April 30, 2012

Current Obsessions

1. Madewell Lace Top $148 and Madewell Striped Skirt $68. 2. Thakoon + Nars Nail Polishes  $18 each. 3. Shashi Skull Necklace $132. 4. Madewell Dotty Skirt $98. 5. Rebecca Minkoff iPhone Case $58. 6. Isabel Marant Dress $915. 7. Phillip Lim Croc-Embossed Tote $975. 8. St. Topez Tanning Mousse $40. 9. Alexander McQueen Skull Card Holder $160. 10. Emilio Pucci + Guerlain Illuminating Pearls $59 {matching brush here}. 11. Joise Maran Limited Edition Argan Oil $48. 12. Elizabeth and James Sandals $325 {but 50% off here!}.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I surprised one of my girlfriends in Chicago on Friday for her bridal shower and got to be reunited with my SMU besties.  Can't wait to share some photos with you! Quick reminder to enter the Glam Grab Accessory Auctions giveaway by Wednesday.  XOXO 

April 28, 2012

Shop Now: Australian Designer Dion Lee

How cute is this line from promising Australian designer Dion Lee? Dion hosted his first presentation during London Fashion Week in February {which featured a black, red and white color palette} and his spring pieces are currently for sale on Shopbop and Net-a-Porter. His price point is on the pricey side {comparable to Preen or Carven} but if you feel like splurging on some bold investment pieces then this collection is one to consider.  Thoughts? 

P.S. Sign up for my giveaway with Glam Grab Accessory Auctions by May 2nd here. XOXO

April 27, 2012

Fabulous Friday

The current contents of my Tilly Maison tray: Chanel Nail Polishes {my favorite colors are Black Pearl, Particuliere, Tenderesse and Nouvelle Vague}, Voluspa Saijo Persimmon Candle, Tom Ford Lip Stick in Pink Dusk, Tom Ford Lip Stick in True Coral, Tom Ford Lip Gloss in Naked and a mercury glass Pottery Barn votive used as a mini vase.

White and pink roses from Matt.

Mini review of Tom Ford Blush in Frantic Pink: this blush has excellent pigmentation, great staying power and it looks like a mix of Nars Orgasm and Benefit Dandelion- would highly recommend if you like either of those blushes.

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'm hoping to have some great weekend photos and a Lucky Fabb recap post to share with you all next week!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway with Glam Grab Accessory Auctions by Wednesday, May 2nd here. XOXO

April 26, 2012

Styling Solutions: Sex & The City Inspired

The ladies of Sex & The City will always be near and dear to my heart.  I've seen every episode {more than once} and used to watch rerun marathons with my best girlfriends in college.  The stylist behind the TV show and movies, Patrica Field, created such distinct and inspiring looks for the girls that I often times find myself saying "this is such a Charlotte dress" or "this is such a Carrie shoe." I think my favorite episode is a tie between The Real Me {when Carrie trips in the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show} and the series finale An American Girl In Paris. Which episode was your favorite?

P.S. Don't miss my giveaway with Glam Grab Accessory Auctions. Sign up by May 2nd here. XOXO

April 25, 2012

Giveaway: Ring c/o Glam Grab Accessory Auctions

I'm so excited to team up with Glam Grab for this giveaway! Glam Grab Accessory Auctions presents an exciting, new way to shop online for designer-inspired contemporary jewelry and accessories. In step with the latest, fashion-forward trends, Glam Grab features its limited collections every Monday evening on its Facebook page. Here, style-conscious fans have the opportunity to bid on fixed-price treasures. Don't miss an auction, 'Like' Glam Grab on Facebook to catch previews of their accessories and to bid in their auctions held every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. Central/ 5:30 p.m. Pacific.

This giveaway is for the beautiful Ippolita-inspired ring seen on the model above and in the photo below {adjustable ring size}

To enter please do the following:
- Become a follower of Nicole's Guide To Style via "Google Friend Connect" at right.
- Become a Facebook fan of Nicole's Guide to Style and Glam Grab Accessory Auctions.
- Leave me a comment letting me know you've done the above along with your email.

