Fall...ing in Love with Sweater Weather

The rain does many things for us here in Texas, especially when the month of September begins. The weather finally begins to cool off (at times) and it gets us in the mood for cooler weather, pumpkins, fall colors... and sweaters! I'm Fall...ing in love with sweater weather once again! Our fall season is such a fun time to start getting ready for layers and cozy knits! It may not be cool just yet but it's right around the corner! I love solid colored sweaters that I can wear with just about any denim jean, and a pair of booties! Getting dressed in the mornings can be hard enough and when it is colder outside and I hate taking off my robe! That’s why I love having things already hanging in my closet when I need them, things I know I love and that fit!

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Fall Colors:

I gravitate towards more fall-ish colors when the season start to change. I love the rose and cooper tones I found in these sweaters that are both under $100! I will start wearing my knits earlier because I hate being cold and it seems like the movie theatres and restaurants really blow the AC on high! Who doesn’t want to be cozy in the movies?! 

Plan Ahead: 

I know not everyone wants to buy sweaters until it is cold, but I for one like to know that I had time to pick what I really like and didn’t buy in a hurry. I also like to spread out my spending throughout the season and not spend it all at once! 

The Casual Look:

I am loving the look of my sweaters paired back with sneakers too! I am so thankful that sneakers are in full effect and on trend for the fall! As much as I love a good bootie to add height to my body frame, I also love a flat comfy shoe for the days when I am juggling kids and life begs for a comfy shoe!

Loving Fall: The Weather, Food and Sweaters!

I am convinced that buying a few things I need ahead of time saves me money and so much time. Instead of waiting until the season is in full swing and spending more than I normally would, I love feeling ready and excited about cooler temps, pumpkin bread, and my sweaters!!

xo

Riane

4 Friday Favs

Hey all! I wanted to start something new as a way to share with you some of my favorite things that I have been using on a regular basis or maybe something new that I have just discovered! I am in no way the expert like Oprah, but I am out and about enough to find special things that are always fun to give a shout out to. I love it whenever people share their go-to products or fashion finds! So here are just a few, a few of my Friday favs!

1. My Debbie front button jeans from Veronica Beard-

I live in my denim. I wear denim jeans at least 4 days a week. With my job I want a jean that is comfy and has a nice stretch because I move around a ton when I’m working. This jean is also a high rise which I am crazy over, I love nothing more than jeans that hold everything in place! The front button design is a trend you will see this fall, and I think it's always better to be in the front of a fresh look then behind it! I was so pleased with how slimming this particular pair were on the body as well! Now, I just have to stop wearing them so much! This jean is definitely an investment and 100% worth it if you wear jeans frequently. 

2. My Devotional Book-Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons-

I have been way more consistent with taking some time for myself either in the mornings or evenings to sit and have time with the Lord. It is amazing how having moments that are intentional provide me the things that I am able to take away that I desperately need. This book was given to me by a dear friend, and the pages are so beautifully written and illustrated. The chapters are also shorter and it allows me to always complete one, making my Type A personality happy as well. 

3. My White Lion White Ambrosia hot tea-

When I have already had my coffee intake for the day I usually have a cup of hot tea at night. I discovered this amazing tea when I was at a spa. They have the best tea at spas and I always forget to ask where it is from! Arghh. Well I remembered this time and this is my all time favorite tea. As in the kind I don’t share because it is that good. I am able to order it an Amazon and so that has made it super easy to get my own spa like experience at home! Now if i can only get Case to massage my feet I’d be in business!

4. My Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Souffle Body Creme -

This body creme, "omg" - I can't decide if I want to eat it or put it on my body. It smells like heaven. I am a huge believer in moisturizing after I bathe or shower. My momma insisted that I put lotion on growing up and I am so glad. She set the stage for me on taking care of myself. This body creme is a treat and the jar lasts forever. 

Now I am in full Friday mode over here and I hope you are too! Enjoy your weekend you guys!!

xo

Riane

Sharing My Love of Fashion with My Daughter!

