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Holiday Gift Ideas for HER, Under $100

As you may or may not know,  I’ve added  Stella & Dot Stylist, to my lists of services.  I have been a huge fan of Stella & Dot  jewelry for a while, and am so impressed with the high quality and unique, on-trend yet tasteful designs.  I was buying so much, it made sense to become a stylist to justify my habit;)   With the holidays upon us, now is a great time to shop and save as they have two great promos going on.  First is their famous Dot Dollars event!

This is a great way to take care of some holiday shopping and/or treat yourself to items you may have been eying.

WHAT ARE DOT DOLLARS?

Dot Dollars is a promotion Stella & Dot runs a couple of times a year where you can earn $25 back on every $50 you spend. So,  for every $50 you spend from now till 12/12/17, you will receive a credit for $25 to spend from December 28th – January 3rd, 2018.   Nice deal, and the credit will be added to your account automatically.

VIRTUAL TRUNK SHOW

Now through mid-January,  I’m hosting a Virtual Trunk Show so you can take also advantage of the

Trunk Show Exclusives are select items that you can purchase at 50% off with an order of $50 or more. They are only available at that price when purchased through a Trunk Show….And some of their best styles are included this month!  This month’s Trunk Show Exclusives are pictured below.  Some of my personal favs are the getaway bag, leopard watch, leopard clutch, orbital ring and Bleeker tote.

Remember to shop through my Virtual Trunk Show to take advantage of the Trunk Show Exclusives. Just add your desired Trunk Show Exclusive items to your cart, and as long as you have $50 of other Stella & Dot merchandise in your cart, the 50% off deduction will be reflected at checkout.

Another bonus — if you shop my Virtual Trunk Show and spend $100, in addition to your Dot Dollars, you will get a pair of sparkle studs as a FREE gift!  They will be added to your cart automatically. These are the perfect, classic cz studs that  I wear all the time….and you can even chose from smokey, gold or silver (I have the silver, but would love to have the smokey for a change).

 

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS UNDER $100

I put together a list of some of my favorite holiday gift ideas under $100….and in some cases under $50.  If you are looking for a specific recommendation, I’m happy to help…just drop me a note or reply to the email.

Faux Sure Gift Set $95   How fun is this faux fur stole and matching beanie with interchangeable pompoms!?!  I have both, and wear the hat almost every day and can’t wait to wear the stole this winter.

 

Margeaux Clutch  $69  ~ I own this sequin fold over clutch and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  The pewter and jet double-sided sequins make a fun pattern when you move them around, or you can smooth them out for more of a solid look.Yves Wrap Bracelet $59  ~ I have this bracelet on my wish list.  I love that it has a bit of an edge to it, and it’s casual enough to wear everyday but it also gives your going-out outfit a touch of “cool”.

 Eliza Fringe Necklace $59 ~  I am torn between getting this necklace or the Logan which I also love and is a similar style but $98.  This unique piece is so cool with the combination of black suede, shiny gold fringe, and subtle sparkle. It can be a necklace or a bracelet, and the necklace can be worn as a choker, lariat, or station necklace at varying lengths.  How’s that for versatility?  (You know how much I love that word).

 

Rose’ all Day Gift Set  ~ $40 This  gift set is a chic and affordable holiday treat! Featuring best-selling luxe studs and the perfect pouch to pair it with.  Perfect gift for everyone from your daughter to your babysitter, hairstylist or teacher.

 

Reversible Infinity Scarf  $51.99  ~  I’ve been wearing this scarf constantly all fall…and love that it really is a year ’round accessory.  It gives me two distinct looks – with a black and white pattern on one side and a different graphic pattern with wine on the other side.  

Roz One Shoulder Top $69 ~I wore this fun top on Thanksgiving and it was so comfortable and fun to wear.  The one shoulder style gave it a festive touch, but was easier to wear than a traditional off the shoulder that you constantly have to keep pulling down if you talk with your hands!   I love the color this time of year, but it will work all year ’round as well.  Looks great with black, denim, white and gray.

It’s sometime hard to tell from the pictures how beautiful these accessories are, but I am truly impressed with the quality and styling given the price point.  Best of all, Stella & Dot wants you to be completely satisfied.  If you’re not absolutely delighted with your Stella & Dot purchase, you can return your item(s) for a refund or exchange within 90 days of purchase. They are happy to provide you a cash refund within 30 days and Store Credit within 90 days.

