Weekend Color

Sweater:  Forever 21 (old)
Blouse:  J. Crew
Denim:  Rag & Bone
Cross Body Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff
Boots:  B by Brian Atwood (love these on sale)
t+j Designs jewelry:  Necklace  |  Bracelet

Short post today as I am traveling.  This is one of my favorite outfits to wear on the weekend; cardigan, Blythe Blouse (which I love and have 4 colors), and denim paired with colorful accessories.  

Have a great Friday and weekend.  Can't wait to do some holiday shopping and enjoy my favorite season.  Can you believe December is upon us already?

Color Crush

Trench:  Zara (old) (love this version)
Sweater:  J. Crew (heart sweaters herehere, and here)
Skirt:  Zara (old) (great option here)
Hat:  Forever 21
Clutch & Shoes:  Zara
t+j Designs:  Luxe Baubles Necklace  |  

Getting inspired by color in reviewing and designing our Spring/Summer 2013 line.  One of the best parts about designing is seeing development samples from the factory.  Well, it's an adventure - sometimes it looks fantastic and other times it can look like nothing you thought it would.  I have learned a ton in the past year and being involved in all facets of the business as well as being financially responsible is stressful.  Each collection, each season we learn more and more and as I see our traffic and sales grow it is so rewarding.  I live the dream and do what I love.  Thank you for your continued support of my blog and my business, without your support I wouldn't have both!

*Free shipping and gift with purchase this week at t+j Designs!


Summer to Fall

Jacket:  June (love this budget similar)
Fur snood:  Michael Kors
Shoes:  B by Brian Atwood
Bag:  Chanel

Styling my summer dress into fall by adding layers of faux fur and a leather jacket.  If your living in a colder climate like I do (in Chicago), you can definitely transition your summer dress into the fall with layers like this or a chunky sweater.  Make sure the dress is a fabric that isn't too sheer or silk as these will look too summery and feel quite cold.  

Still recovering from all the yummy food I had.  Today is the last day to get 50% off a special collection of items on my jewelry line.  Shop it here!  Use code BLACK50.


I LOVE SHOPPING!  However I don't love the crowds on Black Friday weekend.  My tip - stay home, eat leftover Thanksgiving goodies and start shopping online!  Below are fantastic deals that are happening right now. These are my all time favorite places to online shop:

Alice + Olivia is having 20% off the entire site until 11/26.  No code needed.  
This sweater and the leather mini skirt are my favorites!

Asos is having 20% off everything just today (Friday) with code BLACKFRIDAYBONUS.
The red lace dress I mentioned on Wednesday's post would be perfect for 20% off or this skirt that I wore in my post.

Take 25% off everything at J. Crew with code COLOR25.  Who doesn't love everything at J. Crew and even better that everything is 25% off.  

Madewell is also giving 25% off everything with code TREAT

Get 20% off everything at Revolve Clothing.

Shopbop - take up to 35% off depending on your total with code BIGEVENT12.  I've been dying for a Clover Canyon dress and got this one!

Last but not least at t+j Designs we are doing 50% off a whole collection of items here, use code BLACK50. Only until Sunday and the prices go back up!

Happy Black Friday and weekend.


Thankful Learnings

Every birthday and Thanksgiving I reflect on the past year and try to remind myself to relax, enjoy life, and remember how lucky I am.  I'm a constant moving target and once I achieve something I want to top that or quickly move onto the next idea.  I love this quote and have to remind myself that this so true:

In regards to getting old - I honestly hate it.  I don't like aging, I don't like feeling old, and I definitely don't want to look old.  I'm still learning to love the flaws I have but overall I'm more comfortable in my skin than when I was younger.  In being a style blogger, it seems that outfits/styling and looking put together is an easy task, but I definitely have days where I want to wear comfy clothes and lounge around.  Blogging is a weird phenomenon where you feel like you need to keep up with trends in order to stay current.  I struggle with it at times, I love to shop and look stylish, but I'm careful in keeping it in check regarding my budget.  I read other blogs and it seems that others struggle with the same things.  It really doesn't make sense to blow your budget to take pictures and look fashionable, but people do it.  Through blogging for the last year and a half, I've learned how to balance my criticism of myself and appreciate the opportunities that have come from it, but I know life is a lot more than looking cute.  Overall, the most important thing is that blogging is a fantastic outlet for me, I do it because I love fashion and styling and the growth of my jewelry business is a constant reminder that my passion is so rewarding.  I'll do it until blogging is no longer a passion.

