Wear something fierce

 

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Channeling my inner Kate Moss in this oversized jacket by somedays lovin’. I’ve been wearing this topper all winter long!  Gold shades and hi=waist skinnies finish out the look.

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

Jacket: somedays lovin (No longer available – Purchased at Aimee boutique
Cami: BCBG (No longer available – Similar option from Express here)
Pants: Rag & Bone (No longer available – Similar Rag & Bone option here)
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (Similar option from Steve Madden here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Dior 

The Perfect Winter White Cardigan

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This oversized, winter white cardigan is the perfect addition for any wardrobe. It has a casual, bulky feel but the color, yarn-like texture and cool pockets make it look way more fashion-forward.

This has been my go to for so many occasions! It can be paired with absolutely everything from boyfriend jeans and a colorful scarf to a sexy dress.

Living in the Midwest, it is harder to sport dresses or skin-baring apparel during winter months.  I just want to wear a parka and not take it off for four months. The hubby would NOT appreciate that.

So… for a night on the town, I think it okay to show some skin. I actually wore the above outfit to a New Year’s Eve cocktail party.

My advice!? Keep it seasonally appropriate with winter-inspired layering pieces that add warmth and the textures that remind you of the season – fur, leather, suede, wool, etc. Booties (extra points for OTK styles) or close-toed options are the best way to go!

Without the sweater, this dress would leave me feeling way too exposed. As spring approaches, I’ll wear the dress like a top over leather leggings and pair with fun cage heels. A denim jacket thrown over the top will keep it fun and laid back.

Dress: Spotlight Dress from STYLESTALKER (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)
Cardigan: J.O.A.  On Sale Now! (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)

Note: Aimee Boutique will ship any items if you don’t live local.  Just follow their Instagram account for new styles arriving weekly. ; )

All photos by Andrea Altman Photograhy

Your Guide to NYE Party Looks

We’re only a few days out from the big night. What will you be wearing?

Whether you head to the fanciest steak joint with your loved one, gather with old friends for food and laughter or paint the town red with your girls, this is the perfect night to show a bit more skin or wear something flashier. Think silk, sequins, leather and lace! Below are a few styles that work great for ringing in the New Year.

1) Sport a cape top with silky shorts and suede heels. The blouse provides a little more breathing room for a night of overindulgence and the sleeves add proportion to bare legs in winter months.

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Shirt: Olivaceous (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar dress in black – ON SALE.
Shorts: BCBGeneration (No longer available). Similar here – ON SALE.
Shoes: B Brian Atwood (No longer available).  Try this great, affordable style.

2) Try a flirty romper with a feminine bag and strappy heels.  I love that this romper covers a bit more skin than most on the market. Again, play off proportions and show some leg but keep arms and chest covered. Or vice versa. You could also do a longer pant jumpsuit with a strapless top!  The open back and flouncy short bottom on this one offers subtle sex appeal without going over-the-top. See links below for a variety of jumpsuit/romper options.

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Romper: The Fifth Label (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar here. See other styles here.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Shades: Quay Australia (purchased at Aimee boutique)

3) Wear Sequins.  Hanging with friends at home? Dress the jacket down with flare jeans, pumps and a fun graphic tee. Or dress it up with a silk cami and black pants for a night on the town.

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Sequin Jacket: MinkPink (purchased at Aimee boutique).
Pants: Rag & Bone. Similar here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (No longer available). Similar here.

4) You can NEVER go wrong with a LBD.  This one by Amanda Uprichard comes in a faded black and features a beautiful high neckline which is very of-the-moment. I’ll keep it simple and pair with fun earrings or a gold cuff and black heels for a “classic, can’t fail”  look. Top with a leather jacket for extra oomph and added warmth when bar hopping.

