Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chambray Summer Lookbook






Bella Dahl Chambray Shirt (similar here and here)  |  
Polka Dot Dress (old) (similar here and here)  |
t+j Designs Gold Chain Link Necklace (a bestseller and a great deal!)  |
White Crystal Pyramid Bracelet  |  Bow Ring to launch 9/4

To belt or not to belt is the question?  In my first photo I'm belted, in the second photo I'm not.  My hubby liked me without the belt so it was removed for the outing.  This dress is actually a strapless number and I didn't want to wear a strapless bra so an easy fix was to wear a chambray shirt over the dress.   One of my best purchases this summer,  my shoes!  I've been wearing them everywhere all summer and love the comfort and the bronzy gold color.  

Since launching t+j Designs, I've been in love with gold and rose gold accessories.  Recently my hubby purchased me a gold rolex for my push present (a present for pushing out a child :) and BCBG sent me this beautiful rose gold Stud Link Watch I'm wearing in my post.  I, like everyone else, has a gold Michael Kors watch, but I love that I now have options to update my wrist with.

So looking forward to the long weekend, is it Friday yet?  

*Ready for some stellar sales?  I am!  Check out my t+j Designs jewelry sale - additional items added and free shipping for orders over $15!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Neon Print Lookbook





Kenneth Cole Silk Tank (old) (similar here and here)   |
Glitter Louboutin (similar Louboutin here and here)  |  Zara clutch
Luxe Baubles Necklace to launch on 9/4 (sign up for email updates here)

Recently wore this to our friend's rehearsal dinner in San Diego.  Found this fantastic skirt at Cusp and dressed up with some sparkles in my shoes and accessories.  Seeing these pics make me miss California already!  My wonderful parents flew down and took care of Grant while the hubby and I joined in on the festivities.  My parents were over the moon taking care of Grant; in the past month he has learned to smile, giggle and recognize people, it is pretty amazing.  

It is one of those weeks again where I've got a list of things to do and trying to balance being a mom and working.  I have part time help, but it is getting harder as he loves to interact with me at all times.  Since having Grant I seem to be forgetful and sometimes overwhelmed. Owing your own business has it's perks but I work a lot.  Next week we launch some beautiful luxe pieces for t+j Designs, including this necklace I'm wearing.  Excited but swamped.  If you are loving some of the pieces I've shown on the blog or instagram (redsolesandredwine), don't forget to sign up for email updates here  and/or like the t+j Designs Facebook page.

Hope your having a great week so far.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Forever 21 and Coach Lookbook





  Forever 21 top (similar in a print, similar here)  |  
Forever 21 Pleated Faux Leather Skirt (love these two similar and great price!  here and here)  |
Christian Louboutin Pumps  |
t+j Designs jewelry: Gold Chain Link Necklace (love and affordable!)  | 
Gold Textured Chain Bracelet (comes in 3 sizes, great for small wrists too)  |  
Gold Luxe Braided Bracelet  |  Luxe Pave Bow Ring to launch 9/4

A couple weeks ago I mentioned my obsession with the pleated mini, well I got this Forever 21 skirt as well as the Alice + Olivia one I've been coveting.  I love both of them for different reasons, but the Forever 21 skirt is a great budget piece for $23.  Asos would be the next place I would search for a great budget faux or real leather skirt and found these here and here I love.  

I'm not a stickler in following fashion rules, for instance I love mixing black and brown, gold and silver, and breaking the white rule (wearing it after labor day or before memorial day) and mixed my cognac bag with my black and white ensemble. I'm loving my Coach Legacy Penny Purse; I was in search of the perfect small cross body and this fits all my essentials.  They recently launched their Legacy collection; inspired by their archives, Coach has some fantastic pieces in a variety of colors.

Hope your having a great weekend, can't believe September is right around the corner.  

*Sunday is the last day to receive a FREE Love Necklace gift with purchase, check out my jewelry line t+j Designs for details.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Repeated







#1 Look: Zara top  |  Stitch Denim  |  Zara shoes  |
Hermes bracelet  | t+j Designs 24k Large Gold Chain Bracelet (new arrivals!)

#2 Look:  Equipment top (love this one and this one for fall)  |  Stitch Denim  |
Louboutin Pumps  |  Hermes bracelet  |  Gold Rolex (my push present) |
t+j Designs bracelets  |  Necklace to launch next month

Wearing my whites as much as I can before labor day.  I love my skinny white denim but I seem to always get food on me the minute I have a meal.  Good thing these denim are easy to wash.  One of my repeat outfits - a button down blouse, my white skinnies, and some heels.

Been working lots and recently went to San Diego and LA for a mini vacation.  So nice to get away.  This summer has flown by and enjoying every minute of it with my son and hubby.  Happy Friday and hope your enjoying the summer too.

*Our Link Bracelets are budget friendly starting at $15! Been wearing this one everyday (as seen in my looks).  Also more bow jewelry has launched, check it out here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My home - CS Interiors

I was very excited when CS Interiors ask to feature my home and the designers that made my living and dining room my favorite space.  The photo shoot was taken in month of two of baby taking over our lives, so although it looks perfect in the shots, our daily lives are now trying to cover our furniture and full of baby stuff everywhere.




