Caped Crusader!

This month I have been pulling pieces out of my closet that have not been getting any love. If I can’t think of some way to style a piece of clothing, it goes into the garage sale pile. I have had this black sweater cape for three years and have only worn it once. I love it, but have been stumped regarding how to style it. Before I tagged it to sell, I did some cape research, and came up with several ways I can style it! So, now I can keep it!

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Here are a few simple rules for styling your own cape!

1. Pair your cape with a fitted, bright colored top. Be sure that your bottom layer sweater or blouse is constructed of a thinner material so you can add warmth, but avoid creating extra bulk.

2. Keep your bottoms more fitted to the body,in contrast to the looser fit on top. Add a pencil skirt to keep your proportion lean. When wearing something loose fitting, or bulky, on top, be sure that your bottom half is cut more to fit.

3. Carry a cross body bag, tote, or a clutch. Shoulder bags will cause the cape to bunch – not cute and very uncomfortable.

4. Top off a casual plaid top and denim bottoms with a more dressy cape, for a fun, youthful daytime look.

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I was able to create several more looks with a cape, so this piece is a keeper! Here are two more ways to style a cape this fall! Do you own a cape? If so, what is your favorite way to wear it? Have a blessed day!

Caped Crusader!



Susan
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Jamberry Nails Party And Give Away!

Join the nail revolution, ladies! I am hosting an online Jamberry Nails party this month! You can order your very own nails wraps for yourself, or as a gift for someone you love, by clicking here, and selecting the Susan Jeffries party when placing your order. And this month, if you order three sheets, you will get another sheet for FREE! That means two for yourself and two as gifts – so no guilt! Click HERE to place your order!

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One lucky lady who places an order will also receive a free set of Jamberry samples, as well as a full sheet of pink and silver polka dot nail wraps to add to her collection! To enter to win, simply place an order and leave me a message in the comment section about which wraps you ordered! So, what are you waiting for? You will have the most fabulous holiday manicures at the party! The online party closes today, and I will announce the winner of the nail wraps on Friday!

The application process is simple. The steps are as follows:
1. Clean the nail bed with an alcohol wipe and press back your cuticles.
2. Select a nail wrap that best fits your nail.
3. Peel the wrap and warm it for 10-15 seconds with a hair dryer, until it is soft and flexible.
4. Apply the nail wrap to the wrap. Apply firm pressure around the edges and use a rubber cuticle presser to seal the base of the cuticle.
5. Trim the excess off the top with scissors and file off the remaining excess, using a downward motion, with a nail file.
6. Apply heat and pressure to the nail to bond the wrap.

Here are a few more of my favorite Jamberry selections!

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Baubles and Boots!

If I could choose one favorite item from my closet, it would be my cowboy boots. I received them as a gift while I was in college, so they have some wear and tear. But, these boots carried me through so many fun memories. I will never get rid of them. They are the only article of clothing I would be sad to lose. I don’t wear them often, because I am afraid they will disintegrate on my feet (they are a little old). But when I wear them, I am somehow transformed back to nights at Ohio State dancing with my best friends.

I decided to try a baubles and boots look with my beloved kicks. If you add a statement necklace to a casual outfit, it changes the entire feel. This is how I feel most comfortable in cooler weather – denim, a plaid button up over a tee, and my trusty boots. This amazing tee is from Sew Caroline. She is one of my favorite seamstress bloggers!

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Autumn Crochet Dress!

I have been having so much fun transitioning my summer dresses for fall this year! It has been a challenge for me, and I never back down from a good challenge. It has also been a great way to save money, because I am so distracted shopping my own closet, that I forget to shop on line. I purchased this crochet dress at Maurices last spring. I styled it here last summer.

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I wore it for a girl’s night out a few weeks ago, paired with my military jacket and leopard slip ons. I could have added some wedges, but the slip ons were much more comfortable!

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As the weather gets colder, you can pair your crochet dress with leggings or tights for added warmth. Check out these fabulous maroon booties from Clarks! Have you styled any of your summer dresses for fall? Please share! Have a blessed weekend!!