This is not a saying I use lightly. My daughter and I are in a constant battle of who's in charge for the time being. She is so much like me that it drives me crazy more often than not. Thats when it hit me… it's because she is so much like me. She loves clothes, fashion, she has an eye for detail. She likes to pick out what she's going to wear the day before and lay it out. She loves seeing what clothes I am setting up for shoots for my blog, and so... I decided to begin including her as part of it - to use it as a tool to affirm and encourage appropriate choices in fashion and the clothes she wears. Instead of just spending time alone working, let her be a part of it. So now I'm sharing my love of fashion with my daughter and she loves getting to be right in the middle of it all.

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I see the struggle that moms’ and daughters have over clothes and it is real and it is messy. Believe me Tanner and I have small battles over this whole, “I can’t tell if she has shorts on because her top is so big its questionable!” Why is this a thing right now!? I know I need to choose my battles, and I am getting better about that, but I’ve learned that if I make her part of the process, she is happy to dive in with me and we don't have near the struggle.

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Here is how I go about shopping for her. I look for things that resemble outfits that I would wear, but that are age appropriate for her. I don’t take her shopping because that is way too much of the, “stop asking me for random things you don’t need conversation.” Instead I order her several options online and have her pick what she wants to shoot pictures with me in. This allows her to have control over what she is wearing without it feeling like ‘my mom picks out my clothes’. Some preteens might not care, mine does. Now, if she has a great attitude about it all, then she gets to keep one thing from our shoot, whatever her favorite item was… it's now hers. This has worked like a charm and she truly loves seeing the end results and I love praising her on her choices and modesty. This has made it so much more about what she can wear as opposed to what she can’t wear. It also breaks up my budget from spending a lot at once - we build her a wardrobe over time that she really likes and wears. 

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My favorite part of this new approach is that it gives me time back with her. My mom guilt is real and real big most of the time. I don’t want to miss a moment and as a working mom, that happens so much more than I would like. I also love the memories and pictures we have to look back on. So: 1. there is hope! 2. I've found a better way than just "going shopping". 3. You don't need a blog to help funnel the choices - find creative ways to make it more about what she can wear and not what she can't - and see if that reduces the battles and stress as our little girls become young women :-). 

xo

Riane

At Home with eBay!

What is it about home decor that just makes me want to spend all of my money? I feel like anytime I start to try and update or add to one room, suddenly the entire house needs some freshening up! I want my house to look put together, but I also don’t actually want to spend a fortune. Let me just tell you how much fun I had shopping online at eBay’s End of Season Sale!!  I currently have my feet up on my new off-white leather ottoman, and I’m just a little over the moon for it. I love to scout ideas, fold things down in the magazines I can’t afford, and get ideas on what I love and make it happen for less, way less. Case and I have put some work into our home. It is a 1962 ranch style renovation and we love it. We have had to do our own updates bits at a time and now we are making the details of home decor come to life.

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The Bar Cart - I now suddenly want to host friends and family because I feel “oh so important" with my chic bar cart. However the only visitors I have had are my 2 kids who in fact love it and think it is their personal snack cart. Everyday I walk by someone who has taken one of the drinks off and declared it their “fancy drink” time. (only the non-alcoholic ones!! lol) It's definitely a family favorite and I love that they are enjoying the update as well! I’m really enjoying the look of hosting and setting out pretty drinks. It just makes it feel homey somehow.

The Basket for ALL of the throws - We are a blanket family, for sure. My kids usually want two a piece, although I have no idea why when one gets the job done! What this ensures is that my couch is covered in throws and now you can’t see all 20 of my decorative pillows:) I love this basket I found on eBay and it was again an amazing price. Such an easy way to store my throws until my little wild ones grab them to snuggle! I like storage that is pretty to look at too, and this basket was made to go right where it is!

