
 


 

Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

The maxi skirt might just be the best invention of all time. That might be a bold statement, but you just can’t beat an easy breezy maxi during the summer. I took this colorblock maxi skirt out for a stroll last week, and I honestly didn’t want to take it off!

When I first saw this beauty in the store, I fell head over heels for the pretty pastels and the light and flowy fabric. It’s called the “Poolside” maxi, and I can totally see why. I think it would be so cute to wear to a pool party over a swimsuit, but it’s also easy to dress up for a summer date night. The best part? It’s currently 40% off, making it only $42.00. Better scoop it up while it’s on sale! I don’t have many colorblock pieces in my closet, and I’m really not sure why. I’ll definitely be adding more to my wardrobe, starting with this pleated colorblock skirt I just found a few minutes ago. So ladylike and pretty!

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt          Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt          Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt          Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt          Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Loft Colorblock Maxi Skirt

Did you guys do anything fun this weekend? Garrett and I did a whole lot of nothing and it was glorious! Sometimes those are the best weekends. I did make a list of projects I need to do around the house, and a few of them are a little daunting. I am trying to get motivated to paint our walls, but I know how not-fun painting is. Speaking of paint, if you guys have any suggestions on a nice shade of white with a neutral undertone, send them my way. I have spent so much time looking for the perfect shade on Pinterest, and there are so many options my head is spinning! :/ Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

SHOP THE LOOK:

LOFT Poolside Maxi Skirt (currently 40% off) | LOFT V-Neck Tee | Dagne Dover Ava Bucket Bag c/o | Paprika Huarache Sandals c/o Jane | Brook & York Metro Cuff Bracelet c/o | Photos by Afflatus Photography

Black Skinny Jeans for Every Budget

Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow

It’s hard to believe we are already in August! As summer winds down and we start transitioning into fall, I like to stock up on basics that I know I will wear throughout fall and winter. Black skinny jeans have always been a wardrobe staple for me, and although it’s too hot to wear them right now here in Texas, I know that cooler weather is just around the corner.

Mott & Bow recently sent me a pair of their Bond Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans (which I am wearing here), and I instantly fell in love. They are so lightweight and versatile! You could pair them with ballet flats and a sleeveless top, or with boots and a chunky sweater. There are SO many options out there when it comes to black skinny jeans, so I rounded up 6 for you to shop (below) ranging from $25 to $178.

Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow          Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow

Black Skinny Jeans for Every Budget

Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow          Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow

Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow

Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow          Black Skinny Jeans Mott and Bow

Things have been quieter than usual on the blog this week, but I have lots of exciting posts in the works! As much as I want to be consistent with posting 3 times a week, I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. It’s so important to me to take my time with each post, instead of publishing content that I’m not 100% happy with just to put something out there. I have been busy planning and trying out a new routine these past few days, but I should be back on track next week! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

Mott & Bow Bond Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans c/o | Velvet Heart Top (this print is no longer available, striped version here and blue floral version here | Tory Burch flats (old, similar option here) | 7 Charming Sisters “Stay All Day” Bracelet c/o | Photos by Afflatus Photography

 

SHOP BLACK SKINNY JEANS:

$25 – Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans | $59.50 – Jessica Simpson Kiss Me Super-Skinny Jeans | $69 – Caslon Stretch Skinny Jeans | $110 – J.Crew Toothpick Jeans | $128 – Mott & Bow Bond Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans | $178 – AG ‘The Legging’ Ankle Super Skinny Jeans

 

 

Turning Back Time with VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream

VII Code T2 Eye Cream

The older I get, the more I am willing to invest in high quality skincare products. However, it can be a challenge to determine what is worth the investment and what isn’t. VIIcode recently sent me their T2 Oxygen Eye Cream to try out, and I have been testing it out for about 3 weeks. Overall, I have noticed a reduction in dark circles under my eyes, and my skin looks and feels firmer. VIIcode specializes in skincare for the eye area, so they definitely know what they’re doing!

VII Code T2 Eye Cream

VII Code T2 Eye Cream          VII Code T2 Eye Cream

First, I massage my under eye area with the crescent “activation strip” (included with the eye cream) to remove dead skin cells and to prepare the skin to absorb the product. Then, I tap a tiny bit of the cream around my eyes and gently massage. It’s a very thick cream, so a little goes a long way. I do this every morning and every night, and it has fit seamlessly into my skincare routine.

The cream has infused elements that are essential to the human body, along with natural ingredients like evening primrose, avocado, elderberry, and chamomilla recutita. What do these ingredients do? Here’s a little breakdown (via VIIcode.com):

Evening Primrose – boosts blood circulation and smooths wrinkles around tired eyes.

Avocado – delivers antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein.

Elderberry – provides antioxidants to maintain glowing, younger skin.

Chamomilla Recutita – reduces dry flaking and restores suppleness.

VII Code T2 Eye Cream          VII Code T2 Eye Cream

VII Code T2 Eye Cream

VII Code T2 Eye Cream          VII Code T2 Eye Cream

VII Code T2 Eye Cream

The VIIcode T2 Oxygen Eye Cream is a bit pricier than other eye creams I have used, but I really feel that the quality is worth the investment for me (especially since my eyes are my biggest trouble area). What are your thoughts on luxury skincare? Have you tried any VIIcode products before? Let’s chat in the comments!

This post is sponsored by VIIcode. As always, all opinions are my own.

SuitableYou – Workwear Delivered to your Doorstep

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

How many times have you went shopping for new clothes and came home empty handed? It can be so frustrating going from store to store, trying on clothes in those horribly lit dressing rooms, and all you want to do is get out of there with something halfway decent. Life gets busy, styles change, and this can cause many women (including myself) to get stuck in a wardrobe rut.

