Python, Leopard and Leather Lookbook

Skirt:  Zara
Bag:  Zara
Pumps:  Christian Louboutin (black and nude here)
t+j Designs jewelry:  Necklace (only $20 when you sign up for our mailing list)  |
18k Pave Bracelet  |  Bow Ring

This fall, snakeskin is a big trend and this Equipment top is a recent addition to my wardrobe.  My closet is full of animal prints, especially leopard items.  When choosing my animal printed items, I veer towards a classic silhouette, and a sophisticated pattern.  Animal prints can look inexpensive, so opt for nice fabrics such as silk and simple shapes.  Some of my leopard items are 7 years old and they still look current.  Equipment tops are expensive however the classic button down, silk fabric, and quality fit makes them worth the cost.  This top will look great with my faux leather leggings, pencil skirt and jeans.

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Happy Friday/weekend!  Thanks for reading and check back for the #2 Nordstrom Rack look. 


Game Day Glam - Nordstrom Rack

Sweater Cardigan:  53% savings at $26.97
Orange Top:  47% savings at $14.97
Cheetah Paige Denim:  58% savings at $79.97
Booties:  56% savings at $79.97
Necklace:  $22.97

All c/o Nordstrom Rack

I'm a HUGE fan/shopper of Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack and I was so excited when Nordstrom Rack asked me to be part of a styling challenge.  The challenge?  To put together three head to toe looks for $500 or less with three themes.  In addition, incorporate fall trends within the look.  The first look was to show how I would glam up my look for game day.  Out of the three themes, this was the hardest for me.  I wanted to look cute, glam, but comfortable if I were going to a game or watching the game at bar. Supporting the Chicago Bears with the colors of orange and navy, but adding in fashion touches with the cheetah print denim, studs on my booties, and a gold necklace, I felt game day ready.

Three outfits with head to toe looks (including shoes) on a budget was so much fun.  While shopping for my looks I found deals on contemporary designers such as Alice + Olivia, Elizabeth and James, Rachel Zoe, LAMB, and DVF.  The selection was amazing and I was in the shoe department for over 2 hours.  If you follow me on instagram (redsolesandredwine) you might have seen my photos of my finds there.

This is a three - part series of outfits!  You'll have to stay tuned on my other two outfits, how I was able to keep within my budget and look forward to a $50 gift card giveaway to Nordstrom Rack! 

Do you guys shop the Rack and what great finds have you found recently?

*Check out to find your local Nordstrom Rack and discover on-trend brands at up to 70% off.

Compensation was provided by Nordstrom Rack via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom Rack.


Leather, Studs & Spikes Lookbook

Jacket & Top:  Zara (recent, both faux leather)
Skirt:  Alice + Olivia (similar here on sale and here)
Shoes:  Schutz
Bag:  Celine
t+j Designs Jewelry:  Luxe Gold Chain & Spike Necklace  |  24k Gold Chain Bracelet

My favorite trend this season?  Anything leather and faux leather; from outerwear to bottoms as well as apparel pieced with leather I obviously love it all as seen by this outfit.  I veered away from colored leather so far and stuck to classic black pieces.  Easy to wear and outfit with other items in my closet, these pieces are my style - on trend yet wearable for years.

If you've been in search for a comfy bootie, this is the one.  I've been on the lookout for a bootie for years and didn't want to spend the money on Louboutins I loved; spotted a month ago were these booties.  With the weather change I finally got to pull them out.

Hope your having a fantastic week!  Over on my jewelry website we are giving a free gift on EVERY ORDER.  If you've been waiting to get a gift or something special for yourself, this is the week!  See below for details,


Fall Must Haves

It certainly feels like fall in Chicago; it's a little chillier and the leaves are turning colors.  Although I'm sad to see summer go, I get super excited about fall fashions.  I'm inspired by fashion week, shopping, street style photography, magazines, and pinterest.  Although I love trends, I budget shop for those items and then splurge on a couple of items that are on trend but will last for years.   These are my top 4 picks for the season and hopefully you'll see me styling on the blog soon.

I would wear this for years

 Three trends in one: burgundy, faux leather trim and the silhouette, fantastic price

This would go with so many items and affordable

What I consider the affordable version of the Celine Mini Luggage Tote

Hope your having a fantastic weekend!  I'm looking forward to sharing a styling challenge I did for Nordstrom Rack this week, stay tuned!

