Just a little light print mixing today. I’m in love with this subtly sequined striped blazer from Banana Republic (on sale now for under $50). It’s a great way top off a casual look with a little something extra.
I haven’t met a stripe I didn’t love yet. And of course stripes and florals are a match made in heaven. Throw this blazer on top of a white tee and distressed boyfriend jeans for a laid back look. Or pair it with flowing maxi for a more romantic style. Either way, I love adding a hint of sparkle, don’t you?
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood — the perfect day for a stroll in the park. I’d totally wear this look and a big tote for fresh groceries to the farmer’s market. This leisurely linen dress from J.Jill can be worn on its own, but I love turning a dress into a tunic for a more modest, laid back look. Top it all off with a straw hat to keep the sun at bay, and we’re good to go. This one is under $50.
One of my favorite things about spring is seeing all the flowering trees blooming from the cherry blossoms, to the magnolias, and also the dogwoods. We have a beautiful canopy of trees that line the entrance to our neighborhood. It’s like driving through nature’s version of a military wedding salute. At peak bloom, it literally takes my breath away. What do you love about spring?
Happy weekend lovelies! It’s a bright one here in St. Louis. I’m living the high life with an extra dose of sunny Vitamin D. I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine wherever you are. Today’s outfit of the day features the ubiquitous off the shoulder trend. I’ve styled this black and white striped off the shoulder dress with subtle pops of color because this frock speaks for itself.
The wrap around design around the top gives you sexy shoulders, while covering up any arm chub. God knows how hard I work to slim down those suckers. Well I do everything except cut out chocolate and carbs haha. A girl’s gotta have simple pleasures, right?
This dress has a such a flattering silhouette. The horizontal stripes emphasize the bust line, while vertical stripes lengthen and trim from the waist down. Plus there are pockets, which are always a plus in my book. The fabric is a bit heavy, so you may prefer to wear it in spring over summer. For some, the fabric around the shoulders tends to shift around, so perhaps try a petite size.
When this dress first caught my eye, I knew I had to have it. The vibrant shade of yellow is a striking color. The dress certainly made waves on my Instagram when I first teased this photo below. So I know I’m not alone in my love for this bandhini gown by Crazyheart.
Designer Ruchi Jain is the brains behind Crazyheart, a contemporary womenswear brand from Jaipur. Ruchi melds traditional Rajasthani tie dye techniques with cutting edge silhouettes. Her designs have been featured in the Indian version of Grazia, Vogue, and Femina. This gown in particular was on the cover of Conde Nast Traveller India.
What I love about Ruchi’s designs are the unexpected forms she creates with her hand dyed materials. This particular gown has a lovely flared skirt, perfect for an all-night dance fest, and a sexy cut out back. If you check out her lookbook, she’s created vibrant bandhini and tie dye prints in paperbag harem pants, button-down shirts, hi-low midis, and more.
Her equally talented sister Ritu Jain Singh, who I’ve featured before, co-owns their Jaipur store Kalee with her. The boutique showcases a melange of independent designers from around India. The two necklaces I’ve layered together by Micare were purchased at Kalee. Consult the sisters to curate your dream Indian wardrobe with everything from traditional ethnic Indianwear to fusion Eastwest styles.
When you think of Karlie Kloss, the words high fashion model, jetsetter, or glamour icon may come to mind. While she’s all of these things, she’s also down-to-earth, true to her St. Louis roots, and loves hitting up her hometown frozen custard joint. When Karlie began working on her collection with Express last year, she wanted to design for the real women in her own life such as her sisters and friends. Retro maxi dresses, embellished bomber jackets, a high-waisted trouser: these pieces resemble items in her own wardrobe, which are highly wearable staples for a busy life. There is something for everyone in the Karlie Kloss Express collection. Whether you are a bold fashionista who loves color and print, or a minimalist who prefers pairing neutrals together, you will find something flattering for your shape and style.
One of the things I love about this collection is the versatility. There are 17 items, which can be mixed and matched over 100 ways. Karlie describes her own style as chic and timeless with a bit of an edge. I’d say this collection captures that perfectly. The pieces can be dressed up or down, worn at work, or even out and about with your girlfriends. If you watched the Karlie Kloss Express runway show last week, you’ll notice that the collection flatters a variety of heights and sizes. The show demonstrates just how well the designs work for everyday women.
How to Style the Karlie Kloss Express Collection
A boxy jacket over a maxi is the perfect contrast between sporty and romantic. Easily take this look from day to night by ditching the jacket. Work those dainty details such as the ribbon tied sleeves, high slit, and cut-out panels in the back.
Satin baseball caps are anything but ordinary. Add them to any look for an elegant take on the classic athletic accessory.
Reversible jackets give you double the style, double the fun. And with all of the whimsical embroidery and embellishments, everyone will do a double take to absorb each detail.
Karlie lives in her sneakers. Try pairing yours with everything from cropped jeans to flowing maxi dresses to mimic her off-duty style.
Other items in the Karlie Kloss Express collection include a leather crop top and mini skirt set, empowering statement t-shirts, going-out tops, boss lady pantsuits, and adorable pins to dress up any look. Karlie’s favorite piece happens to be a high-waisted trouser with a wide leg. She likes to pair hers with a simple t-shirt for chic, effortless style.
At the end of the day, Karlie set out to create a collection that empowers women, makes them feel good, and keeps up with the girl on-the-go. I’d say she hit the mark.
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This post was created in collaboration with Express and also appeared on Express.com. All opinions are my own. Read it here.
I’m totally feeling the flower power of this Soft Surroundings gauze peasant top. Embroidered tops are a hot commodity right now, which I also fawned over last week. It’s lovely seeing embroidery pop up on everything from clothing, to bags, and even denim. It gives a piece a little more personality, and a lot more depth.