As your Stella & Dot Stylist, I am available to help with any issues that might come up.  You can find my name and picture in the upper left corner of the site, and click on it to reach me with any questions or if you are looking for suggestions.

Thanks for reading!  Cheers, Beth

Jeans – Spend vs. Splurge

This must be the biggest year yet for hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you’re new to this crazy phenomena…here’s a live video I made on the eve of Early Access for the sale.  In a nutshell, yes, it’s a special sale, there are great deals to be had on BRAND NEW styles, but you need to keep you wits about you;)

That said, this sale is a great time to save if you’ve been thinking of investing in a pair of premium denim jeans.    I’ve been lusting after a pair of (soon to be named) jeans, so when they popped up on the Early Access Sale (#NSALE), I decided to splurge.  I figured I’d try them and if they didn’t live up to all the hype, I’d just return them; no harm no foul.   Let me be clear….. these jeans are normally insanely expensive, and on the #NSALE they are only ridiculously expensive.  But in the interest of Market Research (and free returns) I clicked BUY (I even ordered 2 sizes to make sure I got it right).

I got my first #NSALE shipment today, including the jeans. I tried them on with my favorite, basic white t-shirt (also on the sale and I ordered another one since I am so rough on them).

As soon as I put the jeans on, yes, I LOVED them, but something felt strangely….familiar.  I went to my closet, and found a pair of budget-friendly jeans I own, tried them on, and decided to take side-by-side comparison photos.

The only thing I changed was my jewelry….gold vs. silver, just so I could keep the pictures straight.

 

So, you’re  dying to know which jean is the spend and which is the splurge, right?   Well just  to complicate things, I ask my unsuspecting, work-from-home husband to look at them both in person and decide which was which.  He, of all people, nailed it, noticing  a clear difference,  and thought the splurge pair looked considerably better.  Go figure.

So, here you have it:

  1.  Splurge:  AG The Legging, Raw Hem Skinny Jeans Retail $225, #NSALE $149.90
  2.  Save:  American Eagle Denim X Jegging  Sale $39.99, buy one get one 50% off

Both pairs are very stretchy and comfortable and with a slightly higher waist.  However…

I admit I do really LOVE the AG’s and there are some features that make them stand out to me.

  • They have the on-trend raw hem, but if I get sick of that I can cuff them.
  • I love the color of the wash…it’s the perfect shade of denim for me…not too light, not too dark. They could be worn very casually with flops or wedges, or dressed up with heeled booties.  The difference in color and fading is more obvious in person than in the pics. My husband noticed it immediately.
  • I admit I really love the small distressed detail at the hip.  I’ve tried more distressed jeans but just don’t feel like myself in them, although I love how they look on others.  These have just enough to make to me happy and feel slightly cool (which I’m not).
  • Another thing my husband noticed (being a man) is the rear view.  I think AG has pocket placement down –making for  more flattering hiney on the AG’s.

I’m going to hold on to them for now, and decide in September whether to keep them or send them back.  They are available to order on sale now, but with a backorder date of November, which is a drag.  But, if you think you want them, best to get them at the sale price and wait to receive them (you can always change your mind).

Here are some of the other #NSALE items I received this week.  Unfortunately sizes are limited on some of them, but there’s a good chance of restocking on Friday July 21st when the sale is open to the public –  and when all the Early Access returns start coming in.  Here’s a link to my complete catalog of picks.

My Verdict and Links:

Leith Circle Cardi – Got it last year in charcoal – love that one.  This new version is cut differently (slightly so) .  I like it a lot but don’t love it as much.    Update: Going to hold out for the barefoot dreams circle cardigan  in cream and hope that comes back in stock.  This one going back…

Caslon Hooded Cardi – This is really cute and soft…I don’t need another grey sweater though, so back it goes.

Mural Herringbone blazer – So torn on this (and it’s sold out). IF I worked outside the home I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It’s such a great color, love the herringbone, love the tailored but “cool” fit, and love the navy lining when I fold the sleeves.  Plus, could wear it all year ’round.  What to do?  Update:  Decided I have enough blazers given my casual life style.  As sad as it makes me…back it goes…. Holding out for a really cool “statement blazer”.

Caslon Cowl neck Sweater Definitely keeping this baby.  I’ve been looking for a cozy cream sweater since last year’s Winter Style System.  I love this one…oversized, long slouchy sleeves, Love the neutral color that’s light and soft.

