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!


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Fall Wedding Blogger Collaboration!

What should you wear to an autumn wedding? Today, I am collaborating with three blogger friends to help you find the perfect attire for a fall wedding! Each of these ladies has an amazing sense of style, so I feel blessed and humbled to be a part of this collaboration. Thanks to Ada, of Elegance and Mommyhood for putting this all together! Be sure to stop by Ada’s blog, Jill’s blog Doused in Pink, and Marta’s blog, Sweaters, Stripes, and Sweets, to see their fall wedding attire selections!

Fall Wedding 4-way Collage, Sep 2014

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To be honest, I have not attended a wedding in several years. My friends are all raising teenagers right now. In a few years, I am certain that wedding invitations will be abundant at our house. Hopefully, not until after they all graduate from college!

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Autumn weddings are gorgeous, but the temperature can fluctuate from day to night. Feminine peep toe shoes and sheer dresses will leave you chilled, but Uggs will inhibit you from getting funky on the dance floor. So, what should you wear to a wedding during cooler months? To stay toasty and comfortable while maintaining your style, choose heavier weight fabrics, opt for mid-length styles, and use layering to your advantage.

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We live in a small town, and most weddings in our community not formal. Thankfully, I can put together a few things I already have in my closet, add sparkly jewels, and leopard pumps, and I am ready!

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Layering a shrug or jacket over a sleeveless dress, allows you to keep covered at the wedding, and then show a bit of skin for the reception.

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Don’t worry about what the bridal party is wearing. I have been in twelve weddings, and we all know what bridesmaids dressed look like! Just wear what makes you feel good about yourself, and what you will be comfortable wearing for several hours. You can see that everyone in my family takes blogging (and weddings) very seriously.

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Thanks for the fun today ladies!


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Accessory Jane!

If you stop by my blog very often, you know that I love to share small businesses with my readers. As a small business owner, I understand the importance of supporting female-owned American small business ventures. I shop small businesses for almost everything, including home goods, clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts for my loved ones. This fabulous Sunset Bracelet was purchased by one of my new favorite small businesses – Accessory Jane.

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I found Accessory Jane on IG a few weeks ago and was immediately smitten with Liz’s amazing photographs. Hello gorgeous! And after getting to know Liz, I can honestly tell you that she is as kind as she is lovely.

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Liz is the owner of Accessory Jane, a fabulous online accessory boutique. Liz explains her company best in her own words:

Accessory Jane Blog is your go to style consultant for the every Jane on every budget. We are everyday girls navigating our way through the world of fashion finding our own effortless and guiltless style.

Accessory Jane Shop is your ultimate source for the latest in fashion accessories for the every girl. Accessories are our jam and we firmly believe the saying that friends don’t let friends leave the house without accessories! Shop us anywhere, anytime right here on our website or join us every Wednesday night on our Facebook page where we host fixed priced auctions featuring the latest additions to the shop. New items are first offered on our Facebook page then brought to the shop.

Liz is the co-owner and face of Accessory Jane. She is your every day girl. She is a twenty something year old single mom, business owner, fashion addict who believes a little bit of sparkle makes everything better. And everyone knows that happy girls are the prettiest!

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I purchased the Geneva Blush Studs for my daughter. They are the perfect accessory to wear with a pretty dress or to throw on with jeans and a tee.

I also purchased the Isla necklace. I have seen this necklace all over my favorite blogs, and I was able to score it from Accessory Jane at a fraction of the cost!

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Liz was sweet to include a couple of gifts for Lucy and I in my box. I have worn this cobalt blue beaded wrap bracelet nearly every day since Liz sent it to me. It coordinates perfectly with my leather cuffs. The crystal drop necklace pairs nicely with my favorite tees for a cute, casual look.

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Liz was kind enough to offer all Charming Lucy readers a coupon code! Simply type in charminglucy10 when you check out, and you will automatically receive 10% off through October 3, 2014! Thank you Liz! Now go and place your orders! You will fall in love with Accessory Jane too!


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Summer Sewing Classes – Drawstring Halloween Bags!