Fall Crochet Dress



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Julep Maven Fall Pretties!

I love the new jewel-toned nail polish shades this fall! Rich reds, deep purples, and vibrant blues are hitting the polish shelves! I recently received my September Julep Maven box and it did not disappoint. This month, I veered a bit from my typical classic shades and signed up for the Bombshell box, because it is nice to pretend;)

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I received two gorgeous fall polishes in this month’s Maven box. The first is Eliana, a soft denim creme shade. It is like the perfect shade of your favorite pair of jeans. I also received Kirby, a silver jagged glitter top coat. I love both of them!

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New to Julep this season is the plush pout lip crayon. It is a full coverage lip color with a moisturizing core in the center. The moisturizer contains antioxidant oils, vitamin E, and sunflower wax, and I can attest to the soft lips claim! I chose the magenta plum shade, which may be a tad dark for my skin tone. But, I love how it makes my lips feel, so I am going with it!

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Julep always gifts you with extra goodies in your box. This month I received a coupon for a free polish, a couple of hard candies, and an inspirational quote, which I always put in Lucy’s lunch box.

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If you are unfamiliar with the Julep company, let me educate you about this fabulous monthly subscription. Signing up is super easy. Go to the Julep web site and complete your style profile. Each month, Julep Maven subscribers receive a collection of nail polishes, and other beauty accessories, which are hand selected by Julep stylists according to your style profile answers. Julep will send you an e mail previewing your upcoming Julep Maven box on the 20th of each month. If you love what they have selected for you, do nothing. If you want to try a new style, skip a shipment, or send the box to a friend, simply submit your request on the Julep website between the 20th and the 24th of the month. The subscription costs as low as $19.99 per month, so it easily fits into my new budget! Julep Mavens also receive a 20% discount on each order they place on the Julep website.

Did you know that Julep’s very popular monthly beauty box just got even better? Yes! Maven subscriptions can be customized to fit your style, your likes and your favorites even more now. Each month, Julep Mavens get:

A fully customized monthly delivery of over $40 in nail polish and beauty products for $24.99 a month, or just $19.99 a month if you sign up for the 3 month option
Flexibility to try one of five beauty styles each month or upgrade to get them all
20% off and free shipping on other products at Julep.com
Exclusive access to the Secret Store each month
First dibs on monthly Mystery Boxes and the opportunity to win one, too

Not sure you want to be a Maven yet or know what style you are? Take the Maven Style Quiz and then use the code FREEBOX to get your first box free. You will be charged $2.99 for shipping and you are signing up for the monthly subscription service, however you can cancel at any time by simply contacting Julep Customer Service.

Julep also makes a great gift. The Gift of Maven is perfect for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Graduation, your best friend’s birthday or any occasion. The Gift of Maven is available in 2, 4 or 6 month increments and does not auto-renew.

There are two types of subscriptions for new Mavens. Each box is completely customizable for both subscription types.

1. My Maven – you receive $40 worth of polish and product for $24.99/month, or 19.99/month with a prepaid three month subscription.

2. Maven Luxe – you receive $60 worth of polish and product for $39.99/month or $34.99/month with a three month prepaid subscription.

The Julep box makes a great gift for any girl who loves beauty and nail goodies! You can shop for your favorite friend or family member in the comfort of your own home! You can sign up for the Julep Maven monthly subscription box, and have the monthly box shipped directly to someone you love! Gift giving has never been easier!

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Julep offers first time users a free box! Simply click on any of the Julep links in this post, or click on the Julep link in my sidebar and it will take you directly to the Julep Maven home page. You can also use my code number 15129345, when you check out. I recently became an ambassador for Julep and receive points toward future purchases when you sign up using my link. I simply love the company and desire to share it with my friends. Why keep a good thing to myself? Once your profile is set up, you will receive your own referral code which you may share with your friends and build up your own Maven points! You can also earn Julep Jules to use toward purchasing your Julep goodies by referring friends who also become Mavens. It is a win-win deal!

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free

 

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free

You can go to the Julep Frequently Asked Questions page here.


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Jamberry Nails Party And A Give Away!

