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*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Mandi who is loving a hand-me-down purple coat!

I’m getting more and more requests for fashion posts. {Um, apparently, you guys haven’t seen me out in my yoga pants smelling like baby spit-up.} So when a girlfriend from my old college days contacted me about hosting a giveaway featuring the well known accessories business, Stella & Dot, I figured it’d be a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. You get a fashion post and a giveaway in one!

Okay, so fashion. Let me start off by saying that I think moms are allowed to be fashionable without feeling guilty. I also think we are allowed to have pajama/sweat pants/yoga pants days every once in a while. You know, for good measure. Personally, I find it easiest to get dressed first thing in the morning. Otherwise, it’s noon and I’m still in my pajamas and I don’t see the point of dirtying more clothes. Call it irrational rationalization. If I set aside just five minutes in the morning to get dressed, I feel more prepared – if only physically – for my day.

My days usually consist of getting the boys off to school {Layne rides the bus or I walk him to school & Everett has to be driven to/picked up from morning preK}, running errands, breastfeeding, cooking and taking the kids to gymnastics…with maybe some cleaning, DIYing and blogging thrown into the mix when I have the time. There’s nothing glamorous about my day. It’s probably very similar to what a lot of you have going on.

My style tends to go along with my non-glamorous lifestyle. I’m all about comfort: jeans, leggings, flats, boots, cotton shirts, loose blouses. I rarely wear dresses or skirts. I think the last time I wore heels was to a wedding last summer. As in summer 2011. I don’t follow trends. I’m more apt to invest in one high quality classic piece that will be in my closet for years instead of only a few months. My fashion style and interior design style are similar. In general, I like mostly neutral staple pieces with pops of color in my accessories and some subtle feminine bling. It makes for easy mixing and matching so I’m not wearing the same exact outfit day in and day out. Sure, I’ll wear the same pair of jeans several times in one week but I’ll wear them with different tops, jewelry and shoes to get multiple looks.

Here’s an example of something I would wear on a regular ol’ day:

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1 – I wear earrings nearly every single day. I think they make my face look less tired and instantly dress up whatever I’m wearing. I like shiny studs, feminine danglies and classic hoops. Nowadays, I’m usually sporting simple studs because a certain little lady has taken to pulling my dangly earrings.

2 – I’m a brunette {with a few grays popping up!} and like the way a light colored shirt looks on me contrasting with my hair. White, ivory, champagne or even a light heather gray are my top go-to top colors. ‘Top go-to top colors’ – did you get that? Those basic colors go with just about anything. If my bottoms are form-fitting {think skinny jeans or leggings} I’ll wear a loose, flowing blouse for contrast. If my bottoms are classic in shape {think bootleg} I’ll wear a fitted top or a sleeveless shirt that shows off my arms.

3 – Like earrings, necklaces have a way of bringing some life to my face. I need life in my face. I love any and all necklaces but I’ve found that daintier ones fit my petite build better than bib-like ones.

4 – Jeans. My number one fashion staple. The better the fit, the more I like them. I’m not a spontaneous clothing shopper but I’ve been known to snag a pair of jeans on a whim when the fit is just right. Which doesn’t happen often. I’ve learned to look for jeans with some stretch to them.

5 – I use my shoes to express my mood. If I’m feeling especially happy or energetic, I’ll bust out some girly flats. If I’m tired or having an ‘off’ day, I’ll resort to casual tennies. Most days, I prefer my leather boots. Thank goodness it’s fall!

6 – I always try to include one pop of color. It can be a bag, earrings, a necklace or bracelet. Sometimes it’s my top. I’ve been told I look good in yellow, coral and red-orange so I mostly use those colors to shake things up. I would love to upgrade my five-year-old blah brown wallet to a fun and poppy wristlet! A bright color would be easy to find in the diaper bag when I’m quickly running inside somewhere for just a few minutes and don’t need to bring all the baby paraphernalia.

