Category Archives: Fashion
I’ve been wanting to do a feature on Lululemon for quite some time. They are a brand known for their high-end yoga and workout wear. The first piece of Lululemon that I owned was a pair of black Groove pants and I have been hooked ever since. Why? Because it’s quality workout wear that you could (and I seriously do) live in.
So for my little feature today, I wanted to feature my favorite pieces from Lululemon that I adore. I now own too much to count, some I like, and some I love. Here are my favorites:
Of course, there are many items that I still want to try and have not yet (namely their headbands, yoga mats, and the free to be sports bras which are super cute). But I’m hoping that will come in time!
For now, I am just obsessed with all things Lululemon. There is one thing that I tell friends and family when it comes to buying their stuff. You will want to try it on first because personally, I think they run a little small. I am usually a size 4 and at Lulu, I’m a size 6. Some of the tops, I even purchase as a size 8 (like the Run pullover above) so that it isn’t tight. But that is a total preference factor
It also makes a difference what types of workouts you typically do. I find that for yoga, I can go with any of their tops and be comfortable (however, the tighter tanks do work better for things like down-dog and such, because they will not flip upside down on you! For my hip hop classes, I like to wear the Practice Freely and No-Limits tanks because they give me room to move around and not have any chaffing with high-impact workouts.
For the pants, I love any of them for yoga. But I especially love the wunder under crops for my hip hop and zumba classes. The Groove yoga pants get a little warm when you’re doing the high level cardio though, so I stick to the capris. I also have a pair of Groove crops that work well for the high-impact classes as well.
Do you have a favorite piece from Lululemon? Share in the comments!!!
I recently discovered an amazing website that is right up my alley in regards to fashion and savvy shopping! I want to introduce to you guys, Lendperk!! The easiest way to describe Lendperk to you is to say it is the Netflix of dresses! Interested in hearing more? You should be, this concept is phenomenal, and I’m in love with it. Let me share a little bit more about Lendperk.
Lendperk is a company that gives you the chance to find new fashion brands and rent their dresses. These aren’t just any dresses either, no, these beautiful dresses are ones that you’d regularly find at Nordstrom, ASOS, etc.
How does it work?
Gone are the days of buying a new dress for different fancy occasions (weddings, graduations, bridal showers, baby showers, company parties, the list goes on.) Instead, you can rent a gorgeous dress for as little as $20/month. You definitely couldn’t buy much of a dress with $20, especially one that is modern and in style and uber-chic!
Want more than one dress a month? That’s fine too! You get an even better deal if you decide to up the ante and get 2 dresses a month for only $34.
If you have a lot of work functions, lots of friends getting married, or just love to wear dresses, then you can get the Unlimited monthly plan! For only $49.99, you will get to choose as many dresses as you want each month with no limit. How amazing is that!?
What if I don’t need a dress one month?
The best part is this, you can roll over your unused dress to the next month! Let’s say you don’t have any occasions in May, but you have two weddings in June. Roll over your dress and have a new dress for each wedding!
You can also cancel anytime you want and restart whenever too, there is no obligation to commit.
Sarah tries a dress!
Yes, I got to take my pick of one of the dresses. This worked out extremely well because I had a special event (Mamapalooza – holla!) that I needed a chic outfit for. Now if you know me, you know that I hate spending money. Instead of buying a high-end dress for $100+, I got to rent one of Lendperk’s fabulous dresses. I chose this Minuet Blue Colorblock dress
I got the dress just a couple days after I picked it out online. It arrived in a nice package and it looked stunning, and I even told my husband how I couldn’t believe it wasn’t wrinkled or anything. It was ready to wear! I hung it up until the big day, and found some matching shoes and a belt that I already owned. Here’s my amateur-photo shoot, which consisted of my husband and my iphone…
I could not believe how many compliments I received in this dress!! It looked cute online, but it looked even better in person! The colors just really popped, and it was just perfect for a nice spring day in Minnesota.
After the event was over, I came home and changed into sweats (er, duh!) Lendperk had sent me a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope to send the dress back in. Easy peasy! I popped it in my mailbox the next day and that was it! No cleaning, no address-hunting, no post office visits; no work.