Free People Peplum Jacket This was the first thing I pulled the trigger on in the sale.  It’s still available too.  I do love it…but I’m on the fence whether I “need” it and can justify it.  Thinking if I lived in a more mild climate I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It works really well with my casual lifestyle and is fun and different from any of my other jackets.  Update:  Having a hard time letting this one go….so versatile and so different at the same time.   Hmmmmm.

Caslon U-Neck T-shirt  My favorite tee is baaack,  and on sale  – too good not to stock up.  I already own 2 of these tees in white  (one is pretty ragged looking so I’ll retire it).  I like to have 2 of these tops on-hand all year long.  I also recommend the black, grey and navy/white or black/white stripe as essentials to stock up on at this great price ($17.50).  They even come in petite!  The neckline is open and flattering without being too low. Looks great with long and short necklaces.    It has great shape without clinging.  Can be worn out, tucked or half tucked.   I wear the white with a nude bra with no problem.

Blondo Booties  These are the booties I’m wearing in all the pics above…Got them last year and paid full price with NO regrets.  They are on-sale now with stock available.  They aren’t as fun as the perforated styles that I also love, but they are more practical (as you can wear them with socks in the winter).  They are waterproof and I think as comfortable as sneakers; no joke.  They are the perfect taupe/neutral color “mushroom suede”.   I highly recommend this color over black.

The last link is the AG Jeans  that I am still “sleeping on” –  but think I’ll  end up keeping.  I’m wearing them in all the pics above.  To justify the splurge,  I’m making a deal with myself to clear out my jean collection and sell the ones I don’t wear regularly.  I’ve had great luck selling on the  Poshmark app.  If you sign up, use my code HEANE and we’ll both get free money.

I hope this rundown has been helpful.  If you’ve been disappointed with out of stock situations at the Nordstrom Sale, hang in there — they will be restocking.  But remember,  popular items will sell out quickly…so don’t snooze, lest you lose;)

Again,  If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  check out my live video about it here.

Finally, one important note.  I think most of you know this, but in the interest of total transparency, I wanted to make it clear that my links are “affiliate links” so if you do purchase from them, I get a tiny commission.  When I say tiny, I mean literally pennies.  My business model is not based on affiliate commissions but rather on my paid programs and consulting work, but every bit does help, so thank you for using my links when you shop.  Of course, you don’t pay a penny more to do so.  

Oh, and speaking of my programs…..I am working on Early Access to the Fall Style System…so make sure you are on my list and following me on Facebook, and in the private Facebook Group for all the information when it becomes available in the next few days.

The Fall Style System has some new and special highlights:

 

 

  • Integration with the Fall Essentials from the past so you aren’t reinventing the wheel if you’ve been following my programs.  I will be updating the list with new links and suggestions to fill in where you are missing items.
  • A new list of Fall Trends and Add-Ons.  These are mostly optional, but they are on-trend additions to add new life to your Fall Essentials.
  • An emphasis on ACCESSORIES, with inexpensive and high-impact ways to freshen up your Fall Essentials.
  • Tips, guides, videos and special guests to help you “get B.Styled” in more areas of you life besides just clothing:  make-up and beauty tips, hair tips, dressing your body tips, and even health and exercise tips!  You deserve to look and feel your best from the inside out, so let’s all work to do that together in this wonderful, supportive group of like-minded women.  Early access will include shopping catalogs so you can take advantage of the Nordstrom Sale and get started this summer.  The Fall Outfit Formulas and daily emails will start right after Labor Day.In the meantime, get back to enjoying SUMMER, #justgetdressed….and  no more talk of Fall for a little while;)

    Cheers!
    Beth

My Favorite GREEN Picks!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!  Today we are all little Irish and I wanted to share my favorite green picks.  Green is a fun color to add to your wardrobe whether it be in a top or an accessory…Here are some ideas….Click HERE to shop the links!

Looking at these items makes me want it all…and I never thought I was a “green” person.  What a fabulous color to add to your looks this SPRING!

Speaking of SPRING…How’s your wardrobe looking?  Does it need some help?  We are having a ball over in the Spring Style System group.  I think everyone in the program would attest that its value is FAR greater than the cost.  You’ll  have easy access to my personal styling without haven’t to leave home, and build a fabulous, functional wardrobe, starting with what you already own.

