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Posts from — September 2012


I’ve had this dress for years. In fact, I bought it for my son’s 8th grade graduation and he’s in 11th grade now. I love the fit as it cinches in at my waist and gives me the appearance that I have one. I feel very hour-glassy in it. 🙂

Magpie Styling Tip: Draping and careful wrapping can give those of us who are short-waisted the appearance of an hour-glass figure. Look for wrap dresses or faux wraps, as they’re usually flattering to most body types. The above dress is a shirt dress that has a built in tie at the waist, giving me the appearance that I nip in at that area (which I really don’t.)

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Dress: Tahari
Sandals: J. Crew Alecia Pumps
Necklace: TJ Maxx

September 28, 2012   Comments Off on Giraffe

Ba-Bam Color

My daughter’s school had their Fall Social a few weekends ago. Obviously, it’s casual as it’s held at the church and has the usual: face painting, photo booth and other fun activities along with a Mexican Fiesta. I wanted something that was put together, yet comfy. No high heels.

Magpie Styling Tip: One ba-bam piece can make the entire outfit. Rather than find necklaces that are perfect matches, go for coordinating colors. Add a bright bag and your outfit will pop.

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Blouse: Brand Unknown; Cami from Target
Jeans: J Brand skinnies
Flats: Tory Burch metallic ballerina flats
Necklace: J. Crew Archipelago necklace (on final sale plus an extra 30% off)
Purse: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx
Belt: Banana Republic

September 27, 2012   Comments Off on Ba-Bam Color


I had a wonderful time with my Tri Delta sisters at our latest girl’s night out! Even after all these years (and believe there have been quite a few), we still try to get together at least a couple times a year, although I wish it was more frequently!

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor (again!) Peacock Henley
Wedges: Balenciaga
Necklaces: Banana Republic and Jewelmint
Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Purse: Target


September 26, 2012   1 Comment

Stick With What You Love

When I get a designer in my head, I tend to go overboard. I was so impressed with Rebecca Taylor’s fall collection that I searched on ebay to see if there was anything else I might love. I found this little number and wore it to the Playground Magazine office when I was scheduled to interview the super-impressive members of the Family Advisory Committee for Nemours Children’s Hospital.

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor
Necklace: BCBG
Sandals: Steve Madden
Belt: J. Crew

September 21, 2012   Comments Off on Stick With What You Love

October Wedding

My husband’s cousin is getting married in October. My daughter is a flower girl and I LOVE her outfit. She’s wearing a cream satin and tulle dress with purple sparkle ballet flats, an embellished belt and a purple headband. I will be wearing this Milly sheath dress. I switched it up since this picture and added a few things. See the polyvore below. I would love to carry that DVF lip purse, but I don’t own it, so I’m carrying a plain black clutch. I’ll post pictures when I actually wear it.

My Wedding Outfit

September 18, 2012   1 Comment

Casual Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinner

My daughter and I are heading to a wedding in October. She is a flower girl. The rehearsal dinner for the October wedding is casual. I absolutely love this dress and can’t wait to wear it. I showed you a sample here: Rebecca Taylor. I’m going to wear that exact styling but with the teal clutch. As you can see, my version of this dress has a teal silk top. I will also bring a black blazer to wear over it just in case it’s cold.
For my daughter, I bought the following. She picked them out!
Sofia Rehearsal Dinner 2
Sofia Rehearsal Dinner?

September 18, 2012   Comments Off on Casual Rehearsal Dinner


Magpie Styling Tip: Embellished and leather sleeves are a huge trend for Fall/Winter. I especially love the tee shirts with embellished sleeves as it gives the item a little more oomph. Plus, you can dress it up and down. Take the above blouse–easy to wear casual like I did. However, you can easily style it with a pencil skirt to wear to work, or with leather for a going-out outfit.

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Top: Rebecca Taylor Nailhead Silk Tee
Jeans: Gap Sexy Boyfriend jeans
Shoes: DVF Diane Von Furstenberg Seine Bootie
Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Elizabeth and James
Belt and Necklace: Banana Republic

Going Out Set
Work Look

September 17, 2012   Comments Off on Embellished


I am totally digging this oxblood/burgandy color this season. It feels so Fall-ish to me. I recently got these wedge boots to wear for everyday. They aren’t too high, are super comfy and they look great with dresses too.

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Top: Buffalo via Dillards, vegan leather trimmed tee
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar
Wedge Boots: Antonio Melani
Belt, Necklace and Earrings: Target

September 15, 2012   1 Comment

Rebecca Taylor

Designer Rebecca Taylor totally rocked it this Fall season. I am in love with everything! She currently has a promotion going on for $25, $75 or $100 off, depending on how much you buy. I bought this awesome dress that I will wear to the casual rehearsal dinner for a wedding in October.

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor Leather Combo dress. This snaps at the neck, you can make it a sexier, drapey version by unsnapping it.
Shoes: Balenciaga
Necklaces: Tuni’s, Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic (lots of layered chains)
Bracelet: TJ Maxx

September 14, 2012   7 Comments

A Little Bit of Fall

I am so ready for Fall! This burgandy color is a hot one this season. Looking for something new? Try a pair of burgandy jeans–love them!

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Sweater: J.Crew Tippi Sweater
Necklace: Banana Republic
Jeans: J.Crew high heel flare
Booties: Ann Taylor military booties
Belt: J.Crew leopard belt

September 10, 2012   2 Comments