Trends & Inspiration


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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The Steele Maiden: Spring Must Have - Stripe Off the Shoulder Top

I recently picked up this embroidered detail blouse and when I went to find it online for you all realized that it had quickly sold out (the one shoulder version or dress version are still available though). After searching ‘stripe off the shoulder top’ to find something similar, approximately 1 million cute options appeared. It’s worth stating – this look is having a major moment. Since I’ve already got this one, I’m not sure that I can indulge in another, but you all should take full advantage of the plethora of affordable options. Here – just a few:


The Steele Maiden: Spring Must Have - Stripe Off the Shoulder Top The Steele Maiden: Spring Must Have - Stripe Off the Shoulder Top

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The Steele Maiden: How to wear Pantone's Color of 2017 - Greenery

Each year, Pantone dubs a particular shade their color of the year and for 2017 they’ve named ‘Greenery’ – a bright, lush shade of green meant to represent the comfort and reassurance of nature during an otherwise tumultuous political and social climate. While I typically don’t wear a lot of the color green I love the thought behind the shade this year and whether it’s bringing in more live plants to our apartment (these little pots would be cute in a row) or adding small doses mixed with neutrals in my wardrobe (this shift dress does a great job at mixing in other colors), I’m definitely going to be finding ways to incorporate the hue. Below – a few top picks.


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Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

While I definitely have fun switching up my costume jewelry to match the trends of each season, the pieces that I wear on a daily basis – and are easily the most meaningful ‘fashion items’ that I own – are all fine jewelry. From a custom-made ring that spells out my last name in precious stones to a thin gold band passed down to me from my favorite great Aunt, there are pieces that I’d be devastated to lose. Fine jewelry, unlike almost any other wearable item, just feels so incredibly sentimental and long-lasting.

Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

Which is why it’s important to protect it – and where Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company comes in. Accidents can happen no matter how careful we are. My late grandmother infamously threw away her own un-insured wedding ring and I once helped a friend search through gravel for hours after losing a brand new diamond stud earring that she’d yet to insure… and we never found it. There’s really no excuse for not having jewelry protection. Jewelers Mutual offers repair/replacement (including worldwide travel coverage!) for all types of jewelry and watches whether it’s been lost, stolen, damaged or just plain mysteriously disappeared.

So now that you know how to protect it – comes the fun part. Shopping for it (or hint, hint.. sending this post to someone who needs a little extra guidance in shopping for you!). Below, a few handy tips to picking the perfect fine jewelry gift this time of year. PLUS! Enter here for a chance to win a $1,000 jewelry gift card + other great prizes in the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes from Jewelers Mutual.

Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

To me, the wonderful part of fine jewelry is that it manages to feel timeless yet can be so tied to a particular moment or milestone. A vintage Hermes watch to celebrate a successful year of business or a sapphire studded ring to mark the addition of a new baby to the family. Pieces that will grow with you but will always call to mind special memories of when you first received them.

When looking for myself or for gifts I always look for that extra sentimental factor. I just got these Zodiac element studs in 10karat – one Air sign for Adam who is a Gemini and one Earth sign for my Taurus self to wear as a mismatched pair that represents us as a couple. And I gifted a stack of these sterling silver number rings to my sister on her wedding day (510 for her May 10th anniversary). Symbols, colors and stones are all great ways to add an air of personalization. Aside from that – I look for classic silhouettes that won’t feel aged or go out of style, yet still have details that make them feel modern. These natural pearl studs with minimal gold settings or this abstract diamond cluster necklace are both great examples.

Happy shopping! And don’t forget to add on Jewelers Mutual coverage to really make it a forever gift!


 Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

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Casual holiday style - fringe snowflake sweater and velvet hair bow

Not to be outdone by Black Friday (or if you were still in a turkey coma and missed it), Cyber Monday seems bigger and better than ever this year. I’m almost halfway through my shopping list and am using today to hopefully wrap up the rest. And in case you’ve still got quite a few names on your list – scroll down to enter my group giveaway for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Nordstrom, which will hopefully come in handy for one lucky winner!


ANTHROPOLOGIE – 20% off sitewide + free shipping over $150 (go for beautiful throw blankets, pretty party dresses and giftable candles and mugs)

AMAZON – major deals across all categories (go for the electronics like a Kindle or a DSLR camera)

BANANA REPUBLIC – 50% off everything – no exclusions (grab men’s suiting, women’s dresses and boots &  heels)

BODEN – 30% off sitewide + free shipping over $49 with code: XXXX (everything Adam and I are wearing in this post is now on sale!) 

COACH – 30% off sitewide + free shipping with code: THANKS2016 (pick up a classic tote or saddle bag that will never go out of style) 

FRENCH CONNECTION – 40% off sitewide with code: F40BLF (go straight for the party dresses

GAP – 50% off sitewide with code: CYBMON (sweaters for him, anything BabyGap, and coats for her)

GIGI NEW YORK – Spend more, save more – starting at 20% off $125 purchase (this crossbody is my hands down most carried bag) 

JCREW – 40% off sitewide with code: HOLIDAY (this is a BIG one and there’s something for everyone on your list – a winter coat, sweaters for him and her, cold weather accessories, statement earrings & a pair of cute slippers

KATE SPADE – 30% off sitewide with code: WIRED (a classic satchel or a cute phone case

LANDS’ END – 45% off sitewide with code: CYBER (go for outerwear and sleepwear for him and her

LOFT – 50% off sitewide + free shipping with code: CYBERMONDAY (grab a coat or pretty top for yourself, no judgement)

MADEWELL – 25% off sitewide with code: CYBERMONDAY (pick up cute sweaters and giftable cold weather accessories

NORDSTROM – Savings on categories sitewide (this is one where you’ll want to stock up – look for activewear, women’s boots, beauty kitsdresses for every occasion & outerwear

OLD NAVY – 50% off sitewide (a great time to pick up things for the kids on your list + cozy flannels, sweaters and sleepwear for yourself)

SHOPBOP – Up to 25% off sitewide (this is your chance to grab the brands that don’t usually go on sale – think Hunter Boots or Loeffler Randall & little luxuries like watches and sunglasses

SOLE SOCIETY – 30% off all footwear and apparel (these riding boots have been my favorites for over a year now) 

TALBOTS – 50% off one item, 40% off everything else + free shipping (everything in this casual holiday look and this dressy holiday look are on sale) 

TARGET – Major discounts on all categories (nearly a one-stop shop – this iPad or blender would make killer gifts) 

URBAN OUTFITTERS – $15 off $75+ or $50 off your $150+ order (pick up jackets for him & dresses for her or a Fujifilm Instax Camera

WEST ELM – Up to 50% off sitewide (go for hostess gifts or a great piece of framed art

Now…it’s time for an awesome giveaway! I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers from all across the country to give YOU a chance to win:
a $1000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the holidays!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 12/5. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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