The photographer took beautiful shots of our home.  I love my designers and if you live in Chicago and looking for help in your home, you should definitely talk to Summer & Whitney.  Check out her website here.  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chanel & Polka Dots Lookbook






Chanel bag (old)  |  Forever 21 Sunglasses  |  Christian Louboutin Pumps  |  
LAUNCH 8/21:  24k Gold Large Link Bracelet |  Starburst Ring  |

Keeping my polka dot obsession going with this skirt; go big or go home.  Getting ready for a big launch of new items Tuesday.  Be sure to check out our whole collection of link bracelets and a collection of bow items as they have been selling out quickly.  Check out our jewelry here!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pops of Color Lookbook






 Joseph Top (similar 123)  |  Zara skirt (old) (similar here and here)  |  
Chanel Clutch (old)  |  Miu Miu Sandals (similar budget find here)  |
t+j Designs jewelry (all items worn here under $30):  
Lemon Teardrop Necklace  |  Rhinestone Friendship Bracelet Set  | Arm Candy Bracelet Set  |
Gold Star Crystal Ring  |  Bow Ring  |

#3 look with my Joseph stripe top this week.  A little wind in my hair and changing it up with pops of color in various places. I do love color in my wardrobe but the easiest place to add color to an outfit is in jewelry.

I'm sure you'll see this stripe top again, but which of the three outfits were your favorite?





Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Camo Stripe Lookbook







Zara Camo Jacket  |  Joseph Top (similar 123)  |  
American Eagle Boyfit Crop Jeans |  Christian Louboutin Pumps (similar leopard Louboutin)  |
Chanel Bag  |  Forever 21 Sunglasses  |
t+j Designs Crystal Cuff  |  Luxe Chain Crystal Necklace  |

Look #2 with my Joseph stripe top - I got these AE boyfit jeans a while ago, the fit and price are perfect.  A great weekend look and easy to wear, a pair of boyfriends and a stripe knit.  It cooled down a bit in Chicago and was a bit windy last week so I paired the ensemble with a recent Zara camo jacket.

What's great about a stripe top is it pairs well with most prints; leopard, floral, camouflage.  I like that it brings a touch of preppy against a tougher or busier print.  This is a definite repeat outfit for me.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sweet Stripes Lookbook






Joseph Stripe Top (love these options 1, 2, 3)  |  KTR Collection Skirt  |  
J. Crew Pumps  |  Celine Tote  | Hermes Bracelet  |
Gold Star Ring  | Bow Earrings and Link Bracelet to launch 8/21

This Joseph stripe top I'm wearing is one of my favorites;  I thought I would show how versatile it is  with different outfit posts this week.  This first look is a bit on the Christmas side with the red and the green, but I like it mixed with the navy and blue stripes.  The skirt reminds me of Kate Spade, but more affordable and made by a fellow blogger, don't you love it? (check out her collection here).

This week has been full of activities:  I was introduced to NYDJ and their fall collection.  They had a variety  of beautiful denim in different colors, prints, and fits.  The best thing about NYDJ - their special lift and tuck technology designed to make you look and feel smaller.  I got a pair of black denim and the stretch and feel of them are awesome.

Tiffany and Co. is celebrating it's 175th anniversary and I was invited to preview some jewels.  What girl doesn't love champagne & jewelry at Tiffany's?  I viewed an engagement ring over 5 carats that was retailing over $400,000, wow was it stunning (both the price and the ring). 

My sister and I celebrated our one year anniversary since launching t+j Designs.  It has been an amazing year and I look forward to growing more.  Without my readers and customers I wouldn't be able to do what I love.  I can't thank you enough for your support.
Our special friends and family 25% off everything deal ends Sunday night, use code TJFF.  

Relaxing and spending some great quality time with my family.  Hope your enjoying the weekend, it always goes by too fast.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Coveting - Cross Body Mini Bag vs Clutch

I've been coveting a cross body mini bag or a nice neutral clutch; both would be great for traveling or when I head out to dinner.  I was surprised to find these designer bags/clutch for under $700; they come in different colors too in each style.  Can't seem to decide between all of these. . . 


Which is your favorite?  Cross body or clutch?  

Happy Friday and weekend.  Don't forget about my friends and family at t+j Designs!  25% off with code TJFF.  Ends Sunday.  Who doesn't need new jewelry - especially since we strive to make most items under $30.  


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Black & White Lookbook





Strong & Dickerson Vest (in love with this vest for 60% off)  |  J. Crew Tank  |  
Pleasure Doing Business Skirt  |  Sam Edelman Sandals (on sale and so comfy)  |
*Friends and Family sale at t+j Designs, use code TJFF for 25% off everything

An easy black and white outfit with items you've seen me wear.  These days I am struggling with balance - work, life, being a mom, wife and friend.  I try hard to give everything I do 110% and some weeks are harder than some and this was one of them.  Blogging is a great outlet for me; I love styling clothes and accessories and my readers are so encouraging with comments but sometimes it's a bit harder to get motivated.  My lists grow longer and I always manage to get everything done, but my time to relax gets sacrificed.  I'm working on balance, enjoying my family time as much as possible, and hopefully having less meltdowns :).

Yesterday was my little one's first day at daycare.  I was a bit sad all day.  The peace and quite to do work seemed strange and I missed him.  Overall, I think it will be great for him socially and it is only 2 days a week, but it was the first time I've been away from him this long.  Who would have known I'd be a sappy mommy.  





*My sister and I are celebrating our one year anniversary of being in business with a friends and family 25% off everything promotion at t+j Designs.  Thank you for all the support and love you've given us!  Use code TJFF during checkout for the discount.


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