Enough talk about me. Let’s talk about YOU. Specifically, free stuff YOU could win! See giveaway details below.

PRIZE: $50 credit to Stella & Dot PLUS a foundation bracelet of your choice

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. shipping address {no P.O. boxes please} to enter. FYI – Those are the terms of the giveaway but Stella & Dot is available in Canada, the U.K. and Germany. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “FASHION FOR ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Thursday, October 11th at 9:00 p.m. EST. One random winner will be announced Friday, October 12th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since we’re talking fashion… what’s your favorite item to wear right now? Is it a newly acquired engagement ring or wedding band? A warm scarf? A happy smile? I already alluded to mine – my leather boots. I love them with leggings or skinny jeans.

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: Shop House*Tweaking’s trunk show online this week for a chance to win the hostess rewards! That’s right, as an extra ‘thank you’ I’m handing over the hostess rewards to one lucky shopper.

For styling advice, check out Marianne’s facebook page.

*To show you guys how much I appreciate your support over on Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest, I’ll be back later today with another unique giveaway! THANK YOU and stay tuned.*

images: polyvore collage by Dana Miller, linked within

413 Comments

08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!

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Fashion for me! Seeing as I’m currently 18w pregnant with my second child, my favorite thing to wear right now is yoga pants. Pants + pregnancy do not mix! This girl needs some comfort!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!! I love wearing a scarf right know, my favorite outfit is skinny jeans with flats and a nice shirt and scarf.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Loving my new dangly earrings this week!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Everyday I wear earrings that look like my old cat – I bought them on etsy – seriously, they look exactly like Mr. O! He was 14 when I had to have him euthanized this summer. Now I see his cute face every time I look in the mirror.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Been loving an orange scarf lately :-) seems to be my go to lately.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I love my silver hoops most days, but earrings in general are definitely my go-to accessory.

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08.October.2012

Fashion for me! Fashion for fall is my favorite..skinny jeans/leggings with cozy sweaters and boots. Add in a scarf if it’s really chilly and layer, layer, layer. I live in Wisconsin so now that it’s October it’s time to cozy up with clothes.

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08.October.2012

“FASHION FOR ME!”
My days are not glamorous, as I visit the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor, doing home visits for Amerigroup, but I do not do nursey things now, just talk and intake, so I can wear whatever I want. I try to dress up to some extent, as a sign of respect, and yet not look like I’m a zillionaire, which I’m not, but in contrast to them, it might feel that way. So, what I am trying to say, is that I try to strike a balance of bringing in light without the glare. I opt for loose casual, all cotton, and generally lighter colors to keep my face light and not drawn. I wear a simple necklace that my daughter gave me (she says it’s like signing a contract when giving me jewelry because I never want to take off something one of my kids gives me). ANYWAY, I would love love love to win this giveaway 1) because I have never won a giveaway 2) because I have a 24 year old daughter that would be so proud of me if I stepped up my glam a bit!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Now that fall is upon us, my favorite accessory is a scarf – warm and cute!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I wear a scarf almost everyday during the colder months.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! My gold Stella and Dot earrings. As I am home with my kids all day, I love putting these on for a bit of glamour.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Thank goodness cool, fall weather is back – I love my skinnies and grey leather boots with a pashmina in any jewel tone!

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08.October.2012

Fashion for ME!! My everyday go-tos are earrings, I always have them on, even in my sweats because it makes me feel more girly. Usually it’s just studs, but I like to wear big fashion earrings on occasion. Since it’s fall, my next fashion must is a scarf and boots – so warm and cozy!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!!!! My favorite to wear is hats. Cute girly beanies when there is snow on the ground, all sorts of hats!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I love to wear a scarf & boots!

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08.October.2012

Fashion for me! I bought a long sweater last year and I’ve been wearing it all the time. It’s like wearing a robe all day, but since it’s a sweater, it somehow seems more acceptable.