*If you love my jewelry line, we have new arrivals on Monday and we've created a special deal on my favorite two luxe pave pieces, take a peak here.  

Suit Up Lookbook

Blazer:  Zara (similar here and here)  |  Shorts:  Alice & Olivia  |
Tank:  J Crew  |  Shoes:  Christian Louboutin (similar)  |
Bag:  Celine   | Jewelry:  t+j Designs (necklace to launch next Monday)

Trying to catch up on my September issues, fashion week shows, and work since my vacation.  I'm loving the suit look that I've seen for fall and this is my rendition for a transitional fall look.

Hope your having a great week!

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Whites Lookbook

Zara Top  |  Stitch Denim  |  Zara Pumps & Clutch

Wearing my whites although it's after labor day one last time.  There's something so fresh in adding punches of color against some basic white skinnies.  

How to update this similar look for fall?  Check out this gorgeous green tee w/leather sleeves, pair it with skinny black denimleopard pumps (love these) and these gorgeous pave bracelets and your set.

*Belle Up, a lovely maternity store in Chicago featured me as Mom of the Week.  Check out the post here to find out more about me.  If your looking for some some fantastic maternity or kids gear, get 15% off when you shop here (15% off will be automatically applied through the link).

Also I've added more items to Shop My Closet, I'll continue adding as I clean out my closet.

Vacation Looks & Recap

I thought I would share some of my vacation looks from last week.  With it being the end of summer, I had to wear some of my favorite items again before fall sets upon us.  Can you believe it's mid September already?

My first look was casual and on my way to the pool sans makeup.

Had so much fun I lost my sunglasses in one of the water rides.  So. .  I need to buy some new ones.  Good thing these were my Forever 21 sunglasses :)!

Wearing:  Ana Sui top (old)  |  American Eagle shorts  |  Longchamp Tote  |

Parker Dress (love this for fall here and this one is beautiful and on sale!)

Three Floor Dress  |  Louboutin Pumps  |  t+j Designs Pave Bracelets  |

This Three Floor Dress was one of my favorites this summer.  I wore it to the last dinner we had for my husband's company.  They beautifully decorated the table and the special musical guest was Seal!

It was an incredible vacation and the perfect way to end the summer.  

Vacation - Atlantis

If you follow me on instagram (@redsolesandredwine) or twitter, you got a glimpse of my past week.  It was my first real vacation in a while, without our little Grant, and it made me truly relax and appreciate all things great in my life.  My husband was awarded this trip through his company due to his fantastic year; he has been an incredible support and I'm so proud of all his hard work.  He definitely deserved the trip and I was excited to accompany him!

We stayed at the Cove Atlantis, beautiful beaches, pools and one of our favorite parts was the water park open to all hotel guests.

Lazy river tubing - I think we did this 5 times

Cove Pool - me sans make up

Turquoise waters of the bahamas

Outfit #1 dinner:  alice + olivia dress (similar on sale)  |  Miu Miu Sandals  |  t+j Designs pave bracelets

Outfit #2 dinner:  Parker dress (also here; now on sale) last time worn here

His company provided nice dinners and also a few private concerts.  Bruno Mars was one of the main events.  Not only do I love his songs, but he was beyond excellent in person!  He is a tiny guy, but that voice is pretty amazing.  

More pictures to come. .  . 

Beyond missed my little guy but sleeping in, laying out, getting a tan and not working was a dream.

Catching up starts today.

Leopard Spikes Lookbook

Zara clutch  |  Christian Louboutin Pumps (similar)  |  
t+j Designs Luxe Paved Spike Crystal Necklace  (get discount code here)  |
 Pave Bow Ring (new arrivals!)

This month sparks new arrivals at t+j Designs that I am in love with.  My sister & I created some fantastic luxe pieces with large crystals, pave details and spikes.  We love seeing how other bloggers style our jewelry and this week we have a special post on our t+j Designs blog.   Four bloggers show how they styled the same necklace I'm wearing.  Check out the post here and  get a 20% discount off code.

Can you tell I'm ready for fall?  Pulling out my black denim and leopard items.  
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