Extra Entries: add Nicole's Guide To Style on Twitter, Bloglovin', Currently Obsessed and/or tweet about the giveaway {be sure to include @nsguidetostyle in your tweet}. You'll get one point for each so you can get up to 4 extra entries if you do all for a total of 5 chances to win!

Be sure to check out glamgrab.com and their Facebook page for the latest auctions and updates!  This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 2nd and the winner will be announced on Thursday, May 3rd.  Best of luck!  XOXO

April 24, 2012

Sales & Steals: MadeByGirl Promo Code

All items available at MadeByGirl: Hand Painted Cards $11. Pink Leopard Match Boxes $7. Gold LOVE Print $35. Gold Embossed Match Boxes $7.

One of my favorite bloggers, Jen of MadeByGirl, is having a great Mother's Day promo starting today.  Check out her post {here} to get the discount code for 20% off.  I picked up the beautiful hand painted cards and matches {not included in the promo} for some special ladies in my life.  XOXO

Images via MadeByGirl.com.

How I Spent My... Weekend

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Urth CaffĂ© treats on Saturday {their honey vanilla latte with almond milk is my favorite!}. Pretty Orchids at the Chris McMillian Salon. How Nala Riggins spends her weekend mornings. Surprise white and pink roses from Matt.

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Sushi date on Saturday night. Strawberry Spice cocktail: Grey Goose + strawberries + Martini & Rossi Rosato + club soda. Sunday Brunch mimosas at Central Park. Crispy Rice + Spicy Tuna at Sushi Roku.

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Magazines from last week. Overnight Oats: combine equal parts oatmeal + Greek yogurt + almond milk with a bit of cinnamon and agave + leave in the fridge overnight + top with fresh fruit before enjoying. True statement on my Starbucks mug. Quinoa Mediterranean Greek Salad inspired by this Pinterest recipe.

P.S. Don't forget to use the Saks 20% off code, FRIENDS7, by April 29th! XOXO

April 23, 2012

Sales & Steals: Saks 20% Off Code

Uh oh, another major sale right after the Shopbop code last week?! Use code FRIENDS7 for 20% off at Saks now until April 29th online and from April 25th-29th in stores.  Start shopping here. XOXO

April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! XOXO
{all photos taken on our Honeymoon while visiting Santorini, Crete and Athens}

April 20, 2012

Fabulous Friday

I'm super excited to be attending to the Lucky FAAB Conference at the end of the month! I'm a little nervous since I don't know too many people attending...as in I know 1 person. Regardless, it will be really fun to meet some of my favorite bloggers and to hear the amazing speakers that they have lined up.

{coat via Zara}
On Wednesdays we wear pink... And on Fridays.

{shoes here and bracelet unfortunately sold out but Forever21 look-a-like $ here}
Topshop has some great look-for-less versions of these Christian Louboutin Spike Loafers and this CC Skye Spike Bracelet.  Eva Chen of Teen Vogue tweeted about these shoes and they're almost $1,000 less than the Louboutin versions!

{dress by Rebecca Taylor}
Pretty palette for spring: nude paired with a pop of neon.

A quick little review of the Nike Free TR Fit 2 Sneakers: I switched over from Asics a few weeks ago and it's amazing how light weight these are in comparison.  I'm definitely still getting used to them {it almost feels like you're walking barefoot and the shoe allows for a lot more flexibility} but so far they're a nice change!

Any weekend plans? Mine is pretty wide open which I'm really looking forward to. The only thing on my agenda right now is a hair appointment for some much needed highlights... the roots are getting a little out of control! If you have any great blonde hair color inspiration photos to share, send them my way, I'd appreciate some suggestions!

P.S. Brainstorming a new giveaway for next week! XOXO

April 19, 2012

Current Obsessions

1. Diane Von Furstenberg Dress $498 {red version here}. 2. Diane Von Furstenberg Romper $498. 3. Iosselliani Earrings $200. 4. Tibi Maxi Dress $475. 5. Alexander Wang Diego Bag $825. 6. J.Crew High Waisted Shorts $160. 7. American Beauty Book $75. 8. Kerastase Cristalliste Serum $42 {giveaway on Veronika's blog}. 9. BB Dakota Skirt $65 {Erdem look-a-like version $$$ here}. 10. Elizabeth & James Sandals $198 {tan here and silver here}.

