Trends & Inspiration


As I get ready to head into my thirties on Saturday (eek) – I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the past decade. On the big things but also the more subtle things, like how my personal style has evolved. I think one of the best lessons I’ve learned is to fill your closet with classics that can be worn for the most occasions and then fill in from there with more personal touches – a vintage bag, a trendy top, a fun pair of shoes. And those classics? They don’t have to be necessarily the most expensive option out there – but they do need to be good quality and fit you impeccably. The above are what I consider to be my own 30 wardrobe staples that I’m happy to be armed with as I head into this next chapter of style (and life).

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Clothes: You’ll want to fill in with more season-specific pieces – but start with a trench coat, great fitting pair of jeans, slim sweater and confidence boosting lingerie underneath and you really can’t go wrong.

Shoes: Walkable, stylish and clean are the shoe requirements for a woman that looks like she has her life together. A pair of suede ankle boots, leather ballet flats or d’orsay heels get you through a week with ease.

Accessories: A classic watch, small stud earrings, and face flattering sunglasses – they’re the polished finishing touches to almost any outfit. I added a structured wide brim hat and a scarf that can be worn on your neck, dress up a bag handle or cover a bad hair day in a pinch.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I can’t believe that it’s May already?! But here is is, the first week gone and if you’re playing catch-up like me then that means you’re looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift. Hint, that’s May 14th. Here – a few options to put a smile on your Momma’s face. No judgement if you buy one for yourself and one for her.




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The Steele Maiden: New Swimwear Silhouettes to Try this Summer

For years I stuck to the exact same swimmer silhouette (a triangle top and side tie bottoms) thinking that it was the only style that would be flattering. Which I realize now was, frankly, crazy. Last summer I tried a handful of new silhouettes and never looked back. Before we headed to the West Coast I picked up a few more new silhouettes for the summer (honestly, now is the time to buy swimsuits – there’s nothing worse than a picked over selection mid season) and couldn’t wait to share. I tend to gravitate towards slightly more conservative cuts – a cute one piece, a high waisted bottom, or this new surfsuit – but whatever your style I hope this inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and try on a new silhouette for this season. You never know.. it might just become your new favorite!


Lands’ End Bikini & Surfsuit c/o | VS Pink One Piece & Bikini Top and Bottom c/o | Straw Panama Hat & Baseball Cap | Raen Sunglasses c/o | Round Sunglasses | Talbots Stripe Tunic & Gingham Slides c/o | Donald J Pliner Slides c/o

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The Steele Maiden: What I Packed in my Suitcase for a trip to LA and Palm Springs

And just like that.. we’re off! Well actually not just like that. After my half marathon on Saturday I came down with a stomach bug on Monday that left me hanging on for dear life right up until Tuesday night.. with a 9:30 AM flight on Wednesday that we had no idea if we’d even make. So really Adam should be writing this ‘What’s in my Suitcase’ post because he is in fact the one that packed every last thing as I dictated to him from what felt like my death bed. Miraculously, I am on the mend now and we managed to make this morning’s flight bound for LA and Palm Springs. Suffice to say more than ready to spend a few days in the sun and watch one of my very dearest friends get married.

Be sure you’re following along on Instagram (and IG stories!) to get snippets of our trip as it happens and in the meantime – here’s almost everything that’s in my suitcase. From a bold yellow one shoulder dress just begging for a margarita to pool-ready sandals and shades to the chicest printed trousers and an essential wide brim hat. I packed more color and fun into one suitcase than my wardrobe has seen in months. Can’t wait to share all the full looks with you soon! Until then – consider this my out of office.





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The Steele Maiden: Spring Color Crush - Marigold Yellow

After seemingly months of being drawn to nothing but neutrals – I’m suddenly craving rich, vivid color. Since it’s officially spring now (feel free to catch up any time now weather), I think it’s officially time to indulge. First up on my radar – marigold yellow. Try wearing this color – in a breezy eyelet top, swinging pom earrings or cool suede sneakers – and not feeling happy.. I dare you.


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