The Storage Bench - When you have an older home, most of the time storage can be tricky. I hate having things scattered about because I don’t like messes, but I do want my kids to have plenty of things to entertain themselves. This storage bench has been a dream for my obsessive need to pick up all the things. Inside it are my kids board games, puzzles, and small crafts. It all looks neat and tidy, plus current and fresh. They know exactly where to put up the fun when it’s time to clean up and I couldn’t be happier with the quality. Again, I have seen this exact bench while out and about “idea shopping”, and it was much more expensive.

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The Leather Ottoman - I have my “work chair”, which is just my chair that I like to sit in when I write blogs or work online and it needed something in front of it. This was another fun item I didn’t necessarily need but I really wanted “the look”. I couldn't justify over spending on something for my feet to rest on, and also something that my husband refers to as a leather “plop”. I am over the moon with eBay and this find during the End of Season Sale! This was definitely worth waiting on because again, it was the exact quality that I wanted for half the price!

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The Bathtub Tray - Oh, I am a tub girl! I hate that I don’t take them as much as I would like,  but I make sure and relax in the bathtub at least once a week. I had an older tray that was rusting and needed to go, so when I was searching on eBay I naturally had to snag this during the sale! This particular one had all the little details I was looking for - a wine glass holder, a book & iPad tray, room for a candle, and a place to set my body wash. And I love how this cedar contrasts in my white bathroom!

Just purchasing these few sale items has made such a difference in my decor and overall feel in different parts of my house. I love a bargain, but not at the risk of buying something I will have to replace in a few months time. My eBay home shopping experience was truly a home run. Everything came in perfect condition, and all within a week from my order time! Now, what can I convince Case to let me work on next, and better yet, how can I keep my bar cart stocked with my kids around!?

xo

Riane

This blog has been sponsored by eBay, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Everything Is Grand at the Grand Hotel!

Riane and I have now been married for 16 years… When we met, we were 19 and came from completely different worlds. ie. When we graduated high school (from different schools in different towns - we did not meet till college) - Riane went to Europe for 2 1/2 weeks. I went to work at CIG with my dad. Riane had been to Hawaii, Africa, and Europe. I had been to Possum Kingdom Lake…100 x’s. I had never been on a plane until Riane and I started dating and needless to say, I’ve gone from “Texas forever” to “where are we going this year?”. We always have fun finding new places and experiencing new things and boy did we find a gem this time! The last 3 years have been really good, but long, very busy and just like everyone else - we work A LOT… So, heading back to Italy this summer for a work/anniversary trip not only felt like a much needed break from the “non-stop”, but it was one of the most beautiful trips we’ve taken. Lake Como is incredible. The views, the food, the atmosphere, it is a “must do” trip and is on our “do again” list.

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When in Lake Como, you have what seems like an unlimited amount of choices when it comes to where to stay. The great thing is - regardless of where you stay, you can hop from town to town on the ferries and experience all you want. So - this week begins our ‘Tour of Lake Como’ and we are starting with our favorite spot in the entire area. 

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo - note: we did not stay here, but we did hit the spa, the pool, the restaurants, gym, sauna, and the fancy candy bar! From Bellagio (where we stayed for the week) we took the ferry straight to Tremezzo and took the short 5 min. walk from the ferry to Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Quick history - The Grand is the oldest hotel in Lake Como and begin such was the first hotel on the Lake. It is amazing. Here’s the thing with The Grand - even if you are not staying there, you are welcome to hit up the Spa or eat at any of their restaurants during your stay in Lake Como - which you without a doubt should! I’m going to give you my 3 top highlights from our time there. 

1. The Hammam treatment: Let me say this… THIS WAS THE GREATEST SPA EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD! If you are an American - this is going to stretch your comfort level a little, simply because we don’t have things like this in the states. (which is good: you don’t go to Europe to get what you can get here…) I’ll nut shell the concept for you: 1- Circle room made completely of marble floor to ceiling with a marble table in the middle. (see picture above) 2- It’s a private couples treatment - so it’s super intimate and very comfortable. 3- Basically a full body scrub down + a message at the same time followed by a sauna/cold shower/hot tub experience. Again, this was the best spa experience I’ve ever had hands down. I left feeling 100% relaxed, clean and I’m sure there’s another word I’m looking for I just can’t find it… If you are even remotely close to Lake Como in the future - this is the one thing I would say you have to try. 