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Dress: Amanda Uprichard (purchased at Aimee boutique). See other Amanda Uprichard styles here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Moto Jacket: Banana Republic

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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I’ve absolutely loved this time of year for as long as I can remember.  As a little girl, we’d go to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house and eat too much, play card games at the kitchen table and dance to Jambalaya in the living room. I’d stay up late to wait for Santa and then wake up so early on Christmas morning to discover what toys he left.

Last night and today, my husband and I enjoyed so many of these same traditions but through the eyes of our children. Nothing is more special.

I feel so at peace after tucking the babies in after a fun but hectic day. With all of the bad in this World, there is still so much good. A magical day of joy, family and laughter was much needed… and a day we’ll never forget.

Sending my love and God’s blessings to each and everyone of you.

– Erica

Tomorrow will be a day full of shopping, exchanges and returns.

If you happen to live in the Des Moines metro, consider shopping local. This beautiful Milly top was purchased at Sahar’s Salon and Day Spa. In addition to top notch hair stylists and the best spa experience you can find, the clothing options are to-die-for. I’ve scored some great pieces on sale at affordable prices and have found other stunning one-of-a-kind pieces  for special occasions. Stop in this weekend and check it out… even if you just need a well-deserved massage.

Shirt: Milly (from Sahar’s Salon and Day Spa)
Pants: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Similar here!
Boots: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Similar here!
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (from Aimee boutique)

 

 

 

Holiday Ready: Go Casual

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Christmas is just under a week away and the related events seem like a daily occurrence. From a get together with family and friends, to the annual work function or even the hottest cocktail party of the year, I have an outfit for every occasion – including holiday attire. This  week, I’ll share some of my favorite styles as well as a few options to consider for New Year’s Eve.

Look one is my go-to for all things casual. 

Major retail brands showcase sequins, furs and cashmere as if everywhere I go will be a fancy black tie gala. Umm, wrong.

In reality, I’m two doors down hanging with neighbor friends, our kids are running wild in the basement and I’ve inhaled half a cheese ball with my glass of wine. If not there, you’ll find me watching State belt out Jingle Bells at his preschool program or opening presents and enjoying brunch with family.

For all of these times, I want to look cute but not overdressed.

This top by Wildfox Couture worn with a pair of on-trend flare jeans and simple black pumps works for all occasions!

This brand has the CUTEST casual gear and festive options for major holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween. I adore cozy and quirky apparel that is fashionable AND machine washable. As a mom of two young kiddos with sticky fingers, I very much appreciate that.

Style tips: To mix it up, I also pair this top with black skinnies and suede ankle booties or lighter denim skinnies and Converse sneakers. Going for the snowman over a Christmas tree or reindeer option, I can wear this top all winter!

Shirt: Wildfox Couture (purchased mine at Aimee boutique)
Jeans: Velvet (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar here.
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff Mini Julian Backpack (Here in Red)

 

Ultimate Vegas Outfit

I love Las Vegas so I was excited to showcase a few looks I’d wear in Sin City — inspired by some of the most beautiful Las Vegas hotels.

I’m no stranger to The Strip. Between getaways with KT and our annual trip with close friends, to tradeshows with the client and colleagues, I spend upwards of 20 days a year in Vegas. I love that it offers something for everyone: luxury resorts, incredible eats, never ending nightlife options, sightseeing tours, high-end shopping experiences, lazy days poolside, gambling and more!

Below I share where I stay, eat, shop, drink and sit poolside… and a little outfit inspiration for each!

So join me now as we spend a day together in Vegas.

Book a Room
In summer months, my husband and I go for the pool experience so I love to be at Caesars Palace.

For a little upgrade, book a room in the Palace Tower. For the ultimate luxurious experience, check out NOBU Hotel (inside of Caesars). The Japanese-inspired décor is to-die-for, the service is on-point and you get priority access to Nobu restaurant.

In fall and winter months, consider Aria. A corner suite provides full panoramic views of the beautiful mountains not far from The Strip!

Traveling on a budget? Rooms at The Linq are renovated, modern and clean.

