InStyle Essentials blouse (c/o); Trouve leggings via Nordstrom; Joe's heels (c/o) Nordstrom; clutch (c/o) T.J. Maxx; Ray-Ban sunglasses; OK1984 necklace; Karen London chain bracelet; C. Wonder leopard cuff (similar); Michael Kors watch; NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick in Dragon Girl
Over the years, I've probably read or been told about four million times that every woman needs that perfect white shirt. For someone who can be a bit hard to fit up top (to say the least), it all sounded like a bunch of gibberish. (The perfect white shirt? Get outta town.) When I came across these InStyle Essentials white shirts, I really didn't think much of them until I saw the sizing. Unlike any others I've seen, these three classic styles are all sized by bra size. (I know, why didn't you think of that?) Whether you're petite, curvy, or somewhere in between, there's a perfect fit for you, no pulling, no tugging, no gapping. Don't believe me? Well then enter below to win your own. Comment below with your choice between a classic button-down, bow blouse, or the weekend tunic, which I'm wearing above. As for the bottoms, I've been dying to break in these faux leather front leggings, and I can promise that these will make many appearances in the coming months. A couple pops of red and gold jewelry finished off the look. Enter below to win - good luck! (Open to US residents only, a winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 1st.)
Be honest: when's the last time you really washed your makeup brushes? Recently I realized that it had been a little longer than I care to admit, which translates to breakouts and generally just plain gross. It was pretty sweet timing when the folks over at SOHO Beauty offered to send over a full set of makeup brushes, and it's even sweeter that the brushes are really nice. The bristles feel really great on my skin, and the comfy grip is a nice little touch. Plus, I like that the kabuki brush comes with its own little stand. Plus (again), they're all brand spankin' new and squeaky clean. My face can breathe a little better. And now, SOHO is giving one lucky reader the gift of new brushes ($100 value). Just click away below and cross your fingers because trust me, it's pretty nice having some fresh beauty gear. A winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 11th. Good luck!
Shop It: SOHO Brushes
Sometimes there's nothing like coming home after a long day and slipping into comfy sweats and flip flops and diving face-first in the direction of the couch. Although I think I'm breaking some sort of blogger oath by admitting it, for me, that's instant joy, and the sandal of choice for years has been Havaianas. They're available in tons of colors, and the squishy, molds-to-your-feet rubber is so comfortable and perfect for the beach. In the spirit of mini victories, Havaianas is giving away a pair of their Classic Sandals to one lucky My Style Diaries reader. Enter below, (US residents only) and get ready to have a little instant joy of your own. Good luck!
P.S. - If you're feeling lucky, check out the Havaianas #InstantJoy giveaway on Facebook, and upload your own instant joy moment via Instagram. (Ends at midnight tonight.)
Boyfriend Shirt: (c/o) Subtle Luxury; Scarf: (c/o) Subtle Luxury; Bag: (c/o) TLC&you; Bracelets: (c/o) Bijouterie; Watch: Michael Kors; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Summer is just so painfully close here in Southern California, and that means it's time to think about swimsuit season. While the suit itself is a pretty key ingredient to a summer by the beach, equally important is a cute coverup that goes from the sand to wherever the afternoon might take you. I'm loving this slightly sheer embroidered boyfriend tunic alone during the day or paired with denim cutoffs and one of their amazingly soft scarves once the sun goes down. If you haven't tried Subtle Luxury's beach-worthy California creations, now is your chance: one lucky reader will win a boyfriend tunic and spun scarf (like in the look above, worth $133) courtesy of Subtle Luxury. Simply follow the rules below. One winner will be announced on Friday, May 17th. Good luck!
Scarf: (c/o) Subtle Luxury; Tee: (c/o) Aritzia; Pants: (c/o) David Kahn; Heels: DV by Dolce Vita; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Watch: Michael Kors; Bracelets: (c/o) Gorjana, C Wonder
Ahh, well the Super Bowl is over, and my main girl Beyonce did not disappoint. Someone's gotta win, and someone's gotta lose. If you aren't the lucky winner of last week's giveaway, (Congratulations, Ruby Royales!) I've got another one for you. It's no secret that I love a great scarf, and this one is definitely good. This ultra-soft version from Subtle Luxury is the ideal size and perfectly kicks a plain old jeans-and-tee outfit up a notch. (Although I must say, these velvet jeans by David Kahn are not your run-of-the-mill skinnies.) Enter to win using the options below. One winner will be chosen on February 11, 2013. (US residents only.) Good luck, and happy Monday. ya'll!
**Update: Congratulations to the winner of the Subtle Luxury Scarf Giveaway - Christy Ann! Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for more great giveaways!
Scarf: Love Quotes (c/o) Lash Clothing
I'm a pretty firm believer that a great accessory can really transform an outfit, and for me, a standout scarf is always a favorite, regardless of the season. (While we're on the subject, Love Quotes is about as good as it gets when it comes to a season-less, cozy game changer.) Inspired by the scarf in today's post, I'm so excited to team up with Lash Clothing to give one lucky reader $100 to spend on the spring wardrobe necessities of her choice. Whether you've got your eyes set on a staple black maxi, wear-everywhere booties, or a sleek new accessory, the choice is yours. Enter below with a few simple clicks. This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on February 4th, 2013. Don't forget to share with friends by clicking the Tweet and/or Like buttons below. Good luck!