If you follow my Currently Obsessed page then you might have seen some of these posted recently.  My favorite item is from a new-to-me jewelry brand, Iosselliani {pink, turquoise, multicolored favorites from the line}, who I just discovered this week on Barney's site.  All of their pieces are so fun and unique! I'll definitely be adding these gems to my birthday wish list {July isn't too far away...}! What are some of your current favorites or items on your wish list?

P.S. Can it be the weekend yet? XOXO

April 18, 2012

Styling Solutions: Summer Wedding

Boho Glam: Issa Maxi Dress $725.  Oscar De La Renta Earrings $185. Topshop Snakeskin Peep Toes $200. Tom Ford Nail Color in Burnt Topaz $30. California GirlHelmut Lang Dress $380. Oscar De La Renta Earrings $450. Charlotte Olympia Pumps $905. Tom Ford Nail Color in Ginger Fire $30.

Ultimate Fashionista: Oscar De La Renta Feather Dress {cheaper options here and here}. Anita Ko Silver Spike Earrings $375. Christian Louboutin Spike Pumps $1495. Tom Ford Nail Color in Bitter Bitch $30. Prim Princess: RED Valentino Dress $995. Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings $60. Jimmy Choo Crystal Pump $1695 {nude version here}. Tom Ford Nail Color in Burnished Rogue $30.

I have a bunch of save-the-dates and wedding invitations up on my fridge and was feeling inspired to put together some glamourous looks based on the styles of my favorite fashionistas. I'm so looking forward to attending these special events and would totally love to rock one of these ensembles if the funds allowed! Are you Boho Glam like Nicole Richie? Relate to Blake Lively's California Girl style? Wanting to look like the Ultimate Fashionista a la Rachel Bilson or a Prim Princess like Reese Witherspoon?

P.S. Congrats to the Melanie Auld Bracelet Giveaway winner Bridget of Think Classy.  Check your email later today!  Thank you to everyone that participated, more giveaways coming soon!

P.S.S. Reminder that the Shopbop 20% off code inthefamily20 expires at 11:59pm tonight. Check out my favorite casual picks from the site here! XOXO

April 17, 2012

Sales & Steals: Shopbop 20% Off Code

This deal was too good not to share with you asap! Shopbop is having 20% off right now with code inthefamily20 until April 18th at 11:59pm so you better act fast!  It's the perfect time to stock up on basics or splurge on something that's been on your wish list for awhile.  

I've listed the causal, easy to wear standouts that I think can be dressed up or down for spring and summer.  Some other pieces that I was looking at are this dramatic, coral  Diane Von Furstenberg Dress, this Winter Kate Dress in a vibrant fuchsia print and this green Tibi Maxi Dress.  I also love these Rag and Bone Harrow Booties and these Rag and Bone Peach Jeans.

Start shopping now here and don't forget to use code inthefamily20 at checkout to get your discount. Tweet me @nsguidetostyle with what you got! XOXO

How I Spent My... Weekend

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This outfit didn't make it out of the house but I'm hoping to wear it somewhere special in the next few weeks: Coat: Zara. Shirt: Zara. Jeans: Current/Elliot Stiletto in Leopard. Shoes: Christian Louboutin Rolando {nude here and red here}. Arm candy featuring Forever 21, Hermes Clic Clac, Topshop {similar $ here and $$ here}, Cartier Watch and Melanie Auld Bracelets c/o. New Zara clutch as seen on my fashion crush Elin Kling {lusting over this Proenza Schouler version}.

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The view from our girls brunch at The Penthouse in Santa Monica.  Lemon Drops at The Grove. Grilled vegetable salad on our date Saturday night. My drink specialty: Grey Goose, sparkling water {lemon or lime flavored}, fresh lemon or lime wedges and a splash of Trader Joe's margarita mix.