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2. T Pizza at the pool: When we are in Italy we eat a lot of pizza. Like, a lot of pizza. Which means, I’ve tried multiple places and I feel like I’m a pretty good judge of whether or not you should continue eating slices or refrain and save the room for Gelato. You will not be saving room with the Veggie at T Pizza by the pool - we mowed that thing down and could have gone another round. It was D-lecious. Riane and I shared the ‘Think Green’ smoothie and the ‘Lombarda’ Pizza - The best pizza I’ve ever put in my mouth. I took my first bite, looked at Riane and said, “This is the the best pizza I’ve ever tasted.” (no joke, no paid ad here… it really was the best pizza ever) The view was incredible sitting pool side next to a garden and the oldest hotel in Lake Como, the staff was amazing, and it was a perfect way to relax for an afternoon. 

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3. Relaxing pool side (the floating pool) with drinks, snacks, and lunch at T Beach. The Grand has a floating pool on the lake with a beach lounge and bar/restaurant. We laid out, had drinks and grabbed lunch and dessert one afternoon. I had my first seafood burger and Riane had pasta once again. Shoutout to our friend @the_greatgreta who made our dining/layout/desert/drinks experience so much fun! Was a great way to celebrate 16 years of insanity together :-).   

There are 5 restaurants, 2 pools, a spa, A 3 STORY GYM (coolest hotel gym I’ve workout out in…) - it’s great for couples or families (they have accommodations for large parties or families as well) - and even if you don’t stay in Tremezzo you can still use all the hotel facilities if you book a spa experience. So if you are in Lake Como, planning a trip or considering a trip… Stay at The Grand Hotel Tremezzo, or at least book a spa treatment, and spend some time at one of the coolest places in Lake Como! 

sharing the love as we travel the world - 

@stello_fello & Riane

Back to School with Walmart!

I remember each August getting so excited to go ‘back to school’ shopping. Getting clean new binders, pencil boxes and bags, that fresh box of crayons, the scent of those new shoes just out of the box – these are some of the happiest memories of my childhood. The point is this: whether your kids love or don’t love school…I’m willing to bet they love ‘back to school’ shopping - simply because they get all their new gear for the year. ;-) Our kids get so excited about this, which is timely because it helps offset those end-of-the-summer blues. Now is the time to jump on the shopping list and knock out all those “to gets”. Walmart has some great deals on some of the best items your kids are going to need. 

Walmart is now carrying school uniforms too! Our kids go to private school, which means that we get to buy new clothes for the new season but we also get to buy school uniforms on top of that. When we do, we want to buy quality uniforms but we don’t want them to break the bank. Walmart gives us great options that the kids really like and are well-made and affordable! Tanner opened her skirt and said, “I love it!”. - The point is, you can grab what you need for a very affordable price.  These are great options for any of you who buy uniforms as well. We picked up this great skirt for Tanner as well as some shorts and pants for Dax. Walmart gives you multiple styles and colors that fit inside the uniform codes. It’s worth it to check out these Walmart options!

I can’t tell you how many times Tanner said, “Mom, I need a new backpack!” last year. And, surprise, as we made our lists for the kids, both needed new backpacks. Not only does Walmart have all you need for uniforms and school supplies, but they also carry name brand backpacks!  These are both Hershel backpacks, which our family loves. Hershel makes a high quality, sturdy, and very affordable bag in multiple color and styles.

So as your summer winds down, squeeze in your last trips and get in that last ounce of vitamin D by the pool. Let Walmart be your go-to for checking all the items off your kids’ back-to-school list. Shop Walmart online - extremely easy to navigate and you can find literally everything you need to save you time.  And don’t forget Walmart offers free 2-day shipping on all orders $35 or more!

xo

Riane

NSale Beauty Must-Haves Under $110

With the hustle and bustle of shopping for NSale clothes, it’s easy to forget about the great beauty products on major sale too! Every single item listed here I use or have tried myself, and you can trust me when I say I love them! Beauty products and tools, such as curling irons can get a little pricey outside of a sale. So - say hello to some of my favs that are all under $110! 