Do you want to give Lendperk a try? Now is a good time, with summer right around the corner! Check out Lendperk’s monthly plans and find one that suits your lifestyle best
Special offer for May
I just want to mention an offer that Lendperk has right now. Each new member that signs up for a monthly plan will receive a $5 off code! Isn’t that awesome? We all love saving money, don’t we?
I hope you guys check out Lendperk and some of their gorgeous dresses that you can rent! And a special thank you to Lendperk for giving me the chance to look ultra-glam for my event
Disclosure: I received a dress via Lendperk to do this review. I was not paid for this post, and all opinions are my own.
Well I had quite the end to last week. If you remember, I mentioned the Mamapalooza Makeover contest that Ridgedale Center was putting on. Well I received the name of the woman that I would be styling for Saturday and her name was Alexis! We met up on Friday to get shopping, or as I joked with her, it wasn’t just shopping, it was shopping boot camp because I meant business!
Before we went from store to store looking for the perfect outfit for her, I showed her a few looks that would work beautifully for her body shape (she is a pear). Here is some similar images for images of pear-shaped fashion ideas:
Then we decided to start at Coldwater Creek because that was her favorite store. They had some really cute clothes there that she liked, but they had more of a casual chic approach. Alexis is looking to impress at job interviews, so we wanted to give her a professional and modern look. We checked out New York & Company because they’ve got a great collection of professional clothes for women. Next was The Limited who also had tons of options, plus lots of cute blazers to pair with any type of work outfit. Here are some fun shots I got of the selection at The Limited.
I absolutely loved their fun spring colors, but they were classy at the same time, if that makes sense. They didn’t take bright florescents that would look tacky at the office. No, they had an awesome selection, and we even ended up finding her skirt and top here!
Here’s another snapshot of some of the spring fashions they had at The Limited:
Moving forward, we had to find a navy cardigan to go with her ensemble. So we headed to Macy’s where we lucked out! We found a Jones New York navy cardigan that looked so cute on her! Then we only had shoes and accessories left to scout for.
There are lots of fun stores at Ridgedale to shop for accessories at. It was the first time I had been into Francesca’s and that was so neat in there! It has a small boutique feel but with lots of fun, fashionable accessories like shoes, bags, jewelry and lots more. We didn’t find her accessories there, but I just had to mention the store because it’s something different!
We did end up finding her accessories at Aldo (my go-to for bags and other cute accessories). There, we found her some cute gold hoop earrings, and a red and gold small shoulder bag. Her favorite color was red, so I know she will be using that tons!
For shoes, we managed to find some super cute picks at Aerosoles. I loooove their shoes because they are comfy, sensible but also fashionable and cute. We fell in love with a pair of beige and red pumps but they didn’t have her size, so we ended up with red pumps that she loved, and they worked with the outfit!
That completed her look on my behalf, but then she went and seen Lauren at Aveda New Reflections right there at the mall. She gave her a cut and color to ‘dye’ for. See what I did there? Anyways, she looked amazing and the transformation was beautiful! Here is her before and after:
We presented the contest makeover winners on Saturday at the Mamapalooza event. It was so much fun! They had a whole lineup of activities and giveaways, food, wine sampling, mini-makeovers from Sephora, a spring fashion show, and all kinds of fun stuff! I took a few photos of all the adorable spring shoes that were in the fashion show:
It was a wonderful time, and I had a blast!!
A special thank you to Ridgedale for putting on such a fun event! And thank you for letting me be a part of it
I’m already looking forward to next year, how about you guys?!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ridgedale Center. All opinions are 100% my own.
I recently got the opportunity to try out one of Oprah’s favorite things – I know, you should be jealous. What was this favorite thing of hers? It’s the Scala roll-up visor. These nifty hats fold up and are so light-weight that you can bring them anywhere with you – in your purse, your luggage, your beach bag; anywhere! Let me share a little more with you. (And for you curious cats out there, here’s the link to Oprah’s review of this same hat!)