I heard about Jamberry Nails last year on social media. To be honest, I purchased a set, placed them in my manicure set, and promptly forgot about them. Then my friend Jody became a Jamberry consultant and started posting amazing photos of her manicures on IG. I have followed Jody on IG for quite some time now. She owns one of my favorite fabric shops on Etsy, aptly named Fabric Shop Jody. I joined her “Fabric of the Month” club in January, and I have accumulated the most amazing fabric stash ever! So, now Jody is also my Jamberry consultant. I had to try these things again. I ordered a simple purple shade with a coordinating floral print. I applied them, and now I am hooked! These things are amazing my friends!

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I plan to give a few sets away as Christmas gifts. Not only are they perfect for working moms and ladies whose manicures chip after two hours (me), but kids and teens love them too!

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The Jamberry Nails company was launched in 2010 by three sisters who were looking for ways to save money on salon visits. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished, while still spending time together. Jamberry nails are nail wraps that are applied directly to your nails on your feet or hands. They are super easy to apply and they last longer than regular polish. They come in sheets and one wrap can often be divided to fit two or more nails. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs has caught on quickly and sales have soared.

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I recently purchased these hot pink and polka dot wraps for Lucy! She loves them so much that Jody is giving away a sheet of Lucy’s favorite wraps to one lucky girl who places an order with my party this week! They make fabulous, and simple gifts too! You can just slip one or two styles inside a card, and presto – you have a great gift that any girl will love!

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These are a couple of my personal picks for fall. I love to use the solid shades mixed with a fun print for an accent nail!

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Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.

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Join the nail revolution, ladies! I am hosting an online Jamberry Nails party this month! You can order your very own nails wraps for yourself, or as a gift for someone you love, by clicking here and selecting the Charming Lucy party when placing your order. And this month, if you order three sheets, you will get another sheet for FREE! That means two for yourself and two as gifts – so no guilt! Click HERE to place your order!

One lucky lady who places an order will also receive a free set of Jamberry samples, as well as a full sheet of pink and silver polka dot nail wraps to add to her collection! To enter to win, simply place an order and leave me a message in the comment section about which wraps you selected! So, what are you waiting for? You will have the most fabulous holiday manicures at the party!

The application process is simple. The steps are as follows:
1. Clean the nail bed with an alcohol wipe and press back your cuticles.
2. Select a nail wrap that best fits your nail.
3. Peel the wrap and warm it for 10-15 seconds with a hair dryer, until it is soft and flexible.
4. Apply the nail wrap to the wrap. Apply firm pressure around the edges and use a rubber cuticle presser to seal the base of the cuticle.
5. Trim the excess off the top with scissors and file off the remaining excess, using a downward motion, with a nail file.
6. Apply heat and pressure to the nail to bond the wrap.


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Ginny’s Fall Fashion For Teens!

Today is the day for the third, and final, installment of Ginny’s fall fashion style sessions. We are focusing on teen style today! Ginny is a middle school teacher, so she knows what teen girls love to wear, and she knows the hot trends for each season. I love that she dresses my kid for me! Most of these styles will work for women of all ages. You can change a piece here and there, but I would wear almost everything in this post. I hope you enjoyed Ginny’s style sessions. Make sure you stop by My New Favorite Outfit and introduce yourself! Thank you Ginny for making us look fashionable this season!

Hi all, I’m Ginny and I blog at My New Favorite Outfit.  I’ve had fun this week showing you outfits I put together for Susan and today I’m going to share some pieces I think would be great for her daughter, Lucy.  Lucy is in middle school, and I teach middle school.  I’m pretty sure she’d be pretty embarrassed if her teacher were picking her clothes, so I wanted to picked pieces that were special, but pieces I could see a girl her age wear.