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1. Beauty Blenders: This is what I use to blend my foundation every morning. Just run the sponge under some water, squeeze it out, and blend away. You won’t want to use a foundation brush ever again!

2. Nest Candles: If you’ve ever walked into my house, you know I’m always burning a candle, and more than likely it’s from Nest! 

3. T3 Curling Iron: Super hot, super curls, and an amazing price you’ll want to take advantage of. I use my T3 curling iron every day.

4. Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Wash Set: This soothing shower gel is made with shea butter and natural oils, leaving your skin feeling soft and replenished.

5. Anastasia Lip Duo: Everyone needs the perfect neutral lip color! This two in one price is a great deal.

6. Slip Silk Pillowcase: Case got me one of these for my birthday which I was so grateful for. These silk pillow cases prevent hair pulling and tangling (aka bedhead), so you can easily rock the 2nd day hair if needed! 

7. Makeup Eraser: Talk about convenient and easy, these towels will remove your full face of makeup with just water. Even that waterproof mascara! 

8. Kiehl’s Body Scrub: Get your man a bar of soap he won’t feel feminine using! This exfoliating soap bar will become his favorite.

9. St. Tropez Self-Tanner: If you’re not up for a spray tan, this self-tanner is so simple to use and gives your skin a natural looking tan and glow. You won’t look like you’ve gotten a spray tan because it fades naturally too!  

xo

Riane

Nsale Home

This category of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one that can be easily overlooked. But hey, who wants to miss out on great deals on home essentials like bath towels and bedding? Not me! I also threw in a few extra goodies that are fun to add to your bedroom décor or overall aroma of the house (I love my candles and diffusers)! 

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One thing I love about this sale is that you’re getting a large discount on items that don’t frequently go on sale - such as rugs. I think this rug is subtle enough to keep your room feeling cozy but adds that pop of color that will look so chic with some matching throw pillows. Bonus: it comes in 9 color options and you can choose the size you want! Speaking of throw pillows, how cute are these?! And of course you will need to kick back and relax with a warm, cozy blanket and prop your feet up with a pouf, which also works as décor when not in use. 

This is also a great time to snag some essentials for a dorm room. Move-in is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for must-haves such as a towel set or bathroom supplies, catch them now at 40% off. 

Take a look at some of my favorites and shop here before the sale ends!

xo

Riane

In Love With NSale Booties!

Like I mentioned in my first Nordstrom Anniversary Sale blog… Fall is going to be all about booties! Booties are one of my favorite kind of shoe to wear. They allow you to be current and comfortable at the same time, and we all know that can be a rare occurrence! Whether you’re looking for a little heel, or something a bit flatter, it’s all here for you at 40% off (I bet you understand my excitement now)! 

These are some of my favorite picks from the sale! One brand I’m super excited about being on sale is Stuart Weitzman. I mean come on, these tall scrunch boots are fabulous and will be a staple in your fall/winter wardrobe. Their other black leather booties (number 1) are so comfortable, with a perfectly sized, very chic heel. It's hard to find a discount this good anywhere else on quality brands such as SW!

On another note, I’m all about stocking up on the neutrals. When you add a neutral colored pair of booties to your wardrobe, you’ll be able to wear them with almost anything - saving you time, money, and effort. Black and tan are my go-to’s, but you can spice it up with leopard print too, which also counts as a great neutral! 

Shop ASAP because these favorites are selling out fast! Remember, Nordstrom card holders can shop now. If you do not have a card, you can start shopping tomorrow, July 20th. Don’t wait any longer than you have to!  

xo

Riane

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I mean what’s more wonderful than 40% off everything? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the sale you do not want to miss. It’s so much better than any other sale because you’re getting brand new (and even some exclusive/limited time) merchandise for jaw dropping prices. Hello fall wardrobe!