I had a goal of taking Lucy and her friend to one sewing class each month this summer. It was so exciting to reach our goal a few weeks ago, but that last class also marked the end of our summer sewing classes. I am hoping that we fit a class in between school, dance, cheer, homework, jobs, and a bit of sleep this fall. We had so much fun together during these classes. The three of us made a date of each class, stopping at Panera for dinner and singing our hearts out in the car on the way to and from class. It is no secret how much I love hanging out with my daughter, but she has the most fabulous friends too. It is a blessing to be a part of their journey.

We take classes at this sweet little shop appropriately named Sew to Speak. It is nestled in a tiny shopping plaza on the outskirts of The Ohio State University. Jamie has been our teacher, and friend, all summer. We all love her and would recommend her classes to everyone from beginners to pros. She is a peach(: She has an Etsy shop you can visit here too!

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In July, we created these amazing travel manicure pouches!

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For August’s class, we decided on drawstring bags with a Halloween flair! They were so much fun to create and we can use the pattern to sew tiny bags for jewelry or larger bags that can be used for laundry or gift wrap!

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The ladies at Sew To Speak describe their shop in the following way:

We are a mother and daughter team running a family business with only a few employees, who have become like family to us. We love fabric and sewing and want to share that joy with other like crafters.

We first started as a brick and mortar shoppe in Columbus, Ohio in February of 2008. Our shoppe is a small retail space with a little classroom space in the back.

In 2009 we decided to venture out of our small shoppe and into the vast World Wide Web.

Our mission is to serve and inspire in the world of sewing.

- Anita and April

April Rhodes is the designer behind the Arizona fabric line which made its debut this summer! I used fabric line to create my travel manicure pouch in July!

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Love, Yellow August Edition!

I am a tad late in posting the August edition of Love Yellow, but better late than never! As soon as I saw Erin post this top, I knew that I had to have it! I love the pocket beading, the party in the back (criss cross action), and the transitional fabric and color of the top. Then she stated that it felt like a pajama top, and I ordered immediately! Love, love, love this month’s picks!!

Along with the fabulous “feels like PJs” top, I received this gorgeous gold plated bracelet with the huge stone in the center. I don’t have anything like it, so it was perfect to add to my collection! I love mixing it with my leather cuffs. These photos were taken during our beach trip a couple of weeks ago. I paired the top with white shorts for a monochromatic look. I plan to wear it with dark denim and my Chuck Taylors for cooler weather!

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Thank you Erin and the ladies at Shop Miss Chic for making my wardrobe a bit more fashionable and fun!

I am not affiliated with Love, Yellow in any way (although I wish that I was!). I simply love this subscription and love to sharing it with you.

I think it is best to allow Erin to describe The Love Yellow box in her own words. Take it away Erin!

Interested in ordering yet? Good, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

A few things you should know—

1. Pricing is easy–it’s $42 for both pieces! Meant to be worn together as an outfit, or great separate as well!

2. As far as sizing goes, you can view the size chart here. I am typically a size small and am wearing a size small in this top.

3. You have several days to place your order. Limited quantities are available so you will want to order soon to ensure you receive your size!

4. Your order will be shipped within 3 business days of placing your order!

5. Remember that if you receive the items and aren’t happy with your order, you can ship all or part of it back! Instructions will be included in your order.

6. Spread the word about your Love, Yellow items! Tweet, Instagram, put it up on a billboard, whatever you feel is necessary ;) Please use the #LoveYellowLook hashtag so that I can be sure to send a thousand kissy faces your way for doing so!

7. Order now :)

Here are a few of my previous Love, Yellow pieces!

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Fall Color Mixing – Cobalt, Navy, and Maroon!

The final installment of my fall color mixing series incorporates stronger bolds and brights, in contrast to the subtle hues I posted on Wednesday. If you missed the first two installments of this series, be sure to scroll back and read the posts from Monday and Wednesday!

Maroon, cobalt, and dark navy is a more daring combination of bold colors for fall – and I love it! Bright cobalt and royal blue are both fall Pantone picks. I could not decide if I liked this look better with flats or wedges, so I added both. You can pair these colors in separates, or find a piece that incorporates two or three of these hues. Which color combo is your favorite? Although I am most comfortable with the reds and browns from Wednesday, I am pretty smitten with today’s mix! Have a blessed weekend!