**Update: Congratulations to the winner of the Lash Clothing $100 Giveaway - Ruby Royales! Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and please stay tuned for more great giveaways xo
Because one holiday giveaway could never be enough, I'm teaming up with the fine folks over at Cult of Individuality to give two lucky winners the two cozy, comfy pairs of their choice! Feeling the love yet? Simply follow the steps below to enter. Two winners (US residents only) will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, December 21st. Good luck!
1. Follow Cult of Individuality on Pinterest here
2. Follow My Style Diaries on Pinterest here
3. Repin 2 product images from the My Style Diaries "Cult Classics" board onto your own "Holiday Wishlist" board
4. Share this post by clicking the "Tweet" and/or "Like" buttons below
5. Comment on this post with your name and email
Dress: (c/o) Leona Collection; Cardigan: Banana Republic (Similar); Wedges: Kimchi Blue; Necklace: H&M; Bracelets: (c/o) Peppermint Chic; Watch: (c/o) Caravelle by Bulova; Sunglasses: Forever 21
The minute I laid eyes on this drop-waist Leona Collection frock (that I shortened to a minidress length), I knew it would be perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Whether worn alone or paired with a black cardigan, it easily creates a fun and flirty party look. Add a bit of sparkle with a fun necklace, stacked bangles and cap-toe wedges, and you're ready to dance the night away. Need a jumpstart on your holiday wardrobe? Leona is giving away this classic rose-print "Bardot" dress to one lucky reader! Simply follow the rules below. A winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, December 10th. (US residents only.) Good luck!
Enter to win:
1. "Like" Leona on Facebook here
2. Follow Leona on Twitter here
3. "Like" My Style Diaries on Facebook here
4. Share this post with friends by clicking the "Like" and/or "Tweet" buttons below
5. Comment on this post with your name and email
**Update: Congratulations to the winner: Rachel Beltz! Thanks so much to everyone who entered! xo
With the approaching celebration of Thanksgiving this week, so comes the mother of all shopping days: Black Friday. I don't know about you, but Friday morning I predict that I'll be sipping from a bottle of Pepto regretting that last helping of stuffing and third slice of pie. It's not pretty, people, but sometimes, the truth hurts. So what's a girl to do? Don't fret, my pet! For those of us who like to have our turkey and eat it too, Cyber Monday is where it's at. With tons of online retailers offering discounts, promos and free shipping, you can sit back, relax and shop 'til your little mouse finger drops. In the spirit of giving, I've partnered with friends at LAMade, TLC & You, Sole Society and Bijouterie to give one lucky winner a $225 holiday head start. Whether you're trying to cross a few names off your gift list or just doing a little personal shopping (no judgement here), head on over to LAMade and use a $50 credit towards their collection of basic tees, tanks and adorable dresses. Then click over to TLC & You and check out their unique variety of handmade Balinese handbags and accessories, and enjoy a $50 credit. (And you absolutely must check out their other line, Bachik Baby, for the tiny humans on your list.) Next, bounce over to Sole Society for $100 towards the stylish kicks of your choice. (With shoes starting at just $49.95, grab a pair for yourself and for the fashionista on your list.) Finally, head over to Bijouterie for $25 worth of finishing touches. Enter using the app below, and don't forget to comment with your name and email. One winner (US residents only) will be chosen on Monday, November 26th. Good luck!
Get These Looks!
Sold Design Lab "Spring Street Skinny" $49.99 (Originally $118)
Black Tank $7.99
Poof Cardigan $11.99
DV by Dolce Vita "The Boston Shoe" $29.99 (Originally $99)
Star Necklace: (c/o) by boe; Elephant Necklace: Vintage; Watch: Michael Kors; Rings: (c/o) Gorjana; Bracelet: (c/o) Karen London; Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
When Marshalls challenged me to put together a $100 head-to-toe look inspired by one of fall's top trends, I knew exactly what I wanted to find: color! Oxblood is definitely my favorite color trend for fall, so when I came across these Sold Design Lab skinnies in rich burgundy, I was, well, sold. Next stop: shoes. I love how these DV platforms have just a hint of contrasting mustard for an extra dose of color and can't wait to pair them with so many other pieces from my closet. A basic tank, soft striped cardigan and my own jewelry completed the look. And now for the best part: Marshalls is giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card of their own! Simply follow the rules below. A winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, September 28th. (This one is open to U.S. residents only.) You'll be surprised what you can find for just $100. Good luck!
1. "Like" My Style Diaries on Facebook here
2. Follow My Style Diaries on bloglovin' here (optional)
3. Share this post with friends by clicking "Like" or "Tweet" below
4. Comment on this post with your favorite fall trend or best designer score from Marshalls
(Don't forget to include your name and email in your comment!)
**Update: Congratulations to the winner of the $100 gift card - Denise Morse! Thanks so much to everyone who entered!