This particular top has a gauzy feel so it’s lightweight and comfortable. Wear it with jeans, or a button down skirt. Add a pop of color with your accessories for easy, breezy spring style. Shop more embroidered pieces at Soft Surroundings here.
Disclaimer: I was provided this top from Soft Surroundings. All opinions are my own.
Don’t you just love the idea of slipping into something soft, and then heading out the door? Simple style for a simple morning routine. This J.Jill dress is perfect for the casual chic fashionista. Made from Tencel, the maxi’s fabric is soft with a touch of stretch. It also has pockets, which I wish were more common on dresses. Every dress should have pockets, right?
This dress is slightly cropped, so a pair of wedges or flat sandals would work perfectly. Since it’s a beautiful neutral beige, warm or earthy toned accessories would complement the dress well. I’m a huge fan of the tencel fabric options at J.Jill. For more options, browse here.
Disclosure: I was provided items from J.Jill in exchange for a review on my blog. All opinions are my own.
A couple of weeks ago the team at Express reached out and asked, “Would you be interested in walking the runway for the debut collection of Karlie Kloss x Express?” I didn’t have to think twice. The answer was hell yes!
Karlie Kloss collaborated over the last year with Express to design her first fashion line, Karlie Kloss x Express (see the lookbook). After months of hard work, she decided to launch the collection in her hometown of St. Louis. Karlie chose to have the event at the Pageant theater, which holds a special place in her heart. At age 13, she was discovered while walking the runway for a friend’s charity fashion show here. Everything came full circle for her last Thursday when she once again walked the runway at the Pageant, this time as a designer.
The exterior of the Pageant for the Karlie Kloss x Express show
Karlie chose 10 contest winners and 5 influencers to walk the runway. She specifically wanted to have everyday women showcase the versatility and wearability of the collection. The group had a blast hanging out, touring St. Louis, and experiencing what it’s like to be a fashion model for a day.
To ensure the show was organized and professional, Express flew out a team of executives, stylists, photographers and videographers, social media experts, hair and makeup artists, and more from Columbus and New York City. The day before the show, we had fittings to try on three separate looks. Stephen Galloway, a top runway coach who has worked with Karlie and Giselle, gave us tips on how to walk like a pro. I learned what playing dress up for a living was really like, and I have to say a girl could get use to this life.
A day of fun in St. Louis with runway models, Danielle, Kahlea, and Mattea and the Express crew
Models Take St. Louis
The next day the runway models explored St. Louis. We checked out some of the city’s top landmarks like Forest Park, the Arch, and Lafayette Square. I recommend the trolley tour if you are from out of town and want to see the main highlights. We had a group of videographers and social media pros following us around for the morning. They captured our every move and I’ve never felt so important! You can catch some of the highlights on Express’s Instagram.
The entire lineup for the Karlie Kloss x Express runway show
Getting Runway Ready
After a quick lunch at Pi Pizzeria, we started prep for the runway show. 15 models had 3.5 hours to get glam. We worked with a team of hair and makeup experts from New York City. Halfway into the run-through, we completely redid our hairstyles because that’s the way things work. I went from textured wavy voluminous hair, to sleek and straight in less than 30 minutes.
Right before the show, the energy backstage was on fire. I had one of those out of body moments. I knew something special was about to happen and the excitement of the room was palpable. The frenzy of hair and makeup artists retouching models, stylists making last minute changes, the smoke alarm going off from the steamer…it all made the moment feel like real life and fantasy at the same time.
The Karlie Kloss x Express Fashion Show
It wasn’t long before Karlie entered the dressing area to give us a pep talk. At this point we had met her several times already. She proved to be down to earth and just one of the girls, but she also had an incredibly charming presence. You knew she was special. Right before the show started, our fearless leader leaned on us for support. She told us how important we were to launching the collection and that we inspired her. It was a touching moment for all of us. I think my favorite part though was having her there to cheer us on right as we stepped onto the runway. All my nerves disappeared and I rocked that runway every step of the way. And so did every other girl, novices at the runway, but confident to say the least. Watch the entire show here.
One of my favorite looks from the runway – get the dress and the sandals
I loved every single one of my outfits. In fact there are 17 styles that create over 100 different looks. I would describe the collection as sporty and romantic. From breezy maxi dresses, to the bomber jackets you’ve always wanted (they’re reversible!), iconic tees, and even a couple of suits that flatter both petite and tall women.
It was a smart move for Karlie to showcase the collection with models of all shapes and sizes. Her designs work well on a range of body types. I usually don’t wear anything that draws attention to my waistline as my belly likes to make an appearance when I least expect it. But this red dress managed to make my waist look slimmer than ever. Dare I say, with that bust line, I actually had an hourglass figure.
After the runway show, Charlie XCX performed some of her amazing tunes like Boom Clap, I’m So Fancy, and Break the Rules. Karlie treated everyone to Ted Drewes frozen custard, voted #1 Ice Cream in the world, and Karlie’s Kookies.
This was truly one of the best experiences of my life. The event was incredibly well organized, the team at Express was kind and professional, and Karlie was the most gracious hostess. I can cross walking the runway at a legit fashion show and getting slated for a video off my bucket list. I’m so grateful that I’m a blogger and get to experience events like this. And as a former Express retail employee, walking the runway at one of their fashion shows is like coming full circle for me too.
If you’d like to watch the show for yourself, it’s available on Facebook live here. Stay tuned as I style looks from the Karlie Kloss x Express collection for Express.com — coming up!
Disclosure: I was invited by Express to cover the event as an influencer. All opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Express.