This year, Dorfman Pacific has expanded it’s wearable sun protection to the Scala and Tropical Trends brand collection. With summer right around the corner, you’ll want to be sure that your face, head and shoulders are protected. These fashionable and practical hats can do just that!
Different Styles of Hats
Dorfman Pacific has a whole lineup of styles, designs and colors. Choose hats with buckles, bows, ties, and more. Plus styles like visors (like mine!), fedoras, bucket shapes, caps, floppies, safari looks, boonies and large sun brims up to 10 inches!
These hats are wonderful. The one that I got to sample was made of 100% paper braid, which was super light-weight and breathable. Other materials that are used for their hats include cotton, sewn ribbon, raffia, toyo and more.
More on the Scala Roll-Up Visor (LP54)
As mentioned before, these neat hats have the ability to fold up and be placed anywhere. I used to have a floppy sun hat and as much as I loved it, I didn’t love how inconvenient it was to bring it places. It took up room that I didn’t have and I couldn’t adjust the size to make it tighter (and the wind tended to catch it and take it). But not this hat! This one rolls up and goes right into my bag. Beyond that, the velcro closure in back allows me to make it larger or smaller so that it fits perfectly to my head and isn’t too loose or too tight. Love it!
Other fun facts about this roll-up visor:
- Has a 5 inch peak
- Comes in 9 different colors
- Retails for around $25
- Does not wrinkle
- Has a self tie to keep secure when its folded
Introducing the Brimmed Hat (LP157)
Another hat in this collection is the pretty brimmed hat that features a floppy 4 inch brim. It is made of the same material as my roll-up hat (paper braid) and has a self-sizing tie to adjust to your personal head size.
This hat comes in a neutral color with four different color options for trim, and boasts a UPF sun protection factor of 50 . Plus, much like the roll-up style, this hat can be stored in a bag and bounces back in a matter of seconds.
Where to Find These Hats
You can find these fashionable hats here. They range in prices anywhere from $20 to $75.
More on Dorfman Pacific
The company was founded in 1921, and has grown to be one of the largest full-line, in-stock headwear companies in the world. They have collections in men’s, women’s, teen’s, and children’s headwear, along with handbags and winter accessories. Some of their popular brands include Scala, Tommy Bahama, Woolrich, Cappelli Straworld, and more.
Disclosure: I received a sample of the roll-up visor in order to do this review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.
I am beyond excited to share this upcoming event with you guys, and I think you will all love it too!! On May 11th, the day before Mother’s Day, Ridgedale Mall is hosting an event called Mamapalooza! It’s going to be a day for women to enjoy fashion and beauty plus get pampered! This FREE event (yes, it costs you nothing!) will be so much fun!
Let me just tell you a little bit about all the featured activities that will be going that day:
- Enter to win giveaways and a free makeover sponsored by Aveda New Reflections
- Spring shoe fashion show
- Special performance by Stages Theater
- FREE mini-makeovers by Sephora
- FREE food and wine sampling by Macy’s
- Meet local stylists to get tips for your wardrobe
- Meet KOOL 108′s Lee Valsvik
Oh and a big PS – I will be one of those local stylists I mentioned in activity #6! I know! I’m pumped!!
AND – the BIG feature that I just have to mention is that Ridgedale Center is running a contest where you could win one of FOUR makeovers (a $500 value in hair, makeup and outfit!)
Want to enter to win? You can do so here: Facebook.com/ridgedalecenter
Oh and another big PS on that last bit, I am styling one of the winners of the contest!! That winner will definitely be going home as one beautiful, stylish woman! So excited!!!
Mamapalooza Spring Fashion Event Details
- Where: Ridgedale Center (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
- When: May 11th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
- Cost: Free!!!
- What: Weren’t you paying attention? Read the above, silly!
I hope you guys enter to win a makeover. How can you resist? It’s easy peasy to enter and that payoff is going to be awesome. If nothing else, will you at least stop by and say hi to me at this awesome event? You know where to find me
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ridgedale Center. All opinions are 100% my own.