I recently learned about a new style box service called SuitableYou that focuses on helping women build a solid work wardrobe in an easy and affordable way. Prior to this experience, I’d never had a stylist put together an outfit or a wardrobe for me. I never really thought about using a style service because I actually love putting together outfits myself. After trying out SuitableYou, I have come to realize that it is a total game-changer for anyone, whether you consider yourself style savvy or not.

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

The first step in the process is to take a style survey that helps the SuitableYou Stylist Team understand your style, size, and price point. They will then send you a box with 5 pieces based on your answers, and you can try on the clothes in the comfort of your own home (without the dressing room lighting!). The monthly styling fee is $20, and you only pay for the items you choose to keep. A pricing sheet is included in your box, which details the brand and cost of each item. The more you decide to keep, the more money you will save. You have 4 days to try on the items and check out online. If there is something that doesn’t suit you, a mailer is included with the box so that you can conveniently ship your unwanted items back. Shipping is always free, both ways! If you choose to skip a month, you won’t be charged a styling fee for that month.

My box came with 2 dresses, 1 skirt, 1 top, and 1 necklace. I have to say, they totally nailed it! I was so impressed with how spot on they were with my style, and each piece fit me so perfectly. A stylist note was also included in the box with details about the items and how to wear them. I technically received 3 outfits, but I can actually create 2 more looks by pairing the top and the skirt with some pieces that I already own.

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box          SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

Another thing I love about SuitableYou is that the stylists build on your previous box, so you may get pieces in your next box that coordinate with what you received before. It’s also a great way to shop without the fear of swiping your credit card a few too many times. (I have had some shopping trips that I still regret to this day!)

If you are a girl on the go, and you are in need of work-ready outfits without a lot of fuss, this is most definitely the service for you. The process is actually a lot of fun, and who knows, you may fall in love with something that you wouldn’t have necessarily picked out for yourself.

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box          SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box          SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

SuitableYou Style Subscription Box          SuitableYou Style Subscription Box

SuitableYou has kindly offered to give my readers a 15% discount with promo code ‘POSY15’, and I am also partnering with them on an exciting giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $50 SuitableYou gift card AND a Pixie Mood Black Convertible Backpack (pictured below). It’s a vegan leather backpack and crossbody in one! Head over to my Instagram for details on how to enter!

SuitableYou Vegan Leather Bag

This post is sponsored by SuitableYou. As always, all opinions are my own.

Sweet & Sassy: 2 Gals with 2 Styles

White Dress Chambray Skirt

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
‘What?!  You too?
I thought I was the only one.’
– C.S. Lewis

Blog shoots are always fun, BUT they are even more fun with a friend! I recently spent the day shooting (and gabbing) with my friend and fellow blogger Whitney Kutch. If you don’t know Whitney, she is the blogger behind HelloWhitney.com and the YouTube series Whit’s Kitch. We have so much in common it’s scary, but we are totally different when it comes to fashion.

White Dress Chambray Skirt

White Dress Chambray Skirt          White Dress Chambray Skirt

I would describe mine and Whitney’s contrasting styles as “sweet and sassy”. While I tend to gravitate toward sweet florals, pretty pastels, and feminine details, Whitney’s sassy look is a bit more bold and eclectic. I love that style can reflect your mood and personality, but it doesn’t necessarily define you. Being different is what makes life interesting, and you should wear what makes you feel good. I often joke about my style as being “Grandma Chic” (because I like a lot of things that your grandma would probably wear), and I’m totally okay with that! If I like it, I wear it. No shame in this game.

My white sundress is no longer available, but I found this one that’s nearly identical if you’re looking for something similar.

White Dress Chambray Skirt

White Dress Chambray Skirt          White Dress Chambray Skirt

What is your approach to style? Do you find that your look is similar to the people you hang out with? Do you wear trendy things because you really like them, or do you just prefer to go along with the crowd? There is nothing wrong with either of those, but it is always good to ask yourself these questions to make sure you’re staying true to your personal style and what makes you happy.

Be sure to check out Whitney’s latest blog post for her take on our style, and to get her ‘3 Tips for a Perfect Blogshoot‘.

Photos by Beckley Photo

Lace Midi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

One of my FAVORITE finds of this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is this gorgeous lace midi dress. This rusty pink color is just so unique and perfect for late summer/early fall. I love the band collar, and of course I’m a sucker for anything lace. The intricate details in this dress are stunning! I guess you could say I’m “all about that lace”. Yep, I went there.

I knew this dress would sell out super fast, but I still wanted to share it with you because there is always a chance it could be restocked. The sale goes through August 6th, so there is still time. I am checking on restocks daily, so I will definitely keep you updated!

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway          Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway          Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway          Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway          Lace Dress Nordstrom Sale Giveaway

For those of you who have shopped the Nordstrom Sale, what is your absolute favorite find? I love to see what others have snatched up, and sometimes I see things that I overlooked when I shopped the sale. For those that haven’t shopped the sale, you better get on that! This is one of the few sales that I look forward to every year because it’s all new stuff that’s majorly discounted. Such a great time to revamp your fall wardrobe, and it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts!

Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for the chance to win a $500 Nordstrom gift card. GOOD LUCK!!

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

WAYF Lace Midi Dress c/o Nordstrom Northpark (sold out, but may be restocked!) | Merona Block Heel Sandals | Elaine Turner Clutch (old, similar option here | Photos by Afflatus Photography

 

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nordstrom giftcard giveaway

In celebration of the recent launch of Lili Alessandra a maker of fine linens and soft furnishings on Nordstrom.com. I have partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on 8/9. Winner will be announced here. Good luck!

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