Airport Style & Check In
I always go comfy but skip the sweats. A graphic sweatshirt, skinnies and white sneakers do the trick until after we get checked in and unpacked for the weekend.

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Shirt: Spiritual Gangster. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Jeans: AG legging ankle jeans
Shoes: Derek Lam 10 Crosby (Sold Out). Other sneakers here.

Grab Breakfast & Hit the Pool
I’m starving after a long morning of travel but anxious to get to the pool. A gorgeous tunic or hi-low kaftan is easy to throw on over a bikini and appropriate for dining.

Mon Ami Gabi at The Paris is a great place for a late breakfast. We enjoy the open air environment while sipping on mimosas. The eggs benedict is always a great choice.

Before we hit up Venus Pool Club at Ceasars, we always stop for a drink at Fortuna Pool and say hi to our favorite bartenders Kevin and Eric. The pool behind the bar features a swim-up blackjack table if you want to test your luck!

European pools call for sexy swimwear. I always pack some of my favorite brands: Lolli, Mikoh and Acacia.

Note: Many of the pools close in late October.

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Kaftan Dress: BCBG (This print is no longer available). Similar here.
Tunic: The Jetset Diaries. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Sunglasses: Dior. Purchased at Optica Caesars.
Bow bikini: Lolli (No longer available) Similar options here.
One piece: Mikoh
Black bikini: Acacia

Let’s Go Shopping
When the pools aren’t open in Vegas, no worries. There is still so much to do.

We like to sleep in, grab a pastry from Jean Philippe Patisserie and then head out to do some shopping at the Forum Shops at Ceasars or Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. You must check out Alexis Bittar, Banana Republic, BCBG, Scoop NYC, Ted Baker, Sephora and Stuart Weitzman.

When shopping, several eateries are dispersed throughout. If you want a place that is good but not too fancy, Grand Luxe Café (off the casino floor at The Venetian) has a large menu and affordable prices. The huevos rancheros are fantastic. Tip: You can skip the lines and sit at the bar for immediate service!

What to wear for a day of shopping:  Flare jeans with a floral silk blouse and gold rimmed shades! This outfit plays off of the 70s trend and is fashionable enough when stepping into luxury retail destinations. A mini backpack is the perfect size for my room key, gloss, phone and spending cash. Booties or flats are great for shopping. Throw on some new heels for lunch and a cocktail.

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Shirt: Amanda Uprichard. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Jeans: Velvet. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Lariat Necklace:  Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Dior. Purchased at Optica Caesars.
Shoes: Banana Republic

Meet the Guys for Gamble and Cocktails
It wouldn’t feel quite like Vegas without a visit to O’Sheas Casino and Bar. After shopping and lunch with the gals, we meet up with the guys to catch part of a game, play a little blackjack and throw back redbull vodkas while watching the other patrons participate in a beer pong tournament. Anything goes at this fun, lively bar inside The Linq.

Take in the Nightlife
STK at The Cosmopolitan has an in-house DJ and lively bar scene which makes it such a fun spot to dine with a group or as a couple. The people are sexy, the music is great and the food doesn’t disappoint.

After eats, we  hit up a lounge for music and cocktails but absolutely recommend taking in a show during a weekend in Vegas. Last year, we went to the racy and raunchy Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Soooo good if you can handle a foul-mouthed host and some mild nudity.

Want a casual night off The Strip? Check out the one-of-a-kind Frankie’s Tiki Room.

My nightly ensembles always vary depending on my mood, the company, festivities in the works and more, but below are a couple looks you might see me wear in Vegas. Both are also great holiday options!

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Look 1:
Dress: Stylestalker. Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Sunglasses: Dior. Purchased at Optica Caesars.

Look 2:
Sequin Jacket: MinkPink Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Pants: Rag & Bone. Similar here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (No longer available). Similar here.

All photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Book Your Next Stay
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Fall Wardrobe Roundup

Wow. Where has the time gone?