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This is the time to get stocked up and add some classic, staple pieces that you won’t regret buying. Here's the thing... Nordstrom Credit Card and Debit Card Holders get early access July 12th! The Anniversary sale goes public on the 20th. If you are not a card holder, but would like to be: click here to apply (literarily worth it just for the sale access alone) - these are not last seasons items. Sales items are NEW! - for this season and the best time to buy hands down. I am so excited to share some of my top picks from the sale including denim, tops, athletic wear, and shoes! Since the sale isn't open yet, I can't show you my top picks (but I will update this blog in the wee hours of the 12th ;-). So, this is the pre-sale tip guide, that will later be updated to be the Nord Ann 18' Sale Guide. 

- What to Buy?

Denim:

Number one must buy: denim! Your favorite jeans can be a bit pricey outside of the sale, so this is the best time to get a quality pair. Even if you don’t need them now, you will wear the heck out of them later! Don’t miss the opportunity to get the biggest bang for your buck! I always say to invest in denim. 2 or 3 high quality pairs of jeans will work wonders for your wardrobe and as stated before, this is the best time to get a pair significantly cheaper than normal. 

New Tops:

Who doesn’t want new tops to spice up their wardrobe?! New tops are the first thing we go to when we want a change. It’s so easy to pair the same bottoms with 10 different tops, which is the best way to make your wardrobe last. Stock up on basic, solid tees as well as statement tops while the sale lasts!

Workout Wear:

Working out is everyone’s favorite thing to do right?! Maybe in another life! Well you won’t feel guilty about buying athletic wear from the sale even if you only make it to the gym a couple of times. Let’s face it, half the time we still wear athletic clothes when we have no intention of working out! This is a part of the sale you definitely don’t want to miss because these pieces last year-round.

Shoes:

You don’t have to say shoe sale twice! Trust me, 40% off just released designer shoes, doesn't get much better than that. This fall is going to be all about booties, booties, and booties! I’m in love with some of these from the sale and I know you will be too. This is my favorite part because nothing wins my heart more than a sassy pair of booties or heels!

Anniversary sale quick TIPS:

- Be prepared:

Take some time to go through your closet and make a list of things to replace or that you know you need. It will help you make smart decisions if you have an idea of what you want before hand! For example, I will be looking for layering pieces, booties, transitional tops, and fresh denim. (I also always buy my kids shoes and something fun for the hubs.) If you are really ready to save some serious money: jot down who you buy for at Christmas and knock some of that out early as well!

- Don't hesitate:

If you are a shopper who likes to add things to your cart and think about them for a while, this is NOT the time to do so. Chances are...you will lose all of those items. Nordstrom offers only a small quantity of each item and once it's sold out...well it's sold out. I tend to over-buy so that I have choices and simply return the extra items I don't need. Nordstrom is well known for customer service and their return policy, so don't overthink things you like and snag them before it's too late!

- Shop early:

Early access begins July 12th for Nordstrom cc holders. You can apply for a credit or debit card here. Again, hot items sell out fairly quickly so the earlier you shop the better! Seriously I can not stress that point enough :-). The sale opens to the public beginning July 20th. 

xo

Riane

3 favorite style dresses: all under $100

When I say summer in Texas, I think of how excited I am to wear my jeans… Absolutely not! This is the time of year to stock up on dresses because they are comfy, airy, and the most fabulous thing to wear in the heat. You will get your use out of them for sure! Although I love having dresses that make a statement, they tend to not get worn as much as the basic, more casual ones. Many of these can be dressed up with heels or wedges, or dressed down with sneakers or sandals. Take a look at 3 of my favorite styles of dresses for the summer!

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T-Shirt Dresses:

I’m pretty sure all of us wish to be cozy and cute at the same time. Most of the time we have to sacrifice one for the other. But with t-shirt dresses, you’ll be right in your happy place! I love throwing on a t-shirt dress for more casual days. You can also try wrapping a denim jacket around your waist and top off the look with some sneakers and statement earrings.