For tops I chose two great sweaters, two great sweat shirts, and two fun tops.  I think these pieces have a lot of potential to mix and match, which is great when you don’t want to buy a lot of new pieces for the new season.
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For bottoms I picked blue jeans, black jeans, and gray jeans. I think the gray is such a fun neutral color option and I bet Lucy already has a great pair of denim and black jeans in her closet she can use to recreate the looks I’ll show below.
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Lucy like Toms and Chucks, so I found two fun pair which I think she could get a lot of use out of.  I also found two fun bracelets and a great pendant necklace that I think Lucy could wear daily.  I’m crazy about this necklace!
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TOMS navy blue shoes / Converse shoes / J Crew jewelry / American Eagle Outfitters bracelet / American Eagle Outfitters bracelet


The first outfit I created is pairing this great cardigan with a pretty lace top.  I paired it with black jeans here, but it would be great with denim or gray too.

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I love this Aztec sweatshirt and have paired it with black jeans here, but the gray or denim would also be great. 
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I really like this sweatshirt for Lucy and I think it’s great with gray, but would be great with denim too. I adore these Toms and think they are just the perfect touch on this outfit.
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I love this cardigan and the print and thought it would be fun paired with this lace top and gray jeans.  Just like I mentioned above, denim would be great here too.
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I think every closet needs basic pieces, but I love basics with a twist, like this blue sweater with lace detailing on the bottom, it’s a great addition to any closet and I’ve paired it with gray jeans her, but it would be great with denim too.
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Pattern Mixing is such fun and I love this cardigan paired with this fun print top.  I’ve paired it with denim and chucks for a fun casual look.

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I’ve really enjoyed creating outfits for Emily today.  I think these pieces will be great additions to her closet.

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Fall Fashion Week With Ginny Of My New Favorite Outfit!

This is going to be such a fun and exciting week here at Charming Lucy! My friend Ginny, of the My New Favorite Outfit blog, has an on line styling service! She creates virtual outifts for clients and sends them directly to your inbox, with links to purchase each item! This is shopping at its finest! She is taking a hiatusright now, due to her busy schedule. I hope she decides to offer her style services again in the summer when her life calms down a bit. Since I still need a ton of help putting outfits together, I enlisted Ginny’s help last summer. It was so much fun, and so helpful that I decided to use her services again for fall styling!! I consider Ginny to be a good friend of mine, but she also has some major style skills!! Ginny created a fall style wardrobe for both Lucy and I. We told her where we love to shop, as well as a few specifics about our clothing likes and tastes. She then created style boards for both of us, along with links to the stores, so we can buy the pieces that we did not already have in our wardrobe. This is shopping and outfit planning at its finest my friends! Lucy especially had fun with this! This will be a three part series this week, so be sure to stop back on Wednesday to see the outfits she put together for me, and on Friday to see the outfits Ginny has created for Lucy! Take it away Ginny!

Hi all, I’m Ginny and I blog over at My New Favorite Outfit.  Last spring I got the do some fun styling for both Susan and her daughter, and I’m honored to get to do it again this fall!  Today I’m going to show you some pieces I think would be great additions to Susan’s outfit for the fall.  I know she has a few similar pieces in her closet already, which is great, less to buy ;)  On Wednesday I’m going to show you all outfits I’ve created to fit Susan’s lifestyle using these pieces.  
I found three great tops and two sweaters I think would be great on Susan.  Since she works at home, more casual pieces make the most sense.  I wanted to find pieces that would be both versatile and un-frumpy. I think it could be easy to just hang out in lounge wear all day if you worked at home, so comfort is key but I want her to feel great when running errands and driving her daughter around town too. And, you guys, the Fair Isle sweater below? Perfection. 
Susan

Gap long sleeve t shirt / Gap tall t shirt / Gap top / J Crew long sleeve sweater / Marled shawl open-front cardigan | Gap

Susan also said she was looking for a new fall jacket.  I think these quilted jackets from J.Crew Factory and Gap would be great and they come in different colors too.  Susan is petite, so  structured casual jacket won’t overwhelm her shape and will work great with a casual wardrobe.  I know Susan already has a denim jacket and utility jacket, but they are definitely great mixable pieces for the fall, and lastly I love the navy vest below too.