I’ve not shared several looks I’ve been wearing over the past month or so. Rather than post like a mad woman, I thought I’d share many of the styles in one roundup and a few ways I’ll continue to wear these pieces into winter.

All photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Go Weekend Casual
I LOVE this effortlessly sexy top. The colors and pattern make it very versatile and the open back shows just enough skin to make it fun for an afternoon date with the hubby. Here I wore with black jeans and brown suede booties but this top would look great with flare jeans and circular sunnies or with white jeans/cut offs and leather sandals in summer months.

Shirt: Some Days Lovin  Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Jeans: J Brand
Booties: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Similar here.

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Play Off Proportions
Play off proportions with an oversized sweater (BCBG), lace-up black pants (Rag & Bone) and chic booties (Alexander Wang). The look is sexy enough for dinner or a night out with friends, but still says colder weather cozy.

Note: All items purchased last year but try these options!
Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater
Fun Leggings
Black Booties

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Wear a Crewneck Sweater Multiple Ways
Wide leg jeans and caramel booties. Gauchos and block heels. Denim skirt and D’Orsay pumps. This Banana Republic sweater looks great with just about anything. In colder months, swap these items for skinny jeans and taupe calf-hair booties or dark flare jeans and suede pumps. Drape a blanket scarf over your shoulders and cinch your waist with a belt. With this bold orange sweater, I’d pair with a fun plaid for extra style points! Try this one, here.

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Pair Masculine and Feminine Items
You’ve probably noticed by now that I almost always juxtapose more feminine pieces with something a bit masculine. This black A.L.C. hooded, sleeveless sweater was heavy enough to provided added warmth on cooler mornings and added a little edge to a fluted, print skirt.

Maximize your investment this winter by pairing a skirt with thick black tights, chunky oxfords and a cashmere sweater. Or keep it flirty and tights free with over-the-knee boots! Like the top? Wear with an oversized blazer or cocoon coat and slim boyfriend jeans. Ballet flats and a feminine, crossbody bag will provide the perfect balance.

Sweater: Intermix (No longer available).
Skirt:
Banana Republic

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Consider Color-blocking
Amp up simple black skinnies with a cozy sweater with a fun pattern and booties.

Jeans: J Brand
Sweater: Sonia Rykiel (No longer available). Try this one.
Booties: Rag & Bone

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Menswear Street Style
A silk white blouse and black pants are street chic with oversized shades, suede pumps and a fedora.

Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: 3.1 Phillip Lim Thick Frame Sunglasses.
Hat: Scoop NYC

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Rock a Graphic Tee
Graphic tees are so fun and easy to throw on with  denim. Wildfox and ElevenParis are some of my favorite brands but I love this piston rose tee from friend and hot rod builder Bodie Stroud of B.S. Industries.

His shop has completed more than 30 custom hot rods — some for celebrities including Tim Allen and Johnny Depp. You may also recognize Bodie from the hit show Monster Garage where he starred with builder Jesse James. Check out his line of apparel here!

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Paisley with a Pop of Color
I wore this feminine blouse with cropped, patio pants to my daughter’s baptism earlier this fall. The cage like sandals and waistcoat add a little edge and make the look more fashion forward.

Shirt: Intermix (No longer available). Jumpsuit in same pattern here.
Pants: J. Crew Note: Try in wool options for winter!
Shoes: Donald Pliner (No longer available). Similar here.
Coat: Zara
Clutch: BCBGeneration (No longer available).

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Dress Up Boyfriend Jeans
Dress up boyfriend jeans with red suede pumps and a boyfriend blazer or throw on leopard loafers and a black blouse for some casual but sexy va va voom. Keep it office appropriate with a cami underneath and non-distressed styles.

Blazer: Banana Republic (No longer available)
Jeans: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Great affordable option here. Less distressed option here.
Loafers: Jimmy Choo (No longer available). Similar here. And here.
Blouse: BCBG (No longer available). Similar here.
Pumps: Chinese Laundry

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