Off-The-Shoulder Dresses:

Off-the-shoulder is still so trendy and fun for summer! I love the pop of femininity the off-the-shoulder look adds to such a simple dress. These are perfect to wear for vacations because they’re so fun, but also so easy to pack. You don’t have to put extra effort into this look, other than a cute earring and sandal! 

Wrap Dresses:

All my girly girls out there! Wrap dresses are so feminine and flattering. These 4 favorites all have a ruffle detail to them, which I think works so welll with wrap dresses and makes them even cuter. Since these are slightly dressier than t-shirt dresses, I suggest throwing on some heels and grabbing your fav handbag for a fun date night!  

Now go shop away! Once you find that perfect comfy dress you wish you could wear every day, I promise you’ll want to go back for more. Happy summer dress shopping!

xo

Riane

The Summer Shoe Sale with Stuart Weitzman - YOU DO NOT WANT MISS!

Listen ladies, if there is one thing that I recommend takes priority in your wardrobe… it’s your shoes. There is something so unique about getting a fresh pair of high quality, classic shoes - and Stuart Weitzman gives you just that. I absolutely LOVE Stuart Weitzman shoes!… LOVE! They are feminine, comfy, current… and they last! Which means I don’t have to replace a pair every season. When I make investments in my wardrobe, I want things I know that I am going to use for years not months. This is the perfect opportunity to do just that - I cannot stress enough, this is the Summer shoe sale that you absolutely DO NOT WANT TO MISS! Seriously, up to 50% off one of the top shoe brands today that will not disappoint with their product and their customer care. 

Anytime you hear the words shoes and sale in the same sentence great things are about to happen! I honestly don’t know a woman who doesn’t appreciate a fabulous pair of shoes, but even better - a fabulous pair of shoes at a better price! Stuart Weitzman is not only one of my favorite brands, but has been killing it in the shoe industry for years…years people! However; some of us pass on this amazing brand because we either don’t spend that much on shoes or we buy multiple pairs of shoes at lower price points. I am a firm, no, HUGE believer in quality over quantity when it comes to my shoes. I find that when I invest more in my shoe wardrobe they last longer and are always more comfortable. 

This sale has removed the $ excuse for you…so no arguing here. This is the perfect time to score that pair of sandals you wanted for the summer, but you didn't want to pay full price for. Or you may have the thought what I did, “OMG I can snag a pair of Stuart Weitzman booties for this coming fall at 50% off!!!” What can I say… I like to be prepared. But seriously, I have purchased multiple pairs of shoes from Stuart Weitzman over the years, and I still have and wear them all!! 

With almost 200 sale items to choose from, yes I counted - there really is something for everyone! When I shop sales I always want to make myself shop smart. It helps when I ask myself these simple questions that generate some accountability. 

For example: 

  1. “Will I still love this style in a year?” 
  2. “What kind of shoes do I find myself reaching for most in the closet?” 
  3. “What am I missing shoe wise that I really need to replace?”

I find that when I have a plan to shop, I spend money wiser and have zero buyers remorse. So not only do you have the opportunity to snag an amazing pair of shoes for half price, you also have the simple tools to do it well. For all you fellow Type A planners out there, get a head start for fall shoes that are up to 50% off right now! For all of my sale shoppers, shop smart and shop a brand that has one of the best reputations in the shoe industry. Trust me, I am already breaking in my booties as we speak. A huge thank you to Stuart Weitzman for making shoes that look AND feel incredible on! 

xo

Riane

3 Ways to Style a Denim Jacket

Hey guys, it’s Aubrey, aka Riane’s intern for the summer! I could not be more thrilled to be a part of StelloStyle and make an appearance on the blog today! First, I’ll give you a little background on myself - then share 3 ways to style a denim jacket (my favorite staple in my wardrobe). 