Be sure to enter my Melanie Auld Bracelet Giveaway by midnight; the lucky winner will be announced tomorrow.  Make sure you check back in then to see if you've won! XOXO

April 16, 2012

Shop Now: Rebecca Taylor Spring Collection

Python Suede Dress $795. Faux Wrap Tank Dress {coral version here} $295. Summer Blossom Dress $275. Tile Shell Top $325. Cross Back Crew Neck Sweater $250.  Knit Dress $550. Tile Print Dress $550. Tuxedo Trousers $465.

I'm a huge fan of Rebecca Taylor and was lucky enough to attend her New York Fashion Week runway show a few seasons ago.  Her pieces are always so feminine and fun! I like that she stays on top of each season's color trends but keeps the silhouettes of her pieces timeless.  I've featured some of the standouts from her spring collection above; the Faux Wrap Tank Dress and the Summer Blossom Dress were recently added to my closet thanks to the Bloomingdale's Friends and Family discount from a few weeks ago!

After seeing these images from style.com, it looks like the fall collection will be a hit too. What's your favorite Rebecca Taylor piece right now?  XOXO

April 14, 2012

Styling Solutions: Summer Abroad

The Talented Mr. Ripley is one of my favorite movies. The scenery is just breathtaking and so is Gwyenth Paltrow's look; her character's wardrobe is the epitome of easy-chicness. These pieces can be mixed and matched in any combination and the look will still be on point and polished... a perfect look for a summer abroad or a trip to the lake! I own these Sperry Metallic Boat Shoes and find that they add a hint of all American preppiness to any outfit. XOXO

April 13, 2012

Recent Outfits

Outfit 1 Dress: Stylemint Venice in Pink. Shoes: Jimmy Choo Kerfield Booties {sold out but similar here and here}. Outfit 2 Shirt: Zara Shorts: Abercrombie {really old but cute options here and here}.  Shoes: Shoemint Bridget. Outfit 3 Sweater: Zara. Shorts: Zara. Shoes: ZaraJewelry In All Posts Anita Ko Spike EarringsJennifer Meyer NecklaceMelanie Auld Bracelets c/o, Hermes Clic Clac and Cartier Watch. Friedasophie Necklace in Outfit 3 found here.

Happy Friday, I hope it's fabulous! I snapped a few outfit photos last weekend while out and about and thought I'd share full length pics. Sorry for the poor iPhone photo quality, working on getting better outfit photos soon! Any plans for the weekend? I'm looking forward to a brunch in Santa Monica with my girlfriends on Sunday in honor of my bestie's engagement! If you're one of the lucky ones heading to the desert, don't forget to review my Coachella post before you pack for inspiration.

P.S. Remember to enter my giveaway by April 18th for a chance to win a M.A.D. By Hand Bracelet c/o Melanie Auld! XOXO

April 12, 2012

Styling Solutions: Stagecoach Country Chic

If boho glam isn't your thing {see Coachella inspiration here} then check out these adorable options for a country chic look.  Whether you're attending the Stagecoach music festival or if you just want to channel your inner Taylor Swift, these looks are for you.  I'm not a big country music girl but I've come to love cowboy boots and teased hair after calling Dallas my second home for four years while attending SMU!

Do you need inspiration for an upcoming event or styling advice on how to recreate your favorite celebrity look or editorial? Leave me a comment with a link to a photo or article if applicable and I'll try to incorporate it into an upcoming Styling Soultions post! XOXO 

April 11, 2012

Giveaway: M.A.D. By Hand c/o Melanie Auld

If you're a long time reader then you might remember this review I did in 2010 of the Melanie Auld Designs Farrah Bag. Melanie also makes gorgeous jewelry and she recently approached me about giving a Guide To Style reader a piece from her line... of course I said yes!

On top of her luxe accessories line, Melanie Auld Designs, Melanie recently launched an Etsy shop called M.A.D. by Hand of handmade pieces. The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive her Braided Chain Bracelet in Nude.  I wore some of her pieces in yesterday's post {never took them off this weekend!} if you want to check it out here!