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I think fitted jeans are great on Susan and I picked a fun colored pair, and more distressed pair and a black pair for Susan.  I personally have two pairs of denim and black jeans I love, and Gap has a lot of fun washes right now.
Susan said she was mostly interested in casual looks, but would like a few ideas for date night outfits or church outfits.  I found these three dresses at Loft and love the shape for Susan.  All would be great for both occasions and could be dressed up with a coordinating cardigan and heels or dressed down with a denim jacket and booties or flats.
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LOFT sleeveless dress / LOFT sleeveless dress / Loft dress

Lastly, I picked a few basic shoes for Susan, a great leopard print loafer and a brown and black short boot.  I know Susan already has brown ones, which are a great staple.


SusanALDO bootie boots / Crown Vintage western booties / Adrienne Vittadini pointy toe flat

Come back Wednesday to see the outfits I created for Susan, then on Friday I’m going to show some pieces I think would be great for her daughter too.


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Fall 2014 Handbags!

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My friend Alison, of the Get Your Pretty On blog, is hosting a Fall Style Challenge! I participated in her spring and summer challenges, and they are amazing! In a nutshell, Alison’s fall challenge is a virtual style program which includes seasonal shopping list plus 21 days of outfit combinations created from pieces on the list. This is getting dressed made simple! There is a private Facebook page set up for participants, so we can share shopping and style tips too! You can sign up here or click the button on my sidebar. Let me know if you sign up so we can share outfit tips!

Now onto the meat of today’s post. One of my favorite items to shop for is handbags! I love to change my purse frequently, as it adds a new twist to your outfit. There are four handbag trends I am loving this year. I have selected a few options in each trend. I tend to purchase more affordable handbag options, so most of my picks are around $100. I did, however, pick up my first Kate Spade bag this summer while we were in Charleston! It was 70% off at the outlet store, so I could not pass it up!

1. Color blocked handbags – I love this trend in fall colors. Think navy, charcoal, and maroon, paired with black or cognac, for a fall look.

2. Staple handbags – Everyone needs a fall bag in either black, navy, or cognac. Or one of each. I like that idea better.

3. Printed handbags – I love leopard print handbags. Leopard is a neutral that can be worn with any color. I am also loving python and aztec this season. And you can never go wrong with a gorgeous fall floral bag. Be sure to pick up a fun printed bag for your collection this fall!

4. Jewel toned handbags – One of the best things about fall is the return of jewel tones and rich, deep shades of blue, emerald, maroon, and purple. I am hoping to add a maroon or wine colored tote to my collection this year.

What is your favorite bag to carry in the fall? I would love to hear your suggestions! Have a blessed week!

Fall 2014 Handbags



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Kiki La’Rue Show Me The Ring Dress!

I can’t believe we have slipped into the month of October! October is one of my favorite months. I love the gorgeous colors, Ohio State football, fall clothing to style, and pumpkin everything! My husband and I will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary on Friday this week too. There are so many things I love about the month of October.

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I had the Show Me The Ring Dress on my wish list all summer. I was trying to stick to my budget all summer (which was blown to pieces in September), but I picked it up when it was on sale at 40% off a few weeks ago! I only got to wear it once before the temperatures dropped, so I decided to layer it up for fall. I love this dress so much that I could not bring myself to put it away until spring! I came up with so many options to style this dress for cooler weather. I love it with a denim jacket, black leggings, and booties. It also looks really cute paired with an olive green military jacket. But, I loved adding a pop of color with this cardigan! Don’t put your summer dresses away quite yet ladies!

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If you have not heard of KiKi La’Rue, you are missing the boat on one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers. Kiki La’Rue specializes in designer clothing and accessories at an affordable price. I have several pieces from this amazing shop, and love them all! Here are a few of my other favorite KKL pieces.

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I love this company, their amazing customer service, and their heart for providing quality clothing and accessories at affordable prices. When you shop with them you will be treated like the queen that you are! They carry a range of sizes and they ship to many countries in the world.

They constantly give out coupon codes, interact with customers, post pics of their newest items before they go online, and give the latest news on their IG account, shopkikilarue. Do you own any KKL pieces? I would love to see how you style your favorites! Happy October!


Susan
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