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I am currently going into my senior year at Texas Christian University as a Fashion Merchandising Major, with hopes of becoming a personal stylist after graduation. What better way to pursue that goal than to work for Riane?! I’ve been in love with clothes pretty much since I was born, which is why I recently started my own blog! When a love for something like that is in your bones, you know you need to do something with it. I can’t imagine pursuing any other kind of career that would give me as much joy! I’ve already learned so much from Riane in just one week, and I can’t wait to learn more! 

Now, I know most of you probably own a denim jacket. But if you don’t, I urge you to go buy one asap because 1: it never goes out of style, and 2: you can make so many different outfits with it! Here are 3 different ways to style a denim jacket, including wearing it as a jacket, draping it over the shoulders, and tying it around the waist.

Jacket: As much as I love wearing cute tanks and shorts in the summer, I get so cold the minute I walk into a store or restaurant! I always grab my denim jacket before I walk out the door because it will keep me warm and even help complete my look.

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Draped: Another fun way to style your denim jacket is to drape it over your shoulders. Not only does it add a layer of warmth, it makes your outfit a little more interesting! 

When Can I Wear a Denim Jacket

Waist: This is my go-to outfit for the summer for sure. I love throwing on a simple T-shirt dress with sneakers, but I don’t always love how T-shirt dresses can be kind of boxy. A simple solution to that problem is to tie your denim jacket around your waist to add some shape! Plus, you can easily put it on if needed, and when it’s time to take off, you don’t have to worry about holding onto it!

Best Jean Jacket

Love,

Aubrey Chick 

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start searching for gifts! For all my fellow ladies out there, I know how hard it can be to come up with a fun gift to give your dads or husbands. Shopping for men can be harder than you think! If you’re stuck in a rut and can’t think of anything other than a pack of socks and T-shirts, you’re not alone! Here are some ideas I’m sure your men will love to unwrap on their day:

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Duffel Bag

This is a great gift because it can be used for many things! Whether he’s a big traveler or likes to go from work to the gym, this large duffel bag provides enough room for clothes, shoes, and is very durable. 

Golf Balls

For all the dedicated golfers out there! If your dad is a dedicated golfer, you won’t disappoint him with a box of golf balls because they are always needed!

The Daily Edited Personalized Wallet

Looking for something a little more personal? I love The Daily Edited because they allow you to customize wallets, phone cases, bags, and more - which is more unique and meaningful than any other item anyone can buy at the store.

Tie

Every man needs a nice tie! Ties are a man’s main accessory, just as jewelry is for women!

Swim Trunks

Most men will not buy themselves new swim trunks…that’s why it’s our job to help them out every year ladies! 

Bluetooth Speaker

While dad is out working in the garage or outside in the yard, he probably likes to listen to music. When those same 10 songs on the radio get old, all he has to do is link his phone to this Bluetooth speaker and press play on his favorite playlist! This Bose speaker has great sound quality and is easy to pack or carry. 

BBQ Tool Set

Get ready for a nice Sunday dinner because once you gift your man with a new grilling tool set, he’ll be anxious to use it! 

YETI Coffee Mug

If he can’t start his day without a cup of coffee on the run, he’ll love this durable, insulated coffee mug. It’s easy to grip and comes with a handle and lid, perfect for the car!

New Shoes

Who doesn’t love a new pair of tennis shoes? These Adidas running shoes are comfy for every day wear or daily wear at the gym.

Jack Black Skincare Products Set

Men love skincare products too! With this brand, they won’t have to secretly use (or have to admit that they use) their wife’s moisturizer! This set comes a variety of products for such a great price altogether.

Wireless Charging Dock

This wireless charging dock is a 2 in 1 design. It would be perfect for him to set up on his desk at work, or fold it down flat and take it on the go or in the car. These days our phone batteries run out so quick and finding an outlet for a charger is not always convenient.

Drone

If you want to take it up a notch, get him a drone. This is a fun gadget for men of all ages. It’s fun entertainment and will take your videos and pictures to a whole new level!

I honestly just try to think of what the dads in my life really enjoy or like and then I try to find something fun and creative that goes with that. So whatever you man is really into, get something that correlates and he will love it! Hope you all have a blast celebrating! 

xo

Riane