To enter simply do the following:
- Become a Follower of Guide To Style {"Google Friend Connect" at right}.
- Become a Facebook fan of Guide to Style {here} and Melanie Auld Designs {here}.
- Leave me a comment letting me know you've done the above along with your email.

Extra Entries: For extra entries add me on TwitterBloglovin'Currently Obsessed and/or tweet about the giveaway {be sure to include @nsguidetostyle in your tweet}. You'll get one point for each so you can get up to 4 extra entries if you do all for a total of 5 chances to win!

Be sure to check out Melanie Auld Designs {here} and M.A.D. by Hand {here} to see all of Melanie's great pieces.  The winner will be announced April 18th. XOXO

April 10, 2012

How I Spent My... Weekend

Dress: Stylemint Venice in Pink. Shoes: Jimmy Choo Kerfield Booties {sold out but similar here and here}. Jewelry: Anita Ko Spike EarringsJennifer Meyer Necklace, Melanie Auld Bracelets c/o, Hermes Clic Clac and Cartier Watch.

Saturday called for a Starbucks iced coffee and a delivery from Stylemint which I promptly wore Saturday night to Taverna Tony in Malibu; the food reminded us of our honeymoon in Greece {posts here, here and here}!

Pink tulips to celebrate spring.

 A dozen macaroons from Lette in Old Town in coconut, raspberry, vanilla, salted carmel, pistachio and sweet almond wedding cake.

Easter Sunday breakfast of coffee, asian pears and strawberries before all of the day's festivities.

How was everyone's weekend? I started off Friday by going to The Raymond House and 1886 for dinner and cocktails; they have the most amazing speciality drinks! Saturday I had a picnic at the Silverlake Reservoir with my girlfriends before heading to Taverna Tony in Malibu with my hubby.  Sunday was spent with my family celebrating my Dad's birthday and Easter.  I hope you had a great one!

P.S. If you like the Melanie Auld bracelets pictured in my outfit photo then get excited for my giveaway this week! XOXO

April 9, 2012

Styling Solutions: Coachella Boho Glam

Are you one of the lucky ones attending Coachella this year? As an LA native, I'm embarrassed to admit that I have never been to the infamous music festival... need to change that asap! I wish I was going this year because there is an especially stellar lineup.  I'd love to hear Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Florence + The Machine, Girl Talk and The Black Keys perform!  For all you country lovers, don't fret, I have a Stagecoach inspiration board coming up soon so be sure to check back in. XOXO

April 6, 2012

Fabulous Friday

Did not realize my Chanel nail polish collection had gotten this out of control. With that being said, their seasonal releases are always on trend and add such pizzaz to an otherwise basic outfit so it's totally warranted, right? 

Finally bit the bullet and ordered the Current/Elliot Stiletto Leopard Jeans I was lusting after from this post.  I love their Stiletto style {no alterations needed!} and have this print and this wash on my wish list!

I was too excited to steam this out before snapping a photo; I just heart the little elephant print on this Winter Kate dress!  I'm planning on wearing it to a wedding with my Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings but am also contemplating investing in these amazing Oscar De La Renta Earrings in Turquoise or Gold.

On Wednesday I got a trim with Lisa at the Ken Paves salon and picked up some new products.  My hair has recently been a little on the dry side so she recommend this particular line from Kerastase {shampoo, conditioner and heat-activated styling treatment}.  I'm a huge Kerastase fan and also use their shampoo for highlighted hair and this shine serum.

Congratulations are in order for Hannah of What The Fashion who won the Friedasophie Giveaway! I'll be emailing you this weekend with details on your prize.  A big thank you to everyone that participated! I'm a few hours away from hitting a million page views {crazy!} and promise to do a great giveaway in honor of the occasion next week!

What is everyone's plan for the weekend? I'll be having a picnic with my best girlfriends Saturday afternoon, going on a date night with my hubby and celebrating Easter and my Dad's birthday on Sunday!  XOXO