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08.October.2012

Fashion For Me!! I love to wear a comfy cardigan!

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08.October.2012

“FASHION FOR ME!” I love that it is finally getting cooler because I love scarves.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I’m a grad student on a grad student budget, so my “uniform” is jeans with an embellished tank and cardigan. Every. Single. Day. I’m trying to mix it up, though, since I’m getting so bored with it and it’ll be another year before I can finally buy a professional wardrobe. Last week I bought and wore the first bracelet I’ve ever managed to keep on for the whole day. That doesn’t sound like a big step, but it was!

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08.October.2012

Fashion for me! Scarves and boots are my favorites right now… the only bright spot to the cold weather. :)

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! My heavier trouser jeans come out in the fall!

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08.October.2012

Fashion for me! I always wear my favorite necklace…a classic silver slide with my monogram, a gift from my daughter 16 yrs ago, when she was 10.

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08.October.2012

Fashion for me!!!

I’m loving that boot season has arrived!! They are my go-to item now that I’m almost 7 months pregnant. :)

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I love that the cooler weather is here – I have a great light sweater – almost more like a pashmina – that I wear a lot in the fall….

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08.October.2012

“FASHION FOR ME!”

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I just bought a new pair of awesome black boots that are my fave right now. Too bad I live in New Orleans so we are still having temps in the 80s. But those black boots are ready for fall whenever it gets here!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I always wear earrings and an arm of bracelets to make me feel more put together!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!! I’m obsessed with scarves right now — cotton, knit, wool — I love them all! :)

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! My major go-to is earrings and a watch. I don’t feel put together until I have those on!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I am 8 months pregnant, and my favorite thing to wear is a beautiful blue wrap top with a rope tie that I found at a local outlet, Hatley (they are more well known for kids clothes). What I love about it is that I can still wear it when I’m not pregnant, which is always my goal with buying maternity clothing!

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08.October.2012

I am not eligible but thanks for mentioning this is also available in Germany! :) I have just visited their German site and found the items you present here. And for reasonable prices, too. Thanks! I love your style!
Jule from inside9B

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replied on October 8th, 2012

And they have this super cute “mom” charm!!! *in love*

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Love that I’m getting to wear scarves again…

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08.October.2012

fashion for me !!!!!!! Scarves. are in and I have using to complete an outfit. My hair is longer and I am wearing larger earrings. Just lost 15 lbs and feel better about myself.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!!!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Now that it’s fall, I am rarely caught without a cardigan and scarf.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Loving me some warm, high boots right now!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I am always cold, so I usually wear several layers – a long sleeve T, a blazer or jacket, a scarf, etc.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!

Loving that the cooler weather is here so I can bust out all of my wooly scarves!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I’m in the middle of fighting one of the nastiest colds I’ve had in a long time, so sadly, there’s not much fashion going on for me at the moment. I could use some help! ;)

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I’m actually getting back into dresses for work, and now tights with the cooler weather.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!

I work from home full time, and it’s been incredibly hot in Southern California, so I am usually in some comfy yoga pants and a tank top. Soon it might actually start feeling like fall, to which I will be living in scarves and sweaters.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Right now, anything that’s relatively fitted to accentuate my growing baby bump is good in my book.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Since fall weather is here, I am all about the scarves. I get cold very easily, so they actually serve more a practical function than just fashion.

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME!” I love cute head wraps!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I always put on a little lip color. I think it distracts from the tired mama eyes! :) I love those little earrings you featured, going straight on to my birthday wish list!

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08.October.2012

Fashion for me! Thanks for your generosity. I thought that “jeggings” we’re ridiculous until I tried some on and ohmygoodness they are so comfortable!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Definitely my engagement ring!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! I’m all about the flowy shirts and skinny jeans these days!

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08.October.2012

fashion for me!

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08.October.2012

FASHION FOR ME! Love my boots too. One of the great things about fall!

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