Click Here to learn more and sign up! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Beth

25 Basic Wardrobe Essentials for the College Girl

Teens get a bad rap for wearing nothing but leggings and sweatshirts — and given the college lifestyle and schedule, who can blame them for falling into a comfort-seeking rut.  But you don’t have to let lounge wear (code for pj’s) become your everyday go-to.  Instead, mix things up with other items that are just as easy to throw on, and that are comfortable, cozy and still good looking. Keeping your wardrobe simple, classic and uncluttered will make life in the dorm easier too. Here are my top 25 mix & match staples you need to make it easy to #justgetdressed at college.  Click HERE for shopping suggestions.  And if you’re a mom reading this, click HERE to learn about the B.Styled Fall Essentials Challenge coming in early September.  You’re going to LOVE it;)

Now, go #justgetdressed.   Cheers, Beth

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Summer Party Dresses

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What  are you wearing this weekend to the backyard bbq or pool party? Pants can be too hot, and shorts may feel too….short, but a chic maxi dress may be just right.

Add a simple wedge sandal or flips flops. A long necklace creates a visually slimming vertical line and is easy to throw on when it’s hot out.  So simple, but a great finishing touch.

Click on the picture below more info and shopping tips.

Many of these maxi’s will transition to fall with the addition of a cardi, jean jacket or blazer. Bonus!

Speaking of the “f word”…..In my house any talk of  summer ending or back to school is strictly banned. But, let’s face it, fall really is the best time of year for clothes.  As you think about your fall wardrobe, stay tuned for info about the new B.Styled Fall Essentials Challenge.  Let me be your on-line stylist and help you shop with a purpose and a plan – and provide you with  easy, ready-made, casually elegant outfits, so you never again struggle to #justgetdressed.  Click below so you’ll hear all about it when it launches in early September.
Click Here for B.Styled Challenge News

Have a great weekend!

Now go #justgetdresssed.

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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks!

You’ll be happy to know that last night I stayed up till 2am fueled by a  combination of coffee, malbec and swedish fish – just for you.  It was a labor of love to shop the famous Nordstrom Annual Sale so I can bring  you my top picks and hopefully save you some time and money. I’ve included boots, shoes,  clothing, accessories, jackets/coats and even some picks for the men in you life.

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 10.36.30 PMI’ve trained myself not to get all in a tizzy over traditional sales because I find we often fall into the trap of buying a bunch of stuff we don’t need, just because it’s “on sale”.  Well my dear friends, this is different.  Totally different.  This is the only sale I know of that significantly discounts new styles that are just now hitting the stores  for the season (fall/winter).  When the sale ends in August, the prices go back to normal.  And let’s face it.  Nordstrom knows what they;re doing, and they do it well.  The  quality, selection  and service really can’t be beat.  My approach is shop them on-line (with wine and candy)  for the best selection –  and their free shipping, free returns (on every single order) makes t oh so easy.

Right now Nordstrom is offering cardholders Early Access to the sale.  Early Access really matters since many items sell out quickly especially in popular sizes.  If you don’t have a card, you can go to their site and sign up HERE.   Mine is a debit card, so I’m not tempted to run up any credit card debt.  And they give you points for purchases which is like free money that pops into your account and magically appear the next time you shop.

One last piece of advice.  Keep your wits about you as shop.  Shop with a plan and a purpose and focus your budget dollars on timeless essentials and wardrobe workhorses.

***To help you with this, I’ve been spending the summer developing an exciting new program that I’ll be launching around Labor Day. This promises to transform the way you look at your wardrobe and will truly help you #justgetdressed this fall.

If you’ve ever been curious about Stitch-Fix type subscription programs, you’re going to want to check out the alternative I have for you. (Hint: it will be a more affordable and much smarter way of developing your fall wardrobe.) There will be a community component too so we can share our ideas, questions and deals with one another in a fun, supportive environment. .

Make sure you’re on my mailing list so you don’t miss out.  Click HERE to join and get my free tip sheet: “4 Steps to Help you #justgetdressed (even when you don’t want to).”

So with no, further ado., click HERE to see a complete catalog of my picks.  Note that this catalog will be updated and added to throughout the sale, so bookmark the page and check back often! There is a spot under each item to post comments or questions about the item, so feel free to do that and I will respond.

Now, go #justgetdressed.

Cheers!

Beth