Cobalt, Navy, and Maroon


Dorothy Perkins shift dress
$34 - dorothyperkins.com

Clarks suede boots
nordstrom.com

Coin pouch
modcloth.com


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Fall Color Mixing – Red, Chocolate, and Sand!

Today is part two of my fall color mixing series, and I am sharing the color combination that I am most comfortable wearing! Aurora red (another Pantone color for fall), chocolate brown, and sand are three of my very favorite fall colors, probably because they can be mixed and matched in casual outfits, which suit my every day style. I am taking my love for skirts and dresses into this new season as well. What is your favorite fall color combo, and how do you style it? Casual, work-wear, girl’s night out? Please share and enjoy this chic, casual look!

Red, Chocolate, and Sand


Oasis red cardigan
$30 - oasis-stores.com

Brown boots
maurices.com

Julep nail polish
nordstrom.com

Julep nail polish
nordstrom.com


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Fall Color Mixing – Cognac, Mauve, and Purple!

This week I am bringing you a three part series to help you mix and match fall colors for 2014! I have been tearing color inspiration photos out of magazines (the old fashioned Pinterest) and trying to incorporate a few of Pantones colors for fall into these looks. Today I am sharing one way to coordinate cognac, radiant orchid, and mauve mist . You can mix and match these colors any way you like – add an accessory in purple, cognac pumps, whatever suits your style! Although summer is my favorite season, I love the rich, jewel tones of autumn.

I hope you enjoy this series all week, and please let me know if you have suggestions for mixing other fall colors! Join me Wednesday as I style red, cream, and chocolate brown!

Cognac, Mauve, and Purple


J Crew colorblock sweater
factory.jcrew.com

Uniqlo jacket
uniqlo.com

CROSS Jeanswear slim cut jeans
$55 - zalando.co.uk

Anna Field zip bag
$60 - zalando.co.uk


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PB&J Smoothie!

School is back in session and I am a stickler for healthy breakfast foods for Lucy. I know that if she eats a healthy breakfast, she will be able to concentrate on her studies, be more awake and alert, and not be starving by lunch period. She is a vegetarian, so I have to work extra hard to be sure she gets enough protein, B vitamins, and several other vitamins and minerals found only in animal products. We are not vegan, so we do eat eggs and milk.

I recently discovered a simple recipe for PB&J smoothies. We tried it for breakfast recently and it was a hit with all three of us! I am a smoothie junkie, and this was one of the most tasty smoothies I have ever tried! IMG_1705

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Mix one cup of ice cubes, one cup of diced strawberries, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp of peanut butter or PB2, and 1 cup of skim milk. We blended our smoothies in our Vitamix. I am pretty sure that this is the appliance we use most frequently in our house! Aside from the flat irons;)

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This smoothie is delicious, healthy, and packs a fabulous punch of protein for a morning meal or snack. You can also substitute peaches, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries for the strawberries for a variety of flavors. The PB&J smoothie will be a breakfast staple for my family this year! Let me know if you try it! Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Please share!! Have a blessed day!

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Maxi Skirts for Fall!

I jumped on the maxi bandwagon over the summer, and I am not planning to jump off anytime soon! I have been working on some outfits that will help me transition my maxi skirts and dresses for cool weather style. I don’t think maxis should be saved only for spring and summer! On Monday, I shared how to transition your summer maxi dress for cooler weather. Today, I am styling my favorite maxi skirt for the transition to fall.

By pairing a maxi skirt with a simple tank or tee, you are ready for the warmish days of September.

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You can easily wear your favorite maxi skirt during cooler weather by simply adding a cardigan, a denim jacket, or a blazer over a tank or tee. In September, the days are often much warmer than the night time hours, so just take a cardi or jacket with you for an evening out.

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I am excited to pair my maxi skirt with a chunky sweater when the days get cooler too. Add a pair of booties and simple accessories and you have the perfect casual fall outfit! How are you transitioning your favorite wardrobe pieces this fall?

Fall Maxi Skirt



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