This year has been a year of family for me.  I am extremely thankful for-

My husband. His patience, love and understanding is priceless.  He is the best dad and I look forward to growing our family and growing old together.  

My Grant.  He has taught me what life is all about and to be in the moment.  I never knew I could love anyone as much as him.  He makes me smile and my heart melt.

My family.  They are amazing and I cherish my close relationship with them.  The best thing about getting old is realizing how wonderful your life has been because of your parents.

My friends.  Getting older has taught me who my real friends are.  I've lost some and gained some through my journey of becoming a mother; friendships are based on mutual love and support and not everyone grows together.  I cherish those that have been there for me and I will always be there for them.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  Wishing you all the best time with family and friends.


Holiday Dressy Looks

As I get into the holidays I love dressing up and going to parties.  I shop around fairly early as I hate the feeling of being rushed when you need a fabulous dress.  As you can tell from my blog name, red is my favorite color so I found these three I love!

{1)     |     {2}     |     {3} 

(Yes #3 is more pink but love it :)
I purchased #2 for my sister in law's wedding, outfit post here.  

I love pairing red dresses with gold jewelry and these new pave designs by my sister and I are gorgeous. This week take 35% off everything with code TDAY35.  It is the perfect opportunity to gift something for yourself or start holiday shopping for others.  Start shopping here!

{4}     |     {5}     |     {6}  

If you don't have a pair of classic black pumps, you definitely need to purchase a pair.  These three are classic yet fashionably detailed.  I need a new pair of black pumps and can't decide between the three.  These would be worn all the time - from a pair of skinny denim to an evening gown.

{7}     |     {8}     |     {9}

Are you ready for the holidays and the biggest shopping week?  My favorite place to shop online Shopbop is offering up to 35% off!  Use code BIGEVENT12 in checking out and you'll get a discount ranging from 20% to 35% depending on your total :).  I'll be purchasing shoe #9!

Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving! 
Don't forget to check out t+j Designs for our special 35% off everything and check back for our Black Friday special.

Be safe and eat lots :)


Birthday Sequins

Jacket:  June (budget similar)
Top:  Kenneth Cole (old)
Clutch:  Prada
t+j Designs jewelry:  Necklace  |  Bracelet  |  Ring

What a wonderful weekend celebrating my birthday.  My husband has been cooking me dinners, gifting me little presents everyday, and on Saturday took me to a wonderful dinner at Spiagga.  As I get older, all I want is a nice dinner and to drink some champagne.  This year has been a wonderful one and I look forward to the next.  Taking the day off as today is my actual birthday :)!

And the sequin skirt will be worn again and again.  Love it!  The lovely and talented KT made my skirt. 

My husband and I heading into dinner.  

Happy Monday guys and I'm so looking forward to Thanksgiving!

*Don't forget the best time to shop is this week - t+j Designs best discount ever, 35% off everything this week and free shipping with code "TDAY35".


Sequin Maxi Skirt Inspiration

I love sequins and really anything shiny and pretty.  Sometimes I see a certain item and I get obsessed about styling it myself.  I recently saw these gorgeous photos of this skirt and decided that was what I was wearing for my night out for my birthday.

In the search of other pretty sequin inspirations I found these lovely photos:

And of course I love how J. Crew styles their maxi sequin skirt.

When I can't figure out what to wear on top I love to look online for ideas.  Stay tuned for my outfit post Monday. If your looking for a maxi - this one and this one are great options at a fantastic price.


Leather Squared

White Blazer: Zara (old) 
Top:  Zara
Leather Leggings:  alice + olivia
Pumps:  Christian Louboutin (similarbudget similar)
Bag:  Chanel
t+j Designs jewelry:  Square Crystal Necklace (similar in gold),
Red Pave Bracelet (gold here)
(colors of red, aqua, green silver and purple to launch next week, sign up for email updates)

My leggings have become a staple piece of my wardrobe and doing double duty (outfit postings) this week :).  Paired with my favorite Zara peplum top and my white blazer, it was an easy outfit for a night out.

Celebrating my birthday this weekend - look out for my birthday outfit post on Monday.

Happy Friday!

*Don't forget about Fab Fifty where something on my jewelry site is 50% off and next week - BIG SHOPPING WEEK, sign up for email updates on our homepage here.


Love Dotted

Coat:  Burberry (love this Burberry and this one, both on sale!)
Top:  J. Crew
Sweater:  Topshop
Skirt:  KTR Collection
Shoes:  Jimmy Choo (similar
Purse:  Chanel
t+j Designs jewelry:  Pave Bracelet  |  Emerald Drop Earrings  |

Transitioning my polka dot skirt in this cold weather by wearing some layers.  Short post today as I'm trying to get everything done in order to relax and celebrate my birthday this weekend!  

 Working on some exciting things in my jewelry line - enter to win a $100 credit to my site!  Like the t+j Designs Facebook page and details on helping me pick the Fab Fifty for this Friday will be on there Wednesday morning. 

Layered Luxe

Vest:  Gifted (Love these here and here)
Leather Leggings:  Alice + Olivia
Bag:  Celine 
t+j Designs jewelry:  Gold Chain Link Necklace (bestseller)  |

Layering up with a cozy fur and finally styling my leather leggings I splurged on.  I tried on a ton of faux leather and leather leggings and these were by far my favorite in fit and feel.  

My favorite time of the year is here and I can't believe how fast time flies.  Really, it's November?  My birthday is coming up in a week, I have been working on new arrivals, gift guides, and special deals for my jewelry line and I'm ready to shop and eat for the holidays.  How about you?

*Check out our new arrivals today - our chain items have done so well we've expanded our collection.  Necklaces and bracelets and now also coming in silver and black.  Take a peak here.

Basic Essentials

Coat:  Zara
Top:  Joseph (love this one and this one, get 25% off with code OURTREAT ends Thurs. night)
Denim:  American Eagle
Cross Body Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes:  Schutz
(special discount code for any of my jewelry, just for my readers 15% off REDSOLES15 )

These are some of the essentials in my closet that are being worn over and over again. Touches of color in my accessories, leopard, and a striped top.  Casual day for friday.    

Can't believe we are in the month of November.  This year has flown by and I'm sure the next two months will too.  Was just in Macy's yesterday and all their holiday decorations were up.  Can't wait for Thanksgiving and the holidays, it is my favorite time of the year.  Right now I'm just happy it's Friday :).  Happy weekend readers!

*Mentioned every Friday/weekend - Fab Fifty deals.  ALL BOW items on our site are 50% off, only through Sunday night with code FABBOW.  Check out all our bow items here.
Many of you have loved my bow ring (shown below) - now only $19!


Ladybug Leather

Top:  Zara
Skirt:  Asos (loving this one and this one)
Clutch:  Zara
t+j Designs Jewelry:  Luxe 18k pave link bracelet  |

My sangria dot skirt came out of my closet again and I paired it with this fantastic Zara peplum top.  My love of anything leather or faux leather continues with my recent top purchase. Wore this to a recent event introducing me to Evsdrop; it's a new app that is a bit like twitter and foursquare combined.  Love the concept and my favorite feature - I can leave "drops" like tweets but they can be anonymous (all links to Facebook and twitter too).  Check it out here or download the app.

I'm heading to my favorite city during my favorite time in December - New York during the holidays!  While I am looking forward to it I want everyone to remember to donate to to the disaster relief at American Red Cross; time may pass but they still need help.  Donate here!

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